Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-06-10

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http://alvinghamvillage.co.uk/sitemap-pt-post-2019-02.html.gz June 10, 2021
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# Indigenous
Fish Kill on the Klamath: The Karuk Tribe in Northern California has declared a state of climate emergency. The caption to the video, filmed by Yurok Vice Chairman Frankie Joe Myers, is stark: “This is what climate change looks like when we don’t act.”
https://www.hcn.org/articles/indigenous-affairs-fish-ongoing-fish-kill-on-the-klamath-river-is-an-absolute-worst-case-scenario

Mining for lithium, at a cost to Indigenous religions: In western Arizona, the push for EVs threatens the Hualapai Tribe’s religious practices.
http://humanitariannews.org/20210610/mining-lithium-cost-indigenous-religions

A broken system: The number of Indigenous people who died from coronavirus may never be known. From medical health privacy laws to a maze of siloed information systems, the true impact of COVID-19 on American Indian and Alaska Natives is impossible to calculate.
https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2021/06/10/a-broken-system-why-the-number-of-american-indian-and-alaska-natives-who-have-died-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-may-never-be-known/

Line 3 Water Protectors Launch Occupation at Mississippi River Pipeline Easement Indigenous leaders and allies have launched a treaty encampment at a pipeline easement site on Mississippi River.
https://truthout.org/articles/line-3-water-protectors-launch-occupation-at-mississippi-river-pipeline-easement/

# CoronaVirus (Virus Vaccine is still in clinical trials and tests) Houston Nurses Protest After Losing Their Jobs For Refusing COVID-19 Shots. More than a hundred hospital employees and supporters gathered in protest of the firing of employees who reject COVID-19 shots.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/08/us/houston-hospital-staff-protest-vaccine-mandate/index.html

Biden, Johnson to sign new ‘Atlantic Charter’ on trade, defense amid Covid recovery https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2276726401039/biden-johnson-sign-new-atlantic-charter-on-trade-defense-amid-covid-recovery

# Economy / Trade
Mark Cuban Sounds Off on Taxing Billionaires’ Wealth. The entrepreneur and NBA owner opens up about his Dallas Mavericks, how much the mega-rich pay in taxes, the NBA-China relationship, and much more.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/mark-cuban-on-the-future-of-the-mavs-taxing-billionaires-and-why-elon-musk-is-irrelevant-to-crypto

Fire the IRS Chief Who Doesn’t Care if the Rich Don’t Pay. Commissioner Charles Rettig’s only response to a blockbuster report about how little the richest pay was to say he’d try to prosecute the leaker.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/time-for-biden-to-fire-irs-commissioner-charles-rettig-who-doesnt-care-if-the-rich-dont-pay

# Employment / Labor
Jobless Texans who refuse work offers because they feel the job isn’t safe during the pandemic will no longer be able to receive unemployment benefits as of June 26, the Texas Workforce Commission announced this week.
https://www.texastribune.org/2021/06/09/texans-unemployment-coronavirus-work-offers/

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals ‘Keystone XL Is Dead!’: After 10-Year Battle, Climate Movement Victory Over Tar Sands Pipeline Is Complete https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/09/keystone-xl-dead-after-10-year-battle-climate-movement-victory-over-tar-sands

‘It’s Time to Go a Step Further’: With KXL Dead, Pressure Intensifies for Biden to Kill Line 3
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/09/its-time-go-step-further-kxl-dead-pressure-intensifies-biden-kill-line-3

Keystone XL’s Death Is a Huge Climate Win — and a Sign of Oil’s Decline.
“Terminate your fossil fuel projects now — or a relentless mass movement will stop them,” a 350.org activist warned.
https://truthout.org/articles/keystone-xls-death-is-a-huge-climate-win-and-a-sign-of-oils-decline/

# Environment / Climate / Interior
The fight to bring monarchs back: Monarch populations in Malibu plummeted 100 percent from 2001 to 2021, by latest count—that’s right, not a single monarch butterfly was found as of the Thanksgiving 2020 count.
http://www.malibutimes.com/malibu_life/article_6a17cee2-c8df-11eb-8818-774389000c8b.html

‘No Climate, No Deal’: Progressives in Congress Warn Biden Against Cutting Green Energy From Infrastructure Package https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/09/no-climate-no-deal-progressives-congress-warn-biden-against-cutting-green-energy

CO2 Reaches Its Highest Level in Human History: Two reports released earlier this week detailed that CO2 levels have spiked, and the annual peak reached 419 parts per million (PPM) in May, the highest level in human history.
https://www.ecowatch.com/atmospheric-co2-highest-level-2653278942.html#:~:text=Two%20separate%20reports%20published%20Monday,in%20human%20history%2C%20Axios%20reported

‘Red alert’: Lake Mead falls to lowest water level since Hoover Dam’s construction in 1930s https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/06/10/lake-mead-water-lowest-hoover-dam-built-colorado-river-shortage/7640437002/

