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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The Twilight of Sweden

The two videos below illustrate different aspects of the migrant-embracing zeitgeist in Modern Multicultural Sweden.

The first shows various functionaries in the educational establishment talking about the increased level of violence and intimidation in Swedish schools. Well… at least they’re talking about it, even if they never ever mention cultural enrichment as a factor. One administrator acknowledges the increase, but thinks it’s possible that members of the public have simply become more alert and are reporting more of the problems.

So it goes in Sweden.

Many thanks to Kronanse Martell for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Margot Wallström is Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister for the current Swedish government. In the following clip she is speaking about Islam in parliament in early January 2019.

Compare and contrast her laudatory statements about the Religion of Peace with the footage Vlad has appended to the video, which was recorded a year previously. In it you see Muslim demonstrators marching past the Israeli embassy in Sweden while chanting their hatred of the Jews — and also “Long live Margot Wallström!”

The translation and subtitling in the second part of this video were not done in-house, so I can’t credit them:

Video transcript #1:

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End of Days? — Part II: An Update

In a follow-up to Thursday’s post, Seneca III provides a more detailed account of Cousin Theresa and the catastrophic failure of her Brexit deal.

End of Days? — Part II: An Update

by Seneca III

To recap: The voting down of May’s Brexit ‘Deal’ (the Withdrawal Agreement) was not meant to carry out the will of the British people as determined by the Referendum, but rather the first step in a convoluted process to use amendments and contra-constitutional machinations designed to bring about a set of conditions whereby departure would be interminably delayed until we would be forced to remain shackled to and still funding the crumbling EU by default.

Summary: Today is Day Two since Theresa Mary May and her spavined government managed to survive a vote of no confidence by a narrow margin because the thought of a Jeremy Corbyn administration run by a Marxist cabal of Venezuela-style apparatchiks was too much even for the most ardent Remainer to contemplate… and little has changed.

In many ways this scenario is best illustrated by The Daily Telegraph, once known as ‘The Tory Party at Prayer’. It, like its readership in the comments section, has sunk into a morass of internecine, bipartisan uncertainty where so many of the comments demonstrate a level of ad hominem sniping that is depressing to behold — a reflection, perhaps, of this divided country at large. On the 16th January it led with an article exposing the underhanded duplicity of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, one Phillip Anthony Hammond (another Oxford PPI graduate) in which it reported (mostly behind a paywall[1]) that:

Philip Hammond [together with Clark (Business Sec) and Barklay (Brexit Sec) I would add], told business leaders that the “threat” of a no-deal Brexit could be taken “off the table” within days and potentially lead to Article 50 “rescinded”, a leaked recording of a conference call reveals.

The Chancellor set out how a backbench Bill could effectively be used to stop any prospect of no deal. He suggested that ministers may even back the plan when asked for an “assurance” by the head of Tesco that the Government would not oppose the motion.

He claimed next week’s Bill, which could force the Government to extend Article 50, was likely to win support and act as the “ultimate backstop” against a no-deal Brexit, as a “large majority in the Commons is opposed to no deal.”

Hereunder a list of known participating CEO’s:

1.   Jurgen Maier, Siemens UK
2.   Doug Gurr, Amazon UK
3.   Keith Anderson, Scottish Power
4.   John Allan, Pres of Tesco and Pres of the CBI
5.   Peter Mather, BP UK
6.   Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty
7.   Richard Pennycook, British Retail Consortium
8.   Paula Vennells, CEO of Post Office and director of Morrisons
9.   Caroline Fairborn, CBI
10.   Vivienne Hunt, McKinsey & Co.
11.   Simon Blagden, Fujitsu UK
 

[It is worth noting that In January 2018, senior Conservative MPs mounted pressure on Theresa May to sack Hammond as Chancellor following his recent comments about Brexit, which were deemed too Europhilic in nature. He remains in office, so the Witch of Westminster must obviously hold him in some sort of affection — or complicity. It looks as if Hammond, May & Co. do as all crooks and fraudsters do. All have something on each other, so they must live by the code of “If I go down, so will you.” It is mutual blackmail that holds the gang together…self-survival.]

However, Hammond, Clark and Barclay are not alone in the government’s attempt to thwart the will of the people. Again, in the Telegraph on the 17th more revelations of the treason embedded in the heart of Westminster surfaced[2]:

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Uniformity of Opinion in Germany, and the State Indoctrination That Produces It

The SPD politician Thilo Sarrazin is known for his provocative statements about immigration and Islam. As we reported last night, Mr. Sarrazin was recently a guest speaker at an event at the University of Siegen, and was vigorously protested by progressive students.

The video below is an editorial comment by RTL WEST head Jörg Zajonc, who objects to the widespread attempts to silence dissident opinions.

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

However, the uniformity of opinion decried by Mr. Zajonc is not a bug in German culture, but a feature. It is seen as the responsibility of teachers, journalists, and commentators to ensure that their audience is directed towards the correct opinions.

As MissPiggy (who translated this one, too) put it:

The state broadcasting agitator Anja Reschke declared on Swiss television (on the German-language network 3sat) to the stunned presenter that in Germany, journalists have an “educational mission”, because the citizens would otherwise overthrow “the government”.

Once again, thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript #1:

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Culture-Enriching Peeping Toms

In the following woman-on-the-street interview, a German citizen expresses her outrage about the behavior of asylum seekers in her neighborhood, and has a few choice words to say about Angela Merkel.

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

Video transcript:

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Splitting Hairs

In his latest essay, our Israeli correspondent MC wades into the murky cultural waters where shariah advocates and social justice warriors converge.

Splitting Hairs

by MC

The Hebrew ‘shalom’ is translated as ‘peace’, but that is not particularly accurate. It actually describes an ‘inner peace’, which comes with a personal relationship with the Creator, in this case Yahovah. ‘Peace’ is essentially a manmade thing (or not, as the case may be), but shalom comes through keeping the Commandments of Yah.

In this day and age this kind study of is considered to be ‘splitting hairs’, just as the difference between quoting a hadith about Mohammed’s sexual proclivities and accusing him of paedophilia is ‘splitting hairs’, since the one makes the other obvious.

The problem about a sex act with a 9-year-old is not so much the gross physical intrusion as the potential for damage to the child both physical and — especially — emotional. This is true particularly when considering the case of Mohammed, a religious icon whose every act is to be emulated by the faithful.

A 9-year-old is a child, and it thus vulnerable. Because a child is, by definition, not yet physically or emotionally mature, he or she cannot be considered able to give any kind of informed consent to a sex act. Any sex act.

Islam, being a male fantasy-oriented religion, takes no account of consent from either mature or immature women. On the other hand, the Judeo-Christian religions regard the woman as the ‘life-giver’, as the name Adam gave to Eve (Chava) implies. The woman is thus a pivotal player in the commandment to go forth and multiply, and we build our Western culture around the need to support this life-giver and her offspring — or rather we did until Roe vs. Wade.

Thus, because paedophilia is an intrinsic part of Islam, any judgement comes down to a matter of who can get away with offending whom. Muslims become violent when offended and start murdering people, but since Christians are mainly ‘white supremacists’ and need to be taught a lesson anyway… or so it seems to go these days. But just when did emotion and politicking creep into the modern law-making and its associated executive process?

So the recent European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision that to call Mohammed a paedophile is ‘hate speech’ is fraught with implications. In itself, the idea behind ‘hate’ speech is to provide a means to demonize free speech. Bur free speech is only really proven to be free when somebody is offended by it. So just how do we define hate speech in a ‘free speech’ context, if the two are so mutually incompatible?

Is it when free speech causes harm, as in falsely shouting FIRE in a crowded cinema?

To tip the scales of justice, the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ must be clearly delineated, and must be able to be applied in all circumstances to all people, both equally, and across the board.

Do Muslims have an existential problem with paedophilia? Does the rest of society therefore have to give way to these Muslim sensitivities? Is there therefore a different law for Muslims — ‘Yes’, ‘Yes’ and ‘Yes’, it would appear.

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It’s Nobody’s Business But the Turks’

The mayor of the Ehrenfeld district in Cologne is upset after being misled by Turkish-Germans in his district, and particularly about the extent of Turkey’s influence on internal affairs in his city.

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

Video transcript:

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The Elites At Work: A Cordon Sanitaire

Prompted by my recent post on Vlaams Belang, our Dutch correspondent H. Numan discusses the cordon sanitaire and related matters in the Low Countries.

The elites at work: a cordon sanitaire

by H. Numan

In Belgium, officially, there exists a cordon sanitaire around Vlaams Belang. This boycott — for it really is a boycott — is very successful. Almost as successful as Belgian pralines. No matter what VB proposes, it will be voted down or ignored. Then, another politician from a different party proposes exactly the same thing, word for word. That motion will be accepted. Effectively, this killed VB. Plus the near-total media boycott. Something Dutch politicians would love to do to the PVV party. The Dutch elites copied the boycott. It is in effect as we speak, has been for years.

Unlike in America, there are no independent media that support the PVV or VB. Openly stating you vote for the PVV or VB can hurt your career or even end it. You can’t be fired for that directly, but indirectly: not a problem. Just be creative. That is the cordon sanitaire at work. It’s not only in parliament; it’s everywhere.

There are two large and powerful political groups who need this boycott. First of all the Left. Because the Left is losing. They’re losing on so many levels; it’s hard to describe them all. Politically, they are wildly lashing around at anything in the most absurd manner. Make no mistake: social justice warriors really are the Sturm Abteilung of the left. Even uniformed, in some sort of way. It’s quite easy to spot a SJW from a mile. If male, it usually has a full grown beard, wears skin-tight trousers, a lumberjack shirt and is covered with tattoos. The female variant differs a bit, but very often they excel in looking as unattractive as possible. With tattoos, of course. A young woman without tattoos cannot be a feminist nowadays. They even make unattractiveness into a virtue: being vastly overweight is their personal choice and it has no health risks. It’s the male patriarchy that says so!

Be serious: allowing men to urinate in the ladies’ bog or vice versa is something to fight for? Do women really want that? Something a president should stoop low enough for to sign as a bill? Apparently, it is. If your president is named Hussein.

Now back to the Low Countries. The left absolutely needs a boycott of VB and the PVV, for they have lost all credibility. Everything they stood for they abandoned. Yes, everything. The lower social classes — which is the sole electoral reason for their existence — they dropped to woo the mohammedan vote.

After the collapse of communism they dropped the red banner and picked up a green flag. Koran green and environmentally green. Remember Pim Fortuyn wasn’t murdered by a mohammedan, but by an environmental activist. Who is now a free man, after serving a brief sentence in which he got a law degree, free of charge. He continues his struggle and his free degree and fights in court to have all the restrictions revoked which granted him his early release.

The environment and ‘social justice’ are their new tools to take over the capitalist world. Make no mistake about it: communism isn’t dead. Or withering in Venezuela, Laos, Cuba and North Korea. It’s alive and kicking. Busily destroying the economy of the Western world. They want only one source of sustainable energy: wind and solar power. Sheer ranting nonsense, as that is simply not possible. In Holland the government announced they want to ban internal combustion cars (diesel, gas and petrol) from 2030 onward. It doesn’t matter that those cars emit less pollutants. They have to go. Because the progressive elites demand it.

Not only that, our gas supply has been withered away, and must be replaced in an environmentally friendly manner by heat exchange systems. So we are told by progressive elites. Which will set the average family back $40,000. Those systems aren’t exactly cheap. They are also not very efficient, so you have to add extra insulation your house to the tune of another $40,000 to $60,000.

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When is a Beheading Not a Beheading?

When a Scandinavian girl gets decapitated by a mujahid in Morocco. Then it’s a “knife wound to the neck”.

If you’re a Swedish media snoid, that is.

Ingrid Carlqvist talked about all this in her interview last month. The following brief article discusses the same phenomenon. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this piece from Nyheter Idag:

“Knife wounds to the neck”— SVT continues to minimize the beheadings

The most problematic thing about the beheadings in connection with the murders in Morocco is not the act itself, but that people spread the video on social media of what actually happened. That is how state SVT [Swedish state TV] Rapport may be summarized when they focus on the fact that it may be criminal to spread the beheading video, the incident that the public service outlet calls “knife wounds”.

Since the state SVT in TV texts, on the web, and in news broadcasts consistently refers to “knife wounds” when they report on the murders in Morocco, many private persons have chosen to post the bloody video that shows that the same work was beheadings. Now public service channels are putting a stop to videos that show what really happened, via a feature in SVT Rapport.

“A video that is said to show the murders has been spread on social media. But those who spread the film in Sweden may be guilty of a crime”. That is what the former prosecutor Sven-Erik Alhem told a TV anchor in SVT Rapport.

On the TV screen even in the text, “dissemination is illegal” appears. Further, Rapport shows a feature from Morocco where reporter Diamant Salihu repeats the minimization of what actually happened.

“The girls had knife wounds on their necks,” he says in the feature.

Those who want to show that SVT is wrong in their claim of “knife wounds to the neck”, and thereby spread videos that show what really happened, may risk several years in jail.

“If the crime is aggravated, it carries up to four years in jail and a minimum of six months,” says Sven-Erik Alhem in the feature.

In social media, several users say that the video is being spread just because the Swedish media, in particular the public service, consistently refuse to state that both women had their heads cut from their bodies. Nyheter Idag (News Today) reached out to SVT on Tuesday, but without results.

Dignity Good! Yellow Vest Bad!

In the following talk, French President Emmanuel Macron seems more like an android or audio-animatron than a human being, never mind a statesman. Watch his hand-gestures — copied from TV news reporters and presenters. It’s creepy.

Anyway, now we know what he thinks of those impertinent “Yellow Vest” protesters.

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

Video transcript:

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Swedish Court Sentences Culture-Enriching Child-Rapist to Six Years in Prison

A rambunctious “youth” named Mohammed was sentenced to six years in prison by a Swedish court for raping a 9-year-old girl. That’s a harsh sentence by Swedish standards, but at least the mischievous youngster will not be permanently deported when he gets out.

I hardly need to point out that this case has a Mohammed Coefficient of at least 100% (it could be higher if his last name is also Mohammed or Mehmet or Mahmoud, but Swedish news reports don’t give the surname of the perp).

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Fria Tider:

Mohammed sentenced for brutal rape of a 9-year-old girl — but avoids lifetime deportation

The immigrant was in search of a girl or child to rape

December 28, 2018

The 30-year-old Libyan who was charged for a brutal rape of a 9-year-old girl earlier this year in Malmö was sentenced today by the court for aggravated rape of a child. The penalty is six years in prison and deportation, but not for his entire life; instead after 15 years the pedophile rapist is welcome back.

It was at the end of October that the 9-year-old girl was subjected to an aggravated rape in a courtyard in Malmö. At the beginning of December, a 30-year-old Libyan was charged with the crime.

This is what the prosecutor wrote in the lawsuit:

He lured the victim into a trash room, which he locked, wrestled her to the floor, struck her in the face with an open hand, took off her (lower body) clothes and held her legs. He put a stranglehold on her neck, which caused her pain, created a bruise on her throat and made it hard for her to breathe. He further threatened to hit her if she didn’t stop screaming. Today the man, who in other media is called the “little girl papa” was sentenced for the crime. He has admitted the deed.

According to the court, it is clear that the man was in the area that day “to look for a girl to rape, that he didn’t care if the girl was a child, that he wanted have vaginal intercourse with her, and that, during the attack, he told her to open her legs,” which is contained in the judgment.

From the Migration Board’s opinion, the man, who is a citizen of Libya, has been in the country (Sweden) with permanent resident status since November 2010. He has three minor children in Sweden, and on many previous occasions has been convicted of crimes of violence and theft, but without being deported.

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Sweden: See Nothing, Say Nothing

Swedish state TV is not only hiding and/or obfuscating the news about the beheading of two young Scandinavian women in Morocco, but it is also threatening its viewers with prosecution if they should happen to share the video of the crime on social media.

It may well be that posting the beheading video would not in fact be covered by the mentioned statute, and that no prosecution for it would ever get to court. But, knowing the compliant Swedish character, the media are counting on their audience to keep their heads down and say nothing.

Ingrid Carlqvist talks about the Orwellian world of Swedish TV in the following video. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for conducting this interview: