“A nice piece, which I agree with in spirit. I think as human beings, we never stop judging. It's in our nature: we observe the world around us, and we try to distill those observations into knowledge we can apply to new situations as they come up. Judging, to the degree that we do it well, is good. (My apologies, if that sounds like a bad paraphrase of Gordon Gecko.)
What we do have a choice about is being judgmental -- which is kind of an oxymoron, because it's essentially judging without thinking. "Don't be judgmental" is sage advice, and that's what I think Ms. Parmenter is really getting at. On that point, I couldn't agree more with the author. Well said!”
gloriousbeing on Nov 19, 2010 at 00:19:41
“I think you stated this far better than Ms. Parmenter. Nicely, and succinctly stated!
“I'm astounded that Chevron continues to deny the health impacts of this disaster despite the scientific evidence to the contrary. (See http://chevrontoxico.com/tags.html?tags=health+studies for a sampling.) I suppose we've all grown to expect oil companies to downplay and even to deny their environmental impact on the ecology of an affected area. Maybe they count on that kind of cynicism from the public, but it is quite another thing when there are human beings whose health and lives are compromised by this negligence.
Unlike plants and animals, these affected individuals can clearly describe their symptoms (or those of their deceased family members) and their proximity to these waste pits. When the drinking water is described as "oily" and as having a "yellow foam" and the evidence itself is still visible today, it isn't only scientists who can connect cause to effect.
One wonders if Chevron executives would be willing to drink well water from the affected area.”