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  1. Thank you More Liana, that explains it. I’ve lived here for 13 years, never been back to the states, and I’ve never heard of this. I asked many Mexicans yesterday and today, not one of them had heard of it. There has never been a devil in the scene for the last 13 years, this is the first time. I just got back from El Arbol De Café where I talked to the owner about it and he’d never heard of it. Admittedly, things may be different in Ajijic, as I never go there. Anyway this clears it up. Probably made for a good Christmas for a few that were able to rip someone else to make themselves more important. Long live Gringoism. Have a happy New Year everybody.
  2. Driving back from the boat launch on Christmas day, we were stopped in traffic when I looked up and saw "The Devil" staring back at me. Complete with horns and wings. This display is directly outside the door of City Hall in the new median that was just built. People were walking by and not even noticing it. When I started pointing it out, they seemed aghast Directly below the Devil is what appears to be a Padre, but at the Padres feet is a human skull. Can anybody explain this. I'm writing a Letter to the editor of the Guadalajara Reporter. Hopefully, a few of you will also. How could a Devil and Skulls be part of a Nativity display. Sorry, had to came back for this.
  3. Back to the original post Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - On July 4, 2014, the Secretary of Hacienda and Public Credit, the Mexican version of the IRS or Revenue Canada, issued a miscellaneous fiscal resolution that as of September 1, 2014 will affect all buyer and sellers of real estate in Mexico, regardless of their nationality. Without getting into all of the details of the whys and wherefores of these new rules, basically the tax authority has made the determination that in order for the costs involved in real estate transaction that is taking place be tax-deductible in the future for the party that is purchasing the real estate, the purchaser must provide, at closing, proof of a CURP (Clave Unica de Registro de Población, similar to a Social Security Number of Social Insurance Number) and a RFC (Registro Federal de Contribuyentes or Taxpayer ID Number). Furthermore, since it is the notary public that will issue the tax-deductible electronic receipt (CFDI or Comprobante Fiscal Digital a través de Internet), the current criteria of the local notaries here so far is to insist on having both buyer AND seller show proof of the CURP and RFC in order to fully complete the receipt or CFDI. http://www.banderasnews.com/1408/re-tropicasa-mexico-real-estate-resolution.htm Guess it's getting more complicated. I did a lot of RE transactions here. Never had an RFC. Never kept a house five years. Never paid any Capital Gains. Did most transactions on an FM3. Guess those days are over too.
  4. Yes you do. It's called a CURP. You can get it at City Hall in Chapala. Walk through the lobby, out through the terrace and back as far as you can go, It's free, take your passport and immigration card.
  5. Actually I wasn't holding out any hope for you Blondiegal. Just hoping somebody that reads it, will get it. I posted the link Gringal, which has a great video from The Health Ranger and many links to other info.
  6. http://www.bewellbuzz.com/general/10-reasons-flu-shots-dangerous-flu/ 1.) There is a total lack of real evidence that young children even benefit from flu shots. A systematic review of 51 studies involving 260,000 children age 6 to 23 months found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo. Also the shots are only able to protect against certain strains of the virus, which means that if you come into contact with a different strain of virus you will still get the flu. 2.) Medical journals have published thousands of articles revealing that injecting vaccines can actually lead to serious health problems including harmful immunological responses and a host of other infections. This further increases the body’s susceptibility to the diseases that the vaccine was supposed to protect against. 3.) Ever noticed how vaccinated children within days or few weeks develop runny noses, pneumonia, ear infections and bronchiolitis? The reason is the flu virus introduced in their bodies which creates these symptoms. It also indicates immuno-suppression i.e. lowering of the immunity. The flu vaccines actually do not immunize but sensitize the body against the virus. 4.) Its a known fact that Flu vaccines contain strains of the flu virus along with other ingredients. Now think about the impact such a vaccine can have over someone with a suppressed immune system? If you have a disease that is already lowering your body’s ability to fight a virus, taking the flu shot will put your body in danger of getting the full effects of the flu and make you more susceptible to pneumonia and other contagious diseases. 