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86,084.  The United States for many years has tried to convert Puerto Rico into a model of hybrid culture: the Spanish language with English inflections, the Spanish language with hinges on its backbone – the better to bow down before the Yankee soldier.  Puerto Rican soldiers have been used as cannon fodder in imperialist wars, as in Korea, and have even been made to fire at their own brothers, as in the massacre perpetrated by the US army a few months ago against the unarmed people of Panama – one of the most recent crimes carried out by Yankee imperialism.  And yet, despite this assault on their will and their historical destiny, the people of Puerto Rico have preserved their culture, their Latin character, their national feelings, which in themselves give proof of the implacable desire for independence lying within the masses on that Latin American island.  Che Guevara, speech United Nations December 1964

 

 

43,811.  Puerto Rico: the new front line in America’s war on drugs.  US Customs spends billions battling drug smugglers.  (Drugs & Puerto Rico & Gangstas)  Drugs Inc s3e8: Zombie Island, National Geographic, 2012

 

43,812.  The emergence of a new drug that turns its users into sleep walking zombies is so devastating.  (Drugs & Puerto Rico & Gangstas)  ibid.

 

43,813.  One in seven people are drug users.  (Drugs & Puerto Rico & Gangstas)  ibid.

 

43,814.  80% of the cocaine trafficked into Puerto Rico is bound for the US.  (Drugs & Puerto Rico & Cocaine & Gangstas)  ibid.

 

43,815.  A wave of lethal weapons from hand-guns to machine-guns is flooding the island from the US.  (Drugs & Puerto Rico & Weapons & Guns & Gangstas)  ibid.

 

43,816.  The island is awash with drugs.  (Drugs & Puerto Rico & Gangstas)  ibid.

 

43,817.  The life of a homeless addict is a constant struggle to find the money to prevent withdrawal.  (Drugs & Puerto Rico & Addiction & Gangstas)  ibid.

 

43,818.  Deadly and more addictive than crystal meth and with horrific sleep-walking side effects - the horse tranquilizer – Xylazine – it’s known on the streets as Anaesthesia.  (Drugs & Puerto Rico & Gangstas)  ibid. 

 

 

73,459.  Puerto Rico’s ailing economy has come to rely on its black market drug trade.  And cocaine abuse is so rife it's become part of the local culture.  (Drugs & Cocaine & Puerto Rico)  Drugs Inc s4e14: Best in the Business, 2013

 

 

104,165.  Puerto Rico: a paradise for some, a prison for others.  Drugs slither through the streets here affecting addiction with a venomous bite.  (Drugs & Addiction & Puerto Rico)  Drugs Inc s7e9: The Living Dead, 2015    

 

 

86,085.  Puerto Rico was annexed by the US.  But then in 1952 it got some independence just enough to stop the Pentagon making it a home away from home.  At its peak the US had no less than 25 installations across the island.  Orlando believes that many of the phenomena that occur on this island can be explained by this massive military presence.  And that Puerto Rico is being used as a giant petri dish for American experiments ... This is true: Puerto Rican women were given birth control pills that were still highly experimentally, and basically they were used as guinea pigs.  (United States & Empire US)  The World’s Strangest UFO Stories

 

 

86,086.  President Wilson imposes US citizenship on Puerto Ricans to increase the pool of draftees for World War I.  Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action 2005

 

 

104,029.  There’s an island in the Caribbean that made such an impression on early European sailors that they called it the Island of Enchantment.  A lush exotic landscape teaming with charismatic creatures.  (Animals & Puerto Rico)  Natural World s36e1: Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment, BBC 2017

 

104,030.  This paradise is in danger of being lost.  (Animals & Puerto Rico)  ibid.

 

104,031.  The Puerto Rican Amazon parrot.  At one point there were only 13 of these precious birds left in the world.  (Animals & Puerto Rico & Parrot)  ibid.

 

104,032.  The island’s most endangered marine mammal: Puerto Rican manatees cruise these waters.  (Animals & Puerto Rico)  ibid.  

