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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jamie Kneen, Craig Pettitt, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 18, 2015

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook -

Fifteen years into this new century, the promise of turning a new leaf on the way industry and governments operate in the World is wilted at the edges. But there is still hope and there are still people and organizations working every day to try curb the worst practices of those that would destroy the environment for the profit of their own.

One such organization is MiningWatch Canada. Created in in 1999, MiningWatch says their mission is to provide quote:
"[P]ush back against the mining industry’s ability to rewrite laws, mislead the public, and bulldoze communities, workers, and ecosystems – literally – in its  quest for profit."
Both in Canada and abroad, MiningWatch has laboured to empower communities affected by the extractive industry and its not always honourable allies in high places.
Jamie Kneen is Communications Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada and rejoins us in the first half.
And;  the BC government is in the middle of a campaign to wipe out wolf packs in the South Selkirk. It says wolves are the culprits in the disappearance of the area's caribou herd, but local, long-time environmental watchdog group, the Valhalla Wilderness Society begs to differ. Meanwhile, the helicopter assisted hunt goes on.
Craig Pettitt is a former Forest Service employee, and now serves as a VWS Director, and coordinator of the separate Valhalla Forest Watch program. His invaluable experience in the field has enabled him to document numerous violations of the Forest Practices Code, increasingly meaning field investigations of logging practices and landslides. Craig also runs workshops to teach resident groups how to monitor their wilderness neighbourhoods.
Craig Pettitt and fingering the real perps in the South Selkirk caribou disappearance in the second half.

And; Victoria Street News publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of coming good things to do in our town and beyond this week. But first, Jamie Kneen and MiningWatch keeping watch on the extractive industries fifteen years and more.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: And now heard at Simon Fraser University's . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

Military Police: America's Machine Gun Beat

In Whose America? Machine Guns, MRAPs, Surveillance, Drones, Permanent War, and a Permanent Election Campaign
by Tom Engelhardt  - TomDispatch

I never fail to be amazed -- and that’s undoubtedly my failing. I mean, if you retain a capacity for wonder you can still be awed by a sunset, but should you really be shocked that the sun is once again sinking in the West? Maybe not.

The occasion for such reflections: machine guns in my hometown. To be specific, several weeks ago, New York Police Commissioner William J. Bratton announced the formation of a new 350-officer Special Response Group (SRG). Keep in mind that New York City already has a police force of more than 34,000 -- bigger, that is, than the active militaries of Austria, Bulgaria, Chad, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kenya, Laos, Switzerland, or Zimbabwe -- as well as its own “navy,” including six submersible drones. Just another drop in an ocean of blue, the SRG will nonetheless be a squad for our times, trained in what Bratton referred to as “advanced disorder control and counterterror.”
It will also, he announced, be equipped with “extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and machine guns -- unfortunately sometimes necessary in these instances.” And here’s where he created a little controversy in my hometown. The squad would, Bratton added, be “designed for dealing with events like our recent protests or incidents like Mumbai or what just happened in Paris.”

Now, that was an embarrassment in liberal New York.
By mixing the recent demonstrations over the police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others into the same sentence with the assault on Mumbai and the Charlie Hebdo affair in France, he seemed to be equating civil protest in the Big Apple with acts of terrorism. Perhaps you won’t be surprised then that the very next day the police department started walking back the idea that the unit would be toting its machine guns not just to possible terror incidents but to local protests. A day later, Bratton himself walked his comments back even further. (“I may have in my remarks or in your interpretation of my remarks confused you or confused the issue.”) Now, it seems there will be two separate units, the SRG for counterterror patrols and a different, assumedly machine-gun-less crew for protests.

Time to Sanction the Coup Makers?

Sanctions Imposed on the U.S.?
by Andre Vltchek - CounterPunch
Another year, another set of coups that we can expect to be administered by the West.
This year, it is all beginning in February. First the onslaught against Argentina and following that comes yet another coup against Venezuela, and its democratically elected, progressive government.
The coup has been thwarted. Venezuela prevailed!

“Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday that the government had thwarted a coup attempt which was being coordinated by Venezuela’s right-wing opposition with the support of the U.S. government.

Just the day before the revelations, opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez, Maria Corina Machado and Antonio Ledezma released a “transition plan” which involved privatization of the country’s oil, deregulation of the economy and accords with “international financial institutions” including the International Monetary Fund.”

