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  1. I don’t understand the point of the majority of your posts. This board is not your personal diary for you to ramble on about your life. Would you please consider using Facebook for that?
    13 points
  2. I strongly sense that those who favor The Economy over Saving Lives simply are not well informed of the realities of the situation. It's so easy to imagine "it can't happen here, or to me." Yes, people are suffering economically, but they will be suffering much more with death spreading all around them as will happen without the precautions. In the first world countries, the government helps the people, least of all in the US. Low government as we have here in MX is a sign of a 3rd world country without a decent standard of living for everyone. We gringos are the rich ones here and we are obligated to help financially, but more on that in another thread. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/coronavirus-brazil-killing-young-developing-world/2020/05/22/f76d83e8-99e9-11ea-ad79-eef7cd734641_story.html?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most CV deaths keep going up in MX; Jalisco still on the low side, roughly equal to Yucatan and only slightly more than Guanajuato or Oaxaca - states with far smaller populations. We are doing well here because of the strict precautions of Alfaro who has stated he is following the guidance of the U de G. Good for him and us. This is no time to slack off. I hope Moy keeps the safety blockades up. Everyone I have talked to around here supports them. https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-deaths-hit-new-daily-record-of-479/ The issue is not staying in or going out. It is what has to be done to keep the hospitals able to function. Remember, if they are packed with CV patients, a tragedy in itself, they can't care for "normal" medical emergencies. Hospitals are on the brink of collapse in Acapulco: https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/coronavirus/acapulco-hospitals-on-point-of-collapse-mayor/ Here is how local people in Yucatan are handling the crisis: https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/coronavirus/in-200-communities-no-one-comes-or-goes/ San Miguel is also planning to put up blockades to outsiders as they begin to reopen some businesses with strict limitations and for locals only. The Cancun area as well as Los Cabos have postponed their openings indefinitely until strict certification of sanitation can be accomplished to benefit both the workers and the travelers who will be quite concerned about travel safety.
    5 points
  3. 2 thumbs up, way up.
    4 points
  4. I had to laugh at the OP. The public here are the health and safety inspectors. A business that makes people sick is quickly shunned and goes out of business. The OP assumes that regulations make things safe--not. They are there as a way to control the little guys and create a cash flow. When you actually look at the infrastructure in the USA for checking our food supply you will find it under funded and lax about the basic commodities coming into the country. This pandemic has brought out the worst in squeamish people , I know because I used to be one of them, but I grew up. The health problems here in Mexico aren't caused by home made foods, but nice clean poisonous processed foods and sodas. If something doesn't seem right to you just don't buy it/eat it, but don't lay that trip on the rest of us. The last thing we want is for Mexico to become more like the USA. I agree with Pedro---did I just say that?
    4 points
  5. Too bad Computer Guy isn't here any more. Maybe he could help you.
    3 points
  6. Yeah They sent plane loads of infected people all over the world. Worked great. Now who has the best economy?...One guess...
    2 points
  7. 2 points
  8. Okay, MC, how is this not political- the very thing you objected to in Computer Guy's posts? Or is it only political if it runs afoul of your personal politics? I really don't get it. I personally think the whole Lock Down vs. The Economy is a moral question.
    2 points
  9. I just as strongly think those who think this problem will be solved by lock downs simply are not well informed of the realities of anything, let alone science or sociology. The hospitals in this area are mostly empty. Co-opting hospitals for CV has caused other important surgeries to be denied and people have died from that and continue to do so. Our maid's husband was denied treatment for cancer because of this and it will probably cost him his life. Frankly a CV patient is probably far better off at home with the same available medications and oxygen than in a hospital. They can easily kill you with one of their ventilators. Funny how most places seem to be coping without blockades that tie up traffic for hours, disrupt vital commerce and resupply and pour tons of vehicle pollutants into the air.. Maybe because they recognize this doesn't work. Since somewhere between 30 and 70 percent are asymptomatic or so mild they are not running a temperature it is like trying to find a needle in the haystack. Bad science and worse policy. The only thing that is going to work is personal protection and avoiding large gatherings, herd immunity initially and vaccines much further down the road. It is foolish to think one little area can be isolated from it by illegally blocking the roads and threatening restaurants not to serve outsiders. Delivery people and tradesmen are coming in here in substantial numbers daily. The simple law of averages says there will be the asymptomatic and the carriers among them. It WILL happen here if it hasn't already. It is widely known that Mexico is detecting only a fraction of the cases. Countries focusing on social distancing and avoiding large gatherings while allowing commerce to continue are outperforming the lock downers because they are not impoverishing and traumatizing their populations. That is the growing lesson being learned. People are going to die from this pandemic just like all the rest. We are a long way from the casualty count of most of those, for example 1957. Yes, the unhealthy and old are going to die a lot more than the rest. That means a higher death rate in countries with poor public health like this one. We as a species are paying the price for gross overpopulation and so much international travel and commerce that local infections quickly spread world wide. And like it or not this lock down is going to end. They are demonstrating against it in GDL and the unrest is growing world wide. There's a lot of token "regulating" going on locally that is much more about saving political face than saving lives. From the get go the lockdown has been widely ignored by the Mexicans. Everyone I know has had no problem getting "non essential" services and supplies all along. Lot's of business going on behind those closed doors. The young are by and large ignoring it here and around the world. Why not since for the most of them they are more likely to die from getting hit by lightning. The fearful old folks can keep beating the drum for lock down but it is going away. It is time to focus on personal responsibility for taking care of ones own health. Those who want to remain in lock down personally that is your choice. Mostly Lost, I don't see Jocotepec blocking the roads or turning people away. Seems like most everything is open there, too and has been for a while. Is there an epidemic there? Really good piece in The Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/13/people-work-lockdown-herd-immunity-debate-coronavirus
    2 points
  10. I'm just sharing thoughts. If you're not interested, don't read further. No one is forcing you to read this. If you generally don't like my postings, please block me. After reading all the news this morning, I noted where Mexico ranks near the top in corruption. Also how the Covid 19 testing in Mexico very poor relating to other countries. So why are we lucky to be here? It seems to me that we are not really touched by the corruption, and I don't count having to pay a citation to the officer as "corruption." I would opine that most of the Gringos are reasonably well-off financially. I mean, with the comparatively low cost of living, we don't have to be really worried about being dependent on a business to pay our bills. I believe if any of us feel we want/need testing for Covid 19, I'm sure it's available privately (if you trust the testing). In a way, we are in our own little isolation bubble, and, Constitutional or not, the local government is making some effort to try to isolate our area from "outsiders." I also feel, and I have nothing to back this up other than my personal observations, that Gringos are more conscientious when it comes to flowing the guidelines for social distancing, masks and hand washing. Remember, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. All-in-all, I consider myself lucky to be in Mexico today rather then the U.S. Good health to all.
    2 points
  11. And I'd read this, just published: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-new-infections-show-virus-accelerating-across-latin-america/
    2 points
  12. The number of panels you will want depends on BOTH ' what load you will have and how much of that you will want to cover with solar' but it mostly depends of the kw of EACH panel. You will need a lot more 180 w panels than you will 300 w panels irrespective of ' what load you will have and how much of that you will want to cover with solar.' A common error when answering 'How many panels will I need?' The correct question is 'How much kw will I need for the 'load I will have and how much of that I will want to cover with solar?'
    2 points
  13. Many have left....you sent many of us off to TOB and he took your advice.
    2 points
  14. ... or not thinking enough. Mexican people are people. There are sincere, honest, and hard-working PEOPLE in all countries and cultures. There are also PEOPLE everywhere who are out to rip off the unsuspecting, especially those from other countries. Both kinds are real people, real parts of the countries in which they live.
    2 points
  15. There is a major difference between panic and using common sense. My suggestion is to consider what the experts in the medical field say, discount those with financial interest, watch out for people with narcissistic personality disorders, and go with what seems logical.
    2 points
  16. Lunch today. Filet with brown butter, caper sauce. Served with mashed potatos and grilled vsgetables....fantastic, as usual. Our VERY favorite restaurant!
    1 point
  17. No, they are the perps. It started there, they withheld information at a critical time, they banned internal flights from Wuhan and did nothing about international flights. They are the perps. Period. Nothing to do with politics, it is just how they operate. It is going to prove to be a big mistake on their part. Whole lotta countries and courts out for a piece of their hide.
    1 point
  18. The Swedes seem happy with it or they would go into lock down. One of the things they've done right is place strong focus on protecting the elderly in general and those in nursing homes in particular. That is called focusing the effort where the majority of the casualties occur. Sorry but I don't believe anything from China. They are the perps here. I'll leave it at that. Good discussion. I'm with the Guardian guy, we will see very shortly which strategy is the best. I personally think we are in one of those situations where the choice comes down to the "lesser of two evils." Lotta folks going to die from this one regardless of what path is taken.
    1 point
  19. All my relatives in GDL are respecting stay at home. that's over 25 people. All upper middle class. All are self employed including 2 doctors. Both because of age are at home. Their businesses are closed. Actually it can be up to 15 days for symptoms to present in some people. A surge is when the number of confirmed cases increase exponentially. If you follow the news ....in GDL that occurred about 10 days after the 2 holidays. Even the govt. believes this is the main cause. Last death a 104 year old grandma who's family visited for Mothers day. So surge YES
    1 point
  20. You have to work with what you got. What works in Sweden will not work in many other countries. The science of herd immunity is very well studied and there’s no diversity of opinion. Swedes have paid a heavy price for their experiment. See how the Chinese have made remarkable progress:
    1 point
  21. I keep hearing “herd immunity” as one of the answers to this developing problem. We can see that Sweden which has no lockdown ineffect has a 7.3% population antibody present. You need 70-90 % to have herd immunity. Clearly Sweden’s model is not the answer either
    1 point
  22. There you go again. How IS this political? You seem quite confused as to what "political" is. If you think my response is political than the OP is also political. Neither are. This is a policy debate and it is a policy that vitally affects all of us, expat and Mexican alike. Why don't you join the discussion instead of trying to censor one side of it?
    1 point
  23. And Chapala-Jocotepec-Tuexcueca still zero cases. Ixtlahuacan 1 case active and 1 death. Tizapan el Alto 5 reported 4 recovered. Poncitlan 14 active, 1 death, 3 recovered.
    1 point
  24. Good to know. Are there size differences? I have micro inverters. There is an advantage to these where some of your panels might be shaded in the morning or later afternoon. they came with an excellent web site that enables me to check the system by each pair of panels and track overall production. Nice toy for an engineer.
    1 point
  25. Not at all. Just don't take over someone else's thread about it. You have your own thread here, go for it!
    1 point
  26. Maybe tell the victims of two seperate outbreaks in Puerto Vallarta involving fresh cheeses made from unpasteurized milk. Authorities moved quickly, and decisively in those cases. Maybe the rural, backwater, small town nature of Lakeside does not attract inspectors. Try this question in Guadalajara these days or Puerto Vallarta. Living in close proximity to a restaurant there who had to replace their 60 year old tile and grout kitchen work surfaces with stainless steel. One of the fundamental rules of this forum are that users using fake names as posters will be permanently banned. I guess that doesn' t apply to Ben Wah, Ned Small, and Happyjillin, and other aliases which I now thankfully forget. Slippery slope ahead. Pedro is a negativity magnet. Always has been, always will be.
    1 point
  27. Merriam Webster Definition of ax-grinding : working for an ulterior purpose or toward a selfish end fulfills the … aims of its author with a minimum of ax-grinding
    1 point
  28. His choice as I said. They can discuss politics to their heart's content and beat each other up and anyone else who doesn't subscribe to the group think as much as they like there. That is not what this board is about. It is good that board provides an alternative for those thus inclined.
    1 point
  29. The hardware store across from toritos/Cristina pharmacy just west of Telmex has them in Ajijic. I have used 2 different sizes, they’re the exact same as up North and work well, cheap but don’t remember the price.....have caught many mice and rats. Just ask, their English is good. Open today.
    1 point
  30. Just like the rest of you I have not received my stimulus check. And yes every year I fill my income tax. And also reported to Social Security off my status. Finally I got this reply from one of my inquiries. The Primary SSN has been locked because Social Security Administration records indicate the number belongs to a deceased individual. So now I am trying to get through to the SS and IRS by phone and secure email. But it looks like the government is close down everything. Even notify the Consulate in Guadalajara I'll just have to wait and see what happens. Maybe if I can get the government to notify my private life insurance company that I am dead, and they pay me off at least I could enjoy my Death Benefits.
    1 point
  31. Sounds like the place needs a Gordon Ramsey makeover. A good steam cleaning and degreasing, coming back on a regular basis. All expired condiments and ingredients destroyed. Most of all a new attitude.
    1 point
  32. I started as a patient at Dr Barrigan's about 7 years ago. About 6 years ago I had to have a tooth extraction and had an examination of my gums by Dr Edgar. He suggested I have the procedure where they slice the gums open, do a deep scrape and clean, and then sew me back up. Done in 2 phases left / right. That was done about 4 years ago and I see him every 6 months for follow-up monitoring and cleaning. He's very good, very thorough and I've been very pleased with him. In fact I see him again in about 3 weeks. Hope this helps
    1 point
  33. I've not received the payment. I've filed 1040 every year, but no refund so no bank info. I have my SS deposited in my NOB bank, but the payment has not shown up there. When I go on the IRS website, enter the data on the first page, it says "this does not match our records". It doesn't seem to matter what combination of SSN, address, etc I put in, I get the same result. I give up
    1 point
  34. Of course I could talk of corruption elsewhere but I’m not supposed to so we’ll make believe it only happens here.
    1 point
  35. Corruption happens in different ways in different countries, some not so obvious that the average Joe Sixpack wouldn’t notice it.
    1 point
  36. The problems you point out are ubiquitous in all countries but you seem to be trying to politicize it here. You may not notice it but others have mentioned that about you.
    1 point
  37. How about something positive about Mexico for a change...like very light virus problems in our area, like everything is opening up again ....?
    1 point
  38. We are in the exact same situation. We read here about re-entering our deposit information before the deadline which we did. Still, when I go check the "get My Payment" site, it still says "Payment Status Not Available".
    1 point
  39. You want to use this forum as your bully pulpit to critizise the Mexican government. Wait until word gets around and see how far that gets you.
    1 point
  40. Edited by Mod for off topic political reference. Don't do it again.
    1 point
  41. Amazing what you can see on google maps
    1 point
  42. Unfortunately the QC problems with this restaurant go back a lot longer than a chef or two. Too bad, nice dining room, would be great to have decent Chinese here as an alternative.
    1 point
  43. I knew Pato for many years. He was so gentle and sweet. He always had a good sense of humour and a twinkle in his eyes. Rest in Peace dear sweet Pato.
    1 point
  44. Friends in both England and Italy (not in the hard-hit north) still report many hospitalizations among people they know, and countries that are not even close to being "open". Maybe what we can all take away from this is that it is time to enjoy our homes, our families, and our communities. We have pretty much spoiled the world with our need to seek fun and adventure through travel. The cost to the planet has been tremendous. Please consider that when making or canceling plans.
    1 point
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