Sitting here in the relative safety of my home on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, I have to wonder what the heck is going on in our northern neighbor… the United States.
You have two presidential candidates…. one (Trump) scares the bejeeezus out of every deeply entrenched politician in Washington along with half the population. The other (Hillary) is rarely bothered by the truth about anything. WHY? Because she doesn’t need to be concerned about truth when everybody’s on the payroll. You have an attorney general so deeply in the pocket of the Clintons that she can no longer even form an honest opinion about what is legal and what is illegal. You have an FBI director that is apparently too frightened to do his job and prosecute clear cut cases of national security leaks. You have minorities rioting or protesting in the street about occasional police excesses, while at the same time killing police officers in cold blood. You have increasing numbers of lunatic extremists discovering how to become home-grown terrorists. You have pandering politicians trying to disarm honest, law-abiding citizens to leave them defenseless against the armed criminals. You have a population that is increasingly disgusted about the whole mess, with the majority electing to bury their heads in the sand rather than standing up for their rights. And perhaps most disturbingly, you have a growing number of delusional people that are “asking” the government to come in and save them from all this turmoil…. even if they have to give up more of their own freedoms and rights. And things are no more stable in Europe either.
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I love it when a project starts to come together and you can actually see the progress with your own eyes. That’s where we stand with the Montaña y Mar project. They are starting to build up the building platforms for the initial homes to be built in the Montaña y Mar project. Sometimes it is hard to imagine how a rough, craggy piece of raw land could ever become the home of your dreams… at least until the ground is cleared and the views opened up. In the video below you will get a chance to see the first few lots as the land is cleared and the foundation platforms are built.
Montaña y Mar Building Up The Foundations
Because the lots on these oceanview ridgelines are slightly sloped, the best and easiest way to get a solid flat foundation for the homes is to build up the base. Here we use caliche which is a a sedimentary rock, like a hardened natural cement of calcium carbonate that binds other materials—such as gravel, sand, clay, and silt for the foundation platforms. This is the same hard material that is used as the base of all the roads in this region. As the caliche is hauled in for the foundation, it is compressed into place with a 70,000 pound dozer and allowed to fully settle in with the rains. The resulting foundations are rock solid and last a lifetime. On the lots shown in this video, at some points the platforms are almost 8 foot thick.
Montaña y Mar Starting With The Tropical Landscaping
One of the things that is most impressive about building down here on the North Coast is just how cost effectively it can be done. Take for example these foundation platforms. The second one in the video is huge to accomodate a huge house. With all the caliche that was trucked in and all the compacting, grading and layout, the whole thing cost a good bit less than $10,000. That is a small fraction of what a similar effort would cost in the States.
If you have not visited us on one of our free North Coast Discovery Tours, you really should now while the third phase of this Montaña y Mar project is opening up. Similar projects with similar views on other Caribbean Islands would cost anywhere from 3 to 10 times as much. If you have ever dreamed of living your early retirement years enjoying life on a Caribbean island, then this may be your best opportunity. Here it really is possible to live the good life, even on your paltry Social Security payments.
It is common to find long stretches of unspoiled and uncrowded beaches on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic near Cabrera. After days of writing articles DR Escapes it is time to play Robinson Crusoe on this deserted beach for an afternoon. Even though I have the beach almost to myself, there is still a vendor ready to set up a table, provide some chairs, fry me a chicken dinner and serve me a beer… right on the beach. That’s life in the tropics.
I think that is one of the things I like best about living so close to so many unspoiled beaches. Anytime, night or day, that I need a break there is always a nearby beach waiting to sooth the day’s aggravations or tensions. It is very typical to find many of the local beaches just as deserted as the one you will see in this short video clip… at least on most weekdays. Of course, on weekends you will see more people on the beaches, but rarely is it what you would call crowded on the beaches nearest to Cabrera. Cabrera is just far enough away from the touristy hot spots to remain unspoiled and uncrowded, yet still close enough to allow us to venture over to the tourist towns anytime we want to. Best of both worlds.
It’s a staged illusion. Have you ever wondered how much YOUR beliefs, emotions and actions are molded by the news reports you see with your own eyes on TV and online newscasts. Take for example the horrible events in Orlando recently where 49 or 50 people were killed and a similar number sent to the hospitals with gun wounds. All of the news networks plastered the airwaves with hours and hours of “on the ground” footage of the scene, the first responders and “well meaning” volunteers evacuating the wounded.
Viewers all over the world spent millions of hours, collectively, watching video clips of on-the-scene action shots. Dialog ranged from the need for more gun control to Isis to Gay Rights, and whatever cause the news agencies wanted to promote. The news networks went into full gear to “whip up” the emotions of the audience for their favorite agendas. Partisan politicians hopped right onboard to spin their messages about the evils of guns or, or the dangers of immigration or even the need to arm yourself against these evils.
In some respect, it is a real tribute to the power of the visual media to control emotions and stimulate action. But was much of it just an illusion?
Live News Illusion
A recent post on The Daily Sheeple touched directly on this whole illusion phenomena in an article titled “TV NEWS ILLUSION: “REPORTER IN THE FIELD ON LOCATION”. It was a thoughtful article and worth a read. In that article the author touched on the Illusion of “on-site” coverage of events like this by pointing out the reality of most on-site coverage. Much of what you see is either staged or edited in a way to make it appear much more relevant and timely than it really is. For example the author gave this scenario of what an honest broadcast would sound like…..
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Getting together with friends, both expats and locals alike, is one of the great joys of living offshore on a Caribbean island. Of course we have enjoyed similar experiences with family and friends throughout the years in our home countries, but there is something especially rewarding when you are the guest in a foreign land.
We find that many of the friendliest local families living in the Cabrera Dominican Republic region share our love of the land and our appreciation for fresh, organic foods that are so readily available in this area. In this short video, we get together with Jose and his family for a pig roast.
Roast Pig Cooking – Ready To Be Served With Fresh Organic Vegetables And Tropical Fruits
Jose is one of the local farmers that we rely on for local knowledge and folklore about sustainable farming and how to get the most out of the land without depleting it. It seems that Jose is growing something delicious and edible on every spare inch of his homestead in the hills overlooking the coastline. For us, every afternoon spent at Jose’s place is another opportunity to build on our growing knowledge about organic farming.
In addition to a great afternoon with friends, the pig roast was one more opportunity to appreciate a lower cost of living……
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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
One of my readers sent me a couple of recent posts by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. Pasted directly from Dr. Roberts site provides a brief Bio along with his many accomplishments.
“Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West, How America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.” [click to continue…]