Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-09-22

Panadura Voices, The Peoples News

http://wilsonabbey.com/tag/il-neige/ September 22, 2021
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Native American Tribes Sue to End Wisconsin’s Fall Wolf Hunt. The Ojibwe tribes argue that the hunt violates treaty rights and endangers an animal considered sacred to them.

# Border / Immigration
A 2,000-mile journey in the shadow of the border wall: There is no wall here. There is no fence, either. There are no agents or drones or surveillance towers. Only a river and a breeze. Already our journey has made some things clear. In many places, viewing the border from above is the only expedient way to comprehend it. Much of the geography is unimaginably remote.

Texas Creates Makeshift Border Wall With 100s of Parked Cars. Earlier this week, officers were condemned for pursuing Haitian migrants on horseback.

A Section of Trump Border Wall in South Texas Cost $27 Million a Mile.
It’s Being Foiled by $5 Ladders. “Ladders and walls go together like peas and carrots,” says one McAllen Border Patrol agent https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/trump-border-wall-ladders/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhLwZyv32m$

Lawmakers aired frustration over a lack of data disclosed by the Biden administration, which has boasted of evacuating more than 124,000 people from Afghanistan, but hasn’t given a specific breakdown of who escaped.
“We all know that we left American citizens behind, but mostly we left behind people who had helped us.”

Haiti is reeling from a year of devastation: the assassination of its president, a tropical storm and a recent earthquake that killed thousands. Nicaragua is experiencing increased repression in the run-up to its elections. Cuba recently saw a violent crackdown after historic protests calling for the end of a 62-year-old communist regime. More broadly, Latin America has been ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic and economic crises. President Joe Biden’s migration troubles don’t start at the U.S.-Mexico border https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/21/migration-biden-border-troubles-513370__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhL4l9aRuC$

# CoronaVirus
Dozens of newly released migrants test positive for virus: “They tested some of the people who got put at the bus station in Brownsville and according to the rapid tests, about 108 tested positive. So basically that creates a situation that they are letting people who are positive (for coronavirus) get on buses and with the permission of Homeland Security they can go anywhere in the United States,” Cuellar said https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.borderreport.com/hot-topics/immigration/dozens-of-newly-released-migrants-test-positive-for-virus-hundreds-of-border-agents-are-south-texas-bound/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhLyA5SSwi$

Lawyer forces ivermectin on hospitals, and drives docs crazy. Ralph Lorigo has built a potentially lucrative brand as the go-to guy for desperate people willing to buck science in the pandemic’s fourth wave.
Now doctors are speaking out.

Pfizer’s test results that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective among children ages 5 to 11 provides a glimmer of hope to parents https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/573115-pfizer-results-offer-hope-amid-worsening-pandemic-for-children__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhL8QU4scE$

Health Overnight Health Care, Presented by Indivior, J&J says booster gives stronger protection https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/573291-health-care__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhL-W-XqyG$

Texas’ prohibition on mask mandates in schools is now facing an investigation from the federal government for possibly violating the rights of students with disabilities.

Infectious diseases go hand in hand with authoritarian attitudes.
According to the analysis, areas with a greater prevalence of infectious diseases had more authoritarian citizens, who mainly voted conservatively and were governed by more authoritarian laws.

Pathogens and Politics: Further Evidence That Parasite Prevalence Predicts Authoritarianism https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371*journal.pone.0062275__;Lw!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhL9NBWFmh$

A vaccination verification system for the US: Physician Tom Frieden, the former head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outlines how to make a vaccine verification system that is accurate, secure and fair.

“This is a moral indictment of the state of our world. It is an obscenity. We passed the science test. But we are getting an F in ethics.” United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres spoke at the UN General Assembly about the wildly unequal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

Florida Just Found a Way to Be More COVID Reckless. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, instituted his first rule Wednesday to give parents “sole discretion” over whether their child wears a mask.
The change, as reported by the Miami Herald, will also allow students who come in contact with the virus to continue attending class if they remain asymptomatic. “It is literally a political ploy,” one expert said of a wild new policy in the U.S. capital of pandemic death.

Conspiracy-Spewing Lawmaker Holds $27M in Vax Aid Hostage. New Hampshire Democrats want state Rep. Ken Weyler removed from his leadership role after he suggested the federal government might be using the COVID vaccine to “control us.”

# Economy / Trade
House Passes Bill to Avert Shutdown and Suspend Debt Ceiling, but Legislation Faces Grim Prospects in Senate https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2379696632909/house-passes-government-funding-and-debt-limit-increase-destined-to-hit-senate-filibuster__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhL_AQRYU0$

Republicans have moral and financial reasons to oppose raising the debt ceiling Hold on a minute, Madam Secretary. The Democrats control every lever of power in Washington, the presidency, the House and the Senate. They own every policy decision and so, predictably, they have launched the biggest budget blowout in American history.

Democrats are holding the first hearing in 23 years on a measure to lift the elderly and disabled out of poverty. The Senate is holding a hearing on improving Supplemental Security Income for the first time in 23 years.

Default on debt would cost millions of jobs, wipe out trillions in
wealth: A new analysis spells out damning effects the nation could see if the federal government defaults on the national debt, from millions of job losses to trillions in household wealth being wiped out.

House passes bill to prevent shutdown and suspend debt limit. The House on Tuesday passed legislation that would prevent a government shutdown and suspend the debt limit ahead of looming deadlines with only days to spare, although the measure is set to run into a GOP wall in the Senate.
The bill passed on a party-line vote of 220-211.

Barbara Lee Offers Amendment to Reduce Pentagon Budget by $25 Billion.
Progressives are sparring with moderates to reduce the Pentagon’s budget as the U.S. exits one of its longest wars.

# Education / Schools
Disturbing, racist petition prompts parents to call for accountability at this KC school: Students Spark Outrage With Petition to Bring Back Slavery. “We are outraged, hurt and saddened that this occurred,” the principal said of the racist petition.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Royal Dutch Shell sold its oil and gas business in the Permian Basin to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion cash on Monday. Shell’s decision to leave Permian Basin unlikely to impact Texas workforce or climate issues, experts say. More than 175,000 barrels of oil per day in production will shift from one major company to another.

# Environment / Climate / Global
Countering Bolsonaro’s UN speech, Greenpeace releases Amazon deforestation photos. Activists pushed back on Bolsonaro’s statement, noting rising deforestation in the Amazon while publishing dramatic images captured in two Amazon states in September.

“While Bolsonaro was en route to New York, we flew over the Amazon to record the reality of the destruction of the largest tropical rainforest in the world: illegal deforestation and burning.”
Photos from the flyover are available here:

Reconciliation Bill: CEOs who called for climate action now scrambling to block climate action. They’re all for saving the world, as long as they don’t have to pay for it https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/build-back-better-reconciliation-bill-business-opposition-1229461/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhL1tMfiBm$

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals / Other
Impossible Foods Investor Wants You Eating Cellular Meat and Aims to Eliminate Animals from Food Systems. Global technocrats want to completely end animal farming and the consumption of meat products. They are planning to shift everyone to plant-based and synthetic food sources https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.forbes.com/sites/douglasyu/2021/09/20/verso-capital-the-investor-behind-worlds-trendiest-food-tech-companies-aims-to-remove-animals-from-food-systems/?sh=2f6b45b06884__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhL_r1eJzc$

Wake up and smell the coffee … made in the United States: Farmer David Armstrong recently finished planting what is likely the most challenging crop his family has ever cultivated since his ancestors started farming in 1865 – 20,000 coffee trees.

# Global Politics and other news
The Taliban have asked to address world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week in New York City. A UN committee will rule on the request but it is unlikely to happen during the current session of the body.

