Voices, The Peoples News
September 20, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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Tribes seek U.S. Department of Energy funding to build local microgrids to improve grid reliability on tribal land: The power regularly cuts out on the 500-member Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, throwing the reservation’s casino, community center, and homes into the dark. The outages can be weekly during cold winters on the Hopi Reservation in northern Arizona, where many of the 9,300 residents still lack access to the grid even though an electric transmission line runs overhead.
DOE Awards $9 Million to Tribal Communities To Enhance Energy Security And Resilience: Funding will Affect 1,200 Tribal Buildings, Create $48.5 Million in Energy Savings and Support 13 Indian Tribes and Tribal Entities Across the Country
Archaeologists unearth oldest known wooden structure in the world: The simple structure found along a riverbank in Zambia is made up of two interlocking logs, with a notch deliberately crafted into the upper piece to allow them to fit together at right angles, according to a new study of cut marks made by stone tools.
# Border / Immigration / Migrants
El Paso Border Crisis: Texas National Guard Blocks Migrant Entrance Attempt, False rumors prompt Venezuelans in Juarez to attempt seeking asylum between ports of entry in El Paso: Up to 200 Venezuelan migrants who tried to surrender to U.S. authorities Tuesday at the border wall in South-Central El Paso were kept at bay by Texas National Guard troops, witnesses said. The migrants, mostly Venezuelan families and single adults, began crossing the Rio Grande from Juarez, Mexico, around 3 p.m. after rumors spread about U.S. authorities allegedly letting asylum seekers come in between ports of entry.
Armed Texas National Guard makes show of force on border to turn back migrants: More than a dozen military vehicles, as well as Texas state police vehicles, were seen along the border, and Guard members could be heard telling migrants to go to a port of entry. Texas National Guard members stationed themselves and military vehicles on the concrete banks of the Rio Grande on Tuesday and erected concertina wire barriers in an attempt to turn back migrants from the U.S.
Governor Abbott Deploys New Texas Tactical Border Force: Governor Greg Abbott today announced the deployment of the new Texas Tactical Border Force to the Texas-Mexico border to respond to the growing border crisis at Austin Bergstrom International Airport in Austin.
# Children / Youth
Prosecutors charge two after daycare death, kilo of fentanyl on top of children’s mats: Kilo of fentanyl stored on kids’ mats at day care where 1-year-old died: Prosecutors. Grei Mendez and Carlisto Acevedo Brito, already in custody over the death of a 1-year-old at a Bronx day care, are now facing federal charges.
# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Here’s Why You Should Be Worried About the $33 Trillion National Debt — No Matter What Joe Biden and Janet Yellen Say: Accumulating substantial debt can impose an economic burden on future generations. They may face higher taxes or reduced government services to cover the interest payments and eventually pay down the debt, potentially limiting their ability to invest in their own priorities and economic growth. Though concessions were made on both sides of the aisle, the debt ceiling bill suspended the government’s borrowing limit until January 2025 and averted an unprecedented default.
# Education / Schools
Texas made it illegal to punish students for dreadlocks. A school is testing the limits of the law: A high school student’s recent suspension over his hair length is testing the limits of a new state law that protects “hair texture or protective hairstyles associated with race”
from discrimination. De’Andre Arnold, a Barbers Hill High School student, drew national attention and the support of activists across the country in 2020 after district administrators suspended him for the length of his dreadlocks.
# Employment / Labor
GM and Stellantis just laid off more than 2,000 additional workers because of the UAW’s strike: United Auto Workers members attend a rally in Detroit, Sept. 15, 2023. General Motors announced that they’re laying off 2,000 workers because of the strike with the United Auto Workers union. Plus, Michigan has secured federal funds to combat food assistance fraud, and more.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals POWER Program selects teams to design power beaming relays: DARPA is entering the first phase of the Persistent Optical Wireless Energy Relay (POWER) program, aimed at revolutionizing energy distribution through airborne wireless power transfer.
