MSNBC LIVE FEED: The Rescue of The Trapped Chilean Miners
Just because I don’t mention something, doesn’t mean that I don’t care or don’t want to write about it. I’m in the world; there is a lot that I care about.
Of course, this feed is offered almost exclusively in Spanish, so unless you are bilingual, you cannot necessarily follow it. However, if you have some idea about foreign languages as I do, there are some repetitive words that you can pick out here and there and eventually “get” what they are saying. If anything, get a friend who does possess this facility, and toast a night to remember.
But actions, of course, speak louder than words.
At this point tonight, the first miner has been rescued, and I am sure that there are many more to come. The president of Chile has also said a few words to the nation and the world. It’s a good night for good deeds done well.
Florencio Avalos, a 31-year-old truck driver, stepped out of the Phoenix rescue capsule and into a cheering Camp Hope a few minutes after midnight. He hugged his wife, Monica and two children, together with a small reception party who greeted him at the surface, before being taken into a medical facility on a stretcher.
Next man out will be Mario Sepulveda, followed by Juan Illanes and Carlos Mamani, a Bolivian. The last one up is expected to be 54-year-old Luis Urzua, the unofficial leader of the group.
I’d like all of you to remember this: the same BS that killed the miners in West Virginia a year ago is the very same BS that trapped the 33 miners in Copiapo, Chile. Don’t even think that the mine owners are progressive, enlightened thinkers and doers for their employees down in South America. Cheap, skinflint, grasping and exploitative–that’s only the beginning of what I would think about them. These people don’t even possess half of the equipment and safeguards that American miners manage to keep these days. It’s only because of the media and those who truly care about the dignity and rights of miners everywhere that these men are being saved.
No doubt, when they are all hauled up to the surface safe and sound, they will become instant national heroes and celebrities. But what will happen with the other miners in other holes in the ground who are literally scratching out a living hand to mouth in Chile and elsewhere? This “don’t-care” attitude has got to stop.
One rather humorous point to make: the efforts to free the miners has not only attracted their families and friends to the site, but their mistresses. A lot of hair-pulling has resulted. Ladies, don’t blame each other, blame the guys.
One miner has four women fighting over him in an effort to claim compensation offered to the families of those facing between three to four months underground until a rescue shaft can reach them.
Government officials are considering asking the 33 trapped miners to name those they want to claim the benefits entitled to them in a bid to solve problems on the surface.
Nevertheless, pray for them to be brought alive out of that living death, and that they continue on this earth for a few years longer to bear witness and perhaps, to move beyond celebrity towards fighting for mining safeguards. There is a reason why this thing happened; it may just open a few eyes and hearts to the reality of all who work with their hands.