Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-30

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
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.

# Social
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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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-29

Voices, The Peoples News

January 29, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Archaeology
A team from Northwestern University used powerful X-rays for the first time in the scientific community to see through the wrapping of a 1,900-year-old mummy. The examinations provided a number of details about the mummy – the person was a girl about five years old and buried with a scarab amulet that was meant to spiritually protect the body as it travels to the afterlife. The analysis also revealed that the young girl’s skeleton is still well preserved and shows no sign of trauma, suggesting she likely died from disease.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Social Security Has an Immigration Problem, and It’s Getting Worse: America’s top retirement program is facing a greater than $20 trillion funding shortfall through 2096. Immigrants are often wrongly blamed for Social Security’s poor financial footing. A 25-year immigration trend suggests Social Security’s long-term cash shortfall is only going to get worse.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
FDA advisory committee votes unanimously in favor of a one-shot COVID-19 vaccine approach – 5 questions answered. Many questions remain about next steps for US vaccine policy. But the FDA advisory panel’s hearty endorsement of a single-composition COVID-19 vaccine represents a pivotal step.

Z28.310 – the Code Designated for the Unvaccinated: International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes are a system used to classify and code diseases, injuries and other health conditions. Periodically the WHO updates the codes to reflect new advances in medical knowledge and technology, last year, the ICD codes were updated again. This time they were updated to record your vaccination status. Code Z28.310 is for the unvaccinated – if the patient has not received at least one dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.  They have even designated codes which give the reason why you didn’t get vaccinated.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Republican U.S. senators file bill to end China’s Permanent Normal Trade Status: Several Republican senators filed a bill on Friday to end China’s Permanent Normal Trade Status (PNTR), citing concerns over American job losses and human rights abuses overseas. Bill doesn’t include China’s role in fentanyl crisis, national security expert notes

# Employment / Labor
The party is over: The Fed and Congress have pulled their support from workers and investors: The Fed hasn’t raised rates yet, but the stimulus to spending is already gone. The massive unprecedented stimulus of the recent past has been replaced by massive unprecedented dampening of incomes and wealth. Wages are not keeping up with inflation.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
Scientists Have a Genius Plan: Turn Abandoned Mines Into Gravity Batteries, This might be the coolest energy storage solution yet: Gravity batteries use gravity and regenerative braking to send renewable energy to the grid.
Scientists created a battery that uses millions of abandoned mines worldwide (with an estimated 550,000 of them being in the U.S. alone) to store energy. Some companies are trying to build gravity batteries that can be dropped anywhere, regardless of if there are mines in the area.

Lone Democrat Jared Golden Joins House GOP in Passing Massive Big Oil Handout: Climate groups said the legislation “could lock in at least a century of oil drilling.”

Texas Regulators Won’t Stop an Oilfield Waste Dump Site Next to Wetlands, Streams and Wells: The Texas Railroad Commission has rejected the proposal twice over water contamination concerns, but commissioners keep extending lifelines. In Paxton, water lies just a few feet below ground. Ponds and wetlands dot the boggy forests. The East Texas town, population 850, has plenty to drink. But residents fear it could all be at stake with Texas regulators poised to permit plans to permanently bury hundreds of millions of tons of oilfield waste here.

Outdated EPA Standards Allow Oil Refineries to Pollute Waterways: A new report shows that seven of the 10 refineries dumping the most dissolved solids in the nation’s waterways are along the Texas Coast. Neighbors of refineries can see the glowing flares and visible plumes of air pollution rising into the sky. But water pollution often happens at ground level, or below, out of sight for both local residents and environmental regulators.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global
The EU just approved insects for human consumption with plenty of ‘environmental benefits.’ Are mealworms the low-cost and sustainable answer to soaring meat prices? These little creatures may not be appetizing for everyone. And the EU is not forcing this delicacy on every dinner table. “It is up to consumers to decide whether they want to eat insects or not,” the body says.

Addressing climate change’s impact on food and farming: Could CRISPR gene editing become part of the European Green Deal? The adoption of the EU Green Deal, the European Commission has presented a new proposal for plant modification on the back of the EU Study which includes the possibility to breed plants that have been developed using CRISPR

# General News
The new push for more babies: How tech elites think it will save the planet: Elon Musk and a new generation of pronatalists are warning of falling birth rates, but some say fertility decline should be celebrated. Soon after China reported that it saw more deaths than births last year, its first population dip in 60 years, Elon Musk, father of 10, again sounded the “population collapse” alarm, tweeting that a decline in birth rates globally heralds an “existential problem for humanity, not overpopulation!”

Donald Trump, a billionaire, is fighting NY Attorney General Letitia James over a measly $110K check: Trump and NY’s attorney general are in a wordy war over his $110K contempt-of-court check from May. The check is Trump’s fine for flouting subpoenas; he’s filed 1,000 pages in briefs to get it back. The big fight over a small sum is an odd side-show to NY’s $250 million lawsuit against Trump Org.

Billionaire’s Lawsuit Against O’Rourke May Stifle Criticism of Money in Politics: The lawsuit shows the oligarchic desire to wield political influence without being subject to public accountability.

# Gov / Politics / Global
The Kiev Purge: What has spurred a wave of resignations among senior Ukrainian officials? Ukraine is a very expensive project, regardless of its geopolitical value. In addition to risky investments and painful costs, its financiers need clarity in terms of internal management control. The US government regularly says that it will finance Ukraine until its victory, but it also has to account for the money it’s splurging.

# Gov / Politics / US
McCarthy taps GOP members to investigate Covid policies: The panel, which will include Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, is expected to investigate the origins of the virus and pandemic restrictions.

Marjorie Taylor Greene aims to be Trump’s VP pick in 2024: “She sees herself on the short list for Trump’s VP,” said former Trump aide Steve Bannon, who has spoken with Greene.

Gallego Senate campaign launch sparks progressive hopes and awkward questions: Rep. Ruben Gallego’s (D-Ariz.) entrance into the Arizona Senate race has supercharged many Democrats’ hopes of ousting Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) while putting others in a tough position.

Gallego’s early Sinema challenge squeezes Senate progressives: Liberals in the upper chamber who find the Independent incumbent frustrating have to decide if it’s worth supporting a challenger while they still need her vote.

Sometimes, Reality Itself Is a Little Too Woke: Conservatives keep saying that “voter suppression” is a hysterical liberal myth. And then one of them goes and brags about it

Trump makes his first big move in New Hampshire: Former President Donald Trump is tapping outgoing New Hampshire GOP Chair Stephen Stepanek to help oversee his campaign in the first-in-the-nation primary state, according to a person with direct knowledge of the hire.

# Military / DOD
Project Mayhem, the Air Force’s Secret Hypersonic Bomber, Has Begun Cooking: Development on the bomber, which will travel at Mach 10, just took a huge step forward. Project Mayhem, the Air Force’s secret hypersonic bomber, would be an air-breathing Mach 10 replacement for the SR-71. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory recently awarded a $334 million contract to several engineering companies, including Draper, to oversee the designs, prototypes and tests of Project Mayhem. At hypersonic speeds, heat makes building and testing hypersonic planes tricky business.

# Military / Global
Palestinian anger spreads after deadly Israel raid: Before carrying out one of the deadliest West Bank raids in recent memory, Israeli soldiers reportedly snuck into Jenin refugee camp hiding in the back of a milk truck.
Analysts have warned of more violence to come, after the deadliest year in the West Bank since the UN started tracking the death toll in the occupied territory in 2005.

The Palestinian Authority said it’s ending security ties with Israel after eight militants and one civilian were killed in a West Bank gunfight, in an escalation in violence that was later followed by a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. The hostilities, which resulted in one of the highest daily death tolls in years, showed little sign of abating.

Defense & National Security — Fighter jets to follow tanks to Ukraine? Ukraine’s breakthrough in securing heavy tanks from the U.S. and Germany has ignited talk about sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine to defend the nation’s skies.

Putin: Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Terrorize People, Commit Ethnic Cleansing as They Forget WWII Lessons: During Moscow’s ongoing special military operation in Ukraine, Russian soldiers are fighting the “evil” that became possible due to the forgetting of the lessons of history, President Vladimir Putin has stated.

# Planetary
The inner core didn’t stop spinning: Earth’s core is made of two parts: a solid inner core and a liquid outer core. Due to the magnetic field generated in the outer core and the gravitational effects of the mantle, this solid inner core rotates eastwards, just like the surface of the planet. Studies reported earlier in the 1990s showed that this inner core rotates almost at the same rate as the planet’s surface — but *almost* is the keyword here. So what happened? Why did everyone get this story so wrong? To be fair, this entire research has been confusing from start to finish, and it didn’t help that the Chinese authors failed to anticipate how their technical jargon might be interpreted by media people, including the press officers in charge of crafting and handing out the press release.

# Social
Ron DeSantis’s Attack on Black Studies Is Textbook Proto-Fascism: Florida’s unapologetically racist governor, Ron DeSantis, has effectively declared war on the Black freedom movement. Anyone who has glanced at the newspaper in the past decade, let alone read a book on the subject, knows that issues of mass incarceration, police, prisons, intersectionality and the politics of sexuality are all deeply relevant to the experience of African American communities.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-27

Voices, The Peoples News

January 27, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
The Museum Built on Native American Burial Mounds: For decades, Dickson Mounds Museum in Illinois displayed the open graves of more than 200 Indigenous people. Thirty years after a federal law required museums to begin returning remains, the statewide museum system still holds thousands. For more than 800 years, they laid undisturbed, carefully buried inside a mound of earth overlooking a quiet valley and a slow river. Then in the 1920s, a chiropractor named Don Dickson dug open the mound, eventually exposing the remains of hundreds of Native Americans. He left them in place, and his family turned the excavation into a roadside attraction they called Dickson Mounds. They charged visitors 50 cents for admission.

