Voices, The Peoples News No. 2020-12-21

Darya Khān Voices, The Peoples News

Buriram December 21, 2020
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe gets money for electric vehicles, thanks to Volkswagen Indigenous communities across the country have dealt with pollution which affects their resources and their health.
https://www.newsbreak.com/new-york/akwesasne/news/2129730328971/st-regis-mohawk-tribe-gets-money-for-electric-vehicles-thanks-to-volkswagen

After decades of activism, the Navajo coal plant has been demolished.
The smokestacks at the largest coal plant in the western US have been knocked down. Now the work of cleanup begins.
https://www.vox.com/2020/12/19/22189046/navajo-coal-generating-station-smokestacks-demolished

Apache Nation Organizes Day of Action Against Proposed Copper Mine https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-oakflat-apache/apache-tribe-marches-to-protect-sacred-arizona-site-from-copper-mine-idUSKCN20M1QM

# Border / Immigration
Congress to approve $1.375 billion for border wall in 2021. The funding for the wall in this measure would continue after Trump leaves office.
https://thehill.com/policy/finance/531088-congress-to-approve-1375-billion-for-border-wall-in-2021

# Bundy Rides Again
How Ammon Bundy Helped Foment an Anti-Masker Rebellion in Idaho. The
COVID-19 pandemic has pitted establishment Republicans, who defer to public-health officials’ expertise, against hard-right libertarians.
https://news.knowledia.com/US/en/articles/how-ammon-bundy-helped-foment-an-anti-masker-rebellion-in-idaho-1dced293fd8d94dcc6a5d035742bd6e40e24bf51

# CoronaVirus
WARNING: 3,150 Injuries in First Week of Illegal Experimental COVID Vaccines Among American Healthcare Workers! Pregnant Women Included https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/warning-3150-injuries-in-first-week-of-illegal-experimental-covid-vaccines-among-american-healthcare-workers-pregnant-women-included/

FDA investigating allergic reactions to Pfizer vaccine reported in multiple states https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/530966-fda-investigating-allergic-reactions-to-pfizer-vaccine-reported-in-multiple

CDC Issues New Guidelines, Launches Probe After 1000s Negatively Affected Following COVID-19 Vaccination https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/cdc-issues-new-guidelines-launches-probe-after-1000s-negatively-affected-following-covid

‘Baffling’: Trump Admin Reportedly Slashing Vaccine Allocations to States While Millions of Doses Sit on Shelves. “We have millions more doses sitting in our warehouse but, as of now, we have not received any shipment instructions for additional doses,” Pfizer said.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/18/baffling-trump-admin-reportedly-slashing-vaccine-allocations-states-while-millions

U.S. Scientists Checking if Mutant COVID Can Resist Vax: A recent scientific article suggested that the novel coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19 epidemic has mutated into a more “aggressive” form. Is this something we need to worry about? No, and here’s why.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/07/health/coronavirus-mutations-analysis/index.html

Cuomo Demands Feds Test Visitors From U.K. for COVID Variant. “Right now, this variant in the U.K. is getting on a plane and flying to JFK,”
he said.
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/cuomo-calls-for-testing-or-ban-on-british-travelers-as-covid-mutation-spreads-in-u-k/2791753/

Newsom Sent Into Quarantine as COVID Rips Through His State. The governor’s exposure comes during an astonishingly steep surge in
COVID-19 cases in California—it averaged more than 40,000 new cases a day last week.
https://nypost.com/2020/12/21/gavin-newsom-in-quarantine-after-staffer-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

Guv Has Nation’s Worst COVID Outbreak, Refuses Mask Mandate. Bill Lee’s own wife has now tested positive for the virus, but on Sunday he said he still wouldn’t institute a mask mandate.
https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2020/12/20/tennessee-mask-mandate-covid-19-cases-surge-bill-lee/3977135001/

Italy Detects Case of Mutant British Coronavirus Strain. The patient traveled from the United Kingdom to Italy sometime in the past week, authorities said.
https://www.livemint.com/news/world/italy-detects-new-mutated-covid-19-strain-in-uk-returnee-11608508978880.html

What we know about the new coronavirus variant that scientists say spreads more quickly https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/20/fast-spreading-covid-variant-in-england-uk

Do Senate Hearings Show That COVID-19 Vaccine Use Is Illegal?
https://ecency.com/health/@activistpost/do-senate-hearings-show-that-covid-19-vaccine-use-is-illegal

The story of mRNA: How a once-dismissed idea became a leading technology in the Covid vaccine race https://www.statnews.com/2020/11/10/the-story-of-mrna-how-a-once-dismissed-idea-became-a-leading-technology-in-the-covid-vaccine-race/

‘Slap in the Face for People Suffering Across the Country’: Critics Slam Watered-Down Covid Relief Deal https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/21/slap-face-people-suffering-across-country-critics-slam-watered-down-covid-relief

# Economy / Trade
Congress clinches sweeping deal on coronavirus relief, government funding https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/531074-congress-gets-sweeping-deal-on-coronavirus-relief-government-funding

Congress Agrees on $900 Billion Second Stimulus Deal. The bill is expected to include $600 stimulus checks, as well as $300 in weekly unemployment insurance.
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/cuomo-calls-for-testing-or-ban-on-british-travelers-as-covid-mutation-spreads-in-u-k/2791753/

‘$600 Is Not Enough,’ Say Progressives as Congressional Leaders Reach Covid Relief Deal. “How are the millions of people facing evictions, remaining unemployed, standing in food bank and soup kitchen lines supposed to live off of $600? We didn’t send help for eight months.”
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/20/600-not-enough-say-progressives-congressional-leaders-reach-covid-relief-deal

What is in the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill. Stimulus checks, jobless aid, PPP small-business loans among relief set to be passed by Congress
https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-is-in-the-900-billion-covid-19-aid-bill-11608557531

Green Social Democracy Offers the Most Viable Path Toward a Sustainable Future A green social democracy offers a way out of economic and climate crises, says economics professor David Kotz https://truthout.org/articles/green-social-democracy-offers-the-most-viable-path-toward-a-sustainable-future/

Trump Enacts Sweeping New Sanctions on China, Iran, Venezuela. Biden Promises More To Come https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/trump-set-record-sanctions-use-that-biden-is-likely-to-maintain

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
In last rush, Trump grants mining and energy firms access to public lands. The outgoing administration is pushing through approval of corporate projects over the opposition of environmental groups and tribal communities.
https://www.deccanherald.com/international/in-last-rush-donald-trump-grants-mining-and-energy-firms-access-to-public-lands-929404.html

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining Global
Alberta opening parts of Rockies to coal mining. Debate has swirled as Alberta opens up a large swath of the Rocky Mountains’ eastern slopes to new coal mining.
https://thenarwhal.ca/alberta-coal-mining-rockies-elk-valley/

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Kilauea Volcano Erupts Again, Sending Ash Into Hawaii Sky. First eruption in two years sent a huge cloud of ash into the air and triggered a 4.4-magnitude earthquake.
https://apnews.com/article/331c105b355349f5aebedb5b7e934dcd

# Food Recalls / Alerts
Nestle recalls some Lean Cuisine dinners because of several consumer complaints about plastic. The public are being asked to check their freezers for a flavor of Lean Cuisine frozen dinners because consumers have been complaining about pieces of hard plastic in the product.
https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2020/12/nestle-recalls-some-lean-cuisine-dinners-because-of-several-consumer-complaints-about-plastic/

# Gov / Politics
Joe Biden may have won the presidential election, but his victory masks a deeper rot within the American political system, one where both parties have become servants to increasingly powerful corporations, Wall Street, and the military-industrial complex.
https://www.mintpressnews.com/podcast-chris-hedges-collapse-of-us-empire-rise-of-fascism/273770/

Why They’re Denying You Healthcare And Financial Support During A Pandemic As long as people are being successfully propagandized by mass media, they will never rise up and make it change.
https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/why-theyre-denying-you-healthcare

‘Anti-protest’ bill passes Ohio House: The Ohio bill calls for stiffer penalties for trespass and tampering of infrastructure like pipelines.
https://www.alleghenyfront.org/anti-protest-bill-passes-ohio-house/

National Republicans are desperate to avoid a floor fight in Congress over the certification of the Electoral College vote next month, believing it would be horrible politics to continue waging what most recognize to be a hopeless battle to overturn the outcome of the election.
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/530910-republicans-desperate-to-avoid-floor-fight-over-electoral-college-vote

New York bans display of Confederate flag and other hate symbols on public land New York has banned the sale or display of anything considered a “symbol of hate” on public property, including the Confederate flag.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/new-york-bans-sale-of-confederate-flags-hate-symbols

Barr refuses Trump’s bogus demands on his way out the door, but in doing so, the AG appears to try and distance himself from some of the same falsehoods he’s had a powerful hand in promoting.
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/12/bill-barr-trump-special-counsels/

House Oversight Chair Says ‘Grave Concerns’ Trump Team Trashing White House Records https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/21/house-oversight-chair-says-grave-concerns-trump-team-trashing-white-house-records

# Law Enforcement
Attack on innocent truck driver shows how dangerous election fraud claims really are. A former Houston police captain rammed his SUV into a truck and held the truck driver at gunpoint, accusing him of transporting 750,000 ballots. And it gets even more unhinged from there.
https://www.upworthy.com/police-captain-attacks-truck-driver-claiming-election-fraud

Disturbing: Bodycam footage hidden by Chicago police shows why ‘defunding’ may not be enough…not hardly https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/12/20/disturbing-bodycam-footage-hidden-by-chicago-police-shows-why-defunding-may-not-be-enough-not-hardly/

Bodycam Footage Shows Police Did Not Immediately Assist Ahmaud Arbery as He Lay on Ground Dying
https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/ahmaud-arbery-was-breathing-moving-when-officers-arrived-but-received-no-medical-attention-for-nearly-three-minutes/77-c89b36cf-3111-44f3-8732-87b09916c3a5

Seattle Police Clear Encampment in Public Park Amid Pandemic Surge https://apnews.com/article/lawsuits-seattle-db5661e534e99f28819b06a580a502dc

TX Officer Fatally Shot Black Man Running Away: Body Cam: The newly released footage shows a police officer shooting Joshua Feast, 22, in the back as he runs away.
https://www.kens5.com/article/news/crime/bodycam-footage-released-of-man-fatally-shot-by-la-marque-police-officer/285-35ddfd6e-a2ff-4e0a-90fa-bca9f40f23fd

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Top Trump administration health officials were subpoenaed by House Democrats on Monday, after an investigation showed “extensive” political interference with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/531118-house-committee-issues-subpoena-for-azar-redfield-documents-on-political

# Media
UPS and Postal Service Workers Struggle With COVID and High Volume. The stresses of the pandemic and holiday season for these workers have thrown into relief the need to build union power.
https://truthout.org/articles/ups-and-postal-service-workers-struggle-with-covid-high-volume-and-weak-unions/

The Guardian view on Julian Assange: do not extradite him: The US should never have brought the case against the WikiLeaks founder. This attack on press freedom must be rejected https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/18/the-guardian-view-on-julian-assange-do-not-extradite-him

# Medical / Health
Unpacking The No Surprises Act: An Opportunity To Protect Millions. The No Surprises Act includes several changes from prior compromise bills.
These changes largely center on the mechanism to determine how much out-of-network providers will be paid by insurers.
https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20201217.247010/full/

PA heart failure patients near fracking were more likely to be hospitalized. Researchers don’t know what part of fracking could be causing the problem. A cardiologist said that’s important to find out.
12,000 patients analyzed over 8-year period https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2020/12/21/study-pa-heart-failure-patients-near-fracking-were-more-likely-to-be-hospitalized/

# United Nations
UN talks support for JCPOA, but is powerless to do anything. The UN chief said Tehran has declared that it wants to remain in the deal and that all its nuclear countermeasures are reversible.
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/12/20/un-talks-support-for-jcpoa-but-is-powerless-to-do-anything/

The President of the Security Council will address press following the Security Council closed consultations on the Middle East Peace Process.
This will be streamed on UN web TV: http://webtv.un.org/

The President of the Security Council will address press following the Security Council Closed Consultations on Western Sahara. This event will be streamed live on UN web TV: http://webtv.un.org/

China, Russia foreign ministers: US should rejoin Iran nuclear deal unconditionally https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/12/21/641217/china-JCPOA-Wang-Yi-US-return-Iran-foreign-ministers

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