Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-17

Voices, The Peoples News

Nazilli May 17, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Fur & Feather Wildlife Rescue and Rehab (936-433-8434) Ways you can help us save a Life: We currently have 18 Raccoon, 21 Opossum, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Screech owls, 1 skunk, 1 mockingbird, 9 parrots and 1 bearded dragon in care, Some are long term permanent care. This is just at this moment, it could increase at any time. Below are links to different lists of items that are needed. ANY help is GREATLY APPRECIATED! We do this out of pocket for the love of all animals

# Archaeology
Antarctic Discovery Changes Everything We Thought We Knew About The Frozen Land: Antarctica’s Ross Island is a landmass formed by four volcanoes located in the Ross Sea. Naturally, it is an amazing area for researchers to explore. And that’s exactly what a few scientists did throughout the island’s subterranean caves. It was a dangerous mission, considering that the caves lie very close to an active volcano. For the researchers, though, their dangerous exploration was worth every minute. After collecting a few samples, they made a discovery that will change everything we think we know about the frozen continent.
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Incredible Discovery: Archaeologists Unearth Monumental Statue of Emperor Under Turkish Fountain: The archaeological team in Denizli, Turkey got the surprise of their lives when they unearthed an ancient artifact that nobody had anticipated finding! Who would have thought such a remarkable find was hiding beneath the earth?

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis commits troops to Gov. Greg Abbott’s border efforts: Greg Abbott asked other governors for help patrolling the Texas-Mexico border. Ron DeSantis answered the call. Although border encounters have fallen since Title 42 ended Thursday, Texas’ top Republican asks for “all available law enforcement personnel and resources.”

Tijuana expecting 40 percent of deported migrants in coming weeks: Tijuana officials are bracing for an increase in migrant deportations from the U.S. into their city. The city’s director of migrant affairs, Enrique Lucero, said that historically Tijuana gets 40 percent of all migrant deportations and expulsions from the United States.

# Chemicals
Three families vowed to stop a killer chemical: In the U.S., with its checkered history of weak worker and consumer protections, astonishingly few chemicals have ever met that fate. That’s how methylene chloride became a serial killer despite warnings of its fumes’ dangers before Hartley, Wynne and Atkins had even been born. No agency intervened as it struck down dozens of people, if not more, in recent decades. Connected by tragedy caused by deadly paint strippers, they achieved the seemingly impossible. Their advice could help you do the same. Here’s how they did it:

How did nonstick “forever chemicals” get into our food? Blame pesticides: The class of compounds used in nonstick pans and rain jackets aren’t used as pesticides. How did they contaminate them?

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Debt Limit Progress as Biden, McCarthy Name Top Negotiators to Avert National Default: The fresh set of negotiators means discussions are now largely narrowed to what the White House and McCarthy will accept in order to allow lawmakers to raise the debt limit in the coming days. The speaker said after a meeting with Biden and congressional leaders that a deal was “possible” by week’s end, even as, in McCarthy’s view, the two sides remained far apart for the moment.

The Narrative Shift of the Debt Ceiling Fight: How passing a bill gave Kevin McCarthy a momentary advantage that has yet to be counteracted

DeSantis Allows Anti-“Woke” Giveaway To Big Wall Street Donors: As private equity donated to groups supporting Ron DeSantis, he oversaw a billion-dollar transfer of state employees’ retirement dollars into underperforming firms.

The consequences of not raising the debt limit by June are massive and unprecedented: Once again, the debt ceiling is in the news and is a cause for concern. If the debt ceiling binds, and the U.S. Treasury does not have the ability to pay its obligations, the negative economic effects would quickly mount and risk triggering a deep recession. Without a debt limit increase, retirement savings accounts are expected to lose at least 20% of their value. Interest rates will surge, hurting businesses and increasing unemployment. It could even delay or disrupt Social Security payments.

Will there be Social Security payments in June 2023 if the debt ceiling is not raised? The last time the ceiling was raised was in December 2021, increasing the total budget to $31.4 trillion. According to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the country’s government would no longer be able to pay its financial responsibilities as of June 1, and would therefore face a default. Such an occurrence would affect monthly checks for Social Security, Medicare, payments to veterans and government workers including military personnel. Several government agencies would temporarily close, leaving millions of people unemployed.

Biden Is Considering Selling Out Poor Americans to Get a Debt Ceiling Deal: McCarthy is holding the economy hostage so that fewer poor Americans can access the country’s already paltry welfare state. What is this, the 1990s?

Some Senate Democrats urge Biden to prepare to invoke the 14th Amendment to lift the debt limit: Democratic senators led by Sen. Tina Smith (Minn.) are circulating a letter urging President Biden to invoke his constitutional authority under the 14th Amendment to raise the nation’s debt limit without having to pass legislation through Congress.

# Education / Schools
The Smartest Person Ever Enrolled At Harvard Was Actually An 11-Year-Old Boy: There’s something strange going on at Harvard. An 11-year-old-boy is addressing the crowd, and he’s being taken very seriously. He speaks about complex math, and what he says wows folks many decades his senior. No, this is definitely no normal kid. But who is he? And given that he was smarter than Einstein, why don’t you know his name? This genius never reached his full potential. And that has to make you ask: what happened?

Teacher bans ‘Cujo’ and gives fifth-grader ‘Hunger Games’: “How is this more appropriate? A book about children murdering children.” “Whoever controls the information, controls the world scenario, which is what we’re seeing in this country. Our greatest defense against ignorance, hate and extremism is the education and literacy of our children.”

‘Mommy, what if I die when I go back to school?’ In the wake of a horrific school shooting, Tennessee state Rep. Justin Pearson calls for Americans to stand up to the NRA and demand that the GOP finally take action on guns. Becky Hansen has a fourth-grader and a kindergartner who were at the Covenant School that day. Both remain traumatized. She told me that her five-year-old son is afraid to go back to school. “He said to me, ‘Mommy, what if I die when I go back to school?’”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry US backs Indonesian oil refinery despite pledge to end fossil fuel finance: The US has been accused of ‘breaking’ a key climate financing commitment by approving almost $100m in support for an overseas fossil fuel

California bill would hit oil companies with $1 million penalty for health impacts: The first of its kind legislation holds companies liable for illness from urban drilling.

Biden Administration Grants Key Permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline: The roughly 304-mile pipeline would allow it to deliver around 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from West Virginia to customers in the Mid- and South Atlantic.

The Biden administration is promoting a new liquefied natural gas complex on the Pacific Coast, with expanded subsidies from the bipartisan infrastructure bill and Inflation Reduction Act.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure EPA finally wakes up with stiff new climate rules: ‘They’ve hit full throttle’: A slew of anti-pollution, from toxic water to planet-heating emissions has been issued by an agency belatedly flexing its muscles. The EPA’s month of frenzied activity was crowned by the toughest ever limits upon carbon pollution from America’s power sector, with large, existing coal and gas plants told they must slash their emissions by 90% or face being shut down.

The world can cut plastic pollution by 80% by 2040, the UN says: Plastic pollution is a scourge that affects every part of the world, from the Arctic, to the oceans and the air we breathe.

Texas House advances a bill that would provide billions of dollars in water infrastructure improvements: House advances bill that could provide billions of dollars for new water projects and fixing aging infrastructure. The bill aims to create a water supply four times the size of Lake Livingston, one of the state’s largest reservoirs. But it may still be a ‘drop in the bucket’ compared to the state’s needs. The goals of the funds, he said, are to fix the state’s leaking and breaking water infrastructure as well as accelerate new, large water supply projects.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
WHO warns against sweeteners: Sweeteners don’t help people to lose weight in the long run and could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases if consumed continuously, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises. The guideline includes both artificial and natural sweeteners, such as aspartame and stevia.

# General News
Donald Trump is sowing doubts about the 2024 presidential election, warning about election interference nearly 18 months before votes are counted.

Former President Donald Trump is trying to turn criminal charges against him to his political advantage.

# Gov / Politics
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s priorities get watered down in the Texas House: House waters down some of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s priorities, adding to late-session uncertainty. Although the lower chamber backed the Senate’s action on gender-affirming care, it has been less accepting of school choice and attempts to rein in higher education.

Joe Biden Is In a World of Trouble: The Unanswered Questions Surrounding Joe Biden’s Classified Documents Scandal: What did he know, and when did he know it?

# Legal / DOJ
Top Attorney Ditches Trump’s Legal Team: Timothy Parlatore is said to have spoken personally with Trump about his departure, a move that comes as a special counsel investigation into the retention of classified documents shows signs of being in its final stages.

# Media
Postal Service Plan to Overcharge Americans: The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) wants to raise the price of a First-Class stamp to 66 cents. That is a 32% increase in less than four years.

USPS Cracking Down on Mail Theft—Expect These Changes to Your Mail: Mail theft has gotten worse. In a May 12 press release, the USPS confirmed that there has recently been an “increase in high volume mail theft incidents from mail receptacles including blue collection boxes.”

Google to start deleting THOUSANDS of Gmail accounts – is yours safe? Google warned that numerous accounts could be deleted from December 2023. Accounts that have failed to set up two-factor verification are at risk of deletion. Users that have not logged in for two years also risk being deleted from Google. Google has warned that numerous Gmail users will soon be wiped from the platform in an effort to tighten its security. The tech giant announced that thousands of abandoned email accounts could be deleted from December amid hacking and scam fears

# Social
Facial Recognition Used to Evict Single Mother for Taking Night Classes: Local officials across the US are using surveillance cameras equipped with facial recognition technology to ‘punish and evict public housing residents’, often for minor or even trivial offenses: Surveillance footage bolstered the New Bedford housing authority’s eviction claim that Acabou had broken a policy regarding how often a guest could visit overnight; the guest in question was her ex-husband, who Acabou says was there babysitting their shared child while she, a bus driver by day, was attending night classes to become a lab tech.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-16

Voices, The Peoples News

May 16, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Migrants to be housed in 6 more NYC school gyms – outraged parents say plan is ‘just insane’: At least six more Big Apple schools are set to start temporarily housing migrants in their gyms, prompting commotion on Monday among parents frantic over safety and potential learning disruptions. “To bus people to our school and expect the community to absorb them is just insane.”

Homeless vets are being booted from New York hotels to make room for migrants: Nearly two dozen struggling homeless veterans have been booted from upstate hotels to make room for migrants, says a nonprofit group that works with the vets. The nonprofit veteran organization Yerik Israel Toney (YIT) Foundation told the newspaper that nearly two-dozen U.S. military veterans were evicted last week by hotels in suburban New York City as the facilities seek to replace them with migrants.

Invasion Begins: Video Purportedly Shows Illegal Aliens Opening DHS Packets With Smartphones, Some Court Dates Not Until 2035: Share Share Share Share Share Share Tweet Share Share Flip It Comment Email Title 42, the Trump-era pandemic public health restrictions that became a key tool in turning back illegal aliens at the border, has officially come to an end. And with that end, officials have warned they expect up to 13,000 migrants to attempt to enter the country each day henceforth. If that number holds, you may see close to 5 million illegal aliens overrunning the border in the next year.

NYC mayor buses foreign nationals out of city, considers moving them to university housing, closed prison: After Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams blamed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for busing illegal foreign nationals from the border and creating a “crisis” in his city, he began the city’s first busing mission to New York suburbs

Fire, Razor Wire and the Beast: Scenes from a US Mexico Border Drama. As sirens wail in the background, migrant smugglers push adults and children through a hole beneath a border wall despite an officer’s demands on the other side that they return to Mexico. The videos have come to light amid a surge of migrant families arriving at the border, overwhelming processing and holding centers.

Border Industry Peddles Robot Dogs and AI Surveillance Amid End of Title 42: Blocks from a migrant camp in El Paso, executives at the Border Security Expo hawked dystopian tech designed to repress them.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Vaccines have not curbed death rates from COVID in countries around the world. There is no clear evidence that they have saved lives and they have probably done more to precipitate deaths than to avert them. This is a conclusion reached after completing a straightforward statistical study that compares the death rate from COVID to the level of vaccination within each of the individual countries.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
McCarthy Says Debt Limit Negotiators Still ‘Far Apart’: President Biden, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the three other top congressional leaders are set to meet again Tuesday as they try to work out a deal to raise the debt limit and avoid an economically devastating default.

# Education / Schools
Schools Are Pouring Millions Into AI-Powered Weapon Detection Systems. Do They Work? Over 65 school districts have bought or tested artificial intelligence gun detection from a variety of companies since 2018, spending a total of over $45 million, much of it coming from public coffers. “Private companies are preying on school districts’ worst fears and proposing the use of technology that’s not going to work.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry Biden EPA’s New Rule Puts Reliable Electricity at Risk, Experts Say: A new rule from the Biden Environmental Protection Agency is pushing America’s power grid to become greener, but energy experts say they are worried the results will be brown. The rules could produce a lack of available electricity leading to brownouts for businesses and households across the U.S.

Biden’s Carbon Capture Regulation Is Just What the Fossil Fuel Industry Wants: “Carbon capture and sequestration” isn’t proven to work and would exacerbate fossil fuel harms.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Biden Administration Says Mountain Valley Pipeline Can Run Through National Forest: The Jefferson National Forest is home to threatened species, waterways and old-growth forest.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Boosted by biotech: How scientists hope to deploy genome sequencing tech to disrupt the food and supplement space: It is estimated that two-thirds of European countries now use whole-genome sequencing (WGS) in food safety programmes. But it is time the technique is used to bring greater health benefits to functional foods

WHO advises not to use non-sugar sweeteners for weight control in newly released guideline: Results of the review also suggest that there may be potential undesirable effects from long-term use of NSS, such as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and mortality in adults. “Replacing free sugars with NSS does not help with weight control in the long term.”

# Gov / Politics / Global
Russian Hit Team Feared in Suspected Poisoning of Americans: The head of a U.S.-based nonprofit that fights against Russian repression, the Free Russia Foundation, says she was possibly poisoned by “some nerve agent”
while on a recent trip to Europe, in a possible sign that Russia’s poison team is targeting critics again.

# Gov / Politics
4 New Hampshire Republicans Who Endorsed Trump 19 Days Ago Are Now Backing Ron DeSantis: On Tuesday, officials at Never Back Down, the super PAC backing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, said Harvey-Bolia is throwing her support to their guy. She is one of four New Hampshire legislators, the others are Reps. Brian Cole, Lisa Smart and Debra DiSimone, whom Never Back Down identified as flipping from Trump to DeSantis as it rolled out endorsements from 51 lawmakers in the state who signed a pledge to back DeSantis. That’s not how Harvey-Bolia sees it.

Some U.S. Allies Finally Need to Improve Defenses, Including Getting Nukes: Instead of Biden pledging to go further in defending allies all over the world, he should be telling them that they’ll need to assume more responsibility for their own defenses. The most critical item, buried in most stories, was closer consultations between the two countries in the American provision of a nuclear umbrella over South Korea. This declaration of closer cooperation on nuclear options comes as North Korea allegedly tested a solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the United States.

