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  • Diamond Mines in Canada

    09/18/2014 6:37:42 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 21 replies ^ | 09/18/2014 | Hobart King
    Throughout the 20th century most people would never have thought about Canada being an important producer of diamonds. [1] Their knowledge of diamonds was fixed on mining operations in Africa and diamond trading centers in Europe. All of this started to change in 1991 when two geologists, Chuck Fipke and Stewart Blusson, found evidence of diamond-bearing Kimberlite pipes about 200 miles north of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. One of these pipes would soon be developed by BHP Billiton into the EKATI Diamond Mine, which produced Canada's first commercial diamonds in 1998.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Memos show EPA officials tried to kill mine project before scientific review

    05/01/2014 6:53:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2014 | Phillip Swarts
    Agency officials coached tribes on how to oppose Alaska’s Pebble Mine. Obama has repeatedly urged that science guide environmental decisions, regulators inside the Environmental Protection Agency secretly worked with tribal and environmental activists to preempt a full review of an Alaskan mine and veto the project before the owners’ permits could be considered, internal memos show. Charged with being neutral arbiters, EPA officials instead began advocating for a preemptive veto of the Pebble Mine project in western Alaska as early as 2008, long before any scientific studies were conducted or the permit applications for the project were even filed, ......
  • Internal Memos Reveal EPA Worked Behind The Scenes To Kill Alaska Mine Project

    05/01/2014 5:51:42 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-1-2014 | Fox News
    <p>WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency came under fire Thursday after new emails surfaced that allegedly show government officials worked in secret with tribal leaders and other environmental groups to preemptively oppose the controversial Pebble Mine project in Alaska before a review was even conducted.</p>
  • Mongolian neo-Nazis rebrand themselves as environmentalists

    07/02/2013 10:34:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    Guardian ^ | July 2, 2013
    Members of the Mongolian neo-Nazi group Tsagaan Khass stand near a quarry where they questioned a worker. A Mongolian neo-Nazi group has rebranded itself as an environmentalist organisation fighting pollution by foreign-owned mines, seeking legitimacy as it sends swastika-wearing members to check mining permits. Based in an office behind a lingerie store in the Mongolian capital, the shaven-headed, jackbooted Tsagaan Khass stormtroopers launch raids on mining projects, demanding paperwork or soil samples to be studied for contaminants. "Before, we used to work in a harsh way, like breaking down doors," the group's leader, Ariunbold Altankhuum, 40, told Reuters. "But now,...
  • U.S. deploys SeaFox submersibles to Persian Gulf

    07/11/2012 11:45:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 11 July 2012 | Larry Clifton
    The U.S. Navy is transporting dozens of unmanned SeaFox submersibles to the Persian Gulf to seek out and destroy mines, as part of a major U.S. military buildup aimed at preventing Iran from closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Each SeaFox submersible is equipped with an underwater television camera, homing sonar and an explosive charge. The Navy bought them in May. - - - - - - - - SeaFox submersibles are 4 feet long and weigh less than 100 pounds. The craft boost U.S. military capabilities in the area with negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program stalled. Several...
  • TSA Unable To Detect 33% Of Land Mines Sent Through Security

    05/05/2012 10:08:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Jalopnik - Planelopnik News ^ | May 2, 2012 | Matt Hardigree
    TSA Unable To Detect 33% Of Land Mines Sent Through Security A mechanical engineer from the Army's Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey was stopped by TSA officers at Newark Airport after they found two Claymore mines in her bag. This would be a victory for the TSA had they not just let the woman's co-worker through with a similar mine in their checked baggage. Which government agency deserves your scorn, the one whose employees tried to bring anti-personnel mines (even inert ones) on a plane or the one whose employees didn't detect a third of them?
  • IDF Plants Mines Along Syrian Border

