HOTTEST June on record
2nd HOTTEST all-time high temperature on record
7th hottest any month on record
31st June with no measurable rain at official site
All-time consecutive day streaks broken:
Highs of 115°+: 3 days (June 19-21; old record 2 days in 1994, June 28-29)
Highs of 114°+: 3 days (June 19-21; old record 2 days in 1994, June 28-29)
Lows of 83°+: 5 days (June 22-26; old record 4 days last occurring in 2016, July 15-16)
Lows of 82°+: 7 days (June 20-26; old record 4 days last occurring in 2016, July 15-16)
Lows of 81°+: 7 days (June 20-26; old record 5 days occurring in 2010, June 29 to July 3)
Lows of 80°+: 9 days (June 20-28; old record 8 days occurring in 1990, June 24 to July 1)
All-time consecutive day streaks tied:
Highs of 113°+: 3 days (June 19-21; tied with 1994, June 24-26)
Lows of 84°+: 2 days (June 22-23; tied with six other occasions, last in 2010, July 9-10)
Lows of 79°+: 10 days (June 20-29; tied with 1995, August 1-10)
All-time hottest high temperature time periods broken (out to 7 days):
3 days: 115.3° (June 19-21; old record 114° on three occasions, last in 1994, June 27-29)
All-time hottest high temperature time periods tied (out to 7 days):
2 days: 115.5° (June 19-20 & June 20-21; tied with June 28-29, 1994)
4 days: 113.8° (June 19-22; tied with June 25-28, 1990 & June 26-29, 1994)
All-time warmest low temperature time periods broken (out to 7 days):
7 days: 84.6° (June 20-26; old record 82.1° in 2006, July 19-25)
6 days: 84.8° (June 20-25; old record 82.7° in 2006, July 19-24)
5 days: 84.6° (June 22-26; old record 83.2° in 2006, July 19-23)
4 days: 85° (June 22-25; old record 84° in 1915, July 7-10)
All-time warmest low temperature time periods tied (out to 7 days):
3 days: 85° (June 20-22; tied with July 5-7, 2007)
All-time warmest average temperature time periods broken (out to 7 days):
1 day: 101.5° (June 20; old record 99° in 1990, June 27)
2 days: 100° (June 20-21; old record 98.8° in 1990, June 26-27)
3 days: 99.2° (June 20-22; old record 98.3° in 1990, June 26-28)
4 days: 98.6° (June 20-23; old record 97.9° in 1990, June 25-28)
5 days: 98.5° (June 20-24; old record 97.4° in 1990, June 24-28)
6 days: 98.6° (June 20-25; old record 97.2° in 1990, June 25-30)
7 days: 98.1° (June 20-26; old record 97° in 1994, June 24-30)
|"THE ROYAL FAMILY of the United States takes some heat as the fate of American health care hangs on a few votes. President Trump once said that when it comes to health insurance, he would cover everyone. He lied. Meanwhile the crown prince of America, Jared Kushner, and Mohammed Bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, play house with foreign policy. This week on the podcast: Intercept columnist and Al Jazeera host Mehdi Hasan fills in for Jeremy Scahill. With the Muslim travel ban heading to the Supreme Court, Intercept reporter Murtaza Hussain and||Palestinian author and journalist Rula Jebreal discuss the global consequences of the House of Trump’s meddling in the Middle East. British historian Tom Holland joins Mehdi for a heated debate on the role of Islam within the Islamic State — is religion the motivation behind terrorist attacks, or is it merely used as a justification after the fact? Plus, actor Bill Camp reprises his role as the “SIGINT Philosopher,” the failed novelist turned newsletter columnist for the NSA, and answers an ethical question. Spoiler: It involves Captain Jack Sparrow. " - Jeremy Scahill|
|"Shock. It’s a word that has come up a lot since November— for obvious reasons.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” an investigation that spanned four decades from Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup in 1970s Chile to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right wing governments. After a shocking event – a war, coup, terrorist attack, market crash or natural disaster – exploit the public’s disorientation. Suspend democracy. Push through radical “free market” policies that enrich the 1 percent at the expense of the poor and middle class.
The administration is creating chaos. Daily. Of course many of the scandals are the result of the president’s ignorance and blunders – not some nefarious strategy.
But there is also no doubt that some savvy people around Trump are using the daily shocks as cover to advance wildly pro-corporate policies that bear little resemblance to what Trump pledged on the campaign trail.
And the worst part? This is likely just the warm up.
We need to focus on what this Administration will do when it has a major external shock to exploit.
Maybe it will be an economic crash like 2008. Maybe a natural disaster like Sandy. Or maybe it will be a horrific terrorist event like Manchester or Paris in 2015.
Any one such crisis could redraw the political map overnight, giving Trump and his crew free rein to ram through their most extreme ideas.
But here’s one thing I’ve learned over two decades of reporting from dozens of crises around the world: these tactics can be resisted.
And for your convenience, I’ve tried to boil it down to a 5-step plan." - Naomi Klein
Adapted from Naomi Klein’s new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, published by Haymarket Books. www.noisnotenough.org
Chris Hedges - June 18, 2017"We must embrace a despair that unflinchingly acknowledges the bleak future that will be created by climate change. We must see in any act of resistance, even if it appears futile, a moral victory. African-Americans understand, in a way perhaps only the oppressed can grasp, that our character and dignity will be measured by our ability to name and resist the malignant forces that seem to hold us in a death grip. Catastrophic climate change is inevitable. Our technology and science will not save us. The future of humanity is now in peril. At best, we can mitigate the crisis. We cannot avert it. We are fighting for our lives. If we do not rapidly build militant movements of sustained revolt, movements willing to break the law and attack the structures of the corporate state, we will join the 99.9 percent of species that have vanished since life first appeared on earth.
"We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves"
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“In these circumstances refusing to accept that we face a very unpleasant future becomes perverse,” Clive Hamilton writes in “Requiem for a Species.” “Denial requires a willful misreading of the science, a romantic view of the ability of political institutions to respond, or faith in divine intervention.”
Tens of millions of human beings, especially in the global south, are being herded into the climate furnaces for immolation. And we in the north are soon to follow. The earth’s temperature has already risen by more than 1 degree Celsius since the late 19th century. And it is almost certain to rise a few more degrees—even if we stop all carbon emissions today. The last time the earth’s temperature rose 4 degrees, the polar ice caps disappeared and the seas were hundreds of feet above their current levels.
“[Climate change] is interacting with two previously existing crises,” Christian Parenti, author of “Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence,” told me in an interview. “On the one hand, the legacy of neoliberal economic restructuring has weakened states in the global south so they don’t have the capacity to pave the roads, educate the population, to help farmers who are in distress. On the other hand, much of the global south is littered with cheap weapons and veterans of previous conflicts who know how to use those cheap weapons. In this comes the extreme weather of climate change. [In] states that have been systematically reduced to the point where they can’t respond even if they wanted to, how do people adapt to climate change? How do they adapt to the drought and floods? Very often, you pick up surplus weaponry. You go after your neighbor’s cattle. Or you blame it on your neighbor’s ideology or ethnicity. Underneath a lot of these ethnic and religious conflicts we see there is a climate element.”
“The great danger in climate change is that at a certain point [you will see] the collapse of natural ecosystems, the dying of tropical forests, which are currently carbon sinks—they pull CO2 out of the atmosphere,” Parenti said. “But if they die and all that wood burns or rots, they can become net emitters of greenhouse gases. There are the huge deposits of methane, frozen methane in the Arctic. These are already beginning to come out.”
“The fear is that at a certain point we cross the line and there’s a tipping point,” he said. “The primary cause of greenhouse gas emissions will become the breakdown of these natural systems, and then it really is out of our control.”
We have the technology to build alternative energy and food systems, but the fossil fuel industry, the most powerful industry in the world, has blocked all meaningful attempts to curb fossil fuel extraction and reduce energy consumption. And meat, dairy and egg producers, responding to consumer demand, are responsible for the emission of more greenhouse gases than the entire global transportation sector. Livestock generates enormous amounts of methane, which is 86 times more destructive than CO2. Livestock also produces 65 percent of nitrous oxide resulting from human activity, a gas that has 296 times the “Global Warming Potential” of carbon dioxide. The massive animal agriculture industry, like the fossil fuel industry, receives billions of dollars in subsidies from the U.S. government. And corrupt and pliant politicians who do the bidding of these industries receive millions in return from lobbyists. It is legalized bribery. And it won’t stop until this political system is destroyed.
The nonprofit Project Drawdown, which compiles research from an international coalition of scientists, says that “a plant-based diet may be the most effective way an individual can stop climate change.” Adopting such a diet should be our first act of revolt. The second should be carrying out civil disobedience to disrupt the extraction of fossil fuels, along with massively reducing our consumption of those fuels. The third, through mass mobilization, should be to overthrow the corporate state and nationalize the energy sector, the banking industry, utilities and public transportation in addition to dismantling a war machine that in waging futile and unwinnable wars consumes nearly half of all government expenditures. It is a lot to demand. But if we do not succeed, the human race will disappear.
Governments, if they were instruments of the common good, would end subsidies to the fossil fuel and animal agriculture industries, retrofit government vehicles and buildings to use clean energy, ban the fossil fuel and animal agriculture industries from public lands, end the externalization of the true costs of these industries, and impose taxes so heavy that extraction of fossil fuels would be unprofitable and the purchase of animal food products economically unsustainable—just as those foods are environmentally unsustainable. But with state power being held captive by corporations, short-term profit takes precedence over human health and even human survival.
“The technology exists to strip CO2 out of the atmosphere,” Parenti said. “The problem is it’s extremely expensive. And how do you store it? As a gas, it can leak out. But it can also be turned into basically baking soda. But the costs are so expensive. So this technology currently exists. It’s proprietary. Private companies are using it to facilitate further oil extraction. If civilization was serious about survival, governments will seize or buy that technology. Make it open source. And invest in whatever was necessary to strip CO2 out of the atmosphere artificially, along with [extraction by] plants and forests etcetera.”
Parenti stressed that collapse will be defined not only by rising temperatures but a series of social and infrastructure failures. It will be nonlinear. He noted that food prices, including the prices for basic grains, surged shortly before the 2010-2013 uprisings known as the Arab Spring.
“You had the Black Sea drought, affecting grain harvest in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan,” he said. “This ripples through world markets. Bread prices spike in Tunisia and Egypt. People are out in the street protesting this mukhabarat [secret police] state they’ve lived in for 30 years. But it’s also about the price of bread. That’s one way that a climate crisis appears. It doesn’t appear like a climate crisis at first. You have to think about the interconnections of the world economy.”
The civil war in Syria was preceded in 2006 by the worst drought in 900 years, as well as an austerity program that weakened government support systems. Farmlands were transformed into arid dust bowls. Livestock perished. Food prices skyrocketed. Over 1.5 million desperate people from the countryside fled to urban areas, many packing themselves into the shantytowns and slums set up by refugees during the war in Iraq. And into the chaos walked Islamic State. The war, which has taken half a million lives, created 4.8 million refugees and internally displaced 7 million people in Syria. The refugee crisis that resulted in Europe is the worst since the end of World War II. The influx to Europe has empowered nationalist and protofascist movements and touched off a rise in hate crimes. Climate change is the unseen hand in unrest, social disintegration, chaos and war.
“At one level, this is a war about ethnicity and religion and opposing the foreign occupation,” Parenti said of the war in Afghanistan. “But on another level, this is about farmers who are dealing with the worst drought in living memory, which is occasionally punctuated by extreme flooding, growing the only crop they can grow in those conditions—[heroin] poppies. The poppy happens to use about one-fifth or one-sixth the amount of water that wheat and other traditional Afghan crops use. So farmers have to grow poppy if they’re going to survive. Which side of the conflict will help them do that? The Taliban. There are subtle and important interconnections to all ongoing conflicts.”
