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Mexican Funky Phone Prefixes End


Say goodbye to telephone prefix confusion: all phone calls in Mexico — mobile or fixed — will be made using 10 digits, and no prefixes will be required.

The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) announced the change this week, but it won’t take effect until August 3, 2019.

The prefixes being phased out include the 01 entered before long-distance calls or non-geographical numbers (think 01-800 numbers), and 044 and 045, used to make local and long-distance calls, respectively, to a mobile phone from a landline.

A long distance call from abroad to a mobile number in Mexico will no longer need the number 1 before the area code.

The IFT said telecommunication service providers have more than a year and a half before the new system becomes active, enough time to adjust their networks and systems for proper implementation of the new 10-digit domestic dialing.

The agency said the system will allow for a more streamlined and standardized dialing procedure and a more efficient administration of numeric resources.

It will also save a lot of confusion for anyone unfamiliar with the current system.


Sewage Spill of the Month

ViaSat New Internet Satellite Launch

Bajadock: Viasat’s Exede internet is a big improvement(yep, with problems) over the first generation of satellite internet service available for Baja.  Starband was my first satellite internet provider, yuck.  I’m a big believer in technology and competition.  Hope this satellite deployment and competitors continue to race for faster, more reliable and more affordable internet.

Approximately 29 minutes after liftoff, the ViaSat-2 mission was underway with the satellite separating from the launch vehicle. First signals from the satellite were acquired shortly thereafter through a ground station at Hassan, India. In the coming days, ViaSat-2 will start orbit raising with its chemical propulsion system, followed by solar array deployments, and will then switch over to its electric propulsion system to complete orbit raising over the coming months. ViaSat expects it will take several months for ViaSat-2 to reach its final orbital destination, located at 69.9° west longitude.

Mark Dankberg, ViaSat’s chairman and CEO commented, “Today’s successful launch is a momentous event in ViaSat’s history. It represents the culmination of hard work, dedication and commitment to technical excellence from across the ViaSat team. We also want to recognize our launch team partners, Boeing and Arianespace, for their support and collaboration in helping us successfully launch ViaSat-2.”

ViaSat-2 is a geostationary satellite that operates in Ka-band frequencies. It was designed to offer high-capacity connectivity and wide coverage, with the flexibility to move capacity to where demand requires it.

ViaSat-2 is expected to significantly improve speeds, reduce costs and expand the footprint of broadband services across North America, Central America, the Caribbean, a portion of northern South America, as well as the primary aeronautical and maritime routes across the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe.

Dankberg continued, “The innovations in our ViaSat-2 spacecraft and underlying network will enable us to be one step closer to connecting the world, and delivering new higher speed fixed and mobility services that will continue to compete with traditional broadband services.”

“Arianespace is excited to have delivered for ViaSat!  We are proud to have launched one of the world’s most advanced telecommunications satellites, ViaSat-2, safely to orbit. Great things are in store for our friends at ViaSat,” said Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace.

“We are honored that ViaSat has put their trust in Boeing to build and deliver their next-generation satellite, ViaSat-2, a high-power 702 satellite with advanced capabilities that will help ViaSat connect millions around the world through high-speed broadband service,” said
Mark Spiwak, president, Boeing Satellite Systems International.

About ViaSat

ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) keeps the world connected. As a global broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access – anywhere – whether on the ground or in-flight. The Company’s innovations in designing highest-capacity satellites and secure ground infrastructure and terminal technologies coupled with its international network of managed Wi-Fi hotspots enable ViaSat to deliver a best available network that extends the reach and accessibility of broadband internet service, globally. For more information visit ViaSat at:, or follow the Company on
social media:  FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

Frig Wars Sequel

Three weeks ago, noticed that my referigerated beer was on the lukewarm side.  That Luke guy must have been a charmer to get all of that recognition for so many years.

Deployed my handy frig thermometer to see what was happening.  52F-ing degrees?  Ouchees.  My Frig wars from December/January are back!

Freezer was doing its job freezing ice and at 0F degrees.  Reading various diy articles on the cold freezer + warm frig diagnoses, most likely air is not moving properly due to ice blockage.

