Interesting story: the Librarian of Congress decided, late last year, to end the exemption of cellphones from the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, thus making cellphone unlocking illegal. But then over 100,000 folks petitioned the White House, saying you should be able to use your cellphone with whatever service provider you want -- and the Obama Administration agreed! Naturally, that's not going to be enough -- apparently unable to force the Librarian of Congress to revisit the decision (the Librarian continued the exemption in 2006 and 2010), the Obama Administration called for Congress to pass a law making cellphone unlocking legal. After all, it's only a cellphone industry artifice that makes you buy a new phone every time you switch providers, and even the big telecoms seem to want to move past it. So Free Press helps you tell Congress to do the right thing. I know, I know, but it's still our duty to tell them.
Meanwhile, the USDA has updated nutritional standards for the snacks and drinks kids get in school from vending machines, school stores, or the a la carte line -- all the food available in school outside of the school meal programs, in fact. And this is the first such USDA update in over 30 years; think how much we've learned about the food that makes us fat since 1979, and you see the need. The new standards would, once finalized, require "any food sold in schools" "(b)e either a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, a protein food, a 'whole-grain rich' grain product (50% or more whole grains by weight or have whole grains as the first ingredient), or a combination food that contains at least 1/4 cup of fruit or vegetable." Food would also contain less than 35% of its calories in fat, and total sugar levels would be either less than 35% of calories or 35% of weight. Moms Rising helps you tell the USDA to set the strongest standards possible.