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About > SOPA. Thanks to the unprecedented efforts of craigslist users and other concerned citizens this week, movement on PIPA and SOPA has been indefinitely postponed!

about > SOPA

Word has it that Congress had never before received so many calls and emails regarding any issue whatsoever. Bravo! “This is altogether a new effect,” said former Senator Chris Dodd, now head of MPAA and key PIPA/SOPA promoter, comparing the online movement to the Arab Spring. He had not seen in his 40 years in politics “an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically.” Ron Paul (R-TX), PIPA applauded the Internet Blackout, saying "Sometimes you need a two-by-four to get them to listen. " During the blackout, Team CoCo provided craigslist blackout ad service and part II of same.

PIPA and SOPA will likely return, and both are so deeply flawed they must die entirely, so the fight is not over. Tell Congress you OPPOSE Senate 968 "Protect IP Act" (PIPA) and H.R. 3261 "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA): Navy signs $17-million deal for armed drones - In 100 years of naval aviation, only the most experienced combat pilots have performed the difficult task of launching an attack on a nearby target and returning the aircraft to a ship as it bobs in the ocean.

Navy signs $17-million deal for armed drones -

Now that tricky task is being turned over to unmanned drones. With a $17-million contract, the U.S. Navy has taken the first step in arming its fleet of drone helicopters with laser-guided missiles to blast enemy targets. The Northrop Grumman Corp. -made MQ-8B Fire Scout would be Navy's first sea-based unmanned system to carry weapons when it's delivered within 15 months. For The Record Los Angeles Times Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 54 words Type of Material: Correction Armed drones: An article in the Nov. 9 Business section about a U.S. "It's a very significant moment in naval history," said Mark L.

As of now, the drone can spot hostile threats, but not eliminate them. Petition Congress: Protect the Internet for Innovators! Rachel Maddow highlighted this petition on her MSNBC show -- watch: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has put the anti-Internet bill on hold!

Petition Congress: Protect the Internet for Innovators!

But the fight continues as the Senate prepares for a vote soon. Join over 230,000 others in signing the reddit/PCCC petition to Congress -- help us reach 250,000. PETITION TO CONGRESS: Don’t let big corporations use lobbyists and government regulations to censor the Internet and block innovators from inventing the next reddit, YouTube, or Google. Protect free speech and innovation online. FAA May Allow Combat Drones for Nonmilitary Use. Unmanned drones have famously been used by the American military to conduct bombing runs of dubious legality in countries throughout the middle east, from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Yemen.

FAA May Allow Combat Drones for Nonmilitary Use

However, American law enforcement agencies, already enjoying unprecedented use of techniques first mastered under combat conditions to control public protests, have long expressed an interest in deploying the technology domestically. If changes to American regulations currently under consideration by the FAA are ultimately enacted, they may get their wish. The changes, due to be be proposed in January 2012, would allow for the limited use of unmanned drones over American airspace, paving the way for expansions to the exception in the future. What specific use is unknown, though it should be noted that non-military and non-law enforcement uses do exist.

Dan Elwell, vice president of civil aviation at the Aerospace Industries Association, confidently states "It's going to happen. PayPal founder pays entrepreneurs to skip college. Best-Selling Political Books in March. “Revolt!”

Best-Selling Political Books in March

By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann makes its debut at No. 4 on the political best-sellers list. The husband and wife team advises that Republicans use their power to force President Obama to accept their terms of debate and to insure that he doesn’t get re-elected in 2012. “The Dressmaker Of Khair Khana” by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon makes the list for the first time this month at No. 8. Debtors' Prison Legal In More Than One-Third Of U.S. States. Obama sides with big business over small cattlemen. When four companies control 80 percent of the supply in a marketplace, even the most conservative economists would likely admit the potential is high for market manipulation.

Obama sides with big business over small cattlemen

This is the case in the world of meatpacking, where four packers -- Tyson, Cargill, JBS and National Beef -- rule the scene. That's why, last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture promulgated rules that would limit the ability of these companies to engage in practices that controlled the market unfairly. But the revised version of those rules recently released by USDA capitulate to packer demands and fail to make the marketplace more fair.

For years, small cow-calf producers, and the small- or mid-sized feedlots who sell much of their beef, say they have been mistreated by the giant meatpackers, who have conspired to set prices and manipulate supply.