Texas Pissing

Stephen Lich, a professor of economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently shared a powerful story with Texas Monthly about watching the execution of the man who murdered his father, Glen E. Lich, who was killed on October 15, 1997, at his home in Kerrville. In his piece, Stephen describes his father as "an impressive and ambitious person." Lich continues:  

The Rough Guide to Frackistan

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, should rank alongside the smartphone as this young century’s most transformative technology. Over the past decade, so much oil and gas has been unlocked from previously impervious rock that America’s generation-long energy crisis has all but ended. Instead of a crippling strategic vulnerability—dependence on foreign oil—we now have a potentially exportable gas and oil surplus that could be wielded against petro-thugs like Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

This Silverado Fought the Law, and the Law Won

In 2009 police in San Jacinto City, just east of Houston, arrested a man named Roberto Faustino for DWI. Faustino, a repeat offender, was charged with a felony, and the police confiscated his 2004 Chevy Silverado. The problem was that the truck didn’t outright belong to Faustino. He was making payments to its rightful owner, a small-business owner named Zaher El-Ali, who still held the title to the truck and demanded its return from the police.

A Summer Weekend in Oaxaca

A mere two-and-a-half-hour flight from Houston delivers you to the fertile crescent of the New World, a valley isolated in the Sierra Madre mountains of southern Mexico. Oaxaca, the vibrant capital city (of Oaxaca state) with colorful colonial buildings interlocking like a line of Legos, sits at the nexus of the Y-shaped valley.

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