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2013-01-12 12:03:17 PM  

Orange-Pippin: FirstNationalBastard: Mid_mo_mad_man: Rather have them start on the NX class of ship. Much better and more usefull

The NX Class?

No one wants to remember Enterprise!

No, better they start on the Daedalus class. It doesn't have the stink of Enterprise on it, and it looks kind of cool...

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Lame. If your going to go retro...go Naglfar.

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Loved me some Eve back in The Day. Now it's way too complicated and I can't put the time in.
 
2013-01-12 12:03:53 PM  

Silverstaff: 8. Uptight, heartless prick who got the office because the guy before him got shot.


Yeah, that LBJ was one heartless bastard:

Landmark Laws of the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration

-----1963-----
College Facilities
Clean Air
Vocational Education
Indian Vocational Training
Manpower Training


-----1964-----
Inter-American Development Bank
Kennedy Cultural Center
Tax Reduction
Presidential Transition
Federal Airport Aid
Farm Program
Chamizal Convention
Pesticide Controls
International Development Association
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Campobello International Park
Urban Mass Transit
Water Resources Research
Federal Highway
Civil Service Pay Raise
War on Poverty
Criminal Justice
Truth-in-Securities
Medicine Bow National Forest
Ozark Scenic Riverway
Administrative Conference
Fort Bowie Historic Site
Food StampHousing Act
Interest Equalization
Wilderness Areas
Nurse Training
Revenues for Recreation
Fire Island National Seashore
Library Services
Federal Employee Health Benefits


-----1965-----
Medicare
Aid to Education
Higher Education
Four Year Farm Program
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Housing Act
Social Security Increase
Voting Rights
Fair Immigration Law
Older Americans
Heart, Cancer, Stroke Program
Law Enforcement Assistance
National Crime Commission
Drug Controls
Mental Health Facilities
Health Professions
Medical Libraries
Vocational Rehabilitation
Anti-Poverty Program
Arts and Humanities Foundation
Aid to Appalachia
Highway BeautyClean Air
Water Pollution Control
High Speed Transit
Manpower Training
Presidential Disability
Child Health
Regional Development
Aid to Small Businesses
Weather-Predicting Services
Military Pay Increase
GI Life Insurance
Community Health Services
Water Resources Council
Water Desalting
Assateague National Seashore
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area
Juvenile Delinquency Control
Arms Control
Strengthening U.N. Charter
International Coffee Agreement
Retirement for Public Servants


-----1966-----
Food for India
Child Nutrition
Department of Transportation
Truth in Packaging
Model Cities
Rent Supplements
Teachers Corps
Asian Development Bank
Clean Rivers
Food for Freedom
Child Safety
Narcotics Rehabilitation
Traffic Safety
Highway Safety
Mine Safety
International Education
Bail Reform
Tire Safety
New GI Bill
Minimum Wage Increase
Urban Mass Transit
Civil Procedure Reform
Federal Highway Aid
Military Medicare
Public Health Reorganization
Cape Lookout Seashore
Water Research
Guadalupe National Park
Revolutionary War Bicentennial
Fish-Wildlife Preservation
Water for Peace
Anti-Inflation Program
Scientific Knowledge Exchange
Cultural Materials Exchange
Foreign Investors Tax
Parcel Post Reform
Civil Service Pay Raise
Stockpile Sales
Participation Certificates
Protection for Savings
Flexible Interest Rates
Freedom of Information


-----1967-----
Education Professions
Education Act
Air Pollution Control
Partnership for Health
Social Security Increases
Age Discrimination
Wholesome Meat
Flammable Fabrics
Urban Research
Public Broadcasting
Outer Space Treaty
Modern D.C. Government
Vietnam Veterans Benefits
Federal Judicial Center
Civilian-Postal Workers Pay
Deaf-Blind Center
College Work Study
Summer Youth Programs
Food Stamps
Rail Strike Settlement
Selective Service
Urban Fellowships
Consular Treaty
Safety At Sea Treaty
Narcotics Treaty
Anti-Racketeering
Product Safety Commission
Small Business Aid
Inter-American Bank


