Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-30

Voices, The Peoples News

May 30, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Tribes call on Haaland to push increased protections for the Grand Canyon: As a 20-year ban on mining in the Grand Canyon passes its midpoint, Indigenous nations look to continue protections indefinitely. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland met with tribal leaders representing a dozen Indigenous nations last weekend in a move that could expand protections for land around The Grand Canyon, permanently safeguarding the region from future uranium mining.

Skarure Woccon tribe worries over Cape Fear River contamination: Leaders of the Skarure Woccon tribe are encouraging members to avoid customary activities, such as eating fish from the Cape Fear River. Leaders of the Skarure Woccon tribe are encouraging members to avoid customary activities, such as eating fish from the Cape Fear River, due to health concerns.

Who gets a say in tribal treaty hunting? In Wyoming, everybody wants influence over off-rez hunting — and nobody’s happy. Many tribes have treaty-protected hunting rights that extend beyond reservation boundaries, and the business council wanted to open up a dialogue with the state on possible collaboration. Any issue involving treaty hunting should first be brought to the Eastern Shoshone’s General Council, which is the constituency’s governing body.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
The Real ‘Remain in Mexico’ Begins at the Border: The likely consequences of Biden’s new immigration policy will be misery for thousands seeking refuge. Three weeks ago, the pandemic-era use of Title 42 of the U.S. Code, which allowed the Border Patrol to expel migrants to Mexico without giving them the opportunity to ask for asylum, expired. The rule contradicted both U.S. and international law

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Denial Isn’t an Effective Health Care Strategy, Say People With Long COVID: Gaslighting and disbelief make long COVID worse for people living with long-term effects from the virus.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Social Security’s big blunders: Retirees are being bullied into paying back thousands in miscalculated benefits. If you don’t repay, your Social Security checks stop coming, just as threatened. These clawback demand letters can arrive literally 20 years after you began receiving benefits. They can demand repayment of a few hundred dollars or many thousands of dollars. We’ve heard from people who were told they must repay as much as $300,000.

U.S. debt ceiling deal to face its first test in Congress: A bipartisan deal to raise the $31.4 trillion U.S. debt ceiling faces its first test in Congress on Tuesday, setting up what could be a nail-biting week of voting before the United States runs out of money to pay its bills. But first the bill will have to clear the Rules Committee.

It’s the biggest news you missed this weekend; Debt ceiling deal reached: President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached a tentative agreement Saturday to raise the nation’s debt limit and cut government spending, capping a rollercoaster round of negotiations that has brought the nation to the brink of default and economic disaster.

What’s in, and out, of the debt ceiling deal: The Democratic president and Republican speaker are trying to win over lawmakers to the plan in time to avert a default. Overall, the White House estimates that the plan would reduce government spending by at least $1 trillion, but official calculations have not yet been released.

Conservative Rep. Chip Roy slams debt deal: Calls it a ‘Turd-Sandwich’ and challenges unity claim, pushed back on McCarthy’s claim that “more than 95 percent of all those in the conference were very excited” about the deal.

President Biden and GOP leaders negotiated a proposed bill to raise the debt ceiling. Buried in the new bill that freezes spending is a provision brushing aside climate science and granting Sen. Joe Manchin’s wish to expedite the construction of a giant fossil fuel pipeline during the climate crisis. Experts say the pipeline would produce emissions equivalent to 26 coal plants or 19 million passenger cars

The Auto-CR Dilemma: If the debt ceiling deal passes, the military budget goes up and IRS funding gets slashed. But if Congress doesn’t pass the subsequent spending bills, that reverses.

The debt ceiling deal: This clause is bad for Social Security: If there were no tax cheats in America, there would be no Social Security crisis. Benefits could be paid, and payroll taxes kept the same, for the next 75 years.

# Education / Schools
Texas School Safety Bill Requires Armed Person At Each Campus: The measure also gives the state more power to compel school districts to create active-shooter plans. Both chambers gave their final approval to House Bill 3 after ironing out their differences over the past week.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Seaweed washing ashore in Florida contains flesh eating bacteria: Loads of seaweed is washing up on the beaches of Florida potentially carrying pathogens that cause a condition known as ‘leaky gut syndrome.’ Called Sargassum, the seaweed blankets the beaches with its thick, brown algae, emitting a strong odor as it decomposes. Concern arises as Sargassum, Vibrio bacteria and plastic debris interact in the sea to create what scientists call a ‘pathogen storm’ posing risks to beachgoers

Utah’s latest attack on the Antiquities Act: The bid to diminish national monuments threatens landscape preservation. Last August, the state filed a civil complaint aimed at diminishing the national monuments yet again,  and, ultimately, doing much more: drastically undermining the Antiquities Act, making future landscape-level designations impossible.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Antarctic ice melt showing signs of disrupting pivotal global ocean circulation, study shows: Changes to circulation in parts of the Southern Ocean are taking place faster than expected, with potentially profound implications for the global climate and marine life, a new study finds.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
How debt ceiling agreement will affect those on SNAP benefits: Debt ceiling negotiations resulted in significant modifications to the nation’s spending and programs, including work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

New Work Requirements for Food Aid Would Deepen Hunger and Poverty, Critics Warn: This provision of the new debt ceiling agreement comes as food banks across the United States are seeing demand surge.

# General News
Team Trump Scrambles to Unmask the Feds Investigating Him: The former president wants to “immediately” purge the Justice Department’s ranks of the officials and agents who’ve led the criminal probes into his actions

Trump-era special counsel’s final report criticizes FBI’s Russia probe: “Our investigation also revealed that senior FBI personnel displayed a serious lack of analytical rigor towards the information they they received, especially information received from politically affiliated persons and entities,” the report says https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.npr.org/2023/05/15/1176219884/trump-russia-investigation-durham__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3mM2joCQ19ZgtEZdB0YjuJ4skgyuIZNcB6sl7OgSp_eWMtelSBwupZQk9wO_yn-2P-J4UifkeUyR5XkxzeC1AGwFo3ZVRCqz$

Trump Vows to End Birthright Citizenship Again: Trump previously said he planned to terminate birthright citizenship in 2018. Former President Donald Trump pledged Tuesday to enact an executive order ending birthright citizenship guarantees for children of illegal aliens if he regains the White House in 2024, despite past constitutional objections and failures to follow through on the move.

# Gov / Politics
Ron DeSantis Wants To Take His ‘War On Woke’ National: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is running for the Republican presidential nomination by promising to elevate his state’s culture war policies to a national level. But the Constitution stands in his way, writes Paul Blumenthal, as judges continue to reject DeSantis’ agenda as a “positively dystopian” assault on free speech.

“What is she doing here?” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) when she saw Vice President Kamala Harris presiding over the U.S. Senate: A report documented the extent of the cognitive limitations of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and fueled anger over her return to the Senate. Feinstein expressed confusion when she saw that Vice President Kamala Harris was presiding over the Senate, an official function of her office, according to the report.

US sold weapons to nearly 60 percent of world’s authoritarian nations in 2022: “These findings fly in the face of Biden’s preferred framing of international politics as a ‘battle between democracies and autocracies,'” says a new report. President Joe Biden claims that the United States is leading “democracies” in a fight against “autocracies” to establish a peaceful international order, but his administration approved weapons sales to nearly three-fifths of the world’s authoritarian countries in 2022.

Texas GOP Approves Bill Giving Secretary of State Power to Overturn Houston-Area Elections: Texas lawmakers advanced a bill this week that would allow the secretary of state, who is handpicked by the governor, to overturn the results of an election in the state’s largest county and order a new one. The bill targets Harris County, the largest in the state and the third-largest in the U.S., which includes Houston and has a population of around 4.7 million.

Watchdog Hits DeSantis With FEC Complaint for Campaign Finance Violation: The complaint alleges he violated rules barring political candidates from spending “soft money” on federal elections.

‘Fed Up’ GOP House Rep Tells McCarthy He’s Got to Go: “I’m just fed up with the lies, I’m fed up with the lack of courage, the cowardice,” Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) fumed. At a House Freedom Caucus press conference Tuesday, members vented their frustration with the agreement and urged their colleagues to vote against it, but Bishop was the sole Republican to raise his hand signifying he would support a motion to oust McCarthy over the bill.

Far-right Utah Republican resigns from Congress: Stewart is leaving office due to a serious medical issue that his wife is facing. He hasn’t elaborated on the details.

Robert B. Reich: The GOP has manufactured 5 fake crises to deflect our attention from the real crisis: Republican leaders have mastered the art of manufacturing crises to divert the public’s attention from the real crisis of our era — the siphoning off of income, wealth, and power by a small group at the top. Consider the fake fears they’ve been whipping up:

# Law Enforcment
Seven people, including two juveniles, were gunned down in Ohio after ’50 or 60′ teenagers gathered in cars to spin ‘donuts’ in a residential area early Monday morning.  The shooting comes amid a spate of gun crime that has recently stoked a fierce national debate about gun control.

At least 41 people shot and 9 killed in Chicago during holiday weekend: Nine people were killed and at least 43 others injured during a bloody spate of shootings in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend — starting the day after the mayor unveiled a new safety plan for the city.

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Santa Barbara County officials launch investigation into in-custody jail death: Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown in 2019. Santa Barbara County officials launched an investigation on Monday into the death of a man being held in custody at the Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria, according to the Sheriff’s Office https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.yahoo.com/santa-barbara-county-officials-launch-054127133.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3mM2joCQ19ZgtEZdB0YjuJ4skgyuIZNcB6sl7OgSp_eWMtelSBwupZQk9wO_yn-2P-J4UifkeUyR5XkxzeC1AGwFo0NpzEtX$

# Legal / DOJ
Texas Senate sets date for AG Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial: The impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) will begin no later than Aug. 28, lawmakers said, teeing up the first such proceedings in nearly a half-century. Paxton’s alleged misdeeds include bribery, retaliation against staffers and misuse of his office.

Fugitive Girlboss Attorney Disbarred From Practicing Law: Kelly DuFord Williams, who is also facing nine felony charges after she allegedly stole thousands from her clients, has been on the lam since March.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz today signed legislation legalizing the use, sale, and home-cultivation of cannabis by adults. Surrounded by dozens of people wearing green clothes, Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana for people over the age of 21, making Minnesota the 23rd state to legalize the substance for adults.

# Medical / Health
Hospitals across the U.S. have closed their maternity wards, here’s why experts say this is ‘a threat to both mom and baby’: Researchers from the University of Minnesota have found when a labor and delivery department closes, there tend to be more emergency deliveries and more preterm births, which are the leading cause of infant mortality.

Autistic Youth and Those With Mental Health Conditions Target of Anti-Trans Laws: Withholding hormone therapy based on the presence of depression, anxiety or suicidality may cause harm, experts say. States are suggesting doctors withhold gender-affirming care from autistic youth or to ensure symptoms of depression and ADHD are ‘resolved.’

# Medical Technology
Key facts about Neuralink, Musk’s cyborg gamble: Neuralink is a neurotechnology company co-founded by Musk along with a team of scientists and engineers in 2016 to build direct communication channels between the brain and computers. The aim is to supercharge human capabilities, treat neurological disorders like ALS or Parkinson’s, and ultimately achieve a symbiotic relationship between humans and artificial intelligence. Neuralink’s technology would mainly work through an implant called the ‘Link’ — a device about the size of five stacked coins that would be placed inside the human brain through invasive surgery.

# Military / DOD
Northrop Grumman on track to produce early-warning missile defense program: “Northrop Grumman is on an accelerated path to delivering an early-warning missile system capable of surviving attacks from space, ground or cyber elements,” said Alex Fax, vice president, NGP, Northrop Grumman.

US ‘Ready’ to Go to War With China and Russia in Outer Space, Confirms Top General: With world tensions high, many fear that an altercation involving the United States, Russia or China could lead to World War III. However, for now, a battle between the three world powers may be more likely away from planet Earth, according to a U.S. space commander.

# Military / Global
Moscow Hit by Drones in ‘Worst Attack Since World War II’: As many as 25 drones were fired at the Russian capital overnight, although officials claim all were intercepted. Ukrainian drones struck wealthy districts of Moscow on Tuesday, Russia said in what one politician called the most dangerous attack since World War Two, while Kyiv was also hit by air for the third time in 24 hours. Russia has attacked Kyiv 17 times in May with drones or missiles, mostly at night, in an apparent attempt to undermine Ukrainians’ will to fight

Ukrainian Influencer Blamed for Russian Hospital Attack: Anna Alkhim appealed for aid for wounded soldiers at her local hospital. Hours later it was hit by Russian missiles. Anna Alkhim, a blogger from the eastern city of Dnipro who has more than 600,000 followers on Instagram, many of them in Russia, issued the appeal for two hospital clinics last Thursday.

US sees ‘serious threat’ as Iran unveils new missile: “Iran’s development, and proliferation of, ballistic missiles poses a serious threat to regional and international security and remains a significant non-proliferation challenge,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters.

# Nuclear
Japan is poised to release nuclear wastewater into the Pacific. How worried should we be? The plan to gradually discharge more than a million tons of treated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has deeply divided nations. Japanese authorities have been facing a barrage of criticism from fishermen in the Fukushima prefecture, South Korea, China, and across the Pacific Islands.

# Security
BAE Systems to develop autonomous space-based surveillance technology: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems’ FAST Labs™ research and development organization a $7 million contract for the Oversight autonomous space-based target custody program

# Social
The Decay of Our Society: 10 Things That Were Once Great That Have Been Lost Forever: Remember the good old days? Nostalgia can make us forget about the conveniences of modern times and yearn for the past. Unsurprisingly, many miss the old times regardless of the opportunities and comfort of modern times. While not everything about history is sunshine and rainbows, an online community shares the aspects they thought were far better from the past

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
Nasa UFO task force: How to watch the first public livestream: NASA will hold a historic public meeting on UFOs this week and you can watch it all live online in a free webcast.

Earth has a new moon – or at least a ‘quasi-moon’, a new study has revealed: A quasi-moon is a space rock that circles the Earth, but is gravitationally bound by the sun. This quasi-moon, called 2023 FW13, was discovered by experts using the Pan-STARRS telescope at the top of the Haleakala volcano in Hawaii, and is one of a handful of known quasi-moons.

Chinese mission with first civilian reaches space station: Jiuquan, China: China sent three astronauts to its Tiangong space station on Tuesday, putting a civilian into orbit for the first time as it pursues plans to send a crewed mission to the Moon by 2030.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-29

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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The Great Dictator Speech – Charlie Chaplin [Video and Transcript] It’s
time we stopped complaining and moaning about police violence,
riots, racism and our current dictator in the Whitehouse.
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# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
The Debt Ceiling Standoff Has Been A Performance: The Republicans are threatening to tank the economy, and the Democrats are just waiting to get pantsed. In the debt ceiling standoff, Republicans are holding the global economy hostage, demanding a ransom payment that consists of gutting the U.S. social safety net, rapid approval of fossil fuel projects, cuts to education and national park budgets, and more.

