Pipeline to Disaster

Last Friday a gasoline pipeline in central Mexico exploded, creating a huge fireball. The official death toll keeps rising; as of this writing it is listed as 91. Dozens more people were injured.

The blast was caused by the illegal tapping of the pipeline by fuel thieves, who are known in Mexico as huachicoleros. The practice is a common one, and this is not the first such explosion, simply the deadliest.

As I read the earliest reports about the explosion, a question occurred to me: We have gasoline pipelines in the USA — why don’t things like this happen here? I’m certain there are plenty of unscrupulous down-on-their luck rural entrepreneurs who would consider pipeline-tapping as a career, but they don’t seem to take it up (or not in enough numbers to draw media attention, anyway).

Before examining this larger question, let’s consider some of the details about Friday’s explosion and the practice of pipeline theft in Mexico.

I’ve been reading a lot of articles since the story broke, but didn’t hang on to most of the URLs, so much of what I write here will be unsourced. However, this article from MSN is information-rich, and will serve as a good start for those who want to look into the incident. For further details, do an Internet search on “Tlahuelilpan pipeline explosion” — that will turn up plenty of stories.

The petroleum industry in Mexico is state-run, and the company that manages the pipelines is called PEMEX. The gasoline pipeline along which the explosion occurred runs from Tuxpan on the Gulf coast to Mexico City, making a hard left at Tlahuelilpan in Hidalgo State before continuing to the capital.

The pipeline had been tapped previously more than once at the location in Tlahuelilpan. Whenever that kind of thing happens, PEMEX rigs a patch over the breach and continues pumping. Such patches are easier to tap than an unmarred pipe, so the same spots tend to be used over and over again.

The normal practice is to make a fairly small hole so that the flow of gasoline is not excessive and can be readily utilized. However, on the afternoon before the explosion, one of the fuel thieves became impatient and jammed a piece of rebar into the hole to enlarge it, causing a veritable gusher to spout up twenty feet into the air. In videos of the festive occasion the gasoline plume looks like Old Faithful.

Hundreds of people swarmed the site, carrying large plastic containers to collect the gasoline from the ditch around the pipe. It was not the most intelligent thing to do — the air in the immediate vicinity of the geyser was a dense mass of gasoline vapor, awaiting only a tiny spark to trigger a conflagration.

Which is exactly what happened later that evening. Some reports theorize that the synthetic fabric of the clothes worn by the poor people tapping the pipe generated enough static electricity to create the necessary spark. In any case, without any warning a tremendous fireball exploded over and among the crowd.

The moment of the explosion was captured by someone who had been using an infrared-sensitive video camera to record the night’s festivities. Then, in full living color, you can watch the huge plume of smoke and orange flames rise into the night sky while subsidiary fires spread rapidly at ground level. There appear to be little fireballs rushing away from the center of the blast, but when you look closely, you’ll find that they’re people running away from the explosion. Their clothes, arms, legs, and torsos are engulfed in flame. You can also see people try to extinguish some of the human torches that have collapsed onto the ground. (No, I’m not going to embed the video here; it’s too graphic. But you can find it easily with a YouTube search. And those videos are just the ones that YouTube didn’t pull down — imagine what the others must be like.)

The gasoline vapor was so thick before the explosion that some people passed out, overcome by the fumes. One report says a nearby soldier pulled an unconscious man out of the gasoline-filled ditch and dragged him to safety. Some of the survivors reported that they realized the danger of explosion and hurried out of the area before it was too late.

Such was the Tlahuelilpan pipeline explosion on January 18, 2019. Photos from the following morning show the scorched pipeline and nearby field, with neatly-arranged rows of bodies covered by white sheets.

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Illegal pipeline-tapping in Mexico has become a growth industry over the past decade. PEMEX’s pipes are laid shallowly, so that digging down two or three feet will expose the pipe. Local entrepreneurs make the tap, with the support of nearby residents who participate in the collection and sale of illicit gasoline.

