If you feel there's a disconnect between the kind of values we in the West espouse and the actions our agents in government take to protect and project those values it's important you know a couple of things: First; you are not suffering cultural dissonance, and secondly; the government you see is neither yours, nor what you think it is.
Lurking below the waterline, more ominous than any iceberg, lay the real power running this country, that country, and perhaps every country.
Averse to the light, and invisible at night, it's the Shadow Government that rules you, and it doesn't share any of the values its daytime doppelganger maintains.
Tom Engelhardt is an educator, journalist, news and book editor, co-founder of the American Empire Project, creator of the Nation Institute's news website, TomDispatch.com, (where his too numerous to iterate articles appear) and author whose book titles include: 'The American Way of War,' 'The United States of Fear,' 'The End of Victory Culture,' 'Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050,' with Nick Turse, the novel, 'The Last Days of Publishing,' and his latest, 'Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World.'
Tom Engelhardt in the first half.
And; local elections are looming with contests for municipalities, city councils, mayoral and CRD board positions just a month away. Though not on anyone's official radar screen, amalgamation so far seems to be one of the key talking points on the stump.
In Victoria, incumbents will have to face the electorate and answer for massive infrastructure project cost overruns - any buyers out there for a nearly designed blue bridge? - while the CRD and myriad municipalities try to explain why the lower island can't get its shit together on a sewage treatment solution stagnating for years now.
Richard Atwell knows all about that debate, he's director of STAG, or the Sewage Treatment Action Group, a collection of citizens promoting the R-I-T-E solution for our daily pollution; one that is: Respectful of communities; uses Innovative technologies; is Taxpayer friendly; and, Environmentally sound., and campaign organizer for StopABadPlan.ca, the group most responsible for the CRD's about face last year on its plan to locate a biosolids plant in a Vic West neighbourhood. Now the software engineer and Saanich resident has entered the race to unseat Saanich's near perennial mayor, Frank Leonard.
Richard Atwell changing gears to change the old guard in Saanich 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 news of some of the good things going on on the streets of our city and beyond there too. But first, Tom Engelhardt and lighting the corners where the Shadow Government lives.
Stephen Harper's New Government announced it will render a decision on the fate of the Peace River Valley on October 22. The crux of the matter involves the long-proposed and ever contentious scheme to dam again the Peace. Site-C would be the third hydro dam on the river, and if placed where planned would reduce already dwindling wildlife habitat, submerging First Nations hopes of maintaining traditional livelihood opportunities in the region, while flooding too some of the province's best farmland. Naturally, there's more than a few local detractors, and many more from down south are opposed; so, just who supports Site C? Andrea Morison is spokesperson for the PVEA, Peace Valley Environmental Association. She holds a Masters of Natural Resource Management degree and has worked in that field in both Ontario and BC for more than 25 years; the last three years of which has been devoted to the PVEA's involvement with the environmental assessment process for Site C. Her prior experience is in forestry, and the oil and gas sectors. Andrea Morison in the first half. And; way down south, Argentina way, President Cristina Kirchner's government has done the unthinkable and defied foreign "adventure" capitalists' attempts to cash in on Argentine debt they bought for centavos on the peso when the country was on its financial knees. A US court has upheld the so-called vulture's claims, but Kirchner has so far refused to budge. It's meant massive pressure being brought to bear on the country, still digging itself out of a financial hole largely dug by the fascist regimes of the 1980's. Reporting investigator, Greg Palast trained at Chicago's infamous School of Economics under Milton Friedman, Godfather of Trickle Down Economics and inspiration to the Gordon Gekko mantra of the era, "Greed is Good." He transitioned into journalism because the reporters he was feeding stories of malfeasance in high places routinely screwed them up, or allowed their editors bleed them white. But, as a trailblazing DIY investigator, he soon discovered; having a great story to tell doesn't mean the media will tell it. Palast ventured across the Atlantic, finding a home with London's Guardian newspaper, and later presenting his investigations on the BBC flagship television news program, Newsnight. Greg Palast is the author of several books, including New York Times bestsellers, 'Billionaires & Ballot Bandits,' 'Armed Madhouse,' and 'The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.' His latest is 'Vultures' Picnic,' named by the BBC's Newsnight Review as "Book of the Year for 2012." In addition to Britain's Guardian, (who regards him as "the most important investigative journalist of our time...") and the BBC, Greg's reports are featured Stateside by The Nation Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's Magazine, and online at Truthout.org. Greg Palast 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 and Argentina's circling vultures 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 news from our city's streets and beyond there too. But first, Andrea Morison and seperating Site C promises from reality. Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/ G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.
