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A train, a narrow trestle and 60 seconds to escape – the death of Sarah Jones

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The Feb. 20 death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of Midnight Rider outside Doctortown, Ga., spread grief and anger through Hollywood. It has led to an industrywide reckoning on safety standards and inspired some Oscars attendees to wear black ribbons on their lapels in her memory. Many of the details of the accident remain murky and unknown. But now a THR reconstruction, based on an exclusive eyewitness account and interviews with Jones’ parents and others, reveals harrowing new details of what happened when a 20-person film crew tried to shoot a scene on a live train track…

As the day wore on, director Randall Miller moved the shoot from the land beside the river onto the narrow gridwork of the trestle itself, which extends over the edge of the Altamaha. The trestle’s wood and metal bottom was covered with pebbles and had gaping holes in some places. The blustery wind rang through the girders, making it hard to stay steady, says Gilliard…

From shore, several dozen yards away, a voice shouted to the crew that in the event a train appeared, everyone would have 60 seconds to clear the tracks. “Everybody on the crew was tripping over that,” says Joyce Gilliard. “A minute? Are you serious?” By now, she and two other crewmembers were nervous enough that before shooting, they gathered in an informal prayer circle…

While Gilliard prayed, Jones helped load film, monitor the cameras and transport gear. A fresh-faced South Carolinian with a passion for travel and books, Jones wasn’t really the type to fret much. The crew was filming a dream sequence, and they had placed a twin-size metal-framed bed and mattress in the middle of the tracks. Then, Gilliard looked up and saw a light in the distance, followed by the immense howl of a locomotive. It was a train — and it was hurtling toward them.

Read the long, detailed, sad tale, a cautionary tale. Sooner or later a court will make decisions about precautions that didn’t seem to exist, protocols that were engaged decades ago to protect film crews – and ignored IMHO.

A tale worth reading for the death of a young working woman that never should have happened.

Thanks, Mike

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Written by Ed Campbell

March 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Big-hearted oil company hands out pizza gift certificates after deadly explosion

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The Chevron Corp. donation of free pizzas to Greene County, Pa., residents affected by a gas well explosion last week is not going over well, residents say.

Chevron is dispensing 100 gift certificates for pizza and soft drinks to those in the area of the southwestern Pennsylvania county where a gas well exploded Feb. 11. The incident killed a worker, injured another and sparked a fire that burned for four days…

Chevron’s attempted outreach was the topic of a Twitter user, who wrote Tuesday, “Worst apology ever. Sorry our fracking well exploded, here’s a free pizza.”

Another unidentified resident said he found the gift certificate when he returned home Sunday, and noted it was the first and last time Chevron contacted him about the incident…

BTW, Chevron says…the situation at the well “remains serious, and teams are working around the clock to safely approach and shut the well.”

Golly gee. They’re sticking around for a spell to clean up their mess. How thoughtful.

Written by Ed Campbell

February 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Where’s the beef? Unsound, unwholesome and unfit for human consumption…

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It all ends up looking like this

A California meat company has issued a recall of some 8.7 million pounds of meat as it was processed from “diseased and unsound” animals.

The Department of Agriculture”s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) revealed that the said meat was processed and sold without federal inspection.

Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp. has recalled the meat that was sold in the form of beef carcasses and boxes of beef oxtail, liver, cheeks and tongue in four U.S. states; California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.

The recalled products were produced from in the first week of January and had pack sizes ranging between 30 pounds and 60 pounds. The Beef carcasses and boxes carried the establishment number “EST. 527″ inside the USDA mark of inspection…

“The products are adulterated, because they are unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce,” the FSIS said.

The recall has been categorized as ‘Class 1 level’ which is considered to be the most serious and indicates that the product in question has the potency to cause “serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

We keep being told we have the safest, healthiest food in the world. That is – unless you apparently shop at Walmart, Kroger, Brookshire’s, and on and on. Sometimes, I think those low price value meats make it to store shelves because some chain store executive figures the profits are larger than the lawsuits from survivors!

