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I am in Huntington Beach, California and thus California Dreaming.  Or at least living the dream that is Orange County—a bastion of white, Hispanic, and Vietnamese wealth, power, and privilege.  The Bentley now stands outside the small townhouse where once (fifteen years ago) there stood a cheap American car driven by old people, now dead.  The hue of colors at the pier is vast–although, thankfully, there are still young ladies in bikinis (of all hue) on roller-blades bedecking the streets.  As my son once said: “Dad, no man should be enabled to fall in love so often during a mere walk down the street.” (more…)

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Another day of webcasts on mining and yet another long argument over the future of mining.  We opined in the webcast that filter-pressed tailings is the only way to go with the future of tailings: if a mine cannot afford the costs, they should not begin, for they will not be able to end.  Unless they can afford an embankment dam of compacted, durable rock and closure to a site that becomes a place where the rich may recreate like at Cannon Mine that is now a riding stable for the rich. (more…)

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Always on the lookout for mining scams, I came across the news report repeated below.  This Californian scammed an elderly couple of $5 million promising to extract gold from abandoned mines.  I can never quite understand how somebody who is smart enough to accrue so much money, can be so stupid as to part with it on the flimsiest of evidence–or no evidence at all.  (more…)

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This is not great photography.  For sure it is not art.  It is a simple photo snapped by me this evening as I waited outside the karate class my grandson attends a few nights a week in southern California.  I paste the photo here to augment the post below on the multiple-aspects of the state and the impossibility of capturing its essence. (more…)

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   Here is a link to an article that excoriates California.  Here is the concluding paragraph of the article: (more…)

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Yesterday we took the three eldest grandsons to LegoLand.  Much as grandfather would like to have snoozed the day in the sunshine like this fellow above, he had to walk the park and pay for food and umpteen boxes of new Lego for the boys.  This was a day of kids culture in Southern California:  rides; rowdy kids; and artificial surroundings designed for pleasure.  (more…)

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As the week winds down, here are some of the more way-out postings I have encountered this week on the subject of mining: (more…)

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   Mining jobs in Arizona pay pretty well.  At least they used to.  The details are set out at Arizona Geology.  That great blog notes from a 2007 study  — true, probably out-of-date, but interesting nevertheless:

  • Produced $98.4 billion of finished mineral, metal and fuel products, which were transformed into an additional $1.8 trillion in value added by other mineral, metal and coal consuming industries.
    Employed 376,310 workers in the 50 states
  • Payroll was $22.1 billion
  • Paid $4.4 billion in taxes on production and imports, which includes severance taxes, royalties, fees, property taxes and gross receipts taxes, etc., in 2006, the latest data available
  • Paid $1.2 billion in federal royalties and other mineral revenues
  • Paid $1.2 billion in federal corporate income taxes in 2005, according to the latest data available from the IRS

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The snow is still deep and the car is still lost in the drifts; but it is Christmas day so there is no concern or urgency to dig it out.  

The daughters are preparing the large-meal.  Up until now I have pretty much done the cooking as they fussed the kids.  But just for this meal, they may have the honor. 

We went sledding down the hill behind the complex.  A simple orange piece of plastic, but it sped down the snow-covered road where no car can pass.  The grandson delighted in the movement, but only as long as his aunt or grandpa was sitting behind him.  Pull the sled up the hill was all he would do alone.  He is almost as conservative as a banker lending to a junior mining company.

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This posting was written some time ago.  It has proven popular.  Google likes to list it.  Below is the original posting.  The following few paragraphs are new, inserted in November 2011.

If you have landed at this post, you are probably seeking a job in mining in Colorado or in California.  That is a tough call these days.  To check out current job listings go to CareerMine at InfoMine.  (By way of full disclosure, we share offices and they help me with IT–I could not manage a computer if I tired.) 

In California, US Borax is still mining.  And so is that group on the road to Las Vegas where they are pulling rare earth minerals out of the ground.  For the rest it is quarries to get the sand and gravel to make concrete to build more structures and repair those that are falling down. 

Maybe you can get a mining-related job cleaning up one of the many old mines in California that are now abandoned by their original owners and now belong to oil companies who, through Superfund, are forced to spend millions each year cleaning up past messes.  That produced lots of work for folk like you and me.  And it adds but a tiny bit of a cent to the price of gas at the pump to pay for it.  Might as well get on the band-wagon while it is rolling. 

The situation in Colorado is brighter.  Denver is still a place where mining companies operate to develop mines in far-flung places.  Not many new mines in Colorado though.  All the result of tree-huggers, tax-grabers, and a string of horribly-run mines that have left behind a legacy of pollution.  There are many consultants in Denver who are desperate for qualified folk who know mining.  But be prepared to be sent to Romania, Ghana, Russia, and other diverse nasty places to do real work. 

 If you do not like travel to unsafe places, the Denver consulting world is not for you.  But if you are young and seek adventure and the chance to die young, get on board, for they need you badly and will pay well. 

If you have few skills and seek to labor and manage equipment, you are probably out of luck in Denver and Colorado mining.  Sure they have lots of old mines that need to be cleaned up.  But there are few mines where muscle is needed.  To exercise physical power earning money on a mine, you need to go north to Fort McMurray or south to Chile, or around the globe to Australia.   Go to those place unbeset by Tea Party oldies who do not like change and Take Over Wall Street folk who do not like anything except drugs, death, and squalor. 

I have been brutally honest on the basis of pessimistic personal observation so far.  But keep in mind that I am only a blogger and thus can be wrong.  Read the original posting below. Look at the mining job posting sites like CareerMine, and ask around.

If you find I am wrong, please let me know so that we can tell the good news to others like you who are seeking employment while the politicians dither and obstruct. 

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There are still good jobs going begging in the mining industry.   The best place to find them is at CareerMine.   Seems that in spite of no dividend, Freeport-McMoran is looking for a Mill Superintendent and a Superintendent Mine at the Climax Mine site between Silverthorne and Leadville, Colorado.  Coal mining is still booming in the jobs world.  Cliffs in Cleveland, Ohio is looking to employ a slew of procurement folk.

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