Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, William Laurance, Andy Worthington, Christina Nikolic August 30, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - GorillaRadio.com


August 30, 2017

We've all seen the carnage on the roadside - or at least, seen some of it. Every day millions of creatures are killed and maimed through the happenstance of human activity. Astronomical numbers are obliterated by automobiles alone; it is, according to my second guest, a veritable highway holocaust.

William Laurance is a distinguished research professor and Australian Laureate at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, and founder and director of ALERT—the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers. In addition to his scientific papers, his popular essays appear at, among other places, CounterPunch.org, The Conversation, and bioGraphic.com, where I found his article 'Curbing an Onslaught of 2 Billion Cars.'

 

Listen. Hear.


William Laurance in the first half.

And; if there's a single defining characteristic of this mad time we're careening through it is the ceaselessness of it all. Even in the stillest moments the motor hums on, just behind the wallpaper. But, if the prospect of living at the mercy of a mechanistic society unable to find rest seems daunting, how much worse is it when the machinery resides not inside the walls but within our heads, possessing every waking moment, pervading even our dreams? How much worse yet when, not only do we want the omnipresent noise, but can't live without it?

Andy Worthington is freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker, and singer-songwriter. Co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign (and the Countdown to Close Guantánamo initiative) and co-director of We Stand With Shaker, which called for the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, he has made an annual pilgrimage to America from his native Britain to lobby for that infamous prison’s closure.

Andy’s book titles include: ‘Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, ‘Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion’, and ‘The Battle of the Beanfield.’ He also co-directed (with Polly Nash) the documentary film, ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,’ and spends an inordinate amount of time online, enmeshed in the virtual wires that constitute the modern-World. His latest article, 'Switch Off Your Devices and Have a Week Off: Why Headspace, Silence and Human Interaction is Good for Us' examines the value of another kind of peace.

Andy Worthington and making room for headspace in the second half.

And; Victoria gardening guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with a special Victoria Fringe Festival Left Coast Events feature. But first, William Laurance and curbing the global vehicular onslaught.

 

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Identity Politics a Wedge Deliberately Being Driven Between Americans

United Nations Issues Rare "Early Warning" - Signals Potential Civil Conflict In America

by "Tyler Durden" - ZeroHedge


Aug 24, 2017

A United Nations Committee tasked with combating racism on a global scale has issued an ultra rare "early warning" for the United States citing "alarming racism" trends.

As StockBoardAsset.com notes, this rare signal often preludes the potential for civil conflict. In the past 10-years, the early warning has been issued in Burundi, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria.

The United Nations Committee on the Eliminations of Racial Discrimination has called on high-level politicians and public officials of the United States to condemn “racist hate speech and crimes in Charlottesville and through the country”.

Anastasia Crickley, Chairperson of UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said:

 

We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Heather Lindsay, John LaForge, Christina Nikolic Aug. 23rd, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


August 23, 2017

If anything can take the sting out of waning Summer's shortening days and cooling nights, it's The Fringe. The last week of August always provides a cornucopia of theatre events, all over Victoria, and this year is no different - or, very different if your idea of theatre is playing in Nora's Doll House, or a late summer's evening with Uncle Vanya.

No ills to Ibsen or Anton Chekov, but if you're gonna Fringe, better get ready to tread wider the boards of the living stage.

Heather Lindsay is Executive Director of Intrepid Theatre, Victoria's own bold theatre company, and primary presenter of the Fringe from day one. She's a multiple Leo Award-winning filmmaker and theatre vet, who joined Intrepid in 2012.

Heather Lindsay in the first half.

Listen. Hear.

 

And; while promising Americans to make its "allies" spend as much on armies and munitions as they themselves do, in his first televised speech before the nation this year, president Trump also lauded the especially heroic cast of the soldiery gathered in his background, and the U-S-A's "better than anybody's" conventional and nuclear war-making capabilities. Then he confirmed more war for Afghanistan, that benighted graveyard of presidential promises.

Trump campaigned to end that war, nearly as old now as the century itself, knowing the American people had tired of the Long War. And, that weariness is not confined to the Homeland. In Germany, outside just one of the hundreds of US bases of all sorts, all around the World, near the town of Büchel, a peace camp has shared the summers with the jets screaming overhead, making a protest against them, (and the American nuclear bombs beneath the ground, just beyond the base's fence).

