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I wish I knew, I wish I could see into the future…I would be a very rich man enjoying life in Costa Rica.
Lot’s of people make predictions on this board, gold, stocks, currencies or a total collapse of it all.
The truth is if anyone had even an inkling of what any of this stuff would actually do they would be very wealthy indeed. Even the best of the best of the best only make a great call once in a lifetime and those folks are very rare. Paulson shorting housing is one of them (this year I believe his investments are down 30%).
So how can you explain in detail a non-existent event?
I guess it’s all very interesting to hear speculation, but the reality is no one has a clue what will actually happen. It’s interesting to see on these boards all the yelling and name calling based on speculation of some future event.
If any of us were actually intelligent enough to predict with any certainty real macro economic events; I doubt you would be here on a forum about living in Costa Rica. But if it makes someone happy to spend time this way, that is their prerogative.
Regarding SS it is around now, that’s all I know with any degree of certainty.
That’s too bad about Baja, I would like to think it can’t possibly be that bad, but I haven’t been there for 15 years. When I lived in Sandiego in the late 80’s I made many trips to surf there. There was crime but it was pretty petty stuff or cops shaking you down. I think it was the green angels that would patrol as well.
My ex has a house in Alamos, her father bought it the 70’s. They still use it often and to date have never had any problems with crime. In the past there were very few tourists, now that is a bit of a problem. They are well known in the local community as well. http://www.alamosmexico.com/
My daughter and some friends drove there from LA a few months ago, I was terrified! All went well.
I have Mexican friends in the surfer community who say the media has over blown the crime situation, Mexico is big and many areas are safe. Personally I would be nervous traveling through Mexico in a VW camper with my wife and 3 year old son the way we did in the winter of 1988.
As an interesting aside to those of you preparing for a worldwide systemic collapse; the story of Apple’s third “founder”-Ron Wayne.
In the early 70’s he was what is commonly referred to as a “gold Bug”, he advised buying and holding onto physical gold. Though he seems genuinely content with his life, his belief cost him billions. 12 days after filing Apple Company papers, he removed his name from the filing. One reason was attributed to his belief that a total economic collapse loomed.
Mr. Wayne has (so far) outlived his dire predictions.
orcas06: Why not CIMA?
I was treated there twice, once for an emergency and both times the care and quality of the docs was very good. I had some issues during the night while staying nearby at a hotel and the DR. returned calls to me twice, it was after 2am.
I lived in NYC for 30 years and for the most part hospitals were hit or miss. As Maravilla points out there is no shortage of mishaps in US hospitals. Like anywhere else you have to do your research to identify the best, I don’t think generalizing is very helpful.
My one experience with the CAJA was acceptable, though the biggest problem was my lack of speaking/understanding Spanish. It is very difficult and frustrating for both the patient and the staff.December 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm in reply to: Merry Christmas! you may have some interest in this … #168295
This group is about treating the victims.
Agreed; I suggest you look deeper.
How do you know that of the thousands of registered VIP members and the people that casually log on, that the majority are from the US? Just a guess?
I know many people like to talk, but talk is cheap as they say. Maria and her crew may not be perfect, perhaps if you look hard enough you may even find faults. But she is making sacrifices to help those that need help.December 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm in reply to: Merry Christmas! you may have some interest in this … #168293
[quote=”2bncr”]Where are they located? Does anyone actually know them face to face?
They had quoted some disputed study and I see they have since taken it off their site.
I am all for helping but I am against sensationalism. Look at all the cultural casualities we Americans have endured at the hands of Hollywood.
The mental wounds sustained back home are huge in comparisson to any tragedy Costa Rica may have suffered anywhere at anytime.
Even one tragedy is too many. But look to the source and treat the cause rather than the wound and then you will prevent more wounds that you could have ever treated.[/quote]
I posted this here because it is a site dealing with Costa Rican issues. Not everyone here is an American either, so “back home” can be many different places. A friend that runs a charity called http://www.slaverynomore.com brought this group to our attention.
If you would like to know more about them before offering help, perhaps email one of the persons listed on the site or google their name. This is a small group trying to simply help abused children in Costa Rica.
I personally have gotten so much from this country I am happy to try and give a little something back.December 27, 2011 at 4:20 am in reply to: Merry Christmas! you may have some interest in this … #168289
I guess a post like this is bound to draw all sorts of attention /responces. But really I was just trying to shine a little light on this effort by a few folks to shelter some children in need. Talk is good but actions speak louder.
