January 11, 2010

Pt 1: Wiebo Ludwig - The RCMP is out of his house but they are still searching Wiebo Ludwig's vast property near Hythe, Alberta... ostensibly for evidence that would tie him to the bombing of six gas sites in British Columbia. More than eight years after being released from serving 18 months in jail for charges related to sabotaging oil and gas infrastructure in northwestern Alberta -- Wiebo Ludwig was arrested again this past Friday in connection with a more recent string of oil-patch bombings in northeastern British Columbia. His lawyer told reporters they expected a charge of extortion. And yet by Saturday, Mr. Ludwig was back home and there were no charges against him.

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Pt 2: Goldbugs - We started segment a scene from the classic movie, Treasure of Sierra Madre, with Walter Huston giving a life lesson about gold to Humphrey Bogart.

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Pt 3: Meeting John - *** Our documentary this morning deals with mature subject matter. So if you have young ones around, this may not be suitable listening.***

It's about Johns ... men who buy sex. Throughout history -- even back to biblical times -- and across cultures, much as been said and written about prostitution and sex trade workers. But there is very little information about their clients ... the elusive John. At least until now. The CBC's Aziza Sindhu prepared a documentary called Meeting John. It looks at new research about men who pay for sex.

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It's Monday, January 11th.

The alleged Al Qaeda underwear bomber who tried to blow up an airliner on Christmas day has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Currently, Liar... Liar... pants on fire.

This is The Current.

Wiebo Ludwig

The RCMP is out of his house but they are still searching Wiebo Ludwig's vast property near Hythe, Alberta... ostensibly for evidence that would tie him to the bombing of six gas sites in British Columbia. More than eight years after being released from serving 18 months in jail for charges related to sabotaging oil and gas infrastructure in northwestern Alberta -- Wiebo Ludwig was arrested again this past Friday in connection with a more recent string of oil-patch bombings in northeastern British Columbia. His lawyer told reporters they expected a charge of extortion. And yet by Saturday, Mr. Ludwig was back home and there were no charges against him.

Wiebo Ludwig was at his home in Trickle Creek, Alberta.

Bomber Panel

For more about the man, and the significance of his arrest and release this past weekend, we were joined by Andrew Nikiforuk. He is a journalist and the author of Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig's War Against Big Oil. He was in Calgary. And David Staples is a reporter at the Edmonton Journal. He has covered Wiebo Ludwig for more than 10 years and he was in Edmonton.


PART TWO

Goldbugs

We started segment a scene from the classic movie, Treasure of Sierra Madre, with Walter Huston giving a life lesson about gold to Humphrey Bogart.

For thousands of years, gold has had an especially seductive allure. It has sparked wars and led explorers into uncharted territory in pursuit of it. And when times got tough, it was the most reliable place to park your money. After all, it was literally the gold standard.

Today, the price of gold is once again on the rise. Some financial analysts are telling their clients to grab as much of it as they can, while others see gold as a bright, shiny bubble that's just waiting to burst.

John Embry is a true believer. He's the Chief Investment Strategist for Sprott Asset Management and he was in Toronto. But not everyone is stricken with gold fever. Larry Swedroe is principal and director of research for The Buckingham Family of Financial Services. He was in St. Louis, Missouri.


PART THREE

Meeting John

*** Our documentary this morning deals with mature subject matter. So if you have young ones around, this may not be suitable listening.***

It's about Johns ... men who buy sex. Throughout history -- even back to biblical times -- and across cultures, much as been said and written about prostitution and sex trade workers. But there is very little information about their clients ... the elusive John. At least until now. The CBC's Aziza Sindhu prepared a documentary called Meeting John. It looks at new research about men who pay for sex.

Last Word - All That Glitters

We ended the program today with a song that touches on a couple of themes from today's show ... things are not always what they appear to be at first glance and, as Mildred Bailey says it, All That Glitters Is Not Gold.

Music

Artist: Mildred Bailey
CD: Mildred Bailey Sings "Me and the Blues"
Cut: 10, All That Glitters is Not Gold
Label: Savoy
Spine: SV 200

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