Stage One of the manufactured crisis over the debt ceiling is the fast-approaching June 1 X-date, when the Treasury no longer has authorization from Congress to increase the public debt. Stage Two hits next fall when Congress takes up the budget for fiscal year 2024. The two deadlines are legally separate but politically related in several ways, none of them auspicious.

The Biden Administration and the Crossroads of Conflict: Permitting the escalation of war.

“Deplorable”: Former Sen. Doug Jones slams Tuberville for defending white nationalists in military: President Biden warned that white supremacy is the “most dangerous terrorist threat” facing the United States, and members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front marched Sunday on the National Mall, we look at how Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama is under fire for expressing support for white nationalists in the U.S. military.

Democrats Officially Move to Kick George Santos Out of Congress: On Wednesday, Rep. Robert Garcia (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution declaring that “Rep. George Santos be, and hereby is, expelled from the House of Representatives.”

MTG Wants to Impeach D.C. DA for Not Letting Jan. 6 Rioters Skate: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said on Tuesday that she will move to introduce articles of impeachment against FBI Director Christopher Wray and Matthew Graves, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

As Right-Wing Judiciary Thrashes Democracy, Dems Reintroduce Bill to Expand Supreme Court: “Our freedom to make decisions about our lives, bodies, and futures is at stake,” said the head of Planned Parenthood, which supports the legislation. “Everything is on the line: abortion rights, voting rights, LGBTQ+ rights, our democratic institutions, and our bodily autonomy.”

# Juvenile Justice System
13-Year-Olds Charged With Taxi Driver’s Murder: The boys, along with a 14-year-old, were trying to rob the victim before they killed him, prosecutors say.

A 12-year-old boy has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting a Sonic restaurant worker to death in Texas over the weekend.

How The Media Made A Villain Out Of Jordan Neely: As Penny surrendered to authorities Friday on a manslaughter charge, pleading not guilty, the city’s media apparatus faced an urgent question: How had the victim of a killing so quickly been made into the villain?

# Legal / DOJ
Hunter Biden case takes stark twist with allegation of retaliation against IRS whistleblower: Lawyers for whistleblower disclose to lawmakers sudden move, raise concerns of obstruction of congressional probe. The Justice Department removed an IRS whistleblower and his entire team from the criminal investigation of Hunter Biden’s taxes in what his lawyers described to Congress on Monday as an act of retaliation and possible obstruction of congressional inquiries, according to correspondence to lawmakers

DOJ ‘turning a blind eye’ as Biden corruption informant reportedly goes missing, says GOP rep: Rep. Burchett called for House Republicans to use the power of the purse to withhold funding from the FBI | 15 May 2023 | Republicans’ search for a key Biden corruption informant continues as Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., revealed over the weekend that a key source in the effort to dig deeper into the alleged Biden family bribery scheme is nowhere to be found.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Florida’s Latest Anti-LGBTQ Law Legalizes Medical Discrimination: LGBTQ advocates say that the “Protections of Medical Conscience” bill gives medical providers a license to discriminate.

# Medical / Health
GOP Bill Could Hit Women Who Miscarry With Murder Charges, Advocates Say: A new bill, sponsored by freshman Ernie Yarbrough, would open the door for a pregnant person to be charged with murder if she has an abortion or even if she has a miscarriage.

More Vaccine Doses Linked to Higher Rate of Infant Mortality: In 2011, we published a study that found a counterintuitive, positive correlation, demonstrating that among the most highly developed nations, those that require more vaccines for their infants tend to have higher infant mortality rates

NC Dems Brace For Final Passage Of Abortion Ban That GOP Passed ‘In The Dark Of Night’: North Carolina Democrats are prepared to fight a 12-week abortion ban on Tuesday, even if Republicans have made it nearly impossible. The Tar Heel State has made national headlines this month for a dramatic turn of events over the state’s abortion laws.

# Military / DOD
A ‘ticking time bomb’: Environmental group says Pentagon moving too slowly on toxic cleanup at military bases: The Defense Department has failed to keep pace with the rising costs of PFAS cleanup at its current and former bases, where chemicals have leached into groundwater, the Environmental Working Group said in a new report.

Aerial drills are underway over South Korea with ‘enemy provocations and threats’ in mind: More than 60 South Korean aircraft are taking part in the weeklong, biannual Soaring Eagle exercise. Large-scale aerial drills are underway again over the Korean Peninsula, nearly a month after South Korea carried out similar training with the United States.

# Security
How the Murder of a CIA Officer Was Used to Silence the Agency’s Greatest Critic: The false narrative that Welch had been murdered because of reckless disclosures in Washington remained powerful for years afterward, ultimately leading to legislation that made it illegal to publish the names of covert CIA officers, a law that has since often been abused by the government to crack down on whistleblowers and dissent.

# Technology / Global
US cyber spymaster calls TikTok China’s ‘Trojan horse’: It’s not a smoking gun, it’s ‘a loaded gun’ suggests NSA’s Rob Joyce, who heads the cyber security unit of America’s National Security Agency. Just last week TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew was grilled by the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, with several members saying the app should be banned outright, not just from government devices, citing TikTok’s links to the Chinese Communist Party.

# Veterans / VA
Veterans exposed to chemical at Camp Lejeune faced a 70% higher Parkinson’s risk, study says: Researchers found that 430 veterans had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and that the Lejeune veterans’ risk was 70% higher than the Pendleton veterans. On average, service members of both camps were stationed there approximately two years from 1975 to 1985.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-14

Voices, The Peoples News

May 14, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Dispatch from the scaffolds: Native fishing culture on the Columbia River: It’s one of a few places where members of the Yakama Nation still fish from scaffolds using dip nets. Fishermen say it’s the only place that comes close to what used to exist at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River. For thousands of years, generations of tribal fishermen have learned to fish on platforms above the falls. That tradition continues in fishermen like James Kiona Jr., who grew up watching his elders fish here.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Border Patrol braces for surge at southern border as Title 42 enforcement ends: U.S. Border Patrol agents are bracing for a surge of foreign nationals entering the U.S. illegally as the public health authority Title 42 comes to a close at midnight.

Federal judge issues temporary restraining order halting DHS plan to release foreign nationals into the U.S. en masse A federal judge in Florida Thursday night issued a temporary restraining order halting the Biden administration’s plan to release illegal foreign nationals into the U.S. en masse https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://newspress.com/federal-judge-issues-temporary-restraining-order-halting-dhs-plan-to-release-foreign-nationals-into-the-u-s-en-masse/*:*:text=TRO*20in*20effect*20for*20two*20weeks&text=(The*20Center*20Square)*20**C20A,in*20effect*20for*20two*20weeks__;I34lJSUlJSUlJeKAkyUlJSUl!!On18fmf1aQ!3e1MBWeYtL1sw20iZEPWWjUHwJMbWwfk-7a7xz8oPDRgiXS4nqjF54wFb0IL-YvApWFoQVHcrQipkHXh6J1g7ZbaAKOpwwdp$ .

Florida AG sues Biden over plan to release foreign nationals en masse into U.S: Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody sued the Biden administration Thursday over its plan to release foreign nationals en masse into U.S. border communities. A lawsuit filed by Florida Attorney General Ashlee Moody seeks to temporarily restrain the Biden Administration’s planned release of undocumented migrants, arguing that it’s “virtually identical” to a policy that was blocked earlier this year.

Hernan Portillo-Flores was fleeing possible torture or death when he sought asylum as a teen. Eight years later, his landmark case can finally win, if only someone could find him: As migrants cross the southern border into the United States, the children seeking asylum owe a debt to a young Salvadoran who has gone missing in Mexico just as he seemed about to win a landmark case in the American courts.

At least two migrant children from Honduras have died in U.S. custody this year: The Honduran foreign minister called for ‘exhaustive investigation of the case’ to ‘apply the full weight of the law.’ 4-year-old child from Honduras in HHS custody died in March after being hospitalized for cardiac arrest in Michigan, according to CBS News . “The child, whose death has not been previously reported, was ‘medically fragile,’ HHS said in a notification to lawmakers at the time.”

New era of uncertainty at the US-Mexico border: New asylum rules for migrants attempting to cross the southern border. Texas governor deployed 10,000 Texas national guardsmen. Migrants who cross illegally can face a 5-year entry ban

# Children / Youth
For-Profit Child Care Chains See Opportunity to Monopolize Imperiled Industry: The catastrophic state of U.S. child care is rooted in capitalism, not the pandemic.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
FBI Contractor Created Fake Online IDs to Join Chatrooms Run by Groups Organizing Against Vaccine Mandates: An FBI surveillance contractor infiltrated the chatrooms of two airline industry groups opposed to vaccine mandates to collect intelligence on the groups’ organizing activities

Researchers Had a Simple Test for Determining if an Asymptomatic Person Who Tested Positive for COVID Was Infectious, But CDC, Fauci Ignored It: Researchers at Stanford University who developed the test also determined that the vast majority of asymptomatic individuals who tested positive, 96%, did not transmit the virus.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
U.S. faces ‘significant risk’ of breaking debt ceiling in first weeks of June: The U.S. government faces a significant risk of not being able to pay its bills in the coming weeks without an increase to the debt limit, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday

Experts Propose Tax Cap as Social Security Solution, Which Americans Would Be Most Affected? If nothing is done to change course, Americans on Social Security may see their monthly benefits drop by 25% in the years ahead. That’s because the Social Security trust fund reserves could become insolvent within the next decade. Currently, those earning over the cap pay an effective Social Security payroll tax rate of 1% or less. However, those earning under the cap get stuck footing a bill that’s six times higher.

4 Social Security Changes Joe Biden Wants to Make, and the 1 Insurmountable Problem He’ll Encounter: America’s top retirement program is staring down a $22.4 trillion funding obligation shortfall over the next 75 years. President Biden has laid out a four-point plan to strengthen the Social Security program. Ultimately, the president’s plan doesn’t do much to move the needle.

# Employment / Labor
He Died Helping Build Tesla’s Gigafactory. Tesla Didn’t Tell Local Officials: Antelmo Ramirez passed away from hyperthermia while on the job at the construction site of Tesla’s Gigafactory near Austin, Texas. It’s an indictment not only of Tesla’s negligence, but of Texas’s thin safety net for manual laborers.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry Shell Refinery Unit Had History of Malfunctions Before Fire: Recent “upsets” like tripped compressors, pressure loss and freezing weather resulted in thousands of pounds of illegal pollution but no fines or citations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

New Study Bolsters Case for Pennsylvania to Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Membership would cut emissions, raise revenue and speed adoption of renewable fuels, report says. The study, published this week by energy specialists at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, and Resources for the Future, a research nonprofit, concluded that by joining RGGI, Pennsylvania would by 2030 curb emissions by 80% from 2020 levels, compared with a cut of about 50% if it stayed

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry / Global Eleven Chemical Plants in China and One in the U.S. Emit a Climate Super-Pollutant Called Nitrous Oxide That’s 273 Times More Potent Than Carbon Dioxide: Proven, low-cost pollution controls could quickly curb those emissions, but neither China nor the U.S. require abatement measures used by other plants around the world.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global As Alberta’s oilsands continue leaking toxic wastewater, aquatic wildlife face new risks: As Alberta’s oilsands continue leaking toxic wastewater, aquatic wildlife face new risks. As toxic water continues to spill from tailings ponds across mining developments, decades of scientific research provides evidence of how wildlife will be affected.

Chicago, HUD Settle Environmental Racism Case as Lori Lightfoot Leaves Office: City departments will be required to produce an environmental justice action plan to protect neighborhoods from “burdens associated with intensive industrial and transportation uses.” In one of her last acts before leaving office, Mayor Lori Lightfoot backed down from her previous tough stance and agreed to a deal Friday to settle an investigation by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development that found City Hall effectively has engaged for years in environmental racism.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global McDonald’s Leads Lobbying Offensive Against Laws to Reduce Packaging Waste in Europe: Flawed assumptions and a ‘disturbing’ lack of transparency characterise an industry campaign against reusable packaging, academics and campaigners warn. In an open letter published in April, McDonald’s, along with other companies and trade associations, including Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin’ and Yum! addressed the EU, asking for a halt to the proposed packaging and packaging waste regulation.

# General News
There’s a Deeper Threat Than the Proud Boys: The “seditious conspiracy” verdicts are historic. They are far from a cure. The Oath Keepers, a paramilitary organization, faced a similar verdict recently—prosecutors said Monday that they will seek 25 years in prison for the group’s founder, Stewart Rhodes—emphasizing the collaboration between extremist groups in their attempt to disrupt the transfer of power.

# Gov / Politics
Biden Administration Quietly Backs Israel’s Deadly Assault on Gaza: At least 29 Palestinians, including 6 children, have been killed in an Israeli bombing campaign with no end in sight. It should come as no surprise that the United States has fully backed Israel in its latest assault on Gaza.

Republicans Know Abortion Bans Are Unpopular. They’re Passing Them Anyway: In some cases, anti-abortion legislators have tried to subvert the lawmaking process to avoid blowback.

GOP Presidential Candidate Wants to Limit Voting Rights for Those 18-25: Right-wing calls to raise the voting age are a response to the GOP’s poor midterms performance among young people.

White House national-security adviser Jake Sullivan told senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Wang Yi during talks in Vienna this week that the Biden administration is “looking to move beyond” tensions spurred by the U.S.’s shooting down of a Chinese spy balloon that traversed the continental United States, according to a senior Biden administration official.

The Hunter Biden Money Scandal Just Exploded: House Republicans released a 36-page report detailing the Biden family’s network of LLCs and their connection with a company linked with Chinese intelligence. The report released by the House Oversight and Accountability Committee took aim at President Joe Biden’s repeated denials of having had anything to do with Chinese money.

# Law Enforcment
A Texas Woman Was Fatally Shot By A Boyfriend Angry She Had An Abortion, Police Say Police in Dallas say a man angry that his girlfriend had an abortion in another state fatally shot the 26-year-old woman.

Prison barge for our times: What ‘frightful miseries’ will await the 500 asylum seekers who are being housed in the Bibby Stockholm prison ship? The Bibby Stockholm, currently being refitted in Falmouth, is to moor at Portland, near Weymouth, to house 500 asylum seekers. Will future generations again be invited to look back and imagine the lives of the desperate people incarcerated offshore, and the wealthy democracy that put them there?

Prison Can’t Prevent Domestic Abuse. Transformative Accountability Programs Can. Prison is a trauma-producing institution that does nothing to prevent those who have used violence from doing so again.

FBI raids Florida Trump Towers condo owned by Russian Businessmen: The FBI descended on a luxury Florida condo owned by two Russian businessmen at Trump Towers of Sunny Isles Beach on Thursday, according to a report. A squad of FBI special agents and local police raided the third building of the Sunshine State complex, the Miami Herald reported.

