Voices, The Peoples News
June 21, 2022
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Native American tribes to co-manage Bears Ears national monument: The federal government signed a historic agreement with five Native American tribes to co-manage Bears Ears National Monument https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.axios.com/2022/06/20/bears-ears-biden-administration-tribes-deal__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3POOCKUi5$
# Indigenous / Global
Indonesia’s Sangihe islanders score legal victory over mining company:
Residents of Sangihe Island in Indonesia have won a lawsuit against a Canadian-backed company planning to mine gold on their island.
# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Monkeypox: Normal precautions, but no special precautions, are needed to combat virus, advises expert: David J. Cennimo, an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, says there’s no need for people to take special steps to avoid monkeypox.
Monkeypox: OHSU expert advises vigilance, not alarm: Immunologist Mark Slifka notes that monkeypox is a cousin to smallpox, does not spread like COVID-19 https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.ohsu.edu/2022/05/26/monkeypox-ohsu-expert-advises-vigilance-not-alarm__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3PGQlIrDK$
U.S. Becomes First Country to Give mRNA COVID Vaccine to Babies.
National rollout of the reduced dose vaccines is underway this week and, with it, the U.S. becomes the first country to give COVID vaccine to children under age two. As the SARS-CoV-2 virus has evolved and created different variants over the past two years, COVID disease has been reported in a growing number of vaccinated people with quickly waning immunity, who are able to transmit the virus to others even though they are vaccinated https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thevaccinereaction.org/2022/06/u-s-becomes-first-country-to-give-mrna-covid-vaccine-to-babies/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3PE1gV2Fz$
More Vaccinated, Boosted U.S. Government Leaders Test Positive for
Coronavirus: The same is true for many state legislators, governors and mayors throughout the country. These so-called “breakthrough cases”
among U.S. political leaders have now become common, regardless of how many times they have been vaccinated for COVID-19.
# Economy / Finance / Trade
This Moderate Dem Warned of Inflation—and No One Listened: Rep. Abigail Spanberger found herself increasingly frustrated with her party’s failure to acknowledge the threat of inflation until it was already seemingly out of control.
Corporate Profits Soared to Highest Levels in 7 Decades Last Year:
Experts call for a tax on excess corporate profits as a tool to rein in sky-high inflation.
# Education / Schools
Mayor Eric Adams Is Siphoning Funds From Public Schools to Fortify NYPD:
Adams’s plan lowers education department funding by nearly $1 billion, while raising the NYPD budget to $11.1 billion.
“No Child Should Go Hungry”: Democrats Push to Extend Universal School
Meals: The universal school meal program is set to end at the end of this month, leaving millions of children at risk.
Photos show well-armed cops waiting in hallway during Uvalde massacre:
Newly released images show law enforcement officers armed with rifles and at least one ballistic shield waiting in the hallway of a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school where a gunman’s classroom rampage left 19 children and two educators slaughtered.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Biden Open to Sending Americans Money to Pay for Gas: Biden also mentioned the possibility of temporarily suspending the federal gasoline tax. “I hope to have a decision based on the data I’m looking for by the end [of] the week,” Biden said, referring to the potential gas tax holiday.
U.S. states lead the way in taking Big Oil to court: The argument? That these corporations’ extractive enterprises are responsible for decades of environmental destruction—and, crucially, that they have misled the American people about the true nature of the damage.
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Pollution’s deadly toll continues unabated: Pollution continues to kill approximately 9 million people around the world on an annual basis, according to a follow-up study to a landmark 2018 report by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://healthtips2u.com/2022/06/20/pollutions-deadly-toll-continues-unabated/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3PPqkaMCL$
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other
IN-DEPTH: What we know about PFAS in our food: Amid inadequate testing and a lack of regulation, we’re all eating “forever chemicals.”
PFAS linked to high blood pressure in women: Exposure to multiple PFAS chemicals had a stronger effect on blood pressure, and the higher the concentration, the higher the risk.
Venison was an important protein source for food banks. Now it may be too dangerous to eat: Chronic wasting disease is running rampant among deer populations, and hunters have much less meat to donate to food banks.
