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    Cuba Dave Arrest

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    Cuba Dave was arrested arriving at SJO Friday. The charge appears to be 'promoting sex tourism'.

    Costa Rica's 'Promoting sex tourism' is one of those laws that are more common among governments like Cuba, Venezuela, or fundamentalist Islamic dictatorships like Iran.

    Reports say the OIJ was acting on information from a confidential informant. I only know one person who makes a practice of being a Rat. Daniel Woodall, known in some circles as Daniel Caro, or admin3 on CRT. Dan was the guy who was kind enough to inform Costa Rican immigration that I had overstayed my visa in the fall of 2013. He claims he was only doing so under instructions of Bill Alexander/Graham at Sportsman's Lodge, but I'd bet it was his idea. Dan makes an life's work of ratting on people in Costa Rica, and all my money here is on him leading the OIJ to Cuba Dave's arrival.

    Is Cuba Dave promoting sex tourism in Costa Rica? Maybe... He's mostly promoting himself and his travels. But much of what is being focused on here leads to confusion because the activity he's accused of promoting is perfectly legal to engage in within Costa Rica. Buying sex is quite common in Costa Rica among locals and tourists alike. Selling sex isn't given a second glance. In fact, well over 90% of consumers of the sex trade in Costa Rica are Costa Ricans. Yet talking about selling sex and where to buy it is illegal, at least for foreigners.

    Much of the surprise about Cuba Dave's arrest comes from the illusion that Costa Rica is a modern democracy. It isn't, and never has been. It's still a third world oligarchy with a communist president. If one accepts this reality, the surprise is diminished a bit.

    When you mix corruption at a national, molecular level, wholesale incompetence, and a baffling sense of superiority, you get laws like this. The same kind of laws that led to the same government deciding to ask for increased US foreign aid in lieu of raising taxes or purging corruption.

    Fact: In Costa Rica, if you catch someone stealing from you, and call them a thief. You've committed a more serious crime than they have. Very typical of a society where thievery is the national past-time.

    If Costa Rica wants to get people to stop talking about prostitution in its country, they could simply make prostitution illegal. They could launch initiatives in education and create a legitimate investment environment for foreign investors, rather than the pension-toilet it is today. They could educate young women about birth control and financial responsibility.

    Or they could just keep blaming their problems on the gringos...

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    > Dan was the guy who was kind enough to inform Costa Rican immigration that I had overstayed my visa in the fall of 2013. He claims he was only doing so under instructions of Bill Alexander/Graham at Sportsman's Lodge, but I'd bet it was his idea. Dan makes an life's work of ratting on people in Costa Rica, and all my money here is on him leading the OIJ to Cuba Dave's arrival.

    The squeaky wheel gets the grease in Costa Rica, that's for sure. I know Bill, and he's not the kind of person that is generally given to petty actions such as that. Of course, anyone can have a weak moment, and I wasn't there when it happened. However, based on what I know and my personal impressions, I'd say that there's about 99.9% chance that you're correct that Mr. Woodall (admin3) either acted on his own or chose to interpret some offhand comment by Bill as an order to "Take Him Out." Bill just ain't that kind of guy, but I wasn't there, so I can't say for sure.

    At any rate, when someone at an establishment like the SL, HDR, Cocal, or any other place that is drawing in Gringo money like Honey... BITCHES about someone or "Rats" on them, the cops are going to do something about it. They feel like they have to, in order to keep the right people happy. That's just a fact of like in any Latin American country. The Wrong Douchebag found out too much about you, and he Narc'ed on you.



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    Now, on this next point, please don't take offense. I'm just stating my opinion, and I understand yours...


    > the activity he's accused of promoting is perfectly legal to engage in within Costa Rica

    That's True


    > well over 90% of consumers of the sex trade in Costa Rica are Costa Ricans

    I'm not aware of any verifiable statistics, but I won't debate that


    > the illusion that Costa Rica is a modern democracy. It isn't, and never has been. It's still a third world oligarchy with a communist president.

    I disagree on this point. In many ways -- not all -- Costa Rican government is better at democracy that the U.S. government. Only a few European governments can truly rival the freedoms and democratic ideals that are present in Costa Rica. Is there corruption in Costa Rica? Sure there is. There's corruption everywhere, although perhaps it's more prevalent in Costa Rica than in some other locations. There is certainly not much evidence of outright communism here, although socialism arguably has a bit of a foothold. When the citizenry or the labor force gets pissed off in Costa Rica, all hell breaks loose, and the government almost always has to Back the Fuck Up! I have never witnessed a finer example of the ancient Greek ideals of democracy, than a good ol' Costa Rican "This is Bullshit!" walkout. I was here a few years ago when the motorcycle owners shut down the whole downtown are of San José because of a huge increase in taxes. The protesters don't always win, but they are not afraid to turn out in force. It's actually a very cool thing to see. These guys have some balls, sometimes -- and they get to elect their own President by popular vote, who can't serve two consecutive terms.

    Undemocratic? Oligarchy? Communist? I don't agree. However, it's very difficult to look at another country -- another government -- and really objectively look at it without trying to find every difference from the government of your home country as a Flaw. Costa Ricans have different values and laws than the people of the USA, Canada, and even the countries in Europe who brought their laws to Costa Rica when it was "Discovered" by the Conquistadors. I grew up in the Southeastern USA in the 1970s, and I can assure you that that culture was vastly different from 2015 Costa Rican culture. If you're from a similar culture, those concepts of morality, legality, right and wrong... are FAR, FAR different from those of Ticos. Nobody is forced to believe that the Tico culture is correct, just as Ticos are not forced to believe that your culture is correct. But don't think for a moment that you're going to come to Costa Rica and show Ticos "The Light", and that all of a sudden they are going to adopt the U.S. Constitution as their own.

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    Back to the topic at hand...

    Although it might seem foreign to those who have not grown up in Tico culture or Latin American culture, this concept makes perfect sense to Ticos. In fact, it makes sense not just to Ticos, but to most Latin Americans. How else do you explain a predominantly Catholic culture that condones prostitution? In this culture, there is a big difference in saying that prostitution is legal and shouting it from the mountaintops. The Ticos/Latinos have kept this activity all quiet, for a long time. Even though everyone knows what they are and where they are, you don't see websites and billboards for the MPs and "Love Hotels" in Costa Rica. You will see billboards and websites for the high-dollar places that are targeting Gringo sex tourists, which should give even the most distracted guy a very clear signal. Ticos/Latinos like their prostitution as discreet as it can be. They do not like websites and YouTube videos that depict Costa Rica as one big Whorehouse, especially one that is specifically designed to attract old, drunk Gringos who want to have sex with 20-year-old girls.

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    That does look like the guy, although his superficial appearance has changed somewhat. He's a reasonably intelligent critter who loves to blog a lot. I've read everything that he's written online (that I can find). That's my job. He writes more about factual stuff than opinion-type stuff... Bank fees, IRS rules, driving law, etc. I've found some mistakes occasionally, but he's correct about 95% of the time, which is pretty good for Costa Rica. Some of his online info is probably just outdated (which means more than about 3 months old, in Costa Rica). I've met him twice, briefly. He was pleasant enough at the time, but I don't know him. I don't want to know or hang around with anyone who posts their real name and photo on a blog -- too much attention and exposure.

    Based upon the input of 3 or 4 people that I know and trust (and Jonesie, too), this guy carries a Huge Metaphorical Knife with him 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and his favorite target is square in the middle of a person's back. I'm also told that he is fond of arbitrarily imposing his Personal Law upon those over whom he has authority. Now... This is all hearsay, but it does come from people that I trust. I don't take unnecessary risks, and I always hedge my bets, so I steer clear.

    I'm putting this info out there, and anyone can do what they wish with it.

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    Danielo sounds like trouble. Thanks for sharing your opinion Señor Speedy! I will avoid him. And if he gets in my way for any reason, spill my beer on him. And perhaps if I have something in my throat at the time, spit in his eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenoOfCitium View Post
    Danielo sounds like trouble. Thanks for sharing your opinion Señor Speedy! I will avoid him. And if he gets in my way for any reason, spill my beer on him. And perhaps if I have something in my throat at the time, spit in his eye
    I wouldn't go quite THAT far! :P

    I'm a cautious person by nature, and it's very necessary for my work, as well. I don't know the guy personally, but I trust the people who have given me info about him. I'm not going to declare that he's a bad guy, because that would be hearsay. What I AM saying is that I have enough info about him, from sources that I trust, that I'm not willing to take the risk of speaking with him or being around him. That's all that I recommend to others, as well. Just walk the other way.

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    I would... I do know him personally, And his whole life is about how he can get back at the world and everyone it it for either taking his lunch money, or not giving him enough hugs when he was a kid. Any ten minute conversation with him will involve him mentioning how he can rat someone out if he wants to. He honestly gets some kind of perceived power from it.

    People can do that in Costa Rica, the passive aggressive nature of the culture helps his douchebaggery go unnoticed. I've asked Santa for him to move to Medellin...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenoOfCitium View Post
    Danielo sounds like trouble. Thanks for sharing your opinion Señor Speedy! I will avoid him. And if he gets in my way for any reason, spill my beer on him. And perhaps if I have something in my throat at the time, spit in his eye
    I tried to edit my post, but the edit function on the board is not working very well right now. So... Here's Part 2...

    Once again, I can't make any concrete statements about the individual in question, but I do trust the information that I receive from my friends and colleagues.



    If you know me personally, then you know that there is a very short list of personality traits and behaviors that I Really, REALLY Hate...

    1) Being a Fucking NARC! I mention this one first because it's the most relevant to this thread. I have ZERO respect for NARCs! I'm not talking about people who call the cops on wife-beaters and child-molesters... I'm talking about the kind of douchebag that informs on a guy that has overstayed his 90-day Passport stamp in Costa Rica. Total SCUM! I am "One-and-Done" on this issue. NO Second Chances! You're a disloyal excuse for a human being... NO EXCUSES!

    2) Liars. I'll give someone one, or sometimes, two chances to never lie to me again. I hate liars and will disassociate myself from them completely and permanently. I have even done this with a couple of my own family members. Note: This does not include the lies that do no real harm to anyone, but are sometimes necessary, especially within family and your circle of close friends. For example:

    Wife: Do I look fat?

    Me: No! Sweety! You're gorgeous!

    [later, I'll slowly and subtly nudge her into exercising a little more and eating a little better]

    5-year-old Daughter: Daddy! I drew a picture of our House!

    Me: Why, Honey! That looks Exactly Like our House!

    [I'm thinking, "What the fuck is this? A Banana with a Pentagon for a Head?]

    3) Thieves. I hate thieves. Don't steal from me. It really pisses me off, and I rarely forgive thieves more than once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonesie View Post
    his douchebaggery

    I find it both humorous and sad... that we both referred to the individual in question as a "douchebag" while cross-posting (I had not yet seen your post, and you had not yet seen my post)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonesie View Post
    Any ten minute conversation with him will involve him mentioning how he can rat someone out if he wants to. He honestly gets some kind of perceived power from it.
    The one good thing about Narcs is that they are so easy to Play. If you ever want to get even with a Narc, there are Lots of tricks that work for that. I once "photoshopped" Laura's license plate onto a photo of my car and then showed the photo to a Narc, whom I had previously told that I had 10 K's of Coke in my car. The cop was PISSED when he found out who the license plate was registered to. I've told Narcs that my ID or driver's license was expired. If the cop asks me to show him, I'll show him. If the cop says, "He told me your Driver's License was expired", I'll say, "Yeah... He's kind of a dick. He makes up stuff like that about people all the time." Remember... Narcs are so desperate to rat on somebody -- it's their mission in life -- that they definitely don't expect you to lie to them about stuff that you're doing illegally. They'll jump right on it. 2 or 3 of those, and nobody will ever trust him again.


    mentioning how he can rat someone out if he wants to
    I've had Narcs say that to me before. My usual response is, "And you're SO PROUD of that, aren't you?"
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