The border fence between El Paso and Juarez has an elaborate gate structure to allow floodwaters to pass under. The grates prevent people being able to cross under, and can be raised for floodwaters carrying debris. Beyond the fence is a canal and levee before the Rio Grande; the Border Patrol cars hang out on the levee. Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Culture

MEXICO LINDO, A BRIEF HISTORY

Vassar Bushmills Three men, standing at the Mexican border, looking south: Man #1: Mexico Lindo. Man #2: I don’t see nothin’ so ‘lindo’ about it. Man #3: Just looks like more of Texas to me. Man #1: You have no eyes! (Iconic lines from a film, anyone want to guess which one?) It’s an interesting history, [Read More]

The Five Senses: Smell by Adriaen Brouwer Circa 1631 (cropped)
Economics

“AN EXTREMITY OF NOMINAL DEMOCRACY”

Vassar Bushmills Barbara Tuchman was one of my two favorite historians, (the other is still alive). She published The First Salute in 1988, then died of a stroke early the next year, so this book was to have been her last salute. I have three well-underlined volumes on my bookshelf, and this last [Read More]

Economics

NIKE SWOOSHES AMERICA

  Vassar Bushmills So many pieces, so little time. An awful lot of points of national survival converge from this little misstep by Nike in re the Matter of Colin Kaepernick as their new #JustDoIt poster boy. The first piece of the jigsaw is why do so many corporations these days get away with [Read More]