Saturday, August 24, 2019

Post-Mortem: Wherein the Epstein Scandal's Skeletons Will Be Buried

From “Spook Air” to the “Lolita Express”: The Genesis and Evolution of the Jeffrey Epstein-Bill Clinton Relationship

by Whitney Webb - MintPress News

August 23, 2019

Far from being the work of a single political party, intelligence agency or country, the power structure revealed by the network connected to Epstein is nothing less than a criminal enterprise that is willing to use and abuse children in the pursuit of ever more power, wealth and control. 

 A composite image shows from left to right, Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Clinton, 
Adnan Khashoggi and Robert Maxwell. Graphic by Claudio Cabrera 

On August 10th, and for several days after, speculation swirled after it was announced that Jeffrey Epstein had been found dead in his cell. His cause of death has officially been ruled suicide by hanging.

Epstein, the billionaire pedophile and sex trafficker with a myriad of connections to the rich and powerful in the United States and several other countries, had told those close to him that he had feared for his life prior to his sudden “suicide,” the Washington Post reported, while his defense lawyers claimed that he had planned to cooperate with federal authorities.

Policing and the Troubling Power It Exercises

Police Use Your Money to Buy Silence from Brutality Victims


August 22, 2019

Is systemic police corruption in Baltimore the result of a few bad apples, or the system which bolsters it? A Real News investigation reveals how the political power structure of policing allows brutal cops to silence victims with public money.

Police Accountability Report. This show has a single goal: to hold one of the most powerful institutions in the country, policing, accountable. To do so, we go beyond just the individual actions of police and look at the systemic, imperative, and political alliances that give police, at times, troubling power over our lives.

How-To Lessons for Better Living: # 1 - Escaping the Matrix

How to Awaken from the Matrix Using Self-Inquiry

by Caitlin Johnstone - Rogue Journalist

August 23, 2019

I talk about the power of self-enquiry a fair bit in my musings about enlightenment and human consciousness, so I thought it might be good to tap out a simple how-to on the subject in case anyone finds it useful.

Self-enquiry, or self-inquiry, is a practice popularized in the west by the circulation of nondualist teachings from the renowned Indian sages Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Hong Kong: Crisis of Democracy (Made in USA)

Hong Kong Crisis: Made in America

by Tony Cartalucci - NEO

August 24, 2019

Claims that Western interests are driving unrest in Hong Kong to undermine China have been decried across the Western media as “fake news,” “disinformation,” and even grounds for censorship from platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Yet a look at the organizations directly involved in leading the unrest and those supporting it reveals unequivocally that it originates in Washington DC – not organically from within Hong Kong itself.

In order to conceal this fact, the Western media has attempted to portray the unrest as “leaderless,” but coordinated protests most certainly have both leaders and organizations directing the majority of the movement’s decisions as well as providing the logistical support necessary for the sustained unrest Hong Kong now faces.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Dark Mountain Project: Now We Are Ten

Now We Are Ten

by Dougald Hine - Dark Mountain Project 

July 2019

It is unusual for a twenty-page, self-published pamphlet to be given a two-page lead review in the New Statesman, rarer still for that pamphlet to start a cultural movement that the New York Times can introduce to its readers as ‘changing the environmental debate in Britain and the rest of Europe.’

Yet those are two of the more public markers of the strange journey taken by this manifesto in the five years from its first publication to the preparation of this new edition.

We get emails most days from readers who have found something here that resonates with their own experience. They write about hope, recognition, a sense of feeling less alone.

Illustration: Waiting for Ghosts - Charlotte Watson

 Sometimes an email leads to a collaboration, sometimes a collaboration deepens into a friendship that would not have existed were it not for this text.

The fruits of those collaborations make their way into the Dark Mountain books – six books so far, and counting [now 16 Ed] – where hundreds of writers, thinkers and artists from around the world have ventured further down the paths we started to sketch out here.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dougie Strang, Yves Engler, Janine Bandcroft August 22, 2019

This Week on GR

by C. L .Cook -

August 22, 2019

How does one determine when it's time to quit? When do you know your relationship with a partner, relative, job, or even the way you engage with the World has led to a dead-end?

And, what then is to be done?

Ten years ago, two English writers, each convinced ecological campaigning in hopes of changing the trajectory of our modern consumptionist society was both doomed to failure and ultimately delusional, united to create, 'Uncivilization: The Dark Mountain Manifesto'.

It proved the beginning of a project that continues yet, questioning "the stories our societies like to tell about the world and our place within it..."

Listen. Hear.

Dougie Strang is a Scotland-based writer and performer who's been involved with the Dark Mountain Project from near its inception.

He currently serves as chair of the Steering Group, and also writes for the project's books and website, and helps organise DM events and collaborations with other organisations. Strang says his performance work, "explores human/animal interactions, and our relationship to ritual and ceremony."

Dougie Strang in the first half.

And; with a Fall election call expected any day, the time couldn't be better for Canadians to examine anew the state of the country's political system; paying especial attention to Ottawa's players as at their quadrennial electoral games.

Yves Engler is a Montréal-based activist, essayist, and author whose numerous articles appear at his site,, Dissident Voice, The Palestine Chronicle, and Pacific Free Press among other places. His latest, 'Unifor aligns with Liberal foreign policy instead of international solidarity' is as round an evisceration of both the largest private sector union in Canada and it's bosom pals in the Liberal party you're likely to find.

Some of Engler's ten book titles include: ‘A Propaganda System-How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation’, ‘Canada in Africa – 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation’, ‘The Ugly Canadian – Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy’, and his latest, ‘Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada’.

Yves Engler and Our Canada, Ourselves in the second half.

And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Unifor's Laboured Relations with the Federal Liberals

Unifor aligns with Liberal foreign policy instead of international solidarity

by Yves Engler

August 19, 2019

Inviting Chrystia Freeland to address this week’s Unifor convention undermines the union’s claims of international solidarity. 

As Foreign Affairs Minister, Freeland has pursued staunchly pro-corporate and pro-US policies. She has been bad for workers and their families around the world.

Monday, August 19, 2019

At or Over the Precipice of Excitation?

As Cost Of Climate Crisis Grows, Climate Movement Escalates

by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers - Popular Resistance 

July 14, 2019

The warnings of climate chaos are coming so fast they are difficult to keep up with. Storms, heatwaves and climate-related weather disasters are increasing at a rapid pace. The leadership of the two corporate-dominated political parties are trying to keep the climate issue out of the 2020 campaign, but the movement is becoming too big to ignore.

Day 214 of blockade against Mountain Valley Pipeline

Climate justice protests against fossil fuel infrastructure, politicians and the media are also growing. An industry publication describes how activists are “driving pipeline rejections” reporting, “From large, interstate pipelines to small lines connecting towns and neighborhoods, anti-fossil fuel activists have proven highly successful at blocking, through regulations or lawsuits, new natural gas infrastructure in the Northeastern United States.”