Maria has been seriously injured in a car accident, so I think they need a little extra help and support these days.
The difference, of course, would be that the eighteenth century bloodletters (more commonly barbers than physicians) had no clinical basis for their practices. That compares poorly with twentieth and twenty-first century objective data that reflects that “. . . pump(ing) people full of toxic chemicals . . and radiation . . .” actually alleviates or cures many diseases and conditions.
You need go no farther than to ask our dear friend, Linda Winstanley, who, thanks to those “toxic chemicals” and “dangerous levels of radiation” is now free of liver cancer just as her sister-in-law has been free of breast cancer for fifteen years.
Next time you get a strep throat, ask yourself if you’d rather be “. . . pumped full of toxic chemicals . . .” that have a long history of effectiveness or sent home to die.[/quote]
David you point out the obvious and I agree. I was simply using my imaginative powers to reference a possible future event, to be taken with a firm tongue in the old cheek. But something to think about none the less. (I was inspired by agarcias snarky remark:)
As I point out in my original post I like the best of both worlds and it has served me well over the years. As noted my Integrative Doc (Yale MD) practices and has been trained in many disciplines both traditional and “non-traditional”.
I never suggested one should choose leaches over Chemo for cancer or acupuncture to kill the bacteria that causes strep. I do think this kind of an extreme reaction just further stigmatizes non allopathic treatments that are often non-toxic and can be very beneficial (sometimes used in conjunction with more traditional methods).
Ironically “blood letting” was considered a legitimate therapy, practiced by doctors through the 19th century. I wonder if in a hundred years future generations of MD’s will be sitting around the break room saying, “Can you believe they pumped people full of toxic chemicals and shot dangerous levels of radiation into the body to heal the sick?”:wink:
“Modern” medicine is full of wonderful treatments, but too many Doctors will only rely on testing verified with the scientific method. Quantum physics will soon start to be able to help us understand why certain non-traditional therapies work. For instance the science cannot explain why/how acupuncture works or homeopathic medicines; yet many major hospitals/Docs rely on these therapies. There is certainly plenty of anecdotal evidence; but science will catch up, just think where we were a mere 100 years ago.
Here is a good explanation from the medical center my doc is affiliated with (Yale MD).
Not all therapies work for everyone whether conventional or alternative. I like doctors who use the best of both worlds.December 16, 2011 at 12:40 am in reply to: Neotropica – The Costa Rican Magazine for Living in the New Tropics #163265
Nicely done Maravilla, the layout is wonderful and I found it easiest to read on the one pane setting. I also only have a very small laptop, but it was fine. I no longer get outraged after an earlier steady diet of Said, Chomsky,Zinn et al. I do still get saddened by the amount of atrocities we have perpetrated against each other and the planet.
Currently my wife’s fixation is on the woman of Africa and South East Asia whom are brutalized to this day in un-imaginable ways. We do our small part by donating a portion of the profits of my company to a charity that her friend runs.
So perhaps this is cowardly but I no longer agonize through this type of journalism. I do participate collectively in trying to put positive energy out into the world by my own example and through meditation. Along with supporting causes that help with the necessities of life. It’s all pretty over whelming and not always so easy to see from our gilded cages.
I guess like Bob Marley said “Every man thinks that his burden is the heaviest”. But I always will remember being at a Pow Wow in Union Square (NYC) and the chief that was speaking pointing out that life in NY’s worst projects was like a luxury hotel to many North American Indians.
There is also an ultralight tour company in Esterillos. I think it was featured on the site at some point.
Living ANYWHERE has it’s challenges:? (I lived in Manhattan for 27 years and raised a family there).
I agree, for most moving from a country like the United States (or any other well developed country) to a “3rd world country” just ain’t gonna work. And then to try and make a living there? I know a few who do, but they own restaurants/hotels at the beach.
I have been lucky, the last few years I developed a consulting business that I can run from just about anywhere with a good internet connection. It took a lot of risk, planning, but I got where I wanted to go. I count my blessings everyday. I currently live in a small beach town on Florida’s East Coast, so I’m getting closer to CR! My profile pic is from last week, we have some Pura Vida going on “up here”.December 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm in reply to: Catastrophic systemic problems in financial markets. #198658
[quote=”DavidCMurray”]I hope none of the pending disaster-obsessed missed today’s Dilbert. It must be true. I read it online . . .
Too funny David. That will get sent to a few friends, the ones with gold in safes in their basement! Lol.
Lol. The sepia tone effect effect made me think it was an old pic, you have a hot grandmother 😀