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2017-09-26 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Hurricane Maria Has Transformed Puerto Rico Into A 'Cash Only' Economy
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Posted by Besoeker 2017-09-26 02:12|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [512 views ]  Top

#1 ATMs hit hardest
Posted by Procopius2k 2017-09-26 08:13||   2017-09-26 08:13|| Front Page Top

#2 Give them independence:The Fuerzas Armadas de LiberaciĆ³n Nacional (English: Armed Forces of National Liberation, FALN) was a Puerto Rican clandestine paramilitary organization that, through direct action, advocated complete independence for Pu
Posted by jack salami 2017-09-26 09:09||   2017-09-26 09:09|| Front Page Top

#3 Similar to what post-EMP looks like?
Posted by Vast Right Wing Conspiracy 2017-09-26 11:13||   2017-09-26 11:13|| Front Page Top

#4 EMP does for electronics what the Neutron Bomb was advertised to do for people. No cars, no elevators, no water pumps or blow dryers, etc. but buildings still standing with few blast effects.

PR looks like high wind shock wave devastation in a poor building code neighborhood.
Posted by Skidmark 2017-09-26 11:34||   2017-09-26 11:34|| Front Page Top

#5 PR has pretty much always been a cash-only economy.

Most of it somehow ends up under a table, though.
Posted by Pappy 2017-09-26 11:46||   2017-09-26 11:46|| Front Page Top

#6 Given the huge amount of money they borrowed, spent, and cannot pay back, I have a simple question: what infrastructure was it spent on?

For instance, I noticed the failing dam is almost 90 years old. How did they allocate and spend money to maintain the dams?

If the answers are none and/or they didn't, then you sleep in the bed you made.
Posted by si vis pacem, para bellum 2017-09-26 14:07||   2017-09-26 14:07|| Front Page Top

#7 A damn good argument against large infrastructure.

It's too expensive now but imagine this... Nice solid solar cell collectors like the Tesla Solar tiles and a power wall instead of power lines.

Well a storm like that comes through. Some people would loose roofs and power. Some would not. So the whole island would not be without power. It would limp but it would be functional.

Now the same for other infrastructure. Large low earth sat nets like the ones close to implementation. Thousands of sats are not taken down by a hurricane. If the flat phased array antenna on your roof or car survives to provide WiFi (typical way they will be used as wifi routers) Then enabling wifi on your cellphone and will enable you to communicate near your home. Downed phone lines and cell towers will not matter. If the wifi operates with carrier enable (like say Xfinitiy) then you could have mobility with your wifi cell all over the disaster area.

Perhaps the hardest would be sewer and water in built up regions.
Posted by 3dc 2017-09-26 22:27||   2017-09-26 22:27|| Front Page Top

#8 But what happened to the telescope!?
Posted by Skidmark 2017-09-26 22:57||   2017-09-26 22:57|| Front Page Top

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