Porvoo Voices, The Peoples News
presumptively March 18, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate
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Redistricting: Native American communities fight for an equal voice: The Columbia and Okanogan Rivers to the east, south and west of the Colville Indian Reservation form natural borders on a map of north-central Washington. Invisible borders stymie the reservation’s political power, some tribe members say. The Colville Reservation typically has been broken into multiple state legislative and congressional districts, making it difficult for Native candidates to garner the support of their entire communities https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.invw.org/2022/03/16/redistricting-tribes-fight-for-an-equal-voice/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jkkiGqY6PZAtZJjoWrtntdwK1HrUB1xj4GLfeyeEysxOZEnBmnaR6KKx88mYsGHVo5pE$
# Indigenous / Global
New study adds to body of proof connecting mercury poisoning to health issues in Grassy Narrows. Study looked at past and current mercury exposure on the body, adds to established research on the issue https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://usnewsmail.com/news/health/new-study-adds-to-body-of-proof-connecting-mercury-poisoning-to-health-issues-in-grassy-narrows-cbc-news/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jkkiGqY6PZAtZJjoWrtntdwK1HrUB1xj4GLfeyeEysxOZEnBmnaR6KKx88mYsDe4IB2f$
Indigenous guardians are reinforcing sovereignty and science on their lands From catching poachers to documenting species to saving lives, guardians all along the B.C. coast are bringing back traditional practices of territorial safeguarding — and filling major knowledge and conservation gaps while they’re at it https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thenarwhal.ca/indigenous-guardians-conservation-bc/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jkkiGqY6PZAtZJjoWrtntdwK1HrUB1xj4GLfeyeEysxOZEnBmnaR6KKx88mYsHwpm26Z$
Tomcod Brings Everyone to the Table: The Apoqnmatulti’k project brings Indigenous communities and scientists together to better understand one another and three food fisheries.
# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls Solving Tuna’s Dolphin By-catch Problem: The number of dolphins drowning in nets set for yellowfin in the eastern Pacific has plummeted more than
99 percent, but there’s a hitch.
# Border / Immigration
Texas continues imprisoning migrants without filing charges or appointing lawyers, court filings claim. Months after the problems became apparent, migrants are still being kept in prison in violation of state laws under Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security crackdown.
A shakeup in leadership continues at the Texas Military Department, one of the leading agencies involved in border operation. The shuffling is the latest sign that Abbott and military officials could be looking to make changes as criticism mounts surrounding Operation Lone Star.
Some Ukrainians can be exempt from a Trump-era policy that expels immigrants at the border. As with other immigrants and asylum-seekers, border authorities have been told they can make exceptions for Ukrainians on a case-by-case basis.
ICE Detainees Living in Cells With Non-Functioning Toilets, Sinks: A new report from Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General recommends the immediate relocation of detainees from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in New Mexico, citing staffing and hygiene issues as reasons why the detainees should be moved.
# Bundy Rides Again
Ammon Bundy’s Far-Right Group Urges Supporters to Doxx Judge. The judge is overseeing a case in which a malnourished baby was removed from his parents’ home.
# Covid / Pandemics
Proof: The US Created and Weaponized COVID in Ukraine and Georgia as a ‘First Step’: A study of the documents in the part of the P-781 project on the study of ways of transmitting diseases to humans through bats showed that the work was carried out on the basis of a laboratory in Kharkov together with the infamous R. Lugar Center in Tbilisi.
Russian allegations of US-funded biolabs in Ukraine gain traction with American conspiracy theorists including QAnon adherents. Despite rebuttals from independent scientists, Ukrainian leaders, and officials at the White House and Pentagon, the online popularity of the claims suggests some Americans are willing to trust Kremlin propaganda over the US media and government.
Russia Is Lying About Evidence of Bioweapons Labs in Ukraine, Russian Biologists Say. Russian scientists who have looked at the documents Russia calls proof of “bioweapons labs” in Ukraine say there is no evidence for such claims.
