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January 17, 2012

Wikipedia, Reddit in \’blackout\’ against SOPA, PROTECT IP laws

Wikipedia, Reddit in ‘blackout’ against SOPA, PROTECT IP laws

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Jimmy Wales has strongly advocated for the blackout
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Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation.
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The English version of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia will go offline for 24 hours in protest against American anti-piracy laws, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). The blackout will start at midnight EST (05:00 UTC) on Wednesday. The action was confirmed on Monday night with three Wikipedia administrators closing one of the most commented on policy discussions in the history of Wikipedia. According to the Wikipedia page where the issue was debated, 479 users supported a blackout only for users in the United States (with other readers seeing a banner instead), while 591 supported a global blackout.

Users who visit the site during the blackout will see a message which asks them to email their Representatives and Senators. A number of other websites are also taking part, including the social media site Reddit, the Boing Boing blog, and the sites owned by Cheezburger Network. Google also announced that they would have a link on their homepage opposing SOPA and PIPA.

Supporters of the blackout claim that the proposed laws would pose “an existential threat to Wikipedia”, and that a shutdown would be a “graphic method of driving home the point”. Opponents instead argue that the blackout threatens Wikipedia’s neutrality (one opponent wrote that “[a]ny action of this sort from Wikipedia’s side will undermine the public’s perception of Wikipedia as a politically neutral website”) and that it risks becoming involved in politics. Other opponents claimed that “SOPA does not directly endanger Wikipedia”.

In a public statement, Sue Gardner, the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, responded to the charge made by opponents of the blackout: “In making this decision, Wikipedians will be criticized for seeming to abandon neutrality to take a political position. That’s a real, legitimate issue… although Wikipedia’s articles are neutral, its existence is not”.

The co-founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, instead took to the microblogging service Twitter to express his views on the blackout, telling students to “do [their] homework early” to avoid not being able to access the site. Wales also said: “This is going to be wow. I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday. Tell everyone you know!”

Wales also told reporters that those supporting the laws “have characterised the opposition as being people who want to enable piracy or defend piracy”, but that the drafted legislation “is so over broad and so badly written that it’s going to impact all kinds of things that, you know, don’t have anything to do with stopping piracy”.

Chris Dodd from the Motion Picture Association of America, which supports SOPA/PIPA, released a statement accusing “some technology business interests” of attempting to pull “stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging”. Dodd went on to claim that the blackout actions are “irresponsible”, “dangerous” and “a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services”.



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May 20, 2008

Ted Kennedy believed to have brain tumor

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Senator Ted Kennedy, a Democrat from Massachusetts, who was recently hospitalized after suffering two seizures, has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Kennedy’s doctors discovered the tumor as part of a battery of tests performed to diagnose the cause of the seizures.

Senator Ted Kennedy

Senator Ted Kennedy

Late last week the senator was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital from the Kennedy Compound, after reportedly suffering stroke-like symptoms. After two hours in the emergency room, he was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

A statement given by Dr. Lee Schwamm and Dr. Larry Ronan of Massachusetts General Hospital stated, “Over the course of the last several days, we’ve done a series of tests on Senator Kennedy to determine the cause of his seizure. He has had no further seizures, remains in good overall condition, and is up and walking around the hospital.”

However the statement went on to say, “However, preliminary results from a biopsy of the brain identified the cause of the seizure as a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe. The usual course of treatment includes combinations of various forms of radiation and chemotherapy.”

The statement finished by saying, “Decisions regarding the best course of treatment for Senator Kennedy will be determined after further testing and analysis. Senator Kennedy will remain at Massachusetts General Hospital for the next couple of days according to routine protocol. He remains in good spirits and full of energy.”

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Ted Kennedy believed to have brain tumor
We are pulling for our pal, and I know he is determined to fight this.
Ted Kennedy believed to have brain tumor

John Kerry

Various fellow Senate colleagues and other politicians have reacted to the announcement.

John Kerry, the junior senator from Massachusetts and fellow colleague noted, “We are pulling for our pal, and I know he is determined to fight this.”

