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Eli Kulp is an award-winning Philly chef and podcaster who has overseen local restaurants such as Fork, and a.kitchen. One night, while he was, was at the top of his game, Eli was in an Amtrak derailment that led them that left him unable to walk, unable to use his hands, and unable to cook. What follows is the story of how, despite his severe injury, Eli fought to recover and was able to revitalize his career as a chef and hospitality industry thought-leader. Want to hear the complete, unedited interview with Kevin and Terrill? Subscribe to Philly Who? on Supercast for access to that, to the Philly Who? Community Discord, for free event tickets, and more!
Matt welcomes Dr. Wes Hill to the program. What is going on in the Edmond, OK School District? More "sickouts" this time American Airlines and Amtrak. John Binder, Immigration Reporter from Breitbart News stops by to talk Plan C from the Democrats.
This week we have some pretty deep dives to take and it's going to get hairy.We are going to talk about some of the new laws Gavin Newsom is putting into place in California including making it illegal for Stealthing (removing of a condom during sex) and many others. We also have the discussion about the "bullied" HS senior that is out on 75k bail. Why? Is Kyle R worth bringing up? Is this simply a single parent household issue or is it much more?The Southwest and Amtrak employee shortage... and whatever crazy crap comes up before then.
Jen has been all over the internet lately telling the world that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework is a dumpster fire of a bill. In this episode, she backs that up by comparing the levels of investment for different kinds of infrastructure and examining the society changing effects the bill would have if it were to become law. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal Support Congressional Dish via Patreon (donations per episode) Send Zelle payments to: Donation@congressionaldish.com Send Venmo payments to: @Jennifer-Briney Send Cash App payments to: $CongressionalDish or Donation@congressionaldish.com Use your bank's online bill pay function to mail contributions to: 5753 Hwy 85 North, Number 4576, Crestview, FL 32536. Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! Background Sources Recommended Congressional Dish Episodes CD218: Minerals Are the New Oil CD205: Nuclear Waste Storage Oil CD073: Amtrak Recommended Articles and Documents Benjamin J. Hulac and Joseph Morton. October 7, 2021. “With GOP sidelined, Manchin steps up to defend fossil fuels.” Roll Call. Connor Sheets, Robert J. Lopez, Rosanna Xia, and Adam Elmahrek. October 4, 2021. “Before O.C. oil spill, platform owner faced bankruptcy, history of regulatory problems.” The Los Angeles Times. Donald Shaw. October 4, 2021. “Criticizing Joe Manchin's Coal Conflicts is ‘Outrageous,' Says Heitkamp.” Sludge. Michael Gold. October 1, 2021. “Congestion Pricing Is Coming to New York. Everyone Has an Opinion.” The New York Times. Utilities Middle East Staff. September 13, 2021. “World's largest carbon capture and storage plant launched.” Utilities. Adele Peters. September 8, 2021. “The first commercial carbon removal plant just opened in Iceland.” Fast Company. Hiroko Tabuchi. August 16, 2021. “For Many, Hydrogen Is the Fuel of the Future. New Research Raises Doubts.” The New York Times. Robert W. Haworth and Mark Z. Jacobson. August 12, 2021. “How green is blue hydrogen?.” Energy Science & Engineering. Emily Cochrane. August 10, 2021. “Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, Handing Biden a Bipartisan Win.” The New York Times. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. June 3, 2021. “2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic.” U.S. Department of Transportation. Nation Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). May 19, 2021. “What We Know—and Do Not Know—About Achieving a National-Scale 100% Renewable Electric Grid .” Michael Barnard. May 3, 2021. “Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Are Mostly Bad Policy.” CleanTechnica. Hiroko Tabuchi. April 24, 2021. “Halting the Vast Release of Methane Is Critical for Climate, U.N. Says.” The New York Times. Grist Creative. April 15, 2021. “How direct air capture works (and why it's important)” Grist. American Society of Civil Engineers. 2021. “Bridges.” 2021 Report Card for America's Infrastructure. Open Secrets. “Sen. Joe Manchin - West Virginia - Top Industries Contributing 2015-2020.” Savannah Keaton. December 30, 2020. “Can Fuel Cell Vehicles Explode Like ‘Hydrogen Bombs on Wheels'?” Motor Biscuit. Dale K. DuPont. August 6, 2020. “First all-electric ferry in U.S. reaches milestone.” WorkBoat. Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser. 2020. “CO2 and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” Our World in Data. Jeff Butler. January 27, 2019. “Norway leads an electric ferry revolution.” plugboats.com Our World in Data. Annual CO2 Emissions, 2019. Hydrogen Council. 2019. Frequently Asked Questions. Mark Z. Jacobson et al. September 6, 2017. “100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight All-Sector Energy Roadmaps for 139 Countries of the World.” Joule. Kendra Pierre-Louis. August 25, 2017. “Almost every country in the world can power itself with renewable energy.” Popular Science. Chuck Squatriglia. May 12, 2008. “Hydrogen Cars Won't Make a Difference for 40 Years.” Wired. Renewable Energy World. April 22, 2004. “Schwarzenegger Unveils ‘Hydrogen Highways' Plan.” United States Department of Energy. February 2002. A National Vision of America's Transition to a Hydrogen Economy -- to 2030 and Beyond. The Bill H.R. 3684: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act August 10, 2021 Senate Vote Breakdown July 1, 2021 House Vote Breakdown Jen's Highlighted Version Bill Outline DIVISION A: SURFACE TRANSPORTATION TITLE I - FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS Subtitle A - Authorizations and Programs Sec. 11101: Authorization of Appropriations Authorizes appropriations for Federal-Aid for highways at between $52 billion and $56 billion per year through fiscal year 2026. Sec. 11117: Toll Roads, Bridges, Tunnels, and Ferries Authorizes the government to pay up to 85% of the costs of replacing or retrofitting a diesel fuel ferry vessel until the end of fiscal year 2025. Sec. 11118: Bridge Investment Program Authorizes between $600 million and $700 million per year through 2026 (from the Highway Trust Fund) for repairs to bridges If a Federal agency wants grant money to repair a Federally owned bridge, it "shall" consider selling off that asset to the State or local government. Sec. 11119: Safe Routes to School Creates a new program to improve the ability of children to walk and ride their bikes to school by funding projects including sidewalk improvements, speed reduction improvements, crosswalk improvements, bike parking, and traffic diversions away from schools. Up to 30% of the money can