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 […]
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.
You visited this blog because you care about important issues, such as peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, or ___________. YOU can make MUCH MORE PROGRESS on important issues by strengthening your skills in organizing nonviolent grassroots movements! Let’s set smart goals and devise smart strategies. Let’s reach out to the public more effectively than we have been doing. Let’s devise ways to be more effective in how we nonviolently push the people who have the official power to serve the broad public interest. ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can […]
Here is a list of many coming events and opportunities on a wide variety of in October 2021. I created the attached document today. It informs you about many events and opportunities on a wide variety of issues that are coming up in the next few weeks. Many are online, so people EVERYWHERE can participate. The attached document includes live links to connect you with more information about these events and opportunities. CALENDAR — October 8 2021 and beyond
In the past few years I have posted to my blog’s category about Military Service, Recruitment, the Draft, etc. some news about the danger that the military draft might be expanded to include (and oppress) women equally with men. Instead of copying those links here, you can see those posts at that category of my blog. Here is what’s new now: On September 3, 2021, the Quaker-based lobbying organization “Friends Committee on National Legislation” (www.fcnl.org) reported this: Amendment Approved to Include Women in Draft: The House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment requiring women to register for the draft. […]
The October 2021 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” provides fresh information and insights into some controversies that have confused and misled many Americans about many matters, including our human rights and how our government functions. In a free society, people need to get along with each other – including people whose beliefs differ from each other – and we must protect fairness for all people. This includes the relationships between religious beliefs and governments. During this interview an expert clarifies what religious freedom IS and what it is NOT. We clear up confusion about the centuries-old American principle of “the […]
For many decades, politicians have been telling the American people that the U.S. is the strongest nation on earth — the mighty protector of peace and democracy and human rights and freedom — and that our military is the strongest and most powerful. But we keep losing wars — including our losses to poor nations such as Vietnam and Afghanistan. The U.S. Empire is a sham — a “Potemkin Village” — but despite its gross ineffectiveness, both political parties vigorously fund more military violence. When the U.S. clearly lost its 20-year war in Afghanistan, several savvy persons wrote articles such […]
Here is an appallingly stupid example I had not heard of before. It is yet one more compelling piece of evidence that nuclear power is NOT a “low-carbon” alternative to fossil fuels. Nuclear power is horribly expensive and NOT cost-effective. The article includes much more information that I had not previously known. I encourage people to read this article and share it with people who need to know the hard realities. https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/09/24/the-record-breaking-failures-of-nuclear-power/
When the U.S. was in the process of losing its 20-year war in Afghanistan – one of the poorest nations on earth – I kept thinking of similarities with the U.S.’s ongoing cruelty and violence and war crimes in Vietnam from the 1940s to 1975. (Vietnam also was a very poor nation, but Vietnam’s people defeated the world’s most powerful military decades before Afghanistan did that to the U.S.) Mainstream U.S. news media have a very long record of kowtowing to U.S. foreign policy instead of reporting critical and true information. Most schools’ history classes run behind schedule in the […]
A few days ago I sent this message to Congress about smart ways to deal with the drug problems. We must DE-CRIMINALIZE drug use and use public health strategies to help people. Nixon’s “War on Drugs” was DESIGNED TO BE RACIST AND CRUEL — a way to score political points for DEMONIZING “THE OTHER.” The “War on Drugs” has been going on for HALF A CENTURY. It has NOT solved problems. Instead, it has – Seriously disrupted millions of people’s lives – Broken families apart – Promoted racial injustices – Filled our jails and prisons with people who need […]
The Republican Party used to be positioned at the somewhat conservative end of the mainstream political spectrum. It tended to support business interests while the Democratic Party supported the working class. Both parties wanted government to function. But in recent years — especially with Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, the Tea Party and Trump — the Republican Party has been AGGRESSIVELY DESTROYING the parts of the government that actually helped people and the environment, while AGGRESSIVELY MAKING EVERYTHING WORSE through corruption, cronyism, racism, sexism, and various kinds of oppression and brutality. The Republican Party now actually OPPOSES DEMOCRACY and supported the […]
Betty Bowers publicly stated: “Texas doesn’t have a hotline if you see a man go into a kindergarten with an AR-15, but it does have a hotline if you see a woman go into a Planned Parenthood parking lot with her car.” The Republican-dominated government of Texas does not seem to understand the irony — or appreciate women’s rights.