Ape Goes to Gaza Solidarity Demo Victoria Aug 9,14 Christozionist and Israel Tourorists clip

Went down to the demonstration. These are two commenters; the first is an avowed Christian and enthusiastic zionist, the second an Israeli tourist, part of a group on an Alaska cruise stopover assailing the Gaza solidarity demo. Kooky.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer, Mickey Z, Janine Bandcroft Aug. 13, 2014

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook – Gorilla-Radio.com
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the show in its new time slot. Alternative Radio fans, please be easy, David Barsamian’s excellent show will be featured in its new time…

Little is new, and everything has changed in Palestine. Though a creaking cease-fire is being observed, Israel’s latest crime against conscience is proving an atrocity too far, as a dumb-struck world witnesses the predictable humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza. As exiled Gazan journalist and author, Ramzy Baroud observes:

“Since Israel besieged Gaza with Egypt’s help and coordination, life for Gazans has become largely about mere survival. The strip has been turned into a massive ground for an Israeli experiment concerned with population control. Gazans were not allowed to venture out, fish, or farm, and those who got even close to some arbitrary “buffer zone,” determined by the Israeli army within Gaza’s own borders, were shot and often killed.”

And yet, there are still none in Canada’s House of Commons, the place where justice is debated and laws drawn up, willing to take a stand for pity’s sake and denounce and condemn unreservedly Israel’s actions. Nary a one.

Jon Elmer is a Canadian freelance photojournalist who has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine on and off for more than a decade. Jon’s work has appeared at myriad sites on the internet, including; Inter Press News Service, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English, and at his web site JonElmer.ca.

Jon Elmer in the first half.

And; It’s difficult not to agree, the violence happening “over there” is terrible. “But,” you may say, “those people have been fighting forever, and violence is normal for them.” You may be a peaceful soul, and believe your life has little or nothing to do with the horror and upheaval we see going on all around us. My second guest says, “Pacifist, don’t flatter yourself!”

Mickey Z. is a New York City born and bred activist, author, lecturer and martial artist who has the only-one-in-the-world distinction of having appeared in both a political anthology alongside Noam Chomsky, and featured in a Billy Banks karate film. Mickey Z.’s book titles include: ‘Darker Shade of Green,’ ‘Self-Defense for Radicals: A to Z Guide for Subversive Struggle,’ ‘CPR for Dummies,’ 50 American Revolutions You’re Not Supposed to Know: Reclaiming American Patriotism,’ ‘The Seven Deadly Spins: Exposing the Lies Behind War Propaganda,’ and his latest, ‘Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism.’

Mickey Z., occupied with activism 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 newz of the coming week from our city’s streets and beyond. But first, Jon Elmer and an acceptable genocide in Gaza.

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/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Ape Goes to Gaza Solidarity Demo Victoria Aug 9,14

Gaza Solidarity Rally – Victoria August 9, 2014
Went down to the Gaza demo today, the fourth in as many weeks against the ongoing atrocity Israel is conducting against the captive population there. The numbers are still small, considering the size of the city and the scope of the war crimes being committed. Perhaps a hundred Palestine and human rights supporters showed up. The bizarre stuff happens when first, a small group of Christian Zionists arrive and insert themselves into the standing demo; next to be joined by a group of Israeli tourists, who provide a vivid example of the insipid and unquestioning support of the massive war crimes being visited upon Gaza, (and to a lesser extent the West Bank too) in their names. The gong show starts about half-way in. – Ape

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andrew Gavin Marshall, Mazin Qumsiyeh, Janine Bandcroft July 29, 2014

This week; befitting finale, an examination of the fast coming end to the current world order.

Andrew Gavin Marshall is a Montreal-based researcher, writer, and co-editor of the book, ‘The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century’ He is also project manager for The People’s Book Project, serves as chair of the Geopolitics division of The Hampton Institute, and is Research Director for Occupy.com’s Global Power Project and the World of Resistance Report.

WoR is a fascinating chronicle of the architecture underlying the system running the world, and the people pulling the levers of power. It is too a kind of prescience compass, marking the direction globalized civilization is headed. Marshall also hosts a weekly podcast show featured at renown whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds’ BoilingFrogsPost.com.
Andrew Gavin Marshall in the first half.

