This program is dedicated to the memory and work of Michael C Ruppert, whistler blower, investigative journalist and author.
Murray Carew and I were both disappointed to hear that Michael had passed away and having been influenced and informed by him wanted very much to contribute to this show.
During this show as well as hearing us speak you’ll hear clips from Michael’s radio show The Lifeboat Hour and the documentary film about him Collapse.
We play one caller from the tribute show which Lifeboat Hour co host Carolyn Baker hosted the Sunday following his death.
Murray reads out the poem which he emailed to Carolyn and others’ before he took his own life.
Ani DiFranco – Self Evident
Miriums Well – Big House
Insurge – Political Prisoners
I put together a show of just music and my friend helped me to burn it onto cds to give out to people.
The music is independent, politically hard hitting and from all over the world so I’ve uploaded it as a show to Radio4all.
LISTEN TO SHOW
1. Catch 22 – Robbie Gore – Townsville
2. Ride the Fence – The Coup – Oakland/California
3. 5 million ways to kill a CEO – The Coup – Oakland
4. CIA Hypo-Programmed Robot Assassin – ELF – Canberra
6. Boys from the Bush – Joseph Shannon & Messiah Long – Boys from tha Bush – Red Sand Culture (Vol 1) NT
8. The Block – Jesse and the Clevo Street Boys – Redfern/Sydney
9. United We Struggle – United Struggle Project – Kenya
10. Life is a War – United Struggle Project – Kenya
11. Quest – Combat Wombat – Melbourne
12. Come Rescue Me – Resident Anti-Hero – Portland/Oregon
13. People Never Heard – Drowning Dog and Malatesta – Milano/Italy
14. Asylum is a Crime – Pataphysics – Melbourne
15. Plan It – Non-Bossy-Posse – Sydney
16. Anti-Capitalist Anthem – Sole – Portland, Maine
17. Thief – Looptroop – Sweden
“On May 15, Yolanda, Silvia, Juan, Xabier and José were arrested in their homes in the province of Barcelona, by order of the Spanish National Court, in a police operation that resulted as well in the smashing and seizure of material from Catalan anarchists premises.
Accused of committing crimes such as terrorist group membership, praising terrorism, recruitment and indoctrination and storage of explosives, they are currently jailed in Soto del Real prison (Madrid), far away from their families and friends, under third grade imprisonment.
The details of the charges are: the alleged involvement of these five anarchists on Facebook pages (“Bandera Negra” and “Front Solidari de Barcelona” among others) that the state and regional police forces consider to be “terrorist gangs”-despite not having proved any activity outside social networks-, their involvement in demonstrations in which there have been incidents and publishing opinions “that have aimed to spread subversive ideas and to incite and / or commit crimes against State and capitalist interests “ (Court order of 17/05/2013).
Moreover, the prosecution believes that the material seized in their homes reinforces these accusations: flags and shirts with anarchist theme, libertarian philosophy books, gasoline from the garage, screws of various kinds, Valencian firecrackers and rockets whose sell is legal.”
Chumbawamba – ABCs of Anarchism
iNSURGE – Happy Birthday Union Carbide
iNSURGE – Sydney 2000 Toxic Sludge
The Fuck Fucks – Torch the Olympics
Combat Wombat – Alternative Energy
Sole – Generation Hot
MC Frontalot – First World Problem
Resident Anti-Hero – Cut the Power
Greenwashing – The term Greenwashing is a play on the concept of whitewashing.
It’s when companies use marketing spin to make their products seem environmentally friendly… when most of the time they’re not and in fact it can be argued that selling anything in the capitalist market place can not be environmentally friendly.
Greenwashing was coined by New York environmentalist Jay Westerveld in a 1986 essay regarding the hotel industry’s practice of placing green placards in each room which promoted reuse of guest-towels allegedly to “save the environment”.
Westerveld found that in most cases these claims were hollow and used to disguise cost cutting techniques … the overall aim being to increase profit.
These days green is the new black and companies spend big bucks on advertising being green to appeal to consumers rather than on doing anything that actually could be environmentally beneficial such as taking responsibility for the entire life cycle of their product.
Examples include changing the name or label of a product to give the feeling of nature and altering the colors used by your brand to include green or both.
For example BP,entered the greenwashing playing field, spending 200 million dollars on re-branding their company. Part of their re-branding was use of the slogan “beyond petroleum” and a new green and yellow sunburst design for their logo.
In Norway the consumer ombudsman banned car manufactures from claiming their vehicles are ‘green’, ”clean’ or ‘environmentally’ friendly saying that – “Cars cannot do anything good for the environment except less damage than others’.
Manufacturers risk fines if they fail to drop the words.
In 2008 GM Holden were fined by the ACCC for their Grrrrrreen campaign promoting their range of Saab vehicles using these words and phrases – “Grrrrrreen”, “Every Saab is green. With carbon emissions neutral across the entire Saab range” and “Shift to Neutral”.
