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On February 3rd, a train carrying 20 cars with poisonous, flammable chemicals derailed in East Palestine, OH. In this episode, we're going to get some answers. Using testimony from four Congressional hearings, community meeting footage, National Transportation Safety Board preliminary reports, and lots of articles from local and mainstream press, you will learn what Congress is being told as they write the Rail Safety Act, which both parts of Congress are working on in response to the East Palestine train derailment. 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! View the show notes on our website at https://congressionaldish.com/cd274-norfolk-southern-train-derailment-in-east-palestine Background Sources Recommended Congressional Dish Episodes CD247: BIF: The Growth of US Railroads East Palestine Derailment Overview “It's been more than a month since a freight train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in Ohio. Here's what's happened since.” Alisha Ebrahimji and Holly Yan. Mar 23, 2023. CNN. “Residents can return home after crews burned chemicals in derailed tanker cars.” Associated Press. Feb 8, 2023. NPR. “WATCH: Smoke billows over East Palestine after controlled burn at train derailment site.” Feb 8, 2023. Cleveland 19 News. Vinyl Chloride and Dioxins “East Palestine Train Derailment: What is vinyl chloride and what happens when it burns?” Associated Press. Feb 8, 2023. CBS News Pittsburgh. “Dioxins and their effects on human health.” Oct 4, 2016. World Health Organization. “Medical Management Guidelines for Vinyl Chloride.” Last reviewed Oct 21, 2014. Centers for Disease Control Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. National Transportation Safety Board Findings “Norfolk Southern Railway Train Derailment with Subsequent Hazardous Material Release and Fires: Investigation Details.” Last updated Mar 21, 2023. National Transportation Safety Board. “What appears to be an overheated wheel bearing seen moments before East Palestine train derailment, NTSB says.” Ian Cross. Feb 14, 2023. ABC News 5 Cleveland. “Vent and Burn” Decision “Ex-EPA Administrator Doubts Agency's East Palestine Claims: 'Hard to Believe They Were Silent' Before Norfolk Southern Detonated Toxic Vinyl Chloride Cars.” Jordan Chariton. May 25, 2023. Status Coup News. “East Palestine emails reveal insight into decision to vent and burn toxic rail cars.” Tara Morgan. May 15, 2023. ABC News 5 Cleveland. “EXCLUSIVE: 'I truly feel defeated and useless.' Emails and texts reveal anguish of East Palestine fire chief over lack of adequate health advice after he was told to treat chemical disaster 'like a normal house fire.'” Daniel Bates. May 15, 2023. The Daily Mail. EPA failures “East Palestine Bombshell: EPA Official Admits It May Be Missing Toxic Chemicals in Air Testing, Admits Some of Its Decision Making Has Been to Prevent Lawsuits.” Louis DeAngelis. Mar 29, 2023. Status Coup News. East Palestine Resident Health Problems “No one has accepted real responsibility for the East Palestine disaster.” Zsuzsa Gyenes. May 16, 2023. The Guardian. “East Palestine survey reveals residents experienced headaches and anxiety after train derailment.” Nicki Brown, Artemis Moshtaghian and Travis Caldwell. Mar 4, 2023. CNN. “People in East Palestine showing breakdown product of vinyl chloride in urine tests.” Tara Morgan. Apr 28, 2023. ABC News 5 Cleveland. Norfolk Southern “Making it Right.” Norfolk Southern. “Norfolk Southern unveils compensation plans for homeowners near derailment site.” Andrea Cambron, Jason Carroll and Chris Isidore. May 11, 2023. CNN Business. “‘32 Nasty:' Rail Workers Say They Knew the Train That Derailed in East Palestine Was Dangerous.” Aaron Gordon. Feb 15, 2023. Vice. “Wall Street says Norfolk Southern profits won't suffer from derailment.” Rachel Premack. Feb 14, 2023. Freight Waves. “US rail industry defends safety record amid staffing cuts.” Josh Funk. May 16, 2021. AP News. Lobbying Against Regulations “Rail Companies Blocked Safety Rules Before Ohio Derailment.” David Sirota et al. Feb 8, 2023. The Lever. ECP Brake Deregulation “USDOT repeals ECP brake rule.” William C. Vantuono. Dec 5, 2017. Railway Age. Railway Safety Act “Railway Safety Act passes committee, moves to Senate floor for full vote.” Abigail Bottar. May 10, 2023. Ideastream Public Media. Staffing Cuts “Railroads are slashing workers, cheered on by Wall Street to stay profitable amid Trump's trade war.” Heather Long. Jan 3, 2020. The Washington Post. Long Trains “The True Dangers of Long Trains.” Dan Schwartz and Topher Sanders. Apr 3, 2023. Propublica. Bills S.576: Railway Safety Act of 2023 Audio Sources Senate Executive Session May 10, 2023 Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Clips 36:30 Sen. JD Vance (R-OH): This bill has changed a lot from what I introduced just a few short months ago. We've made a number of concessions to industry; a number of concessions to the rail industry, a number of concessions to various interest groups, which is why we have so much bipartisan support in this body but also why we have a lot of support from industry. East Palestine Community Meeting March 28, 2023 Status Coup News Government Response to East Palestine: Ensuring Safety and Transparency for the Community March 28, 2023 House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, & Critical Materials Watch on YouTube Witnesses: Debra Shore, Regional Administrator, U.S Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5 Wesley Vins, Health Commissioner, Columbiana County General Health District Anne M. Vogel, Director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Clips 30:40 Debra Shore: Since the derailment, EPA has been leading robust, multi-layered air quality testing, using state of the art technology in and around East Palestine, and that extensive monitoring has continued daily at 23 stations throughout the community. Since the fire was extinguished on February 8, EPA monitors have not detected any volatile organic compounds above established levels of health concerns. EPA has also been assisting with indoor air screenings in homes through a voluntary program to keep residents informed. As of March 21, more than 600 homes have been screened, and no sustained or elevated detections of chemicals have been identified. 33:00 Debra Shore: Here's how EPA is holding Norfolk Southern accountable. On February 21, EPA issued a Unilateral Administrative Order to Norfolk Southern, including a number of directives to identify and clean up contaminated soil and water resources, to attend and participate in public meetings at EPA's request, and to post information online, and ordering the company to pay EPA's costs for work performed under the order. All Norfolk Southern work plans must be reviewed and approved by EPA. It must outline all steps necessary to address the environmental damage caused by the derailment. If the company fails to complete any of the EPAs ordered actions, the agency will immediately step in, conduct the necessary work, and then seek punitive damages at up to three times the cost. 46:30 Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH): In one case, trucks were actually turned around at the gate of a proper, certified disposal facility and sent back to East Palestine to sit practically in my constituents backyard. Why did the EPA believe that it needed to send those letters? Debra Shore: Chairman Johnson, the instance you cite occurred before EPA assumed responsibility under the Unilateral Administrative Order for the cleanup. We don't know who told those trucks to turn around, whether it was the disposal facility itself or someone else. 48:50 Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH): Why were they turned around? Debra Shore: This occurred during the transition period between Ohio EPA and US EPA assuming the lead for the emergency response. As such, under the Unilateral Administrative Order, all disposal facilities are required to be on the CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act) approved off-site disposal list. So, we needed a few days to review what had occurred and ensure that those facilities that Norfolk Southern had contracts with were on that approved list. Once we determined which ones were on the approved list, it's up to Norfolk Southern to ship waste off the site. 1:03:30 Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO): Is the EPA intending to use the Unilateral Administrative Order to ensure that Norfolk Southern establishes a health and environmental screening program beyond this initial cleanup period? Debra Shore: Right now, the focus of the Unilateral Order and our work with Norfolk Southern is to make sure the site is cleaned up. I think the responsibility for that longer term health effort, I support what Dr. Vins recommended, and that may have to be negotiat[ed] with Norfolk Southern going forward. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO): Obviously, that hasn't started yet. Debra Shore: Not to my knowledge. 1:09:05 Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA): What will take place in the remediation phase, what happens then? Debra Shore: Then there'll be restoration of stream banks and the places where the soil was removed from along the railroad sites and I think a larger vision for the community that they're already beginning to work on, such as parks and streetscapes. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA): Right. Any idea of what kind of timeframe we're talking about here? I mean, are we talking like in my district, decades? Debra Shore: No. We believe the core of the removal of the contaminated site and the restoration of the tracks will be several months. 1:11:35 Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ): When did clean up responsibility shift from EPA to Norfolk Southern, and what protections were put in place to ensure the health and safety of the community during that shift? Debra Shore: Thank you, Congressman Pallone. The transition from the State agency, which has the delegated authority in every state, has an emergency response capability, and so Ohio was on the ground working with the local firemen and other agencies as EPA arrived shortly after the derailment. It is typical in these kinds of emergency responses for the state agency to take the lead in the early days and Norfolk Southern was complying with the directives from the state. They continued to comply, but we've found over time that it's important to have all the authority to hold the principal responsible party in this case Norfolk Southern accountable, which is why on February 21, several weeks after the derailment, EPA issued its Unilateral Administrative Order. 1:19:55 Debra Shore: In the subsequent soil sampling that's been conducted, we looked at the information about the direction of the plume from the vent and burn event and focused that primarily where there might have been aerial deposition of soot or particulate matter, and that those soil samples have been collected in Pennsylvania. Rep. John Joyce (R-PA): And today, what soil, air, and water tests are continuing to occur in Pennsylvania? Debra Shore: Additional soil samples will be collected in collaboration, principally, with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the local Farm Bureau, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. 