Rachel, It would be WONDERFUL if you can do a story on (or include to the extent possible as part of any related story) ways in which any concerned and activist minded citizen can influence/stop this "madness" other than through the typical route of contacting one's elected official(s). I'm interested in a comprehensive analysis of the options to act via activist/lobbying groups, grass-roots movements (with potential impact), etc. I do my best to act with integrity and hopefully have some degree of positive and fair influence through all aspects of my life and am a true believer that change happens "naturally and organically" over time. That said, I am growing more concerned by the day and plan on doing nothing less but my best at influencing the flip side of this "madness" as rapidly as possible. Thanks for being such a wonderful and desperately needed intelligent and articulate voice for all of us.