And;Mazin Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian biologist and human rights activist. He appeared here at UVic last year to provide some context for the Palestinian struggle for dignity and independence. Mazin Qumsiyeh 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 up to speed with some of what’s good going on on the streets of our city, and beyond there too, in the coming week.

But first, Andrew Gavin Marshall and a World of Resistance reporting.

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/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Al Engler, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft July 21, 2014

A world on fire: If it seems these last couple weeks have been more insane than usual, you’re not watching enough baseball.

From the bombing of the citizenry of captive Gaza, and media-made invisible bombing of the citizenry of the captive cities of Eastern Ukraine, to typhoons, firestorms, and the mysterious fate of jetliners, (the second disaster in a row for Malaysia Airlines) it’s all looking a little too apocalyptic for what’s supposed to be the idle, Dog Days of Summer. But then again, we’re headed into uncharted waters on a lot of fronts now, in the teenaged years of the 21st Century.

Before proceeding further into that most difficult fifteenth year however, a peek back at recent history to figure out how we got into this mess we call Western Civilization is probably well-advised.

Allan Engler is a Vancouver-based trade unionist, social and environmental activist, and essayist whose many articles appear online at Dissident Voice, What Really Happened, and Dystopia Earth, among other places.

Listen. Hear.

Al’s also the author of the books, ‘Apostles of Greed: Capitalism and the Myth of the Individual in the Market,’ and ‘Economic Democracy: The Working Class Alternative to Capitalism.’ His latest article examines the recently translated book, ‘Capital in the 21st Century,’ a new sensation by French economist, Thomas Pikitty.

Al Engler in the first half.

And; it’s not only in the Middle East where Canadian media fails us, but there are no more egregious examples of their incompetence, incapacity, and stubborn refusal to provide insightful coverage than in both Eastern Ukraine and Gaza right now. This glaringly obvious abrogation of responsibility to their craft, let alone the ethical failure that surrender to real politik represents, has rendered the CBC and their task masters in Stephen Harper’s Ottawa complicit in the crimes Israel, and the fascist coup regime of Kiev, they support through misreporting and factual omission.

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning investigative reporter, long-time muckraker, and founder of the online news site, ThisCan’tBeHappening.net. Dave’s writing regularly appears online at Counterpunch.org and is featured too in some mainstream interests. Lindorff is author of the books, ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ and co-authored with Barbara Olshansky ‘The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush’. Dave too recently collaborated with one of America’s preeminent online investigative journalism sites, WhoWhatWhy, on a three-part series on Climate Change.
Dave Lindorff 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 up to speed with some of what’s good going on on our streets – and otherwise, (and beyond there too) – in the coming week; but first, Al Engler and getting to know Capitalism: A System of Patrimonial Wealth.

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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robert Wintner, Scott Harris, Janine Bandcroft July 14, 2014

The creatures of our oceans are under attack like never before by the rapaciousness and stupidity of the planet’s largest predator, We humans.

And, it’s not just the large fish floating on the brink of extinction. While it’s true, the Blue Fin Tuna, Sharks, Sword and Sailfishes, and all of the Whale and Porpoise species, waver on the edge of viable survival, the small reef inhabitants of the worlds seas, fish you may find familiar sights at your doctor’s or dentist’s office, too face an uncertain future.

The negative effects driving the extinctions are many, but central to them all is the human penchant to love the wild things of this earth to death.

I wrote that introduction four years ago, and the situation in the World’s oceans, and especially on its diminishing reefs, is worse now than then.

Robert Wintner is an environmental defender, author, and the wildly successful entrepreneur behind Hawaii’s Snorkel Bob’s reef outfitter company. He is also the engine behind the Snorkel Bob foundation, whose myriad charitable projects help to bring the appreciation of the oceans and all its inhabitants to humans who would otherwise remain ignorant of the workings of the Planet’s single-most essential biosphere.

Some of Robert Wintner’s book titles include: ‘In a Sweet Magnolia Time’, ‘Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing’, ‘The Modern Outlaws’, and his latest, ‘Dark Hobby: Some Fishes I Have Known.’ Snorkel Bob is also the author of the popular ‘Snorkel Bob’s Underwater and Get Down Guide to Oahu’, and it’s companion ‘Get Down Guide to Maui’, and he’s compiled several books of short stories. He is also vice-president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and skipper for its recently launched ‘Operation Reef Defense.’

