Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-20

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# Indigenous
Tribes seek U.S. Department of Energy funding to build local microgrids to improve grid reliability on tribal land: The power regularly cuts out on the 500-member Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, throwing the reservation’s casino, community center, and homes into the dark. The outages can be weekly during cold winters on the Hopi Reservation in northern Arizona, where many of the 9,300 residents still lack access to the grid even though an electric transmission line runs overhead.

DOE Awards $9 Million to Tribal Communities To Enhance Energy Security And Resilience: Funding will Affect 1,200 Tribal Buildings, Create $48.5 Million in Energy Savings and Support 13 Indian Tribes and Tribal Entities Across the Country

# Archaeology
Archaeologists unearth oldest known wooden structure in the world: The simple structure found along a riverbank in Zambia is made up of two interlocking logs, with a notch deliberately crafted into the upper piece to allow them to fit together at right angles, according to a new study of cut marks made by stone tools.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
El Paso Border Crisis: Texas National Guard Blocks Migrant Entrance Attempt, False rumors prompt Venezuelans in Juarez to attempt seeking asylum between ports of entry in El Paso: Up to 200 Venezuelan migrants who tried to surrender to U.S. authorities Tuesday at the border wall in South-Central El Paso were kept at bay by Texas National Guard troops, witnesses said. The migrants, mostly Venezuelan families and single adults, began crossing the Rio Grande from Juarez, Mexico, around  3 p.m. after rumors spread about U.S. authorities allegedly letting asylum seekers come in between ports of entry.

Armed Texas National Guard makes show of force on border to turn back migrants: More than a dozen military vehicles, as well as Texas state police vehicles, were seen along the border, and Guard members could be heard telling migrants to go to a port of entry. Texas National Guard members stationed themselves and military vehicles on the concrete banks of the Rio Grande on Tuesday and erected concertina wire barriers in an attempt to turn back migrants from the U.S.

Governor Abbott Deploys New Texas Tactical Border Force: Governor Greg Abbott today announced the deployment of the new Texas Tactical Border Force to the Texas-Mexico border to respond to the growing border crisis at Austin Bergstrom International Airport in Austin.

# Children / Youth
Prosecutors charge two after daycare death, kilo of fentanyl on top of children’s mats: Kilo of fentanyl stored on kids’ mats at day care where 1-year-old died: Prosecutors. Grei Mendez and Carlisto Acevedo Brito, already in custody over the death of a 1-year-old at a Bronx day care, are now facing federal charges.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Here’s Why You Should Be Worried About the $33 Trillion National Debt — No Matter What Joe Biden and Janet Yellen Say: Accumulating substantial debt can impose an economic burden on future generations. They may face higher taxes or reduced government services to cover the interest payments and eventually pay down the debt, potentially limiting their ability to invest in their own priorities and economic growth. Though concessions were made on both sides of the aisle, the debt ceiling bill suspended the government’s borrowing limit until January 2025 and averted an unprecedented default.

# Education / Schools
Texas made it illegal to punish students for dreadlocks. A school is testing the limits of the law: A high school student’s recent suspension over his hair length is testing the limits of a new state law that protects “hair texture or protective hairstyles associated with race”
from discrimination. De’Andre Arnold, a Barbers Hill High School student, drew national attention and the support of activists across the country in 2020 after district administrators suspended him for the length of his dreadlocks.

# Employment / Labor
GM and Stellantis just laid off more than 2,000 additional workers because of the UAW’s strike: United Auto Workers members attend a rally in Detroit, Sept. 15, 2023. General Motors announced that they’re laying off 2,000 workers because of the strike with the United Auto Workers union. Plus, Michigan has secured federal funds to combat food assistance fraud, and more.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals POWER Program selects teams to design power beaming relays: DARPA is entering the first phase of the Persistent Optical Wireless Energy Relay (POWER) program, aimed at revolutionizing energy distribution through airborne wireless power transfer.

Federal officials release a roadmap to build out offshore wind transmission infrastructure along the Atlantic coast: As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, a key pillar of Bidenomics, today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released An Action Plan for Offshore Wind Transmission Development in the U.S. Atlantic Region

A Minnesota college’s microgrid research center prepares to expand after securing new state and federal funding: The University of St. Thomas’ Center for Microgrid Research plans to triple its three-person staff and enroll more students thanks to money from a $7.5 million state legislative appropriation and $11 million in federal defense bill earmarks secured by U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure The Biden administration announces an American Climate Corps program that will train 20,000 young people to work in clean energy, energy efficiency and other climate-critical jobs: The American Climate Corps will mobilize a new, diverse generation of more than 20,000 Americans – putting them to work conserving and restoring our lands and waters, bolstering community resilience, deploying clean energy, implementing energy efficient technologies, and advancing environmental justice

Chicago Mayor Unveils Reforms to Fight Environmental Racism: Promising to end the practice of piling on more environmental burdens to the same South and West Side communities, Mayor Brandon Johnson is proposing a series of reforms aimed at changing city practices after federal investigators last year determined Chicago violates the civil rights of its residents. “In the greatest city in the world, no neighborhood should have to suffer the burdens of pollution more so than any other neighborhood,” Mayor Brandon Johnson said.

Excessive Groundwater Pumping is Cracking Open the American Southwest: The US has pumped so much groundwater that it’s literally splitting the ground open across the American Southwest. When too much groundwater gets pumped up from the natural aquifers below the surface, it causes the land to sag and create these cracks. Groundwater is one of the main sources of freshwater on Earth — it provides almost half of all drinking water, and about 40% of global irrigation.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Zelensky Dares Trump to Come Clean on Ukraine Peace Plan: The former U.S. president has repeatedly bragged that he could end the war in Ukraine within one day. ‘He can publicly share his idea now’

Canada, India and a diplomatic spat few saw coming: Why India fears the Khalistan movement and how Canada became embroiled in diplomatic spat over killing of Sikh separatist

India expels Canadian diplomat in tit-for-tat move as spat over assassinated Sikh activist deepens: Canada’s accusation that India may have been involved in the assassination of a Sikh activist on its soil has triggered a growing spat with Ottawa and New Delhi both expelling senior diplomats, sending relations between the two countries plunging.

US and Russia called for ceasefire: Now it’s happening: One day after Azerbaijan initiated military operations in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a ceasefire has reportedly been agreed upon. According to Armenian news agency Armenpress, authorities of the internationally unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) in the South Caucasus have accepted a proposal for a ceasefire from the Russian side.

# Gov / Politics
House schedules first Biden impeachment inquiry hearing: The Republican-led House Oversight Committee announced its first impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden is scheduled for Sept. 28, next Thursday

White House hits back after House sets first Biden impeachment hearing for 28 September House GOP planning on subpoenaing bank records of Joe Biden, his brother James, and son Hunter Biden

Israel’s Netanyahu Will Meet Biden In New York, The Location Is Seen As A Sign Of US Displeasure: The lengthy delay in setting up the meeting with Biden and the White House decision to hold the meeting in New York rather than Washington have been widely interpreted in Israel as signs of U.S. displeasure with Netanyahu’s new government.

Republican Infighting Paralyzes The House As Some Call A Shutdown Inevitable: Republican divisions paralyzed the House again on Tuesday as a small band of conservative rebels blocked a motion to merely begin debate on a military funding bill and GOP leaders abandoned a separate vote to avert a shutdown at the end of the month.

U.S. Is Waging War With Russia, Foreign Minister Says: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the US is waging war against Russia by conducting the war in Ukraine, by supplying the Ukrainian forces with weapons, ammunition, and intelligence, Sputnik reported. “No matter what they say, they (the United States) control this war,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in comments on state television on Sunday. “They supply weapons, ammunition, intelligence data, data from satellites, they are waging a war against us,” Lavrov said.

# Law Enforcment
Slaying of Chicago Family of 4 ‘Not a Random Incident’: Two adults, their two children, and their three dogs were found with gunshot wounds in their home in Illinois on Sunday night. Officials at the FBI, ATF and the DEA all said they have not been contacted by Romeoville to join the murder investigation. Federal drug investigators would typically be called in if there were signs of a drug cartel’s involvement. In a recorded video statement released on Tuesday, Romeoville’s Deputy Chief of Police Chris Burne said detectives and crime-scene investigators have been working tirelessly on the case.

How local police could help prevent another January 6th-style insurrection: The Proud Boys are more of a loosely affiliated street gang than they are a unified right-wing militia, researchers say. But police ignore the threats from these groups, and their threats grow. Research finds it is effective for police to systematically monitor and target groups that exhibit violent behavior and that doing so deters future acts of violence.

# Legal / DOJ
Merrick Garland says GOP allegations about Hunter Biden case have no basis in reality. The U.S. attorney general faced Republican accusations that the Justice Department has gone easy on the president’s son. Despite Hunter Biden’s legal peril, Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) declared Wednesday that “the fix is in” at the Justice Department. He alleged that top brass had interfered with an IRS probe into Hunter Biden’s taxes and that other officials had hobbled Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss’ pursuit of the case.

# Medical / Health
Clinical trial of HIV vaccine begins in United States and South Africa: HVTN 142 is being conducted at 6 locations in the United States and 4 in South Africa, involving the enrollment of 95 HIV-negative participants. These participants will be randomly assigned to 1 of 4 study groups, with 3 groups receiving different doses of the vaccine, while one group will receive a placebo.

# Military / DOD
Humanitarian Imperialism Created the Libyan Nightmare: NATO’s military intervention in Libya in 2011, which overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, resulted in a chaotic and murderous failed state. NATO’s military intervention in Libya in 2011, which overthrew the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, resulted in a chaotic and murderous failed state. Libyans pay a horrific price for this catastrophe.

U.S. troops describe living in military baracks as ‘continuous misery’: Sewage backups and inoperable fire systems are among the safety hazards that U.S. service members living in barracks face, according to a new report on how such conditions undermine quality of life and military readiness. “Service members we met with at this installation described living in the barracks without air conditioning on hot days, especially after being outside all day for work or training, as continuous misery,” according to the report. The report found the problems were widespread and, in some cases, dangerous.

# Military / Global
Ceasefire Reached in Karabakh After Azeri Military Offensive: Dozens are thought to have died in the two-day operation launched against the separatist region by Azeri forces: Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry confirms it has reached agreement on a ceasefire in the mountainous ethnic region, which is Armenian-populated.

# Science
NIH upholds controversial plan: The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will move forward with its plan that foreign scientists must share laboratory notebooks and raw data with their US research partners. The policy is directed at holders of ‘subawards,’’ funds that a US-based researcher can give to a collaborator, and arose because of controversy over how the NIH oversaw subawards to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The policy remains too broad and suggests a lack of trust in foreign researchers

# Security
DARPA seeks tech solutions to create autonomous capabilities for commercial drones: “Through creating an autonomy adapter that works with all commercial drones, regardless of manufacturer, and by developing mission-specific autonomy software that is constantly refreshed and easy to upload prior to a mission, we aim to give drone operators the advantage in fast-paced combat operations.

# Social
Americans do talk about peace, just not the same way people do in other countries: Peace is hard to define. In the dictionary, it’s equated with tranquility or the absence of war. We see it as broader. Peace is the ability for people to live in harmony with themselves and with each other. In practice, however, that can mean many different things to different people. We know that people who directly experience conflict and violence tend to have very broad, but also nuanced, definitions of peace.

# Space
Parker Solar Probe flies through intense solar eruption and captures everything on camera: On September 5, 2022, the probe ventured through one of the most intense Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) ever observed, shedding light on the intricate relationship between CMEs and interplanetary dust, tiny mineral grains in the nano and micrometer size range.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-18

Voices, The Peoples News

September 18, 2023
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# Archaeology
Archaeologists reveal largest paleolithic cave art site in Eastern Iberia: Archaeologists have discovered a major paleolithic cave art site, arguably the most important found on the Eastern Iberian Coast in Europe. More than 100 ancient paintings and engravings, thought to be at least 24,000 years old, have been found in a 500 meter-long cave in ‘Cova Dones’ or ‘Cueva Dones,’a site located in Millares near Valencia in Spain.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
U.S. National Debt Tops $33 Trillion: The national debt hit a new milestone Monday, topping $33 trillion for the first time, according to data published by the Treasury Department. A stark reminder of the country’s shaky fiscal trajectory at a moment when Washington faces the prospect of a government shutdown this month amid another fight over federal spending.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals A report finds 36 major transmission projects are on the cusp of being built across the U.S., with the potential to create as many as 3.3 million jobs and carry as much as 187 GW of new clean energy.

Tens of thousands of people marched in New York City and across the U.S. Sunday to demand President Biden and other world leaders to end fossil fuels ahead of this week’s UN Climate Ambition Summit. The big picture: Several of the speakers at the New York event that kicked off Climate Week NYC took aim at the Biden administration for approving new oil and gas drilling permits.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Biden admin unleashes 50-year mining, oil drilling ban across thousands of acres in New Mexico: More than 4,000 acres would be protected under a land withdrawal proposed by the Interior Department.

# Gov / Politics
House Republicans Put Forth Short-Term Deal To Fund Government: The short-term measure, known as a continuing resolution, would fund the government through Oct. 31 and cut nearly 1% from current spending levels. The Defense Department and Veterans Affairs would not see their funding levels slashed, though the other agencies would have their budgets temporarily cut by roughly 8%.

Ron DeSantis is running for president. Is he Trump 2.0, or the Never Trump savior? In reality, the Florida governor’s career is full of opportunistic shifts toward whichever cause will benefit him most. With Ron DeSantis officially filing his paperwork to challenge Donald Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination Wednesday, the media will be awash in attempts to explain who he “really” is. Is he an incipient authoritarian, or is he really just a typical Republican? In my view, he can be either depending on what’s in his interest at the time.

U.S. And Iran Trade Detainees After Qatar Deal Unfreezes $6 Billion:  Five U.S. detainees flew out of Iran on Monday in a swap for five Iranians held in the U.S. in a rare deal between the arch enemies that also unfroze $6 billion of Tehran’s funds.

U.S. Seeks to Build Network of Like-Minded Nations in Indo-Pacific: Contrary to Chinese claims, there is no U.S. effort to establish a “NATO-like” organization in the Indo-Pacific.

US strengthens Asian alliances with an eye toward China: The U.S. is expanding it military presence in Asia, in a string of moves aimed at countering Beijing and reassuring Indo-Pacific allies that America will stand with them against threats from China and North Korea. The U.S. actions stretch from Japan to the Solomon Islands.

