Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-30

Voices, The Peoples News

August 30, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Ruling allows New Jersey’s last ICE jail to remain open despite state ban: Biden supported a private prison company’s suit to keep the jail open, but immigrant rights activists aren’t giving up. CoreCivic — the private prison company that runs the center — sued to keep the center open, and President Biden publicly came out on CoreCivic’s side. On August 29, two days before CoreCivic’s contract was set to expire, a federal judge ruled to keep the center open.

# Corporations / Industry
The internet didn’t kill paper; but U.S. paper mills are closing anyway: Rebecca Heilweil gets into the complicated economics forcing the paper industry to shift gears

# Education / Schools
California Attorney General Sues School District Over Anti-Trans Policies: The new policies violate “state laws safeguarding” student rights, state Attorney General Robert Bonta said.

# Employment / Labor
Biden Administration Proposes Extending Overtime Protections to 3.6 Million More Workers: Salaried workers making under $55,000 a year would be guaranteed overtime pay under the proposed rule.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Biden Can’t Keep Putting Off a Climate Emergency Declaration, Says One Democrat Leading the Charge: President Joe Biden will travel to Massachusetts on Wednesday to promote his efforts to combat climate change but will stop short of issuing an emergency declaration that would unlock federal resources to deal with the issue, the White House spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

EPA slashes federally protected waters by more than half after Supreme Court ruling: The Environmental Protection Agency and US Army on Tuesday released a new rule that slashes federally protected water by more than half. The EPA’s new rule “removes the significant nexus test from consideration when identifying tributaries and other waters as federally protected,” the agency said.

Rising seas could drown coastal ecosystems by 2100 unless we keep climate crisis in check: Scientists used ancient and modern data to pinpoint critical sea-level rise rates at which tidal marshes, mangroves, and coral reefs could be at risk.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Salmon die in droves as climate change burns Canada: Thousands of salmon have been found dead in rivers and creeks on the province’s Pacific Coast amid severe drought in the past two years. The stresses from a changing habitat also weaken the fish and make them more likely to die from other causes, experts say.

Emperor penguins flee melting ice: Last year was catastrophic for Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) breeding in Antarctica because of the record-low extent of winter sea ice. Satellite images revealed that penguins abandoned all but one of their breeding colonies in the Bellingshausen Sea. “This one event is not going to doom the species,” says seabird ecologist Annie Schmidt. But for these colonies — about 10,000 breeding pairs in total — “I think we’re past the tipping point”, says ecologist Gerald Kooyman.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Farmworkers face increasing heat waves with little protection: Experts call attention to poor regulatory safeguards and the underreported impact of climate change on farmworkers. Farmworkers are unprotected against heat-related illnesses. They are 35 times more likely to die from heat exposure than workers in other sectors, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the absence of a federal heat regulation that guarantees their safety and life, when scientists have warned that global warming will continue, increases that risk.

# General News
Epstein Held Meetings With Trump Allies During 2016 Campaign: He told associates he was “pleased with Trump’s win,” according to a new report. According to the Wall Street Journal, Epstein set up meetings with some of Donald Trump’s supporters before the 2016 presidential election.

# Gov / Politics
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is playing his cards close to his chest as he faces one of the biggest tests of his political career, the impeachment trial of suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton set to start Sept. 5.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called out his own party ahead of a looming fight with Democrats over spending cuts that could potentially result in another costly government shutdown next month. “We do need to cut back on spending but a little less hypocrisy would be a good thing,” he said.

Alabama GOP Lawmaker Arrested on Felony Voter Fraud Charge: State Rep. David Cole, whose residency status has faced questions since before his election, is accused of voting in a district where he did not live, voted in “multiple or unauthorized locations,” according to jail records provided by Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Manchin Working on $100M Project for ‘Politically Homeless’: It’s unclear whether the project, described as an effort to “mobilize the middle,” is meant to be a separate political party or just a support system for more moderate politicians.

# Law Enforcment
How One Citizen Fought Back Against a Cop’s Road Rage: A court said an off-duty police officer who pulled his gun on a motorist should be protected by “qualified immunity.” But the victim wouldn’t stand for it.

When Police Killed a Trans Woman, Small Town Officials Scrambled to Protect Them: Since the killing, officials have publicly celebrated the police and tried to stop circulation of a watchdog newspaper. Since the killing, officials have publicly celebrated the police and tried to stop circulation of a watchdog newspaper. Maddie is at least the 27th transgender or gender non-conforming person violently killed in 2022. We say “at least” because too often these deaths go unreported — or misreported.

# Legal / DOJ
Prosecutors Ask If Trump Knew Giuliani Was Drunk as a Skunk on Election Night: The former mayor’s alleged booziness could play a role at Trump’s federal election trial. Prosecutors want to know how intoxicated Rudy Giuliani was during and after the 2020 election. They also want to know if Trump knew that Giuliani was drunk when he was advising the former president.

How Mark Meadows’ Testimony May Have Just Helped Prosecutors: In some sense, Meadows had to make some version of that argument. Proclaiming that he was strictly doing his job as a White House employee is the key that Meadows hopes will unlock the path toward moving the case to federal court

Trump Might Not Show Up to Arraignment in Georgia: In fairness, the former president has already been arraigned three times so far this year.  Former President Donald Trump may not show up to his arraignment in Georgia next week, according to two sources familiar with his plans. Trump is considering waiving his arraignment appearance, which is scheduled for the morning of Sept. 6

Peter Navarro Has Key Defense Thrown Out by Judge: He is set to go to trial on a charge of contempt of Congress. The ruling said Navarro had failed to prove that former President Donald Trump wanted him to assert executive privilege over his potential testimony.

Giuliani loses by default in defamation case brought by Georgia poll workers: U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled against the former New York City mayor over his refusal to turn over documents, saying his justifications “hold more holes than Swiss cheese.”

# Medical / Health
We need to change how we count heat-related deaths: In this age of big data, why don’t we have a better and more concrete way of knowing the impact of climate change on health outcomes? In late July, as parts of the southern U.S. approached 30 days of temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, President Biden took to the podium to announce a plan to mitigate the impacts from extreme heat. During this speech, the president reiterated a truth surprising to most people: Heat kills more people in the U.S. than any other weather-related event.

The Increasing Death Toll in the U.S. From Extreme Heat: According to estimates by the National Weather service, heat has been the single largest contributor to weather related deaths over the last 30 years.

Healthcare on the brink, what the world can learn from the medical strikes in the UK: The UK’s ‘strike season’ is more than a national crisis; it’s a wake-up call to the world. The appreciation and applause for healthcare heroes must now translate into action, investment, and a renewed commitment to value and support those who are at the forefront of saving lives.

# Military / Global
Ukraine Launches Biggest Drone Attack Yet Inside Russia: Russian military aircraft went up in flames as several regions came under attack. Moscow has accused Ukraine of launching supposedly one of the biggest drone attacks on Russian soil since it invaded 18 months ago. Drones hit an airport in Russia’s western Pskov region near the border with Estonia and Latvia, sparking a massive fire, the governor and local media reported.

# Nuclear
Texas v. NRC: America’s Trumpiest court just put itself in charge of nuclear safety: This decision is radioactive, even by the very low standards of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, invalidating the power of actual nuclear policy regulators to decide how to deal with nuclear waste in the process https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.vox.com/2023/8/29/23849054/supreme-court-nuclear-safety-fifth-circuit-james-ho-radioactive-texas-commission__;!!On18fmf1aQ!z8EpEK0rXHqYv7QO48BIFl9Oz5fDc9Nvq_14L3g2SrzT-yE3MSD8MGJEPNt-PgsuQpRHIiXA3vLXmnwuyJodOjka5W-29r5P$

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Researchers warn about synthetic opioids more powerful than fentanyl: They’re called netazenes and go by the street name “Frankenstein.” Study shows they could be 10 times stronger than fentanyl. Patients who overdose on “Frankenstein” opioids  require two or more doses of naloxone to survive. Fentanyl overdoses need just one.

Governors urge Congress to address prescription drug shortages: Eleven governors are asking Congress to adopt policies to ease the nation’s prescription drug shortages.  Governor Greg Gianforte today urged Congress to address the nationwide shortage of prescription drugs. In a letter to congressional leaders, the governors raised concern with the increased frequency and severity of prescription drug shortages and the lack of federal action to address it.

Medicare Drug Price Negotiations Could Have Limited Impact At First: The 10 drugs named by the Biden administration include some that cost Medicare the most money and combined cost $50 billion last year.

# Transportation
The Lobbying Surge Behind San Francisco’s Robo-Taxi Mayhem: In the lead-up to California regulators voting earlier this month to allow driverless taxis to operate with near impunity in San Francisco, the companies behind the autonomous vehicles, Cruise and Waymo, spent nearly $2 million on lobbying in the state, including wining and dining nearly three dozen state officials

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-29

Voices, The Peoples News

August 29, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Indigenous
Land-Grab Universities: : How the Morrill Act funded land grant universities by taking Indigenous lands. Morrill Hall was built in 1868 on Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga) lands that Ezra Cornell had acquired and was the very first building on what is today called the arts quad. But lands deemed “free” or “public” to the US government were already home to hundreds of nations of people.

# Indigenous / Global
The indigenous groups fighting against the quest for ‘white gold’: Indigenous communities in northern Argentina are determined to protect the land from lithium mining. Indigenous groups like those led by spokesperson Nati Machaca fear that the extraction process, which demands vast amounts of water, is depleting soil and contaminating water sources, jeopardizing their traditional way of life.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas National Guard member fires across Rio Grande, wounds Mexican citizen: The Texas Military Department isn’t identifying the Guard member or providing details about the Saturday shooting. The man who was shot in the leg said he was working out near the river.

An investigation by Military Times and The Texas Tribune has found that Texas National Guard leaders disbanded the intelligence wing of the state-run border mission Operation Lone Star. Whistleblowers reported the surveillance operation, which included spying on migrants via WhatsApp, violated long-standing rules against state-run spy operations.

ISIS-Linked Smuggler Helped Uzbeks Enter U.S: Officials are now trying to locate some of those who were helped across the southern border. The FBI is investigating more than a dozen Uzbek nationals allowed into the US after they sought asylum at the southern border with Mexico earlier this year, a scramble set off when US intelligence officials found that the migrants traveled with the help of a smuggler with ties to ISIS

# Bundy Rides Again
Ammon Bundy: God Told Me to Go To My Arraignment: Bundy said he nearly fled the state to avoid a legal battle with a hospital, but the divine intervened.

St. Luke’s takes new steps to get money owed by Ammon Bundy. Judge considers order: After an Ada County jury ordered far-right activist Ammon Bundy and other defendants to pay $52.5 million in damages to St. Luke’s Health System, many wondered whether the hospital would ever see a dime.

Ammon Bundy arrested on contempt charge from Ada County: Ammon Bundy was arrested Friday by the Gem County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for contempt charges stemming from a legal battle with the St. Luke’s Health System.

# Chemicals
It may have just gotten harder to protect minority communities from pollution: The Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision could upend race-conscious policies.

EPA seeks to slash chemical plants’ cancer-causing emissions: Major updates to air pollution regulations could reduce frontline communities’ excess cancer risk by 96%

# Children / Youth
UN strengthens children’s rights to fight climate change in court: “Children are architects, leaders, thinkers and changemakers of today’s world. Our voices matter, and they deserve to be listened to.” A United Nations body on Monday updated a key treaty designed to protect children’s rights to strengthen their hand in fighting climate change, as they emerge at the forefront of the battle to protect the planet.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Mask Mandates Return: Full List of Places With Restrictions in Place: Two new COVID-19 variants,   EG.5 and BA.2.86,  have recently emerged. The World Health Organization (WHO) classified the former as a “variant of interest” earlier in August, but reported that its risk to global public health is low.

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COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the U.S. have continued to rise week over week, based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. tallied about 15,000 reported hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 over the seven days ending Aug. 19. Though a far cry from previous totals during the pandemic, that’s a 19% increase from the week prior, continuing a climb that started at the end of June after hospitalizations reached a recent weekly low point of approximately 6,300.

Doctor died from rare reaction to AstraZeneca Covid jab, UK coroner
rules: A doctor died from a rare reaction to the AstraZeneca Covid jab in one of the first rounds of vaccinations, a coroner has ruled. Dr Stephen Wright, 32, an NHS clinical psychologist and frontline health worker, suffered from a combination of a brainstem infarction, bleed on the brain and vaccine-induced thrombosis

# Education / Schools
Some GOP candidates want to eliminate the Department of Education. Can they do it? Republican presidential candidates have put the U.S. Department of Education on notice. Getting the votes to dump the Department of Education would be a challenge on its own. U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., re-introduced a bill in February that would terminate the department on Dec. 31, 2023. Massie’s bill has 28 cosponsors. All of them are Republicans.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
The U.S. is pumping oil faster than ever. Republicans don’t care: U.S. oil production, already the highest in the world,  is on track to set a new record this year, and will probably rise even more in 2024. But the ever-increasing flow of U.S. crude has failed to keep a lid on gasoline prices, showing once again that a global market drives the fuel prices that shape presidents’ political futures.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Ecuador’s Citizens Vote to Stop All Oil Drilling in Biodiverse Amazonian National Park: Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park is home to one of the most biodiverse concentrations of plant and animal life on Earth. In an historic vote of nearly 60 percent in favor, Ecuadorian citizens chose to stop the development of new oil wells in the park, the country’s National Electoral Commission said.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Children have a right to sue nations over climate, UN panel says: The finding doesn’t have the force of law, but is notable because it is based on one of the most widely accepted international treaties. It
explains: “In an expansive 20-page document released Monday, the Committee [on the on the Rights of the Child] said all countries have a legal obligation to protect children from environmental degradation – including by ‘regulating business enterprises’ – and to allow their underage citizens to seek legal recourse.

