Archive for May, 2010

Federal Agency Chief Admits Lapses in Gulf Oil Spill: NY Times

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Speaking before Congress Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar admitted that his agency’s Minerals Management Service was basically asleep at the wheel—or maybe just studiously ignoring the wheel—when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, causing a massive oil leak. The MMS (you remember them, don’t you? Graft, corruption, sex, drugs, lies…?) was responsible for making sure BP was taking the proper precautions in case of just such a disaster. Apparently, it’s only now occurring to the folks in Washington that the functions of “promoting offshore oil drilling” and “regulating their safety and environmental compliance” might be a bit of a conflict of interest.

From the New York Times:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, facing Congress for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico last month, said Tuesday that weaknesses at his agency’s Minerals Management Service may have contributed to the disaster.

“We need to clean up that house,” he said in an appearance before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, referring to the minerals service.

Mr. Salazar said that the majority of the agency’s 1,700 employees were honest and capable but that there remained “a few bad apples.” He said that anyone found guilty of negligence or corruption would be rooted out.

The Obama administration has already announced that it will separate the minerals service’s conflicting functions of promoting offshore oil operations and regulating their safety and environmental compliance. Mr. Salazar said further steps would be needed to give federal oil regulators more resources, more independence and greater authority to police oil drilling operations.

The hearings came as scientists are carefully monitoring the currents in the Gulf of Mexico after warning that crude oil leaking from a blown well off the Louisiana coast was moving into an area where it could be swept toward the Florida Keys and the Atlantic Ocean within the next two weeks. The spread of oil could threaten coral reefs and hundreds of miles of additional shoreline.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expanded the fishing ban on Tuesday to contend with the spreading oil, with the prohibited area now covering about 19 percent of Gulf of Mexico under federal jurisdiction.

Read the whole article here.

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Creative Loafing Interviews DIY U Author Anya Kamenetz

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Higher education is too expensive, and it isn’t good enough. The landscape of information and communication is vastly different from what it was twenty years ago. It’s no exaggeration to say there’s been a revolution in the way information is presented and consumed—yet traditional colleges are struggling to keep up and remain relevant. At the same time, the cost of a degree has shot into the stratosphere.

Anya Kamenetz, author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, talked with Creative Loafing about how we should approach the next generation of higher education.

You’ve drawn some comparisons between the rising costs of tuition and the housing bubble. It’s conventional wisdom to (at this point) to say that the housing bubble was caused in part by the unchecked greed of creditors and investors. Would you say that greed is motivating universities, as well?

There’s been huge greed on the part of the student loan industry, the real analogues to the mortgage lenders who drove up the cost of housing. Around the middle of this decade, Sallie Mae was the second most profitable company in the entire Fortune 500. Happily, student lenders have now been squeezed out of the federal student loan industry by the recent Obama reforms, although they can still make money through private, unsubsidized student loans. For-profit, publicly traded higher education companies like the University of Phoenix have been making similarly eye-popping profits, and while their tuition isn’t the highest in the business (private nonprofits like NYU take that honor) their students are among the most indebted.

Earlier this year, video of students rioting in Berkeley was floating all over the internet. Do you think those protests were related to the same problems you’re trying to call attention to? Is there a difference between the rising costs at state schools in comparison to private universities?
Absolutely those protests were part of the same crisis I’m writing about, as students reacted to doors closing and 32% tuition increases in what was once the flagship public university system of the entire world.The Chancellor of the University of California informed me that he’s never seen a meltdown like this in a 40 year career.

The tuition issues at state schools are different from those at privates and for-profits as Jane Wellman at the Delta Cost Project points out nicely. State support for public higher education has largely been declining per capita for 25 years and state schools have practiced “cost shifting” by increasing tuition to make up the difference.

Read the whole article here.

Photo: Jayd Gardina

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You Can Help: Download a Free Book and Help the Gulf Coast Spill Cleanup Effort!

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

We’re giving away a digital edition of Riki Ott’s Not One Drop: Courage and Betrayal in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill on Scribd. It’s free to read online and free to download. All we ask in return is that you consider helping us raise money to assist in the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster clean-up.

Download Not One Drop on Scribd.

