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  1. Interesting article but there is much more to it than "time". One has to assume that the antibiotic prescribed will actually do the job. The wide spectrum antibiotics being prescribed are a good part of the problem causing antibiotic resistance. IF Doctors actually knew what was causing the infection and exactly pinpointed the antibiotic required, it would go a long way to solving said problem. Basically, it's their best guess and I want no part of that. Even in situations of sepsis or CSF involvement, a quick microscopic check in a lab will tell the Doctor which category of bacteria is involved and they can immediately prescribe something more definitive than a wide spectrum antibiotic. Every person that I know who is vaccinated STILL wears a mask and takes precautions to avoid getting the virus and possibly being the cause of spread and/or mutation. It's what grown up responsible people do.
    8 points
  2. Gee, thanks for the right-wing mansplaining full of inaccuracies.
    7 points
  3. Never mind the over 5,200,000 people who have died of coronavirus in less than 2 years, eh? And you know why the virus is still around? Because of people like you who spread and believe absurd conspiracy theories.
    5 points
  4. You know, with a couple of brusel's sprouts and a squirt or two of Cheez Whiz, it might be just dandy.
    5 points
  5. The warmer lowland areas have mosquitos after the rainy season and a more effective treatment is done when the heavy rains stop so the lying water can be treated then and not needed again after another heavy rain or two. The program is Federal government funded, state government administrated, municipal government advertized and coordinated and doesn't cost the local government a penny. Your IVA and SAT taxes pay for it.
    5 points
  6. Ditto on Dr. Daniel Briseno and San Antonio Hospital. He was completely thorough and gave me copy of his pictures before I left the treatment room. Then I was taken to recovery room and left to fully awake. The staff at the hospital were fine and the charges were told to me even before I went there. They took biopsies and charged extra for that, which was reasonably priced. A week later I contacted Dr. Briseno and he provided biopsy results, which fortunately were fine. Based on my experience, I totally recommend Dr. Daniel Briseno as well as San Antonio Hospital. I would go to Guadalajara as a last resort !!
    5 points
  7. Mexico Tax and Financial Reforms 2022, the good, the bad and the ugly… The economic reform packages have been made official and were published in the Federal Register (Diario Oficial de la Federacion) on November 12, 2021 with additions, deletions and modifications to the tax laws to take effect in 2022. Reduction of confiscatory tax withholding Mexico has always had a sort of ridiculous tax well actually a tax withholding on savings, it really amounted to robbery at its highest level in 2020 at 1.45%. The withholding is on the principal balance without regard to how much you actually earned! So if you had a savings account paying 0.5% interest you would lose almost 1%, kind of a disincentive to savings and the only way to get the money back would be to file a tax return which many low income people are not obligated to do and which can have costs that would not justify the benefit of getting part of the withholding back. The tax withholding for 2022 will lower to 0.08% down from 0.97% in 2021, now the modest income savers may actually see a few pesos in interest payments without having to file a tax return to get part of an exaggerated withholding back. This we can file under something positive… Implementation of a flat tax system….. Mexico has always played a cat and mouse game with taxpayers who have been very creative with their write-offs in attempts to avoid the draconian tax rates where the IVA (VAT or GST for some countries) sales tax on goods and services is 16% and where the income tax rate is 35% so essentially you are giving over half your income (51%) to the Mexican government. The simplest tax system to date was the REPECO which was morphed years back (2013) into the Regimen de Incorporación Fiscal which was introduced to invite taxpayers to become part of the formal tax paying system with a 10 year phase in period with a 100% tax forgiveness the first year then 90% the second year and so on. Also there were bimonthly tax filings and no annual returns simple enough to do without an accountant. Taxpayers who did not issue facturas and had low incomes would be exempted 100% of the IVA tax for future years. This simplified tax system had a limit of $2,000,000 of gross receipts and people with a professional license like doctors and attorneys or real estate agents were not able to use the system. The new tax reforms are abolishing the old Regimen de Incorporación Fiscal and creating a new system called Regimen Simplificado de Confianza (RESICO). This new system looks good as it will not exclude professionals and is for people that earn $3,500,000 pesos gross or less. The tax rates are from 1% up to $300,000 pesos, 1.1% up to $600,000 pesos and the highest tax rate is 2.5% for those earning 2,500,000 to $3,500,000. This is a flat tax on earnings with no deductions so for those with few deductions, they will pay less