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    On 7/20/2020 at 12:55 PM, sm1mex said:

    What are the big black birds that circle around and around over the lake. They don’t look like they’re hunting for anything.

    Most or all of the flocks of "big black birds" near the lake in Chapala municipality are Crested Caracaras.  These have white wing tips.  Black vultures do not.  Caracaras are nesting in La Floresta in the eucalypts.

  2. On 6/8/2020 at 6:22 AM, Kyle said:

    Cases just rose to 11 in Chapala so I would not go any time soon


    According to the Reporter June 4 there are 2 cases in the town of Chapala.  According to many reports including the office of Hector Espana, Expat Liaison, there are a total of 11 cases spread throughout the municipality.

  3. 5 hours ago, dennis clark said:

    Did you find any surgical tubing?

    No, never did.  I went to the medical supply place just north of the main part of Ajijic where everyone said to go but they didn`t have it. I was going to use it for home gym purposes,  bought some from Mercado Libre which never came (from China) then found bicycle inner tubing and have used that to contruct my home gym. Thanks for asking!


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  4. On 5/27/2020 at 2:38 PM, oregontochapala said:

    There is a place on Hidalgo as you head into Chapala, not far past Farmacia Guadalajara, opposite side of the street. They buy and probably only want certain types of recyclables, but maybe they'll take all of it if you ask.


    The will only take what they can sell easily  -  aluminum and other metals and plastic bottles.  No glass. I believe no cardboard but will check.

  5. 3 hours ago, Floradude said:

    Whatever happened to the "confirmed" case of the doctor here, as well as the American lady that she contracted the virus from?

    Why are they never mentioned?

    The case of the doctor in the Reporter article case was not confirmed.  She tested negative twice.  It was a man that she said she contracted the virus from.  He left immediately for the States.  All the doctor`s patients were tested and none were positive.

  6. 2 hours ago, Mainecoons said:

    Still in progress as they freely admit.  I posted a link from them that explained all that.

    I don`t see the link....


    Bjorn Olsen, a professor of infectious medicine at Uppsala University (in Sweden), told Reuters, "I think herd immunity is a long way off, if we ever reach it."

    Business Insider, May 22:
    Sweden's Public Health Agency last week released the initial findings of an ongoing antibodies study that showed that only 7.3% of people in Stockholm had developed antibodies against COVID-19 by late April.

    Herd immunity requires at least 60% to 70% of people to achieve immunity.

    May 14:
    With 39.26 deaths per 100,000, Sweden's mortality rate is higher than that of the U.S. (29.87 deaths per 100,000) and exponentially higher than those of its neighbors Norway (4.42 per 100,000) and Finland (5.56 per 100,000).

    As far as I know, Sweden is the only country that is trying "herd immunity".


  7. On 5/24/2020 at 3:33 PM, Paco Loco said:

    Spreading the disease is how we achieve heard immunity. There are some experts saying today that the COVID 19 is already beginning to die off. Testing is nice for gauging lethality but does nothing to quell the pandemic. It does seem to indicate that this virus is only slightly more deadly than the seasonal flu virus. What we’ve seen is a “pandemic panic” that’s unprecedented. The panic has destroyed more lives than the virus. 

    So far, herd immunity (spelled without the "a") has been tried without success.  It was tried in Sweden recently, without success.

  8. 11 minutes ago, gringohombre said:

    Yogi...where are you when we need you??? This is insane!!!! I hope that this is a parody...if so it is good! 

    It is called science.  Do you recognize the word?  S - C- I- E -N- C- E.  Look it up, you may find it illuminating.  Or not.  Sadly, by your posts, I would guess most likely not.  Or, of course, you may be one of the most decidedly not illuminated folk who is trying to claw their way back to a time before science.  Good luck with that.  Once out of the box and all that.

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  9. 5 hours ago, RickS said:

    I"m wondering where you heard that.  My understanding is that 'soap' attacks the outer 'protective shell' of/on the virus and it cannot survive. 

    From the New York Times science section (link below):  The soap dissolves the oily membrane of the virus.  This is the layer that, when combining with the oily membrane of a cell, allows the virus to work its way inside a cell. Once there, it releases its RNA coding and away we go.  It is not that the soap "attacks" a virus so that the virus does not survive.  It is, indeed, not alive.  It is simply rendered unfunctional.  Here is a great but simple explanation of how Covid-19 works:


    This is a later understanding of how covid works with the cell`s structure, from MIT:


  10. On 5/1/2020 at 8:09 AM, Paco Loco said:

    The Governor must be unaware of there being no COVID 19 cases Lakeside? The draconian Dr. Fauci must be advising him. They have to stop moving the goal posts as they are killing what’s left of the Mexican economy.

    No "reported" cases.  This may be because there has been almost no testing.  Best to be safe.  

  11. On 4/27/2020 at 1:08 PM, ea93105 said:

    Am I the only one worried SS will be paying out in three years when I'm eligible ? The music may stop  with no chairs left....

    All information, including from SSA itself, says that won`t happen until 2035.  Then it will go to a 21% reduction of SSA benefits.  Unless the 68 million who receive SSA monthly checks have something to say about it.

  12. 4 hours ago, NoVaDamer said:

    Nonsense. There is nothing on the IRS website stating such a condition. There is a statement saying "non-resident aliens" are not eligible, but that does not change the status of a US citizen spouse. And there is no condition that one be a US resident. I am a US citizen with a permanente here, and my wife and I already received our stimulus checks.


    Are you registered with a Mexican address with Soc. Sec.?

  13. 11 hours ago, bmh said:

    I do not know if it is in the spinning or in the weaving or sorting out the various tones of green  but orders are delayed when there is a lot of green because I was told that there are  less women who want to work with it.

