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MEXICO CITY Caen eight gang members of Gulf Cartel linked to slaughter of 49 in NL

Caen eight gang members of Gulf Cartel linked to slaughter of 49 in NL

MEXICO CITY Information received on the missing 49 heads
MEXICO CITY Information received on the missing 49 heads


The Military received information on the whereabouts of the heads of the 49 bodies found on Sunday May 13

MEXICO CITY,  Operating by the Department of Defense made the arrest of eight members of the Gulf Cartel linked to the slaughter of 49 people in Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon.

According to early reports, in the municipality of China, military personnel assigned to the Seventh Military Zone began with the operation after receiving information on the whereabouts of the heads of the bodies found on Sunday May 13.

The detainees were turned over to state authorities who have seized four rifles, three hand grenades, cartridges of different calibers, two vehicles, tactical radio equipment and two vehicles.


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Posted by on 05/18/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Precursor drugs from China destined for Honduras seized in Mexico!

The seized substance came from China, bound for Honduras

Precursor drugs destined for Honduras seized
Precursor drugs destined for Honduras seized

Semar reported the incident in Michoacan, part of a joint operation in the port of Lazaro Cardenas

MEXICO CITY – Federal authorities said 748 barrels of precursor chemicals used in the preparation of various synthetic drugs, as part of a joint operation in the port of Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, Semar reported. The Secretary of the Navy of Mexico (Semar) explained that the substance seized was in seven containers, where they stored barrels 136,250 kilograms of monomethylamine and methyl phenyl acetate, precursor chemicals used to manufacture synthetic drugs.

Precursors, coming from China and having a final destination of Honduras, were made available to the Public Prosecutor of the Federation of Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, so AP/PGR/MICH/LC/074/2012 an investigation was opened.

The precursor chemicals are stored, at the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the Tax Administration Service (SAT).

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Posted by on 05/14/2012 in Crime!, Drugs


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Whose watching our Money?


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These are seven ways that the U.S. government wasted tax dollars in 2011.

$175,587 – Study on Cocaine and the Risky Sex Habits of Quail Why quail? The reason is because they easily reproduce in a laboratory and provide an alternative to standard laboratory pigeons and rats. Apparently, the government felt the need to prove what numerous studies have already determined – that cocaine use may increase high-risk sexual behavior in humans. Worse yet, the study is slated to continue through 2015.  It only sounds more ridiculous when you learn that the first installment of $181,406 was received in 2010 from the National Institute of Health to see how cocaine boosted the sex drive of Japanese quail.

$550,000 – A Movie on How Rock ‘n’ Roll Helped Defeat Communism This documentary, directed by Jim Brown, is scheduled for release in May 2012. The 90-minute film will focus on the arrival of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in the Soviet Union during the late 1970s. This was shortly after the release of their album Will the Circle be Unbroken, and the reception they received was reminiscent of the Beatles. Rock the Kremlin emphasizes the benefits of soft power and cultural diplomacy, and intends to show how music imported from the West contributed to ending the cold war.

$592,527 – Proving That Feces-Throwing Is a Communication Skill for Chimps The purpose of this study was to determine why chimpanzees often throw feces and food at passersby and what that has to do with the neurological origins of communications among the species. In the wild, chimps learn to throw objects to manipulate the control of other chimps and primates. At a cost of over half a million dollars, it was discovered that the chimps that excelled at throwing feces also had the best communication skills.

$742,907Study on Sheep Grazing to Control Weeds The Department of Agriculture gave money to Montana State University to conduct the study and develop two courses that cover and explain the findings. While most of us already knew that sheep will munch on weeds, apparently three quarters of a million dollars were needed to authenticate the obvious.  Since it doesn’t require chemicals, organic farmers can use sheep to clear their fields instead of tilling, which can subject the topsoil to blowing or washing away. They also discovered that sheep manure will act as a natural fertilizer. The American Sheep Industry Association sells a $25 handbook that contains the same information.

$765,828Pancakes for Yuppies Your tax dollars were used to partially fund a new International House of Pancakes in the popular Washington, DC neighborhood of Columbia Heights. While the money was intended for an underserved community, it made its way to this shopping hotspot that also features other prominent retailers such as Best Buy and Target. The irony is that the funding came from the Department of Health and Human Services, which is currently fighting a war against obesity. The IHOP serves two items from Men’s Health magazine’s Top 20 Most Unhealthy Menu Items list.

$17,800,000Gifts to China Over $1 trillion of the U.S. national debt is owed to China. So why are the Department of State and Agency for International Development giving millions of dollars to that country when it could be used to pay down the debt? About $4.4 million was used to improve China’s environment and $2.5 million went to various social services. These are noble goals, but China can afford to pay its own way. While the U.S. debt now exceeds GDP, China’s debt is only 26% of GDP.

$120,000,000Government Benefits for Dead People The Government has been paying the dead for a while, costing tax-payers more than $600 million over the past five years. Most of the money consists of retirement and disability payments to deceased federal employees. In one egregious example, a son cashed his dead father’s checks for 37 years, totaling more than $500,000. This scam was only discovered when the son died and he was no longer around to cash the checks. None of the money was ever recovered.  

