Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-06-04

Voices, The Peoples News

June 4, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Urgent recall announcement involving several dog foods produced by Sunshine Mills. The brands that are involved in this recall include Sportsman’s Pride, Sprout, Intimidator and FRM Gold Select.

# Border / Immigration
Texas’ Rio Grande Valley plays an outsize role in caring for migrants once they are out of Customs and Border Protection custody. Community leaders and officials say they want more communication from Washington as localities shoulder the day-to-day processing of migrants.

# CoronaVirus (Virus Vaccine is still in clinical trials and tests) Ex-CDC Director: I Got Death Threats Over Lab Leak Theory. “I was threatened and ostracized because I proposed another hypothesis. I expected it from politicians. I didn’t expect it from science,” Redfield said.

Heart reaction probed as possible rare vaccine link in teens. An article on seven U.S. teen boys in several states, published online in Pediatrics, is among the latest reports of heart inflammation discovered after COVID-19 vaccination, though a link to the vaccine has not been proven.

Filter membrane renders viruses harmless: Researchers are developing a new filter membrane that is highly efficient at filtering and inactivating a wide variety of air-borne and water-borne viruses.

New study may help explain low oxygen levels in COVID-19 patients: A new study sheds light on why many COVID-19 patients, even those not in hospital, are suffering from hypoxia — a potentially dangerous condition in which there is decreased oxygenation in the body’s tissues.
The study also shows why the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone has been an effective treatment.

Fauci: I Want to See Medical Records of Wuhan Lab Workers: Three researchers at the lab who reportedly fell sick with COVID-like symptoms weeks before the first confirmed case of the disease in Wuhan.

With COVID-19 cases on the decline, US states move forward https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/05/covid-19-cases-decline-us-states-move-forward

# Economy / Trade
Giving People Money Is Apparently Not Crushing The Economy. If the federal government’s efforts to help the economy are actually hurting it, as Republicans have been claiming, the best available data isn’t corroborating that theory.

# Education / Schools
The Supreme Court is about to rule on the biggest student free speech case in 50 years https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/06/the-supreme-court-is-about-to-rule-on-the-biggest-student-free-speech-case-in-50-years/

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Spending by G7 nations favors fossil fuel interests over green energy.
Vast majority of pandemic subsidies for dirty industries came without conditions.

EPA Workers Demand the Removal of Fossil Fuel Stocks From Their Retirement Plans. Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are more aware than most of the urgency of the climate crisis.

Activists Face Fossil Fuel Misinformation in Push for State Climate Plans. Lawmakers with fossil fuel ties are misrepresenting regional climate bills as gas taxes.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
How pesticides are harming soil ecosystems. At a time when interest in regenerative agriculture is growing, a new study looks at the way pesticides can devastate soil species that foster plant health and sequester carbon.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge just got a reprieve—but it’s not safe yet, many environmental battles await https://civileats.com/2021/06/04/how-pesticides-are-harming-soil-ecosystems/

Nature conservation key to food security, climate sustainability. The world must restore at least two billion hectares of land and ocean — an area roughly double the size of Canada https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/06/03/news/nature-conservation-key-food-security-climate-sustainability-un

California State Water Board is Manufacturing a Drought by Draining Reservoirs into the Ocean https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/california-state-water-board-is-manufacturing-a-drought-by-draining-reservoirs-into-the-ocean/

Bad News: CVP and SWP Plan to Drain CA’s Largest Reservoirs https://www.nrdc.org/experts/doug-obegi/cvpswp-water-allocations-will-drain-cas-largest-reservoirs

Despite California drought, reservoir near San Jose ordered to be drained. Here’s why.

California Drains Reservoirs in the Middle of a Drought. The state desperately needs water, yet federal policy sends huge ‘pulse flows’
into the Pacific to benefit fish.

An investigation has identified more than 80 dams in 24 states, that, if they were to fail, could flood a major toxic waste site and potentially spread contaminated material into surrounding communities. And for the most part, the risks are largely unrecognized by any government agency https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2267885406442/below-aging-u-s-dams-a-potential-toxic-calamity

Michigan’s aging dams are an expensive headache. Emergency plans obtained by the AP indicate that thousands of people living and working downstream could be at risk if dams were to catastrophically fail, while separate inspection reports cite a variety of problems https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/12/michigans-aging-dams-are-an-expensive-headache.html

In Klamath River Drought, a Massive Juvenile Salmon Die-Off.  In early May, 97 percent of the juveniles caught were infected, and were either dead, or would die within days.

Sunrise Movement Calls on Biden to Stop Compromising With Republicans on Climate. The youth climate group rallied outside the White House to demand that Biden stop cutting harmful deals with the GOP.

Rapid growth in Arizona’s suburbs bets against an uncertain water supply. ‘The alternative is something they don’t want to think about.’

How Some Lefties Misunderstand Biden’s Negotiating Strategy: Biden is needlessly prolonging negotiations with Republicans over the infrastructure package and giving away the store, right? And he’s gutting his own proposal to raise taxes on corporations—negotiating with himself—right? Wrong, actually.

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
How Climate Change Challenges Farmers Producing the Food You Eat.
Fairtrade collaborates with farmers to adapt to escalating conditions

How will climate change affect food production?

