Bill Gates Says the Way U.S. Treats Puerto Rico is “Just Wrong” | Puerto Rico Report

In a Rolling Stone interview published yesterday, Bill Gates is quoted as saying that the way the U.S. treats Puerto Rico is “just wrong.”

Answering a question about income inequality in the United States, the richest man in the world responded:

“When we get things right, it benefits the entire world. The world’s governments don’t copy everything we do. They see some things we do – like the way we run our postal service, or Puerto Rico – are just wrong. But they look to us for so many things. And we can do better.”

Gates brings up a point also noted by Ronald Reagan and many other high profile individuals over the years – that the United States’s role as a champion of democracy is compromised by its possession of Puerto Rico, and that the island’s status as a U.S. territory is an issue for all Americans.

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An Issue for all Americans | Puerto Rico Report

Only residents of Puerto Rico were eligible to vote in the November 2012 referendum, but that doesn’t mean that Puerto Rico’s status is important just to people living in Puerto Rico.

Members of the U.S. government and other high profile Americans have recognized this:

[T]his is not primarily about Puerto Rico, but about the rest of us. What are our values? What is our culture? How can we make one America in a world and a nation ever more diverse?

President Bill Clinton, Democratic Governors Association Dinner, February 23, 1998

[T]his is a domestic obligation of ours.  [Puerto Rico] is not another country.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations (video)

We cannot expect our foreign policies to be enjoying prestige around the world – attracting support instead of collapsing – when we are having serious problems with our closest neighbors.

Ronald Reagan, “Puerto Rico and Statehood,” Wall Street Journal, February 11, 1980.

Make a career of humanity, commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights.  You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of our country, and a finer world to live in.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Puerto Rico has been a possession of the United States since 1898, so its treatment is relevant to everyone in the United States.

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Scam Alert: Watch Out for This Fake $4 Android Virus App

UPDATE: Google has seemingly picked up on Virus Shield’s fraudulent claims and has removed it from the Play store. If you’ve already purchased this app, the best advice we can give is to uninstall it now. We have reached out to Google for comment but have no information yet on whether refunds will be issued to the many people who purchased the app.

Watch out for this fake “virus scanning” app in the Google Play store. It’s called Virus Shield, and according to Android news site Android Police, it’ll cost you four bucks but won’t perform any real virus scanning at all.

As BGR has noted before, there are definite downsides to Google’s policy of allowing all apps onto the Google Play store and removing them only after users flag them as malicious. The flaws in this approach were once again on display this past weekend when Android Police revealed that Android security app Virus Shield, which had just hit the No. 1 spot on Google’s new paid apps chart, was a complete scam.

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2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition | Uncrate

Mustangs have stood for generations as the quintessential American everyman’s sports car — affordable enough for just about everyone, and powerful enough to make it worth your while. The 2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition celebrates that legacy as a run limited to just 1,964 vehicles modeled after the 2015 Mustang GT with the Performance Pack. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, you can choose between Kona Blue or Wimbledon White, and either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. Both come with a naturally-aspirated five-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. The special edition gets you an interior with leather and cashmere details, two-tone leather and black upholstery, and a special logo so everyone knows exactly what you’re driving.

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Walmart Is Downsizing Its Superstores and Putting Apartments on Top

Walmart, the leviathan of the U.S. retail economy, has had a tough year. So tough that the company’s new CEO is prescribing a surprising strategy to slow decaying sales: Build smaller stores. And, in at least one case, put housing on top of them.

Fort Totten, a neighborhood in northeastern D.C., is about to be home to a new type of Walmart. At 125,000 square feet, it’s not quite as small as the other miniature stores Walmart has opened up elsewhere, but it’s unique for another reason: 345 residential units will be stacked above the ground-floor podium occupied by the megastore.

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Floating Nuclear Reactors Might Make More Sense Than You’d Think

At a symposium held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers this week, a team of MIT engineers will present an idea that seems to tempt fate: A floating nuclear reactor, anchored out at sea, that would be immune to tsunamis and earthquakes. Is it really that crazy of a plan?

First, here’s what they’re proposing. MIT professors Jacopo Buongiorno, Michael Golay, and Neil Todreas are the authors of a paper that describes a massive reactor that’s built in a shipyard, then towed out to sea like an oil platform. A few miles off the coast, the reactor would be anchored in a single spot, feeding the power it produces back to the cities on the shore.


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Russia is already building a floating reactor, as Buongiorno points out, but there are some key differences that he says gives their plan “crucial advantages.” First, MIT’s design isn’t so much a ship that moves around but an anchored platform, which means it’s never in a situation where a tsunami or earthquake could affect it.

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Try the Super-Secure USB Drive OS That Edward Snowden Insists on Using

We all know that Edward Snowden insists on secure email, but he’s also very picky about his operating systems, too. In fact, he uses a free, super-secure version of Linux—called Tails—that fits on a USB stick and can be used on any computer without leaving a trace.

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