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Harvard Study Puts Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico at Nearly 6,000 People—70 Times Official Count


Harvard Study Puts Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico at Nearly 6,000 People—70 Times Official Count

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

A study published Tuesday in The New England Journal of Medicine estimates that nearly 6,000 people died in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, with a survey indicating the mortality rate is likely more than 70 times the highly contested official death toll of 64.


The revised death toll had nothing to do with how this handled by the Trump Administration. The Trump Administration was only responsible for the lower fabricated number.

Now Sarcasm off.

16 people certified," Trump said. “Sixteen people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people and all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud. Everybody watching can really be very proud of what’s taken place in Puerto Rico.”

Ok Herr Trump. NOW what?


The official hurricane season starts in 3 days, and our fellow Americans are still living in destruction. This is what we have become. Those of you who live on the East and Gulf Coasts take note, were next.
I thought it was bad here on the MS coast after Katrina, P.R. makes that look like a walk in the park.


5,740 / 64 is ~90, not 70. So the difference is nearly 30% worse than represented by this story. (To be fair, 90 is “nearly 70” in some universii.)


I hope the people of Puerto Rico remember this: they literally don’t count.


We the People must never trust anything this administration says.

Trump’s a pathological liar and he’s infected “our” government with his evilness.


How could they forget. I think that most of them knew that even before the Hurricane.


Disaster Capitalism at it’s finest. We have reduced human misery into an art form of greed and opportunism. In the fog of disaster the rich use the confusion and chaos to mask their nefarious activities and financial crimes. They get richer, we fall further into the despotism of the corporate elite.


It’s coming very soon. We’re on the verge of an economic collapse far bigger than 2008’s. The corporate dems helped weaken Dodd Frank more and the collapse is intentional. Goldman Sachs setup the Greek collapse.

Look what’s going on and pay attention to the “New Dems” Caucas

“The repeal bill was a major priority for industry. As The Intercept has reported, the bill loosens an array of regulations, including reporting requirements used to counter racial discrimination in lending practices. The bill also crucially shrank the amount of capital reserve banks must maintain and raised the threshold at which banks are required to comply with heightened risk-management regulations — all of it with the consequence of introducing more risk into the system.”

“The House Democrats who backed the bill are broadly a coalition of New Democrats and Blue Dogs, who are self-consciously pro-business, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who have been the target of focused lobbying campaigns by Wall Street.”

“Himes is a former Goldman Sachs banker, and many of the supporters of the repeal bill have received significant financial support from the banking lobby. Himes bristled at the suggestion that the banks had significant influence over the vote, and when his former career in the industry was brought up, said it made no difference.”

"In one unusual twist, the American Bankers Association decided to use a 501©(4) nonprofit to air a campaign-style television advertisement in support of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., one of the leading sponsors of the repeal measure, who is facing a tough re-election this year. The decision to use such a nonprofit to air the ad conceals the source of the funding, a strategy commonly referred to as “dark money.”

"Both Delaney and Himes are members of the New Dem caucus, a group of business-centric Democrats. Of the 33 House Democrats voting in support of the repeal bill, 27 are members of the New Dems. Himes is the chair of the group. The New Dem PAC, which has worked to recruit more moderate Democrats as candidates for Congress this year, receives significant funding from the banking industry."

“Trump, at the bill-signing ceremony, gloated about receiving support from the Democratic Party, a voting bloc that made passage possible in the Senate. “Dodd-Frank was something they said could not be touched and, honestly, a lot of great Democrats knew that it had to be done,” he said.”

The point is as, wallstreetonparade.com keeps pointing out, that when we lose money the corporations causing the crash and shorting the stocks gain that money.
What many don’t realize is they’ve de-regulated to the point that our personal bank accounts are now held in the balance and being traded on - this has been illegal since the 1930’s. But, the law banning that was weakend in 2017. People are already losing their money in their bank accounts as bad trades are made. The weakening of Dodd Frank makes the banks and wallstreet not responsible for what they are setting us up for. We really are about to get pillaged.

More on banking regulation role backs


“We know that the major players on Wall Street never seriously considered honoring the intent of the Volcker Rule because two years after the passage of Dodd-Frank, JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank on Wall Street, was caught gambling in its insured bank using exotic derivative trades in London to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars while losing at least $6.2 billion of depositors’ money in the process.” – They are doing that here already.

Get your money out of the big banks, kids, and into local credit unions. All should also be worried about their 401k’s because they are specifically targeted.


So then what is the plan? Rebuild?

Ignore the fact that this is only going to get worse?

Puerto Rico, unfortunately, is the example of what is about to happen to the rest of the world.

Habitat overshoot and climate change and overpopulation - The perfect storm.


Let’s write the history.

Some brave responders, mostly certain Puerto Rican residents themselves, thought nothing of themselves and stepped into the breech after Trump Airlines smashed into the two towers and killed 6,000 people. Something like that.

I expect that some non-electricians volunteering their services to their desperate communities, using bad linemen’s equipment, may have been electrocuted. Surely we shall remember the early responders for ever and ever. We sure aren’t going to care about Whitefish Energy up in Whitefish, Montana.

The memorial to the 6,000 dead American citizens was a stunning piece of architecture, with the name of every victim listed. Never again! Well OK there wasn’t any memorial at all built to this travesty.

The red-hot anger felt by all Americans was translated into a declaration of war on … maybe Venezuela.


Pulled, I got the plane number(MH370 - still missing) wrong and mixed up with MH17.


RainyInSeattle…I believe the MH17 passengers from Malaysia became MH370 that crashed in or near Russia. First responders claimed no blood to be found on the victims who were determined to have been dead much earlier and treated chemically to use later. There was a story at VeteransToday that layed out the deceit.


The government had no money to give out ice after the hurricane that hit Florida last year. Electricity out for nearly a week, go pay $3+ for a small bag of ice that itself was hard to locate for days. A stark change from 10 years earlier when food was readily available and given to the public after a hurricane.


Since the US is apparently unable to care for it’s citizens, the people of Puerto Rico should be given the option to secede from the US and join Cuba. Cuba, even though it is poor, knows how to take care of it’s citizens and would not abandon them as the US has done.


May have been using the Harvard study estimated total of 4,645/64 = 72. So, this universe then.


That para characterizes 4,645 as the “initial estimate”, but goes on to say the Harvard study “adjusted” its estimate to 5,740. So, yeah, it’s ~90 x 64, not 70 x 64.


Our entire response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria is a national disgrace that should be investigated by the United Nations. We treated the nations who attacked our country and our allies in World War II, and defeated in war, better than we have treated our own territory, inhabited by American citizens, who suffered a natural disaster for which they were not responsible.

When is Congress going to call Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, to account for the vicious assault by the federal agency responsible for the deaths of thousands of Puerto Ricans.

And, one year later, the assault continues, and people are still dying.