HATE TO JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON BUT ...  12:00 am January 18, 2012

Happy Anti-Censorship Day, Internet!

by Wonkette Jr.


Do you know what’s happening, all over the Internet? Sites such as this one, your Wonkette, are taking part in a massive protest action against the SOPA/Protect IP bills, one of which is probably going to become The Law unless a whole lot of us raise hell today. Click the blacked-out “STOP CENSORSHIP” link at the top of this page and you’ll be redirected to the Fight for the Future protest site. From there, you can very quickly and easily let Congress know how you feel about giving the government the power to shut down any website for no reason at all. Will political websites be targeted? Of course they will.

But Chris Dodd, that bloated white-haired crook who very quickly went from the Senate to a lucrative lobbying position protecting Hollywood, is very upset about blogs and websites taking part in today’s protest. Here’s what Dodd says:

It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.

A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals. It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.”

Oh Chris, why don’t you go enjoy a nice sack of heavily salted poison rat dicks to go with your Countrywide bribes and MPAA paychecks? [SOPA STRIKE/Stop American Censorship]

 

Hola wonkerados.

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{ 180 comments }

nounverb911 January 18, 2012 at 12:04 am

With everyone on the innertubes down, just think of the page views our little Wonkette will get.

flamingpdog January 18, 2012 at 12:05 am

He's just another Doddering old fool now.

littlebigdaddy January 18, 2012 at 12:09 am

But how can anyone shut down a series of tubes?

flamingpdog January 18, 2012 at 12:09 am

Plug them with Santorum.

emmelemm January 18, 2012 at 3:19 am

True story: I never go through bank drive-throughs because I am afraid of the pneumatic tubes.

SudsMcKenzie January 18, 2012 at 3:40 am

I Love them, it reminds me of The Jetsons.

Terry January 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

Yeah, we should be traveling in them by now.

poncho_pilot January 18, 2012 at 4:56 am

awwww…i love the pneumatic tubes. ever since i was a small child. they're so…modern.

BaldarTFlagass January 18, 2012 at 8:59 am

Pneumatic mail has been around since the 1850s.

emmelemm January 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Thanks! I was going to look for some "rebuttal" facts, but you've saved me the trouble.

ETA: I know poncho was not entirely serious… but still…

poncho_pilot January 20, 2012 at 1:23 am

damn you and your facts.

emmelemm January 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Ever seen Brazil?

poncho_pilot January 20, 2012 at 1:22 am

yes! i like Gilliam a lot. except for The Brothers Grimm.

Biff January 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

Geico Gecko, izzat you?

emmelemm January 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm

HA! Seriously, man, those things are scary.

MzNicky January 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

Easy. The right combo of kitty litter and dog hair'll do it every time. It's why I always keep a plunger handy.

Serolf_Divad January 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

This protest is like a tubal ligation of the internet.

anniegetyerfun January 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

Monkey wrench and a six pack of beer?

donner_froh January 18, 2012 at 12:09 am

Chris Dodd is a real expert on the abuse of power.

His bleat is just a bunch of words banged together.

flamingpdog January 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

He's running for the RepubliKlan Presidential nomination now?

memzilla January 18, 2012 at 12:13 am

The best way to stop Internet censorship is to

smokefillednewyear January 18, 2012 at 12:37 am

at&t again, or intentional?

SudsMcKenzie January 18, 2012 at 3:07 am

Not to start it.

dailyworldwatch January 18, 2012 at 6:52 am

████ ██████ ██ ████ ██ ████ ██████ ██ ████ ██ ████ ██████ ██ ████ ██ ████ ██ ████ ██ ████ ██ ████ ██ ████ ██

Sorry, SOPA deleted my Quote on grounds of Intellectual property rights.

grandinquisitor January 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Have it run in the GOP primary?

PocketsTheClown January 18, 2012 at 12:14 am

I'm (censored)-faced. Truck(censored).

OkieDokieDog January 18, 2012 at 12:15 am

How dare the interwebz be irresponsible and do a disservice to the peoples by denying access to the lol kittehs!! Censorship of info is for FOX news, lobbyists and their lackey politicians.

