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http://preferredmode.com/tag/mini-8/ April 30, 2023
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San Carlos Apache call for international intervention over copper mine at Oak Flat: At the U.N., leaders describe the destruction of Indigenous sacred sites as a ‘major human rights violation.’ The San Carlos Apache Tribe has taken its fight to the United Nations to save its traditional territory in Arizona from a massive copper mine. Chi’chil Bildagoteel, also known as Oak Flat, is home to one of the largest sources of copper in North America, and it is also the tribe’s most sacred site.
# Indigenous / Global
Dwindling sea ice and rising Arctic ship traffic may bring unwelcome visitors to King Island, Alaska: Members of the King Island Native Community see potential threats to their food security and cultural resources.
# Border / Immigration / Migrants
U.S. Plans Migrant Processing Centers in Latin America and Rapid Deportations from Southern Border: The Biden administration has announced plans to open processing centers across Latin America where asylum seekers would have to request permission to come to the U.S., blocking tens of thousands from seeking relief at the U.S. / Mexico border. The first processing centers will be located in Guatemala and Colombia.
Biden authorizes military to call up reservists to combat drug trafficking at southern border: President Joe Biden issued an executive order authorizing active-duty armed forces reservists to be called up to address “international drug trafficking” at the southern border. He did so ahead of the public health authority Title 42 ending in less than two weeks, on May 11
# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
COVID Vaccines Were Never Safe for Pregnant Women, Pfizer’s Own Data Show: Pfizer elected not to follow up the vast majority of pregnancies in the original human trials, despite high miscarriage rates in the minority they did follow.
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Debt Limit Vote Offers a Preview of GOP Attacks If Party Controls Congress: The rush proposal cuts funding for federal agencies and expands work requirements for Medicaid and food stamps. “Maybe that’s why we’re moving so fast, maybe Mr. McCarthy doesn’t want people to realize what’s in the bill, and I don’t blame him,” McGovern told the committee. “This is a ransom note to the American people that makes devastating draconian cuts to programs that help the poor, the hungry, the sick and the vulnerable.”
Joe Manchin’s Tax Hike On The Working Class: The yacht-owning coal baron crushed low-income families while representing one of America’s poorest states. Despite representing one of America’s poorest states, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) decided in 2021 to kill legislation to extend expanded child and antipoverty tax credits that were helping the working class.
# Education / Schools
‘Important Conversations Never Had’: Colleges Quietly End Mandates Without Addressing Harms: Many major universities across the country are quietly dropping their COVID-19 vaccine mandates for students at the end of the spring semester. Critics say in addition to ending mandates, there must be a public conversation about the harms they caused.
The University Of California Bails Out Eviction-Happy Private Equity: The school pumped billions into a Blackstone real estate fund eager to evict tenants and jack up student rents in the midst of a major housing crisis.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry
Educator, Environmentalist, Union Leader, Senator, Paul Pinsky Now Gets to Turn His Climate Ideals Into Action: The long-time liberal state senator from Prince George’s County, an outspoken environmental critic of former Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, takes over the Maryland Energy Administration in the Moore administration.
Fossil fuel companies lost out when the Supreme Court declined to hear arguments to move climate change lawsuits to federal courts, opening the door for cities, states and counties to sue at the state level, where they are more likely to succeed.
Utilities Seize Control of the Coming Boom in Transmission Lines: Legislatures in a dozen states have passed “right of first refusal” laws that freeze out competition in transmission line projects, raising concerns about higher energy costs for consumers.
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
Inside Biden’s Embattled Climate Agenda. Analysts Say the Fight Is Far From Over: For the third time in just over a month, President Joe Biden will likely be forced to exercise his veto power to save a piece of his embattled environmental agenda. Some analysts say the moment may mark a turning point in Biden’s presidency as he takes a more aggressive position to push his priorities past a divided Congress while seeking a second term.
North Carolina residents urge UN to investigate toxic PFAS pollution: Chemical manufacturer Chemours accused of violating human rights by releasing ‘forever chemicals’ into Cape Fear River basin.
How is climate change affecting nutrients in plants? Higher levels of carbon dioxide are changing micronutrients in grasses, trees and even kelp. What does that mean for animals higher up the food chain?
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global
Life beneath the Arctic ice is chock-full of microplastics: Frozen polar waters host a critical species of algae. Accumulating plastic particles could threaten the whole ecosystem. All 12 samples of algae the scientists collected from ice floes contained microplastics. In total, they counted about 400 individual plastic bits in the algae they examined. The work adds to the growing body of evidence that microplastics are truly everywhere: in freshly fallen Antarctic snow, the air, baby poop, our blood, everywhere.
