Why the Pentagon Never Wins Wars Anymore But Needs Bigger and Bigger Nearly Trillion-Dollar Budgets

January 26, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Read Juan Cole’s article in the January 22, 2020, post at Tomdispatch:  https://www.juancole.com/2020/01/pentagon-trillion-budgets.html I have written about this topic before.  For example, see the explicit, informative handout I provided to participants in a workshop I presented to the public in September 2016:  De-Militarize U.S. Foreign Policy — WORKSHOP handout for participants and others I can provide much additional information about the entrenched economic and political powers of the Military-Industrial Complex and the need to CONVERT FROM A PERMANENT WAR ECONOMY TO A PEACE ECONOMY.  I conducted a huge amount of research in 1976-1977 about how military spending actually HURTS THE […]

WOW!!! Here is a link to the U.S.’s SECRET nuclear weapons attack manual “Nuclear Operations, Joint Publication 3-72”

January 26, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

In June 2019 the US Joint Chiefs of Staff published online – and QUICKLY DELETED – its nuclear attack manual titled “Nuclear Operations, Joint Publication 3-72.” It includes very explicit information about actually conducting a nuclear war! Fortunately, an expert from the Federation of Atomic Scientists (www.fas.org) quickly saved a copy before the Pentagon deleted its online presence. HERE IS THE LINK to this secret 60-page document: https://fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp3_72.pdf Near the document’s beginning, the table of contents alerts you to what the document says.  The public is totally ignorant about this, but we must make this a hot political issue.  The […]

Doomsday Clock moves THE CLOSEST EVER to midnight!

January 26, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Now the “Doomsday Clock” has been moved 20 seconds closer to midnight (global destruction).  It was at 2 minutes (the same as in 1953 — the closest it had ever been), but now it is at 100 seconds, EVEN CLOSER THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN! The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (www.thebulletin.org) have said nuclear weapons and the climate crisis have become more dangerous than ever before. Please work with groups on those two existential issues.  They issued these statements: To: Leaders and citizens of the world Re: Closer than ever: It is 100 seconds to midnight Date: January 23, […]

Obama was far too timid for 8 years. His “centrism” hurt the USA and helped to elect Trump.

January 26, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The Democratic Party keeps glorifying Barack Obama and claiming he had a terrific legacy. Actually, Obama governed like a “CENTRIST” REPUBLICAN!  He kept caving in to Republicans.  He failed to take positive actions within his power.  Instead, he promoted War and Wall Street.  Obama was a grossly inadequate president!   When Obama took office in January 2009, Democrats had majorities in both the House and the Senate. He could have done a lot if he had wanted to. The massive support from labor unions and non-profit organizations got him elected. They had some hot priorities. But Obama and the Democrats running […]

A new report highlights 2019’s new trends in criminal justice policies

January 26, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The Sentencing Project is a TRULY EXCELLENT non-profit organization that monitors and analyzes information about criminal justice sentencing — and pushes effectively for progressive reforms.  I donate financial support to them and receive regular news from them.  I hope you will connect too.  See www.sentencingproject.org In 2019 they — and formerly incarcerated activists, lawmakers, and advocates — worked to challenge mass incarceration. They made good progress in 2019, as they have in recent years.  See their new 4-page report, “Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform.” https://www.sentencingproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Top-Trends-in-State-Criminal-Justice-Reform-2019.pdf?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=8251ac2a-bedb-41ec-a088-cc1e529d01e8 It highlights key changes in criminal justice policy achieved in 2019, including these examples: […]

Extremist right-wing militias promote a gun-oriented “civil war” nationwide

January 26, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

See this article from January 2020:  https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/1/19/1912573/-Beyond-Monday-s-gun-laden-march-in-Richmond-militias-plans-for-a-civil-war-look-to-go-national?detail=emaildkre   In October 2019 an article said incivility is pushing the U.S. toward “edge of civil war.”  See this article:  https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/new-civil-war   In October 2019 a prominent right-wing extremist stated, “There Is Going to Be Violence in America” if Trump is removed from office.  Rick Wiles is a hate-monger and anti-Semite who strongly supports Trump — and Trump strongly supports him (even to the point of granting him press credentials for covering the White House, as if Rick Wiles were a legitimate journalist).  See this two-minute video:    https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/rick-wiles-there-is-going-to-be-violence-in-america-if-trump-is-removed-from-office/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=rww&utm_campaign=bestof   In August 2019 […]

SIGN PETITION about Congress members who own stocks in weapons manufacturing vote about war decisions

January 26, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

How corrupt is this? Many members of Congress – those people who make decisions about wars – own stocks in businesses that make military weapons. I signed this petition and hope you will too. The excellent non-profit organization Project on Government Oversight (POGO), www.pogo.org) monitors government corruption.  They sent this e-mail in mid-January 2020: The American people have spent a lot of time talking about our wars with Iraq and Afghanistan—and rightly so. They’ve cost so many lives and trillions of taxpayer dollars. But what would you say if we told you that members of Congress actually stand to profit […]

Universal Single-Payer Health Care — New information!

