Voices, The Peoples News No. 2020-12-09

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# Indigenous / Global
Mining is ongoing inside Indigenous territories and national parks in Jacareacanga, despite Brazil’s Constitution banning all types of mining http://www.envirolink.org/2020/12/08/illegal-mining-sparks-malaria-outbreak-in-indigenous-territories-in-brazil/

# Border / Immigration
Migrant camp built on Army firing range could be giving asylum seekers lead poisoning. Human Rights Watch has warned that is very likely there is lead in the soil of the camp housing former residents of the burned down Moria camp.

# CoronaVirus
Understanding COVID-19 infection and possible mutations https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201208163007.htm

Face shields no match for sneeze vortex rings https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201208111442.htm

Tension between awareness and fatigue shapes COVID-19 spread https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201208111438.htm

No Safety Concerns: FDA Paves Way for Pfizer Shot Approval. Latest data analyses show it starts providing strong protection against COVID-19 within about 10 days of the first dose—even sooner than Pfizer had previously announced.

Red Cross President Demands Gov’t, Media Silence Those Who Question Safety of COVID Vaccine https://thefreethoughtproject.com/red-cross-silence-vaccine-safety/

Biden plans to give 50 million Americans vaccinations in his first 100 days https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nidhiprakash/coronavirus-vaccine-joe-biden-update

Scientists still have problems with AstraZeneca and Oxford’s vaccine results.

Doctors Around the World Issue Dire Warning: Do Not Get The COVID Vaccine!They are trying to save as many people as possible from the carnage this vaccine is going to cause, which will include death, brain injuries, life-long autoimmune disease, infertility, and more.

FDA Announces Deaths of Two Pfizer Vaccine Trial Participants as it Prepares to Issue Fast-track Authorization https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/fda-announces-deaths-of-two-pfizer-vaccine-trial-participants-as-it-prepares-to-issue-fast-track-authorization/

People With Very Bad Allergies Should Avoid Vaccine: U.K. Regulators warn two care-providers with significant allergies took the vaccine on Tuesday and suffered allergic reactions.

COVID Patient Leaves Florida Hospital—After Nine Months. The medical technician was on a ventilator and a heart-lung bypass machine and will probably lose her fingertips.

FL GOP Lawyer Quits Over Raid on Fired COVID Data Scientist. “I no longer wish to serve the current government of Florida in any capacity,”
the DeSantis appointee said.

Vaccines alone are not enough to beat COVID-19

U.S. govt to issue wallet-sized COVID-19 proof of vaccination cards –Releasing the image on the Department of Defense (DOD) website, the description says that they ‘will be sent out as part of vaccination kits from Operation Warp Speed.’

WHO against making coronavirus vaccine mandatory –Such moves have backfired and caused greater opposition in the past, the UN health agency warns https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/7/millions-in-california-face-stay-at-home-order-live-news

Analysis: It’s Time to Scare People About COVID https://khn.org/news/article/its-time-to-scare-people-about-covid/

Doctors begin to unlock the mystery behind Covid-19 “long haulers,” who aren’t badly hit initially but can experience memory lapses, erratic heart rates and dizziness over time.

Face masks reduce new COVID cases by 45% https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/face-mask-reduce-cases-45-percent-90532/

Less than a year to develop a COVID vaccine – here’s why you shouldn’t be alarmed. Ten years to develop a vaccine is a bad thing

FDA Announces 2 Deaths of Pfizer Vaccine Trial Participants from “Serious Adverse Events” (Updated – Withdrawn)) https://www.naturalblaze.com/2020/12/fda-announces-2-deaths-of-pfizer-vaccine-trial-participants-from-serious-adverse-events.html

White House task force: Vaccine may not reduce virus spread until late spring https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/529528-white-house-task-force-vaccine-may-not-reduce-virus-spread-until-late

# Economy / Trade
Sanders Leads Senate Demand for $1,200 Stimulus Checks Over ‘Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card’ for Corporations https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/08/sanders-leads-senate-demand-1200-stimulus-checks-over-get-out-jail-free-card

‘Time Is Running Out for Millions’: Progressives Rally for People’s Bailout as McConnell Pushes Corporate Immunity https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/08/time-running-out-millions-progressives-rally-peoples-bailout-mcconnell-pushes

White House offers $916 billion stimulus proposal, cutting jobless benefits.

COVID Relief: The Republicans’ Poison Pill: McConnell and Mnuchin are playing an utterly cynical game on desperately needed COVID relief. The game is to offer competing proposals that are unacceptable to each other, as well as to Democrats.

