Sandra Finley

Nov 112018
 

Steve,

That is amazing footage- even though we were there-it’s still incredible that we SAW this!

Thanks so much.

—–Original Message—–
From: Hishey Tshering
To: Steve Euller
Cc: George Archibald; Ed Sherin; Wendy Gramm; ssgristina; halpost; aliamcmahon; sabest1; jangraybiel; dhardie229; jebba; Rajendra Suwal; Nancy Roehr

Hi Steve,

Thanks for sharing this awesome memory and with this also giving me this opportunity to say to all our wonderful group members. I hope everyone is well.  . . .

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Steve Euller wrote:

A year later, thought you may be interested in this memory from our trip:

 

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(Sandra speaking)

We were out in the wilds, mountains, wooded.   Someone spotted this Rufous-necked Hornbill – – quite rare/endangered.  The bus stopped right away.  There was a flying squirrel going between trees which the Hornbill proceeded to catch, beat to death, crush the bones and then eat.  The video stops before getting to the eating part.

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Aceros, Hornbills, Species

Rufous-Necked Hornbill

The Rufous-Necked Hornbill is a Hornbill from the Aceros family.

Appearance

The head, neck, and lower body of the male are colored rufous, with deeper coloration on the flanks and abdomen. The middle primaries and the lower half of the tail are tipped white. The rest of the hornbill’s plumage is a glossy dark-green and black. The lower tail-covert feathers are colored chestnut mixed with black.The female on the other hand, is black except for the tip of their tail.

Range

The Rufous-Necked Hornbill is found in Northeast India, Bhutan, Burma, Tibet, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.

 

 

Nov 112018
 

 NOTE:  The words “Monsanto”, and “Bayer” do not appear in the title of the article.  I added them.

NOTE:   Health Canada (the Pest Management Regulatory Agency – PMRA) should NOT be doing the assessments of the studies.  They are, and have long been, nothing more than pimps without conscience for the chemical industry.  There’s lots of documentation to support the statement.)

Maker of Roundup denies any hidden influence on studies used in approval process

 

Health Canada says in light of “troubling allegations,” its scientists are reviewing hundreds of studies used during the approval process for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Canada’s most popular herbicide, Roundup.

The decision comes after a coalition of environmental groups claimed Health Canada relied on studies that were secretly influenced by agrochemical giant Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, when it re-approved use of glyphosate in 2015 and confirmed that decision in 2017.

The coalition, which includes Equiterre, Ecojustice, Canadian Physicians for the Environment and others, says academic papers looking at whether the herbicide causes cancer were presented to Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency as independent, when in fact Monsanto had a hand in writing them.

At the time, Health Canada decided the risks of glyphosate to human health were acceptable, if used as directed in updated product labels. Now it’s taking another look.

“Health Canada scientists are currently reviewing hundreds of studies to assess whether the information justifies a change to the original decision, or the use of a panel of experts not affiliated with Health Canada,” the health agency told CBC-Radio Canada in an email response to the coalition’s claims.

But Sidney Ribaux, the head of Equiterre, isn’t satisfied.

He says Health Canada should launch an independent review immediately and suspend use of the herbicide, which is commonly applied to corn, soy, wheat and oats, as well as chickpeas and other pulses.

“This does not in any way meet our demands. Health Canada approved a dangerous product based … on these studies.”

Monsanto Papers

The coalition’s contention that Monsanto had an uncredited role in producing some of the studies comes from court documents made public in the case of Dewayne “Lee” Johnson.

In August, a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay Johnson $289 million US in damages after the former groundskeeper alleged Roundup gave him non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

He was diagnosed in 2014 at age 42.

A judge upheld the verdict last month, although Johnson’s payout was slashed to $78 million US.

The documents filed in the case, including emails between Monsanto and scientific experts, have become known as the Monsanto Papers. The revelations they contain have received worldwide attention.

Plaintiff Dewayne ‘Lee’ Johnson, seen here during his trial on July 9, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014 at age 42. A former pest control manager at a San Francisco-area school district, he blames exposure to glyphosate for his illness. (Josh Edelson/Reuters)

The coalition of Canadian groups says those documents prove that important scientific studies were either co-written or reviewed and edited by Monsanto without properly disclosing the company’s role.

“Monsanto has been playing around with scientific studies,” said Equiterre’s Ribaux. “[It’s] making these studies look like they are independent, when in fact they were written or heavily influenced by Monsanto.

“What we found is that some of these studies were key in the Government of Canada’s decision to give a permit to Monsanto to continue selling glyphosate in Canada.

“Obviously this is very problematic.”

In a statement to CBC, German-based Bayer AG which now owns Monsanto says it has an “unwavering commitment to sound science transparency” and did not try to influence scientific outcomes in any way.

The company says in each case where it sponsored a scientific article, that information was disclosed.

U.S. plaintiff calls for more testing

Lee Johnson, the plaintiff in the landmark American case, wants to see glyphosate research re-evaluated and expanded.

