Voices, The Peoples News
March 17, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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Without an ethic of love shaping the direction of our political vision and
our radical aspirations, we are often seduced, in one way or the other,
into continued allegiance to systems of domination.
— Bell Hooks, Author and Professor
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
This rancher doesn’t want a border wall on his land. He fears Texas will build it anyway. Anti-border wall activists are racing to find landowners along the Rio Grande before they sign contracts with the state.
Texas strikes deal to build Abbotts border wall on big donors ranch: The governor’s slow-moving wall scheme gets a major boost from a political ally as the state secures five miles of land for fencing.
US Government Releases Censored Documents Detailing Fluoride’s Impact on Childhood IQ: By Derrick Broze The U.S. government has been forced to release a controversial draft review that confirms previous studies which found exposure to fluoride at high levels can reduce IQ in children. The NTP review from May 2022 confirms the findings of two earlier drafts from 2019 and 2020 which concluded that prenatal and early life exposure to fluoride can reduce IQ.
Roundup, the World’s Favorite Weed Killer, Linked to Liver, Metabolic Diseases in Kids: Children exposed to glyphosate, once touted as “safer than table salt,” face increased risk of conditions found primarily in older adults that can lead to cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
# Employment / Labor
Labor Developments in the Rust Belt: Michigan is one step closer to repealing right to work; why the end of two-tier wages at Caterpillar shows corporate America’s immense power over workers. Interesting developments have happened across the labor movement so far in 2023.
Minnesota Labor Dept. seeks an injunction to stop another meat processing company from illegally hiring children for dangerous jobs, against Tony Downs Food Company, a meat and poultry processor.
Kentucky Workers Fight for a Union at Amazon’s Biggest Air Hub: It’s now firing season at Amazon, and no worker is safe without a union. The stakes for Amazon workers, “it’s either our lives or Amazon’s profits. Enough is enough! We are going to fight to have a decent living and real power in our workplace with a union.”
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical The Next Big Thing for Electricity — the Virtual Power Plant: There is talk about the ‘smart grid’ and the ‘smart meter’ in your home. More than 70 percent of electric meters nowadays fit the smart classification, which means they are equipped to play a part in a virtual power plant.
The EV mining rush could come to Montana’s mountains: A company announced it found the country’s highest-grade rare earth deposit in Montana. A mining company has identified potentially lucrative deposits of rare earth elements tucked in the Bitterroot Mountains near the Idaho-Montana border. These metallic elements are used in cellphones, laptops and TVs, as well as electric vehicles. Two elements called neodymium and praseodymiumr make up the bulk of the deposit and are part of a once-overlooked group on the periodic table that are now an increasingly valuable resource.
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Two Trains Derail in Arizona and Washington as Congress Sits on Safety Bill: Two BNSF trains derailed in separate incidents in Arizona and Washington state on Thursday, with the latter spilling diesel fuel on tribal land along Puget Sound.
US Justice Department tells Supreme Court to reject Big Oil petition in Colorado climate lawsuit: The Justice Department is siding with communities in Colorado and across the U.S. that are fighting to hold Big Oil companies accountable for their climate lies. At the request of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Department of Justice weighed in on a key procedural question that has been ensnaring the progress of many climate accountability lawsuits, the question of where the lawsuits should be heard.
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global ‘Legacy of bold resistance’: how the Tla-o-qui-aht are protecting 100% of their territory. Fighting American colonizers in the 1800s. Setting the foundation for Canada’s first major anti-logging action. Trailblazing tribal parks and sustainable logging practices. How the Tla-o-qui-aht take stewardship of their territory back into their own hands
Old-growth spotted owl habitat removed from federal maps after talks with B.C., docs reveal: Federal scientists mapped core critical habitat for the endangered spotted owl. Almost half of it, including old-growth, disappeared during negotiations with the B.C. government, internal documents reveal.
An invisible climate killer is lurking behind B.C.’s LNG boom: Invisible to the naked eye, undetectable by smell and 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide for its short-term warming impact on the climate, methane is explosive, toxic and can make helicopters fall out of the sky.
