Jennifer Gibbons, the Prince William Soundkeeper, testified today at the Elena Kagan nomination hearings and when she started to describe the people affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, I felt like she was talking about me and so many of the people I know.

She said one woman said she felt like she “didn’t exist anymore,” and a man she knows shocked her recently by admitting to a group of people that he felt “worthless” and thought about suicide all the time.

Tonight I talked to a 32-year-old accountant with two children who’s working behind the counter at a pizza restaurant. He has no idea at all what to do. “I can’t get a real job,” he told me. “When I do get an interview, I’m competing with MBAs for $10 an hour jobs where they want you to do the work of two people.”

But hey, at least we’re still funding the war, right? So there’s the silver lining!

In Canada, they gave Bruce Cockburn a national award. Here in the U.S.A., we’d put him in prison for crimes against the state.