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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".

Is privatiization a good thing?

The article I just read is about privatization in the US but it is the typical IMF approach to fix the economies of countries such as Nicaragua. Various countries (Bolivia, for example) have resisted. What is reality?

The article titled 5 ways privatization is fleecing American taxpayers shows some examples of how privatization has been a huge mistake.

Spying is OK until it hurts business

The most recent fallout from Greenwald's No Place to Hide is that tech companies are starting to complain to the Obama administration. The first two are Cisco and FaceBook. Why? Because revelations about NSA activity (e.g., NSA adding backdoors to Cisco products without Cisco's knowledge) hurts business.

Attorney recommendation

Can anyone recommend an attorney willing and able to effectively assist with a property fraud case between United States citizens in Nicaragua?

Couple of cool ones from the Mex Files

http://mexfiles.net/2014/05/13/were-not-as-think-as-you-drunk-we-are/

World drinking patterns, first the Russians and then the Canadians, South Africans, and Australians, but Canadians less likely to be problem drinkers than South Africans. Nicaragua over-all drinks less than the US, but is more likely to have problem drinking, but not at Guatemalan levels. Russia is the world champion for risky drinking patterns.

http://mexfiles.net/2014/05/09/we-dont-need-no-education/

Viva Cuba! Viva Castro! Viva Key Wet Pilates!

Worth watching the first couple of minutes just for the cars going by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=D0iYMO2J2AI

Foreigners "trapped" in San Juan del Sur

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/05/10/foreigners-trapped-san-juan-del-...

From El Nuevo Diario, a story on four entrepreneurs who have opened up businesses in SJdS. Among them the lovely Kelly Ann Thomas! The most interesting thing for me is the comments on the El Nuevo Diario website and Kelly Ann's kickass response to an ignorant person there "NICA."

Ukraine?

The photo is from a recent tweet forwarded by a vet.

Someone (possibly Paul Craig Roberts) recently said that the US getting involved in the Russia-Ukraine thing would be like Russia getting involved in the US-Puerto Rico independence movement thing. Yet, we continue to hear BS from John Kerry and such.

The NSA/tech industry relationship

Was Google et al, just doing what they had to do? Or, was there a cozy relationship going on?

AlJazeera's investigation reveals that cozy is probably the appropriate word, at least with Google.

MayOne PAC

Today, this has nothing to do with Nicaragua but, someday, it could. Lawrence Lessig is trying to get control of the government back into the hands of the people. That means US national government, state government, ... His idea is to start a Political Action Committee that represents people rather than corporations, special interest groups.

If you are interested, check out MayOne.us. They started on 1 May and have already raised almost $400,000. It seems like grassroots politics at its best.

The Good and Bad About Retiring in Nicaragua

So what is the good and bad about retiring in Nicaragua? Let’s start with a few common topic areas and see how far we get in helping you to determine whether Nicaragua might be a good place for you.

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/05/01/good-bad-retiring-nicaragua/

Just some random thoughts on what seems to be some of the good things and the not-so-good things about retiring in Nicaragua. Enjoy!

Tails 1.0 is out

Maybe that's a bad title as those who need it probably don't know what it is. How about "work securely on-line"?

Tails is a bootable image (ISO image) that you can put on a CD or USB stick to use when you want to be on-line and secure. Perfect for use in an Internet cafe or on someone else's computer as it runs off the ISO image and does not touch the hard disk.

In any case, if you want to know more or grab it, go to the Tor project blog for details.

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