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Sky's the Limit: Growth Zenith (and 23 Sub-Geniuses)

Twenty-Three Geniuses
by James Howard Kunstler
If there is a Pulitzer Booby Prize for stupidity, waste no time in awarding it to The New York Times’ Monday feature, The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion. The former “newspaper of record” wants us to assume now that the sky’s the limit for human activity on the planet earth.
 
Problemo cancelled. The article and accompanying video was actually prepared by a staff of 23 journalists. Give the Times another award for rounding up so many credentialed idiots for one job.
 
Apart from just dumping on Stanford U. biologist Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb (1968), this foolish “crisis report” strenuously overlooks virtually every blossoming fiasco around the world. This must be what comes of viewing the world through your cell phone.
 

Media Fundamentalism: America's Journalism Ideology

American journalism’s ideology: Why the “liberal” media is fundamentalist
by Robert Jensen

Note: The memo below is my response to an editor at a U.S. news organization who was soliciting feedback for a review of the organization’s coverage of environmental news. From a conservative point of view, this newsroom is part of the “liberal media.” My goal in the memo was to step back from that superficial, diversionary label and evaluate the deeper ideological commitments that shape mainstream news.

Evaluation of a news media outlet’s coverage of a subject often focuses on a critique of how stories are covered, suggestions for how stories can be improved, and ideas for stories that currently aren’t being covered. Such an evaluation of XYZ’s environmental coverage would be useful, but it also is crucial to consider more basic questions about the ideological framework in which the coverage goes forward.
 
Talk of journalism’s ideology typically meets resistance, given that journalists routinely assert that they are non-ideological. If “ideology” is defined as a rigid, even fanatical, devotion to a set of ideas no matter what the evidence, then it is a good thing for journalists (and everyone else) to avoid ideology. But if ideology is understood as the set of social attitudes, political beliefs, and moral values that shape one’s interpretation of the world, then everyone works within an ideological framework, including journalists. Then the task is to understand competing ideologies, including one’s own, and not to imagine that anyone, or any institution, transcends ideology.
 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Roger Annis, Kevin Washbrook, Janine Bandcroft Jun 10, 2015

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

 
More than a year after the violent ouster of Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovych the country is still riven by a war that has, according to a United Nations report, cost more than 6,000 lives, with thousands more wounded, and more than a million and half Ukrainians made refugees.

And that was before the escalation of artillery attacks against the civilians of Donetsk last week.

Those attacks, and a general ramping up of Kyiv's aggression occurred during the latest meetings of the G7 countries in Germany, where Ukraine was promised to figure prominently on the agenda.

Canada's bellicose prime minister Harper used the G7 platform to again sabre-rattle against Russia in a manner disturbingly reminiscent of the darkest days of the Cold War.

Listen. Hear.

Sadly, the Canadian corporate media abandoned objective reportage on the US-fomented crisis from the outset, and State broadcaster, the CBC has echoed the "blame Putin" line coming from Ottawa and Washington. 
 
Roger Annis is an editor at the website, New Cold War, where he's written extensively on the conflict in Ukraine. He visited Crimea last year, and was in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donestk earlier this year. Roger will be speaking this Friday, June 12th at a Simon Fraser University, Institute for the Humanities sponsored event titled, 'Eyewitness Report from the War Zone of Eastern Ukraine.' More of Roger's work can also be found at his website, A Socialist in Canada and at Rabble.ca and Counterpunch.org.

Roger Annis in the first half.

And; citizens hoping to weigh in on the quietly announced National Energy Board approval of a Delta fracked gas export terminal have only until June 11th (tomorrow!) to have their concerns heard by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The WesPac Midstream plan is merely another element in the big plans to make of the Delta Super Port a super supplier of fossil fuels of all sorts to Asia and the greater World.

Kevin Washbrook is a director with VTACC, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change. Their mission is to "provide opportunities for the public to express their concerns about climate policy -- and fossil fuel exports -- to government."

Kevin Washbrook and coal and LNG on the Fraser in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things going on in and around our town, and beyond there too, for in the coming week. But first, Roger Annis, eyewitness back from the war zone of Eastern Ukraine.


