The Obama Administration's Department of Commerce has proposed that streaming copyrighted content should be a felony -- perhaps not coincidentally, a proposal once part of the notorious SOPA, which we defeated in 2011. The Commerce Department's Internet Policy Task Force apparently hasn't differentiated between actual piracy and fair use, because anyone performing a copyrighted song on youtube (and there's a lot of that on youtube these days) would get jail time. While no civilized person approves of folks making money from (for example) bootleg DVDs of first-run films, sentencing someone to years in prison because they put up a video of folks singing "Happy Birthday" is exactly what we're trying to stop doing. Demand Progress helps you tell our government to stop with these zombie copyright proposals already.
Meanwhile, Consumers Union helps you tell the EPA to back strong tailpipe emissions standards. Why? So that we can dramatically reduce air pollution from gasoline -- by CU's estimate, the EPA's proposed standards would be the equivalent of taking 33 million cars off the road, and though cars ain't the only thing on the road, that's a big deal. And when we reduce air pollution, we reduce all the health issues that come with air pollution, and thus also all the health care spending that comes with air pollution. Just about everyone's behind this plan, even the big carmakers. Who's not behind the plan? The oil corporations, naturally, because they care so much about the price of gas going up a penny per gallon when just about everyone on Earth knows they can poop money with the profits they already have. So don't be shy.
Finally, today is the last day to comment on the Bureau of Land Management's proposal which would allow fracking on public lands (and which would not force gas drillers to disclose the chemicals and toxins they're putting into our water table). On public lands, I reiterate using the italics hammer -- that means in places like the George Washington National Forest, the Red Rock Canyon area, and the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, and these places all have streams and groundwater that we'll wind up drinking from. And, once more with the italics hammer, public lands are our lands. So both Public Citizen and the Center for Effective Government help you leave a public comment about the BLM proposal, while Food and Water Watch helps you call President Obama and tell him do the right thing.