“In India, you have the Naxalites, a Maoist guerrilla movement that has been going for over 40 years,” he said. “It progresses with the drought. District by district, where there is drought, there are Naxalites. The key there is the state has withdrawn from the credit markets. Farmers have to go to moneylenders. The moneylenders will only lend them money to grow cotton because they can’t eat cotton. The more money they borrow, the worst the drought, the more the cotton is produced, and the lower the cotton price will go. You have mass suicides. You can imagine if you’re a farmer on the verge of drinking poison to kill yourself, and the Naxalites come along and say, ‘Hey look, we have a short-term and a long-term solution for your problems. The short-term is when the moneylender comes to town you stop his car and we kill him. When the cops come, we ambush them. In the long term, it will be better.’ ”
Failed states, proliferating in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, are ruled by phantom governments.
“There’s a mythology of the central state that operates when the police stop you and demand some paperwork,” Parenti said of failed states. “But really, there is no central database. [These are the] twitching limbs severed from a spider. These offices are used for basic survival. They can hold up travelers and demand a $50, $100 bribe from them in the name of some centralized state that did, in fact, exist 10, 20, 30 years ago. That’s a part of how states fail—the corruption and re-privatization of the means of administration and the means of repression. [Max] Weber’s argument is [that] the modern state is about detaching the leader of a bureaucracy from the ownership of a bureaucracy. State failure begins with the re-privatization of the bureaucracies, particularly the repressive bureaucracies of the police and military.”
“In a place like Afghanistan, cops pay to have those jobs,” he said. “They pay the head cops. They pay the dues so they can shake down traffic on the roads. That’s spreading all over the world. Its uniforms, insignia, paperwork, ministries and officialdom all exist, but exist for the personal gain of whoever is wearing that uniform.”
“The possibility of a progressive, civil, left politics is curtailed in a world where drug-addled teenagers run the checkpoints,” he said. “That’s really important to keep in mind. Then the immediate response in the West is to justify further military intervention, which in every case is the immediate cause, or trigger, of state collapse. Of course, there are older, deeper problems that set it up. Libya is a perfect example. The NATO bombing campaign created that failed state. Iraq is a semi-failed state. Yemen is a semi-failed state. Half of Syria is a failed state. U.S. and Western intervention has been pretty instrumental in a lot of that. The great irony is there’s further justification for an overdeveloped military. That’s bad for democratic politics here.”
“In the long run, it won’t work,” he warned. “The process of state failure spreads and spreads. What we see in response is also a hardening of democratic regimes in the north. We’ve got xenophobic politics in the U.S. Southwest in response to a migration crisis [and that kind of politics also] is happening in Europe across the Mediterranean. There are all sorts of great humanitarian responses. But there’s also a very clear shift to the right. France has this state of emergency that’s still in effect. Right-wing politics are doing well all across Europe. One of the great dangers of state failure in the global south in the short term is the hardening and drift towards increasingly authoritarian, xenophobic, quasi-fascist type of politics in the global north and developing states.”
On one July night in 1977 the power went out in New York City. There were citywide riots. Arsonists started 1,037 fires. Looters smashed their way into 1,616 stores. There was over $300 million in damage. This Hobbesian nightmare will become normal in more and more parts of the globe as we traverse the sixth great mass extinction, brought on by the activity of human beings. The greatest existential crisis of our time is to at once accept the tragic reality before us and find the courage to resist. It is to acknowledge that the world as we know it will become harsher and more difficult, that human suffering will expand, but that we can, if we fight back, perhaps reconfigure our lives and our society to mitigate the worst savagery, dramatically reduce our carbon footprint and save ourselves from complete annihilation. The power elites will do nothing to save us.
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic,” historian Howard Zinn wrote. “It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
The inability to see what is in front of our eyes replicates the blindness of all past civilizations that celebrated their eternal glory at moments of precipitous decline. The difference is that life across the whole planet will go down this time. It is comforting to pretend this is not happening, to foster false hopes and fool ourselves with the myth of human progress, but these illusions only tranquilize us at a moment when we should be rising in collective fury against those who are orchestrating our doom."
following segment is excerpted from “The Putin Interviews,” a
transcript of a series of discussions between filmmaker Oliver Stone
and President Vladimir Putin conducted in Russia over nine days between
July 2, 2015 and Feb. 10, 2017. The excerpt below is from the “Fourth
Interview,” which took place on Feb. 10. This excerpt is reprinted by arrangement with Skyhorse Publishing. Coutesy of Truthdig - Here ~ Forward by TD editor and chief Bob Scheer - Here
On Syria and Defense:
OS: Can we quickly get back—in the matter of Syria, it seems to have quieted down. The showing of Aleppo was much-played-up in the Western media as barbaric. And I’ve seen the RT reports from a different perspective about what was happening there in West Aleppo—a different sense of, where the US media was not reporting some of the atrocities that were happening in Aleppo.
VP: You know, this is all part of an information confrontation. Certainly the media are used. If they present lopsided information, they discredit themselves in the end. In any case, when a question arises inevitably, if people are taken hostage by terrorists does it mean that we have to stop fighting terrorists? Should we just give them a blank check to do whatever they please? The question always arises—is the source of this evil the ones who fight terrorists or the terrorists themselves? Just have a look—there has been much talk about the need to provide immediate humanitarian aid to Aleppo. Right now, Aleppo has been liberated of terrorists. And no one talks right now about the need to provide humanitarian aid to Aleppo, even though security and safety have been ensured there. Many partners of mine, my colleagues were telling me that they were willing, they were ready to provide that kind of humanitarian aid, but so far nothing has happened. There were always those who said that we would be in conflict with the Sunni world sooner or later. I think this is, to me, a provocation. Many in the Arab world, and in Turkey, they do understand what our intentions are. There are those who disagree with that. But our position is clear. Our goal is to support the legitimate authorities, to prevent a disintegration of the Syrian statehood, otherwise this territory is going to be yet another Libya or worse. Or another Somalia. Secondly, our goal is to fight terrorism. And this is no less important to us. Just as I said, according to our data, 4,500 people from Russia and around 5,000 citizens from Central Asian countries—the former Soviet republics—are fighting there. And our task is to prevent them from coming home. Nonetheless, it is with respect that we treat the concerns of our partners from Turkey and from the Arab countries. What did it result in? First, at the final stage of the fight for liberating Aleppo, this stage didn’t end with hostilities. No, it ended with separating the forces. And we helped part of the armed opposition to evacuate from Aleppo. And we were the ones to facilitate this process. We were the ones to organize all of that. But everyone just made it look like they didn’t see what was happening. Secondly there were talks that once Aleppo was liberated, ethnic or religious cleansings would take place there. Do you know what decision I took? I decided to dispatch a battalion of Russia military police to Aleppo, from the Northern Caucasus, mostly from the Chechen Republic and a number of other republics in the Northern Caucasus. Incidentally, all of them are Sunni.
OS: [laughter] I see.
VP: And the local population gave them a very warm welcome. They see them as their protectors. Certainly we did that with the concern and with the support of President Assad. He said he was interested in fostering a dialogue between different religious groups. Do you know what it led to? I’m going to tell you something that no one is aware of so far, but probably they are going to learn that before your film appears. The representatives of the armed opposition in one of the suburbs of Aleppo asked us to increase the number of our military policemen. They want us to bring this number to a great number in the regions they control. A week ago I decided to dispatch another battalion of military police there. But this is not all there is to it. Together with our military police, a Mufti from the Chechen Republic has appeared there. He is also a Sunni. He talks to our military, to the local population. We’re not interested in adding fuel to this conflict. Quite the contrary, we are interested in fostering dialogue, so as to preserve the territorial integrity of this country which is a very complicated matter. I’m particularly concerned about what we are witnessing. We see some sort of a divide of different religious groups. People are moving from one part of Syria to another. These religious groups are isolating themselves and separating, and this is very dangerous because it might result in a split. But I’ve got to tell you that we are successful because we’ve got the direct support of the Turkish leadership, as well as the leadership of Iran. This is a very difficult matter and it’s not always easy to find consensus. But direct contacts are being upheld with the Iranian partners and the Turkish partners, and this is what gives us hope and that is why we achieve success. What you’ve said about Syria quieting down, that is true. Indeed, hostilities have all but ceased between the armed opposition and the armed forces of the government. But hostilities are still ongoing against Daesh, the Islamic State.
OS: What would you say is the result of the Russian military intervention—in a few words?
VP: I can sum that up very easily. First, we’ve stabilized the legitimate authorities. Secondly, we have achieved a reconciliation and we’ve managed to bring to one negotiating table both the Armed opposition and the government. And we’ve managed to foster a dialogue in a trilateral format which engages both Turkey and Iran. We need the support of the United States as well as the support of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt. We’re going to tread very cautiously. So that each step secures what has been achieved at the previous step instead of undermining it.
OS: Again, what was the distance between Damascus and Moscow. You told me once it was kilometers . . .
VP: Well I never counted. I think 3,000. 2,000 to Sochi, another thousand to Istanbul. 3,500 or 4,000 kilometers.
OS: Okay. And one quick question. I mean, I definitely get the feeling from what you said that Mr. Erdogan in Turkey feels that the US CIA was involved in the coup d’état against him recently.
VP: Did he tell you that?
OS: No. He said things that hinted at it—in that direction.
VP: I don’t know anything about that. But I can see the rationale behind what he said. Mr. Gülen, whom he suspects of organizing this coup d’état, is living in Pennsylvania and he’s lived there for more than nine years.
OS: And Mr. Erdogan never said anything to you, he never whispered . . . ?
VP: No, he told me that he suspected Gülen and his organization, his movement, of organizing that coup d’état. He has never told me anything about the role of the United States. But I can see his logic—you can guess it. If indeed Mr. Gülen had taken part in this coup d’état attempt—of which I have no idea—it would be very hard to imagine that at least the intelligence services of the US would be unaware of what was happening. That’s the first thing. Secondly, the Air Force stationed at the Incirlik Air Base has been active in this coup d’état attempt. And that is exactly the air base where the main part of the American Air Force that is stationed in Turkey is located. We are a little bit concerned. And why is that? The thing is, tactical nuclear weapons are deployed in Turkey, US nuclear weapons. And when such dramatic events occur, the question arises as to what might happen to the nuclear warheads.
OS: Well, if the army is loyal to Erdogan, then I’m not sure. A lot of them are involved with the United States.
VP: Well, probably you know better than I do.
OS: Well, he rounded up a lot of military people.
VP: You know, Mr. Erdogan was one step from being assassinated. He moved from the hotel where he was staying. Some of his security officers were staying there. And one of the Special Forces, a commando from the armed forces came to him, there was a clash with his security officers and his security officers were killed. I think we can say that if Erdogan had stayed there than he would have been assassinated. These are just bare facts from which I infer no conclusions whatsoever. But this is what happened. I do not want either to analyze or give an assessment to what he did afterwards. But we know the historical role that the armed forces have been playing in Turkey. They’ve been the grantor of a secular avenue of development in the country. We’ve got this Golden Rule which we stick to—we never interfere within the domestic affairs of any country.
OS: Not even the US election?
VP: No, never. It’s up to the people of the country.
OS: I believe you.
VP: You know, even earlier, sometimes half as a joke, half on a serious note, we were saying that the American Constitution was not perfect.
OS: The Electoral College.
