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“We are not even 2 months into it, barely half way by even optimistic estimates. The damage done by the leaked oil now is virtually immeasurable already and it will not get better, it can only get worse. No matter how much they can collect, there will still be thousands and thousands of gallons leaking out every minute, every hour of every day. We have 2 months left before the relief wells are even near in position and set up to take a kill shot and that is being optimistic as I said.
– ‘dougr’ from “Is The BP Gusher Unstoppable?” published at Mother Jones

Not the brightest start to the day. Reading things like that I wonder how someone like Sarah manages to deal with the things she does as an editor at Global Comment without getting emotionally involved, without attaching traces of the human cost of all of this to her edits, corrections and her interpretations. Then, of course, I realise she does attach that humanity to it, and that the strongest editor draws that out of a writer too, helping an audience to confront the very real trauma of events like the oil spill.

It’s a little after 4am. I had trouble sleeping, largely due to discomfort after having the cast taken off of my elbow. Strangely typing is one of the few positions it’s comfortable in at the moment. I’ve been playing the latest 4am podcast and poking at e-mails for about 90minutes now. It’s clearly going to be a long day.

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