Hurricane Harvey wreaks historic devastation: By the numbers

Harvey continued to lash several Gulf states with heavy rain as it followed its devastating path into the southern United States five days after making landfall in Texas as the most powerful storm to hit the mainland U.S. in over a decade.

The storm’s torrential rain, devastating winds, and widespread flooding have so far cost at least 31 lives, forced more than 30,000 people from their homes in Texas and caused extensive destruction that will likely make it one of the costliest storms in U.S. history.

Here is a look at the storm’s historic devastation, by the numbers:

20 trillion gallons: That’s the total amount of rain that fell on the Houston area since the storm made landfall, a staggering deluge that represents enough water to supply New York City’s needs for over five decades.

$125 billion: Texas Gov. Greg Abbot said his state will need federal relief money “far in excess” of that total, which would surpass Hurricane Katrina as the costliest storm in U.S. history.

PHOTO: Evacuees fill up cots at the George Brown Convention Center that has been turned into a shelter run by the American Red Cross to house victims of Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston.Erich Schlegel/Getty Images
Evacuees fill up cots at the George Brown Convention Center that has been turned into a shelter run by the American Red Cross to house victims of Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston.more +

51.88 inches: The amount of rain recorded at Cedar Bayou on the outskirts of Houston in just under five days, marking a new record for the heaviest rainfall for a storm in the continental U.S., according to the National Weather Service.

13 million: The estimated number of people directly affected as the storm heads from Texas into Louisiana with Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky all forecast to see rain and potential flooding in the coming days.

3: The number of times Harvey has made landfall since Friday — once as a hurricane and twice more as a tropical storm.

PHOTO: Texas Army National Guard members Sergio Esquivel, left, and Ernest Barmore carry 81-year-old Ramona Bennett after she was rescued, Aug. 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Erich Schlegel/Getty Images
Texas Army National Guard members Sergio Esquivel, left, and Ernest Barmore carry 81-year-old Ramona Bennett after she was rescued, Aug. 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.more +

30,000 – 40,000: The estimated number of homes destroyed by floodwaters in and around Houston, according to Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.

32,000: The number of people in shelters across Texas, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.

325,000: People who have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as of Thursday, according to FEMA.

PHOTO: Interstate 69 is covered by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey, Aug. 29, 2017, in Humble, Texas.David J. Phillip/AP
Interstate 69 is covered by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey, Aug. 29, 2017, in Humble, Texas.

10,000: The number of people rescued by federal forces as of Thursday, FEMA said, plus countless other Good Samaritan rescues.

300,000: The estimated number of customers without power on Thursday, according to FEMA.

24,000: National Guard troops deployed to assist in relief efforts, including all of Texas’ 12,000 Guard members.

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1.3 million: The population of the Houston metropolitan area lacking health insurance, according to Census estimates.

22.5 percent: Houston population living below the poverty line, according to Census figures.

80 tractor-trailer loads: Supplies of cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies that FEMA said it delivered to Texas so far.

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Preppers see Hurricane Harvey as a precursor for what’s coming: Some disasters are just too big even for governments to handle

Image: Preppers see Hurricane Harvey as a precursor for what’s coming: Some disasters are just too big even for governments to handle

(Natural News) In recent days as Hurricane Harvey began inundating eastern and central Texas with historic rains that led to massive flooding and widespread damage, state officials praised the Trump administration and the president himself for responding so quickly to their requests for disaster assistance.

As The National Sentinel reported, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, in an interview on the Laura Ingraham Show on Monday, said criticism of Trump was both politically motivated and unjustified.

Saying “this is not the time” to level such criticism, he added in response to Trump’s planned Tuesday visit, “The president has approached this as a businessman and gone into action. Gov. Abbott has been in control. We’re doing everything we can. So when the president comes, the president comes.”

He noted further: “But I will say this, and I’d say it’s down to politics in all of this. But for anyone to criticize the president or anyone else, this is not the time. First of all, he has really been on top of this with Gov. Abbott, I can tell you.”

High praise indeed. And for sure, Trump — along with Texas officials — were quick to deploy assets. Trump immediately signed off on Gov. Abbott’s request to declare parts of his state a disaster area, which released federal assistance and set in motion the long process of rebuilding, while Abbott wasted no time in calling up the entire Texas Army and Air National Guard to assist flood victims.

