Voices, The Peoples News No. 2020-12-02

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# Archaeology
‘Sistine Chapel of the Ancients’: 12,000-Year-Old Columbian Rock Paintings. The images—heralded by researchers as “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients”—depict animals, humans and geometric patterns https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tens-thousands-12000-year-old-rock-paintings-found-colombia-180976427/

# CoronaVirus
‘Dr. Atlas did more damage in 130 days than you could possibly imagine.’
Former health policy director for the Obama White House Dr. Kavita Patel and health and medicine reporter for the Washington Post Lenny Bernstein speak to the dangers of not having adequate leadership in the federal government as the country is consumed by a surging pandemic

Was COVID-19 in U.S. Before January? Coronavirus was present in the U.S.
weeks earlier than scientists and public health officials previously thought https://www.statnews.com/2020/05/29/cdc-local-transmission-coronavirus-united-states/

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would start circulating a new coronavirus relief proposal that could garner support from the White House and among Senate Republicans

A bipartisan group of more than a dozen lawmakers who collaborated at their own initiative and circumnavigated House and Senate leaders unveiled an outline for a coronavirus relief bill worth $908 billion

COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation Continues as Anti-Vaccine Movement Moves with Smaller Online Groups. A new research shows that current campaigns against COVID-19 vaccine come from smaller, stronger-connected Facebook groups.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday said its recommended quarantine time after someone is exposed to coronavirus can be shortened to seven days with a negative test result, and 10 days without a test.

U.S. Sen. Cassidy joins bipartisan group of lawmakers pushing $908 billion COVID-19 relief https://www.carrollspaper.com/news/national/u-s-sen-cassidy-joins-bipartisan-group-of-lawmakers-pushing-908-billion-covid-19-relief/article_821ec7eb-6713-5cc0-8a88-065b4ed9347c.html

Dr. Northrup Discusses “Worst Case Scenarios” with New COVID Vaccine Dangers https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/dr-northrup-discusses-worst-case-scenarios-with-new-covid-vaccine-dangers/

McConnell COVID Plan: No Direct Payments and Stricter Unemployment Requirements. Analysts caution that McConnell’s goal is to undermine Biden’s presidency and gain GOP seats in 2022 and beyond.

# Economy / Trade
American Small Businesses Die While Billionaires Became ONE TRILLION DOLLARS Richer in 2020 https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/american-small-businesses-die-while-billionaires-became-one-trillion-dollars-richer-in-2020/

Biden Taps Two BlackRock Executives for Top Economic Posts. This comes as progressives are demanding a cabinet free of Wall Street influence.

# Education / Schools
Betsy Devos Rips Free College as ‘Socialist Takeover of Higher Education’

Right-Wing Organizations Are Enlisting Students in Their War Against Campus Progressives. Well-funded conservative groups are training college students to oppose progressive measures on campus.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Los Angeles officials will consider a zoning update that would ban oil drilling within city limits.

Oklahoma oil and gas leaders dismiss the possibility of a widespread fracking ban under President-elect Joe Biden, but remain concerned about other regulatory changes that will affect the industry.

Enbridge begins construction on the Line 3 replacement and expansion in Minnesota the day after state officials approved the last permits for the project.

The Biden administration appears likely to implement new occupational safety rules around silica dust, a byproduct of coal mining that’s led to an epidemic of advanced black lung disease https://energynews.us/digests/feds-may-finally-take-action-on-toxic-dust-behind-black-lung-epidemic/

The Trump administration is turning to a Department of Energy loan program it had tried to eliminate to increase domestic supplies of lithium, uranium and other key materials.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
The Supreme Court Wants to Revive a Doctrine That Would Paralyze Biden’s Administration https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/12/supreme-court-gundy-doctrine-administrative-state.html

Humanity Faces Climate “Suicide” Without US Rejoining Paris Agreement, Says the UN Secretary General. Joining China and other big polluters, Biden’s pledge of “net zero” US emissions by 2050 brings the Paris Agreement goals “within reach.”

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Scientists found microplastics in razor clams from the coast of Washington https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201130101239.htm

As 2020 winds down, roughly 23 percent of households in the U.S. are struggling with food insecurity, a number that has doubled since last year.

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals / Global
This lab-grown chicken just got the world’s first regulatory approval.
In a few Singaporean restaurants, the chicken on the menu will come from a bioreactor, not a farm.

# General News
The Extremists Knocking on Doors and Claiming People’s Homes. Homeowners in the Seattle suburbs have been getting disturbing visits from members of the Moorish sovereign citizen movement. “They believe they were the first inhabitants of the Americas, and that therefore they own everything.”

# Global Politics and other news
Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist Was Killed by Remote-controlled Machine Gun, Report Says. Iranian Fars News Agency reports that shots that killed Mohsen Fakhrizadeh came from a weapon mounted on a deserted vehicle which exploded shortly after the attack

Nuclear scientist assassination triggers Iran move to 20% enrichment. By this increased jump in uranium reprocessing, Tehran is sending a message that it is no longer going to be kept in the sanctions dog house.

