SOPA and PIPA Postponed…But Not Cancelled

Jan 20th, 2012 | Category: Latest News | 112 comments


I am not a fan of big, over-the-top statements, but it is safe to say that the future of the internet is currently being decided. Will it remain a haven of free speech or will it become another tool of governmental and corporate control? A “fight for the internet” is taking place. On January 19th, the FBI shut down the popular file sharing site Megaupload while anti-SOPA protests took to the streets and the world wide web (you might have noticed that Wikipedia’s blackout). In case you didn’t know, SOPA and PIPA give the US government unprecedented authority to shut down websites without prior notice (see the article I published about SOPA back in November for more information).

Seeing that an overwhelming majority of internet users oppose this legislation and that its potential enactment has caused nothing less than a major uproar in the internet world, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used an old trick: He postponed the vote for SOPA, which was scheduled for January 24th, to a later date, hoping that the negative publicity surrounding the vote would die down. As you know, voting for ridiculous law in a context of general indifference is the elite’s favorite way of proceeding. It is up to us to stay vigilant, to not forget about this awful piece of legislation and to make sure our voices are heard until SOPA and PIPA are thrown in the garbage – where they belong. Here’s an article about the postponing of SOPA and PIPA.

Senator Reid: PIPA Vote Postponed

The anti-SOPA Day of Protest ripples continue to spread. On Friday morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) put the brakes on a PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) cloture vote. The vote was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24.

“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act,” said Reid in a statement Friday morning.

In a cloture vote, the Senate decides whether or not to end debate on a bill and bring it forward for a final up-or-down vote. For such a vote to be successful, three-fifths of the Senate (or 60 Senators) must vote in the positive.

Sen. Reid previously said that “we need to work on this and we’re going to — I will hope we can have a manager’s amendment when we get back here in a week or 10 days and move forward on this. It’s important that we try to do this on a fair basis and I’m going to do everything I can to get that done” during a Jan. 15 interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.

On Wednesday, major websites such as Wikipedia and Reddit went dark to protest PIPA and its sister bill in the House of Representatives, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Facebook and Google, which came out against SOPA and PIPA in a public letter written late last year, provided users with information about the bills and contact information for elected officials. Google also launched an online petition, which gathered over 7 million signatures by Thursday morning.

SOPA and PIPA made it into the CNN-Southern Republican presidential debate Thursday night, with each candidate denouncing the bills to some extent.

Supporters of the two bills consider PIPA and SOPA necessary new tools in the fight against online piracy and copyright infringement. Opponents claim they give excessive power to copyright holders and the federal government, and that they risk making the Internet slower and less secure while also stifling online freedom of speech and digital innovation.

Do you think it’s good that the Senate is taking more time to consider PIPA? Let us know in the comments below.

- Source: Mashable






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112 Comments to “SOPA and PIPA Postponed…But Not Cancelled”

  1. neko says:

    i´m not american but i am really glad that they have chosen to stop SOPA and PIPA for the time :)

    • Anna kARENINA says:

      It doesn't matter if yu're american or not, this will affect you not matter where you are, it's the WORLD WIDE

      • tiffany says:

        We really need to stand up for our rights on this one.

        I noticed the strangest thing the other day on the bus in London. A mom gets on with her about 3-4 year old. There are CCTV cameras on each bus and you can see your self. Anyway, intrinsically the kid knew this was wrong. He started a litany of "what is that camera doing there, Mommy" and I don't like that camera, does it want to fight me? I swear to you. This little kid got it while the sheep all sit by and let them take any shred of privacy we have left. Between my house and the next block I counted over 30 CCTV cams. Even kids know this is evil.

      • Shannon says:

        I realise this is world wide. Even if it wasn't it would still be terrible but what right do they have over we the people not in America?

      • LVB says:

        Yes, Anna, you are absolutely right. This is global and will affect everyone, and everything related to the internet – and it is NOT about "copyright infrigement", but rather about infringing on all of our rights and freedoms, in general.

        In case no one has really noticed, in one way or another, the USA controls the world – like as far as economics, military and advanced technologies of every kind – and, as anyone reading this site probably knows, the global ruling elite have infiltrated and control the US govt. Especially now with Obama being a willing tool of the elite and delusional wannabe-dick-tator, but even going back long before his idiotic and evil reign of power. He is just more blatant and obvious about how badly he wants their dream of total global control.

        It is the power behind the power we are shown that we really need to be aware of, afraid of and resist with all of our combined strength- which is really much greater than we all realize, but we are constantly beaten down and demoralized with mass media propaganda for this very reason – to keep us thinking we are too weak to go against them, so why even try? Well,

        we simply have to resist and fight them and not surrender.

