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Old 11-22-2017, 11:13 PM   #276 (permalink)
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Mother Jones talks to San Juan's mayor.

The Mayor of San Juan Isn’t Finished With Donald Trump: “Power Does Not Make You a Good Person”
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Mother Jones: It’s been a little over two months since the hurricane struck. Do you have any perspective on the disaster?

Carmen Yulín Cruz: No one in Puerto Rico will ever be the same as they were [before] September 20. Our priorities have changed. The things that we put emphasis on have changed. The way we see our future is no longer distant but is here and now. We have been left with a sense of being unable to get off the starting block and getting on with the race. Last week the power went out completely on the island. Yesterday the power went out completely on the island. Today the power went out about half of what it was before. It seems like we haven’t been able to have a sustained effort that will, on a continuous basis, provide us with a steady pace of, I wouldn’t call it recovery, but I’d call it transformation.

MJ: How long do you think it will take to get back to normal?

CYC: We will never be back to that normal. We’re going to have to fight our way to find a new normal. Things like being unable to get our power back does not help because when we’re talking about power we’re not talking about an electric grid. We’re talking about the ability of children to go to school. We’re talking about the ability of people that are connected to life-support systems to live. We’re talking about the ability of doctors to operate in circumstances that are conducive to an appropriate level of health care. We’re talking about the motor that jump-starts our economy.
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Old 03-02-2018, 02:38 PM   #277 (permalink)
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“DO YOU THINK THIS WOULD BE HAPPENING IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY?” - The Intercept
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ON MARCH 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed a law granting U.S. citizenship to the residents of Puerto Rico. But 101 years later, the federal government, by abandoning the island in the wake of a crippling debt crisis and an even more devastating hurricane, is treating Puerto Ricans like citizens in name only.

Washington’s failure to adequately help Puerto Rico rebuild its economy and school system was the focus of a daylong conference at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, hosted by the American Federation of Teachers, the Hispanic Federation, and the Albert Shanker Institute.

The event drew powerful progressive politicians — namely Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. All three back the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Equitable Rebuild Act, often referred to as a “Marshall Plan” for the territories. The bill, authored by Sanders, would provide $146 billion to Puerto Rico’s recovery, would forgive its debt, and would establish Medicaid and Medicare parity. Unlike in the U.S., the federal government subjects Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to annual Medicaid caps.

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The U.S. Betrayal of Puerto Rico by the Numbers

Which is a very short version of Politico's very detailed

How Trump favored Texas over Puerto Rico
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The U.S. Betrayal of Puerto Rico by the Numbers

Which is a very short version of Politico's very detailed

How Trump favored Texas over Puerto Rico
Three short reasons he did this in no particular order.

- PR has *gasp* brown people.

- TX votes in the presidential election.

- Most of TX is red.
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Old 04-18-2018, 07:12 PM   #280 (permalink)
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I was under the impression that America was a first world country.

Puerto Rico Is Once Again Hit by an Islandwide Blackout - The New York Times
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I was under the impression that America was a first world country.
Not under Trump.
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I was under the impression that America was a first world country.

Puerto Rico Is Once Again Hit by an Islandwide Blackout - The New York Times
Have you seen our healthcare industry? 2nd world at best.
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I was under the impression that America was a first world country.
We talk a good game, but don't look too closely for too long.

The US may not be a 3rd world country yet, but we're enthusiastically laying the foundation for a major slide downward. Our infrastructure -- once the envy of the world -- is crumbling and we have no viable plans for maintaining, much less improving, our roads and bridges and water and electrical systems. Our healthcare system and health research is being strangled, and vast public institutions such as public schools, libraries, post office, rail, weather alerts and telecommuncations are being privatized so that only the well-to-do can afford their services.

Having set up a stark divide between Haves and Have-nots, we're now pushing as many people as possible into the Have-not category by escalating the mechanisms of income disparity.

I won't be around 50 years from now, but I'm guessing our landscape will have changed significantly by then, and not for the better.
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Slightly off-topic but I found the setting of Macgyver tonight interesting. Current-day PR with lots of people in tents and the Phoenix people there to help build a house. Plus stretched resources and an overall bad infrastructure (the latter actually how the story was resolved).

Good to see Hollywood is doing a better job of pointing out the situation than our government. The latter is all 'nothing to see here, move along'.
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The figures that have been popping up lately for the death toll are shocking and a terrible indictment on the indifference of the US to it's own people.


A good read on why the figures are so different to the official death toll can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/02/u...ath-tolls.html


In short, the death toll may be as low as only 850 deaths more than the official 65, but it could be as bad as 8500 more deaths. The four thousand-ish figure is a mid point in the range that came from one study. It's also a result of the difference between died IN the hurricane and died later as a result of the shattered state of the island AFTER the hurricane.
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