Reunification Day

Big, festive holiday in this country today, marking the fall of the Saigon government.

AP Photo

North Vietnamese tanks rolled through the gates of the Presidential Palace on this date in 1975. Here is a calendar page from that day, as displayed in the museum of the Presidential Palace, now the Reunification Palace, here in Ho Chi Minh City.

These (mostly) daily photos from a slow trip around the world are collecting on Earthphotos.com. See the archive page Around the World, Slowly.

Pictures from the Road, Saigon

I’ve never much tried to pick individual stocks for gain. My reasoning is, people dedicate their lives to understanding the stock market, have far more expertise than I, and still great hordes of them turn out to be wrong. In a similar way, I don’t presume special knowledge on “the dichotomy between those who revere saints and those who rail against their hypocrisy.” But it was an enjoyable experience to be among believers at Easter mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon.

Those pop-up greeting cards are a thing in Saigon.

Flower Blossom soup, Nam Pla Thai restaurant.

Can’t recommend the Spicies of Feet. Can recommend the restaurant. Can’t find if it has a web site.

 

You just never know.

It gets hot in the Ben Thanh market, Saigon.

On the street, too.

Ad from Truong Van Ben Soap Company in Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

See you next week.

Quotes: Choosing Wisely on Climate

Joan Harvey is a fellow contributor to the Monday Magazine at 3QuarksDaily. Her latest column addresses the importance of developing the right strategy to address climate change.

“If we’re going to solve this problem on which the future of humanity depends, we need focus. For the layman, the question becomes: Are you a green consumer? Or are you a green citizen? A green consumer may own a Prius, recycle diligently, and worry about plastic straws. A green citizen focuses on policy, and makes sure the people they elect also understand good energy policy. They recognize which policies will actually be able to move us toward zero emissions in the next three decades and push for these.”

I like her idea of precision intervention:

“Half the carbon in the U.S. economy goes through monopoly pipes and wires, and these are controlled by Public Utilities Commissions in each of the 50 states. Each has five members, so there are 250 individuals who control half the carbon in the country…. If you go to them with an ethical or technical argument, they will listen to you…. This is relatively easy leverage.”

She’s right, too, that

“doing a little bit of everything is not going to save the planet. If we’re going to solve this problem on which the future of humanity depends, we need focus.”

But while they may not save the world, there doesn’t seem to be any harm in mini-crusades like this one here in Ho Chi Minh City:

Photo A Day, More Ho Chi Minh City

And again, Ho Chi Minh City, April 2019, this one a three-shot panorama from atop the Ben Thanh Tower. If you’re patient and allow it to load from this link (it will take a minute), you can explore the entire 44 inches of the width of this photo in detail.

These (mostly) daily photos are collecting in one place on Earthphotos.com. We’ll be on the road for a few months, so we’ve called the archive page Around the World, Slowly. Come see.