Here are 5 things you should know.
1. You can download the audio book and text version of George Orwell’s 1984 for free from the Internet Archive.
The news that the iconic dystopian book, 1984, reaching the NY Times bestseller list again, you can get it for free here.
2. Cheques deposited with a mobile app can be re-deposited by someone else if they find them.
You are held responsible if that happens. The actual cheques take precedent over the photos of them taken by your phone via the app.
Make sure you write “void” with a permanent marker across the front after you make your deposit. Bank of America allowed someone to deposit my cheques after I had deposited them. They took the money from my account and will not give it back. The cheques were stolen out of my vehicle.
3. Making comments on federal agency regulation changes (in the USA).
Every time a federal agency makes a change to a regulation, there is a mandatory open comment period. This is for changes made by an agency only (such as the EPA, for example), not congressional action or executive orders.
Proposed actions are listed at www.regulations.gov. Any citizen is welcome to comment, for or against, on any topic of discussion. You may write as much or as little as you would like.
After the comment period closes, all submitted comments are taken under review by the agency and responded to (often in batch responses to similar comments). The response will often feature data that the agency has collected while preparing to issue the proposed rule.
The agency uses the submitted comments to help determine if they should enact the proposed rule change or not, and may publish well-written comments that they leaned on when making the final decision.
Many states also follow this process on their own website.
Given how many rules are changed, big and small, that may impact your life as an American citizen, you should know about your right to voice your opinions on the issues.
4. Who your congressmen/women are and how to reach them.
Regardless of what your political affiliation is, people are elected to voice your opinions and represent your interests as to what our government should or should not be doing. The House of Representatives allows you to look up your representative if you don’t know who it is just by typing in your zip code, and gives you a link to email them as well as a link to their website (which usually includes their mailing address, phone number, fax number, office hours, etc). A similar site exists for your senators (in case you forgot, you have two of these), sorted by state.
On a similar note, if you want to know how your voice has been represented historically by these people, Congress keeps track of bills and who votes how, as well as sites like GovTrack. If you want to reach the people who represent you at the state and local level, usa.gov has you covered with ways to look up and get in touch with them as well.
5. Free Rice, a project by the World Food Program.
This program helps build your vocabulary while donating rice to the hungry. Link to the site. For every vocab question you get correct, it donates 10 grains of rice (from ad revenue).