BZ1 January 18, 2012 at 12:18 am

Happy Anti-Censorship Day? Let me check Wikipedia about that …

CapeClod January 18, 2012 at 8:11 am

I guess we will have to rely on Conservapedia for all our information needs today.

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 18, 2012 at 12:18 am

Please. It is a well know fact that Muslim terrorist are using Pirate Bay to download movies without paying. Think of the children!

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 12:51 am

This is just like 9/11!

Nevah Fahgit!

ShaveTheWhales January 18, 2012 at 2:02 am

The whole Turkish government, fer shur

not that Dewey January 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

They hate us for our filmdom!

MzNicky January 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

Yep, that's it, game over. The turrists have won.

GOPCrusher January 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Does this mean that Sept 19th will no longer be Talk Like A Pirate Day?

Buzz Feedback January 18, 2012 at 12:20 am

Shutting down canhascheezburger might not save jobs but it may restore America's dignity.

BarackMyWorld January 18, 2012 at 12:22 am

Dignity? I'd rather hav teh lulz.

Fare la Volpe January 18, 2012 at 12:50 am

ICHCB hasn't provided lulz since…well, forever.

ShaveTheWhales January 18, 2012 at 2:03 am

I dunno. I quite like "Fuck-You-Chris-Dodd-Cat".

DrOzarkZ.Hellbender January 18, 2012 at 2:15 am

Oh noes! somebody censoring mah bukkit!

MittBorg January 18, 2012 at 2:57 am

You can not haz dignity, dood.

BaldarTFlagass January 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

"Ceiling cat iz watching u masturbate to internetz pron."

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

Giz me canhazcheezburger, or giz me deff.

Thoze whoo traid Icanhazcheezburger kat for internetz securkitties deserfs neevur.

tessiee January 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Hear, hear!

[applawz that nobuddy can hear becawz paws are floofy]

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Yez we can! We can haz appaws!

Thank yewzes!

BarackMyWorld January 18, 2012 at 12:21 am

Comment deleted by the MPAA and RIAA.

ShaveTheWhales January 18, 2012 at 2:04 am

Reply deleted by the MPAA and RIAA

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 18, 2012 at 12:25 am

I am just glad that people in their 70s know what is best for the Internet.

BarackMyWorld January 18, 2012 at 12:29 am

Just like the Catholic clergy are the best authorities on birth control.

MzNicky January 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

And evangelists and godbags know what's best concerning women's reproductive choices.

emmelemm January 18, 2012 at 12:26 am

Wait!! WAIT!!! It's not midnight on the West Coast yet!!

In my reality, it's still January 17th! OK, fine, let's do this thing.

ifthethunderdontgetya January 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

But Chris Dodd, that bloated white-haired crook…

So not the one who gives diamonds to Calista, or the one who has Exxon's hands up his ass while he denies global warming, or the one who has a "The South Shall Rise Again" bumper sticker, or…
~

MzNicky January 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

They were all separated at birth, and who could blame their mother?

zappadoo76 January 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

"…yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one."

"Albeit"? Who is Chris's writer? The Ghost of Christmas Past?

twoeightnine January 18, 2012 at 12:32 am

I guess I've been protesting the SOPA/Protect IP bills for years without even knowing it.

Blackouts for everybody!

donner_froh January 18, 2012 at 12:35 am

The people who brought us "Glitter" and "Crossroads" should be able to handle a little thing like controlling the entire fucking internet.

fuflans January 18, 2012 at 12:36 am

didn't chris dodd have some weird scandal involving rock music and a disease?

am i misremembering this?

smokefillednewyear January 18, 2012 at 12:38 am

Carrie Fisher?

Fare la Volpe January 18, 2012 at 12:52 am

Carrie?

flamingpdog January 18, 2012 at 1:03 am

You mean the Cher AIDS game scandal?

emmelemm January 18, 2012 at 3:17 am

Is that some sort of Mad Lib?

{this post to be taken down shortly by holder of "Mad Libs" intellectual property}

GhostBuggy January 18, 2012 at 12:38 am

"It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services."

