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(Apparently) Glenn Greenwald just got labeled as a shill for Pierre Omidyar. While it is laughable he did just write a response in The Intercept.

If you question Greenwald's integrity or The Intercept's independence, it is a much read. But it is also much more. It explains the difference between a publisher with an agenda (e.g., Fox News) and real Journalistic Independence.

Directory of volunteer opportunities in Nicaragua

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/02/25/directory-of-volunteer-opportuni...

Originally posted in Nicaragua Dispatch.

I get a lot of questions about volunteering in Nicaragua, especially if one only has a day or even just a morning or afternoon to volunteer, I usually suggest that a donation of some sort is in order. Included in the blog post are some answers to the "What to bring?" question.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde

“Best Cities to Live in Nicaragua” A note on the process of discovering your best place in Nicaragua

Does a beachfront location beat out every other consideration? Think it through!

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/02/21/best-cities-to-live-in-nicaragua...

A sort of contest where you don't actually win anything except bragging rights, but click through and comment on where do you think using this example, folks would possibly find their "perfect Nicaragua"? (notice quote-unquote!)

Best Cities to Live in Nicaragua

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/02/21/best-cities-live-nicaragua/

First in a series if I get some positive feedback...this post sets the groundwork on some of the considerations to think of when trying to decide "where" once you've decided on "there" being Nicaragua...enjoy and comments most definitely welcome!

Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde

"The Real Estate Business in Nicaragua is not Regulated, Right?"

As Snopes would say; “Partly true”. There certainly is legislation on the books (and comprehensive legislation it is too!).

Law 602 – Nicaraguan Real Estate Brokerage Law (Ley de Correduría de Bienes Raíces de Nicaragua). However; even though it was published in 2007 in “La Gaceta”, the official government publication that normally makes a law “In effect”, currently the law remains inactive.

At the Post Office today

I had a package and B&H had done its usual business of having one weight on the invoice and another weight when Correos weighed the package. First, was I bringing in this stuff to resell. We had a couple of permutations of that question and I explained that no, these were adaptadores for two different camera systems, and that when I bought stuff, I tended to add a towel for cleaning lenses and a SD card. So, instead of a bill for this order, I simply have to check to make sure everything is there and sign off on a couple of forms.

20 reasons to fall in love with Leon, Nicaragua | Voxxi

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/02/08/20-reasons-to-fall-in-love-with-...

20 reasons to fall in love with Leon, Nicaragua | Voxxi

For your next vacation spot, we suggest visiting Nicaragua, one of the safest countries of Latin America. Specifically one of its two colonial cities, Leon.

Known as “La Ciudad Universitaria,” because it is home to the best universities in the country, Leon is a beautiful place due to its history, culture and lifestyle.

Take it from me. Leon, Nicaragua has been my home away from home since 1989. Here are 20 reasons to fall in love with Leon

Narcos and Rainforest Destruction

This is a blog entry, not a forum post because what I have to say is about a marketing campaign rather that the reality on the ground in Central America. That is not to say this is not a problem but it really is a side issue rather than the real problem.

How-To-Build-Concrete-Farm-Buildings

http://www.ebay.com/itm/How-To-Build-Concrete-Farm-Buildings-13-Vintage-...

Stumbled upon this - Looks like hours of fun for Key West and the like.

Huge New Attraction in Esteli

http://www.laprensa.com.ni/2014/02/13/empresariales/182268-burger-king-e...

Yes folks, Burger King has arrived.

"Now estelianos can now enjoy varied from breakfast, lunch and dinner, the unique style of Burger King menu".

"For the more discerning palate there is a line of premium burgers".

There are also combos for kids and who could not miss the traditional Whopper, the flagship product of the company....known worldwide.

Burger King is known for offering its customers "Rico" products, of high quality and freshness...

One of my sisters was at a resort in Grand Exuma

I realized I didn't get this sort of vacation at all, but that most North Americans don't get my idea of fun either (a week on a bicycle exploring parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey). The photos she's posting to Facebook are of a place with drinks delivered to the pool and palm trees, white sand, and blue and blue-green water.

Possibly the best $30 you will ever spend...VIP Lounge at MGA

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/02/04/vip-lounge-at-managua-airport/

For those who don't know, the Managua airport offers a VIP service. I recently had guests who are relocating to Nicaragua and they availed themselves of this service and they told me it was the best $30 they ever spent.

So checkout the post if interested. I think it works especially well for those with extra luggage, pets, or for folks who just want to get the really-really good "soft landing" service on their arrival to Managua.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde

Across Nicaragua with Transit and Machéte, by R. E. Peary (1856-1920)

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/02/03/across-nicaragua-transit-machete...

I enjoy listening to audiobooks as I fall asleep at night, just something that relaxes me. Anyway, I decided to do a search on librivox.org on Nicaragua and came up with a really interesting presentation by a geographer from 1888, the first year that National Geographic Magazine started.

Lots of what the author said back then still holds true today. The blog post links to both etext and the audio files as you prefer. This is public domain content.

Country needs to strengthen technical education

Good article on a typical inefficient department (think; the vocational training version of 5 sheets of zinc and a pig) funded by a 2% surcharge on all reported payroll:

http://www.laprensa.com.ni/2014/01/31/portada/180579-pais-necesita-tecni...

Each year around 55,000 graduating high school students from public schools, but only 35,000 are admitted to universities.

INATEC failing.

Linux systems in your life

The previous post and comments got me thinking. In spite of the number of Linux isn't anything posts I see (here and elsewhere), I am wondering how many Linux systems each of us depends on every day. I understand that we (that is, Ana, Margarita, Ana's brother, my friend Keith who is visiting and myself) have a more direct connection with Linux that others but that is just one Linux system (each) more than others.

Here are a few more that everyone else is probably using:

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