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Author:   harbin
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 5:02am (PST)
Subject:   US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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First off, don't ask me why the BBC article has called it a superlaser, it isn't... it's a *bleep*ing spacestation

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The White House has rejected a petition to build a Death Star - a huge battle-station armed with a superlaser as seen in the Star Wars films.

In a playful response, a senior US government official said the Obama administration "does not support blowing up planets".

The official also said the cost - about $850 quadrillion - was too high.

More than 34,000 people had signed the petition, saying the project would spur job creation and strengthen defence.

They also wanted the government to begin construction by 2016.

The White House is obliged to respond to all petitions that gain more than 25,000 signatures.
'Force be with us!'

Responding to the petition, Paul Shawcross, head of the administration's budget office on science and space, admitted in a blog that "a Death Star isn't on the horizon".

"However, look carefully and you'll notice something already floating in the sky - that's no Moon, it's a Space Station!

Mr Shawcross was referring to the International Space Station, which currently has six people on board.

And he ended his blog with an appeal to the signatories of the petition: "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."
SAUCE

You can see the actual petition and the White House's response here.

Brilliant that someone wrote this although somewhat disappointed it hasn't been built. However, I agree that such a thing would probably backfire and be used to enslave humanity. If anything though, the governments repsonse is fantastic.



Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 5:55am (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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see, this is why you should always vote for the politicians who have a sense of humour!





Author:   Distortion
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 6:05am (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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"In a playful response, a senior US government official said the Obama administration "does not support blowing up planets"."

Hahahaha.




Author:   Thrawn
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 7:21am (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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LOL! Man that's a good one XD.



Author:   harbin
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 7:42am (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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quote Distortion
"In a playful response, a senior US government official said the Obama administration "does not support blowing up planets"."

Hahahaha.

To be honest, the full response is better.



Author:   MyShilohMy
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 8:35am (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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Good for them. Why would we need that kind of power?

"I need not know what weapons will be fought with in WW III, but I do know that WW IV will be faught with sticks and stones."



Author:   Styot
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 8:44am (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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"Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"





Author:   DedValve
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 8:49am (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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To be fair though that exploit requires someone extremely powerful in the force and that's like what? 1 in a billion? I say go for it, besides we can always just cover it up with a plank or something.



Author:   Liege
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 11:32am (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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Full response to the petition:

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This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For

By Paul Shawcross

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:


  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?


However, look carefully (here's how) and you'll notice something already floating in the sky -- that's no Moon, it's a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that's helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts -- American, Russian, and Canadian -- living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We've also got two robot science labs -- one wielding a laser -- roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo -- and soon, crew -- to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn't have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we've got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we're building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don't have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke's arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

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.

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.

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




Author:   TimStarz09
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 11:52am (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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You know if they actually did this thing and wanted to do it quickly they'd have to raise taxes and everyone would bitch about it.

America is funny.



Author:   Dreadlock Holiday
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 1:35pm (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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I'd sign a petition building a Death Star. Reduce deficit? Easy, build a Death Star, move administration onto it.

Problem solved, plus you have a F***ing Death Star!



Author:   Short Circuit
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 2:37pm (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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I like how they did the math and worked out an estimated cost building the death star. Maybe they were considering it, but said no once they saw the pricetag?



Author:   person_47
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 2:43pm (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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...but it would have been so cool.



Author:   walnuts
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 4:32pm (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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quote Ded Valve
To be fair though that exploit requires someone extremely powerful in the force and that's like what? 1 in a billion? I say go for it, besides we can always just cover it up with a plank or something.
So that leaves 7-8 people that could still blow it up D:

Like someone said earlier, it's great when politicians have a sense of humour from time to time, and taking the time to respond to this petition has garnered a lot of good will amongst those who read it, in addition to letting the American public know that the Government actually does read these things!



Author:   DedValve
Date:   Jan 12, 13 at 6:21pm (PST)
Subject:   re: US shoots down Death Star superlaser petition
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quote walnuts
quote Ded Valve
To be fair though that exploit requires someone extremely powerful in the force and that's like what? 1 in a billion? I say go for it, besides we can always just cover it up with a plank or something.
So that leaves 7-8 people that could still blow it up D:

Like someone said earlier, it's great when politicians have a sense of humour from time to time, and taking the time to respond to this petition has garnered a lot of good will amongst those who read it, in addition to letting the American public know that the Government actually does read these things!
Then its simple, we build the deathstar to destroy Earth thereby destroying any potential vader/luke/palpatines! It's foolproof.


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