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Mon, Jan 30 2006

Chairs After Toasts

One of my favorite companies is showing off some of the best of the entries from the DWR Holiday Champagen Chair Contest. And while you're at the Design Within Reach site have a look the Gehry Cloud 32 Lamp or the Bingo Pouf, which doubles as a bed or table.

posted at: 10:59 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

Is It A Muddy Tunnel We've All Gotten Ourselves Into?

Well, I suppose we'll all soon be seeing pictures from the smugglers' tunnel. While tourists from America have been traveling to Tijuana to buy tequila and cheap sombreros the drug runners have figured out how to get the really big bucks flowing from Americans.

When I read things like this, I wonder if it's even possible for there to be a legitimate economic exchange between Mexico and the United States in the foreseeable future. Through NAFTA, we seem to have joined hands with the legitimate side of Mexico's commerce. But have we also unwittingly signed ourselves into a tryst that joins the seamier side of commerce on both sides of the border? And at what cost? After thirteen years of NAFTA I'm ready for at least one really rousing success story. The tunnels between ready users and willing suppliers are at least one sure sign that certain things haven't changed for the better. I was thinking the backers of NAFTA had something a whole lot more uplifting in mind when they began selling the idea of an integrated, nonrestricted market with the neighbors. At this point I've become more than a little concerned that NAFTA also makes it tougher for all of us to champion honorable trade without giving free rein to criminals in just that many more nonrestricted locations.

posted at: 09:47 | category: /Politics | link to this entry

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