this is fantastic now children in Puerto Rico wont be able to receive the education they deserve thanks to their messed up government
Its even worse than that. I’m living through it. Not only are schools closing, hospitals are collapsing. Only around 9% of the island has electricity and it comes and goes at times.
People are dying in hospitals because of lack of diesel for the generators, a lot of the water is now infected, there are disease outbreaks and scareceness of food. I am safe, but many are not.
Some have water, others don’t. We need help. Sending money would be helpful but what would help even more would be sending water filters, filtering water bottles, food, medicine, if somehow possible diesel.
All of you reblogging this news helps, but what we need is physical help. If you can’t, then spread the word, but God if you can send supplies… Please… PLEASE do. We are dying. Help us, help us save ourselves. Help us save our people. Help us save out ISLAND.
If you’re not in a position to ship or transport useful items to the island (which is sure as heck the case for me in New Zealand) then the best thing you can do is give money to a reputable relief organisation operating in the area.
You know, every time Puerto Rico comes up I’m reminded of a comment my dad made in a discussion about it, in response to someone claiming that the PR situation is terrible but oh well, what can we do? They’re SO far away after all and the logistic problems are SO hard.
He said, “When the Soviets blockaded the city of Berlin in 1948, America flew in to West Berlin enough supplies to keep the city going by airdrop for over a year. Puerto Rico today isn’t much bigger than Berlin was then, and America has grown immensely in wealth and power since that day. The problem isn’t lack of resources, it’s lack of will.”
Nothing about what’s happening to Puerto Rico (and still happening) is inevitable in any way. This is deliberate. Don’t forget it.
“Nothing about what’s happening to Puerto Rico (and still happening) is inevitable in any way. This is deliberate. Don’t forget it.”
Every time Iran makes the news I’m reminded all over again of how vital it is to distinguish between people and their governments.
Like, that’s something that should almost go without saying and yet is so easily and often forgotten–or deliberately obliterated in nationalist propaganda–and it’s true in so many different places all over the world. (‘Sup, The Russians™?) But it’s downright whiplash-inducing to compare the relationship between the U.S. and Iranian governments with what happens when you actually get Americans and Iranians interacting with each other and/or each other’s cultures. (Usually some variant of “holy shit you guys are awesome.”) It just brings it into such sharp relief.
Anyway. From the inhabitants of the ~~Great Satan~~ to the inhabitants of the ~~Axis of Evil~~: godspeed, you guys are awesome, sorry about the fuckheads who run our country & best of luck braving the fuckheads who run yours, don’t let the bastards grind you down.
1. Caroline John, aka Liz Shaw, has died. :( It has not been a good couple of years for the wider Who family. I wonder if they'll dedicate any of the new episodes to her.
2. This story will simultaneously deplete and restore one's faith in humanity. You've probably seen it already, but basically some people who were assholes tormented an elderly lady into tears, it was caught on camera, and then some people who weren't assholes started raising money for her to have a holiday, and now her fund is up to eighteen thousand dollars. (I haven't watched the video of her being bullied, I don't know if I will…) So yeah. She can probably afford to retire now, which is nice.