Corruption and Drug Trade Fueled Honduran Migration to U.S.: Adriana Beltrán, executive director of the Seattle International Foundation, says the instability in Honduras today is directly linked to the U.S.-backed coup of 2009.

# Gov / Politics
The Governor Candidates Going All In On Trump’s Election Lie. Would-be blue-state governors are walking a narrow path, casting doubt on President Biden’s victory, but without actually alleging fraud.

California recall vote shows Trump’s big lie is now Republican playbook.
Pre-emptively branding as rigged an election you are likely to lose risks turning off GOP voters and undermining democracy https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/19/trump-big-lie-california-recall-election-republicans__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhL0UJfYka$

California recall pits Newsom against Trump and GOP’s election lies.
Republicans have been laying the groundwork to claim that the election was stolen for weeks.

Trumpist Conspiracy-Pusher Powell Shares Wackiest Theory Yet. Without any evidence, Sidney Powell claimed the Georgia governor’s daughter’s boyfriend was assassinated by Democrats.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said during a TribFest event yesterday that he will run for the Senate’s GOP leadership role should Minority Leader Mitch McConnell choose to step down.

If Joe Biden Fails This Week, His Entire Domestic Agenda Is Done for at Least 15 Months. What happens this week on Capitol Hill will almost certainly make or break Biden’s entire first-term legislative agenda, and determine the case he and his party can take to voters in the 2022 midterms and beyond.

Analysis: New bombshells show Trump’s coup threat was real and hasn’t
passed: A rush of new and shocking behind-the-scenes disclosures about how then-President Donald Trump sought to thwart the Constitution and the will of voters makes a clear case that America came closer to a coup earlier this year than previously known.

we’re still learning the depths of Trump’s dishonesty. The Big Money Behind the Big Lie: Donald Trump’s attacks on democracy are being promoted by rich and powerful conservative groups that are determined to win at all costs.

Why Sane Republicans Are Purging Themselves: Defeat, even before a single vote is cast, might have been disappointing. It might even look to some like a conspicuous lack of competitive mettle. But that assumes the outcome is in doubt — which it isn’t. The Republican Party is already lost.

It turns out that Trump’s claims of fraud were not scrupulously vetted for accuracy What’s important about that is the timing. The memo was prepared on Nov.
14, a few days before an infamous news conference at the Republican Party’s Washington headquarters in which Trump’s attorneys, including Giuliani and Sidney Powell, made precisely the claims that were rejected in the memo.

They Were Going to Bulldoze the American Republic for This Guy: There are some structural weaknesses to the Electoral Count Act, on the books since 1887, but it seems clear enough that the law was not a concern anyway.

Mike Pence’s 6-point plan to steal the election: Republicans leave roadmap for future authoritarians. Democracies don’t always crumble as a result of violent revolution. It’s often done by manipulating the law and using intimidation to ensure compliance.

As Democratic Gears Grind, Their Flawed Legislation Tiptoes Toward Doom.
When is a Democratic majority not a Democratic majority? When it’s a Democratic majority.

Texas Republicans just passed a slew of extreme laws. Now they’ll gerrymander to stay in power. “If voter suppression is like death by a thousand cuts, gerrymandering is like a nuclear bomb going off.”

# Law Enforcement
Gabby Petito Confirmed Dead at 22: The manner of death is homicide https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/gabby-petito-s-manner-death-was-homicide-coroner-determines-n1279741__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhL2Vax02A$

What Brian Laundrie’s Family Has to Say After Gabby Petito Is Confirmed
Dead: The parents of Brian Laundrie, fiancé of late influencer Gabby Petito and a person of interest in her disappearance, have broken their silence.

Witness Was Alarmed by Van-Life Couple’s ‘Aggressive’ Fight. A newly released incident report gives further details into what went on between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie during their final days together.

Retired LA sheriff’s detective found dead in freezer, investigation underway. The body of retired Detective Sergeant Miriam E. Travis, 87, was discovered on Sunday in a freezer in the garage of a Riverside home after concerned family members called the police after not hearing from her for some time.

North Korea’s Missile Tests Aren’t Surprising. Biden Has Been Fueling Tensions. North Korea’s latest missile tests should be a wake-up call for the U.S. to officially end the 71-year-long Korean War.

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Riot Investigators Ready to Subpoena Top Trump Aides: Ex Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino, and Brad Parscale are named as three of the “likely targets.”

# Medical / Health
Congress Ponders a Massive, Partisan, Redundant Healthcare Bill: In 2021-22, Congress may repeat the high-wire act that led to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. Democrats are developing a package of healthcare spending items that would, by official estimates, cost $3.5 trillion.

Hundreds of organizations from mostly southern parts of the United States are pleading with Congress to expand Medicaid in the 12 states, including Texas, that have refused to do so.

US biological laboratories violate the rights of tens of millions of people around the world. “What are human rights? Freedom, protection of life, health, equality before law and court, dignity of the individual and much more. The West cares about human rights, in fact, violates them on a massive scale.”

The Risks of Building Too Many Bio Labs: Alarmed by new pathogens, we’re building more labs to study them. Can we do so without raising the likelihood of a catastrophic breach?

Facts on U.S. breaching international rules. Indulging in the superiority as the world’s superpower, the United States habitually claims itself as the “defender of international law”, blames unscrupulously other countries and slaps arbitrary sanctions on them under the pretext of safeguarding international rules.

This $1.6 billion ER redesign dramatically reduces hospital wait times.
The hospital at UPenn reworked the flow of patients—and then redesigned the emergency room to fit those needs.

Texas Continues Crackdown on Reproductive Rights, Restricting Use of Abortion-Inducing Meds https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/22/texas-abortion-inducing-drugs-law-greg-abbott__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhL1v0w9QP$

Bernie Sanders, Healthcare Activists Slam Big Pharma’s Greed as Many Americans Die or Go Untreated https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/09/21/big-pharma-greed-literally-killing-americans-sanders-says-outside-drug-lobby-hq__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhL8rC2Gvq$

# Military / DOD
As the Pentagon drives a hi-tech arms race to maintain its global military superiority, ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt is the man at the center. Behind The Headlines’ Dan Cohen investigates how the U.S.
empire’s drive to control the world using Silicon Valley technology creates the possibility of a devastating war.

# Military / Global
See what CNN reporter saw inside US air base now under Taliban control.
CNN’s Nic Robertson goes inside an abandoned US air base now under Taliban control and the notorious prison that once held thousands of detainees.

A coup in Africa is another quiet embarrassment for the US military’s most idealistic mission https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.yahoo.com/coup-africa-another-quiet-embarrassment-172939887.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhL_5zKWWH$

# Murmurs of war
Air Force commandos are preparing for war with Russia or China by rethinking what a ‘runway’ really is. In a conflict with a near-peer power, such as China and Russia, the US military would be challenged by the size of its rivals’ arsenal and the range of their weapons.

# Other News
Trump Sues NYT and Niece, Who Calls Him ‘F*cking Loser’: The ex-president claims there was an “insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly sensitive records.”

Huge hack reveals embarrassing details of who’s behind Proud Boys and other far-right websites. A major far-right platform got hit by a data breach, revealing the names and addresses of Proud Boys, QAnon, and Texas Right to Life backers https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.yahoo.com/now/major-far-platform-got-hit-100851278.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!iSU0U5Dyd7BZHzXKRUEtViHasRoep8X3ClQSmGF-wtPOztN43dqqeZuangZhLwh-LlQe$

# Technology
Scammers on Facebook Marketplace Target Users From Around the World.
Thousands of listings and profiles broke the company’s rules, revealing how Facebook failed to safeguard users.

# Water
A Black town’s water is more poisoned than Flint’s. In a white town nearby, it’s clean. Activists in Benton Harbor say it’s been an uphill battle getting the city, county and state to take action.

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