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 By bluejay

08/06/2015  8:14AM

"Property taxes are undemocratic" -Martin Armstrong

More of his thoughts

We do not own our homes; you cannot retire, even after paying off your mortgage, since you still have to pay property taxes. If you do not pay your property taxes, they take your house and throw you out on the street. Property taxes are the most UNDEMOCRATIC tax we have and are a remnant of a totalitarian state. Today, government workers demand funding for their pensions through exploitation of the people.

Government should privatize to eliminate pensions. We have to face the fact: politicians will never efficiently manage anything; they are hopeless. Government departments should privatize simply for real management, and then we would not have this crisis of unfunded pensions that are bankrupting the states. No state is capable of simple fiscal management because they are not competitive. Instead, they abuse their power of taxation to fill in gaps of mismanagement. Taxes clearly alter our lives and it is never for the better at the end of the day.
 By Hans Kummerow

07/30/2015  1:05PM

a strange smell is back in the air in Europe. It is the taste of a major war in Eastern Europe.
 By Michael Miller

06/08/2015  6:41PM

Our mine site was burglarized over the Memorial weekend. We lost about $5,000 in tools and equipment. Our operation was hurt without these tools until I could replace them.

For me a burglary is a personnel attack, especially when some guys steal the tools needed to do your work. It reminded me about days gone by. Growing up I wondered why the cowboys or locals hung a horse thief. A horse 150 years ago could mean life or death to its owners.

Years later on I realized that if some butt head steals your horse, it is grounds to hang him. I feel the same about stealing a man's tools. Your life depends on them.

I am installing a very sophisticated security system. It costs a bunch. It provides information in real time and monitored in real time.

Interestingly, these two thieves turned our electrical power off at the meter. It won't work if there is a next-time trespassers enter our properties. So (and I know that someone reading this FORUM knows these burglar pricks) trespass again on our mining properties and we will hang you.
 By Michael Miller

05/28/2015  10:33AM

Nine miners who were trapped underground in northwestern Quebec have been rescued and are not injured. Mine manager Sylvain Lehoux said that after being trapped for nearly 18 hours, the evacuated miners were exhausted but were able to talk to family members. They were rescued by a tunnelling machine at the Iamgold mine in Preissac in the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region. The miners were trapped after a wall moved because of seismic activity in the area.

Lehoux says the section where the incident happened may not reopen, and a survey will need to be done with consultants and engineers to determine whether the area is safe.

The miners were in good spirits but added they were hungry. One miner was freed earlier in the day and the other eight Tuesday night. The company suspended operations for the day amid the rescue attempts.
It is the second such incident at the mine in four months. In January several miners were also caught in an area not far from the location of Tuesday’s wall collapse. The area is located on what he describes as the Cadillac fault and any movement can definitely cause an earthquake.

IAMGOLD only started commercial production at the mine in July 2014.
 By cw3343

05/26/2015  1:41PM

Thoughts and prayers with the 9 IAMGOLD miners currently trapped in Quebec.
 By fredmcain

05/11/2015  5:20AM

As for this being the worst drought in history, I, too, have wondered is that. Has there been less rain than in any other four-year period or is it simply because the demands for water are so much greater?

There are more people living in the state today than ever before. There might even be more acres under cultivation than ever before (not sure about that one, though) but the point is demand for water is extremely high then when it doesn't rain or, more accurately, doesn't rain enough.....

Part of the reason I started this thread was because I was wondering, with all the paranoia about running out of water, could this be a politically expedient time to completely dewater the mine?

I'd just LOVE to see those deepest levels dewatered and the ground penetrating radar equipment taken down there.

It would be neat to see a couple of big, high-horsepower pumps hooked up to 9" pipes and tell the farmers downstream, "Comin' at ya!"

