Consumers Union helps you demand that the FDA test medical devices and implants at least as rigorously as it tests prescription drugs. Don't laugh: medical devices and implants do, in fact, receive a lot less scrutiny from the FDA than prescription drugs do -- approximately 90 percent get precisely zero pre-market testing, zero safety testing, zero inspection, and zero post-surgical monitoring. For things like heart valves and hip replacements and surgical mesh, too! How did this happen? Nah, just kidding, you know how it happened -- medical device corporations didn't want to spend money rigorously testing their products, because, you know, job-killing socialism. Well, usually their hacks pull it together enough to say people will die if we don't get these miracle devices out quickly!, when too often people die if they do get their miracle devices out quickly. I'm not sure I can even call that irony; isn't irony supposed to be more subtle?
Meanwhile, the day after the Great Internet Blacklist Blackout of 2012, the Department of Justice shut down MegaUpload.com. Did they arrest anyone who actually illegally pirated copyrighted material? Who knows? Then the DOJ's own site (along with that of Universal Music, RIAA, and MPAA) faced an Anonymous denial-of-service attack this morning. Rep. Sherman (D-CA), who's angling to represent the newly-redrawn California district that includes the big movie corporations, promptly cluck-clucked that the MegaUpload arrest shows why we need SOPA! I'm no fan of piracy, but I maintain that the spectre of our government shutting down anyone on flimsy or false accusations of copyright infringement shows why we must oppose SOPA and PIPA. Remember that some well-paid idiots happily argue that linking to a news article to prove you don't make stuff up "infringes copyright." So Demand Progress, Color of Change, Access Now (nice tagline!), and MoveOn all help you continue to oppose SOPA and PIPA.
Finally, USPIRG and Citizens for Tax Justice join forces on a report exposing the connection between corporate lobbying and the tax breaks they "just so happen" to receive. No, really: people actually say this, that we shouldn't beat up on corporations for taking the tax breaks that just happen to be available to them. Long story short: 280 corporations spent $2 billion lobbying our government from 2008-2010 and got (are you sitting down?) $223 billion in tax breaks, which number comprises almost half of their total tax burden for these years. And almost 30 of those corporations actually paid a negative tax rate, meaning we the taxpayers paid them for the honor to have them do business in our great land. Let me guess: they need all those tax breaks for job creation. Oh, wait, no, it can't be that, because the unemployment rate is still ridiculously high. I must conclude that they "need" all those tax breaks to gild the plumbing on their CEOs' tenth vacation homes.