“Hopefully the conversation is big enough to where they have to do more testing, more research,” Johnson told CBC-Radio-Canada in an exclusive interview during a recent visit to Toronto.

Johnson said he was thrilled to win his suit, but he knows his fight is far from over. He expects years of appeals.

 I’m not scared to die. You know, but if I have to die, at least I’ll die for something.

– Dewayne “Lee” Johnson

Bayer has already announced its intention to appeal the ruling. Bayer now faces more than 8,000 lawsuits in the U.S. over its glyphosate-based products.

In a post on its website last month, Bayer said it continues “to believe that the liability verdict and damage awards are not supported by the evidence at trial or the law.”

The company told CBC-Radio Canada “its product is safe and has been used successfully for more than 40 years.”

It also says there is an extensive body of research on glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides, including more than 800 studies required by regulators in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere, that confirms these products are safe when used as directed.

Many government regulators, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2017, have determined there is no conclusive link between glyphosate and cancer.

But the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded in 2015 that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen.

Johnson, who sprayed Roundup and a similar Monsanto product, Ranger Pro, as part of his job as a groundskeeper at a San Francisco Bay Area school district, says he has found a certain consolation in his struggle against Monsanto.

“I was there to defend the truth,” he said. “I’m not scared to die. You know, but if I have to die, at least I’ll die for something.”

About the Author

Gil Shochat

Investigative producer

Gil Shochat is an award-winning investigative producer-director with CBC/Radio-Canada. He’s worked in Canada and internationally on subjects including the coal industry, the Russian mafia, TD Bank, the global war on terror, as well as Canada’s role in the international asbestos trade.

Nov 092018
 

Washington Post

By Fred Barbash, Allyson Chiu and  Juliet Eilperin

 

A federal judge temporarily blocked construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, ruling late Thursday that the Trump administration had failed to justify its decision granting a permit for the 1,200-mile long project designed to connect Canada’s oil sands fields with Texas’s Gulf Coast refineries.

 

The judge, Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court in Montana, said the State Department ignored crucial issues of climate change to further the president’s goal of letting the pipeline be built. In doing so, the administration ran afoul of the Administrative Procedure Act, which requires “reasoned” explanations for government decisions, particularly when they represent reversals of well-studied actions.

It was a major defeat for President Trump, who attacked the Obama administration for stopping the project in the face of protests and an environmental impact study. Trump  signed an executive order  two days into his presidency setting in motion a course reversal on the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as another major pipeline, Dakota Access.

 

The ruling highlights a broader legal vulnerability in the Trump administration’s push to roll back Obama-era environmental protections. Since Trump took office, federal courts have found repeatedly that his agencies have short-circuited the regulatory process in areas ranging from water protections to chemical plant safety operations. Robust environmental and administrative procedure laws, many dating back to the 1970s, have given the administration’s opponents plenty of legal ammunition.

 

Thursday’s decision does not permanently block a federal permit for Keystone XL, a project of the Calgary-based firm TransCanada. It requires the administration to conduct a more complete review of potential adverse impacts related to climate change, cultural resources and endangered species. The court basically ordered a do-over.

 

In a 54-page opinion, Morris hit the administration with a familiar charge that it disregarded facts, facts established by experts during the Obama administration about “climate-related impacts” from Keystone XL. The Trump administration claimed, with no supporting information, that those impacts “would prove inconsequential,” Morris wrote. The State Department “simply discarded prior factual findings related to climate change to support its course reversal.”

 

It also used “outdated information” about the impact of potential oil spills on endangered species, he said, rather than “’the best scientific and commercial data available.’”

“Today’s ruling makes it clear once and for all that it’s time for TransCanada to give up on their Keystone XL pipe dream,” said Sierra Club Senior Attorney Doug Hayes in a statement. The lawsuit prompting Thursday’s order was brought by a collection of opponents, including the indigenous Environmental Network and the Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation coalition based in Montana.

“The Trump administration tried to force this dirty pipeline project on the American people, but they can’t ignore the threats it would pose to our clean water, our climate, and our communities,” Hayes said.

 

Hayes told The Washington Post that the company had already been moving equipment into place in Montana and South Dakota with the intent of beginning construction in early 2019.

“It’s clear that this decision tonight will delay the pipeline significantly,” said Hayes, who noted that a proper environmental impact statement of this scope usually takes about a year to complete. “TransCanada does not have an approved pipeline at this point.”

 

 

Morris, a former clerk to the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, was appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama.

 

His decision was one of scores of court rebukes to the Trump administration for decisions on the environment, immigration and transgender service in the military,  among other issues, all made hastily and, in the opinions of dozens of judges, without the “reasoned consideration” required by federal law. Also on Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled that Trump cannot immediately end  the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children from deportation.

 

The administration is appealing many of these rulings, and may challenge Thursday’s decision as well. The administration did not issue an immediate comment after the pipeline order.

In a statement Friday, TransCanada said it was not abandoning its plans to construct the pipeline. “We have received the judge’s ruling and continue to review it,” said company spokesman Terry Cunha. “We remain committed to building this important energy infrastructure project.”

