Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-28

Voices, The Peoples News

February 28, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Archaeology / Anthropology
The Strange Klerksdorp Spheres Found In 3 Billion-Year-Old Rock: Klerksdorp spheres are small objects, often spherical to disc-shaped, that have been collected by miners and rockhounds from 3-billion-year-old pyrophyllite deposits mined by Wonderstone Ltd., near Ottosdal, South Africa. Looking like tiny ancient cricket balls, with seam-like lines around their middle, it’s easy to see why they became the subject of conspiracy theories involving aliens and ancient, forgotten civilizations.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Services cut to taxpayers to pay for illegal immigrants: When a group of 77 Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to President Joe Biden recently criticizing his open border policies, this was the first major criticism by Democrats over Biden’s attempts to cram their cities with illegal aliens. This came as a reaction to big city Democrats who were trying to meet their budgets for next year. They found there was no way that they could continue providing the same services to their legal constituents and still pay out big bucks to support Biden’s illegal immigrants too.
“The economic impact of illegal immigration on taxpayers is catastrophic.” – Ric Keller https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thecentersquare.com/opinion/article_74a82e0c-d263-11ee-9a0c-7ba78054d2c7.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xf_HYLbTEElszBi5tRUkHw1rDg2zgfp9y5tLoOiis-7ggt307kNRjZxKVFL-oI2uPeb2y0VgYudjb0_VzlGvNWLY2l7Xg-Gs$

Scrutiny of Georgia county ramps up after student murder, Republicans question sanctuary status: Killing of a University of Georgia student at the hands of an illegal immigrant has sparked outrage. It has also raised questions over Athens-Clarke County’s illegal immigrant policies, which may violate the spirit of state law.

Border Patrol Union Leader Raises Alarm on Human Trafficking in US: Art Del Cueto, the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council union, appeared on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria Bartiromo on Tuesday and spoke about concerns of human trafficking and the distribution of fentanyl across the border.

Citing border crisis, House votes to deny restitution to undocumented immigrants who are trafficked: Undocumented immigrants who become victims of human trafficking or smuggling in West Virginia wouldn’t be eligible for financial restitution, according to a bill that passed out of the House of Delegates on Monday.

Texas-Mexico Border Clash: Migrant Incident Exposes Security Divide: The tension between state and federal authorities underscores the need for a comprehensive and unified approach to address the complexities of immigration and border security.

Democrats’ Fear About ‘Critical Threat’ of Immigrants is Growing: A record-high 55 percent of U.S. adults, up eight points from last year—believe that “large numbers of immigrants entering the United States illegally” is a critical threat to U.S. vital interests. It surpasses the previous high of 50 percent in 2004.

Arizona Republicans advance bill legalizing killing migrants on suspicion of trespassing: Arizona Republicans are advancing a bill that would allow people to legally kill someone accused of attempting to trespass or actively trespassing on their property.

# Education / Schools
Nonbinary student Nex Benedict was on medication linked to ‘cardiovascular events’: The death of a nonbinary student at an Oklahoma high school has caused controversy. Police are saying that the teen’s death was not caused by what happened at school. In a 911 call released by the Owasso Police Department this week, Nex Benedict’s mother can be heard describing the medication the student was taking, which has been linked to cardiac-related health events.

Florida Officials Cut Sociology as Core College Class in War on Critical Thought:“Sociology provides a way to assess structural problems, allowing us to see beyond individual failures or individual difficulties.” Sociology educators say the discipline is a right-wing target because it challenges students to question the status quo. The first step was announced by Florida Commissioner of Higher Education Manny Diaz Jr., a DeSantis ally, who reported that Principles of Sociology was being removed from the five core classes needed for degree completion at the state’s public colleges.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure An explosive Texas fire more than doubles in size as it threatens towns and forces evacuations: A massive blaze that’s raging out of control is threatening Texas Panhandle towns and forcing residents to evacuate. The Smokehouse Creek Fire, the largest wildfire burning in the region, has exploded to 200,000 acres since igniting Monday afternoon, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology Indiana farmers raise national security fears as China buys up over 600 acres, lawmakers try to ban purchases near military bases amid spying threat. A damning report showed Chinese investors own nearly 385,000 acres of US land. The Indiana bill defers to the US Commerce Department’s list of adversaries, which includes Russia, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and China. According to Culp, roughly 2.2% of Indiana’s land is owned by foreign countries. More than 80 percent of Indiana’s 36,420 square miles is devoted to farms and forests, state Department of Agriculture data shows.

Patient count continues to grow in outbreak of lead poisoning traced to applesauce: More children have been identified as patients in an outbreak of lead poisonings traced to certain cinnamon applesauce products. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are now 468 patients spread across 44 states.

# Food Recalls / Alerts
Popular Cheeses That Contain Wood Pulp: Ccheck the label next time we buy shredded cheese, because we may get more than what we bargained for. The first example he shows is a Great Value finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese which contains real cheese, along with powdered cellulose to prevent caking. The Sargento four cheese blend also contains this substance. Even Frigo’s flaked Parmesan or Kraft’s grated version has it too. Cellulose Powder. This substance, he reveals, is “Basically just plant fiber that you can extract from any plant. But the industry tends to use wood because it’s more available and cheaper.”

FDA Warns The Parmesan You Eat May Be Wood Pulp. Yes, you’ve been eating wood, thanks to companies like Castle Cheese, which produced Parmesan cheese containing no actual Parmesan for almost 30 years. The president of the company, which supplied megastores like Target, is scheduled to plead guilty this month to charges that carry a sentence of up to a year in prison and a $100,o00 fine https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://time.com/4226321/parmesan-wood-pulp/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xf_HYLbTEElszBi5tRUkHw1rDg2zgfp9y5tLoOiis-7ggt307kNRjZxKVFL-oI2uPeb2y0VgYudjb0_VzlGvNWLY2i3K47ND$

# General News
1 of 2. adjective: ˈwōk; woker; wokest
Synonyms of woke
chiefly US slang
1a: aware of and actively attentive to important societal facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice) But we will only succeed if we reject the growing pressure to retreat into cynicism and hopelessness. … We have a moral obligation to “stay woke,” take a stand and be active; challenging injustices and racism in our communities and fighting hatred and discrimination wherever it rises. Barbara Lee
2 of 2. disapproving: politically liberal or progressive (as in matters of racial and social justice) especially in a way that is considered unreasonable or extreme The national conservatives view today’s liberals as woke cultural warriors who pose an existential threat to the nation and its traditions. Shadi Hamid

# Gov / Politics / Global
China has raided seven American businesses in Beijing and arrested employees on suspicion of espionage: US ambassador to Beijing revealed the total in a new interview on Sunday. China has cracked down on foreign businesses even as it seeks investment. Bain & Co, Mintz Group, and Captivision are among the US firms raided https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13128425/China-raid-companies-espionage-Nicholas-Burns.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xf_HYLbTEElszBi5tRUkHw1rDg2zgfp9y5tLoOiis-7ggt307kNRjZxKVFL-oI2uPeb2y0VgYudjb0_VzlGvNWLY2h93LePF$

US concerned by China’s ‘punitive’ actions toward American firms: U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns said on Tuesday Washington was very concerned about China’s recent “punitive” action toward some U.S.
companies, and that foreign firms are delaying investments in the country due to uncertainty about the openness of its economy.

Lawyer of Alexei Navalny Reportedly Arrested in Moscow: The arrest comes weeks after Nalvany, one of Vladimir Putin’s biggest foes, died in a penal colony. Dubkov declined to comment on the circumstances of his arrest, only saying that he considered it an “obstruction of his legal practice.”

Yemeni Houthi rebels suspected of damaging underwater Red Sea cables responsible for 17% of global internet traffic: Yemeni Houthi rebels are believed to have damaged undersea data cables in the Red Sea that link Europe to Asia. The Iran-backed Houthis had already threatened to target the fiber optic cables, which carry an estimated 17% of the world’s internet traffic, and it now appears that the group has carried out attacks.

US Refuses to Assure UK Judges That Assange Won’t Be Executed If He’s Extradited: UK law prohibits extradition to a country that may impose capital punishment. In response to questioning by one of the judges, the prosecutor admitted that the U.S. had not provided assurances that Assange would not be subject to the death penalty if extradited. Article 4(1) of the extradition treaty does not allow extradition for political offenses.

# Gov / Politics
Michelle Obama ‘top choice’ to replace Joe Biden as Democrat candidate in bombshell poll: Michelle Obama is the leading choice to replace Joe Biden as the presidential candidate for Democrats if he drops out of the race, a survey has found. The former first lady emerged as the top alternate to Mr Biden for the 2024 race, beating Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris, and Hillary Clinton amid questions about the president’s health and fitness.

Republicans Hatched a Secret Assault on the Voting Rights Act in Washington State: After he helped create the state’s voting maps, a redistricting commissioner quietly worked with national Republican figures to bring a lawsuit against his own work.

Wisconsin’s Republicans Went to Extremes in Gerrymandering. Now They’re Scrambling to Protect That Power: Heavily redrawn election districts in the battleground state gave Republicans firm control of the legislature, and the leeway to move aggressively against officials and judges they perceive as threats.

Threats From Political Minority Rule in Wisconsin and North Carolina: Partisan legislators in Wisconsin and North Carolina are aggressively erecting anti-democracy barriers to lock out a growing political majority and hinder America’s progress.

‘Uncommitted’ Campaign Shatters Expectations Against Biden: The “uncommitted” campaign looked like it would even surpass 100,000 Democratic votes, perhaps even 150,000 votes, a major sign of trouble for Biden in a state that was decided by less than 11,000 votes in 2016 https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://politicalwire.com/2024/02/27/uncommitted-campaign-in-michigan-shatters-expectations/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xf_HYLbTEElszBi5tRUkHw1rDg2zgfp9y5tLoOiis-7ggt307kNRjZxKVFL-oI2uPeb2y0VgYudjb0_VzlGvNWLY2lB7lS0D$

Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ken Pax­ton Wins Case Chal­leng­ing $1.7 Tril­lion Fed­er­al Fund­ing Bill Passed Uncon­sti­tu­tion­al­ly With Less Than Half of U.S. Con­gress Phys­i­cal­ly Present: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton secured a major victory in defense of the United States Constitution, with a court ruling that the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package was unlawfully passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2022 without a quorum physically present as constitutionally required.

Blinken pledges $45 million to boost coastal West Africa security:  U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday pledged $45 million in additional financing to help fight conflict and bring stability to coastal West Africa, where insecurity linked to jihadist insurgencies has increased in recent years.

Comer uncovers pattern in Biden family business probe: ‘Very concerning’: The investigation into the Bidens’ businesses is heating up in the House as Republicans continue to dig into the family’s patterns “very concerning.” “I think we’ve established a pattern, a pattern that Joe Biden did communicate with every single person that wired his family millions of dollars. We’ve uncovered a pattern that they were selling the brand,” Comer said. “There’s no buying businesses when the media says Hunter Biden and Jim Biden owned an energy company, they didn’t own an energy company. They owned an influence-peddling scheme.

Trump Stands to Make Billions in Massive Deal: Donald Trump has just made a staggering sum of money, all of it driven by the publicity from his campaign for the White House.

‘Good Riddance’: McConnell to Step Down as Senate GOP Leader: “One of the worst people to ever serve in office. He will be remembered for all the wrong things.”

Josh Hawley Draws Red Line for Who Will Replace Mitch McConnell: He floated Florida Senator Rick Scott and Montana Senator Steve Daines as potential replacements for McConnell. Daines told Newsweek it is currently the “time to reflect on great accomplishments” of McConnell when asked about Hawley’s comments.

# Media
Post Office confirms boss is under investigation: The Post Office has confirmed that its current boss, Nick Read, is under investigation, after its former chairman Henry Staunton shocked MPs by making the revelation. The investigation is ongoing.

# Medical / Health
Criminalization of HIV: HIV criminalization is a term used to describe laws that either criminalize otherwise legal conduct or increase the penalties for illegal conduct based on a person’s HIV-positive status. More than two-thirds of U.S. states and territories have enacted HIV criminal laws. We analyze state criminal justice data to examine the enforcement and impact of HIV criminal laws on people living with HIV.

CHS under investigation by DOJ: On January 11, CHS said it received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Department of Justice for documents and information relating to a variety of subjects, including practices and procedures related to utilization review, inpatient admissions and inpatient dialysis at its hospitals. “We are cooperating fully with this investigation,” CHS said.

UnitedHealth Faces New Justice Department Antitrust Probe: Justice Department has launched an antitrust investigation into UnitedHealth health insurer and a top manager of pharmacy benefits and physician groups. Investigators have been digging into the relationship between the company’s insurance unit, which covers roughly 50 million people, and its Optum health services unit, which employs about 90,000 doctors

# Military / DOD
Army slashing thousands of jobs in major revamp to prepare for future wars: The Army is slashing the size of its force by about 24,000, nearly 5%. The cuts will mainly be in already-empty posts — not actual soldiers. The changes come as the Army struggles with recruiting shortfalls that have made it impossible to bring in enough soldiers to fill all the jobs.

Watch Cutting-Edge Military Tech Sink A Ship From The Sky In Seconds: It’s called QUICKSINK, for obvious reasons. The US Air Force possesses a novel technology that can rapidly sink a ship before your eyes. Their research lab has even released footage of the cutting-edge weapon, aptly named QUICKSINK, showing it obliterate a vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.

# Science
Seamounts of the Southeast Pacific: More than 100 new species that marine biologists estimate they have discovered living on seamounts off the coast of Chile

Florida law restricts hiring of researchers: A policy bars Florida’s 12 public universities from taking money from or forming “partnerships” with entities in China, Russia, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Venezuela. This places restrictions on collaborations with colleagues in these countries and on the hiring of graduate students, postdocs and research staff from abroad.

# Space / NASA
5 Incredibly Rare Things That Will Appear in The Sky in 2024: 2024 promises to be an exceptional year in astronomy. This year, we will witness four eclipses, encounter two bright naked-eye comets, and observe several planetary conjunctions that you won’t want to miss.
Let’s take a closer look at the five most incredible astronomical events set to occur this year.

# Technology
AT&T, Verizon raising prices on some phone plans starting this week: Some Verizon and AT&T customers are about to see their phone bills get more expensive in the coming weeks. Starting March 1, customers on certain older unlimited plans will be hit with a price increase of $4 per month, per line.

Tesla’s Optimus robot takes stroll around lab in new video shared by Elon Musk: Tesla’s Optimus robot takes stroll around lab in new video shared by Elon Musk

‘Elon, what are you doing?’: Joe Rogan flipped out when he saw Tesla’s Optimus Gen 2 robots moving ‘exactly like a person’ and even gently holding eggs — 3 top robotics stocks to watch now

# Veterans
Military health records system Genesis out of action ‘intermittently,’ agency says: The online military medical records system, MHS Genesis, was experiencing “intermittent network outages” Tuesday. Without Genesis, patients in the military health care system cannot schedule appointments or lab tests or fill prescriptions online, among other services.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-23

Voices, The Peoples News

February 23, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
NYC Mayor Wants to Spend $53M on Migrant Aid While 1 in 4 Residents Live in Poverty: Nearly two million, or 23% percent, of the city’s residents were unable to afford basic necessities like housing and food in 2022, according to a new study by Columbia University and Robin Hood, a large philanthropic organization.

