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SOPA Shelved

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And so following a massive groundswell of protest with the government's attempt to blatantly confiscate the First Amendment, SOPA quietly dies.

From The Hill:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) announced on Friday that he will postpone consideration of his Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) until there is wider agreement on the controversial legislation.


"I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said. "It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products."


Smith's announcement came just minutes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced he would shelve the Senate's version of the anti-piracy legislation, the Protect IP Act.


The move is a stunning acknowledgment of failure for the powerful chairman.


Smith was the author of SOPA and its most vocal proponent. He had repeatedly said the bill did not need to be changed and accused the critics of "spreading lies."


But support for the bill collapsed after a massive Web protest on Wednesday. Major sites including Google and Wikipedia either shut down in protest or displayed messages opposing the legislation.


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Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:04 | 2081157 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The government is waking up the sheeple by trying to take away their internet.

Yet maybe now there will be nothing to worry about....

"You can have your go back to sleep....back to sleep."

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:08 | 2081189 Badabing
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And just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water..............

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:14 | 2081215 Cash_is_Trash
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Chris Dodd is still a piece of shit.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:15 | 2081220 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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His father was a piece of shit, his father was a piece of shit, and yes, Chris Dodd is a piece of shit.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:17 | 2081229 dwdollar
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Bye SOPA. See you next year around Christmas Eve, disguised as a different acronym attached to a "must pass" piece of legislation, such as a defense spending bill (to kill all those "terrorists" we haven't killed thus far).

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:20 | 2081246 greyghost
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so the little nazi from texas was sent packing!!!! right along with his commmie counterpart from the state of nevada!!!!! two sides of the same coin....

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:44 | 2081322 12ToothAssassin
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"Im not quite dead yet" 


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:52 | 2081354 catacl1sm
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"I feel happy!!!!"


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:28 | 2081672 Buckaroo Banzai
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Killing this thing is going to be like killing a vampire. It's gonna keep rising from the dead until they get it passed. Next step on their agenda is to dial up some more "terrorist attacks" where the "terrorists" will "use the internet to attack us", just like they already "used the airlines to attack us". We see how that one played out.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 17:00 | 2082325 Comay Mierda
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Internet wont matter when your thrown into a FEMA camp.  I'll be happy when the sheeple protest the NDAA

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 07:36 | 2083809 BorisTheBlade
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One thing they missed while trying to pass SOPA was to establish link between piracy and terrorism, I don't think they will make the same mistake again. Another reincarnation of it might be wrapped up around with some other piece of legislation that in itself not caalled SOPA but will overlap control over internet and among things mentions online piracy a threat to national security. That would totally make sense in a fucked up the way I think they might think.

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 03:56 | 2083676 Dooud
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....'tis but a scratch. --SOPA

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:52 | 2081357 gmrpeabody
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Hurray for our side!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:00 | 2081375 DeadFred
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Color me surprised.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:14 | 2081425 Ruffcut
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Soapa is washed up for the time being.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:21 | 2081447 Don Birnam
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Re: "SOPA Shelved"


"They'll be back..."

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 15:25 | 2081943 CompassionateFascist
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Limbaugh, who reads this site, spent a few minutes attacking SOPA on his show this AM. Maybe that's the silver bullet, maybe not. My guess it'll be back. Like, attached to the next "Defense Appropriations" bill...

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:24 | 2081462 Killer the Buzzard
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Sopa de pollo... las bitchez!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:53 | 2081568 Miss Expectations
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"Don't worry, go back to your cabins."

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:23 | 2081459 tarsubil
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The US Federal Government, aka the Mob, will still enforce their rules.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 15:29 | 2081961 Jonas Parker
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Chinga su SOPA!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:56 | 2081365 BLOTTO
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Wait until 'Annoymous' or some other 'internet threat' pokes its ugly head again - and then they will have no choice but to implement SOPA or some other fucking shit... to protect 'us' - so says 'them'.

Its just a matter of time...

The internet is one of the last few places you can get - if you search in the right places - valuable information on the truth and to follow what 'they' are doing and whats next...


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:03 | 2081391 CPL
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Anonymous did last night.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:40 | 2081481 tarsubil
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I never heard of or use megaupload, but I'm so pissed I'm tempted to do something very illegal.

