I Know That You’ve Already Forgotten This, But…

the residents of Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands are still in dire need of assistance, and they are your fellow American citizens. If you truly have empathy for others, and you really want to help your fellow Americans, then why aren’t you doing so? Quit talking and do something already! Following are links to reputable organizations which are doing their best to provide assistance.

Direct Relief

American Red Cross

Americares

Humane Society of the United States

Here, too, is an informative article about those territories and how hurricane relief isn’t the only problem they’re facing. Following is a small portion of it, from The Atlantic:

Puerto Rico Needs More Than Relief—It Needs Reconstruction

Recovering from the devastation of two hurricanes raises tough questions about the legacy of American colonialism.

Right now, it’s hard to tell in what direction Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands are heading after sustaining hits from Hurricane Irma and then Hurricane Maria in September. The picture of the damage in Puerto Rico verges on the apocalyptic now, and much of the situation is currently deteriorating. Millions are still without power, fuel, food, and water are running out, hospitals are overwhelmed and mostly inoperable, and bodies are “piling up” in morgues. Struggles in the Virgin Islands are less documented, but no less real: Power is still tenuous, flooding is still rampant, most of the hospitals have been damaged or destroyed, and many roads are ruined.

Federal aid is arriving to help deal with the onslaught of disasters, but even if that aid were adequate and weren’t heavily criticized by residents for being late or ineffective, aid alone won’t lead to recovery. Existing challenges that plagued the territories before Irma and Maria multiply the effects of the storms, and must themselves be dealt with in order for recovery to be a reality. But dealing with those issues will require examining the legacies of colonialism, racism, and erratic federal policy in shaping the destinies of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and how those forces contributed to the destruction on display today.

President Trump has—if nothing else—outlined just how deeply those legacies run in his direction of the federal response. When Trump attacked San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Twitter last weekend, his remarks that the relief effort was hampered by “poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help” and that “they want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” played on similar themes as an 1899 colonial governor bemoaning the lack of “Anglo-Saxon energy to face a gloomy outlook” among his black and brown constituents on the island, which had just been taken from Spain as the United States built its own empire.

When Trump expanded on his comments Tuesday, just hours before his first trip to San Juan, he paired praise to federal responders for “the great job we’ve done” with criticism of the efforts of local officials. It was a contrast that recalled the opinion of Justice Henry Billings Brown in the 1901 Downes v. Bidwell case—one of the so-called “Insular Cases” that now form the basis of governance over the U.S. territories, and helped create the status quo where residents of the territories are citizens who pay taxes and serve in the military, but have neither representation in Congress nor sovereignty. There, Brown said that for the “alien races … the administration of government and justice, according to Anglo-Saxon principles, may for a time be impossible.”

Full Frontal Thursday: Puerto Rico, Health Care, and Bubby vs. Bubby!

In today’s installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Sam gives us a primer on the history of Puerto Rico with assistance from Javier Muñoz. Also, a health program known as C.H.I.P. faded out of existence, and we’re taken to Florida to see how ‘civilized’ elderly, retired Jewish people discuss politics. It’s so much different than the way politics is discussed in every other corner of the USA!

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Let’s See, Now…

You’re bothered, angered, and outraged over this:

…but you could give a shit less over this:

…this:

…or this.

If you’re of this mindset, do me a favor: don’t talk to me. Your earth-shattering stupidity and hypocrisy might be a transmittable disease.

Here’s the list of places to donate to or volunteer at, should you wish to help your fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Full Frontal Thursday: Sports, The Federalist Society, and MORE Sports!

This fake Facebook profile is one of many that have been discovered during the investigation over Russian meddling in U.S. politics

In this installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Sam reminds us that Drumpf the Divider is using the #takeaknee NFL protests to distract his mindless, rabid followers from the fact that he, himself, isn’t doing his job. Also, she reveals the Federalist Society and the ways that it produces and promotes shitty, future judges and SCOTUS members.

North Korea, the people of Puerto Rico, and – oh yeah – the irrefutable FACTS that fake profiles are rampant on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other “social” media platforms, are still quite relevant. There is an ongoing investigation about those Russian-paid ads, but plenty want to keep their heads imbedded in the sand…or, elsewhere!

One final note: those who think that multiple selfies on blog or a Facebook page makes you more relevant and “real” are those who are creating, or easily fooled by, fake profiles!

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Hurricane Maria: Here’s How to Help Victims in the Ravaged Caribbean

GOOD BLACK NEWS

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by Jason Duaine Hahn via people.com

On early Wednesday, Hurricane Maria made landfall on the 100-mile-long island of Puerto Rico, causing such tremendous damage with its 155-mph winds that it knocked out power for all 3.5 million residents.

Maria killed at least nine people on Dominica before it moved to Puerto Rico, where it toppled trees, tore roofs from buildings, and damaged reservoirs and rivers that—along with heavy rain—have caused severe flooding.

Though the hurricane is expected to move toward the Dominican Republic late Wednesday, Puerto Rico and Dominica will feel the effects of the storm for a long time to come. This comes just two weeks after ferocious Hurricane Irma destroyed much of the U.S. Virgin Islands and killed three people in Puerto Rico.

If you’d like to help out in helping victims of the storm, here some verified organizations assisting in the efforts.

Unidos Por Puerto Rico

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Remember Andrew?

Irma dwarfs Andrew by a considerable margin. The devastation has been horrific and complete for those who have been ravaged by the winds, and Jose is bearing down on those obliterated communities even as Irma turns towards Florida.

