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  1. other opinions will not be tolerated I did not start this topic "ISIS & Costa Rica" !!!! The Moderator started and named this topic "ISIS & Costa Rica" and attached my name without my knowledge or permission !!!!!! Ron MODERATOR NOTE [AGAIN!] – THIS THREAD WAS SPLIT OUT FROM AN UNRELATED POST BY THE MODERATOR AND NAMED AS SUCH. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM HI-JACKING TOPICS. THIS THREAD IS BEING CLOSED SINCE IT APPEARS TO HAVE SERVED ITS PURPOSE.
  2. "Tom The Baker" is retiring this evening. Last chance to say goodbye is at the Grecia Feria tonight (Friday, May 29). Last chance for the great apple pie, bread, and more. He will be missed !!!!
  3. Gentle Forums Moderator - post # 6 I would like to suggest people who have interest and/or concern in this matter, contact their state governors. These are the people who appear to be the last line of defense, who have already refused implementation. Congress has tried twice in the past to repeal this ten (10) year old LAW without success. You are a veteran of many years CR Residency. Do you know how long CR has had the "smart" ID Card? (post #5 above) Ron
  4. induna post #2 "The excepts are drivel designed to inspire fear" "drivel" REALLY !!! This sent me to my Funk& Wagnall, 1) to let saliva flow from one's mouth; drool; slobber. 2) to speak in a silly or stupid manner. 1) Although I am approaching that age, as of yet I have not started to "drool" 2) I can not believe you would infer "speak in a silly or stupid manner" where as: a) It would be a violation of the Forum Rules, #2 - "Not tolerate abuse of any other member, their opinions, etc:" Where as I did not (speak) offer comment and or opinion, but only reprinted highlights of an article I thought informative to other Forum Members. As for your comment "Costa Rica must be just like Germany -------and South Africa -----because it has a National ID Card". I am curious, how long has CR had this national ID Card ? Always ? Since the last trade agreement ? Since FATCA ? Where did they get the technology for this card ? So far, even the United States has not been able to implement this technology. I do have a political comment of my own, which I am sure you would like me to share with you. I can not buy liquor without an ID. I can not cash a check without an ID. I can not open a bank account without a ID. I can not get a license without a ID. Soon I will not be allowed to board a plane in the U.S. without a Federal ID. BUT I CAN VOTE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES - NO ID REQUIRED.
  5. Mr. induna (post #2) "The excerpt are drivel designed to inspire fear" I guess that is in the eye of the beholder. Others may consider it to be informative. Of course I did include a link to the full article if you chose to review it. When I posted in March, the response was "that would never happen in the United Sates, the people would never stand for it". Well you can lead the sheep to water, but you can not always force them to eat spinach. And yes, I am required to accept Costa Rica's rules, procedures and NATIONAL ID CARD should I ever be accepted as a resident, but that is a choice that is mine. As a American Citizen now and until death, I will always object to the U.S. FEDERAL GOVENRMENT (politicians) violating the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. How many Americans ever heard of this Act and its' been the law since 2005. Like I say, you can not always make the sheep eat broccoli. I'll let you gat back to your packing. If you find a FREE country, please share. Have a magical day in paradise Ron ps: as the opening line of this thread says: Just for fun - to provoke conversation - express one's views
  6. Just for fun - or - to provoke conversation - or - to express one's views. Back on March 28 (Thread: what to show coming into CR - post #14) I relayed a RUMOR I came across on a Panama Blog - "Homeland Security to require passports for domestic air travel". Since then a friend in the U.S. sent me a link to an article on Safehaven.com of which I have listed the highlights of below. TSA Demands Internal Passport for Domestic Travel By: Wendy McElroy l Tuesday, February 10, 2015 "Precedents exist for requiring citizens to produce special ID for domestic travel; they include Nazi Germany, apartheid South Africa and Russia (both Imperial and Soviet)." "Over the Christmas season the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) quietly announced that America was walking down that path. By 2016, all domestic air travel will require either a traditional passport or a federally-compliant ID card called "Real ID". State driver's licenses will no longer---access to domestic flights" "Under the Real ID act of 2005, state driver's licenses and other ID needed to conform to federal standards. The IDs were to be used for "official purposes" as were defined by the Department of Homeland Security." "Then, the data must be linked to every other state's motor vehicle databases. The networking would permit an easy data-merge with federal databases such as the FBI's Next Generation Identification system" "Some states - for example, Idaho, Hawaii, New Hampshire, and Maine - flatly refused to comply." "But the main hope of delaying Real ID is a confrontation between the federal and state governments. In 2012, the governor of Montana declared, "Montana will not agree to share it's citizens' personal and private information through a national database, nor bear the exorbitant cost of building such a database. Furthermore, the Act tramples on our state's right to determine our own licensing procedures and protocols, and would interfere with our state's work to improve drivers' license security. Montana is in no mood at all for another heavy-handed play by the federal government, such as what transpired in 2008 when the homeland security director threatened to prevent Montanans from boarding an airplane unless we complied with the REAL ID act. We refused, and will refuse again." "FATCA and related global measures gave the feds access to every cent that any American possessed in the world. Now REAL ID wants to ensure that no American can avoid federal detection within domestic borders." Full article can be seen at www.safehaven.com