1:28:36 Anne M. Vogel: The reason that we have been able to say that the municipal drinking water is safe is based on an Ohio EPA map that pre-exists the derailment. This is the source water protection map. So the municipal wellfield is right here, if folks can see that, that big well in the blue. So the derailment happened way over here, a mile and a half away from the wellfield. And we know how the water flows, down this way, down this way, down the creeks. So the derailment would not have affected the municipal water source and we knew that very quickly after the derailment. 1:49:05 Debra Shore: Norfolk Southern has encountered some difficulties in finding and establishing contracts with sites to accept both liquid and solid waste. And I think we could accelerate the cleanup if they were able to fulfill that obligation more expeditiously. 1:51:20 Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA): What are some of the long term health concerns that residents and your providers have? Wesley Vins: We've heard a whole wide range of concerns long term. Certainly, cancer is first and foremost, because of much of the information that the residents see online and here, as well as reproductive concerns, growth concerns, hormonal concerns Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA): Do you think there's a potential with the carcinogens or any of the toxins that it could lead to ailments for five years from now? Wesley Vins: Yeah, I understand your question. So the some of the constituents that we have related to this response, obviously are carcinogenic, however, we're seeing low levels, is really the initial response. So I think the long question is, we don't know. Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA): We don't know. 2:04:50 Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-CA): Administrator Shore, one concern my office has heard is that relocation costs are not being covered by Norfolk Southern for everyone in East Palestine. How is it determined whether a resident is eligible to have their relocation costs paid for? Debra Shore: I'm sorry to hear that. My understanding was that Norfolk Southern was covering temporary relocation costs for any resident who sought that, and I would direct you to Norfolk Southern to ask why they are being turned down. Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-CA): Can the EPA require that Norfolk Southern cover relocation costs for anyone in East Palestine? Debra Shore: I'll find out. 2:11:45 Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA): I guess my concern is, if the EPA is website says that the sampling data hasn't been quality assured, how did the EPA make the determination that the air is safe to breathe when it appears that the sampling data has not been quality assured? Debra Shore: Congresswoman, I'm going to ask our staff to get back to you with an answer for that. Executive Session and Improving Rail Safety in Response to the East Palestine Derailment March 22, 2023 Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation View on Senate website Introduction Panel: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown U.S. Senator J.D. Vance Mike DeWine, Governor of Ohio Misti Allison, Resident of East Palestine Witnesses: Jennifer Homendy, Chair, National Transportation Safety Board David Comstock, Chief, Ohio Western Reserve Joint Fire District Clyde Whitaker, Legislative Director, Ohio State SMART-TD Alan Shaw, CEO, Norfolk Southern Ian Jefferies, CEO, Association of American Railroads Clips 1:35:00 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): Is there any relief being offered now to say, if you make the decision to move your home and move your family somewhere else, there is an avenue for you to sell your home and get a fair market price for it? Misti Allison: The short answer is, as of today, no. There is not a clear cut explanation or parameters of how you would do that. We've heard time and time again from Norfolk Southern that they're going to make it right and that they're looking into some long term health care monitoring and assistance and home value protection, but details of that plan have not been disclosed to residents as of today. 1:42:05 Jennifer Homendy: This derailment, as all accidents we investigate, was 100% preventable. 1:43:20 Jennifer Homendy: First, the definition of high hazard flammable train should be expanded to a broader array of hazmats and the definition's threshold of 20 loaded tank cars in a continuous block or 35 tank cars dispersed throughout a train should be eliminated. Second, DOT 111 should be phased out of all hazmat service. They're not as protected as DOT 117 tank cars. Third, people deserve to know what chemicals are moving through their communities and how to stay safe in an emergency. That includes responders who risk their lives for each of us every single day. They deserve to be prepared. That means access to real time information, obtaining the right training and gear, and having the right communications and planning tools. Fourth, light cockpit voice recorders in the aviation, audio and video recorders in the locomotive cab are essential for helping investigators determine the cause of an accident and make more precise safety recommendations. Recorders also help operators proactively improve their safety policies and practices. In the East Palestine derailment, the locomotive was equipped with an inward facing camera. However, since the locomotive was put immediately back into service following the accident, the data was overwritten. That means the recorder only provided about 15 minutes of data before the derailment, and five minutes after. The FAST Act, following terrible tragedies in Chatsworth and in Philadelphia, required Amtrak and commuter railroads to maintain crash and fire hardened inward and outward facing image recorders in all controlling locomotives that have a minimum of a 12 hour continuous recording capability. This was extremely helpful in our DuPont Washington investigation. Now is the time to expand that requirement to audio, and include the Class One freight railroads in that mandate. In fact, now is the time to address all of the NTSB's open rail safety recommendations, many of which are on our most wanted list. Fifth and finally, as the committee works on enhancing rail safety, I trust that you'll consider the resources that we desperately need to carry out our critical safety mission. Investments in the NTSB are investments in safety across all modes of transportation. 1:52:05 Clyde Whitaker: This derailment did not have to happen. And it makes it so much more frustrating for us to know that it was very predictable. And yet our warnings and cries for help over the last seven years have fallen on deaf ears and the outcome was exactly as we feared. Now the result is a town that doesn't feel safe in their own homes, businesses failing to survive and a railroad that prioritized its own movement of trains, before the people in the community, as well as its workers. It truly is a shame that operational changes in place prior to that incident are still in place today and the possibility for a similar disaster is just as possible. My entire railroad career I've listened to the railroads portray a message and image of safety first, but I have never witnessed or experienced that truth, one single day on the property. For years I've handled complaint after complaint regarding unsafe practices and unsafe environments, and for almost every single one I've been fought every step of the way. The truth is, ask any railroad worker and they will tell you, that their carriers are masters of checking the boxes and saying the right things, without ever doing anything meaningful toward improving safety. They're only focus is on the operating ratios and bottom lines, which is evidenced by the fact that their bonus structures are set up to reward timely movements of freight rather than reaching destinations safely, as they once were. Actions do speak louder than words. And I assure you that what you have heard, and will hear, from the railroads today are nothing more than words. Their actions are what's experienced by men and women I represent as well as what the people of East Palestine have been through. This is the reality of what happens when railroads are primarily left to govern and regulate themselves. 1:54:05 Clyde Whitaker: On July 11, 2022, I filed a complaint with the FRA (Freight Railroad Administration) regarding an unsafe practice that was occurring on Norfolk Southern (NS), despite existing operating rules to the contrary. NS was giving instructions to crews to disregard wayside detector failures and to keep the trains moving. This meant the trains were not being inspected as intended, and that the crews were not able to ascertain the integrity of such trains. This practice remained in place even after East Palestine. 1:54:40 Clyde Whitaker: It is a virus that has plagued the industry for some time, with the exception of precision scheduled railroading. Across America, inspections and maintenance is being deferred to expedite the movement of trains. No longer is identifying defects and unsafe conditions the goal of inspections, but rather minimiz[ing] the time it takes to perform them, or the elimination of them all together. 2:17:40 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): Why did Norfolk Southern not stop the train then and examine the bearing to make sure that it didn't melt the axle and that you didn't have a derailment? If you'd stop then it would have prevented the derailment. So my question is, why did the second hotbox reading not trigger action? Alan Shaw: Senator, my understanding is that that second reading was still below our alarm threshold, which is amongst the lowest in the industry. In response to this, the industry has agreed to work together to share best practices with respect to hotbox detectors, trending technology, and thresholds. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): So when you and I visited my office yesterday, you said your threshold is now 170 degrees above ambient temperature. As I understand it, at the time of the derailment, your threshold was 200 degrees above ambient temperature. 