-----1968-----
Fair Housing
Indian Bill of Rights
Safe Streets
Wholesome Poultry
Food for Peace
Commodity Exchange Rules
U.S. Grain Standards
School Breakfasts
Bank Protection
Defense Production
Corporate Takeovers
Export Program
Gold Cover Removal
Truth-in-Lending
Aircraft Noise Abatement
Auto Insurance Study
New Narcotics Bureau
Gas Pipeline Safety
Fire Safety
Sea Grant Colleges
D.C. School Board
Tax Surcharge
Better Housing
International Monetary Reform
International Grains Treaty
Oil Revenues for Recreation
Virgin Islands Elections
San Rafael Wilderness
San Gabriel Wilderness
Fair Federal Juries
Candidate Protection
Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
Guaranteed Student Loans
D.C. Visitors Center
FHA-VA Interest Rate Program
Health Manpower
Eisenhower College
Gun Controls
Aid-to-Handicapped Children
Redwoods Park
Flaming Gorge Recreation Area
Biscayne ParkHeart, Cancer, and Stroke Programs
Hazardous Radiation Protection
Colorado River Reclamation
Scenic RiversScenic Trails
National Water Commission
Federal Magistrates
Vocational Education
Veterans Pension Increases
North Cascades Park
International Coffee Agreement
Intergovernmental Manpower
Dangerous Drugs Control
Military Justice Code
 
2013-01-12 12:05:02 PM  
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?"

... because that's the way liberal Democrats think. No understanding of consequences. Borrow big, spend big, claim it's somebody else's fault.
 
2013-01-12 12:05:46 PM  
Alphax:

Kyp Durron and the Sun Crusher.. lets not do that..

1) +10 ultra-nerd points for that.
2) We're all in here joking (except for a few humorless trolls), meanwhile the Senate has been paralyzed and now we have no plans to keep the local systems in line.
 
2013-01-12 12:06:23 PM  
Wow...lots of conservative butt-hurt in this thread.
 
2013-01-12 12:08:02 PM  

Fark Me To Tears: 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?


Having both a large domestic labor pool and an international labor pool will drive wages down even further, meaning that corporations will be able to pass the savings on to you, the consumer... which is good because you won't have wages high enough to afford the old pre-savings prices.
 
2013-01-12 12:08:28 PM  

Stone Meadow: Wow...lots of conservative butt-hurt in this thread.



Preparation H has been flying off the shelves since nov. 6.
 
2013-01-12 12:10:34 PM  

OhioUGrad: pedrop357: VRaptor117: 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.

This. As long as his administration has a little fun every now and again, a lot of people seem to be willing to give it a nice set of passes.

He only really got energized in any meaningful way to push the health care act and now more gun control.

Where was this Obama last term to push closing Guantanamo, stop warrant less wiretapping, become more transparent, curb the excesses of the Patriot Act, leave medical marijuana clinics alone or any of the other things alluded to or outright promised during his 2008 campaign?

I don't recall him demanding action, setting deadlines, convening blue ribbon panels, shedding any crocodile tears, or putting out any bullshiat staged photos of him being really sad over dozens of people effectively interned at Guantanamo for years without trial.

I doubt he sheds any tears for all the innocent people killed by his administration's use of drones or all the people who die in the drug war related violence that his administration happily continues.

He's a self-centered celebrity and a craven, opportunistic piece of shiat.

I totally forgot that ONE person could do everything in Washington all by themselves without assistance from anyone else or Congress.....totally how the presidency works!

But

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He could, you know, use that executive order...
 
2013-01-12 12:12:03 PM  
Guarantee that the GOP will make whiny noises about the Administration's open reference to the Force...Something that religious retards have said is a veil for Satanism.
 
2013-01-12 12:14:53 PM  

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Greatest. Petition. EVAR~!

 
2013-01-12 12:17:05 PM  

Linux_Yes: Stone Meadow: Wow...lots of conservative butt-hurt in this thread.

Preparation H has been flying off the shelves since nov. 6.


Well, that understandable. What I don't get, though, is the whiny spat-throwing over such trivial matters as complaining that the WH takes the time to engage constructively with petitioners instead of telling folks to STFU and GBTW. It seems that the better job the President does the worse conservatives like him. I wonder what could prompt that?
 