    That is the reason I was given by Margarita the head of the group but of course who knows if that is the real reason..I would think there is less green cotton than brown cotton and II do not know how they allocate the cotton , if less people grow it maybe less women work with it.. who knows, sometimes things get lost as their Spanish can be a literal translation from their language or way of thinking  and it does not translate well.

    Is this a group of women in Guerrero, a cooperative, and what is your role with them?  What do  you produce?

  14. 8 hours ago, bmh said:

    Interesting because the women   ,we  deal with do not like to work with the green cotton and are ok with the brown..They make spectacular colors with the green cotton but only a few of them work it.

    That is interesting.  I haven`t found green different in the spinning from brown. Perhaps there is some other part of the work with green that is difficult.  

  15. 56 minutes ago, bmh said:

    Brown is the most comon of the colored cotton.. I wonder wy they called it jaune since that s yellow and not brown which is brun or marron.. It s also the most comon n Mexco .. Dr, Vasquez says that the brown cotton from Peru was exported up north.. but who knows..Mexco , I read had lots of dffernt color cotton but it all went extnct except for the brown and green.Many of the artisans I know do not like to work with green cotton because they find it more difficult to handle so n a group there are  few women who want to work it and garment with green cotton always take longer to get if you order a bunch for that reason.

    The brown cotton from Peru, gossypium barbadense, was indeed brought to the States and was the basis of all the long-stapled brown cottons now grown mostly in Arizona and Texas.  Peruvian white cottons were the basis of all the long-stapled white cottons, like Pima cotton, Egyptian, and Sea Island, the finest of the cottons. However, native Mexican cotton, gossypium hirsutum, is the basis of the world-wide cotton industry, comprising 95% of the cottons now grown for clothing.  Sea Island was tried in the Sea Islands off Georgia and then on the east coast of the US but were destroyed by weevils. It is now only grown in the West Indies where it was originally discovered.

    Most green and brown cottons are indeed difficult to work with because their fibers are so short, near to 1/2".  But you get used to it and the result is so spectacular.  In my experience, green cotton is a bit easier to work with than the browns being that it is a tiny bit longer.

  16. 1 hour ago, geeser said:

    65 years ago while playing in a sharecropper's cabin in Arkansas I found brown cotton with seeds in the bols. I did some research and discovered it was "coton jaune" share cropper's cotton. I planted and gres several plants.  It was cotton that share croppers and before them slaves had planted in garden plots the land owner had designated for their use. They were allowed to grow and spin or sell that cotton. Because it was brown the land owner never thought they had stolen his cotton. This cotton was planted in small plots that the owner allowed slaves and later share croppers to plant vegetables in. It grew in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas in small plots and fence rows when I was a kid. I now know it was also called Acadian cotton.


    This cotton is still being grown and seed being sold in the south.   I am growing one variety, Arizona green, here.  A beautiful little green,  it will wind up in a shirt or two and in scarves for sale.  Acadian cotton is a different variety from the others grown in the south.  The main reason the plantation owners let the slaves grow colored cotton is that the they didn`t consider the colored cotton valuable.

  17. 16 hours ago, Zeb said:

    I have a laser jet printer that is problematic.  Any recommendations for a repair person? The place in Riberas does not do that.

    Ruth Papeleria on the corner of Privada Degollado and Flavio Romero in Chapala fixed my inkjet. I don`t know if they fix lasers.   

  18. 1 hour ago, bmh said:

    Then you next step is to order seeds from Peru.. 

    Just check out this thread.. according to this Dr. tblue, yello and another color do not exist. at this time.. 2016


    Unfortunately, I have seen no source for ordering seeds from Peru.  Of course, that would be the easy way to obtain fiber from there.   Dr. Nunez says there are many artisans in Morrope that work with the colored cotton but lists no contacts. There are many reports and pictures as well as garments of blue, red and yellow cotton.  At least, I`m willing to go to Peru and see what I can find!  Will let you know when I get back.

  19. 2 hours ago, Ferret said:


    3 hours ago, Yo1 said:

    I just looked on MercadoLibre and searched for surgical tubing and came up with a photo of what you want with arrows to the right for more vendors.

    Yes, they have it on their site, but it comes from China.  On the slow boat.   And I just got a note from them that the slow boat just got slower because of a particular virus that is they're having a bit of  problem with.

    Thanks, both, for looking out for me!

  20. 58 minutes ago, bmh said:

    I have not gone to those areas in Peru but they grow green and brown cotton in Mexico and Guatemala. The brown cotton is called coyutche or coyotchi and it is grown in Chiapas in the Pantelho area and in Oaxaca and Guerrero , I do not know about other areas . . The green cotton is grown in Guerrero by the Amusgos, may have it in Oaxaca as well, on the border with Guerrero as they are Amusgos as well and use it in their hupiles.

    One note, a friend of mine gave seeds of green cotton to weavers in San Mateo del Mar to grown the the green cotton came out brown so the soil may have something to do with t.  also gave green cotton seeds to a frend n Pantelho and it came out brown s well.

    When I was visitng villages around lake Atitlan some of the weavers told me that gren cotton was grown industrally n Guatemala.. I did not know about other color cotton then so I did not ask but you could look into it.

    I know those cottons well.   (Been at this for 40 years.) I`ve grown their cottons from their seeds, spun it, wove it.  I have plants here on my property from Guerrero. Some of the cooperatives from Guerrero have been to the Feria.  Brown and green cotton is common but the blue, red, yellow can only be found in the mountains of Peru.  Thank you for your suggestions,  bmh.

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