Honduran election results

The Real News Network talks about how the election went down.

Nicaragua #2 in safety in Latin America

A new UN report rated Nicaragua as the second safest country in Latin America, slightly behind Chile. This is from a report by UN Human Development Agency. An article about this appears in Nearshore Americas.

Looking at the upcoming election in Honduras

I previously posted something about the upcoming election in our other neighbor to the north, El Salvador. It was less than a pretty picture but it looks like Honduras can be less pretty.

i like this idea..

Socio-Political side of the canal

Most articles about the new canal focus on whether is is really good for Nicaragua, will it happen and such. Most of them are rather speculative but on such things as who this Chinese businessman really is.

This article, titled The New Nicaragua Canal: China Barges In – Analysis is quite different in that it looks at the world socio-political aspects of the canal. Not just in Nicaragua or the region but in the world.

Chia

Is anyone on the site growing it commercially or otherwise?

My agronima suggested this as a cash crop as well as a useful nutritional source . . .

It smacks a bit of tree-hugging permaculture to me, but I wouldn't let that get in the way of making a buck . . . .

This is what the sprouts looked like on my first and only chia growing effort:

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2655/4025564562_26818e07ec_o.jpg

French Solution To

Venezuelan consumer goods shortages (at least one recent shortage):

http://www.flixxy.com/the-paperless-future-emma.htm

Personal secretary to Ortega

It's interesting to read about Oquist ( Swede ) born in Illinois and Nicaraguan Citizen.

Here is the CV

http://unfccc.int/files/cancun_agreements/green_climate_fund/application...

Interesting to read.

60.000 liter steel tank for sale

Could have been a nice boat to, very solid and good shape $ 6.000

60.000 liter steel tank for sale

60.000 liter steel tank for sale

Super good and easy to transport, could have been a nice boat to. $ 6.000

Who has lots of political prisoners?

Scanning my alert headlines I saw one that caught my eye titled REPORT: Cuba Has Highest Number of Political Prisoners. That's not the full title but what was in the alert. It got me to read it expecting to see a very large number. But, it just didn't sound right.

A dated notice from the War on Drugs

Trade predates Capitalism; people across the world traded stuff, including drugs, before money was invented.

In a letter to the editor (today's NYT) about the hopelessness of controlling Afghan opium production, despite having spent $6 billion there to do so these last 12 years, the author quotes Donald Rumsfeld telling a Senate committee in 2001, illegal drug use is “overwhelmingly a demand problem. . . If demand persists, it’s going to find ways to get what it wants.”

Las Pilas -- in Jinotega Department, around 5,000 feet in elevation, where the plant nurseries are for our area

Las Pilas -- in Jinotega Department, around 5,000 feet in elevation, where the plant nurseries are for our area

This is about as far from Jinotega as Selva Negra is from the outskirts of Jinotega. On Mondays, people from here bring plants to the Jinotega Park, but the two place my friend and I went to have a wider variety. Again, another "I'll be back. Nicaraguans do seem to love plants -- and even working fincas I've been to have landscaped the roads.

The signage seemed to be varied by language depending on what language speakers were interested in what

The signage seemed to be varied by language depending on what language speakers were interested in what

This is my friend Monica taking a photo of the Bird Watching Spot. Other things were in Spanish, including a set of plaques in the dining room that included (translated by Monica) "A mother-in-law is like a star, the further away, the more beautiful."

I've never met anyone Nicaragua who was as dedicated a birder as a North American -- but there seems to be a huge interest here in plants. Next stop, Los Pilas to buy those.

Typical Sunday Guests at Selva Negra

Typical Sunday Guests at Selva Negra

I suspect this changes hour by hour when considering day trippers -- but most of the people when we were there were Spanish-speaking and looked prosperous.

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