Santa delivers a Lump of Coal for Christmas!
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Lump of Coal is an easily obtainable, multi-purpose resource that can be acquired by mining around the game world, by mining and by destroying the smouldering wood on the ground in the biome. It can also, more rarely, be obtained by looting containers or .
Latika Body Essentials has a silly holiday gift for folks who’ve been naughty or literally dirty. Its Lump of Coal soaps are partly made of activated charcoal and smells like smoked wood. Each bag contains three pieces of soap.Mother Jones, who organized in both places, thought workers should skip the pleas for magical or divine intervention. Why do you accept the lump of coal from the bosses? Jesus would want you to rise up, not depend on him or blessings, she argued. You need to take the coal, and create a new world from the one the heartless and soulless capitalist bosses had created.I’ve been thinking about Santa Claus and the lump of coal threat from folklore. Thinking about it in relationship to this month, which is the anniversary of one of the highest miner death tolls in a single month in US history, December 1907.The handiwork of vastly talented (but altogether too cheery) master brewer Peter Scholey, Lump of Coal is the perfect stocking stuffer for the beer lover or manic depressive in your family.Mechanization and surface mining decreased the number of underground disasters that led to cruel months such as December 1907, but the lump of coal thinking continued. Mechanization, though, increased the amount of dust and led to increasing incidence of black lung. It, like mountaintop removal, asked workers and communities to bear the cost of profitability. Compensation for any of the destruction of life would mean no profits.The loss of that radical core has brought us to accepting a lump of coal as the best we can do. The loss of the radical part of the labor movement has allowed the exchange of lives for profit to continue.The Apple faithful are so gullible about pricy, pretty things, the fruit-logo company should turn these product delays to marketing advantage by delivering the real thing rather than a figurative lump of coal in the Christmas stocking. Jony Ive can do yet another hypnotically boring video about Apple coal—the design, the texture, and why receiving one with festive recycled ribbon is a privilege. It's a diamond in the making!The tradition of a lump of coal may date back to Italy. On the evening of the day after Christmas children would be visited by a good witch named Strega Buffana who flew around Italy on a broom and left treats for good children, but lumps of coal for naughty children.