Zelensky to Visit D.C. as Congress Debates Billions of Additional Dollars for Ukraine: Zelensky will address the United Nations General Assembly in person for the first time since Russia’s invasion in early 2022. He’ll then travel from New York to Washington, D.C., for talks with President Biden and congressional leaders.

# Law Enforcment
Texas Lawman Linked to Oath Keepers Convicted After Violating Inmate Rights: Sheriff Jeff Lyde, a Texas sheriff with links to the Oath Keepers has been convicted of “official oppression” for the mistreatment of detainees in his jail in 2021, one of whom allegedly staged a suicide attempt.

# Medical Alternatives / Herbology
Why Dandelion roots are the most important part of the plant, and why they deserve a place of honor in our gardens, kitchens, and herbal medicine cabinets. They consist of several parts, including the leaves, stems, flowers, and roots. Each of these components plays a unique role in the plant’s life cycle and human interactions.

# Space
‘Hidden structures’ discovered deep beneath the dark side of the moon: Scientists map 1,000 feet of hidden ‘structures’ deep below the dark side of the moon. With data from China’s Chang’e-4 rover, scientists were able to visualize the upper 1,000 feet of the moon’s surface for the first time. Their results reveal billions of years of previously hidden lunar history. Their results, which were published Aug. 7 in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, reveal billions of years of previously hidden lunar history.
Journal of Geophysical Research:

# Technology
Google Founder and Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Engineers: ‘We’re Creating God’

AI experts are increasingly afraid of what they’re creating: AI gets smarter, more capable, and more world-transforming every day. Here’s why that might not be a good thing.

‘Godfather of A.I.’ leaves Google after a decade to warn society of technology he’s touted: Geoffrey Hinton, known as the ‘godfather of AI,’ is leaving his role at Google and plans to warn of the risks of the technology he’s long promoted. Hinton told CNBC that he now thinks digital intelligence can “acquire hugely more knowledge than any individual biological agent.”

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-17

Voices, The Peoples News

September 17, 2023
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
House Republicans Prepare to Turn US Government Shutdown Into Immigration Clash: House Republicans are preparing to turn an impending government shutdown into a clash with Democrats over border enforcement as New York, Chicago and other major cities struggle with a migrant influx.

More than 100 House Democrats are urging President Joe Biden to ‘use all the tools available’ to help undocumented immigrants. It’s the latest effort on border issues from House Dems as they navigate their minority status. As House Republicans demand more border security measures from their perch in the majority, Democrats are asking President Joe Biden to use his executive status to further their party’s immigration goals.

House funding bill aims to restart border wall construction: A member of the House Appropriations Committee says that the chamber’s Department of Homeland Security appropriation bill is centering around border security, particularly restarting border wall construction, to combat the ongoing crisis at the southern border, as well as cutting spending and getting rid of “woke.” The bill  is part of House Republicans’ larger legislative package to address record-high levels of migration to the U.S.-Mexico border.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
With COVID cases rising, grand-standing legislators propose criminalizing mRNA vaccines or banning mask-wearing:  Every so often they propose something so completely idiotic, anti-social, and authoritarian that it becomes the very personification of irresponsibility. Two examples come to mind, one last February, the other this month.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
National deficit, inflation soars despite ‘Inflation Reduction Act’: The U.S. Congressional Budget Office reports that the federal government is borrowing far more this fiscal year than the year before even as inflation continues to rise.  It’s just another sign of the deteriorating fiscal conditions of the federal budget and the immense challenges we face in turning the tide towards fiscal sustainability.”

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will make a historic down payment on deficit reduction to fight inflation, invest in domestic energy production and manufacturing, and reduce carbon emissions by roughly 40 percent by 2030. The bill will also finally allow Medicare to negotiate for prescription drug prices and extend the expanded Affordable Care Act program for three years, through 2025.

The Stealth Attack on the Power to Tax: If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Moore v. U.S., the Treasury could be forced to reliniquish an estimated $7 trillion in taxation over the next decade. The Supreme Court could overturn a well-established form of federal taxation.

# Education / Schools
NYU Divests From Fossil Fuels: Following years of pressure from student activists, New York University NYU has announced that it will divest its financial holdings from fossil fuels. As the country’s largest private university, with an endowment totaling over $5 billion, it’s a meaningful win for climate activists.

Free speech suffering at many top universities across the country: Tensions over free speech have been intensifying on college campuses across the United States. Of those surveyed, 72% of students opposed allowing a conservative speaker on campus while 43% opposed allowing a liberal speaker. Some states and universities have been working, and paying, to combat what many feel are free speech issues at the nation’s colleges and universities.

# Employment / Labor
Billionaires cash in on abusive farm worker scam: To staff  their agricultural properties, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, and other tycoons are using a visa program linked to labor abuses and human trafficking. The program, which is allowing a growing number of employers to pay rock-bottom wages, has been at the heart of recent modern slavery cases, and one in three workers in the program say the arrangement has limited their ability to leave their jobs.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals A Fracker in Pennsylvania Wants to Take 1.5 Million Gallons a Day From a Small, Biodiverse Creek. Should the State Approve a Permit? PennEnergy says such withdrawals are “safe and responsible” and “highly regulated.” Environmental activists counter that the company’s application used old data and doesn’t do enough to protect imperiled species.

America just hit the lithium jackpot: The world’s largest-known deposit was just discovered in Nevada. What does that mean? If exploration continues, and lithium is easy to extract and refine, both large Ifs, this ancient geological event may shape contemporary geopolitics and perhaps even the future of green energy. Lithium is a boon almost as old as time.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Sea-ice levels in Antarctica at a ‘mind-blowing’ historic low: Sea ice levels reached record lows at least twice in 2023 after record minimums were detected in 2017 and 2022. “It’s so far outside anything we’ve seen, it’s almost mind-blowing,” Walter Meier, senior research scientist told the BBC.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
California passes 1st bill in US to ban 4 chemicals in food: what to know: The California Food Safety Act passed in the state legislature on Tuesday that would ban four chemicals from processed foods. The bill, authored and presented by Democratic Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel, representing California’s 46th district, and co-sponsored by the Environmental Working Group and Consumer Reports, would end the use of brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben and red dye No. 3 in food products sold .

# Gov / Politics / Global
‘War Is Good for Business,’ Declares Executive at London’s Global Arms Fair:     Deals done at DSEI will cause misery across the world, causing global instability, and devastate people’s lives,” one peace activist lamented. Military-industrial complex players big and small gathered in London this week, hawking everything from long-range missiles to gold-plated pistols to arms fair attendees, including representatives of horrific human rights violators, as weapon-makers and other merchants of the machinery of death reap record profits.

# Gov / Politics
Democracy is on Life Support, and the GOP wants to pull the plug: The authors of How Democracies Die are back with a new book that tackles the threat of minority rule, and how our political institutions can be reformed.

Are Lawmakers Stumbling Into a Shutdown? Lawmakers left town late Thursday for an extended weekend, following a brief but chaotic workweek during which the odds of a government shutdown seemed to increase by the hour. Riven by factional disputes, both the House and Senate closed up shop with loads of unfinished business on their plates, leaving just two weeks to figure out how to fund the government for the 2024 fiscal year, which begins on October 1, while making sure the doors stay open in the meantime if they can’t agree on a full-year budget.

Zelensky Reportedly Visiting White House Next Week As Battle Over Ukraine Aid Brews: Zelensky’s reported trip comes on the heels of Secretary of State Antony Blinken paying a visit to Kyiv last week, when he announced an additional $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine to help defend the country against the Russian invasion.

Freedom Caucus won’t support Ukraine ‘blank check.’ What’s that mean? There’s a range of demands among Republicans resisting a swift up or down vote on new aid. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy warned Tuesday that Republicans will not write a “blank check” for Ukraine if they win back the House majority, reflecting his party’s growing skepticism about financial support for Kyiv as it battles Russia’s invasion.

CLG News Founder Michael Rectenwald Launches Presidential Bid as Libertarian: He joins a field of over a dozen total candidates. media early Tuesday morning. While he has not yet formally announced, his unprocessed FEC paperwork can be accessed here.

The GOP Is Coming After Your Birth Control (Even If They Won’t Admit It): Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron is under fire for signaling on an anti-abortion survey he would restrict access to contraception if he could. Earlier this month, the state attorney general’s office announced that it would suspend payments for emergency contraception for survivors of sexual assault. The medication had been funded through a program for crime victims, but the Republican attorney general is considering a permanent end to its provision. She is “carefully evaluating whether this is an appropriate use of public funds,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

# Legal / DOJ
The Texas Senate acquitted Paxton on articles of impeachment, capping off a nearly two-week trial in the Texas Senate: Only two of 19 Republican Senators voted in favor of convicting for any article — a stark contrast to the more than 70% of House Republicans who impeached the attorney general in May.

Paxton still faces securities fraud charges, as well as an FBI investigation related to allegations spotlighted during his impeachment: The attorney general’s long-simmering securities fraud case appears closer to resolution, while the FBI has probed the same allegations that played a major role in his impeachment.

GOP Attacks on DOJ Are About Ensuring the Rule of Republicans, Not Rule of Law: The Republicans’ attacks on the DOJ are cynical attempts to defend Trump from accountability. They aren’t saying “let the evidence be presented” — instead they are seeking to shut down the judicial process rather than let the jury trials play themselves out, while engaged in a stunningly dangerous rewriting of history around the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Inside the House GOP’s plan to go after FBI and DOJ: Republicans are escalating a multi-pronged fight against their two biggest political boogeymen. It goes far beyond just trying to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland. House Republicans are taking their fight with the FBI and Justice Department to a new level, weighing punitive steps against both agencies that would have been unfathomable a decade ago.

# Media
Julian Assange: More than 60 Australian MPs urge US to let WikiLeaks founder walk free. MPs from major parties say continued extradition and prosecution would be ‘unjust’ and lead to an ‘outcry’ in Australia. They said the matter had “dragged on for over a decade” and it was “wrong for Mr Assange to be further persecuted and denied his liberty when one considers the duration and circumstances of the detention he has already suffered.

# Medical Alternatives / Herbology
10 anti-inflammatory teas that reduce inflammation and help you feel better: Research shows that eating and drinking certain types of food or drinks can help prevent or reduce the painful effects of inflammation. Certain herbs and spices in tea contain antioxidants that may help reduce pain and discomfort associated with chronic inflammation and acute inflammation.

Broadleaf Plantain, Unveiling the Marvels of Nature’s Medicinal Herb: This plant is very common in our countryside, and yet few people know that it can save a human’s life

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Companies Already Ban the Use of Their Drugs for Lethal Injection. Now They’re Blocking IV Equipment: Medical manufacturers say states can’t use their IV equipment to kill, a stance that could fuel new challenges to lethal injection

# Social
What does ‘woke’ mean and why are some conservatives using it? The definition of “woke” changes depending on who you ask. The term was originally coined by progressive Black Americans and used in racial justice movements in the early to mid-1900s. To be “woke” politically in the Black community means that someone is informed, educated and conscious of social injustice and racial inequality, Merriam-Webster Dictionary states. The term has since been co-opted by some Republicans as a pejorative term this midterm election cycle to signify the identity-based social justice issues that some Democrats and progressives push for, representatives from the Democratic Governors Association and Working Families Party tell ABC News.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-15

Voices, The Peoples News

September 15, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Thromboembolic events and hemorrhagic stroke after mRNA (BNT162b2) and inactivated (CoronaVac) covid-19 vaccination: A self-controlled case series study: A total of 5,526,547 doses of BNT162b2 and 3,146,741 doses of CoronaVac were administered. A total of 334 and 402 thromboembolic events, and 57 and 49 hemorrhagic stroke cases occurred within 28 days after BNT162b2 and CoronaVac vaccination, respectively.

Acute Arterial Ischemic Stroke Following COVID-19 Vaccination: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis:  Acute arterial-ischemic-stroke (AIS) has been reported as a rare adverse-event following COVID-19-vaccination with mRNA or viral-vector vaccines. However, data are sparse regarding the risk of post-vaccination AIS and its potential association with thrombotic-thrombocytopenia-syndrome

Myocarditis Cases Reported After mRNA-Based COVID-19 Vaccination in the US From December 2020 to August 2021: In this descriptive study of 1626 cases of myocarditis in a national passive reporting system, the crude reporting rates within 7 days after vaccination exceeded the expected rates across multiple age and sex strata. The rates of myocarditis cases were highest after the second vaccination dose in adolescent males https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2788346__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zrw9FYYtVIjNAln3PankC3QI2ivwR0Wi01vTZo3tNcPjdAwLleWEut2C5Tzf7tn30ZVND9t0D8noNhUCGkhru6Qqe13POC6T$

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Social Security Overpays Billions to People, Many on Disability, Then It Demands the Money Back: During the 2022 fiscal year, the agency clawed back $4.7 billion of overpayments, while another $21.6 billion remained outstanding, according to a report by SSA’s inspector general. One consequence is a costly collection effort for the government and a potentially devastating ordeal for the beneficiary.

# Employment / Labor
UAW Strikes at Select Plants: The ‘Stand Up Strike’ is intended to keep the Big Three automakers off-balance. At midnight, the United Auto Workers began targeted work stoppages at plants across the United States.

Biden To Deliver Remarks On United Auto Workers Strike After Talks Collapse: White House officials have stressed that Biden believes in collective bargaining and has wanted a deal that bolsters middle-class jobs.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals A new Biden administration rule gives states and tribes more power to block pipelines and other projects that could affect water quality: States and Native American tribes will have greater authority to block energy projects such as natural gas pipelines that could pollute rivers and streams under a final rule issued by the Biden administration.

Inside The U.S.-China War Over Clean Energy: Tensions from the US-China tech war have spilled over into green tech and climate efforts. The pivotal role of Indonesia’s vast nickel reserve in the global electric vehicle (EV) revolution and the high-stakes geopolitical chess game the mineral has ignited.

‘It’s just crazy’: How the U.S.-China energy race imperils the climate fight: Beijing’s control of the technology behind batteries and solar panels is complicating Washington’s efforts to make a swift transition from fossil fuels.

Pipeline problems could cut off nation’s 100-year gas supply:  A recent analysis determined the United States sits on a century’s worth of gas supply, but industry experts warn there aren’t enough pipelines to access it. The report from the Potential Gas Committee, part of the Colorado School of Mines, found that the country had technically recoverable gas resources of 3,353 trillion cubic feet, a 0.5% decrease from its 2020 estimate.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure The US and China must unite to fight the climate crisis, not each other: Climate change is a global crisis and cannot be solved by any one country alone. If the United States, China and other industrialized countries do not come together to dramatically decrease greenhouse gas emissions, the world we leave our children and future generations will become increasingly unhealthy and uninhabitable.

U.S. Should Not Surrender Clean Energy Technology to China, DOD Official Says: China has made it very clear that clean energy technology also results in geostrategic power, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment and energy resilience said.

How Rising U.S.-China Tensions May Hurt Efforts to Fight Climate Change: A lack of dialogue between the world’s two largest emitters is worrying, and the politicization of the climate agenda is a dangerous new road. A rift may make the U.S. clean energy transition more difficult, given its dependence on China’s technology exports; it may also hurt global efforts to stop climate change.

Manufacturers, efficiency advocates reach agreement on rules for refrigerators, other appliances: The joint support ‘clears the path ahead’ for new standards, said Appliance Standards Awareness Project Executive Director Andrew deLaski, and together will lobby the U.S. Department of Energy to adopt them.

Cities and Indigenous communities in the Great Lakes region are grappling with a host of problems related to severe climate change-related flooding: Archaic wastewater systems, crumbling infrastructure and segregated housing in the region create a perfect storm of flood vulnerability amid excessive rain, overflowing rivers and storm surges. Six newsrooms, all members of the Institute for Nonprofit News, joined forces to explore various issues throughout the region, from flood-vulnerable neighborhoods to archaic infrastructure to wild rice harvests.

Earth is no longer a ‘safe operating space for humanity.’ Climate change isn’t even the biggest problem: Human activities are causing dramatic effects on Earth’s environmental conditions. From logging to plastic pollution to greenhouse gas emissions, we’re changing the living conditions on the planet. Study looks into the planetary boundaries and how we are affecting them https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/earth-is-no-longer-a-safe-operating-space-for-humanity-climate-change-isnt-even-the-biggest-problem/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zrw9FYYtVIjNAln3PankC3QI2ivwR0Wi01vTZo3tNcPjdAwLleWEut2C5Tzf7tn30ZVND9t0D8noNhUCGkhru6Qqex3eYCCe$

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Environmental activists are being killed all over for trying to protect the planet: Every other day, an environmental defender is killed. At least 177 land and environmental defenders (or one person every other day) were killed last year for safeguarding the environment.

# Gov / Politics
Hawks want Biden to take the fight with Russia global: Whatever Biden has done in support of Ukraine, hawks complain that he has been too slow and too stinting in what the U.S. provides, and they have often urged Washington to intensify or widen the war. Fortunately for the U.S. and Europe, Biden has ignored their most aggressive demands and slow-walked the rest.

How Much Aid Has the U.S. Sent Ukraine? Here Are Six Charts.

Before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy even started his address to Congress, Republicans had settled on their response: President Joe Biden is too weak on Russia.

Biden asks Congress for $24 billion in more Ukraine assistance: President Joe Biden is asking Congress for more than $24 billion for Ukraine and other international needs as he works to sustain support for the war amid signs of softening support among Americans.

Biden: ‘Ukraine Will Never Be a Victory for Russia. Never’: After an unprecedented visit to Ukraine, President Joe Biden told a Warsaw crowd that “brutality will never grind down the will of a free Ukraine. Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia. Never.”

Nearly $2 million in ‘dark money’ pours into historic Virginia campaigns: Independent political groups backed largely by “dark money” organizations and wealthy donors have spent nearly $1.7 million on Virginia candidates this election cycle, raising concerns about transparency and the influence of outside money in the tightly contested battle for control of the General Assembly.

# Juvenile Justice System
Incarcerated Youth at Angola Shed Spotlight on Louisiana’s Cruel Juvenile System: Louisiana has until Friday to remove children from its notorious state penitentiary at Angola after a federal judge found they were being held in “intolerable” conditions that included prolonged solitary confinement, punishment with mace and handcuffs, and inadequate education and mental health care. Children, some as young as 15, incarcerated at notorious Angola prison, which has reputation for brutality and violence

# Medical Alternatives / Herbology
Poisonous Yellow Oleander Found In Alternative Weight-Loss Drugs: Tests in a lab in Oregon showed that in nine out of 10 diet pills and health food products, what was labeled as Tejocote root was yellow oleander, which is poisonous and sometimes deadly. Some products have been withdrawn, but the FDA has warned that other, similarly-labeled ones remain on sale. The wave of Ozempic and Wegovy is hard to ignore. Constant demand has led to supply shortages and those seeking quick results have found themselves making rash decisions and purchasing unregulated alternatives.

# Medical / Health
Rural Nursing Home Supporters Fear Proposed Staffing Standards Will Trigger More Closures: Good Samaritan Society President Nate Schema said he fears the proposed federal staffing standards would spark more closures, forcing rural residents to seek care far from their hometowns. Family members would not be able to visit as often, he said. “Are they going to have to drive 20 or 30 or, God forbid, 100 miles?”

ER visit times stretch longer as hospitals face staffing crunch: Increasing ER visit times are an indication that a hospital may be understaffed relative to a community’s need or is facing other issues. “Long stays in the emergency department before a patient leaves may be a sign that the emergency department is understaffed or overcrowded,” per CMS.

Alzheimer’s disease is partly genetic − studying the genes that delay decline in some may lead to treatments for all: Despite decades of starts and stops, new treatments and key genetic discoveries are giving researchers great hope for slowing or eventually preventing Alzheimer’s disese. In 2019 and 2023, researchers identified changes in at least two other genes that markedly delayed the onset of disease symptoms in people with familial Alzheimer’s disease mutations. These mutated genes were found in a very large family in Colombia whose members tended to develop Alzheimer’s symptoms by their 40s.

# Medical Science
Public perspectives about pharmacogenetic testing and managing ancillary findings; Pharmacists explain the risks and benefits of pharmacogenetic testing:  Pharmacogenetic (PGx) tests are intended to improve therapeutic outcomes through predicting a patient’s likelihood to respond to or experience an adverse effect from a specific treatment. In addition, PGx testing may also generate ancillary, or incidental, disease information unrelated to the purpose for which the test was ordered. Pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing is considered to be one of the most promising clinical applications in personalized medicine, with the potential to improve therapeutic outcomes through reduction of adverse drug responses and increased likelihood of response https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3306589/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zrw9FYYtVIjNAln3PankC3QI2ivwR0Wi01vTZo3tNcPjdAwLleWEut2C5Tzf7tn30ZVND9t0D8noNhUCGkhru6Qqe5b3I7Px$

# UFO Disclosure / Other
NASA joins the still controversial search for UFOs: NASA officially joined the search for UFOs, but reflecting the stigma attached to the field, the US space agency wouldn’t identify the director of the new program . The official’s appointment is the result of a year-long NASA fact-finding report into what NASA calls “unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP).”

UFO Disclosure: The Most Significant Law in Human History? After hearing sworn testimony on evidence of alien intelligence, Congress is now drafting a law that will require agencies to disclose information to the public. That Congress is taking the matter seriously in the first place, implies that the testimony and further evidence provided behind closed doors has a substantial basis in fact.

U.S. recovered non-human ‘biologics’ from UFO crash sites, former intel official says: Three military veterans testified in Congress’ highly anticipated hearing on UFOs, including a former Air Force intelligence officer who claimed the U.S. government has operated a secret “multi-decade” reverse engineering program of recovered vessels. He also said the U.S. has recovered non-human “biologics” from alleged crash sites.

House Committee Hearing on UFOs | Is U.S Government Hiding UFO Truth | US Congress UFO Disclosure

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-13

Voices, The Peoples News

September 13, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
CDC Recommends Updated COVID Vax for Those 6 Months and Up: The new vaccines are set to become available within two days in certain areas. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Number of the Day: $135 Billion: A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates  between 11% and 15% of all unemployment insurance money paid out during the pandemic was siphoned off through fraud.

The Poverty Yo-Yo: New Census Bureau statistics show that abandoning the successful anti-poverty interventions of the pandemic has put the nation right back where it started. It’s important to speak plainly about what happened on poverty. We figured out how to support the most vulnerable people in America during the pandemic, and every statistical measure shows that it was a rousing success. Then policymakers, primarily Joe Manchin and congressional Republicans, decided to just not do it anymore.

# Education / Schools
VA appeals court to weigh parental challenge to district’s anti-racism policy: The appeal brief said students in middle school were reportedly required to do an activity that would reveal their privilege and then “share whether they were ‘aware of [their] privilege or lack of privilege,’ and explain why it is ‘challenging for White people to think about (and do something about) White privilege.

Virginia parents take critical race theory lawsuit against school board to higher court: Parents suing their Virginia school district for forcing their children to learn critical race theory took their case to the appeals court Tuesday, alleging a slew of First Amendment violations.

Politicians are trying to ban books, but the ACLU is fighting back: What the Fight Against Classroom Censorship is Really About.  To curtail efforts to expand instruction and materials about racial justice and our discriminatory history, 45 states introduced bills to limit instruction about racism and sexism. These bills, essentially education gag orders, passed in 17 states. By January 2022, 35 percent of all primary and secondary (K-12) students, or 17.7 million students, attended school in districts that experienced some form of a local campaign to end “critical race theory” in classrooms. This will reinforce the salience of racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia as unavoidable, and prevent the next generation from achieving justice.

# Employment / Labor
Automakers Hand Billions To Shareholders While Stiffing Workers: Meanwhile, in the past twelve months, the Big Three automakers, General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis, have authorized $5 billion in stock buybacks, effectively giving billions of dollars to shareholders that could have gone to autoworkers.

Half a Million California Workers Get a Raise, and a Seat at the Table: Fast-food workers compel McDonald’s and Starbucks to abandon a ballot measure that would have squelched both. In a remarkable reversal of fortune, the state’s fast-food worker movement, has compelled the giants of the fast-food industry to withdraw their opposition to raising their workers’ wages and establishing a statewide labor-business board to deal with industry issues.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Ohio Injection Wells Suspended Over ‘Imminent Danger’ to Drinking Water: Environmental groups have called for a suspension of all Class II wells injecting into the Ohio shale for over a decade, describing the shale as “holier than a Swiss cheese.”

President Biden’s Interior Department recommends overhaul of law to reduce speculation and better target critical minerals. Recommends modernizing 1872 Mining Law and administrative actions; includes over 60 steps to improve permitting, environmental and community to boost clean energy, report says

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure ‘No left-wing indoctrination,’ Climate science under attack in classrooms: Conservative activists and politicians in states across the country are trying to limit or distort the teaching of climate science to schoolchildren, marking a growing front in the culture war against social movements over race, gender identity and the environment. Schools are a growing battlefield in climate politics as conservative states reshape curriculum to downplay people’s contribution to rising temperatures.

How fossil fuel lobbyists and their allies use ‘zombie’ bills and exploit loopholes to avoid climate action: Zombie bills and “gut and amend” tactics may sound like features of a DC-based version of “The Walking Dead” but they’re actual legislative maneuvers used by oil and gas lobbyists to advance the interests of their powerful clients. In Texas, a new tax break program full of loopholes has led critics to warn that it will be exploited by major fossil fuel producers

Sand Dredging Is Unsustainable and Wiping Out Marine Life, UN Says:
Water is the most overused natural resource on Earth, but the second most might surprise you: sand. Approximately six billion tons of sand is extracted from the planet’s oceans annually, which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says is unsustainable and poses a serious threat to marine life.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Environmental activists killed at a rate of one every other day in 2022:  Colombia was the deadliest country and a fifth of the 177 recorded killings took place in the Amazon rainforest: Murdered by organised crime groups and land invaders, environmental defenders were killed at a rate of one every other day in 2022, figures from the NGO Global Witness show. Colombia was the most deadly country, recording 60 murders.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
‘Legalized Poisoning of 5,500 People’: Oregon County Fights Plan to Spray 473 Acres With Glyphosate:  Lincoln County, Oregon community members are fighting a plan announced by a private landowner to aerially spray 473 acres of clear-cut forest over the Beaver Creek watershed with a pesticide mixture containing carcinogenic glyphosate (commonly found in Roundup)

Tobacco companies were big in promoting junk food in America: The impact of such companies is proving to be even greater than we thought.  a new study has found a surprising origin to junk food’s popularity in the US. As it turns out, tobacco companies invested heavily in the U.S. food industry in the 1980s and “selectively disseminated” these foods to American consumers.

# General News
The Trump Organization has sold the rights to its public golf course in New York City to the Bally’s Corporation, which will see the former president’s name removed from yet another of his flagship properties. “I am delighted that Trump’s name will no longer deface city parkland,” a New York official said.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Kim Jong Un Pledges ‘Unconditional Support’ for Russia:  North Korea’s Kim Jong Un vowed “full and unconditional support” for Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as the two leaders isolated by the West held a summit that the U.S. warned could lead to a deal to supply ammunition for Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

# Gov / Politics
A constitutional revolution is underway at the Supreme Court, as the conservative supermajority rewrites basic understandings of the roots of US law: Scholars describe a constitutional revolution as “a historic constitutional course correction,” or a “deep change in constitutional meaning.” As Constitution Day is celebrated this year on Sept. 17 – the anniversary of the signing of America’s basic law in 1787, I believe a shift of that magnitude is clearly occurring in the recent rulings of the Supreme Court.

The House Is Back. The Shutdown Clock Starts Now: House GOP’s government shutdown threat set to collide with demands for Biden impeachment

Trump Dined With MTG to Plot ‘Painful’ Biden Impeachment: His push for a Biden impeachment also included weekly phone calls with Rep. Elise Stefanik.

# Legal / DOJ
Evidence Be Damned, Kevin McCarthy Is Plowing Ahead With Biden Impeachment: The House Speaker appears to have caved to Matt Gaetz’s threat of removal, setting the stage for months of partisan warfare that’s not likely to end well for Republicans. Facing immense pressure from his far-right flank, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced Tuesday that he is ordering House committees to open an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden, despite Republicans having uncovered no evidence of wrongdoing by the president.

Mark Meadows’ Latest Failure in Court Is Terrible News for Donald Trump: Donald Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows lost his bid to have his Georgia prosecution for his alleged role in attempting to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election moved to federal court.

Comer Says He Has Leads On Tracing $10M Bribe Joe Biden Allegedly Accepted: The payment is documented on an FBI-generated FD-1023 form, which was released by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in July.

Trumpy Judge actually rules against Trump in Mar-a-Lago case: Trump’s team argued they should be able to look over classified material in his office at Mar-a-Lago, the very place where he allegedly mishandled the docs. The Trump-appointed judge overseeing the Mar-a-Lago classified docs case in Florida just ruled against his favor, requiring Donald Trump and his lawyers to review classified evidence only in a secured location.

# Medical / Health
In Emergencies, First Comes the Ambulance. Then Comes the Bill: Jackman’s story features an interview with Elisabeth Rosenthal, KFF Health News’ senior contributing editor. “When you need an ambulance, you need an ambulance,” Rosenthal said. “And that’s the worst time in your life to be a consumer, when you have no choice.” [Video] https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://kffhealthnews.org/news/article/ground-ambulance-bill-atlanta-investigatetv-costly-care/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!wr8XyovSu65sC4jvGBmUjjOyvZudhJXxvAc0rnMkfT27fCnqliKe8l4ge8VLYgk1vrYK1bHlO4KlCgW7xIGOzRpNISBiggT5$

# Military / DOD
Senate Republicans now blame Democrats for military leadership gaps: In a surprise turnabout, Senate Republicans now are accusing Democratic leaders of slowing senior military promotions by refusing to schedule individual votes for the highest Defense Department leadership posts in order to work around the months-long hold by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., on hundreds of nominees.

# Science
Scientists pursue drug to protect US troops from radiation sickness: Researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and University of Nebraska Medical Center, with guidance and administration from the National Strategic Research Institute, are advancing development of a first-of-its-kind prophylactic to help protect U.S. troops from the effects of acute radiation syndrome.

# Social
Poverty Rate Soared in 2022 as Pandemic Programs Came to an End: The big jump in poverty, which translates to an additional 15.3 million people falling below the poverty line, occurred as aid programs that had provided a financial cushion to millions of households during the Covid-19 pandemic came to an end, even as another legacy of the pandemic era, inflation, raised the cost of living.

# Space
NASA approves crew for Axiom’s third private mission to space station: López-Alegría said in a company statement. “The Ax-3 mission will be transformational as it fosters partnerships outside the construct of the ISS and positions European nations as pioneers of the emerging commercial space industry.”

Space Force awards Viasat contract for Proliferated Low Earth Orbit Satellite Services: (NASDAQ: VSAT) has announced that Inmarsat Government, now part of Viasat, was awarded a Proliferated Low Earth Orbit (PLEO) Satellite-Based Services (SBS) contract by the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) on behalf of the U.S. Space Force’s (USSF) Space Systems Command (SSC)

Scientists finally confirm what’s inside the Moon and it’s not cheese:  According to the latest mathematical models, the moon has a fluid outer core and a solid inner core, similar to Earth’s. The inner core is made up of a metal with a density similar to that of iron and measures about 500 kilometers in diameter, which is about 15% of the Moon’s total diameter.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-12

Voices, The Peoples News

September 12, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Indigenous
New Mexico AG to Investigate Gallup-McKinley School District for Harsh Discipline of Native American Students: Gallup-McKinley County Schools enrolls a quarter of New Mexico’s Native students but was responsible for at least three-quarters of Native expulsions over four years.  The district’s annual expulsion rate was 4.6 per 1,000 students, at least 10 times as high as the rest of the state during those four school years.

# Archaeology
Scientists Discovered Two 11,500-Year-Old Skeletons And Unlocked Ancient Secrets About DNA: Ancient Infant’s DNA Reveals New Clues to How the Americas Were Peopled. Her 11,500-year-old remains suggest that all Native Americans can trace their ancestry to the same founding population.

# Corporations / Industry
Donald Trump Wants to Give His Favorite Corporations Another Giant Tax Cut in a Second Term: Report: You know who needs another lifeline in these trying times? The überwealthy.  some of the cuts would be to individual rates. However, the plan appears to focus on the overall corporate tax rate, which Team Trump reportedly thinks is just too damn high, and should potentially go to “as low as 15%.”

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
‘Unconscionable’: FDA Approves New COVID Vaccines, Even for Infants as Young as 6 Months — Based on Minimal Data or Testing: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the new vaccines are “formulated to more closely target currently circulating variants and to provide better protection against serious consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death.” However, the vaccines target the XBB.1.5 variant, which “is declining in the U.S.”

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Monthly Budget Review: August 2023: $1.5 trillion deficit in first 11 months of fiscal year. The federal budget deficit was $90 billion in August, according to the monthly budget review by the Congressional Budget Office. The August tally brings the deficit for the 2023 fiscal year, which began in October 2022, to $1.586 trillion so far, $0.6 trillion more than the shortfall recorded during the same period last year.

Wells Fargo Is Closing Several More Branches, Starting Tomorrow: WELLS Fargo chiefs have revealed that two of the chain’s branches in New Mexico are set to close in just weeks. The upcoming closures come as dozens of the banking giant’s stores have shuttered for good.

# Education / Schools
Florida Parents Struggle With State’s Ongoing Public Education Censorship: Parents across Florida are figuring out how to cope with the state’s ongoing public education censorship. Almost a month into the new school year, parents say they are organizing to combat the governor-mandated censorship while communicating with their children’s teachers to make sure conservative materials like PragerU stay out of the classroom.

How state policies that censor race and gender discussions in classrooms maintain economic inequality. Florida has adopted particularly dangerous laws to limit academic freedom

California Threatens to Defund 600+ Schools Over Low Vaccine Rates: California is auditing more than 600 schools for allegedly failing to reach student vaccination targets or file vaccination reports. But critics say the numbers are misleading and the audit is driven by Big Pharma and political interests.

Los Angeles School District Encourages Sick Students to Attend Classes: On the heels of a pandemic that killed nearly one million Americans, some parents likely did a double-take when informed of the new illness guidelines.

Virginia’s Public Universities Have a Long History of Displacing Black Residents: Schools including Old Dominion and the flagship University of Virginia have expanded by dislodging Black families, sometimes by the threat or use of eminent domain. Last week, the Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism at WHRO and ProPublica documented how a college expansion into a similarly established Black community had happened less than an hour away, in Newport News.

# Employment / Labor
Potential auto strike is a key fight for establishing a people’s economy: Meeting UAW’s demands would be a win-win for the climate and for workers’ rights. So, what’s stopping the Big Three from acquiescing?

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Legal assault awaits Biden’s Alaska lease cancellation: An Alaska corporation is already teeing up a legal battle over the Biden administration’s decision to cancel contested oil and gas leases in a massive wildlife refuge.

World Bank pumping billions more into fossil fuels than publicly known: “The easiest way for a big oil company or coal operation to escape attention surrounding public assistance is to cloak it in trade finance.” The World Bank has long been accused of reneging on its climate commitments. A report released last year by Big Shift Global estimated that the World Bank has spent nearly $15 billion supporting fossil fuels since the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Fireworks ban: Travis County officials have banned the use of fireworks for at least the next two weeks in an attempt to help protect lives and property while keeping the number of calls firefighters have to answer to a minimum. The region continues to suffer through harsh drought conditions, and the county has had a burn ban for most of the summer.

Rivers are drowning in toxic sludge: Harmful algal blooms are taking over as the world warms and grows richer in carbon dioxide, and there’s no easy fix. Standing on the marina, Rob Skelly peers into the darkness of the river where bright speckles of algae drift in the water. A neon green invader.

Parts of the world have already grown too hot for human survival: Even more areas will face such conditions as the planet continues to warm. The places at greatest risk include the Persian Gulf, northern India, parts of Indonesia and eastern China, the northern coast of Australia and parts of coastal Central America. With just a little more warming, these extremes will spread to more places

EPA’s new definition of PFAS could omit thousands of ‘forever chemicals’:  A “case-by-case” approach that allows it to be more flexible in determining which chemicals should be subjected to regulations. Among other uses for the compounds, the EPA appears to be excluding some chemicals in pharmaceuticals and pesticides that are generally defined as PFAS, current and former EPA officials say, and the shift comes amid fierce industry opposition to proposed limits on the chemicals.

Environmental groups sue Utah over crisis at the Great Salt Lake: Plaintiffs invoke the public trust doctrine to restore the lake to a healthy level. The plaintiffs, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, the American Bird Conservancy, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and the Utah Rivers Council — argued that the state has breached its trust obligations by allowing the lake to recede.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Nestlé drops supplier linked to Indigenous land invasions: Marfrig cattle suppliers analyzed in the investigation were linked to more than 150 sq km of deforestation in recent years.

# General News
‘We will make no laws addressing this’: Senators say book bans are state’s responsibility: ‘We will make no laws addressing this’: Senators say book bans are state’s responsibility. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss concerns of censorship following the recent increase in book banning across the country.

According to new data , last year had more requests to ban books in public schools and libraries in the U.S. than any other year in the previous two decades. The ALA recorded just over 1,000 requests to censor library books, and Texas led the nation with 93 attempts to restrict access to 2,349 books. .

Trump is extremely touchy about voters saying he is not “mentally up for the job” of being president: He insists he would beat Rupert Murdoch, Joe Biden, and the heads of Wall Street Journal at a mental “acuity test.”

How the ‘nuclear football’ remains a potent symbol of the unthinkable: The nuclear threat has been dormant in the public’s mind since the end the Cold War. The sighting of a military aide handling the football, closely following President Joe Biden as he exited a meeting with the United Kingdom’s prime minister on July 10, the day before the NATO summit during which the war in Ukraine was discussed, heightened already building tensions between NATO members and Russia.

# Gov / Politics / Global
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Russia before an expected meeting with Putin: Joined by his top military officials handling his nuclear-capable weapons and munitions factories, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Tuesday, where he is expected to hold a rare meeting with President Vladimir Putin that has sparked Western concerns about a potential arms deal for Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

# Gov / Politics
Kevin McCarthy Faces a September Full of Fights: When House lawmakers return on Tuesday after a 47-day August recess that extended well past August, they will have to scramble to deal with funding the government past the end of the current fiscal year on September 30. It will not be easy. Far-right wing insists it will not back speaker to avert government shutdown without concessions like Biden impeachment

Arizona GOP signals they’ll sue Biden administration over Grand Canyon monument: The Arizona Senate is inching closer to a lawsuit with the federal government after a national monument was declared in northern Arizona last month to limit mining in the area. According to the state Senate press release, the lawsuit is anticipated to be filed at the end of this year or in early 2024, saying that they are currently in the “fact-finding phase” regarding stakeholders that may be negatively impacted by the monument’s creation.
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A whistleblower revealed how Paxton donor Nate Paul acted like the “real boss” of the AG’s office: The articles of impeachment center on Paxton’s relationship with Paul, a real-estate investor and Paxton campaign donor. Paxton stands accused of abusing his office to help Paul. Penley is the fifth whistleblower to testify to the unusual lengths that Paxton went to aid Paul. Penley was the deputy attorney general for criminal justice.

Federal Court Won’t Pause Redistricting Order for Alabama: The state vowed to fight all the way to the Supreme Court after a ruling found a new congressional map had diluted the power of Black voters. Federal court denies Alabama request for redistricting pause: It’s ‘likely to lose on appeal’ A three-judge panel Monday denied Alabama’s request to pause the decision that struck down their new congressional map last week.

McCarthy To Green Light Biden Impeachment Inquiry This Week: The move comes as several rank-and-file Republicans have pressed the House speaker to greenlight an impeachment inquiry, with some even going so far as to threaten to strip McCarthy of his leadership position if he does not comply.

Senate GOP Says House Lacks Evidence For Impeachment: Senate Republicans say the House GOP doesn’t appear to have enough evidence to pursue impeachment proceedings against President Biden and are skeptical about the prospect of setting up an inquiry with multiple committees already investigating the president and his son, Hunter Biden.

Blood from Jacksonville is partially on Ron DeSantis’ hands: Florida state Rep. Angie Nixon (D) has issued a scathing rebuke of Gov. Ron DeSantis’s response to a white supremacist’s deadly rampage in Jacksonville this weekend. DeSantis has been leading “an all-out attack on the Black community with his policies” and because of this, the GOP presidential candidate is responsible for Saturday’s violence.

# Law Enforcment
Summer Heat Is Killing Incarcerated People, It’s Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Without AC, prison cell temperatures can reach 130 degrees. Incarcerated in Texas heat, I feel I’m being tortured. In the extreme summer temperatures, cement and metal Texas prison cells can act like a heat sink, reaching the 90s, or even triple digits for much of the day. Outside experts, looking at prison mortality rates, say the practice of forcing people to live in that heat is killing them.

He Fled a Traffic Stop in Louisiana. Now He’s in Prison for Life: He stood in court in stunned silence as the judge sentenced him to life without parole for a crime that ordinarily carried a maximum sentence of two years. After 12 years behind bars, Markus Lanieux thought he had a deal for his release.

Shoplifting as Capital Offense The Police Murder of Ta’Kiya Young: “What is clear is that petty theft does not justify murder and comply or die is not the rule of law in this country. The fact that an unarmed woman was shot unjustifiably, then dragged from her car and handcuffed after being shot should shock the conscience of everyone who watches the newly released video footage,” Walton said.

# Legal / DOJ
House opens formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden: House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Tuesday opened a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. McCarthy directed a House Committee to open the inquiry, pointing to the mounting evidence that the president’s son, Hunter Biden, and associates took millions of dollars from foreign interests and that President Biden knew about it. “House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct,” McCarthy said during the announcement

Illinois Secretary of State testifies in front of U.S. Senate committee: Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about Illinois’ law that withholds tax dollars from public libraries that limit what types of books are available.

The 5th Circuit Agrees That Federal Officials Unconstitutionally ‘Coerced’ or ‘Encouraged’ Online Censorship: A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit unanimously agreed that the White House, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the FBI had “coerced” or “significantly encouraged” the platforms, “in violation of the First Amendment.”

Feds Indict Five Memphis Cops in Tyre Nichols’ Death:  A federal grand jury in Memphis, Tennessee, returned an indictment today charging five former Memphis Police Department (MPD) detectives with federal civil rights, conspiracy, and obstruction offenses resulting in the death of Tyre Nichols on Jan. 7.

# Media
USPS Lists Hundreds of Post Offices and Other Facilities Where It Will Consolidate Operations: The changes will take place as soon as next month.

# Medical / Health
‘Life and Death Situations’: Lawmakers Battle Wall Street Over Health Care: Bankruptcies at private equity-owned businesses are on track to reach decade highs, with losses in health care leading the pack. A wall of debt is coming due for private equity-owned hospitals and nursing homes that threatens to undermine care for some of the most vulnerable Americans. That’s triggering alarms in Washington

How Columbia Ignored Women, Undermined Prosecutors and Protected a Predator For More Than 20 Years: For decades, patients warned Columbia about the behavior of obstetrician Robert Hadden. One even called 911 and had him arrested. Columbia let him keep working.

