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2014-04-19 06:44:54 PM  
I wonder when De Beers will be making an offer to the State to buy, and subsequently close, the park. Artificial scarcity sure is a nice racket if you can hold onto it.
 
2014-04-19 06:50:15 PM  
Man finds a big uncut diamond and plans to gives it away

... because diamonds are inherently worthless
 
Skr
2014-04-19 06:50:26 PM  
Always have wanted to check out one of the parks that let you pan/dig for your on gemstones. Closest I've done is pan for black hills gold in South Dakota.
 
2014-04-19 06:52:13 PM  
And elsewhere on the Internet, I learn that less than 50 lightyears away from Earth is a star made of diamond, and scientists have discovered that frozen water vapor exists in vast amounts in open space.  Like, insanely large amounts of water.

Personally, I look forward to when we can get off this rock so all this scarcity shiat can go away once and for all.
 
2014-04-19 06:53:17 PM  
Actually, kinda funny. An old co-worker bought his local family farm from his father. (In the way of rampant expansion). The father bought his ideal retirement site in Arkansas that was the same size (200 acres, fishin' pond, etc) for 1/20th the price and is living his dream. The co-worker (years later) just sold his farm for development to move there and bought a series of thousands of acres to have as his "retirement farm" that he oversees and does not work. Just leases and inspects. His retirement dream.
 
2014-04-19 06:54:17 PM  
Arkansas makes Mississippi good
 
2014-04-19 06:55:36 PM  
If your going to move to Arkansas...DO NOT RENT....Seriously Arkansas criminalizes non-payment of rent for any reason.  Two feet of sewage in your basement? too bad pay the rent or face arrest.   Landlords are not required to maintain the dwellings that they rent or even ensure a human could live in them. The more you know.

/end PSA
 
2014-04-19 06:55:52 PM  
Most I ever found were some nuggets of corn.
 
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2014-04-19 06:57:39 PM  

2BuckChuck: diamonds are inherently worthless


Diamonds are very hard, as you know, and they make excellent cutting surfaces for drills, rotary tools, and other industrial uses.  Industrial diamonds are generally not of the same quality that gem quality diamonds are.  Diamonds do indeed have worth.

Their value as gems is artificial, as is commonly claimed.  The demand for diamonds is great enough to warrant mining; there simply are not enough diamonds just laying about on the open ground to satisfy the demand.  A diamonds worth, however, is not based on the labor in mining and the labor and skill of a jeweler.  Part of it certainly is, but a gemstone's worth is much much higher, and is fixed by artificial means.
 
2014-04-19 06:58:30 PM  
We went there for field trips for school back in the day. Was always in late august when it was 100 degrees outside and 100% humidity. Nobody found anything.
 
2014-04-19 06:58:39 PM  
The treasure hunter is reportedly planning to sell the diamond and donate the proceeds to Speed of Light, a national youth ministry charitable organization.

Oh good. They need the money for their child rape defense fund.

/idiot
//die
 
2014-04-19 06:59:43 PM  

Skr: Always have wanted to check out one of the parks that let you pan/dig for your on gemstones. Closest I've done is pan for black hills gold in South Dakota.


Did that once outside Thunder Bay, Ontario, went Amethyst mining.  Had a couple pieces I gave away as jewlery, and a couple big chunks I still hang on to for some reason, but that was 20 years ago...
 
2014-04-19 07:00:30 PM  
What the fark is a park interpreter?
 
2014-04-19 07:01:41 PM  

2BuckChuck: Man finds a big uncut diamond and plans to gives it away

... because diamonds are inherently worthless


Actually, below 10 karats in the raw they are. A few hundred in the mine turns into ten thousand at the jeweler because theres a middleman between the mine and the cutter, and then another between the cutter and your jeweler (in many cases).

I could have a good philosophical discussion about value vs money.
 
2014-04-19 07:03:10 PM  

daveb0rg: What the fark is a park interpreter?


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2014-04-19 07:09:47 PM  
Yet another example of an outsider exploiting a poor, illiterate third world country for its diamond resources.
 
2014-04-19 07:11:34 PM  

daveb0rg: What the fark is a park interpreter?


It's an interpretive dance park ranger. Must be seen to be believed.

www.rightthisminute.com

Here is an interpretive dance park ranger explaining the beauty of Yosemite Falls.
 
2014-04-19 07:11:37 PM  

bigpeeler: Most I ever found were some nuggets of corn.


www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-04-19 07:13:18 PM  

Oxygen_Thief: If your going to move to Arkansas...DO NOT RENT....Seriously Arkansas criminalizes non-payment of rent for any reason.  Two feet of sewage in your basement? too bad pay the rent or face arrest.   Landlords are not required to maintain the dwellings that they rent or even ensure a human could live in them. The more you know.

/end PSA


Do they still have that usury law? That was actually cool, legally you couldn't pay over 5% interest on anything. I used to drive over the river to West Memphis to buy cheap booze too.
 
2014-04-19 07:14:53 PM  
rccblog.com
 
2014-04-19 07:15:59 PM  

abhorrent1: The treasure hunter is reportedly planning to sell the diamond and donate the proceeds to Speed of Light, a national youth ministry charitable organization.