In Not One Drop, author Riki Ott, a rare combination of commercial salmon “fisherm’am” and PhD marine biologist, describes firsthand the impacts of oil companies’ broken promises when the Exxon Valdez spills most of its cargo and despoils thousands of miles of shore. Ott illustrates in stirring fashion the oil industry’s 20-year trail of pollution and deception that predated the tragic 1989 spill and delves deep into the disruption to the fishing community of Cordova over the following 19 years. In vivid detail, she describes the human trauma coupled inextricably with that of the sound’s wildlife and its long road to recovery.

Note from the Author: “Most importantly, my publisher, Chelsea Green, and I are giving these e-books away for free in hopes that you will donate $1, $5, $10 or more to Global Green USA (, an environmental non-profit with a mission of reconnecting humanity to the environment in order to create a more secure & sustainable future. Global Green opened a New Orleans office almost 5 years ago, in response to Hurricane Katrina, and is leading the green rebuilding of the city by creating healthy green schools, homes and communities that save money, improve health and help fight global warming.

“In response to the Gulf oil spill, Global Green is co-chairing the local Green Collaborative—a network of 65 organizations working to build a strong green economy in Louisiana—to assess the greatest needs to help in the clean up, and to support those families devastated by the spill. Funds will go toward delivering healthy food and support for the fishermen and families whose lives depend on a thriving coastal economy.

“If 100,000 people download and give even $1, we’ll be able to raise a significant amount for the relief efforts. At $10/download, that’s a million dollars! Just hit the “Donate Now” button beside Not One Drop on Scribd. Funds will go toward mitigating social trauma from the spill, because I remember how much the Exxon Valdez hurt my town, Cordova.”

From Global Green USA:

Global Green USA, one of the leading green voices in New Orleans, is beginning to coordinate with the local environmental community and emergency responders to help respond to the Gulf Oil Spill disaster.  If you’d like to support these efforts, please make a contribution below.

Click here to contribute to the cleanup.


On Facebook:

One Million Strong for the Separation of Corporation and State, a group set up by Riki Ott and Chelsea Green Publishing

Guardians of the Gulf

Help Save the Gulf from the Oil Leak

Move To Amend (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission), another group associated with Riki Ott

BP Spill Responders Told to Forgo Precautionary Health Measures in Cleanup

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Every day, the parallels between the BP Gulf Coast oil spill and the Exxon Valdez tanker spill grow. Riki Ott (Not One Drop: Courage and Betrayal in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill) was there the first time around to witness the toxic after-effects experienced by the Exxon cleanup crews. Respiratory illness, neural impairment, even genetic damage were all the result of working with the Valdez “crud.” Now, the same symptoms are cropping up in the Gulf spill workers while BP continues to assure them they don’t need respirators or other special protections.

From the Huffington Post:

Venice, Louisiana – Local fishermen hired to work on BP’s uncontrolled oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico are scared and confused. Fishermen here and in other small communities dotting the southern marshes and swamplands of Barataria Bay are getting sick from the working on the cleanup, yet BP is assuring them they don’t need respirators or other special protection from the crude oil, strong hydrocarbon vapors, or chemical dispersants being sprayed in massive quantities on the oil slick.

Fishermen have never seen the results from the air-quality monitoring patches some of them wear on their rain gear when they are out booming and skimming the giant oil slick. However, more and more fishermen are suffering from bad headaches, burning eyes, persistent coughs, sore throats, stuffy sinuses, nausea, and dizziness. They are starting to suspect that BP is not telling them the truth.

And based on air monitoring conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a Louisiana coastal community, those workers seem to be correct. The EPA findings show that airborne levels of toxic chemicals like hydrogen sulfide, and volatile organic compounds like benzene, for instance, now far exceed safety standards for human exposure.

For two weeks, I’ve been in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama sharing stories from the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which devastated the community I lived and commercially fished in, with everyone from fishermen and women to local mayors to state governors and the crush of international media.

During the 1989 cleanup in Alaska, thousands of workers had what Exxon medical doctors called, “the Valdez Crud,” and dismissed as simple colds and flu. Fourteen years later, I followed the trail of sick workers through the maze of court records, congressional records, obituaries, and media stories, and made hundreds of phone calls. I found a different story. As one former cleanup worker put it, “I thought I had the Valdez Crud in 1989. I didn’t think I’d have it for fourteen years.”