Dear Anonymous,

I have an idea that is not illegal and is not sexy but I think with your skills and just a little work will be able to make your enemies feel real pain.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 16:37 | 2082235 CPL
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Anyone can be anonymous.  There are many branches, we haven't been exclusively technical for around two years.  Most of the efforts now are based in combatting the complete retardation of the TPTB attempting to "add value" to things that they take for granted or never think about.


SOPA and PIPA will eventually pass and be masked under some other foolish umbrella.  My thoughts on the reversal of attitude last night has more to do with the 400 ex armed forces that requested our assistance in locating the family members of the Senators and Congress people that were for the proposal.  We refer to these folks as the /k/'s.  You can go see how much fun they are on  They are the physical arm.

SWaGSec obtained the information and currently there are 400 well armed loons running around.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 17:02 | 2082323 tarsubil
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I just cannot condone violence. That is the one thing the Fed government is good at. I don't believe an armed resistance from without would ever work and it would play into their hands. My idea is legal and is specifically targetted at stopping SOPA or PIPA or any legislation from getting off the ground after it is passed.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 17:38 | 2082450 JeffB
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TPTB are not going to allow Anonymous to continue to taunt them.

They're going to be working diligently to put a stop to their activities as it is at least irritating and embarrassing to them and potentially threatening to them.

They won't stop until they can control them -- whatever it takes.


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:50 | 2081553 americanspirit
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Greyghost - you've got that right. Lamar Smith is exactly a little nazi. I live in his district and am continually affronted that this criminal continued to be re-elected. He has voted for every piece of legislation that has undermined the constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the economy of this country and yet almost nobody here in Texas realizes what a total disaster he is. He gives Nazis a bad name. And believe me I have called his office many times and said as much - doesn't matter at all, of course. The level of ignorance of the people combined with the power of special interests ensures that this little creep will continue his work undermining the country.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:06 | 2081609 blindfaith
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 you over look the sponsor of this nazi bill, Mr Marko Rubio (R) from Miami?  Start looking under rocks, before you throw them at ghosts riding off into the past.  This wonder boy was so disliked by the Republicans in State of Florida legislator, that they chased him out of the Senate....NOW that says a lot.  Of course that didn't stop the the Miami Cubans from getting him into the US Senate as their 'tea party' boy, and eveyone overlooked his history.  You all need to keep you eye on this guy, his hatchling the Communication Decency Act, SOPA, PIPA these will all come back again and likely during the last 3 minutes before Christmas recess when Marko and his pals lag behind to do their business.

So there you have, cuss and curse the Democrats but the sponsors are Republicans, with easy-to-be-bought Democrats catching a ride including the bums listed above. 

SOPA and PIPA are from this boy and his Republican counterparts.  Go Google it, find the facts for yourself before these boys find a work-around and have their way while you drink your eggnog.

The New York Times reports that Internet protests against anti-piracy legislation (SOPA and PIPA) are working. "Freshman Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a rising Republican star, was first out of the starting gate Wednesday morning with his announcement that he would no longer back anti-Internet piracy legislation he had co-sponsored. Senator John Cornyn, the Texas Republican who heads the campaign operation for his party, quickly followed suit and urged Congress take more time to study the measure that had been set for a test vote next week."

Lets hope Ron Paul wins and asks for Huntsman as his VP, then we might have hope.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:40 | 2081743 prodigious_idea
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I think Rubio withdrew his support.  Strange as co-sponsor.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:46 | 2081333 candyman
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Can't say much till we see the outcome of the next election. The best case is a sweep...Lets see if all the bums are thrown out.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:57 | 2081367 aerojet
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When does that ever happen?  The only sweeping change I can remember was after the Democrat Congress got wiped out after they passed that stupid "assault weapons" ban.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:52 | 2081557 Ferrari
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There's little hope of sweeping the bums out when all candidates, but one, are bums. I see bums everywhere.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:17 | 2081634 Things that go bump
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Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:20 | 2081646 Things that go bump
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We have to throw all of them out of office.  Every last one.  Maybe the next batch of slime will be more responsive to their constituents. 

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 02:50 | 2083610 BidnessMan
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Nah - will be somehow wrapped around preventing distribution of child pornography

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:32 | 2081279 orangedrinkandchips
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The shit doesnt fall far from the


All of the above are fucking crooks....

