abandoned puerto rico

Where is the help? Where is the help from the mainland? Where is the Department of Defense? The Government? Our Governor Rosello is doing his best but we need the kind of resources that the Department of Defense can provide in terms of setting up a communications system in order to provide the basic needs of the Puerto Rican people.

they are running out of supplies. the temperature is UNBEARABLE. diesel generators are keeping patients alive in Puerto Rico. The hospital floor is covered in a half inch of water. Dr. Iván González Cancel, cardiovascular surgeon, from Centro Cardiovascular in San Juan said ”If you are sick in Puerto Rico I have to say the best thing, if you can afford it, get on a plane and abandon the island.

Una residencia abandonada en Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

De acuerdo a varios miembros del grupo de Facebook: “HATO REY Y RIO PIEDRAS - SU HISTORIA EN FOTOS Y DOCUMENTOS“  La casa perteneció al profesor de electrónica y Artes & Industriales de la UPR Rio Piedras, Raúl Cruz.  El le hizo el segundo y tercer piso pero murió antes de terminarla.  (A principios de los 80’s)  después pasó a manos de Aaron, de la religión Mita antes de construir el templo en Hato Rey.

An abandoned residence in Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico. According to several members of the Facebook group ““HATO REY Y RIO PIEDRAS - SU HISTORIA EN FOTOS Y DOCUMENTOS“ The house belonged to the professor of electronics and Arts & Industrial of the UPR Rio Piedras, Raúl Cruz. He made the second and third floor but died before he finished. (In the early 80’s) later passed into the hands of Aaron, of the Mita religion before he built the temple in Hato Rey.

Abandoning Puerto Rico would be an impeachable offense
More than 80 percent of Puerto Rico is still in the dark, more than a third of its residents still have no clean drinking water, much of the island’s infrastructure still lies in ruins — and President Trump cruelly threatens to cut off federal aid. Doing so would be government by spite and should be considered an impeachable offense.
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Puerto Rico, as any fifth-grader knows, is part of the America that Trump promises to make great again. But the mayor of San Juan had the temerity to criticize the Trump administration’s response to the calamity of Hurricane Maria as slow and inadequate. For Trump, everything is always all about Trump. He desperately craves adulation.

The president complained Sunday on Twitter, “Nobody could have done what I’ve done for #PuertoRico with so little appreciation. So much work!” Note the use of “I” instead of “we” or even “my administration.” For the record, what Trump has done personally for the people of Puerto Rico is playfully toss rolls of paper towels into a crowd.

The administration has done much more, of course. But desperate people — still facing critical shortages of food and water three weeks after the storm — are demanding more action. This makes them “ingrates” in Trump’s eyes.

Sadly, those are the kinds of words we’ve come to expect from this president. But on Thursday he went beyond his usual self-pitying, self-justifying blather to make an outrageous threat: “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

That culminated a series of blame-the-victim tweets about how Puerto Ricans face “a financial crisis . . . largely of their own making” and how “electric and all infrastructure was [a] disaster before hurricanes.” The need to solve the island’s debt problem and update its infrastructure is worthy of serious discussion, but not while people are having to collect unpurified water in buckets from mountain springs — and not as some kind of justification for cutting off relief aid.

This may be the most un-American thing Trump has ever said or done. I am serious that if he actually withdraws emergency assistance while Puerto Rico is still in such condition, Congress should begin impeachment proceedings.

Presidents do not get to pick and choose which Americans to help at times of disaster. We are one country, and we do what we must to help fellow citizens in need. We saw it during this long, terrible hurricane season, in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Texas, Florida — strangers helping strangers, regardless of race, income, political views. We are seeing it now as firefighters from around the country converge on Northern California to attack the deadly blazes that are still burning out of control.

It is wrong to describe Trump as any kind of nationalist if he fails to grasp the most fundamental of nationalistic precepts: We leave none of our own on the battlefield.

The responsibility of the federal government is to keep FEMA workers, military personnel and other first responders in Puerto Rico as long as necessary. It is important to do so because their presence will save lives. It is also important because doing anything else would violate the American compact. If Trump really were to turn his back on Puerto Rico, he would be guilty of a “high crime” and disqualified to continue in office.

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Puerto Rico may lose millions of its residents

It seems that the prediction I made a few weeks ago about a wholesale abandonment of Puerto Rico is becoming reality. I wrote 

It’s relatively easy for Puerto Ricans to leave Puerto Rico. As US citizens, they can move anywhere in the country, and with 5.4 million Puerto Ricans in the mainland US, they have lots of friends and family to help them transition off island. And American Airlines has capped one-way fares at $99.

