it was truly wonderful, you had to cry for joy
where do americans go to share and celebrate good feelings?
Fox News Hits Ratings High With Conclusion Of The Chilean Miners’ Rescue Coverage – Deadline.com
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
BBC News - Chile country profile
Chile Economy, Chilean Economic Profile | Economy WatchThe country had Latin America's fastest-growing economy in the 1990s and has weathered recent regional economic instability. But it faces the challenges of having to diversify its copper-dependent economy - it is the largest world producer - and of addressing uneven wealth distribution.
Chile's unusual, ribbon-like shape - 4,300 km long and on average 175 km wide - has given it a hugely varied climate.
Strong showing of Chilean economy anticipates 5.5% GDP expansion in 2010 — MercoPressChile has a strong economy, characterized by high volumes of foreign trade and a sound economic policy. Chile’s exports account for 40% of its GDP and have experienced growth of 4% since 1999. Chile has a free trade agreement with the US to liberalize its trade policies. Chile enjoys free trade
agreements with the European Union, Mercosur, China, India, Mexico and South Korea. From 2003 to 2008, FDIs in Chile were worth $17 billion, which dropped to about $7 billion in 2009 due to the global economic crisis. The Chilean government had injected a $4 billion stimulus to counter the recession in 2009, the result of which was felt in Q4 2009, when the economy showed signs of a recovery.
The sharp increase of 7.1% increase caught many analysts by surprise. “The market expected an Imacec of around 6.5%, but personally, I expected 7% due to the low base comparison with respect to last year (-2.7%)” said Universidad Andrés Bello economist Sebastian Mathews.
Finance Minister Felipe Larraín is confident that Chile will meet its growth objective of 5% year-end economic growth, and that it is possible to exceed it. Most analysts now agree that the Central Bank should raise the yearly growth projection to be somewhere between 5.0 and 5.5%.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
I bet that dood with the mistress who's wife found out was like "no thanks, just send down some nicotene patches and put the futbol game back on, I think I'm safer down here.... Gracias!"
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
The shift supervisor deserves a medal from the President of Chile.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
But the original point was that free enterprise freed the miners, not the government.
And it is the responsibility of the government to ensure safety standards and if these were known beforehand, and ignored, then the government is as responsible as those who ignored the warnings.
The miners were saved by an international collaberation of scientists, engineers and mine workers who did this out of a sense of wanting to help fellow human beings. They did not do this for profit, unlike the mine owners and president of Chile who through negligence and an overriding need for profit, deliberately put these miners lives at risk.
While these 33 miners have been saved, another 33 have died so far this year in Chile. This country is the 19th most unequal state in the world. The richest 10% receive 40% of Chile's income and expenditures while the poorest account for only 1.6%. This inequality is the product of 2 decades of brutal dictatorship under General Pinochet who savagely repressed the working class and imposed free market policies devised by Milton Freedman. These economic policies have been continued under Pinochet's civilian successors, conservative, liberal and social democratic and are a major element of scrapping industrial safety regulations which lead to the trapping of the 33 miners. As a result, there are only 16 safety inspectors for the entire mining industry which just happens to be Chile's largest single export earner. In the Atacama region, where the San Jose mine is located, there are only three inspectors responsible for 884 medium and small mines.
Not only that but President Sebastian Pinera is a billionaire businessman with direct links to the former Pinochet regime. His brother was Pinochet's minister of mining and labor and pushed through a Constitutional Law in 1981. The law cleared the way for privatizing most of the Chiliean mining industry and thereby creating the conditions for the sharp deterioration in safety conditions.
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