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I have written more than 7,000 blog posts in more than 15 years of writing on the Internet. And, as a small Midwestern person from Indiana, I believe in honesty and directness.

Yet this is economic suicide for writing on the Internet. There is no way an honest writer can compete against writers who are willing to fabricate lies about travel. Generally, it’s 50 times easier to make up a good story about travel than to tell you the truth.

Now, do not get me wrong: I am not going to start lying to you.

Many people believe the Internet has set you free, such as organizations like Wikileaks or this man, Edward Snowden, who released U.S. government information. Yet, in reality, he stole information, and it going to make him tons of money. His reward for theft is that he will get rich.

Lying and cheating does pay well. Personally, I think the CIA should whack him.

The inside information should have come from Google, Verizon or Yahoo. This man, Edward Snowden ,is not noble; he is a money-hungry, fame-seeking thief, and he is going for his 15 minutes of fame.

Generally, it is rather petty to tell lies and rather stupid. People lie about anything and everything, and we are expected to go along, play along and listen to them. There is a partnership between the liar and the listener: The listener wants to hear lies.

Why steal a dollar when you can steal 100 dollars? The bigger the lie, the bigger the money – this is now the prevalent protocol of writers on the Internet. Travel writers are the worst: Only 1 in 1,000 readers will ever travel to the place to learn the writer lied. And how does one person convince the other 999 readers that they were naïve?

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Bill99 from has written 6 comments

I made that mistake years ago when I wanted to go to a Caribbean Island for the 1st time. Internet was just starting to grow then and I researched and decided to go to Aruba a great Euro Danish island.
Much more American than Euro. Yhey prefer the dollar, everyone spoke English and the vast majority of tourist were American.
Travel writers at that time all wrote how wonderful the Euro culture was. Danish culture and food were minimal.
It was a warm, clean, friendly people and inexpensive place to visit but you might as well go to Hawaii or Florida as they have more foreign culture than Aruba.
I never believed a travel writer ever since other than Andy.

Tioga George from wrote 1 comment

Andy,
I strongly disagree with your words about Snowden, for this reason:
If a person with a job like Snowdens job. believes his government is doing wrong, what is he to do?
* Tell his supervisors that they are doing wrong?
* Write to the President protesting NSA wrong doing?
* Get drunk?
* Write to newspapers?

Snowden did the right thing. The ACLU believes in Snowden, and is defending him. I just donated an extra $100 to ACLU to fight our completely rotten government.

BTW, I voted for Obama. I believed his campaign lies. But no more!

George Lehrer
Mexico

Bill99 from has written 6 comments

Tioga, I also do not always agree with our government but I also do not agree with people who contribute, maybe unknowingly, to the enemies of our country.
Times have changed dramatically with the world wide net and obviously a lot of info is at risk regardless how well governments try to protect it.
But that does not mean I want my countrymen giving it away, especially, when in the end it will finacially often pay them well.
Its basically treason, period. I hope they take him to trial, convict and then shoot him.
But now China has let him loose and Russia will certainly not cooperate so well see how this all plays out.
Maybe hell have a horrible accident wherever he ends up.
Former Marine, F**+ Traitors!

