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Nicaragua invades Costa Rica! (Not really) and other things to take you through the weekend

By Melissa Bell
A Costa Rican checkpoint is seen at the San Juan River along the border between Costa Rica (in picture) and Nicaragua (out of frame). (Elmer Martinez/AFP)

I hoped to write about these things, but computer problems waylaid my best laid plans. So here are some links to keep you merrily tided over until we meet again (Monday morning, don't be late).

Costa Rica and Nicaragua did not invade each other and Google Maps is not at fault. But the two countries are having a disagreement about a river that divides the two countries.

In non-invading country Google Map news, an Easter egg has been delighting fans all over the world. The directions: 1) Go to Google Maps, 2) Go to Get Directions, 3) Enter Japan as the start location, and China as the end location, 4) Read number 43.

Facebook unites and devastates families at war. The Post's Greg Jaffe wrote a harrowing, beautiful story on the families in the U.S. brought to the war zone via computers.

A young Asian man pulled a really "Unbelievable Act of Concealment" by boarding a plane as an old man, and changing his face in the bathroom.

Mick Jagger responds to Keith Richards' autobiography with an eloquent rendering of their relationship, only Mick Jagger didn't write it, Bill Wyman did. I know, I'm confused too.

And La Femme D'Argent by Airs. The video is shot from a streetcar traveling down Market Street in San Francisco in 1905. Happy Fridays!

By Melissa Bell  | November 5, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
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The issues seem to be very convoluted here.

1) WHY does Nicaragua TRULY want to DEEPEN the Rio San Juan? For bigger fishing boats and tourist skips/
2) Why did they select one of the most important commadante of the revolution to facilitate this? OTher than to keep him OCCUPIED?
3) Costa Rica is only GAINING land by them dumping the dirt in the delta.
4) Is filling up some SWAMP land worth risking a war?
5) The strategic and military importance of this operation should not ignored.
6) Costa Rica should offer their support and help in this effort and it should become a bilatteral effort.
7) The OEA testimonial regarding drug running etc. is all a SMOKE SCREEN and has little or no significance.
8) Nicaragua has the right to deepen thteir river, create a canal, etc. and the ONLY WAY that Costa Rica will be able to affect this is by assisting and cooperating financially and intellectually.
8) Good fences make good neighbors and joint financial ventures benefit all that invest.
9) Bullies never make good neighbors but sometimes make good allies.
10) Costa Rica should embrace and assist in this project for the mutual benefit of all involved instead of fighting for some nationalism related to filling up a SWAMP.

Posted by: costaricanet | November 9, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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