Illegal Immigrants Reveal How They Got into America and Why They Are Coming: For the past couple of months, there have been multiple groups of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States. According to a publication released by the House Committee on Homeland Security, there have been more than 7.5 million encounters nationwide and 6.4 million at the Southwest border.

‘We don’t have the money.’ Close the border. We don’t care for people already here: America has a border crisis that is engulfing communities thousands of miles away as migrants, many sent in buses paid for by Republican state leaders in Texas and Florida, are arriving in cities with Democratic mayors/ Federal agents had 2.5 million encounters with migrants at the southern border in the 2023 fiscal year, from October 2022 through September 2023, according to Customs and Border Protection data.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Biden transfers another $1.2 billion in student loan debt to taxpayers: President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he was canceling via executive action an additional $1.2 billion worth of student loan debt, the latest in a string of administrative actions from the current president to transfer the debt from students to taxpayers.

Why Four Million Student Borrowers Got Debt Relief: It’s just a matter of Biden’s Education Department fixing existing forgiveness programs that previous presidents failed to follow for decades. These are borrowers who were defrauded, became disabled, or signed up for a repayment program that guaranteed debt relief, under long-standing U.S. laws and federal rulemaking.

Capital One announces plan to buy Discover:  Capital One announced a definitive agreement under which the company will acquire Discover in an all-stock transaction valued at $35.3 billion.  the $35.3 billion deal would be the fifth-largest U.S. bank M&A. “Capital One’s acquisition of Discover would potentially create the largest consumer credit card issuer by loans outstanding,” Bank of America analysts wrote.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Netanyahu Presents Blueprint for Postwar Gaza, With Free Rein for Israeli Military: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined a blueprint for postwar Gaza that calls for it to be administered by local Palestinian officials free of links to militant groups and for Israel to conduct security operations in the strip indefinitely.

What is Hamas? The militant group behind surprise attack on Israel has ruled Gaza for years Hundreds have been killed and the death toll is climbing. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls the Palestinian territory of Gaza, on Saturday launched an unexpectedly complex and deadly attack on Israel that officials said included waves of rocket launches and hundreds of invaders.

Lawsuit Accuses German Leaders of Complicity in Gaza Genocide: “This lawsuit sends a clear message to German officials: You cannot continue to remain accomplices of such crime without consequences.”

# Gov / Politics
‘Preventable Disaster’: Congress Crawls Toward Shutdown Deadline: We’re just over a week away from the first of two government funding deadlines looming in early March. Appropriators are still working to finalize the annual spending bills for the fiscal year that started back in October — but House and Senate leaders are reportedly still clashing over Republican demands for partisan policy riders on topics such as abortion, diversity, guns and student loan debt.

A Veteran Asks: Why Do You Keep Saying ‘Militant’ Instead of ‘Terrorist,’ and ‘Executed’ Instead of ‘Murdered’? ‘Well, journalists, you make the rules. No one is forcing you to church up the language that we use to describe evil people and the actions they carry out.’

Impact of Alabama Embryo Ruling Widens as GOP Attempts Damage Control: “I refuse to believe that Republican lawmakers who sponsored legislation that would restrict or ban IVF—and who now decry the Alabama ruling—didn’t know exactly what they were doing,” said one journalist.

Blinken Calls Israeli Settlements ‘Inconsistent With International Law.’ Critics: So Is Genocide. “For consistency’s sake, the Biden admin now also needs to end weapons transfers to Israel,” said one analyst.

Trump Is the Heritage Foundation’s Instrument to Bring Orbánism to the US: The foundation and its leaders see Trump not for his policies, but as a means to embed Orbán’s oppressive ideology within the U.S. political framework.  This antidemocratic, anti-civil and human rights model would be given life if Project 2025 is enacted.

The Path to Autocracy: A second Trump term will leave America’s political system and culture looking even more like Orbán’s Hungary. It advocates turning Hungary into a Fidesz-ruled one-party illiberal state, with Christian Democracy as it’s imperative component. With large bans on immigration and less reliance on neoliberal economics with more interventionist policies. It views liberalism as being incompatible with Christian Democracy. It is highly corrupt and engages in heavy amounts of cronyism.
See also: Is Orbanism Reaching an Inflection Point? Can Viktor Orban manage the balance between an increasingly imperial European Union and a nationalist and culturally cohesive Hungary?

Senate Vote to Cut UNRWA Funding Is Cruel and Unusual Punishment: UNRWA employs over 30,000 people and responded swiftly and adequately to allegation, yet the U.S. and their allies are collectively punishing the organization in this critical moment on the basis of accusations.

# Legal / DOJ
Justice Who Ruled That Embryos Are ‘Children’ Appeared On QAnon Conspiracist’s Show: Alabama Chief Justice Tom Parker indicated on the show he was a proponent of the “Seven Mountains Mandate,” an explicitly theocratic doctrine at the heart of Christian nationalism.

Trump’s properties could be seized if $454 million civil fraud debt not paid, warns NY AG James: Donald Trump could be at risk of losing some of his prized properties if he can’t pay his staggering New York civil fraud penalty. With interest, he owes the state nearly $454 million — and the amount is going up $87,502 each day until he pays.

Donald Trump Likely Doomed by ‘Stunning Development’ in Mar-a-Lago Case: Legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance was reacting to voice notes from Trump attorney Evan Corcoran, obtained by ABC News, which suggest the former president was told in May 2022 that federal agents would search his Florida estate for sensitive materials if he did not comply with a federal subpoena to return them.

# Media
Vice Media to Lay Off Hundreds, Cease Publishing on Website: The private equity firm that now owns the one-time digital publishing giant will slash what remains of its existing workforce in the next few days and shutter the main website. “We create and produce outstanding original content true to the Vice brand. However, it is no longer cost-effective for us to distribute our digital content the way we have done previously.”

# Medical / Health
Failure to Fix Medicare Payment System Could Lead To Socialized Medicine: The nation’s Medicare physician payment system has been broken for a long time. Don’t believe me? Ask any doctor from any specialty. Every one of them will agree.

The New Abnormal: Wake Up! Republicans Really Are Trying to Ban Contraception, and they’d rather you didn’t know. Despite recent claims from many Republicans that they are trying to protect contraceptive access, their legislative votes say otherwise

Trump calls on Alabama legislature to take action to protect IVF services: “Under my leadership, the Republican Party will always support the creation of strong, thriving, healthy American families. We want to make it easier for mothers and fathers to have babies, not harder! That includes supporting the availability of fertility treatments like IVF in every State in America,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

Texas Docs Refused to Treat Woman’s Ectopic Pregnancy: Her life was at risk due to an ectopic pregnancy, one of the few conditions that makes abortion legal in Texas. But doctors still balked. A Texas hospital refused to treat her. The 25-year-old woman and her mother blame the state’s abortion ban for a delay in care that doctors say put her “in extreme danger of losing her life”

# Medical Science
Engineered cells for multiple sclerosis: The first US trials of CAR T cells to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) have started. These engineered cells could reset the malfunctioning immune system, halting the brain damage that defines MS.

# Military / DOD
Ukrainian immigrant goes from stocking shelves to US Army role supporting his native country’s defense: Pfc. Andrii Sydoruk, a 21-year-old immigrant, enlisted with the U.S. Army to manage fuel supplies. Soon, however, he took on assignments as a translator between American trainers and Ukrainian troops learning to operate advanced defense systems.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
UnitedHealth Blamed ‘Nation-State’ Threat In Hack That Disrupted Pharmacy Orders: In the filing, UnitedHealth said the attack may have been done by hackers paid by a foreign country. “UnitedHealth Group identified a suspected nation-state associated cyber security threat actor had gained access to some of the Change Healthcare information technology systems,” the company in the filing

# Social
GOP Proposes New Law Against Squatters, ‘No Free Rides’: The bill would make false leases an additional crime, according to state Rep. Matt Reeves. Georgia lawmakers are introducing a bill, HB 1017, to address the squatting crisis in Atlanta, where approximately 1,200 homes have been taken over by squatters. The bill aims to criminalize squatting and expedite the process of removing squatters from properties.

# Space / NASA
Astronaut shares the profound ‘big lie’ realized after seeing the Earth from space: I just pray we, as a species, wake up in time. Yuri Gagarin became the first human to make it into space and probably the first to experience what scientists now call the “overview effect.” This change occurs when people see the world from far above and notice that it’s a place where “borders are invisible, where racial, religious and economic strife are nowhere to be seen.”

Massive fireball lights up night sky across nearly a dozen states: Almost certainly created by a meteor burning up as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere, the remarkable moment reportedly occurred shortly before 7 PM Eastern Standard Time. To date, the event has generated a whopping 335 reports to the American Meteor Society from individuals in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia as well as the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada.

# Technology
AT&T Says Cause of Outage Wasn’t a Cyber Attack: The widespread outage was because of something far from nefarious. AT&T said the hourslong outage to its U.S. cellphone network Thursday appeared to be the result of a technical error, not a malicious attack. It blamed the incident on an error in coding without elaborating.

Kara Swisher on Donald Trump’s Depravity, Elon Musk’s Ego, and Making Mark Zuckerberg Sweat: The tech writer imparts a few lessons on how to see through Big Tech’s BS and delivers a blunt message for the industry’s biggest buffoons:
“I’m not your friend.”

Alarming New Satellite Can Spy on Individual People: Pandora’s Satellite – As surveillance tools advance in both function and ubiquity, an up-and-coming satellite venture company raises an important question: how much of our privacy are we willing to trade for the promise of safety?

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-22

Voices, The Peoples News

February 22, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Archaeology / Anthropology
Ancient Megalithic Structure Older than the Egyptian Pyramids Discovered in the Peruvian Andes: A nearly 5,000-year-old ancient megalithic site discovered in the Peruvian Andes is older than the Pyramids of Egypt. Dated to around 2,750 B.C., using radiocarbon dating techniques, the circular stone plaza was built using massive vertical stones placed in upright positions.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
NYC law that would have allowed 800K noncitizens to vote struck as unconstitutional by appeals court, ‘Enacted in violation’: “We determine that this local law was enacted in violation of the New York State Constitution and Municipal Home Rule Law, and thus, must be declared null and void,” Appellate Judge Paul Wooten wrote in the 3-1 majority decision.

Donald Trump Is Plotting an Even More Aggressive Anti-immigration Agenda: The former president reportedly plans on utilizing the military to enforce immigration policies and erecting deportation camps along the border. Donald Trump, on day one, I will terminate every open border policy of the Biden administration, and we will begin the largest domestic deportation operation in American history.

Bill would require feds to reimburse Texas for border security costs: U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, a Republican from north Texas who served as Texas’ Secretary of State under former Gov. Rick Perry, has filed a bill to have the federal government reimburse Texas for its border security costs.  Texas taxpayers paid more than $800 million in 2020-2021, Williams says, and more than $2.9 billion in 2022-2023. An additional $4.6 billion has been allocated for 2024-2025, he said in a statement.

# Corporations / Industry
Real estate investor will ‘immediately discontinue’ working in NYC over Trump verdict, eyeing Florida, Texas: The business leader gained recent recognition after he posted on X that his firm would “immediately discontinue” all underwriting on New York City real estate to focus on other markets like Texas and Florida. Cardone further claimed that New York has risks “that outweigh the opportunities” in terms of property value — and the blue state has shown its politicization when it comes to doing business. The business leader gained recent recognition after he posted on X that his firm would “immediately discontinue” all underwriting on New York City real estate to focus on other markets like Texas and Florida.

# Education / Schools
A Texas school has punished a Black student over his hairstyle for months. Neither side is backing down: His offense: wearing his hair in long locs. Superintendent Greg Poole wrote in a full-page ad in The Houston Chronicle. “They realize being an American requires conformity with the positive benefit of unity, and being a part of something bigger than yourself.”

# Employment / Labor
America’s Richest Men Ask the Courts to Make Unions Illegal: Lawyers for Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Amazon say the Court erred in 1937 by letting workers have rights on the job.

This new Biden regulation could wipe out 1 million US jobs, manufacturing leader says: In fact, just two weeks ago, they announced one big regulation that could wipe out up to 1 million jobs,” Timmons warned. “It’s referred to as National Ambient Air Quality Standards or PM2.5.” “It’s not the name that matters. It’s the consequences. It’s stricter than rules they have even in Europe. And in vast portions of the country, we will barely be able to build new manufacturing facilities as a result,” Timmons added.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure Ocean Temperatures Keep Shattering Records—and Stunning Scientists: Sea surface temperatures have been skyrocketing beyond expectations. That may be a bad sign for hurricane season—and the health of ocean ecosystems. For nearly a year now, a bizarre heating event has been unfolding across the world’s oceans. That may be a bad sign for hurricane season—and the health of ocean ecosystems.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Report Shows How Governments Reach Beyond Their Borders to Crush Dissent: Human Rights Watch examines how repressive governments use harassment, surveillance, and assassination to target dissidents. A report published Thursday by Human Rights Watch details how governments around the world relentlessly target dissidents, journalists, and others beyond their borders, resorting to threats, harassment, and even abduction and assassination to silence those perceived as threats.

Israel Bombs Mosque, Homes in Rafah as Aid Leaders Warn ‘Famine Is Looming’: “No amount of humanitarian response will make up for the months of deprivation that families in Gaza have endured.”

Navalny’s Death Highlights a New Global Division on Political Violence: A growing number of regimes seem to believe that a state is only really sovereign if it can kill undesirable citizens. The unexplained death in prison of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is a symbol of global attempts to shift the balance of power toward authoritarian elites everywhere.

# Gov / Politics
Huge gap on spending bill policy riders as time dwindles: Thorniest issues are being kicked upstairs to leadership, which is otherwise occupied. There’s roughly one month before appropriations for fiscal 2024 expire. But there are still dozens of policy disputes separating the parties that congressional leaders haven’t even begun to dig in on.

GOP privately expects government shutdown: Behind closed doors, House Republicans have shifted from optimistically cautious to expecting a government shutdown, Axios has learned. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) will have to choose in coming weeks between a fight with Democrats that threatens a shutdown, or a deal with Democrats that threatens his job.

Control of the House Could Come Down to This New York Republican: Marc Molinaro arrived in Washington hoping to be a pragmatic lawmaker. Congress had other ideas.

Do Republicans Finally Have a Consensus Opinion on Abortion? Post-Roe, Republicans have struggled to find a coherent message on abortion, but as the 2024 election approaches, an increasing number of prominent GOP voices, including former president Trump, have begun to embrace a 15-to-16-week abortion ban.

White House Slams House GOP for Taking ‘Vacation’ Instead of Passing Ukraine Aid: The White House continues to slam House Republicans for heading out to a lengthy “vacation” without providing additional funding for Ukraine or addressing the border. After making remarks Friday about the death of Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny, Biden laid into lawmakers about taking an extended Presidents’ Day break and the lack of Ukraine funding. “It’s about time they step up — don’t you think? — instead of going on a two-week vacation. Two weeks they’re walking away.

Frustration boils as Gov. Greg Abbott, AG Ken Paxton target GOP incumbents: Big spending and anger surround reelection bids for state House members like Glenn Rogers, who’s facing heat for votes on vouchers and Ken Paxton’s impeachment.

Alito Renews Threat to Overturn Marriage Equality: But Alito appeared reluctant in his agreement with the other eight justices and released a five-page statement saying the case “exemplifies the danger that I anticipated in Obergefell v. Hodges,” the 2015 case in which the court ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples in the U.S. had the same right to marry as heterosexual

‘I Think We Should Kill ‘Em All,’ GOP Rep. Andy Ogles Says of Palestinians in Gaza: “Any congressional resolutions to censure or expel Ogles?” asked one commentator. Tennessee Rep. Andy Ogles made the comments in response to pro-Palestine activists who confronted him in a hallway about the U.S.’s continued support for Israel’s genocidal assault in Gaza, which has killed 30,000 Palestinians so far, including 12,300 children.