America’s Biggest Museums Fail to Return Native American Human Remains: The remains of more than 100,000 Native Americans are held by prestigious U.S. institutions, despite a 1990 law meant to return them to tribal nations. Here’s how the ancestors were stolen — and how tribes are working to get them back.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Feds adapting AI used to silence ISIS to combat American dissent on vaccines, elections –The federal government, working hand-in-hand with universities, private companies and Big Tech, is funneling millions in taxpayer m-ney to fund an AI censorship program to be used on American citizens to quickly identify and censor American dissent on issues like vaccine safety and election integrity, according to grant documents and cyber experts.

Pfizer Executive: ‘Mutate’ COVID via ‘Directed Evolution’ for Company to Continue Profiting Off of Vaccines, ‘COVID Is Going to be a Cash Cow for Us:| Project Veritas released a new video exposing a Pfizer executive, who claims that his company is exploring a way to “mutate” COVID via “Directed Evolution” to preempt the development of future vaccines. Directed Evolution is different than gain-of-function, which is defined as “a mutation that confers new or enhanced activity on a protein.” In other words, it means that a virus such as COVID can become more potent depending on the mutation/scientific experiment performed on it.

Stroke After Pfizer Booster May Be Connected to Flu Vaccine, Officials: Instances of stroke following receipt of Pfizer’s new booster in the elderly may be connected to the influenza vaccine, officials said on Jan. 26. One-hundred thirty cases of ischemic stroke, which can be deadly, were recorded among people aged 65 or older within 21 days of a bivalent Pfizer booster, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee heard on Thursday.

Harris required people to sign ‘attestation of vaccination’ paper to attend her speech: The requirement is a counter-approach to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s claims the vaccine is being used as a weapon. The governor plans to propose protections for residents, such as a ban on vaccine and mask requirements, during the next legislative session.The form was titled “Attestation of Vaccination,” and required guest to indicate whether they are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or vaccinated.

First COVID year linked to spike in heart-related deaths: In 2020, COVID-19 led to the largest single-year increase in the number of individuals dying from cardiovascular disease since 2015 and exceeded the previous record set in 2003, according to a report by the American Heart Association published in Circulation. COVID-19 can cause inflammation of heart tissue and blood clots, directly worsening heart conditions.

FDA vaccine advisers vote to harmonize Covid-19 vaccines in the United States: A panel of independent experts that advises the US Food and Drug Administration on its vaccine decisions voted unanimously Thursday to update all Covid-19 vaccines so they contain the same ingredients as the two-strain shots that are now used as booster doses.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
California Democrats plot to tax people who fled to red states: California lawmakers are pushing legislation that would impose a new tax on the state’s wealthiest residents, even if they’ve already moved to another part of the country. Several Democrat-led states introduced similar measures in effort to tax rich even more

Who Will Head the National Economic Council? Fed governor Lael Brainard’s name has been leaked. It’s more important to keep her at the Fed. While the naming of Jeff Zients as Biden’s new chief of staff has gotten more press attention, another key senior appointment is in the offing.

# Education / Schools
What Is Critical Race Theory, and Why Is It Under Attack?
Is “critical race theory” a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or a divisive discourse that pits people of color against white people? Liberals and conservatives are in sharp disagreement. Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that race is a social construct, and that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
This company is suing the U.S. over the Keystone pipeline cancellation. Taxpayers are footing the bill. The lawyers, meanwhile, are living handsomely. The case is set to be heard in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, or ICSID, pronounced “ick-sid”. The company brought its suit under a multilateral deal that no longer exists, the North American Free Trade Agreement, Nafta—which is why the United States thinks the suit should be thrown out.

Meet the top House recipients of oil and gas money: The oil and gas industry donated millions of dollars to members of the House in the last election cycle. Now, many of the top recipients are well-positioned to advance its interests. Two of them, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) — serve in leadership positions. Several more have been assigned to House committees where they will wield outsize influence over energy and climate policy.

Public lands near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters withdrawn from federal mining leases: The release cited departmental concerns over the impacts of mining on ecosystem health, tribal rights, and the local recreation economy.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Federal food stamps program: The cost of the federal food stamps program known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program increased to a record $119.5 billion in 2022, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture

# Gov / Politics / US
Inside Washington’s about-face on sending tanks to Ukraine: Weeks of squabbling opened a rare breach between two of Ukraine’s top allies. Then the president decided to make peace. In the weeks after Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Christmastime visit to Washington, U.S., German and other European leaders became locked in an increasingly ugly tit-for-tat over whether to send tanks to Ukraine. As language got heated behind the scenes, neither the U.S. nor Germany would budge, even as the standoff exposed a rare breach between two of Kyiv’s biggest backers.

Biden Admin’s Changing Definition of ‘White’ Further Divides Meanings of Race: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Thursday announced a series of proposed changes to the race/ethnicity data that it has kept since 1977. The OMB said changes are warranted because people’s preferences relating to how they identify themselves have changed.

Congress Nearly Passed a Federal Data Privacy Standard. Here’s Where We Go Next. Congress came close to setting a federal privacy standard in 2022, but fell just short of the finish line. That’s unfortunate because consumer data underpins almost everything that happens in today’s global economy.

The Myth of Jeffrey Zients: There is no reason to trust a longtime corporate stooge to serve as President Biden’s chief of staff.
# Law Enforcement
Five former Memphis police officers have been charged with murder for allegedly beating a Black man in a traffic stop. The officers, who are all Black, were fired after the Memphis Police Department’s internal investigation determined that they violated several department policies, “including excessive use of force, duty to intervene, and duty to render aid.”

# Legal / DOJ
The “special treatment” Supreme Court justices got during the leak investigation should be inspected: An investigation into the leaked opinion draft turning over Roe v. Wade did not require Supreme Court justices to sign affidavits swearing they had not been involved in the leak, and a progressive advocacy group is urging Congress to investigate this “special treatment.”

# Medical / Health
Did Your Health Plan Rip Off Medicare? KHN has released details of 90 previously secret government audits that reveal millions of dollars in overpayments to Medicare Advantage health plans for seniors. The audits, which cover billings from 2011 through 2013, are the most recent financial reviews available, even though enrollment in the health plans has exploded over the past decade to over 30 million and is expected to grow further.

To no surprise, Arkansas’s latest abortion bill is getting national attention. House Bill 1174, introduced on Thursday, would allow Arkansas prosecutors to pursue murder charges against women who have abortions.
The bill states that “all unborn children should be protected under the state homicide laws as all other persons.”

When Miscarriage Is a Crime: Last June, 27-year-old African-American woman Marshae Jones was indicted by an Alabama grand jury on manslaughter charges when she lost her 5-month-old fetus after being shot. The person who shot Jones, whom the police claimed was acting in self-defense, was not charged in the shooting. Jones, however, was held responsible for being in a fight while pregnant, and faced up to 20 years in prison.

# Military / DOD
Overmatch secrecy needed as China, Russia surveil US Navy, experts say: The thick fog of secrecy encircling the U.S. Navy’s multibillion-dollar Project Overmatch is still needed to keep rival nations including China and Russia off-balance, unable to discern from afar how the service is readying for future large-scale conflicts, according to a pair of experts.

U.S. Intel Officials Detail Threats From China, Russia: Avril Haines, the director of National Intelligence, discussed the intelligence community’s assessment of China and Russia, America’s strategic competitors, during testimony before Congress this morning. Haines told the House Intelligence Committee that China “remains an unparalleled priority for the intelligence community.” “China is especially effective at bringing together a coordinated whole of government approach to demonstrate its strength, and to compel neighbors to acquiesce to its preferences.”

Russia-Ukraine Conflict Prompted U.S. to Develop Autonomous Drone Swarms, 1,000-Mile Cannon: The U.S. military has new technology on the drawing board in response to warfare trends previously demonstrated in the region. As Moscow keeps U.S. and European leaders guessing about whether it will invade Ukraine again, the Pentagon is pushing forward with projects that reflect priorities set after the onset of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The U.S. overestimated Russia’s military might. Is it underestimating China’s? Concerns about American blindspots on the Chinese military are a major factor driving reviews of U.S. assessments of foreign armed forces.
U.S. lawmakers are among those who’ve requested the intelligence reviews, and some have concerns about China in particular.

US to buy new Abrams tanks for Ukraine because military has no spares, Pentagon says: “We just don’t have these tanks available in excess in our US stocks, which is why it is going to take months to transfer these M1A2 Abrams to Ukraine,” Singh said, referencing the specific newer version of the tank the US will send.

A Battle for the Arctic Is Underway. And the U.S. Is Already Behind. Climate change is opening the Arctic. Can the U.S. and NATO surpass Russian capabilities and ambitions in a new Cold War?

The United States is not quite done with war in the Middle East. In fact, coalition troops in Syria regularly fall under attack by Iranian-backed forces. Yet the U.S. rarely responds militarily to such strikes. That stands in stark contrast to Israel’s frequent attacks on Iranian groups in Syria, and their infrequent response.

# Military / Global
China, Russia Quietly Expanding Arctic Partnership, Says Panel: China is subtly installing a larger presence in the Arctic through an extensive partnership with Russia in areas ranging from multi-use ports and airfields to energy extraction, Arctic security experts said Tuesday. The partnership also includes scientific research and sharing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data. However, this increased interest and activity has not yet led to China establishing a base in Russia.