 By bluejay

05/09/2015  4:09PM

In the article written by Egan he states that California's economy is robust and won't collapse. Well, I guess we'll just have to see as Martin Armstrong's computer, Socrates, confirms that the business cycle turns down October 1st and that's not too far away. I suspect Tim is just blowing hot ail.
 By David I

05/08/2015  10:33PM

Wow, What allot of hyperboil. Back in the 80's California went thru a 7 year drought.
The agriculture production from California is not the greatest money maker, but it does provide a great deal of the nations food. Some thing that we all need. A good thing has happened in congress, when they passed the water bill. In that bill is a stop order for tearing down federal dams. Which was slated to happen along the Klamath River. I hope it has direction to build more dams, and reservoirs. in the Sierras. Nevada County is planning to build a new reservoir. There is also a desalination plant being built in San Diego after the design that is used in Israel, by the Israeli contractors. We are a smart people here in California and we will fix the problem as long as we can kick a nuckle draging environmentalist out of the way.
 By fredmcain

05/04/2015  6:34AM


I know where they could find a little bit of extra water - if only they'd look in the right place. :)


(You need to "copy and paste" that to your browser 'cause our URL's don't "highlight" for some reason)

ANGELS CAMP, Calif. — IN a normal year, no one in California looks twice at a neighbor’s lawn, that mane of bluegrass thriving in a sun-blasted desert. Or casts a scornful gaze at a fresh-planted almond grove, saplings that now stand accused of future water crimes. Or wonders why your car is conspicuously clean, or whether a fish deserves to live when a cherry tree will die.

Of course, there is nothing normal about the fourth year of the great drought: According to climate scientists, it may be the worst arid spell in 1,200 years. For all the fields that will go fallow, all the forests that will catch fire, all the wells that will come up dry, the lasting impact of this drought for the ages will be remembered, in the most exported term of California start-ups, as a disrupter.

“We are embarked upon an experiment that no one has ever tried,” said Gov. Jerry Brown in early April, in ordering the first mandatory statewide water rationing for cities.

Surprising, perhaps even disappointing to those with schadenfreude for the nearly 39 million people living in year-round sunshine, California will survive. It’s not going to blow away. The economy, now on a robust rebound, is not going to collapse. There won’t be a Tom Joad load of S.U.V.s headed north. Rains, and snow to the high Sierra, will eventually return.

But California, from this drought onward, will be a state transformed. The Dust Bowl of the 1930s was human-caused, after the grasslands of the Great Plains were ripped up, and the land thrown to the wind. It never fully recovered. The California drought of today is mostly nature’s hand, diminishing an Eden created by man. The Golden State may recover, but it won’t be the same place.

Looking to the future, there is also the grim prospect that this dry spell is only the start of a “megadrought,” made worse by climate change. California has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs. What if the endless days without rain become endless years?

In the cities of a changed California, brown is the new green. A residential lawn anywhere south of, say, Sacramento, is already considered an indulgence. “If the only person walking on your lawn is the person mowing it,” said Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board, then maybe it should be taken out. The state wants people to convert lawns to drought-tolerant landscaping, or fake grass.

Timothy Egan

The environment, the American West and politics.

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Artificial lakes filled with Sierra snowmelt will become baked-mud valleys, surrounded by ugly bathtub rings. Some rivers will dry completely — at least until a normal rain year. A few days ago, there was a bare trickle from the Napa, near the town of St. Helena, flowing through some of the most valuable vineyards on the planet. The state’s massive plumbing system, one of the biggest in the world, needs adequate snow in order to serve farmers in the Central Valley and techies in Silicon Valley. This year, California set a record low Sierra snowpack in April — 5 percent of normal — following the driest winter since records have been kept.


A redundant sign in a fallow field in Los Banos, Calif. Credit Ken Light/Contact Press Images, for The New York Times

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To Californians stunned by their bare mountains, there was no more absurd moment in public life recently than when James Inhofe, the Republican senator from Oklahoma who is chairman of the environment and public works committee, held up a snowball in February as evidence of America’s hydraulic bounty in the age of climate change.

You can see the result of endless weeks of cloudless skies in New Melones Lake, here in Calaveras County in the foothills east of the Central Valley, where Mark Twain made a legend of a jumping frog. The state’s fourth largest reservoir, holding water for farmers, and for fish downstream, is barely 20 percent full. It could be completely drained by summer’s end.

