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Puerto Rico Deal Looks Like Bullshit



A tiny, 2-year-old energy company from a small town in Montana won a $300 million contract to fix Puerto Rico’s hurricane-ravaged power grid, raising concerns about the decision-making behind the lucrative deal and the company’s ties to people connected to the Trump administration, as well as the company’s ability to fully meet Puerto Rico’s recovery needs.

MDC says, Take a peek at the $10 website …(click to see)  WHITEFISH BULLSHIT ENERGY .

Whitefish Energy, which at the time of the Hurricane Maria’s landfall had only two full-time employees, now has by far the largest contract of any company involved in Puerto Rico’s recovery, and, according to reporting from the Daily Beast, is primarily financed by a firm run by a major Trump donor who has connections to several members of his administration.

The contract has also raised eyebrows because the company is based in Whitefish, Montana, the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (population: 7,436). Zinke’s office told the Washington Post that Zinke knows the company’s CEO because the town is a place where “everybody knows everybody” but that Zinke had no role in the deal. A member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, Luis Vega Ramos, told the Daily Beast that connections to Zinke and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló were Whitefish’s “most important expertise and assets.” Vega Ramos accused Whitefish of being a “glorified middleman” that crafted a “cozy sweetheart deal” to make money off subcontracting.

Whitefish Energy, which says it now has 280 workers in Puerto Rico and is growing by 10 to 20 subcontractors a day, has taken on the Herculean task of restoring power to an island where the vast majority of citizens are still without electricity more than a month after the hurricane. The cash-strapped territory will spend $490 million on the initial phase of the power grid repairs, according to Rosselló.

The $300 million Whitefish contract sets hourly rates at $330 for site supervisors and $227 for journeyman linemen, with rates even higher for subcontractors: $462 per hour for supervisors and $319 for linemen. It also includes $332 nightly fees for each worker and $80 a day for food.  MDC says, QUIT your mundane utility job here in the USA and go to Puerto Rico and hang out and create delays and get paid.

A Cuban Wonderland


Watching the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Cuban and American Presidents first diplomatic meeting, receiving the traditional military entrance with a military band, I felt I was watching a scene out of “The Wizard of Oz”.

I was transported to a long time ago, when we Americans were in the late stages of the fifties and the Eisenhower Presidency.

Cuba and particularly Havana, was the destination of choice as a vacation spot unequaled all over the world. It was the showcase of the rich and famous, the best talent performed in the hotels and casinos. A visit to Cuba was a dream come true. Quiz shows featured four day seven and eight day trips all expenses paid as prizes and rewards.

During this same period, the business side of things, large companies not unlike today, used the Cuban population as a labor force and paid little to these so called peasants who couldn’t see a future and a decent life under those circumstance.

Many years of mounting reaction to the business climate and the large interests, with the added presence of Mafia type control of the gambling and entertainment brought onto this baseball loving people, a bunch of young athletes and intellects wanting to reclaim their island nation away from the powers that were in control.

It was the late fifties and on our news we heard of Fidel and a rebel insurgency creating a small army in the mountains to fight the regime of Batista the general that ran everything.

Americans had no way of knowing what was happening, but Fidel fighting injustice was compelling.

The day the revolution occurred we were still in the fifties and still had Eisenhower leading us.

The revolution succeeded. Those opposing the uprising left in droves, first a trickle then a tidal wave, until that was cut off.
Castro reached out to find support from America but that was not going to happen, and Castro reached out elsewhere. Russia was eager to fill the void. Dilemma for Eisenhower yet we were faced with our own election of president.

By the time Kennedy was inaugurated in 1961 Cuba had been reshaping everything to a State owned enterprise thoroughly perplexing the first few days of the Kennedy administration. Oh let’s not forget the gift of the Berlin Wall.

The Bay of Pigs invasion hatched under the previous presidency by some of the Military thinkers and Cuban the exiles who lost Cuba, pressed early on to have this invasion take place. The presidency was hardly launched when the Bay of Pigs failed.

It was as if Kennedy was set up by our own trusted military and strategic advisors, who Kennedy learned not to trust.

With President Obama’s visit to restore ties with the Cuban people, we are treated to a glimpse of what we left in ’58. Cuba hasn’t really changed very much.

Many Americans have been to Cuba throughout this isolation period. Charmed by the style of life, the simplicity, each came home unabsorbed by politics. Maybe this is one last opportunity to see life in a simpler form and how much a breath of fresh air that could be wafting from the Caribbean instead of the fomenting anger of yesteryear holding us prisoners of the last truly great Generals last parting remarks, “BEWARE OF THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!”.