Federal officials release a roadmap to build out offshore wind transmission infrastructure along the Atlantic coast: As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, a key pillar of Bidenomics, today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released An Action Plan for Offshore Wind Transmission Development in the U.S. Atlantic Region
A Minnesota college’s microgrid research center prepares to expand after securing new state and federal funding: The University of St. Thomas’ Center for Microgrid Research plans to triple its three-person staff and enroll more students thanks to money from a $7.5 million state legislative appropriation and $11 million in federal defense bill earmarks secured by U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum.
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure The Biden administration announces an American Climate Corps program that will train 20,000 young people to work in clean energy, energy efficiency and other climate-critical jobs: The American Climate Corps will mobilize a new, diverse generation of more than 20,000 Americans – putting them to work conserving and restoring our lands and waters, bolstering community resilience, deploying clean energy, implementing energy efficient technologies, and advancing environmental justice
Chicago Mayor Unveils Reforms to Fight Environmental Racism: Promising to end the practice of piling on more environmental burdens to the same South and West Side communities, Mayor Brandon Johnson is proposing a series of reforms aimed at changing city practices after federal investigators last year determined Chicago violates the civil rights of its residents. “In the greatest city in the world, no neighborhood should have to suffer the burdens of pollution more so than any other neighborhood,” Mayor Brandon Johnson said.
Excessive Groundwater Pumping is Cracking Open the American Southwest: The US has pumped so much groundwater that it’s literally splitting the ground open across the American Southwest. When too much groundwater gets pumped up from the natural aquifers below the surface, it causes the land to sag and create these cracks. Groundwater is one of the main sources of freshwater on Earth — it provides almost half of all drinking water, and about 40% of global irrigation.
# Gov / Politics / Global
Zelensky Dares Trump to Come Clean on Ukraine Peace Plan: The former U.S. president has repeatedly bragged that he could end the war in Ukraine within one day. ‘He can publicly share his idea now’
Canada, India and a diplomatic spat few saw coming: Why India fears the Khalistan movement and how Canada became embroiled in diplomatic spat over killing of Sikh separatist
India expels Canadian diplomat in tit-for-tat move as spat over assassinated Sikh activist deepens: Canada’s accusation that India may have been involved in the assassination of a Sikh activist on its soil has triggered a growing spat with Ottawa and New Delhi both expelling senior diplomats, sending relations between the two countries plunging.
US and Russia called for ceasefire: Now it’s happening: One day after Azerbaijan initiated military operations in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a ceasefire has reportedly been agreed upon. According to Armenian news agency Armenpress, authorities of the internationally unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) in the South Caucasus have accepted a proposal for a ceasefire from the Russian side.
# Gov / Politics
House schedules first Biden impeachment inquiry hearing: The Republican-led House Oversight Committee announced its first impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden is scheduled for Sept. 28, next Thursday
White House hits back after House sets first Biden impeachment hearing for 28 September House GOP planning on subpoenaing bank records of Joe Biden, his brother James, and son Hunter Biden
Israel’s Netanyahu Will Meet Biden In New York, The Location Is Seen As A Sign Of US Displeasure: The lengthy delay in setting up the meeting with Biden and the White House decision to hold the meeting in New York rather than Washington have been widely interpreted in Israel as signs of U.S. displeasure with Netanyahu’s new government.
Republican Infighting Paralyzes The House As Some Call A Shutdown Inevitable: Republican divisions paralyzed the House again on Tuesday as a small band of conservative rebels blocked a motion to merely begin debate on a military funding bill and GOP leaders abandoned a separate vote to avert a shutdown at the end of the month.
U.S. Is Waging War With Russia, Foreign Minister Says: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the US is waging war against Russia by conducting the war in Ukraine, by supplying the Ukrainian forces with weapons, ammunition, and intelligence, Sputnik reported. “No matter what they say, they (the United States) control this war,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in comments on state television on Sunday. “They supply weapons, ammunition, intelligence data, data from satellites, they are waging a war against us,” Lavrov said.