What your insurer is trying to tell you about climate change: Insurers are trying to send a message. The government is trying to suppress it. As climate-related disasters grow in frequency and intensity, major home insurers in some locations are concluding that no premium, or at least no premium that customers are willing to pay and state regulators are likely to permit, will cover the potential losses.

Climate campaigners decry ‘absolutely horrendous’ brutality against protesters at fed summit: “We have no choice but to take direct action to put our bodies on the line because petitions, sign-waving, and chanting, we tried that for the past 50 years and it hasn’t worked, and we’re out of time,” said one arrested activist. Climate campaigners on Friday condemned the violent takedown of activists during a demonstration at the annual Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Wyoming, an elite gathering where U.S. Federal Reserve officials, central bankers from around the world, economists, and policymakers meet, mingle, and craft financial

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global China Bans All Japanese Seafood Imports as Fukushima Wastewater Is Released Into Pacific: Japan has begun discharging treated water containing radioactive tritium from the decommissioned Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean. The move led to China announcing an immediate ban on all aquatic products from the island nation.

# General News
A History Lesson for Mega-Rich Bullies Bankrolling Land-Grab: The Silicon Valley billionaires seeking to scheme and bully their way into building a utopian new city 50 miles northeast of increasingly dystopian San Francisco face a barrier that voters established to stop a similar project four decades ago

# Gov / Politics / Global
What Prigozhin’s death reveals about Putin’s power in Russia: Putin shaped a modern version of autocracy, held together by his personal power, ability to play off his potentates, and offer glory and stability to his people. His decision to “roll the iron dice,” of war has not only led to the death of an estimated 500,000 people, many of them innocent Ukrainian civilians, but also placed his own rule under impossible stress, revealing a decaying state dominated by coercion, feuding, incompetence, mendacity, and venality.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un blasts US and warns of nuclear war risk: In a speech to mark North Korea’s Navy Day, Kim said that “the reckless confrontational moves” of the US and “other hostile forces” turned the waters around the Korean Peninsula “into the world’s biggest war hardware concentration spot, the most unstable waters with the danger of a nuclear war,” as reported by state

# Gov / Politics
National Archives Finds More Than 5,000 Emails, Including Biden’s Secret Email Addresses: A search of Biden’s vice presidential records found “approximately 5,138 email messages, 25 electronic files and 200 pages of potentially responsive records” for a Freedom of Information Act request filed last year in search of three email addresses Biden was known to use to conceal his name.
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Recruiting starts for plan to shrink government, fire federal workers: The right-wing “Project 2025” is a blueprint for “undoing the damage the Left has wrought.” A coalition of right-wing organizations has started recruiting thousands of people as part of a project aimed at gutting the federal government in anticipation of a Republican victory in the 2024 election, according to a report.

Republicans Head for Intraparty Clash on Spending Bills: House Republicans pushing for more spending cuts in Congress’s annual spending bills are in for a fight, including pushback from their Senate GOP counterparts. The Hill’s Alexander Bolton reports: “Senate Republicans are signaling that they’re in no mood to back conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus who are demanding major concessions from Democrats in the annual spending bills, raising the odds of a government shutdown this fall.”

Trump’s RICO indictment proves the GOP is beyond saving: The depth of criminality within the Republican Party, both among its elected officials and its operatives, is truly unprecedented. It shows the effort to subvert the 2020 election, effectively, democracy itself,  by any means necessary, including the alleged commission of crimes, was not just a goal of Trump and his team. In fact, it was a goal shared by the Republican Party’s most experienced legal minds.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez Drops Out of Presidential Race: The announcement comes after Suarez failed to qualify for last week’s Republican debate.

# Legal / DOJ
‘I’m not the guilty one’: the water protector facing jail time for trying to stop a pipeline: Mylene Vialard was arrested in August 2021 while protesting in northern Minnesota against the expansion and rerouting of Line 3 – a 1,097-mile tar sands oil pipeline with a dismal safety record, that crosses more than 200 water bodies from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the US midwest

Former Judge Rips Trump Lawyers for ‘Stunningly Stupid’ Move: A retired California Superior Court judge on Monday criticized attorneys for former President Donald Trump over a “stunningly stupid” argument they made in a court filing while trying to push their client’s Washington.
Trump’s team was being given more than six months to defend the former president.

A federal judge has set a March 4 trial date for former President Donald Trump’s election interference case in Washington, D.C. The trial date falls one day before the Super Tuesday primaries. The judge overseeing former President Donald Trump’s election interference case in federal court set a trial date for March 4, a schedule that could have a crucial impact on the 2024 race for the White House.

Wisconsin Top Court’s New Liberal Majority Accused of ‘Coup’: Chief Justice Annette Ziegler said her colleagues were causing “irreparable damage to the judiciary.”  The conservative chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday told the new liberal majority in a scathing email that they had staged a “coup” and conducted an “illegal experiment” when they voted to weaken her powers and fire the director of state courts.

Trump Says He’ll Appeal March 4 Federal Trial Date. Legal Experts Say He Can’t: Trump’s lawyers can file motions that could delay the trial, but they cannot formally appeal the date itself. Trump’s lawyers can file motions that could delay the trial, but they cannot formally appeal the date itself.

Judge won’t let  banks and insurers hide their Trump docs: Banks and insurance companies trying to keep the public in the dark about their business dealings with Donald Trump ran into a ray of legal sunshine after a judge ruled that he wouldn’t seal records in the run-up to the New York Attorney General’s upcoming trial against the real estate mogul.

# Medical / Health
They couldn’t get pregnant. No one told them their ovaries held ‘forever chemicals’: South Carolina researchers detected toxic PFAS in the ovaries of 36 women at a fertility clinic.

In utero exposure to plastic chemicals tied to developmental problems in toddlers:  In utero exposure to plastic chemicals tied to developmental problems in toddlers. Israeli researchers find that higher levels of ubiquitous phthalates in the urine of pregnant mothers correlate with emotional and social difficulties in boys, but not girls.

Bill of the Month: She Paid Her Husband’s Hospital Bill. A Year After His Death, They Wanted More Money: Total Bill: The hospital charged $110,666.46 for the stay before any payments or adjustments. The insurer negotiated that price down to $60,348.77, and Reynolds paid the $823.15 the hospital said the patient owed. Then, a year after her husband’s death, she received a new version of the bill from the hospital, charging her an additional $1,093.16.
What Gives: Reynolds encountered a perplexing reality in medical billing: Providers can, and do, come after patients to collect more money for services months or years after a bill has been paid.

Pressure Rises On Biden As Millions, Including Kids, Lose Medicaid: Congressional Democrats and health advocates are urging the Biden administration to do more to ensure people are protected as nearly 5.5 million are purged from Medicaid rolls, including about 1.1 million kids who have lost health coverage.

To Cut Costs, Hospital Systems Are Selling Non-Core Businesses: Modern Healthcare reports on shrinking hospital systems’ portfolios, contrasting an acquisitive trend over the past two decades. Meanwhile, Oregon’s third-largest city is set to lose its only hospital demonstrating the “fallout of pressured health-care systems across the country,” as Bloomberg says.

Can Text Messages Sway More Black Parents to Vaccinate Teens for HPV? Rutgers Gets $600k Grant to Find Out: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is funding research at Rutgers University on how to increase uptake of Merck’s human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine among Black adolescents, documents obtained by Children’s Health Defense via a Freedom of Information Act request revealed.

# Nuclear
Young climate activist tells Greenpeace to drop ‘old-fashioned’ anti-nuclear stance: Swedish teenager Ia Anstoot says group’s ‘unscientific’ opposition to EU nuclear power serves fossil fuel interests.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Medicare names first 10 drugs up for price negotiations with the government:
Eliquis, a blood thinner.
Xarelto, a blood thinner.
Januvia, a diabetes drug.
Jardiance, a diabetes drug.
Enbrel, a rheumatoid arthritis drug.
Imbruvica, a drug for blood cancers.
Farxiga, a drug for diabetes, heart failure and chronic kidney disease.

Drug Shortages Threaten Americans’ Health. There’s a Straightforward Policy Solution: In order to ease drug shortages, we need a policy change that would enable overseas manufacturers to sell products in the U.S. that already have received marketing approval from certain foreign governments with standards comparable to those of the FDA, and vice versa

How Big Pharma Gets Dangerous Drugs Approved: “FDA failures have been blamed for contributing to the opioid epidemic and giving false hope to Alzheimer’s patients by approving a costly and unproven drug. This is, in fact, a tremendous  controversy in the scientific and medical world. [T]he federal agency is now much cozier with the industry it is supposed to regulate—pharmaceutical companies with lots of money and questionable practices… from lobbying to advertising and price gouging.”

Revealed: WHO aspartame safety panel linked to alleged Coca-Cola front group: Guideline on Diet Coke ingredient by consultants tied to industry is ‘obvious conflict of interest’ and ‘not credible’, report says. In May, the World Health Organization issued an alarming report that declared widely used non-sugar sweeteners like aspartame are likely ineffective for weight loss, and long term consumption may increase the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and mortality in adults.

Texas can now apply to import lower-priced Canadian medications: House Bill 25 creates the “Wholesale Prescription Drug Importation Program.” The state’s Health and Human Services Commission would contract with Canadian drug wholesalers and suppliers to bring safe, eligible prescription drugs to Texas consumers at prices far cheaper than U.S. wholesalers.

# Science
Stay of execution for US-China science pact: The US government has extended a non-binding, but symbolically important, agreement to cooperate with China in science and technology for six months.

# Water
America is draining its groundwater like there’s no tomorrow: Unchecked overuse is draining and damaging aquifers nationwide, a New York Times investigation found, threatening millions of people and America

Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater: In places around the world, supplies of groundwater are rapidly vanishing. As aquifers decline and wells begin to go dry, people are being forced to confront a growing crisis.

These 7 industrial farm operations are draining Arizona’s aquifers, and no one knows exactly how much they’re taking: Peacock Nuts, a consortium that includes the largest permanent crop nursery in the United States, has even bigger plans: 4,500 acres and as many as 650,000 pistachio trees. “There’s no way we have enough water to be able to handle that,” Cobb said.

Could a Tug-of-War Between Two Central Texas Counties Leave Residents Without Drinking Water? What made the drought particularly difficult was that the less it rained, the more groundwater people pumped. When Mother Nature isn’t watering your yard or your farm, you have to do it yourself.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-28

Voices, The Peoples News

August 28, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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“The corporations that profit from permanent war need us
to be afraid. Fear stops us from objecting to government
spending on a bloated military. Fear means we will not
ask unpleasant questions of those in power. Fear permits
the government to operate in secret.”
– Chris Hedges
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# Indigenous / Global
‘I’m not the guilty one’: the water protector facing jail time for trying to stop a pipeline: Mylene Vialard goes on trial this week for opposing a pipeline on Indigenous land amid warnings peaceful protest is under threat. Mylene Vialard was arrested in August 2021 while protesting in northern Minnesota against the expansion and rerouting of Line 3 – a 1,097-mile tar sands oil pipeline with a dismal safety record, that crosses more than 200 water bodies from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the US midwest.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Repeated COVID Shots Driving Dangerous Variants, Turbo Cancers: According to vaccinologist Geert Vanden Bossche, DVM, Ph.D., continued mass COVID-19 vaccination is driving more infectious and potentially dangerous viral variants, increasing the risk of severe COVID-19, aggressive cancers and autoimmune diseases in vaccinated populations.

Biden plans to ask Congress for funding to develop new COVID vaccine, may require shot for all –The announcement comes near a year after Biden declared the pandemic was ‘over’

COVID shuts down  school district in Karnes County, Texas, for the rest of the week –A notice from the Runge ISD superintendent, himself diagnosed with the virus, also stated extracurricular activities are on hold.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
The Real-Life Bank Heist That Should Have Us All Petrified: The new documentary Billion Dollar Heist ends with a jolting premonition: In the next five to 10 years, a cyberattack threatening major national infrastructures banking, transportation, telecommunications, water supplies is all but guaranteed.

“Every Door You Open Ultimately Leads To Blackstone”: The Lever’s founder David Sirota is featured in a new docuseries scrutinizing one of the world’s most powerful billionaires

“American Buyout,” explains the rise of Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone, the world’s largest private equity firm. American buyout giant Blackstone disclosed that its two founders will collect a combined £1.2bn when they float their leveraged buyout firm on Wall Street.

# Education / Schools
Will WVU’s Draconian Cuts Become a Blueprint for Austerity Across Higher Education? West Virginia University (WVU) is following the neoliberal creed that people should only be educated to the point of utility. Hundreds of West Virginia University (WVU) students staged a class walkout outside the school’s student union in Morgantown, West Virginia, on August 21 to protest an administration proposal to cut 32 academic programs and 169 faculty positions.

# Employment / Labor
How a first union contract provides workers a seat at the table: Right now, companies regularly obstruct organizing and bargaining because it’s so easy for them to get away with it. Along with wage increases, better work-life balance, and other wins, the workers gained a real voice on the job in early August when they ratified their first contract with Kumho as members of the United Steelworkers (USW).

UAW Brokers a Tentative Agreement With GM Battery Maker Ultium Cells: While the agreement gives Ultium Cells workers a raise of more than 20 percent, membership overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike of the Big Three automakers after September 14.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Louisiana Rushes Buildout of Carbon Pipelines, Adding to Dangers Plaguing Cancer Alley: As the Biden administration funds carbon sequestration projects, residents worry about ruptured pipelines and mass asphyxiation from leaks.

