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The time around Christmas and New Year is as good a time as any to kill an opponent.  Most folk are off with family or on holiday and are less likely than normal to be around to comment or protest.  Thus this is a good time to kill, assassinate as some call it, an opponent of mining.  The latest to be killed is an oponent of Pacific Rim Mining. The story is told in this report: (more…)

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I collect Disney villians.  On the collection shelf are plastic characters including that nasty lion uncle from the Lion King, the fat lady from the Mermaid, the cruel one who stole the puppies, and many more.  Now there is another, a thin fellow from The Princess and the Frog.  He is into vodoo in New Orleans, and seeks to get his hands on the fortune of the richest man in town by a devious plot that includes the marriage of a servant of the Prince to the ditsy, rapcious daughter of the rich man.  Blood-filled vials and black-magic abound until, in a scene lifted straight from Don Giovanni, the villian is dragged into the jaws of hell by a troop of scary creatures.  (more…)

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   The curmudgeon in me says thank goodness Christmas has come and gone.  Now we can return to a sort of normal as we wait out  the New Year.  I am in Orange County with the kids and have just returned from a nine-mile bike ride along the beach.  The sun was setting over the five oil rigs that light up the sea like Christmas trees in the turbulent waters.   A few dogs ran in the breaking waves.  A faint breeze stirred the palm trees.  Perfect winter southern California. (more…)

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As befits the weekend before Christmas, we attended two parties, one in a West Vancouver and one in Whistler.  Both were well-stocked with people working in the mining industry.  The short story that received the most votes for capturing the feeling of the current times was this one: (more…)

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Friday reading recommendations:

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   A fine PowerPoint presentation is available at this link.   I was privileged to be present when Bryan Farbridge, a student in the mining and mineral exploration program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) made the presentation.  In the presentation he shows slides of his 2009 student work at the Hawthorn Gold’s Cassiar Gold Camp.  (more…)

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The Toronto Sun reports re Platinex and a $5 million dollar payout from the Ontario government to settle a law suite: (more…)

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Christmas begun in earnest this weekend.  I braved the minus thirty-four degrees of Edmonton to attend The Nutcracker with mining folk.  Then supper at a fancy restaurant and much talk of the past decade—the first of the 2000s and soon to be over and done with.  On Sunday night to a party to sing carols and eat and drink some more.  And to argue with a climate change denier.  (more…)

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   I have just added to my blogroll a link to The Mining Blog.  It hails from Australia and  looks at the Australian mining industry.  No indication of who writes it.  And not many postings.  But those that are there are interesting.  From last week we have one comparing mining practices in some Australian and some USA mines.  The author undertook a trip to the USA to see some mines.  Here is part of what he says: (more…)

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    Still on the theme of thirty-year olds in the work place.  (See my blog posting below this one for an extended rumination on the topic of thirty-year olds in mining.)  This afternoon two thirty-year olds came marketing.  I must admire what they are doing.  They are setting up and marketing a software company that specializes in geotechnical software.  (more…)

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