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    Any of you who are in Nicaragua - has it been a quiet weekend, or has your internet been blocked? Gettin' worried up here...

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    I haven't heard from anyone on this board, but I am in contact with other folks in Nicaragua. Things about SNAFU. Not as much outright violence, but lots of folks being chases and arrested. Lots of crime on the streets in Managua, petty crime is going basically unpunished and the sentiment is that lots of the paramiltaries are basically taking this as part of their just rewards. Land invasions increasing and land invaders being told, some with official looking documentation in hand, that the lands they take will be legalized by the current government. Low key landowners being told not to worry that their land will be returned at some point and things straightened out.

    Honduras has tranques in some places this morning with a national transportation strike.

    I am trying to arrange some travel to and through Nicaragua for some employees and some flights have been cancelled and it looks like long term fares are going up.

    I look at the seat maps of flights to and from the states and some look mighty paltry coming in, and some look real full going out others not so much. Folks are real worried about $$ in Nicaragua, about 5X what they were before this mess. Several low and mid level "Free Zone" former co-workers of mine have hauled ass, mainly to CR, a couple to Panama. Many older folks trying to get into Spain.

    I don't get info from the rural areas or out east, but that is what is going on with some of the people I am in touch with. There have been steady layoffs in the Free Zones, done quietly and in a way to not draw ire or looks from the government.

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    I have several friends living in Nicaragua on my Facebook feed who continue to comment, so I know that the internet is not being blocked generally. I learned from them that there was recent violence in and around Masaya when armed and hooded men in trucks took down the barricades. Some innocents were killed. I hear that the barricades are now down and that the violence has died down. The armed hooded men in trucks are still a presence, and I suspect that the violence has only paused due to fear.
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    I saw on a Facebook Esteli page that there was random police gunfire in Esteli, in the Boris Vega neighborhood. No one was hit.

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    In Leon, all quiet. Not quite back to normal but daytime traffic is almost there. Parque Central is near empty Fri, Sat & Sun evenings - quite different from how it was, but the gov't still did tetulio - staged song, dance & jokes - despite very few in audience. Sesteo is open, but without tourist, practically vacant. McD's is still closing at 5:00, half full, and its A/C is cranked up too high, like they want their McFlurries to freeze on the spoon as you eat, or clients to leave when they stop serving. The five of us enjoyed that skyscraper movie with a greying 'Rock' for 550 cords. Maybe 40 in attendance. Grabbed frappes at Tip-Top afterward, place about half full. Like McD's, the novel play-cage for the little monkeys is a big draw. (Kids play well together.) That and the A/C and good prices for good eats. We walked the 5 blocks or so home around 8PM - all quiet, not the slightest hint of any danger - just like it was.

    During the day I go to Pan y Paz for quiche, cafe & excellent wifi - it reopened its central restaurant 2 weeks ago. Closes at 5. Casa de Cafe by the Mercedes (Best Western) hotel never closed (I was told). Ditto for Via Via, tho they only offer chicken wings for eats, but plenty of ice cold beer for a buck. Big Foot hostal with its mega-transport to its beach spot and to volcano surfing closed. The downtown hostal for Surfing Turtle closed - don't know about its private beach. Bomalu doesn't serve food, but rents rooms. Thurs before sunset we ate at Suyapa Beach - there was only one couple there. The pool crystal clean & empty; room for 4 with A/C on the beach costs $45. Kids sells cute shell creations, as ever. We didn't make it to Ponelya, but undoubtedly those 'ranchos' above the estero are open with good, freshly-caught seafood.

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    All calm here in the East. Almost "Normal"
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    No July 19th celebrations?

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    Taking some mental health days in civilization. Panam had light traffic, we made it to the airport in 2 hours, just like in the old days. Las Mercedes cheap, some Nicas around the pool having fun, I was the only one in the 100 seat restaurant at 4 pm. Breakfast buffet ok, but not many people.

    Airport normal, but a tomb. Those big planes from united used to carry a butt load of people. Book 3 weeks in advance, they are pumping up the prices on last minute flights. a lot of people on panic mode, I suspect.

    Hotel manager in CR aware of the damage Nicaragua has done to the region, happy that planes and boasts can bypass it. Life goes on.

    Nic internet works as well as ever, many people have switched to whatsap and messenger and don;t read their emails. you have to call them and tell them to check their emails.

    Hard to gauge the pace of depopulation. CR claims 10000 refugees, probably a bunch more hidden. Like cuba for the past 60 years, best economy plan is to dump surplus population and have they send remittances. Beggar socialism has to earn its keep!

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    Socialism is fine until you run out of America's money.

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    That's the brilliance of remittances and humanitarian aid! It's OPM disguised as something else.

    There was a big well orchestrated rally in managua on the 19th. Danny basically said that the people have rallied and beat back the right wing conspiracy. Cuban and Venezuelan reps promised undying solidarity.

    Camera was low angle telefoto so you couldn't make out the back of the crowd. but it was big enough to fill the big open area in front of the last great stand of Chamuka trees at the entrance to Salvador Allende. Other marches in the boonies, and new marches by widows of police, etc., demanding justice for them.

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    It's fair to say America's socialist institutions are far more advanced than Nicaragua's, Cuba's or the whole cluster-fuck of the so-called socialist countries of LAm. Social Security is a grand 'entitlement' upon which much of our economy depends. There are myriad welfare programs: direct support checks, food stamps, rent subsidies (title X), E.I.C, healthcare, to mention a few. Corporate subsidies are probably greater if one includes the nuts & bolts of how govmint/military contracts work.

    The ultimate irony of immigrants sending money back home is that if they're illegally in the USA and working, it not only benefits them and their families, it benefits US employers. It's a win-win. But as soon as immigrants are legal, part or all of what they remit home may be looted from welfare coffers.
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