Read the whole article here.

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New Study Links Childhood ADHD to Pesticides in Food

Monday, May 17th, 2010

If you needed another reason to buy organic and local, and to get your produce from farmers’ markets as often as possible, here it is. A new nationwide study suggests a link between childhood exposure to trace amounts of pesticides in fruits and vegetables and ADHD in children.

From CNN Health:

( — Children exposed to higher levels of a type of pesticide found in trace amounts on commercially grown fruit and vegetables are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than children with less exposure, a nationwide study suggests.

Researchers measured the levels of pesticide byproducts in the urine of 1,139 children from across the United States. Children with above-average levels of one common byproduct had roughly twice the odds of getting a diagnosis of ADHD, according to the study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics.

Exposure to the pesticides, known as organophosphates, has been linked to behavioral and cognitive problems in children in the past, but previous studies have focused on communities of farm workers and other high-risk populations. This study is the first to examine the effects of exposure in the population at large.

Organophosphates are “designed” to have toxic effects on the nervous system, says the lead author of the study, Maryse Bouchard, Ph.D., a researcher in the department of environmental and occupational health at the University of Montreal. “That’s how they kill pests.”

The pesticides act on a set of brain chemicals closely related to those involved in ADHD, Bouchard explains, “so it seems plausible that exposure to organophosphates could be associated with ADHD-like symptoms.” Seven stars with ADHD

Environmental Protection Agency regulations have eliminated most residential uses for the pesticides (including lawn care and termite extermination), so the largest source of exposure for children is believed to be food, especially commercially grown produce. Adults are exposed to the pesticides as well, but young children appear to be especially sensitive to them, the researchers say.

Detectable levels of pesticides are present in a large number of fruits and vegetables sold in the U.S., according to a 2008 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited in the study. In a representative sample of produce tested by the agency, 28 percent of frozen blueberries, 20 percent of celery, and 25 percent of strawberries contained traces of one type of organophosphate. Other types of organophosphates were found in 27 percent of green beans, 17 percent of peaches, and 8 percent of broccoli.

Although kids should not stop eating fruits and vegetables, buying organic or local produce whenever possible is a good idea, says Bouchard. 5 reasons you can’t concentrate

“Organic fruits and vegetables contain much less pesticides, so I would certainly advise getting those for children,” she says. “National surveys have also shown that fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets contain less pesticides even if they’re not organic. If you can buy local and from farmers’ markets, that’s a good way to go.”

Read the whole article here.

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WATCH: Riki Ott on the Consequences of the BP Oil Spill

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Marine biologist turned commercial salmon fisherma’am turned environmental activist Riki Ott (Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill) visited a small group of Alabama’s “Share the Beach” volunteers last week to share her story of a 20-year legal battle with Exxon-Mobil and her experiences with corporate malfeasance and environmental devastation.


In the first video, Ott talks about the impact the Valdez spill had on commercial fishing in Alaska, and speculates about the impact it might have on the Gulf of Mexico and its fragile eco-systems.

Exxon Valdez veteran, marine biologist on oil spill's impact on fishing

In the second video, Ott focuses on the human health hazards of oil exposure, both on skin and inhaled.

Marine biologist Riki Ott on human health risks of oil exposure

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When They Play Hard Ball, It’s Essential We Not Play Wiffle Ball

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

By David E. Gumpert

Originally published on The Complete Patient.

Domonstrators Monday on Boston Common, near MA State House.It’s taken me a little longer than I expected to recover from the Massachusetts raw milk protest festivities on Monday. I’ve never been involved in organizing a protest. Not that I did a lot of the heavy lifting, but the amount of detail required to put something like that together was pretty amazing. Signs, police permits (a day-and-a-half of one person’s time), arranging for the presence of the Jersey cow Suzanne, police permit for Suzanne, arranging for Suzanne’s poop to be cleaned up, etc., etc.

But I must confess, and confess is probably the right word, the toughest part of the entire affair was dealing with internal wrangling. I had heard talk of internal divisions in connection with the Wisconsin campaign for a law to allow farm sales of raw milk–some farmers opting out of certain demonstrations when it didn’t suit their own interests–but this past weekend, I got my own personal exposure to the realities of what can happen when divisions crop up.

