I am off to Brazil for a conference in Rio where I am presenting some research and from there I am off to do research in Sao Paulo. I will be in Brazil for most of two weeks (missing my favorite but uniquely American holiday). Though this is the OREGON Economics Blog, one of the current themes running around my head these days is how much are fortunes are all intertwined, so posting about Brazil, development, etc., I think is fair game. Besides, it's my blog, I make the rules. So, I'll report next time from Ipanema beach in Rio.