Progressives Condemn Biden-GOP Debt Ceiling Deal as ‘Cruel and Shortsighted’: Progressive economists and advocates warned that the tentative debt ceiling agreement reached by the White House and Republican leaders would needlessly gash nutrition aid, rental assistance, and education programs, all while making it easier for the wealthy to avoid taxes.

Debt ceiling deal includes surprise approval of natural gas pipeline championed by Manchin: The controversial natural gas project has been a priority for West Virginia, but its approval will bring new criticism for the Biden administration

# Employment / Labor
One Small Union Is Stoking Much of the Militant New Graduate Worker Organizing: Stoked by an independent union, grad worker unionization is transforming the labor movement and progressive politics.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry Environmentalists in Virginia and West Virginia Regroup to Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline, Eyeing a White House Protest: The U.S. Forest Service’s recent pipeline approval, coupled with Sen. Joe Manchin’s unflagging support, help define the stakes in a long-running battle. One activist called the pipeline “a climate disaster.”

SunZia Southwest Transmission Project receives final federal approval: U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued its final approval for the transmission line May 18, environmental reviews of the project and line’s route were completed, paving the way for it be built this year.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry / Global Victorious Erdogan promises to fulfill pledge to Putin: Erdogan has pledged to complete a gas distribution hub to pipe Russian natural gas into Europe via Türkiye. Erdogan, addressing his parliamentary deputies Wednesday, said Turkey had secured a vital opportunity by agreeing to Putin’s plan.

India becomes Europe’s largest supplier of refined fuels: A recent report by analytics firm Kpler showed India has become Europe’s largest supplier of refined fuels this month while simultaneously buying record amounts of Russian crude. The reliance of Europe on Indian crude oil products has surged. This increase can be linked with the ban on Russian oil.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Bizarre climate change theory spread by Joe Rogan goes viral on social media: A recent viral “theory” falsely attributes climate change impacts to cyclical changes in Earth’s magnetic field. However, scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports that climate change is happening due to human activities. We delve into the dangers of disinformation campaigns and the importance of combating climate change misinformation

The Supreme Court just gutted the Clean Water Act. It could be devastating: The impact of the majority ruling is potentially enormous. It could lead to the removal of millions of miles of streams and millions of acres of wetlands from the law’s direct protection. Basic protections necessary to ensure clean, healthy water for human consumption and enjoyment will be lost.

How the Supreme Court’s wetlands ruling could impact pollution, flooding: The Supreme Court’s decision to curb federal regulations for wetlands could have far-reaching implications for America’s water. The ruling is expected to open the nation up to more water pollution, experts say. And not only that: They say it could also make the country more vulnerable to floods.

The Supreme Court crippling environmental protections. Where is Congress? Will lawmakers allow what one justice called the court’s appointment of itself as the national decision maker on environmental policy. The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate carbon emissions that cause climate change. The decision by conservative court majority sets the stage for further limitations on the regulatory power of other agencies as well.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Global Warming Fueled Both the Ongoing Floods and the Drought That Preceded Them in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna Region: In a part of the country famous for its agriculture and cultural identity, climate-driven swings between extreme precipitation and deep drought threaten historic architecture, ancient art and beloved foods.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
FDA approves first gene-edited sausages: Washington State University (WSU) has made history with the first gene-edited food product researched by a university. German-style sausages made from gene-edited pigs have been granted FDA authorization for human consumption.

The SNAP Expansion Helped Me Lead a Dignified Life on Disability, Now It’s Gone: Pandemic social programs were a life saver. Now conservatives want to shred what little is left after they expired. The expanded SNAP benefits kept 4.2 million people out of poverty during 2021, including 14 percent of children out of poverty, while the expanded Child Tax Credit cut child poverty nearly in half. Combined with the direct stimulus payments, the American Rescue Plan brought poverty down by 22 percent, illustrating that poverty is indeed a political choice in America. By July 2022, the unemployment level had fallen to a 50-year low of 3.5 percent. With pandemic aid expired, those gains are being reversed.

# General News
What Is Actually Still Made in America?
Made Overseas: Converse
Made Overseas: New Balance
Made Overseas: Dirt Devil
Made Overseas: Nike

# Gov / Politics / Global
Free Julian Assange: Noam Chomsky, Dan Ellsberg & Jeremy Corbyn Lead Call at Belmarsh Tribunal: The WikiLeaks founder has been languishing for over four years in the harsh Belmarsh prison in London while appealing extradition to the United States. If he is extradited, tried and convicted, Assange faces up to 175 years in jail for violating the U.S. Espionage Act for publishing documents that exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Belmarsh Tribunal: Around the world, state actors are cracking down on journalists, sources, and publishers in a globally coordinated campaign to disrupt the public’s access to information and shut off their sources of dissent.

Europe’s War Against Refugees Is Fueling the Far Right’s Ascension: The international guaranteed rights of refugees are eroding on both sides of the Atlantic.

Australia Keeps Churning Out War-With-China Propaganda:     I defy you to find me footage more brazenly propagandistic than this, from any point in history. 60 Minutes Australia has been playing a leading role in saturating Australian airwaves with consent-manufacturing messaging in support of militarising to participate in a US war against China.

India GDP crosses $3.5 tn in 2022: India in a bright spot & shines amid global gloom, its GDP crossed $3.5 tn in 2022, says Moody’s. Watch video! US credit rating agency Moody’s has given a thumbs up to India’s growth story. Moody’s estimates that India’s GDP has already crossed 3.5 trillion dollar mark and that is largely because of the young

China, DR Congo elevate bilateral relationship: China-DRC relations will be raised to a higher level and cooperation expanded to all areas of common interest, including education, scientific research, health, infrastructure, mining, agriculture, digital, the environment, sustainable development, hydrocarbons, energy, defense and security

China’s rapid economic recovery brings ‘big opportunities’ to Uruguay: Uruguayan agriculture minister: Uruguay’s Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Fernando Mattos just finished his 19-day-long trip in China on Friday, achieving fruitful results of bilateral agricultural cooperation including signed agreements between their agricultural ministries as well as other related institutions.

# Gov / Politics
As Deals Go, This Is One of Them: Running down the details of the debt ceiling agreement. The second that Joe Biden agreed to negotiate with House Republicans on the debt ceiling, the results were going to be bad. The people who benefit most from government action, the poor and the vulnerable, were going to be hurt, and those who benefit most from a weakened government, the rich and the powerful, were going to be aided. The only question was the degree. With one potentially major exception, the relative harm and help was kept to a minimum in the final agreement.

Jan. 6 Megadonor Helping Ohio GOP Preemptively Overturn Will of the Voters: In a fight centered on abortion rights, Republicans trying to pass a constitutional amendment could be violating their own new election law.

The U.S. Is Unhappy That Mexico Is Spending Money on Its Own Citizens: Mexico’s populist president should instead be spending more on furthering U.S. interests, according to a leaked intelligence document.

This country just pointed some of the blame for the Russian-Ukraine War on the US: This year’s G-7 summit takes place as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and an increasingly assertive China test the resilience of the postwar order and make it more difficult to address transnational challenges such as climate change. We asked Eurasia Group experts Ali Wyne, Lívia Pereira, and David Boling what to expect. What are the top items on the agenda for the summit?

The Rise of the Ronald: Ron DeSantis is the polished, competent, Fox-loving, lib-owning successor-in-waiting to Donald Trump’s MAGA nation. Is it any wonder they’re locked in a 2024 cold war?

The 5th Risk: A man who campaigned on abolishing the Department of Energy, former Texas governor Rick Perry, is now running the $30 billion agency. President Trump has proposed slashing its budget, and its highly skilled workforce has been devastated. Those familiar with the DOE’s key roles, from guarding the US nuclear arsenal to assessing the North Korean threat, to protecting the electrical grid, are terrified.

The China Threat [By The FBI] Manufacturing consent for war with China: Confronting this threat is the FBI’s top counterintelligence priority. To be clear, the adversary is not the Chinese people or people of Chinese descent or heritage. The threat comes from the programs and policies pursued by an authoritarian government.

Wow, this should be mandatory watching! Retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Domestic Politics Drive Donald Trump’s Military Action in Syria. The former chief of staff to Colin Powell believes the Syrian government may not be responsible for last week’s chemical attack and that the president’s response violated international law.

‘The Official Truth’: The End of Free Speech That Will End America: America now plagued with censorship, widespread online surveillance and criminal prosecutions targeting Americans who exercise their free speech.

# Law Enforcment
Justice Department Intervention Didn’t Stop Seattle’s Police Violence. It Gave Cops More Money: Seattle learned the hard way that federal oversight via “consent decrees” mainly served to increase police budgets.

3 dead, 5 injured in motorcycle gang shooting in New Mexico: Mayor of Red River says the shooting was gang-related, and that the shooters have all been taken into custody. Neither the victims nor the shooters were local residents and were among bikers who were visiting for the rally over the long weekend holiday leading into Memorial Day

Chicago has suffered 34 shootings so far in Memorial Day weekend, with eight of them resulting in deaths, according to the Chicago Police Department. A 14-year-old girl was treated for a gunshot wound, and a 20-year-old was killed

# Legal / DOJ
According to the Supreme Court, science and clean water don’t matter: Last week’s decision by the Supreme Court undermining the Clean Water Act comes as House Republicans have waged an ongoing crusade against this bedrock environmental law, voting twice this spring to gut clean water protections while they are also fighting to gut other foundational environmental laws in debt ceiling negotiations.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Bomb threats made against Target stores in Utah, Ohio and Pennsylvania over Pride controversy: Staff and customers at several Target locations were evacuated on Friday after bomb threats were made at select stores across the country as controversy continues to grow over the company’s  LGBTQ+ merchandise.

In California, 10% of Legislature now identifies as LGBTQ:  While LGBTQ candidates and their supporters celebrated several milestone victories around the nation in this year’s midterm elections, California quietly reached its own: At least 10% of its state lawmakers identify publicly as LGBTQ, believed to be a first for any U.S. legislature.

LGBTQ students wrestle with tensions at Christian colleges: Official recognition and funding by Saint John’s and the College of Saint Benedict is welcome proof of the Catholic schools’ “acknowledging queer students exist.” Tensions endure here and at many of the hundreds of U.S. Catholic and Protestant universities. The Christian teachings they ascribe to are different from wider societal values over gender identity and sexual orientation, because they assert that God created humans in unchangeable male and female identities

# Medical / Health
The $20 Billion Scam At The Heart Of Medicare Advantage: As Medicare privatization continues, insurers are milking massive profits from systematic overbilling and kneecapping modest Biden proposals to stop the scheme. The health insurance behemoth Humana enjoyed a banner 2022. The Louisville, Ky.-based insurer made $2.8 billion in profits last year, while paying out $448 million in dividends to shareholders and more than
$17 million in compensation to its CEO.

Doctors Are Disappearing From Emergency Rooms as Hospitals Look to Cut Costs: Tennova Hospital had outsourced its emergency rooms to American Physician Partners, a medical staffing company owned by private equity investors. APP employs fewer doctors in its ERs as one of its cost-saving initiatives to increase earnings, according to a confidential company document obtained by KHN and NPR. This staffing strategy has permeated hospitals, and particularly emergency rooms, that seek to reduce their top expense: physician labor.

‘Enormous policy failure’: states throw hundreds of thousands, including many children, off Medicaid: “We knew this was coming,” wrote one policy expert. “But we still treat these burdens like they’re unavoidable natural disasters.”

# Military / Global
Ukrainians have started training on tanks in Germany: About 400 Ukrainian troops are currently getting a variety of training at U.S. military run bases in Germany in preparation of eventually operating Abrams tanks.

China’s hypersonic missiles threaten US power in the Pacific: China’s newest hypersonic missile, the DF-27, can fly as far as Hawaii, penetrate U.S. missile defenses and pose a particular threat to U.S.
aircraft carriers, according to news reports of an assessment from the Pentagon.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Expanding Use of Primates in Drug Testing Is a Threat to Public Health: Proposals to expand domestic breeding of primates for research overlook several ethical, scientific and safety woes. Between 2000 and 2020, an estimated 482,000 primates were imported into the U.S. to be experimented on in testing laboratories. All the while, pharmaceutical drug development has been mired in serious challenges, particularly during the animal-heavy research stages known as preclinical phases.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
NASA, Boeing provide update on Starliner flight test readiness: NASA and Boeing completed a joint Crew Flight Test checkpoint review May 25 ahead of the first flight of Starliner with astronauts to the International Space Station.

Stratolaunch expands fleet with Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747: Stratolaunch has received approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to acquire Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747 and its related parts and equipment, marking an expansion of Stratolaunch’s air-launch fleet. The acquisition is expected to close by July 31, 2023.

A Saudi Arabian satellite launches on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket: SpaceX confirmed Saturday it successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket and later deployed Saudi Arabia’s Arabsat Badr 8 communications satellite into orbit.
A Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Arabsat BADR-8 satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Saturday morning (May 27) at 12:30 a.m. ET (0430 GMT). The rocket’s first stage landed on SpaceX’s droneship Just Read the Instructions eight minutes and 46 seconds later.

# Technology / Global
Chinese state hackers infiltrate US and Guam critical infrastructure, steal sensitive data: Reports reveal that Chinese state-sponsored hackers have successfully infiltrated critical infrastructure systems across the United States and Guam, engaging in covert cyber espionage and stealing sensitive data.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-27

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
This Thursday, June 1, Judge Hanen will again hear oral arguments, and we are again mobilizing — now to Houston. Representing over 600,000 current DACA recipients, we will show Judge Hanen that there are real people and lives on the line. What’s more, we will call for permanent protections for ALL 11 million undocumented immigrants so that every person can live and thrive fully and safely. Texas judge orders federal government to stop granting new DACA applications.

# Children / Youth
Texas keeps on burying kids from gun violence while Republicans fight among themselves: The Lone Star State is the capital of gun violence instead of doing anything, Republicans are eating their own: The line in the sand for the state of Texas today is where you stand on gun violence and no one has crossed it to defend the citizens of Texas against the mass murderers who have taken the lives of Texas citizens. Texas has some of the loosest gun laws in the country.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Why Is the Biden administration suddenly so focused on industrial policy? The origins of Biden’s most important policy, explained. Biden’s industrial policy is both a sharp break from neoliberalism and a rediscovery of an old American idea.

House Democrats Are Clearly Not Happy With Joe Biden’s Handling of the Debt Ceiling Fight: As Republicans and the White House say they are getting much closer to a deal, Democrats are frustrated that their leaders are ceding the political messaging to Kevin McCarthy.

Debt Limit Must Be Raised by June 5, Yellen Warns: The two sides are still inching toward an agreement that could lift the federal borrowing limit and cap spending for two years. Defense and veterans spending reportedly would be increased to the levels Biden proposed in his 2024 budget request.

