sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Should I Go?


I wish that I had a dollar for everyone who asked me whether or not they should visit Mexico. Normally it runs like this:

Q - I'm planning a visit to (wherever in) Mexico and wonder whether or not you think that's a good idea?

LL - It's a bad idea.

Q - But it's inexpensive and the part of Mexico I'm planning on visiting is safe.

LL - Then why ask me?

Q - Because you have worked down there (doing whatever) and understand the place better than I do.

LL - Keep talking yourself into going, then. Don't bother me.

Headlines on Fox News today (link) tell of a group of women and children who were ambushed and murdered (and some were apparently kidnapped) on a highway in Northern Mexico. In this case, these Americans were also Mexican citizens. Some say that it was a case of mistaken identity. I can't say, but it's not atypical in Mexico, a failed state, run by drug cartels. (more here from Newt Gingrich)

President Trump offered to send US troops into Mexico to root out the rot and corruption and to kill members of drug cartels. Mexican President Lopez Obrador respectfully declined, saying that it wouldn't work. President Lopez Obrador may be right because killing everyone directly involved with the drug cartels or indirectly involved (businesses that take loans from cartels, the cartel support structure and the politicians who are supported by generous contributions) would leave Mexico nearly unpopulated.

Should the US be focused more on Mexico than Syria? 

You can blame the wealth in the US and the insatiable appetite for drugs if your conscience allows it, but the problem is that Mexico is still a failed state. And the US is compromised in many ways because of the vast network of narcotics trafficking routes through our communities. 

Q - But LL, we're going to (name your vacation destination) staying at the XXX resort. 

LL - The XXX resort is managed by a US/International company but the hotel is owned by the Guadalajara Cartel. 

Q - I had friends who went there and they had a great time, So what do you think, should I go?

BREAKING NEWS - Mexican President Lopez Obrador said that 'hugs, not arrests' are the focus of Mexican policy against the drug cartels. (how much did the cartels pay him?) He feels that humanitarian outreach can solve Mexico's cartel crisis,

Is the Weather Progressive?

The Climate

Our fellow blogger, John D. sent me this link to remind me that the climate is indeed cooling (so far this winter, at least). It's been warm enough to roast marshmallows in California as the progressive solutions to climate change would seem to be to release carbon (and CO2) by burning off the wildland, and reducing the consumption of electricity. So California may be the exception.
(Link) According to official NOAA data, more than twelve-hundred monthly low temperature records fell ACROSS the U.S. in October 2019 — multiple Arctic air masses rode anomalously-far south on the back of a wavy jet stream flow, itself associated with historically low solar activity. 
The sun is currently in its deepest solar minimum of the past 100+ years, and the jet stream has weakened as a result; its usual tight ‘zonal’ flow has more-often-than-not reverted to a loose ‘meridional’ one. This wavy flow has diverted brutal Arctic air into the lower-latitudes, and is responsible for the U.S. either busting or tying a staggering 1204 all-time MONTHLY low temperature records in October 2019 (double the number of new heat records).
John D., who lives in Norway, usually has chilly winters. The last time I was there for work, John and I met with a professor who used skis to commute to work. We have learned that reindeer are facing extinction (along with Polar Bears) and that soon the planet will not see snow.  The people  who say that all want to be King (or Queen, if we are speaking of Warren and the Butt Guy) of America because of their wisdom and foresight. Other luminaries (mostly donkeys) also say that we'll all be dead in somewhere between ten and twelve years, so why worry about it? Yet they worry.