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  •  Massey, Massey, Massey (9+ / 0-)

    Don Blankenship won't be satisfied until he owns everyone and everything in the State of West Virginia.

    •  He wants to be governor.... (8+ / 0-)

      but the mine fire in Logan county may get criminal charges filed.  Mine disaster followers may remember this mine incident as the one where a conveyer belt caught fire after maintenance problems were ignored.  On local radio I heard people call in who had quit this mine out of fear- heartfelt, sobbing people.  I think this will be the one that really sticks as neglect.  A colleague who works on coal mine safety spoke recently about Massey.  The colleague said that from the top down, Massey says safety is their number one concern.  But it is all talk- they don't maintain the mines.

      You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

      by murrayewv on Sun Jul 02, 2006 at 09:52:07 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, it took place 3 miles from me. (6+ / 0-)

        I am currently working in Logan on a 3-month contract, so the Aracoma Mine accident is very fresh in the mind. Massey was cited earlier this week for causing a slurry spill and MTR resulting in a major mudslide closing WV 17. This came the weekend after their corporate picnic here in Logan (which felt like an invasion).

        Don Blankenship will never be governor. NPR has been too good at putting all of his personal information out in the press --- including his affairs. He can aspire all he wants, but no one here in southern West Virginia trusts him. So what that he got Brent Benjamin elected? People are finally waking up to Blankenship's intent.

    •  Vanity Fair Green Issue (3+ / 0-)
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      In all of the stories in Vanity Fair's green issue, and that includes the story on "An Inconvenient Truth", the one that brought me to tears was "The Rape of Appalachia".  If you haven't read the article, I encourage you to.  It incorporates the politics, the greed, the human toll as well as the environmental destruction.

      The online version lacks photos which can be found here.

      •  Very Good Article.... (1+ / 0-)
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        It would be hard to imagine a more ill-advised course of action than ruining large swaths of land to get coal, and then poisoning the atmosphere with the gases from burning it. Yet the incremental damage from mining and burning a billion tons of coal a year is hard for most Americans to see, so they don't worry about it.

        I like the people who want to call it the global warming bowl, because the mining of the coal is just the half of it.

        You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

        by murrayewv on Mon Jul 03, 2006 at 06:05:08 AM PDT

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        •  Local reporter.... (2+ / 0-)
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          Ken Ward Jr. is also mentioned.  He should win a Pulitzer too.  He is an excellent local reporter.

          But I believe Sago may act as a tipping point.  And oddly too, I think Sago became a watchword because of a fluke- people were home for the holiday watching the nonstop January football games.  The coverage intervened.  Then, the whole thing took on a life of its own, with a life and death struggle, a dramatic survivor.  Randall McCloy may be the Jessica Lynch of mining- telling the truth not the publicity version.  

          You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

          by murrayewv on Mon Jul 03, 2006 at 06:22:36 AM PDT

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