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¡COMO MEXICO NO HAY DOS! The "Real Mexico" from transvestite wrestlers to machete-wielding naked farmers. History, culture, politics, economics, news and the general weirdness that usually floats down from the north.

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Anarchy in the CDMX:19 Septiembre 1985… y… 2017richmx2

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:13:15 +0000

Obviously, we have had an “eventful” few days here.  The coincidence of another major earthquake on the anniversary of what many here still think of THE earthquake (and only a two hours after a city-wide drill) has been endlessly noted, but apparently, saved lives.  The first responders to the apartment house collapse a few blocks […](image)

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Will “they” get over it… and should they?richmx2

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:46:20 +0000

Something by way of a draft for an introduction to a new edition of Gods, Gachupines and Gringos. Last night, I watched the 2008 documentary “The Last Conquistador“... a study of the controversy surrounding the city of El Paso’s commission of a monumental sculpture of Juan de Oñate), one incident that stuck in my mind […](image)

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El disastre… hardly the first, and definitely not the last, time.richmx2

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:21:43 +0000

For obvious reasons, this seems an appropriate historial document to highlight today:Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Earthquakes(image)

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The permanent tourists: when will they ever learn?richmx2

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 06:42:01 +0000

Via one of the “expat” sites:  A couple, which has been “coming and going on 180 day tourist permits[FMM: technically not a “tourist permit”, but permission to be in Mexico, but not to work in Mexico, for a short period of up to 180 days] for several years” got off the plane recently, “they were […](image)

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Reading Thoreau in Mexicorichmx2

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 07:47:28 +0000

Thoreau has been interpreted in many ways … which is only right, given that as a New England Transcendentalist, one’s intuition about an experience is the path to wisdom.  Given that On The Duty of Civil Disobedience was written largely in reaction to his own protest against the U.S. invasion of Mexico, it is only […](image)

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One lump or two? Sugar negotiations and NAFTArichmx2

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:54:51 +0000

With NAFTA 2.0 negotiations beginning earlier this week, most media focus has been on what the United States expects in a new NAFTA treaty.  While there is still hope in Mexico that a revised treaty might benefit the country (or at least not unduely damage existing economic ties), Ana de Ita, writing in Thursday’s Jornada, believes […](image)

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Urban wildlife… Godzilla?richmx2

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:43:32 +0000

We have been warned!  Well, despite being house bound for now, I knew there were some major changes to the Centro Historico.  But, with the blessings of our local government, it appears we’re in for a major bit of urban renewal… Next week (20-22 August) Godzilla will tower over the “city of palaces” and who […](image)

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People we wish we’d met: Ian Grahamrichmx2

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 04:58:44 +0000

A direct descendent of Oliver Cromwell, grandson of the fifth Duke of Montrose and son of a Lord, Ian Graham’s unlikely career, recording Mayan hirogliphs, was a mere by-product of his desperate attempt to sell a used car. Born in 1923, Graham would be an indifferent student, but … with his illustrious ancestry… expected — […](image)

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The color of successrichmx2

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 02:07:49 +0000

I moved to Mexico in 1996 for my doctoral research. I lived in Colonia Alamos, a declining middle-class area, and went to a mediocre gym in Narvarte. I have a vivid memory of one of my workout friends there telling me, quite emphatically, the title of this blog post. The context was a discussion of… via […](image)

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Getting byrichmx2

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 03:30:16 +0000

Translated from “Instrucciones de un obrero para estirar el salario mínimo” (Luciano Franco, Cronica de Hoy, 11 Agusto 2017).|   Juan Carlos is one of the 7 million Mexicans who, according to Inegi statistics, earn between one and one and a half “salarios minimos” per day.  With superhuman effort, he stretches his 130 peso per […](image)

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Doctor Mora and Mr. Trumprichmx2

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:39:06 +0000

Doctor Mora, José Maria Luis Mora Lamadrid, was a maddening bundle of contradictions — a priest who fought for a secular state, a liberal democrat who supported conservative dictators,  Santa Anna’s ideological foe… and the brains behind Santa Anna’s political success.  Born in 1794, he was only a bystander during the bloody War of Independence, […](image)

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Drug runnerrichmx2

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:13:12 +0000

This is the sort of one sided news story that I generally feel calls for a stiffly worded rebuttal, but having been in and out of hospitals here the last two months (long story short:  a broken leg, followed by an infection, followed by having a titanium plate installed in my leg) has added — […](image)

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