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July 2016

A Business Traveler in Central America. A fiction short story

It was June of 1985. Central America was a powder keg. Civil wars raged in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Panama was dealing with President Manuel Noriega, a head of state largely considered a thug, a thief and a drug dealer. Costa Rica, called the Switzerland of Central America was the only place travelers could feel relatively safe. This was the environment with which business travelers had to contend when trekking through this region.

George Nichols was one of these unfortunate business travelers who oftentimes found themselves at the juncture between two countries where life was often cheap and safety was at best haphazard.

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IF NATO GOES, RUSSIA WILL SWALLOW UP CENTRAL EUROPE RISKING WORLD WAR III

NATO or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization traces its history to April 4th, 1949 when the North Atlantic Treaty was signed in Washington, D.C. by ten Western European countries, Canada and the United States. Since the original signing, NATO has been joined by an additional sixteen countries from most of Western Europe, some ex-Soviet Bloc Central Europe countries and Turkey considered part of the Eurasia-Southern Europe region.

Today NATO’s twenty-eight country coalition is the one single bloc standing in the way of any expansionistic desires Russia’s Putin might be harboring. Vladimir Putin, the ex-KGB agent, current president of Russia and a superb geopolitical strategist understands this fully. No one on the face of the earth should for one second doubt that Putin, if given the opportunity would not invade countries like Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, plus a handful of other countries once under the control of the Soviet Union. In fact, Putin himself once said “‘The breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century.”

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“Mujeres Guerrilleras de Latino America — Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, El Salvador”

“Mujeres Guerrilleras de Latino America — Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, El Salvador” @jules000120 https://medium.com/@jules000120/mujeres-guerrilleras-de-latino-america-cuba-mexico-nicaragua-colombia-el-salvador-38579e5a0e32

How Different Cultures View Time


In Germany you can set your watch by the arrival and departure of trains. A business associate in Frankfurt once told me that if she has an appointment at 9:00 AM, she makes sure to arrive at 8:57 AM. The reason is that it takes one minute for her client to beckon her to come into his office, one minute to walk to the office, and one minute to enter, sit down and settle into the chair. This would ensure that the meeting can start promptly at 9:00 AM as scheduled. Her logic was obsessively precise.

If you are ever in Brazil and you are invited to a party at 8:00 PM, you can show up punctually at that time if you want to see your hosts in their bathrobes and are willing to help in the setup of the get-together. Get ready to help inflate balloons, and make sure there are plenty of beer in the cooler since the invited guests will not be arriving until at least 8:45 PM or later.

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FORECAST WEATHER TRENDS AND INCREASE YOUR PROFITS

…innovation does not only happen in Silicon Valley, New York, or Los Angeles…

Is your business affected by weather? Will your hiring patterns be affected by how severe a winter will be, or how much rain you can expect during the summer season? Would you buy a commodity if you knew there was going to be a drought in a particular part of the world? How will you plan for your next crop if you knew that adverse weather was coming nine months from today?

Fortunately, a small but innovative company twenty minutes outside of Gainesville, Florida has a solution for you.


This company is Clear Science, Inc., in Keystone Heights, Florida, whose CEO Bruce Ford is building what is clearly one of the most interesting and innovative companies around. Bruce can create a 9-month weather forecast that can be used not only by government agencies and the U.S. Armed Forces, but also by the private sector.

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UBER DRIVERS’ NET EARNINGS

 

There is no need to go into a lot of explanation about Uber the company. Their origin, the service they provide and most of all the controversies surrounding the company which range from driver strikes, to murder, rape, rider abuse by drivers, and driver abuse by riders, are all well known. In fact, one thing you can always count on is an article on Uber. Some positive some negative. Recently I read one about how much Uber drivers actually make which I found not to be very accurate or even coming up with a conclusion grounded on facts.

The vast majority of people know quite a bit about Uber; even Lyft for that matter, the other TNC or Transportation Network Company. What most people don’t know, including many of the drivers themselves, is how much money a driver really makes. Nets in other words.

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