Voices, The Peoples News
December 26, 2022
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Huge 2,000-year-old Mayan civilization discovered in northern Guatemala: A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in the U.S., working with a colleague from France and another from Guatemala, has discovered a very large 2,000-year-old Mayan civilization in northern Guatemala. In their paper published in the journal Ancient Mesoamerica, the group describes using LiDAR to conduct a survey of the area.
Archaeologists uncover oldest known projectile points in the Americas: Oregon State University archaeologists have uncovered projectile points in Idaho that are thousands of years older than any previously found in the Americas, helping to fill in the history of how early humans crafted and used stone weapons.
# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody has revealed new video evidence that shows officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lost track of 150,000 illegal immigrants who had entered the United States.
The EPA is finally addressing 4 dangerous ‘forever chemicals,’ out of over 4,000: This video is part of our series “The Numbers That Defined 2022.”
# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
What the World Should Really Expect From COVID in 2023: There’s one country that’s expected to have a very different experience with the virus than the rest.
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Tax Policy Is Helping Wall Street Gobble Up Single-Family Homes: Wall Street investors have concentrated their purchases of entry-level and single-family homes in communities of color.
How the government helps Wall Street landlords convert family homes to rentals: Housing prices have risen 24.8% since March 2020. As house prices rise, rents rise. Despite the ever-escalating number of those without the ability to buy or rent, someone, or some group, is able to sweep up all available units. As the average American moves from owner to renter to homeless, who is filling in the gap? Where is this demand coming from? Part of the answer: The wealthy investor who is buying up average priced single-family homes through equity/hedge funds and trusts.
# Education / Schools
School Librarians Are in the Crosshairs of Right-Wing Book Banners and Censors: Right-wing groups are escalating efforts to remove books that address race, gender and sexuality from school libraries.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
A Window into Louisiana’s Continued Embrace of the Fossil Fuel Industry
Defective Meters and Whistleblower Complaints Raise Questions About Gas Utility’s Profits: Following complaints, Oregon’s Public Utility Commission is investigating NW Natural’s meter testing program and billing practices.
Why Stop Smart Meters? Utilities across the country are installing so-called ‘smart’ meters. As a result, bills are skyrocketing, health effects and safety violations are being reported, and privacy in our homes is being violated. Do we really need wireless smart meters? Decide for yourself.
Smart Meter Fires and Explosions: The following is a compilation of reports from the US , Australia and Canada about fires, explosions, electrical problems or burned out appliances due to Smart Meter installations.
Phantom Gas and Missing Documents Reveal Gaps in Utility Oversight: Oregon regulators face challenges, old and new, to holding gas companies accountable during high-stakes energy system transformation.
# Environment / Climate / Global
Children born today will see literally thousands of animals disappear in their lifetime, as global food webs collapse: But to date, science has vastly underestimated the true toll climate change and habitat destruction will have on biodiversity. That’s because it has largely neglected to consider the extent of “co-extinctions”: when species go extinct because other species on which they depend die out.
Brazil’s Pantanal is at risk of collapse, scientists say: Record fires, climate change, large-scale agriculture, deforestation and a proposed industrial waterway collectively threaten the world’s lands. A confluence of human activities in Brazil and worldwide, including deforestation and climate change, are heating and drying this watery landscape, threatening the entire ecosystem with drought, wildfires and habitat loss. Now, a plan to dredge and straighten the Paraguay River that feeds the Pantanal could serve as the death knell for this vast wetland ecosystem.
Emperor penguin at risk of extinction, along with two-thirds of native Antarctic species, research shows: Two-thirds of Antarctica’s native species, including emperor penguins, are under threat of extinction or major population declines by 2100 under current trajectories of global heating, according to new research that outlines priorities for protecting the continent’s biodiversity.
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global
Sowing Doubt: How Big Ag is Delaying Sustainable Farming in Europe: New analysis sheds light on key industry lobbying tactics at a decisive moment for the future of agriculture.
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other
Hundreds of Tyson Foods Employees Are Leaving the Company. Why the Mass Exodus? The company has said its planned office closures are part of an effort to consolidate its corporate employees in Arkansas
# Foodie Tips, Tricks and How To’s
Best Organic Baby Formula: Top 5 Healthy Choices For Infants, Most Recommended By Experts: When it comes to baby formula, making the right decision for your infant can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.
# General Information / Other News
Trump Stirs Another Controversy as He Calls for Termination of the Constitution: On December 3, former President Donald Trump called for an end to the Constitution. Trump made the statement in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election and reinstate himself back into office. His claims continue to prove his denial of the 2020 election and push fringe conspiracy theories.
Australia Concerned As People Dying At ‘Incredibly High’ Pace And It Can’t Tell Why: Australia’s peak actuarial body has asked the government to urgently investigate the country’s “incredibly high” 13% excess death rate in 2022.
# Gov / Politics / Global
The Waltz of the Bloody Clowns: $6 billion per month in weapons is flowing in to “Ukraine” and being skimmed by the mobbed-up president’s partners. Arms trafficking by Ukrainian gangs has made it possible to diversify stocks placed on the market at unbeatable prices in the countries of the European Union.
China aims to rebuild US ties in diplomatic push for 2023: China said it will strive to “recalibrate” its relationship with the U.S. and increase communication with Europe as the country outlines its major diplomatic tasks for next year.
