Voices, The Peoples News No. 2021-09-30

Olot Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Indigenous / Global
Oil pipeline on Native lands ramps up as Canada honors its Indigenous people. There are concerns the pipeline will contribute to further spills in the distinctive wetlands and wild rice fields of the region, as the company has a long track record of “hazardous liquid incidents,”
including the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history, and failing to follow environmental laws during construction.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.mongabay.com/2021/09/oil-pipeline-on-native-lands-ramps-up-as-canada-honors-its-indigenous-people/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9hfKPK0X$

Carbon and caribou: why the Dene Tha’ are forging a plan to protect a northern Alberta lake https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nativenewspost.com/news/health/carbon-and-caribou-why-the-dene-tha-are-forging-a-plan-to-protect-a-northern-alberta-lake-the-narwhal/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9kjaISve$

Old-growth logging in endangered Alberta caribou habitat ‘flies in the face of common sense,’ critics say https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nativenewspost.com/news/health/old-growth-logging-in-endangered-alberta-caribou-habitat-flies-in-the-face-of-common-sense-critics-say-the-narwhal/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9tW5alYu$

Done waiting on B.C., Gitanyow declare new protected area: ‘this is all our land’
After waiting for years for support from the provincial government and in the face of declining salmon stock, the Gitanyow are independently forging ahead with new protections under traditional law and custom for some 54,000 hectares of land and water, which are threatened by potential mining projects.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thenarwhal.ca/gitanyow-ipca-bc-government/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9ln9-MMg$

# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls The American bumblebee population has plummeted by almost 90 per cent since the late 1990s and is edging its way towards Endangered Species Act protection
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/11/first-us-rusty-patched-bumble-bee-species-listed-endangered-numbers-plummet__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9mr7GHUn$

# Archaeology
In Guatemala, archaeologist helps to uncover hidden neighborhood in ancient Maya city. The newly discovered structures provide game-changing evidence that the imperial power of Teotihuacan exerted considerable influence on Tikal, an ancient Maya capital, as part of a campaign of conquest.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://phys.org/news/2021-09-guatemala-archaeologists-uncover-hidden-neighborhood.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9hNpEnQL$

# Border / Immigration
DHS not allowing charter flight carrying evacuees from Afghanistan to land in US, organizers say https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/department-of-homeland-security/574417-dhs-not-allowing-charter-flight?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=42845__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9kS_I72V$

U.S. Media Have Distorted Narratives on Haiti Since 1804. It’s Still Happening.
The treatment of the hundreds of Haitians at the border is cruel, inhuman, undignified and racist.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://truthout.org/articles/us-media-have-distorted-narratives-on-haiti-since-1804-its-still-happening/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9qWlZIdg$

Texas County Earmarks Millions in COVID Relief Funds for U.S. Border Security https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/texas-county-earmarks-millions-covid-relief-funds-us-border-security-1634463__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9qO_9ZbZ$

# CoronaVirus
Most of humanity has been so driven by fear of “the deadly pandemic, “the invisible enemy” that it has taken multiple unprecedented steps which have caused incalculable harm to the economy, our health, and our freedoms. Tthe government’s VAERS database shows the shots have now caused more harm and more deaths than all vaccines in the last 20 years combined.
This mass psychosis was in response to a virus which the CDC stats show poses little threat to anyone and for which there have been four proven inexpensive treatments since early last year.
COVID Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) seem to be illegal for the following three reasons:
*EUAs cannot be issued if treatments are available — and there are at least 3 inexpensive potentiall treatments that are readily available — with at least one (HCQ) since March 2020.
*EUAs can be issued for vaccines, but the COVID shots do not appear to meet any of the 5 criteria of vaccines and thus cannot be issued by EUA.
*EUAs cannot be issued if known risks outweigh potential benefits which the VAERS data shows is true for the COVID shots.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.naturalblaze.com/2021/09/florida-knows-ending-covid-fear-is-the-key.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed*3A*naturalblaze**A28Natural*Blaze*29__;JSsrJSsl!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9voPMNsC$

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Biden policy imposes vaccine mandate on Border Patrol agents, not migrants. Border patrol agents who’ve committed their career to protecting the U.S. now face termination if they refuse to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by November.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/biden-policy-imposes-vaccine-mandate-on-border-patrol-agents-not-migrants/article_298e79fc-2212-11ec-ae59-cfd82c5aee94.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9id2WrLt$

Can Breakthrough COVID Infections Happen More Than Once? Despite what you’ve heard or hoped, no one is truly immune. The CDC says cases of
COVID-19 reinfection remain rare but possible https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://health.clevelandclinic.org/can-you-get-covid-19-more-than-once/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9iiynlIv$