But as we’ve seen in the days since, Hurricane Harvey is proving to a massive storm that has completely submerged entire regions. Roads and bridges are failing. Rescuers have been fired upon by looters. Up to 50 inches of rain have fallen so far. And the peak of flooding isn’t even expected for several more days. There have been allegations of price-gouging.

The Pentagon is preparing to send an additional 30,000 Guard troops if Texas requests them — and it looks like that may happen given the magnitude of the storm. Dozens of Guard helicopters have been sent and as many as 100 may eventually take to the skies over Texas to assist in rescue efforts.

Still, with all of this response, there will be more suffering as hundreds of thousands of displaced Texans try to find some relief. (Related: Survival report from inside Hurricane Harvey: The flooding has begun… and it’s brutal.)

Preppers have long known that these kinds of scenarios can quickly get bigger than the resources available to handle them. While it appears as though eventually there will be enough of them on hand to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, you have to ask yourself the same question Natural News founder and editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, asked recently as he reported from inside the storm: What happens if the disaster is much bigger and involves far more territory and people?

Speaking of the damage caused thus far by Harvey, Adams noted it’s “mild compared to a grid-down event or a nuclear attack, say from North Korea, or an outbreak of chaos or civil war…” In those instances, which are very plausible in today’s unstable, uncertain world, the sheer magnitude of the event will quickly outstrip available resources.

“The bottom line is, you gotta be prepared, you gotta think ahead,” Adams noted. “If you don’t have the gear, if you don’t have the food, the water, the emergency medicines, the radios, flashlights, batteries, a generator — all of the things that you need…if you don’t have that, you’re not going to be able to get help when you need it, you’re gonna be cut off” and on your own.

And most people won’t survive that.

Check out Adams’ full report here:

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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BOMBSHELL: United Nations admits latest outbreak of polio in Syria was caused by polio vaccines

Image: BOMBSHELL: United Nations admits latest outbreak of polio in Syria was caused by polio vaccines

(Natural News) In war-torn Syria, there’s little doubt that the conflict has taken a toll on health. Now, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that their attempt at using vaccines to “protect” children against polio has backfire — infecting more children with the devastating disease rather than saving them.

Vaccines make children sick, you don’t say?

As World Health Organization representative Elizabeth Hoff reports,  “As of 18 August 2017, 33 children under the age of five have been paralyzed. The detection of the circulating vaccine derived polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases demonstrates that disease surveillance systems are functional in Syria. Our priority now is to achieve the highest possible polio immunization coverage to stop the circulation of virus.”

Thirty-three children paralyzed by the vaccine that was supposed to protect them — and the UN’s response is to just keep doling out more vaccines? Sadly, that’s par for the course. Obviously, bad medicine is never the problem — there’s just not enough bad medicine, that’s all.

Fran Equiza, a UNICEF representative commented, “No child should have to live with devastating effects of polio.” And yet, this is the second outbreak of polio to strike Syria since the conflict first took roots in 2011.

Earlier this summer, NPR reported on this very phenomenon, wherein mutant strains from the polio vaccine caused more paralysis than wild polio. Could it really be that a lab-altered version of a virus is more dangerous than the one found in nature? Absolutely.

As Jason Beaubien reports, as of June 2017, there were more cases of child paralysis caused by the polio vaccine than the actual, wild-caught disease itself. At the time of his reporting, just six cases of “wild” polio, which is naturally occurring in the environment, had been reported worldwide. Conversely, 21 cases of vaccine-derived polio had been reported internationally in June. Obviously, in Syria that number skyrocketed over the last two months — 33 children in Syria alone have been paralyzed by vaccine-derived polio.

Raul Andino, a professor of microbiology at the University of California at San Francisco explains, “We discovered there’s only a few [mutations] that have to happen and they happen rather quickly in the first month or two post-vaccination. As the virus starts circulating in the community, it acquires further mutations that make it basically indistinguishable from the wild-type virus. It’s polio in terms of virulence and in terms of how the virus spreads.”

Andino’s research also shows that the polio virus used in the vaccine will replicate inside human hosts’ intestines. In places with poor sanitation, this often means it has the chance to spread from person-to-person with relative ease. Places where conflict and war have decimated health care systems are known for being breeding grounds for disease outbreak.

