Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mathew Legge, Larry Hannant, Janine Bandcroft November 7th, 2019

More than a century and half after Dickens’ observation of living in the “best and worst of times“, we living now on the verge of transformative technologies promising to make of our existence the paradise on Earth so long promised are, instead of grasping the best of all times, stuck in an Iron Age paradigm of endless war and violence. And worse yet, according to my first guest, things are getting worse yet.

Mathew Legge is Peace Program Coordinator for the Canadian Friends Services Committee, the peace and social justice agency of Quakers in Canada. He’s also a researcher in the fields of neuroscience, social psychology, and behavioral economics whose blog, Are We Done Fighting? appears at the Psychology Today website.

Matthew will be on the island next week to speak on the issues presented in his newly released book, ‘Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division‘.

Mathew Legge in the first half.

And; Canadians seem never to tire of making connections with native sons and daughters who have achieved great things abroad. Just one such person is Dr. Norman Bethune. A national hero in China, Bethune’s communist sympathies though has long presented government of Canada propagandists with a dilemma; so, while his humanitarian contributions are undeniable, Norman Bethune may just be, 80 years after his death, the most famous Canadian hero most Canadians have never heard of!

Larry Hannant is a writer, historian, educator, social justice advocate and activist. He’s author of the Robert S. Kenny Prize-winning book, ‘The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune’s Writing and Art‘, the soon to be released, ‘Bucking Conservatism: Alternative Stories of Alberta in the 1960s and 1970s’, ‘The Infernal Machine: Investigating the Loyalty of Canada’s Citizens‘, and the just out, ‘All My Politics Are Poetry’. Hannant and fellow speakers, Eric Zhao, Parneyan Weera, and Florian Castle will be presenting a commemoration of the life and times of Norman Bethune and simultaneous launch of Larry’s book tonight at the Victoria Event Centre on Broad Street at 7pm sharp.

Larry Hannant, Norman Bethune and the politics of poetry in the second half.

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

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

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft CFUV Funding Drive 2019 March 21, 2019

10-06 101.9 FM ‘cfuv.ca’

Funding Drive 

11:00:00 3:00 Welcome to GR, etc. And welcome to Gorilla Radio’s Funding Drive show! Next month marks the 20th anniversary of this show. That translates to more than a thousand episodes, two thousand studio interviews or so, and an uncounted number of streeters, demos, and assorted event recordings. Why do I do it? It’s a fair question; and I’ll try answer it over the next 57 minutes.

But for now, I’d like to introduce two of the people that make the continuance of the show possible. Janine Bandcroft has been providing Left Coast Events Bulletins, and much more besides, for the show for almost as long as it’s been on the air. And Christina Nikolic has stepped in for the Events Bulletin, appeared as an expert guest on soil health and horticultural issues, and provided administrative, logistical, and moral support for more than a decade. And, both Janine and Christina are here again today for the umpteenth Funding Drive program. Hello Janine and Christina!

11:03:00 1:00 Pitch/How to’s of donating, etc.
11:04:00 4:00 Music – Hawksley Workman – “Teenage Cats” – Old Cheetah (disc)
11:08:00 3:00 20 Years Monkeying Around – (Music – Soma – “Get Thee Behind Me” – The Fire This Time – background – disc)

Believe it or not, when this show’s first episode aired, way back in 1999, people over here in the Western democracies believed bombing distant countries for the good of the people living there was a legitimate form of international diplomacy. Some people, anyway. This bizarre logic was not limited to the United States alone. Even in places like Canada, the leaders of Parliament said they believed blitzkrieging modern, perfectly functional cities into a pre-industrial state, difficult as it may be for those beneath the barrage, was a case of short-term pain for long-term gain. “They would come to thank us for it, in time”, we were assured.

It was the Former Yugoslavia being destroyed at that moment in the way back, long ago, thanks largely to Bill Clinton’s winning ways, and the eagerness of NATO to prove its continuing usefulness in a post-Cold War World. But, to be fair to Slick Willy, he was merely following the tenor of the times set by his New World Order predecessor, George H. W. Bush, and there would be so much more to come.

The music behind me is from The Fire This Time, a project undertaken by Briton, Grant Wakefield. He produced it as both a historical record of George, the first Bush’s destruction of Iraq, and monument to the inauguration of the Forever War. He says it’s dedicated to, “the estimated 1.5 million Iraqis killed by the US led bombing and sanctions from the years 1990-2001.”