 

The State Department has primary jurisdiction over the Keystone XL pipeline permit decision,  by virtue of its authority  to issue “presidential permits” for cross-border infrastructure projects.

The massive project remains one of the most controversial infrastructure proposals in modern American history, with its proponents and critics dueling in court and on the streets for a decade.

It aims to extend TransCanada’s existing Keystone pipeline, which was completed in 2013. Keystone XL (the initials stand for “export limited”) would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta, Canada, and Montana to Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast. In the United States, the pipeline would stretch 875 miles through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, with the rest continuing into Canada.

 

 

It has met sustained opposition from environmental advocacy groups, as well as from Obama, who rejected it three years ago on the grounds that it would accelerate climate change.

Activists argue the pipeline would be especially damaging to the climate because it would mean extracting thick, low-quality oil from Canada’s oil sands, with lots of tree-cutting and energy consumption in the process, which would increase greenhouse gas emissions. Native American groups in Montana and elsewhere fought the Keystone project as well, saying its route failed to adhere to historical treaty boundaries and would impinge on their water systems and sacred lands.

 

In 2015, on the eve of the international climate talks in Paris, the Obama administration appeared to bring an end to the seven-year-long saga when it announced it was halting construction of the pipeline, arguing that approval would compromise the country’s effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The United States, Obama said, was now a “global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change.”

 

“And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership,” he said, adding that the “biggest risk” the United States faced was “not acting.”

The decision to deny the pipeline permit came after the completion of a  long-awaited final environmental impact statement  — 11 volumes of analysis released in 2014.

It was this 2014 assessment that the State Department, under the direction of Trump’s January 2017 presidential memorandum, used to make its decision to approve the pipeline, The Post reported. According to the department, “there are no substantial changes or significant new information which would affect the continued reliability” of the report.

Morris said, however, that there were indeed changes since the 2014 assessment and that the Trump administration failed to consider them. He included among them pipeline leaks, the expansion of another pipeline called the Alberta Clipper and shifts in oil markets. Those could alter the overall impact of Keystone XL and should have been considered by the government.

Among the judge’s findings:

  • The State Department, in issuing the permit, failed to “analyze the cumulative greenhouse gas emissions” of the Keystone project and the expanded Alberta Clipper pipeline. It “ignored its duty to take a ‘hard look’ at these two connected actions.”
  • The department “acted on incomplete information regarding” the potential damage to cultural resources in Indian territory along the route. “The Department appears to have jumped the gun.”
  • The department failed to make a fact-based explanation for its course reversal, “let alone a reasoned explanation. …’An agency cannot simply disregard contrary or inconvenient factual determinations that it made in the past, any more than it can ignore inconvenient facts’ ” in the present, he wrote, quoting judicial precedents.
  • The department’s analysis that “climate-related impacts” from Keystone “would prove inconsequential” needed a “reasoned explanation.” It did not provide one.

 

Jackie Prange, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, called the ruling a “huge win” not just for the environmental activists and tribal groups who have been fighting the pipeline, but for “anyone who cares about the rule of law and holding this administration to the facts.”

“It’s emblematic of what we’re seeing with the Trump administration, which is a very fast and sloppy reversal of prior decisions … in a way that doesn’t adhere to the rule of law,” Prange told The Post. “That’s why we keep winning in the court.”

Nov 082018
 

(NOTE:  list of RELATED postings at bottom  /S)

Several senators attacked Statistics Canada’s controversial plan to force banks to hand over personal spending data of tens of thousands of residents at a hearing today as an unnecessary intrusion of privacy.

“I’m repelled by this,” Sen. David Tkachuk told the Senate banking committee Thursday at a hearing into the plan, which was only revealed a week ago by a news agency.

“It’s almost totalitarian in scope,” said Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen.

And privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told the hearing that StatsCan hasn’t been transparent enough about the proposed amount and breadth of data it wants.

Tkachuk and Stewart Olsen demanded to know why StatsCan needs raw data from banks that includes customer names and addresses to better determine trends in household spending than the way its been doing for years.

StatsCan chief statistician Anil Arora testified the plan – still being finalized – would see the government agency anonymize the data before processing it. He also insisted StatsCan has tough privacy and security measures to protect the original data.

But that didn’t stop Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais from accusing the agency of wanting to take “an economic shortcut” by using the Statistics Canada Act to demand banks turn over the information rather than have the banks strip the information of personal identifiers.

“I don’t understand that you don’t have other means,” he said. “Don’t you think that what you’re doing is a useless intrusion into Canadians’ private lives? It’s just as personal as going to get our healthcare information from doctors’ files. You don’t need it.”

Some senators were also uncomfortable that it will be up to the banks to notify customers their data was being shipped to StatsCan, with Stewart Olsen suggesting the banks – not the government – will take the heat.

Arora responded by saying StatsCan has managed personal information for 100 years. “This is nothing new, to protect the privacy and confidentiality of data we have on Canadians … We’ve never had a record that was stolen from our systems. We have a track record that is exceptional.”

