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The Grand Canal and German nitpickers

"The German ambassador in Nicaragua... said today that investors from his country need more information in order to assess their future participation in the construction of a canal in the country."

"Germans need to know ... who will pay for their work, who negotiated the credentials of that person, guarantees of payment and the law which will be applied."

Paying the price of doing the right thing

I was going to add this to one of the many Snowden threads here but they all seem pretty littered with opinion. So, here is a new post/link.

It is a Washingto Post article about how a CIA employee's quest to legally get information released terminated his career. Article/link at http://a42.com/forum/pg/topicview/misc/general-chat/snowden/using-proper...

Wow, my creation is famous

I didn't expect the NSA to be what made it famous but, they did. See the first line in the listing in this BoingBoing article.

New Investment Video

Came across the slick promotional video for Nicaragua. Looks to be aiming at large scale investment.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=4JaVV-O5Jsk

Fun with A42

I have been having fun with A42. I feel it is worth mentioning why as clearly it is a better fit for some posts that have been and still do appear here.

NicaLiving at least used to be about moving to and living in Nicaragua. The percentage of readers in Nicaragua was, at one time, about 50%. It is about half that with the majority of folks being in the US. Based on posts, many seem much more interested in other countries rather than Nicaragua.

Maersk stands up for Nicaraguan canal

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/06/06/maersk-stands-up-for-nicaraguan-...

"Building a Nicaragua canal seems to make good sense. The canal is projected to have room for the biggest ships, while also saving 800km on a journey from New York to Los Angeles," said Keith Svendsen, head of daily operations for Maersk, according to a report by maritime industry outlet Shippingwatch.com.

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Seems like this interoceanic canal is getting more and more of serious endeavor.

A new look at Encrypted Email and Chat

This post is inspired by a changing landscape, the most recent of which is Google's announcement of an end-to-end encryption tool.

For non-geeks, what Google is doing is at least a good starting point. As pointed out on one of the security lists I receive, "granny can use it" and "it will get others thinking seriously about encryption". That's two good things.

US vs. Canada (sorta)

One of the news feeds I receive pointed to an article titled "America’s middle-class defeat: How Canada shamed the wealthiest nation on earth". I read the article and found it worth pointing to from the Canada forum on A42.com. I bring it up here for a couple of reasons:

  • We have some active Canadians here who can help interpret what is said in the article (for those who are not going to understand).

The press: Nicaragua and the US

For as long as I have kept track of Nicaragua (over 30 years) it has always had a press that disagreed with the government. Up until Ortega's re-election, that had meant some press agreeing and some press disagreeing. With Ortega's second coming it has mostly been an anti-government press.

The result has been somewhere between exposure of government wrongdoing and creation of anti-government news. Where you draw that line will likely depend on your political stripes but, no matter, it has been easy to find anti-government facts or at least opinion.

NBC Snowden Interview

It is available here on YouTube. I'll just say very interesting.

Godzilla in Managua, Nicaragua! (Confidencial)

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/05/26/godzilla-managua-nicaragua-confi...

How the Nicaraguan Government Finally Destroyed the Concha Acustica

TV news also has the story, the First Lady of Nicaragua had to call in Godzilla to destroy the architectural landmark of downtown Managua! Jump to about 27 seconds in to see the action

Jinotega May 2014, four years after I was first here, mas o menos

Of the Nicaraguans I met the first year I was in Jinotega, I'm on cordial terms with all but one of them (the guy who robbed me). Of the gringos, maybe two. The social style here is something I'm comfortable with -- people are cautious with new people, especially with new gringos, and, on average, don't seem to like people who force themselves into other people's lives.

New blood

This site desperately needs younger people with new perspectives and new approaches to life in Nicaragua. It has become an old folks home of a small handful of cranks who haven´t had a new idea in years.

NIST "required" to do bad work

Just a little tidbit I didn't know. Most of us heard that there is a serious hole in at least one NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) encryption standard. The story surfaced that the NSA was probably to blame for some advice to NIST.

Which terrorists?

I grew up in Los Angeles California, son of parents from New England. The word racist probably best describes them. Blacks (of course we didn't call them blacks then), Jews, Japanese, Mexicans, ... -- it didn't much matter -- were bad and those who appeared to be like my parents -- white -- were good. We moved to a suburb before I was headed to junior high because "there were black kids in the junior high".

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