be used for public awareness campaigns, media relations, education, and staffing. No additional funding is provided. It will be funded with existing funds for "administrative expenses." Sec. 11121: Construction of Ferry Boats and Ferry Terminal Facilities Authorizes between $110 million and $118 million per year through 2026 (from the Highway Trust Fund) to construct ferry boats and ferry terminals. Subtitle D - Climate Change Sec. 11401: Grants for Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Creates a new grant program with $15 million maximum per grant for governments to build public charging infrastructure for vehicles fueled with electricity, hydrogen, propane, and "natural" gas. The construction of the projects can be contracted out to private companies. Sec. 11402: Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities Establishes a program to study and test projects that would reduce emissions. Sec. 11403: Carbon Reduction Program Allows, but does not require, the Transportation Secretary to use money for projects related to traffic monitoring, public transportation, trails for pedestrians and bicyclists, congestion management technologies, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications technologies, energy efficient street lighting, congestion pricing to shift transportation demand to non-peak hours, electronic toll collection, installing public chargers for electric, hydrogen, propane, and gas powered vehicles. Sec. 11404: Congestion Relief Program Creates a grant program, funded at a minimum of $10 million per grant, for projects aimed at reducing highway congestion. Eligible projects include congestion management systems, fees for entering cities, deployment of toll lanes, parking fees, and congestion pricing, operating commuter buses and vans, and carpool encouragement programs. Buses, transit, and paratransit vehicles "shall" be allowed to use toll lanes "at a discount rate or without charge." Sec. 11405: Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) Program Establishes the "PROTECT program", which provides grants for projects to protect some current infrastructure from extreme weather events and climate related changes. Types of grants include grants for "at-risk coastal infrastructure" which specifies that only "non-rail infrastructure is eligible" (such as highways, roads, pedestrian walkways, bike lanes, etc.) Sec. 11406: Healthy Streets Program Establishes a grant program to install reflective pavement and to expand tree cover in order to mitigate urban heat islands, improve air quality, and reduce stormwater run-off and flood risks. Caps each grant at $15 million TITLE III: RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY, AND EDUCATION Sec. 13001: Strategic Innovation for Revenue Collection Provides grants for pilot projects to test our acceptance of user-based fee collections and their effects on different income groups and people from urban and rural areas. They will test the use of private companies to collect the data and fees. Sec. 13002: National Motor Vehicle Per-mile User Fee Pilot Creates a pilot program to test a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee. DIVISION B - SURFACE TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT ACT OF 2021 TITLE I - MULTIMODAL AND FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION Sec. 21201: National Infrastructure Project Assistance Authorizes $2 billion total per year until 2026 on projects that cost at least $100 million that include highway, bridge, freight rail, passenger rail, and public transportation projects. Authorizes $1.5 billion total per year until 2026 (which will expire after 3 years) for grants in amount between $1 million and $25 million for projects that include highway, bridge, public transportation, passenger and freight rail, port infrastructure, surface transportation at airports, and more. TITLE II - RAIL Subtitle A - Authorization of Appropriations Sec. 22101: Grants to Amtrak Authorizes appropriations for Amtrak in the Northeast Corridor at between $1.1 billion and $1.57 billion per year through 2026. Authorizes appropriations for Amtrak in the National Network at between $2.2 billion and $3 billion per year through 2026. Subtitle B - Amtrak Reforms Sec. 22201: Amtrak Findings, Mission, and Goals Changes the goal of cooperation between Amtrak, governments, & other rail carriers from "to achieve a performance level sufficient to justify expending public money" to "in order to meet the intercity passenger rail needs of the United States" and expands the service areas beyond "urban" locations. Changes the goals of Amtrak to include "improving its contracts with rail carriers over whose tracks Amtrak operates." Sec. 22208: Passenger Experience Enhancement Food and beverage service: Amtrak will establish a working group... Sec. 22212: Enhancing Cross Border Service Amtrak must submit a report... Sec. 22213: Creating Quality Jobs Amtrak will not be allowed to privatize the jobs previously performed by laid off union workers. Sec. 22214: Amtrak Daily Long Distance Study Amtrak would study bringing back long distance rail routes that were discontinued. Subtitle C - Intercity Passenger Rail Policy Sec. 22304: Restoration and Enhancement Grants Extends the amount of time the government will pay the operating costs of Amtrak or "any rail carrier" that provides passenger rail service from 3 years to 6 years, and pays higher percentages of the the costs. Sec. 22305: Railroad Crossing Elimination Program Creates a program to eliminate highway-rail crossings where vehicles are frequently stopped by trains. Authorizes the construction on tunnels and bridges. Sec. 22306: Interstate Rail Compacts Authorizes up to 10 grants per year valued at a maximum of $ million each to plan and promote new Amtrak routes Sec. 22308: Corridor Identification and Development Program The Secretary of Transportation will create a program for public entities to plan for expanded intercity passenger rail corridors, operated by Amtrak or private companies. When developing plans for corridors, the Secretary has to "consult" with "host railroads for the proposed corridor" Subtitle D - Rail Safety Sec. 22404: Blocked Crossing Portal The Administration of the Federal Railroad Administration would establish a "3 year blocked crossing portal" which would collect information about blocked crossing by trains from the public and first responders and provide every person submitting the complaint the contact information of the "relevant railroad" and would "encourage" them to complain to them too. Information collected would NOT be allowed to be used for any regulatory or enforcement purposes. Sec. 22406: Emergency Lighting The Secretary of Transportation will have to issue a rule requiring that all carriers that transport human passengers have an emergency lighting system that turns on when there is a power failure. Sec. 22409: Positive Train Control Study The Comptroller General will conduct a study to determine the annual