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Archive for February, 2011

    

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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The most thrilling and disgusting scene in all opera must surely be Madam Mao’s dance in Nixon In China.  The burning of the heretics in Don Carlo provokes equal anger and disgust; but for sustained horror, Nixon wins.  To see Kissinger dancing with thin girls and lusting after them as the boys kick and beat the women to near death, as Madam Mao glorifies in the violence, is to enter a new level of musical & dramatic intensity.  (more…)

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gold- stack of bars

The Huffington Post was sold this week for millions.  For years I have dipped into it occasionally for a balance on the news.  I even fought the folk here at InfoMine telling them the format is attractive and easy to use.  At last this advice is getting implemented–but only partially. (more…)

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Forget those salaries and wages in mining.  Go for the executive suite and get real money.  There is a mining company somewhere in the United States where the Chairman received a total 2009 compensation of $21,477,100.  The only problem with 20 is that it is only 10 after taxes.  Still, I wonder how you can productively spend a million dollars a month? (more…)

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Some random thoughts on consulting to the mining industry prompted by recent events. First the budget.  (more…)

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One word captures the Vancouver Opera production of La Clemenza di Tito: sublime.  An all-Canadian cast sings those sparse arias to sublime perfection.  Clear, strong voices project the music to the middle earth of your soul.  (more…)

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The Alaska Miners Association Southeast Spring Meeting is in Juneau from March 15 to 18, 2011.  A preliminary agenda can be found at the link.  Topics for sessions include: training, safety, and exploration.  On the Saturday following the conference are field trips to Greens Creek or the Kensington Mine.  I know Greens Creek well, so may be able to persuade myself to go to the Kensington Mine.  (more…)

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