Mines Are Still Super Dangerous (and Big Coal Is Still Making Big PR Gaffes)

A moving tribute to coal miners who have died on the job, brought to you by the industry that killed them.

Remember the Upper Big Branch disaster back in April, when miners died and all of sudden mine safety was a big issue in the media? Well, nine miners have died since then—this despite the public outcry and a federal crackdown that was supposed to increase scrutiny and safety in mines.

The Washington Post ran an incredible, in-depth, and disturbing look at this regulatory failure, accompanied by a powerful, moving slideshow about deceased miners and their families. Though, as Jeff Biggers pointed out, "online readers of the Washington Post today were forced to view a fatuous 'clean coal' ad prior to viewing an extraordinary photo galley on 'Death at American coal mines.'"

The Washington Post must've caught some flack—by the time I checked it out there was an ad for Amway.


Even though marathon running is on the decline, half a million people signed up to participate in the 2020 London Marathon. It seems wild that someone would voluntarily sign up to run 26.2 miles, but those half a million people might actually be on to something. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running a marathon can help reverse signs of aging.

Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

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In a move that feels like the subject line of a spam email or the premise of a bad '80s movie, online shopping mogul Yusaku Maezawa is giving away money as a social experiment.

Maezawa will give ¥1 million yen ($9,130) to 1,000 followers who retweeted his January 1st post announcing the giveaway. The deadline to retweet was Tuesday, January 7.

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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