Of course, this leaking sack of garbage won't be saying this when he or the government are the ones doing the shutting down of information and services. No, then it will be Crimefighting.

Also, uh, nice transparent threat, Dodd. Yeah, we get it, you're making an enemies list. Write GO FUCK YOURSELF in real big letters at the top.

anniegetyerfun January 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

It's irresponsible when it's done to illustrate a point, you see. It's totally fine if the government does it because a corporate backer said to.

smokefillednewyear January 18, 2012 at 12:39 am

So funny how all these fuckers rail against Communism and lack of freedom when it's precisely what they want.

arihaya January 18, 2012 at 1:02 am

lack of freedumb but with tons of Jesus is not communism,,,, its America !!

fuflans January 18, 2012 at 12:41 am

if wonkette gets shut down i'm going on strike.

oh wait. i don't have a job. right.

yyyaz January 18, 2012 at 1:15 am

See ya at the picket line. I'll have the Four Roses in my little paper bag.

BaldarTFlagass January 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

If you can afford booze and a computer, you obviously are not "living in poverty."

—Republican National Committee.

Data Exactly January 18, 2012 at 12:46 am

Wow, by the sound of Chris Dudd, this protest is WORKING.

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 12:48 am

Fight for the Future? But, Obama wants us to Win the Future. I was told there would be no fighting.

BTW, looks like Chris Dodd really does have something in common with Paris Hilton. They both suck Hollywood cock. Ha! "Stop the PR stunt." Mr. Dodd, you are a PR stunt.

ShaveTheWhales January 18, 2012 at 2:06 am

Fuck for the Future?

Works for me.

paris biltong January 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

Fellatio libel!

Guppy January 18, 2012 at 12:52 am

"It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services."

Best to call them up and cancel your paying subscription, then. Oh, wait…

" It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today."

FREE MARKETS!

"It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests."

What do you do for a living again?

"A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals."

Our SLAPP industry will be outsourced to England and Wales!

"It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.”

In a quiet room.

Radiotherapy January 18, 2012 at 1:33 am

"Chris Dodd"

Ass wipe.

ShaveTheWhales January 18, 2012 at 2:08 am

I think what you meant to say was FUCK YOU, DODD!(possibly more !'s and 1's)

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 12:54 am

SOPA has ruined sopes for me. :( Damn you, Power's that Be! I bite my thumb in your general direction.

"Dangerous"? Drama queen much?

arihaya January 18, 2012 at 1:01 am

Obama's White House issued a statement that appeared to side with critics of the legislation.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/14/obama-a

so yeah, lets hope Barry doesn't cave to that teabagger neanderthal Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Where else,,, Tex-ass of course)

Radiotherapy January 18, 2012 at 1:01 am

Is wikileaks participating?

GunToting[Redacted] January 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

Is our Wiki leaking?

not that Dewey January 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

Yes. Bradley Manning is blacked out all day.

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

I know that I'm still human by the fact that I get mad at his treatment every time I see his name.

smokefillednewyear January 18, 2012 at 1:02 am

DNS schmee-en-ess. Resolve this, bitch!

Guppy January 18, 2012 at 1:04 am

A more effective protest might be filing for spurious DMCA takedowns against reelection campaign websites.

Radiotherapy January 18, 2012 at 1:17 am

CHRIS DODD

smokefillednewyear January 18, 2012 at 1:20 am

ipconfig /flushdodd

yyyaz January 18, 2012 at 1:46 am

Here's a nice "Fuck you, you arrogant little American pissants."

" … chief executive Dick Costolo taking on critics of the decision on Twitter over the weekend [tweeted], 'Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish.' "

ShaveTheWhales January 18, 2012 at 2:09 am

Making me happy once again that I do not twat.

SudsMcKenzie January 18, 2012 at 3:46 am

Ohh, thank god, cause I really need to know what Chuck Grassley is up to today.

grandinquisitor January 18, 2012 at 1:47 am

< / congressional stupidity>

Biel_ze_Bubba January 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

If only it were that easy.

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smokefillednewyear January 18, 2012 at 2:09 am

Look at you!! I always love when you chime in. You're ushering in a whole new era of redactedness.

