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concretely July 30, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate
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Outrage Grows After Deputies Beat Native American Man, Kill His Dog. The disturbing encounter, captured in bystander video and body cam footage released by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, has sparked outrage and divided residents in Bishop, a city of about 3,700 people near the Nevada border.
Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/565570-haaland-native-american-leaders-press-for-greater-indigenous
Will a Native-led initiative spur an agricultural revolution in rural Alaska? A grassroots project to build biomass-heated greenhouses aims to alleviate food insecurity in the communities most affected by it.
Lawmakers consider withholding housing funds from tribes that discriminate against descendants of enslaved people.
# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Recalled: Another Sunshine Mills Recall; 6 Dog Food Brands Involved.
Concerns about aflatoxin levels have prompted yet another Sunshine Mills dog food recall involving Triumph, Evolve and other brands.
# Border / Immigration
House OK’s hiring illegal migrants on staff, fattens budget 21%
There will be no new immigration law under Biden, unless he changes course https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/552578-there-will-be-no-new-immigration-law-under-biden-unless-he-changes-course
Texas order on COVID-carrying migrants will be met by legal action, AG Garland says. Wednesday, Abbott issued an executive order restricting ground transportation of migrants “who pose a risk of carrying Covid-19 into Texas communities” and directing Texas Department of Public Safety to stop any vehicle it finds suspicious https://www.kake.com/story/44413107/attorney-general-merrick-garland-threatens-to-sue-texas-over-governors-order-targeting-migrants
Immigration: Biden tells lawmakers he’ll push for pathway to citizenship for millions in sweeping economic package https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/immigration-biden-tells-lawmakers-he-ll-push-for-pathway-to-citizenship-for-millions-in-sweeping-economic-package/ar-AAMIXTK?ocid=winp1taskbar
Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security initiative rolls out with confusion, missteps and a whole lot of state troopers in Val Verde County. The governor’s decision to go all in on border security is evolving rapidly, and many of those on the ground don’t know how it’s going to work.
“On a crash course”: Texas hospitals brace for another COVID-19 surge as delta variant burns through unvaccinated communities. Hospital officials worry that “staggering and frightening” hospitalization rates will push facilities to capacity at a time when staffing is short and workers are exhausted.
What you need to know about the latest COVID-19 surge and how to stay safe
COVID-19 cases have been increasing in Texas and nationally, mostly among unvaccinated people, as the highly contagious delta variant has become dominant.
Vaccine makers are asked to expand safety studies on children
Rising number of children struggle with COVID’s effects, especially in Black and Latino communities https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/rising-number-of-children-have-long-haul-covid-especially-in-black-and-latino-communities
# Economy / Trade
Some Americans are being sent a bonus fourth stimulus check, which could be valued at up to an additional $1,000. These are the Americans on track for another stimulus check https://www.fool.com/the-ascent/personal-finance/articles/heres-why-some-people-are-being-sent-a-bonus-1000-stimulus-check/
Congressional proposal would limit when retirees must return pension overpayments. Retirement legislation pending in Congress would prohibit plans from seeking to recoup overpayments if the first instance occurred more than three years earlier.
Biden Announces New Federal COVID Mandates https://www.democracynow.org/2021/7/30/headlines/biden_announces_new_federal_covid_mandates
# Education / Schools
Judges Rule in Favor of a School’s Use of Shock Therapy That UN Calls Torture A private school is once again allowed to use shock therapy on students with developmental and emotional disabilities.
# Employment / Labor
Canada’s sweeping closures of Pacific coast salmon fisheries leave workers reeling https://nativenewspost.com/news/health/canadas-sweeping-closures-of-pacific-coast-salmon-fisheries-leave-workers-reeling-the-narwhal/
Why America needs union workers to drive the success of a national infrastructure program. Only America’s union workers have the skills and passion necessary to deliver historic, top-quality returns on the nation’s infrastructure investments.
# Environment / Climate / Interior
B.C.’s rare inland rainforest at risk of collapse, international scientists warn in new study https://usnewsmail.com/news/health/b-c-s-rare-inland-rainforest-at-risk-of-collapse-international-scientists-warn-in-new-study-the-narwhal/
What’s in the new infrastructure bill – and why it’s a big deal. The bill would genuinely impact many people’s lives.
