Lots of opportunities here to learn and take action: CALENDAR — Late November 2021 and beyond
Guns do NOT keep us safe: Many people believe that they need guns to protect their own safety, their homes, their families. Actually, having a gun in your home is MORE DANGEROUS than not having one! Research has shown that having a firearm in your home DOUBLES THE RISK that you or a family member will die of homicide and TRIPLES THE RISK of suicide. These facts came from www.GVPedia.org, which researches and gathers information and supports evidence-based policies that reduce gun violence. The organization says defensive gun use is actually rare. There are about 2,000 verified defensive gun uses per […]
The December 2021 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” helps people understand how water quality in Puget Sound (and bodies of water elsewhere) has been seriously hurt. We also explain — in easy-to-understand ways — the damage to the the rivers and streams that flow into these salt waters. Besides examining problems we also propose solutions. Glen Anderson interviewed Harry Branch, who has a solid educational background and extensive professional expertise that includes a variety of hands-on experience in fisheries, skippering boats, conducting marine science research, and more. Harry explains the science and the practicalities — and the public policies — […]
The November 2021 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” proposes a bold, new worldwide peace movement – and it will be much more successful if women lead it. The world is stuck in violence, militarism, systemic injustices, and ecocide. The status quo is dominated by top-down systems of war and other kinds of injustices. Wars do not work. Nuclear war could instantly destroy us all. Instead of top-down dysfunction, the world needs a very bold grassroots movement grounded in profound nonviolence. The movement can succeed, especially if women to lead it on behalf of children and all of humanity. Glen interviewed […]
This background helps you understand the controversy: Our nation is suffering from a number of huge problems that need huge solutions. But instead of solving the problems, the right wing and the Republican Party keep promoting fear and hatred and ignorance. They have no practical solutions for the problems, so they want to distract the public and promote cruelty. Recently the right wing and the Republican Party have become obsessed with denouncing Critical Race Theory. Actually, CRT has existed for decades but was not noticed until right-wingers started publicizing it in grossly false ways. Law school professors developed Critical Race […]
Leaders at COP26 are massively killing the Paris Agreement: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/11/12/leaders-cop26-are-massively-killing-paris-agreement-critics-say-talks-drag-past?utm_term=AO&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_content=email&utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email The Young Climate Diplomats Fighting to Save Their Countries: They grew up witnessing damages from climate change in Rwanda and Ethiopia and are calling on wealthy countries to fund adaptation and pay for losses already suffered: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/13112021/young-climate-diplomats-cop26/?utm_source=InsideClimate+News&utm_campaign=d0d82f91ba-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-d0d82f91ba-327502737 In a New Policy Statement, the Nation’s Physicists Toughen Their Stance on Climate Change, Stressing Its Reality and Urgency: The American Physical Society’s new policy is a shift from its 2015 statement, which called the magnitude of future climate impacts “uncertain” and referred to “significant” natural sources of warming: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/11112021/american-physical-society-climate-change-statement/?utm_source=InsideClimate+News&utm_campaign=d0d82f91ba-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-d0d82f91ba-327502737 […]
Greta Thunberg’s powerful 9-minute video in early November 2021 exposes COP26’s hypocrisy. This powerful speech really nails it: WATCH: “It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure.” – Greta Thunberg In another COP26 speech in November 2021, Greta Thunberg accuses world leaders of “pure madness” for climate failures at COP26: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/11/05/greta-thunberg-accuses-world-leaders-pure-madness-climate-failures-cop26 In late September 2021 another global climate strike occurred. This article includes video of Greta Thunberg speaking boldly in Berlin. Click this link to read the article – and when you open this article, click the link to watch Greta Thunberg speak boldly in Berlin: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/09/24/hundreds-thousands-take-streets-worldwide-uproot-system-climate-strikes?utm_term=AO&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_content=email&utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email […]
As soon as the Russian Revolution occurred in 1917, the U.S. treated that nation as an enemy. Although the Soviet Union was an ally with the U.S. in opposing Nazi Germany, when Japan was ready to surrender in 1945, the U.S. unnecessarily dropped two atomic bombs on Japan — partly in order to intimidate the Soviet Union. For many decades from 1945 until the USSR collapsed in 1991, the U.S. kept treating that nation as an enemy with whom we were locked in a Cold War that was ready at any moment to destroy the entire world with nuclear weapons. […]
New polling data were released recently. The public supports the separation of Church and State. See this: https://www.au.org/blogs/pew-poll-churchstate?utm_source=blogdigest&utm_medium=email&emci=2dab0b37-c738-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&emdi=5a76f0cc-8b39-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&ceid=3714577 For more information, see the website of Americans United for the separation of Church and State at www.au.org and their blog, Wall of Separation BLOG You can learn a lot more by watching my October 2021 TV program at this link: https://parallaxperspectives.org/religious-freedom-what-it-is-and-what-it-is-not This link lets you WATCH the interview video and/or READ the thorough summary I typed up about what we said during the interview. Right-wing Christians are pushing state-level policies to erode the separation of Church and State. See […]
CLICK THE HEADLINE BELOW to read the SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDED post from Sept 25 2021, which now includes many new resources: Yes! Nature has legal rights! See this info about the growing movement asserting that rivers, forests, wildlife, etc. have legal rights!
When the Democratic candidate for Virginia’s governorship lost his re-election to a Trump extremists, mainstream media said — as they typically do in such cases — that the Democratic Party needs to become much more conservative. That is a WRONG conclusion to draw from this. The Democratic incumbent was a “CORPORATE” Democrat who was already conservative. His conservative track record as incumbent governor gave no inspiration for people to turn out. Democrats must EARN THE VOTES by promising AND DELIVERING BOLDLY on bold issues. Election results are SYMPTOMS of what is happening — or not happening — at the […]
Government officials SAY nice things about the climate, but they keep failing to take meaningful actions to fix the climate crisis. Also, they try to avoid being held accountable for their negligence. CONSIDER THIS ANALOGY: Someone with a serious addiction to alcohol says he wants to cure his addiction. He says he will reduce his alcohol consumption 20% by the year 2035. He also refuses to be held accountable if he fails to reach that target. This is what most of the politicians in the polluting nations are doing about the climate.