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Scripturient: Dinner at the Bent Taco

We had dinner at the Bent Taco on Pine Street last night. Collingwood’s nuevo-Mexican restaurant is not exactly Mexican but influenced by it, and in a good way. Food was excellent. If you haven’t been there, you should go. Very popular place and I wondered why it took so long for us to get there. … Continue reading “Dinner at the Bent Taco” . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Dinner at the Bent Taco

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Mexican Nightmare

He launched his campaign like an angry orange Hitler on steroids, by calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists, vowing to immediately deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.Build a great wall along the southern border, and make Mexico pay for it.Bu… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Mexican Nightmare

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Mexican Nightmare

He launched his campaign like an angry orange Hitler on steroids, by calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists, vowing to immediately deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Build a great wall along the southern border, and make Mexico pay for it.

But when Donald Trump realized he was alienating moderate Republicans and his polls were starting to resemble a rapidly deflating piñata, he decided he should moderate his image.

So off to Mexico he went…
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Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candid… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

Scripturient: Mazatlan, 2016

We hadn’t been back to Mexico for at least six years and we missed it. We missed the climate, the culture, the food, the people, the music… Mexico has a dear place in our hearts from more than three decades of visiting it. For more than a d… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Mazatlan, 2016

Scripturient: Loteria de Camacho

Ever since I first visited Mexico, more than 30 years ago, I’ve been fascinated by its culture. It’s beautiful, exotic, alien, yet also comfortable and attractive. One of the things that have intrigued me since the start is the lottery game… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Loteria de Camacho

Bill Longstaff: A green NAFTA? Is it possible?

It isn’t much but it’s promising. Last Friday, Canada, the United States and Mexico signed a memorandum of understanding that could lead to a North American accord on climate change and clean energy. According to the CBC story, "This essentially kickstarts the detailed, behind the scenes work needed for a continent-wide agreement that will enable all three countries to work together on clean . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: A green NAFTA? Is it possible?

Things Are Good: Taxing Sugary Water Works

Beverages infused with copies amounts of sugar like Pepsi or Coke aren’t good for you health. When an entire nation consumes too much then public health suffers greatly. This has many governments looking into how they can stymie this overconsumption of unhealthy drinks. One solution is taxing soda sales. in 2014 the Mexican government started […]

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Left Over: Auto-Immune to Progress: Car Manufacturing Going South

Carmakers say adios to Canada as Mexico shifts into higher gear Mexico now makes more cars than Canada, a trend that’s not expected to change

By Pete Evans, CBC News Posted: Jun 15, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 15, 2015 9:31 AM ET

 

It’s deja vu all over again…I . . . → Read More: Left Over: Auto-Immune to Progress: Car Manufacturing Going South

CuriosityCat: The Legacy of Ottawa: The Gutting of Canada

When Stephen Harper’s spinners start pontificating about his steady hand on the tiller over the past decade or so, think on this: Is Canada’s economy really that much better off under his watch? Or has he presided over a country whose financial and economic muscles had continued to waste away.

Sometimes the facts get . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Legacy of Ottawa: The Gutting of Canada

The Right-Wing Observer: US Journalistic Sensationalism in Aftermath of #OttawaShooting

CNN, in their attempt to fill air time after the apparent terror attack in Ottawa (#OttawaShooting), began asking American pundits whether their Northern border with Canada was safe. Erin Burnnett accompanied that discussion with a graphic comparing their Northern border with their Southern border with Mexico which distorted the facts of the issue to make . . . → Read More: The Right-Wing Observer: US Journalistic Sensationalism in Aftermath of #OttawaShooting

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: WikiLeaks: A Country’s Name To Kill

An interesting ethical debate is taking place. FirstLook Media, the controversial and adversarial media outlet owned by PayPal’s inventor, has withheld the name of the 5th country the NSA collects recordings of all phone calls from. SOMALGET and MYSTIC are Top Secret programs revealed by the Snowden leaks from the NSA. Following on the earth . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: WikiLeaks: A Country’s Name To Kill

Art Threat: Should artists be able to pay taxes with artwork?

