I was cheered this morning to discover that the White House had, as promised, responded to the we want a death star petition. It got over 34,000 signatures — one of which was not mine, I quickly add — and so that’s enough that the White House was honor bound to respond. And it said no. Paul Shawcross, the Chief of the Science and Space branch of the White House management and budget office, explains that the White House will not start building a Death Star, because it’s much too expensive, and it can be brought down by one fighter pilot on his or her own. And also, to my great relief, because the White House does not support blowing up planets. Good to know.