Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-05-11

Voices, The Peoples News

May 11, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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You came naked. You will also leave naked.
You arrived weak.  And weak you will depart.
You came without money and things. You will leave without money and things.
Your first bath? Someone washed you. Your last bath? Someone will wash you.
This is our fate as humans!
So why so much pride, so much malice, so much envy, so much hate, so much resentment, so much selfishness?
We have limited time in this world and we waste it on meaningless stuff.
Author Unknown

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# Indigenous
Tribal members in Minnesota risk arrest as they maintain protests against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline.

Climate and Indigenous protesters across 4 continents pressure banks to #DefundLine3. “In solidarity with Indigenous leaders, we are calling for fossil fuel divestment to protect the water and climate, and the health and survival of Indigenous communities.”

# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls Idaho Is Going To Kill 90% of Its Wolves. The law allows almost unrestricted hunting methods, including the use of night-vision goggles and shooting from helicopters

# Archaeology
Has an Old Soviet Mystery at Last Been Solved? The strange fate of a group of skiers in the Ural Mountains has generated endless speculation.

# CoronaVirus (Virus Vaccine is still in clinical trials and tests) Healthy Utah High School Athlete Develops Blood Clots in His Brain Following COVID Injection

Former HHS COVID Advisor Dr. Paul Alexander: Do NOT Give COVID Shots to Children!

Scientists seek SARS-CoV-2 in sewage: From Canada to Australia, scientists in more than 50 nations are monitoring sewage for whole
SARS-CoV-2 virus particles and viral fragments that have been shed in faeces.

FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the green light for the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to be used in adolescents 12 to 15 years old, a move that will make millions more people eligible for a vaccine.

Two pandemics clash as doctors find that COVID spurs diabetes. Covid-19 isn’t just deadlier for people with diabetes, it’s also triggering the metabolic disease in many who didn’t previously have it.

DeSantis Threatens to Screw His Own State to Spite the CDC. Florida’s governor says people will die if the CDC requires vaccine passports for cruise passengers. The mayor of Miami-Dade explains why that’s every bit as crazy as it sounds.

# Economy / Trade
Wall Street’s Cooked Books Fueled the Financial Crisis in 2008. It’s Happening Again. This time not with residential mortgage-backed securities, based on loans for homes, but commercial mortgage-backed securities, or CMBS, based on loans for businesses https://theintercept.com/2021/04/20/wall-street-cmbs-dollar-general-ladder-capital/

Report Reveals How Big Corporations Rigged Rules to Boost Pandemic Pay of CEOs as Workers Suffered. “By inflating executive compensation while their workers struggled during a pandemic, corporate boards have strengthened the case for tax penalties on huge CEO-worker pay gaps.”

# Education / Schools
Student Loan Servicing Companies Shouldn’t Exist, And Rich Cordray, now running the office of Federal Student Aid, could help make that a reality. It would even help with the cancellation of student debt.

New Oklahoma Bill Bans Teaching About Racism Because It Causes “Discomfort”
The law bars lessons on race or sex that cause “discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress.”

In the Legislature: Texas public schools couldn’t require critical race theory lessons under bill given initial House approval. A bill that would limit what public school students can be taught about the United States’ history of subjugating people of color moved closer to becoming law early Tuesday.

The Graduate School’s Commitment to Anti-Racism and Social Justice https://web.uri.edu/graduate-school/the-graduate-schools-commitment-to-anti-racism-and-social-justice/

As Biden taps Elizabeth Warren ally to oversee student loans, debate over canceling debt looms large. The Biden administration has chosen a close ally of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to oversee the nation’s expansive federal student loan program.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Fuel Shortages Loom With Pipeline Still Shut After Attack. Biden admin declares emergency to ease transportation as Colonial Pipeline struggles to say when it expected to safely relaunch operations.

Living among fracking wells is linked to higher rates of hospitalizations and deaths due to heart attacks, according to a new study.

Final OK expected for nation’s first major offshore wind farm. The Vineyard Wind project, off the coast of Massachusetts, is slated to generate enough electricity to power 400,000 homes.

