Let's open the borders

Isn't opening the US/Mexico (and Israel/Palestine) borders the best solution for all?

Are you on the terrorist watch list?

We probably don't know unless you are on the no-fly list and tried to fly. There are some clues how people get there but the word artibrary comes to mind.

A look at US "help"

A TruthOut article on how the US helps other countries is clearly of international scope but Nicaragua has been a victim of some of this help. As we seem to be working toward WWIII, I think this issue is worth looking at.

Ideas and link at

Alternative to IMF and World Bank

It's been talked about for ages but it looks like it is really happening.

Press release and IMF response added.

Is HushMail secure?

Mike recently said it was (in communicating with non-HushMail users. I think not. My case is presented at . Let me know what you think (there).

Health care comparison

Another Socialist Bites

the dust.

So, the problem with socialism is, indeed, you run out of other people's money eventually.

I just don't understand what these people have against working for a living.

Does anyone know if those EBT (food stamp) debit cards work in the cajeros of Nicaragua ?

Greenwald's No Place to Hide

Today is the release date of Glenn Greenwald's No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.

The Middle Class Is Not ''Normal''

About Nicaragua? No but about what gets discussed here quite often in a whole assortment of ways. Here are a few:

  • Nicaragua has a small middle class. That needs to be fixed.
  • In the good 'ol USA, we have a big middle class.
  • We need to stop handing out things to people -- they need to work to get them.

This week in Quebec

The Americas are littered with anti-colonialist movements which have abandoned any pretense of social democracy upon achieving power. All that remains of their original vision is bankrupt nationalism, stale rhetoric and xenophobic gestures.

Los votantes franceses de Quebec de rotundamente optaron por rechazar la política de la división.

Is Latin America making progress?

The question is inspired by a tweet which contains the photo below.

Photo is from Twitter.

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.

Predictions: CIA vs. "ordinary folk"

Well, it really isn't about the CIA in particular but about the concept that a group of ordinary people can be better than the experts at predicting things. It's interesting as are the comments.

An NPR blog offers up the article. The project is an experiment that seems to have some pretty interesting results.

Journalism vs. National Security

I mentioned this video in another thread but had not watched it at the time. Now that I have watched it I want to highly recommend it. It is one of the few things about what the Snowden revelations mean in global terms that stays on subject. That is, it talks about the revelations rather than focusing on the person.

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