Boende Voices, The Peoples News
knee-high September 23, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate
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Native American Advocates Push Back Against Attacks on Tribal Lenders:
Native Americans are taking a stand on behalf of tribal lenders amid an onslaught from special interest organizations attempting to push these local businesses that serve an often neglected community out of business.
Genuine tribal businesses are entitled to “tribal immunity,” meaning they can’t be sued. If a payday lender can shield itself with tribal immunity, it can keep making loans with illegally-high interest rates without being held accountable for breaking state usury laws.
Appeals court appears skeptical of attack on tribal lending operation.
The federal appeals court in this southern capital city doesn’t hear from Indian Country often but it was hard to tell as a closely-watched tribal case came up for consideration https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.indianz.com/News/2019/05/08/appeals-court-appears-skeptical-of-attac.asp__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-EL1fd6Ii$
# Border / Immigration
Biden Slips Into Political Quicksand Amid Haitian Migrant Buildup. The president is bucking calls to stop deportations of Haitians even as his team expresses outrage over images of aggressive treatment by border agents.
Haitians who fled the US border are now facing nights of raids and terror in Mexico. One Haitian father, chased from the US border by dire conditions and the threat of deportation flights, defended his family from armed Mexican officials at a hotel in an early-morning standoff.
Border Patrol: Despite Mayorkas’ claims, 60% of migrants being released into U.S. communities https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://tylerpaper.com/news/texas/border-patrol-despite-mayorkas-claims-60-of-migrants-being-released-into-u-s-communities/article_a60b2285-eb73-5a25-920d-4919e6a89518.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-EHqWU8S3$
A US diplomat just wrote a blistering resignation letter over the “inhumane” treatment of Haitians. “Surging migration to our borders will only grow as we add to Haiti’s unacceptable misery.”
Wuhan Scientists Planned To Release “Chimeric Covid Spike Proteins” Into Bat Populations Using “Skin-Penetrating Nanoparticles”
Pandemic Aid Was Supposed to Go to Small Businesses, But Big Companies Cashed In. The government has often forgiven generous Paycheck Protection Program loans to corporations that may not have needed them to stay afloat.
Wuhan scientists planned to create chimeric viruses, genetically enhanced to infect humans more easily, and requested $14 million from DARPA https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.pressreader.com/canada/national-post-latest-edition/20210922/281865826613697__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-EM_jWd6F$
Chinese whistleblower claims first COVID outbreak was intentional and happened in October 2019 at Military World Games in Wuhan, two months before China notified the world about virus. Defector Wei Jingsheng said virus may have first spread at military tournament, reports emerged in October 2019 athletes at event fell ill with mystery sickness. Mr Jingsheng alleged China deliberately spread virus during Military Games https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.news18.com/news/world/first-covid-outbreak-intentional-took-place-in-wuhan-2-months-before-china-told-who-report-4238369.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-EFwt3q-j$
Ontario gov’t polls citizens on support for removing COVID-19 nonconformists from their homes. Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s chief pollster also asked citizens if they back ‘jailing those who spread disinformation about COVID-19.’
# Economy / Trade
Biden pushes Democrats to find consensus on budget package. Moderates discuss reducing size of $3.5 trillion social-welfare bill to below $3 trillion https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-calls-democrats-to-white-house-as-party-splinters-on-spending-plans-11632335527__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-ELKy1lbf$
Pelosi signals she won’t move $3.5 trillion bill without Senate-House deal.
Congressional standoff poses new risk to fragile recovery. If a shutdown and debt default take place, economists fear the U.S. could suffer a devastating setback in its grueling recovery from the pandemic.
# Education / Schools
U.S. shortages exacerbated by the effects of COVID-19: teachers, staff members such as tutors and aides, and school bus drivers. Without enough teachers, some districts have been forced to return to remote instruction for students.
Creating safer Texas schools: Top guidance from K-12 safety experts Experts warn we’ll see increased violence and mental health crises this year. Texas districts and K-12 safety experts share how schools can improve their safety initiatives.
Penn State University Suspends Students Who Failed to Get Weekly
COVID-19 Test. At Penn State University, 117 students have been placed on interim suspension for failure to comply with the university’s weekly
COVID-19 testing requirement.
‘Action could be taken’ against students using wrong pronouns at Point Park University. Point Park University students recently received an email outlining the school’s anti-discrimination policy, which states that ‘action could be taken’ if a complaint around ‘misgendering’ or ‘pronoun misuse’ is filed.
# Employment / Labor
During the pandemic, employers in the hospitality sector turned to the formerly incarcerated to fill jobs. To achieve long-term success, these employees need vast support networks and help bridging the digital divide.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Ghost forests creep up U.S. East Coast. New Jersey’s Atlantic white cedar forests are turning from green to a pale white, a sign of creeping sea levels and more frequent superstorms https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/ghost-forests-creep-up-us-east-coast/2966942/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-EFu7QnIQ$
# Food / GMOs / Chemicals / Other
UN Is Prioritizing Corporate Profiteers Over Global Hunger, Activists Say. The UN Food Systems Summit is facing fierce criticism for giving corporations an outsized role in framing its agenda.
# Gov / Politics
McConnell Talks About Ruining Biden, Manchin Is Doing It. Republicans have barely needed to lift a finger as large portions of Biden’s agenda have been shredded up on Capitol Hill.