    08/13/2011 3:54:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/8/11
    As reported in B'Machana, the Israeli Defense Force has planted mines along the border with Syria. The preparations are being made in case residents of Syria use the Palestinian Authority's bid for statehood in September as an opportunity to storm the borders. Mines were laid across the perimeter fence, within the Israeli side of the border. Maj. Ariel Illouz of the engineering corps stated that the mines, combined with IDF troops, would prevent border crossing by masses of people.
  • AP NEWSBREAK: Feds approve new wireless mine tech

    07/20/2011 12:25:38 PM PDT · by CharlesWayneCT · 2 replies
    Mercury News (AP) ^ | 07/20/2011 | DYLAN LOVAN
    Federal regulators have approved a new wireless technology developed to help underground coal mines meet safety standards set after a fatal 2006 blast in West Virginia. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday it had approved the MagneLink technology from Lockheed Martin. It uses magnetic waves to overcome underground barriers to wireless signals that have left mines reliant on wired systems that can be damaged in a disaster. ... Mine safety officials said in April that nearly two-thirds of the nation's 529 underground mines had not yet fully installed the required equipment [to meet a new mine safety law].
  • Russian company may get Utah town and uranium

    10/12/2010 6:07:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Oct 10, 2010 | JUDY FAHYS
    Ticaboo • Syd Auster’s father flew fighter jets to protect American soil, including this dusty company town off a two-lane road to Lake Powell. But soon the same mineral-rich landscape that Auster’s dad safeguarded decades ago will be largely owned by the country he once guarded against. By year’s end, the Russian mining company Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ) will have a controlling stake in the Canadian company Uranium One. When that happens, the town itself, the Shootaring Canyon uranium mill a few miles up the highway, more than 10,000 acres of uranium claims in Utah and holdings in South Dakota, Wyoming and...
  • Should we send our uranium to Russia?

    10/11/2010 3:21:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    News Record ^ | October 7, 2010 | Steve Mcmanamen,
    Wyoming’s Washington delegation is concerned about the proposed transfer of three Powder River Basin uranium facilities into the hands of a Russian company. The Powder River Basin uranium facilities have been pulled into the Iran nuclear debate on Capitol Hill with a deal that would transfer the controlling interest of Canadian-owned Uranium One to the Russian company JSC Atomredmetzoloto. The company now owns 23.1 percent of Uranium One’s common stock and is seeking a controlling 51 percent share. Commonly known as ARMZ, the company is controlled by Russia’s state agency that oversees its nuclear industry. The agency has supplied uranium...
  • 4 GOP leaders warn of uranium mine sale : Russian agency would take over

    10/11/2010 10:35:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2010 | Eli Lake
    Four leading House Republicans, citing national security concerns, are urging Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner to block the sale of a Wyoming-based uranium mine to an arm of the Russian government's main nuclear agency. The lawmakers are raising alarm over the proposed sale of a Powder River Basin, Wyoming-based uranium processing facility operated by Uranium One USA, a Canadian-based company, to Atomredmetzoloto, a subsidiary of the Russian government agency Rosatom, according to a letter obtained Tuesday by The Washington Times. The sale was first announced on Aug. 31, and the lawmakers claim that it could give Moscow control of up...
  • US approval a step toward Russian company control of Wyoming uranium mines

    12/11/2010 1:38:08 PM PST · by thesellout · 52 replies ^ | November 30th, 2010 |
    US approval a step toward Russian company control of Wyoming uranium mines Published on November 30th, 2010 Topics : Nuclear Regulatory Commission , Uranium One , Wyoming , U.S. CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Two uranium mines in Wyoming are on their way to control by a Russian company now that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved transferring the mines' licenses. The NRC last week approved the license transfer to a Russian company known as ARMZ which expects to obtain a controlling interest in Canadian-owned Uranium One by year's end. Uranium One holds the licenses for a proposed uranium mine and an...
  • New King Coal ( Colorado to China )

