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  1. Saying climate change is occurring is like saying the sun comes up every morning.  It's a given at least until it isn't.  Read a really good apocalyptic Sci Fi story on the latter years ago.  Scary.

    Saying one can deal with it by signing treaties where the world's greatest polluters are allowed to pollute at will for the next 9 years, one of whom BTW is now building the world's largest coal fired power plant and cranking out the most cars of any country, really calls into question the rationality of the adherents of same.  It's like trying to put out a fire that two people are throwing gasoline on by sanctioning the guy with the teaspoon while ignoring the guy with the bucket. 

    And Alan, I'm sorry that the strain of backing up your position on the subject reference is so stressful it would cause a heart attack.  Maybe some of that Tequila medication Angus suggested is in order... :D 

    Is the real problem here the adherents of this still unproven notion hate to be reminded of how often they have been wrong in their apocalyptic predictions?  We had all better hope you are just wrong because if you are right by the time it happens everyone will have ignored the real warning because of all the false ones.    

  2. I'd love it if we had OTA internet here like they have in GDL.  Our students get far better service from such a provider there than we get from TelMex.   Their apartment is just outside of Chapalita and the provider has very strong and fast OTA for less than either CATV or TelMex.  And no requirement for hard wire, they just have a simple antenna.

    Seems to be associated with Elon Musk.  Definite OTA via satellite.



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  3. Yes isn't interesting that the original piece is a series of documented news stories and statements by experts that have proven incorrect, yet this whole thread addresses everything but the actual existence and validity of the content. 

    So I'll ask again, starting with you Alan, skip the ad hom and give us a real rebuttal.

    1.  Show us if any of the sources/stories making the original predictions are false, namely they do not exist at all or they misrepresent the prediction.

    2.  Show us where the cited predictions have actually occurred contrary to what the piece states in its rebuttal.

    BTW, after seeing all those predictions that apparently didn't pan out I am reminded of the fable of the "Boy who cried wolf."  As you may know, the kid ended up getting eaten because when the wolf finally showed up, all his previous fake wolf warnings caused him to lose all his credibility and no one came to his aid.

    The parallels here and the lesson for climate alarmists are obvious.


  4. We were running north of 500kWh per month.  Solar output averages around 650 per month.  Installed it with the expectation we might be using part of the output for vehicle charging in the future.

    It is an 18 panel STI system installed before the higher wattage panels were readily available.  Could do the same and a little more with 12 panels now.  It has microinverters for each two panels and a really cool data logging web site that allow us to monitor per panel production.  The original microinverters had problems, STI replaced promptly at no charge and the new ones are solid as a rock.

    I also did a lot of retrofitting in this rather large house to reduce energy consumption.  As a result, we make more than we use but if I get an electric runabout for use locally it would be close to balanced.

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  5. 3 hours ago, AlanMexicali said:

    I feel the federal goverment lacks initiative in most things they do and that is the major problem. Very little common sense used and politicalize everything. Disaster after disaster. Covid-19 pandemic response is just one of them. Where the hell are the vaccines?

    I feel you are probably correct.  When it comes to government Mexico is no Scandinavia, that's for sure.

    It is what it is, however.

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  6. 2 hours ago, AngusMactavish said:

    The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is a non-profit libertarian think tank founded by the political writer Fred L. Smith Jr. on March 9, 1984, in Washington, D.C., to advance principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty.

    Is the list correct or not?  Ad hom is not an answer.  

    It seemed cooler around here this winter or maybe I'm just getting older.  Finally, 80 today, loved it.

    La Niña. a colder water condition in the pacific, made for a pretty dry "winter" here and to the north.  

  7. 1 hour ago, CHILLIN said:

    We have surround sound bars on our monitors but they are no match to an AV amp with calibrated speakers. Our amp is an Onkyo, 5.1 dolby, with all the options including a microphone for auto balancing everything, ethernet/ internet access. I have kept a monster bass 10 " Paradigm subwoofer from the late 1980's. The problem is that since we downsized here, this is way too much system for us now. Better for a small bar, nightclub, restaurant, or gawd help the neighbors, a party house.

    I should lend the sub to Maincoones for the next time his noisy neighbor gives him heartburn!

    LOL I already have a 1500 watt 15 inch SVS monster sub that I have to restrain or the neighbors get annoyed with me.  My wife gets very annoyed when I crank it up to the point one's insides are vibrating.  

    The bar flies across the street are already deaf.  :D 

  8. 1 hour ago, Ferret said:

    You sure managed to twist what I wrote. I DON'T stress over it, I just avoid those businesses who don't practice proper precautions. It's really a very simple philosophy and I have no interest in making others behave themselves. I can express observations and make choices based on those observations,  can't I? I've lived full time in Mexico for 24 years now. I sure as hell don't need your "go back to where you came from" attitude.


    From your very frequent posts bemoaning that Mexicans and some expats don't view this situation as you do I am simply suggesting that if one isn't able to accept the people and the culture as it is an expat has the option to go somewhere where they find it more acceptable.  Constantly posting here about what they are not doing to your satisfaction will change absolutely nothing.  Personally speaking I would find it difficult to hold such strong attitudes and remain here.  As you said, the emphasis needs to be on personal choices.  I think for the most part that is what the expat community is doing and it appears to me this approach has worked quite well.  Again personally speaking, because of this I believe we are as well off here as anywhere.

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  9. 19 minutes ago, RickS said:

    Just a curiosity but.... does anyone know any expat who has contracted the virus locally?