It comes as no surprise (sadly) that war-weary Syria is expected to have even more cases of polio in the coming months. Michael Zaffran, the director of polio eradication at the World Health Organization contends, “In Syria, there may be more cases coming up.” Zaffran adds that the WHO is aware of the risk that comes with the live polio vaccine and says it is “a very regrettable hiccup for the poor children that have been paralyzed, of course. But with regards to the whole initiative, you know it’s not something that is unexpected.”

He added that while the children’s paralysis is unfortunate, “from a public health perspective, the benefits far outweigh the risk.” Do you think that will comfort the children and their families as they struggle with the after-effects of vaccine-derived polio?  [Related: Learn more about the risks of inoculation at]

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‘We Do Not Want More Muslims in Czech Republic’: Prime Minister

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka does not want the Muslim community to grow in the Czech Republic, saying he has seen what problems large Muslim populations have caused in other European countries.Noting that there was only a small, non-radicalised Muslim community in the Central European country, the prime minister told Austrian newspaper Die Presse: “When we see problems in other European countries, we do not want Muslims in the Czech Republic.”

“We would greatly appreciate if Europe would better protect its external border. Receiving refugees should always be the responsibility of nation states,” Mr. Sobotka added.

In comments alluding to crime, sex attacks, and terrorism committed by Middle Eastern and African migrants in Western Europe since 2015, the prime minister said: “In Europe too often we see problems with the integration of people coming from another cultural or religious environment.”

‘We Do Not Want More Muslims in Czech Republic’: Prime Minister

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US Nuke-Ready Jets Drop Bombs at Kim’s Doorstep In Exercise

The US staged their own terrifying show of might today by dropping giant bombs near the North Korean border  – days after Kim Jong-un’s latest missile outrage.

Four US F-35B fighter jets joined two nuclear-ready US B-1B bombers and four South Korean F-15 fighter jets in the joint military operation over the troubled Korean Peninsula.

The exercise was designed to “strongly counter North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile tests and development of nuclear weapons,” a South Korean official told CNN.

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Indiana Teacher Asks First-Graders to Stop Talking About God In Class

An Indiana elementary school teacher stirred controversy after sending a letter home to parents asking them to tell their children not to talk about God in the classroom.

An unnamed first-grade teacher at McCordsville Elementary School sent a letter home to parents on Aug. 23 saying a group of about five students had mentioned the words “God, Jesus and Devil” during a conversation in class, and that it wasn’t the appropriate place to be holding a theological debate.

“With McCordsville Elementary being a public school, we have many different religions and beliefs, and I do not want to upset a child/parent because of these words being used,” the letter read. “If you go to church or discuss these things at home, please have a talk with your child about there being an appropriate time and place of talking about it.”

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‘Charlie Hebdo’ Cover Depicts Texas Harvey Victims As Drowning Nazis

The French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has a cover praising God for sending a hurricane to Texas, and depicting victims of the flooding there as Nazis.

Here is the cover:

The caption “Dieu Existe! Il A Noye Tous Les Neo Nazis Du Texas!” translates as “God Exists! He Drowned All Neo Nazis of Texas!

The magazine previously hit headlines in 2015, after its HQ in Paris was attacked by Islamic extremists following the publication of images depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

The artist who drew the latest cover, Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau, was injured in the attack.

The magazine was also recently criticized for publishing a magazine cover depicting the victims of the Barcelona attack, with a caption ‘Islam, religion of peace’

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South Carolina Governor Halts All Funding for Abortion Clinics

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Friday that eliminates all state and local funding to health centers and providers affiliated with abortion clinics.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, McMaster’s executive order has:

Directed state agencies to cease providing state or local funds, whether via grant, contract, state-administered federal funds, or any other form, to any physician or professional medical practice affiliated with an abortion clinic and operating concurrently with – and in the same physical, geographic location or footprint as – an abortion clinic.

Additionally the Republican governor has directed the state’s health department to apply for waivers from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to exclude abortion clinics from South Carolina’s list of Medicaid providers. The state will make available a “user-friendly list” of all qualified women’s health providers that do not perform abortions and are located within a 25-mile radius of abortion clinics that are no longer on the state’s Medicaid provider list.

