The Thursday Activist Reader is designed to be an online readers’ pick compilation of reading and discussion for a better world. You are invited to join in the discussion as well as in sending a list of one or more articles from your reading that you think would be informative and interesting to Comox Valley activists.

Shouldn’t we be talking together about issues like these?

10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy. But I Will
By Michael Moore
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-moore/10-things-about-flint-water-tragedy_b_9132150.html?utm_hp_ref=canada&ir=Canada
Suspend democracy. Cut taxes for the rich. Make the poor drink toxic river water. And everybody’s happy. Except those who were poisoned in the process. All 102,000 of them. In the richest country in the world.
If ever there was a case to study it is this one. It just lays out what it means to have senior governments suspend the democratic rights of citizens in order to appoint a overseer who is wholly unaccountable to local people and acting solely in the interests of outside interests.
___________________________________________________________________________
NY Governor Sounds Warning After Radioactive Water Leaks from Indian Point Nuclear Plant
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/02/07/ny-governor-sounds-warning-after-radioactive-water-leaks-indian-point-nuclear-plant
Monitoring well reported radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000 percent
A statement issued from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office reported evidence that “radioactive tritium-contaminated water leaked into the groundwater” beneath the facility, which sits on the bank of the Hudson River, just 25 miles north of New York City in Buchanan.
Indian Point owner Entergy “reported alarming levels of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000 percent,” the statement reads. “The facility reports that the contamination has not migrated off site and as such does not pose an immediate threat to public health.”
Does anyone believe this kind of deception? Isn’t it easy to read between the lines of “does not pose an immediate threat…” I remember well when authorities kept telling people that there was no radioactive leakage from the Hanford reactor. Later we learned that they had simply defined a leaking container as one that is spilling more than 3 gpm into the ground water.
When I hear that nuclear power is the alternative to fossil fuels, I think of how many times the public is deceived about radioactive contamination AND I know that there are much better sources for our energy needs. I once saw a cartoon showing a great envelope around the earth with little holes to let in an amount of sun that can be calibrated and rented out by super corporations. The caption said “We’ve found a way to make Solar energy viable!”
________________________________________________________________________
Risking World War III in Syria
The U.S. and its Mideast Sunni ‘allies’ appear poised to invade Syria and force ‘regime change’ even at the risk of fighting Russia
By Joe Lauria
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/02/07/risking-world-war-iii-syria
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in Istanbul last month that if peace talks in Geneva failed, the United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country.
The peace talks collapsed before they began. A day later Saudi Arabia said it is ready to invade Syria while Turkey is building up forces at its Syrian border.
Russia is already present in Syria. The entry of the United States and its allies would risk a direct confrontation between the two largest nuclear powers on earth.
Is there no sanity left?

Scolding BC’s ‘Forces of No,’ Our Premier Crassly Divides Us
When it comes to LNG, her story is us against them. But in the Skeena, a powerful counter-narrative is rising.
By Ian Gill,
http://www.thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/02/06/Forces-No-Premier-Divides-Us/
This is one of the best written, keenly observant articles I have read in a long time. I consider it essential reading for our discussion of where to from here in BC next week.
Gill meticulously analyzes Christy Clark’s attempts to crassly caricaturize people who are opposed to the mass industrialization of their region as ”people that will say no to everything.”
In Gill’s view, Clark presents “a shockingly unsophisticated view of the world and a deeply divisive one” putting citizens who defend their communities squarely in the firing zone of Clark’s industrial carpet-bombing. Such malicious demeaning of so many diverse people (s) “demonstrates a failure not just of political leadership but also of moral leadership. In doing so “she exposes herself as not our premier at all, but as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for a powerful few.”