I love Mia

In an email dated today at 5:02 pm, Mia Love requested a donation because a BYU poll shows her trailing by 4 points. I read the message around 5:25 pm. Then in the local news from Salt Lake City shortly after 6:oo pm, she was interviewed and stated that the polls showed her ahead. I love you, Mia Love. Not really and I doubt that the voters of your district do either.

$24 to $3

The Republicans keep asking for $24.00 in their emails while the Democrats are requesting only $3.00. Is that a reflection on the number of donors each party expects or is it the ratio of average incomes where Republicans have eight times the income of Democrats? I’m not sure about the answer to that question, but I do think that the Democrats will do well no matter how much or how little they seek in contributions.

Hell on or under earth

Four noteworthy authors have written about what coal mining was like in the US, England, Belgium and France until relatively recently. Coal miners dug coal with hand tools under terrible conditions because they wanted to eat and survive. They had few other choices. That changed with the introduction of coal-mining machinery, unions and government regulation of mining. Otherwise, I believe that coal mining would be as dangerous now as it was depicted in the four books listed below. Read any or all of them as I have and you will horrified at the living and working conditions imposed on our forebears.

Germinal by Emile Zola set in France

The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell set in England

King Coal by Upton Sinclair set in Colorado

Lust for Life by Irving Stone set in Belgium

My sole experience with coal mining was a field trip as a grade school student when my class visited the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. We climbed a staircase one or two stories high and descended very slowly in a closed elevator that simulated descent deep into an Illinois coal mine. It was very interesting and very noisy.