Voices, The Peoples News
July 21, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate
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“We are no longer accepting things we cannot change. It is now time to change the things we cannot accept.”
– Robert Kennedy
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Medals of Honor for soldiers who perpetrated Wounded Knee massacre may be rescinded: Lawmakers took a step last week towards taking back the nation’s highest award for valor from Army troops who perpetrated one of the most infamous Native American massacres in U.S. history.
Who gets to prosecute on Native land? Jurisdiction can be defined as the power or authority of a court over a particular person, area, or subject matter.
In its latest term, Supreme Court reversed almost 200 years of US law and tradition upholding tribal sovereignty For the past 50 years, the Supreme Court has issued rulings that narrow tribal rights while Congress has worked to expand them. A recent ruling struck yet another blow against Native sovereignty.
# Indigenous / Global
Scientists call for end to violence against Amazon communities, environmental defenders – The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) demanded urgent action to stop attacks against Indigenous peoples, environmentalists, and communities in a July 14 declaration.
– An alignment between illegal resource extraction and drug trafficking in the Amazon places people protecting resources at increasing risk, according to the association.
– Latin America is the most dangerous region in the world for environmental defenders, and Colombia and Brazil are at the top of the list for killings.
# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls How canine heart disease was tied to grain-free dog food: In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, acting on input from a group of veterinary researchers, began investigating whether the increasing popularity of grain-free dog foods had led to a sudden rise in a potentially fatal heart disease in dogs, dilated cardiomyopathy.
[My eldest daughter is a wildlife rescue and rehabber … so very proud of her.] Wildlife ‘rehabbers’ wage herculean fight for a noble cause
– Rehabilitators who help injured creatures or abandoned baby animals have a role to play in conserving wildlife across the U.S.
– One estimate of the number of animals hit by vehicles on U.S. roads every year was projected to be about 300,000, but this is almost certainly a low estimate.
– A national network of 1,600 mostly volunteer “rehabbers” are at work every day to recuperate and return wild animals to their natural habitats.
Brazil’s Indigenous Pataxó reclaim their land: On June 22, a group of nearly 200 Indigenous Pataxó people occupied a eucalyptus plantation inside their demarcated territory in Brazil’s Bahia state, setting fire to the trees.
Chinese paddlefish, last seen in 2003, officially extinct due to human activity: The Chinese paddlefish, a freshwater fish known to live for as many as 100 years, has been ruled extinct and more than two dozen similar fish are also threatened https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2022/07/21/switzerland-wwf-chinese-paddlefish-extinct/1671658420044/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!yaa06I3128BrPdo0MBIYG9NPDBIJHJ3DTLTq2SaxEr8WAlYDjhxbDeVZHCo18OUF59KvkIkza_GeDpkCLKgF_b7Bqn0CoMyP$
# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
The first US case of monkeypox was confirmed in Massachusetts in May, and now there are at least 1,972 cases across 44 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. The CDC expects rising cases in the coming weeks on account of enhanced reporting protocols and presumed exposures with positive cases.
What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You: Novavax’s ‘Loud-and-Clear’
Nanoparticle Adjuvant: Advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday unanimously recommended Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine, claiming the unvexed are the product’s “primary target population.”
# Economy / Finance / Trade
Nancy Pelosi’s Husband Buys Millions In Chip Stocks Right Before Vote On Massive Chip Subsidy
Nancy Pelosi Urges Support Of $50 Billion ‘CHIPS’ Bill Hours After Disclosing $8 Million Nvidia Stake
Trump steered $2 million in PAC money into legal fees for witnesses in Jan. 6 probe: new filing
# Education / Schools
Senators Question School Surveillance Startups on Abortion Searches: Four of the largest school surveillance software makers are facing questions from US senators around how they plan to handle data related to students’ searches for abortion services and reproductive care.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Progressives Demand Biden Immediately Ban New Fossil Fuel Leases on Public Lands: The lawmakers say it’s past time for the Biden administration to start phasing out fossil fuel leasing on public lands.
Sean Patrick Maloney’s Hazardous Support for Dirty Energy Infrastructure: The story of Maloney’s office shutting down a colleague who tried to stir up opposition to a fracked-gas plant is part of a pattern.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals / Global Putin signals gas pipeline will resume at reduced levels
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
IUCN Officially Lists Beloved Monarch Butterflies as Endangered: Migratory monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus plexippus) are now considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The species will now be listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species after habitat loss and climate change decimated the population.