11:11:00 5:30 Transglobal Underground – “Radio Unfree Europe” – Impossible Broadcasting (disc)
11:16:30 2:00 Pitch and Updates with Janine and Christina
11:18:00 1:00 Intro…(Music – Arcade Fire – “Electric Blue” – Everything Now background – stick)

Of course, it’s not all war and rumours of the same here at GR. This year, and every year for the last twenty years, the show has provided a platform for people doing great, positive things singly and in groups locally, regionally, nationally, and around the World: Providing a venue for people and issues not adequately covered in state and corporate media.

11:19:00 5:00 Paolo Nutini – “Iron Sky” – Caustic Love (disc)

11:24:00 7:00 Update/Pitch & Left Coast Events Bulletin… (Music – Arcade Fire – “Electric Blue” – Everything Now – background – stick)

11:31:00 4:00 Music – Macka B – “Wha Me Eat” – More Knowledge (stick)
11:35:00 2:00 Pitch and Such – Music – 2raumwohnung – “Melancholisch Shon” – Putumayo – background – disc)

11:37:00 5:00 Music – Los Lobos with La Marisoul – “Nothing Can Be Done” – Youtube from PBS Joni 75 Live (Twitter feed Mar. 17)

11:42:00 3:00 Pitch & Such (with Jane’s Addiction – “Ted, Just Admit It” – Nothing’s Shocking background (disc)

Imagine, after living somewhere for a long time, even through childhood, discovering a place you’d no idea existed. A place always there, for those with eyes to see, and the ears to hear. CFUV, this great latter day Tower of Babel was erected in 1984 and has since been administered by an ever-changing cadre of acolytes, true believers in the power of radio to change moods and minds. It’s ever been the place where the sounds of an entire World congregate and coagulate, before emanating out to Victoria, (and whichever way the wind blows) through a minuscule, 22-hundred watt transmitter.

That’s how it was for most of the station’s history. Our little signal now hitches a global ride on the world-wide-web, capable of sending back to the far-flung corners of the planet what we’ve for so long taken. But, though the World change some things stay constant. Just so with CFUV, where the passions of programers for beauty and the truth of music and sounds to present to you, dear listener, has and will always remain constant, as long as there be ears to hear it…Whether you’ve been along for the ride from the beginning, or hearing CFUV for the first time, remember: We’re always here for everyone.

11:45:00 1:00 Chris Chandler promo (stick)
11:46:00 3:00 Parry Farrell – “Did You Forget” – Song Yet to Be Sung (Twitter feed Mar. 18)

11:49:00 2:00 Pitch and Such wrapping it up totals, etc.
11:51:00 3:00 The Plugz – “Reel Ten” – Repo Man soundtrack  – background (stick)
11:54:00 4:00 Arcade Fire – “Good God, Damn” – Everything Now (stick)

11:58:00 1:00 Thanks to J9, Christina, Donors, and you, dear listener.
11:59:00 –:– Out with – Tom & Joy – “Meditation” – Putumayo Presents Bossa Nova Around the World (disc)


Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Rick Sterling, Sandra Findley, Janine Bandcroft May 11, 2016

It’s one of the best regarded of all NGO’s, but reports emanating from Syria by the Non-Governmental Organization, MSF/Doctors Without Borders are raising concerns about that organization’s objectivity.

Doubts have been expressed about accounts of the April 27th bombing attack in eastern Aleppo that allegedly destroyed the Al Quds Hospital; doubts that bring into question what really happened at the “MSF-supported” Al Quds, and whether in fact what was destroyed, if it was destroyed, was a hospital at all.

Rick Sterling is an independent researcher, writer, and member of Syria Solidarity Movement whose articles can be found online at CounterPunch, ConsortiumNews, and Dissident Voice. He’s also an active member of the Task Force on the Americas at the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center.

Sterling’s latest piece, ‘Syria: Challenging the MSF Narratives and Bias in Aleppo‘ is an open letter to MSF questioning both what it is, and is not reporting in Syria.

Rick Sterling in the first half

And; yesterday was “census day” in Canada. Tuesday marked the official beginning of the official part of the national head count; that is, when officials will start applying pressure on the citizenry to comply with the count, or else!

Sandra Finley is an activist, writer, and researcher and former leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan. Finley and others challenged the participation of the international arms manufacturer, Lockheed-Martin in Canada’s 2011 census, and was charged for her very public refusal to be counted.

Sandra Finley, counting correctly our Canadian way of life through resistance and/or “minimal cooperation” in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of the good things to do in, on, and around our city’s streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week. But first, Rick Sterling and getting a second opinion on Doctors Without Borders in Syria.