No More Slides in Costa Rica Hot Springs

The Ministry of Health has banned the use of slides in hot springs. Warning signs must be placed and preparations to remove the slides put in motion. This is because of the risk of contracting amoeba that causes meningitis.

The amoeba Naegleria fowleri is a parasite that enters the nose when people put their head under water or the water is splashed at their face. It causes meningitis that is capable of killing 9 out of ten who develop it. Immediate health care is essential. Basic treatment can prevent the amoeba from destroying the brain if treated early.

Two minors contracted the amoeba in the last two months. A 15-year-old contracted it in hot springs in Bagaces, Guanacaste, at the end of December and died in early January. A four-year-old girl contracted it in a hot spring in San Carlos, on February 8, and was treated two days later in a hospital in Cartago. She overcame the illness, something considered exceptional.

Those who want to use hot springs to relax should do so with their head above water and kids should not be allowed to splash. In warm water rivers and lakes, the same precautions should be taken. In addition, you should not move the sediment around in shallow water. Keeping the nose closed is a good idea.

Bismark Martínez Gets 16 Years in Prison for Murder of Carla Stefaniak

The judges from the Criminal Court of Pavas unanimously convicted Bismark Espinoza Martínez to 16 years in prison for the homicide of Carla Stefaniak. They decided he was the only one who knew the grounds well enough to know where to hide a body.

That seems like something hard to prove. The man’s lawyer will study the case and file the appropriate appeals. The man insists he is innocent and is said to be calm and patiently waiting for the truth to be seen. In remarks made at the hearing, they pointed out the fact that the man had no scratches on his body, nothing to indicate any type of struggle, and no apparent motive.

He was convicted of simple homicide rather than qualified homicide because it was not possible to determine how the events occurred nor find a motive for why he would kill her.

The villa where she stayed seems to have been cleaned by someone other than the cleaning staff as it was a bit out of order. Espinoza told the police the woman left in a vehicle that arrived to pick her up but it was later discovered she never left the premises.

The father of the murdered woman has an unimaginable pain. While the hotel and Espinoza must pay ₡30 million for pain and suffering, no amount of money could replace his daughter.

Stop Eating Meat? Facing the Choice, Don’t Choose

Given how I became one, I don’t talk much about being a vegetarian. Each person has to come to it in his or her own way. My way, which I wouldn’t recommend, was life threatening.

There are three ways to become a vegetarian—from the head, from the heart, and from the gut. The first often doesn’t stick, and the third involves serious illness.

As humans drive more and more animals to extinction, vegetarianism represents living sustainably on the Earth. Besides, eating tenderloin rather than grains leaves a huge carbon footprint.

Becoming a vegetarian for these reasons doesn’t quite doesn’t cut it however. And it leaves one open to the charge of the “casualness with which many people make this decision.”

In an embarrassingly superficial piece in America’s newspaper of record, a senior editor wrote, with an apparently straight face: “To stop eating meat has a way of alienating us from our histories and our traditions and the people around us.”

As if most people, the West at least, aren’t alienated from “our traditions, our histories and the people around us.” The well adjusted are the kind of people who were right at home during Trump’s flyover and campaign rally lap in “The Beast” at a recent NASCAR race.

Serious people don’t cling to traditions that are no longer coherent, much less cohesive. Serious people aren’t comfortable in their illusions of “God, Family, Country,” as the godless philanderer and national disgrace shouted before his roaring mob.

The best reason I ever heard for becoming a vegetarian was a one word answer given by a religious teacher when he was asked why he didn’t eat meat. “Pity,” he replied.

For me the path to not eating animals was life altering, precisely what the reactionary editor advises avoiding in her preposterous piece, “I Admire Vegetarians. It’s a Choice I Won’t Ever Make.”

Though she was raised in America, she absurdly, contradictorily says, “The pull of family and traditional forces in Malaysia has become stronger for me even as combating climate change becomes ever more urgent.”

Having impaled herself on the horns of the human dilemma, I still wouldn’t wish on her what made me a vegetarian. Not eating animals is secondary.