2013-01-12 12:17:20 PM  

Silverstaff: utah dude: Silverstaff: blastr.com


1. Idiot from Texas on a mission from God.
2. Charming lecherous womanizer, elected mainly because he is a great public speaker.
3. Bland guy who was elected mainly because his competition for the job looked like a doofus when he climbed into a tank.
4. B-Movie Actor elected mainly because he gives good speeches and was photogenic.
5. Naive peanut farmer who turned out to be better as a goodwill ambassador than a President.
6. Unelected ineffectual clutz.
7. Slimy, oily crook that was the most corrupt POTUS in the 20th century.


The rest, while woefully inaccurate due to simplification, was what I expect from Fark intellectualism. But Nixon as the most corrupt 20th century POTUS? O ho ho ho.
 
2013-01-12 12:17:32 PM  

Stone Meadow: Wow...lots of conservative butt-hurt in this thread.


Only one president is allowed to waste billions on Star Wars.
 
2013-01-12 12:18:33 PM  

shotglasss: Shadowtag: I've been arguing about this all night with people who lament that taxpayer dollars pay the salary of the guy who wrote it. Seriously, their blind hatred of the administration is that severe.

Were you paying attention from 2001 to 2009? Talk about blind hatred of an administration...


Nothing blind about hating THAT administration...
 
2013-01-12 12:22:37 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: Stone Meadow: Wow...lots of conservative butt-hurt in this thread.

Only one president is allowed to waste billions on Star Wars.


I bet President Romney would have gotten a pass... ;^)
 
2013-01-12 12:23:08 PM  

Lonestar: 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.


They have started actually talkng about the logistics behind building a space elevator.. I've read about it several times in the past couple of years.
Yet another real world device thought up by geniuses such as Arthur C. Clarke and his contemporaries a half century before the space program began....
 
2013-01-12 12:23:12 PM  

dolphinburger: glad they turned something silly into an important talking point. STEM education is really lacking in this country, and I don't think anybody is doing enough to get kids better at science and math.


But the trick was to do it in such a way that, not only would it be constructive, but it would be full of awesome at the same time.

White House: Challenge accepted and achieved.
 
2013-01-12 12:23:34 PM  
I don't typically give praise to the WH, but this was funny. Good job to the guy who wrote it.
 
2013-01-12 12:25:09 PM  

GoldSpider: Whatever they're paying you, Mr. Shawcross, they ought to double it.


obotech, the shawcross saga
 
2013-01-12 12:26:00 PM  

Shadowtag: I've been arguing about this all night with people who lament that taxpayer dollars pay the salary of the guy who wrote it. Seriously, their blind hatred of the administration is that severe.


My dad was giving me that line of thinking last night, but if Shawcross actually wrote the whole thing instead of giving an intern a basic outline and having them write it, I'd be surprised.
 
2013-01-12 12:29:09 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: 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?"

... because that's the way liberal Democrats think. No understanding of consequences. Borrow big, spend big, claim it's somebody else's fault.


That's how conservatives THINK liberal Democrats think. You guys are out of touch with reality.
 
2013-01-12 12:29:53 PM  

Cubansaltyballs: The Obama admin is officially the coolest ever.


Totally agree and if the WH ever DOES agree to build the deathstar, I hope they make the emperor black like Obama.
 
2013-01-12 12:34:18 PM  

pedrop357: Where was this Obama last term to push closing Guantanamo,



Unless you understand the legal implications of the difference between international and non-international armed conflict and the benefits and detriments associated with being termed a combatant, along with the combatant criteria, then you should just shut up about Guantanamo, the detainees, and trials in general. It's a tremendous nightmare that's held over from the bungling of the Bush administration that left Obama with the impossible choice of releasing the detainees (no court would ever or could ever convict them) assuming of course their nations would accept them (they won't) or third party states would allow entry as refugees (refused and none volunteered). I mean sure you could grant entry into you the United States which would be incredibly stupid since 1) our treatment of them will probably inspire them to misbehave in some fashion while here and if not 2) their status will make them targets by the morons amongst us who 3) will at the very least be worked up into such a rabid fury that it will be impossible to accomplish anything else as President, so unless this is going to be the only thing he does as President and you're willing to sacrifice all other projects on the legislative agenda, then fine.