Thought it must be simple, but, a bit beyond my screwdriver skillset.  Against my better judgement called repairman “N”, who helped me years ago, but, failed me this past January.  He shows up and says “needs freon”.  Well why the heck is the freezer compartment working?  Then he tells me he forgot to bring his freon can and charges me 200 pesos.  He did not forget to bring his girlfriend with him on his visit to the clouds in our panoramic neighborhood.

Per my January story of frig drama this winter, I think many of these frig dudes have two paths of income.  One is their freon can.  The other is swapping compressors.  Essentially they can prescribe drugs(freon) or do heart surgery(compressor).  They know nothing else in between.  New compressor is likely a $300USD fix.  I went through 4 “recommended” frig repair guys in December and January before finding someone who knows refrigerators.

Called my #1 frig tech, Angel, from El Primo appliance store in Los Globos segunda district.  He was busy that week, but, would get back to me.  He did call me back later that week to let me know he would get back to me next week. Nada.  Angel truly knows appliances.  But, he is difficult to engage for a service call in my remote part of the universe.

Are they clever enough to slow walk my frig repair to parlay that into me buying a new frig?  Hmmm.

Having penciled in my mind the $1,200USD for a new frig, what should I do?  The drama is not urgent, as I have a freezer full of good food, lower drawers in that frig that are at 40F cooling veggies and a spair dorm frig taking care of me.  But, the 2.5 weeks of frustration is clawing at my attitude.

Picked up my vehicle this Wednesday from our neigborhood mechanic who is the perfect technician.  He does what you want, usually is down within 24-48 hours, calls you with options and will also offer advice on other diagnoses for future repairs.  Wish I had a guy like him for all of my other repair needs.

With my fixed car on my way downtown Wednesday, decided to give Angel, frig tech expert, one more try.  Headed to El Primo appliances(Angel’s shop) with flan and watermelon for Maria, the owner.  Wrote a letter in Spanish explaining my frig diagnosis of cold freezer/warm frig and stapled 500mnp to the letter.  Added a 12 pack of cold Tecate for Angel.

Maria had Angel on phone immediately.  Friday visit was promised.

Friday 5:30PM, Angel calls and says he’ll be at my house in one hour.  But, he also asks me questions about the frig behavior.  My Spanish is sufficient to explain the congeledor frio/refrigerador caliente aventura.

At 6:25, I see Angel’s smiling face.  Angel looks like a MLB shortstop who should have plenty of groupies attending to his needs.  Like most good techs, he is small on bullshit and quick and curious on what is wrong with my frig.  In January, he guessed what was wrong with a bad upper coil, took the frig on a Friday at 6PM and had it back with new coil on Monday at 6PM.

On today’s visit, he opened up the panel behind my frig veg drawers to show me the glacier of ice covering the lower coil.  Chopping with a screwdriver, using a paint heat gun and boiling water, we cleared the ice.  Angel, guessing the fix, brought a spare fan to replace the bad fan that was causing the ice buildup.


This little guy, approx 4″ x 4″ was causing me all of this grief.  Looks like it costs $5 bucks in China. It is an evaporator fan.  “Evaporator fan motor W10395278 circulates air through the fresh food compartment for efficient cooling.”    The fan is approx $45 at SearsPartsDirect.  Use PARTS17 for a 15% discount.

Angel charged me a whopping 1,000mnp(that’s a whopping $60USD) for the 1 hour of work, plus 45 minute commute to/fro my house.  OK, add on the 12pk of Tecate Roja, the gas money and the sweet goodies for Maria, and I’m likely paying $110USD for the service.  Could not get that deal in USA.  And I would have missed out on practicing my Spanglish and learning more about Mex cultura!

Simple things make life so happy.

El Primo, Maria, 646-177-3177.  El Primo sells and services major appliances.  Español solamente.

May your appliances enjoy a wonderful Independence weekend!

Ensenada Desalination Delay

Bajadock: above map is skewed 90 degrees, as north is to your right.  The desal plant is located near Home Depot and Caliente Casino on south side of Ensenada.

The members of the Entrepreneurial Coordinating Council of Ensenada (CCEE), demanded the State Government, to provide information on the delay of the desalination plant in Ensenada, since the heat season has started and water shortage is expected again.

