In case find yourself attempting to access a website today and find that it is either down or doesn't respond, the internet isn't's due to the country wide SOPA strike.  While most sites have an alternative landing page instead of just being "dark", some may actually appear to be down.
Sites like Twitpic, Google, Wikipedia, Flickr, Mozilla, Reddit, and Wordpress are participating along with many others.  Go to SopaStrike to find a partial list of participants. The down and dirty is this...on Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. People want to kill the bill - PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House - to protect their rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity. They are wanting internet companies to follow Reddit's lead and stand up for the web by 'blacking out' today only.  Some sites are doing it for a certain time period, some for the entire 24 hours.
If you want to follow the black out SOPA movement or see some notables doing so, go to  You can also follow the movement on twitter at #SOPASTRIKE or at or at @BlackoutSOPA
Here's the CBS news article from 2am this morning.

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