Nine Senators Urge Biden to ‘Act Boldly’ and Declare Climate Emergency: “Aggressively use your executive powers to address the climate crisis, create good-paying union jobs in the United States, and liberate hard-working American families from volatile energy prices.”
Impact of Supreme Court’s climate ruling spreads: The legal doctrine that the conservative justices used to strike down an EPA regulation in late June is popping up in a host of new legal challenges, including many having nothing to do with climate change.
Can the EPA get environmental justice right?
Here’s what could happen if Biden declares a climate emergency: Climate change is an emergency.
Presidential Climate Malpractice: Joe Biden’s mishandling of the many episodes of the Joe Manchin follies imperiled a burning planetm and the executive actions he should take have not materialized
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global
UK Government Offers Farmers Cash Incentives to Sell Their Land: The UK government is offering a lump sum of cash to farmers as an incentive for them to either retire, sell their land, or get a different job.
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other
The FDA Is Funding and Approving Cigarettes: It is astounding that the FDA and other agencies spent $100 million from U.S. taxpayers to develop evidence on the safety and efficacy of combustible cigarettes.
Follow the science? Biden Administration politicizes EPA by ignoring its own scientists in backdoor way to ban atrazine. It will harm farming and increase food prices: The No. 1 crop in America is corn. It’s a major ingredient in thousands of food and beverage items as well as a staple in beef cattle diets, and it is the second largest export after soybeans.
# General Information / Other News
Rocky Mountain Massacre: Was Yellowstone’s Deadliest Wolf Hunt in 100 Years an Inside Job? A veteran ranger who killed a park wolf claims he’s the target of a “witch hunt.” It had been a long and bloody winter for wolves living on the park’s northern border, and it wasn’t over yet.
Young Workers Are Bridging the Climate and Labor Movements: Ongoing organizing in the labor movement could have enormous implications for curbing the climate crisis.
# Gov / Politics / Global
The Next Big Crisis That Could Give Putin the Edge He Needs: Russia’s ongoing bloodbath is forcing an uncomfortable question on the U.S.: What happens if Ukraine runs out of the manpower it needs to use the equipment Uncle Sam is sending?
Kremlin ‘Scrambling to Annex Parts of Ukraine by September’: Sergei Kiriyenko, the Kremlin official widely seen as Vladimir Putin’s point man in Ukraine, is reportedly heading up the project.
# Gov / Politics / US
Are the Feds Handing Trump an Unfair Advantage in the 2024 Election? A democratic group is demanding the FEC treat Trump like a presidential candidate, as Trump is already running an obvious presidential campaign
Implementing a New World Order: Politics do Not Rule the World, Corporations, Financial Institutions and Bankers do:Summary: The state is not disappearing; it is unbundling into its separate, functionally distinct parts. These courts, regulatory agencies, executives, and legislatures are then networking with their counterparts abroad, creating a new, transgovernmental order. And they may hold the answer to many of the most pressing international challenges of the 21st century.
Biden Ripped for $1 Billion UAE Arms Deal Days After Khashoggi Lawyer Sentenced: Journalist Mehdi Hasan said “it’s clear that Biden isn’t breaking with Trump” on supporting Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, “even when they kill or detain U.S. citizens.”
A Potential Historic Political Shift Is Taking Place Among Evangelical Christians: Christians are splitting with the religious right over Trump, Covid, and Black Lives Matter, creating opportunities for those interested in social justice.
New Envoy to S. Korea Arrives at a Promising Time: The United States has a new ambassador to South Korea at a pivotal moment in U.S.-Korean relations and the confrontation between North and South Korea.
It’s Time for Congress to End U.S. Involvement in the Saudi-Led War on Yemen: Saudi Arabia could resume its bombing campaign and blockade of Yemen when the ceasefire expires at the end of July.
Texas charity that backs Trump’s stolen-election lie has deep ties to Ken Paxton: The Texas attorney general would be the one to hold True the Vote accountable on allegations that it swindled a $2.5 million donor. But the nonprofit’s founder has been a friend and an ally.
Michael Peroutka, a neo-Confederate activist who’s refused to disavow a racist group to which he once belonged, has won the Republican nomination to be Maryland’s next attorney general.
Joe Biden’s Secret War in Ukraine: American soldiers are already “boots on the ground”
The President’s Policy Is Dangerous: What Does Joe Biden Believe He Is Doing in Ukraine?
Biden’s Dangerous New Ukraine Endgame: No Endgame. With his strategy to “weaken” Russia, the U.S. president may be turning the Ukraine war into a global one.