operation and maintenance costs for positive train control. Sec. 22423: High-Speed Train Noise Emissions Allows, but does not require, the Secretary of Transportation to create regulations governing the noise levels of trains that exceed 160 mph. Sec. 22425: Requirements for Railroad Freight Cars Placed into Service in the United States Effective 3 years after the regulations are complete (maximum 5 years after this becomes law), freight cars will be prohibited from operating within the United States if more than 15% of it is manufactured in "a country of concern" or state-owned facilities. The Secretary of Transportation can assess fines between $100,000 and $250,000 per freight car. A company that has been found in violation 3 times can be kicked out of the United State's transportation system until they are in compliance and have paid all their fines in full. Sec. 22427: Controlled Substances Testing for Mechanical Employees 180 days after this becomes law, all railroad mechanics will be subject to drug testing, which can be conducted at random. DIVISION C - TRANSIT Sec. 30017: Authorizations Authorizes between $13.3 billion and $14.7 billion per year to be appropriated for transit grants. DIVISION D - ENERGY TITLE I - GRID INFRASTRUCTURE AND RESILIENCY Sec. 40101: Preventing Outages and Enhancing The Resilience of the Electric Grid Creates a $5 billion grant distribution program to electric grid operators, electricity storage operations, electricity generators, transmission owners and operators, distribution suppliers, fuels suppliers, and other entities chosen by the Secretary of Energy. The grants need to be used to reduce the risk that power lines will cause wildfires. States have to match 15%. The company receiving the grant has to match it by 100% (small utilities only have to match 1/3 of the grant.) Grant money be used for micro-grids and battery-storage in addition to obvious power line protection measures. Grant money can not be used to construct a new electricity generating facility, a large-scale battery facility that is not used to prevent "disruptive events", or cybersecurity. The companies are allowed to charge customers for parts of their projects that are not paid for with grant money (so they have to match the grant with their customer's money). Sec. 40112: Demonstration of Electric Vehicle Battery Second-Life Applications for Grid Services Creates a demonstration project to show utility companies that electric car batteries can be used to stabilize the grid and reduce peak loads of homes and businesses. The demonstration project must include a facility that "could particularly benefit" such as a multi-family housing building, a senior care facility, or community health center. TITLE II - SUPPLY CHAINS FOR CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES Sec. 40201: Earth Mapping Resources Initiative The US Geological Survey will get $320 million and ten years to map "all of the recoverable critical minerals." Sec. 40204: USGS Energy and Minerals Research Facility Authorizes $167 million to construct a new facility for energy and minerals research. The facility can be on land leased to the government for 99 years by "an academic partner." Requires the USGS to retain ownership of the facility. Sec. 40205: Rare Earth Elements Demonstration Facility Authorizes $140 million to build a rare earth element extractions and separation facility and refinery. Does NOT require the government to retain ownership of the facility. TITLE III - FUELS AND TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS Subtitle A - Carbon Capture, Utilization, Storage, and Transportation Infrastructure Sec. 40304: Carbon Dioxide Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authorizes $600 million for 2022 and 2023 and $300 million for each year between 2024 and 2026 for grants and loan guarantees for projects for transporting captured carbon dioxide. Each project has to cost more than $100 million and the government can pay up to 80% of the costs. If the project is financed with a loan, the company will have 35 years to pay it back, with fees and interest. Loans can be issued via private banks with guarantees provided by the government. Sec. 40305: Carbon Storage Validation and Testing Creates a new program for funding new or expanded large-scale carbon sequestration projects. Authorizes $2.5 billion through 2026. Sec. 40308: Carbon Removal Creates a new program for grants or contracts for projects to that will form "4 regional direct air capture hubs" that will each be able to capture 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Authorizes $3.5 billion per year through 2026. Subtitle B - Hydrogen Research and Development Sec. 40313: Clean Hydrogen Research and Development Program Changes a goal of an existing research and development plan for hydrogen fuels (created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005) from enhancing sources of renewable fuels and biofuels for hydrogen production to enhancing those sources and fossil fuels with carbon capture and nuclear energy. Expands the activities of this program to include using hydrogen for power generation, industrial processes including steelmaking, cement, chemical feestocks, and heat production. They intend to transition natural gas pipelines to hydrogen pipelines. They intend for hydrogen to be used for all kinds of vehicles, rail transport, aviation, and maritime transportation. Sec. 40314: Additional Clean Hydrogen Programs Creates a new program to create "4 regional clean hydrogen hubs" for production, processing, delivery, storage, and end-use of "clean hydrogen." At least one regional hub is required to demonstrate the production of "clean hydrogen from fossil fuels." At least one regional hub is required to demonstrate the production of "clean hydrogen from renewable energy." At least one regional hub is required to demonstrate the production of "clean hydrogen from nuclear energy." The four hubs will each demonstrate a different use: Electric power generation, industrial sector uses, residential and commercial heating, and transportation. Requires the development of a strategy "to facilitate widespread production, processing, storage, and use of clean hydrogen", which will include a focus on production using coal. The hydrogen hubs should "leverage natural gas to the maximum extent practicable." Creates a new program to commercialize the production of hydrogen by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. The overall goal is to identify barriers, pathways, and policy needs to "transition to a clean hydrogen economy." Authorizes $9.5 billion through 2026. Sec. 40315: Clean Hydrogen Production Qualifications Develops a standard for the term "clean hydrogen" which has a carbon intensity equal to or less than 2 kilograms of carbon dioxide-equivalent produced at the site of production per kilogram of hydrogen produced." Subtitle C - Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Sec. 40323: Civil Nuclear Credit Program Creates a