Just Foreign Policy joins with MoveOn to help you tell your Congressfolk and your President to broker a ceasefire in the latest Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Why? Because we know one's coming anyway, and we might as well save some lives. I mean, look how much good all their fighting has done so far -- one side drops bombs from planes, the other side shoots rockets, people get hurt, people die. But Israel's 45-plus-year occupation of Palestinian lands hasn't looked like self-defense for a very long time -- in fact, it looks rather like self-destruction, and many good Israeli citizens have come to that conclusion as well. And I brook no folly from those who would have you instruct you that anyone who doesn't march in lockstep with the Likud isn't a "friend of Israel." I don't believe in enabling my friends as they continue to hurt themselves by pursuing bad ideas to their dogged end, and neither do you.
Meanwhile, the Sierra Club helps you tell the big tobacco corporations to stop telling their cigarettes on animals. I'm not particularly anti-animal testing, or even particularly pro-rat, but come on -- blowing cigarette smoke and diesel fumes straight into the noses of rats? News flash: cigarette smoke causes cancer. Everyone knows it. Lung cancer is the biggest killer among types of cancer in America, and the biggest contributor to lung cancer is smoking cigarettes. I know, I absolutely pounded that passage with the italics hammer, but seriously, do the big tobacco corporations think they're going to prove the rest of us wrong with studies like this? Maybe Philip Morris (the conductor of the diesel fumes study) thinks it'll be able to prove cigarette smoking is safer than other things. In other news, getting your arm chopped off is not as fatal as getting your head chopped off, but it's still something you'll want to avoid.
Finally, S. 1810, the FAMILY Act, is still awaiting a Senate committee vote; the FAMILY Act would allow employees to take up to 12 weeks a year in paid family leave (at about two-thirds your normal wages), versus the 12 weeks of unpaid leave American workers can take now thanks to the Family Medical Leave Act. For those squealing HOWZ WILLZ YOU PAY FOR TEH BILL YOU LAZY LIBRULZ!!!!: the FAMILY Act would cost approximately four cents per $10 of wages. I'd prefer to bring back the 91% tax bracket on millionaires to pay for that (and other things!), but I'm not about to let the perfect murder the good. Speaking of which: if some folks abuse the Family Medical Leave Act, you don't get rid of family leave, you find and punish those committing the fraud, not least because the existence of fraud allows fools to cloud our moral judgment. Moms Rising helps you tell your Senators to support the FAMILY Act.