“We agreed to require the governor to address the problem of the company that has not been able to conclude with the work of the desalination plant, I am a builder and I know that if you do not meet the times comes a sanction, we want to know what happens with the times and when They will give us the water supply, “said Marco Antonio Coronado Valenzuela, President of CCEE.

The business leader considered that the state government should review whether the company has incurred breach of contract to apply a sanction or in its case rescind the contract.

“In Ensenada there are builders who could carry out what is built to date, the complicated thing was the taking of sea because it can be a very specialized and very technical work but a Spanish company was hired to not have that problem,” he said.

The president of Canacintra, Alejandro Jara Soria, recalled that the desalination plant had to have been ready since last year and for delays it was informed that it would be finished in March of this year, however, so far there is no date to start its operation.

Also, the President of Coparmex, Jorge Nava Jiménez, considered that the high tide is no longer a justification for having stopped the work.

“We reiterate our concern that this work was marked as the solution for the supply of the city and is postponed again with an excuse that seems exaggerated, although there were different climatic conditions in winter, the weather conditions of the sea returned to what we are accustomed and the work should no longer be stopped, “he argued.

More Ensenada Beach Shit

A drain of sewage water toward the beach Canalep 1 was reported Monday morning, same that was treated and tempered with chlorine to avoid side effects towards the sea.

The pipe found by citizens is managed by the State Public Service Commission of Ensenada (CESPE), who merely replied that “there’s a serious problem.”

According to documents, the citizen denounces attended the National Water Commission (Conagua) who immediately raised a report.

In it, the parastatal communicate about the breakup of a collector 30 inches in Granite Street and Pedro Loyola, Punta Banda fractionation, the collector is supplied by the industrial cárcamo extension located Grijalva River.

So it was necessary to derive the raw water to the stream of industrial arroyo Gallo, so they cut the supply of drinking water and applied chlorine black water.

Local residents reported that at 07:00 am while driving through the area found the drainage of sewage that gave off an unbearable smell.

Amazon Prime Mexico

Bajadock: 2 day delivery throughout Mexico?  I gotta see this.  If you thought Uber was a disrupter in Mexico, Amazon could be gigantesco.  Thx to reporter Juan for this alert.

MEXICO CITY– Inc. on Tuesday launched Amazon Prime in Mexico, raising its profile in a country where at least a half-dozen companies are competing for market share.

Mexico is the 13th country where Amazon is offering the premium membership service. For an annual fee of 449 pesos, or about $23, Mexican Prime members will have access to free, one-day delivery in four of Mexico’s largest cities — Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla and Querétaro — and free, two-day shipping in the rest of the country.

The move also makes millions of products from Amazon’s U.S. distribution centers available to Mexican shoppers with free shipping that will take about a week to reach them, with no minimum order price. Amazon Prime also includes free, streaming video service in Mexico similar to the one Amazon offers to Prime members in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Luis Correa, Amazon’s Mexico country head, said logistics have been a key focus since it set up here 20 months ago. Amazon operates two large fulfillment centers north of Mexico City and is planning to open a third in the country this year.

Amazon entered Mexico when online retailers are competing for market share. This week, Argentine e-retailer MercadoLibre Inc., Amazon’s biggest competitor in Mexico and often described as Latin America’s, said it would invest more than $100 million in Mexico to expand free shipping, payment processing, purchase protection and a points-based rewards program.

Ignacio Caride, MercardoLibre’s Mexico country head, said his company has responded to Amazon’s expansion by offering free shipping options on roughly 80% of items listed starting this year. MercadoLibre ships about half a million items a month, and charges about $2.50 to the seller to cover about half of the cost to ship small items.

“We’re willing to lose money in Mexico in order to win the battle with Amazon,” Mr. Caride said.

While still the largest player in Mexico, MercadoLibre has been losing market share over the last six years. In 2011, the company accounted for 21.2% of all online sales in the country, according to Euromonitor, but that share had fallen to 9.5% by 2016.

Linio, the online retailer launched by German startup investor Rocket Internet SE, was the second-largest Mexican e-commerce site in 2016, with 5.8% market share, followed by Amazon and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., each with 5.5%, according to Euromonitor.

Some Mexican e-commerce sites are trying to find a toehold by offering alternative payment options. Amazon allows Mexican customers to make purchases using only debit or credit cards — a small but growing segment — or gift cards available at convenience stores. MercadoLibre in 2012 launched MercadoPago, a service that allows customers to pay for purchases in cash at Oxxo convenience stores.

