Vlog 12-14-11 – Trip to DC, Stop SOPA!

The Spoony One | Dec 14 2011 | more notation(s) | 

Details of Channel Awesome’s journey to Washington DC to speak out against SOPA/PIPA.

How to contact your senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
How to contact your representative: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

  • http://twitter.com/Yuoaman Nick Burns

    Don’t worry about you vanishing, this shit is important, man.

  • Jamie Sheil

    hooray for new spoony content, even if it is just a vlog!

  • Anonymous

    Scary what can happen when you’re not looking.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/BTQI2j5pzJTC9kG4mg4A_FTG_htQXQw-#b039e tambi

    damn spoons wont ya marry me Your getting better lookin every day and with my couple a millions youd never worry about a job, just the experiment…..Tambi

  • chuma-16

    Fight for internet freedom! Whoo-hoo!
    I may shout few related mottos at next rally.

    I’ve never took part in political life before 5th of December :-)

  • jake

    We don’t mind you vanishing, you’ve earned a brofist for fighting for freedom

  • Steve O’Connor

    You’re savvier than you realize when it comes to politics, actually. Most people could never touch on the political grinnings-on they give.

    Scary to think that J. Michael Straczynski wasn’t far off the mark, huh?

    As for the snipers? It’s a DC thing; being the nation’s capital means security is INSANELY tight all over the place.

    *needs to plan a trip to DC with his broskis*

  • Anonymous

    Fight the good fight Spoony. Remember, you’re the fucking Avatar! And if anyone disagrees with you, YOU ARE A MAN!

  • Christian Demmler

    About the Airport-Playboy incident: I think it made perfect sense that he did not board your flight. He was probably waiting for a different flight – if you wanted to read porn in public at an airport, where would you sit? Right next to the people who will soon board a plane with you? He probably figured “I’m going to L.A., he’s definitely going somewhere else, otherwise he wouldn’t be sitting here. I’ll MOST DEFINITELY never see that guy again in my life. So why not pull out my Playboy that I’m dieing to read?”

  • Anonymous

    Great to hear from you, Spoony.  Glad you were out there to keep us rocking in the free world.  As a fellow traveler, I’m always amused by airline horror stories and I for one am grateful you didn’t get rerouted to Denver.  I can’t remember who said it, but it’s true that the angle a flat-bill ball cap is worn at is directly proportional to how much of a tool that person is.

  • Anonymous

    Two people who work on the committee which is responsible for the SOPA, now have jobs (read: Bribes) on K street with huge salaries. One of them works for the national music publishers association, the other the motion pictures association of american. Coincidence that they wrote a bill which gives movie makers and music companies tremendous power over the internet, and then land awesome jobs with those very companies?

    Plus it sets a precedent for the people who now how to decide on the act, because if they play nice and pass the bill then they might get sweet bribes too. American politics is corrupt to the core, its sickening. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QAa1qmdl0o

  • Stephen Furey

    Lol, the government is asking you to trust them?  When’s the last time a person that had power abused it?

    You should’ve asked them for a list of everyone who supports the bills and tell them that you’ll never vote for any of them again.

    • Anonymous

      The problem with that threat is that unless that senator or congressman represents Noah, they really won’t care what he thinks.

    • http://twitter.com/Shantalfigueroa Shantal Figueroa

      Yes and that would only work if a large constituency did that. 

  • Michael Butcher

    I like how you didn’t take off that hat once you put it on

  • http://twitter.com/ihaveno_life Katrin H.

    I’m from Wisconsin. Millwaukee has many douchebags just like many places. But at least you didn’t hit a deer on the runway?

    Also, somewhat related, http://www.hulu.com/watch/310547/the-colbert-report-the-word-let-them-buy-cake#s-p1-sr-i1

    Thank you for wearing that hat like that for so long.You look like 90s guy’s best friend.

  • Anonymous

    One thing to keep in mind… just as a thought exercise… imagine for a moment that SOPA existed when “The Room” was cited for copyright infringement. Channel Awesome has already been shot at from the DMCA. But the damage from DMCA is contained, it is a sniper rifle compared to SOPA’s scorched earth bomb approach.

    Viacom is suing Youtube, Tiffany sued E-Bay, photographers and book publishers sued Google, and now they have SOPA as a second bite at the apple, and to totally destroy the company that came out in a court of law.

    So before you dismiss it as only targeting the worst of the worst offenders… remember those sites that have already been targeted, came out on top… and may be toppled with a malicious push.

    If you cannot tell… I worry about this bill.

  • Bill Spoor

    The legislators should, at the very least, make thorough provisions for Fair Use laws

  • Anonymous

     “I didn’t know Milwaukee had douchebags.”

    What does that even mean?!?!!!?

  • Anonymous

    You guys are worried over nothing, it will never pass.  SOPA is just too radical to pass for either party, and if it does the Supreme Court will never allow it.

    • Anonymous

      Yes… like the US Government never passes anything completely radical. Like the NDAA or PATRIOT ACT. (Yes, I know, not everyone will agree that those are radical but completely sane and reasonable. It was just the first major thing to pop into my head.)

      • Anonymous

        I’m pretty sure being able to hold American citizens in indefinite detention without trial can be considered radical, but maybe that’s just me.

  • JC Denton

    Spoony you silly bastard, WTF!?
    All of you badass motherlovers were in DC and didn’t bother to let us know ahead of time!?
    You realize how many fans you had here that would’ve gladly come with you all so that we could’ve had a crowd instead of just a few random internet people that nobody in Congress gave a damn about?
    Plus I’m sure we would jump at the chance of meeting at least some of ya in person.
    I had a gift to give you, but it shall have to wait for another time.  >_<

  • Marlon Nieberg

    With how much influence Corporations have in Politics i wonder why the big Internet Corporations don’t step up and fight a little as well. Also if it does pass maybe something like back in the Cold War will happen where all the movie industry went to europe because the US government was getting on their nerves (Communism). Maybe the Web entertainment industry will leave the US and they’ll have no one to blame but themselves. Then again the bulk of the audience is in the US and seeing how this operates moving to europe wouldn’t have any effect. Still would be awesome xD. I never get why US has only the 2 big parties in Politics, I think there are smaller ones but they seem to be of no importance here in Germany the Pirate Party is growing in popularity (8,9 percent in Berlin) the Green Party (environment friendly party) managed to pose the governor (well the german equivalent of that at least) in one of our states the small parties are beginning to take over. It’s hard for a lot people to understand, a lot of governments and companies, that the times they are a changing. The Entertainment industry is undergoing a major shift with the interwebs and what not, meaning that many traditional Entertainment Corps are probably going down, the way all this handled via Law needs to be adjusted to whats really the case, the fact is Corporate America and the rest of the world can’t hold on to what is basically an era coming to an end. Internet shows like Spoony are the future of entertainment. It’s foolish to think that a bill can actually save their situation in which they are the dying dinosaurs. I rambled on too much… i wasn’t even planing to voice my opinion in this case…

  • JC Denton

    Before people start freaking the hell out, the ‘gift’ was just a PocketStation, alright?
    I was hoping I could torment you just a little more with some FF8-related nightmares
    MWAHAHAHAH =D

  • Jack Donald

    The bill goes in front of the house judiciary committee tomorrow. The result could stop SOPA in its tracks, lead to a new bill with that has been more carefully worded and actually attempts to create some form of due process or it could be a massive boost for one of the most malign threats to the internet as we know it. SOPA can only do more harm than good and it can only be stopped by the democratic process. Being a British citizen I can only shout from the sidelines: Its time for America to put its money where its mouth is and show that a government of the people, by the people, for the people should never be brought to heel by the greed of the few. Sign petitions, call your representatives, march, whatever you can.

    The French blocked the streets of Paris in the name of 89 jobs. You’re not going to be outdone by the French are you?

  • http://twitter.com/theysayemily Emily

    I had a similar encounter a few years ago with an older man sitting next to me, but it was on a plane to Poland (which was a 8/9 hour flight). The kicker though, I was 14, the man about 40/50 and then after he went through the magazine he tried to talk to me.

  • http://twitter.com/mlsterben Ben Littlejohn

    I know what I’m getting Spoony for Christmas! http://oi44.tinypic.com/1z6fam9.jpg

  • Anonymous

    No girl under an 8?  Note to self; visit DC.

  • Anonymous

    Oh man, just listening to this reminds me of some bad plane journeys. Glad to see you’re back home, i’m looking forward to your new vids.

  • John Haslach

    I am from DC dude. I can tell you, we got lookers here. Thank you for visiting DC and praising my city. Yes people we have average looking women here. You are not looking hard enough.

  • http://twitter.com/Jezzy54 Jesse WilliamsFuller

    I love how you start out all sensible, but by the end you’re wearing a hat at a douchey angle while talking about Lindsay Lohan and gross feet.

  • Anonymous

    Dang, I need to follow your Twitter more closely!  I would have totally come by.

  • Anonymous

    It’s fascinating to see an American so obsessed about security and not doing anything slightly wrong, this mentality of policing yourself. interesting.
    .
    I guess the security priorities has gone up a bit in the last decade.
    ——
    and about the hot women in DC
    .
    They must have a bunch of qualified applicants who want to work there, so they choose the prettiest. that’s my conclusion

  • Anonymous

    Dang, I need to follow your Twitter more closely!  I would have totally come by.

  • Darkscar

    good see you spoony, ha great stories man, u do like like 90′s kid cousin with your hat like that…..

  • http://twitter.com/Espeon94 Ian Arnold

    Thank you Noah for giving us your help in preventing/slowing down the SOPA

  • Julie S

    Keep fighting the good fight, Spoony.  We’re all behind you, 100%.  I’m scared about this bill and who knows what’ll happen if it goes through.  Glad you and the Channel Awesome guys and girls went to DC and got to speak up and voice your thoughts and concerns about this.  At least you got to speak to some people there.  Hope this damn thing doesn’t get passed.

    Thanks for the update on what happened in DC and thanks for the funny little stories, especially the old guy reading the Playboy (WTF?) and Joe filming his Coporate Commander thing and Rob being worried about snippers.

  • Anonymous

    good to hear you guys opened some eyes and I’m pretty sure your talking about wide brim hats I have one but I don’t wear it often and never like an early 90′s rapper

  • http://twitter.com/Bolt_V3 Bolt Vanderhuge

    HOW DARE YOU GET ALL POLITICAL! YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE BLASTING UWE BOLL!

    Good job, Spoony. The whole ‘getting some site delisted without a chance to defend themselves’ thing is scary. This is the same internet that houses 4chan. The same internet that houses the people that DDOS’d you and TGWTG this week. The same internet where all reviews of “The Room” were threatened with deletion because of one guy saying that it was a copyright infringement when it wasn’t. 

    This legislation would be a godsend for trolls and greedy companies with overly litigious legal departments and the death of the internet as we know it. Youtube would be dead in a week. All streaming sites. Your site, TGWTG, Maffew, Brad Jones and every other site that has anything beyond text based content would be threatened. 

    All that being said…

    What I wonder most is… how many of these staffers knew who you guys were before you walked in? 

  • http://twitter.com/qalest Qalest

    In defence of the old woman with icky feet – arthritis can do some pretty hella-bad stuff and being frail, it’s hard to stay on top of certain hygene when any slip and fall can be the one that lands you in the nursing home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jessano Jessica Marie

    That was definitely one of the most entertaining vlogs I’ve seen lately. I’m going to have to keep a look out for claw feet, withered boners and tweakers when I fly out to Houston next month. I know how you feel about icky feet, my mom tries to get me to rub hers all the time and I flat out say no ma’am! Blech! >.<

  • Anonymous

    Hey spoony did you bang any cougars 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robbie-Meisler/502439616 Robbie Meisler

    I think what you’re thinking of at the beginning where you can still type in the IP address and access the website is a different bill called Protect-IP. With SOPA, it’s my understanding that they just completely remove the website and the government orders internet providers to stop people from being able to access the website in any way at all.

  • http://twitter.com/AprilVonLon April Von Lon

    I apologize on behalf of my city for its hat-wearing douchebags. Yeah, there are a lot of them. I know this because they like to lean out of car windows screaming “WOOO!” all night after leaving one of my city’s many, many bars.

    But hey, if it makes up for it at all, Milwaukee also has a large share of delightfully attractive lady-persons! Too bad you only got to see the airport. I could’ve pointed out at least one very nice lady-person to you. Boobs out to here, purple hair, rockin’ fashion sense, the whole works. *grins unrepentantly*

    Thanks for going to Washington for us, Spoony (and everyone else too, of course). I hope it did some good. The whole SOPA thing is just really scary sounding, especially for someone like me who’s just getting a start at the whole comedy review routine. I will be sad if my chances are killed before I’ve even had enough time to say the things I want to say.

    Last but not least: You tell the best stories. The BEST. XD 

    • Anonymous

      Well, if you’re looking for a snarky, nerdy bf, I’m always looking for a purple haired babe with a rocking sense of fashion, and hey, 14 hours is never too far to travel for a girl with boobs out to here.  ;)

  • Anonymous

    I think that being shot for acting silly in front of a public building is worst that internet piracy.

  • http://twitter.com/EriksBlue Ash Baillie

     What I can recommend is that you guys need statistic for your website’s of how may people from the US visit on a daily basis and what states, that will get the politicians attention because that will be potential votes lost.

  • Anonymous

    When I heard you guys were at DC pleading with the Senate to stop the SOPA bill, I can imagine what might’ve went down. You guys must’ve stormed the Senate, holding everybody hostage, and demand that every one of those politicians who supports the bill get what they deserve.

    Okay okay, I’m sure it didn’t all go down like that, but I’m sure you guys did the best you can to tell them calmly that this bill isn’t worth saving Hollywood. Whenever I watch a video review made by someone intended for humor, I get into it and I see if the movie that’s reviewed is worth checking out. I consider James Rolfe to be the master of reviewing and without his Monster Madness, I would not be interested in classic horror movies.

    If the MPAA and the RIAA wanted so badly to get rid of piracy (which I’m against by the way), they should not be so judgemental against sites like this and TGWTG. There’s a good reason why the ads on the site exist so that when all is said and done, everybody’s happy.

    So right now, I’m praying in vain that this current form of the bill does not pass. I wonder if C-Span is airing the Senate hearing, so I can anticipate the outcome.

    Until next time, F**K PIRACY, BUT INTERNET CRITICS ARE NOT CRIMINALS!

  • http://twitter.com/jonsquall1 Josh Post

    Its pretty sad that the internet, which was meant to be the ultimate free speech avenue, could be censored, by a “Group” of individuals, because someone gets offended. I’d personally would like to hit the moron who thought, “Let’s censor free speech” because they are an asshole.

  • http://sbkmulletman.deviantart.com/ sbkMulletMan

    I couldn’t stop laughing because Spoony didn’t take off that damn hat!  It was too damn funny!  Especially the eye-look with the playboy.

