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How to use humor to help the climate (and other scary issues, such as nuclear weapons, etc.)

September 27, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

This article is about how we can educate people about the climate by using humor – helping people laugh first – before the educational part comes out. I have long been urging us to use humor to educate people about hard, scary issues such as nuclear weapons, dangerous right-wing politicians, etc.  This article’s focus on the climate is applicable to other hard, scary issues: https://grist.org/fix/arts-culture/humor-comedy-engages-people-climate-science/   Here is a GREAT EXAMPLE of how to use humor in our outreach: This movie satirized the Cold War. During the workshops I conduct to strengthen people’s skills in organizing grassroots movements, I encourage […]

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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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Here is a GREAT EXAMPLE of how to use humor in our outreach: This movie satirized the Cold War.

July 1, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

During the workshops I conduct to strengthen people’s skills in organizing grassroots movements, I encourage the participants to use humor, wit and satire in raising issues.  Even hard, scary issues such as nuclear weapons can be approached.  When people are laughing, their defenses are lowered, so they can see things in fresh ways.   You can watch for FREE the movie I linked here.  It came out in 1966, during the height of the Cold War.  It pointed out – in very funny ways – the ridiculousness of some people’s fears, and also the humanity of Russian submariners.   I […]

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Let’s use this clever strategy to oppose the housing development at the Sundberg Gravel Pit site.

May 22, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

We keep seeing new housing developments named after the environmental reality that had been existing at that site before the housing development was built.  So, for example, a forest of cedar trees is clear-cut and replaced by a housing development called “Cedar Park.”  This happens a lot. So, we can use that strategy to oppose the housing development that is planned for the NW Olympia location where the Sundberg Gravel Pit, a Weyerhaeuser log yard, and a toxic waste site have existed.  Let’s start now to publicly – and repeatedly – refer to the proposed housing development as “Toxic Waste […]

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Let’s use more HUMOR in our political organizing! It’s a creative way to overcome people’s barriers to fresh ideas!

December 14, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

All of our progressive movements (for peace, the environment and climate, for human rights and social justice, etc., etc., etc.) need smart ways to reach out to other people with messages that they will be able to hear and understand. Creativity, the arts, and humor can be more powerful than hard logic and facts, because they go over and around and under the barriers that prevent some people from hearing and absorbing new ideas. Here are some examples and resources:   Watch this excellent 7-minute video: Why it is best to listen to political satire.  Mainstream news media have legitimized […]

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Here is a short analogy for governments’ timidity in taking meaningful climate actions

November 6, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

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.            

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Let’s add humor to our organizing movements in order to make more progress

September 25, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Most of our anti-nuclear organizing efforts rely upon hard facts (often scary, alarming facts).  But other methods (art, music, etc.) can reach people in deeper, more personal ways that hard facts can’t.  We do not use humor often enough.  It has great potential to cut through what is entrenched and open people up to see things in totally fresh ways.  We need such freshness in order to escape the deadening oppression that the nuclear arms race has imposed upon society. Let’s consider how we might use humor to reach out to the public, the media, and politicians, and the military-industrial […]

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This woman exposed a shocking irony …

September 11, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

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.                    

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A few short quotations about religious/spiritual matters

August 29, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Mohandas K. Gandhi (the Mahatma) said this:  “I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.”   Thich Nhat Hanh, the great Zen Buddhist mystic, said this:  What we need is not another doctrine, but an awakening that can restore our spiritual strength. What made Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle a great success was not a doctrine—not even the doctrine of nonviolence—but Gandhi himself, his way of being. A lot is written today about the doctrine of nonviolence and people everywhere are trying to apply […]

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Brief insights here: See these issues from fresh perspectives!

August 29, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

#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 […]

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Nuclear weapons are very serious. But we need some humor too.

March 25, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The U.S. government keeps promoting more nuclear weapons in order to make Americans secure.  Instead of that, I propose that we ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS and INSTEAD, SIMPLY LEAVE OUR SHOES UNTIED. NEITHER POLICY PROTECTS OUR NATION, but my alternative policy offers two benefits: We will save many billions of dollars. And although either policy – nuclear weapons or untied shoelaces – could cause an accident,  if an accident occurs, tripping on shoelaces will cause much less damage than a nuclear war. PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE – and share my reasoning – with other people. Also invite people to join the […]