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:43 | 2081525 williambanzai7
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Fri, 01/20/2012 - 16:24 | 2082183 Babushka
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The states which suppress Internet freedom and impose censorship are doomed ...  Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:40 | 2081314 orangedrinkandchips
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Tar and feathe the fucking cocksuckers....(my apologies to all cocksuckers...nothing wrong with that...after won't suck itself!)

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 02:47 | 2083607 BidnessMan
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Not that there is anything wrong with that....

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:05 | 2081603 Colombian Gringo
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Calling Chris Dodd a piece of shit is an insult to feces.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:17 | 2081224 dwdollar
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Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:26 | 2081264 Cash_is_Trash
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Bring back SOPA! Freedom scares me. </s>

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:32 | 2081276 Deo vindice
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SOPA was a trial balloon. It will come back and keep coming back under different guises because the agenda of the NWO is being constantly frustrated by the dispersal of news through the internet.

This was just a battle won. Not the war.

The price of freedom is still eternal vigilance.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:02 | 2081294 Dr. Richard Head
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It will indeed come back.  I would assume the next bill will be called Suddenly Halting Internet Traffic or S.H.I.T. for short.

Creating Utilitarian Normal Traffic - CUNT


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:00 | 2081590 Mr Kurtz
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Nah, it will come back as a "rider" to the next NDAA in 2012.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:06 | 2081608 Mr Kurtz
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Nah, it will come back as a "rider" to the next NDAA in 2012.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:11 | 2081626 blindfaith
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sponsored, once again by the neocon wonder boy:

Marko Rubio (R) Miami

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 15:31 | 2081968 CompassionateFascist
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Ah, no, I doubt if wonder boy will touch this dog again. ZOG will use some other designated hitter.

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 06:55 | 2535753 l.hauri
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I don;t think that they will approve SOPA. Maybe thet should make a new version. canon ink

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:49 | 2081345 The Count
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They will disguise it under some innocuous sounding phrase like Internet Uniform Data Act...and tell us its for our convenience. In Europe they have a lot of experience getting bogus legistation through. Just keep putting the stuff up for vote until they wear everybody out and it passes.  


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:57 | 2081545 viahj
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here in the States, they just keep postponing such things until they get enough votes (bribes) lined up.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:09 | 2081618 Colombian Gringo
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Or the sack of shit in the white house will impose it by executive order, once his handlers stick their hands up his ass.

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 02:46 | 2083601 BidnessMan
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Just need a good hacker to use the internet to get into the Teleprompter - can announce whatever we want.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:45 | 2081765 mtomato2
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And THAT, ladies and gents, is how we got the Fed...

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:58 | 2081372 aerojet
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You don't have a very long memory--Google COPA.  They have tried to censor the Internet practically since it became such a force in to reckon with.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 17:31 | 2082432 EternalVigilance
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Could not have said it any better.


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:46 | 2081323 Blank Reg
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"Bring back SOPA! Freedom scares me."

Agreed. We ordinary people are not enlightened enough to be counted on the make the right decisions. We need to be lead to proper policy by our betters. It's for our own good.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 18:56 | 2082688 prains
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she will SOPA your ROPA

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:18 | 2081241 The Vizier
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Over history inept governmenta that had nothing else to offer gave the masses religion. Attempts to control or take it away didn't end well. Fast forward to today where the currency of inept governments and religion of the masses is the internet. Attempts to confiscate or control it will end equally if not worse...

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:21 | 2081248 Gully Foyle
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Mr Lennon Hendrix

"The government is waking up the sheeple by trying to take away their internet."

No, they don't really give a shit. Megauploads will be used as a poster child test case for the new and improved SOPA.

While we are at it

January 19, 2012
When Will Environmentalists Ever Wake Up? The Great Pipeline Scam by MICHAEL LEONARDI

In another ridiculous moment of political trickery, Obama managed to dupe a major chunk of the American environmental movement yesterday by refusing to authorize the construction of the Keystone Pipeline now. The keyword in that sentence which seems like it is being largely ignored by the enviros is now, because what Obama did do is leave open the possibility of authorizing the construction of a pipeline any time in the future, say just after the election? And not that it matters much, as pipeline or not Tar Sands are already being refined all across the United States in increasing amounts. This great victory being celebrated by, Bill Mckibben and the no carbon crusaders out there is a complete farce to manipulate voters as we head into the latest corporate sponsored election.