Russian arctic threat growing more potent, report says: Russia’s Northern Fleet’s ballistic missile submarines and strategic bomber force’s capabilities remain intact despite the heavy toll the country’s invasion into Ukraine has on its naval infantry, army and special forces assigned to the Kola Peninsula, a new report found

World War III Update: Germany Joins Biden and Sends Tanks to Ukraine to Escalate War With Russia: On Tuesday the Biden regime agreed to send Abrams tanks to Ukraine to fight the Russian military. This means the US will be forced to send men and women to operate the tanks and perform maintenance. Less than 24 hours later, Germany announced they will be sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

# Technology
Robot can fly, swim or hitch a ride by sticking to other objects: An amphibious drone that can attach itself to other objects with a suction cup could be used to track marine animals such as whales. The amphibious drone was inspired by the kingfisher and the suckerfish. This new drone, devised at Beihang University, is at home both swimming under water and flying in the air.

# Water
As the Colorado River shrinks, Washington prepares to spread the pain: The seven states that rely on the river for water are not expected to reach a deal on cuts. It appears the Biden administration will have to impose reductions. “We had people literally throwing rocks, tomatoes when Elephant Butte went down,” recalled Schmidt-Petersen, director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission. He was talking about a 2003 deal to release water from a reservoir in southern New Mexico and drop the lake by about 33 feet to assist farmers in the state and neighboring Texas. “Five-hundred or 600 people literally basically wanted to take you away someplace, or pulled guns on you,” he added.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-26

Voices, The Peoples News

January 26, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
The U.S. government has denied two petitions to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales during the species’ calving season, which takes place between November and April each year, raising concerns that this population of whales will continue to decline without intervention. There are currently about 340 of these whales left, making them one of the most threatened cetaceans in the world. Some protections for right whales are already in place, but experts say urgent modifications are needed to protect pregnant females, lactating mothers and calves.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Surge in illegal immigration from Cuba, Haiti to Florida continues: In the first three months of fiscal 2023, U.S. Coast Guard’s 7th District-Southeast crew apprehended and repatriated a record number of Haitians and Cubans attempting to illegally enter Florida by sea

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Republicans Want to Raise Retirement Age to 70 as Life Expectancy Is Falling. This would shorten the retirement window to a mere six years, if the latest life expectancy average holds.

Kevin McCarthy reportedly agrees to leave cuts to Social Security and Medicare off the table in debt ceiling negotiations according to reports out of Washington D.C. today.

Seniors May Have to Give Some of Their 8.7% Social Security Raise Back to the Government: The average Social Security benefit might be climbing, but this important rule remains the same. There’s a little-known Social Security rule that hasn’t changed in decades, and it’s coming back to bite more and more seniors. Here’s what you need to know about it.

The Freedom Caucus Has a Harebrained Plan to Jack Up Taxes on the Poor: Under the ‘Fair Tax,’ the poorest fifth of Americans would pay roughly 70 percent of their income in taxes. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) is the lead Republican behind the reintroduction of congressional “Fair Tax” legislation that would repeal the federal income tax and abolish the IRS.

# Education / Schools
School officials were warned three times before a 6-year-old shot his teacher, her lawyer said: At a news conference on the shooting incident at Richneck Elementary School in Virginia, in which a teacher was shot in the chest by a 6-year-old student, lawyers said that school administrators were warned repeatedly that the boy had a gun and was threatening other students. Toscano went on to say that the tragedy was “entirely preventable” and alleged that school administrators had failed to act when they had knowledge of imminent danger.

Superintendent Fired Amid Furor Over Shooting By 6-Year-Old: Despite an uproar following the shooting, the Newport News School Board maintains that Dr. George Parker III’s termination happened “without cause.”

School Accused of Ignoring Sick Teens’ Pleas Until She Died: Taylor Goodridge, 17, was allegedly told to “suck it up” and take an aspirin as she repeatedly complained of feeling ill. She collapsed on campus and died on Dec. 20.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Biden bans logging roads in much of America’s largest national forest: “As our nation’s largest national forest and the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, the Tongass National Forest is key to conserving biodiversity and addressing the climate crisis,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

# Environment / Climate / Global
‘China’s North Pole’ City of Mohe Just Saw Its Lowest Recorded Temperature at 63.4 Degrees Below Zero: Known as “China’s North Pole,” Mohe is located just below Russian Siberia in northeastern Heilongjiang province and is one of the few places in China with a subarctic climate.

Logging threats loom over tree kangaroo refuge in Papua New Guinea: Logging is threatening the Torricelli Mountains, a biodiversity-rich forested range in Papua New Guinea known for its tree kangaroos and other threatened species of birds and mammals. Community conservation efforts have helped to increase the numbers of tree kangaroos, once nearly pushed to extinction by hunting and logging, in conjunction with development projects for the people of the Torricellis. Satellite imagery shows the loss of forest and an increase in roadbuilding over the past two years. And residents of the Torricellis say that representatives of logging companies have been trying to secure permission to log the region’s forests.

Illegal road found in Yanomami land accelerates destruction: Currently, about 20,000 illegal miners operate across the Yanomami Territory, causing violence, health issues and child malnutrition for the region’s 27,000 Yanomami inhabitants. Newly elected President Lula has issued several decrees to protect Indigenous lands and the environment, most recently declaring a state of emergency in the Yanomami Territory.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
[Repost] “It’s a huge list”: Iowa GOP bill would ban people on food stamps from buying fresh meat, and more.HF3 also targets several other public assistance programs, such as Medicaid, and reduces the income level Iowans need to qualify for the program. Nearly 40 House Republicans have co-sponsored the bill led by House Speaker Pat Grassley, one that would limit SNAP food purchases (formerly known as food stamps) to only what is on the state’s approved WIC list, a supplemental nutritional aid for women, infants, and children.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Putin Told Gas Exec the Real Goal of His War Is a ‘Secret’: First it was “de-Nazification.” Then “de-Satanization.” Now there’s a new deranged Kremlin rationale.

# Law Enforcement
Cops Charged With Horrific Beating of Cuffed Homeless Man: Rafael Otano, 27, and Lorenzo Orfila, 22, allegedly arrested homeless man Jose Ortega-Gutierrez and took him to an isolated location where they proceeded to beat him. Both officers were removed from active duty before being fired from the department, police chief George Fuente said.

# Legal / DOJ
Proud Boys ‘intend to subpoena’ Trump at their seditious conspiracy trial: Although it’s not clear why members of the gang would want Trump to testify on their behalf, many other January 6th defendants have argued that broke into the Capitol and violently clashed with police officers because it was what the former president wanted them to do. Feuer, however, expresses skepticism that the defendants will really be able to compel Trump’s testimony.

DeSantis Wants to Make It Easier to Execute State Prisoners: His proposed legislation would allow those convicted of certain crimes to be executed even if there are a few holdouts on a death penalty jury.
Republican governor suggests ‘super-majority’ should suffice in state that has required jury unanimity in capital cases since 2017

# Media
USPS Has Suspended Services in Several Places, New Alert Confirms: Over the past year, the agency has temporarily curbed delivery operations in certain areas as a result of attacks on its employees, and shuttered other facilities for hazardous weather conditions. Now, a new alert from the agency is showing that some suspensions aren’t as temporary as we’d like.

# Medical / Health
Congress and the Biden administration took a sledgehammer to the American healthcare system in 2022. Our reliably robust and world-leading medical technology that brings new treatments and cures to the market will soon be slowed to a trickle, and Americans will realize the extent to which Democrat-controlled Washington sabotaged medical and scientific progress through the one-two punch of tearing down intellectual property (IP) rights and enacting government price controls on medicine.

House GOP Is Passing Bills Based on Outright Lies About “Pro-Choice Violence”: Meanwhile, clinics are getting firebombed and assaults against abortion providers increased by 720 percent since 2018.

# Military / DOD
Biden Announces Shipment of Abrams Tanks to Ukraine: President Biden on Wednesday authorized the shipment of 31 Abrams M1 tanks to Ukraine, ramping up U.S. investment in military equipment and artillery for the embattled country as it fights to repel the Russian invasion.

# Military / Global
Ukraine war, latest: ‘Chilling’ signs Putin has become ‘reckless and emotional’; Russia launches wave of missile attacks after tanks announcement. Regions across Ukraine are hit by missiles as Russia launches an assault on the country, after the US and Germany announce they will send a battle tanks to Kyiv in the face of dire threats from Moscow.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
Earth’s Inner Core Just Stopped Spinning And Then Flipped Its Direction: Deep in the center of the Earth is the inner core, which spans roughly 746 miles and is composed of primarily pure, solid iron, NASA explains. Though we’ve long believed, and research has shown, that the inner core rotates, a new study suggests it may have “paused” its spin and could even have reversed. The liquid outer core that surrounds the inner core causes Earth’s magnetic field.

# Veterans / VA
Boozman files bill that addresses staff shortages at VA hospitals: Boozman: “We have a responsibility to ensure adequate leadership at medical centers is in place to provide vital oversight and meet the needs of veterans.”

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-25

Voices, The Peoples News

January 25, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Oil prospecting and man-made noise is freaking out narwhals: Their heart rate drops and their breathing changes as they try to escape the noise. One activity expected to cause disturbance to narwhals (and pretty much every other creature in the Arctic) is drilling for fossil fuels. If we do decide to drill for fossil fuels in the Arctic, it could be catastrophic to the animals living there, but even before that happens, narwhals may have a great deal to suffer.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Surge in illegal immigration from Cuba, Haiti to Florida continues: Florida joins 19 states to challenge Biden’s new immigration program. In recent weeks, hundreds of migrants fleeing Cuba and Haiti have made the dangerous 100-mile journey by boat to the Florida Keys.

20 states sue Biden administration over ‘illegal visa system’: Twenty states led by Texas sued the Biden administration Tuesday over another immigration policy they argue is illegal. Last month, the administration said the U.S. will let up to 360,000 people per year enter the country from four countries, if they apply from their home countries, pass a background check and prove they have a financial supporter in the U.S. If they’re approved, they can stay in the country for up to two years and get a work permit. Once in the country, they would be able to request asylum.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Even bivalent updated COVID-19 boosters struggle to prevent omicron subvariant transmission, an immunologist discusses why new approaches are necessary. The new bivalent boosters against COVID-19 have failed to halt omicron infections. However, new technologies are being developed that pave a way forward.

