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About Bruce

Work for sustainable development of small islands; ex-Peace Corps (Volunteer and staff) in LA & Caribbean; cruised Caribbean on S/Y Meander for three years; like small tropical islands, French canals, Umbria, Tasmania, and NZ. Married 52 years to the late Kincey Burdett Potter (see Kincey.org). Former president of Island Resources Foundation.

IRF-News Fourth fail in Limetree Bay Refinery (ex-Hovic) since February

Let’s hope it’s shut down for good. ☹ Sent from Mail for Windows 10 From: Bruce Potter Sent: Friday, May 14, 2021 8:33 AM To: Friends of the Sunsetted IRF Cc: Potters Weal Blog; <a href="mailto:CaribEnvMgmt Subject: [IRF-News] Fourth fail … Continue reading

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Fourth fail in Limetree Bay Refinery (ex-Hovic) since February

From Juliet Eilperin of the Washington PostL <https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/05/12/limetree-bay-refinery/ > Who knew that the Hess Oil Virgin Island Refinery would be the “good old days??” Climate and Environment St. Croix refinery halts operations after raining oil on local residents once again … Continue reading

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A Story I’ve Missed Totally . . .

From the VI Source < https://stthomassource.com/content/2021/04/21/tourism-boom-forces-port-authority-to-seek-additional-funds-for-airport-projects/ > Except for the fact that the Source is totally reliable, if this article was datelined April 1st I would never believe it. Would love to see the monthly arrivals data for both airports … Continue reading

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Washington Post: Investigation suppressed by Trump administration reveals obstacles to hurricane aid for Puerto Rico

PLEASE READ: From the Thursday, 22 April 2021, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/04/22/puerto-rico-hurricane-trump-hud/ The Trump machinations to subvert all forms of governance, including humanitarian assistance, is at least disgusting. Business Investigation suppressed by Trump administration reveals obstacles to hurricane aid for Puerto … Continue reading

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The Romance of Corporate Tax Rates: US Tax Rates One-third of Other Industrial Nations

Dozens of America’s biggest businesses paid no federal income tax — again 55 corporations had zero federal tax liability in 2020, including household names like Nike, FedEx and Dish Network, analysis finds White House press secretary Jen Psaki points to … Continue reading

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Church Membership in US Continues to Slip

From the Washington Post: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/03/29/church-membership-fallen-below-majority/ > Religion Church membership in the U.S. has fallen below the majority for the first time in nearly a century By Sarah Pulliam Bailey March 29, 2021 at 6:03 p.m. EDT The proportion of Americans … Continue reading

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Atlantic Article on Effectiveness of New Technologies in Combating Covid-19

from The Atlantic, on-line at <https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/03/three-ways-pandemic-has-bettered-world/618320/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=atlantic-daily-newsletter&utm_content=20210318&silverid=NDA2NzU4MTkyMTkwS0 > Health 3 Ways the Pandemic Has Made the World Better COVID-19 has inflicted devastating losses. It has also delivered certain blessings. Zeynep Tufekci March 18, 2021 This has been a year of terrible … Continue reading

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Sint Maarten Accuses the Netherlands of Neo-colonial Paternalism in Covid-19 Assistance.

The Americas — this appeared in the 14 March, 2021, print edition of the Washington Post and at <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/coronavirus-sint-maarten-netherlands/2021/03/10/d2f58bea-80e9-11eb-81db-b02f0398f49a_story.html > Racial reckoning in the Caribbean: Former colony confronts the Netherlands over coronavirus aid conditions Sint Maarten Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale

From The Washington Post: < https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/03/02/dc-bald-eagles/ > A new, younger ‘First Lady’ bald eagle moves in at the National Arboretum A new, young female bald eagle has shown up at the nest of a bald eagle couple, Mr. President and … Continue reading

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What Remote Working Can Mean for New “Tourism” in the Caribbean

This article from the on-line Washington Post special travel-related section called “By the Way” <https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2021/02/22/digital-nomad-visas-covid/?itid=sf_travel-news&utm_campaign=wp_by_the_way&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_bytheway > presents some of the issues that might influence the development of new tourism models, based on new work modes for several categories of worker.I … Continue reading

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