The Crooked House
is a pub in the UK's West Midlands built on coal mining land. Severe subsidence over time caused a 15 degree shift from the left wall to the right. Faced with the choice of repairing the damage or abandoning the structure, the owners took a different tack - buttresses now hold the building in place, and it remains at a permanent slant. Higher resolution photos here
"A bad way to make a living."
A series on the history and ecological impact of strip mining
in southeast Kansas during the early 20th century that includes articles, photo galleries with sound files, and video slideshows about the region. The area, known as the "Little Balkans,"
because of the large Eastern European population that worked the mines, was a large mining community
that has given the US the second largest electric shovel in the country
, a home to one of the largest socialist newspapers in the country
(called Appeal to Reason
and founded by Julius Wayland
) as well as the Little Blue Books series
started by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius
in 1919. Oh yeah, it was also
--second paragraph-- the place that most of the bootleg alcohol
that fueled the Kansas City Jazz Scene
of that time
was from as well. Of course, if you should ever find yourself in SEKS, and you eat meat, go to either Chicken Annie's or Chicken Mary's
[transcript] since they're only a few miles apart in their modern incarnation. The legends you hear growing up there aren't always true
, but it doesn't matter because the onion rings are fantastic. And yes, in some ways all Kansas has left is history
Crater of Diamonds State Park
Interested in obtaining diamonds but feeling troubled
by the diamond business? Head over to Arkansas
and dig your own damned diamonds.
Why is Miss Congeniality
the most frequently rated DVD on Netflix? Database magic reveals the most contentious movies ever
15 days ago,
there was a relatively small earthquake near Beaconsfield, Tasmania, which left 3 miners trapped in a gold mine. The situation looked grim after the body of one of the miners
was recovered. But after 5 days, there was elation as the other two were found, still alive
, buried one kilometer underground in a small cage. Australia's major commercial networks immediately sent their top news celebrities to the small mining town, assuming there would be a quick and easy rescue. In hindsight, they were perhaps a bit over enthusiastic. Accusations of a media circus
, and chequebook journalism
soon followed. After a couple of days of nothing happening, the media even started turning on their own
The story took an unexpectedly sad twist this weekend when one of Australia's most well known journalists died at the site
from an apparent heart attack. But tonight, after 15 days underground, it seems the rescuers are finally breaking through
the rock to reach
the unfortunate trapped miners.
Take a trip with me to 1913.
To Calumet, Michigan
, in the Copper Country
I'll take you to a place called Italian Hall
Where the miners
are having their big Christmas Ball
This time of year, Woody Guthrie
's haunting ballad "1913 Massacre
" brings to mind one of the most tragic incidents in American labor history. At the midpoint of the bitter and violent miners' strike of 1913-14
, miners and their families gathered for a Christmas party given by their union. An unidentified "stupid person
" gave the shout of "fire
", causing a panicked rush to escape. Unable to get out the door, more than 70 people
, mostly children, were smothered to death. A forthcoming documentary (main link) explores the legacy of the event, using Guthrie's song as its starting point.
is a Flash game about mining Mars. It just devoured my morning. Be careful.
Here's a pragmatic look
at why companies like De Beers
and British Petroleum
seek to combat the spread of HIV. Can this be an example of how an act of self-interest can also be an act of humanitarianism?
"The depleted uranium being used in the Middle East is a repeat of the deception of Navajos, the abuse of the innocent.
'The United States government knew all along the uranium mining would kill Navajos....' said Badoni, among Navajos organizing opposition to further uranium mining on the Navajo Nation....declassified documents in the United States reveal that both the buyer, the United States government, and Ottawa, then the world's largest supplier, withheld information from Native miners that could have saved their health and their lives."
The ongoing, deadly fallout in a certain nation where development (and use) of weapons of mass destruction has never
been in doubt.
South African mining giant begins providing triple coctail for HIV treatment.
Something optimistic for a Friday post: AngloGold
along with DeBeers
is offering its employees HIV Triple cocktail
treatment for free. With almost 30%
of some of these companies' workforce affected with the HIV virus, is this an example of merging corporate and social interests or is this a sign of honest corporate citizenship?
Paging Andy Warhol
What happens during the 16th minute after you unexpectedly become famous? Here's a follow up story on the Coal Miners trapped and then rescued last July. You know its gonna get weirder, so lets get on with the show
Mining Artifacts "This site is dedicated to those who daily faced the danger, uncertainty, darkness, dampness, heat and cold of underground mining, those who were drawn to toil in the depths of the earth."
simply massive collection of mining paraphernalia and images. a veritable gold mine (sorry) of cool stuff!
Before you get that cell phone
check to see where the tantalum inside it comes from. You could be funding a civil war in the Congo.