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"hurricane maria" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"And I'm Susanna Palmer in the Bloomberg newsroom. Italy holds its general election today. Georgia maloney leader of the far right brothers of Italy is expected to win, which would make her Italy's first ever female prime minister. Members of the state police of New York and New Jersey are on the ground in Puerto Rico helping out with recovery efforts after hurricane Fiona. Yesterday, 69 New Jersey state troopers joined 50 New York State police officers to board a flight from JFK to San Juan on a flight donated by JetBlue airlines. The group of 119 of the tri state area's finest will primarily be providing humanitarian aid on the island, including working travel posts for many of these officers, it is not their first trip to the U.S. territory after both states provided police aid four years ago after hurricane Maria. A New York City judge says former mayor Rudy Giuliani is in contempt of court and could be arrested if he doesn't make a payment to his ex-wife. Judith Giuliani said the 78 year old former mayor owes her $225,000. Giuliani says he only owes about 50,000. The judge gave Giuliani until October 7th to pay up or he could be arrested. The White House says it's warned Russia at very high levels about catastrophic consequences if it uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Senate Republican conference chair and foreign relations committee member John barrasso, a Republican of Wyoming, told ABC's this week there is bipartisan support for sending more military aid to Ukraine. We have to continue to supply Ukraine with the weapons that they need and not be intimidated by this threat, the foreign relations committee is going to have a hearing this Wednesday on what additional things we can do in terms of sanctions. Global news, 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quicktake powered by more than 2700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries. I'm Susanna Palmer. This is Bloomberg. You're listening to masters in business with Barry riddles on Bloomberg radio. I'm Barry holtz, you're listening to masters and business on Bloomberg radio. My extra special guest this week is Steve case. He is the chairman and CEO of revolution, as well as one of the three cofounders of America online. He is also chair of the case foundation and the Smithsonian. He is the author of a new book, the rise of the rest, how entrepreneurs and surprising places are building the new American Dream, that is out this week. So let's talk about the book. First of all, what motivates you as someone who's written a book, I know how much work goes into it. What motivated you to sit down and say, yeah, I'm going to put all this down on paper. I thought I had to write the book. I spent most of the decade traveling the country, meeting entrepreneurs, visiting dozens of cities, seeing remarkable things happening that were most people are unaware of. And so I just felt like I didn't have a choice. I had to write this book. I had to tell these stories. I had to profile some of these entrepreneurs talk about what they're doing with their companies, got to showcase some of these rising cities in terms of what they're doing to really create kind of a renew their communities, create more opportunity, more jobs, things like that. So it's not really a choice. I just felt compelled to write this book. What was the response from the various entrepreneurs when you say to somebody, hey, I'm going to feature you as a chapter in this new book, are people excited about it? Of course. No, of course. I think particularly the entrepreneurs in these cities tend to feel lonely, a little left out. They don't have at least yeah, we're working on this, obviously, but don't have quite the attention that you have if you're an entrepreneur in place like Silicon Valley. So even when we've rolled into town with our bus, and have pitch competitions where entrepreneurs can be on stage, that allows them to talk up what they're doing and get people in their communities to better understand what they're doing and believe in what they're doing. And similarly with the book, everybody we talked to was honored, obviously, to being included in the book. And appreciative of the fact that we're really championing their stories, trying to do what we can to help them scale into being kind of significant companies that can change the world, create significant value for the investor to create thousands of jobs. And the process is going to lift up their particular communities and strengthen America in terms of having a more inclusive economy. Tell us about these pitch competitions, how long does each entrepreneur get? What are they allowed to bring? What are some of those pitches like? How do they vary from one to one? Well, when we decided to do a road trip, we planned this for more than 6 months in advance. So we have an advanced team that's going to the cities. We try to understand who should we visit in the cities with startup who do like a bus startup crawl with and we might have a lunch and pitch in a lot of different things to really kind of get people together. But for the pitch competition specifically, we basically say we're coming into this pitch competition and we generally get about a hundred people applying to pitch and then our team sorts through that and picks the best 8 or ten to be on stage. Then we actually hire a pitch coach to help them work on their pitch. We really want to help them, but they win or not, we're trying to help them be positioned for success. So they each get three minutes or so to pitch and then a couple of minutes of questions following that. And then judges spend some time reviewing which ones should win and then we make a decision about which one we're going to invest in. Sometimes we actually invest in more than one because we're just struck by the power of some of those some of those ideas. Just a quick digression. So we have a VC fund that just focuses on financial technology because of my day job. And we just had this giant conference out in of all places Huntington Beach in SoCal and one of the
"hurricane maria" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"And NATO accusing Moscow of escalating its war on Ukraine, prisoners got more from the Bloomberg newsroom. Hey Paul, Russian back to officials in occupied areas of eastern Ukraine are now planning a referendums this weekend on joining Russia. Needless to say this could lead to Moscow's annexation of these separatist or occupied regions. Today, NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said it doesn't have any legitimacy. This remains a war of aggression by Russia against the independent sovereign nation in Europe, Ukraine. This one further worsened the situation and therefore we need to provide more support to Ukraine. Now the voting will begin on Friday in the breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, some pro Kremlin figures are viewing these referendums as essentially an ultimatum to the west either except Russia's territorial gains or face all out war. Now today, a Ukraine's foreign minister dmytro kuleba said the Russians can do whatever they want, it will not change anything. Meantime in Moscow, Russian lawmakers approved a bill today aimed at tougher punishment for offenses by Russian soldiers committed during the war, this would include things like desertion, insubordination, even evading military service. Now The New York Times says this could be laying the groundwork for a possible possible military escalation. The White House is downplaying comments today made by president Biden on American military personnel being used to defend Taiwan if China were to invade. You might remember on Sunday, Biden told the CBS program 60 minutes, U.S. Military men and women would be involved in such an effort, but today national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the president answered a hypothetical question, Sullivan added when the president wants to announce a policy change. He will do so and he has not done so. Puerto Rico is still struggling to restore electricity after hurricane Fiona struck the island, and now New York attorney general letitia James is calling for a federal investigation into the private operator of the power grid. This is luma energy. It began operating the grid back in June 2021, and at that time the company pledged to repair the system using 9 and a half $1 billion in U.S. federal funds. Now the money was approved four years earlier right after hurricane Maria struck the island, but, according to fema only about 40 million has been dispersed. Puerto Rico has one of the most unreliable and expensive electricity systems in the U.S.. And Florida governor Ron DeSantis is being sued for sending plain loads of migrants to Martha's Vineyard, these migrants are now claiming they were duped into making the trip with vouchers for free fast food and promises of employment and housing the lawsuit today filed by alianza America. This is a group of organizations assisting immigrants, it comes less than a day after a sheriff in Texas said he's opened a criminal investigation into who lured and transported migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard. That's a quick look at global news. Brian. All right, thanks very much. Doug, let's get to global sports
"hurricane maria" Discussed on Native Opinion Podcast an American Indian Perspective
"Kind of a swag store or for native opinion when we bounced the idea around over the years and just never really executed on that and I didn't know what you thought about that brother, but well, we had kind of bantered about that a while ago and I've heard from people saying that, you know, do you guys have any swag? So I know there are people out there that would like to we swagger. I know there's some kind of weird cast, by the way. Yeah, I'm sure. Yeah, I'm sure there are people out there that would love to have some native opinion swag. But yeah, let's do a poll. Why not? Yeah, okay. 'cause I'm coming with the idea of doing some embroidery stuff and, you know, maybe some t-shirts and had a couple of companies reach out to us to brother, but they haven't really engaged with them just to eat that much so. Look into it a little bit more, but we'll get back to you guys. We'll let you know. Let's stay tuned. Stay tuned, indeed. All right, so we did get a little bit of listener feedback and so listener Glenn reached back out to his brother. And he says, hi, David and Michael. Yesterday was my first visit to San Juan island national park since they finally finished the visitor centers and of course if you guys remember all of the islands and Puerto Rico got hit very heavily from hurricane Maria and they are still in fact trying to recover from that, you know, from infrastructure to everything else. He goes on to say, in this particular white guys opinion he says, the recent article in Indian country today is correct. They did a great job in incorporating the indigenous history of the place, especially compared to what it used to be. Not as good as one might have hoped, but they've only, but they've only have so many square feet to work with. The county museum really should be doing a better job seeing as how they're several they have several acres to work with and are supposed to commemorate the entire county rather than just the pig war. But anyway, out here on the island, they celebrate this weekend as the day of the Royal Navy. It was told to attack the United States by Hudson's bay company and the Royal Navy told HBC to go screw themselves rather than start a war on behalf of a corporation. Well, that would always be a good thing not to do, especially. In corporation is behind that. As they are behind a lot of wars or participants, they are. The war machine includes always has a capitalistic piece of that. Especially overseas where they figure there's zero accounting for their activities and that's from the human rights violation down to the cost for weaponry. It's just been that way since day one. It seems. We also have a comment from aurora on last week's episode of four zero 8, which is entitled and God we trust about the Pope's visit to Canada recently. In aurora wrote yes, David, we vote with our dollars, which can be supporting those very lobbyists, which are essentially bribing our lawmakers, which have so much control over the economy and therefore our personal livelihoods. And our very lives. So true. It's a very, very true. Sadly, very true. All right, brother, what are we going to experience this week on this week's episode? Well, hopefully it's not heartburn and diarrhea, but the weird. You know what, on that note, since we were talking about corporations and whatnot. And I may get the company wrong, but the Frito lay corporation, you know, that makes fritos Doritos chips and stuff. They had guanche products several years back. I think it was a baked potato chip product made with some substance called, I think it was called oline. And it was the first time I'd actually seen potato chips come with a disclaimer. Yep. That referred to gastric disturbances? Okay, you said it better than I did, but the fact that you could experience something on the lower extremities of your body. Yeah. You read that and I went, nah, no, thanks. Yeah, I'd have to find it. I'm sure we can find it online, but it was like, yeah. Oh, I'm sure. It was supposed to be some substitute for fat, I think it was. And, you know, yes, especially yours truly needs to lose weight. All right, but not at the expense of one's health. In other areas, shall we say, it's just crazy. Test products on the general public like that and just go, yeah. Yeah, we'll cover ourselves with a legal disclaimer. Every day all day that you could have some kind of leakage. All right, so sorry, but it just reminded me of that when you said that brother. Well, you're listening to episode four zero 9. Why won't it stop? I swear that wasn't set up. No, it was not. It was not set up. Sometimes I just think it and it comes out of my mouth and so that was a good chapel for the morning. There you go. My brother. All right. But before we started the broadcast, give me the recording and so there was my pleasure to serve you. Thank you. Before we go on, I just want to give a shout out to badger. He's been in touch with us and it was good to hear from you, brother. Thank you. Absolutely. Absolutely. And I hope that you hope you're staying safe. While driving on the roads, badger drives all over the country. And as well as how. Haven't heard from how long a little while, too, so. How shout out to you as well. Yeah, so if you're still out there, listening and driving, man, you guys just keep it safe because I don't know, people have lost their minds since the pandemic started just. I'll call it, I call it subsiding. I don't say it's over. It's by far not over. People just seem like they've gotten worse and driving. But I just wanted to make mention of that for the listeners that are wondering about, you know, those two brothers, they're Halloween. Hope you're doing okay in badger did reach out to us. We've been in contact with him. So badger at least is doing well. Thank you. All right. One more if you don't mind brother, he's also Paul because I know he had a problem with his Facebook page a couple of times. And so yeah, I'm in touch with Paul off, and he's doing well. He's doing okay. And Charles, we hear from Charles as well, Charles is another brother that's on the road trucking. So shout out to him as well. Everybody's been busy, really huh. Oh, yes. Paul's doing well. The someone did steal his Facebook profile. He's got a new one. And it sounds like it's almost hack proof, so Paul is doing well.
