Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-04-09

Voices, The Peoples News

April 9, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland met on Thursday with Jonathan Nez, president of the largest Native American tribe, to discuss the potential restoration or expansion of two national monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, that were downsized by Trump

# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls Seresto pet collar after thousands report harm. EPA data has linked Seresto flea and tick collars to about 1,700 pet deaths.

# Border / Immigration
A record number of immigrant children are crossing the border alone as Biden continues to expel most asylum-seekers. In March alone, US border authorities took 18,890 unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America into custody, the largest monthly figure on record.

# Bundy Rides Again
Ammon Bundy Arrested Twice in One Day for Trespassing. The far-right provocateur is banned from being at the Idaho statehouse—but won’t stay away.

# CoronaVirus
400+ Americans Infected With Variant That Devastated Brazil. The P1
variant that was first identified in Brazil is now the second most prevalent in the United States, with at least 434 people having been infected.

Midwin Charles: 47-Year-Old MSNBC Legal Analyst DEAD After Experimental mRNA COVID Shot https://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/cnn-msnbc-legal-analyst-midwin-charles-dead-at-47/2481030/

Are COVID Deaths Boosted by Micro-Dose Nerve Gas, Micro-Drone Warfare?

Prisons Are Covid Hotspots. But Vaccine Access Remains Patchy.

AI can now design new antibiotics in days. It may help with Covid-19, too.
IBM’s new AI system could also help design treatments for Covid-19.

# Economy / Trade
The ongoing war on cash: Why Big Government Is Waging War Against Cash

There is a global push by lawmakers to eliminate the use of physical cash around the world. This movement is often referred to as “The War on Cash”, and there are three major players involved:

# Education / Schools
More Than Two-Thirds of Students Want Police Out of Schools. A new survey finds that 41 percent of students feel “unsafe” when they see police at school.

# Employment / Labor
Hundreds of Ballots Challenged in Historic Amazon Union Vote. With early results showing Amazon workers leaning against a unionization push, disputed ballots could become crucial.

Workers at Amazon’s Bessemer, Ala., warehouse have voted not to unionize, a major victory for the e-commerce giant but not the end of the fight for labor organizers.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals In a rare but upbeat moment of bipartisanship, Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic U.S. Rep. Eddie Johnson of Dallas rolled out a new bill that would authorize the federal government to offer grants to states in support of weatherizing the electrical grids.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate. Systemic racism and inequity has always run as a powerful undercurrent through environmental and climate change impacts.

Water pumped into Tampa Bay could cause massive algae bloom, putting fragile manatee and fish habitats at risk. Harmful algae blooms are an increasing problem in Florida. Once nutrients are in the water to fuel them, little can be done to stop the growth

New Orleans pans planned Formosa Plastics plant in St. James Parish.
Unanimous City Council concerned how $9.4 billion complex would affect constituents 65 miles downriver.

Alaska sues PFAS makers as lawmakers seek broader action from regulators. Alaska is suing chemical manufacturers over PFAS, toxic compounds that have contaminated water in more than a dozen communities across the state.

Scientists Alarmed at Surging Atmospheric Methane, CO2 https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/scientists-alarmed-over-surging-atmospheric-methane-co2/

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Intimidation of Brazil’s enviro scientists, academics, officials on upswing. Researchers and academics have come under attack for their scientific work on agrochemicals, deforestation and other topics.
Attacks have taken the form of anonymous insults and death threats, gag orders, equipment thefts, and even attempted kidnapping.

# Global Politics and other news
America’s policy toward Afghanistan and the promise of upcoming negotiations is total fakery. We begin with a simple truth. Under American rule, a unique form of corruption, crippling every region, every economic sector, invading every institution, has left that nation not just hopeless, but in total wreckage https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-corruption-government/

As US continues New Cold War, Russia and China forge new ties https://thegrayzone.com/2021/03/31/as-us-continues-new-cold-war-russia-and-china-forge-new-ties/

# Gov / Political
First GOPer Calls on Gaetz to Resign After Daily Beast Report. “Matt Gaetz needs to resign,” wrote Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

Feds Probe if Gaetz Discussed Fake FL Candidate: Investigators are scrutinizing whether Gaetz and a well-connected lobbyist discussed using a third-party candidate to siphon votes from an ally’s opponent.

