And you thought The New York Times suggestion to put peas in your guacamole was nauseating:

Capitalism will spoil the socialist Cuban paradise!

As relations between the United States and Cuba have warmed — the countries announced on Wednesday that their embassies in Havana and Washington would reopen by July 20 for the first time in more than 50 years — and as the renewal of trade seems more of a possibility, the Cuban government faces pivotal choices.

The country is in desperate need of the economic benefits that a lifting of the embargo would almost certainly bring. But the ban, combined with Cuba’s brand of controlled socialism, has also been protective, limiting development and tourism that in other countries, including many of Cuba’s Caribbean neighbors, have eroded beaches, destroyed forests, polluted rivers, damaged coral reefs and wreaked other forms of environmental havoc.

Despite modest economic advances in the last 15 years, much in Cuba can seem frozen in time, crumbling Havana buildings and old Chevys and Ladas serving as markers of how far the country has been left behind. But that has also meant that much of Cuba’s more than 3,500 miles of coastline has remained undeveloped.

Why, the kind the Times is known for, of course!

Thoooooooose were the daaaaaays.

The New York Times sees the beauty. Why can’t we?

If they have their way, we’ll all be like Castro’s Cuba. And what a wonderful world that would be!

Neither does the concept of respectable journalism. At least as far as the Times is concerned.

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