Wikipedia, other websites back after anti-piracy bill protest
January 19th, 2012
02:45 AM ET

Wikipedia, other websites back after anti-piracy bill protest

Wikipedia was back Thursday, a day after shutting down the website to protest anti-piracy bills now in Congress.

On the website early Thursday morning was the cryptic message: "Thank you for protecting Wikipedia. We're not done yet."

Clicking on that message takes a Wikipedia viewer to a thank you letter and instructions on how to continue fighting against anti-piracy bills that critics say could amount to censorship.

"Your voice was loud and strong," the message said. "Millions of people have spoken in defense of a free and open Internet."

Wikipedia was among several websites to shut down Wednesday in protest of the bills.

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  1. National Adult Literacy Survey 2001-2006

    "The average American adult citizen comprehends information on the 8th grade level. Fully 25% of American adults cannot gather information from simple text. Todays avg. university graduate cannot pass an 8th grade final exam from the year 1901." Jobs said to be going overseas. Some blame politicians. Some don't.

    January 19, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    The requirements to pass seventh-grade English in a Mississippi public school, which I did in 1951, were higher than the requirements in English to earn a doctorate in many USA universities today.
    Many USA citizens with doctorates today cannot differentiate between may and might or form a possessive correctly.

    January 19, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. The 1 Prophet

    People need to understated that the internet was among many other technology system recovered from area 51 declassified by our government military for the public after years 50 give or take. Welcome to American communism where your civil liberties are zero.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. The 1 Prophet

    Am sure some of you read Platone.... among many other philosophers whom the thinking went beyond common sense, no government will last forever the American Government will collapse people are burdened beyond economics and retributions now, so wait and watch how the machine will destroy from within its own core. There are protests now outside la casa bianca. On the coming elections there will demonstrations and the election will stall....

    January 19, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. rooney©

    Keep dreaming, Professor Wilson.

    January 19, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Actual oral examination of a candidate for a doctorate in music at a major New York university:
    Examiner: "Discuss the differences between the operas of Verdi, Puccini, and Ravel."
    Candidate: "I can't do that."
    "I'm sure you can. What are some of the operas of Verdi, Puccini, and Ravel?"
    "I don't know."
    "Have you ever seen any operas?"
    "No."
    "Can you name any compositions by Verdi, Puccini, or Ravel?"
    "Afternoon of a Faun."
    (Debussy wrote that.)
    "Thank you. That is all."
    (Candidate leaves room.)
    Examiner: "How terrible. How could he spend all those years in a university, and earn a master's degree, and learn so little? Of course, he can't have the doctorate. He fails."
    Another member of the jury: "No. He passes."
    The candidate was graduated with a doctorate.
    I will not tell you the reason that the university, to avoid a lawsuit, awarded the doctorate. I will say that the reason was closely related to "No Child Left Behind."

    January 19, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    My 8:52 post addressed education at the level of a doctorate.
    Below that, the horror was apparent by the late 1960s, when I tried to check out at a supermarket counter.
    I noticed that the amount charged for tax, taken from a chart, was slightly higher than the legal percentage should have been.
    I asked the clerk to figure the percentage for herself, and she could not do it, either in her head or with a calculator. She only knew to go by the store's chart, which was wrong, possibly purposefully.
    It was a simple problem, as simple as dividing a dollar into quarters and changing that to cents. (Twenty-five cents = one quarter.)
    That had happened by the end of the 1960s.
    I fear that the pessimistic prophets on this board are actually very gifted psychics.

    January 19, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    BTW, the composition I mentioned in my 8:52 post regarding the oral exam for a doctorate,
    "The Afternoon of a Faun" by Debussy, is or was formerly taught in every basic music-appreciation course.
    Its recognition on hearing was required. That's why the candidate knew it.

    January 19, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I see. It's Bush's fault, then.
    Whose fault was it during the late 1960s?

    January 19, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    The answer to the problem of completing high school might well be to send pupils to trade schools instead of requiring them to earn a HS diploma or a GED.
    However, the graduate of a trade school should not expect to have a lifestyle similar to that of a nurse or a school teacher.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    @Joey- The dumbing down of america. In full swing.

    January 19, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzy

    If the foundation has not been laid; there's nothing there to build apon.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzy

    Also would you expect a population full of 8th graders to watch what the world leaders are REALLY up to AND be able to comprehend it?

    January 19, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |