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Sat Jan 4, 2020, 03:28 AM

At least six wildfires raging in Chile

At least six wildfires raging in Chile

Santiago de Chile, Dec 3 (Prensa Latina) Six wildfires are raging this Friday in different regions of Chile, the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF) reported.

So far this season, CONAF has reported a total of 2,672 wildires, which have affected 17,187 hectares of grasslands and forests and represent an increase of 88 percent over the previous period.

In its most recent report on the situation in the current season, CONAF stressed that until last evening, a total of 53 wildires were registered in the country, of which six remain active, 18 are under control and 29 have been extinguished.

The largest is a fire in the O'Higgins Region that remains active and has consumed an area of about 500 hectares of vegetation in the commune of Coltauco, which remains on Red Alert.


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Judi Lynn Jan 2020 OP
mahina Jan 2020 #1
KY_EnviroGuy Jan 2020 #4
mahina Jan 2020 #5
Judi Lynn Jan 2020 #6
KY_EnviroGuy Jan 2020 #7
Judi Lynn Jan 2020 #8
secondwind Jan 2020 #2
crazytown Jan 2020 #3

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 03:34 AM

1. Damn.

Is this also a combination of arson and climate change?

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Response to mahina (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 06:17 AM

4. Snip from article....

The authorities constantly insist that the population take all precautionary measures to prevent wildfires in a season that is forecast to be violent due to the high temperatures that affect a large area of the country and the severe drought, considered the most severe ever recorded in the country.

More here.....

August 24, 2019
Worst drought in decades hits Chile capital and outskirts

Link: https://phys.org/news/2019-08-worst-drought-decades-chile-capital.html

Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker said this week that 2019 is one of the driest years Chile has faced in six decades.

Officials are increasingly concerned by the effects of climate change after a long-drought. The world's leading copper-producing country uses large quantities of water for the industry, which is the backbone of the economy.


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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 06:24 AM

5. Jesus.


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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 08:23 AM

6. Such a sad, sad vision.The largest,Chuquicamata copper mine is so large it can be seen from space.

It even has its own graveyard.

Chuquicamata cemetery, Chile

Every photo on this page of thumbnail picture concerns Chuquicamata copper mine:



Chuquicamata (/tʃuːkiːkəˈmɑːtə/ choo-kee-kə-MAH-tə ) , or "Chuqui" as it is more familiarly known, is by excavated volume the largest open pit copper mine in the world, located in the north of Chile, just outside Calama at 2,850 m (9,350 ft) above sea level, 215 km (134 mi) northeast of Antofagasta and 1,240 km (770 mi) north of the capital, Santiago. Flotation and smelting facilities were installed in 1952, and expansion of the refining facilities in 1968 made 500,000 ton annual copper production possible in the late 1970s. The mine is owned and operated by Codelco, a Chilean state enterprise, since the Chilean nationalization of copper in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Its depth of 850 metres (2,790 ft) makes it the second deepest open-pit mine in the world (after Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah, United States).


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Picture of Che Guevara when he visited Chuquicamata, during his tour of the Americas after he graduated from medical school. He was horrified at the working conditions and the lives of the workers there. At that time the mine was owned by the U.S. American company, Anaconda. Chuquicamata was later nationalized by socialist President Salvador Allende, which drove Richard Nixon wild. When Nixon's puppet General Pinochet's butt was lowered into place in the office of the President, even though he had the "courage" to tell the military and the police to torture, mutilate, and murder suspected "leftists", he never quite got up the courage to privatize the mine, and take it out of the hands of the Chilean people.

Almost impossible to believe there was a lake in the photos you shared, at one time. I'd love to condemn any farmer who would have left one of "his" animals out there to die of thirst. Shameful.

It all happened within the lifetimes of so many of those living now, and it will go faster after this. Ugly legacy for the proud, pompous Capitalists still smelling up the earth.

Thanks for the link.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 08:57 AM

7. Thanks for sharing. It's no wonder why so many loved Che.

I've been to the mine in Utah and it and many others I visited during my work years are haunting reminders of the price our plant is paying so everyone can have cheap, modern conveniences like cell phones and tablets. The general public has no clue of the human and ecological cost of those gadgets, most of which wind up in landfills.