As companies eye massive lithium deposits in California’s Salton Sea, locals anticipate a mixed bag:  Frontline communities in Lithium Valley are cautiously optimistic about the economic potential, but are also concerned about the health and environmental issues mining could create.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Ecuador’s government plans to keep drilling in national park, despite vote on ban:  Ecuador’s Government Plans to Keep Drilling in National Park, Despite Vote on Ban. After Ecuadorians overwhelmingly voted to ban new oil wells in a prized national park, the government challenged the legitimacy of the referendum and said it would continue drilling.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Degrowthers Gain Support as Planet Cooks. Can They Ally With Green New Dealers? Degrowth and its opponents recognize the necessity of mass movements and system change to address the climate emergency. In short, there is no necessary opposition between degrowth and a GND. Degrowthers do, however, raise caveats surrounding the material implications of expansionary programs — particularly if the whole world shares in them, as it should.

Degrowth and the Green New Deal: Radical action on climate change is at last on the agenda. The emphasis is on urgency and action and – for XR notably – ‘truth.’ Questions of long-term strategy are less clear, but strategy platforms have been advanced. Foremost among them are the Green New Deal (GND) and degrowth.

What Is the Green New Deal? A Climate Proposal, Explained: The term “Green New Deal” has been used to describe various sets of policies that aim to make systemic change.

EPA agrees to settle lawsuit by testing fish for PCBs in two Maryland rivers: Federal regulators have agreed to check fish in two Maryland rivers for toxic contaminants to settle a court case brought by an environmental group.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Once Again, the FDA Admits It Lied to Us. and Once More, We Yawn: On critical matters, our medical authorities have no interest in settling the science. Instead, battles are won in the arena of smear and insinuation. The reality is that most of us are not ready for the truth. We want reassurance. We cling to our comfort blankets because the idea that we live in a world in which our and our families’ interests are not paramount is too disturbing.

# General News
Telltale Evidence That Lahaina Was Destroyed By Directed Energy Weapons: Directed energy has certain characteristics that are unlike a fire. They leave behind telltale evidence. The rubble of Lahaina gives silent testimony that it was immolated by directed energy weapons.

No One Knows How Many Americans Are Imprisoned in Pakistan’s Crackdown on Dissent: The U.S. helped set Pakistan’s crisis in motion, but it appears to be doing little to help dual citizens caught up in the military’s dragnet.
Pakistani authorities harassed, and at times, prosecuted human rights defenders and journalists for criticizing government policies.

# Gov / Politics / Global
The Secret Russian ‘School’ Churning Out Minions for Putin: While many pro-Moscow mouthpieces in Kremlin-occupied territories in Ukraine are Russian, the apparent goal of the new training scheme is to tutor local residents on spreading the Kremlin’s influence, and to try to create an image of local support for the invasion. The operation is focused on training up new propagandists in Russia from occupied territories in Ukraine so they can later spread Kremlin lines there, the assessment from the National Resistance Center of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine states.

Honduras Defense Official and U.S. Drug War Ally Tied to Narco-Trafficker, Notorious Mercenary Firm: Col. Elias Melgar Urbina, top-ranking Honduran military official and U.S. partner in joint drug war operations, tied to a Honduran drug trafficker, according to U.S. Justice Department filing, and a private security company accused of assassinating land rights activists, according to eyewitness testimony and documents obtained by The Intercept.

# Gov / Politics
Trump Can and Should Be Disqualified From Running for Prez: In fact, there exist a multitude of ways to enforce the disqualification of Trump. For starters, secretaries of state could simply decide he cannot be on the ballot. Secondly, citizens and states could challenge his presence on the ballot through the courts.

Republican activist says party ‘deserves to lose’ if it fails to address climate crisis: Benji Backer, executive chairman of conservative climate group, calls question on crisis in debate ‘historic’ but laments answers.

Republican candidates spark outrage with sweeping climate crisis denial at debate: Many publications cover the first 2024 Republican US presidential primary debate, where all but one candidate appeared to deny the scientific consensus that humans are causing climate change.

The Republican Party’s presidential candidates are struggling to address growing concerns about climate change: The eight Republican presidential candidates on the debate stage were asked to raise their hands if they believed human behavior is causing climate change. Not a single hand went up.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy suggested that an impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden was becoming more likely, calling it “a natural step forward” as Congress ends its summer break. Some House Republicans are eager to go after Biden over claims of financial misconduct involving his son Hunter.

Abortion Bans or Democracy, You Can’t Have Both: Controlling people’s bodies requires trashing representative government and violating every individual right: Issue 1 was a transparent ruse , polls showed 58 percent support for the abortion rights measure; the lawmakers specified a 60 percent majority to pass an amendment instead of the current simple majority, and voters soundly rejected it. Now Ohio is set to follow the six states that have conferred the highest level of state protection on reproductive freedom through popular referendum.

Biden Is ‘Old,’ Trump Is ‘Corrupt’: AP-NORC Poll Has Ominous Signs For Both In Possible 2024 Rematch:  Those are among the top terms Americans use when they’re asked to describe the Democrat in the White House and the Republican best positioned to face him in next year’s election.

The Real Story Behind Ron DeSantis’ Newest Fired Prosecutor: In August of last year, he fired Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, citing the prosecutor’s stated refusal to jail women for having an abortion that violated Florida’s increasingly stringent and conservative laws. State Attorney Monique H. Worrell holds a press conference, on March 9, 2023, in Florida.

Democracy is in trouble in the U.S: The Brookings Institution concludes in a 2022 report that the once proud American democracy is facing a systemic crisis and is accelerating its decline. The impact is spreading to all fronts in domestic politics, the economy and society, posing a mortal threat to the legitimacy and health of capitalism.

It’s Time For Several Republicans To Quit The Presidential Race: According to Ipsos polling of Republican primary voters, every participant in Wednesday night’s debate gained voters who are considering supporting them in the primary. Trump and all other candidates who failed to make the stage lost possible voters.

Majority of Americans Want Trump Trial Before 2024 Election:  51% of independents think the former president should do prison time, if convicted. Trump has been charged with committing 91 criminal offenses across four separate investigations.

# Law Enforcment
Pence Criticized Over Call for “Expedited” Death Penalty for Mass Shooters: Experts on violence widely agree that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent.

Jacksonville, Florida Gunman Kills Three in Racist Shooting: “He hated Black people,” said local law enforcement about the white shooter.
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Gary Younge on Jacksonville Shooting & Why America’s Gun Problem “Makes Its Racism More Lethal”:  “There’s been a significant increase in the number of hate crimes, particularly in anti-Black hate crimes, and one has to be able to connect that to the political situation that surrounds us,” says Younge, who says the shooter’s actions are reflective of the current attacks on Black history and represent a backlash to increased racial consciousness

Sadistic California Cops Bragged About ‘Violating Civil Rights’: Feds allege officers collected photos of K-9 attacks and crafted an American flag with spent munitions. “A new federal indictment pulls back the curtain on sadistic behavior by cops in Northern California, who allegedly brutalized residents, with K-9 dog bites or by shooting them with ‘less lethal’ projectiles, and even bragged of breaching their civil rights.

# Legal / DOJ
Georgia GOP Gears Up to Remove Atlanta Prosecutor Who Indicted Donald Trump: House Republicans are replaying a familiar script: playing political defense in former President Donald Trump’s legal battles. A little over a week after a prosecutor in Georgia indicted former President Donald Trump for trying to overturn the results of the state’s 2020 presidential election, Republicans said they will use a new law to remove her from office.

Seven of Trump’s Co-Defendants Are Already Rolling the Dice: Rahmani said, from Trump’s perspective, it’s best that everyone charged with him stay on the line and force Willis’ office to take things to trial. But for others, the opposite is true. Generally speaking, he said, most criminal defendants play ball with the government because there is “a significant benefit” to be gained from doing so. “And usually, the first to cooperate gets the best deal,” he said.

# Medical / Health
Trump judge’s anti-abortion ruling followed payments from group leading case: The group arguing the abortion pill case has made frequent payments to the spouse of James Ho, who just helped threaten access to the medicine.

Millions Sick and Untreated, Thanks to Medicaid ‘Unwinding’: Eve
Ottenberg: By the end of July, roughly four million indigent people lost their health care coverage. And as the months pass, more people will lose access to a doctor and to prescriptions. Way to go, Washington! And way to go, Joe “I Would Veto Medicare for All” Biden. The transformation of the U.S. into a “shithole” nation just picked up the pace.

Who’ll Stop the Raid? A little-noticed Justice Department case alleges that Alabama’s Medical Properties Trust engaged in ‘fraudulent conveyance’: Instead of paying the government as promised, the hospital’s owner, Alecto Healthcare Services, had spent hundreds of millions of dollars buying four other hospitals and funneling money through various limited-liability vehicles that were supposed to be discrete entities but in reality operated as one big commingled family.
Wherever the money landed, Alecto didn’t pay the bills.

# Medical / Health / Global
# Medical Science
First synthetic human embryo to live past 14 days was made from stem cells: Scientists say they have created the first synthetic human embryo models, not actual human embryos but models meant to simulate and better understand early human development. These embryo-like structures were created from single human embryonic stem cells, without eggs and sperm, by scientists in the United States and United Kingdom https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2023-06-15/first-synthetic-human-embryo-models-created-in-lab__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3SjU9yZAdo_QVK7oJqNV3cHQNheOMhtIq4mocYNlrTLsXIuyi6bLHlliN9ZsDr5f2aLWnk19gSOllRIcxlvoYRvZfE5Pljvb$

What are ‘synthetic embryos’ and why are scientists making them? The first human embryo-like structures have been created from stem cells and reached a landmark stage of development, in a move that could help scientists study the causes of early miscarriages

# Military / Global
Prigozhin’s Legacy Is the Global Rise of Private Armies for Hire: Wagner didn’t just support Russia’s military, it became an integral part of the fighting force. The hot dog vendor-turned-global mercenary leader’s deadly legacy is likely to reverberate for years to come, as private military groups like Wagner play an ever-growing role in conflicts around the world.

# Nuclear
The place where no humans will tread for 100,000 years: In a few years, Finland will begin depositing spent nuclear fuel underground in Onkalo, where it will remain for millennia. Will there be any people in the pretty houses dotted around Olkiluoto island? If so, will they speak Finnish? Will they use a language at all? And, most crucially, will they know about the potential danger lurking in the ground under their feet at Onkalo?

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Pharma Giant Threatens To Delay Drugs Over New Price Controls:  A pharmaceutical company could slow-walk research on medicines Americans need in response to a new law allowing the government to negotiate drug prices. Roche’s CEO and the CEO of its American subsidiary, Genentech, said that the companies may delay drug research and development because of the new pricing rules in the 2022 drug laws.

The Real Reason Drugs Cost So Much and Do Too Little: We’re still going to be paying too much for the wrong drugs. Until 2003, Medicare covered most hospital and doctor visits for the elderly, but it did not cover the ever-growing costs of prescription medications. Former President George W. Bush changed that when he signed a law adding prescription drug coverage to Medicare. But there was a catch. At drug companies’ behest, the Republican-controlled Congress banned Medicare from using its market power to drive down drug prices.

# Science
The fires in Maui could have been causated by a recent invention: a Gemini laser: This is a high power, ultra-short pulse, high repetition laser – with twin beams, Gemini – is one of the world’s most powerful super-intense light sources. The power from the Gemini dual beam is so intense that it is capable of generating bright, coherent X-ray sources, or energetic beams of electrons and protons.

Physicists Have Created an Artificial Gamma Ray Burst in the Lab: With the assistance of their collaborators in the US, France, the UK and Sweden, the team from Queen’s University Belfast relied on the Gemini laser, located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK. With this instrument, which is one of the most powerful lasers in the world, the international collaboration sought to create the first small scale replica of GRBs. By shooting this laser onto a complex target, the team was able to create miniature versions of these ultra-fast astrophysical jets, which they recorded to see how they behaved.

From ‘Save the Whales’ to ‘Let Children Go Blind,’ Greenpeace’s descent into science rejectionism:  Greenpeace claims its goals are to “ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity.” It seems that humans are excluded from those good intentions.  Dr. Patrick Moore a cofounder of Greenpeace, said it “no longer cares about people and that it had become more interested in politics than science.”

The US and China may be ending an agreement on science and technology cooperation − a policy expert explains what this means for research: China’s success in science and technology propelled it to the forefront of many fields. Now, the US wants to pull back from years of intense cooperation.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-26

Voices, The Peoples News

August 26, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Archaeology
Skull Found in China is Unlike Any Other Scientists Have Ever Seen: An ancient skull dating back 300,000 years is unlike any other premodern human fossil ever found, potentially pointing to a new branch in the human family tree, according to new research. An international team of scientists has described an ancient human fossil in China unlike any other hominin found before. It resembles neither the lineage that split to form Neanderthals, nor Denisovans, nor us, suggesting our current version of the human family tree needs another branch.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Biden administration issues tens of thousands of special visas for Afghans: Two years after the U.S. left Afghanistan, Sediqi and tens of thousands of others are still waiting. While there has been some recent progress, processing U.S. visas for Afghans has moved painfully slowly. So far, only a small portion of Afghans have been resettled. Many of the applicants who fled Afghanistan are running through savings, living in limbo in exile. They worry that the U.S., which had promised so much, has forgotten them.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
New COVID variant can cause infection in those previously vaccinated – CDC: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday the new BA.2.86 lineage of coronavirus may be more capable than older variants in causing infection in people who have previously had COVID-19 or who have received vaccines.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Inflation Fight Isn’t Over Yet, Fed’s Powell Warns: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell made it clear Friday that the central bank’s battle against inflation is not over and warned that additional interest rate hikes could be on the horizon, if conditions warrant. “Although inflation has moved down from its peak — a welcome development — it remains too high,” Powell said. “We are prepared to raise rates further if appropriate, and intend to hold policy at a restrictive level until we are confident that inflation is moving sustainably down toward our objective.”

Small businesses feel the pain of inflation-driven interest rates: Small business owners are feeling the pain of inflation-driven interest rate hikes, another difficulty for those owners to overcome as they continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic-era shutdowns. A rash of federal spending and an increase in the money supply in recent years have fueled inflationary pressures.