Protecting the data wasn’t the only issue raised. Testifying by teleconference from Toronto, privacy expert Ann Cavoukian complained bank customers wouldn’t have to give consent to their data being copied to StatsCan.

Canadians’ trust in institutions is already dropping over personal data concerns, she said. She also noted 20,000 people have signed a petition demanding the turn over of personal banking data to StatsCan be blocked. Instead, she urged the agency to be more imaginative.

“We should turn to innovation,” she said. “If Stats Canada needs this kind of information to help run the country then we must create new methods by which their questions may be effectively answered without violating citizens’ privacy. We need a win-win model. Privacy is all about control over the uses of your data. And unfortunately, it’s totally lacking here,” she said, a reference to the fact that StatsCan has been quietly working on the idea for months. “That’s why there’s been such a reaction against this one.”

Privacy commissioner Therrien said Statics Canada should be asked if there are altenratives. “The propose to collect information from different sources, and they’re collecting information they consider necessary for the scope of their inquiry. Therefore we need to seriously look at what are the alternatives? Is the census not working? Could we conduct short-term surveys?”

For his part, Arora emphasized that the project is still being designed and StatsCan hasn’t yet received any data from a bank. Nor, he added, will it proceed until federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien has issued a report on the possible legal and privacy implications of the plan.

The problem, Arora said, is with Canadians doing more business online – both spending and receiving income – StatsCan is having trouble giving timely data to the government for policy-making. Such data goes towards fixing the Consumer Price Index – used, among other things, for setting government pension payments – and inflation numbers.

Until recently StatsCan has been relying on residents to fill out daily spending diaries. However, he said, the number of people willing to do it is dropping.

500,000 households

If the pilot project goes ahead, bank data from 500,000 households would be collected and then anonymized by StatsCan. The agency doesn’t need individual spending patterns, but spending by dwelling. Having the raw data with names and addresses allows StatsCan to filter out duplicate bank accounts, he said. The data is needed for statistical purposes only, he emphasized.

While initially data on 500,000 households, that would be winnowed down to 350,000 in the final anonymized dataset the agency would use.

Assuming the plan goes ahead, StatsCan would keep pulling in more data from households from the banks each year, he said, but on a rotating basis. That way creating a history of a household’s spending “is simply not possible,” he said.

The chance of any Canadian dwelling being selected in one in 28, he said, with the chance of that dwelling actually being used in the anonymized sample for processing is one in 40. By comparison, one in four households will be asked to fill in the long form census every 10 years.

Suprised at numbers

Therrien testified that in addition to consulting with StatsCan earlier this year on issues he just opened a formal investigation after receiving 52 complaints. But while StatsCan had told him generally last year about the pilot, he said he was surprised to learn over the summer that it would involve hundreds of thousands of households.

While in the earlier talks with StatsCan his office could not make a ruling on a federal program’s legality, as part of the new formal investigation Therrien said he can make a determination on whether it complies with the law. He also noted that in 2016 he recommended the federal Privacy Act  be changed to allow federal public sector organizations — including StatsCan — be authorized only to collect data “only where necessary and the scope and breadth of the data collected is proportional to the public policy goals the data is intended to serve.” The Act today allows agencies to gather any data “when relevant or useful”  to Ottawa. Changing the Act would significantly improve privacy of Canadians, he said.

Banks might sue

Neil Parmenter, CEO of the Canadian Bankers Association, which represents the major banks, said its members have “serious concerns about the privacy implications of the Statscan request” for raw data.

Asked if banks might sue to prevent turning over data, he replied, “all options are on the table.”

“This isn’t a legal issue,” said Cavoukian, “It’s a moral issue. It infringes on our fundamental right to privacy, especially from the government. It may be legal, but it is not viewed as being ethical. Justifications of a need for personal data from Stats Canada does not justify extracting it directly from citizens banks without their knowledge and consent.”

(This story has been updated from the original to include more of privacy commissioner Therrien’s testimony)

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RELATED POSTINGS

2018-11-16  the BLIND SPOT in Privacy Commissioner’s investigation of StatsCan (getting personal data from the private sector)

2018-11-13   Canadians strongly oppose Statscan’s plan to obtain the banking records of 500,000 households: poll. Globe & Mail.

2018-11-13  Blind men describing elephant: Reply to “I wish I could persuade you that everyone gains from what is being proposed” by StatsCan (collection of data from Banks)

2018-11-12    My reply to “StatsCan plan to scoop customer spending data from banks”

2018-11-11  The law that lets Europeans take back their data from big tech companies, CBS 60 Minutes.

2018-11-08  Senator ‘repelled’ by StatsCan plan to scoop customer spending data from banks, IT World Canada

2018-11-06   News Release from Senate of Canada: Senate committee to probe Statistics Canada’s request for Canadians’ banking data

2016-08-23  MK Ultra: CIA mind control program in Canada (1980) – The Fifth Estate

Nov 082018
 

This is a bombshell:

2018-11-01   Alberta regulator privately estimates oilpatch’s financial liabilities are hundreds of billions more than what it told the public, National Observer

Background     REMINDER: A tally, citizens are on the hook for . . .

