February 09, 2014

The White Settlement Of West Virginia!

The white settlement of present-day West Virginia began with the first German settlers at Mecklenburg (present-day Shepherdstown) in 1727, despite earlier claims that Morgan had been the first. By the end of the 1700s, the present-day Eastern Panhandle counties of Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan had well-established towns, while the western part of the state was first being settled. The development of the western regions was delayed due to conflict with hostile Indians and land companies disputing property rights. Evidence of this pattern of development can be traced by looking at the oldest homes in various regions. For instance, the oldest surviving houses in Jefferson and Berkeley County date to the 1760s and 1770s while the oldest in western locations such as Charleston date only to the early 1800s.

February 01, 2014

Bad Mining Killing White People In West Virginia!

With massive coal reserves acting as a natural charcoal filter, West Virginia used to be famous for its well and spring water.
"We had the best darn water in the world," Prenter Hollow, W.V. resident Maria Lambert said when we visited her home in mid-January, "but that all changed, didn't it?"

It took years for the Lamberts and their neighbors to accept that their water may have been contaminated by nearby mountaintop removal coal mining. Not only was mining taking away their charcoal filter, but it also threatened to contaminate their water supply with toxic chemicals.

In a 2009 lawsuit, locals blamed broad health problems including elevated cancer, surgery, and mortality rates on mining activity. They received compensation in a 2012 out-of-court settlement with Alpha Natural Resources, which had bought the suspect mine from original owner Massey Energy

It's hard to say exactly how much Prenter suffered, and no one knows how common these problems are. Coal, which provides around a quarter of America's consumer energy, is so important to the local economy that people try not to ask many questions. Still, locals seem resigned to negative health effects.

My 2 Cents: Under National Socialism the safety of the people and environment always comes first. Under Capitalism, profits come first and the environment comes last. Eventually, nature will correct the imbalance if mankind doesn't.