Jan. 25, 2013: Domestic Drones redux; Rockin Robbie in the studio, and some social justice commentary & announcements

Click image for more on OPIRG Windsor

Click image for more on OPIRG Windsor

Listen to entire program here:

As you could perhaps tell my principle radio tool was not working well on Friday, and I’ve been pretty much laid up all week some with some kind of weird throat thing, so  tried to come up with a program that is both relevant to immediate issues and where I didn’t have to talk much!  Thankfully, it was the last Friday of the month and that means Rockin Robbie is in the studio – and welcome.

 Chief Spence has ended her hunger strike but Idle No More still is a movement with a rally planned for Jan. 28th (#J28) at Parliament Hill where the House of Commons reconvenes after the holiday break. As well, a large rally of labour and anti-poverty activists is planned for Saturday (where, as I edit this, Kathleen Wynne may have won the leadership of the Liberal party) in Toronto at the liberal leadership convention where in what passes for democracy these days 1500 hundred or so delegates will choose a new party leader who will then become, as if by the wave of a magic wand, premiere of Ontario.

That should last a matter of weeks as a spring election is likely to occur and if there is any justice in the world, the Ontario liberals can be reduced to third party status, the Hudak conservatives can be sent to some right to work state down south and the NDP can be given a chance to start to put some justice back into the political fabric of the province.

The thing is, we have to get the idea firmly planted that we cannot just vote every few years and call it democracy – no – we need to elect people who will not easily bend to the will of economic and banking interests and who will pay attention to working class issues. That means we’d still have to be somehow involved in the political process throughout an election cycle in order to make sure  workers’ voices are louder than money.

 The United Nations recently announced an investigation into extra-judicial killings by drone warfare.

The announcement brought to mind a related interview I did with Amie Stepanovich  of the Electronic Privacy Information Centre in Washington D.C. back in June of last year on the growing use of domestic drones in the U.S.

Rockin’ Robbie kicked off the program with a tribute to Idle No More: 

Open source drones, like this ArduCopter Quad from 3D Robotics, now outnumber military drones in the US. (Photo: Misha Gravenor) Click image for Wired" article

“Open source drones, like this ArduCopter Quad from 3D Robotics, now outnumber military drones in the US.” (Photo: Misha Gravenor) Click image for Wired article

 Amie Stepanovich and The Drones are coming

Larry Johnson, former Chief of Caldwell First Nation speaks at rally in downtown Windsor

Larry Johnson, former Chief of Caldwell First Nation speaks at rally in downtown Windsor in late December

In recognition of Chief Spence’s decision to end her fast I re-broadcast Johnson words at that rally in December:

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Featured CD:

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Selection played on air: “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”: 

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