VP: Yes, absolutely right. Because the elections are not that direct. There was this electoral college that you mentioned. But their response was always, “This is none of your business. We’re going to sort it out ourselves.” So we do not interfere, either within the domestic affairs of the US or any other country. We have not interfered in Turkey.
VP: Honestly, I don’t know—I think you’ve got to ask the Obama administration about that, about how close they were to the brink of war, to making that decision. Another decision finally was made, luckily.
OS: You were involved in it.
VP: Yes, I was, when the G20 Summit took place in St. Petersburg, President Obama and I, we talked about this topic. And we agreed to try to take steps to eliminate the remains of chemical weapons in Syria.
OS: You sound very casual. It doesn’t sound right. I mean, if Shoygu said 24 hours, you guys have to be worried about it. This is your ally.
VP: Well, it’s all about the subjunctive mood, so to speak. Be that as it may, both I and President Obama agreed to work together back then, and luckily our joint work resulted in success.
OS: Well, you make it sound casual, but weren’t you worried that your ally would disappear and maybe ISIS was going to get all the way to Damascus right then and there? Didn’t you see all the implications of this?
VP: Yes, certainly we were concerned. And that’s why we talked about how we could address that matter with other means and we were successful in doing that.
OS: You seem very cool about it, but I would imagine in that time period it might have been much tenser.
VP: Look, what happened back then happened back then. And right now we have a very well-organized and well-performing system of air defense deployed there.
VP: —We have the S-400, with a range of more than 300 kilometers, S-3000, also with a range of 300. The DEBO system with a range of 60 kilometers. And there are other systems that are more efficient in the shorter range. So we’ve got a multi-tier plan for air defense. And there are also the ships stationed off the coast that all also have this system of air defense.
OS: So you could have prevented it?
VP: And the most sophisticated air defense systems with a range of 300 kilometers.
OS: Well that’s some conversation you’re having with Obama—you’re saying Russian weapons are going to shoot down US weapons and you’ll have an international crisis. It’ll be quite a situation. The Pentagon is going to go wild, no? You know, this is close to war.
VP: Back then, we didn’t have those missiles in Syria.
OS: Oh, I thought you did.
VP: Our missiles were not active in Syria back then.
OS: Well, you had a long-term alliance with them since the early 1970s?
VP: Yes, but we didn’t take any part in what was happening there. We were just providing medical and technical military assistance to them, financial assistance.
OS: So, in other words, if the Assad regime had been, let’s say, weakened, would Russia have come to help it against an ISIS move towards Damascus?
VP: This once again depends on the subjunctive mood, and it’s difficult to talk about, because it’s all about myriads of factors that have to be taken into account.
OS: Let’s talk about another war situation since we’re in the Situation Room. More recent. In the Crimea, when the referendum was coming up, the US destroyer Donald Cook was moving towards the Black Sea with Tomahawk missiles. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I saw a documentary . . . Well, first of all, NATO announced military drills in the Black Sea and the Russian naval commander was talking about how close—in this documentary—was talking about how close Russia came to using its missile system for coastal defense. The US ship Donald Cook was apparently coming right into the Black Sea when it made a U-turn and didn’t carry through its mission. It seems like it was similar to the Cuban Missile Crisis when the same thing happened, where a ship was coming towards the demarcation line and made a U-turn because it had been threatened by the US Navy back in 1962. So where were you at this time when this Donald Cook situation was happening and were you nervous about his?
VP: Remember how the Ukrainian crisis unfolded. [We’ve discussed it.] The three foreign ministers of European countries were acting as guarantors of an agreement between the opposition and President Yanukovych. Everyone agreed to that. President Yanukovych even agreed to hold early elections. At that time, at the initiative of the United States of America, they told us, ‘We ask you to prevent President Yanukovych from using the armed forces.’ And they promised in their term they were going to do everything for the opposition to clear the squares and the administrative buildings. We said, ‘Very well that is a good proposal. We are going to work on it.’ And as you, know President Yanukovych didn’t resort to the armed forces. But the very next day the coup d’état took place during the night. We didn’t have a telephone conversation, we didn’t get a call, we simply saw them [the Americans] actively support those who perpetrated the coup d’état. And we could only shrug our shoulders. Such conduct, the way the Americans acted, even among individuals is absolutely unacceptable. They should have at least told us afterwards that the situation had spun out of control. They should have told us that they would do everything to put them back on a constitutional track. No, they didn’t do that. They started to come up with lies saying that Yanukovych had fled. And they supported those who performed that coup d’état. How can we trust such partners?
OS: Question—is this when Victoria Nuland, the Undersecretary of State, had that conversation with the American ambassador and said, “Fuck the EU”?
VP: Well, it doesn’t matter, honestly. It was on February 21st. Or maybe the 20th. The coup d’état took place the next day. So now that Crimea has become a full fledged part of the Russian Federation, our attitude towards it changed drastically. If we see a threat to our territory, just as any other country, we will have to protect it by all means at our disposal. I wouldn’t draw an analogy with the Cuban Missile Crisis, because back then the world was on the brink of a nuclear apocalypse. Thankfully, the situation didn’t go as far this time, even though we did indeed deploy our most sophisticated, our cutting-edge systems, for coastal defense.
OS: But the Bastion is a big missile and the destroyer, the Donald Cook, has Tomahawk missiles.
VP: Yes, certainly—against such missiles as the ones we’ve deployed in Crimea—such a ship, destroyer as Donald Cook is simply defenseless.
OS: Yes, that’s probably why they turned around?
VP: I think this captain was smart and also a responsible person. This doesn’t mean
he’s weak . . .
OS: No, no.
VP: —He simply understood what he was dealing with. He decided not to continue.
OS: But your commander had the authority to fire?
VP: Our commanders always have the authorization to use the necessary means for the defense of the Russian Federation.
OS: Still, it’s a big incident potentially.
VP: Yes, certainly. It would have been very bad.
OS: Were you notified?
VP: Yes, certainly. Where is that ship stationed usually—the Donald Cook? Where is the base?
OS: The Mediterranean, I presume.
VP: Yes. But I think that the mother port is somewhere in the United States—the place it’s registered. So, thousands and thousands of kilometers from. . . . And even if the port is somewhere in the Mediterranean, somewhere in Spain, it is still thousands of kilometers from the Black Sea. And we are determined to protect our territory.
OS: I understand. But were you available, were you—
VP: Who was trying to provoke whom? What was that destroyer doing so close to our
OS: I understand, but were you contacted at the time? In what timeframe did all of this take place, this challenge?
VP: I think it was real time. Once the destroyer was located and detected, they saw that there was a threat, and the ship itself saw that it was the target of the missile systems. I don’t know who the captain was. But he showed much restraint. I think he is a responsible man and a courageous officer to boot. I think it was the right decision that he made. He decided not to escalate the situation. It doesn’t at all mean that he would have been attacked by our missiles. But we had to show them that our coast was protected by the missile systems
OS: Was there a warning sent out to him?
VP: The captain sees right away that his ship has become the target of missile systems—there is special equipment. He has special equipment to detect such situations.
OS: And all of this takes place in two minutes, 30 minutes, 50 minutes?
VP: I don’t know—the experts can give you the answer. Seconds, mere seconds, I
OS: I mean, does this happen all the time? You sound very cool.
VP: It sometimes happens. And that’s why our American counterparts have suggested we should build a system for exchanging information about the aircraft that are flying over, so as to avoid any kind of incident. Because when an aircraft is targeted, is eradiated by another aircraft this is considered a serious incident.
OS: I’d say.
VP: And this is always a very serious incident.
OS: So there have been others—there have been other incidents we don’t know about?
VP: I don’t know. NATO aircraft are flying over the Baltic Sea without transponders—the systems that are used to identify them—and our aircraft have started to fly without our transponders as well. And once our aircraft have started to do that, there’s been so much ruckus saying that we do not use transponders, but when I publicly declared that the number of our flights is many-fold fewer than the number of NATO flights the ruckus has quieted down. The president of Finland has proposed that we should make a decision making it obligatory for everyone to use these transponders, to detect them, to identify and we suggested right away that this should be done, but our NATO partners have refused. You see we need a dialogue all the time, we do not need new provocations.
OS: I understand, it’s very scary. At that time, you made a strong speech, I thought, addressing NATO. You said, “This is our historic territory. These are Russian people. They are in danger now. We can’t leave them alone. It wasn’t us who staged the coup. It was done by nationalists and people with far-right views. You supported them, but where do you live—5,000 miles away. But we live here and it is our land. What do you want to fight for there? You don’t know, do you? But we do know. And we are ready for it.”
VP: Yes indeed we were brought to the brink, so to speak.
OS: To the brink—you admit to the brink?
VP: Yes, certainly. We had to respond somehow.
OS: Well, finally you’re admitting it.
VP: Yes, we were open to positive dialogue. We did everything to achieve a political settlement. But they had to give their support to this unconstitutional seizure of power. I still wonder why they had to do that. Incidentally, that was a first step to further destabilization of the country. And this happens still. So, first the power is seized and right now these forces that have seized power are trying to make those who disagree with that accept this as a fact. This is what is happening to the south and eastern part of Ukraine. Instead of engaging in a political dialogue, which is quite possible, that is what they’re doing.
OS: Well, you have to get your story out there. Your side of the story—not only on RT, but hopefully with some intelligence releases, some shots, some images that would tell the story. You have to tell this story, you have to somehow get your raw intelligence into the system.
VP: You see, that’s quite impossible, because this point of view that we present is ignored by the world media. And if it’s ignored, not on equal footing with the other perspectives, then almost no one hears it. So a narrative is being constructed of some evil Russia—
VP: I’ll bear that in mind, but I think this critique is justified.
OS: [teasing] No, Dmitry’s done a lousy job on that. [Putin’s press secretary and confidant]
VP: Well, this is not up to him. This is not the task he’s supposed to do.
OS: I know.
VP: His task is to provide information and support to my everyday functions. . . . It’s my job and I’m not doing a very good job of it.
OS: You’re doing a great job, but you work too hard—you’ve got to relax. I think you should take a vacation. Go to Palm Beach, relax, sit on the beach, play some golf, talk.
VP: I understand the hint. Well, I envy him.
OS: In closing, you inherited a Russian state that was collapsing at the end of the last century. You came to office accidentally and people were in great misery. There was no sense of a central power and the point is that I think Russia had to be rebuilt so that it wouldn’t collapse again. Mr. Gorbachev’s ideal of restructuring didn’t happen. The West, in a sense, supported disorder. A vision which, you said, Russia must never again embrace. Then you said sovereignty is the key. Sovereignty is the key. I believe you said one time that a state in order to exist and have sovereignty has, amongst its obligations, to pay the pensions of older people. Yes?
VP: Yes, certainly. In general, and especially right now, a country can only ensure its sovereignty if it secures a good economic growth rate—not just the economic growth rate, you’ve got to secure economic development. And in this sense, despite the good assessment you’ve given to my job, I think both myself and my colleagues could have done an even better job. Even though that would have been immensely hard, because we were always facing a dilemma. We had to choose between a bad decision and an even worse decision. But that happens all the time everywhere. You are always faced with a choice. And you’ve got to make it. Liberally-minded people think that we should have taken harsher, tougher measures. I thought that the harshness had to correlate to the standard of living to help people. We had to go step by step in improving the lives of our people. Back then, in 2000, more than 40 percent of our citizens were living below the poverty line, the system of social security was in ruin, let alone the armed forces which all but ceased to exist. Separatism was holding sway. I’m not going to elaborate on that, but I’m going to say that the Russian constitution didn’t apply all throughout our territory and the Caucasus was seeing a war that was raging—a civil war, which was fueled by radical elements from abroad. And in the end that civil war degenerated into terrorism. The situation was very difficult. But the Russian people and all the peoples of Russia, they’ve got a very important quality and that is love for their own nation, for their country. The sense of danger, the sense of compassion as well as the willingness to make sacrifices for the interests of their country. And thanks to these qualities of the Russian people and other peoples of Russia, we have managed to get through that difficult period. But we cannot exploit these qualities endlessly. We want our people to have better lives. Liberal-minded economists say we should have economized more or we shouldn’t have increased the wages, the salaries, the pensions. But you see our people still have a very, very modest standard of living. I want rank and file citizens, families to see that our country is recovering. Anyhow, we are trying to pursue a very restrained, reserved economic policy.
