The history of bitcoins, what they are, how to trade them, who accepts them, safety of ownership, advantages, comparisons with other forms of money. Massive state pension cuts are inevitable with budgets being cut everywhere and wrong projections being made for future investment growth. Comparison of America’s incarceration situation with those of Germany and Holland. Needless to say, America’s stance is, as usual, just plain stupid (and inhumane). David Stockman’s take on the economy and the markets. The absurdity of economists trying to encourage more consumption from those who have no money. Life and work in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Not as hard to acquire as you may think. A personal story. The horror of trying to maintain employment and health insurance under ‘Obamacare’. The plight of millennials continuing to live at home with their parents.
-Some very sobering business news coming out of Argentina (again). The news this week is we’re seeing reports of big, well-known foreign companies closing up shop and leaving the country left and right. They just can’t deal with the restrictive business climate, the unions, the 25% plus inflation rate and the currency controls.
-Some surprisingly innovative “world’s firsts” coming out of Latin America, something we would never expect.
-Expats with first world skills can land teaching jobs at Latin Universities that pay 50 to 100 bucks an hour! Sure it might only be part time work, but that means teaching but 5 hours a week means very big dough by Latin American standards ($1k to $2k a month part time). But you do have to be an expert in some technical, artistic or business field to land a job at a university. By the way, you won’t need to know any Spanish either… but…you just can’t blunder in thinking you’re gonna teach because you have a useless degree in communication, sociology, psychology, art history, drama or journalism (even an advanced useless degree). Latin folks with worthless degrees like that are a peso a dozen (like in the states). However if you have a track record back in the states, like an inflated wiki page or an unsuccessful book…one your mother bought the ten copies sold … well, the gringo advantage rides again!
-Soon after landing, new expats will be confronted with various multiple page contracts (in Spanish). You simply can’t avoid them. You’ll get a contract when you rent, get internet cable, smartphone service, cable or TV satellite…. even when you sign up for Mailbox Etc. Here are a few tips on how to maneuver in that contract minefield….
-The real scoop on cable and satellite TV in Latin America. How to get all of your favorite channels… in English
-My January 2014 “Expat Wisdom” seminar is all set to go so… and 3/4 filled. To check out the agenda and the signup details just click on the Latin American Seminar link on the top of the ExpatWisdom.com mainpage.
“AN EXPAT’S GUIDE TO FIRST-WORLD HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA”, That’s the name of my long awaited free report. It’s finally finished and will be available for a time at www.ExpatWisdom.com. Grab a copy and than compare how 21st century Latin American healthcare stacks up to your Heathcare in the states. Read it and weep! And remember the report is free(at least for now).
-Follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private consultation with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
One of the many reasons we (and so many others) speak out against genetically modified organisms and foods is because their impact is understudied and largely unknown. With each piece of research, however, we learn more and more about how genetically modified foods are having a negative impact on our health and our ecosystem, both directly and indirectly.One example revolves around researchers in Argentina recently setting out to study the effects of RoundUp’s main toxic ingredient, glyphosate, on the prevalence of cancer-causing fungal strains. They found that RoundUp supports the growth of cancer-causing fungi.
Researchers with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the National University of Rio Cuarto studied the effects of glyphosate on the growth of something known as aflatoxin B1. Aflatoxin B1 is said to be “one of the most carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substances in existence” and is produced by two species of fungi, Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies aflatoxin B1 as a Group 1 carcinogen, with a 5 mg/kg dose killing 50% of rat test groups (LD50). This is compared with a 6.4 mg/kg LD50 of potassium cyanide, the poison used in lethal injections.
Argentina’s agricultural transformation over the past 20 years—from prime producer of grass-finished beef  to one of the globe’s genetically modified crop-producing powerhouses —is often hailed  as triumph of high-tech ag. Starting in the 1970s  and accelerating recently , high crop prices and various government policies inspired ranchers in the fertile Pampas and Chaco regions to plow up pasture—releasing large amounts to carbon in the process —to plant soybeans, mainly for export markets. In the mid-1990s, when Monsanto rolled out its soybean seeds engineered to resist herbicide, Argentina’s new crop farmers were early adapters (see chart to the right).
Today, Argentina is the globe’s third-largest soy producer —and nearly 100 percent of its soy crop is genetically altered. The trend has certainly benefited the GMO seed and agrichemical industry—as the below charts show, herbicide, pesticide, and fertilizer use has soared over the past 15 years.