stop warrant less wiretapping,


The program as revised excludes Americans. A warrant is required in order for intercepts of communications by Americans to be legal.


become more transparent,


Vague and general. Like me telling you to stop being an idiotic asshole.


curb the excesses of the Patriot Act,


Oh so you think the Act can be salvaged? That's an inconsistent position for you to take.


leave medical marijuana clinics alone


Article II Section 3 of the United States Constitution "... he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed...". Federal law dictates that marijuana is an illegal drug and mandates certain actions by Federal agencies. Obama's role in this instance is to enforce the law as written. This is an issue you should take up with Congress.


Being really sad over dozens of people effectively interned at Guantanamo for years without trial.


Which illustrates that you know jack shiat about the law, including international law, when it comes to the issue of detainees in Guantanamo.
 
2013-01-12 12:35:41 PM  

Tax Boy: Silverstaff: 8. Uptight, heartless prick who got the office because the guy before him got shot.

Yeah, that LBJ was one heartless bastard:

Landmark Laws of the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration

-----1963-----
College Facilities
Clean Air
Vocational Education
Indian Vocational Training
Manpower Training


-----1964-----
Inter-American Development Bank
Kennedy Cultural Center
Tax Reduction
Presidential Transition
Federal Airport Aid
Farm Program
Chamizal Convention
Pesticide Controls
International Development Association
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Campobello International Park
Urban Mass Transit
Water Resources Research
Federal Highway
Civil Service Pay Raise
War on Poverty
Criminal Justice
Truth-in-Securities
Medicine Bow National Forest
Ozark Scenic Riverway
Administrative Conference
Fort Bowie Historic Site
Food StampHousing Act
Interest Equalization
Wilderness Areas
Nurse Training
Revenues for Recreation
Fire Island National Seashore
Library Services
Federal Employee Health Benefits


-----1965-----
Medicare
Aid to Education
Higher Education
Four Year Farm Program
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Housing Act
Social Security Increase
Voting Rights
Fair Immigration Law
Older Americans
Heart, Cancer, Stroke Program
Law Enforcement Assistance
National Crime Commission
Drug Controls
Mental Health Facilities
Health Professions
Medical Libraries
Vocational Rehabilitation
Anti-Poverty Program
Arts and Humanities Foundation
Aid to Appalachia
Highway BeautyClean Air
Water Pollution Control
High Speed Transit
Manpower Training
Presidential Disability
Child Health
Regional Development
Aid to Small Businesses
Weather-Predicting Services
Military Pay Increase
GI Life Insurance
Community Health Services
Water Resources Council
Water Desalting
Assateague National Seashore
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area
Juvenile Delinquency Control
Arms Control
Strengthening U.N. Charter
International Coffee Agreement
Retirement for Public Servan ...


How much of that was in the works under Kennedy?

Not to say that LBJ wasn't pretty damn spiffy for putting his name on all the stuff that passed, but how much of it would have wound up being part of the legacy of Camelot if The CIA, FBI, NASA, Teamsters, AFL/CIO, and Desi Arnaz didn't assassinate Kennedy?
 
2013-01-12 12:36:38 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: Stone Meadow: Wow...lots of conservative butt-hurt in this thread.

Only one president is allowed to waste billions on Star Wars.


BURN.
 
2013-01-12 12:39:01 PM  
Did everyone vote for Obama?
 
2013-01-12 12:39:22 PM  
This is the solution you are looking for.
www.plywoodcompany.com
 
2013-01-12 12:42:01 PM  

Stone Meadow: Well, that understandable. What I don't get, though, is the whiny spat-throwing over such trivial matters as complaining that the WH takes the time to engage constructively with petitioners instead of telling folks to STFU and GBTW. It seems that the better job the President does the worse conservatives like him. I wonder what could prompt that?