OS: Getting back to sovereignty.
VP: We are trying to use the revenues from oil and gas. We will save this money, but we try to spend what we get from other sectors. For us that is a very difficult task. As you can see we have increased the real income of our population by a magnitude of several times. Last year, because of high inflation, real income was reduced a little bit. But at the end of last year we saw a pickup of that real income. Last year we managed to reduce the inflation rate to a historical record low—it was 5.4 percent or so. Even though our target was 6.2 percent. And we’re going to target inflation and I do hope that we’ll be able to bring it down to four percent. We’ve got a relatively low unemployment rate at around 5.4 percent. In spite of all the political restrictions, we’ve managed to keep our reserves, to stabilize our economy. I’m confident that this year we’re going to witness more economic growth, albeit modest. Our monetary policy is very well-balanced. It’s being implemented by the Central Bank and by the government.
VP: Our agricultural producers have to thank the Obama administration. Due to the measures we’ve introduced to counter the sanctions against us. These countermeasures are mostly related to closing our market to agricultural produce. And thanks to these measures, the agricultural producers have managed to increase annually their production by more than three percent. Last year we saw record crops of wheat and other grains. And I know you love Russia, so it gives me great pleasure to tell you that Russia ranks first in the world in terms of wheat export.
OS: I like bread—the black bread is my favorite.
VP: We used to buy grains and wheat.
OS: From Canada, yeah.
VP: Right now we produce less than the US or Canada or China. But these countries have larger consumption rates. And as far as per capita production is concerned, it’s very good.
OS: I believe you. Sovereignty is not just economic though. I just want to tell you a quick story—last night . . . I mean the Russian people have guts. And last night there was a TV series on television Channel 1, I think it was. I saw it—prime time, 8 p.m. It was about the Germans and the Russians. And it was a very interesting story. It was in Russian. I didn’t understand much. But I got a sense of it. In that story, the Russians again behaved very courageously, very courageous and were very good fighters, and outwitted the Nazis. And you know, TV stuff, but it was damn good. It was well-made. The actors were really terrific. It was kind of ugly in a way, but in a good way—gritty. Very impressed and I remembered when I was here during the Brezhnev era, when they used to show all the old black and white Soviet films on TV, I saw the same kind of movie where the Soviets were taking on the Nazis again. And I made the connection. This is 34 years later, and I say the Russian people have a certain quality of courage which manifests itself time and again and they never forget. And by watching these old movies and remembering the tradition, remembering history, you go a long way towards keeping that sovereignty.
VP: Yes. That is very important. But no less important than this rigid framework of tradition is to be willing to accept new things, novelties, and to advance.
OS: Like cyber warfare! I’m not going to bug you anymore. I’ve got my hands full, 25–30 hours to cut. No more questions! Promise. A handshake across the countries. I wish I wish I wish. You did a great job, you did a good job.
VP: [a warm handshake] If they’re going to beat you for this, you can come back here
to Russia and we’ll help heal you.
OS: We’ll see. I’m proud of the film. You got to tell your side of the story and that’s
all I can do.
VP: I don’t know if anyone is going to be interested in that.
OS: That’s also possible. Goodnight, Mr. Putin.
|"DONALD TRUMP HAS made crystal clear that he has a great affinity for strongmen and for unquestioned loyalty of those who work for him. This week on Intercepted: Trump’s besties in Saudi Arabia convinced him that Qatar, the host of U.S. Central Command, is the premiere Arab nation sponsoring terrorism. Amnesty International’s Sherine Tadros and Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan analyze the hypocrisy-laden, bizarre crisis. We also||discuss the rise of Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy addresses the Justice Department’s allegations about The Intercept’s recent NSA story and the prosecution of the alleged leaker. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes talks Russia, Trump, the media and his new book, “A Colony in a Nation.” DJ Spooky joins the conversation and imagines a Trump-inspired mash-up of Dante’s Inferno and Disco Inferno." - Jeremy Scahill|
|"Jared Kushner is sort of like Donald Trump’s less savvy version of Don Corleone’s consigliere. But did he make the Russians an offer they couldn’t refuse? This week on Intercepted: The scandal spotlight shines on Trump’s influential (and strangely quiet) son-in-law as questions abound over Kushner’s alleged meetings with Russian officials to establish secret back channel communications. We talk to amateur punk rocker turned national security correspondent Spencer Ackerman||of The Daily Beast. Organizer and scholarMariame Kaba offers a people’s history of prisons in the U.S. and the politicians — both Democrats and Republicans — who have made them what they are today. And we hear an incredible rendition of “The Partisan” from composers and musicians Leo Heiblum of Mexico and Tenzin Choegyal of Tibet. They met this week at the home of legendary composer Philip Glass and perform for the first time together on Intercepted." - Jeremy Scahill|
Israeli writer and dissident Uri Avnery asked an Egyptian general how
the Egyptians managed to surprise the Israelis when they launched the
October 1973 war. The general answered: “Instead of reading the
intelligence reports, you should have read our poets.”
|"The idiots take over in the final days of crumbling civilizations. Idiot generals wage endless, unwinnable wars that bankrupt the nation. Idiot economists call for reducing taxes for the rich and cutting social service programs for the poor, and project economic growth on the basis of myth. Idiot industrialists poison the water, the soil and the air, slash jobs and depress wages. Idiot bankers gamble on self-created financial bubbles and impose crippling debt peonage on the citizens. Idiot journalists and public intellectuals pretend despotism is democracy. Idiot intelligence operatives orchestrate the overthrow of foreign governments to create lawless enclaves that give rise to enraged fanatics. Idiot professors, “experts” and “specialists” busy themselves with unintelligible jargon an ....."|
|"The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is pleased to host Creative Time and the New York Public Library for In Situ: How to Reasonably Believe in God. The talk will feature Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, moderated by Sister Helen Prejean. A performance by Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir will kick off the event." - Here**|
Tales of a feast on Plymouth plantation in the Autumn of 1621, where of pilgrims from the Mayflower, celebrated the harvest, shared and broke bread with the first Americans are false. They are still used as inspiration and shared with children, teaching them the beauty of gratitude.
But it is now widely understood this Thanksgiving story is a fictional history. It was invented to whitewash the vicious genocide wrought upon the native inhabitants of this magnificent continent. Not only did the Europeans try to eradicate native populations, but they made every effort to eviscerate their culture, their language and eliminate them from these coveted lands.
From Plymouth Rock to Standing Rock, this lie has made our Thanksgiving Day a Day of Mourning for the First Nations, all the tribes big and small, those who came before us.
A few weeks ago we traveled to visit the Standing Rock Sioux In North Dakota. We arrived at this unprecedented historical gathering of over five hundred tribes and thousands of others standing on the front lines to protect water, to state the most basic human truth, to say water is life. Despite the painful history, today they fight peacefully for us all.
The camp grows as winter comes. Standing in protection of our most vital life support systems, but also for the rightful preservation of Native American cultural ways and their sovereignty. Everyone we talk with is committed to peaceful resistance. Weapons alcohol and drugs are forbidden there.
Standing together in prayer to protect water displays a deeply rooted awareness of life's interconnected nature, and of the intrinsic value and import of traditional ways. This growing movement stems from love, it is the most human instinct to protect that which we love. An eager and engaged youth are at the core of this pipeline route resistance, learning from a population of elders who pass down unforgotten knowledge.
It is an awakening. All here together, with their non-native relatives, standing strong in the face of outrageous, unnecessary and violent aggression, on the part of militarized local and state law enforcement agencies and National Guard, who are seemingly acting to protect the interests of the Dakota Access Pipeline profiteers, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars, above all other expressed concerns. They stand against corporate security forces, the county sheriff and the National Guard. Standing while being hit with water cannons, mace, tear gas, rubber bullets. Standing without weapons and praying, the water protectors endure human rights abuses in sub freezing temperatures. Supplies arrive from all over as the social media universe shares the heartbreaking news to the world, that an American corporate media is not free to report. Thus, it is the ugliness of corporate America, seen around the world.
But they stand, their hair frozen from water cannons. They stand for all that is good and they stay strong.
We are calling upon you, President Barack Obama, to step in and end the violence against the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock immediately.
We will be going back to support the water protectors again.
And we can give thanks for the bounty.
Like water on the garden of activism, America’s surprise president brings a bounty of opportunity. The great issues of our time are now brightly illuminated and people are becoming more aware of them than ever, from sea to shining sea, from Standing Rock to Wall Street.
The surprise president elect was not the winner of the popular vote, does not have a mandate for the change of ideals envisioned. Keep in mind, close to over two million more people voted for another candidate.
Nor is the surprise president the leader of the free world. Two hundred of the worlds nations believe in science, above the profits of the oil, gas and coal industries, and are committed to working together to protect the future from an unchecked climate crisis.
The surprise president claims he does not believe in climate science nor the threats it presents and his actions and words reflect that claim in tangible and dangerous ways.
Do not be intimidated by the surprise presidents' cabinet appointees as they descend the golden escalator. Those who behave in racist ways are not your leaders. The golden tower is not yours. The White House is your house.
Your growing activism in support of freedom over repression, addressing climate change, swiftly replacing a destructive old industries with safe, regenerative energy, encouraging wholistic thinking in balance with the future of our planet; that activism will strengthen and shed continued light on us all. These worthy goals must be met for the all the worlds children and theirs after them.
This is our moment for truth.
Unintimidated, stand, speak up and show up. Be counted. Be like our brothers and sisters at Standing Rock. Be there if you can. The progress we have made over two hundred and forty years as a nation, has always come first from the people
The writer [wsj], Jacob Bunge, was curious about what protesters do when their main Devil sheds his name. Bunge wanted to hear our new "Merger Song", and we sang it to him over the phone from our studio in the East Village.
He wrote about the Marriage Made In Hell more sensitively than his headline editor, who came up with: IF MONSANTO LOSES ITS NAME WHAT WILL ITS HATERS HAVE LEFT TO HATE? This was the on-line title. In today’s newsstand version the H word was softened to “oppose.” Question: Did people fling around hate talk with such abandon before Trump? And will the habit subside after the election? We have lived through this wearying year of bitterness.
Savitri D, director of the Rev Billy project, is out of jail and home, after joining 15 Stop Spectra pipeline activists at the midtown office of Sen. Chuck Schumer today. The pipeline would pass about a hundred feet from the troubled Indian Point nuclear plant, up near Stony Point on the Hudson River. Welcome home Savi and the Spectra 15!
Reverend Billy Talen
& the Stop Shopping Choir ˇ
PO Box 1556, New York, NY 10013, United States
REV'S ARREST MESSAGE: I submit to arrest to shine a light on Monsanto, which is
the ultimate neo-liberal disappearing company. Monsanto is mists, clear liquids,
invisible floating molecules. Their campus in St. Louis is disguised as a bricky
Their products try to hide until after the money is made, at which point the physical evidence of the product are found in such as the consequences of the PCBs: cancer; Agent Orange leaves behind its burn scars and birth defects; RoundUp glyphosate in GMO corn shows up in our lives as hospitals full of diseased people.