 

104,033.  Leatherbacks: These turtles can weigh over half a ton and measure over six and a half feet.  (Animals & Puerto Rico)  ibid. 

 

 

128,464.  In 2016 AMO seized 37,627 lbs of cocaine in Puerto Rico and surrounding waters.  (Drugs & Cocaine & Smuggling & Caribbean & Puerto Rico)  Dope s1e1: In This Business You Have No Friends Only Enemies, Netflix 2018

 

128,465.  Puerto Rico has been used as a stepping stone for cocaine headed to the US mainland for decades.  (Drugs & Cocaine & Smuggling & Caribbean & Puerto Rico)  ibid.    

 

 

130,980.  Today, technology means anyone can become a porn star.  Cryptocurrencies are creating some unlikely billionaire.  And one barrel-clip can make you famous overnight.  (Cryptocurrency & Puerto Rico & Community)  The Bitcoin Billionaire’s Club, Channel 4 2019  

 

130,981.  I’m meeting the extraordinary people behind this digital revolution … I’m travelling to Puerto Rico.  Where a Bitcoin billionaire and his followers are trying to create a radical new community.  Puero Rico is a US territory in the Caribbean.  (Cryptocurrency & Puerto Rico & Community)  ibid.    

 

130,982.    ‘Invest now.  Before it’s too late.’  (Cryptocurrency & Puerto Rico & Community)  ibid.  cryto dude   

 

130,983.  The Garden of Eden: and it’s a community living off the grid.  The city he wants to build here in Puerto Rico will be called Garden of Eden 2.0.  (Cryptocurrency & Puerto Rico & Community)  ibid. 

 

 

111,380.  Trenton New Jersey, the capital of the Garden State is a melting-pot of cultures and some 9,000 Puerto Rican Americans call it home.  The community has a fierce sense of pride, but with the good comes the bad.  On the dark-side is the association Neta, a violent gang born in the prisons of Puerto Rico.  (Gangstas US: Puerto Rico & Puerto Rico)  Gangland s7e5: Better Off Dead, History 2010

 

111,381.  The Neta’s influence extends to all parts of the north-east. (Gangstas US: Puerto Rico & Puerto Rico)  ibid.  

 

111,382.  Gang members were also dealing narcotics and smuggling drugs into prison.  (Gangstas US: Puerto Rico & Puerto Rico)  ibid.  

 

111,383.  The gang’s ultimate authority still lies with its leaders in Puerto Rico.  (Gangstas US: Puerto Rico & Puerto Rico)  ibid.  

 

111,384.  Members swear to follow a set of rules called norms.  (Gangstas US: Puerto Rico & Puerto Rico)  ibid.  

 

 

137,150.  Finding the Future in Radical Rural America: The problem is not capitalism; it is our markets.  Markets that Obama screwed up … The political problem we face today – in Appalachia and elsewhere – boils down to a debate over socialism versus capitalism, but to something simpler.  Obama was a really important president at a pivotal moment in history, where a financial crisis gave him wide latitude to restructure our social obligations.  And he screwed it up.  Some 10 million foreclosures and no Wall Street felons.  There are a lot of other ways he restructured society to make it less free and more unequal.  For example, because of the way bailouts were structured, black-owned banks were a tenth likely to get bailout money as other banks.  Obama’s antitrust officials allowed mergers in telecoms, pharmaceuticals, airlines, and tech platforms, concentrating power in radical ways.  Obama negotiated a bill to hand over Puerto Rico to hedge funds.  And what did Obama do about opioids in rural America?  A friend of mind in the administration told me that when the White House finally noticed the AIDS-level epidemic death too, the suggestions proferred were … roundtables.  She might have been exaggerating, but not by much … The gist is that Obama reorganized our markets to push welath and power upward, and to subvert our liberties.  It is not, however, a complex one.  In 2008 we thought we were electing Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but really we elected Herbert Hoover.  (Obama & Puerto Rico & Markets & Inequality)  Matt Stoller, Boston Review online, cited Keiser Show 2020