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Everything posted by alex45920

  1. I'd still like to see credible statistical evidence that proves that heroin use is increasing throughout Mexico and not just anomalous to the border areas around Tijuana and Juarez.
  2. Yeah, I read that story on the Narconon site while trying to track down statistical information on heroin use in Mexico. To me, it seemed to corroborate the news stories we have been discussing here about the logjam of heroin at the border and how that has fueled the outbreak of heroin use in the border areas of Tijuana and Juarez...and not the country as whole. What was your impression? Let me add that Narconon was created by Scientology as a recruiting agency for the so-called "religion." I would never cite them as an unbiased source of credible information.
  3. I asked some simple questions of you and got this long, convoluted, repetitious nonresponse. So let's try this again. Earlier in this thread you said: "My references show heroin usage increasing rapidly in this country...." Do your "references" back up this claim with statistics? Do your "references" break down the statistics on a regional basis or is it just some generalized claim about Mexico as a whole? Do your "references" contradict or disprove the information reported in the Washington Post or L.A. Times? Are your "references" more credible than those two newspapers? Come on, let's see what you got.
  4. Why can't we just accept the information being offered by the professional journalists? According to the newspaper articles cited in this thread, better interdiction on the U.S. side of the border has slowed smuggling operations and created a logjam of heroin on the Mexican side. With nowhere to go, the heroin becomes a cheap supply that is feeding the increased usage in border areas such as Tijuana and Juarez. You can verify their information by checking the statistics on where in Mexico heroin use is on the rise. Didn't you say you have access to these stats? Can you look it up? Is it confined to a couple of border states or more pervasive throughout Mexico? Please take a look at the stats for Sinaloa while you're at it. One thing I can verify right now is that although marijuana, amphetamine and cocaine are readily available locally, heroin is very rare.
  5. I do not make policy decisions for the cartels. They make these decisions without consulting with me. I can only tell you what the rules are...and what the consequences may be for violating those rules. The Michoacan Brotherhood and the Knights Templarios, in particular, took a very hard line. If you grew opium poppies, you could have your land confiscated and be sent into exile. If you sold heroin to Mexicans, you could face execution. I believe this was the actual cause of the war that broke out between the Templarios and the vigilantes in Michoacan a few years ago. The so-called "lime farmers" (many of whom were living in exile in California) were willing to abide by the rules that forbade them from selling heroin in Mexico but still wanted to grow what had become their most lucrative crop for export to the U.S. So they simply took up a collection in order to purchase automatic weapons for use by the vigilantes. The Templarios lost that war and no longer exist. Not sure if the Michoacan Brotherhood still exists. They may have been defeated or absorbed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. The "lime farmers" felt secure enough to return to their lands in Michoacan and neighboring Guerrero, and went back into the business of growing poppies. The Mexican government, probably with a lot of help from the DEA, actually tracks opium production throughout the country. The trends are very clear; opium production in Michoacan and Guerrero declined while the Templarios were in control and then quickly rebounded once they were eliminated. That's all you get to know. I've probably given you too much information already. And if you ask me a bunch of questions about, I will probably not respond.
  6. There you go again...misrepresenting my remarks.That is not what I said. My remarks were specifically in reference to sales of heroin within Mexico and not in reference to drugs in general. Of course the drug cartels sell drugs to Mexicans...just not heroin.
  7. I suggest you actually read the article that we are discussing in this thread. According to Myles Estey, who is quoted in that article: "Along the border in Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana have been the two places you see extreme heroin use, but they’re relatively small. In Mexico City, we tried to look into whether there was a community, and we just didn’t find very much. In Guerrero, there are a handful of people in town who will use some of the products, but it’s generally discouraged and it's very frowned upon. Certainly people who are working as hit men are not allowed to be doing that. One of Don Miguel's crews that we were with are not even allowed to drink, let alone do heroin." That would seem to corroborate what I said. Even the article you cited could only point to the border area around Tijuana as a location where heroin is readily available in Mexico. I would call that further corroboration; however, you may call it whatever you wish. The statistical information you presented about the rising number of Mexicans who have tried illegal drugs is irrelevant to this discussion since it makes no specific analysis of how many Mexicans have tried heroin. My remarks about the cartels' attitudes toward heroin use in Mexico were meant to point out their amazing hypocrisy and not to give them credit in any way.
  8. I think you misunderstood what I said. The heroin produced in Mexico is meant for export to the U.S. and not to be sold in Mexico. The cartels feel they are protecting Mexican youth from what they see as an American problem. They do not want the scourge of rampant heroin addiction in Mexico.
  9. The cartels take a dim view of heroin use...and an even dimmer view of anyone caught selling it to Mexicans.
  10. Hedge that bet. Put half of it in a dollar account and half in a peso account. Draw from each depending on the exchange rate. Don't claim to be much of a financial wizard...but...I believe the value off the U.S. dollar is currently falling in relation to other major currencies. Due to the close economic ties between the U.S. and Mexico, their currencies tend rise and fall together in comparison to other major currencies. The exchange rate between the peso and the U.S. dollar is currently influenced to a great extent upon the "Trump factor." Sorry, I can't be specific about that since the monitor of this board will get uptight and accuse me of inserting "politics" into what is an economic issue. Send me a PM if you really need more of an explanation. And, if anyone disagrees with my analysis, feel free to correct me. Like I stated earlier in this post, I don't claim to be a financial wizard. It's an interesting issue and very important to us expats living here in Mexico.
