Frontier Former Editor

August 12, 2007

Observations (and not particularly nice ones at that) . . . .

Filed under: dumbasses, scumbags, tech — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:48 pm

Last night on Drudge’s website, the headline on the space shuttle’s potential troubles included reference to concerns about “potentially serious gash.” I’d thought that the Lisa Nowak hurdle had been cleared already . . . .

And while shopping at WalMart (all the other stores are gone) I noticed that, on the pack of flexible straws I was buying for my parents, they were “sanitary, disposable and fun.” Or maybe I’d accidentally picked up a pack of condoms.

And to the eternal credit of Murray Energy – the owners of the collapsed coal mine in Utah – they are now lowering a second, horizontal-lens camera into the recently-completed 9-inch hole after realizing that the one they lowered first had the lens pointing down only. Of course this makes perfect sense given Mr. Murray, who recently:

 – lambasted “the media” for inaccurately reporting on the dangers of the type of ‘retreat’ mining going on in that particular mine section. Living in a mining region and having reported on a few mine deaths myself, I can say that Mr. Murray probably suffers from rectal cranial inversion. Retreat mining means going back to a mined section, cutting the coal out of the rock pillars supporting the shaft and then pulling out of that section and hoping that the mine roof doesn’t catch you as it probably comes down.

– told a CNN reporter that his mine was perfectly safe and violation free, seconds before the reporter helpfully noted that it had been cited for more than 200 safety violations since Jan. 2007.

– also told the same reporter in damn near the same breath that the miners were going to be rescued and that they’d know more once they reached “the bodies.”



  1. What surprises me is that there aren’t more people walking around with their clothes on inside out.

    But they do make life more interesting…I’ll give them that.


    Comment by Anita Marie — August 12, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

  2. Congratulations. I think that is the first, best use of the Nowack pun.

    Comment by raincoaster — August 13, 2007 @ 2:14 am

  3. Murray is an even worse scumbucket than Foulke, which is saying something.

    The most interesting comment on mine safety that I’ve heard this year came from a MSHA expert who said that it “wasn’t unusual” for a mine to amass the sort of record Murray’s criminal enterprise was known for.

    I’m pretty sure what they’re doing is a recovery operation now, not a rescue. If he has anything we could recognize as a conscience, I ope Murray’s got a strong prescription for sleeping pills.

    But what’s going to be really interesting is what will happen when people realize that through the efforts of the Bush MSHA authorities and Bush OSHA, the recommendations following the Kentucky mine disaster remain pretty much un-acted-upon.

    Comment by Metro — August 13, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

  4. I can say that after the 1992 Southmountain mine disaster, a lot of recommendations either were gutted or not acted upon.

    Comment by Former Frontier Editor — August 13, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

  5. Retreat mining should be outlawed. Its taking the last drop of blood for a tiny profit. Its inhuman.

    Comment by Miss Cellania — August 13, 2007 @ 7:40 pm

  6. It should be, but don’t hold your breath given how MSHA’s been infiltrated by the mining industry in the last 7 years. As nutty as J. Davitt McAteer could look, he was probably the last good MSHA chief this country will have seen for years.

    Comment by Former Frontier Editor — August 13, 2007 @ 9:38 pm

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