President Biden decried the epidemic of gun violence in America as an “international embarrassment” as he rolled out a series of executive actions intended to address the issue https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/547152-us-gun-violence-an-international-embarrassment-says-biden

President Joe Biden announced a series of executive actions on gun control.

The House Ethics Committee announced it is opening an investigation into embattled GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Friday following allegations of illegal drug use and sharing illicit photos of young women to his colleagues on the House floor.

New Mexico Bans Qualified Immunity for Police and Other Government Employees https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicksibilla/2021/04/07/new-mexico-prohibits-qualified-immunity-for-all-government-workers-including-police/?sh=1b490d3679ad

Georgia’s Voter Suppression Is Sparking Boycotts. History Shows They Can Work.
Economic backlash against Georgia’s voter suppression law may help reverse the tide of similar laws across the country.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Pulmonologist: Knee on Floyd Was Like Having ‘Lung Removed’: A perfectly healthy person would not have survived what George Floyd was subjected to, a renowned medical expert testified Thursday.

South Dakota AG Who Ran Over Man in Line for Army Promotion. Jason Ravnsborg has been hit with three criminal charges for killing Joe Boever, whose family is appalled he might get a military bump.

Medical Expert Testifies George Floyd Died from Lack of Oxygen, Not Fentanyl

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
The Texas House Public Health Committee approved a bill to expand the state’s limited medical cannabis program by adding new qualifying conditions and increasing the allowable THC potency limit.

For the First Time in History, State University Now Offers Cannabis Scholarship https://thefreethoughtproject.com/university-offers-cannabis-scholarship-first-time/

# Media
How Bellingcat Launders National Security State Talking Points into the Press. For a self-proclaimed citizen journalism outfit, an alarming number of Bellingcat’s staff and contributors come from highly suspect backgrounds, including high-level positions in military and intelligence agencies.

# Medical / Health
CDC Chief Designates Racism a ‘Serious Public Health Threat.’ She’s directed the agency to develop measurable goals for combating racial health disparities and created a site to provide scientific information on the topic.

Federal Agencies Plan to Investigate Links between PFAS Exposure and Viral Illness Two federal health agencies intend to scrutinize connection between two hot-button health issues https://www.circleofblue.org/2021/world/federal-agencies-plan-to-investigate-links-between-pfas-exposure-and-viral-illness/

# Military / DOD
Medical Aspects of Biological Warfare: Textbooks of Military Medicine https://fas.org/irp/threat/cbw/medical.pdf

# Other News
Trump faces test of power with early endorsements: Trump’s endorsements pose a test for him ahead of 2022 as he looks to flex his political muscle after leaving office.

Data on gun violence would save lives — just like it has for car crashes, by Emmy Betz, a practicing emergency room physician and opinion contributor. https://bit.ly/3wHWxdS

Reports on the failure of the pandemic’s eviction moratorium: During the pandemic, landlords have filed for 284,490 evictions – and that’s just in five states and 27 cities. But how could this be? After all, a moratorium shouldn’t allow for hundreds of thousands of households to fall through the cracks.

37 Sperm-Donor Siblings Join Forces to Look for ‘Dad’ in ‘Future People:
The Family of Donor 5114.’ Documentary follows dozens of half-siblings conceived using the same sperm as they use Facebook to meet each other for the first time and decide to search for their father.

# Science
‘Strong’ evidence found for a fifth force of nature: Physicists reveal ‘tantalising’ results from particle experiment that could rewrite the laws of physics. If verified, it would mean we’d need to rethink our understanding of how the universe actually works.

# Social
U.S. intelligence report warns of global consequences of social fragmentation on The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted weaknesses of the international order, said the report, which is issued every four years.

Lee Camp: How Corporate America Supports Racism, Hatred & Exploitation (in New & Fun Ways!) Corporations like General Mills and ExxonMobil aren’t going to save us from white supremacist violence or climate annihilation with their piddly tweets.

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