tax, the government will not need to audit as there are no deductions and can focus on larger earners who try to evade taxes. Assume that under present system you earn $1,500,000 pesos gross and write off $500,00 so net income of $1,000,000 you would have a combined tax rate of 30% so pay $300,000 pesos in taxes on the $1,000,000 net. Under the new system you would pay 1.5% on the $1,500,000 or $22,500 pesos, saving over $277,000 in taxes. This ignores IVA as most pay it anyways so no change. The only problem here is that this new tax structure assumes that everybody gives out facturas to people or entities but those under the present Regimen de Incorporación Fiscal will pay higher taxes as they have not fixed a loophole which will hurt the lowest income taxpayers as the new law has no provision for an exemption of the IVA sales tax, so you have people who were previously in Regimen de Incorporación Fiscal with a blended tax rate of 11% for the ISR or income tax but no IVA sales tax of 16% assuming $300,000 pesos of income. Under the new system their ISR income tax will go down to 1% but now they will pay the 16% IVA sales tax for a total tax of 17% instead of 11% and that also assumes that they were finished with the 10 year period where they received tax breaks. People in the first few years of the Regimen de Incorporación Fiscal will see huge tax hikes as they may be only paying an effective tax rate of 2-3% now but come next year will be paying 17-19%, a large hike for people who entered a program to help them. Now the government may find that with nobody writing anything off then nobody will ask for facturas as nobody will need them and that could cause some reduction in tax revenue. This new part is a sort of wobbler, good for many but also the lowest income will be hit hard unless they amend the law and exempt IVA for the lower earners who do not issue facturas to others who write it off. Professionals who already pay the IVA tax and who do not have large expenses or write offs will see a large tax savings under this program such as doctors, real estate agents, attorneys, accountants, architects, engineers, etc. New AGAPE regimen where farmers, fisherman, livestock ranchers and similar can earn up to $900,000 pesos a year tax free. This seems to be great, help those in the food supply chain. SAT mandatory tax ID number for all adults Now it is the law that all people over 18 must have a tax ID number. Ok, well they seem to ask for it when opening bank accounts, buying vehicles so seems like no big deal. With the pandemic it has been hard to get appointments at a SAT office and each year they make it harder to do things online. Up until about 2 weeks ago in November, 2021 we could go online and sign people up to have them issued an RFC number (tax ID number) and get them a password and then they wouldn´t have to worry about driving into Guadalajara to the SAT tax office well if there were any appointments available. Now all adults need an RFC number and there are no appointments and no ability to get the number online. There is already gridlock and reports of corruption with people paying $3,000 pesos or more to get an appointment at SAT, it is poor planning to eliminate the online system to assign a tax ID number with an already overburdened system. Minimum wage rise and consequences… The good news for the poorest people is that the minimum wage for 2022 will go up a whopping 22% to rise from 141.70 pesos to 172.87 pesos in 2022. The bad new will be for people moving to Mexico. Even though a federal decree has substituted the new UMA (Unidad de Medida y Actualización) for the old minimum wage (salario minimo), the consulates outside Mexico still insist on using the minimum wage index. With the 22% rise in the minimum wage that means a 22% rise in the qualifications to get a temporary visa. With today´s (December 1, 2021) exchange rate being 21.27 pesos to the US Dollar, to qualify for a temporary visa you will need monthly income of 300 times minimum wage or $51,861 pesos per month or $2,438US. This is a rise of about $440USD needed to qualify. If you want to qualify by having investments / savings / assets the amount is $5,000 times the minimum wage or $40,637US minimum balance over the past 12 months. This is a rise of about $7,327USD needed to qualify. The consulates outside Mexico are still not operating at full capacity and the online appointment system is broken more often than working, more people are being vaccinated and starting at looking to move to Mexico. Beg, borrow or rob or find a way to get a consular appointment this month (consulates do not take the 2-3 weeks vacation like office inside Mexico) if the increases will hurt your qualifications. Mexico is becoming a residence destination for the rich, just a few years back $2,500US was sufficient for permanent residency. When the immigration law came out in 2011 and implemented in 2012 they had set unreal and high standards for the temporary visa qualifications which they lowered in October 2014, hopefully they mandate the consulates use the UMA index or people will find another warm and inexpensive place to live or retire. Lic. Spencer Richard Mc Mullen is an attorney and official court translator with offices in Chapala and Guadalajara, Jalisco serving the entire country of Mexico and helping people abroad.