“There are a variety of agencies, clinics, and medical entities in South Carolina that receive taxpayer funding to offer important women’s health and family planning services without performing abortions,” said the governor. “Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”

The Post and Courier notes that three clinics perform elective abortions in South Carolina – including one that is a Planned Parenthood affiliate.

Planned Parenthood condemned the move by McMaster on Twitter:

Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, issued a statement Friday in which she said 4,000 patients are receiving health care at Planned Parenthood clinics in South Carolina each year.

“And we’ll leave no stone unturned to protect our patients’ access to health care,” she added.

However, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, thanked McMaster for protecting taxpayers and ensuring their money funds comprehensive care for women and families, rather than facilities that are tied to the highly controversial issue of abortion. Dannenfelser said:

Governor McMaster’s additional request that South Carolina be allowed to cut off Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding through Medicaid and instead fund community health centers should be granted. The Trump Administration should immediately offer the same Medicaid flexibility to all states. Federally supported comprehensive health care entities outnumber the abortion chain by more than 20 to one nationwide, and by a whopping 134 to one in South Carolina.

Much of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funds are received through Medicaid reimbursements and allow the group to be viewed as a provider of health care services. The organization’s own recently released annual report, however, shows its profits, taxpayer funding, and number of abortions performed have all increased over the past year, while many of its non-abortion services–such as contraception, cancer screenings, and prenatal services–have decreased over the same period.

Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood is advertising itself as a “healthcare provider,” and its president, Cecile Richards, has testified before Congress that, “abortion is healthcare.”

Planned Parenthood also receives funding through federal family planning grants. In April, President Donald Trump signed a resolution that overturns former President Barack Obama’s rule that forced states to provide family planning grants under Title X to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

A federal appeals court also ruled last week that Arkansas may block Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid reimbursement funding in response to the release of videos by undercover journalists that exposed the abortion chain’s alleged profiteering from the sales of aborted baby parts.

In a 2-1 decision, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed preliminary injunctions that prohibited Arkansas from eliminating Planned Parenthood from its list of healthcare providers eligible for Medicaid reimbursement.

The authors of a recently released report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) – the research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List – find that Planned Parenthood depends primarily on its abortion-centered business model and is not a significant provider of medical care in the United States, despite its self-promotion as an “irreplaceable” and “life-saving” healthcare provider.

The report observes that Planned Parenthood provides less than 1.4 percent of the nation’s HIV tests and less than one percent of pap tests and that in the last five years, service-to-client ratios for breast exams and pap tests have declined by 37 percent.

“There is little or no demonstrable capability for definitive diagnosis or a range of treatments for any disease or condition at Planned Parenthood centers,” write CLI President Chuck Donovan and Vice President and Director of Data Analytics Dr. James Studnicki. “With the exception of abortion, Planned Parenthood does not provide any service that is not easily available from alternative providers.”

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U.S. Military: North Korean Missiles ‘Failed in Flight,’ One Blew Up ‘Almost Immediately’

The North Korean government fired three short-range ballistic missiles on Friday — each failing before or during flight, according to U.S. Pacific Command (PaCOM).

“The first and third missiles at 11:49 a.m. and 12:19 p.m. [Hawaii time] failed in flight. The second missile launch at 12:07 p.m. appears to have blown up almost immediately,” PaCOM said in a statement on the North Korean missiles.

“The three launches occurred near Kittaeryong, North Korea. We are working with our Interagency partners on a more detailed assessment and we will provide a public update if warranted,” it said.

The missiles reportedly flew about 155 miles before falling into the Sea of Japan.

White House Press Secretary Sarah H. Sanders said in a statement: “In regards to activity in North Korea tonight, the president has been briefed and we are monitoring the situation.”

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said the three ballistic missile launches did not pose a threat to North Korea or Guam. North Korea has previously threatened to fire missiles around Guam.

“We continue to monitor North Korea’s actions closely,” PaCOM said. “U.S. Pacific Command stands behind our ironclad commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”

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Parents Frightened: Kindergartners ‘Crying, Shaking’ over Transgender Book Teacher Read

Parents of kindergartners attending a California charter school are frightened after a teacher read her class a book about transgenderism without notifying them.

“My daughter came home crying and shaking so afraid she could turn into a boy,” one parent of a kindergartner at Rocklin Academy said.

