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.
posted by Diag
on May 8, 2006 -
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.
posted by Miko
on Dec 21, 2005 -
is a Flash game about mining Mars. It just devoured my morning. Be careful.
posted by picea
on Oct 12, 2004 -
"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.
posted by fold_and_mutilate
on Aug 18, 2003 -
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
posted by BentPenguin
on Nov 13, 2002 -
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!
posted by quonsar
on May 15, 2002 -