Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in this history of mankind.
Mankind -- that word should have new meaning for all of us today.
We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore.
We will be united in our common interests.
Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution -- but from annihilation.
We're fighting for our right to live, to exist.
And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice:
"We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight!
We're going to live on!
We're going to survive!"
Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!
ANGLE - ARABIAN AIR FORCE CAMP
Dozens of Arab pilots are gathered around a large radio as the
Morse code comes through. Thomson quickly kneels down, taking
It's from the Americans. They
want to organize a counter
It's about bloody time. What do
they plan to do?
The success of INDEPENDENCE DAY has gone beyond anything we could have ever imagined. We knew that we were creating a very special film and are pleased that it has struck a chord with such a vast audience.
Now, and in the years to come, we hope you and those close to you will have the opportunity to enjoy this film over and over again.
Manhattan was gone. The island was transformed into a barren shelf of land, swept clean of builidings all the way up to Yonkers. Amid the choking swirl of dust and smoke, natural gas lines shot towers of flame into the sky. Twisted brick and concrete foundations showed where the bulidings had been torn away.
Humanity had survived, but only at a staggering cost. Millions were dead and millions more were injured. Many would never recover from the wounds, both physical and emotional, they had sustained during the invasion. Even as the survivors began digging themselves out from under the debris, thankful to be alive, they felt the dread of the months and years of rebuilding which lay ahead. The howls coming from the victory celebrations echoed over a collapsed and blighted world. In most places, the destruction was so severe that the living envied the dead.
More than a hundred of the world's largest cities had been obliterated, among them ancient, irreplaceable treasures such as Paris, Baghdad, New York and Kyoto. Gone too were the world's finest museums and libraries, its major airports and factories, food processing plants, markets, office buildings, and one out of every three human homes.
Refugees, hundreds of millions of them, without shelter or means of feeding themselves, wondered how they would survive. The situation was most dire in the southern hemisphere, where it was the middle of winter. Mass migrations to the temperate zones of the Earth began immediately, further taxing already strained ecological resources. The Earth's water, land and air were all heavily polluted in the aftermath of the short but cataclysmic war.
localroger: Also, they gave Brent Spiner his best shot at breaking typecast. Too bad it didn't work.
SPrintF: Silly man. You do this every day. I'm on a Mac right now. I'm talking to the MeFi servers that run, what, Linux, Windows? How would I know? Why would I care? It's just bits flying down a wire.
There's nothing magical about heterogeneous systems interfacing. You establish a protocol. You talk.
Point 1: Area 51 had the scout craft for decades. Why would they not, in all that time, learned a bit about how to talk to it?
"You want movies with stupid computers? Have you seen the trailer for Untraceable yet? 'Oh no, this mysterious website is killing people!'"
localroger: IAmBroom had they left the explanatory scene in, it could be assumed that the alien computers were of an architecture similar enough to some widely used human computer that Goldblum's character was familiar with it.
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