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  1. My wife now needs a backup O2 tank for emergencies like long power failures. Her portable unit only supplies up to 4 hours...so it was suggested that I rent an 8 hour tank until I could buy one rather than rent one. The rental cost 3000 mxp for one month with an additional 1000 mxp for each refill. My insurance agent took me to a medical supply house in Guadalajara.....a horrible long trip BUT they had a similar tank, on a dolly with a water attachment....fully filled up with O2 at 8900 mxp with a 300 mxp charge for a refill.....So it pays for itself in less than 3 months and is covered by my policy. I am not promoting anyone nor disparaging anyone this is for info only. Fred Habacht
    8 points
  2. Is it a coincidence today is Friday 13th?
    8 points
  3. I burned my beds and threw out all linens pillows etc. Sprayed the rooms with just plain old bug spray. I also threw out my wife and extended family.
    7 points
  4. After our governor used the Joco bypass a while back he ordered it to be rehabbed completely. Now even lights at night in most of it. So there is some hope.
    7 points
  5. En Culiacán no es necesario usar cubrebocas, solo chaleco antibalas.
    7 points
  6. We didn't come close and still wouldn't today. However, anxious to immigrate (soon after Nov. 8, 2016) we had bought a house here in Chapala, sight unseen (I don't recommend this!) from Oregon. When we went to the Tucson consulate (no appointment) on our way south. I was humble and explained in broken Spanglish that it was my deceased Mexican step mother's wish that we live in Mexico and I told them little things like I have two Mexican half brothers (never mind we don't speak!) in Mexico, and an American half brother married and living in Veracruz (never mind we don't speak!). I showed them the info on our house we had sold but not yet closed on, the house we had bought but not closed on here and basically begged to be given temporary residency. Mind you, my SS disability was the only income we could prove because my partner had been selling on ETSY and not much of that $ ever went into the bank. They went through their rule book, asked for another papel or two, and we were compliant, patient, and respectful throughout. They finally told us to come back several hours later and when we returned I went in alone, while my partner waited in the van with our dogs, I said a silent prayer and asked mi madrastra to be with me. When I was called to the window the clerk asked where my partner was, and I replied "in the car waiting" and when she said they needed to get her finger prints and photo also, I burst into tears. They had granted us both temporary resident visas. We have been here 6 years this month and we received our Permanente right on schedule. This has been a beautiful experience and while my partner has not assimilated quite as well as I have, we've been happy here. But as with most beautiful stories this one is coming to a close. We are both veterans and the biggest thing we have been missing here is our VA health care. We're experiencing some health issues that need to be addressed, so we are selling our home and returning to the USA. As always, we are leaving behind friends and acquaintances who have touched our lives and who will remain with us as fond memories. The outstanding kindness of the Mexican people we have touched lives with while living here will be forever the one thing I will hold dearest. The fruit and veg vendor that always takes time to converse with me, so my Spanish improves poco a poco, the lady that sells pan in front of the Chapala mercado who is always busy and makes sure I don't get pushed to the back of the line, the owner of the little tienda where I buy my partner's favorite gum who has it for me when no one else seems to be capable of getting it, the family at Mario's in SAT who all greet us warmly and invite us into the kitchen to share what's cooking. The people walking down the street saying "buen dia" or "feliz año to two extranjeros whose hearts are blessed by this small kindness. Yes, we will miss mi Mexico, linda y querida.
    7 points
  7. Love, love, LOVE lakeside services. The time and aggro that we save by using them is well worth the cost (low and very fair) of their services. Honest and pleasant folks who are filling an important niche.
    6 points
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  9. Wouldn't that be...grape juice?
    6 points
  10. We lost our dog near the bottom of Ajijic Wednesday tianguis……talked to the horse guys, also helps to talk to kids and teens with camera phones. FLYERS as mentioned, did the trick…post them all over with reward offered. Was returned by a zeta gas crew who saw flyer by La Bodega but found him next to Pranzos.
