…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I mean carbon, C, the element, not CO2 . I emphasise this, as 46% of Australians still can not comprehend the difference. But then, if they could, they could not possibly vote for Greens and Labor. Some excuse they may have in the fact that even the Leader of the Opposition, Abbott, can’t sort it out in his little politician’s mind. Perhaps he is, fashionably amongst our contemporary political elite, young and naive.
For those confused by the Australian Broadcasting Commission charlatans, the coal is comprised mostly of carbon. When it burns, it provides energy and that is why the socialists like Rhiannon, Gillard, Wong and Conroy hate the capitalist economies burning it. When it burns in Communist China it is understandable and commendable. It is a shining, albeit smoking, example of the benefits to mankind of an economy under the wise socialist dictatorship. The communist energy = good, capitalist energy = bad. But you of course have read Orwell, as opposed to almost 50% of Australians who prefer serfdom with socialist face, having read the fraud Fannon’s The Wretched of the Earth instead.
This time it is not the nasty Australian coal, soon to be taxed out of existence, but the Spanish one, which, if you happen to be one of those benighted people relying for your information on the Australian media, you have not heard of.
Spanish miners from three northern coal-mining provinces Asturias, Leon and Teruel started a three-week march to Madrid to protest against subsidy cuts that according to them threaten tens of thousands of jobs. The subsidy was to come from the European Union. The so-called “black march” started on 22nd June and is expected to culminate in Madrid on 11th July. Some of the marchers are wearing black T-shirts bearing slogans such as: “They want to end it all. Keep the coal mines open.” José Angel Fernández Villa, of the Soma-Fitag-UGT trade union, said: “We must persuade the government to call an urgent commission to monitor the coal plan, and it must modify the economic provisions. These brutal cuts will kill the mining industry“.
One of the marchers, Ana Sánchez (45) who has worked as a miner for nine years, at the María Luisa mine, said, “I have to do this for my unborn granddaughter. I will do whatever it takes. It will all be over if the mine shuts down. The cuts are going to choke us, and there will be no work for anyone – not for miners and not for all those who depend on us.”
Luis Rodríguez, a miner at the Sotón mine for the last 10 years, he has commitments: a mortgage to pay, a nine-year-old, and a six-month-old baby. His wife, a waitress, recently lost her job. “How can I sell my house to pay off my mortgage if we have to leave?” he asks. He has the same problem as so many of his colleagues who are paying off mortgages: “If the mine is shut down, no one is going to want to buy a house on dead land.”
Around 8,000 miners across Spain have been on strike since 31 May, 2012. While on strike, many miners have had direct clashes with police, armed with catapults and home made weapons.
At the Candín mine five miners have locked themselves in, along with three from the Santiago mine, for almost 30 days now, 300 metres below ground, as they wait for a solution. “We will not stop until this is resolved, they are stealing our future, and we are not going to let our families starve.“