program, authorized to be funded with $6 billion per year through 2026, that will provide credit from the government to nuclear reactors that are projected to shut down because they are economically failing. Subtitle D - Hydropower Sec. 40331: Hydroelectric Production Incentives Authorizes a one-time appropriation of $125 million for fiscal year 2022. Sec. 40332: Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives Authorizes a one-time appropriation of $75 million for fiscal year 2022. Sec. 40333: Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity Incentives Authorizes a one-time appropriations of $553 million for repairs and improvements to dams constructed before 1920. The government will pay a maximum of 30% of the project costs, capped at $5 million each. Sec. 40334: Pumped Storage Hydropower Wind and Solar Integration and System Reliability Initiative Authorizes $2 million per year through 2026 to pay 50% or less of the costs of a demonstration project to test the ability of a pumped storage hydropower project to facilitate the long duration storage of at least 1,000 megawatts of intermittent renewable electricity. Subtitle E - Miscellaneous Sec. 40342: Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land Creates a new program, authorized to be funded with $500 million through 2026, to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of putting clean energy projects on former mine land. There will be a maximum of 5 projects and 2 of them have to be solar. Defines a "clean energy project" to include "fossil-fueled electricity generation with carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration." TITLE X - AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY ACT OF 2020 Sec. 41001: Energy Storage Demonstration Projects Authorizes $505 million through2025 for energy storage demonstration projects. Sec. 41002: Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program Authorizes between $281 million and $824 million per year through 2027 for advanced nuclear reactor demonstration projects. Sec. 41004: Carbon Capture Demonstration and Pilot Programs Authorizes between $700 million and $1.3 billion through2025 for advanced nuclear reactor demonstration projects. Sec. 41007: Renewable Energy Projects Authorizes $84 million through 2025 for geothermal energy projects. Authorizes $100 million through 2025 for wind energy projects. There is a clarification that this is definitely NOT in addition to amounts wind gets from another fund. Authorizes $80 million through 2025 for solar energy projects. DIVISION E - DRINKING WATER AND WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION F - BROADBAND DIVISION G - OTHER AUTHORIZATIONS DIVISION H - REVENUE PROVISIONS DIVISION I - OTHER MATTERS DIVISION J - APPROPRIATIONS DIVISION K - MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Cover Art Design by Only Child Imaginations Music Presented in This Episode Intro & Exit: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio)
A Colorado hospital system will not give organ donations to patients who are not vaccinated against COVID-19, citing research that indicates these patients are more likely to die if they get the virus. Listeners comment. The deadly shooting that took place on an Amtrak in Arizona and involved DEA agents has been linked to suspects who were allegedly transporting cannabis from Los Angeles to New Orleans. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Great 80s tunes on #EarwormWednesday. NASA is ready to send a Space Force Asteroid-Busting thing into space to save the earth! The CDC is focusing their influence and newfound power on the issue of gun control. Amtrak still isn't profitable, but covid quarantine camps are real. The world is a freaky place these days. Sarah Anderson ( @smayranderson LStreet.org ) calls to discuss the #KeepThemHome initiative. Should we send prisoners back who were released during the pandemic to avoid spreading COVID?Also, Brandon Morse ( @theBrandonMorse RedState.com ) drops the mother of all words and explains why people are chanting #FJB everywhere.You can get one here: https://www.mojo50.com/shop/Short-Sleeve-FJB-IYKYK-Unisex-T-Shirt-p395026139Plus it's day 569 of 15 days to flatten the curveYou can watch us live on Facebook (for now), Youtube, Mojo 5-0 TV, or listen live on Mojo 5-0 Radio on iHeartRadio or on our website at Mojo50.com.
(episode also on my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn_xTpd4lFbYzEU3jzKNyOQ)Topics:It's fall hoodie season ;pg/f gone for a month,It's lonely at the top,I just love working,Working extra hours,Everything not running right since covid,Randomly running out of supplies,Gas prices are a conspiracy,Aliens gave us corona!Phone's have a built in shittyfier after a certain time,Taking breaks from your g/f is worse when you're young,Having to still quarantine in japan,Quarantine for guys = jerking off,Not as much of a gamer as I get older,People stuck on a cruise when covid first hit,The ships have covid,Really strict countries with covid,I'm a loner,Amtrak always packed,Sick of the media not criticizing biden,The virus isn't any better with Biden,I'd do a mandate for everything,PETITO case update (Tracy's true crime corner!),On the run in 2021 ;)My mom put me in a box,Brian Landry thinking he's a survival expert,It'll be sad if social media solves crimes better than cops,5g IS HERE SURVEILLANCE STATE Q IS ON IT.It's all connected. Disguising voices to protect identities,Social media people super excited to be on tv,Social media people pretending to not be in it for fame,They'll have drones and cameras in every park and forest soon,Grand canyon MYSTERIOUS death of wife!CurtisCrime49,Back with no glasses ;)Glasses too expensive,I broke two pairs of glasses,Not caring about anything during lockdown,Men are so grossssss comedy,We always do one thing then do the opposite after with no in between,Comedy is postponed,Infected with laughter tour ;p ;p,Get vaxxed from laughter,The virus of comedy,Angry insect improv troupe!I'm a little baby,Motivation and ‘rich' youtube people,Investing seems stupid since the world's ending,Mining for BITCOIN.Old jobs were physically demanding and now it's the opposite,Get blacklung from bitcoin,Did 5g cause covid?We don't have any geniuses anymore,There's no good inventions now,Sunken cost fallacy!!!It's ok to quit sometimes,Silver lining to the pandemic,Comedians dissecting lyrics,Rap album sequels,Certain members of bands can ruin the band,Rap concerts ,TSA and having to get patted down dehumanizing, they assume you're trying something,Everyone's on a power trip now w masks,This isn't your mommy's polished podcast k??Shows having a rugged edgy cop in it,Cop figuring out conspiracies,Ironically bad movies,I'm a Trainwreck :p
Facebook has a whistleblower and a major platform outage. Big Tech firmly in the crosshairs of America again. Shooting at Amtrak Tucson causes suspicions as to motivation. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has the Left after her day and night!
