White House changes the number of signatures required for petitions after Death Star request

You may remember the story from last week about a petition to the United States government to build a Death Star and the hilariously geeky response that followed.

Well, it seems the 25,000 threshold to have a petition considered has proven to be a little low to automatically weed out some of the less serious or committed petitions. The White house has now raised the threshold to 100,000 signatures. While the Death Star petition wasn’t directly sited, this move seems to have happened too soon to be a coincidence. This is an unfortunate turn of events for those with serious proposals, but I would imagine proposals that are well presented and supported will still be able to achieve the required amount of signatures to be considered.

Again, this is a perfect opportunity to check out some of the petitions (or start your own) and see if there is anything there you would like to support.  It’s a great way (other than the time tested standard of writing your congressperson) to get involved in the democratic process and make your voice heard.

Via NBC News

White House offers an official response to a petition to build a Death Star

Yes.  This is an actual thing.  The White House has a site (petitions.whitehouse.gov) where the average American citizen can start a petition to implore the government to consider a proposal, with the condition that it attracts at least 25,000 signatures.

Well, someone decided to petition the government of the United States of America to build a Death Star and received a whopping 34,435 signatures, prompting an official response from the White House. And it was awesome! This must be the geekiest administration I’ve been witness to, which in my mind is a good thing.

Read the full response below or at the official White House website:

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LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes coming this fall

From the minds that brought us the LEGO: Star Wars, LEGO: Batman and LEGO: Indiana Jones video games, comes the next logical step… LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes.  This game will be available for pretty much every conceivable console platform and will feature the same type of game play we loved in the previous LEGO titles.  It will also feature many Marvel Universe characters, such as Iron Man, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Deadpool and many others.

The plot involves Nick Fury calling together many Marvel Universe super heroes to save Earth from various threats.

From the press release:

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes offers an original storyline in which Nick Fury calls upon Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Wolverine and other heroes spanning the Marvel Universe to save Earth from such threats as the vengeance of Loki and the hunger of Galactus, Devourer of the Worlds.  LEGO and Marvel fans will enjoy classic LEGO videogame adventure and humor, while playing as their favorite Marvel characters.