Voices, The Peoples News No. 2020-12-18

uniformly Voices, The Peoples News

irreparably December 18, 2020
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
An Indigenous practice may be key to preventing wildfires. For thousands of years, North American tribes carefully burned forests to manage the land. The future may lie in a return to that past.
https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/indigenous-fire-prevention/

To Protect Great Lakes, Michigan Tribes Oppose Enbridge Line 5 Pipelines. Whitney Gravelle, an attorney for the Bay Mills Indian Community, discusses the fight against Enbridge’s Line 5.
https://truthout.org/audio/to-protect-great-lakes-michigan-tribes-oppose-enbridge-line-5-pipelines/

# Indigenous / Global
Northern First Nations Look for Answers as Work Camps Bring the Virus https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/12/15/Work-Camps-Bring-Virus-Northern-First-Nations/

After evacuating twice over tainted water, Neskantaga residents plan their return home
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/neskantaga-plans-return-home-water-crisis-1.5840308

# Archaeology
Mass Grave of Ancient Race of Dwarfs Discovered https://www.reddit.com/r/AlternativeHistory/comments/ii560y/mass_grave_of_ancient_race_of_dwarfs_discovered/

# Border / Immigration
DHS inspectors found ICE detainees who were kept in solitary confinement for 300 days. BuzzFeed reported that in addition to 11 immigrants who had been placed in solitary confinement for more than 60 days, two others were kept isolated for more than 300 days.
https://thehill.com/latino/530742-nearly-a-dozen-immigrants-kept-in-solitary-confinement-for-more-than-two-months-report

# CoronaVirus
Against CDC Guidance, Denver Displaces Hundreds Of Homeless People Amid
COVID-19 Spike
https://theappeal.org/denver-homeless-encampment-sweep-covid-19-criminalization/

Irradiated, cheated and infected: America’s Marshall Islanders confront
COVID-19 disaster
https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/12/17/americas-marshall-islanders-confront-covid-19-disaster-447158

Billionaire Sackler Family Refuses to Apologize for Fueling Deadly Opioid Epidemic
https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/12/17/americas-marshall-islanders-confront-covid-19-disaster-447158

When the Elderly and Frail Die After Receiving the COVID Vaccine https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/when-the-elderly-and-frail-die-after-receiving-the-covid-vaccine/

Tennessee Nurse Manager Passes Out on Camera After Receiving Pfizer COVID Vaccine. Since these kinds of videos have a way of disappearing from the Internet rather quickly, we put a copy up on our Bitchute Channel under the Fair Use Act.
https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/tennessee-nurse-manager-passes-out-on-camera-after-receiving-pfizer-covid-vaccine/

Pandemic-related paid sick days and leave to expire Dec. 31 with no extension in sight https://khn.org/news/article/pandemic-related-paid-sick-days-and-leave-to-expire-dec-31-with-no-extension-in-sight/

Nearly 700 Have Contracted COVID at This CA Psych Hospital. A new court filing is begging for the release or transfer of half the patients at Patton State Hospital, described as a “tinderbox” for COVID infections.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/18/patton-state-hospital-covid-19-outbreak-lawsuit

Fake COVID-19 Vaccines are Already Being Sold Online. Several vaccines are already listed on the Dark Web but they are a scam.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/fake-covid-19-vaccines-are-already-being-sold-online

An Alaska health care worker was released from the hospital on Thursday after experiencing a rare but serious allergic reaction to Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2020/12/17/alaskas-vaccinations-continue-as-planned-as-healthcare-worker-released-from-hospital-after-serious-allergic-reaction/

# Economy / Trade
Aides Talked Trump Out of $2,000 Stimulus Check Demand: The president was reportedly in the middle of drafting a statement demanding bigger stimulus checks when aides stepped in to stop him.
https://www.businessinsider.in/politics/world/news/white-house-aides-reportedly-stepped-in-to-keep-trump-from-calling-for-2000-stimulus-checks-fearing-it-could-torpedo-relief-talks/articleshow/79788951.cms

