Governments! They can be boring, stuffy, and always fully invested in political matters that don’t always interest the common man. Being one such common man you won’t find me reading with interest every government statement, especially those that don’t concern my own administration (I’m British as you probably didn’t know). But every so often, and when we’re lucky, those in charge show off their charisma, their sense of humour, and you get a little treat.
As you may well know the White House recently released an official response to a petition to secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. An hilariously solid idea, as i’m sure you’d agree. The petition expressed a desire for job creation and a strong national defence, and claimed the construction of a moon-sized space station and super weapon capable of destroying a planet with a single destructive energy beam would definitely meet that desire. Sure a planetary destruction weapon might be a just a little over-kill where national defence is concerned, but it would be a humungous bye bye to that dastardly unemployment rate, no one likes that. So space station and super weapon? I’m already sold, but what did the White House think?
Alas, the official response isn’t as positive as us Si-Fi fans would hope, and unfortunately we won’t be seeing a big floating ball, other than the moon, in the night sky anytime soon, and as a result none of us will be clad in white armour haplessly running around a space station in our lifetimes, so yea, apologies.
Instead what the public did receive was a very humorous and informative letter, penned by Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, so he does know his stuff. Within the short response are a few reasons why a Death Star, although very cool, isn’t the best idea. Reasons being cost (estimated at ALOT of zeros), an anti-planet destruction policy employed by Obama’s administration, and if you’ve watched the movies, and who hasn’t, Death Stars are always built with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship. So it could be a waste of countless taxpayer dollars when a certain Luke Skywalker & Co decide to pay a visit.
To soften the blow, Mr. Shawcross did offer already existing alternatives to the Death Star. Namely the giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around Earth (sure it’s not moon-sized but it’ll do for now). The two robot science labs, one equipped with laser, roving around mars, and various other interesting facts that reveal we are definitely moving in the right direction towards a future that could well incorporate super advanced robots, space craft designed for seriously hazardous environments, alien life, and most importantly lightsabers. Evidently, the future is bright and for those lucky enough to live it, enjoy!
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