Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-02-28

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February 28, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
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.
https://www.usmarshals.gov/news/press-release/yurok-tribe-us-marshals-partner-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-persons

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.
https://www.hcn.org/issues/55.3/indigenous-affairs-green-colonialism-is-flooding-the-pacific-northwest

# 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.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28022023/eduardo-mendua-ecuador-shot-death/

# Chemicals
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.
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230215-how-pesticides-harm-human-health

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.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vinyl-chloride-ohio-train-derailment-thousands-pounds-released-annually-plastics/

# 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.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-00585-1?utm_source=Nature+Briefing&utm_campaign=bce4cc3e93-briefing-dy-20230228&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c9dfd39373-bce4cc3e93-43812897

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.
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2023/02/27/sars-2-geopolitical-bio-weapon-against-china-us-energy-department-blames-but-hides-fauci-darpa-gates-role/

# 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.
https://www.cato.org/commentary/when-federal-interest-payments-come-exceed-military-budget-time-stop-defending-rest

# 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.
https://prospect.org/education/2023-02-28-university-california-blackstone-housing/

# 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.
https://grist.org/climate-energy/coal-plant-pollution-can-be-deadly-even-hundreds-of-miles-downwind/

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
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28022023/east-palestine-ohio-train-derailment-waste-texas/#:~:text=Officials%20issued%20statements%20saying%20the,caught%20fire%20earlier%20this%20month.

# 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.
https://www.news24.com/fin24/climate_future/news/pacific-islanders-head-to-australia-for-jobs-as-climate-fears-grow-20230227

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.
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230221-the-toxic-legacy-of-the-ukraine-war

# 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.
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230103-how-plastic-is-getting-into-our-food
Study: Micro- and nano-plastics in edible fruit and vegetables. The first diet risks assessment for the general population
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935120305703

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.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/feb/16/society-has-never-produced-so-much-food-yet-we-live-in-a-world-where-only-the-rich-get-to-be-healthy

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# 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.’
https://www.politico.eu/article/viktor-orban-hungary-ukraine-china-peace-plan-russia-invasion/

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.”
https://tass.com/defense/1580211

# 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.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2023/02/28/congressional-hearings-china-ukraine-russia-security/11359357002/

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?”
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/matt-gaetz-chinese-propaganda-ukraine_n_63fe5251e4b08b1402e08264

# Law Enforcement
“I Am Going to Die”: Tenn. Woman Dies of Stroke in Police Cruiser After She Was Denied Medical Care
https://www.13abc.com/2023/02/27/graphic-i-am-going-die-body-camera-footage-released-womans-in-custody-death/

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.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11791367/Michigan-student-17-killed-14-13-year-old-carjacking-offered-ride.html

# 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.
https://www.newsbreak.com/pinellas-county-fl/2941284217502-florida-lawyer-accused-of-blowing-840k-in-clients-money-on-onlyfans-drugs

# 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.
https://khn.org/news/article/out-of-network-surprise-bill-loophole-bill-of-the-month/

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.
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/lowering-risk-mother-s-sepsis-or-death-after-childbirth

# 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.
https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2023/02/27/six-leaders-fired-from-air-force-nuclear-base-in-north-dakota/

# 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.
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-war-attacks-drones-e02372ef4b84fc3b4cf6afe8ed141a77

# Science
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.
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/male-contraceptive-disables-sperm

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?
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230227-the-search-for-the-worlds-missing-genomes?utm_source=Nature+Briefing&utm_campaign=bce4cc3e93-briefing-dy-20230228&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c9dfd39373-bce4cc3e93-43812897

# Social
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.
https://www.laprogressive.com/racism/jim-crow-reemerges-in-mississippi

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-02-27

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Joe Biden Is Now Taking Immigration Policy Directly From Stephen Miller: Miller pushed for and crafted policies that separated migrant families (many of which are yet to be reunited), reduced refugee admissions to levels not seen in many years, and forced people to seek asylum in other countries instead of in the United States. With Trump’s departure, and Biden’s incoming administration’s rhetoric on migration, advocates were hopeful that the Miller era had ended. Last week, though, the Biden administration proposed new rules for asylum-seekers that would have fulfilled some of Miller’s wildest dreams.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2023/02/joe-biden-immigration-policy-stephen-miller-asylum-rules.html

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Republicans Demand Apologies, Tell Biden To Hold China To Account After Bombshell Report On COVID: Republicans erupt after Energy Dept reportedly says COVID-19 likely came from Chinese lab: ‘We need answers.’
Lab leak theory was dismissed as ‘fringe,’ ‘conspiracy’ at start of pandemic
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/republicans-erupt-energy-dept-reportedly-says-covid-19-likely-came-chinese-lab-need-answers

CDC Adds COVID Shots to Recommended Vaccine Schedules for Children and Adults: COVID-19 vaccines are now included among the routine shots recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for children, adolescents and adults. The 2023 list includes shots for the flu, measles mumps and rubella, polio, and other inoculations.
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/3851977-cdc-adds-covid-vaccine-to-routine-immunization-schedule-for-kids-adults/

We May Be Able to Prevent This Terrifying Long COVID Symptom: More than 200 lung transplants had been performed in the U.S. for severe, irreversible lung damage caused by COVID-19. More than 200 lung transplants had been performed in the U.S. for severe, irreversible lung damage caused by COVID-19.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/may-able-prevent-terrifying-long-202613011.html

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Russian nuclear fuel: The habit Europe just can’t break: The EU managed to quickly cut down on Russian coal, gas and oil supplies, but can’t seem to do the same for nuclear. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to turn off the gas taps while the EU turned increasingly to liquefied natural gas deliveries from elsewhere caused the reliance on Moscow to tumble from 40 percent of the bloc’s gas supply before the war to less than 10 percent now. Nuclear energy has proved a trickier knot for EU countries to untie, for both historical and practical reasons.
https://www.politico.eu/article/europe-just-cant-quit-russia-for-nuclear-power/

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
The Salton Sea, an accident of history, faces a new water crisis:  it has been shrinking for decades, killing species of fish that attract migratory birds and exposing the lake floor that generates dust harmful to human health. As the sea receded, it also left abandoned homes, closed resorts, and inland marinas that transformed the area into a fishing and water sports playground for Southern Californians by the mid-20th century. Now that water use is being reduced after two decades of drought that left Colorado’s reservoirs at dangerously low levels, the sea will shrink even faster. “Less water is going to the farmers, less water is going to the Salton Sea,” Mr Ruiz said. “That’s just the pure math.”
https://ustoday.news/the-salton-sea-an-accident-of-history-faces-a-new-water-crisis/

In 1996, the EPA was ordered to test pesticides for impacts on people’s hormones. They still don’t: New lawsuit aims to make the agency do what Congress ordered more than 25 years ago. “As of the time of this filing, more than 25 years after the passage of the Food Quality Protection Act, [the] EPA has yet to implement the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program.”
https://www.ehn.org/are-pesticides-endocrine-disruptors-2659413208.html

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Don’t Like Local Store Shelves Under Lockdown? Blame Organized Crime: Retailers are adding more on-the-shelves security to fight off the surge in shoplifting, and shoppers aren’t happy. Some stores are even shutting down entirely, knocked out of business by the one-two punch of increased theft and declining sales. Store owners say they have no choice.
https://prescottenews.com/index.php/2023/02/27/dont-like-local-store-shelves-are-under-lockdown-blame-organized-crime-inside-sources/

# Gov / Politics / US
Nearly All GOP Senators Bow Out Of 2024 Race; Governors Gear Up: Despite the Senate being packed with ambitious, big-name politicians, Republicans in the upper chamber have been hesitant about going toe-to-toe with former President Donald Trump in a marked departure from past elections. Meanwhile, hoards of Republican governors are gearing up for a potential run. This time, however, virtually all of the top Republican senators have declined to run and have actively refrained from cultivating buzz about them running.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/nearly-all-republican-senators-bow-out-2024

# Law Enforcement
Bristling Under Progressive Mayor, St. Louis Police Seek State Takeover: Police unions rallied around Missouri Senate Bill 78, which would reinstate a Civil War-era system of state oversight. Law enforcement unions argue that local control has “put politics in policing” and state oversight would help address an increase in  homicides, a drop in police morale and staffing levels.
https://theintercept.com/2023/02/24/st-louis-missouri-police-department/

Two People Killed in ‘Chaotic’ Shooting at Senior Home: “We are tired of having this press conference. We’re tired of having to figure out how to wrap words around violence,” St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said following the incident. A shooting motive hasn’t been determined, but police investigators don’t believe it was random. There were no immediate arrests. Saturday’s stunning violence was the second shooting in the city over the weekend. Three teenage boys were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds Friday night after a shooting at a memorial service for a student fatally stabbed at an area high school.
https://nypost.com/2023/02/26/2-fatally-shot-3-injured-after-celebration-of-life-event-at-minnesota-senior-center/

# LGBTQ / Gender
Tennessee’s House of Representatives passed a state ban on drag performances last week. The bill, HB 9, classifies ‘male and female impersonators’ as adult cabaret performers and bans them from public property or anywhere a minor might be able to see them, invoking the state’s obscenity law. When H.B. 9 was first introduced in November 2022, the ACLU of Tennessee noted that “dance, fashion, and music, essential components of a drag performance, are all protected by the First Amendment. Yet, these laws are written so broadly and vaguely that they would allow government officials to censor performers based on their own subjective viewpoints of what they deem appropriate on any given day.” “So, let’s call this what it is, a malicious attempt to remove LGBTQ people from public life,” the group said in a statement.
https://newrepublic.com/feeds/168326/ticker

# Medical / Health
A Texas judge may block access to abortion pills. Here’s how that ruling could disrupt the US approval system for all drugs. “We’re talking about a judge who is a non-scientist overriding an agency full of experts about the safety and efficacy of a drug,” said Greer Donley, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2023/02/09/texas-judge-fda-abortion-pill-medication-abortion-mifepristone/11203396002/

# Social
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.
https://www.laprogressive.com/racism/jim-crow-reemerges-in-mississippi

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-02-24

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Indigenous / Global
Director Marcos Colón Takes an Intimate Look at Three Indigenous Leaders’ Fight to Preserve Their Ancestral Connection to Nature in the Amazon: His documentary, Stepping Softly on the Earth, which tells their stories as “a way to postpone the end of the world,” debuts in the U.S. next week.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/24022023/director-marcos-colon-takes-an-intimate-look-at-three-indigenous-leaders-fight-to-preserve-their-ancestral-connection-to-nature-in-the-amazon/

# Chemicals / Drugs
Toxic wastewater from Ohio train derailment headed to Texas: Toxic wastewater used to extinguish a fire following a train derailment in Ohio is headed to a Houston suburb for disposal. Toxic wastewater used to extinguish a fire following a train derailment in Ohio has been transported to a Houston suburb for disposal, according to a county official in Texas who said there are outstanding questions about the transportation and disposal of the material.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said at a press conference Thursday that 500,000 gallons (1.8 million liters) of the wastewater had been delivered to Deer Park, Texas.
https://apnews.com/article/ohio-texas-houston-climate-and-environment-53c8cd54e99d05b3ec7d07d1d6ef97a8

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Psychological tactics to change public behavior have concerning implications regardless of where you stand in this polarized vaccine information war fueled by the media. Government scientists deploying fear, shame and scapegoating to change minds is an ethically dubious practice that in some respects resembles the tactics used by totalitarian regimes such as China, where the state inflicts pain on a subset of its population in an attempt to eliminate beliefs and behaviour they perceive to be deviant.
Brief Summary: This study tests different messages about vaccinating against COVID-19 once the vaccine becomes available. Participants are randomized to 1 of 12 arms, with one control arm and one baseline arm. We will compare the reported willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine at 3 and 6 months of it becoming available between the 10 intervention arms to the 2 control arms. Study participants are recruited online by Lucid, which matches census based sampling in online recruitment.
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04460703