Biden called Russia’s war in Ukraine ‘genocide.’ When President Joe Biden declares Russia’s Ukraine war “genocide,” it isn’t just another strong word.
House Passes Bill Protecting Right to Contraception: The bill passed largely along party lines, with only eight Republicans joining Democrats in support. However it is almost certainly doomed to fail in the Senate.
House Passes Bill Barring States From Restricting Access to Contraception: The bill comes as a response to Clarence Thomas’s warning that birth control could be next on the chopping block.
All But 10 House Republicans Voted Against Ensuring the Right to Contraception: GOP lawmakers insist they’re not coming for contraception or marriage rights — yet the vast majority of them have voted against codifying them into law
Trump’s Allies in Congress Are About to Be Humiliated in Prime Time: Early reports suggest tonight’s committee hearing on the January 6 Capitol attack will be quite the stemwinder.
Democrats spend millions on Republican primaries: Democrats spent nearly $44 million on advertising campaigns to influence Republican primaries across five states.
Trump is illegally running for president undeclared, and the nation’s top election agency is letting it happen: lawsuit
# Law Enforcement
Teens in a Louisiana juvenile facility are being sent to Angola prison. Experts say it’s not only cruel, it could violate the law.
Two more men convicted of murder have been exonerated after 23 years in prison due to allegations of police misconduct. Eruby Abrego and Jeremiah Cain became the 27th and 28th people exonerated based on allegations that retired detective Reynaldo Guevara routinely beat suspects and witnesses, coerced confessions, and used threats in order to close murder investigations.
Uvalde school officials are set to decide the fate of Uvalde schools police Chief Pete Arredondo, one of the first law enforcement officers to arrive on the scene of the May 24 shooting in Uvalde. The school district’s superintendent has already recommended Arredondo be fired from his post as police chief.
Crime-Obsessed San Fran Flirts With ‘Police State’ Crackdown: After a progressive district attorney was ousted, everyone knew the city would change. But the new regime is raising red flags.
# Legal / DOJ
Docs Expose Trump’s ‘Illegal’ Effort to Help GOP by Weaponizing Census
Hunter Biden Probe Reaches ‘Critical Stage,’ as Officials Weigh Possible Charges: Officials are reportedly weighing possible charges against Hunter Biden as the federal investigation into the president’s son has reached a “critical stage,” sources said. Hunter Biden, 52, could face charges related to possible tax violations or more seriously, foreign lobbying violations
Giuliani Ordered to Testify in Georgia Inquiry of Trump Attempt to Overturn Election: Giuliani failed to appear at a court hearing earlier this month where he could have disputed the subpoena order. An order for Rudy Giuliani to testify before a grand jury is the latest twist in a rapidly advancing criminal inquiry by District Attorney Fani Willis.
Lawsuit Claims Trump’s Lawyer Called AG ‘That Black B*tch’: Donald Trump’s favorite New Jersey criminal defense lawyer is in hot water after allegedly repeatedly singing the N-word while listening to rap. And there’s more.
‘Why Hide the Information’? Lawsuit Seeks Documents Related to Fauci’s Wife: A lawsuit filed in federal court accuses the U.S. government of stonewalling because officials won’t release documents pertaining to potential conflicts of interest involving Christine Grady, Ph.D., chief of the National Institutes of Health Department of Bioethics, and wife of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
A Government Official Helped Them Register. Now They’ve Been Charged With Voter Fraud: Ten Florida men with felony convictions have been charged with voter fraud because prosecutors say they registered and voted illegally. Critics say the punishments are unfair.
The Secret Service Has Managed to Locate Only One Coup-Related Text Message: The Secret Service claims the rest of the messages are permanently gone and completely unrecoverable.
Criminal Probe Launched Into Secret Service’s Missing Texts: The Department of Homeland Security ordered the Secret Service to stop its internal investigations Wednesday while a criminal investigation is underway.
Republicans Squeezed Over Same-Sex Marriage Protections: GOP senators are dodging the question of whether to codify protections for marriage equality following the Supreme Court ruling overturning abortion rights.
# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, with Senators Booker and Wyden, formally introduced the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA) to end federal marijuana prohibition. Circulated initially as a discussion draft in July 2021, the finalized version of this historic bill is now pending action in the United States Senate.
‘Public Pressure Works’: Postal Service to Boost Electric Vehicle Purchases After Backlash: This announcement is a step in the right direction, said one advocate, but “we won’t settle” until the postal fleet is made up of “100% union-built electric vehicles.”