DeSantis Dishes on Why He Doesn’t Want to Be Trump’s VP: The Florida governor was reportedly on a short list that Donald Trump created for the position. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he would not consider being Donald Trump’s running mate one day after the former president confirmed the former 2024 rival was on his “short list” — with DeSantis revealing that he was looking at other prospects, including another White House bid in four years.

Senator Ron Johnson tells Congress he sees no point in using taxpayer dollars to stop Putin in Ukraine: At about 2 a.m. on February 13, Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin stood on the Senate floor and explained why he opposed sending more aid to help Ukraine fend off the invasion launched in 2022 by Russian President Vladimir Putin. “A lot of the points that Vladimir Putin made are accurate,” Johnson said. “They’re obvious, and so many of our people here in Washington DC are just ignoring that, making people believe like Ukraine can win. Putin won’t lose. Putin will not lose. He’s not going to lose.”

Trump furious at leaked report that could upend his re-election campaign: Donald Trump and his senior staff are pointing fingers after a leak from his camp wound up on the front page of the New York Times. The newspaper revealed that Trump had privately told allies he supports a 16-week national abortion plan, with some exceptions.

7 Democrats who could replace Biden if he drops his 2024 reelection bid: Virtually every major Democratic governor or senator is behind the president’s reelection bid and long ago dismissed the thought of replacing him on the ballot this year.

Thousands of Texas Democrats Join Republicans in Petition for State Secession: After writing a letter to Abbott in January “to honor the wishes of the voters”, to call a special session in the Texas Legislature and “to put the Texas question to a vote,” Miller and others endorsing secession visited Abbott’s office on February 13 to personally submit more than 170,000 garnered signatures—part of a legislative effort to place the initiative on the Republican primary election ballot in the state.

# Legal / DOJ
Supporters Rally Behind Assange as UK Court Hears ‘Pathetic’ US Case: “How pathetic the U.S. case is,” Stella Assange, the WikiLeaks founder’s wife, told a crowd gathered outside Wednesday’s court hearing, which represents the final legal avenue in the United Kingdom to prevent his extradition to the U.S.

# Medical / Health
Women can be prosecuted for taking abortion pills, says Alabama attorney general: One week after the federal government made it easier to get abortion pills, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Tuesday that women in Alabama who use those pills to end pregnancies could be prosecuted.

Alabama Clinic Halts IVF Procedures After New Embryo Ruling: The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the state’s Wrongful Death of a Minor Act applies to all children “regardless of their location” in or outside a mother’s uterus.

‘Dozens’ Of Obstetricians Stop Practicing After Idaho Abortion Ban: Additionally, the report said two hospital obstetrics programs — at West Bonner General Health in Sandpoint and at Valor Health in Emmett — have closed since Idaho’s law banning abortion took effect, the report said. A third hospital obstetrics program is in “serious jeopardy” of closing, the report also said. Only 22 of 44 counties in Idaho have access to any practicing obstetricians, the report said. About 85% of obstetricians and gynecologists in Idaho practice in the seven most populous counties.

Alabama’s Unhinged Embryo Ruling Shows Where the Anti-Abortion Movement Is Headed: The Christian right is paving the way for a world without abortion or IVF, but with lots of embryo adoptions. This time, by declaring not just a fetus but a fertilized egg in a lab the equivalent of an “unborn child,” the courts have done them one better. If this keeps up, anti-abortion groups may succeed at outlawing both abortion and in vitro fertilization, or IVF. They seem to have found a receptive audience on the Alabama Supreme Court, with the decision referring multiple times to what the majority called “extrauterine children.”

# Medical Technology
Neuralink’s First Brain Implant Is Working. Elon Musk’s Transparency Isn’t: Elon Musk says Neuralink’s first human trial subject can control a computer mouse with their brain, but some researchers are frustrated by a lack of information about the study. Could be vulnerable to hacking, ethicists warn https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/elon-musks-neuralink-concerning-lack-120011176.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1tRyW7VUm7Q7Gg_Q_zkG6EpU-b4vAkRnTLwNreJWuxQlziTjJye7mVn6VDNOOWv1mMe4HHNTMaLGC1t8ymAAz3Se4duuR3l-$

# Military / DOD
Army recruiting ahead of last year as service prepares to restructure units for a smaller force, top general says: The Army’s recruiting numbers are stronger than they were at this time last year, the Army’s top general said Tuesday while touring a motor pool and visiting with soldiers at Fort Cavazos.

Army secretary talks force structure cuts, SOF ‘reform’: Army Secretary Christine Wormuth also attributed “some” of the moves to “the recruiting challenges that we’ve been experiencing…if we don’t turn our recruiting situation around, we will likely have to contemplate additional force structure changes, because we can’t have unready forces; we can’t have hollow formations.”

New military prosecutors replace generals and admirals in more than 2,500 courts-martial in just 2 months: Four independent military prosecution offices created by Congress have invoked their authority in the past two months to take the decision-making in 2,649 courts-martial from generals and admirals.

DARPA’s New REMA Program is Turning Ordinary Drones into Autonomous Killing Machines. Kind of:DARPA’s newly announced REMA program hopes to turn ordinary commercial and military drones into autonomous killing machines. By joining a program that was announced less than three months ago, the newly awarded partner companies will create a universal system that can equip existing drones with the capability to act autonomously and finish their mission even when the connection to their human operator has been lost.

# Military / Global
Israel Fired on U.N. Convoy It OKed to Enter Gaza: CNN reports that email correspondence showed the food convoy was given permission to enter, but it was still destroyed.

China Sends Warships to the Middle East: China has sent a guided-missile destroyer to the Gulf of Aden as part of an anti-piracy mission amid tensions over Houthi rebel attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea. Setting sail from Zhanjiang, a coastal city in Guangdong province, the 46th fleet of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy embarked for the gulf on Wednesday.

# Security
With an Eye on National Security, Biden Administration to Invest $20 Billion in Ports: President Joe Biden signed an executive order outlining the measures for ports, which are the main entry point for foreign goods and handle trillions of dollars in trade per year. The U.S. Coast Guard will get powers to respond to cyberattacks against maritime infrastructure including requiring operators to share information about incidents and threats. The post of national maritime security director will also be established.

# Space / NASA
US heads back to the Moon — with a commercial spaceship: A spacecraft built and flown by Houston-based company Intuitive Machines sailed around the moon on Thursday headed for an attempt at the first U.S. touchdown on the lunar surface in more than half a century and the first ever entirely by the private sector.

# Technology
Cellular outage reports increase at AT&T, Verizon and others as some 911 services affected: People in need of emergency services in San Francisco are being instructed to use a landline if their cell phones do not work.  Most of the problems are being reported at AT&T, per Downdetector, a website that tracks network outages. Around 7 a.m. ET, about 48,000 AT&T consumers reported that their network was out. Three hours later, that number increased to more than 71,000 outage reports.

Gab’s Racist AI Chatbots Have Been Instructed to Deny the Holocaust: The proliferation of generative AI chatbots on extremist platforms could lead to increased radicalization, experts warn. The far-right social network Gab has launched nearly 100 chatbots, including AI versions of Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump, on a new platform called Gab AI. Several of these chatbots, including the default chatbot Arya, disseminate controversial beliefs

Apple’s iMessage Is Getting Post-Quantum Encryption: Useful quantum computers aren’t a reality—yet. But in one of the biggest deployments of post-quantum encryption so far, Apple is bringing the technology to iMessage. Under Apple’s PQ3 standard, iMessage will periodically reissue new keys under this new post-quantum standard — making it harder for hackers to gain access, even if they previously had access to an older encryption key. The new standard will be deployed across both iMessage for iPhones and Mac.

Intel’s AI Reboot Is the Future of US Chipmaking: The biggest chipmaker in the US is hoping that generative AI—and US government concern about China’s tech ambitions—will revitalize its business.

Intel Accelerates AI Everywhere with Launch of Powerful Next-Gen Products: Intel Core Ultra and 5th Gen Intel Xeon processors expand Intel’s unmatched AI portfolio, bringing AI to all https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.intc.com/news-events/press-releases/detail/1663/intel-accelerates-ai-everywhere-with-launch-of-powerful__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1tRyW7VUm7Q7Gg_Q_zkG6EpU-b4vAkRnTLwNreJWuxQlziTjJye7mVn6VDNOOWv1mMe4HHNTMaLGC1t8ymAAz3Se4RYU1V2d$

# Technology / Global
Leaked Documents Reveal Beijing’s Big Business of Hacking show Chinese spying on citizens and foreigners alike: “This represents the most significant leak of data linked to a company suspected of providing cyberespionage and targeted intrusion services for the Chinese security services.”

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-21

Voices, The Peoples News

February 21, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Navajo Nation gains ground in energy sovereignty as feds deny hydro project permits: Federal authorities have denied permits for hydroelectric projects on Navajo land, marking a significant step in recognizing tribal sovereignty in energy projects.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Biden ‘releasing everyone’ at border in latest secret move: The Biden administration has secretly been slashing the number of illegal immigrants who must post bond to enter the United States in a policy of “releasing everyone,” according to a former top Department of Homeland Security official.1

Dozens of Chinese migrants spotted entering US illegally in California border town of Jacumba and say they’re here to ‘take the money’ along with others from Syria and Turkey. Shocking images and video taken in California this weekend show Chinese migrants lined up at the border town of Jacumba and telling reporters shamelessly how they’re here to ‘take the money’. Dozens and dozens, possibly up to hundreds of migrants, crossed the international boundary, according to Griff Jenkins of Fox News , who recorded the footage.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Sending National Guard to Border ‘Warzone’: Noem said the soldiers’ primary mission is construction of a wall to stem the flow of migrants. “The border is a warzone, so we’re sending soldiers,” Noem said in a press release. “These soldiers’ primary mission will be construction of a wall to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, drug cartels, and human trafficking into the United States of America.”

Greg Abbott Discusses Creating Texas Border Wall With Oklahoma: Texas Governor Greg Abbott joked about building a wall along the state’s border with Oklahoma in a bid to stop what he termed the “radical woke left agenda… criss-crossing the United States” at a campaign event on February 15. Tensions over illegal immigration from Mexico to Texas have surged over the past few weeks, with the Supreme Court ruling on January 22 that federal agents can remove razor wire installed at points along the border on Abbott’s orders.

Yes, Mayorkas is intentionally choosing not to enforce immigration law: In a puff profile in the New Yorker, Mayorkas tells his interviewer, “I’m in disbelief, just frankly. As someone who has spent twenty years in government, twelve years of which were spent as a federal prosecutor, the accusation that I’ve intentionally chosen not to enforce the laws is beyond the pale.”

Biden’s Parole Pipeline Releases Over 825K Foreign Nationals Into the United States, Exceeding San Francisco’s Population: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data reveals that over 825,000 foreign nationals have been released into the U.S. interior through President Joe Biden’s parole pipeline from January 2023 to January 2024, surpassing the resident populations of major cities like San Francisco, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.

Vendors charging Massachusetts taxpayers $64 a day to feed each illegal immigrant: New details have emerged about the staggering sums of cash Massachusetts taxpayers are forking out to pay for the state’s influx of illegal immigrants, with vendors charging an eye-popping $64 per day to feed each person, according to a new report.

# Education / Schools
The Mountain State’s House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would make schools, libraries, and museums criminally liable if books have too much sexy stuff in them. State Republicans are taking the war on books to the next level.

# Employment / Labor
Starbucks workers across 14 states launch historic unionization bid in a single day: “It’s important that we’re recognized as people rather than profit machines.” “We don’t have another choice but to stand together.” Employees at 21 Starbucks stores across the United States informed the global coffee giant’s CEO on Tuesday that they are launching the largest single-day unionization in company history.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Enbridge seeks to overturn Line 5 shutdown on tribal land in Wisconsin: Enbridge, a Canadian pipeline company, is challenging a federal court’s shutdown order of its Line 5 pipeline on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin, citing a 1977 U.S.-Canada treaty https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://insideclimatenews.org/news/20022024/enbridge-wants-line-5-shutdown-order-overturned-on-tribal-land-in-northern-wisconsin/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwC2Zg1Ah$

# Gov / Politics / Global
Putin’s Closest Ally Is Preparing for World War III: Concerns over a third world war are legitimate, Belarus’ leader said on Tuesday, as the country’s Russia-aligned leadership solidified plans to be “prepared as much as possible” for future confrontation. “The world has again come to the brink of the abyss,” Belarus’ strongman leader, Alexander Lukashenko , said on Tuesday during a meeting with senior officials in the country’s capital, Minsk.

Office of Putin’s Party Set Ablaze as ‘Revenge for Navalny’: A half-minute video of the alleged arson shows someone throwing a Molotov cocktail and yelling, “Freedom to Russia.”

# Gov / Politics
Donald Trump Can’t Run Away From Roe: The guy most responsible for ending federal abortion rights now wants to make a “deal.”

The GOP’s Gerrymandered Grip on Wisconsin Elections Is About to Break: The state’s legislative districts are now being redrawn to more closely resemble their electorates, notching a major win for democracy that could resonate nationally.

Conservatives Are Already Using Alabama’s “Frozen Embryos Are Children” Ruling to Go After Abortion: As experts have warned, this is just the beginning. Just days after Alabama’s Supreme Court declared that frozen embryos have the same rights as living children, conservatives have decided to try and use the dystopian ruling to further restrict abortion rights.

Trump Allies Hope to Spread Christian Nationalism in the White House: The religious right is already crafting a radical vision for a second Trump term. Apart from Donald Trump’s objectives, political operatives surrounding the GOP front-runner have their own policy goals. At the top of the list? Infusing Christian nationalism into the heart of his next term.

Trump Will Be Putin’s Puppet in a Second Term, Says John Bolton, a.k.a. Guy Who Had a Front-Row View the Last Time Around: According to Trump’s former national security advisor, nothing would make Vladimir Putin happier than the ex-president winning a second term.

Biden Says GOP ‘Making a Big Mistake’ on Ukraine Aid: Congress is out this week, but the battle over billions in aid to Ukraine and Israel has continued. President Joe Biden on Monday was asked by reporters if he would meet with Speaker Mike Johnson to negotiate the aid deal, which Johnson and House Republicans have so far rejected.

Trump’s G.O.P. Is a Confederacy of Fakers: Lindsey Graham, J.D. Vance, Mike Johnson and other Republicans are waving the white flag of surrender on Ukraine, all at Trump’s behest.

Joe Rogan says Biden running for president is a ‘ruse,’ Dems preparing to swap him with this person: California Gov. Gavin Newsom on the 2024 presidential ticket. “Basically, you can’t prosecute this guy because he’s non compos mentis, but you can let him run for the President of the United States in November… so that’s the that’s the world that we’ve managed to get into,” Rogan’s guest, fellow podcast host Chris Williamson said.

Trump finally reveals his shortlist for vice-president – and DeSantis has made the cut: Republican front-runner suggests Florida governor he taunted remorselessly as ‘Ron DeSanctimonious’ could yet be named as his deputy

Trump inserting himself  into the race to become the next House speaker. Will it matter? With an early morning social media post on Friday, Trump inserted himself into the chaotic race to replace Kevin McCarthy as House speaker by backing Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan for the post. The move was the latest example of Trump attempting to flex his influence within a Republican Party he has already fundamentally reshaped in the eight years since his first White House bid.

