Affordable Housing: Facts vs. Myths about the “Missing Middle”

March 29, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The April 2020 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives TV program helps the public understand the serious shortage of housing that is truly affordable for people who are not rich.  Local governments in Olympia and elsewhere want to solve the problem, but they have misdiagnosed the problem, so they have proposed the wrong solutions, such as the so-called “Missing Middle.” This interview and the compelling graphs we show help you understand the real reasons for the problem – and why the “Missing Middle” would NOT solve the problems. We need better solutions. For background Glen encouraged people to watch his March […]

ONE BATCH of new information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Trump’s grossly inadequate response

March 7, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Cronyism and Conflicts of Interest in Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force: https://theintercept.com/2020/02/29/cronyism-and-conflicts-of-interest-in-trumps-coronavirus-task-force/?utm_source=The+Intercept+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4e4f8d3913-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e00a5122d3-4e4f8d3913-132037737   Trump escalates his war against science while the Coronavirus pandemic spreads https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2020/03/the-trump-administration-is-enshrining-its-anti-science-policy-in-the-midst-of-an-epidemic/?utm_source=mj-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=political-mojo-2020-03-06   Here Are 17 Ways the Trump Administration Bungled Its Coronavirus Response.  (This list does not include Donald Trump Jr.’s utterly false and reckless claim that Democrats wanted the virus to spread and kill Americans.)  This article really is a damning indictment of HORRIBLE INCOMPETENCE! https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/03/here-are-17-ways-the-trump-administration-bungled-its-coronavirus-response/?utm_source=mj-newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=political-mojo-2020-03-06   Trump is undermining the U.S.’s response to Coronavirus: https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/how-trump-undermining-us-response-coronavirus   TWO articles about Trump’s utterly dangerous incompetence about Coronavirus: https://a.msn.com/r/2/BB10MMRK?m=en-us&referrerID=InAppShare https://a.msn.com/r/2/BB10NJK5?m=en-us&referrerID=InAppShare   VIDEO info about Coronavirus and Trump starts […]

Republicans’ policies make Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread more — and make people die from it

March 7, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

I’ve been studying the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in detail.  I’ve posted some information to this blog, and I will post more. Our nation needs to take smart actions, but Republicans’ policies are actually SPREADING the pandemic further and MAKING PEOPLE DIE from it. Here — briefly — are FOUR EXAMPLES: 1.  It is highly contagious, so when people have symptoms they should STAY HOME FROM WORK.  However, Republicans keep opposing legislation that would require employers to grant PAID SICK LEAVE from jobs, so people working at low-wage jobs without decent benefits GO TO WORK EVEN WHILE THEY ARE SICK AND […]

Actual National Security Budget Is Nearly Twice as Much as Announced Budget!

March 5, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The informative article at the link below exposes the many “national security” budget items that are in addition to the Pentagon’s “base budget.” For example, nuclear weapons ($27.6 BILLION) are in the Dept. of Energy’s budget. This article provides information that almost no Americans know or understand. We need to blow the whistle on this recklessness. https://truthout.org/articles/actual-national-security-budget-is-nearly-twice-as-much-as-announced-budget/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=aad5019f-a94e-4fc0-bbe3-5b63a61832e8  

More experts and organizations are urging pension funds and other entities to DIVEST from fossil fuels.

March 5, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

People USED TO THINK that investing in coal and oil companies would be safe investments.  Now THE OPPOSITE is true!  The climate crisis and the rapid transition from fossil fuels to green energy has changed everything — except some people’s thinking.   The climate advocacy group 350 Seattle (www.350seattle.org) has begun organizing vigorously for divestment from fossil fuels.  Recently they wrote this: Over 1100 institutions. More than $14 trillion. Fossil fuel divestment is, by far, the largest divestment movement in history — and yet Washington State remains deeply invested in the Exxons, Chevrons, and BPs of the world. Can you […]

Momentum is growing to push pension funds, etc., to DIVEST from fossil fuels

March 5, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

I am seeing MANY non-profit organizations urging state governments’ pension funds and other entities (colleges, religious bodies, investment companies, etc.) to DIVEST from — SELL ALL of — their investments in fossil fuel companies. MOMENTUM IS ON OUR SIDE! Let’s increase the number of persons learning about the movement!  Let’s recruit some additional persons to testify to an upcoming meeting of the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB), the small state agencies that manages the pension funds for state and local government employees and retirees.  We have been testifying to WSIB’s meetings off and on since April 2014.  They listen politely […]

