Memorial Weekend Security Wait Times


TSA wait lines for U.S. citizens for “their protection”



CBP wait lines for U.S. citizens for “their protection”



“Fast Lane” for illegals, no wait times, warm welcome

Viasat Broadband Expansion


Bajadock: ViaSat sells Exede Satellite internet services for residential and business customers

Satellite broadband provider ViaSat on Tuesday reported higher revenue but lower profits for its fourth quarter as it ramped up spending for the next generation of broadband satellite technology.

The Carlsbad company, which supplies high-speed Wi-Fi for JetBlue, Virgin America and other airlines, saw fourth-quarter sales rise 2 percent over the prior year to $372 million.

Net income dipped to $4.5 million, or 9 cents a share, under generally accepted accounting principles. That’s down from $7.5 million a year earlier.

Excluding certain expenses such as depreciation, the company earned 29 cents per share. Wall Street analysts had been expecting earnings excluding charges of 37 cents a share on revenue of $370 million.

The earnings decline stemmed from increased research and development investment for the company’s next generation of broadband satellites, which will give ViaSat a global footprint for satellite Internet service.

For its full fiscal year, ViaSat’s sales rose 2.5 percent to $1.4 billion. Net income came in at $21.7 million, or 44 cents per share, compared with $40.4 million the prior year.

ViaSat’s 2014 results were boosted by nearly $54 million paid by Space Systems Loral for infringing on ViaSat’s patents. Last year, Loral’s payment to ViaSat shrunk to $27.5 million.

The company has 697,000 home and business Internet subscribers in the U.S., where its ViaSat-1 satellite, launched in 2011, is reaching capacity.

ViaSat-2 is slated to launch early next year — expanding the company’s bandwidth and market area across the Atlantic and into the Caribbean, Mexico and elsewhere.

“The launch is scheduled for a window seven months from now,” said Chief Executive Mark Dankberg. “We expect to be able to grow our addressable market by offering plans with even higher speeds and virtually unlimited bandwidth with no usage caps.”

The company has begun investing in the next generation of ViaSat-3 class satellites — which will provide even more bandwidth globally from three new satellites slated to launch virtually back to back starting in 2019.

In addition to home Internet, ViaSat has become a key supplier of in-flight Wi-Fi to JetBlue, United Airlines and Virgin America. Nearly 500 aircraft use its technology today, which is fast enough for passengers to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime video on their mobile devices in the air.

“Our partnership with JetBlue is reframing the entire industry away from a scarcity model — where single-digit percentages of passengers pay very high prices for meager bandwidth — and turning that into planes full of passengers using the whole Internet, including video streaming,” said Dankberg.

ViaSat released results after markets closed. Its shares ended the day up nearly 2 percent at $72.68. They were unchanged in early after-hours trading.

Mantou Restaurant

“Diana and I had dinner at Mantou Gastropub last night, amazing food, great prices. Should definitely be on your list for Ensenada.”

 ~ Michael Fix


Adios El Niño?

This visualization shows how temperatures in the top 1,000 feet, approximately, of the Pacific Ocean at the equator were warmer or cooler than average during 5-day periods centered on three dates this spring: March 14, April 13 and May 3.  (NOAA NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab GODAS)  The grip of one of the strongest El Niños in recorded history is loosening, and in its place it appears that the cool flipside, La Niña, is arriving, writes Dennis Mersereau for Mental Floss.
Both phenomena are part of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, ENSO, a natural climate variation that swings between warm and rainy conditions (El Niño) in the central-eastern Pacific and cooler, drier conditions (La Niña). The long tongue of slightly-warmer-than-average surface water that makes up El Niño has been weakening and beneath the surface, “a deep pool of cool water has been sliding slowly eastward for the past couple of months,” writes Rebecca Lindsey for, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).
If water temperatures persist more than 0.5 degrees Celsius below average, then La Niña has arrived. There’s a 75 percent chance that will happen by this fall, writes Emily Becker for NOAA’s ENSO blog. For now, global weather patterns are still under the sway of El Niño, technically, but the trend is toward more neutral conditions, she explains. If trends continue, El Niño should kick it at the end of the summer.

The water temperatures and pressure anomalies that herald these patterns might center over the central-eastern Pacific, but the effects ripple across the globe, changing precipitation and temperature patterns in many regions. In North America, the winters are usually milder during an El Niño and the West coast, southern U.S. and southeast see more rainy days.

When La Niña arrives, the U.S. Southwest, central and southern Rockies, the Great Plains and Florida usually have drier weather. Winters under La Niña are likely to be colder in the Northwest, northern California, northern Intermountain West and north-central states. However, although experts have noticed those trends, they have trouble predicting exactly how any one El Niño or La Niña will play out.

“[As] still-parched Californians found out this year, each event is different, and not all of them affect the weather as we would expect,” writes Mersereau.

Experts get some idea about how the pattern affects global weather and for how long by looking at past events. Becker writes that there are 14 La Niñas on record:

Of those 14 La Niñas, nine immediately followed El Niño years. Two occurred two years after an El Niño, with a neutral year intervening. Two were the second year of a “double dip” La Niña, where sea surface temperatures briefly returned to neutral during the summer before heading back into La Niña territory (1974/75 and 2011/12). The remaining one starts the records off in 1950.

La Niñas also tend to last longer than El Niños. After the unusually strong 1997/98 El Niño, La Niña lasted for 33 months, spanning three winters.