        SOPA and all similar forms of thinking just reek of the ruling elite laying the foundation and building blocks of total control and a global tyranny over all nations and all people. Whether you belive and understand that this is "The Beast" and believe any of that or not, it is one and the same thing – pure evil on earth, and it will affect and destroy all of our lives and freedoms, no matter what personal our religious beliefs may or may not be.

      • VigilantMarcy says:

        VC and all VC readers, here is a GREAT article about the true root of SOPA and PIPA, and why we should be really fighting against DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)!!!

      • VigilantMarcy says:

        ahhh I'm an idiot! Here is the link talking about DMCA
        http://tech.turbu-rpg.com/393/the-worst-thing-abo

      • The End Times is Nea says:

        My God. What has this world been reduced to? It seems to me that our world/society is becoming a modern-day/real-life "1984" (by George Orwell).

    • brave says:

      american or not this will affect you Neko… plus the free world follows most of american principles.. good or bad… so if this passes then other countries will do the same

      • kayla123 says:

        im so glad this is a trending topic (it was also trending on twitter too) but anyways if this law pass image what the government officials or president would say "its for your own good" etc.etc.etc.etc…..im not a computer geek or anything but its just another way to control our rights and how we suppose to think about things now and if this law does pass its downhill from here and like i said before this new generation and year is the year of the 2 coming its up to god now anyway save your-self now cause this is just the gateway to hell wait till you enter it.

    • gods property says:

      First FEMA Camps now this… Captured Just this week in Santa Cruz California

      http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v

      • BRAVELION says:

        @ GODS PROPERTY.

        I Thank You for posting the above link!

        As I watched that footage, my heart dropped out of my chest,

        I was in pure shock, and saddened at the sheer wastage of

        human innovation and potential ( let alone BILLIONS of $$$$$)

        We have a President who won a Nobel Peace Prize, yet he is

        rolling out the tanks getting ready for what? WWIII ? ? ?

        I have to say that these times we live in are the most fascinating

        in human history for sure, I was in awe of the unification of a huge

        portion of the internet against SOPA and PIPA, everywhere from

        wikipedia, wordpress, the web was abuzz, I think the synchronicities

        are only going to get stronger as these opposing forces intensify,

        as for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction……….

        http://924collective.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/int

        I have to recommend a documentary that touches directly on the topics

        of censorship, digital culture, corporate control, and the world that is rapidly

        changing around us, the idea of Remix culture, R.I.P (A Remix Manifesto)

        Follows around Greg Gillis, a Biochemical Engineer by Day, and DJ by Night.

        A fascinating look at our collective future, it gives me hope our generation

        is going to use technologies, and ideas that will leave the old models in the

        dust. and ultimately, Industry is ALWAYS lead by INNOVATION, regardless of

        how it is achieved. Sharing Ideas only makes them STRONGER!!!!

        Peace, Love, & Enlightenment My Friends

    • Curious Citizen says:

      I believe this is a test to see the reactions of the people. they want to see what they can get away with and how many people will actually stand up for their rights. if no one said or did anything, it would already be in place. THEY are out numbered, yet some of you afraid?? whats wrong with you people!!

      • Jadey says:

        It's mind control. Remember in slave history, there would be one plantation master to 50-100 slaves. It's because he brainwashed the slaves into believing that they wouldn't make it with out the master. Same applies with the government and its citizens.

    • severalminds says:

      sadly they will re discuss it again soon and the next time they will do it in hidden way, without giving any warning…this "law" will pass as others…they don't care about us. Michael jackson told it long time ago.

  2. Buckeye says:

    I saw people on FB yesterday like "yay we did it!!" seriously guys.. They are gonna do what they know how to do. And that's be shady

    • thom says:

      yes, surely now they'll just postpone it to a time when there's less fuss. and maybe the middle of the night too. i've had so many emails saying 'we won!' but remember not to count your chickens!

    • Jay says:

      I reckon they'll do what they usually do to pass new laws. 911 and the patriot act ?

      They'll be some disaster that internet censorship "could have stopped" and then the sheeple will beg for the law to be passed.

    • stfu says:

      Yep, they're gonna do it if we don't act.

      They will be moving on like turning "EU" from some kind of country coalition to one-big-superstate with all participating states dependent. They did not succeed with European Constitution, which was dropped in referendums, so they went on with Lisbon Treaty (with only referendum in Ireland, voted twice because of first result was NO!).

      You chop off one hydra head, and two other pop up. If SOPA and PIPA are dropped, plan B (which I bet is already prepared) will be put forward.

      Making a facebook group will NOT stop them. Think about it – Europe is already a superstate, it took 27 countries to corrupt to achieve this. Congress will do whatever it is ordered to do, if the American public looks away for just enough time.

      • Citizen General says:

        we are all messed up. our gov't doesn't work for us anymore. we all know what is going on. if you wish to know whow to postpone the end become active in gov't pull our influence out of the world back in to our-selves. we are the generation that will deal with the pain. i know i'll stand ready to fight and aid all who dispise the elite and their control.

