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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Lavallee, Steve Lawson, Janine Bandcroft Jul 8, 2015

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

Where will it all end? When will we finally turn the corner on the Fossil Fuel Age, and begin the long work of repairing the damage we clever apes have wrought against the environment?

No time soon, if the extractive industries have their say; and they're just about the only ones who have the ear of government at all levels in this country, and abroad. Just this week, Seattle's Sightline Institute reports on plans to send more than a million barrels of oil per day through the Pacific Northwest region. Oil coming from shale fracking in North Dakota, and Alberta's Tar Sands and destined for Asia's Satanic Mills.

So, how far will Big Oil and Gas take the Fossil Fuel Age? To the very ends of the Earth.

David Lavallee is a Canadian filmmaker whose first documentary, 'White Water, Black Gold' garnered awards at numerous film festivals, and was broadcast around the World. He's a Pull Focus Film School grad, and a product of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's Producer Emergence Program. David is now in the process of producing his next film, 'To the Ends of the Earth,' an investigation into the lengths the latter day oil barons will go to keep their energy domination going.

David Lavallee in the first segment.

And, Big Oil is not the only industrial fossil menacing the planet. Big Timber is another reptilian-brained, bottom line obsessed operator determined to profit and all and any costs; as long as those costs are borne by someone else. In this case, those someones are the people, wild things, and environment of Vancouver Island's west coast. Incredibly, more than twenty-five years after the legendary War in the Woods, an environmental stand-off resulting in almost a thousand arrests, the ancient forests of both Clayoquot Sound and the Walbran Valley are abuzz again with the terminal whine of chainsaws.

Steve Lawson is a veteran of the environmental battles to save the old growth forests on the then-named Meares Island, and in Clayoquot Sound. He's a past board member of both the Canadian Environmental and First Nations Environmental Networks, and has participated with many other environmental organization in Canada and internationally. Steve's a boat designer and builder who calls Wickaninnish Island, off Tofino, home.

Steve Lawson and a clear-cut call to arms in Clayoquot and the Walbran 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 up to speed with some of the good things to do in and around our town's streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, David Lavallee and looking at to the ends of the earth.

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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Greece Votes "No!" to Slavery, But Keeps EU Chains

GREECE’D: We Voted ‘No’ to slavery, but ‘Yes’ to our chains 
by Greg Palast/Michael Nevradakis  - In Athens


We Greeks have voted ‘No’ to slavery – but ‘Yes’ to our chains.

Not surprisingly, by nearly two-to-one, Greeks have overwhelmingly rejected the cruel, economically bonkers “austerity” program required by the European Central Bank in return for an ECB loan to pay Greece’s creditors.

In doing so, the Greek people overcame an unprecedented campaign of fear from the Greek and international media, the European Union (EU), and most of our political parties.

What’s simply whack-o is that, while voting “No” to austerity, many Greeks wish to remain shackled to the euro, the very cause of our miseries.

Reviewing 'Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley'

Reviewing Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley - A Documentary Film by Jesse Freeston
by C. L. Cook - Pacific Free Press

Translating in English as resistance, "Resistencia" too means "endurance." And, it's the grinding, relentless injustice and violence meted out against the people of Honduras' Aguan Valley that rivets ones attention to Jesse Freeston's slickly made, full-length chronicle of a people fighting for more than mere physical survival, but struggling to maintain a dignified existence.

Here, the peasants took the land back from the barons, and have worked cooperatively since the military coup in 2009 to make for themselves and their families a life connected to the earth.

Here, the children of the campesinos can hope for a future that includes healthcare, education, housing, clean water, and most importantly, that dignified life; if they can endure.


Listen to Jesse Freeston
discuss the film here (@ 35:00).
 
 
 

Stars and Bars: False Flagging History

False Flag Op: Heritage and Hokum in Rebel Banner Row
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque
 
Dixie ColonelAnd now, an important message from the Hon. Ambrose Calhoun Merriweather, former governor of South Carolina:
 
“My fellow Americans, as we gather to celebrate the birth of our nation, I am saddened to see how some people are trying to sow dissension and division among us, stirring up needless controversy over the Confederate battle flag that flies at the capital of our great state of South Carolina, and at some of our sister states across the South. How it pains me to see that flag cast down in the dirt as an emblem of dishonor.
 
This is wrong, my friends. For that flag represents heritage, not hatred. It has flown proudly at our capital since, uh, 1961, when it was first raised during the great Negro tribulation that was stirred up by that King fellow and his outside agitators. It was raised at state capitols by our brethren in Alabama in 1963 and in Georgia in 1965, in response to that same tribulation.
 
But in truth, the flying of our noble flag is more ancient than that. I remember as a boy in the 1940s, you could hardly see that beautiful banner anywhere. People didn’t even think about it. Why, it was almost as if the Civil War had ended generations before, and that the South had contributed many, many of its sons to fight in two World Wars on behalf of the nation their grandfathers had fought against.
 