Each of us is microcosm of humankind, and we have to radically change. Few people want to change however, even if they intellectually perceive the necessity.

There is no choice. Or rather, there is a choice, but there is no choosing. As Socrates pointed out a long time ago, when you really see the right thing, you act. The entire American psychological structure based on choosing flows from immense confusion.

To a vegetarian the story of the Uruguayan Rugby team that crashed in the Andes in 1972, with survivors having to eat family and teammates to survive is instructive. Having not tasted fowl or fish, cow or pig for nearly 30 years, I would feel similar qualms about eating animal flesh to survive, though I would do so.

Three decades ago, walking in hills above South San Francisco Bay after an intense meditation in which the ‘’me’ dissolved and thought was completely still, birds and squirrels didn’t flee as I passed by on a narrow, thickly vegetated path. When I stopped, they gathered around me. It moved me so much that I immediately asked myself, ‘should I be a vegetarian?’

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The next day, after eating a favorite chicken taco takeout meal, I got really sick, but because the woman I was with didn’t, I assumed it was the flu. Three days and much vomiting later, I began bleeding rectally.

A sharp physician’s assistant at urgent care said that he thought I had a rare form of bacteria found in inadequately cooked chicken, and that I was so dehydrated I should be in the hospital on IV. I resisted, and he made me promise to check myself in the next morning if the horse pill antibiotic didn’t turn the tide.

The doctor came in, confirmed the diagnosis, and gave me ‘the look’ (you’ll know it when you see it). That night I saw Death waiting for me two days away, a fact the doctor confirmed in my follow-up a week later.

The first time out other than to urgent care, a tiny, elderly Chinese woman, who had escaped the Cultural Revolution, approached me through a crowd and asked straight up: “Are you a vegetarian?”

I told her of the meditation and food poisoning from chicken. Her voice boomed like thunder, though without a trace of violence: “Don’t eat animals! Don’t eat animals!” It hit me in the solar plexus. ‘Ok, ok, I get it,’ and haven’t eaten flesh since.

You can become a vegetarian from the head, the heart, or the gut. Facing the choice, don’t choose. Go with your heart.

Martin LeFevre

Costa Rica To Decriminalize Abortions for Minors?

A UN Committee, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, put forth recommendations to Costa Rica that are very important in guaranteeing the rights of children and adolescents.

It urges the country to decriminalize abortions for minors and guarantee after care services as well. All member states must submit reports about how they will guarantee these rights.

Among observations from the committee is a recommendation to avoid stigmatization of girls and adolescents who want abortions, provide adolescents with information and safe, affordable contraceptive methods, and raise awareness about the harmful effects of early pregnancies on physical and mental health. Contraceptives and awareness campaigns should be available in all communities, including rural, coastal, and indigenous areas.

In 2017, a law was passed to punish more severely sexual encounters between adults and minors. From 2000 to 2018, Costa Rica reduced the percentage of births from mothers aged 10 to 17 from 8.5% of the total births to 6.4%.

Real Estate Developments in La Sabana Costa Rica

At least seven real estate developments are taking place in la Sabana over the next three years. These include residential, lodging, and office spaces. Four of them are already showing significant progress.

The progress is seen both in construction and placement of units. Iconnia, Universal Tower, and the DoubleTree by Hilton are under construction. Nucleo Sabana already has 80% placement in its first stage.

In Iconnia, apartments will start at $140,000. 55% of the 300 are already sold.

There is 60% placement in the first stage of Torre Universal, including tenants like Microsoft and the Costa Rican Coalition of Development Initiatives. This corporate project will have restaurants and a terrace with gardens on the 14th level.

La Sabana is a strategic and important part of the city as it is and it’s importance and relevance is increasing. We will see a corporate center, plaza, and financial district developed there.

How an In-House Software Developer Can Help Your Business

Are you considering hiring a software developer for your business? Software developers, also known as software engineers, use math, computer science, and engineering skills to design and build computer and internet systems for companies. They are your go-to source for any programming needs and share a lot of overlap with the information technology (IT) department in terms of knowledge and capability. 

Software development is a hot career choice today with a large talent pool. Software developers can be found in virtually any company across any industry. If you run a business, chances are you use computers and the internet to help with your day-to-day operations. Hiring an in-house software developer can help keep your business running smoothly in the event that any technical difficulties occur. 

There are several other benefits associated with hiring an in-house software developer. In this article, we’re covering everything you need to know, including skills, budgets, and more.

A Software Developer Possesses Several Important Skills

Software developers are often required to know multiple programming languages before starting in a position, and many will be trained in additional areas upon starting a job. 

Below are a few of the skills a successful software engineer will possess than can help your business.

  • Programming languages: Java, Ruby, PHP, and C++, to name a few. They will also be skilled in Docker programs like JFrog, which feature developer tools for website building. 
  • SQL and Access: They will possess database knowledge that is necessary for working with vast amounts of information for your company.
  • Project management: Ability to manage multiple projects at different stages, keep them organized and accurately reporting to superiors.
  • Attention to detail: Because one small error in a line of code can lead to user issues and security breaches, software developers are known for their keen precision. 
  • Collaboration: Software developers are usually part of teams and work with various departments across the company even though much of their day-to-day work is independent. They will have to communicate with team members to develop software and resolve system issues.
  • Ability to work under press: Meeting stressful deadlines and responding to urgent problems require composure under pressure.
  • Good memory: Software engineers must call back information they may not have used for years at the drop of a hat, meaning they must have a good memory. 
  • Critical thinking: As a software engineer, you’ll be expected to brainstorm creative solutions and find workable answers when a system or app is broken.
  • Ability to focus: Software developers work on long projects for hours or days at a time, meaning they need to stay focused and sharp in order to be productive.

A Software Developer Can Be Trained to Meet Your Needs

When you hire a software developer, you are hiring someone who is skilled in several different aspects of technology and beyond. Unlike some careers, educational requirements for software engineers tend to be very specific. Here are just a few degrees that they tend to hold:

  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Programming and Analysis
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematics

If you want to hire a software developer fresh out of college with little experience, this may come as a benefit. The starting pay will be lower than senior engineers, and it allows you to shape their knowledge to specifically fit your business needs. In fact, many companies prefer to hire software engineers with little experience after they graduate so that they can train them on their specific software and programs. Training is very important for engineers and may take several months, longer than the average employee at many firms.

Other Benefits of an In-House Software Developer 

Hiring an in-house software developer as opposed to outsourcing as several other noteworthy benefits. 

First, these software developers are a better cultural fit for your company and understand its needs more specifically. Being in-house, they are more motivated to achieve these goals for your company. 

Software developers that are in-house are easier to communicate with because they are face-to-face with other team members. 

In addition, changes get done with a much quicker turnaround since there is less of a lag time between noting a problem and communicating it with the developer. 

Finally, hiring an in-house software developer will maximize your work productivity as problems get resolved in a much quicker fashion. If you were to outsource to a developer, you would have to wait for them to first get in contact with you, understand the problem, and then work to resolve it.

Overall, hiring an in-house software developer is an important part of running a successful company, especially if the company is rooted in technology. Consider taking the step towards building a powerful development team. How big the team is largely depends on the needs of the company; you may only need one developer to keep things streamlined.

Costa Rican Karolay Serrano’s Murder ordered By Boyfriend

Karolay Serrano’s boyfriend ordered her murder in August to hide his relationship with her from his formal partner. He contacted a 16-year-old who linked him to two alleged hitmen who were 17 at the time. They and a 19-year-old thought to be involved were apprehended.

The 26-year-old woman, mother of a 3-year-old girl, left her job, took the bus, walked 400 meters to her home then entered a white vehicle and was never seen alive again. Her body was found in a mountainous area near the Barva volcano.

It was her family members who combed the area and found bone remains and her sneakers. Traces of blood were found in the vehicle and on cell phones and clothing that were seized.

The Public Ministry is investigating the adults for qualified homicide. The minors are being tried separately but for the same crime. The apprehended are going to be taken to the Prosecutor’s Office and precautionary measures will be requested.