  3. Aidan says:

    Absolutely ridiculous. We have to make sure this infringement on basic freedoms isn't successfully pushed through.

  4. FairRabbit says:

    It's so sad people still think they have power over what the govt does. I've had friends yelling at me on FB because I'm saying they're going to do what they want to do, even if they have to slither their agenda into other bills bit by bit.

    • N says:

      That is true they could add it to another bill (like a defense or spending bill) and get away with it. Anywho I did call my congressman and senator to voice my concerns, even though I know they don't care because the don't represent me or anyone in my state.

      To those of you who live in Florida ALL of our "representatives" voted for the NDAA bill.

  5. Steve says:

    It is obvious that the people calling the shots, not those supposedly in charge, wish complete domination and if they have to creep it up on you they will and are doing so bit by bit.

    If we don't stand hard on this and promptly commence chipping away at their ultimate agenda we will become sheople before we realize we are penned, branded and culled into a nice little easy governable package of dummed down assets to be utilized for this agenda's continuance.

    I've seen enough to realize it's time for all of us as citizens of this planet to step up and demand our rights, futures and kids futures!

  6. Trutelr says:

    i signed the petition when i went to Google & saw that it was blacked out w/ a link to the petition

    see how the action of UNITED opposition caused them to "postpone" the voting?

    thats deep & should show the world the POWER that we the people really do have

    we CAN stop the evil actions of the elite MINORITY

    MOST of the people on this planet are NOT in the inner circle ruling group called "the elite" meaning there is more of us than them so we should continue to fight against the evil plans that would strip us of our God-given human right to be FREE

    • Kristina says:

      If only more people saw it from this perspective! There truly is MANY more of "us" than there is of "them." Awoken and united, they stand no chance! But many people just shake in their boots saying Doomsday is coming and there's nothing we can do about it.

      Sad, really, that people undermine their own potential so much.

    • reformer says:

      well put.

  7. Linda says:

    It's sad to see what the media does to the human brain. People swear they have a choice and WE DON'T! Sorry to break it up to you but we don't.

    What makes me more mad is how people fight over politics and who is the better president, let me explain my theory on politics and presidents.

    If someone is feeding you and they give you the choice of eating an apple or an orange, you choose the apple today cause that's what you wanted to eat, you think you had a choice cause you CHOSE to eat the apple when in reality you never had a choice, you were still eating what that person feeding you wanted you to eat.

    And that's what people don't understand, you think you have a choice and the media makes one candidate look better than the other when they are all the same crap!

    Stop giving your vote to these clowns… We are the majority!

    I watched a video that Anonymous made about their plan and I wanna share it with you guys, very inspirational. Please watch =)

    God Bless us All ♥

    http://youtu.be/Drx8cwG-aKE

    • universaltruth says:

      this is taught in sales101 worldwide. i call it the 'question-close' technique. it's when you ask them a question that has two definitive answers (usually yes/no). it doesn't leave anything to ambiguity. for instance, i'm in insurance… so i will often ask a potential client: "would you like your policy to start today or march 1st?" the only answers there still get me a deal. which equates to $ for me. it is a very basic technique that doesn't involve any sort of NLP (neuro linguistic programming) or any other kind of advanced 'manipulation'.

    • paisleycerebrum says:

      @Linda, you took the words right outta my mouth on what i tried to say. well said.

    • flower says:

      Don't you think Anonymous was infiltrated a long time ago? They are a really big dispersed group now, easy to get into something like that. I'm more likely to trust a computer hacker that doesn't identify with a herd, whichever herd it is. Thats the problem with these types of groups.

      I think VC is incredibly intelligent, and if he digs deep enough he'll soon realize whats going on here… Follow the trail if it leads to the same source its all rotten. Follow the trail its the same person, the same person is wearing a different mask and has different disguises. But its the same person with the same ''special interests''.

      • FB says:

        Dear Flower,

        "Anonymous" is the new Osama Bin Laden. The PIPA and SOPA will pass on the congress because of them. Different sides of the same coin.

  8. llol says:

    Fuck SOPA and PIPA!

  9. paisleycerebrum says:

    "As you know, voting ridiculous bill in general indifference is the elite’s favorite way of proceeding."

    i wholeheartedly agree.

    i just feel that this whole thing is a giant middle finger to our face, showing that whatever is decided, they'll still have us by the 'nads. yes the internet is a haven for free speech & such; but how i hear people say if the bills are passed they can't do ____ or ____ (meaningless things), i wonder if some of us are really "addicted" to the internet. or maybe they're not aware of what's really at stake here. i can't put my finger on it but i see us being taken for a ride. unless we stay vigilant of course.

