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Obscene_CNN (3652201) writes "When you are only working part time you tend to look for business opportunities and additional employment. After seeing a few kickstarter projects being pimped on here leveraging other people's work they give out for free I figured why not go big time. I decided to try and fund a Death Star.
Of course there are a few problems with trying to create this project on kickstarter. First they want a location and high earth orbit isn't acceptable. Next they won't let you fund a $2,900,000,000,000,000,000 USD project. And finally they have this stupid no weapons or dangerous device policy.
Now the first issue can be fixed by a simple change in the webpage to allow places they don't recognize. Its not like this is the first project to built in space. They should be expecting this as they do have a category for space projects.
For the second issue, funding limits. I guess they worry you can't raise $2.9 quintillion in 60 days. Really it would only cost about $2.7 quintillion http://www.pcmag.com/article2/... but after Kickstarter and Amazon take their cut it bumps the price to another $200 quadrillion. I really think that if they would be willing to drop their percentage in half they could still be happy making $100 quadrillion. Lets face it dropping the funding goal $100 quadrillion improves the odds of any kickstarter project working.
Now for the final issue of their weapons policy. Since this project will be built in space there will be no governing laws other than the laws of physics. Why would they prohibit this? I can only speculate that they are under the impression that Death Star owners run around blowing up planets like they see in the movies. In reality there is not one document case of a Death Star owner doing this. As long as they continue to buy into the Death Star control freaks hype from the planet Alderaan we won't be able to get this project off the ground.
This is where I need your help. Please send them feedback to encourage them to make changes to their website and policies to allow this project. You can contact them here. https://www.kickstarter.com/co...