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The obliteration of the regulatory function has created a mile-high mountain of liabilities to be paid for.  The magic solution?  . . .   ANOTHER gift to the Corporatocracy – – sell off public assets (only the ones that are money-makers), but re-brand the process.   It’s “asset recycling”.   Sounds good, eh?!   (A continuation of the conversation on “Beyond Banksters” and the Bank of Canada’s role in financing public infrastructure.)

2018-10-30  Will the Trudeau government ‘recycle’ Parks Canada ‘assets’? by Brent Patterson

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The arrival of  US Southern Command On Ecuador’s Shore is a story with elements of the Canadian bombshell,    Alberta regulator estimates oilpatch’s financial liabilities are hundreds of billions . . .  

Former President Rafael Correa sought to hold Chevron (Texaco) responsible for incredible damage it did mining oil in the Amazon forests of Ecuador.   An award against Chevron for U.S. $9.5 billion to help pay for clean-up was upheld by the Constitutional Court of Ecuador.   The amount pales by comparison with the estimated costs of clean-up in Alberta and Saskatchewan.   Who is going to pay?   Through the Regulatory system, the answer is “those responsible“.   UNLESS, as has happened in Ecuador – – – see

The  BACKGROUND  for US Navy Ship (US Southern Command) Lands  . . .

2018-10-21   US Navy Ship (US Southern Command) Lands On Ecuador’s Shore to Give Free Medical Care

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2018-10-10 Venezuela and the US: Contrasting Worldviews at the UN, teleSUR

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A cool (cooling?!) initiative started by a teenager in Sweden, picked up in Canada by an 11-year-old from Sudbury:

SAVE THE DATE Friday, December 7, 2018  Climate Reality Canada, iMatter Canada and Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada.

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2018-10-29 Water: pushing to block for-profit water extraction and bottling, right across Vancouver Island

The attempts to have “equity interests” in water, the same as in oil and gas, go back a long way. Simon Reisman was the chief negotiator for the Trade Deal with the U.S., under Prime Minister Mulroney. They “had to” give away the Exemption on Water that Canadians insisted be in the Trade Deal (and was – – – up until “the 11th hour“). 

The U.S. wouldn’t sign the Deal if there was an exemption on water. 

Michael Keating, a Globe & Mail reporter, wrote the book, “To the Last Drop” (1986).  He quoted  Canada’s Chief Negotiator Reisman’s speech to an Old Boys’ Club in central Canada, telling them of the riches to be had by selling water to the U.S.  He said (even then it was known): the Americans are going to need water so badly, all we have to do is to put a tap on a pipe at the border, and collect the royalties as the water flows south.  

Canadians have been pretty successful in blocking export of bulk water, but not in stopping the “equity” interests, the bulk withdrawals, bottling in plastic, and profit-making.  There is a  call for joint action.

In the U.S.  there is a national association of lawyers that do nothing but litigation over water rights.  Water goes to the highest bidder – – those who can afford to hire a lawyer experienced in the field.   Do nothing and that’s what happens here.

 

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2018-11-08    A Billion People: #FirstThingsFirstProject   jams Emily Carr University of Art & Design

 

Nov 082018
 
There are good pictures but I don’t know how to copy them, and I don’t know where to find this on-line.

Can’t give you a URL.  Maybe you have to be on Instagram?

Hey Jammers!

What does Design Anarchy mean to you?

This past Monday, bright and early, Adbusters infiltrated the viscera of Vancouver’s prestigious design school, plastering the stark, white walls with barefaced call-outs and subversive messages pointed directly at the designers who hold the possibilities of the world’s future in their hands.

Armed with glossy color posters, black & white print-outs, huge hand-painted banners, and a lot of masking tape, our team used the very fundamentals of design to incite the questions that need to be asked of it. By lunchtime, as classes filtered toward the cafeteria, an unexpected design exhibition replaced the empty hall of Emily Carr University.

What is the role of the designer in a world shadowed by capitalism? What is design capable of? Can we break from the straight lines and consumptive boxes that detain our raw humanity? Can design be used to recreate the broken systems that rule the world?

In the spirit of the First Things First Manifesto, created by Ken Garland in 1964 and rekindled in 2000 by Adbusters, we instigated a search for the brazen spirit of artists and designers. We talked to students, professors, and prominent dissidents of design. We jammed the nucleus of its up-and-comers. Why? Because the world does not need another sports logo, another clothing brand, another fancy door handle for a motor car!

The world needs the vigor of the human spirit to redesign our consumer culture and reimagine a hopeful future.

The world needs design anarchy.

Watch for our First Things First documentary, to be released in January 2019. Plus, we’ll provide the images, posters, and provocations we used to jam Emily Carr, so you can repurpose them to create a bit of mayhem in your own schools.

Email us at FirstThingsFirst@adbusters.org if you have any questions, ideas, or feedback.

