Voices, The Peoples News
March 14, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate
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# Indigenous / Global
How Indigenous guardians are reinforcing sovereignty and science: From catching poachers to documenting species to saving lives, guardians all along the B.C. coast are bringing back traditional practices https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thenarwhal.ca/indigenous-guardians-conservation-bc/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g499YsipnbBIqtLZSjKUAD8CV1MmOAAgpwr2MX3-uTdQeyNzh62wtPPPDiNafRGfvIHz$
# Border / Immigration
Biden Administration Fights in Court To Uphold Some Trump-Era Immigration Policies https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.npr.org/2021/09/20/1038918197/the-biden-administration-is-fighting-in-court-to-keep-a-trump-era-immigration-po__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g499YsipnbBIqtLZSjKUAD8CV1MmOAAgpwr2MX3-uTdQeyNzh62wtPPPDiNafd9B2kEn$
# Children / Youth
Texas ordered a Bastrop foster care shelter for kids who have been victims of sex trafficking to immediately shut down on Friday after a court revealed that staff members were trafficking the children in their care.
# Economy / Finance / Trade
Fed to start rate hikes with license to turn aggressive later: The Federal Reserve will this week start a multi-month marketing campaign to conquer inflation that might see Chair Jerome Powell shifting much more aggressively after Russia’s struggle on Ukraine fanned costs additional.
Five things to know about the $1.5 trillion spending bill Congress just passed.
# Education / Schools
W. Virginia Senate Misses Deadline to Pass School Race Bill. The state legislature lumbered on towards the midnight deadline, failing to pass a bill that would dictate how race is taught in public schools.
Trump Commands Followers to “Lay Down Their Lives” to Stop Critical Race Theory Trump’s incendiary rhetoric was reminiscent of his speech to his loyalists prior to the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Ross Ramsey writes about the political fight over Texas’ energy grid this election season, and all the work lawmakers still have to do to secure it.
As the US rushes after the minerals for the energy transition, a 150-year-old law allows mining companies free reign on public lands https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://insideclimatenews.org/news/13032022/as-the-us-rushes-after-the-minerals-for-the-energy-transition-a-150-year-old-law-allows-mining-companies-free-reign-on-public-lands/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g499YsipnbBIqtLZSjKUAD8CV1MmOAAgpwr2MX3-uTdQeyNzh62wtPPPDiNafV1O1f1G$
If Only There Were an Infrastructure Bill to Deal With This Oil Crisis.
By pouring money into fossil fuel infrastructure, the bipartisan law is already showing its tragic inadequacies.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals / Global US Russian oil ban ‘stupidest’ move – ConocoPhillips CEO –Gas prices hit $4.17 per gallon nationally on Tuesday – AAA https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2022-03-08/average-price-for-a-gallon-of-gas-in-us-hits-a-record-4-17__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g499YsipnbBIqtLZSjKUAD8CV1MmOAAgpwr2MX3-uTdQeyNzh62wtPPPDiNafX7c4EMd$
Germany’s Fight to Replace Russian Gas With Renewables Has Huge Implications for Climate Change. While American oil and gas companies eye new opportunities in Europe, German lawmakers want to accelerate the transition to wind and solar. It won’t be easy.
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Western U.S.’s Worst Drought in 1,200 Years Brings Year-Long Fire Season. The faster we get “firewise,” the less destruction our fires will bring.
PFAS are leaving a chemical fingerprint in pine needles. Every pine needle tested in a North Carolina State University study contained PFAS chemicals—with researchers finding more than 70 different types of the compounds.
A growing force in the climate movement: Moms. Activists are deploying the moral authority of mothers to push for climate action. Their protests must steer clear of nap time.
# Environment / Climate / Global
Something stinks: Ontario politicians have dodged York Region’s sewage problem for 13 years. Georgina Island First Nation and other nearby residents don’t trust that technology will protect Lake Simcoe from more wastewater.
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other ‘Organic label doesn’t always mean safer,’ study finds: Spinosad insecticide more damaging to beneficial insects than synthetic imidacloprid neonicotinoid banned in Europe https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/03/07/organic-label-doesnt-always-mean-safer-study-finds-spinosad-insecticide-found-to-be-more-damaging-to-beneficial-insects-than-synthetic-imidacloprid-neonicotinoid-banned-in-europe/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g499YsipnbBIqtLZSjKUAD8CV1MmOAAgpwr2MX3-uTdQeyNzh62wtPPPDiNafQ5LmFfY$
Genetically Modified Cattle Coming To A Plate Near You. Scientists have been changing genes in livestock embryos for decades in efforts to boost production. And it might be time for them to show up on your plate.
Genetically Modified Fish Being Challenged By FOIA Request: Nonprofit organization Center for Food Safety (CFS) on Wednesday claimed that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration knowingly withheld documents that show genetically modified (GM) farmed salmon do, in fact, pose a risk to the environment.
FDA Sued Over Failure to Release Documents Regarding Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon, Planned Ohio Production Facility https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/6589/fda-sued-over-failure-to-release-documents-regarding-approval-of-genetically-engineered-salmon-planned-ohio-production-facility__;!!On18fmf1aQ!g499YsipnbBIqtLZSjKUAD8CV1MmOAAgpwr2MX3-uTdQeyNzh62wtPPPDiNafQxclNmx$
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other / Global Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Is Predicted to Worsen Existing Famines.
Russia and Ukraine are major food exporters. This war threatens to drive millions more into food insecurity globally.
# Global Politics
Moscow and Kiev may soon come to agreement – Russian negotiator –Ukraine said Russia was seeing the situation “much more adequately”
# Gov / Politics
US, China officials to meet as tensions mount over Russia: U.S.
officials are accusing China of spreading Russian disinformation that could be a pretext for chemical or biological weapons attacks launched by Vladimir Putin’s forces in Ukraine.
Roger Stone Has Been Playing All Sides of the Gaetz Scandal. One of the most connected players in MAGA world just happened to advocate for pardons for three men tied to the Matt Gaetz sex investigation—and they’re not on the same side.
Virtually everyone in the MSM and government, from both parties, has become cheerleaders for war with Russia over Ukraine. Do you really want World War III, a nuclear war at that? Some idiots do!
Why Has the Biden Administration Hired 28 People With Ties to Saudi Arabia and the UAE?
Chomsky: Peace Talks in Ukraine “Will Get Nowhere” If U.S. Keeps Refusing to Join. The only way to bring this war to an end before it escalates, Noam Chomsky says, is through a negotiated settlement.
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Money-in-politics transparency is under threat and remains a critical fight today:
** Over $1 B in undisclosed “dark money” turbocharged the most expensive election in U.S. history; https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2021/02/2020-cycle-cost-14p4-billion-doubling-16/?utm_source=Website*Newsletter*Sign-Ups&utm_campaign=37a95ce6f2-3_14_SunshineWeekAppeal_1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6de008214b-37a95ce6f2-212560429__;Kys!!On18fmf1aQ!g499YsipnbBIqtLZSjKUAD8CV1MmOAAgpwr2MX3-uTdQeyNzh62wtPPPDiNafSCEvcGE$
** $2.1 B spent on online political ads by super PACs and shell companies backed by hidden donors since we started tracking; https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.opensecrets.org/online-ads?utm_source=Website*Newsletter*Sign-Ups&utm_campaign=37a95ce6f2-3_14_SunshineWeekAppeal_1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6de008214b-37a95ce6f2-212560429__;Kys!!On18fmf1aQ!g499YsipnbBIqtLZSjKUAD8CV1MmOAAgpwr2MX3-uTdQeyNzh62wtPPPDiNafUfiJ2Ia$
** And national parties and affiliated super PACs are reporting the most cash on hand ever at this point in a midterm cycle.
The custody battle before Texas’ efforts to investigate the families of
trans kids: Texas House candidate Jeff Younger credits himself as the
“tip of the spear” in Republican attacks against gender-affirming care,
which leading health care groups say is the best way to provide care to
Texas judge temporarily blocked all investigations of parents who
provide their transgender children with gender-affirming care. The
statewide injunction will remain in effect until the case is heard in July.
American Journalist Shot Dead by Russian Forces in Ukraine. Brent
Renaud, who has made documentaries from some of the worst hot spots on
the planet, was shot at a checkpoint while filming refugees trying to
escape the war.
Point: Postal ‘Reform’ Bill Doesn’t Deliver for America: While there is
a lot of talk about bipartisan cooperation in getting the measure passed
and hype about what it means to the U.S. Postal Service, the bill has
skirted the toughest and most important issues in postal reform.
Counterpoint: Repair of the Postal Service Is Within Reach: Fixing a
sabotaged institution is not always easy. In the case of the Postal
Service, relief is imminent.
# Medical / Health Care Global
Doctors Couldn’t Save Pregnant Woman Hit in Russian Shelling. A woman
photographed on a stretcher clutching her belly after the shelling of a
maternity clinic in Mariupol lost her baby and then died of her wounds.
# Medical / Health Care
Colorado Abortion Rights Bill Moves Forward After GOP-Led Filibuster
Fails. The bill recognizes that access to abortion and birth control are
fundamental rights for all residents in the state.
# Military / Global
How to understand Putin’s war against Ukraine: Russia is bombarding
major cities in Ukraine, more than a week into a war where Moscow has
faced setbacks on the battlefield — yet seems undeterred from its
campaign to take Ukraine.
Russia Intensifies Attacks in Ukraine’s West, Killing Dozens. Russia
continues to move west, striking within 10 miles of the NATO border and
warning that they won’t hesitate to hit the supply chain of incoming
Russian missiles strike key hub in supplying NATO weapons to Ukraine.
More than 30 Russian cruise missiles targeted the sprawling facility,
which lies not far from the border with NATO member Poland and that has
long been used to train Ukrainian military personnel.
Russian attacks hit at least 9 Ukrainian medical facilities, visual
evidence shows visual analysis verified nine incidents, including the
strike in Mariupol, where hospitals faced direct damage as a result of a
reported Russian attack.
Arms Shipments to Ukraine Are “Legitimate Targets,” Russia Warns U.S.:
The remarks from a top Russian diplomat have heightened fears of a
direct confrontation between the nuclear-armed powers.
Six Western fighters who came to Ukraine to join the new international
legion described a scene of utter devastation and chaos when Russian
missiles crashed down on a NATO training center on Sunday. At least 35
people were killed and 134 more were injured
Russia Widens Targets as Kyiv, Polish Border Come Under Attack
Why Putin Is Hell-Bent on Taking Ukraine’s Nuclear Reactors: The
takeover of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities is a vital part of the
Kremlin’s “fear and control” strategy in the war.
‘As many as 30 biological laboratories’ established in Ukraine actively
cooperating with U.S. military, Russian Defense Ministry says. The US
has “covered” Ukraine with a network of biolaboratories linked to the
Pentagon – Russian Defense Ministry
US Admits to Funding Biological Laboratories in Ukraine: State
Department official Victoria Nuland admitted that the US government is
funding biological laboratories in Ukraine, confirming what Washington
has long dismissed as “Russian propaganda.” Correspondent Dan Cohen
interviews journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva, who has investigated these
facilities in Eastern Europe.
Viewpoint—Many people believe ‘human biodiversity’ is alt-right code for
embracing racism. Here’s why they are dangerously wrong
Despite Seniors’ Strong Desire To Age In Place, The Village Model
Remains A Boutique Option. Can these grassroots organizations be seeded
far more widely in communities across the country as baby boomers age?
Can they move beyond their white, middle-class roots and attract a
broader, more diverse membership?
Invasion redraws the geopolitics of space: The International Space
Station is operating as normal, but other partnerships are unravelling.
Challenges are emerging for other space collaborations as Russia and
Western nations pull out of joint projects. Many that remain face
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