Kerry also released a statement from his office saying, “Now, everybody needs to pull together on behalf of Ted. We must pull for him and his family and remember that Teddy is one unbelievable fighter,” and noting that “Over the weekend, I saw him and he’s in a fighting mood.”

Kerry finished by stating, “I know that Ted is determined to fight this because he wants to continue his fight for the people of Massachusetts and he wants to continue to fight for everything that he believes in here in the United States Senate and throughout our country.”

Christopher Dodd, the Democratic senator from Connecticut and one of Kennedy’s closest friends, joined Kerry along with Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid and said of Kennedy, “He’s a strong guy and has great heart and we’re confident he’ll be back here.”

Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate Majority Leader from Nevada said, “He knows how we feel about him, without our even telling him. … And so we stand as a body, and as certainly a Democratic family, with our affection, our love and our prayers with Senator Ted Kennedy.”

Ted Kennedy believed to have brain tumor
Ted, Ted, Ted. My dear friend. I love you and miss you.
Ted Kennedy believed to have brain tumor

—Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)

Bob Kerrey, the former Democratic senator for Nebraska, recently said that Ted Kennedy is “the one politician who brings tears to my eyes when he speaks.”

“I am so deeply saddened I have lost the words,” said John Warner, the Republican senator from Virginia.

Senator Robert Byrd from West Virginia wept on the Senate floor as he said, “Ted, Ted, Ted. My dear friend. I love you and miss you.” Byrd also stated, “Keep Ted here for us and for America.”

Ted Kennedy believed to have brain tumor
Our thoughts are with Senator Kennedy and his family during this difficult period. We join our fellow Americans in praying for his full recovery.
Ted Kennedy believed to have brain tumor

—President George W. Bush

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat from California said, “I have confidence though because Senator Kennedy has been a fighter all his life. He is a fighter — a fighter for our children, for our workers, for our seniors. He is a champion fighting for health care for all Americans. I know that that fighting spirit will hold him in good stead in the challenge that he faces now.”

President George W. Bush released a statement saying, “Laura and I are concerned to learn of our friend Senator Kennedy’s diagnosis. Ted Kennedy is a man of tremendous courage, remarkable strength and powerful spirit. Our thoughts are with Senator Kennedy and his family during this difficult period. We join our fellow Americans in praying for his full recovery.”


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  • “Mass. General statement on Kennedy’s brain tumor”. The Boston Globe, May 20, 2008
  • Suzanne Goldenberg “Massachusetts senator Edward Kennedy diagnosed with brain tumour”. The Guardian, May 20, 2008
  • Press Release: “Kerry Statement on Senator Kennedy”. John Kerry, May 20, 2008
  • “Edward Kennedy rushed to hospital”. BBC News, May 17, 2008
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Senator Ted Kennedy, a Democrat from Massachusetts, who was recently hospitalized after suffering two seizures, has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Kennedy’s doctors discovered the tumor as part of a battery of tests performed to diagnose the cause of the seizures.

Senator Ted Kennedy

Late last week the senator was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital from the Kennedy Compound, after reportedly suffering stroke-like symptoms. After two hours in the emergency room, he was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

A statement given by Dr. Lee Schwamm and Dr. Larry Ronan of Massachusetts General Hospital stated, “Over the course of the last several days, we’ve done a series of tests on Senator Kennedy to determine the cause of his seizure. He has had no further seizures, remains in good overall condition, and is up and walking around the hospital.”

The statement went on to say, “However, preliminary results from a biopsy of the brain identified the cause of the seizure as a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe. The usual course of treatment includes combinations of various forms of radiation and chemotherapy.”

The statement finished by saying, “Decisions regarding the best course of treatment for Senator Kennedy will be determined after further testing and analysis. Senator Kennedy will remain at Massachusetts General Hospital for the next couple of days according to routine protocol. He remains in good spirits and full of energy.”

Reactions

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Various Senate colleagues and other politicians have reacted to the announcement.