Wuhan Collaborator EcoHealth Alliance Gets Fresh $3 Million Grant From DoD: Six weeks ago the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a $3 million grant to EcoHealth Alliance, the New York-based nonprofit which was used to funnel millions of US taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan Institute of Virology

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Republicans’ plans to slash Social Security and Medicare are becoming clearer: ‘We have no choice but to make hard decisions’: House Republicans have alluded to cuts they want to make to the federal budget for months. They’re becoming more explicit about those cuts involving Medicare and Social Security funds. They’ve indicated that they’re willing to leverage raising the debt ceiling to secure cuts. Not raising the ceiling could spell financial disaster. Republicans have proposed converting Medicaid and Affordable Care Act subsidies to block grants, which would cut spending by $3.6 trillion over 10 years.

House Republicans prep for civil war over cuts to Social Security and Medicare: ‘The numbers can’t work’ without them: House Republicans are divided over cuts to Medicare and Social Security, setting up what could be a fierce internal clash over the future of the nation’s top safety net programs when Congress delves into budget fights later in the year.

A Pitched Battle on Corporate Power: Biden’s expansive executive order seeks to restore competition in the economy. It’s been a long, slow road to get the whole government on board, but there are some formidable gains.

# Education / Schools
Students Will Sue DeSantis Over AP African American Studies: Ron DeSantis has made no secret of his predictable disdain for so-called critical race theory. But actual kids are taking him to court.

# Employment / Labor
Ford Firing Thousands Of Employees and here’s the memo explaining the change. The cuts primarily affect staff in the US, Canada, and India.  Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley sent a memo on Monday informing staff of the layoffs, with affected workers being told later this week. About 2,000 salaried jobs and 1,000 agency (or contract w
https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/22/23316491/ford-layoffs-3000-workers-employeesorker) jobs will be affected.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Puerto Rican Cities Sue Big Oil for Alleged Racketeering: A novel lawsuit might just obtain damages for decades of oil companies’ lying about climate change. A group of sixteen municipalities in Puerto Rico filed a first-of-its-kind class-action lawsuit in federal court against twelve oil companies, including some of the largest oil companies out there. The towns claim that the likes of ExxonMobil, Shell, and Chevron colluded to suppress evidence of climate change that has impacted the island

# Environment / Climate / Interior
A Collapsed Cliff Has Revealed 313 Million-Year-Old Fossil Footprints in The Grand Canyon: These ancient tracks – left approximately 313 million years ago – represent the earliest footprints ever found. The fossil footprints in question were found on the side of a boulder that fell off a nearby cliff, exposing a stratigraphic cross section of the Manakacha Formation: a layer of ancient rock laid down approximately 315 million years ago.

# Environment / Climate / Global
Iceberg Nearly the Size of London Breaks Away From Antarctica: An iceberg nearly the size of Greater London broke off the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica on Sunday according to the British Antarctic Survey. Scientists first discovered significant cracks in the ice shelf a decade ago, but in the last two years there have been two major breaks.

# Gov / Politics / US
Biden 2024 decision pits the party’s elites against most Democrats: Biden’s decision on whether to run again should be seen as much more than just a matter of personal prerogative. Denial at the top of the Democratic Party about Joe Biden’s shaky footing for a re-election run in 2024 became more untenable over the weekend.

# Law Enforcement
Police Chief Escorted Out by Feds After Wild Allegations: Shawn Denning faces multiple counts of federal drug charges. Greensburg police Chief Shawn Denning is facing federal drug charges, according to court documents.
According to Target 11 sources, Denning was escorted out of Greensburg City Hall Tuesday morning by DEA agents.

Cori Bush Calls for Investigation Into Police Killing of Activist Tortuguita: Activists have questioned law enforcement’s narrative about the killing of the Atlanta climate justice activist.

# Legal / DOJ
California teams up with U.S. Justice Department to accuse Google of anti-trust violations: The coalition filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, alleging that Google LLC is operating an unfair monopoly when it comes to advertising technology. The coalition filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The suit alleges that the company, “leverages control over the technologies through which web display ads are bought and sold, driving out competition and receiving profits that far exceed what could be sustained in a competitive market,” according to a press release from California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office.

# Media
‘The Whale’ is a horror film that taps into our fear of fatness: In my research on fat characters in popular culture, I point out how the fat character usually must lose weight in order to gain acceptance or to be loved. This movie was not a melodrama, nor an uplifting tale about redemption; “The Whale” is a body horror film that exploits the fear and disgust people feel toward fatness. Film critic Robin Wood famously argued that “the true subject of the horror genre is the struggle for recognition of all that our civilization represses and oppresses.”

# Medical / Health
South Dakota Threatens Felony Charges for Pharmacists Prescribing Abortion Pills: All six states that share a border with South Dakota also restrict abortion access in varying degrees.

Report finds federal program spending $1 billion a year on ineligible members: Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHB) is riddled with ineligible ‘participants’ who are receiving benefits. GAO estimates that ‘the program may be spending up to $1 billion per year on payments for ineligible members.’ This is a flagrant waste of funds and may be driving up premium costs for eligible participants,” wrote Chairman Comer.

People With HIV Are Still Being Criminalized in 25 States: In some states, consensual sex for people with HIV can end in a prison sentence or being registered as a sex offender. Robert Suttle’s life was upended. The 30-year-old had been working as an assistant law clerk at the Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport, Louisiana, when police arrested him in front of his colleagues. It didn’t matter that Suttle, who had learned about his HIV status several years earlier, had HIV, not AIDS. It didn’t matter that he had been receiving medical care since he first learned his diagnosis and that he said he had disclosed his status. No one asked about whether his viral load was undetectable, which would prevent HIV transmission. It did not matter that, by 2008, HIV and AIDS were no longer considered the death sentence that they had been during the 1980s.

# Medical Science
67-year-old ALS patient sets record for ‘talking’ fast using brain implant: 62 words per minute. Brain interfaces could let paralyzed people speak at almost normal speeds.

CRISPR gene editing is in clinical trials to treat sickle cell disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS and some rare inherited diseases. Here’s what we can expect going forward

# Military / DOD
National Guard Wants to Expand Its Training Site to Twice the Size of Chicago: The proposed expansion would allow for increased use and testing of new technologies, particularly electronic warfare.

# Military / Global
Putin Lackeys Lose Their Minds Over Ukraine Getting Battle Tanks: Pro-Kremlin pundits bent themselves into knots (and broke their brains) trying to prove a global Nazi conspiracy.

A RUSSIAN warship armed with hypersonic missiles has been simulating a massive strike as it sails to the US coast. The guided missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov has been closely monitored by NATO navies on its maiden voyage armed with 6,670mph Zircon weapons.

# Technology
“1984” Isn’t Just a Book, It’s the Last Time the EPA Looked at RF Safety

Twitter’s Collapse Is Bad News for Organizers – But Another Commons Is Possible: Though some things may be lost if Twitter fades, the real “magic” behind the platform was never the app, but the people.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-24

Voices, The Peoples News

January 24, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Native Americans Significantly Over represented In US Prisons: According to the Safety and Justice Challenge report, the over representation of Native American people in the U.S. prison system worsens in states where they comprise a greater percentage of the population. According to the report, Native American people are incarcerated 38 percent over the national average and are over represented in the prison populations of 19 states compared to other races and ethnicities.

# Bundy Rides Again
Ammon Bundy Takes Plea Deal in Hospital Trespass Case: The far-right activist blocked an ambulance bay during a 2022 protest. Former gubernatorial candidate will serve one year of unsupervised probation and must pay $1,157 in fees

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Pfizer CEO Asked in Davos When He Knew COVID-19 Vax Wouldn’t ‘Stop the Spread’: “Mr. Bourla, can I ask you when did you know that the vaccines didn’t stop transmission? How long did you know that without saying it publicly? Why won’t you answer that question? I mean we now know that the vaccines didn’t stop transmission… but why did you keep it secret?

The FDA may simplify COVID vaccines to a single annual shot for many people: The annual shots could be designed to match whatever variant of COVID is currently circulating, much in the same way a new flu vaccine is formulated every year. In a decision that could come this week, the FDA is looking to step away from the confusing array of COVID shots and boosters that are currently recommended and create an easier-to-understand schedule.
A vaccine advisory committee will discuss and presumably approve the new strategy on Thursday.

How Deadly Were the Covid Lockdowns? Covid-19 is deadly, but so were the draconian steps taken to mitigate it. During the first two years of the pandemic, ‘excess deaths,’ the death toll above the historical trend, markedly exceeded the number of deaths attributed to Covid. In a paper we just published in Inquiry, based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we found that ‘non-Covid excess deaths’ totaled nearly 100,000 a year in 2020 and 2021.

FDA vaccine advisers ‘disappointed’ and ‘angry’ that early data about new Covid-19 booster shot wasn’t presented for review last year: The data that was not presented to the experts looked at actual infections: who caught Covid-19 and who did not. It found that 1.9% of the study participants who received the original booster became infected. Among those who got the updated bivalent vaccine … a higher percentage, 3.2%, became infected.

This Deadly New Disease May Affect Thousands of Americans. VEXAS syndrome was only discovered in 2020. And it may affect way more people than we thought.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
U.S. debt default could cost 6 million jobs: An economic jolt on par with Great Recession could be around the corner if the U.S. defaults on its debt, according to an analysis from Moody’s Analytics. Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, estimated that the U.S. would lose 6 million jobs, $12 trillion in household wealth and 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) if Congress and the White House fail to raise the federal debt limit before the U.S. runs out of cash.

