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  1. All my firearms training agreed that the person holding the firearm is ultimately responsible for any discharge of the firearm, whether intentional or not. I'm pretty sure the courts would back me up on that. We don't know intent nor if others may have some shared responsibility but when the rubber meets the road the person firing the gun is the only one who is directly responsible -- except in Hollywood? Is there a crime here? I doubt there was an intent to injure and kill but who knows? In any case a woman was killed when Baldwin intentionally shot his gun at her. I don't see how hiring someone to check your firearms could actually absolve you of liability for shooting live rounds at another human. If it does work that way I'm looking to hire a professional armorer to take responsibility for what I do with my 105 mm M101A1.
  2. Even relatively large clear Peridot have little commercial value. Here's a retail price example for a nice 12+ carat facet grade stone for $39. https://www.gemrockauctions.com/auctions/1236-cts-faceting-arizona-peridot-rough-f8858-1286141 I doubt the retailer paid more than $10 to the finder.
  3. Baldwin is a well known as being an anti gun, anti NRA and anti second amendment activist. He was holding the gun last and he was the one who shot and killed the woman. Seems he would have more motive and opportunity than the so called "wacko right wingers" Baldwin hired to work for him (it's his movie). I doubt such a rabid anti gun activist as Baldwin would actually check the gun before he fired it (for profit) but it is standard protocol in the industry and the most obvious of firearm safety requirements even for the clueless. I'm not anti second amendment but I would insist on inspecting the gun and load before I would make the choice to point and fire it at a living human being (for profit). I'm not accusing Baldwin of anything but if I was investigating this as a crime rather than a media event Baldwin would be the prime suspect. He hired the people and he fired the gun. I don't know any of the people involved but I seriously doubt the 24 year old armorer Hannah "has a long history of being a dangerous jerk". Jerk she may be but at 24 I doubt she has a long history of any kind. I'm sure the press will eventually tell us a story that fits the needed narrative. I for one won't be holding my breath for that eventuality.
  4. It's clearly glass. "Gemstones" don't have air bubbles.
  5. Mica is a silicate and can easily sustain high temperatures and exposure to acids. Mica has been used commercially for thousands of years, often for just those qualities. Your torches and nitric acid probably had little to no effect.
  6. It sure looks like Mica Schist. If you say it five times real fast it will make 10 year old boys giggle.
  7. Welcome to the forum! You need to tell us more. A picture just isn't enough when it comes to rocks. What does it smell like? It could be a diamond? Is it smaller than a rabbit? Do you feel like you want things you probably shouldn't have when you are near it? Take a picture in sunlight with your dog or a tortoise nearby for scale? Does it have a name or a sticker somewhere on it? Does it feel warm if you leave it in the sun? It could be a moon? Does it float? Rub it on your toilet? Was it found on a plane? (domestic or international flight?) Really we do need more sciency stuff before we can even begin to guess what is in your picture Owlxm.
  8. Hi Clay

    Please, can you help me.

    What's the name of the drywasher replacement cloth?

    and where can i find it? 