  10. This is only the beg says:

    Well soon a catastrophic event will occur which will draw our attention away from SOPA or even worse: Strengthen the agenda of passing the SOPA – bill. So stay vigilant, stay independent and even be critical ( to a certain point) against those who you trust the most so YOU won't end up like a mindless sheep.

    “Know where to find the information and how to use it – That's the secret of success”

    - Albert Einstein

    • Linqiust says:

      Yep, shock and awe legislation in effect. I wonder if the Italian cruise ship debacle will be used a tool of distraction…

  11. kobe says:

    http://youtu.be/WJIuYgIvKsc more info,they play the chess game,isn`t?

  12. anonymous says:

    Is it improbable to propose that the first draft of the bill was presented with ludicrous stipulations to induce nation-wide hysteria, thus creating chaos? After all the debate, these absurd components will be lessened to a still intolerable level, yet the American people will feel as if democracy has triumphed as a result of the minor reduction. Classic case of order from chaos

    • Weber says:

      I agree with you.

      I wonder if something like the Cremation of Care ceremony at Bohemian Grove couldn't be protected as private intellectual property and the next Alex Jones someday will be taken off the web for taping something like that?

      • Citizen General says:

        i also agree, but Americans need to realize that America is not a D**n Democracy we are a F****n Republic.

    • Bob says:

      Hegelian Dialectic

  13. RhuBarb says:

    SOPA and PIPA is just the start, they are probably not bothered and have many more freedom destroying bills in the pipeline…

  14. anoynmous says:

    i believe this act will bring about riots which will enable Martial law.. its all a stage..to get the ppl to act a certain way if social networks are censored..like in london

  15. Casey says:

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/FacebookDC/posts/10150

    "

    Facebook Washington DC

    We are relieved that Congress has recognized the serious damage the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could cause to the Internet and are pleased that congressional leaders have decided not to move forward on these bills. We want to thank the millions of Facebook users who shared their views with us, with members of Congress, and with their friends and families on this important issue, and who changed the direction of this harmful legislation. We appreciate that lawmakers have listened to our community's concerns, and we stand ready to work with them on solutions to piracy and copyright infringement that will not chill free expression or threaten the economic growth and innovation the Internet provides. You can read more about Facebook's view on this legislation by clicking the "Anti-Piracy Bills" tab on the left side of the Facebook Washington DC page."

  16. flower says:

    Don't you think that wikipedia, facebook, etc are actually all in on it? Seems like a disinfo exercize to me. =)

    • FB says:

      Definetely

    • Fred says:

      Absolutely.

      Facebook is funded by In-Q-Tel, the venture capital wing of the CIA.

      Google also receives funding from In-Q-Tel.

      As for Wikipedia… Notice those massive "W"s in its anti-SOPA messages. As I think VC has pointed out, W and M have some sort of significance for the Illuminati/Masons, though there's some debate as to what it actually is. (The one-eyed (!) mascots for the London Olympics are called >WM<andeville.)

      Unfortunately, I think most opposition is already either infiltrated or controlled by the would-be NWO.

  17. mits says:

    Shananagenz. All of it.

  18. Zafiro says:

    My Dear Friends,

    I have to say THANK YOU VIGILANT CITIZEN for sharing and taking time away from your day to inform the blind and somewhat inform individuals like myself. You talked about this coming to the US in an old article few weeks ago, and its very interesting to see how you hit the nail with the hammer. Very impressive, my the lord bless you and your insight talent to keep bring to light things that are hidden in darkness, the symbols that must of us do not understand about the Elite, and basically everything regarding the Elite and the chess game they are playing with the world.

    Good job for keeping pace with their strategic moves is a chess game and they have and advantage! The dark prince of this world is on their side to win this one, but not the one for Eternity! We have on our side the true love of god, the Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus that he paid for us sinners. For those that believe in Jesus the son of God will not perish!

    I guess things can only get much worse in the days to come, the Dark Prince of this World is working hard overtime hours to complete his designated plan set centuries ago.

    What I take from this Vigilant, is to share/inform those close to me, around me and by me. Let them open their eyes and see what is really happening.

    I myself believe in Jesus Christ as my savior and in the father (God), very clearly the Elite works for the Dark Prince of this World and there is nothing that can change the word of God, What is said needs to come to pass and we are still in the final hours “metaphorically” speaking, it can be days, months, years away from the major plan set for this world to come to pass.

    I hope bothers keep strong in faith, do not lose faith in god no matter what the out come upon us is and all we can do is share the truth and let them people decided for themselves.

    God bless you all my friends

    • Diana says:

      I submitted to the SOPA/PIPA article to Vigilant over the holidays. I'm glad that there is a place to centralize the information that is out on the web to identify what is going on in the World and Washington. Now if we can rally to change the National Defense Authorization Act in the same way, we could truly make change that is for the people. This Act was passed on New Year's Eve while everyone was partying and bringing in the New Year. It says that basically if you are a "suspected" terrorist (read what that really means on the web), you as an American citizen can be imprisioned indefinately and without a trial. Good bye Bill of Rights. SOPA/PIPA are a big deal, but the NDAA is another issue that needs to be addressed. God Bless.

