If the laws governing macro-economics is all Greek to you, don't be too hard on yourself; the Greeks too are having a hard time fathoming just what the hell happened to their economy. There are almost as many theories as there are pundits trying to explain the situation, but few on the major news networks dare dig behind the prevailing myth that frames the latest road-kill on the European Union's highway to neo-liberal Nirvana as due to, as my first guest paraphrased it, "lazy, ouzo-swilling, olive pit-spitting Greeks."
It's a classic blame-the-victim narrative, revealing little of the actual story behind Greece's financial tragedy.
Greg Palast is a journalist, television presenter, and reporting investigator whose reports are found stateside at The Nation Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's Magazine, and online at Truthout.org and at GregPalast.com.
He's also author of the New York Times' Best Selling books, 'Billionaires and Ballot Bandits,' 'Armed Madhouse,' and 'The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,' among others, and he's an economist, trained at the infamous Chicago School of Economics, incubator of the very theories ravaging Greece today.
Greg's latest book, 'Vultures' Picnic' was named "Book of the Year" by the BBC's Newsnight Review, and his film exposés include: 'Billionaires and Ballot Bandits - The Movie,' 'Vultures and Vote Rustlers,' 'Why We Occupy - Palast Live!,' 'Big Easy to Big Empty,' 'Bush Family Fortunes, ' 'The Assassination of Hugo Chavez,' 'Palast Investigates,' 'The Election File,' and with Jeremy Scahill 'Big Noise: From Black Water to White Powder.'
Greg Palast in the first segment.
And; next week commemorations marking the dates of two of humanity's most heinous acts will be held again in Victoria, and around the World. On August 6th, the Victoria chapter of the Women in Black, an international collective dedicated to the promotion of peace and opposition to war and violence, will mark the 70th anniversary of the1945 destruction of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Obliterated by a new kind of weapon, the unprecedented attack set the stage for a nuclear arms race and stand-off the shadow of which still looms over the planet generations later.
Theresa Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and is a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women's rights. Wolfwood has written for Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among others, and is local coordinator for Victoria's Women in Black. She and the Women in Black will hold an educational picket August 6th at the Inner Harbour.
Terry Wolfwood and the Women in Black standing vigil for Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and a World weary of warfare in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around our town, and beyond here too, for the coming week.
But first; Greg Palast and Eurozone Economics 101: Getting Greece'd.
Went down to the Divest Victoria Action Rally at Victoria City Hall...Here's how they describe their mission: "In the hours before today’s momentous city council meeting, citizens of Victoria will be rallying at City Hall to pressure the Municipal Government to take city dollars out of fossil fuel investments.
Mayor and council will then be debating and voting on Victoria’s first ever motion concerning fossil fuel divestment.
Award winning Canadian artist, author and activist, Franke James, will display her artwork and give one of the speeches at the event, which starts at 6pm.
In the lead up to the July 23rd event, Victoria residents have been voicing their concerns about widespread droughts, rampant forest fires and climate change, as well as their support for taking municipal dollars out of fossil fuel companies."
Tensions are rising at the Unis'tot'en Camp, centre of a determined six year "soft" blockade of the nexus point of Big Energy's big plans to traverse British Columbia with a new network of oil and gas pipelines.
Last month, British Columbia's Oil and Gas Commission gave Chevron the green light to begin clearing a path for its Pacific Trails fracked gas pipeline. That means fellers and road crews getting on the land to prepare the way through First Nations communities and territories, regardless of opposition.
Members of the Wet'suwet'en people who have steadfastly maintained the blockade site in northern BC say they're worried by repeated helicopter overflights and the increasingly menacing behaviour of the RCMP.
Zoe Blunt is a long-time south Vancouver Island-based environment defender and organizer. She, WildCoast.ca and the Forest Action Network have worked to get people from down here up there to the Unis'tot'en Camp with their now annual Summer Caravan to Unis'tot'en Camp.
Zoe Blunt in the first half.
And; over the weekend, the solar powered Aerial Sea catamaran was in Victoria, the final stop of its Salish Sea Tour. The tour was an effort to educate, demonstrate, and popularize the notion of viable alternatives to oil and gas boating on the Salish Sea and elsewhere. It was also an effort, led by Aerial Sea's skipper Simon Fawkes, and his allies at the Wilderness Committee, Tanker Free BC, Salish Sea Keepers and musician/activist Luke Wallace to shine a light on Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and tanker proposal that would see a ten-fold increase in tanker traffic through the Salish Sea.
Getting aboard the Aerial Sea with skipper, Simon Fawkes in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us, freshly returned from Vancouver's massive Folk Fest, at the bottom of the hour to tell us how much fun she had, and perhaps bring us up to speed with some of the good goings on to be had around here in the coming week.
But first, Zoe Blunt and standing ground with the Wet'suwet'en at the Unis'tot'en Camp.
