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The Eight Stupidest Things About Nuclear Weapons, according to David Swanson

October 2, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Nuclear weapons could easily destroy the world.  All it takes is one reckless person whose finger is on the button — or one computer error — or one misunderstanding or miscalculation — and we’d all be dead. The status quo is NOT smart and is NOT sustainable.  We need smart thinking about nuclear weapons. David Swanson is an expert who is alerting us to what he calls “The Eight Stupidest Things About Nuclear Weapons.”  See this smart article: https://davidswanson.org/the-eight-stupidest-things-about-nuclear-weapons          

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If we want “national security,” we must establish “climate security”

October 2, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

FACT SHEET: No National Security without Climate Security Environmentalists know that EVERYTHING IS INTERCONNECTED.  This is true about public policy issues too. We cannot have “national security” unless we have “climate security,” because climate disruptions makes the U.S. (and the rest of the world) INSECURE and causes global disruptions (environmental catastrophes, massive migrations of climate refugees, etc.) that endanger “national security” and result in escalating military violence. See the FACT SHEET posted below to understand how the U.S. government’s pitifully small spending to protect the climate compares to its enormously gigantically outrageous spending for the military. The National Priorities Project […]

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US Militarism Fuels Domestic Gun Violence

October 2, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Overwhelmingly, the American people want to reduce gun violence.  Smart people urge Congress and state/local governments to pass specific legislation banning assault weapons, requiring background checks, preventing dangerous people from owning guns, and so forth.  All of those are good ideas and necessary. But nearly all people who want to reduce gun violence OVERLOOK “THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM” that persistently REINFORCES AND PROMOTES gun violence:  THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S FOREIGN POLICY AND BUDGET AGGRESSIVELY PROMOTE SHOOTING (and bombing) in THE MISTAKEN ASSUMPTION THAT VIOLENCE SOLVES PROBLEMS. The government SETS A BAD EXAMPLE that ordinary Americans follow when they shoot people […]

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People need “Peace Literacy” so they’ll learn about peace (and practice it), not only about wars

October 2, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Paul K. Chappell grew up in a violent household.  He joined the U.S. Army, graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a Captain.  Then he turned toward peace.  He realized that people need to to become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war.  He created the concept of “Peace Literacy” to help people of all ages and from all backgrounds work toward their full potential and a more peaceful world.  See www.peaceliteracy.org Just like West Point trains soldiers and the Civil Rights Movement has conducted serious training for disciplined nonviolent […]

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Rethinking nuclear security for a world free of nuclear weapons

October 2, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Rethinking nuclear security for a world free of nuclear weapons The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists posted this article by Kennette Benedict on November 2, 2020. https://thebulletin.org/2020/11/rethinking-nuclear-security-for-a-world-free-of-nuclear-weapons/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=MondayNewsletter11022020&utm_content=NuclearRisk_RethinkingSecurity_11022020 The article linked above urges us to think about “human security” and to prioritize democracy and related values.  One short paragraph near the beginning says: “These two approaches—emphasizing human security and democracy—could help shift the frame of reference and provide the basis for a world free of nuclear weapons.” The article mentions the ways the powerful nuclear nations have used technical methods and traditional kinds of negotiating, and it says those are not […]

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“Re-Thinking National Security” — Read my article or click link to watch my worldwide speaking engagement

October 2, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

A participant in the course I co-teach (along with three other members of the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) told the people at a progressive California-based organization that they should invite me to speak about a peace-related topic to their worldwide audience (about 1/3 of the participants in the U.S. and Canada, about 1/3 in Europe, and about 1/3 in Asia, Africa and Latin America).  They invited me to be the featured speaker for today’s worldwide Zoom broadcast.   On March 10, 2021, I delivered a presentation I had recently developed, “Re-Thinking National Security.”  They recorded this Zoom event.  […]

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CIA’s long history of extremely serious abuses

September 28, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

In 1947 President Truman created the Central Intelligence Agency in order to provide HONEST, ACCURATE intelligence about international issues.  He did this because the intelligence agencies that had existed (in the Army, Navy, etc.) provided BIASED information that was largely propaganda serving the selfish interests of those agencies (Army, Navy, etc.).  The new CIA would be HONEST and ACCURATE. Also, the CIA promptly started producing BIASED information that served its own extremist political positions — and the CIA started conducting military activities (e.g., the 1961 Bay of Pigs attack on Cuba) and secret wars in many countries.  The CIA started […]

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Gov. DeSantis’s FEDERAL FELONIES: Kidnapping immigrants + transporting them across state lines

September 27, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Sign the petition: Ron DeSantis must be investigated. You read that right. Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis may have violated federal law by using over $600,000 in taxpayer dollars to lure 50 asylum seekers onto a flight that diverted them from Florida and sent them to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. That’s transporting human beings across state lines under false pretenses. Lawmakers and experts think that DeSantis broke the law. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice cannot stand by and let this continue. The asylum seekers DeSantis deceived were told they would be given housing and jobs. Instead, they […]

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Spending for Military and Nuclear Weapons Makes Poverty Worse — Glen’s October 2022 TV program

September 23, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

The October 2022 program on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series “connects the dots” between poverty in the United States and excessive military spending, including the costs of nuclear weapons: This TV program begins by recognizing the extent of poverty in the United States – the richest nation on earth. Poverty is a serious crisis – and it is getting worse. Next, we recognize how excessively expensive the U.S. military has become. The U.S. spends a gigantic amount on the military – much, much more than is necessary.  Both political parties keep increasing military budgets far, far beyond reason. We spend […]

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U.S. is a “rogue nation” in failing to take humane, ethical actions that other nations have taken

September 13, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

The U.S. is the only (or almost the only) modern industrial nation that fails to help its people and the world in these important ways:   The U.S. health care system keeps ranking LAST among rich nations. The U.S. does not offer paid leave for new mothers, but 186 other nations do. The U.S. has not ratified the Cluster Munitions Treaty. The U.S. is one of only 14 members of the United Nations that have failed to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The U.S. is the only nation in the U.N. that has failed to […]

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Another example of Republican hypocrisy about “Big Government” — Let’s apply their law to them.

September 5, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Republicans used to denounce “Big Government.” Now Republicans want “Big Government” to inspect the private parts of children who want to play sports at school. VOTERS HATE HYPOCRISY! What if we required Republican politicians to apply this law to themselves?  Republican politicians and candidates SAY they are men or women, but how do we know each one is the gender they claim to be?  Let’s require Republican incumbents and candidates to show their private parts to medical professionals who can verify that they are the gender they claim to be. “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.” […]

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U.S. is ALMOST THE ONLY NATION that fails to protect human rights in several ways

September 5, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

The U.S. likes to think that our nation is the world’s leader in human rights, but actually, we are NEARLY THE ONLY NATION that REFUSES to protect human rights in several ways. Page 8 of the Summer 2022 issue of YES! Magazine (www.yesmagazine.org) reported these facts:   The U.S. is one of only 14 members of the United Nations that have FAILED TO RATIFY the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The U.S. is the ONLY NATION in the U.N. that has failed to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  I remember years ago when […]