Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-06-09

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Indigenous
200 Continue to Occupy Enbridge Matting Near the Mississippi Headwaters Over Night Exercising Treaty Rights https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2021/06/08/200-continue-occupy-enbridge-matting-near-mississippi-headwaters-over-night

Alaska Natives strike conservation deal in Bristol Bay that could impede Pebble Mine The deal will make it difficult for backers of a massive open-pit gold and copper mine to carry out their project because the new protections https://www.axios.com/alaska-native-protect-land-pebble-mine-0806d8a0-914f-42b0-87c4-468b230b0676.html

Hundreds arrested at Line 3 ‘treaty people gathering.’ Water protectors vow to continue until the pipeline is canceled. Even after the mass arrests on Monday, the Anishinaabe and their allies camped out at the site and plan to continue their direct action.

Developer pulls the plug on Keystone XL oil pipeline: The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline said it’s pulling the plug on the contentious project after Canadian officials failed to persuade President Joe Biden to reverse his cancellation of its permit on the day he took office.

# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls Blue whales may be the biggest animals in the world, but they’re also some of the hardest to find. A team of scientists are confident they’ve discovered a new population of pygmy blue whales, the smallest subspecies of blue whales, in the Indian Ocean. It was the whales’
powerful singing, recorded by underwater bomb detectors that gave them away.

# Border / Immigration
The Biden administration is threatening to sue Texas over its plans to stop state-licensed facilities contracted with the federal government from housing migrant children.

Over 2,000 Migrant Children Might Still Be Separated from Families https://www.democracynow.org/2021/6/9/headlines/over_2_000_migrant_children_might_still_be_separated_from_families

Activists Call on Thomson Reuters to Cut Ties with ICE https://thehill.com/policy/technology/557440-shareholders-to-pressure-thomson-reuters-on-cutting-ties-with-ice

Shocking Video Shows Officer Tasering Teenage Refugee from Honduras at Children’s Shelter in Texas https://www.rawstory.com/disturbing-video-shows-officer-tasering-teenage-refugee-from-honduras-at-childrens-shelter-in-texas/

# CoronaVirus (Virus Vaccine is still in clinical trials and tests) Top White House Coronavirus Adviser Andy Slavitt Is Out. Slavitt, who assumed a temporary position in January, said his last day would be Wednesday.

“Faucigate” emails show nothing about a COVID lab leak. If there’s any scandal revealed by the emails of Anthony Fauci, it’s that scientists were wildly clueless at the start of the pandemic.

Houston Hospital Suspends 178 Workers Who Refused Vaccines. Nearly
25,000 employees were fully vaccinated by Monday’s deadline, but the rest have been told to stay away.

Vaccine patent waiver: Health Campaigners Rage Against EU Effort to Undermine WTO Patent Waiver on Covid Vaccines. “The E.U. ‘plan’ is to urge current vaccine makers to produce more, an approach that already has failed spectacularly and now imperils the world.”

COVID-19 Shots Continue to Kill and Cripple People Leaving Behind Devastated Families https://vaccineimpact.com/2021/covid-19-bioweapon-shots-continue-to-kill-and-cripple-people-leaving-behind-devastated-families/

New research reveals a possible new approach to preventing death and severe disease in elderly people infected with SARS-CoV-2. Researchers demonstrated in a preclinical study that senolytic drugs significantly reduced mortality upon infection from a beta-coronavirus closely related to SARS-CoV-2 in older mice.

How COVID-19 wreaks havoc on human lungs: Scientists have published the first detailed atomic-level model of the SARS-CoV-2 ‘envelope’ protein bound to a human protein essential for maintaining the lining of the lungs. The findings may speed the search for drugs to block the most severe effects of COVID-19.

# Economy / Trade
New report reignites push for wealth tax. A blockbuster ProPublica report on the taxes of the richest Americans is reigniting a push from progressives for a wealth tax.

# Education / Schools
“Patriotic education” or glossing over racist history? Texas’ 1836 Project aims to promote “patriotic education,” but critics worry it will gloss over state’s history of racism. The project is essentially an advisory committee designed to promote the state’s history to Texas residents, largely through pamphlets given to people receiving driver’s licenses.

Progressives Warn of More GOP Whitewashing of History as Abbott Launches
‘1836 Project’: “Of course, if they actually did talk about the reasons Texas declared independence from Mexico, it would be a very radical course,” said one critic.

“We Got A Surprise For You, Fascist”: A school district announced guidelines to protect the rights of trans students. Some locals tried to storm the school board meeting. Over a year ago, Brevard County’s school board in Florida started working on new guidelines meant to enshrine protections for LGBTQ students.

# Employment / Labor
Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation aimed at addressing pay inequality, marking their second successful use of the filibuster under President Biden https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/557457-senate-gop-blocks-bill-to-combat-gender-pay-gap

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law Senate Bills 2 and 3, which are meant to improve the state’s main power grid and change the governance of the agency that operates it. The state reports that 151 people died, though a BuzzFeed News analysis found the number of fatalities may be 700.
Senate Bill 2:
Senate Bill 3:

Corporate Ad Giant WPP Targeted for Helping Big Oil Greenwash Its ‘Net Zero’ Hogwash. “The climate impact of an advertising agency is the work it does in the world, not the lightbulbs it has in its offices.”

