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Salmon Crusader Staniford Reignites Fish Farm Debate

Staniford Relights 'Salmon Farming Kills' Campaign
by Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture
Ullapool, Scotland - The smoking hot 'Salmon Farming Kills' campaign has been re-launched by Don Staniford in his new role as Director of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA).

Staniford, previous Global Co-ordinator of GAAIA, this week stepped down as Director of Protect Wild Scotland to work full-time on the 'Salmon Farming Kills' campaign.

Don Staniford will be visiting Norway in June (13-18) and Canada in September/October as part of the 'Censored Salmon' tour.

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Frogs, Chemical Castration, Syngenta, and the End of Life on Earth

Berkeley, Frogs, and Declining Sperm Count
by Betty Krawzcyk - Betty's Early Edition
From the University of California, Berkeley, have come many break through scientific discoveries , both in the so-called hard sciences (physics, chemistry, biology) and in soft sciences such as anthropology and psychology. I’ve long held UC Berkeley, in the highest esteem, particularly their anthropology departments.
 
Why? Because this department uses hard science methods (carefully controlled experiments) in the so called soft sciences while testing their own thesis. But the latest bomb shell to come out of UC, Berkeley is all hard science. And it is as scary as hell.
 
What could be scarier than hell? The road to getting there.
 
Can you imagine a world where most of the males in the world, both human and non-human, are sterile and suffering from reproductive deformities of all sorts? Where the biology of men is so confused they began to grow eggs instead of sperm? Where women can no longer nurse even when they have men whose sperm is viable enough to fertilize their eggs because their breasts are cancer ridden?
 
Enter Dr. Tyrone Hayes, professor of integrative biology at UC, Berkeley. (Democracy Now 2/21/2013):

“Well, here at Berkeley I was already studying the effects of hormones and the effects of chemicals that interfere with hormones on amphibian development. And I was approached by the manufacturer (later to become Syngenta) and asked to study the effects of atrazine, the herbicide, on frogs. And I discovered that it interfered with male development and caused males to turn into females, to develop eggs, the company tried to prevent me from publishing and discussing that work with other scientists outside of their panel.”
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US Crowing Over China Containment Premature

American Rooster Prepares to Crow Atop Asian Dunghill
by Peter Lee - China Matters
In other words, it’s time for the United States to engage in a full-throated celebration of the pivot to Asia with what I think is going to be President Obama’s America F*ck Yeah tour of Asian democracies in April 2014.
 
The trip requires more than a little spadework, given the rather fraught situation in Asia.

It’s not just that the PRC and the Japan are at each other’s throats and the Philippines has declared that the South China Sea is the new Sudetenland, and the PRC must be met with confrontation, not negotiation. It’s that the United States is less than completely happy with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s sharp elbows and the fractures they create in the pivot’s united front.
 
There has been a fascinating flurry of op-eds in US prestige media (Bloomberg, NY Times, Washington Post, and Business Week) highly critical of Abe and his provocative visit to the Yasukuni Shrine…
 
…a visit that took place in December 2013. Concerned chin-stroking end-February 2014 is a little late, it would seem.
 
And for that matter, the highly insulting detail that Prime Minister Abe listened to Joe Biden’s importunities for an hour before blowing him off and visiting the shrine…that was leaked end January.
 

The Period of Consequence Is Upon Us: Climate Change and Its Deniers

The Fateful Collision - Floods, Catastrophe And Climate Denial
by David Edwards  - Media Lens
An epic struggle is currently taking place that will determine the fate, and perhaps the survival, of our species. It is a collision between natural limits and rational awareness of the need to respect those limits, on the one hand, and the forces of blind greed, on the other.
 
Over the next few years, fundamental questions about who we are as a species really will be answered: Are we fundamentally sane, rational? Or are we a self-destructive failure that will end in the evolutionary dustbin?
 
As former Conservative energy minister Charles Hendry says, the recent UK floods 'have ended political debate about climate change impacts'. Indeed, recent global weather extremes suggest that something of 'enormous magnitude is happening'.
 
Even taken in isolation, the UK floods may constitute an 'absolutely devastating environment incident', a recent study by conservation scientists reports:
 
'Noxious hydrogen sulphide fumes and lead poisoning are among the threats from floodwater contamination – while animals at almost all stages of the food chain, from insects to small mammals and birds, are already thought to be drowning or dying from lack of food.'

And these floods are merely the latest in a very long list of extreme events, including the ongoing, record-breaking Californian drought. Of this, University of California, Irvine, hydrologist James Famiglietti has said: 'We are standing on a precipice here.'
 
