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Reviewing Klein's 'This Changes Everything'

Extracting ourselves from the extractivist mindset
by Robert Jensen - Resilience
Klein This Changes EverythingNaomi Klein has written a brave book that not only confronts the calamity of climate destabilization but also examines the deep roots of the crisis in the perverse logic of capitalism and the dehumanizing values of the “extractivist” high-energy/high-technology world.
 
Klein’s courage comes not in her reporting on the science and politics—there we get the exhaustive research and intellectual rigor that are her trademark—but in her simple plea that we not only think about all this and commit to act, but feel it as well. Taking climate change seriously is not only about data and analysis but about anguish, and Klein is refreshingly candid about her own struggles with the grief that’s inevitable when we face the truth.
 
On the political front, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate takes on conservative climate-change deniers and the liberal climate-change minimizers. While both groups will no doubt accuse her of being alarmist, my only quibble runs in the opposite direction—Klein is too upbeat in her assessment of what is possible. But reasonable people can disagree on these hunches about where we’re heading. We’ll get to that after the science, economics, and social critique that are so urgently needed, and in those matters we are in good hands with This Changes Everything. The book, and a companion film directed by Avi Lewis planned for a 2015 release, http://thischangeseverything.org/ should set the framework for an honest conversation about climate and culture, ecology and economics.
 

American Economic and Military Dominance in the 21st Century

US Global Power in the 21st Century: Military or Economic Imperialism?
by James Petras - ICH
Despite vast amounts of imperial data to the contrary, the great majority of writers on imperialism continue to describe and analyze US imperialism strictly in economic terms, as an expansion of “capital accumulation”, “accumulation on a world scale”.
 
In fact the major and minor US imperial wars have more to do with “capital dis-accumulation”, in the sense that trillion dollar flows have gone out from the US, hundreds of billions of dollars in profits from resource sites have been undermined, markets for exports have been severely weakened and exploitable productive labor has been uprooted. At the same time US imperialist state ‘dis-accumulates capital’, multi-national corporations, especially in the extractive sector are expanding, “accumulating capital” throughout Latin America.
 
This new configuration of power, the conflicting and complementary nature of 21st century US imperialism, requires that we anchor our analysis in the real, existing behavior of imperial state and extractive capitalist policymakers.
 

Celebrating American Wilderness, Celebrating the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act

The Wilderness Act Turns 50: Celebrating the Great Laws of 1964
Let us now praise famous laws and the year that begat them: 1964.
 
The first thing to know about 1964 was that, although it occurred in the 1960s, it wasn’t part of “the Sixties.” The bellbottoms, flower power, LSD, and craziness came later, beginning about 1967 and extending into the early 1970s. Trust me: I was there, and I don’t remember much; so by the dictum variously attributed to Grace Slick, Dennis Hopper, and others (that if you can remember the Sixties, you weren’t part of them), I must really have been there.
 
1964 was a revolutionary year. It was a time when Congress actually addressed the people’s business, and it gave us at least three great laws.
 
One was the monumental Civil Rights Act, which aspired to complete the tragic and sanguinary work of the Civil War and achieve the promise of the Thirteenth Amendment.
 
The least known of the three was the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, which, by drawing on revenue from offshore oil and gas leases, provided the means for the federal and state purchase of all kinds of recreational and wild lands, from inner-city parks and playgrounds to habitat for grizzly bears and mountain lions. President Johnson signed that bill into law on September 3, 1964, 50 years ago this month, mere moments after the more famous ceremony that went with his signing of the Wilderness Act.
 

Opening PolleyGate: Imperial Metals Scandal Flood Looms

PolleyGate: What Did They Know, And When Did They Know It?
by BC Tap Water Alliance
Vancouver - This morning, the Vancouver Sun reported critical information from a 2010 inspection report about a “tension crack” in the Mount Polley mine’s Tailings dam, which was identified to be near to the source of the breach of the August 4, 2014 disaster.

Eager to know more about a pressing matter that has drawn international attention and triggered widespread interest and concern about the deregulated mining industry and its practices, the government refused to release subsequent annual inspection reports from 2011 to 2013 about the Mount Polley Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) to the Vancouver Sun, information which was to have been submitted by Imperial Metals mining company to the Williams Lake public library and other stakeholders.