Terri Jo Neff, investigative reporter for the Arizona Daily Independent, discusses the shooting in Tucson at an Amtrak station resulting in the death of a DEA Agent.
In the week since an Amtrak train derailed in rural Montana, killing three people and injuring dozens more, federal investigators are still trying to determine what caused the derailment.Despite the rarity of situations such as these, Amtrak needed a crisis plan to be ready at any moment. In this episode, we explore the first 48 hours of Amtrak's response to the Empire Builder derailment near Joplin, Montana. What communicators can learn from the rapid response of Amtrak and how they leveraged digital methods: Media page on the website CEO statement What was included in the statement and what was missing? Listen + Subscribe Stitcher or Apple Podcasts© Molly McPherson 2021
On today’s Patreon-fueled shout-out:Fall is here but some days of summer heat may be in the days to come. Either way, tour local energy nonprofit, LEAP, wants you and yours to keep comfortable all year round! LEAP offers FREE home weatherization to income- and age-qualifying residents, so, if you’re age 60 or older, or have an annual household income of less than $74,950, you may qualify for a free energy assessment and home energy improvements such as insulation and air sealing. Sign up today to lower your energy bills, increase comfort, and reduce energy waste at home!On today’s program:The Central Virginia Regional Housing Partnership updates its members on grants for eviction prevention and affordable unit constructionPlanning continues for a train station in Christiansburg at the future terminus of Amtrak’s Northeast Regional serviceThe city’s newest indoor pool will remain closed for the rest of the yearSeptember ends with a downward trend away from the COVID surge that’s overtaken Virginia and much of the country. Today the seven-day percent positivity is down to 8.9 today, down from 10.3 on September 1. The seven-day average for new cases has decreased to 2,828. There have been 889 fatalities reported in Virginia since September 1. The Blue Ridge Health District reports another 89 cases today and the seven-day percent positivity has dropped to 6.8 percent. Charlottesville’s Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center will remain closed through the end of the year. Since opening in 2010, the facility has been plagued with ventilation problems and work is finishing up on a renovation project with a $2.2 million cost. “Our goal is to provide a safe, healthy, and inviting aquatic environment for the community and a safe work environment for our staff,” said Deputy City Manager Sam Sanders in a press release that went out on September 27. Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center had been expected to close for repairs in the spring of 2020, but the pandemic shut down all Parks and Recreation facilities. When they began to gradually reopen this year, staffing shortages kept Onesty Pool in Meade Park closed for the entire summer. Smith is now expected to open on January 3. Work continues to build a train station in the New River Valley to be ready when the Amtrak Northeast Regional Service is expanded to that location in 2025. On Monday, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors got a briefing on Monday about progress to form an authority to finance and construct the station. The New River Valley Regional Commission is hoping to create that body by the end of the year. In May, Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation allowing the formation of the authority. The group will work off efforts to bring passenger rail back to Christiansburg, including a ridership study from 2015 that projects a ridership of 40,000 a year. (read the study)According to a presentation to the seven-member Montgomery BOS, the MPO Policy Board for that area has selected a site near the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. Now the authority will work to convince localities in the region to chip in to the debt services to cover the cost of the station, estimated to cost $4.25 million. An Italian company that specializes in cured meats will set up its first operation in the United States in Rockingham County, according to an economic development announcement from Governor Ralph Northam. Veronesi Holding S.p.A. expects to provide about 150 jobs over the next four years in the county’s Innovation Village research and technology park. “The company plans to explore the possibility of working with smaller Virginia farms for its American production needs,” reads a press release about a $3.8 million grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund. Veronesi Holding had over €3.1 billion in sales in 2020 and 9,000 employees. The company can get benefits through the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone grant program, and tax credits through the Majority Business Facility Job program. In today’s second Substack-supported public service announcement: The Charlottesville Jazz Society at cvillejazz.org is dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and perpetuation of all that jazz, and there’s no time like now to find a time to get out and watch people love to play. The Charlottesville Jazz Society keeps a running list of what’s coming up at cvillejazz.org. As the newly confirmed executive director of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, one of Christine Jacob’s first jobs will be to secure the financial footing of a regional advisory body created a few years ago to encourage production of more residential units in the region.“Composed of an overarching consortium of housing interests, the Partnership enhances regional coordination and effectiveness to address the housing needs of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District’s region, with a focus on housing production, diversity, accessibility, cost, location, design, and increasing stability for the region’s residents,” reads the website for the Central Virginia Regional Housing Partnership. One of their products so far is a regional housing plan called Planning for Affordability which includes strategies for each of the six localities. Charlottesville’s chapter echoes the Affordable Housing Plan adopted by Council in March of this year.