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Endgame

This blog has been, for me, a seventeen-year exploration of other people's ideas.  If you've been here long, you'll know that I use short quotes and long excerpts from other people's writings to make the points I write about.  Like most people, I am not an "original thinker."  I try to expose myself to as much as I can, and weigh it against my experience and reason to determine truth.  Then I put it down in pixels to help me get my head around it. Over these past seventeen years (hell, ove...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Education, Obama, North Korea, China, India, Israel, America, Barack Obama, Economics, Iran, Ukraine, Pandora, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton


1 ad, 3 accents: How Democrats aim to win Latino votes

WASHINGTON — The Spanish-language ads for Joe Biden used the same slogan to contrast him with President Donald Trump — “los cuentos no pagan las cuentas,” a play on words that roughly means “telling stories won't pay the bills.”But the narrator for the version that aired in Miami had a Cuban accent. In Orlando, the accent was Puerto Rican. And in Phoenix, it was Mexican.Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, is hoping to capture Florida and other pivotal states by pushing L...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Texas, News, California, Washington, Milwaukee, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton, Miami, Venezuela, Republican Party, Nicaragua, Biden, Cuba


'It's a tsunami': pandemic leaves vulnerable Latin America reeling

Years of social progress could be reversed by the virus, amid accusations that politicians have been fatally ineptCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs coronavirus galloped through Latin America in late April, the mayor of Manaus was in despair. “The outlook is dismal,” Arthur Virgílio admitted as gravediggers in the Amazon’s largest city piled coffins into muddy trenches, Brazil’s death toll hit 5,500, and its president, Jair Bolsonaro, responded with a shrug. “It’s obv...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Mexico, Americas, US, World news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Latin America, Manaus, Virgilio, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus outbreak


‘It's a tsunami’: Covid-19 plunges Latin America back into poverty and violence

Years of social progress have been reversed by the virus, amid accusations that politicians have been fatally ineptCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs coronavirus galloped through Latin America in late April, the mayor of Manaus was in despair. “The outlook is dismal,” Arthur Virgílio admitted as gravediggers in the Amazon’s largest city piled coffins into muddy trenches, Brazil’s death toll hit 5,500, and its president, Jair Bolsonaro, responded with a shrug. “It’s ob...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Mexico, Americas, US, World news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Latin America, Manaus, Virgilio, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus outbreak


Mosko Moto Navigator Cell Phone Pocket Review

Introduction This review of the Mosko Moto Navigator Cell Phone Pocket or just ‘Navigator Pocket’ is the second of two Mosko Moto products provided and a companion piece to the just submitted Mosko Moto Pico Tank Bag (V2.0) review. As stated in the Pico review, my interest in Mosko Moto products is two-fold: anything new and technically oriented is to be investigated; and, as a long time multi-discipline rider, my interest and participation in most adventure-based moto activities on and off the...
Tags: Usa, Review, Nokia, Motorcycles, Ash, Nicaragua, Velcro, MOLLE, GSA, Pico, Gore Tex, Mosko, Motorcycle Accessory & Parts, Mosko Moto, Mosko Moto Pico, Tank Bag Reviews


Mosko Moto Pico Tank Bag V2.0 Review

Introduction Finally, my first opportunity to do a formal Mosko Moto product review for wBW… it’s been a long time coming. The situation is somewhat of my own making, in having one or two earlier Mosko Moto products pass through as travel loans or for short term viewing, without having done anything formally. My interest in Mosko Moto products is two-fold: anything new and technically oriented is to be investigated; and, as a long time multi-discipline rider, my interest and participation in mo...
Tags: Usa, Review, China, Motorcycles, Nicaragua, Grey, MOLLE, GSA, Pico, Beemer, Rallye, Pirelli Scorpion Trail II, Hypalon MOLLE, Hypalon, Jim Pruner, Motorcycle Accessory & Parts


9 facts that show just how wealthy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg really is

Mark Zuckerberg's net worth dropped nearly $10 billion in just a week. The drop came after Coca-Cola and other major companies suspended advertising with the social-media giant. Zuckerberg's net worth, an estimated $82.3 billion, is largely tied to his Facebook stock. Even with Facebook's ad boycott issues, the site's cofounder is still plenty rich. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Mark Zuckerberg's net worth dropped by nearly $10 billion in just a week after , Starbucks, ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Palo Alto, Starbucks, Jamaica, Jordan, Kylie Jenner, Jeff Bezos, Nicaragua, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe, Social Security Administration, Coca Cola


Mueren tres personas tras derrumbe de mina en Nicaragua

MANAGUA (AP) — Tres jóvenes mineros artesanales que habían quedado soterrados por el derrumbe de una mina de oro en el noroeste de Nicaragua fueron encontrados sin vida bajo piedras y lodo, informaron las autoridades el domingo.“Ya se encontraron, se ubicaron los tres cuerpos.
Tags: News, Ap, Nicaragua, Managua


UN Human Rights Council condemns abuse in Nicaragua

The United Nations Human Rights Council condemned what it called serious human rights violations in Nicaragua and urged President Daniel Ortega to cease such tactics Friday. The council approved the resolution with a vote of 24 to 4 with 19 abstentions at its seat in Geneva, Switzerland. The resolution said the council “expresses grave concern at the continuing reports of serious human rights violations and abuses since April 2018, and the persisting disproportionate use of force by the police...
Tags: News, Nicaragua, Geneva Switzerland, United Nations Human Rights Council, UN Human Rights Council, Daniel Ortega


'There are two realities.' What is really happening in Nicaragua during the pandemic?

