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Nightmare News for BC's Fracking Dream Future

BC LNG: Promised Land of Prosperity or Gas Fueled Race to the Bottom?
by Kevin Logan
On this the first day of BC's much ballyhooed International LNG conference, it is worth noting, comparing and contrasting BC's LNG "model" and that of competing Nations around the world in the natural gas industry.
 
 
This is of importance given the reliance the current government has with China as a destination market, and its strange propensity to sanction Russia over the contentious Ukranian issues that some say are driving Russia into the arms of China.
The values of the China/Russia so-called "biggest deal in history," mirror almost exactly those involved in the BC / Petronas deal.
 

Police Brutality and America's Nascent People's Movement

They Can’t Outlaw the Revolution
by Chris Hedges  - Truth Dig
RIKERS ISLAND, NY. - Cecily McMillan, the Occupy activist who on Monday morning will appear before a criminal court in New York City to be sentenced to up to seven years on a charge of assaulting a police officer, sat in a plastic chair wearing a baggy, oversized gray jumpsuit, cheap brown plastic sandals and horn-rim glasses. Other women, also dressed in prison-issued gray jumpsuits, sat nearby in the narrow, concrete-walled visitation room clutching their children, tears streaming down their faces. The children, bewildered, had their arms wrapped tightly around their mothers’ necks. It looked like the disaster scene it was.
 
“It’s all out in the open here,” said the 25-year-old student, who was to have graduated May 22 with a master’s degree from The New School of Social Research in New York City. “The cruelty of power can’t hide like it does on the outside. You get America, everything America has become, especially for poor people of color in prison. My lawyers think I will get two years. But two years is nothing compared to what these women, who never went to trial, never had the possibility of a trial with adequate legal representation, face. There are women in my dorm who, because they have such a poor command of English, do not even understand their charges. I spent a lot of time trying to explain the charges to them.”
 
McMillan says Grantley Bovell, who was in plainclothes and did not identify himself as a police officer, grabbed her from behind during a March 17, 2012, gathering of several hundred Occupy activists in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. In a video of the incident she appears to have instinctively elbowed him in the face, but she says she has no memory of what happened. Video and photographs—mostly not permitted by the trial judge to be shown in the courtroom—buttressed her version of events.
 
There is no dispute that she was severely beaten by police and taken from the park to a hospital where she was handcuffed to a bed. On May 5 she was found guilty after a three-week trial of a felony assault in the second degree. She can receive anything from probation to seven years in prison. “I am prepared mentally for a long sentence,” she told me this past weekend when I interviewed her at the Rikers Island prison in the Bronx.
 
“I watched the trial. I watched the judge. This was never about justice. Just as it is not about justice for these other women. One mother was put in here for shoplifting after she lost her job and her house and needed to feed her children. There is another prisoner, a preschool teacher with a 1-year-old son she was breastfeeding, who let her cousin stay with her after her cousin was evicted. It turns out the cousin sold drugs. The cops found money, not drugs, that the cousin kept in the house and took the mother. They told her to leave her child with the neighbors. There is story after story in here like this. It wakes you up.”
 

America Fails to Scare China: With Plan A Down the Tube, What for Obama's Pivot Policy

We Have Always Been At War With Eastasia…Or Is It Eurasia?
by Peter Lee - China Matters
Current US China policy seems to be “Who Needs Russia? We’ve got…The Philippines!”

Unless President Obama has absolute faith in the ability of the United States and the Asian democracies to restrain the PRC, there would seem to be some disturbing developments for the United States in Asia.

First of all, the People’s Republic of China parked its HYSY 981 oil rig in waters that Vietnam claims as its Exclusive Economic Zone, triggering a heated response from Vietnam, anguished writhing from ASEAN, and a stern “don’t engage in provocations” fingerwag from the United States.

The PRC, however, is not yielding, implicitly highlighting the fact that the United States is failing in its self-proclaimed mission to assure peace and prosperity in the South China Sea (as I pointed out in a previous piece, the PRC’s oil-rig shenanigans accentuate the essential sovereignty/EEZ character of disputes between China and its South China Sea neighbors, and undercut the “freedom of navigation” hobbyhorse that the US has crafted to ride to the rescue of the SCS).

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Farcical "American Justice" Sentences Sex Attack Victim Cecily McMillan

Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan Sentenced to 3 Months in Jail, 5 Years Probation
by Dave Lindorff - ThisCantBeHappening.net
Occupy activist Cecily McMillan, convicted on May 5 of second-degree felony assault of a New York cop whom she and witnesses claimed had grabbed her breast from behind, bruising it, stood her ground before her sentence was rendered, refusing the judge’s insistence that she should “take responsibility for her conduct.”
 
