Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Danny Davis (D-IL) have called for an end to the blockade of Gaza, and Just Foreign Policy joins with MoveOn to help you ask your House Reps to do the same. Israel took justly-earned hits for its behavior in Palestine just a few months ago, but you know how the news cycle is in America. Nonetheless, Israeli and Palestinian officials plan to resume talks concerning Gaza by the end of this month, and Hamas (which has ruled Gaza since 2007) has conceded control of Gaza crossings to the Palestinian National Authority, and several European nations have expressed a desire to monitor those crossings -- but before they do that, they want the blockade lifted. Lifting the blockade would allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, and would allow its citizens to move around somewhat -- because people clamped down as the Palestinians are will always fight and will always rebel -- and threaten the safety of good Israelis, who know even better than I do that 50 years of war-making-for-peace is well past the definition of insanity.
Meanwhile, University of Wisconsin scientists are apparently planning some cruel and unusual punishment for baby rhesus monkeys -- for science! They plan to take the newborn monkeys away from their mothers and put them in a form of solitary confinement, then make the monkeys even more anxious by (among other things) putting snakes in there with them. Then they're going to kill the monkeys before they turn two and dissect their brains. Gosh, I wonder what they'll find? That when you torture helpless creatures, their brains don't develop right? It sure is a good thing we have people like that around to tell us what's plainly in front of our face. Perhaps these folks think they'll develop some sort of drug that can counteract the effects of torture, but I think a better prescription would be to not torture. Hence Change.org helps you tell the University of Wisconsin to abandon its cruel "experiment" on rhesus monkeys. I won't defend just any attempt at "science" because right-wingers hate science. Haters gonna hate, and haters don't dictate the agenda around here.