Chelsea Handler is at it again, but this time she made her way down to Mexico to talk to Mexicans about that reality star-turned-presidential hopeful. Handler spoke with three teenagers in Aguascalientes, Mexico about their feelings toward Trump and the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. With grace and elegance, the girls talked about how everyone is the same and that no matter the cultures or traditions, we’re all people. Well said, girls. The girls even talked about needing a visa to go the U.S. and how Americans are free to travel to Mexico. Theses are teenage girls trying to figure out the world around them and now, they’re growing up hearing Trump spew his hateful rhetoric about Mexicans like it is a common thought among Americans. Luckily the girls are smarter than that, and they know not all Americans hate Mexicans.
There were no holdouts as Mexicans of all ages took their turn destroying the Trump effigy. Basically, Trump is not very welcome in Mexico and some of the friendliest people in the world would probably look the other way if he is in trouble. But, can you blame them?
Giant estates with swimming pools and escape tunnels, a ranch surrounded by acres of land, and a chic luxury apartment with a terrifying history were among the 27 properties Mexico had seized from drug traffickers and others auctioned on Sunday.
The government is seizing property and selling it at auction.
The apartments auctioned on Sunday include one of a cartel leader who was killed there and disposed of by his brothers.
The government is also selling off land. The cheapest is a lot in Culiacán, Sinaloa, priced at about $11,200 USD, while the most expensive is the Rancho Los Tres García in Naucalpan, México state, priced at over $1.6 million USD. It was confiscated from convicted drug trafficker Carlos Montemayor, father-in-law of Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal, after he was arrested in 2010.
According to Mexican media, the auction raised $56.6 million pesos (or about $3 million USD) of the 167m pesos predicted.
The Mexican President pledged that all the money raised from the auctions would go to benefit impoverished communities.
According to Lopez-Obrador (AMLO), the proceeds from the auction of properties and land, which had been seized by previous governments, would go to aid marginalized communities in the poor and violent state of Guerrero.
“Buyers will know that in addition to acquiring a good deal, they will also be doing good, that is, they will be helping those who need support because of the situation of poverty and marginalization they suffer,” AMLO said Friday.
In one of his first acts in office, Lopez Obrador enforced an austerity plan.
AMLO sold government-owned vehicles and even planned on selling the president’s brand new Boeing 787 jetliner. He also dismissed the Presidential Guard, which is tasked with protecting the president, and declined to move into Los Pinos – Mexico’s version of the White House – and instead lives in his private home.
In a similar auction at the end of May, Mexican authorities raised $1.5 million from the sales of 82 vehicles, including a Lamborghini and other assets seized from criminals and at least one former politician.
The late-May auction saw 800 bidders, with the money raised going to two poor communities in the southern state of Oaxaca to improve roads and schools. Seventeen black, bulletproof Chevrolet Suburbans were also up for auction but it was the muscle cars and vintage VWs that got all the attention.
Reactions on Twitter were pretty mixed.
A pretty common sentiment across Twitter was that people just wouldn’t feel safe moving into a home that had been seized from a former drug lord. I mean just think of all the risk that carries with it. Like that drug lord still has connections, still has friends – there are still people that are aware of its history. Maybe they’d show up wanting to take it for themselves at some point.
But everyone agreed that giving the proceeds of the auction to help the poor was the right move.
Especially since the communities that will benefit from these proceeds are in violence plagued Guerrero state – a state that has suffered greatly because of the Drug War.
Let’s be real, plastic waste is a huge problem. And it’s one that has recently taken over our collective consciousness as we try and cut back on our waste – in particular, single-use plastics.
One of the most obvious and unnecessary plastics are those pesky rings that hold cans together. Whether you’re drinking Coke or cervezas, these plastic rings are terrible. They often end up littering landscapes all over the place and animals like turtles and birds can get them wrapped around their little necks.
So, the news from Mexican-beer company, Grupo Modelo, that they’re working to replace this plastic, is huge.
The beer world had one of the earliest plastic problems: six-pack rings. Getting rid of these rings became a big concern when word got out that they could entangle marine life. And yet, here we are, decades later, and – despite some interesting efforts like sticking cans together with glue or rings that are actually edible – the six-pack ring problem still hasn’t been definitively solved.
But thankfully, Corona is working towards a couple of solutions.
So how does it work? According to Mexico News Daily, the top of each can screws into the bottom of another, creating an interlocking tower up to 10 cans high. The format makes the product even more portable than before, meaning you don’t even really need a plastic bag to carry it.
Of course, stacking cans end-to-end isn’t always ideal. Ten standard cans stacked on top of each other would be four feet tall. That’s far more conspicuous and unwieldy than holding a couple of six-packs under your arms. But at the same time, since these Fit Pack cans can be twisted apart and put back together at will, they provide an advantage six-packs don’t: You can stick together as many or as few cans as you want at any given time.
The plastic-free packaging concept, dubbed the Fit Pack, made the shortlist of the Innovation category at the Cannes Lions international awards show this year.
In a promotional video for the new cans, Carlos Ranero, Marketing VP for AB 1nBev, says, “In the beverage industry, there have been many solutions for cutting back the use of plastic; however, none has been fully adopted because they require the use of other materials. This solution has a very simple approach that can bring great financial benefits thanks to the complete removal of plastic materials in packaging.”
Fit Packs are currently being tested in Mexico only, but the company is planning for a wider rollout in the future.
Not only is the company testing out stackable beer cans, they’ve also been testing out biodegradable rings in Tulum, Mexico – obviously a major beer mecca.
Last year, the company also tested six-pack rings made from plant-based biodegradable fibers with a mix of byproduct waste and compostable materials. These were designed to break down into organic matter that won’t hurt wildlife. The plastic-free rings were first launched in Tulum, Mexico, with plans to expand at a later time. For the sake of Mother Earth, we’re hoping these products earn a spot on grocery store shelves.
Beer drinking Twitter was totally here for the news.
Anything that makes drinking beer easier and better for the environment, yes please!
Others were already thinking of how much fun this could be…
Like, let’s be real, you were totally thinking the same thing.
And many were glad we may no longer have to hear about the horrors of plastic waste.
Like all too often you turn on the news and hear about animals being stuck, caught, wrapped up in plastic rings. Many even suffocate.
While at least on Twitter user thought about the implications for beer can furniture…
Because why not?!
And for the one person on Twitter who had their doubts…Twitter was ready with the truth.
Like for real though, I don’t know where you live that you thought you carry 24 cans of beer with plastic rings…
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