When the Olympics games were held in London 3 organisations the London Mining Network, Bhopal Medical Appeal and UK Tar Sands Network set up a campaign called Greenwash Gold 2012.
10 yrs before the London Olympics the Sydney Olympics were being hyped as the greenest ever….. despite the site where they were held being a former industrial and armaments depot.
Dr Sharon Beder who wrote a research paper called Greenwashing an Olympic Sized Toxic Dump she says of the site:“In recent years asbestos-contaminated waste and chemicals including dioxins and pesticides have been found there, along with arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc. It is the worst toxic waste dump in Australia, and the bay into which the waste leaches is so contaminated that there is a fishing ban. The sediments in the bay have concentrations of dioxin that make it one of the world’s worst dioxin hot spots. The dioxin is largely the result of waste from a Union Carbide factory which manufactured the notorious herbicide Agent Orange there during the Vietnam war. “
She goes on to add that the Sydney Games site’s green transformation was possible due to the help of environmental groups such as Greenpeace.
For Greenpeace, participation in developing a showcase Olympic village offered another benefit: the opportunity to transform its own image. Instead of simply sounding the alarm on environmental problems as it had done for the previous 20 years, the “new Greenpeace” would be seen as promoting solutions.
‘Greenpeace International wrote to Olympic sponsors, including BHP, Coca Cola, General Motors-Holden, McDonalds, and others, offering to help them earn the name of ‘Green’ in the same way as the Sydney Olympics has: ‘As sponsors, you have the opportunity to play a key role in this success. One of the many benefits of being part of the Green Games is the chance to demonstrate your company’s commitment to the environment and to future generations. The Sydney Olympics offer your staff the opportunity to take part in a long-term global initiative to protect the world’s environment… Greenpeace would like to work with you to explore the areas in which you can make an environmental contribution during the Sydney 2000 Games.’
In 2007 an environmental marketing firm TerraChoice released a study called “The Six Sins of Greenwashing“
Another example of greenwashing is Earth Hour.
Earth Hour encourages consumers to switch off electric appliances for 1 hour. This may make people feel good about a minor inconvenience without creating any sustained reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Website the wrong kind of green published an article which calls Earth Hour ‘the ultimate parody of this great coming together of all that is evil in the world of greenwashing.’
And continues – ‘I don’t use the term “evil” lightly. A person cannot be evil; an action can. Earth Hour is evil because it not only allows corporations, politicians, urban sprawls and industrial monoliths to look good in the eyes of a naive public, it actively attacks genuine attempts to try and undermine the very things that feed off Earth Day. An ordinary person in the thrall of industrial civilization cannot fail to be impressed by the sight of a thousand buildings simultaneously switching off their lights in the name of planet Earth; how can something as mundane as building non-dependent communities compete with such glamour.’
And a look at the corporate sponsors of Earth Hour 2011 gives insight also into the cynical nature of this event.
First I’ll mention 2012 Greenwash Gold winners Rio Tinto…
Unilever who I’ve mentioned in a previous episode about they test on animals.
Toyota , Coco Cola who have been implicated in among other things rape, torture and murder of workers in South America, One Steel, Emirates Airlines and Mitsubishi Electric
And the organisation behind. Earth Hour WWF has a dismal record of jumping into bed with corporate polluters in return for sponsorship dollars
I highly recommend the site wrongkindofgreen.org for more information on this and other examples of the manipulation, compromise and otherwise selling out of non government organisations.
Similarly, introduction of a Carbon Emission Trading Scheme may feel good but is it actually beneficial in the long term? A group involved with Friend’s of the Earth in the Uk set up a scheme called Cheat Neutral to demonstrate how carbon emission trading works or rather doesn’t work.
Cheatneutral tries to make it seem acceptable to cheat on your partner. In the same way, carbon offsetting tries to make it acceptable to carry on emitting excess carbon.
- Cheatneutral doesn’t really do much to reduce the amount of cheating in the world. Carbon offsetting does very little to reduce global carbon emissions.
Autonomous Action Radio is now available for download from the internet. The shows uploaded to the internet won’t be always the exact program that airs on 4ZZZ but it’ll be broadcast on Zed Digital 4ZZZ’s venture into the exciting new world of digital radio.
Download from Radio4all
I think only old people have digital radios at the moment and those that have won them in some competition but I’m sure there’s lots of raging grannies out there who’ll love to tune in.
And raging grannies and grandpas are a formidable lot so letting them in on a bit of radical anarchist news and views can only be a good thing… because they may well save the world.
Autonomous Action Radio is uploaded on a creative commons license (CC BY-NC 3.0) but the music played during the show may follow a different license, there will be links to all the music played so you can check it out there.
Here is what’s on this weeks show –
Zack De La Rouda – Rewild or Die
Ben and Jerry’s branding deception
Interview with Arabunna man Peter Watts re uranium mining from bombs to reactors
Nuclear Kop Super Raelene Bros
Garma is My Motherland – From Elf Tranzporter’s workshops with aboriginal communities.
The Weapons Of Sound – Resident AntiHero