# Education / Schools
School closures are coming, with mainly minority students shuffled: Previous research from Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes showed similar results, finding that among low-performing schools, those with a greater share of Black and Hispanic students are more likely to be closed than those with more White students, even if they ranked similarly.

# Employment / Labor
Profits just keep rolling in at T-Mobile US: T-Mobile US will lay off roughly 5,000 employees, or about seven percent of its workforce, over the next five weeks, the wireless carrier revealed in a recent regulatory filing. In a letter to workers, included in the filing, CEO Mike Sievert said the cuts were “NOT about foisting more work on fewer people,” but rather “optimizing every dollar, so it can be used to deliver a better network, a better value, and a better experience for customers,” adding that retaining customers had become more expensive of late.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Federal Regulators Raise Safety Concerns Over Mountain Valley Pipeline in Formal Notice: The notice came as a federal court dismissed three lawsuits that challenged permits for the pipeline following a directive by lawmakers to fast track its completion. “Federal regulators have sent a proposed safety order to the developers of the contentious and highly politicized Mountain Valley Pipeline citing concerns over potential pipe corrosion and land movement in the steep mountain terrain the pipeline will cross in West Virginia and Virginia.

Texas Permits Lignite Mine Expansion Despite Water Worries: The state has issued only two new coal mining permits in 10 years, both to a company with a controversial environmental legacy that has locals concerned toxic ash could contaminate drinking water.

As Companies Eye Massive Lithium Deposits in California’s Salton Sea, Locals Anticipate a Mixed Bag: Frontline communities in Lithium Valley are cautiously optimistic about the economic potential, but are also concerned about the health and environmental issues mining could create.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Bill to identify, create new bike trails on federal land would cost $1 million: The measure would cost $1 million over the 2023-2028 period for administrative costs and distribution of promotional materials, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan federal agency that produces hundreds of cost estimates for proposed legislation each year.

Line 3 Pipeline Water Protectors Head to Trial on Trumped-Up Felony Charges: Protesters who faced police torture to fight the pipeline are targets in a corporate crackdown on environmentalists. One county prosecutor asked oil company Enbridge for reimbursement to help with some of the prosecutions clogging up rural courts.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Emperor Penguin Breeding Failure Linked With Antarctic Sea Ice Decline: Other Antarctic seabird colonies have also suffered steep population declines as researchers warn that global warming will take a toll on many ice-dependent species in coming decades.  The discovery supports predictions that over 90% of emperor penguin colonies will be quasi-extinct by the end of the century, based on current global warming trends.

# Food / Farming / GMO Alternatives
Mystery land buyers around California Air Force base revealed: A group called “Flannery Associates” invested more than $800 million on almost 54,000 acres of agriculture-zoned land surrounding the Travis Air Force base in Solano County, California. Despite early speculation China was behind the purchases and as companies with ties to China have been ramping up efforts to buy American farmland, legal representation for Flannery has maintained the group is controlled by U.S. citizens, with 97% of its capital coming from U.S.-based investors.

# General News
Hundreds of people are crammed into small white tents in the courtyard of a sports center in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, drying clothes on the access ramps and washing their children in small, plastic tubs.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Putin Ally Issues World War III Threat as Western Allies Supply Ukraine With Fighter Jets: A top ally to Russia President Vladimir Putin has issued a new threat of World War III after Western allies agreed to supply Ukraine with high-powered F-16s fighter jets, planes which may take too long to arrive.

Putin Destroys a Rival, but ‘Killing Prigozhin Is Going to Set Off Greater Paranoia and Repression’: The most critical internal threat Putin has faced in years is gone. His rival and former ally’s reported death likely means the end for the Wagner Group but ushers in a new phase of fear and anxiety in Russia

# Gov / Politics
Trump called for the “termination” of parts of the Constitution in December, Christie reminded: Donald Trump has sparked a furious backlash after he called for the “termination” of parts of the Constitution to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The former president, who announced in November that he would run again for president, reiterated his baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election in posts on his Truth Social platform on Saturday. But he went further by suggesting that the U.S. abandon one of its founding documents.

Biden’s Renewal of Trump’s North Korea Travel Ban Will Hurt Peace Efforts: Travel to North Korea is an essential part of peace efforts to ensure that active war on the peninsula does not begin anew. To establish peace in Korea, we must continue to engage in direct, in-person relationship-building. Separation creates alienation, while reciprocal exchange fosters understanding. The travel ban prevents us from pursuing these peaceful and diplomatic connections.

# Law Enforcment
Multiple fatalities in shooting at Dollar General in Florida: Three victims and gunman dead after shooting at Dollar General in Florida, says report. Suspected shooter’s parents called Clay County Sheriff’s Office after they told deputies they had found a manifesto https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsnationnow.com/us-news/southeast/four-people-dead-in-dollar-general-shooting-in-jacksonville/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!0k1qzpXn1jI2e6wPORSudBgc8FywOf5y0-NMFyhkVwgnqFr7Ba8TUaOeOgC5WqEXeWUTxw2iVpXb39nAFzE1a-O1NPSFcnmC$

# Legal / DOJ
Georgia Republicans Say They’ll Move to Remove Fulton County DA Fani Willis From Office With New State Law: Amid calls for “civil war” and a newly announced congressional probe into the Georgia prosecutor who indicted Trump, state GOP lawmakers in Georgia are calling on a newly established commission to oust Willis from elected office.

Where will Trump go on trial first? How federal and state prosecutors and judges work out conflicts: Trump has trial dates set for three of his four criminal cases. But generally, state and federal prosecutors will coordinate to make sure that their dates don’t overlap.

Right-Winger Andy Ngo Lost His Suit. Why Are Defendants on the Line for Damages? Defendants and witnesses say Ngo’s lawsuit was more than a shameless money grab — it was an attempt to dox activists.

# LGBTQ / Gender
It’s Never Been More Dangerous for Trans Musicians to Tour: Trans artists are trying to find a safe way to navigate the road amid draconian legislation and hateful rhetoric: “It’s absolutely terrifying.”  Though Shraya believes venues are getting better in how they treat trans artists, the concert experience can often be full of micro-aggressions, like being misgendered by staff. That can make for a particularly jarring reality when juxtaposed with being in the spotlight.

# Space
Elon Musk’s New Rocket Tore a Hole in the Atmosphere… Again: The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on Monday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California in order to deliver 15 Starlink satellites. The rocket’s exhaust fumes reacted with the Earth’s ionosphere, temporarily creating a hole in the layer of ionized gases, a few weeks after another Falcon 9 launch did the same thing.

# Sports
Two of three voters don’t want biological males playing female sports: Two out of three American voters are not in favor of transgender female student athletes competing on women’s and girls’ sports teams

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-25

Voices, The Peoples News

August 25, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
In Wuhan, doctors were ordered to be quiet as pandemic began: China’s leaders covered up the pandemic at first, as described by doctors and other health-care professionals on the front lines. Doctors in Wuhan who knew the truth were afraid to speak out. China did not reveal human transmission of the virus until Jan. 22, and by then, the global pandemic had been ignited. In 3½ years, covid-19 has taken nearly 7 million lives by official counts.

‘Blue leg syndrome’: Yet another long COVID health problem: Iftekhar and Sivan diagnosed the patient with “dysautonomia secondary to SARS-CoV-2 infection and associated with long COVID.” They explained the leg discoloration was acrocyanosis, or venous pooling and cutaneous ischemia, and suggested he increase his fluid and salt intake, and do muscle strengthening exercises.

Politics, Not Science or Health, Behind Return of Mask Mandates, Critics Say: A growing number of universities, businesses and hospitals in recent weeks have reinstituted mask mandates and social distancing requirements, and a new report warned that broader mandates may be coming this fall.

CDC Shuts Down V-safe App for Reporting COVID Vaccine Injuries, Former FDA Adviser Warns It’s a ‘Terrible Idea’: Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration adviser David Gortler, doctor of pharmacy, said ending the safety monitoring of a new vaccine still promoted for universal use is “unprecedented.”

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
In a historic Black business district, ‘death by a thousand cuts’: A tax cut in Mississippi brings fears of revenue loss and serves as a reminder of the state’s history of oppressing its Black residents. The state’s income and corporate tax cuts rarely benefit the Black business owners

Wall Street’s China Risk Levels Rising: Chinese conglomerate and real estate developer Evergrande filed for bankruptcy protection in New York on Aug. 17:  It owes bond investors $28.1 billion, including American bond investors. Losses are guaranteed. Wall Street used to love China. Both parties want to cut China from U.S. investment portfolios. Capitol Hill is cranking up the rhetoric against U.S. investments in China. If legislative trends continue, investors will be forced to sell dozens of China stocks placed on a “blacklist” of companies deemed bad dudes by the Commerce Department and Homeland Security.

Republican plans to ‘cut’ Social Security and raise Retirement Age ‘should terrify voters’: Republican plans to ‘cut’ Social Security and raise Retirement Age ‘should terrify voters’ Experts are warning that the Republican Party’s plans to overhaul Social Security should “terrify voters”. Earlier this year, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) published its FY 2024 Budget Protecting America’s Social Security.

# Employment / Labor
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics will leave New Hampshire, close Merrimack facility: In a statement released Wednesday morning, Saint-Gobain said it will restructure its Composite Solutions business in the U.S. and as a result will close its facility in Merrimack, which the corporation purchased in 2002. Prior, a company called Chemfab operated there dating back to 1986.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
The Campaign To Keep Electricity Bills High: As voters in Maine decide whether to buy the state’s electric utilities, Democratic consultants rake in corporate cash while residents face shut-offs. Tens of thousands of Maine residents received disconnection notices this spring after they failed to keep up with bills being sent by the state’s highly profitable, foreign-owned electric utility companies, Central Maine Power (CMP) and Versant Power.

Renewables are both necessary for carbon reduction and cheap: New research shows that renewable power like solar and wind is now affordable enough to shut down the debate over cost. For years, the main complaint from those who wanted to do nothing about climate change was that the transition would spike energy bills and cost too much up front. But new research about the cost-effectiveness of renewables may just inject hope, even into the heart of a capitalist.

Federal court derails proposed Utah oil railroad: Failures to assess risks to Colorado River and ‘numerous NEPA violations’ in project’s impact analysis highlighted.  A U.S. Appeals Court on Friday struck down a critical approval for a railroad project that would have allowed oil businesses in eastern Utah to significantly expand fossil fuel production and exports. The ruling is the latest development in the fight over the proposed Uinta Basin Railway, an 88-mile (142-kilometer) railroad line that would connect oil and gas producers in rural Utah to the broader rail network, allowing them to access larger markets and ultimately sell to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico.

Biden admin’s latest home appliance crackdown: ceiling fans: The Department of Energy is proposing a rule that would require ceiling fans to be more energy efficient, arguing the move would save U.S. households on energy costs. According to the Energy Department’s analysis, the new rules would save households about $39 over the lifespan of the new energy-efficient fan.

# Gov / Politics
Former President Trump got the prime-time coverage he craved — and the historic mug shot he wanted: His team has already indicated it will use the image on Trump ’24 merchandise and in fundraising appeals to feed his claim that he’s a victim of overzealous, partisan prosecutors.

House Republicans Open Probe Into DA Fani Willis: Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan questioned Willis’ “motivations” in a letter demanding she turn over records related to the case. The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee opened an investigation into Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis Thursday over whether her prosecution of former President Trump is “politically motivated.”

From Nixon to Trump; The Decline of the Common Good in American Politics: The Watergate scandal began the modern era of “whatever-it-takes-to-win” politics, blatant disregard of any and all norms and laws that interfered with gaining or keeping power. Trump is the logical and inevitable consequence.

Senators could be forced to ram through some military nominations soon: Despite one senator’s hold on 300-plus confirmations, Democratic leaders could advance some nominees individually.

# Law Enforcment
Donald Trump Surrenders To Georgia Authorities Over Plot To Overturn 2020 Election: District Attorney Fani Willis had given the defendants in the case until Friday at noon to turn themselves in.

Donald Trump’s Mug Shot Has Been Released: This is the first mug shot to be taken of a U.S. president, and it’s a first for Donald Trump as well, despite his being indicted three other times this year.

Man Filmed Spraying ‘Chemical Agent’ Under Neighbor’s Door: The suspect had previously complained about the family making noise. Abdullah said a friend of his first smelled the chemicals when she went to bring in a package while Abdullah was on vacation. When the family returned, they said smelled it too. Though some described it as nail polish remover, Abdullah said it was more ‘obnoxious.’

NYPD ‘friendly fire’ killed an officer. Investigators seemed to ignore video of police being commanded to ‘stop shooting.’:  After pledging a “thorough” investigation, the NYPD cleared the officers involved in the 2019 shooting. But new records show that investigators allowed police misstatements to stand, despite having body-camera video to disprove them.

# Legal / DOJ
Trump’s Arrest in Georgia Shows a Two-Tier Justice System: But whatever the reasons behind Georgia’s decision, Trump and his supporters will continue to claim that he is the victim of political persecution and that there are “two systems of justice,” a supposedly lenient one for liberals and a supposedly harsh one for conservatives.

# Medical / Health
Why we need to set limits on sperm donation: If a donor fathers too many children, this can cause significant complications from a statistical point of view. This is because the probability of a chance encounter between two people who are siblings, genetically speaking, increases.

