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Hobet Mine Shutdown, a Photo Diary

by Mentatmark Fri Aug 17th, 2012 at 02:15:53 AM EST

Update [2012-8-16 13:11:20 by Mentatmark]:FIXED!!!?

Update [2012-8-15 13:13:22 by Mentatmark]:I have discovered the problem with the photos, and will fix it when I get back from work in about 11 hours.

I was invited to photograph the protest and shutdown of the Hobet Mine in Boone and Lincoln Counties in West Virginia last week. The organizers knew me from my participation in the Blair Mountain March last year. This is the biggest mountaintop removal mine in the US, I am told. I was not aware of the location selected until we got there.

front-paged by afew - bumped, photos now visible again

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While You still have Some, They don't have Enough

by Mentatmark Sun Feb 20th, 2011 at 01:56:31 AM EST

I am reposting my diary from The DailyKOS website here. This site serves those with much less trouble between Unions and those that have to share some control with us.

The battle of those who don't have much left against those that want it all seems to be coming to some as a surprise.  The super wealthy super elites have manipulated the masses through thought control methods I first was exposed to in "1984," and done it well enough to to turn good people against each other. By color, religion, birth nation, geography, sexual preferences, age, or any other wedge they can drive and exploit. The one they are using this time around is the perceived abuse of the power of organization and the meme that the union workers are getting more than they deserve.

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Wind Gearboxes, Social Justice and Neurodiversity

by Mentatmark Sat Oct 30th, 2010 at 03:38:00 PM EST

This was originally a comment on Open Thread Thursday titled "I Seek Advice." There were quite a few comments that should be read, and a couple included the suggestion that this be turned into a diary. After some minor editing of the original for clarification I now post this diary...

I Seek Advice

I preface this with the information that I am autistic. I know that frequently I lack understanding of limits and social norms. If this post would better fit as a diary, or some other forum, then please, let me know. If I talk about names or companies that perhaps could be considered by most as crossing a line, again, please just let me know. Also, my positions with the Company are union steward with an interest in keeping and creating good paying jobs at my plant and that of a quality control inspector who happens to have an engineering degree. As I frequently say, "Forewarned is foreskinned." Rest in Peace, Benny Hill. Ditto William Archibald Spooner.

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