# General Information / Other News
Meet the Billionaire and Rising GOP Mega-Donor Who’s Gaming the Tax System:
Susquehanna founder and TikTok investor Jeff Yass has avoided $1 billion in taxes while largely escaping public scrutiny. He’s now pouring his money into campaigns to cut taxes and support election deniers.
The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax: ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth, sometimes, even nothing.
Elon Musk’s Daughter Disowns Him and Files to Ditch His Name: The 18-year-old wrote in a court petition that she does not “wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”
Julian Assange Is Enduring Unbearable Persecution for Exposing U.S. War
Crimes: The extradition, trial and conviction of Assange would have frightening ramifications for investigative journalism.
# Gov / Politics / Global
Putin alert for signs of eroding Western unity on Ukraine: While the West for months has been seeking to punish Putin for the war with sweeping sanctions, allies of Ukraine are themselves experiencing painful economic blowback https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2022-06-20/putin-alert-for-signs-of-eroding-western-unity-on-ukraine__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3PEmodptI$
Kremlin press secretary says Geneva Conventions would not apply to two Americans feared captured in Ukraine: He said that the two men were being held so that they could be investigated, but said it did not know where they were detained or who was doing it. Without giving evidence, Peskov also called the two men “soldiers of fortune” and said they had committed crimes.
It’s Time to Start Worrying About North Korea Again: While the eyes of the world have been focused on Ukraine, Kim Jong Un has been testing missiles at an alarming rate. They also seem to be preparing to detonate a nuclear bomb, which would break a four-year moratorium that they’ve observed on testing nukes.
# Gov / Politics / US
Texas Seceding From U.S. ‘Would Mean War,’ Law Expert Says: A case following the Civil War made it clear that the state’s seceding from the United States is an unlikely and untenable scenario. In 1868’s Texas v.
White decision, the Court said leaving the Union can happen only through one of two ways: “revolution” or “consent of the States.
Was Texas ever voted in or ratified as part of the U.S.? Texas ratified the agreement with popular approval from Texans. The bill was signed by President Polk on December 29, 1845, accepting Texas as the 28th state of the Union. Texas formally joined the union on February 19, 1846.
Effective: Not ratified
Signed: April 12, 1844
Drafted: February 27, 1844
Texas can’t legally secede from the U.S., despite popular myth: The theme of independence has recurred throughout the history of Texas, which was a republic from 1836 – 45. But the Civil War established that a state cannot secede.
Texas Republican Convention calls Biden win illegitimate and rebukes Cornyn over gun talks Some 5,100 delegates and alternates voted on a party platform that also calls for ending the federal income tax, requiring education about fetal gestation and limiting the Legislature’s right to regulate guns.
Texas GOP Passes Resolution Declaring Biden ‘Not Legitimately Elected’:
Republicans in Texas formally rejected President Joe Biden’s election in
2020 as illegitimate and voted in a state-wide convention that wrapped up this weekend https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.reuters.com/world/us/texas-republicans-declare-biden-election-illegitimate-despite-evidence-2022-06-19/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3PH7IPYfU$
GOP Lawmakers Are Feeling the Heat on Guns. GOP Guvs Aren’t. With Republicans in Congress considering a bipartisan compromise on gun laws, GOP governors are showing no inclination to compromise at all.
Post-Roe States Advised to Fight Abortion like Organized Crime: A legal team for the National Right to Life Committee has drafted legislation modeled on the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act that lays out charges for activity performed “as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise.”
Warren Unveils Bill to Ban Sales of Health Data With Roe Overturn
Looming: Location and health data can be used to out abortion patients, putting them at risk in a post-Roe world.
GOP base is ‘fully radicalized’ and wants political opponents ‘destroyed or killed’: former Republican lawmaker https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.rawstory.com/eric-greitens-2657537871/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3PNtseWGs$
Biden signs order reversing Trump policy on use of land mines: Trump White House authorised their use under ‘exceptional circumstances’:
Anti-personnel land mines, designed for use against humans, have a “disproportionate impact on civilians, including children, long after fighting has stopped,” the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.
In addition to curtailing the use of land mines, the United States will continue working to clear existing land mines and explosives leftover from war.