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ShaveTheWhales January 18, 2012 at 2:10 am

██████████ ████ .

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smokefillednewyear January 18, 2012 at 5:56 am

Well, ████ me!

DrOzarkZ.Hellbender January 18, 2012 at 2:21 am

OK, I'm jealous. How you do dat?

Biel_ze_Bubba January 18, 2012 at 3:59 am

Information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode_input
Oh, wait…

On a PC, if you're lucky, you can enter unicode:

Press and hold down the Alt key.
Press the (plus) key on the numeric keypad.
Type the unicode value (2588 for █ )
Release the Alt key.

What could be more intuitive than that?
(If it doesn't work, you need to set a registry key, and yadda Microsoft yadda.)

On a Mac, of course, it's a piece of cake. ☺

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████!

Biel_ze_Bubba January 18, 2012 at 4:21 am

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ShaveTheWhales January 18, 2012 at 4:23 am

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DrOzarkZ.Hellbender January 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

Oh, OK, I'll just go to Wikipedia and…. D'OH!!!!!

(The real question is whether this works on a laptop….nope, no keypad here…)

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I would just say ████ and █████, but who knows. Whatever works for you!

Radiotherapy January 18, 2012 at 3:09 am

Extem, you are never blah….. wait…. what.

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Biel_ze_Bubba January 18, 2012 at 3:19 am

This comment has been deleted by ██████████.

Extempor████ January 18, 2012 at 4:09 am

Today, we are all ████████.

ShaveTheWhales January 18, 2012 at 5:07 am

You know who else ██████████?

Extempor████ January 18, 2012 at 5:17 am

Al ██████?

C_R_Eature January 18, 2012 at 6:10 am

H████er?

SorosBot January 18, 2012 at 9:07 am

Biel_ze_Bubba January 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Nicely done. Game over.

DerrickWildcat January 18, 2012 at 1:56 am

Are we boycotting the internet or occupying it? I hope we are occupying it because it's pretty cold outside so I'll have to find my snowsuit.

ShaveTheWhales January 18, 2012 at 2:11 am

Yes, I think.

littlebigdaddy January 18, 2012 at 2:00 am

First they came for the Wiki. I didn't give a fuck b/c who the fuck cares? Then they came for the tranny porn.

ElPinche January 18, 2012 at 2:19 am

Your move Dodd, Smith, and the rest of you fascist fucks. We'll take down web commerce and the whole grid. It'll be 1991 all over again .

BTW: Take a look at wikipedia right now.

DrOzarkZ.Hellbender January 18, 2012 at 2:31 am

I have the canary-bird-in-the-coal-mine theory of the arts. You know, coal miners used to take birds down into the mines with them to detect gas before men got sick. The artists certainly did that in the case of Vietnam. They chirped and keeled over. But it made no difference whatsoever. Nobody important cared. But I continue to think that artists – all artists – should be treasured as alarm systems.

–Kurt Vonnegut

There's something oddly moving about the sight of BoingBoing right now.

SudsMcKenzie January 18, 2012 at 3:04 am

Today, we are all Boingers

Limeylizzie January 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

I loathe that BoingBoing woman with the stupid made-up name.

iburl January 18, 2012 at 2:40 am

Chris Dodd should be in prison, not kids singing along to Disney records on YouTube.

BarackMyWorld January 18, 2012 at 2:54 am

Ok, Newt.

Biel_ze_Bubba January 18, 2012 at 4:18 am

Chis Dodd is singing Disney's tune, so that really does seem unfair.

MittBorg January 18, 2012 at 2:47 am

Oh, fuck you, Chris Dodd, you pompous twat.

Negligently_Joe January 18, 2012 at 3:04 am

Wow, today, this entire blog really can be shipped to Afghanistantan, no one has lost any.

SudsMcKenzie January 18, 2012 at 3:10 am

I thought "Word Press" was going to be down today and we would all have to scream nonsense from the front porch, as was the style of the times (1990's).

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 3:41 am

Hopefully, you did this while wearing your onion belt, otherwise, how gauche of you!