The Bottom Line The programs covered here are hardly national priorities and only scratch the surface of Washington’s wasteful and frivolous spending habits. Despite claims from all political corners that earmarks and pork-barrel spending will no longer be tolerated, the reality is that the waste continues unabated. (For more information, read A Look At Government Bonds And National Debt.)

As the debt continues to climb exponentially and the value of the dollar is further jeopardized, the need to eliminate waste is more compelling than ever. If that can’t be done, there’s little hope for achieving a balanced budget.

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Posted by on 02/16/2012 in Crime!, Politics


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Indian Government is the latest to join the war against the virtual world

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“No country, no continent, no geography, just IDs. It lured people in with promises: of faster communication, of networking, of quicker access to information. And after attracting a critical mass volume, it started wielding its power. China fought it frontally, but many monarchs of the Arab world succumbed to its onslaught. The virtual had started threatening the real world and a generation strived to marry the two,” says Sandeep Kalhan, CEO, GTS Technologies, Gurgaon.

The Indian Government is the latest to join the war against the virtual world. A court in India, on Monday, January 16, said that websites, such as Google and Facebook, are liable for the content posted on their platform by users, as they benefit from the content. This is in continuation with the court’s decision to prosecute 21 websites which are hosting “objectionable” content which includes pornographic images of political leaders and pigs running through the holy city of Mecca.

The court has issued an order through the Ministry of External Affairs to 21 overseas companies to be present on the date of hearing on March 13.

In December 2010, 39-year-old journalist Vinay Rai, who works in Akbari, a Urdu weekly, had filed a criminal suit in a lower court against 21 companies on the ground that the websites run by them host blasphemous and derogatory material which could even lead to communal riots.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, after the court accepted his petition of prosecuting these web companies, Vinay Rai said, “The distorted images of Goddess Saraswati, makes me angry. The pictures in cartoons of Prophet Mohammed makes my friends angry. Why can’t the content be screened before being hosted?”

Suresh Kait, the high court judge who was listening to Vinay Rai’s petition against 21 websites, including Google, Facebook and Yahoo, nudged the government to implement China-like law to control the user-generated content. The Justice remarked, “Like China, we will block all such websites.”

Raju Santhanam, veteran journalist and former editor of a leading Indian news channel, says, “On web, it is the death of an editor. We, as broadcast editors, are for self-regulatory mechanism, web needs to find one.”

“There should be some law and it needs to evolve with consultation,” says Pawan Duggal, cyber law practitioner.

But, Zubair Siddique, young social marketing executive from Bengaluru (erstwhile Bangalore, the IT City of India), is aghast by the suggestions, “What is the use of words like freedom of expression if everything is going to be screened? India has over 120 million net users and the number is growing.”

“It’s much more healthier for the rage of that proportion to be vented out on the web and not on the streets,” Siddique asserts.

Joseph Pookkatt, partner, APJ-SLG law firm calls it a knee-jerk reaction from the judge and says, “The Indian Supreme Court has in the landmark case of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) case held that freedom of speech and expression includes right to impart and receive information which includes freedom to hold opinions. It would take much more than the threat of a Judge for India to go the China way. This is because, unlike Communist China, India has been and will always be a democracy.”

Virtual is definitely causing turmoil in the real world.

It is not that the real world has not seen conflict because of clash of freedom of expressions. “India was one of the first countries to ban Satanic Verses of Salman Rushdie because the book threatened to cause uproar among a sizeable population of the country. The nude pictures of Hindu Goddesses Saraswati painted by, internationally known and India’s pride, painter Maqbool Fida Hussain raised so much of furore that he had to leave his country of origin and take the citizenship of Qatar,” reminds Shisir Basumatari, painter and founder of Flat Cube.

There have been many such instances of literature and art being banned because they hurt the sentiments of few or many. The Danish cartoons of the Prophet, is a case in study.

So the question is if society can handle these problems in the real world, then why can’t it withstand similar expressions on the virtual?  “Probably because, the web connects people;  ideas and expressions, sentiments and reactions, at a speed, which the real cannot imagine. It’s like fast food,” explains, Zoya Nargis, a student of contemporary history at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. “It is irresistible, but too much of it is not good for you.”

“The problem is that people who have never visited Iraq are expressing strident views about it. People who will find it difficult to put a finger on the map on Egypt are talking about what is happening at Tahrir Square. Credibility of information is a problem,” she adds.

Back in India, people are questioning the real intent of the Government to control the virtual. Between July 2009 and June 2011, Government of India sent more than 300 requests to Google, asking it to remove more than 750 posts.

The reason might be different for different people for wanting to regulate the content on web. But the debate has just started. Post it on twitter, recommend it on Facebook, Digg it, Linked in, Reddit, so on and so forth. But talk to a few friends in the real world before that.

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Posted by on 01/20/2012 in Internet, Politics


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China continues to send Precursor Chemicals via Mexico!

More than 32 tons of precursor chemicals methylamine, used to manufacture synthetic drugs were seized.

The containers arrived from China

Precursor Chemicals from China
Precursor Chemicals from China

Last year, at the port of Manzanillo, in various operations were seized over 370 tons of various chemical precursors, cocaine and other drugs

Colima (10/ENE/2012) .- More than 32 tons of precursor chemicals methylamine, used to manufacture synthetic drugs were seized in the courts of the inland port of Manzanillo, Colima. Last year, at the port of Manzanillo, in various operations were seized over 370 tons of various chemical precursors, cocaine and other drugs.

The Attorney General’s Office (PGR), Colima representation, announced the seizure of 32.6 tons of precursor chemicals was carried out after joint actions that agency, the Secretary of the Navy of Mexico and the Tax Administration Service.

It was reported that in the yards of the port operated by the TIMSA, the social representative of the Federation went to check enrollment CNIU2162294 containers and FSCU3358255, the first with 100 dairy farms and the second with 80, which arrived from China.

The review found that they contained the chemical precursor indicated, but did not reveal what would be their final destination. The seized containers were available to the Agent of the Ministry Federal Public who initiated the preliminary investigation of the crime against health. It is hoped that today the federal authorities will issue some official information about this seizure.

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Posted by on 01/11/2012 in Crime!, Drugs


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Mexico over-run with Precursor Chemicals comming from China


Precursor chemicals flooding into Mexico from China

Precursor chemicals flooding into Mexico from China

The substance was found in Lazaro Cardenas, came from Shanghai, China, and the final destination was Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

MEXICO CITY, In a coordinated action of various federal authorities assured the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, over 120 tons of a precursor chemical that can be used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs.

The Department of Navy of Mexico (Semar) reported that along with the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the Tax Administration Service (SAT) and through the Customs of Lazaro Cardenas, eight containers were achieved with the immobilized substance called monomethylamine.

Through a joint statement added that the origin of the containers was the Port of Shanghai, China and were destined to end the Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala.

The confiscated chemicals were made available to the Public Prosecutor of the Federation to investigate and determine the legal responsibilities that are appropriate.

Finally, he pointed out that this adds to the over 200 thousand tons of chemical precursors Mexican Customs have managed to secure this year.

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Posted by on 12/29/2011 in Crime!


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United States expects to station several combat ships in Singapore!

U.S. Combat ship

U.S. Combat ship

The United States, facing a rising China but a tighter budget, expects to station several combat ships in Singapore and may step up deployments to the Philippines and Thailand, a naval officer said.

The United States has been increasingly vocal about defending freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, where tensions over territorial disputes between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations have been on the rise.

In an academic article forecasting the shape of the US Navy in 2025, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, wrote that “we will station several of our newest littoral combat ships” in Singapore.

Greenert said that the United States may also step up the periodic deployment of aircraft such as the P-8A Poseidon — which is being developed to track submarines — to regional treaty allies the Philippines and Thailand.

“The Navy will need innovative approaches to staying forward around the world to address growing concerns about freedom of the seas while being judicious with our resources,” he wrote in the December issue of the US Naval Institute’s Proceedings.

“Because we will probably not be able to sustain the financial and diplomatic cost of new main operating bases abroad, the fleet of 2025 will rely more on host-nation ports and other facilities where our ships, aircraft, and crews can refuel, rest, resupply and repair while deployed,” he wrote.

The naval officer did not directly mention China, as part of the usual policy by US President Barack Obama’s administration to publicly seek a more cooperative relationship with the growing Asian power.

But the United States has laid bare its concerns about China. Obama last month announced that the United States would post up to 2,500 Marines in the northern Australian city of Darwin by 2016-17, a move criticized by Beijing.

The United States also has some 70,000 troops stationed in Japan and South Korea under longstanding alliances and has offered assistance to the Philippines which launched its newest warship on Wednesday.

Singapore is also a long-standing partner of the United States. The US military already operates a small post in the city-state that assists in logistics and exercises for forces in Southeast Asia.

In the article, Greenert described the Gulf monarchy of Bahrain as a model. The US Fifth Fleet is based on the small island which is strategically close to Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran.

“In 2025 the Navy will operate from a larger number of partner nations such as Bahrain to more affordably maintain our forward posture around the world,” he wrote.

The United States spent some $700 billion on its military in the past year, far more than any other country, and many lawmakers accept the need for cuts as the Iraq and Afghan operations wind down.

The Obama administration has identified Asia — full of fast-growing economies and with a still emerging security order — as the key priority for the United States.

Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta all traveled to Asia in recent months to hammer home the message that the United States will not leave the region despite economic woes at home.

“As the United States puts our fiscal house in order, we are reducing our spending,” Obama said in his speech in Darwin.

But he added: “Here is what this region must know. As we end today’s wars, I have directed my national security team to make our presence and missions in the Asia-Pacific a top priority.”

Naval power, critical to the rise of the United States and earlier Britain as global powers, is expected to remain critical in the 21st century.

China has developed its first aircraft carrier, which has undergone two sea trials this year. An image of the 300-meter (990-foot) refitted former Soviet carrier was captured by US-based company DigitalGlobe Inc.


Posted by on 12/18/2011 in Politics


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