# Law Enforcment
Slaying of Chicago Family of 4 ‘Not a Random Incident’: Two adults, their two children, and their three dogs were found with gunshot wounds in their home in Illinois on Sunday night. Officials at the FBI, ATF and the DEA all said they have not been contacted by Romeoville to join the murder investigation. Federal drug investigators would typically be called in if there were signs of a drug cartel’s involvement. In a recorded video statement released on Tuesday, Romeoville’s Deputy Chief of Police Chris Burne said detectives and crime-scene investigators have been working tirelessly on the case.
How local police could help prevent another January 6th-style insurrection: The Proud Boys are more of a loosely affiliated street gang than they are a unified right-wing militia, researchers say. But police ignore the threats from these groups, and their threats grow. Research finds it is effective for police to systematically monitor and target groups that exhibit violent behavior and that doing so deters future acts of violence.
# Legal / DOJ
Merrick Garland says GOP allegations about Hunter Biden case have no basis in reality. The U.S. attorney general faced Republican accusations that the Justice Department has gone easy on the president’s son. Despite Hunter Biden’s legal peril, Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) declared Wednesday that “the fix is in” at the Justice Department. He alleged that top brass had interfered with an IRS probe into Hunter Biden’s taxes and that other officials had hobbled Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss’ pursuit of the case.
# Medical / Health
Clinical trial of HIV vaccine begins in United States and South Africa: HVTN 142 is being conducted at 6 locations in the United States and 4 in South Africa, involving the enrollment of 95 HIV-negative participants. These participants will be randomly assigned to 1 of 4 study groups, with 3 groups receiving different doses of the vaccine, while one group will receive a placebo.
# Military / DOD
Humanitarian Imperialism Created the Libyan Nightmare: NATO’s military intervention in Libya in 2011, which overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, resulted in a chaotic and murderous failed state. NATO’s military intervention in Libya in 2011, which overthrew the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, resulted in a chaotic and murderous failed state. Libyans pay a horrific price for this catastrophe.
U.S. troops describe living in military baracks as ‘continuous misery’: Sewage backups and inoperable fire systems are among the safety hazards that U.S. service members living in barracks face, according to a new report on how such conditions undermine quality of life and military readiness. “Service members we met with at this installation described living in the barracks without air conditioning on hot days, especially after being outside all day for work or training, as continuous misery,” according to the report. The report found the problems were widespread and, in some cases, dangerous.
# Military / Global
Ceasefire Reached in Karabakh After Azeri Military Offensive: Dozens are thought to have died in the two-day operation launched against the separatist region by Azeri forces: Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry confirms it has reached agreement on a ceasefire in the mountainous ethnic region, which is Armenian-populated.
NIH upholds controversial plan: The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will move forward with its plan that foreign scientists must share laboratory notebooks and raw data with their US research partners. The policy is directed at holders of ‘subawards,’’ funds that a US-based researcher can give to a collaborator, and arose because of controversy over how the NIH oversaw subawards to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The policy remains too broad and suggests a lack of trust in foreign researchers
DARPA seeks tech solutions to create autonomous capabilities for commercial drones: “Through creating an autonomy adapter that works with all commercial drones, regardless of manufacturer, and by developing mission-specific autonomy software that is constantly refreshed and easy to upload prior to a mission, we aim to give drone operators the advantage in fast-paced combat operations.
Americans do talk about peace, just not the same way people do in other countries: Peace is hard to define. In the dictionary, it’s equated with tranquility or the absence of war. We see it as broader. Peace is the ability for people to live in harmony with themselves and with each other. In practice, however, that can mean many different things to different people. We know that people who directly experience conflict and violence tend to have very broad, but also nuanced, definitions of peace.
Parker Solar Probe flies through intense solar eruption and captures everything on camera: On September 5, 2022, the probe ventured through one of the most intense Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) ever observed, shedding light on the intricate relationship between CMEs and interplanetary dust, tiny mineral grains in the nano and micrometer size range.
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