As I said in a previous post, one of the things that  impressed me last week as the activities opposing the crackdown on raw milk buying were being organized was how a number of foodie organizations became actively involved in supporting the Massachusetts buying clubs and opposing restrictions on access to raw milk imposed by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Several important foodie groups–most notably the Northeast Organic Farming Association (MA chapter) and the Organic Consumers Association–encouraged members to write MDAR and to attend the hearing.

By the end of last week, the two organizations were essentially working in tandem to encourage a substantial turnout. The OCA put together the many pieces for a pre-hearing rally on Boston Common, including arranging for the presence of Suzanne for public milking. NOFA-MA was encouraging its members to testify at the hearing. Media like the Boston Globe began picking up on the event last week. The pressure was building for a large and vociferous turnout on Monday.

Then, at 5 p.m. on Friday, the MDAR lobbed the grenade I previously described. It said that, thanks to “the passion and concern on all sides of the raw milk debate,” it was removing the proposed regulation that would have explicitly banned buying clubs. But the seeming conciliation was balanced by MDAR’s commitment to “take such steps to enforce violations” under less explicit existing regulations by categorizing the buying clubs as Milk Dealers; over the last four months, MDAR sent four clubs cease-and-desist letters to buying clubs.

Moreover, MDAR said testimony at the Monday hearing would “be limited” to some remaining technical regulatory changes. In other words, opponents of the crackdown on buying clubs wouldn’t be allowed to testify.

A last-minute maneuver by a state agency to confuse and divide a budding protest shouldn’t have been unexpected. Regulators understandably don’t like to deal with large groups of infuriated citizens, and there have been a number related to governmental actions to restrict access to raw milk, most notably in California in 2008 and in Wisconsin last year and this year.

What happened five hours later was much more unexpected, though. The Northeast Organic Farming Association issued “an advisory” to its hundreds of members that seemed to celebrate the MDAR press release as “a testament to our perseverance and passion…Thanks to a lot of hard work from many people, we have played a part in beating back, however temporarily, regulations that would have deeply harmed Massachusetts dairy farmers and diminished food rights for everyone. Our message was clearly heard by MDAR, and many new supporters have joined us along the way thanks to our outreach and education efforts over the last few weeks.”

While a little self congratulation never hurt anyone, the NOFA advisory was most notable for discouraging its members from attending the Monday rally and hearing. “MDAR has made it clear that they will NOT hear testimony about the on-farm purchase rule or the buying club prohibitions at the Monday hearing, so that is no longer an opportunity to be heard.”

I was seeing things mostly from the perspective of Organic Consumers of America, and its people were stunned. NOFA-MA seemed to be pulling the rug out from under the organizing effort, and in the process, stopping in its tracks the momentum for a major protest on Monday. As has been discussed frequently on this blog, getting consumers engaged on behalf of farmers is always a herculean task, and once halted, momentum can be difficult to re-kindle.

There followed a series of urgent emails and phone calls by OCA officials and supporters to Julie Dawson,the NOFA-MA executive director. They asked her to at least adjust the language in the NOFA advisory so as not to discourage people from attending the Monday events. She told some of them NOFA-MA didn’t want to encourage farmers to take a day off to attend a hearing they wouldn’t be able to testify at.

Indeed, there was no relenting by NOFA-MA. It pushed its message via its Facebook and Twitter outlets, as well as on foodie blogs, and Kim Hartke’s blog, for one, picked up on the “victory” message discouraging attendance on Monday, at least for a time.

OCA was left to re-group and send out counter-messages–via a revised news release and Twitter and Facebook postings–advising foodies that both the rally and the hearing were very much on. OCA people were convinced that the MDAR couldn’t just arbitrarily limit discussion from one day to the next at a hearing it had previouslly given public notification about.

