Sunday, February 27, 2011

The times, they may be changin'. -from

Shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, I interviewed Ray McGovern, one of an elite group of CIA officers who prepared the President’s daily intelligence brief. McGovern was at the apex of the “national security” monolith that is American power and had retired with presidential plaudits. On the eve of the invasion, he and 45 other senior officers of the CIA and other intelligence agencies wrote to President George W. Bush that the “drumbeat for war” was based not on intelligence, but lies. 
“It was 95 per cent charade,” McGovern told me.
“How did they get away with it?”
“The press allowed the crazies to get away with it.”
“Who are the crazies?”
“The people running the [Bush] administration have a set of beliefs a lot like those expressed in Mein Kampf... these are the same people who were referred to in the circles in which I moved, at the top, as ‘the crazies’.”
I said, “Norman Mailer has written that that he believes America has entered a pre-fascist state. What’s your view of that?”
“Well... I hope he’s right, because there are others saying we are already in a fascist mode.”

On 22 January, Ray McGovern emailed me to express his disgust at the Obama administration’s barbaric treatment of the alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning and its pursuit of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. “Way back when George and Tony decided it might be fun to attack Iraq,” he wrote, “I said something to the effect that fascism had already begun here. I have to admit I did not think it would get this bad this quickly.”
On 16 February, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech at George Washington University in which she condemned governments that arrested protestors and crushed free expression. She lauded the liberating power of the internet while failing to mention that her government was planning to close down those parts of the internet that encouraged dissent and truth-telling.  It was a speech of spectacular hypocrisy, and Ray McGovern was in the audience. Outraged, he rose from his chair and silently turned his back on Clinton. He was immediately seized by police and a security goon and beaten to the floor, dragged out and thrown into jail, bleeding. He has sent me photographs of his injuries. He is 71. During the assault, which was clearly visible to Clinton, she did not pause in her remarks.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Letter to the Tyee...

To whom it may concern;
With the latest news of Christy Clark winning the Liberal leadership, I am dismayed. She is just a member of a long list of people that, quite frankly, do not inspire me at all. And I am not just talking about the Liberals, either. The NDP and the Conservatives have lists of dullards, too. B.C. is suffering from the same fate as the rest of Western politics, right now; centrist, corporate, anti-union, anti-worker ideologically driven, lame, boring, petty politicians that avoid real issues at all costs.
Where the hell was the environment, social programs, water privatization, corporate responsibility, government accountability, carbon tax, casinos, BC Place, BC Rail, BC Hydro, BC Ferries, salmon farms and all the other other things that I hear British Columbians talk about every day?
Politicians do not want to talk about these things, be it so-called left or right wing in political stripe.
They do not want to talk about it because they all know that they have sold this province down the river.
It is easy to talk about accountability over and over but this government has been in power for a decade and I feel that they are the most unaccountable bunch of arrogant toads I have ever seen.
But that isn't to say that the NDP would do any better, because they wouldn't.
We need fresh faces but all we get are the same old people with the same old ideas, re-hashed, re-packaged and re-sold to us as something new.
I have voted in every single federal, provincial and municipal election since I was 18 years old and for the first time in my life, I feel like abstaining. I have no confidence in the people that now stand before me, as leaders.
They are all liars, crooks and thieves, as far as I can see. I would like to throw the lot of them out on their sorry asses.

Sincerely, Tony Durke

letter to Wal-Mart, Super Valu

Hi there, it is (former) customer Tony Durke. I care about the oceans and it seems as though you may not. Bummer, because I eat a lot of (sustainable) seafood. Too bad your store doesn't sell any. I guess I will have to go elsewhere for it.
I know I am only one dude but there are a lot of other dudes like me and we are only growing.
In the past three years, major supermarket chains like Trader Joe's, Target and Costco have proven that this is possible. I hope you'll follow their lead.
I will see you when your seafood sourcing catches up to everyone else.
Peace. Tony Durke.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Oh, Obama...

