Trump blames Puerto Rico for the potential government shutdown


Government shut-down averted for one week. Repeat cycle by May 5 … I shudder to see these names in the same sentence: Puerto Rico & Drumpf!
#Resist … ✊🏽

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A report from the Los Angeles Times.

Congress hopes to avoid a government shutdown by swiftly approving a stopgap spending bill to allow negotiations to continue for another week on a longer-term funding deal.

But negotiators were still trying to narrow a few unresolved issues — including aid to Puerto Rico.

The concern is about Puerto Rico’s struggling Medicaid program, which is running short on funds and could lead to 900,000 residents losing healthcare coverage by the end of the year. Democrats want to provide Puerto Rico aid, but Trump called it a “bailout.”

Trump tweeted his concerns.

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Who The Heck Is TED?


Have you heard about TED?? “Technology, Entertainment, Design” …

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Until recently, I had never heard of a TED conference.  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and is a media organization which posts talks online for free distribution, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”. TED was founded in February 1984 as a conference, which has been held annually since 1990.  The main TED conference is held annually in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can.

This year’s TED conference was held on April 24 thru April 28, the theme of which was ‘The Future You’. Speakers included authors, actors, scientists, healthcare professionals, climate scientists, artists, and even Pope Francis.  I imagine that most of the speeches were relevant and worthy of consideration, but a couple stood out that I’d like to share with you.

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Students Are Now Leading the Resistance to Austerity in Puerto Rico


Leave it to the young Puerto Ricans! The world is theirs, they will change it … KUDOS! ✊🏽 … the University of Puerto Rico students go all the way!

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Peter Jordens has shared a series of articles dealing with the student strikes and protests against austerity measures in Puerto Rico (see list below). In “Students Are Now Leading the Resistance to Austerity in Puerto Rico” (The Nation, 27 April 2017), Ed Morales writes, “Some $40 billion of the island’s debt could be illegal—so, why is the government shutting down the audit commission?” Here are excerpts from Morales’s article:

Aurora Muriente Pastrana, who is both a law-school student and adjunct professor in the humanities department at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), had come to the steps of Puerto Rico’s capitol building on April 18 with a group of university students, professors, workers, and activists to raise their voices against the passage of a bill that would eliminate the government-funded Debt Audit Commission, which was created in 2015 to audit the island territory’s $70-plus billion in debt. In solidarity…

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Everything You Need to Know About Celebrities Gay Sex Lives


I feel this … part of my community!! 🏳️‍🌈

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by guest blogger Ken Jansen

Reading an announcement about Jodie Foster’s recent marriage to Alexandra Hedison, I was appalled by some of the comments after the article. “I guess she’s ashamed of who she is. That’s the impression you get when she tries to keep it secret. Now she’s enjoying the benefits other people fought for..” or “Maybe she’ll give a public speech about privacy again. She’s a complete nut.” and ” While she hid in the closet. She’s a wonderful actress [even though her recent choices have been ‘less-than’], but not a good role model for anyone.”

Are comments like these necessary? Jodie Foster has spent her life trying to keep her private life…well, private. Why do we, as a “community” see this as something a celebrity should be ashamed of? Some have decided to make their coming out public. People like Ricky Martin, Ellen Degeres and Adam Lambert…

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Puerto Ricans are Americans—Don’t Push Them off a Fiscal Cliff


Puerto Ricsand have been American citizens since 1917 … the forgotten colony!

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Former Congressman Solomon Ortiz writes “Puerto Ricans are Americans—Don’t Push Them off a Fiscal Cliff” (The Daily Caller, 26 April 2017). One of his statements—“Low income and poor Puerto Ricans could be denied the ability to see a doctor, putting lives and families at risk”—reminds me that most of the related articles that I’ve read, one question comes to mind: Did no one realize that low income and poor Puerto Ricans have always had difficulties in getting to see a doctor, that their access to healthcare has been tenuous since I can remember, and that their lives and families have already been at risk for decades? In any case, here is Ortiz’s plea to Republican leadership:

Unless Republicans in Congress step up, the people of Puerto Rico are about to be dealt a terrible blow: Medicaid funding could evaporate by the end of the year. Low income and poor Puerto Ricans could be denied the ability to…

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