As spies go, the 600,000 cubic foot, eye-in-the-sky blimp floating at 16,000 feet outside Washington, D.C. is hardly discreet, but until it went rogue, breaking its tether and hieing for the coast, most Americans knew nothing about it, or its mission. Similarly, despite the ubiquitous presence of law enforcers of every description ceaselessly broadcast into the living rooms of the nation, few understand how and upon who their force is fully exercised.
Dave Lindorff is an award-winning, long-time print journalist, and founder of the web news site, This Can’t Be Happening. His recent articles about the wayward spy in the sky, and of West Palm Beach, musician, Corey Jones’ recent fatal encounter with an undercover policeman while waiting for a tow on the side of a Florida highway are illustrative of both the misuse and increased use of secret policing in America.
Dave Lindorff in the first half.
And; in a recent CounterPunch article, Brooklyn-based freelance writer, Christopher Ketcham quotes biologist E.O. Wilson’s dire assessment for life as we’ve known it on good old Planet Earth. Wilson predicts, “Extinction is now proceeding thousands of times faster than the production of new species,” which means, “Between 30 and 50 percent of all known species are expected to go extinct by 2050, if current trends hold.” Consider that the next time you see a still wild animal cavorting across the sky, or lying dead on the side of the road.
Ketcham’s work has appeared in most of America’s finer magazines: Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, National Geographic, and Hustler among others. He was selected as a Livingston Awards finalist for his Salon.com coverage of the 9/11 attacks in New York in 2002, and published ‘Notes from 9/11 Poems and Stories’ based on his observation of that attack’s aftermath. His article revealing the plundering of the public lands of the American West by the livestock industry featured on the cover of Harper’s February issue this year.
Christopher Ketcham and ‘Extinction, the New Environmentalism, and the Cancer in the Wilderness’ 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 what’s happening on our city’s streets in the coming week, and beyond there too. But first, Dave Lindorff and as above, so below; keeping an unblinking eye on America.