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....A couple of bloggers provide detailed analysis of the Sago Mine tragedy.Spewing Forth
lays responsibility on— you guessed it — the Bush administration, while Mine Safety Watch
breaks down the numbers:
"A coal miner was more than 6 times as likely to get killed on the job as the average U.S. worker in 2004."
And that's why not a lot of people want to be coal miners. Even the mainstream media stereotype the job as one any sane or half-way intelligent person would never take.
It's common knowledge by now that the sole survivor, Randal McCloy
, wanted to get out of mining because it was too dangerous:
"McCloy was a licensed electrician, but the money in the mines was just too good to pass up, family members said.
"'You do what you've gotta do to take care of your family. Everything is a risk nowadays,' said his aunt Pat Miles."
But right now I don't know what to say but thank goodness for all the brave people who've taken that risk to provide our country with fuel.