"hurricane maria" Discussed on Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications
"I know I am. How is team Rubicon funded? Yeah, so we like to say there's a million things more important than money. That team Rubicon, but unfortunately they all cost money. We're funded by incredible donors. They're individuals across the country. Their foundations and their corporations largely, we currently don't take haven't had any significant funding from the government as we do this. What's interesting about kind of our approach to this is, you know, one of the things I like to say as we begin to tread down this idea of a nonprofit is team Rubicon and the way I like to lead it is I don't want to run a nonprofit organization. I want to run a four impact organization. Instead of generating shareholder value, I have to align our leadership team, our staff, our volunteers, to show every donor that is not just about a donation. It's about creating return in this idea of impact. And I'll give you a couple of examples. You know, I like to say, we have this military veteran who I said again, a volunteer is one of our most important customers. A donor gives us a $100 or $200 that allows us to train them to use a chainsaw safely, I'd like to tell a donor or an investor in this case that hey that hundred dollars became a person who volunteered for two weeks and 2019 and removed however many cubic feet of debris. This person was so inspired that in 20 21 they became an instructor and as an instructor, they trained ten other people in my hope is to have this person to return for the next ten years because what it allows us to do is even if it seemingly an insignificant gift to team Rubicon is that legacy of generosity lives on in every volunteer we have. Another example is something where someone donates money. They say hurricane Maria destroyed all of these roofs and Puerto Rico. I'll call those donors up year after year is hurricane skirt Puerto Rico and say, yeah, you gave in 2017 or 2018, but I want you to know that here in 2021, a family is dry. They're belongings are safe. It became a centerpiece in the community for security. And to be able to look at people and say, it wasn't just a donation. It wasn't just that moment in time. You have made a difference that these people see day after day after day, and certainly our volunteers see in their connection to community identity and purpose and ideally in growing what they can do when the next disaster strikes. I love everything about those stories and what's interesting is your experience in the military, taking that idea of meaning and identity and purpose. It lives in the DNA of the person who writes the.
"hurricane maria" Discussed on The Beyond Adversity Podcast with Dr. Brad Miller
"Back stronger. He is the author speaking my truth. Fifty real stories that inspire power heal and transform where he introduced his people to his plan. Plan he's going to speak to us about that here today. Which is a resilience building. Blueprint we welcome to beyond adversity michael k jackson. That's brad miller. Thank you so much for having me on the podcasts. Are i look forward to our conversation. I have been looking forward to to this for for some time. Michael you have a great story to tell and your message of helping people build back better. Help people build back stronger. I should should say really resonates with our audience which is helping people to navigate adversity and to come to a place of peace of mind. This comes to us because you've had your own experiences of adversity of some devastation. Even which is lead you to your place in life being helpful to others. And if you don't mind let's just tell your story a little bit about what got you. This point waters was things that you've had to overcome to now be the place to be an author and a leader and a teacher a master person and he emotional resilience. Tell us your story of bradwell. While i'm must are really i reached an inflection point in my life back in twenty seventeen. I you wouldn't Listeners may remember. Twenty seventeen was a bad hurricane year and As you mentioned at the top. I'm a caribbean american. I was actually born in eastern ribbon. Island call antiga and raised in saint. Thomas united states virgin islands and back in twenty seventeen bad hurricane year multiple hurricanes and in fact the us virgin islands was hit by two back to back category. Five storms. I was irma on september. Six an second came exactly two weeks later with hurricane maria on september twenty at the time the first hurricane hit it A lot of havoc joy. A much of my island of saint thomas and or a lot of the island communications lines guy lost contact with my dad who was still on the island and brad. I'll tell you during that time praying for the best hoping for the best on not knowing or hearing anything praying that i didn't get you one of those phone calls that you that you get during these times and actually the phone call bet that i did receive eventually was a voice meal off from my dad. Saying to me mike. I'm all right. I'm a little batted battered and bruised. But i'm all right and all during the time of of Of you know after the hurricane hit we were trying to See about how we can get him off the island but unfortunately because of destruction airport was closed to commercial. Traffic eventually is open to For military aid and so forth humanitarian and so forth. You know neighboring islands. Like puerto rico in british virgin islands. Airports were closed as well so we could not get him off..
"hurricane maria" Discussed on NewsRadio WIOD
"Restrictions on how much freedom medicine can come into the island countries president taking some blame overnight, saying people have legitimate concerns. Laura lawmakers, meanwhile, calling for the bad administration to get the people of Cuba back online Senator Marco Rubio asking for emergency funding to get Cuba connected to the Internet. In recent years, American firms have made Real strides and telecommunication technologies, including fiber lys solutions that can be deployed to remote regions at a relatively short notice that was done in Puerto Rico in 2017 after Hurricane Maria in a letter to the president governor DeSantis also asks for assistance in providing Internet access to Cuba, saying quote the world has lost the ability to see what's happening on the ground. Will all top news radio 6 10 w I. O D and Cuban American rapper and pop star pitbull calling for the world to support the anti government protesters on the island people that we're so proud of people such as Jeff Bezels. Cuban American graduated from high school in Miami built one of the biggest companies in the world. The richest man in the world. He's somebody that can get involved in really help us and what we got, all we can do is create awareness. The singer voice frustration with not being able to help the Cuban people get what they deserve their freedom. At least one person has died in about 100 have been arrested in the anti government protests throughout the city, the out the island. Miami Dade officials, meanwhile, plan to hold a press conference in about a half hour addressing the horrific humanitarian crisis. In Cuba. It's described as a nonpartisan show of solidarity and support, but one local lawmakers pointing out the double standards here in South Florida when it comes to law enforcement. And enforcing a new anti riot bill the HB one law handling the Cuban protests and went into law three months ago. It targets anyone who blocks public streets during a protest, but Chevron Jones. Miami State senator points out. Cubans blocked the Palmetto. Nothing happened. Cubans blocked Eighth Street in Little Havana. Nothing happened, Jones says. It makes it seem as if HB one only applies. The black protesters. It's coming up on 9 33 and what most likely as her last trip to Washington as chancellor. Germany's Angela Merkel has a date at the White House. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany meets with President Biden this afternoon. The two expected to talk about climate change the pandemic as well assuring of democracy around the world. Merkel has been in power since 2000 and five and she's been to the White House plenty of times she's had solid relationships with former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. President Obama awarded her with the presidential medal of Freedom, but she was distant from President Trump and set in 2017. The US was no longer the reliable partner, Europe and Germany had depended on Merkel's retiring this coming fall. That's Fox's Jill NATO. A new jobless claims are due out this morning there expect to be at their lowest level in over a year..
"hurricane maria" Discussed on AP News
"Own today. Here in New York City. They've got Cove it on the run, says Mayor Bill de Blasio. Listen to this. This is the level of covert positivity today in New York City, zero point 83% 0.83%, the lowest we've seen ever since this pandemic began. He credits Cove ID shots and New Yorkers doing the right things to keep each other safe, he says. I'm Rita Foley, a private company took over transmission and distribution operations of Puerto Rico's Power Authority, Lumen Energy, which has struggled with blackouts and bankruptcy, corruption and mismanagement. U. S territory is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria, which destroyed most of the power grid in 2017. The changeover comes at the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. I'm Ed Donahue. AP News. OPEC has upped its crude oil production levels as economists recover, but pandemic concerns remain. Energy ministers from the oil cartel on allied producing countries have decided it during an online meeting to increase the 2.1 million barrels of crude per day output. OPEC made a deep cuts last year on his restoring them bit by bit. The move balances fears that continuing cove it 19 at breaks in some countries such as India, a major oil consumer will sap demand from recovering economies around the globe and weigh on prices. I'm Charles Dillon Decima TV personality Kelly Osborne says She was clean and sober for four years until she relapse this past April. Marches are a letter with the latest Kelly Osborne tells actor Jada Pinkett Smith's online show Red Table talk. She was waiting to meet someone by a pool and saw a couple enjoying champagne. Osborne had a glass and it snowballed from there. Osborne says She's been battling drug and alcohol addiction since she was prescribed Vicodin after tonsils surgery when she was 13 very quickly. Went from Vicodin to poke a set from poker set to terra wind eventually because it was cheaper. AP News I'm to Maguire, President Biden visits Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Greenwood neighborhood where a white mob killed as many as 300 black residents and looted.
"hurricane maria" Discussed on AP News
"Community was destroyed by a white mob. Texas congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee says a survivor of the tells a riot described it as a firestorm of hatred. And violence that is perhaps unequaled in the peacetime history of the United States Up to 300 Black Tolson's were killed 100 years ago. Catholic Church law is being changed by Pope Francis to explicitly criminalize the sexual abuse of adults by priest who abuse their authority Theeighties Nicole Winfield reports. This also includes priest to use threats or force. Course, someone into having sexual relations with them. That is a very explicit code now before it was not so explicit, and it was focused on minors and vulnerable people. Now the definition is a bit mushy. Er. It can include other adults lay people who hold church office can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes. OPEC is upping its crude oil production levels. The a piece Charles Della Desmond has the story energy ministers from the oil cartel on allied producing countries. Decided during an online meeting to increase the 2.1 million barrels of crude per day output. OPEC made a deep cuts last year on his restoring them bit by bit. The move balances fears that continuing cove it 19 at breaks in some countries such as India, a major oil consumer will sap demand from recovering economies around the globe and weigh on prices. I'm Charles Dillon asthma video recorded by a bystander show in Alabama police officer repeatedly stomping on a man who was struggling with another officer during an arrest. Police spokesman says they are aware of the video and are investigating. Stocks are mostly higher on Wall Street. This is AP News They are celebrating in New York. We have hit an extraordinary milestone today. Here in New York City. They've got Cove it on the run, says Mayor Bill de Blasio. Listen to this. This is the level Covert positivity Today in New York City, 0.83% 0.83%, the lowest we've seen Ever since this pandemic began. He credits Cove ID shots in New Yorkers doing the right things to keep each other safe, he says. I'm Rita Foley, a private company took over transmission and distribution operations of Puerto Rico's Power Authority, Lumen Energy, which has struggled with blackouts in bankruptcy, corruption and mismanagement. The U. S territory is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria, which destroyed most of the power grid in 2017. The changeover comes at the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. I'm Ed Donahue. AP News Thank.
