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For sale: 4-bedroom condo in San José, Costa Rica!

After 5 years in Costa Rica, we have moved to the US. We are selling our condominium apartment on the fifth floor of the Metropolitan Tower, overlooking the Sabana Metropolitan Park, next to the National Stadium in San José, Costa Rica.

Our asking price:
OverviewLiving area:230.27 m2 – 2478 sqftTotal with parking and storage:272.07 m2 – 2928 sqftFirst moved in:September 2013 – we are first ownerLayout:4 bedrooms, balcony, utility room, maid quartersBathrooms:3 bathrooms, 1 washroom, 1 bathroom in maid quartersHeight:2.70 m from floor to ceilingParking:2 parking spaces in underground garage, protected entryStorage:approx 11 m2 – 118 sqft crawl space, next to parkingViews:peaceful treeline view toward Sabana; Stadium viewNoise:some; but well-insulated windows compared to areaTower amenities:Nearby:staffed front desk24/7 securityfully equipped gymdeck with swimming pool and hot tubconference and meeting roomchildren's play roompool / billiard tablegrill areasecure guest parkingEs…

On the Google vs. James Damore controversy

As an introduction, the following are some publications covering various aspects of the Google diversity controversy:
First and foremost, James Damore's original diversity memo. First intended for a limited audience at Google, it was published after a first internal and then public uproar, and his resulting firing for expressing this opinion.The Guardian: Google employee fired over diversity row considers legal actionMegan McArdle, via Bloomberg View: As a Woman in Tech, I Realized: These Are Not My PeopleCynthia Lee, lecturer in computer science at Stanford: I'm a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you.I liked the article by Megan McArdle. However, I was asked to express my opinion about the last article, by Cynthia Lee. Cynthia's point of view appears to be representative of the uproar, and is phrased in a cogent and non-extreme manner.

Broadly, my views are as follows:
Throughout centuries, society has historically done an extremely poor job a…