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Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps
Search Engine Land ^ | 11/04/10 | Matt McGee

Posted on 11/05/2010 12:44:42 AM PDT by AKSurprise

"An error on Google Maps has caused an international conflict in Central America.

A Nicaraguan military commander, relying on Google Maps, moved troops into an area near San Juan Lake along the border between his country and Costa Rica. The troops are accused of setting up camp there, taking down a Costa Rican flag and raising the Nicaraguan flag, doing work to clean up a nearby river, and dumping the sediment in Costa Rican territory.

La Nacion, says the Nicaraguan commander, Eden Pastora, used Google Maps to “justify” the incursion even though the official maps used by both countries indicate the territory belongs to Costa Rica. Pastora blames Google Maps"

"A Google spokesperson in Central America told La Nacion that the company doesn’t know the source of the maps error."

"Meanwhile, tension is rising in Costa Rica —a country without a formal military. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla

(Excerpt) Read more at searchengineland.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: bananarepublic; centralamerica; google; gps
This is what happens when a banana republic military depends on off the shelf technology... LOL
1 posted on 11/05/2010 12:44:45 AM PDT by AKSurprise
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To: AKSurprise

Google should make all map users go through a disclaimer that the maps are not guaranteed for the purpose of directing troops at war....


2 posted on 11/05/2010 12:45:50 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: AKSurprise

Border disputes are nothing new here. There was one between Honduras and El Salvador. There was a brief exchange of fire in 1969.


3 posted on 11/05/2010 12:47:12 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: AKSurprise

You’d think that the flag would be a clue-we’re not where we’re supposed to be.


4 posted on 11/05/2010 12:50:09 AM PDT by tanuki (O-voters: wanted Uberman, got Underdog....)
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To: AKSurprise
I have that problem every time I go down Folsom and make a left turn I run into this dam canal.
5 posted on 11/05/2010 1:04:56 AM PDT by Domangart
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To: AKSurprise

It’s a distant country about which we know very little.

Who really knows where Shermany entz unt Polant begint?


6 posted on 11/05/2010 2:42:36 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Go Packers!)
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To: AKSurprise

All of those ex-pats who moved to Costa Rica to get away from Obama are probably having second thoughts. If your country has a problem (i.e. The USA), stay and fight it out and get it corrected or die trying. Running somewhere else can be like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.


7 posted on 11/05/2010 4:13:31 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

The problem for Costa Rica is that they disbanded their army in the ‘70s. And they can’t count on us to help reclaim the land.


8 posted on 11/05/2010 5:13:06 AM PDT by Phillipian (Post Tenebras Lux)
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I don’t think the firearms laws are too convenient for ex pats to bring along their own protection either. I also believe they have a rather easy policy regarding squater rights, you may come home and find a non related to you family living in your abode. The difference; I come home and find someone in my house, call the coronor, there, I gather you ask how would you like your eggs cooked.


9 posted on 11/05/2010 5:31:12 AM PDT by Mouton
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To: AKSurprise
Definitely some funny stuff on google maps.


10 posted on 11/05/2010 5:48:48 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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"...Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla ..."

She is absolutely the softest, most pettable president currently in office, anywhere.

11 posted on 11/05/2010 5:50:01 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

... but one difference is that Costa Rica has no standing army ... they say they “don’t need one.”


12 posted on 11/05/2010 6:27:09 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (You are just jealous because the voices aren't talking to YOU!)
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To: Mouton

Yeah, my understanding is that if a squatter can show they’ve been in the house for 6 months or more, you would have a hard time evicting the squatter.

The reasoning I’ve heard is that it helps prevent rich foreigners from buying up prime property (driving up property costs), and then building big vacation houses that they don’t even live in. That kind of activity makes the poor local folks angry and envious toward the rich foreigners, and more receptive to the communist share-the-wealth schemes...

On the other hand, if you want to buy property in Costa Rica, build a fantastic house and live there, then no problemo!

Here in Tennessee, on the other hand, being caught in someone’s house is a good way to get yourself kilt. ;)


13 posted on 11/05/2010 7:21:00 AM PDT by Fletcher J
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To: AKSurprise
Anyone living in the So California area could kill an entire week end trying to navigate Lancaster / Palmdale based on what GPS or Google told them to do.

Hint, don't try this during the summer.

14 posted on 11/05/2010 10:49:36 AM PDT by norton
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