SudsMcKenzie January 18, 2012 at 5:24 am

Theres a Demicrat in the Whitehouse!12

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 7:05 am

You have completely lost me, which, admittedly, isn't that hard to do.

tessiee January 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

"There sure are a lot of ugly people in your neighborhood! OOH! Look at THAT one! Your driveway has too many leaves in it! The President is a Demmycrat! Hello? Helloooo???" — Abe "Grandpa" Simpson

Biel_ze_Bubba January 18, 2012 at 3:16 am

Went to send messages to my Congresscritters … only to find out that one of 'em is a fucking SPONSOR of SOPA, already bought and paid for by the entertainment industry.
I wonder how big a check I'd have to enclose to get results.

Biel_ze_Bubba January 18, 2012 at 3:32 am

"It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests."

What the fuck "corporate interests" does Wikipedia have, you jackass? (Not that YOU are furthering anybody's corporate interests, you shameless sleazeball.)

not that Dewey January 18, 2012 at 8:19 am

I don't know, but it would be an egregious abuse of power if they continued making encyclopedia articles available for free.

Radiotherapy January 18, 2012 at 4:38 am

A lot of websites are being Blah'd Out.

Extempor████ January 18, 2012 at 4:43 am

█████ LIBEL!

Radiotherapy January 18, 2012 at 5:06 am

You know who else Blah'd Out the intertubes?

SudsMcKenzie January 18, 2012 at 5:42 am

Cylons?

Extempor████ January 18, 2012 at 5:52 am

Rebecca █████?

C_R_████████████e January 18, 2012 at 7:09 am

Satan.
Because this is my Six Hundred and Sixty Sixth comment.

C_R_Eature January 18, 2012 at 6:04 am

Am████ent I

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It's for your own good. Sincerely,████████████, Inc.

ttommyunger January 18, 2012 at 7:37 am

Nice of Chris to finally come out-as a Republican.

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

Probably less that he came out as being for and from one party or the other, and more that he's finally letting his Hollywood hooker flag fly with pride. Apparently, he has no qualms about formalizing selling himself out to the first organization that comes his way with an offer.

ttommyunger January 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Never bought his act anyway, fuck him.

DemmeFatale January 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

Yeah, what is it about Connecticut?

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Metropolitan New York City is what Connecticut is all about.

ttommyunger January 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Prolly why their State Motto is in a foreign tongue and generally means: “Deal with change, but survive”.

Smithboy January 18, 2012 at 8:14 am

These laws always have unintended consequences…Hello Citizens for Freedom. Do we really want our congressmen and women pulling the cord on websites that might take an opposing view?

VinnyThePooh January 18, 2012 at 8:30 am

I fail to understand how Hollywood classifies shitty comic book movies as intellectual property.

johnnymeatworth January 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

Wikipedia's mobile site is unblocked and accessible on regular browsers: http://en.m.wikipedia.org

Just sayin'.

not that Dewey January 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

Until you try to conduct a search. The wikipedia main english page shows up normally, at first, but goes to blackout when you execute a search.

johnnymeatworth January 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

Add the "m." back to the beginning and it will keep working. It did for me.

not that Dewey January 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

Hey! Whaddya know. Is this an example of the "internet routing around the damage", as Ruhe mentioned below?

mrblifil January 18, 2012 at 9:59 am

DOH!

Biel_ze_Bubba January 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

Or hit "Esc" just as the page loads… it kills the blackout script.

Ruhe January 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

Interesting thought from GB's "The Register":

"Should SOPA/PIPA or descendant bills pass, the internet is going to do what the internet does best: treat this new form of censorship as damage and route around it."

LiveToServeYa January 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

Intarwebs Blahout.

BaldarTFlagass January 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

This comment has been deleted by the Central Scrutinizer.

SorosBot January 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

Uh, Chris Dodd, how the fuck is a protest by a bunch of websites primarily maintained by individuals an abuse of power, when they have no real power? Also how are they doing this "to further their corporate interests" when these are anti-corporate interests?

LiveToServeYa January 18, 2012 at 9:07 am

Yes, Websites are people, too, my friend.

