It started with an entry at the Geological Society of London blog: Top 5 Volcanic Lairs for Evil Geologists, and a description of where one would make plans for world domination. It was an interesting list, and some of your lesser evil geologists might want to make use of them. But Eric Klemetti at the Eruptions blog said "pfpt", and suggested that Erebus in Antarctica was the ideal base to launch an evil plot. He made a strong case, including the use of penguins as henchmen and evil minions. Batman's enemies were certainly onto something there, but there is a problem: penguins can't hammer and drill (no opposable thumbs and all). Who was going to build the impregnable fortress? Jessica at Magma Cum Laude had some other great suggestions, but her evil geologists have the same problem:
How can you build a giant high-tech impregnable fortress without catching the attention of the local authorities? Where do you get all the supplies without raising eyebrows among the tax men and union bosses? How can one avoid paying for medical benefits and retirement plans for all the henchmen and minions? I mean, it's not like they are gonna work for minimum wage when their lives are likely to end in a hail of bullets and fireballs. Although maybe they think, given the economy, "it's a job"...
I think I have a solution to the dilemma. Mt. Shasta in Northern California. Here's the thing: the mountain is just full of a ready-made army of henchmen and minions who won't be asking for wages and benefits. Heck, they've been off the economic grid for thousands of years.
Any additional supplies that are needed are not a problem: UFOs have been landing on Shasta for years, taking advantage of the lenticular clouds that often form around the summit. Supply helicopters can do the same thing. Or one can ally with the aliens, too.