(download the regional plan). At the partnership’s meeting on September 22, Jacobs told the partnership’s board members that a sustainable budget is required going forward. The FY22 budget has been reduced from $95,000 to $65,000. (watch the meeting on YouTube)“Originally what we had was that the TJPDC would contribute from its per capital regional fund $25,000 and we would be asking an immediate one-time ask from our local governments but pro-rated per capita,” Jacobs said. “We would be asking of you all partners within the CVRHP to contribute and then also seeking grants and scholarships.” Jacobs said asking local governments for funding out of the budget cycle is unusual so the idea of asking for funding was dropped. “It is assuming that we will run a very lean FY22 year focusing the majority of our energy and staff time on strategic planning,” Jacobs said. However, this is the beginning of the FY23 budget cycle for most localities, so this is a good time to make a request for ongoing funding. Jacobs is aiming for a $72,000 budget for the year that runs July 1, 2022 though June 30, 2023. Staff with the partnership are finalizing their work on implementing a $20,000 planning grant to help prevent or reduce evictions. Ian Baxter is the staff member for the regional housing partnership.“That’s the Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot planning grant, it’s kind of a mouthful,” Baxter said. “What we’re doing with now is we’ve contracted services from the UVA Equity Center to create a comprehensive eviction database to sort of determine where evictions are happening and which property companies are evicting the most people or bringing the most judgements or cases.”Baxter said the TJPDC will apply for a follow-up grant to implement some of the recommendations. In the meantime, some of the work involves the city of Charlottesville.“We’re working with the city of Charlottesville who are donating some staff time to do some focus groups with tenants, landlords, and judges here in the region and really thinking about what some of the best practices are in terms of reducing eviction in our region,” Baxter said. Implementation could include stabilization services, rental assistance, financial counseling, or other ways to keep people in the homes they are renting. Another grant the regional housing partnership will administer is direct funding from Virginia Housing for actual construction of units. “We ended up receiving $2 million to develop at least 20 units of affordable housing by June 2023,” Baxter said. Baxter said the process for how the choices will be made is still being developed and a draft will be circulated by the end of October. There were other updates at the partnership including one from Thomas Haro, the executive director of the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless. He said that while there are at least some more permanent shelters due to his agency’s use of the Red Carpet Inn in Premier Circle, there are not enough as winter approaches.“We’re trying to figure out how to get additional shelter capacity this winter,” Haro said. “So focusing on that with some community partners and trying to figure out the best way to bring that through.” As the partnership prepares a strategic plan, Haro said he would like to see language to ask developers to consider building units in new developments for homeless individuals. “There are ways to incorporate units specifically designated for people experiencing homelessness, particularly chronic homelessness,” Haro said. “There are ways to make it really sustainable. It works. The data is really supportive if you have supportive services in the picture. But without really specially holding aside those units for people experiencing homeless, it is difficult for people to get into units.”Albemarle Supervisor Diantha McKeel said she sees an opportunity in the strategic plan.“If we could think about how we might better communicate and educate the public about affordable housing and what it really means or what it is,” McKeel said. Jessie Ferguson of the Nelson County Board of Supervisors agreed with McKeel and said it is time to stop demonizing those on government or philanthropic support.“It’s your neighbor, it’s the guy at the grocery store, it’s your police officer, actually,” Ferguson said. ”People don’t realize how personal this is.”Ferguson he hopes Nelson County will allow more residential units to be built by-right.An update on UVA’s housing initiativeThe University of Virginia continues to work toward its goal of working with a private developer to build up to 1,500 affordable units on land that either UVA or the UVA Foundations. The company Northern Urban Real Estate Ventures has been hired to come up with a plan through their community engagement efforts. Colette Sheehy is UVA’s Senior Vice President for Operations and State Government Relations. “We continue to work with our consultant and try to offer some educational videos for the public,” Sheehy said. “There are two of them up on our website currently.”The titles of these videos are Zoning and Matter of Right Development and The Development Process and Financing Overview. There will be more videos in the series and can be seen here. Sheehy shared one piece of feedback the consultant has received so far from members of the community. “It’s important to them that we consider the economic opportunity that a project like this would offer to the community and therefore try to use local businesses and local contractors to the degree that that’s possible,” Sheehy said.Sheehy said the idea had been to circulate a list of potential sites by the end of September, but they are not quite ready to do so. More on that in future installments of the show. This is a public episode. 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Yamhill woman was one of injured passengers on Amtrak that derailed in Montana. Portland company faces federal scrutiny for allegedly failing to accommodate deaf job applicant. Oregon and Washington reopen chinook season. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
At the end of each month, the Flathead Beacon runs a series of business pieces focusing on a different economic sector each month. For September, Flathead Beacon business reporter Maggie Dresser dove into the agricultural community in the Flathead Valley to examine how the selloff of farmland to developers is impacting the rural economy, as well as what the hot summer meant for crops in the area.Later, Micah runs through the biggest stories from the last seven days, including a proposed hotel in downtown Whitefish, updates on Libby's Superfund site, a recent Amtrak derailment and more.Read more about all of this week's stories and get the latest breaking news at flatheadbeacon.com and sign up for our new daily newsletter at flatheadbeacon.com/newsletter.RELATED LINKSSeptember 29 E-EditionSelling the FarmPlanning Board Endorses Whitefish Hotel ProposalsGreat Fish Community Challenge Sets New Fundraising RecordEPA Deletes Portion of Superfund Site from National Priorities ListInvestigators Probe Deadly Amtrak Derailment in MontanaThe music in this this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Federal authorities investigating an Amtrak passenger train derailment that killed three people near Joplin, Montana Saturday say the train was not exceeding the speed limit, but it's too early to say what caused the crash. Montana Public Radio's Shaylee Ragar reports.
