The people have spoken. A White House petition to begin construction of a Death Star by 2016 has reached the 25,000-signature threshold, meaning the White House now has to respond.
President Obama: We've entreated you to tackle some significant science and tech issues before, but now we really need your help. And, anyhow, look at all of these things that are way, WAY less important than the construction of a Death Star.
Texas wants to secede, for example.
First of all, Texas, cut it out. Second of all, go ahead and secede, and when we have a Death Star, surely you will reconsider your position.
A lot of other states, actually.
Nationalizing the Twinkie industry has been proposed, too, and while that's clearly an endeavor worthy of presidential consideration, there is still no way that deserves the attention of a Death Star. Why are we bailing out the confection industry one-percenters when so many jobs would be created by the construction of a Death Star?
And Anna Wintour is being considered for the position of ambassador to somewhere, which more than 4,000 people apparently do not like. Not even close to Death Star worthiness.
Folks against mandatory vaccinations are also making a petition, but even they must agree that a Death Star is a great improvement to Homeland Security.
Mr. President: We recognize the naysayers who claim this project will cost 13,000 times the world's GDP, and find their lack of faith disturbing. We patiently await word on the government's progress.
So PopSci is Cracked.com now?
But as long as we're talking about it:
How Texas Could Mess With Us
I kinda want whatever they were smoking.
Making fun of victims to distract from the point of the cause of the problem; the states wanting to leave is an effect of a larger problem. Do not blame the victims, the states or the people of which the Federal government is failing.
Hello Fed, please get you act together! And whatever economic plan you come up with or the fiscal cliff thing, please let the public know what pay raises\medical benefits you gave the senator and congressman in the year 2013 in the same speech, too.
I like the idea of focusing our energy and resources on making a 'Death Star' like space ship. Maybe not to that exact extent, but an inter solar transport that can sustain life aboard for the trip to neighboring star systems. Think of the tech that would be developed and can be used for other things. Think of the adventure and motivation for a new age. An opening to a new era that would bring in not only the jobs for construction and personnel for such a venture, but all the industries that pop up around it. Mining asteroids, moon colonization. But this would be something the world would have to do together... And in order for this to happen, we would have to square ourselves away. Address our problems with solutions that work and we can all agree on. We are unfortunately, not ready for... Not as long as power and control rule through fear, manipulation, and control. 8o(
1. Make Wintour our ambassador to Monaco, where she can enjoy its luxuries, be seen at parties and fashion shows, and have zero impact on foreign relations.
2. Gradually phase out NASA or drastically limit its mission. NASA is becoming irrelevant as SpaceX, Boeing, Lockheed and other private companies join the game. Having NASA solicit competitive bids from private companies for future projects = big savings.
3. End all subsidies of agriculture, energy, arts, science, etc. If they can't make it yet in a competitive free market, there's a reason. When technology matures to the point that it's economical, it gets adopted rapidly.
4. Increase and improve funding of pure research. The government gets a percentage of the resulting licensing or royalties to (only!) help fund other research. The more likely the research will yield practical benefit (licensing), the higher it scores on being considered for federal funding.
Perhaps we could make a smaller Death Star that would not be so expensive. One not so large as to destroy a planet but powerful enough to destroy a country.
The making of a "Death" Star, might be a hard sell to the stock holders and the rest of the people to planet Earth, me thinks...
While a death star program might seem silly to rational people, there are lots of things the federal government currently does that are just as crazy.
The most obvious example is how the federal government funds most of its debt. The US Federal Reserve prints hundreds of billions of dollars, and then uses those billions to purchase debt from the US Treasury Dept. We buy our own debt using paper money created out of thin air.
I find the terminology of "DeathStar" a bit too fringe. We could never hope to pass this off on the centrist masses with this kind of a moniker on it. Surely our weaponmongers can come up with something that will have idiots thinking warm, fuzzy puppies under the tree with a model locomotive in the foreground. Geez, what do we pay you for?
Now to practical issues like funding. With what this will cost, the only way to fund it is to put U.S. in hock to it. Otherwise it will never get done, and that would be even more terrible a fate than the DeathStar itself. So, we do that by getting into the relationship between the Department of The Interior and the Department of Education. That's where the Deed to America hides, held 'in trust'. As if. Anyway, that's the method. Get some real good dirt on those Secretaries, and have that real sweet payola ready to go in the other hand. Making sure that the Pres doesn't stick his nose in is easy. Some minor supply contract or other on the DeathStar makes him go away.
I wonder how obama will respond to that?