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Creep Alert: Christie and Kochs' Committee for Our Children's Future

Why are Christie and the Kochs in my driveway? - It’s time to subpoena the Committee for Our Children’s Future
by Greg Palast - Truthout
PalastpointstoCCF-fileFar more insidious, more corrosive and dangerous than the Governor of New Jersey playing traffic warden is the story of Gov. Chris Christie's secret meetings with a gaggle of billionaires –– and the legality of the spending by the front organization set up following these hidden hugger-muggers.

In 2012, a tax-exempt “social welfare organization” called Committee for Our Children’s Future, CCF, ran a series of TV ads telling America that Governor Christie has performed more miracles in New Jersey than Jesus did with loaves and fish. The New York Times found some old college chums who said they set up the “Children’s” crusade for Christie. But the ads cost about $6 million. The Times didn’t ask how Christie’s buddies, not wealthy guys, found the six big ones.

But CCF was not started in 2012. When I heard “Children’s Future,” my nose started twitching. I smelled Koch.
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World War QT: America's Secret War in 134 Countries

The Special Ops Surge: America’s Secret War in 134 Countries
They operate in the green glow of night vision in Southwest Asia and stalk through the jungles of South America. They snatch men from their homes in the Maghreb and shoot it out with heavily armed militants in the Horn of Africa. They feel the salty spray while skimming over the tops of waves from the turquoise Caribbean to the deep blue Pacific. They conduct missions in the oppressive heat of Middle Eastern deserts and the deep freeze of Scandinavia. All over the planet, the Obama administration is waging a secret war whose full extent has never been fully revealed -- until now.

Since September 11, 2001, U.S. Special Operations forces have grown in every conceivable way, from their numbers to their budget. Most telling, however, has been the exponential rise in special ops deployments globally. This presence -- now, in nearly 70% of the world’s nations -- provides new evidence of the size and scope of a secret war being waged from Latin America to the backlands of Afghanistan, from training missions with African allies to information operations launched in cyberspace.
 
In the waning days of the Bush presidency, Special Operations forces were reportedly deployed in about 60 countries around the world. By 2010, that number had swelled to 75, according to Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post. In 2011, Special Operations Command (SOCOM) spokesman Colonel Tim Nye told TomDispatch that the total would reach 120. Today, that figure has risen higher still.
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A Dark Message of Environmental Hope from the Dark Mountain

The Dark Mountain Manifesto: Part 1 of 3 - The Realization
by Ray Grigg - Shades of Green
Failure is difficult to accept, particularly for those who are committed to a cause so obvious and important. But failure is the reluctant conclusion reached by a small group of dedicated environmentalists in the United Kingdom who, for years, have been active in innumerable local, national and international campaigns against everything from climate change and deforestation to overfishing and habitat destruction.
 
Their admission of failure is lucidly captured in a document called The Dark Mountain Manifesto, written in part by Paul Kingsnorth, a fifteen-year campaigner, journalist and former deputy editor of the Ecologist, one of the leading publications in its field.
 
Kingsnorth's poignant and searching reasons for writing The Dark Mountain Manifesto were given in an April 29, 2010, edition of the Ecologist. If the reasons seemed justified four years ago, they seem even more justified now. His words give clarity to a dawning realization and a deepening feeling that many others have found difficult to confront and articulate.
 

Assange: TPP Enviro. Protections "Toothless Public Relations Exercise"

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) - Environment Chapter
by Wikileaks
Today, 15 January 2014, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Environment Chapter and the corresponding Chairs' Report.

The TPP transnational legal regime would cover 12 countries initially and encompass 40 per cent of global GDP and one-third of world trade. The Environment Chapter has long been sought by journalists and environmental groups. The released text dates from the Chief Negotiators' summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013.
 
The Environment Chapter covers what the Parties propose to be their positions on: environmental issues, including climate change, biodiversity and fishing stocks; and trade and investment in 'environmental' goods and services. It also outlines how to resolve enviromental disputes arising out of the treaty's subsequent implementation. The draft Consolidated Text was prepared by the Chairs of the Environment Working Group, at the request of TPP Ministers at the Brunei round of the negotiations.

Naming Names: Protecting the Team, Right or Right

Win Today, Lose Tomorrow: Why Republicans Protect the "Honor" of Offensive Team Names
by Jeremiah Goulka  - TomDispatch
Every once in a while a small controversy comes along that helps explain a big problem. This National Football League season has provided such a controversy. The name of Washington D.C.'s football team, the Redskins, is under fire. "Redskins" is an offensive term and therefore inappropriate for the team representing our nation’s capital. That's kind of obvious, right?