    And speaking of which, you know…I had a hideously, HIDEOUSLY long 8 hour layover this summer at a Greyhound Bus terminal in LA.  The most I ever whipped out was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  I didn’t bust out my sketch book and start drawing tits, although that does sound pretty funny when I think about it, but to just take out a magazine like that is pretty creepy.  I mean, hey, I ain’t judgin’ for the subject material, you like tits, I like tits, rock on (though I think I have much better taste than that old man, but that’s another rant), but there’s a time and place for everything man, and right next to some guy you don’t even know when there are plenty of open seats isn’t one of them.

    Also, I nearly pissed myself laughing at the thought of Joe being targeting by Roof-Snipers.  I probably shouldn’t have laughed so hard, but I just imagined that guy with binoculars, going “SHIT it’s HIM!  Cobra Commander!  We have him now!  TAKE HIM OUT!”

    To hell with the whole Bin Laden incident, Cobra Commander is at the steps of the capital!  Yo Joe! 

  • gravityBomb

    SO glad to see you Spoony! > w<

    I've posted it on my facebook, but I'm so proud of you guys for going to DC to put your say in for Channel Awesome. It just makes me happy that you showed them an up close representation of the people that SOPA would harm if it's passed. I also seriously almost started crying when you talked about all of the CA group making plans for if the worst happened. I really don't wanna see that, even though you know all of us fans would try and help you guys in anyway that we could.

    Your stories are always the best. XD Joe as Corporate Commander in DC. I MUST WATCH THIS! And I just love the airplane stories, since I seem to have as much bad luck as you do on planes. Guh. Creepy old lady feet…I'm sure it ain't her fault but sheesh.

    Glad to see you again Spoony and I can't wait for the next video!

    P.S. Funny thing is, my mom said the same thing about all the hot chicks in DC. Weird.

    P.P.S. Love that you kept wearing the hat in total 90s shithead angle style for the rest of the vlog. You look like you should hang out with 90s Kid like that. XD

    P.P.P.S. I really like your haircut! I think it looks great on you. :)

  • Anonymous

    I would have to disagree about not knowing the content of the bills they’re dealing with.  Ignorance of the law is not an excuse for us, as citizens, to act in violation of the law, so why should ignorance of what’s in the bill be allowed for Congressmen?

    That’s my thought on the matter anyway.

  • Tipperoo

    All this legislation for sweeping change…

    It’s almost like we somehow elected an inexperienced, vain asshole to the Oval office, who then put other unqualified people around him who then started screwing everything up. 

    …Wait a minute…

    Seriously, though, what do you expect?  This administration, through bribes and intimidation to weak senators from both parties, pushed through a health-care bill totally against the will of the people.  They didn’t listen to the millions of people who voiced their concerns at town hall meetings the summer before they did it.  People like Nancy Pelosi said they were just “astro-turf”.  Not real protesters.  Yet people still hate the bill to this day, if not more so.  What it will do has already started crippling businesses before it’s even truly enacted. 

    You got Eric Holder approving the selling of guns to Mexican drug cartels in an attempt to attack the 2nd amendment (no longer arguable, since CBS has found e-mails from his department saying as much). 

    You got BOTH parties playing checkers when it comes to our national debt, doing nothing while making it look like they’re doing something. 

    And how about when Obama and the Dems and some dipshit Repubs went after CEOs in their jets? How many people were put out of work who maintained those jets? There’s a lot of people who have to work on just one of those to make sure it operates smoothly.

    No offense, Spoony, but don’t trust a damn thing you heard from any staffers or that Franken fuck.  Considering the state of the economy, nothing’s gonna get done.  Funny, since the Democrats had a 2-year run with total control of both Houses and the White House where the Republicans couldn’t do shit to stop ‘em. 

    Guess they’d rather make the Republicans make the hard choices, so they can bitch and moan about it.

    • Antonio Tersigni

      ….

      You, you do realize the Executive branch of your government can’t make laws, right?

      The Democrats still suck for other reasons (IE they’re influenced by money just about as much as any other other party, for a party that’s supposed to be liberal they’re pretty damn conservative, etc), but complaining about new laws and associating them with the branch that can’t actually make laws seem….silly.

      • Tipperoo

        As I demonstrated with just the few examples I gave, they don’t care what the laws are to begin with.  Hell, Obama sent the word out that his administration would not enforce the Defense of Marriage law, even though it’s his sworn duty.  Whatever you may think of the law, picking and choosing which ones you will or won’t enforce is a sign of tyranny.  Once you start making those kinds of choices, things go off the rails REAL fuckin’ fast

  • Renaissance_nerd

    Well done Spoony, you and the members of TGWTG are true patriots. However speaking strictly pragmatic, I don’t see anything you guys said having any real impact on the fate of SOPA. It will pass or not on the will of the lobbyists. Those that can spend thousands of dollars to protect their interests. Unfortunately Capitalism has a very dark side no one could have foreseen and given only a very small percentage a true voice in our government.

    Still you fight the good fight and I applaud that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1659175268 Todd Hargosh

    You talked about the power of the protestor. Well it appears that Time Magazine agrees with you, as they named “The Protestor” as their Person of the Year.

  • Nagneto Lives

    They fed you utter PR bullshit man. These bills are bought and paid for the big business in the entertainment industry to kill small business like yours. That’s how the corporate world works, buyout and or undermine the competition and human decency be damned. They want to dominate the market with their mediocre bullshit. That’s why they’re pushing so hard to get it passed. The government loves it too because they can essentially control information people can receive in America. If there’s something in the world they don’t want us to know about, we’ll never know. The internet has essentially replaced the need for a television or to go to the movies through streaming (legal and otherwise). They want asses in overpriced seats in the theaters, they want people to buy expensive tvs and exuberant cable/satellite services. They don’t care about the consumer, just as long as people are consuming Viacom and friends will keep making more money. It’s a power play.

    • http://twitter.com/TBennett247 Troy Bennett

      that’s basically how it all goes down, and how it’s really been going down for at least the past 4 years, if not more. I read this golden rule in a cyberpunk RPG once, but it’s chilling how this is true to real life:

      “Remember the Golden Rule…He who has the gold, MAKES the rules.”

      I would say to the folks at Channel Awesome, start making those backup plans. I know it’s thinking in a realm you don’t want to think anymore, but while it’s okay to express how things should be, survival is first and foremost, therefore one must adapt to what is.

      • solidsamurai

        I agree with america, I think that HOOOTENANNY PARTAAAAAAAAY!!!

    • Anonymous

      Okay, stop with the doomsaying unless you’ve got hard evidence. Really, the emotional conspiracy theorist shit is getting old. You think EVERYONE is in on this? Please.

      • Anonymous

        Okay, it’s fair to suspect anything that sounds like a conspiracy theory. It’s good to keep your mind clear about stuff like this and not get carried away. But on the other hand, it doesn’t really even need to be a conspiracy and not everyone needs to be in on it for it to happen. The way the world works is unfortunately very much manipulated by money. Money buys you contacts, money gets you to promote your view over other people’s, money just plain has a loud voice. The politicians may have good intentions but they are human and they can often be manipulated, and of course, some of them can be corrupted.

        What I’m saying is basically, yeah, don’t be a conspiracy nut, but don’t be naïve either. Supervillains might only exist in fiction but there are still plenty of real bad guys out there and they are often very motivated to try and get to positions of power. And there are plenty of weak people who let themselves be used for little favours that seem harmless enough until you look at the bigger picture.

      • http://twitter.com/TBennett247 Troy Bennett

        the bill was proposed by the record execs, and the movie execs, and being discussed by politicians. Politicians are funded by corporate lobbyists, and while big banks are the largest corporate lobbyists, who do you think is 2nd biggest?

        this isn’t conspiracy theory…it’s just putting two and two together. corporations can’t make laws, so they pay lawmakers HUGE amounts of money to make it for them. It’s been a running joke of politics for the past few decades, but only NOW has become a problem, due to the shitty economy.

        so to cope with bad economy, banks lobby politicians that will pass a bailout, and entertainment corps pass a bill to wipe out small competition. it’s just their way of staying alive.

        ‘There’s two ways to make a skyscraper: build a building, or tear down all the other buildings around you.’

        • Anonymous

          So you believe absolutely everyone with a voice is in on it. You think SOPA hit just the right note and shattered everyone’s moral compass. You don’t think it’s just a small percentile of assholes trying to weasel something in via the legal channel with the prospect that people will think it’s doing a lionshare more good than harm.

          Because that’s what happened. I definitely know of TWO genuine assholes who were in Hollywood’s pocket when they penned this bill. But the notion that the government at large is in that same pocket? Asinine. Give it a rest.

  • http://twitter.com/MagiGold Anthony Melpolder

    …Spoony, I love what you do.  TGWTG… Love what you do.

    But I don’t think we’re going to win this one.  I really… really hate to say it… But I wish you guys the best of luck.  The best of luck.

  • Anonymous

    Why give the government more power?  Let alone run by a Democrat where Democrats generally, in the past were for more government in our lives?  Stop SOPA.  I love websites like this.

  • http://twitter.com/EpicNinjaShiro Patryk Halaczkiewicz

    I hate to do this with a serious topic, however…
    Behold the tale of Spoony and Channel Awesome as they attempt to see if their Charisma scores are high enough and if their diplomacy checks will be responded to kindly as opposed to ignored.

    However never trust leaving anything open to “further interpretation” it has to be clear as opposed to “figuring it out later” which is a practice that is…..well let us just say I do not like it when anyone decides to pull anything like that, reminds me of a classic example

    Person A: “Hey, can I borrow 20 bucks?”
    Person B: “What do you need it for?” (assuming person b is the type to ask)
    Person A: “Oh I just need to go to the store”
    Person B: “Food run?”Person A: “You’ll see”
    Person B can/will buy one of the following:  $20 in Lottery Tickets because “he/she has a feeling”, $20 in , $20 in

    granted my example is a poorly written one however I know I had a point in there somewhere.

  • http://shadowdancersworldo.blip.tv/ Shadowdancer21b

    Thumbs up for trying!

  • http://profiles.google.com/emanemiry , ,

    Hey, my entire hotel in Denver is a fan of yours. If you ever get stuck here, you’ve got a place to stay for free :D

  • Anonymous

    That old ladies feet was not like that because of hygiene but rather she has a disease called Arthritis which my mother suffers from and it can effect your hands and feet. There happens to be no cure for Arthritis and there’s different degrees of it. I thought i would post this to clear things up because it seemed like Spoony did not know what was wrong with her feet. You also can’t wear normal shoes because it can contort the joint in a way where it would not fit in a shoe or could cause further damage from compression. This condition is also a painful one. Wearing sandals would be a good choice to avoid further damage from compression, so that’s probably why the old lady wore the sandals because shoes would be far to painful to wear. Some things cannot just be hidden, like really bad acne or facial diseases and you wouldn’t tell some one to put a bag over there head would you?

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthritis

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t like SOPA because it’s way too broad, but I think it’s intentions are good even with respect to sites like yours.  I think the best way to explain my thoughts are with examples of the content of sites like this.

    Let’s Plays.  While every bit of content from a game can’t be shown, the main plot always is.  Now for old games like Phantasmagoria 2 or Ripper this isn’t a problem because I can’t go out and buy it from the people that originally made it, no scratch that I can apparently buy P2 from gog.com for $5.99, which must have bought the rights to it. But I’ve seen the entire game on this site so I why would I pay the legal owners of the game for it? And yes you did add content with your comments but most of the effort was put into making the game, not commenting on it, so the owners of the game should be getting some of the add revenue generated here.

    Comedic Reviews. The same idea applies here, the funniest/stupidest/goriest parts of the movie/show are shown, exposition is summarized by the reviewer, and the entire plot of the movie/show is explained. Again most of the content is created by the creators of the movie/show, not the reviewer.  My worst example of this is Phelous’ review of Case 39, which he did while the movie was in US theaters because it was already released on dvd in Europe. Of course I didn’t pay $10 to see it after I saw his review and the producers of the movie got $0 of the add revenue his review generated.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that the internet has become a morally grey area and it needs some restrictions.  Maybe a movie review should only be 25% movie footage and 75% reviewer.   Right now I could make a review of um lets say The Warriors, show the best scenes from the movie, and edit in myself saying “awesome” or “slut” or “come out to PLAY!” every five minutes. Right now I can record myself playing an entire game only commenting “That looks like a penis,” whenever something is slightly phallic. I know I’m generalizing and I don’t know exactly what restrictions the DMCA imposes, but I can’t hate Hollywood for wanting something like SOPA.

    • Sigur Squrrl

      I don’t see your point at all.

      This isn’t about morals, surely not on the side of the supporters of SOPA. It’s about money they think people are stealing from them. Yes, this happens but this has NOTHING to do with online “reviews”.

      About Let’s Plays: The reason to get a game is to play it. Watching others play usually has the same quality as watching paint dry unless there is additional use. In the case of LordKat’s and Spoony’s Let’sPlays it’s comedy or info on how to manage to beat these games. If anything this makes me want to play them more and sometimes a game crops up I’d never heard of before which gets me intrigued as well. I don’t see your point.

      What you are critisizing about comedic reviews I partly agree with. The “comedic review” has become a huge thing over the past five years and there are many people doing it, many of them doing it badly. Part of that because they just don’t know how to present, part of it because they just aren’t as funny as they think they are and part of it because they use too much footage and just comment. This is no piracy-related problem, durely it’s not a problem of MORALS, it’s just people not being good at what they do on an over-saturated audience. But again, many of those “reviews” drew my attention to films I wouldn’t have heard about elsewhere (The Room being a prime example) and if anything HELPS a film selling copies.

      I don’t know what you define as “morally grey area”. A place where people potentially do something amoral? This is ANY place where people are. This is what freedom is (yeah, I went on to use that word in a debate that is mostly about the US but i hope it doesn’t trigger anything too hefty). The internet has always been like that. Just since the past 15 or so years, there’s been many more people on the internet. The percentage of idiots rose as well, just like the percentage of criminals who think that they can make much money off this large crowd of people who, for great parts don’t give a damn about the security of their credit card numbers or personal details. THIS is where crime happens on the internet. This bill isn’t being discussed to remedy that or the most pressing issues concerning the internet. This is the same thing the RIAA and similar organizations did for the past 12 years, just now they plan to “end this for good” by emloying this monstrosity of a bill.

      I presume you are referring to Phaelous’ reviews with your quotes in the last paragraph there? (I don’t know, I don’t really watch his videos) I don’t like his reviews or kind of humour all that much but again, this is not a problem of copyright, that’s his style of doing things and if people like it they most likely will get interested in the films he talks about. You can’t tell me that some 10 minutes review featuring more or less random scenes from a film much rather spoils your interest in that film rather than getting you interested. As an example: Let’s say someone reviews Wrong Turn 2. Did you actually know that there was this film? Did you actually plan to buy it? If you, you did already.

      This whole thing is about a few powerful industries STILL not getting how consumer interest works nowadays. It’s about the general suspicion that reigns supreme these days (maybe more so in the US than anywhere else, I don’t know) that everybody is a terrorist, a pirate (internet or in the somalian sense) or will eat your kids if you don’t look for a second and how these big companies completely focus on their paranoia of people taking their money elsewhere but buying overpriced blurays and their fear of consumer power growing through information. Because you don’t want consumers to be in the know of what they want or what they’re doing. But the idea behind the SOPA isn’t that. It’s simply the same old struggle and panic that these entertainment mass industries think they don’t get as much money as they feel entitled to. This is not about small-time companies or single people. These usually are happy about media exposure of course because they don’t shove multiples of the actual production funds into marketing. This is about the large studios and media groups; monolithic organizations who still don’t know how to deal with the world of 2011 (or 2005 for that matter) and still just refuse to accept that the world has changed and confronts them with new challenges and opportinuties. Everything went really swell for them between the 1950s and 2000. I can understand that it’s hard to let go of these paradigms in their politics but that’s a thing of the past.

      So all in all I don’t really see your argument there.

      • Anonymous

        I’m sure that some supporters of SOPA support it because they think it’s morally right, and not because it’s about money. I’m not a supporter of SOPA, and quite an atheist, but I’m a devout follower of my opinion of what justice is.

        In the US and other countries that inherited the UK’s common law, there are two classifications of legal wrongs: prohibited conduct (jaywalking, parking without feeding the meter, laws that are meant to create fairness) and conduct considered inherently evil (murder, rape, STEALING, laws that the plural consider to be evil or immoral).

        In the US, morality is theoretically determined by votes in Congress, but I won’t deny that lobby/campaign money affects the outcome of any vote. Right now money is considered as free speech by the US Constitution, so the only solution is to amend the Constitution. If you want that, then MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan’s http://www.getmoneyout.com/ is a good place to start. I have.

        So  if we take money out of the conversation, my feelings about what is just are equally measured by yours and the voting in 2012 will decide what is and what isn’t legal on the internet, as far as the US is concerned. If SOPA is passed today it can be repealed if the majority of the US votes to repeal it. THAT’S DEMOCRACY. If enough people feel that Let’s Plays are wrong (Really arguing about Phantasmagoria 2, a point and click adventure with no replay value,) then LPS will be illegal. If comedic reviews are considered to take too much from the original content, it will be the law of the land.

        Let’s take money out of the process and we’ll just have opinions. You think let’s plays draw attention to games, I think that if they stop one person from buying a game it’s still stealing even if LPs result in a financial gain for the  publisher. Let the voters decide! I need a beer.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Drain-Blut/100001687703474 Drain Blut

      Seeing it is not the same as playing it, at least with most games. If I were to record for you my entire leveling experience on World of Warcraft, all of my time spent raiding, doing dungeons, and PvPing, farming, etc, would that be enough for you? No. You’d still want to do it yourself. I could do the same for any multiplayer game and almost any singleplayer game too. Simply watching it does not remove the fun of experiencing/doing it yourself, at least not if the game is any good. Let’s Plays, regardless of length or amount of footage shown, PROMOTE sales, not hamper them. Reviews do the same thing if the game is good. If it isn’t… then the company did that to themselves. Reviews and critics should be honest or they are pointless.

      Even on that Phant video, you can bet many people went out there and got it after his Let’s Play on it, especially for the adult parts that specific game had which he had to censor for the videos. Some will be like you and NOT get it, but far more WILL get it. Get it? You show off a game and more people want to play it themselves, end of discussion.

  • Christian Ström

    SOPA and PIPA needs to be stopped or severely altered. One other problem I see with the bills are that the US has a big influence on the EU, and we don’t need that here. Governments are going down that very road by themselves, and a push in that direction is just wrong. So the ones outside of the USA that say it doesn’t apply to them; think again.

  • Nagneto Lives

     Oh Spoony I live in Denver, you dodged a bullet. Denver, CO is fucking slum. Glad you missed it. That shit eater sounds like a typical colorado hip hop head.

  • http://twitter.com/ItsLabrada Eric Labrada

    makes me wonder if it affects international piracy more will Benzai or Film brain be okay?

  • Anonymous

    *Shot dead on the stairs of the Capitol Building dressed like Cobra Commando*

    Dude, I hope I have something written on my tombstone that is only half as awesome as this one day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Drain-Blut/100001687703474 Drain Blut

      Phelous said he wanted his to say “Killed by killer bunnies” or something like that. It was in his review of that killer bunny movie. I think it was night of the lepos?

  • andycastaneda

    I’m a pirate. I use torrents every day. Currently, I’m downloading a couple seasons of Doctor Who, Eddie Murphy’s stand up shows, Ghostbusters, Matchbox Twenty discography, and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. I’ve used torrents to get movies, like 28 Days Later, Watchmen, Austin Powers, Beverly Hills Cop, Groundhog Day, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, The Big Lebowski, The Lost Boys, ect. ect.
    I get TV shows too. My favorite show from my childhood, All That, is no longer broadcast, nor is Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Dexter’s Lab, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Rugrats, Batman: The Animated Series, ect. ect.
    TV shows like MythBusters, Survivorman, Clerks, Good Eats, X-Files, ect. ect. are nearly impossible to see on TV. I got Flash without paying for it, and Vocaloid, and Pimsluer too.
    All my music: The Streets, Sublime, Gorillaz, David Bowie, Silver Forest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, Queen, IOSYS, The Smashing Pumpkins, Incubus, Daft Punk, They Might Be Giants, Richard Cheese, Cake, Men At Work, Coldplay, ect. ect. was illegally downloaded.

    Lock me up. Throw away the key.

  • Anonymous

    This is an exciting time in IP law. In our lifetimes we are likely going to see an entire re-definition of what the boundaries of invisible (intellectual) property is.

    Right now the consumer controls nothing, nada, zilch, less than nothing. We press an “I agree” button and give away all our rights. However is this really the reality? The law supports a very old form of IP, one based on books and movies. However we live in the world of remixes, re-edits, and character accounts.

    Some thought experiments for you my lovelies. (and to answer your question, yes I am a lawyer)

    1. Star War is a part of culture undoubtedly, what does that mean about who owns it? Is the law so poor that an entire subset of our culture should be dictated by the unregulated whim of a single company?

    2. For those who play MMOs, how much time, effort, and MONEY do you have do you have to put into an account until you own it? Should a character in an MMO/Account on any kind of site ever become personal property?

    What I’m trying to get you to think about right now is what IP law is now and what it will likely become in the future. SOPA attempts to make the laws against piracy more accessible to companies trying to protect their copyrights; seems like a noble goal yes? However what I would argue is that before the law becomes more accessible to them, it must become more accessible to us, the little people. We have rights too that we want to defend. SOPA is a problem because its easy for Warner Bros. to attack Spoony, but very hard for Spoony to defend. What if it went both ways, easy for WB to attack AND easy for Spoony to defend.

    Maybe…just maybe without disrupting the flow of commerce.

    I have a dream of a separate legal structure for IP cases which is too technical to get into here, however you all can help by thinking about art, what it is, and where it’s going.

    On a final note, some of you may scoff and say “THING WILL NEVER CHANGE!” To that I direct you to what I charmingly remember as the American patent system…which no longer exists because it just changed. I took patents in law school and basically can burn my book and all the knowledge I gained from it (well maybe not all) as EVERYTHING CHANGED. If stuffy patents can change, so can IP.

    (Yes yes, I know its totally different but I’m trying to breed hope here damnit!)

  • Anonymous

    This is really one of the worst things to come out of the US since the war on terror thing, and if I were from the states i would be out there protesting in the F***ing streets this SOPA bill and it’s inbred cousins that seem so much cleaner must not be made there are ways to stop piracy creating a bill that is fully backed by corporate commander is not something anyone would want. I myself am from denmark and we have this already in a small scale mainly its child porn that is stopped and I stand by that its ok to stop child porn, but unfortunately it is so easy to circumvent that its funny. so stand up for your rights and keep trying to convince these politicians. god I hate capitalism

  • erik bozelie

    i just sortof have a question about this.
    what exactly stops you from picking dns servers in europa where this law does not apply?

    • Dan H

      Because they Don’t have the internet on the 6th moon of Jupiter

      • Anonymous

        Badum-tish!

  • http://twitter.com/NotNice2u Augustinas

    I’m just throwing it out to you. I don’t know about US, but in my country playboy is not all about porn, yes there’s some nude pictures, but my mom writes articles for playboy, and there’s some really interesting ones. It’s not a porn magazine, it’s a mans magazine with articles that would interest men. That is all.

  • http://twitter.com/AJRimmer5 AJRimmer

    Kudos to Spoony and Channel Awesome! Thanks for providing a face to all of us concerned with this blatant attempt at censorship! I’m not a conspiracy nut, I just pay attention. And any increase in government intervention in regards to the internet will be disastrous.  I hope the Supreme Court tosses out Net Neutrality, because if they don’t that will be just another excuse that will be used to censor the internet.

    For those who don’t know much about Net Neutrality, it’s almost as bad as SOPA, but not quite. In simple terms, SOPA is herpes and Net Neutrality is chlamydia. It basically says every website gets the same amount of bandwidth, no favoritism. Which sounds great, but when you think about it, Spoony, Youtube, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, whatever it is you are interested in, will only be allowed the same amount of bandwidth as some guy’s 200 hit a year webpage talking about his cats and WoW character. Granted SOPA is 100 times worse. But both acts need to be shot down and buried. And, rest assured, if the government passes SOPA, or any similar bill, the internet will be gone forever.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Drain-Blut/100001687703474 Drain Blut

      That’s just downright stupid. Shitty websites that no one wants to look at will steal our bandwidth from websites we DO want to look at.

      But you’re wrong about the internet being gone forever. It will still be here… there just won’t be any entertainment on it. It’ll be used only for research, business, or shopping. I use the internet as one of my primary means of entertainment,(aka internet video goers and reviewers. I hit tgwtg for one every single day) and that function will indeed be destroyed because all of the websites will be shutdown. You like Facebook? Too bad, it’s gone too. Youtube? Nope, sorry. Giantbomb? Like those robots from Doctor Who. Imagine if they ran our internet. EX-TERM-I-NATE. EX-TERM-I-NATE. *Shutdowns your favorite website* EX-TERM-I-NATE!

    • Anonymous

      That isn’t how Network Neutrality works. Network Neutrality is how the
      Internet is NOW, if the Internet became not-Neutral then it would change
      not stay as it is at the moment. “Bandwidth” does not mean what you
      seem to think it means, to paraphrase Charles Babbage (inventor of the
      computer): “I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of
      ideas that could provoke such a statement.”

      The talk about making a law enforcing neutrality is because asshole
      cable companies like Comcast are trying to deliberately slow down
      youtube and other online video sites (eg. netflix) so that you’ll have
      to watch their cable tv instead if you want any sort of decent service.

  • Anonymous

    There are plenty of examples of laws that were meant to apply to one thing that became abused due to the language.  The laws against child pornography are a good example.  Those laws were written to fight against a monstrous group of people who were abusing kids and sharing these images, but in the modern age, those same laws were used to target teenagers who were sexting their boyfriends or girlfriends.  I’m not saying that this should be legal, necessarily, but these kids were being slapped with sex offender charges and are now going to have to go door to door whenever they move and that’s clearly not why the law was written. 

  • madrandomize

    The title is funny and kinda ironic in greek :P

    Sopa~Σωπα means stope talking

    And PIPA~Πιπα means (among other things means blowjob)

    In the end Sopa,pipa means stfu and take me a blowjob :P

    • Anonymous

      LOL,

      So you mean that SOPA, PIPA means

      SHUT UP AND BLOW ME!!!!

      Sounds appropriate to the whole situation….

  • http://UnholyFireDragon.com Unholy Fire Dragon

    Contrast this to Ottawa and the Parliament of Canada…

    You’ll always find a variety of people living in Ottawa, beautiful or ugly. Anyone can just casually visit the Parliament. There’s no snipers. You’ll find only slightly more security there compared to anywhere else in Ottawa. You even have the option of either sitting-in on one of the Senate or House of Commons meetings/debates as a quiet observer, or watch their meetings/debates on their own TV channel.

    At the Parliament of Canada, the worst I’ve had to deal with was having my bags and pockets checked, in addition to being asked about what I’m carrying, and why. I’ve randomly asked nosy and seemingly suspicious questions to security and they didn’t seem to mind giving the most straightforward and honest answers ever. They’d tell me where certain private rooms were and what they were for and why I’m not allowed inside, but they just weren’t allowed to give specific details though, in the same way that a person working for a company can’t divulge private company information.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not legislators keeping their own personal harems, Spoony.  They were probably lobbyists.  That’s done with pharmaceutical reps talking to doctors.  Attractive women are sent in like the marines.

  • Spokojasne

    quoting from The Pirate Bay blog:


    TPB censored, again and again and again…

    Today we learned that we’re being blocked – again! Yawn. When will they give up – we’re still growing despite (or perhaps because) all their efforts.

    So, if you live in Belgium (or maybe work at the European Union
    Parliament, we have thousands of visits from them every day) you should
    change your DNS in order to circumvent the blockage. You should do this
    anyhow – never trust your ISP.

    There are some options! One is Googles DNS system. It is fast but run
    by an american company. Using this one is fun, because it probably
    makes Google semi-responsible for you accessing TPB in the future
    according to what we understand from this strange Belgian ruling! Click here to read how to do this.

    You can also use OpenDNS, which is another great option! Click here for information on how to change DNS on your computer to OpenDNS, and here for info on how to change on your router.

    And if you’re tired of your ISP playing tricks on you, you can always just get a VPN. We’re running our own VPN system and we never back down for idiocracy. This also lets you access the full internet freely where ever you are…”

    i am not a supporter of piracy but – when will they give up indeed

    • Anonymous

      Places like The Pirates Bay are the cause of all this trouble. I hope they get shut down so honest people like Spoony don’t lose their livelihoods.

  • Henrik Olsson

    i think the hat you are talking about is a flattop and they are designed to be on your head sideways 75% engal, and they are about 25% cap part. also the women with bad feet prolly need to keep her feet open sens otherwise it hurts to much for her

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why, but I laughed out loud for like 20 seconds when Spoony said the whole thing where Rob told him about the Snipers. I really imagined Rob just standing behind Spoony, bending slightly to whisper to him “There are snipers on the roof”. Cracked me up like crazy.

    Also, I found it funny how Spoony didn’t put down his cap after he put it on in the douchebag position. I imagined a new character: douchebag wIl3r, discussion porn and how to consume it properly. I don’t see that happening, but it was a funny image in my head.

