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Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas moving patients due to failed water pump

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas moving patients due to failed water pump | 31 Aug 2017 | (Beaumont) The City of Beaumont has lost its water supply after rising waters due to Tropical Storm Harvey knocked out the systems main input pump. The city is anticipated to lose water pressure in the system in the next three to four hours according to a release from the City of Beaumont. The Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas began transferring patients Thursday morning because of the pump failure.

Irma Rapidly Intensifies into 100 mph Category 2 Atlantic Hurricane

Irma Rapidly Intensifies into 100 mph Category 2 Atlantic Hurricane | 31 Aug 2017 | Irma has quickly intensified into the fourth hurricane of the 2017 season in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Satellite imagery showed Irma with a pronounced eye Thursday, and maximum sustained winds had increased from 50 mph to 100 mph in just 24 hours ending late Thursday morning. National Hurricane Center forecaster Eric Blake said in an NHC discussion Irma slowed down a bit, allowing it to fester over warm water, likely leading to its rapid intensification.

118,000 people and no drinking water: Flooded Beaumont cannot determine when it will restore water supply

118,000 people and no drinking water: Flooded Beaumont cannot determine when it will restore water supply --The city of Beaumont, Texas, lost its main pump station and its secondary water source. | 31 Aug 2017 | Early Thursday morning, officials of Beaumont, Texas, announced the city lost both the primary and secondary sources for its water supply system. "Due to rising waters of the Neches River caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, the City of Beaumont has lost service from the main pump station," Beaumont fire rescue captain Brad Penisson said in a statement. Located near the Louisiana border on the Gulf Coast, the city of nearly 120,000 residents will be without water until after floodwaters recede and officials can analyze the extent of the damage. "There is no way to determine how long this will take at this time," Penisson said.

'God drowned all the neo-Nazis of Texas': French magazine Charlie Hebdo prints controversial cover depicting Harvey victims as white supremacists

'God drowned all the neo-Nazis of Texas': French magazine Charlie Hebdo prints controversial cover depicting Harvey victims as white supremacists | 31 Aug 2017 | The cover of the latest edition of satirical French [globalist sociopaths'] magazine rag Charlie Hebdo depicts Texans who drowned in the flood waters of Tropical Storm Harvey as Nazis, it was reported on Wednesday. 'God Exists! He Drowned All the Neo-Nazis of Texas,' the controversial weekly magazine writes for its cover story. The cartoon on the front page shows a torrential downpour drowning a group of people carrying flags with the Nazi swastikas. Some of the victims on the cover are under water as they do the Nazi salute with their arms outstretched at a 45-degree angle.

Animal lovers, shelters and organizations sacrifice their safety for all creatures great and small stranded by Harvey

No pet left behind! Animal lovers, shelters and organizations sacrifice their safety for all creatures great and small including dogs, tortoises and snakes stranded by Harvey --Billy Hutson sailed on a tugboat to rescue an abandoned tortoise --A rescued deer was pictured wrapped in a blanket at a local Fire Station | 31 Aug 2017 | From dogs to pet snakes, a deer, an abandoned tortoise, a Texas Longhorn and a leopard gecko, it seems all creatures great and small are being saved from the atrocities of the Hurricane Harvey flood...Billy Hutson is hailed as a local hero after he got on his tugboat and saved a tortoise from the raging water floods. Speaking to Dailymail.com Hutson, who purchased the boat from Craigslist for this occasion, said: 'All I got is a truck and a boat.' When asked about the tortoise, who weighed at least 125 pounds and took two men to lift into the boat, he responded: 'You know that the tortoise can't swim, right? More animals need help. More people need help.'

Chemical plant struck by Harvey likely to explode

Chemical plant struck by Harvey likely to explode | 31 Aug 2017 | Crosby fire officials are bracing for an explosion at the Arkema chemical plant in the city where floodwaters have knocked out power and generators needed to keep volatile chemicals stored at the facility cool. All employees of the plant at 18000 Crosby Eastgate Road were evacuated late Tuesday, as were resident from about 300 homes within a mile and a half of the plant. At a press conference Wednesday, Rich Rowe, Arkema's CEO, said that if the volatile organic peroxides stored at the plant get too warm, some sort of explosion is inevitable.

Jaw-dropping before-and-after images show WAVES rolling across a Texas highway

Jaw-dropping before-and-after images show WAVES rolling across a Texas highway after Harvey brought worst rainfall in continental US history --Some 19 trillion gallons of rain have now fallen as a result of the hurricane-turned-tropical storm --That's the largest amount of rainfall ever on the continental US - with 51.88in falling in Cedar Bayou, Texas | 30 Aug 2017 | The effects of Tropical Storm Harvey - which brought 19 trillion gallons of rain to the continental US - are made horrifyingly clear in these startling images. This before-and-after sequence shows how a Texas highway was completely submerged by water - so much so that waves can be seen rolling feet above the asphalt. The photos, taken on the I-10 between Houston and Beaumont on Tuesday, are a chilling glimpse of how fragile our hold on this planet is...In Cedar Bayou, Texas, rains reached 51.88 inches Tuesday afternoon.

