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FYI: How us Puerto Rico Doing ?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 11, 2017 05:17PM
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Death toll at 45, with over a hundred still missing. Infection and Illness risks are increasing as the people struggle in the polluted aftermath.
[www.cnn.com]

Aid is getting there, but it's hard. Transportation to the island, and transportation within the island, is still difficult. Power is still mostly out, roads are still mostly closed / destroyed.

Mainlanders have, in the main, been able to evacuate, as air travel is back to 100%.

(Remember kids... this is part of the United States...)
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Re: FYI: How us Puerto Rico Doing ?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: October 11, 2017 05:46PM
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(Remember kids... this is part of the United States...)

I really don't think that the majority of the United States realizes this. Then again, it isn't a state...and our name IS the United States. We really need to either make it a state or let it go on it's own. Same with the rest of the non-state areas of the country.



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Re: FYI: How us Puerto Rico Doing ?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: October 11, 2017 06:36PM
They have held several referendums on the statehood issue and it's been voted down every time, though it was close a few times. This might force the issue though. If they were a state they'd likely get more aid, the US would have bailed them out of their debt crisis, and they wouldn't be as poverty stricken most likely. Planet Money on NPR did a very good series covering the financial issues in Puerto Rico. Things have only gotten worse since then.

[www.npr.org]

edit: as recently as June of this year (2017) they held a vote to become a US State and it was approved...unfortunately it was a non-binding vote that didn't really mean anything.

[www.npr.org]



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/11/2017 06:39PM by ztirffritz.
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Re: FYI: How us Puerto Rico Doing ?
Posted by: Microman
Date: October 11, 2017 06:40PM
Who invaded it before the US?, to claim it for themselves, I forget the story.
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Re: FYI: How us Puerto Rico Doing ?
Posted by: billb
Date: October 11, 2017 06:40PM
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Re: FYI: How us Puerto Rico Doing ?
Posted by: billb
Date: October 11, 2017 06:42PM
some people are proud of their heritage



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Re: FYI: How us Puerto Rico Doing ?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: October 11, 2017 06:44PM
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Who invaded it before the US?, to claim it for themselves, I forget the story.

It was a Spanish colony. The US won PR, Cuba, and a few other territories following the Spanish American War.



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Re: FYI: How us Puerto Rico Doing ?
Posted by: Microman
Date: October 11, 2017 08:56PM
Makes me wonder, if there would have been a Viet Nam if France had not colonized it. Watching recent Ken Burns doc.
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Re: FYI: How us Puerto Rico Doing ?
Posted by: GGD
Date: October 11, 2017 09:13PM
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Same with the rest of the non-state areas of the country.

Like the District of Columbia?
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Re: FYI: How us Puerto Rico Doing ?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: October 12, 2017 05:11PM
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Same with the rest of the non-state areas of the country.

Like the District of Columbia?
That is a whole different animal. That is a federal zone.



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Re: FYI: How us Puerto Rico Doing ?
Posted by: max
Date: October 13, 2017 01:54AM
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Makes me wonder, if there would have been a Viet Nam if France had not colonized it. Watching recent Ken Burns doc.

Vietnam was Vietnam before the French arrival for close to 900 years and after their departure it remained Vietnam without any French assistance.....
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Re: FYI: How us Puerto Rico Doing ?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: October 13, 2017 03:17PM
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Makes me wonder, if there would have been a Viet Nam if France had not colonized it. Watching recent Ken Burns doc.

Vietnam was Vietnam before the French arrival for close to 900 years and after their departure it remained Vietnam without any French assistance.....

Much too simplistic characterization of the history of the country. The French takeover in the mid-1800's was supported largely by the Catholic Vietnamese who benefitted greatly under the French administration of the country. Much of the conflict after the end of French rule was between a South with a leadership heavy with Catholic Vietnamese wishing to retain their positions of power and a North that wasn't. Most of the Catholics in the North fled south during the partition that was supposed to be temporary until elections in 1956.

Without about a century of being in favor with the French there would have been a much different division of power and influence in the country. That would have made a big difference in what happened after WW II and the end of Japanese control.
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