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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Donald Trump on Tuesday touted the "incredible, unsung success" of the federal response last year in Puerto Rico, where the government estimates nearly 3,000 died as a result of Hurricane Maria. Hurricane Florence: Trump says government 'absolutely, totally prepared' Read more The president's remarks drew swift condemnation from the island and the mainland as Trump sought to assure the public that his administration was as "ready as anybody has ever been" for the powerful 500-mile wide Hurricane Florence swirling toward the Carolina coast. "This is an offensive, hurtful and blatantly false comment from the president," Senate minority leader Charles Schumer tweeted on Tuesday. "Nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. That is the complete opposite of ‘success.'" Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan and a fierce critic of Trump, said his comments added "insult to injury".

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I can't think of any ocassion Trump hasn't referred to what he sees as his own genius.

Boaz, this is what a narcissist looks like. A malignant narcissist is one who abets killing three thousand people while bragging about it.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-09-12 08:31 AM | Reply


... Donald Trump on Tuesday touted the "incredible, unsung success" of the federal response last year in Puerto Rico ...

I suspect this is one of the reasons why Pres Trump rains so much disdain down upon the press --- the press reports the facts of the situation and not the imagined reality that Pres Trump lives in.

I also suspect that Pres Trump's aides are quite obsequious with him... "Of course Mr President, you did a great job in Puerto Rico. Great job! Everybody thinks so."

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-09-12 09:32 AM | Reply

Please tell me about the supplies delivered that are still setting on the palets. The electric grid was in shambles before the storm.

#3 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-09-12 03:39 PM | Reply

Please tell me about the supplies delivered that are still setting on the palets.

#3 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-09-12 03:39 PM | Reply

Please tell me why it isn't Trump's government accounting for the dead?

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2018-09-12 03:51 PM | Reply

What appears to be millions of bottles of water -- delivered by FEMA for victims of Hurricane Maria -- have sat unused on a runway in Puerto Rico since last year. At this point, the water is presumed to be unfit for drinking.
What's the story?

Abdiel Santana, a photographer who works for the Puerto Rico police, said that he first saw the water in October or November 2017. There are, apparently, at least hundreds of thousands, and perhaps millions, of water bottles sitting at an airport in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria had hit the island last September.

On Tuesday, Santana posted pictures of the water bottles on his Facebook page, noting that it was still on the tarmac a year later.

#5 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-09-12 03:52 PM | Reply

Why isn't Trump accounting for the dead?

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2018-09-12 03:56 PM | Reply

Or, if you will, why doesn't Trump want to account for the dead?

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2018-09-12 03:57 PM | Reply

Or, do the dead in the case matter?

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2018-09-12 03:58 PM | Reply

Trick question.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2018-09-12 03:58 PM | Reply

Donald better not screw this storm up. It's going to hit two red states and millions of white people.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2018-09-12 03:58 PM | Reply

In Donnie's mind, everything he does is tremendously tremendous!

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-12 04:03 PM | Reply

#5 Great job donnie, you sent too many water bottles and let 3000 americans die.
More Republican incompetance that killed another 3000 people.

#12 | Posted by bored at 2018-09-12 06:52 PM | Reply

Please tell me about the supplies delivered that are still setting on the palets. The electric grid was in shambles before the storm.

#3 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Wasn't FEMA supposed to be distributing the supplies? How were Puerto Ricans expected to know where they were and how would they have gotten to them?

You say the electrical grid was in shambles before the storm yet pretty well everybody had electricity.

#13 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2018-09-13 02:19 PM | Reply

Few academic studies have received as much media coverage as a new report, published by the New England Journal of Medicine, that the death toll in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria was much higher than official estimates of 64.

Most of the articles on the study funded by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health focused on one particular number: 4,645 "excess deaths" from Sept. 20 through Dec. 31, 2017. The report stirred outrage and anger. Here's a widely cited tweet that attempted to put the number in perspective:

But there's a problem: This is not a verified number, unlike body counts in wars. The Harvard study offers only an estimate – a midpoint along a broad range of possibilities. It is not based on death records, only estimates of deaths from people who were interviewed in a survey.

In effect, the researchers took one number – 15 deaths identified from a survey of 3,299 households – and extrapolated that to come up with 4,645 deaths across the island. That number came with a very large caveat, clearly identified in the report, but few news media accounts bothered to explain the nuances.

#14 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-09-13 04:20 PM | Reply

#14 | Posted by 43 PLONKS! at 2018-09-13 04:20 PM

All too often, the news media grabs onto a number in an academic report and puts it in headlines, ignoring the caveats deep in the report. Given that this report is based on a survey, with potentially huge margins of error, it should be treated cautiously. Five other studies, based on preliminary death certificate data, have all come up with much lower numbers – about 1,000 in the two weeks after the storm. That's still 15 times higher than the official count, which is bad enough.

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Nothing quite like posting an unsourced string of text that even the Washington Post said should be treated cautiously.

And further ignoring the fact that five other studies came up with about 1,000 deaths two weeks the storm, a number that is 15 times higher than the official count cited by by President Fat Clemenza.

Figures that 43 PLONKS! would miss that.

#15 | Posted by Hans at 2018-09-13 04:47 PM | Reply

Please tell me about the supplies delivered that are still setting on the palets. The electric grid was in shambles before the storm.

#3 | Posted by Sniper

Your house is probably in a shambles too... what does that have to do with letting ~3000 people die from negligence?

We thought it was going to be Humpy's "Katrina".

But, it turned out to be his "9/11".

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-09-13 04:54 PM | Reply

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