No, raising the debt ceiling is not really about ‘paying our bills’: Media coverage of the current debt ceiling debate in Washington is not entirely false, but it is often not entirely accurate, either.  While lamentations such as “Social Security payments won’t go out!” may have a shred of technical truth to them, all that wailing and gnashing of teeth is probably a waste of time. The truth is not nearly as cut-and-dry as some would have us think.

The US could default on its debt as soon as June 5 if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by then. Social Security, Medicaid, and SNAP could be among the first programs to go unpaid. That means retirees who rely on those programs could be the first to experience the consequences.

Republican presidential candidate Asa Hutchinson wants a million seniors on Social Security to go back to work – “They shouldn’t be penalized by the government for working”: “Those people who are aged 62 and want to take Social Security and retire, they shouldn’t be penalized by the government for working,” he said. “That could add a million people back into our workforce who want to work, and they could get their Social Security benefit, and they could work at the same time.” “Those are kind of changes that, to me, make sense that will help our economy and help our budgeting,” the candidate concluded.

The national debt is a disgrace. The battle over it is even worse: Rarely is anything significant ever accomplished. That’s because for too many politicians solving a problem means they no longer have an issue with which to bash the other side. At a time when almost no form of behavior is considered a disgrace, the long, drawn-out scenario over the debt ceiling vs. cuts in spending is disgraceful. The waste, fraud and abuse over government spending is a scandal that has gone on too long.

# Education / Schools
As Gov. DeSantis Preps White House Run, PEN America Sues Florida School District over Book Ban: Lawsuit Asserts Escambia County School Board Unlawfully Removes or Restricts Access to Books on Race, Racism and LGBTQ Identities.

Bookmobiles have a new mission: delivering banned books: Last year, Florida passed three laws that collectively have given state-approved administrators and proxies the power to ban books from schools, and caused many teachers to empty or cover their bookshelves for fear of prosecution.

# Employment / Labor
‘Domestic Offshoring’ Sends Low-Wage Jobs Out of Key US Cities: The US is becoming increasingly split between high-priced cities where the rich and powerful congregate and more affordable locales that offer jobs that can be done from anywhere, according to a new study https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPRvCs3Jtgs__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zwXV9M5l_-LcKa6rNVwBdwMHI1_-kiTS2U9RfQxOvdYxV–Hlmk9i6W2p33wDWalg5L_RRLfPnK5tDdKUCH7t81QzEk3b0KY$

How Outsourcing Jobs Affects the U.S. Economy: Job outsourcing occurs when U.S. companies hire foreign workers instead of Americans. In 2019, U.S. overseas affiliates employed 14.6 million workers. Four industries that are often affected are technology, call centers, human resources, and manufacturing.

Offshoring Bias in U.S. Manufacturing: Implications for Productivity and Value Added: The rapid growth of offshoring has sparked a contentious debate over its impact on the U.S. manufacturing sector, which has recorded steep employment declines yet strong output growth, a fact reconciled by the notable gains in manufacturing productivity.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry / Global # Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Recycled plastic can be more toxic and is no fix for pollution: Plastic becomes more toxic when it is recycled, and releases large amounts of microplastics into water systems in the process, according to two new reports. When recycled, plastic has a higher amount of toxic chemicals including carcinogens, environmental pollutants and endocrine disruptors, a Greenpeace study found.

# General News
State Farm will no longer issue property insurance in California: The company cited rising construction costs and its “rapidly growing catastrophe exposure.” State Farm said Friday, May 26, that it will stop accepting new applications for property and casualty insurance in California, citing rising construction costs and its “rapidly growing catastrophe exposure.”

# Gov / Politics / Global
Christians caught with a Bible in North Korea have faced death and had their families, including children, thrown in prison for life, a new report says. One NGO, Open Doors USA, has reported that for Christians in North Korea, life is a “constant cauldron of pressure” and “capture or death is only a mistake away.”

# Gov / Politics
The “sane alternative” to Trump makes his pitch (total centralization of power). The Florida governor officially entered the presidential race this week in an awkward, glitchy Twitter chat with a fellow black hole of charisma, Elon Musk.

Voters want compromise in Congress – so why the brinkmanship over the debt ceiling? Brinkmanship means coming to the edge of potential default on the US debt ceiling. Are lawmakers negotiating the debt limit representing the wishes and interests of their voters?

Pro-DeSantis Super PAC to Inherit Millions, Circumventing Campaign Finance Laws: Over $80 million may be transferred from DeSantis’ old state-level PAC to a new PAC set to back his presidential bid.

Florida, Once the Land of Make Believe, Now a Real-Life Horror Under Ron DeSantis: Florida has become ground zero for systemic, state-sponsored censorship, intolerance and discrimination. DeSantis clearly sees his path to the White House is to out-Trump Trump.It seems there isn’t a historically marginalized group or progressive policy that DeSantis isn’t willing to attack.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis launches 2024 GOP presidential campaign to challenge Trump

Ron DeSantis is learning that not every state wants to be Florida

‘Biden and Me’: DeSantis Privately Tells Donors Trump Can’t Win

Banned in the USA: State Laws Supercharge Book Suppression in Schools

DeSantis defends banning African American studies course as Black leaders call for action

DeSantis signs Florida’s 6-week abortion ban into law

DeSantis signs Florida ban on transgender treatment for minors

DeSantis signs ‘Don’t Say Gay’ expansion and gender-affirming care ban

Texas AG Ken Paxton Impeached by Republican-Led State House: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was impeached in an extraordinary vote by the state’s Republican-dominated House of Representatives, which charged him Saturday with bribery, obstruction of justice and 18 other offenses.

# Law Enforcment
Bodycam Footage Shows Cops Laughing While Black Man Died In Their Custody After They Tased Him At Least 26 Times: In body camera footage shared with the Clarion Ledger, three former officers reportedly tased Keith Murriel, 41, at least 26 separate times in a 10-minute span on December 31. According to the outlet, a hotel security guard call the police, reporting that he was loitering in the parking lot. McCarty and Willis have since been charged with second degree murder, while land was charged last week with manslaughter.

# Legal / DOJ
Texas House launches historic impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Ken Paxton: The impeachment accuses Paxton of attempting to interfere in foreclosure lawsuits and issuing legal opinions to benefit Paul. Its bribery charges allege that Paul employed the woman with whom Paxton had an affair in exchange for legal help and that he paid for expensive renovations to the attorney general’s home.

Chinese Immigrants Sue Florida Over Unconstitutional and Discriminatory Law Banning Them From Buying Land ACLU and Partners Argue SB 264 Violates the Constitution and the Fair Housing Act

# Medical / Health
Hundreds of Thousands Lose Medicaid Coverage as Post-Pandemic Purge Begins: As many as 15 million Americans could lose their Medicaid benefits in the coming months as the Covid-19 pandemic comes to an end. The process of removing beneficiaries who no longer qualify for benefits has already begun in at least 19 states, hundreds of thousands of people have already lost coverage.

# Military / Global
Abrams tanks for training Ukrainians now in Europe, Pentagon hopes to begin F-16 pilot training soon: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday that more than 30 American-made M1 Abrams tanks for training Ukrainians have arrived in Europe, so they are prepared for when the battle-ready versions arrive later in the year.

# Science
Thousands protest Mexico’s new science law: Researchers are preparing to march against legislation that some say could harm basic science. More than 14,000 people have signed a letter protesting against the approval of a new science law in Mexico on 29 April. They say that the legislation,  the General Law on Humanities, Sciences, Technologies and Innovation, consolidates power over science with the government and ignores the wishes of the research community.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
Ron DeSantis Signs Bill Shielding Elon Musk’s SpaceX From Lawsuits: An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded last month, resulting in catastrophic environmental damage. Newly announced GOP presidential candidate and Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill into state law on Thursday that protects private companies that orchestrate spaceflights from liability lawsuits if a crew member gets injured or dies as a result of an accident.

# Veterans / VA
Debt default could stop benefits payments to 7 million vets, Democrats say: A default on the U.S. government’s debt would hit veterans particularly hard, endangering benefits, health care and retirement payments for former service members and their families, according to Democrats on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

# Water
A new Supreme Court opinion is terrible news if you care about clean water: The Court took a huge bite out of the Clean Water Act. The Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision on Thursday which places a drastic new limit on the Clean Water Act, the 1972 law that forms the backbone of the United States’ efforts to ensure that America’s water supply is clean and safe.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-26

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Among the GOP’s debt ceiling hostages? Social Security payments for oldest Americans: “The choice facing the executive branch is clear: Act or default; act or increase the suffering of millions; act or go into economic tailspin.” “Every option on the table from the MAGA House majority leaves millions of vulnerable seniors worse off, either extreme cuts against seniors’ health and food security, or a manufactured default crisis that delays Social Security checks.” If the federal government can’t make a June 2 payment slated for Social Security recipients, the oldest beneficiaries, those over 88, and people with disabilities will be the first to suffer,”

Negotiators Close In on a Debt Deal, Angering Both Right and Left: White House and congressional negotiators are reportedly nearing a budget deal that would cut spending and raise the debt ceiling to avert an unprecedented default on U.S. debt, and members of both the Republican and Democratic parties are fuming and fretting about it, even as difficult issues remain unresolved. Biden said, “I don’t believe the whole burden should fall on the backs of middle-class and working-class Americans. My House Republican friends disagree.”

Debt Ceiling Talks Teeter on the Brink, as Lawmakers Leave Town for Weekend Without a Deal: At the Capitol, Speaker Kevin McCarthy said “every hour matters” in talks with President Joe Biden’s team as they try to work out a budget agreement. Republican are demanding spending cuts the Democrats oppose as their price for raising the legal debt limit.

The Debt Ceiling Deal Is Beginning to Take Shape: The deal, which has not yet been finalized, would raise the U.S. debt ceiling for two more years.

# Employment / Labor
GOP EYING CHILD LABOR? Lawmakers in several states are embracing legislation to let children work in more hazardous occupations, for more hours on school nights and in expanded roles, including serving alcohol in bars and restaurants as young as 14. The efforts, largely led by Republicans, are meant to address worker shortages.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry Major ocean database that will guide deep-sea mining has flaws, scientists warn: As sea-bed mining looms, researchers say better records of sea-floor biodiversity are needed to assess its environmental impact. Scientists worry about allowing companies to start mining the sea bed because little is known about deep-sea habitats and biodiversity, so its environmental effects are unpredictable. The ISA runs a database called DeepData, which is meant to tackle some of these concerns, as well as to enable research projects.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
How Supreme Court’s EPA ruling will affect U.S. wetlands, clean water: The decision could affect tens of thousands of acres of wetlands, including in the Everglades and the Mississippi River basin. According to estimates from Earthjustice, an environmental law firm, the decision will prevent the EPA from placing federal protections on as many as 118 million acres of wetlands, an area larger than the landmass of California.

Supreme Court limits federal power over wetlands, boosts property rights over clean water: The Supreme Court on Thursday made it harder for the federal government to police water pollution in a decision that strips protections from wetlands that are isolated from larger bodies of water.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Putin Wants Russians to Believe That Nothing Is Happening at Home: He is just about the only person in Russia who is not increasingly engaged in domestic politics, a reflection of his growing messiah complex. Putin’s Tactic of Inaction Could Backfire at Home. Putin’s plan is to wait out what he sees as inevitable changes in the West and Ukraine. These days, however, Russia’s elites are liable to see defeatism in inaction.

Russia signs nuclear arms deal with neighbor Belarus –The agreement stipulates the deployment of non-strategic weapons to Belarus in response to increased NATO activity

Russia Maintains Control Over Nukes Stationed in Belarus – Defense
Minister: The control over the decision to use nuclear weapons deployed in Belarus will be carried out by Russia. The decision of Russia and Belarus on retaliatory measures in the military-nuclear sphere was made in the context of an extremely serious escalation of threats on the western borders of the two countries

China has quietly become a port power. It is leveraging its firms’ extensive international ocean port infrastructure to buttress the reach of its armed forces. For the U.S. military, China has also become the ‘pacing challenge’, the benchmark for how fast and far it must adjust to provide effective defense in a competitive international system.

Zelensky Fury After Russian Missile Hits Clinics in Dnipro: Officials say 10 Russian missiles and more than 20 drones were stopped, but one missile hit medical buildings. At least one person has been killed and 15 wounded in a Russian missile attack on two clinics in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine, described by President Volodymyr Zelensky as a “crime against humanity.”

# Gov / Politics
‘Demonize and eliminate’ – university program linking Christians, Republicans to Nazis granted DHS funds under ‘anti-terror’ initiative: Among the organizations and movements displayed on the “Pyramid of Far-Right Radicalization” were the Republican Party, the Heritage Foundation, the American Conservative Union, Fox News, Breitbart News, the National Rifle Association, Prager University, Tea Party Patriots, the Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement, the pro-police Blue Lives Matter movement, and the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Oversight Chair Comer prepared to hold FBI Director Wray in contempt over Biden bribery document: House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer says an informant file that he’s seeking from the FBI links President Biden to a $5 million bribery scheme while he was vice president.

Republican Launches Bid for U.S. Senate Seat: A mayor in Utah launched a bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah). “Right now, Washington is broken. And every time we compromise, it costs us trillions. We have more IRS agents than border agents. And while we’re paying 4 a gallon for gas, they’re sending our money unchecked to Ukraine … Enough is enough,” Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs said in his announcement video.

Biden seeks legislation to invest in Australia, UK defense industries: The Biden administration is asking Congress to make the Australian and British industrial bases eligible for grants and loans under the Defense Production Act as part of their efforts to advance the trilateral AUKUS agreement.

# Law Enforcment
Minnesota Prison Officials Seized $10,000 in Wages From Incarcerated Workers: Stillwater prison authorities gave 44 incarcerated workers a raise and then, months later, said they had to pay it back. The incarcerated workers say it’s wage theft.

# Legal / DOJ
Army vet, Oath Keepers leader gets 18 years for plotting Jan. 6 attack: A federal judge Thursday sentenced Army veteran and Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes the toughest sentence yet following the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. His deputy, Kelly Meggs, got 12 years.

# Medical / Health
Hospitals’ Bid for Quick Cash Leaves Patients Worse Off: Medical credit cards shift the burden of medical financing onto unsuspecting consumers who could have qualified for other means of payment. The problem is that these alternative forms of credit are deceptive from the start.

Denials of Health Insurance Claims Are Rising, And Getting Weirder: It’s a handy way for insurers to keep revenue high, and just the sort of thing that provisions of the Affordable Care Act were meant to prevent. Because the law prohibited insurers from deploying previously profit-protecting measures such as refusing to cover patients with preexisting conditions, the authors worried that insurers would compensate by increasing the number of denials.

The $20 Billion Scam At The Heart Of Medicare Advantage: As Medicare privatization continues, insurers are milking massive profits from systematic overbilling and kneecapping modest Biden proposals to stop the scheme.