As income tax filing deadlines approach across North America, many Mexican artists will be counting canvases instead of pay stubs. In Mexico, a country that has lost over $870 billion to tax evasion and money laundering, hundreds of artists aren’t required to pay a dime in tax. Instead, they pay the government with artwork.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Con Klown Tour of Mexico

When I saw this picture of Stephen Harper in Mexico City, and saw all those soldiers firing their guns in his general direction, for a moment I thought his Three Amigos Summit was going to be even more disastrous than I had imagined.But no it wasn't a firing squad. It was the only . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Con Klown Tour of Mexico

Bill Longstaff: Paying a high price for insulting Mexico

In 2009, our government in its wisdom imposed stringent visa requirements on Mexicans visiting Canada, the harshest on any country. claiming this was necessary to deter increasing numbers of bogus refugee claimants. The complex and intrusive requirements included probing questions about potential visitors’ families and their financial histories. The move was, and is, considered an . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Paying a high price for insulting Mexico

Politics, Re-Spun: Capitalism: Swing Your Sledgehammer

It’s all about vision and hope, in an effort to envision how economics and markets can exist after the toxicity of capitalism is gone, gone gone. Are you up for it?

Last night, John Holloway, author of Crack Capitalism, was the SFU Institute for the Humanities‘ guest lecturer, skyped in from Mexico. He was full . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Capitalism: Swing Your Sledgehammer

Politics, Re-Spun: Cheap T-Shirts Keep Harper in Power

Whenever I read stories about corporations wanting to do the right thing, I never hold my breath. Clothing corporations, the sector where “sweatshops” originates, want us to believe they care. They don’t.

Read what nonsense they are trying to peddle to get us off their back for exploiting people so we can have cheap t-shirts. . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Cheap T-Shirts Keep Harper in Power

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– George Monbiot criticizes the UK Cons’ latest effort to outlaw any form of individual action or expression which might intrude upon the corporate bubble: The existing rules are bad enough. Introduced by the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act, antisocial behaviour orders (asbos) have criminalised an apparently endless . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Writings of J. Todd Ring: NAFTA, “Free Trade” and the TPP: Fast-Track To Full Corporate Rule

“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: NAFTA, “Free Trade” and the TPP: Fast-Track To Full Corporate Rule

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Mexico City: A study in impermanence, and a lesson to us all

pablo lopez luz photographs the concrete waves (or carpet, as he puts it) of Mexico City The unbelievably sprawling concrete carpet of Mexico City seen in these photos make me think… Gorgeous country, beautiful culture and people, horrible government, amazing capital city – but utterly unsustainable, as most cities are. Watch for the ruins […]

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LeDaro: Mexico: Flood devastation continues

In Acapulco the tourist-heaven has turned into a hell.

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“In the Pacific resort of Acapulco, roads have become raging torrents, stranding some 40,000 tourists, including hundreds of Americans.

Mexican authorities scrambled to launch an air lift to evacuate tens of thousands of . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Mexico: Flood devastation continues

LeDaro: Mexico: Severe weather is an international phenomanon in 2013

Floods in Mexico have established new records.

“Zipline rescues from Mexico floodsHundreds of local and foreign tourists have arrived in Mexico City, after the country’s military sent a plane to transport them out of the resort city of Acapulco where they were stranded after some of the most damaging storms in decades. ITV’s Lewis Vaughan . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Mexico: Severe weather is an international phenomanon in 2013

LeDaro: Instant Justice: A judge punches his fellow judges in Mexico

Politics, Re-Spun: The Occupy Movement Vs. Maquiladoras

Workplace justice: a pipe dream, or something to build solidarity to fight for?

I had the distinct, and creepy, pleasure of sitting in front of a group of fellows yesterday in, ironically, the cheap seats at the Seattle Mariners game. They were discussing business.

One fellow, who of course may have been speaking . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Occupy Movement Vs. Maquiladoras

Politics, Re-Spun: MexAmeriCanada, Version 2013

Welcome to the United States of MexAmeriCanada. Represent!

I was just thinking a few days ago how I haven’t used the MexAmeriCanada tag for a while. Did I cause this to happen, in some cosmic kind of way?

In the old days it was Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin negotiating the post-911 . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: MexAmeriCanada, Version 2013