"hurricane maria" Discussed on KOA 850 AM
"Don't they? Hurricane Maria now intensified into a dangerous Category five storm pounding the small island of Dominica as it surged into the eastern Caribbean on Monday, the forecasters warned it might become even stronger. It is today. The strongest category five hurricane the hip, the Caribbean Ever the storm following the path that could take it Tuesday near many of the islands recently devastated by Hurricane Irma and then head toward a possible direct strike on Puerto Rico on Wednesday. I checked in with our investigator, Josh P. Warren. Who normally spends all his time in Puerto Rico. He is back in the Carolinas safe and sound. Scientists have found the first direct evidence of a so called hot zone, feeding a super volcano in southern Italy that the experts say is nearing eruption conditions. It's a volcanic called error, much like Yellowstone. West of Naples that erupted centuries ago. What's so significant about all this is they might be able to start predicting future eruptions. Because of all this. North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its new program and a strongly worded statement, a North Korean called AIDS New Set of U. N sanctions the most vicious on ethical And inhumane act of hostility. Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that America will pay a high cost if President Donald Trump makes good on his threats. The scrap the Iranian nuke deal, Let's check in with Dr John Curtis online columnist dot com. Now what does he mean by Pay a high cost, John Well, the Iranians, really You're making a mess out of the Middle East and these into the Gulf states or realizing this more than ever right now. And I think the cost that they're paying is if they continue funding terrorism Hamas Hezbollah, the hoodie rebels in Yemen, they have been a chief sponsor. Of the war to preserve Bashar Assad in power and Syrian is, you know, George. This has been a Saudi proxy war, primarily with the Turks and the US joining in On this for the last seven years. But let there be no mistake. The Saudis have spent billions of dollars in Syria funding opposition groups. And the leave. The Iranians have fought them with their out Kuds force and with Hezbollah and Roger Assad has the upper hand right now, after seven years, so The Iranians. You know the the nuke deal that Trump is talking about, and you may talk about it tomorrow when he speaks for the first time to the U. N I think what you're looking at is the fact that the nuke deal itself is an unenforceable document that handed billions of dollars as much as $175 billion. In cash and and sanctions relief to Iran in exchange for unfettered IX inspections from the International Atomic Age of Energy Agency. But that hasn't happened. And the reason it hasn't happened is because when Carrie negotiated it, they basically excluded the high sensitive, highly sensitive Military uranium enrichment sites like Parchin, which is just 30 miles south of Tehran. And so we don't know what the Iranians were doing. And today President Trump met with vengeance in Netanyahu's who, you know. The prime minister is real is no fan of around. And one of the generals of the rand today said that if Israel doesn't watch itself that he'll lay to waste tell Aviv Don't you feel like the world is in chaos? John It is in chaos. And I think that Trump has to be very careful how to pick his battles right now, and I think that he should lay off the Iranian situation until this North Korean situation. Which until that's resolved, you got the red. John Curtis on line columnist. Calm he blog's every day, a 53 year old Kansas man missing for eight months. Has been found dead inside his truck at a busy airport. Now his family wants him or answers. Relatives of Randy Potter, along with their attorney and a private investigator believed that the former T mobile manager Died shortly after leaving his home back in January. The last day he was seen alive. Police in Kansas City found his body after foul order coming from his white 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck was reported at a Kansas City international airport. How could that last? And not be seen. For eight months. I don't get it. In Ohio, A father decided to prank his daughter by wearing a clown mask and chasing her, which resulted in gunshot and charges against two Ohio Boardman. Men. Boardman, Ohio I don't blame them. The guy put on a clown mask chased his six year old daughter from her apartment, their apartment to another apartment. She ran into the apartment screaming, saying she's being chased by a clown in the mask. Well, the guys went home and started taking shots. Do you blame him? Federal judges sentence, self proclaimed psychic Shawn David Morton to 72 months in federal prison for his part in a tax scheme in which he was found guilty of falsifying text documents. Are being false tax returns and defrauding the IR s out of nearly half a million dollars. Morton used to appear on this program beginning back and so the nineties when we stop scheduling him years ago once these legal issues surfaced. 30, Mississippi Children have been diagnosed with Type one diabetes reportedly doubled the number of diagnosis in a single month. Just in a year. The state Department of Health there doesn't track the number of diabetes diagnosis. They have no idea. The cause of this increase. Lady Gaga has rescheduled the European leg of our world tour due to ongoing health complications. It comes after the singer pulled out of a performance at a Brazil rock in Rio Festival and a show in Montreal. She apparently is suffering from fibromyalgia..
Trump Delayed $20 Billion in Aid to Puerto Rico
"Trump administration delayed more than twenty billion dollars in hurricane relief aid for puerto rico after hurricane maria according to a report by the housing department's office of the inspector general the efforts to deliver recovery funding to the island or unnecessarily delayed by bureaucratic obstacles. According to the forty six page report the hurricane which hit the island in twenty seventeen killed thousands of people and left thousands more without electricity or water for months. One of the main hurdles was the requirement imposed by the office of management and budget which established an inter agency review before grant approvals according to a report from the department of housing and urban development the process which was never before required for allocating disaster funds prevented hud from publishing its draft notice of funding by the target date however investigators did not have access to the former hud secretary ben carson and other political officials. The investigators will also denied or delayed access to hud information on several occasions in february twenty. Twenty the office of the inspector general received a request democratic senators asking the office to conduct an inquiry into whether delays in hud's release of the disaster recovery funds for puerto rico violated the impoundment control act of nineteen seventy four. Be agency stalled the release of the disaster relief aid in twenty nine teen and imposed additional restrictions on how the island could access the funds. The agency cited corruption and financial mismanagement concerns for the blocks hurricane. Maria had hundreds of thousands of homes on the twentieth of september. Twenty seventeen and many was still living under blue tops. Three years later
The Self-Determination Act Could Finally End US Colonisation of Puerto Rico
"Last month many puerto ricans where incensed by spring breakers and other visitors soup flouted local rules imposed to reduce the spread of covid nineteen. Puerto rico was one of the first. Us jurisdictions to issue a mask mandate and it maintains strict curfews. The pandemic wasn't politicized and when it arrived amid earthquakes. In the south end the protracted efforts to rebuild after hurricane maria puerto rico's fragile health care system was still able to cope torres. They're always welcome but is one local told nbc news. People can't come here and act as if the virus doesn't exist they have a sense of entitlement and apathy. I don't understand for the mainland. The island has long been a locus of both entitlement and apathy but next week politicians some of them anyway. We'll be paying attention on april fourteenth wednesday at one pm eastern time the national resources committee which oversees territorial affairs will consider two competing bills one would provide for the admission of puerto rico as a state the other would provide for true self determination. I either would be historic. Both are deeply opposed by the gop. There's also a rich history of division within puerto rico over what it status should be but most agree that the current situation this disenfranchised limbo isn't it
"hurricane maria" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Me now is Francis Negro Montanier, Latino Studies professor at Columbia University. Francis. Welcome back to the show. Thank you. Frances. Puerto Rico was supposed to get $20 billion from Congress. Initially, the figures that we're talking about on Lee at up to 6.2 billion. What happened to the rest of the money? Partner. It was a number of restrictions that were placed on it and and also claims that they should not be dispersed because of Puerto Rico's government, corruption and other reasons. We're basically Ah, The money has not gotten to Puerto Rico and the money that has gone to Puerto Rico has also faced increases scrutiny and an added layers off documentation. Documentation on reporting, so has been very difficult to spend. Overall, we mentioned that the Trump Administration had placed restrictions on this aid and part of the reason we understand that they were able to do that is because Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States and not a state. What's your assessment of that? Well, I think there were other reasons why the Trump administration refused to, um Release. The funds that were necessary and already approved by Congress. And I would boil down to three of them won was the repeated stated view that Puerto Rican is we're not really Americans or under serving in some way. As you recall, Trump said, at some point that people in Puerto Rico presume that the U. S would stay there for a long time aiding recovery and then that they were just waiting for them to be helped on by the way, FEMA another government organizations and entities actually stay in locations affected by hurricanes for years. Sometimes more than 10 years, So that was actually of you. That was not supported by the evidence. Another thing is that it seems like punishing or being cruel to Puerto Rico seem to Be something that Trump was using to excite the base who share that view that the U. S. Should not be helping put requested. Puerto Rico was a foreign country And the third thing is that if you remember there was also a lot of intimacy between Trump and some members of the Puerto Rico's political leadership. That played out in the media. So all in all, the Trump administration was bent on not supporting Puerto Rico's recovery process. And we compare Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria to other states in the United States, like I'm sorry, Texas and Florida, who were also struck by Natural disasters in 2017. How would we assess that? I mean, Puerto Rico appears to still be way behind in its rebuilding. It's an interesting question, because definitely the federal government active very quickly that say in Houston that was affected by Hurricane Harvey. At the same time, If you look at three years later, you'll see a lot of people in Houston. Saying that they feel abandoned by the government on when you look closer, who is saying that you'll notice that it's basically low income black and brown people, same kind of people that the administration thought or thinks lives in Puerto Rico. Do we know how the delay in recovery is affecting people on the island post Maria so far, and we've got about 30 seconds, but we can pick this up in the next segment. Yet tremendously. I mean, think about that. Puerto Rico has a $70 billion dead. And had a $90 billion damage from the hurricane. So if we're talking that Puerto Rico has received are spent on Lee a few million dollars. You see the huge disproportion between the need and the funds, so that translates into much higher rates of poverty. People still living in houses with tarps. On so forth, So, yeah. I mean, the situation is still dire, and you could see that symptomatic that people keep leaving the island. They're still blackout in.
"hurricane maria" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"As the best forget that montage Now is first criticism goes to be. This seems as tame as it comes. But sake got snippy this week in reference to using the phrase and she made it clear that she's got her eye on quote conservative Twitter. And last thing I want to do before we get to your questions. I I often note. I'm going to circle back. I hate to disappoint conservative Twitter. But I'm going to circle back on a number of things as we often do directly, but Hurricane Maria funds, which was a question that was asked last week. The president has made clear the status of them. I should say that it is a priority for his administration to release this funding We're working to do so. Oh, somebody over starts their outfit, Dani, She seems a little bit stiff. I mean, seriously, That's a pretty innocuous criticism. And I thought the video was made in good fun. I don't know I'll have to circle back with you on this. Even now. To me, this is thin skin to take so seriously a lighthearted critique of word whisker, especially in a position where you're constantly judge on the fluidity of your two river delivery Look I'm just some smart on Indiana radio. But she is the press secretary for the White House and the voice for the You Know, the United States president a comparably much more important jobs, so there are much higher standards for which one has to live up to, And if she's cracking under that pressure in less than four weeks, wait until she has to face some real criticism. Elsewhere in America. There was a very disturbing video of two police officers, the bodycam videos that were released last weekend showing a distraught nine year old being apprehended, handcuffed and put into the back of the Rochester Police Department patrol car, where she was sprayed with pepper spray by the officer. After disobeying commands to put her feet in the car. This is just one small snippet of the overall interaction. Put her in your car. No, stop. You tell this officer To Fort Wayne. Only here. Hey, Get back in your house Won't listen. No. Hello, my dad. Oh, my God. So my dad no card. Oh, my God! Oh, my God. How so.
How solar panels are making Puerto Rico communities more resilient
"When hurricane. Maria tore through puerto rico and twenty seventeen. It took out the island's power grid. Eleven months pass before power was fully restored in the meantime some residents went without lights or a waiter refrigerate food at home. I'll a hundred koster dodd. Rodriguez is with the nonprofit. Resilient power puerto rico. She says recovery often took longest in low income communities so her group has installed solar power and battery systems at thirty five community centers in vulnerable areas everything from schools and after school daycare centers to cultural centers. Now these centers do not have to wait for the main power plant and transmission lines to be fixed after a storm and they can help power. The recovering community for example at a farmer led nonprofit in the center of the island. In case there's a blackout than the center. Becomes a hub where community leaders can organized to provide food or have energy to power up medical equipment. Moving to clean distributed. Energy can help. Puerto rico prepare for extreme weather and address inequity at the same time.
"hurricane maria" Discussed on KQED Radio
"II NORTH Highland Sacramento. It's 5 36. From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Elsa Chang in Los Angeles. I'm Ari Shapiro in Washington. The governor of Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency. The reason gender violence, he says violence against women has caused too much harm on the island for too long. Governor Pedro Pierluisi is declaration is a victory for feminist groups that have spent years calling for this move, and we're joined now by NPR's Adrian Florido. Hi, Adrian. Hi, Ari. What does it mean exactly for the governor to declare a state of emergency over gender violence? What the governor is done is given himself broad authority to implement policies across government agencies aimed at preventing and responding to violence against women. This is something that activists and feminist groups have been demanding for almost three years. Ever since they noticed an increase in domestic violence and women murdered by their intimate partners in the months after Hurricane Maria I spoke today with a mighty release by Gone from Proyecto Materia. It's a women's rights group on the island. It's really epic story off the feminist movement in Puerto Rico. It is the first time with in the past decade in which a governor at needs that violence against women is different from other violence is You know Ari, despite evidence of a growing problem in Puerto Rico, the two most recent governor's record voter CEO and one that Vasquez had resisted issuing this kind of declaration. So now that the governor has done this, you say he can take all kinds of executive actions. What if feminist groups expect from him? The order takes a lot of concrete steps. And among the most important of these, it forms a committee with representatives from more than a dozen agencies to figure out a government wide strategy to combat violence against women. It also direct certain agencies to take very specific steps. The Department of Education will develop a curriculum to teach students about gender violence. Theater Knee General's office will have to develop new trainings for prosecutors handling cases. The island's police will update their protocols for responding to domestic violence calls and for investigating the cases of murdered women. Now I also spoke today with Salon Davila. She is the leader of the collective a feminist and constructs Yon, a feminist group. And she said, Look, Puerto Rico actually already has Laws and policies aimed.