  7. AND THE WINNERS ARE Judges Choice 1st Place: Marine Corps League 2nd Place: Roca Caliente 3rd Place: South of "South of the Border" People's Choice Texas Fuego Chili
  8. SteveJ It was a successful turnout. It will be a few days before the totals are in (attendance & money), but quite a difference from the original started by "TOM & KAY COSTELLO" at their small restaurant in Atenas . There were only 6 participants in the cook-off that year. This year saw 21 competing for "BEST CHILI IN COSTA RICA". What had been a "Gringo's festival in the park" was expanded this year to be more "all inclusive", Ticos and Gringos. The hours were also expanded this year with a concert lasting until 10:00 pm (way beyond my bed time). I would recommend you check their web site for pics. www.atenaschilifiesta.com . Ron Epicatt2 Paul M Norman was in attendance but not a contestant in the Chili Cook-off this year. I'm sure he will be glad to show you his previous trophies next time you visit Jalapenos. Ron
  9. Just a reminder - Atenas Chili Cook-off this Sunday 2/8/15 New Location www.atenaschilifiesta.com Last year it was reported they raised $30,000+ for the local Orphanage.
  10. newman - Post # 69 While researching other info I came across an area that may help you. If you google "hospital price list" there is a listing titled "Hospital Pricing no longer a secret" by the huffington post.com. dated May 8, 2013. In the second paragraph there is a link for "federal data base of national health care costs" click on and it takes you to CMS.gov. Example given in Huff Post is $99,690 for procedure in N.J. hospital while 30 miles away in a N.Y.C. hospital the cost of same procedure is $7,044. Good Luck & Pura Vida Ron
  11. just another great day in paradise David, (Ref: Post #59 Above) Where do you get your erroneous numbers from, only 11 million. Did your TRIBE once again hire ACCORN (Formally "Black Panthers of the late 60s - think Islamic Terrorist of their day) to count how many Illegal Aliens there are. They did a fine job the last time you hired them for voter enrolment, especially when they enrolled the same woman for 8 different address's in Chicago. You state employers who hire illegal aliens do withhold taxes. Do you not know that it is Illegal for employers to hire Illegals. It is against the law to hire them without a green card and a Social Security card. Don't you think that after the 1st quarterly tax payment the government would notify the employer that the SS number is bogus and/or that person died 60 years ago. Now I'm wondering, just where does your Tribe plan to place these 20,000,000 wonderful people in the WORK PLACE. I thought America was struggling with finding employment for it's own citizens. Do you really think that after we clothe them, put a roof over their heads, feed them, provide health care, and provide free education for their offspring, that they will return to the fields to collect our food for us (the original intent of temporary Green Card employment). I think it is time for your TRIBE to wake up and smell the coffee (preferably Costa Rican Coffee). In closing, I need more time at the library to research what exactly the U.S. Government has done in the 5 year period (2005-2010), enact Part D, rewrite Medicare, and enact ACA . All of this for the sole benefit of it's citizens. Then maybe we can discuss the FACTS of U.S. Health Care. I am not as afraid of POLITICANS as I am about my old neighbors and friends who consistently re-elect the same politicians and expect change. Ron
  12. As Riverjob has stated "Back on Track" Even I don't know what is affordable back in the U.S. anymore. This thread, and others like it have been eye opening. What with new deductibles, increased co-pays, $1800/mo. versus $40/mo. coverage cost, declining doctor participation, $12,000-$5,000-$1,000 deductible. The list keeps growing and I'm not sure where it will end. I will address an issue and advice I have for those retuning to the States of which we have had some first hand knowledge. I urge DanaJ to please correct any miss-speak on my part where as she may have more recent info since the re-write of Medicare. At age 65 you receive Medicare enrolment, but you must subscribe to Part B at this time or face a lifetime yearly penalty, unless you qualify under the exceptions rule. One of those exceptions is living outside of the United States. In order to qualify you must have been covered by acceptable insurance for the entire period and show proof of coverage (monthly CAJA receipts). Next, you Must apply within 30 days of retuning to the U.S. (30 days and only 30 days) This also applies to anyone who at one time had Part B but chose to drop it later (possibly when you obtained CAJA). The penalties are 10% of premium for every 12 calendar months of non enrolment. As I understand, it is a lifetime penalty. EXAMPLE: You are out of country (enrolment) for 7 years, when you return and apply for Part B you will be charged $175/mo. instead of the standard $105/mo. for life !!!! An additional point of concern, Under the Massachusetts Law Governing Mass. Health, (Forerunner to ACA) when you placed your grandmother, mother, or husband into a Nursing Home, the State would place a Lien on any property held in that persons name, to recover all associated costs of care. Is this a possibility with ACA? Time will tell, but they do have to find a way to fund IT. We chose to maintain our Part B for at least 3 yrs. ($7,560 - not cheap) after arriving in Costa Rica until we could feel comfortable. Should a emergency arise and we were not comfortable with the care here, we could always return to the states. Pura Vida Ron
