Unemployment insurance expires at the end of this month -- which represents an actual "fiscal cliff" for two million Americans right now and three million more next year. So unemployedworkers.org helps you tell Congressional leaders to extend unemployment insurance. (You can also call your Reps and Senators using a toll-free number, 1.888.245.0215, or using the tools in the upper left-hand corner of this page.) I brook no folly from people about "those people who want to take my money to sit around all day and watch TV" -- nobody lives like a king on friggin' unemployment. And I brook no folly from folks who want it "paid for" and then won't actually raise any money to pay for it. Corporations are sitting on a few trillion dollars and not hiring anyone out of "fear" of the bad economy (because they're our "best and brightest," just ask them). Why not go get it from them?
Meanwhile, a federal court threw out the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Waste Confidence rule this past August. The Waste Confidence is what it sounds like -- a rule determining how much confidence the NRC has in current nuclear waste storage technology. And the old rule essentially said that, one day, the industry would figure out how to permanently store nuclear waste, but until then, they could safely store waste on-site. Inspire a lot of confidence in you? The rule undoubtedly inspired a lot of confidence in energy corporations that they could build nuclear power plants without ever actually having to develop the one-day-hoped-for technology (and receive federal "loan guarantees" in the process, but I digress). But now the NRC has to go back to the drawing board and establish a new Waste Confidence rule, and Public Citizen helps you advise them on that.
In other news, the FDA prepares to approve genetically-engineered salmon. This would be a first: no, not the first time the FDA fell down on its responsibilities to the American people, but the first time the FDA approved a genetically-engineered animal. So Food and Water Watch helps you tell Congress to stop Frankensalmon from hitting the market. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (not to mention thousands of commenters to the FDA!) have expressed their misgivings about the Frankensalmon's safety, but that's OK, because the FDA asked the corporation making the Frankensalmon and they said it was allright. It's a good thing the corporation making the Frankensalmon has absolutely no reason to lie about it! Oh, and the FDA will let it to go to your grocer's fish shelf unlabeled.