I watched enough of the sad, hysterical, over the top and depressing coverage of the mine cave in in West Virginia to see the beginnings of a sequel to Katrina.
It had everything, bad information, upset relatives, idiot reporters blowing off about something they know jack about and of course the inevitable desire to lynch some guy looking like a deer in the headlights.
This is coal country around here and has been for many years. The road I live on used to be called Iron Mountain Road because years ago they mined iron ore here.
I have known people who worked in mines and I have known people who had relatives who died in the mines. Even though most of the mining around here now is above ground, a coal miner is a coal miner and the work is dangerous and hard.
This is a tragedy and it seems like a combination of loud mouth reporters and cell phones and upset management helped make it worse...but you know what? I am tired of these people with their fancy equipment descending en masse on misfortune like a vulture on road kill and then after they make a bad situation worse they just look for some poor sap to blame it on.
The protracted conflict
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