Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-06-30

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Government Contracts With COVID Vaccine Makers Let Federal Agencies Bypass Normal Regulatory Process, FOIA Documents Show: BARDA, a little-known federal agency, was responsible for conducting the quality review of the COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed in the U.S., which allowed the federal government to avoid regulations in the distribution of COVID-19 countermeasures, Sasha Latypova reported.

Australia Ditched Moderna’s COVID Vaccine for Kids Under 12 — But Why? The Australian federal government this month updated its website to state that Moderna’s Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine is “no longer available” for children under 12 — but there was no press release, no media coverage and no “dear doctor” letters.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
The Supreme Court’s Next Gift For Its Billionaire Benefactors: The Supreme Court just agreed to hear a case next term that could preempt Congress and the Biden administration from instituting a federal wealth tax. A think tank affiliated with some of those benefactors recently pressed the court to accept the case and outlaw such taxes.

Bidenomics and the American Death Sentence of Poverty: While recent economic numbers may give Biden reason to wax poetic, they also mask the suffering of millions of Americans shackled by poverty. “Poverty is America’s death sentence, and we won’t be silent anymore,” Bishop William Barber intoned as he opened the Poor People’s Campaign Moral Poverty Action Congress on June 19th in Washington, DC.

# Education / Schools
Supreme Court Kills Student Debt Relief, 1 Day After Slashing Affirmative Action: The decision comes as the student debt payment pause is slated to end, yanking away a chance at relief for millions.

Right-Wing Think Tank, Walmart Heirs Behind Latest Attack on Arkansas Teachers:  SB 473 caps decades of efforts by the right to eviscerate teachers’ unions.

Supreme Court Reverses Decades of Precedent to Curtail Affirmative
Action: The decision will likely have devastating impacts on racial equity in higher education. Supreme Court reverses decades of precedent by ending affirmative action By a 6-to-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively ended race-conscious admission programs at colleges and universities across the country.

# Employment / Labor
TSMC to Bring 500+ More Migrant Workers to Arizona: The chipmaking giant, which expects to receive up to $15 billion in federal tax credits and grants for its Arizona facility, says U.S. workers are not up to the job.

How Americans created a wave of pro-worker laws: The legislation would make it easier for workers to organize at a time that more and more Americans are seeking to join unions.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
EPA Announces $7 Billion in Solar Grants for Low-Income Communities: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the $7 billion Solar for All grants competition to increase affordable solar energy access to millions of low-income households, a press release from the EPA said.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
In the Everglades, a Clash Portrayed as ‘Science vs. Politics’ Pits a Leading Scientist Against His Former Employer: An influential foundation contends that Tom Van Lent stole “trade secrets.” Environmentalists question why such “secrets” exist, as work unfolds on a controversial reservoir touted by Gov. Ron DeSantis as the “crown jewel of Everglades restoration.”

Off the coast of Florida, archaeologists are finding ancient sites hidden beneath the waves, tucked into the state’s sunken continental shelf.

Deep-Sea Mining Could Cause 25x the Biodiversity Loss of Land-Based Mining, Report Warns: Rising demand for metals like nickel, cobalt, copper and manganese to make batteries used in smartphones and electric vehicles, along with depleting land-based deposits, has led to increased interest in deep-sea mining. But research suggests that the process of extracting mineral deposits from the ocean floor could destroy habitats and decimate species.

# General News
“We Buy Ugly Houses” CEO Steps Down Following ProPublica Investigation: The president and CEO of HomeVestors of America announced Tuesday that he will step down this summer, after an investigation by ProPublica found some of the company’s homebuying franchises had deceived sellers and targeted people in vulnerable situations.

Self-indicted by unpatriotic hate speech, witless right hypocrites slur Dems for ‘hating America’: The first national party to run “for the American presidency by running against the Constitution and the rule of law.” If colluding against the Constitution, top secrets, elections, and law isn’t betrayal, then what?

The Roberts Court’s Cynical Use of Free Speech to Allow Discrimination: If a Colorado web designer can refuse to serve a same-sex couple, why can’t a business owner discriminate against Blacks, Muslims, and Jews? And in similar cases, claims that religious or other personal principles permit discrimination are presumably constitutionally protected as a form of free speech. To say that this is the mother of all slippery slopes would be an understatement.

DeSantis Transferred $92 Million to Project Helping Developer Who Donated to Him: One newspaper questioned whether the revelations demonstrated a “too-cozy” relationship between DeSantis and his donors. One newspaper questioned whether the revelations demonstrated a “too-cozy” relationship between DeSantis and his donors.

# Gov / Politics
DeSantis pitches bizarre plan to eliminate four key agencies: The 2024 presidential candidate’s call to eliminate four key federal agencies is foolish. His plan to abuse those agencies is even worse. His list included the Department of Education, the Commerce Department, the Department of Energy and the IRS

Former top Ohio lawmaker sentenced to 20 years in one of state’s largest scandals: Former Ohio House speaker Larry Householder was sentenced Thursday for his role in a $60 million bribery scheme.

The Supreme Court Sets Fire to Affirmative Action. John Roberts Won’t Own Up to It: The Supreme Court ruled against affirmative action on Thursday, critically restricting decades-long programs that considered race in college admissions.

Republicans Are Back to the Ol’ “Have Their Cake and Vote Against It Too”: A number of Republican lawmakers are suddenly giving high praise to Joe Biden’s infrastructure agenda—despite voting against it.

# Industry
DeSantis signs bill to use radioactive waste in road construction: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved a plan to use phosphogypsum, a radioactive waste material, in “demonstration projects.” The Environmental Protection Agency has regulated the waste product since 1989, and it notes that phosphogypsum contains the radioactive elements uranium, thorium, and radium. “All uses of phosphogypsum waste have been banned unless the waste has very little radioactivity,” according to the EPA.

The fashion industry is nothing like Shein’s viral influencer videos: I’ve investigated the fashion industry. Maxine Bédat, founder of the New Standard Institute, digs into the recent Shein influencer trip, how social media can spread false narratives, and our need to really hold the fashion industry accountable. Shein and its competitor Temu together import 600,000 packages a day into the U.S. These products are air freighted

# LGBTQ / Gender
Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Discrimination Of Same-Sex Couple: The Supreme Court on Friday greatly expanded the rights of people who want to discriminate against same-sex couples in a case involving an amateur website designer who was never asked to make a website for a same-sex wedding.

# Media
Starting July 9, the cost of a Forever stamp, or mailing a one-ounce letter, will increase from 63 cents to 66 cents.

Google said on Thursday it plans to censor Canadian news from search results in Canada, once a new federal law called the Online News Act takes effect.

UPS strike is imminent if satisfying offer is not given:  If  UPS does not give the International Brotherhood of Teamsters an offer the union can agree to, many Americans will be affected by a workers’ strike starting Aug. 1 https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/article_baac6202-16a1-11ee-a593-03c76faa55ce.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!13cvA21sTOCp-QCdR6EFbYphy70QsouC19gttIzLD4K4FVXYtx8uEk75ET-xe2dDnwhKnkVO7kgvlXeDWXYjJQckQOYGERVq$

# Medical / Health
2023 Scorecard on State Health System Performance: Americans’ Health Declines and Access to Reproductive Care Shrinks, But States Have Options: Federal and state governments could: close the coverage gaps that remain and enroll uninsured people who are eligible for subsidized coverage; improve the cost protections of insurance plans; and lower barriers to reproductive health, preventive health, and behavioral health care, particularly for the most vulnerable.

Health care varies widely based on where you live. Report ranks best, worst states: The Commonwealth Fund’s 2023 Scorecard on State Health System Performance ranked states based on health care access and affordability. The top five states with the highest overall health system scores include Massachusetts, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The states scoring the lowest were Mississippi, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

# Medical Science
Global team of scientists discovers why herpes simplex encephalitis is so devastating in some babies and children: Defects in a single protein involved in cell death may impair the immune system’s ability to combat a herpes viral infection in the central nervous system, scientists have found in new research that examines a pediatric infection and explains how the flawed protein can lead to a rare but severe form of encephalitis.

Menopausal hormone therapy linked to increased rate of dementia: Use of menopausal hormone therapy is associated with an increased rate of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a large Danish study published by The BMJ.

Gates Commits $400 Million to Test New TB Vaccine on 26,000 People in Africa and Southeast Asia: The Gates Foundation unveiled plans Wednesday to fund a long-awaited trial for what, if proven effective, would be the first new tuberculosis vaccine in over a century.

# Military / Global
Kremlin Wants to Purge Wagner’s Prigozhin Loyalists: For anyone wondering how Russia might change after this weekend’s aborted putsch, it would be worth keeping an eye on Viktor Zolotov, the longtime bodyguard of President Vladimir Putin, who emerged as one of the few apparent winners in the regime’s near-death experience

# Social
White House announces $3.1 billion to address homelessness, including among veterans: The new measure is “the largest-ever, single-year investment … to help communities address homelessness,” the Biden administration said in a statement.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-06-29

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Border Patrol Video of Killing Shows Native Man Had No Gun, Complied With Orders: Raymond Mattia’s family said the partial release of body camera footage “feels like a cheap attempt to justify what they did.” Raymond Mattia’s one-story home on the Tohono O’odham Nation, on the edge of Arizona’s southern border, is still riddled with bullet holes. The 58-year-old was killed in a hail of gunfire last month, after stepping outside to find nearly a dozen Border Patrol agents and at least one tribal police officer advancing on his property in the dark.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
A New Intelligence Report Suggests That the Lab-Leak Wars Will Never End: A lab leak was once dismissed by many as a conspiracy theory. But the idea is gaining traction, even as evidence builds that the virus emerged from a market.

‘Bombshell’ study of Pfizer COVID Vaccine suggests some people got highly dangerous shots, others got a placebo: Danish scientists uncovered compelling evidence that a significant percentage of the batches of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine distributed in the EU likely consisted of placebos, and the non-placebo batches demonstrated higher-than-normal severe adverse events in recipients, prompting the researchers to call for further investigation.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Joe Biden wants a ‘new economic world order.’ It’s never looked more disordered. The president and his critics agree that the free trade era is over in Washington. They just aren’t sure what comes next. The Biden administration has been trying to bury the free-trade era for months.

Record numbers of people are worse off, a recipe for political discontent: 4 in 10 Americans say they are worse off financially since Biden took office. Nearly six in 10 Democratic-aligned adults don’t want to see Biden nominated again for the job, and half on the Republican side would rather not see Donald Trump as their party’s nominee.

The Truth About Joe Biden’s Economy: Americans are feeling the pain at the pump and at the grocery store. Inflation is at a 40-year record high. Yet, President Joe Biden and his administration say that the economy is better than ever. Stephen Moore explains the truth about Joe Biden’s economy.

Biden leans into ‘Bidenomics’ to boost his economic message ahead of 2024: The trickle-down theory, made famous by former President Reagan, focuses on cutting taxes and easing regulations.

National Debt Projected to Soar Over Next 30 Years: Despite the dramatic showdown over the debt ceiling and the resulting budget agreement that restrains federal spending through 2025, the national debt is projected to rise to record levels over the next 30 years, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

With the second special session underway, lawmakers make their first pitches on how to deliver more than $12 billion in new property tax cuts and end a monthslong impasse: A stalemate among Texas’ top Republicans has dragged on for months. Tax-cut proponents in the House and Senate made their first pitches to end the impasse Wednesday.

# Education / Schools
The ACLU is fighting classroom censorship: Censorship Act is Unconstitutional and Remains a Threat to our First and 14th Amendment Rights. To protect students and teachers from unlawful censorship and racial discrimination, a lawsuit brought by civil rights and social justice groups must be allowed to proceed.

# Employment / Labor
Ford Cuts 1,000 American Jobs After Biden Admin Boosts Company With Green Subsidies: Ford announced it will lay off at least 1,000 workers in the United States and Canada, despite the Biden administration’s promotion of its electric vehicles and allocation of billions of dollars in green subsidies that will benefit auto manufacturers including Ford.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Samuel Alito’s Wife Leased Land to an Oil and Gas Firm While the Justice Fought the EPA: A deal made by Alito’s wife with an energy company paints recent Supreme Court decisions on the environment in a damning light.

Everything you need to know about the tar sands and how they impact you: Each day, our window for saving the climate, and the billions of lives that depend on it, gets a little bit narrower. While people all around the world are taking action, oil companies are trying to light the fuse of one of the world’s biggest carbon bombs.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Trudeau Lit a Fuse to One of the Largest Carbon Bombs on Earth, Activist Says: Big oil is fueling fires. We must stop funding projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline, says Tzeporah Berman.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Public Lands Rule rhetoric gets wacky; Conservatives aren’t so keen on conservation: In a hearing Thursday morning, the House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony about the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed Public Lands Rule that would allow land managers to treat conservation as one of the multiple uses of BLM land.

Barrasso legislation would block BLM’s proposed Public Lands Rule: U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., along with Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., and several other Republican senators, introduced legislation to protect multiple use policy on federal lands.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Meltwater is hydro-fracking Greenland’s ice sheet through millions of hairline cracks destabilizing its internal structure: Glaciologists are discovering new ways surface meltwater alters the internal structure of ice sheets, and raising an alarm that sea level rise could be much more abrupt than current models forecast.

# General News
The patriotism of killing and being killed: Why are patriotism and war so intertwined in U.S. media and politics? Given the destructiveness of U.S. militarism, a strong argument can be made that true patriotism involves preventing and stopping wars instead of starting and continuing them.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Chinese Spy Balloon Was Fitted With American Gear: A Chinese spy balloon that flew over the U.S. earlier this year before being shot down by the military was fitted out with American gear that helped it gather photos and videos

Russian General Who Knew of Prigozhin’s Coup Goes Missing: The top Russian military leader thought to have had advance knowledge of the weekend’s armed mutiny has reportedly gone missing amid rumors he’s being interrogated for possible “complicity in the rebellion.”

# Gov / Politics
“It Will Be a Revenge Machine”: Why a Second Trump Administration Would Be Much Worse: “[Trumpism] is like a progressive disease,” says former White House national security advisor John Bolton. “It might remit for a while, but it never gets better.”

Kevin McCarthy Seems to Be in Full Damage Control Mode After Questioning Trump’s Political Strength:  Speaker Kevin McCarthy has scrambled to contain the fallout after he questioned whether former President Donald Trump is the strongest candidate in the 2024 presidential race – comments that outraged Trump allies.

