Updated 29 Oct.; 1 Nov. 2015
If you are reading this blog, it is because of the hard work of people who promoted this blog early on, and those who continue to promote it, along with hard work on our end.
At the time this page was last updated, we were spending 80 hours plus per week on the blog – every waking hour and many hours when we should have been asleep. Much of this has yet to be posted, however, for lack of time. More recently time invested has probably been less. But, suffice it to say that almost every waking moment possible minus any washing, cooking, exercise has been spent on this blog. We will probably soon start reducing time spent. We do not intend to be in this anti-nuclear business for 30 years. There’s no time for that. Shutting down nuclear must be now, or it’s going to be too late. Almost more urgent is the related need to take the radioactive waste situation seriously.
We are no longer apologetic for no longer taking comments. There is just no time. Do or die. We remain apologetic for any errors, however. While this blog tries to be a common sense every man and woman type of blog, it is indeed maintained by a Ph.D., who grew up in academia, and has spent too much time there. It is backed up by a top-notch technical adviser who has multiple graduate degrees from prestigious institutions. However, because all is urgent, this blog does not strive to be an academic blog, but rather may be considered a research journal. There is rarely time for corrections. There is no time for feedback. Most people don’t have the necessary sense of urgency. As such, the posts reflect the facts as they are understood at that time. We continue to reserve the right to mock bad people for entertainment purposes. Most of the rest still holds.
June 30, 2014
Our apologies for any errors in the blog, but we are understaffed and we no longer accept comments. We are too far behind. We wish that we could take comments for corrections, but this is not possible. Most errors will be simply because we have so little time. So, by commenting-correcting one error, you may create another more serious one. Furthermore, if you read the entire blog or think for 4 months, you may find we are right. Of greatest concern to us are tiny mistakes we may make. For these we apologize. For many big topics, we have been thinking about them for around half a century, are highly educated, and inherited knowledge from highly educated parents. In short, if it is a factual correction, we wish we could take it, but we can’t. If it’s an opinion, we recommend you open your own blog. We spend over 80 hours per week to put forth our opinions and not those of other people, along with the facts as we understand them.
Update 2 (14 Feb. 2014): For some time now we have shifted focus, but we have not updated this, since only rarely do people read this (even though it is theoretically the first thing which all should read). Our connection to mining is mostly indirect now. If the nuclear industry keeps on and if Fukushima is not properly addressed, none of the rest will matter anyway. If the phytoplankton die from radiation dumped into the Pacific, then there will not be enough oxygen for us to breathe. No nuclear industry means no uranium mining and no waste. We feel that the impunity of Duvalier going free in Haiti, is related to Japan’s war criminals (e.g. PM Abe’s grandfather) going free. It teaches leaders that they can do as they please with no penalty for wrong. We think this last is related to the Fukushima disaster. Almost no one else is speaking out about Duvalier so occasionally we must. Hence, this blog is really Haiti and Mining and Awareness now, with most of the weight on Awareness or digging (mining) for awareness. We do continue to do some general mining and energy news. We never intended to deal with petroleum anyway, though contemporary petroleum looks more like mining than traditional did. We actually did the post on oil by request. Our combined educational and family backgrounds include almost everything. In fact our deepest roots are in theology, philosophy and social ethics. But, it’s an old, old school of philosophy, which is no longer taught. This blog did not come about through boredom, but rather outrage at the thought of cutting poor Haiti’s precious trees for strip mining. We are currently outraged about Fukushima and about the attempts to undo all learning about the dangers of radiation. We remain unable to explain this insanity. Unlike some people, we have many other more fun and exciting things to do, but we do this because we feel a calling and duty and hope to help in some way. We aspire to be no longer needed and to retire this blog soon. It was only supposed to be three posts – one on each Haiti mining company, and have ended December 2012. If Fukushima is not properly addressed soon and if the nuclear industry is not stopped we may change to a “death and dying”-theology blog. Much of the rest below still holds.
Update (ca Oct. 26, 2013): Because of what we perceive as hopeless corruption by the Martelly-Lamothe administration in Haiti and because our readership appears more generally concerned about mining, we are focusing more generally on mining and petroleum for the time being. We have been focusing on Judge Jean Serge Joseph’s death because we think it important. We may or may not add Haiti news in the near future. We no longer put as many links as we would like because more and more web sites do not allow links. But, with the information that we provide you can still do your own research, as recommended below. To better cover more general mining topics we have changed our name from Haiti Mining Awareness to Mining Awareness. This blog might best be described as a research diary. Most of the rest below still holds:
Our primary goal is to assemble together information about Mining and Mining Companies in Haiti, and to a lesser extent Petroleum Companies. We may address additional topics as time allows.
We base our posts on what we feel is a reasonable interpretation of the sometimes contradictory information publicly available, in English and French, on Internet, and occasionally elsewhere. More rarely we use information in other languages. Thus, we cannot be held responsible for any omission, misunderstanding or misinterpretation due either to non-existence of information or to information being withheld from the Internet public by Haiti’s Bureau of Mines and Energy (BME), other segments of the Haitian Government, or mining and petroleum companies. Nor, are we responsible for omissions, misunderstandings, or misinterpretation due to misrepresentation of facts by the Government of Haiti, BME or the mining and petroleum companies, or any other parties.
Although we try to make the information up to date we can make no guarantees in the matter nor that it remain so.
As explained above, the posts are based on reasonable interpretation, of sometimes contradictory, and often sparce information, made available on Internet and analysed to the best of our ability, given time constraints.
In fact, we make no guarantees at all, as regards the accuracy of the materials, outside that we have done the best we could to assure accuracy. We also reserve the right to express our opinions and to amuse ourselves with this blog, as we see fit. We encourage the reader to do his or her own research and provide internet links to help in this endeavor. We hope that the reader concludes, with us, that Haiti [and the world] desperately needs trees and agriculture and not mines.
This blog is in loving memory of those Haitians who have been killed since 1991, whether inside or outside of Haiti, due to their attempts to speak the truth about Haiti, and their quest for democracy and justice in Haiti. We dedicate this blog to them; to William Wallace; to the original Highlanders, chased from their homes; and to the People of the Black Hills/Victims of Wounded Knee.
We are 100 % voluntary, and, unlike the Mining Companies and Haitian elites, have no vested interests.