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. […]

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 […]

TV: “Solving Local Environmental Problems”

December 27, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The January 2019 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series (see below for info about watching it through your computer or TCTV channel 22) helps us understand and solve some environmental problems in the Olympia area, especially in the Deschutes River, Capitol Lake, Budd Inlet, Puget Sound, and the surrounding land areas. This program’s scientific insights will also help people elsewhere to understand and solve their local problems.  We clearly explain the science so anyone can understand the problems and the solutions we propose. Two very knowledgeable guests help us explore these problems and solutions: Sue Patnude has a master’s […]

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 […]

This info about renewable energy differs from what I recently posted

December 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

A friend who is a very knowledgeable energy conservation engineer disagreed with what I had posted on Dec. 19, 2018, saying some kinds of renewable energy being NOT really clean, so we need better definitions.  This friend provided different information.  In order to continue informing folks and stimulating better thinking, I am posting some of my friend’s information here. Here is my friend’s rebuttal: We should have a discussion about some of the energy projects in your alarmist and inaccurate energy article from grist.org. For example, it disses manure digesters, which are essential for turning dairy manure into methane which […]

Solid info about WHY nuclear power CANNOT be part of solving the climate crisis

December 20, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The nuclear power industry is trying to fool us into thinking that nuclear power is part of solving the climate crisis. Actually, there are many reasons why nuclear power is NOT a practical remedy. I urge people to read this thorough report produced by a very knowledgeable organization, so we can effectively rebut and debunk the pro-nuclear propaganda that has become very widespread. https://beyondnuclearinternational.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/climate-change-and-why-nuclear-power-cant-fix-it.pdf Nuclear power is intimately related to nuclear weapons.  President Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” program was a civilian propaganda cover to justify and continue providing infrastructure for his rapidly growing nuclear weapons programs.  Many problems link nuclear […]

In January, urge Congress to pass HR 1 to get Big Money out of politics.

December 20, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

You have probably read information supporting HR 1, legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would push Big Money out of politics.  Many non-profit organizations that support democracy and other good things (environment, energy, peace, nuclear weapons, workers’ rights, human rights, the gun lobby, etc.) recognize that BIG MONEY CORRUPTION PREVENTS CONGRESS FROM ACCOMPLISHING WHAT WE WANT IT TO DO. HR 1 is a tremendously positive step forward for ALL of the issues we care about! Public Citizen (www.citizen.org), the non-profit org that Ralph Nader started in 1971, says the following in support of HR 1, and urges people […]

Some so-called “renewable” energy is actually dirty! We need clear definitions and enforcement.

December 19, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

https://grist.org/article/why-we-need-a-better-definition-of-renewable-energy/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=dailyhttps://grist.org/article/why-we-need-a-better-definition-of-renewable-energy/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=dailyAn incinerator in Maryland burns garbage, chicken wastes, etc., and pollutes the air and stinks up the neighborhood, but it gets subsidies from utilities and ratepayers for producing “renewable” energy. These kinds of abuses and subsidies occur in other states too. See this informative article:  https://grist.org/article/renewable-energy-portfolio-standards-maryland-garbage-incineration/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily This interesting short video urges a better definition of what kind of energy is “clean” or “renewable: https://grist.org/article/why-we-need-a-better-definition-of-renewable-energy/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily  

Why the U.S. House must push for VERY BOLD changes, not merely bi-partisan deals

December 19, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

In the November 2018 election American voters gave a STRONG MANDATE for VERY PROGRESSIVE ACTION by the U.S. House.  Our Representatives must deliver!!! Moderates want House Democrats to settle for bi-partisan deals with the Republican-dominated Senate. If the House Democrats do that, they will be rebuffing the voters who gave them a mandate for VERY BOLD changes. They also will FAIL TO IDENTIFY how progressive Democrats are much better than conservative Republicans. Even if the Senate fails to pass VERY BOLD House legislation, the points will be made, and 2020’s voters will see who is really on their side, vs. […]

A local community passed a pro-democracy ordinance and is sued by business corporations for “lost profits.”

December 19, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Local communities in various places (especially in Pennsylvania and Ohio) have been passing “Community Rights Ordinances” to assert local democratic control and protect their local environments.  Some outside businesses react with lawsuits against the local pro-democracy ordinances, and they demand to be paid for “lost profits.” See information about the legal basis for these local efforts to protect local democracy and local environments at www.celdf.org See information about this particular local case at https://celdf.org/grant-township-the-right-to-profit/ My April 2014 TV program explores this exciting opportunity.  That episode’s title is “Strengthen Democracy with a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO).”  Watch the interview and/or read a […]

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

A 15-year-old Swedish girl calls for worldwide climate strike

December 16, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Nations meeting in Poland (and the fossil fuel companies lobbying them) for the COP 24 global climate meeting has failed to take strong action. Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Swede attended the global event and – frustrated that governmental leaders are failing to act responsibly – calls for a worldwide strike to demand serious actions to protect the climate. Read the article – and watch her 1-minute video (in perfect English) at this link: https://www.ecowatch.com/greta-thunberg-climate-strike-2623294546.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=8359602284-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-8359602284-85369701 Recently she was interviewed on Democracy Now!  See this link:  https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/13/you_are_stealing_our_future_greta