# Medical Alternatives / Herbology
Healthiest Drink In The World? 10 Terrific Health Benefits From Tea, According To Science
# Medical / Health
Facebook Is Receiving Sensitive Medical Information from Hospital Websites: Experts say some hospitals’ use of an ad tracking tool may violate a federal law protecting health information. A tracking tool installed on many hospitals’ websites has been collecting patients’ sensitive health information, including details about their medical conditions, prescriptions, and doctor’s appointments—and sending it to Facebook.
Despite treatments for miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies being legal under Texas law, according to legal experts, the state’s abortion statutes have not stopped confusion to spread among medical professionals, who have in some instances delayed or denied care to patients for fear of retribution.
Surgery risks go up depending upon the anesthesiologist’s workload: Most major surgeries would not be possible without anesthesia to render a patient unconscious and pain free and to ensure that their vital functions remain stable throughout the procedure.
Pregnant Women Beg Docs in Anti-Choice States: Save Me First: Amid harrowing stories of complications and miscarriages left untreated, women are pre-emptively warning doctors to remember who their patients are.
Texas Says It Cares About Mothers, but Its Medicaid Postpartum Coverage Lags Behind Most Other States:Gov. Greg Abbott claimed Texas provides expectant mothers “necessary resources so that they can choose life for their child,” but it is now one of a dwindling number of states not to offer Medicaid coverage for a full year after residents give birth.
Georgia Law Takes Effect Banning Most Abortions and Granting “Personhood” to Embryos & Fetuses: Attorneys for groups challenging the law acknowledged that the ruling allows the state’s ban on many abortions to take effect. But they argued in their brief that a provision that grants “personhood” to a fetus should remain blocked.
‘They Must Provide The Abortion!’ AG Garland Hits Back at Texas Lawsuit Challenging Biden Emergency Abortion RuleGarland told reporters he’s moving to dismiss the suit, and gave an emphatic explanation that cited the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act as the basis for the guidance:
# Military / DOD
New program to cut child care costs for military families coming to more states: A program aimed at reducing child care costs and providing options for military parents is coming to more states.
# Military / Global
The UN Is Failing Palestinian Victims: The clear message here is that Israel may target Palestinian children as it pleases, as there will be no legal, political or moral accountability for its actions.
Big Pharma Has Raised Drug Prices 1,186 Times This Year, Analysis Shows: “We must put an end to drug corporations’ unfettered ability to dictate prices at the expense of patients.” The U.S. pharmaceutical industry exercised its virtually unlimited pricing power to hike costs for patients again this month as Senate Democrats made progress toward a limited deal to regulate out-of-control prescription drug prices, which are forcing millions of people to ration their medication or go without it entirely.
Big Pharma Wants to Put an End to Vitamins and Supplements: Story at-a-glance One of the latest attempts to thwart your ability to access nutritional supplements comes in the form of draft legislation that would require premarket approval for dietary supplements.
Pharma mobilizes army of lobbyists to tank Democrats’ Medicare drug pricing plan: “Big Pharma is fighting hard to keep their price-setting monopoly intact,” said one advocacy coalition.
Pharma Is Mobilizing to Tank Democrats’ Effort to Cut Prescription Drug Costs: The pharmaceutical industry is mobilizing its army of lobbyists to attack Senate Democrats’ Medicare drug pricing plan.
With just a tablespoon of blood, researchers aim to transform cancer treatment: Researchers at the Vancouver Prostate Center have developed a new blood test that provides unprecedented insight into a patient’s cancer make-up, potentially allowing doctors to better select treatment options that will improve patient outcomes.
New combination therapy shows early promise against certain lung cancers: Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute have found that using immunotherapy alongside a drug that blocks a common gene mutation in lung cancer could be a promising new combination therapy for certain types of lung tumors
Molecular motor is ‘DNA origami’ milestone: Physicists have built a molecular-scale motor entirely from DNA strands, and used it to store energy by winding up a DNA ‘spring’. It is not the first DNA nanomotor, but it’s “certainly the first one to actually perform measurable mechanical work.”
Detecting who wields power in social networks: From in-crowds to power couples, network science uncovers the hidden structure of community dynamics
A town’s anti-Section 8 policy forces Black residents out: Landlords in Texas don’t have to accept renters who receive federal housing assistance, Denton County is taking it a step further: making most of the town off limits to Section 8 tenants.
Revealed: US cities refusing to replace toxic lead water pipes unless residents pay: A Guardian investigation finds pipes are only replaced at homeowners’ cost, and removal work risked causing increase of lead in water
Big water pipelines, an old pursuit, still alluring in drying West. Diverting Mississippi River is not happening, though.
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