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When I first came to Canada, I was told by proud Canadians that the country is unique: “Everybody is polite; no protests; and no class action law suites.  Not like across the border.”  (more…)

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Last week two of the serious magazines that I read more for information than crass pleasure had articles on drones.  Those are the unmanned aircraft currently used to kill targets in the Middle East who have, or may want to play terrorist.   One of the articles told of the use of drones to catch some nasty people in Idaho who barricaded themselves on their independent-state farm. (more…)

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On Saturday I posted a piece on the Pebble Mine.  Here is one of the comments on what I wrote—the commenter takes me to task for consulting to the EKATI Diamond mine, while questioning the need for and the practicality of opening the Pebble Mine.  First the comment and then my reply, which is an extended essay on the morality & ethics of diamond mining. (more…)

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An ordinary weekend preceding a Monday holiday.  And yet extraordinary if you think hard about it. (more…)

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The draft report by the EPA on potential mining impacts on Bristol Bay by the Pebble Mine or any of the other seven potential mines in that part of Alaska is published.  Here is a link to one report thereon—there are hundreds of news items, so maybe look for others as well if the topic interests you. (more…)

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Students in Chile are protesting; they are demanding free and better education.  The more communist-inclined are demanding nationalization of the country’s copper mines—which produce some sixty-percent of the country’s income.  Politicians dither and special-interest groups lobby.  It takes six years to get a degree when at most it should take four years. (more…)

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Today, I received the following in an email.  The writer asks a number of questions relating to his decision to go into mineral engineering.  First I repeat the email, and then I set out my answers to his questions.  If you too can help this fellow, please do so by commenting.  Thanks.  (more…)

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