Nicaragua has seen its fair share of unrest, fear and struggles throughout its troubled history. Now, faced with the deadly coronavirus, the government is coming under fire for its casual approach to containing the pandemic.
Tags: Cnn, Nicaragua


Edén Pastora, ‘Commander Zero’ in Nicaragua, Dies at 83

A hero of the 1979 Sandinista revolution, he later turned on his comrades in arms, mounting an international campaign of political pressure and later guerrilla attacks inside the country.
Tags: News, Nicaragua, Eden, Daniel, Ortega, Anastasio, Deaths (Obituaries, Sandinista National Liberation Front, Somoza Debayle, Pastora Gomez, Commander Zero, Edén Pastora


Nearly half of US states see jumps in coronavirus cases

• Asymptomatic spread is 'very rare,' WHO says • Gene study suggests virus came to California multiple times • LIVE: Nicaragua has five times as many cases as official tally, doctors say
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Sandinista leaders fall victim to coronavirus outbreak they downplayed

Nicaragua’s government denies community spread in the country but an independent tally says deaths are 20 times the official figureEarlier this year, as countries enforced strict social-distancing rules to slow the spread of coronavirus, Nicaragua’s Sandinista rulers organized a string of pro-government rallies and marches under the banner “Love Walk in the Time of Covid-19”.Among those who joined one of those crowds in Managua was Dr Félix Bravo, a doctor in the country’s public health system, ...
Tags: Americas, World news, World Health Organization, Nicaragua, Managua, Coronavirus outbreak, Félix Bravo


African, Haitian migrants in Honduras defy border closure in attempt to reach U.S.

African, Cuban and Haitian migrants stranded in Honduras after borders were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic began trekking northward on Tuesday in an attempt to reach the United States, migration authorities said. Young men and women carrying backpacks along with children wearing face masks walked along a highway in southern Honduras near Nicaragua, television images showed, although it was not clear how many people were in the group. Lizandro Vallecillo, a spokesman for the national mi...
Tags: News, United States, Honduras, Nicaragua, Lizandro Vallecillo


Live Coronavirus News Updates

Hong Kong has banned an annual Tiananmen Square vigil, citing the virus. Protests in the United States have raised concerns about a second wave of infections. Despite the unrest, U.S. stocks wavered and global markets rose.
Tags: Hong Kong, News, United States, Brazil, Nicaragua, Demonstrations, Tiananmen Square, Protests and Riots, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Hydroxychloroquine (Drug


Coronavirus Live Updates: Infections Spike and Wane Unevenly Across the U.S.

Hong Kong has banned an annual Tiananmen Square vigil, citing the virus. Protests in the United States have raised concerns about a second wave of infections.
Tags: Hong Kong, News, United States, Brazil, Nicaragua, Demonstrations, Tiananmen Square, Protests and Riots, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Hydroxychloroquine (Drug


Coronavirus Live Updates: Hong Kong Bans Tiananmen Vigil, Citing Covid-19 Threat

It is the first time the June 4 event, which has been held annually since 1990, has been blocked. Protests in the United States have raised concerns about a second wave of infections.
Tags: Hong Kong, News, United States, Brazil, Nicaragua, Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Hydroxychloroquine (Drug


Coronavirus Live Updates: Hong Kong Bans Tiananmen Vigil, Citing Virus Fears

It is the first time the June 4 event, which has been held annually since 1990, has been blocked. Protests in the United States have raised concerns about a second wave of infections.
Tags: Hong Kong, News, United States, Brazil, Nicaragua, Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Hydroxychloroquine (Drug


Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Sends Two Million Hydroxychloroquine Doses to Brazil

The two countries are studying whether the drug is safe and effective for the prevention and early treatment of Covid-19. And protests in the United States have sparked fears of spreading the virus.
Tags: News, United States, Brazil, Nicaragua, Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Hydroxychloroquine (Drug


Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Sends Two Million Doses of Hydroxychloroquine to Brazil

The two countries are studying whether the drug is safe and effective for the prevention and early treatment of Covid-19. Nicaragua has become a place of midnight burials.
Tags: News, Brazil, Nicaragua, Hydroxychloroquine, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Protests Set Off Fears of New Outbreaks

