Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-01-03

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http://disegnoworks.com/portfolio/and-tradition January 3, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate
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“Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character.
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.”

Chinese proverb, author unknown
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# Indigenous
‘Our people are scared.’ As deaths mount, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe charts its own path to fighting COVID https://www.startribune.com/as-deaths-mount-standing-rock-reservation-fights-covid-and-despair/600005442/

Christians confront Native Americans asking them to get off sacred land:
“Don’t tell me to get out of the way on my own land,” Yenyo said. “It’s our birthright. It’s our sacred site.” “It’s public land,” someone in the group said. “This land will be taken in the name of Jesus.” “This land was already taken a long time ago,” Yenyo said. “You people keep taking it.”
https://deadstate.org/christians-confront-native-american-asking-them-to-get-off-sacred-land-this-land-belongs-to-jesus/

# Indigenous / Global
Illegal deforestation rises in South America’s Indigenous territories, parks. Between 2010 and 2020, South America lost an average of 2.6 million hectares of forest per year https://news.mongabay.com/2020/12/illegal-deforestation-rises-in-south-americas-indigenous-territories-parks/

# Animals / Pets / Food Recalls
503 New Species Identified in 2020, Including Endangered Monkey https://www.ecowatch.com/new-species-discovered-2020-2649707928.html

Bison Are Roaming Free in Indiana for the First Time in 200 Years https://earthmaven.io/sustainablehuman/new-stories/bison-are-roaming-free-in-indiana-for-the-first-time-in-200-years-cT0WKrNHi0yWnVNiVfNZVg

# CoronaVirus
Death in South Dakota: Federal Judge Scorches Gov. Kristi Noem Over COVID Response https://www.thedailybeast.com/federal-judge-scorches-south-dakota-gov-kristi-noem-over-covid-response?source=cheats&via=rss

People without underlying conditions are dying from COVID in LA County https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/more-people-without-underlying-conditions-004604249.html

Dr. Fauci on Mandatory COVID Vaccines: ‘Everything Will Be on the Table’
https://www.newsweek.com/coronavirus-anthony-fauci-covid-vaccine-passport-mandatory-vaccinations-travel-1558303

As COVID-19 vaccines come online, fewer Americans want to take them https://mashupmd.com/as-covid-19-vaccines-come-online-fewer-americans-want-to-take-them-2/

4 People Died and 240 Got COVID19 in Israel After Being Injected with Pfizer Experimental mRNA Vaccine https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/4-people-died-and-240-got-covid19-in-israel-after-being-injected-with-pfizer-experimental-mrna-vaccine/

Health Workers Turned Away Elderly, Gave Vaccine to Friends. Health officials said a “miscalculation” was to blame after close contacts of vaccine administrators were called in to get shots while elderly patients were turned away.
https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/43118412/first-on-3-health-officials-hand-out-covid19-vaccines-to-close-contacts-hours-after-qualified-citizens-were-turned-away

U.S. records more than 77,000 Covid-19 deaths in December. December marked the country’s deadliest month yet in the pandemic. Across the country, field hospitals are now being put in place to help with the surge. https://nbcnews.to/3hEqqoE

COVID-19 model predicts 150,000 more US deaths within the next month https://www.fox6now.com/news/new-cdc-model-predicts-up-to-150000-american-covid-19-deaths-by-mid-july

Compulsory Vaccination for Covid-19 and Human Rights Law In The UK https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/9253/html/

Can governments mandate a COVID vaccination? Balancing public health with human rights – and what the law says
https://theconversation.com/can-governments-mandate-a-covid-vaccination-balancing-public-health-with-human-rights-and-what-the-law-says-150733

Fauci pushes back on Trump on COVID-19 ‘exaggerated’ remarks: ‘The deaths are real deaths’
https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/532403-fauci-pushes-back-on-trump-calling-coronavirus-numbers-far

One person in the room with you has COVID-19. Here’s how long it takes to get infected. MIT researchers have built a simple tool to give clear guidelines on indoor safety in the midst of a pandemic.
https://www.fastcompany.com/90580290/one-person-in-the-room-with-you-has-covid-19-heres-how-long-it-takes-to-get-infected?cid=eem524:524:s00:01/03/2021_fc&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=Compass&utm_campaign=eem524:524:s00:01/03/2021_fc

# Economy / Trade
Trump’s legacy: $8 trillion-plus in added debt in one term https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trumps-legacy-added-debt-one-term

Frustrations flare as $2,000 checks blocked for fourth straight day.
Frustrations flared in the Senate during a rare New Years Day session as lawmakers battled for the fourth day in a row over a proposal to increase the amount of recently approved coronavirus relief checks.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/532335-frustrations-flare-as-2000-checks-blocked-for-fourth-straight-day

The American Money Behind Blacklisted Chinese AI Companies. U.S.
companies are investing in Chinese artificial intelligence firms whose products are being used to abuse human rights.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-american-money-behind-blacklisted-chinese-artificial-intelligence-companies