  11. Here's a link to the Mexican national weather service site. If you click on Pronóstico del Tiempo por Municipos and then insert your location, you'll get a very detailed weather forecast. Bobkat: There's a lot of information available on this site, which may include the historical data you seek...but you're on your own from here. http://smn.cna.gob.mx/es/
  12. I have done the math...and discovered that total taxes from Ajjiic amount to about ten percent of the municipal budget. We did that calculation together, in a discussion on this board. (You can find the thread right here if you don't remember.) You had figures from Harry and repeated his claim that Ajijic tax revenues accounted for 67 percent of the annual budget for the municipality. However, you did not know what the total budget was...just accepted Harry's claim. Turned out, when compared to the actual operating budget, it only amounted to about ten percent. Most of the municipality's operating budget comes from state and federal sources and not from local taxes. Please stop repeating this false and misleading claim.
  13. Now that we've lost the local weather station, I suspect that most weather services report data from the Guadalajara airport when you request info for the local area. Of course, we live in a micro climate that often varies from that of Guadalajara. Here's a link to the Mexican national weather service site. It's in Spanish, but easy enough for anyone to figure out. I once noticed that they listed a reporting site located on Scorpion Island. http://smn.cna.gob.mx/es/
  14. You can get more info on the carnaval here: https://www.facebook.com/CarnavalChapala/
  15. Oh crap! That means me, since I live a block from the stage area. Don't mind the noise so much as having to clean up after the spontaneous parties that will inevitably occur on my front steps and having to entertain my freeloading Mexican friends who will inevitably stop by to visit. (Hey, just kidding...it's all good to me.)
  16. There is a swimsuit store in Chapala, located on Avenida Hidalgo, across the street from the mural and two doors east of the coffee shop (El Arbol de Cafe).
  17. The first cannons in Mexico were brought here by the Spanish conquerors. The conquerors soon learned that they need not waste cannon balls since just the sound of cannon fire was enough to scare the crap out of the native people. Once Mexico was properly conquered, the Catholic church kept the practice of blank cannon fire alive in order to put the fear of god into everyone within earshot.
  18. The Ssecond Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right to possess firearms ""in order to maintain a well regulated militia."" The SCOTUS has affirmed the government's right to regulate possession of firearms, even in its most definitive decision on the subject, in which the high court overturned an outright ban on handguns in Washington, DC. Only illiterate people and the willfully ignorant among us accept the gun lobby's alternative interpretation of the Second Amendment.
  19. According to extensive research conducted by Exxon scientists during the 1970s, the continued burning of fossil fuels would result in global warming, sea level rise and more powerful hurricanes. Instead of warning the general public of these dangers, Exxon has engaged in a 40-yearlong disinformation campaign to convince people that these dangers do not exist. Anyone who still denies the reality of man-made global warming and its consequences has been duped by this disinformation campaign and holds an opinion contrary to those of Exxon's own research scientisis. You can read their report from 1978 by searching for ''Exxon knew'' on the Internet. Of course, 98% of scientists have now verified what Exxon knew decades ago. Let me suggest that you science deniers deny the existense of gravity, jump off a building and see what happens. Denying the reality of man-made global warming is just as suicidal.
  20. This is what man-made global warming looks like...and it's just getting started.
  21. Let me add a couple of points from the perspective of those of us who actually use the bike path for riding our bikes. For one thing, this is a public safety issue. It is undeniably dangerous to ride a bicycle along the carretera in central Ajijic...and scary too. Although a substantial number of on-street parking spaces would be eliminated, very few off-street spaces would be affected. There are many businesses along the current bike path that deal with exactly this situation all day long. Parking for both the Oxxo and Ajijic Clinic can be accessed from the side streets. And didn't someone mention that the Ajijic Clinic also has parking in the rear? The parking lot at the Montana Plaza could remain as is. Remember, this is also the main bus stop for Ajijic and similar to the bus stop/parking lot/ bike path that runs along the Centro Laguna Mall in San Antonio. Perhaps Ajijic would be best served by a public parking lot to accompany the bike path extension. And while we're at it, how about extending the bike path farther into Chapala at its eastern end? The bike path is just as dangerous, and just as scary, where it abruptly ends just west of the Lourdes barrio in Chapala. I know it's a popular myth on this board to claim that Chapala hoards all the civic revenues and short-changes Ajijic. However, this may be a good example of the fallacy of such claims.
  22. When Mount Colima began its recent phase of activity, I read something in the Mexican press that confirmed that Lake Chapala is indeed a caldera. According to the article, the magma chamber deep beneath the lake spewed forth from Mount Colima in an eruption thousands of years ago. The empty chamber eventually collapsed, creating a depression (caldera) on the surface which later filled with water.
  23. This is a cherry-picked article from 2014, the year in which coal use peaked in China. Here's some up-to-date info on China reducing its reliance on coal. In doing so, China is assuming the leadership role being vacated by the U.S. in the fight against global warming. China coal consumption drops again https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/29/china-coal-consumption-drops-again And yes...it's time to shut down the natural-gas power plants as well due to the problem of methane leaking directly into the atmosphere before being burned at the power plants and during the fracking process to obtain it. Solar and wind power are available right now. They are cheaper sources of energy and cause no environment harm. Why not just do it?
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