Rate of U.S. Gun Deaths Shoots to 22-Year High

December 19, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The Young Turks (www.tyt.com) reported this:   Rate of U.S. Gun Deaths Shoots to 22-Year High It’s not a record to be proud of. The rate of U.S. gun deaths spiked to the highest level since 1996, driven by a steady rise in suicides involving firearms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Guardian reports. Some 39,773 people in the U.S. died at the point of a gun in 2017, according to the CDC’s Wonder database. That’s 12 deaths per 100,000 people, up from 10.1 in 2010 and the highest rate since 1996. Even more shocking, that […]

Some so-called “renewable” energy is actually dirty! We need clear definitions and enforcement.

December 19, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

An incinerator in Maryland burns garbage, chicken wastes, etc., and pollutes the air and stinks up the neighborhood, but it gets subsidies from utilities and ratepayers for producing “renewable” energy. These kinds of abuses and subsidies occur in other states too. See this informative article:  https://grist.org/article/renewable-energy-portfolio-standards-maryland-garbage-incineration/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily This interesting short video urges a better definition of what kind of energy is “clean” or “renewable: https://grist.org/article/why-we-need-a-better-definition-of-renewable-energy/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily  

Why the U.S. House must push for VERY BOLD changes, not merely bi-partisan deals

December 19, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

In the November 2018 election American voters gave a STRONG MANDATE for VERY PROGRESSIVE ACTION by the U.S. House.  Our Representatives must deliver!!! Moderates want House Democrats to settle for bi-partisan deals with the Republican-dominated Senate. If the House Democrats do that, they will be rebuffing the voters who gave them a mandate for VERY BOLD changes. They also will FAIL TO IDENTIFY how progressive Democrats are much better than conservative Republicans. Even if the Senate fails to pass VERY BOLD House legislation, the points will be made, and 2020’s voters will see who is really on their side, vs. […]

A local community passed a pro-democracy ordinance and is sued by business corporations for “lost profits.”

December 19, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Local communities in various places (especially in Pennsylvania and Ohio) have been passing “Community Rights Ordinances” to assert local democratic control and protect their local environments.  Some outside businesses react with lawsuits against the local pro-democracy ordinances, and they demand to be paid for “lost profits.” See information about the legal basis for these local efforts to protect local democracy and local environments at www.celdf.org See information about this particular local case at https://celdf.org/grant-township-the-right-to-profit/ My April 2014 TV program explores this exciting opportunity.  That episode’s title is “Strengthen Democracy with a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO).”  Watch the interview and/or read a […]

Trump’s nominee for Attorney General wants to impose “God’s Law” upon America. That’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

December 18, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Right-wing Americans are whipping up fears that state governments might impose Sharia law upon us, even though that is utterly unrealistic. However, the right-wing Christian equivalent — fundamentalist “God’s Law” is a real and present danger.  Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General — the top law enforcement official in our nation — actually is on record saying he wants to impose “God’s Law” upon our nation.  He is a right-wing Christian fundamentalist.  His proposal is BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  It violates the First Amendment’s absolute requirement that the government and religion remain separate. An excellent non-profit organization, Americans United for the Separation […]

At the United Nations, 181 nations voted to help refugees. Only the U.S. and Hungary voted no.

December 18, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Hungary now suffers under a brutally xenophobic right-wing government.  So does the U.S.  These are the ONLY nations that voted against an effort at the United Nations to help refugees. Under Trump, the USA has become an EXTREMELY CRUEL nation – a “rogue nation” – an outlier — a ROGUE NATION — in a world that has compassion for vulnerable people. This article explains:  https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/17/181-nations-just-voted-help-refugees-only-far-right-united-states-and-hungary-voted?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=181%20Nations%20Just%20Voted%20to%20Help%20Refugees.%20Only%20the%20Far-Right%20United%20States%20and%20Hungary%20Voted%20%22No%22&utm_campaign=These%2016%20Democrats%20About%20to%20Go%20Down%20in%20History%20for%20Helping%20GOP%20Kill%20Internet%20as%20We%20Know%20It%20%7C%20News%20%2526%20Views%20&utm_content=email&utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&cm_mmc=Act-On%20Software-_-email-_-These%2016%20Democrats%20About%20to%20Go%20Down%20in%20History%20for%20Helping%20GOP%20Kill%20Internet%20as%20We%20Know%20It%20%7C%20News%20%2526%20Views%20-_-181%20Nations%20Just%20Voted%20to%20Help%20Refugees.%20Only%20the%20Far-Right%20United%20States%20and%20Hungary%20Voted%20%22No%22      

A new book calls for impeaching Trump

December 18, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

A non-profit organization has published a new book that calls for impeaching Trump.  Its title is The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump.  The non-profit organization is Free Speech for People, www.freespeechforpeople.org Entrenched politicians are failing to protect the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law from Trump’s repeated abuses, so ORDINARY PEOPLE must build a strong GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT to promote impeachment.          

Here are SOLID REASONS to START IMMEDIATELY to impeach Trump

December 18, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Mainstream Democrats want to avoid taking action now, but this article makes a POWERFUL and SMART case for the U.S. House to START IMMEDIATELY to impeach Trump.  Starting impeachment proceedings NOW makes very smart sense. We need a strong GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT to push Congress to IMMEDIATELY start doing what is necessary. https://www.alternet.org/case-immediate-impeachment-proceedings-remove-trump-office?src=newsletter1098801    

Chris Hedges lambastes Trump in our age when the fake, the fraudulent, the fabricated and the theatrical supplant reality.

