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  1. identity theft in progress

  2. Thanks Eleanorcr, CRF, and Tibas9 and others for your info. I am currently affiliated with CAJA directly/voluntario since April. I was previously affiliated with CAJA years ago through my employer. I don’t plan on dropping it after naturalization. I do have mixed feelings about it (regarding the lack of grandfathering). But since the affiliation fee is so small ($45 through ARCR) (or less for some voluntarios) then it is simply an academic argument without much practical merit. And it is not an argument for myself. It is just that I know there are others who have set there budgets years ago an
  3. Eleanorcr and CF, I'm curious to know if you are permanent residents or not (regarding your affiliation with the CAJA), and if you have applied for the CAJA recently since March or April.
  4. Yes, you got a good deal, congratulations. If my earlier calculations are correct they assigned your income at 150,000 colons. 8,300 is approximately 5.5% of 150,000. If you are still a pensionado resident (under the old income minimum of approximately 300,000 colones) and not yet a permanent resident, they cut your income at least in half to 150,000. And the fact they didn’t ask for an income is a doubly super deal. But if you are a permanent resident then that’s a different story because permanent residents are not required to have an income nor produce any documentatio
  5. I’m not trying to promote or detract from joining ARCR here. I’m just adding up the numbers with the various options regarding CAJA affiliation. And I have no interest either way. In the interest of full disclosure I am personally not a member. It is worthwhile to join ARCR if only for the savings on the obligatory CAJA affiliation for almost all new Rentistas and Pensionados (temporary residents). After three years of residency and one decides to become an RP (Residente Permanente) it then depends on your income (if any) and expenses as noted in my earlier post and whether one gets
  6. I cannot guarantee how CAJA will handle each case but I have personally navigated through their system to affiliate. Although I am personally not a member of ARCR I recognize that membership is a good deal for most expats and I do recommend to most that they join. Especially when it comes to the obligatory affiliation of CAJA I think perhaps 95% of the North American residents would be well served to sign up with ARCR for the $45 per month CAJA group discount. If you have an income of even just $1000 then you are better off joining the ARCR. I have done everything on my own
  7. http://www.tricare.mil/mybenefit/ProfileFilter.do?puri=%2Fhome%2FPrescriptions%2FFillingPrescriptions%2FTMOP I copied the below off the above Tricare web site. Unfortunately if you are retired military an APO/FPO is no longer an option at the U.S. Embassy. I think your next best option is to use something like Aerocasillas; try using their “prealert” option to inform Costa Rican customs that the package is your prescription medicines and maybe that would help it speed through customs (just a guess). “Prescriptions may be mailed to any address in the United States and
  8. Has Costa Rica ever legislated that guns be mandatory in homes (at least in high crime areas)? The first weapon could be issued by the government and additional weapons could be purchased by the resident and/or citizen. I think the increase in accidental shootings would be more than offset by a decline in home invasions. A neighborhood night out once a month where all residents are encouraged to fire their weapons into the air together, in a barrage for a minute or so would send a clear message to would be delinquents.
  9. Along those lines of privatization what do you think about the old argument as a practical and pragmatic approach to regulate rather than outlaw much of the drug trade? As we now do with the production, distribution, sale and consumption of alcohol. You can drink if over 18 but can't drive. You can produce and sell it if you have a license. It would still require a heavy law enforcement effort in the short term until the cartels were destroyed or morphed to conform to standard civilized business practices of a legal profit motive; no assassinations etc.
  10. So your point is that we should reject anything tangentially associated with the U.S. military because … well, because it’s the U.S. military. If you chose to stand on principal that’s fine as long as you are willing to accept for yourself and others (Costa Ricans in this case) the consequences of your decision. And what if you are wrong? then what? What if Costa Rica were to go the way of the northern states in Central America in regards to the influence and violence of the Mexican drug cartels? I hear your argument all the time. Do you think that Costa Rica
  11. You left out “open and transparent” Obama and his cronies. In the manmade natural disaster in the Gulf he turned away help from other nations, shut down drilling (because they’re too deep?) while his cronies (Soros and company) will now make billions on deeper wells in Brazil. And how about that latest bill he just signed for financial reform (to protect the American people?) Now open and transparent Obama has made the SEC a secret society. We, the American people can no longer obtain SEC info on bailouts etc. via FOIA. They are exempt!!!! Those are just the latest two; al
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