# Legal / DOJ
Donald digs the hole deeper: Trump said some pretty incriminating things at the CNN town hall Wednesday night. Norman L. Eisen, Tom Joscelyn, and Fred Wertheimer explain why some of his statements were important from a legal perspective. Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said that Donald Trump has been digging his legal hole “deeper and deeper” after news broke that there were possibly classified documents related to nuclear weapons included in the list of records the FBI sought when the federal agency raided the former president’s Florida home on Monday.

Supreme Court Case May Slash Regulation of Everything From Workers’ Rights to Clean Air: Overruling ‘Chevron deference’ could imperil our health, safety, labor, air, water, food and environmental protections. A decision limiting the federal agency’s power to combat the climate crisis could potentially have wider, catastrophic effects across a broader range of health and safety issues. Environmental activists and attorneys immediately recognized that the Court’s reasoning in the vaccine case, National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, will likely lead to a win for the fossil fuel industry in the biggest environmental case of this term, West Virginia v. EPA.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Republican governors ask Biden administration to rescind Title IX guidance: Twenty-five of the nation’s 26 Republican governors have asked the Biden administration to shelve its intent to expand Title IX protections to transgender athletes. Democrats in the Nevada Legislature have already rejected a Republican bill that limited participation in sports based on a person’s gender stated on their birth certificate. Assembly Bill 374, sponsored by 16 Republicans led by Assemblyman Bert Gurr, died in committee, it was never brought to a vote.

# Medical / Health
So Long But Not Farewell to Envision: Envision Healthcare, a giant in the now-unprofitable practice of surprise billing, is filing for bankruptcy. Its legacy of fleecing patients lives on. The private equity–owned ER doctor practice, now headed to bankruptcy, was one of the defining companies of 21st-century American medicine.

5 Women State Senators Are Saving Abortion Rights (For Now): Three female pro-life Republicans and two pro-choice Democrats are all that’s stopping the Palmetto State from completely banning abortion

# Security
The ‘Censorship-Industrial Complex’: Report Names Top 50 Groups Working to Censor Americans. The citizen’s starter kit to understanding the new global information cartel.  After sixty-plus years, most of America, including most of the American left, which traditionally focused the most on this issue,  has lost its fear that our arms industry might conquer democracy from within.

# Technology
Musk Draws Backlash for Picking World Economic Forum Leader, Supporter of  ‘Content Moderation’ to Run Twitter:

AMD’s opportunity in AI may be much bigger than first believed: Moore now believes AMD (AMD) could generate $400M in AI revenue in 2024 and it could be as high as $1.2B if all goes right. While growth is likely to be ‘explosive’  in the near-term, the Dr. Lisa Su-led company is also coming from outside the market, Moore added, placing it further in competition with Nvidia (NVDA).

# Veterans / VA
Outrage grows over vets evicted from hotels to house migrants: The 20 homeless veterans who were evicted from Orange County hotels this week to make way for a group of migrants are shaken, but soldiering on, a spokeswoman for the group told The Post Saturday.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-12

Voices, The Peoples News

May 12, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Recreational Fishing Industry Ranks the Safety of Right Whales Below Profit: Proposed science-backed speed limit reductions could prevent whales from dying in vessel strikes, but boating advocates are pushing back, citing economic impacts.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
“Do not believe the lies of smugglers. The border is not open.” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to immigrants as the federal Title 42 policy expires

Border Patrol chief authorizes release of migrants into US without court dates as Title 42 ends: The head of U.S. Border Patrol has sent out a memo authorizing the release of illegal migrants into the U.S. without court dates if agents face overcrowding as the Biden administration scrambles to deal with a historic surge in migration at the border ahead of the end of Title 42.

Biden Administration Adds New Obstacles to the Right to Seek Asylum as Title 42 Expires: Title 42, the Trump-era pandemic policy that was used to expel nearly 3 million asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border without due process, was lifted Thursday just before midnight after three years of enforcement.

Migrant Child Dies at U.S. Government Shelter: A statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided to The Daily Beast said “our heart goes out to the family, with whom we are in touch.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the news a child had died at an Office of Refugee Resettlement facility in Florida earlier in the week, offering little detail about how the death occurred or even the age and prior condition of the child’s health.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
TurboTax owner Intuit ramps up lobbying as debate over government-run free tax filing heats up: Commercial tax preparation companies like H&R Block and Intuit, the company that owns TurboTax, have poured tens of millions of dollars into lobbying as part of a multiyear push against a government-run filing service that would enable taxpayers to submit tax returns directly to the IRS at no cost.

# Education / Schools
California reparations committee calls for statewide K-12 curriculum that teaches ‘systemic racism’: More than 150 years after slavery was outlawed in the United States, Black Americans have continued to experience discrimination, prejudice, and systemic inequality in everything from housing and wages to education and health care.

The fight for African American studies in schools isn’t getting easier, even after 50 years: For many years, marginalized communities have fought to determine how they tell and learn about their own history. Florida in 1994 became the first state to pass a law mandating the teaching of African American history in schools. Now, with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis at the helm, the state has been at the forefront of efforts to restrict lessons about race and racism in classrooms.

Resolution on Defending Academic Freedom Against Attacks on ‘Critical Race Theory’: ‘Critical Race Theory Is Simply the Latest Bogeyman.’
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# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry
Biden Power Plant Rule Relies on ‘Industry Propaganda Scheme’ of Carbon Capture: “Billions of dollars have been wasted trying to prove that this technology is real—and all we have to show for it are a series of spectacular failures,” said one campaigner.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a wide-ranging new proposal for limits on greenhouse gas emissions from coal  and gas fired power plants. If finalized, the new rule will be the first time the federal government has restricted carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, which generate about a quarter of the country’s emissions.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
In Win for Farm Animals, US Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to California Law: One advocate called the ruling a “victory for sustainable, humane farming against giant corporations that prioritize cost-cutting and profit margins over the environment, food safety, and animal welfare.”

Cultivated meat could emit 25 times more CO2e than conventional beef, finds research: Fresh research out of the University of California, Davis suggests the global warming potential of cultured meat could be between four and 25 times higher than regular beef if a highly refined growth medium is used in its production

# General News
Biden adopts new green building energy standards for housing: The Biden administration has announced a plan to adopt new building energy standards for homes built and financed by the federal government

# Gov / Politics / Global
The Turkish Election Is a Rare Chance for a U.S. and EU Reset: Washington and Brussels must encourage Ankara to come back into the fold. Erdoğan’s ratings may no longer be as high as before, but his core base mostly remains loyal, and he will use all his advantages as the head of Türkiye’s politicized executive presidential system to win.

# Gov / Politics
Biden, McCarthy debt ceiling meeting postponed, spending cuts on table: McCarthy told reporters he expected another meeting with the president and congressional leaders next week.

Supreme Court Outrages Republicans With Split Decision Ruling: Republican lawmakers and the pork industry are none too pleased with a Supreme Court decision on Thursday that upholds California’s Proposition 12 ballot initiative, requiring pork sold in the state to be raised under strict guidelines among other ramifications.

’12-Week Abortion Ban Is Not About Life’: Bishop Barber Blasts North Carolina GOP: “If these extremists who claim to be Republicans were serious about life, they would pass living wages, healthcare, family leave, and fully funded public education.”

The Judicial Deus Ex Machina Debt Ceiling Option: On today’s X-Date, liberals look to the courts to solve their intractable political problem. That spells trouble.

Poll Finds 4 in 5 Voters Support Capping Child Care Costs for All Families in U.S: Polling finds that 90 percent of voters who are parents are concerned about child care costs.

# Legal / DOJ
SCOTUS Case May Slash Regulation of Everything From Workers’ Rights to Clean Air: Overruling Chevron deference could imperil our health, safety, labor, air, water, food and environmental protections. In an ominous but unsurprising development, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that may well imperil our health, safety, labor, clean air and water, food and environmental protections. On May 1, the court decided to reconsider its 40-year-old precedent in the current case of Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo.

Judge Sets the Stage to Hit Trump With More Charges:

# Medical / Health
DeSantis’ new law: Doctors can’t deny treatment for unvaccinated patients but can refuse LGBTQ ones https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.alternet.org/desantis-illegal-doctors-unvaccinated-lgbtq/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3qopUiwOEydW5tN_wHZozHtnSohM8EQ4GdPOjlvB-e1Jcp7venBR5X92DT8FGRlbp4lBzcX9ehPkW3UsadQMu24nWDzOJp6L$

Abortion in North Carolina Hinges on Just One Republican Keeping Their Word: Calling abortion “a very personal, moral issue,” the Wilmington Republican said: “I believe in the [existing] law. If a woman desires to have an abortion up to 20 weeks, which is the second trimester of pregnancy, she can have an abortion. But after that, I believe in reasonable restrictions. Those reasonable restrictions are rape, incest, unviable fetus, or danger to the health of the mother.”

Alabama GOP Bill Aims to Charge People Who Get an Abortion With Murder: The bill also allows prosecutors to charge a person for having a miscarriage if they claim the person was negligent. The bill mandates that “homicide prosecutions treat an ‘unborn child’ as any other homicide victim, and that women be charged if their pregnancy ends as a result of recklessness or negligence.”

# Military / DOD
Debt ceiling default would imperil troop pay and hurt military’s reputation, DOD leaders tell Congress: The military’s top leaders said Thursday that a default on the nation’s debt would imperil troop pay and hurt the U.S. military’s reputation worldwide, issuing a warning to Congress amid a dispute over the government’s debt limit.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Senate investigation shows GOP law enabled Big Pharma’s ‘extreme’ tax avoidance: “Big Pharma gets us coming and going. They charge Americans sky-high prices and pay absolute rock-bottom taxes, not anywhere near a fair share.” The Senate Finance Committee released a new report detailing how the GOP’s 2017 tax cut law allowed U.S. pharmaceutical companies to ramp up their tax avoidance schemes as they continued charging Americans exorbitant prices for prescription drugs https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.alternet.org/senate-investigation-gop-big-pharma/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3qopUiwOEydW5tN_wHZozHtnSohM8EQ4GdPOjlvB-e1Jcp7venBR5X92DT8FGRlbp4lBzcX9ehPkW3UsadQMu24nWNKd9Sca$

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
After 15 Year Journey, NASA Suddenly Redirecting Deep Space Mission to New Target: But now that it’s gotten there, NASA has made a surprise announcement: that the mission’s primary target is changing from the mysterious objects lurking in our system’s Kuiper asteroid belt to studying the environment at the distant reaches of the Sun instead, a necksnapping change that has upset the scientists https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://futurism.com/nasa-new-horizons-mission-new-target__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3qopUiwOEydW5tN_wHZozHtnSohM8EQ4GdPOjlvB-e1Jcp7venBR5X92DT8FGRlbp4lBzcX9ehPkW3UsadQMu24nWByEKyuu$

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-11

Voices, The Peoples News

May 11, 2023
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# Indigenous
Indigenous tribes were pushed away from the Colorado River. A new generation is fighting to save it. As climate change diminishes flows in the Colorado River, regional leaders are negotiating its future and Indigenous people want that to include establishing their full access to the water.

# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls Kentucky Derby: Seventh horse dies at Churchill Downs in lead-up to main event: Two more horses have died at Churchill Downs in the lead-up to the Kentucky Derby. A total of seven horses have died at Churchill Downs in the days leading up to the 2023 Kentucky Derby. At least two other horses, Wild on Ice and Take Charge Briana, were euthanized while competing or training in the week leading up to the Derby.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
‘Absolutely Reckless’: NIH Allows EcoHealth Alliance to Resume Coronavirus Research: The National Institutes of Health this week reinstated a controversial federal grant to EcoHealth Alliance to study the risk of bat coronavirus spillover, sparking criticism from lawmakers and bioweapons experts.

Does Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Put Teens at Risk of Future Heart Attacks? Vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there has been a higher-than-expected number of cases of a heart ailment among young people, most often males, who’ve recently received their second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Retirees in These 12 States Risk Losing Some of Their Social Security Checks: Residents of the following 12 states get a bit of a raw deal, as they could wind up giving some of their checks back to the government.

The Flight From the US Dollar: It is not just America’s enemies that are fleeing the dollar. Its closest friends have hinted at it too. These calls for a flight from the US dollar are not merely economic, they are geopolitical. They are calls to reshape the world order by challenging US hegemony and advocating multipolarity. The monopoly of the dollar has not just assured US wealth: it has assured US power. Most international trade is conducted in dollars, and most foreign exchange reserves are held in dollars.

California Defaults on $18.5 Billion Dollar Debt: Unbeknownst to many Californians, they are now finding themselves financially responsible for the state’s nearly $20 billion federal loan default, which was taken out to address California’s unemployment fund deficit during the COVID pandemic. The reality of this responsibility came to light when the state ceased making payments on the loan.

Red States Stand to Benefit From a ‘Layer Cake’ of Tax Breaks From Inflation Reduction Act: The new law has stackable tax credits, including an “energy communities” bonus to help places that lost fossil fuel jobs, that could reduce clean energy project costs by 40% to 70%.

# Education / Schools
Florida Gov. DeSantis signs bill targeting teachers’ unions, classroom social media ban: Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed education changes that include prohibiting students from using cell phones during class time and curtailing use of the social-media platform TikTok on school grounds.

After School Satan Clubs gain popularity amid legal victories: After School Satan Clubs have been steadily increasing in popularity and are not likely to slow as their supporters rack up media attention and legal wins fighting for free speech.
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Ron DeSantis said Florida’s banned books are “pornographic.” Here’s what was actually banned: He explained that his efforts to remove certain books from school libraries were merely to protect students from “indoctrination” and to remove “pornographic and inappropriate materials that have been snuck into our classrooms and libraries to sexualize our students violate our state education standards.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry Biden’s top climate adviser signals support for permitting deal with fossil fuel advocates: John Podesta praises Manchin bill as a basis for compromise, but says the White House opposes any effort to tie energy fast-tracking to debt ceiling

Lawsuit: State allowance on oil and gas violates New Mexico Constitution: In a complaint spanning 100 pages, environmental groups, youth activists and individuals from the Pueblos, the Permian Basin and Navajo Nation. Civil rights violated by New Mexico approving oil and gas operations, lawsuit says. A lawsuit sought a halt to oil and gas permitting by the State of New Mexico, citing the alleged failure by state agencies to prevent environmental degradation as fossil fuel operations boomed.

E.P.A. proposes limits on climate pollution from existing power plants: It’s the last in a string of major regulations proposed by the Biden administration to cut the greenhouse gases. Regulations would bring the total amount of eliminated emissions to 15 billion tons by 2055, roughly the amount of pollution generated by the entire United States economy over three years. Several analyses have projected that the Inflation Reduction Act will cut emissions by at least another billion tons by 2030.

