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I found this on AU General Chat and immediately thought of +Kat Meredith :D

via +Luis Alvarado :P
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Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at the questions the national media isn't bothering to ask about the Colorado theater massacre.

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Reddit has an AWESOME plain language summary of WHAT'S ACTUALLY IN the #healthcare bill!  Must-read if you want to opine on today's Supreme Court decision. It would be great if every complex bill had a summary this good!

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I want one, too.
How to freak people out: flying humans!

These bigger-than-life-size human-shaped, remote-controlled flying humans can be yours for $345.

Called the RcSuperhero, the airplanes are made out of laser-cut foam, carbon fiber and other light materials and weigh only 3.3 pounds.

I want one.

http://www.rcsuperhero.com/

Props to +Greg Tanous

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#SOPA #PIPA #STOPSOPA
Save the #Internet
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Lamar Smith's Head-In-Sand Approach To #SOPA Critics Inspires 'Lamar Smith Can't Hear You' Anti-Campaign Poster

This is pretty awesome. Last week, Lamar Smith (once again) tried to dismiss any opposition to #SOPA, by insisting that it was a tiny "vocal minority" who was peaking up, and insisting that "not one of the critics was able to point to any language in the bill that would in any way harm the internet." Except... that's not true. Tons of people have pointed out language that was problematic. Furthermore, spitting on and lying about the widespread internet community, just as it's trying to make a difference, isn't that smart. Via #BoingBoing, we learn that this is just leading to further backlash, such as #ChadRocco creating a brilliant "anti-campaign" poster against Lamar Smith: Lamar Smith Can't Hear You:

As Chad notes:

Meet Lamar Smith, representative from Texas, and Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary.

As Chairman he can kill any bill he doesn't like by denying it a hearing while giving priority to the bills he wants to pass, Like #SOPA.

While addressing the massive outcry over #SOPA he stated that:

“It’s a vocal minority. Because they’re strident doesn’t mean they’re either legitimate or large in number. One, they need to read the language. Show me the language. There’s nothing they can point to that does what they say it does do. I think their fears are unfounded.”

Above is a list of people that have pointed at the language, including law professors and computer experts.

You have a civil war among video game companies, and the successful boycott of a company. How do you ignore that?

It's an election year. This November. Whatever happens, Texas, please kick this guy out of office.

If anything, I'd say that the graphic significantly underplays the opposition. The massive list of those opposed to #SOPA is growing daily and has a lot more impressive folks than are just in that graphic (also, as far as I know, Microsoft has not publicly opposed #SOPA -- though it was rumored to have done so quietly to get the BSA to back off). Still, the graphic really is emblematic of the stance that Smith has taken on #SOPA. As long as he ignores the loud, widespread and growing opposition, perhaps he thinks it will just go away.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120109/02191817338/lamar-smiths-head-in-sand-approach-to-sopa-critics-inspires-lamar-smith-cant-hear-you-anti-campaign-poster.shtml
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Wikipedia Leaves GoDaddy Over Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

Wikipedia no longer wants to be hosted by GoDaddy.com because the domain registrar has showed support for the Stop Online Piracy Act which Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales opposes. Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss on The Young Turks.

Wikipedia Leaves GoDaddy Over Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/26/wikipedia-godaddy-sopa_n_1170034.html
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