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  1. Some Lloyds history: https://www.discoversma.com/places/mexico/guanajuato/san-miguel-de-allende/insurance/oa-orourke-asociados/
  2. "Starlink is targeting service in the Northern U.S. and Canada in 2020, rapidly expanding to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021." See: https://www.starlink.com/
  3. Z - www.travelingmailbox.com looks excellent - shipping packages seems to involve a monthly fee and other related reasonable charges which maybe could be switched on/off as needed - thanks for the recommendation.
  4. Again thanks to earlyretirement for the comprehensive treatment of the PR process two years ago. Contacting Mexican consulates here in northern California appears to be impossible, and if one visits without an appointment, you might be turned away, so I read with interest that Santa Ana once upon a time was accessible. Reviewing their website, I noticed that over the intervening two years that the financial requirements for PR have increased over 50%, as below. Perfectly reasonable, except that most financially competent persons would not keep $130k cash in savings accounts at no interest.
  5. Sorry - Don't remember cost of sewing a suit in Baht, either. Around US$100 at the time...
  6. A couple of years ago, I took a pair of spectacular classic rayon tropical shirts to Rosy to be first repaired and then copied in terms of cut with cotton fabric I had brought with me from California. It turns out that rayon somehow disintegrates just as if it had been attacked by moths, and I asked Rosy to patch the holes, for which she quoted a reasonable price, and to pattern match a new shirt with ample an amount of printed fabric with dinosaurs in a rich jungle setting. For this, custom job, I think she quoted US$23, and I had to go scare up some buttons. The final product of this proj
  7. For a discussion of certain issues re OLED burn-in, Pl. see: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/oled-screen-burn-in-what-you-need-to-know-now/ I use large HDMI screens driven by networked laptops for both computer monitors and entertainment video, and the static Windows interface at least seems as if it would probably scar an OLED display for life because I sometimes leave the things on for months at a time. This site seems to take reviewing seriously: https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/best/by-size/65-inch - look around the reviews and become familiar with the relevant issues. Modern screens a
  8. "French demographer Alfred Sauvy wrote of "Three worlds, one planet" in an article published in L'Observateur in 1952. The First World consisted of the U.S., Western Europe and their allies. The Second World was the so-called Communist Bloc: the Soviet Union, China, Cuba and friends. The remaining nations, which aligned with neither group, were assigned to the Third World." The poshest and most efficient hospital I've ever seen was thus '3rd world', Bumrungrad in Bangkok, one of the inventors of 'medical tourism'. See: https://www.bumrungrad.com/en And, yes, millions of patients die an
  9. Don't know about the civilized world, but in the states, there is SiPC. See: https://www.sipc.org/for-investors/what-sipc-protects
  10. If it's at least legal (if ill-advised), manufacturers might include methanol in the list of ingredients minutely printed on the product bottle at retail.
  11. Over the last seven hours, the peso has gained back almost 3% against the USD. The Banco de Mexico cut rates to 4.25% from 4.50%. This was a generally expected move. Of course, this being forex, it was front run and the peso counter-intuitively rose while earning less interest.
  12. The peso (MXN) has fallen about 7% in value against the US dollar (USD) over the last four days as optimism about economies worldwide fades. It currently trades at about 22.38 pesos to the dollar on forex.com.
  13. JS, would you care to share the name and type of contribution made by those professionals who assisted you? I'm getting ready to build on a very small (1600 sf ft) view lot in SJC early next year, and need to know how in detail how to best balance the 'viewshed' interests of all who might be impacted, and to understand the sort of restrictions you detail above. Also, I hope to engineer the place for an elaborate roof garden and solar array, and want to do everything to an unusually high technical standard, as well as within conventional code. It would be great to engage an expert English sp
  14. Per the US CDC: "A vaccine to prevent dengue (Dengvaxia®) is licensed and available in some countries for people ages 9-45 years old. The World Health Organization recommends that the vaccine only be given to persons with confirmed prior dengue virus infection." See: https://www.cdc.gov/dengue/prevention/dengue-vaccine.htm Have no information about its' availability anywhere.
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