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Corruption at the Fifth Estate: Lack of disclosure on de facto lobbying at think tanks has triggered a bipartisan reaction. Earlier this year, one of Washington’s preeminent think tanks, the Atlantic Council, was caught in a pay-for-play scheme promoting an authoritarian regime that happens to pay some of its bills. The incident could reignite a burgeoning bipartisan coalition of anti-kleptocracy lawmakers that has put foreign corruption in its crosshairs.
https://prospect.org/power/2023-02-24-based-corruption-fifth-estate-think-tanks/

‘Open season’: Washington couple push for Supreme Court unrealized gains ruling: With a petition that has the “potential to be the most important tax case of the twenty-first century,” two Washington State residents, Charles and Kathleen Moore, have taken their fight against one kind of taxation all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/article_0d5e2d2c-b3fc-11ed-b19e-c34edf4172e0.html

Biden should appoint a prominent dissenter to the post of Fed vice chair: Minutes of the Federal Reserve meeting show that all members of the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee agreed to keep strangling the economy with still more quarter-point rate hikes later this year, and some even wanted half-point hikes. Maybe they should read this study by the Fed’s own staff economists, which found that the Fed’s inflation target of 2 percent is impossible to reach without a deep recession.
https://prospect.org/blogs-and-newsletters/tap/2023-02-24-federal-reserve-interest-rate-folly/
Minutes of the Federal Reserve meeting: https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/fomcminutes20230201.htm

Post-COVID Inflation Dynamics; Higher for Longer: Our model projects that conditional on the SEP unemployment rate path and a rapid deceleration of core goods prices, core PCE inflation moderates to only 2.75 percent by the end of 2025: inflation will be higher for longer. A deep recession would be necessary to achieve the SEP’s projected inflation path. A simple reduced-form welfare analysis, which abstracts from any danger of inflation expectations becoming unanchored, suggests that such a recession would not be optimal.
https://www.clevelandfed.org/publications/working-paper/2023/wp-2306-post-covid-inflation-dynamics-higher-for-longer

# Education / Schools
Most US states failing to protect schools’ water from lead contaminants, study finds: More than half of all U.S. states are failing to protect schools’ drinking water from lead contamination. As part of their research, the organization graded every state on their current regulations. It shows a majority of states nationwide received a failing grade for its policies addressing lead in the water at schools. This report found as schools test their water, they’re discovering widespread lead contamination.
https://www.yahoo.com/now/national-report-grades-states-policies-233853417.html

School in Uproar Over Alleged ‘Master Class in Antisemitism’: Staff and students at Mount Eden High School are upset that the English teacher is only now on leave despite disturbing claims surfacing two months ago. Staff and students at Mount Eden High School are upset that the English teacher is only now on leave despite disturbing claims surfacing two months ago.
https://sfist.com/2023/02/23/hayward-teacher-placed-on-leave-over-for-allegedly-giving-a-master-class-in-antisemitism/

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
The Alarming Link Between the Ohio Train Derailment’s Vinyl Chloride Leak and Smart Meters: A Mercenary Scientist Dictating Public Policy: As concern grows for East Palestine, Ohio following the train derailment, news headlines are reporting adverse health effects on the liver associated with vinyl chloride. The liver may not be the only concern. “Vinyl chloride is a known human carcinogen. The colorless manmade gas is used to make polyvinyl chloride, commonly referred to as PVC, a type of hard plastic resin. The gas is linked to “an increased risk of a rare form of liver cancer” known as hepatic angiosarcoma. That type of cancer accounts for only 2% of liver tumors, and according to a 2018 journal publication, is ‘exceptionally deadly.’ The average life expectancy for those who are diagnosed is just 10 months.”
https://beforeitsnews.com/health/2023/02/the-alarming-link-between-the-ohio-train-derailments-vinyl-chloride-leak-and-smart-meters-a-mercenary-scientist-dictating-public-policy-3049308.html

The Lie Giuliani Told Victims of the Ohio Railroad Disaster: In 2001, “America’s Mayor” downplayed the threat of the toxins from 9/11.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-lie-giuliani-told-victims-of-the-ohio-railroad-disaster

Oversight Republicans are launching an investigation into the Department of Transportation’s handling of a toxic train derailment in Ohio. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has come under criticism for his response.
https://www.politico.com/minutes/congress/02-24-2023/oversight-letter-to-buttigieg-ohio/

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Researchers find 26 Australian species recovered from the brink of extinction: In total, 15 mammals, eight birds, four frogs, one reptile and one fish were found to have made varying degrees of recovery, including the humpback whale, which was delisted by the government’s scientific panel last year.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-02-24/australian-animals-no-longer-meet-criteria-as-threatened-species/102020276

Despite Oil Company Ties, COP28 President-Designate Vows to Uphold 1.5°C Temperature Goal: Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the controversial COP28 President-designate, has said the Paris agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is “non-negotiable.’
https://www.ecowatch.com/cop28-president-paris-agreement.html

# Environment / Climate / Interior
‘It’s like a crime scene’ what’s happened to the Rio Grande in far west Texas: Looking with a generations-long view at a colossal shift in river health. Retired from her work as a fraud prevention manager for the U.S. Department of State, Padilla said she’s had more time to reflect on the reshaping of the river in her own lifetime.
“When you cut the water off, everything changes. Not only nature, but you change people’s way of living, the economy, the biodiversity,” she said. “It is so colossal. It’s like a crime scene.”
https://sourcenm.com/2023/02/22/its-like-a-crime-scene-whats-happened-to-the-rio-grande-in-far-west-texas/

Inside EPA’s close relationship with a Montana mining company: When faced with new research on health risks in Butte, the agency turned to industry for guidance. Butte is home to a massive Superfund site overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency. Past mining has polluted the soil and water in and around Butte, and when Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) abandoned the mine in 1982, it left a pit that’s filled with water so toxic that it kills flocks of birds that land on it.
https://www.hcn.org/articles/mining-inside-the-epas-close-relationship-with-a-montana-mining-company

# Environment / Climate / Global
Guilbeault recommends emergency order to save Canada’s last spotted owls: If approved, it will be the third time in the 20-year history of the federal Species at Risk Act that an emergency order has been issued. An emergency order would give Ottawa the power to step in and make decisions that normally fall to the province, such as whether to allow logging in the owl’s vanishing old-growth forest habitat in southwest B.C.
https://thenarwhal.ca/bc-emergency-order-spotted-owl/

# Gov / Politics / US
An ode to Jimmy Carter, the outdoors president: President Carter added protections to more than 157 million acres of public land and created 39 total national park units. Altogether making up one-third more acreage than the state of California. He protected more than almost any president, bested only by the 230 million acres under Theodore Roosevelt.
https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/environment/jimmy-carter-outdoors-president/

# Law Enforcement
Texas governor says most gun crimes involve illegally owned weapons. That’s not true for mass shootings.
According to an investigation by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, the majority of the state’s 19 mass shootings over the past six decades were carried out by men who legally possessed firearms.
https://www.propublica.org/article/texas-greg-abbott-guns-crime-mass-shootings

# Legal / DOJ
Defendants in corruption case don’t want expert to testify about politics: Attorneys representing four people indicted in a federal bribery and conspiracy case involving Illinois’ largest utility company are worried about a political science professor
https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/article_0d5e2d2c-b3fc-11ed-b19e-c34edf4172e0.html

# Media
Ukraine first, America later – The Grayzone live: Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate cover Biden’s decision to visit Zelensky in Ukraine rather than meet Americans suffering from the impact of a chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio. They will also discuss the collapse of landmark anti-missile treaties in the face of US escalation in Ukraine, and more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOlvY_SN678

# Medical
One Texas Judge Will Decide Fate of Abortion Pill Used by Millions of American Women: Mifepristone, also known as RU-486, is one component of a two-drug regimen used for medication abortion and has been on the US market for more than 20 years. Anti-abortion groups, galvanized by the Supreme Court’s ruling in June overturning the constitutional right to an abortion, have now set their sights on obtaining a ban on the abortion pill.
https://news.yahoo.com/texas-judge-decide-fate-abortion-181047914.html

Mental Health Care Must Promote Wellness, Not Just Treat Illness: In their efforts to prevent and treat illness, mental health professionals have often relegated wellness, those attributes we associate with things like finding happiness and meaning in life, to an afterthought. That shortsighted approach is weakening an already struggling mental health system.
https://undark.org/2023/02/23/mental-health-care-must-promote-wellness-not-just-treat-illness/

# Medical Science
Science Falls Behind as Syphilis Stages Another Comeback: Despite being one of the oldest known sexually transmitted infections, with possible origins in the 14th century, as well as intense public health initiatives over many decades, syphilis receives little attention from researchers. But new lab techniques are allowing scientists to take a closer look. Especially concerning, doctors say, are cases of congenital syphilis, where the infection is passed from a pregnant person to their fetus during pregnancy, which have nearly tripled in the same time period.
https://www.realclearscience.com/2023/02/21/science_falls_behind_as_syphilis_stages_a_comeback_882926.html

# Medical Technology
Researchers injected a leech with gel that transforms into a soft electrode, letting them control its muscle contractions, this gel could eventually be used in the brain to treat neurological conditions without surgery. A new technique harnesses the body’s chemistry to create the conducting material
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/gel-body-sugar-grow-electrodes-fish

# Military / Global
Experts react: What’s behind the drone strike on an Iranian military facility? Drones are the new weapons of war, causing military tactics and force structure to be reimagined. They bring a particularly deadly reality to guerrilla warfare, posing an existential threat in many theaters, especially in the Middle East. Now, Iranian drones are being deployed in North Africa, posing a direct threat to Morocco.
https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/experts-react-whats-behind-the-drone-strike-on-an-iranian-military-facility/

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-02-23

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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the belief that someone else will save it.”
– Robert Swan
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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Tom Woodbury: Stop slaughtering our national mammal: It’s time to end the practice of sending wild Yellowstone bison, our National Mammal, to slaughterhouses for rendering. Slaughterhouses are barbaric even where cows are concerned. According to a 2021 poll, 49% of Americans are in favor of banning slaughterhouses entirely. Given the intentional genocidal history of bison extermination, central to the genocide of Native Americans, how ironic is it that we are still capable of treating the American Buffalo like factory-farmed livestock!
https://missoulian.com/opinion/columnists/tom-woodbury-stop-slaughtering-our-national-mammal/article_8e8b206b-7cea-54e0-b802-074c74ed52ae.html

Yellowstone National Park’s Buffalo Population at Risk: Urgent Call for the World’s First ‘Buffalo Wildlife Bridge’:
With $350M in funding available, there is no excuse for not building a “Buffalo Wildlife Bridge” to protect not just buffalo, but also other species like elk, grizzly bears, wolves, moose, and coyotes. It’s important to note that the legal stewardship of America’s National Mammal belongs to the National Park Service, and it’s time for them to take action. Buffalo Field Campaign has been doing their part by warning motorists about the presence of buffalo on the road, but this is not enough.
https://blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/buffalo-wildlife-bridge/

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Death on a Dairy Farm: When an 8-year-old Nicaraguan boy was run over on a Wisconsin dairy farm, authorities blamed his father and closed the case. Meanwhile, the community of immigrant workers knows a completely different story. What happened to Jefferson and his father is a story of an accumulation of failures: a broken immigration system that makes it difficult for people to come here even as entire industries depend on their labor, small farms that largely go unexamined by safety inspectors, and a law enforcement system that’s ill equipped to serve people who don’t speak English.
https://www.propublica.org/article/wisconsin-dairy-farm-jefferson-rodriguez

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Sanders Pitches Biden on Social Security Rescue Plan: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is trying to convince President Joe Biden to embrace a plan that would fully fund Social Security for more than seven decades, as well as raise benefits by $2,400 a year. “It is not enough to point out the reactionary, anti-worker vision of the Republican Party,” Sanders told the Post. “We have to present a positive, pro-worker alternative. The truth is that Social Security does have a solvency problem, and we have got to address that.” Sanders also wants to increase benefits by $200 a month for everyone receiving Social Security.
https://www.thefiscaltimes.com/newsletter/20230223-Biden-Mulls-Social-Security-Rescue-Plan

