Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fraudsters flock to Chilean mine rescue

It seems a large number of professional grifters have figured out how to make a buck out of the Chilean miners in the process of being rescued. The Guardian reports how various teams of con artists are trying to take credit for the rescue - apparently, the miners are alive not thanks to their quick action in getting to the shelter, their will to live, and the engineering skills of their rescuers, but thanks to the special woo-woo of the grifters.

My favourite spiel:

"God has spoken to me clearly and guided my hand each step of the rescue," said Carlos Parra Diaz, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor at the San Jose mine. "He wanted the miners to be rescued and I am His instrument."


Such an unsung hero, and so modest with it. I really do hope he gets the reward he deserves for this...

9 comments:

Andrei said...

Silly Guardianista anti-Christian spin has sucked you in Milt.

There is nothing sinister about a Bishop in a Catholic country offering Mass at the scene of a disaster.

There is no hint of extracting money or anything else.

Why do you bother with such trash?

Psycho Milt said...

It's about advertising and market share, not cash in the hand.

The Bish comes out of it looking the least crap, but even he thinks it's God, not the people involved, who deserves the credit. That always gets on my wick.

Andrei said...

If it was New Zealand we'd have a Maori witch doctor poncing about and not a peep would you utter PM.

And you know it

Anonymous said...

Reasonable point.

But I think more importantly the remarkable smoothness this whole operation has enjoyed is surely unprecedented in mine-collapse- rescue history.

They're even two months ahead of original forecasts.

Is something going to go wrong at the last minute?


JQP

Anonymous said...

Lucia of NZ Conservative complained about a Kaumatua offering a prayer where Carmen Thomas' body was found.

Different if it's a Catholic, eh?

Psycho Milt said...

If it was New Zealand we'd have a Maori witch doctor poncing about and not a peep would you utter PM.

Probably not. I kind of expect backwards tribalists to start hopping about waving their special woo over things, but Chileans are meant to be part of civilisation. Pastor Diaz pretty much is a witchdoctor with a stick, and they should chase his ass off the site.

Anonymous said...

A quote from the Bish who looks least crap in your opinion.

"What matters is that God is acting through human ingenuity to rescue these men"

Your old chip on the shoulder bothering you again mate? Do you trawl the likes of the Guardian looking for stuff to be offended by?
Have you ever had a time when your mortal existence [or someone close to you] was very much in doubt? Even if you can't swallow your indignant pride and pray, be gratefull that someone else does. I doubt joining the mocking will be foremost in your mind then.

George

OECD rank 22 kiwi said...

What we need to lighten the mood is Paul Henry.

Maybe one of those travel programmes to Chile.

WAKE UP said...

""God has spoken to me clearly and guided my hand each step of the rescue," said Carlos Parra Diaz, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor at the San Jose mine. "He wanted the miners to be rescued and I am His instrument."

As ever, (and without wishing to impugn these men's bravery and fortitude) this kind of loose talk ignores the Rule of Omnipotence, which says God caused the collapse in the first place.