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Mon Jun 4, 2018, 12:39 AM

Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria

Trump is a failure as a president. Trump threw paper towels in Puerto Rico and claimed that he saved lives. That claim is false https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/harvard-study-estimates-thousands-died-in-puerto-rico-due-to-hurricane-maria/2018/05/29/1a82503a-6070-11e8-a4a4-c070ef53f315_story.html?utm_term=.7d98b08d896f

Miliana Montanez cradled her mother’s head as she lay dying on the floor of her bedroom here, gasping for air and pleading for help.

There was nothing her family could do. It took 20 minutes to find cellular reception to make a 911 call. Inoperative traffic signals slowed down the ambulance struggling to reach their neighborhood through crippling congestion.

Ivette Leon’s eyes bulged in terror as she described to her daughter the tiny points of light that appeared before her. She took one last desperate gulp of air just as paramedics arrived. Far too late.

More than eight months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island’s slow recovery has been marked by a persistent lack of water, a faltering power grid and a lack of essential services — all imperiling the lives of many residents, especially the infirm and those in remote areas hardest hit in September.

A new Harvard study published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that at least 4,645 deaths can be linked to the hurricane and its immediate aftermath, making the storm far deadlier than previously thought. Official estimates have placed the number of dead at 64, a count that has drawn sharp criticism from experts and local residents and spurred the government to order an independent review that has yet to be completed.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 12:41 AM

1. From the winner of the 2016 popular vote

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 08:06 AM

7. Trump should cancel hurricane season this year. Give people a break

from climate change for a while.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 09:44 AM

9. Maybe if those people and their govt weren't so corrupt less people would have died

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 12:42 AM

2. Even the PR gov't says 64...

Some pinhead collegiate study says 4500...

lmao.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 12:58 AM

3. "Mouth-breathers" by default will dismiss this report as it originated for "Harvard"... eom

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 08:35 AM

8. Here is the problem...

I read the premise of the study, not the entire thing but you dont need to when you know that the study says people were supposed to have died from effects of the storm over several months. This is such an ambiguous idea as to be laughable.

Consider this, I know a man who broke his leg in 1987 as a result of a Tornado. He died last year of sepsis due to an infection in the plate they used to fix his leg. By the basis of this study, he should be listed as an official victim of the 1987 tornado.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 02:53 AM

4. The Puerto Rican government is riddled with corrupt people out for themselves

It's like thousands of Hillary Clintons running an island.

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Response to foia (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 06:25 AM

5. Ours isn't ?

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Response to RATFINK_5.0 (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 07:38 AM

6. Hillary has taken political grifting to a whole new level.

Maybe she's the best at it 'cuz she's a womyn. They're smarter and stuff, ya know? Just ask one.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 09:45 AM

10. This feckless cunt has any room to talk after her "foundation" totally raped the relief efforts in

Haiti

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 10:17 AM

11. The midterms are coming!

The midterms coming!

I must get out and spread my propaganda!

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 10:25 AM

12. Letmypeoplecommitfelonies is a failure as a poster

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 10:25 AM

13. The Shame in Puerto Rico - By The NYT Editorial Board

From the NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/03/opinion/puerto-rico-hurricane-deaths.html

It is eight months now since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, leveling 70,000 homes and leaving 3.3 million people without power or water and the health care system in tatters. By any measure, the catastrophe was on a level with Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, two other storms that devastated large regions of America. But the response, as demonstrated most recently by a report that estimates the death toll as more than 70 times larger than the official one, has been slow and inadequate.

There are various reasons for that, including Puerto Rico’s distance from the United States mainland and local mismanagement, the latter exemplified by an infamous repair contract inexplicably granted soon after the hurricane to a Montana firm with two employees. The bankruptcy of the island has made federal legislators wary of how relief funds are disbursed. But the chief reason has been the perception in Washington, and especially in the White House, of Puerto Rico as a second-class United States territory where poverty, hardship and shoddy government are accepted as the norm.

That was memorably underscored by President Trump in the aftermath of the hurricane, first in his callous tweets assailing the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz — “they want everything to be done for them” — and then on his visit to the island, where he said Puerto Ricans should be “very proud” that only 16 people had died, unlike the toll in a “real catastrophe” like Katrina, which took 1,833 lives. The official Puerto Rican toll now stands at 64, which nobody has ever believed.

That absurd figure, and that condescension, are what make the study by independent researchers from Harvard and other institutions, published Tuesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, so needed. After surveying random households across the island and comparing mortality rates they encountered to those before Maria, they came up with an estimated 4,645 additional deaths through the end of the year — a third of them people who died for lack of medical

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Jun 4, 2018, 01:39 PM

14. Your propaganda has been a failure for at least the last two years.

Hillary is a failure as a president, she couldn't get elected.

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