Wednesday, February 16, 2022

JTF2 and the Truckers' Protest in Ottawa

Special forces members’ support for Ottawa protest frightening

by Yves Engler -

Reports that members of Canada’s elite special forces are supporting the right-wing anti-vaccine mandate protests in Ottawa are troubling. The federal government has invested heavily in training these individuals and they likely have experience in violent situations.

On Sunday leading military reporter David Pugliese revealed that two Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) are under investigation for their involvement in the Ottawa protests. The serving members of the JTF2 join a longer list of Canadian Forces personnel being investigated for assisting the trucker protests in the nation’s capital.


Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Julia Barnes, David Rovics February 17th, 2022

This Week on GR

by C.L. Cook -

February 17, 2022
Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded February 12th, 2022.

Not content with the massive ecological damage created by land-based metals mining, industrial interests are now viewing the oceans of the world as the next frontier. Deep-Sea Mining, known too as Sea Bed Mining, is the next big thing – and we’re told it will be a part of the solution to humanity’s carbon pollution problem. Once again, technologists promise they’ll fix the environmental problems they and modern society has created with technology, with technology. But, not everyone is convinced.

Julia Barnes is an environmental champion and award-winning filmmaker of the documentaries Sea of Life and Bright Green Lies. Julia is aligned now with an array of ocean defenders, contributing her talents to the effort to kill Deep Sea Mining in the cradle.

Julia Barnes in the first half.

And; the Great Spotify Debate rages on, gathering adherents and detractors by the moment. You’ve likely heard of the furore Canadian rock legend, Neil Young began with his ultimatum to the online audio content streaming behemoth, saying its platform wasn’t big enough for both he and talk show giant, Joe Rogan.

Spotify replied to Mr. Young’s demands by removing what music of his it had – doing little, incidentally to cool his spleen – so good for Neil. But, what about the majority of musicians whose music appears on the platform for a pittance; what does Spotify mean to them?

Rabble-rousing, anarcho-socialist type, David Rovics, whose frequent essays on political issues and societal observation are featured at CounterPunch and Dissident among other places describes himself as a broadcaster, musician, blogger, and author of the novel, ‘A Busker’s Adventures’. But, he’s more than just those things. 

David is also a husband and parent, alt-media maven, resident of the famously restive Portland, Oregon, and man with a special talent for pissing people off. His weekly program, This Week with David Rovics can be found through his website,, where you can read his essays, listen to his hundreds of original songs, or catch some of his hundreds of interviews. David also has picked bones with Spotify Inc. for years, and assays into it again in his latest essay, ‘Neil Young, Joe Rogan, and a Swedish Billionaire‘ with a twist.

David Rovics and picking again at that pustule of the modern music reality, Spotify in the second half.

But first, Julia Barnes and smashing the Deep Sea Mining Pandora in its box.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio and serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:


Defending Defiance

Leftists Must Oppose the Suppression of Dissent - Even When We Disagree with the Dissenters

February 15, 2022

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
- Evelyn Beatrice Hall, The Friends of Voltaire

On Valentine’s Day 2022, Canada’s federal government declared a “public order emergency” under the federal Emergencies ActThat legislation, which has never been used before, constitutes a frontal assault on Canadians’ right to protest. That is precisely why leftists must oppose it.