Of course, if state and federal officials performed the tasks we entrust them with – we might stand a better chance of a long and healthy life.

Written by Ed Campbell

February 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

Descanso honors BREAKING BAD’s Walter White

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Descanso honors “Breaking Bad” character Walter Whitecourtesy of Michelle Valdez-Browning

“Breaking Bad” fans continue to honor Walter White.

North Valley resident Michelle Valdez-Browning and her brother, Marc Valdez, and son Aaron Browning made a descanso near the Nazi compound where White passed away in the show. (A descanso is a roadside memorial that commemorates a site where a person died. They are seen along roads in New Mexico.)

Valdez-Browning says her brother was part of the locations crew who helped scout the various areas…“He put his heart and soul into finding the right places,” she says.

Once the show aired, the trio decided to pay tribute to White and put the descanso in front of the area…The location is near Second and Los Ranchos Road NW.

In case you want to be among the hundreds who continue to visit Albuquerque to pay their respects.

Written by Ed Campbell

October 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm

In case you missed it…

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This appeared in the Albuquerque Journal shortly after the conclusion of “Breaking Bad”.

Written by Ed Campbell

October 5, 2013 at 2:00 am

UN tries to reopen inquiry into Dag Hammarskjold’s death — the NSA refuses to cooperate

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2nd Secretary-General of the UN, Nobel Peace Prize in 1961

A commission looking into the death of former United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold has recommended that the UN reopen its investigation.

Mr Hammarskjold’s plane was travelling to Congo on a peace mission in 1961 when it crashed in Zambia.

A UN investigation in 1962 failed to find the cause of the mysterious crash.

The commission said there were significant new findings, and that the US National Security Agency might hold crucial evidence…

It said Mr Hammarskjold had given “unparalleled service to the UN and paid the ultimate price”, and that it was “among those most concerned in arriving at the whole truth”.

The Swedish-born diplomat’s plane crashed on 18 September in a forest near Ndola in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia…All but one of the passengers and crew on the flight were killed.

Mr Hammarskjold was trying to negotiate a peace agreement between Congo’s Soviet-backed government and Moise Tshombe, who had declared independence for its mineral-rich province of Katanga…The UN secretary general was going to Ndola to meet Mr Tshombe, who was backed by former colonial power Belgium and some Western mining interests…

The Hammarskjold Commission report, written by four international lawyers, said there was “significant new evidence”…It said the claim of an aerial attack, which might have caused the descent of the plane by direct damage or by harassment, was capable of being proved or disproved.

The report said that given the NSA’s worldwide monitoring activities at that time, “it is highly likely” that the radio traffic on 18-19 September 1961 was recorded by the NSA and possibly also by the CIA…The report said: “Authenticated recordings of any such cockpit narrative or radio messages, if located, would furnish potentially conclusive evidence of what happened to the DC6.”

The Commission said it had made Freedom of Information Act requests to the National Security Archive, which were rejected on national security grounds

Once again, Uncle Sugar decides that only a release of information decided in the first place by anonymous bureaucrats in their hidey-holes need be answered. No matter that Dag Hammarskjold was a diplomat of international repute. No matter that his death was “an event of global significance which deserves the attention both of history and of justice”.

The White House, NSA, CIA rally round their own personal flag and decide that history needn’t receive an update. Especially one that admits to our snooping for decades.

Written by Ed Campbell

September 10, 2013 at 8:00 am

“Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” misses top spot – Yup. Only made it to #2 in the 4 days since Thatcher died

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Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead – the song propelled into the charts by opponents of Baroness Thatcher – has failed to reach the number one spot.

The recording, taken from 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, entered the charts at number two…It was more than 5,000 sales short of this week’s chart-topper Need U (100%) by Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E…

It entered the charts at number 54 on Tuesday, the day after Baroness Thatcher’s death, and climbed to number 10 on Wednesday. By Thursday, it had reached number four and was at number three by Friday.

