I am not somebody to “bothside” things, but in the trainwreck that is Afghanistan right now, no supporter of Biden or Trump has the moral standing to point the finger at the other.

We are witnessing the consequences of a long chain of events that started with the George W. Bush hubris of initiating a second war in Iraq while the US was knee-deep in “nation-building” in Afghanistan. Like the propagandist who ends up believing their own lies, the USA never committed the resources needed to truly build state capacity but kept touting the horn of “success” in its underfunded…


A beautiful mirage. Photo taken by the Author less than 7 miles away from the Afghani border, discussing with Afghanis, UN personnel, US government officials, and Armed forces about the future of the region

I am still gathering my thoughts regarding the events in Afghanistan. I probably will have more to say soon, as I hear and read more from the experts I trust, and analyze the geopolitical activities as well as one can do, far from the territory.

In the meantime, here is a -still-emerging- heuristic of how I am thinking about the dramatic change in the balance of power in this nation. In a nutshell, I think too many agendas and too many issues are being superimposed on each other in ways that are not helpful. …


The success of a savvy influencer that heralds the collapse of old online internet laws

Politics, makeup, and chihuahuas. A typical illustration of the Instagram landing page of Nuevo Leon’s future first lady.

It may come as a surprise to many, but Mexico is a great place to study electoral reforms due to the history of its long winding democratic transition. Consequently, the country is frequently seen as a good canary in the coal mine for things to come.

Mariana Rodriguez Cantu, the GenZer new first lady of Nuevo Leon, the northern industrial powerhouse state in Mexico, is one of those canaries: a tremendously successful influencer with her own cosmetics brand who used her powerful online footprint during…


In 2018, Honduras had the highest murder rate in the world with El Salvador ranked second and Guatemala ranked ninth.

There is no “border crisis.” There is a humanitarian crisis in Central America and the US, as an industrialized nation is operating as a pull factor to escape violence and trauma. Notice how nobody is migrating from Costa Rica or Panama?

There is also an end to inhumane, and cruel policies at the border region that accumulated, but did not solve the problem in refugee camps in Mexico and were so draconian that actually forced families to select between MS13…


During his first night in a damp and unfinished White House, Pres. John Adams wrote to his wife:

“Before I end my letter, I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.”

While many good and not so good men have inhabited that building, never in the history of this republic the man in the White House was more different to what Adams hoped and prayed for than during the last four years. We enter now the critical…


In a previous article, I outlined the importance of sequencing our innovations to get out of COVID19 hell. That post can be found here, and provides essential context to this series:

COVID19, as the first post-internet pandemic, has showcased a core problem with modern medicine. As Dr. Tiffany Vora explains, currently, healthcare works like this: “you wait until you have a symptom, and that sends you to your healthcare provider.” She and Dr. …


This medium story is the first of four that will describe the innovations practices needed to get to 0 covid19. It explores Aggressive Non-Pharmaceutical interventions, while the next ones will discuss regular testing, public health breakthroughs, and finally, vaccination.

Staying at home, avoiding friends and family, and not going to crowded places are all Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs). Making Non-Pharma Interventions work is very important because they are the low hanging fruit in the fight against COVID19, and they serve the purpose of buying us time to develop better testing, better treatments, and a vaccine.

In a previous article, I outlined…


How to innovate our way out of Coronavirus hell by doing the right things in the right order

In good system thinking practices, sequencing matters as much as the acts that are being sequenced. With COVID19, getting the sequencing right is more important than ever as millions of lives are at stake.

Entrepreneurs have perfected the sequencing of business deployments down to a science. …


The innovation side of “flattening the curve” of the Coronavirus outbreak

You have seen a version of this chart one or multiple times already:

The concept of “flattening the curve” has entered our lexicon and will probably define these early stages of the #COVID-19 response. The idea is easy to grasp: With appropriate use of “Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions” (that is the euphemistic name epidemiological policy gives to things like social distancing, curfews and the mandatory closing of businesses) it is possible to “delay the peak” of the pandemic, flattening the curve and keeping things under the available capacity of the healthcare system.

This is the first published example I have been able…


Or the tropes of female fragility in military leadership

“Out of fucking nowhere” -Emilia Clarke. Look at the Nazi theme, also out of nowhere, emerging this last episode (shown under fair use)

Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons was betrayed in the battlefield not once, but twice by the all-powerful and only true gods of Westeros: the showrunners and writers of Game of Thrones.

These betrayals matter, not only because they affect the outcome of what is probably the most important global cultural event in recent memory (Game of Thrones may be the one thing that unites in this country republicans and democrats!) but also…

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