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#1:  In the 1940s my Dad built a SOLAR clothes dryer. Mom operated it for decades.

In the 1950s when I was growing up, I remember at home we had a SOLAR and WIND clothes dryer.  It used no fossil fuels and no electricity.

Dad built it in the 1940s.  Mom operated it for decades.

It was called a “clothesline.”  Every home’s back yard had one.  It was an upright metal pole with a smaller horizontal metal crossbar at the top.  30 to 40 feet away was another one with the same design.  Stretched between them were four long metal wires that constituted the clothesline.

People would wash clothes, sheets, towels, etc., in the house and then bring them outside.  Wooden clips (“clothes pins”) would attach the wet clothing to the wires.  Mother Nature’s sunlight and wind would dry them out after a number of hours.  The clean, dry clothing, sheets and towels smelled very good.

We can do this again.  We do not need high-tech gadgets.

 

#2:  Conservatives’ hypocrisy about “choice” regarding masks and abortion:

For decades conservatives have opposed the “pro-choice” position about abortion.  But now they are opposing using masks and vaccines to prevent the spread of COVID by using the “choice” position.  They say, “My body — my choice” even though their contagion is causing other people to get sick and die, so they are NOT really “pro-life” either!

 

#3:  Instead of the fear-mongering, let’s accurately understand the legal and academic concept of “Critical Race Theory.”

Critical Race Theory emerged decades ago as a legal concept with academic roots too.  Lawyers knew they needed to understand how laws actually work in our real-life society.  They kept discovering that racial roots and biases existed and were perverting our legal system from operating fairly.  Critical Race Theory emerged as a sensible way to understand how race actually functions in our nation.

Right-wingers and Republicans perverted it into a gimmick to make white people oppose for racial justice.  Our nation needs to honestly understand the legal and academic concept of Critical Race Theory.  This article explains:

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/civil-rights-reimagining-policing/a-lesson-on-critical-race-theory/

 

#4:  Criminal convictions and sentences cause “collateral damage,” so we must significantly change that system:

Cameron Kimble and Ames Grawert explain how the collateral consequences of criminal convictions illustrate the retributive nature of the U.S. justice system.  We must truly end the U.S.’s mania for mass incarceration in order to stop the cruelty and protect human rights.  We must radically change our criminal justice paradigm away from punishment and retribution and focus instead on restoration.  See this:

https://go.brennancenter.org/e/557782/and-enduring-nature-punishment/579cgm/786759476?h=SZn_Aoca7h2WdBFvv2XAWJTPaGp-NvKcY7cLZ8XS0Wk

 

#5:  International lawyers define “ECOCIDE” and liability under international law:

If adopted, the draft law would mean individuals could be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court for causing “widespread or long-term damage to the environment.”  See this article:  https://www.desmog.com/2021/06/23/ecocide-definition-international-criminal-court/?utm_source=DeSmog%20Weekly%20Newsletter

 

#6:  What if fire departments acted like health insurance companies?

Watch this very short video:  https://twitter.com/i/status/1397611234267181060

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org