Last week, Stephen Harper fired another salvo in his long-running war against Canadian scientific research; this time binning the library at Alberta's Agriculture and Agri-Food Lethbridge Research Centre. This 16th governmental science library gutting under Harper follows a pattern set by US-based Think Tanks and industry associations. Those fellow-travellers have been busy down south attacking not only government science and scientists, primarily on climate heating, but more recently taking runs too at renewable energy policy.
According to the recently released report, 'Attacks on Renewable Energy Policy in 2015' by the Energy and Policy Institute, the largely fossil-fuel industry-funded attacks reflect a growing fear within the extractive sector about the booming renewable energy field's threat to its future.
Matt Kasper is a fellow at the Energy and Policy Institute whose focus is on defending government policies that help develop clean energy alternatives to greenhouse gas emitting sources. He previously worked as Research Assistant with the Energy and Environment Policy Team at the Center for American Progress, served as a fellow for Organizing for America in Indiana, and spent time interning in the Connecticut state legislature. His research work has featured online at Climate Progress, Greentech Media, and the Huffington Post, among other places.
Matt Kasper in the first half.
And; went down to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of history's most heinous act(s). Here's how the organizers explain the annual Lantern Lighting event: Hiroshima-Nagasaki memorial This year’s lantern ceremony marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan Thursday August 6th 7:30 pm Esquimalt Gorge Park 1070 Tillicum Road, south of Gorge Rd. Lantern making starts at 7:30 pm, with words and songs of peace at 8 pm, followed by floating the lanterns in the Gorge.
Remembering the bomb 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 going on on our streets and beyond there too. But first, Matt Kasper and blunting the extractive industry's desperate attacks on Renewable Energy Policy.
If you're just back from the cottage, or travelling abroad, or just enjoying a summer's break from the media news cycle grind, let me be the first to wish you a "Happy election year!" For the rest of you, it may seem the Summer poll has already lasted a year, or more; but before you tune us out...today's show is meant as an anodyne to electioneering banalities and fear-mongering.
Be aware! Stephen Harper plans to scare you witless, because he knows it's the only way you'll vote for he and his agents of the Apocalypse; and the hairiest, scariest Bogie Man in Steve's bag of tricks is ISIS.
Our idea today is to provide you with some karmic Kung Fu to fight campaign jingoism; a little mental Jiu Jitsu for self-defense, a heightened sense of security, and to ease your worried mind.
Brandon Martinez is an independent journalist, broadcaster, and author of the books, 'Hidden History' and 'Grand Deceptions.' His articles on Canada's foreign policy and international affairs have been featured online at PressTV, Global Research, What Really Happened, and Information Clearing House among others. He's also, with Joshua Blakeney, co-founder of the news site, Non-Aligned Media.com, from where he files video reports on war, terrorism, government propaganda, and media deception. His recent report, 'The Buried Canadian State Connection to ISIS' retrieves from the memory hole a tale more troubling than Mr. Harper's Mike Duffy imbroglio.
Brandon Martinez in the first half.
And; it was a bad weekend for Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos. The E-commerce billionaire's way of doing business was featured by the New York Times' Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld in a piece painting a grim portrait of life for Bezos' white collar "Amazonians." The paper says Amazon is engaged in, "[A] little-known experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers," and claim the company is, in the process, "[R]edrawing the boundaries of what is acceptable."
The "blistering account" was no surprise to my second guest, whose own research into Amazon's HR practices affirms the Times' worst revelations, and more.
John Newman is a legal scholar, lawyer, educator, and writer who cut his judicial teeth investigating corporate malfeasance at the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division in Washington. He's currently a faculty member at the University of Memphis' Humphreys School of Law. John's articles on the law and economics of technology markets are featured by the Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Vanderbilt University of Law and Maryland Law Reviews, among others. His latest piece, 'The Grim Externalities of Amazon.com' appears at the web news site, CounterPunch.org.
John Newman and the long littleness of life in Amazon's workplace jungle 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 the coming week on our streets, and beyond there too. but first, Brandon Martinez and daylighting 'The Buried Canadian State Connection to ISIS' and the real nature of the relationship between Harper's New Canadian Government and the Islamic State?
Went down to the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of history's most heinous act(s). Here's how the organizers explain the annual Lantern Lighting event: Hiroshima-Nagasaki memorial
This year’s lantern ceremony
marks the 70th anniversary of the
atomic bombing of Japan
Esquimalt Gorge Park
1070 Tillicum Road, south of Gorge Rd.
Lantern making starts at 7:30 pm, with words and songs of peace at 8 pm, followed by floating the lanterns in the Gorge.
Last week, a resolution was presented at the United Nations Security Council that would have a new tribunal created to investigate the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17 over Ukraine.
Coinciding nearly with the first anniversary of the tragedy, the resolution was vetoed by Russia for reasons not made clear in western media reports. Instead, the press used the rejection to insinuate Russian complicity in either the attack, or to protect the villain framed to take the fall for the killing of the almost three hundred passengers and crew aboard MH-17, resisters of the Kiev coup in eastern Ukraine. So, why did Russia stand against the proposal, knowing full-well it would be presented as having, at the very least, some nefarious secret to hide?
Roger Annis is a contributing editor at the website New Cold War, where he's written extensively on Ukraine. His articles can also be found at his website, A Socialist in Canada, Rabble.ca, and Counterpunch.org. Roger visited Crimea last year, and his assignment to the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donestk earlier this year resulted in his lecture for Simon Fraser University's Institute for the Humanities, 'Eyewitness Report from the War Zone of Eastern Ukraine.'
Roger Annis in the first half.
And; famously successful in bringing an end to South Africa's vile Apartheid regime, the sanction, boycott and divestment movement has grown to include personal and institutional financial dealings with fossil fuel companies. Last month, Victoria City Council was presented with a motion to divest its investments in industries recognized as contributing to climate change. As the motion was being readied for presentation to the Mayor and Council, scores of activists with Divest Victoria rallied outside City Hall to voice their support.
Sounds from the Divest Victoria Climate Action Rally 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 in the coming week. But first, Roger Annis and dissecting the UN Security Council's resolve in getting to the bottom of the MH-17 mass murder.
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.
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 Wednesday, 1pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM; online at: Gorilla-Radio.com