A Mischief Of Magpies

If the Sun were the size of a beach ball then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and a Mischief of Magpies would be as small as a pea.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones*

One thought on the West Virginia mining tragedy:

Why when there were reports that all 12 men had survived was it acclaimed by all as a 'miracle' and a 'gift from God', and yet when it turned out that all but one had died, the talk was of [human] 'lies' and everything was the fault of the media and the mining company?

How people are fickle. Surely if God's omnipotent and omnipresent enough to have potentially saved all these lives, then he's responsible for the 'miscommunication'. And yet what was the first thing the families did (other than speak to the newspapers and TV crews, of course)? They went to church to pray.

And people wonder why I sometimes have problems accepting religion...

*: The Bee Gees, New York Mining Disaster 1941


At 9:22 pm, Blogger CoconutCain said...

People accept whatever it is that helps them sleep better at night.


At 7:36 pm, Blogger ill man said...

I think it's a bit much to get at people for clinging to the one thing that comforts them at this moment. With some luck, the focus will move from what was essentially an instance of human error and onto the Mining Co, and the rammifications of Tort Reform pushed through by Bush and their effect on the safety procedures taken by businesses in general.

At 2:51 am, Blogger CoconutCain said...

Unless you've worked in the US legal system, as I have, you really don't see the necessary evil of tort reform. Yes, some companies will use it as an excuse to pay people off instead of making things safer.

But on the other hand, unscrupulous people can't claim to have asbestos-related diseases when they don't just to extort money from companies they never worked with.

Six of one, half a dozen of the other.


At 5:07 pm, Blogger ill man said...

It all depends on how prevalent such abuses are. People will always try to abuse systems put in place to benefit the many. As you said, six and half a dozen.

At 3:54 pm, Blogger CoconutCain said...

So prevalent there's an entire docket JUST for asbestos cases in my town? With two retired judges acting as magistrates? Yeah, THAT prevalent. LOL


At 9:23 pm, Blogger ill man said...

My main concern is that such reforms allow companies to carry on unsafe or undesireable practices based upon the notion that it's cheaper to continue with said practices, knowing that it's easier to avoid claims, than it is to spend money on improving procedure and safety.........I know that pro-reform advocates counter argue this very efficiently and I will confess to lacking the economic and legal knowledge to further my arguement beyond such a simple and fairly partisan notion.


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