The graph below uses data from a useful paper (PDF) published by the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in 2017. I found the total number of taps for 2017, but the statistics for 2018 are only available through October. In the latter case I extrapolated the total for 12 months and then appended the numbers for both years to the data set to produce this graphic:

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Brazil Withdraws From the UN Migration Pact

Newly-inaugurated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has made good on his promise to withdraw from the UN’s “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration”.

The first of the two videos below was recorded on December 18, before Mr. Bolsonaro was inaugurated. The second is a news report that was posted yesterday.

Many thanks to Lei Islâmica em Ação for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.

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The article below from O Globo (also translated by Lei Islâmica em Ação) reports on Brazil’s withdrawal from the UN migration pact:

BBC News: In a statement to diplomats, Bolsonaro government confirms exit from UN migration pact

In a telegram sent to missions abroad, Itamaraty [the Foreign Ministry] says that the country will not participate in the agreement signed in December and that it establishes guidelines for the reception of immigrants; for NGOs, the decision is ‘extremely regrettable’ and does not take into account the situation of Brazilians living abroad.

In a telegram issued on Tuesday (January 8), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked Brazilian diplomats to inform the United Nations that Brazil had left the Global Compact for Migration, which the country had joined in December, at the end of the Michel Temer government.

BBC News Brazil gained access to the document in which the Ministry requests the missions of Brazil at the UN and in Geneva to “inform, by note, respectively, the Secretary General of the United Nations and the Director General of the International Migration Organization, in addition to any other interlocutors considered relevant, that Brazil dissociates itself from the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.”

The document also says that Brazil should not “participate in any activity related to the pact or its implementation”.

Although requested, Itamaraty did not confirm the information until the publication of this report. However, diplomats told BBC News Brazil on condition of anonymity that the telegram is circulating within the Ministry system and reached the addressees.

In recent weeks President Jair Bolsonaro and Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo had already announced on Twitter that the country would leave the pact. Araújo called it an “inadequate instrument to deal with the (migratory) problem,” arguing that “immigration should not be treated as a global issue, but rather according to the reality and sovereignty of each country.”

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Jair Bolsonaro: “Guarantee the Right to Property and Self-Defense”

Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in yesterday as president of Brazil. Mr. Bolsonaro, often known as the “Tropical Trump” for his populist nationalism, has promised an end to socialism in Brazil. Among his more popular policies are a crackdown on crime and returning to citizens the right to armed self-defense.

Mr. Bolsonaro was stabbed by a would-be assassin back in September, during the first round of the presidential election. Although he was seriously wounded and unable to campaign for more than a month, he recovered and made it through the first round, later going on to win in the runoff.

Below is President Bolsonaro’s inaugural speech. Many thanks to Lei Islâmica em Ação for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Brazil Will Withdraw From the UN Migration Pact

Many thanks to José Atento (from the blog Lei Islâmica em Ação) for translating this article from Istoé:

Future chancellor says Brazil will leave Global Migration Compact

Ambassador Ernesto Araújo, who has been confirmed to take over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said today [December 10] in social media that the government of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro will disassociate the country from the Global Migration Compact. According to him, immigration should be treated according to “the reality and sovereignty of each country”.

“The Bolsonaro government will dissociate itself from the Global Migration Pact that is being launched in Marrakesh, an inadequate instrument to deal with the problem. Immigration should not be treated as a global issue, but rather according to the reality and sovereignty of each country,” the future chancellor said in his Twitter account.

The UN Global Compact for a Safe, Ordained and Regular Migration was approved today by representatives of more than 150 countries at the intergovernmental conference of the organization in the Moroccan city.

Speaking at the conference, UN Secretary-General António Guterres drew attention to “the sovereign right of states to determine their migration policies and their prerogative to govern migration within their jurisdiction, in accordance with international law,” insisted the Secretary-General.

