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Mon Oct 16, 2017, 08:54 AM

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS LETTING AMERICANS DIE IN PUERTO RICO, NURSES SAY

Trump is killing US Citizens in Puerto Rico due to his incompetence http://www.newsweek.com/trump-administration-letting-americans-die-puerto-rico-684468

An elderly woman in Puerto Rico is helpless as her husband's body becomes a patchwork of ulcers and sores from Parkinson's disease. Another woman risks respiratory disease from a mold-infested bedroom and destroyed roof.

The snapshots come from American volunteers on the devastated island who are working with the American Federation of Teachers. The union has sent 40 nurses to Puerto Rico, where the natural disaster of Hurricane Maria and neglect from the Trump administration has created a perfect storm of death, disease and decay across an island of 3.4 million American citizens.

"This disaster is caused by neglect by the federal government," union president Randi Weingarten told Newsweek. "That's why this is such a tragedy. For President Trump to say they're safe is cruel and an abstention of responsibility."

Puerto Ricans are fighting to live with that failure. The elderly woman is in her 70s and caring for her grandchildren while also trying to relieve her wheelchair-bound husband’s pain. There are wounds covering his body and an infection that's festering on his foot. The couple lives in Yabucoa, on the southeast edge of Puerto Rico, and hopes to join family on the U.S. mainland soon.

“He’s got pressure ulcers on his back and feet, and she can barely lift him,” Maureen Upton, a 12-year nurse practitioner, told Newsweek. “She was just in tears. She didn’t know what she was going to do.”

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Reply THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS LETTING AMERICANS DIE IN PUERTO RICO, NURSES SAY (Original post)
Letmypeoplevote Oct 2017 OP
imwithfred Oct 2017 #1
fszwfnj Oct 2017 #2
Carl Oct 2017 #3
oflguy Oct 2017 #4
rampartb Oct 2017 #5
imwithfred Oct 2017 #6
I814U2CY Oct 2017 #7
TheyLostTheirForums Oct 2017 #8
Lira Oct 2017 #9
Dumper Oct 2017 #10
Paradigm Oct 2017 #11
Sjond Oct 2017 #12
Nostrings Oct 2017 #13
myohmy Oct 2017 #14
Letmypeoplevote Oct 2017 #15
Letmypeoplevote Oct 2017 #16

Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 08:55 AM

1. Oh now

Isn't right now a good time for hunting and fishing down there in Texas?

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 09:00 AM

2. Now that Weingarten has spoken out I'm sure

the Feds are doing everything they can to help. Perhaps that putrid thug Weingarten can hustle his privilege ass to PR to help out.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 09:02 AM

3. This idiotic meme was boring 2 weeks ago and is boring now.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 09:03 AM

4. Nice try Letanybodyvote

But if they don't have enough sense to go to a relief shelter, nobody can help them.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 09:03 AM

5. the alerter clearly does not understand what a "personal attack" is

i'm interested, fred, exactly what discussionist member was "personally attacked" in this post?

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Response to rampartb (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 09:06 AM

6. ".....what member was 'personally attacked' in this post?....."

Well, shit, I dunno; it looks to have been a reasonably cordial discussion to me.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 09:26 AM

7. Quick! Call the FALN and have some t-shirts printed!

 

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 09:37 AM

8. WHAT DO ORDERLIES SAY?

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 10:00 AM

9. Sure,

because the teachers' union doesn't have an axe to grind.

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Response to Lira (Reply #9)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 10:23 AM

10. Exactly!

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 11:06 AM

11. Newsweek. lol.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 01:54 PM

12. Well given Rump's record on Latinos, this is to be expected.

 

There's a Fascist in the White House.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 02:27 PM

13. Do you ever tire, of capslock?

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Oct 16, 2017, 04:07 PM

14. we...

...need to begin to think about dedicating a wall in Washington, similar to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall, with all the names of those who died do to the incompetence and instability of President Trump his administration...

...IMO, that would go a long way in making America great again...

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Tue Oct 17, 2017, 09:06 AM

15. For this thread

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Tue Oct 17, 2017, 10:53 PM

16. Sick Puerto Ricans suffer as naval hospital ship sits mostly emptynobody knows how to get to it

Trump's incompetence is killing US citizens https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/10/17/1707549/-Sick-Puerto-Ricans-suffer-as-naval-hospital-ship-sits-mostly-empty-nobody-knows-how-to-get-to-it

This is just sad reporting from CNN:

Sammy Rolon is living in a makeshift clinic set up at a school. He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is bedridden. He's waiting for surgery that was scheduled before Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico. Now, he can't even get the oxygen he needs.

There is help available for the 18-year-old -- right offshore. A floating state-of-the-art hospital, the USNS Comfort, could provide critical care, his doctor says.

But nobody knows how to get him there. And Sammy is not alone.
The US Comfort hospital ship was deployed much later than it should have been but even though it's been in Puerto Rico about two weeks now, it's only at 13 percent capacity (33 of 250 beds being used).

Unfortunately, that's just the tip of the iceberg for the challenges facing the U.S. territory. The AP reports that people are bathing in contaminated water and some are even drinking from contaminated streams.

With hundreds of thousands of people still without running water, and 20 of the island’s 51 sewage treatment plants out of service, there are growing concerns about contamination and disease.

“People in the U.S. can’t comprehend the scale and scope of what’s needed,” said Drew Koslow, an ecologist with the nonprofit Ridge to Reefs who recently spent a week in Puerto Rico working with a portable water purification system.
Meanwhile, thousands of Puerto Ricans are fleeing the island without plans to return.

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