# Education / Schools
Our Children Are Experiencing Militarization of the U.S. Up Close and Personally: Educational “culture wars” overlook the ways in which war has altered what we teach our kids. I live in Montgomery County, Maryland, one of the most progressive and highly educated counties in the country and even here, war, American-style, is painted as a sanitized event full of muscular young people, their emotions under control (until, of course, they aren’t). Even here, few parents and teachers dare talk to young children about the atrocities committed by our military in our wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan.
https://truthout.org/articles/our-children-are-experiencing-militarization-of-the-us-up-close-and-personally/

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Dissent Episode Six; The Clean Water Act comes under attack: The outcome of the Supreme Court case Sackett v. EPA may limit the ability to prevent pollution of our nation’s waters and combat climate change.
https://theintercept.com/2023/02/22/dissent-episode-six-clean-water-sackett-epa/

Citing birds and bees, groups petition EPA to close pesticide loophole: “The failure to regulate treated seeds creates a gigantic regulatory blind-spot, allowing one of the largest and most widespread uses of pesticides to go almost completely untracked and unregulated.” The U.S. should overhaul regulation of a class of insecticides tied to excessive honey bee and bird deaths
https://www.ehn.org/neonics-pollinators-2659453225.html

‘Forever chemicals’ disrupt key metabolic processes in children and teens:  Exposure to “forever chemicals” interferes with several critical biological processes, including the metabolism of fats and amino acids, in children and young adults, a new study has found. The disruption of these processes can increase susceptibility to a variety of illnesses, such as developmental disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer and metabolic diseases like diabetes
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/3869745-forever-chemicals-disrupt-key-metabolic-processes-in-children-and-teens-study/

# Environment / Climate / Global
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Looming Cuts to Emergency SNAP Benefits Threaten Food Security in Rural America: “We have so many households who simply aren’t going to know that this is happening,” Cheyne said. “They’re going to go to the grocery store and expect to have money in their account and not be able to buy the food they need to feed their families.”
https://www.physiciansweekly.com/looming-cuts-to-emergency-snap-benefits-threaten-food-security-in-rural-america/

# Gov / Politics / Global
Putin’s Chef Publicly Betrays Kremlin With Grisly Corpse Pic: If there were ever a time for the Kremlin to worry about an uprising by its most out-of-control private army, now would appear to be it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SaRMdbPqOI

# Gov / Politics / US
Sinema’s $300,000 Security Expert Is Tulsi Gabbard’s Sister: “Since fall 2021, Bellord has been employed as the ‘security director’ in Sinema’s Senate office, a role that has paid her over $50,000, according to Senate records,” the publication writes. “Bellord has also apparently been the exclusive security provider to Sinema’s campaign. She appears to have no other clients aside from the Arizona senator.”
https://www.rawstory.com/kyrsten-sinema-2659457368/

# Law Enforcement
A 9-year-old girl, a TV journalist, and a woman were killed in a series of shootings in Florida: A man who police believe shot and killed a woman in her 20s returned to the scene of the crime hours later and opened fire on a TV news van and at a nearby home, killing one journalist and a 9-year-old girl.
https://www.npr.org/2023/02/23/1158959931/journalist-killed-orlando-dylan-lyons

# Legal / DOJ
Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Subpoenaed to Testify in Justice Department’s Trump Investigation: It’s unclear as of yet whether the two will attempt to oppose the subpoena orders.
https://truthout.org/articles/ivanka-trump-jared-kushner-subpoenaed-to-testify-in-dojs-trump-investigation/

How a Disabled Man Did 11 Years for Murder He Didn’t Commit: The NYPD railroaded Alex Bloise into a confession during a 20-plus-hour interrogation, a lawsuit says.
https://news.yahoo.com/intellectually-disabled-man-landed-prison-220927958.html

# LGBTQ / Gender
NYT Union Hits Back at Reporters Who Defended Trans Coverage; meanwhile, some staffers who signed a letter critical of the paper’s trans coverage may now face disciplinary proceedings
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2023/02/new-york-times-journalists-letter-guild

# Medical
Regulators Overhaul Inspections of Hospice Providers: A report last year from ProPublica and The New Yorker revealed a $22 billion hospice industry rife with fraud and exploitation. CMS announced reforms that go into effect immediately.
https://www.propublica.org/article/hospice-healthcare-cms-medicare-inspection-reforms

Alabama Lawmaker Who Ran on ‘Medical Freedom’ Proposes Murder Charges for Having an Abortion: Freshman Alabama Rep. Ernie Yarbrough (R) has announced new legislation called the Abolish Abortion in Alabama Act, which would classify abortion as homicide and allow women and people seeking abortions to be charged with murder.

# Military / DOD
Left and Right Agree, Pentagon Has Billions in Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Worth Cutting: Republicans and Democrats may not agree on much. Still, after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy struck a deal with House Republicans that may force a vote on significant cuts in Pentagon spending, members on both sides decried even the prospect of adjustments to defense budgets.
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/pentagon-budget-mystery-807276/

# Nuclear
Indian Point Nuclear Plant Owner Plans to Dump Radioactive Waste Water into Hudson River: “Doctors know that there is no such thing as a safe dose of radiation, and that harmful impacts are cumulative,” said the president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “There has been no prior disclosure of what pollutants or radioactive contaminants are in the wastewater or any public education on the environmental safety and public health risks associated with any potential discharges from the site.”
https://www.commondreams.org/news/indian-point-wastewater

# Science
Did the James Webb Space Telescope just redefine how galaxies are created? Astronomers found something so unexpected it actually creates problems for science. The James Webb Space Telescope discovers enormous distant galaxies that should not exist. Giant, mature galaxies seem to have filled the universe shortly after the Big Bang, and astronomers are puzzled.
https://www.space.com/james-webb-space-telescope-giant-distant-galaxies-surprise

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-02-21

Voices, The Peoples News

February 21, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
In push to mine for minerals, clean energy advocates ask what going green really means: For local tribal members, the land they call Peehee Mu’huh, or “Rotten Moon,” is a hallowed place of remembrance and sacred burial site. In 1865, US cavalrymen massacred their ancestors at the site, including children and elders. Members of the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe visit often, praying and sharing food together in the windswept wilderness. Now, a contingent of forces that includes the US government and a large Canada-based mining corporation are pushing to make Thacker Pass a gateway to the future, they seek to carve into the landscape
https://www.thenewlede.org/

After Centuries Of Stealing Land, The U.S. Govt Is Actually Inviting Tribes To Help Manage It: Last April, in a farm field in eastern Virginia, Ann Richardson gathered with a few hundred people for a celebration. It wasn’t a party, though. Several people were crying. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was there. She was crying, too. Biden is laying the groundwork for a seismic shift in public land management, one that treats tribes as partners instead of an afterthought.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/biden-administration-deb-haaland-interior-department-land-costewardship-tribes_n_63b86e01e4b0d6f0b9face1a

# Children / Youth
Juvenile Crime Surges, Reversing Long Decline. ‘It’s Just Kids Killing Kids: Violence among children has soared across the country since 2020, a stark reversal of a decades long decline in juvenile crime. In the U.S., homicides committed by juveniles acting alone rose 30% in 2020 from a year earlier, while those committed by multiple juveniles increased 66%. The number of killings committed by children under 14 was the highest in two decades, according to the most recent federal data.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/violent-crime-rate-juvenile-11674485556

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
GOP Taking Budget Advice From Trump Official Who Wants to Cut $2 Trillion From Medicaid: “The Republican playbook is always to drive more people deeper into poverty, while giving kickbacks and tax breaks to their super-rich friends.”
https://www.commondreams.org/news/gop-trump-aide-cut-medicaid

Biden’s Social Security Pledge Will Likely Mean Huge Middle Class Tax Hikes, Expert Warns: Biden pledged to block Medicare and and Social Security cuts in his recent State of the Union address, in which he also promised not to hike taxes for families earning less than $400,000. But the two systems are slated to run $48 trillion and $21 trillion shortfalls, respectively, over the next 30 years, making it nearly impossible to avoid significant tax raises without cutting benefits, Riedl wrote.
https://dailycaller.com/2023/02/21/joe-biden-social-security-medicare-middle-class-tax/

# Education / Schools
The pandemic missing: The kids who didn’t go back to school: An analysis by The Associated Press, Stanford University’s Big Local News project and Stanford education professor Thomas Dee found an estimated 230,000 students in 21 states whose absences could not be accounted for. These students didn’t move out of state, and they didn’t sign up for private school or home-school, according to publicly available data. In short, they’re missing.
https://www.breitbart.com/news/the-pandemic-missing-the-kids-who-didnt-go-back-to-school/

# Employment / Labor
Walmart is closing a batch of stores in 2023:
* Walmart will close five stores in four states: Illinois, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Florida.
* The company is also winding down its two remaining pickup locations in Illinois and Arkansas.
* Each year, the company typically closes a handful of stores it considers to be “underperforming.”
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/walmart-is-closing-a-batch-of-stores-in-2023-here-s-the-full-list/ar-AA17wvko?ocid=winp1taskbar&cvid=7f997b3bd48a4d1c95e90ef576c8fd35

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
Energy prices have risen dramatically since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and could push as many as 141 million people into extreme poverty, a new study has shown. The costs of goods and services have also gone up due to higher energy prices.
https://www.ecowatch.com/soaring-energy-prices-extreme-poverty.html

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Why people are so concerned about the Ohio train derailment’s long-term effects: Vinyl chloride, a volatile organic compound, or VOC, and the most toxic chemical involved in the derailment, is known to cause cancer, attacking the liver, and can also affect the brain. For now, people are most concerned about the vinyl chloride. As of Feb. 16, 3,150 cubic yards of contaminated soil and 942,000 gallons of contaminants and contaminated liquid have been removed from the site, according to the Ohio EPA.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/amandagardner/health-effects-vinyl-chloride-ohio-derailment

Fracking Wastewater Causes Lasting Harm to Key Freshwater Species: Exposing water fleas, a critical link in the aquatic food chain, to fracking wastewater reduces their survival and ability to reproduce, with potentially far-ranging consequences, new research shows. Extracting fossil fuels from underground reservoirs requires so much water a Chevron scientist once referred to its operations in California’s Kern River Oilfield “as a water company that skims oil.”
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/21022023/fracking-wastewater-water-mites-food-web/

Biden’s EPA Restores Rule Protecting Vulnerable Communities From Mercury and Other Toxic Power Plant Emissions: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reaffirmed the legal, scientific and economic bases of the 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) that require coal and oil-fired power plants to implement “significant reductions” in emissions of mercury, acid gases and other toxic pollutants
https://www.ecowatch.com/power-plant-emissions-mercury-biden.html

# General News
Residents react to base camp set up in Florida Keys: A tent city, as Upper Florida Keys locals call it, has arrived along U.S. 1. While everyone knows it’s there, most people didn’t know exactly what it was. The popup facility is a “base camp,” and “is NOT a migrant holding area,” according to a statement released by the Islamorada village government. The makeshift complex was built to house the influx of state law enforcement officers who were sent to the Florida Keys last month as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order to deal with the increase of migrant landings in the Keys. “It’s got to be helpful because they’ve got people coming ashore quite a bit,” said Gary, a Florida Keys resident.
https://www.newsnationnow.com/us-news/southeast/residents-react-to-base-camp-set-up-in-florida-keys/

# Gov / Politics / Global
Over 7.5 million Ukranians are estimated to be displaced since the invasion began on Feb. 24, 2022. The numbers of Ukrainian casualties have not been fully reported but the most recent figures from the Biden administration estimated last November that over 100,000 people had been killed on both the Russian and Ukrainian sides.
https://reliefweb.int/report/ukraine/forced-displacement-and-within-ukraine

