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Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2010A Fatal Mischance:

Yesterday, hope for a miracle deep beneath the mountains of West Virginia was extinguished as the bodies of the last four miners were found. The cause of the explosion that took the lives of 29 men has not yet been determined, but from the nature and strength of the explosion, it seems likely that it involved both a build up of methane and an accumulation of coal dust—both of which should have been prevented by adequate supervision and implementation of safety regulations.

The CEO of Massey Energy, Don Blankenship, is even more wealthy than [Coal Company magnate Bob] Murray. He donates huge amounts to conservative causes, has funded a good chunk of the Tea Party movement in West Virginia, famously spent over $3 million to get a friendly judge elected to the state Supreme Court, and  donated another $3 million in an attempt to fund a Republican takeover of the state legislature. Blankenship regularly engages in calling Democratic leaders "the crazies" and has said that any move to regulate pollution is the first step toward communism. Grist named Blankenship the "scariest polluter" in the country.

Now that Blankenship's disregard for safety has cost the lives of 29 men, what should we expect?

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On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin, on hand for some of the rallying of public support up in Newtown, filled us in on the latest polling. CT-based gun makers are threatening to leave the state in reaction to new gun laws, though their leverage is questionable at best. A "hermit" living in the Maine woods is suspected of over 1,000 burglaries! Compare treatment of open carry of assault rifles versus taking video of cops. Guess who has the "weapon." The ACLU asks whether the IRS is reading your emails without a warrant. Finally, we wind up the NYT article "A Secret Deal on Drones, Sealed in Blood," inviting Armando to join the discussion.

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