You know, guys and gals, we are getting excited about senators removing support for these bills amid the population showing extreme concern for them. We shouldn't be happy they are doing this, we should demand they do it. They are supposed to represent US, remember?
Under SOPA, you could get 5 years for uploading a Michael Jackson song. One year more than the doctor who killed him.
Although one of my senators has switched sides (Rubio), the other is still listed as being for it. My congresswoman is still an unknown commodity, but I have called her and voiced my opposition to SOPA.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Drugs are bad, prohibition is worse
People here seem to forget that any original research they read will also be predicated upon other research. There'll be a long list of references of any academic paper you'll have to read and research if you want to fully accept what the paper is trying to prove or argue. I doubt many of the traditionalist academics here are any more thorough than an average wiki user in that regard.
It's relative to the subject you're researching. If you only have a passing interest in a scientific subject, and you perform a search on pubmed to inform yourself, I'd say it's unlikely you're going to perform rigorous analysis on the references the paper you choose to read uses. You in fact, will rely on user review to assume that what the paper claims to be predicated on is accurate. Similar to the casual Wiki user. Will anyone with a real interest not investigate the references on Wiki, or pubmed for that matter, further just as a qualified scientist using pubmed would? Neither type of user can claim authority on the matter, you simply can't trace all the references on a research paper anymore than you can on a Wiki article.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
Does anyone have an idea on how the government plans to take control of the Internet? (Libs, you should be loving this prospect, by-the-way)