“These parents feel betrayed by the school district that they were not notified,” Karen England of the Capitol Resource Institute said at a school board meeting this week, the local CBS affiliate reports. “The kindergartners came home very confused, about whether or not you can pick your gender, whether or not they really were a boy or a girl.”

According to the news report, the book was given to the teacher by a gender-confused child. Parents asserted the same kindergartner “also changed clothes and was revealed as her true gender” during class.

Parents expressed betrayal that they were not notified ahead of time that the kindergarten teacher read two books about transgenderism to her students, including I Am Jazz, which were reportedly given to her by the kindergartner who is in the midst of gender transition. The book was co-authored by Jazz Jennings, a teen who was born a boy but was allowed to transition to a girl.

“It’s really about the parents being informed and involved and giving us the choice and rights of what’s being introduced to our kids, and at what age,” said parent Chelsea McQuistan.

“I’m so proud of my students, it was never my intent to harm any students but to help them through a difficult situation,” said the kindergarten teacher during the meeting, who, according to the report, received support from her colleagues about the need to teach students about diversity.

“When we head in the direction of banned books or book lists, or selective literature– that should only be read inside or outside the classroom, I think that’s a very dangerous direction to go,” said seventh-grade teacher Kelly Bryson.

In a statement during the board meeting, the district said, “As indicated by Superintendent Robin Stout in a communication last week, staff will be engaging parents and teachers in discussions about how materials outside our curriculum will be addressed in the future.”

The board plans to put the item on the agenda for the September meeting.

In May of 2015, a similar incident occurred in Kittery Point, Maine, when public school officials apologized to parents of students in kindergarten through third grade for failing to notify them before their children were exposed to I Am Jazz during a lesson on tolerance and acceptance.

The forced gender ideology that LGBT groups advocate claims that biological sex is subordinate to self-declared “gender” and attempts to undermine the science-based civic understanding that there are two biological sexes – male and female.

“Most people have a sense of their gender identity at age 3 or 4,” Jo Michael, legislative manager at Equality California and transgender individual, told FOX40. “It’s important to note that the other students really do need to have that opportunity to engage and hear from the transgender student.”

More medical and research professionals are drawing attention, however, to the serious problems inherent in a phenomenon in which media hype and political debate are overshadowing actual questions about the health and psychological well-being of children. Concerns about puberty-blocking drugs – which are often used to delay children’s development into adults – can sterilize them even before they can understand how the deep biological impact of puberty will change their feelings about their emerging adult male or female body.

Researchers Paul Hruz, Lawrence Mayer, and Paul McHugh address the problem in a new paper titled “Growing Pains,” published at the New Atlantis.

The authors wrote:

There is strikingly little scientific understanding of important questions underlying the debates over gender identity — for instance, there is very little scientific evidence explaining why some people identify as the opposite sex, or why childhood expressions of cross-gender identification persist for some individuals and not for others. Yet notwithstanding the limited data, physicians and mental health care providers have arrived at a number of methods for treating children, adolescents, and adults with gender dysphoria.

The researchers explore the use of puberty suppression or blocking, in which a child or young adolescent with gender dysphoria is treated with hormones that prevent the normal progression of puberty.

“For parents of children with gender dysphoria, puberty suppression can appear very attractive,” they observed. “It seems like it might offer a medical solution for the anticipated confusion, anxiety, and distress by holding back the development of the most conspicuous features of their children’s biological sex.”

Nevertheless, the authors conclude the scientific evidence for puberty suppression as treatment for gender dysphoria is “thin,” and “based more on the subjective judgments of clinicians than on rigorous empirical evidence.”

“It is, in this sense, still experimental — yet it is an experiment being conducted in an uncontrolled and unsystematic manner,” they warn.

According to the Associated Press, Jennings’ mother, Jeanette, acknowledged the same, agreeing that hormone treatments were “experimental stuff.” She said, “I am messing with my kid’s body.”

Jazz began hormone blockers when she was 11 years old “to ward off male puberty” and began estrogen treatments the following year.

“I was a girl trapped in a boy’s body,” Jennings said two years ago after landing her own reality television show at TLC and scoring a deal with Johnson & Johnson to be the face of its #SeeTheRealMe campaign for Clean and Clear skincare products.

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