Sunday, January 13, 2013

Say What?

This Associated Press story had me screaming with incredulity —

WASHINGTON (AP) — A "Death Star" won't be a part of the U.S. military's arsenal any time soon.

More than 34,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the Obama administration to build the "Star Wars" inspired super-weapon to spur job growth and bolster national defense.

But in a posting Friday on the White House website, Paul Shawcross, an administration adviser on science and space, says a Death Star would cost too much to build — an estimated $850 quadrillion — at a time the White House is working to reduce the federal budget.

Besides, Shawcross says, the Obama administration "does not support blowing up planets."

The U.S., Shawcross points out, is already involved in several out-of-this-world projects, including the International Space Station, which is currently orbiting Earth with a half-dozen astronauts.


$850 quadrillion???
I don't even know how many zeros that is.
And what a relief — we're not going to blow up planets!!


  1. If 34, 000 people want it they can pay for it. meh

  2. And the size of it would make a wonderful target for someone!