# Gov / Politics / US
Iran punished for treatment of women: The U.S. initiates Iran’s expulsion from the UN women’s commission: The Islamic Republic of Iran was the first UN member ever to be expelled from the prestigious Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), tasked with protecting women’s rights and promoting gender equality
House GOP using omnibus fight as ‘trial run’ for ploy to cut Social Security and Medicare, critics warn: “MAGA extremists in Congress are dusting off an old conservative playbook for when they seize power,” said one progressive watchdog.
Republicans Take Sides on January 6th Criminal Indictment Against Trump: Senate Republicans are stepping out of the way of the House Jan. 6 committee’s recommendation that the Justice Department prosecute former President Trump for crimes related to the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
# Law Enforcement
Local Alabama Police Arrested 82-Year-Old Black Woman for Overdue Trash Bill: A society based on human needs would help a retiree with a trivial household problem instead of sending cops.
Police Have No Duty to Protect the Public: This piece challenges a notion in our culture that is so accepted people rarely question it, and subsequently adds a new dimension to the discussion of police brutality. Though often unsaid in police reform debates, numerous court precedents have established that cops aren’t obligated to act in the interests of citizens.
Police Have No Duty to Protect You, Federal Court Affirms Yet Again: A federal judge ruled that the government agencies ” had no constitutional duty to protect students who were not in custody.” This latest decision adds to a growing body of case law establishing that government agencies, including police agencies, have no duty to provide protection to citizens in general
# Legal / DOJ
“The Central Cause of January 6th Was One Man”: House Panel Urges Trump Be Banned from Public Office.
The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol released its final 845-page report on the insurrection at the Capitol
Jordan demands FBI turn over all communications with Twitter as probe of censorship heats up: House Judiciary Committee Republicans led by incoming Chairman Jim Jordan demanded Friday that FBI Director Chris Wray turn over records of all communications and payments the law enforcement agency had with Twitter, signaling aggressive investigations of social media censorship next year.
DOJ has been handed Trump evidence that goes ‘far beyond a call for heads to roll’: According to legal experts who have poured over the final report from the House select committee investigating the Jan 6 riot that forced lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to flee for their lives, the Department of Justice and, in particular, special counsel Jack Smith, have been handed a powerful document that provides a detailed roadmap that should lead to criminal indictments.
# Medical Alternatives / Herbology
Intermittent Fasting May Cure Type 2 Diabetes, Here’s 3 Reasons Why it’s So Healthy: Intermittent fasting, which many celebrities follow and champion publicly, could really be a cure for Type 2 diabetes. Researchers with the Endocrine Society say patients who ate intermittently ended the need for painful insulin injections.
# Military / DOD
Hundreds of thousands more U.S. service members exposed to toxic forever chemicals than DOD acknowledges, report finds: “It’s not just that they purposefully underestimated how many service members were exposed… it’s that they didn’t tell anyone.”
# Military / Global
China sends 71 warplanes, 7 ships toward Taiwan in 24 hours: China’s military harassment of Taiwan, which it claims is its own territory, has intensified in recent years, and the Communist Party’s People’s Liberation Army has sent planes or ships toward the island on a near-daily basis.
A startup says it’s begun releasing particles in the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak the climate: A startup claims it has launched weather balloons that may have released reflective sulfur particles in the stratosphere, potentially crossing a controversial barrier in the field of solar geoengineering. Geoengineering refers to deliberate efforts to manipulate the climate by reflecting more sunlight back into space, mimicking a natural process that occurs in the aftermath of large volcanic eruptions. In theory, spraying sulfur and similar particles in sufficient quantities could potentially ease global warming.
U.S. public not warned monkeys imported from Cambodia carried deadly pathogens: Documents reveal that pathogenic agents, zoonotic bacteria and viruses, including one deemed bioterrorism risk, entered U.S. but ‘no indication CDC has been transparent.’ Activists are calling for the US government to stop the importation of non-human primates for laboratory use
A protective probiotic for ALS found: A probiotic bacterium called Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus HA-114 prevents neurodegeneration in the C. elegans worm, an animal model used to study amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
By enabling the transmission of signals to muscles so that they contract, motor neurons, which are nerve cells, allow us to move our body at will. People with ALS see a gradual deterioration of their motor neurons. This makes them lose their muscular ability, to the point of total paralysis, with an average life expectancy of only 3 to 5 years after diagnosis.
Another Nightmare Before Christmas: “Smart Meter Catches Fire, Utility Company Denies Homeowners’ Damage Claim.” e now add a Maryland fire and company response (non-response) to the list of customer nightmares caused by the unsafe, insecure, unsustainable, unwise ‘smart’ grid ‘smart’ meters.
# Veterans / VA
Spokane VA has reduced staff despite ongoing effects of troubled computer system as veterans wait longer for care: While the new electronic medical record system has been sold as an overdue update to the VA’s existing computer system, flaws in the Cerner system have left health care workers exhausted and demoralized, and the problems have also harmed scores of veterans, according to the VA Office of Inspector General.
The water wranglers of the West are struggling to save the Colorado River: Farmers, bureaucrats, and water negotiators converged on Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas, to fight over the future of the drought-stricken Southwest
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