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 […]

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

TV Programs: PART 2 of “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World”

November 30, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Our nation and world are in a horrible mess.  The December 2018 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series examines how to solve the problems. A person or an entire society has a “worldview” — a way of seeing reality — that strongly directs their behavior and public policy.  The worldview that currently dominates the U.S. government and society has caused escalating greed, corruption, cruelty, oppression, war, and other bad things.  Instead, we need to replace that worldview with its opposite — a worldview that is humane, compassionate, peaceful, fair to everyone, and environmentally sustainable. An unjust society seeks to […]

Labor should stop letting Democrats abuse us. Labor should return to vigorous grassroots organizing.

November 25, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The U.S.’s labor movement is suffering very badly, with a steep decades-long decline in membership and power. This article explains a bold remedy: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21580/forget_elections_labor_needs_to_get_back_to_its_roots?link_id=8&can_id=1d662460c0abb8939c5044c82927552b&source=email-the-illegitimacy-of-the-ruling-class-the-key-to-how-tammy-baldwin-won-re-election&email_referrer=email_458360&email_subject=the-illegitimacy-of-the-ruling-class-how-tammy-baldwin-won-re-election   Here is one excerpt from early in this article: At this point, betting our future on the next brutal mating ritual of Republicans and Democrats is not a bet most workers are willing to take. Since the 1950s, union membership decline has been a straight line downward, regardless of which political party is in power.   Another excerpt: [O]rganized labor has become so marginal Donald Trump has been able to usurp its role as the […]

TV Program: A blistering critique of U.S. politics! PART 1: “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World”

October 30, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

You can watch the November 2018 episode of the TV program for my series “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” through a link on this blog post — or on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County. (See info below.) This is PART 1 of a 2-part topic, “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World.” It focuses mostly on the problems. PART 2, the December 2018 program, will focus more on solutions. SEE THE LINK BELOW for a VERY THOROUGH, BLISTERING CRITIQUE of the worldview that has increasingly dominated U.S. politics. Parts 1 and 2 of this program explains that the […]

Outreach ideas for hard, scary issues

October 30, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

It is hard to inform and mobilize the public about hard, scary issues such as nuclear weapons, the climate crisis, and Trumpism’s escalating fascism. Typically, we throw facts at people, but people too fearful and powerless to open themselves up psychologically to hear those facts, let alone act upon them. The document I wrote and linked below  can help the public empower themselves to work on serious issues, including the hardest and most  frightening issues. In order to really engage the public on these hard and frightening issues, we must deliberately strategize how to address the public’s fears, feelings of […]

More oil trains for the U.S. and Canada, but Trump REDUCES SAFETY protections.

October 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Trump repeatedly shows his UTTER CONTEMPT for the environment and for human beings. Exploding oil trains and public pressure caused Obama to create rules to make oil trains less dangerous.  Now Trump has SCRAPPED those safety rules, sharply increasing the dangers of oil trains to crash and explode. While more oil is being moved by railroads, the Trump regime is rolling back safety regulations.  Expect more oil train derailments, explosions, and so forth.  See information at this link:  https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/10/17/safety-rules-rollback-second-oil-train-boom-rail-industry There is NO LEGITIMATE REASON to deliberately make railroad transportation more dangerous.   Oil trains have derailed and exploded.  Our safety […]

Kick billionaires off welfare!

October 12, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders introduced legislation that deserves our support.  It would require big profitable businesses to EITHER pay their workers a living wage OR pay for the public assistance (welfare, food stamps, public housing, government-funded medical care, etc.) that the employees need. Bernie Sanders named the bill after the richest man in the history of the world, Jeff Bezos (worth $158 BILLION with wealth increasing by $260 MILLION every day).  Sanders calls his bill the  Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS) Act. Jeff Bezos is on welfare!  Ordinary people are subsidizing him by making up the difference […]

To Achieve Social Justice, We Must De-Polarize Our Society

October 7, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Oppressors like to use a “divide-and-conquer” strategy in order to keep the oppressed people from joining together to empower themselves to nonviolently fight against the oppressors. We need to recognize that tactic and refuse to let oppressors polarize us by race or religion or sexual orientation or any other factor. I wrote this article in 2018 and encourage people to read it and use its insights to de-polarize our society so we can join together to work for social justice: De-Polarize    

Nonviolent resistance: Only 3.5% of population — if sustained — can turn things around. See useful links here.

September 22, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Below is a link to an article that contains a wealth of hyperlinks to resources and information on how the use of nonviolent action has historically and currently produced remarkable successes in US history. The author is Erica Chenoweth, the researcher that I told you about who found, in her research, that when 3.5% of a country’s population was engaged in civil resistance to the status quo, all of the campaigns studies at that level of involvement were successful. I recommend you check it out and follow the many useful hyperlinks. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/01/worried-american-democracy-study-activist-techniques?CMP=share_btn_link      

Voters view CORRUPTION as the most important issue. Write letters to editors in Republican communities.

September 9, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Voters are angry! Some issues become more prominent, while others drift downward. Trump has been promoting CORRUPTION throughout his administration, and Republicans have become the party of corruption nationwide.  In order to save our nation, we must alert and mobilize voters to reject the corrupt politicians. Current research shows that CORRUPTION is a MAJOR CONCERN among voters. Now — before the Nov. 6 election — is a good time for people to raise this issue, use the Republicans’ corruption against them, and write letters to editors (especially in communities that could shift from Republican to Democratic). This article provides information: […]

Update on NAFTA (9-6-2018) by Lori Wallach from Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen

September 9, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

NAFTA has been hurting workers and the environment in the U.S., Mexico and Canada since January 1, 1994. It is very unpopular for a variety of reasons.  Trump campaigned against NAFTA.  Now he is renegotiating it — perhaps with Mexico only instead of with all three nations because he has created conflicts with Canada. A number of non-profit organizations have been working hard on issues related to “free trade” during these decades.  One of the best is Public Citizen (www.citizen.org), which Ralph Nader had founded in 1971.  Their top expert on the issue is Lori Wallach.  Here is her article […]

Fresh insights into economic inequality: Challenge the “growth” assumption!

September 9, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

One of the activities of the Institute for Policy Studies (www.ips-dc.org), a multi-issue progressive think tank, is a project that challenges economic inequality. (See www.inequality.org). Their post on September 3, 2018, includes a link to this article: https://inequality.org/great-divide/degrowth-movement-economic-health/ The article offers fresh insights into economics. The article’s headline and sub-head say: The Degrowth Movement Challenges the Conventional Wisdom on Economic Health A coalition of academics and activists are taking on the dogma of growth and calling for a radical reorganization of the economy. I encourage people to read it and use its insights to promote economic justice, social justice, and […]

Teachers’ salaries are lagging behind!

September 9, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The Economic Policy Institute (www.epi.org) reports that teachers’ salaries are lagging behind those of other professionals with comparable education and experience — and that they have declined relative to inflation in recent years.   See their report at this link: https://www.epi.org/publication/teacher-pay-gap-2018/?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=2f87f6f1cc-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_06_03_35&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-2f87f6f1cc-58057581&mc_cid=2f87f6f1cc&mc_eid=95250a4bc6