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One of the enduring mysteries of professional practice is why groundwater experts never apply the Observational Method in their ever-more sophisticated groundwater modeling and monitoring work. (more…)

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The CD containing some of the papers presented at the SME conference in Seattle two weeks ago has just appeared on my desk.  There are at least twenty papers that I will read and write about.  For now let me discuss the first to catch my attention, namely Waste Dump Site Selection by Using Fuzzy Vikor by A. Yazadni-Chamzini of the Islamic Azad University in Tehran. (more…)

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CAT exhibit at 2012 SME Annual Meeting

There is a new blog on mining on the net.  It is called Mine Planning Today.  Its aim is to:

This blog is dedicated to sharing tips and opinions on mining, mine engineering and mine planning. The goal is to provide a place for mining professionals to connect, share, and grow professionally. This forum will hopefully provide a place for meaningful networking, which leads to learning from each other and growing. (more…)

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Introduction

Today I went to HR Block and had my taxes calculated.  It is a disaster: I owe lots and the total taxes I paid is more than the average Canadian salary.   I am seriously considering selling up and moving to Las Vegas.  And stopping working.  Why work to merely pay great sums to the government that squanders the money on frivolous pursuits?   I could blog away at no cost to anyone; to no income to me; and to no taxes to a far-distant gobbler and distributor of my earned income. (more…)

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Four great opera singer-actors triumphed in today’s MET broadcast of Ernani.  All were in full voice and convincing dramatic enactment of a rather nasty story.  This is opera, so the soprano finds herself loved by the tenor, baritone, and bass.  And the four of them bash out the music in this improbable love quartet.  You know what is going to happen: this is opera, as I have said.  The tenor and soprano die at their own hands singing all the way.  (more…)

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Conceptual models are key aspects of mine modelling, analysis, and decision making.  With our limited thinking ability, we need concepts, or models, of reality before we can fully comprehend, understand, and mentally manipulate reality.  (more…)

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Pebble Mine and hence Anglo American may not be a prudent investment at present.  I have been wrong before in predicting the rise and fall of mine share prices, so please do not take the following as investment advice.  See this for what it is: the ruminations of cantankerous old blogger.  (more…)

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Here is one way to make money from mining that I have not hitherto thought of: do what Rick Santorum did.  It is described in a report at this link thus:   “Santorum did not register as a lobbyist, but he aided corporate and other interests as a consultant. He was paid $142,500 by Consol Energy, a Pennsylvania-based energy firm with numerous Appalachian coal mines. The firm has lobbied against Obama administration efforts to tighten limits on greenhouse gas emissions.” (more…)

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Rick Santorum could conceivably be the next president.  I hope not, but it is not my choice. I would prefer Ron Paul; at least I agree with him fifty percent of the time.  (more…)

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The cost to attend the South African Mining Indaba was R12,000.  So there was another meeting called Alternative Mining Indaba.  A report on that conference is at this link.  The report is long and convoluted.  I have difficulty in working out what their point is, but it is something to do with ethical mining.  A quote: (more…)

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