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    Re: Hurricane Maria

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful View Post
    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-polit...co-nurses-fema

    Nurses returning from Puerto Rico accuse the federal government of leaving people to die
    It's incredible to still see the things coming out of Puerto Rico as far as what's not being done there.

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    Right now, about 75 percent of the island doesn't have electricity and 25 percent doesn't have running water. (Vox's reporting suggests that far fewer people have access to drinking water than statistics show.)

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    Re: Hurricane Maria

    After this article was published, the secretary of the Department of Public Safety, Héctor M. Pesquera, said in a statement that 911 cremations of "natural deaths" were authorized between Sept. 20 to Oct. 18.
    John Mutter, a professor of earth sciences and public affairs at Columbia University who studied how the death count was handled after Hurricane Katrina, said Puerto Rico’s procedures seem to be “trying to keep the numbers low,” which he called “unconscionable.” Other experts called it a failure of bureaucracy.
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    Re: Hurricane Maria

    Report I just read from someone whose grandfather just died in Puerto Rico:

    I don’t know if this is the right place, but as an update: I was just on the phone with my grandfather’s widow this morning and she says conditions there are far worse than are being reported. Apparently the morgues are so full that she says the soldiers have set up tents outside the morgue to try to keep the bodies cold while they wait for them to be processed. They are being told by local government that there will not be water for months. Anyone who wants water needs to go to city buildings downtown and haul it themselves, including the elderly. Banks are letting people take out money now and there is food but because of the lack of water, hygiene conditions are terrible and people are getting very sick. The hospitals are still trying to help people but they don’t have enough supplies or people for the conditions and are only able to deal with some emergencies. This is in western PR at least.
    "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." - H. L. Mencken

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    Re: Hurricane Maria

    60 Minutes did a segment on this tonight. Enormous problems there. The head of the Army Corp was interviewed and he mentioned how huge these problems are. He said that 60K poles need to be shipped to the island and that the entire island's electrical grid needs to be redone. He said electric will likely not be restored in many areas until March. Some may not get it back until Summer. The segment did touch on how PR and its utility co has been bankrupt for some time now. They didn't mention much about Whitefish Energy except to say that its $300 contract is being investigated. I came out of this with the idea that this isn't so much a political issue as it is an issue of damage and logistics of this being an island so far off the mainland.

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    The 60 Minutes piece was definitely an interesting view on the logistical challenges of dealing with this situation on Puerto Rico.

    And if you don't like the PR story, the story on Alma, the 12 year-old classical musician was worth all 60 minutes by itself!

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    Re: Hurricane Maria

    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Nearly half of Puerto Rico still has no power.

    https://twitter.com/StevenTDennis/st...69217273376773

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    Re: Hurricane Maria

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Nearly half of Puerto Rico still has no power.

    https://twitter.com/StevenTDennis/st...69217273376773
    They won't have it for Christmas either. It's been well established that it'll take many months to restore power to many areas of that island.


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