Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-21

Voices, The Peoples News

February 21, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration
Border Militias Set Up Fake Humanitarian Stations in the Desert to Trap Migrants Author Patrick Strickland discusses what it will take to resist far right militias and protect our communities.

# Covid / Pandemics
What science says about the future of COVID-19: There are possible ‘unknown unknowns’ that should concern us https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.pacificresearch.org/what-science-says-about-the-future-of-covid-19/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jD7x63UrRjd5oYr6qRbpwVQfC-9jAmZfhBptlan6sH4OP5L8QR2awQ47v3M1wcLtGWJT$

Flurona: How likely are you to get both COVID and the flu simultaneously? Influenza infections have increased at the same time that the omicron variant causes a fourth COVID wave, sparking “flurona”

An international team of researchers wants to find people who are genetically resistant to SARS-CoV-2, in the hope of developing new drugs and treatments.

Question the ‘lab leak’ theory but don’t call it a conspiracy: The lab-leak theory is plausible, and it is rational for scientific institutions to investigate closely, even if some of the people promoting the claim are irrational.

Here are arguments for and against getting your child immunized against COVID https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/02/21/here-are-arguments-for-and-against-getting-your-child-immunized-against-covid/?mc_cid=d9f07f341c&mc_eid=c87bac2a19__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jD7x63UrRjd5oYr6qRbpwVQfC-9jAmZfhBptlan6sH4OP5L8QR2awQ47v3M1wRrLze2A$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical NYC’s Big Clean Energy Plan Is Under Attack From One-Time Advocate.
Environmental group Riverkeeper initially supported a proposed 339-mile transmission line from Canada. It’s now asking regulators to reject the deal.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-18/champlain-hudson-power-express-plan-to-bring-hydro-power-to-nyc-faces-pushback*:*:text=NYC’s*20Big*20Clean*20Energy*20Plan,regulators*20to*20reject*20the*20deal__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!jD7x63UrRjd5oYr6qRbpwVQfC-9jAmZfhBptlan6sH4OP5L8QR2awQ47v3M1wd6hTgAJ$ .

One California biofuels company is giving its profit margins some gas — by switching its fuel source from landfill-derived methane emissions to a chemically identical byproduct of cattle excrement.  In making this choice, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has succeeded in boosting its earnings by millions of dollars overnight https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/equilibrium-sustainability/595216-equilibrium-sustainability__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jD7x63UrRjd5oYr6qRbpwVQfC-9jAmZfhBptlan6sH4OP5L8QR2awQ47v3M1wVQl0j8U$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals / Global ‘Cancel this project’: Price tag of Trans Mountain expansion nearly doubles. One campaigner called on Canada’s government to instead “put all of our energy and political will into a just transition that leaves fossil fuels in the ground and supports people, communities, and workers.”

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure A war to halt logging in Northern California reignites. Will it end differently this time?
Native American tribes indigenous to the area have joined the fray, demanding a say in the fate of their ancestral homeland.

Environmentalist delusions? Why ‘progressive’ opposition to nuclear energy and crop biotechnology are the biggest obstacles to addressing climate change.  They are sabotaged by a ruthless “elite minority that has a stranglehold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets.”

A 2016 peace treaty between Colombia’s government and leftist rebels has been bad news for the country’s forests — but in diverse ways and for diverse reasons, according to a new study.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other Mapping Contributions by Foundations to Anti-Biotechnology Advocacy
Groups: The impact of the financial relationships that fund the anti-GMO movement can be displayed in both list form and in network maps—we provide the data in both forms. The interactive network maps are composed of two major categories:
* Donor Foundations: Such as, Schmidt Family Foundation, Tides and Bloomberg
* Recipient Nonprofits: Such as, Friends of the Earth, US Right to Know and Sierra Club https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://anti-gmo-advocacy-funding-tracker.geneticliteracyproject.org/?mc_cid=7696c3c25e&mc_eid=c87bac2a19__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jD7x63UrRjd5oYr6qRbpwVQfC-9jAmZfhBptlan6sH4OP5L8QR2awQ47v3M1wTKR0JTs$
See Also: Human and Agriculture Gene Editing: Regulations and Index https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://crispr-gene-editing-regs-tracker.geneticliteracyproject.org/?mc_cid=7696c3c25e&mc_eid=c87bac2a19__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jD7x63UrRjd5oYr6qRbpwVQfC-9jAmZfhBptlan6sH4OP5L8QR2awQ47v3M1wc3T46L4$

# Gov / Politics
Election Workers Are in Crisis. Will Congress Actually Help? Election workers are under new threats. Protecting them might be the one national voting reform Congress enacts.

The Third Party: Our history is so steeped in a two-party political system it’s natural to assume that political parties are government entities. They aren’t. They are nonprofit corporations. And those two corporations have formed a cartel that shuts out competing parties.

The New Domestic Terrorist: The Government’s War on Thought Crimes and Truth-Tellers. The U.S. government, which speaks in a language of force, is afraid of its citizenry.

# Law Enforcement
3 Incarcerated Women Die of COVID After Requesting Compassionate Release https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://wvdn.com/25880/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jD7x63UrRjd5oYr6qRbpwVQfC-9jAmZfhBptlan6sH4OP5L8QR2awQ47v3M1wcZ-qnOi$

Prisoners Sought Compassionate Release. 98 Percent Were Denied. Wardens blocked bids for freedom as COVID-19 spread behind bars, data shows.

The most significant criminal justice policy changes from the COVID-19 pandemic. Which federal, state, and local policymakers have taken meaningful steps to protect people in prisons and jails from COVID-19, and what exactly did they do?

Prisoners Keep Dying of COVID While ‘Compassionate Releases’ Stall in Court At least 54 federal prisoners have died from COVID-19 after having a compassionate release request denied or left pending.

# Legal / DOJ
Federal Judge Says Trump May Be Held Liable for January 6 Insurrection:
According to the judge, there is clear evidence to suggest that Trump shared an “unlawful goal” with the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to disrupt the election certification, and sent the rioters in knowing they would commit acts of violence.

Former Minneapolis cop sentenced to prison after fatal shooting. “There is no cause for celebration: no one has won. We all have lost, none more than Daunte Wright and the people who love him.”

# Media
This MintPress study reveals that ninety percent of recent opinion articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal have taken a hawkish view on the Ukraine conflict written by pundits tied to the national security state promoting NATO as a defender of the free world & describe Putin as Hitler incarnate.

# Military / Global
[We must be educated about this conflict in the Ukraine .. so I’m leading with this …] The Crisis in Ukraine Is Not About Ukraine. It’s About Germany in particular, a pipeline that connects Germany to Russia called Nord Stream 2. The US Foreign Policy establishment is not happy about these developments.

The Nord Stream 2’s Role in the Ukraine Crisis: U.S. lawmakers worry the pipeline will strengthen Russia’s grip on the European energy market. As Western countries weigh potential sanctions against Moscow amid tensions with Ukraine, the future of the Nord Stream 2 natural-gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is in question. The uncertainty is having ripple effects on gas prices.

The dispute over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline: USA nor the European powers are willing to accommodate Russia’s demand for security guarantees and are recklessly heading for a third world war. There are fierce tensions within NATO over who bears the burden of the confrontation and who gets the spoils in the end.

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US: Extended Russian deployment part of invasion ‘playbook’: Russia on Sunday rescinded earlier pledges to pull tens of thousands of its troops back from Ukraine’s northern border, in a move that U.S. leaders warned put Russia another step closer to launching an invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian president is leveraging his country’s reconstituted military might to force the world to reckon with his demands after having complained for years that he was being ignored.

# Science
Ukrainian scientists fear for the future: As Ukraine braces for the possibility of an imminent invasion by Russia, several Ukrainian scientists have told Nature that they and their colleagues are taking measures to protect themselves and their work, including gathering items for self-defence and preparing to flee.

# Security
Calls to Reform the CIA Are Misplaced. It Shouldn’t Exist at All. New revelations about bulk surveillance of Americans are part of a pattern of abuse that dates to the CIA’s founding.

# Social
Rents reach ‘insane’ levels across US with no end in sight. According to Realtor.com, median rent rose an astounding 19.3% from December 2020 to December 2021 in the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S.

Biden’s real challenge is not Russia or China, but poverty in America:
Almost daily, headlines speak of hopeful numbers, sustainable growth, positive trends and constant gains. The reality on the ground, however, tells of something entirely different, which raises the questions: Are Americans being lied to? And for what purpose?

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-20

Voices, The Peoples News

February 20, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
‘It’s a powerful feeling’: the Indigenous American tribe helping to bring back buffalo.
The Rosebud Sioux nation in South Dakota aims to build the largest Indigenous owned herd to help food security and restore the land https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.pehalnews.in/its-a-powerful-feeling-the-indigenous-american-tribe-helping-to-bring-back-buffalo/1651982/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!meNc9GpXJ4qVQYTz5p8uglDpScKbMBKRsqKUP67eiLBGbCr_uWdP-CUOVOwMX9BaKTo5$

# Indigenous / Global
# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls Almost half of bald and golden eagles in the United States have lead poisoning. Pollution could hamper population growth. The study surveyed eagles in 38 states, whereas previous work focused on a single region or just a handful of states. “This really solid analysis allows us to look at the eagles’ entire range.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Texas Is the Country’s Clean Energy Leader, Almost in Spite of Itself.
The Lone Star State led the nation in new renewable energy capacity in 2021, and is poised to continue to be the leader.

High gas prices are a bad problem; suspending the gas tax is a bad
solution: The gas tax holiday is nothing more than a short-term gimmick that would benefit the interests of incumbent politicians running for reelection rather than benefit their constituents.

A federal permitting agency will take emissions, environmental justice into account.
FERC announced it would take greenhouse gas emissions and environmental justice concerns into account when it reviews natural gas projects.

# Environment / Climate / Global
Thawing permafrost can expose northerners to cancer-causing gas, study says. Radon is an odorless, tasteless gas that comes from the ground.
Thawing permafrost might be exposing people in northern Canada to higher levels of a naturally-occurring gas that causes lung cancer, says a new study out of the U.K.

Study suggests tropical forests can regenerate naturally, if we let them. A study carried out by scientists in 18 countries found tropical forests to be more resilient than once believed and largely capable of regeneration https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newswise.com/articles/researchers-if-left-alone-tropical-forests-can-recover-on-their-own-surprisingly-fast__;!!On18fmf1aQ!meNc9GpXJ4qVQYTz5p8uglDpScKbMBKRsqKUP67eiLBGbCr_uWdP-CUOVOwMXyR_GAfn$

Serious, salty trouble is brewing under Antarctic glaciers. Alarming new research suggests warm seawater is rushing under the ice, perhaps doubling the rate of melting.

A Florida Chemical Plant Has Fallen Behind in Its Pledge to Cut Emissions of a Potent Greenhouse Gas. Documents show that Ascend Performance Materials, the nation’s largest emitter of nitrous oxide, is still emitting significant amounts of the climate super-pollutant.

As temperatures rise, Antarctica is turning green: The Antarctic is warming and native vascular plants are spreading. But the warming could invite invasive species and disrupt the unique ecosystem. As the islands warm, plant life is spreading.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other Many countries received recalled infant formula linked to outbreak; one death under investigation: Recalls are being issued worldwide for powdered infant formula, including Similac, following the announcement of recalls in the United States and Canada. Those recalls include actions in Singapore and New Zealand and are related to an outbreak in the United States that has seen at least four children hospitalized. One death is being investigated https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-warns-consumers-not-use-certain-powdered-infant-formula-produced-abbott-nutritions-facility__;!!On18fmf1aQ!meNc9GpXJ4qVQYTz5p8uglDpScKbMBKRsqKUP67eiLBGbCr_uWdP-CUOVOwMX8ybAKj3$

A California Water Board Assures the Public that Oil Wastewater Is Safe for Irrigation, But Experts Say the Evidence Is Scant. Studies in Kern County, performed by oil industry consultants, cannot answer fundamental safety questions about irrigating crops with “produced water,” the board’s own panel of experts concedes.

# General Information / Other News
Police horses trample demonstrators at Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa.
Turns out the lasting image of the Freedom Convoy protest at Parliament Hill will not be bouncy castles but that of a woman with a walker being trampled by a police horse.

