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(White House)   Obama Administration: "Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"   (petitions.whitehouse.gov) divider line 324
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2013-01-11 09:32:54 PM
The title of the official response is "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For"!

Hurting, my sides are! XD
 
2013-01-11 09:54:27 PM
The Obama admin is officially the coolest ever.
 
2013-01-11 10:31:26 PM
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2013-01-11 11:55:13 PM
Thank you White House, not only for responding.. but for being cool about it.

This makes me very happy. Just... they get it, and I like that.
 
2013-01-12 12:04:52 AM
Can we spend maybe a billion or two on a speeder bike? Think small, peeps!
 
2013-01-12 12:08:52 AM
I am in love with that response.
 
2013-01-12 12:28:59 AM
Once again, President Obama proves himself to be inexcusably weak on intergalactic defense.
 
2013-01-12 12:46:02 AM
FTFA: We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country's future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

Why should we encourage our children to pursue STEM degrees when you haven't been able to stop corporate America from sending the goddamned tech jobs out of the country?
 
2013-01-12 12:50:24 AM
Dear Fox News,

You might be tempted to respond to this, but before you do, you should be warned:

ic.pics.livejournal.com .


Yours truly,

SilentStrider
 
2013-01-12 12:50:25 AM
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You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought
 
2013-01-12 12:51:02 AM
Since the GOP opposes anything that the WH says, I expect them to demand that a Death Star be built NOW.
 
2013-01-12 01:01:22 AM
I love that we live in a world where not only does the office of the most powerful man on earth issue a formal response to a request to build an orbital death station, but actually manages to be cool about it.
 
2013-01-12 01:08:46 AM
But building a Death Star with that vulnerability would be EXACTLY what the gov't would normally do.
 
2013-01-12 01:10:05 AM

SilentStrider: Dear Fox News,

You might be tempted to respond to this, but before you do, you should be warned:

[ic.pics.livejournal.com image 277x360] .


Yours truly,

SilentStrider


THIS
 
2013-01-12 01:16:53 AM

adjmcloon: But building a Death Star with that vulnerability would be EXACTLY what the gov't would normally do.


Think of all the innocent contractors that could be killed too when working on a second govt Death Star project
 
2013-01-12 01:18:32 AM

dethmagnetic: I love that we live in a world where not only does the office of the most powerful man on earth issue a formal response to a request to build an orbital death station, but actually manages to be cool about it.


I like Obama plenty, but he didn't write that.

By Paul Shawcross

Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget
 
2013-01-12 01:35:26 AM

fusillade762: dethmagnetic: I love that we live in a world where not only does the office of the most powerful man on earth issue a formal response to a request to build an orbital death station, but actually manages to be cool about it.

I like Obama plenty, but he didn't write that.

By Paul Shawcross

Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget

 
2013-01-12 01:39:12 AM
That^^^Up there..

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2013-01-12 02:39:25 AM

fusillade762: I like Obama plenty, but he didn't write that.


He did say the "Office" of the President.
 
2013-01-12 02:59:03 AM

dethmagnetic: I love that we live in a world where not only does the office of the most powerful man on earth issue a formal response to a request to build an orbital death station, but actually manages to be cool about it.


That was my response, too. Having a genuine sense of humor immediately ups my opinion of a person. I'm sorry, but even the younger/ish members of the GOP simply don't have this. Have you ever watched Paul Ryan attempt a joke? Just...just don't, man. I'm sorry to have even brought it up.

And while you were careful to mention that it was not Obama himself who wrote it, for some reason I can totally see the president pulling a stunt like this. If he's not a Star Wars fan (Jesus, who isn't, seriously?), it would be something else. I've signed several sports-related petitions and, given his famous sports interest, would probably shart myself if he wrote back in similar fashion.
 
2013-01-12 03:12:11 AM
another plus one from me. I have an idea ,that- even if he is the busiest Man in the world, President Obama was briefed on this response and gave it a thumbs up.
 
2013-01-12 03:20:04 AM
I wish they would start thinking about real goals, like space elevators. That way we can start building the Entreprise before the transporters are ready.

I know they are starting to think about space mining.
 
2013-01-12 03:53:32 AM

dickfreckle: would probably shart myself if he wrote back in similar fashion.


They call it "pulling a Roker" these days.
 
2013-01-12 04:42:59 AM

dickfreckle: dethmagnetic: I love that we live in a world where not only does the office of the most powerful man on earth issue a formal response to a request to build an orbital death station, but actually manages to be cool about it.

That was my response, too. Having a genuine sense of humor immediately ups my opinion of a person. I'm sorry, but even the younger/ish members of the GOP simply don't have this. Have you ever watched Paul Ryan attempt a joke? Just...just don't, man. I'm sorry to have even brought it up.



"A Man walks into a bar. Not a drinking establishment, but a piece of metal running parallel to the ground."

...wait, that sounds to intelligent for a Republican joke.
 
2013-01-12 04:55:33 AM
Amusing.

The future of space exploration will be by private companies, though, till the gov't decides to 'relieve' them of it. And they will.
 
2013-01-12 04:57:58 AM
Y'know, come to think of it, having a fatal flaw like that isn't necessarily a BAD thing...as long as you don't let the farking schematics get stolen.

People WITHOUT the schematics aren't gonna know to exploit that flaw, and you CAN exploit it if, somehow, you lose control over the station (invasion, mutiny, or whatever).
 
2013-01-12 05:00:40 AM

SilentStrider: Dear Fox News,

You might be tempted to respond to this, but before you do, you should be warned:

[ic.pics.livejournal.com image 277x360] .