5.) The Flu vaccines contain mercury, a heavy metal known to be hazardous for human health. The amount of mercury contained in a multi-dose flu shot is much higher than the maximum allowable daily exposure limit. Mercury toxicity can cause memory loss, depression, ADD, oral health problems, digestive imbalances, respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases and many more such serious health ailments. And what about the elderly? Can the flu vaccine help them? 6.) There is mounting evidence that flu shots can cause Alzheimer’s disease. One report shows that people who received the flu vaccine each year for 3 to 5 years had a 10-fold greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease than people who did not have any flu shots. Also with age the immune system weakens, thus lowering your ability to fight off infections. Introducing the flu virus in the bodies of elderly could have dangerous consequences. Can we trust the authorities who are promoting the wide-spread use of flu vaccines? 7.) The Center for Disease Control appoints a 15-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). This committee is responsible for deciding who should be vaccinated each year. Almost all the ACIP have a financial interest in immunizations. It’s all about the money and may have very little to do with your health and well being. The very people pushing these vaccines stand to make billions of dollars. This itself creates a doubt on how effective these flu vaccines really are? 8.) Research shows that over-use of the flu-vaccine and drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can actually alter flu viruses and cause them to mutate into a more deadly strain. Couple this with drug resistant strains and you have virtually no benefits with much risk. 9.) There is enough evidence that shows that the ingredients present in the flu vaccinations can actually cause serious neurological disorders. In the 1976 swine flu outbreak, many who got the flu shots developed permanent nerve damage. Flu vaccines can contain many harmful materials including detergent, mercury, formaldehyde, and strains of live flu virus. Is this what you want to put in YOUR body? 10.) Trying to guess what strain to vaccinate against each season has proved to be no more effective than a guessing game. This has been very true in recent years with the H1N1 strain. Moreover getting multi-shots will only prove more dangerous as different strains of viruses and harmful ingredients are introduced into your body. Flu shots are indeed more dangerous than you could think, and it is best to rely on natural ways to protect against the flu rather than getting yourself vaccinated. Isn’t it interesting that the main stream public health officials never promote the various proven ways to avoid the flu other than through vaccination? How about spending some of the billions of advertising dollars teaching us natural ways to boost our immune systems and avoid the flu without harmful and sometimes deadly vaccinations.
  7. http://nogreaterjoy.org/articles/youve-got-worms/ “When your body has a healthy, strong, immune system, it can deal with most parasites.” I think we went through this on another thread. Good grief Koko, did your mother tell you this? You want to eat as many of those bacteria as you can. Eat that salsa. Buy eggs covered in poop, at least they weren’t bleached. Buy you meat covered in flies. Eat tons of lettuce rinsed with tap water. Drink raw milk. Stop using a microwave. It’s no wonder everybody’s sick. So off you go to buy your Acidophilus. But wait that’s only one strain. Lets spend more and buy that one that has 4 strains, or wait, how about the one with 10 strains. These are all bacteria, just like you would get if you ate the way people ate for the last 10,000 years. You think Obama lies? He’s an angel compared to the medical profession. Stop destroying your food and always follow the 3 rules for good health. #1. Don’t go to a doctor. #2. Don’t ever go to a doctor. #3. Whatever you do, don’t go to a doctor. Most of you are going to attack this but all you really need to do is look up John Rockefeller and see how the medical establishment was created (along with the Fed) in 1913. It certainly wasn’t for your benefit. Never take a pharmaceutical drug or vaccine. Hopefully, one of you out there, somewhere, will get it.
  8. Back to the OP's question. The sewer line project is dead (for now). The assessment per household was too much for most families. Then there was the problem of hook-up. Many, maybe most, homes have the septic tanks in the rear of the house and the house goes from wall to wall. No way to bring the line to the front of the house out to the street. Most of the homes would have to be torn down to re-plumb for a sewer line. Fortunately, the powers that be had the foresight to kill a bad idea.
  9. No, this is not ash. It's hardwoods burned in the absence of air. It's what's left after all the gases from the heated wood have burned off. It's charcoal, not ash.
  10. Don't use smashed up charcoal. Briquettes can contain harmful additives, and burned ones have very little active carbon.That's true Joco, don't use Kingsford Charcoal Briquettes. The stuff they sell in Chapala and even Walmart's brand, Best Value, or whatever the Walmart brand is, they're both made from hardwood and are good quality Char.
  11. Walmart has larger bags, about 60 pesos. The Mercado in Chapala has smaller bags for 20 pesos. I haven't figured out which is cheaper. Either place has really good char. The problem you'll have is crushing it. I've tried a lot of different things to powder it, finally gave up and left some chunks in it. Seemed to work anyway. If you come up with a good way to powder it, let me know.