John Kerry, the junior senator from Massachusetts and fellow colleague noted, “We are pulling for our pal, and I know he is determined to fight this.”

Kerry also released a statement from his office saying, “Now, everybody needs to pull together on behalf of Ted. We must pull for him and his family and remember that Teddy is one unbelievable fighter,” and noting that “Over the weekend, I saw him and he’s in a fighting mood.”

Kerry finished by stating, “I know that Ted is determined to fight this because he wants to continue his fight for the people of Massachusetts and he wants to continue to fight for everything that he believes in here in the United States Senate and throughout our country.”

Cquote1.svg We are pulling for our pal, and I know he is determined to fight this. Cquote2.svg

—John Kerry

Christopher Dodd, the Democratic senator from Connecticut and one of Kennedy’s closest friends, joined Kerry along with Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid and said of Kennedy, “He’s a strong guy and has great heart and we’re confident he’ll be back here.”

Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate Majority Leader from Nevada said, “He knows how we feel about him, without our even telling him. … And so we stand as a body, and as certainly a Democratic family, with our affection, our love and our prayers with Senator Ted Kennedy.”

Cquote1.svg Ted, Ted, Ted. My dear friend. I love you and miss you. Cquote2.svg

—Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)

Bob Kerrey, the former Democratic senator for Nebraska, recently said that Ted Kennedy is “the one politician who brings tears to my eyes when he speaks.”

“I am so deeply saddened I have lost the words,” said John Warner, the Republican senator from Virginia.

Senator Robert Byrd from West Virginia wept on the Senate floor as he said, “Ted, Ted, Ted. My dear friend. I love you and miss you.” Byrd also stated, “Keep Ted here for us and for America.”

The three Presidential candidates, all three of whom are Senators gave statements on the announcement of Kennedy’s tumor.

“He fights for what he thinks is right. And we want to make sure that he’s fighting this illness. And it’s our job now to support him in the way that he has supported us for so many years. He’s not just a great senator, he is a great friend. He is beloved by me, and beloved by my colleagues,” said Barack Obama, the Senator from Illinois and one of the two Democratic candidates for President.

Kennedy threw his support behind Obama and endorsed him back in January right before Super Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton, the other Democratic candidate for President and New York’s junior senator said, “Ted Kennedy’s courage and resolve are unmatched, and they have made him one of the greatest legislators in Senate history. Our thoughts are with him and Vicki and we are praying for a quick and full recovery.” The Clinton family is also friends with the Kennedy family. The Clinton’s occasionally vacationed at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

“Obviously, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to him. We hope and pray that they will be able to treat it and that he will experience a full recovery. I have said on numerous occasions, I have described Ted Kennedy as the last lion in the Senate, and I have held that view because he remains the single most effective member of the Senate if you want to get results,” said John McCain, the Republican senator from Arizona and presumptive nominee for the Republicans bid for the White House.

Cquote1.svg Our thoughts are with Senator Kennedy and his family during this difficult period. We join our fellow Americans in praying for his full recovery. Cquote2.svg

—President George W. Bush

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat from California said, “I have confidence though because Senator Kennedy has been a fighter all his life. He is a fighter — a fighter for our children, for our workers, for our seniors. He is a champion fighting for health care for all Americans. I know that that fighting spirit will hold him in good stead in the challenge that he faces now.”

President George W. Bush released a statement saying, “Laura and I are concerned to learn of our friend Senator Kennedy’s diagnosis. Ted Kennedy is a man of tremendous courage, remarkable strength and powerful spirit. Our thoughts are with Senator Kennedy and his family during this difficult period. We join our fellow Americans in praying for his full recovery.”



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January 4, 2008

U.S. Senator Dodd bows out of presidential race

U.S. Senator Dodd bows out of presidential race

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United States Senator Christopher Dodd left the Presidential race last night with his head “held high”, thanking “the Dodd Squad” and his supporters for their efforts and passion.