    6 points
  11. https://healthfeedback.org/claimreview/joe-rogan-interview-with-peter-mccullough-contains-multiple-false-and-unsubstantiated-claims-about-the-covid-19-pandemic-and-vaccines/ More BS from this cardiologist. Not a virologist. "Joe Rogan interview with Peter McCullough contains multiple false and unsubstantiated claims about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines 3.1k SHARES ShareTweet CLAIM the pandemic was planned; the COVID-19 vaccines are experimental; previously infected people have “permanent immunity”; VAERS shows vaccines killed thousands of people, vaccine-induced spike protein causes damage VERDICT DETAILS Inaccurate: The COVID-19 vaccines aren’t experimental. Their safety and efficacy were demonstrated in clinical trials that involved tens of thousands of people. Previously infected people don’t have “permanent immunity”, given that reinfections can and have occurred. Unsupported: No evidence was presented for the assertions that the pandemic was planned or that scientists and/or public health authorities are conspiring to prevent people from getting early treatment. There’s also no evidence for the claim that the spike protein generated by mRNA vaccination is dangerous. KEY TAKE AWAY To date, more than 241 million people in the U.S. have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Clinical trials as well as the safety monitoring of COVID-19 vaccination campaigns provide overwhelming evidence that the vaccines’ benefits far outweigh their risks. There’s no evidence indicating that the amount of spike protein generated by mRNA vaccination is dangerous. The use of multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccines isn’t unusual or unprecedented; some childhood vaccines that have been used for decades also require four or more doses for complete immunization. REVIEW The Joe Rogan Experience, a podcast hosted by actor and comedian Joe Rogan, interviewed cardiologist Peter McCullough in December 2021. During the interview, which spanned about two hours and 45 minutes, McCullough made multiple inaccurate, misleading and/or unsubstantiated claims about the COVID-19 pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccines. This isn’t the first time McCullough propagated health misinformation, as these earlier fact-checks by Health Feedback, Full Fact, and AFP show. The interview went highly viral on social media. The link to the interview on Spotify received more than 21,000 engagements on Facebook, including more than 9,400 shares. A substantial number of engagements (more than 15,000) also came in from news aggregator and online forum Reddit. This excerpt, posted by the political activist group Young Americans for Liberty, received more than 95,000 views. This review will cover some of the important claims made by McCullough in the interview. Claim 1 (Inaccurate): Contrary to McCullough’s claim, the emergency use authorization (EUA) mechanism isn’t new nor was it unused prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. EUAs have been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for tests and medicines long before the pandemic, such as for Ebola and Zika virus, as this FDA page demonstrates. Claim 2 (Unsupported): Throughout the podcast, McCullough claimed the pandemic was planned or that public health authorities and/or scientists conspired for an unnamed reason to keep people from getting treatment. But he never provided any evidence to support these claims. These claims also made regular appearances in Plandemic, a two–part pseudodocumentary that went viral in 2020 and propagated baseless conspiracy theories about COVID-19. Claim 3 (Inaccurate): The SPARS Pandemic scenario wasn’t a seminar; rather, it is a “teaching and training resource” published by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. The document was developed as a self-guided exercise scenario that would enable public health communicators to better manage communication dilemmas regarding medical interventions introduced during a pandemic. The document can be read in full here. At no point is it stated that the aim of the document is to “railroad the population into mass vaccination” as McCullough claimed. The SPARS Pandemic exercise asks those undertaking the exercise to consider challenges in communication for different kinds of situations that could arise during a pandemic, such as potential vaccine injuries, potential side effects of medical treatments, and the definition of priority groups for vaccines and treatments. Claim 4 (Lacks context): McCullough implied that having to take multiple doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is unusual or unprecedented. This isn’t the case however, as certain childhood vaccines that have been used for decades, like the diphtheria vaccine and the polio vaccine, require four or more doses to complete immunization (see Figure 1). Figure 1. Recommended immunization schedule for children in the U.S., published by the CDC. Claim 5 (Misleading): The claim that masks don’t work because the pore size is larger than the virus was a popular one in 2020. It was previously reviewed by Health Feedback and found to be misleading. The claim shows a lack of understanding about how virus transmission works. While it is true that a virus particle is smaller than one micron (a millionth of a meter) and thus smaller than the pore size of a mask, virus particles cannot travel in the air on their own. Instead, they need to be carried by liquid droplets, and these are larger than the pore sizes of masks. By blocking the liquid droplets, masks also block the spread of the virus contained within. Claim 6 (Misleading and Imprecise): This is a reference to a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that was being developed by scientists in Australia. Its development was ultimately halted, because certain people who received the vaccine in a safety trial had false-positive results from HIV diagnostic tests. This was because the vaccine candidate used a small portion of a protein from HIV to improve stability of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. It is important to understand that these people