tropicalguide from wrote 1 comment

I agree with Bill99, if one has a Security Clearance Classified and up and have signed a binding contract to that effect, they should prosecuted if they give away willingly information that damages National Security. I do not agree with the scope of the program and being an Ex Pat in Latin America for 26 years, have met and spoken with persons who were or had engaged in espionage activities during their life, serving their country, the enemies of USA are also serving their country, countries spie on each other and governments often spy on their own citizens. No more Hope and Change just SOS. As far as Truth in Travel, I stuck my neck out years ago on Travelers and Ex Pat forums warning those wishing to relocate in Costa Rica that many travel portals advertising tourism and relocation services in Costa Rica were managed by Real Estate cons and that the $200 a day relocation tours led by a long term Costa Rican resident and his honest Costa Rican Lawyer were a scam, I found online a number of native Costa Rican Driver-Owner of Vehicle-Guides who would take singles and couples/triples around avoiding tourist traps and Real Estate scammers, I taught people how to use the classified section of Spanish language dailys such as La Nacion instead of the English language Ex Pat newspaper to rent or purchase coops, land and or vacation homes directly from owner, aided by a bi lingual guide instead of being hustled by a young American or Canadian Real Estate Agent with no licence, backed by a shady local lawyer or sleazy Ex Pats making 100 profit or more flipping land. A few years ago found an Honest portal, written by along term Costa Rican resident with no interest in selling land www.therealcostarica.com after posting this information on Couchsurfings Central America group..oops up pops two posts (that are still there) that I was psychotic and worse along with vieled threats from a native Costa Rican that I was trashing CR, etc. Down this way, in Central America, lots of people go on vacations, some to 4 and 5 Star Resorts along the Beach and get tropical fever and decide to move Way Down south, A Canadian lady told me she spent $1,000 USD on a 5 Day relocation tour and seminars this did not include her $85 a day hotel, meals and of course RT air Transportation, she came home broke and bitter. I had warned her, I realize some have to learn the hard way, I often have. Today there is more and more information out there, more forums where you can contact persons traveling to or relocating in your own target destination and some Good not Bad nor Ugly Ex Pats who will give the right information, pro or con, travel writers are nothing but Advertising Men and Women in disguise, I travel wrote for a short time in early 1990s, always getting a free room and meals and commissions out of the deal Good PR. Liars on line can also be very nasty, so tread with caution and keep spreading the honest word! I give a lot of advice and advice is cheap 5 cent to 25 cent variety, bottom line, want to travel long term, start with step one, pack your bag or pack and start traveling after you have done all the research you could on line, bring an up to date Guidebook specific to your destinations, country, city or region and if planning to relocate, retire or volunteer long term travel to your target destination first and make connections! Keep a low profile, dont act needy or wind up giving your itinerary to con artists in Gringo watering holes, dont brag and never whine nor get angry in public!!!! Quietly find an Ex Pat or native mentor. Go for it. Learn the local language! A must!

Bill99 from has written 6 comments

Good info Tropical. Ive traveled most of my life and Im still no expert but I do have good info for beginers generally.
I know something about 3 major areas, Europe, Japan and China but for all intents and purposes there are a lot of up to date sites on line that have as good and often better info than I do.
The problem is there are millions listed and finding the ones that you think are honest is the hard part.

What I find difficult to believe is how gullible intelligent people can be. But there are always those who always want If its to good to be true it must be true??? L O L

Ilovehobos from wrote 1 comment

Snowden is just one small piece in a real world game of Stratego. Leaders and regimes come and go and strategies change.

Extradition is the word and the word of the U.S.A. used to mean something. Not that long ago Thailand was given the word that the U.S.A. would like Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout returned to U.S.A. for a trial for supplying arms to BAD rebels not the good kind like in Syria. Thailand initially said no because Russia wanted him left alone or returned to Russia. He was their best salesman after all and did not want U.S.A to get details of his commissions

Well the U.S Ambassador to Thailand twisted arms and made insinuations that if they dont do as said there will be economic consequences. The USA succeeded a got Mr. Viktor Bout.

One week after Bouts extradition to U.S.A the American Ambassador to Thailand Mr. Daviss 17 year old daughter mysteriously falls from a NYC Hi-Rise.

Now Russia has another pawn. Mr. Snowden.

Will the Russians get Mr. Bout back under the guise of letting him serve his sentence in Russia and the U.S gets back Mr. Snowden and Thailand gets paid by both and all will save face ?

Its just a game played by the biggest boys. Its interesting, but dont lose any sleep over it. Here are some links to read more.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/01/wikileaks-cables-viktor-bout-extradition

http://tinyurl.com/pamvrp4

Siams gonna be the witness
To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness.

Chuck WoW

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