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Surviving UFO invasion in La Yacata

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you might remember I’ve already written about alien contact in Valle del Santiago, Mexico. (See Valle de Santiago).

Believe it or not, those giant vegetables were not the only legacy left by galactic visitors in Mexico. Many of these alien-human interactions have been recorded by history for us to examine at this time.

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Pictured above is a 7000-year-old petroglyph discovered in the province of Queretaro, Mexico in 1966. There are 4 figures with outstretched arms below a large oval object radiating what appear to be beams of light.  Looks like aliens to me!

Mayan artifacts dating back at least 1300 years show what appear to be flying disc shaped vehicles along with representations of aliens. Fancy that!

In 1883, astronomer Jose Bonilla reported more than 300 dark, unidentified objects crossing before the sun while observing sunspot activity at the Zacatecas Observatory. Unfortunately, these were later proved to be high flying geese, but at the time, they did qualify as unidentified flying objects.

In 1974, residents of the town Coyame reported a mid-air collision between a UFO and a small airplane followed by a military investigation and cover up. It appears that this was little more than the military recover of a Cessna aircraft used for drug trafficking. No live aliens nor alien bodies were recovered at the crash site.

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In 1984, an alien from the constellation Orian named Herulayka, visited Raymundo Corona and commanded him to build a temple in the form of a pyramid. Herulayka had honey-coloured eyes, long white hair and claimed to be from a plant called Nefilin. Sr. Corona built the 22 foot stone temple outside the town of Monclova in the state of Coahuila.

In 1991, residents of Mexico City looked to the skies to see the solar eclipse but instead saw a UFO. There were several independent videos taken of the sighting. Two months later, there was another sighting in the area during a military air show.

In 2004, the Mexican Air Force recorded 11 unidentified flying objects over southern Campeche while conducting a search for drug-smuggling aircraft. The Mexican Defense Department released a video that showed moving bright lights at 11,500 feet. Mexican UFOlogist Jamie Maussan believes the video as proof of alien visitation. However, other experts say that the lights were most likely burn off flares from oil platforms. (See Toxic cloud).

In 2016, strange lights were spotted above the Popocatepetl volcano. Some have speculated that aliens are monitoring the Earth’s geothermal activity, possibly in an attempt to cause eruptions. Others say that the lights are nothing more than plasma that glows at night and only appears to be metallic. This isn’t an isolated sighting. (See also Mysterious UFO captured passing over a volcano seconds before eruption, UFOs over volcanoes in Mexico, Strange footage captures mysterious object flying close to volcano in Mexico just days after it erupted.)

And how these?

Giant UFO moves over Mexico City

Aliens guard Pope as he enters Mexico

Mass sightings in Mexico

Daytime UFO sighting in Puebla Mexico

Flying saucer photographed over Mexico

UFO drop off and pick up point discovered in Mexico

UFOs during halo phenomenon

Ring-shaped UFO over Mexico City

Alien recorded watching family in Mexico

Looking at the evidence, is it so far a stretch to say that UFOs might visit again in the future, this time with less than friendly objectives in mind?

Stephen Hawkin has been quoted as saying ““If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

We all know how that turned out for the Native American. So what should you do in the event of a UFO invasion?

Do your normal prepper thing. Stockpile food, water, and medical supplies.

Become self-sufficient in case the grid goes down due to alien energy interference. (See EMP attack)

Avoid meteorite crash sites. There might be alien ships there!

Prepare for biological warfare. (See Pandemic) Of course, this could work both ways. In “War of the Worlds” the aggressive and man-eating alien beings were overcome when they were exposed to the common cold.

Have adequate shelter. If your house is blown up in the ongoing struggle, find another one.

Unless you are trained in tactical maneuvers and weapons, don’t try to take out the mothership on your own. It might be better to include people with those particular skills in your newly formed community, though.

Don’t trust anyone.  It could be an invasion of the body snatchers time!