    4 points
  8. Very sorry to hear about Dr. Lastra, he was a generous and helping person for many people of limited means here. Was he vaccinated? I would expect so. Let's discuss precautions. Precautions that work are in short supply with covid. Precautions that disrupt or kill and injure by themselves while failing to protect are no panacea. Millions and millions have been "vaccinated" and yet covid marches on, new variations emerging every few months. That's not a conspiracy theory, that's an observable fact. Many very credible medical experts are suggesting the mass vaccination including younger people in little real danger from covid may be accelerating this process. There's a strong scientific basis for that in past medical history. Covid is soaring among populations that are almost fully vaccinated. If the "vaccines" actually protected from getting covid this would not be the case. Blaming it on the decreasing numbers of unvaccinated is statistical nonsense if the vaccinated are protected and not sources of infection themselves. Vaccinations that have manifested side effects, including substantial numbers of fatalities, the levels of which far exceed previous thresholds for vaccine withdrawal, yet last only a few months and neither prevent catching or spreading covid are no panacea. Australia is reporting more fatalities with these vaccines than for all other vaccines used in that country in the last 50 years. An analysis of the known underreporting U.S. VAERS system shows a similar pattern. Two states in Canada are reporting very significant increases in still births among vaccinated pregnant women. The numbers are small but the percentage increase is so large it is hard to ignore. Recently vaccinated athletes are suddenly collapsing or dying from known heart and blood side effects of these vaccines in unprecedented numbers. Also very small total numbers but with increases that strongly suggest a correlation. Why are we forcing young and healthy people, statistically at zero real risk from covid, to take these vaccines that neither prevent the disease or its spread? When we (spouse and I) got our first (and to be the only) jab, there was zero warning or information given about side effects. Turn on the TV and watch any prescription drug ad. Most of the time is taken up warning you of side effects. But not with these "vaccines" why? As more and more information emerges that the second and subsequent vaccinations have a heightened risk of side effects we have decided to pass on further injections. We see no reason to think the third "jab" is going to last longer or prevent getting or spreading covid any more than the first two. Why take the risk? The alarm bells should have started ringing when the makers of these "vaccines" were given immunity from being sued. Yet if it is found that our usual flu vaccines are dangerous, their makers can be sued and have been in the past. But not with these--warnings being omitted or censored and recourse in the event of injury or death blocked. Maybe the vaccinated don't get as sick when they get covid but the evidence for that is pretty sketchy. Determining something like that would take massive controlled studies over more than a few months, not just anecdotal observations from those with an obvious agenda. Given the track record of flip flops and errors over the last long two years of "Doctor" Fauci (non practicing physician bureaucrat), the CDC, the WHO, the far, far less than forthcoming Chinese and the drug makers reaping billions upon billions keeping this going it would seem some skepticism should finally start to creep in. At some point one would think that people would notice these precautions like flimsy little cloth masks people wear repeatedly without cleaning and vaccines that neither protect nor stop the spread, are not working and are not going to work. Maybe if everyone wore N95 masks and replaced them after each use, we could have more confidence in that panacea. After two long years of failure, we still don't get it that realistically we still have no real working panaceas other than just avoiding other people totally. Locking your doors, climbing in bed and pulling the covers over your head is probably the most effective thing going out there right now. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. IMO that is where we are with covid. The hard truth here is this apparently manufactured disease courtesy of China looks like it is just going to run its course unless an effective vaccine can be found. At least in the historical context of pandemics, this one is pretty mild, killing only about 2 percent of its victims and that death toll is mostly concentrated among the old and unhealthy. Humanity is going to survive this largely intact even if some of us among the more vulnerable categories do not. Five years from now I expect we will be finding the damage from lockdowns, vaccines that don't work, loss of livelihoods and disruption of the educations of millions upon millions of young people (a group with a statistical 100 percent survival rate) will end up being far worse than covid itself. For example, Mexico reports covid increased the poverty level in this already poor country by 10 percent, or about 15 million people. How many people are dying from that or turning to gang crime with its high death rate and dying from that?
