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  1. And there was also this bit of nonsense that denied the validity of tropical (monsoonal) moisture coming from the south. So the storm that's expected here tonight doesn't count either.
  2. Our rainy season comes from the south. It happens all over the world this time of year. Most of the world refers to it as the monsoon. It's simple enough to understand. As the planet tilts its north axis toward the sun, the northern hemisphere warms and more moisture evaporates into the atmosphere. As the tilt increases, the tropical weather zone moves northward along with the increased warming. This explains why the rainy season arrives in southern Mexico about a month earlier than our own rainy season. It also explains why we typically get rain during the evening during the rainy season...cooling temperatures in the evening force the excess moisture in the atmosphere to condense into rain. Occasionally, storms develop that are strong enough to spin off and head north on their own ahead of the system. Both the rainy season and the occasional storm originate in the same weather system, which comes from the south. And it has arrived. Welcome rainy season.
  3. Some people just don't know when to quit... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXY9TuuwyL8&ab_channel=44Roadrunner44
  4. As we approach the first day of May, the cicadas seem to be emerging. We all know the rainy season begins in mid-June. Just do the math. I'm sorry the total number of days between the two exceeds the total number of fingers and toes on the average human, thereby making this calculation that much more difficult for a certain percentage of the population. I am curious to see if this early start to the "rainbird" season indicates an early start to the rainy season. You may want to plant your crops a little early this year.
  5. I usually hear "chicharra." The Word Reference dictionary says both are correct. The Mexican language is very dialectic. The expats seem to have their own dialect as well. Our local chicharras have a different breeding cycle than those up north. They spend eight years in the ground, emerge, breed and die. A different subgroup emerges once every eight years. I think the rain actually drowns them...you can hear the desperation of their whistling intensify as the rainy season nears.
  6. See how well that works? Wear your mask and follow the simple advice we're all aware of, and the pandemic stops spreading. And, as our much-maligned (by MC) governor says, "Don't let your guard down."
  7. And you are the prime offender at pushing your agenda and narrative on this board.
  8. Pitiful indeed! Let me suggest you read this article from NASA to better inform yourself about climatic cycles, which you pretend to understand. https://climate.nasa.gov/blog/2949/why-milankovitch-orbital-cycles-cant-explain-earths-current-warming/
  9. I think the declining birth rate in Mexico has been based, to a large extent, on two main factors: the introduction of sex education in the public schools and raising the age of consent. Both of these concepts faced considerable resistance at first from religious and cultural organizations. The state of Jalisco was much more progressive in implementing these innovations than most other states and set an example for the rest to follow.
  10. Yes, we are fortunate to live in a community and a state in which our elected leaders have taken an intelligent and realistic view toward this pandemic.
  11. Two stores in Chapala have what you're looking for. One is the jewelry store a few doors west of the Arbol de Cafe on Hidalgo. The other is the curio shop next to the Cucumber restaurant on the walkway in the plaza.
  12. Yes. But I think you're feeling an oxygen rush from the dense, humid air. I know I am.
  13. This is well documented. I just took a look on Google and discovered that the U.S. has done the same with Guatemalans and Haitians. There is a long list of articles on the subject. You may want to look that up for yourself before being so dismissive.
  14. And the U.S. is also guilty of deporting people known to have tested positive for CV to Mexico.
  15. Meanwhile, a large segment of the population both here in Mexico and NOB claim that the two governments are purposely inflating death totals in order to make the pandemic seem more serious than it is. What would these governments gain by inflating these figures? Absolutamente nada!
  16. Generic drugs tend to be weaker in dosage by about 20% when compared to brand-name drugs. If you are using drugs that have a dosage measured in milligrams, this is probably close enough. However, if you are using drugs measured in micrograms, you should stick with the brand-name version.
  17. I happened by the east end of the bike path (at the fountain in Chapala) late this afternoon and was truly stunned to see eight or nine bicyclists in just the first block of the new path. Two them were headed west and the rest were headed east...rush hour on the bike path. In contrast, street traffic was stunningly light.
  18. Mudgirl...sometimes a measure of good sarcasm is how many people actually fall for it.
  19. "Fool me once, shame on you/Fool me twice...can't get fooled again." --George W. Bush The original post makes a glaring error in its statistical comparison. It compares statistics of an event that ran its course in 1957 to a current event that is still in progress. Although we may have a good idea of how many people died during the 1957 event, the death totals from the current event are rising and may continue to rise for some time. We do not know how many people will eventually die from the covid pandemic of 2020, which makes it impossible to calculate a rate of death to use for comparison. That sound you hear in the background is the sound of political axes being ground. Take the wisdom of George W. Bush to heart and don't get fooled again.
  20. Lots of information, both pertinent and germane to this discussion...
  21. Like most diseases, covid-19 has a disproportionate adverse effect on the oldest and weakest among us. In our society, we tend to warehouse these people in nursing homes and elderly care facilities, where they are trapped like sitting ducks with no way out. All it takes is one caregiver or visitor to introduce the virus to all of those in the trap. While an individual may not become infected from the first exposure, repeated exposure within these closed environments leads to near-universal infection among the lot of them. I have seen estimates as high as 25-50% of all deaths from covid-19 occur within these closed environments. The use of widely accessible protective gear and better training of caregivers would have helped prevent such calamities. But that didn't happen.
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