First Amendment Politics Gets Weird: Public and Private Platform Reform and the Breakdown of the Laissez-Faire Free Speech Consensus:  Until very recently, it was conservatives who were most associated with, and responsible for, the deregulatory tilt of the First Amendment and its embrace of a privately owned and operated marketplace of ideas. Progressives, meanwhile, were the primary critics of the expansive discretion granted to powerful corporate actors under what one of us has called the increasingly dominant “laissez-faire conception of constitutional liberty.”

Senate Republicans try to stop messy Montana primary: GOP leaders are working to clear the field for former Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. The race to take on Sen. Jon Tester, one of the most vulnerable Democrats on the ballot next year, kicked off Tuesday with a campaign launch by Tim Sheehy, a Navy SEAL-turned-aerial firefighter.

With new evidence, Congress unmasks a multi-year government plot to protect Biden, sully Trump –From search warrants to charges, federal agencies put thumb on scale of justice and elections, new evidence suggests https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/congress-has-begun-unmasking-whole-government-plot-protect-biden__;!!On18fmf1aQ!35PJrjKipQQAWMaE4pDxoJPEVBgyFxBfM1aGdEvoaIU9oVYSaS5zKLE9BSF4UBXkHx2X5zVYxmyjQAqQumYw8_Ytr0jRxVuN$

Ex-Ohio House Speaker Gets 20 Years for Huge Bribery Scheme: Householder funneled millions of dollars from the state’s electric utility to his political allies to effectively seize control of the legislature. Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was hit Thursday with a maximum prison sentence of 20 years for a $60-million bribery scheme that is believed to be the largest corruption case in the state’s history

Texas AG Paxton’s Property-Buying Spree Under Investigation: A real estate spending spree by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is under investigation as he awaits his impeachment trial.

# Industry
American Companies That Are No Longer American:  many quintessentially American brands are no longer American-owned at all. From Ben and Jerry’s to IBM and Holiday Inn, overseas investors have played a big part in keeping these companies moving forward. Without them stepping in, some of them may have ceased to exist altogether.

# Law Enforcment
Two More Cops Fired After Man Is Left Paralyzed: Randy Cox was left paralyzed while being transported in a police van. Internal affairs investigators said Lavandier and Rivera were among several officers at the police station who recklessly dragged him out of the van and around the detention area while he was paralyzed, mocked him for not being able to move and falsely accused him of being drunk.

# Legal / DOJ
The Supreme Court Has A Billionaire Problem: David Sirota and ProPublica’s Justin Elliott discuss new revelations surrounding the Supreme Court. The annual cascade of Supreme Court decisions this week will make lots of headlines, but polls show that Americans of all political stripes are increasingly troubled by the lack of a code of ethics for the high court.

Hunter Biden Set to Be Deposed in Lawsuit Brought By Laptop Repair Shop Owner: The authenticity of the contents of the Hunter Biden laptop has been confirmed by numerous news outlets, including the Washington Examiner. The deposition comes more than a week after it was announced that Hunter Biden would enter a plea deal related to two charges regarding failure to pay federal income tax.

# Media
UPS workers stage ‘mock strike’ in DTLA: The International Brotherhood of Teamsters said Wednesday that a nationwide UPS strike “is imminent,” after walking away from the national bargaining table and demanding the package delivery service company to provide its best and final offer by Friday.

# Medical / Health
Malaria cases in Texas and Florida are the first U.S. spread since 2003, the CDC says: Five cases of the mosquito-borne infection malaria have been detected in the United States in the past two months.  Four of the cases were found in Florida, while the fifth was logged in Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Almost 7 Million People Are Predicted to Lose Medicaid Due to ‘Technicalities’: Of the 15 million expected to lose coverage, nearly 7 million may lose it solely due to clerical or logistical problems. Florida’s in the lead.

# Military / DOD
The Military Industrial Complex: The Military Industrial Complex Is More Powerful Than Ever The current war machine isn’t your grandfather’s MIC, not by a country mile.

Reining in America’s Military Industrial Complex: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.“ – President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953, “Chance for Peace.” Seventy years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his “Chance for Peace” speech, tallying up the costs of United State’s Cold War militarization and comparing our extraordinary expenditures on weapons to Americans’ unmet needs.

# Military / Global
Germany to permanently deploy troops near Russia’s border: The move comes amid a NATO drive to increase their military strength on the bloc’s ‘eastern flank.’ Germany’s defense minister Boris Pistorius said on Monday that Berlin is to station 4,000 troops to Lithuania, a fellow NATO member, as the bloc seeks to fortify its ranks around Russia’s exclave, Kaliningrad.

Xi Jinping’s dream of a Chinese military-industrial complex: The president has promoted technocrats to key posts in a renewed push for one of his core policies.     Wu Guoguang, who worked as an adviser to the former Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang and is now with the Asia Society, a US think-tank, identifies five of 13 new members of the party’s elite 24-member politburo appointed last year as representing “a new generation within the CCP leadership.”

# Security
DHS outsourced censorship to third parties, then tried to cover it up: House Judiciary GOP report, Federal government’s moves show it “implicitly admitting that its censorship activities are unconstitutional,” interim staff report says. Today, the House Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government released an interim staff report detailing how the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) expanded its mission to surveil and censor Americans’ speech on social media.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to depart from the International Space Station to deliver NASA experiments and samples dating back as far as six years: On its return journey, the spacecraft will carry more than 3,600 pounds of equipment, supplies, and scientific experiments, some of which have been on the space station for nearly six years with final in-orbit tests completed earlier this year.

Scientists discover gigantic ‘structure’ under the surface of the Moon: The Moon has been a subject of awe and fascination for millennia, with its shape-shifting powers and enigmatic dark side. And though it’s the one celestial body on which man has taken (small) steps, we still have big leaps to go in understanding its potential and uncovering its secrets. Buried beneath its South Pole-Aitken basin – one of the largest preserved craters in the Solar System – is a structure which weighs at least 2.18 billion kilogrammes and measures more than 300km (186 miles) in depth and 2,000km (1,243 miles) in length.

# Transportation
New York City to start charging drivers to enter Midtown Manhattan as soon as 2024 – MTA: The Federal Highway Administration approved the plan Friday, determining it would have no significant environmental impact and foregoing a more involved environmental review. Construction for the initiative, the first of its kind in the U.S., can now begin, and NYC motorists could be paying the toll as soon as spring of 2024.

Buttigieg’s America: Train with chemicals slides into Montana river after bridge collapses: Seven cars that fell into the water contained molten sulfur and hot asphalt, local authorities have said. The department said the cause of the incident remains unclear, and declined to speculate on whether the bridge collapse had led to the derailment, or vice versa.

# Tips, Tricks and How To’s
How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fourth Of July Fireworks, According To Veterinarians: Your dog doesn’t have to experience hours of anxiety or nervous behaviors on Independence Day. Here’s what to do.

# Veterans / VA
Supreme Court agrees to hear case that could expand VA education benefits to nearly 2 million vets: The Supreme Court on Monday said it will consider a legal fight involving two federal programs that award educational benefits for veterans, including those who served in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Court Overturns Ruling That Would Have Given Some Vets Extra GI Bill Money for More School

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-06-28

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Indigenous
Saved by seaweed: nuns and Native women heal polluted New York waters using kelp: The sisters are a part of a unique collaboration: situated on the edge of a bay, they have helped a group of women from the Shinnecock, a local Indigenous tribe, start a kelp farm in the hopes of cleaning up the pollution in their shared backyard.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Appeals Court Hears Arguments Challenging Rutgers University COVID Vaccine Mandate in Case That Could Set National Precedent: The hearing came after the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in September 2022 dismissed a lawsuit filed in August 2021 by Children’s Health Defense against the university on behalf of 18 students challenging the university’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Watchdog Finds More Than $200 Billion in Potential Fraud in Pandemic Relief Programs: The federal government squandered more than $200 billion in potential fraud in its aggressive rush to prop up small businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to shatter the U.S. economy

Secret Plan Put Biodefense Industry, Not Public Health Leaders, in Charge of Pandemic Response: Government documents show that the National Security Council and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretly took over the helm of COVID-19 pandemic policy and planning.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
The Legislature enters its second special session of the year, this time solely focused on property tax relief:  Gov. Greg Abbott quickly called lawmakers back to the Capitol for round two, hoping to break an impasse that has outlasted the regular session and one overtime period.

# Education / Schools
Religious Exemption Form for Parents of School-Age Kids in D.C. ‘Intentionally Misleading and Unlawful’: There is “no legal basis or requirement” for parents to use the newly revised “2023 Religious Exemption Request Process for Families” posted on the DC Health website, according to Children’s Health Defense Senior Staff Attorney Rolf Hazlehurst.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Privatize the Ocean? Big Ag Pushes to Expand Industrial Aquaculture Into Open Seas: Agribusiness giants are pushing to expand industrial finfish aquaculture into U.S. federal waters, but critics argue the massive fish farms will pollute oceans, threaten wild fish species and destroy small- and medium-scale fishing communities.

Growing Crops For Saudi Arabia In Arizona Is Being Called A “Scandal”: A company is pumping ‘unlimited’ water in drought-stricken Arizona to grow crops for Saudi Arabia: ‘It is a scandal’ “We cannot afford to give our water away frankly to anyone.” Much of Arizona is experiencing long-term drought, according to the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

# Gov / Politics / Global
North Korea threatens nuclear war? Over the weekend, Pyongyang held a massive rally in protest of America’s involvement on the Korean peninsula. Kim Jong Un’s regime blames the U.S. for its “desperate efforts to ignite a nuclear war.”

# Gov / Politics
Supreme Court Denies State Legislatures the Unchecked Power to Set Election Rules: In a 6-3 ruling, the justices affirmed the power of state courts to review state laws governing federal elections — a decision that rejects a once-fringe legal theory pushed by Republicans.

Ron DeSantis used Texas taxpayer resources on campaign trip: The helicopter DeSantis posed in front of is property of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Experts say his use of Texas government resources for his own political purposes appears to constitute a campaign finance violation. His trip to the border is raising legal questions about who paid for the junket and why the campaign was granted access to Texas government property to promote a political event in the first place. Texas state law bans the use of public resources in support of candidates for political office.

DeSantis’s election strategy? Competing with Trump to be crueler to migrants: DeSantis and Trump’s efforts to outdo each other on anti-immigrant rhetoric could stoke racist violence. In an effort to portray himself as the harsher punisher of migrants when compared to Donald Trump, 2024 presidential hopeful and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out a border policy platform on Monday that would require the mass incarceration of migrants, including families and children,  in an expanded version of an immigration prison system that is notorious for human rights violations.

Kevin McCarthy Backs Trump Loyalists’ Efforts to Expunge His 2 Impeachments: The Constitution does not provide a mechanism for expunging past impeachments, or even say that it’s possible.

# Industry
Influencers are under fire for praising working conditions in Shein’s clothing factory despite abuse allegations: Shein’s attempt to clear up negative reports about its factories resulted in more skepticism. Social media influencers who partnered with Chinese fast-fashion juggernaut Shein are under fire for posting content that critics say sanitizes the poor working conditions at the retailer’s factories

Neil Gorsuch’s Quirky Originalism Just Dealt a Major Blow to Corporate America: For decades, the Supreme Court has gifted corporations with the ability to dodge lawsuits in states where they do business—often extensive and lucrative business—in the name of “due process.” Actual humans receive no such benefit; we can be sued in any state where we step foot. Corporations manipulate this privilege to ensure that they are sued only in states whose courts are favorable to their interests. These artificial people get a windfall. Real people get screwed.

# Law Enforcement
FBI and Homeland Security Ignored ‘Massive Amount’ of intelligence Before Jan. 6, Senate Report Says: The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security downplayed or ignored “a massive amount of intelligence information” ahead of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, according to the head of a Senate panel that released a new report on Capitol riot intelligence failures.

President Joe Biden made history in 2021 when he became the first president to publicly oppose the death penalty. Two years later, the Biden administration has taken  no public action to eliminate the practice of putting prisoners to death. Although the Justice Department has reinstated the execution moratorium and reduced the number of death sentences it is seeking, it is actively defending existing death sentences and even working on expanding death row.

How the Death Penalty Is Returning to Presidential Politics: Trump and DeSantis want to make it easier to execute people, and Biden could face a rush of clemency requests from federal death row.

Inmates are dying in stifling Texas prisons, but the state seldom acknowledges heat as a cause of death Since a heat wave gripped Texas, at least nine inmates, including two men in their 30s, have died of heart attacks or unknown causes in prisons lacking air conditioning. It’s been 11 years since the state last classified a death as heat-related.

LAPD Probes Cop’s Alleged ‘Hush Hush’ Homeless Crackdown: In an email, a senior officer claimed she planned to arrest homeless people en masse. The email, which was sent to community members in West Hills, described a sanitation cleanup scheduled for Thursday in that neighborhood. “Everyone will be arrested and all their belongings will be taken away by sanitation,” the email said.

# Legal / DOJ
Donald Trump is already attacking the judge handling his hush money case and spelling his name incorrectly: A federal judge on Tuesday resoundingly rejected former President Donald Trump’s desperate attempts to pluck his porn-star-hush-payment indictment away from New York’s state courts, ensuring that the case will remain before the same local judge who sentenced the Trump Organization for tax fraud earlier this year.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Texas has set a new hate crimes record, with data from the Department of Public Safety showing that bias incidents against queer people occur at more than four times the rate of all hate crimes. In 2022, Texas documented at least 549 hate crimes, with over 56% targeting LGBTQ+ and Black individuals.

# Medical / Health
Care Denied: The Dirty Secret Behind Medicare Advantage: As Medicare becomes increasingly privatized, patients are speaking up about these for-profit insurers’ widespread practice of denying treatments they need. Coffey is a former two-term Republican state representative in New Hampshire who, like many GOP faithfuls, believed private insurers could solve the health care crisis. “Now I’ve realized that you can’t fix or repair the system,” she said. “The insurance companies don’t offer anything. They serve as a roadblock… The only way forward is Medicare for All.” Care denials are a feature, not a bug of Medicare Advantage plans.

Hundreds of nurses at Austin’s Ascension Seton Medical Center walked out of the hospital Tuesday, launching the largest nurses’ strike in Texas history. The union, National Nurses United, says it reached an impasse with the hospital management, particularly over nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.

How Often Do Health Insurers Say No to Patients? No One Knows: Insurers’ denial rates, a critical measure of how reliably they pay for customers’ care, remain mostly secret to the public. Federal and state regulators have done little to change that. The limited government data available suggests that, overall, insurers deny between 10% and 20% of the claims they receive.

Merck Knew Its Popular Asthma Drug Could Lead Kids to Commit Suicide, Lawsuits Allege: September 2022: Merck won a Wisconsin lawsuit that claimed Singulair cause a child’s suicidal and homicidal thoughts. The judge ruled federal drug labeling law preempted lack of warning claims. According to a Reuters investigation, parents trying to sue Merck were “stymied by one of Corporate America’s most effective liability shields: the doctrine of federal preemption” which says federal law and federal regulations supersede state laws, but some are now moving forward.

# Medical Science
Patient with antibiotic-resistant lung infection saved with bacteriophages: A multidisciplinary team from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) has for the first-time used bacteriophages to successfully treat a patient suffering from an antibiotic-resistant chronic bacterial lung infection. This success was achieved thanks to a highly personalized, multidisciplinary approach involving the selection of a bacteriophage specific to the patient’s multidrug resistant bacteria.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
House bill calls for test of Space Force budget flexibility: House appropriators want the Space Force to try out a new budgeting approach that could give the service more flexibility to shift funding as needs change and threats arise. Appropriators expect the move could provide transparency and clarity on how the service’s budget would support national security strategy.

# Technology
Tommy Tuberville Celebrates Broadband Funding He Voted Against: “Great to see Alabama receive crucial funds,” the GOP senator said of his state benefiting from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) celebrated his state getting more than $1 billion for broadband internet, thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. But when the bill came before the Senate in August 2021, Tuberville voted no.

# Weather
Extreme heat waves in the US: a billion-dollar toll on healthcare, just this summer: Extrapolated nationally, heat event days would be responsible for almost 235,000 emergency department visits and more than
56,000 hospital admissions for heat-related or heat-adjacent illness, adding approximately $1 billion in health care costs each summer.

A meteorologist got threats for his climate coverage. His new job is about solutions: Gloninger announced on Wednesday that he is “bidding farewell to TV to embark on a new journey dedicated to helping solve the climate crisis.” The reasons, he said, were “a death threat stemming from my climate coverage last year and resulting PTSD, in addition to family health issues.”

Story by Erin Douglas, Yuriko Schumacher and Alex Ford: This month, a heat wave has brought three weeks of 100-degree temperatures ranging from the southern border all the way to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Such heat waves, and the record-breaking temperatures they bring, are becoming more common and severe due to climate change, scientists told the Tribune. Over the last 10 years, there were more than 1,600 days when a heat record was matched or broken at one of 22 weather stations across Texas.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-06-27

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
DeSantis unveils plan to ‘stop the invasion’ at the southern border: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday unveiled a comprehensive plan to secure the southern border “once and for all … by stopping the invasion, building the wall, holding cartels accountable, and working with states to enforce the law.

Supreme Court deals major blow to Texas, Louisiana in deportation lawsuit: The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a major blow to Texas and Louisiana Friday in a lawsuit over a Biden administration policy that’s helped effectively end most deportations of foreign nationals in the U.S. illegally

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Many COVID Patients Died from Ventilator-Associated Bacterial Infection: Severe coronavirus 2019 disease (CoViD-19) may lead to respiratory failure and mechanical ventilation. Therefore, ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) may complicate the course of the disease.

Documents Link Potential Covid Patient Zero to U.S.-funded Research in Wuhan: One of the first Wuhan researchers reportedly sickened with Covid in fall 2019, Ben Hu, was getting U.S. financial support for risky gain-of-function research on coronaviruses, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
While the American Rescue Plan is changing the course of the pandemic and delivering relief for working families, this is no time to build back to the way things were. This is the moment to reimagine and rebuild a new economy. The American Jobs Plan is an investment in America that will create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and position the United States to out-compete China.

President Biden’s $4.7 Trillion Tax Hike, Plus, a supersized tax collector: After two years of policies that have led to record-high inflation and excessive deficit spending, the Administration is doubling down with more of the same ‘cutting room floor’ tax-and-spend proposals that fail to deliver what Americans want or need, and have been rejected by both political parties.

Biden’s tax plan and what may change from current tax law: Although the Democrats hold the presidency and both houses of Congress for the next two years, any changes in tax law may still have to be passed through budget reconciliation, 60 votes in the Senate are needed to avoid that process. Both in 2017 and 2001, passing tax legislation through reconciliation meant that most of the changes were not permanent; that is, they expired within the 10-year budget window. Here is a comparison of current tax law with Biden’s proposed tax plan.

President Biden’s fiscal year 2024 tax proposal would impose new taxes on unearned income, while improving the child tax credit: Taken as a whole, the Biden proposal would substantially improve the equity of the nation’s tax code while raising revenues to support investments that will advance economic growth and opportunities and the well-being of American families. This issue brief examines and contrasts between the two sets of proposals, which offer starkly different visions for the future on the nation’s tax laws.

Supreme Court Case Could Strike a Blow Against Democrats’ Wealth Tax Plan: The Supreme Court will hear a case next term that could shape Democrats’ effort to impose a wealth tax on the nation’s richest households. The case revolves around a provision in the 2017 Republican tax cut bill that imposed a one-time levy on people who own at least 10% of a foreign company, even if that company had not provided earnings for its American partners.

Time Is Running Out to Avoid Cuts to Social Security Benefits: The most recent annual report from the program’s Board of Trustees moved up to 2033 the projected year when Social Security’s finances would require a 23% cut in benefits.

“Can’t Believe He Said This on Live Television”: Kevin O’Leary Says 3.5 Billion People Living in Poverty Is “Fantastic News”: The fact that most of the world’s wealth is concentrated among the rich is a source of concern for those who call for greater wealth distribution. However, Kevin O’Leary has a more optimistic view, calling it “fantastic news.”

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure 79% of Plants Remaining on Earth Must Be Saved to Meet UN Climate Goals, Study Says: Humanity’s efforts to conserve biodiversity are falling short and will continue to do so without focusing on retaining 79% of the remaining vegetation on the planet, according to a new study. Meeting this goal is important to achieving climate and conservation goals set by the United Nations.

Ecological Collapse Could Happen Much Sooner Than Expected, Study Finds: When you combine environmental stresses with the extreme weather caused by climate change, the time frame when regime shifts leading to ecological collapse happen could occur 38 to 80.9 percent earlier, the study said. Some parts of the world have passed ecological tipping points.

# General News
Chinese investors own 384K acres of US land, nearly twice the size of NYC: Here’s where: Lawmakers feared that China, which many policymakers view as a strategic adversary, could gain control over the U.S. food and energy supply, as well as a hold on markets and critical infrastructure. Although Chinese-owned land is a tiny fraction of all foreign-owned land in the U.S., its purchases have raised fears that the Chinese government could have control, through the Chinese corporations, over U.S. assets or gain access to U.S.-based information

JPMorgan to Pay $290 Million in Settlement With Epstein’s Victims: A federal judge in New York City gave preliminary approval Monday to a $290 million deal that JPMorgan Chase reached with sex victims of financier Jeffrey Epstein. Judge Jed S. Rakoff praised lawyers on both sides for working out the deal announced earlier this month

# Gov / Politics / Global
Prigozhin Just Got Double-Crossed by Duplicitous Putin: Prigozhin Just Got Double-Crossed by Duplicitous Putin. On Saturday night, with his heavily armed mercenaries closing in on Moscow, Yevgeny Prigozhin abruptly announced that he was shutting down his insurrection after a negotiated settlement that would allow him to walk away peacefully. Just two days later, the Russian authorities leaked word that the agreement was already toast.

Prigozhin ‘monopoly’ over Wagner Group forces in Africa peddling Putin interests unclear following mutiny

# Gov / Politics
Joe Biden has a long history of screwing over Americans. It started in 1983, when he voted to slap income taxes on 50% of Social Security income, income that had previously been tax-free. In 1994, he voted to up the amount of Social Security benefits subject to taxation, to 85%. In 2000, he turned his attention to estate taxes, voting AGAINST the Estate Tax Elimination Act that would have phased out certain estate taxes by 2010. Now, he wants to raise over $4.7 TRILLION in taxes… And he’s got his eye on America’s retirement accounts.

US to send $500 million in weapons, military aid to Ukraine: An announcement on the aid package is expected Tuesday.  The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is sending up to $500 million in military aid to Ukraine, including more than 50 heavily armored vehicles and an infusion of missiles for air defense systems, as Ukrainian and Western leaders try to sort out the impact of the brief weekend

# Law Enforcment
The shooter who killed five people and wounded more than 30 others at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub pleaded guilty on Monday to 5 counts of murder, 46 counts of attempted murder, and two counts of bias-motivated crime.

# Legal / DOJ
‘Dead To Rights’: Legal Minds Say Damning New Trump Audio Should Mean Prison: The former president’s own words caught on tape could come back to haunt him at trial. CNN obtained audio of former President Donald Trump discussing sensitive military documents he took with him after leaving the White House. Legal analysts pointed out that it’s bad news for Trump’s defense against charges related to the alleged mishandling of classified materials, “This recording is even more damning than it reads in the document,” a former federal prosecutor said.

# Media
Jesse Watters: This is blatant corruption at the highest level of the Biden admin: Fox News host Jesse Watters sounds off on the mainstream media finally covering President Biden’s alleged role in his son’s business dealings on ‘Jesse Watters Primetime.’

# Medical / Health
‘Profit over the public’s health’: Study details efforts by makers of forever chemicals to hide their harms: After examining decades of once-secret files, researchers find that DuPont and 3M waited at least 20 years before disclosing dangers of PFAS. PFAS chemicals are so potent and so resistant to decay that they are commonly called “forever chemicals.” Since their creation in the 1940s, they have become so widespread that they are now believed to be in the bloodstream of virtually everyone on the planet.

How plastics are poisoning us: There are indications that plastic is a viable transporter of toxic additives and pathogens in the environment. There are three main processes through which this happens

# Medical Science
Erythritol and cardiovascular events: Higher blood levels of the artificial sweetener erythritol were associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The results highlight the need for further study of long-term risks for cardiovascular health. Artificial sweeteners have become a widespread way to reduce sugar and calorie intake. Regulatory agencies generally consider artificial sweeteners to be safe. Little is known about their health consequences.

# Military / Global
NATO chief hails German base deal in Baltics, says Russia unpredictable following mutiny: Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Berlin’s decision to station an army brigade in Lithuania will enhance allied security along the eastern flank. A brief mutiny in Russia over the weekend exposed the fragility of President Vladimir Putin’s government, NATO’s top official said Monday during a stop in Lithuania, where he also heralded a new pledge by Germany to base several thousand infantry troops permanently in the Baltic state.

Ukraine Liberates Territory Russia Has Held Since 2014: U.K. Defence Intelligence says Russian and Chechen forces in Donetsk are “overstretched.” In its daily intelligence briefing, the U.K. Ministry of Defence backed that claim: “This is one of the first instances since Russia’s February 2022 invasion that Ukrainian forces have highly likely recaptured an area of territory occupied by Russia since 2014.

Pakistan unveils increased defense budget, IMF decries spending plan: The Pakistani government has requested a nearly 16% increase to its defense budget, despite a standoff with the International Monetary Fund

India, US cement partnership with slew of new defense deals: The new deals, totalling billions, span a number of sensitive industries, including semiconductors, aerospace, and artificial intelligence. West should redraw its post-1945 world order, offering Delhi its rightful role to take on the China challenge

# Science
Scientists discover common ancestor to all complex life forms: Scientists continue to unlock the mysteries of complex life forms through ancient genetic blueprints. In Norse mythology, Asgard is one of the Nine Worlds, that is inhabited by the Aesir gods, goddesses, and all sorts of mythical creatures. But according to exciting new research, dogs, eagles, starfish, worms, daisies, humans, and virtually all complex life forms are, in a sense, Asgardians. Move over, Thor!

Scientists make stronger rubber that could cut down on microplastic pollution: Car tires release a lot of microplastics, which then end up in ecosystems. The potential long-term impact of these tire particles on humans and organisms is unknown, but it can’t be good.

Making Rubbery Materials That Can Take a Beating Without Losing Their Bounce. Research could pave the way to flexible-yet-durable materials that help cut down on microplastic pollution from things like the wear and tear of car tires.

# Social
Artificial Intelligence Is Making The Housing Crisis Worse: Landlords are using AI to screen their tenants, heightening errors and discrimination. The prevalence of incorrect, outdated, or misleading information in such reports is increasing costs and barriers to housing, according to a recent report from federal consumer regulators.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
Thirsty? You won’t be in a second. NASA’s water recyclability experiments on the International Space Station have been a big success, with 98% of the station’s wastewater, including urine and sweat, being recycled into drinking water.

# Technology
Instagram Connects Vast Pedophile Network: Instagram, the popular social-media site owned by Platforms, helps connect and promote a vast network of accounts openly devoted to the commission and purchase of underage-sex content, according to investigations by The Wall Street Journal and researchers at Stanford University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wsj.com/articles/instagram-vast-pedophile-network-4ab7189?mod=trending_now_news_2__;!!On18

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-06-26

Voices, The Peoples News

June 26, 2023
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# Indigenous
UC Berkeley Holds Thousands of Native Remains Despite Repatriation Requests: A Top UC Berkeley Professor Taught With Remains That May Include Dozens of Native Americans. Despite decades of opposition, the university still holds over 9,000 Native remains, a source of grief for tribes.

# Archaeology
Neanderthal cave engravings identified as oldest known, more than 57,000 years old: Markings on a cave wall in France are the oldest known engravings made by Neanderthals, according to a study published June 21, 2023, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jean-Claude Marquet of the University of Tours, France and colleagues.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
DeSantis’ Border Plan Includes Ending Birthright Citizenship: The Florida governor’s immigration plan also includes stationing troops at the southern border until a wall is built there. DeSantis’ biggest echo of Trump is the proposal to end birthright citizenship, the constitutional declaration that any child born in the United States is automatically an American citizen. DeSantis also proposed items that he believes the last Republican president left undone, including completion of a border wall with Mexico and more aggressive moves against drug cartels.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Intra-Administration Fight on Bank Mergers Breaks Open: The Justice Department’s antitrust chief signaled that he would override banking regulators if necessary if a proposed merger harmed the public.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Transportation / Industry As Youngkin Tries to Pull Virginia Out of RGGI, Experts Warn of Looming Consequences for Low-Income Residents and Threatened Communities: After a tight vote by the state’s Air Pollution Control Board, Virginia has moved one step closer to exiting the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and fulfilling an executive order issued by Gov. Glenn Youngkin the day he took office. But foes of his plan point out that in just three years, hundreds of millions of dollars have flowed to energy efficiency and climate mitigation in the state.

