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            

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting faster, but COP 24 failed to support strong urgent actions.

December 16, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate.  See this article: https://www.ecowatch.com/greenland-melting-overdrive-2622570930.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=d36449291c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-d36449291c-85369701 And yet the final results from the COP 24 global conference in Poland to implement the Paris climate agreement shows that the nations of the world FAIL TO ADDRESS THE URGENCY of the climate crisis!  See this article: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/15/morally-unacceptable-final-deal-out-cop24-sorely-lacking-urgency-and-action-climate The article at the link above includes this excerpt: Advocates for bold, concrete reforms and directives—outlined in the People’s Demands for Climate Justice—said the required sense of urgency for avoiding the climate catastrophe that the world’s top scientists warn could take hold by 2030, was missing from […]

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 […]

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 […]