posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 03:27 PM
Posted here because there is a much higher signal-to-noise ratio among the passionate secret society folks than in general conspiracies.
It's no secret that I am a Freemason. It's a little bit of a stretch for me to make this relevant to Secret Societies, but I will try.
In Freemasonry we talk a lot about spreading the 'cement of brotherly love'. I try to do this in life by helping out all my brothers and sisters in
the human family.
Every year my church takes two missions to Juarez, Mexico, to build homes for impoverished families. Last year in March I reported about the claims
of violence, war and terror being overblown.
I returned from our annual trip on Saturday. We took our largest group ever, 18 people. (I should note that these are Methodists, not
The week before we left the news reports were screaming about chaotic violence, murder of Americans, and the spillover into the US.
Despite my firm conviction that we would be safe I have to admit that I was a little anxious.
Once again I found that the MSM reporting was (to paraphrase the Mexican Ambassador to the US) "inaccurate and disengenous".
This is not to say Ciudad Juarez doesn't have problems. I wouldn't dare travel anywhere near the airport or southeast colonias. However, for the
most part, it is a beautiful and peaceful city.
We had several new folks on this trip. Since I work for a company that produces mathematics and scientific software I decided to pull all the
research I could find and came up with a staggering but useful statistic.
We live near Chicago so I used it as an example for comparison to the risk of violence in Juarez.
I will spare you the math but the figures are available from the State Dept and FBI for 2009.
On any given day in Juarez the odds of a US Citizen being murdered are 1 in 3,974,000+. On any given day in Chicago, IL, the odds of an US citizen
being murdered are 1 in 210,000.
The people of Juarez (and Anapra where we work) are kind, happy and simple folks who live peaceful lives. The soldiers and Federal Police are
professional and courteous, although I will admit they have more leeway to enforce the law than US police.
The first thing we saw crossing the bridge into Juarez was a birthday party in the park with balloons and dozens of children. Next, we saw more than
a dozen youth soccer games taking place in the soccer fields.
Families with children dressed in clean white shirts were making their way to churches and vendors were selling mango (ON A STEEK!) in the streets.
No one was holed up in their homes, terrified. There weren't armed Aztecas and Zetas roaming the streets manhunting Americans.
Every day our work bus drove directly over the spot made famous by the picture of the Consulate worker's SUV after the murders. Every day we drove
past checkpoints manned by armed soldiers wearing face masks so they couldn't be identified by gangs and targeted. And every single day we saw
children playing in the streets, running back and forth to school and carrying on with their lives as they have for years.
I will post a couple of sample pictures from the trip, but I just wanted to reinforce what many ATSer's already know. Most of what we see on the
news is simply BS.