Voices, The Peoples News
February 28, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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U.S. Marshals to Work with Yurok Tribe to Probe Missing & Murdered Indigenous Persons: Yurok Tribe in northern California has been selected as the first pilot location for the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative, as part of the agency’s plans to develop tribally-led collaborative partnerships to proactively examine public safety issues – particularly those involving missing endangered children.
Green colonialism is flooding the Pacific Northwest: The Yakama Nation is fighting a pumped hydro storage development near Goldendale, Washington, but it’s just one of many.
# Indigenous / Global
Eduardo Mendúa, Ecuadorian Who Fought Oil Extraction on Indigenous Land, Is Shot to Death: The proposed expansion of petroleum operations on Amazon rainforest territory belonging to the A’i Cofan people has divided Indigenous locals.
How pesticides impair our senses: one study estimates that about 385 million cases of unintentional, acute pesticide poisoning occur among farm workers each year. A 2020 study found that of the estimated 860 million agricultural workers worldwide, 44% are affected by pesticide poisoning annually. Acute health impacts can range from seizures to respiratory depression. Pesticide exposure has been associated with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Parkinson’s disease. Pesticide exposure has also been linked to sensory deterioration.
Vinyl chloride’s invisible threat: Thousands of pounds are released every year in the U.S. as part of “poison plastic” manufacturing: According to the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), which “tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment,” there are 38 TRI facilities in 15 states, mostly around the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern U.S., that use vinyl chloride, emitting about half a million pounds of the substance every year. Vinyl chloride’s origins generate from ethane, which is obtained through fracking natural gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said ethane production hit a monthly record last year of more than 2.4 million barrels per day. The global PVC market is expected to become a $56.1 billion industry within the next 3 years.
# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Child didn’t die of global bird-flu variant: An 11-year-old girl in Cambodia who died after being infected with avian influenza A (H5N1) had a different variant from that causing mass deaths in birds globally. The strain she was carrying is endemic to the region, and last infected people in Cambodia about a decade ago.
SARS-2 Geopolitical Bio-Weapon. US Energy Department Blames China but Hides Fauci, Darpa & Gates Role: Two sources said that the Department of Energy assessed in the intelligence report that it had “low confidence” the Covid-19 virus accidentally escaped from a lab in Wuhan. «The U.S. Energy Department has concluded that the Covid pandemic most likely arose from a laboratory leak, according to a classified intelligence report recently provided to the White House and key members of Congress» wrote the Wall Street Journal throwing yet another stone at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and triggering a chain reaction in the media.
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
When Federal Interest Payments Come To Exceed the Military Budget; Time to Stop Defending the Rest of the World: The cost of interest payments on the national debt will continue to grow as a financial burden for the U.S. over the next decade, even surpassing what the nation spends on national defense within a few years, a newly released budget analysis shows.
# Education / Schools
University of California Under Fire for Blackstone Investment, the university has invested $4.5 billion with the real estate arm of the private equity giant. The university’s unions oppose the deal on the grounds that corporate landlords such as Blackstone inflame California’s housing crisis by driving up rents and eviction rates. Union leaders have announced upcoming actions to urge the university to divest from Blackstone.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
Coal plant pollution can be deadly, even hundreds of miles downwind: Even as coal declines, it is still keeping a deadly grasp on communities across the country. The coal industry may be dying in the U.S., but its health impacts are not, report finds.
EPA Paused Waste Shipments From Ohio Train Derailment After Texas Uproar: Last week in Houston, politicians protested indignantly as news emerged that hazardous waste from the East Palestine, Ohio, trail derailment was traveling to their city. Officials issued statements saying the public should have been warned, prompting the Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday to order a halt to shipments of waste out of the Ohio disaster site
# Environment / Climate / Global
Pacific islanders head to Australia for jobs as climate fears grow:
* Climate change is a contributing factor in Pacific Islanders choosing to move to Australia.
* Policymakers in island nations fear Australia’s efforts to court migrant workers could fuel a “brain drain” of skilled people.
* Pacific workers can earn up to four times as much in Australia or New Zealand, says a researcher.
Australia will introduce a permanent residency option for Pacific islanders this year, and has also expanded its short-term labour programme – part of the country’s wider efforts to counter China’s growing influence in the region.
The toxic legacy of the Ukraine war: heavy metals, fuel and chemical residues from ammunition and missiles have seeped into the soil. Although the full extent of soil contamination in Ukraine is not yet known, there are concerns that the conflict will cause long-lasting damage to the country’s agricultural productivity. Ukraine is one of the world’s most important producers and exporters of cereals and oilseeds, including corn, wheat, barley and sunflower oil. The widespread pollution caused by the conflict also threatens local wildlife and the health of communities, who are at risk of eating contaminated crops.
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
How microplastics are infiltrating the food you eat: Microplastics have infiltrated every part of the planet. One study estimated that there are around 24.4 trillion fragments of microplastics in the upper regions of the world’s oceans. But they aren’t just ubiquitous in water – they are spread widely in soils on land too and can even end up in the food we eat. Unwittingly, we may be consuming tiny fragments of plastic with almost every bite we take. Chemicals found in plastic have been linked to cancer, heart disease and poor fetal development. High levels of ingested microplastics may also cause cell damage which could lead to inflammation and allergic reactions.
