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    My wife and her relatives (who have lived in the US for over 30 years) are sitting around tonight bragging that you can invest in farm land and grow a business in Nicaragua and live high class, on a modest income. I just walked out of the room. If that's so easy, why haven't they done it?

    Must be the wine. That's one reason I rarely imbibe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    My wife and her relatives (who have lived in the US for over 30 years) are sitting around tonight bragging that you can invest in farm land and grow a business in Nicaragua and live high class, on a modest income. I just walked out of the room. If that's so easy, why haven't they done it?

    Must be the wine. That's one reason I rarely imbibe.
    We are sneaking up on 9 years that our 5 mez of land in a 75 mez co op has sat idle - It could have made a bunch of cash if only a pump was bought (100' well) and some time and maybe a tractor (One could be rented as well for a low price close by as needed)

    The problem is the crab effect - The crabs in the bucket pull the crabs escaping the bucket back in - To succeed in Nicaragua seems, from my observations, requires a complete severe, or extreme limitation of interaction, of family contact.

    With the BIL buying 2 doors down from us I am starting to have some worry about our plans, but he is a more reliable fellow than all the rest.

    Eldest BIL moved back in 95 - He had a job and a side business up here and only returned after a bad biz deal and a bad marriage - In the 22 years he has been back he had done zilch - Lives in his new wife's house and goes begging for money from family members - @ 67 he has something like $1500 can a month pension which he has yet to fill out the papers to get..

    We are down in libations dramatically - Chilo was told point blank to stop by the Dr and I am down to maybe 5 or 6 beers a week.
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    Just buying a piece of land is tough enough. Try getting a deed, it's easier to get a well dug.

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    For all the newbies coming down, I think maybe alcohol consumption would be one of the best indicators for success! Don't worry, be happy!

    Be that as it may, methinks my analogy is better--come down with the mind set of a Jewish or Korean likker store owner in the ghetto. Maintain "good relations" with the "community" but make the cash register sing with a burning passion so that you can send your kids to Harvard so they don't end up likker store owners in the ghetto.

    As far as getting a deed, one was quite quick because we recorded sooner than the other 2 people who had deeds to the same lot. The other took 5 or 6 years, don't remind me I do need to remember the grief. One we have a finger in now for a relative is at the 45 day limit with no know problems--yet.

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    I know an Indian likker store owner (ghetto locations) who makes more money than any Harvard grad would.

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    Good for him, but does he want his kids to do the same?

    Anyway, I think a lot of Nica-owned businesses are really raking in the dough, but no way they can talk about it. We are in economic/political limbo. The Creole elite was afraid to invest for fear of Daniel. When he got elected and and didn't crucify them, they loosened up and started investing. The fsln elite did the same and we have had a magnificent 8 year boom. Nice to see some people getting ahead for a change after the 25 year depression the Revolution brought.

    Yes, just goes to show that education is for people who don't know how to make money.

    The question is, do you feel lucky? Is the new socialism business friendly, or is the Revolution at the Fattening the Hog Stage for future consumption? Meanwhile, both sides are traveling abroad and getting their visas just in case.

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    Even the Soviet leaders scoffed behind closed doors at Marx's childish fantasy. The big red utopia has always been pushed by capitalists who sucked at business and had to use force to make money. The romance of revolution justified violence. That's my theory, any way. Power is the goal, money is power. "Look - free stuff! Make me your leader, and it's all yours!" Not much different from the old pervert saying, "Want some candy, little girl?"

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    Candy is dandy, but likker is quicker. (thx Ogden)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    I know an Indian likker store owner (ghetto locations) who makes more money than any Harvard grad would.
    The key to success in the marketplace is no secret: give customers the stuff they want. And thus the narcos rake in billions.

    Education is for those who crave the life of the mind. The statistics showing that those with a higher education earn more money are for the masses. The masses must be entertained.


    Re: this hangup on the Red Scare - the Dems are using it very effectively to divide the GOP while painting Trump into a corner. Russia is less a foe than the Muslims, and the Ruskies are flanked by the fanatics who have been bombing them for decades before they did America. And commie China? They make and we (& the world) buy all we invent. It's just money.
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    Everyone thinks Gates is the richest in the world but its very possible Putin is 3x richer. Insanely deep pockets.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...n-fortune.html

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    Maybe Putin can buy George Soros.

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    And 2 other reasons for Revolution

    Bad parenting
    Revenge

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    Even the Soviet leaders scoffed behind closed doors at Marx's childish fantasy. The big red utopia has always been pushed by capitalists who sucked at business and had to use force to make money. The romance of revolution justified violence. That's my theory, any way. Power is the goal, money is power. "Look - free stuff! Make me your leader, and it's all yours!" Not much different from the old pervert saying, "Want some candy, little girl?"

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    Long term, Christian Russia should be our best ally--Against Muslims, China, and Israel.
    Not saying Putin is a nice fellow, but he is a smidge better than Kadafy.

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    " . . . .Even the Soviet leaders scoffed behind closed doors at Marx's childish fantasy. The big red utopia has always been pushed by capitalists who sucked at business and had to use force to make money. The romance of revolution justified violence. That's my theory, any way. Power is the goal, money is power. "Look - free stuff! Make me your leader, and it's all yours!" Not much different from the old pervert saying, "Want some candy, little girl?"

    Are we talking Nicaragua here?

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    Default Re: Grass is always greener

    Nicaragua and many other places.

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    Because in the deep recesses of their minds they realize the life-robbing, mind-robbing nature of the campo. Why live like a pig in xxxx when you can live the good life?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    My wife and her relatives (who have lived in the US for over 30 years) are sitting around tonight bragging that you can invest in farm land and grow a business in Nicaragua and live high class, on a modest income. I just walked out of the room. If that's so easy, why haven't they done it?

    Must be the wine. That's one reason I rarely imbibe.

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    Surely they also realize the life-robbing, mind-robbing nature of living in the suburbs. Everything they know about life they learned from TV and Facebook.

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