Chinese Starting 2nd Stage of Costa Rican National Stadium

The Chinese are to begin the second stage of the national Stadium which represents an investment of $10 million and will take 10 months to complete. Most of the investment comes from China but the Costa Rican Institute of Sports and Recreation will pay employee insurance, INS policies, and exempting taxes on imported materials.

The stadium was inaugurated nine years ago. Before it’s construction, an agreement was made that the Chinese would return to execute a second stage. The new works will start in about 15 days when the materials arrive.

The team will include 13 Chinese citizens and 40 to 60 locals. The plan was to use mostly Chinese workers but the Coronavirus outbreak prevents people from moving from China to Costa Rica.

They will remodel the fire system and implement a pump room and sprinkler system. The electricity system will also be updated. Lamps will be replaced. Handrails will be installed on the stairs.

The Fundamental Question of Our Time

The fundamental question of our time is: Does a prototype exist somewhere in this world that can provide an adequate response to the human crisis?

To my mind, the answer is no, because an unprecedented crisis in humankind’s relationship with nature means an unprecedented crisis of consciousness, requiring an unparalleled response.

It’s a difficult truth to face. One of the leading mainstream mouthpieces for the status quo begins his latest column in the New York Times by saying, “Almost everybody admires the Nordic model.”

Implausibly, the esteemed ‘thought leader’ proposes an American “bildung,” a German word without English equivalent that means “the complete moral, emotional, intellectual and civic transformation of the person.”

Arising from a very progressive 19th century approach to education, Nordic visionaries created “folk schools” that made “lifelong learning a part of the natural fabric of society.”

What worked in pouring the foundation in the 1800’s for Nordic success in lessening economic disparity and social misery, and building a modern society, would require a psychological revolution to even be seriously considered in present-day America. Then again that’s precisely what’s urgently required.

It’s galling to have a leading conservative intellectual (I know, the phrase has become oxymoronic) seriously suggest that American educators “work hard to develop the student’s internal awareness.”

Why are the very media people largely responsible for turning America into a profoundly sick and dead land the same ones still diagnosing its ills and prescribing its cures?

The real agenda of the conservative’s praise of the “Nordica model” is revealed in his egregiously false premise: ““If schools do not instill a love of nation, there’s not going to be much shared responsibility.”

Nordic educators in the past may have “worked hard to cultivate each student’s sense of connection to the nation,” but we live in a completely different world, one in which the primacy of identifying with particular groups has become completely dysfunctional.

‘My country’ first and last is dead and gone.

Identifying with the nation as the cornerstone of civilization is utterly wrongheaded and destructive in a global society.

The NYT columnist cites “The Nordic Secret,” by Lene Rachel Andersen and Tomas Bjorkman, with the quote: “Bildung is the way that the individual matures and takes upon him or herself ever bigger personal responsibility towards family, friends, fellow citizens, society, humanity, our globe, and the global heritage of our species, while enjoying ever bigger personal, moral and existential freedoms.”

The pundit riffs, “Their intuition was that as people grow, they have the ability to go through developmental phases, to see themselves and the world through ever more complex lenses.”

That is not the way that mature human beings actually develop however. Self-knowing people do not “see themselves and the world through ever more complex lenses,” but awaken insight through unreactive, undivided observation, growing simpler and subtler in their understanding of themselves and the world.

Wondering if the NYT columnist had misinterpreted the Danish philosopher Lene Rachel Anderson’s work, I called her. To my dismay, she essentially agreed with him, though I came away from the conversation feeling that she was coming from a very different place.

Rachel Anderson accurately said people in America and Europe are “confused and anxious; they want to recapture what used to be, which leads to authoritarianism.”

“Intellectuals have been conveying that love for country is a bad thing,” she added, drawing a distinction (without a different to my mind) between ‘good’ nationalism and chauvinistic nationalism.

Love of country follows love of humanity. When put first, love of country precludes love of humanity.

The NYT pundit went completely off the rails: “Nordica educators help students see the forces always roiling inside the self — the emotions, cravings, wounds and desires. If you could see those forces and their interplay, as if from the outside, you could be their master and not their slave.

That is psychological, philosophical and spiritual gobbledygook. Who or what masters the roiling forces inside the self? Such a notion presupposes two selves, the one that is “always roiling,” and the “master” self that sees the roiling forces “as if from the outside.”

To the nationalist, the psychological separation of the self and the identification with particular groups (the essence of tribalism) are taken as givens.

The supposedly cohesive and permanent thing, the self, does not exist in actuality. The self is a program, an operating system in the chaotic conditioning of thought. It has become disordered and maladjusted all over the world. (Though as the saying goes, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”)

A psychological revolution means “the complete moral, emotional, intellectual and civic transformation of the person,” which entails ending the emotional center of the Copernican self, without importing self-comforting nonsense from the East like the “Higher Self.”

We don’t develop maturity by going from the simple to the complex, but by going from the complex to the simple. As individuals and a species now, we will either perpetually begin with wholeness, or sorrowfully end in fragmentation.

Martin LeFevre

The Tohono O’odham Nation Border Wall Curse Cometh

As a paranormal investigator, I have investigated haunted or cursed homes or buildings that have been built over an ancient Native American burial site.  I investigated a cabin in Pioneer, California owned by Keith Dovichi.  This cabin was extremely haunted and cursed, because it was built over an ancient Native American burial site.  The curse was so intense for Keith, that he had scratch marks on his body.  Keith’s story caught the attention of a major network and they created a documentary about the case called “When Ghosts Attack – Wicked Warriors”.  During my time as a paranormal investigator, I have been invited to investigate ghostly activity at an Indian Reservation in Covelo, CA.  I have been told by a member of the Native American council that when a curse is projected on a person, object or landmark, it’s very hard to end the curse.  A good example is the Curse of Tippecanoe.  The “curse” began when President William Henry Harrison (elected in 1840) died in office from pneumonia just one month after becoming President. According to a folk tale, the “curse” happened because then-General Harrison had fought on Native American grounds during the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe. The battle was famous, and “Old Tippecanoe” became Harrison’s nickname. But the battle made the Native Americans so angry that they cursed his name.

William Henry Harrison was the first President to be affected by the curse in 1841.  The name Curse of Tippecanoe (also known as Tecumseh’s Curse, the Presidential Curse, Zero-Year Curse, the Twenty-Year Curse, or the Twenty-Year Presidential Jinx) is used to describe the death of Presidents of the United States in office while elected or re-elected in a year ending in “0”.  The last President included in this “curse” to die was John F. Kennedy. He was elected in 1960 and assassinated in 1963. Two later Presidents elected in “0” years—Ronald Reagan (1980) and George W. Bush (2000)—survived assassination attempts.  That is when the curse ended.

Here is a listing of Presidents affected by the curse:

William Henry Harrison (1841) (Pneumonia)
Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865, second term) (Assassinated)
James A. Garfield (1881) (Assassinated)
William McKinley (1897-1901, second term) (Assassinated)
Warren G. Harding (1921-1923) (Pneumonia)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945, fourth term) (Brain hemorrhage)
John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) (Assassinated)

Now that the Curse of Tippecanoe has ended, I believe a new curse will be taking its place.  President Donald Trump is ready to have an ancient Native American burial site bulldozed, because of his US/Mexico border wall.  President Donald Trump has a total disregard for this ancient site at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which is in the desert region of Southwestern Arizona.  This is now an upcoming construction site for the border wall and it encompasses an area that is sacred to the Tohono O’odham Nation.  It’s a burial site not only for the Tohono O’odham Nation, but also a resting spot for the Apache Indians who fought against the Tohono O’odham Nation.  If they bulldoze this ancient burial site, it would be an act of unimaginable desecration.  A desecration so wrongful, a curse would manifest.  I don’t know what the curse will bring.  It could probably bring on tragedy at the border wall or perhaps tragedy at the White House.  If this sacred site gets bulldozed, I guarantee there will be active paranormal activity at this site and some kind of curse will be generated from this site. 

President Donald Trump is turning a blind eye to this desecration action and showing no respect to this ancient culture.  The curse will cometh. 

By Paul Dale Roberts aka The Demon Warrior
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