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Massey Mining, and the Alpha Natural Resources outfit which bought Massey up after the disaster at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine has paid out millions, but the beneficiaries ain’t happy.

You can’t tell why they’re unhappy, because their lips have been sealed with those same millions of dollars, but most of us can guess.

No-one has been charged with negligence, no-one has been dismissed. No new safety legislation has been placed into the hopper of the House of Representatives.

The man’s son has been buried, he looks out over the grass towards the forests where he used to hunt alongside his son, and he cries. And I understand his tears, because he knows he cannot say why he is crying.

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2 thoughts on “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.

  1. half way through the article the paper stops you from reading anymore unless you pay to subscribe.

    But It’s a story we all know. Coal mining is very hard work, people die. Negligence is not acceptable. No one was prosecuted, but that doesn’t mean that no one was at fault, It also doesn’t mean that there were any single people at fault.

    Coal mining is very dangerous a lot less people die now doing it, then did in the past.

    There are however 10s of thousands that do it for a living, and want to do it. Right now 46% of those that want to do it can’t because the Obama administration through regulation has caused the shutdown of over a third of the mines.

    Now those people are on welfare because a president said his goal was to destroy an industry. Cry for them. Cry for the man that is willing to put his life on the line, but can’t because the government thinks coal is an evil product.

  2. I broadly agree with Troll on those points.

    There’s something else going on here. For some reason I can see the whole piece. It goes on to mention that Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey at the time of the explosion, walked away with a $12million settlement. His wiki page shows he was paid tens of millions more in the few years prior.

    I don’t have to demonstrate my capitalist credentials to anyone, and come the day that these thieving bastards are strung up they’ll only have themselves to blame. It goes for From Wall St and the City, to local authorities and quangoes, every day we read of more and more outrageous sums trousered by the man at the end of the table.

    They’ll tell you such sums have to be paid to get quality. This is nonsense. It implies that the pool of executive talent is miniscule. Of course it’s not. It’s time that shareholders starting calling their bluff and reasserting their control over the firms they own and ought to be responsible for. If the Blankenships and Diamonds think they’re worth $5m, $10m, $20m pa, they should be told to go somewhere else to get it.

    It’s a hangover from the cheap money days when tsunamis of cash rolled through our bloated economies and the big shots sliced off more than their fair share. If they don’t reign it in with more modest settlements then one day they’ll have them imposed.

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