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JonIrenicus
06-14-2010, 05:35 PM
Now isn't this interesting

http://uktodaynews.com/6042/lithium-in-afghanistan-lithium-worth-1-trillion-reported-in-afghanistan/


http://earth2tech.com/2010/06/14/who-wants-afghanistans-lithium-chinas-electric-vehicle-players/


Not such an empty rock anymore with no prospects other than a drug economy. Except for the resource curse, but if done right...

Wonderment
06-14-2010, 06:14 PM
Such a cowinkidink that these deposits were suddenly discovered. I'm sure the Afghan people will benefit tremendously (Not!).

popcorn_karate
06-15-2010, 02:42 PM
Such a cowinkidink that these deposits were suddenly discovered. I'm sure the Afghan people will benefit tremendously (Not!).

turns out this is about a 3 year old story - and nothing has really happened thus far.

Don Zeko
06-15-2010, 02:54 PM
"except for the resource curse" is a pretty big caveat. Also, I can't help but imagine Dr. Evil making the announcement here: Afghanistan's resources are worth...ONE TRILLION DOLLARS!

Wonderment
06-15-2010, 03:01 PM
turns out this is about a 3 year old story - and nothing has really happened thus far.

I'm only surprised it's not a 9-year-old story.

listener
06-15-2010, 03:14 PM
I'm only surprised it's not a 9-year-old story.

More on the story:

Afghanistan's mineral wealth? Nevermind

Rachel Maddow explains why Monday's New York Times report on Afghanistan's mineral wealth isn't as significant as it's being made to seem.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/37697881#37697881

JonIrenicus
06-15-2010, 04:09 PM
More on the story:

Afghanistan's mineral wealth? Nevermind

Rachel Maddow explains why Monday's New York Times report on Afghanistan's mineral wealth isn't as significant as it's being made to seem.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/37697881#37697881

Here is a darker look at the wealth

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7150081.ece


in short, the mineral wealth may as well be on the moon for all it might cost to get it out safely. But there may be a Chinese silver lining that could do what private companies could not.

bjkeefe
06-15-2010, 05:03 PM
For the record, the lithium deposits are only one mineral among several that bring the total estimated worth to $1 trillion. From the NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html?hp=&pagewanted=all), the primary source for your sources (in one case, uncredited):

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium ...

bjkeefe
06-20-2010, 01:57 AM
But is there enough lithium in Afghanistan to cure the G.O.P.?

Asks Roger Ailes (http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2010/06/but-is-there-enough-lithium-in.html).

bjkeefe
06-20-2010, 04:27 PM
Best take I've seen so far (actually posted last week on Whiskey Fire (http://whiskeyfire.typepad.com/whiskey_fire/2010/06/found-whoppin-mineral-deposit.html)):

Found! Whoppin' Mineral Deposit!

by va

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have found the WMD (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html?partner=rss&emc=rss). It's just been sitting there all along, waiting for someone to discover it. Well, actually, someone has discovered it (http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/10/06/the-mineral-miracle-or-a-massive-information-operation/58104), namely, the Soviet Union, in the early 1980s. But then the Soviet Union disappeared under mysterious circumstances and all we have left is a couple maps they drew, pointing the way to the treasure. According to estimates bullshit the free market, the WMD is worth [extends pinky to mouth] one TRILLION dollars, which is equivalent to the value of every pony ever born, ever, plus three unicorns. Naturally, the WMD has to be protected. First, it has to be protected from the Afghan people, who are as we speak picking civil war teams. Second, it has to be protected for the Free Market. In other words, China and Russia aren't allowed, for their markets are tyrannical. It looks yet again like the U.S.A. and its military contractors, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, and partners will have to go it alone, bravely and stoically, for the good of Afghanistan and laptops. This is why "they" love us.

Wonderment
06-20-2010, 04:42 PM
It looks yet again like the U.S.A. and its military contractors, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, and partners will have to go it alone, bravely and stoically, for the good of Afghanistan and laptops.

The Lithiumites will greet us with flowers (poppies, unfortunately). They are dancing in ecstacy and gratitude to be delivered from the tyranny of burkhas, Taliban, Bin Laden, Russian Commissars, Drug Lords, Mujahideen and Failedstatiosis. God bless America.

bjkeefe
06-20-2010, 04:53 PM
The Lithiumites will greet us with flowers (poppies, unfortunately).

ROFL!

bjkeefe
06-20-2010, 05:12 PM
Best take I've seen so far (actually posted last week on Whiskey Fire (http://whiskeyfire.typepad.com/whiskey_fire/2010/06/found-whoppin-mineral-deposit.html)):

[...]

And on a closely related note, from a different author, same blog (http://whiskeyfire.typepad.com/whiskey_fire/2010/05/dissertation-topics.html):

Tomorrow's dissertation topics today

by flory

I don't normally look to Cheers and Jeers (http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/5/20/867908/-Cheers-and-Jeers:-Thursday) over at The Great Orange Satan for inspiration for a serious blog post, but a throwaway line in today's offering got me thinking:

Today's seven- and eight-year-olds have never known a time when we weren't shooting people and blowing stuff up overseas.

I would take that a large step further. Kids don't really develop much of a grasp of the larger world until they're school age. By that measure, today's middle schoolers have never known a world where their government wasn't blowing up brown people living in deserts. With no readily apparent explanation why.

What kind of country will the children of our imperial adventures want for themselves?

Baby Boomers grew up during the Vietnam era. It would be hard to argue that didn't have a pretty profound effect on us. Good and bad. How will The Wars on Brown People affect our kids; and in some cases, grandkids?