Voices, The Peoples News No. 2020-12-10

Voices, The Peoples News

December 10, 2020
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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‘Tis madness I say, madness.’ I like him not, nor stands it safe with us to let his madness range. Therefore prepare you.
I your commission will forthwith dispatch, and he to England shall along with you.
The terms of our estate may not endure hazard so dangerous as doth hourly grow out of his lunacies.
Claudius to Guildenstern. Hamlet Act 3, Scene 3
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# Indigenous
Hope and peace: Bison return to the Rosebud reservation https://news.mongabay.com/2020/12/hope-and-peace-bison-return-to-the-rosebud-reservation/

Deadline to spend COVID-19 relief funds has tribal nations on edge. In Oregon, tribal governments are left wondering how they’ll provide services next year without an extension.

# Indigenous / Global
Brazilians impacted by mining assert: ‘Genocide legalized by the state.’  Residents of traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon municipality of Barcarena, near the mouth of the Amazon River, say that their subsistence and commercial livelihoods, and their health, have been destroyed by an invasion of mining companies which began in the mid-1980’s.

# CoronaVirus
Biden Will Disinfect the White House After Trump Moves Out.
President-elect Biden has announced parts of his COVID safety plan for the country, but what does his safety plan for the White House look like?

Trump Hosts Indoor Hanukkah Bash in the White House as COVID Cases Hit Records. Attendees could be heard on video coughing.

Lawmaker Who Went to Dinner at Noem’s Mansion Has COVID. The South Dakota governor posed with the maskless lawmaker after her budget address this week.

“I Can’t Keep Watching Patients Die Needlessly!” Medical Professor Testifies to Congress that COVID Cure Already Exists with Ivermectin https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/i-cant-keep-watching-patients-die-needlessly-medical-professor-testifies-to-congress-that-covid-cure-already-exists-with-ivermectin/

A vaccine to prevent coronavirus infections is close, but concern persists that not enough Americans will be willing to be vaccinated to fully halt the virus’ spread.
President-elect Joe Biden raised this concern during a Dec. 3 interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Protecting Individual Rights: Can COVID Vaccines Be Mandated?

State Bar Passes Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendation https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2020/11/07/state-bar-passes-mandatory-covid-19-vaccination-recommendation/

Here’s How We Handle People Who Refuse to Get COVID Vaccines. The government can’t force people to get vaccinated, but businesses can bar people who are not. We just need a simple, reliable way to determine who’s had their shots.

Pay people to get the vaccine, that should be part of a relief bill entirely focused on getting the vaccine to people as fast as possible

COVID-19 Relief Delayed With Pelosi, McConnell Holding Back https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-10/covid-19-relief-deal-delayed-with-pelosi-mcconnell-holding-back

FDA panel votes in favor of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/529737-fda-panel-votes-in-favor-of-pfizer-covid-vaccine

# Economy / Trade
Splits among Republicans are complicating GOP efforts to get on the same page in talks on a coronavirus relief deal https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/529573-relief-talks-show-gop-divisions

Stimulus talks slam into another wall. Lawmakers weigh competing
COVID-19 aid proposals.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Fears for safety and climate surround LNG export terminal planned on the Delaware River. The developer of the project, Delaware River Partners, a subsidiary of New Fortress Energy, wants to build the export terminal on the site of a former DuPont dynamite manufacturing plant.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Two Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale Calves Are Spotted Off U.S. Coast https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/07/north-atlantic-right-whale-endangered-species-newborns/6484190002/

Is It Too Late to Save ‘America’s Amazon’ in Alabama?

Human-made materials now equal weight of all life on Earth. The amount of concrete, asphalt, metal, and plastic on Earth is growing fast.

New Trump rule aims to limit tough clean air measures under Biden. The EPA rule, which changes the way cost-benefit analyses are used, would make it easier for fossil fuel companies to fight regulations in court.

In the shadow of “Shingle Mountain,” southeast Dallas neighbors fight to dismantle a legacy of environmental racism https://www.texastribune.org/2020/12/09/southeast-dallas-shingle-mountain-environmental-racism/

Court Rejects Trump’s Arctic Drilling Proposal in ‘Huge Victory for Polar Bears and Our Climate’

# Gov / Politics
“Safeguards Stripped in Us Elections” 18 Rep States’ Attorneys joint to Texas lawsuit at Supreme Court. “The allegations in the Bill of Complaint raise important constitutional issues under the Electors Clause of Article II, § 1. They also raise serious concerns relating to election integrity and public confidence in elections.”

Biden to Netanyahu: Your worst nightmare is here: If Biden brings back the nuclear deal, if he takes Netanyahu to the woodshed and avoids another disaster in the Middle East, then he is doing America and much of the world a great service. He would certainly get much respect.

Call Trump’s treasonous acts what they are, the US Constitution is clear about treason’s meaning. Article Three in Section Three of the Constitution says: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”

State legislatures across the country are contemplating sweeping changes to the way elections are administered after a tumultuous presidential contest, one that ended with both the highest voter turnout in American history and the outgoing president baselessly calling its integrity into question.

Seeds of Hunter Biden’s Legal Woes Found on Stolen Laptop. The president-elect’s son is under investigation for “tax affairs.” But documents unearthed this fall support reports that the inquiry was once much broader.

Trump Just Broke Through the Last Level of Neo-Fascism. He knows that he can’t wiggle his way out of being found a loser by our democratic system. The question now is if he’ll tear the system apart rather than acknowledge its verdict.

Hunter Biden Tax Probe Examining China Business Dealings

Pennsylvania’s Democratic attorney general in a Supreme Court brief Thursday called Texas’ bid to invalidate the election results of Pennsylvania and three other states a “seditious abuse of the judicial process.”

Georgia Republicans Are Using Fake Claims of Fraud to Make It Harder to Vote GOP leaders who have rebutted Trump’s falsehoods are still using those claims for voter suppression.

Will It Really Be All Over on December 14? Will Trump’s use of bigotry to rally anxious white voters end with his term of office?

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
DOJ files lawsuit against Alabama for unconstitutional prison conditions. “The United States Constitution requires Alabama to make sure that its prisons are safe and humane.”

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
The House of Representatives passed a bill to expand marijuana research—including by forcing the Drug Enforcement Administration to register more growers and letting scientists study cannabis that consumers buy from state-legal dispensaries. It was approved on a voice vote.

Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies is asking the nation’s Supreme Court for another delay in the deadline to enact marijuana legalization legislation.

A new poll shows that 66% of U.S. voters—including a majority of Republicans—support the House’s passage of a federal marijuana legalization bill last week.

# Medical Alternatives / Herbology
One-third of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine.
A stunning one-third of people with a cancer diagnosis use complementary and alternative medicines such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and supplements.

# Medical Kidnapping / Arrests
Do We Need to Abolish Child Protective Services? Inside one parent’s five-year battle with the “family destruction system.”

# Military / DOD
Naval power plant proposal tests Virginia on environmental justice https://www.bayjournal.com/news/energy/naval-power-plant-proposal-tests-virginia-on-environmental-justice/article_8b8db992-3a5a-11eb-9a48-d78ac19efa91.html

35,000 Soldiers Died from the Experimental Anthrax Vaccine – More Than Those Who Died in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq Combined https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/35000-soldiers-died-from-the-experimental-anthrax-vaccine-more-than-those-who-died-in-combat-in-afghanistan-and-iraq-combined/

# Technology
Federal and state lawsuits brought against Facebook calls for an end to BigTech’s predatory practices. “Facebook used its monopoly power to crush smaller rivals and snuff out competition, all at the expense of everyday users.”

# Things that make ya go ‘Hmmmm’
Algae-farming fish domesticate shrimp to improve their farms. It’s the first example of a non-human vertebrate domesticating another animal.

# United Nations
African Union Silencing the Guns initiative – the role of illicit financial flows in fuelling instability in Africa. The main objective of the High-level Meeting is to focus on the impact of Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) in exacerbating existing vulnerabilities in African countries

# Water
Filthy water: A basic sanitation problem persists in rural America.
Residents of Alabama’s Lowndes County lack adequate wastewater systems and must contend with sewage backing up into their yards and homes.

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