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.

Why are so many migrants here in the first place?

The question is being asked from the US perspective. While immigration to the US is not just from Latin America, there is clearly where the big numbers come from. Many articles try to justify immigration by saying "we need them". Maybe the US does -- or the price of California lettuce would go up -- but that doesn't address why they see the US as the land of opportunity.

Who says you can't get off the US no fly list?

We all know about the US no fly list. What we don't know is what it takes to get on the list. While some people seem like obvious candidates to go on the list, many people seem to have ended up there because someone in the government just wanted to harass them. Up until now, we also haven't known what it takes to get off the list.

Well, good news. One person actually did manage to get off the list and her story is available with lots of details. (Note that she was put on it by mistake -- it is probably harder to get off the list if you were intended to be there.)

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