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Germany moves to prosecute 30 Auschwitz guards

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U.S. – Mexico Crime Rate Comparison

Being in the tourism industry in Mexico has been difficult this past year due to all the negative American media reports about the violence in Mexico. Unfortunately those headlines do not mention the relative violence inherent in the USA so people look at Mexico in shock, cancel their trips here and think how lucky they were to have dodged a bullet.

I’d like to reprint the following blog from an American family living here in Mexico who has put together some statistics comparing crime in the USA to crime in Mexico. I think you’ll find this interesting and I hope it will help to put some perspective in place for those who may worry about travel abroad.

I’d also like to remind all gentle readers that I too am an American who has lived here in the Copper Canyon of Mexico for 12 years now, full time, and have yet to see anything violent happen in this area. We run daily tours, transfers and packages through this magnificent area and find we are completely unaffected by any of the horrific stories being broadcast by the news reports. We remind you to keep an open mind when watching the news and to remember that the more ghastly the story, the better the ranking for the news channel. It is sad but true that ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ in that industry.

Below is the blog I’ve reprinted:

You would think right off the bat that surely crime in the United States is far lower on average than it would be in Mexico. At least that’s what more Americans would be inclined to initially believe. As it turns out it depends on what category of crime you are looking at

The numbers fluctuate from year to year but on average they remain within a certain ballpark. If you were to look at total crimes committed in the United States per l00,000 inhabitants the number would be about 4000 per year.

That is to say that abut 4000 Americans out of every 100,000 are victims of some kind of crime each year in the U.S. In Mexico it is about 1500 per 100,000 which are much lower.

If you look at rape statistics you would find that 14 out of 100,000 Mexicans are victims of rape each year. In the U.S. it is about 33 per 100,000. There is also far more theft in the U.S. than in Mexico.

About 120 Mexicans per 100,000 are victims of some kind of theft each year. In the U.S. it is over 2400 per 100,000. Auto theft is also more prevalent in the U.S. 430 per 100,000 vehicles are stolen each year. In Mexico it is about 140 per 100,000.

It is important to remember that maintaining statistics on crimes committed is a little bit of shaky business. Some crimes such as rape and robbery are sometimes not reported to authorities and due to this fact the figures are imperfect. Despite that the stats do give a reliable idea about where things stand in a general way if even if they are not exact.

In view of headlines abut crime and violence along the border, and the State Department’s travel warning concerning travel to Mexico, many people are wondering about the safety of visiting or living in Mexico.

Crime, violence and protests can put a damper on your feelings about being safe in Mexico but one does not have to cancel or alter their travel plans just because the headlines are nasty. Mexico is a big country and it’s incredibly diverse, so violence along the US border won’t have any effect on your plans to travel to the Copper Canyon any more than an earthquake in California would affect people in Chicago.

Most of the violence that has taken place recently is due to conflicts between drug cartels and the Mexican authorities. As a visitor or immigrant, you are in little danger of having trouble as long as you follow the same common sense safety precautions you would follow any where in the world you traveled and don’t get involved with drugs.

Follow this link to see the list for Total Overall Crimes by Country - Mexico is at number 12 while the USA is at number 1.

- See more at: http://www.amigotrails.com/mexico-is-saf...URet5.dpuf
^That is an interesting piece. I am no apologist for America's crime rate as I live in one of the worst states crime wise, but I recently read that the Mexican crime rates are much worse than what the official statistics say. I read that the number of murders and crimes connected to the drug cartels may actually be double what the official statistics show. Supposedly the government actively covers up the actual crime rates, most likely because the crime epidemic there has been very bad for tourism on which their economy depends on to a significant degree. Also a staggering number of crimes are said to go unreported in Mexico.
I believe that. stats are just a guide.. and for ballpark figures.

i just use them as a reference.

they should correlate with what people see on the ground somewhat.
If Kerry is so worried about human rights and the human rights of Syrians, why is he pressuring the EU to continue supporting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, one the the worlds most infamous human rights violations? I guess he thinks he can have it both ways.

Quote:(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the European Union on Saturday to put off a planned ban on EU financial assistance to Israeli organizations in the occupied Palestinian territories, a U.S. official said.

Kerry made the request at a meeting with EU foreign ministers at which he also called on them to support Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which resumed on July 29 after a nearly three-year hiatus.

The EU imposed restrictions in July citing its frustration over the continued expansion of Jewish settlements in territory captured by Israeli forces in the 1967 Middle East War.

A senior U.S. State Department official told reporters that Kerry called on the Europeans to consider postponing the implementation of EU guidelines on aid.

"There was strong support for his efforts and an openness to considering his requests," he said.

The guidelines render Israeli entities operating in the occupied territories ineligible for EU grants, prizes or loans, beginning next year.

Jewish settler leaders say the aid they receive from Europe is minimal. But many in Israel worry about possible knock-on effects the EU steps may have on individuals or companies based in Israel that might be involved in business in the settlements, deemed illegal by the international community.

Israeli-Palestinian peace has been Kerry's main foreign policy initiative since becoming secretary of state on February 1.

He is scheduled to brief some League ministers on his peace efforts in Paris on Sunday and then to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the same day in London.

He is also expected to see Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soon, though not on his current trip to Europe which ends on Monday.

The core issues that need to be settled in the more than six-decade-old Israeli-Palestinian dispute include borders, the fate of Palestinian refugees, the future of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the status of Jerusalem.
(09-08-2013 12:37 AM)johan Wrote: [ -> ]If Kerry is so worried about human rights and the human rights of Syrians, why is he pressuring the EU to continue supporting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, one the the worlds most infamous human rights violations? I guess he thinks he can have it both ways.