Yours truly,

SilentStrider


P.S. Pictures of Admiral Ackbar are nerd code for "It's a trap."

//Romero.jpg, but they wouldn't know.
 
2013-01-12 05:00:56 AM

robohobo: Amusing.

The future of space exploration will be by private companies, though, till the gov't decides to 'relieve' them of it. And they will.


Little difficult to put the cat back in the bag on this one, especially since ocean launches are the most popular way for private companies to do orbital insertions, and the government'd have a bit of an adventure trying to watch the entire ocean after space ventures had been established as profitable.
 
2013-01-12 05:02:19 AM

LordJiro: Y'know, come to think of it, having a fatal flaw like that isn't necessarily a BAD thing...as long as you don't let the farking schematics get stolen.

People WITHOUT the schematics aren't gonna know to exploit that flaw, and you CAN exploit it if, somehow, you lose control over the station (invasion, mutiny, or whatever).


What's wrong with mutiny?
 
2013-01-12 05:03:08 AM
So I knew that NASA was farming out resupply and such to companies like SpaceX and that there was a government agency passing out money to fund private space development, but I had no freakin idea it was actually called C3PO.

I mean, I know they're a bunch of nerds, but that's just...cool.
 
2013-01-12 05:11:17 AM
That is great.
 
2013-01-12 05:11:35 AM
Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House

+1 my friend - you just won the internets
 
2013-01-12 05:16:00 AM

robohobo: Amusing.

The future of space exploration will be by private companies, though, till the gov't decides to 'relieve' them of it. And they will.


Hard to see companies doing much with it until they get over the quarterly profit mentality. Certainly they're not going for multigenerational ships to other worlds.
 
2013-01-12 05:20:53 AM

TheManofPA: adjmcloon: But building a Death Star with that vulnerability would be EXACTLY what the gov't would normally do.

Think of all the innocent contractors that could be killed too when working on a second govt Death Star project


Any contractor working on that Death Star knows the risk involved. If they get killed, it is their own fault.
 
2013-01-12 05:21:39 AM
FTA If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

That. Is. Awesome.
 
2013-01-12 05:22:30 AM
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2013-01-12 05:24:40 AM

SilentStrider: Dear Fox News,

You might be tempted to respond to this, but before you do, you should be warned:

[ic.pics.livejournal.com image 277x360] .


Yours truly,

SilentStrider


Personally I'm glad someone else took care of this death star for me. I wouldn't want anything to do with it.
 
2013-01-12 05:26:10 AM
FTFA: "NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO)"

I've heard some contrived project names created solely to fit an acronym in my time, but that takes the cake.

Can we officially declare acronyms dead now, and have done with it? This shiat has to end...
 
2013-01-12 05:26:23 AM
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The House of Representatives. You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
 
2013-01-12 05:32:33 AM
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2013-01-12 05:35:52 AM

Dimensio: Once again, President Obama proves himself to be inexcusably weak on intergalactic defense.


The Death Star is not a defensive weapon.
 
2013-01-12 05:36:24 AM
If only this statement had been issued before Christmas we would have been treated to a pre-garbled tweet by Palin about Captain Kirk shooting off lasers to welcome the Star of Bethlehem to warn the Muslins that Jesus has a Myrrhsaber.
 
2013-01-12 05:37:02 AM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Since the GOP opposes anything that the WH says, I expect them to demand that a Death Star be built NOW.


...and cut taxes on the job creators to fund it?
 
2013-01-12 05:38:59 AM
Waits for a certain someone to come in and crap all over this thread... and mention 3D printers.

I wanna ban all forms of punctuation due to that one bad egg.
 
2013-01-12 05:47:54 AM

Harry_Seldon: Dimensio: Once again, President Obama proves himself to be inexcusably weak on intergalactic defense.

The Death Star is not a defensive weapon.


It's also not particularly useful against an insurgency.
 
2013-01-12 05:48:31 AM
Would be safer to invest in Warhammer 40K exterminatus.

Just need to invent extremely large starships, plasma cannons, cyclonic torpedoes, and a virus that turns organic matter into sludge, along with flammable gases released into the atmosphere.

And we'll need some cybernetic Gregorian monks to carry it out, for style and kickass chanting.
 
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2013-01-12 05:49:53 AM

gweilo8888: FTFA: "NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO)"

I've heard some contrived project names created solely to fit an acronym in my time, but that takes the cake.

Can we officially declare acronyms dead now, and have done with it? This shiat has to end...


Public transportation around here is called Space Coast Area Transit. Their commercials encouraging the locals to "Ride SCAT" provide a little entertainment. Let's keep acronyms a little longer for the lulz.
 
2013-01-12 05:50:51 AM
Rather have them start on the NX class of ship. Much better and more usefull
 
2013-01-12 05:54:23 AM

Cubansaltyballs: The Obama admin is officially the coolest ever.


Yeah, forget about the continuation of warrant-less wiretapping, NDAA, the complete lack of control over the financial sector, and the current push to disarm ordinary Americans, one Obama bureaucrat made some Star Wars references!! HAHAHA!

HAHAHA!

HAHA!

HA. The coolest.
 
2013-01-12 05:55:13 AM

Harry_Seldon: The Death Star is not a defensive weapon.


That's not exactly true. If you position them at the wormhole points, they can very well be great defensive weapons. They get a first turn bonus to fire upon ships as they warp in through them.

/spent all of my high school years playing Space Empires III and IV.
 
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