“Universal Single-Payer Health Care Now! Don’t Let this Good Crisis Go to Waste.”

August 29, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

We Need Universal Single-Payer Health Care Now! The September 2020 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” examines our nation’s persistent failure to provide health care for everybody, persistent failure to control costs, and chronic injustices in paying the bills.  The U.S. spends twice as much per capita than other nations do, but many millions of Americans have no health care at all, and Americans’ health outcomes are worse than other nations. Two knowledgeable guests explain the problems in clear, understandable ways – and they propose a smart, cost-effective way to cover everybody with high quality health care at lower cost than […]

“Let’s Boldly Create the Future We Really Want”

August 29, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The June 2020 TV program for the “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series addresses the serious problems that we are experiencing and encourages people to boldly envision solutions. People know the status quo is bad – and they want to solve the problems. But nearly everybody is bogged down in feeling powerless.  They don’t feel empowered to solve the problems, and they don’t know how to proceed. This TV program — and the transcript I have posted at this link,  2020.06 BOLD FUTURE — TRANSCRIPT with MORE INFORMATION and RESOURCES — start by confronting the serious problems in our world, our nation, […]

Trump is manipulating the 2020 Census AGAIN for his political purposes

August 25, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Several times I have posted information to this blog about Trump’s cruel, racist, partisan manipulation of the 2020 Census.  Now he is doing it again in a different way. See background here in this post from July 30, 2020:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/trumps-latest-scheme-to-use-the-2020-census-to-hurt-immigrants-and-democrats See this NEWER INFORMATION: In early August 2020 the Coalition on Human Needs (www.chn.org) reported this: The Trump administration is planning to end the constitutionally required U.S. Census before it is even completed. Missing children and vulnerable people throughout our country would have a devastating two-fold effect for the next decade: cutting funding for a wide range of programs that have […]

Urge Congress to PASS GOOD legislation and DEFEAT BAD legislation about NUCLEAR WEAPONS

August 16, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Most Americans do not pay attention to what Congress is doing about nuclear weapons.  Congress funds horrible weapons, but a few members of Congress do introduce good legislation to restrain the nuclear arms race.  I produced this document with information about GOOD BILLS TO SUPPORT — and BAD BILLS TO DEFEAT. See this: Federal legislation and policies to SUPPORT or OPPOSE Please contact your members of Congress (House and Senate) to urge appropriate actions. Thanks!                    

Sign up now for October’s fascinating 4-session course on nuclear weapons

August 15, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has successfully conducted its powerfully informative — and downright fascinating — 4-session course titled “Nuclear Weapons Nowadays:  What You Can Know and Do.”  After having satisfied the participants in each of the several times we have conducted the course, we are INVITING YOU TO SIGN UP NOW for our next course in October. You may choose either 4 Tuesdays starting October 6 (5:00-7:00 pm Pacific Time) or 4 Saturdays starting October 10 (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon).  The contents are the same so if you have to miss one week’s course, you may […]

Info about Hiroshima (Aug. 6) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9)

August 4, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S.’s atomic bombing of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9). Many peace organizations have planned activities to help us remember and to say NEVER AGAIN.   Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND, www.wand.org) and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF, www.wilpf.org) and other groups are live-streaming activities throughout both of those days.  See the full schedule and register here:  https://www.hiroshimanagasaki75.org/events   Some of the survivors (Hibakusha) wrote a statement and encourage people to sign on to it.  Here is their statement: “The two atomic bombs dropped on August 6 […]

More evidence of Trump’s HORRIBLE INCOMPETENCE AND MISMANAGEMENT of the pandemic

August 4, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Trump’s mismanagement of COVID-19 led to more than one million new cases in 15 days in late July 2020.  SEE THIS: https://www.pfaw.org/blog-posts/falsehoods-and-failures-trump-during-covid-19-july-24?utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl&utm_campaign=july2020   MOST of the Americans who died in the pandemic died BECAUSE OF TRUMP.  See www.TrumpDeathClock.com A competent estimate in July 2020 was that 87,655 Americans died from COVID-19 because of Trump’s failure to act effectively. Also, see this:  In January 2020, the Trump administration was advised that immediate action was required to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, “there was a lot of pushback” to this advice. President Trump declined to act until March […]

Call COVID-19 the “TrumpVirus” because his incompetence and cruelty made U.S. #1 in infections and deaths.