I went down to Victoria's Inner Harbour to talk with Simon Fawkes, skipper of the Aerial Sea, a solar powered catamaran sailing vessel, as it winds up its Salish Sea Tour. Here's how they describe the tour: Salish Sea Tour hits Victoria as Nexen Spill Rocks Alberta
by Wilderness Committee
Communities visited during solar-powered tour echo call to stop Kinder Morgan
VICTORIA – An interactive tour connecting Salish Sea residents against the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and tanker proposal arrives in Victoria tomorrow. The team of activists leading the 2015 Salish Sea Tour left Vancouver on July 4th on a solar-powered catamaran called Aerial Sea, and visited several communities along the Kinder Morgan tanker route.
The two-week tour wraps up tomorrow in Victoria, where the Aerial Sea will be docked at Ship Point in the Inner Harbour from noon until 4 p.m. Meanwhile, one of the largest oil spills in Canada’s history has just taken place along a new Nexen pipeline in northern Alberta, close to Fort McMurray.
While the focus of the Salish Sea Tour has been on positive solutions to climate change around the region, organizers are also highlighting the fact that dangerous projects like Kinder Morgan’s have no place in a healthy future here.
“The Salish Sea is one of the best places to live in the world – it’s not a sacrifice zone for Big Oil,” said Torrance Coste, Vancouver Island Campaigner for the Wilderness Committee.
“In every corner of this region, we’ve heard from communities that Kinder Morgan has absolutely no place in our future.”
The Tour has made stops in Vancouver, Steveston, Salt Spring Island and Pender Island – all places directly threatened by the heightened oil spill risk and intensified climate change that Kinder Morgan’s proposed project would bring to the region.
“The Nexen spill is yet another reminder of the dangers of oil transport. We are doing this tour to highlight the fact that there are better alternatives that we should be embracing. We don’t need to take all the risk of new oil pipelines and increased tanker traffic. We could be on a path to reduced consumption today,” said Ben West, Executive Director of Tanker Free BC.
Saturday’s afternoon event on the Aerial Sea will be followed by an evening gathering (7-9 p.m.) at Solstice Café featuring film, speakers and musical acts including Luke Wallace, a Vancouver-based folk artist and co-organizer of the tour.
“As the Salish Sea Tour comes to a close, we have had a successful couple weeks visiting communities all along the Kinder Morgan tanker route. Our tour has been capped off dramatically with a massive spill in Alberta,” said Wallace.
“We are inviting everyone to come down and join us at the public dock and at our event in the evening, to celebrate what is possible as an alternative to more pipelines and tankers.”
As a spin-off event the following day, the Wilderness Committee is organizing a tour of the T’sou-ke Solar Community – an innovative First Nation’s solar project just outside Victoria – to show that solutions to dirty energy projects like the Kinder Morgan pipeline are here and thriving.
The Salish Sea Tour is organized by the Wilderness Committee, Tanker Free BC, Salish Sea Keepers and Luke Wallace. More details at www.Facebook.com/SalishSeaTour
For Immediate Release - July 17, 2015
Where will it all end? When will we finally turn the corner on the Fossil Fuel Age, and begin the long work of repairing the damage we clever apes have wrought against the environment?
No time soon, if the extractive industries have their say; and they're just about the only ones who have the ear of government at all levels in this country, and abroad. Just this week, Seattle's Sightline Institute reports on plans to send more than a million barrels of oil per day through the Pacific Northwest region. Oil coming from shale fracking in North Dakota, and Alberta's Tar Sands and destined for Asia's Satanic Mills.
So, how far will Big Oil and Gas take the Fossil Fuel Age? To the very ends of the Earth.
David Lavallee is a Canadian filmmaker whose first documentary, 'White Water, Black Gold' garnered awards at numerous film festivals, and was broadcast around the World. He's a Pull Focus Film School grad, and a product of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's Producer Emergence Program. David is now in the process of producing his next film, 'To the Ends of the Earth,' an investigation into the lengths the latter day oil barons will go to keep their energy domination going.
David Lavallee in the first segment.
And, Big Oil is not the only industrial fossil menacing the planet. Big Timber is another reptilian-brained, bottom line obsessed operator determined to profit and all and any costs; as long as those costs are borne by someone else. In this case, those someones are the people, wild things, and environment of Vancouver Island's west coast. Incredibly, more than twenty-five years after the legendary War in the Woods, an environmental stand-off resulting in almost a thousand arrests, the ancient forests of both Clayoquot Sound and the Walbran Valley are abuzz again with the terminal whine of chainsaws.
Steve Lawson is a veteran of the environmental battles to save the old growth forests on the then-named Meares Island, and in Clayoquot Sound. He's a past board member of both the Canadian Environmental and First Nations Environmental Networks, and has participated with many other environmental organization in Canada and internationally. Steve's a boat designer and builder who calls Wickaninnish Island, off Tofino, home.
Steve Lawson and a clear-cut call to arms in Clayoquot and the Walbran in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things to do in and around our town's streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, David Lavallee and looking at to the ends of the earth.
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