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December 9, 2013

Swarming the gold mines,

a skilled rabble of impoverished men and women siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars a year worth of ore.
Abetted by criminal gangs, they occupy vacant mining tunnels, sometimes inside working gold mines. Because South Africa's leading mines have elaborate security, invaders can't move in and out easily. Once they penetrate a mine, they may stay down for months. Deprived of sunlight, their skin turns gray. The wives and prostitutes who live with them turn gray. In South Africa they call them ghost miners. They inhabit an underground metropolis that in some gold- fields can extend for forty miles, a suffocating labyrinth in which the only glitter is the dream of gold.Gold : NPR

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 9, 2013 7:30 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Sounds a great deal like the American Entitlement System and the significance isn't lost on anyone.

Posted by: Jack at December 10, 2013 2:16 PM

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