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…36 years of doing dirt like it’s Earth Day.

30 percent:
Portion of the nation’s shrimp supply that comes from the Mississippi River Delta area
Bottlenose dolphins found dead or stranded in the oil spill area since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded
Sea Turtles found dead or stranded near the oil spill area between 2011 and 2013
20 percent:
Portion of the Gulf’s bluefin tuna exposed to oil while in their larval stage
82 percent:
Population decline in bluefin tuna since the 1970s due to overfishing
778 miles:
Amount of coastline BP says it cleaned before ending “active cleanup”
$14 billion:
Amount BP says it spent on spill response and cleanup activities
$12.9 billion:
Amount BP says it paid in claims, advances, civil settlements, and payments for tourism promotion, seafood testing, marketing, and health services
$23 billion:
BP’s profits in 2013

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The documentary “Vanishing Pearls,” about the black oystermen devastated by the BP oil spill disaster, opens in theaters today. Here are my interviews with the director Nailah Jefferson in Grist and Colorlines.

Wrote Andrew Cohen in The Atlantic:

'The supporters of these laws say, correctly, that they do not discriminate on their face based upon race. That's why [President Obama] cannot allow this to become a black-versus-white issue, even though black and Hispanic advocates are rightfully concerned about the impact these laws are having on their communities. The notion that this is a racial issue is only reinforced when he stands with Al Sharpton and tells that audience what it already knows to be true.'

Agreed, this shouldn’t pit black voters versus white voters. But nothing Obama said at NAN suggested that’s what he was doing. Cohen implies that by standing with Sharpton, Obama is perhaps reinforcing an aspect of the debate—racism—that doesn’t need emphasizing. Black and Hispanic advocates are right to be concerned, says Cohen, but let’s not let their concerns drive the terms of the debate.


In 1995, Tupac was sued by the estate of a slain Texas Trooper. The Trooper’s family claimed Tupac’s music incited police shootings.


(Source: getawaay, via unorthodoxkid96)

Years of Living Dangerously When Playing Patriot Games

My take in The Nation on the new Showtime #climatechange series “Years of Living Dangerously”:

Harrison Ford forcefully explains to [Indonesian billionaire Franky] Widjaja the destruction wrought from his operations, and all but blames him for global warming.

“Do you ever feel guilty about that?” Ford asks him.

It’s great theater for patriot games. But how is Widjaja supposed to respond to this? As a viewer, you’re either nonplussed like I was, or you’re somehow invested in Widjaja’s guilt, even if there’s no return on it. No answer to the question would feel like an inch closer to a solution, though. Widjaja responds how any businessman would when questioned about his business ethics: He blames the government for letting him do it.

This leads Ford to his next target, Indonesia’s Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan who Ford believes is a minister of corruption for allowing businesses to destroy the forests with impunity.

Ford is smug, contemptuous and cantankerous in his deposition of Hasan, pointing and wagging his finger at the high-ranking government official like he was a truant school student. When his indictments of corruption trigger giggles from Hasan, Ford rankles and says sternly, “That’s not funny.” He’s John Wayne in a Cowboys vs. Aliens movie, not leaving until he kicks some alien ass.

Read the rest at The Nation