If random politics and economics are on the table

I found this interesting: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2014/04/a-nation-of-slaves.h...

Most people have simplistic ideas about solving human problems -- and the left and right ideologues seem to have even simpler ones.

Unlike a lot of forums, Charlie Stross keeps his discussions about his posts firmly civil.

The light (finally) comes on

The typical use the present tense to describe something in the future wording always confuses me. That is, when thinking about how to talk about something in the future, I tend to think in the future (or almost future -- voy a) tense. Well, the light just came on.

Here is what I got in my daily Spanish email:

Mi hermana se casa el mes que viene.

My sister is getting married next month.

I look at it. There is nothing about getting in the Spanish. It says "My sister marries next month", just like you might say it in English.

Venezuela's floating exchange rate

Venezuela has initiated a floating exchange rate to try to curb inflation. Truth-Out transcript of an interview talks about it. (The video is also there.)

Winter is coming.

They are calling for a 50% chance of El Niño. Everything I have read online is conflicting. Some say this means more rain for the pacific coast of Nicaragua and some say it means extreme drought. I wanted to see if any members here had an opinion on what we might expect in the coming months.

ideological warfare

The headline, "US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest" of a rather complete article by AP,


US AID, the guilty party, is promoting what they believe to be a fundamental right of every citizen, namely 'free speech', including the freedom to criticize their government without penalty. They sure took a sneaky (clever) route to get to the Cubans.

Political views

In the "Why can't we just get along" thread, the idea that "political views = fight" was brought up. The new Mozilla CEO has been attacked because he is anti-gay marriage. The fight goes on but I just read a blog entry that seems to address this in a sane way.

If you feel compelled to start a fight because you disagree with someone's view, I suggest your read Marco's blog post

How to change your address with SSA

Executive Summary: Send them a letter via snail mail.

I wanted to change my address with the Social Security Administration. Simple enough, particularly in the world of web sites. I thought.

Perez continues drug legalization rhetoric

Starting shortly after Otto Perez Molina took office as president of Guatemala in 2012, he broke with the US drug war suggesting that Guatemala should legalize drugs. He is not pro-drug, just anti-crime. I previously posted info on what he sees as the real cost to Guatemala of drug addiction in (mostly) countries north of Guatemala.

Site redesign ideas

This is an answer to Susan's question about forums in the "Why can't we get along" site along with a lot more about the ideas behind it. First, the screenshot so I have something to talk about.

Who needs to file a FBAR?

I just finished sending in my Fed taxes using TurboTax. I was informed by them that I need to file a FBAR? I just have a ordinary bank account at BanPro that is over the 10k limit. Does anyone else see this as necessary?

What is an FBAR? http://www.bragertaxlaw.com/what-is-an-fbar.html

We're not No. 1!

This is an opinion piece talking about the US. In particular, it is suggesting that GDP is not the right measure. It doesn't make Nicaragua No. 1 but it does suggest that there are some things to measure besides wealth.

The piece is in the New York Times and is written by Nicholas Kristof. It is both about perceptions and about measurement. The article has multiple links to support his conclusion.

Cuban Cars

Yes, they really exist and some of them are in excellent condition, inside and out.

Many have been retrofitted with Russian engines.


Why can't we get along?

1st Capt. Ron raised the subject in another post. It was basically "why can't we get along?" While there have always been disagreements, I agree with him that personal attacks have become the norm sprinkled with totally off-topic posts. I don't think we were "friendlier" five years ago but I do think the totally off-topic BS was less of the total content.

Animal behavior...earthquake coming???

Has anyone else out there noticed an unusual amount of odd animal behavior lately?

Nicaraguans and protein

This post is inspired by a comment that KWP made (in a thread that, of course, had nothing to do with this comment). I basically have a question: do you know any Nicaraguan who does not get enough protein?

He said

So, I like to interact with Yari for a couple of minutes when she arrives, ask about the school day, get a bit of protein and juice into her. I know her diet at Eddy's is mostly rice and beans

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