John LaForge is a long-time staffer at Nukewatch, the Wisconsin-based nuclear watchdog and environmental justice group, whose countless articles on the topic have appeared in Nukewatch’s quarterly and at online sites like: New Internationalist, Z Magazine, The Progressive, Earth Island Journal and at CounterPunch.org. He’s also co-editor, with Arianne S. Peterson, of the revised edition of the book, ‘Nuclear Heartland: A Guide to the 450 Land-Based Missiles of the the United States.’ His latest article at CounterPunch.org, 'Peace Camp and War Games at Harvest Time' tells the story of Büchel.

John LaForge and “Büchel is Everywhere,” in the second half.

And; Victoria gardening guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with Left Coast Events highlights for the coming week. But first, Heather Lindsay and setting the table for a veritable Fringe feast!

 

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Giving Up Our Ghosts to the Machine

Dark Matter: Surrendering Our Secrets to Malevolent Forces

by Chris Floyd  - Empire Burlesque


12 August 2017

 

“And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They’d probably stick my head in a guillotine.”

 

(This is my latest column for the print version of CounterPunch, edited slightly.) 
 

Thus quoth the Bard, more than half a century ago. At the time, these lines were an electrifying insight into human nature, lighting up dark corners of the psyche not usually explored in popular music. They were also a jolting reversal of the usual protest song dynamic: a righteous hero denouncing evil from a position of moral purity. Here, at the end of a long, incandescent jeremiad against a sick society, we see the “prophet” suddenly subjecting himself to the harsh judgment he had just rendered. “Yeah, this place is Hieronymus Bosch on stilts — but you should see what’s howling in my head!’

We all have a night mind, we all have thought-dreams which, if exposed, perhaps might not get us guillotined but could well kill the image we present to others — and to ourselves. And this is true even for the most liberated, hip or “woke” among us. (Like Dylan’s own sheepish confession in his memoir, Chronicles, that back in the day he’d harbored a secret liking for Barry Goldwater because the politician reminded him of Tom Mix, the movie cowboy. Now that’s perverse!)

So imagine if there were a magic machine that let us explore our own guillotinable notions — or indeed, to range through the night-mind of the whole human race, encountering lurid thought-dreams beyond our previous imagining. A magic machine where every forbidden thought or fear or desire, even things abhorrent to our own daylight mind, could be approached, encountered, explored — and this in deepest privacy, in the safe confines of our homes, our normal daily reality. Who could resist dipping — or plunging — into such a dream-world? Yes, of course, we speak of the internet.

And these explorations need not be anything aberrant, illegal or immoral in themselves, but simply retrograde to what we think of as our truest, essential self. A gentle kindergarten teacher who finds herself looking with lurid fascination at beheadings on YouTube. A kind and loving social activist who is inexplicably drawn to the revolting racist bile she sees on Reddit. A married, smalltown bank manager who peruses gay porn or transgender websites, idly dreaming of alternative lives that in reality he would never pursue. An obsessive haunted by irrational, humiliating fears who seeks comfort – or exacerbation – down the digital alleyways of half-baked data and feverish need. The permutations are endless. Every dark impulse, every passing fantasy, every perverse or unsettling notion thrown up by the imp of the mind: all of this available, in endless profusion, 24/7, all over the world.

 

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Temporary Worker, Full Time Slave: Canada's Oppressed Labour Force

Temporary Foreign Workers are Victims of Systemic Racism and Government Politics 

by Fil de Presse MNW


August 19, 2017

Amid the escalating anti-immigrant racism and fascism occurring in Quebec, Canada and other parts of the world, we denounce all the injustices and abuses committed through the temporary foreign worker program.

We are workers of the earth and the earth has no borders!

A recent article that appeared in the New York Times on August 14th, 2017 entitled Foreign Farmworkers in Canada Fear Deportation if They Complain highlights systemic issues faced by temporary foreign workers, such as the dangerous conditions under which they live and work, as well as the lack of an adequately government response to complaints of fraud or abuse by employers.

 

10 years of the hypocritical Festival of Cultures

organized by the Municipality of Saint-Remi and

the Guatemalan, Honduran and Mexican consulates.


According to Noe Arteaga, former temporary foreign worker at the company Savoura, this is nothing new for workers who have been coming to work in Canada for decades.


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Seizing the Sunrise: Norway Commandeers Greenpeace Ship in Arctic Protest

The Arctic Sunrise has been seized

by Diego GonzagaGreenpeace US


18 August, 2017
 

The message is clear: 

"Norway, it’s time to choose people over oil."