Seattle’s River of the Damned: How dams on the Skagit River impact the survival of salmon and the whales that eat them.
Exxon-Influenced Senators Carved Climate Out of Infrastructure Almost Entirely The latest infrastructure negotiations cut about $29 billion from the previous draft, taking most from climate funding.
# Food / GMOs / Chemicals / Other
Bayer to replace glyphosate from US lawn products by 2023: German chemical company Bayer A.G. announced Thursday that it would replace the herbicide glyphosate from all lawn and garden products https://www.ehn.org/glyphosate-monsanto-bayer-2654266621.html
# Global Politics and other news
China State Media Accuses Biden of Threatening War, Seeks Ability to ‘Eliminate’ U.S. Forces https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3980343/posts
Armenia seeks Russian forces on Azerbaijan border amid tensions. PM Nikol Pashinyan says the move would allow border demarcation to be carried out without the risk of military clashes.
# Gov / Politics
Biden orders federal workers, contractors to get vaccinated or submit to testing https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/overnights/565555-overnight-health-care-biden-tells-federal-workers-get-vaccinated
Speaker directs Capitol Police to arrest staff, visitors and report lawmakers who refuse to wear masks https://thehill.com/homenews/house/565450-capitol-police-asked-to-arrest-the-maskless
Biden’s defense budget seeks greater China deterrence and nuclear funding https://www.reuters.com/world/us/bidens-defense-budget-seeks-greater-china-deterrence-nuclear-funding-2021-05-27/
Congress moves to reclaim its war powers. Whether this bill passes as is, or with significant changes, or not at all, its proposal signals an effort by lawmakers to reclaim power over military action and spending that Congress has gradually surrendered over decades.
Sheila Jackson Lee is third Black lawmaker to be arrested during voting rights protests. “Any action that is a peaceful action of civil disobedience is worthy and more, to push all of us to do better,”
Jackson said of her arrest in a video later posted to Twitter.
Fitch Solutions: We are walking into a new cold war as U.S.-China tensions persist. Investors can focus on 3 areas amid China’s regulatory uncertainty, says Fitch Solutions https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/30/fitch-solutions-how-investors-can-position-portfolios-amid-china-crackdown.html
‘Industrial Policy’ Is Back: The West Dusts off Old Idea to Counter China
Let’s Be Clear: Biden’s Confusing the Sh*t Out of America. Just imagine the toll this takes on people who were already predisposed to distrust the experts on things like, I don’t know, whether to get vaccinated.
# Law Enforcement
Violent arrest of Black man angers Colorado community. A video showing a police officer pistol-whipping and choking a Black man during an arrest in a Denver suburb has reignited anger over policing in the community https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/violent-arrest-of-black-man-angers-colorado-community/vi-AAMHwIY?ocid=winp1taskbar
Colorado police officer arrested after beating and choking of unarmed man. The footage shows the officers brutalizing Vinson, who cooperated with officers and repeatedly told them they had the wrong person. One officer, named John Haubert, threatened to shoot Vinson and hit him with a pistol multiple times, leaving him bloodied and bruised.
Toying With Treason: A short history of Republicans’ long history of selling out the U.S. to help them win the White House https://prospect.org/politics/altercation-toying-with-treason/
# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Trump inaugural committee chairman, charged with illegal lobbying effort, ordered released on $250M bond https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/07/23/trump-ally-charged-illegal-lobbying-ordered-released-250-m-bond/8074860002/
Mosquitoes Use 6 Needles To Suck Your Blood http://1funny.com/how-mosquitoes-use-six-needles-to-suck-your-blood/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=getresponse&utm_content=What+It+Was+Like+to+Be+a+Wild+West+Cowboy&utm_campaign=1Funny.com+Newsletter
What the Pegasus Project has revealed about the rise of for profit surveillance. For journalists and activists what we’ve learned about Pegasus has created new doubts about security.
More than 600,000 Texans are scrambling to find rental assistance at the local or state level as the federal moratorium on evictions comes to an end Saturday.
The flood of fentanyl devastating communities across the Midwest and Northeast is spilling into Texas. But as this newest drug crisis worsens, experts say state and local health officials are failing to take key steps that could save Texans.
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