  19. lovetruth888 says:

    oh yea, the battle will continue there's no way out of it, we are already living in the electronic police state where everything is documented and saved… soon (if not yet) it will be guilty until proven innocent, unless we the people stand together with clear eyes and faithful hearts. too many distractions going which prevent us in getting united and reaching a common goal, ugh! sign of the times…

    the Lord bless and keep you all enlighten!

  20. locust says:

    For those who might think that this is an America-only problem, the action against Megaupload involved –

    "Arrests were made at a number of homes in Auckland, New Zealand, on warrants issued by US authorities."

    The timing of this is crystal-clear –

    "…seven people associated with Megaupload were indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month over the charges."

    And TPTB 'executed' these arrests the day after the Internet blackout protest.

    We won a battle, my friends, but the war against us goes on.

    Stay vigilant, be healthy in mind and spirit.

    nil carborundum illegitimi

    Peace and love,

    locust

    literally one computer user stubbornly typing

    • locust says:

      My apologies – I was not as clear as I should have been.

      The battle that we won was the temporary defeat of the SOPA legislation.

      In fact, the attack against Megaupload shows us that the war is waged on many fronts – it is a world-wide war.

      It's called The New World Order, for a reason.

  21. Kat says:

    Anonymous will take care of this. They won't stand for it

  22. mags says:

    if a sopa/pipa type law passed, is this site in jeopardy, too? my guess is yes =

  23. Person says:

    So people care about the internet, but not the NDAA bill?! The world is really going to shit if people only care about the internet. -_-;

    • freetoday says:

      Yeah, bro, that's the sad part: we as a nation care about our access to the Internet, but we are no longer concerned with our constitutional rights. We are concerned with NDAA and the Expatriation Acts that is to follow. It' s actually pretty sick. That said I read this piece on the VC boards and the kid was on the money: "they want us to consume and not produce". Big picture it's up to the host of heaven, but that doesn't mean I lay down and play doormat. I have never seen doormat in Christ's words– religious segway (lmao). God wins, the elite scum lose.

  24. Jas says:

    Yeah more time so they can think of more reasons to ceansor the internet!! >:(

  25. arrow says:

    This about sums it up, folks:

    Carlin – The Real Owners Of America

    "The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they're an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They've got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They've got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying ­ lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else."

    "But I'll tell you what they don't want. They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them. That's against their interests. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago.

    "You know what they want? Obedient workers ­ people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And, now, they're coming for your Social Security. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They'll get it. They'll get it all, sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It's a big club, and you ain't in it. You and I are not in the big club."

    "This country is finished."

    • N says:

      We are not a country. The USA INC is a corporation. Check your census letter and you'll see next to the letters USA the logo for trademark. The USA still belongs to the Queen of England; she owns the largest amounts of land. She still owns the USA, Canada and all the other nations they've ever conquered. If you "own" your house check you title, it says that your a tenant.

  26. kiki says:

    I predict in the very near future that their are going to be more schemes (like the hacking of Zappos RIM, and PSN) so that the government can say we need this bill.

  27. my2cents says:

    It worries me that my kids wont have a good future. :(

    • redeemed says:

      Don't worry or fear..just trust in God ,study and live His word. Effective communication, raining, and discipline are vital keys to raising up positive, loving and strong kids..Exactly why bills like SOPA and PIPA are created by the elite..a way for the elite to begin the breakdown of freedom to access knowledge /information….However,kids need to learn how to be independent thinkers and problem solvers, not dependent on society to think rationally…but to be slow to speak, quick to think , as strong men and women, able to stand firm when tested in future circumstances …diligent parents are the foundation.

      Yes, we are to be aware of what is going on around us but definitely not to be scared ..as a believer, i know we have hope, for if Almighty God is for us, who then can be against us? Even if society tries to dictate what path you can to take…familiarize yourself with the path that is biblically paved with truth…it's narrow, but its very well lit. Its not popular, but its secure. Despite what is being forced on society as a whole, we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of Love, Power and a Sound mind.

      SOPA and PIPA are just tactics that serve as proverbial bulldozers…clearing the way for less information to be available to make wise, organized, unmonopolized decisions for consumers. They dont' want the ability for us to be able to have the freedom to organize too many "critical thinkers enmasse" who oppose anything that is not part of their program to dominate your money, your thoughts, your entire lifestyle

  28. cheekybastard says:

    This is like the icing on top of the cake , now they just showing off

  29. captcha says:

    *internet hug*

    Nice, Vigilant, nice.

  30. LLL says:

    (S)till c(O)ntrolling the (P)eople of (A)merica.