Cancer cases in under-50s worldwide up nearly 80%: The number of under-50s worldwide being diagnosed with cancer has risen by nearly 80% in three decades, according to the largest study of its kind. Global cases of early onset cancer increased from 1.82 million in 1990 to 3.26 million in 2019, while cancer deaths of adults in their 40s, 30s or younger grew by 27%.

The Tragic Story of Haley Larson: Vaccinating the Most Fragile Among Us: Haley Larson, born with a neurological disorder, was just 10 months old when she died. According to her mother, childhood vaccines played a major role in her worsening condition and eventual death.

# Military / Global
China deploys over 40 planes to Taiwan Strait, is massing forces at coastal military bases, Taiwan warns: China is continuously massing forces at its coastal military bases facing Taiwan, the self-governing island warned Tuesday. Taiwan said it is bolstering its own defenses in response.

Under new map, China claims Russian island:  In what could spark tensions between the two close allies, China, in its “New Standard Map”, has claimed an entire island in Eastern Russia along the border of the two countries.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
FDA Finds Over-the-Counter Cold Meds Are Largely Useless: The government agency may revoke the drug’s OTC designation, thus taking it away from stores and forcing manufacturers to make new drugs. A key ingredient in many over-the-counter cold and allergy medications called phenylephrine doesn’t work to get rid of nasal congestion. Phenylephrine has been available in cold remedies since the 1970s, and can be taken as a liquid, pill or nasal spray. Tuesday’s decision does not include the nasal spray version.

Why Generic Drugs Can Still Cost an Arm and a Leg: Generic drugs are supposed to be cheap, a key reason they are seen as one key tool in the effort of control healthcare costs. Connecture, a health insurance information technology company, reports that while the price of most generic drugs remained constant between 2008 and 2015, almost 400 generics saw price increases of more than 1,000%. At a time when 18% of prescription drug costs are paid for out-of-pocket and 8% of Americans report not taking their medications in order to save money, such dramatic increases in generic drug prices place a heavy burden on public health.

# Space
Perseverance rover made enough oxygen on Mars to keep a dog alive for 10 hours: MOXIE has generated 122 grams of oxygen since 2021, producing about 12 grams of oxygen an hour. Because NASA knows we love a good animal analogy, the space agency said this is enough for a small dog to breathe for about 10 hours

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-11

Voices, The Peoples News

September 11, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Indigenous
Indigenous tribal nations say a lack of upfront capital and technical expertise is hindering their efforts to tap into billions of dollars of federal clean energy incentives.

‘Furious’ at Army Corps, tribe calls for public support to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline: “The Corps’ covering for the pipeline company’s outrageous safety record and the reviewer’s serious conflict of interest have now resulted in a failed effort,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairwoman Janet Alkire. “They need to start over with adult supervision.” “We’re furious that the Army Corps has addressed none of our major concerns during the review process,” Chairwoman Alkire said in a statement. “The pipeline is an imminent threat to the Missouri River, sensitive habitat, and sacred burial sites along the riverbank,” she continued

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Maryland public elementary school reinstates COVID mask requirements, demands third-graders to wear N95 masks: School officials are requiring the masks ‘to [pretend to] prevent further transmission’ for the next 10 days. An elementary school in a Washington, D.C., suburb in Maryland is reinstating school masks for third-graders, after a handful of kids recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Long COVID cure? Can this debilitating illness be treated in just 3 days? A Norwegian study concludes ‘yes’: The treatment in Øystese village in Hardanger takes place at a treatment centre and lasts for three days. After the three days, patients provide daily feedback for the first three weeks following their stay. The patients also receive follow-up after three, six and twelve months.

‘Before They Scrub This History’; Group Documents Stories of COVID Protocol Victims: In an exclusive interview with The Defender, Carolyn “CC” Blakeman, media director and task force coordinator for the FormerFedsGroup Freedom Foundation, described the group’s mission, which includes supporting people whose family members were injured or died from hospital COVID-19 protocols and pursuing legal action on their behalf.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
The Government Has Borrowed $1.7 Trillion From The Social Security Trust Fund. The government has borrowed the total value of the Trust Fund to pay for other government spending. Here’s the truth about Social Security’s Trust Funds and Congress’ “stealing.” There are two important aspects of the incorrect notion that lawmakers stole from Social Security which need to be addressed.

Tax the Rich Men North and South of Richmond and Join a Union Too: We could better tax the rich men near and far from Richmond by getting rid of the special low tax rate on capital gains income and making it the same as taxes on work. We could better tax the rich men near and far from Richmond by getting rid of the special low tax rate on capital gains income and making it the same as taxes on work; by cracking down on tax avoidance by multinational corporations; and by turning state tax codes right side up, replacing sales taxes with new income tax

# Education / Schools
DEI policies and freedom of speech cannot coexist: Universities have long stood as bastions of intellectual exploration, critical thinking and the free exchange of ideas, discourse surrounding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) policies has sparked a heated debate, these measures have been shown to impede the fundamental principles of free speech

Polarization Is Harming a Generation of Kids: Teachers today face the challenge of helping students overcome fears of being shamed by classmates for expressing their feelings. These fears, while disheartening, are not unfounded. They reflect a larger polarization problem in America that filtered down to our children.

Most Americans Think Parents Should Be Able to Opt Their Kids Out of Learning Things They Disagree With. That’s Terrifying:  In times as divided as these, it might come as a surprise that adults across the political spectrum broadly agree about what topics are appropriate for children to learn in schools.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals The U.S. Treasury promises more clarity on federal clean energy tax incentives by year’s end.

Laurel Peltier Took On Multi-Million Dollar Private Energy Companies Scamming Baltimore’s Low-Income Households, One Victim at a Time: Policymakers hoped deregulated energy markets would lower utility bills through open competition. Energy advocates found the opposite: retail energy companies are fleecing low-income communities of color in cities like Baltimore.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure This NSF-certified five-stage filtration system effectively removes nearly all dissolved solids including lead and PFAS. ZeroWater ExtremeLife white system faucet filter. It has been third-party tested by the WQA and shown to reduce forever chemicals in drinking water, while reducing lead by up to 98%.

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupts for Third Time This Year: Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano in Honolulu erupted in January and June this year already. This is now Kilauea’s third eruption this year.

Tire-eroded microplastics are slowly contaminating our water systems: On a global scale, the average individual contributes approximately one kilogram of microplastic pollution annually from tire wear. Estimates suggest that between 8% and 40% of these microplastic particles ultimately enter surface waters, including oceans, rivers, and lakes.

‘California’s plan to choose politics over science on pesticides will dump millions more tons of carbon and threaten food security’: Pesticides undergo a rigorous evaluation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It takes an average of more than 11 years to go from laboratory concept through research and regulatory review before they can be applied to farms.

Why 2% Is the Most Dangerous Number No One Is Talking About: The sheer quantity of chemicals being dumped into the environment is quickly growing, and we only be seeing the beginning of the harm they are doing to us.

The Pentagon is the elephant in the climate activist room: We can’t keep ignoring its enormous “bootprint.” When it comes to the fight for climate justice, the Pentagon is the elephant in the room. We can’t keep ignoring its enormous “bootprint.” It’s simple, to defend earth we must end war and we must end it now. Peace is no longer something that should be looked at as an utopian idea, it is a necessity.

The US has pumped so much groundwater that it’s splitting the ground open across the American Southwest: These giant fissures have been spotted in states including Arizona, Utah, and California. Groundwater is one of the main sources of freshwater on Earth, it provides almost half of all drinking water, and about 40% of global irrigation.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global International court hears island nations’ case on climate change: A tribunal is expected to issue an advisory opinion on behalf of Pacific and Caribbean countries on whether greenhouse gases are pollutants that violate international law. The group comprises Antigua and Barbuda, Tuvalu, Palau, Niue, Vanuatu, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis and The Bahamas. The nine countries are scattered across the globe but share a considerable threat from rising sea levels and increasing temperatures.

Moroccans Dig Through Rubble As Quake Death Toll Tops 2,400: Moroccan officials have so far accepted government-offered aid from just four countries, Spain, Qatar, Britain and the United Arab Emirates. People in Morocco slept in the streets of Marrakech for a third straight night as soldiers and international aid teams began to fan into remote mountain towns hit hardest by a historic earthquake.

‘Absolutely Devastating News’: Antarctica Warming Quicker Than Models Projected: The new study’s lead author said that “it is extremely concerning to see such significant warming in Antarctica, beyond natural variability.” Antarctica is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world and faster than climate change models are predicting, with potentially far-reaching implications for global sea level rise, according to a scientific study.

# Gov / Politics
Biden admin pledges $520 million to make Ukraine’s energy infrastructure ‘cleaner, more resilient.’ The secretary also said the U.S. is investing 665.5 million in security assistance and 206 million in humanitarian assistance. The secretary also said the U.S. is investing $665.5 million in security assistance and $206 million in humanitarian assistance.

Ron DeSantis’s 2024 Team Is Coming Apart at the Seams: The blame game has begun, privately, at least, etween the campaign and its super PAC over who’s at fault for the Florida governor’s stumbles. “Ron is telling everyone that the biggest mistake he ever made was hiring Jeff Roe,” says one source.

The DeSantis Campaign Is Already Lowering Iowa Expectations: “Gives us an opportunity to go in[to] New Hampshire and show success,” a top campaign official said about the unusual strategy. “Gives us an opportunity to go in[to] New Hampshire and show success,” a top campaign official said about the unusual strategy.

Vice Pulled a Documentary Critical of Saudi Arabia. But Here It Is:
Vice’s hard-nosed coverage on Saudi Arabia changed after investment deals with the repressive kingdom. A deleted documentary is not completely gone, however. In response to the Guardian recently asking about the rationale for the removal of the film, a Vice source stated that this was partially owing to concerns about the safety of Saudi-based staff. In September 2022, the New York Times reported that Vice was considering engaging in a deal with the Saudi media company MBC.
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A New JFK Assassination Revelation Could Upend the Long-Held ‘Lone Gunman’ Theory: He has kept his secret for 60 years. Paul Landis was one of two Secret Service agents tasked with guarding first lady Jacqueline Kennedy on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Biden says stronger US ties with Vietnam is about providing global stability, not containing China: President Joe Biden insisted Sunday that he is not trying to start a “cold war” with China as he made his first visit to Vietnam, saying his goal is to provide stability around the world by building U.S. ties with Vietnam and other Asian countries.

Kevin McCarthy Faces The Biggest Threat Yet To His Survival: Kevin McCarthy is facing the greatest peril to his speakership since he clawed his way into the job eight months ago, with multiple factions of his party feuding and a looming revolt ahead during the battle to fund the government. House Republicans are barreling toward an existential clash over this month’s government funding talks.

What Is the True Cost of Polarization in America? If Americans don’t learn to build bridges with each other, we may see more government shutdowns, lying, segregation—and even violence.

The West’s blueprint for goading China was laid out in Ukraine: Europe fears losing access to Chinese markets, plunging it deeper into a cost-of-living crisis. But it fears Washington’s wrath more. In recent months, US and European officials have scurried to Beijing for so-called talks, as if the year were 1972 and Richard Nixon were in the White House. But there will be no dramatic, era-defining US-China pact this time. If relations are to change, it will be decisively for the worse.

U.S. Plunder of Syria Continues as Convoys Smuggle 95 Tankers’ Worth of Crude From Country: The United States operates about a dozen illegal military bases in Syria, most of them concentrated in energy and food-rich areas of the country east of the Euphrates, which contain about nine-tenths of the war-torn nation’s oil and gas resources.

GOP May Force Government Shutdown Over Abortion and Gender-Affirming Care: Republican proposals for funding the federal government contain measures that are unlikely to win many Democratic votes.

# Law Enforcment
Defying RICO Indictment, Faith Leaders Chain Themselves to Bulldozer to Stop Cop City: In solidarity with those facing racketeering charges, protesters against the planned police compound chose to stand their ground against state repression. Five participants of the Defend the Atlanta Forest movement broke into the construction site of the planned police training compound known as “Cop City” on Thursday morning and chained themselves to a bulldozer.

Soros-backed group partners on ‘Abolition School’ to train activists to eradicate police, prisons: A dark money group that has received millions of dollars from George and Alex Soros’s nonprofit network is partnering on a new “Abolition School” that trains activists to eliminate police and prisons. The W.E.B Du Bois Movement School for Abolition & Reconstruction held its 1st training sessions in August

“E-Carceration” is the newest surveillance trend spreading across the globe: As the use of “e-carceration” spreads globally, invasive, AI-powered surveillance comes with it. Public and private spaces, people’s homes, will become carceral spaces more tightly monitored by technology. In the world of artificial intelligence and surveillance capitalism inhabited by drones, Stingrays, Dirtboxes and other high-tech devices, the electronic monitor may seem insignificant.

# Legal / DOJ
Six key themes have emerged as we look back on the first week of suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial. Political warnings and accusations of misconduct: The suspended attorney general’s lawyers focused on disloyalty and attacked evidence, while impeachment managers accused Paxton of excessive and obsessive misconduct. Neither side ignored the politics behind the case.

Appeals Court Rules Biden Administration Likely Violated First Amendment by Pressuring Tech Firms to Censor Social Media Posts: The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that certain administration officials – namely in the White House, the surgeon general, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation , likely “coerced or significantly encouraged social media platforms to moderate content” in violation of the First Amendment in its efforts to combat Covid-19 disinformation.

# Media
Twitter Appears to Suppress Posts With NYT Links: The drop in engagement hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Times. Data shows a cratering in audience engagement starting in late July on posts that link to articles by the Times, a drop not reflected in posts linking to other major news outlets like Politico or The Washington Post. Engagement on tweets about the Times dropped dramatically in late July, and continued to fall throughout August. During the same period, engagement on posts about other news sites rose or stayed about the same.

# Medical / Health
Rolling Medicaid purge called ‘largest concentration of health insurance loss’ in US history: One activist warned that “this is going to become the healthcare legacy of the Biden presidency” if his administration doesn’t act. States across the U.S. have stripped 6 million people of Medicaid coverage over just several months, creating what one healthcare activist and researcher described as “the largest concentration of health insurance loss in American history.”

