English open to a FTA with Mexico, including the Bad Hombres

Seems Kumara Bill isn’t worried about the Bad Hombres in Mexico. ?Nor will he let the new wall get in the way of a trade deal.

A bilateral agreement with Mexico could be on the cards if a multi-nation deal can’t be done to replace the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Prime Minister Bill English has appeared open to discussing a bilateral agreement with Mexico after it was raised by the nation this week. Read more »

Trump proposes “Bad Hombres” policy

Trump has gone all Clint Eastwood on Mexico.

President Donald Trump threatened his Mexican counterpart to send US troops across the border to stop “bad hombres down there”, according to The Associated Press.

AP reported Trump will issue US soldiers to enter Mexico unless the Mexican military does not do more to control them.

An excerpt of a transcript of the alleged conversation between the leaders was obtained by AP, who say the call took place Friday morning.

The phone call between the leaders was intended to patch things up between the new president and his ally.

The two have had a series of public spats over Trump’s determination to have Mexico pay for the planned border wall, something Mexico steadfastly refuses to agree to.

“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there,” Trump told Pena Nieto, according to the excerpt given to AP. “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

I would absolutely love to see the Mexican drug cartels take on the US military. ?It would be like Rambo meets Desert Storm meets Survivor. Read more »

Now Mexico wants to build a wall…to stop ratbags from Central America

On my, I wonder what the liberal elite tosspots are going to say about this hypocrisy from Mexico.

Apparently when it comes to keeping illegal immigrants out of its own country, Mexico is taking a page from Donald Trump’s playbook and building a wall to keep out illegal immigrants along its southern border with Central America.

Mexican President Enrique Pe?a Nieto may resent Trump’s plan, but according to the UK Daily Mail, many Mexicans praise the idea of a southern border wall. They are desperate to keep out “hordes” of Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans who are fleeing violence in their own countries and are on their way to the United States — and then simply deported back to Mexico rather than to their home countries by the U.S. “Trump’s idea of a border wall is a good one but it should be on the southern border with Central America in order to stop the flow of Central Americans from entering both countries,” the board of the El Ma?ana paper wrote in July.

El Ma?ana also called for proper immigration checkpoints on the southern border, and criticized Hillary Clinton for failing to deal with the issue of border security.
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Trump to visit Mexican president for talks

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young - RTX1KTWT

… presidential nominee?Donald Trump will travel?to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pe?a Nieto.

Sources, that include Mexican officials involved in the planning of the visit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated the meeting would cover a broad variety of topics ranging from trade to security to immigration and the contentious issue of border enforcement.

A serious, substantive, and respectful meeting with Nieto, also?offers Trump the chance reassure skeptical undecided voters?of his presidential temperament.

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Meanest Divorce: Snow Camo: Kevin Cotter tells the story, when his wife of 12 years moved out of their Tuscon, Ariz. home in 2009, she left behind just one thing: Her old wedding dress, pristinely preserved in his closet. "What do you expect me to do with it?" he asked. ?Whatever the $%^@# you want,? she replied. The comment hit a nerve, and a couple of months later Cotter and his family started joking about ways he could repurpose the gown. The frock had cost him nearly a grand anyway and seemed like such a waste just sitting in storage.

Another Mean Divorce: Snow Camo: Kevin Cotter tells the story, when his wife of 12 years moved out of their Tuscon, Ariz. home in 2009, she left behind just one thing: Her old wedding dress, pristinely preserved in his closet. “What do you expect me to do with it?” he asked. ?Whatever the $%^@# you want,? she replied. The comment hit a nerve, and a couple of months later Cotter and his family started joking about ways he could repurpose the gown. The frock had cost him nearly a grand anyway and seemed like such a waste just sitting in storage.

The Meanest Divorce

He Kidnapped Their children. She Bankrupted his Family. He Hid Out For Seven Years. She Had Him Put In Jail. A Story Of Love Turned To Hate

?Tell me something,? Chuck Smith asked, staring with a Rasputin-like stare. ?Would you let your kids suffer? Would you break the law to keep them safe?? His voice, usually as fervent as an evangelist?s, drops to a half-whisper. ?Would you sacrifice everything for your own kids??

In 1984, Cuernavaca, Mexico, fifty miles southwest of Mexico City, while divorcing his wife, Carolyn, Chuck Smith, Houston?s most infamous father, then 26 years old, the scion of one of Houston?s wealthiest and most politically influential automobile dealers, kidnapped his own two sons?Charles, age 6, and Christopher, only 4?and vanished for more than seven years.

Chuck testified that the boys tearfully begged him to take them away from their mother, who had become so addicted to prescription drugs that she slept through the day, forgetting to feed them, shaking them when they woke her. On occasion, Chuck said, she refused to allow them out of their room, forcing them to urinate in the closet. Fearing that the divorce courts would still not give him full custody, Chuck decided there was only one thing to do. ?What self-respecting father,? he asked, his 250-pound body looming as he paces the room, ?would leave his boys in that environment??

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Scan-76-e1441226008163Busting Out of Mexico

It Couldn?t Happen This Way In A Million Years

But It Did!

When the American inmates at Piedras Negras talked to Blake Davis, they sometimes caught themselves staring at the jagged, reddened scar that under?lined the ridge of his jaw. Blake Davis was ebullient, powerfully built, well liked by the other Americans. Even in moments of discouragement he some?how managed a rueful smile. ?Next week? was always the time of Blake?s anticipated departure from the Piedras Negras jail. He always had a scam.