Colonial Pipeline resumes limited shipments after a cyberattack shut it down, though its hopes to “substantially” restart service this weekend may not be quick enough to prevent fuel shortages.

U.S. gas stations already run out of fuel after Colonial Pipeline is hacked https://www.news-herald.com/news/nation-world/u-s-gas-stations-already-run-out-of-fuel-after-colonial-pipeline-is-hacked/article_9ac9b9cf-ad1c-5434-a4ee-cca5445f5ece.html

# Environment / Climate / Interior
How an ancient building technique could help solve the climate crisis.
More than half a billion tons of construction and demolition materials end up in U.S. landfills every year. Reusing that rubble, as our ancient ancestors did, could offset the waste.

Wildfires are contaminating drinking water systems, and it’s more widespread than people realize. Drinking water should be assumed to be chemically unsafe until proven otherwise.

NASA levels up to fight climate change: NASA has appointed its first climate adviser and ramped up work on key missions to study how Earth’s climate is changing.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global There is Somehow a Living Fossil in Japan. Scientists have rediscovered a relationship that has not been observed in more than 270 million years just off the coast of Japan.

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Riding Herd on Mental Health in Colorado Ranching Country: The pandemic over the past year has been a surprising boon for many farms and ranches as higher consumer demand amid food shortages has boosted business. But coupled with everyday worries about weather and commodity prices, the pandemic also has led to mental health challenges, including serious stress, anxiety and depression among farmers and ranchers, health officials said.

# Global Politics and other news
Russia: How Dare You Accuse Us of Pipeline Ransomware Attack. The Colonial Pipeline attack has been blamed on DarkSide, a secretive hacking group believed to be based in Russia.

# Gov / Political
Trumpists Are Trying to Hijack This Small Town Ballot Audit. Last week, a Boston talk-radio host told listeners that tiny Windham, New Hampshire’s audit, along with the Arizona count, carried “immense importance.”

MAGA Attorneys General Are Winning a GOP Civil War: A Trumpist faction of the Republican Attorneys General Association tied to events surrounding Jan. 6 is gaining steam, while more moderate members are heading for the exits.

McCarthy schedules vote to oust Cheney for Wednesday: Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday that he has officially scheduled a vote for Wednesday to oust GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her No. 3 leadership post.

Poll: Much Of The World Sees The U.S. As A Threat To Democracy. Belief in importance of democracy high in 53 sampled countries but inequality and big tech companies seen as biggest threats https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/05/us-threat-democracy-russia-china-global-poll

The relationship between President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has failed to live up to expectations and lawmakers are pessimistic their first face-to-face meeting since the inauguration will thaw what has become a cold war between the two leaders.

Senators are set for a high-stakes battle over one of Democrats’ biggest priorities that could have repercussions not only for the 2022 midterm election but the Senate itself.

GOP Readies Blitz Against Democrats’ Voting Rights Bill: The bill, as written, would bring about the largest overhaul of U.S. elections in a generation, touching on almost every aspect of the electoral process.
Democrats say the changes are even more important now as Republican-controlled states impose new voting restrictions after the divisive 2020 election.

The GOP’s Suicide Squad Isn’t Going to Stop With Liz Cheney: Trump toady Kevin McCarthy isn’t really just after Cheney. He’s after the party’s remaining sane women. She’s just in the way.

Schumer: ‘The big lie is spreading like a cancer’ among GOP https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/552846-schumer-the-big-lie-is-spreading-like-a-cancer-among-gop

The right is very excited an unelected monarch announced a new voter suppression policy. She hasn’t endorsed anything. But MAGA patriots, new fans of the queen, are embarrassing themselves by fawning.

The Gravel Institute Punches Up: To counter right-wing organizations with deep pockets and powerful ties, like PragerU, the Gravel Institute builds a progressive grassroots coalition.

Biden Seeks Bipartisanship Even as McConnell Admits GOP Only Wants Obstruction Progressives warn Biden’s quest for bipartisanship is quixotic at best and threatens to dilute Democratic ambitions.