    As far as SOPA goes, I’m happy to hear that they at least clear up the vagueness of some of those bills, so I hope those that eventually get through won’t be abusable against people that use footage for fair use.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Drain-Blut/100001687703474 Drain Blut

      Be glad they didn’t use a Tripod to record or they probably would have shot. That’s why the officer said “no tripod”, she did them quite a favor there. Armed forces in the USA are trained to shoot first, shoot some more, shoot again, and then if anyone is still alive, maybe ask a few questions.

      • Anonymous

        Or none of that is true. Y’know. Whateva.

  • http://twitter.com/SPBreit SPBreit

    How is being attracted to very attractive women “sexist”? Is the situation in the US really that fucked up that acknowleding “Yes, I’m a guy and I’m biologically predetermined to eract to beautiful women” is sexist? Yeesh…

    • Anonymous

      I’m more concerned about why all the men weren’t attractive too.

      • Anonymous

        Because of the male privilege? Think about it. How did those women get those jobs/homes? Being attractive never hurts you on any step of the way there. And the opposite is also true. But guys are privileged a good leap above this.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, but I mean it’s not exactly fair or just, right?

          • Anonymous

            Right.

        • solidsamurai

          Male privilege extends to hot female cops?

      • Anonymous

        How do you know they weren’t? He didn’t mention any men beside the channel awesome guys and anyway, watch the beastmaster 2 commentary, Spoony is easily distracted by the pretty ladies, so he probably just missed the other women.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elliott-Koepp/100000220245559 Elliott Koepp

      In a word. Yes. It is that fucked up.

    • solidsamurai

      Senate’s bringing their own personal harems.

  • Sigur Squrrl

    I commented on the whole SOPA issue below, now I watched the rest of the video. Spoony, you’re greatly entertaining. That’s a real talent there. Love your off-script stuff.

  • Anonymous

    With regard to the senator staffers who said “it’s a bit vague and, yes, it could be used against you – but we never would!” – please consider the following:

    We in the UK have within the last few years had some quite far-reaching anti-terror laws creep in. The spirit of these laws is aimed at defending us but, because of the wording could possibly be used against the common citizen.  We were told this wouldn’t happen.
    Now have a look at this:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1299531/Family-victory-council-snooped-21-times.html

    Now tell me that the wording of legislation isn’t critical and you should just “trust them” that they would never abuse their power.

  • Anonymous

    One thing I don’t get, I hope someone can explain:
    1. They claim this is targeted to international piracy.
    2. The U.S. does not solely own the internet.
    3. How does the U.S. government have the right to de-list international websites, hosted and registered abroad?

    • Anonymous

      Well, who has the authority to tell them they can’t de-list these sites? It isn’t a question of “rights”, if the government wants to enforce a policy like that, they have the power to do so. They can censor information and make it unavailable to the public. Lots of other countries already do so.

      If they feel you are violating others’ rights by stealing their products and making money from it, they are going to take action against it. The way they see it, they are protecting our rights by doing this, not limiting them. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to realize (Or maybe just don’t care, judging by the reactions that Spoony and the gang saw in Washington) many of the other consequences this could have.

      And yeah, “Trust us, we wouldn’t do THAT” is never a reassuring thing to hear from those in a position of high power.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, so they would only be de-listed to U.S. access then, and generally available elsewhere? Makes sense.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

          Couldn’t I just use a foreign server to get around the domestic censorship in the same way the Chinese use the American version of Google to get around their Great Firewall?

      • ORCACommander

        Money in Power. the people mean nothing as long as the corporations have their profits. Welcome to the Plutarchy States of America

  • http://twitter.com/RCresham Richard Cresham

    There’s a stand-up routine in there somewhere.

  • http://profiles.google.com/davidsirritation David bembenek

    Government needs to stay out of most things in general. There’s far too much involvement with business lately.

  • Anonymous

    I remember on this one flight where there was this one creepy guy that kept trying to put paranoid writings on top on the emergency exit.

  • http://twitter.com/kyriakitriti Alexandria White

    Ever since Lohan was little she has wanted to be Monroe. This was just a manifestation of her delusions.

  • http://twitter.com/OttoRosenlund Otto Rosenlund

    Hardly nobody points out the fact that yeah, this is a USA-thing, not really concerning others. But it’s hard for americans to understand there’s other things outside their borders too.

    • Renan Ramos Pereira

      Actually, it only does not concern people who live in countries that have 0% chance of adopting internet legislations similar to the US and that visit no american sites.

      In retrospect. What happens with the Internet only does not concern people who don’t use it.

      • ORCACommander

        the majority of websites are on American DNS servers or storage locations. easy enough for them to order international access taken away as well.

  • Fiachra O’ Neill

    Spoony is defending his right to not make videos.

    • Anonymous

      hahahahahaha! So Much Win!

  • http://twitter.com/LazarheaD Lazar Gruev

    It was scumbag Steve. Does drugs catches plane

  • Fabian W.

    Guess the shrooms were kicking in on that dude on the plane…

  • Jonathan Rodd

    Speaking as an epileptic, yes some people can tell if they are going to have a seizure because sometimes you have symptoms that lead up to it happening. I suffer from migraines  that screw up my vision as well as seizures. They are connected and whenever Im about to have a seizure, a migraine precedes it. This is not all that uncommon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Drain-Blut/100001687703474 Drain Blut

    “Take our word for it, we’d never abuse this bill and do that to you. You’ll be fine.”

    BULLLL SHIIIIIIT. Every movie and video game company alive will abuse this power to no end the instant you put up a negative review on some shit they’ve produced. Freedom to review/express/speech/etc will cease to exist. Take Uwa Boll for example, a guy that is already a well known jackass against negative critics that don’t like his shitty movies. Wtf do you think he’s going to do with this kinda power? If anyone ever reviews his movies again(aka negatively), he will have your site immediately blocked or shutdown. What about EA? You think that greedy sack of shit company is going to tolerate your negative reviews hurting their sales? They will have your site canned if you review anything they’ve made, and no one should even have this power to abuse.

    No one should be able to shut you down just because they don’t like what you have to say, but yet that’s exactly what everyone will do if you give them the ability to do so. Count on it, as they are already doing that in various ways. Every reviewer I’ve seen has had lawsuit threats or complaints filed just because someone didn’t like a review on their shitty game/movie. Doug Walker(Nostalgic Critic) has had to legally fight for several of his review videos to stay online(Like the legendary The Room video. The owners absolutely hated his negative review and tried to keep it off the internet. He had to legally fight back to put it back up months later) So if you give them this power… they will now be able to shut you down and you won’t be able to do anything about it.

    The “This is against piracy” is just a sham. If that were entirely true, then it wouldn’t allow further action against USA websites. The piracy websites are over seas, hence why they can’t currently be stopped. So if you were targeting just piracy, and not anyone you so pleased, as they are trying to claim, then the bill wouldn’t allow them to target anywhere, mainly legitimate USA websites. Piracy is a bane on the economy(And adds to why the economy is going downhill) and does need to be countered better, but this bill will do more harm than good in its current form. Until it is re-worded so that it can ONLY target over seas piracy enabling/promoting websites(like the ever hated piratebay), say NO.

    Because if it does pass like this, you can say goodbye to every favorite website you use, such as this one, Facebook, Myspace, Giantbomb, Youtube, Tgwtg, etc. Social and review websites in general will be pummeled with pointless lawsuits by abusing companies and be forced to shutdown. These are legitimate websites that don’t do try anything illegal but are still in DANGER if SOPA passes.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, my feet are kinda like that… Little bit more bent in the wrong direction and a little less “DIE DIE KILL IT WITH FIRE”. I like shoes.

  • http://twitter.com/Enerccio Peter Vanusanik

    People should stop calling piracy a stealing, because only thing lost from piracy is “hypothetical” money, since most of the pirates would not buy such a thing at all so really, there is no money “lost”.

    At any rate, finally, something new from spoony!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Carvin/100001033684440 Andrew Carvin

      Agreed.

      Money in itself is hypothetical with no actual worth accept that we agree that it’s worth something.

      • http://twitter.com/Enerccio Peter Vanusanik

        sadly that is true

  • Anonymous

    Not much time ago, in Italy, our past government tried to pass a bill that allowed anyone to point his finger at a website, claim its contents were offensive towards him, and automatically force the other party to not only take the post, article or page down, but to also upload a counterpost to rectify the information and repair the “slander”.

    Much like the SOPA act, such a process was automatic: there was no third party involved to determine whether the claim had any basis or not, the “offended” party could basically stroll over a site and not only order its contents to be taken down but also upload his own propaganda without appeal.

    The bill was discarded before it was even voted. Of course in Italy, a country more corrupted than Rwanda, independent press and journalists/bloggers without leash are the biggest source of worry for those that have access to law-writing.

    It makes sense that in the USA, lobbies and corporations would pressure the Government to pass a bill that works in exactly the same way to protect their interests through censorship and neofascism from something they are incapable of competing fairly with. It just feels funny how predictable and repetitious these people can get when they try to strip civil rights away from the masses.

    • doresh

      Reminds me of this brilliant idea our German politics had in their fight against child pornography: slap a big – and easy to bypass – STOP! sign on every potential kiddie porn site (I say “potential” because there would’ve been no way to check WHY exactly a site got cursed with a sign). Thankfully, our politicians just recently realized that it would make far more sense to actually SHUT DOWN the kiddie porn sites…

      • http://twitter.com/SPBreit SPBreit

        One of the few sensible things they’ve done during the past 10 or so years… maybe the ONLY sensible thing.^^

        • doresh

          Even a blind hen sometimes finds a grain of corn XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Carvin/100001033684440 Andrew Carvin

    Humans a re very visual, and there have been numerous studies showing that humans as a whole tend to defer/give preference to those who look better than them without actually addressing the qualifications of the person in question.

    Thus we have a lot of complete incompetent morons in management positions that look good.

    We need more ugly people in government.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Carvin/100001033684440 Andrew Carvin

    MP3.com
    MP3.com is an example of what damage internet censorship can do.

    Around 2000 various commercial music companies pressured MP3.com into selling because they couldn’t stand the idea of people buying music directly from independents.

    Their cover story was that they believed MP3.com was allowing the posting of copyrighted material. Despite this being a blatant lie, MP3.com eventually crumpled because they did not have as much legal support as the major music companies did.

    Once Mp3.com was bought by the same major music companies that sued them, they expelled the independents, and replaced their music with commercial albums. It failed miserably due to the fact that people came to MP3.com to hear the independents that they had exiled.

    They would eventually allow independents back 5 years later, but the damage had already been done. At that point in internet history there did not exist real alternatives to what MP3.com used to be, and mostly still do not exist.

    MP3.com had been a beacon of independent musical expression but had been ruined by greedy rich people who did not want to compete with it.

    Without an outlet to post their music to, most former MP3.com independents had given up with very few surviving the change to move their music to a different service like ITunes.

    Internet censorship in all it’s forms destroys the internet.

    Vote NO on SOPA.

  • Zachary Necaise

    1. I agree entirely with Drain Blut. This congress, and our most current IP producers, are some of the most openly corrupt in our history. I wouldn’t be surprised if this bill passed, if only so so that congress can please said IP creators whom I have no doubt have money going into the pockets of our senators, so that they can take away your right to your own views and opinions. It infuriates me that they can get away with such blatant infringements upon peoples right. If they wanted to target overseas piracy, they could say that almost as simply as I wrote it. The sad part is is that I’m not surprised in the least.
    2. Don’t do drugs, don’t be a Milwaukee douche bag, and don’t ware your hat like a Canadian icehole.
    3. I suspect that that lady was a harpy in disguise, waiting and watching till she can find ample prey to satisfy her unholy hunger.
    4. Are you sure that wasn’t Hugh Hefner?     

  • Anonymous

    Because cameras on tripods appear more dangerous than handheld. Someone give me a fucking clue, is it because people can run away from the tripod and it is in reallity a bomb? Or what? I would say a handheld camera looks more threatening as it could in reallity be a laser death ray.

    • http://UnholyFireDragon.com Unholy Fire Dragon

      I’m guessing it’s because it looks like one of those things you install a gun onto, and that you’d just aim and shoot anyone on site. I’m thinking getting any piece of technology out of a briefcase would’ve also endangered Angry Joe’s life.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, you’re probably right.

    • Renaissance_nerd

      Im pretty sure tripod = professional = needs a permit to film on the capitol steps.

  • Anonymous

    Your use of the term ‘frontier’ seems apt; throughout human history, a frontier has been lawless until regulation was put in place, and the Internet is no exception. I can certainly see the reasoning behind SOPA; companies lose enormous amounts of money to piracy each year, and have little to no recourse at present. When weighed against that kind of money, a bunch of Internet comics might seem pretty unimportant. Some supporters of SOPA may go so far as to say, “Screw em, they can get real jobs!”

    Having said all that, it’s important not to give up! The world changes every day; what matters is who is doing the changing. The 1930 Motion Picture Production Code was very draconian when it was first introduced, but over time film makers fought against censorship and what film makers can do today far exceeds what they could do back then. I think the same thing will happen with the Internet, so it is important not settle for being patted on the head and to fight against vague and sweeping legislation.

    Your report that all the women you saw were very attractive is…disturbing. I imagine you saw no shortage of unattractive men.

    You’ve got to admire Joe’s bravado, since it could have been the Sith’s last stand. The other stories you told were also quite funny Spoony. Even if worst comes to worst, you can still make vlogs.

    Or maybe I’ll put together some terrible movies for you to review, lol!

  • Anonymous

    Everything about this video reminds me why i love watching spooney, even if its just him talking for an hour its always entertaining <3 Thanks for the update Noah

  • Anonymous

    I’m from Italy, so i don’t know if your laws allow such an act, but when our government passed a law to ban the access to a lot of copyrighted content, many italian websites moved their main servers to other countries like Sweden or Norway.
    Could you do guys  such a thing to counter the effect of SOPA , or is this considered illegal in your country?
    I hope everything turns out for the best and that we won’t have to fight for the internet to be free.

  • bobbytheripper

    Am I the only one who was disturbed to learn that there are sniper teams skulking on the rooftops of the capital and we’re NOT talking about Pyongyang or the Soviet Kremlin but Washington-fucking-DC?!

    • Renaissance_nerd

      They have been there for decades, on top of the White house as well.

      • http://sbkmulletman.deviantart.com/ sbkMulletMan

        “Don’t mind those, they’re just pigeons.”

    • Anonymous

      they’re been there forever man, where have you been?

  • http://twitter.com/Jerkakame Jerkakame

    SOPA in swedish means piece of trash

  • http://twitter.com/CasWegkamp Cas Wegkamp

    You got my support, although I don’t think my vote counts as I’m Dutch.

    To those worried, the IP address for this site is: 67.225.177.119

    • Anonymous

      your my hero.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

    The Spoony One has returned from fighting the forces of evil, and now tells tales of his glorious exploits around the glowing campfire light of our laptop monitors.