# Medical Science
NIH study examines connections between drinking water quality and increased lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis: High levels of some minerals and metals in environmental water supplies may increase the risk of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) pulmonary infections in people with cystic fibrosis, according to a new study from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

# Military / DOD
It’s hard times now, and ahead, for US-Russian nuclear arms control: U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control, as it has been practiced for the past five decades, may have run its course: For more than two decades now, arms control has foundered. It has always been controversial, has always had its opponents, has always had its limits, has always been subject to ups and downs, to successes and failures. But for roughly four decades, starting around 1960, there was a sustained investment in the instrument of arms control as a central element of efforts to limit the dangers manifest in the international order

15 US-backed officers had hand in 12 West African coups: When asked about other trainees in other nations that have experienced military uprisings, the response was the same. Responsible Statecraft has found that at least 15 U.S.-supported officers have been involved in 12 coups in West Africa and the greater Sahel during the war on terror. But the State Department doesn’t know anything about it, or doesn’t want to. Why?

The Navy Just Sent Its Most Powerful Aircraft Carrier to Russia’s Military Backyard: Its arrival marked the return of a U.S. carrier to the Mediterranean after a brief absence. The U.S. Navy maintained a carrier presence in the region from December 2021 to April 2023 as part of its response to the Russo-Ukraine War. This latest sailing was another deterrence patrol aimed at Russia again.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Medicaid Drug Price Transparency Rule Is More Sinister Than It Seems: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…just rolled out a new rule designed to “advance prescription drug transparency in Medicaid.” But that drug pricing rule is an opaque bid to impose price controls on drug makers.

# Social
Trump Supporters Mistook Ex-Atlanta Mayor for Fani Willis: “They thought I was Fani and started chanting at me as well, and just walking through the crowd, there was a lot of hatred out here,” Keisha Lance Bottoms said. She added: “Imagine that. A lot of hatred and really bad energy out here, but, you know, this is—when you sign up for public service you don’t get to pick and choose your good days and your bad days.”

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-24

Voices, The Peoples News

August 24, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
COVID authoritarianism is making its return with new mask mandates: Mask mandates are already making their return to the bastion of liberal lunacy that is higher education. Morris Brown College in Atlanta has reinstituted a mask mandate, unironically embracing the broken promise of “15 days to slow the spread” by setting an initial mandate of 14 days. It will also be enforcing social distancing, contact tracing, and quarantines.

‘What a Small Corrupt World’: Moderna Hires UK Official Who Negotiated COVID Vaccine Contracts https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/moderna-uk-jonathan-van-tam-covid-vaccine/?utm_source=luminate&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=defender&utm_id=20230824__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2bURA2UCpk-4IXxNHDKsPMcywTKDlD4SwsKrmrtL9cILPDTHWPe2D8EML9w6bAJ8A4YcsPJM8X3uDwMgQ7hJ3XIJexNEVYt9$

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
US slap sanctions on formerly CIA-backed Syrian rebels: The Biden administration slammed Turkey’s collaborators for anti-Kurdish crimes in Syria, including raping and torturing civilians.

# Education / Schools
Republicans Pushed Almost 400 “Education Intimidation” Bills in Past Two Years: Lawmakers in all but four states introduced bills that indirectly censor what’s taught in schools, according to a new report from PEN America. The wave of legislation documented in the report is complementary to, but distinct from “educational gag orders” that explicitly ban materials and content. Educational intimidation bills create “the conditions for censorship indirectly, threatening the freedoms to teach and learn with death by a thousand cuts.” Such efforts, the authors explain, “pressure educators to be more timid in the content they teach, pressure librarians to be more restrictive in the books they make available to students, and pressure students to limit their self-expression.”

# Employment / Labor
Georgia is handpicking non-union construction firms run by big-time Republican donors to work on EV plants in the state: Under an obscure program, state and local authorities got to pick construction firms for Rivian and Hyundai plants. They chose non-union firms that have contributed heavily to Republicans.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Mineral rights clash on South Texas scrubland linked to family legacies and Jim Crow history: Descendants of a prominent white family and a formerly enslaved couple are fighting over ownership, and the oil and gas royalties that would come with it, of a 147.5 acre tract that has bound and divided generations of their families.

Appalachia’s fracking counties are shedding jobs and residents: The report found that the 22 counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia that produce 90% of Appalachian natural gas actually lost a combined 10,339 jobs and 47,652 residents between 2008 and 2021.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Financial support from the G20 was in the form of money borrowed from public financial institutions, subsidies and investments made by state-owned enterprises (SOEs). G20 countries’ investments in the fossil fuel industry reached a record US$1.4 trillion last year, more than double the pre-pandemic and pre-energy crisis levels of 2019 https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thewire.in/environment/g20-countries-trillion-fossil-fuel__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2bURA2UCpk-4IXxNHDKsPMcywTKDlD4SwsKrmrtL9cILPDTHWPe2D8EML9w6bAJ8A4YcsPJM8X3uDwMgQ7hJ3XIJe3pGhAv3$

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Discarded Aloe Peels Could Make a Sustainable Agricultural Insecticide: The peels of the aloe vera plant, as aloe barbadensis is commonly called, are routinely thrown away as agricultural waste, but scientists have found that these rinds can ward off bugs, acting as a natural insecticide for crops.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global China Bans Japanese Seafood as Radioactive Water Released: Beijing had staunchly opposed the plan to dump the nuclear plant’s wastewater into the Pacific. The ban started immediately and will affect all imports of “aquatic products” including seafood.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin killed in plane crash: Tass reported the jet was travelling from Moscow to St Petersburg when it crashed in Russia’s Tver region, north of Moscow. An Embraer Legacy business jet registered to the Wagner mercenary boss plummeted from the sky, crashing between the villages of Kuzhenkino and Kuzhenkinskoe in Russia’s Tver region. All 10 aboard were killed. Russia’s state aviation agency said Prigozhin was on board.

India ‘fully supports’ BRICS expansion as summit continues: South African officials say more than 40 countries from the Global South have shown interest in joining the BRICS bloc.

“Putin Doesn’t Seem Weak. He Seems Like He’s Retaking Control.” What Prigozhin’s death reveals about Putin’s logic: Putin may have gotten his payback after all: Prigozhin was listed among the fatalities of a private jet that crashed outside Moscow. Executive Editor Stuart Reid spoke with Stanovaya the same day. Their conversation has been edited for clarity and length.

# Gov / Politics
US cannot afford to fund Ukraine war think-tank chief: The American economy is no longer what it was, so European states must step in, the Heritage Foundation’s Kevin Roberts has said

Are US officials signaling a new ‘forever war’ in Ukraine? President Joe Biden’s declaration in February this year “Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, never.” Financial Times reported that “U.S. officials are privately girding for what increasingly looks like a war of attrition that will last well into next year.” Now that Kyiv’s counteroffensive is foundering, goal posts in the timing for talks and a ceasefire are quietly being moved.

Ex-CIA: US Pentagon PANICS As Ukraine Collapses: The propaganda being put out by the New York Times to cover for Biden’s failings. The worry around using a small tactile nuke in Russia

How Do Politicians Become Millionaires Making Under $200,000 Per Year? A
2020 Open Secrets report revealed that more than half of the 535 members of Congress are millionaires, implying a substantial contrast between their financial status and the average American. The $100,000 salary Cardone mentioned remains unclear. According to a 2022 Congressional Institute report, the average annual salary for a rank-and-file member of Congress stands at $174,000, a figure consistent with recent estimates provided by The Washington Post.

First thing Trump plans to do if elected president: Close border, deport criminals: Former president Donald Trump said his top priority if elected president would be closing the U.S. border with Mexico

Hunter Biden’s foreign trips to at least 13 countries with then VP dad revealed in stark detail: Hunter Biden traveled to at least 13 countries with his then-vice president father when he was leading his now-defunct firm Rosemont Seneca Partners, a Fox News Digital review found.

Hunter Biden’s staggering $20M haul from  Kazhaks, Chinese, Russians, Romanians and Ukrainians revealed in new bank records: Comer https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2023/08/09/hunter-biden-linked-foreign-haul-at-20m-with-russia-ukraine-kazak-transfers-comer/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2bURA2UCpk-4IXxNHDKsPMcywTKDlD4SwsKrmrtL9cILPDTHWPe2D8EML9w6bAJ8A4YcsPJM8X3uDwMgQ7hJ3XIJe0JPftCB$

Heritage Foundation Shows Plan to Decimate Biden’s Climate Progress, Cut the EPA if a Republican Wins 2024 Presidential Election: Conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation recently released a 920-page blueprint to drastically eliminate, or outright reverse, many of the climate change policies and laws put in place by the Biden administration, if a Republican wins the White House in 2024.

# Law Enforcment
Suspect among 4 dead in California biker bar shooting, police say: Three people were killed, five others were wounded and the gunman was shot dead by police at an Orange County biker bar Wednesday. The gunman was reportedly a retired police officer with the Ventura Police Department.

# Legal / DOJ
U.S. Department of Justice has seized $1.4B in pandemic relief funds: A federal campaign to combat COVID-19 fraud resulted in 718 enforcement actions, including criminal charges against 371 defendants, for crimes related to more than $836 million in alleged COVID-19 fraud

Atlanta Officials Unveil Onerous Verification Requirements for Cop City Referendum: The city outlined its plans for signature verification after organizers collected 100,000 signatures for a vote on the police training facility.

Justice Department Announces Charges Against Hundreds of People: The Justice Department announced today the results of a coordinated, nationwide enforcement action to combat COVID-19 fraud, which included 718 enforcement actions – including federal criminal charges against 371 defendants – for offenses related to over $836 million in alleged COVID-19 fraud.

# Medical / Health
Hacked Records Corroborate Claims in Hydroxychloroquine Wrongful Death Suit: Jeremy Parker died soon after taking the drug, which was prescribed to him by a physician with the anti-vaccine group America’s Frontline Doctors. In early February 2022, Parker began having cold-like symptoms and took the drug, and the next morning, he was found dead. The cause, according to his death certificate, was “sudden death in the setting of therapeutic use of hydroxychloroquine.”

NASA Maps Reveal Toxic Emissions Over Major US Cities: The six maps were made from data from the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO), which launched in April. In scans taken over a six-hour period on August 2, high concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, a toxic pollutant tied to car and smokestack emissions, can be seen hovering over New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.

# Nuclear
Japan begins releasing Fukushima radioactive wastewater into Pacific Ocean –Water containing radioactive tritium being pumped into ocean via tunnel from Tepco plant, amid protests from China, South Korea and fishing communities

# Space
Giant sunspot seen from Mars by Perseverance rover may soon disrupt Earth’s power grids: The scientists cautioned that this darker, cooler region of the sun might unleash powerful eruptions such as solar flares (intense bursts of high-frequency radiation) and coronal mass ejections (CMEs; vast solar plasma eruptions). These types of eruptions have the potential to intersect with the Earth and interfere with satellite navigation and even trigger power outages, making sunspot monitoring far more crucial than mere scientific curiosity.

# Weather
Heat dome to retreat from Midwest, intensify over southern US: “As the ’round-shaped’ heat dome gets ‘flattened,’ extreme temperatures be pushed into the Southeast states, where cities such as Atlanta could record its first triple-digit high temperature of the summer,” Thornton said. The strength of this heat dome appears to be beating one that occurred during August 1936, which was in the midst of the notorious “Dust Bowl.”

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-23

Voices, The Peoples News

August 23, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
U.S. Justice Department argues for removal of Texas’ floating border barrier in federal court: In a court hearing over the barrier near Eagle Pass, the U.S. Justice Department argued it was installed without federal authorization, while lawyers for the state said it notified the proper authorities.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
COVID-19 Mandates Are Back: Atlanta-Based Morris Brown College Reinstates Mask Mandates, Social Distancing, Quarantine, Contact Tracing Effective Immediately Despite No Reported COVID-19 Cases on Campus citing “reports of positive cases among students in the Atlanta University Center” as the reason behind the decision, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Secret Letter to CDC: Top Epidemiologist Suggests Agency Misrepresented Scientific Data to Support Mask Narrative: Documents recently obtained from the National Institutes of Health suggest public health officials used inaccurate information and misrepresented medical research to advance their policy objective that masks prevent severe COVID-19 and virus transmission–despite opposing scientific evidence

Biden Regime to Push for Nationwide Updated COVID Booster Shots This Fall in Response to New Wave of Infections: The Biden regime is planning to encourage all Americans to receive updated COVID-19 booster shots this fall, aiming to counter a potential new wave of infections

Biden’s fall Covid vaccine rollout for the uninsured won’t include pharmacies at first The administration doesn’t expect to finalize contracts with pharmacies distributing the vaccine to the uninsured until mid-October, weeks after the shot is made widely available.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Trump Vows Massive New Tariffs if Elected, Risking Global Economic War: The former president called for setting this tariff at 10 percent “automatically” for all countries, a move that experts warn could lead to higher prices for consumers throughout the economy and could likely lead to a global trade war.

# Education / Schools
Biden Administration Launches New Student Loan Forgiveness Plan: The Biden administration on Tuesday officially launched its new income-driven student loan repayment program designed to lower, and in some cases eliminate, monthly payments for more than 20 million borrowers. The SAVE, or Saving on a Valuable Education, plan is an income-driven repayment program that calculates payment size based off income and family size. It allows borrowers who consistently make their monthly payments to see their debt forgiven after a certain number of years.

Will Texas’ new fentanyl awareness curriculum for public schools succeed where other anti-drug messaging failed? Historically, anti-drug messaging in schools has failed to acknowledge the mental health reasons that youth self-medicate. Without that key lesson, advocates worry House Bill 3908 will be another D.A.R.E. campaign.

Do these school hiring practices weed out opposing views? A new report from a conservative watchdog organization claims school district diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and hiring policies determine the political leanings of the teachers who end up in the classroom.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Biden revived rules designed to prevent another Deepwater Horizon disaster: After the 2010 oil spill, the government enacted new safety regulations. President Donald J. Trump weakened them. The Biden administration on Tuesday finalized tighter rules for complex devices meant to prevent catastrophic blowouts on offshore oil and gas drilling rigs, reversing some Trump administration policies and returning to a more stringent regulatory stance adopted after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Colorado sues EPA to stop public access to air pollution records: Feds are holding up approving a state air quality improvement plan unless Colorado agrees to give public access to air pollution information.

Climate disasters are clobbering local responders: This summer’s extreme weather onslaught is shedding a light on a nationwide problem:  They know the roads, access points and community dynamics. But as the rapidly warming planet makes fires and storms more frequent and intense, localities are facing unprecedented conditions, and they are not prepared. Limited budgets and inadequate staffing only make matters worse

# Gov / Politics / Global
Suspected Chinese Dissident Flees on Jet Ski: Officials say he made it over 180 miles across the Yellow Sea navigating with binoculars and a compass. Local media has named the man as Kwon Pyong, a rights activist and critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping, but his identity has not yet been confirmed.

# Gov / Politics
Texas Supreme Court lets state law eliminating Harris County elections chief stand, for now: The ruling means the November elections in the state’s largest county will be overseen by two other county officials. Legislators targeted Harris County’s elections department after taking issue with the way the 2022 elections were run.

Warmongering Neocons to Spend $2 Million on Ads for Ukraine War: With Republican support for the proxy war in Ukraine continuing to erode, Bill Kristol and fellow warmongering, neocon colleagues have launched a 2 million campaign to rally GOP voters and legislators to the lost cause, and specifically, to Biden’s request that Congress approve another 20.6 billion in Ukraine war funding. 71% of Republicans oppose new funding for the Ukraine war, while 62% of Democrats support it.

Joe Biden sparks outrage by comparing Hawaiian blaze that killed at least 114 to a kitchen fire at his house after making tone-deaf ‘hot ground’ joke to rescuer, greeted by furious residents he’s ignored: Joe Biden and his wife Jill spent five hours on Maui on Monday, interrupting their Lake Tahoe vacation to fly the five hours to Hawaii. The president [sic] was met with signs demanding he go home, and placards asking why Ukraine was receiving billions while they were in dire need. Speaking near the charred ruins of the sacred Banyan Tree, Biden talked about the death of his wife in a car crash; he then made a joke about ‘hot ground’

Republicans investigate alleged political interference in Hunter Biden case: Two key House Committees issued subpoenas for Biden administration officials as part of an investigation into allegations of political interference on behalf of Hunter Biden, who faces an array of legal issues https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/article_96194bc4-4060-11ee-9be7-7794f80b839d.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zhYDkHFGw9e0lF6F1THq9yJkc50CTujnQ0l4Hqb6PVgDzk06l0BIoZ99BN6CWI5i4-sZAoO88K6xkhMxqoSk2lCO8UC7FfGP$

# Law Enforcment
Death toll in stifling Texas prisons climbs, Democrats seek investigation: Most Texas prisons lack air conditioning. At least 41 prisoners have died of heart-related or undetermined causes since the unrelenting heat wave. As the death toll in stifling Texas prisons climbs, congressional Democrats ask for investigation. Most Texas prisons lack air conditioning https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsbreak.com/news/3130773791902-as-the-death-toll-in-stifling-texas-prisons-climbs-congressional-democrats-ask-for-investigation__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zhYDkHFGw9e0lF6F1THq9yJkc50CTujnQ0l4Hqb6PVgDzk06l0BIoZ99BN6CWI5i4-sZAoO88K6xkhMxqoSk2lCO8UgV1Xrm$

Rudy ‘Tough on Crime’ Giuliani Arrested in Georgia: The former New York mayor and lawyer for Donald Trump surrendered to authorities in Georgia on Wednesday, following his indictment last week on 13 charges related to his role in the effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

# Legal / DOJ
The Return of ‘Whites Only’ Signs? A ruling in Illinois from a Democratic-approved judge would invalidate the Equal Credit Opportunity Act in actions taken before the application stage: The ruling from U.S.
District Court judge Franklin Valderrama goes against nearly 50 years of regulatory practice on the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974. An obscure ruling against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in federal court,  if upheld, would effectively legalize this conduct for many lenders, including the majority of the entities that issue mortgages.

# Media
It’s Official! UPS And Teamsters Ratify; New Labor Contract Avoiding Massive Strike: Nearly one month after UPS and Teamsters reached a last-minute tentative agreement on a new five-year labor contract, the members have spoken.

A federal judge has thrown out the latest defamation lawsuit against The Intercept by Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater. But Prince refuses to give up.

# Medical / Health
Doctors, Patients Try to Shame Insurers Online to Reverse Authorization Denials: In some cases, delays and denials equal death, doctors say. That’s why desperate patients like Nix — and even some physicians — say they have turned to publicly shaming insurance companies on social media to get tests, drugs, and treatments approved https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.yahoo.com/doctors-patients-try-shame-insurers-110000094.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zhYDkHFGw9e0lF6F1THq9yJkc50CTujnQ0l4Hqb6PVgDzk06l0BIoZ99BN6CWI5i4-sZAoO88K6xkhMxqoSk2lCO8cmvP7A_$

The U.S. insurance industry has trillions of dollars in assets, enjoys average profits of over $30 billion a year, and pays its CEOs more than any other industry.  Insurance companies still engage in dirty tricks and unethical behavior to boost their bottom line even further

The Ultimate Guide to Prior Authorization: Prior Authorization involves a lot of moving parts that affect providers, payers, and patients. There are accepted guidelines on some issues and blurred lines on others. We’ve written this guide to demystify prior authorization and to quickly answer some of the most frequent questions that people pose on the subject.

Patient Profiling: Are You a Victim? Patient profiling is the practice of regarding particular patients as more likely to have certain behaviors or illnesses based on their appearance, race, gender, financial status, or other observable characteristics. Profiling disproportionately impacts patients with chronic pain, mental illness, the uninsured, and patients of color. Like racial profiling by police, patient profiling by physicians is more common than you think. We rely on doctors to first do no harm, to safeguard our health–but profiling patients often leads to improper medical care, and distrust of physicians and the health care system, with potential lifelong consequences. For the first time, people share their stories:

# Military / DOD
‘Everything They Told You About Ukraine Is a Lie’ – Tucker Carlson Sits Down With Colonel Douglas Macgregor: Into the abyss: Colonel Douglas Macgregor tells us why the Ukraine war must end now. Every claim is false, the last one especially. The Ukrainian Army is not winning. In fact, it is losing badly. Ukraine is being destroyed and its population is being slaughtered in lopsided battles with a technologically superior enemy, or scattered by the millions to the rest of the globe as refugees.

# Nuclear
Japan Confirms Release of Fukushima Radioactive Wastewater Into Ocean on Thursday: “The IAEA notes the controlled, gradual discharges of the treated water to the sea, as currently planned and assessed by TEPCO, would have a negligible radiological impact on people and the environment,” said the IAEA in a statement. TEPCO has said. That water will contain about 190 becquerels of tritium per liter, below the World Health [sic] Organization drinking water limit of 10,000 becquerels per liter, according to TEPCO. A becquerel is a unit of radioactivity.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Pharmaceutical companies are threatening to hold life-saving drugs hostage to reduce the time that they could be subject to new government price controls. A pharmaceutical company could slow-walk research on medicines Americans need in response to Biden’s recently enacted federal price regulations.

Addressing the challenge of high-priced prescription drugs in the era of precision medicine: A systematic review of drug life cycles, therapeutic drug markets and regulatory frameworks

Mitigating the Inflation Reduction Act’s Adverse Impacts on the Prescription Drug Market: The purported goal of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 is to lower healthcare costs for Americans. Whether it will do so remains unclear. Some have argued that “millions of seniors on Medicare will see savings amounting to thousands of dollars every year.” Others counter that the IRA will have adverse effects on drug discovery and “will do little or nothing to lower the cost of healthcare.” It isn’t clear which view will prevail.

Big Pharma is suing to stop Medicare from negotiating cheaper Medicare drugs: The drug industry is now launching a legal fight aimed at stopping Medicare’s negotiations over prescription drug prices before they begin. Later this year, the federal government is supposed to start a serious attempt to rein in drug prices: For the first time, Medicare will negotiate with pharmaceutical companies over the prices it’s willing to pay for a short list of drugs.

# Technology
Big Tech Has Penetrated the GAO: How the industry is positioned to shape the debate over U.S. industrial policy, and generally lobby for its interests, from within the ‘congressional watchdog’ agency. Given the office’s newest set of external advisers, this has made GAO look a lot more like the last thing Washington needs, another compromised think tank. The ruling from U.S. District Court judge Franklin Valderrama goes against nearly 50 years of regulatory practice on the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 (ECOA).

# Water
Some states reject federal money to find and replace dangerous lead pipes: As the Biden administration makes billions of dollars available to remove millions of dangerous lead pipes that can contaminate drinking water. Washington, Oregon, Maine and Alaska declined all or most of their federal funds in the first of five years that the mix of grants and loans is available. Some states are less prepared to pay for lead removal projects because, in many cases, the lead must first be found, experts said.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-21

Voices, The Peoples News

August 21, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Open floodgates at Arizona border allow thousands of migrants to walk into the country: Each of the 114 gates in Arizona, which have been open for nearly two months, has 12-foot doors wide enough for a motorcycle to drive through. Smugglers drive busloads of migrants to the Mexican side of the border, where they get off and simply walk into the US.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Voters worry about government spending, but inflation more pressing: Voters are concerned about excessive government spending, but issues such as inflation are more important in the run-up to the 2024 election.

Biden’s China Policy: Less Than Meets the Eye: The White House executive order on export controls is mostly window dressing. But the details of the order are feeble. And with China’s economy on the ropes, the administration is already coming under pressure to weaken the order still further.34

# Education / Schools
New Mexico Schools Are Increasingly Embracing Restorative Justice: The shift comes as Indigenous leaders in the state have called for an end to the “criminalization of Native children.”

Fifth-Grade Teacher in Georgia Fired for Reading Children’s Book to Class: My Shadow Is Purple is a Scholastic-approved book recommended for lower primary schools.

# Employment / Labor
The United Auto Workers Meet Electrification: The Big Three’s transition to electric vehicles will largely be driven by public investment. That doesn’t guarantee there will be good-paying jobs.

UPS Labor Contract Is Historic, But Is It Enough? Some Workers Say No: Even with the potential new wage increase, the 60 percent part-time workforce at UPS would still make “poverty pay.”

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Ecuadorians Vote on Referendum to End Oil Drilling in Yasuní National Park: The vote offers Indigenous tribes and the entire country the possibility of “a different future,” said one advocate. With over 90% of the ballots counted by early Monday, around six in 10 Ecuadorians rejected the oil exploration in Block 43, situated within Yasuni.

Trudeau Sends in the Military to Fight Canada Wildfires: Over 35,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. Trudeau said in a social media post on Sunday that the federal government had agreed to send in military assistance after a request from the British Columbian government. Forest fires are not uncommon in Canada but the spread of blazes and disruptions underscore the severity of its worst wildfire season yet.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Insect-resistant Bt GMO crops have helped cut pesticide use. Now Nature is pushing back: As Biotech Crops Lose Their Power, Scientists Push For New Restrictions

# General Recalls / Alerts
Ford, Kia, Nissan, Chrysler among nearly 660,000 vehicles recalled: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued multiple recalls last week, including more than 230,000 Nissan Sentra sedans to prevent a problem that could lead to steering loss. Chrysler also recalled more than 181,000 Jeep Compass SUVs to correct a software problem that may prevent instrument panel brightness from being adjusted.

# General News
Texas EV owners face a new tax. Find out why, and how much it will cost drivers here: A new state law set to go into effect next month will require electric vehicle owners to pay an additional fee each year. Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a legislative proposal into law on May 13 that will make all electric vehicle (EV) owners in the state responsible for paying a $200 annual fee, The Dallas Morning News reported. The law, which will take effect on Sept.

Norfolk Southern Spent $1.9 Million in Washington as Congress Weakened Rail Safety Bill: In the six months since the East Palestine derailment, the railway giant has activated its lobbyists and spread money around Congress.

# Gov / Politics
Former President Donald Trump confirmed he will be skipping Wednesday’s first Republican presidential primary debate and others as well.  Former President Donald Trump made it official Sunday: He will skip the first Republican primary debate on Wednesday, citing his big lead in GOP polls.

# Law Enforcment
Police Are Getting DNA Data From People Who Think They Opted Out: Forensic genetic genealogists skirted GEDmatch privacy rules by searching users who explicitly opted out of sharing DNA with law enforcement.

“Serial” Podcast’s Adnan Syed Might Go Back to Prison Because of Toxic Maryland Politics: The whiplash-inducing back and forth of the most viral true-crime case in recent memory might owe to disputes between local- and state-level officials.

California Woman Fatally Shot For Displaying Pride Flag Outside Her Store: A 66-year-old woman in Southern California was shot dead for displaying a Pride flag outside her store, according to law enforcement.

Court documents suggest reason for police raid of Kansas newspaper: A reporter accessed a public state website for information on restaurant operator Kari Newell.The police chief who led the raid of a Kansas newspaper alleged in previously unreleased court documents that a reporter either impersonated someone else or lied about her intentions when she obtained the driving records of a local business owner. But the reporter and the newspaper’s attorney said no laws were broken.  Some believe it violated a Kansas law that makes it more difficult to force reporters and editors to disclose their sources or unpublished material.

# Legal / DOJ
Stephen Miller Calls On Republicans To Ready Criminal Referrals For Biden And Democrats: Former presidential advisor Stephen Miller declared “lawfare” on President Joe Biden and the Democrats while addressing Trump’s multiple criminal indictments. Miller urged conservatives to weaponize the Department of Justice after accusing Democrats of doing the same.

A Legally Besieged Trump Focuses on a Personal Goal: Revenge Against Hillary Clinton: Trump is fighting legal battles on multiple fronts. And yet he refuses to give up on a hopeless lawsuit that has already gotten him and his lawyer fined over its frivolous nature.

