elcome to the official beginnings of America's full on hurly-burly, hurdy gurdy, election season. In case you're just returned from your extraterrestrial vacation, the Iowa caucus kicked off the 2016 democracy pageant Monday, and despite the escalating insanity of American political life since the first era of hope in the 1960's, this year seems by orders of magnitude the zaniest poll in living memory; really one for the books. William Blum
has been writing books chronicling the progress of his native America through the World for more than four decades. Leaving his State Department job with the Johnson administration, Bill became a founding editor of the Washington Free Press, the Capitol's first "alternative newspaper."
He's also worked as a freelance journalist, filing stories from Europe, (notably collaborating with former CIA operative, Philip Agee) and in the Americas, with an extended stay in post-Allende Chile.
William Blum's book, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, from which his website, KillingHope.org takes its name, was first published in 1995 and is cited by Noam Chomsky as “far and away the best book on the topic.” Blum's other titles include: 'West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir,' 'America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy – The Truth About U.S. Foreign Policy and Everything Else,' 'Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire,' and 'Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower.' William Blum in the first half.
And; last week, the environmental organization, Wilderness Committee
won in BC's Supreme Court a ruling throwing out a defamation suit brought by extractive industry heavy weight, Taseko Mines. In what the CBC reported as a "strongly worded" decision
, Supreme court Justice Gordon Funt ordered Taseko pay "special costs." Wilderness Committee National Policy Director, Gwen Barlee expressed relief
over the court win, saying “It’s time for British Columbia to enact anti-SLAPP legislation to prevent this from happening again.” Joe Foy is the Wilderness Committee's National Campaign Director, and joins us in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio braodcaster, 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 there too. But first, William Blum and the American election crucible fires lit.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm 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/
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, William Blum, Joe Foy, Janine Bandcroft February 3, 2016
Created on Monday, 01 February 2016 02:02
Written by Ray Grigg
Methane: The Other Greenhouse Gas
by Ray Grigg - Shades of Green
January 31, 2016
Carbon dioxide is the culprit that usually gets more attention as a greenhouse gas than its lesser-known cohort, methane. But the equally colourless and odourless methane is also a major contributor to global climate change.
Indeed, methane, chemically composed of one carbon and four hydrogens atoms (CH4), can have warming effects that are 28 times more warming than CO2 over a 100 year period.
Like carbon dioxide, methane's concentration has also increased in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution. Whereas carbon dioxide has risen from 280 parts per million to 400 ppm, about 43%, methane has jumped from 722 ppm to 1,893 ppm, a rise of 162%.
Created on Sunday, 31 January 2016 21:06
Written by Press Release
Wild Salmon of Oslo
he magic begins once you’re underway. You can’t plan for it, but you can prepare. I know this from personal experience, having been on several overseas environmental delegations to Japan and Germany in years past.
It is no different this time with the Wild Salmon Delegation to Norway.
Love Locks Bridge
I was pleasantly surprised when our new friend Martin invited us to view spawning wild salmon in the heart of Oslo this morning. The fish enter the Akerselva River in August, and are usually dead or gone back out to sea by January.
Martin took us to Oslo’s famous Love Locks Bridge, where couples leave a lock as a symbol of their commitment to each other. Many of these lovers are unaware that wild salmon also return to this place to come together and renew their commitment to the next generation’s continued existence. Read more
Created on Sunday, 31 January 2016 20:42
Written by Creative Commons
Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Inquiry, Genocide, and Unceded Territories
- Dissident Voice
January 31st, 2016
he following is an open letter for all of you Canadians out there. My name is Wolverine. I am an 83 year old father, grandfather, great grandfather and Secwepemc Elder.
I am a long time defender of the inherent jurisdiction and responsibility of Indigenous Peoples to steward our Homelands, which have never been purchased or surrendered to Canada, Britain or any other entity.
In her first public appearance as Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Kwakwaka’wakw, publicly spoke to the letter I sent on January 4th, 2016 to both her and the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau calling for a National Inquiry into the Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Standoff 1995.
She was asked three times by three women, to take action, to call this Inquiry and to address the ongoing genocide that is taking place on our Territories. Her response, as the Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada was disrespectful and dismissive.
You all need a history lesson. Here it is.
Created on Saturday, 30 January 2016 21:12
Written by David Swanson
Jill Stein's Platform More Viable Than Bernie's
by David Swanson
- American Herald Tribune
January 30, 2016 I
asked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her platform this week and came away believing it had a better chance of winning than Bernie Sanders
'. I know that platforms don't run, people do, and they do so within a two-party dominated system. But this already crazy presidential election could turn into a crazier five-way race. And, even if it doesn't, or if it does but still nobody ever learns that Jill Stein exists, there is nonetheless much for us and for the other candidates to learn from her platform.
If you think free college is popular, you should see what young people think of free college and erasing all existing student debt.
If single-payer healthcare with raised taxes (but net savings, if you make it to that fine print) excites voters, how do you think they'd respond to single-payer healthcare with no raised taxes?
If fewer wars and asking Saudi Arabia to do more of the funding and fighting sounds promising, what would you say to no more wars, a 50 percent cut in the $1 trillion/year military spending, no more weapons sales to Saudi Arabia
which is doing more than enough killing, thank you, no more free weapons for Israel either, and investment of some of the savings in a massive green energy jobs campaign producing a sustainable energy policy and a full-employment economy?
Created on Saturday, 30 January 2016 20:26
Written by Ingmar Lee
On Today's GBR Announcement at Bella Bella
by Ingmar Lee
January 30, 2016
spent 21 years of my life planting trees. I have planted more than a million trees and supervised the planting of ten million more. I have crawled through the entrails of once ancient forests all across BC and Alberta planting trees.
I am not under any illusion that treeplanting, as a PR facet of industrial logging, replaces what is lost when a primaeval forest is destroyed. I love primaeval forest.
Humanity, for the most part evolved under a lush forest canopy, as symbiotic participants in the ever unfolding evolution of their biodiversity. More recently, deserts began appearing across this planet, as forests were mowed back to make way for "civilization."
In the epicentre of every desert, there is a failed human enterprise which metastasized and consumed itself to extinction.