    Even if this bill passes, it’s not like it will last very long. Once the effects of the bill settle in, people will stand up in shock and protest this bill and anyone who supports.

    Maybe people don’t understand this bill now, but they will if it ever comes into power once it starts ass-raping everyone in America with a rusty pipe. Maybe experiencing a shock like that will be GOOD for America, showing the people what can happen if you don’t pay attention to your government.

    Maybe we’ll keep educated, and point out corruption wherever it lies, instead of voting for the guy who has the best haircut and shrugging our shoulders when he makes uses our Social Security money to fund the world’s largest water park instead of figuring out what’s going on and raising hell. Oh well, I can dream.

  • Joe_the_robot moe_the_robot

    I myself hate politicians they real don’t understand how things like this work.
    I really could not trust those people, exspecally since they ask you to trust them.
    Even someone you can’t trust is those people in hollywood, I myself would love to see hollywood crumble why pirate from them, their movies are horrible!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

      I have a few problems with this post. Let me voice them.

      “…politicians [really] don’t understand how things like this work.”

      What do you mean by “things like this”? Do you mean that politicians don’t  understand the how the Internet works? As true as that is, your so vague here that I don’t even think YOU know what your talking about.

      “I really could not trust those people, [especially] since they ask you to trust them.”

      Well, apparently you can’t trust people who ask you to trust them. That’s the last time I trust the paramedic when he tells me to trust him in carrying my broken body safely into the ambulance. He’s asking me to trust him, so of course I shouldn’t.

      That seems like reactionary cynicism. “Those Hollywood types and those politicians give me CREEPS! They are bad for…reasons…and must DIE!” Maybe I would agree with your feelings if you gave me a good reason to believe you. But like so many others, you didn’t do that. Instead you made this post.

      I also love how many times you shoehorn in that this is just your own feelings, as if I’ll forgive you for having poorly justified feelings. Because DUH, MAYBE IT JUST ME BUT I MYSELF FEEL THAT your completely full of shit.

  • http://www.wix.com/enveracomics/ecs/ Julian Moretti

    1) Come to Canada Spooners… Everything is legal here!
    2) I was on a plane once and this older gentlemen sexually molested one of my classmates. We were wondering why we were waiting at the terminal until the cops escorted the man off the plane.
    3)HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH claw foot….! If i may say one of my physical faults, my teeth could be a bit more white i guess….
    4) Snipers on the roof…… pufft they had those since Lincoln died… no big surprise. The worst we have up here in Canada is Tim Hortons throwing coffe at the Occupy protesters. I guess Canada is not politically important enough to have snipers. Did you know, that the White House used to be open to the public? Also we burned it down… by we I mean Canadians! WOO!
    5)I am sad that they had to pose crack-whore like Monroe. Originality -1, Sex appeal -1, Everything else -1. They should of had Olivia Munn again, or even fucking Marge Simpson or any form of Ecchi is better then LL…. ugh….
    6) Good luck with SPOA, USA… i mean it!
    7) I hope this site never gets taken down! sniff sniff….

  • doresh

    I would be vary if someone says something like “We’d never do that”. If the law is formulated in such a way that somebody COULD do it, someone will DO it eventually. Laws shouldn’t be based on trust.
    Or as we Germans like to say: Trust, but verify.

    Something about this sniper story amuses me far more than it should. Is there a group of snipers taking turns guarding the place? To they get an umbrella if it rains or if it’s too hot XD ?

  • http://profiles.google.com/danvgeg Daniel vigil

    This is like the third version of this bill… I get the feeling if it gets voted down they will just create ANOTHER version of it.

  • http://twitter.com/NexusVerbal Mark Bran

    Every time someone talks about SOPA, I can’t help but think about the word SOUP, since that’s what SOUP is in Spanish, SOPA.

    And PIPA, for some Spanish people, is slang for GUT or BELLY.

    SOPA=SOUP
    PIPA=BELLY

    Therein lies the key, they’re trying to censor our lunch, people! Ain’t no one touchin’ my Top Ramen!

    • http://UnholyFireDragon.com Unholy Fire Dragon

      …which is ironically dealt-with by old farts. LOL

  • Anonymous

    If they’re really so keen on “Oh, we’d never do that”, then they should put it in writing.
    Hand-waving the subject away suggests to me, unfortunately, that they’re only hearing you because it’s procedure, and that they don’t really give a fuck what happens to you.

    You’ll excuse me for putting on my tin-foil hat for a moment, but Big Media has entirely too much power to gain from this for committees and their handlers to take domestic concerns legitimately.

  • Mads Frederik Toft

    Will Protect IP make the US Fair use act invalid?

    • http://twitter.com/d_kong Daniel Kong

      Not necessarily. It will essentially be you will have to PROVE that your use is Fair Use. It is not assumed that it is. As it stands right now, the alleged copyright holder must PROVE that you are infringing. If SOPA/Protect IP passes it becomes YOU must PROVE that your use is Fair Use. The copyright holder can go to an ISP with a court injuction, that by the way requires no warrant or investigation, and say “This site is infringing/helping to infringe on our copyright. Take them off the Internet.” and the ISP will have to comply or be fined.

      To take this to an extreme, Let’s say I own the color Dark Red. Well Color is sometimes subjective. Under the proposed bills I can basically say any color that even looks like Dark Red must not be used because it infringes on my color Dark red.

      The aim of the bill I approve. The implementation as it is now? No.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

        So…I’m guilty until proven innocent? And they can accuse me with no warrant? And because most major corporations have such large legal muscle, they can stall the court until I go bankrupt?

        Awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Why would saying DC has hot women be a terrible thing to say?  Anyone who gets offended at that clearly has self esteem issues.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AW3VX7HGVPJFFLYOQGRTPWDVFQ Joseph

    SOPA, PIPA, OPEN, and all the other crazy bills that are trying to be passed by U.S. Congress: motivated, and backed up by the powerhouse that is Corporate Business. Yet what all of the the Politicians and Greedy Businessmen fail to realize is that there was always a more effective, less aggravating, simple ways for legitimate business to combat their eternal nemesis known as Piracy. And it’s not like you need a degree in business to figure this shit out; all what’s required is for you to have the knowledge to comprehend whatever Elmo taught you on “Sesame Street.” Here are the guidelines to help the so-called ‘righteous’ White-collar minimize the ‘evil’ file-sharer:

    1.  Whatever your product/IP is make sure it is the SUPERIOR version. That means making sure that the item/idea is the most original, up-to-date, and every bit of hard work and love  went into the making of your product. The Laymen is still a fair person who will shell out the cash as long as he/she can see the value of your labor.

    2.  Make whatever you’re selling AFFORDABLE and ACCESSIBLE. There’s no excuse or reason to sell someone an incomplete property at MAX price, or sometimes, more. (Videos games fall heavily as a victim to this.) Also, remember not only your home audience, but your foreign audiences, as well. Last time I checked, Europeans still like Japanese games; and South America would still like to buy stuff from North America. Why? Because sometimes, the common guy/gal just wants some good, Mexican tequila; that’s why!

    3.  This I consider to be the most important one: DON’T PISS OFF YOUR LOYAL FAN-BASE!!! Remember that the main reason companies get rich really fast is because they have a lot of support from their fellow man in love with their service/toy/ etc. And the main reason that the same companies can go under just as fast, or faster, because they altered their service/toy/ etc. in a way that no one wants to deal with, like not getting a full refund for a faulty product, despite following the rules of the warranty, or having to pay extra for a service because people like getting deals. (I’m looking at you Online Pass, for trying to punish gamers for shopping at Play-N-Trade!) Do I even have to mention the headache that is DRM? This causes people to look for alternate ways to get what they’re looking for, even if they have to bend the rules to get it.

    I’ll state this: SOPA and those kinds of bills are a waste of time that, at the end, hurt the non-Pirate; and hopefully, as long as the guys at Channel Awesome, Google, and Internet users like us, continue to fight these bullshit doctrines and knock some sense to the guys that work at and try to work D.C. we all can continue to enjoy the Internet as it is, now.

    Thank you for reading this whomever you may be. 

       

    • ORCACommander

      I am a member of the Electronics consumer association which is sponsored by many game companies and they are firmly against PIPA and SOPA in all its forms

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

      All this is designed to do is make finding entertainment websites inconvenient so no one will entertain themselves through the Internet while simultaneously starving every small upstart entertainer on the Internet.
      Because every time you watch a Youtube clip, a Hollywood executive cries.

  • http://twitter.com/d_kong Daniel Kong

    As for the old man enjoying porn:

    He’s 75.

    Haters gonna hate.

    XD

  • http://profiles.google.com/spoonseeker Spoon Seeker

    lol! Spoony’s can really not let go of those feet! haha :D

  • http://twitter.com/Hepsilon939 Alister Dunning

    I really hope this thing doesn’t go too badly. I live in scotland so I can’t voice out against it really, at least I don’t think so, though I would if I lived in the US.

    Hope things turn out well Spoony. I love the site to bits and I almost always have one of your reviews or vlogs on in the background now.

  • Steve Lyons

    Yeah if this does pass changing to a DNS server in a country where this law wouldn’t apply would take care of it. The problem is most people won’t know how to do that.

  • Anonymous

    Yay! Boner Guy and Claw-feet! That was hilarious.

  • Mr. Sefe

    You, my man, are just exceptional storyteller. This was my most entertaining trip to DC that I never had.

  • ORCACommander

    Angry Joe Vargas For President wit his running mate Noah “The Spoony One” Antwiler for Vice President!

    *remembers canada being nuked by joe in an alternate time line*hmmmm still worth it

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F6DCTUY6RUMWXJKGOICRNIAXCM André Norell

      Thatd probably be a funny sketch if nothing else; That Guy With The Glasses Presidential Campaigns. Dr. Insano tries to get re-elected, but now he must overcome of the stiff competition of every other reviewer on TGWTG ;)

  • http://twitter.com/TheDudeAbides6 TheDudeAbides

    Spoony : The moral of the story is don’t take drugs *slurps back some soda* …
    You know caffeine is a drug right? And after that brilliant drunken Twilight review I don’t want to hear it! The moral should have been. “Bro’s. Don’t take psychedelics when it’s your first time flying, not to mention when you’re a Milwaukee douchebag who clearly needs some sort of shaman to guide him through a mild acid trip”
    Anywhooo, It’s nice to see a new video.

  • Gregory Bogosian

    I read section 201 of this law. I did not understand most of it, but if I understood the part that I think I understood, then doing the satirical reviews that Spoony and the rest of channel Awesome do could become a felony if this act becomes law.  People of the Internet! Do not let this happen!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

      Good for you for reading the bill. Did it describe something called ‘review and parody’ or something similar? Because I’m pretty sure that’s protected in the Millennium Act.

      Instead of refining existing laws to make the Internet a better playground for creative minds, SOPS and PIPA stomp all over the existing playground and erects a shopping mall over them.

      • Gregory Bogosian

        I did not read the entire bill, just section 201. I still have the PDF on my computer and I will read the rest of it if I can. It may mention parody or review somewhere in it, but it did not do so in what I read. Here is the URL of the PDF of the full text http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/112%20HR%203261.pdf for anyone who wants to try and decipher this thing for themselves.

      • Gregory Bogosian

        I just finished reading the entire bill and I did not see anything about parody or review in it.

  • Anonymous

    If this thing passes I hope it provokes revolution. We Americans are way way wayyyyy overdue for a bloody revolution. I’m sure it won’t though because everyone is to afraid to rock the boat no matter how bad things get. GET PISSED AND DO SOMTHING ALREADY AMERICA!! FFS!

    • Anonymous

      I’d like this comment and like it hard if not the word “bloody” because in all my naivete I still wish the revolution could be bloodless… But yeah, it’s so, so long overdue, both in America and in Europe as well, I think. We’ve been way too comfortable sitting on our asses, letting ourselves be kept content by bread and circuses and divided to be ruled and in general subjected to all the other tricks from the Roman dictator’s handbook. People need to get mad and do something. Like support the Occupy movement or one of the several movements trying to get money out of politics.

      • Anonymous

        I can respect the whole pacifism thing, but I really think that things are just too far gone here for anything but violent uprising to be a viable option. If I wasn’t 100% sure that my government would just let me die on their lawn, I would say a hunger protest could go a long way.

        • James Gibbons

          And thus the SOPA bill was defeated, and Channel Awesome lived to fight another day. . . Unfortunately the war on SOPA was not without its casualties. The Spoony Experiment was shut down, not for using copyrighted material, but for breeding home grown anarchists with the intent to overthrow the government. Spoony was tried for treason, and exiled to Canada. . .

          • Anonymous

            Yeah… Spoony is responsible for my opinion…

            *rolls his eyes so hard they go back into his skull*

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

    I feel the need to repeat this…ALL of the women were hot, EVERY SINGLE ONE.

    I really hope you didn’t visit a nursing home during this trip. I don’t want you to imagine you trying to hit on an old lady.

    Senior Citizen: “Oh, what a nice young man. OH CHRIST, PUT YOUR SHORTS ON!”

    Spoony: “Baby, I’m okay with older women. You…me…I dig it. Yeah, I’ll spank that ass.”

    And that’s how the next episode of “Spooning with Spoony” will begin. I’ll see you all in Hell.

  • Anonymous

    The biggest error of the Hollywood leviathan is not so much corporate greed, but just plain human laziness.  They got used to the idea of being able to profit off of a certain business model, which depends on being able to control the distribution of their product.  Cheap digital media and high bandwidth Internet services now make it impossible to truly exert control over the distribution of any product that can be transmitted digitally. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s really easy to ping your bookmarks to fetch the IPs but there are definite problems with that approach. For one, any site that actually maintains more than one server will be doing load balancing, so there isn’t just one IP address you can depend on to connect. The other that I can think of is that any link that refers to the domain name will require DNS. I really wonder how webmasters will handle the possible effects. People won’t like the internet that forces you to confront IP addresses.

    I guess everyone should ping their faves and save a backup, hoping for the best.

    And everyone doing something, you’re awesome, keep doing it… the best way is prevention and protest!

  • Myles Fontana

    But Spoony, I am a Canadian! How can I save shows like yours if I live in a different country?

  • Anonymous

    Liking good-looking women isn’t sexist, it’s natural. You can’t help it. If you made lewd comments to them or thought of women only in terms of looks and sexiness (and possibly housework) that would be sexist.

    And seriously, women do the same thing to good-looking guys (well, straight women, obviously). Some women can be really bad about that too. And this is coming from a female here.

    Anyway, there are grades to this thing: there’s being a total prude or asexual, there’s being a normal healthy person with sexual needs and then there’s being a prick who thinks all women like it when he shamelessly ogles them and makes nasty comments.

