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  •  Great topic, Agathena (9+ / 0-)

    the effect of war on the environment.  Too little attention is given to it.  

    Also on the environment, last night I read an article in the Guardian about how the White House and the agencies suppressed evidence of the wildlife killed during the BP Deepwater Horizon blow out as the millions of barrels of oil were spewing into the Gulf.

    I'll link it here but I could not really look at the pictures even today.  I sort of scrolled by them glancing at them, but that was all I could take.  So it's possible to read the story without full impact of the photos but I just want to warn you that they are there.  Something in me tells me that I should look at them more closely, that I am wrong to cast my eyes away, that the wreckage done by things like this, by war and other things are not something to avert your eyes from because the ones suffering most from them do not have that luxury.   But last night I was not up to it.  That's no real excuse, I know.

    There were 1200 sperm whales in the Gulf before the BP disaster.  I don't think they know how many there are now. We are not talking about large numbers in this population and the Gulf region is one of the places where most of them are.

    US downplayed effect of Deepwater oil spill on whales, emails reveal
    Documents obtained by Greenpeace show officials controlling information about wildlife affected by the disaster
    This story has been told in other places too like Mother Jones, Huffpo, et al and Greenpeace is at the center of it.  And of course there are all the statements about how there is no real evidence that the deaths were caused by the oil, which angers me very much.

    A lot of the comments on the Guardian article are callous, imho.   I wondered if they were from the hired guns sent out to comment.  Or perhaps some British citizens worried about the BP dividends or the 1% in general.  I'm not particularly a bleeding heart liberal or whatever it is that they call us, implying that we hyperventilate over things, are too sensitive, etc. I'm some kind of hybrid but by far not the most empathetic person on endangered species and the environment, though I care about them very much but I'll be honest that I am probably not as sensitive as I should be.  But this kind of thing devastates me too, so the implication that this is any kind of overreaction is dishonest and disgusting.

    Mother Jones:
    Did BP Oil Kill This Whale?

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 05:55:44 AM PDT

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