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THE Mexico Thread Pt. 2 (merged)

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Re: THE Mexico Thread Pt. 2 (merged)

Unread postby Tanada » Mon 02 Jan 2017, 13:02:21

Popular assemblies, social media, politicians and even drug cartels are reacting with rage to the neoliberal "gasolinazo" of President Peña Nieto.


Despite the holiday season and entertaining stories about Rubi's quinceñera, the people of Mexico are entering the New Year in a state of rage and anxiety, with protests planned for Sunday to strongly denounce the government's huge hike in gasoline prices. The strong rise in prices has been called the "gasolinazo" in Spanish, which roughly translates to "gasoline-punch."

Unpopular President Enrique Pena Nieto has promised that fuel prices will fall thanks to his neoliberal 2014 energy reforms, which dismantled the seven-decade-old national ownership of petroleum resources by state-owned firm Pemex.

The government plans to end subsidies and let the market dictate prices in March, but the already-strained Mexican people will feel the pinch at the pump before they start falling.

The finance ministry announced Tuesday that the price of gasoline would increase by as much as 20.1 percent to 88 cents per liter on Jan. 1, while diesel would rise by 16.5 percent to 83 cents.

The price ceiling will be adjusted daily starting Feb. 18, before letting supply and demand determine them in March.

Around 100 protestors blocked a service station in the Pacific Coast resort of Acapulco on Friday, while on Saturday an assembly of popular organizations in Chihuahua state's capital pledged to block all commercial transportation from entering or exiting the city as a means toward paralyzing the economy and pressuring the federal government to reverse the hikes. The assembly of people's organizations also announced their intention to block major highways and railways in response to what they see as a neoliberal looting of Mexico and handover of its resources to private capital, according to a statement.

Meanwhile, Jalisco authorities are investigating reports that the country's powerful Jalisco New Generation cartel has entered the fray, threatening to torch gas stations in response to the price hikes.

"They are speculating in order to obtain million dollar profits from the majority of the people who don't make even a minimum wage ... we have already realized that the (shortage) of fuel is because dealers don't want to sell fuel unless they can do so at a profit, all of our people are now ready to start the mission," the cartel stated in a WhatsApp message circulating in Jalisco.

A protest is planned in the capital on Sunday while Mexicans were urged on social media to block service stations on Monday. People were also encouraged to boycott fuel for three days.

Before the price announcement, fuel shortages had already angered Mexicans in several states.

"The fuel price increase causes outrage. People are right: it's not fair. I support each family, I share their outrage and anger," Aristoteles Sandoval, the governor of western Jalisco state, wrote on Twitter.

Sandoval's criticism drew particular attention because he is a member of Peña Nieto's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party or PRI. Furious opposition governors plan to meet with federal government officials next week to discuss the price hike.

"We just had a security meeting (between governors and Peña Nieto) days ago and there was not one comment about this situation," said Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, a member of the opposition Party of the Democratic Revolution or PRD.

The protests are the latest expression of widespread antipathy toward Peña Nieto, whose popularity has plummeted below 25 percent this year due to his government's widespread perception of collusion with cartels and failure to address drug-related violence, disappointing economic growth, violent repression of social movements and his unpopular decision to host Donald Trump before the anti-immigrant Republican won the U.S. presidential election.

Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade defended the fuel price increase, saying it would not trigger more inflation and that eventually the "final price for consumers will be among the most competitive in the world."

The fall in global oil prices in recent years has forced the government to cut its budget and slash spending at Pemex.

And the peso has fallen to historic lows due to Trump's protectionist rhetoric against Mexico.

In Mexico City, service station worker Maria de la Luz Lopez worried that the price increases could hurt her.

"I'm afraid that to compensate for the increase, (customers) will no longer give us tips," said Lopez who, like many in her field, does not earn a wage and depends on the generosity of drivers.

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Re: THE Mexico Thread Pt. 2 (merged)

Unread postby onlooker » Wed 08 Mar 2017, 19:18:55

Things are heating up between Mexico and US.
In First Trade War Shot, Mexico Cancels Sugar Export Permits To U.S.
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Re: THE Mexico Thread Pt. 2 (merged)

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Wed 08 Mar 2017, 22:42:07

Looker - "In First Trade War Shot, Mexico Cancels Sugar Export Permits To U.S.. Wow! Great news for the Rockmn's cane growing kin in south Louisiana. If President Trump keeps that going the R's will likely hold all the congressional seats in 2 years.
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Re: THE Mexico Thread Pt. 2 (merged)

Unread postby Tanada » Thu 09 Mar 2017, 10:56:58

Sugar rots the teeth and destroys the liver, it should be discouraged in every way possible.
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Re: THE Mexico Thread Pt. 2 (merged)

Unread postby Synapsid » Thu 09 Mar 2017, 19:27:25

Tanada,

Use maple syrup, then, and not honey.
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Re: THE Mexico Thread Pt. 2 (merged)

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Thu 09 Mar 2017, 19:27:58

T - Dentist have to make a living also. Like I said before: in every trade war there winners and losers on the same time. My big hope is that Mexico sells all its oil to China. Now if we could just piss the Canadians off that bad. LOL.
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Re: THE Mexico Thread Pt. 2 (merged)

Unread postby Tanada » Thu 09 Mar 2017, 23:53:17

Synapsid wrote:Tanada,

Use maple syrup, then, and not honey.


Both of those options are just as bad for the liver as white sugar.

The safest natural sweeteners to use would be barley malt syrup, glycerine separated from fatty acids in biodiesel production, or low fructose corn syrup. The first consists mostly of Maltose, the second of Glycerol and the third of Glucose, all three have a mild sweetness and can be used by every cell in your body for energy. White sugar, maple syrup, honey, high fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, molasses, agave syrup, each contain half or more of the caloric content as fructose which we now know causes non alcoholic fatty liver disease aka cirrhosis of the liver. The UN recommends you consume no more than 6 teaspoons aka 24 grams of sugar or 12 grams of fructose per day. A single 12 ounce can of cola has 20g of fructose in it.
The American Heart Association recommends limiting intake of added sugar to 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men.
Those limits work out to 12 grams fructose for women, 18 grams for men, meaning that single 12 ounce can of coke exceeds the DAILY limit for an adult male.

Fructose causes liver damage via the same metabolic pathway that ethanol (alcohol) does because the liver has to absorb and transform it using the same enzymes for part of the process. The massive outbreak of non alcoholic fatty liver disease in North America is directly traced back to the introduction of high fructose beverages coupled with the addition of fructose to almost every processed food you will find in every market in the USA or Canada.
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Re: THE Mexico Thread Pt. 2 (merged)

Unread postby Tanada » Sat 15 Apr 2017, 10:29:36

https://d3fy651gv2fhd3.cloudfront.net/e ... 300&w=600'

Click on the link to see the graph, Mexico lost 200,000/bbl/d of petroleum production in calendar year 2016.

Things are looking increasingly grim for NAFTA oil balance between USA/Mexico, at least from the Mexican side of the deal.

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Re: THE Mexico Thread Pt. 2 (merged)

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Sat 15 Apr 2017, 11:51:43

T - Already very bad: if I recall correctly in 2016 Mexico became a NET FOSSIL FUEL IMPORTER. US companies make a lot of money selling them NG and refinery products.
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Mob justice

Unread postby onlooker » Sun 21 May 2017, 17:55:10

Came upon this story by chance. An example of segments of population in a country lacking in law and order resorting to their own justice. Pretty harrowing
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Re: Mob justice

Unread postby Rod_Cloutier » Sun 21 May 2017, 22:04:36

There are other forms of 'Mob justice' like political cartoonists:

http://www.gocomics.com/bloom-county/2017/05/16
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Oil spills into Gulf of Mexico after underwater pipe bursts

Unread postby AdamB » Sun 15 Oct 2017, 21:44:10


The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a crude oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans says they received a report from the National Response Center at 1:30 p.m. Friday from a damaged pipeline associated with a subsea well 40 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. The pipeline, which Coast Guard said is operated by LLOG Exploration Offshore, has been secured. LLOG Exploration said between 333,900 and 392,700 gallons of oil was released (7,950 to 9,350 barrels). Two vessels from Clean Gulf Associates and the Marine Spill Response Corporation have responded to the scene. The Coast Guard says they are continuing to conduct overflights of the area. BSEE Responds to Oil Release in the Gulf of Mexico https://t.co/rVZTCRElLw pic.twitter.com/Zs2OKLNtRE — BSEE (@BSEEgov) October 14, 2017 The Coast Guard is working with Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the National Oceanic ...


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Another Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Unread postby kublikhan » Mon 16 Oct 2017, 16:21:23

An oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last week may be the largest in the U.S. since the 2010 blowout at BP Plc’s Macondo well that sank the Deepwater Horizon rig. The Delta House floating production facility about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Venice, Louisiana, released 7,950 to 9,350 barrels of oil Oct. 13, according to closely held operator LLOG Exploration Co. That would make it the largest spill in more than seven years.

The LLOG spill was triggered by a fracture in a flowline jumper, Rick Fowler, the company’s vice president for deepwater projects, said in an email. That’s a short pipeline used to connect nearby subsea structures. Multiple barriers placed on either side of the fracture stopped the release, but the the flowline jumper hasn’t yet been repaired. The subsea system affected by the fracture was shut in, though nearby connected systems weren’t. The fracture wasn’t caused by Hurricane Nate and there were no associated injuries.

BSEE, the federal agency which regulates offshore energy and mineral extraction, started an investigation into the cause of the spill.
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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill May Be Largest Since BP Disaster

Unread postby AdamB » Tue 17 Oct 2017, 10:57:45

An oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last week may be the largest in the U.S. since the 2010 blowout at BP Plc’s Macondo well that sank the Deepwater Horizon rig. The Delta House floating production facility about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Venice, Louisiana, released 7,950 to 9,350 barrels of oil from early Wednesday to Thursday morning, according to closely held operator LLOG Exploration Co. That would make it the largest spill in more than seven years, data from the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement show, even though it’s a fraction of the millions of barrels ejected in the 2010 incident. The LLOG spill was triggered by a fracture in a flowline jumper, Rick Fowler, the company’s vice president for deepwater projects, said in an email. That’s a short pipeline used to connect nearby subsea structures. Multiple barriers placed ...


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Global Majors Eyeing Mexico’s Deep Waters

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As the price of oil rises, an international rush is on for Mexico’s untapped deep-water riches. The who’s who of the oil world -- led by Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the world’s two biggest drillers by market value -- are lining up to bid in the country’s Jan. 31 deep-water auction. And the interest is international in scope, drawing Chevron Corp. from the U.S., the U.K.’s BP Plc, Norway’s Statoil ASA, France’s Total SA, Australia’s BHP Billiton Ltd, Russia’s Lukoil PJSC and China’s Cnooc Ltd, among others. The total: 25 registered to bid for 29 deep-water plots across the southern Gulf of Mexico, the nation’s regulator said Thursday. It shouldn’t be a surprise. The areas up for grabs are estimated to hold as much as 4.2 billion barrels of crude oil in untapped deep waters where 76 percent of Mexico’s


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Re: THE Mexico Thread Pt. 2 (merged)

Unread postby Tanada » Sun 03 Feb 2019, 17:45:30

Remittances hit a new record high of $33 billion in 2018
Increase attributed to US President Trump's stance on illegal immigration and a strong economy

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The fear of deportation fed by United States President Donald Trump’s hardline rhetoric on immigration and a strong U.S. labor market and economy drove remittances from Mexicans outside the country to an all-time high in 2018.

Mexicans working abroad, mainly in the United States, sent US $33.48 billion to Mexico last year, an increase of 10.5% over the 2017 figure, according to the Bank of México (Banxico).

The remittances were sent in 103.9 million separate transactions, a 6% increase on the 2017 figure, and each one was on average $322 compared to $309 the year before, Banxico data shows.

Almost 98% of remittances were sent by electronic means and just over 94% came from the United States.

The total dollar amount sent to Mexico made remittances the country’s second largest foreign currency earner after auto exports, which totaled around $142 billion.

Just seven states received half of all remittances sent.

Michoacán took in just under $3.4 billion followed by Jalisco, with almost $3.3 billion; Guanajuato, with just over $3 billion; México state, with $1.9 billion; Oaxaca, with $1.7 billion; Puebla, with $1.7 billion; and Guerrero, with $1.6 billion.

Financial analysts say that Trump’s tough stance on illegal immigration has encouraged Mexicans in the United States to send more money home.

The Mexican government estimates that around 12 million Mexicans live in the United States and about half that number are there illegally.

Analysts at the Mexican bank Banorte say they expect the flow of remittances from the United States to remain strong in 2019 because the fundamentals of the U.S. economy are strong.

However, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is predicting growth in that country will slow to 2.5% this year compared to 2.9% in 2018, which could slow the growth of remittances to below the double-digit spike seen in 2018.

But anti-immigration rhetoric is likely to continue to encourage remittances, Banorte said, provided that no measures are taken to limit them.

While a candidate for president, Trump threatened to cut off remittances to Mexico, proclaiming that such a move would pressure the Mexican government to cough up “a one-time payment of $5-$10 billion” for his border wall.

However, the United States government has never tried to put the plan into place and, according to a migration expert, it would likely backfire on the U.S. president.

“My first reaction was, ‘That sounds counterproductive,’” Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, told The Washington Post last month.

“Mexican migration [to the United States] is dropping in part because Mexican migrants are sending money home so more Mexicans can have a dignified life,” he said.

Cutting off remittances would potentially disrupt lives in Mexico and result in more migration to the United States, Selee added.

Source: Milenio (sp)


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Re: THE Mexico Thread Pt. 2 (merged)

Unread postby Revi » Wed 06 Mar 2019, 10:23:55

Pobre Mexico. Tan lejos de dios, y tan cerca a los Estados Unidos.

We think of ourselves as much more stable than Mexico, but it may not work out so well for us.

Mexico is a big place. I could see parts of it collapsing, but there are parts that are pretty stable.

A lot of people grow their own food and live in village economies. They have made it through many economic hard times already, so they may weather this one better than a lot of places.

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