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    Mass shooting in Peaceful New Zealand

    Amazing how much in common these right wing white supremicists have with the Islamic terrorists- in both cases, they are conservative, homophobic, want things to be like in the good old days when women were unwilling child brides with no agency, vote, or jobs, they are religious and hate...
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    Thoughts About Cordoba

    I am not a snob- I hate starbucks because I grew up walking by the original, when there was one store, and saw it turned into the McDonalds of Coffee. And one of the reasons I bought an apartment in BA in 2007 was that there were no Starbucks- instead, there were locally owned, family coffee...
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    When will property be cheap in Buenos Aires?

    The huge majority of Argentines do, indeed own their property outright. I have met, over the years, a couple of hundred argentines who do, and none had a loan. I have also known a lot of renters who tell me, your are correct- landlords seldom do repair work. And owners seldom do as well, on...
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    I Went To See A Band...

    Sunday we took the trusty colectivo 111 to the dark and quiet back side of Cementario Chacarita, to go to a small cooperative arts space, a house with a wonderful garden, to have a drink eat some papas bravas, and see Alejandro Franov and his trio play some free jazz. It was small and intimate...
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    Historic events that have changed Argentina

    http://www7.tau.ac.il/ojs/index.php/eial/article/view/1271/1297 "Among the countries to which the Italian emigration went in the century that goes from 1876 to 1976, Argentina occupies the fourth place in the world, after the USA, France and Switzerland, and the first in Latin America: in the...
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    Historic events that have changed Argentina

    Here is a study that says around half- 50% of italian immigrants returned to Italy. 50% and 90% are very different numbers- sloppy "teaching" if you think 50 is the same as 90. http://storiaefuturo.eu/a-comparative-overview-at-the-spanish-and-italian-historiography-on-return-migration-1880-1930/
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    Historic events that have changed Argentina

    You have not cited a single source that indicates 90% of italians returned to Italy. This is not borne out by ANY population or immigration figures I have seen. You may be refering to golondrinos- Italian workers who went back and forth between Italy and Argentina every year- but that number...
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    The produce in Argentina is bad. Why?

    bad choice. buy organic, small producer fruits and vegetables, not "brand names" you will get better food, healthier, and often, the same price or less. Driscolls is a US based multinational AG corporation. Most likely your variety of blueberry was chosen not for flavor, but for the ability to...
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    Historic events that have changed Argentina

    If you mean we also had extreme racism in the USA, yes, you are correct. The USA was built, literally, on racism. Slaves built the White House and the Washington Monument. But I see you have retreated from saying Italian immigration began with Peron, in 1946, to admitting that, as early as the...
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    Dollar and Inflation Rate Predictions End 2019

    interesting article in the NYT about the on the ground effects of austerity in the UK- and the potential political fallout from it in the future. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/24/world/europe/britain-austerity-socialism.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
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    Dollar and Inflation Rate Predictions End 2019

    I have spent my entire life making things. I know a lot about it. Here, in Argentina, one of the reasons I chose to move here was the existence of a strong manufacturing segment, which either never existed in most of South America, or, like in the USA, has been stripped away by global capital...
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    Dollar and Inflation Rate Predictions End 2019

    "Argentina's problem is that it can point to very few examples of manufacturing or services that satisfy domestic and overseas consumers. Automobiles has had a checkered history, to name one. If the policies you mention were so sure-fire then the question must be asked why in the 85 years since...
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    Historic events that have changed Argentina

    Every source I can find online lists Italians as the dominant percentage of immigrants to Argentina every year since about 1880. Please, give us your numbers that prove that Italian immigration was not a significant factor until 1946. If you dont like the paper I cited, show us others. I am...
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    Dollar and Inflation Rate Predictions End 2019

    I am still a bit befuddled as to the origin of this theory that lowering wages is needed- that it will somehow improve an economy. EVERY mainstream economic theory teaches that higher wages, not lower ones, improve economies. the "efficiency wage theory" states that higher wages increase labor...
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    I Went To See A Band...

    It seems like this year is slower to get going, in terms of interesting concerts, than usual. One of my standby weekly events, La Grande, is on hiatus until March 5, because of construction at their usual venue. Instead, they will be playing at Salon Siranush, in Palermo, on Tuesdays starting on...
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    Historic events that have changed Argentina

    Obviously, the most important recent thing that changed argentina was the military dictatorship. Instead of the roughly 1000 indigenous people killed during the conquest of the desert, or the 300 people killed during the bombing of Plaza Del Mayo, somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 people were...
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    Dollar and Inflation Rate Predictions End 2019

    Austerity is a moral thing, not an economic one. Punishing Bad people. Which is usually based on racist and classist simplifications of a complex population. And its particularly not true here- Argentines are industrious and hard working, and have a huge base of small, family owned businesses...
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    Historic events that have changed Argentina

    This is not historically true. When you say "began with Peron" most people would say you mean when Peron took power, in 1946. As shown by the Semana Tragica, Italian immigration was already very strong, and influential, beginning in the 1880s. The Italians began coming in response to the...
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    Historic events that have changed Argentina

    La Semana Tragica was another very important turning point in Argentine History- one whose repercussions are still felt today, in the form of Paros and Sindicatos. In 1919, the entire city erupted in Riots- and, under cover of the riots, a pogrom against Jews took place in Once. Unproven, but...
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    Clásica y Moderna, once frequented by literary figures, closes

    Exactly like in "more" developed economies like the USA- where there is more money, and hence, more ability to destroy heritage buildings. https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/iconic-20th-century-buildings-that-have-been-demolished
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