Linio, which offers free shipping on all items to subscribers to a Prime-like service called Linio Plus, has focused on payment options.

“Our strategy is to spend as little as possible on logistics. The key is, where we see growth, is in payment methods for the Mexican consumer,” said Nicolás Ariza, director of operations for Linio in Mexico.

Free shipping is “a big convincing factor for shoppers,” said David Bernardo, a professor who studies e-commerce at the Tecnológico de Monterrey university. “Once it becomes the market standard, everyone is going to start doing it.”

Greg Greeley, Amazon’s vice president for Prime, said free shipping will likely result in losses for Amazon in Mexico for some time, and that the company is trying to minimize costs by fulfilling orders for the site’s most popular items, which include videogames and DVDs, from Mexican distribution centers.

Amazon’s overtures are directed at consumers like Elke Vaughan, a 34-year-old bank associate from Mexico City who says she sometimes spends $500 a month to buy cosmetics and clothes from, but has her purchases shipped to her grandmother in San Antonio and retrieves them on family visits.

“There’s a lot of stuff that they just don’t ship to Mexico,” Ms. Vaughan said. “Or if I have some luck and I find something they do ship, it’s usually too expensive to ship it here.”

Write to Robbie Whelan at

Plastic Bag Ban in Ensenada

ENSENADA BC MARCH 7, 2017 (AFN) .- The Cabildo unanimously approved an opinion related to the ban on the delivery of plastic bags other than fast biodegradation.

Councilor Jorge Emilio Martínez Villardaga, who presented the proposal, mentioned that, from now on, establishments and businesses will have a grace period of 180 days to comply with this provision.

“After this period, the gift of these in the various commercial establishments will be prohibited. With the adoption of this measure we would stop producing annually the equivalent of 9 times the weight of 423 patrols that are with us in Ensenada, “said the mayor.

Martínez Villardaga noted that, with this action, Ensenada becomes one of the most avant-garde in the world in terms of inhibiting plastic waste in favor of the environment.

He commented that in 2002 there were 5 billion plastic bags in the world, and today more than 500 billion plastic bags are consumed globally. “As a consequence 1 million birds and more than 100 thousand marine animals die each year as a result of contamination by plastic bags.
The overuse of polyethylene plastic bags has a negative environmental impact because they degrade between 100 to 400 years, “he noted.

He indicated that some particles that emit plastic bags when they disintegrate are toxic; The unrecycled bags become trash, a part of them ending up in the pipeline causing flooding.
The approved proposal consists of:

1. Include the activity of use, facilitation and gift, by commercial establishments in the text of article 40, which regulates the management of solid waste such as polyethylene plastic bags.

2. Include the activity of utilization, facilitation and gift, in the text of article 41, which empowers the administrative unit to apply this new provision in its field of competence.

3. The prohibition of the provision of polyethylene plastic bags (which degrade between 100 and 400 years) by the commercial, commercial or service centers, on the other hand, allow the gift of reusable bags (cloth bags) or Those made with materials of early biodegradation, the above by means of the creation of article 43.

By tying the regulation of this activity with the Environmental Protection Act for the State of Baja California, article 141 and in compliance with the state and federal provisions:

General Law for the Prevention and Integral Management of Wastes.

Law of Prevention and Integral Management of Waste of the State of Baja California.

Tijuana River Sewage Flows

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials in Southern California are crying foul after more than 140 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Tijuana River in Mexico and flowed north of the border for more than two weeks, according to a report.

The spill was caused Feb. 2 during rehabilitation of a sewage collector pipe and wasn’t contained until Thursday, the International Boundary and Water Commission said in its report released Friday. The river drains into the Pacific Ocean on the U.S. side.

Serge Dedina, the mayor of Imperial Beach, California, said residents of his city and other coastal communities just north of the border have complained about a growing stench.

Dedina criticized federal officials in the U.S. and Mexico for not alerting people to the spill.

“Border authorities charged with managing sewage infrastructure and reporting these spills must do better and be held accountable for this act,” Dedina said in a statement Saturday. He called for the resignation of Edward Drusina, chief of the international water commission, over his lack of attention to cross-border sewage flows.

