White House Responds To Death Star Petition

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As it turns out, the U.S. is a democracy. And while many may feel that their voices are rarely heard, the age of the Internet has given an even stronger echo to those with access to a keyboard and mouse. The White House has deemed that any online petition aimed at the U.S. government will be recognized and responded to, so long as over 25,000 online signers take part. One of this year's biggest, weirdest, and most hilarious petitions is one that demands the American government begin construction of a "Death Star" by the year 2016. Yes, we're serious, and no, we aren't making this up.

It all feels like something out of a comedy, or perhaps even a parody, but it's real. And amazingly, the petition received more than enough signatures to force the White House to address it. And address it did. Unfortunately, the response probably isn't the one most people were hoping for. Here's a snippet from the response: "The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. 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."


Perhaps even crazier is the response. Those quotes above are real, and are attributed to the White House. Who knew the folks at 1600 Penn. Ave. had such comedic prowess? At any rate, the White House reminds petitioners that we already have a Space Station, with six astronauts living in it right now. Still, that's not as cool as a Death Star, is it?
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sevags replied on Sat, Jan 12 2013 3:49 PM

What about a more manageable sized Death Star maybe only 100 yards in diameter with not planet destroying lasers but country or continent destroying lasers... I'm sure the overall cost would be 1/10 that of a full sized version, creates jobs, adds to defense, we wouldn't be destroying planets, we all win right? Maybe the U.S can sell tours to geeks to help fund the project.

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karanm replied on Sat, Jan 12 2013 4:05 PM

Sure take the virgin space flight up there and target some place in the middle of the ocean. That would be kinda badass!!

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Jan 12 2013 7:47 PM

The international space station is about 100 yards in diameter. Country destroying lasers are still science fiction at this point... or at least that's what my company said I should tell anyone that asks.

The White House could fix this whole system if they made it such that any time you wanted to vote on a petition, you had to vote on the validity of 3 other petitions. If the majority of people said they were invalid, they would be dismissed.

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sevags replied on Sat, Jan 12 2013 8:02 PM

So then at that size it's definitely doable

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Jan 12 2013 9:11 PM

The White House response is HILARIOUS: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/isnt-petition-response-youre-looking

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Jan 12 2013 10:01 PM

Definitely have to hand it to the White House. At the very least it was a great PR move, if not solid demonstration of a good sense of humor.

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Jan 13 2013 6:44 AM

Here a link to a rather more serious petition ; i e, to make the metric system (SI) the standard in the US. Almost certainly easier to do than to construct a so-called «Death Star» and with far greater and far more beneficial consequences for the country. Perhaps HH would care to cover the issue, which presumably is of interest to all techies....

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sackyhack replied on Sun, Jan 13 2013 9:24 AM

Yeah, I come from a country that used the metric system and the American system is...baffling at best. I get that it'll be hard to switch, but it'd be a switch to something infinitely simpler. I don't see it happening any time soon but maybe some day...

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jan 13 2013 9:51 AM

The metric system is already the standard in the US (since 1975: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_Conversion_Act), it's just not compulsory.  When you do carpentry and stuff, feet are still useful because of the easy division by 3 and 4.

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fat78 replied on Mon, Jan 14 2013 11:22 AM

Maybe we should focus on the light saber first?

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Dorkstar replied on Mon, Jan 14 2013 2:29 PM

We already got star wars, why not add the death star to it?

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mhenriday replied on Wed, Jan 16 2013 4:46 PM

In this connexion I wonder how many HH readers have seen this report to the effect that a petition will now have to be signed by 100 000 rather than 25 000 registered petitioners before the White House is required to respond ? Cynical as I am, I can't help but wonder if this move wasn't motivated by an explicit desire to avoid having to respond to the petition to switch to the metric system - in practice, not merely in an act of Congress which seems to have resulted in nothing more than the establishment of a board whose activities during the last nearly four decades seem scarcely to have been epoch-making....

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