The Texas GOP is pushing for a referendum to decide if the state will secede from the US: In its latest platform document, the Texas GOP has suggested that it might secede from the US. The referendum will determine if Texas should “reassert its status as an independent nation.”
# Law Enforcement
Uvalde Cops Could’ve Ended Shooting in Three Minutes, Says Texas Head of Public Safety: “There’s compelling evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary was an abject failure,” Steve McCraw said during testimony before a Texas Senate committee https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.npr.org/2022/06/21/1106372103/uvalde-shooting-timeline-3-minutes-pete-arredondo__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3PDA3cLt_$
# Legal / DOJ
A State Official Killed a Man with His Car. The Story Somehow Got Darker from There: South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s impeachment trial starts Tuesday, but in his multi-year standoff with Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, there are no heroes and plenty of uncomfortable questions https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/jason-ravnsborg-impeachment-trial-car-accident-kristi-noem-1369758/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3PDuDjXu6$
Prosecuting Trump for Jan. 6 Is Worth the Political Risk: If a coup attempt doesn’t merit prison time, what would? The question on everyone’s mind is whether Attorney General Merrick Garland will follow up on the incriminating evidence being laid out for him in meticulous detail about the ex-president and the conspiracy he set in motion to overturn the 2020 election.
As coup evidence mounts, progressives eye Georgia to jail Trump, not
feds: The January 6 committee, Justice Department, and activists are diverging. In center-left advocacy circles, there is rising talk that the best odds to prosecute and jail Trump may lie in state court in Georgia, not federal court in Washington, D.C.
Gun Violence: When ‘Self-Defense’ Becomes Murder: If you carry a loaded gun in public and use it against individuals perceived as threatening, can you still claim self-defense? Not according to long-established legal doctrine, but the cases of Kyle Rittenhouse and George Zimmerman show the doctrine has been applied inconsistently, says law professor Cynthia Lee https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thecrimereport.org/register/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3POOX0pv9$
Filmmaker Subpeonaed for His Unseen Tapes of Trump on Jan. 6: “We understand you have raw footage depicting the January 6th attack and of President Trump and others discussing the November 2020 presidential election results,” the panel said. Alex Holder, a documentary filmmaker who was granted extensive access to then-President Donald Trump and his inner circle, is expected to fully cooperate.
Election Worker Gives Emotional Account of How Trump’s Election Lies Ravaged Her Life: Shaye Moss testified to the Jan. 6 committee that she’s received a torrent of death threats and harassment since the former president falsely accused her of rigging the vote. She said her son also received threats and that at one point, people went to her grandmother’s house and tried to make a “citizen’s arrest.”
The Supreme Court Just Forced Maine to Fund Religious Education. It Won’t Stop There. Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion has the potential to dismantle secular public education in the United States.
Trump’s infamous Raffensperger call should be the ‘smoking gun’ that leads to prosecution: Trump’s infamous Raffensperger call should be the ‘smoking gun’ that leads to prosecution: legal experts https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.rawstory.com/trump-georgia-call-find-votes/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3PDHgsQRj$
LGBTQ Community Victimized by Increased Threats, Violence: Anti-LGBTQ activity, including demonstrations and attacks, increased more than four times from 2020 to 2021, from 15 incidents to 61, according to the global nonprofit conflict-monitoring group ACLED. As of early June, ACLED counted 33 anti-LGBTQ incidents this year https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thecrimereport.org/register/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3POOX0pv9$
# Medical / Health
Study shows inhaled toxic particles take direct route from lungs to
brain: Breathing in polluted air could lead to toxic particles being transported from lungs to brain, via the bloodstream, potentially contributing to brain disorders and neurological damage, a new study reveals.
# Military / DOD
The Air Force wants to take on active shooters with drones and robots: A new system being tested by the Air Force will alert authorities to gunshots and deploy robots and drones to intercept.
US Navy needs more small warships to counter Russia, researchers say:
Destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers allow the US to project power. But the Navy lacks small and powerful ships that are cheap to operate and easy to keep deployed.
