The U.K. detained David Miranda for almost nine hours at Heathrow Airport Sunday, confiscating (among other things) his cellphone and laptop before releasing him. Just so happens David Miranda is the partner of Glenn Greenwald, who broke the Edward Snowden story on the Guardian, and Mr. Miranda himself had just visited journalist Laura Poitras, who has been detained over 40 times while, perhaps not coincidentally, reporting extensively on domestic surveillance issues. And not long afterward, U.K. authorities raided the Guardian's London office -- and word on the street is that our own government may be readying an indictment against Mr. Greenwald, which would make David Gregory happy, I guess. Both CREDO and Free Press help you tell the U.S. and U.K. governments to stop harassing journalists who shine a light on nefarious government acts.
Meanwhile, closer to home, almost 90 Pennsylvania state House Reps from both parties (always do I hope for the best from Pennsylvania Republicans!) have signed on to HB 300, which would amend a 1957 Pennsylvania state anti-discrimination law simply by adding the phrase "sexual orientation, gender identity or expression" to the list of reasons employers cannot discriminate against workers. No, really -- read the bill and you'll see that's all it does. So it doesn't even establish "special rights" for gays, unless by "special rights" one means "what's equal rights for the rest of us," which I'm afraid is what most folks who use the phrase "special rights" mean. Keystone Progress helps you tell your state legislators to support nondiscrimination legislation.
Finally, the Union of Concerned Scientists now helps you tell the Tribune Compnay not to sell their newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, to the Koch brothers. We have so, so many good reasons to oppose such a sale, chief among them that two men should not have that much power, but UCS is concerned that the Koch brothers will use their eight new newspapers to spread a bunch of malarkey about how all our fossil-fuel burning has nothing to do with climate change, which, given that the Koch brothers made a lot of their money in coal, seems like a perfectly explicable fear. I have no idea, honestly, what it means that the Koch brothers haven't bought the Tribune papers some nine months after I first received action alerts about it. But I sure don't think we should be complacent.