    (Getting kinda off-topic here) Same goes to homophobia, btw. There’s being totally cool with gays, there’s being uncomfortable-but-supportive and then there’s being a prick who just likes to get into other people’s private business. Personally, I only hate the last ones, I have no problem with the middle ones.

    Oh and by the way… this might be just me but while I really like these long vlogs, they seem to be too much for my computer… I get this problem on all browsers too. Idk, would it be too obnoxious to ask for a version that’s split in parts or something? orz Sorry.

  • Anonymous

    goddammit, Noah. you are a good-ass story teller. the whole plane story had me enthralled, and i just don’t know how you do it… I’m not being a douche, I’m serious. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — youre storytelling nature in the “COUTNER MONKEY” series kicks ass. LOL.

  • Anonymous

    the last four minutes has me busting up! LOL

  • Anonymous

    Fact is regulation, even when targeting them, will usually benefit large corporations.  They have the mass resources and clout to influence restrictions and hire the manpower to be compliant with new laws.  Small businesses don’t have that capability.  And the funny thing is restrictions on the size of the businesses restricted, only serves to make sure those business don’t ever attempt to compete with the big companies or they will be slapped with these regulations.  What we are seeing now in the entertainment industry is akin to a big box store trying to restrict street vendors out of business.

  • Sarah Gallagher

    SOPA hilarity on the Hill.  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57343951/sopa-tweet-triggers-political-explosion-delays-vote/

  • Anonymous

    how is saying or thinking some women are attractive is sexist?  everyone has their own opinion on who they think is/isn’t attractive.  nothing sexist about that.  girls do the same thing.

  • Dartannian -

    If you ask me, the problem with SOPA, if it actually interferes with creators of original content on the internet, you could argue that it gives Hollywood – and other corporate movie and game companies – a MONOPOLY over the entertainment industry!

    They’re basically butthurted that no one’s buying their shit music and movies, and trying to bleed people for money by trying to go after people who never had the money to pay for it in the first place.

    I mean, c’mon, it’s not like producers of theatrical and stage productions and operas are going after movie, music, and game companies for putting THEM out of business, right?

  • http://twitter.com/Tar_robot Lennie Leuridan

    you dont need any copywrighted material to make shows. You can just tell storys about your day or random anecdotes and that would be more than enough

  • http://damnfox.livejournal.com/ DFX

    “Piracy and stuff like that” ?! First they equate plagiarism (making money from someone else’s work) to rape and murder (piracy), then they equate any copyright infringement, including non-commercial/personal use and it’s ok with you ?!

    Dude, one thing to make money from others work, other is to unlawfully share cultural data and completely separate issue is to make something punishable by law without “due process”. Don’t just mix that.

    And concerning “many here was a victim of piracy”: maybe if your DVDs were sold from a tray on the street. For example, recently i wanted to watch some Ed Glazer’s Press Start 2 and tried to order it from http://www.darkmaze.com/pressstart2/ but i couldn’t. Why ? Because Ed Glazer decided to fuck Russians. That’s right, he sells his discs to fucking Romania but not Russian fucking Federation, the biggest country on this goddamn planet. What am i to do if not torrent this ?
    Make your shit available for purchase AND download online ! Get with the times ! Make an MKV with subtitles for all “supported” languages, make this streamable in HTML5/WebM after purchase ! And if you’re using same obsolete business methods as all those hypocritical corporations who own your politicians, why the hell you should not get the same damn treatment as they had ?!

    But introducing lawful DNS poisoning is even worse than bad business methods, copyright violations being threated like rape (in Russia you will get same years in jail as for rape)/demonised like child molestation or introducing censorship into your country. This a is malicious act from the point of view of global Internet infrastructure. It is making and encouraging usage of malicious attack techniques in the net. But USA government is no stranger to that, it is using trojans for quite a while in FBI, for example.
    It, basicly, wants to make your DNS servers lie to you _and everyone else_. Not only your ISP will be forced to lie to you while providing you with “service” (Russian ISP already do exactly that, look up Russian laws “against extremism”. i will not be surprised if that bill is copying Russian law), it will lie to everyone in the world. It will cripple the Internet indeed, lawful global fraud!
    Even if you so keen on censoring your citizens, you have no right to enforce your legal jurisdiction on other countries citizens – there are international treaties for that to be handled properly, but in this way it’s almost an act of war. No surprise it handled side to side with National Defense Authorization Act which, if passed, will give US warmongers green light on any act of international terrorism/invasion, secret prisons (with tortures and obductions, of course. why bother if you have a legal bypass ?) for US and non-US citizens alike without long bureaucratic scrutiny.

    heil, Fascist USA and our [US] corporate overlords !

  • Anonymous

    DFX is on to something. One reason piracy is very common is certain parts of the world is geographic handicap. If you want something, but there’s just no one selling it in or to your country, many people turn to torrents or other forms of piracy.

  • http://twitter.com/ffxiiisucks F-USA

    I’m proud to be a Spoony fan. Most of us just resorted to slacktivism to protect the internet. I personally signed petitions and made calls and chewed out some staffers. I live closer to DC then Spoony, so I feel humbled that Spoony flew across the country to meet with congressmen and I didn’t. At any rate, thanks for protecting our rights!

    • Craig Pierrot

      Don’t feel so bad, dude. Spoony’s basically an E-list Internet celebrity who makes his LVING and CAREER doing this kind of thing. Same thing with the Cinema Snob, Nostalgia Critic, and all the other TGWTG guys as well as the AVGN, Cinemassacre, Red Letter Media (with Mr. Plinkett), etc. It sends a MUCH larger statement for any or all of *them* to go than it would be for any random (non-Angry) Joe to, you know? It’s much more of a message when basically a somewhat famous, well-known, and very successful group of somewhat famous, well-known, and very successful small-business owners go up there to tell them that this law would LITERALLY criminalize their successful, AND INNOCENTLY LEGAL business.

      Tho I guess Spoony could go back to publishing written reviews in a magazine (which read EXACTLY the way his typical video reviews do, and are GREAT BTW, just check out Zardoz) or even continue his whole story telling thing on YouTube a la TheAmazingAtheist, but that wouldn’t be NEARLY as awesome…you know?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4LM23I53VCE4KUVGC4GI6XYCVU toms

    What the hell? When a law is passed it is released into the wild and is completely free from any and all congressional power unless they repeal it/ create a new law / amend it. And those are incredibly difficult to do since Congress, well is Congress. To even imply that a law is somehow under a lawmakers control after it has been passed is laughable and a straight up factual lie. Any problems with a law must be sorted out before it passes because after that the only thing that can stop it is a judge.

    The best method to kill the bill is to mention the strong corporate opposition and the bill will kill jobs.

    • Craig Pierrot

      Dude, the bill is being PUSHED by EVEN STRONGER corporate influences! You may have Google, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, etc. on the opposing side, but you have the xxAA’s (MPAA, RIAA, etc.) and THE ENTIRE HOLLYWOOD FILM INDUSTRY on the pushing side.

      And they have FAR better lobbyists.

      And their whole argument is that it would CREATE jobs in the film industry.

      Remember, facts don’t necessarily get to these people. Republicans just don’t care about them, and Democratic lawmakers just get fooled and convinced that the terrible thing they’re really doing is actually a *good* thing.

      Kind of like how the Obama administartion has been undermined from within by the likes of Tim Geithner and Bill Daly.

      Oh, and BTW, the justification of “Oh, but we won’t use it like that” enabled Bush to get the PATRIOT act, the original NDA authorizing the “War on Terror,” and thd several other terrible things passed. And we ALL know how the Patriot was used on Americans…the NSA actually kept a SECOND COPY OF THE INTERNET (yes, apparently that’s possible), just so they could archive and spy on it.

      Just like Bill Maher says, you gotta assume every call you make nowadays is tapped. I actually had a friend recently get arrested w/a miniscule bit of marajuana just because he used the word in a txt msg. (I live in Buffalo, NY).

  • Ryan Beckmann

    You can be in the country something was made and not be able to find it for purchase. TSR goldbox stuff is getting pirated real soon if I can’t find a copy, just saying.

  • André Åberg
  • http://twitter.com/AJRimmer5 AJRimmer

    You are correct sir, I don’t know why I said bandwidth. My head was kind of a boondoggle last night, and I did not say what I meant to say. N.N. basically says ISP providers cannot give preferential treatment to any one website. As it is written now, and what the FCC passed. I’m not against the internet being a level playing field, so everyone has a shot to make a great website.

    However, as the NN rule are written now. From what I have seen discussed

    • Anonymous

      >NN can be used by companies like Comcast to make every
      website run at the same speed. so “My Totally Awesome WoW Toon” dot com
      will have to be just as fast as youtube or Hulu.

      The problem is, again, that is how the Internet works at the moment. If it didn’t work that way then it would have changed, not stayed the same. It may help if I point out that the Internet works almost exactly like the telephone network (it was based on the same design), your computer dials the IP address of a website and talks to it. A website which exists but no-one is talking to does not require any resources (beyond a domain name and IP, no bandwidth is consumed). In order for some company like Comcast to give any site preferential treatment (let’s say youtube), it would need to intercept your ‘call’ and deliberately insert it into a wait queue, it would be like the telephone company listening to your phone calls and suddenly putting you on hold whilst your talking to someone who they decided ‘isn’t important enough’ (eg. thatguy/spoonyexperiment) so that some other phone call (to youtube) can go in your place.

      As far as the proposed network neutrality rules go, I haven’t looked at them closely but I haven’t been impressed either. What is needed is simply to force ISPs to be Common Carriers like the telephone service, Common Carrier Status has worked reasonably well for decades and forcing ISPs to play by those same rules would mostly sort out the issues.

  • Anonymous

    This paragraph from afootballreport.com (yes, I’m one of those European soccer weirdos) manages to put it into words very well for me:

    “The new regime would, in effect, be tantamount to a carte blanche
    for censorship. What is even more alarming is that the chilling powers
    of censorship that would be handed to private entities under the SOPA
    are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The bill would also alter
    the relationship between the government and the basic structure of the
    internet:  it would allow the Department of Justice, acting on behalf of
    aggrieved copyright holders, to filter domain names and block entire
    websites in the name of preventing piracy. The SOPA also incorporates a
    separate bill which would make it a felony to stream videos or mp3s of
    copyrighted films and songs. In short, the SOPA would significantly
    impede access to all that we currently enjoy on the internet.”

    The problem is that the powers/elite/corporations/government/whatever would abuse the fuck out of this and trample all opposition within the guise of “copyright infringement”.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wooda99 Alexander Wood

    You shouldn’t be afraid of filming on Capitol Hill. That place is as much yours as it is the politicians. Don’t fear the snipers– they should be there to protect you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Rosenbaum/100001387887487 George Rosenbaum

      Sniper 1: “Wait, who is the guy with the shiny mask?”

      Sniper 2: “What? Gimme those binoculars…he looks like some kinda super villain.”

      Angry Joe: “Soon I will DOMINATE THE WORLD with my ARMY OF ROBOTS!”

      Sniper 1: “Aren’t these guys supposed to be protesting the SOPA bill. Why are they  playing dress up in the middle of their lunch hour?” 

      Sniper 2: “Oh God, HE HAS A TRIPOD! *BANG!*”

  • http://twitter.com/Kiposaurus Nick Kipouros

    Dude I live near DC. I do Standup in DC. I’ve never seen that many attractive people there. Arizona must be awful.

    • Craig Pierrot

      Probably is. I know from experience that Arkansas and especially KENTUCKY are pretty bad as well. In fact, I’d rank Kentucky as worst in the NATION. I never saw a woman whos face ACTUALLY looked like a horse’s before, but Kentucky found a way…lol

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been wondering about the SOPA thing and what I can do, and after a brain fart from reading a comment on a message board, I came up with this:

    http://www.aggrogate.com/2011/12/postsopa-protest-proposal-studio-siege/

    Basically, we put together every accusation of copyright infringement in movies, music, and games that we can and make studios choke on their own SOPA requests.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand how this legislation is supposed to work

    let’s say I’m running a website that focuses entirely on piracy and host it on a server in europe, can it still be de-listed from the web based entirely on US law?
    or does de-listing only mean that users in the US can’t access the site any more, but people in the EU still can (i.e. what China is doing)?

  • Smoke Fumus

    I’m not trying to offence spoony, but let’s make drinking game from his unwritten speech – take a shot, every time he says “You know”. Stephen king drinking game will be shamed. But seriously – no offence.

  • http://twitter.com/SamuelWernham Samuel Wernham

    The problem with living in the UK is the fact i feel unable to help and i hate the idea of the spoony experiment or TGWTG going offline. i hope all the campaigning you guys have done is going to pay off

    • Craig Pierrot

      lol, you guys are having your own issues with the British government taking down facebook pages and the like anyway in response to the london riots. Fuck David Cameron, amirite? lol

  • Anonymous

    Funny thing happened. I was watching Spoony for the first 20 minutes or so talking about SOPA, and it’s very uplifting, very informative… Yet I’m feeling bored. It’s essentially a public address in colloquial form.

    Then Spoony starts telling the story of his trip back home, and things start to get interesting. The story’s a bit more lively, but that’s not it. No, what’s “it” is seeing Spoony on a roll again, and I ain’t seen the Spoony One on a roll like that since the early days of Wrestle Wrestle.

    I know a lot of the story was probably wrong an offensive, but this is the most fun I’ve had in a long time, just listening to a guy talk about his flight home. “You dropped acid at the airport, now I have to spend the night in fucking Denver!” Amazing. Near the end of it, I caught myself unconsciously clapping my hands like I was applauding at the theatre.

    Spoony One, if you’re reading this, you have talent, my friend. Even in your unscripted, half-remembered drunken vlogs, you are still more amazing than most reviewers I’ve seen. I honestly don’t know how you do it, but you can make anything entertaining. It’s nice to see you back, and I really hope we see more videos soon, because it’s been a long wait! :)

  • Robert Weissmann

    You have some serious issues there in America if you are afraid to say out loud that attractive women are attractive and you consider yourself ‘terrible’ and ‘sexist’ if you make such remark.

  • Magrat Garlic

    I live in Europe, so there’s probably nothing I could do (and I really want to do something). The only thing I CAN do is hoping for you guys. Go there and show them all.

  • Tjitze de Boer

    The birth of “scumbag Spoony”.

  • Annika Karlsson

    I would like to help to stop the SOPA act but I’m not a american citizen, so there’s not much I can do. Move your servers to Sweden! :P

    • Craig Pierrot

      SOPA was “originally intended” to combat moves such as that. It was designed to effectively deny DNS services to foreign websites for clients in America. Basically, it works in a similar fashion to Iran’s internet censorship programs, China’s Great FireWall, or any content-blocking/filtering software that you find in high schools now-a-days. You’d have to use TOR to get a tunneled connection into europe before you could rely on DNS to give you the right IP address.

