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Today was a sad day.  The MET opera, watched live in a quiet and safe place, Coquitlam east of Vancouver, BC, was Aida.  Yet the national tragedy of the twenty-eight deaths in Connecticut overshadowed the tragedy of the opera.  (more…)

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Yesterday I posted a personal perspective on the deaths of many miners at the hands of police on the platinum mines of South Africa.  Since that posting things have gone from bad to worse.  There are more reports of more deaths.  And speech is getting more heated.  Here is one comment on a news report: (more…)

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A week of firsts.  The one I can write about is the start of summer and the first Bard on the BeachMacbeth in all its gory. (more…)

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With a blogger’s eye, today I celebrate the miners who perished in the sinking of the Titanic.  Their story epitomizes the story of all miners; people who go to the next ore body; the next mine; the next chance to earn an honest living; and who face dangers and death at every turn & move. (more…)

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This report should be mandatory reading for all in the mining industry.  If you are a Democrat you will believe it, and believe something should be done—particularly a change in the law and more enforcement of lax and dishonest mine operators.  If you are a Republican, you will ignore it, attack it, and say lives are secondary to employment.  Both are sort sighted and mean perspectives.  (more…)

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This morning’s e-mails brought this announcement from MiningWatch.  We congratulate Jennifer Moore who has been hired by MiningWatch to deal with the Marlin Mine in Guatemala.

It is with great excitement that we announce that Jennifer Moore has been hired on as our new Latin America Program Coordinator. Jennifer’s excellent skills and extensive experience as a writer, researcher, organizer, and project coordinator will be assets to MiningWatch and to our allies and partners. She has been based in Ecuador for most of the last four years, but Jennifer also has significant experience in the rest of the hemisphere, including the Canadian context where much of our direct advocacy and education efforts are focused. (more…)

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  An incident is a small event that is a bit out of the ordinary; a mere trifle; a nuisance & irritation; a bit embarrassing maybe; but in the end nothing to worry about.  Or is this correct? (more…)

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You do not have to be a Democrat to agree with Hillary Clinton when she says that countries that cannot freely access the internet will be left behind.   I suspect that not only will these countries be left behind, their citizens will die in disproportionate numbers. (more…)

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This morning’s session on Coal Bumps and Seismicity gave us some background to the Crandall Canyon disaster.  Fisrt a magnificent presentation by J Whyatt on a review of case studies presented in 1958 at an SEM Bump Symposium.  He re-read the papers from 1958 and noted that almost everything that happened in Utah had been noted and very-nearly predicted.  If only those responsible for the Utah coal mine had bothered to read the 1958 SME papers, nine people would still be alive. 

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  Once a year?  Or twice a year?  Sounds like the famous question “to be or not to be.” 

In some ways there is a parallel between the questions.  For both, depending on the answer, mean the difference between life and death.   Death in a duel.  Or death in a cold, coal mine.  Because you have too little practice in rescue operations.  Now a judge has spoken and MSHA acts.

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