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  1. 14 minutes ago, Bisbee Gal said:

    You first.  Not everything is political, some things are factual.  The latest stimulus package helps those in need.  The2017  tax cuts helped those who were not in need.  

    I have and I don't view taxation as some sort of social policy.  It should exist only to pay for the needs of financing government.  Factual is that employment broke all records after taxes were adjusted to reflect what U.S. businesses are competing with around the world.  It become cheaper to bring jobs back and that started to happen.  That is a fact.  Also it is factual that the Reagan tax cuts resulted in more tax collection not less and it was determined the rich paid the taxes rather than avoided them. 

    As did Kennedy's, don't forget.

    Just as states that are the most competitive on tax and government policies are besting out their opposites, the same is true around the world.  Compare corporate tax rates in China with the U.S. and you will understand the significance of this.  

    I realize this is an emotional topic for many.  Soak the rich feels good but never does good.  I suspect I share your concern about these mega billionaires and the concentration of wealth but as long as they can shift resources around the world there is little one or several governments can do about them.  It would have to be a global thing.  Much the same can be said about these huge global corporations.

    As for the latest stimulus package, I suggest you check your facts with an actual study of what the money is actually being spent on.  Unless you consider those in need to be governments that have been less than responsible and a whole range of irrelevant pork, you will find the actual money going to those in need is a minority part of that legislation.  This is well illustrated as one amendment to it that has been suggested would allocate the same money one hundred percent to individual help and the amount rises to $10,000.

    I'd be happy to continue this discussion with you via PM but we are drifting OT here so I'll finish here.

  2. 27 minutes ago, Bisbee Gal said:

    I'd rather they 'print money' now to help small businesses stay viable; extend unemployment benefits; fortify the public health sector; and increase vaccine distribution, versus the huge 2017 tax cuts for large corporations and the nation's wealthiest citizens.  

    Which were followed by the highest employment in the history of America.  BTW, taxes on business are always taxes on their customers.  To a business, taxes are a cost like any other cost that is factored into the price of the goods or services.  In the end the customer pays and if the market won't support the required pricing, the business closes.  

    Econ 101.

    Remember that.  And the rich simply avoid taxes when they get too high.  That is also proven in history.  The mega rich are smarter than any government.  They always have been.  When it is cheaper to pay taxes than avoid them, they do.  Vice versa, they avoid.  Also Econ 101.

    Anyway, that wasn't the point.  History shows us that the level of money printing going on up there for the last 20 years and over 4 administrations of both parties has invariably led to collapse of monetary value.  That is indisputable.  Sooner or later the piper has to be paid.  Put your politics aside and consider the implications for all of us.

    Mexico by contrast is being far more responsible about incurring debt.  At some point, fiscal policy is reflected in the value of a currency.


  3. It is all borrowed money, don't forget that.

    I'm concerned as I think we should all be about whether this crazy borrowing will set off a massive devaluation of the dollar.  We still depend on our pension and SS for about half our incomes as do many others here I suspect.

    If that happens, then the question follows will the Peso follow the dollar down.  Or will we go back to 10 Pesos to the dollar with prices that correspond to 20.  It sure won't be cheap to live here then.

    I don't care what your politics are, this massive red ink for the last 20 years and now four administrations may not end well for all of us at all.  

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  4. British government report on side effects:



    This safety update report is based on detailed analysis of data up to 14 February 2021. At this date, an estimated 8.3 million first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and 6.9 million doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered, and around 0.6 million second doses, mostly the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, had been administered. This represents an increase of 2.8 million on the previous week.

    As of 14 February 2021, for the UK

    • 26,823 Yellow Cards have been reported for the Pfizer/BioNTech
    • 31,427 have been reported for the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine
    • 177 have been reported where the brand of the vaccine was not specified

    For both vaccines the overall reporting rate is around 3 to 5 Yellow Cards per 1,000 doses administered...

    For both vaccines, the overwhelming majority of reports relate to injection-site reactions (sore arm for example) and generalised symptoms such as ‘flu-like’ illness, headache, chills, fatigue (tiredness), nausea (feeling sick), fever, dizziness, weakness, aching muscles, and rapid heartbeat. Generally, these happen shortly after the vaccination and are not associated with more serious or lasting illness.

    Yellow cards are reports of side effects.

  5. You're right, it has turned the corner.  So let's circle back as the saying goes.

    Make your own call on this, we will go north for our vaccines.  Among other things, we maintain our full Medicare coverage and I have no problem using it as needed for this purpose.  After 12 years here, we use the local folks for most medical but when we think a higher level is warranted, we go north for that.

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  6. Welcome to the area and welcome to this group.

