Voices, The Peoples News No. 2020-12-23

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http://pedrocabiya.com/author/pcabiya/ December 23, 2020
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Food Recalls
Action News Investigation: Pandemic puppy scams on the rise: Here’s what you should know https://6abc.com/dog-for-adoption-breeder-scam-call-pet/8204809/

Here’s further warnings from the Better Business Bureau:

# Archaeology
The discovery of dozens of new Roman Army sites thanks to remote sensing technology has revealed more about one of the empire’s most infamous conflicts.

# CoronaVirus
The Trump administration has ordered another 100 million doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine, Pfizer announced Wednesday.

First Those in Care Facilities, NO ONE ELSE!! This war on the aged has to come to an end. It is a war on all of us, Trump’s final insult convincing his ‘base’ to betray their own parents and grandparents.

Trump General Sabotaging Pfizer Vaccine Rollout to ‘Blue States’ while GOP Elites Profit on Moderna Speculation https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/12/22/trump-general-sabotaging-pfizer-rollout-to-blue-state-vaccines-while-gop-elites-profit-on-moderna-speculation/

Dr. Meryl Nass: Bell’s Palsy Occurred in 7 Cases with Subjects who Received a COVID mRNA vaccine – Yes it is a Vaccine Reaction https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/dr-meryl-nass-bells-palsy-occurred-in-7-cases-with-subjects-who-received-a-covid-mrna-vaccine-yes-it-is-a-vaccine-reaction/

World’s Second Largest Hydroxychloroquine Plant in Taiwan Blows Up https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/worlds-second-largest-hydroxychloroquine-plant-in-taiwan-blows-up/

Nearly 3,000 Health-Care Workers Have Been Killed By COVID. The majority of the deaths were workers under 60 years old. New analysis shows a far higher number of healthcare worker deaths than those reported by the government https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/23/us-healthcare-worker-deaths-covid-19-pandemic

# Economy / Trade
Trump’s sweeping sanctions. The new sanctions come even as an estimated
100,000 people have been killed by American sanctions in Venezuela alone as vital medical equipment and lifesaving drugs have been blocked from entering the country.

U.S. COVID-19 relief package causes ‘$500 million for Israel’ to trend online. When congress released the coronavirus relief package on Monday, many observers noted that the bill included “$500 million for Israeli cooperation.”

In announcing the $900 billion stimulus bill to deal with the pandemic, Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not mention that the gifts for her distressed countrymen and women at Christmas would have been twice as large had she taken Trump’s offer of $1.8 trillion in October. Rather than let Trump take credit, Pelosi stiffed millions of Americans.

Some might not receive a $600 stimulus check this time around. Here’s why https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/who-qualifies-for-a-second-stimulus-check-of-600-what-we-know-today/

Billions in foreign aid, pet projects stuffed into COVID relief bill https://www.ocregister.com/2020/12/20/congress-approves-1-trillion-covid-19-relief-government-funding-package/

Trump’s Most-Hated Dems Back His $2K Stimulus Check Demand. In a surprise video address Tuesday night, Trump dismissed the proposed checks of $600 in the COVID-19 relief bill as “ridiculously low.”

Trump slams relief bill, calls on Congress to increase stimulus money.
President Trump berated Congress over the recently announced COVID-19 relief package and called on both chambers to send him a new bill with an increase in stimulus money for Americans.

Biden faces new critical deadlines after relief package. The $900 billion COVID019 relief package Congress approved on Monday set up a series of tough deadlines for the incoming Biden administration.

[Good read, educational too.] Miracle on Pennsylvania Avenue. Trump asks for $2,000 checks, and Democratic leaders call his bluff.  If McConnell resists the change, he’s all alone in denying money to the American people. These checks poll extremely well, and both Democrats in Georgia are already running on the $2,000 level. If McConnell resists, losing the Senate is a much likelier scenario. If he doesn’t, people get $2,000.

Senate Republicans are waiting to hear from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) about what they’ll do if President Trump vetoes a massive coronavirus relief and omnibus spending package, which could set the stage for a government shutdown.