Study: Micro- and nano-plastics in edible fruit and vegetables. The first diet risks assessment for the general population
Society has never produced so much food, yet we live in a world where only the rich get to be healthy: Our societies have never produced so much food, yet we live in a capitalist perversion where fresh, healthy food, and the time to prepare it, are priced as a luxury, while highly processed items are inexpensive, easy and aggressively mass-marketed. It’s not a failure of collective willpower that’s jeopardising our health, but a diet of bad food that’s culturally familiar, low in nutrition and super available.
# Foodie Tips, Tricks and How To’s
Making groceries last longer and avoiding waste is both good for the wallet and the planet. We’ve compiled some of the best hacks and tips for storing some of your favorite foods.
# Gov / Politics / Global
Orbán backs China’s Ukraine peace plan: Hungary’s government supports Beijing’s peace plan for the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told parliament on Monday. “We also consider China’s peace plan important and support it,” Orban told the lawmakers. In his half-hour-long speech, Orban insisted that the ongoing conflict was “bad for Ukrainians, Russians, Hungarians, Europe, and it is becoming increasingly clear [that] it is bad for the whole world.” The prime minister then maintained that Budapest should stay out of the conflict, as was decided through a ‘national consultation.’
Russia Is Willing to Defend Itself With Nuclear Weapons: “It is obvious to all the powers that be that if the US wants to defeat Russia, we are heading for a conflict on a global scale. If the US wants to defeat Russia, we have the right to defend ourselves with any weapon, including of the nuclear kind.”
# Gov / Politics / US
US has spent billions on Ukraine war aid. But is that money landing in corrupt pockets? With more than $100 billion in U.S. weaponry and financial aid flowing to Ukraine in less than a year, and more on the way to counter Russia’s invasion, concerns about arms falling into terrorists’ hands and dollars into corrupt officials’ pockets are mounting. Congress spotlights hearings on Ukraine oversight, competition with China. Here’s why.
Gaetz Cites Chinese Propaganda in Push to Stop Ukraine Aid: The Florida Republican looked like he thought he was going in for the kill as he whipped out the “investigative report” that was not what he thought it was. Gaetz, who appeared unaware of the tabloid’s propaganda links, cited the report in claiming that the U.S. had supplied weapons to the Azov Battalion as early as 2018. Asked if he disagreed with the report, Kahl calmly responded: “I’m sorry, is this the Global Times from China?”
# Law Enforcement
“I Am Going to Die”: Tenn. Woman Dies of Stroke in Police Cruiser After She Was Denied Medical Care
Michigan honor student, 17, shot dead by 14 and 13-year-olds in attempted carjacking after he offered them a ride during subzero temperatures – juveniles will be tried as adults –Chimner was charged Friday with felony murder, carjacking and two weapons-related violations. Police recovered a gun at the scene of the crime but could not say which boy had fired the weapon.
# Legal / DOJ
Lawyer Blew $840K in Clients’ Money on OnlyFans, Drugs: Christopher Reynolds routinely represented car crash victims, but would cut off contact and stash their settlement money for himself, authorities said.
# Medical / Health
Surprise-Billing Law Loophole: When ‘Out of Network’ Doesn’t Quite Mean Out of Network: More than a year after the federal surprise-billing law took effect, patients can still get hammered by surprise bills resulting from health plans’ limited provider networks and ambiguities about what is considered emergency medical care.
Lowering the risk of mother’s sepsis or death after childbirth, a single oral dose of a common antibiotic may have the potential to significantly reduce maternal infections and deaths in developing countries. Sepsis is a severe life-threatening immune response to infection or injury. It is a leading cause of maternal and newborn deaths worldwide.
# Military / DOD
The Air Force has relieved six leaders assigned to a North Dakota base in charge of nuclear missiles and bombers over a loss of confidence, the military branch said Monday. The Air Force did not specify why commanders had lost confidence in all six individuals. “These personnel actions were necessary to maintain the very high standards we demand of those units entrusted with supporting our nation’s nuclear mission,” said Maj. Gen. Andrew Gebara, the two-star in charge of Air Force nuclear units under 8th Air Force, in the release.
# Military / Global
Drones Attack Russia From All Sides: Fighter jets were deployed near St. Petersburg and an oil depot was set ablaze as authorities reported drones striking multiple regions.
Male contraceptive disables sperm, compound temporarily disabled mouse and human sperm. It also prevented pregnancies in mice. The findings could potentially lead to a non-hormonal, on-demand contraceptive pill for men.
The search for the world’s ‘missing’ genomes: Enormous strides have been made to unravel the secrets of the human genome, so why are we missing the genetic information of most of the planet? It is 70 years since the double-helix structure of DNA was first revealed in a grainy, black and white image. Since then our understanding of the genetic information it encodes has advanced enormously, but these insights are from a surprisingly narrow portion of our species. Information from entire ethnic groups is missing. So why is the picture of our genetic make up still so fuzzy?
Jim Crow Is Resurrected in Mississippi: Folks elected by the voters in their districts and across the state, will not stand for Black leadership. The City of Jackson has been either slighted or starved of infrastructure resources from the state for decades. Ignoring the Mississippi State Constitution and the U.S. Constitution, House Bill 1020 is just a takeover, plain and simple. And it’s not just a takeover, but a takeover of the Black City of Jackson by white Christian Republican legislators voting in lockstep.
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