Montana Derailment Raises Safety Concerns for Proposed Railway on Colorado River: The railway would transport crude oil feet from the Colorado River, which supplies drinking water to 40 million people. A freight train derailment and the collapse of a bridge over the Yellowstone River in Montana on Saturday raised alarm as several cars carrying asphalt and molten sulfur tumbled into the river, prompting officials to take emergency measures at nearby water plants.

Solar is Booming in the California Desert, if Water Issues Don’t Get in the Way: Utility-scale solar farms spreading rapidly across the desert Southwest are stressing the region’s already overtaxed groundwater and communities are beginning to push back.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Teen Hiker Dies in Heatwave, Stepdad Killed Getting Help: Officials said temperatures at Texas’ Big Bend National Park had reached 119 degrees. As a 14-year-old boy was dying in extreme heat on a hiking trip in Big Bend National Park in Texas, his stepfather hiked back find help. The teen’s brother carried him in the 119-degree heat while their stepfather, 31, headed to the car.

Tornado Kills One as Severe Storms Slam Into Central Indiana: Golf-ball-sized hail was also recorded in counties south of Indianapolis. One person was killed when a tornado felled a house in Martin County, Indiana, as a storm front wreaked havoc Sunday in the Midwest and the South, officials said. The director of Martin County Emergency Management, Cameron Wolf, confirmed the death and said the victim’s injured partner was airlifted to a hospital.

Medicine residue is everywhere in our rivers and lakes—and fish are behaving strangely: For all the well-documented sources of environmental pollution—think chemical manufacturers, energy plants, mining operations, and agricultural processes—there’s another major source of contamination that continues to get short shrift by those charged with protecting the nation’s waterways and the public’s health: Pharmaceuticals and personal care products.

# General News
How Titan Sub Escaped High-Risk Tourism Regulations, Was Allowed To Operate: An intense, four-day international hunt for a submersible containing Titanic tourists has ended, but questions remain about not only what happened but why it was allowed to. Its unique design hadn’t been widely tested or “classed” by a third-party agency.

Trump Diverts Campaign Donations as His Legal Bills Pile Up: Trump may have sent at least $1.5 million to his Save America PAC, which covers his personal legal finances.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Blinken: Challenge to Putin’s Leadership Exposes ‘Cracks in the Russian Facade’: Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the insurrection over the weekend by mercenary Wagner Group forces, as well as how it was ultimately resolved, showed “cracks in the facade” of Putin’s authoritarian leadership. “What we’ve seen is extraordinary,” Blinken said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

“Cracks Emerge” in President Putin’s Hold on Power After Attempted Russian Rebellion: “We haven’t seen the last act,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday.

Wagner Chief Orders Mercenaries to Stop March on Moscow: Yevgeny Prigozhin abruptly announced that his troops would stand down to avoid “shedding Russian blood.” In a stunning turn of events, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner Group said Saturday he had ordered his mercenaries to halt their march on Moscow and retreat to their field camps in Ukraine to de-escalate tensions.

Russian TV Anchors Aghast That Putin Didn’t Kill Prigozhin: The Kremlin’s propagandists praised Putin but were dumbfounded that he allowed the Wagner boss and his mercenaries to escape punishment.

For the first time in his more than 20-year rule, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s power appeared to hang in the balance over the weekend. Even though the rebellious Russian mercenary forces have turned back, Putin will struggle to project the image of a man in total control. That could set the stage for further challenges to his rule at home and could weaken Russia’s hand in the war in Ukraine.

# Gov / Politics
What Were The Bidens Doing In Ukraine? 5 Questions Answered

Treat RFK Jr.’s Campaign as the Dangerous Joke That It Is: When it comes to debating conspiracy theorists, there is a simple but enduring rule, don’t. The entire exercise is pointless because no matter how many facts you bring to the table, or no matter how much debunking you’re able to do—there are always new tangents and new questions raised. Arguing with a conspiracy theorist is like trying to untangle a ball of yarn that has no end.

In Ron DeSantis’ Free State Of Florida, His Ear Has A Steep Cost: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) version of freedom has come at a steep cost. DeSantis has bet he can ride the shifting currents in the modern GOP by styling himself as America’s most vicious culture warrior, while also catering to special interests. This doesn’t mean businesses are getting everything they want, it means they’re getting everything DeSantis wants them to have.

10 years after Supreme Court gutted voting rights, advocates say Congress must reverse damage: At least 29 of the voter suppression laws passed since the Shelby v. Holder County decision would have been subject to the preclearance provision that the ruling ended.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, House GOP want to expunge Donald Trump’s two impeachments. What it means

# Legal / DOJ
Newsmax Staffers Hit With Subpoenas in 2020 Election Defamation Suit: “Newsmax published and/or republished false statements and implications during news broadcasts, in online reports, and on social media that ‘Smartmatic participated in a criminal conspiracy’ to fix, rig, and steal the Election,” the defamation suit alleges.

Texas officials have promised transparency related to the impeachment trial of Attorney General Ken Paxton. But the trial rules passed by senators still keep much of the legal proceedings out of the public eye.
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Alito’s Career Was Boosted by Founder of Law Firm Arguing in Moore v. Harper: The justice has a close relationship with Charles Cooper, whose law firm is representing petitioners in the key case.

Trump’s New Defense Won’t Hold Up in Court, Legal Experts Say: “Whatever documents a president decides to take with him, he has the absolute right to take them,” Trump claimed.

“That’s not the law”: Legal experts say Trump’s new defense shows he’s “in for a world of trouble” “Absolutely nothing about this is true”

Secret Service Cops Hauled Before Jan. 6 Grand Jury: Special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Trump’s alleged role in the Capitol riot appears to be heating up.

Supreme Court will decide whether Congress can tax wealth: The Supreme Court announced Monday it will weigh in on the constitutionality of wealth taxes by deciding whether Congress may require taxpayers to pay their share of earnings from a foreign company, even if they received no dividends or income.

Ex-CIA official highlights most frightening top secret docs pilfered by Trump: He made it clear that Trump’s actions were dangerous to national security.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Sarah McBride Announces Bid to Become First Trans Member of Congress: Delaware Democrat Sarah McBride, who in 2020 became the nation’s first openly transgender state senator, is setting out to make history again, this time as the first out transgender person elected to Congress.

Today marks 20 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that states could not criminalize homosexuality. We take a look at how the case started and where LGBTQ+ rights stand today:  The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for major civil rights victories for queer Americans in the 2003 decision that decriminalized homosexuality. But progress for LGBTQ+ people has been uneven.

# Media
Fox Host Claims Biden Admin Is ‘Drumming Up the Drama’ in Russia to Distract from Hunter Biden

# Medical / Health
After Roe v. Wade: dwindling US abortion access is harming health a year later: Researchers are monitoring the consequences of the Supreme Court abolishing the right to an abortion. People who experience pregnancy complications have been put in life-threatening situations because physicians couldn’t treat them. For example, people whose water breaks before the fetus is able to survive on its own have been sent home instead of being offered an abortion that can prevent dangerous infections.

Forget Samuel Alito. It was John Hart Ely’s work that really underpinned the decision that overturned Roe v. Wade this time last year: Caitlin B. Tully reevaluates Ely’s legacy, and explains why it matters enormously to what’s next for constitutional law.

19-1392 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: Supreme Court of the United States (.gov) Jun 24, 2022 — Held: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled;

# Medical Science
Organ Transplant Patients Can Die When Donors Aren’t Screened for This Parasitic Disease: Bob Naedele died after receiving a heart from a donor with Chagas disease. His death could have been prevented if the donor had been tested. The group that governs U.S. transplant policies is considering mandatory screening of at-risk donors.

Preventing Chagas disease in transplant recipients: Donor screening and recipient monitoring Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, is most commonly transmitted to people by triatomine bugs. Vector-borne transmission of T. cruzi occurs mainly in rural areas of Latin America (South America, Central America, or Mexico). Chronic infection persists for life in the absence of treatment. Many infected individuals are asymptomatic and unaware that they have Chagas disease.

A thawed rat organ frozen for 100 days was successfully transplanted in game-changing world first: In a world-first, researchers at the University of Minnesota successfully thawed and transplanted rat kidneys, marking a historic milestone in the preservation of mammalian organs. The rat kidneys had previously stayed in ultracold storage for a staggering 100 days.

Breakthrough Reveals How Botox Infiltrates Brain Cells: Researchers discovered that a receptor called Synaptotagmin 1, in collaboration with two other receptors, helps Botox enter neurons. Once inside the neurons, Botox disrupts communication between nerves and muscle cells, causing paralysis.

# Military / Global
Paramilitaries Seize Police HQ in Sudan’s Capital; U.N. Warns Fighting Has Displaced 2.5 Million: U.N. Warns Fighting Has Displaced 2.5 Million. In Sudan, fighters with the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces stormed the headquarters of a heavily armed police unit in Khartoum on Sunday, seizing stockpiles of weapons and ammunition

Russian Warplanes Bomb Syria’s Idlib, Killing at Least 9 Civilians: More than 34 people were wounded in the bombings that also targeted a crowded market.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
Safran Electronics and Defense and Terran Orbital (NYSE: LLAP) announced they have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to study and validate the prerequisites for production of a new generation of electric propulsion systems for satellites in the United States, based on Safran’s PPSX00 plasma thruster.

Today we started planning at a location short of our intended drive end position. Mars has, once again, not read our script! Regular readers of this blog will have noticed lately that many reports start with some news about a shortened drive that didn’t quite complete, and that Abigail got really excited on June 20th, when three drives in a row had completed successfully. And that’s not the rover’s fault and of course also not the fault of our excellent engineers who try to navigate this extremely challenging terrain.

MAVEN stuns with ultraviolet views of Mars: MAVEN launched in November 2013 and entered Mars’ orbit in September 2014. The mission’s goal is to explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and interactions with the Sun and solar wind to explore the loss of the Martian atmosphere to space. Understanding atmospheric loss gives scientists insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability. The MAVEN team is preparing to celebrate the spacecraft’s 10th year at Mars in September 2024.

# Technology
If you thought fixing your car was expensive before, get ready…: For a long time, automakers have been trying to make it difficult if not illegal to fix your own car, truck, or SUV. The dream of too many in the industry is consumers having to go to a dealership service department for pretty much any maintenance or repair job, violating your right to repair or have an independent shop perform repairs. And it looks like the Biden Administration has just handed them the key to make that dream a reality.

# Water
Putting salt in tap water and drilling wells in parks: One city’s desperate quest to avoid running dry:  Uruguay, grappling with a multi-year drought and high temperatures, is running dry. The situation has become so bad that residents are being forced to drink salty tap water and workers are drilling wells in the center of the capital to reach the water beneath the ground.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-06-25

Voices, The Peoples News

June 25, 2023
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# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Transportation / Industry
Multnomah County, Oregon is suing a lineup of fossil fuel companies, associations, and consulting firm McKinsey & Company: Despite a history of consulting for a long list of fossil fuel companies, this is the first time McKinsey & Company has been included as a defendant in a climate lawsuit.

Train carrying ‘potential contaminants’ derails into the Yellowstone River: A train carrying “potential contaminants” derailed on Saturday into the Yellowstone River located in Montana. The train was going over a bridge that collapsed, resulting in the derailment. As of now the officials are unsure of what started the incident. The incident left multiple tankers in the Yellowstone River and decimated the railroad portion of the Yellowstone Twin River Bridges in Stillwater County, Montana.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Beef Company CEO: ‘I’ll Shut Down the Company Before We Ship a Single Bag With mRNA-Injected Meat’: Quickly but quietly, Big Pharma and various state governments are working to inject beef and dairy cattle with mRNA “vaccines.” The practice has been happening with pork since 2018 and beef is next on the agenda. Jason Nelson, CEO of Whole Cows, has been watching the developments closely.

# Food Recalls / Alerts
Frozen Berries Sold at Costco, HEB, and Walmart Recalled: The fruit may be contaminated with hepatitis A.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Biggest Story of the Year and the Media Ignored It

Russian military units currently are deployed, uninvited and unwanted, in Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova. As Russia’s massing of military power near Ukraine prompted a crisis, President Vladimir Putin has demanded legally-binding security guarantees for Russia.

# Gov / Politics
How pardoning extremists undermines the rule of law: The promise of pardons to offer criminal sanctuary likely undermines the rule of law and increases the risks of political violence. In the past 10 years, there has been an increase in far-right political violence in the United States. While scholars have pointed to several possible reasons, and often, combinations of explanations, the trend is clear.

Ron DeSantis Is Playing Fast and Loose With Campaign Finance Laws: The GOP presidential hopeful appears to be pioneering all sorts of ways to flout federal campaign finance law, both to goose his coffers and to allow his supposedly independent super PAC to run core elements of his campaign. The most glaring example? Using $82.5 million from his state-level super PAC, which was created to support his gubernatorial ambitions, to juice his national run.

1 Year After ‘Dobbs,’ We Must Build Movements to Defeat Anti-Abortion Extremists: We can’t count on courts, the Democrats or nonprofits to defend abortion, we must mobilize ourselves to fight for it.

Whistleblower Who Exposed Biden Bribery Scheme Found Dead: New reports reveal the Burisma whistleblower that exposed the Biden bribery scheme has been found dead. Sean Hannity reported, “A Burisma whistleblower, wife of former Burisma owner Mykola Lisin who died under mysterious circumstances years ago, has been found dead.” The whistleblower was reportedly an accountant for Burisma’s “offshore bank accounts” and was ready to give up all the offshore accounts that included the Biden family’s account.

# Medical / Health
First States to Enact Abortion Bans Have One Thing in Common: “The states that were the quickest to enact abortion bans are the same states with the worst rates of maternal mortality,” Timmaraju explains.

As Biden rallies for abortion rights, conservatives a mile away are pushing a 15-week national ban: President Joe Biden is warning that Republicans seeking a nationwide ban on abortion won’t stop there. “We will not let the most personal of decisions fall into the hands of politicians,” he said. “Make no mistake, this election is about freedom on the ballot once again.”

‘Torture’: Texas abortion law means woman has to continue pregnancy despite fatal anomaly: Kylie Beaton’s doctors agreed mom was at risk but their hands were tied legally. Dr. Carrie Rouse, an OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist, said she has only come across five cases. Beaton’s 28-week ultrasound shows the severity of her baby’s anomaly. “The inside appears very empty,” said Rouse, who is not treating Beaton, but looked at her ultrasound. “The normal brain structures that we would see, are not there where they normally would be. Very few outliers are able to survive up to a year and the level of intervention needed for babies with this condition to survive is extremely high; they often need mechanical ventilation or a life support machine, multiple medications and repeated lab draws, Rouse said.

One Year After the Fall of Roe, Republicans Are Full Steam Ahead With National Abortion Ban: The House GOP is expected to introduce a 15 week ban, while Mike Pence has called on all GOP presidential candidates to support a federal ban on the procedure. Conservatives are finding out the hard way that abortion isn’t a 50-50 issue anymore.

Doctors and Hospitals May Face Malpractice Lawsuits for Denying Abortion Care: Experts predict providers who refuse patients abortion care under state bans will face a wave of malpractice lawsuits.

5 Texas women denied abortions sue the state, saying the bans put them in danger: “We’re talking about people who are in medical emergencies, who need urgent medical care and whose physicians are too scared to provide that care because of the state’s laws and because of the state’s failure to provide any clarification around what its law means.”

Biden Issues Executive Order Seeking to Improve Access to Birth Control: “Contraception is an essential component of reproductive health care,” a press release from the White House said.

Wyoming Judge Blocks State’s Ban on Abortion Medication: No other state has an explicit ban on abortion medication, which is the most-used abortion method in the U.S: The law was to take effect on July 1. It is the only state law that specifically outlaws the most common abortion method in the country. A Wyoming judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the first state law specifically banning the use of pills for abortion, the most common method in the country

# Military / DOD
As Media and Military Hawks Push War With China, Cuba Is Caught in the Crossfire: The Wall Street Journal made alarmist reports on a new Chinese “spy base” in Cuba. It was actually nothing of the sort.

Who will start the war with China? Unintended Escalation Could Lead to War with China, Experts Say: The risk of war with China is increasing, experts said May 1. The most likely cause: a U.S.-Chinese conflagration in the Taiwan Strait that could spiral out of control. “The prospects for war are growing,” Bonnie Glaser, director of the Trans-Pacific program of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. said during a Brookings Institution webinar.

# Military / Global
Feud Between Moscow and Wagner Group Turns to All-Out War: Yevgeny Prigozhin has vowed to take ‘revenge’ after accusing Russia’s military of targeting his forces in a rocket attack. Russia investigates Wagner chief for ‘armed mutiny’ after call for attack on military https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2023/jun/23/russia-ukraine-war-live-russia-investigates-mutiny-as-wagner-chief-says-evil-military-leaders-must-be-stopped__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2wrqVyo_biFTjf1I3jrG8_r1XWypRCyf62sw4k7CQnwkBtbUwweuZg1sle5tWyE3xSrMaqTn_S7yybFiegLlBxt89keVhNoN$

Update: Putin Blamed “ARMED COUP” Attempt in Russia by Wagner’s Boss now under FSB Investigations. Tanks on Streets: Putin signed a law allowing 30-day detention for violating martial law. Yevgeny Prigozhin released a Harsh Speech vs Russian Defense Ministry as a Traitor now Working fo NATO!

Here’s how NATO trainers sent Ukrainian troops to their deaths in this month’s counteroffensive against Russia: Senator Lyndsey Graham is not alone in aspiring to continue the Russian-Ukrainian conflict until Kiev runs out of cannon fodder.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
U.S. charges Chinese companies, executives with illicit fentanyl trafficking: The U.S. Justice Department on Friday filed criminal charges against four Chinese chemical manufacturing companies and eight individuals over allegations they illegally trafficked the chemicals used to make fentanyl, a highly addictive painkiller. Chinese officials have countered that the US is shifting blame for what is a domestic opioid addiction crisis.

# Weather
Texas Cities Set Temperature Records in Unremitting Heat Wave: Readings in Laredo, Del Rio, San Angelo and Junction were the highest ever recorded, while Corpus Christi logged an all-time-high heat index of 125 degrees. Forecasters warn that no relief is in sight this month.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-06-23

Voices, The Peoples News

June 23, 2023
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# Indigenous
Fleecing in Indian Country: An undercovered SCOTUS decision brushes against Native sovereign immunity, also potentially snuffs out loopholes exploited by payday lenders. The question of whether businesses nominally affiliated with Native tribes can escape bankruptcy law went all the way to the Supreme Court; SCOTUS said no in an 8-1 decision, the lone dissenter being Justice Neil Gorsuch, who has developed a reputation as the Court’s most ardent Native rights supporter.

Navajo Nation Just Got Hosed by the Supreme Court, Again: “In short, the 1868 treaty did not impose a duty on the United States to take affirmative steps to secure water for the Tribe, including the steps requested by the Navajos here, such as determining the water needs of the Tribe, providing an accounting, or developing a plan to secure the needed water,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in his majority opinion, which was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Amy Coney Barrett.

# Indigenous / Global
As Newtok, Alaska, crumbles, residents are left in a dangerous limbo: The land in Newtok is water-logged, unstable and unlivable, and it’s been eroding into the Ninglick River for decades, an inch here, a few feet there. In fall 2022, a massive storm began in the Pacific Ocean and devoured more than 30 feet of land between the public school and the river’s edge. The storm exacerbated problems that are forcing the community to undertake one of the country’s first climate-change driven relocation projects: a village-wide move from Newtok to Mertarvik.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Lifelong GOPer fears DeSantis will ‘destroy’ Florida businesses as anti-immigrant law sparks mass exodus: The new law places harsh restrictions on undocumented immigrants. Following right-wing lawmakers’ passage of Senate Bill 1718, thousands of working-class immigrants, including many who are residing lawfully in the U.S., have opted to leave Florida. The new law places harsh restrictions on undocumented immigrants.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Global ‘pandemic treaty’: Nations wrestle with how to fairly share virus data: Researchers say a plan is needed to ensure countries aren’t being exploited, if the world is to prevent the next pandemic.  Negotiators met to discuss the latest draft of a ‘pandemic treaty,’  an agreement among countries worldwide about how to best respond to the next massive outbreak.

‘Criminal’: “Confidential” documents released by BioNTech to the European Medicines Agency reveal tens of thousands of serious adverse events and thousands of deaths among people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine during a time period when the vaccine makers insisted they saw no “safety signals.”

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Senate Appropriators Set Up Funding Clash With House: The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved funding levels for fiscal year 2024 in line with the caps established under the recent bipartisan deal to raise the debt limit. “The disagreement is a significant setback for the appropriations process, as the Senate will ultimately require 60 votes, meaning bipartisan support, to advance spending bills and avoid a shutdown this fall.”

# Employment / Labor
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Transportation / Industry Carbon Credit Market Seizes On a New Opportunity, Plugging Oil and Gas Wells: A wave of new companies are crafting financial incentives to block emissions from wells that are near the end of their life spans—and orphaned wells with no clear owners. Yet doubts persist about project oversight and the ethos of the market.

Methane Activists in Richmond Detect Potentially Dangerous Gas Leaks: Guided by a fistful of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, Lee Williams sniffed the smell of rotten eggs on Grove Avenue earlier this month, took out a methane tracking device and registered a “100 percent” reading, meaning a single lit match could ignite a blaze on the street.

In New Record, Solar and Wind Generated More Electricity Than Coal for First 5 Months of Year: Solar and wind power generation has set a new record, with more power generated from those renewables than coal for the first five months of 2023, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, as CBS News reported.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Iowa Meteorologist Quits Over Climate Coverage Death Threat: Chris Gloninger received multiple harassing emails, including one that labeled his coverage, ‘liberal conspiracy theory’ and ‘nothing but a Biden hoax.’

Inside Manchin’s war with Biden: Sen. Joe Manchin has been at war with the administration for months over its implementation of last year’s landmark climate law. He is even accusing President Joe Biden of breaking a promise to him. “They’re going to try to screw me,” the West Virginia Democrat said earlier this year of White House officials.

Heads of state meet in Paris to lay the groundwork for this year’s United Nations climate summit, focusing on a loss and damage fund for climate-vulnerable countries.

An Oregon county files a lawsuit seeking nearly $52 billion from 17 oil and gas companies for allegedly contributing to the 2021 heat dome event that killed 97 people in the state.

Stronger Endangered Species Act Protections Proposed by USFWS, NOAA: Three newly proposed regulations from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would reverse rules made during Donald Trump’s presidency that removed protections under the Endangered Species Act.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Climate Diplomats lose cool over money: Belize is an idyllic country surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and rainforests. But it expressed frustration that developing nations cannot fulfill promises to provide money dedicated to preserving such beauty. At least $100 billion is required to save the rainforests, which are natural carbon dioxide vacuums.

Forecasted El Niño Could Cost $3-Trillion in Losses Globally: A new study shows that the El Niño weather cycle packs a heavy financial punch. “The primary reason for these high costs is that the effect of El Niño is persistent. It hits and lasts for a while.”

The Atlantification of the Arctic Ocean Is Underway: The discovery of a tiny fish far from its normal range is a poignant reminder of the changes that are already happening. The Arctic Ocean is warming quickly, the Fram Strait is nearly 2 degrees Celsius warmer than it was in 1900. But Atlantification is about more than rising temperatures: It’s a process that is reshaping the physical and chemical conditions of the Arctic Ocean.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Texas lowers barrier for food stamps, but many still won’t qualify: Although SNAP is a federal program that allows families access to food stamps, each state can set different requirements for eligibility. Texas looks at a household’s income but also factors in the value of a household’s cars, known as the vehicle asset test. The current SNAP policy in Texas, which was set in 2001, disqualified applicants whose primary vehicle was valued at $15,000 or more and had additional vehicles valued at $4,650 or more.

# General News
Acouple shopping at a Bed Bath & Beyond store in Toledo, Ohio, said that a shop employee called the police on them for allegedly having ‘too many high ticket items’ in their shopping cart, thinking they were trying to shoplift them. The couple are Black. Lamar Richards was shopping with his partner at the Toledo store on June 16 after the two just purchased their first home.

# Gov / Politics / Global
A deepening of US-India economic ties was central to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Washington DC visit, which was capped with a state dinner last night. US and India to announce defense and technology agreements. Activists’ concerns linger about human rights under Modi

Russia’s Showcase Economic Forum Is Now a Charade: The excessive optimism of Putin and his ministers smacks of an attempt to convince not even mythical investors so much as themselves that business as usual is possible, and even compatible with their threats to unleash nuclear war.

# Gov / Politics
Ex-GOP Rep. Will Hurd Announces He’s Running for President: He vowed that he wouldn’t be “afraid of Donald Trump.” Former Texas Congressman Will Hurd announced he’s running for president on CBS Mornings Thursday. “This morning, I filed to be the Republican nominee for president of the United States,” Hurd told CBS Mornings.

Rick Scott Reportedly Looking to Join 2024 Presidential Race: It would make him the fourth GOP presidential candidate from Florida. Scott is now the junior senator from Florida and DeSantis is sitting in the governor’s office in Tallahassee, having capitalized on an endorsement from Donald Trump himself to bury Putnam in the primary and squeak to victory in the general election. But if anything, the rivalry between DeSantis and Scott has only intensified.

There is no legal reason the US shouldn’t supply cluster bombs to Ukraine, but that doesn’t make it morally right: The U.S. has been here before. It provided Saudi Arabia with cluster munitions, which contain bomblets that can scatter across a wide area, often not exploding until later, during the kingdom’s military intervention in Yemen. Washington suspended sales of cluster bombs to the Saudis in 2016 following mounting concern over the toll they were taking on civilian lives. But the U.S. is still holding out from joining more than 120 nations that have signed an international ban on cluster bombs.

California Representative Adam Schiff became the 25th member of the House of Representatives to be censured, over his leading role in the investigations of former President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. I just left the House floor, where the SECOND McCarthy backed effort to censure me for holding Donald Trump accountable just passed. The GOP is completely unhinged and beholden to Donald Trump. But make no mistake, this will not stop me from holding Trump and his accomplices accountable.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential run gets support from Wall Street veteran Omeed Malik: While these people said Kennedy didn’t pitch himself as a candidate, his attendance at the dinner represents another way to beef up his presence in the political conversation

The Great Reset? Learn about the Great Reset, its ramifications for America, and pro-freedom alternatives completely free. In 2020, members of the world’s elite met at the World Economic Forum and launched the Great Reset initiative to transform the world economy. Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive director of the Forum, wrote, “Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed. In short, we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism.” The Great Reset is not new but premised on old and dangerous ideologies.

House Freedom Caucus might boot MTG: House Freedom Caucus faces an internal purge. At least two hardliners have discussed trying to boot members who no longer meet the group’s standards, according to Republicans with knowledge of the talks. The lawmakers declined to name who’s behind the ouster calls, underscoring the sensitivity of the situation.

Pro-RFK Jr. Super PAC has deep ties to Marjorie Taylor Greene, George Santos: The Super PAC is one example of the nominally Democratic candidate running a campaign that’s awash in support from backers of Donald Trump https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/fda-new-drugs-type-2-diabetes-kids/?utm_source=luminate&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=defender&utm_id=20230623__;!!On18fmf1aQ!yubY4pqLmhAWAMr6otrF_uZLa-UwPeDScAaBHinBT7cVfsSEMKJ-2CrI14SYST3FuB8mPO1ATK-IfPj2V960vfjMDb3HMbvr$

Kevin McCarthy, Who Bashed Trump After Jan. 6., Now Backs Effort To Expunge Impeachments: Speaking to reporters while exiting the Capitol on Friday, McCarthy said that he felt it was “appropriate” to expunge the impeachments “because it never should have gone through.” Trump was impeached twice over the course of his presidency.