  13. David There you go again, always wanting to deal in FACTS and ruin a good RANT. If the "ILLEGAL ALIENS" are granted Amnesty, and a path to Citizenship are they not legal residents .(ie: your residency in Costa Rica and access to CAJA) ? And if you are going to tax them, are they not entitled to representation. You may recall when you were a little boy the CALL of the Country was "Taxation without Representation -- NEVER" and you and your dad sent those British packing. As for your comment "with no hope, ever, of benefiting from" I guess you haven't traveled through Massachusetts lately where it is reported that a very high % of the population is on welfare. Oh, did I mention this includes Barack's aunt (illegal alien) who resides (15 yrs.) in public housing (South Boston), receives food stamps, has full access to health care (inclusive of transportation to and from), and when interviewed by the media her comment was " I've been here so long, you owe me". I don't know about you but I would have preferred to see that housing go to a homeless vet. Now if you would like to discuss Barack's Uncle (also an illegal alien) who resides in Framingham, Ma. and was arrested for drunk driving a while back, he received a 6 month suspension of his drivers lic. (oh yes, illegals are entitled to drivers lic. in MA), but on a hardship plea he was allowed to drive between 6am and midnight. I think you've got my point, and I don't want to start RANTING. I hope you have a magical day Ron
  14. Second Thoughts It's been a while since I have been updated by my esteemed colleague on this Forum, but last I heard there were approximately 7.2 million people enrolled in "ACA" (less than 2% of total population), far fewer than that touted at the time of passage. As we all know "Laws" can be adjusted-bent- and manipulated to fit "the needs of the people". With the evolving NEW direction of Amnesty for ILLEGAL ALIENS it looks like we may see a dramatic increase in enrolments by up to 20,000,000. I do wonder at what rate they will be charged. And why not, Costa Rica grants us (aliens) participation in their National Health System even though we are not citizens. Yes sir, our (my son's and grandchildren's) taxes at work. By the way, what becomes of the LEGAL APPLICATION PEOPLE who have been standing in line? Pura Vida Ron
  15. Oh, oh, sounds like someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this beautiful day !!!! David, you can always count on me, whether for a RANT or support. That's what friends are for. Overweight- older than you look- no sense of hummer, my god, if we can find 2 more faults you may qualify for the "Americans with Disabilities Act". Are we still on for dinner tonight ? Ron
  16. David, David, David, What are we to do with you. I followed your exploits this past week where you did battle with the Evil Empire, THOSE people who are still living on the outer fringe of real life, still living in caves in the Arenal area, the tribe from the Nicoya Peninsula, and those people from the Southern Zone. How dare they attack your way of life. You handled yourself admirably in the way you responded in your self-righteous, arrogant manner. I was most impressed by the way you dispatched them with the condescending tone you employed. (and you wonder why Ryan hasn't returned your phone call since Sept. 2011) But then you return only to personally attact one of your best friends in Costa Rica (ME). You Post 6,241 times, and I humbly Post once in two weeks and you attack me for "RANTING". I Know my subject matter may not be in compliance with your philosophical views, BUT to then personally attack me and my character by stating I have Hatred in my heart is very painful. As with another of my best friends, Jimmy Carter, I may have a little LUST left in my heart, but at my age I DO NOT HAVE HATRED in my heart. I am once again concerned with your well being. Your Mood Swings and Attention Deficit Disorder ("what does that have to do with this post") I am sure there are drugs available to combat these afflictions but you will have to subscribe to Medicare Part D for coverage. As always, One of your best friends, Ron
  17. DanaJ You may be correct. Although I have always carried Part B, I have never used it. (I use to be a kept man, but alas my wife retired and I no longer am covered by her insurance) My wife did use her Medicare during a recent U.S. trip and that was our first encounter of a DEDUCTABLE. I also do not doubt the facts you offer about pre-dating Obama Care. My point is that it is the same POLITICIANS who passed Obamacare as the ones who passed Part D - an early Christmas present for the Pharmaceutical Companies and a total sc___w job to the taxpayers. There is only (I believe) 4 to 6 years separating the two laws. And I really don't care what color you call them, they are all POLITICIANS. I DO HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR DAY IN PARIDISE. Ron
  18. Although I support the concept and moral objectives of Obamacare, it is a law I am adamantly opposed to for two main reasons. First, when stripped of it's façade, it is just another Federally Mandated Tax imposed on the people. It affects everyone, young, old, rich or poor. Even seniors on fixed incomes who subscribe to Medicare Part B are taxed $147/yr. by the required deductible, and their co-pays are seeing double digit increases. It is a tax that was passed without public debate and without Congressional debate (Speaker of the House, Madam Pelosi D-Ca. "you've got to pass this bill in order to read it". It is a bill that was ramrodded through the biased House and Senate. A Tax is still a Tax regardless of what name you attach to it. And for those of you who still hold out hope of it's repeal may I remind you " If you do not learn from history, you are damned to repeat it" By that I refer to a recent 7 yr. extension of the Farm Aid Bill passed by Congress. This original law was known as the emergency "Farm Aid Act of 1932" enacted during the "Great Depression". Eighty Nine years and it's still an Emergency. Or you may recall the "Temporary One Cent a gallon gasoline tax act of 1933". How many of you expect to see this tax repealed in your lifetime? Regrettably I do not recall the Government ever shutting down a Revenue Stream. My second objection to the law is during other discussions of Obamacare ( thread -Obamacare Part II) I researched previous involvement of the Federal Government with respect to national health issues. You may recall during the early 2000s the national media Exposé "Millions of Americans crossing the Canadian Boarder to fill their prescriptions. Ten Cents on the Dollar. That's right, American Pharmaceutical Companies were charging Americans up to 10 times that being charged other countries. After a number of Congressional Hearings it was announced that a new program "Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage was being enacted. It was touted as a great benefit for the Elderly (they are drug dependent). In reality who actually benefited from this program ? Maybe the elderly did for a period of time, but with the escalating deductibles and runaway co-pay increases it remains to be seen. There is no doubt that the two industries to benefit the most from this program were the Insurance Industry and the Pharmaceutical Industry. It is written into that law that "the federal government is not permitted to negotiate prices of drugs with drug companies". That's right, the Pharmaceutical Companies can charge what ever price they choose. During my research I came across three very pertinent facts regarding the Government's involvement in Medicare Part D which I previously published under the thread "OBAMACARE PART II" , but powers greater than me (perhaps the NSA) deemed it a unacceptable post and it was removed. Believing in FREE SPEECH and free exchange of ideas on this FORUM, I dare repeat it again. If you Google "Medicare Part D" "By design of this program, the federal government is not permitted to negotiate prices of drugs with the drug companies, as federal agencies do in other programs. The Department of Veterans Affairs, which is allowed to negotiate drug prices and establish a formulary, has been estimated to pay between 40% and 58% less for drugs, on average, than Medicare Part D." "Estimating how much money could be saved if Medicare had been allowed to negotiate drug prices, economist Dean Baker gives a "most conservative high-cost scenario" of $332 billion between 2006 and 2013 (approximately $50 billion a year), and a "middle cost scenario" of $563 billion in savings "for the same budget window" " Former Congressman Billy Tauzin, R-La, who steered the bill through the house, retired soon after and took a $2 million a year job as president of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the main industry lobbying group. A total of 14 congressional aides quit their jobs to work for the drug and medical lobbies immediately after the bill's passage." Sorry, but I do not tust anyone in Washington DC to pass any Law solely in the best interest of me or my family. Only time will tell "THE TRUTH ABOUT ACA", but as they say, "follow the money" and you will know who really benefits from this LAW. Pura Vida Ron
  19. Thank you Dana and Paul for you responses. I enjoy researching alternative places for travel and vacations. And it never hurts to have a "Plan B" Pura Vida Ron
  20. Thanks Paul M & David (Legs) for the feed back. Because you offered 2 different solutions, I know realize I need to research who provides good service in the area I will be traveling (Northern New England-ME-NH-VT). Ron
  21. Last trip to US, purchased SIM Card at Wall Mart. Package had SIM Card and directions to call phone number for card activation. Informed they no longer honor that specific SIM Card. Returned for complete refund. Can anyone recommend a specific SIM Card and where it can be purchased in the US. We are looking at 30 day use. Thanks Ron
  22. Peter, you might want to try the following: www.expatfocus.com/blogs or Google expat forums or expat blogs
  23. Paul M. Ref. Post #33 Ref. Post # 32 Sorry for the delay in response, we have been out of the country (4 days in San Juan Del Sur). I was referring to the COOPENAE of SAN RAMON (It is not a credit union). The information was from a combination of: www.retireforlessincostarica.com and www.boomersoffshore.com . Pura Vida Ron
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