As Stimulus Falls Short, Mutual Aid Organizers Work to Meet People’s Needs. A broad movement of grassroots organizations are tending to their community’s well-being as COVID-19 surges nationwide.
https://truthout.org/articles/as-stimulus-falls-short-mutual-aid-organizers-work-to-meet-peoples-needs/

As New Jobless Figures Show ‘Massive Pain on the Eve of the New Year,’
Dems Rip McConnell for Stonewalling $2,000 Relief Checks. “It’s more than a stimulus check,” admonished Rep. Barbara Lee. “It’s a survival check.”
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/31/new-jobless-figures-show-massive-pain-eve-new-year-dems-rip-mcconnell-stonewalling

‘Tired of That Hypocrisy’: Sanders Blasts GOP for Claiming $2,000 Checks Are Too Costly After Passing $1.5 Trillion in Tax Cuts https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/31/tired-hypocrisy-sanders-blasts-gop-claiming-2000-checks-are-too-costly-after-passing

Twenty states and dozens of localities increased their minimum wage on Friday, giving a financial boost to many frontline workers during the pandemic.
https://thehill.com/policy/finance/532279-twenty-states-raise-minimum-wage-at-start-of-new-year

Breadlines Stretch Across America: This Economic Collapse Is Much Worse Than You Are Being Told https://www.philstockworld.com/2021/01/03/breadlines-stretch-across-america-this-economic-collapse-is-much-worse-than-you-are-being-told/

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Humans Have Killed 83% of Wild Mammals & Half of Plants: “Despite being such a small part of the planet, humans have been steadily destroying everything else..”
https://rtfitchauthor.com/2018/06/14/humanity-has-killed-83-of-all-wild-mammals-and-half-of-all-plants-study/

Timber tax cuts cost Oregon towns billions. Then polluted water drove up the price.
Rural communities in Oregon paid millions of dollars for clean, safe drinking water because the state didn’t protect their watersheds https://www.propublica.org/article/timber-water-oregon

# Environment / Climate / Interior Global Weak policy oversight could be pushing Brazilian forests closer to a tipping point https://news.mongabay.com/2020/12/weak-policy-oversight-could-be-pushing-brazilian-forests-closer-to-a-tipping-point/

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Washington State to Ban Bottled Water Operations
https://www.ecowatch.com/bottled-water-ban-washington-2645192473.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

# Global Politics and other news
Iran tells United Nations of plans to enrich Uranium to 20%. Iran informed the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog that it may start enriching uranium to levels well above those allowed under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency reported.
https://financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/iran-notifies-united-nations-of-plans-to-enrich-uranium-to-20

Iran now claims British Intel helped Trump kill Soleimani party in Baghdad
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/01/02/iran-now-claims-british-intel-helped-trump-kill-soleimani-party-in-baghdad/?mc_cid=1fcff34a8b&mc_eid=3f7488d454

Trump in hiding? Iran declares Donald Trump subject to rendition – termination, in accordance with US laws https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/01/01/trump-in-hiding-iran-declares-donald-trump-subject-to-rendition-termination-in-accordance-with-us-laws/

China senior diplomat says U.S. relations at ‘new crossroads.’ China’s relationship with the United States has reached a “new crossroads” and could get back on the right track following a period of “unprecedented difficulty”, senior diplomat Wang Yi said in official comments https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-usa/china-senior-diplomat-says-u-s-relations-at-new-crossroads-idUSKBN29702U

Iran plans 20 percent uranium enrichment in rebuke of nuclear deal https://news.yahoo.com/iran-plans-20-uranium-enrichment-130517302.html

# Gov / Politics
Five GOP contenders other than Trump, for 2024. Trump could run again in 2024. If he does, it is hard to see anyone beating him for the Republican nomination.
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/531796-five-gop-contenders-other-than-trump-for-2024

Georgia keeps Senate agenda in limbo. Uncertainty is hanging over the Senate’s 2021 agenda with control of the chamber up for grabs in Georgia’s runoff elections on Tuesday.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/532285-georgia-keeps-senate-agenda-in-limbo

Catherine Austin Fitts Explains how the Globalist Billionaires and Technocrats are Planning on Taking Over the Planet, and How We can Stop It. Recorded less than two weeks ago, and has more than 1 million views on YouTube.
https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/catherine-austin-fitts-explains-how-the-globalist-billionaires-and-technocrats-are-planning-on-taking-over-the-planet-and-how-we-can-stop-it/

Trump Plans to Fight the Election Even After the Rallies End. The president has told advisers he isn’t deterred by the setbacks in the courts and won’t be deterred by Congress certifying Joe Biden’s win.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-plans-to-fight-the-election-even-after-stop-the-steal-rally-ends

Trump Bizarrely Declares the Georgia Runoff ‘Illegal.’ As one would expect, his dramatic claim relied on a convoluted conspiracy theory.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-bizarrely-declares-the-georgia-runoff-illegal-and-invalid

Biden Cabinet Picks Pocketed Millions From Corporate Consulting and Speeches. Antony Blinken and Janet Yellen collectively pulled in over $8 million in the past two years.
https://truthout.org/articles/biden-cabinet-picks-pocketed-millions-from-corporate-consulting-and-speeches/