Texas House impeachment managers submitted nearly 4,000 pages of evidence in suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial, providing granular detail of how Paxton allegedly misused his office to help his friend Nate Paul. Ken Paxton’s team said there was no evidence to support impeachment.

Trump Agrees to $200K Bond in Georgia Election Case: The former president’s lawyers appeared at the Fulton County courthouse to negotiate the terms of his bond.

Georgia RICO Charge Against Trump Is Broader Than Federal January 6 Indictment: Trump and/or his cronies are charged with 161 predicate acts in their criminal enterprise to overturn the election. RICO Allows the Prosecutor to “Tell the Whole Story.” Willis’s “story is a much broader and more detailed arc of treachery and deceit” than federal Special Counsel Jack Smith was able to capture in his federal indictment of Trump

# Medical / Health
Trump Judge’s anti-abortion ruling followed payments from group leading case: The conservative group arguing the abortion pill case has made frequent payments to the spouse of James Ho, who helped threaten access to the medicine, arguing abortion creates “aesthetic injury” to doctors, has close ties to the conservative legal group leading the case

Growing Number of Leprosy Cases Reported After COVID-19 Vaccination: Vaccination is an effective means to contain the spread of COVID‐19 infection. While data on the safety of COVID‐19 vaccines remain limited in patients with leprosy, there have been a plethora of articles reporting the adverse effect and flare of pre‐existing dermatological diseases such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and lichen planus after COVID‐19 vaccination

Florida Hit With 25 Cases of Flesh-Eating Bacteria: The rare, flesh-eating bacteria found in brackish seawater has killed five people in the Tampa Bay area this year. Five people are confirmed dead in the Tampa Bay area due to a rare, flesh-eating bacteria in the waters. According to Florida Health, Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that naturally occurs in warm, brackish seawater and requires salt.

Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill three in New York and Connecticut: Authorities issue warnings about eating raw shellfish and exposure of wounds to salt or brackish water after vibriosis deaths

# Medical Science
Embryo definition needs to change: Scientists are calling for a new definition of human embryos to include laboratory-grown embryo-like structures if they acquire the potential to develop into a fetus. Embryo models are grown from human stem cells and can recreate some features of early development. They currently can’t develop into individuals https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.realclearscience.com/2023/08/19/scientists_say_the_definition_of_embryo_needs_to_change_974000.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!0JdkyDZhaxq22V5hqjP8mCV-htmYuVK3FZA45NfxMplIA-WDEP_k9NocSOnJBF6dNg2F0X9kFBWhDnu74R0lkBo38KyKwg7J$

# Military / Global
US, Japan and Australia plan joint navy drills in South China Sea: The drill will underscore their commitment to the rule of law in the region after recent Chinese aggression,  to underscore their commitment to the rule of law in the region after a recent show of Chinese aggression in the disputed waters, Filipino security officials said.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Inside the Big Pharma Playbook Making Prescription Drugs Unaffordable in the U.S: Polling shows that large numbers of Americans are forgoing prescribed medicines because they can’t afford them. Now, scores of drugs, many with much less benefit, cost more than $50,000 a year. Ten drugs, mostly used to treat rare diseases, cost over $700,000 annually. Pharmaceutical manufacturers say high U.S. prices support research and development and point out that Americans tend to get new treatments first.

# Weather
Double Whammy: L.A. Hit With Quake as Hurricane Bears Down: The rain from Hilary, formerly a Category 4 hurricane, fell as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit Southern California on Sunday afternoon https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiDKAOZGSmA__;!!On18fmf1aQ!0JdkyDZhaxq22V5hqjP8mCV-htmYuVK3FZA45NfxMplIA-WDEP_k9NocSOnJBF6dNg2F0X9kFBWhDnu74R0lkBo38AfTOHPq$

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-20

Voices, The Peoples News

August 20, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Biden quietly sells off border wall parts to thwart GOP push to use them: The Biden administration is quietly auctioning off millions of dollars’ worth of unused parts from former President Trump’s border wall for peanuts – in an apparent end-run around pending legislation in Congress. Since April, GovPlanet, an online auction house specializing in military surplus, has sold 81 lots of steel “square structural tubes” — intended for use as vertical bollards in the border barrier’s 30-foot-tall panels — hauling in about $2 million.

Reports Find “Barbaric” and “Negligent” Conditions at ICE Facilities: They found grimy medical instruments, a cockroach on a medical exam table, negligent mental health care, inappropriate strip searches and pepper spraying of mentally ill detainees and racist abuse. These reports are incredibly damning. In Michigan, a man in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was sent into a jail’s general population unit with an open wound from surgery, no bandages and no follow-up medical appointment scheduled, even though he still had surgical drains in place.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
YouTube to Censor Content Contradicting WHO Guidelines: YouTube has introduced a new “medical misinformation policy” that will censor any medical or health-related content that doesn’t align with claims made by the World Health Organization (WHO)

Biden Admin Preparing to Bring Back Full Covid Restrictions, Rollout to Begin Mid-September:  Whistleblowers from the TSA and Border Patrol have raised the alarm to Infowars that the Biden administration is setting the stage for full Covid lockdowns that will begin with incremental restrictions like masking TSA employees in mid-September. They were told it was not a matter of ‘if’ but  ‘when’ official Covid numbers go back up, they expect by mid-October. A return to forced-masking policies the Biden administration reluctantly ended after massive pressure.

Ottawa Detective Disciplined for Probing COVID Vaccine Link to Infant Deaths Discussed Spike in Deaths With Chief: Ms. Grus, a detective with the OPS sexual assault and child abuse unit investigating child abuse and neglect, faces a charge of discreditable conduct for conducting an “unauthorized project” between June 2020 and January 2022 by probing into the sudden deaths of nine infants.

COVID victims’ families sue EcoHealth Alliance for ‘creating” the virus and ‘releasing it’: The families of four people who died from COVID-19 are suing EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit group that funded research in Wuhan, China, for allegedly “creating” the virus and “releasing it, either intentionally or accidentally.”

US Seeks ‘License’ to Encircle Russia, China, With ‘Offensive Strategic Bio-labs’: Documents uncovered during Moscow’s special operation in Ukraine have revealed that the US was deploying an extensive biological research program there, spending more than $200 million on 46 biological laboratories researching highly dangerous pathogens. Russia, China, and some EU states are still waiting for Washington’s answers on these biolabs.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
“I’ve never seen anything like it”: Economic analyst stunned at sources of Jared Kushner’s funds: “I’ve never seen somebody get two-thirds of their money from a single investor. Usually a single investor might be a few percent of the fund, might be 5 percent, occasionally 10 percent,” he said. While Kushner has hired some people for his fund, “I’ve seen nothing else about what he’s actually done with the money,” Rattner continued.

# Education / Schools
Florida Students Get Cheery Right-Wing Indoctrination Vids: Ron DeSantis says Florida schools should be about “education over indoctrination.” So why is his state now bringing in lessons on race and social justice from a right-wing group whose leader brags about indoctrinating kids? Mehdi breaks down the hypocrisy behind DeSantis’ war on ‘woke’ schools.

Let go of the learning styles myth: The same people excel at object recognition through vision, hearing and touch – another reason to let go of the learning styles myth. The idea that individual people are visual, auditory or kinesthetic learners and learn better if instructed according to these learning styles is one of the most enduring neuroscience myths in education. New research provides more evidence that you won’t learn better in one modality than another.

# Employment / Labor
Louisiana Hair Braiders Say Regulatory Overreach Is Destroying Their Business: If regulators can come after lower-income professionals at safe, responsible businesses, they can criminalize anyone.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
The truth is coming out: This dude has balls of steel: [WOW!!]

Fossil Fuel Companies Ask Hawaii Supreme Court to Dismiss Honolulu’s Climate Case: A case brought by the city and county of Honolulu could become the first to put Big Oil on trial. Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments on an appeal by the defendants, which include oil majors such as ExxonMobil and Chevron, to dismiss the suit, a move that a trial court
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How Shell Used a ‘Granfluencer’ to Promote its Brand: A “granfluencer” known as “our Filipino grandma” is among an army of US-based influencers being used by fossil fuel giants to promote major polluters to younger audiencesl. A number of Canada based influencers promoted Shell’s “drive carbon neutral” programme, through which Shell claims to purchase carbon credits equivalent to your emissions to reinvest in “nature-based solutions projects”
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As EU Weans Itself From Russian Energy, U.S. Shale Gas Industry Pushes New LNG Export Plant in Pennsylvania: When Zulene Mayfield testifies next week against plans to build a $6.8 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in her Pennsylvania hometown, she will be facing off against some of the most powerful fossil fuel interests in the United States.

Industry plans thousands of miles of new gas pipelines to boost LNG exports: U.S. fossil fuel firms are pushing to build more than 2,900 miles of natural gas pipelines to feed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities in Louisiana, Texas, and Alaska, in a bid to send more of the fuel to Asia and Europe, a new analysis by Global Energy Monitor shows.

Will a tanker in the Gulf of Mexico spark new Iran tensions? US seizure of oil vessel triggered Iran tanker capture. Authorities in US redirected ship of Iranian oil bound for China in recent days, prompting retaliation from Tehran. US authorities ordered a tanker of Iranian crude oil to redirect towards the US in recent days, in a move officials believe was the trigger for Iran’s decision to capture a US-bound tanker on Thursday.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure EPA’s new definition of PFAS could omit thousands of ‘forever chemicals’: Agency plans to take a ‘case-by-case’ approach that allows it to be more flexible, but critics say ‘this is not a new definition – it is a lack of definition’

Maui wildfire survivors face new threat from chemical contamination that could linger for months: Maui residents have been warned that wildfires burning since 8 August have contaminated water, air and soil and could pose health risks for months to come. Lahaina residents warned asbestos, lead and arsenic could have contaminated water, air and soil

The Climate Crisis Is Here Now, Experts Warn, as Death Tolls From Summer Disasters Mount:  Sweltering heat waves, torrential rainfall and raging wildfires shook communities around the globe in recent days amid a summer already saturated with record-breaking heat and precipitation.

The climate disaster is here. Earth is already becoming unlivable. Will governments act to stop this disaster from getting worse? These temperature thresholds will again be the focus of upcoming UN climate talks at the COP26 summit in Scotland as countries variously dawdle or scramble to avert climate catastrophe.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global How Canada’s wildfires are warming the stratosphere: Extreme wildfires are increasing due to rising emissions, but they also disrupt the climate in return. Once airborne, the black carbon in these wildfire aerosols absorb heat, causing them to rise and warm the surrounding stratosphere, says Matthias Stocker from the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change at the University of Graz, Austria.

1.3 Million Tons of Fukushima Nuclear Wastewater Being Dumped Into Pacific Ocean: Japan is currently in the process of releasing about a million tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Everyone knows food prices continue to rise, with grocery store markups at all-time highs. But things are about to get even more expensive due to extreme weather so far this year. Torrential rains, flooding and the prospect of a looming El Niño weather pattern could seriously impact U.S. agricultural production. It’s enough to give anyone climate anxiety.

# Gov / Politics
The US empire is at this point in history: a giant, planet-sprawling bully with a severe personality disorder.

The president’s real goal in Iraq: This war, should it come, is intended to mark the official emergence of the United States as a full-fledged global empire, seizing sole responsibility and authority as planetary policeman.  It would be the culmination of a plan 10 years or more in the making, carried out by those who believe the United States must seize the opportunity for global domination, even if it means becoming the “American imperial-ists” that our enemies always claimed we were. Once that is understood, other mysteries solve themselves.

Georgia indictment and post-Civil War history make it clear: Trump’s actions have already disqualified him from the presidency: The Georgia indictment against Trump and allies exhaustively details extensive acts of lying, manipulation and threats against Georgia officials, as well as a fraudulent fake elector scheme to illegally subvert the legitimate 2020 Georgia presidential vote tally and resulting elector certification.

Anti-China Brainwashing Is the Fast-Track to War: The United States has to have an enemy. For the last seven years, the enemy has been Russia.
Now the focus has shifted to China. Headlines on Google News: Has America been too slow to wake up to the China threat? Washington Examiner Why is China a threat to the United States? Quora Is the US ready to address China’s threats in time to make a difference?The Hill China and Russia are waging another Cold War — is the West up to the challenge? The Hill China secretly sends enough gear to Russia to equip an army, Politico Xi Jinping is Preparing China for War, Newsweek Get the picture? China is a bigtime threat to the United States.

# Legal / DOJ
Black female prosecutors like Fani Willis face the unequal burden of both racist and sexist attacks: While Donald Trump has used his social media platform to criticize all of his opponents, the former president has made his most controversial attacks against Black female prosecutors.

Joe Biden’s ‘Robert Peters’ Pseudonym Under Scrutiny as GOP Probes Emails:     “We already have evidence of then-Vice President Biden speaking, dining, and having coffee with his son’s foreign business associates.” President Joe Biden’s emails from his time as vice president are coming under renewed scrutiny over his apparent use of the pseudonym “Robert L. Peters” and other names.

Meet the High-Flying, Liberal Lawyer Defending the Former President in Georgia: Drew Findling made his name as Gucci Mane’s attorney. He’s donated to Fani Willis’s campaign. So why defend one of the right’s most virulent figures?

Republican House Oversight Committee ramps up investigation into Biden family: House Oversight Committee James Comer, R-Ky., is pushing for President Joe Biden’s records from his time as Vice President to probe allegations that he worked with his son to bring in $20 million from overseas entities.

# LGBTQ / Gender
4 in 5 LGBTQ Americans Feel Less Safe Because of Bans on Gender-Affirming Care: Anti-LGBTQ laws and policies “codifies discrimination and stigma into law,” the Human Rights Campaign said.

