OK, this is an admittedly bad photo. But the point isn’t to showcase my photography skills.
The point is to inquire about honesty in Argentina and ask if it would be possible to do something like this here. Would it be?
To clarify, this is a photo of a newspaper stand at the Dallas airport in Texas. The “stand” allows people to grab a copy of USA Today. In exchange people are supposed to put a folded dollar bill in the clear receptacle.
The business model is based on the honor system. That is, you could, if you wanted, take a copy of the paper and walk away without paying for it. The odds are that nobody would say a thing. You would not go to jail or even face ridicule.
But most people don’t do this. They put the dollar in the receptacle.
So, the question is, could this kind of “honor system” work in Argentina?
Argentine officials forcing open a U.S. suitcase
Relations between Argentina and the U.S. plummeted to their lowest level in years after Argentina’s government confiscated U.S. property brought into the country last week aboard a U.S. Air Force cargo plane.
The C-17 Globemaster III plane arrived with support for a previously scheduled crisis management and hostage rescue course that was to be offered to local police.
As I reported in The Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, called on Argentina to return the property without delay.
“It’s absolutely necessary that they immediately return that material. It makes no sense for it to have been confiscated this way. This material was intended for a joint exercise in training people to rescue hostages,” Mr. Valenzuela Monday said on CNN en Español.
Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman quickly rebutted Mr. Valenzuela and called on the U.S. to apologize for violating Argentine law.
Mr. Timerman accused the U.S. of using the plane to smuggle undeclared firearms, surveillance equipment and “various doses of morphine” into the country for ulterior motives.
You can read the full article here.
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I asked Dan and Fernando a few questions for The Argentine Post. (more…)
By Taos Turner @taos on Twitter
Argentina’s leading cable TV provider, Cablevisión, plans to launch a new ultra-fast Internet service in the first half of 2011.
The plan, which the company confirmed late Wednesday, will offer customers of its Fibertel Internet service download speeds that are up to 10 times faster than what they are currently.
As reported here last year, Fibertel will offer the faster service by deploying the DOCSIS 3.0 modem technology already used in the U.S.
Price information is not yet available.
The service will make it much easier to download or stream HD video and engage in hi-resolution video conferences. (more…)