The Berlin Airlift

Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands were demolished by Hurricane Maria. Days after, power, fuel, communications, infrastructure, supplies are slowly making their way by ship to the millions of people living without electricity, running water, medicine, DIAPERS * (see below).
 
In 1948-1949 we mounted the Berlin Airlift. In 11 months over 300,000 flights were made, 3000 tons food, equipment dropped every day. A plane landed or took off every 30 seconds. 80 years ago, after the depletion of World War 2, we successfully broke the Soviet blockade. We recognized we had the humanitarian obligation to feed, shelter, care for the innocents.In 1948-1949 we mounted the Berlin Airlift. In 11 months over 300,000 flights were made, 3000 tons food, equipment dropped every day.  A plane landed or took off every 30 seconds. 80 years ago, after the depletion of World War 2, we successfully broke the Soviet blockade. We recognized we had the humanitarian obligation to feed, shelter, care for the innocents.
 
Why can’t we do that now for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Dominica, CUBA? In 2017 our national discussion is “are football players who Take A Knee in protest are unAmerican, traitors to our flag & anthem.”
 
What the fuck did we fight for in all the wars, battles, invasions? Our lofty goal was to defend democracy, spread American freedom to a yearning world but now the USA is “America FIRST, FOREMOST, ONLY.”
 
BTW – Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands are American Territories. We should at least be helping “our people”.
DIAPERS DESPERATELY NEEDED 
* As the mother of twins I know infants can go through 5 – 10 diapers a day. Relief agencies, FEMA don’t supply diapers for some God-forsaken reason.
Ever see a Diaper Rash? A really bad Diaper Rash?  When their little bottoms are so raw, skin oozing blood, open sores, infected? The pain is excruciating.
Time spent too long in dirty diapers causes Diaper Rash. If there’s no running water it’s impossible to care for their wounds.

Jimmy Kimmel speaks as a Dad

“Senator John Cassidy started telling people that any plan he supports would have to pass what he called ‘the Jimmy Kimmel test.’ And then he teamed up with Senator Lindsey Graham to write a bill that most definitely does not pass that test.

It doesn’t protect people from having their rates jacked up for pre-existing conditions, doesn’t prevent insurance companies from putting lifetime caps on how much they’ll spend on a person with medical issues, and it cuts a huge amount of money, maybe hundreds of billions of dollars in health care funding.

And Americans understandably, especially, do not like the idea of being priced out of insurance for a pre-existing condition.”

Source:  realclearpolitics.com


Some of the groups opposing Obamacare repeal with inadequate replace:

Source: Cooper.House.gov

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

National Physicians Alliance

National Partnership Women and Families:

National Disability Rights Network

American Public Health Association

America’s Hospitals and Health Systems

America’s Essential Hospitals

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Hospital Association & Federation of American Hospitals

American Medical Association

AARP

American Health Care Association (AHCA)

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare

National Center for Transgender Equality

Catholic Health Association of the United States

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

National Education Association

American Federation for Suicide Prevention

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

HIV Medicine Association

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

MomsRising

Children’s Defense Fund

Families USA

Consumers Union

Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK Advocates for Catholic Social Justice

Young Invincibles

Planned Parenthood: One in five women in America has relied on Planned Parenthood, and their health care shouldn’t get caught up in congressional Republicans’ extreme agenda. This proposal would deny millions of women access to cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and treatment.

Source: Cooper.House.gov

 

How to play with the BOMB & LOSE

United Nations General Assembly, NYC 9 -19-17

President Trump signed Korea, Japan, Guam & the United States of America’s Death Warrant.  Indeed, one can argue Trump’s provocative speech as the Leader of the Free World portends catastrophic apocalypse or apocalyptic catastrophe, either one.

In his now infamous performance at the General Assembly of the United Nations he said “all diplomatic efforts to stop Kim Jung-un & HIS REGIME have been exhausted.  If Rocket Man keeps threatening the world  The United States is ready to “totally destroy North Korea”. (dcb note:  line well delivered, dramatic pauses, lowered voice on words “North  Korea”)

Kill millions of people because the time for talk  over?  Trump Admin, Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State have decimated the State Department. According to the LATimes, “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has embraced a White House proposal to slash the combined State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budget by nearly a third next year, from $54.9 billion to $37.6 billion.”

Most shocking: Trump has not yet appointed an Ambassador to the Korean Peninsula.  Some with an understanding of Kim Jung-un’s paranoia about American aggression speculate he may regard this as proof the US is planning an invasion.

Bitter irony is UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s claim “all diplomacy has been exhausted” 9 mos into the job – none of them have done before – and they’re all ready to go CODE RED on North Korea.

Have they seen photos of North Korea’s standing military, conventional weapons and – oh yeah – nuclear & hydrogen bombs?

Looks like the time for everything is over.

 

 

WARNING: HOUSTON WATER CONTAMINATED

An environmental disaster roils in the floodwaters filling Houston neighborhoods, schools, businesses. Toxic materials,  hazardous waste, chemicals & pathogens too nasty to name swarm in water too easily going stagnant.


Provisions under way to combat mosquitos in Houston flood zone, however displaced, frightened pets, farm & wild animals, birds, reptiles may pose risks to rescuers. Unless there is immediate danger or medical emergency do not approach. Assess situation & animal’s behavior.  Have crates / carriers prepared with blankets, towels, water, food.

IMPORTANT:  If you rescue or take in a domestic dog, cat, pet
PLEASE document the LOCATION where found. This helps tremendously to reunite pets with their owners.

PET OWNERS: if you should lose your pet in a disaster be suspicious of someone calling claiming they will return your dog  / cat for a REWARD. They do not have your pet. This is a cruel scam preying on your love of animals to steal money from you.