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SOPA Hearings Stacked In Favor of Pro-SOPA Lobby 302

Adrian Lopez writes "Techdirt reports that 'apparently, the folks behind SOPA are really scared to hear from the opposition. We all expected that the Judiciary Committee hearings wouldn't be a fair fight. In Congress, they rarely are fair fights. But most people expected the typical "three in favor, one against" weighted hearings. That's already childish, but it seems that the Judiciary Committee has decided to take the ridiculousness to new heights. We'd already mentioned last week that the Committee had rejected the request of NetCoalition to take part in the hearings. At the time, we'd heard that the hearings were going to be stacked four-to-one in favor of SOPA. However, the latest report coming out of the Committee is that they're so afraid to actually hear about the real opposition that they've lined up five pro-SOPA speakers and only one "against."' Demand Progress is running an online petition against such lopsided representation."
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SOPA Hearings Stacked In Favor of Pro-SOPA Lobby

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  • by Eevee ( 535658 ) on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @09:14AM (#38072444)
    Would it really hurt to follow standard practices and explain what the acronym is the first time it's used?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @09:53AM (#38072694)

    You thought your government represented you?

    Think again.

    The current distraction is the Tea Partiers, being fed a steady bullshit diet of "OMG GAYS ARE GOING TO FORCE YOUR KID TO GET GAY MARRIED" and "OMG THE GUVMINT IS GONNA TAKE YOUR GUNZ AND YOUR MUNNY IF OBAMA IS ELECTED AGAIN" through the Beck/Rush/Fox noise machine.

    You think that the standard idiots even NOTICE that a congressional hearing is stacked one way or another? These are the cud-chewing moron crowd who think that watching C-Span is "boring" and to be avoided at all costs. These are the ones who think they know what the constitution says despite never having read it or done even the most rudimentary study on it - they think "god" is in there somewhere, they think a bunch of other things [usconstitution.net] are in it that aren't, and let's face it, it's scary when all the Onion has to do is profile one of these boobs [theonion.com] and you'd totally think that was a news story if you didn't see the word "Onion" up top.

    But don't worry. They're happy to take their daily brainwashing from Rush and the local hate-radio purveyors and "vote" accordingly. It's like we're living in oceania [wikipedia.org] - they've even come up with their own version of Newspeak to handle their hate. The Affordable Health Care Act, passed with bipartisan support? Oh yes - "Obamacare Health Control." Pissed off that Obama is black? Don't mention race, just quietly insinuate he's "Kenyan." Oh and for good measure, mention that he "might be a Muslim."

    Of course, when they're trying to keep their lies straight, the veil tends to slip. Rush The Druggie regularly refers to the President of the United States as "uppity." In defending Herman "Pervy old man" Cain from the allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, the right wing noise machine went on some of the worst misogynist screeds we've seen in the past 3 decades - surpassing even their amazing hatred for Hilary Clinton, Elena Kagan, or Sonia Sotomayor.

  • by Khith ( 608295 ) on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @10:11AM (#38072858)
    Ron Paul Comes Out Against SOPA; Joins Other Elected Officials Saying No To The Great Firewall Of America [techdirt.com]

    It's good to know that some people in government are unhappy with this. I didn't know Paul's stance on internet issues before, but now I know that he's against crap like this.
  • by sproot ( 1029676 ) on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @10:38AM (#38073048)
    So did Thomas More in the sixteenth century and Plato in about 400BC, it's not a new thing.
  • by Moryath ( 553296 ) on Wednesday November 16, 2011 @11:24AM (#38073516)

    ... Damn I wish I had some mod points to give you. This comment is AMAZING. Well stated - I've often been at odds with some of my friends who insist that one "brand" of something is better than another - especially when you look at some of the food products, where 4 different "brands" literally come right from the same factory [npr.org].

    Similar link over here [wsj.com] for those who don't want to listen to a recorded audio feed.

    Oh and don't forget this one [cracked.com] - it may be a Cracked.com article, but it's actually a great read.

BLISS is ignorance.