In the province of Río Negro, Federico Villagra, the leader of the Campeonato Argentino de Rally, plowed into, um, a horse. Despite this dramatic bump, he continued the race. Though later he had to quit because of electrical problems. There is some "thus is life in Argentina" metaphor to be extracted here about overcoming huge obstacles only to be done in by the small print or something, but I'll leave that to more poetic minds than mine.
Many barrels of ink have been sacrificed in the name of explaining the Kirchner regime's "improvment" of the manner in which INDEC (akin to a cross between the U.S.'s Census Bureau and BLS) calculates inflation and poverty figures in Argentina. The short version is, of course, that the regime lowers the inflation and poverty numbers and raises GDP growth to make itself look better and to cut the vig it pays on Argentina's inflation indexed bonds. Most of the articles on the subject, though, have been very technical. This is not to say bad, as they are largely aimed at the financial community. But it's worth noting that yesterday's Washington Post published a clear and human take on the issue. Penned by Juan Forero, the article deserves a read because it does what foreign correspondent work should do: it breaks down the issue in a way American readers (or any foreigner) can understand, and it sources it as deeply, if not more so, than the local press has done. A crystal clear distillation for anyone who needs a primer on the subject (or needs to be reminded of what a clusterfuck the whole thing is).
As you, er, might have noticed, we've been real delinquentes in terms of updating the blog. A trip to the U.S., work, fatigue, and big plans have kept us out of the loop. But we're back now, arguably better than ever (or at least not worse), and generally lubed and with new gaskets.
To catch up on the ol' in-box, we'd like to note this Guadian story forwarded to us by Jim Danky. Seems like the Argentine dictatorship (1976-83) was more than a little scared of kids who rocked, banning some 200 songs. The list leans to Latin artists, but Pink Floyd, The Doors, Eric Clapton and what have you are there too. But the junta seems to have reserved especial fright for Donna Summer. It banned three songs from the Queen of Disco.
[Photo: Rockeras sin fronteras]