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 […]

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 […]

Vote for Tye Menser for County Commissioner!!! Stop a right-winger’s lying!!!

October 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Glen Morgan, a notorious right-wing extremist with a long history of lying and abusing democracy mailed some election propaganda to everybody in Thurston County.  DO NOT LET THAT NOTORIOUS LIAR mislead you!!! That right-winger (Glen Morgan) created a PHONY organization that claims to be progressive, but is actually a front that is LYING TO THE PUBLIC in order to defeat a progressive Democrat (Tye Menser) running for Thurston County Commissioner. The propaganda mailing is trying to CONFUSE AND MISLEAD people by urging a write-in campaign for EJ Zita instead of Tye Menser.  If people fall for that lie, that could […]

Thomas Merton’s quotation about the violence in American culture

October 7, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Thomas Merton, the pacifist philosopher, theologian and mystic, wrote this (probably during the 1960s): “The real focus of American violence is in the very culture itself, its mass media, its extreme individualism and competitiveness, its inflated myths of virility and toughness, and its overwhelming preoccupation with the power of nuclear, chemical, bacteriological, and psychological overkill. If we live in what is essentially a culture of overkill, how can we be surprised at finding violence in it? Can we get to the root of the trouble? In my opinion, the best way to do it would have been the classic way […]

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      

Sign petition to stop Arizona from distorting science education in K-12 schools

September 22, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Climate deniers keep trying to chip away at honest science. Now they are trying to mislead students in K-12 schools. The truth of the climate crisis is scientifically proven, but Arizona’s new draft science standards for K-12 students eliminate standards focused on evidence-based climate change. This effort is part of an ongoing attack on the right of students to learn fact-based climate science in school. See more information and sign the petition at this link: https://act.sierraclub.org/actions/ClimateParents?actionId=AR0126535&id=7010Z00000278SpQAI&data=df2b24d2eab0c9ae725e9d80198831b7f5871e8d13fef1c8263bee62b6e32940b1fb8e435c9d740d284892a5c14c9a9c&utm_medium=email&utm_source=sierraclub&utm_campaign=climateparents&utm_content=NATclimatescience  

Trump diverted $10 million from FEMA aid to increase ICE incarceration

September 15, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

In early September 2018 when Hurricane Florence was nearly ready to assault the U.S. East Coast, the Trump regime diverted $10 million from FEMA ‘response and recovery’ to spend on ICE incarceration. See the article at this link:  https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/trump-defunded-10-million-fema-response-recovery-spend-ice-detentions-just-hurricane-season/ Instead of helping people who are suffering, Trump is taking that money away from helping people recover from the climate-related hurricane so he can use that money to add to the suffering of immigrants who are being abused by the federal agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The progressive non-profit organization Moms Rising (www.momsrising.org) invites people to click this link to […]

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 […]

Kavanaugh would make Supreme Court a Republican Party tool

September 6, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The American people need the U.S. Supreme Court to be a neutral, impartial body of legal experts. While Democratic presidents have been nominating such experts to judicial positions on the Supreme Court, Republican presidents have been nominating blatantly partisan Republicans. Brett Kavanaugh would take this to an extreme level.  After the 2000 election Kavanaugh was one of the lawyers for George W. Bush and the Republican Party who forced Florida to stop recounting the ballots.  Al Gore would have won the recount.  Instead, the Republican majority on the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the recount and appointed George W. Bush to […]