 

For the Wild,

Team Adbusters
PS.

Subscribe before December 31st to receive a free #moonstruck 2019 calendar!

Nov 072018
 

REGARDING:

2018-10-21    US Navy Ship (US Southern Command) Lands On Ecuador’s Shore to Give Free Medical Care

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CONTEXT

Former President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, was succeeded by current President Lenin Moreno.

BELOW

  1.   UNION OF SOUTH AMERICAN NATIONS  (UNASUR)
  2.   POKING A FINGER IN THE EYE OF THE BULLY:   CORREA AND UNASUR, SUBSTANTIAL THREATS TO AMERICAN INTERESTS IN THE SOUTH
  3.   CORREA WILL PAY, JUST AS ASSANGE AND SNOWDEN ARE PAYING,  if the American Empire has its way.
  4.   DISPLAY OF POWER BY THE U.S., TO ECUADOR  (US Southern Command Lands . . .)
  5.   NOT TAKING IT LYING DOWN

 

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1.  UNION OF SOUTH AMERICAN NATIONS  (UNASUR)

An intergovernmental regional organization. . . .   dream of creating a South American version of the European Union.   Work on UNASUR began in 2004;  it didn’t come into full force until 2011,  wikipedia – UNASUR.

The headquarters in Quito, Ecuador was built under former President Rafael Correa of Ecuador, an enthusiastic backer of the organization.

Current – – Nov 6, 2018

https://www.apnews.com/ebc07027f215423da983d9a0bb50cd6e

Many backers initially hoped to create a regional parliament, a common currency and a common defense structure. While those goals soon fell away, it did serve as a structure to resolve several regional disputes and to promote development projects.

The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was a major backer of the organization, seeing it as a counterweight to U.S. influence . . .

But enthusiasm for the group seems to have chilled, particularly under more moderate or conservative successor governments in several key nations.   Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru suspended their memberships in April, 2018.

INSERT, Sandra:   Three postings suggest “the chill” originates in North America, not in South America:

2016-03-22 There are two sides to the story. Why do we hear only one? (Terrorists & Context: CIA – examples Mossadegh, Lumumba, Arbenz, Guevera, Allende)

Ch. 34, New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins, 2016.   (some quotes from Ch 34)

Ch. 38, Your Friendly Banker as EHM. The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (EHM), John Perkins, 2016.  (some quotes from Ch 38)

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2.  POKING A FINGER IN THE EYE OF THE BULLY
CORREA AND UNASUR, THREATS TO AMERICAN INTERESTS IN THE SOUTH

 

Correa has had the nerve to stand up, in more than one way.

  • His role in UNASUR
  • Providing refuge for Julian Assange

2010-12-14   Why I’m posting bail money for Julian Assange, Michael Moore, and other updates on Assange case

2012-06-20   Why Julian Assange’s Ecuador Move is Brilliant, AlterNet, By Ray McGovern

2012-08-26   The Organization of American States (OAS) supports Ecuador’s position on Assange

2012-12-27    Julian Assange: UPDATE plus, his address to crowds in London

2017-06-24  Ecuador’s Correa Calls Assange Case an Historic Injustice

(Aside:  Arjen Kamphuis remains missing since August 20, with no new developments since the finding of his kayak.)

  • Doing what “developed countries” would do,  if it wasn’t the U.S. – – taking a principled stand re Edward Snowden

2013-06-28   Ecuador suspends preferential trade with US over Snowden affair

  • All the ways in which Correa changed things to benefit Ecuadoreans

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3.  CORREA WILL PAY, JUST AS ASSANGE AND SNOWDEN ARE PAYING,  if the American Empire has its way.

Correa rebuffed the U.S. Economic Hit Men (EHM’s).

From Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins (more below):

Now, here was Correa, a candidate who openly invoked the memory of Jaime Roldos. . . . Correa said that he has been approached by EHMs (Economic Hit Men) and was very aware of the threat posed by jackals. . . .    (Roldos was a predecessor of, and role-model for Correa.  The jackals took him down.)

Correa’s two terms as President ended.

SEQUENCE  – – July 3, 2018:   The current regime (Moreno) tried to have Correa arrested.

2018-07-03  Ecuador judge orders ex-president Correa be jailed, Reuters

. . .  “Judge Daniella Camacho receives the prosecutor’s request and orders preventive prison for ex-president Rafael C. for his alleged participation in the crime of illicit association and kidnapping,” the Ecuadorean prosecutor’s office said on Twitter.

“A request will be submitted to Interpol for his capture, with the aim of extraditing him.”

Correa co-operated fully with the justice system, but through and from Belgium where he is in self-exile with his family.  He had seen the writing on the wall, and fled Ecuador before he could be arrested.

Reports are through Correa’s lawyer:   Interpol Rejected Ecuador’s ‘Red Alert’ Request Against Rafael Correa Over Lack of Evidence

(Note to self:  There is more information in  Ecuador judge orders ex-president Correa be jailed – – integrate it into this posting.)