2:20:15 Clyde Whitaker: Make note that trending defect detector technology from being in the cab of a locomotive, when we pass a defect detector, it trends to an office like Norfolk Southern in Atlanta, Georgia. It doesn't convey to the railroad crews, which is a problem in this incident as well as many others that still continue to this day. What we need as a train crew -- which they say they listen, they haven't been listening for quite a while -- we need to be notified whenever these trending detectors are seeing this car trend hotter. That way we can keep a better eye on it. 2:22:35 Clyde Whitaker: It is feasible. The technology is there. Several days after East Palestine, we almost had a similar incident in the Cleveland area on Norfolk Southern. The defect detector said no defects to the crew. The train dispatcher came on and said, "Hey, we have a report of a trending defect detector on the train. We need you to stop and inspect it." Immediately after that the chief dispatcher, which is the person that controls the whole railroad, told them to keep going. If it were not for an eastbound train passing them and instructing them, "Hey, your train is on fire, stop your train." And we set that car out. They had to walking speed this car five miles. So the technology is there. They're just raising and lowering their thresholds to move freight. 2:25:15 Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA): His testimony is loud and clear: it would have been worse if there was only one person as a crew on that train. Do you disagree with him? Alan Shaw: Senator, I believe that we have operations infrastructure on the ground to respond to derailments. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA): I think you're not answering the question, okay? It's almost like the last hearing all over again. Because I think the evidence is very clear that these trains can be absolutely safer, but that technology is no replacement for human beings. For example, it can't provide the cognitive functions of a conductor and can't collect visual cues during an emergency. Two-person crews make our trains safer and I wish that you would commit to that today, because I think it's pretty obvious that is the correct answer. I just get sick of industry executives talking about supporting the principles of regulation, while they lobby against common sense regulations like this one behind the scenes. 2:38:50 Sen. Peter Welch (D-VT): I understand that the business plan of Norfolk Southern includes a $7.5 billion stock buyback that is ongoing. Do you believe it would be appropriate to suspend that buyback program until all of the assurances that you are making to this committee and also to the people of East Palestine, about "making this right," that that stock back buyback program should be suspended until you have accomplished what you've assured us and what you've assured that people of East Palestine that you would do? Alan Shaw: Senator, we think about safety every day. We spend a billion dollars a year in capital on safety. And we have ongoing expenses of about a billion dollars a year in safety and as a result over time, derailments are down, hazardous material releases are down and injuries are down. We can always get better. Sen. Peter Welch (D-VT): Right, so you won't answer my question about suspending the buyback program. Alan Shaw: Senator, stock buybacks never come at the expense of safety Sen. Peter Welch (D-VT): I take that is that you will continue with your plan on the buyback. 2:51:30 Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): I know that high hazardous flammable trains have more safety regulations. Why would this not have been characterized as a high hazard flammable train if it had th ese hazardous materials on it as part of the 149 car train? Alan Shaw: Senator, thank you for your question. I'm not familiar with the entire makeup of the train. I know that a highly hazardous train is defined by a certain number of highly hazardous cars in it or a certain number of cars in a block. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): Miss Homendy, maybe you can help me with that question. Jennifer Homendy: Yes, the definition of a high hazard flammable train involves class three flammable liquids only, 20 car loads in a continuous block, which would be a unit train, or 35 car loads of class three flammable liquids in a mixed freight train. That was not what was on this train. There were some that were class three defined flammable liquids, but this train was not a high hazard flammable train. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): Right. It wasn't a high hazard train, but it had high hazardous materials that are very flammable that just lit up the sky. So is that something that you would consider that should be looked at as a safety improvement? Jennifer Homendy: Yes, Senator. We think that the thresholds of the 20 and 35 should be eliminated and we think a broader array of hazmat should be in the definition of high hazard flammable train. Protecting Public Health and the Environment in the Wake of the Norfolk Southern Train Derailment and Chemical Release in East Palestine, Ohio March 9, 2023 Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works View on Senate website Witnesses: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Sen. JD Vance (R-OH) Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) Alan Shaw, President and CEO, Norfolk Southern Corporation Debra Shore, Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region V Anne Vogel, Director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Richard Harrison, Executive Director and Chief Engineer, Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission Eric Brewer, Director and Chief of Hazardous Materials Response, Beaver County Department of Emergency Services Clips 26:50 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH): The company followed the Wall Street business model: boost profits by cutting costs at all costs, the consequences for places like East Palestine be damned. In 10 years, Norfolk Southern eliminated 38% of its workforce. Think of that. In a decade they cut more than a third of their jobs. We see what the company did with their massive profits. Norfolk Southern spent $3.4 billion on stock buybacks last year and were planning to do even more this year. That's money that could have gone to hiring inspectors, to putting more hotbox detectors along its rail lines, to having more workers available to repair cars and repair tracks. Norfolk Southern's profits have gone up and up and up and look what happened. 33:35 Sen. JD Vance (R-OH): It is ridiculous that firefighters and local officials don't know that hazardous chemicals are in their community, coming through their community. In East Palestine you had a community of largely volunteer firefighters responding to a terrible crisis, toxic burning chemicals, without knowing what was on them. 34:50 Sen. JD Vance (R-OH): I've talked to a number of my Republican colleagues and nearly everybody has dealt in complete good faith, whether they like the bill or have some concerns about it, and these comments are not directed at them. Who they are directed at is a particular slice of people who seem to think that any public safety enhancements for the rail industry is somehow a violation of the free market. Well, if you look at this industry and what's happened in the last 30 years, that argument is a farce. This is an industry that enjoys special subsidies that almost no industry enjoys. This is an industry that is enjoys special legal carve outs that almost no industry enjoys. This is an industry that just three months ago had the federal government come in and save them from a labor dispute. It was effectively a bailout. And now they're claiming before the Senate and the House that our reasonable legislation is somehow a violation of the free market. Well, pot, meet the kettle, because that doesn't make an ounce of sense. You cannot claim special government privileges, you cannot ask the government to bail you out, and then resist basic public safety. 40:10 Alan Shaw: Air and water monitoring have been in place continuously since the accident and to date it consistently indicated that the air is safe to breathe and the water is safe to drink. 47:20 Debra Shore: Since the fire was extinguished on February 8, EPA monitors have not detected any volatile organic compounds above levels of health concerns. 47:45 Debra Shore: EPA has been assisting with indoor air screenings for homes through a voluntary program offered to residents to provide them with information and help restore their peace of mind. As of March 4, approximately 600 homes had been screened through this program and no detections of vinyl chloride or hydrogen chloride have been identified. 48:40 Debra Shore: On February 21, we issued a unilateral administrative order to Norfolk Southern which includes a number of directives to identify and clean up contaminated soil and water resources, to attend and participate in public meetings at EPA's request, and to post information online, to pay for EPA's costs for work performed under this order. EPA is overseeing Norfolk Southern's cleanup work to ensure it's done to EPA specifications. The work plans will outline all steps necessary to clean up the environmental damage caused by the derailment. And most importantly, if the company fails to complete any of the EPA ordered actions, the agency will immediately step in, conduct the necessary work, and then force Norfolk Southern to pay triple the cost. 1:04:30 Eric Brewer: Norfolk Southern hazmat personnel and contractors arrived on scene shortly after 11pm. At around midnight, after research of the contents, it was decided to shut down fire operations and move firefighters out of the immediate area and to let the tank cars burn. This is not an unusual decision. This decision was made primarily by Norfolk Southern's hazmat coordinator, as well as their contractor. 1:05:15 Eric Brewer: There was a possibility of explosion and we should consider a one mile evacuation. Ohio officials notified us that the one mile radius would now be from the leaked oil address. This would add additional residents from Beaver County in the one mile evacuation zone. Donington township officials went door to door, as well as using a mass notification system to advise the residents of the one mile recommended evacuation. It was stressed that this was a recommendation as we cannot force residents from their homes. Social media posts began to circulate stating that arrest would be made if people refused to leave during the evacuation. Let me be clear that was not the case in Pennsylvania, as this was not a mandatory evacuation. Monday morning, we assembled at the Emergency Operations Center in East Palestine. We learned Norfolk Southern wanted to do a controlled detonation of the tank car in question. We were assured this was the safest way to mitigate the problem. During one of those planning meetings, we learned from Norfolk Southern that they now wanted to do the controlled detonation on five of the tank cars rather than just the one. This changed the entire plan, as it would now impact a much larger area. 1:21:25 Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): Why did you wait a month before you started to order the dioxin testing when the community was asking for this? Was that a decision that you made early on that it wasn't critical? Or how was this decision made? Debra Shore: Senator Capito, our air monitoring was searching for primary indicators, such as phosgene and hydrogen chloride, immediately during and after the burn. We detected very low levels which very quickly went even down to non detectable. Without those primary indicators, it was a very low probability that dioxins would have been created. They are secondary byproducts of the burning of vinyl chloride. 