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by Polaron
Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The colonel got killed
Replies: 20
Views: 3276

Re: The colonel got killed

Today in Yahoo news, Karzai stated that he would go to war against the USA if the US were to attack Pakistan (hehehe: another satisfied customer, after losing so many young American lives, this is like a slap in the face) http://news.yahoo.com/afghanistan-back-pakistan-wars-u-karzai-023316217.html ...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

It sounds like renodante is saying that places are not dangerous unless there is the presence of (presumably) underage individuals openly carrying firearms. of course, renodante is saying there's nowhere in the U.S that's dangerous. you can walk around any street anywhere anytime in the u.s drunk a...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Spanish
Replies: 14
Views: 2675

Re: Peruvian Spanish

CERVEZA = CHELA But that's slang, not due to poor pronunciation. Slang, however, is another factor to deal with, and Peruvians have their fair share of it. Still, I think Peruvians are easier to understand than Chileans "¿cachai po?" The same goes for bonarenses , who sometimes sound Ital...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hallowe'en
Replies: 12
Views: 1647

Re: Hallowe'en

CarTraveller wrote:Polaron,

Remember to put the potato in the front. :oops:

Yeah, I know. It's an old joke.

Jeff


You're right Jeff. It is an old joke but still funny (guy at the beach with a potato in the back of his trunks). Love it.
by Polaron
Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What would you change about Peru?
Replies: 62
Views: 9683

Re: What would you change about Peru?

I'm with you guys with respect to car alarms and car horns. They are so overused as to have become meaningless; I think people just filter them out (I know I do). I would also like to see more equality, a better distribution of the wealth, and an elimination of the AFPs in favor of a government-run ...
by Polaron
Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hallowe'en
Replies: 12
Views: 1647

Re: Hallowe'en

Well, I haven't really been looking for a costume, and now it's rather late, so I think I'll just put a potato in my pants and go as a dictator.
by Polaron
Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

It sounds like renodante is saying that places are not dangerous unless there is the presence of (presumably) underage individuals openly carrying firearms. It sounds like he is saying that being killed by teenagers with guns, grenades, potato launchers or what have you is worse than being killed by...
by Polaron
Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Baby
Replies: 10
Views: 1841

Re: Baby

Thalía Magdalena Inés?
by Polaron
Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:47 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hallowe'en
Replies: 12
Views: 1647

Re: Hallowe'en

What are you going to come as?
by Polaron
Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hallowe'en
Replies: 12
Views: 1647

Hallowe'en

Hallowe'en is a popular holiday in the United States, Canada and some European countries, but it is far less popular south of the Rio Bravo (or Rio Grande, as it is known to gringos). That is certainly true here in Peru. Is anyone on these boards planning to celebrate All Hallowed's Eve? If so, what...
by Polaron
Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Global economic collapse (including Peru)
Replies: 160
Views: 27009

Re: Global economic collapse (including Peru)

True about the book, but personally I wouldn't stand alongside the Kennedy remark. Just on the side, the Paris Peace Accord gave the South Vietnamese nearly two years of troubled ceasefire arrangements. When the North Vietnamese decided to launch an invasion, they rolled the South Vietnamese in les...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What do you pay for rent, utilities, and goods & services?
Replies: 39
Views: 7009

Re: What do you pay for rent, utilities, and goods & services?

The whole economic crisis is the fault of the banks who made debts. :shock: Not quite. Who's responsible then? No one's hands are clean; be it the banks, the public or the gov't. Rama is right, there is blame to go around. The government is partially to blame, because starting in the 1980s, banking...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

i'll make my point one last time, regardless of overall statistics, you can't find places in the U.S where the police have totally given up and criminals basically run the entire area, in the "third world" you do find such places. that is all, i am done. Agreed. You're done, unless you ca...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:21 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

i'll make my point one last time, regardless of overall statistics, you can't find places in the U.S where the police have totally given up and criminals basically run the entire area, in the "third world" you do find such places. that is all, i am done. Agreed. You're done, unless you ca...
by Polaron
Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What do you pay for rent, utilities, and goods & services?
Replies: 39
Views: 7009

Re: What do you pay for rent, utilities, and goods & services?

