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We sat in the lounge of a cold, distant, small town in northern Sweden, drinking local beer and trying to discern the outcome of the USA elections.  We included two Canadian mining engineers, a Dutchman who is a geologist who has lived most of his life on a farm where Sweden abuts Norway, a local from the town, and me.  By any international measure we are conservative: white, Anglo-Saxon males in mining.  (more…)

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Like forty-million others, last night we watched the presidential debate.  We were an assorted bunch of native-born, immigrants, converts, and sceptics.  Some always vote; some never vote;  some wished they could vote.  But in Orange County,CA (overwhelmingly Republican) in California (overwhelmingly Democrat)  voting is a duty, but not a decisive act. (more…)

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MineWeb reports that workers have left the copper mine in Afghanistan being developed by the Chinese because of fears of Taliban attacks.  It appears that the Taliban has target the mine, stating that they do not believe the people will benefit from the mine and that profits will be siphoned off by the Afgan elite and the Chinese. (more…)

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Today, on the bridge across Capilano River just before it enters the  ocean, I watched First Nations People catch fish.  They had arranged the rocks in the river to direct the fish to shallows.   The fish were trapped.  They could not swim past the rock barriers.  The Indians, clad in cheap clothes and rubber waders, plodded into the rock-traps and with nets captured the fish that thrashed in death-agony.  The fish were thrown onto rocks, bludgeoned, and cut open to be laid out in rows to dry. (more…)

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This is a blog about mining (and occasionally opera.)  Sometimes I stray into politics, specifically the politics of mining and the politics that affect mining.  Let me do the mining/politics thing in this post. At this link is a report that makes the blood boil and the hair curl.  It is all about poor Mitt putting his foot in his mut yet again.  In part the link notes: (more…)

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The profit of suppliers to the mining industry is of course tied to the profit of the mining industry.   To invest in the mining industry, you may choose instead to average things out, and invest some in those who supply the mining industry.  How are they faring? (more…)

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The kids and grandkids have left to return to California; the bikes are packed away; the towels for swimming washed;  the plastic cups and dishes back on basement shelves; and a near-adult feel returns to the house.  (more…)

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United States miners all should be paying close attention to a bill passed this week by Congress. I refer to Bill HR 4402. It is now up to the Senate and President to decide its fate. A Democrat-controlled Senate may sit on it and do nothing—that is unacceptable. The White House has stated that is opposes the bill; but has not threatened a veto. How could it? (more…)

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Background:  In response to requests, the U.S. EPA has undertaken to review the Pebble Mine.  They are apparently acting  in terms of the Clean Water Act, although many dispute their authority to do so.   The review is taking place before any formal submittals have been made by Anglo America, and many claim that Anglo should at least be granted due process. (more…)

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With Mitt Romney well on his way to being the next president, I thought it time to examine their attitudes to mining.  OK, I know there are a few more pesky elections and attacks on Romney’s for his capitalistic sins (firing excess workers at unprofitable companies) to get through, but still the news snippets are fun.  Here are a few.  (more…)

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