  9. Pictures of scat will tell you less than pictures of rocks. Smell and taste. Everything else is just guessing.
  10. I've seen a lot of ore samples that look similar to what you picture here. It looks like a rich, complex, metallic copper ore. The Shasta region has a lot of interesting minerals and mines. Besides copper and gold bismuth and zinc have been mined there as well. The Iron Mountain group of mines have shown some really interesting mineral deposits. The iridescent mineral is Bornite - an ore of copper. It does somewhat resemble Bismuth but Bornite and Bismuth have different crystal structures. Also Bismuth is a rare metallic element and Bornite is a common copper mineral. Bornite, when it weathers, rather rapidly breaks down into Chalcopyrite - a very common ore of copper. These copper ores are often closely associated with minerals of Arsenic and/or Zinc. Those metal combinations are known to create beautiful minerals and it does look like that might be the case here. It looks like everybody that took a whack at this challenge contributed to the ID. It's pretty easy to tell if this ore contains Arsenic. Run your fingernail across the ore and see if any of it is so soft it breaks up or turns to powder. Most, but not all, of the Arsenic minerals are very soft - around 1 or 2 on the Mohs scale. Copper minerals are typically much harder in the 3 to 5 range on the Mohs scale. With Arsenic minerals you should not lick the soft dust off the ore or add it to your drink - that stuff is seriously poisonous. If you do lick Arsenic minerals there will be no taste initially but afterwards you will have the lingering smell of garlic on your breath. If you don't want to end up being the kind of person that goes around saying "hold my beer" "smell my breath" then don't consume Arsenic. Generally Arsenic ores and minerals are not put on public display due to the possibility of viewers breathing the dust or touching the minerals. It is not advisable to handle Arsenic minerals or ore. The dirty little secret of some copper mines is the amount of Arsenic that's chemically bound into the copper ore. With the limited uses and demand for Arsenic today it's becoming a problem as to where to store the refined Arsenic products. With pure refined Arsenic metal selling for around 75 cents a pound these smelter products don't even come close to paying for the mining, processing, storage, marketing and transportation costs involved in extracting them.
  11. Er... Thanks for the confession Bob. I thought you were writing about the oil industry being up in arms over the pause on federal leases. I didn't realize you were referring to specific unnamed forum posters and unnamed "political motives". If you had put that out there in your original post I would have passed on by. That's not a subject I have any interest in pursuing. I'm outta here.
  12. North Dakota's oil production did slip since the collapse of oil prices made shale "oil" unprofitable. The United States is still the largest miner of petroleum products worldwide by a large margin. Since the economic collapse of the oil shale fields oil companies are staying away from those more risky investments. That collapse started long before COVID or the leasing pause and has more to do with the slim margins typical of shale deposits. When the oil price went down those shale oil miners had to stop pumping at a loss. I see where New Mexico has increased production about 10% over the last year but their rate of annual increase in production slowed way down after 2018 - the oil industry in New Mexico was already in a slowdown before COVID or the federal leasing pause. That 10% increase is to be expected since the oil companies have to pump more oil to make up for the North Dakota, Canadian and East coast U.S. shale oil shortfall. People just want their oil products and don't cut back because some fields became unprofitable. The oil has to come from somewhere. New Mexico just rose in position because the shale fields are not producing like they were previously. The executive order pausing the leasing of federal oil interests had no effect in Texas because Texas doesn't have federal lands with oil deposits. New Mexico mines half their oil deposits under private lands (east of the mountains) and the federal oil leases that are there have been in full production for several years. About a third of New Mexico's annual revenue comes from oil and gas extraction taxes. North Dakota relies just as heavily on taxes on oil and gas production on federal lands to fund their State and county governments. North Dakota sued the administration for the leasing pause along with 12 other oil producing states. I think the misconceptions here are due to the mainstream press trying to make drama around an issue in an industry few in their profession understand. I didn't see any claims that the leasing pause would cause disruption within the oil/gas trade but if you watch TV "news" it sure seemed they were trying to push that idea. In any case none of this matters today. The lease pause was ordered in January and it was lifted by the courts in June. New oil leases are now being offered by the BLM. Less than six months of a pause in the federal oil leasing system didn't cause much disruption at all in the oil industry but it sure gave those CNN and FOX news watchers something to get excited about.
  13. Appears to have gas bubbles and holes. Looks like man made glass from a fire to me.
  14. I don't know what pets you have in your room. I'm just trying to inject some facts into the discussion. Here's another fact for you. The U.S. does not, and never has, charged royalties on locatable mineral extraction. There is a long legal and legislative history on that subject of which you are obviously unaware. You have not been a public land owner since 1976. You have no royalties no matter how many times you repeat that's what you want.
  15. I think Alaskans would argue with you about the land ownership thing. The State of Alaska has made it clear they do not appreciate the Federal gov acting as if they should have the final say on what happens on State owned land. They have vigorously objected to the actions of the EPA and Corps in the press and in the courts. The EPA had already made their final approval before Trump Jr. stuck his finger in the pie. The Corps had approved the mine except to demand a quid pro quo mitigation plan for areas not affected by the mine. The federal courts have said that those demands are illegal but I'm guessing that until the courts hear the Pebble case about the mitigation the press will continue to pretend the environmental assessment is the reason the mine is not permitted. If you want royalties from the Pebble project you will need to become an Alaskan citizen, get the mine approved and wait for your annual payment just like the rest of the Alaskan citizens. It would be foolish to expect royalties for the federal gov on lands that are not owned by them. You might as well expect royalties from Mexico or China.
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