Biden’s Ukraine Visit Upstages Putin And Leaves Moscow’s Military Pundits Raging: Russian state television covered the visit extensively, with anchors saying that it was clear that Biden “runs things” in Ukraine, which fits into the Kremlin’s narrative that Zelesnkyy’s government is a stooge of the U.S. administration.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/moscow-downplays-significance-of-bidens-surprise-visit-to-ukraine

Putin Halts Nuke Pact With US, Vows to Push War in Ukraine: Russian President Vladimir Putin gave no sign Tuesday he would change strategy in the Kremlin’s bloody war in Ukraine, and ratcheted up tensions with the West by suspending Moscow’s participation in the last remaining nuclear arms control pact with the U.S.
https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/putin-not-backing-down-on-ukraine-suspends-start-nuke-pact/

Putin issues nuclear warning to US, threatens to resume weapons tests:
* Putin tells West that Russia cannot be defeated
* Russia suspends participation in New START nuclear arms treaty
* Putin puts new strategic nuclear weapons on ‘combat duty’
* President says Russia will resume nuclear tests if U.S. does
* Blinken: move is deeply unfortunate and irresponsible
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/putin-suspends-russian-involvement-in-nuclear-arms-pact-over-ukraine-tensions

Putin put the last major nuclear arms treaty with the US on ‘life support,’ risking pulling the world back to a ‘dangerous’ time of uncontrolled arsenals, experts say: Without the New START pact and nuclear arms control, the US and Russia could expand their nuclear arsenals. The situation is “bad and could and probably will get worse,” one UN researcher said in response.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/putin-put-the-last-major-nuclear-arms-treaty-with-the-us-on-life-support-risking-pulling-the-world-back-to-a-dangerous-time-of-uncontrolled-arsenals-nuke-experts-say/ar-AA17LDLp?ocid=winp1taskbar&cvid=7f997b3bd48a4d1c95e90ef576c8fd35

# Gov / Politics / US
Biden’s Kyiv Trip is Humiliating for Putin, and Trump: Periodically during the past sixty years, American presidents have stood up at the Eastern edge of Europe and looked to Russia to say, “We stand with our allies. Our resolve is unshakeable.”
https://www.allsides.com/news/2023-02-20-1421/joe-biden-biden-s-trip-kyiv-ultimate-humiliation-putin-and-trump

DeSantis says Biden ‘neglecting’ domestic problems with Ukraine trip: The president said the trip was meant to showcase the strength of Ukraine and solidarity of the U.S., while announcing an additional $500 million in American support to Ukraine.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/3866482-desantis-says-biden-neglecting-domestic-problems-with-ukraine-trip/

Why Do Politicians Weaponize Medicare? Because It Works: The Medicare wars are back, and almost no one in Washington is surprised. The reality is that Medicare’s value as a political weapon also sabotages any effort to come together to solve the program’s financing problems. The last two times the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund was this close to insolvency — in the early 1980s and late 1990s — Congress passed bipartisan bills to keep the program afloat.
https://khn.org/news/article/healthbent-politicians-weaponize-medicare-federal-entitlements/

# Law Enforcement
Police said a 13-year-old boy was killed by an officer because he rammed a police cruiser. Video tells a different story. Officials described the incident as a low-speed, minor collision. Andre “AJ” Hernandez was fatally shot by San Antonio police on June 3, 2022, and a grand jury on declined to indict the officer on criminal charges.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/melissasegura/aj-hernandez-shooting-police-videos

A suspect is in custody after allegedly killing six people in a rural Mississippi shooting rampage. Authorities have not yet determined a motive for the incident.
https://www.npr.org/2023/02/17/1158003226/mississippi-shooting-deaths-arkabutla

# Legal / DOJ
How Shaky Evidence Could Send This Man to Prison for Life: Christopher Howard’s case has caught the attention of researchers who say it is emblematic of disturbing problems with the expanded use of the RICO Act
https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-shaky-evidence-could-send-bronx-man-christopher-howard-to-prison-for-life

A Law Was Meant to Free Sick or Aging Inmates. Instead, Some Are Left to Die in Prison: Why the law hasn’t made a difference, so far. Judges made rulings without guidance from the sentencing commission, an independent agency that develops sentencing policies for the courts. The commission was delayed for more than three years because Congress did not confirm Trump’s nominees and President Joe Biden’s appointees were not confirmed until August. As a result, academic researchers, attorneys, and advocates for prison reform said the law has been applied unevenly across the country.
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2023/02/21/1157058152/sick-elderly-people-left-to-die-federal-prison-law-judges

# Medical
5th Cured HIV Case Confirmed Following Stem Cell Transplant: Researchers from Germany say a man has been cured of HIV following a stem cell transplant that was performed after several rounds of chemotherapy, making him the fifth known case of the virus being cured in an individual.
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/3866819-fifth-person-cured-of-hiv-after-stem-cell-transplant-researchers-say/

This ‘Terrifying’ Court Case Could Change Abortion Access Again: The court could issue a ruling as soon as Feb. 10. Timmaraju warned the courts are “packed by extremists thanks to Trump” and that “these are young judges” who “are going to be there for a very long time.”
https://news.yahoo.com/terrifying-court-case-could-change-094006333.html

Now for sale: Data on your mental health: A study published Monday, outlines how expansive the market for people’s health data has become. After contacting data brokers to ask what kinds of mental health information she could buy, researcher Joanne Kim reported that she ultimately found 11 companies willing to sell bundles of data that included information on what antidepressants people were taking, whether they struggled with insomnia or attention issues, and details on other medical ailments, including Alzheimer’s disease or bladder-control difficulties.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2023/02/13/mental-health-data-brokers/

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
GSK Scientists Knew About Zantac’s Cancer Risks For Forty Years: A new report in Bloomberg Businessweek says GSK’s own scientists have long known about the drug’s risks. The publication reported that over the span of multiple decades, GSK was warned by its own scientists and independent researchers about a potential cancer-causing impurity in the drug. The FDA considered the risks when it reviewed the drug, but the agency ultimately approved Zantac, or ranitidine, in 1983.
https://www.fiercepharma.com/pharma/gsk-was-warned-repeatedly-about-zantac-risks-didnt-act-warnings-bloomberg

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-02-20

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Chemicals / Drugs
Local Farmer Sounds the Alarm: Why Did East Palestine Launch ‘MyID’ Emergency Service to Surveil Biometrics One Week Before Ohio Train Derailment? Bob Moore, a 70-year-old farmer and longtime resident of East Palestine, initially ignored local news reports urging residents to sign up for “MyID” to receive a new biometric tracking device that provides first responders updates about an individual’s health conditions amid an emergency or “major disaster.”  “The people were asked to go to the local fire department in downtown East Palestine to get that MyID. They began monitoring your physical activity, your heart rate, your respiration, anything you might be exposed to…It’s a monitoring device.”
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/02/local-farmer-sounds-the-alarm-why-did-east-palestine-launch-myid-emergency-service-to-surveil-biometrics-1-week-before-ohio-train-derailment/

Billions to Ukraine but nothing for Ohio: Biden admin turns down Ohio’s request for disaster assistance after toxic derailment:  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said that Ohio is not eligible to receive assistance because the incident did not classify as a national disaster, Tierney told the DCNF.
https://dailycaller.com/2023/02/16/biden-administration-declines-ohio-aid-disastrous-train-derailment-federal-emergency-management-agency/

Train crashes outside Detroit, Michigan, carrying hazardous materials: Van Buren Township train derailment unfolds nearly two weeks after East Palestine, Ohio disaster. A train containing one car of hazardous materials has derailed Thursday in Van Buren Township outside Detroit, Michigan, reports say. The cause of the derailment was not immediately clear.
https://www.foxnews.com/us/train-derails-outside-detroit-michigan-one-car-hazardous-materials

East Palestine Residents Told Water Was Safe After ‘Sloppy’ Testing Paid for by Rail Company: “We’re not getting any truth,” said one resident who is now planning to move away from the town.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/east-palestine-ohio-water

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
The German Working Group for Covid Vaccine Analysis — which includes over 60 scientists, doctors, lawyers, and journalists — published their “Summary of Preliminary Findings” on the toxic substances they are finding in covid-19 vaccine samples and the changes they are seeing in the blood samples taken from vaccinated individuals. The scientists “frequently observed an unusually rapid disintegration of the different types of cells in the vaccinated blood” and found concerning rouleaux formations of red blood cells specifically in the vaccinated samples.
https://citizens.news/700782.html

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals / Global
More Than 1,000 Adverse Reactions to COVID Shots Reported in New Brunswick, Canada: Of those, more than 300 considered ‘serious,’ says Department of Health
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/covid-19-vaccine-reactions-new-brunswick-stroke-pfizer-bivalent-u-s-1.6729090

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
A group of House Republicans is looking to raise sales taxes with the Fair Tax Act, which would abolish the Internal Revenue Service. With tax season upon us and sales tax in the headlines, here’s everything you need to know about a national consumption tax. What is a national consumption tax? Consumption tax is a tax on goods or services – what you spend rather than what you earn. In the U.S., consumption tax comes in the form of retail sales tax and excise tax (tax imposed on certain goods or activities, like alcohol or fuel).
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/taxes/2023/02/19/what-national-consumption-tax-how-differs-income-tax/11134517002/

# Education / Schools
Federal Grant Is Pushing Social Work Students Into Systems That Police Families: The Title IV-E program uses social work students’ economic precarity to nudge them into the family policing workforce. The family policing system often incarcerates parents who are trying to care for their children amid conditions of domestic violence or poverty.
https://truthout.org/articles/federal-grant-is-pushing-social-work-students-into-systems-that-police-families/

Sanders Says His New Bill to Raise Teacher Pay Could Be Fully Funded by Taxing Rich Estates: “If we can provide over a trillion dollars in tax breaks to the top 1% and large corporations, please don’t tell me that we cannot afford to make sure that every teacher in America is paid at least $60,000 a year.”
https://www.commondreams.org/news/sanders-teacher-pay-rich-estates

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
Soaring Energy Prices Triggered By Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Could Push Up to 141 Million More People Into Extreme Poverty: Energy prices have risen dramatically since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and could push as many as 141 million people into extreme poverty, a new study has shown. The costs of goods and services have also gone up due to higher energy prices.
https://www.ecowatch.com/soaring-energy-prices-extreme-poverty.html

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Paid fines indicate meat industry’s use of child labor is more widespread than previously known: If Homeland Security is investigating the meat industry for human trafficking as was reported, it could be a long time before anything specific about that is known. But the Labor Department has now imposed monetary penalties totaling $1.5 million on a labor contractor who placed more than 100 children into hazardous meat industry jobs.
https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20230217-1

# Food Recalls / Alerts
Reckitt recalls ProSobee infant formula 12.9 oz Simply Plant Based Infant Formula due to possible cross-contamination with bacteria: Nutrition product manufacturer Reckitt announced an infant formula recall due to possible cross-contamination with Cronobacter, the bacteria that sparked last year’s formula shortage and may have been linked to two infants’ deaths.
https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/reckitt-recalls-two-batches-prosobee-129-oz-simply-plant-based-infant-formula-because-possible

# General News
The Villages Crush a Grassroots Revolt: Residents of the Florida retirement community banded together to reject a property tax hike but were blocked by powerful players, including Ron DeSantis. IN 2019, RESIDENTS of The Villages, a retirement community in Florida, were suddenly hit with a 25 percent hike in their property taxes. In the master-planned community of 130,000 across the state’s Sumter, Lake, and Marion counties, many residents are on fixed incomes. The tax hikes were to subsidize new developments south of the community, rather than cover new amenities or upgrades for current residents.
https://theintercept.com/2023/02/18/deconstructed-podcast-the-villages-florida/

# Gov / Politics / US
Biden Makes Surprise Visit to Kyiv in Show of Support for Ukraine: President pledges half a billion dollars of additional aid ahead of anniversary of war’s start
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-zelenskyy-biden-f00af220669457d5ba07127c7e57a27b

