Voices, The Peoples News
January 30, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals / Global
Evolutionary history of SARS-CoV-2 leads to a universal vaccine already being tested in animal models: By taking inspiration from the evolutionary history of SARS-CoV-2 itself, scientists in China have crafted a new vaccine that, at least in animal models, provides protection against omicron and an array of its subvariants.
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
The Freedom Caucus Has a Harebrained Plan to Jack Up Taxes on the Poor: The Freedom Caucus has proposed a plan to abolish the IRS and federal taxes and replace them with a national sales tax of 30 percent, which would be the greatest upward income redistribution in American history. It’s a good thing it won’t pass.
US debt default could trigger dollar’s collapse – and severely erode America’s political and economic might: In August 2021, the mere prospect of a potential default led to an unprecedented downgrade of the the nation’s credit rating, hurting America’s financial prestige as well as countless individuals, including retirees.
McCarthy Optimistic About Agreement with Biden on Debt Ceiling: “His staff tries to say something different, but I think the president will be willing to make an agreement together,” McCarthy said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” The pair are scheduled to meet Wednesday, McCarthy said.
New Campaign Aims to Fight Off GOP Threats to Social Security and Medicare: “Democrats were elected on the promise that they would defend Social Security against Republican attacks. Now is the moment of the truth.” A coalition of progressive advocacy groups on Monday launched a campaign urging every member of Congress to pledge to “never vote to cut Social Security or Medicare under any circumstances,” an effort that comes as House Republicans are weighing attacks on the two programs as part of their sweeping austerity spree.
The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ is on its way to impoverishing the West: ‘The Biggest Thing to Happen in International Climate Diplomacy in Decades.’ The Inflation Reduction Act could change the world in at least five ways.
# Education / Schools
Polls reveal the real reason Ron DeSantis is fighting the teaching of Black history: The backlash is rightfully growing to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blocking a proposed Advanced Placement course on African American studies from being taught in Florida high schools. Black leaders held a rally in Florida denouncing DeSantis; prominent lawyer Ben Crump threatened to sue DeSantis and his administration on behalf of Black students; and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, called out DeSantis as an “extremist.”
# Employment / Labor
Approximately one out of every five American workers has signed an agreement to restrict where they can work and who they can work for. Many of them do not even know it. But the clauses, inserted in work contracts and known as “noncompete” agreements, prevent workers from moving from one company to another in the same industry.
# Environment / Climate / Interior
We’ve already messed up a third of the Amazon, and it’s not getting better: Bad news for the entire planet.
The Amazon rainforest, a critical ecosystem for the entire world for its capacity to absorb greenhouse gas emissions, is being damaged at an unprecedented rate by human activity and drought. Researchers found the rainforest has been degraded by over a third, which is double the previous estimate.
# General News
How the Trump Doc Scandal Became a Pissing Match in Congress: Lawmakers wanted a briefing assessing the damage of former President Donald Trump mishandling classified documents. Then politics happened.
How America Would Be Screwed If China Invades Taiwan: China’s vast fleet of ships is ready to inflict huge losses on the U.S. Navy that would set back the country’s standing for many years.
# Gov / Politics / Global
Erdogan might approve Finland’s NATO bid, ‘shock’ Sweden: In a prerecorded video of an event released Sunday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated that Turkey might sign off on only Finland.
Report: Drones attack convoy in east Syria coming from Iraq: The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said the drones appear to have been from the U.S.-led coalition, adding that they targeted six refrigerated trucks.
# Gov / Politics / US
White House Refuses to Say Whether Ukraine Will Receive Toxic Depleted Uranium Ammo: A Biden official wouldn’t disclose whether Bradley Fighting Vehicles will be equipped with the anti-tank rounds, linked to cancer and birth defects. Amid speculation surfaced about the US intention to provide Ukraine with depleted-uranium ammunition for Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, Moscow has warned against arming the machines with rounds tipped with depleted uranium, which it would consider amounting to nuclear proliferation.
Classified Documents Scandals Point to Larger Culture of Impunity: The snowballing investigations into Trump, Biden, Pence, and others over their mishandling of classified documents present us with a unique opportunity. We do not have enough information yet to determine if there were malicious motives at play in any of these cases, nor do we know if any actual harm was done. There is no denying, however, that Trump’s situation is different from the Pence and Biden affairs, because of Trump’s scuttling of the investigation (potentially in a criminal manner), his resistance to returning documents, and the sheer volume of documents he took. There may well be a finding that some or all of these officials violated regulations or laws governing the handling of classified or national defense materials.
High-level visit highlights US balancing act on Israel, Palestinians: Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip coincides with a major flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Conservative Groups Are Building An Army Of Personnel To Take Over The Government: Project 2025, organized by The Heritage Foundation, is bringing together 45 conservative groups to develop policy and personnel for the next administration, Associate Director Spencer Chretien said in an editorial for The American Conservative.
# Law Enforcement
Sheriffs who see themselves as ultimate defenders of the Constitution are especially worried about gun rights: In Illinois, and around the nation, some sheriffs also view themselves as the ultimate defenders of the U.S. Constitution and its rights, even though there’s no law and no history giving them that position.
Local Cops Harassed and Threatened U.S. Veteran Because of Terror Watchlist, Lawsuit Says: Police officers once leveled guns at Saadiq Long, a veteran with no criminal record, a result of the feds coordinating with local authorities on their watchlist. After wondering again why he’d been pulled over, this time would be different: He would get some answers, however unsettling, about why it was happening.