Massive iceberg breaks off Antarctic Brunt ice shelf : A 1550 square km (963 sq mi.) iceberg, designated A81, recently broke off Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf. A time-lapse of the ‘calving process’ was captured by satellites, according to ESA
Recovering Forests Can Offset Around a Quarter of Tropical Deforestation: As deforestation continues in vulnerable and vital tropical rainforests, the recovery of secondary or degraded forests can play a role in mitigating some of the consequences of forest loss. However, it cannot compensate for that loss altogether.
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
People are eating dog food for protein gains and I’m frightened. Dog food does not meet the nutritional requirements of human food, just as human food does not meet the nutritional requirements of dog food.
Viewpoint: No, DNA is NOT a drug: Why the FDA’s continued insistence to regulate gene edited research animals as drugs blocks US-based innovation
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global Banking on the Seaweed Rush: Seaweed farmers promise to feed us, combat climate change, support coastal communities, provide wildlife habitat, and more. Can seaweed do it all? Seaweed farming has a long history in Asia, and now it is spreading around the globe. Over the past 30 years, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), world production of seaweed has boomed more than sixfold to over 35 million tonnes, with emerging markets in the Americas (particularly the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Maine), Europe, and Africa.
# Food Recalls / Alerts
More than 300,000 cereal and snack packages recalled because of metal in products: Catalina Snacks of Lebanon, IN, is recalling more than 300,000 certain ready-to-eat cereal packages and snack mix packages because of foreign material in the products, specifically metal. According to the details posted this week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall was initiated on Feb. 15 and is ongoing. Recalled products were distributed to New York, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Oregon, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Virginia, Nevada, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Connecticut and online.
# General Recalls / Alerts
Ford Issues 2023 Bronco ‘Do Not Deliver-Do Not Drive’ Order: Ford just issued a “Stop Delivery” to dealers and “Stop Driving” to owners of certain Bronco SUVs. The order involves only the 2023 Bronco Wildtrak and 2022 Bronco Raptor models. At issue are steering gears that can lock up.
# Gov / Politics / Global
A new UN-backed report released Thursday concluded that Russia was guilty of grave violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws. “The Commission is concerned with the number, the geographic spread, and the gravity of human rights violations and corresponding international crimes which it has documented during its mandate,” investigators wrote.
China-brokered Iran-Saudi deal raises red flags for US : “It symbolically makes the United States look like it’s not able to be a key player”
Saudi Arabia could invest in Iran ‘very quickly’ after agreement -minister: “It is in our interest to make sure that both nations benefit from each others resources and competitive advantage”
The hidden security clauses of the Iran-Saudi deal
Iran’s Top Security Official to Visit the UAE Amid Regional Rapprochement
Putin’s Arrest Warrant Threatens to Upend His Most Important Relationship: The U.S. says China has sided with Russia in the Ukraine war, but Western allies have urged the Chinese to reach out to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Despite the awkward timing of the arrest warrant, it is unlikely that it will affect Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to visit Russia next week.
The ‘mad’ prince behind an attempt to overthrow the German state: A prince dismissed by his own family as a “mad old man” has emerged as a central figure in an alleged plot to overthrow the German government. He was arrested along with other alleged plotters – including a right-wing ex-MP and former soldiers – in a nationwide operation carried out by thousands of security forces on Wednesday.
# Gov / Politics / US
Donald Trump’s Allies Are Now Mad Ron DeSantis Hasn’t Announced He’s Running for President: A Trump-aligned super PAC has filed an ethics complaint in Florida accusing DeSantis of running a shadow campaign in violation of state law. Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that he will once again seek the presidency in 2024 threatens to further complicate a relationship that is already showing signs of strain. If DeSantis ultimately moves forward with a White House campaign, it would put him in direct conflict with Trump like never before and challenge him to navigate a primary with the best-known Republican in the country.
