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Old 09-23-2013, 09:28 AM   #17686
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Interesting article. Viva Mexico!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/wo...pagewanted=all
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:46 AM   #17687
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Great stuff Mike Mike. We use the Sanborn maps here for reference in historic preservation. Didn't know they existed for Mexico. Whatever happened to the Russian maps and your source for those? If you use facebook check out my recent pix from here. Facebook name: David F Oyster
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:40 PM   #17688
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Very good article. Here's an interesting comment posted by a reader that addresses security in Mexico:

"I see, in many of the comments, concerns about safety and how to square that with the general sense of optimism found here. Certainly Mexico has its share of murders and mayhem but, for whatever reason, if *feels* safer. Perhaps it's because the (ample) violence is logical - the vast majority of the danger is concentrated in the drug trade - people buying/selling/moving drugs in concentrated zones. Because there is a logic to it, you can avoid it.

The numbers support this. Of the three major metro areas here (Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey) only Monterrey makes the list of most violent cities (at number 47). Which cities show higher on the list? St Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, Oakland, New Orleans.

When combined with the frequent , and high profile, mall/theater/school shootings (unheard of in Mexico) in the US, I find it curious that Mexico is characterized as an unsafe "blood bath." What is the source of this? Veiled racism? An attempt by anti immigration advocates to demonize mexicans? A fear of anything different? A misplaced idea that home is always safer?

We've been here for 6 years and we love it. In the US, things felt like they were ending, winding down. Here, things feel like their just beginning!"


Other comments emphasized the need to restructure Mexico's economic model (my inference) so that the poor and working class have greater upward mobility to participate beyond simply providing cheap labor. As a purely economic statement I offer that Mexico's taxing of durable goods has worked very effectively to impede upward mobility as more Mexicans are able to afford a car, for example, but not the taxes on the car. This is very regressive, IMO, and ultimately restricts economic growth and the resulting increase in tax revenues. I've seen this scenario repeated among my Mexico City friends for 10+ years now. Mexico can make a major investment in the growth of the middle class by restructuring this tax system.
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:45 PM   #17689
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Maybe Trice can vouch for the aeronautical charts, he knows about that kind of thing
I'm not allowed to discuss the flying I did for the CIA south of the border for another six years
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:55 PM   #17690
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I'm not allowed to discuss the flying I did for the CIA south of the border for another six years

CIA= Culinary Institute of America.
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:59 PM   #17691
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:00 PM   #17692
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CIA= Culinary Institute of America.
CIA = California Institute of the Arts. Once supported buy Disney. Don't know about now..
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:42 PM   #17693
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RMO, the Russian maps were a free download for my old Nokia phone, I think it came from a link in a magazine from Spain or something. Give me some time to root around through some old backups and see if I still have the file. I still have the phone but the file isnt on it. I guess I figured I wouldnt use it when I stopped riding off road so much. I'll see if I can find it somewhere.

By the way, did you ever work with David Wolper??
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:00 AM   #17694
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Mike Mike, yes. That is where I started my career. Will PM you.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:05 AM   #17695
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Made it across into Matamoros last night with no problems, thanks for all the info and replies from the 'is Mexico safe' crew.
Heading south today, and finally slowing down the pace after 2k miles of slab.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:59 AM   #17696
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:00 AM   #17697
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:32 AM   #17698
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:52 AM   #17699
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:50 PM   #17700
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Just a little more on water in Mexico:
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