Quote:(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the European Union on Saturday to put off a planned ban on EU financial assistance to Israeli organizations in the occupied Palestinian territories, a U.S. official said.

Kerry made the request at a meeting with EU foreign ministers at which he also called on them to support Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which resumed on July 29 after a nearly three-year hiatus.

The EU imposed restrictions in July citing its frustration over the continued expansion of Jewish settlements in territory captured by Israeli forces in the 1967 Middle East War.

A senior U.S. State Department official told reporters that Kerry called on the Europeans to consider postponing the implementation of EU guidelines on aid.

"There was strong support for his efforts and an openness to considering his requests," he said.

The guidelines render Israeli entities operating in the occupied territories ineligible for EU grants, prizes or loans, beginning next year.

Jewish settler leaders say the aid they receive from Europe is minimal. But many in Israel worry about possible knock-on effects the EU steps may have on individuals or companies based in Israel that might be involved in business in the settlements, deemed illegal by the international community.

Israeli-Palestinian peace has been Kerry's main foreign policy initiative since becoming secretary of state on February 1.

He is scheduled to brief some League ministers on his peace efforts in Paris on Sunday and then to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the same day in London.

He is also expected to see Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soon, though not on his current trip to Europe which ends on Monday.

The core issues that need to be settled in the more than six-decade-old Israeli-Palestinian dispute include borders, the fate of Palestinian refugees, the future of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the status of Jerusalem.

I don't believe Kerry makes a single decision (even down to the clothing he wears) by himself.
Kerry is a dead man walking.

He's the face been put out in the front of this thing because fuck him, he's expendable.

Look into those eyes...Nothing...

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Not being nefarious either. That's his press photo.

He's the fall guy for this one, because who the fuck cares about him anyway?

It's absolutely amazing what The USA has become.
He looks like he is 90. Has it been confirmed that John Kerry has no soul?
I can pretty much guarantee it.
Declassified files detail blatant violations, abuse of NSA domestic spying program


http://rt.com/usa/nsa-domestic-surveillance-abuse-684/
^ people should read that.

amazing violations and abuse.
(09-11-2013 08:38 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]Declassified files detail blatant violations, abuse of NSA domestic spying program


http://rt.com/usa/nsa-domestic-surveillance-abuse-684/

For years the National Security Agency has been violating restrictions and misusing the US domestic spying program that collected private data from US citizens, newly released declassified documents show.

The new information from Intelligence Community Documents Regarding Collection under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) shows that the government on a daily basis spied on Americans’ telephone numbers, calling patterns as well as users IP addresses during the surveillance of foreign terror suspects.

The documents show that between 2006 and 2009 the NSA violated the court restrictions by spying on telephone calls and lying to judges about how the data was deployed. The spying agency crossed referenced a selected list of some 16,000 phone numbers against databases which contained millions of records, thus violating the law, two senior intelligence officials told Bloomberg.

The metadata program which started in 2006 enabled the NSA to gather more information about a specific number that the agency claimed could be linked to terrorist activity. The agency also kept an alert list that was cross-referenced with new numbers to consider whether they should be added to a list of "reasonable articulable suspicion."

The NSA gathered the bulk phone records under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which requires private companies to turn over evidence that is relevant to a terrorism investigation. However, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled that the NSA must have “reasonable, articulable suspicion” to run that number against a larger database. Only about 2,000 numbers on the list in 2009 met that legal condition, according to sources.

The released documents according to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper relate to “compliance incidents that were discovered by the NSA, reported to the FISC and the Congress, and resolved four years ago.”

According to the documents, the US District Judge Reggie Walton who oversaw a secret US spy court wrote he was "deeply troubled" in March 2009 after discovering government officials had been accessing domestic phone records without “articulable suspicion.”

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In some cases the NSA was distributing the sensitive phone records by email to as many as 189 analysts, while only 53 were approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to see them, a Justice Department lawyer reported later in 2009.

The NSA notified the court of the violations only in January 2009, the documents show. In turn, the court asked the spying agency to seek approval for each case before running the query on an individual number. In September 2009 these procedures were revised and the court allowed the surveillance program to remain.

"Upon discovery of these incidents, which were promptly reported to the FISC, the Court, in 2009, issued an order requiring the NSA to seek court approval to query the telephony metadata on a case-by-case basis, except when necessary to protect against an imminent threat to human life," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement.

Clapper also stated that the NSA was not trying to lie or mislead the court and that the problem with reporting the incidents was in a “lack of a shared understanding among various NSA components about how certain aspects of the complex architecture supporting the program functioned.” These gaps in understanding led to “unintentional misrepresentations in the way the collection was described to the FISC.”

The magnitude of the metadata collection program was first revealed in June by Edward Snowden, when he leaked documents from Verizon Communications Inc. which showed that the company shared its data with the NSA. In August, the Obama administration acknowledged the phone metadata program.

Tuesday’s disclosures were released in response to a court case in which the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the Justice Department in 2011 for records of data collection under the USA Patriot Act.


"The documents released today are a testament to the Government's strong commitment to detecting, correcting, and reporting mistakes that occur in implementing technologically complex intelligence collection activities, and to continually improving its oversight and compliance processes,” Clapper said.
That's really not a secret though.

Heck, when mobile phones first came out my buddies and I would say shit like 'terrorist' 'Ayatollah' 'bomb threat' and whatever was on their 'buzz word' list at the time.

Just for shits and giggles.

If you think about it, pretty much everyone that matters carries an online device around with 2 cameras and a microphone. They don't only carry it, they're tethered to it! All the time. Oh, they have GPS too so you can use maps...

To think the powers that be aren't watching us would be insane, like completely deluded.

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they're not watching most people.. they are gathering all the data to be used for later if necessary.
Well of course they are.
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