33 People Die for the Jones Act

Time to end the JONES ACT indeed!! “But at 40 years of age, with a history of engine failures and lifeboat deficiencies, El Faro should not have been operating during a hurricane.”


War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

Three weeks ago, on October 1, 2015, the cargo ship El Faro sank in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, during category-four Hurricane Joaquin. 

The boat was built 40 years ago. Until it finally sank and disappeared, it regularly shuttled cars, TVs, food and other items from Jacksonville, Fla. to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The cargo ship El Faro

But at 40 years of age, with a history of engine failures and lifeboat deficiencies, El Faro should not have been operating during a hurricane.

33 people Die for the Jones Act

The deeper problem, is that El Faro should have been running from Jacksonville to San Juan at all. Not for 40 years, and not ever.  Period.

Ever since 1920, Chapter 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (aka the Jones Act) has forced foreign registry vessels to unload all their goods in Jacksonville, re-load them onto US-owned ships…

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About Dr. Rex

I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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