Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-03-18

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# Animals / Pets / Food Recalls
This endangered bird lost its song in Australia. New generations of a critically endangered species of songbird are failing to learn the tunes they need for courtship. It could lead to extinction https://www.ecowatch.com/endangered-bird-losing-song-2651115111.html

# Border / Immigration
NGOs Shocked at U.S. ‘Horrendous’ Response to Migrant Surge. “The idea that DHS, which has $49 billion budget, can’t figure this out, to me, is the wrong conversation,” said Paola Luisi, of Families Belong Together https://www.thedailybeast.com/ngos-shocked-at-us-horrendous-response-to-migrant-surge

The Biden administration shuttered a migrant tent camp in Mexico that was created under a Trump policy. Immigration advocates praised the move, but the closure adds to growing confusion over which migrants are let in or left out.
https://www.texastribune.org/2021/03/18/asylum-mexico-border-migrants/

Border surge scrambles Senate immigration debate. President Biden’s pledge to tackle immigration reform is running into a Senate buzzsaw, as upheaval at the border creates new gridlock in Washington.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/543751-border-surge-scrambles-senate-immigration-debate

Crisis at the Border: 13,000 “Kids in Cages” as Illegal Immigration on Track to Increase More than the Past 20 Years. What these news reports are NOT reporting, is how can all these children be coming across the border without their parents? And where are they going? The buying and selling of children is one of the largest markets in the world today, and the #1 destination is the United States.
https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/crisis-at-the-border-13000-kids-in-cages-as-illegal-immigration-on-track-to-increase-more-than-the-past-20-years/

House passes bill providing path to citizenship for Dreamers https://thehill.com/homenews/house/543891-house-passes-bill-providing-path-to-citizenship-for-dreamers

# CoronaVirus
The Only Company That Makes COVID Swabs Has Some Major Drama. The owners “no longer speak, no longer make joint decisions, and are essentially unable even to be in the same room together.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-03-18/covid-test-swab-company-puritan-faces-family-feud?srnd=premium

14 States Have Recorded Alarming Virus Spikes This Week: The worst acceleration of infections has been recorded in Michigan, but Delaware, Montana, Alabama, and West Virginia have also seen alarming increases.
https://apnews.com/article/0468a60b64947879926d2a16e45c00ee

# Economy / Trade
February’s winter storm that generated massive power outages across Texas also led to chemical plant shutdowns, many remain offline. That’s caused a shortage of materials needed to make everything from auto parts to smartphones.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/one-week-texas-freeze-seen-triggering-monthslong-plastics-shortage-11615973401

Treasury says state tax cuts OK if separated from virus aid so long as they use their own funds to offset those cuts.
https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-coronavirus-pandemic-janet-yellen-missouri-tigers-mens-basketball-laws-726254db3ed675ee361e1a9d367b7e8b

IRS postpones April 15 U.S. tax deadline to May 17. Individual taxpayers can also postpone federal income tax payments for the 2020 tax year due on April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This postponement applies to individual taxpayers, including individuals who pay self-employment tax. Penalties, interest and additions to tax will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of May 17, 2021. Individual taxpayers will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the taxes paid by May 17.
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-for-individuals-extended-to-may-17-treasury-irs-extend-filing-and-payment-deadline#:~:text=Individual%20taxpayers%20can%20also%20postpone,who%20pay%20self%2Demployment%20tax

The Single Most Dramatic Driver of Our Country’s Economic Divide: The Growing Gap Between CEO and Worker Pay. Excessive CEO pay is a problem that affects all of us.
While working families are suffering under the pandemic, corporate boards have bent the rules to protect massive CEO paychecks.
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/03/18/single-most-dramatic-driver-our-countrys-economic-divide-growing-gap-between-ceo

# Education / Schools
Texas law doesn’t require public schools to have full-time nurses, and many don’t. A state lawmaker is pushing to require all districts to employ at least one full-time nurse per school and keep a ratio of at least one full-time nurse for every 750 students enrolled.
https://www.texastribune.org/2021/03/18/texas-school-nurses-coronavirus/

# Employment / Labor
‘Poverty Is Killing Us’: Progressive Caucus Uses White House Meeting to Push Biden on $15 Wage. “The fight for at least $15 is a matter of life and death in St. Louis,” said Rep. Cori Bush.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2021/mar/10/joe-biden-covid-coronavirus-relief-bill-congress-george-floyd-derek-chauvin-trial-live-updates

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Twenty-one states, led by Texas and Montana, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Biden administration for revoking a permit for the long-disputed Keystone XL pipeline.
https://www.click2houston.com/news/texas/2021/03/17/texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-sues-biden-administration-demanding-reinstatement-of-keystone-xl-pipeline-permit/

Lawmakers Urge Biden to Block Massive Petrochemical Complex in Cancer Alley “This disastrous project is an affront to environmental justice and contrary to your goals to reduce pollution in frontline communities.”
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/17/lawmakers-urge-biden-block-massive-petrochemical-complex-cancer-alley

Enbridge Line 3 Pauses Work Temporarily. Nearly 50 percent of the controversial 337-mile pipeline has been completed despite several lawsuits.
https://truthout.org/articles/enbridge-line-3-pauses-work-temporarily/

21 States Sue Biden in Attempt to Revive Keystone Pipeline. Construction on the Keystone XL pipeline was terminated by President Biden the same day he was sworn into office.
https://truthout.org/articles/21-states-sue-biden-in-attempt-to-revive-keystone-pipeline/

GRID AT RISK: Distribution systems within the U.S. electrical grid are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack, a government watchdog said in a report released Thursday.
https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-21-81.pdf

