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  • Stevie

    Wonderful. This is what she should be doing full time, our lost cousin from the north.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 04:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Of course, and Stevie we are not related.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 04:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Mmmmm we're cousins now? We both may be the new world, but we are further along, sitting on our coattails will get you no further along either.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 04:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    No worries, soon we'll be... ;)

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 04:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (3) Paraphrasing Captain Poppy from another thread.......

    The problem with you Yanks is don´'t realize your ass smells like everyone elses.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 04:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    The truth hurts

    over and over day in and day out
    Eventually you'll learn your place even dumb dogs figure it out after a while.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 05:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    The US is a motor of invention and innovation. Such enviable intellectual output can only be achieved sustainably in a free meritocratic society.

    Regrettably in South America is far from that and your future is determined by the barrio you are born in to and not your ability.

    In Chile a huge amount of effort is going in to fostering innovation and creating technology clusters, which puts us ahead of most of the continent, but we are still years behind the developed world.

    The sorry state of South America’s innovative ability is illustrated by the fact that Brazil with 200 million people and a GDP the same as the UK registers fewer patents than NZ with 4 million people.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 06:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    People have been busy trying to stay alive, Condorito. Our dear oligarchy has never left much room for anything else.
    I'd say you'll see an innovation boost in a near future, but first we need to take care of our poor.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 06:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirate Love

    can this be one step closer to electric cars taking over the world?
    how long do they take to charge?
    can i get one for my remote control and fire alarm that last longer than a week?
    is it safe to put one in my brothers mouth?
    will it help me recieve channel 5 on freeview without interference?
    will my laptop last long enough to play a level on lemmings?
    are they tolerant to intense vibrations with rempant dampness??
    will police tasers go nuclear?

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 06:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    #5 great word choice, if it were applicable. You're not related and you don't innovate......corruption does not apply.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 06:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    “People have been busy trying to stay alive” no other part of the world has ever had problems to overcome.

    For sustainable technological innovation you need economic freedom (you can’t force people to innovate the Chinese have figured that out). You also need a well educated populace and good educational institutions, both of which require money (private or public). For these two reasons, don’t expect to see “an innovation boost” any time soon from the continent because much of the continent is moving in the opposite direction.

    The global innovation index ranks Chile, in hapless 39th place, as the most innovate country in South America:

    If that isn’t bad enough, Brazil follows in 58th, Colombia in 65th, Uruguay in 67th and Argentina 70th (two places below that innovation powerhouse Mongolia). It is a sorry reflection of how far down the technology tree we are and relatively SA is going to get worse as economic freedom is reduced condemning some countries to a future as farmers and miners. Raw materials are nice, but innovation is better.

    On a positive note, your native Denmark is doing just fine. You keep feeding the poor and fighting the Oligarcs and when you are done, get over to Uruguay to teach them what you have learnt.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 07:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    8. Stevie's ( nd most every other RG posters on the board) excuse is to wait for it..wait for it...blame someone else!

    This time it's “DaMan Is keepin me down”

    Will they ever learn?

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 07:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    If you call the research of how to most effectively kill eachother as “development”, I'm inclined to believe you.
    Look at little Cuba offering eye operations all across South America. And free!

    That's the technology I'm talking about. The one that helps humanity, not your own personal pocket.

    That side effects of the military research happens to benefit humanity, or, should I say the ones that survived, is little comfort.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 07:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    13 Stevie,
    What are you talking about? Switzerland is ranked number 1 for innovation; Sweden number 2, Singapore number 3. It has nothing to do with killing people, it is a measure of innovation in society.

    Cuban doctors are paid for and furthermore have innovated nothing – every implement they use has been invented outside of Cuba. I can get a Caterax operation here for “free” too, so I don’t know where you are going with that. But go to Cuba for your health care if you must. The hospitals in Cuba are hell on earth for the poor. The Castro lives in luxury, but no one else.

    Innovation in South America is hopeless and no amount of Cuban doctors are going to change that.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 08:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    You don't see Billionaires and Royalty traveling to Cuba when they're sick. They come to the USA usually the Mayo Clinic. or Sloan/Kettering depending on what they have.
    I would NEVER, NEVER go to a hospital in South America. I have seem them most are DISGUSTING and filled with all the used crap the USA has given them as their best technology.

