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Not for your glory, but for your countrymen.  Let the circle be drawn.  For in the circle sleep Brunhilde and Douglas B. Silver.  And around the circle pace Aslan, Wotan, and Dumbledore.  (more…)

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As we head into the weekend, a recommendation for weekend reading, namely the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines & Mining and Metals Sector Supplement.  This supplement is out for comment.  It deals with:

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Will somebody with knowledge and authority please stand up and tell us the truth.  I refer to the great debate over the new attempt to reform the 1872 mining law. 

On the one hand we have John Chadwick.  I have had many a drink with John in luxury bars in Denver.  He is British, loves traipsing around Africa on company planes and writing about mining.  He reminds me of the perfect old gentleman for whom drinking before sundown in the colonies was nigh on immoral.  But once you started drinking, why the sun never set on the British Empire.  He regards all Americans with wry humor, a species that made a gross mistake long ago in leaving the happy warmth of the Crown’s protection.  His brand of humor is straight out of the pages of dusty copies of Punch.  Here is what he published on his blog this morning:

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At Roundup 09, I have been privileged to meet with First Nations students and staff from the Northwest Community College.  Here are brief sketches of some of the people I have talked to:

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There is a vast hypocracy resident in most journalists.   And environmentalists and Marxists.  On Sunday night I was at a party where I fell into conversation with a young Turkish aethist who has chosen to complete his PhD at Simon Fraser University on the topic of the success of Marxism in France and its potential application in Turkey.   He told me in hushed tones that the religious in Turkey would have girls as young as ten veiled and secluded from the society of males.  He told me the Turkish religious right would have him jailed for being an aethist.  He maintained that the French are correct in banning all forms of religious expression in public.  And then he told me of Canadian over-exploitation of the environment.

I asked his opinion of the oil sands mines.  He had never heard of them.  So we opened another bottle of wine and got drunk arguing about ten thousand years of agriculture, global warming, and avoidance of another ice age. 

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The United States Society of Mining Engineers (SME) has once again managed to publish a tasteless, insulting, puerile article in an otherwise reasonable journal.  The shear crassness of the SME is on full display at RoundUp 09.  On a table at the registration desk are piles of the January 2008 issue of the SME publication Mining Engineering.  Lots of innocent Canadian picked up this smut to be angered and insulted by the article on page 8.

The article that is a disgrace to the SME and a bad reflection on mining engineers everywhere is a purported open letter to President Obama written by one Douglas. B Silver of Englewood, Colorado.  Mr.  Silver is president of Balfour Holdings, Inc.  I would urge every right thinking miner, Canadian and America, to e-mail him to express their distress at his terrible article.

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From this afternoon’s Roundup a few “tools” that were mentioned that may be useful when undertaking aboriginal engagement.

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