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MnFats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:22 PM
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Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!
how would that translate to English,do you suppose?

of course, you have to know the source.
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:23 PM
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1. George! Knock your shit off and get out of our White House.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:25 PM
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2. The Day The Earth Stood Still?
Take me to your leader?
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:28 PM
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12. I second this one...
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YDogg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:25 PM
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3. Gort! Get back to the ship and let's get the hail up outta here.
One of my favorite movies! :popcorn:
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MrModerate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:26 PM
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4. "Klaatu says stop!"
Sort of a "Simon Sez" for invading alien robots.
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central scrutinizer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:26 PM
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5. Gort, Klaatu says don't vaporize the earth
even though he is mortally wounded.
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:28 PM
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6. "Gort! Klaatu needs a cigarette!" n/t
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:39 PM
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7. technically, this was the command patricia neal used to get Gort, the
intergalactic robot, to take (klaatu) micheal rennie's dead body and revivify it.

so, probably, it translates to:

Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!
Gort! Klaatu needs resurrection pronto!
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johnaries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:18 PM
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10. Yep, that would be my take on it.
And Kudos to someone who actually knows one of the best Sci-Fi AND social commentary movies of all time.

:patriot:
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:27 PM
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11. Its a classic, and I am a shameless scifi geek.
:)
I also loved the original "THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD", with James Arness as the vegetable monster, but John Carpenter's version was truer to the original John W. Campbell short story "who goes there".

Forbidden planet was good, this island earth...etc.

The 50s and early 60s were a veritible boon of both excellent and dreadful science fiction movies.
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johnaries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 05:58 PM
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14. A man after my own heart!
Yep, John Campbell's version did a much better job of capturing the "your neighbor and best friend may actually be your enemy" suspense of the original story. The lesson coming from the Soviet Union where your own family would betray you to the politburo. Which I think we are getting close to..

This Island Earth, incredible special effects for the time, and helped expand a few people's minds beyond the "black and white" situations. As well as a good "mystery"

Forbidden Planet! Ah! "Beware the ID!" A Timeless classic. Our worst enemy is !Surprise! ourselves!

Rod Serling and Gene Roddenberry both turned to Sci-Fi because that was the only way they could make honest commentary without being censored. That's a sad commentary in itself.

My favorite author is Isaac Asimov. He taught me so much. He would take the most commonplace and popular topics and put them in a different setting and I'd be reading along and thinking "Damn! that's such a stupid attitude..."

And I'd realize that was the same stupid attitude that I had been adopting and advocating. He, and Serling, and Roddenberry, and others like them, opened my eyes.

Why was I so stupid?
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 08:56 AM
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22. I'll need your heart: I have a new cookbook: TO SERVE MAN
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 09:22 AM
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23. LET ME OFF THIS SPACESHIP!!
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flowomo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:19 PM
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18. see my post below for details....
n/t
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:42 PM
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8. "It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet,"
"...but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder."

In other words, "We'll democratize the shit out of you!"

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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:49 PM
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9. I stayed tuned for
It Came from Outer Space, also featuring Richard Carlson
also fun
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:51 PM
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13. Unfinished business
Are we living through "plan TEN from outer space"? :shrug:
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 05:59 PM
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15. ME TOO
:)
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flowomo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:00 PM
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16. you might enjoy this column I wrote in 2002:
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 06:02 PM by flowomo
also online at:
http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2002/12/05/editorial...

The big guy is the answer
By Rich Lewis December 5, 2002

I was driving down the road the other day gloomily mulling the state of our over-weaponized world.

The weirdo North Korean government has nuclear weapons.

Our own president seems disappointed that Saddam Hussein isn't giving him a quick enough excuse to start a war.

Saddam himself is likely sitting on piles of bombs filled with toxic gases and horrible diseases.

Some violent fool has shown all the other violent fools that shoulder-fired missiles could be an economical way to blow up planes full of people.

And on and on and on....

I was getting pretty depressed, convinced that we are doomed to blow ourselves up, and that we are utterly incapable of stopping it from happening.

That's when it hit me just flashed into my mind, out of the blue.

What we need is... Gort.

That's right, Gort. You remember him. He's the eight-foot-tall, gleaming metal robot from the classic science-fiction movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still."

In that movie, made in 1951 but still as good as anything coming out of Hollywood today, a spaceman named Klaatu (played by Michael Rennie) comes to say that peace-loving aliens are worried that Earthlings are developing weapons and technology that could threaten the entire galaxy.

His message: "It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet. But if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple. Join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration."

Wow. They just don't write dialogue like that any more.

Anyway, Klaatu's bodyguard is Gort, a member of an intergalactic police force of robots. Their job is to melt weapons and the bad guys who carry them with a laser beam that shoots from their heads. The image of that creepy light swirling inside Gort's head as he prepares to fire still gives me the chills.

As you recall, Klaatu gets shot and spends time in the hospital.

Later on he gets shot again and just before he dies, tells Patricia Neal she must go to the big robot and utter that immortal line, "Gort, Klaatu barada nickto."

That will cause the robot to fetch Klaatu and bring him back to life so that the spaceman can deliver the "cinder" speech quoted above.

While all this is happening, Gort is running around microwaving into dust anything that even looks at him the wrong way. Rifles. Tanks. Soldiers. Poof, gone.

We Earthlings need that kind of tough love now.

It's obvious that people can't put the world aright and that we truly are threatening all life on this planet, if not on other planets.

So I say, send in the Gorts.

Ok, it sounds silly at first, but really, is it any dumber than Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" defense shield? Visions of that gazillion-dollar boondoggle are still dancing in the heads of the president and his friends.

If we're going to waste all that money anyhow, Gort is a much better idea to waste it on.

The danger these days isn't from big missiles shooting through space where "Star Wars" can zap them. What we need to fear are those shoulder-fired babies, car bombs, nukes-in-a-suitcase, anthraxes-in-a-bottle, sniper rifles and other earth-bound stuff.

Exactly the kind of stuff that Gort eats for lunch.

And yes, I've seen "The Terminator" and "The Matrix" and so I know how these robots can get uppity and decide to take over the world for themselves.

But that's just a design problem. Build 'em right and they'll run right.

And yes, it is a tad fascistic you know, a swarm of giant metal cops melting down everything from slingshots to nuclear submarines.

But we could soften that by equipping them with features that would benefit mankind in other ways. They could have vacuum attachments to keep the streets clean.

Or they could dispense freshly brewed coffee or play your favorite CD. Nobody says Gort has to be a uni-functional bore.

So that's my idea for saving the world.

If you've got a better one, by all means share it.

But do it quick. I have a feeling that if you put it off too long, there won't be any world left to save.
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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:02 PM
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17. Gort, fry their ass
They are too stupid to live.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:27 PM
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19. Gort! Klaatu has won the bet!
You're not going to tell me they hadn't discussed whether the aggressive earthlings would end up killing Gort. :evilgrin:
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MnFats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:30 PM
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20. DU people are the hippest people in the world! and any others!
thank you and a high five to all who responded!!!
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Crabby Appleton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:32 PM
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21. Klaatu barada nikto
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dougkeenan Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:56 PM
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24. Link to the hacked roadsign story ...
http://www.zug.com/gab/index.cgi?func=view_thread&sort=...

Gort rocks!

And I'd like to throw in a good word for the classic "When Worlds Collide" as well.
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