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I have always been fascinated by the role mining played in the glory that was Athens and hence the whole western world we enjoy.  I only wish somebody would write an intense history of Athens focussed on the mining and the role it played in the rise and fall of Athens.Sadly, most commenters end back up saying mine responsibly.   Vague and hard to do. (more…)

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An opera weekend.  Started Friday with Verdi’s Luisa Miler on DVD with a big bottle of brandy.  And then this morning at the Schoolhouse movie theater in Coquitlam with Verdi’s Macbeth.  The best part of all this was Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth.  As the New Yorker notes: (more…)

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Or you could title this post:  “Mine or be a Slave.” The images in this post are disturbing.  That is intentional.  I seek to be as provocative as ever I have been.  So read on and let us fight over this idea.  The idea that if you do not mine, you become somebody else’s slave. I am prompted to write this by some reports today.  The first is this from the National Mining Association: (more…)

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Please take a look at the photo-essay at this link before reading the rest of this posting.  The photo-essay is of work done to get the Bingham Canyon Mine going after the very big slide they had a while ago.  It is heartening to see the effort and success.  I hope it puts you in a good mood, at least a good enough mood to deal with the rest of this posting. I do not know whether to be amused or angry about the new site Yes to Life, No to Mining.  At one level it is ludicrous.  At another level it is infuriating.  As the announcement says: (more…)

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Somebody emailed me and asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing a book about mining in the Amazon.  I begged off the offer to read the e-version.  So instead they sent me a hardcopy of Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith.  Intrigued I read it–fast. You know it not seriously about mining when the front cover illustration is of a beautiful young woman kissing a good-looking young man.  Kind of like those covers you  see on books in the section of the store stocking soft cover porn for lady readers.  OK, the blurb on the front cover says: (more…)

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Here is information I received as a comment on a recent blog posting:

California is an anomaly from the perspective that it is only one of 5 or 6 states or territories that do not recognize mining as an engineering discipline; along with Guam, Hawaii, Delaware and a couple of others. The need for being registered is driven primarily by the State Boards. There are several places in the industry where signatures are required: on 10K reports for certification of reserves. This requires a “qualified person” and since there are 20 states that don’t recognize geologists as a profession, then the role may be defined as engineering in some cases. There are a plethora of state and federal mining permits requiring a PE signature. Underground seals must be constructed and signed off by a PE. Roof Control and Ventilation plans and many environmental permits require signatures. As I said, California is one of the exceptions and I really don’t understand why mining is ignored when mining was at the core of the state’s formation. I will say that the lack of recognition by the State has caused some confusion regarding liability and accountability.

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Turned the clocks back in more than one way today.  The ordinary act of taking an hour off every clock so that we abandon daylight saving time and go back to normal time, whatever that is. The second clock-turn-back was watching Francesco Cavalli’s opera Elena. Monteverdi was the first opera composer.  I have watched many time his two surviving operas: Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria and L’Incoronazione di Poppea.  Both imminently watchable and hearable. (more…)

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