# Media
Let’s Go Back to Our Julian Assange Line in the Sand: Truth Getting Obliterated by the Propaganda Experts: In this video we’ll expose 6 lies about Assange that have been deliberately used to distract us from what is one of the most important precedent-setting cases for freedom of speech of our generation. If there’s one thing you should take away from this, it’s that most of what you think you know about Assange is false.

# Military / Global
Chinese Testing Experimental Armed Drone Ships at Secret Naval Base: The pier near Dalian is where China is testing its large uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), according to satellite photos provided to USNI News by Maxar and an analysis of open-source intelligence.

# Social
The cruelty of disaster capitalism on full display in Maui: Watch; “We can’t get aid yet they are serving evictions.” “Plantation disaster capitalism is, unfortunately, the perfect term for what’s going on,” says Kapuaʻala Sproat.

# Weather
Tropical Depression 6 forms in active Atlantic as another disturbance eyes Gulf of Mexico: As the peak of hurricane season approaches, the National Hurricane Center is watching five areas in the Atlantic Ocean, with the one closest to the U.S. expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico in the next couple of days.

Hurricane Hilary: Mexico ‘completely underwater’ as apocalyptic floods destroy whole towns: Shocking footage shared on social media shows huge streams of flood waters tearing through the Mexican state, destroying entire towns, with journalist Eric Spracklen writing: WOAH! Baja California, Mexico is completely underwater.”

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-18

Voices, The Peoples News

August 18, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Harrison Ford’s latest namesake is an Andean snake species, ‘Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?’: Indiana Jones famously hates snakes. Harrison Ford does not, and is honored to have a new Peruvian species named after him: the Tachymenoides harrisonfordi. “The snake’s got eyes you can drown in, and he spends most of the day sunning himself by a pool of dirty water, we probably would’ve been friends in the early ‘60s,” the actor said.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
DeSantis Says U.S. Should Kill Smugglers ‘Stone Cold Dead’ in Rollout of Border Policy Plan: The Florida governor also said that he would end birthright citizenship as he made a hard play for conservative voters on a policy pillar of the Republican Party.

# Censorship?
Teacher Fired by Georgia School Board Over Children’s Book: A divided Georgia school board voted to fire a teacher who read a book about gender identity to her students earlier this year. Why it matters: Rinderle is one of,  if not the, first educator in Georgia to lose her job in relation to a state law that puts restrictions on what teachers can introduce in the classroom, according to the AJC.

Librarians in West Texas are working to reaffirm libraries’ role as community hubs as the national debate to ban certain books in public spaces spreads to their communities. As communities and school districts push for book bans, some Texas librarians are nearing their breaking point.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Capitalists: Be Careful What You Wish For: Wall Street’s hilarious complaint against a totally captured self-regulatory agency has one thing right: This delegation of government authority is unconstitutional. FINRA Extended Hearing Panel Expels Alpine Securities; Orders Alpine to Pay $2.3 Million in Restitution to Customers

The Rise of Neo-Feudalism: The private capture of entire legal systems by corporate America goes far beyond neoliberalism. It evokes the private fiefdoms of the Middle Ages

# Education / Schools
Arkansas Teachers Will Teach AP African American History Despite Retaliation Fears: Educators will teach the course despite a recent law weakening rules protecting them against unjust dismissals. Despite a threat this week by the Arkansas Department of Education that it would not allow students to receive credit for Advanced Placement African American Studies, every public high school in Arkansas that previously offered the course announced that it will remain on their schedules for the coming school year.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Energy company evades oil clean up as spills continue to contaminate Colombian town:  Oil spills have polluted an important wetland, led to a 90% loss in fish and contaminated farmland sparking a legal backlash by fishers and farmers who say their livelihoods have been gravely impacted.

An antiquated law rules mining in the West: Can the U.S. finally vanquish one of the most enduring Lords of Yesterday? The 1872 law grants an absolute right to mine but sets no standards for prudent mine operations, mine site cleanup, reclamation or restoration, or financial responsibility.
See also: 1872 Mining Law: A century and a half of subsidizing irresponsible mining.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure The Climate Crisis Is Here Now, Experts Warn, as Death Tolls From Summer Disasters Mount: By summer’s end, experts expect the heat will lead to thousands of deaths in the United States, higher numbers than in previous years. Human-caused climate change combined with the Pacific weather pattern El Niño are fueling dangerous heat waves in North America and across the globe this summer.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Cuba’s Food Crisis: The US blockade must end now. Information emerging from the Assembly’s deliberations attests to the reality of crisis in Cuba. Urgency builds for Cuba’s friends in the United States to resist U.S. policies in new ways, strongly and assertively. Their own government accounts for new suffering and destitution in Cuba.

Perdue Farms to close US meat plant:  Earlier this week, Perdue subsidiary Alexander & Hornung sent a letter to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity announcing the permanent closure of the factory.

# General News
Below is a 7-min moving video called “Step Inside the Circle” that highlights a powerful prison program that is transforming the decrepit, damaging culture of prisons. A longer film titled “The Work” is featured below as well, which is a raw and immersive documentary set in Folsom Prison where prisoners experience a four-day emotional healing encounter. This two-minute trailer gives a glimpse into this deeply meaningful documentary. These two powerful videos demonstrate how shining a light into the traumas of our past can create profound inner and outer transformation, no matter what mistakes we might have made in our lifetime. Step Inside the Circle (7 min)
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Ex-Russia Minister Flees Draft, Becomes Trucker in U.S: “It is heavenly up here in Michigan. Texas was too hot.” A former regional minister in Russia who decided to flee being drafted into Vladimir Putin’s armed forces is now working as a truck driver in the U.S. Denis Sharonov, who was once the agriculture minister of the Komi Republic in northern Russia, left his homeland in September 2022 after receiving his draft papers.

Scam PACs are political groups that deceive voters, and often donors, by fundraising under the pretext that they are supporting a specific candidate or issue-based cause, like fighting cancer or supporting veterans.

Party-aligned groups funnel millions in ‘dark money’ to super PACs ahead of 2024: House Republicans are working on new legislation to prevent foreign nationals from influencing America’s political process, Axios has learned. Why it matters: The last two presidential elections have been colored by allegations that foreign influence helped the GOP.

Trump stiffed his alleged co-conspirators, whose false claims brought in
$250 million: Trump’s entire political network, including his joint fundraising committees, spent over $47 million combined from the start of 2020 through the end of 2021 on legal fees. That money is helping Trump pay a small army of lawyers defending him against criminal charges.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Zelensky holds court with Ukraine’s most notorious neo-Nazi: Western media has dismissed evidence of neo-Nazi influence in Ukraine by citing President Zelensky’s Jewish heritage. But new footage published by Zelensky shows the leader openly collaborating with a fascist ideologue who once pledged to “lead the white races of the world in a final crusade…against Semite-led Untermenschen.”

# Gov / Politics
U.S.-Backed Roll of the Dice Leaves Ukraine in Worse Crisis: Congress is being asked for another $24 billion to keep fueling this war. They should instead listen to the majority of Americans.

How Republicans overhype the findings of their Hunter Biden probe:
Seneca Global Advisors was a boutique consulting firm that Hunter Biden founded in 2008 to help small and midsize companies expand into markets in the U.S. and other countries, according to a 2019 interview he gave to the New Yorker. OpenSecrets.org identifies it as “a lobbying firm that was hired by 9 clients in 2008, for a total amount of $210,000.”

President Joe Biden is facing renewed criticism for his response to the devastating wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui after offering victims $700 per household in emergency aid. Political opponents and commentators described the sum as “insulting” and compared it with the more than $113 billion-worth of aid the U.S. has sent to Ukraine as it defends itself against an ongoing Russian invasion. On Monday, the government announced it was sending $200 million in defensive capabilities.

Biden to sign strategic partnership deal with Vietnam: CAMP DAVID, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will sign a strategic partnership agreement with Vietnam during a state visit to the Southeast Asian country in mid-September, Politico reported on Friday, citing three people with knowledge of the deal’s planning.

# Law Enforcment
Sheriff Charged With Stealing and Lying About Affair:  He’s accused of offering “fraudulent justifications” for personal expenses. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports that 46-year-old Michael Schlosser was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of grand theft and seven counts of official misconduct.

# Legal / DOJ
How the U.S. Supreme Court Became an Arm of the Republican Party: The court is making decisions based on the GOP platform, not the Constitution, says legal scholar Khiara M. Bridges.

Biden DOJ: “No Constitutional Right To A Stable Climate”: As a heatwave scorched America with record-breaking temperatures this June, the Biden administration attempted to block a landmark climate lawsuit by declaring that “there is no constitutional right to a stable climate system,” according to court records reviewed by The Lever.

Hunter Biden Investigation: Joe Biden’s Pseudonyms Hid Ukraine-Related Messages Involving Son: The committee sought correspondence between those aliases, Hunter Biden, and two of his former business partners, Eric Schwerin and Devon Archer. Only emails involving the aliases and Hunter Biden are presently public due to the publication of the contents of a laptop he abandoned in a Delaware repair shop.

DOJ seeking 33 years in prison for ex-Proud Boys leader in Jan. 6 case: The Justice Department is seeking 33 years in prison for Enrique Tarrio, the former Proud Boys leader convicted of seditious conspiracy in one of the most serious cases to emerge from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Trump faces a RICO charge in Georgia. What is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act? The felony charges filed against former President Donald Trump in Georgia are unlike any of the other 78 charges he is facing in three separate cases around the country. The grand jury in Fulton County charged Trump and 18 of his allies under a law more commonly known for its use against organized crime, but that has far broader applications, the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, better known as RICO.

Video Shows DeSantis Pushing for GOP State Legislatures to Overturn 2020 Race: DeSantis pushed an aspect of the independent legislature theory, a fringe legal idea the Supreme Court has rejected. DeSantis pushed an aspect of the independent legislature theory, a fringe legal idea the Supreme Court has rejected.

# Media
Assange be Wary, The dangers of a US plea deal: As the Australian international law academic Don Rothwell observes, the plea deal may well take into account the four years spent in UK captivity, but is unlikely to either feature a complete scrapping of the charges, or exempt Assange from travelling to the US to admit his guilt.

# Military / DOD
At Camp David, Biden aims to nudge Japan and South Korea toward greater unity in complicated Pacific: The expected major announcements include plans to expand military cooperation on ballistic defenses and make the summit an annual event.
The leaders are also expected to detail in the communique plans to invest in technology for a three-way crisis hotline and offer an update on the progress the countries have made in sharing early-warning data on missile launches https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/camp-david-biden-aims-nudge-japan-south-korea-102345049__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1L84m-hC0wnqnhEP-p8IxBQ1GyirPzbdDANsFZsIGOk-9q0A2zENh_YLQYb_DlwBh-c45x2h3V_m4CPiUG2yC4PYu2UvXr7K$

U.S. Approves Allies Sending F-16s to Ukraine:  Secretary of State Antony Blinken reportedly wrote a letter making the support official. The United States has approved sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine from Denmark and the Netherlands to defend against Russian invaders as soon as pilot training is completed, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

# Military / Global
Ukraine will get F-16 fighter jets from Dutch, Danes after US agrees: It was not immediately clear when the first F-16s might enter the conflict as Ukrainian pilots will also have to undertake at least six months’ training. The United States has given its approval for the Netherlands and Denmark to deliver F-16s to Ukraine, officials in Washington and Europe said Friday, in a major gain for Kyiv, even though the fighter jets are unlikely to affect the war any time soon.

North Korea scrambles fighter jets to take out US ‘spy plane’ in WW3 threat: Pyongyang’s military deployed fighter jets to scramble a US spy plane after it intruded into North Korea’s economic zone in a major escalation, according to a state media report.

China rehearses invasion of Taiwan with troops storming ‘sea defences’ in chilling wargames – while Beijing and Russia stage joint naval exercises in the Pacific. The PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command published the clip on WeChat yesterday. Eastern Theatre Command is division responsible for monitoring Taiwan Strait https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12420199/China-rehearses-invasion-Taiwan-troops-storming-sea-defences-chilling-wargames-Beijing-Russia-stage-joint-naval-exercises-Pacific.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1L84m-hC0wnqnhEP-p8IxBQ1GyirPzbdDANsFZsIGOk-9q0A2zENh_YLQYb_DlwBh-c45x2h3V_m4CPiUG2yC4PYu3K9YimW$

Russia and China stage ‘show of force against Japan’ as Biden holds Camp David summit: Japanese fighter pilots “scrambled to cope with a suspected intrusion” into the country’s airspace, according to defense officials, amid a joint military patrol by China and Russia. “JSDF continues to respond to protect our territory and peace for the people of Japan 24/7,” the Japan Joint Staff said Friday on social media.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
A Peek at Big Pharma’s Playbook That Leaves Many Americans Unable to Afford Their Drugs: scores of drugs, many with much less benefit, cost more than $50,000 a year. Ten drugs, mostly used to treat rare diseases, cost over $700,000 annually. Pharmaceutical manufacturers say high U.S. prices support research and development and point out that Americans tend to get new treatments first.

# Social
Interview: Treating Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis: Understanding and confronting the epidemic of gun violence as a public health crisis is “not a fight about finding fault,” argues David Hemenway, a health policy professor at Harvard. “It’s not about finding who did something wrong. It’s about trying to figure out ways to prevent the problem from occurring.”

# Space
James Webb finds a literal question mark in space. Is this a quest? On the telescope, stars look like objects with six points. That’s why the question mark is likely not just another star – it doesn’t look like the rest. Macarena Garcia Marin, a Webb project scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, told CBS News she believes a galaxy merger is the most likely explanation.

# Weather
Hilary a Category 4 Hurricane as It Barrels Toward U.S: Heavy rains are forecast for the Southwest. Hurricane Hilary strengthened into a Category 4 storm as it barreled toward California, threatening to bring strong winds and heavy rains to the Southwestern U.S. The system had reached maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour as of early Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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