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For about ten years until about 2005 I used to attend all the Los Angeles opera productions.  Placido Domingo was, and still is, in charge of the music.  Occasionally he would sing in an opera—what a thrill to see and hear him live.  I vaguely recall that in the program notes, there were news pieces about Domingo’s Dames, a group of women devoted to him and his role in opera.  I cannot establish if this group still exists.  I hope it does. (more…)

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A beautiful sunny Vancouver day.  Perfect to be outside and demonstrating.  I was walking with two mining clients from coffee to the hotel as we encountered a noisy parade.  Here are some photos from the parade.  A raggle-taggle band of protestors in colorful clothes demonstrating about Goldcorp and the Marlin Mine.  Not much more need be said, for they have nothing new or insightful to say either.  (more…)

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IMG_4185 by thirstyboots07.

The Goldcorp Marlin Mine in Guatemala is a fascinating case history in the ups and downs of mining, of the license-to-mine, of community relations, of so-called sustainable development, and the role of law in a just system.  Then there is the fascinating aspect of a government that may not be entirely competent or uncorrupt; and which is beset by social and religious fights, and the need for money to balance the budget.   Although I have met a number of government officials and they all seemed honest and earnest to me.  They struck me as ordinary, decent people trying to do the right thing in a situation beset by violence, racialism, and poverty-related turmoil.   Not to mention the pernicious influence of drug trafficking and rival religious groups.  They were moreover beset by trying to deal with the terrible influence of meddling groups of internationalists seeking personal exposure and gain. (more…)

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  Last night we watched the final episode of The Ring, namely Gotterdammerung from LA Opera.  Much the same story as the Prince of Persia which I saw with the grandkids in the morning: a rather stupid hero, a brave princess, and a special object that causes trouble if not returned to its rightful owners.   The music of Wagner’s opera was better.  In neither was there much acting worthy of the art, movie or opera.  Both were pretty static in spite of a vast amount of detail and symbolism. (more…)

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Tomorrow is Sunday, so we might as well write a sermon on truth. (more…)

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The mists settle over the valley.  A large-wing-span bird soars the wind.   The sun sets pink and red over purple hills.  This is the view from the mining camp where I am now.  (more…)

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