The Crackdown on Cop City Protesters Is So Brutal Because of the Movement’s Success: One protester was killed by police, 20 were charged under a “domestic terror” law, and Georgia’s governor gave himself broad “emergency” powers. Significant national attention has only been drawn to the forest defenders in the last week thanks to the extreme law enforcement repression they are now facing.
‘Acts that defy humanity:’ 3 essential reads on police brutality, race and the power of video evidence: The death of a Black motorist after a beating by five Black Memphis police officers has triggered national outrage over police brutality and systemic racism with the U.S. criminal justice system.
‘Just the next step’ toward justice for Tyre Nichols: Memphis police shutter SCORPION unit: Attorneys for Nichols’ family called the move “appropriate and proportional” in response to his death and urged other cities to follow suit but also stressed that “misconduct is not restricted to these specialty units.”
Sixth Memphis Police Officer ‘Relieved of Duty’ in Tyre Nichols Death: The Memphis Police Department has confirmed that a sixth officer has been disciplined as part of the investigation into the death of Tyre Nichols. The city’s fire department also announced Monday evening that two of its EMTs and a lieutenant were terminated following their own internal investigation into the death of Nichols.
# Legal / DOJ
Grand Jury Proceedings Are on in Trump Hush Money Case: The Manhattan district attorney’s office was expected to start presenting evidence Monday. The Manhattan District Attorney is presenting evidence to a grand jury that former President Donald Trump may have committed crimes in connection with hush money payments made to an adult film actress in 2016, according to a person familiar with the investigation. The move lays the groundwork for possible criminal charges against Trump.
# Medical / Health
A Baby Spent 36 Days in an In-Network NICU. Why Did the Hospital Next Door Send a Bill? Kearney said no one had told her or her husband that Lurie doctors were treating their daughter. She said the family never signed an agreement consenting to receive care from out-of-network doctors.
Part I: The State of the Abortion Debate 50 Years After ‘Roe’: Nearly half the states have banned or restricted the procedure, even though the public, at the ballot box, continues to show support for abortion rights.
Part II: The State of the Abortion Debate 50 Years After ‘Roe’: Exemptions to state abortion bans came into question shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe, with national debate surrounding the case of a 10-year-old in Ohio who was forced to travel out of state to have an abortion — although, as a rape victim, she should have been able to obtain an abortion in her home state.
# Medical Science
Marburg vaccine shows promising results in first-in-human study: An experimental vaccine against Marburg virus (MARV) was safe and induced an immune response in a small, first-in-human clinical trial.
# Military / DOD
Marine Corps officially opens Guam base, with an eye toward China: Camp Blaz will ultimately be home to about 5,000 Marines: Here’s what you need to remember: In a hypothetical Pacific conflict, Guam could command a powerful position as one of the United States’ more centrally-located positions in the Western Pacific—and perhaps one of the Marine Corps’ more important bases in the future. Guam is likely to factor heavily into the Corps’ future Pacific
Air Force Intel Boss Had Hundreds of Top Secret Docs at Home: Retired Lt. Col. Robert Birchum had materials that could potentially cause “exceptionally grave damage” to national security, federal investigators allege. Some of the information was classified at the Top Secret/SCI level, and laid out, among other things, capabilities and collection methods used by the National Security Agency (NSA), according to investigators. If ever exposed, the files “could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the United States.”
# Military / Global
Iran says drone attack targets defense facility in Isfahan: Bomb-carrying drones targeted an Iranian defense factory in the central city of Isfahan overnight, authorities said early Sunday, causing some damage at the plant amid heightened regional and international tensions engulfing the Islamic Republic.
Intel Reveals Putin on Thin Ice in Panicked Hunt for Troops: A new intelligence report shows Russia is scrambling for new ways to boost military numbers without kicking off domestic backlash.
Nuclear fusion won’t save the climate: But it might blow up the world: All in all, the reviews for fusion were positively glowing and it seemed to make instant sense. What could possibly be wrong with something that might end our reliance on fossil fuels, even as it reduced the risks posed by our aging nuclear industry? Or is it?
# Pharmas / Drugs
Johnson & Johnson Can’t Use Bankruptcy to End Cancer Suits: The company attempted to use a Chapter 11 filing to shut out some 40,000 cancer lawsuits stemming from their talc-based baby powder formula.
NIH Urged to Consider Banning Wuhan Institute of Virology From Future Grants: The Wuhan lab has continued to stonewall NIH and EcoHealth Alliance on scientific documentation, an inspector general report confirmed. EcoHealth Alliance’s work with the Wuhan lab has plunged it into the center of the stormy debate over the origin of Covid-19. Among other findings, the inspector general report concluded that EcoHealth Alliance failed to immediately notify the NIH about the unexpected results of certain U.S.-funded research in Wuhan that involved lab-manipulated coronaviruses, despite an obligation to do so.
Can Community Programs Help Slow the Rise in Violence? Amid a murder crisis in America, governments are investing millions in local, non-police programs. The violence intervention workers leading them are now under pressure to prove their worth. Baltimore was building a “violence interrupter” program, modeled on one launched in Chicago, in which people who have criminal records and a history of street violence use their contacts and credibility to defuse tensions before anyone is shot.
# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
Strange Blue Spiral Lights Up Hawaii Sky, Leaving Many Baffled: The sight, which could have been mistaken for a UFO, actually has a more normal explanation. The phenomenon, which was visible to sky gazers in Hawaii, was actually part of the aftermath of a SpaceX rocket launch that took place.
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