1:25:40 Alan Shaw: As you saw just this week, a six point safety plan that included a number of issues which we're implementing immediately to improve safety, including installing more wayside detectors. The first one was installed yesterday outside of East Palestine. 1:30:20 Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK): Mr. Shaw, when the vent and burn process was being made, who who made those decisions? And what was other considerations other than just burning it and letting the material burn off? Alan Shaw: Thank you for that question. The only consideration, Senator, was the safety and health of the community. And that decision was made by Unified Command under the direction of the Incident Commander? Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK): Who's that? Alan Shaw: The Incident Commander was Fire Chief Drabick. Norfolk Southern was a part of Unified Command. 2:07:25 Alan Shaw: Senator, the NTSB report indicated that all of the hotbox detectors were working as designed. And earlier this week, we announced that we are adding approximately 200 hotbox detectors to our network. We already have amongst the lowest spacing between hotbox detectors in the industry. And we already have amongst the lowest thresholds. 2:15:35 Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA): Will you commit to compensating affected homeowners for their diminished property values? Alan Shaw: Senator, I'm committing to do what's right. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA): Well, what's right is a family that had a home worth $100,000 that is now worth $50,000 will probably never be able to sell that home for 100,000 again. Will you compensate that family for that loss? Alan Shaw: Senator, I'm committed to do what's right. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA): That is the right thing to do. These are the people who are innocent victims, Mr. Shaw. These people were just there at home and all of a sudden their small businesses, their homes are forever going to have been diminished in value. Norfolk Southern owes these people. It's an accident that is basically under the responsibility of Norfolk Southern, not these families. When you say do the right thing, will you again, compensate these families for their diminished lost property value for homes and small businesses? Alan Shaw: Senator, we've already committed $21 million and that's a downpayment Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA): That is a down payment. Will you commit to ensuring that these families, these innocent families, do not lose their life savings in their homes and small businesses? The right thing to do is to say, "Yes, we will." Alan Shaw: Senator, I'm committed to doing what's right for the community and we're going to be there as long -- Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA): What's right for the community will then be balanced -- which is what we can see from your stock buybacks -- by what's right for Norfolk Southern. C-SPAN: Washington Post Live March 6, 2023 Speakers: Heather Long, Columnist and Editorial Writer, Washington Post Jennifer Homendy, Chair, National Transportation Safety Board Clips 5:14 Jennifer Homendy: Hazardous materials are transported on all modes of transportation. Our aviation system is the safest, but they're limited in what they can transport for dangerous materials. Pipelines can also be safe as well. They have a generally good safety record until one big rupture occurs. But then our railroads also have a good safety record. Train accidents in general, per million trains miles, are going up. So it's trending upwards, accidents. With that said, going on our nation's roads with these materials is not something we want to see. You know, we have 43,000 people that are dying on our nation's roads annually. We have a public health crisis on our roads. Millions of crashes are occurring, so transporting hazmat on our roads would be more dangerous than on our railways. 6:50 Jennifer Homendy: The numbers are trending upward on accidents overall and also for Norfolk Southern 8:20 Jennifer Homendy: That is a role that's very important for the NTSB and why we are independent of the Department of Transportation. We are not part of the Department of Transportation because we do conduct federal oversight to see if DoT's oversight of the freight railroads is adequate or inadequate and we may make recommendations on that. 10:20 Jennifer Homendy: Once it hit well over 250 degrees, it was time for the train crew to stop to inspect the axle, to inspect the wheel bearing and to possibly, in this case, set out the car. But it was too late because as they were slowing and stopping, the train derailed, the wheel bearing failed. And so there might need to be more conservative temperature thresholdss o that started earlier. Also, something the Transportation Safety Board of Canada has looked at is real time monitoring of temperatures and data trending from the control center so that they can see the temperatures increase over a period of time. In this derailment, or what we saw of this train and its operations, is the temperature of that wheel bearing was going up pretty significantly over the course of the three different wayside detectors, but you know, the crew doesn't see that. So that real time monitoring and data trending so that there's some communication with the crew to stop the train and take immediate action is definitely needed. We'll look at that as part of our investigation as well. 12:30 Jennifer Homendy: One thing I will mention is that these decisions about the placement of these hot bearing detectors and the thresholds really vary railroad by railroad and so there needs to be good decision making, some policies and practices put in place. 18:00 Jennifer Homendy: Electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes don't prevent a derailment. It could lessen damage. So let me explain that. So in this one, car 23 still would have derailed because a wheel bearing failed. So car 23 still would have derailed. Still would have been a derailment, still would have been a fire, and the responders, and Norfolk Southern, and the state and locals would have had to still make a decision on whether to vent and burn the five vinyl chloride tank cars. There could have been a possibility of less damage, meaning a few cars could have remained on the track later in the train. But as for most of the damage, that still would have occurred whether we had ECP brakes on this train or not. 19:50 Heather Long: There's a lot fewer people working on rail, especially freight rail. Does the number of people make any difference here? Jennifer Homendy: Well for this one, as you said, we had two crew members and a trainee. They all stay, as with every train, in the cab of the head locomotive. So I do not see where that would have made a difference in this particular train and this derailment. One thing we are going to look at is whether any changes in staffing lead to any differences in how these cars are maintained or how they're inspected. That is something we will look at. 21:05 Jennifer Homendy: Yeah, so the fire chief, upon arrival at the command center following the derailment, had electronic access to the train consist, which is the list of cars and the materials or liquids that the train is carrying, but none of the responders had the Ask Rail app. You could look up a UN number for a particular car and get the whole consist of the train. It's in an app that the railroads developed for helping emergency responders to get information following an accident. 25:05 Jennifer Homendy: And we have over 250 recommendations that we've issued on rail safety generally that have not been acted upon yet. Music Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio) Editing Pro Podcast Solutions Production Assistance Clare Kuntz Balcer
Human Events Daily with Jack Posobiec
On today's episode of Human Events Daily, Jack Posobiec is joined by Noor Bin Ladin to discuss the World Health Organization and their PLAN for GLOBAL CONTROL. The pair look back on the W.H.O.'s fraternization with American & U.N. officials alike with the aim of international and globalized control; while discussing the steps the W.H.O. is taking towards digital and globalized health passports for citizens and countries tied to their VACCINATION status. All this and more ahead on Human Events Daily!Here's your Daily dose of Human Events with @JackPosobiec Save up to 65% on MyPillow products by going to MyPillow.com/POSO and use code POSO Go to www.itargetpro.com to get 10% off and free shipping with offer code POSOGo to BlackoutCoffee.com/POSO and use promo code POSO for 20% OFF your first order.
The World Health Organization wants your kids to start preparing for adult situations, including sexual encounters and gender choices. The United Nations, in collaboration with the WHO and Bill Gates-funded Rutgers, has launched the next phase of its war against humanity by sexualizing young children in primary education worldwide, for the purpose of normalizing pedophilia. These insidious and deviant behaviors perpetrated by adults are now being condoned while laws of protection have been set aside for individuals who are now pushing an agenda of sexual exploitation of minors. Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis talks about UNEASY KID'S STUFF - W.H.O. W.T.F.? #GroundZero #ClydeLewis #ChildAbuse #UnitedNations #WHO #BillGates https://groundzeromedia.org/5-23-23-uneasy-kids-stuff-w.../ Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis is live M-F from 7-10pm, pacific time, and streamed for free at groundzero.radio and talkstreamlive.com. There is a delayed broadcast on our local Portland radio station, KPAM 860, from 9pm-12am, pacific time. To leave a message, call our toll-free line at 866-536-7469. To listen by phone: 717-734-6922. To call the live show: 503-225-0860. For Android and iPhones, download the Paranormal Radio app. The transcript of each episode will be posted after the show on our website at groundzeromedia.org. In order to access Ground Zero's exclusive digital library which includes webinars, archived shows/podcasts, research groups, videos, documents, and more, you need to sign up at aftermath.media. Subscriptions start at $7/month. Check out the yearly specials!
In this episode Dinesh explains the implications of an American debt default and makes the case for why the GOP should hang tough. Dinesh asks Nikki Haley to reconsider her assessment of January 6. Dinesh exposes the World Health Organization's naked power grab in the form of a Global Pandemic Treaty.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Whistleblower Report – Sunday, May 21, 2023, marked the beginning of the World Health Organization's aggressive final assault on freedom for the people of the world, as WHO convened their World Health Assembly for the final push to become the world's policeman on ALL “health” matters (or anything they decide is related to health) for ALL life on the planet: human, animal, plant and even...