Democrats will try to approve $2,000 direct checks, putting Republicans on the spot

# Employment
Last-Minute Trump Rule ‘to Let Owners Pull Wait Staff Tips.’ The new rule will reportedly allow restaurant owners to pay backroom staff using tips given to front-of-house staff.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Could the Next Standing Rock Be Brewing in Northern Minnesota? Reports on the pressure building in Minnesota over the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline. The tension is palpable in northern Minnesota where a Native-led protest movement is getting ready to square off with Enbridge over the massive Line 3 oil pipeline being built to carry crude from Canada to the Great Lakes.

Big Oil evaded regulation and plastic pellets kept spilling. Oil and gas companies make enough pellets to fill a stadium several times over.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
U.S. will soon rejoin the Paris climate accord, but challenges remain ahead Leaders from 75 countries gathered this month, virtually, of course, to mark the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate accord https://www.audubon.org/news/the-united-states-will-rejoin-paris-agreement-whats-next

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Op-ed: How the FDA ignores the law when approving new chemical additives to food The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) failure on food chemical safety has left consumers at risk of chronic diseases https://www.ehn.org/health-issues-associated-with-food-additives-2649620272.html

# Global Politics and other news
China ‘expels’ US Navy’s frontline destroyer from South China Sea http://news.ournet.in/story/china-expels-us-navy-s-frontline-destroyer-from-south-china-4e5fac17201222inen

Russian and Chinese bombers fly joint patrol over Pacific https://apnews.com/article/beijing-vladimir-putin-moscow-russia-east-china-sea-dfe0b31a067eea6311109922c1c263aa

Putin: The Arms Race Between Russia And USA Is Already Underway; There’s No Doubt About That!

U.S. response to Putin may close door to more arms control talks under Trump https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-putin-armsrace/u-s-response-to-putin-may-close-door-to-more-arms-control-talks-under-trump-idUSKBN28R1YL

# Gov / Politics
Israel-linked assassinations: How much is the US really involved? There is evidence of American knowledge of and, perhaps, cooperation with, Israeli assassinations.

Assange’s Fiancée Tells Trump He Could Save the Future of America ‘With a Single Stroke of His Pen.’ The US Department of Justice’s charges against Julian Assange are a political farce that has nothing to do with the law, and Trump can and must pardon him to save the First Amendment https://sputniknews.com/amp/world/202012221081539556-assanges-fiance-tells-trump-he-could-save-the-future-of-america-with-a-single-stroke-of-his-pen/

Democracy provides cover for continued exploitation by a handful of oligarchs. Our own (USA) government, in alliance with the big corporations and banks, has created an empire that brings servitude, misery, and death to millions of people.

Secret Service Has No Plan if Trump Refuses to Go, But they do have procedures for handling trespassers.

President Donald Trump pardoned two former House Republicans who were convicted of federal crimes while serving in Congress, as well as two key figures in the 2016 Russian election interference investigation.

House Freshmen Keep Asking to Bring Guns Into Capitol. The board that oversees safety in the capitol area is considering allowing the request despite current policy that bans firearms in the Capitol.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
The Congressional Progressive Caucus included federal marijuana legalization as a priority in its new “People’s Agenda” for the first six months of 2021.

President Trump pardoned former marijuana prisoner and activist Weldon Angelos, and commuted the cannabis and drug sentences of other incarcerated people.

# Medical / Health
Microplastics revealed in the placentas of unborn babies. Health impact is unknown but scientists say particles may cause long-term damage to foetuses.

# Military / DOD
Trump Vetoes Defense Bill That Would Raise Pay For Troops

6:41: ‘There is no one in command in the US military that has faith or trust in Donald Trump’

US Navy Deploys Nuclear Submarine to Persian Gulf amid heightened tensions with Iran. The Ohio-class nuclear submarine USS Georgia along with the guided-missile cruisers USS Port Royal and USS Philippine Sea transited the Strait of Hormuz and entered the Persian Gulf, the US Navy announced on December 21.

# Space
Stunning Images of Jupiter, Saturn Great Conjunction Taken by Pros and Amateurs Stun Social Media Sites. See the meeting of planets in detail Galileo could have only dreamed of.

# Veterans / VA
Heavily criticized veterans’ home sued over COVID outbreak https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/12/22/heavily-criticized-veterans-home-sued-over-covid-outbreak.html

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