This. We had eight years of Bush and his "Yee-haaw! Let Jesus take the wheel" approach to anything involving science, education or critical thinking. Eight years of senior cabinet posts stuffed with retards from Regent University.  (After all, if you're an idiot to begin with, the only way you can make yourself appear brilliant is to surround yourself with people even dumber than you. Bush never wavered from this policy during his entire administration).

That they would engage the public AT ALL and actually give a crap about what the people who pay their salaries think is a minor but very refreshing change.
 
2013-01-12 12:42:23 PM  

robohobo: pedrop357: VRaptor117: 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.

This. As long as his administration has a little fun every now and again, a lot of people seem to be willing to give it a nice set of passes.

He only really got energized in any meaningful way to push the health care act and now more gun control.

Where was this Obama last term to push closing Guantanamo, stop warrant less wiretapping, become more transparent, curb the excesses of the Patriot Act, leave medical marijuana clinics alone or any of the other things alluded to or outright promised during his 2008 campaign?

I don't recall him demanding action, setting deadlines, convening blue ribbon panels, shedding any crocodile tears, or putting out any bullshiat staged photos of him being really sad over dozens of people effectively interned at Guantanamo for years without trial.

I doubt he sheds any tears for all the innocent people killed by his administration's use of drones or all the people who die in the drug war related violence that his administration happily continues.

He's a self-centered celebrity and a craven, opportunistic piece of shiat.

Racist.


What's cute is, I already have you marked as a racist...so that post was just a perfect confirmation.

It's adorable. You're like this little warped automaton, spewing idiocy whenever a certain stimulus happens. I wonder if you can develop patterns, like a furby...? Awesome.
 
2013-01-12 12:44:21 PM  
LMAO!

Strong with the troll is the white house.
 
2013-01-12 12:44:26 PM  

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

The Death Star is not a defensive weapon.


Mutually assured Death Star destruction is a defense.
 
2013-01-12 12:46:15 PM  

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


.@BarackObama Darth Cheney: "You're far too trusting, we'll deal with your middle-class friends soon enough...you may fire when ready."
 
2013-01-12 12:47:19 PM  

Fark Me To Tears: 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?


GE is not alone in moving the manufacture of many of its products back to the U.S. The transformation under way at Appliance Park is mirrored in dozens of other places, with Whirlpool bringing mixer-making back from China to Ohio, Otis bringing elevator production back from Mexico to South Carolina, even Wham-O bringing Frisbee-molding back from China to California. The Boston Company published a paper in May on ways for investors to capitalize on the U.S. factory revival. ISI Group, an investment-research company, put out a 98‑page report in August, piling up reasons for the return of a strong U.S. industrial sector. Nancy Lazar, who co-authored the ISI Group report, says, "This is the beginning of a manufacturing renaissance. I've been saying this since 2009. Even the industrial companies told me I was crazy. Why are they telling me I'm crazy? Because they've spent the last 15 or 20 years putting the plants outside the U.S. That's over."

If the administration does not encourage STEM education, a huge opportunity is going to be lost.
 
2013-01-12 12:48:41 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: .. because that's the way liberal Democrats think. No understanding of consequences. Borrow big, spend big, claim it's somebody else's fault.


These kind of trolls are unfathomable....

Then again, Dubya did ensure two wars would be fully funded  Same goes for adding Medicare Parts A & B. Those two things would have cost us a trillion dollars a decade if not for conservative fiscal discipline.
 
2013-01-12 12:48:56 PM  

Fark Me To Tears: 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?


The resulting surplus of qualified labor will drive wages to a competitive level.
 
2013-01-12 12:53:39 PM  

dolphinburger: glad they turned something silly into an important talking point. STEM education is really lacking in this country, and I don't think anybody is doing enough to get kids better at science and math.


And they want to prevent the immigrants from coming in from better educated countries who can pick up the slack.
 
2013-01-12 12:59:27 PM  

Geeves00: Dimensio: 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.

All those innocent contractors brought in to do the job were killed - casualties of a war they had nothing to do with. All right, look: you're a roofer, some juicy government contract comes your way. You got a wife and kids, the two-story in suburbia. This is a government contract, which means all sorts of benefits. Along come these left-wing militants that blast everything within a three-mile radius with their lasers. You didn't ask for that. You have no personal politics. You're just trying to scrape out a living.