American truckers plan convoy to DC in protest of COVID-19 mandates. The move comes as Canadian truckers continue to protest COVID mandates in their country https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/us-organizers-plan-convoys-support-canadian-truckers-2022-02-11/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!meNc9GpXJ4qVQYTz5p8uglDpScKbMBKRsqKUP67eiLBGbCr_uWdP-CUOVOwMX_bVdSfw$

United States Truckers’ Support Group Makes Trip to Canadian Border With
Supplies: “Boots-on-the-Ground Support for Canada’s Freedom Fighters”

# Global Politics
Russia expels deputy US ambassador: The US is considering its response after Moscow showed senior diplomat Bart Gorman the door https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.reuters.com/world/russia-expels-uss-second-highest-official-embassy-moscow-us-state-department-2022-02-17/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!meNc9GpXJ4qVQYTz5p8uglDpScKbMBKRsqKUP67eiLBGbCr_uWdP-CUOVOwMX1g8IzY-$

Moscow responds to US ‘intelligence’ on Russian invasion: The Foreign Ministry has previously claimed February 15 will be remembered as the day Western ‘propaganda’ failed https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.rt.com/russia/549743-western-propaganda-media-fail/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!meNc9GpXJ4qVQYTz5p8uglDpScKbMBKRsqKUP67eiLBGbCr_uWdP-CUOVOwMXx6ppOjQ$

Preempting Putin: Washington’s campaign of intelligence disclosures is complicating Moscow’s plans for Ukraine https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2022/02/18/preempting-putin-washingtons-campaign-of-intelligence-disclosures-is-complicating-moscows-plans-for-ukraine/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!meNc9GpXJ4qVQYTz5p8uglDpScKbMBKRsqKUP67eiLBGbCr_uWdP-CUOVOwMXyA7p21Z$

Russian Duma asks Putin to recognize Ukrainian regions as independent:
Russian lawmakers have voted to ask President Vladimir Putin to recognize the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in Ukraine as independent nations.

What does Putin want in Ukraine? After months of military buildup and brinkmanship on Ukraine’s border, Russia is ratcheting up pressure on its ex-Soviet neighbor, threatening to destabilize Europe and draw in the United States.

G-7 countries call on Russia to choose diplomacy, ‘substantively’ reduce troops. The foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G-7) countries on Saturday issued a joint statement urging Russia to choose the path of diplomacy and “substantively withdraw” its troops near the Ukrainian border.

G7 Sees No Sign Of Reduced Russian Activity Near Ukraine https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-g7-russian-activity/31711734.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!meNc9GpXJ4qVQYTz5p8uglDpScKbMBKRsqKUP67eiLBGbCr_uWdP-CUOVOwMXxXpmYAs$

G7 nations express ‘grave concern’ over military build-up in Ukraine, warn Russia of ‘massive consequences’

Donbas leaders call for troop readiness; U.S. warns Russia moves toward attack https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2022/02/19/Russia-Ukraine-Donbas-troops/8791645278176/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!meNc9GpXJ4qVQYTz5p8uglDpScKbMBKRsqKUP67eiLBGbCr_uWdP-CUOVOwMX68q7Cgb$

# Gov / Politics
Democrats hit 30-year high for House retirements, a bleak benchmark reflecting frustrations with the gridlock on Capitol Hill, the toxicity of relations between the parties and the challenges facing Democrats as they fight to keep their slim majority in the lower chamber.

Joe Biden’s tone-deaf presidency: Biden’s seeming lack of awareness regarding the economic woes Americans are experiencing is bad enough.
But his refusal to chart a different economic course is downright disgraceful.

GOP senator faces challenge on Trump credentials: GOP Sen. John Boozman
(Ark.) voted with former President Trump more than 91 percent of the time and snapped up an early 2022 endorsement and a donation from his PAC.

# Legal / DOJ
Judge Rules Trump Must Face Jan. 6 Civil Suits, Slams Words As ‘Encouragement’ Of Violence. Trump’s actions on the day of the U.S.
Capitol riot are not protected as part of his official duties because they focused on his effort to keep power, the judge ruled.

Judge rules Oath Keepers leader must remain in jail ahead of seditious conspiracy trial. A federal judge on Friday ruled that Stewart Rhodes, the Oath Keepers leader charged with seditious conspiracy over the Jan.
6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, must remain in jail while awaiting trial.

Alleged Epstein Pimp Jean-Luc Brunel Found Hanged in Cell: The Frenchman was accused of procuring underage women for the late financier, who died the same way.

How Trump Said Too Much and Helped New York Investigators. Donald Trump couldn’t help himself, and in his boastful attempts to show that he knows everything, he managed to hand investigators exactly what they needed.

# Medical / Health Care
Sen. Ron Johnson Introduces Bill That Would Block Federal Agencies From Interfering With Doctors’ Right to Treat Patients. The bill is titled the “The Right to Treat Act” and would make it so no federal agency would have the authority to regulate the practice of medicine and that no federal law, rule, regulation, or policy would restrict the distribution of FDA approved drugs or a Right to Try drug.

CDC Admits PCR Tests Were Used to Harvest People’s DNA Without Consent.
Following a worrisome tweet from the CDC, another widely criticized so-called “conspiracy theory” has become reality: Covid-19 PCR tests have been forwarded to laboratories for mapping “genomic sequencing”
without consent.

In 2020, Kendra Riley and her husband Dave changed lives Search, Not one, but two of his three daughters were diagnosed with an incredibly rare and fatal disease called metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). MLD is a highly progressive and rare brain disease. The disease usually results in death by the age of six, But not before a long and terrible erosion of physical and mental abilities.

# Technology
Sustainable Future – Digital technology – Unlocking Future 1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning 2. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) 3. Edge Computing 4. Quantum Computing 5. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.simplilearn.com/top-technology-trends-and-jobs-article__;!!On18fmf1aQ!meNc9GpXJ4qVQYTz5p8uglDpScKbMBKRsqKUP67eiLBGbCr_uWdP-CUOVOwMXxsNUZHG$

# UFO’s
2022 could be a turning point in the study of UFOs: Interest in UFOs continues to grow, both among scientists and government officials. In 2021, there was an upsurge in peculiar sightings reported, thanks to people with smartphones or other video gear that captured these strange glimmers in the sky.

Disclosure or deception? New UFO Pentagon office divides believers: The U.S. government hasn’t comprehensively studied UFOs in decades — but not all ufologists are excited about a new Pentagon investigative office.

UFOs… whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, there is actually a mounting body of evidence regarding the UFO phenomenon that can no longer be ignored. If you look past all of the alien horror films, the fake blurry UFO videos, and the Ancient Aliens memes, you’d be surprised at how many former high ranking government officials, scientists, and military contractors believe that UFOs should be taken more seriously.

# Water
California Has Begun Managing Groundwater Under a New Law. Experts Aren’t Sure It’s Working. The amount of water pumped from underground vastly exceeds what nature can replenish. And conservation has been a tough sell, especially amid worsening droughts.

A new coalition demands end to new Colorado River diversions: ‘Damn the status quo’: At Hoover Dam, a coalition calls for stopping plans for new diversions of water from the depleted Colorado River. The last few months have seen the river’s reservoirs reach historic lows.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-18

Voices, The Peoples News

February 18, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous / Global
An Indigenous scientist wants us to look at conservation differently.
Jessica Hernandez says Indigenous science and knowledge can make conservation more holistic and help us solve our toughest environmental problems https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.alleghenyfront.org/an-indigenous-scientist-wants-us-to-look-at-conservation-differently/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g0rs0VmfHqbmXUNP3ViCSUgyutIvnSwsE7BfsItieqqO3cuzgp0uUyh-k_VFeQlF7fvo$

# Border / Immigration
Six months after the fall of Kabul, these Afghan refugees are working to rebuild their lives in the US: Since the fall of Kabul prompted the largest military evacuation of refugees in history, more than 76,000 Afghans arrived in the US, the vast majority of whom have since been resettled in communities across the country.

# Children / Youth
When the Child Tax Credit lapsed in January, 3.7 million more children reverted to poverty, according to authoritative research by the Columbia University Center on Poverty and Social Policy. That’s a 41 percent increase, and a national disgrace. For Black kids, the increase was even more dramatic.

# Covid / Pandemics
Sigh … Let’s talk about the Omicron subvariant BA.2.
* What is the BA.2 subvariant? Scientists are learning about a rapidly transmissible ‘stealth Omicron’  that may become the dominant version of the virus. Vox’s Umair Irfan explains.
* A new study indicates BA.2 may spread faster and cause severe illness than the original Omicron variant.

America’s Frontline Doctors team up with Project Veritas to harass medical officials, and launched a video series devoted to Covid-19 disinformation.

# Economy / Finance / Trade
Rate of bank branch closures doubled during pandemic. The shuttering of small businesses during the pandemic has had a lasting change on  local communities. Now, businesses that survived are at risk due to the closure of bank branches that fuel local economies https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://publicintegrity.org/inequality-poverty-opportunity/bank-branch-closure-rate-doubled-during-pandemic/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g0rs0VmfHqbmXUNP3ViCSUgyutIvnSwsE7BfsItieqqO3cuzgp0uUyh-k_VFeTZ7vfcY$

# Education / Schools
New charter schools in Texas are now required to submit “a statement of assurance” to the Texas Education Agency ensuring that they abide by a state law that restricts how race and history are taught in K-12 classrooms. The agency did not say if this statement requirement would be expanded to all public schools in the state.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Corn-Based Ethanol Pollutes More Than Gas. For years, corn-based ethanol has been mixed with the gasoline sold at gas stations across the U.S., but a recently published study has found that its carbon intensity is “likely at least 24% higher” than gas, Roadshow by CNET reported.

# Global Politics
Russian & U.S. Women Push for Diplomacy, Not Military Action, to Resolve Crisis https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://freespeech.org/stories/a-call-for-peace-russian-u-s-women-push-for-diplomacy-not-military-action-to-resolve-crisis/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g0rs0VmfHqbmXUNP3ViCSUgyutIvnSwsE7BfsItieqqO3cuzgp0uUyh-k_VFeSrpc3It$

# Gov / Politics
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Trump’s man in Texas, has quietly amassed influence. Patrick urged former governor Rick Perry to mount a challenge to Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking a third term. He’s taken the power concentrated in the state’s No. 2 job to another level, forcing opponents from races and tightening his grip on the Senate.

The U.S. is effectively stealing billions from a nation ravaged by a U.S. initiated war. Biden acknowledges Afghanistan is in crisis, U.S.
policies are making it worse.

# Law Enforcement
19 Austin police officers accused of excessive force during 2020 protests are indicted.
Austin officials also agreed to a $10 million settlement with two men who were injured by police with beanbag rounds during the protests.

The number of people killed by police in 2021 was the highest since The Washington Post started tracking it.

Video Shows NJ Cops Violently Arresting Black Teen, Letting White Teen Go After Fight He Started https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.yahoo.com/viral-video-black-teen-being-042418989.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g0rs0VmfHqbmXUNP3ViCSUgyutIvnSwsE7BfsItieqqO3cuzgp0uUyh-k_VFeXJ2o-dP$

# Legal / DOJ
Oath Keepers Founder Backed ‘Lord of the Rings’ Government. Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes backed an extreme legal effort that would “break”
the United States government, according to a new report. Lawyers for Stewart Rhodes are arguing their client stopped trying to overturn the election after Jan. 6. That’s not exactly true.

A judge questioned if Jan. 6 plea deals contributed to Republicans calling the attack ‘legitimate political discourse.’ US District Chief Judge Beryl Howell weighed the Justice Department’s decision to let people charged with storming the US Capitol plead guilty to petty offenses such as parading, demonstrating, or picketing.

Donald Trump, Trump Jr. and Ivanka Ordered to Testify in New York Civil Fraud Probe https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/02/17/ny-judge-donald-trump-must-testify-business-practices/6831124001/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g0rs0VmfHqbmXUNP3ViCSUgyutIvnSwsE7BfsItieqqO3cuzgp0uUyh-k_VFeRFzTSCb$

Jury in Trial for Arbery’s Murderers Shown Graphic Images of Gunshot Wounds https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/hate-crimes-trial-jurors-see-graphic-images-of-ahmaud-arberys-wounds/PIHUKQDTVZBYJKHVEPYRCSVEVE/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g0rs0VmfHqbmXUNP3ViCSUgyutIvnSwsE7BfsItieqqO3cuzgp0uUyh-k_VFeYvKYJwt$

Defense for Arbery Killers Comes Down to a Total Stranger. Evelyn Cofer, a Satilla Shores neighbor, was the only defense witness to be called on the stand for one of the murderers. Lawyers for the other two did not call anyone.

Anger Erupts Over Sentence for Cop Who Killed Daunte Wright. The notorious incident in which the ex-cop said she mistook her gun for a taser rocked the Minneapolis area, and the light prison sentence already is, too.

Archives Confirms Trump Took Classified Docs to Mar-a-Lago. The National Archives said it’s in touch with the Department of Justice over the classified records.