Comer Reveals Biden Family Members Receiving Payments from Chinese Energy Company: The Hong Kong company which wired over $3 million bound for Biden family associates in 2017, appears to have been run by a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at the time of the transfer, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation determined.
Graham says he will introduce bill to ‘set the stage’ for US to use military force in Mexico: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday said he was prepared to introduce legislation to “set the stage” for U.S. military force in Mexico, saying it was time to “get tough” on the neighboring country after four Americans were kidnapped by armed men this week.
Former US natsec advisor: destroy Taiwan semiconductor factories if China invades: A growing body of evidence suggests that the US would blow up the global economy to prevent China from laying claim to Taiwan’s semiconductor factories.
# Law Enforcement
Ten people have been charged with murder after allegedly smothering a Black man to death: The medical examiner’s preliminary ruling was that Otieno’s death was a homicide caused by asphyxiation. Otieno’s case marks the latest example of a Black man’s in-custody death that has law enforcement under scrutiny. It follows the the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee, and the killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
Sheriff, Deputies in ‘Gang’ Charged Over Alleged Kidnapping: Iron County Sheriff Jeffery Burket faces eight counts including attempted kidnapping and participating knowingly in criminal street gang activities.
# Legal / DOJ
ICC Issues Arrest Warrant for Putin Over Alleged War Crimes: The Russian president has repeatedly denied all accusations of war crimes in Ukraine. The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his alleged involvement in the abduction of Ukrainian children and teenagers. Why it matters: The arrest warrants for Putin and another Russian official represent some of the first international charges issued since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Report: Fulton County Prosecutors Have Another Recording of Donald Trump Pressuring a GA Official to Overturn the Election: And the special grand jury got to hear it. The jurors said the recording revealed Trump asking Ralston to convene a special session of the state legislature to overturn President Biden’s win in Georgia.
How a Trump Lawyer Is ‘Fishing’ for Info on Other Probes: One of his top lawyers is apparently trying to use another case to siphon information about every possible pending investigation into the former president, including ones that Trump might not even know about yet.
Moment father appears to send signal warning daughter to stop talking as she testifies at his murder trial: Adramatic moment unfolded inside a Wisconsin courtroom when a father appeared to send a signal warning his teenage daughter to stop talking as she testified against him at his murdertrial.
Africa Is Splitting Into Two Continents And May Open A Vast New Ocean: This rift system means that the African plate is splitting into two plates, the smaller Somalian plate and the larger Nubian plate, that are pulling away from each other at a super-sluggish snail’s pace of millimeters per year, according to a 2004 study https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.iflscience.com/africa-is-splitting-into-two-continents-and-may-open-a-vast-new-ocean-67848*:*:text=This*20rift*20system*20means*20that,according*20to*20a*202004*20study__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!z24mCPQ-hgIibGBUY_29hKt7x61Ow43CHVq7TVpVGIreKf1tiwFzt_iqLYo0bmfLtZ2cGB_f8zUnaFqsuYgfEoMqQG-gImr2$
How social networks became a ‘subsidiary’ of the FBI and CIA: The Twitter Files have lifted the lid on a secret alliance between Silicon Valley, intelligence agencies and the political establishment.
Embattled Trump Attorney Headed Back in Front of Grand Jury in Classified Documents Case: A federal judge has ordered Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to give additional testimony to Mar-a-Lago investigators. Investigators are looking at invoking an exception that can bypass attorney-client privilege if legal advice is used for furthering crime
Lawyer Pledges Trump Will Turn Himself in if Indicted: “There won’t be a standoff at Mar-a-Lago with Secret Service and the Manhattan DA’s office,” Joe Tacopina said.
# LGBTQ / Gender
Kentucky GOP Breaks Public Meetings Law to Pass Anti-Trans Bill Targeting Kids: Republicans introduced the bill with little to no notice during the House’s lunch hour when few lawmakers were around.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is moving to revoke the liquor license of a Miami hotel that hosted a Christmas drag show, a crackdown that comes as the Republican governor looks to shore up his conservative credentials ahead of an expected 2024 presidential bid.