Robert Wintner in the first half.

And; nothing accommodates the despoliation of the land, air, and waters of our fragile blue home in space more than the ascendancy of corporate power. In every sphere of our lives we are connected in a web of interests we know little about, the strands of that web all inexorably connected to one corporation, or more probably a matrix of interlocked trans-national corporations. Nowhere is the power of this system more evident than in the so-called alphabet soup of “free trade” agreements.

Most Canadians remember well the “national debate” over the FTA that culminated in the election of Brian Mulroney, but knowing the profound effect that agreement and subsequent agreements has had on the nature and character of our nation is a more nebulous proposition. Those citizens entirely in the dark about these dealings can be forgiven somewhat given the super secrecy with which meetings between the corporadoes and “our” representatives are conducted.

Scott Harris is Trade Campaigner with the Council of Canadians, the organization formed specifically to battle that original Free Trade Agreement, and kept busy on myriad campaigns to preserve Canadian democracy from the encroachment of corporate power ever since.

Scott Harris and facing the next of the corporate Hydra’s heads, the Trans Pacific Partnership 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 up to speed with what’s good going on, and otherwise, on Victoria’s streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Robert Wintner and the dark business behind the “dark hobby” of live fish collecting.

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/

Ape Goes to Victoria Stop Bombing Gaza Rally July 12, 2014

I joined between 40 and 50 Victorians concerned about the ongoing bombing of civilians and infrastructure in Gaza. Here's what the Victoria Peace Coalition and Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid had to say:

Gaza Under Attack – Protest Rally
Saturday July 12 at 12:30 mid-day

There will be a rally to protest the violence in the Middle East at the BC Legislature in downtown Victoria tomorrow, Saturday July 12 at 12:30 mid-day.

Please come and support the efforts to show our condemnation of the ongoing hostilities in the area and the indiscriminate killing of civilians.

From CAIA Active Members Committee
Learn more about Canadian complicity
Canadian hands involved in Gaza bombings
by Stefan Christoff
http://www.mediacoop.ca/story/canadian-hands-involved-gaza-bombings/31127

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mary P. Brooke, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft July 7, 2014

We are standing today at a great media crossroads. As daily papers stagger, shutting bureaus, cutting features, and laying off thousands in an attempt to find equilibrium amid a heaving paradigm sea change, television news too is finding its undisputed domination of information dissemination challenged by a perfect storm of high costs, diminished advertising revenue, and a rising tide of online media alternatives.

None of this is particularly newsworthy, these changes have long been forecast afterall; what IS new however is the emergence of independent local and street newspapers.

Mary P. Brooke, is the editor in chief and publisher of the Sooke Voice News, now about to launch an expansion of their efforts in a venture they call, Vancouver Island Voice News.

Mary P. Brooke in the first half.

And; the worst fears of Israelis was realized last week with the discovery of the bodies of three teens who went missing while hitch-hiking in the Occupied West Bank. The search for the three boys, all of high school age, saw a massive mobilization of Israel’s army and air force, manifesting on the ground in the West Bank with thousands of house raids, hundreds of arrests, and the deaths of more than a dozen Palestinians so far, many of them no older than the Israeli kids killed. It has also meant bombing and artillery shelling for Gaza and the resumption of rockets fired into Israel. As usual the Western media narrative fails to inform, leaving those dependent on state and corporate outlets knowing less of the story the more coverage they watch.

Jon Elmer is a Canadian photo-journalist and writer who has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine. His work has appeared at myriad sites on the internet, including; Inter Press News Service, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others, and at his web site JonElmer.ca. Jon has reported too from more than a dozen countries from Nepal and Western Sahara, to the Basque country, and here in Canada, and he has been the most frequently appearing guest on this program over the last dozen or so years.

Jon Elmer on the eve of a Third Intifada 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 from our city’s streets and beyond. But first, Mary P. Brooke and breaking news from the Sooke Voice News.