Yesterday, the World Wildlife Fund's biennial Living Planet Report reported: "World populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010." Imagine; within most of our lifetimes, half of the world's non-human inhabitants are no more, primarily due to anthropogenic activities. And yet, human desires are demanding ever more from the natural world even as our designs on nature diminish it.
Nowhere perhaps is that incongruity more palpable than right here in British Columbia where the majestic Pacific ocean's coming to shore is met by deforestation, industrialization, over-population, and the introduction of foreign species into an ecosystem unprepared to cope.
Scott Renyard is a filmmaking scientist whose screen credits include more than a 100 film and television projects; projects that have seen him wear many hats, including: writer, director, and producer; as he did for the award-winning documentary, 'Who Killed Miracle?' Long-time Victoria residents may remember the controversial death of the orphaned Orca "adopted" by the now defunct Sealand of the Pacific aquarium in Oak Bay. Renyard's latest film, 'The Pristine Coast' debuted last week at Vancouver's International Film Festival. In it, Scott chronicles marine biologist, Alexandra Morton's epic undertaking to document the effects of Atlantic Salmon fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago and her efforts to protect the migration routes of wild Pacific Salmon all over the province.
Scott Renyard in the first half.
And; Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations' General Assembly this week. Just weeks after causing the deaths of more than 2100 Palestinian civilians, and destroying much of the Gaza Strip, an unrepentant Netanyahu lectured the Assembly on the need to further isolate and sanction Iran, a nation that has attacked no-one; ever. As the news circus moves on to other hotspots, the fate of captured Gaza and the Occupied West Bank is again overshadowed and forgotten.
Jon Elmer is a Canadian freelance photographer and journalist who has lived in and filed reports from Occupied Palestine on and off for the better part of the last dozen years. He has too reported on indigenous movements in the Basque country, Western Sahara, and right here in Canada. Jon's work has appeared at myriad sites on the internet, including; Inter Press News Service, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English, and at his web site JonElmer.ca.
Jon Elmer and staying with the Palestinian story 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 newz from the streets of the city and beyond. But first, Scott Renyard and defending British Columbia's pristine coast.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.
Media-memory being short, the name Michael Brown Jr. may elicit no more from most than a blank look; but, last month reaction to his untimely death threatened to burn down the town of Ferguson, Missouri.
At least that's the way the story was framed in the corporate media, (and repeated by state-sponsored correlative, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Brown was of course the black teenager shot dead in a hail of bullets fired by a police officer for the "crime" of jay walking; sparking the famously for a time community protests.
David Rovics is an inveterate American activist-singer-songwriter in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. David has played at demos too numerous to count for myriad issues both universal and circumstantial. From his start busking Boston's subway to travelling across America and the broader world, he's earned his sobriquet as "professional flat-picking rabble-rouser" honestly.
Rovics was in Ferguson last month, checking out the neighbourhood where Michael was killed and attending his funeral. He reported on the great societal divide his visit revealed in an essay titled, 'Ferguson Reflections,' published at his website, DavidRovics.com, (where you can also find his catalogue of more than 200 tunes available for download).
David Rovics in the first half.
And; seven weeks after the Mount Polley disaster and the BC government is no closer to finding out why the mine tailings dam burst. But one thing certain, according to the minister responsible, Mary Polack: It's not the government's fault. Despite the BC Liberals' continuous cutting of public service personnel needed to make inspections and ensure corporate compliance, Polack says, quote; "To date there is no evidence that cutbacks have impacted on inspections and monitoring at Mount Polley." "Having said that," she continues, "it is one of the questions we want answered."
It's a question the residents of Clayoquot Sound would like answered too. Catface mountain looms high above the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve there, and that's where Imperial Metals, the producer of the estimated 24 million cubic meters of poisoned mining detritus dumped into Quesnel Lake and the Cariboo's ecosystem, want to open a gold and copper mine.
Emery Hartley is a natural-born and raised Vancouver Islander whose fascination and enthusiasm for nature led him to a University degree in Environmental Science and an ongoing activist career with the Friends of Clayoquot Sound. The Friends first formed in 1979 with a mandate to "protect and conserve the priceless ecosystems of the Sound and its surroundings."
Emery Hartley and friends fighting for Clayoquot Sound in the second half.
And Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what's good to do in and around the city in the coming week. But first, David Rovics and reflections from Ferguson.
Dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in corporate and state media, Gorilla Radio airs live every Monday, 5pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM; online at: Gorilla-Radio.com