    Yes.  A family of expats.  They were prepared with the medications recommended by practicing doctors who have treated covid successfully and were over it in less than a week.  I think I got it from the guys rehabbing my pool last year, used the same medications and protocols and was over it also in less than a week.  Everyone involved self isolated for several weeks to make sure it was completely gone.

    Later last summer, one of the family members learned that several in the family up north were showing symptoms, immediately flew up there smuggling the medications in a Tylenol bottle, treated all of them with the same result except for one who was more advanced in the illness and that person, who was also over 70, required a longer recuperation.

    Even with little or no treatment, it isn't the death sentence for the vast majority that the chicken little crowd makes it out to be.  But to get the best outcome, one also needs to ignore those who politicized effective treatments, now being recognized widely as such, and be proactive in one's own care.


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  10. 12 hours ago, Ferret said:

    It's just about being safe and staying safe. Nobody has ever asked people not to work but I sure as hell expect them to take the precautions necessary. Is it really too much to ask? Four months ago, I wanted some upholstery done. Told the young man what I was interested in and he said he would bring samples. He showed up without a mask. Uh uh, no way. The electrician I use wears a mask properly. The young man who walks my dogs wears a mask properly. My housekeeper wears a mask properly. It's possible and doable. Those that don't will suffer economic sanctions.

    It is not your place to expect and demand of them to behave as you wish.  Yes, as a guest here it is too much to ask.  They don't share your beliefs on what is safe or the importance of it.  That is their right, it is their country.

    If you don't care for how the person works, don't hire them.  Some here put far too much energy into trying to make others behave as they think they should and far too little energy into keeping the focus on self protection including where one should be living under these circumstances.

    Rather than stress out over the behavior of Mexicans it might be better to go someplace where one feels much more comfortable and where there is much more agreement with one's opinions and beliefs.


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  11. This country simply lacks the medical resources, the compliant population, high level of public health, and the safety net needed for lower numbers.  Even at that the excess deaths amount to 0.25 percent of the population over a year, pretty moderate by the historic norms of pandemics in poorly prepared populations.

    Most people here don't have the option to stay at home and wait it out, it is either work or starve.  There is no unemployment "insurance" here.  Most people here simply will not voluntarily give up their lives because politicians tell them they need to.  They react with passive resistance and go right on away from the prying eyes of government.

    One can bitch about Mexico all they want and play the blame game and name call but the truth is these politicians know the reality they are dealing with and for the most part they are simply accepting things as they are and relying on covid to run its course like any other pandemic.  They know they are not going to compel millions of Mexicans to change deeply held cultural mores and habits overnight.  

    The good news is this community has shown that when you do have a general culture of prevention the numbers have been quite low even though our demographic profile is not a good one for covid.  We also for the most part have the financial independence, small households, healthy life styles and education levels that enabled us to quickly learn how and implement measures to protect ourselves and at least for some of us, ignore the politicization of treatment strategies that work.

    If one wants or expects the rigor of a Canada one needs to go there to get it.  You won't get it almost anywhere in Mexico.  Insulting the Mexicans for being who they are simply shows ignorance and arrogance.  it escapes me why anyone would want to live someplace where they have so little respect for the people as some here seem to.

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  12. 48 minutes ago, Bob Liu said:

    It looks like to me that Mexico (or just Lakeside?!) is more adapting to solar
    than in Texas where I live, in general. Why is that, if you/anyone know?

    Electric rates are much higher here unless you are a really small user and we also have an incredible number of mostly sunny days.  Solar is a no brainer for much of Mexico IMO, particularly since the costs have dropped so drastically.  Just remember when you do install one it WILL need some maintenance, mainly cleaning during the dusty season and make that as easy as possible.

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  13. That was written by Steve Brown our unfortunately moved away weather guy, yes?  How is Steve doing these days?  This is a great read, I'd forgotten about it so many thanks for putting it up.  The pictures are great!

    That was when the GDL airport was charming and not such a madhouse.  One time we landed and walked out front and there was a dynamite Mariachi Band playing, my wife had to drag me off.

    He and we came at around the same time.  Very much enjoyed that piece, brought back some great memories.  Tom's Bar, except for the smoke, was a great watering hole.  It really hasn't been replaced IMO.  Fortunately Nueva Posada is still here but no longer serving dinner, too bad it was one of our favorite places to eat out in the evening overlooking the lake.  La Tasca had some great music but the food was iffy.  Loved the sitting out there though.  It has been replaced with a faceless huge mansion, sad.

    Loved going to the pier for drinks followed by dinner at Tango.  Seems with Roberto moving away, the pier closed up and now the Old Posada shut not many places to go on or very near the Malecon now.

    Remember the Hole In The Wall?  Yummy and a screaming bargain, alas long gone.

    Noting the comment about litter for sure there was a great deal less litter around town than there is now.  At least though we did knock down the graffiti.  The Tapatios hadn't returned en masse and we actually still had some municipal workers keeping things tidy.  Maybe Pueblo Magico will bring some of that help back too.

    Enjoyed this immensely!



  14. I'm simply pointing out how the Mexicans I know view this.  You are welcome to view it however you like, pay as much as you want for anything.

    It is quite possible to receive the same quality after a little bargaining first.  The "gringo price" is a reality here and can often be tempered with said up front polite bargaining.  If you doubt this, get a price for something and then have a Mexican friend get a quote for the same thing or service.

    Bargaining is very much a part of the mainstream culture in this country particularly when you get away from gringolandia. 

    Actually it is a source of some irritation among Mexicans that expats upset the prevailing culture by overpaying for both goods and services and failing to discuss quotes in the respectful manner that is part and parcel of that culture.

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