Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-03-07

Voices, The Peoples News

March 7, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Food Recalls
Something Fishy Caught Marine Biologists’ Attention, Uncovering an Underwater Secret. Extremely rare, Omura’s Whale https://travelerdreams.com/something-fishy-caught-marine-ua/20/?fbclid=IwAR0ecYr32ohe177rYnvo71DUFxLgQwKYOI8Lb0_iABTu9I5_Ih0LivrKr9w

# Border / Immigration
Border crisis creates new risks for Biden. President Biden is facing a growing dilemma at the southern border that shows few signs of abating:
the number of unaccompanied minors crossing into the United States steadily increasing in recent weeks.

Biden’s Plan to End Long-Term Migrant Detention Does Not End Family Detention. Migrant justice advocates are urging Biden to permanently halt the long-term incarceration of migrant families.

Fort Lee under consideration for housing unaccompanied migrant children.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is trying to find more housing solutions for the high number of migrant children entering the country across the U.S.-Mexico border during the coronavirus pandemic.

# CoronaVirus
A complicating factor in combating Covid hot spots: Heat, environmental problems and the pandemic concentrate in certain neighborhoods. A new idea for what to do about it.

CDC: 1265 DEAD 25,212 Injuries Following Experimental COVID mRNA “Vaccines”

Both Texas Senators voted against ‘mislabeled COVID relief’ bill https://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/both-texas-senators-voted-against-mislabeled-covid-relief-bill?fbclid=IwAR2gHnWC0mIDgO5r4TwWVRLpUNJeY2OQRgaqjZ7uS-PGZTQvsbvhszqDhYs

# Economy / Trade
Senate Passes $1.9T COVID Bill After Insane All-Night Debate. “This is the biggest thing that most of us have ever been involved in,” Sen.
Sherrod Brown said after a staggering 24 hours of debate.

Raising minimum wage is the minimum promise for women of color https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/541901-raising-minimum-wage-is-the-minimum-promise-for-women-of-color

The $1.9 trillion package passed by the Senate on Saturday largely resembled the one that President Biden proposed. But several notable changes would affect Americans’ personal finances.

Democrats’ minimum-wage setback could kick-start talks With Republicans Progressives want $15 an hour while others see chance for compromise at lower level.

# Employment / Labor
Amazon Is Paying Consultants Nearly $10,000 a Day to Obstruct Union Drive. As workers in Alabama organize, the company’s tactics underscore the need for the Protecting the Right to Organize Act.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Texas Watchdog Says Grid Operator Made $16 Billion Error During Winter Freeze https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/texas-grid-operator-made-16-billion-price-error-during-winter-storm-watchdog-says/articleshow/81360428.cms

Great Reset: Biden Hikes Cost Of Carbon Emissions By Over 600%: Humans are carbon-based life forms and they live in a carbon-based world while using carbon-based sources of energy to build a carbon-based economy.
The Great Reset/Green New Deal, aka Technocracy, is anti-human and anti-civilization. ⁃ TN Editor https://www.technocracy.news/great-reset-biden-hikes-cost-of-carbon-emissions-by-over-600/

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
FDA reminds baby food industry to follow the regulations for lead, other toxins https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2021/03/fda-reminds-baby-food-industry-to-follow-the-regulations-for-lead-other-toxins/

# Gov / Political
Biden gets involved to help break Senate logjam. The deal Biden helped craft extends weekly unemployment benefits to Sept. 6, which is a week longer than the Aug. 29 end date set by House-passed legislation https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/541914-biden-helps-break-senate-impasse-on-unemployment-benefits

FBI Finds Trump White House Associate Contacted Proud Boys Before the Capitol Riot: Through a review of phone records and location data, the bureau made the connection between the White House and the extremist group.

President Biden will sign an executive order leveraging federal resources to protect and strengthen access to the ballot as Republican legislatures around the country seek to restrict voting rights in the wake of the 2020 election.

Georgia voting rights advocates are worried Republicans are clawing back hard-won progress made in the state after it saw record turnout among voters in November’s general election and the Senate runoffs earlier this year https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/541810-advocates-warn-restrictive-voting-bills-could-end-Georgias-record-turnout

Lawmakers gird for spending battle over nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are emerging as one of the top political brawls in the brewing battle over next year’s defense budget.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
The district attorney investigating whether former U.S. President Donald Trump illegally interfered with Georgia’s 2020 election has hired an outside lawyer who is a national authority on racketeering, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Rudy Giuliani’s legal woes just got worse as US Attorney ramps up investigation into his overseas dealings: The investigation into Giuliani’s Ukraine work for Donald Trump in an attempt to dig up dirt on now-President Joe Biden had been sitting dormant but now is being re-activated. At issue is whether Giuliani, in his capacity working for the ex-president, registered as a foreign agent.

# Military / DOD
S Korea, US scale back drills over virus, N Korea diplomacy

# Other News
Trump takes legal action against Republican Party. Trump Demands GOP Stop Using His Name, Likeness for Fundraising https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/03/trump-demands-gop-stop-using-name-fundraising.html

# Technology
Social media microtargeting and the evolving ministry of truth. As social media replaces actual social interactions, our thoughts and opinions are increasingly coming under the purview of the cybersecurity industry and national security interests that want to regulate what and who can see, talk to and hear in the U.S. cognitive space.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-03-05

Voices, The Peoples News

March 5, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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“When the power of love overcomes the love of power there will be peace.” Sri Chinmoy
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# Indigenous
Winona LaDuke: Indigenous tribes are reviving traditional hemp economies. With 10,000 uses, hemp can be a catalyst for a New Green Revolution in Indian Country, tied to justice, economics, restoration ecology, and a return-to-the-land movement.

# Indigenous / Global
Critical infrastructure protection: Dangerous politics in Manitoba, Alberta and beyond. Controversial legislation targeting environmental and Indigenous activists will curb legal protests and enhance corporate power https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/critical-infrastructure-protection-dangerous-politics-in-manitoba-alberta-and-beyond

# Border / Immigration
“You’re doing nothing”: Judge slams ICE for failing to vaccinate detainees https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/03/youre-doing-nothing-judge-slams-ice-for-failing-to-vaccinate-detainees/

# Children / Youth
Disney Plus pulls ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Aristocats’ from children’s profiles after warning of stereotypes, negative depictions https://www.nj.com/entertainment/2021/01/disney-plus-pulls-peter-pan-dumbo-aristocats-from-childrens-profiles-after-warning-of-stereotypes-negative-depictions.html

# CoronaVirus
U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert about fever-scanners, saying that, while they can act as an “important-risk management tool”
if used correctly, “improper use and marketing of thermal imaging systems may lead to inaccurate temperature readings and pose a potential danger to public health.”

Vital: Press Secretary Humiliates Trump for COVID Failures and Disinformation Campaign https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/03/04/vital-press-secretary-humiliates-trump-for-covid-failures-and-disinformation-campaign/

Cuomo Advisers Altered Report on Covid-19 Nursing-Home Deaths. Changes resulted in a significant undercount of the death toll attributed to long-term-care facility residents

‘We Need to Remain Vigilant’: Health Experts Warn Rollback of Covid Restrictions Threatens Life-Saving Gains. “We must not relinquish the ground we’ve gained,” said Dr. Barbara Alexander, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

FBI Urged to Probe Corrupt Vaccine Favoritism by Florida’s GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis “If this isn’t public corruption, I don’t know what is.”

Company Who Knew Asbestos Was in Its Baby Powder Now Distributing
COVID-19 Vaccine

Who should and shouldn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine?

# Economy / Trade
‘Stop Nickel and Diming the American People’: Anger Grows as Senate Democrats Move to Deny Relief Checks to 17 Million. “While you’re quibbling over who you want to exclude, people are suffering. SEND THE CHECKS.”

Senate Clerks Finish 628-Page Bill Readout for Ron Johnson. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer accused Johnson of going to “ridiculous lengths” to show his opposition to the stimulus package with 11-hour reading.

The Senate voted to reject a proposal sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders
(I-Vt.) to raise the federal minimum wage to $15.

Wall Street Profited While Texans Shivered in the Dark. Bank of America made hundreds of millions in trading revenue when the Lone Star state’s electric grid failed in February.

Here Are the 8 Democrats Who Just Joined GOP to Vote Down Sanders’ $15 Minimum Wage Amendment https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/05/here-are-8-democrats-who-just-joined-gop-vote-down-sanders-15-minimum-wage-amendment

# Employment / Labor
NEW: We could be looking at unemployment benefits of $300 instead of $400:
“Senate Democrats are nearing an agreement within their caucus to reduce the boost in federal unemployment benefits in the COVID-19 relief bill to $300 from the $400 included in the House bill.” https://bit.ly/3kN6WQ5

# Environment / Climate / Interior
After championing greener building codes, local governments lose right to vote. The nonprofit consortium that oversees much of the nation’s building codes just gave the construction and gas industries more control over the process.

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Experts Call For Immediate Ban Of Entire Class Of Chemicals Damaging Babies’ Brains https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/ban-chemicals-damaging-babies-brains/

# Gov / Political
Obama National Security Advisor admits US on its knees to Israel due to Congress. The former Obama official said he was warned by members of Congress about the “acute” financial threat of taking on the lobby https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/03/04/obama-nat-security-advisor-admits-us-on-its-knees-to-israel-due-to-congress/

How Trump and Barr Protected McConnell and Chou from Prosecution for China Betrayal – Report https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/03/04/how-trump-and-barr-protected-mcconnell-and-chou-from-prosecution-for-china-betrayal-report/

Biden turns focus to next priority with infrastructure talks. President Biden is starting to look beyond coronavirus relief to his next legislative fight, preparing to lay out a recovery package that makes significant investments in rebuilding U.S. infrastructure.

GOP Bill That ‘Does Nothing But Criminalize Peaceful Protest’ Advances in Florida Legislature. “We know the true nature of this bill and its origins,” said the ACLU of Florida. “It is not about public safety, but about criminalizing peaceful protesters advocating for racial justice.”

“The protracted ordeal, known as “vote-a-rama,” is widely despised by members of both parties and guaranteed to leave sleepless members running on fumes just ahead of the bill’s passage in the upper chamber, likely Saturday. But there’s no way around it.” https://politi.co/3kKyZzG

Florida ‘anti-mob’ bill racing through House, unheard in Senate.
Florida’s proposed “Combating Public Disorder Act” is one step away from House approval and transfer to the Senate, where the controversial “anti-mob” bill is likely to be adopted and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis before the 2021 legislative session adjourns in May.

MO House Staffer: I Was Fired for Bringing Up Lack of Masks. Tad Mayfield is suing the former Missouri House speaker and others, alleging he was fired after asking for a “mandatory face mask policy for all spaces in our Capitol.”

# Law Enforcement
Officer Told Colleagues: Trump Urging Rioters Toward Capitol. An unnamed protective service officer sent a briefing note that read: “POTUS is encouraging the protesters to march to capitol grounds.”

Reports on how Aurora police kill without consequence while their protesters face 12 felonies: The cops and the district attorneys want people to see what we are going through — the conditions of our arrests, our experiences in jail, and our legal battle — and to think that this is what you risk when you stand up against them. – Lillian House, Aurora Activist and Defendant https://www.mintpressnews.com/elijah-mcclain-protestors-face-48-years-kidnapping-aurora-police/275866/

The House Passed a Bill Named for George Floyd. It Won’t Stop Police Killings.
The bill gives more money to police while doing nothing to stop the racist war on drugs.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
FBI Arrests Trump Appointee in Connection With Capitol Riot. Federico Klein is the first member of the Trump administration to face charges from the attempted insurrection.

Feds Probing Contacts Between Capitol Rioters and Congress Members https://www.thedailybeast.com/federal-law-enforcement-probing-contacts-between-capitol-rioters-and-members-of-congress

Trump Criminal Case Goes Before Georgia Grand Jury. Legal experts are split as to whether there’s a strong case to be made, but most agree Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s election results merit greater scrutiny.

Trump sued by Democrats over mob attack on Capitol. Trump, his eldest son and several of his allies were sued on Friday by Rep. Eric Swalwell
(D-Calif.) over their role in the run-up to the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol. Lawsuit brought by Bennie Thompson and NAACP argues ex-president and lawyer violated law known as Ku Klux Klan Act https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/16/trump-giuliani-lawsuit-capitol-riot-bennie-thompson-naacp

House Impeachment Manager Sues Trump for Inciting Riot. It’s the second major lawsuit aiming to hold Trump accountable for causing the insurrection.

FBI Arrests Former Trump Appointee for Role in January 6 Capitol Breach.
The FBI arrested Federico Klein, a former State Department official.

Chauvin Should Face 3rd-Degree Murder Charge: Appeals Court. The ruling could cause a delay in Chauvin’s trial for the death of George Floyd, which is set to start on Monday.

GLAAD: Major News Outlets ‘Failed’ in Equality Act Coverage. The LGBTQ advocacy group says many news organizations failed to include trans voices in their coverage of the Equality Act, instead focusing on those opposed to the legislation.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
A new Drug Enforcement Administration report argues that the broadly popular bipartisan legalization of hemp creates complications for police and has been used as a cover for drug cartels. But it also admits that as more states legalize marijuana, illicit trafficking is shrinking.

The state of Michigan Department of Treasury is sending nearly $10 million in marijuana revenue back to local governments. Municipalities and counties get about $28,000 for every cannabis retailer or microbusiness in their jurisdiction.

# Medical / Health
Electroceuticals, the bioelectronic medicine of the future. Future medicine could come in the form of electric impulses and go straight to the brain.

# Military / DOD
Trump & Biden’s secret bombing wars: U.S. bombs and bullets have claimed at least hundreds of thousands of civilian lives this century.
Unbeknownst to many Americans, the U.S. military and its allies are engaged in bombing and killing people in other countries on a daily basis.

# Other News
Trump Tells Inner Circle He’s Furious With Kushner: Others sources told the network that Kushner is trying to create distance from Trump since the disgraceful events of his final month in office.

Ex-Clinton Aide Gave Feds Epstein, Maxwell Evidence: Doug Band, who made frequent appearances on Epstein’s flight manifests, reportedly spoke to federal prosecutors in New York.

6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images. Dr. Seuss is adored by millions around the world for the positive values in many of his works, including environmentalism and tolerance, but criticism has grown in recent years over the way Blacks, Asians and others are drawn in some of his most beloved children’s books, as well as in his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations.

# Technology
Russian Hacker Site Maza Gets Hacked: Usernames, Email Ads, and Passwords Compromised. The irony of this story is that a Russian hacker site called Maza has just been hacked and the usernames, email ads, and passwords of hackers have been stolen.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-03-04

Voices, The Peoples News

March 4, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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“When the power of love overcomes the love of power there will be peace.” Sri Chinmoy
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# Indigenous
What tribal sovereignty means for Freedmen citizenship. Is Congress coercing the Choctaw Nation into doing away with discriminatory policies?

Judge Rules That Cherokee Freedmen Have Right To Tribal Citizenship https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/31/547705829/judge-rules-that-cherokee-freedmen-have-right-to-tribal-citizenship

Sacred Apache land ‘on death row’ in standoff with foreign mining titans. Tribal members in Arizona are fighting to protect a piece of land they consider their “Mount Sinai.”

# Animals / Pets / Food Recalls
Performance Dog, a raw pet food made by a company called Bravo Packing, Inc., are being recalled because they may be contaminated with salmonella and listeria (dangerous bacteria).

# CoronaVirus
ID requirements are meant to stop vaccine tourists, but they can also shut out vulnerable residents. Proof-of-residency and ID requirements are supposed to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are equitably distributed — but the rules are shutting out some of the people they aim to protect.

Whistleblower Reveals Many Pregnancy Complications following Experimental COVID Injections . Whistleblower who sits on a COVID-19 task force is claiming that many pregnancy complications, including preterm birth, miscarriage, and spontaneous abortions following COVID vaccines are being concealed from the public.

“It is now time to open Texas 100 percent.” Clearly these actions reject all scientific evidence about the spread of the disease and will inevitably cause unnecessary infections and death.

# Economy / Trade
Senate’s GOP will force clerks to read bill to delay COVID-19 relief bill vote.

Senate Republicans are taking on a risky strategy to use all the procedural tactics at their disposal to delay President Biden’s popular
$1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package as long as possible in hopes that they can turn public opinion against the legislation.

This town in California handed out free $500 monthly checks, no strings attached. After a year, unemployment fell and quality of life improved https://www.zmescience.com/medicine/basic-income-stockholm-usa-results-good-2467324/

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) pledged on Thursday that Democrats would pass a massive coronavirus relief bill this week, even as Republicans plot how to slow down the bill.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution: Part 4 of our 4-part series, “Fractured,” an investigation of fracking chemicals in the air, water, and people of western Pennsylvania https://www.ehn.org/fractured-oil-and-gas-pollution-2650623184.html

TX Power Grid Operator Fires CEO After Winter Storm Failures. ERCOT was caught flat-footed amid plunging temperatures two weeks ago, and millions lost power.

Texas’ grid operator fires its top executive and bars a second electric provider from operating on the grid as fallout from last month’s storm-driven outages and price spikes continues.

A House oversight committee begins an investigation of the Texas energy crisis.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
House Energy and Commerce leaders unveil sweeping climate change legislation

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Antarctica is running out of wilderness. The continent is crammed with “ghost” stations—just one sign of how this empty, icy place is becoming more crowded.

Antarctica’s wilderness fails to capture continent’s biodiversity

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Foreign ownership of U.S. farmland is growing. A Missouri lawmaker wants to ban it in the state. The bill brings up questions about whether foreign entities are really the ones driving up land prices in farm country, or if domestic investors are.

# Gov / Political
Pelosi under fire as National Guard troops sick after being ‘served metal shavings & raw meat while protecting Capitol’

Pelosi Urged to Probe ‘Shaved Metal’ Found in Troops’ Food. According to one congressman, at least 30 National Guard members on U.S. Capitol duty have become sick over the past month after eating the dodgy food.

House passes voting rights bill over GOP opposition (and defeats proposal to let 16- and 17-years-olds vote

Pence said in an op-ed published in the Daily Signal that there were “significant voting irregularities” and “numerous instances of officials setting aside state election law” in the 2020 presidential contest.

The Iran nuclear deal needs to be fixed and rewritten, not just revived https://bit.ly/309VNzl

Capitol Police begged for help. For 199 minutes, Trump’s Pentagon stalled https://wapo.st/2OpvRNG

House Passes Landmark Voting Rights and Police Reform Bills https://thehill.com/homenews/house/541545-house-passes-voting-rights-and-elections-reform-bill

Georgia Bill Would Criminalize Giving Water to Voters Waiting in Long Lines. The measure is part of a bill that reduces early voting times and imposes other restrictive measures on Georgia voters.

# Law Enforcement
D.C. Guard Chief: Trump Pentagon Screwed Up Riot Response. Even Republican senators expressed anger and incredulity after Maj. Gen.
William Walker outlined restrictions the Defense Department placed on his Guardsmen.

GOPer Who Backed George Floyd Reforms ‘Pressed Wrong Button.’ Rep. Lance Gooden was the sole Republican to vote in favor of the police-reform bill—but he has an explanation.

DEA Suspends Agent for Joining Capitol Riot-Adjacent Crowd. Mark Ibrahim was still carrying his service weapon as he listened to Donald Trump hawk the lie the election was stolen.

House Democrats late Wednesday voted 220-212 to overhaul policing nationwide with national standards.

Documents show how federal law enforcement was tracking extremists ahead of the Capitol riot. We obtained documents that show authorities particularly focused on the Proud Boys, even monitoring the hotel they were staying at.

FBI chief says Trump supporters committed ‘terrorism’ in Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill https://parstoday.com/en/news/world-i135968-fbi_chief_says_trump_supporters_committed_’terrorism’_in_jan._6_attack_on_capitol_hill

Corrupt Pentagon Trumpites withheld support for Capitol Police for 3 hours and 19 minutes https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/03/03/corrupt-pentagon-trumpites-withheld-support-for-capitol-police-for-3-hours-and-19-minutes/

The House has passed a police reform bill named after George Floyd that would ban chokeholds and eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Trump Served With Civil Rights Suit After Capitol Riot: Attorneys for Rep. Bennie Thompson and the NAACP have served the former president at his Mar-a-Lago club with a lawsuit filed in February.

Legislators Fail to Cite Examples to Justify Anti-Trans Laws. An Associated Press investigation found that many lawmakers seeking to ban trans girls from high school sports could not name one incident where inclusion had brought problems.

# Media
# Medical Alternatives / Herbology
Green tea supplements modulate facial development of children with Down syndrome, study finds https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210303095226.htm#:~:text=The%20researchers%20observed%20that%20the,positive%20effects%20at%20low%20doses.

# Other News
Americans are not safe in their homes. Not anymore, at least. “How ‘secure’ do our homes remain if police, armed with no warrant, can pound on doors at will and forcibly enter?” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the lone dissenter in Kentucky v. King. This present menace comes from the government and its army of bureaucratized, corporatized, militarized mercenaries who are waging war on the last stronghold left to us as a free people: the sanctity of our homes.

# Security
Former Homeland Security agent arrested for taking bribes from organized crime After his release from prison, Cisneros was recently charged with conspiracy to commit bribery of a public official, bribery, and 26 counts of money laundering.

# Social
EUGENICS: Over 1,000 Female Prisoners in California Forcibly Sterilized Because “It’s Cheaper than Welfare”

# Water
Mississippi’s water problems have reached a boiling point. Texas’
experience of last month’s deadly winter storm may have grabbed headlines, but its neighbors fared just as badly.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-03-03

Voices, The Peoples News

March 3, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Bundy Rides Again
Biden blocks grazing permit for Arsonist Cult pardoned by Trump: Dwight and Steven Hammond’s conviction for torching federal lands sparked the takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge led by ranchers Ryan and Ammon Bundy https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/03/02/biden-blocks-grazing-permit-for-arsonist-cult-pardoned-by-trump/

# CoronaVirus
Texas and other states ease COVID-19 rules despite warnings.

Mississippi today will lift its mask requirement and its business capacity limits.

Philadelphia health officials announced the city is easing restrictions https://6abc.com/philly-covid-restrictions-philadelphia-coronavirus-sports-covid19/10378264/

Chinese vaccines sweep much of the world, despite concerns.

12 Residents Die After First COVID Vaccine in Wales Nursing and Dementia Care Centre https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/12-residents-die-after-first-covid-vaccine-in-wales-nursing-and-dementia-care-centre/

Texas Sends out National Guard to Inject Home-bound Seniors with Experimental COVID Vaccines. Some 40% of people in the state who are 65 and older have received one dose of the vaccine, Abbott said, but officials aim to get shots to at least 50% of them by the end of next week and vaccinations to all older people who want them by the end of March.

Why Are AstraZeneca and Pfizer Immune From Liability for Vaccine Damage?

Michael Moore, Olbermann Call for Texas to Go Un-Vaccinated. The pair of liberal commentators took to Twitter to suggest Texans are undeserving of vaccines because of their Republican governor.

# Economy / Trade
Senators refine Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief bill, pushing pet projects.

Biden, Senate Democrats agree to limit eligibility for $1,400 checks

Biden and Senate Dems dial back eligibility for stimulus checks https://www.motherjones.com/mojo-wire/2021/03/biden-and-senate-dems-dial-back-eligibility-for-stimulus-checks/

# Education / Schools
Idaho GOPer Complains Education Makes Life Easier for Moms. Rep. Charlie Shephard said he couldn’t possibly vote for any bill that “makes it easier or more convenient for mothers to come out of the home.” Rep.
Shepherd thinks this chance to help kids get ready for kindergarten would do damage to the family unit.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators: Part 3 of 4-part series, “Fractured,” an investigation of fracking chemicals in the air, water, and people of western Pennsylvania.

Biggest coal power plant in the West closed. What happens to the River water it used?

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Biden May Approve Logging an Old-Growth Forest, Heightening Climate Risks. If approved, the Trump-era project would be a reversal of Biden’s stated commitment to preserve federal land and waters.

In the Atlantic Ocean, subtle shifts hints at dramatic dangers. A warming atmosphere is causing a branch of the ocean’s powerful Gulf Stream to weaken, some scientists fear.

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography report that a whole ecosystem of microbes below the sea dines not on sunlight, but on chemicals produced by the natural irradiation of water molecules.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global ‘Existential threat to our survival’: See the 19 Australian ecosystems already collapsing.  major and iconic ecosystems are collapsing across the continent and into Antarctica. These systems sustain life, and evidence of their demise shows we’re exceeding planetary boundaries.

Radar images capture new Antarctic mega-iceberg

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Popeyes announces plans to remove artificial ingredients, antibiotics.
Popeyes® Strives for Industry-Leading Commitments to Real Ingredients, Use of Cage-Free Eggs, and also shares its commitment to remove Antibiotics Important to Human Medicine.

# Global Politics and other news
IAEA cuts deal with Iran while Israel refuses any nuclear oversight.
“Our nuclear program will continue to be under legitimate international supervision and on a peaceful path.” – Ali Rabiei https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/03/03/iaea-cuts-deal-with-iran-while-israel-refuses-any-nuclear-oversight/

# Gov / Political
Capitol Police Brace for QAnoners on ‘True Inauguration Day.’ After Trump failed to stop Joe Biden from becoming president in January, conspiracy theorists placed their hopes on March 4 instead.

Live Pipe Bomb Discovered Outside Iowa Polling Center: Responders in bomb suits reportedly approached the device and yelled “Fire in the hole!” three times before a small explosion was heard.

Despite vows of unity and boasts of resolve, Democrats are sniping with one another about policy while Republican lawmakers brawl over Trump.

House Democrats’ ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade.

New York lawmakers agree to strip the governor of pandemic-related emergency powers.

Arizona defends election integrity laws before U.S. Supreme Court https://www.thecentersquare.com/arizona/arizona-defends-election-integrity-laws-before-u-s-supreme-court/article_62b1b3b4-7b93-11eb-a299-17d7165c1ebd.html

House Is Poised to Pass a Major Voting Rights Bill and Create a Helluva Battle in the Senate. A key front in this political war: the filibuster.

Trump Builds New Fundraising Death Star Aimed at GOP Foes. Sources say Trump plans to continue fundraising partnership with the Republican National Committee, but knows he will clash with other GOP leaders over candidates in the future.

Alarming revelations of threats to the Capitol and members of Congress prompted House Democratic leaders to wrap up their legislative work for the week on Wednesday night, underscoring the security concerns that remain nearly two months after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

# Law Enforcement
Capitol Police chief says threats to members of Congress have nearly doubled since last year https://thehill.com/homenews/house/541382-capitol-police-chief-says-threats-to-members-of-congress-have-nearly-doubled

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Wray clarified FBI has no evidence of antifa or left-wing, anti-fascist involvement in the siege https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/541190-wray-says-no-evidence-of-antifa-involvement-on-jan-6-attack

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote a fundraising email to supporters that federal marijuana legalization is a priority part of “Democrats’ agenda for change this year.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to survey 20,000 farmers about hemp acreage and production.

# Medical / Health
Obamacare would get a big (and quiet) overhaul in the COVID-19 relief bill.

# Science
Scientists create a sonic black hole in the lab, confirm Stephen Hawking’s theory: What is Stephen Hawking’s black hole theory? According to Hawking when a star dies, all of its mass collapses into a single point of infinite density (singularity) which leads to the formation of a black hole. A star contains information in itself, such as the speed at which it spins, its density and size.

# Security
Chinese Hackers Used Microsoft Email App to Breach Computers.
Researchers say the hackers have previously targeted American “infectious disease researchers” as well defense contractors and policy think tanks.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-03-02

Voices, The Peoples News

March 2, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Funders want to help ensure Native food sovereignty. Many in those communities want philanthropy to do better.

# Border / Immigration
A Demographic and Economic Profile of Undocumented Workers on the Pandemic’s Front Lines. These individuals are making sure that produce gets from the fields to our grocery stores and treating patients throughout the health care system; they are caring for our children and our grandparents and ensuring that the nation’s infrastructure remains safe.

# CoronaVirus
Death Rates Skyrocket in Israel Following Pfizer Experimental COVID “Vaccines.” Pfizer’s shot causes “mortality hundreds of times greater in young people compared to mortality from coronavirus without the vaccine, and dozens of times more in the elderly https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/death-rates-skyrocket-in-israel-following-pfizer-experimental-covid-vaccines/

Tanzanian President Says Citizens Will Not Be Guinea Pigs in COVID Vaccine Trials.
He said Tanzanians must not be used as guinea pigs in vaccine trials.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be a “game changer.” Here’s why a third option matters.

New York farm workers removed from vaccine eligibility without explanation. Despite being essential workers with a high risk for
Covid-19 infection, New York farm workers were not included in vaccination Phase 1B.

President Biden said that the United States will have enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all American adults for coronavirus by the end of May, crediting a “stepped up process” under his administration.

# Economy / Trade
Progressives Won’t ‘Accept’ a Loss on $15 Minimum Wages https://www.thedailybeast.com/progressives-wont-accept-a-loss-on-dollar15-minimum-wage

Liberal senators and outside pressure groups are steaming over the Senate’s seeming failure to move a COVID-19 relief package with a provision hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Minimum-Wage Misfire Also Harms Disabled People. Bundled in the minimum-wage increase in the COVID relief bill was an abolition of subminimum wage for disabled people. That’s now gone too https://prospect.org/health/minimum-wage-misfire-also-harms-disabled-people/

Bernie Sanders to Force Vote on $15 Minimum Wage Amendment. The senator made clear that he will continue pushing to raise the federal minimum wage if his amendment fails to pass https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/541114-sanders-to-force-vote-on-15-minimum-wage-urges-democrats-to-ignore

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Fractured, Part 2: The stress of being surrounded: Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn’t work. In US fracking communities, the industry’s pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

The natural gas industry reveals its playbook for subverting local clean energy policy by pushing line-by-line revisions of proposed ordinances, activating customer opposition, and lobbying top state and local officials.

When the Kids Started Getting Sick: After pressure from families, Pennsylvania has launched studies into whether fracking can be linked to local illnesses.

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Pandemic “doom shopping” is clogging up shipping ports. That means a lot of American food destined for export is getting stuck.

# Gov / Political
Supreme Court faces landmark challenge on voting rights. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday over a set of Arizona voting restrictions alleged to be racially discriminatory in a dispute that could set the most important voting rights precedent in nearly a decade.

American opinions regarding Russia and China reaching historic lows:
Both pro- and anti-war voices have stated that the U.S. is on the cusp of entering a second Cold War, and a new Gallup poll suggests that the groundwork for such a conflict has already been laid.

Trump’s reemergence poses risks for GOP, media, exacerbates challenges for political leaders in both parties, as well as the media.

What if we replaced elected politicians with randomly selected citizens?
Congress would be made up of ordinary people, selected in lotteries, not elections. It’s an idea that goes back thousands of years—but is getting new attention.

The political fortunes of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) have dropped like a stone, and his decline is sharpening hard questions about the favorable image he enjoyed in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Biden administration on Tuesday is announcing new sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s poisoning and jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Trump’s Strategy for Returning to Power Is Already Clear. The former President is positioning himself and his audience as the only true Americans https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/trumps-strategy-for-returning-to-power-is-already-clear

Biden’s Syria Attack: An Actual Impeachable Offense.     President Biden should be impeached for his attack on Syria, as should have Trump and Obama before him.

Is mob justice now poetic justice?     Obama’s “kill list” policy, reserved the right to unilaterally order the death of any American deemed an imminent threat.

If Biden Wants to Protect Troops, He Should Bring Them Home, Not Bomb Syria.
Biden seems determined to continue the failed policies of his predecessors, regardless of their illegality.

In the Middle of a Pandemic, We Shouldn’t Be Funding a New Cold War With China The U.S. is in a crisis of the first order. Focusing on the wrong threats is the last thing we can afford now.

# Law Enforcement
15-Year-Old Dead After ‘Targeted’ AR School Shooting: “This was not random,” Pine Bluff Police Lt. David DeFoor told NBC of the shooting at Watson Chapel Junior High.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday that officials have classified the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by former President Trump’s supporters as domestic terrorism.

Litigation Tracker: Pending Criminal and Civil Cases against Donald Trump https://www.justsecurity.org/75032/litigation-tracker-pending-criminal-and-civil-cases-against-donald-trump/

Pics Show Group of Men Watching Jan. 6 Riot From Memorial. The photos could bolster prosecutors’ claims that armed Trump supporters were ready to help take the building on behalf of the former president.

The FBI tracked down some of the Capitol rioters in truly surprising ways. When Maryland State Police arrested Daniel Egtvedt, the Capitol riots weren’t a part of the discussion. Egtvedt was arrested trying to stop an older relative from leaving home to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
A former Food and Drug Administration chief scientist said there is “promise” in the  medical benefits of cannabis components but that more data is needed.

# Medical / Global
President Biden will announce Tuesday that Merck will help make Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, administration officials said, a partnership between rival companies that could help produce more doses.

# Other News
Messages Reveal Proud Boys Infighting: ‘Traitors Everywhere’: Members have been shaken by the number of arrests in the aftermath of the Capitol riot, as well as revelations about leader Enrique Tarrio.

FRATERNAL ORDER OF ALT-KNIGHTS (FOAK) Formed as the “tactical defense arm” of the Proud Boys, the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK) has become an accelerant for violence at right-wing rallies.

Proud Boys Infighting Sees Leading Member Form Breakaway Group to Fight ‘White Genocide’: Infighting has broken out between two leading members of the Proud Boys group, with one announcing he will be taking control of the far-right organization to address “White Genocide” and the “failures of multiculturalism.”

The War Between the Rich and Super-Rich Over a Golf Course. A Chinese holding company run by billionaire Yan Bin bought the Wentworth golf club in 2015, spurring a backlash from its membership.

# Science
What Are Sperm Telling Us? Endocrine disruptors are everywhere:
plastics, shampoos, cosmetics, cushions, pesticides, canned foods and A.T.M. receipts. They often aren’t on labels and can be difficult to avoid.

# Social
Did James Plymell need to die? Homelessness is criminalized in cities and towns across the West.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-02-28

Voices, The Peoples News

February 28, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration Biden says ICE will not target undocumented immigrants at Covid-19 vaccination sites President Joe Biden said during an interview Friday that undocumented immigrants should be able to have access to the Covid-19 vaccine without fear of deportation.

# CoronaVirus
FDA panel endorses Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine https://www.statnews.com/2021/02/26/tracking-an-fda-advisory-panels-meeting-on-jjs-covid-19-vaccine/

28-Year-Old PhD Physical Therapist DEAD 2 Days After Being Injected with COVID Experimental mRNA Vaccine https://medicalkidnap.com/2021/02/26/28-year-old-phd-physical-therapist-dead-2-days-after-being-injected-with-covid-experimental-mrna-vaccine/

Biden Can Save Lives From COVID by Supporting Intellectual Property Rules Waiver. World Trade Organization rules are currently blocking equitable distribution of COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.

Scientists Discover “All-Natural” COVID Treatment That Can Prevent “Cytokine Storm” In Severe Patients. A team of scientists from Israel and Iceland has published a new report showing that an extraction of spirulina algae has the potential to reduce the severity of COVID-19 in advanced cases.

FDA gives green light to Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Saturday cleared the nation’s third coronavirus vaccine, giving hope that the end of the pandemic could soon be in sight https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/540778-fda-gives-green-light-to-johnson-johnson-covid-vaccine

# Economy / Trade
House Dems pass sweeping $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill. House Democrats passed their sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package in a party-line vote early Saturday morning, advancing President Biden’s top legislative priority.

House Passes Biden’s $1.9T Stimulus Plan With $1,400 Checks

White House noncommittal on ‘Plan B’ push to add wage increase to relief bill https://thehill.com/policy/finance/540745-white-house-noncommittal-on-plan-b-push-to-add-wage-increase-to-relief-bill

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Water Protectors Say Enbridge Is Pressuring Local Governments to Silence Them Opponents of the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota are concerned about recent curbs on their free speech and assembly rights https://truthout.org/articles/water-protectors-say-enbridge-is-pressuring-local-governments-to-silence-them/

Delaware River Basin Commission Votes to Ban Fracking in Historic Victory https://www.ecowatch.com/fracking-ban-delaware-river-basin-2650813864.html

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Nature at it’s worst

House passes major public lands package. The House on Friday passed a sprawling conservation bill 227-200 aimed at preserving land and water in Arizona, Colorado, California and Washington state.

It’s not just oceans: scientists find plastic is also polluting the air https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/26/not-just-oceans-plastic-polluting-air-delhi-smog

Cost of flood damage to U.S. homes will increase by 61% in 30 years.
Rising sea levels and extreme weather could cause $20 billion of flood damage to at-risk U.S. homes this year, rising to $32 billion by 2051 https://money.usnews.com/investing/news/articles/2021-02-22/cost-of-flood-damage-to-us-homes-will-increase-by-61-in-30-years#:~:text=Cost%20of%20Flood%20Damage%20to,Investing%20News

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Border disputes threaten climate science in the Himalayas. Cross-border teams of scientists collaborate on climate models, even as their countries’ militaries clash.

# Gov / Politics
Auditions for the 2024 Republican nomination have begun and several big names are trying out for the role of the future Donald Trump. There’s one problem, however. The former president may not be ready to cede the stage to an understudy.

Why Congress must invoke the 14th Amendment now. Could Trump really become president again after the events of Jan. 6? The 14th Amendment to the Constitution directly addresses that question in a way that impeachment does not.

US to impose sweeping rule aimed at China technology threats

Democrats don’t trust GOP on 1/6 commission: ‘These people are dangerous’

Trump seeks to cement hold on GOP as he makes his first major post-presidential appearance https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2172352005586/trump-seeks-to-cement-hold-on-gop

McCarthy: ‘I would bet my house’ GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022

President Biden has brought back bipartisan meetings at the White House that diminished under his predecessor, trying to find common ground with Republicans even as they remain far apart on issues related to the next round of coronavirus relief.

# Law Enforcement
FBI probe of Capitol riot focuses on video of chemicals being sprayed on officer who later died. Investigators have uncovered video appearing to show someone spraying a chemical irritant at Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick and other law enforcement personnel fending off rioters in last month’s attack, though they have yet to identify the person or tie the activity directly to Sicknick’s death https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/fbi-focus-chemical-spray-video-brian-sicknick-death

Law Enforcement and the Problem of White Supremacy: Police chiefs have tended to dismiss the political activities of their officers as their First Amendment right to express themselves.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
NY DA Cy Vance Investigating Steve Bannon for State Crimes: Trump’s Pardon Can’t Help Him Now. Steve Bannon may have won a battle by accepting a Trump pardon to help him get out of his federal prosecution, but may end up losing the war https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-steve-bannon-manhattan-da-trump-pardon-20210224-lb2ovg243bcbxfubszinrsgc5y-story.html

People within the Trump Organization could turn on the former president.
The investigation from the Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance could target people who will flip ‘if they’re exposed to criminal liabilities,’ including Trump’s main accountant Allen Weisselberg https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/02/27/family-of-thieves-and-grifters-terrified-of-prison-trumps-accountant-could-turn-on-him/

Prosecutors: Oath Keepers had armed SWAT team ready to kill members of Congress-Pence on Jan 6 https://news.yahoo.com/oath-keepers-militia-ready-jan-165856299.html

Backlash Over the Equality Act Is Fueling State-Level Attacks on Trans Youth. Let’s not let the spectacle of congressional action lure us away from the life-threatening fights playing out locally.

# Media
White Journalists’ Use of the N-Word Is an Intolerable Assault on Black Freedom Two white journalists have stirred debate over their use of the n-word.
Historian Elizabeth Pryor offers her analysis.

# Medical / Health
By Putting Big Pharma’s Patents Before Patients, Doctors Will Further Erode Trust in Expert https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/02/24/putting-big-pharmas-patents-patients-doctors-will-further-erode-trust-experts

# Military / DOD
Pentagon releases training materials to address extremism. The Pentagon on Friday released documents meant to serve as training materials for the recent departmentwide stand down order to address extremism.

Biden Ordered U.S. Attack On Syria KillS 17. Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, affirmed that US troops’ presence in Syria is illegitimate.

# Murmurs of War
Threat level raised for US troops in Iraq; American contractors put on high alert https://americanmilitarynews.com/2021/02/us-urgently-raises-troop-threat-levels-in-iraq-over-possible-airstrike-retaliation-report/

US firepower in Syria strike is revealed as officials brace for Iran’s next move https://www.pehalnews.in/us-firepower-in-syria-strike-is-revealed-as-officials-brace-for-irans-next-move/586469/

# National Guard
# Nuclear / Radiation
# Other News
Anthony Hopkins Remembers It All: At eighty-three, the actor says, performing is easier than it’s ever been. Every role slips into the story of life. https://wbhnews.com/anthony-hopkins-remembers-it-all/

# Technology
Big Tech Shouldn’t Be the Arbiter of Our Free Speech Rights.
Corporations mustn’t be designated gatekeepers with the power to decide who gets to communicate and who doesn’t https://truthout.org/articles/big-tech-shouldnt-be-the-arbiter-of-our-free-speech-rights/

# Water
Biden Urged to Back ‘Bold, Reparative’ Water Justice Bill https://www.ecowatch.com/water-justice-bill-biden-2650811832.html

Like developing nations, Texas confronts lingering water crisis. More than 1,100 water suppliers have been affected, and nearly half the state’s residents scavenge for clean water. Among the places on Earth that best know calamity born of severe ecological disruption, Texas ranks near the top https://www.circleofblue.org/2021/world/like-developing-nations-texas-confronts-lingering-water-crisis/

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-02-26

Voices, The Peoples News

February 26, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous / Global
How colonial systems have left some First Nations without drinking water https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2021/02/18/how-colonial-systems-have-left-some-first-nations-without-drinking-water/#.YDhWNmhKhxA

# Animals / Pets / Food Recalls
Land use tied to ‘intersex’ smallmouth bass in Bay rivers. Scientists are still trying to sort out exactly what’s causing sexual abnormalities among smallmouth bass in Chesapeake Bay rivers. Study suggests farm conservation practices could reduce hormone-disrupting contaminants https://www.bayjournal.com/news/fisheries/land-use-tied-to-intersex-smallmouth-bass-in-bay-rivers/article_9c309c5e-76d4-11eb-b040-33d12a3b432e.html

‘Localized harassment’: RCMP patrol Wet’suwet’en territory despite UN calls for withdrawal https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/02/23/localized-harassment-rcmp-patrol-wetsuweten-territory-despite-un-calls-for-withdrawal.html

# Border / Immigration
Stimulus Checks to Be Issued to Illegal Immigrants as Part of New COVID Relief Package https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-covid-checks-mixed-status-f/fact-check-new-covid-19-relief-grants-checks-to-legal-members-of-mixed-immigration-families-not-to-illegal-immigrants-idUSKBN29A2KS

# Children / Youth
Lost Generation? America’s War Against Parents and the Destruction of Childhood https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/lost-generation-americas-war-against-parents-and-the-destruction-of-childhood/

# CoronaVirus
5 things to know before key FDA panel votes on Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine today.

Vaccine distribution to jump 40 percent next week, UPS executive says.

As coronavirus infection numbers drop, governors ease restrictions.

Vaccination “passports” may open society, but inequity looms.

The White House is asking social media companies to clamp down on chatter that deviates from officially distributed COVID-19 information as part of President [sic] Biden’s “wartime effort” to vanquish the coronavirus https://nypost.com/2021/02/19/white-house-working-with-social-media-to-silence-anti-vaxxers/

Paid to stay home – coronavirus aid bill pays Federal employees with kids out of school up to $21K

“Long Covid”: 1 in 10 COVID-19 Survivors Face Lingering and Debilitating Symptoms, WHO Warns

# Economy / Trade
Can Uncle Sam afford a $1.9 trillion stimulus? President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are pushing for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. Congress has already approved $4 trillion in pandemic relief and stimulus measures and billions of that money has yet to be spent.

# Employment / Labor
Senate parliamentarian rules against inclusion of the minimum wage.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Texas’s deregulated electricity market raised consumer costs by $28B

Amid lawsuits, Delaware River Basin Commission makes fracking ban permanent The formal ban came a month after a federal judge set an October trial date to hear a challenge to the drilling moratorium.

The Quiet Winner of the Texas Energy Crisis, Macquarie. An Australian investment bank, is poised to profit heavily off Texas’s briefly surging energy prices during the snowstorm. The Biden infrastructure program could be its next conquest https://prospect.org/environment/macquarie-quiet-winner-of-the-texas-energy-crisis/

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Here’s why Alberta’s ban on mountaintop-removal mining won’t affect proposed coal mines in the Rockies https://thenarwhal.ca/alberta-mountaintop-removal-mining-ban-mines-unaffected/

‘This is something to celebrate’: B.C. defers logging in home of Canada’s last three wild spotted owls https://thenarwhal.ca/logging-deferred-bc-valleys-spotted-owls/

# Environment / Climate / Interior
The Terrifying Warning Lurking in the Earth’s Ancient Rock Record. Our climate models could be missing something big.