  12. Facebook won't let me on without signing in (not a chance). Any other source for the garden club. Like your signature.
  13. I may have soil fungus. I have white round things shaped like a pencil lead, maybe a little bigger in diameter. If that’s what soil fungus is, it no longer makes any difference to my plants. It’s not bothering them at all. It’s probably because of the Char. Char is the common name, also known as Biochar or charcoal. It’s not the Kingsford Briquette type charcoal, it’s the real stuff made from hardwood and readily available at the stores here at Lakeside. Charcoal is unusual in that it soaks up it’s surroundings, be it contamination in water, or chemicals in you, or in this case, nutrients in the soil. Once the charcoal is charged, it starts supplying the plants with nutrient dense material. If you’re a gardener and you haven’t heard of this, it will change the way you garden forever. Your plants will grow 3 times faster and be incredibly healthy. Here’s a link to get you started, after that, just http://startpage.com “BioChar” for a ton of information. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrDOLx57KUU This is a Tedtalk but there’s a lot more, especially on Youtube. You’ll see the difference in plants grown in compost and plants grown in compost with Char. There’s a ton of info on the web, read it. One warning, the charcoal needs to be charged, loaded with nutrients the first time you use it. If not, it will pull the nutrients out of the soil and your plants will not do well until the second year. This only needs to be done the first time you add it to the soil. A comment to Joco. I think, and I don’t claim to be an expert, that your idea of grafting 3 different plants to the same stalk will end up cross pollinating the varieties and you’ll end up with one variety of unknown quality. Also, and this is just my opinion, while baking soil, replacing worms, grafting plants, spraying garlic or chile spray and the multitude of other things gardeners typically go through, I think gardening should be trouble and work free, except for watering, and I’ve even automated that. The raised square foot garden pretty much eliminates weeds and most bugs. Next, finding the right plant for your area and nutrient dense soil eliminates all other problems. Example: My only fruit is Carissa’s and I have a lot. It’s my favorite and they yield year round. I wanted Red Raspberries so I planted the seed from some I bought locally. The plants came up but soon were covered with white flies. Yes, I could spray the plants and fight this forever but nothing else in my garden had white flies. The answer, for me at least, don’t grow Raspberries. Find something else. Growing your food shouldn’t involve a fight, it should be trouble free. Whether the tomatoes I’m growing are hybrid, I don’t know, probably. I’ll ask the next time I get to the Tuesday Market. They sure are tasty. Hybrid isn’t a dirty word, it just means it was cross pollinated by hand instead of by a bee and it hasn’t been around for 50 years. Kind of like what you’ll be doing if you graft several different plants to one stalk. The biggest thing you could do for your garden is learn about char, it’ll change your life.
  14. All 27 tons of it? Maybe if you're growing in pots, but this is a large garden and that just wouldn't be practical. I think it's more of a case where certain varieties of plants do better in certain areas. I thought I was a pretty good gardener till I moved here, then it was like starting over. After years of trial and error, I've found the varieties of all the different veggies I grow that seem to do real well. No disease problems, no bug problems, except ants, but they don't eat the veggies. Also, things improved dramatically when I discovered Char. These plants grow three times faster and I've never seen healthier plants since I started growing with Char.
  15. When I moved down here I brought about 15 different varieties of heirloom tomato seeds with me. I have a rather large square foot garden and through the years tried to grow the different varieties but had problems with each one. Many diseased easily. Some that grew had very few tomatoes and always small. Several years ago, Super Lake had large green tomatoes at the checkout stand which I bought and saved the seeds. These were the tastiest tomatoes I ever had but growing them was a problem. They always got leaf curl and bugs were attracted to them. A while back, I bought a very large red beefsteak tomato from the vender at the Tuesday fair. He’s the guy with the crates of unusual veggies, straight back as you walk in the door. While the vender grows hydroponic, I planted eight plants the first time, placing seed directly into the ground, and got over 200 very large tasty tomatoes. There was no leaf curl, no disease, no bug problems. Each tomato was perfect. Each subsequent planting has resulted in the same perfect plants. I use compost but don’t add any fertilizer while the plants are growing. If you’re looking for a good tomato for this area, I think this is it.
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