August 4, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Trump refuses to take responsibility for any of his many horrible decisions and failures.  He blames the Coronavirus on Chinese people, Democratic governors, the news media, and so forth, but he refuses to admit that Trump’s own stupidity, ego, incompetence, mismanagement made the crisis much, much worse than it would have been if we had a competent president. When he took power in January 2017 the Executive Branch agencies included two offices that were responsible for watching out for pandemics and planning in advance how to effectively manage pandemics in case they emerge.  Trump ABOLISHED those, so he PREVENTED our […]

Trump is HORRIBLY INCOMPETENT in dealing with other nations

July 31, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

During the 2016 campaign (and ever since then) Trump kept promoting himself as an extremely smart business person who was skilled at making deals and interacting effectively with other nations.  ALL OF THAT IS THE OPPOSITE of what he has done since taking office in January 2017.   Trump’s record on foreign policy: Lost wars, new conflicts and broken promises: Building a new anti-war movement that is connected to the domestic anti-police struggle is the only thing that can rein in U.S. militarism. https://www.nationofchange.org/2020/07/02/trumps-record-on-foreign-policy-lost-wars-new-conflicts-and-broken-promises/   Trump is utterly INCOMPETENT in foreign policy and ABUSES WOMEN who lead other nations: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/6/29/1956980/-CNN-sources-Trump-s-calls-with-women-foreign-leaders-have-been-near-sadistic?detail=emaildkre […]

Two great short video parody songs lambaste Trump

July 31, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

One of the most effective ways to deflate egotistical tyrants is to RIDICULE them! The first one of these short anti-Trump parody songs is AMAZINGLY GOOD. The second one also is worth watching – especially if you like Randy Rainbow’s parody songs about Trump.   “Crime after Crime” parody: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=trump+true+colors&docid=608022675720765869&mid=9CF7BE242AE8EC30D1C89CF7BE242AE8EC30D1C8&view=detail&FORM=VIRE   Randy Rainbow’s video: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+trump+parody+songs&docid=607991545880645158&mid=98BD5062A579455ECFCE98BD5062A579455ECFCE&view=detail&FORM=VIRE            

Let’s use HUMOR and SATIRE for political purposes!

July 31, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

One smart way to deflate the egos of egocentric persons and entities is to RIDICULE them with humor and satire. In our current crisis — actually our MULTIPLE CRISES — we have many opportunities to disempower them through humor and satire. Watch this short video, which encourages this: https://trlib.kanopy.com/video/send-clowns-humor-weapon      

Here is what the Confederate flag, Confederate statues, etc., REALLY mean

July 30, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

For decades it has been VERY COMMON for people to wave the Confederate flag, attach bumper stickers with its image, etc., and to celebrate it as “heritage” but denying what it really means. Trump has even threatened to veto the entire military budget if it included an amendment to change the names of military bases that have been named after Confederate leaders. A century and a half ago — in the early 1860s — slavery divided our nation so extremely that the Southern states actually REBELLED against the United States and SECEDED FROM THE UNION and actually DECLARED WAR AGAINST […]

U.S. House OVERWHELMINGLY voted NOT to move Pentagon money to better purposes.

July 30, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

On July 21, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 324 to 93 (with 13 not voting) to DEFEAT a proposal to move a mere 10% of military spending to human, environmental, and health needs.  Here are the lists of 93 YEA and 324 NAY votes:  http://clerk.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.asp?year=2020&rollnumber=148  It’s rare for our local Representative Denny Heck (WA 10th Cong.Dist.) to vote correctly on such an issue, but in this case he was one of the 93 who voted to cut the Pentagon’s budget. MOST Democrats joined ALL Republicans (except for 13 Republicans who did not vote) in defeating this sensible proposal. NEITHER […]

My personal experience with military draft and my religious basis for Conscientious Objection

July 30, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Since the 1960s I have devoted all of my adult life to working for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and related issues.  Sometimes people ask me how I started in this.  Here is a bit of information about my spiritual and ethical grounding for peace. I grew up in a mainstream Lutheran church.  Although it taught the usual middle-of-the-road theology, I recognized that underneath was the very radical message of Jesus and his early followers.  Jesus and his early followers were promoting a new society that would be radically nonviolent, radically inclusive, and radically egalitarian.  Mainstream theology missed this larger, more […]