Why is it so hard for seemingly good and well intentioned people to see the reality in front of them? Climate change will not be reversed by temporarily stopping this pipeline and Tar Sands are still moving forward full steam ahead. The Petrolarchs will get their Tar Sands Oil to market anyway they can pipeline or not. As was widely reported in the mainstream media, the state department made sure to leave the door open for Trans Canada to go ahead with another proposal for the construction of the pipeline. Trans Canada says they are preparing to start construction on schedule, knowing full well that this is already a done deal.  Is it Obama’s nurturing language that fools them? “The rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment,” Obama said. How many times will these well intentioned people allow themselves to be fooled? It seems that many of these good folks often get swept away by the feel good headlines and rarely read beyond the first two paragraphs of an article. Obama should be thanking the idiot republicans for this one, as it was a good way to rally a part of his most gullible base.

The celebration is on as headlines of “Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline” shoot across the screens, and Mckibben, like a good little foot soldier isn’t missing a beat to rally the troops around the HOPE inspiring president. The Rockefeller front group and its flock rally to the news of Obama coming through in the clutch. They talk of tar sands and coal and fracking and the carbon foot print but never a mention of the “safe and clean” nuclear power from these folks. The very real dangers of our decrepit and crumbling nuclear power industry aren’t on Bill Mckibben’s radar screen it seems and just as with his buddy Al Gore, the issue of carbon seems solely on the radar superficially, maybe as a way to sell more books? One has to wonder.

It’s not at all difficult to dissect the situation here. Tar Sands is quite arguably the most destructive extraction of resources ever unleashed by man and it is wreaking havoc in the tar fields of Alberta Canada, where once intact and beautiful ecosystems are being ravaged. The Oil Industry which is a major share holder in our political establishment, is making a lot of money off this mess. Tar Sands are being refined all over the United States with major expansions ready to be implemented that will further increase the capacity of the United States to work with its halfwitted cousin Canada in the furthering of Tar Sands exploitation. The Keystone XL will be a part of this destructive web and Obama has put it on hold until the next election.

As outlined by Tom McDonnell in his December 15th Mother Jones article “There’s No Hiding From Tar Sands Oil“ ,  with or without the pipeline, Tar Sands extraction is intensifying and expanding. In Toledo and outside of Chicago, billion dollar expansions of BP refineries are set to refine this crap and spew CO2s and extremely toxic byproducts laden with heavy metals and sulfur into the air, land and water around these facilities which are celebrated by the local Democratic Party Machines and the likes of congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. The ever more ridiculous liberals celebrate their elected leaders as progressive saint like figures leading us to the land of growth and prosperity while protecting our environment through working in partnership with industry and regulators to make sure all is done in compliance with unenforced regulations. Obama is now billed as a hero by the likes of Bill Mckibben who tweeted yesterday that: “the president acted decisively and bravely–and he listened to people, not money. a good day”.

Those who point out the truth about what is happening here are ridiculed, called unloving, unrealistic, haters. We are told to join the team or shut up. We are told we think to much and need to open our hearts. We are chastised and told that if the republicans get in then that pipeline will really be a reality and we are told that this pipeline is the key to stopping Tar Sands refining. None of it is true. Many of these same people, when confronted with the reality of the National Defense Authorization act deny completely that Obama signed indefinite detention into law. They say that we are liars trying to defame their mythological god of hope. They say that the ACLU is full of crap. They are in the worst form of denial.

The Rockefellers and Obama have found a new front man in Bill Mckibben it seems. All will do is spread the word to its minions about this single issue while continuing to ignore the grim reality of the Tar Sands that are already being refined all across this country, the dangers of Nuclear Power and a whole host of energy fiascos. It was all set up to pull in the most gullible of the Big environmental groups under one big tent of blinded voters. America is really lost and it is doubtful that it will ever find its way. Bill Moyers recently said that “one of the biggest changes in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit at the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress,” and thanks to the likes of the delusional environmentalists that continue to uphold this system, this reality will be difficult to remedy. Hopefully Bill Mckibben won’t prove to be as naive as he seems and will lead his new found flock in a more resistant direction than rubber stamping the delusional reality that he is so far only feeding.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:48 | 2081340 Teamtc321
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Excellent post. 

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:48 | 2081344 RockyRacoon
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U.S. shuts down file-sharing website

— One of the world’s largest file-sharing sites was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said.

An indictment accuses of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content.

