Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-05-30

Voices, The Peoples News

May 30, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Tribal Leaders, Legislators Condemn Inslee’s Surprise Veto of Tribal Human Rights Provisions in Climate Commitment Act https://washingtonstatewire.com/tribal-leaders-legislators-condemn-inslees-surprise-veto-of-tribal-human-rights-provisions-in-climate-commitment-act/

# Border / Immigration
With Steel or Surveillance, Biden May Fill “Gaps” in Trump’s Border Wall. Whether the new barrier will be physical or technological, families along the border can only guess.

# CoronaVirus (Virus Vaccine is still in clinical trials and tests) Ontario’s physician licensing body, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), issued a statement forbidding physicians from questioning or debating any or all of the official measures imposed in response to COVID-19.  The CPSO then went on to threaten physicians with punishment, investigations and disciplinary action.

More than 100 employees at Houston Methodist Hospital sued the hospital over its requirement for staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19, alleging the hospital is “forcing its employees to be human ‘guinea pigs’ as a condition for continued employment.”

# Economy / Trade
The World Trade Organization Is Threatening Vaccine Equity and Climate Goals A 1994 WTO agreement has enabled a few large companies to control most of the intellectual property rights in the world.

# Education / Schools
Virtual class was a devastating blow to trade school students. For students learning trades like carpentry, cosmetology, or automotive technology, in-person class time is crucial. School closures hit them hard.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals North Dakota, Using Taxpayer Funds, Bailed Out Oil and Gas Companies by Plugging Abandoned Wells. The bailout, environmentalists say, raises bigger questions about who will pay, in an energy transition, to close off the nation’s millions of aging wells.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Outrage as regulators let pesticides from factory pollute US town for years Contamination from an ethanol plant in Mead, Nebraska, came from some of the world’s largest agricultural companies https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/29/environmental-catastrophe-mead-nebraska

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
As California’s Drought Worsens, the Biden Administration Cuts Water Supplies and Farmers Struggle to Compensate https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28052021/california-central-valley-drought-water/

Fish Story: Genetically Engineered Salmon To Hit Dinner Plates https://www.technocracy.news/fish-story-genetically-engineered-salmon-to-hit-dinner-plates/

‘Forever chemicals’ found in home fertilizer made from sewage sludge.
Alarming toxic PFAS levels revealed in new report raise concerns that the chemicals are contaminating vegetables https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/28/home-fertilizer-toxic-pfas-forever-chemicals-sewage-sludge

# Global Politics and other news
Birds of a Fascist Feather: Why Israel Is Aiding Colombia’s Crackdown on Protesters President Duque’s highly controversial neoliberal policies would eliminate public healthcare, privatize pensions, reduce the minimum wage and levy a 19% tax on staple foods, moves which critics deem an all-out attack on Colombia’s working-class majority.
Russia Appears to Carry Out Hack Through System Used by U.S. Aid Agency Senior Democrats said the latest attack, ahead of President Biden’s meeting with his Russian counterpart, demanded a stronger response.

# Gov / Political
Trump, midterms fuel GOP’s effort to quash Jan. 6 commission: Former President Trump and the 2022 midterm elections are looming large over the GOP effort to quash an investigation into the Jan. 6 attack.

Biden releases $6T budget that foresees decade of trillion-dollar
deficits: President Biden on Friday proposed a budget that would entrench deficits in excess of $1 trillion for the next decade, pushing the nation’s debt burden to record highs.

Revealed: The American Money Entwined with Israel’s Jewish Terrorist Groups Latest investigation reveals how the IRS states that terrorist activities are considered substantial means for disqualifying an organization’s tax-exempt status, yet money is still finding its way through a number of high-profile tax-exempt American charities to known terrorist groups inside Israel.

Belarus crisis heightens stakes of Biden-Putin summit: An extraordinary crisis in Belarus is putting a months-long simmering conflict to the forefront of President Biden’s agenda, while also raising the stakes for an upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

GOP-Led Legislatures May Pass Voter Suppression Laws With Help of Trump Judges. Many of these bills will have a disproportionate impact on voters of color and are being challenged in state courts.

President Biden blasted a new bill being considered in Texas that would restrict voting in The Lone Star State, panning it as “un-American” and “part of an assault on democracy.”

Senate Republicans Filibuster Jan. 6 Inquiry Bill, Blocking an Investigation. The vote killed the best chance for an independent accounting of the deadly Capitol attack, which Republicans feared would damage them politically.

Democrats plot next move after GOP sinks Jan. 6 probe: House Democrats, behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), are vowing to charge ahead with internal congressional probes of their own, a process now more likely to include the creation of a select committee focused solely on the violence that day, and any role former President Trump played in instigating it.

9 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022: Democratic control of Congress will be on the line next year as Republicans look to claw their way back into power after a disappointing 2020 election that cost them the White House and their Senate majority.

White House pressed on evacuating Afghan allies as time runs out: The Biden administration is facing increasingly urgent calls to evacuate Afghans who helped the United States during the 20-year war and are at risk of being hunted down and killed by the Taliban after U.S. troops depart.

Texas GOP Finalizes ‘Ruthless’ Voter Suppression Bill, Sparking Calls for Congressional Action https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/05/30/texas-gop-finalizes-ruthless-voter-suppression-bill-sparking-calls-congressional

‘It’s the Filibuster or Democracy,’ Say Progressives After GOP Tanks January 6 Commission. “Unless we abolish the filibuster, there will be no progress on any agenda focused on justice, fairness, or basic survival,” said Sen. Ed Markey.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Prosecutors Zero In On Trump’s Real-Life Wayne Manor. Donald Trump’s advisers are telling him not to worry, but the former president is already frustrated by his mounting legal fees.

Department of Justice lawyers asked a federal judge to dismiss lawsuits against former President Trump, former attorney general William Barr and other administration officials for the forced clearing of racial justice protesters at Lafayette Square in June.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Outspoken Republican Who Opposes Legalization Owns Quite a Lot of Stock in Pot Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina) bought marijuana-industry stocks ahead of key votes on decriminalization bills.

# Medical / Health
Widely available antibiotics could be used in the treatment of ‘superbug’ MRSA Some MRSA infections could be tackled using widely-available antibiotics, suggests new research from an international collaboration.

# Other News
Mexico City’s surprising crisis: the city is sinking. The city with a metropolitan population of over 20 million is sinking at a rate of almost 50 centimeters (20 inches) per year — and this isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Scientology Founder’s Secret Pact With a Nazi Propagandist. The two cultists’ ties ran deep, including collaborating on a screenplay together—one that hasn’t seen the light of day… until now.

# Water
Biden Must Take Executive Action to Affirm That Clean Water Is a Human Right Black and Brown communities impacted by environmental racism need Biden’s promises to become a firm reality https://truthout.org/articles/biden-must-take-executive-action-to-affirm-that-clean-water-is-a-human-right/

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