Confirmed: Trump Really Did Take Classified Documents to Mar-a-Lago: The Justice Department is now involved. “NARA has identified items marked as classified national security information within the boxes,” National Archivist David Ferriero wrote in the letter.

Judge Rejects Trump’s Request to Toss Jan. 6 Suits. The District Court judge said that he would not dismiss the suits and that it was “plausible” that Trump’s speech incited the violent mob attack.

# Media
A Conversation About Being Black in the Newsroom: Pulitzer-winning reporter Wesley Lowery breaks down the myth of objectivity. America is at a breaking point. How can journalists properly cover it? Citizens have flooded the streets in cities large, and small, in protest of racism, police violence and other forms of systemic oppression. But media institutions have been shaped by, and contributed to, those same systems.

# Medical / Health Care
Women still aren’t taken seriously by many male doctors, and it can be fatal.

Millions of children could lose Medicaid coverage once the public health emergency ends. That could happen in July, the Department of Health and Human Services has promised to provide states with 60-days notice.

# Water
Billions flow to water systems from federal pandemic relief funds.
Passed nearly a year ago, the American Rescue Plan Act is injecting needed funding into aging water and sewer infrastructure.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-17

Voices, The Peoples News

February 17, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Can the Vaquita, the World’s Smallest Marine Mammal, Be Saved From Extinction?
The critically endangered vaquita porpoise, a beautiful dolphin about four to five feet long with dark circles around its eyes and an upturned, seemingly smiling mouth, is the smallest marine mammal in the world.

# Children / Youth
Rollups: Private Equity Eyes Youth Treatment Centers as a Takeover Target. A new report highlights increased private equity investment in troubled teen, foster care, and other behavioral services, alongside disturbing reports of abuse and neglect.

# Covid / Pandemics
Corporate Vaccine Mandates and Vaccine Passports — Brought to You by BlackRock and Vanguard? Investment giants BlackRock and The Vanguard Group stand to benefit from their ownership stakes in most of the corporations that imposed COVID vaccine mandates, and in some of the technology firms developing vaccine passports.

Severe, critical COVID-19 cases more likely in vitamin D-deficient people. The individuals were categorized according to vitamin D levels – marked as deficient, insufficient, adequate and high-normal – and
COVID-19 disease severity, which was determined utilizing a multivariable regression analysis.

“COVID-19 Bio-Attack Smoking Gun” video: In November, 2019, who could possibly have known that the COVID-19 pandemic was brewing in Wuhan?
Only the people who unleashed it!

# Economy / Finance / Trade
The Year of the Tax Cut: In at least 20 states, including Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, and Mississippi, state lawmakers have proposed tax cuts that would overwhelmingly benefit wealthy households, force cuts to vital public services, and exacerbate racial and economic inequalities.

# Education / Schools
UT faculty members demand answers after Dan Patrick says Liberty Institute intended to fight critical race theory: “Hopefully, even the lieutenant governor understands that a transparently partisan assault on academic freedom at the state’s flagship public university will only hurt the university, and, through it, the state itself.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Students at Top Universities Push ‘Legal Imperative’ of Fossil Fuel
Divestment: “Their investments in the fossil fuel industry—an industry whose actions place the health and future of students and the entire planet at risk—amount to nothing less than complicity in the climate crisis.”

Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT and Vanderbilt students take legal action to try to force fossil fuel divestment https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/16/us-universities-fossil-fuel-divestment-students-legal-complaint__;!!On18fmf1aQ!m_pkABMHxi35hY7JoY6N8tdA-Z4AhtNs1Q0x6QppoQIJVmkfTL6ZcdnjQU1zQe7T4Xdq$

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure To Protect ‘Web of Life,’ California Proposal Would Ban Bee-Killing
Neonics: “Our pollinators are threatened. We know the cause, and it’s time to take action.”

A big climate warning from one of the Gulf of Maine’s smallest marine
creatures: Given the rate at which the waters in the Gulf of Maine are heating up, Mainers may need to swap out the lobsters on their license plates for squid https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apps.bostonglobe.com/metro/2021/12/the-lobster-trap/climate-change-threatens-livelihood-of-maine-lobster-fishermen__;!!On18fmf1aQ!m_pkABMHxi35hY7JoY6N8tdA-Z4AhtNs1Q0x6QppoQIJVmkfTL6ZcdnjQU1zQaeHAFEB$

The drought in the western U.S. could last until 2030: After a brutally hot and dry 2021, the region is now in the worst “megadrought” in 1,200 years. Climate change is to blame.

Pharmaceutical Drug Pollution in Rivers Poses ‘Global Threat to Human and Environmental Health,’ Study Finds https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/14/drugs-have-dangerously-polluted-the-worlds-rivers-scientists-warn__;!!On18fmf1aQ!m_pkABMHxi35hY7JoY6N8tdA-Z4AhtNs1Q0x6QppoQIJVmkfTL6ZcdnjQU1zQcpUjmqz$

# Environment / Climate / Global
Ikea’s race for the last of Europe’s old-growth forest. The furniture giant is hungry for Romania’s famed trees. Little stands in its way.

A mayor in the Philippines took on a mine, and lost her job over it.
When nickel mining firm Ipilan Nickel Corporation began felling trees in a protected forest in its concession area in Brooke’s Point, Palawan, Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano moved aggressively to stop them.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other BPA safety: The toxic chemical limbo game: After careful evaluation of the latest science, European officials have proposed lowering the safe daily dose of bisphenol-A, or BPA. For BPA, lead, and other toxic chemicals, accumulating science consistently lowers the levels we consider safe.

Big Food Producers Are Profiteering Off Inflation, and Bragging About It. Big chains and suppliers like Tyson, Procter & Gamble and Kroger are expanding profits by raising prices, just because they can.

# General Information / Other News
Trump, Trump Jr., and Ivanka will have to go on the record answering—or refusing to answer, questions from the AG’s office about the Trump Organization’s potentially fraudulent valuations of its finances.

DC Cop Was Included on Proud Boys’ Jan. 6 Planning Emails: The officer, who is under investigation by the FBI, was copied on a series of emails and conference call invitations related to the planning of a pro-Trump rally on Jan. 6.

# Global Politics
Putin Flat-Out Lying About Pulling Troops From Ukraine: U.S: The U.S.
believes 7,000 troops have been sent to Ukraine since the Kremlin claimed it was pulling back.

Putin and Bolsonaro: The Second Time as Farce? It’s not the Nazi-Soviet Pact, but their alliance is rotten nonetheless. The ideological reshuffling of the known world continues apace. Compared to the world-shaking impact of the Hitler-Stalin Pact, the meeting of Putin and Bolsonaro is small potatoes, but it gives off a distinctly foul smell.

Tensions in the Russian-Ukraine conflict reached a fever pitch as fallout over Moscow’s announcement of drawing down troops continues.

# Gov / Politics
New York Rep. Kathleen Rice announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election to Congress, marking the 30th Democratic departure from the House headed into the 2022 midterm elections.

US and NATO deem Russia a persistent threat to Europe, will add battlegroups in response. NATO military commanders will draw up plans for the creation of allied battlegroups in central and southeastern Europe, in response to the “new normal” of a persistent Russian threat to the Continent, the alliance’s top official said Wednesday.

House Progressives Urge Biden to Release Afghan Funds ‘Before It’s Too
Late’: “Frozen assets belonging to the Afghan people should be released and used to restore the country’s economy,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

Let’s Be Clear: Only the Right Has Become More Extreme Over the Last 50 Years Like in the early 1970s, the left is still against the war machine, still pushing for civil and voting rights, and still fighting the power of big corporations. But the right has moved far, far rightward.

In Post-Trump Reversal, U.S. Joins Call for Global Plastics Treaty. The U.S. and France have joined forces to call for an international treaty to control plastic pollution.

All American presidents have lied, the question is why and when. If presidents must sometimes lie to defend important political values, then, it seems as though the good president must be both able to lie and able to lie well.

# Law Enforcement
Oklahoma case reveals the medical profession’s complicity in American executions. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, “Under the agreement, the doctor stood to receive an estimated $130,000 over the course of the 19-week-period between October 28, 2021, and March 10, 2022, in which the state had scheduled the executions of seven prisoners.”

Killer Cop’s Ugly Past Revealed as Amir Locke Funeral Begins: Officer Mark Hanneman has not been charged with a crime, but a community in mourning was freshly enraged on Thursday.

# Legal / DOJ
Could Thursday Be the Worst Day Yet for Trump and His Kids? A New York judge will decide whether Donald Trump and his children will have to testify in the New York attorney general’s tax fraud case.

Dems urge investigation into Sackler family: A group of Senate Democrats is urging the Department of Justice to open an investigation into whether members of the Sackler family personally engaged in criminal conduct in connection with Purdue Pharma’s role in the opioid epidemic.
“Real justice in this case means holding individual lawbreakers criminally accountable,” the Democrats wrote.

The three men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery had a history of using the n-word and sharing racist, violent messages. Convicted of state murder charges and sentenced to life in prison, Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan are now facing a federal hate crimes trial.

Trans Youth Are Facing Right-Wing Attacks and a Solidarity Shortage.
“It’s not about bathrooms. It’s about expulsion and it’s about disposability,” says attorney Chase Strangio.

# Medical / Health Care
Physicians Slam Industry Push to ‘Fix’—Not End—Medicare Privatization
Scheme: “The industry thinks they can save it with minor tweaks and cosmetic fixes. But we won’t back down until Direct Contracting is shut down, for good,” one doctor said of the Trump-era program.

Progressive organizations launch new campaign: ‘Make Meds Affordable.’
The new campaign is calling on President Biden to take executive action to lower drug prices.

# Water
This California farming town has a toxic carcinogen in its water. Why are solutions so slow? The chemical 1,2,3-TCP was used to farm in the Central Valley from the 1940s through the 1980s. Dangerous remnants continue to poison local drinking water.

# Veterans / VA
Texas hotel called cops on amputee veteran over service dog, feds say; now it must pay. The Executive Inn & Suites in Killeen is accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and refusing service to the veteran and his service dog, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas announced in a Feb. 15 news release.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-16

Voices, The Peoples News

February 16, 2022
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# Border / Immigration
Texas has received 1,700 unused wall panels from the federal government that will be used to help build Gov. Greg Abbott’s state-funded wall.
After the Biden administration halted construction of former President Donald Trump’s border wall, the Texas Facilities Commission applied to receive the surplus property after hundreds of wall panels were abandoned.

# Covid / Pandemics
Texas Republicans U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Chip Roy have threatened a government shutdown over funding for enforcement of federal
COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The House recently passed a short-term funding bill, and the Senate must pass it by Friday to avoid a government shutdown.

White House Wants $30 Billion More To Fight Covid. Republicans, and some Democrats, are less than thrilled about the prospect of spending more money on the pandemic.
Current National Debt: $30,042,031,516,700. That’s $90,348 for every single person in America. https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.pgpf.org/national-debt-clock__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nsARtV3A-woVK0xepZJx9CDqdyCyL-63RP0AfOS0lHbfaAHvMVGviMec_yQVsc9xTXoT$

Mortality Statistics Tell Heartbreaking Story Of Those Who Didn’t Need To Die The US badly needs a wake-up call on the coronavirus pandemic “Years of potential life lost” is the most sobering and sad Covid-19 statistic I’ve seen.

# Education / Schools
From Banning Books to Burning Them, the Right Is Threatening Education.
The cathedral silence of libraries is being replaced with the sound of furious screaming and the smell of burned pages.

Banning Books from the Classroom: How to Handle Cries for Censorship Challenges to school materials are a common occurrence. How should such challenges be handled? How can they be avoided?

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical How corn ethanol for biofuel fed climate change. California regulators may rule that the biofuel is no better, and might be worse, than petroleum for solving climate change https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ethanol-not-cut-emissions/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nsARtV3A-woVK0xepZJx9CDqdyCyL-63RP0AfOS0lHbfaAHvMVGviMec_yQVsQygSYKf$

Bills would shift CO2 storage liability to Wyoming, force carbon capture. Regulated utilities could be forced to install carbon capture on coal units, or sell coal plants to a new owner who would retrofit coal plants.

Private equity’s dirty dozen: the 12 US firms funding dirty energy projects. A report, shared exclusively with the Guardian, provides a snapshot of industry’s involvement in some of the country’s most controversial fossil fuel investments https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/15/us-private-equity-firms-funding-dirty-energy-projects__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nsARtV3A-woVK0xepZJx9CDqdyCyL-63RP0AfOS0lHbfaAHvMVGviMec_yQVsUxgtHMG$

Texas could connect to national power grids without losing autonomy, former grid regulator says. Texas has long refused to connect its decentralized grid to two national power networks, but Hunt Energy Network CEO Pat Wood said the state could do so without additional oversight, and without state Legislature approval.

