Any volunteers?

There are thousands of photos that need to be moved to Nothing magic, just grunt work. I have created the top-level galleries at (and some others) and copied over some photos. There are lots of other things that need to be done but the photos seem important and easy.

Ram Power (Polaris Geothermal) news

After a long and difficult development, some delays and disappointment followed by remediation work, things are progressing at the geothermal plant expansion in San Jacinto. The company announced the start of the field's stabilization period. 30 days later, the net operating output of the plant will be tested and some future funding depends on how well they do.

There must be some optimism because they are proceeding with their next geothermal plant, Casita San-Cristobal.

i think BAC 1 of the worst banks in nica.

2 banks..bac and banco lafise/bancentro..i have accts. at both..i need some papers for immigration tomorrow they told me today..bancentro..did them right away..bac..have to wait 24 bac i have had a acct since 2005..and also have a cct. for direct deposit of my usa. s.s. check..they will only give me a letter on the 1 acct. not the s.s. acct..needless to say..when u go to immigration the more paper work u have for them the not happy with bac at going to transfer my s.s.

Picard career tip

The grass may seem greener on the other side, but sometimes it's because of all the fertilizer.

— Jean Luc Picard

Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America

This morning from U.S. National Public Radio...

Manuel Antonio Tejarino used to be a lean, fit field hand. During the sugar cane harvest, he'd swing a machete for hours, hacking at the thick, towering stalks.

Now Tejarino is slumped in a faded, cloth deck chair outside his sister's house on the outskirts of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua.

Tejarino's kidneys are failing.


This form of kidney failure, known as insuficiencia renal cronica in Spanish (or in English), is now found from southern Mexico to Panama... But it occurs only along the Pacific coast.

A Terrestrial Orchid in Flower

A Terrestrial Orchid in Flower

Most people's idea of orchids are the hybrid cattleyas and maybe cymbidiums and lady slippers. I have what the orchid people call botanicals: wild species. Even more so, I have wild species from around Jinotega. This one is Sarcoglottis hunteriana, if I'm remembering correctly. The blooms don't open any wider than this, but mostly the plant is grown for its foliage.

DarkSide of Bitcoin

Is there really a point to an untraceable currency unless you're a pedophile, terrorist, or drug dealer?

Hope For Snowden

in forty years. He'll get a reality show . . like Ollie.

In the meantime, it's a lot better in Russia than when Lee Harvey, Kim Philby and Guy Burgess were there. There's shopping now, it's not all communist gray anymore, and there's Pussy Riot for entertainment. Snowden just did a softball interview with Putin; maybe he'll move into journalism now that he doesn't have any more secrets to sell.

Not the charismatic figure that Ollie is, but MSNBC might pick him up . .

Liberia CR hotel

I will be visiting Liberia CR for a couple of nights. Can anyone suggest a clean, quiet, comfortable budget hotel there?

7.5 Quake in Mexico

Could be bad, was a shallow quake and close to major tourist destinations, might be bad.

Citizenship through ancestry

Their are lots of ways to get residency and, then, citizenship in Nicaragua but I had never thought of this one. I have heard of this being used to get citizenship in Ireland, Italy and other countries but never Nicaragua. I don't know the particulars but, if you have any Nicaraguan ancestors, you may want to check it out.

Here is what I know from an email from SovereignMan. It is not on their web site yet but it should appear soon:

See What You Miss

Ecuador is helping

Nice but maybe they should wait for the big one.

Ricardo Patiño Aroca ‏@RicardoPatinoEC 7m

Con inmenso cariño para hermanos nicaragüenses, Ecuador envía mañana avión con 9 ton. de medicinas, alimentos, frazadas y productos limpieza

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.
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