Mexico is safer than many cities in the U.S.
More than 150,000 Americans safely visit Mexico every day. And while the media sensationalizes stories of violence in Mexico, Mexico is safer than many major U.S. cities. Travelers feel relatively safe visiting popular U.S. cities like Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington D.C, or Atlanta. Visitors from around the world enjoy these vibrant cities in relative, reasonable safety. Yet each of these cities is statistically less safe than Mexico.
Mexico and politically charged Media Bias.
In the debate on immigration reform in the US, the facts on safety in Mexico have become a casualty of politics. To change public opinion and policy, politicians sometimes throw fuel on the fire. If you make up an exciting story about "severed heads in the desert", it gets a lot of attention and people believe it. The governor of Arizona admitted this story was baseless, but only after months of damage was successfully inflicted to the image of Mexico. The homicide rates above are facts from the FBI, not political fabrications.
Media Favoritism versus Facts.
New Orleans is beloved and its renaissance is showcased in the news. The FBI reports the murder rate of New Orleans is declining, but it is nearly 4 times higher than all of Mexico and over 5 times higher than Mexico City. New Orleans is still an amazing place to visit and the Media is right to champion this inspirational city. But Mexico is at least as remarkable and there is a clear difference in how each of these storied destinations is portrayed in contemporary news.
Every city and country has places that are safe and dangerous. Mexico is no exception. The areas that are dangerous should be avoided. And those that are safe should be enjoyed and celebrated.
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Did you know …
…The Mazatlan Municipal Market, designed and built in 1899 by the French engineer Alejandro Loubet, was built of iron and steel based on the Art Nouveau styleand using the same techniques that were used seven years before on the construction of the Eiffel Tower?
…El Mercado Municipal de Mazatlán, diseñado y construido en 1899 por el Ingeniero francés Alejandro Loubet, fue construido en hierro y acero basado en el estilo Art Nouveau y utilizando las mismas técnicas que 7 años antes se emplearon en la construcción de la Torre Eiffel?
Come to Mazatlan and meet this and more interesting places in the harbor.
Halloween Holiday Trivia
- Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
- Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
- Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
- Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
- Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
- The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
- Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
- Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
- Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
- Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
- Black cats were once believed to be witch's familiars who protected their powers.
Cruise lines have stayed away from Mazatlan, Mexico for several years, largely due to concerns the cruise experience might include a visit from a dangerous drug lord. With crime rates down in Mexico, west coast cruise ship itineraries are now returning to Mazatlan.
Cruise lines had steered away from the port because of safety issues. There was no way that they would endanger the lives of their passengers by dropping them off at an unsafe place. The move was primarily a precaution as drug lord activity was happening far to the north of Mazatlan.
"We understand that travel agents and providers have a duty to inform their customers, but we feel as if we have been unfairly singled out as an unsafe destination," said Julio Birrueta, spokesperson for the Mazatlan Tourism Trust, according to Caribbean News Digital.
"We didn't just sit around hoping they would return," said Frank Cordova, secretary of tourism for the state of Sinaloa. "We made a lot of changes to upgrade security and to improve the visitor experience."
Holland America Line's Veendam will return to Mazatlan on November 9. Norwegian Star starts arriving December 22 and Azamara Quest returns on December 29.
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Energy Saving Tips
Air conditioning and heating:
Use vegetation to your advantage, planting trees in strategic points helps deflect cold drafts in winter and create shade in the summer.
By installing awnings or overhangs inclined, aluminum shutters, tinted glass, coatings, mesh and plastic films prevents the sun from reaching directly into the house. So you can get savings in electrical energy consumption by the use of air conditioning.
Proper insulation of ceilings and walls helps maintain a comfortable temperature in the house.
If you use central air conditioning units, also isolated ducts.
It is relatively easy to seal windows and doors of the house with silicone paste, to keep out the cold in the winter months and keep it cool in the hot months.
When buying or replace the equipment, check that it is suitable for your needs.
Give periodic maintenance and clean the filters regularly. Watch the thermostat, it can mean an additional savings of electricity if left at 18 ° C (65 ° F) in winter and 25 ° C (78 ° F) in summer.
In dry weather use the cooler, is cheaper and consumes less power than air conditioning.
The saturated filters and dust deposits and debris from the vacuum, make the engine work overload and reduce its life. Change them whenever is necessary.
Check that the hose and fittings are in good condition.
Audio and video:
Do not leave lighted lamps, radios, TVs or other appliances on when no one is using.
Toaster and Oven:
Always keep waste clean the microwave oven, electric oven and toaster, this way they will last longer and consume less energy.
Use CFLs in place of incandescent bulbs, they provide the same level of illumination, last ten times longer and use four times less energy.
Paint the inside of the house with light colors, the light reflects in them and require less energy to light.
Check that the electrical system is not leaking. To do this, disconnect all electrical appliances, including watches; turn off all the lights and check that the meter disk does not move, if the disk is spinning, check the installation commands.
Wash in full load each time, this will decrease the number of sessions weekly wash.
Use only the necessary amount of detergent; excess amounts, produces more foam and makes the engine work more than it should.
A blender that works easily lasts longer and spends less; check that the blades are always sharp and not broken.
The iron is another device that uses a lot of energy. Use it in an orderly way and planned, this saves energy and reduces costs.
Iron as many clothes as possible each time, due to connecting it often causes more energy expenditure than to keep it on for a while.
Iron thick clothes first, or the one that needs more heat, and leave the thin, that requires less heat, to the end, disconnect the iron just before the end to take advantage of accumulated temperature.
Do not let the iron connected unnecessarily.
Check the surface of the plate so that it is always smooth and clean, so heat is transmitted uniformly.
Check that the cable and plug are in good condition.
The refrigerator is one of the most energy-consuming appliances in the home.
Place the refrigerator away from the stove and out of reach of the sun's rays. Check that the door seal perfectly and regularly reviews the package, if it does not close properly, it can generate a consumption three times higher than normal.
Let food cool before refrigerating. The correct position of the thermostat is between the numbers 2 and 3. In hot weather, thermostat should be between the numbers 3 and 4.
If you are planning to buy a new refrigerator, select the one which consumes less electricity. Check the energy efficiency label, which indicates that the device complies with the Official Mexican Standard and saves energy. Remember that automatic defrost consume 12% more electricity and that means more spending.
Defrost the refrigerator and clean with damp cloth grime that builds up in the back, at least every two months. Clean the condenser tubes located on the back or bottom of the device at least twice a year.
Don't miss this one!!
The El Cids 40th Anniversary Golf Tournament this year November 7th – 10th, 2013 will have more prizes than ever before!!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
From: Mazatlan4Rent Crew
This is where we had dinner last night w/ our friends and family.
" So, sit right down and have another beer in Mexico"