• This Is How Civilizations Collapse from Within

    This Is How Civilizations Collapse from Within by Bruce Amundson, Vice President, WPSR In December, Congress passed the 2020 military spending act, a grotesque $738 billion bill representing even $30 billion more than last year. Pentagon spending in 2019 is actually higher than it was at the peak of either the Korean or Vietnam conflicts. As fear of terrorism generated by the 9/11 attacks set the stage for 18 years of ill-advised military adventures, we have witnessed the relentless expansion of the military budget and, at least as disconcerting, the militarization of our foreign policy and our diplomatic face to the world.    The end of the Cold War resulted in the rarest of things: real cuts in the Pentagon…

  • Voter Suppression in the USA

    Voter Suppression in the USA by John M Repp a review of the book The Hidden History of The War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote – And How to Get It Back  by Thom Hartmann  and of the Carr Center (Harvard) report “The War on Voting Rights” by John Shattuck, Aaron Huang and Elisabeth Thoreson-Green, https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/publications/war-voting-rights-ccdp-2019-003-february-2019 Hartmann writes that this issue – voter suppression- is not talked about much in the corporate media. Also, as far as I know, the Washington State election system with mail-in ballots is fair, so many people here in our state are unaware of this problem, even though it effects us because of the power of Congress and the President. I heard once that…

  • Deployment of low-yield nuclear weapons lowers the threshold for war

    Deployment of low-yield nuclear weapons lowers the threshold for war  by Bruce Amundson and Joseph Berkson, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, printed by their permission and first published in The Seattle Times ,Feb 14, 2020 Current tensions with Iran, and President Donald Trump’s impulsive decision-making in a very volatile environment, create an increased risk of actual use of nuclear weapons that should be sobering to all Americans. The U.S. Defense Department confirmed on Feb. 5 that the Navy has deployed a low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead. Bill Arkin and Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists first disclosed the deployment a week before that. “The administration’s decision to deploy the W76-2 warhead remains a misguided and dangerous one,” said U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA, Chairman of the…

  • Stop the Economic Sanctions against Venezuela and Iran

    Stop the Economic Sanctions against Venezuela and Iran: Economic sanctions are violent bullying (even without bombing or sending troops) by Glen Anderson glenanderson@integra.net http://parallaxperspectives.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Economic-sanctions-are-bullying-without-bombing-or-sending-troops.pdf People are right to oppose U.S. military violence (bombing, troop deployments, etc.) against other nations. But many people fail to recognize that the U.S.’s frequent use of “economic sanctions” is another kind of war. In fact, international law recognizes a “blockade” as an act of war. For decades the U.S. has bullied other nations and caused serious damage and loss of life by strangling their economies in various ways, including preventing them from having normal trade relations. Worse yet, the U.S. has deliberately caused ordinary people to suffer and die by preventing them from getting life-saving…

  • WTO Protests, 20 years later

    WTO Protests, 20 years later by Stan Sorscher, Washington Fair Trade Coalition Many of us were part of history in November and December 1999, when activists and workers came from around the country to protest the WTO meeting in Seattle. The entire city was caught off guard by huge rallies, dramatic marches, and very effective direct action that blocked diplomats, negotiators, and corporate lobbyists from the buildings where they were supposed to meet. Peaceful demonstrators were tear-gassed, dragged off, and arrested, and downtown Seattle was paralyzed for days. This was not a fight between trade and protectionism, no matter how often we see that in the press. No one is against trade. This was a protest against corporate-centric undemocratic, unaccountable…

  • Resolution from the People’s Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons October 1, 2019

    To: Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell                         October  1, 2019 Resolution from the People’s Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons On September 29, 2019 Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility convened the People’s Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons (view the recording of the Town Hall here), held at the newly refurbished Seattle Town Hall facility . We witnessed a graduate school-level review of many ways in which the nuclear age has undermined health. They are widespread – and ongoing, all this even without the actual use of these horrific weapons. Over the 60 years we have lived precariously with the world’s nuclear arsenals, on hair-trigger alert and poised to launch in minutes, we have to admit that we have been extremely…

  • We Can Reverse Global Warming

    We Can Reverse Global Warming by John M Repp We know now that ExxonMobil spent millions of dollars to create doubt about the science that tells us our planet is warming due to human activity. They designed their disinformation campaigns after what the tobacco companies did to create doubt about the link between cigarette smoking and cancer. The fossil fuel effort to sow doubt has resulted in many climate activists doubling down on efforts to convince their fellow citizens of the reality of climate change and the gravity of our situation. Today polls show that the majority of U.S. citizens now believe that we have a climate crisis, although one of our two main political parties, the one which has…

  • Another Boeing Is Possible

    Another Boeing Is Possible (remarks prepared by John M Repp for the Sunday, September 29, 2019 People’s Town Hall on Nuclear Weapons, Seattle)   Boeing is a key part of the U. S. military industrial complex, making and maintaining nuclear weapon delivery vehicles and guidance systems. Boeing will maintain the Minuteman III nuclear weapon carrying intercontinental ballistic missiles until 2030. Boeing also produces the guided tail kit for the new B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb. Boeing makes key components for US and UK Trident II (D5) nuclear weapons[i]. A few years after the 1973 energy crisis in the U.S. when there were shortages of oil and huge waiting lines at gas stations, Boeing won a contract from the Federal Government to…

  • Chaos and Choice

    Chaos and Choice by Weldon D. Nisly  7/29/19  for September Hospitality One man consumes us/US. Consumes our attention-energy-emotion. Disordering creation with obsessive compulsive chaos. Noxious character casts blinding spell over us/US. We let him mire us/US in chaos. We let him manipulate us/US with fear. We let him sacrifice vulnerable humanity on the altar of vitriolic inhumanity. We let him demonize and dehumanize the Holy Other/Wholly Other. We let him scorn decency and dignity on the altar of demeaning tweets. Who are we? What have we become? What do we choose? Personal self is embroiled in cauldron of toxic hate. Not True Self or Spiritual Truth. National psyche is hung on the cross of sacrificial enmity. Not true democracy of-the-people,…

  • Deep Cooperation Made Us Human

    Deep Cooperation Made Us Human by John M Repp Humanity could use a new understanding of how we got here that can help us survive the coming era of climate catastrophe. The origin story needs to be more cross-cultural, more universal than Genesis, the traditional Judeo-Christian story. The story needs to show us a variety of human behaviors, unlike a simplistic “survival of the fittest” understanding of evolution, which paints humans mainly as competitors. The story should be based in science. Some of the parts of a new story can be found in the work of several anthropologists who have published books and articles over the last few decades. Their work is not widely known, and this essay is an…