Voices, The Peoples News
Nov. 19, 2020
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Geoscientists discover Ancestral Puebloans survived from ice melt in New Mexico lava tubes. New study explains how Ancestral Puebloans survived devastating droughts by traveling deep into the caves of New Mexico to melt ancient ice as a water resource.
Needed Medical Care being Removed for American Pueblo Indians https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/11/18/needed-medical-care-being-removed-for-american-pueblo-indians/
In reservation areas of New Mexico, health care is underfunded. In this six-part series, USA TODAY investigates links between racism and COVID-19.
# Indigenous / Global
The Amazon’s Yanomami utterly abandoned by Brazilian authorities: Report https://news.mongabay.com/2020/11/the-amazons-yanomami-utterly-abandoned-by-brazilian-authorities-report/
Brazil art exhibition showcases an Indigenous worldview and poses questions https://news.mongabay.com/2020/11/brazil-art-exhibition-showcases-an-indigenous-worldview-and-poses-questions/
Surrounded by intruders, the last of Brazil’s Piripkura hold out in the Amazon http://www.envirolink.org/2020/11/13/surrounded-by-intruders-the-last-of-brazils-piripkura-hold-out-in-the-amazon/
# Border / Immigration
White House Killed Mental Health Care for Separated Families. Three sources told NBC News that the White House rejected the multi-million dollar settlement after checking with senior adviser Stephen Miller.
ICE arrested more than 180 immigrants in a nationwide sweep.
A judge has blocked the Trump administration from turning back unaccompanied minors at the border. The Trump administration has since March used a public health order to quickly turn back nearly all migrants found crossing the border.
# Children / Youth
Lead poisoning endangers generations of Detroit children, with no end in sight. There is no safe level of lead, and even a small amount can cause irreversible damage
Connecticut’s halfhearted battle: response to lead poisoning epidemic lacks urgency https://www.wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-halfhearted-battle-response-lead-poisoning-epidemic-lacks-urgency
Hunger Strikers Caged in the Second Wave Are “Just Trying to Survive the Winter”
Our society created the framework for this atrocity. Now it’s part of a perfect storm.
Mobile Morgues Fill Up in El Paso as Gov. Greg Abbott Refuses New Lockdown El Paso County is facing one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S.
Early Tests Show Oxford Vaccine Boosting Immunity to COVID. Two vaccines—Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna—have already returned very encouraging preliminary data from their phase three trials.
U.S. Passes 250,000 COVID Deaths as Cases Reach Record High.
“Unfortunately, we are entering what I think will be the worst stretch that we have experienced so far,” John Hopkins epidemiologist Caitlin Rivers said.
U.S. medical leaders rebuke Trump, urge COVID-19 cooperation with Biden team. In an unprecedented public rebuke, the heads of the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association and the American Hospitals Association released a letter to Trump on Tuesday
Here’s how the U.S. could release a COVID-19 vaccine before the election—and why that scares some https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/here-s-how-us-could-release-covid-19-vaccine-election-and-why-scares-some
New research highlights blood clot dangers of COVID-19 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200423143100.htm
Researchers Identify COVID-19 Blood Clotting Cause https://www.newswise.com/coronavirus/researchers-identify-covid-19-blood-clotting-cause#
Testing for blood clotting abnormalities reveals which critically ill
COVID-19 patients are at risk for thrombotic events and need hemodialysis
300 Maskless Anti-Vaxxers Proudly Hold Bizarro Farm Bash. A vaccine is closer than ever, so naturally conspiracy theorists and pseudoscientists decided to meet up for possible superspreader fun.
Don’t Believe the COVID Case Numbers: It’s a Scam https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/dont-believe-the-covid-case-numbers-its-a-scam/
Scammers are using COVID-19 messages to scam people https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/04/scammers-are-using-covid-19-messages-scam-people
Anti-Vax Doctor Promotes Conspiracy Theory That Death Certificates Falsely Cite COVID-19. Dr. Annie Bukacek, who sits on a Montana county health department board, is promoting a theory claiming that COVID-19 death rates have been inflated https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/anti-vax-doctor-covid-19-death-certificates-984407/
Is the UK Expecting a “High Volume” of COVID Vaccine Adverse Reactions?
Asymptomatic COVID: what the data say. Growing evidence suggests that about one in five people infected with COVID-19 experience no symptoms — much lower than the number estimated early in the pandemic. Asymptomatic people also seem less likely than people with symptoms to transmit the infection to others.
# Economy / Trade
Real Economic Recovery Can’t Happen Until COVID Is Under Control, Biden Says It is almost impossible to explain how difficult a task President-elect Joe Biden has before him.
Multiplying Amazon river ports open new Brazil-to-China commodities routes https://news.mongabay.com/2020/11/multiplying-amazon-river-ports-open-new-brazil-to-china-commodities-routes/
GAO Study Shows How Taxpayers Subsidize “Starvation Wages” of Corporate Giants. “The real looting in America is the Walton family becoming $63 billion richer during a pandemic,” tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Oil companies snag Gulf of Mexico waters for offshore drilling in last bid before Biden transition https://www.texastribune.org/2020/11/18/gulf-of-mexico-offshore-oil-drilling/
The transition to renewable energy relies on mining. Can it be done responsibly?
Demand for certain mined minerals is projected to increase exponentially in the coming decades.