    Day in and day out you say the dumbest things.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 08:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Sweden is a beautiful example, just look what 70 years of socialism can bring you. They top every bloody list of yours :)
    And it's not for their achievements over the last two decades of neo-liberalism, that I can assure you. Slowly but firmly, the Swedish welfare state is turning to dust.
    I'm sure the Swedes can turn the development around though, they are, as you say, very innovative people.

    Just let us know if there is something else we can do to assure that you will NEVER, NEVER visit our latitudes ever again? You need more used crap in our hospitals for that? No problem, that can be arranged.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 08:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Stevie, I don't go to South America by choice unfortunately I have commitments that must be done in person and by me. Argentina, Bolivia and Venezuela are the only countries I try to avoid if at all possible.
    Absolute rats nests that I spend as little time in as necessary.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 08:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Is there anything we can do for you to spend even less time in South America altogether, just let us know. We will gladly assist you.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 08:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Actually I am very well liked in general when I travel. I spend a lot of U$ and tip very well.
    Most everyone I meet wants me to help them find a job in the USA.
    I really have never met anyone with such hatred for us.
    In fact my driver from BA friended me on FB this week and wants to see if I can find him a job here.
    My good work never ends

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 08:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    yanqui, old yanqui
    You aren't well liked, spend loads of cash and tip very well. You are well liked BECAUSE of you spending a loads of cash and ESPECIALLY for tipping very well.

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 09:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    more inventions that will benifit the world..
    very good..

    Apr 18th, 2013 - 09:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    “Look at little Cuba offering eye operations all across South America. And free!”

    As laudable as that was, hasn't Cuba been retracting it Medical benevolence, since the Soviets, and their money, bugged outta there suddenly, 24 years ago??

    There was certainly huge mutual benefit for SA and Cuba's reputation, before that.

    I shouldn't think that Cuba's medical research or procedures are 'ground-breaking' any longer.

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 12:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Pardon my wiki link, but this is not mainstream news.

    Here are some quotes, the sources are listed in the link.

    “Since the early 1960s, 28,422 Cuban health workers have worked in 37 Latin American countries, 31,181 in 33 African countries, and 7,986 in 24 Asian countries. Throughout a period of four decades, Cuba sent 67,000 health workers to structural cooperation programs, usually for at least two years, in 94 countries ... an average of 3,350 health workers working abroad every year between 1960 and 2000.”

    “Cuba provides more medical personnel to the developing world than all the G8 countries combined”

    “From 1963 to 2004, Cuba was involved in the creation of nine medical faculties in Yemen, Guyana, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Uganda, Ghana, Gambia, Equatorial Guinea, and Haiti.”

    “There are currently sixteen doctors providing specialised medical care in Kiribati”

    Little Cuba. Little underdeveloped, communist Cuba.

    The day you lot gives Kiribati a hand is the day you find oil in the area. :)

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 12:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • agent999


    British Empire Society for the Blind

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 03:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    Here is another quote
    “However, alongside internationalism driven by foreign policy objectives, humanitarian objectives also played a role,”

    Doctors were sent to many Africsn countries - during Cold War, Communist backed campaigns against Europeans in Africa - Angola, for example.

    “Doctors as a commodity”

    Doctors with “minders”

    “Cuba provides more medical personnel to the developing world than all the G8 countries combined”
    personnel yes, but the rest of the quote says that the G8 also sent much greater Aid financing in addition to personnel.

    Successful ”soft diplomacy” mixed with ideology, but there was benefit, with some returns to Cuba.

    Cheap oil from Venezuela, for example. A good trade.

    'Lucky' that Chavez was able to receive treatment in Cuba - his life seemed to be extended long after he was thought to have died...

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 05:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Cuban doctors do anything not to live in Cuba.
    If you think Cuba is so wonderful, take yourself and your family from safe little European Denmark and live in Cuba (a country that imposes travel restrictions to avoid exodus).

    Kiribati is an interesting example you have picked on. 16 Cuban doctors you say, well 50% of the country’s GDP comes from UK and Japanese foreign aid. What was that you were saying about oil?

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 12:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    You measure everything in money, that is why we will never understand eachother. You seem to think that the more cash you have stashed the day you die, you will be able to pay the boatman a return ticket.
    What happened to teaching how to fish instead of offering the catch?