      But it’s worse than that, at least along the lines of foreign policy. I mean, just imagine if we passed this. We are supposed to be a shining example to the WORLD of openness and freedom. If WE start censoring the ‘Net in this fashion, that gives Iran an EXCUSE to follow suit, along with every other dictatorship in this world. Like, the former-Libya, the former or current Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, or Syria, for example. The effect of this would be to encourage instead of having one large Global Internet, having an Internet for EACH INDIVIDUAL COUNTRY, and then connecting them together in a VERY limited way. Remember during the mid-90′s, how there were some websites you could only access if you have AOL or even CompuServe, as opposed to just “regular” internet? (Remember those “AOL Keywords”) Yeah, now imagine that, only on the scale of different COUNTRIES. As in, the Internet you have access to in Britian would NOT be the same Internet that you could access in Austrailia or the US, for example. Each individual country would have it’s OWN Internet. Gods help you if you live in a theocratic state! (Like, any Islamic nation or a country like Italy, which hosts The Vatican, or Britain, whose government has an official church whose doctrines MUST be taught to young kids in school AS IF IT WERE FACT. This is legally mandated Church indoctrination, and yes, it even includes Creationism.)

  • Anonymous

    From experience you can sometimes tell if you are about to have a seizure. The only time I couldn’t  tell was the first time, though I knew something was really wrong.  
    This is one reason I’m terrified to fly. I take xanax and valium which is a quick fix if you think you may have a seizure (not the reason I take it, but good side effect), but I have such anxiety, and I don’t know if they would let me bring my narcotic medication on board a plane, which would cause me more anxiety… etc.. so that’s why I’m afraid of my inevitable trip to Japan once I go to teach/study

    • Craig Pierrot

      As long as it’s legal for you to possess (ie, in its prescription bottle with your name on it), you can take as many drugs with you as you want on aircraft, legally. It’s only a problem when you start trying to take drugs that AREN’T prescribed to you or are outright illegal, or if you’re bringing more than 3 ounces of codiene cough syrup (since that is a liquid).

  • http://twitter.com/Kimikimochi Kim Butler

    I can’t even express how grateful I am to all you guys for traveling to DC to stand up for our net rights. 

    As for your flight story – yes, there are signs a person can use to know they’re about to have a seizure. For example, my friend tastes a spoon-like flavor on her tongue when she’s about to have one and sometimes she smells wax. Your flight just sounds damn crazy. I’m scared enough of flying (even though I’ve been doing it twice a year since I was twelve). Having to deal with that would send me off the deep end.

  • http://twitter.com/Scrumpmonkey John Sweeney

    With Spoony wearing that hat at that angle ranting away i REALLY think he should do a “Douchebag reveiws” segment with his hat at that angle and some shutter-shades XD

  • Anonymous

    he’s drinking caffeine free diet coke

    • Anonymous

      Too bad it’s pumped full of aspartane because of the fact that it’s diet…

      • Anonymous

        Aspartame is life!

  • tote_93_cool

    “The People’s duty is to question their goverment, or else the one-eyed man is king in the land of the blind” – Tor Nordmark

  • http://twitter.com/JezpuhrPixelboy Jezpuhr Pixelboy

    May we get some more videos now?

  • Anonymous

    This further indicates how much I hate the government. I have a sneaking suspicion that this bill will pass eventually, even if it shouldn’t. They’ll just keep re-writing it and rewording it until it somehow passes through. That’s how politics work, they never give up until their lobbyists get what they want, and the way these bills are worded is so vague that, if passed, at the most extreme, wearing an adidas shirt without written consent from adidas would constitute copyright infringement.

    And again, government in this day and age will take a mile if you give them an inch in any direction.

    • Anonymous

      You know what’s annoying?

      When a very sensible and positive bill is to be passed but the opposing party dislikes it and opts to attach another ludicrous bill to the more reasonable bill and thus mean that if the sensible bill passes, so does the ludicrous one by proxy.The current format of Politics sucks, period.

      • Anonymous

        Not to mention, if they can get away with censoring things a corporation deems ‘infringing’, doesn’t that also open a can of worms that the government establishment can then censor the internet for their country so the citizens never see anything about their misdealings? That way, whoever’s established at the time will always look like sunshine and roses while constantly demonizing their opponents; the government controlling the minds of the people by merely making them ignorant to anything other than what the government wants them to know and think. This is George Orwellian, ’1984′ stuff.

        Companies and the Government both need to learn that the best way to stop piracy is just to let the companies handle it themselves. If you’ve got innovators in the industry, then they should be able to make things that are innovative, including copy protection systems for their works, if they have to. Granted, I’m not a fan of DRM on PC games, but at least game devs aren’t throwing a shitfit about let’s plays, reviews, and presentations of their work, WHICH GIVES FREE PROMOTION, and they’re trying to do something about the piracy problem without asking the Government, a body which should only exist to protect the people from physical threats, to do all the copy protection FOR them.

    • Craig Pierrot

      Hey, who was that Demcratic bastard who recently started heading the MPAA? Chris Dodd, right? I wonder if that has anything to do w/this…

  • dragonzenith

    As serious as a bill like this is, it’s nothing compared to some of the things the US government has been slipping under the radar.

    Ever hear of the “National Defense Authorization Act”?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Defense_Authorization_Act_for_Fiscal_Year_2012

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/12/05/the-national-defense-authorization-act-is-the-greatest-threat-to-civil-liberties-americans-face/ 
    I don’t mean to one-up Spoony, or frighten anyone, but this particular bill has me really worried… And I’m not even a US citizen. The scariest part about this is how little relevant coverage it’s getting, so spread the word.

    • Craig Pierrot

      The National Defense Authorization Act is a bill that gets passed annually. In fact, last year they were talking about possibly adding a provision to it that would’ve ended dopn’t ask don’t tell about a year erlier than it did. Basically, the National Defense Authorization bill is what funds our military every year.

      No, what *YOU’RE* thinking of is how President Obama (yes, President Obama, NOT CONGRESS OR A REPUBLICAN) inserted language into THIS year’s NDA that gives him the ability to detain US citizens on US soil for indefinite periods of time w/o even so much as a trial, indictment, accusation, or due process. Makes the PATRIOT act look TAME in comparison. I sure hope we have recouse thru even this highly-conservative supreme court!

      • Shauna

        YES WE CAN! ….do whatever the hell we want because we’re the government so screw you.

  • Anonymous

    having been involved in politics since 16 (as a constituent and active member in politicking), I have the following advice: it is best to assume that most of these people are criminals, and treat them and their words accordingly. considering how often many there rape the constitution, it shouldn’t be surprising to view them this way, because they are for the most part criminals. it is a crime after-all to violate that document in any way. it’s why they take an oath to uphold the constitution-not that they take it seriously evidently.

    furthermore, you shouldn’t have any sympathies for lawmakers with regards to the internet: the Internet, as a medium of exchange for ideas, should definitely be under the 1st amendment-so long as you aren’t flat out stealing movies and showing them wholesale or something-which traditional, pre-DMCA laws are more than sufficient for (so piracy? already covered; even the DMCA is unnecessary, and n fact counterproductive). riffing, critiquing, reviewing, and parodying (all of which you do) should never be in jeopardy as a result. This law is just another excuse to extend government control into what they have no business in.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R6JHY3KVDFKEDVDDOTJ42ZNQJU kirk

    Thanks for trying to make a difference Spoony. Not enough people do.

  • Dartannian -

    How’s about this as a suggestion/solution: Why wait for Copyright Nazis to come across your site, scare off your advertisers, and have you de-listed from search engine searches, if not scrapped from the internet altogether? 

    Why not go ahead de-list your website from search engine searches yourself? 

    Many sites which are literally about pirating aren’t openly searchable via search engines; you have to know their IP address in order to visit them. Why not apply the same model to your own site? Yes, I know you don’t want to be associated with internet pirates, but what else can you do?

    I only discovered these websites from word-of-mouth; I never found Cinemassacre, TGWTG, Spoony Experiment ever suggested in any search engine search I ever made. And that’s where websites like yours should stay: Underground, and only discoverable by word-of-mouth!

    You may worry about advertisers pulling their ads from your site if you’re not openly searchable, but you could just as easily make the case that their ads specifically target the special niches of people that like to visit your site!

    It’s probably only a matter of time before legislation like this actually enacted.

    GO UNDERGROUND! And take your families along with you!

    • Anonymous

      Because as someone who EARNS THEIR LIVING ON AD REVENUE, Spoony doesn’t really have that option.

      Neither does the rest of Channel Awesome.

    • Craig Pierrot

      You don’t know how this bill works. Like, you know the DMCA? You know what happens when you are served a DMCA takedown notice? Well, think like that, only it doesn’t apply to just the infringing content, it applies to THE ENTIRE WEBSITE, ANY SITES WHICH LINK TO IT, ITS PAYMENT-PROCESSORS (i.e. PayPal), ITS AD NETWORKS (i.e. Google or Blip.tv), AND ITS DNS PROVIDERS.

      Now imagine if…say…Tommy Wasseau, say, didn’t like, say, the Nostalgia Critic’s review of, say, his movie “The Room”, he would serve them with a takedown notice, and if the content isn’t removed within 5 days, every payment-processor, advertiser, search engine, and even DNS service is supposed to INSTANTLY CANCEL AND END ALL RELATIONSHIPS with said website. In addition, the NC would be sueable for many thousands of dollars. That means that in order to visit TGWTG, you would have to go to something like http://128.79.56.42, he would have to host ALL the videos himself (since blip.tv is an ad network…from which the NC gets most of his revenue, btw), and he’d only be able to accept donations in the form of check or money order.

      Now also imagine if YOU had included a link to the page of the NC’s review of “The Room” in your own blog before Tommy Wasseau served them with said takedown notice. Your blog would be taken down as well.

      It’d essentially be the death of the TGWTG, as well as any other website that links to it. (Here’s lookin’ at you Cinemassacre, TeamFourStar, LittleKuriboh, and yugiohtheabridgedseries.com!)

  • Anonymous

    i do not support the bill, sounds like those feat were gross. shame on the douche and the old man. thanks for trying to fight the good fight. and another thing. stop drinking those diet cokes. 

  • http://www.youtube.com/thefaustianman Faust

    Forget about SOPA look at the Defense Bill – a controversial defense bill that could allow the military to capture and indefinitely detain American citizens on US soil.

    http://www.newser.com/story/135607/obama-throws-away-civil-liberties-with-defense-bill.html

    In reality, there are bigger fish to fry than SOPA.

    Ask yourself what’s worse? You’re website cannot be found on Google or you being imprisoned forever without trial, attorney, or any of your rights…

    • Anonymous

      How about you just go against all those stupid bills in the first place? Just because there’s another stupidity going on doesn’t mean you need to let one pass.

      Stop them all since they’re wrong.

      • Anonymous

        We do go against the stupid bills.
        But in the case of SOPA, those tending to the bill deliberately ignore us.
        There’s a No Oppositional Testimony block appended to the bill, so essentially, ALL OF OUR PROTEST IS BEING IGNORED.

    • Anonymous

      Actually… I just gave this a longer thought and…

      It’s pretty sad what happened to the US isn’t it?

      It went from a land of opportunity and freedom and then somehow turned into this vile global self-righteous villain. And it’s own culture seems so fixated unto World War 2 and it’s most glorious moment in it’s own history and yet despite all that it’s republican party and channels such as Fox news behaves akin to the Nazi party in parts, especially in it’s attack campaigns and despite preaching the values of the US… they’re probably the ones behind this bill aren’t they?

      It also reminds me of the bill that allowed the government to tap into your phone lines, imprison those believed to be connected to terrorist acts and ended up causing far too many excused acts of racism in the name of national security.
      How the mighty have fallen…

      Makes me wonder if we’re going to be seeing a rise of immigrants here in Canada.

    • sanktmikael

      Sucks to be american, I guess?

  • http://boorat.deviantart.com/#/d4c9c3t William “BooRat” Blackshire

    I’m proud to hear ya’ll gave it ya’ll’s best up there in DC!  But, it does sound like a lot of them tried to give you the run around!  “Don’t worry we’re not going to screw you… Now, Bend Over!”
    Well, now I see why a lot of people go into politics…  Lots and lots of hot chicks!  No wonder every other week there’s a scandal about some politician screwing 5-6 women that aren’t his wife!   Wow, that’s something I’d want included in m Bio!  Almost got Sniped in Washington while dressed as a parody of Cobra Commander!That makes me think what’s your thoughts on the new G.I.Joe movie trailer they’ve released?I think it looks a hell of a lot better than the 1st!Wow, creepy foot lady sounded interesting! Crazy douche bag sounds like another one of those cases where a guy goes nuts and the other passengers beat his ass to death because he’s acting like he’s nuts enough to either attack the pilot or open the hatch doors!  You’d think with stories of that happening out there even while tripping balls some one would still have the common since to try to remain calm!I’ve met plenty of old people like that old man that some how they’ve lost all since of what is considered proper behavior in public!  My grandpa (RIP) being one of them!  He had a bad habit of being in the middle of a store and start talking about stuff he seen or did when he was young or over seas!  I’ll put it this way he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War and how a lot of the dude in his group passed their free time was at some local shows that if you wanted to see today you’d have to either go to Tijuana or Google with Safe Search off!  Or worst of all he’d described screwing my grandmother to my cousins and me when we’d visit! XPYou gotta love how you continue to wear the Douche hat threw out the rest of the video!

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/itzLDG5xzfloe1.ek2_z6wrU2MNwaRwe#9bba2 Edward

    You’re doing good work Spoony.  You are fighting for freedom of speech and your fellow man.  You are not just one of my favorite entertainers anymore.  You are also now my hero.  Keep up the good fight bro!

  • Craig Pierrot

    Everybody go to http://fightforthefuture.org/.
    On there is a form you can fill out that will have a machine call your
    actual phone number w/a recorded message giving you talking points about
    the bill, and then actually AUTOMATICALLY CONNECT YOU with your
    representative OVER THE PHONE.

    Think like the way Google Voice
    works…only for Congress! lol! Like, you know how when you make a call
    from the web version of Google Voice, Google first calls your phone and
    then connects you to the number you actually dialed? Well, kinda like
    that…only for bitching at Congress over SOPA. lol!

    Or you can go to http://americancensorship.org/ for the e-mail version of basically this same concept, but I think the phone messages would send a MUCH more effective message.

    Oh, and if anybody needs any cheering up, lol, just look at these! http://www.getyourcensoron.com

  • Anonymous

    you pull the skater hat look off pretty good!
    XD

    But yeah, SOPA probably wont pass because of the fierce opposition.

  • http://twitter.com/Aurabolt1 Matthew Szlapka

    Oh, screw the lawmakers. Again, constitutionality is an issue here; Freedom of Speech and Expression is being damaged here. Even if Congress is becoming a problem, the Supreme Court will bring down the hammer and shut it down. Even then, this strikes me like something where raising some hell is pretty important at this point. Censorship is a big problem, and it needs to be stopped.  