NATO needs an updated strategy to meet challenges posed by a rising China. “China is no longer the benign trading partner that the West had hoped for. It is the rising power of our century and NATO must adapt,”
said one NATO diplomat.”

# Gov / Politics
Trump Orders Georgia Governor to Forget the Election and Name Trump Winner…or Else (an attack from ‘the rear?’) https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/12/01/trump-orders-georgia-governor-to-forget-the-election-and-name-trump-winner-or-else-an-attack-from-the-rear/

Trump discussed pardons for Jared, his oldest children and Rudy. It is legal for a president to pardon family members, though it remains unclear what crimes the president might seek to preemptively pardon. The power of the presidential pardon does not extend to state or local crimes.

Sidney Powell Tweet: Trump should declare insurrection and use “military tribunals” to investigate election fraud https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/12/01/sidney-powell-tweet-trump-should-declare-insurrection-and-use-military-tribunals-to-investigate-election-fraud/

Judge: ‘Precious little proof’ in Georgia election fraud suit. The plaintiffs presented a bizarre theory about an algorithm that stole votes from the president.

The president’s legal team filed a new challenge in Wisconsin Tuesday in an attempt to throw out more than 211,000 ballots in the state’s two most Democratic counties and reverse the president-elect’s victory https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-lawsuit-wisconsin-results-6b6f053d548b6be8f3e85e975661fe0d

Trump Threatens to Veto Defense Bill Over Mean Tweets. Last week, Trump called for Section 230 to be “immediately terminated” hours after #DiaperDon started trending on Twitter.

Republican frustration builds over Cabinet picks. A fight is brewing over President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks, in one of the first faceoffs between the long-time dealmaker and Senate Republicans.

Trump Considers Pardons for Family, Associates as DOJ Probes Pardon Bribery Scheme https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/528260-justice-department-investigating-potential-bribery-scheme-to-obtain

A top Senate Republican said that Congress will likely need a stopgap bill as a myriad of last-minute snags that are threatening quick passage of a mammoth spending bill to fund the government.

Trump Is Headed to Georgia to “Help” With the Runoffs. The GOP Is Terrified. A portion of Trump’s fervent base is calling for a conservative voter boycott of the January 5 Senate runoff in Georgia.

“Someone’s Going to Get Killed” Over Trump’s Voting Lies, Georgia Official Says. A Georgia official said Trump is fueling death threats against election workers. Trump doubled down in response.

Trump Tells Party Faithful He Will Run for President Again in 2024.
Trump’s statement on Tuesday was his first public acknowledgment of considering another run for office.

Trumpist Lawyers Tell Georgia Republicans: Don’t Vote! Lin Wood held a rally on Wednesday and, let’s just say, it wasn’t what national Republicans wanted to hear.

Trump Releases 46 Minutes Of Lies Falsely Asserting ‘Fraud’ In 2020 Election. President Donald Trump on Wednesday released a lie-packed video on Facebook falsely claiming there was massive “fraud” in last month’s election, which he lost by 7 million votes to Democrat Joe Biden.

After $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut for Rich, Trump Backs GOP Pay Freeze for Federal Workers as Pandemic Rages https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/02/after-15-trillion-tax-cut-rich-trump-backs-gop-pay-freeze-federal-workers-pandemic

# Medical / Health
What is fentanyl: the deadliest drug in America. The drug is 50 times stronger than heroin. The line between medicine and poison is very thin with fentanyl. Imagine a dash of salt — if that were fentanyl, it would be enough to kill you.

# Military / DOD
‘We have a drug problem’: Camp Lejeune starts random LSD testing. A series of drug-related incidents involving Marines and sailors was behind the decision to test for LSD in random screenings, the Marine Corps said.

Air Force is looking for some airmen to transition to new jobs, National Guard or Reserve

Two service members were found dead last week at Joint Base San Antonio.
A soldier and an airman were found dead last week at Joint Base San Antonio, base officials announced Tuesday saying the deaths are unrelated.

# Nuclear / Radiation
Even a Small Nuclear War Could Trigger a Global Apocalypse. Nuclear war doesn’t have to be big to devastate the world, inducing years of famine and climate catastrophe alongside all that death and radiation.

# Security
New Tech Expands Spying. A new technology that will dangerously expand government spying on citizens.

ACLU Sues to Find Out How and Why Federal Agencies Are Accessing Americans’ Cell Phone Location Data. “We’re suing to bring some much-needed transparency to these disturbing practices,” explained one ACLU staff attorney.

# Technology
Elon Musk Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta: Wider Public Release Coming in 2 Weeks—Would it be Completely Safe? Elon Musk is granting wishes like it’s Christmas time, in this case, for the FSD Beta!

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