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« on: October 09, 2012, 07:09:24 PM »
Member of US Congress Paul Broun on...


evolution


... abortion



...and killing God's creatures

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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2012, 06:37:45 PM »
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Re: 'Merkins
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2012, 02:32:49 PM »
That's kind of what we knew, but interesting to see it detailed and specified so precisely.

Will anyone notice? Or care? I hope so , but I fear not.

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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012, 04:57:44 PM »
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Re: 'Merkins
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2012, 08:10:52 PM »
They should put Cassetteboy on instead of Newsnight.

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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2013, 08:42:26 PM »
A real petition with 34,435 signatories on the White House website:

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WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.
Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.

By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.


Check out the response :) https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/secure-resources-and-funding-and-begin-construction-death-star-2016/wlfKzFkN

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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
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Re: 'Merkins
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2013, 11:58:17 AM »
Not encouraging that the Science and Space Branch at the White House didn't point out that a Parsec is a measure of distance not time.

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Re: 'Merkins
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2013, 07:46:32 AM »

Showing that we Brits can do things better than the 'Merkins, here's the follow up to the Obama Administration's point blank refusal to build a Death Star.
 
Open Source Death Star on Kickstarter  :|






We need to protect ourselves from threats far far away so lets build a death star. 
Launched: Feb 4, 2013
Funding ends: Apr 1, 2013


In November 2012 the people asked for a death star. The government said NO!


In light of continuing threats we should build it ourselves.


Initial design (not for kids)

Goal
£20,000,000 for more detailed plans and enough chicken wire to protect reactor exhaust ports.


Stretch Goal
£543,000,000,000,000,00 ($850,000,000,000,000,000) to secure full funding for actual construction.


Open Source
To keep costs lower the entire project will use open source hardware and software.


RISKS AND CHALLENGES Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The only risk is the power of the Force.


The main challenge is assuring Kickstarter that this is a joke and not a serious project. As proof, the goal has been set high enough to make successful funding almost impossible.
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Re: 'Merkins
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2013, 02:09:59 PM »
Building a death star to these specs is really approaching the project from entirely the wrong perspective.

What you do, obviously, is pick out a solid asteroid (a nice big iron one) and hollow it out, fit a big engine to one end and fill it with your death dealing equipment of choice and lots of fuel.

If destroying planets is your game, then simply daisy chain a few minor (10km) asteroids and tow them behind you for lobbing into planetary gravity wells.

Some people have no imagination...

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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2013, 05:19:00 PM »
The pledges have doubled today.

631 backers
£79,238 pledged of £20,000,000 goal
53 days to go
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Re: 'Merkins
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2013, 02:39:13 PM »
Building a death star to these specs is really approaching the project from entirely the wrong perspective.

What you do, obviously, is pick out a solid asteroid (a nice big iron one) and hollow it out, fit a big engine to one end and fill it with your death dealing equipment of choice and lots of fuel.

If destroying planets is your game, then simply daisy chain a few minor (10km) asteroids and tow them behind you for lobbing into planetary gravity wells.

Some people have no imagination...

seems like a waste of time being as the only planet we know of with life to destroy is our own

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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2013, 09:03:25 AM »
In advance of the inevitable responses on another awful school shooting.


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