  • Anonymous

    I really hope this does not reverberate internationally. And what I mean is, I hope politicians around the world don’t see this bill and think: “wow that’s a good idea. You know what? I think this thing can pass here in insertnamehere-istan”. This would really be disappointing, since I have lived in an age where internet was wild and free and I get the feeling that it should stay like that.

  • http://twitter.com/Spokavriel Daniel Thomas Stack

    Spoony, Do you not know anything about the Founding Fathers? Do you even know what the Stamp Act, the tax that broke the colonists backs, was?

    People like Ben Franklin, inventor of movable type printing presses making printing infinitely more accessible. or Thomas Jefferson…

    But that’s not the worst part. The Stamp Act was the SOPA and PIPA of the 18th century! It was the King or England Putting a Tax and regulations on the Ownership and use of PAPER! Without the Kings Stamp that you had to pay for any single leaf of paper was ILLEGAL! Are you trying to say someone facing that fundamental attack on the ability to communicate and even record information for your own personal use or to share with others HAS NO RELATION?

    Please Noah READ A DAMN BOOK ABOUT THE FOUNDERS SOME TIME

  • Craig Pierrot

    Sounds more like he’d taken mushrooms, and started to freak out. That kid wasn’t on acid if it only took him 3 hours to start coming down. LSD normally lasts for 12 hours, and the trip doesn’t start to even start to lessen up a LITTLE for at LEAST 6-8 hours. What a fucking dumbass, tho! Like, I’m the kind of guy who’d take drugs on a plane (I’m an experienced psychonaut, btw), but I’d NEVER trip on a fucking flight if I didn’t have any xanax or edible “pot” food on me! I mean, FUCK!

    That said, if the nurse had just given him .5-1mg of Xanax (alprazolam) on the flight, it would’ve either put him to sleep for the rest of the flight, or just calmed him down as well as subjectively lessening his trip. What a fucking nurse, tho…I mean, I, a layman, knew at least THIS shit, but the NURSE should’ve, too! I mean, hell! Xanax is also used in seizure prevention! WTH?!

  • Craig Pierrot

    No, *DO* take drugs! Just have some common fucking sense and do it SAFELY. Certain drugs can open up many unique experiences that cannot be had any other way…obviously, I’m referring to drugs like ecstasy, lsd, mushrooms, etc., not drugs like oxycodone or heroin. You just have to know how to take it, how to take it safely, how to enjoy yourself safely, what to take, and what not to take.

    I have to say, LSD and Ecstasy truly changed my life for the better. Hell, even the founder of AA was actually cured of his alcoholism NOT thru his 12 step program, but thru the theraputic use of LSD! Kinda like how Ibogaine can cure opiate addiction. (Not that I was addicted…I just had a few psychological issues that I needed help working thru.)

  • Craig Pierrot

    @Spoony, please include the links I’m about to list in your original post. I think it would GREATLY help in this effort against SOPA/PIPA.

    Everybody go to http://fightforthefuture.org/.
    On there is a form you can fill out that will have a machine call your
    actual phone number with a recorded message giving you talking points about
    the bill, and then actually *AUTOMATICALLY* CONNECT YOU with your
    representative OVER THE PHONE.

    Think like the way Google Voice works…only for Congress! lol! Like, you know how when you make a call from the web version of Google Voice, Google first calls your phone and then connects you to the number you actually dialed? Well, kinda like that…only for bitching at Congress over SOPA. lol!

    Or you can go to http://americancensorship.org/ for the e-mail version of basically this same concept. I think the phone messages would be MUCH more effective, tho.

    Oh, and if anybody needs any cheering up, lol, just look at these! These are XKCD-style comics that poke fun at SOPA: http://www.getyourcensoron.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

    *sigh*  More people are not recognizing that piracy is inevitable when the trade industries give no alternatives in other countries.  It’s time to start talking about piracy in a new network/channel.

  • Corinn Heathers

    It will not stop pirates. It was never INTENDED to stop pirates. It was wholly and entirely conceived by old-media (that is, companies that made their big bucks in the days before the Internet) to stave off their inevitable death, by preventing new-media companies from challenging their dominance.

    SOPA’s “anti-piracy” capabilities are laughably easy to circumvent, which is why it makes no sense as an anti-piracy bill.

    1) Use a non-US domain name server.
    2) Sign up for a VPN service with an exit in a non-US city.
    3) There is no step 3
    4) ???
    5) Profit.

  • amir shahabi

    I live in Germany and I hate what’s going on there. I love your content. If this shit gets through, I’m fucking serious, I can quit the Internet. There will be nothing to see on the Internet anymore. Fuck this America. Calling yourself the Land of freedom but censoring like china does. Well fuck. Come to Germany shit like this gets fucked by our supreme court. They did this ones, the government wanted to censor the Internet to block child pornography and the supreme court called bullshit on that and it was abolished.

  • http://twitter.com/Jerkakame Jerkakame

    Theyre not stopping pirates, theyre stopping everyone. DRM did that, unintentionally. But now there fucking us with purpose.

  • Anonymous

    So Spoony could end up getting hit with the banhammer himself? lol

    • Brandon Greif

      Remember when Spoony was on YouTube?

  • khurad

    Tough situation.  Very similar to the situation that online poker professionals faced by the UIEGA.  The community I was apart of shared the “What do you do next” conversations and the sinking ship feeling that you described.  In the end, the rug was abruptly pulled and many were left with few options after making great livings for years. I hope all works out for you.  Have enjoyed the site for a few years now!

  • http://twitter.com/xaer0knight Jason Hicks

    oh this totally merits me learning The Onion Router for Linux and Windows.. works with Firefox, Chrome, Opera… each address I type in my browser gives me another IP Address around the world. On minute I’m in Sweden and the next address I’m in Brazil and another address I’m in Germany.

  • http://twitter.com/SenorKaffee Michael Herzog

    At german airports there are sometimes Playboys on the free magazines stack. True story.

    • http://twitter.com/_Watchdog_ Moritz Lorey

      I can confirm this. In Germany, titties in general arent that taboo, there is a topless girl every day in the Bild-Zeitung, the biggest and most popular tabloid newspaper, wich can be bought by anyone at any age.

      • Shauna

        Well, it’d keep people on layovers or with delayed flights a little happier. Male people, anyway. Where are our porno mags?! That’s sexist! I burn my bra in defiance! Etc. I guess we get free Cosmo’s? Home and Garden? Tch. lol

  • Tyler Chaves

    41:00 – Those are called flat bill, flex-fit caps.

  • http://twitter.com/Benbrickley Ben Brickley

    this is what happens when a goverment gets to dependent on product placment to pay the bills

  • Shauna

    Easy solution: move to Canada.

    Bonus: far fewer Americans claiming to be the “greatest country in the world” when they obviously don’t know a damn thing about other first-world countries. Better than Iran? Certainly. Better than dozens of other countries? Hardly.

    If you decide to head North, we’d love to have you, eh?

    • Jeremy Lee

      respectfully, from what my understanding is, and i could be wrong, a large percentage of canadians DONT want american moving there anymore than americans want illegal immigrants moving here. But I do agree, America is NOT the greatest country in the world. I’m American, and i’d rather live in Britian sometimes.

      • Shauna

        Canada, unlike the states, is a multicultural country and that’s kind of our deal. We don’t really care where you’re from as long as you aren’t a dick. That’s what excludes many Americans–on an individual level. ‘fraid we spend less time on racism and fear-mongering than, say, deciding what to do with our health care system. Or waffling back and forth on issues like that when the government changes from left to right and back and forth to the end of time -_-’

        • Jeremy Lee

          oh i completely agree.  

  • Jeremy Lee

    Special Thanks to The NAZIs, the P.M.R.C., The Bush Administration, and every other country and/or organization that lines the pockets of the big business (ie: wal-mart , and MANY Others, but not limited to Universal, Warner Bros*the reall assholes* and the other pricks who think they own us) and the biggest F*** up, the so-called Patriot Act that wanted to use a false pretense of terrorism to control the populace and imprision ANY American for whatever reason by circumventing the US constitution and Bill of Rights. YOU ALL SUCK! do your jobs right and stop F***ing with the American people. To quote James Hetfeild- METAL UP YOUR ASS! and long live SPOONY, LINKARA, ANGRY JOE, N.C. , LITTLE MISS GAMER , MARZGURL, THE AVGN, AND EVERYONE WHO USES THE INTERNET FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF EXERCISING THIER RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF CHOICE, FREE SPEECH AND FOR HAVING A SENSE OF HUMOR!!

    • Shauna

      NOT TO MENTION THEIR RIGHT TO USE CAPS LOCK TO ILLUSTRATE THE FORCEFULNESS OF THEIR STATEMENTS!!

      • Jeremy Lee

        your shift button broke, eh?

        • Shauna

          If you feel that someone poking fun at you for partaking of a very annoying internet habit (caps lock used to add emphasis) means that they’ve misconstrued your entire argument or all of your ideas, you really need to cultivate a sense of humour. Take, as they say (in the 90′s) a chill pill.

          PS: as a personal favour to me, please don’t assume in the future that because someone pokes fun at you, they must therefore be a complete idiot, which necessarily reflects their entire country. And in return I’ll refrain from using you in the same way to stereotype Americans as pushy, rude, arrogant, and prone to over-react when anyone says the slightest negative thing about them–even in jest. Okay? Cheers.

          • Jeremy Lee

            shauna, i completly agree. of course looking back at this comment, it really sucks knowing that no voice ability was able to be used to inflect the complete stupidity and sarcasm to my own comment.

          • Shauna

            I’m afraid I don’t understand what you mean. You can’t inflect “to” anything so I’m not sure what to make of your post. Sorry, sometimes improper grammar throws me off (genuinely not meant as an insult, it’s just that a lot of people online use improper grammar so they all understand each other, but bookish me doesn’t understand sometimes–like when people get their pronouns all mixed up and I no longer know to what “it” refers. Or that people know what someone means when they say “irregardless,” *regardless* of the fact that irregardless is not a word–and if it were, it would mean the opposite of what people think it means.)

          • Jeremy “MEGADEATH” Lee

            oh no big deal. you know how when you have a phone conversation and you can hear when a person is intentionally being a smart ass about a given subject  ? it is very hard to do in typing. never seems to come out the way one intends it when it isn’t spoken. which often lends to my own stupidity when i type sometimes.

          • Shauna

            I see. Well then, I can give you some helpful advice on being a smartass since I am well versed in this art. Keep it short. Let a few brief, overly sarcastic remarks speak for themselves. The more you say, the more it appears that you’re being serious. A few well-placed and well-phrased, choice words can have a much greater impact than a paragraph. At some point, the length of a post slides from “witty retort that puts someone in their place” to “one more internet rant ‘n’ rave to be ignored.” Keep it short–it’s easier to tell if you’re being sarcastic that way. Or, for that matter, that you have a point to make as opposed to a disorganized rant.

          • Jeremy “MEGADEATH” Lee

            lol. you just made my day. but i like being disorganized! (lol)

          • Shauna

            Feel free to begin worshiping me at your earliest convenience.

          • Jeremy “MEGADEATH” Lee

            which part of your butt should i kiss first then? lol

          • Shauna

            Oh, I’m not fussy. You may thank me in advance for all your future scathing and sarcastic (succinct) remarks. :)

            Also, why can you not decide on a name? Pick one and stay with it.

          • Arsenal Of Megadeath

            sorry hon, identity crisis. LOL. got it solved. ;D
            ok, so …just point me in the right direction. i dont want miss the mutual enjoyment of me being your bitch :D

  • Shauna

    Also was I the only one spending the latter half of the video thinking “please take off that stupid, stupid hat…”?

    • Jeremy Lee

      nope. i too didnt like the hat… i was thinking “why not a nixon mask?”

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad at least my representative opposes SOPA.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE9cFvAHn1o

  • http://twitter.com/MrJinPengyou MrJinPengyou

    Looking at the organisation against the bill I feel safer : Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla Corp, Wikimedia Foundation. I would like Facebook and Twitter to cease functionning only for a day and display a message saying : Imagine a day without being able to reach your favorite website. This is where the SOPA could bring us.

  • Anonymous

    I feel the need to thank all the channel awesome producers standing up against sopa, which imho would d list thier sites fairly quickly and deprive me and many others( I think) some of our favorite and most watch content. Cudous to you all for taking a stand and doing it in a legitimate way.
    But I fear most of your points were disregaurded unless the staffers boss already dislikes the bill to begine with, as in polotics “yes men” are the norm, not the exception. Nevertheless noble effort guys, I salute you for what you have done to protect the content many get great joy from.
         First time commenter this was just to boss for me to not thank you all! Good luck and I for one will try to do my part!

        BTW those feet you saw were arthretic, hence the talons  ,the hobbit hair though I cannot explain,,, medication side effects maybe? 
      My rant is now over procede as ussually.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to thank the channel awesone team for showing up in washington to at least take a stand against SOPA, even if a staffer or two pandered to you guys you stuck to your principles and defended them the best way possible, with facts and a claer unerstanding of the major flaws in this (if passed of course) and telling the hopefully open minded few to talk to legistrators the work for.
    Of corse some are just paid to pander bs to people like you(don’t worry even though we can crush you we pinky swear we won’t, Never could trust that kind of side stepping polotion.
    But seriousley guys I love the fire and hope it pays off, any help I can give(within reason) I would be happy to give! 

  • http://twitter.com/Shantalfigueroa Shantal Figueroa

    The thing that media companies need to realize is this: The best way to counter piracy is to make things people like and are willing to spend money on. The entertainment industry keeps trying to shove the same blond popstars down our throats. They’re trying to shove the same movie down our throats as well, over, and over, and over again. Of course people aren’t going to go out and see Friends with Benefits AND No Strings Attached if they’re the exact same thing. People aren’t going to buy the DVD for your TV show if it’s shitty. 

    Yeah, it’s hard to predict what will become a mega-million dollar hit and what won’t. 

    Also, if you guys can’t do internet reviews anymore you should all still band together if you can and make your own production studio and write your own fictional stories and distribute it through the internet. 

  • mark rossbach

    can we just say that government sites are copyright infringing and start delisting all of them?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003205540595 Rowan J Coleman

      Well all you need is to complain and I don’t see why not.

  • http://twitter.com/SoyKeith Keith Carlson

    You go Spoony! Check out all the beautiful women. No sexism at all!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BMLEC2GSCUE47UAQ32W2Y6IY24 Dane

    Oreo is on the couch!

  • phoenixrider100

    That’s such bullshit! “Trust us not to abuse this power”? The founding fathers built a republic of checks and balences specifically because they DIDN’T trust people with power. If they trusted people with power they would have just instituted a monarcy, but instead they build a balence of power between the legislative, executive and judical. That is the philosophy the US is based on! That people with power WILL abuse it!

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