It was as if the same Federal government once led by Abraham Lincoln had spent decades building up the South, with roads, bridges, dams, levees, military bases and a never-ending stream of government contracts and other pork flowing to the states and districts of powerful Southern congressmen.
 
Back then, you’d see a thousand American flags before you’d run across a Confederate flag anywhere.
 

How Greece's Fall Can Raise Again Western Civilization

Greece's Downfall and Redemption
by Finian Cunningham - Sputnik
Decades of exorbitant military spending account for Greece’s present downfall under an Olympian-sized debt. European governments and news media portray the problem of Greece’s financial woes as public spending profligacy.

Incompetent ECB Policies Brought Greece to Its Knees – French MediaThe truth is that Greece’s debt mountain has been incurred from years of wasteful military splurging. That is the tragic downfall of the country, which European creditor governments and the mainstream news media tellingly ignore.
 
But in this understanding of Greece’s modern tragedy, there is hope for democratic renewal and redemption. Because that realisation permits a radically different option to restore Greece’s economy in a way that is rational and achievable, without piling up more debt and misery for the population.
 
Instead of more austerity imposed on workers and pensioners, the solution is for Greece to embark on a massive disarmament programme to overturn decades of reckless militarism.
 

Ruling the World - Pentagon Version 20.15

The Pentagon’s “2015 Strategy” For Ruling the World
by Mike Whitney - Counterpunch
On Wednesday, the Pentagon released its 2015 National Military Strategy, a 24-page blueprint for ruling the world through military force. While the language in the report is subtler and less incendiary than similar documents in the past, the determination to unilaterally pursue US interests through extreme violence remains the cornerstone of the new strategy.
 
Readers will not find even a hint of remorse in the NMS for the vast destruction and loss of life the US caused in countries that posed not the slightest threat to US national security.
 
Instead, the report reflects the steely resolve of its authors and elite constituents to continue the carnage and bloodletting until all potential rivals have been killed or eliminated and until such time that Washington feels confident that its control over the levers of global power cannot be challenged. 
 

Year Zero for the End: All Elements of the Sixth Extinction Present and Accountable

Sixth Great Mass Extinction Event Begins; 2015 on Pace to Become Hottest Year on Record
by Dahr Jamail - Truthout


At the end of May, a few friends and I opted to climb a couple of the larger volcanoes in Washington State. We started on Mount Adams, a 12,280-foot peak in the southern part of the state.

We were able to drive to the Cold Springs Campground at 5,600 feet, where the climb would begin. This itself was an anomaly for late May, when the dirt road tended to still be covered with snowpack. But not this year, one in which Washington's Gov. Jay Inslee has already declared a statewide drought emergency, given this year's record-low snowpack.

In fact, we hiked up bare earth until around 7,500 feet before we even had to don our crampons (metal spikes that attach to climbing boots to improve traction), itself another anomaly. During a short visit to the Forest Service ranger station the day before, the ranger had informed us that we were already experiencing mid- to late-August conditions, though it wasn't yet June.

A few days later and much further north on Mount Baker, a 10,781-foot glacial-clad volcano not far from the border of Canada, we experienced the same thing.
 
 

Telling Them Anything: What Canadians Must Remember About Liberal Party's Past Promises

Meet Canada’s Latest Liberal Man-Boy
by Murray Dobbin - CounterPunch
 
Here we go again — the Red Book 3.0. Yet another build-up of Liberal election promises just like the ones we’ve seen before (though I admit the one about changing the voting system might be hard to dodge).
 
The most infamous, of course, was Jean Chretien’s, which he held high and waved at every opportunity in the 1993 election. Co-authored by Paul Martin, it promised the world as we would like it: strong communities, enhanced Medicare, equality, increased funding for education, an end to child poverty. You could almost hear the violins playing. But what turned out to be the most remarkable thing about the book of promises was the record number that were ultimately broken: all of them.
 
The only time you can trust the federal Liberal Party is when they don’t have a majority — and even with a minority government they have to dragged kicking and screaming to do anything that does not please Bay Street. This fact needs to be repeated over and over again in the next few months leading up to the election as political amnesia is a dangerous condition to take with you into the voting booth.
 

Getting to the Ends of the Earth Doc Made

To the Ends of the Earth

 
To the Ends of the Earthfollows a group of concerned citizens and experts as they bear witness to humanity’s descent further down the “resource pyramid.”
 
At the top of the pyramid, energy is easy to find and cheap, and it requires minimal labour and has the highest capital and energy return on investment, as in the case of Saudi oil.
 
In the middle of the pyramid, resources are more difficult and costly to extract, as in the case of the Alberta tar sands and shale gas:

“Drill, baby, drill” has become “mine, baby, mine,”
“steam, baby, steam,” and “frack, baby, frack.”
 
