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Eating organic in Nicaragua

I expect everyone would prefer eating organically grown food if it was available and cost-effective. In the US most people turn to the government to sort out what is and isn't organic. Nicaragua is a lot more Libertarian. That is, the government lets you, and expects you, to do your own homework. Here is what I have found is a reasonable approach to finding organic food.

TED Talk: Here's How We Take Back the Internet

A new talk from TED 2014 at Whistler, BC. The presenter is Ed Snowden, appearing via robot. The talk is not about who this guy is but about what needs to be done and why.

The talk is available on the TED web site. Sir Tim Berners-Lee was in the audience and was invited up on state to ask Snowden questions.

Stuff getting better: Fish, Cameras, and Nicaragua

The two guests were leaving the Sollentuna Hem when I was out before breakfast walking Lola were Nicaraguans, guy with a big Canon with the battery grip over his shoulder, FSLN flag in the car along with what looked like a wife/woman from a class above his.

Looking for Vanilla orchid.

I would like to purchase a 6 foot to 1 meter vine of Vanilla pompona or Vanilla planifolia to grow and add to my orchid collection. Does anybody know of a vivera or other collector that might have one to sell or trade for a different orchid?

Lake Nicaragua/Lago Colcibolca fish website

http://badmanstropicalfish.com/cichlid_of_month/Lake_Nicaragua.html

This is a country for really big fish tanks -- and some fish really don't make good aquarium fish -- dovii and managuense seem to be solitary except during breeding season. Current tank will be thinned to probably eight fish even though the convict variations tend to be smaller fish as cichlids go.

Did your computer get a virus?

If it did and you are a US taxpayer, it sounds like there is a good chance you paid for it. A rather disturbing article in The Intercept will fill you in on the details.

It will also tell you that if you are one of the unfortunate who has used Facebook that you might have been talking to an NSA server.

Thinking about the Malaysia Air "disappearance"

To me it is surprising there is not more data yet. As I write this an oil slick has been discovered and there have been a couple of items reported from unconfirmed sources:

  • An anonymous pilot or air traffic controller said he heard "mumbled speech" from the plane in question.
  • One article said the emergency locator beacon from the plane was found.

The Great U-turn

I just read an essay titled The Great U-turn by Robert Reich. For us older folks it is a great read. It is about the US that we all grew up in and how that is quite different than the US of today.

Lots of us remember that US and, for some reason, are under the illusion that how things worked for the middle class didn't change. Reich brings us up to date.

Apparently most Nicaraguan aquarists don't keep Nicaraguan fish

Couple of reasons: it's legal to catch national fish from what two different sources have told me, and to keep them (unless they're endangered or living in a protected area), but it's not legal to sell them (honored in the breach often enough, but probably why I have ten free convict cichlids).

Maybe it was the TSA

It was suggested on NL that maybe the Malaysian airline crash was a terrorist attack. While we do now know where the plane went down we don't yet know the cause. But, this morning I read an article that shows one organization that sounds like they are stocking up on supplies. I figured I would share it with you.

Revisiting Nicaragua, This Time as a Tourist – NYTimes.com

Interesting article about a former “sandalista” who came down in the mid-1980s during the Contra War to see what Nicaragua was like in the present day.

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/03/08/revisiting-nicaragua-this-time-a...

Here's What you're not going to do

This is hillarious, poor misguided gringo lol. Good advertisement for the Rainforest alliance though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iIkOi3srLo

Economic growth, a personal perspective

When I first visited & fell in love in Nicaragua, I didn't know who was president, nor did I care to know. Love conquers all, they say. Before my second trip back, with Daniel & the FSLN elected, my sweetheart asked me if I was allowed to return - sure, why not?

Cigars in Granada

There are only 5 places in Granada where real Nicaraguan Cigars can be purchased and enjoyed:

ArtesaNic www.artesanic.com Mombacho Cigars www.mombachocigars.com CIUDAD LOUNGE www.ciudadlounge.com Doña Elba Cigars (No website, but Ask Anyone). PUEBLO Restaurant & Cigar Lounge www.pueblo-cocina.com

Everything else is either counterfeit, terrible quality or both.

Cigars can also be purchased on the 2nd level of the airport in Managua, at your departure from Nicaragua, although the selection is limited and a little tiny bit more expensive.

Relocation to Nicaragua on a Shoestring Budget: Fact or Fiction?

Goals, Aspirations, and Dreams vs. Truth, Reality, and Fact

MY OPINION: First in a Series

The difference between aspiring to move to Nicaragua and the actuality of moving to Nicaragua.

http://www.elportonverde.com/2014/03/01/shoestring-relocation-nicaragua/

Kinda like the title says...do people actually move to a place like Nicaragua and just make it work somehow without a lot of money to invest?

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