A live-feed interview with Edward Snowden and the American Civil Liberties Union at SXSW (the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference) in Austin Texas, March 2014.

Using technology for the enlightenment of the world. As opposed to the way the NSA uses it.

(Audio is not great quality because of how many proxies they had to use to stream the video.)

And a bit of practical advice to go with it: Encryption Works: How to Protect Your Privacy in the Age of NSA Surveillance


The book McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld painted a chilling picture of the influence of organized crime on global politics and policies.
McMafia map

And the simultaneous fall of the Iron Curtain and deregulation of international currency markets played a significant role in enabling the Russian crime lords in particular to go global in a big way.

Are they pulling the strings in the Ukraine? Read more here:
“Semyon Mogilevich, one of FBI’s most wanted people, identified as real power behind billionaire owner of Ukrainian-based RUE” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/01/wikileaks-cables-russian-mafia-gas

A piece on Semyon Mogilevich here: http://www.ibtimes.com/worlds-most-powerful-mobster-you-probably-never-heard-980488


Neil Young is stirring up quite a fuss in Canada.

Seems he’s got the gall to criticize Canada’s oilsands. And much as we Canadians like to criticize other countries (Hello, America!), we don’t take too kindly to folks calling us out.

Especially if it’s a ‘fellow’ Canadian who happens to be living elsewhere these days. Ah well, growing pains. As in, Canada trying to grow up.

Just as much greed in this country as elsewhere. Maybe more under the Harper regime. And on that note, a video by Jor Jor Well. Lyrics below.


We are the victims of your point of view
You think the world was put here just for you
You deal in cash and you manipulate
The devil helps you navigate

Sell your bombs, put your landmines under children’s feet
Cut the old growth forests down
Pump the oil from the tar sands, poison every creek
Don’t let your conscience rejoin, just count your coin

Find the island we call paradise
Build your house and say it’s mighty nice
Then one year later stand and make your speech
Announcing strip malls on the beach

Buy all the water, make us pay to take a drink
Claim all the seeds from Nature’s womb
Advertise to our children, tell them what to think
Don’t let your conscience rejoin, just count your coin

I remember times of innocence
When our minds were not for sale
Yes, I remember times of innocence
But we’ve let heaven go to hell, yes go to hell

Pump all the oil from the tar sands, poison every creek
Dig your holes deep in Native ground
Tear up the treaties, let your lawyers have a feast
Don’t let your conscience rejoin, just count your coin

Yes, I remember times of innocence
When our souls were not for sale
Yes, I remember times of innocence
But we’ve let heaven go to hell, yes go to hell

Take a pill that says it’s time for sex
Take another ‘cause your life’s a mess
Be a victim of their point of view
Don’t stand up and shout, “Hey, you!”

“Take your bombs and shove them where the sun don’t shine
Leave those goddamn trees alone
You can have your piece but this world’s also mine
Stop acting like you were just born to count your coin”


Dude did a map of the education background of all the world’s leaders.

World Leaders Education Background
click to enlarge

Surprise – US likes lawyers. But so does Russia. ‘Economics/Business’ also well represented. Strange though, doesn’t seem to be many from the ‘Art/Film/Music’ category.

Map compiled by ‘Mareyv’ on Reddit for Mapporn http://www.reddit.com/user/mareyv

2013 – It's A Weird World

Here in BC, our provincial ‘Liberal’ government redefined democracy by sitting the legislature just 39 days out of the last 569.

Federally, the Harper government redefined hypocrisy by gagging scientists and gutting environmental protection, and then claiming their approval of the Northern Gateway Spill-line was ‘science-based.’

Internationally, a homophobic Russian dictator became the most powerful man in the world. And Japan introduced a new Secrets Act that says what is secret is a secret, but exposing those secrets can lead to ten years in prison. (George, are you watching this?)

George Orwell quote

Meanwhile, the president of Uruguay drives a 1987 VW Beetle, uses the official palace as a homeless shelter, and donates about 90% of his salary to local charities.

And the fine folks at Playground Builders reach into war-torn darkness and make the world a better place one joyful child at a time.

It’s a weird and wonderful world. And if you don’t think we can lose what we’ve got, you’re not paying attention. Now, if only our taxes were subsidizing people like Playground Builders instead of Enbridge.


In the last year and a half the British Columbia legislature has sat for … 36 days.

By the end of 2013, it will be 36 days out of the last 579 (going back to May 31, 2012.) There was no fall sitting in 2012 or 2013 – both cancelled by Premier Christy Clark.

BC democracy  gagged

How’s that for a functioning democracy! (Certainly convenient if you want to announce policies like 28% Hydro increases and massive BC Ferry cuts without a pesky opposition party being able to ask you questions.)

More here http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/bc-legislature-sits-36-of-579-days-is-this-responsible-government/article14245947/