Insights into the 2020 presidential election

March 5, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Since the 1970s political and economic decisions have been hurting ordinary people’s economics and transferring their incomes and wealth to big businesses and extremely rich people. Ordinary people – voters – are angry about what they have been suffering. Many of President Bill Clinton’s policies had already showed his utter subservience to those economic elites, and Hillary was cashing in and perpetuating that cozy subservience by raking in millions of dollars for speaking to groups of elite bankers and Wall Street wheeler-dealers. Both Bill and Hillary did many things that hurt ordinary people and the labor movement. In 2016 many […]

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

February 21, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The June 2020 episode of my TV series “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” is already on my blog, and is watchable at any time from now into the distant future.  You may also read the transcript, which ends with many links to additional sources of information.  (SEE BELOW) It will air on Thurston Community Television’s channel 22 for cable TV subscribers in Thurston County WA three times a week throughout June 2020:  every Monday at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday at 9:00 pm. This TV program and the transcript start by confronting the serious problems in our […]

Economic sanctions are NOT an alternative to war: Economic warfare hurts innocent people in Iran and beyond.

February 8, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Economic sanctions are NOT an alternative to war.  They are a different kind of war.  Economic warfare hurts innocent people in Iran and beyond. See this article:  https://prospect.org/world/iran-us-sanctions-not-an-alternative-to-war/?emci=579268f9-3348-ea11-a1cc-00155d03b1e8&emdi=58f46a98-3548-ea11-a1cc-00155d03b1e8&ceid=1152075 Also, see this article I wrote in mid-2019 that makes a similar case against economic sanctions:  Economic sanctions are bullying without bombing or sending troops    

Green New Deal: Excellent information and resources

February 7, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The Green New Deal is a TRULY AMAZING AND WONDERFUL “win-win-win-win” for the climate, for jobs, for local communities, for the next generation, for social & economic justice, and more!   Bernie Sanders’ Green New Deal proposal is hugely important!  It is a good step toward international climate justice.  SEE THESE: https://www.actionaidusa.org/blog/sanders-green-new-deal-plan-a-good-step-towards-international-climate-justice/?utm_source=action&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=climatemonth&utm_content=sandersGND https://www.juancole.com/2019/08/sanders-manhattan-changing.html   The Green New Deal would create many jobs. Let’s do it now!  SEE THIS: https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/green-new-deal-could-create-lots-great-jobs-so-why-all-hate?utm_source=advocacy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=general&utm_content=realitynow-email-7-a&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT1dOalpEbGxNMlF3WkRNMCIsInQiOiJrS3RhYU9qZVNiYTZidzNTRkNMNlA3TDhqVENKTGVHZlVMZEFCXC91R2E4WHRTSlZyeTRJSXRSNXdRZ0h3NTV4djZPMlM5Tyt6Q2cxT05cLzBmR3NwRWNWVlpIejNaWWI3dGxIMnBsbnpPWk5LQURLY0ZXRmd1aGpEQjBDdlRlQ1VDUkZQSGVVaDJ3UjN5Y3ZuK3I3RVg0Zz09In0%3D   Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin say a Green New Deal is necessary if we want a future.  SEE THIS: https://www.ecowatch.com/chomsky-pollin-climate-change-interview-2640451773.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=fb232e6e0f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-fb232e6e0f-85369701   See and share this informative, supportive link: www.prospect.org/greennewdeal   […]

Presidential candidates AND members of Congress MUST take the climate crisis seriously!

February 7, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Elected officials and candidates like to create the image that they care about important issues (such as the climate crisis), but many of them are NOT SINCERE and are “slippery” and have conflicts of interest.  Voters and the media MUST HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.     A great many of the persons Trump has appointed to positions of enormous power over the environment, energy, etc., have very severe conflicts of interest.  I will post a different item to my blog with examples of those horrible corruptions of our government.     Members of Congress own up to $93 MILLION in fossil […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]