July 2021

Air-quality pablum journalism

“You feel dizzy, everything starts getting like dark, the lights dim, the voices echo all around, you see everything in slow motion. When it’s really bad you can’t breathe, your heart feels like it’s going to pound out of your chest, your fingertips get really cold, you sweat a lot and your nails start getting really purple,” Pasillas remembers. “If you want to feel an asthma attack go under water and try to breathe, your inside burns.” --  Aguilera, CALmatters, January 25, 2019

Historically learned and thoughtful analysis of Central America today

I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
•    Smedley Butler, US Marine Corps Major General, 1881-1940, author of War is a Racket (1935)