    12/09/2010 6:11:43 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Pueblo Chieftain, ^ | December 9, 2010 | ANTHONY A. MESTAS
    TRINIDAD — The coal mines that once fueled the region’s economy are returning to life. The mine will produce metallurgical coal that will primarily be exported to Asian countries, including Japan, Korea and China.
  • Backlash over China curb on metal exports (environmental rules give China 97% rare earth mineral)

    09/06/2010 11:33:14 AM PDT · by goldendays · 37 replies ^ | 29 Aug 2010 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Backlash over China curb on metal exports China's draconian export curbs on rare earth minerals needed by the rest of the world for frontier technologies is escalating into a serious diplomatic and trade clash with the United States and other leading powers. By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor Japan's foreign minister Katsuya Okada issued what amounted to a formal protest at top-level meeting with Chinese officials in Beijing over the weekend, saying the sudden cut-off was "affecting the global production chain". It is the latest sign of rising pressure after angry complaints by companies outside China that rely on this...
  • Drifting N.Korean mine kills S.Korean

    08/01/2010 1:12:42 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 11 replies · 9+ views
    Yahoo AFP ^ | Jul 31, 2010
    SEOUL (AFP) – A North Korean mine which drifted along a river into the neighbouring South killed a man and badly injured another when it exploded, military officials said Sunday. Several wooden box mines have been retrieved by South Korean soldiers and police, but it was not immediately clear how the mines ended up drifting into the South. The explosion was reported shortly before midnight Saturday in a restricted border area in Yeoncheon, 60 kilometres (35 miles) northeast of Seoul, the defence ministry said. A 48-year-old man died and a 25-year-old man was seriously injured.
  • Sailing Against Conventional Wisdom

    06/29/2010 9:28:32 PM PDT · by Palter · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12 Feb 2010 | DALYA ALBERGE
    Author Gavin Menzies Is Determined to Prove That Minoans Discovered the New World 4,000 Years Ago It takes a brave soul to rewrite history by sailing against current thought. More than 500 years after Christopher Columbus "discovered" America, another seaman is doing just that, entering previously uncharted academic waters with claims that other "Europeans" -- the Minoans -- got there first, thousands of years earlier. Gavin Menzies, 72 years old, is drawing on his experience as a former British Royal Navy submarine commander to prove in a book he is writing that the Minoans were such supreme seafarers that they...
  • Massey mines draw scrutiny 442 citations, orders issued for safety violations

    04/17/2010 3:22:23 PM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 12 replies · 470+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | April 17, 2010 | Linda J Jonson and Bill Estrip
    Inspectors have cited hundreds of safety violations at Massey Energy coal mines in Kentucky since an April 5 explosion at one of the company's mines in West Virginia killed 29 employees, federal records show. The 279 citations and orders in Kentucky, more than 80 of them alleging significant and substantial violations, were among a total of 442 issued to Massey underground mines in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia from April 5 through Thursday. Of those 442, more than half — 222 — were issued to one Massey property in Kentucky, Freedom Energy Mining Co. in Pike County, according to a...
  • Robots To Clear Baltic Seabed Of WWII Mines

    02/17/2010 11:34:48 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 612+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 2/17/2010 | Stuart Fox
    In a dangerous legacy of the world's deadliest conflict, 150,000 World War Two-era sea mines litter the Baltic Sea. The danger these bombs pose to a proposed gas pipeline has prompted Russia to hire the British firm Bactec International to clear the sea of unexploded ordnance. And for Bactec, that means it's time to bring out the robots. Bactec, which previously worked clearing mines from around the Falkland Islands, will use a specially designed robot to scour the ocean floor in search of the 70 bombs blocking the path of the pipeline. When the robot finds a mine, a surface...
  • Gates Pledges Mine-resistant Vehicles to Allies

    02/05/2010 3:44:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 192+ views
    ISTANBUL, Feb. 5, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today pledged surplus mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles along with expanded access to classified information to U.S. allies to help in combating the threat of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates conducts a news conference in Istanbul after meeting with fellow NATO defense ministers and those of other countries supporting the effort in Afghanistan, Feb. 5, 2010. DOD photo by Cherie Cullen  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “The United States will now do whatever we can within the limits of U.S. law, and as soon as we...
  • Obama administration will not sign land mine ban

    11/24/2009 5:39:23 PM PST · by DesScorp · 9 replies · 499+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 11-24-09 | Desmond Butler
    The Obama administration has decided not to sign an international convention banning land mines. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Tuesday that the administration recently completed a review and decided not to change the Bush-era policy. "We decided that our land mine policy remains in effect," he said. More than 150 countries have agreed to the Mine Ban Treaty's provisions to end the production, use, stockpiling and trade in mines. Besides the United States, holdouts include: China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Russia. Human rights groups had expressed hopes that the Obama administration would sign the treaty. Stephen Goose, the director...
  • Taliban jihad against West funded by emeralds from Pakistan

    04/05/2009 1:54:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 513+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/4/09 | Ashfaq Yusufzai in Mingora, Isambard Wilkinson
    Thousands of emeralds are pouring onto world gem markets from the Swat valley in Pakistan, sold to fund the Taliban's jihad against the West.Militants have begun reopening lucrative emerald mines which had been closed by the government, since they took full control of the poor but picturesque region in the north of the country under a controversial peace deal last month. They are using revenue from the sale of the emeralds to help finance attacks on Nato forces in neighbouring Afghanistan, and to support their drive to extend harsh sharia, including public whippings and summary executions, into more regions of...
  • Wreck of First US Ship Sunk in WWII Revealed: Researchers

    04/02/2009 7:27:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,110+ views
    The wreck of the first US ship sunk during World War II has been revealed in detail for the first time on the seabed off southeastern Australia, researchers said Wednesday. Images of the merchant vessel City of Rayville, which was sunk in 1940 by a German mine, were taken by state-of-the-art sonar technology and remotely operated vehicles, Deakin University scientists said. "It was very exciting to see the City of Rayville for the first time," said lead researcher Daniel Ierodiaconou. The wreck could possibly still contain the remains of the first US sailor to die in the war -- more...
  • Diana Fund gives millions to Clinton charity, despite his betrayal on landmines

    12/20/2008 9:54:43 PM PST · by melt · 12 replies · 677+ views ^ | 12/21/08 | William Lowther
    The Princess Diana Memorial Fund has given almost £2million to the Bill Clinton Foundation - even though the former US President betrayed a promise he made to Diana to ban landmines. The news has shocked the Princess’s many supporters who still remember how, despite his pledge, Mr Clinton ultimately bowed to Pentagon pressure and refused to sign a treaty forbidding use of the weapons. The US still uses landmines in hotspots such as the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea. Under the Clinton administration, American agents also bugged Diana’s phone calls when she stayed with her friend Lucia Fletcher...
  • Zimbabwe: Gold Deliveries Fall 181,6 Percent (The Herald)

    11/20/2008 12:07:34 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies · 806+ views
    AllAfrica Global Media ^ | Nov 20 , 2008
    ZIMBABWE'S gold deliveries fell 181,6 percent last month compared to the same period last year. According to the Chamber of Mines, gold output for October was 125 kilogrammes, down from 352kg last year.
  • Jordan copper mines from biblical times could be King Solomon’s

    10/27/2008 5:24:51 PM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 799+ views
    Times Online ^ | 28 Oct 2008 | Mark Henderson
    An ancient copper works in Jordan may have been the location of the fabled King Solomon’s mines, new archaeological investigations suggest. The dig at Khirbat al-Nahas, once a thriving copper production centre in the Faynan district, about 30 miles (50km) south of the Dead Sea, has found evidence that it dates back to the 10th century BC, making it at least two centuries older than was thought. The new date means that the mine was almost certainly active during the time of the biblical Jewish kings David and Solomon. Scientists who conducted the excavations are now working to establish whether...
  • Texas reps want next president to think again on border fence

