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http://variety.com/2014/film/news/liam-neeson-joins-martin-scorseses-silence-1201080196/

It's been a bit of time since I've been really excited about a movie, but I think this is one I will definitely go see. Liam Neeson is a safe choice... not sure if he's really what I imagine for the lead but he probably can pull it off. Same goes for Ken Watanabe (seeing as he's probably one of the only Japanese actors that has any name recognition for general English-speaking audiences.)

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This has to be one of the most absurd things I've seen in a while.

A person of indigenous Mexican ancestry rages about white people "appropriating his culture." What aspects of his culture is this white guy "appropriating"? A European language (Spanish) and a sport (soccer) that was invented in Britain. So he defines his sense of culture by things that were introduced by European colonialism but at the same time rages against European colonialism.

The irony is amazing. This is what much of "civil rights" activism boils down to nowadays. The right to be a whiny baby and have people pat you on your head for being bad at playing sports, bad at English grammar, and bad at basic critical thinking and self-reflection.

random thought of the day

Paul Simon sings:
The Mississippi delta was shining
Like a national guitar
I am following the river
Down the highway
Through the cradle of the civil war
I'm going to Graceland


But wasn't the "cradle of the civil war" in South Carolina?

Read in July

1) The Lexus and the Olive Tree – Thomas Friedman
2) Breaking Gridlock: Moving towards transportation that works – Jim Motavali
3) Dodger – Terry Pratchett
4) A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx – Elaine Showalter

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Over 110,000,000 gallons of oil spilled in the US since 1990

This chart being almost two years out of date, I wonder what it would look like if you add in incidents of the last two years.

Unrefined bitumen is not legally classed as oil and therefore oil producers are exempted from paying for cleanup efforts resulting from leaks

Interview with a man who lived near a 2011 oil spill in Montana:



A Watchdog group estimates that a faulty oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico has been leaking at least ten gallons a day since 2004. (Company official estimates are less than 1/10 of that amount.)