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The Vulture's Egg: Rubio Moves Up

Who hatched Rubio?
by Greg Palast
February 4, 2016

The big boys are confident that Sen. Marco Rubio has locked up the Republican nomination. But who’s locked up Rubio?

I called my bookie in London. The betting professionals were not surprised at Marco Rubio’s big Iowa showing. The smart money has been on Rubio since October 31--despite the fact that Rubio was polling at just 9%.

Paul Krishnamurty, politics odds analyst at Betfair.com, told me that, among professional betters, over just two days, Rubio soared from zero to odds-on favorite to win the GOP nomination.

Why would the guys who bet the rent money place it all on Rubio—and what suddenly changed on October 31?

Because, despite the fact that 9 of 10 Republicans rejected him, on Halloween, Rubio won the only vote that counts: The Vulture’s.

Disappearing America's Undocumented Workers

All the News That’s Fit to Print: How the Media Hide Undocumented Workers
by Aviva Chomsky - TomDispatch 
 
February 4, 2016

In our post-modern (or post-post-modern?) age, we are supposedly transcending the material certainties of the past. The virtual world of the Internet is replacing the “real,” material world, as theory asks us to question the very notion of reality. Yet that virtual world turns out to rely heavily on some distinctly old systems and realities, including the physical labor of those who produce, care for, and provide the goods and services for the post-industrial information economy.
 
As it happens, this increasingly invisible, underground economy of muscles and sweat, blood and effort intersects in the most intimate ways with those who enjoy the benefits of the virtual world. Of course, our connection to that virtual world comes through physical devices, and each of them follows a commodity chain that begins with the mining of rare earth elements and ends at a toxic disposal or recycling site, usually somewhere in the Third World.
 
Closer to home, too, the incontrovertible realities of our physical lives depend on labor -- often that of undocumented immigrants -- invisible but far from virtual, that makes apparently endless mundane daily routines possible.
 
 

Starved for Justice: The Logic of Hunger Striking Palestinians

The Logic of Hunger Striking Palestinians: When Starvation Is a Weapon
by Ramzy Baroud  - PalestineChronicle.com

Mohammed al-Qeq posterBy Friday, January 29, Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeq had spent 66-days on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Just before he fell into his third coma, a day earlier, he sent a public message through his lawyers, the gist of which was: freedom or death.

Al-Qeq is 33-years of age, married and a father of two. Photos circulating of him online and on Palestinian streets show the face of a bespectacled, handsome man. The reality though is quite different. “He's in a very bad situation. He fell into his third coma in recent days, and his weight has dropped to 30 kilograms (66 pounds),” Ashraf Abu Sneina, one of al-Qeq's attorneys, told Al Jazeera.
 
Al-Qeq was arrested under yet another notorious Israeli law called the ‘administrative detention’ law.

Ominous predictions of al-Qeq’s imminent death have been looming for days with no end in sight to his elongated ordeal. Unfortunately for a man who believes that the only tool of defense and protest he has against apartheid Israel is his body, the Red Cross and other international groups took many days to so much as acknowledge the case of this news reporter who had refused food and medical treatment since November 24, 2015.

Billionaire's Bonanza: Buying a 2016 White House

Rubio's Billionaire Vulture: Paul Singer, the GOP's Baddie Sugar Daddie
by Greg Palast

February 1, 2016

Greg Palast has been investigating Singer and other finance vultures for BBC Television's Newsnight.

It's out of the closet –– or, more accurately, out of the coven. The list of the billionaires who have given at least $2.5 million to Conservative Solutions, the pro-Rubio Super PAC, is headed by Paul Singer. Singer and his hedge fund crew at Elliott Associates, with their donations to the Republican National Committee and other "independent" groups like "Solutions", makes it likely that Singer is now the top funder for the GOP.
 
 

 

The untold story of the sources of the loot controlled by

Paul "The Vulture" Singer and why he needs to buy the White House

 
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Tony "the War Tiger" Blair Calls for European Army

Former British Prime Minister Blair joins call for a European army
by Jordan Shilton  - WSWS.org
 
2 February 2016

 
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently called in a Newsweek magazine column for the establishment of a European army organised independently of the NATO alliance.
 
As part of a broader plea for unity among the major European Union (EU) powers under the title “European unity has never been more important,” Blair wrote that the European powers had to be capable of projecting their interests on the global stage.

“I would argue that in the medium term, there will be a growing requirement for Europe to build defence capability. That force would not supplant NATO, but would have the independent ability to take military action at times when Europe’s security interests are threatened when the US may decide not to be involved.”
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, William Blum, Joe Foy, Janine Bandcroft February 3, 2016

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

 
Welcome 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."
 
Listen. Hear.

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/
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Fossil Fuel Transitioning: Can We Manage Methane?

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%.
 
 

Clayoquot Action: Dispatch from Oslo

Wild Salmon of Oslo 
 
clayoquot actionThe 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.

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Going Back to Gustafen: Revisiting Canada's 'Wounded Knee'

Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Inquiry, Genocide, and Unceded Territories
by Wolverine - Dissident Voice

January 31st, 2016

The 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. 

 

Ripe for Change, America? Meeting the Green Candidate

Jill Stein's Platform More Viable Than Bernie's
by David Swanson - American Herald Tribune

January 30, 2016

Stein greenI 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?
 

First Nation, "Greens" and Logger/Government Alliance Announce 'Great Bear Rainforest' Open for Business

On Today's GBR Announcement at Bella Bella
by Ingmar Lee

January 30, 2016

I 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.

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