Most Republicans don't think so. They defend the name, as they do other Native American-based team names, such as the college football champion Florida State Seminoles, calling them tokens of "honor." They claim that the names celebrate a "heritage" and "tradition" of "bravery" and "warrior-spirit," and they publicly wonder: What's the problem?
 
The Onion, that fine news source, captured it in one neat, snide sentence: "A new study... confirmed that the name of the Washington Redskins is only offensive if you take any amount of time whatsoever to think about its actual meaning." So what's keeping Republicans from thinking about it? 
 

NEB - Pipeline Defender: Harper Cuts to Fish Protection Broaden

Harper Guts More Fish Protections: NEB Takes Over Habitat Along Pipelines
by Damien Gillis - The Common Sense Canadian
It’s the latest in a long line of efforts by the Harper Government to dismantle Canada’s environmental laws in order to facilitate energy development. In a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the National Energy Board – quietly released just before Christmas - DFO relinquished much of its oversight of fish habitat in pipeline corridors.
 
The decision means that Enbridge and Kinder Morgan – which formally filed its own pipeline application on December 16, the same day the NEB memo was made public – will no longer need to obtain permits from DFO to alter habitat for their projects.
 
“Fish and fish habitat along those pipelines is now the responsibility of the Alberta-based, energy friendly National Energy Board,” notes Robin Rowland of Northwest Energy News, who broke the story yesterday.

A Saudi Hand Behind Russia Terror Attacks? Iranian Press Claims Proof of Complicity

Russia May Hit Back at Saudi Arabia for Volgogard Attacks
by Finian Cunningham - Press TV
Russian intelligence has now reportedly obtained solid proof that Saudi Arabia was directly involved in the twin terror attacks on the city of Volgograd. The attacks killed more than 32 people and injured over 100 others. Most of the victims were civilians.
 
According to an informed Russian official source, reported by the Fars News Agency, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has informed President Vladimir Putin of the Saudi link to the Volgograd massacre.
 
This will come as no surprise to Putin. The Russian leader was warned by the Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan during a heated four-hour private meeting back in July that Wahhabi-sponsored terrorists based in the North Caucasus region of Russia would be targeting the Sochi Winter Olympics.
 
The Sochi Games are due to open on February 7. Volgograd is a key transport hub linking Moscow with the southern Russian territory and the Black Sea resort city of Sochi in particular, where the Winter Olympics are to be held.
 

Establishment Paper's Company Ties: Bezos' and the Washington Post's CIA Connections

Why the Washington Post’s New Ties to the CIA Are So Ominous
by Norman Solomon - War Made Easy
American journalism has entered highly dangerous terrain. A tip-off is that the Washington Post refuses to face up to a conflict of interest involving Jeff Bezos -- who’s now the sole owner of the powerful newspaper at the same time he remains Amazon’s CEO and main stakeholder.

The Post is supposed to expose CIA secrets. But Amazon is under contract to keep them. Amazon has a new $600 million “cloud” computing deal with the CIA.

The situation is unprecedented. But in an email exchange early this month, Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron told me that the newspaper doesn’t need to routinely inform readers of the CIA-Amazon-Bezos ties when reporting on the CIA. He wrote that such in-story acknowledgment would be “far outside the norm of disclosures about potential conflicts of interest at media organizations.”

But there isn’t anything normal about the new situation. As I wrote to Baron, “few journalists could have anticipated ownership of the paper by a multibillionaire whose outside company would be so closely tied to the CIA.”

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Myth and Realities of the National Security State of America

You Can't Opt Out: 10 NSA Myths Debunked
by Peter Van Buren  - TomDispatch
The debate Edward Snowden envisioned when he revealed the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Americans has taken a bad turn. Instead of a careful examination of what the NSA does, the legality of its actions, what risks it takes for what gains, and how effective the agency has been in its stated mission of protecting Americans, we increasingly have government officials or retired versions of the same demanding -- quite literally -- Snowden’s head and engaging in the usual fear-mongeringover 9/11. 
 
They have been aided by a chorus of pundits, columnists, and present as well as former officials offering bumper-sticker slogans like "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear," all the while claiming our freedom is in direct conflict with our security.
It’s time to face these arguments directly. So here are ten myths about NSA surveillance that need debunking. Let's sort them out.
 

Ancestral Pride and Savage Family ~ Creating a Culture of Resistance

Ancestral Pride and Savage Family ~ Creating a Culture of Resistance Speaking Tour
Ancestral-PrideJanuary 13 and 14TH, 2014 ~ on Lekwungen, Esquimalt and WSANEC territories Gwaiina and Xhopakelxhit of Ancestral Pride will be speaking on building a culture of resistance to colonialism, imperialism and capitalism.