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.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.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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Helicopters and Mercenaries: Augeries of Things to Come for Unistoten Camp?

Trans Canada Pipeline Developments brings in Goons
by Rhyno

Camp Update: A helicopter crew with ex-military security has landed in the territory.
 
The TransCanada Pipeline crew indicated to the land defenders that they were aware that the Unistoten were busy dealing with the ceremonies surrounding the funerary arrangements.

They came in and landed less than 1 km from a "No PIPELINES" banner on the logging road. They told the land defenders they will leave when they are finished their work.

They were held up for a considerable amount of time as the land defenders gathered beneath the helicopter until they were able to contact Freda.

If you are interested in helping out ASAP,
please contact: www.wildcoast.ca

Also, please step up the actions against this pathological company in all of their offices and places of infrastructure.

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We Can Still Stop Site C Dam

RAVEN - Join Treaty 8 Nations and say “No Dam Way!” to Site C
Join Treaty 8 Nations and say “No Dam Way!” to Site C - The Site-C Dam is the most expensive and largest industrial project ever planned for BC.
 
 


 

Experts say we don’t need it. 

Landowners say they don’t want it. 

And First Nations say they don’t consent to it. 


 
Do you? - nosite-c.com
 
 
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Fixin' for War with China: Winding Up the Media Wurlitzer

Did “China” Really Say “War” With the United States is “Inevitable”?
by Peter Lee - CounterPunch
Spoiler: No.
 
It would seem a certain amount of foreign affairs reporting starts out as pabulum fed by the government and its loyal allies to available journos, who further if incompletely digest it and then crap it out on the digital pages of various newspapers, magazines, and think tank white papers for the delectation of a somewhat undiscriminating public.
 
In other words, the media is often just the messenger, and there’s no point in getting aggravated about crappy coverage and blaming the messenger when the real problem is crappy policy.
 
But sometimes, especially in the runup to a big foreign policy show—which the U.S. South China Sea gambit certainly has become—the evolution and devolution of media coverage provides useful insights into who’s pushing what and why.
 
I currently have a piece up at Asia Times, “China Hawks crosshair Obama on South China Sea” on a rather important example.
 

Logging Plan for Walbran Promises Another "War in the Woods" on Vancouver Island

War in the Woods could return as logging company targets Walbran Valley
by Wilderness Committee

VICTORIAOne of Canada's most important old-growth rainforests is under direct threat of clearcut logging. New maps obtained by the Wilderness Committee show logging company Teal Jones has laid out eight new cutblocks in the central Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island, a focal point of the War in the Woods for decades.

In recent years, Teal Jones' logging operations have been targeting old-growth and edging closer to the iconic Castle Grove, the finest stand of monumental cedar trees in the Walbran Valley. The new proposed cutblocks surround Castle Grove in an unprotected area on the north side of the Walbran River, near the boundary of Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park.

"Intact old-growth forests of this size are incredibly rare and endangered – so much has been cut, and we have a moral responsibility to protect the little that's left," said Torrance Coste, Vancouver Island Campaigner with the Wilderness Committee.
"The north side of the Walbran River should be completely off-limits to industrial logging."
"This area has been ground zero for the War in the Woods in the past, and that's exactly the level of conflict Teal Jones is choosing by moving into this area now," Coste added.

The Wilderness Committee contacted Teal Jones last fall, after finding new surveying tape in the Walbran Valley.
 

21C Politics of Decline: America v China

The Geopolitics of American Global Decline: Washington Versus China in the Twenty-First Century
by Alfred W. McCoy  - TomDispatch

policing americas empireFor even the greatest of empires, geography is often destiny. You wouldn’t know it in Washington, though. America’s political, national security, and foreign policy elites continue to ignore the basics of geopolitics that have shaped the fate of world empires for the past 500 years. Consequently, they have missed the significance of the rapid global changes in Eurasia that are in the process of undermining the grand strategy for world dominion that Washington has pursued these past seven decades.

A glance at what passes for insider “wisdom” in Washington these days reveals a worldview of stunning insularity. Take Harvard political scientist Joseph Nye, Jr., known for his concept of “soft power,” as an example.
 
