Nor is it easy to continue to muster enthusiasm for analysis of dreck […]

Steve, perhaps realizing (not unlike me) the ambivalence of it all, amidst his mining success (unlike me) and his aging (like me).

Canadian Mining Rights

Mining rights are already private in America.

It’s even better in Canada:

Canada is home to nearly 70% of the mining companies in the world. [S]peculation is encouraged and the flow of investment capital is authorized towards overseas projects that are sometimes dubious. [T]hese enterprises are promoted by a pro-active diplomacy in international institutions and that they benefit from fiscal bloodletting to tax havens in the Caribbean, or from important government subsidies. [C]anada constitutes a true “judicial paradise” for the mining industry, actively refusing to make those companies accountable.

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I am against hypocrisy and over-promotion

Steve, wishing Merry Chrismas and that he’d not fall into either category.

Please understand that I like watching hard-fought sports events and that I find the manoeuvres in this sort of battle to be interesting in themselves.

Steve, mansplaining why he likes legalese bouts.

I’ve continued to satirize

Steve, telling us a little secret about his niche.

But maybe that’s just me.

Steve, perhaps about himself.

I have been very careful not to make any claims one way or another on the question of A contribution to 20th century GW. I think that the larger issues are important and worth very careful consideration. But within the compass of multiproxy studies of the past millennium, the relative warmth of the 11th and 20th centuries is the challenging question, not the relative position of the 20th and 19th centuries. I’ve studied this particular topic because I found it interesting and because it was within the scope of what I could do.

Steve, perhaps forgetting to mention “the influence of a very small group of scientists, who use pretty shaky data to make a point that is politically charged.”

I cannot resist a couple of digs

Steve, unable to resist.

Two of my neighbours derive incomes from the public sector. My neighbour across the street works for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. He is returning in August from a year’s sabbatical in the south of France. He is contemplating early retirement at 55 on an indexed pension. My next-door neighbour is a professor at York University. He is about to begin a second sabbatical in seven years. His previous sabbatical was spent in England. My wife is absolutely bewildered about why I persist with our business. Fundamentally, it is that I do not want to be a bureaucrat.

Steve, testifying to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, July 1991.
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