Media bias continues to support Republicans and hurt Democrats

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Decades ago, Republicans and other conservatives created the myth of the “liberal news media.”  They kept harping on alleged “liberal” bias by newspapers and broadcasters.  This was their strategy to bully journalists and news media companies and push them farther toward the conservative and Republican orientation.  And it worked!  News coverage has significantly shifted in that direction. But actually, mainstream news media are OWNED BY GIANT CAPITALISTIC BUSINESS CORPORATIONS, and even NPR and public TV get significant funding from capitalist businesses, so they reflect that bias too.  They reflect the same kinds of biases that capitalist-owned media promote. Major newspapers […]

Do NOT wait for Mueller’s report. IMPEACH Trump for MANY MORE REASONS!

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The Mueller investigation is focusing on only a very narrow range of Trump’s crimes (the Russia-related ones). Trump has committed MANY MORE crimes of MANY DIFFERENT kinds. And Trump has VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION in MANY ways. All of those are IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES. When Democrats tell us that they won’t start impeachment proceedings because they are waiting for the Mueller report, THEY ARE DELIBERATELY REFUSING TO ACT RESPONSIBLY.  Every member of Congress took an oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.  THEY ARE LEGALLY AND MORALLY RESPONSIBLE TO PROTECT CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT FROM TRUMP’S ABUSES, so THEY THEMSELVES are […]

Several fresh insights into Trump’s shutdown

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Most Americans oppose Trump’s totally unnecessary shutdown of the federal government.  His reckless, impulsive behavior to follow through on a stupid campaign “talking point” designed to provoke fear and rally support from racists who oppose immigrants never was based on actual information and never had a thoughtful plan for implementation of the wall.  Likewise the actual shutdown was never thought through to anticipate the horrible and cruel consequences.  Like everything else Trump does, it was totally a scam intended to deceive people. Various persons have identified various problems with Trump’s shutdown, but here I’m identifying a few fresh insights that […]

Significantly raise rich people’s taxes!

January 20, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

In the 1950s under Republican President Eisenhower, the U.S. had a tax rate of 93% for the richest people, and we enjoyed great prosperity. Over the years Republicans and Democrats alike have been cutting taxes so rich people and giant corporations are now paying far less than they used to — and far less than they should. “Trickle-down” has been proven NOT to work.  The rich keep getting richer.  Everybody else suffers by having to pick up the slack, and also by suffering grossly underfunded governmental services.  This is true at federal, state and local levels. Rich people and businesses […]

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. […]

Beyond reforms, we must demand the ABOLITION of nuclear weapons!

January 18, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The peace movement and other people working against nuclear weapons are FAR TOO TIMID in how we work on nuclear weapons.  In order to make progress we must demand the ABOLITION of nuclear weapons, not merely seek reforms and limitations. We have identified and worked for many reforms and limitations, such as: A “No First Use” policy to prevent the U.S. from starting a nuclear war Taking away the president’s sole authority to launch without a congressional declaration of war (except in retaliation) Preventing the total rebuild of all nuclear weapons, which Obama authorized and Trump is pursuing too Preventing […]

Here is a strategically smart way toward abolishing nuclear weapons and converting to a peaceful foreign policy.

January 5, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Please see the one-page document I wrote at the link below. Nuclear weapons persist after 70+ years because they are rooted in the same deep-seated problems that plague U.S. foreign policy overall. In order to abolish nuclear weapons, we must see the deeply entrenched problems that have propped up nuclear weapons – and also propped up U.S. foreign policy overall. For that purpose, I created the attached document that could guide a group discussion (or even individual thoughtfulness) toward devising strategically smart ways to move toward peace. I’d be happy to facilitate a discussion in order to help the Olympia […]

I’m building a Big Beautiful Wall around my yard to keep Republicans out!

January 4, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Although Trump claims that immigrants endanger our national security, and that Mexicans are rapists and murderers, the reality is that immigrants commit fewer crimes than Americans who were born here. Ironically, many serious crimes have been committed by Trump himself and by the crooks he has hired to work for his 2016 campaign or in his administration. Many have pled guilty, and many others have been prosecuted and convicted.  Many others are being investigated and will likely be prosecuted and convicted.  In addition, many have broken ethics rules and federal regulations about conflicts of interest, waste of our tax dollars, […]

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 […]

Trump can launch nuclear weapons whenever he wants — with or without Mattis. URGE CONGRESS TO FIX THAT!!!!

December 23, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Washington DC’s foreign policy establishment is upset that Trump’s Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis resigned.  Those folks felt that Mattis was the only “adult” restraining Trump from reckless actions against other nations, such as launching nuclear weapons in a “first-strike.” This article by experts Bruce Blair and Jon Wolfsthal says that no Secretary of Defense can stop an impulsive President:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/12/23/trump-can-launch-nuclear-weapons-whenever-he-wants-with-or-without-mattis/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e6c3e579e590&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1 James “Mad Dog” Mattis is an EXTREME HAWK who has said that he enjoys killing people in war. He is the kind of extremist that Trump kept appointing to powerful positions. Yet this war-hungry extremist was considered […]

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 […]

Rescue U.S. foreign policy from ALL hawks including Trump

December 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

News coverage about General Mattis’s resignation as Secretary of Defense is surreal. They keep saying that Mattis was a stabilizing “adult” in Trump’s regime. But Mattis is an EXTREME HAWK known as “Mad Dog.”  He resigned because Trump decided to remove U.S. troops from Syria and to reduce U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  Those are small steps in the right direction.  Trump is no dove, but these modest steps reduce the reckless hawkishness in U.S. foreign policy. When Mattis resigns over those modest steps – and when mainstream media and bi-partisan members of Congress support Mattis’s extreme hawkishness instead of Trump’s […]

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 […]