Created on Monday, 27 October 2008 05:56
Written by The Real News
Democracy and Militarism
Howard Zinn: The financial and war crisis have created an opportunity for real change Pt5/5
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In the final segment of our interview with Howard Zinn we explore the idea of the United States as a source of freedom and democracy in the world. Prof. Zinn outlines the long history in the US of linking military pursuits with the cause of freedom and democracy, a marriage which Prof. Zinn believes is still used due to inappropriate historical education.
Created on Monday, 27 October 2008 05:45
Written by Zoe Blunt
Forestlands or Subdivisions? Discussion and Tour
by Zoe Blunt
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unday, Nov. 2, starting at 1 pm
Join the discussion at Shirley Community Hall West Coast Road at Sheringham Point Road, Shirley (21 km west of Sooke on Hwy 14, Vancouver Island). Take the tour of Sandcut Beach starting at 2 pm, 10 km west of Shirley. RSVP â€“ rides available!
The private subdivision plans for the forestlands near Jordan River are now public. Now is the time for everyone concerned to take a closer look at these threatened coastal forests and efforts to protect them.
Created on Monday, 27 October 2008 04:37
Watersheds Need Protection from Private Owners
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by Richard Boyce
a recent walk around Labour Day Lake, I was enchanted by the
mycrological world that erupts with the return of the rains. I spent
the entire day examining mushrooms with a wide range of colours: bright
yellow, orange, red, dull purple, green, white, and every variation of
brown. Some were so tiny they made the evergreen needles look big,
while others were the size of soccer balls. They grew on rotting logs,
amongst the evergreen needles, and high up on dying trees. Some looked
extremely delicate and others hard shelled.
I particularly enjoy
hiking at this time of year because of the profusion of life that comes
out of death. Decaying wood and the thick layers of humus that have
accumulated over the years, forming a rich forest floor, dotted with a
diversity of mushrooms. I have only seen such an abundance of mushrooms
in old growth forests where centuries of vegetable matter decaying into
soil provides a lush environment for fungi.
appear on a wide variety of surfaces in the forest are actually the
fruiting bodies of fungi, which for the most part are hidden below the
surface and can stretch out for great distances. They are an indication
of a healthy and vibrant forest ecosystem. Water is purified through
soil, which is stabilized by tree root systems, that live in a semiotic
relationship with fungi.
Created on Monday, 27 October 2008 04:12
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week, journalist Conn Hallinan on the Colombian government's open season on union and indigenous activists; Canadian journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk on Canada's environmental nightmare Tar Sands; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on all the goings-on in and around Victoria in the coming week.
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Conn Hallinan, Andrew Nikiforuk, J9 Oct. 27, 2008
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
Created on Monday, 27 October 2008 04:04
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The Trillion Dollar Tag Sale: How the Pentagon Could Help Bail Out America
by Nick Turse
Wars, bases, and money; the three are inextricably tied together.
the 1980s, for example, American support for jihadis like Osama bin
Laden waging war on (Soviet) infidels who invaded and constructed bases
in Afghanistan, a Muslim land, led to rage by many of the same jihadis
at the bases (U.S.) infidels built in the Muslim holy land of Saudi
Arabia in the 1990s. That, in turn, led to jihadis like bin Laden
declaring war on those infidels, which, after September 11, 2001, led
the Bush administration to launch, and then prosecute, a Global War on
Terror, often from newly built bases in Muslim lands.
Over the last
seven years, the results of that war have been particularly disastrous
for Iraqis and Afghans. Sizable numbers of Americans, however, are now
beginning to suffer as well. After all, their hard-earned taxpayer
dollars have been poured into wars without end, leaving the country
deeply in debt and in a state of economic turmoil.
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Created on Saturday, 25 October 2008 20:36
Written by Chris Cook
Salmon Collapse: Starving on the Coast
by C.L. Cook
Marine scientists expressed concern for five missing orca
whales, members of 'L Pod' usually observed in the waters off southern
The increasingly endangered mammal population is
closely monitored by government agencies, and has provided a booming
whale watching industry for Victoria and other towns along the Haro and
Juan de Fuca Straits.
Five orca disappeared from 'L Pod' more than a
month ago. Scientists say it's unusual for the closely knit "families"
that hunt and live communally to separate like this, and they believe
the whales may have starved.
This theory is consistent with reports of
starvation among British Columbia's coastal bear populations, who
depend on massive numbers of salmon returns to fatten for the winter.
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Created on Saturday, 25 October 2008 04:36
Mining Misery: Hope and Change Down Under
by Chris Floyd
well-educated, highly intelligent and articulate young progressive
candidate promising hope and change -- and a withdrawal of troops from
Iraq -- ousts a long-entrenched, hidebound, deeply corrupt rightwing
faction from power. Once in office, he makes a number of symbolic
gestures -- signing the Kyoto treaty, offering apologies for past
national abuses of minorities, appointing women to prominent posts,
etc. -- while governing as a pragmatic centrist, a "Third Way" figure
in the mold of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, combining a heavily
pro-corporate agenda and a commitment to a strong military and
"humanitarian intervention" abroad, while retaining his party's
traditional rhetoric, and a few vestigial programs, on social justice
and economic fair play.
behind the fresh faces and the vigorous sweeping of new brooms, old
evils and deep-delving corruptions keep churning on, abetted by the
policies of the putative reformers.
Read more: A Ruddy Shame Down Under
Created on Saturday, 25 October 2008 04:22
Written by William Bowles
Economics 101 - Interesting times
by William Bowles
raised in a family of Reds has its pluses and its minuses, one of the
minuses being a decidedly unworldly approach to economics. It was as if
we already lived in a socialist world but of course nobody else did.
The upshot of this was a total incomprehension as to the value of
money, and not merely the value but its importance.
sound strange coming from someone who professes to know the â€˜answersâ€™
to what ails us but then life is complicated, people are contradictory
and we donâ€™t always do whatâ€™s in our own best interests, besieged as we
are by the forces of capital. For alongside this there is always the
question of fear and insecurity about the future, about who we are and
what we should be.
Read more: In Interesting Times