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 01:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    I only measure economic matters in terms of money.

    Learning to fish is fine, selling the catch is fine.
    If you spend all day fishing you can't farm, build, mine, study, etc, hence you need to sell your catch to buy what you need. A monetary unit that can be interchanged for goods and services is the most effective way of making that happen.

    If I don’t understand you it is because I live and breathe South America every day. I see the good and the bad first hand. For you South America is a far off land that would be paradise if only for the external enemies that continually destroy it, whereas the problems are from within and many are profoundly cultural. I can’t understand someone who wishes for us to live in the filth, squalor and poverty of Cuba yet himself resides in Denmark.

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 02:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Think (#5) seems to think that all people have the same faecal smell between the buttocks.
    He does not keep himself clean and believes that others don't also ... but he only knows by getting close up and personal.
    I can recommend the little water tap that you might find next to your Argentinian toilet-bowl ... that's what it is for - to keep your buttocks clean. And with a little perfume you can come up smelling of roses, dear Think.
    And, by analogy, you can keep yourself clean in mind, word and deed. Many do.

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 04:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    The only filth we live under in SA is the oligarchy and their constant search for more.
    The only poor are those very same ones. There is a huge difference between a tipo pobre and a pobre tipo.

    Continue your search for wealth in gold. Choke on it. We want life.

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 04:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Your brainwashing and I use that term loosely creates such hatred. You need to see a shrink. The world feels sorrow for people like you lil stevie

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 06:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    You are not the world, Poppy. You never were.

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 10:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    30 Stevie,
    “We want life”

    Is that the royal “we” or all of Denmark you are vouching for?

    I have no search for gold, I am not even materialistic - I spend much of my free time in my modest eco-parcela in the Elqui Valley with panels to heat the water, chickens, paltos and naranjos is far from the material world (but only 20 minutes from La Serena).

    I see poverty every day. The fact that I recognise the best way to reduce poverty is to create wealth is because I have seen it happen before my eyes over the last 25 years. Understanding that one needs to make bread in order to share it out, does not make one greedy.

    If I were materialistically greedy, I would have stayed in Europe, like so many retornados that just haven't quite managed to retornar.

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 10:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Who did vote for Mujica, Dilma, Morales, Fernandez, Lula, Chavez, Kirchner, Vazquez, Bachelet, Correa...?

    The danes?


    Keep fishing ;)

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 10:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    The majority of South America have voted for the leaders you list, not you, so don't say “we”.

    Fishing? I might go out on Herradura this weekend depending on the weather.

    Keep fighting the oligarchs (from Denmark) combatiente valiente ;)

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 10:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    We indeed.
    Lista 609 to be more precise.

    Keep fishing :)

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 10:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    @Combatiente Valiente Danés
    No, “we” are here.
    “You” are there.

    Keep dreaming :)

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 11:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    I was talking about South America.
    The fact that you are in USA doesn't change anything.
    It does explain your need to lick those boots though...

    You're promised better treatment than your sorry arse neighbour, aren't you?


    Apr 19th, 2013 - 11:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    So because you are in Denmark, I am in USA. Great logic Stevie.

    Keep fishing ;)

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 11:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Nah, it's more because you're in USA, I'm in Denmark.

    I think you caught a root...

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 11:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Sure Stevie, sure.

    It kind of touching that you have to deny where I am, where I am from.

    Apr 19th, 2013 - 11:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Just returning the favour. Anytime.


    Apr 19th, 2013 - 11:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    You're welcome.

    Have yourself a good Friday night there in Frederiksberg.


    Apr 19th, 2013 - 11:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Most amusing, Condorito.
    Myself, I got you zoomed in on Dade County...

    Is it now you go 'plop'?

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 01:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Why is is so important to some of the dumber posters on this board to try to create “an other”
    Your opinion doesn't count since you don't live there, your not from there, you didn't grow up there blah blah blab
    It is childish and an embarrassing way to debate
    It proves nothing and is a waste of effort making the contributor look like an idiot

    Apr 20th, 2013 - 10:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Sort of explains why Argentina has the highest per capita of psychologists I would say.

    Apr 21st, 2013 - 10:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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