EPA Responds After HuffPost Investigates Gulf Chemical Dump: Nothing To See Here. With only a cursory review, the agency shut the door on studying or cleaning up old toxic waste barrels that litter the seafloor at active drilling sites.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Replacing environmental despair with hope and action. We all have the power to cause change, even if we don’t recognize it.

Top environmental groups call on Biden to protect mature trees and forests on federal lands from logging. Environmentalists say there’s a simple way to combat climate change and store carbon: protecting older trees.  A coalition of more than 70 groups launched a new campaign today called the Climate Forests Campaign and called on the Biden administration to take executive action to protect mature trees and forests on federal lands, which are critical in the fight against climate change.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other How poisonous mercury gets from coal-fired power plants into the fish you eat The Biden administration is moving to revive mercury limits for coal-fired power plants. People fishing along the banks of the White River as it winds through Indianapolis sometimes pass by ominous signs warning about eating the fish they catch.

What you should know about removing PFAS from your drinking water, from types of filtration systems to countertop pitchers. What are PFAS, where are they and why do we need to filter them out of the water?

NASDA puts food safety on the agenda as work begins on Farm Bill 2023:
Food safety is one of 10 specific policy areas that the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture wants to be addressed in the next federal Farm Bill, which must be finished by 2023.

New FDA commissioner has a full plate when it comes to chemistry of food safety. The U.S. Senate on Feb. 15 voted to return Dr. Robert Califf to the role of FDA commissioner, bringing needed leadership to an agency that plays a vital role in protecting public health.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other / Global Ethylene oxide meeting highlights concerns as recalls continue: A number of European countries have again expressed concerns about how the ethylene oxide contamination incidents are being handled. Several nations highlighted the high burden of required action as more products are found to be contaminated at low levels from different origins and described it as “no longer manageable.”

# General Information / Other News
Trump Eats His Words: Donald Trump destroyed documents routinely and in clear violation of the Presidential Records Act. He tore them into pieces. Sometimes he flushed them down the toilet. And sometimes, he ate them. He. Ate. Them.

# Global Politics
Ex-Honduran President Hernández Arrested on Drug Charges; While president from 2014 until last month, he had the support of U.S.
officials waging the war on drugs and some diplomats who did not see a better option. But less than three weeks out of office, his utility exhausted, the U.S. government moved for his extradition and the chance to make him an example in a region wracked by corruption.

# Gov / Politics
Biden Must Fulfill His Promise to Protect the Black Vote. With so much GOP election corruption, Biden must prioritize supporting efforts to protect the Black vote at the local level.

U.S. Push to “Reign Supreme” Stokes the Ukraine Conflict. The commitment to maintain the Atlanticist order in Europe has had policy implications that reach beyond Europe itself.

Rudy Giuliani Reveals Location Of Secret ‘Evidence’ Stash And… Um… Wow.

# Law Enforcement
‘He Didn’t Have to Die’: Chicago 15-Year-Old Shot 24 Times Riding to Store for Snacks. Sincere Cole, 15, “creative” and hardworking, according to his aunt, Brandy Martin, who is pleading with the community to come forward with any information https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://people.com/crime/chicago-teen-shot-24-times-riding-to-store-for-snacks/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nsARtV3A-woVK0xepZJx9CDqdyCyL-63RP0AfOS0lHbfaAHvMVGviMec_yQVsWA-Hg1r$

# Legal / DOJ
Federal correctional officers plead guilty to bribery and smuggling charges. Each currently scheduled to be sentenced  May 17, facing a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

# Medical / Health Care
Inside the Tactical Tug of War Over the Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug.
The drug trade, affected person advocates, and congressional Republicans have all attacked federal officers’ determination to say no routine Medicare protection for a controversial Alzheimer’s drug.

South Dakota Lawmakers Say No To Expanding Medicaid:  Organizers behind that ballot initiative had tentatively agreed to reconsider or even withdraw their proposed constitutional amendment if the Legislature opted to expand Medicaid on its own.

Medicare Privatization Needs to Be Ended, Not “Fixed,” Doctor-Activists Say. The program allows Direct Contracting Entities to keep as profit the funding they don’t spend on care.

Advocates Sound Alarm About Pilot Program They Say Could Privatize All of Medicare The Biden administration is moving forward with a Trump-era pilot program that would hand over the care of millions of Medicare beneficiaries to private, mostly for-profit, groups.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-15

Voices, The Peoples News

February 15, 2022
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# Covid / Pandemics
Federal judge green-lights firing of unvaccinated NYC municipal workers.
A federal judge on Friday gave New York City the green light to fire as many as 4,000 municipal workers for refusing to get vaccinated [allegedly] against COVID-19 https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2022/02/11/federal-judge-green-lights-firing-of-unvaccinated-nyc-municipal-workers/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!hSjWGdjiUQinxBxz0NF4w-SNpAoiM2XSlZg94uDhHC0jnNyd8syfeWF1f4XufbXnzF3p$

California bill would make vaccine mandatory for employment. Democratic California officials have introduced a bill which would force businesses to require their employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or face fines and other penalties.

Medical Company CEO Suggests No Public Health Care for Unvaccinated. The CEO of a major medical equipment maker said that those who refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine should be “automatically considered” to have forfeited the right to obtain COVID-19 treatment in a public hospital.

Omicron-specific shots offer no advantage. Early tests show that Omicron-targeted vaccines do no better than standard ones.

# Economy / Finance / Trade
Can monthly cash payments make our economy more equitable? Two guaranteed income projects in New York City and Atlanta are showing how modest monthly cash payments to low-income women of color can make a huge difference in alleviating race and gender-based economic inequities https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.yesmagazine.org/economy/2022/02/11/guaranteed-income-projects-economy-more-equitable__;!!On18fmf1aQ!hSjWGdjiUQinxBxz0NF4w-SNpAoiM2XSlZg94uDhHC0jnNyd8syfeWF1f4XuffjR_-iJ$

# Education / Schools
Silicon Valley Super-Rich Fund Brutal School Recall Election. Those who oppose the recall are calling the effort a power grab by billionaires and right-leaning Silicon Valley investors, some of whom oppose mask mandates.

During Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, the family of Christine Blubaugh, a Grand Prairie teen who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 2000, highlighted a new state law named in Blubaugh’s honor that requires school districts to teach middle and high school students how to identify dating violence and child abuse.

# Employment / Labor
Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi sue Biden over minimum wage hike for federal contractors. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration again Thursday, this time for requiring federal contractors to pay a $15 an hour minimum wage. It’s the 21st lawsuit the attorney general has filed against the https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/texas-louisiana-mississippi-sue-biden-over-minimum-wage-hike-for-federal-contractors/article_bf775e2c-8abb-11ec-b192-33c541589b32.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!hSjWGdjiUQinxBxz0NF4w-SNpAoiM2XSlZg94uDhHC0jnNyd8syfeWF1f4XufQLZBiZn$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical How Texas’ power grid failed in 2021, and who’s responsible for preventing a repeat.
In the state’s power grid, electricity and natural gas are codependent.
Here’s how the winter storm last year broke the system.

Satellite Detects Giant Methane Cloud Over Louisiana, Cause Remains a Mystery. Geoanalytics firm Kayrros SAS estimates an emissions rate of
105 tons of methane per hour was needed to generate the plume, which could have the same short-term climate impact as the annual emissions from more than 1,900 cars.

# General Information / Other News
What are PFAS? PFAS are a group of manmade chemicals used in a vast number of consumer and industrial products.

Investigation: PFAS on our shelves and in our bodies: Testing finds concerning chemicals in everything from sports bras to ketchup, including in brands labeled PFAS-free.

IN DEPTH: First-of-its kind testing points to dangers and unknowns of PFAS in clothing https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ehn.org/pfas-clothing-2656587709.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!hSjWGdjiUQinxBxz0NF4w-SNpAoiM2XSlZg94uDhHC0jnNyd8syfeWF1f4XufZTTkuMh$

# Gov / Politics
Did GOP Senate Candidate Misuse Charity for a Political Hit? End Citizens United is filing a complaint that Senate hopeful Adam Laxalt’s nonprofit group violated the law by engaging in a political attack campaign.

Clinton Campaign Lawyers Paid Tech Company to Infiltrate Trump White House Servers https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2022/02/13/hillary-clinton-campaign-paid-tech-workers-to-dig-up-donald-trump-russia-connections/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!hSjWGdjiUQinxBxz0NF4w-SNpAoiM2XSlZg94uDhHC0jnNyd8syfeWF1f4Xufc64XNqK$

Hillary Clinton’s Other Dossier. Another stunning abuse by her 2016 campaign.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will depart for Eastern Europe on Tuesday to meet with NATO allies in the region as it braces for a possible Russian military incursion against Ukraine that U.S. officials say could happen as soon as this week.

Biden’s $7 billion Afghan heist: “We can’t bring our loved ones back, but we can save the lives of people in Afghanistan by advocating that the Biden Administration release this money to its rightful owners: the Afghan people.”

# Law Enforcement
Bodycam Footage Shows Capitol Police Striking Unconscious Trump Supporter Who Died on Jan. 6: Heavily redacted bodycam videos provide a glimpse into conditions at the time Rosanne Boyland lay unconscious, including the sound of her being beaten with a large wooden stick by police.

‘Objectively reasonable’: DC cop cleared for beating unconscious Jan. 6 protester in the head. She died.

Why 4 hunters in Wyoming were charged with trespassing on land they never touched.
A checkerboard pattern of parcel ownership complicates public land access in the West.

Kansas Death in Custody Spurs Call for Youth Justice Reform: Cedric “CJ”
Lofton, 17, died in September after he was forcibly restrained by staff at Wichita’s Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center. Advocates say his death underlines the failure of juvenile justice systems to deal with youth experiencing trauma.

Justice-Involved Individuals and the Consumer Financial Marketplace documents in clear and compelling prose how the financial products and services marketed to individuals and families entangled in the criminal justice system “too often contain exploitative terms and features, offer little or no consumer choice, and can have long-term negative consequences for the individuals and families affected.”

# Legal / DOJ
Engineer Admits He Tried to Swap Nuclear Secrets for Crypto. Jonathan Toebbe faces a prison sentence of up to 17 and a half years under the terms of his plea agreement.

Investigations Into Trump Are Good News, But Won’t Rid Us of Trumpism.
There are currently at least 19 legal actions against Donald Trump. More than a billion dollars in debt, with half of that coming due within the next few years, “Trump is only a few short years away from being subsumed by a tidal wave of red ink that will wash him out of most of his properties and leave him stranded on the beach like some strange orange whale.”

# Medical / Health Care
Woman of Mixed Race Becomes Third Person Ever Cured of HIV. The patient is also the first woman to be cured of the deadly virus.

# Military / DOD
The Pentagon is looking to get military aid to Ukrainians via ground delivery to help Kyiv with a resistance effort from within the country should Russia invade https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/defense/594207-pentagon-mulls-new-way-to-arm-ukrainians-if-russia-invades__;!!On18fmf1aQ!hSjWGdjiUQinxBxz0NF4w-SNpAoiM2XSlZg94uDhHC0jnNyd8syfeWF1f4XufQMzi3xC$

# Military / Global
Russian Claims of Ukraine De-Escalation Met With Skepticism. Russia said in a surprise announcement it was sending some troops back to base after the completion of military exercises.

Russia Withdraws Some Troops from Ukraine Border, Says It’s Open to More Diplomacy https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/15/russia-ukraine-border-troops-withdrawal__;!!On18fmf1aQ!hSjWGdjiUQinxBxz0NF4w-SNpAoiM2XSlZg94uDhHC0jnNyd8syfeWF1f4XufSZoqG35$

# Nuclear
Robot photos appear to show melted nuclear fuel at Fukushima reactor:
The fuel at Unit One is submerged in highly radioactive water as deep as two metres (6.5 feet). Details of how the highly radioactive material can be safely removed, stored and disposed of at the end of the cleanup have not been decided.

Nuclear Fusion, a ‘Near-Limitless’ Source of Clean Energy, Gets Closer to Reality After Record-Breaking Experiment: European researchers at the Joint European Torus (JET) set a heat record for the highest sustained nuclear fusion reaction ever recorded at 59 megajoules of heat, more than twice the previous record.

# Social
An Asian woman was stabbed to death in her apartment, as anti-Asian hate crimes rise across the US. Demonstrators gathered to mourn and protest anti-Asian hate crimes following the brutal killing of a 35-year-old Korean American woman in her apartment on Sunday.

Attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders rose by 361% between
2020 and 2021, according to the New York Police Department.