As much as I'm enjoying the Clerks banter, I have to take umbrage with the "innocent contractors" nonsense.

First, the use of droid labor is extensive in Star Wars. The vast majority of structural assembly would be done by industrial droids like binary load-lifters or EVS droids.

Second, why would the Empire use civilian contractors on a project they wanted kept secret (or at least secret enough to make the Bothan intel believable? They nationalized a number of commercial guilds after the Clone Wars (except the Banking Clan); they would easily have the resources to internally handle the construction process, albeit at a rate not satisfactory to Palpatine.

Finally, let's assume they did hire outside contractors. What companies are they going to trust with this project? Corellian Engineering? The Empire knew CEC was selling CR90 corvettes and DP20 gunships out the back door. Incom? Not after their design team bailed with the T-65 blueprints; hell, the Empire won't even buy the I-7 Howlrunner in large quantities. Alderaan Royal Engineers? They blew that chance - literally. Kuat Drive Yards and Sinear Fleet Systems? They're so far in bed with the Empire, there's no room for "innocent" there.

TL; DR: I like Kevin Smith and Clerks, but the "innocent contractors" argument is a load of poodoo.
 
2013-01-12 01:03:34 PM  

Fark Me To Tears: 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?


The tech jobs, by and large, are leaving the country (or going to H1B candidates) purely because there aren't enough qualified candidates otherwise. Even with the global recruiting my company does, we can't come close to reaching the point where we ever stop looking for more people. Nobody has ever failed to get a job because there weren't positions open. Without H1Bs we'd never even hit our minimum needs to remain in operation. Has nothing to do with salary (ours are among the highest in our field); there simply aren't enough talented people in the STEM fields to meet our needs.
 
2013-01-12 01:07:34 PM  

Silverstaff: pudding7: I've never heard or read about wormholes being used for space travel in the Star Wars universe.

{Star Wars Geek Mode}

There is are a handful of canonical examples of wormholes in Star Wars lore.

One is actually tied to the Death Star, or at least the Death Star II (From RotJ).

When the second Death Star was destroyed, the uncontrolled collapse of the largest hypermatter reactor ever built created a wormhole through hyperspace that sucked in much of the debris of the Death Star and deposited into the Mon Calamari star system.

It was originally from a 1992 young adult novel called "The Glove of Darth Vader", explaining how Vaders severed hand and glove survived the destruction of the Death Star and became a sacred relic for Imperial loyalists in the aftermath of the death of Palpatine.

Later writers have fleshed the entire thing out, since it also provides a nice, canonical reason for why Endor survived the destruction of the Death Star in low orbit, even though some fans (Curtis Saxton most notably) argue it would be physically impossible for a habitable world to survive that much debris.

Also, in the Dark Empire comic series, Reborn Palpatine had progressed so far as a Sith Lord that he had learned how to rip apart space with the dark side, and could actually use the Force to create wormholes, which is how he abducted Luke to bring him to his new throne world of Byss. He also could weaponize this ability, creating unstable rips in space to attack entire fleets.

However, for what BronyMedic was saying about wormhole points, no, in Star Wars wormholes do not work that way. Heck, even hyperdrives don't work that way, you can jump from any place where the gravity isn't too strong (or an interdiction field is disrupting hyperspace access), thats why ships carry nav computers and astromech droids.

{/Star Wars Geek Mode}


I've come to terms with Episode I. Jar-Jar doesn't even make me rage anymore. I can laugh at the Holiday Special, and I feel bad for Alan Dean Foster for Splinter of the Mind's Eye.

But the Young Jedi Prince series is absolute garbage. It is terrible, even compared to the other Young Adult books written over the years. I don't care what the wankers in that section of Wookiepedia say, that shiat Is. Not. Canon. At. Farking. All.
 
2013-01-12 01:18:06 PM  
*thread jack***

Can anyone tell me where the aaron swartz thread is on Fark?

**end thread jack***
 
2013-01-12 01:18:55 PM  

PonceAlyosha: 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 is if you're going against the Vong.


