The Interpreter 91: Daylight Saving Time, Trump's Perversity, Goodbye to Passwords and The Gray House

schedules matter

I talk about it Yuval Noah Harari in his fantastic book sapiens (Discussion, 2011):

“Finally, in 1880 the British government took the unprecedented step of legislating that all hours of Britain they had to follow the Greenwich. For the first time in history, a country adopted a national time and forced its population to live according to an artificial clock and not according to local sunrises and sunsets.

The decision was a consequence, among other factors, of pressure from transport companies. Each city having its own schedules had complicated their operations since the days of the wagon, but became a major nuisance as commercial rail service became more and more popular.

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A century and a half later, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador seeks to end daylight saving time and standardize our clocks throughout the year. The President’s idea is respectable and he also assures that he has the support of 71% of the population, so it will surely come to fruition soon.

But not everyone agrees. In an article questioning the proposaljournalist Carlos Marin claims (I couldn’t find the original quote) that when Lopez Obradoras head of government of the former DF, wanted to overthrow summer time by means of a decree (the supreme court ruled against him and supported the decision adopted by the president Vincent Fox), had argued that Mexicans “are used to sleeping with the song of the cricket and waking up with the song of the rooster.”

The phrase, in tune with the nostalgic convictions of the President, is highly debatable, among other things because it marginalizes sluts, galante life girls, news editors and many other Mexicans, perhaps more respectable (I am thinking of the relief and security forces ), that not because they finish their work at dawn, they have to be forgotten when talking about these issues.

The fact is that the debate led me to another story worth mentioning. It has already been said that the Memoirs of the potosino cacique Gonzalo N. Santos (Grijalbo, 1986) is one of the most important history books on the Mexican revolution, due to the cynical nonchalance with which the character recounts his adventures, since he participated in the ‘ball’ (excuse me, the Third Transformation) with the forces of Venustiano Carranza until he fell out of favor from the administration of Luis Echeverria.

The anecdote is told in an addition to the text by a son of the author, the rejoneador Gaston Santos. It turns out that the cacique opposed an irrigation plan that affected his mythical ranch gargaleote and proposed an alternative to the President.

evoke Gaston:

“It didn’t take long Echeverria to summon dad, to tell him that he did not accept his offer because he thought it was not fair. I accompanied dad to The pines to this interview and as a curious fact, it was verified at two in the morning; to my surprise, my father explained to me that Carranza even nap slept, but that Echeverria The day was not enough for him to do bullshit.

There is no doubt that timings matter.

Gonzalo N. Santos, together with President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines. Photograph: Casasola Archive-National Photo Library Collection, taken from

From Nixon to Trump

Despite the extensive background information we had on who is donald trumpin my case by reading the two books he wrote about him Bob Woodardit has been surprising to learn many of the details of what happened in Washington on January 6, 2021, when a mob of supporters of the former president stormed the Capitol. And even more amazing that despite everything that has been revealed in the hearings of the House of Representatives, Trump remains a strong candidate to return to the White House and his endorsement alone will lead so many candidates to victory in the internal elections of the Republican Party.

As I suppose it happened to many of us, the attitude of the tycoon against his vice president seemed particularly low, mike pencewhom he abandoned to his fate when he was in danger after he refused to lend himself to the maneuver of ignoring the triumph of Joe Biden and re-declare President Trump.

Without having followed it thoroughly, I remember Pence as a discreet and functional vice president for a President with the singular characteristics of Trump. Much firmer than he in his right-wing convictions, Pence gave a great lesson by showing that the political struggle has limits that some people refuse to cross.

It has been very different to evoke those stories of the vociferous crowd that demanded “hang Pence” now knowing in detail the danger that ran the Vice President (and his wife, who accompanied him), for refusing to twist the will of the electorate to satisfy the president’s delusions.

The testimonies of the way the mob approached Pencethe frightened face of his wife in the images that are now known and the details of how the Secret Service fought to ensure his integrity, they are the best evidence of how far he was willing to go Trumpwho according to the stories did not move a finger despite knowing the seriousness of the situation in the Capitol and the risk to his running mate.

Despite the harshness of the statements and the importance that what happened for many has –”the culmination of a coup”called that day during the hearings- it is astonishing that tens of millions of Americans respond to Trump’s expected denials with the conviction that electoral fraud existed and the meetings held in the Congress this week they are one more chapter in the Liberals’ strategy to take over the country.

Curiously, this week marked half a century of the mythical irruption of spies in the Democratic offices of the building Watergatethe tip of the skein that culminated in the resignation of Richard Nixon to Presidency. In a text about the anniversary, Woodward Y Carl Bernstein recognize that despite the perversity of that President, Trump it’s definitely on another level. It is extraordinary to have the opportunity to read how the great protagonists of the investigation that brought down Nixon now detail, with the wisdom accumulated in half a century of reporting, the unlikely characteristics of the onslaught of Trump.

With the horror reflected in the gesture Karen, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, during the flight from the mob, in an image obtained from a filming of that January 6. Photo: House Select Committee via AP

Finally sheltered in a safe place, Pence followed the diatribes of Donald Trump on his phone, who was never interested in his fate. Photo: House Select Committee via AP

See you later, passwords

I write my password to enter the notes of iCloud, where I usually gather during the week ideas and materials for this contact that we make on Sundays. And I do it in a good mood, because it seems to be a habit, sometimes stormy, that is on the way out.

According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal (This is the Spanish version published by El Diario de Venezuela), Manzana is preparing to abandon what has been an industry standard since payment methods and access to digital products and content began to develop.

The alternative will soon be “a technology that generates unique access keys for each application or service based on a browser instead of characters. Those access keys, a new type of identity authentication, require a face scan or fingerprints to log in.”

According to the text, Manzana it’s not alone in this effort, which will soon save users from having to remember hundreds of different passwords (or risk getting mugged if we use similar versions of some of them).

The process, if materialized, will be gradual, since not only large companies will have to join it, which is taken for granted if the system is successful, but all the developers of the different applications. For now, we can imagine that it will not be long before the simple procedure that we already use in many places through our fingerprint or face, becomes generalized but with much greater security for all of us.

Less suffering for users? Photo: Adobe Stock

What to see, what to read?

We know very well in A.M a Raul Olmos Castillowho directed our edition of Lion and the newspaper’s investigative group. In his record of services he has complaints against PAN members, PRI members and now those of Brunette they join the cast.

He led the team that reported the case of Cereal and Fine Pastaa job that won the National Journalism Awardduring a time when our media published innumerable denunciations of the abuses committed by the administration of John Manuel Olive.

Then came in León the management of Barbara Bottle and in our editions the multiple irregularities incurred by his team were spread, among them those that caused complaints from the then state attorney general’s office and criminal proceedings that we all knew about.

From the report on ‘the gray house’ there is little left to add. Beyond the controversy over the conflict of interest, having shown the way in which the son of the President of the Republic lives (in completely respectable conditions, but which he tends to criticize so much Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador), was an undoubted service to the community.

That is why it is worth reading now the homonymous book, (The gray house, Grijalbo 2022), which adds new information and also allows knowing the details of how the report was forged and the reactions it provoked. The text goes like water.

The famous residence of Houston. Photo: Mexicans against corruption and impunity

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