# Sports
This Rams Legend Is Hellbent on Tackling the NFL’s Racism. The Hall of Fame running back loves football so much, he is willing to go toe-to-toe with anyone to rectify the racism and health issues the league has wrought.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-14

Voices, The Peoples News

February 14, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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“Honesty, integrity, and accountability, the values, which should be the hallmark of this government,
have instead been thrown under the bus by an arrogant majority, casualties in a misguided campaign
to shield from accountability those who abuse their office.”
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# Indigenous
Oklahoma’s Muscogee (Creek) Nation and conservationists are seeking to create the first national park and preserve in Georgia https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://maconmagazine.com/preserving-our-past-protecting-our-present-planning-for-our-future-the-muscogee-nation-speaks-out/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!j5kFVx5SuOhJsKsP2pjmPe36dAEIvg_ayJXtvAtvH7BwjV1SCrN1m8o_6n1jDzo3daNC$

# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls Beloved Symbol of Australian Wildlife, Koalas Officially Become Endangered Species The Australian government has declared the koala, a symbol of Australian wildlife throughout the world, “endangered” following a drastic decline in their population due to bushfires, drought, disease and loss of habitat.

# Archaeology
British archeologists uncover 5,000-year-old stone drum in the grave of three children.
It’s one of only four objects of its kind discovered so far.

# Covid / Pandemics
New US COVID cases have sharply declined. Cases have dropped about 75% since their peak in mid-January. Hospitalizations are also on a downward trend, although the 7-day-rolling average still hovers at around 93,000 in the US.

A small island nation has cooked up not 1, not 2, but 5 COVID vaccines.
It’s Cuba!
In the early days of the COVID pandemic, Cuba decided it was going to make its own vaccine. It didn’t want to rely on the whims of foreign governments or international pharmaceutical companies to immunize its people. At a time when many other low- and middle-income nations continue to struggle to get enough doses, Cuba is exporting vaccine to Iran, Venezuela, Mexico, Nicaragua and Vietnam.

Hong Kong to Vax 3 Year Olds as 5th COVID Wave Ravages City: Yet another wave of the pandemic has strained hospitals as the Chinese-led government imposes new restrictions.

# Economy / Finance / Trade
America’s real adversaries are its European and other allies: The U.S.
aim is to keep them from trading with China and Russia. Today’s sanctions regime is aimed inward, to prevent America’s NATO and other Western allies from opening up more trade and investment with Russia and China. The aim is not so much to isolate Russia and China as to hold these allies firmly within America’s own economic orbit.

# Employment / Labor
Democrats, Speak to Working-Class Discontent, It’s the one way to mobilize Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, not just white workers.

Oshkosh Corporation Seeks Non-Union Labor to Build Postal Trucks. The controversy over locating a manufacturing plant could impact upcoming postal legislation, White House climate goals, and a high-profile Senate race.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals / Global Proposed Canadian rules would allow coal mines to release more toxins in their effluent. The federal government has bowed to provincial and industry lobbying in weakening proposed standards for coal mining effluent, critics say.
Critics say federal government has bowed to provincial, industry lobbying https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/proposed-federal-rules-would-allow-coal-mines-to-release-more-toxins-in-their-effluent-1.6350205__;!!On18fmf1aQ!j5kFVx5SuOhJsKsP2pjmPe36dAEIvg_ayJXtvAtvH7BwjV1SCrN1m8o_6n1jD6FyNIFL$

Renewable natural gas could help slow climate change, but by how much?
Also known as biomethane, it can reduce fossil fuel emissions, but warms the planet when it leaks https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/renewable-natural-gas-1.6346783__;!!On18fmf1aQ!j5kFVx5SuOhJsKsP2pjmPe36dAEIvg_ayJXtvAtvH7BwjV1SCrN1m8o_6n1jD4kD4tYl$

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Trump-appointed judge just dealt a blow to Biden’s climate efforts. The order blocks federal agencies from basing decisions on the global “social cost of carbon.”

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other / Global China approves gene-edited crops. Researchers in China have welcomed the government’s approval of gene-edited crops. China’s new rules are more conservative than those in the United States, which does not regulate plants that incorporate small changes similar to those that could occur naturally.

# General Information / Other News
Mitch McConnell Is Now at Odds With Trump. That Doesn’t Mean Mitch Is Good.
The enemies of our enemies aren’t always our friends. Case in point:
McConnell’s stealth battle against Trump.

Accounting Firm Drops Trump Org Over Dubious Financial Docs. The Trump Organization’s longtime accounting firm Mazars said it no longer wants Trump’s business, as it doesn’t trust the financial documents the Trump Org has given them.

Ex-DNI: Proof exists to indict MULTIPLE people in Trump-Russia probe:
Ex-Director of National Intelligence claims Biden and Obama KNEW ABOUT Hillary campaign plot to hack Trump servers: ‘Enough evidence in Durham’s Russia probe to indict MULTIPLE people’

# Global Politics
British Government Laundered Fake U.S. ‘Intelligence’ On Ukraine https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/01/british-government-laundered-fake-us-intelligence-on-ukraine.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!j5kFVx5SuOhJsKsP2pjmPe36dAEIvg_ayJXtvAtvH7BwjV1SCrN1m8o_6n1jD1Djf4Ts$

The Ultimate End of NATO: Russia’s goal is not to destroy Ukraine, this could be accomplished at any time. Rather, the goal of Russia is to destroy NATO by exposing its impotence, writes Scott Ritter.

Wanting Peace With Russia To Focus Aggressions On China Is Just Being An Imperialist Warmonger. This insanely imperialist and white supremacist doctrine is still being cited by high-profile politicians https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2022/02/09/wanting-peace-with-russia-focus-aggressions-on-china-just-being-an-imperialist-warmonger/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!j5kFVx5SuOhJsKsP2pjmPe36dAEIvg_ayJXtvAtvH7BwjV1SCrN1m8o_6n1jD5vJppXx$

Ukraine’s President Demands Proof From US Over Alarmist Russian Invasion Claims https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theepochtimes.com/ukraines-president-demands-proof-from-us-over-alarmist-russian-invasion-claims_4276178.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!j5kFVx5SuOhJsKsP2pjmPe36dAEIvg_ayJXtvAtvH7BwjV1SCrN1m8o_6n1jD_v61bJq$

Ukraine replies to Russian demands: The Ukrainian foreign minister has accused Russia of making “unacceptable” demands https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/1/27/russia-weighs-us-nato-responses-to-security-demands-liveblog__;!!On18fmf1aQ!j5kFVx5SuOhJsKsP2pjmPe36dAEIvg_ayJXtvAtvH7BwjV1SCrN1m8o_6n1jD_ZDhLHb$

Voters Want Alternatives to Biden and Trump in 2024 Election, Poll Shows. Only 50 percent of GOP-leaning voters say they want Trump to run in 2024, while only 45 percent of Democrats want Biden to run.

Afghans decry ‘theft’ of government reserves. As Afghanistan edges closer to mass starvation and financial collapse, citizens across the country’s political divide, from the Taliban to the government they defeated, are outraged by a Biden administration plan to essentially expropriate the country’s currency reserves, which are held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

# Gov / Politics
How Can the US Accuse Any Nation of Violating ‘Rules-Based International Order’?
The implication is that if Congress approves an illegal war or act of war, that makes it legit. Sometimes the hypocrisy of the U.S.
government, especially when it comes to foreign affairs, it just too much to let pass.

Georgia Republicans Are Trying to Undo Democracy in Local Elections. GOP lawmakers in Georgia are seeking “total control” by targeting key election boards and posts to remove Democrats.

Dystopia disguised as Democracy: All the ways in which freedom is an
illusion: We think we have property interests in our homes and our bodies, but there can be no such freedom when the government can seize your property, raid your home, and dictate what you do with your bodies.

Will Congress Reform the Electoral Count Act? And would that make a difference?

# Law Enforcement
The San Francisco Police Department is investigating why its Twitter account liked a tweet promoting racist, troll-y George Floyd NFTs. The creators of the NFTs say it’s a “unique and progressive way to celebrate the monumental life of George Floyd” and that owning one comes with an “N word pass.”

Deteriorating prisons are making flood risks worse. As the climate crisis fuels bigger storms, deteriorating prisons are making flood risks worse. With floodwaters rising, prisoners wait for help in floating feces https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://theintercept.com/2022/02/12/prison-climate-crisis-flood/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!j5kFVx5SuOhJsKsP2pjmPe36dAEIvg_ayJXtvAtvH7BwjV1SCrN1m8o_6n1jD1CLGuFX$

In Texas, prisons without air conditioning are getting hotter. The Intercept mapped climate risks for 6,500 detention facilities. In some already miserable places, the suffering is set to intensify.

This Prison in California Forced Incarcerated People to Drink Arsenic for Years Thousands of people were forced to consume arsenic-laced water for years at Kern Valley State Prison.

11 Stabbed in Seemingly Random Spree Across Albuquerque: “There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason at this point,” a spokesperson said of the attacks, which left nearly a dozen people wounded.

Banning the type of police raids that killed Amir Locke is just a start.
Police violence expert Samuel Sinyangwe says it’s time to rethink more common types of raids, too.

Alabama cop arrested on drug and domestic violence charges. The drug charge is a felony and the domestic violence charge is a misdemeanor.

# Legal / DOJ
A new version of the Mueller report reveals that Mueller declined to charge Donald Trump Jr. and Roger Stone with computer crimes https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/justice/revealed-mueller-rejected-charging-donald-trump-jr-and-roger-stone-with-computer-crimes__;!!On18fmf1aQ!j5kFVx5SuOhJsKsP2pjmPe36dAEIvg_ayJXtvAtvH7BwjV1SCrN1m8o_6n1jD0Qf5UUX$

The Department of Justice released a new version of the report on Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Friday afternoon. This version contains nearly a dozen new unredacted passages and was released in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by BuzzFeed News in 2019.

# Media
Attacks on Journalists Are Just One Looming Threat to Press Freedom in the U.S.
Trump weaponized the term “fake news,” but corporate news media has always had deep, structural flaws.

Watchdog host Lowkey is joined by investigative journalist Matt Kennard to discuss how the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has infiltrated foreign media in an attempt to export obedience to the United States government and promote Washington’s interests around the world. https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxv4hIuA2YU__;!!On18fmf1aQ!j5kFVx5SuOhJsKsP2pjmPe36dAEIvg_ayJXtvAtvH7BwjV1SCrN1m8o_6n1jD8vrcDj_$

# Medical / Health Care
New HHS Rule Threatens To Ignore the Law That Protects the Healthcare System To protect consumers from surprise medical bills, Congress passed the No Surprises Act in December 2020 after lengthy bipartisan negotiations.

Why Millions on Medicaid Are at Risk of Losing Coverage in the Months Ahead. The Biden administration and state officials are bracing for a great unwinding: millions of people losing their Medicaid benefits when the pandemic health emergency ends.

“Theragrippers” are tiny, shape-changing machines that deliver medicine efficiently to the GI tract. Inspired by a parasitic worm that digs its sharp teeth into its host’s intestines, Johns Hopkins researchers have designed tiny, star-shaped microdevices that can latch onto intestinal mucosa and release drugs into the body.

# Military / DOD
Almost 500 U.S. service members have been discharged so far for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine. But that number is likely to climb as the various military branches continue the process of dealing with those who are refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19, or have requested exemptions.

# Military / Global
Military campaign to influence public opinion continued after defence chief shut it down. Portions of a military information campaign meant to influence the Canadian public during the COVID-19 pandemic continued to operate months after the chief of the defence staff at the time ordered it shut down in the spring of 2020. The Canadian military recently conducted four reviews of controversial initiatives.

US: Over 130,000 Russian troops now staged outside Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke to President Joe Biden for about an hour, insisting that Ukrainians had the country under “safe and reliable protection” against feared attack by a far stronger Russian military, aides said afterward.

# Science
‘Amazing’ nanoparticles from maize: A potent and economical anti-cancer therapeutic https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-02241-y__;!!On18fmf1aQ!j5kFVx5SuOhJsKsP2pjmPe36dAEIvg_ayJXtvAtvH7BwjV1SCrN1m8o_6n1jD2Rvwf2l$

# Space
Four years ago, Elon Musk sent a Tesla to space. What happened to it?
The Tesla Roadster has so far traveled over 2 billion miles, way past its warranty mileage.

# Water
Climate crisis and systemic inequities drive push to reform California water laws https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-02-13/climate-systemic-inequity-drive-california-water-law-reforms__;!!On18fmf1aQ!j5kFVx5SuOhJsKsP2pjmPe36dAEIvg_ayJXtvAtvH7BwjV1SCrN1m8o_6n1jD_aC0_xI$

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-13

Voices, The Peoples News

February 13, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous / Global
# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls Seals are dying along South Africa’s west coast. What’s killing them remains a mystery. “In all the years that I’ve been doing this I’ve never in my life seen so many starving animals,” said Krynauw, who runs the Hout Bay Seal Rescue Centre. “I have no words to describe what we’re seeing at the moment.”

