When in Mexico…

Federales badge“In Mexico, if you have a problem and turn to the police, then you have two problems.” — Mexican historian Lorenzo Meyer, as quoted in Mark Greany’s Ballistic.

Humorous, yes, but it’s no joke.

Be careful down there. I am from Latin America, am totally fluent in Spanish, live within 100 miles of the Mexican border — in other words, I am the type of person who should have no problems at all in Mexico and should be welcome there. But I never, ever go into Mexico — it’s just not worth the risks. There are so many other places one can go without running such risks of corruption (not to mention the drug cartels, street crime, etc.) that to me it just doesn’t make sense to go into Mexico.

And it’s a shame, too. The Mexican people themselves — of which there are many north of the border too — are, as a whole, some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever known. But Mexico as a country  — let’s be blunt here —  really sucks.

In the meantime, if you want to do something positive to help free the unjustly jailed Sergearnt Tahmooressi (the story is amazing — a huge travesty of justice; read the other articles linked here) start by signing the White House petition to see if the American President will at least pick up the phone and talk with the President of Mexico about it. It’s the least he could do, but hasn’t yet.

Beware the Stingray (land-dwelling version)

Beware the Stingray (land version)

Beautiful animal, isn’t it? But there’s another kind of Stingray that lives on land and it’s its “ears” that provide its dangerous sting. Oh, and the land version, made by secretive government contractor Harris Corporation, runs on batteries and is probably much more of a threat to you than the flesh-and-blood version — one of them could be onto you right now. It’s such a threat to your privacy that the Federal Government is trying very hard to keep its very existence secret, and you should at least know about it. Click on the image for more info.