‘Burnt Out, Stretched Thin, and Fed Up’: Dozens of Healthcare Workers Arrested at Labor Day Protest: “We are prepared to do whatever it takes, even get arrested in an act of civil disobedience, to stand up for our patients,” said one Kaiser Permanente worker.

# Military / DOD
Pentagon Misled Congress About U.S. Bases in Africa: A general failed to mention six U.S. outposts and described a quarter-billion dollar drone hub as ‘low-cost.’  Air Base 201 in Agadez. The base, which has cost the U.S. a total of $250 million since construction began in 2016, is the key U.S. surveillance hub in West Africa. But in testimony before the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in March, the chief of U.S. Africa Command described Air Base 201 as ‘minimal’ and ‘low cost.’

China’s military seeks to exploit US troops, veterans, general warns: A Pentagon memo obtained by The Post says Beijing is working to enhance its military capability by targeting Americans with specialized skills and training. The People’s Liberation Army effort to target and recruit American military talent, including veterans, is part of a stealthy ploy by the Chinese government to “fill gaps in their military capability” and represents a growing threat to national security,  Gen. Charles Q.
Brown Jr., warned in a memo.

# Military / Global
The United States and Vietnam on Monday warned against the “threat or use of force” in the disputed South China Sea, days after the latest clash involving Chinese vessels. The United States and Vietnam warned on Monday against the “threat or use of force” in the disputed South China Sea, days after the latest clash involving Chinese vessels. President Joe Biden and Vietnam’s Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong said the competing claims on the strategic waterway must be settled under international norms.

China claims ownership of the Taiwan Strait. Canada just sailed a warship through it: Canada made the journey along with the USS Ralph Johnson, a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer. After months of secretive planning, and preparing the crew to defend their ship if necessary, the Royal Canadian Navy has transited the Taiwan Strait.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
New Drug Pricing Policies Will Come at Great Expense: Regarding prescription drug costs, politicians have officially approached the “be careful what you wish for” territory. Knee-jerk proposals from Congress and the Biden administration are piling on top of recently enacted government-required drug pricing policies.

We May Not Negotiate Prices for Ten Drugs After All: Rules that exempt drugs from Medicare negotiation if there’s ‘meaningful’ generic competition could whittle down the effect of the program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cannot select a drug for negotiation until seven years after its launch for small-molecule drugs, and up to 11 years after launch for so-called “biologics.”

# Space
Newly discovered comet visible in sky this weekend: A comet called Nishimura discovered just a month ago could be visible to the naked eye this weekend, offering stargazers a once-in-a-437-year chance to observe the celestial visitor.

# Veterans / VA
DOJ finds state-run veteran care in New Jersey was so bad it violated Constitution: Veterans in two New Jersey homes were subject to ‘inadequate infection control.’ The department found reasonable cause to believe the residents of the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Homes at Menlo Park and Paramus face unreasonable harm and risk due to inadequate infection control practices and inadequate medical care, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-10

Voices, The Peoples News

September 10, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Indigenous
Indigenous Smoking Program Fosters Shift from Commercial Tobacco: The Pine Hill Indian Tribe launched a cultural smoking cessation program making a stand against the industry’s impact. We honor tobacco.” According to Mitchum, about 120 people went through the tribe’s smoking cessation program in 2022. Counselors help participants understand the cultural roots of tobacco use and learn to see commercial cigarettes as antithetical to Indigenous life

# Archaeology
Federal Report Finds Tribal Burial, Cultural Sites “Blasted” for Border Wall: “The construction harmed some cultural and natural resources by blasting at tribal burial sites,” the report says. The work resulted in lost wildlife migration corridors, depleted springs and marred Tohono O’odham sacred sites, the office reported. The nonpartisan watchdog agency recommended that the Homeland Security Department’s Customs and Border Protection officials work with the Interior Department to develop a plan and funds for repairing damage and that border officials analyze lessons learned that may apply to any future projects on the border.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas governor, Biden administration escalate fight over illegal immigration surge: In response to The Los Angeles Times reporting that the Biden administration is considering “forcing migrant families to remain in Texas,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, “this scam was tried years ago and was shot down by a judge.” He also said Texas “would send President [Joe] Biden the same swift justice. The anonymous sources acknowledge that foreign nationals are illegally entering the U.S. in Texas and the Biden administration is neither deporting them nor requiring them to remain in Mexico.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise – here’s how you can still get free tests

You’ve seen the fear-mongering headlines: COVID is coming back. Masks are coming back. Contact tracing is coming back. Lockdowns are coming back. Biden wants more money for a “new vaccine” that “will likely be recommended” for “everybody.” As the saying goes, if you allow the government to expand its power during a crisis . . . it will manufacture more crises to grab more power. COVID-19 false dichotomies and a comprehensive review of the evidence regarding public health, COVID-19 symptomatology, SARS-CoV-2 transmission, mask wearing, and reinfection

mRNA COVID jabs can damage children’s immune response to other viruses as well, study: Antibodies that bind to and neutralize an invader are only one part of the immune system. At the adult vaccine dose, children showed a greater tendency than adults to invoke another part of the immune system, in which other cells come in to engulf and destroy the virus. This alternate response is thought to be why vaccines are still effective at preventing severe COVID-19, even though they do not necessarily stop SARS-CoV-2 infection.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
IRS to target 1,600 millionaires in crackdown, use AI to catch wealthy tax cheats: The IRS announced new enforcement initiatives Friday to crack down on 1,600 millionaires and 75 large companies it said owe hundreds of millions in unpaid taxes.

# Education / Schools
What High Heat in the Classroom Is Doing to Millions of American Children: With too many schools ill-prepared for the impacts of climate change, research shows that excessive temperatures affect students’ ability to concentrate, perform and think clearly.

# Employment / Labor
As Auto Workers Contract Talks Heat Up, Stellantis Threatens to Move South: As the UAW’s strike deadline approaches, Stellantis is threatening to move production to Mexico, as they already have done in some cases. published reports have stated that Stellantis has threatened to shift production of its Ram 1500 pickup truck from Michigan to Mexico. Most of the company’s Ram engines are already produced in Mexico.

Unionized Auto Workers Are Taking on a Three-Headed Behemoth of Big Capital: The bosses who are blocking the auto workers’ demands are also architects of war and oil-driven planetary destruction. In taking on the Big Three automakers, auto workers are quite literally confronting a three-headed behemoth whose leadership and governance are closely embedded and directly interlocked within a wider corporate power network that stretches well beyond the auto industry.

Walmart cuts starting pay for new employees: Who does it affect and how much will they get paid? Walmart reduced starting pay by about $1 for new hires who prepare online orders for curbside pickup or delivery to customers’ homes, and those who restock store shelves beginning in mid-July. The pay change did not apply to any existing employees. The company did not say how many hires were impacted by the change.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals
Oil Refineries Are Leaking Cancer-Causing Benzene Into Residential Neighborhoods: The EPA’s benzene monitoring and control program has failed to rein in the worst offenders. Between April 2022 and March 2023, air monitors around the facilities, seven in Texas, four in Louisiana and one in Iowa, detected benzene between the facilities and surrounding neighborhoods at levels above the public health limit, which is supposed to trigger fossil fuel companies to take cleanup action.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure US ‘university’ spreads climate lies and receives millions from rightwing donors: A rightwing media outlet promoting climate-crisis denialism and other “anti-woke” staples to young students and adults via social media has become a fundraising Goliath. PragerU is not accredited but has become a key tool in pushing false claims to youngsters, and raked in $200m from 2018 to 2022.

Experts Warn of ‘Denialism Comeback’ Ahead of November’s Global Climate Talks: Even amid a disaster-filled summer marked by record heat, climate misinformation continues to spread online at alarming rates. Some experts fear it could slow progress at COP28.

What is geospatial intelligence? A geographer explains the powerful melding of maps and data: Geospatial intelligence is the collection and integration of data from a network of technologies, including satellites, mobile sensors, ground-control stations and aerial images. The data is used to produce real-time maps and simulations to help identify when, where and to what extent a threat is likely to emerge.

As the Colorado River Declines, Some Upstream Look to Use it Before They Lose it: As states negotiate future water cuts, some officials are looking to build new dams and reservoirs in the Upper Basin of the overallocated Colorado River to use more water.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Outdated organic technology? By rejecting gene editing, growers left with more disease-prone, pest-infested crops: Organic growers may be left with older genetics gradually becoming more and more outclassed, more prone to disease and pest infestation, further widening the productivity gap between organic and non-organic. Increasingly, there are voices within the organic industry who would appear to agree, he notes.

# General News
American Oligarchy: How Warren Buffett’s billionaire son took over a U.S. city and made it his personal playground. Buffett, 68, is the second child of Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world. Raised in Omaha, Nebraska, the younger Buffett came to Decatur in the early nineties to work as an executive for Archer Daniels Midland, the agricultural products giant. Since then, using his father’s money, Buffett has pushed Decatur toward his preferred version of reality.

# Gov / Politics
The US committed to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, but like other countries, it’s struggling to make progress: Halfway to the SDGs’ 2030 deadline, countries have made progress, but most are struggling to meet all 17 goals. The US is no exception.

Congress needs to pass 12 funding bills in 11 days to avert a shutdown, here’s why that isn’t likely: Lawmakers have given themselves a virtually impossible task, and the stakes are high. So will they pull it off? And what will happen if they don’t? Complicating matters is that ongoing funding bills could be delayed or derailed by ideological battles in Washington.

US has a history of lawmakers silencing elected Black officials and taking power from their constituents: Some Republican lawmakers in Georgia are targeting Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Black Democrat representing a majority Black district, for removal from office. These efforts come in the midst of Willis’ investigation and prosecution of former President Donald Trump and 18 others for their alleged conspiracy to overturn results of the state’s 2020 presidential election.

Florida state Rep. Randy Fine, who is Gov. Ron DeSantis snarliest attack dog in the culture wars, went after drag queens, gay school children, and Disney. Now he’s going after a city council member who had the temerity to look into one of Fine’s allies. In typical bullying fashion, he’s calling for a criminal investigation and ranting about “the most serious abuse of power I have seen in my time in elected office.” Guess he does not have a mirror.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott BROKE THE LAW, Says a Federal Judge in the Latest Judicial Smackdown: A federal judge in Austin heard arguments from the state of Texas and the U.S. Justice Department over Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s use of giant buoys to deter migrants crossing the river. The Justice Department sued the state, saying the barrier violates federal law and must be removed. Now, the Republican may be up a creek without a paddle.

# Legal / DOJ
When Politicians Want to Attack the Courts, They Make Black Women Their Targets: Across the country, public officials are engaging in a power struggle over state and district courts as some lawmakers push legislation to limit court officials’ power and use state disciplinary boards against judges and lawyers who threaten their political agenda. Attacks on North Carolina Justice Anita Earls and Georgia DA Fani Willis show a deeper power struggle over the courts.

# Security
National Archives agency embraces DEI, federal equity trainings at taxpayer expense: A closer look at the federal agency that sparked former President Donald Trump’s first federal indictment shows that it has embraced far-left diversity, equity and inclusion policies. NARA’s latest 2022 DEI plan pledges to double down on equity training for employees “to strengthen and foster an inclusive workforce.” “NARA will demonstrate leadership commitment through developing a DEIA recognition program that will reinforce a culture of equity and inclusion,” the plan says

# Social
A New Wave of Neo-Nazism Has Become Visible in Wake of Jacksonville Shooting: Exactly one week after the murder of three Black people in Jacksonville, two neo-Nazi rallies took place in Orlando. These events are signs of a new wave of neo-Nazis who are more eager for street violence than their predecessors in recent years.

Big Real Estate Says Regulations Caused Housing Crisis, But They Wrote the Rules: The problem with our housing system is that by design some people stand to make a lot of money from the lack of supply.

# Sports
They gave up football after high school, but the damage seemingly was already done. Now, their families mourn and look for answers: Even in CTE’s earliest stages, and for reasons scientists are still exploring its effects could be grave.  “CTE hasn’t directly killed anybody in their teens, twenties, thirties, forties, but we have a lot of people with CTE that have died at those ages. Almost all of them have died by suicide.”

# Technology
Nanoparticles will change the world, but whether it’s for the better depends on decisions made now: Nanoparticles have contributed to profound medical advances like the COVID-19 vaccine, but without oversight, they pose ethical and environmental issues. Technologies based on nanoscale materials—for example, particles that are more than 10,000 times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence—play a growing role in our world.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-08

Voices, The Peoples News

September 8, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas officers gain access to Rio Grande’s Fronton Island for border security efforts: Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham has authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers working through Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security mission, Operation Lone Star, access to Fronton Island in the Rio Grande River

# Corporations / Industry
This US factory is actually Chinese state-controlled: As US lawmakers grow concerned over countries, including China, buying US land, many states have considered or already passed legislation to ban or restrict foreign entities from owning land.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Oil Refineries Are Leaking Cancer-Causing Benzene Into Residential Neighborhoods: The EPA’s benzene monitoring and control program has failed to rein in the worst offenders. Between April 2022 and March 2023, air monitors around the 12 oil refineries, seven in Texas, four in Louisiana and one in Iowa, detected benzene between the facilities and surrounding neighborhoods at levels above the public health limit, which is supposed to trigger fossil fuel companies to take cleanup action.

Despite Global Pledge, US Still Pouring Public Money Into Fossil Fuel Projects Abroad: Amid a worsening climate emergency and preparations for a pair of United Nations summits to tackle it, an analysis released Wednesday called out multiple countries including the United States for continuing to dump a collective $4.4 billion into fossil fuel projects abroad after pledging to stop such public financing

California’s Salton Sea Eyed for Lithium Extraction With New Tech: With the rising demand for lithium during the clean energy transition, the Salton Sea has become an attractive location for major energy companies. While frontline communities are cautiously optimistic about the economic potential, they also remain wary about health, water, and environmental issues.

Maine Tries to Take Back Its Utilities: A ballot measure would convert two investor-owned power companies into a public nonprofit. Unionized utility workers aren’t sold. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are hardly known for being adored by the public. Even so, Maine has two of the least popular in the Northeast.

New law creates more transparency on utilities’ political spending: Maine has become the third state this year to pass a law tightening reporting requirements for public utilities funding political activities, such as lobbying and campaign advertising. Supporters say the millions of dollars being spent by electric utilities in a referendum effort this fall underscore the importance of added transparency.

Maine wants to take over its private electric utilities. Could other states follow? Citizens want reliable energy and sustainable infrastructure, at low rates. Who can best offer that, the public or private sector?