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/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dahr Jamail, Jesse Freeston, Janine Bandcroft Jun 30, 2014

Time passes, and things change, but somehow things seem the same too. Last week we featured Grant Wakefield’s 2002 recording, The Fire This Time, a chronicle of America’s 1991 invasion of Iraq. Wakefield’s opus of pain and suffering was released in the weeks preceding America’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. Eleven and a half years on, America is again sending in troops to a chaotic Iraq, but more importantly, it is feeding the maw of endless war with bullets, bombs, intelligence and micro-chipped gadgets; all the essentials to keep the killing going. Dahr Jamail is a freelance journalist and author, whose book titles include: ‘The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan,’ ‘Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Iraq,’ and he contributed the chapter, “Killing the Intellectual Class” to the anthology, ‘Cultural Cleansing in Iraq: Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered.’ Listen. Hear. Jamail was one of a very few unembedded journalists reporting from Iraq in the early days of the onset of war there in 2003, and he has returned to file Dispatches from Iraq in the years since; his last assignment being in 2013. Among Dahr’s many journalism awards are: the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism, The Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, and four Project Censored awards. His work has appeared at Truthout, Inter Press Service, Tom Dispatch, The Sunday Herald in Scotland, The Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Huffington Post, The Nation, The Independent, Al Jazeera, and at his own website, DahrJamail.net. Dahr Jamail in the first half. And; Jesse Freeston is a Montréal-based filmmaker and video-journalist. He was seminal member of the Real News Network, and has gone on to make the feature-length documentary film, ‘Resistencia,’ a chronicle of Honduran palm oil plantation barons’ attempts to dislodge occupying workers in the Aguán Valley, and produce documentaries and file reports for teleSUR’s USA de Verdad program. His latest project takes him again to Honduras to document, alongside fellow filmmaker, Beth Geglia ‘Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital.’ Jesse Freeston and Revolutionary Medicine 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 from our city’s streets and beyond. But first, Dahr Jamail and returning to Iraq. 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/ G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Enbridge Resistance, Grant Wakefield, Janine Bandcroft Jun 23, 2014

Happy Solstice to all! Here in Canada, the Summer Solstice coincides with National Aboriginal Day, an event meant to promote respect and foster awareness of the many disparate First Nations’ people residing within the colonial entity’s claimed territory.

This year is an especially poignant one for many of those people and their Nations, as they find the promises of the federal government proven again to be so much lip service; especially where it comes to Canada’s sworn responsibility to protect First Nation’s ability to practice traditional hunting, gathering, and fishing on their lands and waters.

This government promised to consult the First Nations regarding mega-projects such as pipelines, where their lands may be effected, but it appears, as reflected in the Harper government’s blessing of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, it is not prepared to do that in a meaningful way.

What this failure means here in Canada’s westernmost province is the beginning of what could be a protracted stand-off, pitting First Nations and environmental groups against the federal government and its allies in the transglobal corporate energy sector; what one First Nations elder described as a “declaration of war.”

June 17th, I went down to what may be regarded as the opening salvo of this new reality, Victoria’s No to Enbridge Rally, one of the many held across the country.

No to Enbridge in the first half.

And; the drums of war tempo increased last week as US president Obama announced he would send 300 special forces troops to Iraq, ostensibly to “train Iraqi soldiers”. This is on top of the 275 troops ordered into the war torn country last week to bolster security at the US embassy in Baghdad, and the undisclosed numbers of troops destined for Jordan. It all spells expanded warfare in Iraq and Syria, and perhaps in other parts of the region too. As the sound of military jets overhead grows here in Victoria, it’s time today to take a look back to – if not the beginning, then the more recent history of the Anglo-American Axis Powers’ military invasions of Western Asia.

The Fire This Time in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, 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 too. But first, No means No to Enbridge’s pipe dream.

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/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Ape Goes to the No To Enbridge Pipeline Rally June 17, 2014

Rallies Respond to Harper Green Light on Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline
Rally tonight to ramp up the fight!
by Forest Action Network
Regardless of what you may have heard, the Enbridge pipeline is doomed. Coastal First Nations say no, the people of BC say no, and we plan to make it stick. Join us tonight in Victoria, Vancouver and Prince George.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft Jun 16, 2014

While much of Western Asia is roiled by the instability created by wars within their borders, (wars largely created from beyond those borders by the policies of the United States and its allies in NATO and Israel) the temperature of the ever-volatile situation in Occupied Palestine is heightened today due to the disappearance Friday of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.