# Environment / Climate / Interior
Largest Dam Removal Project in U.S. History Restarts With Interstate Partnership https://ecotopical.com/ecowatch/308190/largest-dam-removal-project-u-s-history-restarts/
Historic deal reached to remove 4 massive dams on lower Klamath River https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2020/11/historic-deal-reached-to-remove-4-massive-dams-on-lower-klamath-river.html
U.S. Forest Service finalizes rule that minimizes public say in logging and roadbuilding in forests. The U.S. Forest Service finalized a rule that bypassed the environmental review process for a plan to allow logging and roadbuilding https://www.nrdc.org/experts/nrdc/forest-service-allows-loggers-miners-sidestep-environmental-reviews
# Environment / Climate / Interior Global A Philippine community sees life-saving payoffs from restoring its mangroves https://ecotopical.com/mongabay/308108/philippine-community-life-saving-payoffs-restoring/
# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Black Farmers Have Been Robbed of Land. A New Bill Would Give Them a ‘Quantum Leap’ Toward Justice. “This is the Black Farmers Civil Rights Act of 2020, and it’s long overdue.”
See also: Justice for Black Farmers Act
# General News
What it took to investigate a suspicious town in the Mojave Desert. The creator of the 2020 podcast California City reflects on how she exposed deceptive desert land sales from the outside.
# Global Politics and other news
Adviser to Iran’s leader: US attack risks ‘full-fledged war.’ An adviser to Iran’s supreme leader who is a possible 2021 presidential candidate is warning that any American attack on the Islamic Republic could set off a “full-fledged war” in the Mideast in the waning days of the Trump administration
# Gov / Politics
Trump Is Sowing Chaos in His Wild Bid to Cling to an Unsalvageable Presidency.
Undermining President-elect Joe Biden appears to be the only policy Trump cares about now.
Trump Spends Millions Requesting Recounts in Two Wisconsin Counties Won by Biden. Experts say that the chances of Trump being able to overturn the outcome in the state are very small.
GOP Fails to Block Election Certification in Michigan. Trump has not acknowledged the reversal and ultimate certification of the Wayne County results by GOP election officials.
Wayne County GOPers Trying to Rescind Certification Votes. On Tuesday, Republicans on an election board in Michigan’s most populous county voted to certify the presidential election results—but they’ve changed their minds.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) doesn’t think Trump is going away.
Trump remains bunkered in the White House as the world spins on.
Favorites emerge as Latino leaders press Biden to appoint 5 Hispanics to Cabinet Top Latino advocacy organizations are pushing for President-elect Biden to appoint five Hispanics to Cabinet-level posts.
Arizona’s top election official said she’s getting violent threats due to Trump’s lies. According to unofficial results, Biden won Arizona by a margin of more than 10,000 votes.
The Trump campaign is paying for a recount in Wisconsin — but only in areas with large Black populations.
Why Biden will keep the US-imposed Cold War rolling.
Progressives Demand “Corporate-Free Cabinet” as Biden Taps Pharma & Fossil Fuel Allies for Top Jobs https://independentnewscasts.com/v/Db2utgokClg
Junior staffer says top Alaska officials told her to keep allegations of misconduct secret https://www.propublica.org/article/junior-staffer-says-top-alaska-official-told-her-to-keep-allegations-of-misconduct-secret
Rudy Giuliani butt-dials NBC reporter, heard discussing need for cash and trashing Bidens. “The problem is we need some money,” Giuliani says to an unidentified man during an accidental call to NBC News writer.
Trump Is Escalating the Potential for U.S.-Iran Conflict Before He Leaves Office Trump appointees are working behind the scenes to sabotage a revival of the Iran nuclear deal under Biden.
A Think Tank Echo Chamber Is Thirsting for a New Cold War With China.
Many of the top think tank recipients of foreign funding are also top recipients of funding from U.S. weapons makers.
# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Court Clears Path for More Federal Executions https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/507182-supreme-court-clears-way-for-federal-executions
‘Unqualified’ Trump Judge Pick Gets Confirmed by Senate. Kathryn Mizelle was deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association.
Head of DOJ’s Election Crimes Unit, Richard Pilger, a remarkably accomplished 28-year veteran of the Department of Justice, to promptly resign rather than taking part in partisan, politically-motivated, potentially corrupt investigations.
It’s Time to Take Away Rudy’s Law License. We’ve all been inundated with noxious disinformation, and it’s easy to get desensitized to lies about our election. But it’s different when those lies are delivered in court.
Pennsylvania judge has heard enough from Rudy Giuliani — cancels scheduled evidentiary hearing https://www.alternet.org/2020/11/pennsylvania-election/
# Medical / Health
Antibiotic use in babies linked to allergies, asthma and other conditions, study finds Children younger than two who are given antibiotics are more likely to have a number of ongoing illnesses or conditions later in life https://www.childrensmovementflorida.org/antibiotic-use-in-babies-linked-to-allergies-asthma-and-other-conditions-study-finds/
# Military / Global
‘Absolute Psychos’: Aussie Special Forces Killed Afghan Civilians, Report Finds. In some cases, junior soldiers were ordered to execute prisoners as a “blooding” by their superiors that sought to give them their first kill.
Trumpism Can’t Be Voted Away. We Need Radical Social Transformation. We have to offer people an entry point into a radically democratic process of social transformation.
Trump Is Attacking Critical Race Theory Because It Is a Force for Liberation.
Critical race theory seeks to dismantle racism and all forms of oppression, says law professor and one of the founding voices of race theory, Mari Matsuda.
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