According to New Democratic Party Environment critic Spenser Herbert, the government has also refused to release public documents to the Opposition Party about the Mount Polley disaster, meant to stall any public issuance until January 2014.
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ISIS as Damascene Horse: Escalating the Wars in Iraq and Syria

The Escalating US War In Iraq And Syria
by Peter Symonds  - WSWS.org
The real scope and purpose of Washington’s escalating war in the Middle East is rapidly coming into relief as the Pentagon boosts its military forces in Iraq, more European allies commit warplanes and the media drumbeat grows for the US to directly target the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
 
Since unleashing its bombing inside Syria on Tuesday, the US and its Gulf State allies have continued air raids on a daily basis, hitting targets associated not only with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) but the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front and the small, obscure Khorasan group.
 
After the initial, intense wave of air strikes, war planes attacked 12 small ISIS-controlled oil installations on Wednesday and conducted a further 10 strikes in Syria and Iraq on Thursday and Friday. To date, the US and its military partners have launched 43 strikes in Syria, and more than 200 inside Iraq since President Obama gave the green light on August 7.
 

Pirates and Political Strongmen: Obama Embracing Africa's New Heart of Darkness

Pirates of the Gulf of Guinea: In the Face of Rising Maritime Insecurity, AFRICOM Claims Success and Obama Embraces a Strongman
by Nick Turse  - Tom Dispatch
The Gulf of Guinea is the most insecure waterway, globally,” says Loic Moudouma. And he should know. Trained at the U.S. Naval War College, the lead maritime security expert of the Economic Community of Central African States, and a Gabonese Navy commander, his focus has been piracy and maritime crime in the region for the better part of a decade.

Moudouma is hardly alone in his assessment.

From 2012 to 2013, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence found a 25% jump in incidents, including vessels being fired upon, boarded, and hijacked, in the Gulf of Guinea, a vast maritime zone that curves along the west coast of Africa from Gabon to Liberia. Kidnappings are up, too.
 
Earlier this year, Stephen Starr, writing for the CTC Sentinel, the official publication of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, asserted that, in 2014, the number of attacks would rise again.
 

Head Count: Drama Queens and Propaganda Themes

ISIS and the USA: Expansion and Resistance by Decapitation
by James Petras
red queenIn order to overcome massive US and world public opposition to new wars in the Middle East, Obama relied on the horrific internet broadcasts of ISIS slaughtering two American hostages, the journalists James Foley and Steve Sotloff, by decapitation. These brutal murders were Obama’s main propaganda tool to set a new Middle East war agenda – his own casus belli bonanza! This explains the US Administration’s threats of criminal prosecution against the families of Foley and Stoloff when they sought to ransom their captive sons from ISIS.
With the American mass media repeatedly showing the severed heads of these two helpless men, public indignation and disgust were aroused with calls for US military involvement to stop the terror. US and EU political leaders presented the decapitations of Western hostages by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) as a direct and mortal threat to the safety of civilians in the US and Europe. The imagery evoked was of black-clad faceless terrorists, armed to the teeth, invading Europe and the US and executing innocent families as they begged for rescue and mercy.
 
The problem with this propaganda ploy is not the villainy and brutal crimes celebrated by ISIS, but the fact that Obama’s closest ally in his seventh war in six years is Saudi Arabia, a repugnant kingdom which routinely decapitates its prisoners in public without any judicial process recognizable as fair by civilized standards – unless tortured ‘confessions’ are now a Western norm.
 
During August 2014, when ISIS decapitated two American captives, Riyadh beheaded fourteen prisoners.

Airstrikes and Airwave Shrikes: Media Shills' Shrill Support for Obama Syria Narrative

The Airwaves Are Still Heaving with Spin Two Days After US Airstrikes Against Syria
by Sharmine Narwani - RT
Undoubtedly the attacks were timed to occur on the eve of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, so ‘Coalition’ partners could cluster behind the decision to bomb a sovereign state, uninvited.
 
The irony, of course, is that they are doing so at the UN – the global political body that pledges to uphold international law, peace and stability, and the sanctity of the nation-state unit.
 
