In an age of tyranny, the people of America need salvation. They need to be delivered from themselves. With the wars on drugs and terror waning, the American oligarchy too needs a new bogey man; a new scourge to take the minds of the plebes off the real source their misery.
What America must have now is a villain so pernicious and all-pervasive none will ever again challenge the rightful order of things. But what, (and it’s a big butt) can fill the bill? And who can sell it to a nation hungry for change?
Enter Prophet and freshest yet crusader, President Jones, the man marshaling America’s greatest war of all, the insatiable Global War on Fat.
J.M. Porup is a Victoria-based novelist, recovering Lonely Planet travel writer, and self-confessed “American dissident in exile.” His novels: ‘The Second Bat Guano War,’ ‘Death On Taurus,’ and ‘The Judas Syndrome’ are now joined by, ‘The United States of Air’ a new book situating the reader in an absurd, and all too familiar, environment where governmental paranoia and excessive prosecutorial zeal marry to create a nightmarishly surreal world from which the only defense is laughter.
J.M. Porup in the first half.
And; we’re daily abused by economic statistics; statistics that tell us we’re doing great or poorly, growing, contracting, or heading for cliff falls. They’re gross, and sometimes domestic, but to GDP, GNP, and the rest of the alphabet soup mumbo-jumbo served up by the economic chefs indicate your reality?
Sandra Finley is a Saskatchewan-based activist, writer, and researcher and former leader of Green Party of Saskatchewan. Finley challenged the participation of the international arms manufacturer, Lockheed-Martin in Canada’s recent census, and was charged for her very public “Count Me Out” campaign refusing participation. Sandra’s 2007 Green Party campaign focused solely on economic indices, and the need for the implementation of realistic measures of our societies progress towards both citizen and environmental well-being.
Sandra Finley and counting correctly our Canadian way of life in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from our city’s streets and beyond. But first, J. M. Porup and the United States of Air, Utopic home of the brave, and land of the food-free.
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://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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