Growing food in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way, while also producing enough of it, is among the most important challenges facing the U.S. and the world today.

# Gov / Political
Undercover Activist Says She Recruited Proud Boys for GOP: “Just received this from the GOP. They are asking me to potentially gather the ’boys and all the patriots and lead a literal (non violent) charge on the County Elections office.”

Five Things Dems Must Do Now to Save Democracy From the GOP. If Biden is serious about “fighting like heck” against the GOP’s full-frontal assault on democracy, here are five things his party must do to save it.

Trump’s grip on GOP sparks fears about democratic process. Seven months after Election Day, former President Donald Trump’s supporters are still auditing ballots in Arizona’s largest county and may revive legislation that would make it easier for judges in Texas to overturn election results.

Texas Republican leaders promised action on gun safety after the El Paso shooting. Instead, they passed permitless carry. The Legislature passed a bill allowing Texans to carry handguns without a license or training — an expansion of gun rights so divisive Republican leaders in previous years refused to touch it.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott could be upsetting balance of powers with threat to veto Texas Legislature’s pay. “If you do not have the branch that represents directly the people of this state, then you are in essence having something very similar to a monarchy, with one person in charge of everything that happens in the state with no input from elected representatives.”

Don McGahn is finally testifying about Trump’s obstruction. In other words, the cover-up worked.

Allen West Unexpectedly Resigns as Texas GOP Chairman. The far-right firebrand may be seeking public office, something West didn’t confirm or deny at a Friday press conference.

# Law Enforcement
Who Is This Boy—and Who Killed Him? Hikers found his body in the forest a week ago, and despite a $10,000 reward still cannot identify him. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was able to create a digitally enhanced portrait of the child, who is believed to be between
8 and 10 years old.

New research looking at data from millions of stops made by police in Texas in 2020 found that law enforcement officers search Latino people more than any other racial or ethnic group. But, those searches turn up far less contraband than searches of white people https://www.keranews.org/news/2021-06-02/report-police-in-texas-most-likely-to-search-latinos-but-most-often-find-contraband-on-whites

Prepper Busted With 32 Bombs and Rants About ‘Antifa’: X-rays of the bombs revealed they’d been loaded with nails to act as shrapnel that could cause additional wounds to anyone in the vicinity of a blast.

FBI Probes Allegation That DeJoy Used Illegal Scheme to Rise as GOP Megadonor Former employees have alleged that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy pressured them to donate to GOP candidates with the promise of reimbursement.

Dad, 28, Killed by Single Punch From Road-Rage Suspect. Wei Lin turned up to the scene of a fender bender to help his employee, who didn’t speak English, communicate with the other driver.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
MyPillow Guy’s Bizarre New Lawsuit Invokes Sci-Fi and RICO. The Minnesota MAGA enthusiast filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic engaged in a racketeering conspiracy.

Insurrection Cost $1.5 Million—and Rioters Should Pay: The steep figure was revealed in a court filing for Paul Hodgkins, who pleaded guilty to attacking the Capitol Wednesday.

U.S. taxpayers to pay Capitol siege tab as government shuns insurance https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-insurance/u-s-taxpayers-to-pay-capitol-siege-tab-as-government-shuns-insurance-idUSKBN29C38M

Laws Criminalizing HIV Are Obstructing Efforts to End the AIDS Epidemic.
It’s Pride 2021, but laws that punish people for their HIV status are still on the books in 32 states.

# Medical / Global
Zika virus RNA found in free-ranging African bats: Scientists have detected Zika virus RNA in free-ranging African bats. RNA, or ribonucleic acid, is a molecule that plays a central role in the function of genes.

# Medical / Health
The sperm-count ‘crisis’ doesn’t add up, new study contends. Reports of a decline in male fertility rely on flawed assumptions, a new study contends.

Secondary infections inflame the brain, worsening cognition in Alzheimer’s disease New research into Alzheimer’s disease (AD) suggests that secondary infections and new inflammatory events amplify the brain’s immune response and affect memory in mice and in humans, even when these secondary events occur outside the brain.

Study suggests pollution plays an outsized role in western Pennsylvania cancer rates https://www.ehn.org/pollution-western-pennsylvania-cancer-2653220291.html

# Military / DOD
America’s Treasonous Generals: Why there’s reason to fear a military coup against America’s democracy: Michael Flynn was once the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and then became the White House National Security Adviser https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/06/03/americas-treasonous-generals-why-theres-reason-to-fear-a-military-coup-against-americas-democracy/

He Did it and Now is Lying About it: Why Michael Flynn is desperately trying to cover up his call for a coup in the US: Former Trump campaign national security advisor Mike Flynn called for the end of democracy during a question-and-answer session last weekend at a QAnon conference in Dallas.

# Other News
“A Massive Crisis”: Majority of U.S. Mass Shootings Have Links to Domestic Violence.  A 2020 Bloomberg analysis looking at nearly 750 mass shootings over a six-year span found about 60% of the shootings were either domestic violence attacks or committed by men with histories of domestic violence.

# Social
The Shot in the Eye Squad: After losing a retina to “less lethal” police munitions during a George Floyd protest, I decided to start a club.

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