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Admirable Concern

We are in Buenos Aires, enjoying a rainy afternoon on Calle Gurruchaga in the Palermo Soho neighborhood. It is calm. It is pleasant. The food is good. The wine is strong. The women are good-looking. And the US government has our back!

No kidding – the NSA probably told the US embassy that we were in town. The following message came to our cellphone, unbidden:

“The US Embassy informs US citizens living and traveling in Argentina of a silent march in Buenos Aires from Congress to the Plaza de Mayo, planned for Wednesday, February 18, from approximately 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (17:00-21:00), to mark the one-month anniversary of the death of Alberto Nisman.

You should expect disruptions in public transportation and traffic. While this event will take place in the capital city, marches may occur in other cities throughout the country.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.”

It would be impolite and ungrateful not to thank the embassy. Its concern for our safety is admirable.

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One Step Forward  … One Step Back

The Dow was down a little on Wednesday. Gold was up a little. Neither move is worth discussing. So, let’s turn our attention to that rare phenomenon: real intellectual progress. Well, let’s not overstate it. In the world of ideas, there is one step back for every step forward. This at least is a step in the right direction.

We used to think every forest fire had to be snuffed out immediately. Now, forestry officials realize it is often better to let them burn themselves out. They burn up the dry tinder and help the forest regenerate. So, too, it was only a few decades ago that we believed that childhood fevers were something to be feared and stopped.

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Author: Travis Esquivel

Travis Esquivel is an engineer, passionate soccer player and full-time dad. He enjoys writing about innovation and technology from time to time.

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