A Presidents’ Day Reflection: The Intertwined History of the U.S. and Nations Overseas: This Presidents’ Day, the White House Historical Association is partnering with U.S. embassies around the world for international wreath-laying ceremonies at many of these statues and monuments.
https://dcjournal.com/a-presidents-day-reflection-the-intertwined-history-of-the-u-s-and-nations-overseas/# Law

Enforcement
Police Staffing Becomes Issue After City That Defunded Police Descends Into Street Chaos: Austin police, 911 staffing levels questioned after street racers take over major intersection, injure cop. An Austin City Council member was reportedly on hold with 911 for 28 minutes after calling about the street racing takover
https://www.foxnews.com/us/austin-police-911-staffing-levels-questioned-street-racers-take-major-intersection-injure-cop

# Medical
Health Care Staff Shortages a “National Emergency”: Workforce issues again top of mind for hospital CEOs in 2022. Within the umbrella of “workforce challenges,” 90% of all responding CEOs pointed to shortages of registered nurses, 83% shortages of technicians, 80% burnout among non-physician staff and 70% a shortage of therapists.
https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/providers/workforce-issues-again-top-mind-hospital-ceos-2022-survey

Researchers find nanoparticles of a rare earth metal used in MRI contrast agents can infiltrate kidney tissue:
Physicians routinely prescribe an infusion containing gadolinium to enhance MRI scans, but there is evidence that nanoparticles of the toxic rare earth metal infiltrate kidney cells, sometimes triggering severe side effects, University of New Mexico researchers have found.
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2023-02-nanoparticles-rare-earth-metal-mri.html

# Veterans / VA
VA Warns Against PACT Act Fraud Targeting Veterans: The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is warning veterans to be vigilant about scams arising following the passage of the historic Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022. They issued a news release on January 10 about this risk.
https://norfolk-sheriff.com/fraudwatch/fraud-watch-news/vfw-warns-vets-about-potential-scams-related-to-the-pact-act

Defrauding Veterans Would Be a Federal Crime Under Bill Pushed by Senators: “Anytime the federal government provides essential benefits to our constituents, there’s going to be predators out there to take it away,” Cortez Masto said in a phone interview with Military.com on Tuesday. “So we have to make sure that we are imposing the appropriate enforcement to protect those individuals so that their benefits are not taken.”
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2023/02/14/defrauding-veterans-would-be-federal-crime-under-bill-pushed-senators.html

Reading the Room: 10 Tips for Veterans Who Need to Understand What Isn’t Said: In a job interview, client meeting, social or networking event, or any other important conversation, it’s vital to pick up on overt and subtle cues sent by the people around you. It’s called being able to “read the room” when you can watch for, respond and pick up on nonverbal cues to ensure your message is hitting the mark.
https://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/reading-room-10-tips-veterans-who-need-understand-what-isnt-said.html

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-02-19

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Chemicals / Drugs
SUNY-Albany must stop doing Monsanto’s work: Manufactured doubt. Companies have used this time-worn tactic to stop policy and stymie public health improvements for decades. Monsanto, hamstrung for years by researcher David Carpenter’s testimony, gets help from his university to silence him.
https://www.ehn.org/monsanto-attacks-scientists-2659429119.html

Growing evidence shows common chemicals may harm sperm and pregnancies: Chemicals called phthalates, found in everything from detergent to plastic shower curtains, are tied to lower sperm counts and more miscarriages. Men with higher concentrations of phthalates in their urine (a measure of exposure) have lower sperm counts and poorer sperm motility than men with less of these substances. Women with high levels of exposure are more likely to have fertility problems, miscarriages, preterm labor and low-birth-weight babies.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/common-chemicals-may-harm-sperm-and-pregnancies-growing-evidence-shows/

# Education / Schools
Texas 3rd Grader Finds Gun Superintendent Left in School Bathroom, Police Open Investigation: The superintendent at Rising Star Elementary School told a Texas news station that he had left his gun in a stall while using the bathroom
https://people.com/crime/texas-3rd-grader-finds-gun-superintendent-left-in-school-bathroom/

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
In Dimock, a Pennsylvania Town Riven by Fracking, Concerns About Ties Between a Judge and a Gas Driller: The judge who accepted a recent settlement between the Pennsylvania attorney general and Coterra Energy served on the board of a charitable foundation with a Coterra executive.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/13022023/dimock-pennsylvania-fracking-judge/?utm_source=ourcommunitynow&utm_medium=web

# Environment / Climate / Interior
A new political campaign in one northeastern state is pitting whale against wind: A dozen New Jersey beach town mayors and a congressman from the state are calling for a moratorium on all offshore wind activity in the wake of several whale deaths.
https://coastalreview.org/2023/02/scientists-dispute-claims-behind-call-for-wind-moratorium/

The Battle to Stop Air Products’ Carbon Capture Project at Lake Maurepas Grows: The $4.5 billion project calls for construction of a plant to convert natural gas to hydrogen and capture the resulting carbon dioxide. Current plans call for the waste to be piped 35 miles and pumped into injection wells over a mile below Lake Maurepas, an ecologically rich estuarine system that lies about halfway between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
https://www.facingsouth.org/2022/11/louisiana-fisherfolk-fear-air-products-lake-maurepas-carbon-capture-scheme

As Lake Powell hit a record low this week, some say it’s time for the artificial reservoir to be eliminated altogether to ease the West’s water crisis. With water levels falling ‘lower than thought possible’ at Glen Canyon dam, energy production could halt as soon as July 2023
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/13/lake-powell-drought-electricity

Antarctic Researchers Report an Extraordinary Marine Heatwave That Could Threaten Antarctica’s Ice Shelves: At the two most essential chunks of ice in the world, Pine Island and Thwaites, the pinning points that fasten the ice to the bedrock are disintegrating, sparking fears of runaway melt and rising sea levels.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2023/2/13/2152663/-An-unprecedented-and-extraordinary-marine-heatwave-in-West-Antarctica-has-glaciologists-spooked

Events in East Palestine are a stark reminder that plastic is destroying the planet. From its production to its use to its disposal, the stuff is a poison. Five rail cars of vinyl chloride burned, some of it done intentionally to reduce building pressure, likely producing toxic compounds called dioxins. Because hot air rises, the flames from the train sent a black plume high into the air, potentially spreading toxicants far beyond the site of the derailment. “The thing about dioxins is they’re potent at really low levels, and are persistent and bioaccumulative,” they persist in the body instead of breaking down. Many of these are endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, and make our hormones go haywire. That’s why bisphenol A, aka BPA, was singled out, after scientists linked it to cancer, behavioral conditions, and diabetes.
https://vervetimes.com/the-ohio-derailment-lays-bare-the-hellish-plastic-crisis/

America’s water and sanitation crisis can’t be ignored: East Palestine joins a long list of other places in the United States facing major threats to clean water.
https://time.com/6255560/water-sanitation-crisis-ohio-train-derailment/

Public Lands in the US Have Long Been Disposed to Fossil Fuel Companies. Now, the Lands Are Being Offered to Solar Companies. As the nation looks to transition to more forms of renewable energy, the country’s millions of acres of public lands could be key, drawing concerns over how local habitats could be impacted.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19022023/solar-public-lands/

# Environment / Climate / Global
Seafloor plastic pollution is not going anywhere: The amount of microplastics at the bottom of the Mediterranean is growing as global production increases and plastic breakdown is halted.
https://eos.org/articles/seafloor-plastic-pollution-is-not-going-anywhere

Massive Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctic Brunt Ice Shelf – View From Space: In February 2019, a rift spanning most of the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica appeared ready to spawn an iceberg about twice the size of New York City. The question among scientists was not if the growing rift would finish traversing the shelf and break, but when? Now, nearly four years later, it has done just that. As for the “new” Brunt, it remains to be seen how the complex floating glacial ice responds to the most recent calving event. According to Shuman: “We have no solid idea what ‘normal’ really is for this unusual ice shelf.”
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/150880/antarcticas-brunt-ice-shelf-finally-breaks

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global
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# Gov / Politics / US
President Joe Biden and The United States is inching toward World War III with China: The United States is inching toward World War III with China. All the lights on the dashboard are flashing. Massive arms sales to Taiwan. President Joe Biden’s repeated threats to attack China if it invades Taiwan. Harsh economic sanctions against China indistinguishable from the United States economic strangulation of Japan prior to Pearl Harbor.
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2023/02/16/the_united_states_is_inching_toward_world_war_iii_with_china_148874.html

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# Medical
Businesses surprised by new health prices rule; could face $100 a day fines: A new federal regulation on healthcare price transparency could cost employers around the nation $100 a day if they don’t comply. Yet many industry groups say they aren’t even aware the rule exists
https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/businesses-surprised-by-new-health-prices-rule-could-face-100-a-day-fines/article_19181eb0-ae30-11ed-b7d5-ef1f2a49d78c.html

Florida doctors refuse abortion for woman whose baby is expected to live less than 2 hours: “The baby was no longer buoyed in ample amniotic fluid, Deborah’s doctor gently told her. The kidneys were not developing properly, failing to produce the liquid that protects the fetus and promotes the development of vital organs. She didn’t think the baby would survive without a transplant, and she urged Deborah to follow up quickly with a specialist in maternal fetal medicine.” Further testing brought no better news. The baby was diagnosed with a deadly condition “incompatible with life” called Potter syndrome.
https://www.rawstory.com/florida-abortion-law-2659437634/

‘They want you to die as quickly as possible’: Doctor issues PSA about ‘the truth’ of health insurance companies:
There’s a strong argument to be made that the United States of America puts business above all else. Politicians are largely able to be put into positions of power due to the backing of special interest groups, lobbies, and think tanks that are directly funded by big businesses.
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2023/02/16/the_united_states_is_inching_toward_world_war_iii_with_china_148874.html

# Nuclear
Meet the Millennial Scientist Leading the Biden Administration’s Push for a Nuclear Power Revival: Kathryn Huff, head of the Office of Nuclear Energy, on the administration’s plans for how and where to build new plants, and why some in her generation are bullish on atomic power despite the skepticism.
https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2023/02/nuclear-energy-kathryn-huff-biden-administration-climate-change/

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-02-16

Voices, The Peoples News

February 16, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection
of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
– Chris Maser
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# Indigenous
Gallup School Superintendent Says Changing a Label Explains Away Its Harsh Native Student Discipline. It Doesn’t. Gallup-McKinley County Schools Superintendent Mike Hyatt told the Gallup Sun our findings about Native American student discipline are wrong. This is our response.
https://www.propublica.org/article/propublica-responds-to-gallup-sun-native-american-student-discipline

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Border Patrol: Record number of Chinese nationals entering U.S. illegally: The number of Chinese nationals illegally entering the U.S. has significantly increased under the Biden administration, beginning around the 2020 election, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. In January 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection says, it encountered 89 illegal aliens from the People’s Republic of China on the southern border. That number grew over tenfold last month, to 1,084.
https://www.dailysignal.com/2023/02/14/encounters-of-chinese-nationals-at-southern-border-outpace-past-2-years-combined/

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Eagles Are Falling, Bears Are Going Blind, Bird flu is already a tragedy: The bird-flu outbreak continues to rage. An estimated 58.4 million domestic birds have died in the United States alone. Farms with known outbreaks have had to cull their chickens en masse, sending the cost of eggs soaring; zoos have herded their birds indoors to shield them from encounters with infected waterfowl. The virus has been steadily trickling into mammalian populations, foxes, bears, mink, whales, seals, on both land and sea, fueling fears that humans could be next.
https://www.wired.com/story/the-bird-flu-outbreak-has-taken-an-ominous-turn/

