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

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http://debashishbanerji.com/category/talks/page/2/ December 12, 2020
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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“A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority.”
Booker T.Washington
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# Indigenous
‘Hold Their Feet To the Fire’: Getting A COVID-19 Vaccine To Hard-Hit Indian Country https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/12/11/945397090/hold-their-feet-to-the-fire-getting-a-covid-19-vaccine-to-hard-hit-indian-countr

# Animals / Pets / Food Recalls
Bees defeat ‘murder hornet’ relatives with poop. Using feces to defend their hives is a behavior that was previously unknown in bees.

# Border / Immigration
Contractors Dynamite Mountains, Bulldoze Desert In Race To Build Trump’s Border Wall https://www.npr.org/2020/12/11/945194147/contractors-dynamite-mountains-bulldoze-desert-in-race-to-build-trumps-border-wa

# CoronaVirus
Window quickly closing for big coronavirus deal https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/529921-window-quickly-closing-for-big-coronavirus-deal

FDA clears nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/529908-fda-clears-nations-first-covid-vaccine

US enters brutal stretch of pandemic, even with approaching vaccines https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/529904-us-enters-brutal-stretch-of-pandemic-even-with-approaching-vaccine

Cargo carriers are poised to begin deliveries of the coronavirus vaccine https://fortune.com/2020/11/30/covid-vaccine-distribution-airlines-logistics-moderna-pfizer-astrazeneca/

Australia Scraps Billion Dollar Coronavirus Vaccine After Participants Test HIV Positive https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/australia-scraps-billion-dollar-coronavirus-vaccine-after-participants-test-hiv-positive/

Covid Vaccine producers announce plans to test combination vaccines using Russia’s ‘SputnikV’: Trial will assess whether combining the two vaccines boosts immune response and could give a vote of confidence to Russia’s fast-tracked shot.  The biggest concern is that the vaccines are not producing a high antibody protection in seniors.

From TMAP to Warp Speed: How Big Pharma Algorithms Fast-Track Unapproved Drugs and Vaccines https://www.naturalblaze.com/2020/12/from-tmap-to-warp-speed-how-big-pharma-algorithms-fast-track-unapproved-drugs-and-vaccines.html

World’s Largest Vaccine Maker Suing Man for Saying COVID-19 Vaccine Injured Him https://thewashingtonstandard.com/you-cant-sue-them-but-worlds-largest-vaccine-maker-is-suing-man-for-saying-covid-19-vaccine-injured-him/

People Harmed by Coronavirus Vaccines Will Have Little Recourse. Any payouts for injuries will come from a less-generous program than in years past

NJ Senator Wants Mandatory COVID Vaccinations For School Children Without Exemptions https://beforeitsnews.com/health/2020/12/nj-senator-wants-mandatory-covid-vaccinations-for-school-children-without-exemptions-3036701.html

# Education / Schools
DeVos Is on Her Way Out, But Public Education Is Still Very Much Under Attack. The threat to democratically governed schools that preceded Betsy DeVos will continue during the Biden presidency.

56 Percent Of Americans Don’t Think We Should Teach Arabic Numerals In School [Guess we’ll just have to change our entire system of numbers. Any ideas?] https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/56-percent-of-americans-dont-think-we-should-teach-arabic-numerals-in-school/

# Employment
Many Workers at Largest Corporations in U.S. Depend on Federal Benefits to Survive. Walmart and McDonald’s depend on taxpayers to subsidize the income of many workers because their wages are so low.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Court Ends Attempt to Mine for Gold Near Yellowstone https://www.ecowatch.com/yellowstone-gold-mining-ban-2649452703.html

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Spills up to 42,000 Gallons of Gasoline Into California Drainage Canal https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/42-000-gallons-of-gasoline-leaks-into-Walnut-15790022.php

The American Petroleum Institute Is Working to Kill Voting on Local Measures Industry groups are being represented by the same law firm that helped Trump file the election appeal in Pennsylvania.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Capitalism and the Green New Deal: The problem for a Green New Deal isn’t that it can’t be used to solve environmental problems, but that it won’t be.

# Environment / Climate / Interior Global Climate Ambition Summit 2020: Co-convened by the United Nations, the United Kingdom and France, in partnership with Chile and Italy

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Millions of hungry Americans turn to food banks https://apnews.com/article/race-and-ethnicity-hunger-coronavirus-pandemic-4c7f1705c6d8ef5bac241e6cc8e331bb

# General News
Former Clinton aide’s connection to Jeffrey Epstein: The bombshell that Clinton’s closest confidant confirmed the former president’s many trips aboard the “lolita express” has been totally ignored by the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News, MSNBC, CBS News, and CNN.

A coded message sent by notorious serial murderer the Zodiac Killer has been solved, 51 years after it was sent to a San Francisco newspaper.

# Global Politics and other news
Trade talks between the UK and the EU are continuing with less than 48 hours to go until the deadline imposed by both parties to reach a deal.

Canada Bans Americans Until The Day After Joe Biden Takes Office https://www.politicususa.com/2020/12/11/trudeau-biden-canada-travel.html

# Gov / Politics
President Trump on Friday evening signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government open for another week while lawmakers negotiate a longer-term package.

Cuomo under consideration to become Biden’s attorney general: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is reportedly among several candidates under consideration to become attorney general in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.

Giuliani says Trump team ‘not finished’ after Supreme Court defeat https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/529928-giuliani-says-trump-team-not-finished-after-supreme-court-defeat

Trump supporters plan DC rally to ‘demand transparency’ before Electoral College vote https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/09/march-trump-dc-rally-planned-ahead-electoral-college-meeting/6394642002/

SCOTUS Throws Out Texas Lawsuit as ‘Criminal-Childish’ (the rebel South surrenders again) https://www.texastribune.org/2020/12/11/texas-lawsuit-supreme-court-election-results/

There is a God! Texas says it will leave the Union…and a return to slavery. Texas and all of the other states and members of Congress who joined them already committed a seditious act, so secession seems like the next step for a group of people who truly hate democracy.

Texplainer: If Brexit Can Happen, Can Texit? Hey, Texplainer: Britain voted to leave the European Union. Can Texas secede from the United States?

Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States. Approved March 1, 1845 https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ref/abouttx/annexation/march1845.html

Sedition, alive and well and prosecutable against Trump, 106 members of congress and Sheriffs around the US https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/12/11/sedition-alive-and-well-and-prosecutable-against-trump-106-members-of-congress-and-sheriffs-around-the-us/

The Sedition of Donald Trump: Historian Sean Wilentz says the president and his chief accomplice Attorney General Bill Barr’s subversions of democracy have taken America to the very brink https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/donald-trump-sedition-william-barr-1073455/

Some call it sedition
* To conspire to overthrow or destroy by force the government of the United States or to level war against them;
* To oppose by force the authority of the United States government; to prevent, hinder, or delay by force the execution of any law of the United States; or
* To take, seize, or possess by force any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof.

None Dare Call It Sedition: Sedition: Crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow or destruction. Before we start throwing around inflammatory terms like “sedition,” it’s essential that we understand the strict definition of the word — and use it carefully and precisely, lest it lose all meaning. — Brittanica Concise Dictionary https://ourfuture.org/20100405/none-dare-call-it-sedition

House Democrat Calls To Exclude 126 Republicans From Next Congress For Supporting Texas Lawsuit

The Supreme Court Rejects Texas’s Shameful Lawsuit, But There Has to Be a Reckoning If prominent Republicans don’t renounce Trump’s campaign to overturn the election, they will do lasting harm to the country—and the early signs are not good.

Citing 14th Amendment, Pascrell says these GOP House members shouldn’t be sworn in https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/11/citing-14th-amendment-pascrell-says-these-gop-house-members-shouldnt-even-be-sworn

‘Not $300. Not $600. $1,200 at a Minimum’: Bernie Mobilizes Progressive Forces for Direct Cash Stimulus https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/10/not-300-not-600-1200-minimum-bernie-mobilizes-progressive-forces-direct-cash

# Law Enforcement
The Trump Administration Has Gone on an Underreported Execution Spree.
Under Trump, the U.S. has restarted federal executions and reinstated the use of the electric chair and firing squads.

“A blood lust”: Spree of federal executions during lame-duck period is unprecedented https://theusbreakingnews.com/a-blood-lust-spree-of-federal-executions-during-lame-duck-period-is-unprecedented/

Incarcerated Women Are Punished for Their Trauma With Solitary Confinement Vulnerable women in prison are often punished with isolation, when what they need is compassion and care.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Judge dismisses Michael Flynn case after Trump pardon –Sullivan had previously resisted dismissing the case following a DOJ request https://www.law.com/nationallawjournal/2020/12/08/citing-trump-pardon-federal-judge-dismisses-case-against-michael-flynn/

# Military / DOD
Senate passes defense bill, setting up Trump veto fight. The Senate passed a mammoth defense policy bill on Friday, setting up a veto showdown with President Trump.

# Social
Hundreds march in Ohio capital over police shooting of Black man. The shooting is the latest in a spate of killings of African Americans by police in the United States that have triggered a wave of protests over racial injustice and brutality by law enforcement.

# Technology
Facebook sued by FTC, 48 attorneys general alleging it operates an illegal monopoly: Attorneys general included those for Guam and Washington, D.C., and every state except for Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and South Dakota. As part of its lawsuit, the FTC wants to force Facebook to break off both Instagram and WhatsApp.

Facebook faces most serious breakup threat yet from lawsuits. The twin lawsuits filed against Facebook this week by the government and more than 40 attorneys general are the most serious effort to break the social media giant up to date.

# Veterans / VA
Paralyzed Veterans of America calls for VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to be fired and culture to change within VA https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/12/11/major-veterans-groups-call-for-va-secretarys-ouster-following-damning-report/

# Water
California water futures begin trading amid fear of scarcity. “Climate change, droughts, population growth, and pollution are likely to make water scarcity issues and pricing a hot topic for years to come https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-06/water-futures-to-start-trading-amid-growing-fears-of-scarcity

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