House passes stopgap bill to avoid government shutdown https://thehill.com/homenews/house/529515-house-passes-stopgap-bill-to-avoid-government-shutdown

New Research Shows ‘Pandemic Profits’ of Billionaires Could Fully Fund
$3,000 Stimulus Checks for Every Person in US https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/09/new-research-shows-pandemic-profits-billionaires-could-fully-fund-3000-stimulus

‘Beyond Incomprehensible’: Bipartisan Covid Relief Package Would Let Paid Sick and Family Leave Expire https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/09/beyond-incomprehensible-bipartisan-covid-relief-package-would-let-paid-sick-and

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Federal appeals court strikes down the Trump administration’s approval of an Alaska offshore Arctic oil project https://www.arctictoday.com/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-the-trump-administrations-approval-of-an-alaska-offshore-arctic-oil-project/

Fracking linked to heart failure trouble. A study in central Pennsylvania points to cardiovascular effects of unconventional natural gas extraction.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Trump Admin Rejects Tough Standards on Deadly Pollution from Industrial Soot https://insideclimatenews.org/news/15042020/air-pollution-epa-covid-pm2-5-secret-science-rule-health-fuel-standard-climate-change/

In a Historic Vote, Colorado Officially Decided to Reintroduce Wolves to the State https://www.motherjones.com/2020-elections/2020/12/colorado-vote-reintroduce-gray-wolves-proposition-114-official-results/

John Kerry’s Think Tank Calls for War With Russia Over Climate Change.
“America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is.” — John Kerry https://www.mintpressnews.com/john-kerry-think-tank-calls-for-war-with-russia-over-climate-change/273480/

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Once called naïve for his focus on returning land to Black farmers, Thomas Mitchell is now a MacArthur Genius. The Texas A&M law professor talks about his work to help Black families navigate a discriminatory system and retain ownership of their farmland https://civileats.com/2020/12/09/once-called-naive-for-his-focus-on-returning-land-to-black-farmers-thomas-mitchell-is-now-a-macarthur-genius/

# General News
Asbestos, a toxic mineral linked to cancer, was found in eye shadow and a children’s makeup kit

# Global Politics and other news
Russian Media Wants Moscow to Grant Asylum to Trump. Russian media and lawmakers are concerned about the future of the Kremlin’s favorite U.S.

# Gov / Politics
Senate Readies Vote on Slimmed-Down Coronavirus Relief Bill That Shields Corporations from Liability https://www.democracynow.org/2020/12/8/headlines/senate_readies_vote_on_slimmed_down_coronavirus_relief_bill_that_shields_corporations_from_liability

AZ Republicans Ask: Are You Ready to Die to Support Trump? The state GOP made the apparent call to arms on its official Twitter account late Monday.

‘Stop the Steal’ MAGA Fanatics Reach Their Death Cult Finale. A bizarre tweet from the Arizona Republican Party suggesting Trump supporters die for a lost cause might just be the start of a twisted new chapter.

As Trump rails against loss, his supporters become more threatening.

Hunter Biden says he’s under federal investigation over his taxes https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/529526-hunter-biden-says-hes-under-federal-investigation-over-his-taxes

Trump’s Backers Are Becoming More Violent. I Fear What Will Happen in January. Trump’s base has become increasingly threatening as his already negligible reelection hopes have all but collapsed.

Ilhan Omar Rips Congress for Approving $740.5 Billion Bill to ‘Appease Defense Contractors’ While Skimping on Covid Relief https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/09/ilhan-omar-rips-congress-approving-7405-billion-bill-appease-defense-contractors

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear case challenging HHS approval of state work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries. On December 4, the U.S.
Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving agency approval of work requirements for state Medicaid beneficiaries.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Xavier Becerra, who President-elect Joe Biden selected to serve as health and human services secretary, supports legalizing marijuana and voted in Congress to protect state laws from federal intervention.

# Medical / Health
$218 MILLION Paid Out for Vaccine Injuries and Deaths in 2020 for FDA Approved Vaccines (NOT Fast-tracked) https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/218-million-paid-out-for-vaccine-injuries-and-deaths-in-2020-for-fda-approved-vaccines-not-fast-tracked/

Gene-therapy trials offer hope for sickle cell. Sickle Cell Disease is a serious and debilitating genetic disease caused by a mutation in the β-globin gene and there are currently no known permanent cure.

# Things that make ya go ‘Hmmmm’
The Man Who Found Forrest Fenn’s Treasure. The decade-long hunt captured the world’s attention, but when it finally ended in June, everyone still wanted to know: Who had solved the mystery? This week, as legal proceedings threaten his anonymity, a 32-year-old medical student is ready to go on the record.

# United Nations
‘Not a Criminal’: Top UN Anti-Torture Official Urges Julian Assange’s Release. The WikiLeaks founder’s “prolonged solitary confinement in a high security prison is neither necessary nor proportionate,” said United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer.

Standing up for free expression means standing up for Julian Assange. An independent press is the only safeguard we have against government deception.
Prosecuting Assange for publishing truths the U.S. government wanted to hide is an incredibly dangerous precedent https://www.salon.com/2020/12/06/standing-up-for-free-expression-means-standing-up-for-julian-assange/

International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, Day 2: The annual international media seminar on peace in the Middle East (8-9 December 2020) will bring together diplomats, journalists, think-tanks, and members of academia to discuss media-related issues and trends connected to the Israel-Palestine conflict https://www.un.org/unispal/event/2020-united-nations-international-media-seminar-on-peace-in-the-middle-east/

Seventy-second Anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime https://www.un.org/en/observances/genocide-prevention-day

# Water
Southwest US communities and Hispanics most likely to have arsenic-laden water A new survey shows arsenic levels in public water are disproportionately high in certain U.S. communities https://www.ehn.org/arsenic-water-southwest–2649419084.html

Water joined gold, oil and other commodities traded on Wall Street, highlighting worries that the life-sustaining natural resource may become scarce https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-06/water-futures-to-start-trading-amid-growing-fears-of-scarcity

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