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By JD Heyes


(Natural News) In the days leading up to Hurricane Harvey, Texans in the storm’s path were warned to evacuate or, if they were going to chose to remain in their homes and shelter in place instead, to at least do authorities a favor and write their names and Social Security numbers in Sharpie on their forearms — so their bodies could be identified later.


There is some morbid logic to that.


Many did choose to stay. But then they realized they had another problem: No provisions. Their lack of planning was about to play out in a way that is as common as it is predictable when a crisis arises.


As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, fights broke out at local grocery stores as local residents flooded them seeking food, water, and other emergency supplies:


Customers are fighting over water as grocery stores are rapidly selling out of supplies, increasing the frenzy before Hurricane Harvey slams into Texas.


The powerful storm is expected to hit the gulf region on Friday and officials have asked residents to evacuate as they prepare for chaotic flooding and power outages.


Those who are staying in the path of the hurricane rushed to grocery stores in order to stock up on water, food, gas and other supplies on Thursday night.


However, they arrived to find shops with empty shelves, causing people to fight over the last containers of water as some likened the scenes to Black Friday.


Again, predictable, sadly to say. Despite the rationality behind prepping — getting ready for an emergency situation well before you have to deal with one — most Americans still find themselves woefully unprepared for a crisis. And when crisis approaches, they panic because they neglected to take the time to prepare for emergencies beforehand.


These are the same people, mind you, who purchase car insurance, health insurance, homeowner’s insurance and life insurance — just in case they might need it someday.


But they refuse to purchase insurance that will help them sustain their lives — “life sustainment insurance,” if you will, which is all prepping really is.


People took to social media to ‘warn’ others of the impending dual disaster of facing the incoming squalls with no supplies.


“People grabbing cases of water like it’s a Black Friday sale. Hurricane Harvey is real,” said one, as the Daily Mail reported.


“I had to drive almost 30 minutes to find a store that has water… This Houston hurricane is no joke man,” wrote another.


Said one disappointed woman: “Bread is gone. Gas is gone. Water is gone. If you don’t have it already, you need to befriend your neighbors.”


Not only is that something you should be doing well in advance of any emergency, it assumes that your neighbors did prepare and that they have enough to share with you — and are willing to share with you. When an emergency strikes, no one knows how long it will last; neighbors, including those you befriend, may decide on the long play and hoard what they’ve got.


Those are two assumptions you should never make. 


Fortunately for Texans their state officials and the Trump administration were ready. Gov. Greg Abbott preemptively declared a state of disaster for 30 counties on or near the coast so as to speed up the deployment of state resources to the affected areas. In addition, he activated 700 members of the Texas Army and Air National Guard, and the Texas State Guard, to help with recovery efforts.


President Donald J. Trump followed up quickly, signing a disaster declaration for Texas so that federal resources and agencies led by FEMA could quickly be accessed by Abbott (federal disaster assistance must be requested by states — and Abbott made his request early).


“At the request of the Governor of Texas, I have signed the Disaster Proclamation, which unleashes the full force of government help!” Trump tweeted. But you can’t count on the state to help bail you out. You can’t count on the federal government.


And you sure can’t count on your neighbors.


Hurricane Harvey is providing the latest vivid example of why you should never let anyone talk you out of being a prepper.


Editor’s Note:  As of Wednesday, 32,000 people were in shelters across the state of Texas, according to KTTV Channel 11 News.


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


Special programming line-up on both KCET in Southern California and Link TV Nationwide.

Seven specials broadcast starting September 15 highlight Latin regions and culture.


 Burbank, Calif. - KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, has announced seven specially curated programs will air to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month on both KCET public television in Southern California and Link TV nationwide. 


The shows highlight Hispanic culture as well as the obstacles presented to Latinos by today’s societal constraints. Exploring the hardships and triumphs of bi-cultural identity, undocumented citizenship and immigration, these specials showcase the heroes behind a culture determined to advance. 


Episodes will start Fri., Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. on KCET in Southern California with a select few also airing on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410) over the course of the next four weeks.


The lineup will telecast as follows (subject to change):


COHEN FILM CLASSICS “The Liberator,” on Fri., Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. PT on KCET, and at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV:  The story of Simon Bolivar, who fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. Starring Edgar Ramirez, Erich Wildpret, Maria Valverde, and Danny Huston.


BEYOND BORDERS “Undocumented Mexican-Americans” on Wed., Sept. 20, 9 p.m. PT on KCET: This documentary examines US policy decisions that triggered the rise of undocumented immigration in a deeply moving documentary program that explores the under-reported lives of Mexicans living and raising families in the United States.    


LINK VOICES “Craving Cuba” Wed., Sept. 20, 10 p.m. PT on KCET and LinkTV: This documentary explores bi-cultural identity of Cuban-Americans and their relationship with Cuba.


