Another Letter to the Ministers not Responsible

Dear Minister of Fisheries, the Honourable Gail Shea and Premier Gordon
by Alexandra Morton
I am writing to you again, as I have every week since the middle of February, to ask that you apply three sections of the Fisheries Act to the industrial salmon feedlots. I have not received a reply. The U.S. Organization Trout Unlimited has sent their own letter to you with 360 signatures on it.

They write:

"[W]e can no longer stand by and watch silently as this new salmon crisis unfolds.  We have begun to call on our legions of advocates to voice their support for the protection of British Columbia¹s wild salmon and steelhead stocks before it is too late."

Premier Campbell 13,094 people have signed letters to you on this issue but there remains confusion over your position on salmon farms.  You have suggested on your website that you do not intend to attempt to regain control of fish farms following my constitutional challenge which removed salmon farms to the Federal government. However, you have joined the Norwegian fish farm corporation Marine Harvest in their appeal challenging this BC Supreme Court decision. Your actions contradict your words.
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Gordon Campbell's Rose-Coloured Province

Vision of B.C.'s Future: Gordon Campbell's Rose-Coloured Province
by BCLiberalsBS
BC Premier Gordon Campbell shamelessly spews a string of lies about the future while holding his grandchild. 

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Phoney Greens Sow Confusion Before B.C. Poll

Answer of the Save Our Rivers Society to the so-called
“white paper”put out by The BC Citizens for Green Energy
The BC Citizens for Green Energy (BCCGE) are shills for Private Power producers and have just issued an unbelievable statement about the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in response to what Save Our Rivers Society has been saying on the subject.
The statement says, in essence, that there is nothing in NAFTA that would compel BC to permit the export of water (Save Our Rivers Society has never said there was); that nothing in NAFTA forces BC to permit continued use of Crown land beyond the termination of a lease (Save Our Rivers Society never says there was); that NAFTA panels are reluctant to find government legislation to be an expropriation of an investment and are reluctant to award substantial damages if such happens, (Save Our Rivers Society has offered no speculation as to what NAFTA panels might or might do but raises risks of what they might do, risks that prudent and democratic governments ought to consider and advise the citizens about. We do not raise these capriciously but based on what experts in the field tell us.)
In fact, instead of leaping to conclusions based upon an expert who supports them, SORS uses expert opinion to call attention to all risks that should be acknowledged and dealt with.
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Obama in Two-Dimensions

Obama's 100 Days: The Mad Men Did Well
by John Pilger
The BBC's American television soap Mad Men offers a rare glimpse of the power of corporate advertising. The promotion of smoking half a century ago by the “smart” people of Madison Avenue, who knew the truth, led to countless deaths. Advertising and its twin, public relations, became a way of deceiving dreamt up by those who had read Freud and applied mass psychology to anything from cigarettes to politics.
Just as Marlboro Man was virility itself, so politicians could be branded, packaged and sold.

It is more than 100 days since Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. The “Obama brand” has been named “Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008”, easily beating Apple computers. David Fenton of describes Obama’s election campaign as “an institutionalised mass-level automated technological community organising that has never existed before and is a very, very powerful force”.
Deploying the internet and a slogan plagiarised from the Latino union organiser César Chávez – “Sí, se puede!” or “Yes, we can” – the mass-level automated technological community marketed its brand to victory in a country desperate to be rid of George W Bush.
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Important White-People Artifacts Found

White-People Artifacts May Delay Skirt Mtn Development
by Forest Action
It seems the proposed South Skirt Mountain development is on hold (for a week or more, maybe) as contractors map and survey the steep bluffs on the western edge of the hill for the wreckage of a 1967 plane crash.

WTF Langford? got the tip from alert observers who spotted the consultants skulking through the bush near the gravel pit north of Amy Road. Today, Ross Crockford confirmed that the area is listed as a provincial heritage site.

Last year, Crockford, a contributor to Victoria Boulevard magazine and other fine local journals, visited the crash site and interviewed the families of the two men who were lost. The report and photos are posted on his blog, Unknown Victoria.
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Going Backwards in Baghdad

And So It Goes...
by Dahr Jamail | t r u t h o u t
Last week found Iraq swimming in blood once again. Attacks last Thursday brought the worst violence Iraq has seen in over a year, with at least 96 Iraqis killed and 157 wounded in two massive suicide bombings.
In Kut, southeast of Baghdad, a girl cries after her mother was killed
in a US military raid. (Photo: AP)
Over 35 bombings have rocked Baghdad this month alone. There appears to be no end in sight for the escalating violence. For an Obama administration that plans to keep at least 50,000 US troops in Iraq indefinitely, look no further for a justification in doing so.
On Friday, further slaughter assaulted Iraq, with 93 killed and another 163 wounded as the attacks continued unabated. Saturday was a light day, with "only" 15 Iraqis killed and 22 wounded, while Iraqi security forces reportedly defused 20 bombs and two booby-trapped cars in Baghdad. Meanwhile, violence most likely related to the growing battle between government forces and the Sahwa, who are stepping up attacks against government and US forces, continues.
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Obama at 99: The Ambiguity of Dissent

99 DAYS OF OBAMA: The Ambiguity of Dissent
by Jack Random
I began writing the political commentaries in earnest in the year 2000 when Republican operatives used staged protests and Machiavellian legal maneuvers in the theft of a presidential election.  (How strange that an administration begun by circumventing the democratic process would soon lead us into war on the pretense of championing democracy in the Middle East.)  I was compelled to write.  Words flowed onto the page in horror and outrage and they never stopped for eight long years.  