9 of 9 GOP Senators Agree That Voters Waiting in Line Should Not Be Given Food or Water. “Republicans would rather have you starve than vote,” said one critic.

Arizona State Legislature Passes Anti-Voter, Anti-Democracy Bill Targeting Communities of Color https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2021/05/11/arizona-state-legislature-passes-anti-voter-anti-democracy-bill-targeting?cd-origin=rss

# Law Enforcement
The Capitol Police’s failure to prepare for the Jan. 6 insurrection will be back in the spotlight this week when its inspector general testifies before lawmakers about his latest findings, all while the House aims to consider a supplemental funding bill for Capitol security this month.

Watchdog says Capitol Police deficient at monitoring threats: Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton testified in the first of three House hearings this week on what went wrong during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Alabama police officer convicted of murdering suicidal man. “An innocent man was murdered. He called for help, and he got Ben Darby.”

Verdicts Don’t Heal. We Need Imaginative Community-Based, Restorative Justice.
True justice requires much more than successful prosecution of individual officers.

French court dismisses case against U.S. makers of Agent Orange. The ruling frustrated victims who had seen the trial as a path toward accountability, but the plaintiff said she will appeal the decision.

Prosecutors recommend 17-year sentence for former Green Beret convicted of spying for Russia: Federal prosecutors are seeking a 17-year prison sentence for a former Green Beret who pleaded guilty last year to providing classified information to Russian military intelligence for over a decade.

Biden administration reverses Trump-era limits on transgender health protections The Biden administration announced on Monday that it will reverse Trump-era limits on health care protections against discrimination for gay and transgender people.

The Biden Administration Just Prohibited Anti-LGBTQ Health Care Discrimination Queer Americans are finally protected from health care discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The move is a direct reversal of Trump-era policies and comes nearly a year after the Supreme Court interpreted sex-based discrimination to include LBGTQ folks in employment law.

# Media
Maloney Yanks DeJoy-Friendly Provision From Postal Bill After Union Complains A provision that would have allowed the U.S. Postal Service to set its own delivery standards is removed, but penalties for noncompliance with targets are also gone https://prospect.org/politics/democrats-postal-reform-bill-would-give-dejoy-a-free-hand/

Fauci Clashes With Rand Paul Again: ‘That Is Not Correct!’ “I do not favor gain-of-function research in China. That is not correct,” he said, eventually adding: “You are saying things that are not correct!”

# Military / DOD
The Victims of Agent Orange the U.S. Has Never Acknowledged. While records of spraying operations inside Laos exist, the extent to which the U.S. military broke international agreements has never been fully documented, until now.

# Other News
The conspiracy theory that still won’t rest in peace:  After examining the testimony of hundreds of eyewitnesses and forensically dissecting the scientific trail of the towers’ collapse, down to analysing dust on the ground at the New York site, they have compiled a lengthy dossier.
It is a document which, they claim, proves that controlled demolition explosives, not aircraft, brought the buildings down.

# Science
You’ve heard about genome sequencing — but what’s exome sequencing? It’s a method that can help detect rare genetic disease.

Next-generation sequencing for diagnosis of rare diseases in the neonatal intensive care unit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4978597/

The expanding frontier of nucleic acid therapeutics. While mRNA vaccines have received immense attention of late, another class of RNA therapeutics has been growing steadily in recent years. Its impact could be equally profound.

# Veterans / VA
Veterans group to stage Memorial Day weekend motorcycle ride around National Mall. Tens of thousands of motorcyclists will gather in downtown Washington on May 30, shutting down the streets around the National Mall for about 15 hours to conduct a traditional Memorial Day ride.

Pentagon rejects plan to use its parking lots for annual Memorial Day motorcycle rally https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2021/05/03/pentagon-rejects-plan-to-use-its-parking-lots-for-annual-memorial-day-motorcycle-rally/

Biden Admin Denies Parking Permit for Bikes in 3-Decade-Straight Veterans Motorcycle Ride on Washington, DC https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-admin-denies-parking-permit-bikes-3-decade-straight-veterans-motorcycle-ride-washington-dc/

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