[President Kuczynski] has a long-standing relationship with Soros and his family. More than 20 years ago, he helped Soros double his investment in a Peruvian brewery, Compania Nacional de Cerveza. He helped Soros’ brother, Paul, secure rights to mining deals at the Peru-Ecuador border. And he was helpful with Newmont Mines, which owns controversy-racked Yanacocha, the largest gold mine in Latin America, located in Cajamarca, Peru. Soros has owned significant shares of Newmont stock. PPK won the presidency a year ago by a very slim margin against a conservative Catholic candidate, Keiko Fujimori, 42. However, Fujimori has the majority in the Peru Parliament, where she can block Kuczynski’s agenda...The church is protesting:
On June 1, “Don’t Mess With Our Kids” deployed some 1,500 banners across bridges and major intersections to remind the elite, including President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the people “refuse to surrender.”The article mentions that the priest leading the protests comes from Ayacucho, formerly the center of the Shining Path movement. = = = = = Okay, let's do some more Googlestreeting. Is Ayacucho similar to Valparaiso de Goias in Brazil? Lots of walls, precise infrastructure designed around the walls? No dogs and cats? Here's the main plaza. Looks okay. Got chola, got Peru. New building, some visible infrastructure. Got brakes? Got braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa YAAAAAA! Well, so much for the precise infrastructure. All of the electrical connections look like this. Casual, to put it nicely. No trash bollards. Got dogs. Got police. Despite the collapse and casualness, the place looks fairly safe. People are strolling around, and I don't see any groups of threatening or loitering youths. (UNLIKE right here in Spokane!) The blue police Cushman probably explains the peace. These blue scooters are EVERYWHERE. Just about every block has one or two. This pic says it all. Supersteep terrain, frequent earthquakes, 400-year-old buildings cantilevered over the streets, no infrastructure, no maintenance. Got fatalism? I need to watch the Soros conflict closely. Looks like a fault line ready to tumble one way or the other. The nation is governed by the literal and actual Soros family, and the population is inclined to reject Soros.
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.