This is an obscure piece: to protect the innocent (or guilty as the case may be.) I obfuscate. I am back in California as I write this, having used my Global Entry card for the first time—the stupid machine struggled to read my fingerprints. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘India’
We all like to celebrate the value of mining. We all like to praise the benefits of mining and enjoy the good life it brings. I remind myself of the pleasure of the beauty of diamonds as I walk the halls of a northern diamond mine. I remind myself of the warm feeling of possession as I struggle the issue of the stability of a tailings impoundment at a new silver mine. Yet sometimes, I pause and wonder if mining is truly a source of the good life, or merely another in a string of human activities aimed at bragging and getting and exercising power. Maybe we do need mined products to buy the insurance of a good life after death by donating to the church or temple. (more…)
President Obama lectures the Chinese on censorship and they censor him on Chinese media as hand-picked “students” ask polite questions and avoid the truth—whatever that is in a goon-dominated place. The saddest and scariest part is that such tight control of people and the truth leads to a commercial behemoth that is seeking to take over the dollar and world mining. The Chinese long ago blocked this blog–about two years ago if I recall, soon after it started, so there is no danger I will offend anyone with negatives comments on Chinese mind-control. (more…)
Even MINExpo is dominated by one question: will the current US economy meltdown affect mining?
Even the thoughtful mining blogs are focused on how US economic woes will affect mining.
The reputable news channels report opinions that assure attendees mining will not be affected.
Boil it to the essence and there are but three messages in the mass of talk and reporting:
- Demand from China and India will continue strong and will keep metals mining robust.
- The US will still need electricity and that will keep coal mining expanding.
- Demand for mining equipment may fall, causing a reduction in long delivery times.