COVID is wildcard as Pelosi faces tricky Speaker vote Sunday https://thehill.com/homenews/house/532341-covid-is-wildcard-as-pelosi-faces-tricky-speaker-vote-sunday

11 Senate Republicans say they will oppose Electoral College results Wednesday https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/532366-11-senate-republicans-say-they-will-object-to-electoral-college-results-on

Pence ‘welcomes’ efforts of lawmakers to ‘raise objections’ to Electoral College results https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/532385-pence-welcomes-efforts-of-gop-lawmakers-to-challenge-electoral

Romney: Plan to challenge election ‘egregious ploy’ that ‘dangerously threatens’ country https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/532387-romney-plan-to-challenge-election-egregious-ploy-that-dangerously-threatens

Senate Democrats rebuke GOP colleagues who say they’ll oppose Electoral College results https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/532376-democrats-rebuke-gop-senators-who-say-theyll-oppose-electoral-college-results

Pelosi’s, McConnell’s homes vandalized as $2K stimulus check bill fails to pass
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/pelosi-s-mcconnell-s-homes-vandalized-after-congress-fails-approve-n1252669

Trump Cited as ‘Unforgivably Evil’ in the fully intentional murder of over 350,000 Americans. An entire structure of Republican Party politicos colluded with Trump to usher in the deadliest year in American history.
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/01/02/trump-cited-as-unforgivably-evil-in-the-fully-intentional-murder-of-over-350000-americans/

Trump ‘diehards’ threatening to ‘kill all the D.C. traitors’ on day of the president’s rally. Proud Boys say they are planning an armed assault on Congress and the homes of key government officials…families to be taken hostage, “citizens arrests” and there are no police to stop them.
https://www.rawstory.com/trump-inciting-violence-2649717814/

Five top challenges for Biden on defense. The new year is poised to bring plenty of new defense challenges for the incoming Biden administration.
https://thehill.com/policy/defense/532160-five-top-challenges-for-biden-on-defense

The House will vote to name its Speaker on Sunday, an event that almost certainly will end with another term for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) but that could provide a bit of drama for the start of the 117th Congress.
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/532414-live-coverage-house-votes-to-name-speaker

Can Boosting Child and Elder Care Help Democrats Win Control of the Senate? Groups canvassing in Georgia say that the “care economy” is a pivotal issue to voters.
https://www.newyorker.com/news/campaign-chronicles/can-boosting-child-and-elder-care-help-democrats-win-control-of-the-senate

BREAKING: President Trump begged Georgia’s secretary of state to overturn the election results in a remarkable, hourlong phone call obtained by NBC News on Sunday. https://nbcnews.to/2My6GHP

Ex-GOP Speaker Ryan denounces effort to challenge Electoral College results. Former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday blasted Congressional Republicans’ efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/532443-ex-gop-speaker-ryan-denounces-effort-to-challenge-electoral-college-results

Trump’s Chaos Casts Shadow Over Electoral College Vote as Nation Awaits Stimulus These next couple of weeks are likely to be a political soap opera of an epic scale.
https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-chaos-casts-shadow-over-electoral-college-vote-as-nation-awaits-stimulus/

Pelosi wins Speakership for fourth time in dramatic vote
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/pelosi-readies-speaker-vote-new-congress-sworn-n1252688

No role for military in changing election results, all living ex-defense secretaries say https://money.yahoo.com/ex-defense-secretaries-military-must-231346712.html

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Was Trump’s order to assassinate Iran’s Qassem Soleimani legal?
Democrats question whether US president needed congressional approval, while Trump says he was acting in self-defence.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/1/3/was-trumps-order-to-assassinate-irans-qassem-soleimani-legal

US cannot get away with assassination of Gen. Soleimani https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/01/02/642054/US-cannot-get-away-assassination-General-Soleimani

# Media
Let’s Be Absolutely Clear What’s At Stake In The Assange Case. This isn’t just about journalism: we really are collectively deciding the fate of our species.
https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/lets-be-absolutely-clear-whats-at

# Military / DOD
Army Drill Sgt. Jessica Mitchell found fatally shot in bullet-riddled car in Texas https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/01/03/army-drill-sgt-jessica-mitchell-found-fatally-shot-texas/4119080001/

Congress overrides Trump’s veto of defense policy bill, clearing the way for troops to get special pay. It’s the first time Congress has reversed Trump’s veto.
https://taskandpurpose.com/news/congress-overrides-trumps-veto-of-defense-policy-bill-clearing-the-way-for-troops-to-get-special-pay/

# Social
The coronavirus recession is driving a wedge through the U.S. housing market, sparking concerns of worsening inequality.
https://thehill.com/policy/finance/housing/532278-pandemic-fueled-housing-boom-leaves-hardest-hit-behind

# United Nations
UN Experts Condemn Trump’s Pardon of Blackwater Contractors as ‘Affront to Justice’
https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/12/1081152

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