Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-02-23

Voices, The Peoples News

February 23, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Standing Rock activist imprisoned for resisting grand jury. There are signs of hope for anti-pipeline movements, yet water protectors are still facing recriminations years after Standing Rock.

# Indigenous / Global
Bad water sickens First Nations. But government doesn’t track the toll.
Data to identify and fix problems don’t exist. The ‘black hole,’ say critics, lets feds off the hook. A special report.

# Archaeology
# Border / Immigration
Biden Admin Reopens Trump-Era Migrant Child Center in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Government officials justified the move by saying there’s been a massive recent spike in unaccompanied children crossing the border.

Anti-Immigrant Racism Complicates COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in the South.
The aggressive anti-immigrant attitudes of the Trump era are hindering vaccination efforts among immigrant populations.

# Bundy Rides Again
Far-Right Leader of Bundy Crew Busted for Wild Threats. A top player in a crew behind aggro COVID-19 protests got popped over a bizarrely personal beef with local law-enforcement.

# CoronaVirus
What’s Safe After COVID-19 Vaccination? Don’t Shed Masks Yet

‘Why would anyone get the jab after this?’: AP criticized for saying Covid vaccination WON’T bring life back to normal https://www.npr.org/2020/12/11/945360045/dr-paul-offit-discusses-fda-panels-vote-on-pfizer-vaccine

Pandemic May Have Left 265 Million People With Acute Food Shortages in 2020. As Black and Latinx families experience disproportionate food insecurity, experts warn of famine in dozens of countries.

World Health Organization Urges Rich Countries to Stop Undermining Efforts to Vaccinate Poorer Ones. Experts are urging advanced economies to share their vaccine stockpiles in order to end the pandemic sooner.

Held to ransom’: Pfizer demands governments gamble with state assets to secure vaccine deal. “Pfizer and BioNTech are firmly committed to working with governments and other relevant stakeholders to ensure equitable and affordable access to our Covid-19 vaccine for people around the world.”

# Economy / Trade
Trump Salary: Donation Was 0.1 Percent of Reported $1.6 Billion He Made in Office.
Financial disclosures show that Trump earned over $1.6 billion from his own properties, much of it at taxpayer expense.

# Education / Schools
Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen. The spate of student suicides in and around Las Vegas has pushed the Clark County district, the nation’s fifth largest, toward bringing students back as quickly as possible https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/24/us/politics/student-suicides-nevada-coronavirus.html

# Employment / Labor
‘This is unacceptable’: Progressives reject Manchin plan to cut $15 minimum wage proposal to $11. The $15 minimum wage is overwhelmingly popular with the American people. One person should not be allowed to hold relief hostage.

Big Texas Corporations Demand Storm Survivors Go Without Pay. A slew of big-time companies are slapping those reeling from historic devastation with an ugly choice: Use vacation days or go without pay.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather. Texas regulators and lawmakers knew about the grid’s vulnerabilities for years, but time and again they furthered the interests of large electricity providers.

Texas Blackout Reveals Deep Impact of Environmental Racism, Aid Organizers Say Calls are growing for Texas to join national power grids — and for a broader reckoning on environmental justice.

Texas Electric Grid Board Members Resign After Mass Outages. ERCOT chairwoman Sally Talberg and at least three other board members announced their departures in a joint letter Tuesday.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Texas’ freeze was one part of a long disaster we’re still living through. It’s been just four years since Texas’ last “once in a century”
disaster, and it’s the latest in a long line of previously unthinkable climate catastrophes along the Gulf Coast region. After each one, the recovery effort seems to go slower, take longer, and leave more people in the cold.

As Millions in Texas Lack Safe Water, Activists Rally for Green New Deal. Youth leaders with the Sunrise Movement rallied at Texas’ capitol in response to the state’s cascading crises.

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is confirmed (again). After a 92-7 vote, the former governor of Iowa will reprise his role heading up USDA.

USDA is letting schools serve free meals during the pandemic. Officials fear an unintended funding gap.

The CDC recommended states prioritize farm workers for the Covid-19 vaccine. Some large agricultural states have not.

# General News
Trump campaign paid millions to Jan. 6 Capitol riot. “It was his duty as commander-in-chief to stop the violence. And he alone had that power because they believed that they were following his orders. They said so.”

