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    Puerto Rico's governor wants recount of hurricane death toll

    Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló ordered a recount Monday of every death on the island since Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20, as evidence continues to show that the official death toll grossly undercuts the true number, reports the New York Times.

    By the numbers: The official death count is at 64. The Times' independent analysis, based on daily mortality data from Puerto Rico's vital statistics bureau, estimates that it's closer to 1,052.

    Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism also estimated that 1,065 more people than usual had died in September and October of 2017 than in the same period in 2016 and 2015.

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    Puerto Ricans aren't white, speak Spanish and their votes don't count in the electoral college. Why would Trump care about them?

    They represent so many of his prejudices that unless "real Americans" in the south and midwest start complaining, Trump will do little or nothing to help them.

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    In all seriousness, I bet PR approves their next statehood referendum.

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    Hospitals running low on IV bags made in Puerto Rico

    How long until the factory moves to the continental US, and Trump claims that he "brought the factory back to America".

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    Local Duke Energy workers heading to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria assistance

    More than 40 percent of Puerto Rico’s power customers remain in the dark, nearly four months after Category 4 Hurricane Maria hit the island.

    “The island is completely destroyed. There is no power,” said Armando Ortis, an equipment operator for Duke Energy.

    Ortis knows the heartbreak the people of Puerto Rico are going through. His family, including his mother, daughter and grandson live there. While they are OK, Ortis knows many aren’t as lucky.

    “They are without power, they are without water. Some people are going without food,” he said.
    Hundreds of thousands of people in Puerto Rico still don't have power.

    Also the governor had to shame Walmart into extending its announced pay raise to its employees in Puerto Rico.


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    40% of the schools in PR aren't open. Think that would be the case in white parts of TX?

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    https://www.wsj.com/articles/puerto-...s&page=1&pos=4

    For anyone who gets the WSJ, Apparently there was a massive warehouse full of necessary power grid supplies that was being illegally and surreptitiously held. US Army Corps of Engineers discovered the warehouse and conducted what seems to have been an armed raid to discover the supplies. They immediately began distribution to help the recovery effort. Not a good look for a country that has made political hay out of being under-supplied by the current administration.

    Puerto Rico’s governor asked justice officials to investigate allegations that critical power grid supplies were stockpiled instead of put to use rebuilding the U.S. territory’s infrastructure following a devastating recent hurricane.

    Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Thursday that the Puerto Rico Justice Department probe would uncover “whether there was a commission of crimes or negligent action.”

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said this week it had discovered supplies at a warehouse owned by the island’s bankrupt electric monopoly, known as Prepa, and then distributed them to private contractors rebuilding the island power grid. The announcement sparked a furor on the island, where hundreds of thousands of families are still without power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrangor View Post
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/puerto-...s&page=1&pos=4

    For anyone who gets the WSJ, Apparently there was a massive warehouse full of necessary power grid supplies that was being illegally and surreptitiously held. US Army Corps of Engineers discovered the warehouse and conducted what seems to have been an armed raid to discover the supplies. They immediately began distribution to help the recovery effort. Not a good look for a country that has made political hay out of being under-supplied by the current administration.
    Not a subscriber. I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. Who was holding the supplies? Who was supposed to be holding the supplies? Which country are you talking about?

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    Think Trump would get money to PR if a lack of power freed prisoners rather than kept kids from going to school?

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    An elementary school in the United States was without power for 112 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJKarl View Post
    40% of the schools in PR aren't open. Think that would be the case in white parts of TX?
    Think that would be the case in black parts of TX?

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    Trump's position on Puerto Rico is much like the South African here.


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