It’s a sad sight — a warming puddle, where the Stanislaus River once ran through it. At full capacity, with normal rainfall, New Melones should have enough water for nearly two million households for a year.

Even worse is the Lake McClure reservoir, impounding the spectral remains of the Merced River as it flows out of Yosemite National Park. It’s at 10 percent of capacity. In a normal spring, the reservoir holds more than 600,000 acre-feet of water. As April came to a close, it was at 104,000 acre-feet — with almost no snowmelt on the way. (The measurement is one acre filled to a depth of a foot, or 325,851 gallons.) That’s the surface disruption in a state that may soon be unrecognizable in places.

The morality tale behind California’s verdant prosperity will most certainly change. In the old narrative, the evil city took water from powerless farmers. Swimming pools in greater Los Angeles were filled with liquid that could have kept orchards alive in the Owens Valley, to the north.

It was hubris, born in the words of the city’s chief water engineer, William Mulholland, when he opened the gates of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913 with an immortal proclamation: “There it is. Take it.”

But now, just about everyone in California knows that it requires a gallon of water to grow a single almond, or that agriculture accounts for 80 percent of the water used by humans here. Meanwhile, the cities have become leaders in conservation. It takes 106 gallons of water to produce an ounce of beef — which is more than the average San Francisco Bay Area resident uses in a day. Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles wants to reduce the amount of water the city purchases by 50 percent in the next decade, cutting back through aggressive use of wastewater and conservation.

It’s outlandish, urban critics note, for big farm units to be growing alfalfa — which consumes about 20 percent of the state’s irrigation water — or raising cattle, in a place with a third of the rainfall of other states. And by exporting that alfalfa and other thirsty crops overseas, the state is essentially shipping its precious water to China.

Still, casting California farmers — who produce about half of the nation’s fruits, nuts and vegetables — as crony capitalist water gluttons may not be entirely fair. Yes, the water is subsidized, through taxpayer-funded dams, canals and pumping systems. But that water, in some cases, ends up as habitat for birds and wildlife. As it drains away, it can recharge badly depleted underground aquifers. Farmers have already let more than 400,000 acres go fallow and took a $2 billion hit last year. They may add 600,000 acres to that total this year. Almonds, after all, are a healthy food source.


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The new morality tale becomes further muddled when you consider that San Francisco, praised for its penurious water ways, gets its life-supporting liquid from the Hetch Hetchy dam, in Yosemite. Many people, dating from the sainted John Muir, believe that flooding that mountain valley was one of the bigger crimes against nature in California history.

And not every city is Spartan with its water. On any given day you can find, as I did in a new housing development in the foothills east of Sacramento, water running down the street — at a flow rate that looked bigger than that coming from the anemic Merced River. It was pouring onto a grass median strip, and then spilling over, in a development called the Estates at Blackstone.

Or consider that wealthy communities — say, Portola Valley, woodsy home to many an environmentally conscious tech multimillionaire — use far more water per capita than do the poor of Compton, in the Los Angeles area. When cost is no object, there is very little incentive to cut back.

But there is no getting around the fact that agriculture, for all its water needs, still produces barely 2 percent of the state’s gross product, and employs only about 3 percent of its workers.
 By fredmcain

04/13/2015  6:20AM


Didn't most of this actually happen last year? I seem to remember finding a press release from Sutter last year stating that the development of this mine was "put on hold" pending the new $1.2 million investment that they can't seem to find.

Fred M. Cain
 By cw3343

04/11/2015  9:09PM

I was perusing some news and noticed another smaller-scale miner (Sutter Gold) in California recently ran into some serious problems:

Sutter Gold Mining Inc. yesterday announced plans to put its California-based Lincoln mine project on care and maintenance. Though the mill has processed about 1,000 tons of stockpiled material, it ultimately failed to get through all the material due to “weakness in the design and installation of the plant thickener.” Milling operations were suspended at the end of February due to the “inability to dewater tailings.” To correct those and other issues, the company requires an estimated additional investment of $1.1 to $1.2 million.

If I remember correctly, Sutter Gold mines in Amador county, and was bankrolled by an Aussie company/investor.

"I guess id it was easy, everyone would be doing it"
 By bluejay

03/16/2015  2:12PM

Government Out of Control

Burgers and Weiners Targeted by EPA

 By udyellis

03/04/2015  11:19AM

Like your website, good stuff especially for keeping up with local mining info.
I am a local (Nevada City) Bullion treader and buyer. I buy from the locals with nuggets, buttons and fines. I refer people to your site from www.GoldCountryMine.com My current site does link to yours and I will continue to do so from my refurbished site hoping to finish in about a month.
 By bluejay

01/27/2015  2:10PM

From Martin Armstrong:

Bureaucrats have Been Corrupt Since the Start

The greatest problem with government is how it consumes capital until it kills the private sector. This has been the course of every government – power corrupts universally. The bureaucracy has also gamed the private sector for personal gain. They currently are exploiting of the people through Civil Asset Forfeiture which is reminiscent of the Roman legions who just began to sack their own cities to pay themselves.

Pictured above are “Fouree Denarii” or Claudius (41-54AD) a member of the Julio-Claudian line just prior to Nero. These are genuine coin dies struck on copper planchets silver plated. The people inside the mint were pocketing the real coins and producing a small quantity of debased coins illegally. This demonstrates that corruption within Rome was systemic and it kept growing. This is like the missing $2 trillion from the Pentagon budget that Rumsfeld promised would be investigated 1 day before 911 attack where the missile or whatever struck the only room in the Pentagon where the evidence was stored. What amazing coincidence.
 By bluejay

01/18/2015  11:42PM

Squeeze The People

Feinstein to pocket $1 Billion Personally
Posted on January 18, 2015 by Martin Armstrong
Feinstein Dianne
Martin Armstrong

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is expected to pocket $1 billion from the Post Office for her family. These people are beyond greedy and they have the audacity to always blame the rich. Just amazing. Maybe the Greek cab drivers are right. Just where the hell do we start when corruption is everywhere?
 By Rick

01/08/2015  4:34PM

It's been a while since I've chimed in, but all's well I trust! Survival rules...nice job! Yes, I'm above ground and the gold is underground, and someday we'll meet in another setting, but not now. Time is tic-toc-tic-toc, but our spirit lives!
 By bluejay

09/29/2014  3:50PM

Gold Districts of California
Bulletin 193 California Division of Mines and Geology 1976

A considerable number of rich, small ore pockets or pocket shoots have been developed in mines in some lode-gold districts. Many of these pocket shoots were in districts commonly referred to as "high-grade" belts. The richest and most famous in California is the Alleghany district in Sierra County. Much of the output of this district has been from small but rich pockets.

Other noted high-grade districts are the Sonora, West Point, Soulsbyville, Kinsley, Whitlock, Spanish Flat, and Kelsey-Garden Valley districts. A number of other lode-gold districts, such as the Grass Valley, Nevada City, Sierra City, French Gulch, Cargo Muchacho, Bodie and several Mother Lode districts, have yielded appreciable amounts of high-grade ore.
 By bluejay

07/22/2014  9:55PM

Some folks might find the linked description of California quartz veins quite interesting:

 By lessfrequencies

07/11/2014  11:47AM

Any under ground area would help to block remote mind reading frequencies. See http://www.hourofthetime.com/mindcont.htm This site will explain how remote mind control technology works. "To save your Mind, go into a Mine". I thought that one up. Oh yeah!
 By Michael Miller

06/30/2014  12:56PM

Underground excavations have a long history for preserving items of value. Ours has a near constant fifty degrees temperature. The sun or other forms of light are not a factor of concern. Humidity depends of the nature of the deposit where one stands. The million plus cubic feet of space range from dry to moist to wet. It is fireproof and would be difficult to rob. High frequencies are not a legal problem. Inquirers welcomed.

This topic will have a short singular life before moving to Miscellaneous.

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