On this episode of They Walk Among America… October 13, 1996. Maryland native Sharon Lopatka tells her husband she is going to visit friends in Georgia for the week. Instead, she boards an Amtrak train in Baltimore, with what one can only assume is a one-way ticket, bound for Charlotte. 12 days later, her bound body would be found buried under 2 and a half feet of soil. What transpired over the course of the investigation would expose the taboo underground world of a dark web, filled with sex, torture, bondage and a death wish… *** LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED *** ‘They Walk Among America' is a Law & Crime podcast network production.This episode was researched and written by Kelly McLear. Editing by Brad Maybe.Thank you to Jillian Jalali and Charles Walters for their voice work on this episode.MUSIC: Call To Battle by Louis LionTippy Toe by VolkInsidiously by Wicked CinemaMoonbeam by FallsSiege By Hill For more information visit https://lawandcrime.com/podcasts/ or https://theywalkamonguspodcast.com/ Episode references can be found on our website https://theywalkamonguspodcast.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Things start off a little awkward today. On Friday, Slimfast and Lazlo made plans to go drink at an art fair over the weekend. Slimfast was supposed to text but he never did. He did, however, go to the art fair without Lazlo. *Ten years ago, Lazlo and Slimfast got into an argument about hypothetical women with hypothetical seal faces. It doesn't come up often but when it does, it still doesn't make any sense. *Doomscrolling! Always buckle up on amusement park rides, an Amtrak crashed over the weekend, officials (and Dog The Bounty Hunter) are still looking for Brian Laundrie, mom's spaghetti looks delicious, rolling coal gone wrong, a Seattle driving school was on the take, and the neighbor from hell. *What happens to the women who use Lazlo's Magic Shower? *Lazlo is still salty about being stood up by Slimfast so he's taking friend applications. *The word "virginity" is on trial. Its potential replacement is a real show stopper. *An actor at a haunted house in Ohio stabbed a kid right in his Crocs!! *Something about makeup and Britney Spears and Slimfast being an idiot. *We're out of time. Lazlo's got a big show tonight and he doesn't want to be late. Thanks for listening. I think you're the best and you look great without a filter. -Everybody Wang Chung!!!! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy is Now Open! 8am-9am PT/ 11am-Noon ET for our especially special Daily Specials; River City Hash Mondays!Starting off in the Bistro Cafe, the GOP plot to bring death to democracy by a thousand cuts is spreading at the state level.Then, on the rest of the menu, the racist majority on the Newberg, Oregon school board has banned educators from displaying Black Lives Matter and gay pride symbols; investigators from the NTSB are on site to probe the deadly Amtrak derailment in Montana; and, leading the nation in new COVID cases, Alabama wants to steal $400 million in pandemic relief funds to build new prisons.After the break, we move to the Chef's Table where thousands of Tunisians protested the President's naked power grab; and, in a clear rebuke of NATO, Erdogan said Turkey plans on buying more Russian defense systems.All that and more, on West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy with Chef de Cuisine Justice Putnam.Bon Appétit!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"I was never a spy. I was with the OSS organization. We had a number of women, but we were all office help." -- Julia Child~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Show Notes & Links: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/9/27/2054545/-West-Coast-Cookbook-amp-Speakeasy-Daily-Special-River-City-Hash-Mondays
An Amtrak train derailed on Saturday, causing multiple injuries and deaths. On Friday, a federal court of appeals blocked New York City's school system from imposing a vaccine mandate for teachers and staff. Plus, New York plans to face staffing shortages ahead of its vaccine mandates. Next, we cover Germany's election results before closing with Liz Cheney's comments on gay marriage. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: AP News: “Investigators probe deadly Amtrak derailment in Montana” Washington Post: “NY hospitals, schools fear staff shortage from vaccine rules” NPR: “New York May Use The National Guard To Replace Unvaccinated Health Care Workers” NPR: “Early Results Show The German Election Is Too Close To Call” NPR: “Swiss Voters Approve Same-Sex Marriage In A Nationwide Referendum” AP News: “Liz Cheney: `I was wrong' in opposing gay marriage in past”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party suffered its worst election results ever yesterday, but it still has a chance to eke out a governing coalition instead of the victorious left-leaning Social Democrats. Authorities are investigating this weekend's deadly crash of an Amtrak train in Montana. And safety officials are worried about other accidents as Tesla rolls out the beta version of its autonomous driving software.
Things are getting worse and worse for the nation under President Biden.---What can possibly protect us now from the day of God's judgment - We develop the spiritual prepper plan on this edition of the program.--Also, we analyze the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission's lax view of the use of aborted fetal tissue for the J-J vaccine. We excoriate their ethics team for failing to consider the biblical principles tied into it.---This program includes---1. The World View in 5 Minutes with Adam McManus -DeSantis vs. Biden on monoclonal antibody treatment availability, Biden vs. patriot singer Lee Greenwood, Amtrak derails in Montana leaving 3 dead - 50 injured---2. Generations with Kevin Swanson
The news to know for Monday, September 27th, 2021! We'll tell you about an Amtrak passenger train that went off the tracks and how locals rushed in to help out. Also, what to know about the candidate Germans elected to be their new leader, and what a Republican-led audit found about the last presidential election here in the U.S. Plus, the impact of a record backlog of cargo ships off the U.S. coasts, a new law in China that could shake the cryptocurrency market, and how an NFL kicker made history over the weekend. Those stories and more in around 10 minutes! Head to www.theNewsWorthy.com/shownotes for sources and to read more about any of the stories mentioned today. This episode is brought to you by Noom.com/newsworthy and BetterHelp.com/newsworthy Thanks to The NewsWorthy INSIDERS for your support! Become one here: www.theNewsWorthy.com/insider
On this edition for Sunday, September 26, investigators search for the cause of the deadly Amtrak passenger train derailment in Montana, a very close race in Germany's general elections tonight will decide who takes charge after Angela Merkel, Cleveland makes a big investment to help lower temperatures in the face of climate change, and a pandemic-delayed play finally debuts as Broadway theaters reopen. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders
On this episode of Ones and Tooze, Cameron Abadi and Adam Tooze discuss the Chinese company Evergrande and its $300 billion debt—that has prompted panic in U.S. markets and raised fears of economic contagion. Also: Why other wealthy countries have bullet trains while the United States has... Amtrak. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Biden's wranglers kicked out reporters, while Boris Johnson was mid-sentence. President Biden didn't take many questions from the press, but he did wow the crowd of reporters with his Amtrak Joe stories. The press issues a complaint about the administration's handling of reporters. WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki responds with more gaslighting.