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SEQUENCE – – TWO DAYS AFTER ORDERS FOR THE ARREST OF CORREA, the UNASUR headquarters in Quito was on the chopping block.

 2018-07-05 Ecuador’s President Moreno: ‘Unasur Must Surrender Quito HQ’

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SEQUENCE – – and then, the Moreno Government caved in on the US $9.5 billion ruling against Chevron for all the damage they did in the Amazon.

2018-09-08 Ecuador: Correa Accuses Gov’t of US Pact After Chevron Ruling

EXCERPT

What stirred controversy was the Ecuadorean government’s response to the court’s ruling (the Arbitration Court in the Hague, Netherlands).

Salvador (Ecuador’s Solicitor General) not only said the country will have to pay Chevron  without announcing any actions against the ruling but also announced  the state had the responsibility to nullify the US $9.5 billion ruling against Chevron and in favor of the affected communities, ratified earlier this year by the Constitutional Court, Ecuador highest court, which was suspended a week prior to the Chevron announcement.  . . .

Moreno’s education minister Fander Falconi said via Twitter: “Chevron’s grave harm against our people and ecosystem are obvious… We must condemn the ruling and those responsible, its contents threaten the right of the people of the Amazon.”

Moreno’s former minister of the environment Tarsicio Granizo said: “I think a campaign by the state against the ruling of The Hague is necessary to show the world the harm Chevron caused to the Amazon and its people.”

(CANADIANS  might think of   Alberta regulator estimates oilpatch’s financial liabilities are hundreds of billions . . .)     Do We, our Regulators, our Courts, and our Leaders have the nerve to collect payment from those responsible?   In solidarity.   Or do we agree to become impoverished?

EXCERPT:

Add to the list of South American leaders  who were done away with, by the Americans, to suit American corporate interests:

president of Ecuador, Roldos “died in a fiery airplane crash.” Omar Torrijos (president, Panama) later “dropped from the sky in a gigantic fireball”. Both men assassinated in 1981.  Roldos at the end of May, Torrijos less than three months later, with almost no reporting in the U.S.

Now, here was Correa, a candidate who openly invoked the memory of Jaime Roldos. . . . Correa said that he has been approached by EHMs (Economic Hit Men) and was very aware of the threat posed by jackals. . . .

In 1968, Texaco (became Chevron) had only just discovered petroleum in Ecuador’s Amazon.  . . .

It makes you sick what they did (documented in the APPENDED).   And now  Lenin Moreno’s government said the state is obliged to reverse a Constitutional Court ruling stating Chevron should pay for environmental damages.

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4.  DISPLAY OF POWER BY THE U.S., TO ECUADOR

Take a look at the picture of the large “US Southern Command” ship with the Red Cross flag, deployed to Ecuador.

2018-10-21    US Navy Ship (US Southern Command) Lands On Ecuador’s Shore to Give Free Medical Care

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 5.  NOT TAKING IT LYING DOWN

(Note to myself:  excerpt out the citizen resistance in Ecuador & put it here,  from the posting Ecuador judge orders ex-president Correa be jailed)

Internationally,  Correa is included in:

2018-09-01 An Online Vigil in Defense of Julian Assange With Daniel Ellsberg, Craig Murray, Bill Binney and Ray McGovern, Consortium News

 and there’s a recent action I’ll add to this.

 It is very important that people know the connected stories of Rafael Correa, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg, and others who have put their personal lives on the line, in defence of democracy, justice and fairness.  The vigil for Assange is also for Snowden and Correa.  People like Ellsberg and McGovern, Chelsea Manning (whistle blowers who are not in jail or exile) are very active in the fight.

Awareness is insurance against the propaganda that the American Empire is so good at seeding and spreading.

 

Nov 072018
 
  • Ecuador

    Ecuador’s President, Lenin Moreno. | Photo: Reuters

Unasur was championed by progressive leaders, such as former Ecuadorean and Venezuelan presidents Rafael Correa and Hugo Chavez.

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno is asking the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) to hand over the regional integration bloc’s headquarters building, located north of Quito, as uncertainty over the bloc’s future continues.

RELATED:
Rivadeneira: Justice is Being Manipulated Against Rafael Correa

“The Unasur building was ceded to the countries that make it up. We are going to ask Unasur to return that building so it can be better used. We are not opposed to integration, but it hasn’t worked because of a disrespect of others,” Moreno posted on his Twitter account.

Unasur, a project of regional economic and political integration championed by progressive leaders such as former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, has faced challenges as a surge of right-wing governments have begun to oppose it. Earlier this year, six countries suspended their membership.

The organization’s leadership had fallen into the hands of right-wing Argentine President Mauricio Macri, and failed to find cohesiveness during this time. Several countries announced their suspension after Bolivia assumed the temporary leadership of the bloc.

President Moreno’s decision comes only days after his government announced it was seeking the preventive detention of former President Correa for alleged involvement in a failed kidnapping, charges he vehemently denies. Thousands of Correa supporters went out into the streets of Quito on Thursday to condemn the decision.