In addition, we have seen the vast US 'polar vortex' and 'Frankenstorm' Sandy. Last year, Australia 'recorded its warmest year on record,' while Supertyphoon Haiyan, 'the strongest tropical cyclone on record to hit land', devastated the Philippines. India was also afflicted by massive floods. 2013 was 'the 37th consecutive year with a global temperature above the 20th century average'.
 
Tony Juniper, former director of Friends of the Earth, commented to us: 'The period of consequences is evidently upon us.'

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Cory Greenlees, Jan Slomp, Janine Bandcroft F24, 2014

 
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
che kokoWhile the news this week is rife with rumours of coups and possible new elections coming to Ukraine, another test of democracy is unfolding on this side of the world. Earlier this month, El Salvador held its presidential election.
 
The tiny, Central American nation was infamous, in the 1980's especially, for a distinct lack of democracy, with US-supported right-wing death squads terrorizing the people, and triggering an armed rebellion that led to civil war.

El Salvador's violent history, and timorous democratic reemergence, has been watched closely by international human rights organizations, with many sending delegations down at election time to ensure the game is played squarely. This year was no exception.
 
 
Cory Greenlees, is a Victoria resident and member of the Mining Justice Action Committee and Victoria Peace Coalition. Cory answered the local FMLN Committee call for volunteers, and travelled south to act as an election observor.

She'll be presenting a slide show and talk this Friday at the Central American Support Committee, CASC's, monthly Cafe Simpatico coffee house at 1923 Fernwood Rd, in the heart of the Fernwood community.
 
Cory Greenlees in the first half.
 
And; few believe a farmer's life is an easy one; the vagaries of weather, diminishing soil quality, market instability, transport and input cost variability all conspire to ensure this is no business for the faint-hearted. Perhaps more worrisome though than all these is when government, captured by corporate Agribusiness behemoths, conspire to undermine the latter's little competitors.

It can hardly be a surprise then to discover Mr. Harper's New Government, a regime marked by, if nothing else, its irrational exuberance for the corporate philosophy and a business-first devotion to the magic of the invisible hands of the market, is in bed again with those interests to push through the Agricultural Growth Act.

Within Bill C-18, yet another Tory Omnibus Bill, is language the National Farmers Union fears would jeopardize their right, and that of the next generation of farmers to come, to save, reuse, exchange, and sell seed.
 
Jan Slomp is president of the NFU, a quote: "[D]irect-membership organization made up of Canadian farm families who share common goals." Jan and the Union have some serious concerns about what Bill C-18 could mean for both Canadian farmers on the land today, and in the future.
 
Jan Slomp and for whom the Agricultural Growth Act springs in the second half.
 
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's going on, good and otherwise, around our town and beyond in the coming week. But first, Cory Greenlees and taking a trip to the polls down El Salvador way.

 
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.
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Popular Protest! Whose Populace? Haiti Uprising Goes Uncovered in Western Media

Protest Coverage in Haiti and Venezuela Reveals U.S. Media Hypocrisy
by Kevin Edmonds - The Other Side of Paradise
The media coverage of the events unfolding in Venezuela provides a troubling example of how the imperial ambitions of the United States can magnify crises—especially when contrasted with the current political situation in Haiti.
 
Both Venezuela and Haiti have been facing anti-government protests, with the respective oppositions citing poor leadership, corruption, electoral fraud, and a deteriorating economy as their primary motivations in calling for change. However, the international media’s escalation of the Venezuelan crisis and their complete silence when it comes to Haiti, raises some important questions about the United States’ inconsistency in upholding the values of human rights and democracy.
 
Haiti has been enduring a political crisis since the highly controversial election of President Michel Martelly, who received his mandate from only 16.7 percent of registered voters, and has been running the country without a fully functioning government in order to avoid dealing with constitutionally mandated checks and balances.
 
For the third year in a row, Martelly has promised to hold elections to fill legislative and local seats without yet following through.
 

Unforgiving Empire Never Forgets: Chasing Chavez Beyond the Grave

Soon, the Battle for Venezuela
by Andre Vltchek - CounterPunch
Chavez.1They are already sewing your funeral gown, Venezuela.
 
They are now ready to welcome you back to that world of the lobotomized, destroyed nations that are fully submissive to Western political and economic interests – Indonesia, Philippines, Paraguay, Uganda, Kenya, Qatar, Bahrain, and almost the entire Eastern Europe. There are so many places like that – it is impossible to list them all.
 
They want you back in their deadly embrace; they want you to be corrupt and hopeless, as you were before the “Bolivarian Revolution”.
 
They want you to be the top oil exporter, but with all those horrific slums hanging, like relentless nightmares, over your cities.
 
They want your elites and your military top brass to speak English, to play golf, to drive luxury cars and to commit treason after treason, as they used to commit treason for decades, before your brave predecessor, President Hugo Chavez, began serving and literally saving the poor, in Venezuela and all over Latin America.
 
