White House Officially Agrees We Should Be Able to Unlock Our Phones
When it's not wasting time answering demands to build a Death Star, the White House's We The People online petition site can actually be used to get real responses to legitimate concerns on issues facing Americans. Today, in response to a petition signed by over 114,000 people, the White House issued a response on the issue of it now being illegal to unlock cell phone. The response? They agree it should be legal, because of course it should.Read on...
Kickstarter Jumps the Shark, Offers Campaign to Fund a Death Star
Fifty years from now, when we all look back at what once was, and we fondly remember how Kickstarter used to be a great way for artists and inventors to fund projects that might not otherwise be possible, we could very well remember this campaign as Kickstarter's jump-the-shark moment. After the White House refused to build a Death Star, someone started a joke Kickstarter campaign to build one anyway, and it already has more than 1,000 supporters.Read on...
This Isn’t the Article on the White House’s Death Star Petition Response You’re Looking For
As you may or may not be aware, there's a petition over on We the People, which is where folks post petitions to potentially receive an official response from the United State government, requesting that the Obama administration "[s]ecure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016." Like, Star Wars Death Star. Ordinarily, this would just be an amusing blip on the radar, covered by our sister site The Mary Sue back in December. That was before Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, penned an official White House response to it.Read on...
White House Responds to Two Anti-SOPA Petitions
Just because there is a system for everyday folks to submit petitions to the White House doesn't mean that the Obama administration has to respond. However, in the case of two anti-SOPA petitions, the White House decided to weigh in on the subject. Not to spoil it, but if you were hoping for a firm promise to veto the legislation, you're going to be disappointed. It's not all bad news, though, and the response does give insight into the stance of the Executive Branch of government on this hot-button topic.Read on...
This Anti-SOPA Petition Would Take Down Whitehouse.gov Under SOPA
So we've been covering SOPA a lot, specifically how horrible it is and how horribly it's going. On the dim, but bright side, someone listed as Ji S has created a beautifully simple illustration of how utterly ridiculous SOPA really is. Under SOPA as it currently stands, this anti-SOPA petition on Whitehouse.gov would lead to a nationwide block of Whitehouse.gov on the whole. The irony is delicious, isn't it?Read on...
White House Says There Are No Alien Cover-Ups, No Extraterrestrial Contact
Perhaps in the vein of "ask a silly question, get a silly answer," the White House has formally stated that there is no evidence of extraterrestrial contact with the Earth, and no efforts to hide said non-existant extraterrestrial activity from the public. But that's just what they would say, isn't it? The response comes from Phil Larson of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy in response to two We The People online petitions.Read on...