Select Hashtags and Remorselss Loss in the "Civilizational" ISIS War

The Wrong Kind of Victim: No Hashtag for Dead Hostage in ISIS War
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque

Ordinarily the death of an American hostage held by Islamic extremists is the occasion of bellicose, ballyhooed, bloody shirt-waving rage, stoked in tandem by government and media. It usually evokes widespread calls for retaliation, for taking the gloves off at last and exterminating the barbarians once and for all. Today, it almost always comes with its own hashtag, so that people can immediately identify themselves with the victim, who is seen invariably as a martyr for the goodness and specialness of America.
But it turns out that some victims are less special than others. In a time when the killing of French journalists whom no American had ever heard of, working at at magazine no American had ever heard of, brings forth a flood not just of sympathy but of direct, personal identification with the victims -- JeSuisCharlie! -- the death of a young American woman captured by ISIS has been remarkably muted.
Where is the global flood of JeSuisKayla hashtags?
Not only has the death of 26-year-old Kayla Mueller failed to evoke the usual spasm of anger and grief -- it has actually been celebrated by some of America's most rock-ribbed, hardcore, give-no-quarter opponents of Islamic terrorism (which they broadly define as the merest expression of Islam in any form anywhere on earth).

Where Reaction = Action: Framing Putin as Instigator in Ukraine

The Putin-Did-It Conspiracy Theory
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
The original falsehood behind the Iraq War was that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and intended to use them against America either directly or by giving them to al-Qaeda. The opening lie about the Ukraine crisis was that Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated the conflict as part of some Hitlerian plan to conquer much of Europe.

Yet, while the Hussein-WMD claim was hard for the common citizen to assess because it was supposedly supported by U.S. intelligence information that was kept secret, the Putin-Ukraine lie collapses under the most cursory examination based simply of what’s publicly known and what makes sense.
President Barack Obama talks with President
Vladimir Putin en route to the APEC Family Photo
at the International Convention Center in Beijing, 
China, Nov. 11, 2014.- White House Photo: Pete Souza

Nevertheless, the New York Times – much as it did when it was falsely reporting breathlessly about “aluminum tubes” for Iraq’s non-existent nuclear weapons program – continues to promote U.S. government propaganda about Ukraine as fact and dismisses any rational assessment of the situation as crazy.

Venezuela Charges RCMP Involvement in Coup Planning

Evidence Reveals Canada, UK Involvement in Venezuela Coup Plot
by Telesur 
The president of Venezuela's national assembly, Diosdado Cabello, presented further evidence of the right-wing plot to overthrow the Bolivarian government Friday evening.

Cabello presented evidence of the foiled plans, including a video showing members of the military prior to recording a message announcing that the military no longer recognized the government.

The video, which was set to be aired after planned attacks had been carried out, was to have been televised by a station in Venezuela or Miami.

Cabello also showed a 10-year U.S. visa given to one of the detained, days before the plan was to be implemented.

Venezuelan TV video of coup plotters, and 10-year
U.S. visa granted to one of the accused

Cabello also said that a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a member of the U.K. diplomatic core in Venezuela, had been involved in plans, including seeking information on airport capacity in case of emergencies.

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Off with Their Deficits! Clark Budget Goes Through the Looking Glass

Christy Clark’s LNG-fueled Fudge-it Budget…and the enabling NDP
by Rafe Mair - Common Sense Canadian


Welcome to Ruritania! Where is Peter Sellers when we need him?

We now have a legislature pretending to act like big kids do, leaders acting as if they really are in charge, a government out of control, and an opposition dedicated more to supporting the government than to raising issues.

The Throne Speech was really quite funny when you think of it.

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Bending Over for Big-Pharma's Measles Media Blitz

What’s Behind Big Pharma’s Freak-out Media Blitz Over Measles?
by Dr. Gary G. Kohls  - Global Research

Everybody is well aware of the fear-based, 24/7 media freak-out over the 150 cases of red measles in the US, an unreported number of which had already been fully or partially vaccinated against measles.
Some of them may possibly have been exposed to a recent vaccinee who was still actively shedding the live virus from that inoculation.
No conscientious truth-telling person in a position of authority has been allowed to come forward with all the facts that we need to know before ignorant non-scientist legislators go off half-cocked and pass laws demanding that every child everywhere be forced to get every CDC-recommended shots that keep the “well-child” clinics humming (despite the fact that the “crisis” is only about measles).
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The Republican's Vision for Canada's (and the World's) Future