Cities across the U.S. smolder from protests over police violence, in which virus precautions were uneven. Nicaragua has become a place of midnight burials.
Tags: News, Nicaragua, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Resisting Lockdown, Nicaragua Becomes a Place of Midnight Burials

The country is one of the last to reject the strict measures introduced globally to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Families say they are paying the price.
Tags: News, Nicaragua, Central America, Pneumonia, Cemeteries, Daniel, Ortega, Pan American Health Organization, Managua (Nicaragua, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Hoornstra: For foreign-born baseball players, Covid-19 presents unique challenges

The novel coronavirus had the potential to unite the world around a common enemy. In the United States, that potential quickly disintegrated. Race, age, geography, and occupational-based hazards divided us into various tiers of risk. Some of us protested. Some of us lost our jobs, or sizable portions of our paychecks. Others – reportedly 100,000 and counting – have died as a result of Covid-19. Sports usually serves as a distraction from these kinds of headlines. Now, it is serving as a microcos...
Tags: Japan, Mexico, Sports, Sport, Canada, Soccer, United States, Brazil, Mlb, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Oakland, Cuba, Department Of Homeland Security, Nicolás Maduro, Major League Baseball


Coronavirus live news: Putin says Russia past peak of outbreak despite highest daily death toll

WHO warns of second peak as global cases pass 5.5m; Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar denies picnic with friends was rule breach; world health leaders urge green recoveryGlobal report: ‘disaster’ looms as WHO warns of second peakLeo Varadkar denies picnic with friends broke Covid-19 rulesDominic Cummings refuses to resign or apologise for lockdown breachUK coronavirus updates - liveUS coronavirus updates - liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 6.18pm BST France’s coronavirus death toll has risen by...
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US places top Nicaragua officials on sanctions blacklist

Nicaragua's military chief and finance minister were placed on the US sanctions blacklist Friday as Washington stepped up pressure on the regime of President Daniel Ortega. The US Treasury said it would block any property of Julio Cesar Aviles, commander-in-chief of the Nicaraguan Army, and Ivan Adolfo Acosta, minister of finance and public credit, in US jurisdictions, and ban Americans and US companies, including banks with US offices, from doing business with them. The Treasury said Acosta ...
Tags: News, Washington, US, Treasury, US Treasury, Nicaragua, Ortega, Acosta, Daniel Ortega, Julio Cesar Aviles, Nicaraguan Army, Ivan Adolfo Acosta


Nicaragua's 'express burials' raise fears Ortega is hiding true scale of pandemic

An independent tally puts coronavirus deaths at nearly 10 times the official figure as bodies are interred quickly and quietlyCoronavirus – latest global updatesShortly after midnight, five ambulances pull up at the German Nicaraguan hospital in Managua – lights flashing, but no sirens wailing.The gates quickly close behind them, but reopen after less than half an hour, and the convoy heads out again into the dark streets. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, Nicaragua, Managua, Ortega, Coronavirus outbreak


Nicaragua closes Costa Rica border to protest virus testing

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega blamed new coronavirus-related health monitoring measures taken by neighboring Costa Rica for his country's decision Monday to close their two border crossings. In a nationally televised address, Ortega said more than 1,000 trucks were stranded on Nicaraguan highways. The dispute boiled over after Costa Rica on May 8 began testing all truck drivers entering the country for COVID-19.
Tags: News, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ortega, Daniel Ortega


'Express burials' hide true COVID-19 picture in Nicaragua

Doctors are warning of looming COVID-19 chaos in Nicaragua, where victims' families and the opposition accuse President Daniel Ortega's government of ordering "express burials" to hide the true number of infections. In contrast to restrictions in other Latin American countries, Nicaragua has been criticized for an almost complete absence of measures to contain the virus. Ortega's government has kept schools and offices open and maintained crowd-pulling events like the national soccer league.
Tags: News, Nicaragua, Ortega, Daniel Ortega


9 mind-blowing facts that show just how wealthy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg really is

Mark Zuckerberg turns 36 today.  The Facebook cofounder and CEO has an estimated $76 billion net worth, according to Forbes. Zuckerberg's net worth is largely tied to his Facebook stock. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg turns 36 today. Even though Zuckerberg's personal fortune has been on a rollercoaster ride since Facebook's catastrophic year in 2018, he still remains one of the world's richest people. His estimated net worth is c...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, Palo Alto, Jordan, Kylie Jenner, Jeff Bezos, Nicaragua, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe, Social Security Administration, Cnbc, Zuckerberg, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Forbes


Underrated Latin American food

The countries that make up Latin America have strong gastronomic cultures. Those with culinary curiosity are almost certainly aware of Venezuelan arepas and well versed in Mexican tacos and tortillas. Perhaps a michelada or two have been sipped, but what of the unsung heroes like Guatemala’s 40-ingredient salad? Or the Haitian rebellion delicacy that’s prepared on New Year’s Day? Or what about Guyana’s self-preserving meat stew? These locally celebrated dishes, that more typically fly under ...
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