Nicole Olivelli : Vieques is suffering big time. Parts have had no power since Irma on 9/8/17. Water outages that last a week or longer are still common. Our mayor had been “suspended” (which should of happened long ago). 99% of people with insurance received an insultingly low payment or none at all. It has been 5+ months and personally we live in the 2 dry rooms of my home with my 8 satos, 1 a makeshift kitchen…the other a bedroom. We are connected to the town generator do we have sporadic power. We also consider ourselves lucky.
Nicole Olivelli: Friends, This was posted yesterday by a friend who has worked non-stop volunteering her time and nursing skills to help the many residents of Vieques who have been forgotten by the “system”–in other words our local, “state” and Federal government. This is a just a drop in the bucket of the number of citizens here who have NEEDLESSLY died since Irma and Maria.
Lisa Young: I’m a nurse who is a VIEQUES resident. 7 people died last week. Preventable deaths. 2 took their own lives due to agonizing pain (no class 3 meds here for end- stage cancer, etc), 2 due to lack of oxygen tanks, 2 because of unavailability of appropriate insulins and 1 from a brain bleed which would’ve been a simple surgical procedure. Our hospital is condemned, the field tents have been relocated, there is no 911 system, etc, etc.
And that’s my 2 minute review of today’s reality. How sad that there’s no cyber interest in this humanitarian crisis….
Ok, here is how I see what is happening in the USA right now.
Trump and his followers fear immigrants are trying to take over the country and are stealing jobs; therefore, invaders must be stopped! These fears are stoked daily by FoxNews. To protect themselves, the FoxNews viewing audience buys guns to protect themselves against foreigners.
Now, I read that FoxNews is aiding and abetting Russian trolls to take over the country by brainwashing American citizens and controlling them to act against the their own best interests and against National security.
In response, thousands of other frightened citizens rush to buy weapons to protect themselves, not realizing that the ideological dangers they fear cannot be stopped by a bullet no matter how well aimed and powerful.
On the other hand all this hysteria is making gun manufacturers richer and more powerful.
At the same time the personal safety of all Americans is severely compromised every time a weapon gets into the hands of angry, mentally challenged, emotionally unstable individuals. The result of this epidemic of mass shootings is to rush out to buy weapons for protection.
And so the cycle continues.
Are Americans so dominated by fear and hatred that they cannot understand the results of weapons in the hands of a fearful people, who only want to be safe, yet have evolved into the danger everyone fears?
Donald Trump’s “shit hole” remark was and always will be absolutely unacceptable. Those politicians, who were present and who claim not to recall the remark, insult our intelligence; each time I hear that flimsy excuse the angrier I become.
As they choose to cover up the incident they are complicit in the hatred, the bigotry and the slander, which is the mantle that the president and many in his party choose to wear.
We people of the United States deserve better than spineless political hacks serving in our government. We cannot forget and we must not forgive those who repeatedly seek to humiliate us.
At night I look up at the stars. First, I look for Orion; his belt has three stars, and I wonder if any of my distant ancestors ever stared at the night sky, swatting away mosquitoes and wondering who the hell is Orion? Well, of course, there was!
Leo, I don’t believe I am at the end of life; because, except for a few relatives who died young due to hunger, poverty or plague, my family on both sides — except papi— is known for its longevity.
(My Papi died of a heart attack at 63. The two of us were walking down a street in the Bronx when he fell to the ground and died in my arms.)
I don’t have heart disease; that is for sure.
Of course, people die for many reasons. If heart disease doesn’t kill you, Cancer will, or a runaway bus. All I know is we don’t know when or why our time is up. But then that wasn’t the important question anyway.
Who was she — that ancient ancestor of mine, who stared up at Orion? How overwhelmed by the grandeur must she have been that she created a story to explain the magic of lights in the heavens?
Around the campfires she told and retold her stories — yes, stories as in the plural because no decent storyteller stops at just one — anyhow, she told her stories until everyone believed they were true. It is certain her inheritors safeguarded the stories of mighty Orion; because, they were the heritage and birthright of all who listened.
Tumbling through the eons Orion arrived here, a little less glossy than he was — reduced from a god to a myth, but he made it and not too many others could say that. Perhaps as a kindness, Orion brought with him my unknown, unnamed ancestress, whose stories touched billions of people, making him famous on their journeys through time. I’m proud of her.
I wonder what her name was? What she looked like; how she lived and died? Occasionally, when I was younger I used to wonder if her truth is any less than Einstein’s? But now that I am older and wiser, I know Einstein still has a little catching up to do.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” — Søren Kierkegaard
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.” — Donald Trump
In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein people of low ability suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their cognitive ability as greater than it is. The cognitive bias of illusory superiority derives from the metacognitive inability of low-ability persons to recognize their own ineptitude; without the self-awareness of metacognition, low-ability people cannot objectively evaluate their actual competence or incompetence. –Wikipedia
In the end, it is the fault of the people — those who voted and those who did not vote — all the people who accepted the status quo and/ or ran away from a Citizen’s greatest responsibility, to hold government accountable.