  31. A Kid says:

    I know I shouldn't be, but I'm frightened. I'm frightened for the people of this planet, I'm frightened for my family and friends, I'm frightened for myself. And that's because we're all in this together (sorry for the corny High School Musical reference).

    I know that we basically don't even have rights anymore. If we do, they're diminishing quickly. This generation can't live-I bet they've all got a death note on them by 25 or 30 at the most. We don't have privacy, we don't have freedom, we don't have liberty. And that was what this country was founded for. But deep in my heart, I get the feeling that this was planned from the beginning.

    But what can I do? If I speak out-I'll die. If I do nothing-I die. Even being online is dangerous because they monitor what you do and what you say. There's nothing for us.

    I remember a man said a great analogy for this. He said something along the lines of, "the world is like a maze, and you're the mouse. You're traveling through this man-made structure, trying to get what you want-what you NEED. As soon as you get close to your goal-boom. They put an obstacle in your way. In all reality you're never going to achieve the 'big cheese'-they'll make you THINK you can. But you'll never get it."

    But that's all I'm going to say from a teenager's perspective. I'll always read your articles.

    • anony says:

      @A Kid,

      In answer to your question, coming from a Muslim: The kind of stuff that's happening these days has been prophesized in the Scriptures of all the major religions, dear – in the Old and New Testaments and the Quran.

      Of course it's frightening, and yes they've planned it out. But remember that they're not in control, your Creator's in Ultimate control, and we can all trust in His Wisdom. His plans are more superior and just than these lunatics – these people's plans WILL fail, and His Truth will be the supreme triumph. Heaven and Hell exist for a reason – for ultimate justice. So don't be scared, this life isn't all there is, and we'll all get what we work for in the end. So our job is to be the best we can be, given our circumstances. What matters is not how long you live but how you live.

      So pray to your Creator for guidance and strength to always do the right thing. Because as far as your life is concerned, that's all that really matters. The best you can do in your situation is be upright in character, keep your loved ones informed, and speak out for those people whose situation perhaps CAN be helped.

      This applies anyway… regardless of whether or not the illuminati had anything planned, because we would still die anyway at some point!

      Love and peace and prayers your way.

  32. GrowingUp31 says:

    I guess if SOPA and PIPA come out, we all have to start giving credits to every single thing.

    As an example:

    'I am going to the beach on 12/12/12!!!'

    -credits to Julius Ceasar for making the calendar system

    -credits to the ancient Indians/Romans/Chinese/etc for the invention of numbers

    -credits to the various dictionaries for the words used

    -credits to my English teachers for teaching me how to construct proper grammars

    Man. That would be a huge pain in the ass.

  33. Chilling says:

    VC, this isn't related to this, but perhaps you can do an article on Johnny Otis and Etta James. They both died this week. Thanks.

  34. John says:

    The next thing you know, they will start banning the Bible, the Torah and the Quran from being published to the public.

    • anony says:

      well i've heard something along the same lines is already done is supposedly secular Israel… i heard even Jews can be fined for publicly carrying a Torah around. don't know how true this is… but it's not beyond them.

    • Ted says:

      What do you think the "End" of the cold war was really about? I thought the SOVIET UNION was supposed to be godless. Oh?

  35. Philip says:

    This CANNOT happen. I honestly don't think anybody in the right mind would let it happen. Internet has become apart of the lifestyle of an average American or the lifestyle of many others in nations around the world. We might all see differently but we can agree that these things that are happening are not okay!

  36. SupremePantsman says:

    Anyone seen Pixar's A Bug's Life? Small constituency of "Grasshoppers" controlling the lives and actions of an exponentially larger sum of "ants" – the grasshoppers made amendments and alterations to their own laws as they saw fit, to suit their own conveniences. It took the ants generations to realize that they were the ones sustaining the grasshopper's power – that the ants themselves were the fuel driving the machine forward. An objective and creative mind with a will to act was needed to pave the way to a free, more productive and altruistic reality for the ants. That film is a model of our present, and what could, and should be our future.

    • Antonio says:

      Do't forget the strikingly-similar movie, Antz. Like A Bug's Life, it has both a police state agenda for insects, and was released 3 weeks before the Disney flick.

  37. M says:

    Now Europe has ACTA.

    Great…

    • Aurelia says:

      ACTA not only affects Europe, it affects the Americas, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, basically it encompasses any country that signs on it. ACTA is global. ACTA also affects healthcare, trade, and the development of new industries. ACTA is much more dangerous than it looks at fist glance, and it warrants a lot more publicity than it is currently getting, especially since this is a bill that was created and pushed through by people who are not publicly elected.

  38. John Lenihan says:

    Email to Sen Rubio of Florida:

    Dear Sir,

    You sponsored and later withdrew the PIPA copyright law in the U.S. Senate. I would like to offer a few thoughts on the same subject.

