• What If a Tsunami Hits the Hood Canal Submarine Base?

    by Mary Hanson An article by Josh Farley in the 4-27-21 Kitsap Sun makes the case for closing the Bangor Trident Base as soon as possible. In 2012 and following years, Ground Zero and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (led by Glen Milner of Ground Zero) filed a lawsuit to attempt to stop the Navy from building a second explosives handling wharf at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. There were many reasons why this wharf increased the risk of a “dirty bomb” accident, mainly because the second wharf was to be built too close to the first one, and an accident at one would cause an accident at the other.  My concern, then as now, was that the chance of a…

  • Mother’s Call to End War

    by Tom Ewell One of the great, passionate statements opposing war was created by Julia Ward Howe following the Civil War and delivered on September 11, 1870, as an “Appeal to Womanhood Throughout the World.” Her initiative led to a commemoration of Mother’s Peace Day in 1872, and President Wilson eventually established America’s official commemoration of Mother’s Day in 1914, again as our country was about to absorb the reality of the terrible carnage of WW I. It is well to remember that Mother’s Day originated as a declaration against war. Howe’s declaration stated in part: “We will not have great questions [of war] decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses…

  • Racism is the cause of America’s lack of a good healthcare for all system

    by John M Repp America is the only wealthy country in the world that does not insure, guarantee, and pay for most of the health care in the country. In addition, our total healthcare costs are about twice what most wealthy nations pay. As a result of these sad facts, hundreds of thousands of people have to declare bankruptcy every year here because of the medical care costs. It is a disgrace and a national scandal. The question is why is this so? Thom Hartmann just completed a new book on American healthcare in his Hidden History series. I quote one of his findings:  “in my research (I) found that literally every single effort to provide Americans with a national…

  • The Wealthy Like Redistribution-If the Money Goes Into Their Pockets

    by John M Repp Published on Sunday, December 02, 2012 by Common Dreams, edited by the author in 2021. Republicans and the corporate media are always saying that taxing the rich is “redistribution of wealth”. As if the capitalist economy is not itself a great redistribution engine! In its normal workings, capitalism redistributes the money and labor of poor and working people to the rich. As John Ruskin wrote in Unto the Last in 1862, rich and poor are relative words like north and south. Gandhi read Ruskin’s book and he said that it changed his life. Most people think of wealth as an absolute and too many also think that everyone could become wealthy with the right application of…

  • No title

    by James Manista (edited by John M Repp) The military can no more forsake newer costlier weapons than flies above a summer pasture can avoid fresh cow flop. Whether it is iron over bronze for spearheads, steel over iron for cannons, titanium over aluminum for jets—despite the cost, the new is better and required.  No surprise. New weapons are like new toys to their minds, not shiny new—more likely black and drab. Yet except for a few old school hardliners, experts have agreed there are some weapons which—however technically perfected—should just stay banned.  Not everyone agrees. In recent memory Saddam Hussein used poison gas on his Iraqi countrymen. Syrian factions (they keep blaming each other) have barrel-bombed their helpless counterparts…

  • 9to5: The Story of a Movement

    by Cindy Cole “9to5: The Story of a Movement” is a new documentary celebrating the building of a feminist organization for better pay, respect, and good working conditions.  9to5, the Association of Working Women, began at Harvard University when a few secretaries began organizing clerical workers. In the early 1970s the workplace for women was quite different from today.  Even college educated women were expected to type, and if they got a job, it was most likely as a secretary and, of course, the goal was to marry a good man.  There was little chance of advancement in the workplace and the pay was low.  However, women had the pill and were coming into the workforce in greater numbers.  Office…

  • Homo sapiens: A Good and Friendly Species

      A book review of Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman (New York: Little Brown, 2019) by John M Repp The book is a delight to read and sorely needed at this time, after the January 6, 2021 insurrection. Bregman tells us many stories to pose the question: what is the nature of human beings? Are we “sinful” and “willful” as the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis tells us? Are we primarily “self-interested” as many social scientists tell us? Or are most of us “pretty decent”? Bregman uses much post-1960’s science to make his case. Let me introduce Homo puppy (p. 65ff.), the name Bregman gives to our species to explain his theory of evolution. Homo puppy…

  • IS TALK RADIO THE TRUMP/REPUBLICAN SECRET?

    By John M Repp, WWFOR Pacific Call Editor Asking the question “how did Trump get 74 million votes?” requires a look at the mass media in the United States. Many know about the FOX news channel on television, but too often overlooked is conservative talk radio. There are two recent books out about talk radio as well as articles by the book’s authors. (Paul Matzko The Radio Right: How a Band of Broadcasters Took on the Federal Government and Built the Modern Conservative Movement (2020) and Brian Rosenwald Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States (2019) Many white collar workers are not aware of talk radio’s existence because they do…