    10/10/2008 2:09:23 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 27 replies · 792+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 10/10/2008 | Gary Martin
    WASHINGTON — Texas congressmen, citing skyrocketing costs to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, said Thursday they would push the next presidential administration for more cost-effective measures to control drug smuggling and illegal immigration. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, made the comments after a Rio Grande flyover to view efforts on the ground by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “Let's regroup and provide border security in a smart way and not just waste the taxpayers' dollars,” Cuellar said. McCaul called for more state and local funding to bolster law enforcement efforts, saying, “What spills...
  • Iron Claw Academy Provides Iraqis Mine Detection Vehicle Instruction (EOD School-Getting a Bang)

    09/06/2008 3:18:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 238+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Jason Jordan, USA
    Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division's Sapper Platoon observe members of the Iraqi Army as they learn to operate the military anti-mine vehicle, the Buffalo. Photo by Spc. Jason Jordan, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs. KIRKUK — Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division’s Sapper Platoon recently conducted the ‘The Iron Claw Academy’; where members of the Iraqi Army (IA) were trained by in a series of ‘left seat-right seat’ exercises that taught the IA how to conduct route clearance operations to make local roads secure for travel. “Iraqi security forces have been doing a phenomenal job...
  • Gold Mines Closed By Power Cuts (South Africa)

    01/25/2008 6:39:51 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 131+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-26-2008 | Sebastien Berger
    Gold mines closed by power cuts By Sebastien Berger Last Updated: 2:03am GMT 26/01/2008 Traffic lights stop working in Cape Town as a result of power cuts, increasing congestion in city centres Five gold mining companies suspended operations in South Africa yesterday after Eskom, the state electricity utility company, said that it could not guarantee power. Thursday was the worst day for power cuts, which are blamed on under-investment in the past and poor maintenance. A government minister called the situation a national emergency. Homes can be plunged into darkness three times a day for several hours without warning. Congestion...
  • Afghanistan: Official Says Iranian Mines Found In Taliban Commander's House

    01/25/2008 3:44:07 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 136+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | January 25, 2008 | Ron Synovitz
    An Afghan provincial police chief says authorities have discovered a weapons cache in western Afghanistan containing 130 land mines of different types that appear to have been imported from Iran. The cache includes about 40 sophisticated remote-controlled mines. It was discovered in the Anardar district of Farah Province near the Iranian border. Farah's provincial police chief, General Khail Shairbaz, told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan today that the cache was found in the house of a Taliban commander named Mullah Abdul Ghani. Shairbaz says the mines were brought to the province recently. It is the latest in a series of discoveries...
  • Analysis: Military imbalance in the Taiwan Strait

    08/31/2007 11:47:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies · 736+ views
    United Press International-Asia ^ | Aug. 31,2007 | ANDREI CHANG
    Analysis: Military imbalance in the Taiwan Strait HONG KONG, Aug. 31 ANDREI CHANG During the past seven to 10 years China's rapid buildup of military power has tipped the balance in the Taiwan Strait strongly in its favor. Since 1999, when former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui announced his "two states" theory -- daring to say that the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China are two different states, precipitating the PRC's aggressive stance against the island's independence -- there have been drastic changes in the balance of military power on the two sides. This includes the navies, air...
  • A Summer Camp Where Fireworks Are the Point

    07/03/2007 11:00:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 727+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 3, 2007 | JOHN SCHWARTZ
    ROLLA, Mo. — Camp Winnigootchee was never like this. A group of high school students stood at the edge of a limestone quarry last month as three air horn blasts warned that something big was about to go boom. Across the quarry, with a roar and a cloud of dust and smoke, a 50-foot-high wall of rock sloughed away with a shudder and a long crashing fall, and 20,000 tons of rock was suddenly on the ground. The campers laughed. “That’s cool!” said Ian Dalton, a student from Camdenton, Mo. Austin Shoemaker, a student from Macon, Mo., concurred. “It was...
  • 28-Mile Virtual Fence Is Rising Along the Border

