Following the Soviet fall, triumphalist American economists declared an end to history, as though human progression through time had reached a just and stable equilibrium. Capitalism was Number One, and it was here to stay.
But, and it was indeed a very big “but”, those optimistic prognosticators hadn’t figured on the rise of George W. Bush, or more properly, “Bush’s Brain” in the form of Karl Rove.
Though not alone, Rove ushered in a new age of Crony Capitalism through his relentless assault on both American Justice, and the laws governing the political process. So successful has Karl and his cohorts been, they have effectively hijacked every major election in America since the year 2000, and stand ready to do the same in 2012.
Greg Palast is a multi-award winning reporting investigator and the serial best-seller author of ‘The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,’ ‘Armed Madhouse,’ Vulture’s Picnic,’ and his most recent, ‘Billionaires & bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps’.
Working both sides of the pond, Palast’s reports for the BBC’s flagship news program, Newsnight have rocked corporate crooks and struck terror into the hearts of political bagmen in Britain and America. The too few outlets brave enough to carry his investigative journalism in the United States include: Harper’s, The Nation, and Rolling Stone magazine, while Democracy Now! is virtually alone in covering Greg’s television work, rebroadcasting portions of his BBC exposes.
Greg Palast in the first half.
And; more than eighteen months after the destruction of Fukushima’s Daiichi Nuclear facility radiation continues to spew from the plant. Four of the six reactors housed there were destroyed in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and still neither the plant’s operators, TEPCO nor the Japanese government has any idea how to contain the meltdown.
Arnie Gundersen is a former nuclear power engineer and recipient of the Atomic Energy Commission Fellowship for his Master Degree in nuclear engineering. He is a former licensed reactor operator, nuclear industry senior vice-president, and nuclear safety patent holder.
Over the course of his 40-plus year career, Gundersen managed and coordinated projects at 70 nuclear power plants within the United States. Arnie Gundersen has filed reports on the unfolding situation at Daiichi, and the current conditions of many of America’s nuclear facilities, through his energy consulting company, Fairewinds Associates.
Arnie Gundersen charting the course of the nuclear power industry in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from our city’s streets and beyond. But first, Greg Palast and taking the next election the easy way.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://www.GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.ca