CBO projects Social Security funds exhausted by 2033 without changes: Fresh projections from the Congressional Budget Office show the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund would be exhausted by 2033 if benefits are paid as scheduled

The US should break up monopolies, not punish working Americans for rising prices: Most of the gains from a more productive economy have been going to the top, to executives and investors. The richest 10% of Americans now own more than 90% of the value of shares of stock owned by Americans. The Fed is putting people out of work to reduce workers’ bargaining power and reduce inflation. They’ve got it all wrong

Call for new taxes on super-rich after 1% pocket two-thirds of all new wealth: In its report, “Survival of the Richest,” published Monday, Oxfam says the world’s billionaires are becoming richer.

# Education / Schools
The family of a 20-year-old hazing victim will receive nearly $3 million from Bowling Green State University to settle a lawsuit. Stone Foltz died in 2021 after being told to drink a bottle of liquor while pledging to a fraternity at Bowling Green State University. Since the incident, Bowling Green State University hired a hazing prevention coordinator and put steps in place to make it easier for students to tell the school about hazing. A new state law was also passed in Ohio that created tougher criminal penalties for hazing.

Florida Teachers Hide Books Thanks to ‘Ridiculous’ New Law: Educators could be prosecuted for issuing unapproved books to students. Fearing prosecution under a new law on library books, a group of teachers in Florida are using construction paper to hide their classrooms’ libraries from students.

Texas High School Basketball Game Erupts in Ugly Racism: Players of color were subjected to monkey calls and racial slurs, according to video footage and students at the game. Two Texas school districts have launched an investigation after a video surfaced on social media of high school parents and students displaying bigoted behavior,
including making monkey calls, to players of a basketball team.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
What happens if the largest owner of oil and gas wells in the US goes bankrupt? Diversified Energy’s liabilities exceed its assets, according to a new report, sparking concerns about whether taxpayers will wind up paying to plug its 70,000 wells.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
People are building artificial beaver dams in drought-stricken Montana: How Human-Made Beaver Dams Could Help With Habitat Restoration. University of Montana ecologists are researching human-made beaver dams as a potential habitat restoration tool. Early case studies show the dams could dull the impacts of climate change seen in rivers and streams. The U.S. Forest Service is looking to use the simple structures on new sites in the state, but first, officials want to better understand the science behind simulated rodent engineering.

The Democrats’ Green Investments Are Going to Republican States: The wind, solar, and battery facilities spurred by last year’s Democratic legislation are already springing up—in red America.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Putin’s Dear Neighbor Whips Out the Big Guns in New Threat: “We are forced to react harshly,” Putin ally Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday after dusting off the Belarusian military’s armored vehicles.

# Gov / Politics / US
Classified Docs Found in Mike Pence’s Home: The former vice president previously said he did not take any sensitive material from the White House and noted that he was “troubled” by reports that docs were found in Biden’s home and office. Documents with classified markings were discovered in former Vice President Mike Pence ’s Indiana residence last week, his lawyer says, the latest in a string of recoveries of papers meant to be treated with utmost sensitivity from the homes of current and former top U.S. officials.

# Media
Live Nation vs. Everyone: Lawmakers, Industry Execs Slam Company at Senate Hearing: “Live ation/Ticketmaster is the 800-pound gorilla here,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said. “You have clear dominance, monopolistic contro.” Led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who helms antitrust investigations for the committee, senators grilled Live Nation’s chief financial officer, Joe Berchtold, about the company’s dominance in the ticketing business. Industry witnesses described a monopoly-like control over venues, artists and consumers.

# Medical / Health
Study Finds 25 Percent of Hospitalizations Result in Health Care Related Injuries: Alongside the worsened outcomes, almost a quarter of patients who experienced harm required additional treatments estimated to drive “hundreds of millions of dollars” in additional Medicare costs as well as potentially patient costs, the Department of Health and Human Services,’ Office of Inspector General wrote.

# Military / DOD
Howard University becomes 1st historically Black university to lead a DOD research center: The school will lead a consortium of other HBCUs in the effort, which will focus mainly on tactical autonomy, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said. In the military, tactical autonomy refers to autonomous support systems that aid human actions and decision-making to achieve tactical goals.

Recent successes by Ukrainian fighters in the Bakhmut area have prompted Moscow to send in reinforcements, said a senior U.S. military official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

# Military / Global
Russia’s ‘Elite’ Shadow Army Edges Into Complete Collapse: The private Russian fighting corps appear to be teetering on the brink of a dramatic meltdown. Tens of thousands of fighters rounded up to fight in Ukraine for Wagner Group, the Russian private mercenary fighting corps, have gone missing or died, according to a Russian non-governmental organization.

Amphibious warship constitutes a key piece of Taiwan’s defense against invasion: The Yushan, the largest ship in the Taiwanese navy, is the first of a planned fleet of four such vessels. New addition to Taiwan’s navy is part of a initiative by President Tsai Ing-wen to foster defence self-sufficiency.

Poland pushes for more tanks for Kyiv, will seek German OK: Poland’s prime minister is pushing Europe to send more military hardware to Kyiv amid complaints that Germany is being too slow in helping to thwart Russia’s invasion.

# Pharmas / Drugs
Big Pharma’s Influence in Shaping the U.S. Medical Model: The United States is the most medicated country in the world, with 70 percent of Americans using at least one prescription drug daily. The U.S. also has the highest rates of obesity, heart disease, childhood illness, and autoimmune disease, yet it often touts its health care and medical research as the best in the world.

How Pharmaceuticals Mask Health and Social Inequity: Medications, like all interventions, shape the ways in which physicians see disease, provide care, define successful outcomes, and organize health care systems. Pharmaceuticals make symptoms and biological drug targets more visible while rendering individuals and their social suffering invisible, thereby focusing our profession on the intracellular effects of an unequal society.

Epistemic Corruption, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and the Body of Medical Science: When a knowledge system importantly loses integrity, ceasing to provide the kinds of trusted knowledge expected of it, we label this epistemic corruption. Epistemic corruption occurs because the system has been co-opted for interests at odds with some of the central goals thought to lie behind it. There is abundant evidence that the involvement of pharmaceutical companies corrupts medical science.

Capturing the Government, Big Pharma’s Take Over of Policymaking: Today, the Roosevelt Institute released the issue brief, “The Cost of Capture: How the Pharmaceutical Industry has Corrupted Policy Makers and Harmed Patients,” which outlines how the pharmaceutical industry has skewed policymaking through corporate capture, a form of corruption in which industry, in prioritizing profits over patients, exerts undue influence over policymakers at the expense of public interest.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
UFO reports by US troops skyrocket to over 500: A new de-classified US government report on UFO sightings by US troops has revealed hundreds of new cases. The US National Intelligence office is now aware of 510 reported sightings, an increase over the 144 compiled in the spy agency’s first 2021 assessment. Nearly half of the new sightings were deemed “unremarkable” and attributed to human origins, according to the report. However, more than 100 of the encounters remain unexplained.

# Veterans / VA
SCOTUS’s first decision of the term is a unanimous blow to disabled veterans: Why did the liberals co-sign Justice Amy Barrett’s harsh opinion? After a delay, the Supreme Court issued its first opinion of the term on Monday: a unanimous decision in Arellano v. McDonough siding against disabled veterans who seek compensation for disabilities related to their service. Justice Barrett’s opinion for the court denied these veterans (and their survivors) the ability to obtain benefits retroactively if they filed a late claim, even if the delay occurred because of their disability, or some other factor beyond their control.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-23

Voices, The Peoples News

January 23, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Chemicals
Glyphosate yet again is linked to cancer in people exposed to its use: You might have never heard of glyphosate before, but you probably have some in your garage or basement. It’s the active ingredient in herbicides and weed killers, and now scientists in the US have found that people exposed to it have biomarkers (a naturally occurring molecule or gene found in body fluids or tissues) linked to the development of cancer and other diseases.

# Chemicals / Drugs
# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Federal agencies withholding data behind pilot heart condition change, COVID vax stroke reversal: Federal agencies are withholding the data behind recent decisions that relate or may relate to COVID-19 vaccines and severe adverse events, fueling speculation that they are putting both vaccinated and unvaccinated lives at risk.

‘Bombshell’ Emails Reveal Fauci Was Part of NIH and Who Conspiracy to Silence Wuhan Lab Leak Theory: Dr. Anthony Fauci, once considered America’s top Covid doctor, conspired with influential scientists around the world, including at the World Health Organization, to quell concerns that SARS-CoV-2 may have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, newly un-redacted emails show. The newly released emails raise questions about Dr. Fauci’s motives in dispelling public scrutiny over the novel coronavirus had escaped from the Wuhan laboratory.

FDA assigned Pfizer’s COVID vaccine a license number months prior to actually licensing it: Back in July 2020, when the U.S. Government committed to purchasing millions of doses of Pfizer’s Covid vaccines prior to the vaccines actually being authorized for use in the American public, some wondered whether the FDA’s “review” process for granting Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) was just a mere formality.

COVID Vaccines ‘Opened the Floodgates’ for New Wave of mRNA Vaccines for Livestock: Several new government- and industry-funded studies are underway to develop mRNA vaccines for livestock, part of the massive expansion of the animal vaccine industry projected to be worth 26.12 billion by 2030.

# Education / Schools
Lax charter school laws: As charter schools continue to expand across Texas, many are receiving increased scrutiny over their splashy land buys and profits for their leaders. According to a new investigation by San Antonio Express-News, some charter school administrators own school facilities and collect millions from charging their schools rent.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
A new report by two major environmental groups offers the Biden administration a road map for accelerating clean energy deployment and keeping emission reduction goals within reach

JPMorgan Chase Pledged Carbon Reduction. Weeks Later It Financed Coal Mining. A new report documents how investment capital continues to threaten the well-being of billions of people.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
New emperor penguin colony discovered in Antarctica with satellite mapping: As a species, they live in areas so inhospitable they can be hard to find, and most will never be visited by humans.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Insane in the membrane: Customs officials are seizing eggs [instead of fentanyl] at the U.S.-Mexico border: U.S. customs officials are cracking down on egg smugglers. With egg prices soaring in the U.S. over the last year, more Americans are crossing into Mexico to buy the food item and trying to sneak cartons of raw eggs along some areas of the southern border, including California and Texas.