Come and listen to these front-line, community-based land defenders speak about their vision to protect their lands and water from mining and to defend their ways of life.

Imperial Metals is proposing an open pit copper mine on Catface Mountain (Chitaapi). Open pit mining is horrifically and irreversibly damaging to the environment and ecosystems. Catface is within Clayoquot Sound and is located within Ahousaht First Nation Territory. Chitaapi is Ahousaht’s to protect. If the mine is established on these lands, they will become uninhabitable.

Resistance Hip Hop artists Savage Family will also perform. You don’t want to miss this!

TWO DATES!

Monday, January 13 @ 7PM, Student Union Building Upper Lounge, University of Victoria

Tuesday, January 14 @ 6PM, Camas Books & Infoshop, 2620 Quadra Street, on Lekwungen Territory

Entry by donation, with all proceeds going to support the speakers and speaking tour.

Accessibility info: There will be snacks and refreshments provided. These events have childcare. Bus tickets are also available. Please help us provide a scent free event to accommodate people with chemical sensitivities. At Camas, we regret that the washroom is not wheelchair accessible.

For more on Ancestral Pride, visit: http://ancestralpride.ca/

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Paul Buchheit, Yves Engler, Janine Bandcroft Jan. 13, 2014

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
che kokoWe don't need a weatherman to tell us which way the wind blows; or even Bob Dylan to tell us the times they are a changin'. Politically, environmentally, socially, and economically; the World of 2014 is not the same as the one most of knew when we set out on our journey of life. The older you are, the more pronounced is the change, and the more profound the challenges.

The maxim in North America used to be simple; finish your education, get a job, pay your taxes, save your money, and retire at 65. That's the boilerplate version of the modern American life, but workers today increasingly doubt that model will ensure a dignified, let alone comfortable retirement.

With wages stagnant for more than a generation, and savings chewed up by out-of-sight housing costs, exorbitant student loan repayments, and astronomical catastrophic medical expenses, the prospects of even basic survival on meagre pensions seems unlikely. And, as depressing as all that seems, especially for those riding behind the demographic bow wave buoying the Baby Boomers, even the pittance you're expected to live off after work is now the target of pitiless "retirement thieves."

Listen. Hear.

Paul Buchheit is an essayist, college educator, and lead author of the book, 'American Wars: Illusions and Realities.' An active member of US Uncut Chicago, Paul's also the founder and developer of the social justice and educational websites, USAgainstGreed.org, PayUpNow.org, and RappingHistory.org. Paul Buchheit is too author of the article, 'Retirement Theft in 4 Despicable Steps' an examination of how, "American workers are being cheated out of the retirement they've paid for all their lives."

Paul Buchheit in the first half.

And; speaking on behalf of all Canadians over the weekend, the prime minister expressed this nation's condolences to Israel on the occasion of Ariel Sharon's death. Not mentioned, naturally, were the myriad war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Sharon, both while prime minister of Israel and its minister of defense. Stephen Harper's convenient occlusion of the facts is evident too in the overall relationship with Israel he and his Conservative party have fostered and strengthened during his tenure. As Harper put it Saturday, "Canada values its long-standing relationship with Israel, which is based on shared values, common interests and strong political, economic, cultural and social ties." The prime minister's respect-paying for 'The Butcher of Beirut,' as Sharon is also known, is just the latest expression of sympathy and support for the Zionist project in a relationship that long precedes the nation of Israel itself.

Yves Engler is a Canadian essayist, activist, and author of seven books on Canadian life, politics, and the role Canada plays in the world. His latest article, 'The Long History of Zionism in Canada' provides illuminating context for both the Harper party's relationship with Israel, and how Canadian identity politics is played.

Engler's Book titles include: 'The Ugly Canadian — Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy,' 'Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping — The Truth May Hurt,' 'Stop Signs — Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay (with Bianca Mugyenyi),' 'The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy' (Shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non Fiction in the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards), 'Playing Left Wing: From Rink Rat to Student Radical,' 'Canada in Haiti: Waging War on The Poor Majority' (co-authored with Anthony Fenton), and 'Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid.' Yves is also co-author of the recently released 'New Commune-ist Manifesto — Workers of the World It Really is Time to Unite.'

Yves Engler and Canada's long history with the "light of freedom and democracy in what is otherwise a region of darkness" in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good to do in and around our city's streets, and beyond too, in the coming week. But first, Paul Buchheit and the four despicable steps to stealing your retirement.

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/
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