Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Alan Burger, Ken Boon, Janine Bandcroft May 24th, 2017

This Week on GR

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


May 24, 2017

In the waning days of its provincial mandate, outgoing Energy Minister, Bill Bennett announced a BCLiberals plan to create, if re-elected, an "independent wildlife agency" that could make politically unpalatable decisions regarding wildlife "management." And though couched in the language of conservation, in essence what that "management" means is continued recreational hunts of Grizzly Bear, and expanded culls against the top predator populations of Cougar and Wolves.

In a March 22nd press conference, now-retired East-Kootenay MLA, Bill Bennett proposed a $5 million start-up budget for the "expert and stakeholders" operated agency that would be funded using the near 10 million dollars in hunting licenses and fees collected annually.

Bennett said, the idea is to "get politics out of the way," but some of the "stakeholders" not invited to participate promise, politics will happen!

 

Listen. Hear.

 

Dr. Alan Burger is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria. He's also professional wildlife consultant, based in the interior town of Merritt, B.C.

Alan Burger in the first half.

And; in the run-up to the provincial poll, BC Hydro Chair, Brad Bennett, grandson to the Grandaddy of dam builders, W.A.C. Bennett warned the electorate to beware of "fake news" when it comes to Site C saying,

 

“I take issue with the fake news crowd, talking about Site C and whether it’s needed or not. The fact is it’s needed. We know it’s needed. Our forecasting shows that very, very clearly.” 


With all due respect to the Chair, there are many, many for whom that need is not very, very clear.

Ken Boon is a Peace River Valley farmer whose multi-generation family farm is in the way of Site C. He's long argued Site C is not only not needed, but is too a massive mistake that will prove a white elephant for the province for generations to come. Boon is president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association and a past target of BC Hydro legal actions.

Ken Boon and Site C fakery in the second half.

And; CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us virtually at the bottom of hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's good going and planned for the coming week around here. But first, Alan Burger and minding the proposed minders in BC's wilds.

 

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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Rogues and Roses: Name Change Takes al-Nusra Off Canadian Terror List

What’s In A Name? U.S. Takes Syria’s Al-Qaeda Off Terror Watchlists 

by Whitney Webb - MintPressNews


May 22, 2017

 

By changing its name to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda has managed to secure its removal from the U.S. and Canadian terror watchlists, allowing citizens of those countries to donate money and travel to fight with them.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.– It turns out that getting off the U.S.’ and Canada’s terror watchlist is as simple as changing your name. While the terror watchlist in the U.S. has long been both secretive and controversial – as “reasonable suspicion” is enough to label any individual a “terrorist” – terrorist groups tied to al-Qaeda have found that getting off the watchlist only requires minor rebranding.

The terror group, long known to most as Jabhat al-Nusra or the al-Nusra Front, has continued to function as al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria long after Daesh (ISIS) renounced its allegiance to the group in 2014.

It was first placed on the U.S. and Canadian terror watchlists in 2012. But by changing its name to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the group has managed to secure its removal from terror watchlists in both the U.S. and Canada, allowing citizens of those countries to donate money to the group, travel to fight with them and disseminate the group’s propaganda without incident.

 

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Media Event: Disarming the #FakeNews Giants

Frome Media Event: Disarming the #FakeNews Giants
by 21st Century Wire

 

May 22, 2017 

The following contextual essay was written by a member of Frome Stop War, Dr Mike Magee


Probably every conflict is fought on at least two grounds—the battlefield and the minds of the people, via propaganda. Propaganda is to rally people behind a cause, often a miliary or political one, by publicising it, but also by exaggerating, misrepresenting, and lying about it.


 
 

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Trump in the Middle East: A Triumph of Political Paradox

Trump in the Middle East

by Craig Murray - CraigMurray.org


May 20, 2017

It is unlikely to become an opera like “Nixon in China” but the arrival of Trump in Saudi Arabia is pregnant with meaning. The first and most obvious is the United States’ continuing identification with the Sunni side in an escalating Sunni/Shia conflict across the Middle East.