35 activists from 25 countries are in the Barents Sea demanding an end to Arctic drilling.

Today, activists from the Arctic Sunrise in inflatable boats and kayaks entered the exclusion zone of Statoil’s Korpfjell well, Norway’s northernmost oil-drilling site, and attached a giant globe to the rig Songa Enabler.

 
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Whitney Webb, Jacinda Mack, Janine Bandcroft August 16th, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


August 16, 2017

Not content pointing his pistols at North Korea, America's 'Loose Cannon-in Chief' spared a salvo in the press over the weekend to menace Venezuela saying,

 

"We have many options for Venezuela. This is our neighbor ... we're all over the world, and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away, Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering, and they're dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary."


Listen. Hear.

Maduro administration reaction to the threat was muted, given its substance, but did include nation-wide civilian and military mobilization drills; a gambit former president, Hugo Chavez pioneered as response to president George W. Bush sabre-rattling.

Differing today however from the halcyon days of the Bolivarian Revolution, Venezuela now enjoys neither the inspired leadership of the charismatic Chavez, nor does it benefit from the favourable media coverage he garnered from certain sectors of the foreign media. Important points both, considering American attacks against his embattled successor, Nicolas Maduro are likely to grow more desperate as the buffoonish presidency of Donald Trump nears its inevitable train wreck.

Whitney Webb is a South America-based journalist writing about environmental, political, and economic issues in English and Spanish. She's a staff writer at MintPress News.com, and her articles have featured at ZeroHedge, the Anti-Media, and 21st Century Wire among other places. Her recent work for MintPressNews.com includes the article, 'Alternative Media Is Ignoring Venezuela’s Regime Change Problem.'

Whitney Webb in the first half.

And; as the third anniversary of the Mount Polley mine tailings spill in BC's interior passed last week, so too passed the provincial statute of limitations providing for prosecution of the company responsible. Fortunately, employing a rarely used provision of the law, acting Xat’sull Chief at the time of the disaster and Indigenous advocate, Bev Sellars filed private charges against Imperial Metals, because she says,

 

"I could not bear to witness BC simply stepping aside and giving-up on its own responsibility to protect our shared environment and waters." 


Sellars is supported in her suit by various environmental groups and cohort, Jacinda Mack of First Nation Women Advocating For Responsible Mining, or FNWARM.

Jacinda Mack in the second half.

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 good going on in and around our town scheduled for the coming week. But first, Whitney Webb and whither a word of media support for Venezuela as alternative to the right's Mighty Wurlitzer?

 

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Youtube Steps In, As Google Steps Up Its War on Internet Freedom of Speech

YouTube Moves To Censor “Controversial” Content – Brings ADL On Board As Flagger

by Whitney Webb - MintPress News


August 7, 2017


With the war between mainstream and independent media heating up, YouTube has weaponized a new content censorship program, calling it an effort to “fight terror content online.” With standards set by groups like the Anti-Defamation League, political agendas are sure to intrude. 

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIAEver since “fake news” found its place among the various explanations used by the Clinton campaign and supporters to account for their candidate’s loss, there has been a quiet but concerted effort on the part of establishment media, technology, and telecommunications companies to thwart the surging popularity of independent media.

The rise of independent media has been hugely detrimental to the once privileged position of the mainstream, who've now lost the trust of the vast majority of Americans and – along with that – the ability to control political and social narratives.

Chief among the groups seeking to clamp down on independent media has been Google, the massive technology company with deep connections to the U.S. intelligence community, as well as to U.S. government and business elites.

 

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Ethnically Purifying Israel: Netanyahu Hints at Movement on "Static Transfer" Plan

Netanyahu Alarms Umm al-Fahm with Talk of Population Swap

by Jonathan Cook - Dissident Voice


August 4, 2017

 

After al-Aqsa attack, Israeli PM backs controversial transfer plan of far-right defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman

 

Israel’s crackdown on access to the al-Aqsa mosque compound after two Israeli policemen were killed there last month provoked an eruption of fury among Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem and rocked Israel’s relations with the Arab world.

Three weeks on, the metal detectors and security cameras have gone and – for now, at least – Jerusalem is calmer. But the shock waves are still reverberating, and being felt most keenly far away in northern Israel, in the town of Umm al-Fahm.