The U.S. EPA proposes its strongest-ever power plant emissions standards, calling for new and existing gas plants to capture 90% of emissions by 2035 and coal plants to do the same by 2030: The rules also demand that large natural gas plants that run consistently either capture 90 percent of their emissions by 2035 or burn mostly low-carbon hydrogen by 2038. Plants that run at lower capacities would face less stringent standards, or wouldn’t immediately be regulated.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry / Global To mine EV minerals, industry turns to dangerous refinery technology: The extraction of nickel, mainly mined in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Russia and the Philippines, comes with environmental and health costs. Indonesia is richly endowed with nickel, but refining it for electric vehicle batteries poses a daunting environmental challenge.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
Florida lawmakers want to pave roads with radioactive material: Lawmakers in Florida want Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign a bill allowing roads in the state to include phosphogypsum. Phosphogypsum is a radioactive waste material produced by the fertilizer industry. Florida lawmakers want to use radioactive material to pave roads. Phosphogypsum, a byproduct in the fertilizer industry, contains uranium and radium — and as the EPA notes, it also forms radon, “a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.”

How Urban Planners Disenfranchised Black Communities in West Oakland: In keeping with mid-20th century segregationist federal guidance, West Oakland, California officials in the 1940s deliberately put the most polluting industries and biggest highways in Black neighborhoods, saddling them with cancer, asthma, and other health impacts. In white neighborhoods, diesel-powered trucks were banned from operating, as planners chose to divide Black communities with highways instead.

Can the Dolores River be saved? A beleaguered Colorado waterway garners new attention: Dolores is receiving an unexpected reprieve from its woes. This winter’s huge mountain snowpack has brought big springtime water to the river, and to area farmers’ ditches, for the first time in years. Bipartisan legislation aimed at preserving what’s left of a segment of the lower Dolores River is now inching its way through Congress.

EPA assessment finds 3 popular neonicotinoid insecticides jeopardize endangered plants and animals’ existence: The answer to prevent further extinction of up to 41 percent of the world’s insects is a “serious reduction in pesticide usage.” The Environmental Protection Agency released an assessment that found the neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, are harmful to protected species.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global ‘Bad News’: Unexpected Melting of Greenland Glacier Could Double Sea-Level Rise Projections: A glacier in the north of Greenland is melting faster and in a different way than scientists previously thought, and this has troubling implications for the future speed of global sea-level rise. A glacier in the north of Greenland is melting faster and in a different way than scientists previously thought, and this has troubling implications for the future speed of global sea-level rise.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
New Study Reports High Levels of Toxic Metals Found in Fruit Juices and Non Dairy Milks: Recent research raises health concerns around toxic metals in popular beverages. Half of the products analyzed contained potentially harmful levels of toxic metals, including arsenic, cadmium and lead.

‘Just Like Regular Pork’: FDA Grants ‘Investigational’ Approval for Pork Products Made From Gene-Edited Pigs. produced by researchers at Washington State University (WSU), for human consumption. The gene-editing tool CRISPR is being used to modify genetic traits of the line of pigs

More Pesticides on Kids’ Food? EPA Wants to Greenlight Chemical Linked to Reproduction, Developmental Issues. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has “a legal duty to protect infants and children against the toxic effects of pesticides,” said Dr. Phil Landrigan, a professor of public health and epidemiologist at Boston College. “And they appear not to have taken that responsibility seriously.”

‘Animal agriculture is extremely wasteful’: Start-up makes ‘carbon negative’ protein using up to 500 times less land than animal agriculture: The Dutch start-up has developed the means to make this protein using between 10 and 25 times less agricultural land than your average plant-based protein, and between 250 and 500 times less than animal protein

Meatable on market strategy, regulatory exemptions, and the ‘first of many’ tastings: The Dutch food tech pioneer is working with regulators to bring cultivated meat to Europe. But in the meantime, Meatable is focused on Singapore, where a regulatory exemption was recently achieved to hold the ‘first of many’ tastings

Rapeseed cake can be altered to become an alternative protein source, study shows: Rapeseed is very high in protein. The rapeseed cake, which is left over after the oil is extracted, contains a significant amount of the crucial nutrient, which could provide a source of alternative protein. However, because of glucosinolate defence compounds that reduce its nutritional value, there are strong barriers, not least legal ones, to its use as an alternative protein source.

Big Food raking in huge profits from price hikes as US hunger persists: “It’s time Congress do more to rein in corporate greed, one of the main factors currently driving up costs for families.”

# General News
A woman endured abuse, trafficking and prison, now she faces deportation: A trafficking and abuse survivor was granted clemency, without a pardon she faces deportation. By the time her husband brought her to the United States, Marisela Andrade had already borne the brunt of his anger repeatedly. The recently married 18-year-old knew that the move would not stop his violence, but she never imagined that her new life would include being trafficked, arrested and sentenced to life without parole.

# Gov / Politics
Manchin will oppose EPA nominees to protest climate rule: The West Virginia Democrat’s vow comes as the agency prepares to release a landmark proposal affecting power plants. Sen. Joe Manchin is promising to oppose every pending EPA nominee until the agency agrees to “halt their government overreach,” putting at last two agency picks in serious limbo in a narrowly divided Senate.

FBI refuses to give Congress informant file alleging Biden took bribes as vice president: The FBI has refused to give Congress an informant file alleging that Joe Biden took bribes while he was vice president, setting up a possible showdown over access to the information. Congress has the power to apply financial pressure to agencies and can also use litigation to enforce its orders or attempt to shame officials through contempt votes.

Nine Biden family members who allegedly got foreign money identified by House GOP: House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer identified nine members of President [sic] Biden’s family Wednesday who allegedly received foreign income after teasing the bombshell for weeks.

Russia and U.S. on verge of ‘open armed conflict’: Moscow –It is time for Washington to think about its own safety, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has warned. After the recent drone incident at the Kremlin, which Moscow has called a U.S.-backed attempt by Ukraine to assassinate President Vladimir Putin, the U.S. and Russia are on the verge of a shooting war with each other, a senior Russian diplomat has said

House panel squabbles over ESG definition, standards: Democrats and Republicans presented different definitions of environmental, social and governance investment standards, with Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs calling it “data about value, not values” and two Republican attorneys general calling it a political agenda that hurts investment

House Oversight: Foreign nationals paid Biden family $10 million: Members of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Accountability said Wednesday the panel uncovered evidence of influence peddling and financial deception by the Biden family, claims the White House said lack merit https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://oversight.house.gov/release/comer-reveals-new-evidence-in-biden-familys-influence-peddling-schemes**B/__;77-8!!On18fmf1aQ!2rbQTyQa4OURnhqguKODB9rSpfm-wWjY-8li54roujjBzObZhDv8HxYHu0NuL9rP-T31FeeLTJWCq-X0wsLJ5I2DYZ1vDYsW$

The Right’s Assault on Divorce Will Put More Women at Risk:  Roe wasn’t the culmination of Republican attempts to control women’s autonomy, but perhaps just the beginning.

# Law Enforcment
Body-Cam Footage Shows Texas Cop Fatally Shoot Unarmed Man: Houston police allege the man who was killed was sitting in a car that was reported stolen.

# Legal / DOJ
George Santos surrenders to face federal charges of fraud and money laundering: Santos was charged by the Department of Justice with wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds and making materially false statements to the House of Representatives.

# Medical Alternatives / Herbology
If You Aren’t Drinking Green Tea Every Day, This Might Convince You to Start: Green tea may help reduce cancer risk: Research on the benefits of green tea and cancer prevention is still in early stages, but the results are promising. Researchers suspect that polyphenols in green tea may help kill cancer cells and stop their progression or prevent various cancers.

# Medical / Health
Oklahoma woman with non-viable pregnancy told to wait in parking lot ‘until you bleed out’ due to abortion ban: I looked down and saw blood soaked through my jeans,” she told People. The family rushed to a nearby Catholic hospital. There, she was told she likely had a miscarriage and that she should follow up with her doctor. The next day, her OB-GYN discovered she had a non-viable, partial molar pregnancy, when two sperm fertilise the egg instead of one. In a partial molar pregnancy, there is too much genetic material for the embryo to develop and it may result in a rare form of cancer called choriocarcinoma, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Other complications can include severe bleeding, high blood pressure, and preeclampsia that can lead to organ failure.

Envision Healthcare Will File For Bankruptcy: Envision Healthcare, a private equity-backed physician services company and ambulatory surgery center operator, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as early as this weekend

Louisiana Pols Axe Rape, Incest Exemptions to Abortion Ban: The 10-5 vote reaffirmed Louisiana’s stance on forcing victims to give birth to their rapist’s child.

FDA Panel Endorses Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pill: The outside experts unanimously recommended the once-a-day pill become available without a prescription. A panel of federal advisers voted Wednesday to back a drugmaker’s request to sell a kind of birth control pills over-the-counter, clearing the way for the Food and Drug Administration to approve the first sale of oral contraception on U.S. store shelves without a prescription later this year.

Regulators on the Verge of Bungling Drug Price Reform, Advocates Say: The starting point for negotiations with drug companies on prescription prices could end up being the too-high prices patients already live with.

# Military / DOD
Furious Escalation, for Whom? The war racket is too lucrative for the Pentagon industry and its ancillary  European weapons firms. The longer the Kiev regime survives, the worse the danger persists for Russia from uncontrolled instability on its border.

Are the Best Years of My Country Behind: The U.S. military plans to deploy hundreds of new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in silos in Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and elsewhere. Russia, with the most nuclear weapons on earth, and China are both capable of turning this country into an apocalyptic wasteland (just as we’re capable of doing to them). Even North Korea might soon be able to deliver an atomic weapon to our shores. And yet, whether in school, the movies, or anywhere else, you’d hardly know it.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
PBMs, the Brokers Who Control Drug Prices, Finally Get Washington’s Attention: For two decades, patients and physicians eagerly awaited a lower-cost version of the world’s bestselling drug, Humira, while its maker, AbbVie, fought off potential competitors by building a wall of more than 250 patents around it.

Drug Company Of ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli Files For Bankruptcy: The company established by Martin Shkreli, also known as the “Pharma Bro” for increasing the cost of an old drug by 4,000%, has submitted a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware.

# Science
‘Groundbreaking IVF procedure’:  First three-parent baby born in the UK through mitochondrial donation treatment. The technique, called mitochondrial donation treatment, protects children from a group of mitochondrial disorders such as muscular dystrophy that causes poor growth, muscle weakness, learning disabilities and early death.

# Security
How the Murder of a CIA Officer Was Used to Silence the Agency’s Greatest Critic: A new account sheds light on the Ford administration’s war against Sen. Frank Church and his landmark effort to rein in a lawless intelligence community.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
‘What the hell is that?’: Photographer captures ‘UFO’ flying at coronation: The coronation of King Charles III was truly out of this world. A photographer capturing the spectacular English event claims to have snapped shots of a UFO seen in the background of Royal Air Force Red Arrow planes doing a flyby of overcast London, the Mirror reported.

Russia has backed off its threat to stop supporting the International Space Station (ISS). Roscosmos says it will continue working in space with 14 countries, all of which have condemned its invasion of Ukraine, until at least 2028. The news comes as a relief to space researchers: the Russian and US orbital segments of the ISS depend on each other

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-10

Voices, The Peoples News

May 10, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas makes preparations to secure Mexico border ahead of Title 42ending: Texas Army and Air National Guard Operation Lone Star troops are making preparations to prevent entry of illegal foreign nationals between ports of entry along the Texas-Mexico border ahead of the public health authority Title 42 ending May 11.

Border Patrol to release foreign nationals en masse into communities as Title 42 ends: Instead of U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehending, detaining and deporting people who’ve illegally entered the U.S., they will be implementing a plan decided on last year to release them en masse into local border communities. In a May 19, 2022, memo, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz instructed Border Patrol agents to release “processed noncitizens in the vicinity of nongovernmental organizations”
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Exclusive: Border Patrol agent says urgent support needed at border: Within a short period of time of holding in custody over 27,000 illegal foreign nationals who’ve just arrived to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, a Border Patrol agent stationed there told The Center Square, “We are almost at ‘Broken Arrow.'” “Of that 27,000, a little over 5,000 are processed waiting for their next phase in the process,” the agent said.
“Every sector is near 150% capacity,” the agent said, referring to nine U.S. Customs and Border Protection sectors along the southwest border, five of which are in Texas.

NYC Counties Push Back on Migrant Relocation Plan: After Mayor Eric Adams announced a plan to relocate migrants to the area, Rockland and Orange Counties both declared a state of emergency. Less than a day after Mayor Eric Adams announced his plan for New York City to relocate illegal migrants to hotels in Rockland and Orange Counties, elected officials in both areas have rejected the idea and declared a state of emergency in response.

# Children / Youth
An Outdated Tracking System Is a Key Factor in Texas’ Foster Care Shortcomings: The decades-old system Texas foster care officials use to track and monitor the health records of the nearly 20,000 children in their custody is both outdated and unreliable, so much so, advocates say, that children have been harmed or put at risk.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
No progress on debt ceiling as deadline approaches: Both sides accused each other of holding the economy hostage in the debt ceiling talks. McCarthy said he didn’t see any progress. Schumer said McCarthy refused to take default off the table and argued that a bipartisan solution was needed. Jeffries said additional meetings were planned. A short-term extension also appeared out of reach. McCarthy put the ball in Schumer’s court. Schumer said any path forward would need bipartisan support.

Here’s who misses checks if the U.S. hits the debt brink in June: If the U.S. defaults on its debt for the first time ever, tens of billions of dollars in Social Security benefits, federal salaries, payments to Medicaid providers, veterans’ benefits and more could all be at risk. About $50 billion in Social Security benefits are set to go out in the first half of June, in addition to more than $20 billion in payments to Medicaid providers, $6 billion in federal salaries, $12 billion in veterans benefits and $1 billion in SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps.

US to provide Ukraine $1.2 billion in long-term security aid: The U.S. will provide $1.2 billion more in long-term military aid to Ukraine to further bolster its air defenses as Russia continues to pound Ukraine with drones, rockets and surface-to-air missiles, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

# Employment / Labor
A New Republican assault on children: Overturning labor laws: It seems unimaginable that we are backsliding into the era of exploiting child labor. But that’s precisely what the GOP appears to be doing. Two recent exposés about child labor in the United States highlight how prevalent the once-outlawed practice has become.

Labor Organizers Launch a New Model for the Fight Against Private Equity: Workers are fighting back against private equity — the ruthless industry that strips and flips companies for profit. The platform was produced by two groups, the Private Equity Stakeholder Project, which does research and progressive advocacy work around the private equity industry, and United for Respect, a national nonprofit group focused on raising working standards in the retail industry. Both groups have long-standing partnerships with a range of labor unions and worker organizations.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Amazon river dolphins warn of mercury threat to humans: The beloved pink river dolphins are canaries in the Amazonian coal mine, warning of the threat the heavy metal poses to humans. Tests revealed that three of the dolphins had an average of 3.45 micrograms of mercury per liter of blood, a level Trujillo called “alarming.” “If we find a fish with 1.2 micrograms … we shouldn’t eat it,” he said.

Making shift happen: Momentum grows for new thinking about river restoration: An unconventional gathering helped spur ideas to speed the pace and scale of river restoration projects across the West. Making Shift Happen: Momentum Grows for New Thinking About River Restoration. An unconventional gathering helped spur ideas to speed the pace and scale of river restoration projects across the West.

A weed is swallowing the Sonoran Desert: The invasive Stinknet plant fuels wildfires, irritates lungs and smothers native flora. ‘It’s everywhere’ and removal efforts in Arizona can’t keep up. It’s a weed that helps create the void it fills.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
To cope with climate change, California tries new crops: The future of farming in California is changing as the planet warms, prompting some to grow varieties resistant to heat or drought. Some Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries have planted new vineyards in cooler coastal hills and valleys to escape the extreme heat of inland areas. And several Bay Area farmers have planted yangmei, a delicacy in China that can resist blights that ravage peaches and other popular California crops during rainy springs. Mangoes may never become a mainstream crop in the northern half of California, but change is undoubtedly coming.

Foodtech startup Lypid releases whole-cut, plant-based pork belly with patented fat technology: Following a successful seed round last year, foodtech startup Lypid is ready to take its plant-based fat technology to a larger audience with the release of a whole-cut, plant-based pork belly, designed to meet the demand for healthier meats. Lypid’s Phytofat ingredient microencapsulates liquid plant oils​ in water to create a spongy fat that retains these qualities when heated above 329°F, with a melting point of 400°F. In comparison to traditional pork bacon, Lypid’s pork belly has 85% less saturated fat, 39% fewer calories, and 69% less sodium.

Cracking Plant-Based Dairy Challenges with Potato: Don’t let the idea of creating tasty plant based dairy products intimidate you! Replacing animal for plant based ingredients can seem like a difficult challenge, but trust us when we say there’s a great substitute for pretty much everything nowadays. Swedish brand DUG has created a new plant-based milk from potatoes and it’s fighting for the low-carbon crown.

What’s hitting the shelves? New beverage launches: From reduced-caffeine coffee pods to limited edition hard seltzer flavors, we take a look at some of the newest launches around the globe

# Gov / Politics
Biden Says He’s Considering 14th Amendment as Debt Ceiling Option: President Biden on Tuesday said he has been looking at the 14th Amendment as a way to unilaterally work around the debt ceiling, though he acknowledged it will not be a viable short-term solution with the nation on track to default without congressional action by June.

GOP’s 2024 Candidates Dare Not Cross Trump After Verdict: Faced with a devastating jury verdict condemning GOP 2024 frontrunner Donald Trump as a sexual abuser, fellow Republicans running for president weren’t just hesitant to attack Trump, they largely sided with him. Trump became the first ever former American president to be held liable in court for sexual abuse.

Trump Rages After Sexual Assault Verdict: ‘A DISGRACE’: The former president was none too pleased that he’ll have to pay E. Jean Carroll $5 million for battery and defamation

Senator Whitehouse: 275 of 315 Pages of GOP Debt Limit Bill Are Big Oil Favors: The proposal contains the entirety of Republicans’ H.R. 1, a major pro-fossil fuel package. “The party’s funders, chief among them the fossil fuel industry, demand reward. And 275 of the 315 pages of the dirty ‘Default on America’ bill are devoted to giveaways to the fossil fuel industry,” Whitehouse said.

# Law Enforcment
Feds File Criminal Charges Against George Santos: Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against New York Rep. George Santos, the Republican lawmaker whose astonishing pattern of lies and fabrications stunned even hardened politicos, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

# Legal / DOJ
Republicans Defending Clarence Thomas Have Gotten Nearly $500K From Harlan Crow: Lindsey Graham, the top Senate Judiciary Republican, has gotten tens of thousands of dollars from Harlan Crow. According to an analysis by Accountable.US, all nine of the Senate Judiciary Republicans have collectively received nearly half a million dollars in donations from conservative megadonor Harlan Crow, the man who recent bombshell reports have uncovered has been bankrolling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for decades.

# Medical / Health
Is WHO a Front Organization for the Takeover of U.S. Government? Analysts warn that the ratification of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) pandemic treaty and amendments to the International Health Regulations could strip away sovereignty from nation-states and place public health decision-making power in the hands of the WHO and its director-general.

Report on Fluoride and Neurotoxicity Moves Closer to Final Publication: The Fluoride Action Network has won another significant victory involving our federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the neurotoxicity of fluoridation chemicals.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
FDA approves first RSV vaccine for older adults, a deadly virus on the rise: The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first vaccine to protect older adults from the respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV. This virus can be fatal, and it is associated with at least 60,000 hospitalizations and 6,000 to 10,000 deaths annually in adults 65 and older in the U.S.

Thank the IRA for Cuts to Critical Drug Research: President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act is just eight months old. It hasn’t yet slayed inflation. But it’s already gutting drug research and development.

# Science
DSM and Firmenich complete merger to become ‘trailblazer’ in nutrients, flavours, and fragrances: One year after DSM and Firmenich announced plans to combine their food, beverage, and taste businesses, the merger is complete.

How plant peptones are emerging as a sustainable organic nitrogen source for fermentation and cell culture media Peptone is the product of moderate hydrolysis of protein, rich in peptides and amino acids, which provides nitrogen source for the growth of microorganisms and animal cells, as well as trace elements. The origin of protein hydrolysates as a source of nitrogen for microbial fermentation can be divided into three main categories: animal, microbial and plant.

Language model builds better antibodies: A protein language model, a generative artificial intelligence similar to ChatGPT, can improve antibody therapies against viruses such as COVID-19, Ebola and influenza. The models suggested changes to existing antibody therapies that boosted their ability to recognize and block the proteins that viruses use to infect cells.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
NASA: James Webb Space Telescope’s iconic image of Southern Ring Nebula shows stellar surprise The Southern Ring Nebula was regarded to be uninteresting by astronomers. Until they saw it via the James Webb Space Telescope’s eyes.

The 15 most awe-inspiring space images of the decade: This decade, scientists revealed so much about the universe. Here are some of their most inspirational accomplishments.

Pluto spacecraft team fights to keep control: The New Horizons spacecraft, which snapped stunning images during humanity’s first visit to Pluto in 2015, is at the centre of a dispute over its future. Principal investigator Alan Stern and his team are keen to investigate another body in the Kuiper belt if they find one. But NASA plans to start managing the spacecraft mainly as a heliophysics mission, which will study space weather and other phenomena from its unique location in deep space.

# Technology
How The Metaverse Can Radically Change Our Lives: The term “metaverse” entered public consciousness in October 2021 after Zuckerberg’s speech, during which he announced Facebook’s name change to Meta and confirmed that the company would be working on creating its own virtual world.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-07

Voices, The Peoples News

May 7, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous / Global
At U.N. forum, Indigenous leaders say colonialism and market forces are destroying the planet: One of only three U.N. bodies that deal specifically with Indigenous issues, the Forum’s report was the culmination of two weeks of talks around the theme of Indigenous peoples, human health, planetary and territorial health, and climate change. “The destruction of the Earth is driving a global health and humanitarian crisis,” the Forum wrote.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Hondurans released into US with court dates for 2026: The federal government is directing U.S. Border Patrol agents to release foreign nationals into the U.S. with “Notice to Appear/Warrant to Appear” forms for immigration court in 2026. They were all ordered to appear before an immigration judge at a court in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Oct. 15, 2026. The deputy contacted Border Patrol to confirm their paperwork and was told they were apprehended on April 23 and had been released pending their immigration hearing in three years

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
How Unmasked Staff Blew Up a Long COVID Study at Stanford: Stanford Was Conducting a Long COVID Study. Then the Staff Stopped Masking. A long COVID clinical trial at Stanford Medicine is in chaos after participants felt unsafe because staff did not wear masks.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
‘Nearly A Third Of The World Economy Is Now Subject To Sanctions,’ The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) just published a study about: The Human Consequences of Economic Sanctions.

On May 4, 2022, a coalition of state attorneys general announced a $141 million multistate settlement with Intuit that will compensate Intuit TurboTax customers who paid for tax preparation services that should have been free for them.

# Education / Schools
Fake Plaintiff, Fake Harm, Fake Case: The Supreme Court is ready to deny debt relief to 40 million student borrowers based on a claim of standing from a phantom plaintiff, which has since been proven to be false. The Supreme Court is poised to unwind a fair number of legal principles to make sure student debtors don’t get a break.

Indiana Governor Signs Bill Requiring Teachers to Out Trans Students to
Parents: The law will create potentially harmful living situations for transgender youth in the state, critics contend.’  Indiana’s governor on Thursday signed a bill that will require schools to notify a parent if a student requests a name or pronoun change at school, one of the final bills approved in a legislative session that had targeted LGBTQ+ people in the state, especially students. Critics worry the law could out transgender children to their families and erode trust between students and teachers while supporters have contested the legislation keeps parents empowered and informed about their children when at school.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry U.S. crude oil production approaches pre-pandemic levels: For the first two months of 2023, production of crude oil in the U.S. is nearing pre-COVID levels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “Since early 2020, the U.S. oil industry has continued to grow domestic crude oil production, but remains more than 500,000 barrels per day below pre-pandemic levels, primarily because of government policies, workforce and supply chain limitations, and a chilled investment landscape.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry / Global Russian oil floods global markets via major Asian intermediaries: Despite western sanctions, there is more Russian fuel being exported around the world than before the Ukraine crisis. It’s just coming via Saudi Arabia, India, China, and other trading states, with steep commissions.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure The man who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is still trying to stop ocean pollution. Captain Charles Moore first discovered what came to be called the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch,’ in 1997. Since that discovery, he’s dedicated his life to battling plastic pollution in the ocean.

Ambitious Climate Proposition Faces Fossil Fuel Backlash in El Paso: Sunrise El Paso put forward a charter amendment to transition the city off fossil fuels and explore creating a municipal electric utility. The chamber of commerce and the fossil fuel industry are mounting a scorched earth campaign to kill it. It would establish a goal of 80 percent clean, renewable energy in El Paso by 2030 and 100 percent by 2045, ban water sales for fossil fuel industry activities outside city limits, and require the city to “employ all available efforts” to convert El Paso Electric to municipal ownership.

Seattle proposes fish passage on its dams: As part of a federal process to re-license the dams, City Light last week proposed a fish passage program that would trap adult salmon at Gorge Dam and truck them above Ross Dam to spawn. After hatching, baby fish will swim into a trap, and be hauled to their downstream habitat.

EPA Report Shows Common Family of Pesticides Poses Threat to Over 200 Species: Despite the massive threat to ecosystems, the Biden administration is dragging its feet on regulating the chemicals.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global The long shadow of Agent Orange in Vietnam: This book is all encompassing, the war and its 50-year aftermath. But what struck me was the environmental context of the war, since you explain how the geography and the tropical forest were central to the conflict. Was that clear to you going in? I was struck by the comparison of the Vietnamese peasant to the American Indian. In both instances, the food supply was destroyed, people were moved off the land and the effects lasted generations. Do you think that’s just war? Or the result of a more pervasive mindset?

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Processed plant foods: Beef-like fat prototype produces via precision fermentation. “It’s a ground-breaking step towards making plant based foods. (A cow is a mobile, self-replicating, soil-regenerating fermentation vat that is highly edible. Why choose immobile industrial polluting ones that are beyond edible?)

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global Plant based products that attempt to mimic the nutritional qualities of meat and dairy are ‘playing a losing game’

# Gov / Politics / Global
The Kremlin Did Not Kill Itself: Western mass media are saturating the airwaves with the narrative that Wednesday’s drone bombing of the Kremlin was a ‘false flag.’ I say we arm Russia against Russia. If it’s bombing its own government buildings, its own pipelines, its own captured power plants, then it’s the best proxy force against Russia we’ve got. Send the Russians tanks and F-16s immediately.

Kremlin drone incident: Zelenskiy denies Russian claim Ukraine attempted to kill Putin: Ukraine president denies involvement, saying ‘we fight on our territory and defend our towns and cities’ after Kremlin blames Kyiv https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/03/russia-accuses-ukraine-of-trying-to-kill-vladimir-putin-with-kremlin-drone-strike__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2KyDx0iYo09DyIwQyuQzCtPvx5i6B73o6POVIF6WAvv-kWSrkgv69fOIbwVaDyrdlTX13HEaz52X1YtuC9wNmSuQMguRh5Tq$

Can the U.S. Adjust Sensibly to a Multipolar World? China is responding astutely to what the world needs most, which is peace, and demonstrating practically how it can help: As US power declines on the global stage, other actors are stepping up. De-dollarization, deeping regional cooperation within Europe, the rising influence of China in the Middle East and Latin America leaning left pose significant challenges. The operative question today is how the long-dominant US adapts to this new multipolar world order.

Mr. Guaidó Goes to Washington: Juan Guaidó continues to advocate punishing the Venezuelan people with US coercive economic measures. Recently shipped to Washington DC, the former “interim president” of Venezuela pleaded, “You can’t use a kind or soft approach,” such as easing the suffering, because it would “normalize dictatorship.” Predictably and deliberately, the US measures that Guaidó now champions were responsible for over 100,000 deaths.

How Finland Virtually Ended Homelessness, and We Can Too: It turned out that, given a place to live, Finland’s homeless were better at dealing with addictions and other problems, not to mention handling job applications. So, more than a decade after the “housing first” policy was introduced, 80 percent of Finland’s homeless are doing well, still living in housing that was provided to them, but now paying the rent themselves. Not only does it help the homeless, but it’s also cheaper.

# Gov / Politics
Senators introduce bill to prevent trafficking of migrant children: A group of Republican U.S. Senators have introduced legislation that would require U.S. Department of Homeland Security to take steps to prevent human trafficking at the border between the United States and Mexico. The Stop Human Trafficking of Unaccompanied Migrant Children Act would require the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to take steps when placing an unaccompanied child with a potential sponsor inside the United States. It would further require a home visit before release.