# Covid / Pandemics
An ‘endemic’ COVID doesn’t mean we stop fighting: Certainly SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, will eventually become endemic. But suddenly claiming the virus is endemic, without a serious campaign to encourage worldwide vaccination and mitigation, is asking us to accept — or forget — inadequate public health policies, misuse of COVID relief funds, and the staggering morbidity and mortality that this virus has wrought.

The impact of Covid-19 on young people with mental health needs. Read our reports on the impact of coronavirus on the mental health of young people. A recent poll conducted by UNICEF shows that the COVID-19 crisis is having a significant impact on the mental health of adolescents and young people in Latin America and the Caribbean https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.unicef.org/lac/en/impact-covid-19-mental-health-adolescents-and-youth__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKhzpxDnHB$

Omicron is creating new havoc in our criminal justice system. Vaccine mandate feud intensifies as staff infections increased 212% in January with only 69% of prison workers fully vaccinated https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/11/omicron-covid-california-prisons-staff-cases-surge-us__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKhy7Mmd0R$

‘The risk was everywhere’: New heart research shows long-term health effects of Covid “Research shows that COVID-19 can cause heart and vascular damage …
risk for complications – including prolonged hospitalization and death https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://newsroom.heart.org/news/heart-disease-likely-to-remain__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKh49mruzC$

Study finds coronavirus can mutate inside infected person’s body: Study finds coronavirus can mutate inside infected person’s body https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/coronavirus/article-695753__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKh3fgnNfB$

Woman Died of Allergic Reaction to Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Autopsy Confirms https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.kshb.com/news/coronavirus/autopsy-confirms-kansas-woman-died-of-allergic-reaction-to-covid-19-vaccine__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKh3PgaOuP$

# Economy / Finance / Trade
Inflation Crisis Is Being Resolved on Backs of Workers. It Doesn’t Have to Be. Workers must unite to demand wage and benefit increases, and price freezes on vital goods and necessities.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical States Are Considering Laws That Penalize Banks for Fossil Fuel Divestment. The American Legislative Exchange Council is driving a surge in state laws modeled on anti-BDS legislation.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other Reusable plastic bottles release hundreds of chemicals. Researchers in the College of Copenhagen have discovered a number of completely different chemical substances in faucet water saved in reusable plastic bottles.

A California Water Board Assures the Public that Oil Wastewater Is Safe for Irrigation, But Experts Say the Evidence Is Scant https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://insideclimatenews.org/news/06022022/a-california-water-board-assures-the-public-that-oil-wastewater-is-safe-for-irrigation-but-experts-say-the-evidence-is-scant/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKhxWLU39p$

# Food Recalls / Alerts
Study shows Mycobacterium bovis risk from raw milk: Prevalence of Mycobacterium bovis in milk on dairy cattle farms: An international systematic literature review and meta-analysis https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1472979222000038__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKhyQdOTf5$

Quesos La Ricura Ltd. is recalling nearly 2,500 units of  Mi Ranchito Fresh Cheese with Hot Peppers because of elevated levels of coliform.
The recalled product was distributed in Massachusetts, Colorado, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Iowa, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.

A few days ago, we warned you about the El Chavito candy recall after the manufacturer discovered potential lead contamination. It turns out that’s not the only candy recall that involves a lead poisoning risk.
Other companies issued similar recalls for the same type of candy: dried salted plums. If you own any of the recalled candies from El Super Leon Ponchin Snacks, La Fiesta Food Products, or Rojas, you should stop eating them right now.

# General Recalls / Alerts
Urgent children’s clothing recall: Parents need to read this right away.  The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published three children’s clothing recalls for various types of nightwear. The different clothing items fail to meet the US flammability standards.
Therefore, they pose a risk of burn injury to children.

# General Information / Other News
Bridge Still Closed After ‘Freedom Convoy’ Trucks Removed. It’s now a standoff between a few dozen protesters on foot and cops.

Blockbuster Kirby Sommers: Donald Trump and One of Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Girls’ – A Special Report: The Ghislaine Maxwell case and subsequent trial was part of an on-going cover up in the child and human sex trafficking ring https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.veteranstoday.com/2022/02/11/blockbuster-kirby-sommers-donald-trump-and-one-of-jeffrey-epsteins-girls-a-special-report/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKh839959I$

The Republican Embrace of Trumpian Fascism Is Complete and Now Must Be Defeated. The question is no longer whether Trump and the MAGA movement are fascist, but where they are taking the country.

Police have started moving in to clear out protestors blocking a major Canada-US bridge for five days over COVID-19 vaccine mandates https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.businessinsider.com/freedom-convoy-truckers-police-clear-out-canada-us-bridge-protestors-2022-2__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKh9E-eS0I$

Police in Canada, France Deploy Snipers, Tear Gas Against ‘Freedom Convoys’

Trump Ripped Up So Many Docs Aides Knew His Shredding Style. The ex-president was also allegedly prone to flushing documents down White House toilets, often clogging them.

Meet the guys who tape Trump’s papers back together. The president’s unofficial ‘filing system’ involves tearing up documents into pieces, even when they’re supposed to be preserved.

# Global Politics
Can the two Koreas find common ground on halting deforestation? Seoul hopes collaboration with Pyongyang on environmental issues will help open doors for dialogue and save the Peninsula’s forests.

Why Russia is bolstering ties with North Korea: Angry with the West’s response over Ukraine and eager to diversify its options, Russia is cosying up to North Korea. For Pyongyang, the timing couldn’t be better, https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/04/russia-bolster-ties-north-korea__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKh8xWs9TQ$

North Korea comes to Russia’s defense over Ukraine conflict. The North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday published an unsigned online column criticizing the U.S. role in heightened tensions in Ukraine.

Russian Official Denounces ‘Peak Hysteria’ Following Putin-Biden Call Over Ukraine “We don’t understand why false information about our intentions is being passed to the media,” said Yury Ukshakov, a top foreign policy advisor to the Russian president.

Russia assembles unprecedented grouping of warships in the Black Sea.

Russian Navy Amphibious Group Enters Black Sea as Warships Mass in the Mediterranean https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.usni.org/2022/02/08/six-ship-russian-navy-amphibious-group-attack-sub-approach-black-sea-as-warships-mass-in-the-mediterranean__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKhxeb3nfS$

Russia Menaces And Ukrainians Heed Calls For Civil-Defense Training.
There’s Just One Thing. “We’re in a war situation now…. We have to know how to act if Russia attacks,” said Anna Kuksa, a student at a Kyiv medical college.

# Gov / Politics
McConnell-McCarthy split heading into November: McConnell and McCarthy have different political considerations – namely the political makeup of their conferences and how they deal with former President Trump – even as they work to accomplish a shared goal: winning back the majority in November.

Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Biden Plan to Seize Afghan Assets to Give to 9/11 Victims The congresswoman noted “there wasn’t a single Afghan among the [9/11] hijackers.”

Afghan Central Bank Calls US Theft of $7 Billion ‘Injustice to People of Afghanistan’
“The real owners of these reserves are people of Afghanistan,” the bank declared in response to the seizure of over $7 billion by the U.S.

Supreme Court Ruling on Alabama Voting Map Has Voting Rights Advocates Worried The court’s ruling likely sends a message to states that they can pass whatever maps they want before the 2022 midterms.

Trump Has ‘Hijacked’ GOP, Is ‘Unfit for Office,’ Says Republican Lawmaker https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/trump-has-hijacked-gop-unfit-office-says-republican-lawmaker-1678714__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKh4CkDXfr$

White House uses GOP’s own rhetoric to rebut Supreme Court criticisms https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/593779-white-house-uses-gops-own-rhetoric-to-rebut-supreme-court-criticisms__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKh5XPE872$

The Supreme Court’s ruling this week to allow Alabama to move forward with redistricting maps that underrepresent Black voters is worrying advocates who say it may be a preview of the conservative majority’s threat to protections against racial gerrymandering and other discriminatory elections practices.

Democrats in a fury as Trump docs revive trauma of Clinton emails:
Accusations that former President Trump improperly took government documents are stirring outrage among Democrats and resurfacing years-old political trauma stemming from the GOP’s attacks on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

House races where redistricting is pitting Democrats against one another. Redistricting is pitting a number of Democratic incumbents against one another in what will likely be a handful of competitive and grueling House primaries.

US says diplomacy still open to end Ukraine standoff with Russia. The United States said the diplomatic path remained open to end a standoff with Moscow over Ukraine but said the risk of Russian military action was high enough to warrant pulling U.S. embassy staff out of Kyiv.

US says no breakthrough in ‘frank and forthright’ talks with Russia over Ukraine border crisis https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/10/politics/us-russia-ukraine-meetings-geneva-intl/index.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKh02vjmzI$

# Law Enforcement
Video shows deputy emptying gun, shooting suspect after he collapsed.
Edward wasn’t a threat to any deputy. He needed help, but instead, the deputies escalated the situation and killed him.”

A deputy fatally shot a Black homeless man during a jaywalking stop. He won’t face charges. The deputy believed that Kurt Reinhold was reaching for his partner’s gun during a Sept. 23, 2020, struggle and posed a danger to the deputies and other people nearby, according to a review by the county district attorney’s office.

‘Make Murder Legal Act’: Prosecutors oppose proposed change in Missouri self-defense law: ‘Make Murder Legal Act’: Prosecutors oppose proposed change in Missouri self-defense law. Missouri state Sen. Eric Burlison backs the bill that presumes ‘reasonableness’ in self-defense. Under current law, the burden of proof is on the defendant to show actions were reasonable. Supporters say the bill fixes a weakness.

# Legal / DOJ
DoJ is giving Trump special treatment on felony possesion of secret documents. Why?

Lawyers say Black FedEx driver was chased and shot at in Mississippi, drawing comparisons to Ahmaud Arbery’s murder https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/feb/11/dmonterrio-gibson-black-fedex-driver-shot-white-men-ahmaud-arbery__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKh9UfKEHD$

The US supreme court is letting racist discrimination run wild in the election system. The US supreme court, in a 5-4 decision, used the ruse that it was too close to an election – three months away – to scrap a racially discriminatory, Republican-drawn legislative map in Alabama.

First Black federal judge in Alabama asks Biden not to nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court. The first Black federal judge in Alabama spoke out against one of President Biden’s potential Supreme Court picks in a letter addressed to the commander in chief https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.businessinsider.com/black-judge-clemon-biden-letter-dismissing-ketanji-brown-jackson-nomination-2022-2__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKh3brkObv$

# Media
‘Nothing More Grotesque Than a Media Pushing for War,’ Says Edward Snowden The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill similarly notes that “the talking heads on cable news are almost drooling over the prospect of a ratings-boosting war.”

The Outrageous Story About the Postal Service Too Many Know Nothing About Following a 16-year bet Republicans laid down in 2006 to block Postal EVs, DeJoy just told Biden to go screw himself: he’s going to buy fossil-fuel vehicles for 90% of the fleet instead of electric.

# Medical Alternatives / Herbology
THC is the active ingredient of cannabis, and it’s become more popular for medical and recreational use in recent years. Differences in form and chemical makeup produce different effects in users, ranging from the calming effects of CBD to the euphoric effects of marijuana, also known as delta-9 THC. Somewhere between these two cannabis products is one relatively new to market: delta-8 THC. What is delta-8, and is it safe to consume?

# Military / DOD
Presumption of Innocence: Does it Still Apply in the Military Justice System and How Can you Protect Yourself Against Allegations of Misconduct? Due to the uniquely coercive factors present in the military, many times, those who are accused of misconduct feel pressured to speak up to give their side of the story.

# Military / Global
ALL OUT WAR Ukraine’s Neo-Nazi militia preparing to ‘fight to the death’
in Russia war with guerrilla forces & ‘Mad Max’ tanks. Neo-Nazi militias (Azov Battalion) in Ukraine are preparing for all-out war with Russia and pledging to fight to the death, as they arm themselves for the fight against Vladimir Putin’s forces https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.the-sun.com/news/4544729/neo-nazis-russia-ukraine-war-mad-max/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nC6Uimly4cmGotkipjE1FzZLF2pJxOQv5mV6l0grdtuP8-lFiWjK5qAvKHyKhzbocbvo$

# Space
Moon-crashing SpaceX rocket will create new crater – here’s what we should worry about. It’s not often that the sudden appearance of a new impact crater on the moon can be predicted, but it’s going to happen on March 4, when a derelict SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will crash into it.