Now we are officially in the age of Obama.  Tuesday marks the 99th day of the Obama administration, one day short of the media’s traditional grading period – a tradition founded in the administration of Franklin Roosevelt.  

The tradition of dissent goes back much further to the founding of the nation and the first amendment of the Bill of Rights.  Dissent is the heart of democracy and its defense is every democratic government’s most solemn responsibility.  

It is ironic that a government which sought to suppress dissent, that accused its critics of appeasing the enemy, that painted its opposition in the colors of treason, that in fact arrested, detained and defamed dissidents for opposing its oppressive policies, should have brought forth a tidal wave of dissent that expressed itself on the internet, on the streets of protest and eventually on the editorial pages of newspapers and in the commentaries of talking heads.  
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American Torture: No News is New News

Terror and Torture
by Jim Miles
The current media frenzy concerning Obama’s coming release of more information on U.S. torture between 2000 and 2005 is a political storm conveniently kept out of context.  There are two aspects to the context that are missing.  
First, this is not new information and well before current events erupted into the news, the case has been made all along that the Bush administration in general – Bush and Cheney, their political advisors and legal representatives – are all complicit in contravening the Geneva Conventions on torture and the treatment of prisoners of war.  
Secondly, terror and torture go hand in glove, the two are fully related and have been used by the U.S. and its proxies in many different contexts around the world – and are still doing so as Obama has put an end to torture at Guantanamo, but has not denied renditions to friendly torturers elsewhere.

The spin-doctors in the White House are no longer allowing the use of the term “war on terror” although the facts of the war have not changed.  
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Hyping the Flu for NWO

Flu Pandemic Hype: Another Pretext for World Government 
by Kurt Nimmo - Infowars
During the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) Summit in Montebello, Canada in 2005, the “three amigos” (Bush, Harper and
Calderon) released “North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza,” described as a “collaborative North American approach that recognizes that controlling the spread of avian influenza or a novel strain of human influenza, with minimal economic disruption, is in the best interest of all three countries.” The plan outlines how “Canada, Mexico and the United States intend to work together to prepare for and manage avian and pandemic influenza.”

Ban Ki-moon said the Mexican flu outbreak is the “first test” of the “pandemic preparedness work undertaken by the international community over the past three years.”

It was hardly a coincidence that at the same time the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, created a webpage dedicated to avian flu and subsequently ran exercises in preparation for the possible use of U.S. military forces in a continental domestic emergency involving avian flu or pandemic influenza.
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Politics and the Picture of Death

the politics of death
by janine bandcroft
the may street newz is on the streetz, and apparently some of the vendors are taking some slack about the cover photo. the theme of this month's issue is 'harm reduction,' because it's a year since the fixed site needle exchange was closed. the photo is courtesy of reuters.
i have access to those because of our membership in the international street newspaper association. i could probably have gone downtown, in any major city of the world and got a more horrifying photo to suit the month's theme. harm reduction. connected to addiction. connected to poverty, hopelessness, and death.

the title of the paper is 'street newz.' it's not the 'feel-good newz,' or the 'pretend this shit isn't really happening' newz. it's the 'street' newz. the cover price on the paper is 50 cents or by donation.
it's a newspaper from the streets, about the streets, for the street community. that others buy it is wonderful, and that's what keeps us alive, but ultimately the street newz is about telling the truth, sharing the reality, of street life in victoria bc canada. the street newz is keeping it real.

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Taking Torture to the Top

Straight to the Top
by Scott Horton
The torture trail starts and ends in the White House. That is perhaps the most inescapable conclusion to be drawn from the flurry of documents released in the last week—first the OLC memoranda, then a newly declassified report of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and finally an amazing document that Attorney General Eric Holder released yesterday, which has still gained little attention.
The Holder note presents a summary of CIA interaction with the White House in connection with the approval of the torture techniques that John Yoo calls the “Bush Program.” Holder’s memo refers to the participants by their job titles only, but John Sifton runs it through a decoder and gives us the actual names. Here’s a key passage:

“[The] CIA’s Office of General Counsel [this would include current Acting CIA General Counsel John Rizzo] met with the Attorney General [John Ashcroft], the National Security Adviser [Condoleezza Rice], the Deputy National Security Adviser [Stephen Hadley], the Legal Adviser to the National Security Council [John Bellinger], and the Counsel to the President [Alberto Gonzales] in mid-May 2002 to discuss the possible use of alternative interrogation methods [on Abu Zubaydah] that differed from the traditional methods used by the U.S. military and intelligence community. At this meeting, the CIA proposed particular alternative interrogation methods, including waterboarding.”
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Will Horter, Ingmar Lee, Janine Bandcroft April 27, 2009

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week Dogwood Initiative Executive Director and Conservation Voters of B.C. Chair, Will Horter and another kind of war in the woods in B.C.'s enviro. community; long-time front line eco-activist, Ingmar Lee and smelling the political winds blowing through the wild coasts of the province; and Victoria Street Newz publisher, Janine Bandcroft keeping an eye of the capital's streets.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:
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