Those who are planning to destroy you, those who belong to the so called ‘opposition’, in their heads, are already apportioning you; they are dividing your beautiful body – fighting over which parts should be taken where and by whom.
 
They are arguing which pieces of you should stay at home, and what should be taken abroad – a leg, an arm, and your deep melancholic eyes, the color of the profound pools under the mighty waterfalls of Canaima. They want to sell your jet-black hair, as black as those evenings in the mountains, or like that endless night sky above Ciudad Bolivar.
 
They want everything, all that is under your skin as well as what is deep inside your body. They want your skin, too, as well as your heart.
 

America's Nazi Adoption Program: Paper Clipped History

Operation Nazification
by David Swanson - War is a Crime
Annie Jacobsen's new book is called Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America. It isn't terribly secret anymore, of course, and it was never very intelligent. Jacobsen has added some details, and the U.S. government is still hiding many more. But the basic facts have been available; they're just left out of most U.S. history books, movies, and television programs.
 
After World War II, the U.S. military hired sixteen hundred former Nazi scientists and doctors, including some of Adolf Hitler's closest collaborators, including men responsible for murder, slavery, and human experimentation, including men convicted of war crimes, men acquitted of war crimes, and men who never stood trial. 
 
Some of the Nazis tried at Nuremberg had already been working for the U.S. in either Germany or the U.S. prior to the trials. Some were protected from their past by the U.S. government for years, as they lived and worked in Boston Harbor, Long Island, Maryland, Ohio, Texas, Alabama, and elsewhere, or were flown by the U.S. government to Argentina to protect them from prosecution.
 

Aiding Oppression: How Canada's NGO's Overthrew Haiti's Democracy and Succor Still the Fascist Replacement Regime

NGOs’ Complicity in Haitian Coup
by Yves Engler - Dissident Voice (Part 3 of a 4 Part Series)
On February 29, 2004 the US, France, and Canada overthrew Haiti’s elected government. As my first two articles in this series outlined,1 Ottawa helped plan the coup and was heavily implicated in the human rights disaster that followed.
 
But the most shocking aspect of the intervention was the role played by purportedly progressive non-governmental organizations. A slew of NGOs received tens of millions of dollars from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to advance Ottawa’s anti-democratic policy in Haiti.
 
A few months prior to the February 29, 2004 coup that overthrew Aristide for the second time, Montreal-based Rights & Democracy (R&D), which was widely viewed as an NGO even though it was created by an act of Parliament, released a report that described Haiti’s pro-coup Group of 184 as “grassroots” and a “promising civil society movement.”

The truth is that the Group of 184 was spawned and funded by the International Republican Institute (funded by the U.S. government) and headed by Haiti’s leading sweatshop owner, Andy Apaid. Apaid had been active in right-wing Haitian politics for many years and, like former Group of 184 spokesperson Charles Henry Baker, is white.
 

Surfin' and Crashin' the Markets with the Repo Men: Damoclesian Repurchase Sword Dangles over Economy Yet

Still Broken Five Years Later
by Mike Whitney - CounterPunch
 “The repo market wasn’t just a part of the meltdown. It was the meltdown.” – David Weidner, Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2013.

Ask your average guy-on-the-street ‘what caused the financial crisis’ and you’ll either get a blank stare followed by a shrug of the shoulders or a brusque, three-word answer: “The housing bubble.”

Even people who follow the news closely are usually sketchy on the details. They might add something about subprime mortgages or Lehman Brothers, but not much more than that. Very few people seem to know that the crisis began in a shadowy part of the financial system called repo, which is short for repurchase agreement.

In 2008, repo was ground zero, the epicenter of the meltdown. That’s where the bank run took place that froze the credit markets and sent the financial system into freefall. Unfortunately, nothing has been done to fix the problems in repo, which means that we’re just as vulnerable today as we were five years ago when Lehman imploded and all hell broke loose.
 

"Liberal" Treatment of the Truth: Exploding Gas Myths in BC

Exploding BC LNG Myths – Part 2
by Kevin Logan - The Common Sense Canadian
The opposition wouldn’t know LNG if it came up and bit them, they’re totally uninformed.” - Rich Coleman, BC Minister of Natural Gas Development.

For over three years, Rich Coleman has led the BC LNG charge; however, he has taken a back seat in recent weeks as his self-imposed deadlines for progress on LNG development have repeatedly blown up.
 
Very little mention has been made of the non-disclosure agreements Coleman has with 12 or so companies lined up to exploit BC’s massive natural gas reserves – but that apparently does not stop him from admonishing his critics for being “totally uninformed.”
 
After missing his third self-imposed deadline to finally let the rest of us in on his non-disclosed, high-level negotiations, Coleman continues to hold his cards close to his chest.