It's the Economists, Stupid!

Theory vs. Reality: Why Market Absolutism Fails
by Ernest Partridge
he collapse of market fundamentalism in economies everywhere is putting the Chicago School theology on trial. Its big lie has been exposed by facts on two levels. The Chicago Boys' claim that helping the rich will also help the poor is not only exposed as not true, it turns out that market fundamentalism hurts not only the poor and the powerless; it hurts everyone, rich and poor, albeit in different ways... The fruits of Friedman test are in - and they are all rotten."
Henry Liu
An economist and his guide, while hunting in Africa, fall into an elephant trap: twenty feet deep with vertical walls.

“That does it,” says the guide, “we’re done for. No escape, no food, no chance of being found in time.”

“Nonsense,” said the economist, “I can get us out of here.”

“And how do you propose to do that?,” the guide asks.

The economist replies: “Well, first we posit a ladder.”
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Three Canadians Killed in Afghanistan

Three Canadians Killed in Afghanistan
by C. L. Cook
State news organ, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation is reporting three more Canadian soldiers were killed Saturday when their vehicle encountered a road-side bomb. Only days after receiving the remains of another three Canadians soldiers killed in the same manner, the bodies of Corporal Thomas James Hamilton and Privates John Michael Roy Curwin and Justin Peter Jones now begin their journey home.
Cpl. Thomas James Hamilton, left, Pte. Justin Peter Jones, centre, and Pte. John Michael Roy Curwin, right, all members of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, based at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick, were killed by an improvised explosive device Saturday in southern Afghanistan. (DND) 
The three killed today brings to 103 the number of Canadians killed in Afghanistan since 2002, 99 of those dying since a change of deployment and tactics undertaken Canadian Forces in 2005.
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British Columbia: Killing Wild Horses for Wolf Bait

my letter to MOE re: predator kills, Wild Horse and Wolf Kills
by Barbara Murray
Hello Everyone here is my letter to MOE re: predator kills, Wild Horse and Wolf Kills, (see action alert below).
Dear Minister Penner; I write to you asking that you bring some rational and sanity to the issue that was exposed in The Sun Newspaper on Dec 6th; ‘Gov't Paid to have Chilcotin's Wild Horses Shot for Wolf Bait’. This utterly bizarre scenario just makes British Columbia and its citizens look ridiculous and backward.   

I understand that the ranchers and loggers have their own special concerns that your government is favoring but their concerns should not be confused with what is necessary to save the caribou. Obviously over the years commercial ventures such as logging, ranching, mining, drilling, hydro-power etc…have taken priority over sustaining wildlife and now many of our wildlife are either threatened or endangered. Commonsense tells us that to save the caribou and other species we have to protect where they live without interference from overt human activity.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kevin Pina, Janine Bandcroft Dec. 15, 2008

This Week on Gorilla Radio
by C. L. Cook
In 2004, Canada and the rest of the world's great defenders of democracy stood silent when Jean Bertrand Aristide, the duly-elected president of Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation, was over-thrown in a bloodless coup d'Etat. As a candidate, vying for a third comeback term as the country's chief executive, the former priest Aristide committed the cardinal crime: He promised to represent and serve the people, and this betrayal of corporate and elite interests could not be allowed to pass.

On February 28th, in the dead of night, American and Canadian commandos stole into the presidential palace and made off with the only hope of salvation for Haiti's miserably impoverished majority. Aristide was bundled off to house arrest in the Central African Republic and replaced with a more pliable, puppet regime. In a publicity stunt meant to blunt criticism of the blatant regime change, an internationally recognized crime against the peace, the perpetrators loosed NGO's, national aid entities, and United Nations "peacekeepers" to ensure justice for the captive population. That promise has not been met. Last week, reports of unchecked starvation in Haiti embarrassed the basket-case nation's minders.

Kevin Pina is an American journalist and film maker who has lived in and reported from Haiti. His documentary film titles include: 'El Salvador: In the Name of Democracy,' Berkeley in the Sixties,' Amazonia: Voices from the Rainforest,' 'Haiti: The UNtold Story,' and his latest, 'HAITI: We Must Kill the Bandits.' Kevin Pina in the first segment.

And; Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good going-ons in and around the south island in the coming week,and she'll report the latest in her continuing feature: State of the Shelter Emergency in Victoria and beyond. And I'll have a few comments about the state of Canada as the year winds down. But first up, Kevin Pina and Haitian promises of justice wearing thin.  
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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Killing the Working American

by Jack Random
enate Republicans have made their stand.  Unable to find their foothold against a $700 billion bailout for the financial institutions before the election, they have suddenly relocated their collective courage in opposition to the $14 billion loan package to save the auto industry.  

Twenty-one Senators who voted for the financial bailout switched sides to oppose the auto bailout [1] on the grounds that the United Auto Workers was unwilling to sacrifice wages.  They made no such demands of the financial behemoths that were deemed “too big to fail.”  