The exception to this of course is Iraq, where US forces are helping Shia forces to pulverise the Sunni city of Mosul.

The paradox is that the plunge of the United states firmly into the Sunni camp was precipitated by their realisation that, in removing Saddam Hussein, they had installed a Shia government in Iraq which was going to be highly susceptible to Iranian influence. The paradox is that Europe, and most of the rest of the world, accepts that Iran is no longer a particular threat to world peace under the comparatively moderate President Rouhani, who was re-elected today.

But the hatred for the Shia in the Gulf states is visceral.

 

 

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Sinister Ministers of the Deep State: 2016 Murdered Await Culprits' Unearthing

Seth Rich, Craig Murray and the Sinister Stewards of the National Security State

by Mike Whitney  - CounterPunch


May 19, 2017

Why is it a “conspiracy theory” to think that a disgruntled Democratic National Committee staffer gave WikiLeaks the DNC emails, but not a conspiracy theory to think the emails were provided by Russia?

Why?

Which is the more likely scenario: That a frustrated employee leaked damaging emails to embarrass his bosses or a that foreign government hacked DNC computers for some still-unknown reason?

That’s a no-brainer, isn’t it?

 

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Saudi's Unsubtle War of Words with Iran

Deadly rhetoric: Saudi Arabia opens war of words with Iran 

by Sharmine Narwani - RT


May 17, 2017

For years the Saudis have waged proxy battles against Iran, with little success. Now, despite this history of losses, Riyadh appears to be mobilizing for an ill-conceived confrontation with the Islamic Republic.

"We know we are a main target of Iran," speculated Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) in an interview early this month.

Then came the threat.

 

Trump greets Mohammed bin Salman
in the White House May 17, 2017

 

"We are not waiting until there becomes a battle in Saudi Arabia, so we will work so that it becomes a battle for them in Iran and not in Saudi Arabia."

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The Washington Post Reveal: Looking Behind the Elite Media/Intelligence Community Nexus

Washington Post Reveals ISIS was "Partner" Supplying Trump Intelligence Briefing for Russia Officials

by John Helmer - Dances with Bears


May 17, 2017

Moscow  - A Washington Post reporter has revealed that the Islamic State (IS) laptop plot story, which President Donald Trump mentioned to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House last week came from IS itself, through the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The reason for the leaking against Trump, which followed in the Post and in the Anglo-American media, has also been disclosed by the Post.

The CIA and at least one senior staff official of the National Security Council, who briefed the CIA on what Trump had said, are angry at the President for revealing collaboration between IS operatives and their US Government handlers in attacks on Russian targets, including Russian airline travellers.

A report published by the Washington Post on Monday evening claimed Trump had,

 

“[R]evealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister [Lavrov] and ambassador [Sergei Kislyak] in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.”

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mark Lakeman, Amy Lubik, Janine Bandcroft May 17, 2017

This Week on GR

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


May 17, 2017

The old saw says, "when every problem looks like a nail, all answers look like hammers." But when the problem is how people can live in rapidly and radically changing environments, it takes more than a hammer to build solutions. What it takes is insight and thinking outside the familiar, four-walls and a chimney pot picture of what makes our homes and communities work.  

Mark Lakeman is a Portland, Oregon-based community activist, architect, and lead hand at Communitecture, an architectural firm with a difference.

Communitecture says, "We design beautiful and sustainable places that bring people together in community...[w]ith an approach that explores new creative territories..."

Listen. Hear.

Mark brought that creativity to Portland City Council in 2001 when dreaming up a design for the city's now World famous "place-based community," Dignity Village. Sixteen years on, it's a model whose relevance and guiding principles has proven resilient and adaptable to a broader population of home seekers.

Mark Lakeman in the first half.

And; in the dying days of BC's recent election campaign, a group of professionals concerned an issue posing enormous deleterious environmental and human health effects was not getting the media coverage it deserved rallied supporters to make of it an election issue.

Hydraulic fracturing, or Fracking, is a process so detrimental it's been banned in a growing number of jurisdictions. But here in BC, under the innocuous rubric, "LNG" this clearly present and persistent threat carries on. In fact, expanding the Fracked Gas industry is the cornerstone of the government's economic plan for the province. 