The next 20 are years crucial in determining the future of coal:
Decisions made now will determine whether economies win or lose money as the coal industry changes over the next couple of decades.

The Biden administration will gauge interest in opening the Gulf of Mexico to offshore wind and other renewable energy development.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
A vaccine to save the bees: New treatment provides immunity from some pesticides There’s a lot of buzz around a newly developed technology that protects bees from deadly pesticides.

It’s literally raining PFAS around the Great Lakes, say researchers.
Rain samples from Cleveland, Chicago and the Sleeping Bear Dunes show surprisingly high chemical concentrations of “forever chemicals.”

Biden Ends GOP Infrastructure Talks, but New Group Emerges

Biden Shuts Down Infrastructure Negotiations With Republicans. The White House will turn attention to another bipartisan proposal or look to pass measures through reconciliation.

# Global Politics and other news
With a Ban on Navalny’s Group, Putin Sends Clear Message to Biden https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/with-a-ban-on-navalny-s-group-putin-sends-clear-message-to-biden/ar-AAKSsfi?ocid=winp1taskbar

# Gov / Political
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) won his party’s gubernatorial nomination on Tuesday, advancing in his bid to serve a second term in the governor’s mansion.

Two former Democrat congressional candidates, Julie Oliver and Mike Siegel, are launching a new nonprofit called Ground Game Texas. It will focus on year-round organizing on progressive issues, aiming to fill what they see as a statewide void for their party.

Senate Democrats befuddled by Joe Manchin. Especially perplexing to Democratic senators is Manchin’s opposition to a sweeping election reform bill intended to protect voting rights.

Florida Rep. Val Demings officially enters Senate race against Rubio:
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) officially launched her Senate campaign in Florida on Wednesday, becoming the highest-profile Democrat yet to announce a challenge to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

‘Manchin Is Only Moved by Corporate Donors,’ Says Bowman as Koch-Backed Group Lobbies Against Voting Rights Bill. “The provisions in the For the People Act are widely popular, among Democrats and Republicans. It’s just not popular among billionaire donors.”

‘We Are Coming’: Poor People’s Campaign to March Against Manchin Obstructionism in West Virginia. “Manchin’s positions are wrong, constitutionally inconsistent, historically inaccurate, morally indefensible, economically insane, and politically unacceptable,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.

Neoliberalism in Their Hearts, Proto-Fascism in Their Heads: The Political Identity of Today’s GOP. Republicans have consistently adopted a reactionary orientation on race, ethnicity, and gender issues, and are fervid opponents of majority rule.

Manchin and the Senate Suck: Say goodbye to any progressive reforms.

The political drama in West Virginia goes well beyond Joe Manchin.
Fissures within the state’s Democratic Party are breaking to the surface in Charleston even as Manchin, the state’s most powerful Democrat, faces his own political storm in Washington, D.C.

U.S. warns Venezuela, Cuba to turn away Iranian ships believed to be carrying arms

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Sidney Powell ‘Eviscerated’ Her Own Legal Defense: Experts: “That seems like an extremely damaging admission from Ms. Powell,” a top lawyer says.

McGahn testimony a slam dunk Obstruction of Justice Conviction for Trump. Top 5 Reasons Don McGahn’s Congressional Testimony about Trump’s Obstruction of Justice is Important https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/06/08/mcgahn-testimony-a-slam-dunk-obstruction-of-justice-conviction-for-trump/

State GOPs Can’t Explain Millions in ‘Trump Victory’ Cash. “These joint fundraising practices amount to little more than legalized money laundering,” said Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center.

Demand for Accountability Grows As Over 200,000 People Urge the Department of Justice to Create a Special Task Force to Investigate President Trump https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2021/06/08/demand-accountability-grows-over-200000-people-urge-department-justice-create

Ex-Judge Appointed to Ensure Rudy’s Rights in Device Probe. Barbara Jones was appointed “special master” by Judge J. Paul Oetken. She held the same role three years ago when ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen was being investigated.

Biden’s DoJ Backs Religious Schools on LGBTQ Discrimination. The Biden administration confirmed in a Tuesday court filing that it will “vigorously” defend a religious exemption from federal civil-rights laws.

# Medical / Health
A drug from resin to combat epileptic seizures. One drug, retigabine, can open hKV7.2/7.3, and this was useful in treating severe epilepsy.
Retigabine, however, affects other ion channels, in particular channels in the smooth muscle found in, for example, the bladder and blood vessels https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210608113220.htm

# Social
Fentanyl, Guns, and Murder: Get Ready for a Bloody Summer. 2020 was an historically bloody year, and as lockdowns ease and life starts to seem halfway normal again, experts are bracing for the worst.

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