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Google says it is upgrading its search engine to eliminate those annoying search-finds that are of poor quality and repeat other’s materials.  My search of Google Blogs for comments on Iphegenia enTauride by Gluck turned-up garbage.  Trite comments on the ability of the singers, etc.   Thus let me go to the heart of the matter and go where angels fear to tread.  (more…)

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Recent events in Libya put me in mind of stories my father told us of war and fighting in Libya during the Second World War.   In memory of the stories he told us and relevant to current events, I pulled out and repeat here a piece I wrote some time ago.  (more…)

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   A slow morning and an even slower computer that took its sweet time downloading files.  During the enforced no-compute period, I pulled out the proceedings of the Mine Closure 2010 Conference held in Chile in November 2010.  I read a paper that had not previously caught my attention.  I could not but stop to wonder how this will be dealt with at the Pebble Mine when it closes in a hundred years time. (more…)

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Here is how you tease the mining industry and confound reporters:  issue a news release that you have published your new NI 43-101.  Then let them search for an actual copy.  I have had an army of so-called specialists looking for a copy of Northern Dynasty’s Pebble Mine Ni 43-101.  It does not yet exist, is what we finally determined.  The smartest amongst us finally got to the SEDAR site, only to find a news release.   And this announcement: (more…)

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The blue waters of the swimming pool shine & shimmer in the pale moon of a balmy California evening.  A faint breeze ruffles the palm trees as the hot tub bubbles & steams.  This is swimming pool perfection.  (more…)

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This is a strange photo:  We have all sat at some time or another in a pool or hot-tub luxuriating in the moment of being; in the physical luxury of warm water and blue sky; in the visceral pleasure of perfect surroundings.  In Huntington Beach, California when I am visiting the kids and grandkids, I love to go to the town-house pool and hot tub.  Swim a couple of lengths; watch the tall palm trees ululating in the breeze; run to the hot-tub; delve deep into the heat and the physical shock of hot; then sit and chat to the locals about the big political issues.  The BIG ISSUES in a town-house complex include which trees to prune, which trees to cut down, and what species of tree to plant to replace lost trees.  (more…)

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Noir Canada

Canadian academics and free speech advocates are up in arms over two mining multinationals’ use of libel law to bury their critics in lawsuits.  I quote the most indignant part of the report:

Canadian academics and free speech advocates are up in arms over two mining multinationals’ use of libel law to bury their critics in lawsuits. Alain Deneault, Delphine Abadie, and William Sacher published a book called Noir Canada. Pillage, corruption et criminalité en Afrique that detailed well-sourced human rights abuses by the multinational resource companies Barrick Gold and Banro Corporation. The companies have responded with $11 million in lawsuits, aimed at bankrupting their critics with court fees. Barrick Gold has threatened other publishers on the basis of brief summaries of yet-to-be-published critical books. (more…)

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