I take the arrest because annually Monsanto comes out of hiding and shows itself. It must glory in an awards ceremony that has been called “Monsanto’s Oscars…”
In the heart of the best farmland in the world, and the most glyphosate-drenched also - Monsanto rents the entire state capitol building of Iowa, with its golden plated rotunda and vast lawns, to award hundreds of thousands to one of its Frankenscientists…
I will join Fr. Frank Cordero and others in a rally today at the foot of their party. And then after making a statement about healthy families and a future without climate chaos and extinction – we’ll begin a slow walk toward the rotunda. We’ll walk with lanterns held before us, lighting the way back to regenerative farms and safe food.
Last week, a technology reporter for the Washington Post named Craig Timberg ran an incredible story. It has no analog that I can think of in modern times. Headlined "Russian propaganda effort helped spread 'fake news' during election, experts say," the piece promotes the work of a shadowy group that smears some 200 alternative news outlets as either knowing or unwitting agents of a foreign power, including popular sites like Truthdig and Naked Capitalism.
problem is not only liberals who are not liberal; it is also
conservatives, once identified with small government, the rule of law
and fiscal responsibility, who are not conservative. It is a court
system that has abandoned justice and rather than defend constitutional
rights has steadily stripped them from us through judicial fiat. It is
a Congress that does not legislate but instead permits lobbyists and
corporations to write legislation. It is a press, desperate for
advertising dollars and often owned by large corporations, that does
not practice journalism. It is academics, commentators and public
intellectuals, often paid by corporate think tanks, who function as
shameless cheerleaders for the neoliberal and imperial establishment
and mock the concept of independent and critical thought.
In the winter of 1941, a Jewish gravedigger from Chelmo, the western province of Poland, appeared in Warsaw and desperately sought a meeting with Jewish leaders.
He told them the Nazis were rounding up Jews, including the old, women and children, and forcing them into what looked like tightly sealed buses. The buses had the exhaust pipes redirected into the cabins. The Jews were killed with carbon monoxide. He had helped dig the mass graves for thousands of corpses until he escaped.
On the way to Warsaw, he had gone from village to village, frantically warning the Jews. Scores of Jews, in the villages and ultimately in Warsaw, heard his testimony of horror and dismissed it.
A handful of listeners, however, including Zivia Lubetkin, who two years later would help lead the uprising by 500 armed Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto, instantly understood the ultimate aims of the Nazi state.
“I don’t know how we intuitively shared the same horrible conviction that the total annihilation of all the Jewish communities in Nazi-occupied Europe was at hand,” she wrote in her memoir, “In the Days of Destruction and Revolt.”
She and a handful of young activists started planning a revolt. From that moment forward, they existed in a parallel reality.
“We walked along the overcrowded streets of the Warsaw Ghetto, hundreds of thousands of people pushing and rushing about in fright, antagonistic and tense, living the illusion that they were fighting for their lives, their meager livelihood, but, in reality, when you closed your eyes you could see that they were all dead …”
The established Jewish leadership warned the resistance fighters to desist, telling them to work within the parameters set by the Nazi occupiers. The faces of the established Jewish leaders, when they were informed of the plans to fight back, she wrote, “grew pale, either from sudden fear or from anger at our audacity. They were furious. They reproached us for irresponsibly sowing the seeds of despair and confusion among the people, for our impertinence in even thinking of armed resistance.”
The greatest problem the underground movement faced, she wrote, was “the false hope, the great illusion.” The movement’s primary task was to destroy these illusions. Only when the truth was known would widespread resistance be possible.
"There is no more will to reform, or to accommodate the needs and rights of the citizens by the corporate state, than there was to accommodate the needs and rights of Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland."
The aims of the corporate state are, given the looming collapse of the ecosystem, as deadly, maybe more so, as the acts of mass genocide carried out by the Nazis and Stalin’s Soviet Union.
The reach and effectiveness of corporate propaganda dwarfs even the huge effort undertaken by Adolf Hitler and Stalin. The layers of deception are sophisticated and effective. News is state propaganda. Elaborate spectacles and forms of entertainment, all of which ignore reality or pretend the fiction of liberty and progress is real, distract the masses.
Education is indoctrination. Ersatz intellectuals, along with technocrats and specialists, who are obedient to neoliberal and imperial state doctrine, use their academic credentials and erudition to deceive the public.
The promises made by the corporate state and its political leaders—we will restore your jobs, we will protect your privacy and civil liberties, we will rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, we will save the environment, we will prevent you from being exploited by banks and predatory corporations, we will make you safe, we will provide a future for your children—are the opposite of reality.
The loss of privacy, the constant monitoring of the citizenry, the use of militarized police to carry out indiscriminate acts of lethal violence—a daily reality in marginal communities—and the relentless drive to plunge as much as two-thirds of the country into poverty to enrich a tiny corporate elite, along with the psychosis of permanent war, presage a dystopia that will be as severe as the totalitarian systems that sent tens of millions to their deaths during the reigns of fascism and communism.
There is no more will to reform, or to accommodate the needs and rights of the citizens by the corporate state, than there was to accommodate the needs and rights of Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland. But until the last moment, this reality will be hidden behind the empty rhetoric of democracy and reform. Repressive regimes gradually institute harsher and harsher forms of control while denying their intentions. By the time a captive population grasps what is happening, it is too late.
The elaborate ruses set up by the Nazis that kept Jews and others slated for extermination passive until they reached the doors of the gas chambers, usually decorated with a large Star of David, were legend. Those taken to death camps were told they were going to work. Unloading ramps at Treblinka were made to look like a train station, with fabricated train schedules posted on the walls and a fake train clock and ticket window. Camp musicians played. The elderly and infirm were escorted from the cattle cars to a building called the infirmary, with the Red Cross symbol on it, before being shot in the back of the head. Men, women and children, who would die in the gas chambers within an hour, were given tickets for their clothes and valuables.
“The Germans were quite courteous when they led people to be slaughtered,” Lubetkin noted acidly.
Jews in ghettos, awaiting deportation to the death camps, were divided by those who worked for the Nazis and therefore had certain privileges, and those who did not. This division effectively pitted the two groups against each other until the final deportations. And collaborating with the killers, in the vain hope that they would be spared, were Jews themselves, organized into Jewish Councils, or Judenrat, and formed into units of the Jewish police, along with what Lubetkin called “their cronies, the spectators and profiteers, the smugglers.”
In the death camps, Jews, to stay alive a little longer, worked in the crematoriums as sonderkommandos. There are always those among the oppressed willing to sell out their neighbor for a few more crusts of bread. As life becomes desperate, the choice is often between collaboration and death.
Our corporate masters know what is coming. They know that as the ecosystem breaks down, as financial dislocations create new global financial meltdowns, as natural resources are poisoned or exhausted, despair will give way to panic and rage.
"It is time to step outside of the establishment."
They know coastal cities will be covered by rising sea levels, crop yields will plummet, soaring temperatures will make whole parts of the globe uninhabitable, the oceans will become dead zones, hundreds of millions of refugees will flee in desperation, and complex structures of governance and organization will break down.
They know that the legitimacy of corporate power and neoliberalism—as potent and utopian an ideology as fascism or communism—will crumble. The goal is to keep us fooled and demobilized as long as possible.
The corporate state, operating a system Sheldon Wolin referred to as “inverted totalitarianism,” invests tremendous sums—$5 billion in this presidential election alone—to ensure that we do not see its intentions or our ultimate predicament.
These systems of propaganda play on our emotions and desires. They make us confuse how we are made to feel with knowledge. They get us to identify with the manufactured personality of a political candidate. Millions wept at the death of Josef Stalin, including many who had been imprisoned in his gulags. There is a powerful yearning to believe in the paternal nature of despotic power.
There are cracks in the edifice. The loss of faith in neoliberalism has been a driving force in the insurgencies in the Republican and Democratic parties. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, of course, will do nothing to halt the corporate assault. There will be no reform. Totalitarian systems are not rational. There will only be harsher forms of repression and more pervasive systems of indoctrination and propaganda. The voices of dissenters, now marginalized, will be silenced.
It is time to step outside of the establishment. This means organizing groups, including political parties, that are independent of the corporate political machines that control the Republicans and Democrats.
It means carrying out acts of sustained civil disobedience. It means disruption.
Our resistance must be nonviolent. The Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, condemned to imminent death and alienated from a Polish population steeped in anti-Semitism, had no hope of appealing to the Nazi state or most of the Poles.
But we still have options. Many who work within ruling class structures understand the corruption and dishonesty of corporate power. We must appeal to their conscience. We must disseminate the truth.
We have little time left. Climate change, even if we halt all carbon emissions today, will still bring rising temperatures, havoc, instability and systems collapse to much of the planet.
Let us hope we never have to make the stark choice, as most of the ghetto fighters did, about how we will die. If we fail to act, however, this choice will one day define our future, as it defined theirs.
The North Pacific Ocean Is Dead!
The Expedition For Life - Here - Reported Timeline - Here
>>> The Nuclear Proctologist IS BACK! Live! - Here**
DAILY Streaming HAS BEEN STOPPED by CANADA RULING!
The Fukushima Hounds Chat Room - Here
News Links to this Horrific Story - Here
Weather: Prince Rupert, BC - Inuvik, NW Territories -
N. Pacific Ocean
From: The Real News Network (TRNN)
Chris Hedges - eminent writer & journalist interviews Bob Sheer - editor-in-chief of
Truthdig: "They Know Everything About You" - 7 Shows: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7
Paul Jay, senior editor, TRNN, with Bob Sheer: "Plundering Our Freedom
with Abandon" - 10 Shows: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
>>> March 14, 2015 - "The Trans Pacific Partnership"
We The People OUT! Multi-national Banksters IN!
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
We start with:
A Preliminary Expedition Around Vancouver Island, streamed August 10, 2014 (on Aug 8)
discovers a destroyed Tidal Eco-system along the Pacific Coast of British Columbia.
(Suspected) Radioactive spills from Fukushima Daiichi may be the cause.
>>> As of May 29, 2015 - 174,534 views:
British Columbia tidal waters are renown for their abundance of several thousand
species of tidal, filter-feeders: starfish, sea kelp, mussels, anemones, snails and more.
Their recently discovered absence around Vancouver Island, BC, has sparked a
heated debate because of and thanks to Dana Durnford. His relentless pursuit of
the truth has been bringing attention to exactly what happened at Fukushima Daiichi.
For many months, now, his YouTube videos have been informative and alarming.
The name: "The Fukushima Hounds” was decided upon as the moniker for the regular
visitors to Dana's Chat Room on his YouTube Stream, “BeautifulGirlByDana”. Visitors
wish to help and to learn more about [man made]radio-activity and its difference from
background radiation, and its effects on us. Nuclear bombs and nuclear power plants
produce radiation that has very little to do with Einstein's E=mc2 as far as producing
commercial electricity is concerned.
The "Hounds" are preparing for a 90-day expedition to find how much sea life has been
affected. They will navigate and investigate possible radioactive effects on the eco-systems
along the coastal waters of the Georgia Strait between Vancouver Island and the Canadian
mainland, up to the Canada and US border. Then it's on to the Northwest Territories,
weather permitting and the creek don't rise! The crew will be checking for signs of tidal
sea-life absence or presence. The facts are on the way. We make-up our own minds.
This Documentary is about to grace the International media with the truth with first-hand
glimpses, sent as reports, from the Expedition to Dana's "The Nuclear Proctologist".