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Rivers across the US are losing flow to aquifers http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/45469/20210318/research-shows-how-rivers-across-the-us-are-losing-its-flow-to-aquifers.htm

Ocean areas that, if strongly protected, would help solve climate, food and biodiversity crises https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210317141645.htm

Synthetic biology startup Allonnia cleans pollution with engineered microbes A startup that uses synthetic biology to clean up pollution is taking on a $20 million funding round, Axios has learned.
https://www.axios.com/allonnia-synthetic-biology-bioremediation-pollution-ffbbaedd-810e-43b0-9497-11429f8ecc4a.html

Ocean trawling doesn’t just destroy ecosystems. It also releases massive emissions https://www.zmescience.com/science/ocean-trawling-doesnt-just-destroy-ecosystems-it-also-releases-massive-emissions/

Environmentalists Seek Climate Action in U.S. Infrastructure Bill https://www.ecowatch.com/us-infrastructure-climate-change-2651116642.html

Youth Activists in Over 800 Cities Worldwide Gear Up for Friday’s Climate Strike The climate crisis is an existential threat that requires as much urgent action as COVID-19, youth activists say.
https://truthout.org/articles/youth-activists-in-over-800-cities-worldwide-gear-up-for-fridays-climate-strike/

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
The WHO and FAO interim guidelines on COVID-19 and food safety are flawed, according to one expert who is hoping a planned update will solve the problem.
https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2021/03/expert-says-covid-19-guidance-from-fao-and-who-is-misleading/

CFIA warns consumers about certain apricot kernel products that may cause cyanide poisoning https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2021/03/cfia-warns-consumers-about-certain-apricot-kernel-products-that-may-cause-cyanide-poisoning/

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals / Global
Singapore plans bill to manage food safety risks; posts updates on outbreaks https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2021/03/singapore-plans-bill-to-manage-food-safety-risks-posts-updates-on-outbreaks/

# Gov / Political
‘Hijacking of Democracy in Plain Sight’: Georgia GOP Transforms 2-Page Bill Into 93-Page Assault on Voting Rights https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/18/hijacking-democracy-plain-sight-georgia-gop-transforms-2-page-bill-93-page-assault

Georgia GOP Jams 91 New Pages Into Voter Suppression Bill an Hour Before Meeting. Among the new proposals is a “challenger law,” which in some states has been used to block oppressed groups from voting.
https://truthout.org/articles/georgia-gop-jams-91-new-pages-into-voter-suppression-bill-an-hour-before-meeting/

The Filibuster Should Be Abolished or Make Senators Pay a Price for Keeping It Letting senators block bills in secret is anti-democratic and it needs to end.
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/03/18/filibuster-should-be-abolished-or-make-senators-pay-price-keeping-it

Rep. Meng Rips GOP for Putting ‘Bullseye’ on Asian Americans. “This hearing was to address the hurt and pain of our community and to find solutions! We will not let you take our voice away from us!” Meng emotionally declared.
https://www.businessinsider.in/politics/world/news/rep-grace-meng-accuses-trump-and-republicans-of-putting-a-bullseye-on-the-back-of-asian-americans-across-this-country/articleshow/81574482.cms

Arizona Is Rolling Back Voting Rights, and Kyrsten Sinema Is Refusing to Stop It Voting advocates are frustrated that the Democratic senator won’t end the filibuster to protect ballot access.
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/03/arizona-is-rolling-back-voting-rights-and-kyrsten-sinema-is-refusing-to-stop-it/

# Law Enforcement / Incarceration
Federal Agents Arrest Heavily Armed Man Outside Residence of VP Kamala Harris https://www.motherjones.com/mojo-wire/2021/03/heavily-armed-man-arrested-outside-house-of-vp-kamala-harris/

Cop Who Threw Black Girl in School Still Playing the Victim. The SXSW doc ‘Spring Valley’ revisits a South Carolina school resource officer who dragged a Black teen from her desk and examines how cops in schools can create a prison pipeline.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/school-officer-who-slammed-black-teen-to-ground-in-viral-video-still-thinks-hes-the-victim

Houston police shoot 1-year-old child in the head while pursuing robbery suspect “My son has been fighting every day for his life. He’s struggling to breathe on his own. My baby didn’t deserve it. I miss my son. I want him to be back the way he used to be.”
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/crime/article/baby-injured-hpd-shooting-skull-removal-attorney-16029057.php

The FBI released new footage of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, asking the public for help identifying rioters who assaulted police officers during the insurrection.
https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/washingtondc/news/press-releases/fbi-washington-field-office-releases-videos-of-assaults-on-officers-at-us-capitol-seeks-publics-help-to-identify-suspects

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Rahul Gupta, President Biden’s leading pick to be director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, oversaw the expansion of West Virginia’s medical marijuana program and has repeatedly touted cannabis’s health benefits.
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/leading-candidate-for-bidens-drug-czar-embraced-marijuanas-health-and-economic-benefits/

# Medical / Health
Lab-created heart valves can grow with the recipient https://www.genengnews.com/news/hybrid-tissue-engineered-regen-med-heart-valve-can-grow-in-recipient/

As People Keep Dying, Can the President—Can We—Really Say ‘We Did Everything We Could’? As a nation, as a society, we’ve settled instead for half measures.
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/03/18/people-keep-dying-can-president-can-we-really-say-we-did-everything-we-could

# Science
Scientists observe nanobots coordinating inside a living host for the first time. We’re talking swarms of millions of bots here.
https://www.zmescience.com/science/nanobots-coordinating-in-vivo-82637465/

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