The indictment was unsealed one day after websites including Wikipedia and Craigslist shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart online piracy.

The Justice Department said in a statement said that Kim Dotcom, formerly known as Kim Schmitz, and three other executives were arrested Thursday in New Zealand at the request of U.S. officials.

Two other defendants are at large.

Megaupload was unique not only because of its size and the volume of downloaded content, but also because it had high-profile support from celebrities, musicians and other content producers who are most often the victims of copyright infringement and piracy. Before the website was taken down, it contained endorsements from Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, among others.


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:07 | 2081612 viahj
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so...current anti-piracy laws do indeed work.

so what's the need for two more then?........more to it than anti-piracy, that's for sure.

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 05:18 | 2083724 Tompooz
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The real purpose of SOPA was not to protect intellectual property, but to create a censorable internet. Wipo is just allowing itself to be used as a spearhead, to mask the true intentions behind the bill.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:50 | 2081348 narapoiddyslexia
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Thanks for the link. When the population collapses, the problem will be solved.

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 02:44 | 2083599 BidnessMan
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The Culling is coming.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:04 | 2081392 flattrader
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What crap...

>>>The Rockefeller front group and its flock rally to the news of Obama coming through in the clutch. They talk of tar sands and coal and fracking and the carbon foot print but never a mention of the “safe and clean” nuclear power from these folks. The very real dangers of our decrepit and crumbling nuclear power industry aren’t on Bill Mckibben’s radar screen it seems and just as with his buddy Al Gore, the issue of carbon seems solely on the radar superficially, maybe as a way to sell more books? One has to wonder.<<<

This idiot would have you believe that there are NO environmental groups or conservationists or coalitons fighting the continued re-licsensing of aging nuclear power though McKibben and Gore are the head of an all encompassing MONOLITHIC movement or organization.

The jerk needs to learn how to web search.

Here, I'll help him out.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 15:40 | 2082016 CompassionateFascist
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Stalin killed Lennon. And by the way, building or not building the pipeline, using or not using fossil fuels, isn't going to have the slightest effect on "Climate Change". That's all about the magnetosphere and the waxing and waning of the Sun, an inconstant heat engine. Ice Ages come and go, Tropical Ages come and go, and no amount of State Socialism/Crony Capitalism is going to change this. The Left can take its "human-induced global warming" meme and shove it.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 17:47 | 2082485 flattrader
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I agree.  Fuck climate change.  The science is sketchy at best.

What's wrong with cleaner air?

I pretty sure scientists would all agree that everybody fucking breathes.

Let's get back to basics.

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 02:44 | 2083597 BidnessMan
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I thought Mark David Chapman killed Lennon.


Wed, 06/06/2012 - 02:28 | 2498504 jackosnjones
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Friends across 50 different databases to identify where your child has online accounts, identify who your child is friends with, mcitp // 70-620 mcsa // 70-640 mcts // 70-647

mcpd // 70-646 mcse // snoring // Anti snoring devices

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:02 | 2081386 BLOTTO
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Also - btw - Who do you think created the 'internet'?!?!? Exactly - so its done - finished...just a matter of time for them to control the fuck out of that too...

The nature of the Internet will change as they make it safer. Sheeple love safety. That process is already under way.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:49 | 2081548 Ferrari
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All the fus over SOPA bemuses me considering that the NDAA ammendments, which I find far more chilling, were passed with so little fanfare.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:15 | 2081635 chubbar
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1). Some piece of shit will re-introduce this legislation before 12 months have passed.

2). Where the fuck were all the protests when the congress was dismantling Habeous Corpus and Posse Comitatus?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:42 | 2081754 Raynja
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no major corporations care about a few customers getting indefinitely detained.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 15:03 | 2081845 constitutionalist
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pretty sad the NDAA passed without a problem, apparently if you take someones rights and you are able to throw them in prison with no trial, rights, phone call, lawyer, no problem, but if you dare take away internet theyll revolt

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 22:34 | 2083221 StychoKiller
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The pr0n MUST flow!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:03 | 2081159 dracos_ghost
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Now on to the Fed

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:05 | 2081171 LawsofPhysics
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Yes, and potential a shot at the second amendmend?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:04 | 2081162 SeverinSlade
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SOPA isn't dead.  It's just "postponed."  They'll probably wait to reintroduce it once we're involved in an armed conflict with Iran or Syria.  After all, the government always tries to pass Constitutional shredding legislation when no one is paying attention (see: NDAA on New Years Eve).