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
SNAP work requirements don’t actually get more people working – but they do drastically limit the availability of food aid: The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would cut spending, in part by expanding work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, through which nearly 43 million low-income Americans get help buying groceries. The House bill calls for this policy to apply to adults as old as 55, while today this policy only applies to adults under 50.
# General News
He blew the whistle on Trump’s Truth Social. Now he works at Starbucks: About six months ago, Will Wilkerson was the executive vice president of operations for former president Donald Trump’s media business, and a co-founder of Trump’s Truth Social website. Today, he is a certified barista trainer at a Starbucks inside a Harris Teeter grocery store.
Letter sent to Congress revealed more than Trump intended: In the wake of Donald Trump’s history-making indictment on criminal charges of business fraud, US officials are honing in on the former president over the ongoing classified documents scandal, which centers on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. The latest news to emerge about the case certainly makes for interesting reading. Trump’s legal team has sent a letter to Congress in defense of the former president, however, its contents have disclosed some interesting revelations regarding the top-secret documents stowed away at the Florida estate.
Another Jan. 6 mystery revealed: Pence’s second script rewrite: The never-before-told backstory of why the then-vice president made a change not seen since Al Gore, as a rebuttal to Trump allies’ fringe theories. Pence’s decision to craft and employ his own unprecedented language as he presided over the final step of the 2020 election reflected his resistance to a pressure campaign by then-President Donald Trump to subvert the process. Pence’s rewrite has since drawn the attention of congressional investigators.
# Gov / Politics / Global
China’s Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis: Respecting the sovereignty of all countries. Universally recognized international law, including the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, must be strictly observed. The sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all countries must be effectively upheld. All countries, big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, are equal members of the international community. All parties should jointly uphold the basic norms governing international relations and defend international fairness and justice. Equal and uniform application of international law should be promoted, while double standards must be rejected. https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/zxxx_662805/202302/t20230224_11030713.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!yMrwNbz9CyMDyaBa1mUR5rt9judfeLAnwELhEsbnccGVGl4XfFQ0WrkyCkIL5E4gYJTsKuJKPJUPUqHRkuuDSqu0q6G-RkoY$
# Gov / Politics
“Provocative & Dangerous”: Biden to Send Nuclear-Armed Subs to South Korea as Activists Demand Peace: President Joe Biden pledged to deploy nuclear-armed submarines to South Korea for the first time in 40 years. Alongside South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol, Biden also pledged to involve officials from Seoul in nuclear planning operations targeting North Korea. The visit between the two leaders comes as the U.S. and South Korea mark 70 years of military alliance under 1953’s Mutual Defense Treaty, signed at the close of active conflict in the Korean War.
Minnesota Senate passes Democracy for the People Act—prohibits foreign-influenced corporate spending in elections: The bill, which garnered 80 percent of Minnesota voters’ support, according to a statewide poll conducted in November, will head to the governor’s desk, who pledged to sign it.
‘Disappointing day for women’: Senate GOP filibuster blocks Equal Rights Amendment: “Inequality hurts everyone, and we must not continue to be a nation that harmfully excludes and marginalizes women.” Equal Rights Amendment supporters on Thursday slammed the vast majority of U.S. Senate Republicans for filibustering a resolution that would make the 100-year-old measure the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. The 51-47 vote to invoke cloture was short of the 60 needed for final consideration of the resolution.
Texas House OKs Bill to Remove Officials Who Refuse to Prosecute Abortion Providers: The bill aims to force left-leaning prosecutors to prosecute abortions or risk being replaced by an Abbott appointee.
Abortion Bans Flame Out in 2 States After Republicans Defect: “Once a woman became pregnant for any reason, she would now become property of the state of South Carolina,” said a Republican who voted against one of the bills.
Key nations sit out US standoff with Russia and China, leaks show: Documents illustrate how emerging nations’ bid to duck Washington’s showdown with Moscow and Beijing have put Biden’s global agenda at risk.
As fentanyl crisis grows, US-Mexico divide deepens: Mexico’s president denies the opioid is produced in his country. U.S. Republicans want to send troops across the border to attack the labs. As alarm grows in the United States over the fentanyl epidemic, a highly acrimonious dispute has erupted between the U.S. and Mexican governments, threatening cooperation in battling an opioid that kills tens of thousands of Americans every year.