Prepare for the battle between the President and the US Army: Today, as fears intensify about what Donald Trump plans to do if he recaptures the presidency, the anniversary is a reminder that the nightmare of American dictatorship did not begin with Trump, or the attack on the Capitol. The fear goes all the way back to the Declaration of Independence, which warned of the ‘absolute Tyranny’ that George III was supposedly plotting to impose on the colonists. Such spectres have haunted America ever since.

“Unofficial Ambassadors” The Real Reason Over 150 Chinese Immigrants Are Illegally Crossing The Southern Border: The fastest-growing demographic group crossing the southern border is Chinese migrants. Many of the migrants say they are trying to escape the dystopian Chinese government.

# Law Enforcement
People Keep Dying At This Memphis Jail — And The Lawsuits Are Piling Up: The Shelby County jail has grown more deadly than the notoriously dangerous Rikers Island jail complex in New York, and it’s been slow to address problems. In the past year, three wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the jail https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.huffpost.com/entry/shelby-county-memphis-jail-deaths_n_65ce8b1ae4b043f1c0aa82b4__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwCO3mnm8$

# Legal / DOJ
US and its politicians defend Israel’s occupation and civilian casualties in Gaza at International Court: As the international community awaits the ICJ’s verdict, the U.S. position underscores the complex diplomatic landscape surrounding the Israeli occupation and the search for a sustainable peace solution.

# Media
“Political Prosecution”: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Faces Final U.K. Appeal to Avoid U.S. Extradition: The final day of a critical appeal for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is underway today at the British High Court of Justice, in what could be Assange’s last chance. Assange faces a 175-year prison sentence for publishing classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the WikiLeaks founder’s health is reportedly deteriorating rapidly, his lawyers are arguing the case is politically motivated to target Assange for exposing “state-level crimes.”

# Medical / Health
Red States Hopeful for a 2nd Trump Term Prepare to Curtail Medicaid: Biden revoked Medicaid work requirements when he took office. Republicans are hoping for their return. In places like Idaho, Missouri and South Dakota, GOP officials are laying the groundwork to substantially overhaul their health safety-net programs. Their plans, if approved by a Trump White House, could cut hundreds of thousands of people from a program that conservatives have long complained is bloated https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2024/02/20/donald-trump-medicaid-states-00141397__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwKXEwVlW$

# Military / DOD
Navy destroyer trains near India following drills in South China Sea: A US guided-missile destroyer joined Japanese and Australian warships for weekend drills before heading to India for a separate, five-day exercise, according to the Navy. The guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn on Friday joined the Sazanami and the Japanese guided-missile destroyer JS Shimakaze for a similar exercise in the South China Sea

# Technology / Global
If China dominates 5G and 6G, no defense system can protect America: This imbalance poses critical strategic challenges for national security and its global competitiveness. If the Chinese government and its autocratic allies dominate 5G and 6G with superior spectrum infrastructure, there is no defense system or mitigation measure that can protect the Americans or U.S. interests.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-20

Voices, The Peoples News

February 20, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Greg Abbott Insists Texas Has Right to Deploy Militia: Texas has the constitutional right to defend itself from invasion. In his February 19 statement, Abbott reiterated this argument, commenting: “One of the most crucial rights granted in the U.S. Constitution is a state’s ability to secure its own border.”

Biden administration increasing cost of US citizenship: The fee to file the naturalization form online is currently $640, and will jump to $710 — an 11% increase. The paper filing fee will jump to $760 — a 19% increase. Meanwhile, the cost for prospective immigrants to apply for permanent resident status will increase 26% from $1,140 to $1,440.

12 gunmen killed by Mexican soldiers in shootout near Texas border: The security department of the northern border state of Tamaulipas said late Sunday the confrontation took place in the township of Miguel Aleman, across the border from Roma, Texas.

Trump’s plan to disappear millions: We have the leading presidential candidate for one of our two political parties promising at his rallies and on his social media platform, to “Stop the Invasion, Seal the Border, and Rapidly Begin the Largest Deportation Operation in History.” Aides to this candidate, who is openly espousing a fascist agenda if elected, have spoken openly of “rounding up” ten million undocumented immigrants and keeping them in special detention facilities that will be built by the United States Military near the border with Mexico before being deported.  The roundup will include families with small children.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Largest Covid vaccine study yet finds up to 3 times greater risk: Large Cohort Study Finds Possible Association Between Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and COVID-19 Vaccination but Far Stronger Link With
SARS-CoV-2 Infection

White House Pressured Amazon to Censor Books Questioning Safety, Efficacy of Vaccines During Pandemic: White House officials “spent a week berating Amazon” in March 2021 over books related to “vaccine misinformation” and asked what steps company officials could take “to reduce the visibility of these titles,” according to Amazon emails released Monday by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
70% of largest U.S. cities lack funds to cover costs; pensions and healthcare are majority of debt: In the latest comprehensive analysis of the fiscal health of the most populous cities, 53 did not have enough money to pay all of their bills, according to a Truth in Accounting analysis of the latest annual comprehensive financial reports from 2022.

Truckers For Trump Hit The Brakes On Deliveries To New York City Over Fraud Ruling: What Happened: A Donald Trump-supporting trucker who goes by Chicago Ray on X.com posted a video on Friday stating that he was planning to refuse delivery routes to New York City starting this week.

# Employment / Labor
Nike announces massive layoffs: Nike lays off more than 1,500 people as CEO says ‘I ultimately hold myself and my leadership team accountable’ Nike CEO John Donahoe said the company’s recent layoffs would help “reignite our growth.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
West Coast communities prepare as the feds finalize areas for new floating wind farms along the Oregon coast, authorities announced Tuesday, bringing the state closer to commercially developing and producing a renewable energy source that’s part of the fight against climate change.

Oregon fishermen, tribes angered by surprise announcement on offshore wind energy areas: The Coos Bay wind energy area [WEA], about 61,000 acres, is 32 miles from shore and the Brookings one, more than twice as large, is about 18 miles from shore.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure US manufacturers persist in use of cancer-causing ethylene oxide despite bans abroad: The EU recently banned U.S. vanilla extract exports due ethylene oxide. Here, the chemical disproportionately harms overburdened communities

# Gov / Politics
This primary season Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is not only going after Texas House members who voted to impeach him but also incumbents who sit on the state’s highest criminal court after they decided he couldn’t unilaterally prosecute voter fraud cases. The attorney general has tried to supplant eight Republican judges on the court after they rejected his efforts to unilaterally prosecute voter fraud. The judges are now pushing back.

SCOTUS Is Considering A Deregulation Bomb: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a little-covered case that has the power to wipe away safeguards for any and all regulations that govern Americans’ daily lives. Plaintiffs in the case, a convenience store’s challenge to debit card fee limits, backed by big business and groups tied to the conservative Koch network. They’re asking the court to overturn a longstanding statute of limitations that currently protects federal rules from certain legal challenges once they’ve been finalized for six years. If they win, it could unleash an onslaught of attacks on all federal regulations, most of which Americans likely don’t even know protect them.

White House confirms Russia developing ‘anti-satellite’ technology on it’s anti-satellite weapon, but says no immediate threat. Biden administration says it plans to engage directly with Russia and eventually share more details about what Russia is developing

Resurgent al-Qaida training camps latest black eye from Biden Afghanistan withdrawal: UN report claims al-Qaida now has eight training camps in Taliban-controlled country. The United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team reported late last month that the terrorist group al-Qaida, though weakened from its heyday in the early 2000s, has reconstituted as many as eight training camps and five religious training schools known as madrassas on Afghan soil under the Taliban’s rule while also increasing its propaganda operations and recruitment.

Hong Kong immigrant becomes first non-US citizen to serve on the San Francisco Election Commission: In 2020, San Francisco passed a measure that removed the requirement of being a citizen to serve on commissions and city boards.

Senior Republicans fear Trump will tap the RNC to cover legal bills again: The president is going to put his people in place on the committee. Changes are in store. Several senior Republican officials are concerned that Donald Trump’s expected takeover of the RNC will ultimately pave the way for the committee to once again cover his legal bills.

Trump’s RNC Takeover Is on the Brink of Becoming a ‘Purge’: Those fears come in the aftermath of Trump endorsing a trio of officials, including his daughter-in-law, to take on top roles at the RNC. From top to bottom, the national GOP organization could soon be rid of anyone seen as insufficiently MAGA. “I think within 30 days you’ll see a purge of staffers from the RNC, because it’s a hotbed for anti-Trumpism,” Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist and host of the War Room podcast told The Daily Beast. “That’s the open secret.” Skeptical holdouts within the RNC have gotten the message: Their days are numbered.

John Bolton Issues Warning Over Donald Trump’s Legal Debts And Foreign Autocrats: “They may be doing it already,” the former Trump advisor told MSNBC’s Jen Psaki. Bolton said Trump would likely have to liquidate some of his properties, but it was not “really a near-term problem” because Trump will appeal the rulings. Psaki asked if foreign autocrats could target Trump because he owes lots of money, which he may not actually have despite his claims to be a billionaire.

Donald Trump Issues Ominous Warning to New York: Donald Trump has said that no business will stay in New York if he loses the legal case brought against him by the state’s Attorney General Letitia James. “Businesses are watching this case,” he told reporters outside the court. “No business will go back into New York, no business will frankly stay in New York, some businesses are talking about leaving New York because of this action, this very serious action,” Trump added.

# Legal / DOJ
Trump expected to challenge New York judge’s definition of fraud: Donald Trump will contest Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron’s definition of “fraud” when he appeals the $355 million judgment made against him last week in his civil trial, according to his lawyer.

Big Warning for Fani Willis: Donald Trump’s co-defendant Trevian Kutti has said Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should step down from her role.

“Borders on Pathological”: Trump Must Pay $450 Million for Lying to Lenders in Fraud Case: A New York judge ordered Donald Trump to pay $355 million in penalties, finding that the former president lied about his wealth for years in a sweeping civil fraud verdict that pierces his billionaire image but stops short of putting his real estate empire out of business.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Oklahoma Republicans Passed a Bathroom Bill. Now, a Trans Kid Is Dead: Nonbinary teen Nex Benedict died after being violently attacked in their school bathroom.

# Medical / Health
They’re Coming for the Women Now, Too: Articles Via so-called “toxic masculinity” and declining sperm counts, they’ve been coming for the men. Now they’re coming for the women, too. An anti-human force is attacking the hormonal basis of both genders.

# Military / Global
The Danger Lurking Just Below Ukraine’s Surface: The widespread use of mines has left Ukrainians scrambling to find ways to clear the explosives. New efforts to develop mine-clearing technology may help them push back Russia’s invading forces.

North Korea’s military on high alert, prepares for potential conflict amid growing tensions: North Korea tests more cruise missiles as leader Kim calls for war readiness

# Social
Lawmakers react to group of ‘Nazis’ marching through Nashville: Multiple Tennessee lawmakers took to social media Saturday afternoon to notify the Nashville community about a group of masked people marching through downtown with swastika flags. A group of people in red shirts, black pants, and black balaclavas walking along the sidewalk on the other side of the street, with some of them carrying flags bearing the swastika.

# Space / NASA
NASA Invests in Research to Secure the Future of Space and Lunar Operations: Developing breakthrough technology and defining new approaches to pave the way for successful human and robotic missions on the surface of the Moon and beyond. Throughout this decade, NASA and its partners will send trailblazing technologies, cutting-edge robotics, and a new generation of crew to the surface of the Moon, ushering in a modern era of exploration through a series of increasingly complex missions.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-19

Voices, The Peoples News

February 19, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
The federal Bureau of Land Management urges a court to deny tribal nations’ bid to halt construction on the SunZia transmission project, saying the lawsuit comes too long after its 2015 route approval

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas Land Commissioner shuts down cartel activity on island, cleared weapons and explosives: “Mexican drug cartels used the island as a jurisdictional no man’s land,” Buckingham said during a press conference. “American law enforcement couldn’t step on it. Mexican law enforcement couldn’t step on it. It was a safe haven for the cartels to stash all kinds of weapons, all kinds of drugs, and run untold numbers of people across. It’s also at literally the most dangerous point at the border.”

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson says the city will not be spending more federal pandemic relief funds on migrant care: The mayor has proposed raising the city’s real-estate transfer tax to address homelessness, while more than 70% of the city’s federal American Rescue Plan Act pandemic assistance money remains available. He dismissed the notion of using ARPA funds for migrants.

Texas building new border fortifications in illegal entry fight: The “Forward Operating Base” camp will house 1,800 troops with the ability to expand up to 2,300 if needed. It will have amenities soldiers haven’t had before on tours to the border because they’ve “been scattered across this entire region in cramped quarters away from fellow soldiers and guards, sometimes traveling long distances to be able to do their job,” Abbott said.

Greg Abbott Turns on Fellow Republican Over Border: ‘Don’t Trust You.’ In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Abbott said that he does not “trust” state Rep. DeWayne Burns on topics such as controlling illegal immigration “or any issue” while stating he is supporting Burns’ Republican primary challenger for Texas’ House District 58, Helen Kerwin.

Eagle-Eyed Residents Reveal Sophisticated Migrant Smuggling Operation At Northern U.S Border: Residents of Swanton, Vt, a town located just across Lake Champlain from New York and about a 10-minute drive from the Canadian border have been getting a troubling firsthand look at the US’s northern illegal migrant crisis for months. The town’s plentiful woods make the leafy hamlet an ideal spot for hunters and provide ample camouflage for smugglers, who have become so rampant that some locals are packing pistols to protect themselves and turning into amateur sleuths to help thwart them.

# Corporations / Industry
Plastics Producers Lied to the Public About Recycling Being Feasible, Report Reveals: According to a new report from fossil fuel accountability organization the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), the plastics industry has known for decades that the widespread recycling of its products was not feasible, but continued to promote it and mislead the public.

# Employment / Labor
Think tipping is out of control? TWO DOLLARS AND THIRTEEN CENTS AN HOUR. That’s how much millions of American workers are paid under the federal subminimum wage, which was set all the way back in 1991. While many think tipping for services has gotten out of control, arguing over who deserves a tip and how much they should get distracts from what we should really be angry about: business models that depend on not paying workers a living wage. Watch this – The fight for economic justice in the service industry.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Biden Admin Cited ‘Indigenous Knowledge’ as Reason To Block Oil and Gas Leases: When the Biden administration stepped in last year to block seven oil and gas leases in Alaska, it said it was doing so in part to recognize the “Indigenous Knowledge” of the Native Americans who originally inhabited the land. Watchdog files scientific integrity complaint after admin prioritizes ‘subjective beliefs’ over ‘evidence’

Biden administration cancels oil and gas leases in Arctic wildlife refuge: The move comes as the Biden administration seeks to expand protections against oil and gas development on public lands.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure A legal victory for wetlands: Federal court halts Florida’s fast-track permitting: In a landmark ruling, a federal court has ruled in favor of environmental groups, determining that the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated federal law when they greenlit Florida’s takeover of the Clean Water Act wetlands permitting program.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology First GM banana approved as food: For the first time, food-safety regulators have given the green light for a genetically engineered banana. The variety, QCAV-4, is resistant to the devastating fungal disease Panama Tropical Race 4, which has spread worldwide and for which there is currently no treatment or cure. It has been approved in Australia and New Zealand as a “safety net” in case biosecurity efforts fail to restrict the spread of the disease.

