Comments on: Counterparties http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/21/counterparties-199/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: DonthelibertDem http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/21/counterparties-199/comment-page-1/#comment-16929 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 12:58:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=4794#comment-16929 “I’ve learned to accept that I cannot be an A+ at everything every day… but I’ve also learned that I CAN be an A”

This the inevitable result of Grade Inflation in some of our universities.

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By: johnhhaskell http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/07/21/counterparties-199/comment-page-1/#comment-16927 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 12:01:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=4794#comment-16927 The gold deposits mentioned in E Congo and the diamond deposits in Sierra Leone are close to the surface and easy to get by “artisanal” miners. If there were any minerals in Afghanistan close to the surface that were worth getting, the Afghans would already be getting them. So this hypothesis can be disposed of.

More likely the “trillion dollars” is in relatively diffuse deposits of minerals that would require significant infrastructure investment to get. I don’t see independent entrepreneurs raising money on AIM or Nasdaq to exploit a nickel or tin deposit in Afghanistan so that they can get shot at while they try to build a crushing plant, a smelter and a hundred mile long road to the nearest point of sale.

The only entity that might possibly provide security and financing for a mining operation in Afghanistan is the People’s Liberation Army. Since China is corrupt, any such mining permitting process would therefore also be corrupt. We don’t need to worry that any Afghan parliamentary commission would uncover or even pretend to investigate how the license was issued.

More likely, of course, is that the “trillion dollars” was calculated using CNBC-type math and that the actual value of the mineral deposits, net of infrastructure, bullets for PLA battalions, etc., is near zero. Which is why no one has ever bothered to even look before now.

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