    In 1934, Disney made a short "talkie" cartoon film "Steamboat Willie" with Mickey Mouse. Anyone viewing this should bow very deeply, because that wretched little cartoon mouse will be copyright for centuries! How that squares with the clear Constitutional requirement that copyrights be granted for "limited times" is no mystery: Congress just makes up laws as it goes along, depending on what greedy media lawyers and their clients want.

    Nobody approves of the flagrant distribution of copyright works for profit, as in the case of the group just arrested and shut down in New Zealand; they got what they deserved. However, it's important to note that about a third of the users of that group were innocent people storing personal and business material and not violating any copyrights at all.

    Copyright law is a difficult exercise in choosing between a restricted monopoly for limited times as the Constitution demands, and the public interest. Congress has failed miserably in that job; instead they have just stampeded in the direction of the biggest "campaign contributions."

    Copyright reminds me about the two Kings: Dr. Martin Luther King the Afro-American cleric and speaker, whose memorial holiday we just observed, and Mr. Stephen King the novelist.

    It's now perfect feasable and cheap to copy Mr. King's popular and widely-read novels, violate his copyright, and distribute his works online, or in other electronic form. But there would be no point! His works are widely available in printed or electronic form at reasonable prices; they can be borrowed from public libraries, and bought and sold second-hand without any problem at all. A good, proven, copyright business model protects his interests far better than any Congressional manipulation of copyright. But media interests and their mouthpieces in Congress have fought tooth and claw to cripple the public interest limitations of copyright law, public library access and limited copyright terms especially.

    In the case of Dr. King, his important and profound writings and speeches are copyright for ridiculously long times, locked up in vaults somewhere, little noticed and remembered. No one objects to his heirs making a few occasional dollars from them, but the occasions will be very few as time goes on. In the process, important facts of history will be forgotten.

    Congress still has a lot of work to do about copyright; please keep the public interest in mind as you go about it.

  39. 09jf09djf says:

    http://www.gogoanime.com/tiger-bunny-episode-15

    Transhumanism…this episode (and the series itself) is full of it.

  40. too many trolls and says:

    This situation is annoying. We were able to use the Internet how we wanted for millions of years and now some people are plotting to censor and shut down everything? Oh heck no, I'm mad.

    Might as well get rid of the Internet connections, altogether.

    • Blah says:

      Wait, what? The internet isn't even half a century old yet…

      • dinosaur says:

        I was here millions of years ago, checking Google on the computer… while brontosauruses were eating grass in the backyard…..

        (I think it's obvious that this is an exaggeration)

    • Person says:

      Pfffhahahaha what the hell have you been smoking XD The internet has not been here for millions of years. Kid go back to playing with your legos.

      • too many trolls and says:

        …………….

        My mistake…… I meant QUADRILLIONS OF YEARS……. before the solar system was formed.

  41. avid downloader says:

    RIP Megaupload! :(

  42. The End is Near says:

    This bill will affect everyone whether they live in the US or not. This world, not just the USA , is controlled by transnational corporations and banksters. They want control of every aspect of your life. You better believe that their congress whores will slip this legislation into some other seemingly innocuous bill at some later date after the uproar has settled down. This is a (s)election year after all.

  43. michael says:

    yeah i saw people on Facebook posting " OH NO THEY'RE GONNA CENSOR PORN!"

    no idiots they're not gonna censor porn, you think they care if youre distracted by filth. no, better for them

    they want power to censor the truth, warp historical events, AND ALSO to take a step forward in depriving us of our constitutional rights. that's ALL PIPA/SOPA is about.

    also id like everyone to check this out if they don't mind!
    http://www.rense.com/general32/americ.htm

    michael, 18 y/o

  44. Jon Pzetti says:

    They may have been stopped, but i wouldn't be surprised if they were to return in the near future.

  45. PRS says:

    All the lobbyists for SOPA/ PIPA are the same people who encouraged and profited from the promotion and distribution of file sharing software for an entire decade.

    They set up and encouraged the problem of piracy so that they could 'solve' it ….. their solution being to shut down and censoring all the sites they don't already control and then force us to use the internet as another medium for their dumbed down entertainments and in your face corporate sponsorship.

    Problem – Reaction – Solution

    Lots of evidence to support here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3cKvBVa0qA

    VC you should do an article on this.

  46. Mega"F*cked by says:

    In relation to the struggles that MegaUpload is facing due to this SOPA and PIPA bullshh, here's an interesting YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tD1yaE0GfQ&fe

    Watch out for what comes next. I agree with the guy.

  47. merr says:

    i'm sorry but why wasn't there any protests when NDAA came in exactly? Surely that is more important than the sodding internet. I mean yeah sure the internet is great for freedoms but it's useless if you're behind bars for apparently being a threat to national security, aka the rich.

    i mean the only reason wikipedia, google etc. are getting angry about it is because they lose money, they're not doing it for the same reasons as us, come on people! i think it's more important that we protest against NDAA, concidering that is the most threatening law they've got atm.

