On the other side of the tropics

A couple of excerpts from the Pergelator Guide to South America:

Peru, a poor mountainous country famous for being the home of Peruvian Marching Powder. The US Embassy is the biggest building in the capital, funded almost entirely by the DEA.

Argentina and Chile are back to back across the Andes mountains. They are the southernmost countries, have temperate climates as opposed to tropical, and might almost be considered first world countries. They both also have a history of mass murder carried out by right wing death squads. That seems to have gone away, but it’s still a feature on most of the rest of the continent.

Bolivia, which is also famous for Peruvian Marching Powder, probably because both here and Peru are mostly high elevation mountains, and coca leaves are what people use in order to function at 15,000 feet without oxygen.

Of course, some of said leaves end up back on this side of the equator, keeping a whole bunch of militarized forces at the semi-ready.


  1. backwoods conservative »

    2 October 2015 · 5:09 pm

    Meanwhile, on this side of the tropics, the upstate of South Carolina is about to get a foot of rain in 3 days. Every time I look at the rainfall forecast for Saturday it goes up. Current estimate just for that day is 7.5 inches.

    Earning a living is going to be stressful and dangerous for a couple of days. I’ll be driving at night in heavy rain, with flash flooding expected.

  2. CGHill »

    2 October 2015 · 7:45 pm

    We’ve had only three days (since 1891) with more than seven inches of rain, the most recent in 2010, which flooded out Stage Center (since demolished). (Allowing for slopover into a second day, we got 8.95″ out of the remains of Tico in 1983.) By any reasonable standard, that’s a hell of a lot of rain.

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