Gongol.com Archives: December 2008
Brian Gongol

December 8, 2008

Threats and Hazards Mexico's civil war happening now
More people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico in the last 24 months than the number of soliders the US has lost in Iraq. 45,000 troops are on the ground on Mexico's own soil trying to break the drug cartels. Anyone who complains about free trade in legal goods between the US and Mexico needs to come up with a really good alternative for making the people of Mexico better off. People need a safe, legal path to prosperity in order for a government to remain in power. If the government can't pave that path with free markets and the rule of law, no one should be surprised when criminal gangs step in to fill the void and establish their own sort of order outside the bounds of the law. If you're an American and want a peaceful, prosperous Mexico for a southern neighbor, then engaging with Mexico in trade is the only clear option.

Humor and Good News A jigsaw puzzle anyone would be willing to assemble
Someone shredded thousands of dollars' worth of British pound notes and left them in a garbage bin. It turns out that the garbage collector who found them can re-assemble them and turn them in for replacements.

Humor and Good News There are certain things you can't screen for
(Video) Despite the myriad ways in which airline passengers can be sniffed, searched, and scanned, it's impossible to tell who might know martial arts

Water News If an infrastructure program comes, water should be a top priority

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