    06/30/2007 4:42:00 PM PDT · by deport · 72 replies · 1,559+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6-26-07 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD
    SASABE, Ariz., June 21 — If the effort to catch people illegally crossing the border here in the southern Arizona desert is a cat-and-mouse struggle, the Homeland Security Department says it has a smarter cat. It comes in the form of nine nearly 100-foot-tall towers with radar, high-definition cameras and other equipment rising from the mesquite and lava fields around this tiny town.Known as Project 28, for the 28 miles of border that the towers will scan, the so-called virtual fence forms the backbone of the Secure Border Initiative, known as SBInet, a multibillion-dollar mix of technology, manpower and...
  • Fox News reports unusual activity on Syrian-Israel border

    08/13/2006 12:13:29 PM PDT · by cammie · 316 replies · 22,537+ views
    Fox News | 08/14/06 | Cammie
    Just saw on Fox that the IDF is monitoring unusual activity on Syrian border in the Golan Heights...tanks there, they are removing land mines at the border...not up on their website yet
  • Former Army corporal releases controversial video of European war materials in Iraq.

    05/13/2006 9:44:39 AM PDT · by american-interrupted · 9 replies · 370+ views
    American, Interrupted: 14 Months in Iraq ^ | May 11, 2006 | Dan Thompson
    A former U.S. Army corporal who served in Iraq shortly after the fall of Baghdad in 2003 until the Summer of 2004 has published a book called "American, Interrupted." More importantly, he recently published two videos on his website depicting European weapons and NBC equipment. In one video, the "Made in France" stamp can be clearly seen inside an Iraqi heavy tank. Another video shows Italian mines, German chemicals, and German NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) equipment at an officers college in Baghdad. Video also shows medical supplies captured by Muqtadr Al-Sadr's militias that were intended for Iraqi hospitals. 10 other...
  • Australia mine rescuers delayed

    05/06/2006 11:37:20 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 3 replies · 328+ views
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  • Rats Trained to Sniff Out Bombs, Mines

    04/20/2006 5:51:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 366+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/20/06 | Cesar Garcia - ap
    BOGOTA, Colombia - Watch out Fido — your days on the force may be numbered. Out for your job are Lola and Espejo, two whiskered, red-eyed rats that police in Colombia are training to sniff out bombs and land mines. The two rodents are part of an experimental six-rat squadron that police are preparing for dangerous missions to defuse the more than 100,000 land mines that litter Colombia's countryside after four decades of war between the government and leftist rebels. Unlike dogs, rats weighing less than half a pound each and "don't trigger any explosions when they walk on a...
  • Coal company feels heat for suggesting recruiting Hispanic miners

    02/18/2006 9:06:02 PM PST · by skandalon · 8 replies · 630+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch/AP ^ | Feb 18, 2006 | Allen G. Breed
    COAL RUN, Ky. - Sidney Coal Co. President Charlie Bearse was expressing an opinion that many in these mountains secretly share. Problem was, he put that opinion in writing. "It is common knowledge that the work ethic of the Eastern Kentucky worker has declined from where it once was," Bearse wrote to the state mining board. Bad attitudes and drug abuse, he argued, were affecting attendance, "and, ultimately, productivity." Bearse's appeal to the board: Relax an English-only policy in the mines so he could bring in Hispanic workers. U.S. companies are constantly complaining they need migrant workers to do the...
  • We all come back, or we all die together

    01/08/2006 10:58:52 AM PST · by Anne_Conn · 3 replies · 308+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Sunday, January 8, 2006 | John Burtis
    It is often said that the really tough guys are the ones who get up and go to work every day. Without doubt, it is a group of really tough guys who go down into the mines everyday, out of sight and out of mind to too many of us, we who live in the day light and only think of them when something goes haywire, underground, in a faraway state.
  • The "Ultimate Betrayal"?

