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Buffy Sainte-Marie on Tar Sands: 'You'Ve Got to Take This Seriously'

Environment  (tags: tar sands, activism, indigneous rights, water, protection, environment, destruction, ecosystems, energy, politics )

- 153 days ago -
'If you really want to see something historic in your life, go to Fort McMurray and just bear witness to what they're doing,' says legendary musician-activist Sainte-Marie.

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Past Member (0)
Friday March 21, 2014, 4:08 am
Noted, thanks Cal.

Rhonda B. (104)
Friday March 21, 2014, 8:56 am
Thank you.

Debbie S. (33)
Friday March 21, 2014, 10:30 am
Noted, thanks for sharing. After reading this it reminded me of a tee shirt I saw that says 'I can't believe I'm still protesting this crap'. That pretty much says it all as I can't believe just how things have not really changed that much for the better and some making these decisions never seem to learn. It is a shame what is happening to our land, air, water. All we can do is keep trying to get them to see before it is too late.

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday March 21, 2014, 12:23 pm
I couldn't watch the video right now, but I read the article. It talks about the cancer-rates.

According to Reuters, there were 47 sick residents in a population of 1400 rather than the expected 39. With a binomial distribution (which arises when the question is "Are you sick or not?", the standard deviation for an expected 39 is sqrt(39 x (1400 - 39) / 1400) = 6.2 (rounding to significant digits). That puts 47 at 1.3 standard deviations above the expected rate. Running a normal T-test, cancer-rates are expected to exceed the expected value by this much about 9.7% of the time. While that looks very low, I have to ask how many different populations were checked for excess cancer-rates and how many different expected problems were checked? If more than ten tests, counting all measurable impacts of the oil-extraction in each location tested, were run before finding this, then excess cancer and the others did not turn out similarly the excess cancer is cherry-picked data. If even five were, then we're talking about the presence of something with a roughly 50/50 chance of showing up being used to make a case, which would still be silly.

John Gregoire (254)
Friday March 21, 2014, 12:48 pm
Thank you.

Dianne D. (456)
Friday March 21, 2014, 1:22 pm
Sounds like the tar sands is another way for the wealthy to kill off the weak and innocent.

gabriele jefferson (147)
Friday March 21, 2014, 1:39 pm
Noted,shared on fb, twitter, google

Ann Breeden (65)
Friday March 21, 2014, 2:09 pm
I wish we could get detailed photos or a video of what is really happening there.

Manuela Annofsky (88)
Friday March 21, 2014, 2:38 pm
thankyou, geteilt :)

pam w. (191)
Friday March 21, 2014, 5:44 pm
GREAT to see Buffy again! I'm not a bit surprised that she's still an active environmentalist!

Evanola Davis (64)
Friday March 21, 2014, 6:33 pm
Thank you

Kathleen R. (138)
Friday March 21, 2014, 6:44 pm
noted & read

Alfred Donovan (45)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 1:53 am
I've seen photos elsewhere of the terrible damage and destruction done in Alberta mining the tar sands and it's shocking.I don't think the land will ever recover.

Cheryl Bianchi (0)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 7:41 am
we can't keep rolling over (or ignoring) the damage being done...the US has nothing to gain from this unless your name is Koch (who, of course, are invested in the company who's pushing this)...get up stand up!

Mitchell D. (130)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 2:45 pm
Loved Buffy back in the day, am glad to see that she continues active.

Betty Kelly (2)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 2:22 pm
Go Buffy. Tar Sands should never be allowed on American soil [ or anywhere else]..

Tanya W. (45)
Monday March 31, 2014, 7:00 am

Past Member (0)
Friday April 4, 2014, 1:01 pm
I Take This Very Seriously!! Signed And Shared!!! I Say No To The XL Keystone Pipeline!!!

Shan D. (49)
Tuesday April 15, 2014, 1:53 am
"I wish we could get detailed photos or a video of what is really happening there." (Ann B.)

No, you don't. I live in Alberta (thankfully a long way south of the tar sands), and it's beyond horrible. The ecosystem there is utterly ruined. The people living there have cancer rates far above normal, the Athabasca River is hopelessly polluted - hell, even the FISH have cancer.

Robert K. (31)
Saturday May 24, 2014, 7:12 am
When I first heard of her back in the 60s I thought something like, "Who in God's name would have a name like Buffy?" Now I know, someone who has dedicated her life to do things in God's name. What a heroine for our times!

Sunday June 1, 2014, 9:06 pm
Thank you

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 12:29 am
Thnak you Cal.
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