The TPP Was All but Dead, Now DC Think Tanks Are Quietly Urging Biden to Bring It Back. Former officials are practically begging Biden to revisit the controversial trade agreement, arguing that “China must be isolated.”
https://www.mintpressnews.com/behind-the-scenes-think-tanks-quietly-urge-biden-to-restart-the-tpp/273756/

# Employment
First-time unemployment claims soar to highest number since September http://www.thecourierexpress.com/news/nation/first-time-unemployment-claims-soar-to-highest-number-since-september/article_ef6512e7-4c4e-5981-9d2d-09fa56a542f2.html

Companies Took $1.8 Billion to Save Jobs and Laid Off 90,000 Workers Anyway Businesses that don’t rehire all their workers may have to pay back the loans plus 1 percent interest.
https://publicintegrity.org/inequality-poverty-opportunity/covid-divide/companies-took-covid-19-aid-they-laid-off-90000-workers-anyway/

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Yukon wetlands pushed to tipping point by placer mining, First Nation and conservationists say https://www.wellandtribune.ca/ts/news/canada/2020/12/11/yukon-wetlands-pushed-to-tipping-point-by-placer-mining-first-nation-and-conservationists-say.html

Researchers Warn of Looming Oil Spill Four Times Larger Than Exxon Valdez if Urgent Action Not Taken https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/15/researchers-warn-looming-oil-spill-four-times-larger-exxon-valdez-if-urgent-action

# Environment / Climate / Interior
9-Year-Old Girl’s Asthma Death Officially Linked to Air Pollution in Unprecedented Coroner Ruling https://www.ecowatch.com/london-girl-death-air-pollution-2649531226.html

Home Depot to pay $21 million penalty for alleged lead-safety violations. The Environmental Protection Agency found the home-improvement company sent uncertified firms to do renovations that required certified firms.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/home-depot-to-pay-21-million-penalty-for-alleged-lead-safety-violations-11608247337

Targeted wetland restoration could greatly reduce nitrogen pollution.
Wetlands remove nitrate pollution from water effectively. An analysis shows that this effect is constrained in the United States
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03515-7

A second wave is looming over Africa. A locust second wave, that is. UN warns of ‘alarming and unprecedented threat’ to food security and livelihoods in the region https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/apr/13/second-wave-of-locusts-in-east-africa-said-to-be-20-times-worse

# Environment / Climate / Interior Global Alberta Parks closures? Separating fact from fiction on the UCP plan https://thenarwhal.ca/alberta-parks-closures-ucp-explainer/

Record-breaking lightning in the Arctic? Lightning typically forms with the aid of warm air, which is why it has historically been rare in the Arctic. Team detects a huge increase and says it could be due to climate change, but others can’t confirm the findings.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03561-1?utm_source=Nature+Briefing&utm_campaign=04490224c0-briefing-dy-20201218&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c9dfd39373-04490224c0-43812897

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
These Restaurant Chains Are Closing The Doors In 2021. The restaurant industry has seen a lot of ups and downs in recent years. Most recently it has suffered greatly at the hand of the global crisis we have all been a part of.
https://www.businessinsider.com/fast-food-restaurant-chains-less-of-in-2021-2020-5

# Gov / Politics
Flynn Says Trump Can Use Military to ‘Rerun Election.’ “He could take military capabilities, and he could place those in states and basically rerun an election in each of those states.” Ex-national security adviser, recently pardoned by president, says martial law ‘not unprecedented’
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election-2020/trump-michael-flynn-election-martial-law-b1776020.html

Legislative survey shows deep GOP divide on election. The Hill asked every Republican legislator in the country for their thoughts on the election, including whether they recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the winner.
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/530739-legislative-survey-shows-deep-gop-divide-on-election

Threats Mount Against Public Officials: ‘Not What I Signed Up For.’
Officials at all levels of government are receiving increased threats.
They’re not getting as much support as they should from officials at the highest levels or, in some cases, from law enforcement.
https://www.governing.com/now/Threats-Mount-Against-Public-Officials-Not-What-I-Signed-Up-For.html

Biden team expresses concern over ‘abrupt halt’ in cooperation with Pentagon. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team expressed concern Friday about what it described as an “abrupt halt” in cooperation with the Defense Department.
https://thehill.com/policy/defense/530856-biden-team-expresses-concern-over-abrupt-halt-in-cooperation-with-pentagon

Trump Admin Pulls Plug on Biden’s Defense Briefings: Why it matters:
Miller’s move, which stunned officials throughout the Pentagon, was the biggest eruption yet of animus and mistrust toward the Biden team from the top level of the Trump administration.
https://www.axios.com/pentagon-biden-transition-briefings-123a9658-4af1-4632-a6e6-770117784d60.html

Kushner OK’d Campaign Shell Company That Paid Family: The shell company, which sucked almost half of the Trump campaign’s funds, had a board stacked with family members and confidantes.
https://hillreporter.com/jared-kushner-okd-shell-company-that-paid-trump-family-millions-87843

# Law Enforcement
Georgia: Arbury Murder Suspects Face Damning New Video. Bodycam footage shows William “Roddie” Bryan telling police, “I made a few moves” at Ahmaud Arbery.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/16/ahmaud-arbery-new-body-cam-footage-shows-moments-after-shooting/3922582001/

# Law Enforcement / Global
Rainsbrook, Britain: Children in near-solitary confinement at secure training centre
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-55364754

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Hunter Biden Email Reportedly Names Kamala Harris, Others as Key Contacts for ‘Joint Venture’ With China Energy Co.
https://nypost.com/2020/10/22/email-sent-from-bidens-brother-to-hunter-references-harris-report/

Kirschner: Trump, Alexander and Others Face Murder Prosecution Over ‘Herd Immunity.’ Where here immunity meets criminal responsibility.
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/12/17/kirchner-trump-alexander-and-others-face-prosecution-over-herd-immunity-homicides/

A grand jury has indicted six men for conspiring to kidnap Michigan’s governor, a crime that upon conviction can bring a sentence of life in prison.
https://www.npr.org/2020/12/17/947652491/6-suspects-indicted-for-conspiracy-to-kidnap-michigan-gov-gretchen-whitmer

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
The Drug Enforcement Administration issued its final rule for licensing more growers of marijuana to be used in research, more than four years after it first said it would end the monopoly on approved cultivation.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/dea-issues-final-rule-for-licensing-more-growers-of-marijuana-for-research/

New Jersey becomes the 11th state to legalize marijuana https://abc7ny.com/dianna-houenou-nj-marijuana-amendment-new-jersey-early-voting-in/8849703/

Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products Presented in New Report https://www.nationalacademies.org/news/2017/01/health-effects-of-marijuana-and-cannabis-derived-products-presented-in-new-report

# Military / DOD
The Military Won’t Even Pay for Troops’ COVID-19 Tests, But Army soldiers will be drug tested after returning from their holiday vacations.
https://www.thenation.com/article/society/military-covid-testing/

# Nuclear / Radiation
Nuclear weapons agency breached amid massive cyber onslaught. Hackers accessed systems at the National Nuclear Security Administration, which maintains the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/17/nuclear-agency-hacked-officials-inform-congress-447855

# Technology
Huge Russia-Linked Hack on U.S. Agencies Gets Even Bigger. One more agency and at least three states were added to the list of government bodies infiltrated by suspected Russian hackers.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/dec/17/us-government-cyber-attack-hack-russia

Quantum Teleportation Unlocked! Scientists Transfer ‘Qubits’ of Fibers over 13 Miles Away! No, it is not yet physical matter, but massive quantum data that can be used for computer advancements!
https://www.techtimes.com/articles/255189/20201217/quantum-teleportation-unlocked-scientists-transfer-qubits-fibers-over-13-miles.htm

Lawmakers are raising questions about whether the attack on the federal government widely attributed to Russia constitutes an act of war. The hacking may represent the biggest cyberattack in U.S history, and officials are scrambling to respond.
https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/530784-lawmakers-ask-whether-massive-hack-amounted-to-act-of-war

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