So, ALBA Medical School

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

http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/12/02/venezuelan-oil-diplomacy-curbed-by-ec...

"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".

hague convention and reality

It is (was) the time to renew my residency and I was expecting a much simplified process because Nicaragua is now a signature of the Hague convention. Although renewal is easier than the initial issuance of a cedula, it can still be a frustrating process.

This is what I typically needed.

1. photocopies of my passport and my old cedula 2. passport photos 3. certificate of health 4. police record

Expat misadventures in kiteboarding schools

At different times, the writer started two kiteboarding schools (one based out of San Juan del Sur but actually on Lake Nicaragua) but closed them both when polluted water was making the customers ill.

http://www.inmotionkitesurfing.com/2014/how-water-pollution-killed-two-k...

In the article, they mention an interesting google maps feature. If you zoom in on water and see fish bones, you can get toxic [sic] reports.

sball edit: The locals provided some much needed fact checking of the original article and its author.

Global Warming And Obama-nomics

http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy-policy/2014/05/29/chilly-1q-us-econom...

Less disposable income in the US should mean less tourism and investment in Nicaragua. Continuing stagnant home prices means fewer retirees can bail and seek an off-shore retirement opportunity.

Nica economy seems to be chugging right along. Maybe Nica tourism is all that anyone can afford now.

My take: socialism advances in the US with all the associated downsides, and capitalism advances in Nicaragua and the country prospers.

Snowden Interview: Call Me Ed

Clearly nothing to do with Nicaragua but some will want to discuss it. I moved the post to http://a42.com/forum/pg/topicview/misc/general-chat/snowden/snowden-inte...

Urban Farming

An article in NationOfChange talks about some ways urban farming (and not just veggies) can be done. The article is not a how-to but rather intended as inspiration.

There are some examples presented but the two things you should take away from the article are:

  1. If grow organic locally works in Brooklyn and Singapore, it surely will work in the tropics.
  2. Creativity is the key.

Fox News Is

Sad News - Judge Jim Richards - Che Guevera

Sadly, one of our long term members, Che Guevera, Judge Jim Richards, lost his battle with cancer today. He leaves behind his wife Laura and a young family. The Richards family reside in Fort Bend County, Texas.

Jim was one of a handful of people here on the site who I felt I got to know. In his last e-mail to me, he said he was enjoying the pool where he was sitting in Nicaragua but I learned later that he had gone into respite care.

Contact for electric buyback plan

I am looking for a government contact to whom I can present an idea for reforming laws related to electric energy generation. Something that clearly would benefit the world and will also help Nicaragua attain a higher level of power from renewable resources.

I am sure it won't surprise anyone here that I am talking about PV solar. Right now, being off-grid in parts of Nicaragua makes a lot of sense but what I what to suggest is that a favorable law that allows users to sell power back to the grid is in the interest of the consumer as well as in the interest of all of Nicaragua.

Woops!

http://nicaraguadispatch.com/2014/05/nicaragua-seeks-to-de-dollarize-economy/
May 13, 2014 - Nicaragua seeks to de-dollarize economy
Nicaragua, one of the most unofficially dollarized economies in Latin America, is asking the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for help to strengthen its currency.

Rain, Finally

We had a nice, gentle, extended rain last night.

Cooled things off, should knock down the dust. I'm beginning to suspect that the dust might be responsible for all the respiratory illness I see in the kids during the summer.

Search

I just changed us (back) to Google search from the built-in search. There are two reasons for this:

  1. I want an "on-site" search to search both NicaLiving and A42. This is the only practical way to do that.
  2. About half the database table space for NL is search information. I am attempting to get the database down to a more reasonable size and decrease database queries.

The one thing I am not sure I like is that the search results replaces the current window or tab. I can change that but I figured I might as well wait for all the complaints. :-)

Bad boy

Bad boy

Animals that push over fences or cross fences to get to crops are fitted with a wooden collar to slow them down.

What convict cichlids do when they're bored

What convict cichlids do when they're bored

The pair that did this lost their territory in the big tank, which now has two breeding pairs in it. I pulled them and put them in a new tank which didn't have a substrate (intended for use as an isolation or grow-out tank.

I may get rid of the substrate in the big tank and put in pool filter sand and another less prolific cichlid.

A friend caught this female and her mate and some of those babies to take to his house, but the male finned the plastic bag and ended up damaged while I ended up with water on the floor.

Ghost Of Christmas Future

more specifically, the future of ObamaCare:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/15/shinseki-va-testimony-watchdo...

My vision: Post Office has little to do, but they are government employees and union too, can't lay them off.

So they become the first point of contact under ObamaCare.

"I'm really sick, sir, I need to see a doctor"

"Fill out this form, press hard, you're making several copies. You'll receive a notice of appointment withing ten working days in the mail".

"Ten days???"

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