Welcome to yet another edition of La Basura Mañanera!

The roundup of the most striking Mexican news you probably don’t crave, all in one place every morning if I have the mental fortitude to read them the night before. Here are the important stories you need to know.

Lbm is brought to you by Animal Politico and Nacion321 ; Mexico’s number one copy of Politico Magazine and some sort of politics blog that broke today.

Lbm not sponsored by Semaphores; Semaphores! They stop dumb assholes in Jeeps from T-boning you!

And you know what Jeeps need a lot of? Yes, Fuel! Which is the primary focus of this edition of Lbm.

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First bag: Pipe dreams

As part of our badly timed and ineptly executed fight against fuel theft, the Federal government is planning to buy more than 600 fuel trailers. This becuase they’d rather transport fuel by truck than have regular ducts transporting fuel. Because of this, Federal agents went to New York City with one mission: 670 trailers, direct-contracted, for 92 million dollars. CA-CHING!
The only issue, says one of the directors of our chamber of industry, is that over 30 Mexican companies have the capacity to ship these trailers, and that buying foreign is a costly, stupid choice.

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The government claimed that local manufacturers don’t have the resources to come up with the necessary trailers on time, but the director dismissed that complaint by saying that all the trucks could be delivered in under three months. Speciallys since some of the manufacturers have a capacity in excess of 120 units per month, and their products meet or exceed Mexican transportation Normatives (NOM-SCT). So why did they do it, officially our DOT’s stance is“I dunno”

As this deal is being carried out, Guadalajara and Monterrey (the two largest cities if you ignore the capital) suffer from fuel shortages.

2nd Bag: Gasneyland update

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On the subject of the fight against fuel theft, yet another fuel duct was breached in Hidalgo just today. Two towns had to be evacuated from the area for tecnicians to close the duct and to avoid another disaster like the one that happened six days ago in the same state.

But that’s not the big news of the day, as IMSS’ updated report on the number of deaths from the previous explosion showed they rose to one hundred and seven.

Although the government has been working endlessly to try and figure out how this tragedy occurred, they warned the families of the deceased that they might take over six months to correctly identify their loved ones due to the heavy burns. This occured at the same time as the Mayor did some property scouting to expand the local cementary as more deceased people would literally not fit as is.

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3rd Bag: They come in threes.

To finally finish on the whole fuel thing, Animal Politico revealed that three, newly appointed managers in Pemex were involved in a huge scam known as La Estafa Maestra. They’re directly connected to an eighteen million dollar fraud involving universities in Guerrero.

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President Obrador said, begrudgingly, that he “did check it and you [AP] are correct.” But then began covering their asses by saying they were never charged but that he would still have our anti-corruption agency take a look and see if they do deserve to be fired.

La Estafa Maestra was part of the downfall of PRI, but some of Obrador’s close collaborators were caught in the draft, mainly Rosario Robles, who was accused of defrauding the government for upwards of twenty million dollars.

Alike the three men, and other accomplices of the fraud, Robles was never charged.

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4th Bag: No stats.

The National Institute for Statistics and Geography (INEGI) will not be able to carry out 14 investigations due to the budgetary cut approved by the congress back in December.

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These National Surveys are basic for many of the government’s functions, specially when it comes to financial aid and security, they include the National Surveys of:
Social Cohesion for the Prevention of Violence and Crime
the Use of IT at Home
the Use of Time
Access to Public Information and Protection of Personal Data
Regulatory Quality and Government Impact on Companies
The Agricultural Census
The Agricultural Survey
Household Expenditure Survey
Consumers of Psychotropic Substances
The Household Survey
Small businesses
the Population Deprived of Liberty
child labour
Consumer Confidence

INEGI challenged Obrador’s government on the supreme court on the basis that they are an autonomous dependency... ie: their functions cannot be decided by the government. This also isn’t the only autonomous dependency facing cutbacks, as the electoral institute is also suing the government over historic and crippling cuts for this year. 2019 is an election year in many states, including Puebla, where Obrador literally just said he would vouch for fair and free elections.

5th bag: ‘Crime’ and, punishment?  

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A woman in Queretaro, one of Mexico’s most conservative states, was freed from jail after three and a half years. Originally sent for homicide due carrying out an unlawful abortion, she was released after a group of lawyers found many issues with the original sentence.

Dafne, who was unawear of her pregnancy, fell into a paralytical shock back in February of 2015 at a workplace bathroom where she gave birth to an eight month baby. Due to inadequate emergency care both her life, and that of the baby were put in risk. However in the end it was the baby who died.

Dafne claimed that her thyroid problem meant she did not know she was pregnant, and she just assumed her weight gain was caused by it and not a baby. Regardless of her claim, she was setnenced to sixteen years in jail for homicide.

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However, a group of human rights lawyers caught on the case and found that the assigned coroner did not base his testimony on medical facts, but opinions on the internet and that the psychiatrist that examined her did not have a medical degree. 

This culminated with Dafne’s case being sent back to trial back in November of 2018, where her layers claimed that there is a medical precedent for pregnant women with thyroid issues being unawear of their pregnancy.

This case is particularly odd because both the Supreme Court and the most famous politician from Queretaro, Ricardo Anaya, are againts jail penalties for abortion. In the case of the former, the Supreme Court qualified jail sentences for abortion as “fragrant human rights violations” but then adopted a no interference policy.

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In the last ten years, 228 women were sent to jail in Mexico for carrying out unlawful abortions. In some states, the right to life became entrenched in their constitutions just last year.

6th bag: Tear parties.

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MRN’s national coordinatior, Yeidckol Polevnsky, said to a camera, that “PRIMOR sounds better than PRIAN” and people are super freaked out about it.

Let me explain....

“PRIAN”, the combined names of two parties PRI and PAN, was the catch-all battle cry for supporters of MRN during the elections last year. Many claimed that either party were deeply entrenched in corruption scams and as such, we shouldn’t vote for them. Primor is a would be mix of PRI and MoReNa, and is also a Spanish word for “beauty”

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In the case of PRI, it’s even worse, as a study found that two thirds of Mexicans claim they’d never vote for the party again.

Anyways, MRN and PRI seem to have joined sides, specially in voting for the National Guard. Since MRN doesn’t have enough legislators to pass laws outright and PRI has the smallest parliamentary group, well, they’re a match made in heaven.

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Polevnsky also said that they were fine with making alliances with PRI since “It seems like it’s the only opposition party that cares about moving the country forward.”

Ouch. Burn on PAN.

Anyway, MRN making an alliance with PRI is like Bernie Sanders making an alliance with Tea-Party members... as in, very fucking strange. The news even caught off guard the Senate Majority leader... who is from, you guessed it, MRN.

Recycling: is it worth the cost?

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The fuel shortage is still a big issue for most of the nation, specially states in the Lowlands region like Queretaro, Guanajuato, and Jalisco, where a lot of the stolen gasoline was sold and where most gasoline arrives by duct.

But don’t let those similarities confuse you, Mexico City is primarily sorted by pipe, and Puebla has one of the biggest fuel theft issues of any state yet they have fuel... So this isn’t just occuring to states with crime.

Jalisco’s governor has become increasingly worried as the fuel shortages began impacting tourism and industry, despite working with the Federal government to insure the fuel supply.

Fuel theft cost us a reported nine million dollars daily last year, but some economists have argued that in the short term the fuel shortage has caused huge issues to industry, in one estimate saying that the shortage has cost approximately 390 million dollars just in the last 15 days to just a handful of states.

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That’ll be all for today, wait for the next edition of La Basura Mañanera whenever I have the time to do it again and remember: news without context is nothing but content!