Illinois Is the Midwest’s Abortion Refuge. Clinics Are Being Terrorized:
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# Military / DOD
Pentagon says allies will unite to train Ukrainians on F-16s: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in addition to training, Ukraine will need to be able to sustain and maintain the aircraft and have enough munitions. Pentagon leaders warned that it will be a costly and complex task and won’t be a magic solution to the war.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
Intuitive Machines Lunar Landing Site Moves to South Pole: NASA, in cooperation with Intuitive Machines, is moving the landing site for the first Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) mission to Moon’s South Pole as an important first step in managing risks for future Artemis landings.

Study doubles the number of known repeating fast radio bursts: Their recent open-access publication in The Astrophysical Journal reports the discovery of 25 new repeating FRB sources, doubling the known number of these phenomena known to scientists to 50. In addition, the team found that many repeating FRBs are inactive, producing less than one burst per week of observing time.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-25

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Indigenous
New documents show Energy Transfer spent big on police gear and worked with a cadre of spin doctors to fight an information war against protesters. Pipeline company spent big on police gear to use against Standing Rock protesters: TigerSwan worked with law enforcement to fight an information war against the Indigenous-led water protectors.

As climate change erodes land and health, one Louisiana tribe fights back: Human engineering and extreme storms have reshaped Louisiana’s coastline, swallowing up 2,000 square miles of land since the 1930s. Many of the land patents granted to the tribe’s ancestors in a 19th-century treaty are now largely or wholly underwater. Land loss has chiseled away at tribal livelihoods and traditional diets, exacted a toll on citizens’ mental health, exacerbated chronic illnesses, and displaced families

Biden Administration Pauses Copper Mining Project on Sacred Apache Site: For years, tribal leaders in Arizona have fought to keep Oak Flat free from mining projects and other disturbances. The Arizona mine project won’t move forward until more discussions with Indigenous communities.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
What happens to migrants after they cross the border? Under this rule, migrants who cross the border between ports of entry are processed and deported and banned from entering the U.S. for at least five years. If they reenter the U.S. unlawfully, they could face charges and jail time.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Dems Said They Wouldn’t Negotiate. Then Biden Did Just That: Biden negotiating a debt ceiling with Kevin McCarthy was Harry Reid’s worst nightmare.

Republicans Rebuff Biden Offers as Debt Talks Bog Down: With a potential U.S. debt default just over a week away, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that negotiators were making progress toward a deal to raise the federal borrowing limit. But negotiators have offered little indication that they are nearing a deal.

House committee looks into Biden canceling $200 million to Chinese company: The U.S. House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is seeking answers to why Biden’s Department of Energy is allocating hundreds of millions of dollars in grant monies to companies with ties to the Chinese Communist Party

Fitch Puts Warning Flag on United States’ Triple-A Rating: The “rating watch negative” move reflects fears that a debt-limit standoff may not be resolved in time to avoid defaults. The top triple-A credit ratings of the U.S. were placed on “rating watch negative” by credit firm Fitch Ratings Wednesday evening, due to “brinkmanship” in Washington, over raising the government’s borrowing limit and the nation’s growing debt burden.

U.S. Spent $1.1 Trillion of Federal Discretionary Money on Militarism in Past Year: This left less than two-fifths of the discretionary budget for public health, education, the environment, and more. According to an analysis by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) released on Wednesday, the U.S. spent $1.1 trillion of the discretionary budget on militarism and war last year, including funding for the Pentagon and law enforcement agencies like the Department of Homeland Security.

2 Democrats Join House GOP in Voting to Repeal Student Debt Relief: Critics say repealing the program would hit borrowers with surprise bills and nullify the student loan payment pause. Jared Golden of Maine and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez of Washington, faced backlash on Wednesday after voting for a GOP resolution that would repeal President Joe Biden’s student debt relief program, which is currently on hold as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a pair of deeply flawed legal challenges

Sanders Leads Senate Call to Investigate Price-Gouging Military Contractors: Even as it claims to oppose wasteful spending, the GOP pushes for more military funding in debt ceiling talks.

# Education / Schools
The GOP Is Escalating Its War on Ideas: It’s not only Ron DeSantis’s Florida. From targeting educators to banning books, Republicans are taking their anti-education crusade national.

Florida Mom Behind Amanda Gorman Book Ban Has Proud Boy Links: Salinas, who filed complaints against five books, appears to be connected to multiple far-right organizations, attending events with Moms for Liberty and the Proud Boys.

The Fight Against Book Bans Is Mobilizing a New Generation of Student Activists: As the right bans books on LGBTQ issues and racial justice, youth are getting a crash course in collective organizing. Facing the removal of books about LGBTQ+ and BIPOC experiences, students are demanding the right to read in schools across the country. Nowhere is this truer than in Texas, a state where equal access to a range of stories has been under attack for years.

A Single Parent’s Complaint Leads School District to Ban Amanda Gorman Poem: Book bans like the one against her poem “[rob] children of the chance to find their voices in literature,” Gorman said. But after just one parent issued a complaint, the Miami-Dade County School District banned access to the poem for elementary-aged children. Now, only middle-schoolers and older can access the poem.

Stabbings Near UC Davis Were Terrifying, But More Policing Won’t Make Us Safer: Rather than criminalization and prosecution, student-led care and support work should be our model for safety.

‘Sickening, disgusting, any other word that you can apply to the word evil’: Elementary school teacher and daycare worker arrested on child porn charges: A 35-year-old man employed at a day care and public elementary school in Florida has been arrested for allegedly possessing videos and photos of “extremely disturbing” child sexual abuse material

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry ‘Polluters Can No Longer Hide From Their Crimes’: Fossil Fuel Companies Owe $5.4 Trillion in Reparations, Study Says: The biggest fossil fuel companies in the world owe at least $209 billion in yearly climate reparations to communities that suffered the brunt of the calamities caused by the climate crisis, a new study has concluded.

North Texas suburb approves new fracking zone near homes and schools: The Arlington City Council on Tuesday authorized the creation of a new zone for drilling and fracking in a residential area, despite objections from neighbors in the North Texas suburb. It was the first time in nearly five years that Arlington established a new “drill zone,” according to the city’s planning department.

Shell Agrees to Pay $10 Million After Permit Violations at its Giant New Plastics Plant in Pennsylvania: The multi-billion dollar Shell plant only became fully operational in November but by December it was already cited for exceeding some yearly pollution limits.

The Biden administration sells oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico: Fossil fuel energy companies looking to extract oil and natural gas from U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico got a boost on Wednesday, as they secured access to 1.6 million acres of waters offered at auction.

Biden Admin Hypes Growing Asian Market for American Gas: Biden officials are hawking an Alaska pipeline and gas export complex long seen as uninvestable. They promise skeptical investors sustained market access to Asia.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry / Global Photos show Coastal GasLink sediment spills into wetlands, rivers: ‘Heartbreaking’: an overhead view of Coastal GasLink sediment spills into Wet’suwet’en waters, wetlands. On an Indigenous-led monitoring flight over the Coastal GasLink pipeline, The Narwhal documented worksites overwhelmed by spring melt and numerous environmental infractions including slope failures, flooded worksites and sediment entering wetlands and waterways

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Utah’s latest attack on the Antiquities Act: The bid to diminish national monuments threatens landscape preservation. These monuments had been decimated by former President Donald Trump in 2017, who, without lawful authority, significantly reduced the size of these cherished protected areas. While the suits challenge the monuments’ restoration, the intent goes much further: they seek to dismantle the Antiquities Act itself.

Interior’s oil plan is coming. Here’s what to watch: A key question is whether Interior will use the regulations as a vehicle for more aggressive climate reforms. Over the objections of the oil and gas industry, some green groups are urging the White House to do more than what was laid out in the Inflation Reduction Act to limit the oil industry’s reach on federal land. When it comes to public lands, the White House so far hasn’t taken the step that President Joe Biden promised on the 2020 campaign trail: retire the federal oil and gas program.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Rising sea levels will isolate people long before they’re underwater: Time and tide wait for no man. Neither does sea level rise. When scientists and the public fret about sea level rise, they mostly focus on when and where communities will be permanently flooded. But there’s another consequence of rising seas that will affect many more people much sooner: getting cut off from roads and other critical infrastructure. It’s a threat that society has not paid nearly enough attention to, says Allison Reilly, a civil engineer at the University of Maryland.

German police carry out nationwide raids against Last Generation climate activists: German police on Wednesday carried out raids across seven states targeting climate activists of the “Letzte Generation” (Last Generation)

Fast fashion pollutes the Atacama Desert in Chile: With nearly 60,000 tons of unsold clothes arriving globally from Europe, Asia and North America to the port town of Iquique, about 39,000 tons of fast fashion ends up in the landfill in the desert.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Bees Can Learn, Remember, Think and Make Decisions, Here’s a Look at How They Navigate the World: As trees and flowers blossom in spring, bees emerge from their winter nests and burrows. For many species it’s time to mate, and some will start new solitary nests or colonies. Bees and other pollinators are essential to human society. They provide about one-third of the food we eat, a service with a global value estimated at up to $577 billion annually.

# General News
Joe Manchin Rents Office Space to Firm Powering FBI, Pentagon Biometric Surveillance Center: Tygart Technology was founded by Manchin’s daughter in 1991, and it’s headquartered in the same building as his coal company.

# Gov / Politics
Details of Texas AG Scandal Shocks House Panel’s Conscience: Investigators detail years of alleged misconduct by Texas AG Ken Paxton in House committee hearing. Many allegations against Paxton were already known, but the airing of them revealed the scope of the investigation by the committee, which has the power to recommend censure or impeachment.

Survivors of Kissinger’s Secret War in Cambodia Reveal Unreported Mass Killings: Exclusive witness interviews and archival documents detail killings of hundreds of Cambodian civilians. An investigation by The Intercept provides evidence of previously unreported attacks that killed or wounded hundreds of Cambodian civilians during Kissinger’s tenure in the White House. When questioned about his culpability for these deaths, Kissinger responded with sarcasm and refused to provide answers.

Why so many top Republicans want to go to war in Mexico, an astonishingly bad idea that’s gotten popular very quickly:  Every single declared Republican presidential candidate has endorsed treating cartels like terrorist organizations. And in both the House and the Senate, leading Republicans have proposed authorizing the use of military force in Mexico to fight cartels.

America’s Zero-Sum Economics Doesn’t Add Up: Industrial policy and subsidies are nothing new and can be useful. But shutting off from the world will have consequences.

# Law Enforcment
They Held Down a Black Teen Who Had Tried to Shoplift. He Died From Asphyxia. Why Was No One Ever Charged? Customers at a Wisconsin corner store subdued 16-year-old Corey Stingley, who died after allegedly being placed in a chokehold. A decade later, the youth’s father still fights for justice and awaits the findings from an unusual new inquiry.  The medical examiner ruled Stingley’s death a homicide following his restraint in “a violent struggle with multiple individuals.” That was more than 10 years ago.

Mom of boy, 11, shot in the chest by Mississippi cop in his own home after dialing 911 for help calls for the officer to be fired – after wounded child asked: “Why did he shoot me? What did I do?”

A 2-year-old at a Utah day care suddenly started bleeding. Doctors then found a bullet in the child’s head. Utah police were investigating after a two-year-old boy was struck in the head by a stray bullet as he played outside at his day care. Authorities now suspect the wayward round came from a bird hunter’s gun. Two adult caretakers found the toddler injured on Monday.

3 ex-officers indicted in death of Black man seen on video being shocked with stun guns: A Mississippi grand jury has indicted two former police officers on murder charges and another ex-officer on a manslaughter charge in the death of a Black man who was pinned down and repeatedly shocked with stun guns during a New Year’s eve arrest https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://wreg.com/news/mid-south/3-ex-officers-indicted-in-death-of-black-man-seen-on-video-being-shocked-with-stun-guns/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1zPK438EVNvpmRHVUMVkfHu6tsbqORLbgvTkhP2dqD4wZRyp_RYZ2HAZ7I5n-GnsM7w1k2rbUvzPcWANKoWYaOCu4o5IL4R7$

# Legal / DOJ
Hoboken lodges first state-level racketeering charge in Big Oil climate lawsuit: In a first for climate accountability lawsuits, Hoboken, New Jersey, is charging fossil fuel companies with violating state racketeering laws. “These racketeering cases should be viewed as a new legal front against the oil and gas industry.” Suing under an organized crime statute, the New Jersey city says major oil and gas companies and their chief lobbying group have “conspired to deceive the world for decades.”

# Media
Kevin Gosztola On The Fight To Free Julian Assange: The U.S. government has always been hostile to leakers revealing embarrassing or compromising information about its actions. But Gosztola states that the Central Intelligence Agency’s “gloves came off” in 2017 as it ramped up its attacks on Assange. By 2017, CIA Director Mike Pompeo had labeled WikiLeaks as a hostile non-state intelligence service and began turning the screw. For Gosztola, the CIA’s response was a symptom of the agency’s insecurity; “And so at that point, the CIA probably feels they are threatened, their whole regime of pursuing the global war on terrorism is in jeopardy as a result of WikiLeaks,” he told Lowkey.”

# Medical / Health
The Big Business of Clogged Arteries: In the “Wild West” of Outpatient Vascular Care, Doctors Can Reap Huge Payments as Patients Risk Life and Limb. To move vascular procedures out of expensive hospitals, the government turbocharged payments to doctors’ offices. Instead of saving money, it started a boom that is making doctors rich and putting patients in danger.

# Medical Technology
‘Digital bridge’ helps paralysed man to walk: A wireless connection between the brain and the spinal cord allows a paralysed man to walk using his thoughts. Gert-Jan Oskam, whose legs were paralysed after a cycling accident, received a spinal implant in 2018 that generated robotic movement through pre-programmed electrical stimulation. He has now received head implants that detect brain activity and transmit the signal to a backpack computer, which decodes the information and activates the spinal pulse generator.

# Military / Global
Russia signs deal to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus: Russia moved ahead on Thursday with a plan to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, whose leader said the warheads were already on the move, in the Kremlin’s first deployment of such bombs outside Russia since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

# Science
Japan wants to privatize its science council: Japan’s government is drawing fresh ire from researchers over plans to privatize the country’s influential science council (SCJ). The government has already backed away from plans to reform the council’s constitution and its process for appointing members. Observers predict that the council will ultimately be forced to forge a new relationship with the government

AI Uncovers Rare DNA Sequences: In a groundbreaking endeavor, scientists from UC San Diego are utilizing artificial intelligence to delve into the intricate workings of our genes. Their primary focus lies in the exploration of gene activation, a crucial process influencing growth, development, and disease. New research from UC San Diego has revealed that machine learning is revolutionizing gene study. AI has identified rare “synthetic extreme” DNA sequences. This groundbreaking discovery could better understand how our genes work and be helpful in biotechnology and medicine.

# Social
Interview about gun crime interrupted by drive-by-shooting: Just as Yolanda, a resident of the Whitehaven neighbourhood in south Memphis identified only by her first name, was introducing herself to the camera, a number of gunshots rang out nearby. Yolanda and the television crew dove to the ground, where Yolanda could be heard saying: “It’s okay. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Just stay down and get down.” The entire incident was captured on film by ABC24. “I fear it’s only a matter of time before some station’s crew does get hurt,” Ransom said. “Doing an interview, in a park, at 11am, should not be dangerous.”

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
South Korea launches homegrown rocket after delay: South Korea launched its homegrown Nuri rocket on Thursday, officials said, a day after it was forced to postpone due to a technical glitch. South Korea launched its homegrown Nuri rocket on Thursday, officials said, a day after it was forced to postpone due to a technical glitch just hours before lift-off.

Rocket Lab prepares for second TROPICS launch for NASA: The ‘Coming to a Storm Near You’ launch is scheduled to lift off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand as early as May 25. It will be the second Electron launch in two weeks to deploy the TROPICS storm monitoring constellation for NASA

# Water
Clarence Thomas hints he’d go further to gut the EPA’s power after the Supreme Court limited clean-water protections: The Supreme Court rolled back the Environmental Protection Agency’s power in a Thursday ruling. In a concurring opinion, Clarence Thomas suggested he’d further gut its authority. The conservative-led high court has been putting more restrictions on federal regulators’ power.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-24

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Indigenous
Native American Man Killed By Border Patrol Shortly After Calling Border Patrol on Trespassing Migrants: Raymond Mattia, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, was shot and killed by border patrol agents at his reservation in Southern Arizona. According to KVOA, Raymond Mattia called U.S. Border Patrol agents after he discovered illegal immigrants were trespassing in his yard.

# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls Nearly half the world’s species are seeing rapid population declines, new study finds: Nearly half the world’s species are seeing rapid population declines, new study finds. The global loss of wildlife is “significantly more alarming” than previously thought, according to a new study that found almost half the planet’s species are experiencing rapid population declines.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Republican governors meet with Abbott to discuss joint border security plan: Nine Republican governors met with Gov. Greg Abbott Monday to discuss a joint border security plan. They did so after they, along with 15 of their colleagues, last week pledged to support Texas’ border security mission, Operation Lone Star

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
New Evidence FDA, CDC Hid Early Data on Myocarditis Spurs Questions of ‘Criminal Coverup’: New evidence suggests the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have violated the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act when they withheld knowledge about myocarditis safety signals from the public and from COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets.

COVID Vaccine-Injured Sue Biden Administration Over Censorship: A woman who suffered severe nerve damage after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination and four others with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 vaccine injuries launched a lawsuit against Joe Biden and his administration on May 22.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Court Sets Legal Showdown on Debt Limit 14th Amendment Argument: Justice Department lawyers declined to say whether Biden has the power to defy a debt cap.

The White House Wants a Debt Ceiling Deal: By opposing an injunction in the main lawsuit challenging the debt ceiling, the president has deliberately boxed himself into negotiations with legislative terrorists. Their case argues that, by passing into law a number of appropriations that cost money, and also by passing into law a hard debt ceiling, Congress is requiring the president, once that debt ceiling is reached, to pick and choose which laws to break.

Dark Money’s behind the debt ceiling plan to punish the poor: Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy borrowed his punishing work requirement proposal from the conservative think tank pushing to loosen child labor laws. Republicans are threatening to blow up the United States’ economy unless Democrats agree to shrink the social safety net by adding work requirements to programs such as food assistance and healthcare. They are billing the effort, which would help corporations grow an exploitable workforce, as necessary to end dependency, boost the economy, and reduce the federal deficit.

The Global Race to the Bottom: Will the Biden administration help Big Tech undermine consumer regulation by the EU and Asian nations? Examples include trade deals that deliberately weaken the capacity of nation-states to regulate capitalism; competition to cut tax rates to attract multinational business; proliferation of tax and regulatory havens; invention of new concepts such as investor rights against states; and anti-consumer rights of tech companies in trade agreements.

The White House Wants a Debt Ceiling Deal: By opposing an injunction in the main lawsuit challenging the debt ceiling, the president has deliberately boxed himself into negotiations with legislative terrorists.  The administration has put itself in the position of negotiating with legislative terrorists. And the House GOP has been refreshingly clear on this point by calling themselves legislative terrorists, through their actions and explicitly with their words.

The Gephardt Rule: Does It Take the Political Sting Out of the Debt Limit? Summary: The Gephardt Rule is a House rule that is intended to make it easier to enact adjustments to the debt limit. According to the most recent version of the rule, when the House adopts a concurrent resolution on the budget, the Clerk engrosses a joint resolution suspending the debt limit for the fiscal year and sends it to the Senate. If the Senate passes it without an amendment, the House does not need to vote on it again before it goes to the President for a signature. The Gephardt Rule achieved its purpose in the early years it was in effect, but it has not been especially effective in the last two decades.

AOC Slams GOP After Gaetz Admits Debt Limit Negotiation Is “Hostage” Situation: “For all of this talk about negotiations, Republicans are not negotiating at all,” said Ocasio-Cortez. The lawmaker went on to say that Gaetz’s comment makes clear the circumstances around the debt limit talks. “For all of this talk about negotiations, Republicans are not negotiating at all,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Republican Matt Gaetz expressed in a party meeting today that this is, in fact, a hostage situation.

House Republicans Plan to Unveil Deficit-Exploding Tax Cuts for the Rich: The move further shows that “this hostage crisis has never been about deficits for the GOP,” tweeted Rep. Ilhan Omar.

# Education / Schools
Professor holds machete to New York Post reporter’s neck after destroying student’s pro-life display – report –Shellyne Rodriguez allegedly chased reporter out of building, kicked his shins: The New York City professor who went on an expletive-filled rant and destroyed a student group’s pro-life display has now allegedly threatened a reporter who was covering the story by putting a machete to his neck.

Democrats for Education Reform: New statewide polling finds Texas voters are demanding more school choices, prefer choice within public system. Nearly 80% of Texas voters believe in “Expanding educational choices within the public educational system for families, such as more magnet schools, career academies, and non-profit public charter schools”. Support for additional choices within the public school system is broad-based and popular among supporters of both political parties and across demographic groups.

“It’s Been Weird and Scary”: On the Front Lines of New College’s Student-Led Rebellion Against Ron DeSantis: I jetted down to Sarasota for graduation day at my alma mater, where students are fighting back against a right-wing regime change that’s poised to wipe away the New College I once knew and loved.

The House on Wednesday will take up legislation to repeal President Joe Biden’s sweeping student debt relief program, putting the hotly debated policy to a standalone vote in Congress for the first time.

House Republicans just passed a bill to block student-loan forgiveness and end the payment pause immediately,  but that’s likely as far as it’ll go. Along with blocking broad debt relief, the bill would also end the payment pause.

“People are that brainwashed”: Texas Teacher Under Fire for Teaching Students Constitutional Rights, The Pledge of Allegiance, and Harry Potter

# Employment / Labor
Japanese Automakers Boost U.S. Job Growth: Japanese automakers are among the most significant contributors to the nation’s anufacturing sector and to the U.S. economy. The report highlights that Japanese-branded automakers’ continued investment in the U.S. helped to fuel an increase in the American workforce by several thousand from the previous year with the total annual compensation from jobs created in the U.S. exceeding $85 billion, an increase relative to last year’s estimate.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry
Climate protesters dragged from Shell shareholder meeting as they rushstage: Climate change protesters were dragged away as they tried to storm the stage at Shell’s shareholder meeting Tuesday, while activist investors added pressure with a resolution demanding the global oil and gas giant beef up its emissions strategy.

Texas Republicans want to shield oil and gas from federal climate regulations. Their bill would have little impact, experts say. Texas Republicans want to shield oil and gas from federal climate regulations. Their bill would have little impact, experts say. The bill would direct Texas agencies to not enforce federal regulations on the oil industry if there’s not a similar state regulation.

Power Up Texas is an alliance of stakeholders bound by a mission to educate and advocate for innovative, sustainable electricity generation in Texas, including the expansion of clean, renewable energy resources. Texas is both the #1 energy producer and consumer in the country. Our economy and continued growth are dependent on reliable power, and how we meet this massive demand has tremendous implications. In order to remain on top, Texas should incentivize all forms of energy development and encourage our state’s innovative spirit and uniquely qualified workforce.

What Is Produced Water? “Produced water” is water that returns to the surface as wastewater during oil and gas production. The water typically contains hydrocarbons from the deposit as well as naturally occurring toxic substances like arsenic and radium, salts and chemical additives injected into the well to facilitate extraction. These additives include carcinogens and numerous other toxic substances that have the potential to harm human health and contaminate the environment.

Fuel for debate: The US produces more oil than any other country, so why do we still rely on countries like Saudi Arabia and Canada to supply us with crude? The question is: Why aren’t average gas prices closer to, say, $2 a gallon when the U.S. is the world’s largest oil producer? It’s not an easy question to answer.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure WMO warns greenhouse gases and El Niño to push global temps to record levels: “…WMO is sounding the alarm that we will breach the 1.5°C level on a temporary basis with increasing frequency.” A new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned that heat-trapping greenhouse gases and a naturally occurring El Niño event will push global temperatures between 2023 and 2027 to more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels for at least one year.

# General News
Pistol Brace Owners Scramble to Block ATF Ban Set to Take Effect June 1: Gun rights advocates and the owners of pistol stabilizing braces are scrambling to stop a rule by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that will make possession of the brace a felony after May 31.

Consumer Health and Safety Are on the Line. Where Is the FDA? Once again we find the FDA choosing to look the other way on a blatant consumer sham. This is far from an isolated event, and one has to wonder if the FDA is on an extended smoking break, given its absence from numerous issues under its charge. It may be preoccupied with the widespread calls of incompetence concerning its sub-standard actions to protect the U.S.
food supply, but surely that does not inspire confidence. The FDA is AWOL on a growing list of issues https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://dcjournal.com/consumer-health-and-safety-are-on-the-line-where-is-the-fda/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3BrH81HGfCR6F3h_Ypp3xz76HVheppJsNmgIhFV4gxcqQZN-mJq1TN70Y1vgL_O2OfCIXz6ZDWXmGWhiJh3BDuBh2aRxLPn5$

# Gov / Politics
A dramatic series of events Tuesday started with Paxton calling on state House Speaker Dade Phelan to resign, accusing the fellow Republican of presiding over his chamber “in a state of apparent debilitating intoxication.” A video clip went viral over the weekend that showed Phelan slurring his words while overseeing House floor proceedings Friday night.

Harris County must remove its elections chief under new legislation headed to Gov. Greg Abbott: On a 81-62 party line vote, House Republicans passed Senate Bill 1750, which will abolish the Harris County elections administrator position, a nonpartisan position appointed by local elected officials, and return all election duties to the county clerk and tax assessor-collector. The new law would force the county to move election duties under its clerk and tax assessor-collector, in reaction to what critics call a continued pattern of election problems.

# Law Enforcment
Dementia Patient, 95, Dies After Being Tased by Police: An officer is now facing multiple charges. The police officer who Tasered 95-year-old Claire Nowland at an aged care facility in Cooma last week has been suspended from duty with pay as pressure mounts for the bodycam footage of the incident to be publicly released. Nowland, who has dementia, is in end-of-life care at Cooma district hospital after the incident caused her to fall and sustain life-threatening head injuries.

# Legal / DOJ
New IRS whistleblower letter suggests DOJ interference in Hunter Biden probe dates back years: An IRS agent working with federal prosecutors and investigators on the Hunter Biden tax probe is alleging the agency ignored his team’s warnings about years of improprieties by Justice Department officials supervising the case.

Judge Lays Down the Law for Trump in Hush Money Case: Trump has appeared at a Manhattan court via videolink for the second hearing in his fraud case. He became the first current or former US president to be arrested and charged last month when he pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of felony crimes.

Conservative billionaire Harlan Crow responded Monday night to a request from Senate judiciary committee Democrats for more details about gifts he’s given to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas that have not been disclosed. Crow’s response? I’m not telling you anything. “We do not believe the Committee has the authority to investigate” Crow’s friendship with the Supreme Court justice, the GOP billionaire’s lawyer said.

Mandatory 10-year sentences for some crimes involving guns revived by Texas Senate: House Bill 4843, as passed by the House, simply raised the penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony from a third-degree to second-degree felony. The punishment for the crime would change from a maximum of 10 years in prison to 20 years.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Republican blitz on LGBTQ issues exposes fractures among Texas Democrats: The defections have sparked feelings of betrayal and promises of retribution, particularly as Republicans in the Legislature have presented a unified front.

# Medical / Health
The IRA’s Small-Molecule Penalty Requires a Repair: With a minor technical fix, lawmakers can give small-molecule drugs the same 13-year reprieve from price-setting that biologics enjoy under the IRA. In opposing a fix to the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, a leading voice in the effort to move the U.S. biopharmaceutical system toward European-style price controls cited “complicated details” in his reasoning for changing the law, adding that “getting it straight is critically important.”

This company made billions by surprise-billing helpless ER patients. Then justice arrived: Waiting to be seen at the emergency room or already laid out on an operating table, the patients weren’t in a position to ask whether the doctor was in their insurance plan’s network. They might not even know they were seen by out-of-network doctors until they received a bill for their services, a surprise invoice for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. These higher payment rates [are] caused not by supply or demand, but rather by the ability to “ambush” the patient.”

# Military / Global
Russian troops destroy Western-supplied vehicles in Belgorod Region: U.S. and Polish armored cars were among the militants’ documented losses

‘Wagner’ Group Soldiers Raise the Russian Flag After Historic Victory in Bakhmut, Ukraine: Earlier this morning, Gateway Pundit contributor Paul Serran reported that Bakhmut, Ukraine had fallen. This was a major blow to Ukraine, NATO, the Biden regime, and the globalists.

# Nuclear
Ukraine cuts electricity to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant: The Zaporozhye facility has been connected to an emergency backup after the Dnieper power line was shut down, management have claimed. Russia’s Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, located near the front line with Ukraine, has been cut off from its external energy supply. According to a message posted on the facility’s official Telegram channel on Monday morning, the radiation level is “normal.”

# Pervasive Chemicals
Recycled plastic can be more toxic and is no fix for pollution, Greenpeace warns: Recycling plastic can make it more toxic and should not be considered a solution to the pollution crisis, Greenpeace has warned before the latest round of negotiations for an international plastics treaty.

Should you even bother throwing plastic in the recycling bin? Recycling plastic is garbage, Greenpeace says in a new report. So, landfill then? Consumers, meanwhile, are stuck in the middle. Is recycling plastic just a feel-good charade we should stop bothering to play act, or is there some utility in keeping up the plastic recycling stream?

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
South Korea postpones third launch of homegrown rocket: A communication error between the launch control computer and another computer managing the launch pad was detected during preparation, forcing officials to postpone, said Oh Tae-seog, vice minister of science and ICT. “It’s currently believed there is no problem with the projectile itself, so it will remain erected” while scientists and software engineers try to resolve the issue, Oh said in a briefing.