The truth will answer the burning question: "Is Fukushima Daiichi radiation here, in Canada,
on the coasts of the N. Pacific Ocean and is it affecting tidal zone life?" Everything was
donated: Underwater cameras, video cams, GPS, an RV to pull the boat and to haul the
equipment and the crew. [http://www.thenuclearproctologist.org/]
This epic citizen-funded Expedition is led by Dana Durnford. Dana has been on this
Fukushima Daiichi story ever since Japan, Canada and US governments stayed silent.
Their corporate universities and media continue to fail to do their jobs. It is suspected
that paid apologists acting on behalf of the nuclear lobby, have blocked the true carnage
of Fukushima Daiichi. Throughout, the time from 3-11-11 to now, this notorious, very
possible (ELE) Extinction Level Event has received no thorough, transparent investigation,
thus far, that is .... ! We can't know what the people of the world will do when they find out
that they have been betrayed.
Many Vancouver Island residents have reported to Dana by phone, email and to his
nightly video stream. Overwhelmingly, drastic declines in the tidal life were reported.
Contrary views were few. Some came from already debunked nuclear apologists,
some from those who denied everything out-of-hand without looking into it themselves,
those who just passed along another’s opinions that they shared and lastly those who
said they honestly saw nothing different or missing, so they thought. “We’re gonna find
out, soon.” Some very stupid ? sent death threats, too! Can you believe it?
"The Expedition For Life” had to be undertaken. It seems the political costs were too
high for Canada's government politicos, and everyone else's (US and Japan, especially).
Their higher-ups are not doing their job to protect us. This very, possible ELE, has been
known for 3-long years and going on 5-months. It continues. No sane, scientific, peer-reviewed
studies or position statements have raised challenges to this cancer-like spread of radio-activity.
Without academic investigations, civilization could be caught sleeping while life, itself, slowly
goes extinct. Our air, land and water life-support systems and our homes - contaminated.
Corporate-controlled public and private university academics have lagged, dangerously
behind in investigating the absolute truth. “The Expedition For Life” will supplant the laggers
with real people who live by moral decency standards. Lack of transparency and peer-reviewed
studies are NOT acceptable! Why do academics and politicians get paid the big bucks?
To protect and serve their citizenry, we thought? Well, I gotta …… digressing, again ... lol
Starting from Vancouver, B.C., an all-volunteer team will navigate a sea-ready zodiac,
the same used by Greenpeace and the Coastguard for this 90-day Expedition. Preparations
for this Expedition are being finalized right now. It’s not what anyone wants to do, but if
we didn’t, “Who would?” Who is, right NOW attempting rescue efforts from this visage
from hell? We, the victimized citizenry get stuck, again! Jeez. What’s new?
A Documentary is coming, produced by real human beings - better believe it. Video
and audio interviews with locals will give real human beings an opportunity to be heard.
There will be high-definition photos of the low-tide observations of tidal pools, life
above and below the water line, GPS to give exact co-ordinates, Geiger counter logs
of background radiation and specimens, too. Microscopes will check samples for signs
of life: phytoplankton and such.
Since Enrico Fermi's experiments that first split the atom in the ’30’s, low-level man-made
radiation, has added a horrific radio-active pollutant to our already choking, carbon-intensive
industrial society. Chemical-soaked water, soil and air haunt us everywhere, everyday.
Ionized, neutron-bombarded Actinides and their scores of spent-fuel products, i.e. reprocessed
Plutonium-239, Uraniums-235 & 238 are killing all life on our Earth, slowly but surely.
Einstein’s E=mc2 relates energy to mass, not energy to ignorance. Ignoring “The Precautionary
Principle” has brought human-kind to the brink of the next ELE. Can we survive? Can we do
it peacefully? I say, “Yes!” This documentary report, “The Expedition For Life”, focuses on
the Pacific Ocean and the Northwest Territory, Canada. The Goal? To kickstart the discussion
into a real and focused, urgent action that fights that “asteroid”, a.k.a. “global proliferation of
man-made, radioactive genetic poisons”.
Even the Wall Street banksters and those lame gangsters in Toronto, London, Paris,
Moscow, Shanghai, etc. must step up and be part of the answer. The World Court
may take into account their change of heart and reduce their assured to be life-sentences
behind bars, to community service at the thousands of cancer hospices that may be here
in a few decades. The same goes for the corporate publishers and industrial farms. Private
publishing firms have kept Peer-reviewed Academic Studies out of the reach of many
researchers and citizen political leaders who must pay to use them; even though the very
possible remedial fixes for cleaning-up our planet remain buried in these pay-to-play
repositories. Trillions upon trillions of radio-active particles are lost everywhere imaginable.
These academic studies must revert back to the public domain, from where they originated.
Industrial farming must stop, too! Cancers can be fought-off with nutritious fresh food., locally
and seasonally grown by small farms, co-ordinated into regional distribution co-ops.
Corporations that industrial-farm can be court-ordered to nurture back all the mono-cultured,
denatured soils, at their expense, or go to jail. Then, to regain our trust, these corporate
hucksters must go back to school and learn how to grow non-GMO as apprentices. People
need real food, especially now. In the forties, we never once used the word “organic”. There
was no need to before the bankster-hustlers introduced industrial petro-pesticide and
The 19th, 20th & 21st century's juggernaut of "consumer" industrial pollution missed nothing.
All that is essential to our health and spiritual well-being has all been utterly diminished.
Now it's infertile land, yet contaminated with GMOs! Radio-active water and air and
nutritionally-empty food! A healthy long life that people of Earth have known for millennia
may be forever gone! Maybe, who knows for sure? All the nuclear power-plant "accidents"
and the continued, insane production of nuclear weapons! Atmospheric detonations!
It’s a world-gone-mad, off the charts and bad, bad, bad… for us. Yes, understanding
this conundrum is mind-numbing, very complicated, frightening and to some in a sick,
macabre way, fascinating. Such simple and naive ignorance will kill us all sooner than
later. Whew!! Snooze…?
Don't snooze! Paraphrasing an honorable Canadian citizen, Dana Durnford, a few days ago,
"Imagine Fukushima is like an asteroid coming at us.” “And ya just found out in horror.”
Who do we call? It ain't the Ghost Busters. Sorry, bad joke. lol ... But logically, "What do we
do!?" Asking for answers is a first step. "Alert citizens?" Yes, the second step! Better to know
the ugly facts rather than the pretty lies. "Yes?!" Please say "Yes!"
Go to: [http://www.thenuclearproctologist.org/new-index-1/#/page-4-pacific-ocean-radiation-damage/]
(Also click on "Sections" on Title Page) and see factual news headlines and photos of
Fukushima Daiichi as it really was and is, not the concocted b.s. put out by the bankster-class
nuke owners. Don't be fooled. There were 4 exploded fuel pools -3 exploded reactor cores,
3 lost "corium" melts that burned through the containment floors and are still presumed
unrecoverable. The explosions of #1, #2, and #3 reactors shot tons of "hot" melting reactor
cores and their spent fuel pool fragments and ash high into the northern jet streams
that flow hundreds of miles/hour, west-to-east, at about 40,000 feet above sea level. All 4
spent fuel pools boiled-dry, ignited and blew up with enough force to blow apart their
ten-story-high, steel-reinforced, thick concrete "containment” buildings. See over 2,000
Japanese government/TEPCO pictures at:
#3 reactor was a meltdown and explosion of MOX fuel, i.e. re-machined bomb-grade
Plutonium-239 mixed with reprocessed spent fuel, mostly Uranium-238. The lost reactor cores
continue to mix with groundwater and pour as a radioactive concoction of water, MOX fuel and
#1, #2, and #4 partially-spent Uranium-235/238 mixtures into the Pacific Ocean. Estimates range
from 300 to 1,000 tons PER DAY!(And their fissioned products, the dozens or so elements
from zinc through to the lanthanides and their isotopes - and the actinides, the heavier elements
than Uranium and their isotopes, too.) Whew!
Due to the geology of Japan's active subduction zones and their associated active faults,
abrupt changes in land elevation produce extreme flooding events. The Fukushima Daiichi
complex was built upon 100 feet of soil bulldozed over an ancient stream bed aquifer, an
accident waiting to happen. An underground stream now delivers this afore-mentioned
radioactive tonnage into the Pacific Ocean, every moment of every day since 3-11-11.
We think it has arrived here from Japan, thousands of miles away. "Who would'a thunk it?"
Recent work at Fukushima Daiichi shows a sarcophagus-looking building structure, similar
in appearance, but brand-spanking-new looking! Trick? See the real insides to the old containment
Remember #4, the leaning building with the supposed intact spent fuel pool?? It was supposed
to have withstood its explosions well enough, even with its roof completely blown-off? Retrieve its
spent fuel, my arse! Looks like they may be trying a sneaky entombment attempt to fool the public.
It's as though a big, shiny box was dropped over a smaller burnt-out box. It's being done on #4 with
cranes but no hands-on touchy stuff. Also, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) has bought a
thirty-year lease (paid-off the hapless cancerous residents) to store [forever, I bet] fallout debris at
Fukushima Daiichi. Such bastards to their people who still live very close, nearby!
Prime Minister Abe’s Japanese/TEPCO partnership has made it a punishable crime,as you need
to know, for Japanese citizens and journalists of any stripe to give un-authorized information
about what’s going on at Fukushima Daiichi. Remember how the US corporate media started out
with prompt unabashed reports and relayed the facts based on onside investigations? Only weeks
later, they reported zilch - just staged propaganda crap with fudged science. Since then, leaks
are scant, if not impossible. Citizen groups like Greenpeace, Public Radio and Occupy Citizen
Organizations need to jump in with resources and debate this under-reported and buried lie.
Expedition Equipment has been taken care of. Expenditures, though for travel and food will be
gratefully appreciated and accepted in $5, $10, $20 (And more) donations to:
Call Dana anytime (604) 223- 0763, he says. Anybody can join the conversation, blog it or
make your own video news of this epic citizen call to action event. Get the word out anytime,
anywhere, join the crew, but soon. (Part II - The 180+- days (ended about 5/20/2015) - and
has completed, successfully!)
The "Climate Convergence" on September 21, 2014, in New York City and the "Expedition
For Life” worked well together. The non-nuclear - carbon, global pollution is reversible, but its
radioactive counterpart is a permanent ELE! It can only be curtailed and must be lived-with for
hundreds to thousands of years!
A hard-working Canadian citizen all his life, a professional deep-sea diver, now in a wheelchair due
to a professional diving accident, will not stop this man or keep him down. Dana and "The Hounds
of Fukushima" are fighting the Good Fight ........ For our children!
The following timeline was solely compiled from Dana Durnford's searchable
Internet data-set at "The Nuclear Proctologist" or via audio and video streams, and by
phone, while he was at sea, on expedition. Thusly, I compiled this "Creative Commons"
licensed production. Dana and I have never met nor have we collaborated on this
timeline. A major party is in order, though! lol - Bob Zavoda
|"Over 200 Kilometers of Canadian
Coastline Bare" - Here or
1) STARTING OUT! - Here** or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdLkqV09znY&list=TLltKnj2rUsuFcyfEACIQxiucxpqcGQuEN&index=8
2) Salt Spring Island - Here** or
September 10 - Here or [http://www.thenuclearproctologist.org/new-index-1/#/day-2-expedition-for-life-victoria-harbor/]
Victoria Harbor - Here** or
Plus - Here** or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGJJRZzS_HI&list=TLltKnj2rUsuFcyfEACIQxiucxpqcGQuEN&index=6
September 11 - Here** or
September 13 - Bamfield Marine Science Centre - Here** or
September 23 - Last day in Barkley Sound - Here** or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLz8rNWce_c
September 24 - Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island - Here** or
September 25 - The nursery of the Pacific Ocean is still missing. - Here**
September 26 - Telegraph Cove, BC - Dana writes, "... this place so far had the most life out of the
entire trip..." - **Photos Quality Updated 11/17**
September 30 - Dana writes, "...the first set of pictures are from the boat by me Dana..."
October 1 - Dana writes, "This is day 14 October 1st 2014 on the beaches out of 30 odd days and every day is starting to run together as we search the tidal pools for life because the life there is
the most vulnerable , tuna and [other] fish are way up the food chain we look at the nursery
of the ocean." - Here or http://www.thenuclearproctologist.org/day-14-west-coast/
October 3 - Dana writes, "....screen captures from October 3rd 2014 trip it was gusting 35 km and almost dark..."
October 4 - Dana writes, ".... are lower resolution because of bandwidth restraints traveling around Vancouver Island...."
October 7 - Dana writes, ".....We spent October 6th, 2014 yesterday at low tide in the afternoon. Lots of underwater pictures and footage from Browning Pass considered one the top ten dive destinations ....."
October 7 - Browning Pass - Here** or
October 10 - Pine Island Area - Dana writes, "The pictures are screen captures because of bandwidth constraints and the fact we are moving constantly around the BC coast line."
Vancouver Island Group - Dana writes, "This is Day 19 it was heavy overcast and almost dark rain on and off fast tides and heavy winds on the way back." - Here or http://www.thenuclearproctologist.org/day-19-north-east-vancouver-island-group/
Browning Pass - Dana writes, "Day 20.... I left a little after 5 am and put first hour and 20
mains on the kicker at low speeds until it was light enough to run fast and then switched engines." - Here or http://www.thenuclearproctologist.org/day-20-browning-pass-vancouver-island/
Update on "The Expedition For Life" - Here** or
October 11 - Dana writes, "Day 21 we had Chev Novak jump on a few beaches and get some good footage..."
October 12 - Dana writes, "..... I was out by myself off NE Vancouver Island tucked away
for a few hours till the wind ...."
October 13 - Amazing video of rough seas in the expedition's zodiac
October 14 - "The Expedition For Life" - Here** or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bg-gZ6Iws4
October 17 - Here** or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssik9SRHJOg&list=UUE2rZOVPBHBY3mS0mBwwqZw
October 20 - Here** or
October 22 - Dana writes, "Why is Jay Cullen allowed to keep his job at the University of Victoria?" Here** or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6L_XvLZcqI&index=1&list=UUE2rZOVPBHBY3mS0mBwwqZw
October 27 - The windshield build on the expedition zodiac is almost done. "The Expedition
For Life" will board the B.C. Ferry next week to Prince Rupert, departure port to the Queen Charlottes.
October 28 - Paraphrasing Dana, "Zodiac took-in some water at the welders but it's about repaired.
A different re-arrangement of the navigation counsel and other safety repairs now being finalized." - Here** or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yOK2XmAGyY&list=UUE2rZOVPBHBY3mS0mBwwqZw&index=1
November 1 - "The Expedition For Life" hits the Road (Ferry) Today! - Here** or
November 3 - Ferry Canceled. "Town Halls" on the Fukushima Catastrophe Are Coming.
All Explained on an Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here* (This plan has since changed to Dana going it alone at sea.)
November 4 - The Expedition For Life takes a 2-week break beginning. Dana, almost entirely by himself, rebuilds the expedition zodiac to accommodate a 30-day (changed to all winter & spring),
one person, winter expedition through the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert, BC, then on to
The Queen Charlottes.
an extended winter-long exploration of the Pacific Ocean inter-tidal zones, along
the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert and The
Queen Charlottes. He hopes [mentioned once]
to acquire a satellite phone as a safety
precaution for the expected durations of
isolation. The stretch from Vancouver Island, BC
is open ocean for a short distance, until the
protected straits of The Inside Passage to Prince Rupert - the ferry, then from there to The Queen Charlottes.
100% disabled, Dana will navigate, collect tidal zone data with audio/visual equipment and shelter at night in coves and inlets. Also, he will rent a hotel room periodically, to clean-up and upload data - all the while enduringprobable
harsh and dangerous weather conditions that bring rough waters, even in the straits. He is navigating the Citizen Expedition's, cozy cabin-enclosed 24-ft zodiac. The October 18 live-streamed video of the zodiac upgrade, commentary and details - Here** - Courtesy Audio Clip - Here* (A Rense Radio Broadcast)
Dana Durnford amazes Jeff Rense (And others!) with an unexpected announcement: He will go it alone (with his dog Zoie), in the citizen-donated and recently winterized zodiac. Following the ferry route, in a few days, Dana leavesnorthward from Powell River, through the sea-protected Inside Passage. However, a brief open stretch of ocean lies between northeast Vancouver Island to Rivers Inlet, which reconnects again into the protected Inside Passage. Then it's northward to Prince Rupert, stopping to collect pictures and to record GPS and background radiation data - never forgetting to take time to chat with the locals about the Citizen Expedition. Dana will decide whether to take on the Queen Charlottes, himself, or take the ferry here, from Prince Rupert. Live-streamed updates until departure - Here**
November 30, 2014 - Dana, in a winterized zodiac, leaves port with Zoie and two-weeks supply of food and gas. Donations are appreciated: $5, 10, 20 and more means that the job will get done, expertly and efficiently throughout this Expedition Winter.
December 2, 2014:
First sighting of the Durnford Dude! lol - Here**
Dana calls in: Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
December 6, 2014 - Dana writes, "Update Dec 6th 2014 from the fray. I'm in Prince Rupert,
BC folks. I'm off to the Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands tomorrow weather providing. It's
another 90 nautical miles. It's been a very rough ride, indeed. Please try to support me. Hugs." - (Posted to "Comments") - Here**
December 8, 2014 - Dana's in Prince Rupert, BC: Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
December 13, 2014 - 7 Days of Foul weather keeps Dana in Prince Rupert, B.C. - Here**
December 15, 2014 - Dana Still In Rupert! Zoie Nabbed by the Doggie Fuzz! - Here**
December 20, 2014 - Dana will attempt (safely) an open sea crossing from Prince Rupert, BC
to The Queen Charlottes, on winter solstice day. - Here**
December 20, 2014 - Furnace on and cookin'. Dana is dry, finally! He thanks everyone, warmly
(pun intended). And I thank Kate for the update - Bob Zavoda
December 22, 2014 - Dana makes attempt, but rough seas force return. - Here**
December 24, 2014 - Plans altered due to harsh weather! Inside Passages from the Canada/US
border at Prince Rupert, southward, will be investigated. - Here**
December 26, 2014 - "Intrepid" docked at night in Prince Rupert, BC - plus, "Fukushima Basic Breakdown" - Here**
December 28, 2014 - Dana writes: ".... I FINALLY FOUND MARINE LIFE IN THE FORM OF 5 STAR FISH. THEY [WERE] ALL DEFORMED AND MELTING."
December 29, 2014 - "Days 1&2" by Dana Durnford
"Day 1 on the north coast of BC Canada just a short video, day 2 will be uploaded right away.
I got close to 30 islands in the second video and found." - Here**
"Day 2 on the north coast of BC Canada. I found 5 melted star fish out of 5 star fish, all other
sea creatures are missing." - Here** - More Photos - Here & Here
December 31, 2014 -
"This is day 3 of the north coast, the truth is in the pictures. If life is precious then why are our
university's not concerned that all the species on BC coast line are missing"- Here**
Dana's Wheelchair Lost Overboard - Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
Jan 3, 2015 - "Fukushima Useful Idiot Dr Bert Vogelstein Got Bad Genes Not You." Commentary
by Dana Durnford - Here**
Jan 5, 2015 - Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
Jan 6, 2015 - New propeller for "Intrepid"- Here**
Jan 7, 2015 - Dana writes: "I was carrying out maintenance because I'm off on the Fukushima
Expedition For Life in the morning......"- Here**
Jan 9, 2015 - Dana writes: "..... Pictures of the northwest side of Banks Island. Radiation leaves almost nothing alive."- Here
Jan 10, 2015 - Spicer Island pics
Jan 11, 2015 - Dana writes: "McCauly Island Group - These are small files due to band width issue from a boat."- Here
Jan 12, 2015 - Dana writes: "The Fukushima Expedition For Life gets a break in the weather.
I arrived at Banks Island late in the evening on Jan 8th bucking the waves from the outflows."
January 15, 2015 - Dana writes: "Fukushima Treated Like A Shell Game By Officials" - Here**
Jan 19, 2015 - Dana Has Been Hurt! Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
Jan 22, 2015 - Dana writes: "Fukushima Better The Devil You Know. The Pacific Ocean is [dying]
faster with every new radioactive death plume...." - Here**
Jan 24, 2015 - On to Banks Island's West Coast!Dana writes: "Fukushima Expedition For Life
Jan 24th 2015" - Here**
Jan 29, 2015 - Dana writes: "..... underwater footage covered a section of exposed coastline at the
south end of Banks Island" - Here**
Jan 30, 2015 - BAD ASS STORM HEADED DIRECTLY AT DANA'S LOCATION! Dana writes:
"Mussels Missing In Canada!" - Here**
Feb 4, 2015 - Dana writes: "The entire north coast of Canada is missing its Mussel population and
the 1000s of other species should be shocking to everyone" - Here**
Feb 5, 2015 - Dana calls in to Kate: "He said he is just now coming into Hartley Bay, BC...."
Thank you, Kate! - Here
Feb 8, 2015 - Dana shoots this video from Shearwater, B.C. Shearwater is located three
miles from Bella Bella on Denny Island. It is in the territory of the Heiltsuk Nation. - Here**
Feb 9, 2015 - Another storm approaching Dana's location! Dana Checks into a hotel, finally!
But only cold showers? Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
Feb 16, 2015 - First we hear from Dana in a week. Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
Feb 17, 2015 - Dana and Zoie are makin' the run to the Charlottes tomorrow. Dana writes:
"We All Live In A Fukushima Radiated Hell" - Here**
Feb 19, 2015 - Dana and Zoie had to limp back into Prince Rupert due to the auxiliary outboard
breaking loose in major rough seas. - Here**
Feb 19, 2015 - Back in Rupert, later, Dana rigged the motor and will head out in the morning.
He updates the Fukushima Daiichi contamination and suggests some possible cancer cures. - Here**
Feb 23, 2015 - Dana checks in: Paraphrasing, "Life is missing...more zodiac repairs." Audio Clip
Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
Feb 26, 2015 - Dana writes, "6 days and 6000 pictures later Fukushima is still hemorrhaging
into the [Pacific Ocean] full tilt. Please support the expedition, we still have a few
1000 miles left to cover, its easy and safe." - Here**
Mar 02, 2015 - Dana writes: "Its been over 90 days on the ocean and the Expedition For life is
pushing back . I made at least 8 attempts to cross to the queen Charlotte in the last 90 days
now. I'm lucky enough to get a tow across. Please donate, if you can. [We] only do this
because we have to; its completely up to us, no one else is ." - Here**
Mar 02, 2015 - Right now, it's pitch-black on the open seas, along the coast of British Columbia.
Dana and his doggie Zoie are being towed, by design, in our People-funded, "Expedition For Life"
24 ft zodiac. This is Dana's eighth attempt to the Queen Charlottes, across a 75 mile strait, from
nearby Prince Rupert, BC. Old diving buds of Dana, who are part of a dive-fishing fleet, happen to
be on their way over, so are doing us and Dana a great favor. Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
Mar 09, 2015 - Dana's at the Queen Charlottes archipelago and calls into Jeff Rense's Radio Show.