Bellicose threats, and an unsubstantiated accusation against Hamas from prime minister Netanyahu has accompanied mass arrests and a furthering tightening of the siege against the Gaza Strip. This comes in the wake of Pope Francis’ highly publicized trip to the Holy Land, and after the much criticized Hamas/Fatah Unitary agreement ostensibly led to Israel’s withdrawal from the latest stumbling peace process.

Jon Elmer is a Canadian freelance journalist and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East, and on Canadian foreign and military policy. Elmer has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine for the better part of the last decade, while reporting too from more than a dozen countries from Nepal and Western Sahara, to the Basque country, and here in Canada. His articles and photographs are featured at the Journal of Palestine Studies, Le Monde diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others, and at his web site JonElmer.ca. Jon is also a contributor, with Anthony Fenton, to the book, ‘Empire’s Ally: Canada in Afghanistan.’

Jon Elmer in the first half.

And; the legendary author, George Orwell famously said; “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” While Orwell is credited, long after his death, in some quarters with the power of prophesy, an analysis he would surely be dismayed if unsurprised by, he may have been truly shocked by the completeness with which the United States has come to resemble his most dystopic book, 1984.

Just last week, the alternative investigative website, ThisCantBeHappening.net discovered, through the Freedom of Information Act, it had been declared a “threat” in a memo sent across the country by none less than the Department of Homeland Security’s Director of the Washington DC Fusion Center’s Regional Threat and Assessment Center. And what was the threat? Writing about the role Homeland Security played, through its Fusion Center Network during the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning investigative reporter, long-time muckraker, and founder of the online news site, ThisCantBeHappening.net. Dave’s writing regularly appears online at Counterpunch.org and is featured too in some mainstream interests. Lindorff is author of the books, ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ and co-authored with Barbara Olshansky ‘The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush’.

Dave Lindorff on posing a “threat” and This Can’t Be Happening.net’s proudest moment of recognition 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 up to speed with some of the goings on going on on the streets of our city, and beyond too in the coming weeks.

But first, Jon Elmer and the changing sameness of Israel’s Palestinian occupation.

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/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Walt McGinnis, David Ellis, Janine Bandcroft June 9, 2014

Just more than a year into Christy Clark’s “surprise government,” the future fate of British Columbia is anything but certain.

Mega-projects loom over the lands and waters like great circling carrion birds, their shadows a chilling reminder of the destructive potential of the political process.

Meanwhile, a doggedly uncertain economic environment is exerting pressure on BC to ditch its promises to curb carbon emissions policies, climate change or no, and make of the province a fossil fuel super highway, providing transit to the sea for Tar Sands bitumen, and building of our bays and inlets port facilities for massive coal exports to Asia.

Then of course, there’s fracking.

But, how did it all happen; how did one of British Columbia’s most unpopular governments ever, with the mere application of a newly lipsticked leader, manage to snatch Victoria from the jaws of Adrian Dix and the NDP?

Walt McGinnis is a Victoria-based democracy and environmental activist dedicated to protecting the democratic process from corporatism, and co-host of the weekly television public affairs program, Citizen’s Forum. Walt’s work with StopSmartMeters.ca was instrumental in bringing about the 2011 moratorium on Smart Meter installation at the Convention of the Union of B.C. Municipalities. He’s also an electrical contractor specializing in “making the built environment safe from the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation.” Walt McGinnis is too the author of the article, ‘TOPP SECRET: Was the 2013 Election in British Columbia Rigged?’ which details the sordid background to one of the province’s most ignominious political defeats.

Walt McGinnis in the first half.

And; this Friday, June 13th, David Ellis will present evidence of an imminent rupture in the Trans Mountain pipeline to Hope RCMP, and request the force, as per their duty to public safety, order the pipeline shutdown between Portia and Hope, BC. Ellis, a retired scientist who specialized in Natural Resource Management and was key author on the seminal report, ‘Net Loss’ for the David Suzuki Foundation says the current state of the six decades-old pipeline promises a spill he believes will destroy the Fraser River salmon run. Ellis’ past experience in British Columbia include work as an Independent Fisheries Consultant, Commercial Fisherman, a stint with B.C. Forest Service as a Forestry Assistant, and as an Ethnographic Researcher in Skidegate and Victoria.

