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.
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Went down to the Creatively United for the Planet Festival in Victoria to hear famed Canadian naturalist painter, Robert Bateman give the keynote. Here's Bateman's bio.
Robert Bateman’s work is in many public and private collections, plus several art museums including the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY. He was commissioned by the Governor-General of Canada to create a painting as the wedding gift for HRH Prince Charles from the people of Canada. His work is also represented in the collection of HRH Prince Philip, the late Princess Grace of Monaco and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Bateman has had many one-man museum shows throughout North America, including an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; most of these shows have drawn record-breaking crowds. Recently, the retrospective show, The Art of Robert Bateman, toured Canada and the USA for two years, and a one-man show toured four cities in Russia.
His honours, awards and honorary doctorates are numerous: he was made Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian award in 1984. He has also been given the Rachel Carson Award (1996), the Golden Plate from the American Academy of Achievement (1998) and the Order of British Columbia (2001), and Human Rights Defender Award from Amnesty International (2007); he was named one of the 20th Century’s Champions of Conservation by the U.S. National Audubon Society (1998).
He has also been the subject of several films and television programs. It is in honour of Bateman’s contribution to art and conservation that one public and two secondary schools have been named after him. As well, he has been awarded 12 honorary doctorates. Bateman’s art reflects his commitment to ecology and preservation. Since the early 1960′s, he has been an active member of naturalist and conservation organizations, now on a global scale.
Harper's Conservatives have gone out of their way to make enemies and alienate countries around the world. Under Harper, Canada has repeatedly sabotaged international climate negotiations; obstructed efforts to reschedule the Congo's debt; failed to cut aid to the Honduran military government after it removed elected president Manuel Zelaya; repeatedly criticized the Venezuelan government; signed a free-trade agreement with Latin America's most repressive state; militarized aid to Haiti; flew fighter jets near Russian airspace; unconditionally supported Israel against the Palestinians, paved the way for a possible attack on Iran; rejected a proposal to make diplomatic and financial support for resource companies operating overseas contingent upon socially responsible conduct; supported torture in Afghanistan and embraced an increasingly violent counterinsurgency war; and lost the vote for a seat at the UN Security Council.
The result? Canada has few friends left in international bodies.
Yves Engler, author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, examines Harper's foreign policies and why the UN did not promote Canada for a seat on the Security Council.
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