    12/21/2005 5:52:15 AM PST · by Moonraker · 38 replies · 1,598+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 21, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Why is it taking so long to design, develop, produce, and deploy — in adequate numbers — a troop-transporting armored vehicle that would replace the up-armored Humvee in Iraq? I've been asked that question time and again, not by soldiers and Marines who ride in Humvees daily, but by fellow journalists, many of whom have logged time in Iraq or Afghanistan. One reporter said to me it was "criminal negligence" on the part of the White House and the Defense Department. Another referred to it as "the ultimate betrayal" of our soldiers. Despite their time in country, both reporters are...
  • Venezuela cancels all mining concessions (Hugo Chavez)

    09/23/2005 12:36:43 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 864+ views
    Mining Weekly ^ | September 23, 2005
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Wednesday his government was cancelling all mining concessions and would not award any new deals to transnational companies as part of a wider sector restructuring. "Recently ... we decided, after looking at this and looking at that, to cancel all mining concessions. We will not give any more concessions to transnationals," Chavez said in a speech late on Wednesday. Left-winger Chavez has launched a broad campaign to review energy and mineral contracts signed by Venezuela before he first won office in 1998. He says some of the deals are robbing the world's No....
  • Mugabe: Zimbabwe to Take Stake in Mines

    09/16/2005 5:25:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 491+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/16/05 | Michelle Faul - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - Zimbabwe's embattled and isolated leader said Friday that his government will take a stake in privately operated mining enterprises in the mineral-rich southern African nation, but he does not intend to nationalize the industry as he has commercial farmland. In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Robert Mugabe claimed his people — including hundreds of thousands made homeless by a recent controversial slum clearance and others facing famine because of disastrous land reform — are "very, very happy." Mugabe, 81, who has ruled since a guerrilla war brought independence 25 years ago, said he plans...
  • U.S. Mulling New Generation of Land Mines

    09/12/2005 3:24:54 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 17 replies · 932+ views
    The Guardian ^ | September 12, 2005 | JOHN J. LUMPKIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is close to deciding whether to produce a new generation of land mines, but the system is drawing fire from critics who say the military is ignoring international sentiment against such weapons. Underscoring the unpopularity of the devices, defense officials working on the program, called Spider, declined to call the weapon a land mine. They opted instead for generic descriptions like ``networked munitions.'' The Spider has the same function as a field of land mines - to prevent anyone from crossing a piece of territory, either by killing them or scaring them away. But unlike...
  • Buffalo Joins Hunt for Explosive Devices

    08/10/2005 6:30:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 768+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Aug 10, 2005 | Army Spc. Ben Brody
    The U.S. Army's Buffalo boasts a robotic arm tipped with a pitchfork-like hand and a camera for seeing into hard-to-reach areas during the search for improvised explosive devices. BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 10, 2005 — Looking like a creation from the TV show “Monster Garage,” 1st Battalion, 64th Armor’s Buffalo lumbers down the streets of Baghdad, searching for improvised explosive devices. The Buffalo stands far taller than a tank and boasts a robotic arm tipped with a pitchfork-like hand and a camera for seeing into hard-to-reach areas. “We travel slowly along our routes, looking out the windows for anything suspicious,” said...
  • New Anti-Car-Bomb Technology Being Fielded

    08/07/2005 12:19:06 PM PDT · by Rooivalk · 44 replies · 2,007+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | 7-31-05 | David A. Fulghum
    The U.S. is introducing a new technology into the fight in Iraq that counteracts the effect of improvised explosive devices and bombs by making them ignite prematurely. It could slash the number of successful insurgent attacks, contends a top Marine Corps commander who is returning to combat there. The current goal is to find a way "to not jam, but to pre-detonate" IEDs or vehicle-borne bombs, says Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. "For the moment that you're coming by [a bomb], if you jam the circuitry, you prevent the IED from going off,...
  • First measurements of Earth's core radioactivity

