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Fun Facts from the C.I.A.

20 September 2004

(and you can look them up at “The World Factbook” Central Intelligence Agency, Washington DC, 2004. )

HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate:

  • USA 0.6% (2003 est.)
  • MEXICO: 0.3% (2003 est.)

    To quote our friends at the CIA, “The US has the largest and most technologically powerful economy in the world, with a per capita GDP of $37,800.” In Mexico, “per capita income is one-fourth that of the US”. Ok, so why does a country with a quarter of the GNP of the U.S. have half the rate of infection by a preventable viral infection considered by both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Intelligence Council to be a major destabilizing force in international security?
  • We’re always told the United States has the best medical care in the world. You mean people are supposed to pay for the right to stay alive? If you don’t have medical insurance, you don’t get treatment? Those poor, backwards Mexicans … free health clinics, public hospitals, free condoms, and junkies can buy syringes in any pharmacy. Why, that’s… un-American! Healthy Mexicans? Must be part of the secret plot to regain California (where a good number of Mexicans who do have AIDS acquired it, by the way).

Public debt:

  • USA: 62.4% of GDP (2003)
  • Mexico: 23.1% of GDP (2003)

    Well, gosh… the Mexicans owe a lot of money to a lot of folks. So does the U.S. And this doesn’t count the Iraq expenditures… US – billions and billions… Mexico – about a million dollars to train Iraqi election officials. The Mexican debt would drop about 20% if they were paid the same price for oil that OPEC nations are. The U.S. debt though, would be much, much higher.

Military expenditures – percent of GDP:

  • USA: 3.3% (FY03 est.) (February 2004)
  • MEXICO: 0.9% (2003)

    The figures don’t count that little dust-up in Iraq.Look at it this way. One rocket launched against Bagdad cost one million dollars. One neo-natal hospital in Chiapas costs… one million dollars. Healthy babies or cheap gasoline?Mexico hasn’t been in a foreign war since 1945. It’s the only country in the world to have cut its military budget during wartime (WWII was a great excuse to professionalize the army, and get rid of political generals left over from the 1910-20 Revolution). Mexico’s military is – I believe – the only one anywhere on the planet that turns a profit. Watershed protection is a military mission. Planting avocados is a military objective. Harvesting avocados is whatever the opposite of “collateral damage” might be.

Illicit drugs: US: consumer of cocaine (my emphasis) shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean; consumer of heroin, marijuana, and increasingly methamphetamine from Mexico; consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine; money-laundering center .

Mexico: illicit cultivation (my emphasis) of opium poppy (cultivation in 2001 – 4,400 hectares; potential heroin production – 7 metric tons) and of cannabis (in 2001 – 4,100 hectares); government eradication efforts have been key in keeping illicit crop levels low; major supplier of heroin and largest foreign supplier of marijuana and methamphetamine to the US market; continues as the primary transshipment country for US-bound cocaine from South America, accounting for about 70 percent of estimated annual cocaine movement to the US; major drug syndicates control majority of drug trafficking throughout the country; producer and distributor of ecstasy; significant money-laundering center.

So, if I have it right, the U.S. IMPORTS cheap Mexican oil and cheap Mexican drugs (and cheap Mexican labor) and has a public debt of more than 60% of GDP. Mexico EXPORTS oil, drugs and labor below market cost and still only has a debt less than a quarter of GPD.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Dirty Sanchez permalink
    5 March 2007 12:33 pm

    HIV is not a good indicator of health care, HIV can’t be cured or vaccinated against. There are better indicators of the quality of health care.
    Infant mortality rate per 1000: 6.43 (U.S.), 20.26 (Mexico)
    Life expectancy at birth: 77.85 (U.S.), 75.41 (Mexico)
    Population in Poverty: 12% (U.S.), 40% (Mexico)
    Per Capita GDP: $43500 (U.S.), $10600 (Mexico)
    Literacy Rate: 99% (U.S.), 92.2% (Mexico).
    Military – The world demands that the US do a lot of military stuff around the world because it’s the wealthist country thus they must spend a lot of money on military research – something Mexico barely does.

    Mexico’s great and it’s nice to see their economy growing and their country becoming less of a welfare state but no way in hell are Mexicans better off than Americans. The only Mexicans who are better off are the criminals that move drugs into the U.S. and bribe the mexican police and politicians to help them.

  2. 31 May 2007 6:20 pm

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  3. Alice permalink
    28 April 2008 10:23 pm

    Thats mean


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