Port-au-Prince is about the size of Chicago. But it doesn’t have a sewer system. It’s one of the largest cities in the world without one.
That’s a big problem, but never more so than during a time of cholera.
Since cholera was introduced into Haiti 18 months ago – most likely by United Nations peacekeeping troops from Nepal, where the disease is endemic – more than a half-million people have gotten sick and at least 7,050 have died.
Public health authorities say cholera will stay in the environment for a long time, because Haiti has the worst sanitation in this hemisphere.
It’s hard for Americans to imagine what this means.
The cumulative sewage of 3 million people flows through open ditches. It mixes with ubiquitous piles of garbage. Each night, an all-but-invisible army of workers called bayakou descend into man-sized holes with buckets to remove human waste from septic pits and latrines, then dump it into the canals that cut through the city.
Haitian citizens walk through the flooded streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 6, after Hurricane Tomas hit the country. Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774 flew CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters over Haitian soil to assess the aftermath of the hurricane in preparation for tentative disaster relief efforts to the region in support of the government of Haiti, MINUSTAH and USAID. Marines and sailors embarked aboard USS Iwo Jima attached to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force concluded humanitarian operations in Paramaribo, Suriname, Nov. 1, for Haiti relief efforts.
President’s longtime friend Roger Stone told The Hill:
“Most members of Congress are arrogant, and until a scalp is actually taken they are going to continue to be defiant,”
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“All he needs to do is punish one incumbent and I think you’d see a sea-change.”
Trump himself seems in no particular mood to declare a truce.
“The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed! That should NEVER have happened!” the president wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
Advice like Stone’s feeds The Hill write some info about a list generate from the president’s instincts:
This list appears to include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as well as GOP Sens. John McCain , Jeff Flake and Bob Corker.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders from White House said on Friday: “I think it’s clear that the endgame is for Congress to do its job and actually pass legislation. I think the American people are very frustrated with Congress’s lack of action,” she said. “For years, they’ve been all talk and no action.” Watch her briefing here (at 48:51 in):
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders grew visibly emotional during a press briefing while reading a letter sent to President Donald Trump at The White House press briefing Thursday.
Sanders read a story of a man named Joseph who sent a letter to his son almost 10 years ago! Joseph sent this letter while he was serving for the U.S. military in Iraq. Joseph’s son followed his father’s footsteps, also joining the military, and he is currently on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
In his letter to his son, Joseph wrote:
Please don’t lose sight of your purpose. You’re the only hope and glimmer of light for the good, innocent, men, women, and children that you are protecting. This may be hard for you to see or understand most of you know people know that most of you are there because you volunteered to be there.
Your actions and dedication are seen by people throughout the world as, without a doubt, the most heroic action of any person which can be made. You and the soldiers standing next to you from all of the other countries are the pride of not only the nations they represent but every individual that yearns to be free.
Stand tall, my son, and be steadfast, for it is you who are the defender of freedom. We owe it to the servicemen and women like the master sergeant who have fought in our name in Afghanistan for 17 years and to the families who have watched them go to secure an honorable and lasting outcome to this conflict.
This letter was so beautiful. It’s no wonder Sanders grew emotional.
Dear Nordstrom, NEVER AGAIN!’ Scott Baio shows photo of 30k on wife’s account with message to retailer
Trump supporters put their money where their mouths are.
Actor Scott Baio is boycotting Nordstrom after the retail giant made the yuge mistake of abruptly dropping Ivanka Trump‘s clothing line.
“Dear Nordstrom, NEVER AGAIN!” Baio tweeted along with a photo of his wife Renee’s Nordstrom account, which showed she spent over $30,000 at the department store last year.
Earlier this month, Nordstrom said it will no longer carry Ivanka’s clothing, shoes and accessories, citing poor sales.
But the curious timing of the move — which came shortly after President Trump announced his temporary travel ban — has fueled speculation that Nordstrom caved into pressure from anti-Trump protesters, who threatened to boycott the store.
Trump supporters applauded Scott Baio’s decision, saying they won’t shop at a store that would try to damage President Trump by lashing out at his daughter.