Risking the possibility that Judge Ronald Zwiebel might sentence her to the maximum seven years for the charge she was convicted of, McMillan would only apologize for what she termed “the accident” of involuntarily throwing back her elbow when grabbed by behind from someone she could not even see.
 
Cecily McMillan being arrested as the NYPD clears
Zuccotti Park during a six-month memorial celebration
of the Occupy Movement in March 2012
 
Insisting to the judge that she lived in accordance to the “law of love,” she said, in her pre-sentencing statement;

 “Violence is not permitted. This being the law that I live by, I can say with certainty that I am innocent of the crime I have been convicted of… I cannot confess to a crime that I did not commit. I cannot throw away my dignity in return for my freedom.”

It was a bold and risky stand for the 25-year-old New School for Social Research graduate student to take, given the high sentencing stakes.
 

Questioning the Links Between "Ethical Oil" Campaigners and the Conservative Party of Canada

Greenpeace questions whether links between the Conservative Party and Ethical Oil break election rules
by Greenpeace Canada
Feature story - April 8, 2014
EthicalOil-HarperGovt-InfographicIt’s one thing to cooperate – it’s another thing entirely to collude in order to get around laws that help make our democracy work.
 
 So Greenpeace Canada has asked Elections Canada to investigate whether the Conservative Party is colluding with the Ethical Oil Institute in violation of the measures in the Canada Elections Act that prohibit donations to federal political parties from corporations.
 
 “We have compiled some very troubling evidence on the relationship between Ethical Oil and the Conservative Party that we believe merits investigation by the Commissioner of Canada Elections,” said Keith Stewart, Climate and Energy Campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Canada.
 
“Our laws still ban oil companies from directly or indirectly funding political parties, so we hope that Ethical Oil and the Conservative Party will cooperate with the Commissioner in an investigation to clear this up.”
The Ethical Oil Institute does not publicly disclose its funding sources, but its website states that it does “accept donations from Canadian individuals and companies, including those working to produce Ethical Oil.” The institute was founded in July 2011 by Alykhan Velshi, who left Jason Kenney’s political staff to create Ethical Oil. He returned within a few months to a senior position in the Prime Minister’s Office.
 

Remembering Pipelineistan: Russia/China Deal and the New Eurasian Century

The Birth of a Eurasian Century: Russia and China Do Pipelineistan
The Global ObamaHONG KONG - A specter is haunting Washington, an unnerving vision of a Sino-Russian alliance wedded to an expansive symbiosis of trade and commerce across much of the Eurasian land mass -- at the expense of the United States.
 
And no wonder Washington is anxious. That alliance is already a done deal in a variety of ways: through the BRICS group of emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa); at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Asian counterweight to NATO; inside the G20; and via the 120-member-nation Non-Aligned Movement(NAM). 
 
Trade and commerce are just part of the future bargain. 
 
Synergies in the development of new military technologies beckon as well. After Russia’s Star Wars-style, ultra-sophisticated S-500 air defense anti-missile system comes online in 2018, Beijing is sure to want a version of it.
 
Meanwhile, Russia is about to sell dozens of state-of-the-art Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighters to the Chinese as Beijing and Moscow move to seal an aviation-industrial partnership.
 
This week should provide the first real fireworks in the celebration of a new Eurasian century-in-the-making when Russian President Vladimir Putin drops in on Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. 
 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Carol Linnitt, Richard Atwell, Janine Bandcroft May 19th, 2014

 
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
che kokoWelcome to CFUV's Victoria Day extravaganza, wherein we provide wall to wall coverage of most things Victoria.
 
Along with the age-old concept of consumer and other forms of economic boycotts, divestment is a new strategy being employed to change what is perceived to be the negative social and environmental activities of corporations, countries, and individuals.

The most famous of these is the BDS, or Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign being waged to contain some of Israel's more excessive human rights abuses, but there is too a growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

Beginning with churches, and on campuses in the United States, fossil fuel divestment has made headlines in local papers recently.
 
Listen. Hear.

Right here, on the campus of the University of Victoria, 160 faculty members went public last month with their demand that the University disinvest the monies of its considerable endowment fund from those businesses doing business to the detriment of the global environment.
 
Carol Linnitt is Managing Editor and Director of Research for DeSmog Canada, where she published the article, '160 Faculty Members Join Call for Fossil Fuel Divestment at B.C.’s University of Victoria.'

DeSmog is an organization dedicated to, quote: "clear[ing] the PR pollution that is preventing us from having sensible public conversations about critical issues around the environment, social justice and the economy."

Carol is currently a doctoral candidate at UVic's English and Cultural, Social and Political Thought programs, where she hopes to add a Ph.D to an already accomplished academic career that includes Master's degrees in English Literature, (while studying political theory, natural resource conflicts and Aboriginal rights) and in Philosophy, the latter with a special focus on  phenomenology and environmental ethics, at York.
 