"hurricane maria" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"I've just heard so percussion performing work called Gone written for them by unhealed Aken Agron, who will be doing a solo set for us in in a minute or two. Helical. You're no stranger to the winter garden here at Brookfield Place. The American Composers Orchestra played one of your works here in which you a fixed little musical, a Tom, A thons robots to each of the 16 trees here. We heard some of those robots again tonight, right? Yeah, The piece that I wrote for so percussion also has, um, the same modules from the instrument builder that I collaborate with Nick Gilman and the Soul said that I'll be performing also includes some of those models as well. You do so many different things. Your composer. You have your Electro pop band balloon. You've written a piece for the bang on a can all stars drawing on Puerto Rican rhythms. All of those things come from the same creative place for you. Or or, you know, do different things take you in different directions. I think they all come from the same place And it's interesting that you asked that because I think for a long time I struggle with embracing that I felt like I had to, um, to separate the things Of the creative sides of my brain. And once I really didn't care so much about that, and And embraced the totality of the things that interest me the things that I'm passionate about the sounds and textures that I'm interested in. Um then everything kind of made sense and And I think that's what I've been focusing on for the past few years. It's just letting the pieces be what they want to be. And not really thinking about Stiles General Or, um, we're letting the medium dictate what the star would be, too. And so you find Maybe that a song for balloon and a piece written for a chamber ensemble might have something to say to each other. You're not compartmentalizing and balloon has been a big part of my life. That's Um, how I started writing music, too. So that, um I feel like it always infiltrates on everything I do. One of the things I've loved about doing new sounds live here at the Winter Garden at Brookfield places. It's this big indoor space, but it has thesixties in live palm trees growing up. Would have the floor right around us. So the site of a much smaller plant in the Winter Garden shouldn't be that jarring. And yet for some reason, I look at your setup, which has a plant on the table in the plant has been miked to within an inch of its life. So what's happening there? I love these palm trees, by the way, too. I always feel at home here with the palm trees, but I brought a little plant that I'm playing as amusing. Ah, little since Golda Tota. And it basically anything that conducts electricity can trigger a sound, so I'm using it as triggers and that's for my soul said and then for so said, I'm using a different technology with the plant called Midi Sprout. And that one. It's sorry. Did you say Midi sprout media sprouts? Are you making that up to its name now, if they changed the name now it's called plans Wave, but it used to be media sprout on the version I have. It's me Amidi sprout and what it does. It's um It's measuring the changes of electricity in the plant itself and translating that into media data, and then I assigned sounds and then the rhythms and the gestures and the melodies that we hear are coming from the changes in the plant itself. So we should just mention that after you do your solo said, you will be rejoining so percussion along with Darien Thomas for the final piece of your friend as well. And a balloon member too, Okay? Um So are you familiar with the Japanese composer Mamoru Fuji, Ada and his syriza pieces called the patterns of plants. I am not familiar with those. I think you might. Actually it's all there all acoustic. Many of them are for early music, Baroque music instruments, but they're all based. On electrical charges of plants turned into data and those sets of data turned into notes. So I have to listen to me. Oh, all right. So tell us about the two solo pieces knew best and transitory. Oh, that you'll be doing. Yeah, I'm gonna be playing two songs that I wrote about 23 years ago, and I Just made the connection as I was hearing so performed gone, that it's around the same time that I wrote this piece and and all of the all of those pieces Have a kind of, um, this sense of loss and it was 2017 Hurricane Maria had just passed in Puerto Rico's of the first song that I'll play Nobis. It's a lot about the anxiety of trying to reach my family and not be able to hear communicate with them for a few days, and then the second song, um, transitory. Oh, it's very connected to gone, and it's about the loss of a dear friend. And Yeah, it's uh, it's interesting how things work out and and in very meaningful ways, I think and and sneaky ways to I never connected those. And here we are. All right. Let's let's hear live set from Helicon the ground here in the Winter Garden atrium at Brookfield Place..
"hurricane maria" Discussed on TalkRadio 630 KHOW
"Oh, hey, How are you today? Leo Laporte. He's here. That's me. I am Leo Support here. The tech guy and it's time. I hate it when people talk about themselves in the third person that Leo report is here. Yes, he is. Time to talk Tech. Computers, the Internet home theater, digital photography, Smartphones Smartwatches Big Show Ahead today. Scott Wilkinson joins us at the bottom of the hour to talk about home theater. Still kind of getting over the all the things we saw virtually it Si es. We'll talk about that. In an hour and a half of the bottom of the second hour. Visit from our travel guru Johnny Jen, Of course, in the third hour the gives was Dickie D comes by with it gives more gadget for us so and of course, a lot of your calls. If you want to call in and talk about tech, I'm here for you, baby. I I am your tech. I 88 88 asked. Leo is my phone number 8888275536 toll free from anywhere in the U. S. Or Canada said that area just use Skype and should be free because it's a free call. Anyway, Right? So Skype of work. We have a website and support to know about that. So you don't have to feel like you. You know, we went by so fast. What did he say? What do you say? Write it down. No, no, no anxiety, no pressure. We want this to be Calm. Relaxing few hours. So what we do is we have James to Rubio going. What did you say? What do you say? I gotta write that He's our scribe. But you know, that's his job, and James will write it down and put it up with websites. You don't have to remember anything. Just go to tech guy labs. Tech guy labs dot Come And, um There's no charges. No sign of his years. You There's a search there. This we divide the deciding to shows. This is episode 1764. Yes, we started counting it one This is from 1764th episode thistles Not like season 17 episode 64 Nothing like that. No, no, We're not that fancy. We just count them up one by one. Doing this? The tech guy shows since 2004 now So it's 17 years, actually. So I guess it could be kind of like that episode, 17. Serious season 17. It is season 17, isn't it? Come to think of it, But that's not why then I'm never mind. Tech guy. Life is tough comments the his website. Don't get me started. Alphabet is grounding Loon, you know. When you name a project Loon. Because it's kind of crazy. You shouldn't be too surprised. If it doesn't go anywhere. It was what Google and then later Alphabet calls. Ah moon shot. A long bet. A crazy idea that probably won't go anywhere. But, hey, we're gonna do it anyway, because we have so much money so we can do things like this. What was loon? Well? Three idea was to give the entire world Internet via balloons. Go. Loons circling the globe. That would Kind of. I guess they'd have a ground station beaming up to the balloon and then back down to you. They launched it. You know a long time ago, 2013. The balloons were not just, you know. Party balloons. They were really kind of, you know, fancy weather balloons that went up way up into the stratosphere and stuff. They Actually got to the point where they would be up there for months years. Kind of hard to control where a balloon goes, But I guess the ideas if we launch enough of the E No, no, they use it in Peru after big earthquake there. Member after the Hurricane Maria they used in Puerto Rico to give them Internet access. They were actually doing it last year in Kenya. But now They've decided to ground loon to pop the balloon. If if you will. The guy who heads Thies projects. He's part of the Google X project. They're Moonshot factory. They call it Has a very appropriate name. Astro Teller. Hey, hey, he actually said, you know what time to pop the balloon. We We probably should just stop. You know to be fair, he said. When I heard about it the first time I only give better one or 2% chance of succeeding. So, you know. You know, there was was a moon shot. It was a long long bed. Part of the problem is, you know when they started doing this? The Internet only reached about three quarters of the earth. And so there was a lot of other people that could be served. Um Problem they found. Got to 93% of the problem they found is that the remaining 7% either couldn't afford the technology to get the signals like the fancy phones. Or didn't even want the Internet. It's that we don't need that. Yes, believe it or not. In fact, I find this extremely encouraging about 7% of the planet doesn't doesn't really care. So and that, plus the fact that Elon Musk is launching 12,000 satellites to do the same thing, and they'll be a little bit more robust. Jeff Bezos is blue Origin wants to do something similar. They so there's other people kind of handling this. Called technology. Giant balloons. Called balloon. Aptly named, but it Zoe over Ah, Google actually is in the news, too, because of Australia. There, there's a bill. It's not yet been voted on in the Australian What do they call it? Parliament? I don't know. The Austrian legislative body. That would charge Google and Facebook for the You know, when you search for a news story, or you look at a news, you know Google news or whatever you get a little One or two lines from the article that they're referring to, and then a Lincoln. You can read the rest seems to me a good thing for the publishers. You know that you get a taste of flavor of the article. The publishers say No, You can't do that in Australia. They want money for it. Rupert Murdoch leading the charge for this. If you're gonna put snippets from articles, you gotta pay us, Google and Facebook. Now it's not been Stop it voted in yet it's a proposed legislation proposed law. Um Mel Silver, Who's Google's managing director in Australia. Testified in front of a Senate only called the Senate. There you go committee that the proposed code was untenable would set a dangerous precedent. And finally, she said..
"hurricane maria" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"Until it's still going to Outsource chip fabrication for some things going forward. Honor announced the the 45 G Flagship home phone poem it might be it might Pony. Oh, it's first device since being sold off by Huawei might remember that honored was part of Huawei at one time before he offers a 6.72 inch 120 OLED display a mediatek immensity a 1000 plus system on a chip which includes a sub 6G modem and a thousand milliamp battery would support 450-watt wireless charging. The device is only in China for now, but an international version may be able to ship with Google Play services. It's available starting at 3591 which is about $550 US dollars with an eighth gate with it gives gigs of RAM and 128 gigs of storage. All right, let's talk about alphabet shutting down the sky alphabet announced. It's winding down its loon company loon provides Wireless broadband's from balloons in the stratosphere company said loon was unable to lower-cost enough to sustain. Yep. Creations loon began back in 2011 had a public launch in New Zealand in 2013 had been deployed in emergency situations to offer internet service like in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, it had deals and genecia most recently launched a full pilot in Kenya last July and it looked like it was very slowly making its way into being a company but I'm not fast enough for alphabet which alphabet hasn't shut down a lot of its other bets yet. Waymo is doing well verily is doing well sidewalk pulled out a Toronto but they didn't shut down the company. So this is one of the more high-profile alphabet other bets to shut down and it makes me think that maybe the alphabet realizes that Google money is is not going to go up and down up forever and they need to start cracking down on the other bets that aren't going to pay for themselves soon. Yeah. Well the news broke after our show yesterday. Yes. I saw a lot of folks online saying yep. You know shocker alphabets weird Project X blue and projects was too lofty. And you know, we're not in that crazy time anymore. And the other was I was kind of like listen there were advancements the company certainly wasn't talking about loon every single day, but we were like you said time we were seeing test happening in various areas just emergency situations happening. So it sounds like it was a really viable solution for certain situations. Just not a scalable solution. Yeah. Yeah. I yeah, I'm just going to say in terms of the scalability. I mean Perhaps it is not going to be that low cost solution for for Access for so many people as they were envisioning it to be but perhaps the one the one application is for disasters so that there is an easily Deployable technology to be able to get people back online dead. When hurricanes have come through and destroyed infrastructure. Yeah, maybe yeah, maybe there's another business alphabet could sell out of that'll be interesting to see what they do. They're not laying off those employees at least they haven't said that yet. And if if you were counting on this for for access in areas with without infrastructure, there are other options the the SpaceX option one web page. There's good half-dozen operations out there to do satellite-based internet. This was the only balloon based on..
