Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Force is strong in this petition: 'We the People' petition to build Death Star

The White House "We the People" website, where Americans can post petitions for consideration by the Obama Administration, has seen its most interesting entry to date. A petition titled "Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016" reached the required 25,000 signatures on Thursday, which will trigger an official response, according to the Obama Administration's own rules.

A petition must reach 25,000 signatures within a month, and the deadline had been set at Dec. 14, so it beat the requirement by one day.

The petition says:
Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.

By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.
We can see this will never pass the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. In 2011, economics students at Lehigh University estimated the cost of a fully operational Death Star battle station to be $852 quadrillion, or roughly 13,000 times the global -- not national -- GDP. And you think we have deficit problems now.

"We the People" is a section of the website, launched on Sept. 22, 2011, used to petition the administration's policy experts. Petitions that meet a certain threshold of signatures -- currently 25,000 in a month -- will be reviewed by officials in the Administration and an official response will be issued.

The original threshold was set at 5,000 signatures, and was raised to 25,000 on Oct 3, 2011.

According to Wikipedia, the first Death Star (from episode IV, "A New Hope") is depicted in various sources of having a crew of 265,675, as well as 52,276 gunners, 607,360 troops, 30,984 stormtroopers, 42,782 ship support staff, and 180,216 pilots and support crew.

Fans will will recall the mostly-built successor in Episode VI, "Return of the Jedi." We anticipate the next appearance of the Death Star to not be in Earth's orbit, but to be in Episode VII. It's still unclear what the storyline in that movie will be, but it has been said it will be all-new, original material.

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