Monday, August 20, 2007
Night Shift Leaving, by Valerie Ganz
I don't know... I know these things are hard, but almost 40 years after this country harnessed its energy to put a man on the moon:
- The city of New Orleans was lost and is still far from being reconstructed. Could it withstand another category 4 or 5 hurricane, like the one that is about to hit Mexico? Meanwhile, every 40 minutes an area the size of a football field is lost to coastal erosion in the Mississippi Delta.
- Two NYC firefighters were lost in Building 7, an abandoned skyscraper filled with plywood at Ground Zero, almost six years after 9/11.
- The Crandall Canyon Mine Company in Utah, and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration sound like they are ready to abandon the search for six trapped miners.
Mining is still a perilous profession. Let's remember them every time we flick on the light switch.
Cowboy Junkies – Mining for Gold
We are miners, hard rock miners
To the shaft house we must go
Pour your bottles on our shoulders
We are marching to the slow
On the line boys, on the line boys
Drill your holes and stand in line
'til the shift boss comes to tell you
You must drill her out on top
Can't you feel the rock dust in your lungs?
It'll cut down a miner when he is still young
Two years and the silicosis takes hold
And I feel like I'm dying from mining for gold
Yes, I feel like I'm dying from mining for gold