Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Examining Biden's "Empire" Creds (Really)

Did Jeremy Scahill’s Analysis Fumble the Ball in Its Indictment of Joe Biden as an “Empire Politician”?

by Jeremy Kuzmarov - CovertAction News

April 30, 2021
Known for his exposés of Blackwater and the U.S. dirty wars in the Middle East, The Intercept reporter Jeremy Scahill’s latest blockbuster is a series on Joe Biden’s history as an “empire politician.”

The series is impressive and informative, however, it ignores certain unflattering historical facts and perpetuates a few popular misperceptions.


Bayer-Monsanto and the New Mexican Conquest

Mexico, Glyphosate and Bayer-Monsanto

by Peter Ewart 

May 5, 2021
Mexico is the ancient home of corn.  Over thousands of years, it was the Mayans and other Meso-Americans who developed corn (also known as maize) into a crop, using its many varieties as a staple food to fuel their civilizations (1).  It is this sacred food which is under threat today from multinational chemical companies and the US government who are demanding that Mexico keep open its doors to the weedkiller glyphosate and genetically modified (GM) corn.


In December of 2020, responding to farmers, Indigenous peoples, and others, the president of Mexico Andres Obrador issued a decree phasing out glyphosate by 2024. The decree states that “in recent years, different scientific investigations have warned that said chemical has harmful effects on health, both in humans and in some animal species, and has been identified as a probable carcinogen in humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.”


Death in Tiruvannamalai

Death in Tiruvannamalai

by Nadhia Sutara - reprinted by permission of Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai, S. India'

April 2020
First, let me say that this is a very personal account. Although others of my vintage have had similar experiences and impressions, this account reflects only my own.
Reprinted by permission of Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai, S. India

The first thing I noticed when arriving in Tiruvannamalai [Tamil Nadu, S. India] in the early 80s was a startling difference in people’s attitude toward death. It was not something to be hidden away as though it didn’t exist – or as if we all wished it didn’t exist. It is as much a part of life as is birth, and I found Indians taking both parts in their stride in a much healthier way than ever I saw in the West.


Monday, May 03, 2021

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kevin Love, Ken Boon May 6th, 2021

This Week on GR

by C.L. Cook -

May 6, 2021

Welcome back to Gorilla Radio’s Home Edition, recorded May 3rd, 2021.


 On March 29th CLAS kicked off what will be a year-long celebration of 50 years of fighting for social justice. When the Community Legal Assistance Society began it was the first law office of its kind in B.C. All these years later, founding member, Mike Harcourt says of CLAS, 

Probably hundreds of thousands of low-income tenants, people facing burdensome debt, people living with mental illness and other disabilities, those living with addiction, and other individuals battling bureaucracies or facing discrimination have benefited from our unique service.

Well the need is still there, and is now perhaps greater than ever.

Kevin Love is a lawyer in CLAS’ Community Law Program, working primarily in the areas of mental health, and workers’ rights. Kevin represents CLAS on a number of committees, including the Worksafe BC’s policy and practice consultative committee as well as serving as chair to the Workers’ Compensation Advocacy Group.

Kevin Love in the first half.

And; more reports about the Site C mega-dam project have come out since I last talked to today’s second guest. In fact, since I started talking to him more than six years ago, millions have been spent on reports and studies and surveys and province-wide dog and pony shows, and no matter what the results of any of these are the Great White Elephant thunders on. It seems not even bare-faced reality stands a chance of getting in the way of a monumentally bad idea, as long as the people behind it are determined to abide in dream land.

Ken Boon is a Peace Valley farmer and president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association. Ken and his family have laboured to make real the tommyrot at the heart of the Site C project from the very beginning, and now some of their worst fears are becoming apparent even to the dullest minds of a generation down at the Legislature. And yet, the project goes on.

Ken Boon and politician saying the damnedest things about the Site-C project to nowhere in the second half.

But first, Kevin Love and celebrating 50 years with CLAS.

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: