Rosendale, NY. At its peak in the 1890s, half of the three billion pounds of natural cement used in the U.S. annually for projects from the Brooklyn Bridge supports to railroad tunnels to dams was mined and produced here, where the peculiar mineral make-up of the limestone lent Rosendale Cement natural hydraulic properties. Now, the town is marked by vast kiln works in which the mined stone was baked, the trestle bridge that carries a rail trail high over the post-card perfect main street, Iron Mountain, a records facility storing the paper work of countless Wallstreet businesses deep underground in caverns opened up two centuries before by mining operations.

Leaden Forest

Our colonies need these lead deposits because we won't just ignore their needs. We could, of course, import galena crystals and melt them on the spot. But there's a substantial problem for such large operation. The closest provider of needed resource had put a lot of taxes on their exports, precisely galena crystals. For each ounce of pure lead, we could produce, their company will earn a tenfold of our production costs.
There are always some options, more costly and not exclusively risk-free. We can’t introduce them right now when our mother division is during the restructuration. Additionally, we don't have enough funds to develop some equipment suited for our local workforce or research a less invasive mining/smelting methods. 
We don't have to and won't do that. That's just some distant planet without any official authority or former "guardship" of any political body. Its inhabitants can suffer some illness from time to time because their work provides abundant possibilities for millions of more advanced folks around them. 
At least, in all this mess, we call Galen 2, there are no signs of eco-terrorism presence. We won't be blackmailed or accused of unethical treatment of this ecosystem filled to the brim with 200.000 years old forests. Even a few of our jobbers initially felt guilty when they were clearing out those humungous tree-like plants. It took about a full day to cut down a single ancient thicket; that's the price we must pay every day because of some "no cultural intervention" policy.
Bull-folk won't revolt, no matter how they would try to outsmart us. A womb is a definition of species' survival; without it, eventually, all of them will be extinct. We lure them with a promise of such fine females, but none of those savages gets their gist. Despite the pollution, bull-folk had adapted their bodies to be almost immune to lead poisoning. Unfortunately, they aren't advanced enough to help their newly born cubs with the infancy mortality, caused by lead-related diseases.
Still, all this mess will be covered up soon when advanced colonies will find out about our "initiative". A tournament of fair rules and great rewards for local communities around Galen system, none of them won't be harmed by the loss of their representative. All will be winners. 
Speaking of representation, we had received a message for our cowgirl's former employer, Derwent Industries.
Their spokesman tried to detract us from siding with such a "rebellious and uncanny worker, lacking in female charm or martial finesse". Even their request had included a list of proposed alternatives for her. We politely thanked for such important input into our collaborative effort, but our CEO already had paid for PR related to her tournament persona. Derwent Industries weren't so pleased with our answer, but fortunately, they didn't back down from their sponsorship of this "spectacular event".
One more thing if we still have enough time to discuss it. Is there an agreement on a definitive version of cowgirl's persona? So, she can't promote any religious beliefs nor rebellious ideas but, she must be "a rebel" at least in the ring, right? Of course, we shouldn't forget about her endowed body; it can be seen by our target demographics as "exotic" thus increasing the possible royalties from her merchandise. But what's her ring name? PR can't still decide that one? That's the shame but at least, our contestant feels all right away from her leaden forest and is sociable with other representatives. That's good. 
So that's all for this meeting, take care of the reports and goodbye.

Well, I tried, and I think I didn’t nail it. Without some mistakes along the way, we can’t gain those skills we want. I hope that this text didn’t drag on for too long.

As always, tomorrow’s the day for better :)


One of the most impressive sites I have visited so far... This French steel giant has a long and eventful history. The plant, which mainly produced "long steel products", was one of the most important steel mills in the region in the 1970s and complemented a nearby steel plant, which in turn specialized in "flat products". In the mid-1970s, the company was not only hit by the general crisis in the steel industry, but also fell victim to the poor technological choices it made.

The steel company was founded around 1890 by a German industrialist. He acquired all the land needed to build the factory and took care of the development of the infrastructure and the rail and road network. In 1890 the company started with two blast furnaces. Later the capacity was expanded to a total of seven blast furnaces. In 1903, the factory was already a complete establishment with 2,745 hectares of iron mines, 7 blast furnaces, a Thomas steel mill, a Martin steel mill, several rolling mills, a cement plant, a gas plant, supplying a thermal power plant and all auxiliary services, such as slag mills, brick mill, lime kilns, foundry, general workshops, laboratory...

In the mid-1960s, the steel plant was extensively modernized and the management made the strategic choice to switch to a different production process. The first oxygen steel plant, based on the Kaldo process, started in 1969. The steel mill astonished the world with its gigantism: the building, 100 meters high, 430 meters long and 150 meters wide, is designed to yield 7 Mt (metric tons) per year with 6 converters. It took only a few months to understand that the gamble of the Kaldo process was a serious strategic mistake: the monstrous 1,000-ton converters, twice the size of any other Kaldo converter, proved to be as unreliable as they were economically unprofitable . The race for size has killed the process. Rather than saving costs, they turned out to increase with size, while the opposite was expected. At the beginning of the 1980s the Kaldo process was withdrawn, but by then it was already too late. In 1999 the steel factory was sold for a symbolic franc to the then unknown Lakshmi Mittal. The latter carried out a number of restructurings, whereby the workforce was kept to a strict minimum. However, when the plant was still not profitable in 2008, the now-formed ArcelorMittal group decided to shut down the plant. At the beginning of 2009 the fire died in Forge Lunaire. Ten years later, the demolition and remediation works started.