weren’t infected with HIV by the vaccine. Instead, they developed antibodies against a particular HIV protein, and these antibodies happened to be the target for certain HIV diagnostic tests. McCullough’s imprecise use of the term “HIV-positive” to describe the vaccine trial participants could give viewers an inaccurate understanding of events, as the term “HIV-positive” is only used to refer to people infected with HIV. Claim 7 (Inaccurate): McCullough’s claim that “the virus is not spread asymptomatically”, followed by the claim that “it’s only spread from sick person to susceptible person” implies that people who don’t show symptoms cannot spread COVID-19 to others. We know that this isn’t true. Presymptomatic people, who don’t show symptoms initially but develop symptoms later, can transmit the virus even when they aren’t ill. Furthermore, presymptomatic people aren’t the same as asymptomatic people, who never develop symptoms during infection. It’s unclear exactly which studies McCullough was referring to, but a similar claim that a study by Cao et al. from China[1] showed asymptomatic transmission never occurs had gone viral in 2020 and was addressed in an earlier Health Feedback review. The claim is misleading, as that study assessed the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19 after a stringent lockdown, not the likelihood of asymptomatic transmission. As with the above study, the reference to Madewell is unclear, but McCullough was perhaps citing this systematic review and meta-analysis by Madewell et al. about household transmission of SARS-CoV-2. However, this study doesn’t support McCullough’s claims either. Madewell et al. concluded that “The lack of substantial transmission from observed asymptomatic index cases is notable”, that is, transmission from asymptomatic people aren’t substantial. But that doesn’t mean that these people don’t transmit as McCullough claimed. Madewell et al. also added that “presymptomatic transmission does occur, with some studies reporting the timing of peak infectiousness at approximately the period of symptom onset”[2]. Claim 8 (Inaccurate): This is untrue, because reinfections have been documented worldwide, although they are considered uncommon[3-6]. McCullough may have confused this with an earlier claim by lawyer Aaron Siri that previously infected people don’t transmit the virus, based on the CDC’s response to a Freedom of Information request. Siri’s claim was covered by Health Feedback in an earlier review, which found Siri’s claim to be misleading, as he misconstrued a lack of studies determining transmission by previously infected people to be evidence that such people don’t transmit. Claim 9 (Inaccurate): This is false. The CDC issued a Lab Alert in July 2021, notifying users that the CDC would be withdrawing its request for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test after December 2021. This Lab Alert was exploited by certain outlets that misconstrued it as an admission that the PCR test doesn’t work or that it cannot distinguish between COVID-19 and the flu. However, the Lab Alert itself explained that the EUA withdrawal wasn’t due to problems with the performance of PCR tests for detecting COVID-19, but because tests that are capable of processing more samples within a given time and detecting more than one pathogen have since been developed. Such characteristics make these tests the preferred alternatives in the interests of time and resources. Claim 10 (Inaccurate): This isn’t true. The Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations issued by the CDC clearly state that patients are to be tested for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19: Claim 11 (Inaccurate): It’s false to claim that people who have had COVID-19 develop “permanent immunity”. We know this because reinfections occur[3-6]. Researchers at Imperial College London also obtained data suggesting that the risk of reinfection posed by Omicron is higher than for Delta. This indicates that infection-induced immunity isn’t permanent and the protection it provides will vary depending on the variants in circulation. However, Clive Dix, the former chair of the U.K. Vaccine Taskforce, told Reuters that “we still don’t have sufficient data” and that certain variables, like cellular immune response, weren’t accounted for in the study. Claim 12 (Inaccurate): At this point in time, the COVID-19 vaccines are no longer investigational. Their safety and efficacy were established in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people before EUAs were granted[7,8]. Furthermore, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine now has full FDA approval. COVID-19 vaccination campaigns don’t violate the Nuremberg Code either, as Health Feedback explained previously. The Nuremberg Code specifically addresses experimentation on human subjects and was created in 1947 during a trial of Nazi doctors that conducted experiments on concentration camp prisoners. But COVID-19 vaccines aren’t experimental, therefore the Nuremberg Code doesn’t apply. Attempts to draw parallels between the rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccines and Nazi human experimentation exploit emotional reactions and falsely associate vaccination campaigns using rigorously-tested vaccines with unethical human research in order to promote vaccine hesitancy. Indeed, the phenomenon of invoking the Holocaust by many of those opposing COVID-19 vaccines and public health measures has grown increasingly popular, as news reports show. A joint statement between UNESCO and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) deplored this phenomenon, calling it a form of Holocaust distortion, warning that “Regardless of its form, Holocaust distortion always helps Holocaust denial, antisemitism, conspiracy myths and populism thrive”. Claim 13 (Inaccurate): This is false. Simply reading the first page of the FDA Decision Memorandums for the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently in use clearly shows that the clinical trial data was reviewed for safety by medical doctors and scientists (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson). Claim 