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Chinese banks pouring billions into deforestation-linked firms: Chinese banks and investors funneled billions of dollars into global agribusinesses driving deforestation in the past seven years https://www.globalwitness.org/en/press-releases/chinese-banks-are-pouring-billions-destructive-agribusiness-linked-global-deforestation/

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals
Biden Administration Scraps Trump Rule That Would Have Kicked 3 Million Off Food Stamps. The rule change could have also removed around 1 million children from being eligible to have free meals at school.
https://truthout.org/articles/biden-admin-scraps-trump-rule-that-would-have-kicked-3-million-off-food-stamps/

# Global Politics and other news
Russia’s Buildup Near Ukraine Puts Team Biden on Edge. Is Russia testing the waters or just testing Biden?
https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/04/02/russia-ukraine-military-biden/

Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving President Joe Biden his first massive foreign-crisis test — and it’s nerve-wracking to watch.
https://nypost.com/2021/04/15/cross-your-fingers-as-putin-hands-biden-his-first-foreign-crisis-test/

(What could go wrong?) 24,000-Year-Old Microorganism Revived From
Permafrost: Scientists in Russia have revived a bdelloid rotifer, a multicellular microorganism found in wet environments, after the invertebrate spent 24,000 years frozen 11 feet beneath the Siberian permafrost.
https://www.ecowatch.com/24-000-year-old-microorganism-frozen-revived-2653291072.html

Russia Military Intercepts U.S. Spy Plane While Conducting Massive Pacific Drills in Asia https://armynow.net/russia-military-intercepts-u-s-spy-plane/

Iran sends warships to Atlantic amid Venezuela concerns https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-iran-10b8da94fa9040ec6348a7b7006d879b

China Increasing Military Capability at ‘Serious and Sustained Rate,’
Top U.S. General Says
https://www.reuters.com/world/china/us-general-china-hiking-military-capability-very-serious-sustained-rate-2021-06-10/

China’s Rocket Force Conducts ‘Carrier Killer’ Exercises With Ballistic Missiles With Range of 2,500 Miles https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-test-fires-so-called-carrier-killer-missiles-into-south-china-sea/ar-BB18sfNB

# Gov / Political
Paramilitary Wannabes Feed Mike Flynn’s Conspiracy Machine. The ‘1st Amendment Praetorian’ group has become an on-call security and intelligence team for the most extreme and esoteric of Trumpists.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/1st-amendment-praetorian-the-far-right-paramilitary-wannabes-feeding-mike-flynns-conspiracy-machine

Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics http://www.bemedialiterate.com/uploads/1/7/2/2/1722523/network_propaganda.pdf

The Democratic Senators Hiding Behind Joe Manchin. Manchin has long been a “heat shield” for fellow moderates on the thorniest topics, including the filibuster. He still is, but cracks are beginning to show.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-democratic-senators-hiding-behind-joe-manchin

Biden’s First Big Test: Can He Save Ukraine From Putin? The president’s first trip abroad—culminating in a showdown with Putin—is being followed insatiably in Ukraine where they think their very independence as a nation is up for grabs.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/bidens-first-international-test-can-he-save-ukraine-from-putin

‘The era of bipartisanship is over’: Senate hits rough patch: The Senate’s months-long effort to clinch bipartisan deals, and prove the body can still function, is quickly running out of gas.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/557690-the-era-of-bipartisanship-is-over-senate-hits-rough-patch

A treasure map for an American tyrant: From the moment that Donald Trump took office, he began to profit personally from holding the office of the presidency. Donald Trump exposed the weaknesses in our system of government that could now be exploited by a corrupt leader with control of the White House.
https://apps.bostonglobe.com/opinion/graphics/2021/06/future-proofing-the-presidency/part-1-a-treasure-map-for-an-american-tyrant/

So much for ‘the squad’—much-hyped new U.S. progressive bloc has caved to corporate power. People who want structural change in the U.S. will have to develop new channels and networks to overcome the established power system.
https://www.nationofchange.org/2021/06/10/so-much-for-the-squad-much-hyped-new-u-s-progressive-bloc-has-caved-to-corporate-power/

For Trump, Cruelty Was the Point. Now It’s a Major GOP Fundraising Strategy.
“Owning the libs” and fleecing the base is the new Republican gold rush.
It will be a wonder if the nation survives it.
https://truthout.org/articles/for-trump-cruelty-was-the-point-now-the-gop-is-dependent-on-how-cruelty-pays/

A True Biden Withdrawal From Afghanistan? Don’t Bet on It. Biden has promised an end to the endless wars. But such promises are not easy to keep.
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/06/10/true-biden-withdrawal-afghanistan-dont-bet-it

Gov. Parson will sign Second Amendment bill declaring federal gun laws ‘invalid’ in Missouri https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article252033508.html

# Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Union Tells Chief to Quit Over Riot Blunders. Earlier this week, a damning Senate report that said the force’s leadership failed to act on intelligence about the Jan. 6 insurrection plans.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/01/07/capitol-police-security-breakdown-prompts-call-chiefs-resignation/6579012002/