Would You Eat This? Scientists Develop Lab-grown Hybrid ‘cultured beef rice’: But new research suggests that instead of trying to re-create a steak or burger without an animal, food companies could make new hybrid foods—like beef rice, or rice infused with cow cells. Scientists at South Korea’s Yonsei University added bovine muscle and fat stem cells to cooked rice, using fish gelatin and edible enzymes to help the cells stick and grow.

Is tilapia a human-made freak that we should avoid, or an evolutionary rockstar? What the heck is tilapia? DNA fingerprinting to identify mislabeled fish in New York City sushi restaurants and seafood markets and found pricy white tuna to be Mozambique tilapia. They’re cichlid fishes! About 1,650 cichlid fish species are recognized, with possibly 2000 to 3000 existing. The number of tilapia species is about 70.

# Food Recalls / Alerts
Raw Cheese Linked to E. Coli Outbreak in 4 States, 10 Infected: The multistate outbreak is linked to “Raw Cheddar” cheese made by RAW FARM, LLC, of Fresno, CA. All block sizes and shredded packages of the cheese’s “original flavor” and “cheddar with added jalapeno flavor” are associated with the outbreak. The FDA asked people not to eat, sell, or serve these products.

Dozens more products recalled in relation to deadly outbreak of Listeria infections: The FDA has been notified of additional companies who have issued public notifications or recalls for products linked to the Rizo-Lopez Foods Inc. dairy recall. Rizo-Lopez cheese has been linked to a deadly, decade-long outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. As of Feb. 12 there have been 26 patients identified with 23 having been hospitalized and two dead.

# General News
Biden’s Brother Used His Name To Promote A Hospital Chain, Then It Collapsed: Jim Biden played a major role in a company called Americore, which the government has accused of massive Medicare fraud.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Israel vows to ‘finish the job’ in Gaza as War Cabinet member threatens a Ramadan deadline for Rafah: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “finish the job” in Gaza as a member of his War Cabinet threatened to invade the southern city of Rafah if remaining Israeli hostages are not freed by the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Europe’s security elite braces for Trump, searches for backup plans: Trump is undermining its safety and the continent must respond. With aid for Ukraine stalled and a U.S. election on the horizon, European leaders, officials and diplomats are increasingly aware of the need to engage former president Donald Trump and his allies on security, but they are struggling to do so.

Argentine’s Milei, Italy’s Meloni meet as Trump tries to ride populist wave back to power https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.allsides.com/news/2024-02-19-0425/politics-argentines-milei-italys-meloni-meet-trump-tries-ride-populist-wave__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCo0S3r1m$

Ex-Israeli Ambassador to US: ‘High time’ US tell United Nations that its headquarters in NYC ‘persona non grata’: “They should relocate to a more minimal place like Damascus or Tehran,” Oren said.

ICJ scrutinizes Israeli occupation: A legal and humanitarian examination: With over 50 nations participating, the International Court of Justice delves into Israel’s 57-year occupation of Palestine amid allegations of severe human rights abuses.

Former Mossad official: ‘Children in Gaza over 4 deserve to be starved’: Rami Igra claimed, during an interview broadcast on Israeli state television, that all civilians in Gaza are guilty and deserve to face Israel’s policy of collective punishment, which prevents food, medicine and humanitarian aid. This is not the first time that Israeli officials have incited against civilians in Gaza.

Despair in Russia as Putin Spirals Out of Control: President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman informed Russians this week that the “special military operation” that Putin launched in Ukraine in February 2022 was set to go on much longer because it is now “a war against the collective West.” That’s right: a war.

# Gov / Politics
Connecticut mayoral election do-over set for this month amid election fraud investigations: Bridgeport, Connecticut has a history of redoing elections following allegations of voter fraud.

New bill introduced in Congress would give states standing to sue U.S. government over immigration: Reps. Chip Roy of Texas and Dan Bishop of North Carolina introduced Standing Up to the Executive Branch for Immigration Enforcement Act.

Harris will be next president if Trump is 2024 GOP nominee, Sununu predicts: Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) has predicted that Vice President Kamala Harris would become the next president of the United States should former President Donald Trump win the Republican Party’s 2024 nomination.

Lindsey Graham Breaks With Trump On the Border: ‘We Cannot Wait’ On Fixing This ‘National Security Nightmare’: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) broke with former President Donald Trump — whose opposition recently helped tank a bipartisan border deal — and called for an urgent solution to what he called a “national security nightmare.” In an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday, the South Carolina senator made clear he is not in favor of punting on the issue.

Oklahoma State Sen. Nathan Dahm sponsored Oklahoma Senate Bill 1812: Oklahoma’s proposed wastewater bill isn’t about health or the environment. The bill doesn’t prevent exposures and can instead be used to monitor and criminalize abortions, birth control and gender-affirming care.

# Legal / DOJ
Trump slams civil fraud ruling as he faces potentially more than half-a-billion dollars in fines: Former President Donald Trump railed against the judge who slapped him with a $355 million fine in his New York civil fraud trial and went after the long list of prosecutors with cases against him as he campaigned in Michigan Saturday night while facing penalties that, with interest, could exceed half-a-billion dollars.

Supreme Court Could Set Landmark Precedent in Trump Jan. 6 Case: President Trump and special counsel Jack Smith have filed competing briefs on presidential immunity.

The Supreme Court seems poised to reject efforts to kick Trump off the ballot over the Capitol riot https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/supreme-court-insurrection-trump-2024-election-397a481d2886b64bba06b24ff3d03f37__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCvOBDmOp$

‘Radically Theocratic’: Alabama Supreme Court Gives Frozen IVF Embryos Status of Children: “The movement to confer personhood status to IVF embryos is long-standing and one example of the broad-reaching implications of anti-abortion politics,” said one expert. “We can expect more cases like this one.”

# Medical Technology
US Rivalry with China Expands to Biotech, Lawmakers See a Failure to Compete and Want to Act: U.S. lawmakers are raising alarms about what they see as America’s failure to compete with China in biotechnology, warning of the risks to U.S. national security and commercial interests. But as the two countries’ rivalry expands into the biotech industry, some say that shutting out Chinese companies would only hurt the U.S.

# Military / DOD
Is The Pentagon Hiding War Crimes? The Pentagon is not retaining comprehensive records of alleged war crimes in its global military operations as required by the Defense Department’s own policies by the Defense Department’s own policies, according to a declassified version of a government report

US forces again conduct self-defense strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen: U.S. maritime forces on Saturday conducted five self-defense strikes targeting Iranian-backed Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, U.S. Central Command announced Sunday.

# Military / Global
Iran, wary of wider war, urges its proxies to avoid provoking US: Tehran is eager to disrupt U.S. and Israeli interests in the Middle East but wary of provoking a direct confrontation, officials in the region say. Iranian commentators warned Tuesday of a U.S. military retaliation after Washington pledged a “very consequential” response to troop deaths, but largely agreed that a full-blown war was not in the offing.

# Space / NASA
New or retooled Cape Canaveral launch pads considered for SpaceX Starship: The Department of Defense is looking for a new home for SpaceX’s Starship, launching the process to determine what the environmental impact would be to allow the world’s most powerful rocket to launch from the Space Coast.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-18

Voices, The Peoples News

February 18, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
South Dakota Reservation Braces Itself After Closure of Only OB-GYN Program: Health care deserts are one of the many reasons Indigenous people face higher rates of infant and maternal mortality. As Coteau Des Prairies discontinues its obstetrics services, Kantos emphasized that a majority of medical needs can be covered by family medicine. “Even though obstetrics will be closed, we will still do general OB-GYN services. We’ll still continue with the full gambit of family medicine and wellness checks.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
ICE considers mass releases to close budget gap: According to a concerning new report today from the Washington Post, ICE “has drafted plans to release thousands of immigrants and slash its capacity to hold detainees after the failure of a Senate border bill that would have erased a $700 million budget shortfall.”

Immigration system isn’t broken, just ignored, former immigration judge says: “Despite consistent claims to the contrary, America’s immigration system is not broken. Far from it, in fact,” Matthew O’Brien said at a hearing held by the U.S. Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs on Thursday. The current U.S. immigration system isn’t broken, laws established by Congress are being ignored, a former immigration judge told members of Congress.

Texas to build 80-acre base in Eagle Pass for National Guard troops for Operation Lone Star, the $10 billion state effort to deter people from immigrating into Texas illegally. The base will hold up to 2,300 soldiers who have been deployed to the border.

The Department of Homeland Security has admitted in emails that it fails to track illegal immigrants after they are released into the interior of the US: DHS lacks the ability to accurately track migrants’ post-release addresses and rejects recommendations to develop a policy for validation. Concerns about the security risks associated with increasing encounters at the Southern border are heightened as DHS may not know where released immigrants are located.

Biden’s border blackmail: Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials threatened to release thousands more migrants into the U.S. by slashing capacity to detain them. This unveiled threat by President Joe Biden is despicable, but is also laughably empty, for the cuts he is threatening are to the exact levels his administration sought in his last budget.

Abbott’s Controversial Immigration Policies Take Effect in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill making illegal immigration a state crime.The new law would authorize police to arrest people they suspect crossed the Rio Grande between ports of entry. Abbott also signed a bill earmarking more than $1 billion for more border barriers.

Research uncovers reason for mass migration: ‘There’s more to the story’: The effects of a warming planet are altering how people decide where to live, with millions of people avoiding flood-risk areas, according to a new study.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Vaccinated Hit by New Bombshell: A new study, conducted by respected medical researchers and published in The Lancet, a renowned medical journal, indicated that the COVID shots themselves actually killed people, and the study now has been killed. It “was quickly censored within 24 hours after its publication because it showed clear evidence that the COVID-19 shots were responsible for many deaths.”

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
A $1 Trillion Conundrum: The U.S. Government’s Mounting Debt Bill: The U.S. government is expected to pay an additional $1.1 trillion in interest over the coming decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest estimates. Interest costs are on pace to surpass defense this year as one of the largest government expenses in the budget.

# Education / Schools
Judges question $300k fine on teachers challenging antiracism training, suggest training is legal Docking teachers “supplemental pay” for “unprofessional” behavior at antiracism training may be “adverse action,” 8th Circuit suggests. “This training seems to be unprecedented” in terms of court cases with similar factual circumstances, meaning the teachers couldn’t have known a judge would rule it wasn’t compelled speech,” Judge Steve Colloton said.

School district allows LGBTQ lesson opt-outs after legal threat by Muslim parents: White lesbian board member scolded black Muslim women for not showing “solidarity.” Federal appeals court could rule on similar suburban D.C. case “any day.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Climate conservatives seek ‘all of the above,’ but some GOP’ers see it as hostile to fossil fuels: “Through innovation, we can continue to reduce our emissions without sacrificing reliability or affordability,” Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., vice chair of the Conservative Climate Caucus, said.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology
Why is this largely unknown pesticide showing up in our bodies? First-of-its kind study finds chlormequat in 80% of people tested. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not currently allow chlormequat use on any food crops, in 2018 the Trump administration approved its use on imported oats and, two years later, increased the allowable level on food from 10 parts per million (ppm) to 30 ppm.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Over a Million Palestinians Are About to be Forced Into Egypt at Gunpoint: The IDF’s recent airstrikes on civilian areas in Rafah mark the beginning of the final phase of Israel’s massive ethnic cleansing project. In order to establish a Jewish homeland, Jews would have to maintain a sizable majority, which means Palestinians would have to be evicted. That is the niggling issue that has bedeviled Israeli leaders from 1948-on; how to ‘disappear’ the native population.

What would make Egypt open its border to Palestinians? Local authorities in North Sinai have been preparing for this for months, readying emergency accommodation and medical aid.

Why Egypt Won’t Open the Border to Its Palestinian Neighbors: Cairo has understandable concerns about unsustainable refugee flows, Sinai terrorist threats, and longer-term Palestinian political aspirations, all of which need to be taken into account when pushing for humanitarian corridors into Gaza.

# Gov / Politics
Tea Party poll shows 86% of people believe only US citizens should vote in elections: The poll also showed that 87% of voters believe that proof of U.S. citizenship should be required to vote in U.S. elections. “It’s simple. Americans want to protect American democracy and American elections from the foreign interference of allowing non-citizens to vote. American voters want to protect their vote from being canceled out by the vote of non-citizens,” McLaughlin & Associates CEO John McLaughlin said in a statement.

Shutdown Deadline Looms as Congress Skips Town: Congress may be out next week for its Presidents’ Day recess, but the clock is still ticking toward a March 1 deadline to keep portions of the government from shutting down and a second deadline covering the rest of federal agencies a week later.

House Moderates pitch $66 billion security package: Seeking to break the logjam over a supplemental spending bill that would provide aid to U.S. allies, a bipartisan group of moderates in the House released a proposal Friday to send billions in military aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan while tightening immigration policy.

Trump Wants to Fire Thousands of Government Workers. Liberals Are Preparing to Fight Back if He Wins: Former President Donald Trump has plans to radically reshape the federal government if he returns to the White House, from promising to deport millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally to abolishing government agencies and firing tens of thousands of workers and replacing them with loyalists.

Congressional watchdog again unable to determine if U.S. financial statements are reliable: The U.S. Government Accountability Office, which is Congress’s research arm, said it was hampered by “serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense,” problems in accounting for transactions between federal agencies, weaknesses in the process for preparing the statements and inadequate support for the cost of loan programs from the Small Business Administration and Department of Education.

Biden blames Putin for Navalny’s death, pushes Congress to pass funding for Ukraine: President Joe Biden on Friday blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the death of Alexei Navalny, an imprisoned political foe, and used the moment to push Congress to approve additional funding for Ukraine to aid the country in its war against Russia.

Alexei Navalny’s spokesperson says he was murdered, authorities claim ‘sudden death syndrome’: “An employee of the colony said the body of Navalny is now in Salekhard,” Navalny’s spokesperson said. Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service claimed that Navalny fell down and died after feeling “unwell” during a walk. “His death occurred on February 16 according to the official message to Alexey’s mother,” who was forbidden to see her son’s body.

Biden rendered nearly speechless at White House reacting to Trump’s NATO comments: “America stands by our sacred commitment to our NATO allies, as they have stood by their commitments to us repeatedly,” Biden stated forcefully. “The United States will defend every inch of NATO territory. Now’s the time for even greater unity among our NATO allies to stand up to the threat that Putin’s Russia poses.”

Fifty-one members of Congress have announced they will not seek re-election in 2024, more than at this point in previous cycles: A surge of lawmakers calling it quits the past three weeks is on the verge of putting Congress on pace to have more members retire before the next election than in any similar cycle over the past decade. And the implications are huge.

Calls for secession surge in Alaska, more than a third want to separate from the US: 36 percent of Alaska residents support the state breaking away from the United States and becoming a fully independent nation. The result made Alaskans the most likely to support their state seceding from the Union, with the result substantially above the national average of 23 percent. The survey of 35,307 U.S. adults was conducted by YouGov between February 2 and 5. Those questioned were asked whether they would “support your state seceding from the U.S.?”

Trump’s Allies Are Preparing a 4,000-Strong MAGA Team to “Gain Control Over the Levers of Power”: According to a report, Donald Trump’s allies are actively preparing a team of MAGA “shock troops.” They are apparently ready to quickly transform the government if Trump is reelected to a government that supports his vision. This is driven by Trump’s frustration with former officials who restrained his more radical policies, aiming to install committed loyalists in crucial positions.

