Tribute to the ‘female Pied Piper’ of Pacific nuclear justice

Darlene Keju’s groundbreaking 1983 address to the World Council of Churches in Vancouver, Canada.

Darlene Keju: Pacific health pioneer, champion for nuclear survivors
By Giff Johnson, 2013.
USA, Charleston, SC: Book link.

By Celine Kearney for the Pacific Media Centre

Don’t Ever Whisper is Giff Johnson’s biography of his wife Darlene Keju-Johnson, a
Café Pacific – David Robie | Media freedom and transparency


Why does newly appointed Controller Linda Moeller have a take home car?

Why does our current administration thinks they know what’s best for Mt. Tabor residence?

Why did our current administration sell our ladder truck for ,500?

“Spending is up, not down; and our debt is up, not down.”

Freedom Of Speech would like to say:

It’s time taxpayers understand the reality their elected officials have created!

We have often said that we don’t care what the answer is, just tell us taxpayers the truth.

Indonesian police fire teargas on peaceful West Papua rally, arrest 21

Police fire teargas on protesters in Jayapura. Photo: Jubi/Arnold Belau

From Tabloid Jubi in Jayapura (translated from Bahasa)

POLICE have fired teargas on dozens of West Papuan peaceful demonstrators marking International Democracy Day at Waena in the capital of Jayapura.

Tabloid Jumi said 21 people were arrested at the rally, organised by the local chapter of the West Papua National
Café Pacific – David Robie | Media freedom and transparency

The Privacy Blog Podcast – Ep.11: Lavabit & Silent Circle Shutdown, Hoarding Bitcoins, and “Spy” Trash Cans in London

Welcome to Episode 11 of The Privacy Blog Podcast, brought to you by Anonymizer.

In this episode, I’ll discuss the shutdown of secure email services by Lavabit and Silent Circle. In addition, we’ll dive into the problem with hoarding Bitcoins and how you can protect yourself while using the increasingly popular online currency. Lastly, I’ll chat about whether teens actually care about online privacy and an ad agency’s shocking decision to use high-tech trash cans to measure Wi-Fi signals in London.

Please leave any questions or feedback in the comments section. Thanks for listening.

The Privacy Podcast

Side deals

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In 2006, the New York-based Rockefeller Brothers Fund signed a contract with Alberta’s Pembina Foundation.

They paid Pembina 0,000 “to prevent the development of a pipeline and tanker port” off British Columbia. (1)

It wasn’t a research contract. It was a political contract: Stop the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

Pembina agreed. And they went back for more. Along with other Canadian environmental groups, in 2008 they signed on to the Rockefellers’ “Tar Sands Campaign,” a -million-a-year war against the oilsands.

That campaign is detailed in a 48-page plan, complete with maps of oilsands pipelines from Keystone XL to the Northern Gateway. It doesn’t discuss OPEC oil, though. The Rockefellers only target Canada.

The plan’s philosophy is as simple as it is brutal: “Raise the negatives, raise the costs, slow down and stop infrastructure, enroll key decision makers.”

The first “strategic track” is “stop/limit pipelines and refinery expansions.” The second is to “force” oilsands regulatory reforms.

Tactics including “legal suits” and “legislation.” A senior Pembina executive at the time, Dan Woynillowicz, wrote a chapter of the plan. Pembina’s strength is their “credibility and ability to engage directly with provincial/federal governments and industry.”

Which is true. Pembina plays both sides of the street. When they’re meeting in New York, they talk openly of their hatred for the “tar sands.”

But when they’re meeting Canadian politicians, or selling “consulting” services to the oil patch, they use the phrase “oilsands” and pretend they’re neutral experts.

In the Rockefeller plan, Pembina promises to target the “regulatory approvals process” and “public mobilization.”

Their legal strategy is crafty: Recruit “First Nations” for their lawsuits, to hide the foreign nature of their campaign, which even includes a brochure to be used in the United States, showing a maple leaf soaked in oil, with the tagline “Canada: Not just Mounties and ice hockey anymore.” It’s an attack on U.S. tourism to Canada.

Page 45 of the plan shows oil company logos, including Shell and Suncor.

The campaign will “raise investment risk profile” and “prevent the proposed modification of SEC reserves reporting rules that would reward and encourage further tar sands exploitation.” In other words, destroy the value of oilsands shareholders.

Pembina signed on as the Canadian co-ordinator for the Rockefeller plan.

At the same time, Pembina raised more than .2 million from Europe’s anti-oilsands Oak Foundation, too.(2) And Pembina’s website (3) proudly shows their participation in a Washington protest against the Keystone XL pipeline, sponsored by the group There’s a photo of a placard saying, “Stop the pipeline.”

That’s millions of dollars from foreign foundations. But foreign embassies fund Pembina, too. The U.K. Foreign Office paid Pembina ,000 for work, including a “City of Calgary Project” that pushed for carbon taxes. Pembina had to “serve our priority policy objectives” — that is, the U.K.’s objectives — including “influencing a certain target audience directly e.g. government.”

The U.K. wanted an “influencing or relationship-building strategy.” As in, befriend the mayor and city council. But the Brits warned Pembina to “consider the optics” of being publicly associated with them — best to keep the foreign funding a secret.

Pembina took money from the U.K. to influence Calgary carbon tax policy at the same time they were paid by Calgary to write carbon tax policy.

Naheed Nenshi, Calgary’s mayor, stands by Pembina, claiming they’re just “scientific” researchers. He even recorded a video for their fundraising dinner last January.

That’s grotesque. But Nenshi is a liberal celebrity, and his political ambitions are much bigger than Calgary.

Less easy to understand are Shell and Suncor, two of the targets of the Rockefeller plan. They were the lead sponsors of that same Pembina fundraising dinner. And they regularly hire Pembina to do “consulting” work, too.

Do they know about Pembina’s side-deals with foreign billionaires and embassies? Do they know they’re specifically targeted in the campaign plan? And does anyone know what other foreign governments are funding the Pembina Institute? Does OPEC? I put the question to Pembina. But for some reason, they won’t answer it.

This column was written for Sun News September 15 2013.

Ezra Levant

Analysis of the Bullrun leaks

There is a good analysis of the nature and implications of the latest “Bullrun” leaks over at A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering. It is worth reading.

The Privacy Podcast

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: Mobile Health and Fitness Apps: What Are the Privacy Risks?

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has published a new report concerning the privacy of individuals’ medical data on health apps. Here’s the introduction to “Mobile Health and Fitness Apps: What Are the Privacy Risks?” Mobile applications (apps) are entering the market for smartphones and tablets at such a pace that numbers become outdated almost as soon as they are [...]
Privacy Lives

Trudeau is wrong

Professor Ian Lee tells Ezra Levant why Justin Trudeau’s pot numbers are wrong and why that matters.

This report aired on The Source September 13 2013.

Ezra Levant

Ezra responds to Nenshi’s radio rant

Ezra Levant responds to the rant Naheed Nenshi went on after Ezra dared to break from Media Party ranks and question Calgary’s mayor.

This report aired on The Source September 13 2013.

Ezra Levant

What about Iran?

Dr. Michael Ledeen of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies speaks with Ezra Levant about the future of Syria and the threat from Iran.

This report aired on The Source September 13 2013.

Ezra Levant