David Ellis and helping “police” the Trans Mountain Pipeline’s inevitable crime against nature on the Fraser in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, 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, Walt McGinnis and ‘Was the 2013 Election in British Columbia Rigged?’

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/

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ethan Cox, Janine Bandcroft, Defend Our Climate Jun 2, 2014

Whether environmental, economic, social, political, or personal there is little doubt we are in a world of trouble. One place where all the disparate dilemmas we face can be addressed is in the media, but there too we find discord, corruption, and systemic breakdown.

From the concentration of information systems into the hands of a few trans-global corporate interests, to the erosion of public broadcasting, the failure to maintain an effectively diversified media environment means the capitulation of democratic ideals to the predations of a capital model yet to appreciate the values inherent in serving the public interest.

So, what’s to be done?

Ethan Cox is a Montreal-based journalist, editor and political commentator whose writing has appeared everywhere from the National Post and Toronto Star, to The Tyee and Al-Jazeera America. He’s a frequent political analyst, appearing on all three national TV networks, and regularly on Montreal radio. He’s also one of the dedicated group of media pros with activist backgrounds behind RicochetMedia.ca, a paradigm-shifting effort to reverse the downward trend of both the corporate and State media through the re-invigoration of a media of, by, and for the People.

Ethan Cox in the first half.

And; last month, various environmental and social organizations coordinated with communities across Canada and came out to Defend Our Climate. The locally organized rallies reflected their communal interests while following the general theme of a sustainable, and stable future for animals and their eco-systems, and for we human animals and the environment we too depend on for survival. I went down to Victoria’s manifestation to stand together with the rest of the country.

Victoria Defends Our Climate in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster and Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on on our city’s streets and beyond.

But first, Ethan Cox and firing back at the corporate and captured public media behemoths with RicochetMedia.ca

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/

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Christopher, Peter Ewart, Janine Bandcroft May 26, 2014

From Gutenberg, the telegraph, radio waves, television, cable, and the Internet, communications has brought us a long way. Of Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the European printing press, based on a system of mechanical, moveable-type, the internet encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, describes the original information Renaissance saying: “The relatively unrestricted circulation of information — including revolutionary ideas — transcended borders, captured the masses in the Reformation and threatened the power of political and religious authorities; [while] the sharp increase in literacy broke the monopoly of the literate elite on education and learning and bolstered the emerging middle class.”

Today, with the introduction of new legislation meant to halter the ultimate descendant of Gutenberg’s genius, the Internet, the information elite is striking back.

As a global, information society, we are standing at the crossroad of a power paradigm that will determine perhaps the path humanity will take for the next century; a fork in our collective developmental trajectory that could well mean the difference between civilizational survival, or its, Our, untimely end.

David Christopher is Communications Manager for OpenMedia.ca, the “award-winning community-based organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet.” OpenMedia has been at the fore in fight after fight against the repeated attempts of Canada’s corporate culture, and their allies in government, to rein in and stratify access to that:

“[R]elatively unrestricted circulation of information — including revolutionary ideas — transcend[ing] borders.”

Christopher has transcended many of those borders himself, hailing originally from Ireland’s west country, and studying History and Political Science at Dublin’s famed Trinity College, before his work in communications moved him to Scotland, New Zealand, and found him finally shoring up here on the Pacific coast, right across the straits in Vancouver.

David Christopher in the first half.

And; last week, Russian leader, Vladimir Putin shook hands on a massive deal to supply Liquified Natural Gas to China. More than being the biggest such deal ever signed between two countries, it also serves to threaten the hegemonic American petrodollar, an arrangement that has subsidized the waning superpower’s enormous international clout, while undergirding its fragile domestic economy. The deal too poses a threat to British Columbia’s much touted plan to tie its economic future to similarly huge energy deals with the World’s largest single energy market.

Peter Ewart is a Prince George-based writer and columnist with 250 News, amongst other online publications. In his recent article, ‘Implications for BC of the Russia/China Gas Deal’ he explores the dynamics of the Russia/China gas deal, and some of its possible ramifications.

Peter Ewart, and Christie Clark’s attempt to saddle BC’s economic future on the back of a bucking gas industry bronco in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio 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, David Christopher and standing in the way of Big Telecom’s promise to create of the open internet an information caste system by saying No! to the Internet Slow Lane.

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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