Puerto Rican hurricane death toll covered up


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11 June 2018

TYT Politics Reporter Nomiki Konst reports on the response from activists protesting against the US and Puerto Rican governments for their failure to disclose and investigate the accurate number of deaths in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria.

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Dead Puerto Ricans less important than Roseanne Barr?


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Roseanne Got 20x More Coverage Than Bombshell Report On Hurricane Deaths

1 June 2018

On Tuesday, Harvard researchers published a study estimating that approximately 5,000 deaths can be linked to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The same day, ABC canceled Roseanne Barr’s eponymous show Roseanne after Barr sent a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to former President Barack Obama. Cable news covered Barr’s tweet and her show’s cancellation 16 times as much as the deaths of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico.

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A social crime and cover-up exposed. Five thousand deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria: here.

US media turns blind eye to the death of 5,000 Puerto Ricans: here.

Canadian-American comedian Samantha Bee has come under fire from Trump administration figures and right-wing pundits after making a vulgar reference Wednesday to Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, on her late-night TBS program, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” Donald Trump and various Fox News commentators immediately demanded that Bee be fired. The attack on Bee comes in the immediate wake of the cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s “Roseanne” television series after the actress-comedian posted a racist tweet. Trump and company claimed a “liberal double standard” was allowing Bee to keep her show: here.

Hurricane Maria killed over 4,600 Puerto Ricans


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The Real Puerto Rican Death Toll After Hurricane Maria

29 May 2018

How many people died really due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico‘s Hurricane Maria death toll hiked to 4,645, according to Harvard University study: here.

HUGE MARIA DEATH TOLL A new Harvard study revealed that Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico was more than 4,600 — 70 times higher than the official estimate of 64. We explain why the study is absolutely devastating. [HuffPost]

The mortality rate in Puerto Rico rose by 62% [95% confidence interval (CI) 11% to 114%] after Hurricane Maria, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study was conducted in January and February 2018, in collaboration with colleagues from Carlos Albizu University in Puerto Rico and the University of Colorado School of Medicine: here.

United States military plane crash kills Puerto Ricans


This 2 May 2018 video from the USA is called Savannah plane crash aftermath as seen from the sky.

By Alec Andersen in the USA:

Military cargo plane crashes near Savannah, killing nine Puerto Rican crew members

4 May 2018

A Puerto Rico Air National Guard military cargo plane crashed near Savannah, Georgia shortly after takeoff Wednesday, killing all nine people on board. It is the latest in a series of fatal airborne military incidents in the United States over recent years, further underscoring the callous disregard for human life in the upper echelons of the world’s most lavishly-funded military.

The Puerto Rico Air National Guard WC-130 was flying from Savannah, Georgia to Tucson, Arizona when the four-turboprop plane suddenly stalled in midair and banked sharply to the left before nosediving directly into Georgia state Highway 21. Five bodies have thus far been recovered from the wreckage and all nine people on board—five crew and four other military personnel—are presumed dead. Fortunately, no one driving on the stretch of highway at the time was injured.

A spokesperson for the Georgia Air National Guard told reporters that the plane was manufactured in the 1970s, though it was later reported that the plane was at least sixty years old.

Major Paul Dahlen, a spokesperson for the Puerto Rico National Guard (PRNG), said the plane had undergone what he called “routine maintenance” at a hangar in Savannah for “a number of days” before the incident but refused to specify what type of maintenance the plane had received. Subsequent reporting indicates that the aircraft had been at the facility for at least a month.

Dahlen said that the cause of the crash is unknown and that the incident is being investigated by the National Guard Bureau and the US Air Force.

The WC-130 was destined for the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMRG) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. While the PRNG initially described the flight as a “training exercise”, it was later revealed that the C-130 was being flown to the airbase to be retired. Known as “The Boneyard”, the AMRG stockpiles old military aircraft and spacecraft nearing the end of their lifespan.

The crash has been met with widespread anger in Puerto Rico, which remains in a state of utter devastation following the catastrophic damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria last year and official indifference on the part of the US government.

Even before the hurricane, Puerto Rican workers faced a severe economic crisis, with high unemployment and low wages coupled with one of the highest costs of living in the United States. These economic conditions have been exacerbated by a public debt crisis and the Jones Act of 1898, which mandates that only US-flagged vessels may dock at overseas ports of the United States.

Puerto Rico Governor Roberto Rosselló announced nine days of mourning in response to the crash, during which flags will fly at half-mast outside government buildings across the US colony.

Carlos Navaez, a close friend of the pilot, told Noticias NY1 that his friend had expressed concern over the safety of the aircraft he was working with, saying that the planes he flew are the oldest in the United States. The pilot told him that some of the planes have been rebuilt several times over the decades.

Wednesday’s crash represents just the latest in a series of fatal accidents involving military aircraft in the United States over recent years. In July, another C-130 crashed in rural Mississippi on a flight from North Carolina to California, killing 15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman. An investigation into that crash is still ongoing.

In June 2016, a Blue Angels exhibition jet crashed during a Tennessee air show, killing the pilot. Luckily, nobody on the ground was injured. A U-2 spy plane crashed in California in September of the same year, killing one pilot and wounding the other. In April 2017, a single-engine jet crashed and killed three Air Force members.

In March of this year, two pilots died following the crash of their US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet off the coast of Florida. A US Air Force Flight Demonstration F-16 crashed in Nevada last month, killing the pilot.

According to the Military Times, such incidents have increased by 40 percent since 2013 despite the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the US military budget every year.

Puerto Rico’s dialysis patients in trouble


This 18 April 2018 video is called Puerto Rican patients must travel 12 hours for dialysis.

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News:

Puerto Rico’s Slow-Going Recovery Means New Hardship For Dialysis Patients

Sunday, April 22, 2018

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico — As the cry of a rooster heralded the dawn, Joe Garcia, 41, pulled a vial of insulin from the fridge. He filled a syringe and wrapped it in aluminum foil in preparation for the long day ahead.

“I tell him that from here to there, that’ll spoil”, said his mother, Martina Collazo de Jesus, 63, watching the preparations under the fluorescent bulb lighting the family kitchen.

It is a gamble Garcia, who has both diabetes and kidney failure, has taken since Hurricane Maria slammed this Puerto Rican island just east of the main island. More than six months after the storm, Garcia and 13 other Vieques residents must still board a plane three days a week for kidney dialysis on Puerto Rico’s main island.

Hurricane Maria totaled Vieques’ hospital, which housed the island’s only dialysis clinic.

That set off an ongoing crisis for patients with kidney failure such as Garcia — who cannot survive without dialysis and for whom the thrice-weekly round trip to a dialysis center in Humacao on Puerto Rico’s main island, including treatment, takes at least 12 hours.

When seriously ill patients like Garcia will again be able to access their lifesaving treatments in Vieques remains uncertain, as federal, local officials and nonprofit groups debate strategy and finances. No one knows when the hospital will be rebuilt, either. And the government and nonprofit organizations continue to punt the responsibility of paying for the flights.