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The Chilean Rescue: Three Reflections

The London Times

The safety record of Chile’s mines is poor. In 2009 alone, there were 191,685 workplace accidents in Chile and 443 deaths. President Piñera has already fired the top officials in the mining regulator and has promised an independent inquiry. It is quite possible that, in its search for exports, Chile’s safety standards have been compromised.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

The media world is sinking into a swamp of subjectivism and speculation. Without doubt we can rejoice about the wonders of technology and this day of liberation. But the discrepancy between the value of the information and the technical and logistical trouble the media companies have gone to to obtain it is grotesque. These resources are then lacking when the matter at hand is less spectacular but nevertheless important.

Mary Elizabeth Williams in Salon

After 69 days trapped underground in a confined space with no sunlight, limited resources and no new episodes of Mad Men, the men whose astonishing story of survival and solidarity captivated the world emerged Wednesday to face a rapturous public, pissed-off wives and a press hungry for a new and sexy angle to cover. By evening, the whole triumph of the human spirit thing had taken a backseat to minerfreude, as outlets like the New York Post were reporting on the “two-timing miner Yonni Barrios,” who was greeted outside the mine not by his wife of 28 years but by his joyous mistress. And when the Daily Mail reported that Barrios’s wife “reportedly almost came to blows”…the Daily News inevitably spun the story out as a tale of “cat fighting.” Suddenly, we’re in a scene where Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz are pulling each other’s hair. And keep rubbing your palms in glee, media spectators, because Chilean miners apparently get more booty than a whole crew of Somali pirates….


Plastic Surgery: Youth and Beauty for One and All

There is no shortage of liberal causes.  But should anybody look for one more, here is a good one – curb plastic surgery!

Everyone is looking for ways and means to reduce the cost of health care. Good citizens should demand that a large number of doctors and nurses who are using their skills merely to satisfy human vanity should  return to the path of Virtue, the sooner the better. They should be reminded that only few of them, if any, chose their profession in the first place only to become rich. At least some of them will listen to the voice of conscience.

There is no question that in many cases plastic surgery is highly beneficial and does not require justification. But a quick study of the amount of advertising space devoted to it in certain magazines, and of the tone of the ads, will convince any doubters that the technology of beautification is being sold subliminally on the grounds that, in a democracy, youth and beauty are civic duties and that, therefore, aging and death should be outvoted. In an election, who would want to run on a pro-aging-and-death platform?

Fortunately, a recent news story has come along to support the cause of Virtue. “It took years for Hollywood to create the perfect woman,” Laura M. Molson wrote in The New York Times of April 25. “Now it wants the old one back.”

Casting directors are going to England and Australia to look for more natural looking actors “because the amply endowed, freakishly young-looking crowd that shows up for auditions in Los Angeles suffers from too much sameness.”