# Gov / Politics / US
A 23-Yr-Old Mayor Used Trump’s 2020 Playbook—Only It Worked:  “A small Kansas town is reeling after a baby-faced 23-year-old manipulated procedural technicalities to reinstall himself as mayor in one night, seemingly taking a page from the playbook used by former President Donald Trump after he was voted out of office. Only, this time, it worked.”

Biden and Trump’s Families Both Cashed In on the Presidency: Joe Biden and Donald Trump aren’t two peas in a pod—but Biden’s failure to secure classified documents is another reminder that he and Trump have more in common than just their advanced ages. And the similarities don’t end there.

Congress Should Investigate AARP: Why would an organization that claims to advocate for seniors support a bill that raided nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars from Medicare? The answer: Follow the money. AARP eagerly supported the measure, quite possibly because the organization prioritizes its own finances over the needs and interests of its members.

Biden Regime Announces Former COVID-Czar Jeff Zients, Who Pushed for Forced Vaccinations, as New Chief of Staff: As reported on Saturday, the “brains behind Biden,” Ron Klain, is expected to step down in the coming weeks. Klain is believed to be the force behind the Biden regime and their disastrous policies. Klain’s departure comes as a blow to the Biden regime as the economy turns sour and the investigations into the Biden family are expected to heat up in the coming weeks.

Texas Sen. Lois Kolkhorst has filed a bill that would ban citizens, governments and entities from China, Iran, North Korea and Russia from purchasing land in the state, part of what she and other Republicans have said will help stem foreign influence. Gov. Greg Abbott has signaled that he would sign the bill if it passed.

Why Zients? President Joe Biden’s new chief of staff may have a different set of priorities than the last one, but the choice of this former private equity executive is a curious one. In the whirlwind span of a single weekend, rumors began to emerge that the president’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, would be leaving the White House. Hours later, Jeffrey Zients had been announced as his replacement.

Prosecution of Assange Would Lead to End of the First Amendment, Advocates Warn: Prominent lawyers, journalists and human rights defenders say prosecuting Assange poses a grave threat to journalism.

# Law Enforcement
29-year-old Tyre Nichols died after being brutally beaten by police, his family said. Now five officers have been fired in connection with his death. The Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into Nichols’s death. “What they did to my brother, they might have well killed us all,” Nichols’s sister Kenyana Dixon said.

# Legal / DOJ
What Power Does Amid Uncertainty: On this non-50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it’s not just the repeal of the right to abortion that makes the new order clear.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Transgender People in Rural America Struggle to Find Doctors Willing or Able to Provide Care

# Medical / Health
Abortion Debate Ramps Up in States as Congress Deadlocks: Anti-abortion advocates are pressing for expanded abortion bans and tighter restrictions since the Supreme Court overturned the national right to abortion. But with the debate mostly deadlocked in Washington, the focus is shifting to states convening their first full legislative sessions since Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Anti-Abortion Activists Rally in DC: This year’s gathering signals a turning point for a movement that has had a singular focus for decades. With Roe now defeated, that focus is fracturing into competing priorities as the practical implications of criminalizing abortion crystallize.

We Need to Build an Abortion Rights Movement That Demands More Than Roe: Abortion access can’t be left in the hands of the Democratic Party. We must wage this struggle in the streets too.

# Other News
At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured in a shooting near LA following Lunar New Year celebrations: Ten of the victims were pronounced deceased at the scene. They were described as five males and five females. Their identities have not been released. Of the injured, there were at least 10 additional victims who were transported to various hospitals and were listed in various conditions from stable to critical.

Authorities identify 72-year-old man as suspected gunman in Lunar New Year mass shooting: Authorities have identified the man responsible for a deadly shooting inside a Monterey Park dance studio as Hemet resident Huu Can Tran, 72.

Promoters of Election Lies Also Hyped a Hospital for Ukraine. That Never Happened Either. True the Vote, a group that spread discredited election conspiracy theories, “abandoned” The Freedom Hospital in April 2022, according to its lawyers. Yet board member Gregg Phillips continued to seek donations for the project for months afterward.

# Science
Study finds that UV-emitting nail polish dryers damage DNA and cause mutations in cells: The ultraviolet nail polish drying devices used to cure gel manicures may pose more of a public health concern than previously thought. Researchers at the University of California San Diego have studied these ultraviolet (UV) light emitting devices, and found that their use leads to cell death and cancer-causing mutations in human cells.

These suits used in Avatar are also being used for research on diseases impairing movement: Motion capture suits, like the ones used to create and bring characters to life in animation movies like Avatar, are also helping scientists track the onset and progression of diseases that impair movement. The system uses artificial intelligence to analyze body movement and can diagnose disorders twice as fast as the best doctors, the researchers found.

Earth’s inner core may be reversing its rotation: Such a turnaround might sound bizarre, but isn’t likely to have profound effects on life: Scientists have proposed that Earth’s solid inner core rotates faster than the rest of Earth. A new study suggests the core’s rotation has recently paused, and is reversing direction.

# Technology
Google’s stock climbed after it fired 12,000 employees, but what did they get out of it? The tech sector is laying off tens of thousands of workers, making it clear that economic growth is currently valued above all else.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-22

Voices, The Peoples News

January 22, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Donald Trump, Ever the voice of caution, to GOP: Don’t touch Medicare or Social Security in debt ceiling fight. The ex-president has long viewed entitlement reform as a political loser. But his timing, now, is notable. One reason fiscal conservatives could support toothless commissions to take a gander at Social Security and Medicare is that their alternative plan, actually holding the global economy hostage in order to extract real cuts to seniors’ health care and income would be one of the dumbest political moves in history.

Turning the Debt Ceiling Crisis Against McCarthy’s Republicans: Faced with a looming debt ceiling and the GOP’s efforts to force extreme spending cuts, President Biden has an unlikely tool in his arsenal: constitutional originalism.

How the Federal Reserve protects the top one percent: Foremost priority of the Federal Reserve is to protect the interests of the ultra-wealthy. In short, as a first approximation, the current Fed policy of rapidly raising interest rates to fight inflation by throwing people out of work serves as a wealth protection device for the top one percent.

How Nevada Picks Millions From California’s Pocket: It’s not just the Getty family. The ultra-wealthy are hiding at least 10 percent of the world’s private wealth, taking advantage of specially designed tax laws in states like Nevada.

Lawmakers, fix trust law and close down the billionaire enabler states: Blame it on the enablers — the tax attorneys, accountants and wealth managers — who provide financial services to the world’s wealthiest families. These professionals claim they are just helping their clients obey the law. But as our research has found, this industry is actively involved in lobbying for changes in trust law and manipulating it to serve the narrow financial interests of their billionaire clients.

‘It’s not inflation anymore, it’s price gouging’: Walmart shopper buys same exact groceries 2 years later—and spends 50% more. “In the beginning of 2022, there was a lot of talk about inflation at the grocery store, so I went back and purchased all the same things and they cost me about 10 percent more,” she said.
That was more than a year ago. “This week, I went back again and purchased those same items,” she said. “Now, they cost $15 and 10 cents, which is about 50 percent more than the prices at the end of 2020.”

# Education / Schools
As the Public Focuses on Book Bans, the Right Is Quietly Defunding Libraries: To protect libraries, we need to fight defunding as hard as we fight book bans.

# Education / Schools / Global
Scottish Gender Threat: Kids as Young as 7 will be Asked they Identify as Transgender or Non-Binary: Critics of the survey have called it a blatant attempt to “indoctrinate” young children who do not know “if they want chicken nuggets or fish fingers for dinner.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
A faked kidnapping and cocaine: A Montana mine’s descent into chaos: The Signal Peak Mine was embroiled in a web of criminal activity. Now, environmental groups want to shut it down. Mr. Price, a 42-year-old father of six, was an industrious businessman who ran surface operations at an underground mine, one of the nation’s largest, near Roundup, Mont. He also ran a motorcycle shop, Hawg Pit Cycles, that traded used Harley-Davidsons. And he had promised several investors big returns in coal. Recently, some of them had confronted Mr. Price about their money.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
White House aims to reflect the environment in economic data: The Biden administration has set out to measure the economic value of ecosystems, offering new statistics to weigh in policy decisions. Environmental damage is a threat to the global economy but it’s hardly counted in economic figures like the GDP. The Biden administration is unveiling an effort to give a more holistic accounting.

# Environment / Climate / Global
Forests managed by Indigenous peoples in the Amazon region draw vast amounts of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, but the rest of the rainforest has become a net source of the greenhouse gas, a new report has found.
New research shows that incursions by resource extractors often cause territories to emit more than they store.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Ag economists see several concerns for farmers in 2023: Farmers aren’t likely to enjoy a calm year according to economists from Purdue University. After a year of dealing with historic inflation rates, farmers must now be prepared for an economic downturn that could spark a recession. There’s even more uncertainty across the horizon

# Gov / Politics / US
Let’s Abolish Systems That Criminalize and Punish Survivors of Abuse: U.S. courts often reject domestic and sexual violence as legitimate justifications for self-defense.

# Legal / DOJ
Key dates related to the discovery of classified documents tied to President Joe Biden, based on statements from the White House, the president, his attorneys, and Attorney General Merrick Garland

House Oversight zeroes in on Biden finances in wake of classified documents: In an exclusive interview with Washington Examiner… the House Oversight Committee Chairman says the “next phase” of his investigation will be into President Joe Biden’s classified documents and his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings.