January 26, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

For a long time the excellent, highly competent statewide organization Health Care for All — Washington (www.healthcareforallwa.org) has been working for Universal Single-Payer health care.  Their quarterly newsletter is an excellent source of information, so I urge everyone to sign up to receive it in the mail.  I also urge people to donate so they can continue publishing, organizing, and lobbying at the State Legislature. Their Winter 2020 newsletter includes some interesting and useful information, which I’m summarizing very briefly here. Seven years ago (Dec. 12, 2012) the United Nations passed a resolution urging all nations to work for universal […]

How could we move our whole society higher on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs?

January 26, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

In 1943 psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote that people have five categories of needs.  Our most basic needs are for our physiological (air, food, etc.), and the next higher category is for our safety (personal security, employment, etc.).  The next step up in the hierarchy is our need for love and belonging (friendship, connections, intimacy, etc.).  Above that is our need for esteem (respect, positive self-image, freedom, etc.), and the highest level of need in Maslow’s hierarchy is the need for self-actualization (becoming the very best person you can be). His theory states that only when a person has sufficiently satisfied […]

“Nuclear Weapons: Updates on the Crisis and Opportunities” — PART 2

January 21, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Nuclear weapons threaten life on earth, but most people have not kept current with the recent frightening changes — or the exciting new opportunities to reduce the danger or even ABOLISH nuclear weapons. Three knowledgeable guests explore the problems and solutions in an interview that you can watch on cable TV in Thurston County WA — and/or watch through this blog.  The blog post also includes a very thorough summary with a huge number of links to more sources of information. The interview’s PART 1 is the DECEMBER 2019 TV program, and its PART 2 is the FEBRUARY 2020 program […]

To reduce gun violence, the U.S. must STOP THE WARS and CREATE A NONVIOLENT FOREIGN POLICY!

January 19, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Overwhelmingly huge percentages of the American people support various proposals for reducing gun violence (background checks, denying guns to domestic violence abusers, banning assault weapons, etc.). Several nationwide, statewide and local groups keep promoting these worthy proposals.  I support them. But they are OVERLOOKING THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM! The U.S.’s VIOLENT, MILITARISTIC FOREIGN POLICY assumes that shooting people solves problems!  Our federal government spends BILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS to promote that mistaken notion.  The federal government SETS A BAD EXAMPLE for ordinary people who follow the government’s bad example that SHOOTING PEOPLE would solve their problems! If the […]

I warned the Democratic Party in 2016 and now again for 2020.

January 19, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Throughout 2016 I kept telling the national Democratic Party and its various front groups that Bernie Sanders was the VERY BEST on the issues, and he RESONATED WITH THE PUBLIC’S DEMAND FOR STRONG PROGRESSIVE CHANGES, and he was INSPIRING NEW PEOPLE TO VOTE, so if Bernie Sanders would become the nominee, he would WIN IN A LANDSLIDE, and he would have long coat-tails that would elect Democrats all the way down the ballot, including Congress and state and local offices. Instead, the national Democratic Party TRAMPLED OVER THE VOTERS’ INTERESTS and crammed Hillary Clinton down our throats, despite the fact […]

Info about Trump’s NAFTA 2.0, the USCMA

January 19, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

In January 2020 Congress passed NAFTA 2.0 (Trump’s USMCA), which increases fossil fuel pollution in Mexico:  https://truthout.org/articles/with-passage-of-nafta-2-0-congress-boosts-fossil-fuel-polluters-in-mexico/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=e5ce0dde-589e-4dd6-a92a-a4dcf710c66f   People who care about the environment and the climate opposed Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 (USMCA), but Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats caved in to Trump and the oil companies.  U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House’s top Democrat, caved in to Trump and moved his trade toward House passage DESPITE its failure to include any of the key changes environmental and climate groups have been demanding over the last year.  Trump’s trade deal does not even mention the climate crisis, let alone do anything […]

We need a constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to vote

January 19, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Many Republican-dominated states and local jurisdictions have been using various ways to reduce the ability of Democratic-leaning demographic groups (minorities, poor people, young people, etc.) to vote. Most Americans do NOT know that there is NO constitutionally protected right to vote! We MUST AMEND THE CONSTITUTION to GUARANTEE the right to vote! See this article: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/01/01/opinion/think-constitution-guarantees-your-right-vote-think-again/?utm_source=Demos&utm_campaign=4e20bed514-EMAIL__2020_01_08_the-WI-voter-purge_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e07d7f6936-4e20bed514-66872317