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Vincent travels to Montreux, Switzerland and the 16th International Nidovirus Symposium, where he speaks with Maria von Kerkhove, the face of COVID-19 for the World Health Organization, and Kanta Subbarao, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Influenza in Melbourne. Host: Vincent Racaniello Guests: Kanta Subbarao and Maria von Kerkhove Subscribe (free): Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Links for this episode MicrobeTV Discord Server Nidovirus Symposium, Montreux WHO Collaborating Centre for Influenza, Melbourne Maria von Kerkhove (Wikipedia) Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks! Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees Send your virology questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
The World Health Organization's (WHO) latest figures suggest that nearly seven million people have died due to Covid - although the true figure is likely to be much higher. While many more contracted the disease and avoided being seriously ill, one estimate suggests 65 million people have not fully recovered. These are the people with long Covid, whose symptoms have persisted for more than six months after being infected. This month, the WHO said Covid-19 is no longer a “global health emergency”, though it still poses a danger. Host James Reynolds hears from those who feel forgotten and misunderstood.
This is a segment of episode 347 of Last Born In The Wilderness, “Broken Sociality: Isolation, Social Murder, & The Process Of Depoliticization w/ Nate Holdren." Listen to the full episode: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/nate-holdren Read ‘Broken Sociality: Isolation in the Pseudo-Return to “Pre-Pandemic Normal”' at Peste Magazine: https://www.pestemag.com/lost-to-follow-up/broken-sociality Legal historian and author Nate Holdren joins me to discuss broken sociality, political and social loneliness, and social murder and its depoliticization during the pandemic, as elucidated in his Peste Magazine essay ‘Broken Sociality: Isolation in the Pseudo-Return to “Pre-Pandemic Normal”'. The pandemic emergency has been declared over, both here in the United States, and by the World Health Organization. That does not mean the pandemic is over, but it marks an official end to an emergency level institutional response to it. Any sort of practical and enforceable mitigatory practices to reduce the spread of the virus has been firmly relegated to the past. To add insult to injury, the trauma or discomforts incurred over the past three years are often blamed on these public health measures themselves by high-status conservative and liberal commentators and so-called experts alike. Nevermind the millions dead, the global vaccine apartheid, the tens of millions disabled and those that continue to become disabled, and what those facts mean. The virus's plethora of variants will continue to infect and reinfect the global population into the foreseeable future—a slow burn with grim long-term consequences. When I read Nate Holdren's essay on broken sociality and political and social loneliness as the “urgency of normal” takes precedence in the US, it struck a chord within me. He provided a language to describe my feelings and experiences at this stage of the ongoing pandemic. For those of us still masking and avoiding the plague, still keeping up on covid research to the best of our ability, and still admonishing our peers to be mindful of how our behaviors and decisions impact all of us, especially for the most vulnerable, oftentimes a gulf can and does emerge and deepen between our relationships with others that disregard these considerations. When an intrinsically collective health crisis is minimized, and in many cases, outrightly denied by our peers, day-to-day life becomes a lonely affair. Nate Holdren is a legal historian of capitalism in the United States. He is the author of the book ‘Injury Impoverished: Workplace Accidents, Capitalism, and Law in the Progressive Era' and teaches in the Program in Law, Politics, and Society at Drake University. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast SUBSTACK: https://lastborninthewilderness.substack.com BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior
Straight out of the Alfred Kinsey playbook, the United Nations World Health Organization is finally receiving pushback after spending years encouraging the sexualization of children at the youngest of ages. ✍️Leave Us A Message: StayEducated.org
Mad in America: Science, Psychiatry and Social Justice
This week on the Mad in America podcast we are joined by Dr. Chris van Tulleken. Chris is an Infectious Diseases doctor at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London. He trained at Oxford and has a PhD in molecular virology from University College London, where he is an associate professor. His research focuses on how corporations affect human health, especially in the context of child nutrition, and he works with UNICEF and the World Health Organization on this area. Chris is also one of the BBC's leading broadcasters for children and adults and his work has won two BAFTAs. In this interview, we talk about Chris's new book Ultra-Processed People: Why Do We All Eat Stuff That Isn't Food and Why Can't We Stop? The book takes a deep dive into the science, economics, history, and production of ultra-processed food. In particular, we discuss some of the effects of UPF on our brains and bodies and how the food industry positions UPF to dominate our diets. *** Thank you for being with us to listen to the podcast and read our articles this year. MIA is funded entirely by reader donations. If you value MIA, please help us continue to survive and grow. To find the Mad in America podcast on your preferred podcast player, click here
Days after some predicted a migrant surge would begin, the Department of Homeland Security says border crossings are down. Ukrainian troops try to take back Bakhmut. And the World Health Organization warns about the perils of sugar substitutes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Last week, Elon Musk revealed he had tapped Linda Yaccarino to be the next Twitter CEO. But Musk won't be leaving Twitter completely. And now Tesla shareholders want him to create a succession plan at that company. Plus we get a bunch of updates on AI news, as well as some good news for Microsoft.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today, Jim, John, and Lonaiah are back with an in-depth look at the future of global governance with the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the World Economic Forum. Listen to hear all topics and scripture discussed! // SOURCES: https://www.ntd.com/global-governance-the-great-reset-and-the-end-of-sovereignty_916444.html https://childrenshealthdefense.org/community-forum/stop-the-who-power-grab/ // STAY UP TO DATE: www.thefinalhourpodcast.com Instagram: @thefinalhourpodcast
The World Health Organization says it's over. But do you remember how it started? John Hayward from Breitbart.com does and he tells the story. Plus, a big-picture understanding of the destruction of the middle class is the thrust of both Stigall's conversation with John as well as E.J. Antoni from the Heritage Foundation. Open borders, inflation, cultural decay infused on our kids and military - it's a perfect, destructive design and this show is critical to hear to easily understand what we're living. - For more info visit the official website: https://chrisstigall.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrisstigallshow/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisStigallFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.stigall/Listen on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/StigallPodListen on Apple Podcasts: https://bit.ly/StigallShowSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What is the World Health Organization? If you're thinking this must be an organization that does great and humanitarian projects for the world then you will be disappointed. This is an episode that you don't want to miss... you can't afford to miss it because your very life, your children's lives, and your grandchildren's lives may very well depend on it! I am not being hyperbolic here! With lots of audio clips from influential people within the political, and scientific fields this episode is one you will want to share. DON'T MISS 'CREEPY BILL GATES STRIKES AGAIN' AT TIMESTAMP 33:00. I expose him for the twisted creep he really is. Links used in this episode (more to come): World Health Regulations (IHR) Overview – WHO website: https://www.who.int/health-topics/international-health-regulations#tab=tab_1 Connecting the agenda website - Connecting the Rockefellers to the United Nations (article): http://www.connectingtheagenda.com/2016/11/connecting-rockefellers-to-united.html Naomi Wolf on the Stephen Bannon/Warroom show –(video) https://rumble.com/v2mcew4-walensky-out-at-cdc-report-by-the-amazing-amy-kelly.html 100 Reasons to stop the WHO (video): https://www.bitchute.com/video/jKCzznE8CK2r/ WHO IHR (“Pandemic Treaty”) pdf: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789241580496 ‘Who Are the Rockefellers and How Much Power Do They Have?' (video) - https://youtu.be/g4NsUXjSJs4 On the Henry Makow website there is an article that is entitled, ‘Feminism is a Depopulation Program' although written in 2002 it still speaks to the world we live in today (article): https://web.archive.org/web/20230428163223/https://henrymakow.com/200202.html The ”Big Catch-Up” – Chelsea Clinton – vaccine program – (article): https://thepeoplesvoice.tv/chelsea-clinton-its-time-to-force-jab-every-unvaccinated-child-in-america/ Washington Standard – Way Back Archives (article) - Because The People Have Not Dealt With Criminal Globalists, We Are Now Entering The Kill Phase Of The Great Reset (article): Washington Standard - Wayback Machine - Because The People Have Not Dealt With Criminal Globalists, We Are Now Entering The Kill Phase Of The Great Reset Henry Makow website - Feminism is a Depopulation Program (article): https://henrymakow.com/200202.html Maria Zeee interviewing Dr. Rima Laibow on WHO and the International Health Regulations: https://rumble.com/v2en0be-live-8-uncensored-whos-ihr-amendments-already-in-place-by-default-with-dr.-.html Prevent Genocide 2030 website (with actions and “to-do” lists - https://preventgenocide2030.org/ The World Health Organization's attempted POWER GRAB must be stopped. Please help spread the word. James Roguski – THE TOP 100 REASONS TO #StopTheTreaty, #StopTheAmendments, and #ExitTheWHO): https://jamesroguski.substack.com/p/100-reasons Go to: https://preventgenocide2030.org/ to take action on preventing the WHO taking control of our lives. Bill Gates 2010 Ted Talk – Innovating to Net Zero (video): https://youtu.be/JaF-fq2Zn7I German MEP, Christine Anderson – Christine Anderson of the European Parliament on vaccines and the intention of governments (video) - https://youtu.be/GtnGntLmPRE Tucker Carlson Heritage Foundation (full interview): https://youtu.be/N32UPXGChgo Michael Yeadon warning – Pfizer ex-vice president - Dr. Michael Yeadon former Vice President of Pfizer speaks out Email me: email@example.com with investigative tips, suggestions, comments, or possible topics.