Oh good. They need the money for their child rape defense fund.

/idiot
//die


From what I can tell it's basically just a high-tech bible handout program.

images.sodahead.com
 
2014-04-19 07:18:49 PM  

Skr: Always have wanted to check out one of the parks that let you pan/dig for your on gemstones. Closest I've done is pan for black hills gold in South Dakota.


You should go for it.  Just don't go expecting to find anything.  It's not a "sure thing" kind of experience.  I've seen a lot of people throw a fit because they didn't find anything within an hour of walking onto the field (a couple didn't even last 30 minutes).  The best time to go is just after a good rain (washes the finer, lighter layer of soil away) and when it's not too hot (it's a big, open field of dirt so you can't away from the heat from the sun).  Also, look for where the tractors have run the discs.  It's more the thrill of the hunt than the expectation of finding anything.

/Used to go twice a year with the grandparents growing up
//Grandpa found a 1-carat diamond after happening to look down on the way out of the field
//Took my kids and autistic cousin a couple of years ago.  Not again anytime soon.
 
2014-04-19 07:20:23 PM  
I've been there.  It's a neat place, but actually mining for the diamonds, and doing it correctly is pretty hard, tedious work.

Also, they describe it as a 40 acre plowed field.  It's basically clay muck, and I lost a sneaker within 15 minutes of setting foot there.  Still, a 6 karat diamond, depending on the clarity and color can bring an assload of money.
 
2014-04-19 07:25:03 PM  
People wanna talk shiat about Arkansas, but we got diamonds just layin' around in the dirt.
 
2014-04-19 07:25:33 PM  

CruJones: Oxygen_Thief: If your going to move to Arkansas...DO NOT RENT....Seriously Arkansas criminalizes non-payment of rent for any reason.  Two feet of sewage in your basement? too bad pay the rent or face arrest.   Landlords are not required to maintain the dwellings that they rent or even ensure a human could live in them. The more you know.

/end PSA

Do they still have that usury law? That was actually cool, legally you couldn't pay over 5% interest on anything. I used to drive over the river to West Memphis to buy cheap booze too.


I cannot remember if it is still on the books or not but the fact is it does not matter (Though if memory serves it was repealed).  Businesses are allowed to charge whatever interest rate they want that is allowable in their "home" state.  So voters in Arkansas no longer control what would constitute a rate that is usurious. In piratical effect it is the federal maximum...Arkansas? Consumer Protection? That would hurt the job creators you see
 
2014-04-19 07:30:59 PM  

Oxygen_Thief: Arkansas? Consumer Protection? That would hurt the job creators Walton's, you see


FTFY. The only reason that family stays in Arkansas is that they bought the place.
 
2014-04-19 07:31:31 PM  

taurusowner: I wonder when De Beers will be making an offer to the State to buy, and subsequently close, the park. Artificial scarcity sure is a nice racket if you can hold onto it.


The reason that site is a state park where visitors play with spades and shovels and NOT a commercially excavated mine is because of debeers. Artificial scarcity indeed...
 
2014-04-19 07:32:02 PM  

Oxygen_Thief: If your going to move to Arkansas...DO NOT RENT....Seriously Arkansas criminalizes non-payment of rent for any reason.  Two feet of sewage in your basement? too bad pay the rent or face arrest.   Landlords are not required to maintain the dwellings that they rent or even ensure a human could live in them. The more you know.

/end PSA


If true, info like that just re-enforces the (generally) low opinion I have of the South.
 
2014-04-19 07:33:58 PM  

daveb0rg: What the fark is a park interpreter?


A park ranger, tour guide, educator, etc., all wrapped up in a tight bundle with a simple name. Often people who use Freeman Tilden's book "Interpreting our Heritage" on a daily basis.
 
2014-04-19 07:34:07 PM  

daveb0rg: What the fark is a park interpreter?


Interpretive guides are the guys that teach you about the natural history, human history, geology, flora and fauna of the area. Really cool job that usually involves walking around in beautiful scenery and regurgitating some interesting tidbits of info to tourists along the way.

/used to work as an interpretive guide
 
2014-04-19 07:35:52 PM  

rebelyell2006: daveb0rg: What the fark is a park interpreter?

A park ranger, tour guide, educator, etc., all wrapped up in a tight bundle with a simple name. Often people who use Freeman Tilden's book "Interpreting our Heritage" on a daily basis.


Usually not considered a Ranger. Interpreters usually do not have the ability to enforce laws and regulations. Just there as ambassadors to the area.
 
2014-04-19 07:36:51 PM  

Forbidden Doughnut: Oxygen_Thief: If your going to move to Arkansas...DO NOT RENT....Seriously Arkansas criminalizes non-payment of rent for any reason.  Two feet of sewage in your basement? too bad pay the rent or face arrest.   Landlords are not required to maintain the dwellings that they rent or even ensure a human could live in them. The more you know.

/end PSA

If true, info like that just re-enforces the (generally) low opinion I have of the South.