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:06 | 2081177 agent default
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Why wait?  They will just pass it attached to an amendment to some fisheries subsidy bill or something like that.  The practice is well known

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:09 | 2081192 SeverinSlade
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Or there will be some major false flag cyber attack against a government website which will "force" Obuma to sign an executive order (with serious reservations).

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 15:30 | 2081964 CH1
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Yup - I-911

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:10 | 2081203 EscapeKey
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A rider bill.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:13 | 2081184 Azannoth
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This is a Pyrrhic(and temporary) Victory for Freedom(at best), it's like shaving a sheep but letting the fur on it's head stand, they took away pretty much everything else so they leave (for now) the illusion of free speech on the internet, and the sheeple will go to sleep again, than when no1 is looking they will reintroduce it through a backdoor legislation and pass it without debate

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:10 | 2081204 kridkrid
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Agreed.  NDAA... after Obama said repeatedly that he wouldn't sign it into law.  I have no doubt that this legislation will end up law, by hook or by crook.  They'll attach it to some sort of child pornography legislation, and as you say, pass it when no one is paying attention.  A few will make a fuss, as they have over NDAA... I expect a thoughtful condemnation from someone powerless, like Jon Stewart... then it's back to your regularly scheduled program.  

They must kill the Internet... it's an absolute threat, in its current form.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:35 | 2081289 centerline
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ZH withdrawal symptoms are likely pretty ugly.

Just imagine the internet going dark.  Not that the internet is "perfect."  But at least it is open enough for all of us to formulate our own opinions of the truth.  And sites like this allow us to put it out there for a good flogging - each time collectively getting closer and closer to reality.  It is also the last stand for real journalism.  The last stand for the truth.  An early warning system.  Etc.  Shut it down - or effectively sterilize it - I can't even begin to think about the world that come from that.    

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:53 | 2081358 Spastica Rex
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I might go outside and ride my bicycle.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:20 | 2081448 kridkrid
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Bicycle... bicycle... I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:49 | 2081474 Killer the Buzzard
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Do you want to ride it well?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:49 | 2081549 kridkrid
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I want to ride it where I like

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:42 | 2081753 MachoMan
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I'm not sure if I speak for everyone, but please put a seat on it first...

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 16:02 | 2082095 Tom Terrific
Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:12 | 2081212 Confused
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Exactly. A brief pause in the current programming.


it will come back. probably buried in some other legislation protecting our children. or keeping the terrorists from getting us.


remember: they hate you for your freedom. ;-)

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:16 | 2081230 Azannoth
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"remember: they hate you for your freedom. ;-)" dead on statement if you consider ..

Who 'they' are - Al Queda, Arabs, Terrorists ? Noooooo

'They' are the - Bilderbergs, Zionists, Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and everybody they control

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:06 | 2081403 BLOTTO
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Exactly - i like that - 'postponed.' Because eventually - it is coming... dont worry

Sheep love safety...



Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:05 | 2081167 The Deleuzian
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Free Speech Bitchez!!!!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:04 | 2081169 Ex-Pat
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What about indefinite detention?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:06 | 2081178 Seize Mars
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What about indefinite detention?

Yes, where are the coordinated web protests? We should all be outraged. The entire Bill of Rights is important, not just the 1st Amend!!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:09 | 2081196 SHEEPFUKKER

Good point....SOPA is dead.....fow now.  That will just give these idiot goons the opportunity to double down on NDAA.  It's all an illusion sheeple.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:32 | 2081280 tekhneek
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Well, I'm staying optimistic.

Wikipedia reached tens of millions of people. Reddit did the same. Craigslist did the same.

We went from a measly population even being aware of the bill to hundreds of millions of people actively protesting it with their own websites and it didn't take very long. I got an email on the 12th saying we only had 5 senators opposed, then I get an email on the 18th saying there's 45. That's progress.

While I do agree that the next version of this bill could slip in as a side note on a defense bill, etc, it gives me hope knowing that we were able to stop it and win at all.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:23 | 2081458 flattrader
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Where's the effing "Boycott App" for so-called smart phones.  THAT would be useful.

And speaking of getting even--

Somewhere out there is a sign-up pledge to deafeat lawmakers who vote for SOPA.