Blake did not mind talking about his scar. He said he?d been arrested near Saltillo and charged with transporting 175 pounds of marijuana. For three weeks, Blake said, he was strapped naked to a bed while federales interro?gated him, until finally he signed a Spanish confession he could not read. While he was in prison at Saltillo, Blake claimed he bribed a warden for $2000, but when the tunneling started the war?den alerted the guards. Blake said he unwisely cried foul; the warden referred the matter to Mexican inmates who set upon Blake with crude knives and razor blades. Hence the scar. Blake?s tale of horror did not rate him special privileges in the Piedras Negras seniority system. When he was transferred there in Au?gust 1975, like all other new arrivals he took a seat on the floor.

When a Mexican attorney arranged his transfer from Saltillo, Blake thought he was destined for a federal prison in Piedras Negras called Penal. But Mexi?can officials claimed Penal was over?crowded, and they blamed Americans for a November 1974 breakout in which 24 prisoners tunnelled to freedom. Blake Davis was thus assigned to the Piedras Negras municipal jail. Inside the jail were five cells for men, one cell for women, and a drunk tank, each of which measured eight feet by nine. The win?dowless cells contained four bunks, a toilet, a water faucet, and from six to twelve sweating, panting, claustrophobic prisoners. Mexican national inmates were eventually transferred to Penal, but the Americans waited for enough seniority to occupy one of the bunks. When they moved around their cells they shuffled. They never breathed fresh air, never saw the sky.

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Sugar Tax in Mexico increases sales of sugary drinks

The Wall Street Jounal reports on the…uhmm…success? …that a soda tax has had in Mexico:

Sales of soda are climbing two years after Mexico imposed a roughly 10% tax on sugary drinks?a bright spot for an industry that has feared it could be cast as the next tobacco.

Mexico?s tax was an attempt to cap alarming obesity and diabetes rates in a country where per capita soda consumption is the highest in the world. It came at a time when then Mayor Michael Bloomberg was trying to limit sales of the beverages in New York City, and more countries are weighing a similar tax.

Purchases, however, are rising in Mexico after an initial drop, making the country a key-growth market again for soda giants Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc.

Underscoring the resiliency of sugary drinks, the tax of one peso per liter has raised more than $2 billion since January 2014, about a third more than the government expected.

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Real life proof that sugar taxes don’t actually work

…the problem with Mexico?s soda tax was not that it didn?t reduce consumption, but that it reduced it by a trivial amount at a significant cost to consumers. Here was a relatively poor country introducing quite a large tax on a fairly small component of the country?s calorie supply and making a little dent in it. At best, the BMJ study suggested that it had reduced calorie consumption by the equivalent of one sugar cube a day which, as Tom Sanders said at the time, is ?a drop in the caloric ocean?. …

On the face of it, sugary drink sales were seven per cent higher last year than they were before the tax was introduced. This is not good news for Jamie Oliver, but these figures need to be adjusted for population growth. Using the correct measure of per capita consumption we get the following results:

2007-13: 160 litres
2014: 162 litres
2015: 161 litres

This is still not good news for Jamie Oliver and so the NIPH asks the public to trust regression models that have made further adjustments to the data for possible confounding variables such as climate and economic growth. As with the BMJ study, these models suggest that soft drink consumption would have been higher if there had been no tax. Perhaps it would, but there is clearly a difference between arguing that sales would have been higher if the weather had been colder or the economy had been sluggish and asserting, as the NIPH does, that ?there was an average decrease of -6% in 2014 and -8% in 2015?.

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Photo Credit Jan Bondeson. A 19th-century image of Julia Pastrana, touring as ?the ugliest woman in the world.?

Photo Credit Jan Bondeson.
A 19th-century image of Julia Pastrana, touring as ?the ugliest woman in the world.?

A Dignified Ending for an Ugly Story

Julia?s? husband called her a ?Bear Woman.?

An 1854 advertisement in The New York Times said she was the ?link between mankind and the Orang-utan.? She became known in popular imagination during the mid-19th century as ?the ugliest woman in the world.? After she died from complications of childbirth, her body and the body of her baby appeared for decades in ?freak? exhibitions throughout Europe.

Julia Pastrana was born in 1834. She arrived, steeped in?mystery, and her life was as strange and sad as her birth. She was believed to have been born within a small tribe of Native Americans on the western slopes of Mexico. Not a lot is known about her early childhood, but she first appeared in public, when, in 1854, she was brought out and exhibited at the Gothic Hall on Broadway.

The name she was billed under was a cruel and sad insult to her condition.

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Even Mexico may beat us to legalising cannabis

It looks like Mexico is investigating legalising cannabis.

I?hope they do. ?It will be interesting to see a major illegal crop turn into a legal commodity and to observe how this changes crime, the economics and society around it.

Mexico’s supreme court plans to discuss a proposal that could effectively legalize the consumption and production of marijuana for recreational use in a session at the end of October.

Judges will vote on whether to declare unconstitutional parts of a federal health law prohibiting the growth and consumption of marijuana after a nonprofit group filed an injunction against a 2013 decision by health regulator Cofepris. ? Read more »