Google Closes Loon, Its Plan to Use Balloons for Web Access
"Remote areas in a very unique way, has been grounded. KGO attends Mark Nieto with more well it was fun while it lasted. Google's parent company Alphabet has given up on a plan to provide Internet access using high flying balloons. Project, called Loon would have used giant balloons to be me Internet to people in remote areas around the world. But alphabet couldn't figure out a way to get the costs low enough to make it a sustainable business. Loon was launched in 2011 and add years of tests, including an effort in 2017 help bring Internet to thousands of people in Peru following Hurricane Maria. But, alas, loons bubble has Mark Nieto. This report sponsored by Iberia
"hurricane maria" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Inskeep. Climate change could prompt millions of Americans to relocate in decades to come. Rising temperatures and rising seas will alter conditions in some places, and some people have already moved. Here is New Hampshire Public Radio's Annie Ropeik. The mountain West always felt like home for Judith and Doug Sahm. Until recently, they lived outside Reno, Nevada. It was with a view of the Sierra. That was just to die for her, you know? A lot of friends, musician friends, we get together and play music with them. It wasn't easy. Leave all that the songs had long thought about retiring to Colorado or Montana to be near family. But as they started making those plans several years ago, they were also noticing a new problem. Wildfire season was getting worse and longer in their part of the country due to climate change. For me, it was unbearable because I was so sensitive to smoke that I start to swell up like it's Sinus infections. And going outside was intolerable. The songs did end up moving, but not in the West. They settled on northern New England and a house in a rural town at the foot of New Hampshire's White Mountains. Doug says they call themselves climate migrants. We had the idea that not necessarily that we were going to a place that would be forever and touched by climate change. But that we were getting out of a bad climate. Situation that was only likely to get worse. Research suggests that climate related hazards could soon play a role in prompting millions of Americans and people worldwide to relocate. Eulogy Bodies studies. This at Portland State University in Oregon, in prominence might be the new normal for many of us and so the idea that you know you have to leave in one place forever. I think people have to forget that. But she says, All this moving around can make people more resilient and if the places that will receive them can be resilient and flexible, too. They might just benefit from it. Well, we've talked about climate migration. It usually comes up within the context of the jobs that we just can't feel Sarah Marshall and his community development director in national in New Hampshire. It's already seen. It's Puerto Rican population grow after Hurricane Maria and it expects more climate migrants from Boston and other nearby coastal areas. I think the city is well positioned with the infrastructure we already have. And our location that is very desirable. By some measures. Nationals region could be an ideal climate haven. It's getting warmer but doesn't face the existential threats of, say, Florida or California. Northern New England is also one of the oldest and wisest parts of the country and has struggled with population loss. It's hard to predict the scale and timing of climate migration and an influx of newcomers during the current pandemic is showing just how disruptive unplanned growth can be. So Marcia and says national A is keeping migration and other climate impacts in mind while tackling existing problems with affordable housing and overstretched infrastructure to ensure that what we are building is sustainable. We also have to be smarter about what we do have whether or not the climate migrants come, she says. Nashua is making improvements that will benefit everyone for NPR news. I'm Annie Ropeik. It's morning edition on W When my C I'm David first as we roll into month, 10 since the pandemic shut down our region. The cabin fever has really been building. W When I sees Amy Pearl found one cure a very chilly cure out on a beach in Brooklyn with some intrepid swimmers. Really windy man. It's 39 degrees of Brighton Beach. The water is murky, choppy and I see a couple of little heads popping up in the surf. Wasn't It was amazing. Today of surrender thing. Swimmers meet here every weekend. All year long Chance is bundling up after an 11 minute swim super, like Calming and, Yeah, I work in health care, So I'm interest practitioner. And so this is one of the ways that I've been getting through the pandemic. Wind whips, sand is stinging my face. But I haven't heard this much laughter in a long time. So I think what the heck? Me. Are you going in? I'm just gonna dip him. I don't have a bathing suit. But I have my own toilet. Ready? Ready? Amy Pearl W N Y C means Oh, my gosh, I want to get maybe a towel. It's 37 degrees right now in New York City's snow showers this morning. It's going to be mostly sunny this afternoon with a high of 42. Support for W..
"hurricane maria" Discussed on News Radio 920 AM
"Know, it's it's It's been a very trying for years. Very, very difficult that don't want to get too political. But I think all in all I think of what the rig was very, very happy that with the outcome, I think of the election itself with it was it was a little shaky. On the way of the administration. The administration that is leaving handled the situation. There were some funds appropriated, but they never. They were They were saying that they they were front of appropriate which there were, but they never. They would never. They would never released TOC the island, so it's very difficult to work. With funds that they don't although they have been appropriate, which is when they were released on the nutshell. I think that I think of the majority has has had kind of like in the the outcome and you're still a ham radio operator, right? Yes, I've been been handling one of you know the break in at the observatory. It's been a fantastic place to be a radio adventure, because, uh, you know, it's the same thing. Excuse me, George. Sure. You know, amateur radio is we do the same thing that they're out of people Jury story that we do an amateur radio and you know, and again, it's average radio. We just wanted to say everything you know the word amateur. It is, uh, sometimes misconstrued and the sense of this hobby because you were talking about Hurricane Maria with Hurricane Maria hit the island. The island was down. 100% of the island where incommunicado 100%. There was nothing. Whites out. No electricity, no communication. Nothing on the island. Okay? Nothing. Zero. And luckily I have a power. I have a 65 ft tower with an intent on and it's survived. And so I looked, and I saw it fired up generator and I started.
How does Puerto Rico become a state?
"It's common for people to lump puerto rican statehood and dc statehood in with each other and there are some parallels. Like part of rico. Dc is more populous than the states of vermont and wyoming yet. It enjoys no meaningful representation in congress and like puerto rico. This lack of independence has often put the district at the mercy of petty battles for political clout considered former congressman jason. Chafe it's who was elected to represent district in southeastern utah to the dismay of dc's liberal city council. This conservative politicians spent a significant chunk of two thousand fifteen. Nc thousand sixteen obstructing cities decision to legalise cannabis and to authorize euthanasia in certain circumstances. Schafer's threatened mayor bowser with jail. If she allowed legal marijuana she allowed it. I have a lot of things to do here. In the district of columbia me. Being in jail wouldn't be a good thing. Meanwhile puerto ricans reeling from hurricane. Maria could only watch as senate. Republicans held up the passage of a robust disaster. Eight bill for weeks on top of that. The economic fate of the island hinges on a bankruptcy like process established by congress called presa promise stands for puerto rico oversight management and economic stability act. You'll notice is not a perfect bill in the right direction. Those nielsen bus. Though john this it s mesa people born in puerto. Rico are us citizens receive a social security number at birth and are eligible for an american passport. They can relocate to the continental. Us and work freely the do not have to deal with the barriers that apply to most immigrants and yet their citizenship is conditional. Even if puerto ricans on the island wanted to vote for the president of the united states last november third the constitution forbids it and despite counting three point one million residents. So that's more than the dakotas en vermont combined. Puerto rico is not entitled to voting senators or to a commensurate number of house representatives. And as we get into later in this episode this is far from being the only tangible consequence of the island's status as a territory of the united states which brings us back to the big fundamental question that freeze puerto rico on november third should puerto rico be admitted immediately into the union as a state. Yes or no. On election day. Puerto ricans voted in favor of becoming the fifty first state. The vote was non-binding and would need the approval of congress to push statehood forward Directly voted in in an absolute majority more than fifty two percent to pursue stated that result sets the wheels in motion for the island's governor to appoint a commission which in turn will develop a transition plan for congress and the president's review that same day. These voters also handed a narrow victory to gubernatorial candidate. Pedro pierluisi from the new progressive party. While he's opponent. Carlos delgado favored the status quo. Pierre-louis is one of puerto rico's fiercest advocates for statehood here. He is in february. Two thousand fifteen introducing statehood bill before congress at the time. Pierluigi was puerto rico's resident commissioner. Which is a nonvoting seat in the house of representatives. Bipartisan bill introducing today flows from and builds upon the two thousand twelve referendum and the federal appropriation enacted in response to that referendum. In other words this bill is being filed now because the strategic foundation is firmly in place every action i take is designed to advance the statehood calls because it is beyond dispute that territory star status is the main source of wrinkles grave economic and social problems. There's no question that the united states treatment of puerto rico as a territory of second-class citizens has caused very tangible damage. But what must come next may not be as simple as deciding. Yes or no on statehood as both senator mitch. Mcconnell and governor elect purely suggest in fact november third marked puerto rico's six referendum on the question of statehood previous attempts have been mired in controversy and bigger opposed for example the two thousand seventeen referendum drew a ninety seven percent majority for statehood pretty clear-cut right but actually voter participation was abysmal that year. Thanks to a very effective very organized. Boycott participation was hired as time around but opponents of the referendum have argued that the question was stacked that it may not have been obvious to voters that a no steve hood was in fact a yes on independence or some alternative status opponents say the ladder deserves consideration that distinction between dc and rico matters a great deal. No one is seriously arguing that the nation's capital should become an independent nation. Instead the concerns over self rule truly boil down for dc statehood or no statehood. Not so with purdah rico. And it all comes down to the island's history joining me. Today is in is auto a civil rights lawyer at the center for constitutional rights and the author of. It's time to talk about cuba and puerto rico to an essay published in issue. Twenty seven of current affairs magazine angelo. Welcome to deconstructed high grabbing to understand. Why puerto rico faces a much more complicated question than statehood or no steve hood. I think it's important to grapple a bit with its relationship with the rest of the country in your recent essay. You argue that. Puerto rico gives us a sense of what cuba might look like today if it was still under american control. What is the context in which puerto rico becomes. Us territory rico. Became a territory. Much like cuba fell under united states. Monitor ship dominion through the eighteen. Ninety eight spanish-american war in which the united states took possession of guam had dominion over the philippines. And of course cuban puerto rico
The Long Legacy Of The Arecibo Telescope
"So let's step back for a minute edit and get a better sense of how the telescope has been used over the years. Tell me about what it does. What kind of projects it's worked on. So one of the really neat things about the The observatory that's very versatile. Scientific instrument most telescopes radio. Telescopes don't have the ability to send out light. They only capture late at the observatory. We can send and capture late when an asteroid coming by. We're pretty much a flashlight that we turn on we send out to. It comes back right. We can tell you how far these objects are down to a meters unbelievable add narrate and we care about where these asteroids are going to be because what if one day this thing comes around and gets too close to earth if we can let people know this is going to happen next year we can actually prepare for it like dinosaurs. They didn't have a space program so they can get to prepare for anything. That's true we do have that on the dinosaurs. We don't have much. But we have out of cbo and we have the direct understanding of asteroids because i also think just from an outsider's perspective like this telescope does really play a role in our cultural imagination. It contributes to our sense of off. You know about the universe. Like i think i remember in the seventies it was used to deliberately beam a message into space. You know like hey. We're here like i mean it really has like not only these scientific contributions but these cultural contributions it's like an it's an inspirational place. You know oh yeah. I love marvel. I'm love marvel comics. And things like that and i was watching. Although i'm a little old doesn't matter. I was watching a cartoon about the avengers and the avengers were flying off to the odyssey observatory to save it. Who was that still in the cartoon. Oh my gosh so yes it really is you know. It's not like one of those fields of science or scientific tools that really stays in academia right. It provides a broader context for understanding. The universe for non-academic says well which i think is is really special and important. It's like bench because of its versatility. It gets to be part of not only applied science but just part of typical day to day life. You may not see it. But it's there in cultural context. It's there you know saving your life making sure this asteroid is not coming towards you. It's really cool so it sounds like at this. Recent damage has big implications in terms of slowing down a lot of research. What kind of research are we going to be missing out on right now with it down well for personal perspective. I actually had some observing runs. We're gonna come up in late. September through october where we were going to be studying mars with radar this year mars was going to be the closest it was going to be and also observable from the osce observatory until the year twenty sixty seven so it. This year was literally a once in a lifetime. Opportunity to observe mars with other. See all twenty twenty twenty twenty worst year ever. Yeah okay so the damage that happened. This year isn't the first hurdle for the observatory right hurricane. Maria damaged the observatory twenty. Seventeen you you were working there right like. Tell me about that experience. Su twenty seven one hurricane. Maria came by not only was. I was still working at. The observatory actually stayed at the observatory. That's where i went for shelter so i got to see the winds combined and the damage For me one of the things that like hit me the most or make me realize the damage the most after the hurricane when we went outside. And when you look across the telescope and it's in the middle of a beautiful rain-forest greenery everywhere and that day after the hurricane when we went outside there's there is no green left it just nothing just brown. Everything was brown. The trees were dead. You see all the way down to the soil. It was impactful in the sense of. Wow this is the damage of the hurricane. Awesome packed full as a puerto rican. Who's used to seeing their island. Be beautiful and green selling costs high. Like that's gone all gone in day. That's tough that you know it starts being Quite a bit less about the science at that point. Oh very quickly. I mean after the hurricane when there was no utilities at all on the island we still had a couple of generators so people from of see what would drive up. We pump water for them and they leave with a bunch of water the to drink water. Well so okay. Let's let's let's talk a little bit about the funding struggles right because there have been ongoing funding struggles for the telescope. Break that down a little bit for me yes. The telescope which is owned by the national science foundation has had some funding struggles in that the budget that is used to operate. It has been going down. And it's gone down from anywhere from about fourteen mil per year with the expected current contract. They could go all the way down to two million gotcha into and so what will that mean for for the telescope and the people that work on it. So as there is diminishing funds going there They'll be less available time for people to go explore go observe pulsars and find the first evidence for gravitational waves which won the telescope a nobel prize in physics and nineteen seventy-three. It's