Carol Linnitt in the first half.
 
And; Victoria is also known as the "Garden City," but by this other name we do not always smell as sweet as we may like. The ongoing sewage treatment debate seems almost as old as the mountains surrounding us, but before rushing to judgement, my guest in the second half begs we delay a little while longer to look at what he, and his growing organization of supporters, see as the RITE plan for Victoria's current and future sewage treatment needs.
 
Richard Atwell is the director of STAG, or the Sewage Treatment Action Group, a collection of citizens promoting the R-I-T-E solution for our daily pollution; one that is: Respectful of communities; uses Innovative technologies; is Taxpayer friendly; and, Environmentally sound.

Richard Atwell looking for the right solution in the second half.
 
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster Janine Bandcroft has provided Gorilla Radio with the skinny on what's good going on on Victoria's streets and beyond for many years now. It's ironic then that today, on the single day of the year bearing the honorific of the city's name, she should be reporting from outside the city; but she will never-the-less be joining us at the bottom of the hour to bring us the newz.

But first, Carol Linnitt and Divestment: the movement seeking not to follow, but lead the money.
 
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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Grave and Imminent Global Threat: Flashpoint Ukraine

Flashpoint Ukraine: Explains Today’s Most Important Geopolitical Issue
flashpoint-in-ukraine-It’s the gravest one since WW II. Possible global war looms. Things head perilously closer to it than any previous time. Neocons infest Washington. They influence administration policy. They want Russian and Chinese rivals marginalized, weakened, isolated and controlled.
 
They’re surrounding both countries with US bases.
 
Obama’s pivot is global. Unchallenged worldwide dominance is sought. Multiple direct and proxy wars continue. More are planned. Ukraine is in the eye of the storm. Washington wants all former Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact countries co-opted into NATO.
 
Ukraine is the crown jewel. Eastern resistance threatens Obama’s imperial project. Preserving it requires crushing it. Doing so risks civil war.
 
At risk is spilling it cross border. Potential East/West confrontation could follow. Global wars start this way.
 

Nuclear Power's Backburnered Renassaince

The Future of Nuclear – SMRs?
by Executive Report with ISA Intel - OilPrice.com
Nuclear power is not an industry that experiences huge growth rates, and it is infinitely more difficult for investors to find a hidden gem in nuclear energy than it is in oil and gas.
 
There just aren’t any mom and pop nuclear shops out there.
 
Nevertheless, it is a global industry that does around $140 billion in annual business and thus it is important to get a status check on what is going on in the nuclear world from time to time.

Playing at War with China: PRC Defies US Deterrence

South China Sea: How Many Battalions Does the Passive Voice Have? And...Island Games: Okinotorishima vs. Johnson South Reef
by Peter Lee - China Matters
My Twitter feed contained the following ringing statement:

Claims disputes pervade maritime Asia. All parties must be prevented from use force/threat thereof to alter status quo.

To paraphrase Napoleon on the Pope, how many battalions does the frickin’ passive voice have?

“Must be prevented”. That’s the problem with the pivot.

The "pivot to Asia" is an idea. It's not a doctrine, like the Monroe Doctrine, the Truman Doctrine, the Eisenhower Doctrine, or the Bush Doctrine, all of which were based on the statement, "If you do X, It's War!"(Or, in the case of the immortal Bush doctrine, If you're thinking of doing X, or I think you're thinking of doing X, or if you're not thinking of doing X but I want to bomb you anyway, It's War!)

The pivot expresses the hope that the PRC will mistake a US preference for an national doctrine, construe the US desire to make mischief for the PRC in its near beyond as a matter of existential resolve, and do the United States the courtesy of dignifying Washington’s expressions of disapproval as a deterrent.

The PRC, on the other hand, has a genuine doctrine: its territorial integrity is an existential issue. And it has openly applied it to the South China Sea.

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Blinding the Panoptican: Can the Surveillance State Be Stopped?

Can We Stop America’s Surveillance State?
by Danny Schechter - NewsDissector.org
surveillance balloon detroitNew York, New York - With the publication of Glenn Greenwald’s new book on Edward Snowden and the NSA, the state surveillance issue is back in full force as if it ever went a way.
 
Purloined formerly top-secret NSA documents are now there for the downloading, even as the calls for truth and privacy buttressed by irrefutable information, has run up against the institutional armor of the surveillance state that has little respect for public opinion or calls for “reform.”
 
Every day, there are new stories showing duplicity in high places and revealing the existence of new tracking technologies and forced and voluntary collusion between the secret agency and its many “partners” in the private sector. PBS Frontline is out with one more expose.
 
Just as the publication of the Pentagon Papers in l971 did not end the Vietnam War, the leaks from a world of questionable ‘intelligence” has only made our Spymasters more determined.