The goal this week will be to keep the ‘momentum’ on a ‘narrative’ until it sinks in.
 

Island Members of Parliament Seek Laxer Pathogen Poison Regs for Fish Farms

Release Poisons, Really?
by Alexandra Morton
Hello
 
Members of Parliament John Duncan and James Lunney are reaching out to the public regarding new salmon farm "regulations" that would allow the industry to release chemicals that kill fish. They would also allow for killing wild fish to control pathogens.
 
As one of the big Norwegian operators in BC considers selling out to Mitsubishi, we have three weeks to speak up about these proposed regulations.
 
 
Also there is a new film on salmon farming premiering this weekend at the Vancouver International Film Festival http://www.viff.org/festival/films/f14044-the-pristine-coast The ending will surprise you!
 
We need to decide if we want Norwegian and Japanese companies deciding which fish will live or die in BC.
Our voices are important. See my blog on how to comment on this.

Alexandra Morton

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Rovics, Emery Hartley, Janine Bandcroft Sept. 24th, 2014

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
Media-memory being short, the name Michael Brown Jr. may elicit no more from most than a blank look; but, last month reaction to his untimely death threatened to burn down the town of Ferguson, Missouri.

At least that's the way the story was framed in the corporate media, (and repeated by state-sponsored correlative, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Brown was of course the black teenager shot dead in a hail of bullets fired by a police officer for the "crime" of jay walking; sparking the famously for a time community protests.
 
David Rovics is an inveterate American activist-singer-songwriter in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. David has played at demos too numerous to count for myriad issues both universal and circumstantial.
 
 
From his start busking Boston's subway to travelling across America and the broader world, he's earned his sobriquet as "professional flat-picking rabble-rouser" honestly.

Rovics was in Ferguson last month, checking out the neighbourhood where Michael was killed and attending his funeral. He reported on the great societal divide his visit revealed in an essay titled, 'Ferguson Reflections,' published at his website, DavidRovics.com, (where you can also find his catalogue of more than 200 tunes available for download).
 
David Rovics in the first half.
 
And; seven weeks after the Mount Polley disaster and the BC government is no closer to finding out why the mine tailings dam burst. But one thing certain, according to the minister responsible, Mary Polack: It's not the government's fault. Despite the BC Liberals' continuous cutting of public service personnel needed to make inspections and ensure corporate compliance, Polack says, quote; "To date there is no evidence that cutbacks have impacted on inspections and monitoring at Mount Polley." "Having said that," she continues, "it is one of the questions we want answered."
 
It's a question the residents of Clayoquot Sound would like answered too. Catface mountain looms high above the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve there, and that's where Imperial Metals, the producer of the estimated 24 million cubic meters of poisoned mining detritus dumped into Quesnel Lake and the Cariboo's ecosystem, want to open a gold and copper mine.
 
Emery Hartley is a natural-born and raised Vancouver Islander whose fascination and enthusiasm for nature led him to a University degree in Environmental Science and an ongoing activist career with the Friends of Clayoquot Sound. The Friends first formed in 1979 with a mandate to "protect and conserve the priceless ecosystems of the Sound and its surroundings."

Emery Hartley and friends fighting for Clayoquot Sound 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 news of some of what's good to do in and around the city in the coming week. But first, David Rovics and reflections from Ferguson.

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. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.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/

The Human Costs of Bad Journalism

High Cost of Bad Journalism on Ukraine
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
victoria-nulandThe costs of the mainstream U.S. media’s wildly anti-Moscow bias in the Ukraine crisis are adding up, as the Obama administration has decided to react to alleged “Russian aggression” by investing as much as $1 trillion in modernizing the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal.

On Monday, a typically slanted New York Times article justified these modernization plans by describing “Russia on the warpath” and adding: “Congress has expressed less interest in atomic reductions than looking tough in Washington’s escalating confrontation with Moscow.”

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup and helped pick the post-coup leaders. 
 
But the Ukraine crisis has been a textbook case of the U.S. mainstream media misreporting the facts of a foreign confrontation and then misinterpreting the meaning of the events, a classic case of “garbage in, garbage out.” The core of the false mainstream narrative is that Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated the crisis as an excuse to reclaim territory for the Russian Empire.