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No pictures with this posting.  Seems WordPress cannot upload pictures when my computer is linked via the Nomad Inn system in Fort McMurray. (more…)

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Good blogs about mining are rare.  Along Fools Gold Road is a blog about mining that I have just come across.  Here is an extract from one of the postings that helps us understand and appreciate the fascination we all have for gold: (more…)

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Bombing Libya and the opera Ariadne Auf Naxos both force us to confront the questions of what is good and what is bad, what is moral and what is amoral, what are gods and men to do in the face of comedy, farce, & tragedy, what to do when the choice is life or death, and is it better to remain silent and survive, or die at the hands of a tyrant bent on genocide? (more…)

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This blog and those listed in the blogroll to the right deal with mining–and the controversies that swirl around mining. 

Last week at the Alaska Miners Association meeting in Juneau, I presented a talk on mining blogs for mining controversies.  Here is a link to the Powerpoint and talking notes that I used in my presentation.   Maybe you will enjoy.  Maybe you will agree or disagree with what I say.  Regardless please let me have your comments.

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There may be a KOA in Las Vegas. I have never used it. Instead take the kids to one of those hotels on the strip. My grandkids like the Excalibur with its turrets and towers and fake knights in armor. They thrill at going down to the basement where there is a kids’ wonderland of games, 3-D movies, prizes, and action. The boys can shoot at moving targets; the girls angle fishing roads at plastic fish floating by on a revolving stage. Then one of the girls takes up the gun and with sure aim hits to win a prize. The boys hang their heads in shame and demand more coins to try to beat this budding Annie Oakley. (more…)

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The boat slide quickly along the calm sea, but tidal waves were forming and threatening a rough voyage.  We stood on the deck gazing at a blue ocean, green trees, and towering peaks of snow.  A peaceful scene wrought of turmoil and storm that reminds you the world is not always beautiful. (more…)

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Two lonely docks along the infinite coast of Alaska; two points of departure & arrival on the still sea; one a beach of black stone, the other a lattice work of metal atop piles driven into the soft muds;  these are the links in a long route to the mine.  The journey starts in a friendly bus rattling along a thin highway between the ocean and the mountains.  The journey continues on the boat between the two lonely docks.  Then into another bus and a precarious ride up and every up into the snow-covered landscape, the hills towering in pristine white and ready at any moment to disgorge snow in killing avalanche. (more…)

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