San Miguel - Mexican Police.......

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2016

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mis Estimados Compadres,
Amigos, Amigas, Compaņeros y Compaņeras:
Now. Here. This . Ahora. Aqui. Esta.

Mother's Day is celebrated on the set date of May 10 in Mexico..
It is the Mexican custom or tradition to dress their little children up on Mother's Day for the mothers.
Of course it is the mother's that dress the little kids up...
I was in Guanajuato on May 09 - but they had started to celebrate Mother's Day a day early in Guanajuato - the kids were out of school and there were 100's, maybe 1,000's of little kids on the streets, all dressed-up and with their mothers ..I think that they get out of school on the pretext that they are going to Church - Mass - the Roman Catholic Church is heavily involved in almost all Mexican Holidays and Celebrations... And of course the kids were dressed-up to go to church - but they are dressed-up extra nice on Mother's Day..

Picture of one little girl dressed-up for Mother's Day.....picture taken with the permission of the mother, of course..

Very few father's or husbands around to be seen - maybe they were all at work.....
The next day, May 10/Friday - I was in San Miguel and again there were 100's, maybe 1,000's of little dressed-up kids around with their mothers... Balloons and decorations were everywhere all over town, San Miguel.. Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me to take picture - lesson learned - always take my camera with me - you never know when there will be a photo opportunity.. .

Guanajuato was interesting - it has a network of underground tunnel roads underneath the city...
The silver mine in Guanajuato was the largest producing silver mine in the world for more than 300 years (imagine that, more than 300 years) and it is still producing silver today..The state of Guanajuato was the richest state in New Spain (Mexico) for the first 300 years, from the 1500's to the 1800's and was the bread basket for New Spain (Mexico) and was also the starting place of the rebellion against Spain and the war of Independence for Mexico in 1810...  Interesting that the richest part of New Spain (Mexico) and one of the richest places in the entire world at the time was the starting place for the rebellion and revolution and war of independence.. It was and is and always is the income inequality that is the problem - not the general wealth of an area that creates the problems...The virtual slave labour in the Guanajuato silver mines that was creating great wealth for a few, the peons (virtual slaves - peasants) that worked the hacienda's to produce and make Guanajuato the bread basket of Mexico and the great wealth of the few, the ruling class became too much for the people to bear - they would rather risk dieing, fighting their oppressors, than continue to live the way that they were living.... The welfare and wealth of a country depends on the wealth and welfare and well being of all of its citizens, not on just a few of them...
The people of Iran revolted against the Shaw at the peak of Iran's oil wealth in 1979...income inequality was the cause of the revolt - not the wealth of Iran in total, which had increased 10 times in the previous 10 years...... Whenever the wealth of a country increases greatly and quickly
- income inequality also increases greatly with the consequences of social and political turmoil and often political instability.. It will be interesting to see what happens in China (and Mexico) in the next few years..  The industrial revolution brought great wealth to the Western World, great income inequality and great changes in the political landscape of the Western World...   .

Guanajuato is a world heritage site like San Miguel - Mexico has at least 10 world heritage sites,
8 of which are old Spanish colonial cities and 2 are pyramid sites (the two largest pyramid sites).. Mexico's Indian civilizations were probably about the same level as the Egyptian civilization was, back about 4,000 years ago, about 2,000 BC....There are 1,000's of pyramid sites in Mexico - one is outside of San Miguel...The largest pyramids in the world are in Mexico - they are larger than the Egyptian pyramids....

Some pictures of Guanajuato::::

La Pipilia broke the door to the la pipilia (grain storage building) in 1810 where 100's of pro-government Spanish had taken refuge - they were all slaughtered..Later, pro-government forces captured Guanajuato and slaughtered all anti-government Mexicans (those that were not loyal to the King of New Spain). The heads of the leaders of the anti-government forces were put up on the La Pipilia in 1810 and stayed there until 1821, when the city of Guanajuato surrendered to Rebel Forces at the end of the Mexican War of Independence - of course the mandatory slaughter of the pro-Spanish Mexicans took place and the heads of the hero's of the Guanjuata anti-government forces were taken down from the Pipilia - there could not have been much left of the heads by then, birds have to eat to live too..... The heads of Allende and Hidalgo were included in the heads mounted on the pipilia...
The Hero of La Pipilia was an un-named silver mine miner who carried a large rock on his back to protect himself from gun fire from the roof of the Pipilia and used the rock to breakdown the door to the Pipilia and allowed the rebels to enter the Pipilia and slaughter everyone inside...
This reminds me of World War ll - in Eastern Europe, the Nazi's slaughter all suspected communists and any other people deemed undesireable when they conquered Easter Europe.
When the Communists retook Eastern Europe, they slaughered all Nazi's, proNazi's and any other people deemed undesireable (ie Capitalists, Aristocrats, Catholic Priests, Democrats, Lawyers, etc.).... It also reminds me of what Humans are capable of and how boring Canadian History is...

Article in the San Miguel, English Newspaper, on police corruption at the following link..

It says that 92% of Mexicans believe that the police are involved in acts of corruption
- that is the way they say it.
They do not say that the police are corrupt
- they say that they are involved in acts of corruption.
It may be a translation thing...
The Mexicans do say things in Spanish in a different way than the English do...
Example: acts of corruption are investigated by the "Dep't of Honour and Justice"

The police say that they are not corrupt - that they are honest, honorable people
who are there to serve and help the public and the people..

Salaries for police officers range from about $600 to $1,200 monthly..
Traffic officers earn about $500 monthly... Not bad pay for Mexico.....

In Mexico, the bribe is referred to as "the mordida" - the bite..
It is the practice to share "the mordida" with the higher-ups - it is sort of like protection money.
Protection from charges of corruption by the higher-ups...
It is the hang together or hang separately philosophy....

MEXICO CITY - Seismic activity has increased at the Popocatepetl volcano near
Mexico City, leading authorities to alert towns in two central states and the
Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center says the white-capped volcano
spewed a plume of steam more than one kilometre into the sky. The volcano shook
during Saturday night, sometimes emitting glowing rock over the crater.
The government deployed soldiers and federal police to the area Sunday in the
event of a bigger eruption, and officials closed off a seven-square-mile
(18-square-kilometre) zone around the cone of the 17,886-foot (5,450-meter)
volcano. State authorities prepared shelters.
Popocatepetl has put out small eruptions of ash almost daily since a round of
activity began in 1994. The eruptions started strengthening two weeks ago and
have increased even more this weekend.
Read more:

Canada is sort of boring (or lucky) - no volcano's erupting, no earth quakes, typhoons,
hurricanes, etc......

Viva La Mexico
Adios Mis Compadres
y Mis Amigos, Amigas, Compaņeros y Compaņeras:
Senor Mexico Dave

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John D on

Very interesting, entertaining and informative. Thanks for sharing. JD

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