There was a final rush of 18,000 sales between Friday morning and today, the Official Charts Company said, but its final total was 52,605 copies – 5,700 behind Duke Dumont, which achieved 58,321 sales in the past week.

An Official Charts Company spokeswoman said it had been a “relatively quiet” week for sales however, with the average sale of a number one in 2012 being just under 106,000 copies.

Some Tory MPs demanded the BBC ban the song – but others warned that politicians should not interfere in the choice of records played by broadcasters.

Conservatives in the UK and the US are claiming this is a “victory”. Hilarious.

In related news, revelers are still being arrested while celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher. No doubt there will be a well-funded committee to enshrine her so-called legacy. After all, we have one in the United States for Ronald Reagan. Rewriting history remains a modern-day specialty for Western conservatives.

Outliving some miserable thug is not a political victory, of course. What is important is foiling the efforts of revisionist historians who now will try to construct a synthetic history of phony accomplishments for Thatcher. I have no idea if reactionary moguls in the UK will rely on the range of crappola constructs always at play here in the States – for Reaganites. The Brits probably have automatic scripts still in place since the critical ouster of Churchill and the Tories in 1945.

Written by Ed Campbell

April 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Shooting leaves 4-year-old dead, 6-year old suspect!

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The shocking death of a 4-year-old girl — shot dead with a handgun inside a car outside her grandparent’s home — zeroed in on two issues…

How did the gun that apparently killed little Rahquel Carr get into the hands of a group of children? And who owned the weapon?

A 6-year-old was found holding the weapon after the shooting. Police would not confirm if he fired the fatal bullet.

Family members were in shock Easter Sunday as the struggled to understand what happened and why. The girl’s grandfather, Willie Carr 57, collapsed Saturday night after the shooting and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital after he collapsed Saturday night…

Police will focus on who owned the gun and why it was in the car — was it stored there or brought by one of the children — are key questions in the investigation.

For now, no arrests have been made.

The children who witnessed the shooting are being interviewed by Miami-Dade police, Police spokesman Roy Rutland said.

The Medical Examiner Department will perform an autopsy on the child to determine the exact cause of death, police said.

Wayne LaPierre should be required to represent the NRA at the little girl’s funeral.

Even though the paltry Florida regulations were probably violated, these scumbags oppose even minimum controls for safety.

Written by Ed Campbell

April 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

For anonymous

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Reblogged from nilanjana roy

That girl, the one without the name. The one just like us. The one whose battered body stood for all the anonymous women in this country whose rapes and deaths are a footnote in the left-hand column of the newspaper.

Sometimes, when we talk about the history of women in India, we speak in shorthand. The Mathura rape case.

Read more… 982 more words

Thanks to Om Malik for the link to this thoughtful post

Written by Ed Campbell

December 30, 2012 at 11:00 am

Bumble Bee Tuna plant worker cooked to death in oven

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Police say that a 62-year-old employee was cooked to death in an industrial accident at a Southern California Bumble Bee Foods seafood plant.

Authorities say that it is still unclear how Jose Melena ended up in the plant’s cooking device, which was referred to in coroner documents as a “steamer machine”.

The police were reportedly called to the seafood plant at 7 a.m. Thursday morning and found Melena, who had worked for the plant for 6 years, in the oven. Police had pronounced him dead at the scene.

An initial investigation concluded that Melena had been fatally injured when he was cooked in the industrial cooker, according to Erika Monterroza of California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Authorities will visit the tuna-canning plant, conduct extensive interviews and review the company’s safety documentation.

If investigators find any violations, Bumble Bee Foods could be charged with civil penalties and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office could decide whether criminal charges are warranted.

I’ve worked in some pretty dangerous factories. Places where deaths weren’t at all uncommon. Still, I have to wonder what the investigation will turn up.

This is a truly bizarre industrial death.

Written by Ed Campbell

October 16, 2012 at 4:00 am


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