GLOBE TREKKER “Top Ten South American Adventures” Wed., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. PT on KCET:  In this special, Ian Wright, Holly Morris, Elis Nevitt, Matt Young, Megan McCormick and Zay Harding travel all across South America.


ACTIVISM IN PROGRESS “American DREAMers” Sun., Sept. 24, 8 p.m. ET/PT on LinkTV:  American DREAMers follows the journey of a group of five undocumented youth and an ally who risk their freedom by publicly coming out as undocumented and walking 3,000 miles across America's heartland to organize for immigrant rights.




“THE HEAD OF JOAQUIN MURRIETA” Wed., Sept. 27, 9 p.m. PT on KCET:

For over a decade filmmaker John J. Valadez searched for the remains of Joaquin Murrieta, a legendary Mexican outlaw who blazed a trail of revenge across California until he was caught and decapitated in the summer of 1853.  One hundred and sixty-two years later, Valadez believes he has the head and must embark on a quixotic, cross-country road trip through history, myth and memory to bury the fabled head of Joaquin Murrieta.


“BEYOND LA BAMBA” Wed., Sept. 27, 9:30 p.m. PT on KCET:  Through the compelling story of a young musician who leaves home to follow his dreams, Mexico's 300-year-old son jarocho tradition comes vividly to life in Beyond La Bamba. From the rural roots of Veracruz to the urban rhythms of the Midwest, a family of iconic musicians forge a new life, but remain true to their music.


LINK VOICES “Los Wild Ones” Wed., Sept. 27, 10 p.m. PT on KCET and Link TV:  Wild Records is an LA-based indie label run by outspoken Irishman Reb Kennedy and comprised of young Hispanic musicians who write as well as perform ‘50s rock 'n roll. Operating more like a family than a record label, the bond between Reb and his “kids” is unparalleled in the music industry.


Join the conversation on social media using #HispanicHeritageMonth.


KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. 


A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit or Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Apple TV, and Roku platforms.




What can be said about Dick Gregory that has not already been said? The 84 year-old civil rights activist, comedian, author and health guru who broke color barriers and died last weekend following a bacterial infection, was so many things rolled into one.  


His incredible and often humorous insight into the world at large often made folks pause and think about their lives and conditions.  As is many times the case when people pass on, Gregory’s words of wisdom will be recalled by his followers in the weeks and years to come.


In the early 60s, he made it big as the first black stand-up comic to sit with the host of a TV talk show.  When asked to appear on Jack Paar, Gregory agreed on one condition—that he be allowed to join Paar in a conversation after his performance.  Until then, black comedians were only allowed to perform and then leave.  No one just stood up and told jokes until Gregory came along.  Even the greats like Sammy Davis, Jr. had to sing and dance below they could speak directly to the audience.


While Gregory was known worldwide for his activism and comedy, I came to know him as a walking encyclopedia on health.  I met him first in Leimert Parrk, where he gave a talk about health and the importance of purifying your blood. Years later, the man who once smoked multiple packs of cigarettes daily crossed my path again—this time as a true believer in Global Cardio Care, a medical facility in  Inglewood with a high success rate of treating people with high blood pressure and heart conditions.


At the facility, patients are strapped to a bed that vibrates and circulates blood to the heart.


Gregory was so impressed, that he came to the center immediately after hearing about it and reported that after one treatment, his pressure dropped to 98 over 60.


It was delightful, getting to know Gregory during our interview and picking up on his various bits of wisdom here and there.  “The lymphatic system is like the garbage man that comes in your neighborhood to take out the trash,” Gregory said. “It moves all the poison out of the bloodstream, but it doesn’t have a pump.  Before we had cars and trains, walking was the thing that turned the pump (heart). Now, we don’t get any fitness, and there’s nowhere for the lymph system to empty the trash.  It’s as if we use the toilet and don’t flush.  When I’m on the machine it’s almost the equivalent of walking five miles.”


Injecting humor into the conversation, Gregory said he never saw such a “newfangled” machine until he met Global Cardio Care owner Sara Salouti.  “The last time I saw a black person strapped like that was on their way to the electric chair for a murder they say they didn’t commit!”