Low-Income Americans Are Losing Yet Another Covid-Era Benefit as Prices Keep Rising: As the cost of living in the US has gone up, government subsidies to help people pay for basics have disappeared one-by-one. Up next on the chopping block: Emergency allotments of a food-assistance program that supports 30 million Americans living in 32 states. Food prices were up 10.1% in January from a year ago. A dozen eggs now cost more than a pound of ground beef for the first time on record.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-02-16/why-are-food-stamp-benefits-lower-snap-grocery-subsidies-decrease-in-march

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Lawmakers grill Biden’s IRS chief nominee over new army of agents, backlogs and more: President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Internal Revenue Service took a battery of tough questions from lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday as the agency he seeks to lead faces a series of controversies
https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/lawmakers-grill-biden-s-irs-chief-nominee-over-new-army-of-agents-backlogs-more/article_6619f68e-ad81-11ed-acc1-3facd70c8412.html

Joe Biden boxes Republicans into a corner on Social Security, Medicare with an eye on 2024: Round one of the debt-ceiling standoff is going about as well as the White House hoped after President Joe Biden boxed Republicans into a corner on Social Security and Medicare, recasting the debate over spending cuts as a fight to protect two of the most popular government programs.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2023/02/15/joe-biden-boxes-republicans-into-corner-social-security-medicare/11220664002/

Republicans take aim at food stamps in growing fight over federal debt:  A top House Republican confirms they’re considering new work requirements or general cuts to federal food assistance in the brewing debt limit fight. The House GOP has talked about the idea behind closed doors for months, but has been coy about discussing the matter in public.
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/weekly-agriculture/2023/02/06/federal-food-aid-in-gops-debt-limit-crosshairs-00081266

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
Trains that derailed in Ohio weren’t labeled as carrying toxic cargo: Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine calls for Congress to look into legality of trains not labeled as potentially hazardous when carrying toxic chemicals.
https://grist.org/accountability/derailed-train-cars-ohio-not-labeled-toxic-cargo/

A fossil fuel-funded advocacy group is paying to publish pro-natural gas content in Politico, Axios, and E&E News, including articles that cite industry-funded studies to make a climate case for the fossil fuel.
https://heated.world/p/these-natural-gas-ads-are-full-of?utm_medium=email

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Putin is staring at defeat in his gas war with Europe: Mild weather this winter is set to help Europe shrug off Russia’s energy threats next year, too. A combination of mild weather, increased liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports and a large drop in gas consumption means that more than 50 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas are estimated to remain in storage by the end of March. for the analysis of the commission.
https://biz.crast.net/putin-is-staring-at-defeat-in-his-gas-war-with-europe/

# Environment / Climate / Interior
The changing climate of our planet: Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns, mainly caused by human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VyunmhA_tc

Water shortages threaten to increase violence and disappearances in Mexico: The U.S. government must fund water-saving efforts in Mexico if it wants to quell Mexico’s drug violence. The U.S. government must fund water-saving efforts in Mexico if it wants to quell Mexico’s drug violence
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/water-shortages-threaten-to-increase-violence-and-disappearances-in-mexico/

Private well owners stuck with costs to treat ‘forever chemicals’: The results, however, shocked and scared Wachur. His water tested at 52 parts per trillion, more than twice the state’s public drinking water standard.
https://www.wbur.org/news/2023/02/15/pfas-massachusetts-wells-drinking-water-testing

Kentucky Flooding Deaths Linked to Coal Strip Mining: The locations of the 36 drowning deaths during the catastrophic flooding in eastern Kentucky last summer are closely correlated with large-scale coal strip mines, and a local non-profit is calling on the DOI to investigate further. A social justice group asks the Interior Department to review the adequacy of federal law as climate change supercharges storms and turns coal hollows into dangerous chutes of water.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/14022023/kentucky-flood-coal-strip-mine-reclamation/

# Environment / Climate / Global
A skinny robot documents the forces eroding a massive Antarctic glacier; it’s both good and bad news: The robot named Icefin lowered down a slender 1,925-foot (587-meter) hole, they saw how important crevasses are in the fracturing of the ice, which takes the heaviest toll on the glacier, even more than melting. ” That’s how the glacier is falling apart. It’s not thinning and going away. It shatters,”
https://www.npr.org/2023/02/16/1157398431/robot-documents-forces-eroding-doomsday-glacier

# Gov / Politics / Global
Here’s why Ukraine’s Zelensky wants a long war with Russia: It is unlikely that President Vladimir Zelensky expects to win militarily. But it seems that he genuinely believes that he will succeed in turning Ukraine into something like Israel – a paramilitary state living with a sense of constant military threat. Here’s why Ukraine’s Zelensky wants a long war with Russia
https://www.rt.com/russia/571525-zelensky-wants-long-war/

The EU project to support the massacres of NATO and the Weapons Lobby encounters more and more opposition every day in Europe due to the concrete fear of a Third World War: EU Parliament Member Rebukes Zelensky for a War without Truce. The Ukrainian leader is “feeding his people into carnage,” MEP Mick Wallace said
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2023/02/15/eu-parliament-member-rebukes-zelensky-for-a-war-without-truce/

Momentum Grows on Special Tribunal to Prosecute Putin’s Aggression in Ukraine: European nations are nearing a consensus on an interim prosecutor’s office to gather evidence for a future trial.
https://theintercept.com/2023/02/13/russia-ukraine-war-crimes/

Kim Jong Un’s Kid Threatens Death Blow to Aunt’s Succession: North Korea’s aggressive publicity campaign for Kim Jong Un’s 10-year-old daughter could be bad news for the dictator’s notorious sister.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/kim-jong-uns-daughter-ju-ae-could-knock-out-his-sister-yo-jong-in-north-korea-succession-feud

Inside Kim Jong-un’s Bloody Scramble to Kill Off His Family: While the world watches North Korea launch missiles, the very paranoid supreme leader has been busy eliminating anyone in his family who might knock him off the throne.
https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a56628/kings-of-communism/

# Gov / Politics / US
Ron DeSantis requested the medical records of all trans students in Florida’s public universities. Now students are planning a statewide walkout. DeSantis asked to see the records of any student who has experienced gender dysphoria in the past five years. In addition, he wants their ages and the dates they received gender-affirming care. The deadline to submit those records was February 10.
https://www.insider.com/ron-desantis-trans-college-students-medical-records-florida-medical-care-2023-2

Despite Decades of Mass Shootings in Texas, Legislators Have Failed to Pass Meaningful Gun Control Laws:
State lawmakers have rejected dozens of bills that would have prevented people from legally obtaining weapons used in many mass shootings. Instead, they’ve made it easier for residents to get guns and harder for local governments to regulate them.
https://www.propublica.org/article/mass-shootings-texas-gun-control

America is exceptional in the nature of its political divide: The studies we’ve conducted at Pew Research Center over the past few years illustrate the increasingly stark disagreement between Democrats and Republicans on the economy, racial justice, climate change, law enforcement, international engagement and a long list of other issues.
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/11/13/america-is-exceptional-in-the-nature-of-its-political-divide/

America’s deepest and most dangerous divide isn’t between Democrats and Republicans: Americans long for personal and social transformation, but mainstream politics and media are trapped in the past
https://www.salon.com/2022/01/16/americas-deep-and-divide-isnt-between-democrats-and/

Senate Democrats Warn GOP Budget Cuts Would “Deny 1 Million Babies Access to Formula”:  “This report makes clear  when House Republicans throw out ideas like ‘going back to 2022 funding levels,’ which Speaker McCarthy and MAGA Republicans in the House want to do, they aren’t actually proposing a ‘freeze,” Murray said Wednesday. “They are calling for drastic, draconian cuts that will hurt families in every corner of the country, undermine our economy, jeopardize our national security, and limit our future.”
https://truthout.org/articles/senate-dems-warn-gop-budget-cuts-would-deny-1-million-babies-access-to-formula/

Pennsylvania Guv Vows Not to Sign Any Death Penalty Warrants: “The Commonwealth shouldn’t be in the business of putting people to death. Period,” he said as he called for the state to end the death penalty altogether.
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/3861852-pennsylvania-governor-wont-sign-execution-warrants-calls-for-death-penalty-to-be-abolished/

Marco Rubio Moves to Bring Back Trump’s Trans Military Ban: The Florida senator and Rep. Jim Banks have introduced a bill that would “build on” the former president’s discriminatory policy
https://thehill.com/homenews/3861704-rubio-banks-introduce-measure-to-ban-some-transgender-people-from-military-service/

# Law Enforcement
No Reparations for St. Louis Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for Three Decades: A Missouri judge recently overturned the conviction of Lamar Johnson, a man falsely accused of murder 28 years ago. After three decades in prison, Johnson has finally found his freedom, but hasn’t been offered any financial compensation for the lost time and the new life he now has to build, according to CBS4 News.
https://localtoday.news/mo/no-redemption-for-a-st-louis-man-wrongfully-imprisoned-for-three-decades-144308.html

Alabama man froze to death in jail after officers put him in freezer as possible ‘punishment,’ lawsuit alleges: “While Tony languished naked and dying of hypothermia in the early morning hours of Jan. 26 and his chances for survival trickled away, numerous corrections officers and medical staff wandered over to his open cell door to spectate and be entertained by his condition,” the bombshell complaint claims. When Mitchell was taken to a local hospital, his internal body temperature was only 72 degrees. While an autopsy has not been released, “it is clear that Tony’s death was wrongful, the result of horrific, malicious abuse and mountains of deliberate indifference,” the lawsuit states.
https://nypost.com/2023/02/15/anthony-tony-mitchell-froze-to-death-in-alabama-jail-freezer-lawsuit/

Hoping to Prevent Repeat of Botched Response to Uvalde, Lawmaker Calls for Improved Training for Police, EMTs: The proposed legislation comes after an investigation by ProPublica, The Texas Tribune and The Washington Post revealed that communication lapses among medical crews further delayed treatment for victims at Robb Elementary.
https://www.propublica.org/article/uvalde-police-emt-emergency-response-training

# Legal / DOJ
Dissent Episode Five: The Death Penalty, Deadlines, and DNA: Rodney Reed has spent 25 years fighting Texas for the right to DNA testing that could prove his innocence. Now the Supreme Court will weigh in.
https://theintercept.com/2023/02/15/dissent-episode-five-rodney-reed-death-penalty/

Trump’s Ex-Chief of Staff Meadows Subpoenaed in Jan. 6 Probe: The request for testimony comes after Mike Pence was also slapped with a subpoena. Special counsel Jack Smith’s office is seeking documents and testimony related to January 6, and Meadows received the subpoena sometime in January, the source said. An attorney for Meadows declined to comment. The Justice Department did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on the subpoena.
https://www.cnn.com/2023/02/15/politics/mark-meadows-subpoena/index.html

Donald Trump Could Be Indicted for These 10 Crimes in Georgia: The probe has widened significantly and is also looking into allegations the Trump campaign plotted to send a group of fake electors to falsely claim that Trump had won the state in 2020, as well as claims of intimidation of election workers.
https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-possible-charges-crimes-georgia-1781705

Donald Trump’s Lawyers Are in Trouble Now: Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran has invoked the attorney-client privilege in an attempt to avoid providing additional testimony in the DOJ investigation of the Mar-a-Lago affair may seem like another potential impediment to the special counsel’s ability to complete that probe. The DOJ response, moving to compel Corcoran’s testimony based on the “crime fraud exception” to the attorney-client privilege, indicates not only that the end may be getting near, but that the eventual charges will focus on obstruction of justice.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2023/02/donald-trump-lawyers-special-counsel-trouble-evan-corcoran.html

# LGBTQ / Gender
DeSantis-Stacked Medical Boards Ramp Up Bans on Care for Trans Youth: Last Friday’s public hearing featured impassioned pleas from trans kids, who stand to lose access to lifesaving care in Florida.
https://theintercept.com/2023/02/14/florida-trans-health-care/

