Category Archives: Economics

The Politics of Perception

With the steady draining of population from rural areas to large towns and cities, it only takes one generation to become acclimated to the new urban environment and only one beyond that for grandchildren to be divorced from the quaint … Continue reading

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Resource Doldrums

Published in: The Australian Geologist, Newsletter # 175, June 2015, p.8 The weeping and gnashing of teeth over the ‘dismal” state of the market for mining equities and the high unemployment/underemployment rate among exploration geologists is the result of what … Continue reading

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Working for ‘The Man’

Those of us who live in a democracy, ‘work for the man’ because we choose to: if you want a nice, well-paid, steady job within a secure social cocoon then the mining industry is not for you. The resources business … Continue reading

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Paradigm Shift (2010)

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BOOM BUST BOOM (2009)

(Published by the Geological Society of Australia, Inc. in The Australian Geologist, Newsletter Number 151, June 2009 pp. 43-44) The Australian minerals exploration industry – as its practitioners have known it – has come to pass. In fact, the death … Continue reading

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The measure of the American War of Independence

What was the American war of independence all about? The US is the ONLY country in the world wedded to the old English fps system of measurement: ounces, pounds & short tons; inches, feet, yards & miles; pints, quarts and gallons; … Continue reading

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French Disconnection

The current unemployment rate in France is 9.7% yet the government is insisting on raising the retirement age by two years. This means that the older folk currently employed will be dragooned into working an extra two years whereas the … Continue reading

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