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On a plane, somewhere between Santiago and Dallas, while enjoying food , drink, and Green Day on my iPod, I read in one of the five magazines that I regularly peruse, an article that said that business leaders who support Romney are not coming out in his support.  They think he will be good for the economy; but they do not like his, and the Republican’s, social policies.  Who but mittconception and his tribe believe that pregnancy, even by rape, is God’s will?  (more…)

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[The photo above and the two others in this posting we taken today in Santiago.  They are all of decorated benches in public places.]

Today I received this from Venmyn, a South African company that is the leader in mine valuation and NI 43-101s as applicable. (more…)

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Here are a few photos taken on today’s bike ride.  Some are art, some graffiti.  I prefer the graffiti.

First pure graffiti on a wall along the bike path—and in a place where the Vancouver graffiti police cannot see it and blot it out.

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On Sunday I was lucky enough to go to lunch with four beautiful, intelligent young women.  One is doing post-doc studies, one is a vet, one a graphics designer, and one a civil engineer in mining.  I am sure all earn high salaries.  We ate in the old market in the center of Santiago.  I paid.  (more…)

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I am in Santiago, consulting on a new project, trying to help make a decision about alternative mining and waste disposal methods.   (more…)

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I am back in Santiago, having barely survived the long flights, excess food & drink in Business Class, and the two hours getting through Chile Immigration & Customs.  Seems like twelve planes arrived at the same time; I have never seen an airport anywhere as crowded and slow.  This is part of the life of a mining consultant: lots of glamour at the expense of extreme patience in line to see surly passport inspectors and those who believe you are smuggling packets of peanuts.  (more…)

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Many miners go to Santiago, Chile to do mining.  The country is mining boom country.  Their engineers are skilled and able.  Yet they need augmentation by international mining folk.  Reasons include: too few engineers; a search for new ideas; international perspective; and mine ownership by foreign mining companies footing the bill and hence wanting control. (more…)

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Today was one of those days when you question reality and contrast fact with fiction.  For you ask: is fiction merely a reflection of reality?  Do we read fiction to escape or understand reality?  Is fiction perception distilled  or fact distorted by experience?  (more…)

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While in Santiago, which I left yesterday, I went to the Museum of Fine Arts.  They have an exhibition of old maps—those gorgeous colorful and ornate affairs replete with curlicues and swirls.  I spent much time just stunned by the size and beauty of the maps.  (more…)

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Being a Sunday I took long walks through the city.  Here are some pictures of things that caught my attention. 

A typical street scene with public clock and advert.

 

The copper man–indeed a live human all dolled up in copper. 

The spires of the cathederal in the main square. 

This is the statue of Pedro de Valdivia.  I think he was the fellow who founded the city.

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