Armed Community Groups Are Defending Texas Drag Queens From Christian Fascists: LGBTQ defenders in Texas are mobilizing to protect their communities amid sustained far right attacks on drag shows. About a half-dozen Princeton police officers stood watch. Neidert is the head of the so-called Protect Texas Kids (PTK) group, which baselessly claims to be defending children from “grooming.”  In reality, advocates point out, the group is using false narratives to stoke hatred and violence against the LGBTQ community.
https://truthout.org/articles/armed-community-groups-are-defending-texas-drag-queens-from-christian-fascists/

Human Rights Campaign Slams Marco Rubio, Jim Banks Effort to Reinstate Trump-Era Ban on Military Service by Transgender People: Human Rights Campaign President Kelley Robinson issued the following statement today: “We should be honoring anyone who chooses to serve our country in the United States Armed Forces. They are our heroes. They deserve our gratitude and respect. It is despicable that Senator Rubio and Congressman Banks are harkening back to an unpopular, Trump-era policy that would make it impossible for nearly every transgender American to serve openly in the military. The current policy is working and makes our military stronger. This is nothing more than a political stunt, aimed at riling up an extremist base at the expense of what is best for our military, and it will fail.”
https://www.hrc.org/press-releases/human-rights-campaign-slams-marco-rubio-jim-banks-effort-to-reinstate-trump-era-ban-on-military-service-by-transgender-people

# Medical
Steak Dinners, Sales Reps and Risky Procedures: Inside the Big Business of Clogged Arteries: Text messages, a whistleblower lawsuit and an internal investigation reveal the lengths to which Medtronic, the world’s largest medical device company, allegedly “groomed” doctors to overuse its vascular products in patients at a veterans’ hospital.
https://www.propublica.org/article/medtronic-medical-device-kickbacks-lawsuit-kansas

# Military / DOD
Military Justice Reforms Still Leave Some Criminal Cases to Commanders With No Legal Expertise: The military resisted reforming its justice system for decades. Major congressional changes passed in 2021 promised to overhaul that system, but experts say they may have just made it more complicated.
https://www.propublica.org/article/military-justice-reforms-pretrial-confinement

# Planetary
Research shows there are little-known chapters in that history, deep within Earth’s past. In fact, Earth’s inner core appears to have another even more inner core within it. Our knowledge of what lies beneath Earth’s crust has been inferred mostly from what volcanoes have divulged and what seismic waves have whispered.
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-detect-signs-of-hidden-structure-inside-earths-core

# Science
Scientists make hydrogen straight from seawater: The process saves a lot of energy and money normally spent on desalination. Over 99% of all the hydrogen produced by mankind is actually made from and using fossil fuels. The most common method for producing hydrogen is natural gas reforming, a process in which methane from natural gas is heated, with steam, usually with a catalyst, to produce a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Overall, fossil fuel-derived hydrogen accounts for 830 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, which is more than the annual emissions of the United Kingdom and Indonesia combined.
https://www.zmescience.com/science/scientists-make-hydrogen-straight-from-seawater/

# Technology
AI is causing disruption now, not tomorrow. Here are just 6 examples: In the past year or two, AI stopped being a games-only technology and moved up into the real world, promising to shake things up in fields ranging from writing to biochemistry. Here are just a few of the big impacts AI has made very recently.
https://www.zmescience.com/future/impact-of-ai-042332/

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-02-15

Voices, The Peoples News

February 15, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Education / Schools
The Sooner We Start Thinking of the College Board as a Business, the Better; the Florida controversy is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s an ingenious business model. And in America, businesses have the right to operate, as long as they don’t run afoul of the law. But like any business, the College Board should be held accountable for faults in its products and especially for public activities that contradict its mission.
https://www.reddit.com/r/atlanticdiscussions/comments/1129v0x/the_sooner_we_start_thinking_of_the_college_board/

In the 67th mass shooting in the US this year, a man opened fire on the Michigan State University campus Monday evening, killing three people and critically injuring five more. All eight were students at the university.
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/michigan-state-university-campus-shooting-1234679271/

Legal expert: Despite previous crime, campus shooter could possess a gun: Amid calls from the teachers’ unions to enact tougher gun laws, what remains unclear about a Michigan State University gunman was whether he was legally in possession
https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/legal-expert-despite-previous-crime-campus-shooter-could-possess-a-gun/article_e4e28d93-154c-534f-acfd-51bcbe0b6ff0.html

# Education / Schools / Global
A GOP lawmaker wrote a one-sentence bill to abolish the Department of Education. His reasoning doesn’t address student loans, grants, or any of the major things the department does. “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2022.” When Insider asked Massie how abolishing the department would impact programs and laws that specifically rely on the department, he said that “unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development.”
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/a-gop-lawmaker-wrote-a-one-sentence-bill-to-abolish-the-department-of-education-his-reasoning-doesn-t-address-student-loans-grants-or-any-of-the-major-things-the-department-does/ar-AA17wgKZ?ocid=winp1taskbar&cvid=4cc27fd1bff2468fadbad1f042d7f454

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
Why a pipeline project in Houston is raising concerns over environmental racism: The smell was a reminder of how close she lives to a storage facility bearing 300,000 gallons of liquid propane. And now, CenterPoint Energy plans to install natural gas pipeline transmission lines 4 feet underground. Initial construction will be just 50 feet from her home, King said.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2023/02/14/houston-pipeline-project-environmental-justice-concerns/10995837002/

Firearm, fossil fuel boycotts prohibited under Iowa investment strategy bill: The bill says state funds couldn’t be used in contracts with investment firms using “ESG” investment strategies.
https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/2023/02/14/firearm-fossil-fuel-boycotts-prohibited-under-iowa-investment-strategy-bill/

Rubio: Stop federal funds to Ford EV battery plant with Chinese ties: After leaders pledged $1 billion in taxpayer subsidies to Ford’s new electric vehicle plant in Florida, Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for an investigation into the agreement between the automaker and its contract with Chinese service provider and technology licensor CATL. Rubio asked the Biden administration not to support Chinese Communist Party efforts by providing tax credits or other funding for the deal.
https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/rubio-stop-federal-funds-to-michigans-ford-ev-battery-plant-with-chinese-ties/article_eb296f70-ac8d-11ed-9b0c-6f2dc9982a58.html

Biden Admin Hands $750,000 To China-Linked Group Behind Push To Ban Gas Stoves
https://dailycaller.com/2023/02/15/biden-admin-hands-750000-to-china-linked-group-behind-push-to-ban-gas-stoves/

# Environment / Climate / Interior
The Colorado River’s Urgent Lesson for Energy Policy: The river’s megadrought shows just how risky it is to bet on hydropower: As the river’s biggest reservoirs, Lakes Powell and Mead, fall to one-third of their capacity, the dwindling flow threatens everything from crops to electricity generation.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08082021/colorado-river-water-power/

EPA’s Regan wants stronger water pollution rules: The nation’s top environmental regulator called for stricter laws to prevent companies from contaminating drinking water with chemicals that haven’t yet been regulated
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-proposes-designating-certain-pfas-chemicals-hazardous-substances-under-superfund

EPA issues clean water rule that repeals Trump administration changes: The Biden administration on Friday issued a rule that defines which types of waterways in the U.S. will receive federal water quality protections under the 1972 Clean Water Act, repealing a Trump-era rule that federal courts rejected and that environmental groups argued left waterways open to pollution.
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/12/30/epa-issues-clean-water-rule-that-repeals-trump-administration-changes.html

# Law Enforcement
The body of a missing 16-year-old girl was found in the woods, and a police officer has been accused of concealing her death. Miles Bryant, 22, was fired from the Doraville Police Department and arrested on suspicion of concealing the death of Susana Morales as well as falsely reporting a crime.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/pocharaponneammanee/susana-morales-16-year-old-police-officer-arrested

Prisoners donating organs to get time off raises thorny ethical questions: A scholar who has studied imprisonment explains why the promise of sentence reductions in return for organ donation raises ethical issues about whether inmates can ever consent freely. The bill stated that the commissioner of the Department of Corrections should establish both a bone marrow and organ donation program within the department and a committee focused on bone marrow and organ donation that would set eligibility standards for inmates interested in the program.
https://theconversation.com/prisoners-donating-organs-to-get-time-off-raises-thorny-ethical-questions-199721

# Legal / DOJ
Mike Pence’s Real Reason for Challenging His Trump Special Counsel Subpoena: The legal claim Pence reportedly intends to make should go nowhere. Even his own written statements fatally undermine it. That suggests another motive. It’s no mystery that as a potential presidential candidate, he doesn’t want to offend Trump’s ponderous Republican base.
https://www.cnn.com/2023/02/14/politics/mike-pence-subpoena-special-counsel/index.html

# Military / DOD
Air Force jets intercept Russian aircraft near Alaska: Four Russian aircraft, including a fighter jet and bomber, flew into a buffer zone of international airspace near Alaska Monday, according to a release from the North American Aerospace Defense Command on Tuesday, prompting a handful of U.S. Air Force jets to scramble and intercept them. The activity was “routine,” according to NORAD, one of half-a-dozen yearly interactions between Russian and NORAD aircraft in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone
https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2023/02/14/air-force-jets-intercept-russian-aircraft-near-alaska/#:~:text=Four%20Russian%20aircraft%2C%20including%20a,to%20scramble%20and%20intercept%20them.

# Nuclear
Military Warheads as a Source of Nuclear Fuel: How we turned 20,000 Soviet nukes into zero-carbon energy, and how we can do the same with some of our own.
https://interestingengineering.com/innovation/turning-nuclear-warheads-into-nuclear-fuel

# Science
Slime Moulds (Myxomycetes):  Slime moulds (myxomycetes) are surprisingly intelligent and a fundamental, yet mysterious, part of the web of life. They are also shockingly beautiful
https://www.barrywebbimages.co.uk/Images/Macro/Slime-Moulds-Myxomycetes/?utm_source=Nature+Briefing&utm_campaign=04ec464bcb-briefing-dy-20230215&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c9dfd39373-04ec464bcb-43812897

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
Why There Are Suddenly So Many UFOs: The reason U.S. radars and sensors weren’t picking up balloons or similar objects is simple; they weren’t looking for them: In today’s newsletter: The use of surveillance balloons has gone largely under the radar until several floating orbs were shot down in North America. But China’s not the only country full of hot air, a look at this mysterious twist in international espionage
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/feb/14/tuesday-briefing-morning-edition-us-ufos-surveillance-balloons

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-02-13

Voices, The Peoples News

February 13, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Children / Youth
Alarming CDC Report: 1 in 10 Teen Girls Reported Being Raped: Teen girls were twice as likely as boys to attempt suicide, and face alarming rates of violence, trauma and cyberbullying, according to the CDC. In 2021, almost a third of high school girls said they seriously considered suicide, which is a 60 per cent increase compared to 10 years previously. The report covered the period between 2011 and 2021. Nearly 15 per cent of teenage girls reported having been forced to have sex – a rise of 27 per cent over the course of a two-year period and the first increase since the federal agency started tracking it.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/cdc-report-rape-sexual-violence-b2281540.html

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
CDC Adds Dangerous Bivalent COVID Shots to their Childhood Immunization Schedule despite Many Adverse Reactions: Introduction by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio ITALIAN VERSION The Covid vaccines have also been included among those scheduled in immunization ordinary plan for 15-month-old children by the US CDC.  The new vaccines are tested on mice only
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2023/02/12/cdc-adds-dangerous-bivalent-covid-shots-to-their-childhood-immunization-schedule-despite-tested-on-mice-only/?mc_cid=633a5fc15b&mc_eid=3f7488d454

# Education / Schools
‘We’re feeding the kids’: Minnesota House passes universal school meals bill: “We give every kid in our school a desk. There are lots of kids out there that can afford to buy a desk, but they get a desk because they go to school,” said the Democratic author of the bill, pushing back against GOP means-testing canards.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/universal-school-meals

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
Climate change is triggering more earthquakes. Big Oil’s interests are a factor: With mounting evidence that climate change increases the risk of natural disasters, governments should turn the tables on international petroleum.
https://www.euronews.com/2023/02/09/climate-change-is-triggering-more-earthquakes-big-oils-interests-are-a-factor

