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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/...crisis-n804856

    Saddled with a ballooning debt crisis, Puerto Rico has already seen a historic migration of about half a million people from the island in the past 10 years. Now, following the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. territory in decades, the outflow is sure to hasten.

    For many Puerto Ricans, there is no alternative but to leave for the mainland: Gas is scarce, there's no running water, and only about 5 percent of the island has had power restored.

    Rossello has pleaded for more aid, and warns of a mass exodus if his island doesn't get help from the federal government, which is also still contending with the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the Southeast.

    "There needs to be unprecedented relief for Puerto Rico so that we can start the immediate effort right now with the deployment of resources, but also the mid- to long-run recovery," he said. "If we have that, we can avoid a humanitarian crisis in the United States. But if we don’t have that, you will see thousands, if not millions, of Puerto Ricans flocking to the United States."

    Tatyana Deryugina, a professor of finance at the University of Illinois who studies the economic impact of disasters, tracked Hurricane Katrina evacuees for years after the Category 5 storm ravaged New Orleans.

    "I think we're going to see more advantaged people leaving, the people who have an easier time buying airfare or a boat ticket — which could be, unfortunately, some of the wealthier individuals, like doctors," she said.

    The experts say there are ways to negate that. Congress could allocate money specifically for rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico, which would attract construction companies and developers, said Deryugina, the finance professor.

    Lawmakers could also allow a suspension of Puerto Rico's Promesa debt payments, Levy suggested, referring to the federal law that restructured the island's debt.

    "It’s not people leaving that will be the issue, but it’s really, do you have the resources you need to fix what was damaged by the hurricane?" she said. "A year-long or longer suspension of the Promesa debt payments would mean there is money to invest in the infrastructure, schools, to make sure the hospitals are maintained."

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    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/201...-deploy-Friday

    The mammoth ship was docked Tuesday in its home port of Norfolk, Virginia, with a minimal crew, requiring up to five days to stock up and get underway. When reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, the commanding officer of the ship's hospital, Capt. Kevin D. Buckley, said, "The Comfort is ready to go, if the call comes."

    Now that the orders have arrived, the goal is to stock the ship with personnel, food, water and medical supplies within 96 hours and get underway Friday. "There's a whole slew of equipment that has to be brought on board to accommodate the mission, primarily medical supplies," says the ship's spokesman, Bill Mesta, of the Military Sealift Command, the civilian maritime agency that runs the ship, while the Navy commands its hospital facility.
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    If you're wondering how this compares to other disaster response mobilizations—not well. Here's a comparison to the urgency with which the ship was dispatched following Haiti's earthquake in 2010.

    Haiti's earthquake occurred on January 12, 2010. The next day, the ship was ordered to prepare to depart. Four days later, the Comfort — which had been on shore power for painting and repairs — was fully stocked with food, linens and enough medical gear to supply the ship's 10 operating rooms and set off from Baltimore and passed under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge en route to Haiti.
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    We all knew a Cat5 hurricane was about to bear down on Puerto Rico 2 weeks ago
    The order didn't come until Tuesday some time --- and with no order they could not begi stocking the ship.

    96 hours to stock.
    Do the math !!!!!

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    Trump said he's been getting great reviews and ratings on how he's handled Puerto Rico.

    Emphasized great reviews and ratings like 5 times during his joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Spain.
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    57 that commentary piece from the dailykos that you linked didn't mention that there are over 10,000 federal personnel already in Puerto Rico.

    It also left out that this is the largest peacetime deployment of federal staff outside of the continental US in history.

    I didn't see anything about the fact that the Kearsarge ARG has heen on site for several days, or that ARGs are specifically trained, equipped, staffed, and tasked for this type of mission.

    It almost seemed like the author was only trying to make partisan points.

    Weird huh?

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    yeah, that is weird.
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    President Donald Trump has made it clear his administration isn't planning to allow any additional outside aid to get into Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
    -Newsweek

    After ending days of relative silence, US president Donald Trump and his administration are scrambling to show he cares about Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria completely devastated the island.
    - Quartz

    SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — The Trump administration is rushing military hardware and personnel to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as it becomes increasingly clear that the U.S. government response to Hurricane Maria so far has been inadequate and overmatched by the scale of the disaster
    - Washington Post

    Trump’s leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria has not only been absent, but in the few instances that Trump has mentioned the U.S. territory, he has delivered only blabber that passes for presidential speech, and has proposed no solutions.
    -Miami Herald

    Amid criticism, Trump ramps up Puerto Rico response
    -CNN

    The Trump administration on Tuesday said there was no need to waive shipping restrictions to help get fuel and supplies to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, because it would do nothing to address the island’s main impediment to shipping, damaged ports.
    -Reuters
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    Puerto Rico's governor has complimented the work FEMA is doing, and FEMA's complimented the governor. They both complimented President Trump, but CBS News has asked where the aid is happening. The governor guaranteed that we would be able to see it.
    - CBS

    Hours before community health workers reached Aponte on Tuesday, Donald Trump repeatedly praised his administration’s relief efforts. “Everybody has said it’s amazing the job we’ve done in Puerto Rico,” he said. “We’re very proud of it and I’m going there on Tuesday.”