Officials with the commission didn’t immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment Saturday.

The mayor said his office will seek an investigation into the spill and its aftermath, adding that U.S. officials “must make fixing sewage infrastructure a priority and issue of national security.”

San Diego County beaches, which typically would be closed by such a spill, already were off-limits to swimmers and surfers because of runoff as a result of recent storms, Dedina said.

Over the years, several large sewage spills on both sides of the border have worsened conditions in the Tijuana River, one of the most polluted waterways in the country, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper. Old sewage infrastructure in Tijuana and the lack of any plumbing in some residences have been blamed for the problem.

California Drought 2017


Summary: The “permanent drought” in California, like the now ended “permanent drought” in Texas, is ending. But like the panic about Texas, it is rich in lessons about our difficulty clearly seeing the world — and the futility of activists exaggerating and lying about the science. Of course, they should have learned this after 29 years of trying (starting from James Hansen’s 1988 Senate testimony).


Warnings of a permanent drought in California

Remember all those predictions of a “permanent drought” in California? Those were examples of why three decades of climate alarmism has not convinced the American people to take severe measures to fight anthropogenic climate change: alarmists exaggerate the science, and are proven wrong — repeatedly. When will the Left learn that doomster lies do not work?

Wired, May 2016: “Thanks El Niño, But California’s Drought Is Probably Forever“. “California is still in a state of drought. For now, maybe forever.” The article gives no support — none — for this clickbait claim. In January Wired attempted to weasel away from their claims by defining drought to mean needing more water than nature provides (“A Wet Year Won’t Beat California’s Never-Ending Drought“). Orwell nodded, unsurprised.

The NYT did no better in “California Braces for Unending Drought“, May 2016. The closest the article comes to supporting their headline is an odd statement by Governor Brown:  “But now we know that drought is becoming a regular occurrence…”  Drought has always been a regular occurrence in California. The governor also said that “California droughts are expected to be more frequent and persistent, as warmer winter temperatures driven by climate change reduce water held in the Sierra Nevada snowpack and result in drier soil conditions.” That is probable. But it is quite mad for the NYT to call more frequent droughts “an unending drought.”

Status of the California drought

“During the past week, a series of storms bringing widespread rain and snow showers impacted the states along the Pacific Coast and northern Rockies. In California, the cumulative effect of several months of abundant precipitation has significantly improved drought conditions across the state.”
US Drought monitor – California, February 9.

Precipitation over California in the water year so far (October 1 to January 31) is 178% of average for this date. The snowpack is 179% of average, as of Feb 8. Our reservoirs are at 125% of average capacity. See the bottom line summary as of February 7, from the US Drought monitor for California.

The improvement has been tremendous. The area with exceptional drought conditions have gone year over year from 38% of California to 0%, extreme drought from 23% to 1%, severe drought from 20% to 10% — while dry and moderate drought went from 18% to 48%, and no drought from <1% to 41%. See the map below. And the rain continues to fall.




For data about the western states see the dashboards at NOAA’s Western Water Assessment.  For a longer-term perspective on the western drought see NOAA’s “Western drought: It ain’t over ’til…well, it ain’t over” by Deke Arndt, 2 February 2017. It will take years of good rain and snow to recharge California’s groundwater.


“We don’t even plan for the past.”
— Steven Mosher (member of
Berkeley Earth; bio here), a comment posted at Climate Etc.

Journalists could have told us that historical data shows that past droughts in the US southwest lasted for centuries, a grim warning encouraging us to prepare. Droughts, often long and fierce, are the natural climate of this region. But telling the truth was boring — bad clickbait — and would have been politically useless for the Left. But their exaggerations and misrepresentations of science — and failed predictions — have only eroded away the public’s support for sensible measures to control and allocate water use.

This has been their way since they discovered that weather porn was good clickbait and might support their campaign for aggressive public policy measures to fight anthropogenic climate change. The result: contributing to the public’s loss of trust in the news media and an almost complete failure to get their policy changes.

In this as in other things, only a reality-based community can reform America. Too bad neither Left nor Right has any interest in giving up their tribal beliefs to focus on the often-inconvenient truth. Look here for ideas about ways you can help.

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