More CA-4 adventures

Every time I think I understand how the CA-4 agreement works, something different enters the equation. My latest is posted on A42 in the CA-4 forum.

Social Security benefit letter

A friend has been trying to get a Social Security benefit letter from outside the US. He has been told that is no longer possible. The details are in the A42 forums.

Is this now true?

Communication Styles - True or False

This is from inter, part of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Question about CityPark rides

Every year in mid September CityPark comes to Ocotal. It's a number of rides for kids, but the quality is much better than the rides that come here a month earlier for the Fiestas Patronales.

I used to take my housekeeper's kids and nephews to CityPark, and we all enjoyed it. Unfortunately for me, I'm no longer in Nicaragua in September. Last year I gave my housekeeper money to go in my absence, but I miss watching the kids having fun there. My housekeeper thinks that after Ocotal, CityPark goes further north into Honduras.

Solís more open to Pérez proposal to de-militarize the drug war

While the Chinchilla administration seemed more open than Ortega on the idea, nothing happened. Now there actually might be progress.

Nicaragua: Cuba must be included in the Summit of the Americas

From A42.

Are there TukTuks in Granada?

If so, how popular are they and who uses them?

Solar power in our future

We have talked about PV solar power here many times. I have lived off-grid as have at least two other NL members so we know it works. What's relatively new, at least in this region, is grid-tie PV systems. Some are commercial, others are home systems. What generally is getting in the way of more of these systems are laws (that benefit big-scale power producers).

An opinion piece titled Reader Supported News looks at how this is changing, and why.

Moving day

Today NL (and some other sites) are moving to a different server. This is a short move so I expect minimal problems. It is simply moving from one server at DreamHost to another. Thus a problem is likely to be a temporary DNS lookup issue.

Reminder Why Ortega Offered Snowden Asylum

Are Americans really safe living in a country ruled by Ortega - A lifetime dictator who pushes anti-American propaganda at his people?
After Greenwald's "Best selling book" and Nightly News anchor Brian Williams’ wide-ranging, exclusive Snowden interview - More continuing proof of Americans' distaste for Snowden:

A42 email issues

Update: OK, I now claim it is "really fixed". The email should come from and there is now an SPF record for A42. I will bow three times to the east. Let me know if you encounter any problems.


Due to the "server disaster" which required to scramble for a new home, there has been an email issue on the site. (Thanks Doug -- while your message confused me I did some testing and figured out what was happening.)

Pila & Antenna

Pila & Antenna

The top of the rock seen in The Promised Land:

Bean Runner

Bean Runner

Not to be confused with Blade Runner, one of my all time favorite movies.

The idea: Run to Honduras, load up with 20 quintales of red beans at 55 cents /pound (these prices are in limps), drive back to Nicaragua, and sell them on the street for 75 cents /pound, netting $400 -- less combustible . . .they were really nice beans too, clean and uniform. That makes me competitive with the Sandinista distribution in MGA, AND you don't have to be FSLN to buy my beans . . .

Fascinating Bit Of Sandinista History

This incident comes up in all the books about the war. Until now, I didn't know the perpetrator.

Curious that it would be a Swede that authored the bombing. Does sound like something Borge would do, but we can't ask him now.

So, ALBA Medical School

was only open a short time according to the following article dated the first of December:

"To be sure, Venezuela isn’t retreating into a hole. Maduro last month ordered the creation of a medical university in Venezuela to turn out doctors from around Latin America. He’ll present the proposal at this month’s summit in Caracas of the Bolivarian Alliance of nine leftist nations that includes Bolivia, Cuba and Ecuador".

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