It's beginning to come back to haunt us and my guess is that exhausting or contamination of fresh water supplies may be the one that finally brings us to our collective knees.


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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 07:51 PM

8. Couldn't get the Anaconda mine in the US out of my mind today, looked up its human rights abuses.

Before the owners of the Chilean mine at Chuquicasata, grabbed that property, they also ground up human lives right in the United States and established a grotesque human rights record for themselves. A look at the list of people involved in ownership of Anaconda over the many years in the United States would make your skin crawl, so many "respectable" historic names. Monstrous people, all of them.

A legend in the history of labor in the U.S. is named in this article, and I love to refer people to his story to spread the news since there's not a chance he was ever mentioned in conventional US public schools, I'm certain. I never heard of him until well after high school:

The mysterious lynching of Frank Little: activist who fought inequality and lost
The ‘hobo agitator’ was killed in Montana in 1917 – a century later the question remains: who killed him and did it help pave the way for Donald Trump?

Rory Carroll Butte, Montana

Wed 21 Sep 2016 07.00 EDT

The murderers parked in front of 316 North Wyoming Street shortly after 3am. One stayed by the car while the others – six of them, all masked – entered the boarding house. They roused the owner, a woman named Nora Byrne. “We want Frank Little,” they said. Terrified, she directed them to room 32. They kicked in the door.

Their quarry, a slender, dark-haired man, had been sleeping. They hauled him out in his underwear, giving him no time to dress or grab his crutches, and bundled him in the car. They drove a short distance, stopped, tied him to the rear bumper and dragged him over the street’s granite blocks.

Out on the Milwaukee bridge, just outside town, they beat him. Then they attached a rope to a railway trestle and strung him up. “Cause of death: strangulation by hanging,” said the coroner’s report.

So ended the short, eventful life of Frank Little, labour leader, strike organiser and anti-war protester, in Butte, Montana, on 1 August 1917. A crippled, one-eyed, itinerant activist, he took on a giant corporation, and the US government, and lost.

He drew crowds by standing on street corners reading the Declaration of Independence. He appealed not just to white working men but women, blacks, latinos and hobos, insisting they had common cause.

Business owners hated and feared Little. Newspapers denounced him and police jailed him. When that didn’t work, hired thugs beat him up – but that didn’t work either. Little was the “hobo agitator”, fighting for freedom of speech and catching trains to flashpoints in Washington, California, New Mexico, anywhere where he could stir things up.

. . .

The US’s entry into the first world war in April 1917 raised the stakes. Patriotic hysteria swept the country. The Espionage Act virtually criminalised any opposition as treachery. IWW leaders opposed the war but hesitated to say so publicly. Little, in contrast, by then a board member, branded it a capitalist slaughter-fest for which no worker should die. When soldiers rounded up hundreds of striking Arizona mine workers in June 1917, an enraged Little denounced the troops as scabs.

Weeks later he headed north to America’s industrial crucible: Butte. The Montana town sat atop “the richest hill on Earth”, a font of copper which drew tens of thousands of miners. It had been known as the Gibraltar of Unionism, with powerful unions and a socialist mayor. But by 1917 the aptly named Anaconda company, a global player, was crushing organised labour.

It controlled employment, newspapers, police, politicians and for good measure had a militia, said Gutfeld, the professor. “In many respects Montana at that time was a colony of the Anaconda company. If you wanted to commit suicide you went out against the company.”


Clearly there are innumerable other victims who paid for the "freedom" U.S. workers are "given" now by the government as the Republican Party tries continually to hack them to bits, too, in its obsession with destroying unions. Republians hate both physical laborers, as well as those unable to work. If they were as smart as Republicans they would have all made wise investments, right?

Felt this is all connected to what has happened in Chuquisata, in Chile, the physical graveyard in plain sight for its workers chewed up working there, Che Guevara, and the ongoing struggle the human race can't afford to lose.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 04:01 AM

2. WTF??!?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 06:14 AM

3. "17,187 hectares of grasslands and forests"

For comparison the Siberian fires "affected" 2.3m hectares, while more than 6m hectares, and counting, are gone in Australia.

How do Exxon & Co. sleep at night? The time has come and gone.

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