# Technology
Password stealing malware posed as a Windows 11 download: Installer targets passwords, credit card and crypto wallet. Be careful before you download from an untrusted source. RedLine is not especially sophisticated malware but can steal passwords and sold as an online service for $150 a month to people who want to steal cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin or Ethereum.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-11

Voices, The Peoples News

February 11, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Biden Should Grant Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier Now: Leonard Peltier is a 77-year-old Anishinabe-Lakota Native American activist imprisoned for 46 years for a crime he says he did not commit. Amnesty International calls him a political prisoner.
Leonard Peltier recently wrote. “No phone, no window, no fresh air — no humans to gather — no loved one’s voice. No relief. Left alone and without attention is like a torture chamber for the sick and old.”

# Indigenous / Global
Alberta’s response to Coutts blockade proof of discriminatory double standard, First Nations say. When rail lines were blocked in 2020, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney drafted a new law in response, but it hasn’t been used at the Coutts barricade. That leaves First Nations leaders ringing alarm bells, again, about racism in protest policing https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thenarwhal.ca/coutts-border-blockade/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!modD5ovzOfbCOCkWXjx8yvdBZ2QejKh-DRI8wbSduc7R2HLS1tnaJZtFPfYn5e0a2-5B$

Journalists across the country covering these blockades have been subject to threats, intimidation and harassment. The Narwhal stands with the Canadian Association of Journalists in denouncing these attacks. The Canadian Association of journalists (CAJ) is deeply concerned about the alarming rise in harassment and threats against journalists covering the Ottawa occupation protests and similar demonstrations across the country.

Wait, Now the Right Loves Traffic-Blocking Protesters? Conservatives rallying behind the Canadian trucker blockade were passing laws a year ago allowing motorists to run over protesters.

In Their Legal Victory over Shell, South Africa’s Indigenous Communities Continue to Assert Their Power: South Africa’s High Court sided with Indigenous communities citing, in part, their deep cultural connection to the ocean.

# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls Wolf hunting: Judge orders protection for gray wolves be restored:
Wildlife advocates had argued state-sponsored hunting threatened to reverse the gray wolf’s recovery over the past several decades.

Koala listed as endangered after Australian governments fail to halt its decline No recovery plan for the Australian marsupial was in place despite it being identified as a requirement nine years ago.

As African Penguins Go Hungry, a Debate Rages in South Africa: Who Gets the Fish?
They’ve been robbed of eggs and guano, soaked in oil, and stung by killer bees—now a dispute about numbers could clinch their future.

# Covid / Pandemics
Nearly a dozen states move to end masking mandates as COVID-19 infection rates fall, via ABC News. But nearly 99% of U.S. counties are still reporting high community transmission.

What Are Taxpayers Spending for Those ‘Free’ Covid Tests? The Government Won’t Say.  Prices for some test kits cracked the hundred-dollar mark.
And the government vowed that its purchase could provide the tests faster and cheaper so people, by simply swabbing at home, could quell the spread of covid.

COVID increases long-term heart risks, study of U.S. veterans finds. A large-scale scientific study found that coronavirus patients were at “substantial” risk of heart disease one year after their illness https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.science.org/content/article/covid-19-takes-serious-toll-heart-health-full-year-after-recovery__;!!On18fmf1aQ!modD5ovzOfbCOCkWXjx8yvdBZ2QejKh-DRI8wbSduc7R2HLS1tnaJZtFPfYn5ZNYbWtU$

CDC study: Booster wanes after 4 months

# Economy / Finance / Trade
Americans do not need a government report to tell them they’re paying a lot more for groceries, gasoline, rent and utilities, thanks to inflationary pressures that on Thursday set a record, a 7.5 percent rise in consumer prices not seen for 40 years https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/finance/593652-annual-inflation-reaches-75-percent-highest-rate-since-february-1982__;!!On18fmf1aQ!modD5ovzOfbCOCkWXjx8yvdBZ2QejKh-DRI8wbSduc7R2HLS1tnaJZtFPfYn5fTmKQWP$

Taliban’s Frozen Billions to Be Handed to 9/11 Families: Half the money will go to relatives of people in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and the other half will fund humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan.

Re-Engineering Our Supply Chains: It’s time for a coherent national logistics system, regulating and coordinating what has been privatized.

# Education / Schools
Texas schools are majority Hispanic. There’s been a shortage of bilingual teachers since 1990, and the pandemic made it worse. The pandemic is driving educators away from the profession, including key areas such as bilingual education.

Texas educators say billions in federal emergency COVID-19 relief intended to help school districts safely reopen schools are not being used to prioritize safety.

‘All the shelves would be bare.’ Once again, librarians are in the center of the culture wars. Parents questioning the teaching of racism, sexual identity and gender are bringing increasing numbers of challenges to books in school and sometimes public libraries that they say aren’t appropriate for children.

‘She looks like a baby:’ Why are 5-year-olds being arrested at school?
It seems inconceivable: Educators calling cops on elementary school kids for typical child behavior, from temper tantrums to stealing crayons. A USA TODAY analysis of federal crime reports, part of our Criminalizing Kids partnership, identified more than 2,600 arrests in schools involving kids ages 5 to 9 between 2000 and 2019. It’s almost certainly a vast undercount.

How a rare college course on critical race theory changed the mind of a conservative law student. Critical race theory had become a flashpoint of national politics in 2021 as conservative media latched onto the term, deeming it “hostile, academic, divisive, race-obsessed, poisonous, elitist, anti-American.” In speeches, both House Speaker Philip Gunn and Gov. Tate Reeves had vowed to ban the theory from being taught in schools.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Why Texas’s power grid still hasn’t been fixed: After last winter’s deadly failures, regulators promised solutions. But who would profit?

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals / Global Fears of oil spills as ExxonMobil seeks to drill at the mouth of a Brazil river: ExxonMobil wants to drill 11 wells in a marine area near the estuary of the São Francisco River, in Northeastern Brazil. In the event of an accident, at least 52 conservation units would be affected, including a barrier reef that’s a priority for conservation.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Republicans urge states to ignore infrastructure guidance: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Environment and Public Works ranking member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) yesterday sent a letter to the nation’s governors urging them to disregard federal guidance on how states should use funding for road and bridge projects.

# General Information / Other News
Some Trump records taken to Mar-a-Lago clearly marked as classified, including documents at ‘top secret’ level. The number of top secret documents is unknown, but the Post also reported that some documents were marked with classifications above top secret, which is information that few high-level officials would be authorized to view.

Nixon on Steroids: Trump Hiding Records of ALL White House Calls During Terror/Insurrection/Coup-Report. Sources familiar with the investigation say they haven’t drawn any final conclusions, suggesting the gaps in the records may be explained by the use of personal cell phones https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.veteranstoday.com/2022/02/10/nixon-on-steroids-trump-hiding-records-of-all-white-house-calls-during-terror-insurrection-coup-report/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!modD5ovzOfbCOCkWXjx8yvdBZ2QejKh-DRI8wbSduc7R2HLS1tnaJZtFPfYn5QrRg9Ul$

Christian Nationalists Are Rewriting January 6 History. Alarmingly, It’s Working.
A new report shows Christian nationalist support for those who attacked the Capitol has doubled in the past year.

# Global Politics
Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine have all begun 10 days of military drills, raising concerns that war is near. In recent days, Western leaders and diplomats have scrambled to try to avert new fighting that could be some of the bloodiest in Europe since World War II.
“At the end of the exercises is when [Russian forces] will be ready for some kind of attack,” predicted Andriy Zagorodnyuk, the former defense minister of Ukraine.

Putin’s planned Ukrainian invasion is just the beginning of his endgame.
According to Mark Galeotti, Putin wants to cement his place in history by restoring Russian control over its neighbor.

# Gov / Politics
Americans should leave Ukraine immediately because of the risk of a Russian invasion, Biden told NBC News anchor Lester Holt during a Thursday interview.  American citizens would not be the priority if Russia invades Ukraine. “That’s a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another. … We’re in a very different world than we’ve ever been,” he added.
Interview video:

Mail-in ballot rejections: Hundreds of completed mail-in ballots for Texas’ March 1 primary have been initially rejected for not meeting the state’s new identification requirements. Absentee voters must now include a state ID number like a driver’s license number both when applying for a mail-in ballot and when returning a completed ballot, and that number must match the information on a voter’s record.

A bipartisan group of senators pledged to protect future elections. But reform might not come for months or years. Both parties want to avoid a constitutional crisis. But figuring out how to resolve disputed elections is proving so complicated that a fix is nowhere close to ready.

Voting rights. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to dismantle the federal Voting Rights Act ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority has stepped in to block a judge’s order finding that Alabama’s congressional redistricting discriminates against Black voters.
Justices put on hold a lower court ruling that state must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/feb/07/supreme-court-lets-alabama-use-maps-decried-as-biased-against-black-voters__;!!On18fmf1aQ!modD5ovzOfbCOCkWXjx8yvdBZ2QejKh-DRI8wbSduc7R2HLS1tnaJZtFPfYn5YVqoDKb$

Biden Warns U.S. Won’t Send Troops to Rescue Americans in Ukraine. The current tensions come eight years after Russia annexed Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula. Since then, Ukraine’s military has been locked in a war with Russian-backed rebels in eastern areas near Russia’s borders.

The 5th Circuit Just Rewarded a Brazen Heist of President Power: The 5th Circuit was already the most radical appeals court in the country. Now it is complicit in anti-vaxxers’ corrupt quest to transfer a core executive power from the president to a single unelected judge.

Two more House Republicans just went on Donald Trump’s hit list: Even as GOP leaders try to turn the focus of the country to President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump just keeps fighting the last war, going after Republican incumbents who either voted to impeach him or otherwise wronged him. Wednesday brought two such moves from Trump.

# Law Enforcement
The EARN IT Act Would Give Criminal Defendants a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free
Card: EARN IT Act is back, and worse than it ever was before. Like the
2020 version, the proposal would still give child predators a get-out-of-jail-free card and would still undermine the fight against child predation online. Nevertheless, on Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up and approved it.

# Legal / DOJ
The Supreme Court’s ‘Dead Hand’: The Supreme Court has set itself on a collision course with forces of change in an inexorably diversifying America. The 6–3 majority-conservative Supreme Court is dangerously out of step with a demographically and culturally changing America.

Twenty-nine-year-old Rebecca Hogue will be sentenced today for first-degree murder of her 2-year-old son, even though everybody agrees she never laid a finger on him.
Hogue’s boyfriend killed her son while Hogue was at work. Hogue’s partner gaslit her and hid the abuse up until the moment he murdered the boy and then hanged himself in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. At the scene of his suicide, law enforcement found the words “Rebecca is Innocent” carved into a tree.

A growing number of Republican-controlled states are banning books and curriculum that mentions LGBTQ people’s experiences.

# Medical / Health Care
Toxic Weedkiller Chemicals Detected in Nearly 40% of People Tested in U.S. Study A new study has found detectable levels of toxic weedkillers in about 40% of respondents in a U.S. nationwide survey. The survey found levels of 2,4-D, an herbicide that has been linked to cancer, in one in three people.

Doctors Overlook a Curable Cause of High Blood Pressure. A hormonal abnormality is gaining recognition as a common cause of hypertension, but few patients are screened for it.

# Nuclear
Nuclear Fusion, a ‘Near-Limitless’ Source of Clean Energy, Gets Closer to Reality After Record-Breaking Experiment https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ecowatch.com/nuclear-fusion-clean-energy.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!modD5ovzOfbCOCkWXjx8yvdBZ2QejKh-DRI8wbSduc7R2HLS1tnaJZtFPfYn5d4n8unl$

# Security
CIA Runs Secret Program Saving American Data, Senators Say: The operation runs “outside the statutory framework that Congress and the public believe govern this collection,” two senators wrote in a letter to the agency.

# Technology
Lyra health provides therapy for Google and Facebook employees, is facing concerns over privacy and treatment. 18 users, therapists, and former Lyra employees voiced concerns about company’s business practices, including its productivity-based bonus structure for therapists. “This isn’t an assembly line. This is actually people,” said one former therapist.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-10

Voices, The Peoples News

February 10, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Standing Rock withdraws from ongoing environmental assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline. Tribal leaders say the decision was driven in part by a lack of transparency surrounding the pipeline developer’s oil spill emergency response plans. They also cite Lake Oahe’s recent low water levels, which they say could make cleanup of any spill into the Missouri River reservoir difficult.

California redwood forest returned to Indigenous guardianship, conservation. A unique Northern California redwood forest sitting along the Mendocino coast has been returned to the tribe that has called it home for centuries.