# Law Enforcment
After a Texas family asked a neighbor to stop shooting a gun in his yard because their baby was trying to sleep, he came over and killed 5 people with an AR-15 style rifle. The youngest victim is an 8-year-old child. The suspect remains on the loose
# Legal / DOJ
This Pharmacist Said Prisoners Wouldn’t Feel Pain During Lethal Injection. Then Some Shook and Gasped for Air. A Florida pharmacist serves as an expert witness on behalf of states defending lethal injection protocols, often speaking about a drug that he has no authority to prescribe. His testimony has helped pave the way for executions across the country.
Donald Trump’s ‘Army’ Turns on Him in Court: Leaders of the far-right Proud Boys, fearful about their place in a post-Trump America, instead tried to prevent it from happening at all, even if it meant a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors argued Monday. “These defendants saw themselves as Donald Trump’s army, fighting to keep their preferred leader in power no matter what the law or the courts had to say about it,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Conor Mulroe said Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C.
# LGBTQ / Gender
Zooey Zephyr, Montana’s First Trans Lawmaker, Speaks Out After Being Banned & Silenced by Republicans: The Republican-controlled Montana House of Representatives voted Wednesday to censure the state’s first and only openly transgender lawmaker. The latest high-profile example of statehouses deciding who can be heard during legislative debates is playing out in Montana, where a transgender lawmaker on Wednesday was barred from speaking on the House floor for the remainder of the session.
‘Let her speak!’: protests after Montana Republicans silence trans lawmaker: Zooey Zephyr hasn’t been allowed to speak on house floor since taking a stand against bill that would ban gender-affirming care. The interruption — hours after supporters rallied on the Capitol steps — was the latest development in a standoff over Zephyr’s remarks against lawmakers who support a ban on gender-affirming care for minors. Zephyr, a first-term Democrat from Missoula, hasn’t spoken on the Statehouse floor since last Tuesday when she told Republican colleagues they would have “blood on their hands” if they banned gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth.
Kansas GOP Overrides Democratic Gov. to Pass Sweeping Anti-Trans Bathroom Law: The new law applies to schools, locker rooms, prisons, domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers.
Montana Governor Signs Gender-Affirming Care Ban, Ignoring a Plea From His Own Son: Gianforte’s son, who is nonbinary, told him “these bills are immoral, unjust, and frankly a violation of human rights.”
# Medical / Health
Up to one in 20 new diabetes cases could be linked to COVID, study suggests: Research adds to growing evidence that pandemic may be contributing to rapid rise in people with diabetes. The research adds to mounting evidence the pandemic may be contributing to a rapidly escalating diabetes crisis, with individuals who have experienced more severe Covid at greatest risk.
# Military / DOD
US conducts 1st evacuation of its citizens from Sudan war: Hundreds of Americans fleeing two weeks of deadly fighting in Sudan reached the east African nation’s port Saturday in the first U.S.-run evacuation, completing a dangerous land journey under escort of armed drones.
# Military / Global
Iran capture of US-bound oil tanker may have been retaliation, official says: The United States recently redirected a tanker attempting to ship Iranian crude oil to China, an action that likely triggered Tehran’s seizure this week of an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman, U.S. officials say.
North Korea threatens to deploy more nuclear assets as US prepares to send submarine: The US agreed to deploy nuclear-armed submarines to South Korea and involve Seoul in its nuclear planning to counter nuclear threats from the North. In return, South Korea agreed to not develop its own nuclear weapons.
Armed Russian fighter jets make aggressive maneuvers near US F-16 fighter jet: Russians seem to be baiting US jets to dogfight in Syria, general says. It’s the latest example of Russian troops growing increasingly confrontational toward the U.S. and its allies as they cross paths over war zones and in shared airspace around the world.
Saudi company draws unlimited American water as West suffers drought: The company, a Saudi Arabian dairy firm called Almarai, purchased 1,790 acres in the Palo Verde Valley to secure a supply of alfalfa for its dairy cows. Soon after, Saudi Arabia began phasing out domestic alfalfa production to preserve its water supplies, which were dwindling after years of overuse for agriculture. The purchase made headlines as critics including local politicians and environmentalists questioned whether it was fair for a foreign entity to use up valuable groundwater resources for products that wouldn’t ultimately benefit Americans. Foreign corporations are increasingly purchasing land in the US; in the Southwest, thanks to longstanding laws on water rights, these purchases often come with unlimited access to the valuable water underneath the soil.
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