So, of the remaining 3.3 million left on the island, many are predicting 100,000 to 200,000 will leave, perhaps forever.

I think that is way low. My prediction is that over the next two years over a million will depart, and maybe more.

The Governor of Puerto Rico is saying that without an enormous injection of capital into the island’s finances, the out-migration will be vast:

Peter Whoriskey | ‘Shrinking, shrinking, shrinking’: Puerto Rico faces a demographic disaster

Now, even as officials in Washington and Puerto Rico undertake the recovery, residents are expected to leave en masse, fueling more economic decline and potentially accelerating a vicious cycle.

“We are watching a real live demographic and population collapse on a monumental scale,” according to Lyman Stone, an independent migration researcher and economist at the Agriculture Department. The hurricane hit “might just be the kick in the pants Puerto Rico needs to really fall off this demographic cliff into total epochal-level demographic disaster.”


Indeed, at a news conference last week, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló warned that without significant help, “millions” could leave for the U.S. mainland.

You’re not going to get hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans moving to the States — you’re going to get millions,” Rosselló said. “You’re going to get millions, creating a devastating demographic shift for us here in Puerto Rico.”

As I wrote a few weeks ago,

The Commonwealth is broke. The US government doesn’t seem likely to step in and counter the debts that will hobble the region. Why would people stay and shoulder the burden? Maybe they should all depart, and leave the empty island to the creditors.

Priyanka Chopra, Octavia Spencer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Patty Jenkins, Kelly Clarkson to Be Honored at Variety’s Power of Women
By Variety Staff

Variety has announced the honorees for the annual Power of Women luncheon, which will take place October 13 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons. The event, in partnership with Lifetime Television, honors some of Hollywood’s most philanthropic women whose efforts have made a significant impact to their chosen charities and causes.

This years event honors Priyanka Chopra (UNICEF), Kelly Clarkson (QX Super School), Patty Jenkins (Anti-Recidivism Coalition), Michelle Pfeiffer (Environmental Working Group), and Octavia Spencer (City Year). The Power of Women luncheon is tied to Variety‘s annual Women’s Impact Report, which profiles the most impactful women working in the entertainment industry this year. All of the honorees will be featured on the covers of the October 10 issue of Variety.

“We are once again honored to partner with Lifetime to present our Power of Women event,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, group publisher and chief revenue officer of Variety. “At the heart of this event is a desire to promote the importance of philanthropy within the entertainment community. This year’s honorees are passionate and inspiring women working to help shine a light on causes important to them. We hope it inspires others to do the same.”

The Moroccanoil Inspiration To Action award will be given to Moroccanoil Inspired By Women ambassador Chrissy Beckles, founder and president of the Sato Project which rescues abused and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico. The Variety 2017 EmPOWerment Award will be given to chairman and CEO of Salesforce Marc Benioff, who has worked to address unexplained differences in pay between gender, race, and ethnicity among employees within the company.

Also at the event, Audi will debut a Variety-produced video entitled “EQUAL,” showcasing the Power of Women honorees and select honorees from the Women’s Impact List talking about the importance of gender equality in the entertainment workplace.

Una residencia antigua abandonada en la Avenida Baldorioty de Castro,  San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Según información provista por varios miembros del grupo SANTURCE, MIRAMAR Y CONDADO, PUERTO RICO - EN FOTOS Y DOCUMENTOS DEL AYER,  la residencia le perteneció al Sr. Carmelo,  listero de los camiones durante la construcción del caserío Luis Llorens Torres.   Luego el permaneció en ella, lo trataron de desterrar en corte y no pudieron. El acuerdo fue que él podía quedarse hasta su muerte por ley de uso y costumbre pero no era transferible ni heredable.  El Sr. Carmelo ya falleció.

An old abandoned residence located in the Baldorioty de Castro Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico.   

According to information provided by some members of the SANTURCE, MIRAMAR Y CONDADO, PUERTO RICO - EN FOTOS Y DOCUMENTOS DEL AYER Facebook group, The residence belonged to Mr. Carmelo, the timekeeper of trucks during construction of the Public apartment complex Luis Llorens Torres. Then he stayed on it; they tried to banish him in court and could not. The agreement was that he could remain until his death by law and custom use but was not transferable or inheritable. Mr. Carmelo already died.