Barrelhse January 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

Fuck Hollywood.

MzNicky January 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

"A so-called 'blackout' is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals."

How wonderful that Mr. Dodd can so adroitly employ the bullshit-doublespeak skills he learned as a politician in his new role as PR whore. Nevertheless, I detect a certain "death throe" rattle.

SorosBot January 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

Quite a few of the congressmen who supported SOPA are backing off, and the administration has come out against it, so things are looking good.

natoslug January 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

No Internet today? I have to WORK? FUCKING SOCIALISTS ARE TAKING OVER MY WEBZ AND NOT GIVING ME MY FREE CONTENTS!!!!!!111!!!ELEVENTY!!!! The youporn blackout was the last straw for me.

GregComlish January 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

History Time!

Do you guys remember the Digital Millennium Copyright Act?

When it was being passed everyone talked about how vital it was to combating rampant piracy. They said it's onerous provisions would only be deployed against "pirates" and not regular folks. Then the microsecond it became law the RIAA unleased a massive wave of lawsuits against ordinary Americans. The lawsuits typically sought millions of dollars of damages for the "crime" of sharing shitty music files over the internet. The RIAA and MPAA became vigilante copyright enforcement agents, and they have extorted millions from poor American victims. Meanwhile the rate of filesharing was not impacted by the legislation.

The proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation are even worse bullshit with more surveillance, more intrusiveness, and granting big media companies arbitrary power to fuck over whomever they like.

Call your Senator and let him know what you think of this bullshit. And don't accept "Senator Numbnutz opposes the legislation in it's current form" typical hedged political bullshit. You gotta say "Hey, that's not good enough! We need leadership on this issue. We need a Senator who's going to be standing up for us, not somebody who's going to make some cosmetic changes. I'm serious about this. This is important. He needs to get his ass in gear and stop this shit!"

GregComlish January 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

Also, if this shit passes, Wonkette is under threat. Do you really think that nobody is ever going to get pissed off and use SOPA as a pretext to fuck over Wonkette? Of course they will. And then Ken Layne is going to hit us up for the legal fees so he can defend this place. And then you're going to be like "fuck, I should have just called my Senator back when I had the chance of preventing this thing." So get off your ass and make those fucking calls right now. And then find an impressionable officemate and make him make those calls too.

MinAgain January 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

I'm already being censored. We have Mail Marshal at work.

tessiee January 18, 2012 at 11:58 am

"It is an irresponsible response"

They've been saying this about every protest since the Montgomery bus boycott. I think they really need to get a new meme, or pay some poor person less than the going rate to do it for them, or something.

"further their corporate interests."

Is there even a word for this level of hypocrisy?

CivicHoliday January 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

ZOMG think of the blingees! THINK OF THE BLINGEES! (What would wonkette be without artistic parody for larfs?)

tessiee January 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

So, to clarify, we CAN, or can NOT, say "retard" now?

DahBoner January 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm

If they shut down the Tubes, dirty hippies will go back to dial-up Bulletin Board Services.

If only we still had a land-line….

grandinquisitor January 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

The best part of the day so far has been listening to Warren Olney explaining on NPR what I Can Haz Cheezburger is.

Veritas78 January 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

The one Wikipedia page that is not blocked today:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship

Go Toobz!

Extempor████ January 18, 2012 at 5:12 am

Isn't ████ one of those so-called "█████ sites" President █████ promised to shut down?

smokefillednewyear January 18, 2012 at 6:42 am
C_R_████████████e January 18, 2012 at 6:53 am

It's the future, if we're not careful.

smokefillednewyear January 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

I didn't know you could search for ██████████.

C_R_████████████e January 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm

UUUUh…just got it. That IS weird. Now I've got to go and find out what other bizarre shapes/things/colors are Search able.

Just so you know, however:

"Once you go ████████, you never go Back."

poncho_pilot January 20, 2012 at 1:19 am

well, i was serious about my love of pneumatic tubes. i'd always get my mom to let my put the container into the chute at the bank. that sounds wrong.

so…modern in a steampunk kind of way. i can get down with that, too.

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