The three young men who carried out the shootings were from the town’s large Jabareen clan. They were killed on the spot by police. Umm al-Fahm, one of the largest communities for Israel’s 1.7 million Palestinian citizens, a fifth of the population, had already gained a reputation among the Jewish majority for political and religious extremism and anti-Israel sentiment.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Terry Wolfwood, Ted Rall, Janine Bandcroft and Christina Nikolic August 2, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


August 2, 2017

 

Societies are made by stories, and these myths provide the framework for both our individual, and collective lives. Invariably positive, and commemorated as great achievements, our foundational tales, no matter how gruesome, allow we create of horrors past monuments to our heroism, providing legends future generations can venerate.

In that light, as victors of 'The Good War', we on the winning side can celebrate this week the 72nd anniversary of the destruction by atomic bomb of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Or so the story goes.

 

Listen. Hear.

 

Theresa Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and a writer, photographer, and long-time activist who has traveled from the highlands of Mexico to the gates of Gaza and beyond in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women’s rights. Her articles have appeared at Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among other places, and she's the local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black.

The Women in Black will hold their annual vigil in remembrance of Hiroshima-Nagasaki this Monday, August 7 at high noon below the tourist information office across from the Empress Hotel.

Terry Wolfwood in the first half.

And; almost as old as the Silver Screen itself is the “gritty reporter takes on corruption” plot line; but, like a lot in Hollywood, the Real World tells a different story.

Ted Rall knows it too well. As an LA Times-syndicated political cartoonist, he got too close to an ugly truth of Tinsel Town, and when he wrote about it, got himself an Oscar-sized jam with the LAPD for his trouble. What's worse, just when he needed his bosses at the Times most, they turned Judas, throwing him to the bulls instead.

Now, the Pulitzer nominated journo, prolific graphic artist, and author is in an epic, Ted and Goliath legal fight with his old bosses at the Times, (and he's the guy with the slingshot!).

Rall's book titles include: ‘After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan,’ ‘To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue,’ ‘The Book of Obama: From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt,’ ‘Snowden,’ and his latest, ‘Trump: A Graphic Biography.’

Ted Rall, out of step with the Times in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft and horticultural guru and green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic both will join me today in studio at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do going on in and around our town in the coming week.

But first, Terry Wolfwood and the Women in Black standing again vigil for Hiroshima, Nagasaki. But first, Terry Wolfwood and the Women in Black standing again vigil for Hiroshima, Nagasaki.

 

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.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Intent: Britain's International Criminal Impunity

High Court Judges Defy Reason to Protect Tony Blair

by Craig Murray


31 Jul, 2017

There were a number of errors (by me) in this original posting and therefore I have decided to remove it now I have seen the judgement itself. That these errors were in large part caused by erroneous mainstream media reports is a fact, but not an excuse for my being so outraged I rushed in without checking.

In fact, the judgement does accept there is a longstanding crime of waging aggressive war as part of international law, and does not (contrary to the Guardian’s report) argue at all that the international law only came into existence recently. It argues however that international law is only captured in UK Law when this is done specifically through an Act of Parliament.

Indeed the judgement goes so far as to state:

 

“the clear principle that it is for Parliament to make such conduct criminal under domestic law. Parliament deliberately chose not to do so.”


This surely is problematic. The judgement states that the UK, deliberately, does not follow international law in its domestic law.

 

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Russia Sanction Aimed at European Union's Economy

Collateral Damage: U.S. Sanctions Aimed at Russia Strike Western European Allies

by Diana Johnstone  - CounterPunch


July 28, 2017

Do they know what they are doing? When the U.S. Congress adopts draconian sanctions aimed mainly at disempowering President Trump and ruling out any move to improve relations with Russia, do they realize that the measures amount to a declaration of economic war against their dear European “friends”?

Whether they know or not, they obviously don’t care. U.S. politicians view the rest of the world as America’s hinterland, to be exploited, abused and ignored with impunity. The Bill H.R. 3364 “Countering America’s Adversaries

Through Sanctions Act” was adopted on July 25 by all but three members of the House of Representatives. An earlier version was adopted by all but two Senators. Final passage at veto-overturning proportions is a certainty.

This congressional temper tantrum flails in all directions. The main casualties are likely to be America’s dear beloved European allies, notably Germany and France. Who also sometimes happen to be competitors, but such crass considerations don’t matter in the sacred halls of the U.S. Congress, totally devoted to upholding universal morality.

 

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