Mexico Closes Popular Site Because Of Tourists, Google Collects 20X More Data Than Apple & Travel Agent Scams People Out Of Hundreds of Thousands

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Here are some posts from around the web that I thought you may find interesting.  Let me know if there is anything good I missed.  Email me anything awesome that you find, or write, at


Mexico deals with ‘hundreds’ of maskless tourists, closes Chichen Itza ruin site – USA Today

It will be interesting to see if there is a spike in Mexico after all of the spring break travels are done.

Research shows Google collects 20x more data from Android than Apple collects from iOS [U] – 9 to 5 Mac

It appears there is some debate on how the research was handled but I thought you would find it interesting.

Woman Scams Travelers Out of Hundreds of Thousands – Travel Pulse

I never understood what the end game is for people like this.  There is no way you will continue to do it and unless you live in a foreign country do you not expect the authorities to track you down?


Which article did you find most interesting?  Remember to let me know of anything you come across that you want added into the next edition at

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  1. Wow, I knew that Google was intensely evil but that’s a lot worse than I’d thought. A pity there’s no viable alternative to Google Flights.

  2. I was lucky enough to visit Chichen Itza and Tikal pre cell phone days in ‘87 when you could still climb the pyramids. Watched the sunset in the jungles of Tikal from Pyramid IV.

    • Steve – I climbed a pyramid at Tikal for sunset in 2016, so it was still allowed at least then. Did Chichen Itza in …92?…when you could climb it also.

      • Not allowed at Chichen Itza now. Not sure about Tikal. We spent the night at Tikal in hammocks which was cool. My brother and I spent 7 weeks traveling North from Coast Rica all the way to Cancun.

  3. Tried to visit Chichen Itza last week. Closed.

    We didn’t really care, but drove out to try.

    It’s so great to see so many people traveling.
    The ‘mask reason’ is also stupid. I’d say 50% of people here in Mexico wear masks, and it’s decreasing.
    Probably something else.

    Anyway, is there any peer reviewed experiment that shows masks do anything, anyway?
    Haven’t seen one.

    For decades, the scientific consensus was ‘not worth it’ for this type of virus.
    I guess this time they said ‘it can’t hurt’ – but, curious if anyone has provided any data to show that’s true.

    The CDC showed it changed things by about 1.3% last month.
    Quite a far goal post from all the people who said 2020 (if we all wear masks for 4-8 weeks, this will be over)

    • I don’t know how hard you looked for your search for “peer reviewed experiment that shows masks do anything” but a single search in PubMed gave me 234 peer-reviewed studies on masks. The first page alone provided 10 studies proving masks help prevent viral spread – most of them directly applicable to CoVid-19: .
      Easy to state “the scientific consensus was ‘not worth it’ for this type of virus” – please cite where this was published.
      Also easy to say “all the people who said 2020 (if we all wear masks for 4-8 weeks, this will be over)”, Who were “all the people”? In my experience it was only Trump and his unquestioning supporters who were predicting the virus would be gone in 4 – 8 weeks. None of my colleagues in medical research espoused this prediction.

    • I included the URL for the PubMed search to prove my point but it was deleted by the website. Run a search for similar articles to PMID: 32917603 and you’ll be able to replicate my search.


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