I think it was through wikipedia.  I lost/can't find the link.  Please post if you have it.


Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:57 | 2081371 RockyRacoon
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It ain't over.   Not in the slightest.  The major headline is "defeated!" but that will just lull J6P into thinking the deal is done.   Next time he sees a news story on this issue he will just adjust his generous ass on the sofa and call for another beer and bag o' chips. is just a decoy operation showing how much needed this legislation will be in a much more refined and focused form -- which the "new" legislation will seem to be.   Overshoot the mark, shock-and-awe, and then fall back to a new, low-profile position.   Works in warfare, why not legislation?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:02 | 2081384 tekhneek
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At least we still have a fair and honest voting system so we can vote out these scoundrels.

It's that goddamn counting system that's a bitch.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 15:48 | 2082042 CompassionateFascist
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Daily Bell's basic theme is that the 'net, vs. the Globalist-bankster thugs, is equivalent to Gutenberg's press vs. the medieval church. Could be. We'll see.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 16:25 | 2082191 ActionFive
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But they were threatening Facebook and Twitter..

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:21 | 2081237 The Deleuzian
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Indefinite detention Bitchez!!!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:27 | 2081676 Things that go bump
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Does it have a good medical plan?

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 02:40 | 2083592 BidnessMan
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3 hots and a cot - plus unlimited medical care. Plenty of time for law school too.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:20 | 2081245 Azannoth
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"indefinite detention" is impossible, only detention till you die :) hence Obama's prolonged detention

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:06 | 2081170 Dr. Engali
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Why do they need SOPA when they can just steal them?:

SOPA will be back.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:06 | 2081172 mantrid
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yeah but ACTA in Europe is about to pass :(

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:31 | 2081270 Azannoth
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People in Europe don't even know(and care) what the European Parliament is doing, it's really a perfect system, everybody only ever cares what their national parliaments are doing and completely ignore the EU Parliament so they can get away with pretty much anything, not to mention most of the decisions are made by committee and never voted on

People think that the EU Parliament is somehow only for Show, they don't realize how much influence it has on their daily lives additionally people over here are pretty much oblivious(and ignorant) to who rules them and what laws are  getting passed everyday, no1 likes to worry their little heads about those sort of things, since Europeans already gave up 99% of their freedoms they have comparatively little to loose anyway(No 1st or 2nd Amendment to worry about, even less the remaining 8), people fighting and demonstrating for Freedom are looked on very suspiciously and with contempt by the general masses as troublemakers and deviants, a 'Live Free or Die' T-Shirt would get you a lot of strange looks on the street might even get the attention of authorities

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:06 | 2081176 mfoste1
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Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:20 | 2081217 kridkrid
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not when you have successfully sold the sheep that your government is of the people, by the people, for the people.  It's a pipedream to believe that people will demand change.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:49 | 2081791 MachoMan
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That's not it at all...  this is the same contemptuous view of humanity that leads to liberalism, the nanny state, or even something as simple as the inability to expect personal responsibility from mortgagors and heloc'ers that got bit by the real estate down turn (they had no idea they couldn't afford the payments that were equivalent to the entirety of their takehome).  No...  no one actually believes any of this shit.

The sheep aren't sold on the belief structure, they're sold on the handouts...  don't tell me what you're going to do, just send me a check every month...  as long as it clears, and affords me an existence keeping with my expected comfort level, albeit meager in some regards, then I agree to be politically apathetic and otherwise keep my nose out of the nation's governance.

Let's just have a little gentlemans' wager...  I'll posit that when the checks don't clear or are materially decreased in value to their recipients, then you'll see some more political activism.  It's really a sliding scale...  the higher the standard of living the less people are inclined to waste time on maintenance of the political system...  but, just like houses who have their maintenance neglected, eventually the shitter backs up, the lights go out, and the walls fall in. 

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:06 | 2081181 A Lunatic
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It will be back, placed somewhere around page 1,679, to a piece of "must have legislation" that no one bothered to read because "we need to pass it to see what's in it".  Surely you must know the drill by now?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:07 | 2081183 Cognitive Dissonance
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It is all part of the game folks. This will come up again real soon......only this time they will claim that it has been "fixed" and thus perfected. It will pass with flying colors.