    4 points
  9. Strange. Tiajuana? Vaccinatore? Vacinating? Might you be confusing the Tijuana Cross Border Xpress bridge, CBX, with CVS, the pharmacy chain? CBX is an enclosed pedestrian skybridge that spans the U.S./Mexico border, connecting a passenger building in San Diego directly to the Tijuana Airport. There does appear to be 'something', maybe a pharmacy, called 'Tijuana Innovadora' in Otay Mesa USA right there at the bridge that google maps shows but gives no information about. Could THAT be what you are referring to?
    4 points
  10. This is dead serious. There is nothing better on pancakes than real Canadian or Vermont maple syrup. Nothing. We probably should move this to the food section though.
    4 points
  11. I've received several emails requesting info on how to set up fongo and textnow. I'll post something more detailed here in the next few days. For now: do not cancel your existing landline or cell phone service if you want to keep the phone number! You need to port the number before cancelling the existing service, or else you will lose it.
    4 points
  12. Most likely it will be sent by Google yes. I have several accounts and one by one they are getting this 2step authentication. As it is sent completely random by computer to each account they don't look at those dates like thanksgiving or Christmas. Some accounts I have already have 2 step, others not yet. 2step isn't that much of a hassle, it is only used when you need to login again on a new device or when you are logged out on your current device. And basically requieres to click yes/accept on a already logged in device like your phone to login on a new device. Otherwise you won't notice any difference and does give extra security. But do check when you start the process setting up 2step if the domain is google.com or gmail.com or other google related domain.
    4 points
  13. I'd suggest his joining and reading this site: https://advrider.com/ The ferry isn't cheap and requires some advance planning but works very well and brings you over to Mazatlan where there are numerous options for great riding such as the Espinazo de Diablo to Durango, then up to Copper Canyon. Choice of ride is important here. Dual sport bikes are the ride of choice in Mexico because of the bad roads and numerous topes. This is not a good country for cruiser style bikes. Suzuki and BMW dual sports are very popular here and service for both is widely available. Once leaving Baja one should plan on mainly staying in inexpensive hotels in the towns. A great way to plan a trip is to identify the towns worth visiting and set things up for fairly early afternoon arrival to give time to explore a bit. Although there is some really spectacular riding along and around the mountain ranges, the towns of Mexico are really worth visiting. Two guys on Facebook, JD Dyess and Jim Foreman post tons of stuff about riding in Mexico. They are both great guys who are always happy to help the novice Mexico rider.
    4 points
  14. Do NOT ride at night ⚠️
    4 points
  15. Yes, it's of lesser importance than ensuring that they don't get sick or die or bring the virus home to their families who could get sick and die. And if a child doesn't have basic reading and writing skills by the time they graduate from the 2nd grade, that's a failure of the education system and their parents.