Private Equity Exposed for Profiting From Fossil Fuels and Disasters They Cause: “Firms like Blackstone should be ashamed of this sinister investment strategy that contributes to catastrophe and rebuilds after it strikes.” In yet another instance of disaster capitalism, private equity companies like Blackstone have found two ways to profit from the climate emergency: first by investing in fossil fuel infrastructure and then by buying up restoration companies that clean up after increasingly extreme weather events.

Big Energy Climate Scams Dump Toxic Pollutants on Small Towns: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved permits to allow a Chevron refinery on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to burn a cancer-causing boat fuel ingredient using a process the fossil fuel industry refers to as “chemical recycling,” but what environmental health advocates call burning plastic.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure An internal watchdog found that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to enforce federal pollution limits on cancer-causing pollution emitted from refineries, including nine located in Texas.
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# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
End Biden’s Food-Stamp Expansion: How President Biden’s Unlawful Food Stamp Expansion is Costing Taxpayers and Consumers Billions. It has increased grocery prices and inflation, while providing an incentive to stay out of the workforce. Food stamp spending fuels inflation, driving up grocery prices for all Americans.

# General News
Trump and His Adult Sons Are Planning a Dinner Party From Hell to Raise Money for His Alleged Coconspirators: The candlelit Mar-a-Lago dinner is expected to raise up to $1 million to pay his codefendants’ legal bills.

# Gov / Politics
Adams,” Cost of migrants will destroy New York City.”: Republicans have seized on his comments, to use against his party. New York City Mayor Eric Adams made some of his strongest comments yet on his concerns about the unending flow of migrants coming to the city, warning it will upend neighborhoods and continue to strain resources. “Never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said Wednesday night.

“You’re as Sick as Your Secrets”: Will Eric Adams Be the Mayor Who Releases 9/11 Docs? As the 22nd anniversary of the attacks nears, Adams is facing increasing pressure to reveal what Rudy Giuliani’s administration knew about the toxic situation at Ground Zero.

Mitch McConnell’s Health Scare and the Future of the GOP: Politico’s Jonathan Martin explains why the Senate minority leader is unlikely to give up power—and what may be “his final battle.” The GOP leadership team rallied around him Tuesday and pledged to support him through the end of 2024, but there are growing questions about whether McConnell would remain leader if Republicans take back the majority in the next election.

Mitch McConnell Faces Mutiny As GOP Senators Call For Delayed Leadership Elections: Why There Won’t Be Any Mutiny Against Mitch McConnell: Senators have a lot to say about McConnell’s health. Let’s read between the lines.

GOP set for internal fight over Ukraine between House, Senate: McCarthy Plots a Strategy on Stopgap Spending Bill and Ukraine Aid. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is reportedly planning to leave out additional Ukraine aid from a stopgap spending bill that Congress must pass this month, a tactic that would threaten the Biden administration’s requested money for the war-torn nation and could set up a clash with the White House and Senate.

Anti-abortion legal strategy revives Comstock moral purity laws of late 1800s: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law a measure prohibiting public entities from  interfering with reproductive and gender-affirming care access. It was the latest legal challenge to abortion access to lean on the Comstock Act of 1873, federal statutes that ban the mailing of anything “obscene, lewd, lascivious” or considered morally impure, including abortifacients or abortion-related materials.

A scary anti-abortion strategy: Some of the most successful abortion opponents in the country have a bizarre new strategy, and it involves limiting interstate travel. Mary Ziegler explains how some Texas jurisdictions are trying to make it a crime to transport anyone to get an abortion without violating the Constitution.

Biden And Modi Are Looking To Tighten US-India Ties As Concerns Over China Rise: Rossow said Modi would like to see the Biden administration put greater focus on the Indian Ocean region as it goes about recalibrating its Indo-Pacific policy. India’s concern is that “the United States is overly focused on Taiwan, South China Sea, East China Sea, Pacific Islands,” Rossow said

DeSantis was ‘apoplectic’ about debate strategy leak: The Florida governor has apparently been carping about a top strategist supporting his presidential campaign. The focus of his ire was a pre-GOP debate strategy leaked which made the case for DeSantis to go after his rivals while defending Donald Trump so as to not alienate his fans.

GOP Privately Mulls Ditching the Term ‘Pro-Life’: Americans’ feelings toward the terms ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice’ have shifted dramatically since Roe v. Wade was overturned. Republicans on Capitol Hill are privately exploring a shift in messaging away from the term ‘pro-life’ as new polling shows voters souring on the party’s abortion positions, NBC News reported Thursday.

# Law Enforcment
Philly Cop Charged With Murder After Point-Blank Shooting: The case has incited protests, particularly after it was revealed that police had given a false account of what had happened.

Police robots put on permanent patrol at Singapore airport: Singapore’s main international airport is going ahead with the permanent deployment of police robots following a successful trial of the technology. The wheel-based machines are equipped with cameras, sensors, a display panel, and a siren, according to local news outlet Straits Times.

Police departments from Los Angeles to Singapore are experimenting with robotic dogs, ostensibly deployed to assist in non-violent activities like crowd control and wireless surveillance. But the true scope and implication of robotic policing is exceedingly hard to pin down. Companies that manufacture the robots keep precise numbers close to the vest, McCullom notes, and police departments are similarly guarded about the technology they are acquiring.

Prosecutor Tries to Hand Card to Cops During DUI Bust: Joseph Ruddy apparently attempted to leverage his job during the interaction with police.  But he apparently was under control enough to be waiting with his U.S. Justice Department business card in hand. “What are you trying to hand me?” an officer asked. “You realize when they pull my body-worn camera footage and they see this, this is going to go really bad.”

He Fled a Traffic Stop in Louisiana. Now He’s in Prison for Life: After 12 years behind bars, Markus Lanieux thought he had a deal for his release. Then Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a legal challenge that could derail hope for those imprisoned under the state’s “three strikes” sentencing rules.

A Sheriff in Louisiana Has Been Destroying Records of Deputies’ Alleged Misconduct for Years: A lawsuit brought by the family of an autistic teen who died while in custody found the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office destroyed the disciplinary records of a deputy involved in the case.

Nearly half of all sheriffs in Louisiana are violating public records laws: The finding builds on earlier reporting, which found records were destroyed in the case of a 16-year-old boy who died while in custody of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. JPSO sought search warrants for records in order to dig deeper into the teenager’s past.

Actions of Deputy Who Dragged Woman by Her Hair Deemed “Reasonable and Acceptable”: Video showed the officer, who has been named in at least nine excessive force lawsuits, grabbing the woman by her hair and slamming her to the ground. The sheriff now says the actions were justified and the woman is “looking for a paycheck.”

Racist Shootings “Don’t Happen in a Vacuum”:  Bishop Barber on DeSantis, Trump & Those Who Spread Hate. As federal law enforcement opens an investigation into the Jacksonville, Florida, shooting where a white gunman killed three Black people at a Dollar General as a possible hate crime and act of domestic violent extremism, we speak with civil rights leader Bishop William Barber about the increasing number of racist attacks in America fueled by racism.

White Supremacy and “White Innocence” were behind the killings in Jacksonville: Philosopher George Yancy responds to the murder of three Black people in Jacksonville, Florida, by a white supremacist. Yancy’s philosophical emphasis on the insidious ways in which white racism operates in the social and political DNA of the U.S. forces us to think more deeply and in newly contextualized ways about the horrible killing that took place this August in Jacksonville, Florida.

# Legal / DOJ
Jurors Convict Trump Pal Peter Navarro After Just 4 Hours: A federal jury on Thursday dropped the ax on Peter Navarro, finding the ex-Donald Trump adviser and MAGA loyalist guilty of a pair of contempt of Congress charges after just four hours of deliberations. He’s now facing a sentence of up to two years behind bars.

# Medical / Health
8 Types of Plastic Discovered in People Who Had Heart Surgery: n a pilot experiment, the researchers collected heart tissue samples from 15 people during cardiac surgeries, as well as pre- and post-operation blood specimens from half of the participants. Then the team analyzed the samples with laser direct infrared imaging and identified 20 to 500 micrometer-wide particles made from eight types of plastic, including polyethylene terephthalate, polyvinyl chloride and poly(methyl methacrylate).

# Medical Science
Humanized Kidneys Grown in Pig Embryos for First Time Ever: Scientists have grown humanised kidneys in pigs, raising the prospect of human organs being grown inside animals. The research involved creating human-pig chimeric embryos containing a combination of human and pig cells. The kidneys the scientists generated weren’t intended to be transplanted into patients, but Izpisúa Belmonte says the new research “hints that the ultimate goal of developing human organs in other mammals might be possible.”

# Planetary
Earth’s Core Appears to Be Wrapped in an Ancient, Unexpected Structure: The most high-resolution map yet of the underlying geology beneath Earth’s Southern Hemisphere reveals something we previously never knew about, an ancient ocean floor that may wrap around the core. This thin but dense layer exists around 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) below the surface, according to a study published in April. That depth is where the molten, metallic outer core meets the rocky mantle above it. This is the core-mantle boundary (CMB).

# Social
States withhold cooling aid for the poor as heat gets deadlier: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, distributes roughly $4 billion a year to states to help residents pay for air conditioning and heating and equipment repairs. 16 states, including some with significant heat risk, not a single household received money to pay cooling costs from 2001 through 2021, according to E&E News’ analysis of federal records. The program, run by the Department of Health and Human Services, has focused instead on providing heating assistance.

# Space
NASA’s completes Oxygen-Generating Experiment MOXIE  (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment): Riding with the Perseverance rover, the instrument has proved to be a viable technology for astronauts on Mars to produce oxygen for fuel and breathing.

China publishes new datasets obtained by Mars, lunar probes: China published two new batches of data on Monday, obtained by its Mars probe and lunar probe. The scientific data obtained by three scientific payloads including a high-definition camera. Tianwen 1, consisting of an orbiter, a lander and a rover, entered the Mars orbit on Feb 10, 2021, becoming the country’s first probe to orbit the planet.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-07

Voices, The Peoples News

September 7, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Archaeology
Texas drought reveals dinosaur tracks: They are very well preserved and belong to two types of dinos. Volunteers uncovered magnificent giant dinosaur tracks that are believed to be from around 110 million years ago

# Children / Youth
‘It’s slavery for modern times’: how children of 12 toil in Colorado’s fields: Some Republican-led states are pushing to relax child labour laws but even in the farms of San Luis valley, where most are Hispanic/Latino, youngsters can work an unlimited number of hours

‘One Chip Challenge’ Brand Recalls Product After Teen Died: Paqui Pulls ‘One Chip Challenge’ Packages from Stores After Teen’s Death. The decision comes six days after 14-year-old Harris Wolobah died while attempting the challenge. The viral food trend on social media involves eating a spicy chip containing Carolina Reaper and Naga Viper peppers. Following an uptick in minors consuming the product against the packaging’s warning, Paqui issued a statement.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Vance plans today an attempt to force passage of bill to ban mask mandates: U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance says he plans to ask for unanimous passage today of his bill banning federal mask mandates until the end of next year. U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance says he plans to ask for unanimous passage today of his bill banning federal mask mandates until the end of next year. If the move fails, Vance, R-Ohio, said it shows Democrats plan to bring back masks.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks / Global Congress Sets Stage for Ugly Funding Fight: As lawmakers face a September 30 deadline to avoid a shutdown and ultraconservative House Republicans set up a likely clash over funding the government, Senate appropriators on Wednesday announced plans to try to pass a package of three 2024 spending bills as soon as next week.

# Education / Schools
‘Pure Garbage’: School Cafeterias Start Serving Up Big Food’s Lunchables: Kraft Heinz has succeeded in getting its ready-to-eat packaged Lunchables into school lunch programs starting this fall, in a major new initiative. But the company had to reformulate the ingredients to ensure the products meet federal guidelines first.

School Board Member Gives Nazi Salute in Heated Meeting: The member said the hateful gesture was supposed to be “sarcastic.” Simon Patry, who resigned as TCS school board president at the end of Tuesday’s meeting, was speaking on transparency when board member Anne Zakkour attempted to interject. “We have been talking, to the community, to the board, there’s been regular reports, I’m talking, do not interrupt me, do not make any noises or else I will, I will not tolerate it,” Patry said, directing his latter comments to Zakkour. “Oh … Sieg Heil,” Zakkour said in response, acting out a Nazi salute towards Patry.

Erasing the ‘Black Spot,’ How a Virginia College Expanded by Uprooting a Black Neighborhood: Sixty-plus years ago, the white leaders of Newport News, Virginia, seized the core of a thriving Black community to build a college. The school has been gobbling up the remaining houses ever since.

Why the Destruction of a Black Neighborhood Matters to Me, and Should Matter to Everyone: As a teenager, I competed in track meets at Christopher Newport University. As a reporter, I unearthed the painful history behind the campus’s location.

# Employment / Labor
How union workers are fighting for a life outside of the mill: A bill would limit mandatory overtime to no more than two hours per day and require employers to provide a week’s notice before mandating extra hours or changing a worker’s schedule.  Workers are battling harder than ever to end appalling mistreatment. They’re fighting back, at the bargaining table and at the state capitol, against inhumane, mandatory overtime requirements that strain families to the breaking point and put lives at risk.

Bernie Sanders champions ’32-hour work week with no loss in pay’:
“Changes that benefit the working class of our country are not going to be easily handed over by the corporate elite. They have to be fought for, and won.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Navajo leaders challenge Chaco Canyon drilling ban: On June 2, the U.S. Department of the Interior blocked oil and gas leasing for the next 20 years within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Canyon – the site of a Puebloan civilization in now-northern New Mexico dating back over a millennium. Despite some support from people within the Pueblo tribes and Navajo Nation which surround the land, the vast majority of Navajo leaders have opposed these drilling restrictions. It’s essential that climate advocates hear them out.

States Withhold Cooling Aid for the Poor as Heat Gets Deadlier: in 16 states, including some with significant heat risk, not a single household received money to pay cooling costs from 2001 through 2021, according to E&E News’ analysis of federal records. The program, run by the Department of Health and Human Services, has focused instead on providing heating assistance.

President Biden cancels all seven remaining oil and gas drilling leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying the action is necessary to “meet the urgency of the climate crisis.” In an aggressive move that angered Republicans, the Biden administration canceled the seven remaining oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, overturning sales held in the Trump administration’s waning days, and proposed stronger protections against development

A federal court rejects environmentalists’ attempt to block a liquified natural gas terminal and pipeline in Louisiana: Environmentalists opposed to a planned liquified natural gas terminal and pipeline in southwest Louisiana lost a court battle Wednesday over a federal permit for the project.