‘Stunning Jobs Report’ Ignores Acute Unemployment Among Native Americans Rosy labor market reports are ignoring the plight of Native American workers, who face “crisis levels” of unemployment.

# Indigenous / Global
Cover-up: Brazilian government plot to open up uncontacted tribe’s territory revealed. An extraordinary plot to open up an uncontacted tribe’s territory for exploitation, and suppress evidence of the tribe’s existence, has been revealed in Brazil.

Constitutional Court has ruled that an Indigenous community’s right to free, prior and informed consultation was violated by oil projects, and called for stronger protections to guarantee Indigenous communities’
rights to decide over extractive projects in their territories.

Indigenous community takes Guatemalan land rights fight to international court. After a decades-long fight against transnational mining interests and state repression, the community’s case could set a new precedent for Indigenous land and resource rights.

# Border / Immigration
DHS Stops Deporting Many Illegal Convicted Felons, Says They’re Not
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has cancelled the deportations of a number of convicted felon illegal immigrants because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) no longer considers them to be “priority” removals.

A government investigation into the death of a Guatemalan 16-year-old held in Border Patrol custody found that agents failed to follow a nurse practitioner’s recommendation to check in on the teen after he was diagnosed with the flu and had a 103-degree fever.

# Covid / Pandemics
Protest Is Protected By the Charter, Legal Group Supporting Truckers Tells Police. As police step up efforts to deter the Freedom Convoy demonstration in Ottawa, the legal group representing the truckers is urging the authorities to respect their charter right to peacefully protest.

Ottawa Police Brutalize 78-Year-Old Man for Honking: Ottawa police detained and brutalized a 78-year-old man identified as Gerry Charlebois on Monday for violating the ban imposed that day on honking car horns.
“He’s just 4-foot-10,” said his son Steve. “He wouldn’t hurt anybody.”

Increasing global access to vaccines: Houston scientists are receiving praise for creating a cheap, easy-to-make COVID-19 vaccine that is widely accessible. The vaccine formula has no intellectual property rights attached to it, which drastically reduces its cost.

Many States Dump Mask Mandates. Governors and other officials in at least five blue states took steps this week to dial back the requirements.

CDC May Update Mask Guidelines As It Urges States To Move Cautiously.
The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is standing by the agency’s mask guidelines, emphasizing Tuesday that now is not the time to change the recommendations or loosen restrictions aimed at preventing Covid-19.

Even Mild Covid Infections Could Affect Later Heart Health, Study Finds.
Cardiovascular care essential part of post-infection care https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/02/220207124832.htm__;!!On18fmf1aQ!ihvaePSWYQlD3coT8IrEjF9jgbT-GoIElGrkR0KfE9JytdP7K1d6UFrXEpIBP5Br793_$

# Economy / Finance / Trade
Pandemic Makes U.S.-China Economic Breakup More Likely, U.S. Businesses in China Say. Survey finds fewer big companies calling ‘decoupling’
impossible in March than last October

Senators Consider Sanctions for Cyberattacks on Ukraine, Invasion or Not. Efforts to push back against Russian cyber aggression toward Ukraine are becoming more serious, with senators looking at sanctioning Russia and providing more cybersecurity assistance.

# Education / Schools
Loudoun County parents and children serve affidavits to school board calling for them to end mask mandate https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.dailyadvent.com/news/9a04d2aec038ca43034afd5eeddf2556-Loudoun-County-parents-and-children-serve-affidavits-to-school-board-calling-for-them-to-end-mask-mandate__;!!On18fmf1aQ!ihvaePSWYQlD3coT8IrEjF9jgbT-GoIElGrkR0KfE9JytdP7K1d6UFrXEpIBPx5JQfNz$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Solar panels are coming to two California canals. The “Project Nexus”
follows research from the University of California-Merced finding substantial benefits for water quality and delivery, in addition to the benefits of renewable power generation.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals / Global Gulf of Thailand oil pipeline leak threatens reef-rich marine park. An oil spill in the Gulf of Thailand that began in late January threatens to impact coral reefs, seagrass beds and local livelihoods in a nearby marine park.

# Environment / Climate / Global
Amazon losing far more carbon from forest degradation than
deforestation: Forest degradation was responsible for more carbon loss than deforestation. International team of researchers also found that deforestation rose nearly four-fold in 2019 https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/30/brazilian-amazon-released-more-carbon-than-it-absorbed-over-past-10-years__;!!On18fmf1aQ!ihvaePSWYQlD3coT8IrEjF9jgbT-GoIElGrkR0KfE9JytdP7K1d6UFrXEpIBPw8M72k4$

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other FDA addresses enforcement of ban on pesticide chemical chlorpyrifos: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a guidance document titled Questions and Answers Regarding Channels of Trade Policy for Human Food Commodities with Chlorpyrifos Residues: Guidance for Industry.

Tyson Foods Uses Land Twice the Size of New Jersey to Feed Its Factory Farmed Animals. A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists
(UCS) calculated that Tyson needs between nine and 10 million acres of farmland to feed all the animals it processes, an area almost twice the size of New Jersey.

# General Information / Other News
How a ‘dirty gambling company’ may have set the standard for habitat destruction in Cambodia. Conservationists, researchers and local residents interviewed by Mongabay worry that the sub-decree will mean that many other parts of Koh Kong province will follow in the destruction of Botum Sakor.

# Global Politics
Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime Against Humanity. Laws, policies, and institutional practices all work to expel, fragment, and dispossess Palestinians of their land and property, and deprive Palestinians of their human rights.

Tell me what’s untrue in Amnesty’s report on Israel: The world will continue to hurl the invective, Israel will continue to ignore it. The world will say apartheid, Israel will say antisemitism.

China’s Getting What’s Needed for Invading Taiwan: We are so obsessed with Russian forces massed against Ukraine, with terrorism in the Middle East, with North Korea’s nukes and missiles, that we risk placing China’s threats against Taiwan somewhere down the list of all the crises around the world.

Russia to ‘Probably’ Pull Diplomatic Staff From Ukraine: Russia’s foreign ministry said Moscow believes Western governments are plotting some kind of provocation.

# Gov / Politics
Sens: Iran briefing ‘sobering and shocking’: “That was a sobering and shocking briefing about where we are right now,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). “The information we got on breakout time is something we all have to really think about.”

From Vietnam to Afghanistan, all US governments lie: The Washington Post has, after more than two years of investigation, revealed that senior foreign policy officials in the White House, State and Defense departments have known for some time that the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan was failing.

Air wars: Kemp gets reinforcements from RGA: The ad launched days after Kemp’s top Republican rival, former U.S. Sen. David Perdue, aired his own spot featuring former President Donald Trump’s endorsement. And it underscores a growing proxy war between mainstream GOP groups and Trump’s allies.

Point: U.S. Sanctions on Afghanistan Could Be Deadlier Than 20 Years of War.
Economic sanctions have, in recent years, become one of the most important tools of U.S. foreign policy. There are currently more than 20 countries subjected to various sanctions from the U.S. government.

Foreign Diplomat’s Nose Broken in Brutal NYC Street Attack. The diplomat got a hard punch to the face while walking around on Fifth Avenue.

GOP candidates who participated in the Jan. 6 rally are raising millions. Nine Republican candidates who attended the Jan. 6 rally ahead of a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol raised more than $8.9 million in their runs for federal office.

Congressional leaders consistently pulled in millions of dollars from donors in 2021, campaign finance disclosures show. Their campaigns and leadership PACs took in over $90 million during 2021.

# Law Enforcement
Dallas prosecutors ordered the arrest of two Dallas police officers accused of using excessive force against protesters during the racial justice protests spurred by the death of George Floyd in the summer of 2020.

Congressman’s Son Arrested for Slapping Miami Commissioner, Yes, we’re talking about grown men here.

Her Boyfriend Killed Her Baby While She Was at Work. Oklahoma Might Lock Her Up for Life. Hundreds of women in the state have faced similar charges.

# Legal / DOJ
IG to probe claim Capitol Police took photos in lawmaker’s office: “Capitol Police leadership have put a target on my back, but my work in exposing the security failures on January 6th, the death of Ms. Babbitt, and the sham investigation into the events of January 6th will not be deterred,” Mr. Nehls said.

Sarah Palin took the stand in her libel lawsuit after an NYT editor said he has “regretted pretty much every day” his wording about her. Palin began testifying in her libel lawsuit against the New York Times over an editorial that falsely asserted a link between her political action committee and a deadly shooting.

A grand jury recommended murder charges against the man who shot Adil Dghoughi in Texas. Terry Turner admitted to fatally shooting Dghoughi as he sat inside a car, but wasn’t arrested until 11 days after the killing.

The Trump Coup: Maybe We Can’t Handle the Truth. The January 6 committee has the challenge of portraying the enormity of Trump’s betrayal to the public.

# Medical / Health Care
Skirmish Between Biden and Red States Over Medicaid Leaves Enrollees in the Balance https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://khn.org/news/article/skirmish-between-biden-and-red-states-over-medicaid-leaves-enrollees-in-the-balance/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!ihvaePSWYQlD3coT8IrEjF9jgbT-GoIElGrkR0KfE9JytdP7K1d6UFrXEpIBPykB79Sz$

# Military / DOD
Bloomberg named as new head of Defense Innovation Board: Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and presidential candidate, will lead the panel of tech and business experts tasked with advising Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

US forces to help evacuate American citizens: The White House says it is not planning for a mass evacuation of American citizens in Ukraine if Russia were to invade the country, though it has given approval for U.S.
troops in Poland to potentially help with any individuals who wish to leave, multiple outlets reported.

American military aircraft on the move in Europe amid ongoing Ukraine crisis. The U.S. Air Force is sending eight F-15 Eagle fighter jets to Poland to bolster NATO defenses amid ongoing fears of a new Russian invasion of Ukraine.

# Military / Global
Russian commander in Belarus for war games: Russia’s most senior uniformed military officer arrived in Belarus on Wednesday for a large-scale war game with its neighbor amid fears the Kremlin will use the military exercise as cover for an invasion into Ukraine.

UK proposes sending troops to counter Russia: The UK will offer the US-led NATO to increase the number of British troops in Estonia, deploy additional Royal Air Force (RAF) jets to Southern Europe and Royal Navy ships to Eastern Mediterranean at the upcoming meeting between PM Boris Johnson and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Iran unveils ‘warhead’ missile amid indirect nuclear talks with US: The announcement comes one day after U.S. and Iranian officials resumed indirect talks in Vienna over Tehran’s nuclear program. The missile was unveiled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Iran’s Fars News Agency, which is owned by the IRGC, reported. The U.S.
designated the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization in 2019.

North Korea says it can ‘shake the world’ with missiles able to hit US:
“In today’s world where many countries waste time dealing with the United States with submission and blind obedience, there’s only our country on this planet that can shake the world by firing a missile with the U.S. mainland in its range,” North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/international/593428-north-korea-gloats-about-missiles-that-can-hit-the-us__;!!On18fmf1aQ!ihvaePSWYQlD3coT8IrEjF9jgbT-GoIElGrkR0KfE9JytdP7K1d6UFrXEpIBP_EA781A$

IRGC unveils precision strike ballistic missile with range of 1,450 km:
The modern design of Khaybar Shekan has reduced its weight by a third in comparison with similar missiles, and the preparation time to launch the missile has apparently decreased to one-sixths compared to conventional projectiles.

# Murmurs of war
Opinion: The possibility of war looms over the Korean peninsula: Four weather fronts appear to be on a collision course that could lead to the outbreak of a second Korean war.

# Science
6 New Animals, One Fungus and a Tree Added to 25 Most Wanted Lost Species List, Following Rediscoveries. The Earth is full of diverse and fascinating species, and more than 2,200 of them have been lost to science for at least 10 years.

How Tongan eruption changed volcanology: The extraordinary power of the eruption that devastated Tonga on 15 January, captured by a range of sophisticated Earth-observing satellites, is challenging ideas about the physics of eruptions. The 15 January blast sent shock waves around the globe and defied scientific expectations. Researchers are now scrambling to work out why.

# Security
The Intelligence and National Security Alliance will discuss “Challenges and Opportunities of Black Women Within the Intelligence Community,”
with keynote speaker Debra Smith, former deputy assistant director for the FBI, at 11 a.m.

# Social
Unhoused Texans weather another winter storm with little aid: Advocates say emergency communications have not improved much since last year, and people experiencing homelessness were less likely to seek help this year because of new state and local policies targeting them.

# Technology
Pittsfield board of health issues conditional cease and desist order to Verizon over cell tower. Amid ongoing litigation around the tower as well as a city council request for a state investigation into the situation, Pittsfield’s board of health waded into the fray with an official cease and desist order at its Wednesday meeting.

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