Legal historian and author Nate Holdren joins me to discuss broken sociality, political and social loneliness, and social murder and its depoliticization during the pandemic, as elucidated in his Peste Magazine essay 'Broken Sociality: Isolation in the Pseudo-Return to “Pre-Pandemic Normal”'. The pandemic emergency has been declared over, both here in the United States, and by the World Health Organization. That does not mean the pandemic is over, but it marks an official end to an emergency level institutional response to it. Any sort of practical and enforceable mitigatory practices to reduce the spread of the virus has been firmly relegated to the past. To add insult to injury, the trauma or discomforts incurred over the past three years are often blamed on these public health measures themselves by high-status conservative and liberal commentators and so-called experts alike. Nevermind the millions dead, the global vaccine apartheid, the tens of millions disabled and those that continue to become disabled, and what those facts mean. The virus's plethora of variants will continue to infect and reinfect the global population into the foreseeable future—a slow burn with grim long-term consequences. When I read Nate Holdren's essay on broken sociality and political and social loneliness as the “urgency of normal” takes precedence in the US, it struck a chord within me. He provided a language to describe my feelings and experiences at this stage of the ongoing pandemic. For those of us still masking and avoiding the plague, still keeping up on covid research to the best of our ability, and still admonishing our peers to be mindful of how our behaviors and decisions impact all of us, especially for the most vulnerable, oftentimes a gulf can and does emerge and deepen between our relationships with others that disregard these considerations. When an intrinsically collective health crisis is minimized, and in many cases, outrightly denied by our peers, day-to-day life becomes a lonely affair. Nate Holdren is a legal historian of capitalism in the United States. He is the author of the book 'Injury Impoverished: Workplace Accidents, Capitalism, and Law in the Progressive Era' and teaches in the Program in Law, Politics, and Society at Drake University. Episode Notes: - Read Broken Sociality: Isolation in the Pseudo-Return to “Pre-Pandemic Normal” at Peste Magazine: https://www.pestemag.com/lost-to-follow-up/broken-sociality - Read Depoliticizing Social Murder in the COVID-19 Pandemic at Bill of Health blog: https://blog.petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/2022/03/21/depoliticizing-social-murder-covid-pandemic/ - Purchase Injury Impoverished: Workplace Accidents, Capitalism, and Law in the Progressive Era at Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/24168/9781108488709 - Follow Nate on Twitter: https://twitter.com/n_hold - Music featured is “In Copenhagen” by Correspondence from Free Music Archive, licensed under a Attribution 4.0 International License: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/correspondence/on-on/in-copenhagen WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast SUBSTACK: https://lastborninthewilderness.substack.com BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior
Even as the World Health Organization announces that the COVID-19 crisis is officially over, the UN agency is making moves in preparation for the next pandemic. Next time, the WHO will set the rules by implementing global lockdowns and universal vaccine mandates. Has the United States forfeited its sovereignty to the WHO? Or are U.S. elites using it as cover to legitimize their power grab? ⭕️ Watch in-depth videos based on Truth & Tradition at Epoch TV
This week our hosts discuss the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency declarations in the U.S. by the World Health Organization (WHO). They dive into what this means for public health and access to vaccines, testing, treatments, and data collection. “The emergency phase is over, but sadly, as we know, COVID itself is here to stay. On recommendation from the Emergency Committee, the WHO is setting up a review committee to advise on the creation of recommendations for countries on the long-term management of COVID,” says Steven Newmark, Director of Policy at GHLF. Among the highlights in this episode: 00:42: The World Health Organization has announced that it is ending the COVID global health emergency 2:11: “The federal government has been supplying COVID vaccines, including boosters free of charge to everyone regardless of insurance. Now, this is not expected to change just yet, but it may change if the government does not replenish its stockpile of vaccines, not to mention its funding for vaccines. So something that probably can't be counted on, particularly the latter,” says Steven 2:55: The Department of Health and Human Services has announced a $1.1 billion public-private partnership to maintain COVID vaccine access and treatments for the uninsured through December 2024 3:56: “Similar to the vaccine stockpiles, when the supply [of antivirals] runs out, manufacturers will set prices for the medications and any additional charge to consumers will depend on individual's health care plans,” says Steven 6:37: Private insurance companies will no longer be required to cover both at-home and lab COVID tests for free 08:06: With the end of the public health emergency, some restrictions around telehealth that were loosened during the pandemic might return 09:08: The CDC will focus less on case rates and more heavily on hospital and death data in the post-emergency phase 10:18: The CDC will maintain travel surveillance, testing wastewater on airplanes to spot new incoming threats 12:20: As the emergency order ends, it's important to be extra mindful about insurance coverage and to check in with insurance providers before getting a vaccine or a test 14:12: What our hosts learned from this episode Contact Our Hosts Steven Newmark, Director of Policy at GHLF: firstname.lastname@example.org Zoe Rothblatt, Associate Director, Community Outreach at GHLF: email@example.com We want to hear what you think. Send your comments in the form of an email, video, or audio clip of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org Catch up on all our episodes on our website or on your favorite podcast channel.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Announcing a new Closest to the Pin this week. Yellen starting to freak out. Market not ready for an inflation data surprise. Sentiment slipping.... PLUS we are now on Spotify and Amazon Music/Podcasts! Click HERE for Show Notes and Links DHUnplugged is now streaming live - with listener chat. Click on link on the right sidebar. Love the Show? Then how about a Donation? Follow John C. Dvorak on Twitter Follow Andrew Horowitz on Twitter Warm Up - ANNOUNCING - NEW CTP for PacWest - Some prices from F1 food stops - is this right? - Gamma squeeze Friday? - Small biz sentiment - taking a leg down - Derby Day - bourbon and ham sandwiches Market Update - Oil gets a reprieve - dropped as low at $63 - Credit/loans tightening and we are just starting - Lending conditions tighten overall - Earnings - 79% companies beating estimates (good color with Silverblatt this week) DONATIONS? Debt Ceiling Fight - Odds? - Bug dilemma - Republicans pushing for spending cuts Inflation - NY Fed- estimates 3-year rise to 2.9% from 2.8% - NY Fed 1-yr inflation expectations measure drops to 4.4% from 4.7% last month Employment Report - Higher than expected gains in employment - BUT - Last month revised much lower - so not much difference - Unemployment Rate drops to 3.4% - April Nonfarm Private Payrolls 230K vs. 160K Briefing.com consensus; prior revised to 123K from 189K - April Average Workweek 34.4 vs. 34.5 Briefing.com consensus; prior 34.4 - April Average Workweek 34.4 vs. 34.5 Briefing.com consensus; prior 34.4 - BIG ONE FOR INFLATION OUTLOOK - April Avg. Hourly Earnings 0.5% vs. 0.3% Briefing.com consensus; prior 0.3% Employment Situation Trend - Slowing economy - employment holding up well - How does that square? Employment Chart Harbinger - Bank Credit is tightening (not much yet, but noticeable 1.5% drop) - 1.9% decline in bank credit in 1975. - 2.2% drop in bank credit in 2002. - 6.9% dip in bank credit between 2008 and 2010. Credit Conditions Monday - Senior Loan Officer Report - Banks reported that lending standards tightened across all categories of residential real estate (RRE) loans other than government-sponsored enterprise (GSE)-eligible and government residential mortgages, which remained basically unchanged. Meanwhile, demand weakened for all RRE loan categories. In addition, banks reported tighter standards and weaker demand for home equity lines of credit (HELOCs). Standards tightened for all consumer loan categories; demand weakened for auto and other consumer loans, while it remained basically unchanged for credit cards. - Market may see this (perversely) as good news as Fed could think this is bad and not raise... (The Upside Down) Oil Prices - Headlines - Thursday: Oil Prices Fall Due to Recession Fears - Friday: Oil Steadies - Traders Look To Future - Monday: Oil Higher: Recession Fears Abate - -3 days and story changes? --- Oil prices rose on Monday as fears of a recession in the U.S., which drove prices down for three straight weeks for the first time since November, started receding. Brent crude futures were up 43 cents, or 0.6%, at $75.73 a barrel at 0624 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 45 cents, also 0.6%, at $71.79 a barrel. COVID EMERGENCY - OVER - COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency, World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared Friday. - COUNTS according to WHO - 765 million cases and 7 million deaths - Meanwhile - Rochelle Walensky will step down as director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the end of June, an unexpected departure after more than two years leading the agency through an oft-criticized response to the biggest public health crisis in a century. Icahn - Short Seller Report - Hindenburg cost Carl > $10 Billion - IEP Stock on the ropes due to questionable marks and leverage