    07/27/2005 11:13:59 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 35 replies · 1,496+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7/27/05 | Celeste Biever
    EARTH'S natural radioactivity has been measured for the first time. The measurement will help geologists find out to what extent nuclear decay is responsible for the immense quantity of heat generated by Earth. Our planet's heat output drives the convection currents that churn liquid iron in the outer core, giving rise to Earth's magnetic field. Just where this heat comes from is a big question. Measurements of the temperature gradients across rocks in mines and boreholes have led geologists to estimate that the planet is internally generating between 30 and 44 terawatts of heat. Some of this heat comes from...
  • Mine resistant ambush protected vehicles counter IEDs, ambushes

    06/25/2005 6:09:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 1,128+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Pfc. J. Ethan Hoaldridge
    U.S. MARINE CORPS FORCES PACIFIC, CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii (June 24, 2005) -- “Block off all their main and secondary supply lines for these are their main arteries, and ambush them along those routes for they are exposed and easy prey.” These words from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi were cited by the Winds of Change website, showing the real danger for convoys traveling Marine supply lines in Iraq. There have been 341 Marines killed in action and 4,099 wounded in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom since February 16, 2004. How many of these fatalities and casualties have been caused by...
  • USN Photo of the Day: Protecting Our Country, Preserving Our Freedom With Assets Seen and Unseen

    05/30/2005 3:08:27 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 5 replies · 1,350+ views
    Navy NewsStand - Eye on the Fleet ^ | March. 18, 2003 | U.S. Navy Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Brien Aho
    March 18, 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Central Command Area of Responsibility: Sgt. Andrew Garrett (left) and K-Dog (the Bottle-nosed Dolphin in mid-air) of Commander Task Unit 55.4.3 (CTU-5.4.3) during a training session in the Arabian Gulf. CTU-5.4.3 conducts very risky deep/shallow water mine countermeasure operations to clear shipping lanes for humanitarian relief. PhotographerPhotographer's Mate 1st Class Brien Aho, United States Navy (USN), http://www.Navy.milBig image as sized above:
  • Two U.S. Soldiers save life of ANA soldier

    05/16/2005 5:38:44 PM PDT · by AZHua87 · 6 replies · 391+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | May 14, 2005 | Capt. Mirtha Villareal
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Army News Service, May 13, 2005) – Two Soldiers at the Kabul Military Training Center were awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor device May 5 for saving the life of an Afghan soldier. Staff Sgt. Scott Erhman and Staff Sgt. David Dixon of the 136th Regional Training Center received the award for actions that saved an Afghan National Army soldier who stepped on a land mine near KMTC. KMTC is the schoolhouse for the ANA and much of the training is conducted on the surrounding ranges. Minefields are a reminder that KMTC was once occupied by the...
  • Gas blast in north China mine claims 14 lives

    05/14/2005 10:41:22 PM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 2 replies · 209+ views ^ | May 15, 2005 | Press Trust of India
    At least 14 miners were killed when a gas explosion tore through a coal mine in Heshun County of north China's Shanxi Province, media reports said on Sunday. The blast occurred at the No. 2 pit of the Longhua Colliery of the county on Friday, when 31 miners were working underground. The blast killed 14 miners on the spot while 16 others managed to escape. There is still one miner missing, China Central Television reported. Officials from the provincial coal mine safety administration and local authorities are overseeing the rescue and relief operations. China has witnessed major coal mine accidents...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers the Marines in the Persian Gulf War (Feb. 1991) May, 11th, 2005

    05/10/2005 10:14:10 PM PDT · by SAMWolf · 105 replies · 1,799+ views
    Military History Quarterly | September 2002 | Otto Kreisher
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should...