Remember when President Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, mainly because he wasn't George W. Bush? Well, he's still not George W. Bush, because he's begun a campaign against ISIS without even seeking Congressional approval, which latter item the Constitution requires (and which even Mr. Bush, no diligent student of the Constitution, sought). Hence Peace Action West helps you tell your Congressfolk to get off their collective duff and do their Constitutional duty, and CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to oppose both more war in Syria and Iraq and arming and training the next generation of Middle East terrorists. Knowing, as you do, that drone strikes are a very imprecise way of battling terrorists, you know also that airstrikes are similarly imprecise. You'd think boots on the ground would be more precise, but over a decade of evidence from Iraq and Afghanistan says otherwise -- soldiers do well against soldiers, but not terrorists. But nearby nations (particularly Iran, whose Islamic police state seems the model of moderation next to ISIS) presumably want to defend against the danger ISIS represents. We're not great at diplomacy with those nations, either, but we'll have to do better in that area if we want a solution to this mess.
Meanwhile, the FCC will take comments on net neutrality through the end of today; they proposed allowing "tiered service" where big telecom corporations could charge other corporations for faster service, which would essentially crush the small businesses that actually enrich our internet experience -- that's right, Daily Kos, YouTube, and Facebook were all small once, and no big corporation would ever have created them, precisely because they were so disruptive of the status quo. "Tiered service" would also mean a lot more corporate crap content -- more political pundits shouting, more shallow coverage of issues, more oohing and aahing over celebrity misbehavior, since that's the stuff corporations will pay extra to deliver faster, and then they'll let the slow lane rot, where the rest of us will be. Hence CALPIRG helps you tell the FCC, one more time, to preserve net neutrality as we have always understood it to be, and thus let the consumer, not the corporation, pick internet winners and losers. Also, Consumers Union will be rallying today at 12.30 pm EST in Philadelphia (outside Comcast's offices) and New York City (outside Time-Warner's offices); you can find more information about these rallies here.