Five things to watch at CPAC: Republicans are gathering in Orlando this week for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual event that allows grassroots activists, prominent commentators and lawmakers to rub elbows while discussing the present and future state of the GOP https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/374968-five-things-to-watch-for-at-cpac

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Information on factory farms is spotty at best. CAFOs have been a point of contention between the livestock industry and environmental activists since they began to proliferate in the 1990s https://investigatemidwest.org/2021/02/25/information-on-factory-farms-is-spotty-at-best-the-government-has-been-hogtied-from-doing-more/

Portland group key to convincing General Mills to drop chemical from mac-and-cheese processing https://www.pressherald.com/2021/02/24/portland-group-key-to-convincing-general-mills-to-drop-chemical-from-mac-and-cheese-brand-packaging/

Pandemic may have left over 250 million people with acute food shortages in 2020 As Black and Latinx families experience disproportionate food insecurity, experts warn of famine in dozens of countries.

Flying Robo Harvester Picks Ripe Fruit, Set To Displace Humans. It’s no secret by now that the rise of automation and robots is projected to displace millions of jobs in the coming years.

# Global Politics and other news
Annals of Inquiry: Seeking the true story of the comfort women. A Harvard professor’s dubious scholarship reignited a history of mistrust between South Korea and Japan. (Scroll for story)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the October 2018 killing of U.S.-based journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a declassified report released by the Biden administration

# Gov / Politics
Native American nominee Haaland’s grilling raises questions of bias.

Blockbuster: Biden Speaks to Saudi King, Demands MBS Be Removed from Any Authority https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/02/25/blockbuster-biden-speaks-to-saudi-king-demands-mbs-be-removed-from-any-authority/

Austin eyes rolling back Trump-era policy on special operations/political assassinations https://finance.yahoo.com/news/austin-eyes-rolling-back-trump-174924742.html

Dozens of House Democrats want Biden to give up sole authority to launch nuclear weapons. Democrats offered some alternatives to sole nuclear authority, such as requiring the vice president and House speaker to agree with a launch order from the president before it is executed, according to Politico.

Cost of War: US ‘counterterrorism’ activities in 85 countries. “If the U.S. is truly to end the post-9/11 wars and related activities around the world, then the U.S. public and its leaders must take a broader view of their reach.”

Jan. 6 Militia Truck Belongs to Hitler-Quoting Rep’s Husband. At least one baseball-bat-wielding man tied to the far-right militia group has been arrested for his alleged role in the insurrection.

Senate Republicans are setting their sights on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, as their next target in the battle over Biden’s Cabinet.

# Law Enforcement
Ex-undercover officer admits role in FBI and NYPD conspiracy targeting Malcolm X The FBI and New York City Police Department face renewed calls to open their records into the assassination of Malcolm X.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Black officers who defended the Capitol against rioters tell of confronting racism as well as a mob.

Colorado Sgt. to Judge: Show Mercy to Rioter Who Beat Cop. “I still believe Jeff Sabol to be an honorable person… and a good human being,”
the unnamed sergeant wrote in a letter of support.

# Military / DOD
The United States carried out an airstrike in Syria against a structure belonging to what it said [but not yet proven] were Iran-backed militia, two officials told Reuters https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-syria-strike/exclusive-u-s-carries-out-airstrike-against-iranian-backed-militia-target-in-syria-officials-idUSKBN2AP33D

# National Guard
The National Security State Doesn’t Protect Us. Let’s Redefine Security for All.
Living under COVID for the past year has driven home the reality that militarization doesn’t buy security.

# Nuclear / Radiation
Water leaks indicate new damage at Fukushima nuclear plant https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-02-19/water-leaks-indicate-new-damage-at-fukushima-nuclear-plant

# Other News
QAnon Shaman Whines: Trump Groomed Me and Millions of Others. The most famous Capitol rioter has recently become far more willing to publicly criticize the former president than most Republican lawmakers.

Trump reemerges to legacy being erased by Biden.

At conservative gathering, ideas fall to an airing of Trump grievances.

McConnell says he’d back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee.

# Technology
Elon Musk: Tesla Business Is Not About ‘Winning Anyone Over’ – Battery Cells Are to Supplement Max Production of Suppliers! Elon Musk explains the nature of its business, and its not about profit or appeasing anyone over its products!

Apple Glass Specs and More: Microphones Could Locate Indistinct Audio, Capable of Self-Cleaning! A rumored device is believed to be incorporated with Apple Glass which comes with a microphone with an audio-detection feature.

Big Tech Shouldn’t Be the Arbiter of Our Free Speech Rights.
Corporations mustn’t be designated gatekeepers with the power to decide who gets to communicate and who doesn’t.

# UFO’s
FBI Investigating Mystery Object Seen Over New Mexico. The radio transmission regarding a rogue cylindrical-shaped object traveling at high-speed near the Airbus A320 is authentic. American Airlines confirmed that their flight crew called in a flying object that “almost looked like a cruise missile” somewhere over New Mexico.

# United Nations
Leaked Emails Confirm UN Gave Names of Dissidents to CCP –At least one dissident identified by the UN and detained by the CCP before leaving for Geneva, Cao Shunli, died while in detention.

# Water
Congress on track to approve millions more in federal funding for water debt relief First-ever federal program for household water-bill assistance could see another $500 million.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-02-23

Voices, The Peoples News

February 23, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Standing Rock activist imprisoned for resisting grand jury. There are signs of hope for anti-pipeline movements, yet water protectors are still facing recriminations years after Standing Rock.

# Indigenous / Global
Bad water sickens First Nations. But government doesn’t track the toll.
Data to identify and fix problems don’t exist. The ‘black hole,’ say critics, lets feds off the hook. A special report.

# Archaeology
# Border / Immigration
Biden Admin Reopens Trump-Era Migrant Child Center in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Government officials justified the move by saying there’s been a massive recent spike in unaccompanied children crossing the border.

Anti-Immigrant Racism Complicates COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in the South.
The aggressive anti-immigrant attitudes of the Trump era are hindering vaccination efforts among immigrant populations.

# Bundy Rides Again
Far-Right Leader of Bundy Crew Busted for Wild Threats. A top player in a crew behind aggro COVID-19 protests got popped over a bizarrely personal beef with local law-enforcement.

# CoronaVirus
What’s Safe After COVID-19 Vaccination? Don’t Shed Masks Yet

‘Why would anyone get the jab after this?’: AP criticized for saying Covid vaccination WON’T bring life back to normal https://www.npr.org/2020/12/11/945360045/dr-paul-offit-discusses-fda-panels-vote-on-pfizer-vaccine

Pandemic May Have Left 265 Million People With Acute Food Shortages in 2020. As Black and Latinx families experience disproportionate food insecurity, experts warn of famine in dozens of countries.

World Health Organization Urges Rich Countries to Stop Undermining Efforts to Vaccinate Poorer Ones. Experts are urging advanced economies to share their vaccine stockpiles in order to end the pandemic sooner.

Held to ransom’: Pfizer demands governments gamble with state assets to secure vaccine deal. “Pfizer and BioNTech are firmly committed to working with governments and other relevant stakeholders to ensure equitable and affordable access to our Covid-19 vaccine for people around the world.”

# Economy / Trade
Trump Salary: Donation Was 0.1 Percent of Reported $1.6 Billion He Made in Office.
Financial disclosures show that Trump earned over $1.6 billion from his own properties, much of it at taxpayer expense.

# Education / Schools
Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen. The spate of student suicides in and around Las Vegas has pushed the Clark County district, the nation’s fifth largest, toward bringing students back as quickly as possible https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/24/us/politics/student-suicides-nevada-coronavirus.html

# Employment / Labor
‘This is unacceptable’: Progressives reject Manchin plan to cut $15 minimum wage proposal to $11. The $15 minimum wage is overwhelmingly popular with the American people. One person should not be allowed to hold relief hostage.

Big Texas Corporations Demand Storm Survivors Go Without Pay. A slew of big-time companies are slapping those reeling from historic devastation with an ugly choice: Use vacation days or go without pay.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather. Texas regulators and lawmakers knew about the grid’s vulnerabilities for years, but time and again they furthered the interests of large electricity providers.

Texas Blackout Reveals Deep Impact of Environmental Racism, Aid Organizers Say Calls are growing for Texas to join national power grids — and for a broader reckoning on environmental justice.

Texas Electric Grid Board Members Resign After Mass Outages. ERCOT chairwoman Sally Talberg and at least three other board members announced their departures in a joint letter Tuesday.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Texas’ freeze was one part of a long disaster we’re still living through. It’s been just four years since Texas’ last “once in a century”
disaster, and it’s the latest in a long line of previously unthinkable climate catastrophes along the Gulf Coast region. After each one, the recovery effort seems to go slower, take longer, and leave more people in the cold.

As Millions in Texas Lack Safe Water, Activists Rally for Green New Deal. Youth leaders with the Sunrise Movement rallied at Texas’ capitol in response to the state’s cascading crises.

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is confirmed (again). After a 92-7 vote, the former governor of Iowa will reprise his role heading up USDA.

USDA is letting schools serve free meals during the pandemic. Officials fear an unintended funding gap.

The CDC recommended states prioritize farm workers for the Covid-19 vaccine. Some large agricultural states have not.

# General News
Trump campaign paid millions to Jan. 6 Capitol riot. “It was his duty as commander-in-chief to stop the violence. And he alone had that power because they believed that they were following his orders. They said so.”

# Global Politics and other news
Iran and IAEA reach ‘temporary’ agreement to maintain nuclear surveillance https://www.euronews.com/2021/02/21/un-nuclear-chief-in-iran-ahead-of-sanctions-deadline

FM Zarif: Iran expects compensation for $1 trillion damage inflicted by US sanctions: FM Zarif:: “Compensations will take the form of reparation, or the form of investment”

# Gov / Politics
NATO’s expanding role hides the reality of a US empire in decline. The pivot toward defining Russia and China as potential adversary is drawn, from the insecurity of a U.S. in decline.

Escalating the new Cold War with Russia via Ukraine.     A look at “Ukrainegate” and Joe Biden’s part in it.

Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More, Threatening the First Amendment.     House Democrats are getting closer and closer to the constitutional line, if they have not already crossed it.

What Planet Is NATO Living On? Despite its recent failures in Afghanistan and Libya, NATO is turning its military madness toward two more formidable, nuclear-armed enemies: Russia and China.

Watch live: Senate hearing on Capitol security breach: Two Senate committees are holding a joint hearing to examine the failures that led to the breach of the Capitol by a mob of former President Trump’s supporters on Jan 6.

# Law Enforcement
Police Probe Video of Cop With Arm Around Black Teen’s Neck. A short clip shared by the 13-year-old boy’s family shows him lying face up while the officer restrains him with one arm below his neck.

Yet Another Proud Boy Charged With Conspiracy for Riots. Ryan Ashlock was caught on camera clad in tactical gear and pushing against police barriers as his fellow Proud Boys stormed the Capitol.

Five charged with Proud Boys conspiracy in deadly U.S. Capitol attack https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-capitol-arrests/five-charged-with-proud-boys-conspiracy-in-deadly-u-s-capitol-attack-idUSKBN2AB24L

Ahmaud Arbery’s Estate Alleges Massive Police ‘Cover Up’: A lawsuit filed on the one-year anniversary of Arbery’s killing also alleges the men charged with his murder were unlawfully deputized by Glynn County cops.
See also: Arbery Lawsuit

The FBI Warned Congress of Right-Wing Violence Before Jan. 6th. Capitol Police Leaders Never Saw the Report. Former security officials pointed fingers at each other over failures that led to the insurrection.

Jail Won’t Solve White Supremacist Violence. Here’s How to Truly Confront It. To fight white supremacist violence, we must abolish the systems that perpetuate it, like the prison-industrial complex.

All 7 Cops Off the Hook for Daniel Prude’s Suffocation Death. Prude was pinned on the ground as Rochester cops handcuffed him and put a mesh spit hood over his head.

Police had no legal reason to stop or frisk Elijah McClain, an independent report found. The new independent review found it was the first in a series of unjustified and violent actions taken by officers that led to the 23-year-old Black man being placed in a chokehold and injected with ketamine before he died.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Officials charged with protecting the Capitol the day a mob overwhelmed police and forced the evacuation of lawmakers are expected to be grilled at a Tuesday hearing as Congress begins a public examination into the security lapses of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The Republicans Finally Face Merrick Garland—and Act as if They Were the Ones Unfairly Treated.

Corporate Lawyers Line Up for Justice Department Top Slots. Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland defended hiring lawyers with Big Tech experience at yesterday’s confirmation hearing.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Feds Shouldn’t Waste Resources On Marijuana Enforcement In Legal States, Biden AG Pick Says https://www.marijuanamoment.net/marijuana-enforcement-is-a-perfect-example-of-racial-discrimination-biden-ag-pick-garland-says/

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) tweeted, “States that have legalized marijuana have seen a boom in business, tourism, and tax revenue, & a drop in incarceration. As a co-sponsor of the MORE Act, I hope to see New Mexico join them and help restore communities hurt by the failed War on Drugs.”

# Space
# Technology
A new form of exploitation, known as “stakeholder capitalism,” is already being tested in many places around the world and prisons are among the main targets for its implementation, as they provide an ideal and literally captive market for its proof of concept.

Facebook Ends Australia News Ban After Talks With Zuckerberg https://www.thedailybeast.com/facebook-ends-australia-news-ban-after-talks-with-zuckerberg

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-02-21

Voices, The Peoples News

February 21, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Urging Biden to Stop Line 3, Indigenous-Led Resistance Camps Ramp Up Efforts to Slow Construction. Biden has pledged to make environmental justice, including Native rights, a cornerstone of his climate policy, but his response to Line 3 remains uncertain.

# CoronaVirus
Robotic dogs, laughter therapy and mindfulness are some of the ways that might help people — particularly the elderly — cope with loneliness and social isolation while social distancing, say researchers.

Whistleblower Video Footage of Forced COVID Vaccines in German Nursing Homes Goes Public – Attorney: “We’re Dealing with Homicide, Maybe Even Murder”

CDC: 929 Dead 15,923 Injured Reported Following Experimental mRNA COVID Injections https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/cdc-929-dead-15923-injured-reported-following-experimental-mrna-covid-injections/

Wuhan Lab Eligible to Receive US Taxpayer Funding Through 2024, NIH Confirms https://nypost.com/2021/02/19/china-lab-probed-for-covid-to-get-us-funds-until-2024-report/

Central N.Y. school district closes after many staff sick with side effects from COVID vaccine https://www.syracuse.com/schools/2021/02/central-ny-school-district-closes-after-many-staff-sick-with-side-effects-from-covid-vaccine.html

78-year-old woman dies at California vaccination site after being inoculated https://www.dailyhindnews.com/78-year-old-woman-dies-at-california-vaccination-site-after-being-inoculated/

House Resolution to Recognize the Significant Role Vitamin D Plays in the Fight Against COVID-19

# Education / Schools
Depression, anxiety, loneliness are peaking in college students. New nationwide survey data uncovers college students’ current mental health challenges and needs.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
‘Man-Made Disaster’: Texas Death Toll Keeps Growing From Brutal Cold Snap. “When the dust settles, people deserve answers and accountability,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

Billions in damage across the South prompts focus on who’s to blame, and who will pay https://oltnews.com/billions-of-damage-in-the-south-prompt-focus-on-who-is-to-blame-and-who-will-pay-washington-post

A Disillusioned ExxonMobil Engineer Quits to Take Action on Climate Change and Stop ‘Making the World Worse’

Nevada lithium mine kicks off a new era of Western extraction. The hastily approved project went forward without comment from the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe.

‘He Is Lying. People Are Dying’: Calls for Texas Governor to Resign as He Blames Power Outages on Wind and Solar https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/02/17/he-lying-people-are-dying-calls-texas-governor-resign-he-blames-power-outages-wind

# Environment / Climate / Interior
The United States has Rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement. Now Comes the Daunting Part.

Transforming to an Ecological Civilization: The Alternative Is Unthinkable. A society based on natural ecology might seem like a far-off utopia—yet communities everywhere are already creating it.

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
3 technologies poised to change food and the planet

# Food Recalls / Alerts
Ineligible French company sent pork pâté to U.S.; nationwide recall now underway https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2021/02/ineligible-french-company-sent-pork-pate-to-u-s-nationwide-recall-now-underway/

Listeria outbreak investigation leads to recall of soft, Queso style cheeses https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2021/02/listeria-outbreak-investigation-leads-to-recall-of-soft-queso-style-cheeses/

# General News
Cities Are Razing Homeless Encampments Despite Record Cold Weather and COVID. Municipalities are flouting CDC advice and carrying out forcible evictions of the unhoused during a record-cold winter.

# Gov / Politics
Republicans are worried that the battle between former President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could torpedo their efforts to win back majorities in the House and Senate in 2022.

Cancun fallout threatens to deal lasting damage to Cruz. The political fallout from Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) ill-timed flight to Mexico this week is poised to last much longer than his 24-hour trip south of the border.

The elephant in the room: Trump’s lingering power. Americans should pause to talk about the elephant in the room: the continued political relevance of Donald Trump even though he no longer holds elected office.

New stars on the American flag? Fresh hope as Puerto Rico and DC push for statehood https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/20/puerto-rico-washington-dc-statehood-politics

Capitol assault a more sinister attack than first appeared

Trump is set to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) later this month in Orlando, Fla.,  his first public appearance since leaving the White House.

Donald Trump (R-Mar-a-Lago) Is the Republican Party Now. All it took for Republicans to fall back in line is the threat of death-by-primary, since for so many of them, political death is more frightening than the real thing.

Mar-a-Lago used to be an example of Trump’s corruption. Now it’s a pilgrimage destination for those who want an audience with a failed former president.

Trump gears up for war with his own party. Cocooned in Mar-a-Lago, the newly acquitted ex-president is stepping up his political activities.

Republicans condemned Trump. Now they’re seeking his help.

Trump wants to help GOP win in 2022, McCarthy says after Mar-a-Lago meeting https://nypost.com/2021/01/28/trump-wants-to-help-gop-win-in-2022-after-mar-a-lago-meeting-mccarthy/

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears poised to take on a high-profile ambassadorship for President Biden, a step likely to trigger contention with progressives who’ve balked at him taking a Cabinet role.

The Temporary Collapse Of Texas Is Foreshadowing The Total Collapse Of The United States https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/02/michael-snyder/the-temporary-collapse-of-texas-is-foreshadowing-the-total-collapse-of-the-united-states/

# Law Enforcement
Unprepared for COVID, Texas Women’s Prison Was Equally Unprepared for Uri. The recent winter storm left the nation’s only federal medical prison for women without heat or hot water.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Oath Keeper Retirees Charged With Conspiracy in Capitol Riot https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/539658-gop-mcconnell-trump-civil-war-will-hurt-republicans

‘No Regrets’: PA Police Officer Charged in Capitol Riots. North Cornwall Township patrolman Joseph Fisher was charged after posting a video of himself rushing a line of police officers during the Jan. 6 siege.

Six Capitol Police officers suspended, others investigated after Capitol riot https://thehill.com/homenews/news/539540-six-capitol-police-officers-suspended-others-investigated-after-capitol-riot

New York City tax agency subpoenaed in Trump criminal probe

Cy Vance hires top RICO (‘Racketeering’) prosecutor for Trump family criminal investigation https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/02/19/cy-vance-hires-top-rico-prosecutor-for-trump-family-criminal-investigation/

‘He Wants Us To Make It WILD’: Feds Lay Out How Trump Rhetoric Fueled Oath Keepers. Six additional people associated with the Oath Keepers organization were arrested this week in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Case Study Shows Cannabis Led to Remarkable Improvement in Childhood Autism Symptoms https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-37570-y

# Media
Cruz Went to Cancun. This MC Gave Out Free Water to Houston. Amid rampant price-gouging and a certain U.S. senator being a jerk, A.J.
McQueen stood up.

# Medical / Health
Democrats are hoping 2021 will be the year they accomplish their long-held goal of reigning in rising prescription drug costs by allowing the government to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies.

# Science
Scientists find unexpected animal life far beneath Antarctica’s floating ice shelves. The geologists used hot-water equipment to drill the borehole through more than half a mile of the ice shelf, on the southern edge of Antarctica’s Weddell Sea. The discovery of what appear to be sponges in the pitch-black seawater beneath almost half a mile of ice has biologists baffled.

Direct cloning method cartures novel microbial natural products https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210219190942.htm

# Weather
Texas power crisis points to challenges of renewable energy future https://news.yahoo.com/texas-power-crisis-points-challenges-110052216.html

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-02-18

Voices, The Peoples News

February 18, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration
Biden pushes expanded pathways to citizenship as immigration bill lands in Congress The Biden administration formally rolled out its major immigration bill, introducing legislation that would give 11 million people a path to U.S.

Tom Homan: ‘Biden has declared the entire country a sanctuary jurisdiction’

# CoronaVirus
DeSantis Threatens to Pull Vaccine From Places That Complain. “I wouldn’t be complaining,” the Florida governor said.

Why Politicians and Doctors Keep Ignoring the Medical Research on Vitamin D and Covid. Many doctors have ignored a growing body of evidence suggesting that Vitamin D can play a critically important role in the prevention and treatment of Covid-19.

Florida Gov. DeSantis Prioritizes Vaccines for Rich White Residents, Then Threatens Critics https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-ne-ron-desantis-vaccine-politics-20210217-cgew27q23fhknh7rpr3h4sf5dy-story.html

Mexico Denounces Vaccine Hoarding as U.N. Warns 130 Nations Have Yet to Receive Any Vaccines https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/18/wildly-unfair-un-says-130-countries-have-not-received-a-single-covid-vaccine-dose

Top Executives at Vaccine Manufacturers Sold $500 Million in Stocks Last Year https://www.livemint.com/companies/news/insiders-at-covid-19-vaccine-makers-sold-nearly-500-million-of-stock-last-year-11613637335300.html

Former Detroit TV Anchor Karen Hudson-Samuels Suddenly Dies One Day After Being Injected with Experimental mRNA COVID Shot https://nypost.com/2021/02/18/former-news-anchor-dead-one-day-after-receiving-covid-19-vaccine/

The US is deploying nearly 5,000 active-duty troops to vaccinate America for COVID-19 https://wtop.com/coronavirus/2021/02/troops-to-head-to-texas-to-help-with-vaccinations-in-wake-of-storm/

A small Georgia town was trying to play by the rules. The state seized its vaccines anyway.

Biden to commit $4 billion in funding to global vaccine initiative https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/539468-biden-to-commit-2-billion-in-immediate-funding-to-global-vaccine

# Economy / Trade
Democrats put the Biden stimulus on a 10-day fast track for a House vote.

Ro Khanna Introduces Bill to End ‘Runaway Tax Evasion’ by US Millionaires and Billionaires. “The wealthiest 1% are responsible for roughly 70% of the ‘tax gap,'” said the California Democrat. “It’s time every American pay their fair share.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
‘People Are Greedy’: The Absurd Power Bills Slamming Texans. As millions of Texans remain in the dark amid power outages from a historic winter storm, wild swings in the price of power have left others with bills they simply can’t afford.

Negligence and unjust policy decisions have left Black, brown and poor people in the United States disproportionately vulnerable whenever disaster strikes, as exemplified in Texas.

Dallas Judge: Three GOP Governors ran Texas like the Old Soviet Union…and now People are Dying. Gas pipelines are regulated by the Texas Railroad Commission A whopping 4.3 million in Texas are without power, as of this morning, with no real information about when power will be restored.

Texas Is Running Out of Food, Water as Catastrophe Goes On. Some 400,000 North Texans are still without electricity three days into the crisis, and federal regulators are opening up an inquiry into what caused the outages.

More than 3 million customers around the country are still without electricity as another winter storm system hits the eastern U.S. today.

First responders are seeing a surge in carbon monoxide poisoning cases as people use stoves and cars to keep warm, with at least two deaths in Texas and four in Oregon so far.

‘Blood Is on Abbott’s Hands’: Anger at GOP Leaders Surges as Food, Water Shortages Compound Texas Power Crisis https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/02/18/blood-abbotts-hands-anger-gop-leaders-surges-food-water-shortages-compound-texas

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Frontline Organizations Demand a Just Recovery After Millions are Left to Freeze in the Face of Another Climate Catastrophe in Texas & the Southeast https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2021/02/18/frontline-organizations-demand-just-recovery-after-millions-are-left-freeze-face?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=AO&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_content=email&utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Texas Is Still Powerless, Heatless, Waterless. But a Growing Group of Chefs Are Freely Distributing Food and Cash.

‘Meat of the future’: KFC to ‘3D bioprint’ meat using ‘animal flesh cells’

# Gov / Politics
It’s a Grand Old Party of Thugs, Terrorists, Racists & Dopes. They don’t see the attempted insurrection of Jan. 6 as a crime, or even a loss of control to the most extreme elements of the party. They see it as a failure to seize control.

US sells $200m in weapons to Egypt despite human rights abuses https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/17/us-sells-200m-in-weapons-to-egypt-despite-human-rights-abuses

Biden plans to ‘recalibrate’ Saudi relations in shot at MbS – White House https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-usa-biden/biden-plans-to-recalibrate-saudi-relations-in-shot-at-mbs-white-house-idUSKBN2AG2AR

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) confirmed he flew to Mexico with family members Wednesday evening, responding for the first time to widespread backlash in his home state that’s been battered by a severe winter storm.

The war between former President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is likely to turn into a battle over money as Republican donors will be forced to choose between Trump-backed and GOP-establishment candidates.

# Law Enforcement
Former prison officials plead guilty to bribery scheme. “Our Office will continue to seek equal justice under the law and hold accountable government officials who corrupt their oaths and betray the public’s trust.”

6 Capitol Cops Suspended, 35 Under Investigation After Riot. The force has been criticized for allowing rioters to breach the Capitol on Jan. 6.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Minnesota House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee approved a marijuana legalization bill that’s sponsored by the majority leader and speaker. The legislation is set to go through up to a dozen panels before hitting the floor https://www.marijuanamoment.net/minnesota-marijuana-legalization-bill-approved-in-first-committee-vote/

Hawaii Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee approved a bill to legalize marijuana as well as another one to expand the state’s existing cannabis decriminalization law.

President Joe Biden said, at a CNN town hall, “No one should go to jail for a drug offense. No one should go to jail for the use of a drug. They should go to drug rehabilitation.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) tweeted, “Cannabis justice is a racial justice issue. But, it’s not enough to just legalize cannabis. We need to invest in Black and brown entrepreneurs, expunge nonviolent criminal records, and use the tax money to fund social programs.”

# Media
74 members of Congress ask Biden for an immediate filling of vacancies on the Postal Service Board of Governors, so they can dispatch Louis DeJoy. (House letter)

# Medical / Health
Winter Storms Cause Dire Water Outages at Austin Hospitals. The health-care facilities are rescheduling elective surgeries, discharging patients, and telling staff to put human waste in biohazard bags.

Biden’s Health Plan Shifts Even More Public Dollars Into Private Hands.
Biden’s American Rescue Plan, like the Affordable Care Act, does not move us any closer toward a single-payer system.

# Military / DOD
A Third of Servicemembers Refuse to Be Vaccinated: Pentagon: Officials stressed that the vaccine is “clearly safe” but acknowledged a need for more education.

# Technology
BREAKING: Did Google Just Get Into Bed with Fox News? Google will start paying Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., parent of Fox News, for the use of its journalism in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia

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