Arkema chemical plant near Houston is expected to explode or catch fire in coming days

Arkema chemical plant near Houston is expected to explode or catch fire in coming days ----Houston flood: 'No way to prevent' chemical plant blast or fire | 30 Aug 2017 | A chemical plant near the flooded city of Houston is expected to explode or catch fire in the coming days. During heavy rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, the Arkema plant at Crosby lost refrigeration of chemical compounds which need to be kept cool, and there is no way to prevent a possible fire, the company said..."Materials could now explode and cause a subsequent and intense fire," CEO Richard Rower told Reuters news agency. "The high water that exists on site, and the lack of power, leave us with no way to prevent it."

Port Arthur mayor: 'Our whole city is underwater'

Port Arthur mayor: 'Our whole city is underwater' | 30 Aug 2017 | The mayor of Port Arthur, Texas, said early Wednesday that his entire city "is underwater" but that crews would continue conducting rescue missions in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. "Our whole city is underwater right now but we are coming!" Mayor Derrick Freeman wrote on Facebook. "If you called, we are coming. Please get to higher ground if you can, but please try stay out of attics." The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has asked any individuals looking to be rescued to "hang a signal such as a sheet out of your window" to alert authorities.

Hurricane Harvey death toll rises to 28

Hurricane Harvey death toll rises to 28 | 30 Aug 2017 | The death toll from Tropical Storm Harvey rose to 28 on Wednesday, according to a report. Another 17 suspected storm-related deaths have occurred in Harris County, Texas, which was devastated by catastrophic flooding that occurred throughout the state, CNN reported.

Tropical Storm Harvey makes 2nd landfall, now in Louisiana

Tropical Storm Harvey makes 2nd landfall, now in Louisiana | 30 Aug 2017 | A weakened Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall in southwest Louisiana early Wednesday, leaving residents bracing for more wind, rain and possible tornadoes and hoping water would stay out of their sandbagged homes. The storm came ashore before dawn just west of Cameron, Louisiana, bringing maximum sustained winds near 45 mph (72 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Harvey had lingered over Texas for days before meandering back into the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters said there was a risk of tornadoes across a large part of the South as Harvey trudged northeast toward northern Louisiana.

UNC denies Richard Spencer a chance to speak on campus

UNC denies Richard Spencer a chance to speak on campus | 30 Aug 2017 | [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill] Chancellor Carol Folt has declined a request from the National Policy Institute to rent a space for white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus, citing safety concerns. "Our basis for this decision is the safety and security of the campus community--we are not willing to risk anyone's safety in light of these known risks," Folt said in a statement. Folt announced the decision on Wednesday after consulting with university, local and state law enforcement that assessed the risk of Spencer speaking at the university, according to the statement.

Shaming & Shunning, Part II: 'You Must Be a Rightwing Nut-job'

Shaming & Shunning, Part II 'You Must Be a Rightwing Nut-job' by Michael Rectenwald | 30 Aug 2017 [Updated 31 Aug 2017 at 9 AM EST] | One of the many difficulties that attends a mass attack by hordes of cyber-critics is getting around to answering them. I would never try to respond to every critic, for, as the late O.W. Crane often admonished me: "If you stop for every barking dog, your path will never end." Yet I have wanted to address at least the most egregious cases and also to answer one or two of the predominate types. (See Part I here.)

Federal judge again throws out Texas voter ID law

Federal judge again throws out Texas voter ID law | 23 Aug 2017 | A federal judge Wednesday rejected Texas' revised voter identification requirements, handing another court defeat to the state's Republicans over voting rights. Texas has spent years fighting to preserve both the voter ID law -- which was among the strictest in the U.S. -- and voting maps that were both passed by GOP-controlled Legislature in 2011. Earlier this month, a separate federal court earlier found racial gerrymandering in Texas's congressional maps and ordered two of the state's 36 voting districts to be partially redrawn before the 2018 elections.

Tropical Storm Irma forms in Atlantic, expected to strengthen into hurricane

Tropical Storm Irma forms in Atlantic, expected to strengthen into hurricane | 30 Aug 2017 | A tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic Ocean strengthened into a tropical storm Wednesday morning and has been officially named Irma. As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Irma was carrying maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was located about 420 miles west of the Cabo Verde islands in the far eastern Atlantic. Irma is moving at a pace of 13 mph and its tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from its center. Warm ocean temperatures in the tropical Atlantic could help the storm strengthen, according to a report by the Miami Herald.

