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Good Timing, eh? Mine Rescue Conference

Well, well – this is interesting. natl-coal-mine-rescue-msha.jpgThe ‘3rd’ International Conference Mine Rescue Conference

Presented Hosted by MSHA….. co-sponsored by National Mining Association. From the ‘About’ page:

“…..the voice of the American mining industry in Washington, D.C. NMA is the only national trade organization that represents the interests of mining before Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, the judiciary and the media.”

Let’s see here, MSHA and the NMA, together, having a conference on “Effective Mine Rescue Operations.” That’s rich. Do you think Murray Energy will be there? I see Energy West has a team that’s listed as an entrant in the mine rescue.

Here’s the list of countries who will representatives in attendance (according to the MSHA site): “Australia, Brazil, China, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.”

See the countries in bold, they’ve had recent mining disasters.

China – what a ghastly record: In 2006 alone there were 2,845 incidents involving coal mines. The number of casualties: 4,746! That’s 13 per day (using the usual 365 days/year). I think this is just too föcking understated, “Coalmines in China are the most dangerous workplace in the world.” Don’t see the Philippines on the list, however. Oh, and to what pray tell did a “Chinese cabinet minister” attribute the latest disaster in China? That’s right, another föcking natural disaster. We’ll just forego that whole ‘natural disaster, act of god’ bullshit and not point out the inherent atheism of the Chinese as embedded in their form of government to the Chinese just yet. (There’s that toy being painted with lead-based paint problem they’re having at the moment; they’re preoccupied.)

There’s an agenda button down at the bottom left of the page so one can get the view of that, below the list of speaker. Yep, the usual suspects –

  • Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of U.S. Department of Labor (married to Sen. Mitch McConnell who has received contributions from Miner Bob, and Mitch thinks Miner Bob is “one of the five finest men in America.” Christ in his rowboat – ‘the 5 finest men in America’. Miner Bob doesn’t divulge the other four. I mean, I’m curious.)
  • Mr. Richard Stickler, Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Administration……and some other folks.

Somehow the Blind Boys of Alabama seemed appropriate . . . .


2 Responses

  1. China, the home of the U.S. Secretary of Labor, who holds ultimate responsibility and makes the decisions for mine safety in America. China is also the source of many campaign dollars into the coffers of Chao’s U.S. Senator husband from Kentucky. Also a mining state. Those Chinese dollars then get turned into soft money and redistributed to other strategic Republican sources.

    At least our workers are dying en masse for a good cause.

  2. China is also the source of many campaign dollars into the coffers of Chao’s U.S. Senator husband from Kentucky

    I’ll have to check that out.

    I’ve lived in Kentucky in parts where strip mining was and had been ongoing.

    I’m going to keep an eye on this conference as well.

    I think it’s time that people in this country get more and more uncomfortable with what’s done to ensure their comfort, as in mining coal to generate electricity.

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