Who Stole the 2020 Presidential Election? Antony Blinken and others have much to answer for: Republicans Increasingly Realize There’s No Evidence Of Election Fraud. But Most Still Think 2020 Election Was Stolen Anyway, Poll Finds

Leaked Data Reveal the US is an Unchecked Surveillance Empire: Espionage is a means by which the U.S. interferes in other countries and achieves its own political goals. A set of highly classified documents from the U.S. Pentagon were leaked online in recent weeks, in an apparent security breach that revealed U.S. intelligence gathering on some of its key allies. Those documents again shed light on the extensive spying activities conducted by the U.S. in various parts of the world

# Legal / DOJ
Trump Told Proud Boys to “Stand By.”: Trump posted “THEY ARE COMING AFTER YOU.” Former President Donald Trump famously refused to condemn white supremacists and told members of the neo-fascist Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” during a 2020 presidential debate. When Trump tweeted that the January 6 “Stop the Steal” rally would be “wild,” the Proud Boys believed it was their cue to organize a group of “real men”
to be in Washington, D.C. on that fateful day. Now, top members of the Proud Boys have been convicted of multiple felonies for their role in the January 6 riot https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://truthout.org/articles/trump-told-proud-boys-to-stand-by-now-5-are-convicted-of-felonies/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2KyDx0iYo09DyIwQyuQzCtPvx5i6B73o6POVIF6WAvv-kWSrkgv69fOIbwVaDyrdlTX13HEaz52X1YtuC9wNmSuQMot-VKOn$

Report: “Insider Witness” at Mar-a-Lago Cooperating With Classified Docs Inquiry: The unnamed witness has provided the Justice Department with an image of a storage locker used for holding classified documents. The Justice Department has found an “insider witness” as investigators probe former President Trump’s handling of classified documents, according to a new report. Investigators are looking into whether Trump failed or refused to comply with government requests for certain records to be returned after the end of his presidency, as is required under the Presidential Records Act.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Trans People in Florida May Soon Be Charged With Misdemeanor For Using the Bathroom: Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is widely expected to sign the bill into law. The Florida legislature passed a bill Wednesday making it a crime for transgender people to use public restrooms that align with their gender identity.

# Medical / Health
Climate Change Is Fueling a Public Health Crisis. Doctors Need to Address This: It’s time for doctors to recognize the growing effects of climate change on people’s health. In Washington, a new team of epidemiologists is preparing for a hotter, smokier future. The health effects of climate change include respiratory and heart diseases, pest-related diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile Virus, water- and food-related illnesses, and injuries and deaths. Climate change has also been linked to increases in violent crime and overall poor mental health.

Psychiatric Incarceration Isn’t Treatmen, It’s Violence, Survivors Say: After the murder of Jordan Neely, NYC’s mayor doubled down on his plan to disappear those who “appear mentally ill.” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s response to Neely’s killing deflects from the white supremacist violence and ongoing lack of accountability for the killer, and instead medicalizes Neely’s death: “People who are homeless in our subways, many of them in the throes of mental health episodes, and that’s what I believe were some of the factors involved here. There’s consequences for behavior.”

# Military / DOD
New Pentagon policy looks to expand mental health care access for troops: Service members who desire mental health care will  have greater access to help and evaluation through their chain of command, a Pentagon policy announced Friday. Named after Brandon Caserta, the Brandon Act will be adopted at a ceremony at the Pentagon Friday, according to defense officials as well as Caserta’s parents. It will likely be a few more weeks before it goes into full effect with every service branch.

Over 500 Former Government Officials Are Now Lobbying for Defense Contractors: Dozens of armed services committee and Defense Department personnel swung through the “revolving door” in 2023. At least 672 former government officials, military officers and members of Congress worked as lobbyists, board members or executives for the top 20 defense companies in 2022, according to a new report released by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) last Wednesday.

# Pervasive Chemicals
Eleven Chemical Plants in China and One in the U.S. Emit a Climate Super-Pollutant Called Nitrous Oxide That’s 273 Times More Potent Than Carbon Dioxide: Proven, low-cost pollution controls could quickly curb those emissions, but neither China nor the U.S. require abatement measures used by other plants around the world.

Toxic vinyl chloride is a widespread environmental injustice: Nationwide, vinyl chloride pollution far surpasses the effects of the East Palestine train derailment. Vinyl chloride, the cancer-causing chemical released in the February train derailment disaster in East Palestine, Ohio, contaminates many communities in the U.S. due to pollution from plastics manufacturing plants, according to a new report.

‘Toxic trail of pollution’: States step up to curb the use of ‘forever chemicals’: Partisanship has thwarted Congress’s attempts to limit PFAS, but a patchwork of state laws is pushing for their phase-out.

# Science
Researchers Created “Embryos” From Monkey Stem Cells For The First Time, Picking apart the black box of embryonic development. The early beginnings of an embryo as it transforms from a clump of cells to a tiny human is a bit of a mystery — scientifically speaking.

# Water
Amid Continuing Drought, Arizona Is Coming up With New Sources of Water, if Cities Can Afford Them: From Buckeye to Mesa, Phoenix-area communities plan to spend millions to find new water supplies to help the region continue to grow.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-05

Voices, The Peoples News

May 5, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function,
no amount of money will save us.”
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants / Global
Bush, Obama, and Clinton start NGO to fly migrants into communities across the U.S: American Express Global Business Travel and Welcome.US have reportedly teamed up with former presidents Obama, Clinton, and George W. Bush’s nongovernmental organization (NGO) called Miles4Migrants to fly migrants to communities across the U.S. Welcome. US is an NGO that was initially launched to work with Joe Biden’s administration to facilitate some of the 85,000 [unvetted] Afghans who came into the U.S. in 2021 and 2022 after the debacle created when the U.S. evacuated from Afghanistan.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Taking Debt Ceiling Negotiations Seriously: The Senate Budget Committee held a hearing yesterday on the Limit, Save, Grow Act, the House Republican–passed debt ceiling-for-conservatives’ wish list exchange. Committee chair Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who is getting a workout with stem-winder speeches lately, laid out the bill as representing a meager choice: “Default on our financial obligations, cause widespread pain and wreck our economy. Or gut basic federal programs essential to our economic strength, cause widespread pain and wreck our economy.”

Federal lobbying spending tops $1 billion in first quarter of 2023: The federal budget and appropriations was the most lobbied issue as Congress grappled with the looming debt ceiling crisis, and players in the health sector, which spent more money on federal lobbying last quarter than any other sector, fought to keep cuts to Medicaid off the bargaining table.

How Pundits’ Inflation Myth Crushed The Working Class: After corporate media lied America into a war and a financial crisis, data show they lied about a main source of price hikes, and brutal policies followed.

# Education / Schools
Artificial Turf Is Full of Toxic Chemicals, Yet More and More Schools and Playgrounds Are Using It: As of October 2022, the majority of U.S. high school football fields used artificial turf made with plastic grass and ‘rubber pellets’ made from tires, known to contain multiple chemicals and heavy metals, including mercury, lead, benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and arsenic.

NYC Schools Handcuff and Haul Away Kids in Emotional Crisis: Despite a pledge to stop relying on police to deal with students who have mental health episodes, New York City schools have continued to call 911 on kids in distress thousands of times a year, an investigation by THE CITY and ProPublica found. Unless a parent arrives in time to intercede, cops hand kids off to EMTs, who take students to hospital emergency rooms for psychiatric evaluations. In close to 1,370 incidents since 2017, students ended up in handcuffs while they waited for an ambulance to arrive, according to NYPD data.

# Employment / Labor
Can a Fetus Be an Employee? States Are Testing the Boundaries of Personhood After ‘Dobbs’: Every state has at least some statute or case law that considers a fetus a person, according to a report from Pregnancy Justice, a nonprofit that advocates for the rights of pregnant people.

Study shows large minimum wage hikes boost both earnings and employment: In the absence of federal action, a record number of U.S. jurisdictions are set to raise their minimum wages in 2023, in many cases above $15 an hour.
A working paper unveiled this week by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley shows that large minimum  wage increases can have positive effects on both earnings and employment, countering the notion pushed by corporate lobbying groups that significant wage hikes are job killers.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry Living and breathing on the front line of a toxic chemical zone: As the Biden administration moves to curb health threats caused by toxic chemicals, the debate hits home for families living near petrochemical plants.

Petrochemical industry in Louisiana plans a ‘defense’ amid growing opposition: Now, those same groups are receiving millions of dollars from Michael Bloomberg and his Beyond Petrochemicals campaign, and the Louisiana energy and chemical companies along with the states’ business boosting groups have, in turn, created the Louisiana Industry Sustainability Council — originally called the Industry Defense Council.

Utah’s suicide pact with the fossil fuel industry: The dire state of the Colorado River hasn’t stopped Utah officials from enthusiastically supporting policies to encourage Enefit’s oil shale production and all sorts of other thirsty, ill-conceived fossil fuel projects in the Uinta Basin in what some environmentalists have dubbed a “suicide pact.”

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure America’s dirty divide: Black Alabamians endured poor sewage for decades. For decades, residents of Centreville, a nearly all-Black town of 5,000 in southern Illinois, just a 12-minute drive from downtown East St Louis, have been dealing with persistent flooding and sewage overflows. ‘If white people were still here, this wouldn’t happen.’ Black residents in Centreville, Illinois, say officials ignored their pleas for help for years. Now they’re quarantined in toxic conditions.

Hollywood, left-wing foundations behind climate charity quietly bankrolling extremist protest groups: A little-known climate change advocacy organization heavily funded by celebrities and influential left-leaning foundations has been quietly dishing out grants to various activist groups deploying unorthodox and extremist methods across the world to protest fossil fuels, documents reveal. Anti-fossil fuels groups have been ramping up protests as part of a coordinated campaign to bring awareness to climate change by vandalizing fine art, blocking major roads, and even gluing themselves to sports cars.

U.S. forests struggling to adapt fast enough to climate change, study finds: Rising sea levels, accelerated coastal erosion, severe flooding and drought, rapid melting of Arctic sea ice and more frequent and intense wildfires are all symptoms of climate change that are changing our planet’s landscape. In some places, these changes are happening too fast for plants and animals to keep up. “If you’re concerned about forest health then one thing you want to observe is whether the rate at which forest composition changes is roughly equivalent to the rate at which the climate changes,” lead author of the study Kyle Rosenblad,  Ph.D.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Study finds high concentration of microplastics in algae growing in Arctic: Scientists found microplastic particles were about 10 times higher in the algae samples than the surrounding waters, which they are now equating with microplastics found in the deep sea. Scientists found microplastic particles were about 10 times higher in the algae samples than the surrounding waters, which they are now equating with microplastics found in the deep sea.

# Foodie Tips, Tricks and How To’s
20 Reasons To Pick Dandelion Flowers ‘Til Your Fingers Turn Yellow: When we leave dandelions to their own devices, they will flourish, and provide us with plenty of raw, natural material for salves, syrups, infused oils, soaps, lotions, tinctures and teas. Sstop using weed killers, glyphosate and other chemicals to kill them. Allow them to be part of your yard and harvest them for the abundant nutritional benefits that they provide. The bitter leaves are rich in vitamins A, E, K, B1, B2, B6 and C. They are also mineral-rich in substances such as magnesium, iron, copper and folate.

# General News
Moira Donegan and Mark Joseph Stern warn that abortion bans give domestic abusers a new tool to prevent their pregnant partners from leaving them. This case is not about avenging the “murder” of a “baby.” It is about transforming Texas’ draconian abortion laws into a tool of spousal abuse.

Jordan Neely Is Being Blamed for His Own Death Due to Sanism and Racism: Disability scholar Idil Abdillahi analyzes how Blackness and “madness” are pathologized in overlapping and violent ways. Many people reacted to Neely’s death with horror, saying that the killing is emblematic of the racism and inhumanity that mainstream political figures have been fostering against people experiencing homelessness and hunger. His killing, has been ruled a homicide.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Ireland Set to Pass Far-Reaching Hate Speech Laws: Barring amendment or rejection, a pernicious new bill restricting free speech is set to become enshrined in Irish law. Under it, mere possession of material deemed ‘hateful’ by the state could result in prison time for those accused

# Gov / Politics
Forcing more people to work for food stamps is harmful: The GOP-controlled House is refusing to raise the debt ceiling unless Democrats agree to a long list of controversial policies. They want President Joe Biden to cancel his student loan forgiveness plan, for example, and repeal extra funding for IRS audits. One item in the House bill that Republicans passed last week stands out not only for its political divisiveness, but because it could increase hunger and poverty.

Whistleblower alleges FBI, DOJ have document revealing criminal scheme involving Biden, foreign national Document said to describe an exchange of money for policy decisions: A whistleblower is alleging that the FBI and the Justice Department are in possession of a document that describes a criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of m-ney for policy decisions, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday.

States revolt against Biden administration’s ‘disaster’ mortgage redistribution rule: ‘Unconscionable’ –Biden’s controversial policy is set to take effect today: State treasurers and other top finance officials from 27 states on Monday urged Joe Biden to end what they said was his “unconscionable” policy of forcing people with good credit scores to subsidize m-rtgage loans of higher-risk borrowers, and warned Biden’s plan would be a “disaster.” Biden’s plan was outlined just a few weeks ago by the Federal Housing Agency (FHFA) and is set to take effect today.

How Rep. James Clyburn Protected His District at a Cost to Black Democrats: Facing the possibility of an unsafe district, South Carolina’s most powerful Democrat sent his aide to consult with the GOP on a redistricting plan that diluted Black voting strength and harmed his party’s chances of gaining seats in Congress.

Dick Durbin wants Supreme Court ethics reform, and John Roberts to get out of his way: The Senate Judiciary chairman, whose hearing was snubbed by Roberts, thinks it’s high time that the chief justice answers for the scandalous conduct of his court. “When it comes to ethics, he’s citing the separation of powers authority,” Durbin says. “I think he’s just plain wrong.”

As U.S.-China Tensions Mount, We Must Resist the Push Toward Interimperialist War: What would it look like to build international solidarity against imperial rivalry from below? The daily news is filled with stories about the spiraling conflict between the U.S. and China over everything from trade to geopolitical squabbles and dueling military exercises. All of these converge over Taiwan — a small nation claimed by China as a renegade province, backed by the U.S., and home to the most advanced microchip manufacturing plants in the world.

# Law Enforcment
Jordan Neely’s Criminal Record; Man Killed on Subway Had 42 Prior Arrests: The killing of a black man on a New York City subway train after fellow riders tackled him and one put him in a chokehold [after Neely threatened people in the train] has brought outrage as well as attention to the man’s arrest history… A New York City police spokesperson told Newsweek that Neely’s record has 42 prior arrests, dating between 2013 and 2021. They include four for alleged assault, while others involved accusations of transit fraud and criminal trespass. At the time of his death, Neely had one active warrant for an alleged assault in connection with a 2021 incident.

Richard Glossip is now just 13 days away from his scheduled May 18 execution in one of the most outrageous and tragic miscarriages of justice that we’ve ever seen. Let’s be clear: This goes way beyond “reasonable doubt.” There is overwhelming evidence of Glossip’s innocence. Even the Oklahoma attorney general, the state’s chief law enforcement official, wants his conviction thrown out.

# Media
NBC News made news of its own recently when it was forced to retract its investigative story about “Pedro,” whom the network presented as a 16-year-old from Guatemala who got a job cleaning slaughterhouses in Kansas. Pedro was in fact 21, and his story was as fake as the documents he got from the criminal network that helped him both cross the border and illegally obtain a job. His employer, Packers Sanitation Services Inc. says NBC’s gaffe shows the no-win situation for employers trying to hire immigrant workers and play by the rules, a sentiment echoed by a growing number of immigration and labor experts.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Precision medicine and pharmacogenetics: Here’s why certain drugs work better for some people than others:

Sanders Reintroduces Proposal to Slash Medicare Drug Prices in Half:
“There is no rational reason, other than greed, for Medicare to pay twice as much” for drugs, Sanders said. “The bill we are introducing today would cut the price of prescription drugs in half under Medicare, save taxpayers $835 billion over the next decade and provide real relief to millions of seniors who cannot afford their prescription drugs.”

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-04

Voices, The Peoples News

May 4, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
California condors vs. avian flu: Can the endangered birds survive? An outbreak of avian flu has killed 20 condors in the Southwest, putting wildlife conservationists on high alert.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Joe Biden Sending Troops to the Southern Border Won’t Make Anyone Happy: This move almost certainly won’t silence Republicans’ attacks on Biden over immigration. Meanwhile, some Democrats and immigration advocates are angry the president is militarizing the border in anticipation of the termination of Title 42. Sending troops to deter migrants is unlikely to be effective this time, either.

Mexico, U.S. announce joint action to expand ‘legal pathways’ of entry to U.S: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and U.S. National Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall met Tuesday in Mexico City and announced a joint commitment to expand “legal pathways” of entry into the U.S.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Fed Increases Rates a Quarter Point and Signals a Potential End to Hikes: Federal Reserve officials signaled they might be done raising interest rates for now after approving another increase at their meeting that concluded Wednesday. The unanimous decision marked the Fed’s 10th consecutive rate increase aimed at battling inflation and brings its benchmark federal-funds rate to a range between 5% and 5.25%, a 16-year high.

White House Details ‘Severe Damage’ to the Economy if Debt Ceiling Crisis Occurs: As the game of chicken continues, with each side trying to ramp up pressure on the other, the Post’s Jacob Bogage details five possible outcomes for the debt limit standoff. Here’s a brief overview…

How to Solve the Debt Ceiling Standoff? Sue Janet Yellen: A bondholder could simply allege that America failing to pay off its debts is unconstitutional. There’s a good argument for that. The New York Times reports that the Biden administration, faced with the Republican Party intention to hold the global economy hostage over the debt ceiling, is considering whether the whole thing is unconstitutional. The words of the 14th Amendment make the strongest argument: “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.” One wonders how the framers of the amendment could have made their intentions clearer without being clairvoyant

Biden administration’s controversial rule raising fees for those with good credit goes into effect: The latest in a series of new Biden administration rule changes that charge higher fees to certain home buyers with good credit and lower fees for buyers with worse credit went into effect this week despite pushback from Republicans and many financial experts https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/biden-administrations-controversial-rule-raising-fees-for-those-with-good-credit-goes-into-effect*:*:text=(The*20Center*20Square)*20**B,Republicans*20and*20many*20financial*20experts__;I34lJSXigJMlJSUl!!On18fmf1aQ!ylBf-jL0vWkv0pLMD-YxPGcVmYoLAHT1CT-cWEAX6LOJ0-tg912NqAuAsjbuvrqN6Ailr1RTIKsIyPx63xl9WckpUfwYIfMu$

# Education / Schools
7th Grader Calls out Massachusetts School Board After He Was Sent Home for Wearing a T Shirt with The Words “There Are only Two Genders”: “I was told that people were complaining about the words on my shirt. That my shirt was making some students feel unsafe, yes, words on a shirt made people feel unsafe,” Liam said at the meeting. “I have been told that my shirt was ‘targeting a protected class.’ Who is this protected class? Are their feelings more important than my rights?” the seventh-grader said at the meeting. “I don’t complain when I see pride flags and diversity posters hung throughout the school. Do you know why? Because others have a right to their beliefs, just as I do.”

Conservative Christians want more religion in public life. Texas lawmakers are listening: Opponents of church-state separation have been emboldened by recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and the growing acceptance of Christian nationalism on the right. Senate has approved bills requiring all public school classrooms to display the Ten Commandments and allowed unlicensed religious chaplains to replace school counselors. And uplifted by school voucher program advocates, efforts are underway to cut down state constitutional amendments that bar direct state support of religious schools and organizations.  It’s part of an effort to create a national model for infusing Christianity into public life, some Christian leaders say.

Texas School Cancels Theater Trip After Parents Complain About “Cross-Gender” Roles: Actors have played roles that don’t align with their gender “since the creation of theater,” one theater employee said. A school district in Texas has canceled a field trip to a play because some of the actors perform multiple roles, including characters who don’t align with their gender.

# Employment / Labor
10-Year-Olds Found Working at Kentucky McDonald’s Until 2AM: The two 10-year-olds prepared and distributed food orders, cleaned the store, worked at the drive-thru window, and operated a register, investigators found. The big picture: Child labor is on the rise in the U.S., and the federal government announced a crackdown earlier this year after tracking a 69% increase in illegally employed kids since 2018. In the last fiscal year, 835 companies employed more than 3,800 children illegally, Labor Department investigations revealed.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry Hundreds of gas plants could escape EPA climate rules: About 1,000 natural gas-fired power plants that provide energy at periods of peak demand could be excluded from the toughest standards under EPA. The Biden administration’s upcoming attack on one of the nation’s largest contributors to climate change is expected to rest on a novel technology for capturing power plants’ greenhouse gas pollution, according to two people familiar with the deliberations.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Biden’s climate tax breaks are popular, driving up law’s cost: A law to boost clean energy appears to be more potent than predicted, with big implications for both budget talks and efforts to fight climate change.
Other experts and investment banks have estimated that the law’s energy provisions could end up costing as much as $1.2 trillion over the next decade.

The oceans are missing their rivers: For billions of years, rivers connected continents to the sea. Then we came along. In many places, the great culprit is the dam: a wall of concrete and stone bisecting a river, diverting its energy and water to human use. There are 58,000 ‘big dams,’ 50 feet high or  taller around the globe, with another 3,700 more planned, mostly in lower-income countries in Asia and South America. Rising seas deservedly get headlines, but sinking land is an equally grave problem.

Parts of Mississippi River seeing worst flooding in decades: While flooding along the Mississippi River happens every year, water levels are surging this year thanks to record snow across the Midwest that that’s been followed by a sudden thaw.

The Supreme Court may gut the Clean Water Act: Can factories dump waste into seasonal streams without the Environmental Protection Agency’s oversight? Wetlands? Ponds? Before a bipartisan Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, cities pumped raw sewage into lakes, mining companies discharged acid waste into streams, and factories poured chemicals into rivers, which occasionally caught on fire. The Clean Water Act made such pollution illegal and expanded the federal government’s authority to regulate waterways across the country.

When The Lake Dried Up, This Oregon Town Was Shocked To See They Weren’t The First Settlers There: After a long and intense drought in 2015, Detroit Lake in Marion County, Oregon made history as it hit an all-time low. As the reservoir dried up, something remarkable was revealed – an old railroad town that had been submerged under the lake for over 60 years! Unseen by human eyes since the 1950s, this ghostly village was now exposed to the world after many decades of being hidden beneath the water.

The floor of the ocean off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has sprung a leak: The spring, known as Pythia’s Oasis, is likely venting water from beneath local tectonic plates through a fault called the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This liquid is likely acting as a lubricant between the two plates colliding at the fault, and losing too much of it could increase the likelihood of a damaging earthquake. Often times, bubbles coming up from the bottom of the ocean herald hydrothermal vents, which can be hot beds of exciting biological activity. But a spring is a different story, and might be a little bit more worrying.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Tuesday that targets the growth of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing in the state. The anti-ESG legislation prevents state officials from investing public money in the promotion of ESG goals, prioritizes financial returns for state funds and pensions, eliminates ESG considerations in state contracts and prohibits the issuance of green bonds.

Viewpoint fact check: Honeybees aren’t disappearing and GMOs do not cause colony collapse disorder: Fact: In 2020 the EU had approximately 19 million honeybee hives, managed by 615,000 beekeepers. These hives altogether produced 275,000 tonnes of honey. Beekeeping is practiced in all EU Member States where, together, they are the world’s second largest honey producer, after China with 500,000 tonnes. Despite millions of hives, people are worried about honeybees.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global In a horrifying discovery, geologists have found rocks made from plastic debris on Brazil’s remote Trindade Island. The island, which serves as an important refuge for green turtles, is more than 700 miles from land. The plastic rocks are evidence of how human pollution has now influenced Earth’s geological cycles https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thecooldown.com/outdoors/trindade-island-plastic-rocks-plastiglomerates/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!ylBf-jL0vWkv0pLMD-YxPGcVmYoLAHT1CT-cWEAX6LOJ0-tg912NqAuAsjbuvrqN6Ailr1RTIKsIyPx63xl9WckpUdkG2eQe$

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Peanut butter is a liquid – the physics of this and other unexpected
fluids:  Imagine you’re stirring a jar of peanut butter. If you stir really fast, with more shearing force, the PB gets runnier, while if you stir slowly the PB remains stiff. These types of fluids are called non-Newtonian fluids. Peanut butter may stick more than flow – maybe you could consider this movement more chunky-style. Peanut butter is actually a great example of a non-Newtonian fluid because it doesn’t flow as easily as air or water but will flow if sufficient force is applied, such as when a knife spreads it on bread. How easily it flows will also depend on temperature, you may have experienced peanut butter drips after slathering it on warm toast.

CRISPR sausages? FDA approves the first gene-edited ‘experimental pigs’ for food:  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized meat from gene-edited pigs, produced by researchers at Washington State University (WSU), for human consumption. The gene-editing tool CRISPR is being used to modify genetic traits of the line of pigs

# Gov / Politics
Emails Reveal Herschel Walker Money Scandal: In all, the emails indicate that Walker solicited a combined $700,000 in political contributions from the Washingtons, instructing that more than $600,000 of that amount be wired directly to one of his companies, HR Talent.

Republicans Subpoena FBI for Document Alleging Unspecified ‘Criminal Scheme’ Involving Biden: Comer on Wednesday subpoenaed the FBI for the document, marking an escalation in Republicans’ investigation of Biden himself after largely focusing on the foreign business activities of his son Hunter Biden and other family members and associates.

Florida Republican’s homophobic comment prompts ‘audible gasps’ on state House floor: A Florida Republican representative accidentally admitted that his party hates LGBTQ people, while expressing support for a bill that would take away LGBTQ rights. The resolution would ban policies in the military such as diversity recruitment, unconscious bias training, and the use of gender-neutral language, effectively questioning the presence of LGBTQ people in the military.

Texas Senate Approves Bill To Allow Gov. Greg Abbott To Overturn
Elections: The GOP-controlled Texas Senate on Tuesday passed a proposal allowing the state to overturn elections in Harris County, home to the state’s most populous city Houston. The legislation penalizes county officials for running out of ballot paper at some voting sites in the
2022 election, the Houston Chronicle reported. Still, more importantly, it gives Republican Gov. Greg Abbott “precedent-setting” power to undo election results.

GOP does it again: No legal weed, paid family leave, school lunches & more budget proposals, WI Gov is furious: Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee removed more than 500 provisions in Gov. Evers’
budget proposal. ‘These aren’t fringe ideas, controversial concepts, or Republican or Democratic priorities, they’re about doing the right thing,’ Evers said.

# Law Enforcment
Police groups blame broken system as cities see crime rise: A rise in violence, looting and unhindered theft around the U.S. has helped fuel Americans’ rising concerns about crime. Some of the nation’s largest cities are experiencing crime waves in recent years, and new polling shows Americans concerns.

I Answered the Call to Help Stop Cop City. I Spent 31 Days in Jail for It. In those 31 days, I witnessed mental health crises, a lack of running water and sadistic treatment by guards.

# Legal / DOJ
Oklahoma AG Appeals to SCOTUS to Stay Execution of Richard Glossip: Drummond, as well as Glossip’s attorneys, have attempted to cast doubt on Glossip’s trial and retrial, saying the state withheld some evidence from his defense team, and that a key witness was unreliable due to his drug addiction and struggles with mental health. Indeed, Glossip has maintained his innocence. Glossip claims Sneed incriminated him to avoid getting the death penalty, and that Sneed, a meth addict, made admissions in jail and later in prison about framing Glossip, and also has talked of recanting his testimony. By live video during his clemency hearing, Glossip pleaded with the board to recommend clemency.

Donald Trump’s Rape Trial Goes From One Disaster to Another: Trump’s lawyers would also almost certainly argue that any criminal trials should be delayed until after the 2024 election, leaving Trump free to pursue the presidency. Should these delays tactics succeed, and were Trump to regain the White House, he could then pardon himself and his allies for any federal crimes they may have committed. The answer to one further question is clear. Were Trump to be convicted of any felony charge and regain the White House, could he serve as president? The answer to that is yes.

E. Jean Carroll’s Quest for Justice and the Carnage of Donald Trump’s
Misogyny: The 79-year-old writer’s rape case shows what happens to a country that elects a president who so openly embraces degrading women. Stop and consider for a moment that the Justice Department is arguing—in the words of Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s attorney—that “when [Trump] lied about sexually assaulting our client, explaining that she ‘wasn’t his type,’ he was acting in his official capacity as President of the United States.” Beyond the mere act of, once again, conscripting the Department of Justice into acting as his personal Roy Cohn, Trump now has his attorney general claiming that when Trump insults, demeans, and belittles women, he is “acting within his scope of office as President.”

Judge Tosses Trump’s NY Times Suit, Orders Him to Pay Fees: In the 2021 suit, the embattled 45th president alleged that Times reporters Susanne Craig, David Barstow and Russ Buettner schemed with Trump’s niece, Mary, to disclose his 20-year-old documents. But the paper’s newsgathering, which ultimately exposed Trump’s tax woes in a Pulitzer-winning 2018 article, was “at the very core of protected First Amendment activity,” the judge ruled. Reed dismissed the case in part because the Times’ reporting was “a matter of high public interest,” he wrote.

That sound you hear Is Donald Trump popping a blood vessel over Mike Pence’s Jan. 6 grand jury testimony: The special counsel criminally investigating Trump apparently took a particularly keen interest in Pence’s testimony.

After a 3rd woman  testifies Trump sexually assaulted her, his lawyers announce they won’t call any witnesses: There were only two listed witnesses the Trump team could call in the case, according to court filings, and the list included Trump himself. The other listed possible witness was psychiatrist Edgar Nace.

Trump Team Will Not Offer Defense in E. Jean Carroll Rape and Defamation Case: Although President Donald Trump has given sworn testimony and denied most allegations, his attorneys announced they would offer no defense in the rape and defamation case brought by writer E. Jean Carroll.

# Medical / Health
What Is Medical Gaslighting? 9 Doctors’ Statements That Are Major Red Flags: Phrases that may indicate you are being medically gaslit. “It’s all in your head.” “You’re overreacting.” “Why are you getting so emotional about this?” “It’s not as big of a deal as you are making it.” If your provider doesn’t collaborate with you on treatment options, it could also be a red flag. Medical gaslighting often happens when providers let racial or gender biases get in the way of care.