Republicans return to Antebellum era theories to justify Trump’s civil war push: The crisis alongside the Texas border is just the latest instance of Republicans looking back to the Antebellum era. The attempt by Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election was the clearest example yet that a growing number of Republicans no longer grant any legitimacy to their political opponents or to America’s electoral system.

# Legal / DOJ
Judge orders Trump to pay $355 million for lying about his wealth in staggering civil fraud ruling: A New York judge today ordered former president Donald Trump and the Trump Organization to pay nearly $355 million penalties for their actions to defraud lenders and insurance companies. “In order to borrow more and at lower rates, defendants submitted blatantly false financial data to the accountants, resulting in fraudulent financial statements,” Judge Arthur F. Engoron wrote in his ruling

Witness says DA Fani Willis and Nathan Wade started a relationship years earlier than claimed: Fulton County policy suggests both DA Willis, Wade were required to disclose relationship: “Georgia law is pretty specific about what should happen now because of her conflict, whether it tainted the legitimacy of the case, which it has,” former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline opined.

Bobulinski testified Biden was involved in son’s business, shielded by ‘plausible deniability’: In a prepared opening statement obtained by ABC News, Bobulinski told lawmakers Tuesday that “Biden was more than a participant in and beneficiary of his family’s business; he was an enabler, despite being buffered by a complex scheme to maintain plausible deniability.”

Bobulinski continued in his opening statement before lawmakers conducting a presidential impeachment inquiry: Biden Family Sold Joe’s ‘Brand’ to Foreign Investors: “I want to be crystal clear,” said former family associate Tony Bobulinski, “from my direct personal experience and what I have subsequently come to learn, it is clear to me that Joe Biden was ‘the Brand’ being sold by the Biden family to get rich from foreign governments.”

Biden’s use of fake names in email could cost him: Top officials have used such aliases in the past for emails, the problem is, there was “work” being discussed on some of these emails, including official foreign travel plans and the hiring of associates of Hunter for high-level positions. More importantly, some emails are relevant to the clients of Biden’s son. Biden has previously lied that he knew nothing of these dealings, but these emails could reveal even more about his knowledge and involvement.

ICJ Hearings Will Examine 57 Years of Israel’s Illegal Occupation of Palestine: More than 50 countries are set to participate in next week’s hearings at the International Court of Justice.

Joe the Rainmaker? Payments, deals followed key Biden meetings with son’s foreign associates: House impeachment investigators are seeking to uncover what role, if any, Joe Biden played in his son’s foreign business dealings. After repeated denials of ever having met Hunter’s business partners, evidence of meetings, key payments and witness testimony tell another story.

Joe Biden Met Nearly Every Foreign Associate Funneling His Family Millions: This past December, President Biden lied to the American people when he claimed he “did not” interact with his family’s foreign business associates. But bank records don’t lie.

# Medical / Health
Oklahoma GOP Advances Bills That Would Ban Emergency Contraception: A GOP-sponsored bill in Oklahoma, HB 3216, passed a legislative hurdle on Wednesday when it passed out of committee. HB 3216 would ban emergency contraception in the state and create a state database of people who have had an abortion.

# Military / DOD
Navy SEALs in Cyprus pledge ‘unyielding response’ to any adversaries in eastern Mediterranean: Navy SEALs operating in the eastern Mediterranean said that drills carried out off the coast of Cyprus were a signal to adversaries that attacks in the eastern Mediterranean will be opposed with plenty of force.

Navy SEALs Forge Alliance with Cypriot Navy: In a constant demonstration of partnership in the Eastern Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEALs) and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC) collaborated with Cypriot Navy Underwater Demolition Team (MYK) partners Jan. 22 – Feb. 14, 2024, refining their operational expertise in the maritime domain throughout waters surrounding Cyprus

# Military / Global
Armed Resistance to the Israeli Occupation Is Spreading in the West Bank: As Israel cracks down on Palestinian resistance, young men from small West Bank villages have been taking up arms.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Nitazenes are a powerful class of street drugs emerging across the US: Nitazenes are a class of synthetic opioids that contains more than 20 unique compounds, including isotonitazene, which was first identified in 2019 and is known on the streets as ISO. It also includes protonitazene, metonitazene and etonitazene.
The drug was never approved for use in humans.

Fentanyl Is Smuggled for U.S. Citizens By U.S. Citizens, Not Asylum Seekers: U.S. Citizens Were 89% of Convicted Fentanyl Traffickers in 2022. Reducing deaths requires figuring out the cause, not jumping to blame a group that is not responsible. Instead of attacking immigrants, policymakers should focus on effective solutions that help people at risk of a fentanyl overdose.

# Space / NASA
SpaceX Launched Military Satellites Designed to Track Hypersonic Missiles: The prototype satellites hitched a ride on a Falcon 9 rocket. Two prototype satellites for the Missile Defense Agency and four missile-tracking satellites for the US Space Force rode a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket into orbit Wednesday from Florida’s Space Coast.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-14

Voices, The Peoples News

February 14, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
New anti-climbing border wall prototype being installed in California: A source told Border Report the metal segments being added to the top of the barrier are a prototype, and if they keep migrants from climbing the wall, the feature will be added in other areas along the southern border. Regardless, Rios believes migrants will look for ways to overcome the new design.

New York, Chicago, Denver face high costs of migrant arrivals, S&P warns: A new reports warns of the financial challenges state and local governments far from the border face when helping migrants. “Only one month into the 2024 fiscal year, the city has identified significant cost overruns related to its migrant support programs for case management and housing solutions, contributing to a potential year-end operating deficit,” according to the S&P report.

Inside new Mexican military operation at San Diego-Tijuana border: The Mexican military has launched a new command center as they work to shut down one of the most dangerous smuggling points along the San Diego-Tijuana border.*Mexican military targets smuggling points at San Diego-Tijuana border *Smugglers track Mexican military, monitor US border routes from hills *Chinese migrants offered ‘package trips’ by smugglers to enter US border

NY sheriff sounds alarm as migrants cross northern border in record numbers: Favro said “none of this is humane,” and if Congress closed the borders today it would take about five to six years to “get back onto our feet.” “What we saw recently with the attack on our colleagues and law enforcement down in New York City, was just repulsive.

UN Budgets Millions for U.S.-Bound Migrants in 2024: Public docs show cash handouts to help feed, transport, and house people headed for the U.S. border. Early in America’s historic border crisis, entering its fourth year, Republican lawmakers named a significant culprit other than the Mexican cartel smugglers. They named the U.S. taxpayer-funded United Nations as a co-smuggler after reports that the UN was handing out debit cards and cash vouchers to aspiring illegal border crossers on their way north.

# Corporations / Industry
Walmart Announces More Closures In Some of the Larger U.S. Cities: These closures affected 14 states and Washington, D.C., with four stores closing in Chicago and eight closing across the state of Illinois, the most of any state. For the most part, Walmart blamed underperformance and theft as a central reason for the closures.

Plug Power to cut jobs, among other moves meant to save $75 million a year: The alternative energy company “will undertake strategic adjustments to its staffing levels,” it said in a release

# Education / Schools
Under Pressure From Angry Students, GOP Gov Reverses on Federal Summer Meals Funding “It only took literally everyone in the entire state telling him that he was being a monster,” said one political scientist, “for him to do the absolute easiest thing and feed hungry kids.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Big Oil, Green Groups Sue Over Biden’s Offshore Drilling Plan for the Gulf: “Our lawsuit is another stand for the Gulf ecosystem, its nearby communities, and all wildlife that continue to suffer at the hands of Big Oil,” said Friends of the Earth’s legal director.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure
The East Coast’s slow descent into the ocean intensifies threats from sea level rise: A recent study highlights the increasing peril to coastal communities from land subsidence and sea level rise, exacerbated by groundwater depletion. The U.S. East Coast has been experiencing hurricane-like flooding in recent days, with Georgia and the Carolinas getting the latest round. High tides are part of the problem, but there’s another risk that has been slowly creeping up: sea level rise.

# General News
‘No Place Is Safe’: Multiple People Shot at Kansas City Super Bowl Parade: “Today we continue the cycle of fear and grieving in Kansas City during a parade,” said one gun control group.

A Cultural Artifact That Meets the Moment; Stephen King’s Under the Dome nails how Trumpism functions at the most elemental of levels: A Hole in the Culture. Why is there so little art depicting the moment we’re in?

Mexican Gun Lawsuit Aims to Change America’s Gun Laws: A U.S. appeals court on Monday revived a $10 billion lawsuit by Mexico seeking to hold American gun manufacturers responsible for facilitating the trafficking of weapons to drug cartels across the U.S.-Mexico border.

# Gov / Politics / Global
EU takes first step to use Russia’s frozen assets for Ukraine: The EU adopted a law to set aside windfall profits made on frozen Russian central bank assets, it said on Monday, in a first concrete step towards the bloc’s aim of using the money to finance the reconstruction of Ukraine. The European Union has moved toward using the profits from frozen Russian central bank assets to finance Ukraine’s reconstruction with the adoption of a new law on Monday

Russia warns the West: we will be very tough if you ‘steal’ our assets: Russia warned the West on Tuesday that Moscow would be very tough if the United States and European Union seized hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Russian assets.

South Africa Calls on ICJ to Stop Israel’s Rafah Assault: An invasion of Rafah would be an “irreparable breach both of the Genocide Convention and of the court’s order,” the South African government said. The country filed an “urgent request” over Israel’s planned extension of military operations. The South African government is requesting that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) consider an intervention in Israel’s announced military operations in Rafah.

# Gov / Politics
US Chooses to Back Genocide and War: The horror Americans feel at the plight of people in Gaza and the U.S. role in it is a shocking new low in this disconnect between the humanity of ordinary Americans and the insatiable ambitions of their undemocratic leaders.

Biden: U.S. to Maintain Forces in Iraq, Syria: Biden: Response to Deadly Attack on Troops ‘Will Continue’—as U.S. to Maintain Forces in Iraq, Syria. It was also important as a statement of a continued U.S. commitment to sustain its military presence in the region, including in Iraq and Syria

The US Needs to Get Out of the Middle East — Soon: The US has about 46,000 troops stationed in 11 countries across the Middle East: The US has about 46,000 troops stationed in 11 countries across the Middle East, with all the accompanying hardware and support. Those forces are not available elsewhere, whether in Europe or East Asia, where America’s most ominous foes need deterring and its closest allies need reassuring.

White House Chaos: Susan Rice Slammed “Bitch Ass” Becerra Over Border; Biden ‘Exploded’ With Rage: Apparently in January of 2023, President Biden completely lost his shit on Air Force One, ‘exploding’ with rage at his team during a discussion on immigration because they couldn’t produce obscure data on demand.

Democrat Tom Suozzi Wins Special Election in New York to Succeed George Santos in Congress: Democrat Tom Suozzi won a special election Tuesday in New York for the U.S. House seat that was left vacant when Republican George Santos was expelled from Congress. Suozzi defeated Republican Mazi Pilip to retake a seat he held for three terms before giving it up to run, unsuccessfully, for governor.

House Republicans voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in yet another effort to help former President Donald Trump’s 2024 White House bid: Mayorkas is the first Cabinet official to be impeached since the 1870s, a vote made all the more remarkable by Republicans’ inability to pass the same articles of impeachment last week, when three GOP members joined Democrats to tank the resolution, citing concerns their colleagues were abusing their impeachment power.

Senate passes Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan aid amid Trump-fueled opposition: The Senate on Tuesday passed the president’s $95 billion foreign aid spending request for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan following an all-night session, wrapping up nearly a week of debate on the bill.

John Fetterman Is Not the Progressive Politician Everyone Thought He Was  and he doesn’t care: The Pennsylvania Democrat has some thoughts to share on Biden, the left and James Carville, too.

Trump Just Keeps Doing Appalling Things, and the Ranks of the Disengaged Are Growing:

Donald Trump Issues Dire Warning if Immunity Claim Fails: Donald Trump has claimed that every president will be “immediately indicted” by the opposing party after leaving office if they are not granted immunity. The former president, who is fighting four criminal cases while seeking to reclaim the White House, has repeatedly advanced the argument that he is immune from prosecution for actions taken while in office.

Chinese ‘saboteurs’ are ‘sharpening their skills to kill Americans’: Gordon Chang – Gatestone Institute senior fellow Gordon Chang argues China’s goals and motivations are ‘worse’ than trying to overtake the U.S. as a global superpower. ‘China is making fast preparations for war and the Pentagon has decided not to notice’

Life in America is becoming a continuous nightmare: And waking up does not seem to be an option. The forthcoming presidential election is one nightmare. Some three-quarters of Americans do not want either Donald Trump or Joe Biden as president.

Senator John Fetterman Sends Blunt Message to Trump and GOP Lawmakers Criticizing the $118 Billion Border Bill [©Source: Flickr/Governor Tom Wolf / Flickr/Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] Democratic Senator John Fetterman recently issued a blunt message directed to GOP lawmakers that are still opposing a $118 billion Senate bill. Donald Trump was targeted as well by the message since he shares in the opposition.

# Law Enforcment
San Jacinto County’s radios weren’t working when Francisco Oropeza allegedly killed neighbors: The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office said if you call for help, there’s a chance no one will hear you. The emergency radio and 911 operations are failing, and the county commissioners and first responders can’t agree. Is this a problem that needs fixing now, or can it wait?

# Media
Over 100 Chinese Websites Pose as Local News Outlets in 30 Countries: A Beijing-based public relations firm has created more than 100 websites that are posing as local news outlets across 30 countries to spread pro-China talking points, according to a new report by Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto.

# Military / Global
Global Alarm as IDF Takes Aim at Nasser Hospital Full of Sheltering Civilians: “Nasser is the backbone of the health system in southern Gaza. It must be protected,” said the head of the World Health Organization. Israeli troops further closed in on the largest hospital in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, ordering thousands of Palestinians sheltering at the facility to evacuate amid reports that Israeli snipers have been shooting people trying to flee the compound.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Federal Judge Tosses Big Pharma Lawsuit Against Medicare Drug Price Negotiations: “Big PhRMA is so desperate to stop the Biden administration from lowering drug costs for seniors that they’re clogging the judicial system with spam lawsuits even in courtrooms they have no jurisdiction in.”

# Space / NASA
US prestige at stake as Texas company launches for the Moon: An American spaceship attempting a lunar landing has been rescheduled to launch early Thursday, the second private-led effort this year after the first ended in dismal failure.

# Technology
Donald Trump and Elon Musk: 2 disrupters facing a reckoning! Both the Tesla CEO and the former president have used that platform, Twitter, as a sword and a shield, a soapbox to rouse the passions (and tap the pocketbooks) of tens of millions of followers and repulse the other side. Now both face a reckoning this week brought on at least in part by their use of Twitter to advance their agendas and feed their outsize id.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-13

Voices, The Peoples News

February 13, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. – Northern states see record surge in illegal border crossings, Border Patrol says: “2023 saw a 41% increase of Northern border encounters from 2022,” Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., wrote. “The reality is that the Northern border remains unprotected and overexposed under the Biden-Mayorkas border crisis.” Northern cities appear to be struggling to accommodate migrants.