The Charlottes are exquisitely beautiful, but no mussels and only a few species of kelp that appear
sickly. There is more visible life: one flock of sea birds (500 or so) and a flock of eagles
(around 50), both apparently feeding. Some 40 to 50 foot-long whales of unknown species were
spotted. Of the filter-feeders, starfish seem more abundant, but only a few of the many species
could be found. Notably, though, areas of only starfish legs were seen on the bottom by the
commercial divers. No snails. Rocks were bare at the tide line. The coastguard stopped Dana
to question what he was up to! And he let 'em have it for not noticing the lack of tidal life
and the birds and such. lol - Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
Mar 10, 2015 - Dana writes: "Sea Lions Freak Zoie Out." "March 8th, I was in Skincuttle, the
lower east end of the former Queen Charlotte Islands. I figured behind that island would be a
good place to anchor for the night. It turn out it was already taken so we headed to another area
and got the anchor down before dark." - Here**
March 11, 2015 - Dana Durnford from Haida Gwaii sends a Fukushima Daiichi Fourth
Anniversary - Here**
March 14, 2015 - Dana tests a Live Stream broadcast - Here**
March 16, 2015 - Dana writes: "Fukushima Jay Cullen UVic Sucker [Punches] Haida Gwaii
Communities" - Here**
March 16, 2015 - We Almost Lose Dana Durnford! He's Okay. Dana checks in for the entire
hour with The Jeff Rense Radio Show - Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
March 18, 2015 - Dana writes: "Fukushima: James Corbet Is a Nuclear PR Firms Wet Dream" - Here**
March 19, 2015 - Dana writes: "By the way all [I'm] doing is taking slurps of tea and spitting it in a
bucket but you have to admit it looks real hehe. Hugs" - Here**
March 21, 2015 - Dana writes: "[I'm] heading back out on the ocean on the [Expedition For Life]
March 23, 2015 - Dana finishes data collection of the south coast of Haida Gwaii - Audio Clip
Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
March 28, 2015 - Dana writes: "Fukushima Plutonium Files by Dana Durnford, March 28th,
2015" - Here**
March 30, 2015 - Dana is confronted by three thugs in Haida Gwaii. He's shaken but determined
to go on. Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
March 31, 2015 - The Live Streams are back from Haida Gawaii. Dana discusses "The Expedition
For Life" as it winds down for the final months of the 180+ days long discovery investigation.
He will present the expedition findings at two townhall meetings. The first of the live streams
is - Here**. Others will follow, evenings, at about 8PM PDT.
April 4, 2015 - Dana live streams an update much earlier than expected. - Here**
April 10, 2015 - "Expedition for Life" update. Dana sends word from Masset, Queen Charlottes,
B.C., at the very northwest extent of Pacific Canada. He is waiting for a break in harsh weather to
finish-up. - Here**
April 11, 2015 - Dana records an update and synopsis of exactly the conditions of all four reactors at
Fukushima Daiichi - Here**
April 13, 2015 - Dana writes: "Canadians Now Drinking Fukushima Dirty Bombs." - Live Stream
from Masset; and Dana is pissed! - Here** - PLUS! Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
April 15, 2015 - Dana Durnford writes: "How & Why Nuclear Apologists Mislead The World
Over Fukushima Radiation"
April 20, 2015 - Mr. Durnford has completed the northwestern tip of Canada's "Expedition For Life"
investigation. The tidal life has been utterly decimated. He has headed back southward toward
Vancouver for 40 remaining days of exploration in our citizen-funded, 24ft zodiac. He and his
doggie Zoie are exhausted after 180+ days at sea, but energized for the fight to expose the nuclear
industry fraud and depravity. Audio Clip Courtesy of Rense Radio - Here*
April 22, 2015 - Dana Durnford writes: "This is a detailed breakdown of 3 melted reactors and
reactor 4 in Japan. I am still on The Expedition For Life a crowd[-]funded expedition to see first
hand the devastation on the [Pacific coastline] of Canada. I have been on the [ocean, straight,] for
over 4 months and a total of 8 months; and I do need your support. - Here**
April 24, 2015 - Dana Durnford writes: "Short video also includes sea otter and 2 cranes landing and
dancing on the beach close to me." - Here**
April 30, 2015 - Dana rails at Britain's "Register" writer, Louis Page, for soft-pedaling the true
horror of the Fukushima nuclear poisoning of planet Earth back in the days following the many
deadly explosions. - Here**
May1, 2015 - Dana Durnford writes: "Join me for a late night of pure terror and desperation on the
"Expedition For Life" during a hurricane on the wild west coast of the [Pacific Ocean] in BC, Canada.
I will need a few days to recover, not just to repair the damaged boats and equipment, but I have a lot
of cuts and bruises and sore ribs to heal up. It will cost a great deal to rebuild and carry on, please
help if possible[....]" - Here**
May 4, 2015 - Dana finishes repairs on the wrecked Expedition equipment, but at great cost to the
Expedition, financially, and at great cost physically to himself and Zoie. The data is preserved and
he and Zoie are alive, but extremely exhausted. All is as well as it can be. He's fueled-up for the dash
back across the 90 miles of open sea to reach the mainland and then home to rest up and prepare
for the confrontation that we "Hounds of Fukushima" have been gearing up for - for
months - Here**
May 6, 2015 - Update from "Kate" - "Dana just called me and wants me to let you all know he
made it across the [strait] from Haida Gwaii, and is safely moored back in Prince Rupert, settling
in for a good sleep. He said the sea was calm when he started out, but just after halfway, the waves
kicked up, but he made it all fine. His phone is badly beat up, and he said in the next couple days,
he will be getting a new one, and possibly a different number, so if that's the case he will call me,
and I will post his new number for everyone here..."
UPDATE - Dana's new ph number is: (604) 223- 0763. He wanted me to put it here for y'all. He said hugs for everyone, and he will be heading back out tomorrow to continue getting his data, but will
most likely head home for a while before he heads back out again to continue recording the data. I
told him we all miss him a lot, and will be looking forward to seeing him at home, on his live
streams... He said "soon."" - Thanks Kate! - 8:23 PM PDT
May 12, 2015 - Update! "The Expedition For Life" - COMPLETED!!! Dana Durnford (& Zoie) are safely BACK HOME!!! - Stay tuned - LIVE STREAMS - Here**
Tuesday 11/25 - The
Expedition For Life resumes Saturday, November 29, 2014. Sea
trials begin today with the newly re-designed, winterized cabin on the 24-foot zodiac.
Interview with Dana Durnford on Rense Radio - Courtesy Clip - Here*
7 Days of
Foul Weather Keeps Dana in Prince Rupert, B.C.
It's Dec. 11 and a very difficult sea life survey must be done, properly, and as soon
as possible. I see a possible ELE (Extinction Level Event) as serious business - and so
do many of us who get what's at stake. Bob
December 6, 2014 - Dana writes, "Update Dec 6th 2014
from the fray. I'm in Prince
Rupert, BC folks, I'm off to the Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands tomorrow weather
providing. It's another 90 nautical miles. It's been a very rough ride, indeed. Please try to
support me. Hugs." - Posted to "Comments" - Here**
>>> December 2, 2014 - First sighting of the Durnford Dude! - Here**
>>> 11/28 - Departure - Here**
Amazing Video of Rough Seas in the Expedition's Zodiac - Here**
Zoie and Dana October 10, 2014
2 of the 4 Expeditioners, Dana and Dana's Son, Simon
The North Pacific Ocean Is Dead!
The Expedition For Life - Here - Reported Timeline - Here
>>> The Nuclear Proctologist IS BACK! Live!
DAILY Streaming - Here**
The Fukushima Hounds Chat Room - Here
News Links to this Horrific Story - Here
Weather: Prince Rupert, BC - Inuvik, NW Territories -
N. Pacific Ocean
|Michelle Esrick, Gravy and his wife Johanara, and Ian Masters**|
LA's KPFK Studios: Left is Michelle Esrick, Gravy and his wife Johanara, and Ian Masters.
A Merry Prankster** and Peace Activist, Conscious Music Groupy.... And
The Original Hippy Geezer, Wavy stars in "Saint Misbehavin'," with friends:
Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Bob Weir, Steve Earle, Ken Kesey,
The Merry Pranksters and many. many, many others." Check it out Here.
Wavy & The Hog Farm, Kesey & Further, Leary's Last Trip, Babbs and Garcia**
"Homeless Encampments Known as
“Tent Cities” are Popping-up Across the Country."
“Formed as an alternative to shelters and street-living, these makeshift
communities are often set up off of highways, under bridges and in
the woods. Some have “mayors” who determine the rules of the camp and
who can and can’t join, others are a free-for-all. Some are overflowing
with trash, old food, human waste and drug paraphernalia, others are
relatively clean and drug-free.” [continued]
I know this one!
In March, 2003, upon the [later discovered] bankster-sponsored invasion
of Iraq, I resigned my teaching position at our community college.
I buttoned-up my home and hit the road, Gypsy-camping from
campground to campground, throughout the northwest US. I loved it
up, yum! Years and months and days cascaded along.
The severance check ran out,
And here I am today to tell it like it is, Baybeeee!
The Music at Bob's Camp** §§§ Movie
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for "movie" sound to play.
|Rage Against The Machine*|
Not Hong Kong
New Year's Sunrise, San Pedro River Valley, AZ
|Sleeping Frog Farms - Here - Here**
Setting Sun at Bob's Camp
|Someone get up to the
Arctic Coast this summer and investigate
the condition of the tidal & coastal life!
|An Overland Route from the Alaska /
BC border to the Arctic Coast, might take: Prince Rupert
to Hwy 16 to Hwy 37, then Hwy 1 to Whitehorse, Yukon. Then the Klondike Highway to Dawson
and then the Dempster Highway to Inuvik and the Arctic Ocean, Northwest Territories.
Inuvik] is via the Dempster Highway for the majority of the year.
The highway relies on ferries and ice bridges to get across the rivers. It is thus closed
during the time of freeze-up (roughly late-October to mid-December), for ice to form
and allow ice bridges, and thaw (roughly mid-May to mid-June) to allow the ferry
to run. At these times, there is air access only." - Wikipedia
|Forecast Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada (Above Arctic Circle) - Here|
Highway from Dawson
Yukon to Inuvik, Northwest Territories
|Fukushima Soon After 3/11/2011|
|AGAIN!! Fukushima Unit 4 Major Fire May 20, 2014**|
|Fukushima Daiichi - #1
Stratigraphic west to east cross-section, looking to the north
#2 Stratigraphic cross-section, looking from the ocean to the west - More Here (PDF)
"Based on this document, backed by a photo of the site before construction (1966)"
|Notice that the Red Dotted Lines of the Excavation Are Below Sea-level.|
|Fukushima Daiichi Site 1966 Before Construction|
order to build the plant - originally only Unit 1 - the upper
sedimentary layers were excavated. These are Quaternary alluvial
deposits composed of clay and sand which are friable or semi-hard (green
and brown in the cross-section). Thus the plant was built on "mudrock" type
sedimentary rock (yellow in the cross-section), which is a muddy rock
composed of clay and silt (very fine sand). But the term "muddy" does
not mean that the rock is soft. It simply means that it is a rock
whose matrix is clay; it is also called 'argillite'."
|Neil Young - Who's Gonna Stand Up (And Save The Earth)- Here**|
From The Real News Network
>>> Hedges' (8) Video Interviews / Sheldon Wolin #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8
Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky: Part I, Part II, Part III
Plus "The Imperative of Revolt" - From Truthdig
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