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Topos to Japan

14 March 2011

The mole-men, those extraordinary ordinary Mexican men and women whose only requirement is tremenous balls (that goes for the women too), better known as la Brigada de rescate Topos Taletelolco,  are on their way to Japan today.

Dig they must, as they have since their spontaneous appearance following the 1985 Mexico City quake, and dig they do… anywhere, any time earthquakes, fires, floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions (or even nuclear plant melt-downs) require digging though unstable and dangerous debris — preferably with construction equipment, but with pick and shovel, or by hand if need be.

They are not paid by their government nor their employers for their services. Nor do they charge for them, but these men and women are volunteers — ordinary Mexicans (well, ordinary Mexicans with extraordinary balls), with ordinary jobs, and ordinary family responsibilities and expenses, as well as providing for their own food, lodging and supplies when at a disaster site.

PAY PAL (this means YOU, gringos… and  Germans, Canadians, Peruvians, et. al.) to

Direct Deposits within Mexico to:
Cuenta Santander: 92-00070929-4
Sucursal: 0479 San Fernando. Referencia: Brigada de Rescate Topos Tlaltelolco, A.C. CLABE: 014180920007092942

10 Comments leave one →
  1. 14 March 2011 3:05 am

    Done! Thank you for reminding me.

  2. 14 March 2011 6:16 pm

    Cross posting this now Richard. Excellent as usual. Thanks

  3. 14 March 2011 9:52 pm

    Cross posted to WhatsUpMaz, MazInfo, MexConnect and the Lonely Planet ThornTree forums for Mexico and Speaking in Tongues AFTER I made MY donation via PayPal!

  4. artt permalink
    15 March 2011 3:38 pm

    extraordinary people? yes cause they want toi help. but japan nedds rescuers profesional rescuers, not some people playin to be, just to be on the on the tv.

    • 15 March 2011 11:56 pm

      Artt… these are “professionals” in the sense that they are sought out by disaster relief agencies all over the world, and well-known for training other search and rescue groups. I don’t think they do it to get on TV, where, outside of Mexico, they’re practically unknown (which is a shame).

    • Lily permalink
      16 March 2011 5:40 pm

      Yes, they are professionals. They are trained to help on such disasters and have been doing it since 1985. They even have trained dogs that help on their rescue missions.

  5. 16 March 2011 1:19 am

    Who are the real topos and who are the coyotes?


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