Congress passed a budget agreement without including an extension of long-term unemployment benefits, cutting off 1.3 million Americans. Is there a point where we should think about ending long-term unemployment benefits? Of course there is! And that point is not now, when job openings still average three applicants each, when a sizable portion of our workforce in its 50s and 60s will likely never find work again, when the U6 unemployment rate still hovers around 13% -- and, needless to say, when our government still does next-to-nothing keeping our rich-and-powerful from running roughshod over the rest of us. The Senate will mull a mere three-month extension, and they'll pretend that their constituents are all tired of those people still getting "handouts," but while some folks do feel that way (and I suspect what they really feel is I'm not getting enough handouts!), unemployment benefits are actually quite politically popular, even, apparently, in swing districts. Both the Campaign for America's Future and Moms Rising help you tell Congress to extend unemployment benefits.
Meanwhile, the big agricultural corporations are still pestering our FDA to allow them to call their genetically-modified food products "natural" or "all-natural." That shouldn't even be a debate, except perhaps to post-modernists, who I suppose will argue that since people are "natural," then anything they make is "natural," but then that's the kind of thinky-think horsedoodle that doesn't help anyone make a useful decision about anything in life. If you think, as many reasonable people think, that genetically-modified seed can cause harmful effects, you ought to be able to make the decision not to buy them at the markets for your damn self -- and then, in a truly free market, the damn Frankenfood would either stand on its own or not. Sadly, for corporations, a "free" market" means freedom for them, not for you. So the Organic Consumers Association helps you tell the FDA to prevent big corporations from calling their Frankenfood "natural" or "all-natural."
Finally, Albert Woodfox has spent over 40 years in prison (most of that time in solitary) for allegedly murdering a prison guard. Just so happens no physical evidence links Mr. Woodfox to the crime, and also just so happens Mr. Woodfox was a Black Panther agitating for better conditions at the prison -- like, you know, less rape and less violence and less segregation. No one thinks the prison experience shouldn't have shame and humiliation, but what civilized society thinks treating activists with solitary confinement and rape is OK? Only a sick, immoral, and decadent society, one that values vengeance over justice and rage over reason, thinks that. Mr. Woodfox's conviction has now been overturned by three federal courts -- the most recent being the federal District Court in New Orleans last March -- but the state of Louisiana keeps trying to keep Mr. Woodfox down. Amnesty International helps you tell the state of Louisiana to abandon its efforts to oppress Mr. Woodfox further.