    3 points
  16. We just had a parents and teacher meeting this to plan for their Christmas posada and to hand put their grades. Their teacher is very worried that in his 4th grade class, almost all the kids are still on a 2nd grade level. Several still can not read and write. They are all 2 years behind. So those 2 weeks of staying home will be 2 more weeks with kids not being in the class room. And yes it is a huge problem for their future education and their future in general. But I guess that is of lesser importance. And think of the parents that won't be able to work cause they now have to stay home with their kids.
    3 points
  17. Dr. Lastra just died of Covid. Heaven forbid that anyone take precautions to prevent a death. Take your conspiracy theories and stick 'em where the sun don't shine.
    3 points
  18. Why would anyone object to a 2 weeks delay to cut back on contamination after a holiday is beyond me but then some people love to complain.
    3 points
  19. I have littke kids in school in Chapala. The secretary of Education for Jalisco decided to do 2 weeks of virtual classes and then they should head back to the classrooms. It is because of the amount of traveling that many families do at Christmas and because of the new "weaker" Omicron variant. Still Honeybee I agree it is useless and rediculous. Why aren't most news articles focusing on the milder and lighter symptoms people are experiencing with this new mutation? Because their agenda has always been to sow as much fear as possible and to sell as many vaccines as possible for Big Pharma.
    3 points
  20. Sometimes this forum is better than having Google. MakeItSo has proven that point for us lately! Thanks.
    3 points
  21. I saw them moving kitchen equipment ( stoves etc ) into the new location yesterday….despite all kinds of problems they managed to make their present location a success…they obviously think outside the box so it wouldn’t surprise me to see them open early December. I too love these new style restaurants springing up all over town …I long ago grew tired of the many pseudo salmon and steak restaurants…wishing them lots of luck .
    3 points
  22. Everyone needs a hobby. 😉
    3 points
  23. Yes, this is how a Whatsapp call works; it is data either thru cell data or Wifi, whatever the device is using at the time. And Whatsapp calls have generally been clearer / better sound quality than local cell calls for quite some time now IMHO.
    3 points
  24. How does one even FIND a thread that old when there are 10s of thousands Posted in the ensuing year. But of course....carry on.
    3 points
  25. Dr. Claudia Camacho Choza Eye Centre Chapala 3334033857. Excellent credentials, excellent equipment. She has been our opthamalogist for 5 years. Did cataract surgery on both my eyes and both my wife's eyes.
    3 points
  26. This is listed in the calendar of AjijicNews.com San Andres Fiesta, the patron saint of Ajijic. To end no later than 12 am Mañanitas at 7am, mass at 8am, 12pm and 7pm Sanitary measures to be enforced and checked at each entrance to the plaza. Sponsors/Guilds for each day Nov 22. Musicians Nov 23. Village of Ajijic Nov 24. Missionaries Nov 25. Domestic workers, beauticians, teachers, professionals Nov 26. Carpenters Nov 27. Farmers and Ranchers Nov 28. Construction workers Nov 29. Gardeners, and Workers guild Nov 30. Absent children of Ajijic, working elsewhere
    3 points
  27. I think you may have gotten the dough for pizza which I have been told they sell. It is for a pie though lol.
    3 points
  28. If you travel down Baja and want to cross to the mainland than you have to do that by ferry. The best way is from La Paz to Mazatlán and is about 13 hours. With motorcycled and even a car, no problem.
    3 points
  29. We ported 2 Canadian numbers, and 1 US number 5 or 6 years ago. The Canadian numbers we ported to Fongo, and the US ported to TextNow. These are apps you install on a smartphone or a tablet, and they work as phones (calling, texting, receiving, etc). No matter where you are, what provider you use, these number will be with you and ring on your device, and allow you to call out and text. In fact we cancelled our canadian rogers cell phone, and use telcel exclusively wherever we go, with Fongo and Textnow apps installed. Works great. Just to add: fongo numbers work for ID verification, including banking, short texting, social media, etc, as you would expect from a cell phone. We hardly use textnow, but assume it works the same. You will have to confirm your e911 location when you port.
    3 points
  30. I'll say it first - "groan". 😉
    3 points
  31. No they aren't. https://www.google.com/amp/s/globalnews.ca/news/8401613/fact-check-covid-19-vaccines-stillbirths-pregnancy/amp/ No, they are quite far from being at zero risk. https://www.paho.org/en/news/5-5-2021-hospitalizations-and-deaths-younger-people-soar-due-covid-19-paho-director-reports Anecdotal observations? Hospitals all over the world have been keeping records on this since the vaccinations became available. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.statista.com/chart/amp/26159/covid-cases-us-age-group-vaccination-status/ Facts matter. Not whatever uninformed BS one spouts.
    2 points
  32. Two weeks is not going to make a whole lot of difference As a kid I did not go to school for 2 years because of illness when I was 7 and 8 years old. My parents taught me how to read, wrote and basic math as for the rest I caught up when I went back to school. Right now I am teaching a 20 year old how to read and write and she did not miss school becauseof covid and teching a 12 year old who dos not know how to read and write or speak Spanish and whose techers are moving him along from one grade to another although he has no basic education. It is a problem all over Mexico and it has nothing to do with covid but poor education to start with. It is up to the parents or family to help out. When all the kids are behind because of a crisis , all kids are behind and it is not as much of a problem as when only some kids are missing. These are difficult times and people have to figure out a way to go ahead no matter what.. That is what I mean when I say having kids is inconvenient because the adults have to pitch in when there is a lack of something. .
    2 points
  33. This is the most active group that I know of now. Grupo Axixic Chimalli https://www.facebook.com/groups/279480229656232
    2 points
  34. I use TotalPlay. Usually no WiFi booster is needed for current new TotalPlay modems -- they send a good signal already, much better than a 10-year-old Telmex router. But TotalPlay offers free compatible WiFi mesh repeaters (mesh is better than plain repeaters) with their 100 Mbps and faster optical fiber offerings, as a freebie. Just ask for them to send you these extra wireless mesh antennas to extend coverage to another part of your home. They outperform those cheap non-mesh repeaters by a wide margin. "Mesh" = good repeater. Advanced users can use their own separately-purchased WiFi mesh router with TotalPlay routers (turn off the TotalPlay WiFi and hook your router to an Ethernet port of the existing TotalPlay optical fiber router modem). Then you can use any "Mesh WiFi" system you buy from Mercado Libre or Amazon such as Eero, Plume, Google, etc.
    2 points
  35. The lake level is finally higher than the 2019 level for the same date and more than a meter l higher than the same date in 2020. I guess it is a good trend.
    2 points
  36. I made a donation of 1700 pesos in my brother's name to Lakeside Friends Of The Animals A.C. I encourage animal/pet lovers to do the same, in some amount. Not only did Mike donate to them on a regular basis, he also adapted two cats from this shelter, Winston and Spunky. Winston unfortunately ran away, maybe found a forever home he liked. Mike then found Patches. Both Patches and Spunky are alive and well and living their best life at Mike's partner's house. Lakeside Friends Of The Animals A.C. is located at Av. Hidalgo #212, Riberas del Pilar, Chapala, Jal. 45900. Phone#: (376) 765 55 44. Web: www.lfa-chapala.com. Facebook: lakesidefriendsoftheanimals
    2 points
  37. STI for excellent engineering and after sale support. We are on our 5th year and it has paid for itself.
    2 points
  38. Although this topic may have little to do with Ajijic, Chapala Etc., I loved it. It's posts like this that makes the Chapala Forum so interesting. 🤣 😂 🧐
    2 points
  39. Dieu merci. J'étais presque en panique. SunFan
    2 points
  40. My systems (solar electric and solar hot water) were done by STI Solar Technology, top quality at great pricing and superb support. Many mentions over the years on this board. I believe they have installed the systems for the Cruz Roja and the Chapala Country Club and many others. Contact: ron(at) solartechnology.com.mx
    2 points
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