    But it is difficult to find justifications for this positive assessment on the island where millions of Americans are trapped in a disaster zone.
    - The Guardian

    The Defense Department responded Wednesday that it would be unable to accommodate lawmakers on military planes for now. "Due to the urgency of the humanitarian situation, our focus of operations remains on life-saving and life-sustaining support, and we are dedicating our resources to relief operations at this time," spokeswoman Laura Seal said.
    - McClatchey
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    Daily Kos (/ˈkoʊs/ kohs[2]) is a group blog and internet forum focused on liberal American politics.[3][4][5][6] Additionally, the site features a participatory political encyclopedia ("DKosopedia"), glossaries, and other content. It is sometimes considered an example of "netroots" activism.

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    That is all well and good.
    But now you know about the hospital ship that was mobilized 2 weeks too late.
    You dtaw your own conclusions with that info

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    or, talk about me

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    Now you know about the ARG and it's purpose, and that it was a far more capable asset to send than a hospital ship.
    And that the people criticizing the federal response are either ignorant of that fact or are suppressing it for some reason. Draw your own conclusions with that info.

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    Look down your nose all you like over the source but that doesn't change what was reported. A ship that should have been in Puerto Rico over the weekend is still in Virginia.
    5 days from launch away

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    Glad the Marines are there and not to be dismissive of their efforts but they are not a hospital ship.
    Reports are 58 of 69 hospitals on the island are without power.

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    Sigh. It wasn't "reported", it was stated in commentary by a writer at a highly partisan website. The two things aren't the same.

    The commentator thinks the hospital ship should have been first on the scene. Actual naval leadership disagrees.

    The commentator doesn't mention what the hospital ship's op tempo has been recently, whether necessary resupply was underway for perishable goods or medical supplies, whether the crew was in mandatory training, whether the ship was undergoing mandatory inspection, or a slew of other factors that impact a ship's ability to deploy at any given time.

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    Wow, those pictures are gut wrenching. I can't imagine my neighborhood in such bad shape, but living on the west coast, my turn is coming I'm sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forever Fredi View Post
    Trump said he's been getting great reviews and ratings on how he's handled Puerto Rico.

    Emphasized great reviews and ratings like 5 times during his joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Spain.
    If he says it, it must be true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forever Fredi View Post
    Trump said he's been getting great reviews and ratings on how he's handled Puerto Rico.

    Emphasized great reviews and ratings like 5 times during his joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Spain.
    Trump has someone whose job it is to find people or media saying good things about him.
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    If memory serves me correctly, our own @Perfect Cell hails from PR.
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    This WaPo article is a few days old but has a ton of information in it, including an explanation about the Comfort's absence that I have not seen elsewhere:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/trump-administration-facing-pressure-to-speed-up-recovery-efforts-in-puerto-rico/2017/09/25/18f4571c-a203-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.6b6da996a932

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is coordinating the recovery effort, said 10,000 federal employees have been deployed to the Caribbean. The Coast Guard has sent in 13 ships known as cutters. Commercial barges are arriving with relief supplies. The National Guard is being housed on barges and on a cruise ship that arrived this weekend.

    However, officials leading the response and recovery admit they’re facing serious logistical challenges, starting with damage to the ports and airports. Many of those facilities have been reopened just within the past day or two, but only for daytime operations, because of safety concerns. Radar and control tower capabilities are low, limiting the pace of incoming flights.
    ....
    “Puerto Rico is an island a thousand miles away from Miami, so help just can’t physically arrive as fast it did to Florida after Hurricane Irma,” Coast Guard Rear Adm. Peter Brown said. “We simply can’t drive thousands of power trucks to Puerto Rico to help on power restoration.”

    Federal officials say the reopening of ports is key to disaster recovery because ships can carry far more cargo than aircraft. Brown said air relief often has a more dramatic appearance, but ships are necessary for a humanitarian crisis of this scale.

    “An island like Puerto Rico or St. Thomas is fed and supplied by the sea. Ultimately the mass of response is going to come by sea, and getting the ports open is the single best thing the Coast Guard can do to get Puerto Rico back on its feet,” said Brown, who as 7th District commander oversees operations in the islands.
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    The military defended its deployment decisions to date. The Navy has three amphibious ships working on relief efforts in the islands: the USS Kearsarge, the USS Oak Hill and the USS Wasp.
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    Thomas LaCrosse, the Pentagon’s director of defense support to civil authorities, said U.S. officials discussed deploying the USNS Comfort to Puerto Rico over the weekend but decided that it should stay in Norfolk because it could not get close enough to any port to avoid using helicopter support to get patients to and from the ship. It made more sense, he said, to bring medical support into Puerto Rico by U.S. military aircraft, such as C-17 cargo jets.

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