Offering a simple list of ways in which he believes U.S. military, economic, and cultural power remains singular and superior, he recently argued that there was no force, internal or global, capable of eclipsing America’s future as the world’s premier power.

For those pointing to Beijing’s surging economy and proclaiming this “the Chinese century,” Nye offered up a roster of negatives: China’s per capita income “will take decades to catch up (if ever)” with America’s; it has myopically “focused its policies primarily on its region”; and it has “not developed any significant capabilities for global force projection.” Above all, Nye claimed, China suffers “geopolitical disadvantages in the internal Asian balance of power, compared to America.”

Or put it this way (and in this Nye is typical of a whole world of Washington thinking): with more allies, ships, fighters, missiles, money, patents, and blockbuster movies than any other power, Washington wins hands down.
 

Congrats Tony! Blair New Voice of European Tolerance and Reconciliation

Congratulations Tony Blair
by Gilad Atzmon

The Guardian reports this morning [June 4, 2015] that Tony Blair is to take on a new role leading the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.

This is no doubt great news. The 21st century’s greatest war criminal is called to lead the campaign against ‘extremism’ which he himself instigated. Truth be told, it only makes sense to appoint a mass murderer to such a delicate job because only a genocidal character could be intimately familiar with the nitty gritty of institutional hatred and intolerance.

The British former prime minister who launched an immoral interventionist war has been appointed as chairman of the European Council on Tolerance following his spectacular success as a Peace Envoy to the Middle East introducing reconciliation and new harmony to the entire region.

In a joint article (paywall) with Moshe Kantor, the president of the council of the European Jewish Congress, Blair recently expressed his devotion to the Jews and the primacy of their suffering.

“Antisemitism is not a Jewish problem, but one infecting the whole of society and needs to be tackled for the sake of us all.”

The penny dropped. Blair, seemingly understands his contribution to Jew hatred. Next time when he launches a global criminal war with no end he must make sure that rather than using Lord Cash Point Levy as his chief fund raiser he should consider using someone else, preferably a ‘gentile’ (If he finds one). Even Blair must have grasped by now that the clear association between his Ziocon war and a Jewish financier is ‘not just a Jewish problem.’ With 5 million people dead in the region it infects the whole universe.

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Blind Destruction: America's Samson Moment in Syria

Sleepwalking to Another Mideast Disaster
by Robert Parry - Consortium News

June 4, 2015
 
If sanity ruled U.S. foreign policy, American diplomats would be pushing frantically for serious power-sharing negotiations between Syria’s secular government and whatever rational people remain in the opposition – and then hope that the combination could turn back the military advances of the Islamic State and/or Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.
 
But sanity doesn’t rule. Instead, the ever-influential neocons and their liberal-hawk allies can’t get beyond the idea of a U.S. military campaign to destroy President Bashar al-Assad’s army and force “regime change” – even if the almost certain outcome would be the black flag of Islamic nihilism flying over Damascus.
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Aug. 30,
2013, claims to have proof that the Syrian
government responsible for chemical weapons
attack Aug. 21, but that evidence failed to
materialize or was later discredited.
[State Department photo]

Anatomy of Austerity: Dissecting Zombie Economics

Reviewing Austerity - The Demolition of the Welfare State and the Rise of the Zombie Economy
by Jim Miles - Foreign Policy Journal
Of the many works on economics and finance available over the last several years, Austerity is by far the clearest and most concise presentation on how the concept of austerity operates. Essentially it is nothing but corporate takeover of the governance of the world.

The results of the rising corporate governance are rising inequality within nations, loss of freedoms, civil liberties and human rights. It includes political manipulations denigrating immigrants, the working poor and others requiring social assistance, ethnic and religious intolerance, all to be blamed for why the economy is no longer working well when it is really the neoliberal policies that are to blame.

The focus of the book is the United Kingdom. It clearly outlines how the National Health Service and the education sector have been seriously affected by the corporatization (privatization or outsourcing) of many formerly public functions have led to increased costs, corruption, fraud, and gross inefficiencies and ineffectiveness in service.

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