# Law Enforcment
Beyond Wonderland 2023 Shooting: The Dance Music Community Reacts: Attendees detail  ‘chaos’ of shooting, ‘I’m not OK.:  June 17 shooting at The Gorge Amphitheatre has left two dead and others injured, but left more questioning the violation of what felt like a safe, communal space.  Our staff worked in close coordination with local authorities to secure the area, while also preserving it for investigators to conduct their work in a smaller, isolated section.”

Atlanta’s Attack on Cop City Protesters Should Be a Warning to Us All: The fight against the militarized police training center dubbed ‘Cop City’ is one of the great struggles of our time. The ongoing attack on the network of environmental and abolitionist activists in Atlanta should make all people concerned with the right to protest, the future of the environment and the rise of militarized police forces take notice.

# Legal / DOJ
Federal prosecutors recommend a 16-20 year prison sentence for former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder based on his role in a $61 million corruption scheme that caused ‘immeasurable damage to the institution of democracy in Ohio.’

Biden DOJ ran interference for first son Hunter in tax fraud probe, IRS whistleblowers say in bombshell testimony:  Two IRS whistleblowers told Congress in closed-door testimony released Thursday that the Justice Department waged a coverup in the tax fraud investigation of first son Hunter Biden, revealing stunning details of alleged interference and new evidence indicating President Biden was involved in his son’s foreign dealings.

A former FBI intelligence analyst who was found to have classified materials in her bathroom, just like the ex-president, was sentenced this week to nearly four years in prison by a Missouri federal judge

A former FBI analyst was just sentenced to prison for the same Espionage Act crimes Trump is charged with in Mar-a-Lago case: The on-point Kingsbury case shows that the former president faces the real prospect of going to prison if convicted of these Espionage Act charges (and there are 31 of those counts in his case).

The January 6 Case Against Trump Is ‘a Shark Beneath the Water’: CBS News reporter Robert Costa breaks down the former president’s legal mess, and explains how things could get much worse.

Trump lawyers quit classified documents case: Two lawyers who represented Donald Trump in the months before the former president was indicted on federal charges over his handling of classified documents quit working for him.

How will Trump’s lawyers handle his federal indictment? Legal experts predict these strategies will be key: CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman says Trump’s defense strategy will be to delay. “Defense always looks at delay, delay, delay, and Donald Trump is the champion of delay,” she said, “At the same time, you’re going to see motion upon motion to dismiss this case because that’s the only place that they could put their eggs in that basket.”

Inside the Implosion of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Legal Team: At a time of peak legal peril for the former president, his attorneys had the knives out, for each other

Prosecutors turn over grand jury testimony to Trump’s team in documents case: Prosecutors turned over unclassified discovery materials to former President Donald Trump’s legal team, including grand jury testimony from his valet.

What changed skeptical prosecutors’ minds in Trump docs case: When prosecutors got a tape of a meeting at Trump’s golf club in New Jersey, it reportedly pushed the case over the edge. In the tape, detailed in Trump’s eventual indictment, the ex-president allegedly brandished a classified Pentagon document and confessed he knew it hadn’t been declassified. Trump has insisted he didn’t know “anything about it” and that “everything I did was right.”

# Medical / Health
Why millions of Americans are losing Medicaid coverage: At least 1.5 million Americans lost Medicaid coverage in April, May and the first three weeks of June 2023, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit that tracks health data. The federal government has estimated that 15 million people will lose their coverage, including 5.3 million children, by mid-2024 due to the end of the continuous enrollment policy.

A Year Without Roe: Cascade Of Bans, Legal Fights Shape Abortion Access: In the year since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization “dropped a nuclear bomb into public health,” as one expert said, the U.S. has become a patchwork of state laws banning or expanding access to abortion.

Family physicians lobby Congress for more Medicare pay and less red tape: Family doctors from across the country met with members of Congress to advocate for legislation that would increase physician Medicare payments, cut administrative roadblocks to treatment and address a “worsening primary care physician shortage.”

FDA Approves 2 New Diabetes Drugs for Kids; Critic Says Clinical Trial Sample Was ‘Shockingly Low’: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved two drugs to treat Type 2 diabetes for children ages 10 and up, but critics accused the agency of failing to address the disease’s root cause and of approving the drugs on the basis of a clinical trial sample too small to adequately assess the drugs’
potential side effects.

# Military / Global
Declassified files expose British role in NATO’s Gladio terror armies: Newly declassified British files shed disturbing light on the origins and internal workings of Operation Gladio, a covert NATO plot deploying fascist terror militias across Italy. Have spies in London applied these lessons in Ukraine?

Taiwan military aid granted by once-reluctant appropriators: After their initial hesitance, House Republican appropriators are funding Taiwan military aid as grants via the State Department. When Congress approved up to $2 billion in Taiwan military aid per year via the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, appropriators balked.

# Science
After decades of debate, FDA moves to regulate in-house lab tests: So-called lab-developed tests, which are created and used within a single lab, have long avoided scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration. But as the tests become increasingly popular, including for prenatal screening. Despite accuracy concerns, some critical lab tests avoid federal scrutiny. Now the FDA is taking steps to change that.

# Security
The Case for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Reform: Q & A: US Warrantless Surveillance Under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The law enables the National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other US bodies to gather and/or search private communications without a warrant. This surveillance affects people both within the United States and in other countries. Given our nation’s history of abusing its surveillance authorities, and the secrecy surrounding the program, we should be concerned that Section 702 is and will be used to disproportionately target disfavored groups, whether minority communities, political activists, or even journalists.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
SpaceX launches 47 more Starlink satellites into orbit: A Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral Friday with 56 more Starlink internet satellites, wrapping up SpaceX’s action-packed first half of the year that included the debut of the company’s Starship mega-rocket, two Falcon Heavy missions, and two astronaut launches.
[Note: The debris field must be enourmous by now.] https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/06/23/falcon-9-starlink-5-12-coverage/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!yubY4pqLmhAWAMr6otrF_uZLa-UwPeDScAaBHinBT7cVfsSEMKJ-2CrI14SYST3FuB8mPO1ATK-IfPj2V960vfjMDaV9_PqK$

Orbital Debris and Human Spacecraft: More than 27,000 pieces of orbital debris, or “space junk,” are tracked by the Department of Defense’s global Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensors. Much more debris — too small to be tracked, but large enough to threaten human spaceflight and robotic missions — exists in the near-Earth space environment.

Space debris problem now urgent, scientists say: Governments must start working urgently to remove orbital debris, which could become a catastrophic problem for satellites a few decades from now, a space science conference heard on Thursday.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-06-22

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Indigenous
New Documents Link CIA to Medical Torture of Indigenous Children and Black Prisoners: While we may never know the full truth, we owe it to those harmed and killed to illuminate their stories. The documentary record of “mind control” experiments conducted by the United States and other governments during the Cold War is just the tip of the iceberg, and our collective ignorance is by design.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Biden’s Asylum Policy Continues Tradition of U.S. Cruelty to Haitians: Biden has recycled some of Trump’s racist asylum policies. Phillips said Biden’s new rules have “a particularly detrimental effect on Haitian asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border who face an impossible choice: remain in Mexico despite facing violence, kidnapping and anti-Black discrimination, or try to enter the United States and risk being deported to Haiti https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://truthout.org/articles/bidens-asylum-policy-continues-tradition-of-us-cruelty-to-haitians/*:*:text=Phillips*20said*20Biden’s*20new*20rules,to*20Haiti*20where*20a*20de__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!1CT4SGFaGlFxnlJy_a04VwpVx00-VrUW8lwKain_fqb9bi8saFLzSPjdbCvjMyCzoQIWan5w8CdwgQoZDnANY6MSrRjMXpbf$

# Children / Youth
3.2 million kids could be thrown off ‘childcare cliff’ in September, unless Congress acts: Congress has 100 days to prevent more than 3 million kids from losing access to childcare and more than 230,000 childcare workers from losing their jobs, according to a report published Wednesday by The Century Foundation.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Fauci, Walensky and Collins knew early on mRNA vaccines were failing but didn’t tell public: A newly unearthed email by former CDC Director Rochelle Walensky reveals that she, former NIH Director Francis Collins and COVID point man Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed dangerous ‘vaccine breakthroughs’ of COVID infections at the same time they were telling the public that the vaccines would prevent people from becoming infected, a narrative she continued for months.

SV40 Virus Linked to Multiple Cancers Found in mRNA Vaccines, Microbiologist Says: The polyomavirus simian virus 40 (SV40) is a known oncogenic DNA virus which induces primary brain and bone cancers, malignant mesothelioma, and lymphomas in laboratory animals. Persuasive evidence now indicates that SV40 is causing infections in humans today and represents an emerging pathogen.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Powell Expects More Fed Rate Hikes Ahead as Inflation Fight ‘Has a Long Way to Go’: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday affirmed that more interest rate increases are likely ahead as inflation is “well above” where it should be. “Inflation pressures continue to run high, and the process of getting inflation back down to 2% has a long way to go,” he said.

The National Debt Passes $32 Trillion, With Nary an Answer in Sight: As the biggest domestic threat to the nation’s future increases, our political class offers no answers beyond a periodic scuffle, as with the one recently concluded in Washington, over raising the debt ceiling.
Don’t look for answers from a president and a leading contender for that office who compete in their pledges to make things worse.

FTC sues Amazon for using ‘deceptive’ tactics to sign up customers for Prime: “Amazon tricked and trapped people into recurring subscriptions without their consent, not only frustrating users but also costing them significant money,” said FTC Chair Lina M. Khan in a press release. “These manipulative tactics harm consumers and law-abiding businesses alike. The FTC will continue to vigorously protect Americans from ‘dark patterns’ and other unfair or deceptive practices in digital markets.”

The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax: ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth, sometimes, even nothing.

# Education / Schools
Point: Schools Are for Learning, Not Therapy: What do 9-year-olds need to know about sexual activity or gender fluidity? For most parents, the answer is, “Whatever I choose to tell them at home.”

Counterpoint: There are Many Gender Identities; When Should We Share That Knowledge With Children? The first question asked when a baby is born is their gender. That question is always binary, a boy or a girl. sexual identity is now front and center on our political stage, joining the controversy about sex education. Education about “how babies are made” has long been debated — who should answer this question, and at what age? The issue broadens today with our new awareness that sexual identity is not binary. Should we deny it? Share it? Teach about it in school? In books? At what age?

Sex? Sezual Orientation? Gender Identity? Gender Exoression? Knowing the difference can make all the difference to students who do not conform to binary norms.

Groups urge Google to extend life of Chromebooks in schools: Chromebooks helped get Illinois students through the pandemic, but a pending so-called “death date” on the devices is looming

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Experts say the first wars over climate are already starting to happen: Climate-driven warfare isn’t as far off as some may think, and military strategists say battles have already begun.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global As the North Atlantic sizzles with ‘utterly unbelievable’ temperatures, the Pacific is now heating up too Both air and sea surface temperatures have hit new records in June, and with El Niño, it will likely get even warmer.

Russia’s War Is the End of Climate Policy as We Know It: Ironically, geopolitical strife and energy scarcity will do more for the climate than decades of ardent policies.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Lab-grown meat is now officially on the menu after US approval: USDA approves 1st ever ‘cell-cultivated meat’ for 2 American manufacturers. UPSIDE will cultivate and sell chicken grown from animal cells in bioreactors. After years of research and rigorous testing, cell-cultivated meat will officially become part of the U.S. food system.

# General News
Mass Shootings, Firebombings, and Death Threats: A joint report from GLADD and ADL puts hard numbers behind the rise in hate against America’s queer communities. Hate crimes reported to police in America’s ten largest cities rose 12.5 percent in 2017. The increase was the fourth consecutive annual rise in a row and the highest total in over a decade according to an analysis by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. In contrast to the increase in hate crime in the ten largest cities last year, crime in general dropped slightly across the nation in the first half of 2017, with preliminary FBI figures showing a 0.8 percent decrease in violent crime and a 2.9 percent decrease in property crime.

Missing Titanic sub live updates: Banging noises detected not connected to crew’s location, Coast Guard says

Titan crew have died after ‘catastrophic implosion’ of submersible, US Coast Guard says – latest updates Search team says families have been informed; five different major pieces of debris showed it was from Titan, expert says. Debris field spotted by ROV scouring seabed ‘consistent with the catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber’, US Coast Guard says

# Gov / Politics / Global
The Right to Seek Safety: Horror spreads everywhere when militarism reigns. Irish author Sally Hayden, who, for years, has accompanied migrants attempting to enter Europe, writes: “The dead are victims of the world’s inequality. They are victims of the fact that the privileged of this planet have freedom of movement simply due to the luck of where they were born, while much of the rest must risk their lives in the hope of accessing a secure, dignified life….

# Gov / Politics
Hunter Bidens plea deal to misdemeanor tax and gun charges Tuesday was met with a mixture of sadness and relief by his father’s inner circle. The president himself privately told confidants that he was proud of his son for taking responsibility for his actions, according to two people familiar with the conversations, even as his team expects the political attacks to only intensify.

RFK Jr. on Ukraine: I Abhor Russia’s Invasion, But U.S. Provoked Putin: Kennedy, who is running as a progressive populist and political outsider, has embraced unorthodox views on many issues.

Adam Schiff Gets John Durham to Admit Russia Helped Trump: Wednesday, June 21, 2023, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, responding to the resolution introduced by Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) and backed by MAGA Republicans to censure him in an effort to silence and intimidate him for holding Donald Trump and his allies accountable.

In rowdy scene, House censures Rep. Adam Schiff over Trump-Russia investigations: The House voted Wednesday to censure California Rep. Adam Schiff for comments he made several years ago about investigations into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, rebuking the Democrat and frequent critic of the former president along party lines. Schiff becomes the 25th House lawmaker to be censured.

1 Year After Roe Overturn, Most Americans Say Ruling Has Been Bad for Country: Eight in ten Americans oppose the new standard created by the Supreme Court because it removed a constitutional right. The new poll shows that most Americans maintain their opposition to the ruling a year later.

Sanders Bill Would Force Pentagon to Pass Audit, or Return Part of Its Budget: In December, the Pentagon was unable to account for more than 60 percent of its $3.5 trillion in total assets. The Department of Defense (DOD) spends billions each year to improve its accounting systems, but this investment has failed to produce better systems. These systems cannot generate reliable and complete information. They cannot even perform the most elementary task in the book: to capture and post transactions to the correct accounts.