So why is La Yacata the best place to be in the event of an alien invasion? For all of the same reasons that it is the perfect place to be in the event of any other catastrophic disaster. It’s low population, the abundance of foraging food, small hovel-like dwellings and talented community of multi-taskers in residence, of course!

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Surviving Terrorism in La Yacata

The first step in surviving terrorism is to identify the terrorists and the modus operandi that the group employs.

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There’s been a lot of hype recently about Islamic factions in Mexico. In December 2012, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was heard to say that “Iran exports Terrorism to Mexico.” And as she admits that the US created Al Qaeda and as she had a part in all that, she’d know all about Terrorism.

One of these groups that Mexico is reportedly hosting is Hezbollah. In 2010, the Tuscon Police Department reported the arrest of Jameel Nasar, a Hezbollah recruiter in Mexico and South America. The fact that the accused terrorist was arrested by the Tuscon Police caused panic in the US. It was believed that terrorists were crossing the border from Mexico with nefarious plans to cause mayhem in the US. But is that really the case?

Not really. Experts at Homeland security agree that there are more efficient ways to get into the US where you don’t have to violate the US law or cross a desert for that matter. It’s more likely they’d get their tourist visa and fly in. In one study, out of 94 arrests for illegal entry, only two had any affiliation with known terrorist groups and one of those two detained entered from Canada.

So, Islamic groups aside, is Mexico safe from terrorism? It does rank 44 out of 124 on the risk list. For comparison sake, it’s interesting to see that the US ranks higher as a risk zone coming in at 35.

So why is Mexico even on the list at all if there is no credible evidence that Islamic groups have a foothold here? Terrorism by definition is the “systematic use, as well as threatened use, of violence to intimidate a population and thereby effect political, religious or ideological change.” There are two distinct groups within Mexico are responsible for most of the terrorist attacks. The government and narcotraficantes (drug traffickers).

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From 2006 to 2012, narcotraficantes have caused between 60,000 to 100,000 deaths in Mexico. Between 2007 and 2014, the Mexican government has been linked to 23,272 disappearances. As not all disappearances are reported because of the fear of repercussions, this number could be significantly higher. Mass graves throughout Mexico are the final resting place for the bodies of thousands of those who have disappeared.   (See Hidden graves count: 1,143 in last 10 years Rights Commission also found that 57,861 people have been reported missing in 20 years)

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In reality, these are not two separate terrorist groups, but two sides of the same coin. Without the narcotraficantes, Mexico would not be able to keep afloat financially. Drug trafficking is extremely profitable.

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Ties between the political party of Mexico’s current president (PRI) and illegal drug traders can be traced to the beginning of the 20th century during the US period of Prohibition. The political, police and military infrastructure were subsequently designed to support the cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana for export. The Dirección Federal de Seguridad (DFS) organization was formed to organize and control drug trafficking. So is there really any surprise that El Chapo was allowed to escape?

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For decades, this system functioned without restriction. In the 1990’s PRI‘s 70-year reign ended. The addition of new political players with no prior connection with the cartels upset the system. Sections of the Mexican government began to challenge the set-up. Thus began the government sanctioned assassinations of drug-enforcement agents, governors, mayors, clergy, citizens, lawyers, judges, and journalists. And there we have narcoterrorism in a nutshell. While cartels battle over territories, dissenters are silenced by the government.

Partial List of Battle over cartel territories and state sanctioned massacres

between 2008 and 2015

Monterrey Casino Attack in 2011

Puebla Oil Pipeline Explosion in 2010

Ciudad Juárez rehab center attack in 2009

Morelia Grenade Attacks in 2008

Cadereyta Jiménez massacre in 2012

Iguala Mass Kidnapping in 2014

Mexican Federal Police Implicated in Massacre of 16 People in 2015

Tlatlaya Massacre in 2014

Coahuila Mass Graves in 2011

San Fernando Massacre in 2011

San Fernando Massacre in 2010

Nuevo Leon Mass Graves in 2010

Guerrero Mass Graves in 2010

Villas de Salvárcar massacre in 2010

List of Politicians killed 

List of Journalists and Media Workers killed

List of massacres in Mexico

So now that it’s been established who the terrorists are in Mexico and what their tactics are, it’s time to think about survival.

