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Real Terrorists/Solutions For the Homeless

Ralph talks about the “real terrorists” in our midst – killer germs – with Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center For Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.  And then Brian Carome, executive director of Street Sense Media, tells us how his organization is helping the homeless in the Washington DC area.

Dr. Michael Osterholm is a professor and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of the 2017 book, “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs in which he not only details the most pressing infectious disease threats of our day but lays out a nine-point strategy on how to address them, with preventing a global flu pandemic at the top of the list.  His recent op-ed in the New York Times is entitled We’re not Ready For a Flu Pandemic.”

“I have raised from the beginning on the public health budget: this is about national security.  Whether a bomb comes lands somewhere in our country or bullets kill our troops or land mines, you know, infectious agents are much more efficient at it and can do it overnight. And we see that.  And in a sense this is about national security…  We need a moonshot approach on this flu vaccine, because again, the cost of even one pandemic will be so substantial any investment we make on this will be pennies on the dollar in savings.”  Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Brian Carome is the executive director of Street Sense, whose mission it is to end homelessness in Washington DC by providing jobs, training and other services to the area’s homeless population. Previously he served as Executive Director at Housing Opportunities for WomenProject Northstar and A-SPAN. Additionally, he worked at New Hope HousingSasha Bruce Youthwork, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and the Father McKenna Center.

“We kind of have a two-fold mission. One is we provide both opportunities for employment and income earning opportunities to men and women, who at some point in their life have experienced homelessness.  We also provide them with platforms for self-expression, which I think many of us just take for granted. But these are folks who are far too often left out of the conversation when it comes to public policy in our country.  The second half of our mission is to educate the public, to give them a first hand look at the issue of homelessness, who it’s affecting, how it’s affecting them, and shining some lights on solutions as well.” Brian Carome, Executive Director of Street Sense Media


  1. antigone kunz says:

    Reducing the question of our immunsystem on the vaccine is very shortsighted. Health and hand in hand our immunsystem i a complexe interaction between humans, our fellowbeings and our sourroudnings. it has always a social and a political dimension. It is also directly correlated with our immuncompetent systems the respiratory-, the digestivsystem and our skin. Viruses on the other hand shouldn’t be threatend like ennemies, all microorganism have their own place and function in the big web of life and big evolutioninhancer. There are more possibilites to stay healthy than more chemicals and mor vaccines. this is the corporative approacht to health and is only one of many.

  2. Although ALL of Nader’s radio program segments are well worth listening to more than once.
    However, this program dated 2/10/18 is a repeat of a former program. Would be useful to know if a
    NEW PROGRAM will be available this week. https://www.ralphnaderradiohour.com/real-terrorists-solutions-for-the-homeless/

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  3. Donald Klepack says:

    great show as always. The rap-up was even better. like the idea of worst is 1st and best is last – BTW Alternative source of electric power is 15% and growing see https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=427&t=3 – interesting coal dropped to 2nd place 30% Natural gas is 1st 33%

  4. Lucas says:

    Thank you for the show.
    On the subject of vaccines, I would be interested in Ralph’s thoughts on vaccine manufacturers having been granted immunity from liability for damages their products cause while there is a concomitant push for subverting parental rights and informed consent in mandating one size fits all vaccine policy for school children without religious or philosophical exemption. Why is this a tolerable arrangement?
    Also, this program mentions CDC as if it is some unbiased government agency, but that is unfortunately not the case. The corruption at that agency has been well documented. Robert F Kennedy Jr could speak to this in great detail. I would be very interested to hear a conversation with Ralph and him, as this is of just as much importance as infectious disease epidemics.

    • Holly says:

      Thank you Lucas. The 1986 Vaccine Injury Compensation Program guarantees profits for manufacturers with no risk of liability; it needs to be eliminated. The CDC vaccine schedule has never been tested for safety and grows every year. For years, I have implored Ralph to interview Louise Kuo Habakus, Stanford graduate and Mary Holland, New York University research scholar and law professor authors of “Vaccine Epidemic” or 30+ year vaccine safety watchdog, Barbara Loe Fisher from the National Vaccine Information Center.

      • Eric Zsebenyi says:

        Hi Holly,

        Has Ralph commented on why he won’t do a show on vaccine safety? What is his position?

        I recently sent him a show request on this topic.

        I hadn’t heard of the book Vaccine Epidemic and its authors until I saw your comment, while I was looking for a written statement expressing Ralph Nader’s view; I was completely shocked not to find one!

        Thanks very much for your comments, sorry to be commenting on them over a year later.

  5. While human ingenuity is incited by the overwhelming presences of the Real world microscopic Terrorists; actual /Solutions have been repeatedly shown & introduced and still widely disparaged; as tho’ such essential provenance is deemed hyperbolicallly unreal -though verifiable.

    Something as inexpensive as a specially formulated Tea, specially prepared flakes, lozenges and drops can quickly impede the proliferation and spread of flu virsus’s. A minimal percentage of the money spent on lottery tickets, holidays, drugs, guns and other weapons; would easily further more wide usages and acquirement of the facilities and acreage needed for growth -locally- of some of the naturally occurring substances used successfully and safely for over a decade., stopping virus symptom growth often in less than two hours.

  6. Alby Steps says:

    Numerous varied essential crafts, Cooperative board & field games and other easily assembled items have been developed to improve leisure time and the lives and wellbeing of homeless persons; providing not only employment but indoor safe living space too. Residuals from Digital currency acquisitions and investments could quickly supply the resources needed

  7. Steve says:

    Hey boys, awesome show I listen to every episode. Anyways on one of your recent shows( and epically good episode) about drones buddy said there was a video, something like ” life of a drone” but I couldn’t make out the name of the site he said ? Did you guys ? . Also I forget which Co-host said that on iq squared debate the against side made a good argument against basic income with ” the numbers argument” is wrong lol they kept saying “the numbers don’t ad up” but went on to list no numbers ??? That argument was fluff lol . I think somebody was played.

  8. Steve says:

    * I meant especially good episode

  9. Gary says:

    I agree with Robert Dresdner (sp?) letter and I encourage you to do a show on Thorium nuclear power. A good resource is Kirk Sorensen. Thorium systems operate by circulating molten salt which remains liquid for about 1000 degrees centigrade unlike water which has a liquid range of 100 degrees. All three major nuclear accidents revolved around water/steam/hydrogen control issues. Thorium technology was originally developed at Oak Ridge, TN in the 1960’s. The process does not produce any weapons grade by-products which may have contributed to its early demise. It does produce rare-earth medical grade by-products.

    Kirk’s presentations are very engaging ~1hr presentations.


  10. Gary says:

    Here is a really good (and short!) Sorensen video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7baTdyHv8g

  11. peterringier says:

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  12. Mark Hughes says:

    Just wanted to come here and say this podcast, which is over 2.5 year ago at the time I write this, was incredibly prescient. Please have Dr. Osterholm back on as a follow-up to this episode. For those who can’t recall, the discussion revolves around just how unprepared we are for a pandemic. This is very much worth a re-listen.

    The fact we’ve been using WWII technology to develop vaccines is incredibly telling.

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