It's Wednesday, May 10th, A.D. 2023. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I'm Adam McManus. (Adam@TheWorldview.com) By Jonathan Clark 60 people, mostly Christians, were killed in Manipur, India Last Wednesday, radical Hindus killed nearly 60 people in India's northeastern state of Manipur. Many of those who died were Christians. The wave of attacks also led to the destruction or burning of over 50 churches across different denominations. At least 13,000 people have been displaced. Many more have fled to nearby states that are predominantly Christian. Christians identified the Meitei people as their attackers. The Meitei are mostly Hindu and are the dominant ethnic group in Manipur. Please pray for our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ in India. 1 Corinthians 12:26-27 says, “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” World Health Organization: COVID no longer an emergency Last Friday, the World Health Organization said it no longer considers COVID-19 a global health emergency. The announcement comes over three years after the W.H.O. originally declared a public health emergency of international concern. The World Health Organization says at least seven million people have died in the pandemic. Meanwhile, the U.S. public health emergency for COVID-19 is set to expire tomorrow. Many countries ended coronavirus measures last year, like Germany, France, and the U.K. CDC director will step down The White House announced last Friday that the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is resigning. Rochelle Walensky directed the CDC for over two years during the Biden administration. Last year, Walensky began to reorganize the agency, saying its “performance did not reliably meet expectations.” She has faced criticism for confusing public health messaging. Trust in the CDC has plummeted since 2020. And the agency faces multiple lawsuits for its performance and exercise of power. 100 non-profit colleges closed or merged A study by Higher Ed Drive found that nearly 100 non-profit colleges since 2016 have closed, merged, or have announced plans to do so. Forty of those consolidations occurred since the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020. Of those, nearly half were Christian colleges that shut down or merged. The response to the pandemic appears to have been the final straw for small religious colleges already facing declining enrollment and financial challenges. Only 13% of 8th graders are proficient in history Speaking of education, the National Center for Education Statistics released its report card for U.S. public school students. Only 13% of eighth graders are proficient in U.S. history, down from 14% in 2018 but unchanged compared to 1994. Twenty percent of eighth graders were proficient in civics, down from 21% in 2018. The percentage of students who perform below the basic level in both subjects has only been increasing in recent years. Last year, the Nation's Report Card found similar declines in reading and math scores for middle schoolers. These declines came during COVID-19 restrictions on in-person learning. 500,000 fewer Southern Baptists Lifeway Research released data on the Southern Baptist Convention yesterday. The denomination experienced increased baptisms, giving, and in-person worship attendance last year. However, the overall membership of the SBC declined by nearly half a million people last year to 13.2 million members. That's the largest drop in membership in over 100 years. Scott McConnell with Lifeway Research said, “Much of the downward movement we are seeing in membership reflects people who stopped participating in an individual congregation years ago and the record keeping is finally catching up.” 40 Days for Life saved 680 babies And finally, 40 Days for Life reports their latest campaign saved 680 babies from abortion. Pro-life The prayer initiative ran from February 22 to April 2 in cities around the world. Pro-life Christians stand outside abortion mills, during that time period, pray for the women walking past, and encourage them to choose life. Shawn Carney with 40 Days for Life tweeted, “The first two 40 Days for Life campaigns following the overturning of Roe vs Wade were the largest EVER. We gained US cities despite losing some because the abortion facility closed. Another example that pro-lifers aren't going away.” Since it began in 2007, 40 Days for Life has helped save 23,000 babies saved from abortion, closed 138 abortion mills, and prompted 200 abortion workers to quit their jobs. Praise God! Proverbs 24:11 says, “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.” Close And that's The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Wednesday, May 10th in the year of our Lord 2023. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I'm Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.
The World Health Organization recently declared COVID-19 to no longer be a health emergency. Was the pandemic handled correctly or was it a crime story where certain people should stand trial for crimes against humanity? The pandemic was used as an excuse to push through reforms of food, identity and monetary systems, as well as advance “green” agendas that centralize both global and national power. Our world has not returned to “normal” and while the transformation remains in place, the Great Reset's war for control of the world is becoming more evident. Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis talks with Dr. Rena Salyer about HARD BOILED - CORONA: A CRIME STORY. #GroundZero #ClydeLewis #Covid19 #Pandemic https://groundzeromedia.org/5-9-23-hard-boiled-corona-a.../ Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis is live M-F from 7-10pm, pacific time, and streamed for free at groundzero.radio and talkstreamlive.com. There is a delayed broadcast on our local Portland radio station, KPAM 860, from 9pm-12am, pacific time. To leave a message, call our toll-free line at 866-536-7469. To listen by phone: 717-734-6922. To call the live show: 503-225-0860. For Android and iPhones, download the Paranormal Radio app. The transcript of each episode will be posted after the show on our website at groundzeromedia.org. In order to access Ground Zero's exclusive digital library which includes webinars, archived shows/podcasts, research groups, videos, documents, and more, you need to sign up at aftermath.media. Subscriptions start at $7/month. Check out the yearly specials!
In the last month, the eyes of the international community have largely turned to Sudan, a North African country where political tensions have escalated into full-blown violence.The conflict is swiftly resulting in a large-scale refugee emergency as tens of thousands of Sudanese flee the country amid what looks to be a burgeoning civil war. Experts are calling it a rapidly developing humanitarian crisis.In this episode, Emma speaks with University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies professors Gary Grappo and Chen Reis about how Americans deal with diplomatic officials in war zones and about how humanitarian aid can make a difference in the developing crisis.Gary Grappo is a Distinguished Fellow and adjunct faculty at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies. He is a career diplomat and former United States Ambassador to Oman. Grappo served all over the world, in countries from Nicaragua to Portugal to Saudi Arabia. He is also the founder and CEO of Equilibrium International Consulting, which “offers in-depth knowledge and real-world experience in and expertise on the Middle East to analyze, offer guidance and advice, write and speak on the region and other parts of the world.”Chen Reis is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of the Humanitarian Assistance program, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Prior to joining Korbel in Fall of 2011 she was a Technical Officer focusing on a range of humanitarian policy and practice issues at the World Health Organization, Geneva Switzerland (2004-2011). From 2001-2004 she was a Senior Research Associate with Physicians for Human Rights USA. She is the author of numerous articles, reports and book chapters. Dr. Reis is an internationally recognized expert on issues related to sexual violence in humanitarian crises and has advised governments and organizations on responses to gender-based violence.
In this episode we explore the multifaceted history of global health and how the narratives borne out of colonization, geopolitical events, and national ownership of public health inform policy and practices today. Among the narratives is that of the World Health Organization, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Host Garry Aslanyan navigates global health history with two guests. Sanjoy Bhattacharya considers the decolonization of global health and the democratic founding of WHO, which holds great promise for WHO's future. Anne-Emanuelle Birn speaks about the evolution of global health and the rise of other key players that are shaping the health agenda. This is the first of our history matters episodes that we will bring to you during this season of Global Health Matters.Subscribe to the Global Health Matters podcast newsletter. Follow @TDRnews on Twitter, TDR on LinkedIn and @ghm_podcast on Instagram for updates. Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the Global Health Matters podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of TDR or the World Health Organization All content © 2023 Global Health Matters.