    Since I haven't moved in a long time I'll leave it to the more recently experienced to comment on who to use.

    What to move is another matter.  When we came 12 years ago, we had first visited furniture and appliance stores in GDL and at that time the selections were pretty dismal and the prices pretty high.  Our place came unfurnished.  After measuring it up and taking detailed photos, we determined that almost all our custom made in New Mexico furniture, I'd loosely describe as traditional territorial style, fit this place perfectly.  Later we imported much better cooking and refrigerator equipment.  

    Now I would say the furniture available both locally and in GDL is much better and unless you are buying a furnished place, before I brought regular household furnishings down I'd have a good look around here.  I definitely recommend bringing tools, good kitchen stuff, linens and family stuff down.

    Our move cost a bunch of money, one third of the cost alone was due to the packing and handling of a 100 year old fully restored antique piano.  

    This topic comes up from time to time and again, there are people here with more recent experience whom I expect will show up to welcome you and help you.

  7. 4 minutes ago, Go Solar said:

    The intent of a vaccine is to prevent a disease, yes, of course that is the goal.     

    The function of a vaccine is to stimulate an immune response in the body.     We are not all equal, it is not a digital 1 or 0 thing, more like snowflakes in that literally every person can have a different type and amount of response.     Nothing wrong or different about that from any vaccine.      And all the vaccines approved to date (and several that are about to be) all have been shown to do the job, very well.      That is the bottom line.    

    And thus far the serious adverse reaction rate appears low and in line with other vaccines. 

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  8. 7 minutes ago, virgo lady said:

    Directly copied from the Rules section of this board:   (added proof of why this post, in addition to being false, has no place here and should be removed)

    Topics are to focus on Lakeside/Guadalajara area. There is a Mexico section for the rest of Mexico. Please use it.

    All are welcome here to ask questions, get answers, agree or disagree in a civil manner on things about Mexico and Lakeside living. But this is not the place to make personal comments against those you don't agree with or because you don't happen to like their opinion or topic. It is easy enought to ignore a post or topic you don't agree with. That is the appropriate action and if you think the post or topic violates this code of conduct, please bring it to the attention of anyone on the moderating team. It will be dealt with.

    This topic is a direct discussion of the efficacy of these vaccines for people including those here who are getting them or considering them.

    It is very germane.  Is the problem you don't like some of the viewpoints being expressed?  If so, simply ignore the thread instead of trying to cancel it.

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  9. Here's another point of view:


    Personally speaking I'm a little concerned still about the speed of all this and there have been some associated deaths.  We are planning on waiting until we go north in a few months for a few months to get the vaccine.  I do think from what I've read the Chinese and Russian versions should be avoided until there is a lot more experience with them.  I'll be looking for either the Pfizer or Moderna versions.



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  10. Great post but we need to keep the focus on Mexico on this board.  Unfortunately not all Canadians here seem to share your point of view and this line of discussion could open a can of worms that requires moderator intervention.  Personally, I appreciate your kind words and share the same feelings about most Canadians and Canada.  

    This board tries to keep the focus on Mexico and on helping each other with some of the vagaries of the system here and how to navigate same.  For example, things like driving licenses, tourist, temporary and permanent visas, medical services, where to find stuff, discussion about local food and restaurants, that sort of stuff.

    It has proven to be a great resource for newbies in that regard and I and others here look forward to answering your questions.  My own experience with this group is when it comes to those matters they have a wealth of experience and have certainly helped us avoid a lot of pitfalls and save a lot of time getting things done.

    So, welcome to the group.


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  11. I am told you can pay for stuff on Mercado Libre using a U.S. PayPal account.  Is this correct?

    Amazon Mexico is seamless with Amazon U.S.. when it comes to paying for stuff.  It processes your U.S. credit card the same way Amazon U.S. does.

    Biggest issue I've found with Amazon Mexico is although their delivery is excellent the pricing is so far above U.S. pricing for the same item I can order from Amazon U.S., use their World priority shipping and still come out way ahead on final cost.  And everything I've order that way shows up at our HandyMail delivery address in a week or less.

  12. LOL.  I didn't turn it down until the water sloshed OUT of the pool.  :D 

    Sounds like you applied a Mexican solution to that restaurant.  When we had a local bluegrass gathering at a friend's place in a rather dense colonia near Ajijic Centro the neighbor proceeded to blast his own music.  We got the hint and moved.  You didn't note whether the restaurant turned it down or not.

    Love the airplane flyover, brilliant!

    Self and neighbors planning to apply that solution locally if a certain local bar goes back to too much late and loud.  Already selected some seriously obnoxious Chinese music.  Got the watts for it too.  😱

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