#1–Be aware of your surroundings. This will enable you to possibly identify a threat before it becomes active, locate exits and find cover.

In Mexico, it is now law to employ the use of deadly force in a protest situation. (See Ley de Atenco) Mexico has a history of staging public protests in order to garner attention for unjust laws and social reform. The results have often been bloody when government forces have stepped in.

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Oaxaca 2016

With that in mind, ANY protest manifestation in Mexico becomes a potential terrorist situation. (See Nochixtlan massacre witnesses: Mexican police fired automatic weapons at demonstrators)

#2–Once you have identified a potential terrorist situation, flee. It’s the single most important thing you can do to survive.

So how does La Yacata become the place to be in the event of terrorist attacks? It’s not a central location, thus not a prime place for protest marches. You can wave your billboard all you want in La Yacata and no one cares. There isn’t anything of value to blow up or hold hostage by narcos or federales (federal police). It has a low population made up of poverty stricken people. You can’t get blood from a stone, so there’s little risk of extortion–another method often used by terrorists.

So when I am asked if I feel safe in Mexico, I can say that in spite of the experiences I have had so far in Mexico (See Safety and Security, Justice for all, Fighting for flowers) I can honestly say that I do.

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Surviving a Solar storm in La Yacata

A solar flare is evident when there is a flash of brightness near the Sun’s surface. This flare causes a number of types energy emissions that often send out clouds of electrons, ions, and atoms into space, reaching Earth up to 2 days after the initial event. These flares can affect Earth’s ionosphere and interfere with radio communications.

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Nanahuatzin The Fifth Aztec Sun god

A solar flare can escalate in intensity and become a solar storm. Solar storms have been on record since 2225 B.C.E. The Aztecs are thought to have personified solar storms with their sun god Nanahuatzin, who being full of sores, periodically flaked skin away. Incidentally, Nanahuatzin was considered The Fifth Sun, the god whose demise would bring on the Aztec apocalypse with his death.

Scientists have been able to measure the effects of solar storms on the Earth since 1859. The potential for devastation can not be over emphasized. Solar flares can emit energy equivalent to a billion hydrogen bombs and are difficult to predict with any accuracy.

While most scientists agree that a solar storm would not destroy Earth, it definitely would destroy the world as we know it, technologically wise, at least for a time.  In 1859, a solar storm hit the Earth’s magnetosphere and caused one of the largest geomagnetic storms on record. In addition to intense auroras, bright enough to read a newspaper by, telegraphs operators were shocked and telegraph paper set on fire.  A similarly powerful storm was detected in 2012 and missed Earth by a period of nine days.

Because the intensity of a solar storm could melt copper wires that are part of the power distribution system, a large storm would cause massive power outages. This would affect the internet, any grid-tied device, many urban water and sewer systems, gas pumps, medical equipment and so on.  It might take years to repair and reestablish the electric grid network.

In the case of a solar storm, La Yacata is the perfect place to be. We have no electricity, so grid-down would not adversely affect our daily life. (See Cooking without electricity) Of course, without the internet, I wouldn’t be able to write these blog posts you enjoy so much, nor would you be able to read them, so there is that. But overall, it’s a completely survivable event, at least in our case.

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Surviving Revolution in La Yacata

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A revolution is a change in power when the population revolts against the current organizational structures, i.e government. And as such, revolution in Mexico is not an uncommon phenomenon.

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Throughout the centuries, regional groups have vied for control of certain areas in Mexico, only to be toppled from within. The Spanish came to power in Mexico as a direct result of a general revolution and the decimation caused by smallpox pandemic. (See La Malinche, Surviving a Pandemic) The son of La Malinche and Hernan Cortes, Martin, headed the first failed revolution against Spanish rule in 1566. There were several insurrections over the centuries but nothing large scale until the 1800s. In 1810 Miguel Hidalgo united the people with his Grito de Dolores for another go at revolution (See May 8) After Hidalgo’s death, Jose Morelos led the rebellion and then Vicente Guerrero carried on the fight. Mexico finally gained its independence from Spain in 1836.

All did not rest easy for the fledgling Mexico. Texas rose up in rebellion and won its independence from Mexico in 1836 as well, substantially reducing the overall size of the newly formed country.

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Free, and for me, sacred, is the right to think…Education is fundamental for social happiness; It is the principle on which rest the freedom and greatness of the people.–Benito Juarez

Without hardly a pause, Mexico plunged into a 3-year civil war from 1857-1860 over proposed reforms to the constitution and the ultimate power of the Catholic Church. In the face of such political instability, France was able to invade Mexico and set up a monarchy which resulted in yet another revolution (1861-1867) ending with the execution of emperor Maximilian I. (See Battle of Puebla) Benito Juarez was reelected in 1868. However, beginning in 1871 Porfirio Diaz led several rebellions which led to his “election” in 1877 and subsequent 30-year dictatorship. During this period, Mexico lost control of most of its largest businesses to foreign companies and the resultant repression of the underclass led to the revolution of 1910. Emiliano Zapata, Venustiano Carranza, and Pancho Villa served as commanders of opposing forces during this confusing revolution, while the US repeatedly attempted to invade during the 11-year chaos.

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If there is no justice for the people, let there be no peace for the government. –Emiliano Zapata

From 1911 to 1932, the Mexican government was far from stable. There were 15 presidents during this time period, with some serving just a few months before being assassinated and one serving a mere 45 minutes before resigning. The sparks of revolution were fanned into flame again. The Cristero Rebellion occurred from 1926 to 1929 over the attempt by the federal government to reduce the power of the Catholic Church.

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From 1940 until 1994, Mexico established 6-year elections. Strangely enough, each time, the PRI candidate won, leading to speculation on the overall impartiality of the election process.

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Since 1994, Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) has been at war against the Mexican state. The Zapatista Revolution began as a protest against the signing of NAFTA which has done nothing for the Mexican people except widen the gap between the rich and the poor. EZLN also demanded democracy for the country where one political party (PRI) held power for more than 70 years. (See Politicking).

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No forgiveness, Not forgotten, We are missing 43!

Even more recently, is the social movement for revolution sparked at the disappearance of 43 student teachers (See El Dia del Estudiante and La Llorona) in 2014.  As well as the teacher protests in Oaxaca against governmental education reform in 2016.

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12 dead and 22 disappeared in Oaxaca June 2016

It remains to be seen whether a full-scale revolution results.

So how can you survive the next revolution?

Anonymous has some interesting suggestions in addition to the regular, run of the mill, Prepper be-prepared recommendations.

The first thing to do is be aware of a potential situation. There are always warning signs. Riots in urban areas, media cover-ups, censorship, unsubstantiated rumors and so on. Once you have established an area is ripe for revolution, do your Prepper thing, i.e. have food, water, and medical supplies stockpiled. Do not use drugs or drink alcohol excessively as they will make you vulnerable and you’ll need all your wits about you in a crisis situation. Do not trust the police under any circumstances. Document your experiences in order to report atrocities to international media but keep it discreet. Do not use your mobile phone as it will be monitored. Stay away from violent situations and urban areas.

So with so much history in revolution, rebellion and mass uprising, La Yacata is the place to be for the next conflict. After all, we’ve staged our own successful coup (See The Birth of the Revolution). We’ve learned not to trust the police (See Safety and Security and Justice for All? and Just another weekend adventure). I’ve become an expert on documenting my experiences (See Surviving Mexico Adventures and Disasters). We are on the way to becoming self-sufficient (See Building a dream, Constructing a life). We never have money on our mobile phones to make any incriminating phone calls. We are not in an urban area. And I stay away from drugs and alcohol at least so there’s at least one sane adult present at all times.

So in the event of revolution, I’ll see you here!

viva

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