If you haven't done so, already, today would be a good day to use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom of this page, if you're viewing it on a cellphone) to call your Senators and tell them to reject the nomination of D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to our Supreme Court. I've said that the entirely plausible accusation of sexual assault, regardless of how long ago it was, is reason enough to sink his nomination -- I mean, we're only trying to fill one spot; think we can't find a qualified judge who doesn't have the sense of entitlement you'd have to have to try to rape someone? But we must remember that Mr. Kavanaugh poses a far greater threat to law and order: he has demonstrated, through his multitudinous writings, that he would expand Presidential power and Presidential prerogatives far beyond what our Founders intended or what a free society would tolerate. And that should upset you no matter what our President's name is.
Meanwhile, researchers at George Washington University have found a particular strain of E. coli (ST131-H22, to be precise) found in chickens seems to be migrating to humans and causing (among other infections) up to 40,000 urinary tract infections annually -- a mere one half of one percent of all UTIs Americans get in a year, but that won't comfort you if that number becomes 100 percent of you. And, of course, it could get much worse -- ST131-H22 has apparently developed some resistance to tetracycline, which it encounters frequently enough because factory farms tend to pump it into their chickens. Anyway, Penn PIRG helps you tell our USDA to start testing poultry for this strain of E. coli. The USDA can do this without additional authorization from Congress, and yes the big poultry producers will very likely stamp their feet and try to drag this out in court, but really, this is an appropriate time to say if you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to fear.