How rumors about Covid-19’s origins led to a narrative arms race. In December 2019, a previously unknown virus started to infect the population in Wuhan Province, China. The spread of this novel coronavirus would subsequently become not only one of the deadliest pandemics in modern history, but also a dominating flashpoint in the global competition for information https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Weaponized-How-rumors-about-COVID-19s-origins-led-to-a-narrative-arms-race.pdf__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jkkiGqY6PZAtZJjoWrtntdwK1HrUB1xj4GLfeyeEysxOZEnBmnaR6KKx88mYsBj06hgp$
China amplifies unsupported Russian claim of Ukraine biolabs. As Russia intensifies its assault on Ukraine, it is getting a helping hand from China in spreading inflammatory and unsubstantiated claims that the U.S.
is financing biological weapons labs in Ukraine.
COVID-19 Pandemic Origins: Bioweapons and the History of Laboratory Leaks. Future pandemics will continue to be a threat, so it is important to lay bare the true cause of this devastation. From the beginning, the origins of the pandemic have been debated, even though a natural zoonotic transfer to humans has been determined as the likely cause; however, speculation around a viral bioweapon and laboratory leaks remains.
# Education / Schools
Ten Steps to Equity in Education: Education plays a key role in determining how you spend your adult life, a higher level of education means higher earnings, better health, and a longer life. By the same token, the long-term social and financial costs of educational failure are high. Those without the skills to participate socially and economically generate higher costs for health, income support, child welfare and social security systems.
# Employment / Labor
Biden approved videos won’t help working Americans: Biden was supposed to revive normalcy, empathy, and truth, but pushes smugness, deception, and deflection.
Progressives hand Biden list of 55 executive actions because ‘working people can’t wait’
“Taken together, these actions will have an immediate and meaningful impact on people’s lives,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Oregon is turning sewage into an endless supply of green energy:
Converting poop into heat and electricity offers a tantalizing
proposition: more waste equals more clean power. It turns out that sewage isn’t just waste to be treated, but a source of clean, renewable energy. https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/77813__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jkkiGqY6PZAtZJjoWrtntdwK1HrUB1xj4GLfeyeEysxOZEnBmnaR6KKx88mYsEmXc5T3$
Efforts to propel Kansas’ renewable energy future are at a standstill, mired in legislative stalemate. At its center is a former TV weather personality who is using his chairmanship of a key committee to promote questionable claims about green energy and to spotlight complaints from opponents of wind and solar energy projects.
US blocks illegal imports of climate damaging refrigerants with new
rules: Starting Jan. 1, U.S. chemical and equipment manufacturers were required to begin phasing down production and consumption of climate-damaging HFCs as mandated by the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act, which was enacted in December 2020.
Gas Price Hikes Test The Climate Action Movement: High gas prices are political poison for Democrats right now. First of all, higher fuel costs worsen overall inflation, which was already surging, had already tanked President Joe Biden’s popularity, and already forced Democrats to give up on passing their entire policy agenda.
# General Information / Other News
An inspiring story about how presumptuous Senate staffers can accidentally make history. Reporters and politicos were caught off guard Tuesday afternoon when the Sunshine Protection Act sailed through the Senate without issue, with no senators speaking up to object to it passing by unanimous consent. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, serving as Senate chair overseeing the motion at the time, broke composure, burst into a grin, and whispered, “Yes!”
Another Article V Controversy: There has recently been some attention placed on the Equal Rights Amendment. There is another important Article V issue that may result in a Supreme Court case later in 2022. While the ERA debate relates to state ratification of a congressionally proposed amendment, Article V of the Constitution also provides an alternative means to propose an amendment. Specifically, on the application of legislatures of two-thirds of the several states (34 of 50 states), Congress shall call a convention for proposing amendments. This is a mandatory, non-discretionary and ministerial duty of the Congress.
