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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Rob Butler, Glenda Ferris, J9 Nov. 3, 2008

This Week on GR
by C.L. Cook
This week, scientist and author, Rob Butler on the eradication of North America's birds; Glenda Ferris, a B.C. rural homesteader threatened by encroaching pipelines; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on good goings-on in and around Victoria in the coming week.
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:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:
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When Cops Become Goons

When Cops Become Thugs - The Use of "Non Lethal" Weapons & "Pain Compliance" Attacks on Indigenous People
by MNN
We Ongwehonwe need to know about this new weaponry and martial law training that cops are using on us.  We're unarmed.  How do we defend ourselves? 
The military is getting more involved in civil matters.  The U.S. Marines are in the forefront of developing, testing and using so-called "non-lethal weapons" NLW for what is being called "domestic crowd control", or more accurately, "fascism".
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‘Sticking it to the Man,’ 21st Century Style

‘Sticking it to the Man,’ 21st Century style... 
by Jason Miller
As a species of beings that reflexively and unequivocally identifies itself as “superior,” we human animals have taken self-deception to a level of inimitable brilliance. And we Americans who have self-servingly cast ourselves in the role of moral beacon to the world (while engaging in industrialized wholesale violence against humans, animals, and the Earth on a breath-taking scale) are the living embodiments of the word hypocrisy.

Need proof of the systemic rot eroding the very cores of our souls? Look no further than the meteoric rise of the grossly under-qualified, hyper-ambitious, morally retarded narcissist who still has a realistic chance to be one heart-beat away from ostensibly ruling the most powerful nation in the world.
Palinesque tendencies to “drill, drill, drill,” exploit obscene technological advantages to “cull predatory species,” employ our “justice” system to accelerate the extinction of yet another species (to advance the interests of Big Oil no less), and perpetuate the murderous “sport” of hunting with the intellectually dishonest and morally bankrupt justifications of “necessity” and “cultural tradition” serve to shred our ridiculously thin façade of humanity and reveal the truly barbarous nature of Western “civilization” and the “American Way of Life.”
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A Timely Reminder from Our Departed Friend George

George Carlin On Voting In US Elections
by George Carlin
Thursday, March 13, 2008, 7:30pm - The Klein Memorial Auditorium. Bridgeport, CT.

Warning - Some [viewers better] find the contents offensive.
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Letters: Eating Cake in Pakistan

Eating Cake in Pakistan: Messages from A Friend
by Anonymous
The common people need to empower the common man in Pakistan, by joining hands, giving moral support and keeping their own elected representatives accountable on their policy and actions towards the developing countries, especially in the conflict of interest perspective.
(Poorest/poor rural) People in Pakistan are selling off their newborn children or grandchildren due to poverty. You may find the relevant news items on the DAWN internet website. It happened last month in a small village (goth) of Sindh Pakistan.
The tiny dead bodies of newborns have been found on garbage dumps in the last two months. People didn't put them in the "cribs" and "cradles" of the charities like Edhi Trust.
It costs money to travel to the charity cradles, and it must be a horrendous thought to have one's baby at the mercy of strangers for the rest of her/his life. So death sounds like a merciful option. This is just my conclusion and God help me I should be wrong hopefully. 
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Are You a ‘Violent Extremist’? FBI’s Analytical Lexicon Lowers the Bar

Are You a ‘Violent Extremist’? FBI’s Analytical Lexicon Lowers the Bar
by Tom Burghardt

Do you “pal around with terrorists”? Are you a “radical” or express views that the government considers “extremist”?

On October 28, the whistleblowing website Cryptome published the FBI Directorate of Intelligence: Counterterrorism Division’s Counterterrorism Analytical Lexicon. This eye-opening “Unclassified/For Official Use Only” (U/FOUO) document purports “to standardize terms used in the FBI analytical products dealing with counterterrorism.”

But what it does instead, in keeping with the FBI’s insatiable appetite for “actionable intelligence product,” is create new categories of individuals who might fall under the purview of state “counterterrorism” investigations.

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We Didn't Expect the Inquisition: Victoria City Police Hone Torture Techniques on Homeless

Victoria Police Strappado: Definitely Not Bravado
by Janine Bandcroft
My friend Don studies a lot of history, and he told me that there were hundreds of tents surrounding Fort Victoria when the gold rush was on.  In those days tents were a sign of prosperity, but nowadays tents are evidence of the failure of capitalism and those proponents of an increasingly failed economic system are too big-headed to admit it so they continue to punish the victims.
The Strappado

Yesterday, while Don and I were sipping on coffee and matcha in a warm welcoming coffee house, some brave souls were contributing to the history of homelessness in Victoria.  They had camped the night before next to City Hall.
They represent the 1500 other homeless people who have been identified. Not surprisingly our brutish out-going mayor, Alan Lowe, had them all arrested and later in the day I watched the corporate media's account of the story.
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Nary a Drop to Drink: The Corporate Water Conspiracy on Canada's Campuses

Dwindling Access to Drinking Water on Canadian University Campuses: Report
by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 
Water fountains are becoming an endangered species on university campuses across Canada. That’s one of the findings of a national on-line survey, Corporate Initiatives on Campus: A 2008 Snapshot, designed to document the commercial and corporate presence on Canadian campuses.

Responses to the survey, which was developed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Polaris Institute, paint a picture of rapidly decaying water fountains and a lack of access in educational institutions across the country to clean, potable tap water.

Thirty three percent of respondents noted a reduction in the number of drinking water fountains on campus. Forty three percent of respondents cited delays in repairing existing water fountains. Others said that new buildings are being built without water fountains, that existing water fountains and cold water taps in washrooms are being removed, and that vending machines are blocking access to water fountains. One response from Brock University in St. Catharines explained “there are no water fountains” in new buildings on campus, “only Pepsi machines.”
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Passing: Studs Terkel

Passing: Radio Pioneer, Moral Colossus, American, Studs Terkel 
by C. L. Cook
We lost another one yesterday. Studs Terkel, the conscience of the American airwaves for more than half a century died Friday (Oct. 31) at age 96. Difficult to call the end of a man of Studs' advanced years a tragedy, but the leave-taking of one of those too rare commodities in America, an unapologetic populist, (dare we say "socialist") and successful member of the media is a tragedy for those of us who remain to struggle with neither Terkel's talent, nor courage. 
I never knew Studs personally, though I attempted fruitlessly to interview him for my own modest radio program. I was frustrated in my attempts to gain contact due to Terkel's disdain of e:mail, and the other accoutrements of modern communications, but I felt I knew him.
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Philadelphia: This is What Anti-Democracy Looks Like

Chaos Looms Over Pennsylvania Vote
by Brave New Films/ANP
Philadelphia is shaping up to be a key city in a key battleground state in this election.

Please see the video evidence below the break.
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A Third Intifada in the Making?

A Third Palestinian Intifada in the Making
by Ramzy Baroud
At a recent conference I was repeatedly asked about the prospects for a third Palestinian uprising, or Intifada. The question, although seemingly uncomplicated, is both loaded and important, and cannot be answered in a mere two minutes or less.

A 'third Intifada' would imply that the second has already ended. But has it? Or did it simply lose momentum, sense of focus and direction, or were its energies squandered - as a popular uprising - on factional disputes and internal division?
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