The Department of Justice has revealed how a search of President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, has found another six classified documents. The search was conducted in secret on Friday and lasted for more than 12 hours.

Alec Baldwin’s Case Comes Down to Two ‘Key’ Questions: State Attorney: Baldwin was hit with two counts of involuntary manslaughter on Thursday in connection with the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in October 2021 in New Mexico. Hutchins was killed on the set of the film, Rust, when a prop gun that Baldwin was using for a scene unexpectedly went off. Subsequent investigations found that the actor had been practicing movements with the prop, and that it had been loaded with a real bullet in breach of common safety protocols for film sets.

What is involuntary manslaughter? A law professor explains the charge facing Alec Baldwin for ‘Rust’ shooting death: Involuntary manslaughter occurs when a person unintentionally, but still unlawfully, kills another person. And a prosecutor will need to show the unlawful nature of either Baldwin’s or Gutierrez-Reed’s actions to get a conviction in this case.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Queer and Trans Elders in Search of Safe Housing Face Barriers, Discrimination: For LGBTQ elders, finding safe and affordable housing can be a matter of life and death.

# Media
USPS Is Closing Over 20 Post Offices, Effective Immediately: Certain customers in different parts of the U.S. are now dealing with postal disruptions. In the latest update to its Service Alerts tool on Jan. 18, the USPS announced that several post offices are “temporarily closed” now, impacting two states: California and Nebraska.

# Medical / Health
The Inevitable Prosecutions of Women Who Obtain Abortions: The attorney general of Alabama finally went where the logic of the anti-abortion movement has long pointed. The GOP has finally acted on their unspoken goal: carceral punishment for those who seek abortions.

Activists Call for Mass Rallies on Sunday to Protest Abortion Bans: Nancy Davis, a survivor of Louisiana’s abortion ban, will be leading the march in Baton Rouge.

# Military / Global
Putin’s Henchmen Threaten 10,000+ Dead U.S. Troops: Russia’s top propagandists, from former President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev to state TV host Vladimir Solovyov, have been spreading the same not-so subtle nuclear threat far and wide—and yet, Putin’s mouthpieces are now worried that the “boy who cried wolf” routine is no longer being taken seriously by their target audience in the West.

Russian Forces Capture 2 Villages and Push Towards Orikhiv; The Russians are really coming. NWO Agents have every reason to fear and panic.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-20

Voices, The Peoples News

January 20, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas National Guard soldier shoots migrant at border: An internal document obtained by Army Times does not indicate that the migrant was armed. It’s the first-known incident where a soldier has shot a migrant since the mission began. The injury is non-life threatening.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
At $31.4 trillion, the US has maxed out the amount of money it can legally borrow according to Congress. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the Treasury Department has initiated “extraordinary measures” to keep the government operational and below the borrowing cap. If the debt ceiling is not raised or suspended, it’s possible the US will be unable to pay its bills to global investors and support its social safety net programs.

# Education / Schools
Homeless students in Washington state face suspension and expulsion from school at almost three times the rate of their housed peers. Homeless students in Washington face the most severe punishments from school, suspension and expulsion, at almost three times the rate of their housed peers. A child’s housing status is an even greater predictor of discipline than race.

# Employment / Labor
Google Parent Alphabet Cutting 12K Jobs in Monster Layoffs: The headcount reduction is around 6 percent of the company’s workforce. The jobs cuts — the largest since the company’s founding in 1998 — will affect workers across different product areas, functions, levels and regions throughout Google parent company Alphabet.

USDA Ignores Its Own Proposed Labor Standards: The department has yet to implement a rule requiring its contractors to obey labor laws. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has yet to implement a proposed rule introduced nearly a year ago that would impose improved labor standards for department contractors. Labor and environmental groups initially celebrated the rule as a landmark reform for federal contracting but are now questioning the department’s commitment to seeing its codification.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
Abandoned mines could be turned into gravity ‘batteries ‘that could power the entire planet: When a mine has been exhausted of its resources, it often becomes a forgotten eyesore. But scientists now want to give them a new life as energy storage units.

# Environment / Climate / Global
‘Good News for Bees’ as Top EU Court Closes Pesticide Loophole: “Derogations with neonicotinoid-treated seeds are now definitely banned,” said one advocate. “This ruling is relieving and shows the environment counts more than profits from some sugar and pesticide companies!”

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other
Iowa Republicans Push ‘Profoundly Cruel and Petty’ Food Benefit Restrictions: Under the new legislation, Iowans would no longer be allowed to purchase fresh meat, white grains, nuts, canned fruits, American cheese, and other foods with SNAP benefits. “This bill would restrict SNAP participants’ ability to make their own food choices, take food away from Iowans, and increase hunger and food insecurity in our state,” IHC warned.

# Gov / Politics / US
US has given $113B in aid to help Ukraine in its war with Russia, oversight report says

Will Biden Save Israel From Its Worst Instincts? The U.S. has only days to act before Netanyahu destroys the Israeli High Court. The short story: An ultranationalist, ultra-Orthodox government, formed after the Netanyahu camp won election by the tiniest sliver of votes (roughly 30,000 out of some 4.7 million), is driving a power grab that the other half of voters view not only as corrupt but also as threatening their own civil rights. That’s why a 5,000-person anti-government demonstration grew to 80,000 over the weekend.

# Law Enforcement
How a Police Protest Launched a ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Warzone: Molotov cocktails. Threatening messages. Police raids. A dead protester. What started as BLM-style activism got way more complicated.

How the USA PATRIOT Act redefines ‘Domestic Terrorism’: Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover ‘domestic’, as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act ‘dangerous to human life’ that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States

Oakland Police Chief Put on Leave Over Misconduct: A cop failed to report a hit-and-run and later fired his gun inside a building full of people. An investigation found he wasn’t properly disciplined. “This is also the first big challenge that the new Mayor Sheng Thao is facing. She barely just got sworn in and already the police chief is in trouble. It’s gonna be one of the biggest decisions she’s made is how she handles this,” says Matier.

# Legal / DOJ
Trump, Lawyer Ordered to Pay $1M in ‘Frivolous’ Clinton Suit: “This case should never have been brought,” the judge seethed in his ruling. The end of the lawsuit marks the latest legal setback for Trump as he grapples with an array of civil and criminal investigations, including the probe into his retention of sensitive documents, while some of his lawyers are under scrutiny themselves for conduct in those cases.

Young Thug Accused of Conducting Drug Deal In Court: The alleged bold move was captured on CCTV. The codefendant was later brought to a hospital as he allegedly appeared to ingest contraband in an apparent attempt to “conceal further crimes.”

On February 16, just 27 days from now, the state of Oklahoma is scheduled to execute Richard Glossip, despite overwhelming evidence that he is innocent. Glossip was sentenced to death for a murder that even prosecutors admit he wasn’t present for. No physical evidence linked Glossip to the crime. Instead, the case against him was built almost exclusively on the testimony of the admitted killer, who avoided the death penalty himself by saying the murder was all Glossip’s idea.

Judge: DeSantis Violated Florida Law but I Can’t Stop Him: A judge ruled that the Florida governor violated his own state’s constitution and a prosecutor’s free speech rights by firing him, but refused to undo the suspension. “In short, the controlling motivations for the suspension were the interest in bringing down a reform prosecutor,” the judge wrote.

# Media
‘Freedom for Assange and Journalism Are at Stake’: Belmarsh Tribunal Comes to DC. “As long as the Biden administration continues to deploy tools like the Espionage Act to imprison those who dare to expose war crimes, no publisher and no journalist will be safe,” said one of the tribunal’s co-chairs.

# Medical / Health
Super Strength Gonorrhea Strain Marks Worrying First in U.S: Contact tracing is underway in one U.S. state after the strain proved resistant to at least five antibiotics. The problem with gonorrhea, authorities said, is that it can present without symptoms, leaving those infected unaware if not tested. If left untreated, it can result in pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and other health problems.

# Military / DOD
US still holds back long-range ATACMS missiles from Ukraine: “Our judgement to date is the juice isn’t really worth the squeeze,’ says top defense official

# Other News
What is involuntary manslaughter? A law professor explains the charge facing Alec Baldwin for ‘Rust’ shooting death. To convict Alec Baldwin of manslaughter for the on-set deadly shooting of Halyna Hutchins in 2021, prosecution will need to show that the actor was either reckless or criminally negligent.

Trump Resort to Host Pro-QAnon Speaking Tour: The ReAwaken America tour is a conspiracy-laden road show hosted by Michael Flynn and Clay Clark. And it’s coming to the Trump Doral.

Trump hosts event featuring QAnon, ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy theorist at Mar-a-Lago: The event came two weeks after Trump had dinner with Ye and Nick Fuentes. A prominent adherent of the QAnon and “Pizzagate” conspiracy theories posed for photos with former President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort Tuesday night after speaking at an event hosted at the club, according to photos and videos posted to social media.

# Security
Scientists turn WiFi routers into ‘cameras’ that can see people through walls: With the help of AI, the researchers were able to detect the movement of human bodies in a room using Wi-Fi routers, even through walls.

Grinding your teeth could be the next facial recognition-like biometric authentification: Although the development should be called grind recognition, it is being pushed as dental authentication, according to reporting by trade publisher Unite.AI.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-19

Voices, The Peoples News

January 19, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Wildlife officials bring back feeding program for Florida manatees: It’s part of an effort that started last year to stave off manatee starvation. Why it matters: About 800 manatees died in Florida in 2022, the second-deadliest year ever recorded, according to preliminary Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) data released this month. The federal wildlife agency is considering whether to reclassify the rotund West Indian manatee and subspecies, including the Florida manatee, as endangered, which environmentalists have been calling for in order to ensure more resources to help stop the die-off.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
42 Texas counties now support declaring invasion at southern border: At least 42 counties have now declared an invasion or expressed support for Texas declaring an invasion at the southern border. More are in the process of making similar declarations, according to sources who’ve spoken to The Center Square. Harrison County’s commissioners and Judge Chad Sims signed a resolution Dec. 20 expressing support for “our Texas county partners,” expressing support for border counties “experiencing local disaster situations as a result of inadequate border security.”