Regulatory mark

On previous occasions, the future chancellor had mentioned how the Brazilian government intends to deal with the migratory flow. According to him, the country will seek to accommodate immigrants by establishing a regulatory framework compatible with national reality.

“Brazil will seek a regulatory framework compatible with the national reality and with the well-being of Brazilians and foreigners. In the case of Venezuelans fleeing the [President Nicolás] Maduro regime, we will continue to welcome them, but the fundamental thing is to work for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.”

The ambassador added that immigrants are welcome in Brazil and will not be discriminated against. However, he defended the definition of criteria to guarantee safety to all. He did not elaborate on those criteria.

“Immigration is welcome, but it should not be indiscriminate. There must be criteria to ensure the safety of both migrants and citizens in the destination country. Immigration must be at the service of the individual’s interests and the cohesion of each society.”

Och, the Puir Wee Bairns — I Mean: Ay, las Niñas Pobres!

I doubt there’s anyone among our readers who hasn’t seen the photo above. It’s the North American equivalent of the Dead Baby photo from the beach in Anatolia that enabled the Great European Migration Crisis of 2015.

As the migrant “caravan” approached the American border at San Ysidro, an uncountably large number of journalists, especially photographers and videographers, embedded themselves among the “refugees”. This was the moment they had all been waiting for — a chance to document the atrocities of the Norteamericanos against the poor innocent migrants who had walked all the way from Honduras (well, they may have ridden buses a li’l bit, here and there) to get to the land of peace and freedom and welfare handouts.

And then those dastardly fascists fired tear gas at the desperate, innocent migrants! Including the women and children!

The photographers watched those women and children closely, because there were so few of them. 95% or more of the members of the caravan were young men of military age. But there were a few women with kids, and when the opportune moment came along — when the tear gas canisters flew into that dry riverbed — a photographer snapped the photo that went around the world fifty times before the truth could put its pants on.

I hope he drove a hard bargain when he peddled it to the media outlets, because it appeared everywhere. A woman and her kids were tear-gassed! Oh, the humanity! We’ll show that again and again and again!

The woman was eventually tracked down and interviewed, but nobody asked her why she took her little girls into a situation that was known to be dangerous. Unless her IQ was under 70, she knew it was not a good place for children. But she took them anyway.

None of the reporters asked her that, because it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that a woman with her babies was fleeing the tear gas launched by those evil Americans — and the magnificent opportunity offered by the photograph of it.

This is the Dead Baby moment of the Great Mexican Border Crisis of 2018. Except that in this case, the babies didn’t get killed; they didn’t even get hurt. That’s why I’m willing to post the photo of them.

A few weeks ago I wrote a post entitled “Och, the Puir Wee Bairns!” about the systematic use of globalist propaganda exploiting conveniently provided images of children. This photo is the San Ysidro version of the same phenomenon, but this time we have to say, “Ay, las Niñas Pobres!”

I predicted there would be a Dead Baby moment on the Mexican border, but I expected it to happen before the midterm elections. I still haven’t figured out why the caravan’s managers waited until now to pull the trigger.

Tijuana: Lessons on Breaking Into the USA

In the following video you’ll see an instructor explaining the ins and outs of the asylum scam to members of the migrant “caravan” in Tijuana. It’s worth noting that a member of the European Parliament seems to have come to Mexico to help the migrants get into the USA. Which country? Which party? I have no information other than what’s in the video.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Note: This clip was excerpted from a longer video. The times in the transcript below reflect the times in the original video.

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The Cuban Slave-Doctors of Brazil

The following report discusses Cuban doctors who practice medicine in Brazil. Like all Cuban professionals, these doctors do not practice privately, but serve the Cuban state. And the state requires that they surrender 70% of their salary to advance the cause of Cuban socialism.

Up until now the shakedown of Cuban doctors in Brazil has been facilitated by the Pan-American Health Organization — that is, one of those wonderful trans-national NGOs has assists the Communist regime in Havana steal from Cuban doctors.

The issue has made the news recently because President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has vowed to require that all doctors be paid a full salary. However, he can’t implement his decision until he is inaugurated in January, and Cuba plans to pull out all its doctors by then.

Many thanks to José Atento for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Tales From the Caravanserai

Below are two vignettes from the migrant “caravans” now wending their way through Mexico en route to El Norte. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.

Video #1: The police chief in Tijuana talks about the negative consequences of having all those criminal migrants encamped in his city:

Video #2: A Honduran woman complains about the quality of the food that she is forced to put up with during her journey through Mexico.

Video transcript #1:

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Mexican Protester: I Support Trump — Send Them Back!

The following video features an interview with a Mexican woman who was among the demonstrators protesting the presence of the migrant “caravan” in Tijuana. Those future undocumented Americans are now camped there near the border, awaiting their chance to get into the USA.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Stage Right, Enter Brazil

This sounds like the political arena in South America will soon be crowded with vast right wing conspiracies.

Good news for a continent that has had to overcome an economic history that ignored the rule of law and property rights, the two fundamental building blocks of a genuine free state. Perhaps the breakdown of the socialist dream-turned-nightmare, Venezuela, is simply speeding up this process?

Hmmm…given all that’s going on in Europe, it appears this a global move…

The Dogs Bark But the Caravan Moves On

An excellent post from the Diplomad in which he outlines a robust approach to the problem approaching our southern border. If our readers have other suggestions (mayhem not being one), please share:

A couple of days ago I posted a piece on Trump’s foreign policy with a reference to the ancient Arabic saying, “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.”

News reports tell us there is another sort of caravan on the move. Some 1000-1200 Central Americans, aided it seems by progressive groups and the Mexican government, are “marching,” driving, hiking, riding a train, whatever, on their way to the USA. It is some self-proclaimed “freedom caravan” that intends to arrive on our border, stream across, and then claim asylum in the USA from the violence in Honduras.

This seems to be a new take on the Moroccan “Green March” of 1975 used against Spain in the Western Sahara. The idea is to defy the superior armed Western power to use force against a “popular” march which seeks only some altruistic goal. Very touching. You will notice these sorts of tactics are not used against certain countries known to shoot without compunction.

Anyhow, this little stunt is outrageous as it is being, as noted, aided by a nominally “friendly” country, Mexico (see my take on Mexico’s friendliness here and here). Not only that but legally the marchers have no case. If they are fleeing Honduras, they can seek asylum in Mexico, the first stop in their “escape.” Mexico has the responsibility to grant them asylum, turn them over to the UN, or return them to their country of origin.

It is the political season in Mexico, and the presidential candidates are trying to outdo each other in “standing up to the gringos.” If this stunt succeeds, there will be a flood of similar “marches” very quickly. We either have a border or we don’t. We either have a regime of laws or we don’t. We either have a country or we don’t. This is an existential threat as much if not more so than any actions by Russia, China, or the jihadi crazies.

We cannot just have the dogs bark. They have to bite.

One of the articles I link above noted that Mexico has over fifty diplomatic and consular missions in the United States; Honduras has about dozen missions here. All of these, the Mexican ones especially, are centers of political and immigration activism. The Mexicans, as I have noted before, have been quite open in their meddling in our internal affairs, including in the last elections.

We need to tell these governments in no uncertain terms that we intend to shut down half of their missions immediately, and will shut down others in accordance with their behavior. We, furthermore, need to tell them that we will cease issuing visas, and even shut the border to normal trade and tourism if these sorts of officially tolerated and sponsored events occur.

This is no joke. Serious as a heart attack.

It’s worth going over there to follow the links in his post.

Thanks to Bill Keezer for the tip.

Israel Finally Goes on Offense Against BDS

Well, they’re not banging heads, but Israel is taking (some) names of the leaders of organizations who promote BDS, making them officially persona non grata in the country. At last.

Here’s the list so far:

Europe

  • AFPS (The Association France Palestine Solidarité)
  • BDS France
  • BDS Italy
  • ECCP (The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine)
  • FOA (Friends of Al-Aqsa)
  • IPSC (Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
  • Norge (The Palestine Committee of Norway) Palestinakomitee
  • PGS (Palestine Solidarity Association in Sweden)
  • Palestinagrupperna i Sverige
  • PSC (Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
  • War on Want
  • BDS Kampagne

USA

  • AFSC (American Friends Service Committee)
  • AMP (American Muslims for Palestine)
  • Code Pink
  • JVP (Jewish Voice for Peace)
  • NSJP (National Students for Justice in Palestine)
  • USCPR (US Campaign for Palestinian Rights)

Latin America*

  • BDS Chile

South Africa

  • BDS South Africa International
  • BNC (BDS National Committee)

* What?? No Argentinean groups? Maybe all the Nazis finally expired.

This is a start. But it needs to spread deeper and wider. As does information about the depth of the entrenchment of anti-Semitism in Europe.

Norway is a good example. When Breivik massacred all those kids on Utøya Island in 2011, he killed off many of the next generation’s pro-Palestinian BDS leaders. Mark Humphrys devoted a page of his own investigations into Breivik, and into the history of the AUF, whose youngsters had gathered on the island for summer fun: to bash evil Israel.

The AUF youth camp themselves hosted terrorists:

Fatah Youth went to the camp: “It is with consternation that we have received the dramatic news of an awful terrorist attack against a summer camp ran by our comrades of Norwegian Labor Youth AUF … The Fatah Youth group had taken part in the summer camp in the past on the Island of Utoya … Fatah Youth has participated for almost 15 years in the same summer camp”.

Read Mark’s page to see how remarkably open the AUF is about its hatred of Israel and the responsibility (at least among their leadership) for the deaths of innocent Israelis.

He says some of the children initially thought they were in a game:

Apparently, the children and youths were so full of anti-Israel hatred that some of them thought the shooting might be a simulation of Israeli crimes, meant to teach them how bad Israel is.

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It’s good that Israel is beginning to push back more robustly against this blood libel. Until they provide their own sanctioning of the leaders of BDS, it will only grow.

In some possibly related good news, early last year Canada’s government formally refused to validate BDS. The formal condemnation was introduced in Parliament by the Conservatives but was also broadly supported by the liberals, with an endorsement of the motion by Trudeau.

Some months later, Ottawa University also rejected any support; they voted instead to “to remove all language related to BDS, and replace it with a statement of support for peace between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs”.

Perhaps the odious BDS movement has peaked and is beginning a deserved roll-back. Israel’s decision to ban its leaders is a good start.

Donald Trump’s Speech at the United Nations

President Donald Trump gave an important speech this morning at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City. The first twenty minutes or so of Mr. Trump’s remarks were mostly boilerplate, although he did get a chance to refer to Kim Jong-un as “Rocket Man”, undoubtedly causing even more pearl-clutching among the snowflakes who were so appalled at his use of the same designation on Twitter.

In the last third of his speech the president emphatically denounced Socialism, with a special emphasis on Nicolás Maduro and Venezuela. His remarks on Venezuela seemed to induce an uneasy hush in his audience, followed by a smattering of applause — and I was surprised he got even that.

Throughout his speech Mr. Trump repeatedly stressed the importance of national sovereignty and independence, which must surely have brought on dyspepsia among the globalists at the UN who are trying so mightily to bring him down:

Below is the text of the president’s speech, as provided by the White House website:

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Who Sold Black African Slaves to White Slave Traders?

In the following interview, a writer named Tidiane Ndiaye talks about the African slave trade, and the central role played by African Muslims in taking and selling slaves.

What doubleplus ungood words! Surely that makes Mr. Ndiaye a WAYCIST…? No, wait; he’s not white, so he can’t be! Aieeeee! (head explodes).

Many thanks to Ava Lone translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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