Tangent — Wake up, People

Are you a voter in the U.S.? Please watch this video:

We are all in jeopardy of a dangerous precedent being set with this type of government control, and it doesn’t even do what’s intended. So what control will they take next to try to ensure that it does? And the only ones who really are affected are the honest people. Haven’t we lost enough already in the interest of preserving order? If you still do not understand what kind of power will be ceded to our government, then we need to talk.

If you are already convinced this is a dangerous bill, but you don’t know what to do about it, call or send an email to your representatives, and you can also sign a petition. I signed this one.

Here’s a little more about the urgency of the situation:

Call Congress Today And Let Them Know (Again) That You Are Against SOPA
from the they-don’t-seem-to-be-getting-the-message dept

Rep. Lamar Smith is getting ready to cement his legacy as passing the first bill to create a permanent “black list” of censored websites in the US… and most of Congress still doesn’t understand that the American public is vehemently coming out against this bill. It’s very, very likely that Smith will get the Judiciary Committee to approve the bill tomorrow, at which point it could go to a full vote on the floor at any time. Yes, a bunch of the members of the Judiciary Committee plan to vote to censor the internet tomorrow, and they still don’t believe the public cares about this.

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Whether you’re conservative or liberal, we’re going to lose something here, and as usual, it will be in the name of protection.


  1. So Big Brother wants to make my decisions for me concerning what I can and cannot read/watch on the internest? Please, child.. As you say, ultimately it’s the good guys, the honest folks, who suffer. Government invades too much of our lives already.This looks like an exercise in futility, with it being that simple to work around.

  2. The real problem is that the precedent will be set for the government to go further “to protect us,” and when have you ever known a government not to go further?

  3. The argument is being made that this bill is no different than Google censoring sites every day. If Google were the only game in town, they might have an argument. We want the feds controlling this? My friends, whether you’re conservative or liberal, we’re going to lose something here, and as usual, it will be in the name of protection.

  4. This is definitely an important tangent. If I understand things correctly, this bill could have quite an impact on bloggers. If people want to send emails to their representative and senators there are websites like this one: https://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8173
    You put in your zip code and it brings up your reps with a standard form email to send opposing both the Protect IP Act and SOPA. There is more information to fill in, but it only took a few minutes.

  5. False takedowns instigated by DMCA and others are legion, so it would only take a complaint to have the web url disabled. Of course the site owner may be able to get it back up but not without a considerable effort, i.e., guilty until proven innocent.

  6. Let me clarify. I meant disabled from view. The website doesn’t go anywhere but rather access to it is disabled in search engines. Okay, easy access. And how many people are going to go to the trouble of finding the numerical web address of a small start up site let’s say?

  7. Well, at least this isn’t trying to regulate dust. Don’t get me started. But you nailed it. Our liberties are fading fast. It’s like I said to hubs about yet another new regulation here on the farm, “So if they can do this, what’s to stop them from doing that?” Deadpan he said, “Absolutely nothing.” Scary.

  8. “If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death.” – Daniel Quinn

    One thing leads to another, and then another, and then another, and before you know it, we’re somewhere we would never have agreed to be originally, if faced with the option.

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