Lawsuit targets Shell’s board of directors over energy transition plans: Shell admits in internal documents it has “no immediate plans to move to a net-zero emissions portfolio.” Claimants ClientEarth say the oil company’s plan puts the company at financial risk as the world transitions to clean energy
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/feb/09/shell-directors-personally-sued-over-flawed-climate-strategy

Studies Find Louisiana Government Helped Create Cancer Alley:  Two studies by researchers from the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic have confirmed that “Cancer Alley,” a 184-mile region in Louisiana along the Mississippi River with a high number of petrochemical plants as well as high cancer rates for residents, is not only real, but that government officials helped create it.
https://www.ecowatch.com/louisiana-government-cancer-alley.html

Electric ‘Wallpaper’ Could Warm Homes With Radiant Heat: You’ve probably heard of radiant floor heating for warming floors. But more companies are developing innovative infrared “wallpaper” that can electrically heat a room, with even heat distribution and low utility bills to boot.
https://www.ecowatch.com/electric-wallpaper-radiant-heat.html

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Antarctic Researchers Report an Extraordinary Marine Heatwave That Could Threaten Antarctica’s Ice Shelves: The inexorable rise of ocean heat is now evident off the coast of West Antarctica, potentially disrupting critical parts of the global climate system and accelerating sea level rise.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/12022023/antarctic-ice-shelves-marine-heatwave/

Texas is at risk of losing Fairfield Lake State Park, an 1,800-acre park between Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, to a private development. The park, which is not owned by the state, was put up publicly for sale in 2021.
https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/fairfield-lake-state-park-tx-may-close-public/

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Photo Of 14-Year-Old Working The Register At A Fast Food Restaurant Has People Calling Out ‘Dangerous’ Labor Laws: Although children above the age of 14 are legally allowed to work, there are a massive amount of restrictions placed upon them until they reach 16, such as being unable to work more than 8 hours a week while school is in session. [Photo] Teenage boy working at Culver’s Burger King, Burger King hiring sign
https://www.yourtango.com/news/photo-14-year-old-working-fast-food-restaurant-stuns-social-media-users-online

# General News
Turkey targets building contractors as quake deaths pass 33,000: Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 131 people were under investigation for their alleged responsibility in the construction of buildings that failed to withstand the quakes.
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/turkey/2023-02-12/ty-article/turkey-targets-building-contractors-as-earthquake-death-toll-climbs-to-over-33-000/00000186-4625-de50-a1af-76af81430000

The Last Pandemic Welfare Supports Get Kicked Out: Expiration around Medicaid and food stamps reinforce how Democrats failed to live up to professed ambitions on the welfare state
https://prospect.org/health/2023-02-13-pandemic-welfare-supports-end/

U.S. Tells Citizens to Leave Russia Immediately: “Exercise increased caution due to the risk of wrongful detentions,” the alert said. The warning marks the highest level, Level 4, of alerts issued by the State Department, which range from exercising precaution to ceasing all travel.
https://thehill.com/policy/international/3855575-us-tells-citizens-to-leave-russia-immediately/

United Flight Plummeted in Terrifying 45-Second Dive: “The climb produced forces of nearly 2.7 times the force of gravity on the aircraft and its occupants.” Incident occurred shortly after takeoff from Maui
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/united-airlines-flight-plummets-maui-b2281155.html

# Gov / Politics / Global
New Israeli Regime Moves Toward “Cleansing” All Palestinians From Palestine: Israel’s new fascist government has increased the collective punishment of Palestinians — a war crime.
https://truthout.org/articles/new-israeli-regime-moves-toward-cleansing-all-palestinians-from-palestine/

Diplomatic cables prove top U.S. Officials knew they were crossing Russia’s red lines on NATO expansion: [Originally published: NewsClick.in  on February 4, 2023 by Branko Marcetic] Commentators have rushed to declare the long-criticised policy of NATO expansion as irrelevant to the war’s outbreak, or as a mere fig leaf used by Russian President Vladimir Putin to mask what former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Defence Secretary Robert Gates recently called “his messianic mission” to “reestablish the Russian Empire,” in a Washington Post opinion piece.
https://mronline.org/2023/02/06/diplomatic-cables-prove-top-u-s-officials-knew-they-were-crossing-russias-red-lines-on-nato-expansion/

U.S. Hiring ISIS Militants to Attack Russia, Moscow Claims: Some 60 fighters were recruited for the plot, state media reports.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-hiring-isis-al-qaeda-militants-to-launch-terror-attacks-in-russia-moscow-claims

# Gov / Politics / US
GOP-run Southern Legislatures Are Using Rule Changes to Undermine Democracy: After midterm gains, Republicans across the south are reducing transparency and cutting Democrats out of key votes.
https://truthout.org/articles/new-israeli-regime-moves-toward-cleansing-all-palestinians-from-palestine/

U.S. Hypocrisy on War Crimes Is a Gift to Putin: The failure to prosecute American officials and other powerful nations for war crimes has created a jurisdictional mess.
https://theintercept.com/2023/02/10/us-russia-putin-war-crimes/

Schumer: China ‘Humiliated,’ ‘Caught Lying’ With Balloon: Schumer revealed that U.S. officials believe that the objects that were shot down over U.S. and Canadian territory over the last few days were balloons as well, as officials continue to deal with the fallout of the suspected Chinese balloon that was shot down off the coast of South Carolina earlier this month.
https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/3854640-schumer-chinese-humiliated-and-caught-lying-with-suspected-spy-balloons/

Sen. Tim Scott Is Getting Ready to Run for President: The Republican senator plans to offer an optimistic and unifying approach as some members of the GOP look to steer clear of Trump’s antagonistic rhetoric.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/feb/13/republican-senator-tim-scott-preparing-presidential-run-report-donald-trump

# Law Enforcement
Elderly Man Killed by 13-Year-Olds Driving Stolen Car: The crash occurred in front of the 71-year-old victim’s home, according to witnesses. The three 13-year-old boys inside the KIA were arrested at the scene, but police said Monday they had all been released to their respective parents.
https://news.yahoo.com/three-13-old-boys-arrested-162400152.html

# Legal / DOJ
Steve Bannon Ran Up Huge Legal Bills and Stiffed His Lawyers
https://www.thedailybeast.com/steve-bannon-ran-up-huge-legal-bills-and-stiffed-his-lawyers

Trump Attorney Gives Bizarre Explanation For Classified Folder At Mar-A-Lago: An attorney for Donald Trump said the latest classified folder turned over to investigators was just that ― a folder, and a folder alone ― which the former president used to block a light that was bothering him at night.
https://news.yahoo.com/trump-attorney-gives-bizarre-explanation-070230651.html

$365K+ Missing From George Santos’ Campaign Filings: It’s unclear where the cash went or what it was used for.
Such an irregularity is not necessarily illegal, but election law experts say such a large gap in the records could point to a pattern of incompetence at best or a bid to hide rule-breaking spending at worst.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/george-santos-dollar365k-missing-from-campaign-filings-report-claims

# Medical
Republicans Furiously Defend Insurance Company Looting of Medicare: Medicare Advantage is a scam. That’s why conservatives love it. So when President Biden asserted that “instead of making the wealthy pay their fair share, some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset,” during his State of the Union address, he was entirely correct.
https://prospect.org/health/2023-02-13-insurance-companies-looting-medicare/

# Military / DOD
‘Unidentified object’ downed over Lake Huron; 3rd this week: President Joe Biden ordered an “unidentified object” shot down with a missile by U.S. fighter jets Sunday over Lake Huron, and it was believed to be the same one tracked over Montana, U.S. officials said. US fighter jets shot down an unidentified object over Lake Huron on Sunday, marking the third time such action was taken in as many days and coming on the heels of last week’s Chinese spy balloon saga.
https://nypost.com/2023/02/12/unidentified-object-shot-down-over-lake-huron-third-in-as-many-days/

US holds drills in South China Sea amid tensions with China: The 7th Fleet based in Japan said Sunday that the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit have been conducting “integrated expeditionary strike force operations” in the South China Sea.
https://apnews.com/article/politics-united-states-government-south-china-sea-beijing-084fbd1d64120859467b7f9157c4a797

Mystery surrounds new objects shot down as lawmakers press for details: The announcement of the takedown of a fourth mysterious airborne object came as members of Congress on Sunday pressed for more information from the Biden administration
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/us-object-alaska-balloon-b2280181.html

Why are we suddenly shooting a bunch of UFOs out of the sky? Are they spying on us for other nations, or visitors from another planet? When the Chinese spy balloon was shot down Feb. 4 by the Air Force, you might have thought that was the end of it. Just another odd quirk that popped up before we all moved on to the next diplomatic crisis. Little did anyone know, it was actually just the beginning of what would become a brand new trend of mysterious flying objects in our skies.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-are-so-many-ufos-suddenly-appearing-everywhere

# Military / Global
Russia continues to shell Ukraine amid grinding push in east: Russian forces carried out 12 missile and 32 air strikes in Ukraine over the past 24 hours, as well as over 90 rounds of shelling from multiple rocket launchers, Ukraine’s General Staff reported in its daily update.
https://time.com/6254925/russia-shells-ukraine/

China is getting ready to take down an unidentified object flying over waters near the port city of Qingdao, which is home to a major naval base for the People’s Liberation Army. An employee at the marine development authority of Qingdao’s Jimo district said “relevant authorities” are preparing to bring down the object, the report said. The employee was not informed about what the object was.
https://www.union-bulletin.com/news/world/china-reportedly-ready-to-down-object-flying-near-naval-base/article_d01f113b-0c62-5d73-b442-f9e9dc130894.html

China Fired ‘Military-Grade Laser’ at Our Ship: Philippines. Some of the vessel’s crew were temporarily blinded.  The Philippines on Monday accused a Chinese coast guard ship of hitting a Philippine coast guard vessel with a military-grade laser and temporarily blinding some of its crew in the disputed South China Sea, calling it a “blatant” violation of Manila’s sovereign rights. On 6 February, the Chinese ship also allegedly moved dangerously close to the Philippine coastguard vessel, around 137 meters according to the Philippine coastguard.
https://www.euronews.com/2023/02/13/philippines-accuses-china-of-firing-a-laser-at-one-of-its-ships

New Hotspot Revealed for China’s Army of Spy Balloons: “Dozens” of surveillance balloons have allegedly been detected over Taiwan as the threat of a Chinese invasion looms.
https://news.yahoo.com/hotspot-revealed-china-army-spy-185542545.html

# Pharmas / Drugs
Bernie Sanders Wants to Haul Big Pharma in Front of Congress: The Vermont independent sits down to talk bipartisanship, Biden’s presidency, and what progressives can expect in the next two years
https://khn.org/news/article/bernie-sanders-senate-help-committee-chair-medicare-for-all-big-pharma/

# Social
Black Ranchers Arrested After Years Of Harassment From White Neighbors [Video] Black ranchers who have documented the racial harassment they’ve endured were arrested Monday by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
For months, married couple Courtney and Nicole Mallery, who own acres of land in east El Paso County in Colorado, have documented the discrimination they’ve faced from white neighbors. They were thrust into the spotlight in January when a story published by the Ark Republic highlighted how their animals were brutally killed and racists vandalized their property while the Sheriff’s Office has seemingly turned a blind eye. It appears law enforcement has picked a side.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dKnmlkNSc4

# Technology
Worried About the Balloon? Consider Chinese Equipment in Our Wireless Networks: Republicans and Democrats alike are furious that the balloon could collect and possibly transmit to China secret information on sensitive American military installations and who knows what else. Certain components made, supplied, and often installed by Chinese companies within certain U.S. wireless provider networks, mostly in rural areas and often near military bases, were deemed a threat to national security given the potential to be used to reveal sensitive information on U.S. government activities and spy on the American people.
https://nhjournal.com/worried-about-the-balloon-consider-chinese-equipment-in-our-wireless-networks/

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