# Global Politics and other news
Iran and IAEA reach ‘temporary’ agreement to maintain nuclear surveillance https://www.euronews.com/2021/02/21/un-nuclear-chief-in-iran-ahead-of-sanctions-deadline

FM Zarif: Iran expects compensation for $1 trillion damage inflicted by US sanctions: FM Zarif:: “Compensations will take the form of reparation, or the form of investment”

# Gov / Politics
NATO’s expanding role hides the reality of a US empire in decline. The pivot toward defining Russia and China as potential adversary is drawn, from the insecurity of a U.S. in decline.

Escalating the new Cold War with Russia via Ukraine.     A look at “Ukrainegate” and Joe Biden’s part in it.

Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More, Threatening the First Amendment.     House Democrats are getting closer and closer to the constitutional line, if they have not already crossed it.

What Planet Is NATO Living On? Despite its recent failures in Afghanistan and Libya, NATO is turning its military madness toward two more formidable, nuclear-armed enemies: Russia and China.

Watch live: Senate hearing on Capitol security breach: Two Senate committees are holding a joint hearing to examine the failures that led to the breach of the Capitol by a mob of former President Trump’s supporters on Jan 6.

# Law Enforcement
Police Probe Video of Cop With Arm Around Black Teen’s Neck. A short clip shared by the 13-year-old boy’s family shows him lying face up while the officer restrains him with one arm below his neck.

Yet Another Proud Boy Charged With Conspiracy for Riots. Ryan Ashlock was caught on camera clad in tactical gear and pushing against police barriers as his fellow Proud Boys stormed the Capitol.

Five charged with Proud Boys conspiracy in deadly U.S. Capitol attack https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-capitol-arrests/five-charged-with-proud-boys-conspiracy-in-deadly-u-s-capitol-attack-idUSKBN2AB24L

Ahmaud Arbery’s Estate Alleges Massive Police ‘Cover Up’: A lawsuit filed on the one-year anniversary of Arbery’s killing also alleges the men charged with his murder were unlawfully deputized by Glynn County cops.
See also: Arbery Lawsuit

The FBI Warned Congress of Right-Wing Violence Before Jan. 6th. Capitol Police Leaders Never Saw the Report. Former security officials pointed fingers at each other over failures that led to the insurrection.

Jail Won’t Solve White Supremacist Violence. Here’s How to Truly Confront It. To fight white supremacist violence, we must abolish the systems that perpetuate it, like the prison-industrial complex.

All 7 Cops Off the Hook for Daniel Prude’s Suffocation Death. Prude was pinned on the ground as Rochester cops handcuffed him and put a mesh spit hood over his head.

Police had no legal reason to stop or frisk Elijah McClain, an independent report found. The new independent review found it was the first in a series of unjustified and violent actions taken by officers that led to the 23-year-old Black man being placed in a chokehold and injected with ketamine before he died.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Officials charged with protecting the Capitol the day a mob overwhelmed police and forced the evacuation of lawmakers are expected to be grilled at a Tuesday hearing as Congress begins a public examination into the security lapses of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The Republicans Finally Face Merrick Garland—and Act as if They Were the Ones Unfairly Treated.

Corporate Lawyers Line Up for Justice Department Top Slots. Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland defended hiring lawyers with Big Tech experience at yesterday’s confirmation hearing.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Feds Shouldn’t Waste Resources On Marijuana Enforcement In Legal States, Biden AG Pick Says https://www.marijuanamoment.net/marijuana-enforcement-is-a-perfect-example-of-racial-discrimination-biden-ag-pick-garland-says/

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) tweeted, “States that have legalized marijuana have seen a boom in business, tourism, and tax revenue, & a drop in incarceration. As a co-sponsor of the MORE Act, I hope to see New Mexico join them and help restore communities hurt by the failed War on Drugs.”

# Space
# Technology
A new form of exploitation, known as “stakeholder capitalism,” is already being tested in many places around the world and prisons are among the main targets for its implementation, as they provide an ideal and literally captive market for its proof of concept.

Facebook Ends Australia News Ban After Talks With Zuckerberg https://www.thedailybeast.com/facebook-ends-australia-news-ban-after-talks-with-zuckerberg

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