Giant business corporations buy and destroy newspapers

January 21, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Thomas Jefferson once said that he would rather live in a society with newspapers but no government, rather than a society with government but no newspapers. A robust Democracy ABSOLUTELY REQUIRES a DIVERSE MIX OF VOICES.  But for a number of years an escalating crisis has been interfering with Americans’ need to be well informed.  The U.S. has been experiencing a crisis that destroys our society’s ability to inform itself through honest, diverse journalism. A few giant business corporations have been buying up newspapers, just like they’ve been buying up other businesses — and consolidating economic (and hence political) power […]

Several fresh insights into Trump’s shutdown

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Most Americans oppose Trump’s totally unnecessary shutdown of the federal government.  His reckless, impulsive behavior to follow through on a stupid campaign “talking point” designed to provoke fear and rally support from racists who oppose immigrants never was based on actual information and never had a thoughtful plan for implementation of the wall.  Likewise the actual shutdown was never thought through to anticipate the horrible and cruel consequences.  Like everything else Trump does, it was totally a scam intended to deceive people. Various persons have identified various problems with Trump’s shutdown, but here I’m identifying a few fresh insights that […]

The Trump regime continues its war against science

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The Trump regime (and some other people) are continuing their war against science in many ways.  Many aspects of our lives and our society need solid, honest science in order to understand the world around us and devise smart public policies.  But powerful interests (oil companies, various big businesses, rigid ideologues, religious bigots, and others) vigorously oppose honest science and want to bury the truth so they can impose their narrow, greedy, bigoted and ideological dogma upon us through public policy, even though they are violating human rights, hurting our health, hurting the environment and climate, and causing a wide […]

SIGN UP NOW for 6 workshops on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing, Saturday mornings 10 am in Olympia

January 18, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Yes, YOU can make significant progress on the issues you care about if you gain more insights into Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing. I’m offering my excellent series of 6 workshops on “Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing” on 6 consecutive Saturday mornings (February 9 through March 16) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in one participant’s home at a convenient location about a mile east of downtown Olympia. Please sign up now. Phone me at (360) 491-9093 or e-mail me at glenanderson@integra.net. I am donating my time for FREE and invite voluntary sliding-scale donations to cover the cost of printing the many excellent handouts. […]

I’m building a Big Beautiful Wall around my yard to keep Republicans out!

January 4, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Although Trump claims that immigrants endanger our national security, and that Mexicans are rapists and murderers, the reality is that immigrants commit fewer crimes than Americans who were born here. Ironically, many serious crimes have been committed by Trump himself and by the crooks he has hired to work for his 2016 campaign or in his administration. Many have pled guilty, and many others have been prosecuted and convicted.  Many others are being investigated and will likely be prosecuted and convicted.  In addition, many have broken ethics rules and federal regulations about conflicts of interest, waste of our tax dollars, […]

Our systems are not “broken.” They’re working as intended. They are DELIBERATELY UNFAIR.

January 3, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

People keep saying that our nation’s systems are “broken.”  That is misleading.  They are NOT “broken.”  They are WORKING AS INTENDED!  They are DELIBERATELY UNFAIR! On issue after issue, politicians, mainstream media, and the general public keep saying that our systems are “broken.”  But if you look at how they are actually functioning — WHAT THEY ACTUALLY DO — and WHAT THEY ARE PREVENTING — and WHO HAS THE POWER and WHO BENEFITS from the status quo — you’ll see that these systems are NOT really “broken.”  They are serving the rich and the powerful and preventing the changes that […]

UNDERSTAND and SOLVE the U.S.’s extreme political crisis

January 2, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The U.S. is experiencing the most serious political crisis in our nation’s history. Even during the Civil War, although the slave-owning states tried to break away, the rest of the U.S. still believed in democracy (although even the North did not practice it well enough).  Now Big Money has corrupted elections, and in some states the Republican Party is deliberately preventing some kinds of people from voting, and in some states that party is refusing to respect the voters’ decisions. Political corruption has occurred in some ways over the years, but now the person in the White House is blatantly […]

I-1631 and I-1634 show that we need to “re-frame” the public’s understanding of taxes.

December 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

“Special interests” with their Big Money deceived Washington State’s voters in the November 2018 election to defeat a good initiative that would have helped the climate — and to pass an initiative that protects giant food corporations from local democracy.  Those “special interests” with their Big Money used anti-tax messaging to defeat I-1631 and to pass I-1634. It’s easy for extremely rich funders to buy huge amounts of advertising and propaganda with simplistic “anti-tax” messaging. That message taps into many people’s latent biases, just like nationalistic and racist messages tap into many people’s latent biases. Regarding taxes – like so […]

Trump escalates his war on science and on scientists

December 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Ever since taking office in January 2017, Trump has been making war against truth, including scientific truth and scientists themselves.  He has been following Orwell’s 1984 novel in eliminating truthful information he does not want.  In the book it was destroyed in ways that Orwell could imagine, and now Trump is eliminating truth (including scientific truth) by deleting it from websites and prohibiting Executive Branch professionals from using certain words that Trump does not like. Climate denialism and other phony-baloney nonsense have become orthodox.  Honest professional scientists are censored and demoted and hushed up in other ways. This article from […]

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      

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, […]

How to get the new House majority of Democrats to do good things …

December 16, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The Indivisible movement produced a guide to pushing Democrats in the U.S. House to do good things now that they have a big majority. The Indivisible movement created the Indivisible on Offense Guide ( https://indivisible.org/campaign/indivisible-whats-next?akid=39837.525969.W9lTlS&rd=1&t=11 ) to lead you through some of the new powers of the Democratically-controlled House. Our goal, as Indivisibles, is that we want them to use their power to actively fight for us. Even our friendly Democratic Members of Congress need a nudge from time to time. To make sure they listen and follow through, we need to tell our House members exactly what we expect […]

A psychiatrist thinks we should treat alt-right bigotry like a disease.

December 16, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

This psychiatrist thinks we should treat alt-right bigotry like a disease. There could be a public health solution. He says alt-right bigotry is not technically a discrete medical disease, but that “there are good reasons to treat bigotry as a public health problem.” He says, “some of the approaches we take toward controlling the spread of disease may be applicable to pathological bigotry: for example, by promoting self-awareness of bigotry and its adverse health consequences.” “[W]hat if, in an important sense, bigotry is both virulent and contagious – that is, capable of both causing damage and spreading from person to […]