Facebook has introduced a new feature to its phone app, which allows them to listen to your phone conversations through your phone's microphone. Do they even know how that sounds? They say it's just a feature to use when you don't know what song is playing in the background, as if no other app on the planet can do that (and, ah, I can do it better, if the song was recorded between approximately 1968 and 1992). The feature is "opt-in," which I suppose is appropriate, but does Facebook have a warrant issued by a judge based on probable cause? Is Facebook comprised of law enforcement personnel entrusted by the community to find and apprehend law-breakers? If the answer to these questions is "no," then they shouldn't have the ability to listen in on our phone conversations in the first place. No doubt Facebook's brain trust would think themselves foolish not to try and get all the information (and therefore money) they can out of a website used by virtually everyone on the planet who uses the internet, but actually the opposite is true: having awesome power, frankly, requires more restraint. It's really like Our Elites have forgotten that. Hence Sum of Us helps you tell Facebook to stop invading its users' privacy.
Meanwhile, the EPA announced a proposal for carbon emissions standards from existing power plants (not just new power plants), and if you missed earlier action alerts about it, then both CREDO and Public Citizen help you tell the EPA to issue the strongest standards possible. The EPA's proposal aims to reduce carbon emissions in 2020 by 25% from the year 2005's emissions, but the year 2014's emissions are actually rather lower than 2005's, such that America has already achieved two-thirds of that 25% reduction, and frankly we're going to need to lower our carbon emissions more than that if we're going to beat climate change. But the coal corporations and their enablers have been throwing a tantrum about the EPA's plan all week. Aren't these folks supposed to be our "best and brightest," our Glorious Job Creators to whom we are supposed to bow in awe? And yet at the same time they are our "best and brightest," our "indispensible" people, our Kings and Queens of talent and innovation, they are also somehow severely threatened by a Big Gummint regulatory plan that basically gives current emissions-lowering efforts a bit of a push. Why, it's enough to make you think that our "best and brightest" are actually neither. At the very least, they sure do whine a lot.