GOP congressmen demand immigration parole answers: A group of Republican U.S. senators and House members want the Biden administration to explain what they called a reckless decision to expand immigration parole programs. The letter sent to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday morning says the Biden administration continues to worsen the border crisis. They also called the decision to expand the programs radical. “Since the day they took office, President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas have purposefully and maliciously eroded our nation’s border security. They have presided over the worst border crisis we’ve seen in decades and more illegal immigration than any administration  in recent history. Now, they aim to sidestep Congress and the law by granting parole to hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants,” said Sen. J.D. Vance, R-Ohio, said.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Evolution of a Theory: Unredacted NIH Emails Show Efforts to Rule Out Lab Origin of Covid: Virologists close to the NIH initially believed the Covid virus could be genetically engineered. Unredacted emails show how their thinking evolved. Unredacted records obtained by The Nation and The Intercept offer detailed insights into those confidential deliberations. The documents show that in the early days of the pandemic, Fauci and Collins took part in a series of email exchanges and telephone calls in which several leading virologists expressed concern that SARS-CoV-2 looked potentially “engineered.”

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals / Global
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Lawmakers in 7 States Are Working Together to Tax the Rich: Lawmakers are introducing wealth tax proposals as federal lawmakers fail to combat wealth inequality.

Inside the Controversial Sales Practices of the Nation’s Biggest Title Lender: Former TitleMax store managers told ProPublica and The Current about how they were trained to keep customers unaware of the true costs of their title pawns. When they were more transparent, they faced repercussions.

How Title Lending Works: Title lenders in the U.S. often use predatory practices to trap customers in high-interest loans. This guide will help you understand how title lending works and what your options are if you’re stuck in a contract.

How the Federal Reserve Protects the Top One Percent: Our central bank operates by and for the financial elite.
In short, as a first approximation, the current Fed policy of rapidly raising interest rates to fight inflation by throwing people out of work serves as a wealth protection device for the top one percent.

# Education / Schools
DeSantis Makes Alarming Request for Info on Trans Students: Some fear he will attempt to defund or scale back health services offered to trans students and faculty. Officials in the far-right Republican’s office asked for data on the number of students who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who have received treatment in university clinics state-wide, according to a survey the universities reportedly must complete by Feb. 10.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
New study finds ‘surprising’ warming spike atop the Greenland ice sheet: One of the planet’s refrigerators is defrosting, leading to melting events that could raise sea levels 20 inches by the end of the century.

Revealed: More than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider are worthless, analysis shows: The forest carbon offsets approved by the world’s leading provider and used by Disney, Shell, Gucci and other big corporations are largely worthless and could make global heating worse, according to a new investigation.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Russia’s FSB Launches Espionage Case Against U.S. Citizen: The unnamed American is “suspected of collecting intelligence information.” The American is suspected of gathering data on “biological topics,” Russia’s Federal Security Service says

# Gov / Politics / US
George Santos Once Also Known in Brazil as a Drag Queen Named ‘Kitara’: The lawmaker’s long list of lies and his questionable campaign financing are under investigation by local, state and federal officials — while prosecutors in Brazil have reopened a fraud case against him from 2008. Santos, who is the first openly gay non-incumbent Republican elected to the House, has resisted calls to resign.

Ukraine: Is the Hammer About to Fall? The plan to engage Russia militarily is a tacit admission that the United States can no longer maintain its global dominance through economic or political means alone. After exhaustive analysis and debate, western elites have settled on a course of action aimed at dividing the world into warring blocs in order to prosecute a war on Russia and China. The ultimate strategic objective of the current policy, is to tighten the grip of western elites on the levers of global power and to prevent the dissolution of the “rules-based international order.” But after 11 months of nonstop warfare in Ukraine, the US-backed western coalition finds itself in a worse position than when it began.

US Senator says training Ukrainian soldiers in Oklahoma poses risk to civilians: “We must put the people of Oklahoma first,” Dahm said. “We shouldn’t be allowing the unaccountable spending, corruption, and potential money laundering to now flow through Oklahoma with the presence of foreign troops on our land.”

# Law Enforcement
Alec Baldwin Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in ‘Rust’ Shooting: The film’s first assistant director and armorer also charged in connection with death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchens

Activists Demand Independent Investigation After Cops Kill Protester in Atlanta: The protester was shot and killed on Wednesday during a chaotic raid of the “Stop Cop City” forest defense camp. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation initially said a suspect was shot and killed after allegedly firing a gun and injuring a Georgia state trooper during the raid, but fellow protesters and community activists doubt the official narrative and are calling on journalists and legal observers to investigate.

Parents of Herman Whitfield III Share Bodycam Video Showing How Officers Killed Their Son:  Whitfield was an award-winning African American piano virtuoso who would have turned 40 years old last October. Early on April 25 of last year, Whitfield’s parents called 911 to ask for help as their son experienced a mental health crisis. Six armed police officers responded to the call. The videos show officers failed to call an ambulance and did not bring in mental health professionals as the family requested. Instead they responded with deadly force.

St. Louis has a new basketball court. Its funders were raided by the FBI: In July ’22, the FBI raided the St. Louis home of Omali Yeshitela, a leader in the African People’s Socialist Party and the chairman of the Uhuru Movement

# LGBTQ / Gender
Why Trans People in North Dakota Are Planning to Flee U.S: “Everyone is really scared right now. A lot of us are afraid of getting our rights or identities ripped away,” Zara Crystal, 20, said of the slate of anti-trans bills proposed in North Dakota this year. “I want to help as many people as I can.”

Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for Being Transgender in America paints a stark portrait of the economic insecurities that leave transgender people with high rates of unemployment and poverty. Transgender Americans face clear financial penalties simply because they are transgender and are left economically vulnerable because of two primary failures of law:
* Pervasive discrimination and a lack of legal protections
* Failure to adequately protect transgender students

Legislation Affecting LGBTQ Rights Across the Country: Anti-LGBTQ Bills: Anti-Trans Bills. These measures target transgender and nonbinary people for discrimination, such as by barring or criminalizing healthcare.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in America continue to face discrimination in their daily lives. While more states every year work to pass laws to protect LGBTQ people, we continue to see state legislatures advancing bills that target transgender people, limit local protections, and allow the use of religion to discriminate.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Study: THC/CBD Combination Therapy Reduces Seizure Frequency in Children with Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy
Over 90 percent of subjects treated with the combination therapy experienced a ≥50 percent reduction in seizure frequency at six-months. Medicines were prescribed to patients by clinicians in both National Health Service and private medical practices. Follow-up calls were conducted throughout the period January 2021 to May 2021 to keep data recorded up to date.

Case Series: Cannabis Effective at Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: Six of the seven participants reported “an improvement in symptoms” and “none of the participants reported any adverse side effects.”

# Medical / Health
Two paramedics in Illinois who strapped a Black patient facedown on a stretcher, leading to his death, have been charged with first-degree murder. An autopsy found that the patient, who was reportedly suffering from alcohol hallucinations, died from “compressional and positional asphyxia.” The Springfield branch of Black Lives Matter issued a statement calling the incident an example of the “constant bias and racism” that the Black community faces even when seeking medical treatment.

Danger in the salon: UV nail dryers damage DNA and cause cell mutation: New study has uncovered a concerning truth about the ultraviolet (UV) light devices used to cure gel manicures.

Watchdog Seeks Harsher Penalties in Wake of Abuse at Illinois Mental Health Center: The official cited investigations into a center for people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities, where workers lied or conspired to thwart patient abuse inquiries.

# Military / DOD
Biden Administration Readies Shipments of Armored Vehicles for Ukraine: Meanwhile, the  Biden administration is considering aiding Ukraine in a military campaign aimed at retaking the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia has occupied since 2014, even if such a move increases the risk of escalating the war.

As he arms Ukraine, Biden readies new weapon pipelines for Eastern Europe. A new $2.2 billion military financing package will be split between Ukraine and 18 other nearby countries.

# Military / Global
Russia’s Shadow Army Exposed and Humiliated by Bogus Recruit: The independent outlet The Insider reports that journalists got the idea to call Wagner’s hotline after the group started hanging up recruiting posters at bus stops and security companies.

# Other News
A funeral home scam sold hundreds of body parts for profit.  Hundreds Of Victims Of A Funeral Home Scam Are Supporting Each Other After Their Loved Ones’ Body Parts Were Sold For Profit. “I think every culture in the planet honors their dead in one way or another and with the way they treated him was not honorable at all,” Judy Cressler said.

# Technology
Repurposing wind power: How out-of-service wind turbines are giving new life to children’s playgrounds: Old turbine blades cannot be recycled for energy production but they can be reused for fun and aesthetics.

# Water
Arizona town cut off from water using rain to flush toilets: Rio Verde was cut off from its water supplies on 1 January by the nearby city of Scottsdale. The controversial move left hundreds without access to running water, prompting residents to file a lawsuit demanding that services be restored. Scottsdale argues that it bears no responsibility for Rio Verde.

Rain Barrels and Other Water Conservation Tools: Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and reduce storm water runoff. Use the collected water for household chores.

The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting: Rainwater is valued for its purity and softness. It has a nearly neutral pH, and is free from disinfection by-products, salts, minerals, and other natural and man-made contaminants.

World’s First Major City Will Run Out of Water in 90 Days: At present, Cape Town has less than 90 days of water left in its storage … no watering of gardens and not flushing toilets unless absolutely essential.

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