H.R. 1899/S. 823, the Protecting Data at the Border Act, would make law enforcement officials get a warrant when they want to search your cellphone at the border. The bill would also prevent our government from denying entry to you just because you won't let them search your cellphone without a warrant. You'd think all this would be common sense, but, sadly, it's not, not when your government is so anxious to take away your freedoms in the name of fear -- fear of something that's less likely to kill you than a bathtub accident, I feel compelled to mention. The bill has some bipartisan support -- its sponsors include Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), of all people -- and though that doesn't necessarily bode well for its chances of passage, the way folks value their cellphones in contemporary America does. Even Chief Justice Roberts, no great friend of citizen privacy, wrote the majority opinion in Riley v. Califonia ruling that law enforcement has to get a warrant before looking at a cellphone, and he seemed quite in awe of the power of a cellphone, appropriately so, I think. So use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or, if you're on a cellphone as we speak, on the bottom of this page) to call your Reps and Senators and urge them to support the Protecting Data at the Border Act.
Meanwhile, the Sierra Club helps you submit a public comment to the FDA as to whether it should allow cosmetic corporations to use lead acetate in their hair dyes. I'm guessing the word "lead" might have led you in a particular direction on that question, and it should have: lead acetate (a color additive in hair dyes) is a "possible carcinogen," per the Centers for Disease Control, and the CDC also strongly recommends that one keep children away from any hair dye that contains lead acetate. Scientists have also linked lead acetate to kidney troubles, reproductive toxicity, and nervous disorders, which last item makes sense, since lead acetate is also a neurotoxin. Also, both the European Union and Canada have banned lead acetate in hair dyes, and (this is important) corporations still sell hair dyes in these areas of the world, which you should remember when their PR hacks complain that YOU CANTZ MAKE TEH HAIR DYEZ WITHOUTZ TEH LEADZ!!!!!! The FDA actually seems inclined to agree with cosmetic corporations on this matter, but c'mon, America is the can-do country -- surely we can figure out a way to dye our hair and look nice without causing ourselves all kinds of health problems.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Reps and Senators to reject the Trump proposal to get rid of the payroll taxes that fund Social Security, then CREDO still helps you do that. (Alternately, you can urge them to do so while you have them on the phone about warrants for cellphone searches.) Mr. Trump has apparently floated getting rid of FICA taxes as a "middle-class tax cut," since FICA taxes only apply to the first $127,200 of one's income, but those taxes fund Social Security, which means they fund the retirement you worked for, paid into, fought for, and deserve -- and, not incidentally, they're currently funding the retirements of good Americans who've already worked for it, paid into it, fought for it, and deserve it. You know what would be a far better idea? Lifting the ceiling on payroll taxes entirely, so that all income gets taxed into the system. The various bills floating around Congress now don't actually do that -- they tax high-end income, to be sure, but they leave a "donut hole" of untaxed income in the low six figures. I'd prefer getting rid of that ceiling entirely, and if you feel the same, you may want to mention that to your Reps and Senators.