Amy Lubik mobilized along with the BC chapter of CAPE, or the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, in the operation hoping to deliver a moratorium on Fracking in BC.

Amy Lubik in the second half.

And, CFUV Radio broadcaster and activist, Janine Bandcroft will be at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things planned for the coming week around here, and further afield too. But first, Mark Lakeman and making big community with tiny houses.

 

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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Gorbachev Warns Against Return to Nuclear Stand-Off

Gorbachev Warns of Growing Danger

by Rick Sterling  - Consortium News


May 15, 2107

The former President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, is 87 years old but still sharp. He told a delegation of 30 Americans in a two-week visit to Russia organized by the Center for Citizen Initiatives,

 

“This is a time to be concerned. We should worry about relations between our two countries. … Things cannot continue as they are.” 


Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev President Gorbachev recalled his initial meetings with President Reagan, which came after six years of poor relations and hostility.

 

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Google's Castle in the Cloud: Making the New Panopticon

The Cloud Panopticon: Google, Cloud Computing and the Surveillance-Industrial-Complex

by Christopher Ketcham/Travis Kelly - CounterPunch


May 12, 2017

In June 2007, Privacy International, a U.K.-based privacy rights watchdog, cited Google as the worst privacy offender among 23 online companies, ranking the “Don’t Be Evil” people below Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, eBay, LinkedIn, Facebook and AOL.

According to the report, no other company was “coming close to achieving [Google’s] status as an endemic threat to privacy.”

What most disturbed the authors was Google’s “increasing ability to deep-drill into the minutiae of a user’s life and lifestyle choices.” The result: “the most onerous privacy environment on the Internet.”

Indeed, Google now controls an estimated 70 per cent of the online search engine market, but its deep-drilling of user information – where we surf, whom we e-mail, what blogs we post, what pictures we share, what maps we look at, what news we read – extends far beyond the search feature to encompass the kind of “total information awareness” that privacy activists feared at the hands of the Bush Jr. administration’s much-maligned Total Information Awareness program.

 

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Ending the Warfare State As We Know It

The Losing Warfare State

by Ralph Nader - CounterPunch


May 12, 2017

The USA is still bogged down in Afghanistan (the 16 year-old occupation is the longest in American history) and in Iraq (since the unconstitutional, illegal invasion of the country 14 years ago).

With about 30,000 poorly equipped fighters, the Taliban has held down a US equipped and trained Afghan army eight times larger in soldiers, plus the US forces – fluctuating from 100,000 at its peak to 8,500 now, plus contractors – with advanced air, sea and land weaponry that is second to none.

Moreover, the Taliban has been advancing, controlling 30 to 40 percent of the country and a third of the population, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Iraq, the US had hundreds of thousands of soldiers and contractors during the Bush years. Yet today the country is still in the throes of a civil war, where a previously nonexistent threat – ISIS – with less than 15,000 fighters, has been successfully resisting a huge Iraqi army backed by US trainers and air force.

How can this be?

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Trump Elects Vote Purge Kingpin to "Investigate" Vote Fraud

Trump picks Al Capone of Vote Rigging to investigate Federal Voter Fraud 

by Greg Palast for Alternet

May 12, 2017

Kris Kobach is the GOP mastermind behind a secretive system that purged 1.1 million Americans from the voter rolls.

Kris Kobach was spooning down vanilla ice cream when I showed him the thick pages of evidence documenting his detailed plan to rig the presidential election of 2016.

The Secretary of State of Kansas, sucking up carbs at a Republican Party Fundraiser, recognized the documents – and yelled at me, "YOU'RE A LIAR!" and ran for it while still trying to wolf down the last spoonful.

Kobach screams at Greg Palast
while eating ice cream

But documents don't lie.

That was 2015 (yes, the ballot heist started way back). Today this same man on the run, Kris Kobach, is now Donald Trump’s choice to head the new “Voter Integrity Commission.”

It’s like appointing Al Capone to investigate The Mob.

 

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