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(BBC-US)   I dug for gems in the fertile ground... then felt the mountain as it rumbled down... and I felt trepidation in the steep Burmese hills... as the landslide brought me down   (bbc.com) divider line
    More: Sad, Mining, Burma, jade mining site, heavy rain, Kachin State, Jade, BBC's Jonathan Head, wave of mud  
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2020-07-02 5:25:43 PM  
I mined green gems


To stay well fed


But mud and rock


Fell on my head


Burma-Jade

 
2020-07-02 8:41:13 PM  
That's going to leave jaded memories.
 
2020-07-02 8:45:06 PM  
I just watched the video. Holy shiat.
 
2020-07-02 8:52:14 PM  
All new opportunity's now that the mud slide has turned over new jade for you to find.  And so it happens, new miners climb up the mud to find newly exposed jade.
 
2020-07-02 9:02:39 PM  
As a geologist who has seen some stuff during my career.... Holy shiat.
 
2020-07-02 9:06:58 PM  
I read that headline in goat voice.
 
2020-07-02 9:10:03 PM  
Rich Mainland Chinese love jade even more than they love shark fin soup.
 
2020-07-02 9:12:23 PM  
Mountains of Burma (2011 Remaster)
Youtube px3nIlvA0HU
 
2020-07-02 9:16:12 PM  

Huggermugger: Rich Mainland Chinese love jade even more than they love shark fin soup.


I recommend sub vocalizing it in Nicolas Cage's voice.
 
2020-07-02 9:17:12 PM  

lilistonic: Huggermugger: Rich Mainland Chinese love jade even more than they love shark fin soup.

I recommend sub vocalizing it in Nicolas Cage's voice.


Wait, what? I was quoting the goat voice thing!
 
2020-07-02 9:18:50 PM  
Damn, that's horrible, those poor people.
 
2020-07-02 9:22:50 PM  
Apparently this week hasn't been bad enough, so here is hundreds of poor people dying in a 3rd world country.
My life isn't exactly grand, but... can't we do better than this?
*sigh*
 
2020-07-02 9:43:26 PM  
It's always sad when sensitive white people find out where their pretty, shiny rocks come from, and how they are obtained.
 
2020-07-02 10:06:23 PM  
One of the most peaceful and beautiful countries I've ever visited.

If consumers of the world is OK with fake celebrities like the Katie Price and Kardashians, why can't we be OK with fake jade?
 
2020-07-02 10:27:11 PM  
Why were they there during rains???
I get the mining, don't like it...but it get why.

But during rain? That's asking for it.
Unless the bosses forced them to.

Unfortunately, lawsuits don't happen in places like this.
So the bosses get away with that crap.
 
2020-07-02 10:33:34 PM  

rogue49: Why were they there during rains???
I get the mining, don't like it...but it get why.


These were not the miners. These were poor people digging through the tailings after the official mining was done. The waste rock was getting dumped, and people were looking for overlooked shards.
 
2020-07-02 10:57:24 PM  
Say it isn't Oso.
 
2020-07-02 11:43:03 PM  
This headline didn't even try to dig out.  Wurst Myanmar-shave ad evar.
 
2020-07-03 1:59:07 AM  
I guess I was wrong, I heard this as I read the headline.

"I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
'Til the landslide brought me down"

Fleetwood Mac - Landslide (Official Music Video)
Youtube WM7-PYtXtJM
 
2020-07-03 10:16:48 AM  

WelldeadLink: rogue49: Why were they there during rains???
I get the mining, don't like it...but it get why.

These were not the miners. These were poor people digging through the tailings after the official mining was done. The waste rock was getting dumped, and people were looking for overlooked shards.


Which would be a fine and noble thing for the mine operators to do if they hadn't left the mine in a state where it was prone to mudslides.  But that sort of remediation would cut into the profit margin more than a 160 dead peasants would.
 
2020-07-03 5:04:33 PM  
GENIUS.

Kudos, Subby.  That got an audible chuckle out of me.
 
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