This is either insanely cool, or just plain insane. We’re not 100% sure which. A petition asking the US presidency to “secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016” has passed the 25 000 signatures mark, meaning that the White House will actually have to respond to it.
The petition claims that building the moon-sized spacestation and superweapon would prove a massive boon to job creation in the US as well as the country’s national defense efforts:
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.
The petition crossed the 25 000 signatures just a month after it was put up. 4Chan users are, unsurprisingly ecstatic that the White House will be forced to release an official statement on the matter.
There’s no word on whether there are plans for a competing petition asking for the training of an elite squad of spiritually enlightened warriors capable of saving whole galaxies with near-impossible shots from their space fighters.
Update: The White House has responded to the petition.
Source: The Next Web
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