Word on the street is that Sen. Thune (R-SD) and Rep. Upton (R-MI) will propose a net neutrality "solution" of their own, and both houses of Congress will start debate on it today -- which you'd find puzzling, if, like me, you've searched congress.gov and found no net-neutrality bills proposed by either Messrs. Upton or Thune. But if you read the Upton/Thune op-ed about their proposals, the fog begins to lift: Messrs. Upton and Thune say they'll ban blocking, throttling, and "tiered service," but why not present proof in the form of a bill available to the people to read? And their own words damn them elsewhere: they call Title II "an antiquated legal framework" without explaining why it's antiquated, refer to "the unique challenges...mobile carriers face" without describing any of those "challenges," and resort to booga-booga about "years of litigation" and "even more uncertainty for consumers and job creators" when consumers have already spoken with certainty about their will and the big telecoms (I suppose that whom they mean by "job creators") haven't slowed their infrastructure investments. Hence Free Press helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject the Upton/Thune "net neutrality" bill.
Meanwhile, CREDO helps you tell the Princeton Review to collect and make public data on sexual assault at colleges. Why? So prospective students can rate colleges better, that's why -- the best science department in the world doesn't matter if the college is going to hang you out to dry when you get raped. Roughly one in five women get sexually assaulted on college campuses these days, and you have no need to listen to the folks who say that college kids are so hopped up on their hormones and their freedom that consent is so fluid a matter for them -- as the old slogan says, no means no, even if you really, really want that no to mean yes. And folks should not be terribly worried that the Review would collect all this information through surveys, because they collect all the other information folks trust -- information about class size, fire safety, even the quality of food in the cafeteria -- through surveys. And finally, those who think survey questions about rape on campus are "inherently untrustworthy" because of TEH EMOSHUNZ!!!!! might as well give up on civilization ever accomplishing anything worthwhile, if we can't train people to see through self-serving answers on surveys.
Finally, Friends of the Earth helps you tell Congress to repeal fossil fuel corporation tax breaks. In 2014, fossil fuel corporations spent over $80 million on elections (well, $80 million that we know of), and for that they'll continue to get nearly $10 billion annually in tax breaks that established industries don't need. And check out this handy website which instructs us what we could be getting for all that money we waste on welfare handouts for oil and gas corporations. It really is instructive -- you find that handouts for corporations are very, very expensive, but giving good citizens a hand up, in the form of (for example) subsidizing children's health insurance or hiring more food inspectors, is actually rather cheap. Don't be the one who says ZOMG OIL COMPANIEZ ONLY MAKES TEH SEVEN CENTZ PER TEH GALLUNZ!!!!, because that's like saying CEOs making $20 million annually annually are underpaid since that's only about $3 for every breath they draw. And if you're the one who says well, $10 billion isn't that much money in the context of the $4 trillion budget, then you'd best not be the one who argued for zeroing out NPR (cost $350 million) in the name of fiscal responsibility.