CFC short film
Computers jolt into life, crash and reboot, volts flickering,
Coal dust everywhere.
Infected computers speak of compensation (UK).
Coal dust blows east to China and south to India,
500,000 people die each year of coal related lung disease with many of those remaining invisible to the database machines they fuel, caught up in the routine atrocity of producing our computers and powering them. Each computer takes over 250 Kg of fossil fuel to produce. Our way of life consumes bodies; lungs turn black, bones - malformed to feed the machine, muscles ripped and brains bludgeoned as we progress and develop towards a destination that never comes.
We need the nameless poor to die for us, moving on from slave labour to factories to deregulated enterprises. Slaves were branded, recorded, numbered, classified and priced; today, most Chinese and Indian mine workers never enter into our ledgers and databases. Their underground and invisible labour is the lifeblood of a free-market economy where nameless bodies have no more value than the coal dust that enters their lungs.
Stoke the boiler