New York City public transportation board to formally ban ‘pooping’ on subways and in buses

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NEW YORK CITY, NY- The New York City subway board will soon vote on whether to officially ban pooping on the city’s public transportation amid continued coronavirus concerns. 

According to reports, crews have stated that they are spending more time cleaning subway cars due to a recent “spike” in “soiled” subways. Allegedly, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said that they already have a policy that bans pooping on public transportation.

However, it refers to creating an “unsanitary condition” and not to defecation specifically. The dirty deed is already barred under current rules, which subject any ride to a $100 fine for:

“Creating a nuisance, hazard, or unsanitary condition, including but not limited to spitting or urinating.”

The plan is to change the rule to specifically add “defecating” to the list of bodily expulsions. According to reports, complaints of “soiled” subway trains surged back in 2019. At the time, the agency insisted that the increase in reports of disgusting subway cars was the result of more vigilant rides, not worsening conditions.

However, transit workers have long complained of the overly dirty conditions on the trains. In fall 2019, Transport Workers Union Local 100 launched a “Trash Train” photo contest to highlight the filth and protest cuts to cleaning crews. MTA spokesman Tim Minton said in a recent statement:

“MTA rules are periodically tweaked to enhance clarity and that’s the case with the addition of more descriptive language.”

He added:

“Ensuring the transportation system provides an appropriate quality of life experience for our workforce and customers is a guiding principle and a top priority.”

The poop ban is included in a host of new, “temporary” emergency rules issued back in April in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the rules include requiring riders to exit subway cars at the end of the line, banning people from lingering in subway stations for more than an hour, and barring riders from bringing large shopping cars on trains.

In April 2020, a new study argued that city subways and buses were a major “disseminator” of the coronavirus in the Big Apple. The study, conducted by MIT economics professor and physician, Jeffrey Harris, points to a parallel between high ridership and the rapid, exponential surge in infection in the first two weeks of March.

During that time, the subways were still packed with up to 5 million riders per day as well as between turnstile entries and virus hotspots. Harris wrote:

“New York City’s multitentacled subway system was a major disseminator, if not the principal transmission vehicle of coronavirus infection during the initial takeoff of the massive pandemic.”

Of course the study cannot itself answer the question of causation, but Harris said that the conditions of a typical subway car or bus match up with the current understanding of how the virus spreads. He wrote:

“We know that close contact in subways is fully consistent with the spread of coronavirus, either by inhalable droplets or residual fomites left on railings, pivoted grab handles, and those smooth, metallic, vertical poles that everyone shares.”

MTA chairman Pat Foye called the study “flawed” and noted that Governor Andrew Cuomo closed all non-essential businesses on March 20th. He said in a statement:

“Social density was a result of many factors, business, restaurants, bars, Madison Square Garden, sports arenas, concerts, and the things that make New York happen.”

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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about the Big Apple and the impact of COVID-19:

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Concerns have been accumulating after reports indicate that New York City tallied an additional 3,700 fatalities that health officials were listing COVID-19 as the cause of death.

These concerns are stemming from the fact that the added 3,700 deaths had reportedly never been tested for COVID-19; they were simply presumed to have passed from the virus.

The death toll attributed to the virus exceeded 10,000 in New York City as of April 14th, namely due to a sudden near-4,000 death added to the count.

The updated numbers were referred to as a “revised count” by the New York Times.

Due to the addition of the presumed fatalities, data representative of COVID-19’s effect on the United States seemingly increased the death count by 17%,  attributing more than 26,000 deaths in the country due to the virus. Yet, the notion of presumed deaths is worrisome to certain folks, and with good reason, too.

Many people are well aware that COVID-19 carries a lot of similarities of symptoms to numerous other ailments that can cause someone to pass away unexpectedly.

When looking at what the CDC states are the symptoms, one can understand why people are concerned about undiagnosed deaths being called COVID-19:

“Typical COVID-19 signs and symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath; potential atypical symptoms assessed included sore throat, chills, increased confusion, rhinorrhea or nasal congestion, myalgia, dizziness, malaise, headache, nausea, and diarrhea.”