How Self-Driving Trucks Will Change the World with Robert Brown and Jon Panzer
"Robert say what's up to fire nation and let's explain the logistics industry to an outsider. Awesome well thanks for having me Logistics industry is incredible It's a trillion dollar industry in the us You know especially the trucking industry is saying if you bought it. A truck broaden Seventy percent of all freight is moved on trucks And then also trains and all sorts of the planes trains and automobiles in this immense amount and as everyone during covid with the increase of ecommerce and everyone expecting their stuff out hours if you order it. Rather than days An amazon really driving that through competitors senior huge announcements from walmart target an incredible amount of pressure on a already stress system You know and and getting stuff around this country is an important part of food security and you know on of course just convenience now we demand that you know our shipping rather than day shipping and Just an incredibly vital part of our economy and workforce You know just a millions and millions. America's are are employed by our transportation industry as well. It is incredible. I've actually lived down here in puerto rico for four years now so i was here during hurricane maria and it just blew me away that after hurricane maria like we still had the logistical capability to get food across this island with just like this unbelievably rural roads and mountains and all these different things but they were still able to make things happen to me. I was actually an armor officer in the army for two years and then my last two years in the army. I was a logistics officer. So i went to four uses to logistics schools. Well so i definitely have a little background in that. It's been it's been a while. Now thank you for your service though. that's cool. I appreciate that in the introduction. I shared with fire nation. Everything that you're responsible for which is a lot. Can you break down for fire. Nation your current business model so right now. We are the largest autonomous truck. Company in the entire united states with wapping forty trucks so kind of tongue-in-cheek because if anyone that knows the tracking industry that is You know it's not very much. But you know i it. Still a new industry and right now. We retrofit internationals and peterbilt trucks with our technologies with cameras and light ours and all sorts of great sensors and test the software that we're developing along with all the all the hardware as well every day Between kind of book any between phoenix arizona and dallas texas We haul cargo for folks like ups did a pile with the united states. Postal service Clean foods Arizona food bank and so we get real world testing and also what's nice about too is out there driving around trucks. you know. we're actually a purpose building. The technology with the design of what they call. Sad levels for basically for folks. that aren't familiar with this levels. Which is probably ninety. Nine point nine percent of the population that is kind of the levels think level five jetsons car can go anywhere with the robot level. Four is is really cool. It can go without a driver but it's defined route so between that. Ups facility in phoenix to the ups facility paso texas. We have the map that you can kind of think of it putting down a digital railroad and then the truck can run a thomas lee on that digital railroad where we map so it can't just on a split decision. Just take off to another location in in that kind of thing but The the technology and the business use case think repeatable routes high volume which is great for the long haul trucking industry. And that's the problem. We're trying to solve this great technology. So i'm actually one of those people who walks around saying very loudly. I cannot wait for the day. That every single moving vehicle is driverless. And whenever i come across somebody. That's like i will never get into a driver's car. I go. you are a crazy person because if you honestly believe the headlight you'll realize how horrible human beings are driving. It is so so bad. it's so so bad. I mean and smartphones with texting social media. It's only getting worse. I can't drive a car with a looking at who in passing and nine times out of ten their faces in a phone. I'm like you're literally driving a car right now. What is happening. You know we were chatting before you know the community. I live in a beach community. And you're taking your life in your own hands on the street. You your head on a swivel dodging. 'cause you have no idea someone's going to see that. Stop sign or see you. Also the as. I'm speaking to on ice bar smartphone. And do everything on my smartphone. They've created distracted driving this caused headaches and a half you know for safety for pedestrians and also you know cars and trucks on the road
Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears
"As president trump courts Porter Rican voters in the U. S. he's announced a massive aid to help repair years old hurricane damage on the island for years the president's blasted Porter Rican leaders as corrupt and inept and resisted spending to rebuild the U. S. territory's infrastructure wiped out by hurricane Maria in twenty seventeen but now I'm the best thing that ever happened to Porto Rico announcing thirteen billion dollars in assistance asked why it's coming weeks before the election the president insists his administration's been working on it for a long time very tough to get things passed Democrats where they don't want to see this happen Democrats in fact had approved the funding they had pushed for its release Sager mag ani Washington
FEMA Approves $13 Billion In Aid For Puerto Rico
"President in today's speech, also announcing $13 billion in federal aid sent to Puerto Rico to help in the recovery following the devastation from Hurricane Maria back in 2017.
White House to announce $11.6B aid package for Puerto Rico
"More than $11 billion in additional leads to Puerto Rico three years after Hurricane Maria's devastation for energy and education systems. Remember the energy and power grid there in Puerto Rico was in really horrible shape before Maria came in, and literally wipe the entire thing out. Fox's Fox's John John Roberts, Roberts, People People keep keep cleaning cleaning up up
Impact Of Climate Policy On 2020 Presidential Election
"On the most recent Pew Research Survey of top issues for voters this year climate change despite even make the top ten. But not for Varsity precaut-, she's executive director of the Environmental Justice Groups Sunrise Movement. She helped editor book called winning the Green New Deal and her organization gave, Joe. Biden's initial climate platform, an f rating but as Biden became the likely democratic. Nominee for president precaut-. Joined his climate change task force to make sure aggressive climate policy had a place on the ballot this year when we spoke earlier today, I asked her about how you seen his climate policy shift while she's been helping shape it. We have seen his client plan improve considerably over the last three months now, championing policies to decarbonised our power. Sector by twenty, thirty, five, we've seen him increase the level of investment from a one point, seven trillion dollar green jobs and infrastructure plan to a two trillion dollar plan over the next four years on the whole our core goal was to go in and increase Joe Biden's ambition and the Taiwan upon which these benchmarks are happening to decarbonised economy and ensure that. Environmental Justice and climate justice except core and at the heart of his agenda climate seems to have fallen out of the headlines Lately. That's even with record breaking heat fires hurricanes. Instead, the news is dominated by pandemic and economic collapse racial justice. What's your level of concern that climate change may not be getting sufficient political attention and and how do you get that attention? I think the key here is to understand the climate crisis is essentially connected to every single one of crises that are emerging whether it is the uprisings against white supremacy or whether it is the tens of millions of jobs that are been lost in this economic downturn in large part I believe the climate crisis is even thinking because we have racial and economic inequality in this country for example, I believe that after hurricane. Katrina. We would've had a green new deal past fifteen years ago and yet here we are. Fifteen years later, we've got a double header storm and communities engulfs out. That are still suffering We would have had green new deal following hurricane. Maria when thousands more were ricans perished but because we do not value black lives and brown lives, indigenous lives, poor lives as much as others, we have not taken the drastic unnecessary measures to prevent suffering. Do you think climate plays out in local political races as well or do voters think of it mostly as something that has to be addressed on a national issue? Now, I think it absolutely plays out at the local level. The climate crisis take so many different forms in different communities in Iowa overseeing the role that corporate agriculture and factory farming plays as being really detrimental to communities for Detroit. The level of fuel infrastructure contributing to asthma and disease for the majority black community. Earlier, we have seen the election of drama. Or Eliot Angle in New York which Jamal Boom and actively ran and champions agree new deal when his opponent refused to do. So the climate crisis is affecting people at the local and state level not chest. Politics. So, have you thought ahead to if president trump is reelected? What will you approach be to try to advance your climate goals with a presidential administration that may be less receptive Joe Biden would have been. We're still figuring that out. What I'll say is everything that has happened with the green new deal at the federal level and many of the substantive state legislative battles that have been one have been under the shadow of the trump administration, and so I do believe that there is absolutely still space to fight and contests and win, but it will be far far easier. If we have item presidency, Vaujany precaut- is Executive Director of the Sunrise Movement and her new book is called winning the green new deal partially, thanks for coming on the program. Thank you so much
Puerto Rico governor loses primary of pro-statehood party
"The incumbent governor of Puerto Rico, has lost her bid to run for the office outright in November. Olivia Rheingold reports. The island Supreme Court installed one to Vasquez as governor last August following the resignation of Ricardo Rocio, But voters in the pro statehood New Progressive Party selected Pedro Pierluisi to represent them in the November election. Will face off against Isabella Mayor Carlos Delgado, the nominee for the pro Territory Popular Democratic Party. This weekend's voting follows troubled primaries last weekend when only a few dozen precincts got the ballots they needed to open. This Sunday after the island Supreme Court got involved. Voters headed to more than 60 precincts for the first major election since Hurricane Maria in
How Buscabullas Raquel Berrios Wrote Her Way Back Home In Regresa
"That's nominaux by. And that dreamy voice belongs to use half of the INDIE pop duo. The other half is her partner Co, parent Louis value. The couple started making music together while living in New York, but after Hurricanes Maria hit Puerto Rico. It decided it was time to go back home that return in the very meaning of home inspired their new first album. That could SA. I am not a native Spanish speaker, so I had never heard the word was skull Ya and so I loved it and I love the definition being a troublemaker. Are you by nature a troublemaker? I mean I would say no. But I do like i. kind of like what it implies in a way I do think that I'm always curious. I don't know I feel like I. Do have may be a troublemaker sort of nature when it comes to maybe making music like I like to take two worlds that are not supposed to come together and bring them together like to create and work with tension, so maybe in a way. That's why I was very much drawn to the name. Growing up in Puerto Rico. What kind of music was on her? On my Dad's side, a lot of so three. Oh Music Rock. He loved rocks and on my mother's side. My mom was more like an MTV head like. She just loved Madonna Prince Chardonnay. She was like more like mainstream. So I think that she will was more to English meet like English spoken music, and Spanish music, so we heard a lot of that, and that's mostly what Puerto Ricans here like we you know. Our airwaves are all like top forty American music, so we grew up with a lot of American music on the radio. But also like. And a lot of the Puerto Rican music was really has always been really important for my dad and my dad really taught me to love the music that was from my home country. Sucre up on the island. What's the turning point where you decide? You want to move to New York. Well I mean I studied architecture and design, and it was working at an office, and then I felt that really that may be. Our design wasn't really what I wanted to do. Like a wanted to be creative. And, so, I got I got into Rhode Island. School of design for my master's degree and I decided to textiles, and so I kind of knew that I might ticket to get into new. York was to actually go to maybe a school where I could get a job in new. York because I always dreamt about going to New York I mean my. My mother was born in the Bronx, and my parents were flight attendant, so I saw them come back and forth, and you know. New York has such a powerful presence in movies in the media. always felt like as a creative person that I wanted to go to New York and see like like I wanted to kind of find myself creatively there. How did you meet Lewis? Lewison I met at a friend's Party I. Mean I feel when you're Puerto? Rican your Puerto Rican near New York. You're bound to just be in party you'll. You'll probably meet anybody if you're around the same age I had the sort of like Make Ban with my friends Ban The way you putting it in quotation marks. Because I think it was sort of like mostly like a band that we never really kind of record anything we had songs, but it was mostly to pass the time and have fun like it was a timer. Like single just writing about like you know like just being single in the city, and it was kind of like a silly kind of project, but we were kind of playing our songs and. We used to do like weird like Spanish covers of pop songs, and we were doing a cover of bed romance of Lady Gaga in Spanish. and. I didn't know how to finish the song. I didn't know the cords Lewis comes in. I know the course of that song. And then he came in, and we finished a song from there on I knew he made music that he had like a whole history with bands. He had actually come to New York to make music end. Just like that we connected. We started hanging out jamming and. I showed some demos that I had with with the beginnings of what was boost cowboy Dan was super excited about it and immediately we. We hit it up and we started making music and we fell in love. But which came first the music or the Romance I have said a music came I for sure I. Main I'm seven years older than Louis so in a way I kind of felt a little bit like I. Don't really know if this is GonNa be a good thing. Again felt a little bit nervous, but I'm like, but I have a lot of fun with this person and he's super talented, so the music did come first.