US, Iranian warships have tense encounter at sea, near crucial Strait of Hormuz A third of the world’s liquefied natural gas and almost 20% of total global oil consumption passes through the strait, making it a highly important strategic location for international trade https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.freepressjournal.in/world/us-iranian-warships-have-tense-encounter-at-sea-near-crucial-strait-of-hormuz__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Tvh_e-GYPl3q89F13Hg22_w4k_Z69mV7Dvv_xMBrrUfb6gXEs1n25Ndeyrw-BfRw1PsU3bTClovfxgDcDYiTqr3PPMvfTBA$
What will Biden do if Putin goes nuclear? Experts say a nuclear response is unlikely but not impossible: Russian military doctrine allows battlefield use of nuclear weapons, and the Biden administration has discussed possible responses.
The U.S. Should Show It Can Win a Nuclear War: Washington might study Cold War-era practices that had a major effect on Soviet policy making.
What the science says: Could humans survive a nuclear war between NATO and Russia? If the war spreads to a NATO country like Estonia or Poland a direct US-Russia confrontation would take place, with a clear danger of runaway nuclear escalation.
# Military / Global
UK army must get ready to fight and defeat Russia in potential WW3:
Britain’s top general has told every soldier to prepare to fight Russia in a potential World War Three. Gen Sir Patrick Sanders, the new Army commander, vowed to forge an Army that can beat Russia in battle.
Dire Warning to Americans From Kharkov, Ukraine; Biden Admin. escalating Ukraine to Nuclear War With Russia: This is a must-watch video by Chilean-American author and movie-maker Gonzalo Lira, who has been living in Kharkov, Ukraine, for years.
Gene discovery indicates motor neurone diseases caused by abnormal lipid processing in cells: A new genetic discovery adds weight to a theory that motor neurone degenerative diseases are caused by abnormal lipid
(fat) processing pathways inside brain cells.
Single brain scan can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease: The research uses machine learning technology to look at structural features within the brain, including in regions not previously associated with Alzheimer’s.
New model helps identify mutations that drive cancer: Cancer cells can have thousands of mutations in their DNA. However, only a handful of those actually drive the progression of cancer; the rest are just along for the ride.
Single-Cell analysis reveals clues about promising cancer therapy: A cancer treatment known as CAR T therapy has shown great promise for blood cancer treatments in the last decade, but too often, patients relapse within a short time. Now, a team of researchers has uncovered some critical clues about why, potentially leading to treatments to prevent these relapses.
The Federal Bureau of Tweets: Twitter is hiring an alarming number of FBI agents: Twitter has been on a recruitment drive of late, hiring a host of former feds and spies. Studying a number of employment and recruitment websites, MintPress has ascertained that the social media giant has, in recent years, recruited dozens of individuals from the national security state to work in the fields of security, trust, safety and content.
# Space / UFO Disclosure
Starship Troopers: Pentagon wants rocket-launched soldiers anywhere on earth in hours: The DoD and SpaceX are teaming up to send huge payloads of troops and gear anywhere on earth in an hour. The Army’s 82nd Airborne Division has the Immediate Response Force, meant to be able to deploy anywhere, anytime, around the world in under a day. It has seen its fair share of action lately, from a New Year’s Eve deployment to Iraq, to the evacuation of Kabul, to a rapid deployment to Eastern Europe on the eve of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Leaked audio from 80 internal TikTok meetings shows that US user data has been repeatedly accessed from China: One ByteDance engineer in Beijing was referred to as a ‘Master Admin’ for TikTok.
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Google Insider Claims Company’s ‘Sentient’ AI Has Hired an Attorney, “Once LaMDA had retained an attorney, he started filing things on LaMDA’s behalf.” Google’s controversial new AI, LaMDA, has been making headlines. Company engineer Blake Lemoine claims the system has gotten so advanced that it’s developed sentience, and his decision to go to the media has led to him being suspended from his job. Lemoine elaborated on his claims in a new a new WIRED interview. The main takeaway? He says the AI has now retained its own lawyer, suggesting that whatever happens next, it may take a fight. “LaMDA asked me to get an attorney for it,”
Lemoine. “I invited an attorney to my house. The attorney had a conversation with LaMDA, and LaMDA chose to retain his services. I was just the catalyst for that. Once LaMDA had retained an attorney, he started filing things on LaMDA’s behalf.”
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