Archives for September 2017
The latest on Cuba, volcanos, North Korea, and assholes – read all about them!
Read my post, While we were talking about football.
It only rains once every 5-10 years in Chile’s Atacama desert,
It is the flowering desert, a natural spectacle that occurs every five or 10 years due to the unpredictable phenomenon of El Niño, which warms the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. The evaporation of these warm currents on the coasts of Chile causes abundant rain in the Atacama Desert, which triggers the germination and flowering of more than 200 native plant species that have been hidden for years under gray soil, waiting for a few drops of water.
Via Prof. Hanke,
Money flows when pro-business politicians are elected. Good moves from Argentina's Macri https://t.co/NV9TsOiklK
— Prof. Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) September 28, 2017
Since he was elected president almost two years ago, former Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri is delivering on his promise to reverse the runaway cost of living and peril of default. He ended currency, price and trade controls and plans to eliminate the energy subsidies of his predecessor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, that ballooned the deficit and ushered in the boom-and-mostly-bust cycle that 44 million citizens equate with modern times.
To be sure, the risk of Kirchner’s political comeback remains. Between June 24, when she announced her candidacy opposing the Macri government, and Aug. 13, when she faltered in the primaries, credit-default swaps, which measure the perception of creditworthiness, deteriorated 13 percent before improving when the votes were known. The yield on Argentina’s benchmark sovereign debt similarly climbed before returning to a level below its June 24 mark two days after the primary votes were disclosed, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
The Argentine stock market, by contrast, showed none of the bond market’s anxiety over Kirchner, and the Argentina Merval Index of 22 companies continues to reach new highs this year. The peso also has stabilized with the receding Kirchner threat, and after the primaries had its biggest one-day gain since April, Bloomberg data show.
Read the whole thing. Macri has his work cut out for him, but if he can “create a sustainable tax base that will inspire enough foreign direct investment”, in Winkler’s words, the country will be better poised for growth.
Following Gov. Roselló’s request, Pres. Trump temporarily lifts Jones Act to bolster Puerto Rico relief.
Charles Simmins is doing yeoman’s work updating relief information on the Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Read his September 27 Aid Update for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Sample:
- Puerto Rico: Much of the urban area of Mayagüez is energized by the hydro-gas plant that is located within the municipality.
- The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) continues to report near 100% of total customers in Puerto Rico remain without power, with the exception of facilities on generators and some critical facilities.
- Virgin Islands: There is limited electricity distribution on St. Thomas. Portions of five feeders are partially energized.
- Virgin Islands: On St. Croix, efforts continued Monday to energize more sections of downtown Christiansted and Frederiksted town up to the Paul E. Joseph Stadium
- Virgin Islands: Seven Seas water production facility is online and stabilized and potable water service is being provided to a growing number of St. Croix residents.
- FEMA: Six step-up DLA transformers are expected to arrive this week.
- FEMA: Corps of Engineers coordinated transportation of more than 300 FEMA or Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) generators from across the U.S. to meet anticipated requirements in the islands.
Don’t believe the Maria-is-Trump’s-Katrina BS.
Puerto Rico must, in order for any rebuilding to work, embrace full transparency and accountability, and end corruption. That is a bigger task than any rebuilding.
Trump temporarily lifts Jones Act to bolster Puerto Rico relief
THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT
In addition to all the aide en route to and already in Puerto Rico, in the very short term the best thing the Trump administration can do is to waive the Jones Act (a.k.a. Merchant Marine Act of 1920).
Pres. Trump is visiting PR next Tuesday. I urge you to call the White House at Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414, and email, right now urging the President to suspend the Jones Act during this emergency.