Survivors of Hurricane Maria hand out fruit trees
"Amirah O.`day has personally faced the devastation of extreme weather in two thousand seventeen. She was living with her grandmother in Puerto. Rico when Hurricane Maria hit. As wind and rain battered their home. She struggled to block water from coming in the windows and doors. It was super scary, super stressful. We could feel the walls by rating because how strong the wind was, but when the storm ended, the fear did not. We were scared every day, not knowing if we were going to have water or if we were GONNA have food for the next day, so after the initial crisis past O'Day wanted to help rebuild the island and improve local food security. She and other young organizers said out to reforest the island with fruit trees. O'Day says their effort called re Green Puerto Rico provided trees and seeds to more than three thousand families in need. Was Community therapy and it brought a lot of people together. O'Day says she and other young people are passionate about helping the island prepare for increasingly extreme weather. We know where going true. This and we know that if we don't do anything about this, no one's GonNa do it for us
Internet Voting Won't Help a Democracy, Even During a Pandemic
"Let's talk about elections and I'll start with you Kevin because obviously cove it has transformed everything right and I think we can talk about. What were the Rico's doing with online? But could you provide sort of a like an overview about discussions happening about voting and the time of Corona virus? Like what's being discussed. What are the challenges? What are the advantages? Were the challenges. How before really get into sort of the dangers of online voting and look at the Puerto Rico situations specifically absolutely so. There's sort of two things one is that there was already a Senate bill in progress Senate. Bill Thirteen fourteen. Right which would allow Internet Voting Puerto Rico. And that happened even before. All of this virus stuff happened now. Though of course everyone is concerned about having in person voting in polling places and it's also quite challenging to get poll workers to commit to show up at a polling place and interact with dozens and dozens of people over the course of a day and potentially put their health risks so that has really been asserted second conversation on this in a sort of crisis that that has happened with our elections. We've seen lots of elections being postponed. The Puerto Rico elections were postponed once and then postponed a second time. Yeah the primary the Democratic Primary Right. They presidential primary exactly. And that's that's because of this so I think there's a general feeling of you know we need some option immediately for the current situation and then there's also a desire to think about the future and the way we hold elections in general and everyone has a smartphone in their pocket. Everyone does online banking and things so easily. It's very seductive to think that we could just do our elections from our cell phones. Wouldn't that be easy? Wouldn't that be great? Why can't we do that and it's deceptive because it's really not that easy. It's very difficult. And when we look at something like you know online ecommerce or credit card usage. There's a tremendous amount of fraud. A tremendous amount of problems. There that are acceptable in business as part of the losses that they take but are not acceptable in our elections. And we just don't have the technology yet to be able to conduct elections securely over the Internet. Maybe in ten or twenty years we will but we aren't there yet. That's interesting the way you framed in. I really appreciate it because I want to talk a little bit from the Puerto Rico context because you know when you hear it. It's like what Kevin says and like I think any person now like when they hear online voting they're like Oh yeah I do like online polls whatever and then you and then in the context of Cova D-. You're like yeah. We should do this and we'll talk a little bit about mail-in ballots after this. Because I want to kind of give some other solutions but but this bill was happening before it was gaining traction in Puerto Rico and then covert happened. Obviously that changed but to me when I hear online voting. Dorigo me being Puerto Rican. Just don't trust the government. I I mean I mean. Let's start there. I mean there's been a history of information being manipulated but you know what I mean. There's not A. There's not a trust to think that I mean Puerto Rico. Couldn't even do certain things during the hurricane reporting that that all of a sudden you have an election system that is online and perfect it just to me like like Kevin said it sounded appealing. But then when you start looking under the hood it wasn't why wasn't it appealing and what? What were the problems and so in terms? There's there's two two main arguments to this. We have the technological arguments we have the constitutional arguments and the practical arguments referring to what you're saying specifically intern impractical terms. If we look at the last four years of Puerto Rico which is two thousand. Nine Elections Happened Two Thousand Sixteen. January two thousand seventeen. This government starts were hit with Maria Hurricane Maria and there was widespread coverage of the devastation. We didn't have power. The electrical grid problems were exposed there. Since then we've seen different People Different government officers get arrested for corruption in different agents for FEMA and whatnot for mishandling government funds as to necessities in aid. That was needed. We've seen protests and having a governor have to Leave because of these protests because of animals. Now we have a governor who is constitutional government governor because of how the law is and since November of two thousand nineteen. We have this reform. They're calling it. The electoral reform of twenty twenty originally started as the electoral reform of two thousand nineteen. And what they're proposing is that we be at the forefront of technology for the Regal should be at the forefront of technology and the objective and I can maybe later right now kind of giving you a run through. I don't want to speak for too long and take up all your very smart. I Kevin Iro enjoying this so continue. This is very good. We're faced with a bill that had it was it was filed by the President of the Senate which is important on June tenth. Two Thousand Nineteen they only s held one day of hearings with only political parties. Have as the as the proponents of their positions on this bill. The ACLU wasn't allowed to to provide any testimony on the
This Is Nothing We've Ever Seen Before
"A little bit about Puerto Rico. What's the situation? What what is it different? Is it a worse response? Is it try to give me. Give me an example. I'm just curious in your opinion Looking at it observing it. I know you've made appearances on Puerto Rican radio. You're on like right before me. This is why I wanted to. This is why I wanted you on because I heard what you said. So what's what do we know about Puerto Rico compared to the the rest of the United States response will can you say and also tell me a little bit about how? Cnc PR is trying to help inform people. Sure I'll I'll start by telling you I just got off the phone with David back nuts from CBS. Where I was. He was interviewing meow. Some statements that I made are calling for the resignation of the EPI. The Mula you still wish I felt has been consistently actually in since Hurricane Maria. She's being consistently ignoring data and just making statements that are just patently false and I feel like are putting the lives of people in Puerto Rico in danger so I got involved in importers. Well I got very involved in Puerto. Rico were mentioning like on the radio. Because I felt that they were public officials. Were not taking the crise seriously enough. And they were ignoring the science behind a lot of you know the public health decisions that other countries were making their responsible to regard will define it early on a was all the deficiencies of the US loss. And the loss is that for example when the federal government responded very anemic to the crisis. The these many states here in Connecticut for example the state of Connecticut. I know that Washington State did the same thing. California Massachusetts even. They essentially mounted their own responses. And they started hacking detest developing their own testing. They're in the institutions that they had and just trying to figure it out on their own very quickly realized that the federal government was behind. You Border Rico. There's like these blind trust on the federal government that somehow fell go and was gonna fix for them or they had those. Kinda like there. Were all these underlying assumptions about the test the role of the federal government on the role of Puerto Rico. Right so the assumptions. Sometimes we're like we got to the stats here. The only people that can do is the federal government and you might remember the very first test that were centrally city. See The the government claimed that they could get bike. The resulting twenty four to forty eight hour took. It took a week after week when David back because he was not who started calling to ask for what was going on with the test because they're not responding to leave only health officials from Puerto. Rico in what? I have seen what I consider the want of Donald Trump coming down to Puerto Rico to paper towels. I don't I don't see the response the equivalent of that which was that after a week the CDC said look. We don't have the as yet but it's because the information that came samples Wilson correctly entered. And I'm like you're not societies. That is really. That's like somebody throwing paper towels in your face. Because I'm like it doesn't take your frigging week to get back to me. Domino's implant information wrong right in an epidemic. Where people's lives are like this is such such a low priority quickly. I mean really. Bother me as a scientist answer. Puerto Rican and I started advocating. We have the resources we have the knowledge to be able to run these tests in Puerto. Rico we cannot rely on a federal government that he's just like not not responding in an agile way. Also overwhelmed right right now with this this crisis so recently. More recently as recently as like Yesterday governor actually Called Task Force of experts. I I Looked at the names of the task. Force I the people that I respect a lot Doctors and other people. I'm I'm happy to see those developments. The governor also close down the country which is a huge sacrifice for people Puerto Rico. But I think it's necessary. Yeah the bar that I think he's mesones that. I was having this interview with David before I was telling you is that. There's still some officials in the inherent many strange on like these Ibm Ula state. That I you know. I think our confusing people I think are not using facts advising her properly and also I think that they need more deployment of still. They're recognizing that they need this. They're starting to take it more seriously. But you know this is a race against time these epidemic on CNN. We got the sensory. And do you think. Puerto Rico has the capability to test. I mean given its medical I mean I know from you know just in my family. I have four doctors. I think the medical community and Puerto Rico has always been a very scientific. I think a very Admired and respected community. Even though doctors are leaving the island it seems more and more. Do you think right now from your from your perspective good. Puerto Rico developed the test and not wait for the federal government a hundred percent and we thought doubt without question. I think that and I think that based on my roles as a scientist as a member of the Puerto Rico. Science Technology draws doesn't member of CNC Three which you mentioned earlier. I consider myself an expert in Puerto Rico Scientific capacity and I can tell you categorically the answer to that question is yes. I can't explain it in one minute. Essentially to run this task unit. Four ingredients you need first technical expertise meaning the knowledge the experts that can run these. That's where the Regal has that. Yes the second thing that you need that it's really hard to get is the machinery the very specialized machines that will allow you to run. This is cullen. Rtp CRDC's a procedure. Done I'm well familiarize because he's a procedure that we run in my laboratory here in new haven and I we don't run it for clinical purposes. We'd run it for research purposes. But he's essentially the same proceeding right and does Puerto Rico half the machines to be able to run these tests. Yes the third thing that is really hard to get is certifications certification from the Department of Healthy Puerto Rico certification from the CDC on. Your running cleaning doesn't need to be certified Rico laboratories that have the certification with machines. Yes so then. The fourth element which is actually ironically the simplest one. We should be ingredients for the reaction and the ingredients for. They didn't understand what the ingredients of the free reaction change race on the virus. Right you can use these same diagnostic ingredients for SICA as you can use for. Danga's you can use for coroner buyers so you need to have them yet. They need to be like specific ingredients. And those re- what we call the reagents. Those are the ones that people are missing there. And that is the role of the Department of Healthy. Puerto Rico supply and they say we see so. What I've been advocating for is starting to happen now. It just took longer than I was hoping for. But I've been advocating please. We have the capacity. Let's cut the red tape and get these ingredients out to people literally laboratories that run these tests so that we can increase scale and capacity for testing so last question. When when do you think there is any semblance of progress? I know that's a very open question. What what are signs at least for people in the public? That could at least begin to reassure them. That you know the social distancing and all these measures Have had a good effect. Or how can we begin to tell that I mean I'm not trying to put you on the spot but go ahead sit question? Look I I like to be forward with these things like I. I'm not GonNa make these into a combined moment. They says the the crisis of the center interception on them as I mentioned before we are broadly months away months away from seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is going to get worse before it gets better. Our healthcare system might get overwhelmed people. She'll stay home. They should wash their stay. She'll stay safe. I'm not I'm not an alarmist. I'm just being very frank with information that I do and I think that the way that we're going to know we are seeing progress is when we see a government we see government officials with a very serious face not playing politics starting to give numbers numbers based on on data on numbers that are not in the hundreds of thousands of the cases. We start seeing maps of where these cases are showing. What are the false I of infection? And that's what we're GONNA know okay. These people know what they're talking about. This is like if you if you have a major hurricane coming on you know. He's hurricane has devastated other places on you know it's coming to the east coast for example and like you know you you see progress when actually you see officials are taking seriously on planning for it and you don't see progress when you have somebody like kind of like a blame to they. Resi and trump was had a press conference just to blame the state of the healthcare system previous administrations. I mean what? It's time to get serious. This is not our blame it on you know. Go into the trap of blaming migrants. Now I can't believe that the second the second migrants blaming yeah my wife. My wife is Chinese American. Her family's chinese-american she's on MD and that community right now whether dealing with is all the like racism that has been associated with these fighters by people saying that he's the virus or designees virus as viruses had nationalities. And not only that. She has to endure dad and then she has to go to clinic. Put her life on the line to be able to save people in this country. So I it's it's it's
The Dehumanization of Latinx in the U.S.
