Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chilean Miners Were Rescued But The Truth Remains Entombed

Chilean Miners Were Rescued But The Truth Remains Entombed

I watched Chris Matthews’ of Hardball Fame while he reported
on the beginning Rescue Operations of the Chilean Miners, until
it had gotten so laden with gobbledygook that I couldn’t
take it any longer and turned the channel. When Matthews
(trying so hard to fill time) started in with a spiel about how
the miners came from generational mining families and even went
so far as to say something like… These miners come from
families with a long tradition of mine work. It’s in their
blood, handed down from father to son (paraphrasing)… Actual
quote below:

MATTHEWS: “Let‘s talk

about the culture of the miner. You know, I grew up
with it only in the movies, basically, “How Green Was My
Valley” and the guys, the old Welsh coal miners going
underground in terrible conditions. And today, of
course, still in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, you‘ve got
that tradition of guys going down there, coming up with their
faces covered with soot and having to take a shower, and
obviously, that bonding that goes on. But the guts it
takes just to go down there every morning with your lunch
bucket and your light on your helmet—what is that
about? Is it a certain kind of person? Is it
inherited from father and son, the guts that it takes to be a
working guy a mile or so beneath the surface of the earth 40
hours week?”

All I could manage to mumble, before I turned to something more
interesting like an “All in the Family” rerun was…
Holy baloney, where is this man coming from? These miners are
down deep in the Earth digging for metals to help make the rich,
richer… BECAUSE... It’s a damn job and they do it to
put food on their family table. They risk their lives because the
Chilean government is in cahoots with the corporate world and
allow (with little or no regulation) the corporatehoodlums
to get away with unsafe practices so they can accumulate more
wealth and more power. (sound familiar?)

Today I came across this article (Chile's Ghosts Are Not Being Rescued) which begins with:

The rescue of 33 miners in Chile is an extraordinary drama filled with pathos and heroism. It is also a media windfall for the Chilean government, whose every beneficence is recorded by a forest of cameras. One cannot fail to be impressed. However, like all great media events, it is a facade.

The accident that trapped the miners is
not unusual in Chile and is the inevitable consequence of a
ruthless economic system that has barely changed since the
dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Copper is Chile's
gold, and the frequency of mining disasters keeps pace with
prices and profits. There are, on average, 39 fatal accidents
every year in Chile's privatized mines. The San Jose mine,
where the trapped men work, became so unsafe in 2007 it had
to be closed - but not for long. On 30 July last, a labor
department report warned again of "serious safety
deficiencies," but the minister took no action. Six days
later, the men were entombed.

What a world we live in where truth is chewed up, spit out and swept
under the proverbial carpet so that those at the top of the heap
can stay up there and paint reality any which way they wish;
while those who live at the bottom, in a real world of
victimhood, are subjugated by those who hold all the keys.

If you would rather read some bitter truth instead of being spoon-feed
sugarcoated BS by the media, read the rest of this startling
HERE. thinkingblue

PS: I am thrilled that the miners were rescued, one of my favorite
fables is
THE ONE LITTLE STARFISH story, which goes something like this:

One morning an elderly man was walking on a nearly deserted
beach. He came upon a boy surrounded by thousands and
thousands of starfish. As eagerly as he could, the youngster
was picking them up and throwing them back into the ocean.

Puzzled, the older man looked at the young boy and asked,
"Little boy, what are you doing?"

The youth responded without looking up, "I'm trying to
save these starfish, sir."

The old man chuckled aloud, and queried, "Son, there are
thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference
can you make?"

Holding a starfish in his hand, the boy turned to the man
and, gently tossing the starfish into the water, said,
"It will make a difference to that one!"

Until our species can escape the Greed that grips it, inhumanity towards one another will sadly continue.


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