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With the battle still raging over whether the U.S. will pass its proposed SOPA or PIPA legislation (the former of which seems to have been mortally wounded, but the latter of which is still in play), there is a movement afoot to protest this with a web blackout tomorrow, supported by sites like imgur, reddit, Wikipedia, and more. I can't say I know what such a blackout will accomplish, but I do know the draconian aspects of these bills are unsettling to say the least, so unless something changes drastically in the meantime, my plan is for this site to participate in the blackout. Apologies in advance for the outage should this come to pass.

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37. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 17, 2012, 18:48 jdreyer
 
The point of the blackout is to alert people to the fact that these two bills are horrendous, damaging legislation. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Blue's readers are already aware and opposed to this, so it’s a bit like preaching to the choir, but I fully support it.

If you are looking for something to so while not reading Blue’s tomorrow, please consider calling your congress person (if you’re a US citizen) and letting them know your feelings on it. You will have the most success by plainly but politely stating your opposition to the legislation.
Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

Or consider sending a snail mail. This has much more impact than email (which usually go unread). You can look up the address of your congressperson here.

I also noticed Blue has been running anti-SOPA ads all week. Kudos, Blue!
 
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