# Legal / DOJ
Federal Prosecutors Have Multiple Trump Recordings: Only one recording was previously reported, an interview with Trump conducted for a memoir being written by former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Federal prosecutors have a recording of former President Trump discussing a classified Pentagon document he kept after leaving office, multiple outlets report. In the 2021 recording, which the NewsHour has not independently verified, Trump says the document details a potential attack on Iran.

# Medical / Health
Impeached Texas Attorney General Partnered With Troubled Businessman to Push Opioid Program: While launching a statewide program to distribute packets to dissolve opioids, Attorney General Ken Paxton worked to connect Kenny Hansmire with the state’s comptroller, who oversees the distribution of millions of dollars in opioid settlement money.

# Medical Science
Bioglue breakthrough: A nature-inspired adhesive offers hope for wound healing and haemorrhage control: Hyunwoo  Yuk describes the technology as a kind of ‘duct tape for surgery.’ The tape can also be reformulated into a paste similar to play putty that, when plugged into the damaged livers and hearts of injured animals, produces a watertight seal in seconds6. In experiments with blood-covered pig skin, the closures created by this goo proved stronger than any made by a handful of commercially available adhesives that are designed to do the same thing.

# Military / DOD
Pentagon leak suspect pleads not guilty to federal charges: Massachusetts Air National Guard member Jack Teixeira was indicted by a grand jury on federal felony charges. Jack Teixeira, the 21-year-old member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard who has been charged with leaking classified documents, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to six federal counts.

Another $6.2 Billion in Aid for Ukraine as Pentagon Corrects Accounting Errors: The Defense Department announced last month that improper accounting methods led it to overvalue some of the military aid provided to Ukraine by roughly $3 billion, and now it’s more than doubling that estimate to $6.2 billion. That means that the Pentagon can send more aid to the war-torn country than defense officials originally thought.

GOP moves to instate sea-launched cruise missile nuclear program: Republicans added language to the FY24 NDAA that would make the sea-launched cruise missile a nuclear program of record.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Drug Industry Trade Group Sues to Block Medicare Price Negotiations: The pharmaceutical industry’s top lobbying group filed a lawsuit Wednesday arguing that a law enacted last year allowing Medicare to directly negotiate some prescription drug prices is unconstitutional.

The Drug Industry Just Launched An Attack On Biden’s Prescription Drug Reforms: A lawsuit that PhRMA filed Wednesday is the latest fusillade against one of the president’s biggest domestic achievements. Pharmaceutical companies and House Republicans are launching a full-scale attack on new Medicare drug reforms, which have already started to lower prescription costs for seniors. The drugmaker trade group PhRMA filed a lawsuit claiming that the new law’s best-known feature violates the Constitution in multiple ways.

# Social
The US Is Unprepared to Care for Its Aging Population: The U.S. healthcare system must address the shortage of geriatricians, and fast. The U.S. population is growing and aging, with an estimated 42% increase in those aged 65 and older between 2019 and 2034.

# Veterans / VA
House committee OKs bill that boosts disability pay for many medically retired veterans: The Major Richard Star Act would allow all veterans medically retired from the military before serving 20 years to receive full retirement pay and disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-06-21

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Feds catch more than 460 known, suspected terrorists in nine months, most at northern border: In this surveillance image provided by the United States Border Patrol Swanton sector, two individuals illegally cross the US/Canada border in January 2023 at the Vermont, New Hampshire and New York enforcement sector.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
U.S. Government Bankrolled Discovery of Virus Closely Related to
COVID-19:  U.S.-funded experiment in China posed biosafety risks but did not cause Covid-19 pandemic, scientists say. Several scientists said the new information, which the NIH released after it was sued by The Intercept, points to biosafety concerns, highlighting a general lack of oversight for research on pathogens and raising questions about what other information has not been publicly disclosed.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Heists Worth Billions: An investigation found criminal gangs using sham bank accounts and secret online marketplaces to steal from almost anyone, and little being done to combat the fraud. Check fraud is one of history’s oldest financial crimes and criminals are finding new ways to use it to steal billions from banks.

How to protect yourself from drop account fraud, tips from our investigative unit: Cyber bank fraud is on the rise. Here are some important ways to protect yourself. The types of crimes that use drop accounts are multiplying rapidly, but there are ways to decrease your chances of becoming a victim https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://theconversation.com/how-to-protect-yourself-from-drop-account-fraud-tips-from-our-investigative-unit-206840__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1BMzqDg5Al4mfyFR7R3ryRPBbWTjYkFK0pD4PHh0sb_L1iintWBS-LqkUeWcT2hHk1yISxUrxKPT_wl98VcASB03XT4TNJ1S$

Dueling Bipartisan Proposals to Seize Pay From Failed Bank Executives:
Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill with widespread Republican support, but Sherrod Brown replaced it with his own. It seeks to hold executives who bankrupt their companies more accountable, empowering the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to claw back compensation, remove executives from their positions and the industry at large, and impose civil penalties.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Ocean heat is off the charts – here’s what that means for humans and ecosystems around the world: Drought in Europe, dwindling Arctic sea ice, a slow start to the Indian monsoon, unusually hot ocean temperatures can disrupt climate patterns around the world, as an ocean scientist explains.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Himalayan glaciers are melting faster than ever and may lose most of their ice: Ice loss in the region, home to Everest and many other famous peaks, is advancing at a record speed. During the 2010s, the glaciers lost ice as much as 65% faster than they had in the previous decade. And the trend is expected to worsen if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current levels.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
USDA Gives 2 Companies Green Light to Sell Lab-Grown Meat: The new brand of vat-grown meat promises a cruelty-free alternative to slaughterhouses, but don’t expect it overtake your grocery store overnight. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just gave two startups permission to sell lab-grown chicken. GOOD Meat, a subsidiary of food technology company Eat Just, Inc., and UPSIDE Foods will be able to sell their products, which have been cultivated from real animal-cells.

# General News
Aircraft detects underwater noises in search for missing sub near Titanic, Coast Guard estimates just over a day’s worth of air left inside missing sub https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wcvb.com/article/titanic-oceangate-submersible-search-june-20/44267479*__;Iw!!On18fmf1aQ!1BMzqDg5Al4mfyFR7R3ryRPBbWTjYkFK0pD4PHh0sb_L1iintWBS-LqkUeWcT2hHk1yISxUrxKPT_wl98VcASB03XV8bmjkD$

The Titanic Sub Didn’t Have a Basic Safety Beacon: Untethered by regulations, the vehicle wasn’t even equipped with some of the most essential tools. Its inexplicable design may end in tragedy.

Who is on board the missing Titanic submersible: Five people are aboard a missing submersible near the wreck of the Titanic. Here’s what we know about the crew of the OceanGate sub. A French diver and a Pakistani father and son are among the missing.

‘Like Disneyland’: Titanic Families Blast ‘Disgusting’ Tours: Families with relatives who died in or survived the 1912 Titanic disaster say the wreckage site is a “graveyard” that should be treated with respect—not as a travel destination.

Missing Titanic sub once faced massive lawsuit over depths it could safely travel to: Court documents reveal a former OceanGate employee had several safety complaints over the tourist submersible, and then he was fired.

Missing sub boss was previously sued for fraud in Florida: A Florida couple booked for the Titanic trip accused OceanGate Expeditions founder Stockton Rush of ‘fraudulent inducement’ and ‘​​unfair and deceptive acts’ in a February lawsuit.

Durham: Feds had no real evidence to investigate Russian collusion, monitor Trump campaign: Former Special Counsel for the United States Department of Justice John Durham testified Wednesday that the federal government had no substantive basis to begin its 2016 probe into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

# Gov / Politics
Impeached Texas Attorney General Partnered With Troubled Businessman to Push Opioid Program: While launching a program to distribute packets to dissolve opioids, Attorney General Ken Paxton worked to connect its leaders with the state’s comptroller, who oversees the distribution of millions of dollars in opioid settlement money. Kenny Hansmire was tapped by Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton to be part of a coalition to combat opioid abuse that Paxton declared would “be the largest drug prevention, education, abatement and disposal campaign in U.S. history.”

House GOP Vows To Continue Biden Probes Despite Hunter’s ‘Sweetheart’
Deal: Oversight Chair James Comer said the plea deal would have “no impact” on his panel’s investigation into President Joe Biden and his family.

GOP Fears Kari Lake Bid Could Cost Them Arizona Senate Race: Republicans are facing a dwindling number of alternatives to mount a challenge to Kari Lake in the Arizona Senate primary, raising concerns for the party over what should be a prime pickup opportunity next year.

Kari Lake meets with 6 GOP senators amid 2024 speculation: Lake narrowly lost her gubernatorial race in 2022, but is seen as a top GOP contender to win the seat held by moderate former Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.).

The State That May Let Corporations Vote In Elections: Embodying that bipartisan spirit in post-Citizens United America, Delaware Democrats are now advancing a Republican bill that would allow corporations to directly vote in a municipal election.

Who will start the war with China? “The thing we see across all the wargames is that there are major losses on all sides. And the impact of that on our society is quite devastating,” said Becca Wasser, who played the role of the Chinese leadership in the Select Committee’s wargame and is head of the gaming lab at the Center for a New American Security. In every exercise the U.S. is not engaged in an abstract push-button war from 30,000 feet up like the ones Americans have come to expect since the end of the Cold War, but a horrifically bloody one.

Biden Enrages China by Calling Xi Jinping a Dictator: The row erupted just one day after Antony Blinken met the Chinese leader to ease tensions. President Joe Biden’s remarks calling Chinese leader Xi Jinping a “dictator” and China a country with “real economic difficulties” drew fast condemnation from China on Wednesday, cracking open a new rift just after the two countries agreed to tentative steps to stabilize the relationship.

China Says Biden Calling Xi a Dictator Is ‘Provocation’: China said U.S.
President Joe Biden had made a “public political provocation” by referring to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as a “dictator,” as fresh tensions flared in bilateral ties just days after meetings to stabilize relations. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning called the US leader’s comments “irresponsible” at a regular press briefing in Beijing on Wednesday. “It is against the basic facts and diplomatic protocols, seriously violates China’s political dignity and amounts to public political provocation.”

# Law Enforcment
Feds push gun rap against woman they let Hunter Biden escape: A judge threw out the same guns-and-drugs charge against Paola Connelly, but the feds aren’t giving up on it. As the body count from gun violence grows, a plea deal will allow the president’s son to escape prosecution for violating a federal law that prohibits drug users from possessing firearms. The same Department of Justice is trying to show us how serious it is about guns by fighting to reinstate an identical firearms charge against a 32-year-old Texas woman that a federal judge in that state dismissed https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailybeast.com/feds-push-gun-rap-against-paola-connelly-that-they-let-hunter-biden-escape*:*:text=A*20judge*20threw*20out*20the,t*20giving*20up*20on*20it__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!1BMzqDg5Al4mfyFR7R3ryRPBbWTjYkFK0pD4PHh0sb_L1iintWBS-LqkUeWcT2hHk1yISxUrxKPT_wl98VcASB03XR1uQRos$

# Legal / DOJ
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a bizarre and fiery rebuttal against apparent ethics claims hours before they were even published.
His Wall Street Journal op-ed accuses ProPublica of falsehoods. Here’s the story that inflamed Alito: It involves a billionaire, a private jet, and some big ole fish https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.propublica.org/article/samuel-alito-luxury-fishing-trip-paul-singer-scotus-supreme-court?utm_source=cordial&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hp-us-reg-morning-email_2023-06-21&utm_term=us-morning-email__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1BMzqDg5Al4mfyFR7R3ryRPBbWTjYkFK0pD4PHh0sb_L1iintWBS-LqkUeWcT2hHk1yISxUrxKPT_wl98VcASB03XajvMInr$

Federal prosecutors announced criminal charges against the president’s son, and Republicans claimed the charges are evidence of a double standard at the U.S. Department of Justice: Republicans Describe Hunter Biden Criminal Charges As More Proof Of Joe Biden’s Corruption. Criminal charges against Hunter Biden are further evidence that the Justice Department is protecting the Bidens, according to Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Federal Judge, Julie Rikelman represented an abortion clinic in the landmark Supreme Court case that gutted Roe v Wade, will now serve on a U.S. appeals court, overcoming opposition from conservatives and anti-abortion groups angry about her record. Sen. Elizabeth Warren
(D-Mass.) hailed her confirmation.

Clarence Thomas’ billionaire ‘personal friend’ who took him on private jets and luxury vacations did have business in front of the Supreme Court https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fortune.com/2023/04/24/clarence-thomas-billionaire-friend-harlan-crow-business-before-supreme-court/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1BMzqDg5Al4mfyFR7R3ryRPBbWTjYkFK0pD4PHh0sb_L1iintWBS-LqkUeWcT2hHk1yISxUrxKPT_wl98VcASB03XZ2xfmcQ$

Clarence Thomas’ Billionaire Benefactor Tied To SCOTUS Bombshell: The Supreme Court just gutted wetland protections after lobbying by Harlan Crow’s business interests. Despite being caught in a swirling corruption scandal, the Supreme Court continues to rule on cases and issue far-reaching decisions that shatter years of precedent to rewrite the country’s laws.

5 things to know about Harlan Crow, the billionaire funding Clarence Thomas’s lavish lifestyle: Here’s how the real estate billionaire got to where he is, and what else he’s been funding.

Harlan Crow, the Billionaire Tied to Clarence Thomas, Wields Texas
Influence: He and his wife have contributed at least $14.7 million to state and federal political candidates, committees and parties over the past three decades.

Clarence Thomas and the Billionaire: Island-hopping on a superyacht.
Private jet rides around the world. The undisclosed gifts to Thomas have no known precedent in the modern history of the Supreme Court. “It’s incomprehensible to me that someone would do this,” says one former judge.

The Supreme Court’s “Unexploded Neutron Bomb” Among the Upcoming
Rulings: The Brennan Center’s Michael Waldman joins ‘Inside the Hive’ to discuss an impending SCOTUS decision, plus the Clarence Thomas–John Roberts originalism spectrum.

Hunter Biden to plead guilty in Justice Department probe: Hunter Biden has been charged with federal offenses related to his taxes and business dealings, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. The Justice Department has inked a deal with the president’s son to plead guilty to two counts of tax misdemeanors. Biden will also face a charge, but not prosecution, for the illegal purchase of a handgun, according to a Tuesday court filing.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Survey: 61 Percent of LGBTQ People Have Avoided a Public Space Due to Fear of Violence: Concern about rising fascism and hate-fueled violence is now widespread in queer communities across the country. Sixty-one percent of LGBTQ+ people in the United States say they have avoided public spaces or a public event due to fear of discrimination or violence, according to a new survey of 1,000 adults by the nonprofit group SafeHome.org.

Discrimination and Barriers to Well-Being: The State of the LGBTQI+ Community in 2022: A comprehensive new CAP study finds that many LGBTQI+ people continue to face discrimination in their personal lives, employment, housing, and health care, as well as in the public sphere.

The ACLU is fighting back against anti-trans legislation: Since 2015, political attacks against LGBTQ people have grown exponentially in state legislatures across the country. The ACLU has launched a nationwide tracking system to publicly document and categorize anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in state legislatures, and guide users to learn more about efforts to protect LGBTQ people and the right to safe, inclusive schools and communities. The goal of this page is to help advocates, organizers, and allies take action against these bills while also revealing these proposals for what they are: a coordinated and political attack on LGBTQ people nationwide.

# Medical / Health
One year after the fall of Roe v. Wade, abortion care has become a patchwork of confusing state laws that deepen existing inequalities:
Abortion bans and restrictions have numerous downstream effects on health care. For instance, medical students in states where those laws exist will not receive training for some standard procedures. While there is no law in the U.S. that regulates what a man can do with his body, the reproductive health of women is now more regulated than it has been in 50 years. And the scope of reproductive health care that women can receive is highly dependent on where they live.

# Military / Global
Ukraine to get AMRAAM weapons under $1 billion deal with RTX: Part of the firm-fixed-price deal, the largest ever awarded for AMRAAM weapons, will cover missiles for sale to multiple foreign allies and partners.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Drugmaker Eli Lilly will acquire Dice Therapeutics, a biopharma company that develops drugs for autoimmune diseases, for $2.4B. Dice is a biopharmaceutical company that uses a proprietary technology platform to develop new oral therapeutic drugs for autoimmune diseases.

# Science
Newly discovered ‘einstein’ tile is a 13-sided shape that solves a decades-old math problem: A new 13-sided shape is the first example of an elusive ‘einstein,’ a single shape that can be tiled infinitely without repeating a pattern. For decades, mathematicians wondered if it was possible to find a single special shape that could perfectly tile a surface, without leaving any gaps or causing any overlaps, with the pattern never repeating. Of course, this is trivial to do with a pattern that repeats,  just look at a bathroom or kitchen floor, which is probably made up of simple rectangular tiles.

# Social
Islam’s call to prayer is ringing out in more US cities – affirming a long and growing presence of Muslims in America: The earliest documented public broadcasting of the Muslim call to prayer in the U.S. took place during the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893. Minneapolis recently became the first major U.S. city to allow the “adhan,” or Muslim call to prayer, to be broadcast from mosques five times a day.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample will have new home in Houston: If everything goes according to plan, OSIRIS-REx’s return capsule will separate from the spacecraft, enter the atmosphere and parachute safely to Earth for recovery https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.americaspace.com/2021/05/11/nasas-osiris-rex-begins-long-journey-home-with-first-ever-asteroid-sample-from-bennu/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1BMzqDg5Al4mfyFR7R3ryRPBbWTjYkFK0pD4PHh0sb_L1iintWBS-LqkUeWcT2hHk1yISxUrxKPT_wl98VcASB03XXjxDrPt$

Intelsat To sustainably extend life of four satellites by 2027:
Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), ordered its second Mission Extension Pod (MEP) from Northrop Grumman Corporation’s SpaceLogistics, which will add life to an Intelsat satellite, providing uninterrupted services to many customers. The new contract represents the fourth deal with SpaceLogistics, following an order for a single MEP in April 2023 and two Mission Extension Vehicles
(MEVs) already in service with Intelsat satellites.

# Technology / Global
Monster Energy thinks it owns the word ‘monster’:  A game dev is calling out the energy-drink maker for objecting any time a company wants to use the word ‘monster.’ The energy-drink maker frequently objects when other companies want trademarks, including the words ‘monster,’ ‘beast,’ or other things it thinks it owns. It has filed 134 such objections in Japan,  including against Pokémon  (short for ‘pocket monsters’) which the patent office has rejected, per Automaton. In the US, there are 100+ pending objections, per Gizmodo.  Monster’s beef with Glowstick Entertainment? Its game, Dark Deception: Monsters & Mortals.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-06-20

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Indigenous
US Judge orders stretch of Enbridge Line 5 shut down on tribal land: “But for the theft of Indigenous lands,” said environmental activist and attorney Steven Donziger, “this pipeline would not even exist.”

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
House to consider resolution banning schools from sheltering illegal immigrants: The U.S. House of Representatives plans to take up legislation this week that would ban the use of public elementary and secondary schools as overflow housing for illegal immigrants, a practice some local governments have recently begun implementing.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Officials at Federal Gov’t Agencies, White House Sued for Censoring COVID Information: Sixty-seven U.S. federal government agencies and officials, including senior officials in the White House, have been accused of engaging in a widespread campaign of pressuring and colluding with social media platforms to censor users in violation of the First Amendment

Investigators who scrutinized top-secret intercepted communications and scientific research believe Chinese scientists were running a covert project of dangerous experiments, which caused a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and started the Covid-19 outbreak.

What if China really did develop COVID as a bioweapon? Here are the issues involved https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://theconversation.com/what-if-china-really-did-develop-covid-as-a-bioweapon-here-are-the-issues-involved-207579__;!!On18fmf1aQ!wOOpTXh6TQ0dgX2GmXmaALHPWdYsZpI9qRIX2DZyb_fBF8c3MlwS5deyJcUEeuc26-Ul24F1Kx6rbV4p0jVbXmavw_pY4RkR$

Controversial Covid Lab Leak Theory Reenergized By Claims Of ‘Patients Zero’: A report in Forbes shines a new light on the controversial theory that covid leaked from a research facility in Wuhan, China: This time it’s alleged via info from multiple “anonymous sources inside the U.S. government” that scientists at the facility were the first to be infected. Other news outlets also discuss the topic.

Scientist Funded by U.S. Got Sick in Wuhan Before Pandemic: U.S.-Funded Scientist Among Three Chinese Researchers Who Fell Ill Amid Early Covid-19 Outbreak. Identification of three who worked at Wuhan Institute of Virology fuels suspicion for proponents of lab-leak theory

# Education / Schools
This Juneteenth, We Are at War Over Our Right to Teach Black History: The right is trying to make truth-telling about U.S. history illegal because it fears the end of white supremacy.

This Teacher Couldn’t Talk About Systemic Racism In Class Because the GOP Banned It: In February, as part of Black History Month, a high school teacher in South Carolina had to stop using Ta-Nehisi Coates’ memoir “Between the World and Me” in a lesson plan about systemic racism — because teachers are prohibited from making students feel uncomfortable about their race or gender in the state

Who is Behind the Attacks on Educators and Public Schools? The manufactured outrage perpetuated by dark money networks is both a danger to educators and a distraction from helping students and parents.

Despite political pressure, US teachers lead complex history lessons on race and slavery: New laws tell teachers how to discuss the history of slavery and racism. We visited four schools to see what kids are really learning.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Transportation / Industry Thanks to IRA Tax Credits, It’s Now Cheaper to Make Solar and Wind Components in the U.S: For the first time ever, solar and wind components made in the U.S. are less expensive than imports, a new study by researchers from Dartmouth and Princeton has found.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure EPA Sued for Approving Toxic Herbicides With Agent Orange Chemical: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being sued for unlawfully reapproving toxic herbicides used to grow food that contain 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), an active ingredient used in the chemical weapon Agent Orange. Public health groups are suing the US Environmental Protection Agency over the reapproval of two toxic herbicides made with an active ingredient in Agent Orange, a chemical weapon deployed by the US to destroy vegetation in the Vietnam war, and which caused huge health problems among soldiers and Vietnamese residents.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global A first for photosynthesis- and agriculture-free food: Protein ‘made from air’ officially on the menu Finnish start-up Solar Foods is marketing its novel microbial protein Solein for the first time. In partnership with Singapore-based restaurant Fico, the duo has developed a dessert made with ingredients ‘derived out of thin air’

# Gov / Politics
Trump Is a “Consummate Narcissist,” Former Attorney General Bill Barr: “He’s a very petty individual who will always put his interests ahead of the country’s… but our country can’t be a therapy session for a troubled man like this”

The New Abnormal: What to Expect Next After Texas AG Ken Paxton’s Impeachment: Texas AG Ken Paxton’s family trust, finances targeted by impeachment subpoenas. The breadth of entities recently subpoenaed show the case’s possible scope and offer more insight into conflicts of interest facing Paxton’s wife, Sen. Angela Paxton.

Blinken and Xi pledge to stabilize deteriorated US-China ties, but the main US request is rebuffed: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Chinese President Xi Jinping as he wrapped up a two-day high-stakes visit to Beijing. America’s top diplomat left Beijing with his biggest ask rebuffed: better communications between their militaries.

# Legal / DOJ
Barr calls Trump’s defense in classified documents case ‘absurd’: Former Attorney General Bill Barr said Sunday the case against former President Trump that resulted in his indictment on federal charges related to his handling of classified documents was “entirely of his own making.”

Prosecutors plan to use Trump’s words against him in documents case: Federal prosecutors plan to use former President Donald Trump’s comments about former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against him in a case alleging he illegally kept classified documents

Read the full Trump indictment and statement of facts: Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg brought felony charges of falsifying business records against the former president and 2024 contender for the GOP nomination.

Judge sets August 14 trial date in Trump’s Florida documents case in the Justice Department’s case over his retention of classified documents. Judge Aileen Cannon set the preliminary trial date for roughly two months after Trump’s arraignment at her courtroom in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Trump judge’s thin criminal trial resume comes with a twist: The Trump-appointed judge, preparing to oversee his documents case, is about to undertake a massive and complex health fraud trial. Aileen Cannon, the federal judge overseeing Donald Trump’s latest criminal case, has run just four, relatively routine criminal trials in her short tenure on the bench — a stark contrast to the historic and complex proceedings she’s about to undertake related to the former president.

Ken Paxton’s Wife Won’t Recuse Herself From Impeachment Case: Angela Paxton is a Texas state senator and says she has a legal obligation to participate in the proceedings. Texas Sen. Angela Paxton says she will ‘carry out my duties’ in husband’s impeachment trial

# LGBTQ / Gender
Amid Right-Wing War on Higher Education, Montana State Students Fear for Their Lives: LGBTQ students targeted by death threats say they have dropped out of classes and have trouble going to sleep at night.

Wisconsin County Declares Itself a Sanctuary for Trans People: Wisconsin County Declares Itself a Sanctuary for Trans People: The Dane County Board of Supervisors voted 25-1 to back a resolution that seeks to protect the rights of transgender and nonbinary individuals in the event that a state proposal endangering those rights — including access to gender-affirming health care — is passed by the GOP-controlled Wisconsin legislature.

# Media
“Don’t get screwed again”: News publishers are banding together in the face of AI threat: Industry leaders are publicly sounding the alarm and privately negotiating with the likes of OpenAI and Microsoft to get paid for their content. As News Corp CEO Robert Thomson has warned: “We need to be more collectively assertive.”

Postal Service Fails to Protect Workers from Rising Crime: Recently, mail delivery has proven a risky endeavor: The move is a result of increases in threats and attacks on letter carriers and in mail fraud incidents, which have escalated along with a national rise in crime. The agencies recently updated Congress on the problems, and say the new measures will help safeguard mail and packages in Dallas-Fort Worth and across the nation.

Julian Assange’s legal team have filed a final application for appeal, the last option available in the British courts. If accepted, the case could proceed to a public hearing in front of two new High Court judges. If rejected, Julian could be immediately extradited to the United States where he will stand trial for 18 counts of violating the Espionage Act, charges that could see him receive a 175-year sentence, as early as this week.

The Late Daniel Ellsberg’s Wish: Free Julian Assange, Encourage Whistleblowers: Ellsberg died Friday, and we revisit his message for those who are considering becoming whistleblowers.

# Medical / Health
The System Makes Patients Sick And CEOs Rich: Healthcare executives’ pay topped $335 million last year while 100 million Americans were saddled with medical debt. As Bob Herman, a journalist at healthcare news outlet STAT, reports, the CEOs were paid a record $335 million last year, 18 percent more than the previous record set in 2021. Had it not been for their companies’ share buybacks, they wouldn’t have banked nearly that much money.

# Medical Science
Twelve Infants Die During Clinical Trials for FDA-Endorsed RSV Drug: AstraZeneca/Sanofi stated in a press release that the antibody may also have the potential to protect those born healthy at term or preterm, as well as with conditions that make them more susceptible to RSV disease.

# Military / DOD
Beijing Plans a New Training Facility in Cuba, Raising Prospect of Chinese Troops on America’s Doorstep: China and Cuba are negotiating to establish a new joint military training facility on the island, sparking alarm in Washington that it could lead to the stationing of Chinese troops and other security and intelligence operations just 100 miles off Florida’s coast, according to current and former U.S.

# Military / Global
Ukraine war: The deadly landmines killing hundreds: Across Ukraine’s vast expanse, there are thought to be 174,000 square kilometres which are contaminated by landmines. It is an area of land larger than England, Wales and Northern Ireland combined. They’re banned by international law. That hasn’t stopped them from being used in this war.

# Social
GOP’s Desired Work Requirements Would Kick Millions Off Anti-Poverty Programs: About 10 million Medicaid expansion enrollees are at risk of losing benefits under McCarthy’s bill, while 900,000 Americans aged 50 to 55 are at risk of losing SNAP assistance.

We’re Failing Our Elders: Seniors Are a Growing Portion of Unhoused Population: People over age 50 now account for approximately half of the unhoused population in the U.S.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
North Korea calls failed spy satellite launch ‘the most serious’ shortcoming, vows 2nd launch: A North Korean state media report says top officials have vowed to push for a second attempt to launch a spy satellite during a recently ended meeting of the ruling party.

# Technology
GPS-like tech based on cosmic ray particles can navigate underground and underwater: Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a wireless navigation technology based on muons that can be used anywhere on the Earth including indoors and underground. They claim that, unlike GPS, this technology can penetrate obstacles like water, soil, and rocks, enabling navigation in difficult places.

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