Be Alert–the Caged Canary Stopped Singing

caged-birdCoal mining in the 20th century many times included taking a caged canary into the depths underground. These birds were sensitive to carbon monoxide, a potentially deadly gas devoid of color, taste or smell, that often formed in the mines. A dead bird in the cage meant the miners needed to be alert–deadly conditions were at hand.

Watching the political banter over the past months has been telling. Pointing fingers and one-upping from both sides of the aisle took front and center stage while pressing issues were left untouched.

I think the Canary has stopped singing. Please, let’s heed the issues at hand that can be deadly. We still have time.

3 thoughts on “Be Alert–the Caged Canary Stopped Singing

  1. Such a good analogy, Robin! I agree with you all the way!

    Your canary-in-the-mine analogy made me think of canaries on the prairie. In the 19th century, women leaving ‘civilization’ in the East, often took canaries along with them to keep them company and keep them from going bonkers out on the lone prairie. Oh, for some canaries to sing to us and keep us from going crazy during the next month!

  2. Such a good analogy, Robin! I agree with you all the way!

    Your canary-in-the-mine analogy made me think of canaries on the prairie. In the 19th century, women leaving ‘civilization’ in the East, often took canaries along with them to keep them company and keep them from going bonkers out on the lone prairie. Oh, for some canaries to sing to us and keep us from going crazy during the next month!

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