Harvey's death toll rises to 20 as Texas sheriff confirms more fatalities

Harvey's death toll rises to 20 as Texas sheriff confirms more fatalities | 30 Aug 2017 | A sheriff's official north of Houston says two men died this week in separate drownings, bringing the number of confirmed Harvey-related deaths to 20. Montgomery County sheriff's Capt. Bryan Carlisle said Wednesday that 33-year-old Joshua Feuerstein of Conroe died when he disregarded a barricade and drove his pickup into standing water Monday. Separately, an unidentified man died as he tried to swim across a flooded roadway Monday.

Trump visits Texas, hailing officials' Harvey response and promising federal aid

Trump visits Texas, hailing officials' Harvey response and promising federal aid | 29 Aug 2017 | President Trump on Tuesday assured Texans slammed by Tropical Storm Harvey that "we are here to take care of you" and promised a "better than ever before" relief effort, as he visited the state while rescuers continued to pull people from submerged homes. During visits first to Corpus Christi on the Gulf Coast, southwest of the worst-hit areas of Houston and its environs, and then to the state capital of Austin, Trump repeatedly praised federal, state and local officials. "The world is watching and the world is very impressed with what you are doing," Trump told officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety operations center in Austin who were coordinating rescue and shelter operations as rain continued to fall and water continued to swell in flood zones.

Houston under curfew: Residents banned from the streets between midnight and 5am

Houston under curfew: Residents banned from the streets between midnight and 5am to prevent looting as 14 are arrested and homeowners warn 'you loot, I shoot' --Prosecutors promise harsh penalties for anyone caught looting during storm | 30 Aug 2017 | Houston has imposed an overnight curfew for an indefinite period amid incidents of looting, armed robberies and people impersonating police officers, city officials said. The curfew will run from midnight until 5pm starting Tuesday, Mayor Sylvester Turner told a news conference. The city is also bringing additional police from other regions. 'You cannot drive, nor be in any public place. We have had problems with armed robberies, with people with guns and firearms,' said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. Curfew violators will be stopped, questioned, searched and arrested, the police chief said.

People are urging donations for Harvey relief efforts - just not to the Red Cross

People are urging donations for Harvey relief efforts - just not to the Red Cross | 28 Aug 2017 | People were urging donors [to help Texas] Monday to seek out churches and local organizations, saying, "Please don't donate money to the Red Cross! Houston will never see it." ...Over the weekend, Dan Gillmor, author and professor at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, also advised people on Twitter not to give money to the organization. As The Washington Post's Peter Holley reported last year, a 2015 NPR and ProPublica investigation revealed that the Red Cross had only built six permanent homes in Haiti even though it had collected almost a half-billion dollars in donations. The year before, the news organizations published a report about Red Cross's response to hurricanes Isaac and Sandy.

Norway fines tourist guide for scaring polar bear

Norway fines tourist guide for scaring polar bear --Svalbard is home to nearly 1,000 polar bears, a protected species since 1973. | 25 Aug 2017 | In the Norwegian far-north, an Arctic tourist guide has been fined 1,300 euros ($1,500) for scaring off a polar bear. When a group of tourists on a snowmobile expedition in May spotted a bear standing still, 900 metres (2,950 ft) away, their guide decided to approach the predator to take a closer look. The animal, spotted on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, fled the scene. "The regulations say that it is forbidden to approach polar bears in such a way that they are disturbed, regardless of the distance," the Svalbard governor's office said in a statement. [That is awesome!]

 

House explosion near restaurant in Belgium wounds at least five as emergency services rush to the scene

House explosion near restaurant in Belgium wounds at least five as emergency services rush to the scene | 29 Aug 2017 | At least five people are believed to have been injured after a house exploded in the Belgian city of Bastogne. The home, near the Luxembourg border, exploded from a suspected gas leak at around 9pm local time (8pm BST). Several people were inside at the time and at least two are still missing, Belgian media is reporting.

Tropical Storm Harvey breaks record for rainfall on U.S. mainland

Tropical Storm Harvey breaks record for rainfall on U.S. mainland | 29 Aug 2017 | Tropical Storm Harvey continued to deluge southeast Texas with rain and surging floodwater Tuesday, breaking the record for the most extreme rainfall on the U.S. mainland. Since Harvey made landfall Friday night as a hurricane, some areas of Houston have seen up to 50 inches of rain -- more than they usually receive in a year. Authorities said the death toll had risen to 11, including that of a Houston police officer who drowned in his car on the way to work.

The Red Cross's Secret Disaster

Flashback: The Red Cross's Secret Disaster | 29 Oct 2014 | The Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac, leaving behind a trail of unmet needs and acrimony, according to an investigation by ProPublica and NPR...What's more, Red Cross officials at national headquarters in Washington, D.C. compounded the Red Cross's inability to provide relief by "diverting assets for public relations purposes," as one internal report puts it. Distribution of relief supplies, the report said, was "politically driven." During Isaac, Red Cross supervisors ordered dozens of trucks usually deployed to deliver aid to be driven around nearly empty instead, "just to be seen," one of the drivers, Jim Dunham, recalls. "We were sent way down on the Gulf with nothing to give," Dunham says. The Red Cross's relief effort was "worse than the storm."