Cop on Leave After Video Shows Him Kicking Teen in the Head. An eyewitness said an officer arrived on the scene and “just decided ‘I’m going to kick this kid in the face.’”
https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/06/09/4-glendale-police-officers-on-administrative-leave-after-video-shows-them-beating-teenager-inside-dicks-sporting-goods-at-galleria/

Ring Now Has 350 Fire Departments In Its Neighborhood Surveillance
Program: The home surveillance camera company owned by Amazon has also partnered with more than 1,800 police departments.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/carolinehaskins1/amazon-ring-partnered-with-350-fire-departments

Cop Charged With Hammering Breonna Protester With Riot Stick. The Louisville officer allegedly struck the back of the protester’s head while kneeling with their hands in the air.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/cory-evans-louisville-officer-charged-with-allegedly-hitting-a-person-in-the-head-who-was-surrendering-for-arrest-in-may-2020/ar-AAKTzbA?li=BBnbcA1

L.A. deputy charged with assault and destroying evidence. “Tampering or destroying evidence tarnishes law enforcement and creates mistrust among the public.”
https://www.complex.com/life/la-county-deputy-charged-destroying-evidence-2019-assault

Ex-police chief, 5 others charged in Capitol riot conspiracy https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2021-06-10/ex-police-chief-5-others-charged-in-capitol-riot-conspiracy

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Gov. Greg Abbott has lifted almost all Texas pandemic restrictions. But not the one limiting jail releases. As he was fighting for the Legislature to change state bail laws, the governor continued his emergency order to restrict no-cost jail releases during the pandemic.
At least several Texas courts have deemed the order unconstitutional.
https://www.texastribune.org/2021/06/10/texas-bail-pandemic-greg-abbott/

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Poll Shows 83% of Americans Believe So-Called ‘War on Drugs’ an Abject Failure https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/09/poll-shows-83-americans-believe-so-called-war-drugs-abject-failure

# Medical / Health
“Safe” Breast Implants Still Cause Life Threatening Side Effects Decades After Dow Corning Scandal, Survivors Warn: More than 400,000 women receive breast implants each year, but what few realize is that even the modern day, so-called “safe” implants are harming women https://althealthworks.com/think-that-breast-implant-side-effects-stopped-in-the-1990s-think-again-they-may-be-worse-than-ever-before/

FDA Approves Non-effective New Alzheimer’s Drug Despite Their Own Doctors Recommending AGAINST It https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/fda-approves-non-effective-new-alzheimers-drug-despite-their-own-doctors-recommending-against-it/

If the FDA approves Biogen’s Alzheimer’s treatment, I won’t prescribe
it: Biogen’s experimental drug, aducanumab, may clear amyloid plaque from the brain, but the company hasn’t made a convincing case that it slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
https://www.statnews.com/2021/05/30/if-the-fda-approves-biogens-alzheimers-treatment-i-wont-prescribe-it/

Two doctors have resigned from a prestigious panel after FDA approved a controversial Alzheimer’s drug: The advisory committee, which convened in November, couldn’t have been more openly skeptical of the drug, also known as aducanumab. Ten of the 11 panelists found that there was not enough evidence to show it could slow cognitive decline. The 11th voted “uncertain.”
https://www.statnews.com/2021/06/08/fda-expert-panel-resigns-alzheimers-approval/

# Military / DOD
Want Socialism? Try the US Military: Some of our top brass denounce socialism, but they run the most socialist organization on earth.
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/06/09/want-socialism-try-us-military

The US Military Is a Socialist Organization: Affordable housing and food, tuition assistance, and universal health care are hallmarks of a social welfare system—and life in the armed forces.
https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/socialism-united-states-military/

# Social
An international neo-Nazi group thought to be dissolved is recruiting again in the US. Feuerkrieg Division, whose previous American members plotted political assassinations and mass-casualty attacks, advocates for a race war and the collapse of modern society.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/christopherm51/neo-nazi-feuerkrieg-division-returns-recruiting-us

# Space
Solar geoengineering: Scientists decry a ‘foolish’ idea: The idea sounds preposterous, straight out of a Ray Bradbury novel: Tint the planet’s atmosphere so the sun’s rays bounce back into space https://www.ehn.org/geoengineering-climate-injustice-2653294958.html

# Technology
Capitol Rioter Plotted to Destroy Internet With Amazon Bomb. When a covert FBI informant offered to help Seth Aaron Pendley get the explosives for his attack, he responded: “F*ck yeah!”
https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/547420-alleged-capitol-rioter-charged-with-plotting-to-blow-up-amazon-data

# Water
Biden administration to restore clean-water protections ended by Trump.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would repeal a Trump-era rule that weakened pollution controls for wetlands and streams.
https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-joe-biden-health-business-environment-and-nature-acc83506e0589c8ee0bd727e3696a155

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