Whoa! $650 is cheap, I think. There is no possible way we could live off $20,000 a year. Maybe we could if we didn't have any debt carried over from the US... Why do yo pay your debt? There's nothing they can do in the US if you fled to Peru. The possibility exists that they may return :wink: Besid...
by Polaron
Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: high way robberies by gangs in la Selva
Replies: 10
Views: 1327

Re: high way robberies by gangs in la Selva

I remember when I lived in Durango, DGO that the highway between Durango and Mazatlan, which crossed the Continental Divide ( Sierra Madre Occidental, or what South Americans would call the cordillera ), could not be driven by night except in a convoy with police escort. Bandits would put bolders in...
by Polaron
Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

Wrong again. He was referring - without any kind of supporting evidence - to Mexico i was talking about brazilian favelas in the case of kids with machine guns walking around openly and said i was talking about brazilian favelas in that case. i then used that example when talking generally about th...
by Polaron
Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:04 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

With regards to kids walking the streets with AK-47s draped over their arms - I assume renodante is referring to the real thing and not toys - I have never seen it. In the 15 years in Mexico, the only people I saw with AK-47s were Army soldiers. Could this be what you're referring to? Kids are allo...
by Polaron
Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where in Lima can you buy cheap kids books?
Replies: 3
Views: 861

Re: Where in Lima can you buy cheap kids books?

"Cheap books" and Latin America are pretty much mutually exclusive, but if you go to one of the book exchanges that are publicized on these forums a couple of times per year, you might be able to find some good used children's books in English. If you have an e-reader, you can buy and down...
by Polaron
Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:47 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Police bribery on Panamericana Sur
Replies: 12
Views: 2302

Re: Police bribery on Panamericana Sur

For that matter, every time we pay a bank fee or buy a product made in an overseas "sweat shop," we are contributing to corruption. Think about it. :shock:
by Polaron
Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Russian Speaking Contacts
Replies: 2
Views: 475

Re: Russian Speaking Contacts

Для вашего здоровья (Na Zdorovye)
by Polaron
Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:40 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

Statistics are useful and reliable in developed countries but in countries like Mexico that are currently in the middle of an internal war, is very unlikely that they are accurate. The same happened in Peru between 1980 to 2000, due to the terrorism war many towns were completely wiped out in a dis...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Global economic collapse (including Peru)
Replies: 160
Views: 27009

Re: Global economic collapse (including Peru)

bmike1 wrote:
asgoodasitgets wrote:Here's proof it's mafia just look at this guy. I don't mean he looks Italian, I mean he looks like a consigliere for the mob.

dude, that is out of line.


Gee asgood, I'm afraid I haven't heard of many Jewish consiglieri for the Mob.
by Polaron
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

I'm sorry if I'm just missing it, but I don't see anywhere on the link provided by Polaron where it says that those are violent crimes. It says "Total Crime", which could include car theft, breaking and entering, trespassing etc. It also has this footnote: DEFINITION: Note: Crime statisti...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Larger bank transfers?
Replies: 5
Views: 788

Re: Larger bank transfers?

HSBC has a special type of account for large depositors - those that deposit over $100,000. I don't recall the name of the account, but it gives you full access to normal banking operations at any HSBC branch in the world (if you have a regular HSBC account, you can withdraw money with your ATM card...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: When Applying for a Job - What Salary to Ask?
Replies: 25
Views: 4420

Re: When Applying for a Job - What Salary to Ask?