When Monday dawned, some 200 protesters assembled on Boston Common, together with Suzanne, the cow brought by Framingham dairy farmer Doug Stephan, to protest the MDAR crackdown on raw dairies. Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures Dairy Co. had flown in from California, and Max Kane from Wisconsin. Then, the protesters walked a few blocks to the hearing room in Downtown Boston and, sure enough, the agriculture commissioner, Scott Soares, announced at the outset that he was reversing the MDAR Friday press announcement about limiting discussion at the hearing. He would hear all comments, including those about the crackdown on the raw milk buying clubs.

As I described in my previous post, some 50 individuals testified over the next three-and-a-half hours.

Afterwards, NOFA-MA remained defensive about its decision to pull out of supporting the Monday event. When I asked Jack Kittedge, NOFA-MA’s social action coordinator, if there had been some kind of quid pro quo with MDAR for pulling its support, he said, “No quid pro quo. What we were doing was in response to the DAR move. We didn’t expect anything further, except what they promised in their retraction — that they would take a broader look at the issue. We expected, and still do expect, as the primary local group which has been working on this issue with farmers for ten years, that we will have a chance to put our two cents in to what that broader solution looks like. Hopefully it will be ways to get even more raw milk to Massachusetts consumers.”

Kittredge also admits NOFA-MA had a warning at least a couple hours before the MDAR posted its press release that something was coming, though he maintains his organization had no knowledge of exactly what MDAR would put out.

There’s no telling how many people would have been at the Boston rally and hearing Monday if NOFA-MA hadn’t discouraged attendance, but it seems safe to say the number would have been significantly higher.  

People at OCA became ever more committed to organizing the Monday activities after NOFA-MA pulled out, based on several convictions. First, it’s only through ongoing pressure that regulatory agencies and politicians will make changes to reduce barriers to availability of locally produced products like unpasteurized milk. Such public pressure has pushed legislators to back consumers in California (SB201) and in Wisconsin (even if the governors don’t necessarily go along). Second, organizations can’t get consumers all worked up about an issue, then pull the plug on the effort at the last minute, and expect to automatically be able to gain the same momentum the next time around. And third, there’s a general acknowledgment that the people pushing for the crackdown on raw milk aren’t the people who are most visible–in the Massachusetts case, MDAR commissioner Scott Soares. More on that matter upcoming.

NOFA-MA obviously decided it could best serve its farmer members by going its own way, essentially striking a separate deal to gain favor with MDAR. As I told a number of people at NOFA-MA, that is most likely an illusion. MDAR’s commissioner has made it clear he is much more concerned about protecting his job than he is about protecting Massachusetts dairy farmers, and besides, memories are short.

No, consumers and farmers need to be united if they are going to have any chance at all against the edifices that are Big Dairy and Big Ag, and the regulators and politicians under their influence. They are playing hard ball.


Other fallout from the MA DAR pre-hearing and hearing shenanigans: The Organic Consumers Association has filed a complaint with the Massachusetts attorney general charging that MDAR’s failure to allow all consumers to attend the hearing violates that state’s Open Meeting Law. According to OCA’s complaint, “A number of people (we estimate between 50 and 75) were prevented from entering the hearing room by DAR staff who stated that allowing additional people to attend the hearings would exceed the rooms’ capacity.  These people were directed to another room that lacked any visual or sound connection to the hearing room.  Only as individuals left the hearing room were additional people allowed, on a one-by-one basis, to enter the hearing room.”

OCA charges that the attendance limitation was deliberate, stemming from the 5 p.m. Friday press release, and the buy-in by NOFA-MA. “Responsibility for the size of the room falls upon the agency having control over the arrangements, not upon members of the public who are trying to exercise their rights to address and petition their government…Moreover, the DAR itself anticipated a large amount of interest in its proposed regulations.  In an attempt to reduce attendance, it posted an announcement on its website after hours on Friday, May 7, attempting to withdraw a controversial provision of the proposed regulations and contacted at least one large organization, which withdrew its request for its members to attend.”

Too bad NOFA-MA, a well-meaning organization over many years, wound up on the wrong side of the events.

Cheeses You Might Be Eating on the Cheesemonger Pacific Northwest Tour

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

By Gordon Edgar

Check out Gordon Edgar’s Pacific Northwest Tour schedule on Facebook.

Black Butte Reserve
: Made by the pasture-based Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese Company in Orland, CA, this cheese is made only from the tasty spring milk. This is basically an aged Boerenkaas Gouda. Made with raw cow milk. Farmstead.