In this episode of the iCantCU Podcast, I talk about my trip to NY for the first in-person fantasy football draft of the All Blind Football League. It was great to meet everyone face to face and hang out with them. Show notes at https://www.iCantCU.com/143. Travel To NYC Via Amtrak Acela I've travel by train to NYC many times, but this was my first experience on Acela. I've always thought that paying more to arrive 10 to 15 minutes sooner was a waste of money. After this trip, I have changed my tune. The seats are more comfortable and the ride is much smoother. I highly recommend it. Blind Fantasy Football Draft Nine of the 12 teams in the league were able to make it to the draft at a house in Orangeburg, NY. There were a few hiccups with technology, but the draft was fun. Sure, I got two kickers (due to user error,) but I am generally happy with my team at this moment. First Solo Travel Since Podfest 2020 In Orlando It was my first solo travel since I attended Podfest in Orlando just before the lockdowns came in mid-March, 2020. It was great to get away. It was great to meet the other guys and girls in the league. And it was great to feel independent again. Believe You Can! Looking For Performers If you've got talent, Believe You Can! 2021 might be a perfect fit! The talent show presented by the Keystone Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania is looking for performers for the show on October 16. Go to BelieveYouCan.live to grab the form. Fill it out and send it to Lisa Bryant. Did I mention there are cash prizes? Reach Out On Social Media Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn Get In Touch If you've got questions, comments, or show ideas, I want to hear from you! Call (646) 926-6350 and leave a message. Include your name and town and let me know if it is okay to use your voice on an upcoming episode. You can also email the show at iCantCUPodcast@gmail.com
Guy Benson Show - 9-15-2021 [00:00:00] 3:06 pm - Bill Melugin, Fox News National correspondent L.A [00:15:40] 3:27 pm - Flashback: No Vaccine Mandates For Illegal Immigrants [00:18:11] 3:35 pm - Stephen Hayes, Fox News Contributor, Editor and CEO of The Dispatch [00:34:47] 3:55 pm - California Gov. Gavin Newsom Wins Recall Election [00:36:30] 4:06 pm - Jennifer Griffin, National Security Correspondent for FNC [00:50:43] 4:25 pm - McAuliffe caught flouting mask mandate on Amtrak [00:54:47] 4:35 pm - GA Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan [01:10:29] 4:55 pm - AOC responds to criticism that “she's rich.” [01:13:11] 5:06 pm - AB Stoddard, associate editor and columnist at RealClearPolitics [01:28:58] 5:27 pm -Activists Gather Outside Kavanaugh's Home [01:31:35] 5:35 pm -REPLAY: Steve Hayes [01:38:04] 5:45 pm -Homestretch: Guy Benson Remembers Norm Macdonald
Phill brings up the obvious problem with American chocolates. Micah and K Sera has opinions about this and also on so many other things. In this discussion we cover the joys of a Minnesota funeral supper, Venison foods, Macdonalds Meat Shop, Cukes are cute cucumbers, Christmas gifts and deadweight capitalism, K Sera's burial plans, teenagers and compusilivity, German cars, Semi Truck Drivers, Amtrak, Megabus experiences, and uncontrollable flatulence. Shownotes: Macdonalds Meats K Sera's after thoughts: - I don't think Micah ever shared that venison sausage with me. :( … but it's okay, I've got a better source of deer and am trying my hand at a slow cooker venison roast as I type. - And listen, there's NOTHING WRONG WITH MY CUKES. - Did this start with chocolate? - As for German engineering… Micah's car needed work at the time of this recording and just this past month he is putting another $2,000 of fixes into it. I feel like I've never had so many problems with my Japanese car. My little Mazda lasted me 17 years and the biggest bill I had was maybe around $700 in one go for broken shocks after hitting a pothole. Ah Minnesota roads in the spring. All I'm saying is… Japan makes better cars. - What even IS this episode? Phill's after thoughts: -I love this episode. -Also, this is perhaps our weirdest episode so far. -Japanese cars are really good except for Mitsubishi. Don't get a Mitsubishi, those are terrible.
Matt, Dara, and German use this week's episode to explore the infrastructure bill before Congress. They focus on broadband access for rural and urban America and explore the purpose of the money being set aside for Amtrak. Parallels between the two emerge both in the need for connecting Americans and in the pitfalls facing this country if we fail to make progress. This week's white paper is a study of a methodology for predicting recessions based on individuals' expectations of their own employment status and perception of the economy rather than a scientific dissection of impersonal macro data sets. Resources: “What's in the new infrastructure bill — and why it's a big deal” by German Lopez (Vox; Aug 10, 2021) White Paper: “The Economics of Walking About and Predicting Unemployment” by David G. Blanchflower & Alex Bryson (NBER; August 2021) Hosts: Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica German Lopez (@germanrlopez), Senior Correspondent, Vox Credits: Ness Smith-Savedoff, Producer & Engineer Erikk Geannikis, Producer, Talk Podcasts As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter. The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production. Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Congress is nearing passage of the largest investment in public transit ever. About $66 billion of that money is slated to go to Amtrak, America's passenger rail company. Amtrak's CEO sat down with Ryan to talk about where he intends to spend that money.
The guys are talking about their overnight in Rehoboth Beach to see a LIVE show (thank you, Sherry Vine); we really dug the action-packed “Nobody” movie; Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte is back; the death of OnlyFans; Mayim Bialik steps up for “Jeopardy;” forget booze in coach this year; why European trains are worlds better than in the US; a gutsy horse makes a grand escape; SeaWorld kills another whale; people are faking vaccination cards; and, more crazy, crazy stuff.
Allegheny County-based Shuman Juvenile Detention Center has had its license revoked by the state Department of Human Services. An arrest has been made in the vicious beating of a delivery driver in Philadelphia that has left the victim in a coma. Amtrak has estimated that the proposed route between Scranton and New York would bring in millions of dollars per year. And, ironically enough, this stop sign in Cheltenham is inspiring people to keep going. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.