It's not just the NSA that violates our privacy when we're on the phone: our own cell phone providers do it, even going so far as to sell your personal information to the CIA. Think about that -- your cell phone provider actually makes more dough violating your privacy, and it's not like the CIA merely aims to flood your Facebook page with pro-CIA ads. You'd think something like this would be against the law! But, apparently, it's not, because the FCC doesn't know how what to do about it and requests your help figuring that out. This should be a no-brainer, except that so many folks in Washington have less-than-no-brains. Common Cause helps you tell the FCC to protect your privacy on your phone from your cell provider and your government. Before I forget: no, it's not true that "if you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to fear." If your government wants to take you down bad enough, it'll pretend everything you do is suspicious.
Meanwhile, word on the street is that Congress has just about finished hammering out a new Farm Bill, one that cuts about $9 billion from food stamps over the next decade -- rather more than the Senate Democrats proposed last year -- and still preserves all of the big corporate agricultural subsidies that no actual conservative or liberal in America likes. If that sounds like a fairly precise perversion of what a Farm Bill should be in America, Daily Kos helps you tell Congress not to cut food stamps in the Farm Bill. Daily Kos seems hopeful that a left-right coalition can stop this Farm Bill from becoming law, which would mean that Congress would be forced to extend the most recent Farm Bill (and thus delay the nefarious food stamp cuts) for another year, as they've already done twice. I'm less hopeful -- I think the putatively implacable Tea Party wing of the Republican Party is ready to play ball on this and other issues. Still, duty is duty.
Finally, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) -- who once famously said that governing is like navigating a canoe, in that you paddle a little to the left, then paddle a little to the right -- has issued weak regulations governing hydrofracturing, or "fracking," as it's popularly known even to non-Battlestar Galactica fans. Too many of our elected officials (hello, President Obama!) think that since natural gas is the wave of the future, we should encourage fracking wherever possible. Of course you see the logical problem with that premise: that encouraging natural gas extraction does not demand in and of itself that we encourage hydrofracturing. If the gas industry can come up with a way to get at the gas without pumping noxious chemicals into our drinking water or pumping greenhouse gases into our air, I'll listen. But fracking is just a way for gas corporations to deliver more profits to their CEOs. So Friends of the Earth helps you tell Gov. Brown to ban fracking.