China’s next manned mission, Shenzhou XVI, scheduled to be launched in the coming days to transport astronauts to the Tiangong space station. The Shenzhou XVI will become the first crewed mission to visit Tiangong this year and the first to arrive since its construction was completed by the Shenzhou XIV and XV crews.

In anticipation of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample delivery this fall, the team held our first round of rehearsals April 17 to April 27. Our goal was to practice retrieving the spacecraft’s sample capsule from a simulated landing site at Lockheed Martin’s campus near Denver.

# Technology
Scientists have discovered a way to create 3D-printed wood, the breakthrough could revolutionize how we get hundreds of products: Researchers used cells from Zinnia elegans, the common zinnia flower, to print custom-shaped wood segments.

# Veterans / VA
Bipartisan coalition introduces Wounded Warrior Bill of Rights in Congress:  Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers joined a bipartisan coalition introducing Congressman Brian Mast’s, D-Fla., Wounded Warrior Bill of Rights Act to “cut through red tape, improve transparency, and increase accountability for wounded warriors.”  The bill would ensure veterans are able to effectively appeal decisions made regarding their medical separation from service and entitlement to disability benefits. This bill is cosponsored by Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Rich McCormick (GA-6), and Jimmy Panetta (CA-19).

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-23

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function,
no amount of money will save us.”
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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Man stumbles upon strange giant insect in Amazon rainforest: A man living in the Amazon came across a strange giant insect. The bizarre looking creature is known as “Fulgora laternaria”, also referred to as a peanut or alligator bug due to the shape of its head and pattern of its wings.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
New bipartisan bill gives legal status to immigrants in US: The bill also invests in border communities by codifying the newly created Shelter and Services Program and funds and expands ports of entry.  Notably, the bill creates the Dignity Program and a “Dignity” legal status, which would grant undocumented people in the U.S. legal status, work and travel authority. The bill would shift efforts from stopping all crossings to interdicting threats. It would fund border technology and create new paths to citizenship. Asylum claims could be pre-screened in Latin American countries https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsnationnow.com/us-news/immigration/new-bipartisan-bill-gives-legal-status-to-immigrants-in-us/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!z0KCCgceSOzFNlKjGXvqSBfXTvGnM4CNHm35DhMd3W2FuCXLQAWZbWaB6kBbu1hF8q2bLcW6Kb4VP9luLlUCd5EKX4Zyxu5o$

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
New Evidence FDA, CDC Hid Early Data on Myocarditis Spurs Questions of ‘Criminal Coverup’: New evidence suggests the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have violated the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act when they withheld knowledge about myocarditis safety signals from the public and from COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets.

Health care providers were ‘bribed’ into suggesting COVID vaccines, congressman says leaked document shows: Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., shared a document on social media Thursday, outlining Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s “Vaccine Provider Incentive program” for Kentucky-based providers. The document showed doctors could make thousands of dollars in bonus compensation for inoculating their patients during the pandemic.

First COVID Vaccine Injury Lawsuit in U.S. Targets U.S. Government, Social Media Giants: Five people injured by COVID-19 vaccines, along with a father whose 16-year-old son died from vaccine-induced cardiac arrest, are suing the Biden administration and top U.S. public health officials for allegedly colluding with social media companies to censor their stories.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
GOP members insist they’re worried about the national debt. It ain’t true: Republicans do not care even slightly about the national debt. The last time they had the run of the federal government, they passed laws that required tremendous borrowing. If and when they get control once more, they will do the exact same thing.

McCarthy, Biden say they can avoid default ahead of deadline: President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reported productive talks Monday, but have yet to announce a breakthrough ahead of a June 1 deadline

American Companies That Are No Longer American: 1. Popsicle, 2. Ben & Jerry’s, 3. Burger King, 4. Trader Joe’s, 5. American Apparel, 6. 7-Eleven, 7. Sunglass Hut, 8. Holiday Inn, 9. Smithfield, 10. Ironman [More]

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry Standing Rock docs: Police partnered with Energy Transfer, TigerSwan: TigerSwan worked with law enforcement to fight an information war against the Indigenous-led water protectors. Documents released by the North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board, reveal how TigerSwan and the sheriffs’ group worked together to twist the story in the media so that it aligned with the oil company’s interests, seeking to pollute the public’s perception of the water protectors. The documents outline details of unreported collaborations between TigerSwan and police forces.

Big polluters’ share prices fall after climate lawsuits, study finds:
Exclusive: Fossil fuel companies register drop in value after litigation or unfavourable judgments. Climate litigation poses a financial risk to fossil fuel companies because it lowers the share price of big polluters

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Companies object to proposed SEC rule requiring them to track emissions up and down their supply chains. Companies would be required to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions they produce and how climate risk affects their business under new rules proposed Monday by the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of a drive across the government to address climate change.

SEC Climate Rules Pushed Back Amid Bureaucratic, Legal Woes: The Securities and Exchange Commission will miss a self-imposed October deadline for final rules as it continues to sift through thousands of public comments and factors in a June Supreme Court ruling that endangers the agency’s normally broad authority to regulate Wall Street.

EPA accused of failing to regulate use of toxic herbicides despite court order: The EPA’s pesticide office is included in allegations that career managers are influenced by or have colluded with industry, in some cases falsified science to make dangerous substances appear less toxic. About one-third of the office’s funding comes from industry fees.

A Toxic Tour Helps Convey What Fenceline Communities Experience: Some reflections from a recent tour in Kansas City led by the co-directors of CleanAirNow.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Human Activities Have Drastically Reduced Habitats for Asian Elephants: Despite their iconic status and long association with humans, Asian elephants are one of the most endangered large mammals. Believed to number between 45,000 and 50,000 individuals worldwide, they are at risk throughout Asia due to human activities such as deforestation, mining, dam building and road construction, which have damaged numerous ecosystems.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Government Blocks Food Advertiser From Telling the Truth: The case hinges on the constitutional right to convey truthful, factual, verifiable information without government permission. Advertisers sometimes stretch the truth. But small-business owner Ketan Vakil got in trouble for the opposite reason: He wanted to put correct information about his meat broths and spice blends on product packaging.

NPD Trend Tracker: From vegan pepperoni pizza to wellness coffee: From hot-chocolate beads to oven-ready Italian food, from sugar-free plant-based milk to premium tiramisu, our latest NPD covers some of the most interesting products of the past week.

# General News
How Trump could benefit from pushing a debt default: Donald Trump recently made headlines calling for Republicans to default on federal debt if they don’t get everything they’re asking for, including the “kitchen sink.” Not only is this exactly the opposite of his stance while president, but it could also bite the GOP in the ass.

The attack on libraries is an attack on free speech: Missouri Republicans in early April voted to cut all public funding for libraries as part of their state budget proposal. Leading the move was Cody Smith, a top Republican lawmaker and chair of the state’s budget committee, who made no attempt to hide the fact that he was retaliating against librarians because they dared to join the ACLU in suing the state over a Republican-led book ban.

Republicans want to defund our libraries: Missouri Republicans in early April voted to cut all public funding for libraries as part of their state budget proposal. Claiming to protect children, Republicans are going after libraries and librarians instead of the police, gun manufacturers, and actual child sexual abusers.

# Gov / Politics
Tim Scott announces he is running for president: U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., announced Monday that he is running for president. In his announcement, Scott gave a nod to his Christian faith and defended his record in the Senate, pointing to economic legislative efforts he led such as tax cuts and Opportunity Zones.

DeSantis to launch 2024 campaign on Twitter with Elon Musk, he will announce he is running for president during a discussion with Twitter CEO Elon Musk. Lindsey Curnutte, a DeSenatis spokesperson, confirmed the event in an email to The Verge Tuesday. Twitter responded to a request for comment Tuesday with the company’s customary poop emoji auto-reply.

Battlefield Reports From Our New Civil War: Two Prospect pieces on red and blue trifecta states make clear we really are two separate nations. If there’s anyone who’s still mystified about why congressional Democrats and Republicans can’t come to an agreement on anything so basic as honoring the debts they’ve incurred, may I gently suggest they take a look at what Democrats and Republicans are doing in the particular states they each completely control.

# Law Enforcment
Netflix doc exposes the enraging pattern of turning rape victims into suspects: If you’ve lost your fire for the #MeToo movement, “Victim/Suspect,” about how law enforcement indicts sexual assault victims, will reignite that flame.

Man Died of ‘Severe Neglect’ in Bug-Infested Cell: “This is the most deplorable death in custody case in the history of America.” A man found unresponsive and covered in bug bites inside a squalid Georgia jail cell died as a result of “severe neglect” from the facility’s staff. A combination of dehydration, rapid weight loss and malnutrition, complicated by untreated decompensated schizophrenia led to a fatal cardiac arrythmia, the report says. Because he did not receive necessary medical care or adequate food, water and shelter, his manner of death is homicide, Mitchell wrote.

# Medical / Health
Parents shouldn’t have to choose between custody and appropriate mental health care for their children: Across the U.S., children encounter many barriers to mental health treatment, including a shortage of psychiatric beds and coverage denials from insurance companies. In a desperate attempt to get their child treatment, some parents have discovered a last resort workaround: they trade custody for treatment.

# Medical Science
An mRNA vaccine to treat pancreatic cancer: A personalized mRNA vaccine against pancreatic cancer created a strong anti-tumor immune response in half the participants in a small study. A personalized mRNA vaccine against pancreatic cancer created a strong anti-tumor immune response in half the participants in a small study. The vaccine will soon be tested in a larger clinical trial. The approach may also have potential for treating other deadly cancer types

# Military / Global
Military drones are swarming the skies of Ukraine and other conflict hot spots, and anything goes when it comes to international law: Both Russia and Ukraine are using drones in this war to remotely locate targets and drop bombs, among other purposes.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Less Than a Third of Heavily Advertised Drugs have ‘High Therapeutic Value’: Television ads for drugs are filled with glowing images of people living their best lives, all thanks to that new med they’ve been prescribed. But drugs being touted on TV often have little to no benefit compared to other treatments, a new study published online Jan. 13 in JAMA Network Open finds.

The pharmaceutical industry finances about 75 percent of the [FDA]’s drug division:  The pharmaceutical industry funding alone has become so dominant that last year it accounted for three-quarters, or $1.1 billion, of the agency’s drug division budget. Advocates for patients and doctors say the agreements have enabled the industry to weaken the approval process meant to ensure that drugs are safe and effective

Does Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Directly Harm Patients? Simply put, pharmaceutical companies spent more money on DTC advertising when medical research found that the drug was less effective, and this spending directly led to more sales for those inferior drugs. The U.S. is one of only two countries in the world that still allows direct-to-consumer advertising. DTC advertising tends to reduce use of generic medications, which are often equally effective but significantly cheaper for patients.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
ISS welcomes its first Saudi astronauts, in private mission: The SpaceX rocket blasted off from Florida on Sunday, and the trip to the ISS, which orbits around 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth, lasted about 16 hours

Astronomers want your help hunting for asteroids: Anyone with an internet connection can now join University of Arizona researchers as they work to discover asteroids hurtling through our solar system.

Georgia Tech to lead NASA Center on Lunar Research and Exploration: Georgia Tech researchers have been selected by NASA to lead a $7.5 million center that will study the lunar environment and the generation and properties of volatiles and dust.

UFO in Plain Sight: At Least 50 Marines Witnessed and Recorded Phenomenon: On April 20, 2021, an unidentified triangular-shaped object with five red lights was witnessed and caught on video at Camp Wilson in Twentynine Palms, California. The footage, shot by Marines on their smartphones, appears to depict five lights arranged in a triangular formation. One stunning picture captured by an officer at Camp Wilson showed the apparently triangular object, with lights on its edges, above the desert mountains.

# Water
World’s Largest Lakes Losing Trillions of Gallons of Water Annually: More than half of the large lakes and reservoirs on the planet have diminished since the early 1990s due to climate change and human diversion and consumption, an international team of researchers has found. The findings have implications for people who rely on their supply of freshwater for drinking, hydropower and agriculture.

At Lake Powell, Record Low Water Levels Reveal an ‘Amazing Silver Lining’: When the reservoir dropped to its lowest level since it was filled, an expedition through once-submerged branches of Glen Canyon found both warning signs and beauty that had been underwater for more than half a century.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-22

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Chemicals
Growing number of sports bras, shirts and leggings brands found with high levels of toxic chemical, watchdog warns In adults, exposure to BPA has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity and erectile dysfunction.
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# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
The President Is Already in Litigation Over the Debt Ceiling:  At one point, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy did say that there would need to be an agreement in principle to end the debt ceiling mess by the end of this past weekend in order to have enough time to ferry it through Congress before the X-date. Well, you’re in for a shock, the weekend passed, and there’s still no agreement. If anything, the parties are further apart than before.

Berkeley’s $220M Mistake Exposed in Massive Deal With China: The university has failed to declare a $220 million investment from the municipal government of Shenzhen to build a research campus in China. A Berkeley spokesperson told The Daily Beast that the university had yet to declare the investment—announced in 2018—because the campus is still under construction.
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U.S. Economy on the Brink as Time Runs Low to Avert Debt Default: The US is heading close to the brink of a self-imposed economic disaster with the Republican-led House refusing to pay the countrys debts unless President Joe Biden agrees on cuts to current and future spending and new curbs on social programs. Millions of people could see retirement and veterans benefits put on hold once the government exhausted its ability to pay its debts due to the borrowing cap set by congress.

The debt ceiling is unconstitutional, but not for the reason you think: Congress’s power to make contracts does not come with the power to renege on them.  Congress’s failure to raise the debt limit to pay its bills undercuts its own constitutional power to make binding commitments for the United States, including commitments to pay its debts, that the president must perform.

# Education / Schools
“We Refuse to Leave Anyone Behind”: Oakland Teachers Secure Wins in Strike: Teachers’ demands included a living wage, equitable class sizes and expanded special education services. A strike rally May 5 brought together teachers, staff, families, and community supporters. “We refuse to leave anyone behind,” Douglas said. “The district has sleek graphics, but we have each other. This is hard, and we need to keep communicating with each other.
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Education Department Says Georgia District May Have Violated Students’ Rights With Book Bans: The Department of Education’s ruling could have implications for other districts considering book bans. The U.S. Department of Education has found that a suburban Atlanta school district’s decision to remove some books from its libraries may have created a hostile environment that violated federal laws against race and sex discrimination

House Republicans are planning to vote on a bill this week to deprive over ’40 million hard-working’ student-loan borrowers of debt cancellation, the White House says, and if passed, Biden will veto

# Employment / Labor
2,500 left jobless after latest round of Disney layoffs: Frontline operational workers at the theme parks were the only department to avoid cuts. The Disney Co. laid off at least 2,500 people on Monday in the entertainment giant’s third round of cuts this year as it trims down spending, Deadline reported. The cuts were sweeping, jobs eliminated throughout the company. Following the timeline of cuts Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed, this is expected to be the last of the significant layoffs at Disney for a while. However, there many still be some smaller cuts in the next couple of months, sources say.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry
The U.S. needs minerals for electric cars. Everyone else wants them too: The United States is entering an array of agreements to secure the critical minerals necessary for the energy transition https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/21/business/economy/minerals-electric-cars-batteries.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1ND6IgsCEFf514kCD8_2lQdLXAjTeVdrai2q7M_cQLUG2WFe7nBy_obNMkWsXtIlhpeaszyU7nT-fkXzVTmS8izO1s0hQJw-$

Colorado Frackers Doubled Freshwater Use During Megadrought, Even as Drilling and Oil Production Fell: Colorado frackers doubled freshwater use during megadrought, even as drilling and oil production fell. Oil and gas operators dramatically increased their reliance on high-quality water for fracking even though they produced enough wastewater to supply the operations.

“A Death Sentence”: Climate Groups Condemn G7 Support for More Gas Investments: “G7 must stop using fossil fuels immediately, the planet is on fire,” said the head of inequality policy at Oxfam. “Energy security can only be achieved by rapidly and equitably phasing out fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy, not locking in deadly fossil fuels and lining the pockets of oil and gas executives,” said one critic.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Three States Reach Deal in Attempt Save the Colorado River: The river provides drinking water to 40 million Americans in seven states. A wet Western winter was kind to Arizona, California and Nevada, the three states that have agreed to take less water from the Colorado River to keep it from going dry.

Victory! Bill Gates Funded Company Forced to Withdraw Application for GMO Mosquitoes in Major U.S. State: A Bill Gates funded company has been forced to withdraw its conquest of one of the biggest states in the entire union, as concerns over his latest experiment have led to a backlash by regulators

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Inside the dairy: How is ‘king of cheeses’ Parmigiano Reggiano made? Consumer turnover of Parmigiano Reggiano recently hit an all-time high of €2.9bn. What is it about this famed cheese that makes it unique? And as a premium product, what systems do producers put in place to protect against potential food fraud?

New World ag on its way: FDA gives initial thumbs up to pork from gene-edited pigs: As the popular children’s poem goes: “This little piggy went to market.” Now that the Food and Drug Administration has authorized letting gene-edited pigs enter the human food chain, that may be the case for a vastly different sort of pig than the one in the Mother Goose poem.

# General News
As Residential Care Homes Expand in Maine, Seniors Don’t Always Get the Care They Need: The disappearance of nursing home beds is sending thousands to “nonmedical” residences that aren’t equipped to handle more intensive health needs.

# Gov / Politics / Global
The International Community Does Not Accept The G7-Dominated Western Rules, Says China: The international community will not allow the U.S.-led group to dominate world affairs, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. “China will never accept the so-called rules imposed by the few. The international community does not accept and will not accept the G7-dominated Western rules that seek to divide the world based on ideologies and values,” the statement read.

Russia and China hit back at a G7 that saw them as a threat: Moscow and Beijing lashed out against the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Hiroshima, where leaders of major democracies pledged new measures targeting Russia and spoke in one voice on their growing concerns over China.

# Gov / Politics
NAACP Warns Against Travel to Florida: ‘Openly Hostile’: NAACP advises against traveling to Florida: ‘Openly hostile toward African Americans.’ Travel warning points to ‘sustained, blatant, relentless and systemic attack on democracy and civil rights’ under Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Fascism Is Rising, But It Does Not Have to Be Our Future: Fascism is an ultranationalist, anti-democratic, far right movement. A set of political practices fundamentally based in upholding rigid, identity-based hierarchies. These hierarchies manifest as forms of supremacy depending on the country and cultural context. Fascist movements can be white supremacist, nativist, male supremacist, Christian supremacist, and more. Under fascism, the majority sees itself as a victimized community that’s fighting against marginalized communities for its survival. Within the U.S., fascists have convinced themselves that immigrants, Trans people, Black people, and many more marginalized communities are working to eradicate their way of life.

“They’re Afraid of the Majority”: Republicans Are Pushing a Quiet Assault on Direct Democracy: After reproductive rights activists secured major victories last election cycle on ballot measures, Republican lawmakers across the country are driving forward a flurry of legislation that could cement minority rule in state constitutions.

Texas Republicans to Cities, Drop Dead: Particularly (but not only) in Texas, Republican state legislatures’ response to liberal cities is to strip them of all power. As the dividing lines in the Civil War of 1861 separated North from South, so the dividing lines in our current civil war, the ones where the conflicts are fiercest, separate red states from their blue cities. More precisely, red states are not simply opposing, but enforcing, their rule over blue cities.

Goodbye to the American Century – China, India, and the Emerging New World Order:     There is a very strong justice based case for damages in billions of dollars being paid by the main perpetrators of violence to the victims.

The GOP Would Rather Hold Hungry Families Hostage Than Tax the Wealthy: The GOP, unable to destroy the social safety net through normal legislative processes, has turned to blackmail. But Joe Biden being Joe Biden, however, he’s unlikely to fully call the GOP’s bluff, hoping for a negotiated outcome to the standoff rather than a constitutionally untested reliance on the 14th Amendment. Given the extremism of today’s Republican Party, and the willingness of at least part of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s caucus to burn the whole ship of state down, that’s a risky strategy.

# Legal / DOJ
Clyburn’s Role in South Carolina Redistricting May Be Examined as Supreme Court Hears Racial Gerrymandering Case: The NAACP successfully challenged the state’s new congressional maps as racially motivated. Republicans argued that they fielded requests from the powerful Black Democrat before redrawing district lines.

Chinese Immigrants Sue Florida Over DeSantis’s Discriminatory Law Banning Home Purchases: “All Asian Americans will feel the stigma and the chilling effect created by this Florida law, just like the discriminatory laws did to our ancestors more than a hundred years ago.” A group of Chinese citizens who live, work, study, and raise families in Florida, as well as a real estate brokerage firm in Florida that primarily serves clients of Chinese descent, are filing a lawsuit to combat Florida’s discriminatory property law, SB 264.

# Medical / Health
On the Edge: The next deadly pandemic is just a forest clearing away. But we’re not even trying to prevent it.

How We Found That Sites of Previous Ebola Outbreaks Are at Higher Risk Than Before: Research links deforestation to outbreaks. Combining two peer-reviewed models and the latest satellite images of tree loss, we discovered that the sites of five previous outbreaks have a greater chance of facing Ebola again.

Hospitals in Two States Denied an Abortion to a Miscarrying Patient. Investigators Say They Broke Federal Law: Doctors told her she might die but she couldn’t have an abortion under state law until she got sicker, documents show. The Biden administration says failing to act violates a federal law requiring hospitals to provide emergency care.

The Shadowy Financial Empire Built Around Liberty HealthShare Is Showing Signs of Strain: Beers family members built a “conglomerate” by selling a Christian alternative to traditional health insurance. As the family amassed wealth, Liberty’s finances were depleted and thousands of members’ medical bills went unpaid. They’re now scrambling for cash, even though they received millions in PPP loans that were later forgiven.

Thousands Experience Lapses in Care as Medicaid Rules Expire: As South Dakota and North Carolina remove participants from Medicaid, the states also plan to add people to the program.

Abortion Rights Activists Face Attack From DeSantis and Conspiracy Lawsuit, for Spray Painting. The absurd RICO allegations come after the Biden administration hit the activists with federal charges that carry a 12-year sentence.

Trial of Gates-Funded Vaccine Patch for Infants ‘Successful,’ Company Says: An Atlanta-based biotech company last week said it successfully concluded the first-ever clinical trial testing, with help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, of a microarray injection-free vaccine on children as young as 9 months old.

Texas Forced This Woman to Give Birth to a Stillborn Son. She’s Suing: “I was told that if I tried to discharge myself, or seek care elsewhere, that I could be arrested for trying to kill my child”

8 More Women Join Lawsuit Against Texas Abortion Ban, Sharing Horrific Stories: “Texas law caused me to be detained against my will for five days and treated like a criminal,” plaintiff Kiersten Hogan told reporters.

Republicans Are Quietly Moving to Limit Mifepristone Access Nationwide: A House panel advanced a 2024 budget bill that would block the ability to access the abortion drug via telehealth. It would revoke the FDA decision to nix the requirement for mifepristone to be obtained in person and allow it to be prescribed via telehealth and received by mail, which was first announced by the agency in 2021.

# Medical / Health / Global
Polio cases in Africa linked to new oral vaccine. Improved vaccine is not reaching enough children: These are the first cases linked to a new polio vaccine that was painstakingly designed to avoid just this problem.

# Military / DOD
Another Senior Officer Fired at One of the Army’s Most Troubled Bases: A battalion commander with the 1st Cavalry Division based at Fort Cavazos, Texas, was fired after an investigation found he was unqualified to command

# Science
The Scientist and the Bats: Funders thought watching bats wasn’t important. Then she helped solve the mystery of a deadly virus. Those bats turned out to be the carriers of the deadly Hendra virus, which can jump from bats to horses and then to humans. Eby began a quest to understand why and how the virus was making these leaps between species, known as spillover. She hoped to predict when the next infection would emerge.

# Security
Surveillance Technologies Don’t Create Safety. They Intensify State Violence: Surveillance technologies create a dragnet to monitor nearly everyone and collect data on all of our behaviors. They Intensify State Violence. Surveillance technologies create a dragnet to monitor nearly everyone and collect data on all of our behaviors.

# Technology / Global
Japanese Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches: Researchers have engineered a system for creating remote-controlled cyborg cockroaches, equipped with a tiny wireless control module that is powered by a rechargeable battery attached to a solar cell. Despite the mechanical devices, ultrathin electronics and flexible materials allow the insects to move freely. These achievements will help make the use of cyborg insects a practical reality.

Meet The “Swarmies”- Robotics Answer to Bugs: A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it’s possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien world such as the moon searching for and gathering resources just as an ant colony does.

Remote Control Insects: Yale University School of Medicine researchers have found a way to exercise a little mind control over fruit flies, making the flies jump, beat their wings, and fly on command by triggering genetic “remote controls” that the scientists designed and installed in the insects’ central nervous systems, according to a new report in the 8 April issue of the journal Cell.

# Veterans / VA
Group Accused of Making Up Story About Homeless Vets Being Evicted to Make Room for Migrants: The founder of a nonprofit group has been accused of fabricating a story about homeless military veterans being evicted from a New York hotel to make room for migrants, a tale that stoked days of outrage on cable news networks

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-21

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
De-dollarization: Not a matter of if, but when: US hegemony is losing its grip, as friend and foe seek currency alternatives amid global sanctions and new. A sudden drop in dollar demand could lead to hyperinflation and a debt crisis, he said. “In short, any US administration would ultimately consider any such de-dollarization moves to be matters of national security.”

NY Times is wrong on dedollarization: The problem doesn’t begin with the government just creating money to spend domestically. Economist Michael Hudson responds to the misleading arguments against de-dollarization that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman made in his attempt to defend US hegemony and the dollar system.

The U.S. Debt Debate Hamstrings Foreign Policy Strategy: Washington’s Domestic Dysfunction Is Damaging Its Global Credibility. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently warned Congress that the United States could default on its debt as early as June 1. As the deadline approaches, Congress’s inability to reach a compromise over raising the debt ceiling threatens to catapult the United States, and the world, into an unprecedented financial catastrophe. The debt ceiling debate and Biden’s canceled trip underscore the threat partisanship poses to America’s role as a world leader.

Larry Summers Says GOP Lawmakers Walking Out Of Debt Limit Talks Is ‘Part Of Playbook:’ Why 14th Amendment Not ‘Right Tactic’: If the 14th Amendment is invoked, everything about the finances of the United States would come under a cloud, he says.

# Employment / Labor
Rail Workers Union Wins ‘Trailblazing’ Paid Sick Leave Deal With Norfolk Southern: “The BLET is currently working to secure similar sick leave agreements with the other Class 1 railroads,” said the union’s national president, “and I hope this settlement will help bring those negotiations to a positive conclusion.”

Minnesota Gives Warehouse Workers Their Breaks: The Minnesota legislature passed a warehouse worker safety bill on Tuesday night that The Nation called the strongest protections for Amazon warehouse workers in the country.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry
On May 17, 2023 the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposal to expand regulation of coal ash, which is the toxic byproduct of coal combustion: The action was prompted by a lawsuit seeking to close a glaring loophole that had left many of the nation’s mountains of coal ash without federal regulations, but the agency would still exempt some disposal sites.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
Montana Republican lawmakers have passed legislation that bars state agencies from considering climate change when permitting large projects that require environmental reviews, including coal mines and power plants. The legislation, signed into law last week, is even more restrictive than North Carolina’s infamous 2012 law that prohibited policymakers from considering sea-level rise projections.

The upper atmosphere is cooling, prompting new climate concerns: A new study reaffirming that global climate change is human-made also found the upper atmosphere is cooling dramatically because of rising CO2 levels. This paradox has long been predicted by climate modelers, but only recently quantified in detail by satellite sensors.

The Mystery of Fish Deaths in a Foul Chartreuse Sea: Researchers in Kotzebue, Alaska, are investigating why their town is increasingly playing host to harmful cyanobacteria.

Ohio environmentalists and oil companies are teaming up to oppose the disposal of fracking wastewater underground in the state. They worry that the waste could leak and contaminate clean water sources and productive oil wells.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
US Families’ Hunger Woes Growing as GOP Targets Food Aid Cuts for Millions: “It’s already hard enough for parents to make ends meet and now they’re being put at the center of these dangerous political games,”
said one advocate.

# General News
National security experts: War in Ukraine is an ‘unmitigated disaster’: “Future devastation could be exponentially greater as nuclear powers creep ever closer toward open war.” Signers say the conflict will be ‘our undoing’ if we don’t ‘dedicate ourselves to forging a diplomatic settlement that stops the killing.’

# Gov / Politics
Why is a GOP senator pushing a massive tax hike on the working class? Specific goods, such as toys, would face a 70% tax, while shoes and clothing would face a 59% tax, and computers/cellphones would face a 35% tax. These consumer goods would get vastly more expensive overnight. But isn’t China the one that would have to pay the tariffs? No: The consensus among essentially all economists is the cost of tariffs is primarily borne by consumers in the country that imposes them and that they are a net negative for the economy.

Texas is facing a housing crisis, a migrant crisis, a multi-year drought, and an epidemic of mass shootings. Ted Cruz, meanwhile, has opened an investigation into Bud Light.

McCarthy pushes US to brink of default to appease energy donors, but Biden has an ace up his sleeve: GOP threatens unconstitutional and catastrophic move if Biden refuses to cave to McCarthy’s Big Oil blackmail

Is the United States Moving Its Capital to Jerusalem? American Politicians flock to Israel while dismembering the US Constitution in deference to Jewish power

Alabama Senate votes to ban government contracts with firms opposed to firearms, fossil fuels: Senate Democrats said the legislation would harm business recruitment efforts and restrain free speech in the state. The Alabama Senate Thursday approved a bill that would prevent state entities from contracting with companies that refuse to do business with fossil fuel producers, firearm manufacturers, companies do not “facilitate” access to abortion or gender-affirming care and other entities.