Perception management 101

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:13 | 2081216 Rainman
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Yup...Countrywide Chris Dodd was hired by the MPA specifically to get this thing done ! A minor setback for now, but he'll be back on them again with even more campaign cash before November.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:17 | 2081231 kridkrid
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I did my small part and called my congressman.  His staffer said, "he has stated publically that he is against this legislation in its current form"... I laughed.  I said to him, "you realize that what you have just said is code, do you not"?  He seemed confused.  He then asked if I was interested in following my congressman on Twitter.  I laughed again and wished him a good day.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:35 | 2081304 The Deleuzian
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Internet 'False Flag terrorist disruption so the sheeple demand tighter restrictions online to feel more safe' ..........Bitchez!!!!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:47 | 2081775 toomanyfakecons...
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Like a call right out of the Nazi playbook...

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:08 | 2081185 disabledvet
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How about a Start Online Privacy Act? Hahahahaha. Phucking pathetic. They don't even know the States they represent have been targeted and hit by the financial equivalent of a "denial of service attack." of course the answer is give them more government money!!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:45 | 2081770 toomanyfakecons...
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Not all states are created equal.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:08 | 2081191 Dr. Engali
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If anybody thinks this is a win they are fooling themselves. The government is just going rogue and seizing websites.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:10 | 2081198 kralizec
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A broad spectrum of odd bedfellows doomed this, one of the few times it happens, relish it!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:10 | 2081202 falak pema
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hip hip hip hooooorah! TY GW for pushing in that direction. AS CD says, it may only be round 1 of a 12 round deal. So be it. But for today, hip hip hip!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:33 | 2081206 DonBadajoz
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I bet someone, that they will have it passed as an earmark in some other kind of bill... its not dead yet.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:11 | 2081208 bugs_
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SOPA now nope-ah

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:16 | 2081226 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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I wonder if that bill was supposed to wash our mouths for being naughty and trying to have some freedom

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:11 | 2081209 Critical Path
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It will be back in one form or another, probably given some sort of psuedo patriotic grammar to disguise it a bit.  How many items have been up for a vote by our CONgress over the past 4 years that have actually garnered the attention of a significant portion of the voters and the politicians have essentially said fuck you.  How many people against the bailouts, against the debt ceiling, against obamacare, etc....

I'll take it as a win for the voters(for now)

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:15 | 2081221 JOYFUL
Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:16 | 2081228 OutsideTheBox
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After being hacked to pieces, they had no choice but to pump the breaks.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:17 | 2081233 surf0766
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It will be shoved into another bill and pushed through like the additional $500 billion increase that was done in the fall for the debt ceiling.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:18 | 2081235 Badabing
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Don’t pickup the sopa!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:52 | 2081356 krispkritter
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It's safe...Barney isn't around...

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:06 | 2081400 Badabing
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Coffee spewige   

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 14:41 | 2081751 toomanyfakecons...
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Barney Frank or Barney The Dinosaur?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:20 | 2081247 Taint Boil
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We need to promote Ron Paul in the same way that SOPA was killed.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:21 | 2081249 Mongo
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What a SOPA-opera...

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 13:00 | 2081380 RockyRacoon
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Yup.   Lather, rinse, repeat... as often as necessary.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:26 | 2081262 gravedestruction
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And so - SOPA comes to a fowl end indeed...

Let's hope it does not rear it's ugly head again in some other deceptive form of legislation from hell.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:27 | 2081263 panda
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Applaud!  Well done, people!

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:35 | 2081284 ReallySparky
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Even the introduction of this bill shows the desperatation of the gubermint trying to maintain the status quo.  They still seized that other site last night with no due process.  SOPA would have just been the easy route. It will be added into some bill around some holiday when no one is looking, or added to critical legislation when the shtf again and the country is on the verge of bank/system failure like TARP.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:35 | 2081290 IQ 101
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This was an eye opener for DC, the numbers were astonishing and I doubt if any career politician would attach their name to a rider bill after this,

The average age of Congress is @ 59, most of them just don't understand the scope and influence of the net, to them it is just a place to find child porn or shop for hearing aids.

They dropped SOPA like a hot potato when they found out that people are actually paying attention, who ever can harness this power in the future,(mass internet protest / opinion), will shape the future, they are awakening to the awakening.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 12:41 | 2081315 John Law Lives
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"The average age of Congress is @ 59, most of them just don't understand the scope and influence of the net,..."

Good point.  Stodgy old bureaucrats are probably intimidated by modern technology.

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