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Expat Files – 09.24.17

#1- (Anti)Social Media in Latin America and how its negatively affecting the local population: Yes, a certain small percentage of middle and upper-class Latins are addicted to Twitter and Facebook (who’d a thunk?) They have even invented a new vocabulary word for those particular stupid addictions. That said, about 80% of Latinos with little or no discretionary income have found …

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Expat Files – 09.22.17

#1- Expat Eddie outlines a few of his own pointed Latin learning experiences as a gringo boss, including interviewing, hiring, firing, managing and training Latin workers. #2- When gringos get into car accidents. What if a gringo didn’t know Spanish, had an expired driver’s license and no insurance. On top of that, what if he totaled the other guy’s car, …

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Meria Heller – News of Planet of the Apes – 02.05.17

News of Planet of the Apes, with Meria. Trump attacks Australia and Mexico! Nutjob! trump wants McConnell to go nuclear for his christian right Supreme Ct. choice;Who is Gorsuch? arrests at Standing Rock;Reps to sell 3.3 million acres of public land (Agenda 21); trump wants to destroy political activity by churches; trump’s firings continue;Tillerson faces hell; GOP change laws to put Price & Mnuchin in; Where are the democrats? Impeach? Fukushima latest;Jenna Bush on trump; trumps ignorance has no bounds; prison standoff; ex KGB chief dead after trump dossier; trumps drugs;Bannon on NSC? War with China? China’s response;trump needs to prove his legitimacy;Arnold vs Donald;separation of church & state?corp. America turning on trump; Christian terrorist in Quebec;authoritarian rule;Ryan sees press as fuckin waste of time;Sally Yates;Dodd-Frank Act on chopping block;Iran;Israel;Jared Kushner unhappy; christian holy war?and tons more news.

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Alternative Visions – Trump’s Grand Strategy – 02.03.17

Jack Rasmus describes Trump’s grand strategy that is now beginning to take shape–economic, social and foreign elements, noting how the Trump strategy reveals great similarities with Nixon in the 1970s and Reagan in 1980s. Trump is Nixon-Reagan on steroids. Rasmus reviews similarities with Nixon and Reagan in Trump’s current attack on US trading partners in Europe, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Germany, Australia and soon China—comparing them with Nixon’s New Economic Program in 1971-72 and Reagan’s 1985-86 attacks on Japan and Europe with the Plaza and Louvre accords. Trump is not against Free Trade, but for bilateral free trade instead of Clinton-Obama multilateral free trade. Trump’s protectionism is tactical. The goal is to advance US corporate interests vis a vis foreign competitors, just as Nixon and Reagan did. Rasmus describes Trump Grand Strategy to date as: Congress drives deregulation of ACA and Dodd-Frank and then focuses on corporate-investor tax cuts. Trump meantime paves the way with Executive Orders, while using EOs to attack immigrants, domestic and foreign; Trump goes slow on major foreign policy changes involving Russia, middle east and Asia, while aggressively attacking immigrants, law and order, proposing election reform and advancing religious groups’ interests. Strong similarities between Nixon, Reagan, and Trump on policies involving defense spending, social program cuts, deficits, strong dollar, attacking the liberal media, undermining unions, massive deregulation, cutting pensions and social security, promoting police and law and order attacks on protestors, and domestic spying and surveillance. (Next week: France and the Future of Europe)

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Economic Update – “Trumponomics Exposed” – 01.29.17

“Updates on Basic economy airfares, Trump-May delusions, drop in US union membership, Trump’s attacks on Mexico and TPP, elite colleges vs state schools. Major discussion of (1) what ‘capitalism’ means and (2) fake ‘jobs’ policies.”

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Robert Reich – Six reasons why Trump’s wall is even dumber than most of his other ideas

At his turbulent news event last Wednesday (I won’t dignify it by calling it a news conference), Trump reiterated that he will build a wall along the Mexican border. “It’s not a fence. It’s a wall,” he said, and “Mexico will pay for the wall.” Here are 6 reasons why Trump’s wall is an even dumber idea than most of …

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Last endangered Mexican porpoises to be rounded up by US Navy-trained dolphins

US Navy-trained dolphins and their handlers will participate in a last-ditch effort to catch the last few dozen of Mexico’s vaquita porpoises to save them from extinction. The trained animals will use their sonar to locate the extremely elusive vaquitas, then surface and advise their handlers. The number of vaquitas, the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise species, has been …

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Expat Files – 12.30.16

#1- Driving your car from the US to Latin America(or not): Though its not normally recommended that you drive down, just in case you’re the adventurous type and want to roll the dice, here are a few tips … #2- Tips on buying a car in Latin America: mostly what NOT to do. #3 -Mexico’s complicated rules of car ownership …