Dodd ended the night with the sobering support of just one state delegate’s support in the Iowa Democratic caucuses. That was still better than Mike Gravel or Dennis Kucinich, who each received no votes of support. However, neither Gravel or Kucinich conceded, only Dodd and Joe Biden, who won the votes of 23 state delegates, or 1% of the vote.

Dodd’s campaign began last year, at the Old State House in Connecticut, the location “where the first written constitution guaranteeing the right to representative government was enacted”.

Dodd admitted that he “always knew” that his campaign would “be an uphill battle against very tough odds.” But he rationalized that only “when you try can you truly make a difference. And that, my friends, we did.”

Selections from his speech

Cquote1.svg This evening Democrats sent a clear message that this party is united in our belief that our nation needs change to restore our security, our Middle Class and all that makes this country great.

Our campaign has been about results. And even though tonight we didn’t get the result we all were hoping for, this experience has been one of the most rewarding in my life of public service.

It was 47 years ago this month that I was seated with my family on the East Front of the United States Capitol in the bright winter cold and heard President Kennedy ask all Americans to be a part of something larger than ourselves.

It was a moment every American took part in. A moment that changed us as individuals and as a country.

For a generation of us, that moment fueled a hunger to answer the call of our President.

A hunger to make a difference.

While we came up short in the race for caucus votes tonight, our campaign has more than kept pace in the race of ideas.

By raising ideas no other Presidential candidate has ever proposed, let there be no doubt that this campaign has set the standard.

When we began this race, every Democrat was for ending the war in Iraq – a war that has made us not more secure, but less so.

But it was only when we stood up and said this President wouldn’t get another penny to fight that war that other candidates committed to doing what was necessary to actually end it.

When we began this race, every Democrat—every American—agreed that in America, we should never need a national crisis to bring the country together with national purpose.

But only when we proposed a universal national service plan to create the first generation in history that served our country did the national service debate begin in earnest – to create that renewed sense of community we all want.

And after 7 years of insecurity and watching this President have to go into hiding when he traveled abroad, we were all for stopping this President’s assault on the Constitution.

But it was only when I stood up and you stood with me—it was only when tens of thousands of Americans stood together and said we would do whatever it took to stop this President from shredding the rule of law—that we actually did stop him.

And that fight goes on.

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Dodd recalled advice from his father, imparted nearly forty years ago: “There’s no other calling in life where you can do as much for as many people as you can through public service. Lawyers only have so many clients. Doctors only so many patients. But a well-intentioned public servant can make a difference in the lives of millions.”

Biden commented “I am not going away. I’m returning to the Senate as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and will continue to ensure that we protect the nation’s security and show our country that Democrats know how to keep America safe, keep our commitment to our troops and restore our country’s respect in the world.”



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June 1, 2007

US presidential candidate Dodd applauded by League of Conservation

US presidential candidate Dodd applauded by League of Conservation

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Friday, June 1, 2007

Senator Chris Dodd’s official portrait.

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued a statement today, congratulating Senator Christopher Dodd for his support of environmental issues. Dodd has made a large ad buy in Iowa and New Hampshire for a spot talking about his commitment to the issues. It is the first television ad by a candidate during the campaign to discuss global warming.

LCV President Gene Karpinski stated:

Cquote1.svg The League of Conservation Voters applauds Senator Chris Dodd for making global warming a focal point of his campaign. Not only has Senator Dodd outlined an ambitious plan to curb global warming – he is also the first presidential candidate ever to release an ad focusing solely on this key issue.

More and more Americans want our next President to address global warming and propose bold solutions to this challenge.

Senator Dodd is helping to remind America that our president has the power to stop global warming — it’s in their hands.

We look forward to seeing the debate on this issue continue to advance in the coming months.

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On January 11, 2007, Dodd announced his Presidential candidacy on the now canceled Imus in the Morning radio show. The head of the New Hampshire Democratic party said Dodd told her that he wasn’t “going to do the exploratory thing, I’m going to plunge right in.”

LCV’s mission is to “advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies.”

Dodd is currently a senator for Connecticut.

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