It’s going to be a long weekend for many…

Full Moon Musings…1st July 2015

Just a few random thoughts and comments on this Wednesday…June was quite eventful across the country and around the world; July is beginning in much the same way.

Seven Black churches have been burned since Dylan Roof murdered nine people at Mother Emanuel on 16th June. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that this is more racist terrorism. The “night riders” of the KKK have been doing this since the 1800s. This isn’t an attack on religion, as some would love to believe. The fires weren’t started by storms, they were started by members of StormFront and their ilk. Meanwhile, people who adore their heritage of treason, domestic terrorism, and racism are holding pro-confederate flag rallies and demonstrations, and violently attacking people who want to retire that flag to a museum where it belongs. The more paranoid flag-lovers are screeching and moaning, claiming that others “want to take our flag and heritage away!” No, no, and no, you silly, stupid shits. You have every right to fly that flag – on your own, individual, private property. Adorn yourselves with it; decorate your trucks and houses, get it tattooed on your faces. Let everyone know what hate-filled fuckwads you are. I mean, if it’s solely about Southern pride and “heritage,” then you shouldn’t need to hide your faces under your white, pointy hats, no?

Credit: gallery4share.com

Relations between Cuba and the U.S. seem to be moving forward, as embassies will soon be opening in Havana and Washington, D.C. The country of Greece is (once again) on the verge of financial collapse, due to defaulting on an IMF loan payment. The island of Puerto Rico struggles with a massive, $74 million (USD) debt.

The racism on the island of Hispaniola has been, however briefly, re-exposed as Haitian migrants, and Dominicans of Haitian descent, are being forced to leave the Dominican Republic due to some obscure court ruling in 2013.

Yes, I do pay attention to things beyond the border of my state and country…shocking, I know! Speaking of which, the girls abducted in Chibok, Nigeria, have been gone from their families and loved ones for 443 days. I’m still counting…

Nintendo is apparently making history by allowing same-sex marriages in a game. From the Huffington Post:

At last, the powerful warriors and wizards in Nintendo’s “Fire Emblem” franchise can be gay.

Gaming site Polygon reported Tuesday that players will be able to have same-sex relationships in the upcoming “Fire Emblem Fates,” a new entry in the strategy role-playing franchise that made its debut on the original Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990. A Nintendo spokesman confirmed this information to The Huffington Post.

“Fates” will be be released in two separate versions, “Conquest” and “Birthright.” Nintendo told HuffPost that each will feature a different same-sex coupling — male in one game and female in the other.

“In the Conquest edition of the game, there is a male character that the game’s player may have his/her male main character marry after they bond in battle. Similarly, the Birthright edition features a female character that a female main character may marry after bonding in battle,” a Nintendo spokesman told HuffPost, echoing the statement given to Polygon.

Having both same-sex relationships in the same game may eventually be possible, since Nintendo says there will be a downloadable component that opens up the content that both versions of the game lack.

For the uninitiated, relationships often play a central role in “Fire Emblem” games. Your characters can make friends and, in the case of the recent “Fire Emblem: Awakening,” hook up with characters of the opposite gender and make beautiful warrior children who travel through time and space to assist you in battle. (There will be procreation in “Fates,” but it’s unclear how this will pertain to the same-sex couples.)

Not bad, I suppose – but, The Elder Scrolls Online beat you to it, Nintendo! Same-sex marriage has been allowed in the game since it began, and same-sex relationships have been in the Elder Scrolls games as far back as ‘Morrowind.’

Dravin Leonciele and his husband – The Elder Scrolls Online

I’m happy to see marriage equality, personally. If you love someone, then you should be able to be with them – if you’re of legal age of consent, of course! Amidst all of the celebrations, however, there are some voices that need to be heard. This article, “Under The Rainbow,” is something that should be read by all. It was written by James Coco, a “Southern Bird of Paradise.” Here’s a small excerpt:

With it being Pride month again, I always try my hardest to feel some sort of elation over what should be a happy time. A happy time to celebrate history and where we, as a community, have been and where we are going. To celebrate the different things that bind us together, and what make us different and unique in our own right. To celebrate the people who flipped cars and rioted to make our present the reality it is, because without them, we’re nothing.

So, why do I feel so tired? So drained of energy and cynical about Pride Month? In the wake of rampant police brutality, the #CharlestonShooting and dozens of other anti-black incidents across America, I just don’t feel it.

Call me perpetually under the rainbow, but I just can’t vibe with one aspect of my existence being uplifted while another piece is reminded of its inhumanity every single day. I’m sure it’s been said before by many others on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, specifically those of color. Those who constantly have to deal with being erased, ignored and killed because of living intersectional existences plagued by racism. To watch black lives across the board get plagued by so much violence, institutional and through other means, is exhausting.

It happens every time a black person is slain by the police. There are mass protests, or some form of hugely racist injustice. I always look to the popular LGBTQIA+ outlets to maybe say or post something. I always expect some type of solidarity, since it should be understood that you can be black and LGBTQIA+ too…

Yep. Just as there is rampant racism online and in the gaming world, so it exists in other, ‘marginalized’ groups. Everybody needs a whipping boy – horrible pun, but there it is.

Finally, the people in upstate New York can rest a little easier, now that one felon is dead and the other is in custody – I was half-right about their expected capture. I’m not surprised that the prison superintendent, and 11 other prison employees, have been put on leave since this entire shady escapade began. I wonder what sort of so-called prison environment that was, to allow such fraternization between violent felons and prison employees? We may never know.

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