Some of these listed symptoms can be attributed to cases of the flu and pneumonia, as well as several other potentially fatal ailments.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary Freddi Goldstein stated the following about the change in recording COVID-19 deaths:

“In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives. As soon as the issue was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data.”

However, it’s unclear how guessing a cause of death would save lives.

Dr. Anthony Fauci (and others) likened sketchy death-rates from COVID-19 as those harboring “conspiracy theories.”

However, it’s hardly fair to broad-brush those simply concerned and asking questions.

You know what doesn’t help in all this? Blatant fake news. 

Not editorials, or speculation, but flat-out nonsense being spread by “reputable” sources. 

If CBS News could wear pants, then they’d be on fire. It seems as though they keep getting caught using hospital footage from Italy, while describing instances ongoing within hospitals here in the states.

It’s almost as if CBS News was more interested in spreading fear rather than the actual news.

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It all started back on March 22nd when CBS News was detailing developments related to COVID-19 in New York, while simultaneously showcasing hospital footage from Italy. The footage was used in concurrence while describing New York City hospitals to be specific.

Nearly anyone could see how that would be extremely misleading to say the least. Well, turns out some savvy viewers caught the misleading footage and called CBS News out on it.

 

https://twitter.com/alx/status/1244708919341088771

According to CBS News, they responded to the footage snafu with the following:

“It was an editing mistake. We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows.”

Last time I checked, an editing mistake is when someone forgets to mute an expletive on an FCC mandated airwave. Using footage from an Italian hospital, while reporting on NYC hospitals seems a little suspect.

It gets better though.

Days later after being called out, they were caught again using the same exact Italian hospital footage while reporting on the pandemic with regard to Pennsylvania.

https://twitter.com/alx/status/1247949703146278914

Oh, CBS just can’t stop bringing the fake news.

They’re not only using footage from abroad to describe U.S. based hospitals, but they also posted a video testimony from a nurse sobbing about how her hospital wouldn’t let them wear, or even provide, N95 masks in the COVID-19 ICU.

During this attempt at a raw testimonial, former nurse Imaris Vera stated:

“I quit my job today. I went into work and I was assigned to a COVID patient on [sic] an ICU unit that has been converted to a designated COVID unit.

None of the nurses are wearing masks, not even surgical masks in the hallways when they’re giving reports to each other. I had my own N95 mask.”

Through teary eyes, Vera then says:

“I told my manager, I understand we’re short on supplies, but let me protect myself. Let me feel safe.”

Guess what?

The nurse was caught lying. Unfortunately, not until after the video was viewed millions of times.

Individuals in the comments section from the Twitter-posted video knew there was something fishy before CBS News issued a correction of sorts.

You know it’s getting bad when people who are meant to consume media can tell when something seems off.

Because, to be frank, who would honestly believe that a hospital would not allow, or provide, someone to wear PPE while working in an ICU?

Did they remove the video though? Nope, they left their fake news up there.

CBS News simply stated the following underneath the video:

“Imaris Vera, the nurse in this video, clarified her experience on Monday in a tweet: ‘We were each assigned 1 N95 per 1 covid patient’s room but was not allowed to wear it outside of the room, wear our own N95 mask around the Nurses station or Halls, which I came prepared with.’”

Seems as though they were just too thirsty for a headline of doom and gloom.

If they’d looked into Vera’s other social media posts, they would have seen that maybe…she’s a little off.

Internet sleuths didn’t take long to find video posts of Vera’s strange rantings weeks prior to her tear-jerking video.

Of course, Vera has since deleted her social media accounts.

Even the presidential dropout Bernie Sanders shared Vera’s fake account of the hospital ICU, with the statement of outrage to accompany it:

“It is insane that our nurses are being forced to care for the sick without masks and respirators. The Department of Labor must immediately issue emergency workplace standards to protect our health workers, their families, and their patients.”

Between hospital footage being used incorrectly and very deceptively, and sharing false accounts of the state of affairs for nurses working in hospital ICUs, CBS News reigns supreme in the mainstream phony corona-coverage.

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