Is your SOPA still hot?

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This message based on an anti-SOPA/PIPA email recap I received and adapted to share in my blog.

Yesterday’s internet blackout was nuts, right?

WordPress went pitch black. Google launched a petition.  Wikipedia voted to shut itself off.  Senators’ websites went down just from the sheer surge of voters trying to write them.   NYC and SF geeks had protests that packed city blocks.

You made history today: nothing like this has ever happened before.  Tech companies and users teamed up.  Tens of millions of people who make the internet what it is joined together to defend their freedoms.  The free network defended itself.  Whatever you call it, the bottom line is clear: from today forward, it will be much harder to mess up the internet

The really crazy part?  We might even win.

Approaching Monday’s crucial Senate vote there are now 35 Senators publicly opposing PIPA.  Last week there were 5.   And it just takes just 41 solid “no” votes to permanently stall PIPA (and SOPA) in the Senate.  What seemed like miles away a few weeks ago is now within reach. 

But don’t trust predictions.  The forces behind SOPA & PIPA can make small changes to these bills until they know they have the votes to pass.  Members of Congress know SOPA & PIPA are unpopular, but they don’t understand why–so they’re easily duped by superficial changes.  The Senate returns next week, and the next few days are critical.  While the ideal of protecting intellectual property is VERY valid, as our friends in http://theoatmeal.com/sopa stated, SOPA/PIPA’s proposal is like fighting a lion that escaped from the zoo by blasting a bunch of kittens with a flame-thrower.

So to all of you who came to www.arjanshahani.com and used the different provided channels to speak out against SOPA/PIPA, I say THANK YOU.
That’s it for now. Be proud and stay on it!
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P.S. If you haven’t already, show this video to as many people as you can. It works! http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/
 

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A tribute to Anthony Weiner

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Aristotle famously said that man is by nature a political animal… Some more than others.


“This is why Twitter exists. Members of Congress can now send you pictures of their penises electronically. Remember the old days of Senator Larry Craig when you had to get in your car, drive to the airport, find the airport bathroom, try to figure out which stall he’s in, knock on the door…Now they send it right to your house.” –Jay Leno