I know I have been belly aching about Obama lately. I am sorry if I sound like a broken record. I hope I have not repeated anything. I am on a bit of a conspiracy theory kick here, so bear with me. Or don't. You can always skip this shit and move on to pictures of cats and dogs. I love cats and dogs an unreasonable amount. They are my best friends and every chance I get, I get close to them.
But seriously. Obama. What the fuck? Do you feel as duped as I do? Because I feel like a total idiot for falling for the love that was promised back in '08, when Obama swept into power, via the most populist takeover of the White House since Kennedy.
I think about who America (the World) was offered as a sudden alternative during that election and that crazy fucking, hick bitch from Alaska was thrown onto the scene like an understudy after an outbreak.
Now, I ask you, and I ask you honestly, was Sarah Palin all the GOP could offer up as an alternative to an outspoken, highly educated, intelligent man, who would surely take the reins of power otherwise?
A fucking hillbilly, beauty pageant soccer mom twat from Nowhere, Alaska is all the most powerful group of people in the world, could put onto the front lines?
I call bullshit, my friends! And I mean it. There is no way that this turn of events was an accident.
The whole world got behind Barack with a vengeance and we were hoodwinked to the first degree.
The reason I now put this forward, besides the obvious facts that have come to light since then, is that this president is not much different than the last one. Sure, he is more eloquent, more diplomatic, thoughtful, witty and intellectual but he is no more liberal or left wing or progressive.
There are many reasons I say this and you can dispute them if you want. But I stand behind it. I think the whole Obama election was just another corporate, Wall Street, military industrial, neo-liberal hoax.
Obama is the best republican president ever.
With the continuation of every Bush corporate tax concession, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, union busting that would make the John Birch society blush, anti-abortion motions popping up all over the place, proposition 8 maintained to ban gay marriage, the continuation of rendition, torture, the latest veto against every other security council member in regards to the ongoing illegal usurping of lands by the State of Israel and the flight of 14 spineless, leech, pork chopping, running dog wolf Democrats from the Wisconsin debacle. Those 14 losers should be tried for treason for that. The Dems gladly took millions in donations from unions in the run-up to the 2008 election and that is how they repay their supporters? Fuck them.
And not a word from Obama. All we hear from Obama these days is how the US government is going to extradite Julien Assange for divulging state secrets.
The Obama administration came into power exactly how they are now governing, through bullshit.
Total bullshit.
I would like to predict a one term presidency but what is the alternative? Some crazy fucking Tea Party mormon hick from fucking Utah?
Hope in this world comes from the Middle East right now, which is a nice change. It certainly does not come from America.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Someone just told him that that cute little pug down the street has a crush on him.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oh, Canada! We stand on guard for dictators.

While all the conservative bloggers and liberal bloggers and politicians are blaming each other for aiding the Gaddafi (or Ghadafi, Khadafi, Gaddhafi or whatever the fuck his name is) regime, the simple fact is this: No matter the political stripe, Canadian governments love to do business with despots and dictators. Whether it was Chretien with the Suharto regime (and Canadian police services beat and pepper sprayed Canadian citizens who protested that fact-see APEC 1997), Paul Martin with countless African dictators, or now, Stephen Harper with (as pictured) his own little band of dictators, up to and including supporting Israel's "...measured response" in the Gaza Strip in 2009 and the attack on the Flotilla last year.
So before we all get up on our high horses (Ignatieff) and proclaim to be on higher ground than the other , read a fucking book or look up facts on the interweb. You may just find that the politician you stand behind stands behind some pretty awful people.
And while we are on the topic, the reason that Canada supports Gaddafi in the first place is because our (former national, taxpayer supported) Petro-Canada has been doing business with that lizard for a long time. That (now private) corporation belongs to Sun Corp, Canada's largest oil producer, based in Calgary, Alberta. Stephen Harper's riding is in Calgary.
Am I making sense here?

"Not the Ludwig Van!" or re-education time

"Now, repeat after me... Unions are a communist plot and they want to take away all of our freedoms. We are in a period of negative economic growth and all these union thugs want to do is take food off of your table so they can keep it for themselves."

"Teachers are lazy people who cannot do anything themselves, so they spend their days teaching our children to be lazy, pinko leeches, like themselves. The reason for education failing is not because of budget cutbacks but because teachers are part of the communist plot to turn everyone into layabouts."

"Unions are not there to help you, they are only there to steal money off your paycheque."

"People that protest are not like you and me. They are from somewhere else. Like Hawaii, or a country where there is another language spoken, other than English." 

"Violence or at least the threat of violence, is always an option when dealing with these types of people."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Arizona, Y'all make us real dang proud.

A little more than a month after United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in her home state of Arizona, state lawmakers in Phoenix are set to pass a new gun law—though it's probably not the kind of gun law you would expect.
Sponsored by 43 of the 90 members of the Arizona legislature, the new bill seeks to make the Colt single-action Army revolver the "official state firearm" of Arizona. In January, lawmakers in Utah moved to make M1911 semi-automatic pistol the official gun of that state.
In a Facebook group advocating for all states to adopt official state guns, the administrator writes, "States have symbols such as flags, birds, dinosaurs, reptiles, insects, flowers, even cookware. None of these symbols would have become necessary without guns and the freedoms they helped our forefathers obtain."
The gun used to shoot Giffords and kill six others was a Glock 19, the sales of which skyrocketed in Arizona in the days after the Giffords's attack.
My response to this story is that the hicks deserve what they get. I hope an all out war breaks out and the more fucking redneck idiots that get gunned down the better. 