Still, even with a potential La Niña on the way, 2016 is on track to become the hottest year in recorded history, beating out 2015, Maddie Stone notes for Gizmodo. April 2016 was the 12th consecutive warmest month on record. She explains that even with the powerful influences of oscillating climate anomalies, “humans now control the master switch when it comes to our planet’s thermostat.”

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San Ysidro Regular Lanes


Recent visitors let me know that I had not posted my route to the regular lane border crossing in Tijuana / San Ysidro.

The reason I take the North Rosarito/Tijuana Libre(free road) exit off hwy 1, is that it is the most direct route.  For new or infrequent crossers, I think this has the fewest turns,  fewest tricks and easiest routing.

OK, if you use this during 7-9am rush hour, traffic can be painful.  I’m typically crossing border northbound at 10-11AM after the crunch.




This Free Road routing throws you directly at the Big Chief Cuauhtemoc  roundabout. At the Chief, make a left turn, which is actually a 270 degree roundy.  Keep your head on a swivel at this roundabout in middle lane and exert yo ur will to get in the roundabout and get out on Av Los Heroes.  You are now on a straight shot to the border crossing.


Above map shows green dot routing from Free Road to Big Chief to 270 degree left turn to the border.

Yellow line shows the routing an Av Internacional routing from Toll Rd if that is your preferred tour of TJ.

Unfortunately, our eyewitness regular lane border crossers have been reporting long waits of 1-2 hours often.  We have also read about 3-4 hour crossings on Sundays and Holidays, ouchee!


Blue Moon Saturday


While the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’ is well-known, many may not realize the true definition of an astronomical blue moon.

“The second full moon in a given calendar month is coined a ‘blue moon,'” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist David Samuhel explained.

Blue moons typically occur once every few years.

Samuhel added that a second, lesser known definition of a blue moon is the third of four full moons that occurs during a single astronomical season.

According to EarthSky, blue moons under the second definition are rare, which is how the term ‘once in a blue moon’ originally came about.

Despite its name, a blue moon is rarely the color blue.

Blue moon to coincide with Mars opposition this weekend
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“The term ‘blue moon’ actually has nothing to do with the color of the moon,” Samuhel said.

Blue moons are usually the same gray and white color of a regular moon.

Only in rare cases can the moon be tinted blue.

A blue moon rises over the Philippines on July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

It usually takes a volcanic eruption or large wildfire for such a spectacle to take place, according toNASA.

The dust and smoke particles that are released into the air during such events are usually the perfect size for blue light to pass through the atmosphere. This creates a blue filter in front of the moon, thus making the moon appear blue to the human eye.

Shorty Guzman U.S. Extradition

— Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat said Friday it had approved the extradition of notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman to the United States so he can be tried by federal courts in California and Texas for a range of crimes.

In a statement, the secretariat said it conveyed its decision to the Sinaloa cartel leader, who on May 7 was transferred from the Altiplano prison in central Mexico to another penitentiary located in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez.

“The extradition requests filed by the U.S. government fulfill each and every one of the requirements provided for” in the bilateral extradition treaty, the secretariat said.

It added that the U.S. government also would provide sufficient guarantees that the death penalty will not be imposed on Mr. Guzman after he is extradited and tried in that country.

The secretariat said “El Chapo,” who has escaped twice from maximumsecurity prisons in Mexico, can still appeal the decision within 30 days, meaning the process could still drag on for several months.

Guzman faces charges including criminal conspiracy, homicide and money laundering in a federal court in Texas and charges of conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine in a California federal court.

The Mexican government had opposed extradition but reversed course after Guzman escaped from Altiplano in July 2015 through a milelong tunnel dug to his cell.

He had earlier broken out of a prison in the western state of Jalisco in 2001 and spent more than 13 years on the run before being recaptured on Feb. 22, 2014, in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan.

Guzman’s organization rose to become one of the main sources of illicit drugs entering the United States.

The Mexican kingpin’s wealth led to his name regularly appearing on Forbes magazine’s list of global billionaires.

Ensenada Swim With Fishies photos of Acurario Oceanica’s portable aquarium deployed near at Punta Banda.


Here is my photo of the Acuario Oceanico being deployed last weekend on the Punta Banda peninsula.


New Maneadero Shopping



mapa por Bajadock



foto por El Vigia

da Toni Restaurant Ensenada


Enjoyed our first visit to the highly recommended “da Toni” restaurant Saturday.  Toni himself greeted us outside and helped us into the tiny dining room that may seat a total of 20 diners on a squeeze.


Toni described each one of the 15 menu items for us.  I like chalkboard menus, but, some guests’ vision can be a problem.  Those chalk “specials” plus the printed menu offerings made it a bit overwhelming.  I’m a fan of menu offerings totaling less than 20 appetizers and entrees. But, the offerings were an amazing collection.


Within a few minutes of our decision-making, Desenya(?ok, I know I have botched her name) was pouring our Victorias(only beer available) and Montefiori “house” wine.  Appetizers and salad starters are always a clue as to how the meal is going to progress.  Above evidence shows care and attention.


Sea urchin pasta volcano


Cow cheek ravioli




Antipasto platter

Aromas, flavors and presentation demonstrated Toni and team love of food. We enjoyed sharing all.  At approx 150-200 pesos per plate, order several and pass them around for your food adventurers.




We will be back here to explore more of this homey atmosphere + heightened cuisine restaurant.  Located on Riveroll, between 1st(Lopez Mateos) and 2nd.

Rating?  4 out of 5 basil leaves

da Toni Facebook page   hours 2-9/10pm, closed Tuesday    646 113 4338


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