# Medical / Health
A deadly type of cancer is on the rise in young adults and we don’t know why: Since the 1990s, the rate of colorectal cancer (which includes cancers of the colon and rectum) has been rising steadily among adults younger than 50. Not only that, but more younger people are dying from the disease.
# Military / DOD
A Mysterious Navy Boat Washed Up in North Carolina, Then Suddenly Disappeared: Things are getting weird in North Carolina, and the mystery involves a U.S. Navy vessel that washed ashore and a house drifting out to sea. It’s not clear exactly which ship washed ashore, but it’s part of a fleet from the Norfolk Detachment of Atlantic Targets & Marine Operations. The unit is part of the Navy and is responsible for providing range support for naval aviation training and testing operations in the Atlantic Ocean.
# Military / Global
Iranian Weapons Are Now Being Used on Both Sides of the Ukraine War: Ukrainian troops are turning the tables on Russia and firing Iranian-made shells back at their tormentors. How they got them is unclear https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.cnn.com/2023/03/10/politics/russia-iran-ukraine-weapons/index.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!z24mCPQ-hgIibGBUY_29hKt7x61Ow43CHVq7TVpVGIreKf1tiwFzt_iqLYo0bmfLtZ2cGB_f8zUnaFqsuYgfEoMqQMicTfuu$
Suspected Iranian Weapons Seized by U.S. Navy May Go to Ukraine: U.S. officials are considering sending a cache of arms to help Kyiv in its battle against Russia https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wsj.com/articles/seized-weapons-bound-for-yemen-may-go-to-ukraine-2516b45d__;!!On18fmf1aQ!z24mCPQ-hgIibGBUY_29hKt7x61Ow43CHVq7TVpVGIreKf1tiwFzt_iqLYo0bmfLtZ2cGB_f8zUnaFqsuYgfEoMqQF8GPG5t$
The little-known weapon knocking down Iranian drones over Kyiv: Ukrainian forces were able to shoot down more than 80 aerial vehicles this week. Ukraine is swatting away as many Iranian-made drones as Russia can throw at its infrastructure sites, knocking down as many as 80 air vehicles over Kyiv during Russia’s surprise New Year’s Eve blitz alone, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said this week.
What Iran’s Drones in Ukraine Mean for the Future of War: Russia’s effective use of inexpensive Iranian aircraft points to challenges that other states may soon face elsewhere. Iranian drones have become an increasingly important weapon for Russia in its war in Ukraine, where they are used to strike a range of civilian and military targets. According to U.S. officials, Iran has also sent trainers to Crimea to teach the Russians how to use them correctly. Their usage offers a glimpse into a future where cheaply-made attack equipment is able to grind down expensive and sophisticated material.
Analysis: What’s behind Iran’s alleged drone deal with Russia? And will Ukraine’s Western partners step up in this time of need? Al Jazeera’s defence analyst explains the war’s latest developments.
The war in Ukraine is just getting started: In the Iran-Iraq war, both sides refused to back down despite a long, bloody stalemate. The same thing could happen to Russia and Ukraine. There is good reason to worry that this ugly history is repeating itself today in Eastern Europe.
Scientists revive ‘zombie’ virus that was trapped for 48,500 years in the Arctic’s permafrost: “Zombie” viruses that spent up to 48,500 years frozen in the ground could reawaken as the permafrost melts due to climate change, scientists warn. Noticeably warmer temperatures in the Arctic are already thawing the region’s permafrost, the permanently frozen layer below Earth’s surface.
Why Do Scientists Want To Abandon Antarctica? In this video, Unveiled takes a closer look at the mystery of Antarctica! With whispers that scientists might soon abandon the southernmost continent on Earth, we ask why that could be necessary? What is Antarctica REALLY like, and is it time to stop the human presence there?
Scientists Are Turning Dead Birds into Drones That May Spy on Humans and Wildlife in the Future: Scientists found a way to combine taxidermy to turn dead birds into drones that could be used to spy on humans.
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