A letter to the powers-that-be, from Yogiuday...

dear sir/ma'am,

instead of following an outdated, archaic "tradition" which continues the repulsive practice of killing baby seals with clubs and then skinning them alive, why not use your creativity, intelligence and power to show canada as a progressive nation with a heart.   

the entire house of commons pathetically stood by so called patriotism in support of the seal hunt some years ago, an in so doing demonstrated its ignorance and disrespect for our world, solely for the purpose of vote buying.

it is high time that our leaders got off their selfish, arrogant podiums and  offered some  answers for the problems of this world instead of adding to them.  here is my suggestion for the 1200 or so people that kill seals each spring.  why not spend a tiny fraction of the amount spent on guns, bombs and other bullshit, on training the sealers and children of the sealers so that they can find alternate sources of income so this barbaric industry will die a natural death.  not only would you find an answer for the income of these few people but you would also show your wisdom and ability to lead to the rest of the country, make friends with the EU and America and in so doing support the canadian seafood industry which is seeing boycotts continue. 

 it used to be tradition and culture in America to keep and beat slaves.  and it used to be tradition and culture through most of EU and parts of Asia to maintain strict social stratas based on birth.  perhaps it is time to help end this tradition in canada.  canada is already well known as the biggest killer of marine mammals on the planet and the biggest polluter from a single source on the planet;  maybe YOU, who are so concerned about Canada's image in the world, can change one of these two blights.

stop the seal hunt now.  it is in your hands.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

M. Ward blew our minds

M. Ward is one of my favorite musicians. he is one of the most talented and gifted musicians I have heard in a long time. He played on Friday night at the stately Palais Theatre, here in Melbourne. It was an absolutely incredible show that left me feeling elated and on a high for the rest of the weekend. Portland's number one son knocked it out of the park that night. If you haven't had the pleasure, I suggest that you purchase one of his many albums right away. Seriously. Do it.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Whales-1, Japan-0

As of February 18th, Japan has suspended it's whaling operations in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. The entire fleet is heading home after the Japanese Fisheries Minister declared the hunt to be over for the year. The premature end to the Whaling season is a success to be credited to the efforts of Sea Shepherd Society, for its' valiant efforts in the Antarctic.
Greenpeace is also due credit, for exposing the black market sale of whale meat in Japan. There have also been mounting pressures on the Japanese Government from Japanese citizens.
All I can say is good riddance, assholes. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!

There are reports that the whaling fleet may be finished for good because there are strict new rules regarding fuel vessels in the Southern Ocean, as of August 2011. These rules will greatly restrict the whaling fleet's movements and their ability to continue their efforts.
Also, I believe that, even though the Japanese Government calls anti-whaling activists "biased" and "racist", they know that the campaign against the hunt will only increase, leading to boycotts and all sorts of other negative impacts on the country.
It won't do them any good to defend a shrinking, archaic and ever decreasing in popularity industry that may cause them a lot greater economic woes than whaling would ever gain them.

In essence, let us rejoice at the good news today and chalk one up for direct action.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

It's a sign.

I saw this broken electrical cover the other day when I was wandering around the city.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Instrumental City Song Number One

I put together an instrumental song and a video to go with it. The song is about humans and how they spend their lives in constant motion. Even if we have time to stop, it seems as though we feel we should keep moving. It's as if inertia is a crime in today's society.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day...

Valentine's day, 2011. It comes and goes like a nuclear test in the Nevada desert but we do not miss it for the World because we mean the World to each other. I am so lucky to have come across such a person. Every day I thank the Creator for allowing us to cross paths in this world, where more than 7 billion people live. I mean, what are the chances that you find your soul mate? I know the term, 'soul mate' is over used but I am not taking it for granted here.
We walk in each others' footsteps every day and we like it.
Scott, thank you for sending me your music. I cannot stress enough how much this means to me. People say all the time that they will do certain things. But, they rarely follow through on their best intentions or they take a protracted amount of time to complete the task. You must have sent these songs almost immediately after I asked for them. I appreciate that you are a man of your word. It is rare.
Thank you. Your friend and musical fan, Tony.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The World Needs More Heroes

The thing about peace is that it is infectious. It can break out anywhere and spread all over before you know it.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New video- The Light That Shines

I recorded this song using Garage Band, without even having so much as a microphone. I just used the built-in mics on my laptop. I shot the video with the built in camera on the laptop and edited it using iMovie.  Please enjoy responsibly.