    • N says:

      The NDAA bill didn't get much attention in the mainstream media. It was passed on Christmas eve if I'm not mistaken, so not much people were aware of what was going on until it was too late. Many bills get passed on the eves of big celebrations because TPTB know no one is paying much attention during those times.

  48. maru. the free ant says:

    I want to go to Washington DC and kick some ass!

  49. JT says:

    Fuck the us Government this takes alot of aour freedoms away

  50. henry says:

    I'm sure the Illuminati is smiling somewhere………………………

    This is what they want. Ahem.

  51. ADFENO says:

    I will only say: I agree with Aurelia.

    BR. ADFENO

    Have a nice day

  52. kamakazzze mindstate says:

    This is for you people thinking the 'illuminati' is not controlling the truth movement and injecting new age beliefs:

    http://i27.fastpic.ru/big/2012/0121/02/ccd96b2d20

    Please repost this image in the forum.

    Grandmasters thinking 15 steps ahead and the sheep can barely think 3 steps ahead.

    Step your mental game up.

  53. florentina says:

    maybe this may seem weird but…i dont know but when it comes to"observing people" and "mass control' ,i feel like i 'm having a deja vu. it's that strange feeling that i feel like this happened to me once,iin a very distant time. maybe i'm crezy. but i truly had to speak my mind and where else i could have done that if here on vigilant citizen? try to understad,i didn't make this comment to attract any attention or smth else, it's just a very nasty and weird feeling… mind control,fear,medicines,mind intoxication and subliminal messages – i wear the god i have a deja vu on these. i'm 22 and had started feeling this since i was 15-16….i dont know what to say anymore…your comments will be welcome:) be aware ,take care and stay vigilant

  54. Conquerer says:

    I am not certain what to think….is this just a way of the elite tightening the screws slowly to get us under full control? I have a feeling it is more of a…."Look over here while we do some worse damage over there"

  55. trez says:

    i don't mean to be mister negative or pessimistic,but isn't this an inevitable occurence?i mean mustn't the great dream of sir. francis bacon come into true fruition by the establishment of a new world order,where there are the perfected men,the military class and the altruisitic herd that is to be ruled for the greater good of the cumulative society?in my opinion,this sopa thing will eventually become law and the majority of people won't really care about it,i mean come on,sure we as the public are powerful,but everytime you see the elite orchestrate something to fullfill their needs it seldom fails (9 11 anyone?)so if they could do something as powerful as that and dupe us into believing it was the act of "an extremist terrorist" what's to stop them from passing a document that's purely draconian?a sudden crisis at a convenient timing to ensure that the public remains calm when such measures are taken looks like the best way to go for them,i'm just saying.a sudden widespread internet crisis…but i don't know, i'm just guessin away.

  56. They clearly don't need 'SOPA' or 'PIPA' – they'll just come and smash you door down and steal all your stuff regardless, as we've seen recently with megaupload.

  57. Sharfaraj Mowla says:

    I hate Sopa & Pipa.

  58. Rizza says:

    Not at all glad that it's postponed. The senate clearly sees the opposition of many people, both from the internet and the real world. This is like the 'calm before the storm'. They're waiting for the fanfare around SOPA and PIPA to die down so that when they get around to vote for it, there wouldn't be a big uproar about it. Just get over it senators and just vote against the bills!

    A bit unrelated to my piece but I think these bills are the US gov't's way of controlling the world, since most sites are based in the US. Just saying.

  59. Kristina says:

    Apparently these kinds of laws are popping up around the world…

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article

  60. Jaquie Ang says:

    i think the reason why it is postponed is because they HAVE to WIN THE ELECTION first. hahahaha!! after winning, then they can resume the fate of the SOPA. :) if they decide to approve of it now, they won't get the votes of the people. hehe. my take on this issue. it is election season, is it not?

  61. Lavantavius R says:

    this doesn't just affect Americans this affects everyone.

  62. Drifter says:

    Eish! Freedom? All this talk of freedom. Freedom left long ago, when two or three gathered together and called themselves a huddle, a family, a clan, a tribe, a nation state and left behind a delusional, pathetic mob, who bleet incessantly on about being free. Forget it, you are all too soft in the middle to recognize freedom if it smacked you in the gob and pissed on you. The Lords of all of you control everything already. What they have to convince you of is that you are still free – which isn't difficult. It is time to saunter back into the forest, climb into a bloody bearskin and go berserk! It is time to get mad. Mad people are free!

  63. iulia says:

    this changes make people think about going back to basics….no internet, no mobile phones,no tv, no fashion industry…etc…just the simple life that was once….

  64. Xache|2NE1 says:

    I bet it's Walt Disney's greatest scheme ever