It is true. Arkansas has no common law Warranty of Habitability.  The only way a landlord can be held responsible for repairs is if he contracted in the lease agreement to be responsible for repairs.  The end result is no landlord who rents to poor people who have no options contracts to be responsible.
 
2014-04-19 07:39:28 PM  

Oxygen_Thief: If your going to move to Arkansas...DO NOT RENT....Seriously Arkansas criminalizes non-payment of rent for any reason.  Two feet of sewage in your basement? too bad pay the rent or face arrest.   Landlords are not required to maintain the dwellings that they rent or even ensure a human could live in them. The more you know.

/end PSA


This is true.

/licensed lawyer in Arkansas.
 
2014-04-19 07:40:30 PM  

wildcardjack: Oxygen_Thief: Arkansas? Consumer Protection? That would hurt the job creators Walton's, you see

FTFY. The only reason that family stays in Arkansas is that they bought the place.


Right? Its funny to because I believe Wal-Mart is not incoporated in Arkansas and considered a "foreign Corporation"
 
2014-04-19 07:41:45 PM  

CruJones: Do they still have that usury law? That was actually cool, legally you couldn't pay over 5% interest on anything.


Yes, but only applied to in-state lenders, so credit card companies and banks weren't (aren't) affected.
 
2014-04-19 07:43:07 PM  
Say hello to your new neighbors subby.

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2014-04-19 07:44:10 PM  
"The treasure hunter is reportedly planning to sell the diamond and donate the proceeds to Speed of Light, a national youth ministry charitable organization. "

And as we speak, a mega-church pastor is making an order for a new Lexus with Baby Seal leather seat covers.
 
2014-04-19 07:44:37 PM  
This particular "girl's best friend," is roughly the size of a jelly bean and is the 15 th-largest diamond found at the park since 1972, according to Cox.

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2014-04-19 07:45:12 PM  
Last seen boarding a plane for Arkansas:
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2014-04-19 07:47:00 PM  
We went a few years ago. I hated every minute. It was as miserable as the years I spent chopping cotton in the hot and humid Arkansas sun.  You go out into the field and dig up a five gallon bucket of soil. You the. Go to giant half drums full of dirty and stagnant water to pan through the bucket of dirt. Finish that one and start over again.
Arkansas is my home state and one of the most beautiful places I've been. If you want to hunt, fish, camp, antique or almost anything else, go. You will love it. I just don't recommend the diamond park.
 
2014-04-19 07:48:16 PM  

SumoJeb: rebelyell2006: daveb0rg: What the fark is a park interpreter?

A park ranger, tour guide, educator, etc., all wrapped up in a tight bundle with a simple name. Often people who use Freeman Tilden's book "Interpreting our Heritage" on a daily basis.

Usually not considered a Ranger. Interpreters usually do not have the ability to enforce laws and regulations. Just there as ambassadors to the area.


"Usually" being the essential word. In the NPS, an entry-level ranger is most often an interpreter, and different states and agencies cannot agree on whether a "ranger" is an interpreter or a law-eforcement agent. USAJobs notes whether a Ranger job posting is "protection" or "interpretation". That way, most of the Rangers at parks near the border can patrol their parks with armor and assault rifles and not interact with tourists, while most of the Rangers at a Civil War battlefield park can be guides and leave security to someone else.
 
2014-04-19 07:56:03 PM  

daveb0rg: What the fark is a park interpreter?


You ever seen a tree on weed?
 
2014-04-19 07:56:13 PM  

Skr: Always have wanted to check out one of the parks that let you pan/dig for your on gemstones. Closest I've done is pan for black hills gold in South Dakota.


I used to take my grandfather to this place when he was alive. It's about a two hour drive from me. Actually finding diamonds is pretty uncommon but it does happen. Just don't bet the farm on it.
 
2014-04-19 08:02:02 PM  

2BuckChuck: Man finds a big uncut diamond and plans to gives it away


If by "give it away" you mean "sell it" (and give the proceeds to charity).
 
2014-04-19 08:02:50 PM  
Hey, a fella's gotta have hope, right?
 
2014-04-19 08:07:08 PM  
There was an article in today's New York Times speculating the future decline of diamonds as status symbols now that flawless, large-carat diamonds can be produced synthetically. Link. In addition to undermining DeBeer's profits, this technology may also reduce the appeal of being able to dig up "free" diamonds of unpredictable quality in exchange for hours of sweaty, muddy labor.

/ yes, I know, NYT paywall sucks. just use private/incognito mode.
 
2014-04-19 08:12:07 PM  
Prob'ly gonna sell it to one of those "Walmaet" gemologists.
 
2014-04-19 08:21:17 PM  

Ambitwistor: 2BuckChuck: Man finds a big uncut diamond and plans to gives it away

If by "give it away" you mean "sell it" (and give the proceeds to charity).


Not many people understand "proceeds," apparently.
 
2014-04-19 08:26:32 PM  
That's it. I'm moving to Arkansas

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2014-04-19 08:47:26 PM  
So, I haven't seen all of the US, but I've seen most of Texas along the I-10, and good god, Arkansas is a terribly boring place.
 
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