I think it probably best that I not sit around and mull over my problems, and more importantly those of my doggie. I think it is best that I try my best to just move on as normal. So Scission will be here some days, and some days not so much.
Anyway, you should know that Whitney is sleeping right here next to me now.
Black Lung Disease. Weren't we sort of done with all that.
"Black lung diseaseis simply a common name used to describe any lung disease that can be contracted by inhaling coal dust. The name is derived from the appearance of a person’s lungs, which normally appear to be pink. There are two types of black lung disease, also known as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis: coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP or the “simple” form); and progressive massive fibrosis (PMF or the “complicated” form)."
The UMW tells us:
These laws and new regulations (and other similar to them) were supposed to, if not eliminate Black Lung, at least greatly reduce the incidence of the capitalist produced disease primarily afflicting coal miners. It seems that isn't the case at all.
It should be pointed out that the once powerful United Mine Workers now represents less then 25% of mine workers. With the UMW greatly weakened and with jobs scarce, the companies have returned to take on environmental and health activists with the old stand bys that such regulations are costly, hurtful, and are already sufficient. Workers desperate for jobs have offered little resistance in some instances to the Coal industries attack upon their very lives. They need the work. They live under capitalism. They have to sell their labor. Workers are thus too often pitted against their allies...and stand with their enemy.
Surface mining is little better then any other type. Need we here mention the horror known as Mountain Top Removal. Yes, we need. Writes the New York Times, just the other day:
According to several recent studies, people living near surface mining sites have a 50 percent greater risk of fatal cancer and a 42 percent greater risk of birth defects than the general population.
Despite the evidence, the coal industry and its allies in Washington have persuaded the majority of their constituents to ignore such environmental consequences, recasting mountaintop removal as an economic boon for the region, a powerful job creator in a time of national employment distress.
Of course, since mountaintop removal is heavily mechanized, the coal industry is the real job killer — and, until recently, miners would have been suspicious of any claim to the contrary. For decades the companies had fought the miners’ efforts to unionize, resulting in violent strikes.
Like all occupational related diseases this disease could be brought to bay, but it just seems the masters of global capital and the mining industry aren't really all that concerned. Why should they be? They don't work around coal dust.
The following comes from IWatch and contains lots of information and lots of links to keep you busy for a while and to make you a little sick at your stomach and very, very pissed off.