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Rare heavy dirt?  Premium dirt? (Jan. 26, 2010)

You think you heard it all!  Advanced technologies such as mobile phones, flat screens, magnet, batteries, light bulbs, missiles, night vision masks, and telemetry equipment rely on heavy dirt natural chemical elements. 

There are 17 kinds of heavy dirt or chemical elements.  If you are interested in these natural chemicals, would you fetch me their names, where they are situated in the expanded Mendeleev table, and how they are used?  You may skip the prices: I am not in the market for dirt.

What I know are the following:

Dysprosium, in small quantities, can lighten magnet by 90%.  Heavy magnets of 5 tons are used on top of wind turbines (Aeolians).  The Danish manufacturer Vestas is the number one in that market; followed by the Chinese Goldwind.  One kilo of Dysprosium sells for $110 on the world market and increasing by the month.

Terbium can reduce by 80% the consumption of electric bulbs and are used in top of the line batteries for electric cars. One kilo of terbium sells for $400 on world market and going strong.

China is practically the sole exploiter of heavy dirt; it produces 120, 000 tons per year.  World’s reserve of heavy dirt is estimated at 22 million tons.

Over 50% of heavy dirt export from China is done illegally. The mafia mix “clean” heavy dirt with steel; a simple process retrieve the dirt.

In the 80’s, the USA exported 50% of world production of heavy dirt.  Currently, Congress is in arms: Congress wants to figure out substitutes for heavy dirt. Apparently, China cannot be submitted to colonial tactics of exploitations.

Most of the production is generated from 200 mines in North of Guangdong (Bayan Obo by Baotou).  One mine was operated for only 3 years.  Ten years later, nothing grew in lands downstream. It seems that nuclear contamination is far friendlier to nature than extraction of heavy dirt.  Dirt is removed and then stored in ditches; then highly concentrate acids are dowsed on the dirt to retrieve the rare heavy and light dirt elements.

Heavy dirt is an economic sector valued at $1.3 billion a year.

OSRAM, the manufacturer of new generation light bulbs and part of the German Siemens multinational, is considering diminishing its reliance on heavy dirt.

I presume that by the end of this decades China would have accumulated most of the rare minerals and become the major Nation for rare mineral reserves, clean and processed: no dirt please! Only heavy or light premium dirt allowed in.

If not for China, copper would be dirt cheap on the world market.  China is hoarding copper and copper prices soared.  What China is planning to hoard next?  China has accumulated most of the money and its economy is growing at 10% a year; it can buy whatever it wishes or wants.

Shadows and Booms; (Jan. 26, 2010)

            Jotted down words; erased many.

            Kept words reminding me

            Of shadows, reflections, music,

            And images glowing in the lights

            In humility, simplicity, and candor

            I receive the “Torma”

            This loaf of bread left in Tibet

            On distant roads

            For passing pilgrims to feed on.

            Never mind that birds get first serving.

            Amid the vacarms of the battle,

            Everything froze: warriors and horses.

            Frozen words, in mid air, melted.

            Like cannon ball echoes,

            Words reverberated in living booms.

Note: Borrowed ideas from Rabelais and Mounir Abu Debs.

I am a public figure; (Jan. 22, 2010)

Consider this situation: I died.  Years later, hundreds of readers are still patronizing my Adonis49 blog every day; as if I am alive and going strong.  How that for a whiff of eternity?

Lebanese author Charles Corm in 1949: “Once your writing goes into print then your moral liberty is restricted: it entered the domain of others’ moral values and you have to take responsibility of what you published”.

Thus, there is a difference between writing for your own pleasure and publishing.  Publishing your work carries a public function that you are doomed to shoulder.

There is no such thing as publishing for “Art sake”: if you have to publish, at least have a political position that has germinated since every thought, idea, or action disseminated to the public connote a political undertone.

There is always an implicit mission that permeates the published work.

An abbot wrote in 1771 “We have got to steadfastly refrain from writing.  If we have to write then it better be worthier than silence”.

The need to commune with the reader presumes a good level of honesty and a will to care. The ultimate mission is to communicate personal struggles;.

For example, how you overcame shortcomings, the attempts and challenges that obstructed your journey to personal discoveries, and the many ways to succumb to our frailties and limitations: there is an implicit purpose to express and describe the journey since we don’t need to reach the goal as long as we are on the journey’s track.

Are there messages from the past that we have short-cut subconsciously in our frenzied strife to advance in the future?

Many say that we write for “ a moment of eternity”.  If that is true then what you wrote was the honest final confession.

How come your final confession keeps succeeding for years to come?  Are you an immortal sinner?

Communicate heart and courage in what you publish.

Convey the urge to proceed in discovering your nature; otherwise, why the bother?

If you are not an “expert” in the subject matter then try not to extend resolutions: leave it to the reader to reflect on the “problematic”.

First, if your solution is meant to flatter the reader then you are necessarily a demagogue and your credibility will be tarnished.

Second, if you mean to provoke the reader into reflecting on the problem then you better be cognizant on the varied leverages and facts; communicate the facts and several alternative resolutions and let the reader decide on his own.

Do you want effect? Then, let your title expresses the intended affects; then, structure your article and learn to write well.

Victor Hugo said: “Light is in the book”.  Let reading lights your path.


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