BorderFire Report has this assessment of the current state of things in Mexico; and it doesn’t look good at all:
The public schools are looted, daily, by thieves who take away computers, monitors, blackboards, microphones, speakers, printers, cables, TV sets and everything which may have the least value, including the kids’ meals. I assume this breakdown was not foreseen in the Enciclomedia (sic) program, the educational crown jewel of Fox’s Government, in which they spent millions.
Another news item reports that the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) looses something like 7 thousand million (sic) pesos each year due to theft of electric current. I no longer have in my head the amount of what they swipe from Pemex by drilling holes in its gas and oil pipelines, but the amount is hair raising. I imagine that the losses of that national disgrace named Luz y Fuerza del Centro (Central Light and Power) the mastodon-like corporation in charge of distributing – since it practically does not produce it – electricity to the long suffering residents of the middle of the country, are at least as large as those of the CFE because, speaking of thefts, the un-governed capital of all the Mexicans is in a class by itself.
Transportation workers also suffer losses – their trucks are held up like in the days of the stage coaches, those wagons that carried money to the Far West in the 19th Century – and the importers of appliances and the tavern keepers and the builders and any person who produces or sells anything.
What I mean to say is that Mexico is a country of thieves. Everybody steals. The houses resemble fortresses or, better yet, prisons with bars on the windows. And the huge majority of transactions are enormously complicated because each and everyone of us is under suspicion. The other day I bought an airline ticket on the internet for my favorite daughter so that she could visit me during the long weekend. Well, it was necessary for one to go in person to the airport with photocopies of my passport and my credit card. What crap.
And I think this is a long-term problem that has gotten worse over time. I did a little word association experiement at work with my co-workers — over 60% of whom are hispanic. The words that kept coming up most frequently when I said “Mexico” are “bandit,” “smuggler,” “bandito,” and one girl who did a passable impression while saying “Badges? We don’t need no Steenkin’ Badges!”
If Mexican corruption is ingrained into Mexican society, it surely is ingrained into the collective unconscious of the general population as well.
The United States has unveiled an unlikely weapon in its battle against drugs gangs and illegal immigrants at the Texas-Mexico border – pub-goers in Australia. “We had folks send an email saying, in good Australian fashion, ‘Hey mate, we’ve been watching your border for you from the pub in Australia’,” he said.
Since the first 15 of a planned network of 200 cameras went live in November, officials claim that emailed tips have led to the seizure of more than 2,000lb (907kg) of marijuana and 30 incidents in which “significant numbers” of would-be illegal immigrants were spotted and turned back. Some tips came from Europe, Asia and beyond, but most online watchers are based in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, three of the four US states that share a border with Mexico.
The cameras, which are positioned on private land at locations along the border favoured by illegal immigrants and drug traffickers, were paid for by a $2m (£1.4m) state grant, which includes money for the accompanying website operated as a private-public partnership by social networking company BlueServo.
Opponents have dismissed the project as “the perfect Google border” and say the cameras do little to deter criminal activity. “Border security deserves trained professionals, not pub-goers in Perth,” said Eliot Shapleigh, a state senator from El Paso, Texas, who claims that the programme has resulted in only a handful of arrests. Shapleigh said he and fellow Democratic party members plan to oppose the renewal of funding for the cameras later this year.
Oh yes, THAT will certainly make me feel safer, Rep. Shapleigh. Let’s de-fund the damned cameras.
Guess what party he belongs to? here’s a picture from his website of a rally last year: