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Archive for February, 2011

 
The Canadian political scene is abuzz with attacks on a minister of the Federal Government.  She apparently uttered “mistruths” about inserting the word “not” into a recommendation that a so-called religious group by the name of KAIROS be granted government money to continue their work.  (more…)

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Went drinking last night.  A fellow drinker makes about $150 a month playing Eve On Line, a massive on-line mining game.  He tells me there are upward of 400,000 players, probably all making more than he does.  Thus the economy of Eve is about $60 M a month.  Probably more than most mines!

He specializes in those regions of space where security is low, but the ore is rich.  He spend a few hundred buying equipment.  The money is real–it comes from his credit card.  The product is electronic–he sells it on the game’s exchanges.  The money from selling goes into his bank account; hence the profit.  (more…)

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Juneau is my favorite State Capital.  It snuggles between the mountains and the calm waters of the inlet some way down the panhandle of Alaska.  Thus I readily accepted when I was asked to present a course at the upcoming Alaska Miners Association 2011 AMA Juneau Convention to be held March 15 to 18, 2011.   Here is a  LINK to the registration form.  The course will be a one  day course, in spite of what the form says currently, i.e., a half-day.  I htink a full day is better as we can pace ourselves and go into detail. (more…)

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Being Friday, it seems a good time to indulge in the lighter, more speculative part of mining: namely gold, its extraction, and its price. 

Here from my e-mail in-box is a report on a new way to extract gold–no promises from me that it works.  (more…)

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CostMine has just sent me a copy of their new 2010 Survey Results U.S. Coal Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits.   Here are some of the numbers for coal mine wages.  In future postings, we will look at salaries and executive compensation. (more…)

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Sunday to Wednesday travel as proven by these photos. (more…)

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The Mining Indaba is the great South African event on the mining calendar.  Here is a link to a report on the clash of elephants at the conference.  We quote: (more…)

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