Nov 072018
 

CONTEXT  affects interpretation.   You may want to also look out:

 BACKGROUND  for US Navy Ship (US Southern Command) Lands On Ecuador’s Shore . . .

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  • Former President Rafael Correa

    Former President Rafael Correa | Photo: Reuters

Published 21 October 2018

The US Navy

The US Navy’s USNS Comfort ship in Esmeraldas
In a series of warming military relations between Ecuador and the United States, US Navy’s USNS Comfort lands in Esmeraldas to give free ambulatory care.

The U.S. Navy’s USNS Comfort ship arrived in Ecuador Saturday to begin providing free medical care to the city of Esmeraldas along the northwest coast. It will see patients from between Oct. 22 and 26.

RELATED:
 US Navy Plane Begins Flyovers in Ecuador

“Today, the USNS Comfort hospital ship arrived in Esmeraldas to provide medical care to those most in need,” the United States Embassy in Ecuador tweeted.

Comfort’s technical staff disembarked at the Balao oil terminal dock in Esmeraldas, Ecuador to begin installing medical equipment, according to EFE.

The Navy ship began making medical rounds this month and by December will have offered free service to Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru under the U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise Program.

According to the U.S. Southern Command those on board “will work alongside partners to provide medical assistance based on the needs identified by each host nation.” In Ecuador, 53 Ecuadorean university students will support Comfort activities.

“This mission is a symbol of what can be accomplished when partners work together to aid people in need,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command in its official statement regarding the two-month medical brigade. Tidd called the deployment in Ecuador, “humanitarian in nature.”

Staff on the medical ships are expected to help an estimated 500 to 750 people per day in preventive medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, optometry, physiotherapy, and dermatology.

This is the latest in SouthCom’s attempt at soft relations with Ecuador over the past several months under President Lenin Moreno (2017-present).

Last June Ecuador’s “military hosted a team of soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard” that focused on military vehicle maintenance. The Kentucky based squad visited the country’s capital of Quito and the major port city, Guayaquil.

As well, in early October, the U.S. military reinitiated its ‘fly-over’ program in which U.S. planes will surveil “Ecuador’s coast for three to four days every month to ‘fight against drug trafficking, organized crime, human trafficking, illegal fishing, and contraband’ ”, according to The Progressive.

Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (2008) won domestic and regional praise when in 2009 he made good on a campaign pledge to not renew the U.S. Navy lease for its base located along Ecuador’s Pacific coast, citing national sovereignty and long-held U.S. imperialism in the region for the change.

“The arrival of the vessel is part of the strengthening of defense cooperation between the governments of Ecuador and the United States,” added Ecuador’s Ministry of Defense.

Moreno also received U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Quito earlier in June where they signed military cooperation agreements, reportedly discussed Julian Assange’s asylum, as well agreeing on a US$10 million loan to Ecuador in order to deal with the “Venezuelan migration crisis.”

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Nov 072018
 

A Swedish teenager sets a ball rolling.  A youth in Sudbury catches it and throws it to us . . .    Great!   I’ve reserved  Friday, December 7 on my calendar.

 

With thanks to Dianne Rhodes:

From: Cathy Orlando
If this action resonates with you and your group members please circulate.

 

Please save the date: Friday, December 7, 2018.  

During the international climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland, youth are asked to join Greta Thunberg and strike from school on Friday, December 7, 2018.

 

Following the hottest summer on record in Sweden since records began 262 years ago, Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg started cutting classes at school. Dismayed by lack of real action on the climate crisis, Greta said, “If grown-ups don’t give a <__> about my future, I won’t either.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/01/swedish-15-year-old-cutting-class-to-fight-the-climate-crisis   
On Friday, November 2, 2018, a youth in Sudbury, Ontario was the first youth in the Western Hemisphere to join Greta’s #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike.
https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1359966275742?fbclid=IwAR3Os_7Et2BpidP_1yg5M-xUtQiLB5CvCx3LlUTvrtvZ6xUPoZndwW6UzPI  

 

The 1.5C report from the IPCC made it abundantly clear that #WeDontHaveTime to wait now.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/07/climate/ipcc-climate-report-2040.html
http://report.ipcc.ch/sr15/pdf/sr15_spm_final.pdf      

 

Climate Reality Canada, iMatter Canada, and Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada are hoping you will help us.   Together we can create the largest school strike for the climate on record.

 

Our agreed message for the youth is: “You are jeopardizing our future.”

 

More details should be available in two weeks on how to register for the event.

 

For now please mark your calendars: Friday, December 7, 2018, for the  #FridaysForFuture  #ClimateStrike

Keep calm and price carbon. Thanks.

Truly, Cathy

“If you want to be incrementally better, be competitive – If you want to be exponentially better, be cooperative.” – Unknown

Cathy Orlando, MSc BEd
Citizens’ Climate Lobby
International Outreach Manager and Canadian DirectorCell Phone/ WhatsApp:  1 (705)  929-4043Email: cathy@citizensclimate.org
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