Another funny moment occurred when Gregory talked about how conveniences of the modern world are not always aligned with what’s good for us health wise. In the old days, he said, people woke up and went to bed by the rising and setting of the sun.  Now, electricity allows folks to stay up way beyond the time they should be sleeping.  “People are up folding socks at 10 o’clock at night,” he said.  I laughed out loud because I had a pile of laundry scattered over my bed at that very moment, as I interviewed him over the phone.  I wonder how he knew…


Whether talking about heart disease or racism, Gregory never left his comic roots.  He recalled in a 2003 interview his experience trying to integrate a restaurant in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Era:


"We tried to integrate a restaurant, and they said, `We don't serve colored folk here,' and I said, `Well, I don't eat colored folk nowhere. Bring me some pork chops.' And then Ku Klux Klan come in, and the woman say, `We don't have no pork chops,' so I say, `Well, bring me a whole fried chicken.' And then the Klan walked up to me when they put that whole fried chicken in front of me, and they say, `Whatever you do to that chicken, boy, we're going to do to you.' So I opened up its legs and kissed it in the rump and (said) `Be my guest.' "





By Veronica Mackey


It’s been 38 years since a solar eclipse occurred in the U.S. and 99 years since a total solar eclipse has swept across the U.S. from coast to coast. The next partial eclipse will be visible in 2024.


This once-in-a-lifetime event when the moon completely covers the sun brought a divided country together to witness something way bigger than mankind.  Massive traffic jams and sold-out hotel rooms evidenced its significance. 


Briefly, various U.S. cities plunged into darkness, and temperatures dropped as much as 12 degrees, ABC News reported. The sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by glare, appeared as a ring of ethereal white wisps around the moon while it blocked the sun.  The corona is actually 300 times hotter than the sun’s surface, according to—if you can imagine that!


The celestial show travelled across the U.S., with the sun and moon appearing together in various phases from coast to coast.  States along the “path of totality”—where the moon completely blocked the sun for a period of time included Oregon, Wyoming, Illinois, Tennessee and South Carolina.  


Folks in Lincoln City, Oregon were the first to witness the total eclipse.  In Madras, the population increased by 1500%, with over 100,000 eclipse watchers there to see the sky go from light to dark to light again.


Unless it was rainy and cloudy, there was a good chance you’d see at least a partial eclipse somewhere in the country. The sun was only partially eclipsed in California, and was covered the most at 10:21am Pacific time.  


About 150 people filed outside the Inglewood Main Library to get protective glasses, and the supply quickly ran out.  Sun and moon gazers were more than willing to share glasses so others could see history in the making.


From where they stood looking at the sky in Inglewood, only the sun was visible to the naked eye.  But once you put on the glasses, you could see the moon covered about a quarter of the sun.  The effect created a smiley face.


In some parts of the country, the planet Venus and stars were also visible.


The total eclipse was a welcome diversion to the hatred, division and senseless violence that has occurred across the country.  Watching the earth go totally black, then light again was humbling to say the least.  It made people awestruck to realize their smallness in relation to the universe.  At the end of the day, human beings were reminded of who and what is really in charge.


The City of Inglewood and the Los Angeles Clippers are getting help from Sacramento that could significantly speed up development of the proposed basketball arena.  Supporters of the development are hoping to get approval to amend state legislation that would reduce the time allowed for environmental review and fast track plans for connecting local transit to the future sports and entertainment hub.


Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. confirmed that he is leading the lobbying efforts to amend time and environmental review restraints in order to move the project along.  “I have been asking that our representatives now provide the residents and children of Inglewood with the same legal tool to spur economic growth that has been provided to AEG (Farmers Field), the Sacramento Kings (NBA arena) and the Golden State Warriors (NBA arena) to expedite construction of those facilities by limiting the time period in which CEQA challenges must be filed and resolved,” he told an L.A. Times reporter. 


Basically, Inglewood and the Clippers organization want a deal similar to one that stadium builders got in Northern California.  Legislation was supported in 2013 which allowed developers to speed up construction of the Sacramento Kings basketball arena.  


The amended draft would require any lawsuits filed under the California Environmental Quality Act to be wrapped up within nine months.  CEQA is an environmental watchdog agency that requires developers to disclose and minimize a project’s impact on the environment. 


“Too many times CEQA lawsuits are abused to eliminate perceived competition as opposed to ensure environmental protection,” Butts said.  “Every development project in Inglewood has in the past and will in the future continue to undergo a complete, thorough and rigorous CEQA analysis and review.”


The draft proposal, if approved, would limit the court’s ability to halt construction, even if flaws—such as an inadequate study of traffic—were found in the environmental review. 


The proposal would also provide legal relief to a new transit hub that could include a street car or monorail for easier access to the new arena and the nearby under-construction NFL stadium for the Rams and Chargers, according to the Times.


State Senator Steve Bradford, who represents Inglewood, has authored the bill, which is expected to be attract strong opposition.  


Not surprisingly, Madison Square Garden, which owns the Forum and is suing the City of Inglewood, is against the legislation. In a statement, MSG called the proposed bill a “blank check” to the Clippers.


Citing job creation as part of the motivation behind the proposed bill, Butts said the legislation will “shorten the wait for quality, prevailing wage construction jobs and full-time employment opportunities that our residents and the Los Angeles County region have waited decades for.”  


In a statement, Chris Meany, the project manager for the arena, confirmed that the Clippers was supporting the proposal in the Legislature.   


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