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?