14 (Misleading): This is an example of how the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is commonly misused (VAERS). VAERS makes it very clear that the reports in its database don’t on their own constitute evidence that the vaccine caused the adverse event: Scientists rely on many other indicators aside from temporality to infer causal events, which is extensively covered in an Insight article by Health Feedback. Claim 15 (Inaccurate): This is a misrepresentation of the findings by Ogata et al[9]. As explained in this Health Feedback review, the study was done in 13 people who had received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Uri Manor, a biophysicist and assistant research professor at the Salk Institute, explained on Twitter that the researchers found that the average amount of spike protein in the blood was about 30 to 40 picograms/mL (one picogram is one trillionth of a gram) and that it disappeared after a few days. No detrimental effects were reported in the study from these levels of spike protein. Claim 16 (Inaccurate): That’s not true. Monoclonal antibodies developed for antiviral use have been around for several years, as this 2015 review published in the journal Trends in Microbiology shows[10]. One example of an antiviral monoclonal antibody is Palivizumab, which was approved by the FDA in 1998 and is used for preventing respiratory syncytial virus infection in children. Claim 17 (Unsupported): The variant was first reported by Botswana in four fully vaccinated people, but the variant could have been circulating for a while before scientists discovered it. Therefore, we don’t know yet whether the Omicron variant originated in a vaccinated person and there’s no evidence supporting this claim to date. Scientists have various hypotheses for how the Omicron variant might have come about, such as chronic infection in an immunocompromised person, a human population that was overlooked during surveillance, or in animals, but nothing is certain yet. Claim 18 (Accurate): This is true. PCR tests for SARS-CoV-2 detect the presence of the virus by using primers that recognize known genetic sequences of the virus. Certain PCR tests can detect several viral genes. However, in cases where the virus carries multiple mutations in a genetic sequence targeted by the primers, the test can fail to detect the presence of that gene, although other genes are still detectable by the test. The genes detected will depend on the type of test used. In the case of the Omicron variant, which carries multiple mutations in its spike protein gene (S gene), certain PCR tests can still detect other genes but not the S gene. This phenomenon is termed S gene dropout or S gene target failure. It is a signature that can suggest the variant is Omicron, but it isn’t proof positive that the virus is Omicron, as the Alpha variant also exhibits S gene dropout. However, given that Omicron is more dominant than Alpha, a sample showing S gene dropout is more likely to be Omicron than Alpha. Confirming that a variant is Omicron will still require whole genome sequencing. READ MORE Physician Zubin Damania, who also goes by the name ZDoggMD, published a rebuttal of McCullough’s claims on his podcast." REFERENCES
    5 points
  12. We just did our Temporal renewal ourselves 2 weeks ago. Ours actually had lapsed because we had covid but they did not care. No penalty, no need to see our financial documents for qualification. It was actually very easy. To start the process you have to go online to start the procedure and you enter a little info and the site generates your application form. It is very easy. My Spanish is not good but I was able to figure it out. I also have my Google Chrome browser to automatically translate Spanish to English so that helps. This is the link to the website https://www.inm.gob.mx/mpublic/publico/inm-tramites.html?a=thgeGuQHx2k%3D&tr=hyBh72VpD1w%3D&h_sdp00=giUnJ9XgtISVcdYJXduIGw%3D%3D&fbclid=IwAR1mgWd1uzWPOaQeeMoR2sCSoas22koaYFTxTq0ycxpCrhT8HJuq2h0BD04 The website generates your application which you will need to print. You take that to the immigration office in Chapala along with your current Temporal visa card, your passport and a copy of your passport, and a letter in Spanish. I copied and pasted the content of the one I used here. You can now pay there with a debit or credit card or you will have to go to a bank to pay the fee in cash. The fee for renewal as of Jan 1 is $5108 pesos for one year Temporal renewal. The process takes 3 trips to immigration. First one to file the application and pay. Second they make you an appointment to get your fingerprints and photo taken, Third about 10 days later to pick up your new card. Really was very easy and no one should feel they need to pay someone else to do this for you. Happy to answer any other questions you may have about the process:-) 5 DE ENERO DE 2023 OFICINA DE REPRESENTACIÓN DEL INM EN CHAPALA, JALISCO: Yo, (YOUR NAME), nacional de los Estados Unidos de América por la presente solicito el canje de la forma migratoria por la renovación de la Tarjeta de Residente Temporal por un año. Declaro bajo protesta, a decir verdad, que viviré en México con mis propios fondos de mi país natal. Sin otro particular, quedamos atentos a cualquier otra información que se nos requiera. ATENTAMENTE: _____________________________ (YOUR NAME) 5 DE ENERO DE 2023
    5 points
  13. Believe it or not, after living here for almost 15 years Ferret, we know all of that. We sold another house we owned in Riberas and the capital gain was based on the difference between purchase and selling, less adjustments for major improvements/expansions and inflation over time. I checked with our Notario and he confirmed this is how it is done and property tax assessment is irrelevant. I'm coming to the conclusion the problem here is a gross area in the size of the improvements under roof which we did notice until they double the tax in one year. It also appears the total property size is off by about 20 percent. We'll be looking into having the place formally measured as Ibarra suggested and gave me a reference for. I'll come back and post the results when I have them.