Who’s Funding Illegal Immigration? You Are: AG Pax­ton: Ille­gal Immi­gra­tion Costs Texas Tax­pay­ers Over $850 Mil­lion Each Year: Attorney General Paxton uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars that Texas taxpayers involuntarily spent on illegal aliens every year.
. Texans pay between $579 million and $717 million each year for public hospital districts to provide uncompensated care for illegal aliens.
. Texans paid $152 million to house illegal criminal aliens for just one year.
. Texans pay between $62 million and $90 million to include illegal aliens in the state Emergency Medicaid program.
. Texans paid more than $1 million for The Family Violence Program to provide services to illegal aliens for one year.
. Texans pay between $30 million and $38 million per year on perinatal coverage for illegal aliens through the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
. Texans pay between $31 million and $63 million to educate unaccompanied alien children each year.

‘A privacy nightmare’: the $400m surveillance package inside the US immigration bill: Experts issue warning over bipartisan measure’s funding for towers and DNA tests that would ‘hyper-amplify what’s already happening.’ The lion’s share of funding will go to two main tools: $170m for additional surveillance towers and $204m for “expenses related to the analysis of DNA samples”, which includes those collected from migrants detained by border patrol.

Colorado Draws Line in the Sand, Says “No” to Migrant Sanctuary: Officials in Colorado are telling their constituents that they have no plans to ever become a sanctuary for migrants.

An Infuriating Poll Finding About Trump Should Galvanize Democrats: Trump killed the border deal, but Biden is getting blamed. Here’s what Democrats need to do to turn that around. Trump is exerting a level of influence over his party in a way that’s unprecedented in a former president

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
CDC Drafted, Held Back Myocarditis Alert on COVD Vaccines: Co-author of the Illusion of Consesus Substack Rav Arora weighs in on an alleged CDC alert on COVID-19 vaccines and myocarditis that was never sent.

# Education / Schools
Culture wars are raging on US campuses: Academics in the United States worry that growing political pressure on universities could limit research and teaching. In the past few years, laws in some right-leaning states have put restrictions on diversity initiatives, in what conservatives say is an effort to protect academic freedom.

# Employment / Labor
Affirmative Action Is Dead, and Inequality Is Still Crushing Workers: The most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that in the United States, who we are too often determines what we get to do for a living.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Democratic senators call on federal regulators to crack down on “responsible” and “certified” natural gas claims, saying the selling of low-emissions methane is a “dangerous greenwashing scheme” that undermines the clean energy transition.

Two Major Oil Companies Set to Merge in $26-Billion Deal: Diamondback Energy has agreed to buy Endeavor Energy Resources, which will make it the Permian Basin’s third-largest producer, putting out around 816,000 barrels of oil-equivalent daily

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Trinidad and Tobago faces historic environmental crisis with massive oil spill: The spill, emanating from a ship named Gulfstream, has wreaked havoc on over 25 miles of pristine coastline, endangering the coral reefs, Atlantic beaches, and the livelihoods dependent on these natural resources.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure GOP presidential candidates avoid discussing climate change on campaign trail: There are a lot more Republicans who care about climate change than you think. Every four years, they get shut out of the conversation. Despite a summer of record-setting heat, new polling shows that Republican voters still don’t see a warming planet as a concern. As William Brangham reports, neither do the GOP candidates who want to lead them.

# Environment / Climate / Infrastructure / Global Greenland is turning green again for the first time since medieval times. Why it matters: In addition to its local impacts on people, flora and fauna, “the loss of ice mass in Greenland is a substantial contributor to global sea level rise, a trend that poses significant challenges both now and in the future,” said study lead author Michael Grimes, also of the University of Leeds. If all the ice on Greenland melted, global seas would rise by about 23 feet, according to NASA,

# General News
Hunter Biden friend tells Congress how first family’s name scored Chinese deal worth millions: House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) today released a video and bank records memorandum revealing how Joe Biden received $40,000 in laundered China money from the account of his brother, James Biden, and his sister-in-law, Sara Biden, in the form of a personal check.

The American Consulting Firms That Live in Fear of Their Murderous Clients: What keeps companies like McKinsey in the business of whitewashing the regimes of bloodthirsty dictators? Increasingly, it’s the consequences of crossing them.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Satellite Images Point to Indiscriminate Israeli Attacks on Gaza’s Health Care Facilities: New research finds that Israel’s attacks on Gaza damaged hospitals and other medical facilities at the same rate as other buildings, potentially in violation of international law.

Destroying Gaza’s Health Care System Is a War Crime: “Israel’s destruction of Gaza’s health care system is not only an important part of the genocide charges—it is also a blatant war crime that should be prosecuted outright by the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Russia Just Declared a Western Leader a ‘Wanted Person’: Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas was declared a “wanted” person by Russia’s interior ministry on Tuesday. The ministry listed Kallas on a database as “wanted under the criminal code,” marking the first time Russia has brought a criminal case against the head of a foreign government.

# Gov / Politics
Biden Had His Worst Week, Then Trump Made Him Look Competent: For three days all we were talking about was “Is Joe Biden Senile?” But Trump’s desperate need for attention put the spotlight back on him ,and not in a good way.

Trump Is Telling Us He’s an Enemy of the American People: The ex-president said he’d destroy our most important alliances and “encourage” attacks on our allies. His words are traitorous, plain and simple.

Wisconsin Elections Commission clarifies absentee ballot rules: Wisconsin’s election managers say as long as there is a house number and a street name, absentee voting witness slips don’t need a city, the state, a zip code or anything else. The commission told clerks to error on the side of counting ballots and issued five specific clarifications as to when ballots are not to be rejected.

Arizona bill would heighten some fentanyl deaths to first degree murder: Senate Bill 1344, introduced by state Sen. Anthony Kern, would make certain fentanyl drug deaths classified as first-degree murder. This means someone could face life behind bars or the death penalty if they are found guilty, according to a state law.

Johnson dismisses Senate foreign aid bill without border reform: ‘America deserves better’: “In the absence of having received any single border policy change from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work its own will on these important matters,” Johnson said in a statement. “America deserves better than the Senate’s status quo.”

Senate Passes $95.3 Billion Aid Package For Ukraine, Israel And Taiwan After Rare All-Night Session: Fate in the House is uncertain. The vote came after a small group of Republicans opposed to the $60 billion for Ukraine held the Senate floor through the night, using the final hours of debate to argue that the U.S. should focus on its own problems before sending more money overseas.

The Biden Campaign Is Officially Trolling on TikTok Now: Though TikTok is banned on most government devices, President Joe Biden’s campaign has signed on. The move comes after Axios first reported in November that the Biden campaign has been weighing joining the app to reach younger voters on the platform, despite data security concerns surrounding the Chinese-owned company.

Trump’s latest NATO rhetoric shows why alliance has reason to fear his reelection: Former President Donald Trump’s statement over the weekend that he would encourage Russia to attack NATO allies that don’t spend enough on defense exposes critical vulnerabilities that a second Trump term would bring for the 75-year-old alliance.

GOP Congressman stands by accusation some fellow members have been compromised: Rep.Tim Burchett of Tennessee said that blackmail would explain some of his colleagues’ votes. ” And when asked if he believed there were House members who had decided how to vote based on compromising material about them held by foreign powers, Burchett said, “Absolutely. And other powers. It doesn’t have to be foreign powers.”

Republicans Seem Completely OK With Trump’s Alarming Russia Comments: Republicans are defending Donald Trump’s terrifying remarks that Russia can do “whatever the hell it wants.” Conservatives once again fell in line behind Donald Trump on Monday, signing off on comments the GOP front-runner made over the weekend that read more like veiled threats against nations he deems are failing NATO’s guidelines. Tom Cotton echoes fellow GOP senators, saying former president was ‘simply ringing the warning bell’

Dem senator calls Israeli leadership “war criminals,” votes to send them $14 billion anyway

AIPAC’s Surprising Salvo in Orange County: A swing seat in California is seeing a flurry of attack ads from pro-Israel forces. Why? A pro-Israel super PAC is making a six-figure splash in a toss-up Orange County House race, prompting fierce pushback from its target, Democratic state Sen.  Dave Min.

Influential lawmaker urges House GOP to expand Biden impeachment to border after Mayorkas vote:  “I hope we’ll impeach Secretary Mayorkas tonight, but the buck stops with Joe Biden,” Rep. Jim Banks says.  “All of the reasons that you’re impeaching Secretary Mayorkas are doubly important to impeaching Joe Biden.”

# Law Enforcement
States are cracking down on private companies’ prison-phone price gouging by making prison calls free and barring the government kickbacks that perpetuated the scheme. Incarcerated people pay about 5 dollars for a 30-minute phone call. A new bill wants to change that. Those fees can place a serious financial burden on incarcerated people and their loved ones looking to maintain regular contact, which research suggests can reduce recidivism.

House Republicans unveil bill to address warrantless surveillance powers: It bars law enforcement from using opposition research or media reports as a basis for a warrant, an effort to avoid repeat incidents. Some controversial measures, including a provision to screen any noncitizen “ being processed for travel to the United States,” have been removed from the latest bill. Some controversial measures, including a provision to screen any noncitizen “ being processed for travel to the United States,” have been removed from the latest bill.

A Backroom Deal Looms Over a High-Stakes US Surveillance Fight: Top congressional lawmakers are meeting in private to discuss the future of a widely unpopular surveillance program, worrying members devoted to reforming Section 702. The White House and congressional backers of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance program are warning that ending the massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans would put the nation at risk from another terrorist attack.

# Legal / DOJ
​​Trump Lawsuit Dismissed As Judges Conclude There’s “No Compelling Reason” To Proceed: The lawsuit, categorized as a Data Protection Lawsuit, alleged that Orbis violated British data protection laws by releasing false and damaging information. However, the judge ruled that there were no compelling reasons to allow the case to proceed to trial, citing the expiration of the Statute of Limitations.

GOP’s Star Witness in Biden Probe Has Russian Oligarch Ties: Bobulinski has been cast as the star witness. House Republicans want voters to take Tony Bobulinski’s word over everyone else in Hunter Biden’s orbit, except Bobulinski has some unsavory connections of his own. Business records and materials that House Republicans have provided in their own investigation show that, back in 2017, Bobulinski was in cahoots with a Russian oligarch long before “Burisma” became national shorthand for vague Biden family shadiness.

Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption; The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns: On April 16, 2014, Vice President Biden met with his son’s business partner, Devon Archer, at the White House. Five days later, Vice President Biden visited Ukraine, and he soon after was described in the press as the “public face of the administration’s handling of Ukraine.”

Trump Takes His Claim Of ‘Total Immunity’ From Prosecution To Supreme Court: The coup-attempting former president’s filing keeps the criminal case against him from moving forward in trial court until the high court decides in what appears to be yet another effort to delay the trial.

The judge presiding over the Georgia election subversion case against Donald Trump and several co-defendants said Monday that the district attorney who brought the case could be disqualified if she financially benefitted from a personal relationship with her lead prosecutor on the case.

Tony Bobulinski’s closed-door interview may answer key questions central to impeachment inquiry: A key figure in Hunter Biden’s early relationship with CEFC China Energy, Bobulinski is set to appear before the House Oversight Committee at 10AM on Tuesday for an interview as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Biden.

Trump asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block a scathing and unanimous decision from the DC Circuit handed down last week that flatly rejected his claims of immunity from election subversion charges brought by special counsel Jack Smith.

Threats Against Judges, Prosecutors Double Since Election: The U.S. Marshals Service has a growing concern about these threats, which are linked to violent rhetoric on social media and political polarization.

# Medical / Health
FDA Removes Informed Consent Protections from Some Human Clinical Trials: FDA issued a final rule providing an exception from the requirement to obtain informed consent when a clinical investigation poses no more than minimal risk to the human subject and includes appropriate safeguards to protect the rights, safety, and welfare of human subjects

# Military / DOD
Half of Nuclear Carriers Headed to the Korean Peninsula, What’s the Plan? There is speculation that five carriers of the total US nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (11 vessels) could gather around the Korean Peninsula for the first time in April and May.

# Military / Global
Russian Bombers Approach Alaska Airspace: The U.S. intercepted Russian aircraft flying off Alaska in international airspace as they approached an identification zone for two straight days this week, according to officials. Planes are required to identify themselves when they approach the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ.

The Wagner Group has confirmed its new role in Russia: The Wagner Group is back in action but its role in Russia may have changed drastically according to a new video message from the mercenary organization’s latest leader. Putin orders former Wagner commander to take charge of ‘volunteer units’ in Ukraine

Kim Jong Un’s support for Russia sparks warnings from the West: US says it ‘won’t hesitate’ to impose more sanctions on Russia and North Korea if they conclude any new arms deal. It was troubling that Russia and North Korea were discussing increased cooperation that could violate UN Security Council resolutions

# Technology
Amazon Prime Video removes more features, and asks users to pay to get them back: Prime Video caused controversy at the end of last year when it announced that it would start injecting ads into its videos.  If users wanted to avoid them, they needed to pay $2.99 per month, or similar in other currencies, the company said.

# Water
The City of Tomorrow Will Run on Your Toilet Water: Researchers are finding better ways to extract drinking water, compost, and even energy from wastewater. It’s not gross. It’s science. Researchers are applying the same technology to wastewater solids, which would essentially turn sludge into a solid product. “If you do pyrolysis – because it’s thermochemical, it’s a hot process – you kill these bacteria, kill these pathogens, kill these viruses. “It’s very clean,” says Fengqi Yu, an engineer who studies wastewater at Cornell University.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-12

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February 12, 2024
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Greg Abbott Increases Razor Wire at Texas Border: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said more razor wire will be installed along the state’s border with Mexico as he continues his standoff with President Joe Biden’s administration over immigration enforcement. “More National Guard & razor wire barriers are coming to the Texas border,” Abbott wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday.

Report Shows More Than 60% of Illegal Immigrants Are on Government Assistance: According to the CIS report, a notable 59 percent of households headed by illegal immigrants utilize at least one major taxpayer-funded welfare program, in stark contrast to the 39 percent of U.S.-born households accessing such assistance. Benefits can be accessed through their U.S.-born children, allowing for access to welfare despite restrictions.

Welfare Use by Immigrants and the U.S. Born: Comparing program use by foreign and U.S. born headed households. This report is based on newly released data from the 2022 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Analysis of this data shows both immigrants and the U.S.-born make extensive use of means-tested anti-poverty programs, with immigrant households significantly more likely to receive benefits.

Far-Right “God’s Army” Rally at Texas Border Raises Alarms: A far-right convoy calling itself “God’s army” is set to host rallies at different border towns along the US-Mexico border to decry what they call a migrant “invasion.” On a “Take Our Border Back” website, they called on “all active & retired law enforcement and military, veterans, mama bears, elected officials, business owners, ranchers, truckers, bikers, media and LAW ABIDING, freedom-loving Americans.”

Inside Trump’s plans to deport millions from the U.S: Donald Trump’s plan to crack down on immigration includes using a range of tools to deport millions of people in the U.S. each year from obscure laws to military funds to law enforcement officers from all levels of government.

What nationalities are the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border illegally? Colombian, Ecuadorian, Chinese, and Indian migrants also reached the Southwest border in larger numbers in 2023, albeit in much smaller totals than Venezuelans. Conversely, encounters of Mexicans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Salvadorans all decreased from FY 2022 to FY 2023.

Obama-Appointed Judge Throws Out Illegal Aliens’ Lawsuit Against Texas: A federal district court judge, appointed by former President Obama, has thrown out a lawsuit brought by a group of male illegal aliens who claimed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) “Operation Lone Star” violated their constitutional rights.