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On today's Daily Signal Top News, we break down: The COVID-19 emergency is over, according to the World Health Organization. The U.S. economy added 253,000 jobs in April while the unemployment rate dropped to 3.4%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. A 7th grade student is not backing down after receiving pushback for […]
Cynthia Germanotta is a change-agent working to change the stigma around mental health, particularly youth mental health. After working for years as a telecommunications executive, she co-founded the Born This Way Foundation with her famous daughter, Lady Gaga, where she is currently serving as President. The Born This Way Foundation seeks to build a kinder, braver world. They support teenagers struggling with their mental health journey by conducting research, funding mental health-focused projects in the classroom, organizing service events, and many other projects. On behalf of the Foundation, Germanotta has done service work to destigmatize the mental health situation in this country, including speaking at the United Nations. She is also the World Health Organization's Goodwill Ambassador for mental health, and serves in leadership roles in various women's empowerment organizations.In addition to being an advocate, Germanotta also owns an Italian restaurant, Joanne Trattoria in New York City.Follow To Dine For:Official Website: ToDineForTV.comFacebook: Facebook.com/ToDineForTVInstagram: @ToDineForTVTwitter: @KateSullivanTVEmail: ToDineForTV@gmail.com Thank You to our Sponsors!MastercardAmerican National InsuranceTerlato Wine Group Follow Our Guest:Official Site: BornThisWay.FoundationInstagram: @MomGermTwitter: @MomGerm Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Today, 10MM working mothers in the U.S. alone are suffering from burnout, and in silence. In 2019, the World Health Organization officially included burnout as an occupational syndrome and an estimated that 1 in 3 people are affected by work-related stress, making it a significant health concern. What is going on?Burnout is a pervasive issue affecting more people today than ever before due to a combination of factors such as intense work culture, our "always-on" digital connectivity, uncertainty about the world and economic affairs, heighten stress, and lack of self-care. Dr. Oma Agbai, a Board-Certified Dermatologist, a Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Director of Multicultural Dermatology and Hair Loss Disorders at UC Davis, and Tedx Speaker, shares her personal story of how she overcame burnout by connecting with her higher purpose and implementing her three-step system. She passionately states that aligning with our highest purpose can be the antidote to burnout. Listen to the full episode to discover the early signs of burnout and the 3 step system to prevent and overcome it, and even achieve your own breakthrough moment. Connect with Dr Oma Agbai here and you can follow her on Instagram here. Don't forget to follow P.S. Younger Self on Instagram here. And, you can find the host Chris Oh on Instagram here.
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Chelsea Clinton, though her family's health nonprofit, is working alongside the likes of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF in what she hopes will become “the largest childhood immunization effort ever.” That's why the Clinton Health Access Initiative and like-minded organizations will be working with the WHO to bridge the gap, in an effort dubbed The Big Catch-Up, Clinton said Tuesday at Fortune's Brainstorm Health conference in Marina del Rey, Calif. Lol, silly human, and you thought the forced injections were all over, didn't you? They're coming for your children now. On this episode of the NTEB Prophecy News Podcast, millions of people across America and around the world have rightly and accurately rejected the COVID mRNA gene editing injection, and that's good news. But compare that to billions of people globally who took multiple rounds of it. The dramatic and sudden rise in heart issues, strokes, blood clots and all those who ‘died suddenly' speak for the results. Who do we see at the forefront of ‘The Big Catch-Up'? Oh, just the usual cast of characters who all hung out with Jeffrey Epstein on his pedophile island, these same people now want to ‘protect the children'. Is it just me, or is there something wrong with this picture? Massively wrong. Here on Day 1,148 of 15 Days To Flatten The Curve, the war still rages as the New World Order comes at it from a different angle. Will they succeed? On this episode of the Prophecy News Podcast, we give you a full breakdown of ‘the Big Catch-up' and all the rest of the end times shenanigans currently underway. TO THE FIGHT!!!
Guest: Dr. Fahad Razak, internist at St. Michael's Hospital After more than three years, the World Health Organization has declared that COVID-19 is over as a global health emergency. However, the organization also said the virus remains a threat and can still get people very sick. For many people, the pandemic has been “over” for a while but there are also plenty of people for whom the effects linger and that's something to remember as we navigate this next phase. This episode was produced by Brian Bradley, Paulo Marques and Raju Mudhar. Audio Sources: CBC and ABC
In this episode of ABL Live, we covered a variety of topics including the ongoing saga surrounding the death of Jordan Neely on the New York City subway, the continuing strike against Bud Light that has shifted to baseball parks, Tim Pool destroying Lance from The Serfs TV in a live discussion slash debate, the pro-trans activist in San Francisco screeching at the Board of Directors meeting, World Health Organization announcing a formal end to the C19 global emergency, a whistleblower announcing that there are FBI documents which implicate then-VP Joe Biden in a bribery scheme, hilarious video that has surfaced from the Donald Trump deposition, and much more!
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We devote the entire show this week to a Health Freedom Update, which includes news of a major takeover attempt of our global healthcare system that was thankfully defeated in April. In this episode, you'll discover:—What is "the greatest threat to health freedom" in the U.S. and in the world.—How the World Health Organization is pushing to be "the main determiner of your health and well-being and how you live."—The April 2023 attempt before The World Council For Health to implement a Chinese-style digitized health surveillance system that was defeated, but will be up for vote again in May 2024. —Why Dr. Prather says that "health is the vehicle" for those who want to "takeover and control your very life and death".—Where the World Health Organization gets their funding. —How the State of Florida has "without a doubt" done the most for Health Freedom. And why Dr. Prather says state-level action is the best way to ensure our health care freedoms.—Why Dr. Prather encourages listeners to join Stand For Health Freedom. —The role pharmaceutical companies play in politics and in media. And what Dr. Prather has to say about Fox News after they fired Tucker Carlson.—How the Biden Administration is "the antithesis of Health Freedom" and is "a complete disaster". And how the Democrats in favor of Health Freedom now have a candidate in Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—Why Structure-Function Health Care helps you to take control and responsibility over your own health instead of just sitting back and taking whatever pill is thrust upon you. http://www.TheVoiceOfHealthRadio.com
This week, the World Health Organization ended the global public health emergency it declared three years ago as COVID-19 spread around the world. Meanwhile, the U.S. public health emergency is set to end on Thursday, May 11. Katelyn Jetelina, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas, joins John Yang to discuss where the pandemic stands now and what we should be doing about it. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders
This week, the World Health Organization ended the global public health emergency it declared three years ago as COVID-19 spread around the world. Meanwhile, the U.S. public health emergency is set to end on Thursday, May 11. Katelyn Jetelina, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas, joins John Yang to discuss where the pandemic stands now and what we should be doing about it. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders
P.M. Edition for May 5. The Labor Department said U.S. employers added 253,000 jobs to the economy in April showing strong hiring despite a slowing economy. Heard on the Street Columnist Justin Lahart has more on the numbers. Plus, a major milestone: the World Health Organization declares the pandemic emergency over. Health reporter Brianna Abbott reports. Annmarie Fertoli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On today's Daily Signal Top News, we break down: The COVID-19 emergency is over, according to the World Health Organization. The U.S. economy added 253,000 jobs in April while the unemployment rate dropped to 3.4%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. A 7th grade student is not backing down after receiving pushback for wearing a t-shirt that said “There are only two genders.” More than a year after the leaked opinion of the Dobbs decision showed Roe v. Wade would be overturned, illegal protests outside the Supreme Court Justices' homes continue. Mary Margaret Olohan's article: https://www.dailysignal.com/2023/05/05/illegal-protesting-continues-homes-supreme-court-justices/ The Department of Health and Human Services has rescinded its effective demand that a Catholic hospital snuff out a candle it keeps burning in the chapel, a candle that HHS called a threat to hospital safety.Tyler O'Neil's article: https://www.dailysignal.com/2023/05/05/breaking-biden-administration-drops-bid-snuff-religious-freedom-catholic-hospital/Listen to other podcasts from The Daily Signal: https://www.dailysignal.com/podcasts/Get daily conservative news you can trust from our Morning Bell newsletter: DailySignal.com/morningbellsubscription Listen to more Heritage podcasts: https://www.heritage.org/podcastsSign up for The Agenda newsletter — the lowdown on top issues conservatives need to know about each week: https://www.heritage.org/agenda Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In our news wrap Friday, the World Health Organization declared an end to COVID-19 as a global emergency, Dr. Rochelle Walensky is stepping down as director of the CDC after two years, the head of Russia's Wagner Group mercenaries threatened to pull out of Bakhmut saying they have been starved of ammunition and the two warring sides in Sudan sent envoys to Saudi Arabia for ceasefire talks. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders
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World Health Organization says COVID-19 is no longer a health emergency. California state assemblymember Matt Haney announces new legislation allowing mobile pharmacies to dispense medications used to treat opioid addiction. Calls for justice mount for the black trans man killed by a Walgreens security guard in San Francisco last week. Foreign policy think tank discusses what the end of the war in Ukraine might look like. The post The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays – May 5, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.
The World Health Organization made it official today: It is ending the emergency it declared for the coronavirus pandemic more than 3 years ago. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The chorus is getting louder and louder by the day for Senator Dianne Feinstein to resign. The New York Times even weighing in now. We go In Depth. The World Health Organization takes a major step in the COVID crisis. The parties are already starting in the UK ahead of its first coronation in 70 years. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices