Voices, The Peoples News No. 2020-12-24

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Poconé December 24, 2020
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate
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“If you understand others you are smart.

If you understand yourself you are illuminated.

If you overcome others you are powerful.

If you overcome yourself you have strength.

If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.

If you can act with vigor, you have a will.

If you don’t lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.

If you die without loss, you are eternal.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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# Archaeology
Spectacular Ice Age Rock Paintings Found in Colombian Rainforest https://www.ecowatch.com/prehistoric-paintings-colombia-2649632007.html

# Border / Immigration
Extreme Heat and the Border Wall Are Killing People https://www.ecowatch.com/extreme-heat-us-deaths-government-2646191175.html

‘Complete Disregard for Human Life’: US Agents Threaten Christmas Eve Raid Against Humanitarians Giving Aid to Refugees Near Border https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/24/complete-disregard-human-life-us-agents-threaten-christmas-eve-raid-against

# CoronaVirus
Second COVID Mutation, From South Africa, in U.K.: ‘Even More Transmissible’ Than First
https://www.newsweek.com/second-covid-mutation-found-uk-south-africa-even-more-transmissible-first-1556982

Inflated COVID-19 death counts could cause vaccine trepidation. The pandemic has wrought pain and suffering on a massive scale. But reports are coming to light that suggest state COVID-19 death counts may be inflated, which sows public doubt, confusion and less trust in government.
https://pressfrom.info/us/news/politics/-621151-inflated-covid-19-death-counts-could-cause-vaccine-trepidation.html

Congressman-Elect Now in ICU With COVID. Luke Letlow of Louisiana was diagnosed last week and then moved from a local hospital to intensive care.
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/531511-louisiana-rep-elect-in-intensive-care-after-covid-19-diagnosis

# Economy / Trade
$2,000 Check Battle Heads to an Endgame
https://prospect.org/coronavirus/unsanitized-stimulus-check-battle-endgame-trump-republicans-georgia/

House GOP rejects unanimous consent on $2,000 direct payments https://thehill.com/policy/finance/531565-house-gop-rejects-unanimous-consent-on-2000-direct-payments

Trump’s surprise demand for $2,000 stimulus checks blew up Mitch McConnell’s master plan and leaves him in a no-win situation
https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/lose-lose-mcconnell-as-trump-dems-support-2000-stimulus-checks-2020-12-1029916656

Pelosi says House to vote on bigger stimulus payments after GOP blocks increase
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/pelosi-says-house-vote-bigger-stimulus-payments-after-gop-blocks-n1252335

All eyes are on Georgia GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler after President Trump slammed Congress over the latest coronavirus relief bill, a stunning move that comes two weeks before the state’s Senate runoffs.
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/531509-trumps-call-for-2k-checks-puts-squeeze-on-georgias-gop-senators

‘Yes, exactly,’ say progressives after Pence warns democrats will ‘make rich poorer and poor more comfortable.’ “You have to be all sorts of twisted to think ‘making poor people more comfortable’ is a bad thing.”
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/23/yes-exactly-say-progressives-after-pence-warns-democrats-will-make-rich-poorer-and

Trump’s Biggest Opposition on $2,000 Stimulus Checks? His Own Party.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Congress could “pass $2,000 checks this week if the Senate GOP agrees to stand down.”
https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-biggest-opposition-on-2000-stimulus-checks-his-own-party/

# Employment
Firing Workers on the Boss’s Whim? New York Puts a Stop to That.
American workers have no recourse if they’re fired for no reason. NYC’s new ‘just cause’ law for fast-food workers might begin to end this absurdity.
https://prospect.org/labor/firing-workers-on-the-boss-whim-new-york-just-cause-law/

When Black Movements Win, Everybody But the 1 Percent Wins. All workers should join the Black freedom struggle, not just as “allies” but as partners in rebellion.
https://truthout.org/articles/when-black-movements-win-everybody-but-the-1-percent-wins/

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Alaskan tribes, activists and businesses sue to save America’s biggest national forest Tongass national forest, which plays a key role in fighting climate crisis, poised for logging after US ruling.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/23/tongass-national-forest-alaska-trump-administration-lawsuit

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
[Shades of Soilent Green!] Will You Eat Cultured Meat Grown From Human Cells?
https://www.livescience.com/62008-lab-grown-human-meat-grown-cannibalism.html

# Gov / Politics
Trump regime advances bomb sale to Saudis https://thehill.com/policy/defense/531527-trump-administration-advances-bomb-sale-to-saudis

Trump administration considering immunity for Saudi Crown Prince https://thehill.com/policy/international/middle-east-north-africa/531414-trump-administration-considering-immunity-for

Kushner Bails On Trump’s Mission to Destroy the Election. The president’s son-in-law has developed a reputation in Trumpland for being conspicuously absent when things turn rocky.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/this-is-just-what-jared-does-kushner-bails-on-trumps-mission-to-destroy-the-2020-election

Trump pardons Blackwater security contractors convicted in deadly Iraq shooting
https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/trump-pardons-blackwater-security-contractors-convicted-in-deadly-iraq-shooting-1.656183

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned Roger Stone and Paul Manafort, two associates convicted as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/531540-trump-pardons-stone-manafort-and-jared-kushners-father

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Wednesday blasted President Trump’s latest pardons of political allies such as former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and political adviser Roger Stone as “rotten to the core.”
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/531545-gop-senator-on-trump-pardons-this-is-rotten-to-the-core

Republican leaders in both chambers are scrambling to get a bipartisan coronavirus relief and government funding package across the finish line and avert a year-end disaster https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/531544-republicans-scramble-to-prevent-year-end-legislative-disaster

President Trump has left Washington in limbo after signaling opposition to the massive coronavirus relief and government funding package passed with bipartisan support this week, threatening a government shutdown in his final days in office.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/23/trump-leaves-washington-in-limbo-450276

All eyes are on Georgia GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler after President Trump slammed Congress over the latest coronavirus relief bill, a stunning move that comes two weeks before the state’s Senate runoffs.
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/531509-trumps-call-for-2k-checks-puts-squeeze-on-georgias-gop-senators

President Trump followed through Wednesday on his threat to veto a massive annual defense policy bill, setting up what could be the first, and potentially only, veto override of his presidency.
https://thehill.com/policy/defense/529915-trump-vetoes-defense-bill-setting-up-potential-override

How Trump Became Russian Mafia’s Bitch. America has entered a “constitutional crisis,” the government is wrong somehow, terms like “deep state” or “rigged election” are floating out there.  In truth, few grasp what has really happened and fewer still know how to tell the story.
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/12/23/vital-how-trump-became-the-russian-mafias-bitch/

Breaking: Trump Militia ‘Stood by’ on Presidential orders to destroy America’s Power Grid if Biden Won…FBI (updating) https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/12/23/breaking-trump-militia-stood-by-on-presidential-orders-to-destroy-americas-power-grid-if-biden-won-fbi/

FBI director warned about white supremacist violence. Claim: The president’s own FBI director said that the greatest domestic terrorist threat is white supremacists.
www.politifact.com

‘Merry… Christmas’: Watch Rep. Debbie Dingell Drop House Gavel in Disgust Over GOP’s Covid-19 Cruelty
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/24/merry-christmas-watch-rep-debbie-dingell-drop-house-gavel-disgust-over-gops-covid-19

Civil Rights Groups Denounce Georgia Officials For Closing Early Voting Sites Ahead of Senate Runoffs https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/24/civil-rights-groups-denounce-georgia-officials-closing-early-voting-sites-ahead

Unhinged, Lame-Duck President Wants to Start a War’: Warnings as Trump Blames Iran for Rocket Attack. A spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry called the U.S. president’s accusation “baseless” and “fabricated.”
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/24/unhinged-lame-duck-president-wants-start-war-warnings-trump-blames-iran-rocket

# Law Enforcement
Horrific Video Shows Columbus Police Shooting of Andre Hill. The victim, who was holding a cell phone, was identified on the same day as the funeral for Casey Goodson, a 23-year-old Black man killed by a local sheriff’s deputy.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/authorities-identify-andre-maurice-hill-as-black-man-killed-by-adam-coy-columbus-cop-with-history

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Work Product // May Contain Material Protected Under Fed. R. Crim. P. 6(e)Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election https://www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf

Report of the 16-XX Select Committee on U. S. Russian Active measures campaigns and interference in the 2016 U.S. election, Volume  5:
Counterintelligence threats and vulnerabilities https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/report_volume5.pdf

# Medical Alternatives / Herbology
UK regulators give okay to use psychedelic drug to treat depression in first clinical trial https://www.nationofchange.org/2020/12/24/uk-regulators-give-okay-to-use-psychedelic-drug-to-treat-depression-in-first-clinical-trial/

# Medical / Health
Congress Cut $3M for Health Workers From $900B COVID Bill. A bipartisan provision to fund a program to address burnout among health care workers somehow got dropped from the end product. Each side is blaming the other.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/congress-spent-dollar900-billion-on-covid-relief-but-cut-dollar3-million-to-address-health-care-worker-mental-illness

# Nuclear / Radiation
Remember Chernobyl? A new waterway could bring nuclear runoff back to the surface https://www.zmescience.com/science/remember-chernobyl-a-new-waterway-could-bring-nuclear-runoff-back-to-the-surface/

As Trump Threatens War With Iran, 150 House Democrats Endorse Biden Vow to Rejoin Nuclear Deal https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/24/trump-threatens-war-iran-150-house-democrats-endorse-biden-vow-rejoin-nuclear-deal

# Veterans / VA
December is already the deadliest month of the pandemic for VA patients https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/12/22/december-is-now-the-vas-deadliest-month-for-coronavirus-as-deaths-top-6000/

New Mexico State Veterans Home administrator is put on leave while the state investigates whether proper procedures were followed before COVID-19 swept through the state-run home and turned deadly over the past two months. https://www.abqjournal.com/1529018/veterans-home-administrator-put-on-leave.html

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