If the U.S. company is headquartered in the United States with a branch office or division here in Peru - AND if you will be paid and hired out of that office - you will want to ask for a higher salary. Try checking out salary.com for ideas of what people in your line of work would earn in your U.S....
by Polaron
Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:02 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

Overall, I'll take my chances working through the worst slums in the US, than the worst slums in South America. for example, in some brazilian favelas, the police spec ops teams are literally air dropped via helicopter into the area they need to go to bring a drug dealer out. once in, they're greet...
by Polaron
Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Rocky Horror anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 890

Re: Rocky Horror anyone?

Ditto here. Just don't ask me to put on fish-net stockings or else you're in for a real fright.
by Polaron
Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Police bribery on Panamericana Sur
Replies: 12
Views: 2302

Re: Police bribery on Panamericana Sur

... Instead, you pay the policeman a small bribe and you are on your way. Happy motorist, happy policeman, you've paid for your infraction and bought lunch for a hard-working, underpaid cop instead of wasting your time downtown and paying for the privilege of doing so (and the money you pay in fine...
by Polaron
Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tap water
Replies: 14
Views: 3919

Re: Tap water

Contrary to most of my Peruvian friends, it is best to let tap water boil for 15-20 mins. So how long do you boil your Peruvian friends? :wink: Sorry, I couldn't resist. Actually, I use bottled water as well. It is cheap, safe from contaminants (it is a division of the Coca-Cola Company) and has no...
by Polaron
Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Torture video at the phone Store - the state of society.
Replies: 29
Views: 5407

Re: Torture video at the phone Store - the state of society.

Ok Kelly no problem. Polaron. If you think it's ok to have a video on a big screen TV in a public (windows to street) store that the public go to where there are young children where a woman is torturing a guy by having him tied up naked in the middle of a room pulling his front teeth out with plie...
by Polaron
Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

I hear you, but everything you're saying thus far is unsubstantiated conjecture. Furthermore, I never said the U.S. was more or less dangerous in Mexico. Carefully rereading my post might help clarify that. I said that the U.S. has a substantially higher level of violent crime, both in total crimes...
by Polaron
Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Police bribery on Panamericana Sur
Replies: 12
Views: 2302

Re: Police bribery on Panamericana Sur

$300! The guy must have been crazy. He should have asked for 20 solitos and been happy to receive it. It's probably as much as he earns in half a shift. I'm glad you didn't let that puke rip you off. There is another point of view, however. One of the things I loved about Mexico when I lived there w...
by Polaron
Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

Yeah. I guess the problem I had was one guy cursing at me in Spanish.... in Mexican (not Spanish). I even rode the bus around in Nogales, Mexico to see the town. It was all good;everyone ignored me. Just curious; what did he say to you? Nogales is kind of an ugly town, but the food at La Roca is qu...
by Polaron
Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Global economic collapse (including Peru)
Replies: 160
Views: 27009

Re: Global economic collapse (including Peru)

Eight years later, I am still waiting for the so-called Amero to replace the greenback. I am concerned about a possible collapse of the dollar; after all, it has happened before (during the U.S. War of Secession, when the Mexican Peso was worth twice as much as the U.S. dollar, for example). The rec...
by Polaron
Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Torture video at the phone Store - the state of society.
Replies: 29
Views: 5407

Re: Torture video at the phone Store - the state of society.

You earlier said that it was a horror flick, so which was it? Was it horror, or was it pornography? i think i was the one who said the horror thing. to answer some of your questions, there's nudity, not full. but no, no sex organs exposed. the part he saw was toward the end, revenge time for the gi...
by Polaron
Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

That's an interesting claim that is not backed up by any scientific evidence, and I don't see the connection between people driving Lexus SUVs the point made earlier that gun ownership reduces violent crime. i'm not arguing for gun ownership reducing crime, i'm pointing out it's a bit silly to say ...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Torture video at the phone Store - the state of society.
Replies: 29
Views: 5407

Re: Torture-Porn at the phone Store - the state of society.

I wasn't aware that slasher/torture flicks constituted pornography. Were there any scenes of fully naked people having sex - with the sexual organs of one or more participants fully exposed? I suspect almost no Peruvians complained because they felt that: 1. It wasn't worth complaining about; 2. Th...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

In total violent crimes, the U.S. is way ahead of every other country. Part of that is to be expected, given that the U.S. is the third most populous nation in the world. yes, this is an example where statistics don't really say much. if i go on a road trip all over the u.s in say, a lexus suv, am ...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

If guns are not a significant factor in murders and killing, then why do countries with strict gun laws (like the U.K.) have much lower murder rates than the U.S.? Why does the UK have a higher violent crime rate? That is an interesting question that ** might ** or might not be related to gun owner...
by Polaron
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The Peruvian Times website and Google
Replies: 15
Views: 2639

Re: The Peruvian Times website and Google

Done too.
by Polaron
Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:01 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Latin America: Growth, Stability and Inequalities:
Replies: 4
Views: 1184

Re: Latin America: Growth, Stability and Inequalities:

FHCZ, the right-wingers make it sound so reasonable and simple. Have they forgotten the lessons of 2008? How many trillions of dollars did U.S. investors lose? Now they want to put our retirement pensions into the same system? Just a few years ago, millions of Chileans lost half their principle - an...
by Polaron
Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

If guns are not a significant factor in murders and killing, then why do countries with strict gun laws (like the U.K.) have much lower murder rates than the U.S.? Why does the UK have a higher violent crime rate? That is an interesting question that ** might ** or might not be related to gun owner...
by Polaron
Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting documents notarised? help please
Replies: 4
Views: 1012

Re: Getting documents notarised? help please

When I lived in Asuncion, I used a notario público there and had no problems. The document was accepted in the U.S., though some U.S. organizations may not be willing to accept notarization by a non-U.S. entity. You might want to contact the organization in your home country (or the country in quest...
by Polaron
Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:50 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: A World Changing Event of Global Implications
Replies: 146
Views: 35079

Re: A World Changing Event of Global Implications

Interesting reading and authentic information.
by Polaron
Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 55065

Re: Gun Laws!

I repeat that guns have one function only: to kill. It doesn't matter if someone collects them, uses them for target practice, digs holes with them to plant flowers or uses them as suppositories. Guns are designed for killing. The point is very much that guns make killing quick and easy, because gun...
by Polaron
Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Torture video at the phone Store - the state of society.
Replies: 29
Views: 5407

Re: Torture-Porn at the phone Store - the state of society.

I wasn't aware that slasher/torture flicks constituted pornography. Were there any scenes of fully naked people having sex - with the sexual organs of one or more participants fully exposed? I suspect almost no Peruvians complained because they felt that: 1. It wasn't worth complaining about; 2. The...
by Polaron
Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: land invaded by squatters
Replies: 12
Views: 2327

Re: land invaded by squatters

I am not certain what the law or procedure is in Peru, but I do remember how things work in Mexico. In Mexico, people with vacant lots cordon off their property with 1.8 meter tall concrete fences. Those fences serve as the background for billboard ads and also to keep people off their property. If ...
by Polaron
Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Using American Credit Card- Visa at restaurants- problem
Replies: 13
Views: 1819

Re: Using American Credit Card- Visa at restaurants- problem

Also, your bank may truthfully tell you that they do not charge foreign transaction fees, though both Visa and MasterCard themselves charge 1%. So your bank may or may not add anything on to that, but they might still pass along that 1% Visa and MC charge. Here's one thing banks sometimes do where r...
by Polaron
Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best Way to Have a U.S. Phone Number in Peru
Replies: 16
Views: 3200

Re: Best Way to Have a U.S. Phone Number in Peru

I have a Skype-In phone number in the U.S. and it's a good one: NXX-4200 (I'm intentionally omitting the area code and the NXX numbers). It costs me $6 a month I think, and I do not have to pay for incoming calls. Outgoing calls to anywhere in the U.S. cost two cents per minute.

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