Do I really want to wade into a battle over words? NPR's Morning Edition purported to have such a battle over the words folks use to describe the Israeli occupation of Palestine -- but the battle was between "settlement" and "neighborhood." I must have missed the part where "settlement" was a bad word, but since Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to use the word "neighborhood," now they can question the friendship of anyone who uses the word "settlement." Needless to say, NPR didn't have anyone on who would call the "neighborhoods" or "settlements" by a more realistic name, like "colonies." Israel is actually breaking international law by colonizing Gaza and the West Bank, because they captured these territories in war -- and if they annexed the land, they'd be breaking international law, too. It really looks as though the "liberal" media plans to forget how unnerved they were earlier this year at Israel's behavior in Palestine. Hence FAIR helps you tell NPR's Morning Edition to include some critics of the Israeli occupation in their little semantic discussions.
Meanwhile, the USDA will soon mull the meaning of another word: "organic." Actually, the specific words they'll mull over are "excluded methods," as in food production methods you can't use and still call your food products "organic." For over two decades the USDA has excluded "(m)ethods used to genetically modify organisms or influents their growth and development by means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes." Sounds fairly all-inclusive, doesn't it? But what if you've grown a product organically from a genetically-modified seed? Then your "organic" food really isn't. And these days food technologies have multiplied, such that you might well find genetically-modified vitamins in otherwise "organic" foods. But it just so happens that the National Organics Standards Board will meet at the end of October to debate this very topic; hence the Organic Consumers Association helps you tell the NOSB to preserve the meaning of the word "organic" by excluding both methods and products of non-organic food production from its definition.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to support the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, then CREDO still helps you do that. America is approximately the last developed nation on Earth that doesn't mandate that employers offer paid sick leave to their workers, and that's not the way I want to celebrate how special and unique America is. The way I want to celebrate it? That when we see something's wrong, we fix it. The paid sick leave movement has made some strides in America these past few years, but aside from the state of California (which passed a paid sick leave law a few weeks ago) these strides have come mostly at the municipal level -- and some states have hurried to pass laws actually restricting localities from passing paid sick leave laws. Which is very conservative of them, isn't it, utterly failing to trust the smallest unit of government to govern best? And those right-wingers who squeal BUT WHATZ ABOUTZ TEH SMALL BIZNIZZIZ!!!! might want to listen to small businesses a little more about paid sick leave.