An American in Russia has inserted himself in a Kremlin-backed propaganda project to convince the world that Vladimir Putin’s true intent in his Ukrainian invasion is to destroy U.S-funded bioweapons facilities. Now, he says, he’s in Ukraine to inspect some of those biolabs, to prove they have been used by the American military to threaten Russia.
# Global Politics
And Now Russia Is Threatening Bosnia Over NATO, Too: “Ukraine’s example shows what we expect. Should there be any threat, we will respond,” said the Russian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
What You Don’t Know About Russia’s ‘Bioweapons’ Bullsh*t: The Kremlin’s web of biolab lies was spun long before Vladimir Putin waged war on Ukraine.
Xi, Biden Prepare to Talk as U.S.-China Distrust Mounts: China presents its stance as neutral; the U.S. is likely to warn Beijing against any support of Russia https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wsj.com/articles/xi-and-biden-prepare-to-talk-as-u-s-china-distrust-mounts-11647549209?mod=politics_lead_pos4__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jkkiGqY6PZAtZJjoWrtntdwK1HrUB1xj4GLfeyeEysxOZEnBmnaR6KKx88mYsBuGBxiN$
Polish soldier who testified about Poland’s Murder of Ukie Refugees found ‘Epsteined’
Women Are Leading Russia’s Antiwar Protests — and They’re in Putin’s Crosshairs. As feminist antiwar activists face brutal arrests, they’re organizing support for those who’ve been incarcerated.
Ukraine wants a no-fly zone. What does this mean, and would one make any sense in this war?
A no-fly zone over Ukraine? The case for NATO doing it. The Biden administration has cautioned that the United States will not enter the conflict in Ukraine. Its reasons are sound: War between nuclear powers has been a strategic third rail for decades. But the time has come to reconsider that approach.
Apparently, Vladimir didn’t like being called ‘a murderous dictator, a pure thug who is waging an immoral war’: Moscow has today accused Joe Biden of hurling ‘personal insults’ at Vladimir Putin fueled by ‘irritation, fatigue and forgetfulness,’ after the President called the Russian leader a ‘murderous dictator’ and a ‘thug’ over his brutal invasion of Ukraine.
Putin’s Dystopian Mega-Rally Is a Whole New Level of Batsh*t: Tens of thousands gathered in Moscow on Friday to witness Vladimir Putin’s bizarre spectacle against a backdrop of death and destruction in Ukraine.
Putin’s War on Children Is an Atrocity for the Ages: Russia’s indiscriminate murder of civilians, including women and children, demands a global humanitarian response.
# Gov / Politics
War criminals must be held accountable, whether in Russia, the U.S. or elsewhere. The International Court of Justice in The Hague, ruling on a complaint filed by Ukraine, directed Russia to “immediately suspend the military operations that it commenced on 24 February 2022 in the territory of Ukraine.” The vote was 13 in favor, with Russia and China against https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailyreview.com/opinion/columns_editorials/war-criminals-must-be-held-accountable-whether-in-russia-the-us-or-elsewhere/article_dd200b2b-9939-5c24-8b69-26f4e3027af9.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jkkiGqY6PZAtZJjoWrtntdwK1HrUB1xj4GLfeyeEysxOZEnBmnaR6KKx88mYsDTtT8Yv$
President Biden today will tell Chinese President Xi Jinping that any military assistance China extends to Russia during its war with Ukraine will result in tough U.S. consequences for Beijing https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.reuters.com/world/biden-china-speak-friday-ukraine-competition-white-house-2022-03-17/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jkkiGqY6PZAtZJjoWrtntdwK1HrUB1xj4GLfeyeEysxOZEnBmnaR6KKx88mYsJ8U8IrV$
Americans Want a No-Fly Zone—Until They Learn What That Actually Means:
It would amount to a declaration of war and might not even be effective.
Republicans ready to use violence to seize greater power and control.
Politics is a dirty business here in America and the last thing we need in this country is a political war in which people are physically harmed.