U.S. Continues to Finance Fossil Fuel Projects Abroad Despite COP26 Pledge: An analysis found rich countries, including the U.S., spent $4.4 billion despite promising to stop by end of 2022. The US, Germany and Italy have been accused of backsliding on a Glasgow promise to end public subsidies to fossil fuel projects overseas

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Summer of Record Heat Deals Costly Damage to Texas Water Systems: “It’s been a rough summer,” said Anne Hayden, a spokesperson for the San Antonio Water System. Laredo, where the season tied the summer of 2011 as the hottest on record, spent $464,000 on 89 water main repairs in July and August, according to the city water utility, up from $106,000 on 72 repairs in 2021.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Residents Flee Island as It Sinks Into the Ocean: ‘We’re going to sink’: Hundreds abandon Caribbean island to escape rising waters. The idyllic clear waters are threatening the densely populated island of Carti Sugtupu off Panama’s north coast. On this tiny Caribbean island, hundreds of people are preparing to pack up and leave their homes to escape the climate change-induced sea level rise. [Video]

# Gov / Politics / Global
Russia in Africa: Prigozhin’s death exposes Putin’s real motives on the continent: Russia is not interested in helping Africa to prosper or achieve stability, but as a theatre for advancing the Kremlin’s geostrategic interests. The way that Prigozhin was eliminated must also give African leaders pause. Putin speaks often of his desire to create a new international order. Russia’s lawlessness at home and abroad is bringing into sharp focus what his world order would look like. And that’s not a vision many African leaders share.

In February 2024, citizens in Jakarta will elect their President, Vice President, and both legislative chambers. Current maverick leader Joko Widodo, widely beloved by Indonesians, is ineligible for a third term, and NED is preparing to seize power in the wake of his departure. This operation is conducted despite the leaks indicating Jakarta’s foremost intelligence agency has expressly warned U.S. officials to stay put. The paper trail  is a stunning insight into how NED operates behind the scenes, from which obvious inferences can be drawn about its activities elsewhere, past and present. By the organization’s own reckoning, it operates in over 100 countries.

# Gov / Politics
Mitch McConnell’s Freeze-Ups Haven’t Fractured Senate Republicans, Yet: The Senate minority leader told a swarm of reporters Wednesday that he isn’t stepping aside over health concerns, as his Republican colleagues circled the wagons, at least, most of them. “Am I concerned?” said Missouri’s Josh Hawley. “Yeah.”

House Republicans Warn of McCarthy Leadership Challenge: McCarthy is going to have to dodge multiple landmines to retain his gavel, with Congress having until Sept. 30 to pass legislation to avoid a government shutdown.

Republican’s Plan Would Make 52 Members of Congress Ineligible to Serve: ARepublican congressman wants an age limit for politicians that would apply to presidents, vice presidents and all members of Congress. Michigan Representative John James has introduced legislation that would amend the Constitution and prevent someone from running for office “if at any time during the term the person will be 75 years of age or older.”

# Law Enforcment
Undercover Federal Police Shot and Paralyzed Unhoused Man in Wheelchair: According to Brooks Roberts’s wrongful shooting claim, officers opened fire when they saw he had a gun, he thought his brother was being robbed. The officers opened fire when they saw Brooks was carrying a gun, they were wearing civilian clothing and had not identified themselves as police, according to the complaint.

Deputy Killed Teens When They Tried to Run Him Over: The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation has opened an inquiry. Two teenagers involved in a 10-hour crime spree in suburban Syracuse were shot dead by a deputy when they tried to run him down in a stolen car, according to his sheriff. The deadly shooting came after deputies stopped two cars in DeWitt early Wednesday while investigating car thefts and at least two overnight smoke-shop burglaries, Onondaga County Sheriff Toby Shelley told a press conference.

The state has canceled all visits to Texas prison inmates, because of drug-related violence, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The decision affects 129,000 inmates. Visits will be reinstated after system-wide search for contraband is completed. A rise in drug-related violence has prompted the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to issue a statewide lockdown of its prison facilities, according to agency officials.

Inmate Who Died in Fulton County Jail Had Alarming Injuries, Independent autopsy reveals evidence of physical assault for Fulton County inmate who died: The family of an Atlanta inmate who died days after filing a civil rights complaint against the same jail that Donald Trump briefly found himself in last month say the 32-year-old suffered bite marks and other substantial injuries before his death.

Another inmate dies at Fulton County Jail, 10th inmate death this year: An independent autopsy report, which was obtained by ABC News, lists “dehydration, malnutrition, severe body insect infestation,” as well as “untreated decompensated schizophrenia,” as the conditions that led to Thompson’s death.

# Legal / DOJ
Special Counsel Indicting Hunter Biden by the End of the Month: “The Speedy Trial Act requires that the Government obtain the return of an indictment by a grand jury by Friday, September 29, 2023, at the earliest. The Government intends to seek the return of an indictment in this case before that date,” the report said. The potential indictment appears to be related to the gun case against Hunter Biden, but the exact charges he may face were not immediately revealed. Hunter Biden was charged in June with two misdemeanor crimes of failure to pay more than $100,000 in taxes from over $1.5 million in income in both 2017 and 2018

State Attorney Sues Ron DeSantis Over Suspension Order: Monique Worrell alleges the governor “has suspended an elected official without basis, frustrating the will of the voters who elected her.” Monique Worrell, the Orange-Osceola state attorney suspended by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last month, filed a lawsuit against him on Wednesday asking the Florida Supreme Court to overturn her suspension.

Do unbiased jurors exist to serve at Trump’s trials in the age of social media? Trump’s lawyers, and those prosecuting him, aren’t the only ones grappling with the problem of finding unbiased jurors in the age of social media. As trial dates approach for former President Donald Trump’s indictments, both he and prosecutors are already claiming it will be hard to secure an impartial jury.

Lawsuit argues 14th Amendment eliminates Trump from presidential primary ballot: A group of Colorado voters filed a lawsuit Wednesday to prohibit former President Donald Trump from appearing on the Republican presidential primary ballot in the state. The 115-page complaint alleges Trump shouldn’t be allowed to run for the 2024 Republican nomination for president under a clause in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

In March 2020, Louisiana resident Waylon Bailey made a joke post on Facebook comparing the COVID-19 pandemic to a zombie apocalypse. Cops raided his house and arrested him for terrorism. Now, in a surprise ruling, a judge says the police can be sued for their over-the-top reaction. Ben Field and Daryl James break down the decision and its implications

Georgia Case Lays the Ground for Parallel Prosecutions of Trump: The district attorney in Georgia and the special counsel converged on the same conclusion: that Mr. Trump and his allies “knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election.”

Russian Site Refuses to Remove Info About Trump Grand Jurors: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has asked a judge to protect the jurors following harassment from Trump supporters. A Russian company doxxed Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and the grand jurors involved in the 2020 election case against Donald Trump and, according to Atlanta cops, it has refused U.S. federal government orders to remove the information.

Wisconsin GOP threatens to impeach justice over donations, but conservatives also took party cash:  the state GOP and other conservative groups have given campaign cash to other sitting justices, and they’re not recusing themselves on cases involving donors.

# Media
USPS Just Suspended Services in Wisconsin and Florida: The latest interruptions affect a handful of local post offices on the East Coast and in the Midwest, with the Postal Service announcing new and ongoing closures this week. Closures related to hurricane Idalia as well as unrelated building damage

# Medical / Health
Study raises revolving door concerns for government appointees: More than half of the government appointees to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services leave for industry jobs, according to a new study

Medicare Pandemic Advances Deepen Debt for Some Hospitals: Between April and October of 2020, the federal government doled out $107.3 billion in advances on Medicare claims. Congress poured money into the U.S. economy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But for a few hospitals, one of the lifelines that Medicare threw to the medical industry ultimately became another stone around their necks.

# Medical / Health / Global
Mexico decriminalizes abortion: Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that state laws prohibiting abortion are unconstitutional and violate women’s rights. With this, all criminal penalties for abortion were thrown out in a sweeping decision that extended Latin America’s trend of widening abortion access.

# Military / DOD
The Inside Story of How the Navy Spent Billions on the “Little Crappy Ship”: Eight Things About the Navy’s Failed Multibillion-Dollar Littoral Combat Ship Program. The key takeaways from investigations into the decades long project that could end up costing American taxpayers more than $100 billion.

Tuberville’s Misguided Stunt Threatens Our National Security: A misguided stunt by a single senator with extremist views on abortion is jeopardizing our national security and putting American lives at risk. The blockade on military promotions…threatens our military readiness when significant foreign challenges are looming. In protest of the Department of Defense’s policy of granting some support to members of the military who must travel to secure abortion care, Tuberville has used arcane Senate procedure to stall the president’s ability to fill hundreds of positions within the military. These delays are significant.

Introducing Replicator, The Pentagon’s New ‘Game-Changing’ AI Drone Initiative: Along with its ethical implementation of AI technologies, Replicator is aiming to field autonomous systems at scale, numbering “multiple thousands, in multiple domains, within the next 18-to-24 months,” Hicks said, adding that large-scale production is not the only objective of the new initiative

US Military Targets China’s Backyard with Beijing’s Own Playbook: The U.S. military is looking to develop a port in the Philippines that would give it increased direct access to strategic islands facing Taiwan, it has been reported—a move one expert told Newsweek Beijing will view as ‘hostile.’

# Military / Global
Musk Secretly Foiled Ukrainian Attack on Russian Ships: The billlionaire allegedly feared the strike on Crimea could trigger nuclear war. Elon Musk secretly ordered SpaceX engineers to switch off the Starlink satellite communications network near the coast of occupied Crimea in order to thwart a Ukrainian surprise attack on Russia’s naval fleet, according to a report.

Hacked Documents Reveal Russia’s Contracts for Cuban Mercenaries in
Ukraine: A military officer’s hacked email account reveals the apparent recruitment of at least 100 Cubans, some of whom posted on Facebook about their journey to Russia. The contracts promise “a one-time cash payment in the amount of 195,000 rubles,” about $2,000, for the Cubans signing on to serve in the zone of the “special military operation” (the Kremlin euphemism for the war in Ukraine) and monthly payments starting at “204,000 rubles per month,” or just over $2,000, depending on rank, along with several spousal and family benefits

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Lower prices mean fewer new drugs. Levitt says this argument may have some merit, but the ultimate effect could be very small. An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office found the new pricing program would result in 13 fewer drugs over 30 years. “That’s a very small share of the 1,300 new drugs expected over that period,” Levitt writes. Pharma Companies Argue That Lower Drug Prices Would Mean Fewer Breakthrough Drugs. Is That True? Probably not, a new study suggests—as long as the price decreases are modest.

# Science
Scientists make artificial human embryos without sperm or egg: Through these lab-grown embryos, we’re witnessing the profound beginnings of human existence. The Weizmann Institute team say their “embryo model”, made using stem cells, looks like a textbook example of a real 14-day-old embryo.

Breakthrough Discovery of New Water Splitting Method Allows Easier Production of Hydrogen: A new method of water splitting that allows hydrogen to be produced more easily has been discovered by a team of German chemists. The discovery, made by a team based at Münster University, involves a photocatalytic process that activates water in a reaction accelerated by light energy, and could lead to new methods in chemistry that involve the use of hydrogen atoms in the production of compounds through the reaction of simpler materials

# Security
Top Biden Cyber Official Accused of Workplace Misconduct at NSA in 2014, and Again at White House Last Year: A previously unreported NSA inspector general report about Anne Neuberger reveals disarray and dysfunction at the top of the cybersecurity hierarchy. Top Biden Cyber Official Accused of Workplace Misconduct at NSA in 2014 — and Again at White House Last Year. A previously unreported NSA inspector general report about Anne Neuberger reveals disarray and dysfunction at the top of the cybersecurity hierarchy.

# Space
Japan’s ‘Moon Sniper’ Blasts Off on Unusual Landing Mission: The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) is aiming for a very specific target. Japan’s “moon sniper” mission successfully launched on Thursday in an effort to make the country just the fifth in the world to land on the lunar surface and the first to do so with an unusual degree of accuracy. Smart Lander for Investigating Moon will aim to touch down within an unprecedented 100 metres of its target

Look What NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Just Spotted on the Surface of the Moon: The ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) Chandrayaan-3 touched down on the Moon on Aug. 23, 2023. The
Chandrayaan-3 landing site is located about 600 kilometers from the Moon’s South Pole https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2023/nasa-s-lro-observes-chandrayaan-3-landing-site__;!!On18fmf1aQ!0AxCk15UiSn1-ijlOkm9rlbNmjGtFxELQM2D7OE2Sqx-qcY_svFOYBRHmBxvyzcD0PNdhjY9PqiBDWGnxZnD3GxFvVrhOHr9$

Renderings offer images of China’s next-generation spacecraft: Renderings offer images of China’s next-generation spacecraft. China has announced a general plan of fulfilling its first manned mission to moon before 2030. So far, China has carried out five robotic missions to the moon. It has deployed two rovers on the celestial body and has retrieved samples through the most recent Chang’e 5 mission.

‘Hidden structures’ discovered deep beneath the dark side of the moon: With data from China’s Chang’e-4 rover, scientists were able to visualize the upper 1,000 feet of the moon’s surface for the first time.
Their results reveal billions of years of previously hidden lunar history.

# Technology
This Next-Generation Humanoid Robot Could Soon Be Your New Coworker: Apollo, a new humanoid robot designed to work alongside humans, is poised to reshape the industrial workforce. Labor-saving robots with dexterous fingers and a human appearance are expected to reshape the workforce in various fields, from eldercare and food prep to manufacturing and heavy industry. [Wonder if they got the idea from the movie ‘I, Robot’?] https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.axios.com/2023/09/04/humanoid-robot-labor-warehouse-jobs-apollo-apptronik__;!!On18fmf1aQ!0AxCk15UiSn1-ijlOkm9rlbNmjGtFxELQM2D7OE2Sqx-qcY_svFOYBRHmBxvyzcD0PNdhjY9PqiBDWGnxZnD3GxFvWixhjdD$

# Weather
Texas just recorded its second hottest summer on record: The average temperature in Texas this summer was 85.3 degrees, putting it behind only 2011 for summer misery. The summer of 2023 will go down as Texas’ second hottest ever, with an average temperature of 85.3 degrees between June and the end of August, the state’s climatologist said, just behind the blistering hot and extremely dry summer of 2011 when the average temperature hit 86.8 degrees.

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