This. I'd love it if the end of the new Star Wars movies reveals that the Empire was created to help defend against some Vong-like threat, and the Rebels doomed billions by blowing up the Death Stars.
 
2013-01-12 01:22:40 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Geeves00: Dimensio: 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.

All those innocent contractors brought in to do the job were killed - casualties of a war they had nothing to do with. All right, look: you're a roofer, some juicy government contract comes your way. You got a wife and kids, the two-story in suburbia. This is a government contract, which means all sorts of benefits. Along come these left-wing militants that blast everything within a three-mile radius with their lasers. You didn't ask for that. You have no personal politics. You're just trying to scrape out a living.

As much as I'm enjoying the Clerks banter, I have to take umbrage with the "innocent contractors" nonsense.

First, the use of droid labor is extensive in Star Wars. The vast majority of structural assembly would be done by industrial droids like binary load-lifters or EVS droids.

Second, why would the Empire use civilian contractors on a project they wanted kept secret (or at least secret enough to make the Bothan intel believable? They nationalized a number of commercial guilds after the Clone Wars (except the Banking Clan); they would easily have the resources to internally handle the construction process, albeit at a rate not satisfactory to Palpatine.

Finally, let's assume they did hire outside contractors. What companies are they going to trust with this project? Corellian Engineering? The Empire knew CEC was selling CR90 corvettes and DP20 gunships out the back door. Incom? Not after their design team bailed with the T-65 blueprints; hell, the Empire won't even buy the I-7 Howlrunner in large quantities. Alderaan Royal Engineers? They blew that chance - literally. Kuat Dri ...


You just ruined an excellent movie scene shot before 1994 by pointing out nonsense in the expanded universe.
 
2013-01-12 01:31:12 PM  

Mrs.Sharpier: *thread jack***

Can anyone tell me where the aaron swartz thread is on Fark?

**end thread jack***


It's hanging around here somewhere...
 
2013-01-12 01:33:08 PM  
www.freakingnews.com
 
2013-01-12 01:33:32 PM  

Mrs.Sharpier: *thread jack***

Can anyone tell me where the aaron swartz thread is on Fark?

**end thread jack***


Uh, I don't know. Is he an entertainer or something?
 
2013-01-12 01:35:16 PM  
How many Bothans dies to bring us that petition? :)
 
2013-01-12 01:46:11 PM  

Mad_Radhu: PonceAlyosha: 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 is if you're going against the Vong.

This. I'd love it if the end of the new Star Wars movies reveals that the Empire was created to help defend against some Vong-like threat, and the Rebels doomed billions by blowing up the Death Stars.


In the Essential Guide to Warfare, there's a piece written by a Palpatine/Thrawn apologist who suggests this.
 
2013-01-12 01:47:48 PM  
The Obama jizz patrol is strong in this thread.

When you get your paycheck, so happy you will be you will not. Reality will not be your friend.
 
2013-01-12 01:49:22 PM  
Just cover it up with plywood or something.
 
2013-01-12 01:54:43 PM  

Silverstaff: utah dude: Silverstaff: blastr.com

can we please get a nonghey president? maybe one with a 'responsible adult, leader' package?

Let's look at our prior choices:

1. Idiot from Texas on a mission from God.
2. Charming lecherous womanizer, elected mainly because he is a great public speaker.
3. Bland guy who was elected mainly because his competition for the job looked like a doofus when he climbed into a tank.
4. B-Movie Actor elected mainly because he gives good speeches and was photogenic.
5. Naive peanut farmer who turned out to be better as a goodwill ambassador than a President.
6. Unelected ineffectual clutz.
7. Slimy, oily crook that was the most corrupt POTUS in the 20th century.
8. Uptight, heartless prick who got the office because the guy before him got shot.
9. Charming womanizer elected mainly because he was a great public speaker and was a war hero.

We don't elect our Presidents for being a "responsible, adult leader". We choose them mainly on if they are a good public speaker, are photogenic on camera and on TV, and if they seem likable to a majority of people.


We haven't elected a president since 1960, and look what happened to him.
 
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