"This is one of the stories that I wrote about for. Latino rebels was the fact that the new guidelines in English about covert one. Thousand nine hundred. The elderly need to stay at home. We have fifteen days to stop the spread. It came out in English on Monday and it took like three days for the White House to actually make it publicly available in Spanish. I called up the White House on Monday. And they didn't have it mightier. This was not available. So that's a problem. I think this real time information being delayed for two thousand seventeen estimate from pugh. We're talking about thirty seven million emails in the United States who speak Spanish at home. So it's the country's most common non English language. Yeah it's a significant population. So I threw a lot. Actually what are you thinking about that with? All that's going on this week when it comes to immigration or the Spanish language community in this country. I mean I think that what I'm GonNa say is really really radical but then again look what we're living through yeah self-isolation self quarantine closed borders. Which really it's like Mark Krikorian. 's Wet dreams come true. He's the head of CIS Center for Immigration Studies. Basically he's very much a counsel to the entire Rabid Anti immigrant perspective and these are people who have been advocating to close all the borders to not allow not one refugee and not one immigrant in period. And so because of covert nineteen. They're getting their dreams coming true. So my response to that. It's like shouting into this guy. But why not open up all of the detention facilities? Yeah Open them up release. Everyone release everyone to their family members. How do you do this like? How do you start a movie? You know usually the way donald is worth that has top people. It's People Power you use your body. How do you stop a bus from transporting people you know of active protests when we're doing social isolation? Yeah but that's my feeling. Is You know. Release them the problem is. Is that this whole thing that you laid out all of this kind of tick tock of detentions and ice and all of this year. It's part of the immigration detention deportation industrial complex. You cannot stop it. You cannot bring it to a grinding halt the way it should be because of this humanitarian endemic crisis. Because that means that the money will start to dry up right. And you know the funding there right now mandated by Congress to make sure that people are being detained by law right so if you suddenly are not detaining it's like other raison d'etre goes away you know. I want out. There are some stories that are happening that we're not hearing about you. Know the ninth death in ice custody since October first happened this Wednesday a twenty seven year old Honduran man died in Karnes County residential center in Texas. The death appeared to be suicide. I'm thinking about the young man whose story on follow lean who is Honduran and desperate year right now in. Mexico cannot move also on March eleventh. This reported that a nineteen year old a nineteen year old pregnant one. Modern woman named medium is too funny. He'd fell eighteen feet from a border barrier and died. Let's just call it the wall so those are the things that are happening for me. Julio and I agree with you I've thought so much about what you said about Puerto Rico and about how the people all of them American citizens you know put through a humanitarian crisis because of Hurricane Maria and we all were here on the mainland. Like how are they doing this? How are they doing this? And it's like people are looking at is insane. How are they doing it? How are they doing it? And it's like what we learned from. We learned from our brothers and sisters in the south. That's how I learned and I will say this about all that it's like we still have Internet. We still have light like the majority of people have access to Food Not Puerto Rico during the hurricane. And that's why I think about the resiliency of my my peeps but listen. I wanted to just raise one thing. That also is getting missed a little bit during the Senate vote on the House legislation for the covert nineteen relief package which passed by the way ninety two eight in the Senate so that's the first relief package it's going to allow for free testing for the corona virus and up to ten days of paid sick leave for some workers which I'm like. Wow Okay here we go. Let's put our political differences aside. We're actually trying to put the American people out there. People that live in this country. But I'm sorry Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who oppose the legislation in the middle of introducing an amendment to the bill. He said this. My amendment says that if you want to apply for money from the government the Child Tax Credit Program. This is money that the government gives to people. They have to be a legitimate person. You have to have a social security number. We've been talking about this reform for a decade now and we never seem to be able to get it passed. It has nothing to do with not liking immigrants. It has to do saying taxpayer money. Should go to non people. You should have to be a person to get taxpayer money. I'm sorry when you start using media this is what you say all the time. Words like non people and saying well. I'm not racist against immigrants. It's just about not giving services to non people because they don't have social security cards. That is a dangerous dangerous slope. It speaks to the dehumanisation of like you said like you tweeted Matia. Who's doing the work? Now who's most vulnerable right now? You know maids people that clean food delivery people that prepare those workers. Who are they right and to hear? Rand Paul say well. These are non. People is just sickening and immoral that needs to get called
Alexis Wichowski on Net States
"Guest. Today is Alex which Hausky. She's an adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University. And the deputy chief technology officer for innovation for the city of New York. She recently released a book called the Information Trade. How Big Tick conquers countries challenges our rights and transforms all worlds. I sat down with her last week. At Cornell Tech to explore further with her these notion of net states. Her book starts in two thousand and seven with the first iphone launch. It's hard to believe it was only thirteen years ago. Which Hausky calls it? Our last mass magical tech moment a time when the entire world got truly excited over technological breakthrough so I began by asking her what she means by that. I really thought back to when the IPHONE came out how incredibly different it was from the kinds of technology we were using and the excitement and the enthusiasm around this new device. People were waiting in line camping out overnight to get the iphone heart of it was a really good marketing campaign that hyped the product but part of it was people. Were just so excited about this idea that it would be not just a phone but a device that you could use for its maps for APPs for all kinds of things and this was still a time when I think people looked at the Internet as democratizing force as something that was mostly good for the most part people still felt really good about their technology and this has changed dramatically. Yeah I think since two thousand seven we have seen technology take a lot of turns not for the better as we've moved online with social media. I think in the beginning. We thought we were just connecting with our friends and then after the two thousand sixteen presidential election the United States. We realized that we weren't just connecting with people. We knew we weren't even just connecting with people in our own country. We were connecting with people who were foreign Actors trying to disrupt our election and between that and news that social media companies were sharing our data or selling our data to people that we had no idea who they were. I think people felt this great sense of distrust and worry about what technology was doing in their lives. So when I started with this idea of the iphone being this mass magical tech moment it was because I think that that starry-eyed hope for the future of technology really started to turn around that time and I think that's something that we've kind of lost at this point so you built builds on an OP. Ed that you wrote for wired back in two thousand seventeen in which you coined a new term that of net states in your wired piece you wrote we need new language to describe these non-state non bad guys. Can you first start by explaining? What net states are? Why we needed these new term. Talk a little bit about this idea that they're non states but they're not not violent actors. There's a very specific moment where I got the idea for this. Which was actually in two thousand fifteen so two years before. The article came out with the Isis attacks on Paris. It was this horrific event. We knew they were what we called. Non-state actors then we saw groups like anonymous hacker collective and others trying to take down twitter accounts from Isis Recruiting people and we saw that. There was a role for places like youtube and Google and facebook to play to stop the spread of Isis recruiting material online. It seemed like these tech companies had a role to play in international peace and security but they weren't non-state actors. 'cause that term has come to mean just violent or extremists entities. But they're not nation-states. Either they're not countries so I felt like they needed to be some other way to describe them tech companies that had global reach that were involved in territories that used to be just the domain of governments like defense and diplomacy infrastructure in citizen services. But also that were in some way swayed by a belief that the people that working at these tech companies weren't just after a bottom line but they really had this sense that their technology was there to do good in the world. I introduced this idea of net states and the funny story. Here is that when I wrote the article in Two Thousand Fifteen? My readers friends of mine said. I don't think you have enough evidence here. I think this is a little bit far fetched side. Put the article aside for two years. Then it was after Hurricane Maria in two thousand seventeen hit the island of Puerto Rico and the entire island lost power at low cell phone connectivity and Internet service and the US Federal Government. Just really did not respond quickly. But you know who did private tech companies? So Tesla came in with power packs to provide solar energy and Google has project loon. Which are these low altitude balloons that provide internet connectivity? So it was the tech actors that were providing basic services that the countries weren't so at that point. I thought OK. I really think I have something here. And that's what I propose the article and when it got published some people said well why are they not just corporations? There's lots of multinational corporations global corporations that work in many many fields. Look at Coca Cola. Look at McDonalds. They're all over the world. Can you imagine McDonald's having a counter terrorism unit? This is something that doesn't happen. But because tech companies provide the services and platforms that allow people to organize and to connect and to come together to find each other. There's activities happening on their platforms. That make it so they have to get involved. In counter terrorism they have to get involved in diplomacy because all kinds of things are happening with their tools and services that they never really intended at least of companies that you pick as net states. He's really interesting. They are the usual suspects so Amazon. Apple facebook Google. But you add to the mix Tesla and you leave out twitter. Yes can you explain why because I think when we talk about big tech? We think Apple Amazon Google facebook twitter. We don't necessarily think about Tesla. There's a very specific reason. I I chose the companies that I did. All of them are first of all massive in scale and size and in terms of revenue so they span the globe in terms of their user base. We have touch points with them throughout our days. That's number one number two. They're all expanding beyond their core products and services into other areas that are in our physical world so for instance Amazon purchased wholefoods facebook has as I said before started. Its own counterterrorism team. That's larger than the State Department's counter-terrorism team Ella so they are really getting engaged in physical world activities. Twitter has not diversified in this way. Twitter is really sticking to its core product. Which is micro blogging platform? And it's not investing in or acquiring other businesses to expand into other realms. So that's one of the reasons. I didn't include twitter and the reason I did. Include Tesla Tesla so funny case because in some ways it's just a car company but it's also An energy provider so it has this arm called power wall which produces these home energy storage units. That people can buy to go off the grid if they wish or partner with. There's other company called solar city. They can have solar panels installed in their on their roofs. And then store that energy in these power packs and be completely detached from the grid so the reason that I included Tesla and its various other entities is that it is a perfect example of how tech company or tech based company expanding into sort of real world