Brick: From Master-cheesemaker Joe Widmer in Teresa, WI. This is a semi-soft, stinky cow’s milk cheese very popular with ethnic German communities and my father.

Cameo: This is a bigger version of the Camellia, a soft-ripened, goat cheese from Redwood Hill Farm in Sebastopol, CA. The first person who can sing a good version of “Word Up” by Cameo (the band) gets a free wheel. (This offer only valid in Olympia and Portland because the cheese won’t arrive until then)

Cocoa Cardona: Made by Carr Valley Cheese in Wisconsin, this is a semi-soft goat cheese covered in cocoa. This would make a good drag name.

Gran Canaria: Some cheese snobs look down on (third generation cheesemaker) Sid Cook’s Carr Valley cheeses because he makes so damn many of them. Sid Cook meanwhile, has probably developed a new cheese in the time it is taking you to read this paragraph. Carr Valley makes well over fifty different varieties using cow, sheep and/or goat milk. The Gran Canaria won the best of show at that 2004 American Cheese Society Conference in Milwaukee and it is a blend of cow, sheep, and goat milk, aged for two years and cured in olive oil.

Green Hill: From Sweet Grass Dairy in Thomasville, Georgia, this is one of the best brie-style cheeses made in the US. Pasture-based and, while not farmstead, they buy their milk from their father/father-in-law who lives next door. This is from cow milk, but they make great goat cheese too.

Mobay: Another cheese from Carr Valley, this has goat cheese and sheep cheese separated by a layer of ash. Cute, eh?

Mona: From the Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Co-op, this is actually a blend of cow and sheep milk. Nutty, sweet, and milky. You gotta support the co-ops in this business.

Prairie Breeze: Great sweet, aged cheddar from Milton, Iowa. Made with milk purchased from the local Amish communities, this cheese won a best in category at the American Cheese Society competition the first year it was entered.

: Franklin Peluso is the third generation cheesemaker of this California classic. I worked an event for Franklin once and was amazed. Every Italian-American coming up to the booth and a few years older than I am said almost the exact same thing, “Teleme! I grew up on this stuff!” Wanna-be cheese snobs will not be impressed by this because it is not strong in any way. But what it does have is integrity and presence. I always have a quarter wheel in my fridge.

Verdant Blue: Pasture-based blue cheese. The milk comes from the Wisconsin Grazier Co-op, a small group of pasture-based farmers and is made in Minnesota at Fairbault Dairy. Fairbault brags about being the only cheesemakers in the US who age their cheese in natural sandstone caves.

Different cheese, different nights, of course. See why you should come to a reading? / [email protected] / Facebook: “cheesemonger: a life on the wedge”

WATCH: Michael Ruppert Talks to Ian Baldwin

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Author Michael C. Ruppert, who was the subject of the documentary film Collapse, and whose book Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World deals with the same issues (peak oil, energy, the financial markets, global climate change, and how these crises are interconnected) in depth, sat down and talked with Ian Baldwin, co-founder of Chelsea Green Publishing, to discuss his (Ruppert’s) curious and unexpected career trajectory from LAPD officer to CIA whistleblower to journalist to peak oil prophet.

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LISTEN: “Nothing New”: Activist Diane Wilson on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Diane Wilson, author of An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas appeared on KPFA radio’s The Visionary Activist to talk about her past experiences with oil and chemical companies. This isn’t her first experience with polluters, and, depressingly, all the lies and obfuscation from BP are nothing she hasn’t heard before.


Caroline welcomes 2 extraordinary voices for the sea: Diane Wilson, 4th generation Gulf Coast fisher-woman, from once beautiful Sea Drift, Texas, triumphant against all odds taker on of polluting corporations, Formosa, Dow Chemical, BP, author of “An Unreasonable Woman,” and “Holy Roller.” AND Martin Prechtel, master of eloquence, story guide to dynamic reverence, native of New Mexico, a leader in the Mayan village of Santiago Atitlan, author of innumerable books including “The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun: Ecstasy and Time.”
Both have experienced the death of much close to their hearts beauty and cooked their grief into effective words and actions for all that we love at this time of Dire Beauty.

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