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Old October 12th, 2017, 07:27 AM   #1
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Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage

Trump's true colors are on full display regarding Puerto Rico. As he tweets that we can't help PR "forever," just under 90 percent of the islanders remain without power. Worse, serious food and water shortages exist, a slow-moving but inexorable crisis in the making.
The water situation is so dire, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Wednesday, that residents on the island have reportedly been trying to obtain water from Superfund sites -- which are bodies of water contaminated by hazardous waste. The EPA advised against "tampering with sealed and locked wells or drinking from these wells, as it may be dangerous to people's health."
Donald Trump: We cannot aid Puerto Rico 'forever' - CNNPolitics

And while admonishing PR that disaster assistance won't last "forever," he tweets:
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Nobody could have done what I’ve done for #PuertoRico with so little appreciation. So much work!
It's always all about Donald, who is in the process of seriously degrading what it means to be an American.
Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage

• US government providing 200,000 meals a day to meet needs of 2m people
• ‘There is no urgency in the government response to this humanitarian crisis’


...Federal officials privately admit there is a massive shortage of meals in Puerto Rico three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

Officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) say that the government and its partners are only providing 200,000 meals a day to meet the needs of more than 2 million people. That is a daily shortfall of between 1.8m and 5.8m meals.

“We are 1.8 million meals short,” said one senior Fema official. “That is why we need the urgency. And it’s not going away. We’re doing this much today, but it has to be sustained over several months.”

The scale of the food crisis dwarfs the more widely publicized challenges of restoring power and communications....

...On its website, Fema says it has provided “millions of meals and millions of liters of water”.

In fact many of those meals are military ready-to-eat meals that civilians find hard to digest if consumed for more than a few days.

Now the biggest provider of cooked meals says Fema is putting its operations at risk of closure.

World Central Kitchen, founded by chef José Andrés, cooks and distributes 90,000 meals a day through a network of local chefs and kitchens.

Its Fema contract, to provide just 20,000 meals a day, ended on Tuesday. Fema insists it is bound by federal rules that mean it will take several weeks for a new contract to emerge to feed more Americans.


“There is no urgency in the government response to this humanitarian crisis,” Andrés said. “They have all the officials and armed guards at headquarters, but they have no information about the island. They don’t even have a map they can share about who needs food. Fema is over-paying and it is under-delivering.”

According to Donald Trump, his own response to the disaster in Puerto Rico has been exceptional.

“Nobody could have done what I’ve done for Puerto Rico with so little appreciation. So much work!” he tweeted on Sunday. The tweet was posted along with a White House video of helicopters and trucks in Puerto Rico, and a title card saying, “What the fake news media will not show you in Puerto Rico.”
More: https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...urricane-maria
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Old October 12th, 2017, 07:32 AM   #2
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AND it gets worse. President Tweety Bird continues his attacks on Puerto Rico--AMERICANS---"We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!" YEAH--so there.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/don...onders-n810036
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Old October 12th, 2017, 07:43 AM   #3
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Well C0,
It seems Puerto Ricans are just whiners.
What more do they want?!

They've already got almost 20% of their commercial power restored.
And nearly half of them now have water to drink.

What a bunch of cry-babies.
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It's their own damn fault.

If they were white they could have all the help they needed.
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Old October 12th, 2017, 07:52 AM   #5
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Well C0,
It seems Puerto Ricans are just whiners.
What more do they want?!

They've already got almost 20% of their commercial power restored.
And nearly half of them now have water to drink.

What a bunch of cry-babies.

Short story: Late Sunday afternoon our power went out--for a couple of hours. Big surprise because it literally never happens. So our back door neighbors came over--we sat on the patio and chatted--had drinks--got out the candles and flashlights. My point is this. FOR 2 hours WE---the whole block and much of the county--was without power so we had a TINY taste of what it's like, even with no flooding---no deadly heat. We still had food and water, cell phones and the comforts of home. I cannot even imagine what these folks are going through.

Probably the worst part was we missed the last 2 minutes of the Packer-Cowboy game....but of course got to see the Packer *WIN* when the power came back on. LOL
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Old October 12th, 2017, 08:11 AM   #6
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tr #5,

I'm forever gaining from your wisdom. I thought Puerto Ricans WERE White.
Is it just a temporary condition, due to no access to showers?

C0,
Please don't miss the valuable lesson there.

Some hot-shot college boys pretend in this 3rd Millennium we're more individualized than ever before, because of our unique identifiers:
- social security #
- twitter handle
- e-mail ID
- cellphone number
- etc.

But the reality is, these TECHNOLOGICAL changes:
- TV
- air conditioning
- Internet
- smart-phones
- etc
are estranging us from one another.

And our next gens are showing the affects:
- less sex
- less VD
- more depression
- less sleep
- less socialization
- more bullying (now called "cyber-bullying")

Look at residential neighborhoods built 100 years ago, and there are tree-lined streets with houses built much alike, each with a generous front porch, to neighbors could meet & socialize with passing pedestrians, neighbors, etc.

It takes a commercial power failure, a failure of our modern technology to draw us together like that.
You're lucky.
But don't forget the lesson.
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We had a power outage last week. My PC, TV and game console all shut down.
My car was in the shop, and it was raining.
I couldn't shop or golf so I talked to my wife for a few hours.
She seems like a nice person.
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AND it gets worse. President Tweety Bird continues his attacks on Puerto Rico--AMERICANS---"We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!" YEAH--so there.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/don...onders-n810036
All it does is get worse. Check out this elitism.

Donald Trump on water purification: Would you drink it?

https://youtu.be/4vVOc8zGL0Y
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They should have known they were going to get hammered by a category 4 hurricane!
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tr #5,

I'm forever gaining from your wisdom. I thought Puerto Ricans WERE White.
Well, Puerto Ricans are like Americans - they come in all colors LOL. But, multi-generational Puerto Ricans are brown - like Hispanics. Some people consider Mexicans white, too - but not the Republicans, nor Trump and the Trumpanzees.
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Old October 12th, 2017, 09:16 AM   #10
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Two weeks ago our schizoid Liar-in-Chief said:

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"We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe. These are great people. We want them to be safe and sound and secure, and we will be there every day until that happens."

"There's nothing left. It's been wiped out. The houses are largely flattened, the roads are washed away. There is no electricity, the plants are gone. They're gone, it's not like send a crew in to fix them. Have to build in brand new electric. Sewage system's wiped out, never been anything like this. So there remains a lot of work to do and we will work with the folks who we're working with right now, they're trying very, very hard, I will tell you that, but nobody's ever seen anything like it."
Vice-Sycophant Pence "said the Trump administration would be 'here for the long haul....' He told the island's residents that he had 'faith in President Trump's leadership, his determination to stand by Puerto Rico in this challenging time.'"

The long haul:

"A total lack of accountability say [sic] the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was a disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend. We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

The long haul, translation: two weeks.

The National Guard has electric generators and water purification systems that served out forces in Iraq and Afghanistan at peak deployment levels. Where are they?

Now we can see why Trump has been all over San Juan's mayor. Obfuscation. Cover for his fat ass.
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