Rancher sounds alarm on terror ‘route’ as lawmakers drag feet on border fix: A fifth-generation Arizona rancher said lawmakers must seal the border to keep Americans safe and need to stop playing political football over border security. Arizona border rancher pleads with Congress to ‘take care of America first’ and secure the border

California Sees Record Number of Indian Migrants at Border: Indian migrant encounters spiked from 2,516 in fiscal year 2021 to 8,262 and 9,442 in fiscal years 2022 and 2023, respectively. Between October and December of the current fiscal year, Indian migrant encounters totaled 3,732 in The Golden State.3

# Corporations / Industry
Immigrant child laborers are being killed in US factories. Companies are walking away with fines: Duvan Thomas Pérez was just 16 when he was fatally injured while cleaning machinery at a Mississippi slaughterhouse. The penalty for the Mar-Jac Poultry processing plant was just $212,646 in federal fines and 17 safety citations, despite the incident being one in a series. Sawmills and slaughterhouses collect citations amid landscape of ‘underfunded and under-resourced’ regulators

Cisco reportedly set to slash thousands of jobs in major restructuring: Cisco reportedly set to slash thousands of jobs in major restructuring. Network giant Cisco is reportedly gearing up for a significant restructuring of the company, which could include thousands of layoffs, in a strategic move to align itself with sectors that account for better growth.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Citibank Won’t Reimburse Scam Victims Who Lost Their Savings Due to Bank’s Own Security Glitch: Citibank has illegally refused to reimburse scam victims who lost money due partly to Citibank’s poor online security practices, New York Attorney General Letitia James alleged in a lawsuit filed today in US District Court for the Southern District of New York.Jan 30, 2024

# Education / Schools
Denver schools overwhelmed by migrant surge as mayor slashes $5M from public services to address crisis: Mayor Mike Johnston pinned the blame on Republicans and former President Trump Friday while announcing $5 million in cuts from recreation centers, DMV services and city landscaping to pay for the migrant crisis.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Utah’s lithium extraction raises environmental concerns:  An Australian company plans to extract lithium from Utah’s Paradox Basin, raising questions about the impact on the Colorado River. The extraction process, using saline water and chemicals, is seen as less disruptive but raises environmental concerns.

New dashboard reveals uranium mine risks in New Mexico:  New Mexico helped supply uranium as source material for the creation of nuclear weapons during World War II. The state does not continue to operate uranium mining or milling.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure Biden’s climate change reparations will bankrupt America: The reparations regime will only aid the wealthy and privileged, not those most in need

World Breaches 1.5°C for an Entire Year for First Time on Record: The average global temperature has exceeded 1.5 degree Celsius over a 12-month period, according to new data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). “The global mean temperature for the past twelve months (Feb 2023 – Jan 2024) is the highest on record, at 0.64°C above the 1991-2020 average and 1.52°C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial average,” C3S said in a new report.

As ExxonMobil Moves In, Venezuela Boosts Forces Along Disputed Border With Guyana: As increased U.S. military aid to Guyana and ExxonMobil’s oil exploration in contested waters exacerbate a territorial row between Venezuela and Guyana, satellite images made public on Friday purportedly showed increased Venezuelan military activity near the two countries’ disputed border.

# Environment / Climate / Infrastructure / Global Climate simulation raises alarm over potential ocean circulation collapse: A recent study by René van Westen showcases how melting Arctic freshwater could disrupt the Atlantic Ocean’s circulation, potentially leading to abrupt climate changes.

Migratory species face a global decline, UN warns: Nearly half of the world’s migratory animals are declining, with many at risk of extinction. About 44% of migratory species are decreasing in population due to habitat loss, illegal activities, pollution, and climate change. The United Nations report emphasizes the critical role of migration in species survival and the interconnectedness of ecosystems across borders.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology Maryland proposes stringent baby food safety regulations:  “Rudy’s Law” is inspired by a toddler’s lead poisoning from contaminated baby food. The bill mandates monthly testing for toxic metals in baby food and requires manufacturers to disclose test results.

Iowa House bill seeks to limit lawsuits against pesticide companies: The proposed bill would protect pesticide companies from lawsuits if their products have federally-approved labels, despite health risks. Critics argue this bill could hinder justice for those suffering from pesticide-related illnesses.

# General News
New Jeffrey Epstein autopsy photo proves he didn’t kill himself: Brother Mark Epstein has argued that the previously unreported image contradicts the official story about his demise. “I only want to look at facts, but when we consider the facts available, we get more questions,” the property developer told The Post. “There appears to have been no investigation once it was ruled a suicide, they saw no reason to dig deeper. “It seems like a cover-up. Why can’t I find his pre-hospital care report and why can’t I get the 911 call?”

# Gov / Politics / Global
Britain no longer has a military: Recruitment processes are under assault from faceless, woke people. We are now resorting to desperate, and dangerous, measures. Awell-organised and targeted attack is underway against our national defence, and few seem to care. With military procurement and equipment in complete disarray, through sheer incompetence, faceless people have embarked on a three-pronged assault to further disarm us by preventing the capable from joining and persuading those who are effective within to leave.

# Gov / Politics
Doctors call for Biden to take mental competency test after scathing classified docs report: ‘Something isn’t right’: Medical professionals have stepped up calls for Joe Biden to take a mental competency test after Thursday’s blistering report from special counsel Robert Hur revealed the 81-year-old can’t remember basic facts about his own life and career.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is stripped of his duties after being hospitalized for ’emergent bladder issues’ after prostate cancer surgery last month. Lloyd Austin, 70, has had his duties stripped and transferred to Kathleen Hicks

Trump’s GOP Doctrine Is ‘Obey or Be Crushed’: ‘It’s devastating’: Trump seizes unmatched control over GOP. Donald Trump long ago bent the Republican Party to his will. But seldom has the sheer sweep of the former president’s dominance been laid bare more clearly than this week

Sweeping US Foreign Aid Package Advances in Senate: The procedural vote on the $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific was 67 in favor to 27 opposed on Sunday, as work on the bill was poised to bleed into the chamber two-week recess set to begin on Monday.

Trump Says He Gave NATO Allies Warning: Pay In or He’d Urge Russian Aggression Speaking in Conway, S.C., Donald J. Trump said as president he had told NATO allies that he would urge Russian aggression against countries that had not met unofficial financial commitments.

Trump says he would encourage Russia to attack Nato allies who pay too little: The Joe Biden White House rebuked the former president’s comments as ‘appalling and unhinged.’ “But the problem with Donald Trump is he can’t just stop there,” Christie said on Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. “He’s got to say, ‘I would encourage Russia to do whatever the hell they wanted to you’. That is absolutely inappropriate for a president of the United States or a candidate for president of the United States to be saying.”

NATO secretary-general says Trump puts allies at risk by encouraging Russian aggression: “Any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines all of our security, including that of the U.S., and puts American and European soldiers at increased risk,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement.

Western Leaders React to Trump’s Threats About Not Defending NATO: Western Leaders React to Trump’s Threats About Not Defending NATO

Elise Stefanik Suggests She Would Have Broken the Law for Trump Were She VP on January 6: Which is pretty worrisome given that she’s apparently under consideration to be Trump’s next VP. The MAGA lawmaker all but admitted she would definitely have done a coup and not certified the 2020 presidential election results on January 6 if she were in former Vice President Mike Pence’s shoes.

US Should Be ’Stupid’ No More: Trump Calls for End to ‘No Strings’
Foreign Aid: Trump urges US to stop sending financial aid to any country unless as loans. According to the former US president, no longer should the United States be “stupid” or give money anymore “without the hope of a payback.”

GOP senators defy Trump by advancing foreign aid bill: Donald Trump spent the weekend telling senators they should not pass more unconditional U.S. foreign aid. More than a dozen Republicans ignored him Sunday, moving forward on a bill to send $95 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

Authorities Charge Prominent Democrat In Elaborate Mail-In Ballot Scheme: Prominent Atlantic City Democratic operative Craig Callaway has been charged with orchestrating a mail-in ballot scheme to sway elections. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey has accused him of fraudulently procuring and casting ballots, undermining the electoral process.

Donald Trump, Unfounding Father: he’s not an aberration, he is the zeitgeist: It’s time to start thinking of Donald Trump in a different light, writes Tom Engelhardt, author of many books and chief editor of Tomdispatch.com. Trump is not an aberration, he represents the zeitgeist, and removing him from office won’t solve the problems the U.S. is facing.
See also: Zeitgeist (Video 2007) The social manipulation of society through the generation of fear and division has completely detached humans from their sense of power and reality.

Supine Republicans don’t just dance to Trump’s tune, they amplify his racism: The undeclared race to be the former president’s running mate has sent leading figures into new paroxysms of sycophancy.

Biden’s decline is ‘getting more rapid’: Rep. Mark Alford: Rep. Mark Alford, R-Mo., says America is in a ‘scary situation’ with President Biden at the helm of the border crisis and global conflict.

Trump’s Constitutional Bullying Is a Threat to Our Democratic Safeguards: In his third campaign for the presidency, Trump continues to do what he does best—bullying, boasting, lying, and promising “retribution” against his political enemies. He has vowed, in a second term, to root out “the radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country.” He has promised to prosecute President Joe Biden and has previously threatened the losing candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton.

Austin cancels Europe trip for NATO meetings amid hospitalization: Austin was scheduled to travel to Brussels for NATO and Ukraine meetings this week. Austin has been hospitalised in the critical care unit for complications from prostate cancer.

Feeling betrayed, Trump wants a second administration stocked with loyalists: Trump’s fixation on loyalty appears to be growing as he contemplates a second term in the White House.

Nancy Mace Is So Toxic That Her Entire Staff Ditched Her: The Republican representative is reportedly so horrible that her office has seen 100 percent staff turnover. As of Monday, every member of Mace’s staff had turned over since November 1, 2023, shortly after Mace joined hands with seven other House Republicans to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Judge’s ‘Disturbing’ Ruling in Trump Classified Documents Case Could Lead to Removal, Legal Experts Say ©Provided by All Things Finance: Legal experts are raising concerns following the decision of Judge Aileen Cannon, appointed by Donald Trump, in the case involving classified documents. “Compromising national security is a bridge too far,” says longtime Harvard legal scholar Laurence Tribe https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.salon.com/2024/02/08/awful-and-unethical-legal-experts-say-cannon-could-face-removal-for-disturbing-order/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5alLi4CFM$

# Law Enforcment
Feds ‘All F—king Tied Up in Knots’ Over How to Handle Election Threats: Top CIA, DHS, DOJ, and FBI officials recently gathered to discuss simulations on deepfakes and violence at the polls—and, as one journalist put it, “the results weren’t encouraging.” One U.S. official familiar with a previously unreported meeting at the White House Situation Room in December told CNN’s Sean Lyngaas that in terms of a coordinated federal response to an election-related threat, “we’re all f—king tied up in knots.”

Prison Lockdowns Are Becoming More Frequent and More Brutal Across the US: A largely unknown, frightening trend in the US prison system is impacting many incarcerated people and their loved ones. “Many prisons appear to have used COVID to normalize ‘restricted movement’ protocols as a way of transitioning into constant lockdown and thereby diminishing a lack of outrage or even awareness on the part of the public.”

Amid the lingering trauma of Trump’s executions, a new project brings families to federal death row: Three years after Trump’s killing spree, the death row visitation project offers a lifeline for those who survived.

Louisiana State Police arrest Texas man, find 15 pounds of suspected Ecstacy at crash site: Just before 2:30 a.m., a 2022 Toyota Camry driven by Jackson left the road and was disabled on the median crossover barrier. Troopers suspected that Jackson was impaired after making contact with him. An investigation reportedly found about 15 pounds of suspected MDMA pills, or Ecstasy.

Mystery tanker trucks on New Mexico prairie trigger investigation: The convoy of trucks drove through a barbed wire fence gate on a remote Santa Fe County ranch road at all hours of the day, filled 5000-gallon tanks at a pump station, and then headed out. They’d come back later for more. What were they pulling out of the ground? The pump station is in farm and ranch country where water is more precious than oil. So, after millions of gallons of water were mysteriously pumped out of the well and hauled away, the authorities were alerted.

# Legal / DOJ
Clarence Thomas Broke the Law. Why Is He Not Being Prosecuted? he chief justice insisted that the court is not bound by the existing Code of Conduct for United States Judges or other statutes and rules applicable to lower federal judges, so whether the gifts and the failure to disclose them violated anything other than unenforceable norms is said to be unclear.

# Medical / Health
Texas Abortion Ban’s Ripple Effect on Medical Care for Pregnant People: Pregnant patients face medical uncertainty and risks from hyperemesis gravidarum to cancer treatment. The “overall medical harm” caused by these bans means that people “have to wait longer for abortion care or miscarriage management,” that is, until their need for that care is an emergency. Delays in care drive “an increase in maternal morbidity and mortality,” Kumar explained.

# Military / DOD
“Logistics” Outpost in Jordan Where 3 U.S. Troops Died Is Secretly a Drone Base: The Pentagon is covering up the real purpose of Tower 22: targeting the very Iran-backed militant groups that attacked last month. What the Pentagon hasn’t mentioned is that Tower 22 is also a drone base conducting long-range reconnaissance on militants in neighboring Syria and Iraq for airstrikes, according to two U.S. military sources. The base also serves as a staging facility for special operations forces and a medevac helicopter home base.

US Air Force fleet’s mission-capable rates are stagnating. Here’s the plan to change that: The Air Force has spent the past four years making a concerted push to ready its planes for war. It’s gained almost no ground.

# Military / Global
Russia launches 45 drones in mass barrage of Ukraine as Kyiv continues war cabinet reshuffle: Russian forces launched 45 drones over Ukraine Sunday in a five-and-a-half-hour barrage, the five-and-a-half-hour attack targeted agricultural facilities and coastal infrastructure, officials said.

As IDF Rafah Invasion Looms, Progressives Urge Biden to ‘End the Complicity’ in Gaza Genocide: “Clearing Rafah is not war, it is not defense, it is an outright attack on the innocent,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

NATO ‘scrambles jets’, Kremlin claims, as Putin sends two nuclear-capable missile carriers over Norwegian Sea: NATO has scrambled warplanes to confront a pair of nuclear-capable missile carriers that were seen patrolling the Norwegian Sea today, Russia has claimed. The Kremlin once again taunted the bloc by launching two TU-95MS planes to patrol the Norwegian Sea, which were escorted by a group of Su35S aircraft.

Gaza raid leaves dozens dead amidst hostage rescue: In the shadows of a hostage rescue operation by Israeli forces, a night raid in Gaza culminates in profound loss, claiming the lives of at least 67 Palestinians and deepening the region’s humanitarian crisis.

# Nuclear
5.5 Tons of Fukushima Radioactive Water Leaks Into Pacific Ocean may contain 22 billion becquerels of radioactive materials such as cesium and strontium: The Japanese plant has been generating a massive amount of water tainted with radioactive substances from cooling down the nuclear fuel in the reactor buildings.

# Space / NASA
The Untold Story of Black Astronauts Finally Gets Spotlight: With their new documentary The Space Race (premiering on National Geographic Feb. 12 and streaming on Disney+ and Hulu Feb. 13), directors Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés have a specific, admirable goal: to spotlight the under-discussed stories of Black astronauts during the height of NASA ’s space program

# UFO Disclosure / Other
Multiple US military whistleblowers reveal how a disc-shaped UFO intercepted nuclear missile and disabled it with ‘laser-beams’ in mid-air over California. Multiple former military officials report seeing video of a UFO disabling warhead. The video was taken on September 15, 1964, but has gone missing in years since.

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