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Where Was Gobby when the Miners Needed Him?
Submitted by Jameson on Thu, 2010-10-14 01:45
'Camp Hope' they called it, but salvation didn't come from some deity in the sky. It was delivered by a modern jet carrying the high-tech Center Rock drill bit and the men who knew how to use it. And yet when Mario Gomez, the eldest of the miners, finally emerged from his rock tomb, the first thing he did was drop to his knees and bow his head in prayer.
In reports ringing around the world today I haven't been able to find a single word of gratitude from any of the 33 miners toward the gods of industry—the men who worked tirelessly to bring them back from hell. Plenty of praise to the invisible and not one 'thank you' to their rescuers who were standing right in front of them...
"I think I had extraordinary luck. I was with God and with the devil. And I reached out for God," said Sepulveda.
"I am happy because he made it, it's a miracle of God," said one of the wives.
While he was down there, Jose Henriquez turned to his Christianity, forming a prayer group that met several times a day, asking for 33 Bibles to be sent down the narrow supply passage.
Before they were rescued, Gomez wrote on a note: "Patience and faith. God is great and the help of my God is going to make it possible to leave this mine alive."
But it's not just the miners who are stuck in this stinking Stone Age superstition. A Codelco rescuer made the sign of the cross before he was lowered to the trapped men. Pope Benedict XVI said that he "continues with hope to entrust to God's goodness" the fate of the men. More cringing, because inhabitants of the First World should know better, are the celebrity twits who've been twittering...
Justin Bieber: "Just found out the miners of Chile are being rescued!!! Happy for the families being brought back together. Miracles do happen."
Missy Elliot: "The Chilean Miners will be a testimony of how Real God is! Such a blessing to see them healthy and n Great Spirits!"
Erin Andrews: "Well said..@kurtwarner: Praising God for rescue efforts in Chile, praying all 33 r safe & health! Miracles still happen all around us!"
LeAnn Rimes: “You have to believe there is a God and we are watched over when you read the story about the miners in Chile Guess if he’s not done with you yet here on earth he works miracles to make sure you come out of any situation alive and maybe changed a little. There are reasons for it all I believe. Congrats tonal the families who are being reunited with their loved one’s.”
As an antidote to all this bible-bashing bullshit I offer Daniel Henninger at the WSJ who called the rescue "an enormous victory for Free Market Capitalism."
"If those miners had been trapped a half-mile down like this 25 years ago anywhere on earth, they would be dead. What happened over the past 25 years that meant the difference between life and death for those men?
Short answer: the Center Rock drill bit.
This is the miracle bit that drilled down to the trapped miners. Center Rock Inc. is a private company in Berlin, Pa. It has 74 employees. The drill's rig came from Schramm Inc. in West Chester, Pa. Seeing the disaster, Center Rock's president, Brandon Fisher, called the Chileans to offer his drill. Chile accepted. The miners are alive.
Longer answer: The Center Rock drill, heretofore not featured on websites like Engadget or Gizmodo, is in fact a piece of tough technology developed by a small company in it for the money, for profit. That's why they innovated down-the-hole hammer drilling. If they make money, they can do more innovation.
This profit = innovation dynamic was everywhere at that Chilean mine. The high-strength cable winding around the big wheel atop that simple rig is from Germany. Japan supplied the super-flexible, fiber-optic communications cable that linked the miners to the world above.
A remarkable Sept. 30 story about all this by the Journal's Matt Moffett was a compendium of astonishing things that showed up in the Atacama Desert from the distant corners of capitalism.
Samsung of South Korea supplied a cellphone that has its own projector. Jeffrey Gabbay, the founder of Cupron Inc. in Richmond, Va., supplied socks made with copper fiber that consumed foot bacteria, and minimized odor and infection.
Chile's health minister, Jaime Manalich, said, "I never realized that kind of thing actually existed."
So, you stupid bloody Chilean ingrates, get up off your fucking knees, straighten your backs and salute the captains of industry who saved your sorry asses.
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