Pentagon Is Freaking Out – Aren’t You? (511)

We start the show this week with some Canadian news. Well, it’s actually only news to some people who haven’t been paying attention.

Also, some are upset that the Green Party is OK with pipelines as long as the oil is refined in Canada… This is actually not a new position, but it’s getting some new attention and the hosts discuss.

After the break, we discuss some international news mainly US elections and politics including the lip-fluttering nonsense in the Republican draft platform.

The top story this week depends on your perspective to some degree, but the one I urge you to read most is the title article about the Pentagon’s research and utilization of this research to anticipate and control social unrest. There are two main points to glean here, firstly WHY they are suddenly so concerned with this, and secondly HOW they are going about using this information.

ALSO! In the bonus show we discuss:

This weeks music:

Selena Gomez “Kill Em With Kindness” & Auto Manic “Lose Control”

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(480) Citizen CoPower

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We start with David Berliner from talking about a new way to get involved in the renewable energy market space in January. CoPower groups and simplifies investments in renewable energy, and efficiency upgrades all over the world into simple and easy to understand investment portfolio options so you could be providing startup capital to a geothermal plant half way around the world!

Learn more about David and CoPower here.

We also talk more about COP21, and the ‘secret deal’ as it’s been initially reported between Alberta’s premier, several large environment groups, Pembina and the heads of a select group of oil executives.

Some key reading as of the date of this post:

Are green groups ready for tarsands deal?

Pigs fly as oil industry and environmental groups endorse NDP’s ambitious Made-in-Alberta Climate Change Plan

Secret deal on Alberta’s oilsands emissions limits divides patch

We’d like to be clear that this news and our comments on it are very fresh and this story is still developing. Stay tuned for updates and revisions/corrections to this story.

Episode References

Paris Talks on Climate – a gathering of liars

The Guardian: COP21 reporting

The US Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project

Elizabeth May COP21 Blog

Other Top News
What we didn’t get to on the show…

BREAKING: Ecojustice files complaint with Competition Bureau against climate denial groups

New Report Details TPP’s ‘Panoply of Threats’ to Climate

Deep sea mining company reveals new gear

Exxon Targets Journalists Who Exposed Massive Climate Cover Up

Coal-as-Usual Could Push World 400 Percent Past Warming Threshold

This Tower Pulls Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

A 60-second guide to why the Paris climate summit will succeed

This Weeks Music

The Narcicyst featuring Shadia Mansour “Hamdulillah”Metric – Youth Without Youth


Green Majority Radio #374 – Carbon Taxaphobia


It’s much ado about carbon tax this week as we first hear from friend of the show, Mike Smith who talks to us about his climate website and some of the presentations he’s prepared.

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In the second half of the show, we are joined by Cheryl McNamara from Citizens Climate Lobby (remember Liz Rice?) who follows up our conversation with more detail about what a carbon tax actually is, and addresses many of the concerns that many people have about such an idea (for instance how is a tax revenue neutral?)

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Our other podcast, co-hosted with Stefan Hostetter from GSC

And if your in Toronto this Sunday check out: 5th annual EcoFair at the Barns

News Items for this week:

Here, Drink A Nice Glass Of Sparkling Clear Wastewater

Joe Oliver encouraged by talks with U.S. counterpart, feeling hopeful about Keystone XL

Conservatives table new spending estimates, allocating $690M to disaster funding


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It’s already November… Time certainly flies, doesn’t it?

Though he passed at the age of 71 this month, there are many who might argue that Lou Reed left us   too soon. A formidable force and innovator of the music scene, Reed truly broke the mould — first   with his band The Velvet Underground and later as a solo artist. Paving the way for everything from   punk to glam to experimental electronic and indie rock, Reed was a master of throwing out everything   the business insisted an artist should be and choosing instead to create his art, his way.

Without pioneers like Reed, we wouldn’t have watched a band like Arcade Fire take home top Grammy   nods, or marveled at the burgeoning success of the indie scene. Folk, pop, rock, burlesque, grunge   — each and every genre holds talents who tip their hat to (and often collaborated with) Lou. One Canadian example when Barenaked Ladies’ band member Kevin Hearn was battling cancer in earnest,   Reed dropped him a line out of the blue to wish him well and ‘back to the music’; years later, Reed   joined Hearn on an album.

Lou Reed may not be Canadian, but he inspired so much of what makes our music great.  This week, I wanted to bid him farewell in Canuck style. Our picks this week: from their album The   Trinity Sessions, The Cowboy Junkies’ stunning version of “Sweet Jane”; and from their recent album   Synthetica, Metric’s “The Wanderlust”, featuring Lou Reed.

(Aside: Emily Haines’ farewell letter to Reed is beautiful in its heartache; Google it. It’s the best   tribute I’ve read to the man, aside from Laurie Anderson’s.)

Until next week,




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