December 18, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Chris Hedges is one of the savviest, most perceptive, most insightful writers about public affairs.  In mid-December 2018 he wrote the following article, which lambastes Trump in our age when the fake, the fraudulent, the fabricated and the theatrical supplant reality. Trump is a “confidence man” who has lied and cheated all his life.  His ignorance and narcissism endanger our nation.  But many Americans are WILLING TO BE FOOLED while Trump entertains them.  This actually hurts people and it is hurting our nation.  This article is full of information and insights: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/12/17/trump-quintessential-american            

Despite praise for the late George H.W. Bush, he did MANY BAD things.

December 18, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

When the older Bush (George H.W.) died recently, many people were praising him for all sorts of things. Actually, he did MANY BAD things, including using the racist Willie Horton ad during his presidential campaign and starting unnecessary wars and making a lot of money through his business selling military weapons, and on and on. Here are three articles that were excluded from mainstream news media:   His “war for oil” in Iraq — the FIRST Gulf War — was totally unnecessary and extremely cruel.  See this: https://www.alternet.org/george-herbert-walker-bush-and-myth-good-gulf-war?src=newsletter1098436   He really was a WAR CRIMINAL.  See this: https://theintercept.com/2018/12/05/george-h-w-bush-1924-2018-american-war-criminal/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=0c17c70c-da4f-491c-b967-6efd540d1ace   Also, […]

Facts about Pentagon wasting our tax dollars instead of promoting peace and serving the broad public interest

December 17, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Another blog post today provides info that a major portion of the Pentagon failed yet again to pass an independent audit.  Here is some previous information about the Pentagon’s massive accounting fraud: https://www.thenation.com/article/pentagon-audit-budget-fraud/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=0c17c70c-da4f-491c-b967-6efd540d1ace   The U.S.’s post-9/11 wars have cost $5.9 TRILLION, KILLED 240,000 civilians, and DISPLACED 21 MILLION people. After TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS and all that human suffering, the U.S. has NOT won ANY any of those wars!  But Congress refuses to stop those wars. Instead, a congressional commission is urging yet more money for a bloated Pentagon. The author of the article at the following link is William […]

De-militarize the federal budget!! Once again a huge portion of the Pentagon can’t complete an independent audit.

December 17, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

https://www.pogo.org/investigation/2018/10/massive-pentagon-agency-cant-complete-audit-again/?utm_source=weekly-reader&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wr-181215&utm_content=header Decent people must DEMAND that Congress stop throwing more and more money into the Pentagon! The U.S. has many problems that need federal funding, but the Congress prevents solving those problems because Congress siphons off enormous amounts of our tax dollars and gives them to the Pentagon, which CANNOT COMPLETE AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT. The U.S. keeps escalating its unwinnable wars, but – instead of holding the Pentagon accountable for its failures – Congress rewards it with more money. Actually, the Pentagon does NOT want to win those wars, because then its budget – and its political power – would […]

Tell NOAA to Brief Trump about the climate. Use easy words because Trump seems to be only semi-literate.

December 17, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

NOAA is a federal agency that has done great work over the years to research and report on the climate crisis. NOAA has never briefed Trump on the climate crisis, but they should.  Trump does not read. He must be reached face-to-face.  Their briefing should use easy words and visual images, because Trump does not read and seems to be only semi-literate. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION urging NOAA to brief Trump using simple words and visual images: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-noaa-brief-trump-on-climate-change?source=direct_link&  

Create PUBLICLY OWNED BANKS and use them to finance a GREEN NEW DEAL

December 17, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

What a great way to combine two urgently needed remedies: — Publicly owned banks — A Green New Deal Ellen Brown, perhaps our nation’s top expert on publicly owned banks, urges bold progress. Publicly owned banks can be created at the FEDERAL, STATE, and/or LOCAL levels. See information elsewhere about the Green New Deal, a bold plan to create jobs to protect the environment and climate. See information: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/12/17/radical-plan-fund-green-new-deal-just-might-work?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=This%20Radical%20Plan%20to%20Fund%20the%20%5Cu2018Green%20New%20Deal%5Cu2019%20Just%20Might%20Work&utm_campaign=These%2016%20Democrats%20About%20to%20Go%20Down%20in%20History%20for%20Helping%20GOP%20Kill%20Internet%20as%20We%20Know%20It%20%7C%20News%20%2526%20Views%20&utm_content=email&utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&cm_mmc=Act-On%20Software-_-email-_-These%2016%20Democrats%20About%20to%20Go%20Down%20in%20History%20for%20Helping%20GOP%20Kill%20Internet%20as%20We%20Know%20It%20%7C%20News%20%2526%20Views%20-_-This%20Radical%20Plan%20to%20Fund%20the%20%5Cu2018Green%20New%20Deal%5Cu2019%20Just%20Might%20Work

16-year-old girl gets 51 years in prison for self-defense against attempted rapist/murderer

December 17, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Cyntoia Brown, a 16-year-old girl, was afraid that a man who was going to rape her was also going to kill her, so she killed him in self-defense.  See this information: https://www.freedomunited.org/news/calls-for-clemency-as-cyntoia-brown-given-51-years-in-jail/?trk_msg=G3JDM722QIFK56BHJIIIH18Q50&trk_contact=K0U2405KL0NSNF0DMJQ6KVTNEC&trk_sid=7H71ASV2V8BDKPMJ28IG9A6O90&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Calls+for+Clemency+as+Cyntoia+Brown+Given+51+Years+in+Jail&utm_campaign=News+Digest&utm_content=News+Digest_12162018 MORE INFORMATION from a non-profit organization urging Tennessee’s government to grant clemency:: Cyntoia Brown is a girl who our justice system failed. A sex trafficking victim who after days of being abused and drugged by her captors, was sold to a 43 year-old armed child predator. She feared for her life. She defended her life. The system failed to protect her.  Cyntoia Brown has been locked away in […]