 
At the bottom of the pyramid there are resources such as Utah’s oil shale, the economic feasibility of which, despite billions in investments, remains uncertain. After ten years of rather intensive global development, “unconventional resources” now comprise 42% of the planet’s energy mix.
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Economic Zealotry and the Greek Scapegoat

Athens Agonistes: Troika Extremists Write New Greek Tragedy
by Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque

The people of Greece are being driven to their knees by a gang of brutal religious extremists, willing to destroy whole nations for the sake of something that doesn't even exist. Yet the 'civilized' world cheers these barbarians on as they despoil the cradle of Western democracy.
 
Greece is facing total collapse unless it knuckles under to the draconian demands of the bizarre cultists known as the Troika, a sinister union of three extremist groups (the I.M.F., the European Central Bank and the European Commission) who seek to impose their harsh and rigid way of life across the world. They insist that control of a nation's wealth be given over to a few powerful emirs and the Troika's favored moneylenders in its richer satrapies.
 
All measures designed to aid the common good and build a decent life for ordinary citizens are ruthlessly suppressed by the Troikaists. Public resources are forcibly sold off -- at knock-down prices -- to foreign interests or local lordlings.
 
The fact that millions of people are left destitute, living diminished lives in crumbling infrastructure, growing sicker, weaker, more hopeless, even dying from want and neglect -- none of this matters to the ruthless fanatics. All that matters is obedience to their will, and adherence to the Troika's bleak and joyless system for the regulation of life, which its learned theologians call austerity.
 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Heap, Jesse Freeston, Janine Bandcroft July 1st, 2015

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

 
Another tide of international activists attempting to shore up in besieged Gaza were intercepted by Israel's navy Monday.

The converted fishing vessel, Marianne, flagged out of Gothenburg, Sweden, was boarded and its crew taken prisoner. Among those taken are two Canadians; indigenous activist Richard Lovelace, and Victorian, Kevin Neish. The pair were still in Israeli custody at the time of this writing, though their colleagues are not entirely certain of the fate of the two intrepids.

Neish was aboard the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish registered passenger liner attacked in 2010 by Israeli commandos; an attack costing the lives of nine.
 
David Heap is a Canadian spokesperson for the Freedom Flotilla Coalition's Canada Gaza Boat.
 
 
David Heap in the first half.
 
And; resistance is rife; wherever oppression and dispossession are the order of the day, people will stand up and fight back. In Honduras, June 28th marks the anniversary of a crime against the people; a crime that continues six years later. On that infamous date, a coup ousted the legitimate government of Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, taking power at the barrel of a gun, and taking Honduras back to a time most had hoped would never return. Since 2009, the generalissimos have dashed all democratic and economic reforms made to empower the poorest, while murdering all who would oppose them. But the opposition persists.
 
Jesse Freeston is a Canadian documentary filmmaker and videojournalist. A seminal member of the Real News Network, he's now moved into directing documentaries for teleSUR, the world's largest Spanish-language public broadcaster. His latest film is Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley, is temporarily available for free online viewing in remembrance of the day democracy died in Honduras.
 
Jesse Freeston and Hasta La Resistencia, Siempre! in the second half.
 
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us from the streets of the city at a demonstration in solidarity with our comrade Kevin Neish at the bottom of the hour. But first, David Heap and the latest on the taking of the Marianne.
 
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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Demo for Detained Canadians Set for Canada Day in Victoria

Dear Friends of SJS; Victoria Friends of Cuba calls for your support
by Victoria Friends of Cuba/Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
 
Friends, late Sunday, June 28 a flotilla of four boats carrying humanitarian aid making their way towards Gaza was illegally stopped when Israeli Naval Forces forced their way onto the leading boat the Marianne of Gothenburg.
 
12 noon Wednesday, July 1
 
Government & Belleville, Victoria 
(kitty-corner from the Legislature at the Emily Carr statue)
 

Various reports state that the Marianne seized by Israeli Forces has been towed to the port of Ashdod while the three remaining boats turned back.

At least two Canadians, Kevin Neish from Victoria, who many of us know and Robert Lovelace from the Ardoch Algonquin Nation of Ontario were among 20 others on the Marianne. There has been no contact with the people that were on board of the Marianne. We do not know what their condition is or how they
are being treated.

The boats were in international waters, broke no international laws and were on a humanitarian mission.
 

New York State Ban Official, But "Infrastructure Projects" and Fracking Neighbours Still Pose Risk

It's Official: New York State Bans Fracking
via Gasland
Friends; today, New York’s fracking ban became official state policy with the release of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Findings Statement. The statement concludes an almost seven year scientific study that determined no regulations, only a ban, could protect New York citizens from the inherent dangers of fracking.
 
This is a huge victory for public health and grassroots democracy. It’s a victory that should be celebrated across the country, not just in New York, because it would not have been possible without so many of you.
 
New York has a ban today because families in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wyoming, Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and so many more places spoke up about what fracking was doing to their communities. New York citizens heard your stories and were relentless in their fight to protect their families. Armed with science and grassroots organizing, they took on one of the most powerful industries in the world, and won.
 
But this ban does not protect New York from dangerous fracking infrastructure projects or our neighbors in PA and friends across the country who are still being fracked.
 

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