American Red Cross collected $500M in Haiti earthquake donations, built just six homes

Flashback: American Red Cross collected $500M in Haiti earthquake donations, built just six homes | 03 June 2015 | The American Red Cross received an outpouring of donations after the [January 2010] earthquake in Haiti, nearly half a billion dollars...The Red Cross has repeatedly failed on the ground in Haiti. Confidential memos, emails from worried top officers, and accounts of a dozen frustrated and disappointed insiders show the charity has broken promises, squandered donations, and made dubious claims of success. The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti: six.
 

No end in sight: Pentagon awards $727mn contract to support Afghan Air Force

Insanity! Instead of rebuilding Houston and/or US infrastructure: No end in sight: Pentagon awards $727mn contract to support Afghan Air Force | 29 Aug 2017 | The Pentagon has awarded a contract worth over $727 million in support of the Afghan Air Force and Special Mission Wing unit. It comes after Donald Trump's recent "fight to win" commitment to the nation's longest war [to protect the CIA's poppy fields and opium routes], which has already cost over $780 billion. Leidos Innovation Corp [received the contract], a unit of Leidos Holding Corp, is a major contractor for the Pentagon and the National Security Agency (NSA). The US Department of Defense has spent over $76 billion on weapons and equipment for Afghan 'security' forces since 2002, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said earlier this month.

North Korea missiles: Trump warns 'all options' on table

North Korea missiles: Trump warns 'all options' on table | 29 Aug 2017 | US President Donald Trump has said North Korea's latest missile launch signals "contempt" for its neighbours and the UN. He said the North would only increase its isolation and that "all options" were on the table. The missile flew over northern Japan's Hokkaido island before crashing into the northern Pacific Ocean. Pyongyang says it is being provoked by US-South Korea military exercises which it says are a rehearsal for invasion.

North Korea fires missile through Japan's airspace

North Korea fires missile through Japan's airspace | 29 Aug 2017 | Pyongyang has launched a missile which, according to the Japanese and South Korean governments, passed through northern Japan's airspace. The Japanese government activated its J-Alert warning system after North Korea fired an unidentified missile early Tuesday morning. The North Korean missile passed over Japanese territory around 6:06am local time. The Japanese government announced the missile fell into the Pacific ocean just 14 minutes after the launch, some 1,180 km east of Hokkaido's Cape Erimo, the Japan Times reports.

Bill de Blasio may remove statue of Christopher Columbus in New York City

Bill de Blasio may remove statue of Christopher Columbus in New York City --The statue, which is over 100 years old, sits atop is a traffic circle in Manhattan --Officers belonging to the NYPD Columbia Association oppose the statue's removal | 28 Aug 2017 | A statue honoring Italian explorer Christopher Columbus may soon be removed from Manhattan's Columbus Circle if the city's top elected official has his way. New York City Mayor Bill Bill de Blasio is reportedly considering the move, according to CBS News, after ordering a review in the wake of the deadly events in Charlotesville, Virginia, earlier this month. The statue, which is over 100 years old, sits atop is a traffic circle in Manhattan, located at the intersection of Eighth Avenue, Broadway, Central Park West and Central Park South.

Chemical leak emergency east of Houston as residents are urged to take cover and and remain indoors

Chemical leak emergency east of Houston as residents are urged to take cover and and remain indoors --Authorities in Texas are urging residents of two small coastal towns east of Houston to remain indoors --Residents are also being told to close all windows and doors | 28 Aug 2017 | Authorities in Texas are urging residents of two small coastal towns east of Houston to remain indoors due to a possible chemical leak, it was learned on Monday. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management tweeted on Monday that residents of Shoreacres are being told to shelter in place and remain indoors. Residents are also being told to close all windows and doors and to turn off air conditioning and ventilation. Meanwhile, KPRC-TV is reporting that a chemical spill has taken place in nearby LaPorte.

U.S. officials say 450,000 in Texas likely to seek disaster aid

U.S. officials say 450,000 in Texas likely to seek disaster aid | 28 Aug 2017 | U.S. emergency management officials said on Monday they were expediting federal resources to Texas to help with rescue efforts after Hurricane Harvey swamped coastal areas of the state and forced 30,000 people to seek refuge in temporary shelters. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said more than 450,000 people were expected to seek disaster assistance due to flooding after Harvey made landfall during the weekend before weakening to tropical storm status. President Donald Trump approved an emergency request on Monday for Louisiana, where severe flooding also was expected.

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