George W. Bush to Headline Fundraiser for Liz Cheney https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.axios.com/george-w-bush-fundraiser-liz-cheney-3a187eee-64da-47b9-b504-197479037c59.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-EPHNbXyF$
United States of War: How AUKUS Nuclear Submarine Deal Could Inflame Tension, Provoke War with China. Criticism is growing of AUKUS, a new trilateral military partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States that the countries say is needed https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://freespeech.org/stories/aukus-criticism/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-EOlsKLER$
Are the Motives of War Profiteers Driving Us to the Brink of a New Cold War? The first Cold War made trillions for the war industry. Profiteers know a new Cold War with China would make many more.
Beto O’Rourke Says It’s “No Secret” He’s Thinking of Running for Governor. “Front and center in my consideration is just this: what it means for us to live in a democracy.”
Trump’s Plans for a Coup Are Now Public. Some of the plots to overturn the election happened in secret. But don’t forget the ones that unfolded in the open.
What to know about a potential government shutdown. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is expected to remind agencies to review plans for a potential shutdown, which will happen if Congress does not fund the government before the end of the month.
# Law Enforcement
The Mafia Finds a New Frontier for Crime: the Internet. European law enforcement recently arrested 106 individuals connected to the Mafia that were involved in cybercrimes—as well as some more traditional and violent felonies.
After months of back-and-forth discussions, lawmakers ended talks on federal police reform without reaching a compromise deal. Lead negotiators—Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Rep.
Karen Bass (D, CA-37)—said neither side could reach an agreement palatable to the other side’s caucus.
65% of San Diego’s police force might quit due to covid vaccine mandate.
When asked by the San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOA) how they would respond to a Covid-19 “vaccine” mandate, member officers overwhelmingly indicated that they plan to quit their jobs.
‘Blow his head off’: Supreme Court must strip federal agents of absolute immunity https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/todaysdebate/2021/09/23/supreme-court-immunity-federal-agents/5788487001/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-EEPQ7KiB$
Neighbors say they saw Brian Laundrie and his parents leave their Florida home with an attached camper after he returned from his trip with Gabby Petito https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.insider.com/neighbor-says-saw-brian-laundrie-parents-leave-home-with-camper-2021-9__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-EI8Umo4j$
An arrest warrant has been issued for Brian Laundrie, FBI says. Laundrie is wanted for “use of unauthorized access device” related to activities after the death of Petito, according to News Nation reporter Brian Entin. The warrant suggests the device is a Capitol One Bank debit card https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.deseret.com/u-s-world/2021/9/23/22690540/brian-laundrie-arrest-warrant-gabby-petito__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-EH6dNfTK$
# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Trumpworld’s Star Lawyers Exit as Storm Clouds Gather. Donald Trump and his inner circle face mounting legal troubles all while a number of the ex-president’s highest-profile lawyers have ejected from his orbit.
# Medical / Health
Biosimilar Drugs Are Cheaper Than Biologics. Are They Similar Enough to Switch? The U.S. has been slower to adopt biosimilar drugs since the first such medicine was approved in 2015. That’s partly because of concerns raised by patients like Moxley and their doctors, but also because brand-name biologics have kept biosimilars from entering the market.
Amid Staffing Crisis, 78% Of Nursing Homes Worry They’ll Have To Close https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.axios.com/nursing-homes-could-be-forced-to-close-if-staff-shortages-worsen-8987b27b-f711-415f-ae5b-a318f5140ca6.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-EPleiEPP$
Medicare Advantage Insurers Took Lion’s Share Of Payments, Probe Finds https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://khn.org/morning-breakout/20-medicare-advantage-insurers-took-lions-share-of-payments-probe-finds/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-ECcLeQ4Z$
Few Patients Receiving Alzheimer’s Drug; Some Hospitals Are Refusing It https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://khn.org/morning-breakout/few-patients-receiving-alzheimers-drug-some-hospitals-are-refusing-it/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-EHnuDqNZ$
Florida Republican Proposes Texas-Style Anti-Abortion Law. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has described the Texas law as an “interesting” way to block abortion access. The bill, which is filed for consideration during the legislative session that will start in January, mirrors a new Texas law that bans almost all abortions.
Sinema Opposes Drug Bills After Receiving $750,000 in Donations From Big Pharma. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is rejecting a drug-pricing proposal supported by nearly 90 percent of voters.
Manchin received large campaign contributions from daughter’s company amid EpiPen scandal. Manchin’s daughter, Heather Bresch, was the president and chief executive officer of Mylan Inc., a pharmaceutical company that specialized in generic drugs. The company raised the price of a two-pack of EpiPen from around $124 dollars in 2009 to $609 in 2016.
Letting the government negotiate drug prices won’t hurt innovation.
According to OpenSecrets, pharmaceutical and health-products industries spent $309 million on lobbying in 2020, placing it at No. 1 in lobbying expenditures among industry groups — with double the spending of the No.
Big Pharma, medical firms donated $750K to Kyrsten Sinema, then she opposed drug bill https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.salon.com/2021/09/23/big-pharma-firms-donated-750k-to-kyrsten-sinema–then-she-opposed-bill/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!k7oMIRu_R2hvwzd_le6BAkRzsqpdLMavo1lmHEJCwehv8IE62123PFEKKiw-ENT1hxpc$
Scientists use lasers to cook 3D-printed chicken. The laser-boiled chicken samples remained moist and tasty, according to the researchers.
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