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    Quote Originally Posted by FinallyRegistered View Post
    All day, every day. A true hero.
    Yeah, he really is, isn't he..,


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    omg, even with a tragic illness, mccain is so much more potus, than potus....
    this ^^^^

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    I just heard heartbreaking detail on Ari Melber's show from NY congressman, a native of Puerto Rico. He said that now that the flood waters are receding people are finding their dead pets, cats, dogs, in the mud. Can you imagine?

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    Of course, so many animals run free on PR... That there is castastrophic loss is not surprising. I wonder about farming survival?


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    It should be criminal for the Con to put profits of the shipping industry ahead of citizens in dire need. CNN and MSNBC have been reporting on the Con's comments and emergency situation in Puerto Rico.

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    So shameful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BritsKate View Post
    The mayor of San Juan said much the same on Rachel Maddow last night. She stated there's about 200 HHS officials waiting for marching orders. Somewhere, somehow, there's a very apparent breakdown in communication it seems.

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    NBC correspondent Gadi Schwartz was on Maddow echoing the mayor's sentiments from the day prior. According to him, there are hundreds and hundreds of government officials at an air-conditioned convention center milling around having conversations with one another for hours on end. When questioned, there appears to be a lot of confusion on their end as to what they're supposed to be doing. (Schwartz states he wished he would have taped it, but he didn't.)

    Just to underscore here, these people want to help but are forced to wait on the chain of command. I don't know, we don't know, if there's a communication breakdown from the federal government or whether this boils down to local officials but it's infuriating. Two full days so far - that we know of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BritsKate View Post
    NBC correspondent Gadi Schwartz was on Maddow echoing the mayor's sentiments from the day prior. According to him, there are hundreds and hundreds of government officials at an air-conditioned convention center milling around having conversations with one another for hours on end. When questioned, there appears to be a lot of confusion on their end as to what they're supposed to be doing. (Schwartz states he wished he would have taped it, but he didn't.)

    Just to underscore here, these people want to help but are forced to wait on the chain of command. I don't know, we don't know, if there's a communication breakdown from the federal government or whether this boils down to local officials but it's infuriating. Two full days so far - that we know of.

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    From the news I watched, this is the same story. Volunteers reaching areas with no food or medicine. The saddest story was an elderly gentleman who needed catheters and the volunteer medical person didn't have any. He would have to make his way to the hospital over washed out roads and bridges. The hospital was far away because facilities are not open near him. If he doesn't get a catheter soon he could die.

    The president waited to appoint a FEMA Administrator. While Administrator Long did a good job in FL and TX, the lack of Washington govt focus and focus about the debt problems of PR may increase the death toll and increase mayhem as supplies and resources are too slow to get to survivors.

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    Mr. President here are some ideas to lessen the crisis.

    Cruise Ships--- use them for temporary housing, tenders can take people into and out of port. Use for volunteers or survivors.
    Use helicopters to drop food and supplies to those in the unreachable areas.
    No volunteer team should leave San Juan to go to the hardest hit regions without food supplies and water filtration systems for the people in the area.
    Use Volunteers/Military to clean/make safe restaurants in areas hardest hit. Provide restaurant owners with volunteers/military, food, water and generators to make food for people who live in the area.
    Establish hospital tents and station medical personnel in specific areas immediately.
    Establish a coordinator/official in each area to help volunteers assess, preferably someone who speaks spanish.
    Stop saying you are doing fabulously in PR. Admit you need to do better. And, then, do better.

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    When the president remarks that he is getting good marks from the people in PR, he is talking about the governor of the island. I hope I don't sound crass but the governor has food, water, and is housed in an air-conditioned convention center. (I know the governor is working hard and tirelessly but he also can't be too negative b/c the president has intimated that aid can be tied to the economic problems of PR.) The governor is not the only one that should be grading the president. Let's use the feedback of the mayors of towns, the doctors/medical personnel, and the people.

    It is time to stop the grade inflation and self-agrandizing talk. Stop tweeting about anything but what actions are being taken in PR. Lead!
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    Just in: http://thehill.com/homenews/administ...as-been-lifted

    Now, how to get needed supplies to the areas that desperately need them when infrastructure is all but destroyed?

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    The average cruise ship can store food/drink for 3000+ passengers/crew for at least two weeks. Start loading every available cruise vessel with food and supplies. Sailing from Port of Miami to San Juan takes about 36 hours. Cruise vessels can transport residents of PR whose homes were completely destroyed to mainland. For those whose homes were not destroyed or those who wish to remain in PR, cruise ships can become temporary shelters where storm victims cab shower, eat well, receive non-emergency treatment, contact relatives, etc. These folks are desperate and need assistance IMMEDIATELY!

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    Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford assured the Senate Tuesday that the military was going full throttle to assist Puerto Rico in a relief effort currently limited by damaged ports and airfields.

    "We do have the capability," Dunford said, but the aid "can't come in until we get the ports and airfields open."

    http://www.military.com/daily-news/2...ffort-dun.html

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    Royal Caribbean cancels cruise, sends ship to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief

    http://fox59.com/2017/09/28/royal-ca...m-puerto-rico/

    Today Adventure of the Seas will dock in Puerto Rico, the first stop in a series of three to drop off relief supplies & pick up evacuees. https://t.co/u8XyQ9rAwk

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    About time!

    Trump Waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico, Easing Hurricane Aid Shipments
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/u...d.html?mcubz=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by chloes1 View Post
    Just in: http://thehill.com/homenews/administ...as-been-lifted

    Now, how to get needed supplies to the areas that desperately need them when infrastructure is all but destroyed?
    Send in the military. I am sure that our troops can get supplies off of ships and distributed. If there are jurisdictional issues in PR, then, authorize the military to take over.

    One line in the article is curious to me....."White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said on Twitter early Thursday that the Puerto Rico waiver was granted “immediately” after Rosselló had petitioned Trump for the exemption Wednesday night." What does that mean? Did the governor fail to do his job? If so, he should be removed. If it means something else, I want to know what that it is.
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