Aside from the not insignificant matter of $686 billion (some say it could be trillions when the Federal Reserve’s cloistered dealings are factored in), what differences between these two ideologically similar events justifies a wholesale change of heart?  
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Gimme Shelter: Coats Aren't Enough

coats aren't enough
by janine bandcroft
'll bet all the homeless (an estimated 1500 in our fair city) are thankful for the free coats that the new mayor and the cool aid society and mark's work warehouse recently handed out during a photo op.

and i'm sure that all the wonderful people who work and volunteer at the shelters are just thrilled to put aside whatever festive preparations they're involved with to enact the city's cold weather 'strategy.' good thing there's no independent, free standing dignity village where people could actually have their own roof over their own heads. better to put the burden back onto the service providers and the city officials rather than enable people to take care of themselves and their friends during the first snowstorm of the year.

meanwhile, on the local public access station, linda mcquaig is teaching a simple lesson in global economics. (no doubt thanks are due to jack etkin for getting the presentation on the air). linda is speaking to a roomful about the competitiveness index published by some accredited economic institute think tank.
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Press Bids a Not Fond Farewell to Bush in Iraq

Iraqi Reporter Throws Shoes at Bush, Calls Him 'Dog'
by Commondreams
AGHDAD  - An Iraqi reporter called visiting U.S. President George W. Bush a "dog" in Arabic on Sunday and threw his shoes at him during a news conference in Baghdad. Iraqi security officers and U.S. secret service agents leapt at the man and dragged him struggling and screaming out of the room where Bush was giving a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
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A People's History of Kanada in Pictures

A People's History of Kanada in Pictures
The People's History of Canada/Kanada Poster Project is a collaborative effort between No One is Illegal-Vancouver and grassroots artists. A series of original art pieces explore moments of repression and resistance in Canadian history.
The artists working on this Project come from a diversity of communities and almost all carry his/herstories and direct experiences of colonization and displacement that are being engaged within the Project. Initial sales helped the project break even ($1500) and raised $500 for NOII-Vancouver. 
Trying to figure out what to get your family and friends? Sick of the malls and capitalist greed? Check out The People's History of Canada/Kanada Poster Project! For details and images of the posters, click here or cut and paste this URL into a new page:
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Reviewing an Unspeakable Narrative

Reviewing Unspeakable Narrative: Tracking Deception: Bush Mid-East Policy
by Edward Jayne
racking Deception, by William A. Cook, offers a sustained diatribe against Israel and the United States, comprising forty-three articles published between September, 2002, and April, 2005, when the two governments were escalating hostilities against their respective enemies of choice. Not more than thirty-two months transpired, but Cook’s articles went into print on the average once every three weeks for this entire period.
The result is something more than a book. Cook’s most basic argument, to be found in his final chapter, is that our two nations’ “monolithic belief systems” are based on collective myths that have lost their credibility. He demonstrates his thesis relevant to the current practices of both nations, but for the history and pre-history of the United States he traces these myths to a more inclusive narrative in counterpoint with what might be described as an “unspeakable narrative.” Unfortunately, he neglects to do the same with Israel, so a few suggestions seem in order to right the balance.
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Victoria's Alternative Television This Week

Victoria Community TV Presents 
his week's programs include: 'How Standardized Tests are ruining public education' and:  'B.C. For Sale'.  

On Shaw TV

Channel 11 in Victoria and Saltspring Island
Channel 4 in Duncan and the Cowichan Valley

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Atrocity Unlimited: Turning Somalia into a Global Free-Fire Zone

Atrocity Unlimited: US Seeks to Turn Somalia into Global Free-Fire Zone
by Chris Floyd
Not content with destroying the only vestige of stability that Somalia had known for almost two decades by arming, backing and participating in a brutal "regime change" invasion by Ethiopia, the Bush Administration now wants to turn the ravaged land into an international "free fire zone," a giant Fallujah where any powerful nation on earth can launch armed incursions on Somali soil, wreaking the usual "collateral damage" in the search for pirates -- or for those arbitrarily designated as pirates.

The Bush Regime is drafting a UN Security Council resolution that will give "the international community" carte blanche to "hunt down" alleged pirates on land in Somalia, the Guardian reports:

    A draft resolution that would permit states fighting piracy to "take all necessary measures ashore in Somalia, including in its airspace" has been circulated to members of the UN Security Council. Prior consent for raids would be required from Somalia's weak and fractured government...

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Hard Days Ahead without Studs

Hard Times and Missing Studs
by Tom Engelhardt
n Sunday, December 7, I went to a memorial for Studs Terkel, that human dynamo, our nation's greatest listener and talker, the one person I just couldn't imagine dying. After all, the man wrote his classic oral history of death, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? at 89, and only then did he do his oral history of hope, Hope Dies Last.
The celebration of his life went on for almost two and a half hours. Everyone on stage had a classic story about the guy, one better than the next, and Studs would have been thrilled that so many people talked at such length about him. But he wouldn't have stayed. Half an hour into the event, he would have been out the door, across the street, and into the nearest bar, asking people about their lives. And the amazing thing is this: they would have been spilling their guts. He could make a stone talk -- and not only that, but tell a story of stone-ness that no one had ever heard before or even imagined a stone might tell. His death is like an archive of what was best in America closing; his legacy lies in oral histories that will inform the generations.

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