Republicans Supporting a No-Fly Zone Are Putting Us at Risk of Nuclear War. A no-fly zone is an act of war. Instead, we should all support the peace movement.
# Law Enforcement
California Man Gasped “I Can’t Breathe” to CHP Officers as They Killed Him in March 2020 https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.democracynow.org/2022/3/18/headlines/california_man_gasped_i_cant_breathe_to_chp_officers_as_they_killed_him_in_march_2020__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jkkiGqY6PZAtZJjoWrtntdwK1HrUB1xj4GLfeyeEysxOZEnBmnaR6KKx88mYsDEj9Iw9$
Former police officer sentenced to federal prison for using excessive force. “The actions of Mr. Maynard are disturbing and violate the trust placed in him by the community.”
A former Lonoke County sheriff’s deputy who was convicted of negligent homicide Friday morning in the fatal shooting of teen Hunter Brittain has been sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
Two people caught on video going through pockets of man who was dying after being shot https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2022/03/18/philly-cctv-shows-people-going-through-dead-mans-pockets/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jkkiGqY6PZAtZJjoWrtntdwK1HrUB1xj4GLfeyeEysxOZEnBmnaR6KKx88mYsOLD21hy$
Video: Officer used stun gun on Black driver in traffic stop. A Tennessee police officer fired his stun gun at a food delivery man who had begun recording his traffic stop for speeding and asked to see the officer’s supervisor, video footage shows.
# Legal / DOJ
The government missed a key deadline in a Jan. 6 conspiracy case. Then things got messy. The charges against Lucas Denney feature some of the most serious felonies to date out of the hundreds of cases related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Transgender Texans: From the 2017 “bathroom bill” to a new law restricting trans student athletes, Republican lawmakers have targeted transgender Texans for years. In early 2022, Gov. Greg Abbott’s order equating gender-affirming care with child abuse left transgender children and their parents terrified. Texas Tribune reporters are covering these laws and directives, and their effects on Texas families.
After accepting her trans son’s hard-fought identity, a Texas mother is being investigated for child abuse. It took him three years to come out to his mother as trans. Now, under a new directive from the governor, the state is investigating whether she pressured him to transition.
Texas Attorney General Attacks Nation’s Highest-Ranking Openly Transgender Official Waist-deep in ethical controversies,Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted out his transphobia on Thursday morning by intentionally misgendering the nation’s highest-ranking openly transgender official.
# Medical / Health Care
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.
Understanding Hyperaldosteronism: One of the functions of your adrenal glands is to produce a hormone called aldosterone that plays an active role in your blood pressure. It does this by maintaining the balance of sodium, potassium, and water in your blood.
# Military / DOD
Finding older recruits would help Army deal with enlistment shortages, study finds.
The U.S. Army, faced with an increasingly difficult recruiting environment, should target older Americans for service rather than focusing almost exclusively on high schoolers https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA824-1.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jkkiGqY6PZAtZJjoWrtntdwK1HrUB1xj4GLfeyeEysxOZEnBmnaR6KKx88mYsCiBuPXC$
# Military / Global
Pentagon: Russian advance remains mostly stalled across Ukraine as war enters its fourth week: Russian forces attempting to advance through Ukraine remain largely stalled as Ukrainians continue a strong defense of their country https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/russian-advance-stalls-us-warns-china-against-aiding-moscow-ukraine-2022-03-17/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jkkiGqY6PZAtZJjoWrtntdwK1HrUB1xj4GLfeyeEysxOZEnBmnaR6KKx88mYsDtWpMlI$
Russia Broadens Offensive on Ukraine with Strikes Near Polish Border. On Friday morning, Russian missiles struck an aircraft repair plant near the civilian airport in Lviv. The attack in western Ukraine came just 50 miles from the border with Poland, a NATO member.
War in Ukraine lengthens list of violent acts over water: A new report details the rising number of clashes across the planet that are connected to water.
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