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Daily Paul Dark for SOPA/PIPA Strike Jan 18, 2012


On January 18, The Daily Paul will joined Wikipedia, Reddit, Twitter, BoingBoing, MoveOn.org, The Free Software Foundation, and tens of thousands of other websites around the Internet in going dark to oppose SOPA and PIPA, the looming US legislation that would create an impossible Internet censorship regime and export it to the rest of the world.

In a post-SOPA world, out-links from the Daily Paul to any other website would be prohibited unless I was completely, 100% positive that there was no copyright infringing content on those websites. This means no more linking to YouTube, Twitter, TVPC, Wordpress, Blogger, or any other user-content generated website -- including your personal blog -- lest I personally face the pain of being shut down, my finances frozen, the DailyPaul.com domain confiscated, having my IP address blacklisted, and eventually -- who knows -- probably being put into a cage for the protection of there rest of society.

In other words, if SOPA passes, say goodbye to our little community here at the Daily Paul. This website would go dark for good.

Such a bleak future is corporatism at its worst, and is what Dr. Paul has warned us against: Big Business getting into bed with Big Government to force submission to their goal of controlling every last aspect of our lives, including what we are able to read and speak here on this last bastion of freedom - the Internet.

The beauty of the internet is our ability to share with one another in an unmediated way. The forums of the Daily Paul bring people together from all over the world to share, to trade ideas, to coordinate, to collaborate. You all know how powerful we become when we are able to work together in this way. In other words, the beauty of the internet is freedom. Is it any wonder that The Powers That Be want to put an end to it?

The time to make the stand is now. Please help spread the word about the SOPA Strike. Encourage other websites you frequent to participate in the strike. And by all means, call and write your representatives to let them know where you stand on the issue of Internet censorship.

This must not stand. The future is in your hands.

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Good video

That video is really well done.

If this monstrosity becomes law, I will make it my life-long goal to deny these corrupt media fat-cats even a penny of my hard earned loot.

1988vote . . .

stayed off the internet entirely.

This is very outrageous, this SOPA.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

that was


I love how

DailyPaul was dark yesterday...but whenever i looked had an average of 150-200 people on the site...lol!

I know it was funny

and people were in the chat room posting and it was all blacked out, so you couldn't read what was posted. lol

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."


This is great and all but I'm reading that this bill is just a scapegoat. The real SOPA type bill is H.R.1981 http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h1981/show

I'm reading up on it and so far it appears to be very ugly. By any indication a sly move to hide it behind such a name screams deception. http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h1981/comments?comment_...

The bill in PDF format. http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/112hr1981.pdf

For Liberty! http://youtu.be/GR4WYqabTxU
What If? http://youtu.be/FqAF-Alc7CM
Armed Chinese Troops in Texas! http://youtu.be/XKfuS6gfxPY

Just how much loot does this

Just how much loot does this Lamar Smith criminal get from Hollywood, anyway?

Maybe we should all do a

Maybe we should all do a Google+ Hangout, or some other location live chat... huh?

This is going to be bad...... A day without DailyPaul? Unthinkable!

Those having Facebook can do

Those having Facebook can do this too. Simply cancel your account. It leaves an option for some time to reopen and restores your info and posts.

Trust in God, but tie your camel tight.

"Socialism needs two legs on which to stand; a right and a left. While appearing to be in complete opposition to one another,they both march in the same direction." - Paul Proctor


According to numerous sources including PC Mag Twitter will NOT be going on strike on the 18th. Many sites will be but Twitter will NOT be. Perhaps email or call twitter to change their mind is in order?

Blacked out mine, with a pass

Blacked out mine, with a pass through.



Dr. Paul in Washington DC

Dr. Paul will be in Washington to vote against raising the debt cieling tomorrow, so it works out perfectly.

Nobody cares what Congress is doing, since we all know how that vote's going to turn out... (unless they've learned something when they came home for Christmas break).

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

No excuse to be in letargy on that day!

Street Activism!
Do NOT take a day off!
The fight goes on!

Do Not Take A Day Off!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

No excuse to be in letargy on that day!

Sorry double post.
Computer froze - WIFI here.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

What time

does the darkness fall?

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

Midnight...WEST COAST time??

...gets my vote. If it is East Coast and in 30 minutes. Bu..bu...bye....awww! Be back soon.

Seriously. The disconnected feeling will be a reminder not only of what it would be like without a free internet...but what it would be like without Ron Paul...and the groundswell
for liberty.

Have a great net black-out day.


Don't Tread On Me!

Till Thursday!

Congress Setting SOPA Aside

Though the administration did issue a formal veto threat, the White House’s opposition signaled the end of these bills, at least in their current form.

A few hours later, Congress shelved SOPA, putting off action on the bill indefinitely

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said early Saturday morning that Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) promised him the House will not vote on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) unless there is consensus on the bill.

“While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House,” Issa said in a statement. “Majority Leader Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote.”

It’s possible that a related version of SOPA could come back at some point down the road — though probably not this year — but for now, the push against the bill has succeeded beautifully.

Turn Off the Servers!

We'll show 'em who the Internet belongs to! Don't just shut down sites, shut down the system! Strike! Strike! Strike!

I think I'll unplug, too. Maybe read a book.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Joining forces with these sites is just what the CFR wants !

Joining forces with those who favor the CFR, globalism, and the Fed, is the perfect ploy to stop the DP, and the progress of Ron Paul. The whole creation of SOPA could have been orchestrated to slow Ron Paul and his tremendous rise in S.C.!

How ironic that the DP falls for an oldest agent provocateur trick, the three steps forward two steps backwards, the ploy which slows the Paul machine in the last of the first three most critical primaries... S.C.!

The CFR will stop at nothing to stop Paul, even mediocre chess is not good enough... they are just about to checkmate DP to checkmate Paul! Brilliant!

Forget the phoney bills on the house floor! The fear mongering designed to slow Paul's rise through distraction of efforts and dilution of money and efforts! The phoney GOP has been running this game for months now for every Tom Dick and Harry subject they can dream up!

Focus on the big picture! The rest is child's play for a Paul presidency, and the PTB know this... They are in panic mode... THIS WEEK... right now!

Grassroots... it's time to punt, take up the slack and stay alive with a DP2 if necessary! Shutting down a major asset for Ron Paul even one hour in the last week of S.C. is idiocy for us, and brilliance for the CFR!

It is your site your property and I support your stand!

I will see you all day after tomorrow!

What if instead of shutting it down completely

You just made it so that in order to use the site you must click through to send a message to your representative, your senators, and the president to stop these laws from being passed. Wouldn't that be more proactive?

Typically there are around at least 3500 people cruising this site at any given time, I am sure most of them haven't contacted their Reps about this yet, this could be a good way to create a positive incentive for action.

Submitted by GCN3030 on Tue, 01/17/2012 - 21:58.

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

DOWNSIZE DC ti facilitate sending emails to your representative

You should be aware of the www.downsizeDC.com website which enables you to send emails to your representatives and senators on specific topics.

There are 31 active campaigns listed under TELL CONGRESS WHAT TO DO

One of them is appropriate for the SOPA and PIPA legislation.

If you scroll ten down you will find HANDS OFF THE INTERNET

Once you register with your zip code and email address they will send you comments automatically to your Senators and Congressman.

I just sent them one to urge them to vote against passage of SOPA and PIPA.

Check out the other campaigns and support this site!

No Man's need constitutes an obligation on the part of another man to fulfill that need.

Hear, Hear!

Something to do tomorrow while waiting for DP to come back up. Downsize DC has lots of interesting campaigns going, and quite a few support Ron Paul's bills in Congress and his other positions.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Good Old America....

Land of the free!?


Hey Michael...

I know this may be a bit much for me to ask considering your site isn't the only site participating, but...

I work 11am to 12:30am on Thursday (13 1/2 hours).

Tomorrow I'm off work all day long.

Can we postpone this little protest until the day AFTER tomorrow??


Thanks man. I knew you would understand. OK everybody... Thursday's the day. Mark it on your calenders!


I support going dark to shed some light!

I will attempt to take my business website down to show unity. Is there a message that will be posted to inform people about this horrible piece of legislation?


Vail, Colorado

I dont like this idea either

We use DailyPaul to communicate with each other. Shutting it down a few days before a critical primary just doesn't seem like a good idea to me. And I agree w/ the person who wrote that "Ron Paul supporters already know about SOPA. We don't need to be made aware". We recently had a shutdown on Christmas. Now we have another one under a month later. Ugh.

I think this does more harm

I think this does more harm than good. We are trying to elect a guy that wouldn't allow SOPA under his presidency. I think it is much more important to keep the site up.

I agree

A protest is to 1. get the attention of those who are unaware of the issue, or 2. Deprive 'oppressors' in a situation of a service to open there eyes to the severity of something. The Daily Paul being shut down will do neither. It's a noble gesture, but nonetheless it's purpose is somewhat forfeit for us.