FDA Committee to Vote on New RSV Vaccine Targeting Pregnant Women & Babies: RSV is a common respiratory infection and symptoms (fever, runny nose, cough) are similar to a cold. The majority of individuals recover within a few days from an uncomplicated RSV infection, although occasionally the virus can cause lower respiratory infections requiring medical attention.

Kansas and Arizona Governors Veto Bills Prohibiting Infanticide: The overwhelming majority of Americans believe that a baby who survives an abortion deserves the same life-saving care and protection as any other baby born prematurely at the same age. Two Democratic governors, Laura Kelly from Kansas and Katie Hobbs from Arizona, however, evidently don’t agree. Recently, both governors vetoed bills in their states that would have protected these children from the horrors of infanticide.

# Military / Global
Russia Issues New Military Threat to NATO: Russia said on Wednesday that it could retaliate with military measures if NATO uses Finland’s territory. The warning came from Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova, who was commenting on a report that the U.S. military may place troops on Finnish bases. Antell told the paper that the agreement would not only augment Finland’s recent NATO membership but could also result in American soldiers being deployed to bases near Russia’s border with Finland.

Ukraine war latest: US ‘definitely’ behind Putin ‘assassination attempt’, Russia claims: The Kremlin has accused the US of being behind an “assassination attempt” on Vladimir Putin yesterday. Volodymyr Zelenskyy is visiting the International Criminal Court in The Hague – where he demanded the Russian leader be brought to justice.

Putin War Hawks Demand ‘Shoot-Down’ of Jet Carrying Zelensky: Putin’s alleged “assassination scare” has sent his cronies into a blind rage. It’s no longer enough to bomb women and children as they sleep. It’s time to “shoot down [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky’s plane” and “launch missiles at [his] residence in Kyiv,” two Kremlin allies said Wednesday.

NATO says Russia is ‘most significant and direct threat’ to members, security: NATO declared Russia the “most significant and direct threat” to its members’ peace and security, as the military alliance met Wednesday to confront what NATO’s chief called the biggest security crisis since World War II.

# Technology
The U.S. Senate voted 56 to 41 yesterday to rescind President Biden’s moratorium on tariffs on solar cells from Asia; but even though Biden is expected to veto the bill, the issue is far from settled. The vote sends the resolution to President Joe Biden’s desk, where it faces a certain veto. But its passage underscores the tricky politics that vulnerable Democratic lawmakers must navigate between reaching U.S. clean energy targets and taking a hard line on Chinese influence.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-03

Voices, The Peoples News

May 3, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) vowed to continue busing migrants to Democratic cities, including Chicago, despite ongoing criticism that his relocation program is inhumane and cruel.

1,500 additional troops to deploy to border with Mexico as migrant surge expected next week: The troops will join about 2,400 National Guard members authorized to serve at the border with U.S. Customs and Border Protection as part of a support mission that began in 2018.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
U.S. and UK Secretly Agreed to Hide Vaccine Reactions: In the days leading up to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. and U.K. health officials entered into a “mutual confidentiality agreement” to keep vaccine adverse events under wraps.

How a Tragic Story of Loss Reveals the Need for a New Ethical Framework for Managing Health: The shine on Jack Hurn’s life (just 26 years of age) starts wearing thin as he begins to deal with pounding headaches. These started just a few days after getting his first COVID-19 injection. But it gets worse, much worse. On the evening of June 9, 2021, Jack’s body fails to cope with the extensive thrombosis and hemorrhages in his brain.

Spike in Rare Brain Infections in Kids Raises More Questions Than Answers: The number of rare, life-threatening brain abscesses in children more than tripled in Southern Nevada in 2022, and hospitals in other parts of the country also reported unusual spikes. Two doctors interviewed by The Defender explained how the timing suggests COVID-19 vaccines could be a factor. Doctors in other parts of the country similarly observed a spike in the number of cases in children since 2021.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Fla. and La. must borrow millions to pay insurance claims: The Gulf Coast insurance crisis has hit a new low as two state-chartered insurance associations are being forced to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars for the first time in three decades to pay the hurricane claims of insolvent insurers.

The Debt Ceiling Debate Is a Manufactured Crisis: Tax the Wealthy What They Owe. The budget-balancing problem in the U.S. stems from military spending and tax cuts for the rich. We are now somewhere between one and three months away from the U.S. hitting its debt ceiling limit, running out of accounting gimmicks and being unable to pay its bills.

The Fed Raises Rates Again and Signals It May Be Ready to Pause: The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points and signaled that it may be ready to suspend its rate hike campaign.

# Education / Schools
This is what it’s come to, Texas’s solution to school shootings: Training 8-Year-Olds in ‘Battlefield Trauma Care’: Texas’s Solution to School Shootings: Training 8-Year-Olds in “Battlefield Trauma Care”

# Employment / Labor
Bernie Sanders Is Once Again Trying to Raise the Minimum Wage: Conservative Democrats who voted against raising wages may shift or defend their position as they seek reelection. Sanders has said the federal minimum wage should be at least $17 an hour, and the senator is expected to announce fresh legislation in a press conference with economists and union leaders on May 4. The wage hike would likely be instituted gradually over the course of several years to allow time for businesses to adapt.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry
Green investment funds pushing money into fossil fuel firms, research finds: BlackRock and L&G among asset managers using funds with ESG label to invest in coal, oil and gas. Investment funds branded as green or socially responsible are being used by some of the world’s largest asset managers to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in fossil fuel companies https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/may/02/green-investment-funds-pushing-money-into-fossil-fuel-firms-research-finds__;!!On18fmf1aQ!yR6Fp2Yyb36weUQ9zYMhr3FzlDlU4DVTWb9-c_2YJi83K4kpdVGkPVhX-BBdHXVYt7ItjU3Ip34Ff3ZNGD4sRQ4DlPS7ma8T$

Marcos-Biden meet yields clean energy, environmental protection pledges: President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and United States President Joe Biden committed to enhance the cooperation of Manila and Washington in addressing the climate crisis and investing in the transition to clean energy. Aside from reaffirming their decades-old security alliance, the two countries also agreed to expand their collaboration on clean energy transition and environmental protection.

Biden Officials Are Backing Another “Climate Bomb” Fossil Fuel Project in Alaska: The nearly $40 billion proposal would see the construction of a pipeline and LNG facility along Alaska’s south coast. Biden administration officials are seeking to revive yet another major fossil fuel project in Alaska that climate advocates are warning would have 10 times the emissions impact of another recently-approved fossil fuel project in Alaska, infuriating climate advocates and experts https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://truthout.org/articles/biden-officials-are-backing-another-climate-bomb-fossil-fuel-project-in-alaska/*:*:text=Biden*20administration*20officials*20are*20seeking,infuriating*20climate*20advocates*20and*20experts__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!yR6Fp2Yyb36weUQ9zYMhr3FzlDlU4DVTWb9-c_2YJi83K4kpdVGkPVhX-BBdHXVYt7ItjU3Ip34Ff3ZNGD4sRQ4DlK2n4ubv$

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure The man who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is still trying to stop ocean pollution: In 1997, Captain Charles Moore first discovered the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” the largest accumulation of plastic waste in the ocean. Since then, scientists have documented how plastic has permanently damaged marine ecosystems and even altered evolution, and the problem has only grown larger. But Moore and other researchers aren’t giving up hope that we can still save the oceans.

Following internal review of Texas environmental regulators, critics demand reform: Watchdogs call for creation of an environmental justice office, better monitoring of Clean Air Act violations. House Bill 1505, the TCEQ reauthorization bill, represents the culmination of what’s known as a “sunset review,” a process that occurs once every twelve years and determines whether a state agency should be reauthorized or abolished. In the case of reauthorization, which will almost certainly be the fate of TCEQ, the sunset review is a rare opportunity to introduce reforms.

See how a quick-fix climate solution could also trigger war; Superpowers will control geoengineering and all the damage that comes with it: But geoengineering will require maintenance and resources; it may be deployed cheaply, but coordinating and administering the program and accounting for early mistakes could be expensive. What happens when one of the countries sponsoring it, perhaps the United States, China, or Russia, wants to pull out? Or when one of the countries affected by its side effects decides to rebel?

The FCC is supposed to protect the environment. It doesn’t: The agency is mandated to safeguard the environment from damage caused by communication infrastructure. But when companies want to add new cell phone towers, build on protected land or launch satellites, the agency typically does little or nothing.

18 Years Later, EPA Still Isn’t Tracking Health-Harming Air Pollution  From Industrial Factory Farms: As President Biden continues to promise that his administration will address the climate crisis and protect the air we breathe from industrial polluters, 24 advocacy organizations are demanding his Environmental Protection Agency live up to that promise by doing more to protect communities from factory farms.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global At last, England’s dying rivers are an election issue, and the danger isn’t just sewage: Tackling water pollution means unpicking a complex web of assaults from source to sea.  That the state of England’s rivers seems at last to have become an election issue feels slightly miraculous, after so many years in which campaigners have swum against the political flow.

Lula Recognizes Six New Brazilian Indigenous Reserves: The Amazon rainforest plays a critical role in the mitigation of climate change, but in recent years it has been the target of a steep increase in deforestation. During the largest gathering of Indigenous people in Brazil, President Lula recognized six Indigenous lands, resuming the demarcation process which stalled for over five years under the two former presidents. Brazil has 733 Indigenous territories, of which 496 are now recognized by the state.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Mercury Is Especially Toxic to Kids, Here’s How It Gets From Coal-Burning Power Plants to Your Child’s Food: Mercury is a neurotoxic metal that can cause irreparable harm to human health – especially the brain development of young children. It is tied to lower IQ and results in decreased earning potential, as well as higher health costs. Lost productivity from mercury alone was calculated in 2005 to reach almost $9 billion per year.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Kremlin Says Putin Survived Overnight Assassination Attempt: Russia has accused Ukraine of a failed plot to assassinate Russian president Vladimir Putin in an overnight drone attack on the Kremlin. Moscow claimed Ukrainian forces targeted Russia’s parliament with two unmanned drones, but said these had been taken out by the military.

What China Is Really Playing at in Ukraine: What will be left of Ukraine, it is already being bought by Western mega-players such as BlackRock, Cargill and Monsanto. Beijing is fully aware the NATO proxy war against Russia in Ukraine is the un-dissociable double of the U.S. war against its Belt and Road Initiative.

Major powers should work with China for political settlement of Ukrainecrisis:  China is not the creator of the crisis, nor a party directly concerned. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday held phone talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky. During their conversation, Xi reiterated China’s core position on promoting peace talks between Ukraine and Russia, and announced that Beijing will send a special representative on Eurasian affairs to visit Ukraine and other countries to conduct in-depth communication with all parties on the political settlement of the crisis.

# Gov / Politics
Washington Is Obstructing the Path to a Political Settlement in Ukraine: The U.S.’s rejection of China’s proposal for a negotiated settlement reveals that it is drawing benefits from the war.

Texas Bill Would Let Secretary of State Undo Elections in Largest Democrat-Run County: The bill only requires the secretary of state to believe, not prove, election discrepancies occurred.

Florida Republicans Push Bill to Lower Rifle Purchasing Age From 21 to 18: Polling has historically shown most Floridians support a higher age restriction on buying rifles and long guns. The state House passed House Bill 1543, by a count of 69 to 36. The bill would lower the age limit to buy rifles or “long” guns (which includes assault rifles) to 18, undoing the 2018 law, and now goes to the state Senate.

# Law Enforcment
A manhunt ends for the alleged suspect accused of fatally shooting five people in Cleveland, Texas: Texas manhunt suspect caught hiding in closet under laundry. Francisco Oropesa, 38, is accused of killing five people. He was caught hiding in a closet Tuesday underneath laundry.FBI: A tip from someone with ‘courage and bravery’ led to Oropesa’s arrest

# Legal / DOJ
The Supreme Court is facing the most public scrutiny it has seen in decades, following revelations that Justice Clarence Thomas hid lavish gifts he received from a billionaire conservative donor, revelations that in turn have snowballed into stories about other justices’ ethically dubious financial arrangements.

In a sweeping verdict sure to reverberate in Illinois power circles, jury convicts all four defendants of bribery-related counts in ComEd 4 trial: A federal jury on Tuesday convicted four top lobbyists and executives at a state-regulated utility in the state’s highest-profile corruption case since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted 13 years ago.

# Medical / Health
Q&A: Linda Villarosa took on the perils of medical racism. She found Black Americans ‘live sicker and die quicker’: In her book “Under the Skin,” the veteran journalist offers a cradle-to-grave examination of how bias negatively affects health care https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03052023/linda-villarosa-linda-villarosa-medical-racism/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!yR6Fp2Yyb36weUQ9zYMhr3FzlDlU4DVTWb9-c_2YJi83K4kpdVGkPVhX-BBdHXVYt7ItjU3Ip34Ff3ZNGD4sRQ4DlAp1wtYJ$

# Military / Global
Australia: Outsourced to the US Military Establishment: Australia has ceased to have any pretensions of sovereignty in defence matters.  In the US, the provision of services in such industries as security and intelligence is outsourced in a sprawling complex of contractors and subcontractors.  In Australia, the entire military and security establishment is outsourced to Washington’s former mandarins, many of them earning a pile in consultancy fees. This, perhaps, is what Australia’s Defence Minister Richard Marles means when he talks about the Australian Defence Force moving “beyond interoperability to interchangeability.”

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
CMS Charges Ahead with Drug Price Controls Despite Patient Concerns: The United States appears to be rushing headfirst to surrender our global advantage in medical discovery and choosing to let people suffer and die denied a breakthrough cure. To worsen the nightmare, the normal democratic process of public discussion that an open society relies on to keep bad ideas from becoming bad policies has been abandoned.

# Science
Body lotions, shampoos, cleaners and other everyday household products are safe to use, right? That’s what many of us assume, but a new study from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and the Silent Spring Institute reveals that these products actually contain toxic chemicals that could be harmful to our health.

# Technology
Two Massachusetts Towns Call a Halt to 5G Towers Until FCC Complies With Court Order to Review Science: In the warrant, the residents cited two separate rulings by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that mandated the FCC conduct such a review and noted that the FCC has failed to comply with the court orders.

Tesla Plans to Build Huge Factory in Mexican City Struggling With Water Scarcity: Activists from Mexico are decrying the plan as a prime example of ‘colonial extractivism.’  Now Tesla has plans to build a huge electric car ‘gigafactory’ in that same water-insecure city. A gigafactory is Tesla’s term for its massive assembly and parts plants. The Monterey one will be built on 4,200 acres, twice the size of the company’s Texas plant, and around the size of three small towns.

# Water
Texas’ deteriorating water systems jeopardize quality and supply for a growing population

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