Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-04-29

Voices, The Peoples News

April 29, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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“Our Constitution opens with the words, ‘We the People.’ It’s time we remembered that We the People are the government.”
– President Joe Biden in his joint address to Congress
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# Indigenous
Indigenous harvest rights still under attack in the upper Great Lakes https://www.ehn.org/indigenous-harvest-rights-2652632895.html

Unearthing the work of Indigenous master horticulturalists. These forest gardeners got sustainable returns for centuries. Dr. Chelsey Geralda Armstrong is now studying their work.

# CoronaVirus
De Blasio Says All NYC Restrictions Will Be Lifted on July 1. The mayor said the reopening is only being made possible by what he called the “extraordinary”
vaccine drive.

Congressman Exposes Billion Dollar Vaccine Company Ties to Facebook’s Fact Checker. “Who pays the paychecks of the factcheckers?” Massie wrote, “The vaccine fact checkers a @factcheckdotorg, who claim to be independent, are funded by an organization that holds over $1.8 billion of stock in a vaccine company, and is run by a former director of @CDCgov”

Bizarre Phenomenon: Unvaccinated Getting Sick Being Around the COVID Vaxxed Numerous reports are coming in with an unmistakeable theme: unvaccinated people are contracting various ill effects, some quite serious, just by being around those who are https://thefreedomarticles.com/bizarre-phenomenon-unvaccinated-getting-sick-being-around-the-covid-vaxxed/

# Economy / Trade
President Biden’s proposed top income tax bracket of 39.6 percent would impact single filers with income above about $453,000 and married couples with income above roughly $509,000, a White House official said.

# Employment / Labor
Inequality’s deadly toll: “We call them essential, but they’re considered expendable.” An anonymous public-health graduate student, whose mother works in a meat-packing plant where many have died of COVID-19, grapples with the impact of poverty in one of the world’s richest nations.

Biden’s Labor Secretary Says He Supports Classifying Gig Workers as Employees. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh’s stance could lead to significant changes in the way gig workers are treated.

Workers face off against rendering company in rural North Carolina. In tiny Bertie County, Valley Proteins is one of the only employers.
Employees say the working conditions are terrible, and now they’re fighting back.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals An updated analysis of February’s Texas power crisis by experts at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas shows that lost wind power generation was a small component of the huge losses in electric generation.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
‘Revolving-Door Cronyism’: Groups Line Up Against Fossil Fuel Lawyer for Interior. One environmental advocate said that industry-friendly attorney Tommy Beaudreau “has failed to stand up to the fossil fuel industry when it mattered most, and he’ll likely fail again if confirmed to this critical position.”

Deadly air pollutant ‘disproportionately and systematically’ harms Black and Brown people https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/deadly-air-pollutant-disproportionately-systematically-230600251.html

Study links childhood air pollution exposure to poorer mental health.
Children and young people who grow up amid heavy traffic-related air pollution have higher rates of mental illness by the time they are 18 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/28/study-links-childhood-air-pollution-exposure-to-poorer-mental-health

Air pollution from fossil fuels caused 8.7 million premature deaths in 2018, study finds. Burning fossil fuels creates harmful air pollution that can worsen lung disease, heart disease, and other health conditions.

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
‘Huge Victory’: Federal Appeals Court Orders EPA to Ban All Food Uses of Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/04/29/huge-victory-federal-appeals-court-orders-epa-ban-all-food-uses-toxic-pesticide

# Gov / Political
Watch live: President Biden delivers first address to joint session of Congress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-AqSYODI-Y

GOP politicians won’t delete tweets about debunked Kamala Harris story.
Despite the admission that the original story was false, Republican lawmakers, as well as the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, have largely kept up their tweets promoting the fake controversy.

Feds warn extremists may be emboldened to carry out additional attacks after Capitol insurrection https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/13/politics/us-government-prepares-for-extremists/index.html

Feds Probing Possible ‘Energy Attack’ Near White House: The suspected Havana-like attack reportedly happened in November last year and it left one National Security Council official sick.

Breaking: NY FBI Agents tied to Federal grand jury raid Rudy Giuliani

They Went to D.C. on Jan. 6. Now They’re Running for Office. A slew of participants in the rally that preceded the riot at the Capitol—and some who appear to have gone further than that—are now campaigning for votes.

Biden’s Big Populist Pitch Is Sunny, and Dangerous as Hell. His calm demeanor is masking some truly radical, audacious plans.

Here’s What the Feds’ Rudy Raid Does, and Does Not, Mean. We know that we’re nearing the end of this investigation. We don’t know if Giuliani will be charged with a crime.

Prosecutors are now calling the plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor an act of domestic terrorism. Five of the men originally indicted are now being accused of domestic terrorism by federal prosecutors, signaling a potential shift in how the Justice Department is handling one of its highest-profile cases involving anti-government activities.

Texas AG to Biden: Follow the law on immigration:  Texas is seeing a crime surge as a result of the Biden administration’s open border policies, state Attorney General Ken Paxton said at a news conference in Mission. Paxton was accompanied by state police officers, border patrol agents and several sheriffs to raise awareness about the surge.

# Law Enforcement
The Collin County medical examiner has ruled Marvin Scott III’s death a homicide,  more than a month after he died in custody at the Collin County Jail. At a Wednesday press conference, Scott’s family called for arrests after watching footage of Scott’s last moments

Seven Jail Workers Put on Leave After Death of Black Man Held Over Marijuana

Three More Cops Suspended Over Violent Arrest of 73-Year-Old. Video footage of the arrest of the woman with dementi , that showed three officers laughing about it. has sparked nationwide outrage.

VT Frame by Frame Analysis of the Murder of Mario Gonzales by Alameda Police https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/04/28/blockbuster-vt-frame-by-frame-analysis-of-the-murder-of-mario-gonzales-by-alameda-police/

Anti-War Group Releases Activist Guide to End Militarized Policing in
US: “We must end state violence and knee-jerk militarism, wherever it occurs. Ending the 1033 program is a small but necessary step toward that.”

Sheriff Identifies Deputies Who Opened Fire on Andrew Brown. Four sheriff’s deputies have been cleared for duty since they never fired their weapons during the deadly encounter on April 21.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
The men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020 are now facing federal hate crime charges. It comes more than a year after the 25-year-old Black man was followed by the three white men and fatally shot while he was jogging in Brunswick, Georgia.

Biden State Dept. Nominee Demanded Prosecution of Bush and Cheney for War Crimes. Sarah Margon pushed for investigations into Bush officials for ‘crimes against humanity’

Commission Finds Anti-Black Police Violence Constitutes Crimes Against Humanity. Twelve experts found that both U.S. law and police practices do not comply with international law.

Texas May Take Transgender Kids From Parents Who Medically Assist Them https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/Texas-lawmakers-push-to-take-transgender-children-16136369.php

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Texas’ medical cannabis program could expand under bill preliminarily OK’d by House. The program would be expanded for a number of conditions including chronic pain and PTSD — as well as allow for more potent levels of THC.

“The penalties have caused far more harm than smoking marijuana ever could.”
Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. The House is slated to consider a measure that would lessen the penalty for possession of 1 ounce or less of cannabis.

# Medical / Health
CT Senate Passes Bill to Remove Religious Exemptions for Child Vaccinations. The Connecticut Senate has passed a bill that would remove the religious exemption for childhood vaccinations. The Senate vote was 22-14.

Sanders Vows to Fight for Medicare Expansion Left Out of Biden’s American Families Plan https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/04/29/sanders-vows-fight-medicare-expansion-left-out-bidens-american-families-plan

# Military / DOD
(Must read) The Nasty Secrets behind Pentagon Treason and America’s Rogue Nuclear Threat. The current political climate in the US is extremely dangerous. The Supreme Court, stacked with extremists, is openly tossing the constitution aside as recently cited by Justice Sotomayor.

The U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan has officially begun in line with President Biden’s order for all U.S. troops to be out by Sept.
11, the White House confirmed Thursday.

West Africa is the Latest Testing Ground for US Military Artificial Intelligence. In its preparation for great power competition, the US military is modernizing its artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques and testing them in West Africa.

# Space
Space weaponization “cannot be walked back.” “It’s time for arms control planning to address the issues raised by this drift toward militarization of space.”

# Water
California officials shed light on Nestlé taking millions of gallons of public water “These are people who just want to make money, but they’ve already dried up the upper Strawberry Creek and they’ve done a lot of damage.”

California Officials Move to Stop Nestlé From Taking Millions of Gallons of Water From Public Streams https://www.ecowatch.com/california-nestle-water-public-lands-2652807771.html

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