# Law Enforcment
Farewell, FBI: The FBI has been destroyed by wokeness and outright politicization. It comes down to this: The drift away from core FBI tenets and its embrace of wokeness and politics has compromised its mission and sacrificed public trust

# Medical / Health
On May 17, 2023, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Debbie Dingell, and Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the Medicare for All Act in the U.S. House and Senate. These landmark pieces of legislation would finally establish a single-payer national health program in the United States. “We must act to end the international embarrassment of the United States being the only major country on earth to not guarantee healthcare to all,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders.

# Social
‘Policy Murder’: Research Shows Poverty Is 4th Leading Cause of Death in US: “Poverty should be considered a major risk factor for death in the U.S.,” argues a new analysis. “Poverty kills as much as dementia, accidents, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes,” said David Brady, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Riverside and the lead author of the new analysis.

At least 10 people are dead and another nine injured after an armed group fired at drivers taking part in a rally in Baja California, in northwestern Mexico, on Saturday. Videos and images shared on social networks captured the aftermath of the attack, showing vehicles riddled with bullets and bodies lying on the ground.

# Military / Global
Ukraine Debuts New UK-Supplied Storm Shadow Missiles: Ukraine has reportedly retaken additional territory around the eastern city of Bakhmut recently, building on localized counterattacks conducted last week. The Storm Shadow is an air-launched cruise missile developed in the 1990s as a joint Anglo-French project. It is designed to be challenging to detect and carries a powerful tandem warhead capable of penetrating hardened targets. The missile has a range of more than 155 miles

# Technology
Voters could determine if Texas invests $5 billion for broadband development: The legislation, which falls short of the $10 billion needed to ensure all Texans have reliable internet access, must still win approval in the state Senate.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-19

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Indigenous
For Atlantic Canada, Fishing Season Brings Yet More Violence: East Coast fishers have weathered arson, gunshots, and harassment. Conflict and turmoil will likely continue until the Canadian government addresses Indigenous rights head-on.
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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls In Chile, an Unknown Coastal Chinchilla: Whether a new subspecies, a species, or just a new population, these coastal chinchillas act in ways scientists have never seen before. The scientists were shocked. The skull belonged to a long-tailed chinchilla, a species typically found deep within the Chilean Andes Mountains. As far as scientists knew, chinchillas had never inhabited the coast.
See also: Chinchilla wild Stock Photos and Images https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/chinchilla-wild.html?sortBy=relevant__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zFS-qgi1Qn2WHfXIxOzpyyXp0oM9naty3E5BUA0hID3TI5mRqDs_mwzuYrJL8hj3zv2PnYuVf7QvBP0cn9hxsuQCnjQpFSp-$

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Illegal border crossings in first 4 months of year greater than populations of 6 states: The number of people illegally entering the U.S. solely through the southern border in the first four months of this year is greater than the population of Delaware, the home state of the president, and the populations of five other states.

Why no post Title 42 border surge? Shelter operators in Mexico say some migrants are rethinking how to cross the border:  the Biden administration is promising a crackdown on illegal crossings. That made Thursday a day of desperation for many.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
After New Brunswick’s deadliest year, COVID-related strokes and heart attacks are in the spotlight: Some health experts are increasingly convinced the virus is taking a larger toll on people than direct COVID death counts alone reveal. New data from Statistics Canada suggests 9,288 people died in the province through 2022. If officially confirmed, the number will be a record for New Brunswick, obliterating the previous high set in 2021 by 1,179 deaths

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
The Vanishing 14th Amendment Case: Plaintiffs claiming that the debt ceiling is unconstitutional didn’t file a motion for immediate relief. Therefore, the case has sat dormant.

Pentagon Says Accounting Error Will Allow U.S. to Send $3 Billion in Additional Arms to Ukraine: The Pentagon overestimated the value of the ammunition, missiles and other equipment it sent to Ukraine by around $3 billion, a Senate aide and a defense official said on Thursday, an error that may lead the way for more weapons being sent to Kyiv for its defense against Russian forces

Our worst suspicions have been confirmed. Net zero will make us poorer: What has happened to the idea that net zero will make us money? After much fanfare following the Skidmore Review at the start of the year, government ministers seem to have gone rather quiet on that claim. At the same time, a picture is emerging of just how much the government’s legally binding commitment to reach net zero by 2050 may actually cost.

# Education / Schools
After Florida rejected more than 30 social studies textbooks, they also revealed they had worked with publishers to edit at least 47 others. Reporters looked closer to figure out why. By all appearances, many of the materials were clear and straightforward, with no overt references to prohibited topics like critical race theory or social justice. Here is a look at some of the rejected titles, and what their pages reveal about Florida’s approach to social studies

# Employment / Labor
Why child labor in America is skyrocketing: The answer is frighteningly simple: Greed. Employers have been having difficulty finding the workers they need at the wages they are willing to pay. Rather than reduce their profits by paying adult workers more, employers are exploiting children.

Labor Officials: Iowa GOP’s Child Labor Bill Would Violate Federal Law: Proposals like allowing children to work in meat coolers violate federal child labor safeguards, officials say. Allowing children to work in meat freezers and industrial laundry, as the Iowa bill proposes, is prohibited by federal law, the officials say. Meanwhile, the officials point out that the bill’s provisions expanding the hours that 14 and 15 year olds are allowed to work are also in violation of federal law

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry
Shale-Oil Drillers Are Running Out of Places to Dump Toxic Wastewater: Oil drillers in North America’s biggest shale field are running out of easy places to dispose of toxic saltwater that gushes out of wells alongside crude.

Recycling Fracking Water: And because of its potential toxicity to water-borne organisms, frack water cannot simply be disposed of in surface waters.  In areas of Texas where fresh water is scarce, the water-intensive nature of hydraulic fracturing could be a cause for concern. Some frack wells require 10 million gallons of water or more. Isn’t there a way to recycle and reuse this water?

California lawmakers block bill allowing people to sue oil companies over health problems: California lawmakers blocked two big environmental bills Thursday: One that would have ramped up the state’s emissions targets, and another that would have made oil companies liable for the health problems of people who live close to oil wells.

Gov. Lujan Grisham: ‘I will use every tool in my toolbox’ to block nuclear waste storage in New Mexico: The U.S. currently has no permanent repository for the radioactive waste from the fleet of nuclear power plants that provide about one-fifth of the nation’s electricity.

Biden Admin Boosts Big Oil’s Colorado River Scheme: Permit approvals for oil trains came despite derailments. Now, Pete Buttigieg could subsidize the scheme with special tax breaks. Private financiers and fossil fuel producers in Utah have an audacious plan to run crude oil trains along the fragile banks of the Colorado River, and get public money to build it.

“It’s A Treacherous Place To Transport Anything”:  Northeast Utah’s Uinta Basin is an arid depression in the earth, wedged between the towering Uinta Mountains and the Colorado Plateaus. Just beneath the surface are massive conventional oil and gas reserves and shale oil patches, and the basin is now covered with thousands of wells that are producing more than 135,000 barrels of oil each day.

Biden administration bucks eco groups again, advances massive gas pipeline: Pipeline would ‘strengthen our energy and national security,’ West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin says. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a record of decision approving a 30-year right-of-way permit and a temporary use permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, allowing the project to proceed on a 3½-mile stretch of the Jefferson National Forest along the West Virginia-Virginia border. In a separate decision earlier this week, the U.S. Forest Service said the pipeline could be constructed in the federal forest.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry / Global U.S. Plans to Expand Sanctions, Export Controls on Russia: President Joe Biden is expected to impose a new round of restrictions on trade with Russia targeting goods and services considered vital to the country’s military-industrial complex, including taking aim at Russia’s ability to extract oil and gas critical to the country

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Montana’s New Anti-Climate Law May Be the Most Aggressive in the Nation: The legislation, signed into law last week, is even more restrictive than North Carolina’s infamous 2012 law that prohibited policymakers from considering sea-level rise projections.

Study Finds World’s Lakes Losing 5.7 Trillion Gallons Yearly: The world’s largest lakes are losing about 5.7 trillion gallons of water a year, according to a study examining 2,000 of the world’s largest lakes, which found that warmer air from the atmosphere is evaporating more water while society is using more water from lakes for agriculture, power plants and drinking supplies.

Corporate heavyweights unveil major carbon removal deal: Buyers working through Frontier have binding contracts for $53 million with the startup Charm Industrial to remove 112,000 tons of carbon dioxide between 2024 and 2030. The contracted volumes are roughly 10 times the amount of permanent atmospheric removal worldwide to date, per Frontier.

Markey to Biden: Invoke 14th Amendment to save climate agenda: Republican policy demands in the debt ceiling negotiations would allow “the oil, gas and coal industry to just detonate a carbon bomb over the United States,” the Massachusetts senator said.

Lawmakers consider spending $1 billion to address flood prevention: Galveston’s “Ike Dike” The coastal barrier project may get $550 million from the state this year, and another half a billion could be on the table for flood-control projects. But that’s a fraction of the estimated need for flood mitigation https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texastribune.org/2023/05/19/texas-legislature-flood-prevention-budget-ike-dike/*:*:text=Texas*20lawmakers*20consider*20spending*20*241,estimated*20need*20for*20flood*20mitigation__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!zFS-qgi1Qn2WHfXIxOzpyyXp0oM9naty3E5BUA0hID3TI5mRqDs_mwzuYrJL8hj3zv2PnYuVf7QvBP0cn9hxsuQCnuKayp0b$

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
This Man Holds the Patent That Could Destroy Monsanto and Change the World: The Monsanto Company was founded way back in 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri, and has since gone on to merge with Bayer, the German pharmaceutical and pesticides giant whose products have been linked to psychiatric episodes, mass poisonings, deaths and more.

# General News
The numbers BlackRock won’t crunch: A giant with such an enormous appetite should find room for all kinds of facts and figures, but this one’s a bit of a picky eater.  BlackRock’s CEO and chairman Larry Fink has a catchphrase,  “we are a fiduciary to our clients.” In the guise of displaying the firm’s humble loyalty to investors, this line is usually delivered with an exculpatory tenor: “Sure we call the shots, but it’s our investors who pull the trigger.”

Bodycam Footage Shows Puerto Rican Man Denied Rental Car: Both the Hertz worker and a cop didn’t seem to realize that Puerto Rico is part of the U.S:  In a statement, Hertz confirmed Puerto Ricans do not need a passport to rent a car in the U.S. and apologized to Marchand.

Donald Trump Just Stepped on a Big Legal Landmine: Trump’s legal team will have a herculean task in the Georgia case: proving that Donald Trump truly believed that the election in 2020 was stolen.

# Gov / Politics
Alabama Senate votes to ban government contracts with firms opposed to firearms, fossil fuels: Senate Democrats said the legislation would harm business recruitment efforts and restrain free speech in the state.  Senate Democrats said the legislation would harm business recruitment efforts and restrain free speech in the state.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against Biden: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) held a press conference announcing she would introduce articles of impeachment for President Biden. She said the president and a number of top officials in the Justice and Homeland Security departments had failed in their duties to protect U.S. citizens from the flow of fentanyl and migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Biden backs international plan to train Ukrainian pilots on F-16s: President Joe Biden told G7 leaders on Friday that Washington supports joint allied training programs for Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets, senior U.S. officials said, a significant endorsement as Kyiv seeks to boost its air power against Russia.

# Law Enforcment
Jordan Neely’s Aunt Says Daniel Penny ‘Should Be Punished’: She said she’s “not a judge,” but offered that Daniel Penny, the man who is charged in Neely’s death, “should be punished.” “Why would you put your arm, your head around someone’s neck and choke him when you know you would die in less than 2 or 3 minutes? That means murder,” Mahazu said in the interview.

Florida 13-Year-Old Arrested for Making ‘Kill List’: The middle schooler admitted to writing the list, police said. A 13-year-old was arrested in Walton County after deputies say he created a “kill list” and shared it with others. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office says Freeport Middle School student Ryan Ciupak is charged with making written threats to harm others, which is a second-degree felony.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Many LGBTQ students cut off from their families are facing barriers getting student loans: There are institutional barriers for queer students who are cut off from their families.

Financial Aid for LGBTQ+ College Students: LGBTQ+ students can run into institutional barriers when it comes to financial aid. Find our tips for navigating grants, loans, and LGBTQ+ scholarships.

The far right wants this LGBTQ TikToker dead. They say that’s only making them  stronger: With the release of their new book ‘Take Your Own Advice,’ viral TikTok star Jeffrey Marsh tells Rolling Stone that right-wing backlash won’t stand in the way of their mission. While many of their followers appreciate Marsh’s soothing tone and bright demeanor, Marsh’s content, and its pro LGBTQ+ message has made them a longtime target for criticism, threats, and daily, constant harassment on social media.

# Medical / Health
Education, government intervention, and anti-obesity drugs, the future of treating obesity: How are attitudes changing towards tackling obesity? And could new technological developments help mitigate the epidemic?

3 Tennessee Teens Overdosed and 2 Died. Now the Survivor Is Charged With Murder: Overdose deaths continue to rise, but harm reduction advocates say criminalizing drug use won’t save lives. On May 16, tragedy and policy met in rural Fayette County, Tennessee, where a high school student survived a drug overdose only to be charged with the murder of her friends, according to local reports.

Hospitals in 2 States Broke Law When Denying Abortion to a Miscarrying Patient: The Biden administration says failing to act violates a federal law requiring hospitals to provide emergency care. The investigation, conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, documented that both Freeman Health System in Joplin, Missouri and the University of Kansas Health System breached their internal policies for complying with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, and that their protocols continue to place patients in “immediate jeopardy” of serious health risks, the highest level of violation.
See also: How Does EMTALA Intersect With Abortion Law?

# Medical Technology
‘Electronic skin’ mimics our sense of touch: Eventually, e-skin technology could give prosthetic-limb wearers a sense of touch, or help to restore sensation in people whose skin has been damaged.

# Military / Global
Ukraine Debuts New UK-Supplied Storm Shadow Missiles: Ukraine has reportedly retaken additional territory around the eastern city of Bakhmut recently, building on localized counterattacks conducted last week. The Storm Shadow is an air-launched cruise missile developed in the 1990s as a joint Anglo-French project. It is designed to be challenging to detect and carries a powerful tandem warhead capable of penetrating hardened targets. The missile has a range of more than 155 miles https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://dcjournal.com/ukraine-report-ukraine-debuts-new-uk-supplied-storm-shadow-missiles/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zFS-qgi1Qn2WHfXIxOzpyyXp0oM9naty3E5BUA0hID3TI5mRqDs_mwzuYrJL8hj3zv2PnYuVf7QvBP0cn9hxsuQCnqO-5rfU$

# Technology
Voters could determine if Texas invests $5 billion for broadband development: The legislation, which falls short of the $10 billion needed to ensure all Texans have reliable internet access, must still win approval in the state Senate.

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