    5 points
  14. Well I for one am VERY grateful for what you call "heavy handed authoritarianism and oppression" as it applies to banning smoking in public places. I think "live and let live" is fine as long as your living isn't contributing to my suffering or dying.
    5 points
  15. Spencer is no replacement for a notario. He may use one for his business or work with one but that is not the same thing. Notario come in a limited number , attorneys are a dime a dozen
    5 points
  16. May be a bit too close to home...
    5 points
  17. A bit tardy for New Years's but anyway.....
    5 points
  18. Same great folks run Lakeside Shopping Service for those of us who don't want to drive. Order using their Website by Sunday 6PM and products are delivered Wednesday or Thursday. I've been using them since they bought the company and they are the best! https://www.lakeside-ss.com/
    5 points
  19. Wow. Without knowledge of the circumstances of loss or whether the pup had tags you, asilvam, have chosen to condemn the OP. Not impressed!
    5 points
  20. You do not need it if your vehicle is registered in Chapala or Jocotepec, and you do not live or work in one of the named municipalities PERIOD. This is not a grey area. Transit police are NOT AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE TICKETS for this. Thus there is no risk of being stopped for not having a sticker by transit police. Only checkpoints ( like the alcohol checkpoints ) will be able to check for the sticker, and if your registration shows you are not in the areas where it is required no problem just like if you haven't been drinking at an alcohol checkpoint you will have no problem. . All vehicles will be stopped in one of those checkpoints,
    5 points
  21. Last year was a difficult one for me. But, with the help of Ricardo Mendosa (331-296-6578) and his wife Corina, I made all my doctor/hospital appointments in Guadalajarra on time and with smiling faces. Ricardo speaks excellent English and is available when you call him. He has rental cars and a good-size truck for moving. He only operates within Mexico. Please call him if you need anything!
    5 points
  22. JKL, you should relax for a bit until you have spent more time living in Mexico, if you are newly arrived. A very small percentage of law breakers (including murderers) are jailed or punished in Mexico. That is a fact. There is very little effective response to real criminal behavior. Most of us pay and treat our gardeners and cleaning women well. Some of us overpay our help. We and they appreciate each other. If I really had to pay IMSS for my employees, I couldn't afford it. So there'd be a gardener and a cleaning woman out of a job. Multiply that fact by many ex-pats' reality. Lexy
    5 points
  23. Not that it is any of your business but there are a lot of us who have been here a long time. We barely squeezed by the old requirements and system. When they first moved to the new immigration requirements we were grandfathered in if we applied for permanente then. We could never come close to qualifying today. We live comfortably and happily here — and are able to help those not as well off as we are.
    5 points
  24. I might add, we live on 2- low-end of the scale Social Security payments. We have no rentals, no investments, no nothin' extra and very little savings. Our needs are met, so why not uplift someone else?
    5 points
  25. To my way of thinking, this is a good thing. My husband and wife workers have been able to educate their children thanks to what they earn mainly from extranjeros and a few well to do tapatíos. None of those educated children aspires to be a maid or a gardener. They all have higher education as a goal, with professional occupations after that. I refuse to pay people barely enough to survive.
    5 points
  26. Your car is polluting the air I breath, please buy a Tesla😊
    4 points
  27. Maryanna, there have been NUMEROUS threads regarding Property Taxes in the last weeks. Please read them. The average increase that people are reporting is approximately 9.6%. If you have concerns about your particular increase, as stated in other threads, you need to take action by 1) contacting an attorney to help your or 2) going to Catastro and finding out why you received such a high increase. No need to compare taxes in U.S. or any where else in the world. We live here, in MX. We live by this financial standard, not that of other countries. Just because you say it is less here does not make the reason for your doubled increase legit. Mistakes are made all of the time, and, if you don't research this one, you are giving in to them and they will just continue to do this to us. Make your complaint/concerns known to Catastro.
    4 points
  28. Somebody has been doing their research again
    4 points
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