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7 hours ago, Steve Thomas said:

"This is our Land"


"Cobalt is an essential component of rechargeable batteries in cars and mobile phones, and Congo is by far the world’s largest producer, with about half of all known reserves. In Kolwezi, the cobalt is often found with vast deposits of copper: After a rainstorm, some of the ground in the city turns as green as the Statue of Liberty. With the electronics boom worldwide, demand for both minerals has exploded."


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In Dag H's day it was an atomic weapons necessity.  The consumer goods world was struggling to build a better electric shaver.

I remember teaching Geography out of a textbook just humane enough to say that most humanitarian aid and corporate revenues bound for Africa disappeared into the coffers of dictators.  The book also offered that the end of colonialism created African politicians who were sui generis, not sophisticated enough to stand up to Western economics.  Gee, a trend, since Lumumba?

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On 1/20/2019 at 3:18 PM, Steve Thomas said:

Lately, I've become interested in the role that uranium mining might play in the JFK story. I'm not a geologist, but uranium deposits seem to be found near oil fields. I lived in the Rangely, CO. area for a while, so I had a personal interest in DeMohrenschildt's comings and goings there. When I read that D.H. Byrd sold his interests in Byrd Oil and used the money to found Byrd Uranium, my ears perked up.

Doesn’t some of George D’s travels make more sense if he is working to procure, and/or monitor potential sources of Uranium? (Rather than or in addition to oil exploration.) 

Georges visits to West Africa, Haiti & DR, Venezuela, Mexico, and Yugoslavia might have been for Uranium exploration. They are not all U producers now, but in the 40s and 50s, any indication of U reserves would have prompted interest. A quick google shows even Haiti had potential as a U producer.

More compelling is GDs third wife Wynne Sharples. 1951 to 1956.

Sharples family from Philly made (still makes) centrifuges. He mentioned this in his WC testimony. 

George’s movements might make more sense, and at a higher level of secrecy if he is tasked with Uranium missions instead of Oil exploration or developing sisal farms. 

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