Keystone XL, Cold War 2.0, and the GOP Vision for 2016: How Energy Coordination on One Continent Could Bring the Planet to Its Knees
by Michael T. Klare  - TomDispatch

It’s a ritual long familiar to observers of American politics: presidential hopefuls with limited international experience travel to foreign lands and deliver speeches designed to showcase their grasp of foreign affairs.
Typically, such escapades involve trips to major European capitals or active war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, however, has broken this mold.
Before his recent jaunt to London and into the thickets of American vaccination politics, he chose two surprising destinations for his first trips abroad as a potential Republican candidate. No, not Kabul or Baghdad or even Paris, but Mexico City and Alberta, Canada.
And rather than launch into discussions of immigration, terrorism, or the other usual Republican foreign policy topics, he focused on his own top priority: integrating Canada and Mexico into a U.S.-led “North American energy renaissance.”

This Week on Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, Peter Ewart, Janine Bandcroft Feb. 11th, 2015

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook -

There's was a distinct sense of a "quickening" Monday, as Angela Merkel shuttled from Washington and on to Ottawa, after sitting down with Russian president Putin over the weekend. 
Stephen Harper's polite reiteration of Canada's absolute refusal to accept a "Russian occupation" of Ukrainian territory, and president Obama's determination to leave all options for setting that already groaning arms table even more heavily couldn't have been much comfort for the German leader's hopes of seeing a softening of the West's war rhetoric. 
Meanwhile, as the international brinkmanship follies stole the headlines, the very real cost of the conflict to the people on both sides of the Ukraine divide was obscured to near invisibility.
Roger Annis has filed reports on the deteriorating living conditions for the people beneath the bombs of the Kiev coup regime as a contributing editor to the new web site since the conflict began last year. He's a Vancouver-based peace and social justice activist, and editor of the Canada Haiti Action Network website, Roger's writings can also be found at, and at his site, A Socialist in Canada.
Roger Annis in the first half.
And; looking at the conflicts in Ukraine, Western Asia, Africa, and the occasional terror attacks in Europe, it's easy to believe Stephen Harper when he says the World is a dangerous place; but is it dangerous enough to suspend the freedoms defining this country? Are we so afraid now we're willing as a nation to put into the hands of government the kind of total power Hitler and Stalin and a host of other tyrants demanded? Are we so terrified, we're ready to hand over to a man and his party, whose respect for the law has been proven lacking time and again, our right to question, to think, to act on our beliefs, even when they are at odds with those prevailing in the Prime Minister's Office?
Peter Ewart is a Prince George-based writer and columnist with 250 News, amongst other online publications. In his recent article, part of a lengthening series, Peter explores the new "anti-terror" Bills C-44 and C-51, wondering aloud while he may at both their wisdom and necessity.
Peter Ewart and the present dangers clear and otherwise behind the powers the prime minister seeks in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things to do in and around our city and beyond in the coming week. But first, Roger Annis and riding the vortex's edge in Ukraine. 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: And now heard at Simon Fraser University's . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:
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'Anti-Terror Act' a Harper Move Towards "Police State" - Green Party Leader

Harper’s police state law
by Elizabeth May - Green Party of Canada

I remember the events of October 22. While I was in lock-down on Parliament Hill, I remember who hid in a closet and who ran toward gun fire.
The guy in the closet is now planning to concentrate the powers of the state in his own hands while converting the Canadian spy agency into a secret police with virtually unlimited powers.

And, at the same time, he has decided to demote the security team that performed its role heroically, the House of Commons Security, led by former Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers, and put the RCMP in charge of Parliament Hill.

Of the two moves, clearly creating a secret police is the most dangerous, but upending the Constitutional principle that the government reports to Parliament is no small matter (and, as a Member of Parliament, I would prefer security to be in the hands of the people who paid attention that day and not the RCMP who somehow missed an armed man running past their multiple idling vehicles.)

Here is what Stephen Harper wants Canadians to think:
We are at war. We face a massive terrorist threat. We must be very, very afraid and we must not question any law brought in allegedly to fight terrorism. Anyone who raises finicky, lily-livered concerns about civil liberties is a fellow-traveller of ISIS.

Here’s the truth:
We are not at war. We are at peace. (Would Harper’s most trusted lieutenant and Minister of Foreign Affairs quit if we were really at war?)

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