# Economy / Finance / Trade
Republicans at odds over infrastructure bill as vote approaches. One side wants to delay the vote, while the other has been pushing to proceed.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.yahoo.com/why-much-drama-over-infrastructure-204046297.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9v19baRI$

Senator Manchin: ‘I Cannot, And Will Not, Support Trillions in Spending’
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/finance/574574-manchin-fires-back-at-progressives-trillions-in-spending-fiscal-insanity__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9tAv7hO7$

“Lifting the cap doesn’t solve the problem. It has to be a full repeal.”
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on ending the state and local tax (SALT) deduction currently capped at $10,000. Moving now would ‘get relief right to taxpayers,’ he says https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-21/salt-cap-s-temporary-repeal-is-an-option-n-j-s-menendez-says__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9ilvzpSB$

Sinema, leveraging slim majority and powerhouse fundraising, plays hardball in spending talks Sinema and Manchin have made clear they will not support the $3.5 trillion price tag on the domestic spending agenda. As the two of the most moderate Democrats in a split Senate, they have become gatekeepers for major progressive legislation.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2021/09/sinema-leveraging-slim-majority-powerhouse-fundraising-hardball-spending/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9pW-5jzy$

Schumer Announces Deal Reached With GOP Senators to Fund Government Through December. The federal government was set to run out of funding by midnight on Friday morning, but the shutdown has been averted.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://truthout.org/articles/schumer-announces-deal-reached-with-gop-senators-to-fund-government-through-dec/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9qAo9JWt$

By refusing to raise the debt limit, Republicans are gambling with Americans’ Social Security benefits https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/574626-by-refusing-to-raise-the-debt-limit-republicans-are__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9lt37s4L$

# Education / Schools
Unvaccinated Students Told To Wear Different Coloured Wristbands So They Can Be Identified https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://insiderpaper.com/unvaccinated-students-bath-university-wear-colored-wristbands/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9t-03HnT$

School Officials Beg FBI for Help Against ‘Angry Mobs’: The National School Boards Association has likened recent threats against school staffers across the U.S. to “domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nsba.org/-/media/NSBA/File/nsba-letter-to-president-biden-concerning-threats-to-public-schools-and-school-board-members-92921.pdf__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9vs2xcGx$

# Employment / Labor
Labor rights violations at Brazil coffee farm linked to Starbucks, Nespresso.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://brazilian.report/business/2021/09/20/nespresso-starbucks-coffee-supplier/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9vU8GD0A$

Did Brazil’s ‘Dirty List’ Prompt Starbucks and Nespresso to Stop
Sourcing Coffee From Farm Caught With Slave-Like Conditions?
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ecowatch.com/brazil-dirty-list-coffee-plantations-2636420575.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9sLsAiU4$

# Environment / Climate / Interior
US to declare ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more species extinct. The
US Fish and Wildlife Service officially proposed taking 23 plants and
animals off the endangered species list because they have not been
spotted in the wild
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/29/us-bird-species-ivory-billed-woodpecker-extinct__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9rTVSYM6$

How Republicans and gas lobby block city climate solutions using preemption
The natural gas industry was losing in cities across the US. Then came
an obscure tactic called preemption.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.vox.com/22691755/gas-utilities-fight-electrification-preemption__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9uLvbHkX$

Record landfalls for tropical storms and hurricanes in U.S.: A record 18
storms and hurricanes have made landfall in the past two years; climate
change could increase these stormy stretches in coming decade
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/09/29/record-us-hurricane-landfalls-climate/?variant=45bcfc8a951d56c3__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9tf7Ciwk$

# Environment / Climate / Global
Climate change causing lakes in Canadian Rockies to lose their famous
turquoise lustre, says ecologist
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/climate-change-causing-lakes-in-canadian-rockies-to-lose-their-famous-turquoise-lustre-says-ecologist-1.6193054__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9rR3rDD1$

Build around the forest, not through it, study says of Sumatra trucking
road by Hans.
Due to its size and location, the site is hailed as one of the largest
conservation areas in Southeast Asia and the last habitat for many
endangered animals. It is home to an estimated 10,000 plant species and
more than 200 mammal species, including the Critically Endangered
Sumatran orangutan, tiger, rhinoceros and elephant.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://psmag.com/environment/one-of-southeast-asias-conservation-areas-is-under-threat__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9t9PyQA2$

New permits for Brazilian beef exports to US could increase
deforestation risk:
– An Earthsight report raises alarms about new sanitary permits that
allow more slaughterhouses in the Amazon to export beef to the United
States.
– More slaughterhouses could lead to increased deforestation since most
facilities struggle to keep track of whether their cattle are sourced
from land that was cleared legally or illegally.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.mongabay.com/2021/09/new-permits-for-brazilian-beef-exports-to-us-could-increase-deforestation-risk-report/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9rpZg8dG$

Arctic sea ice hits 2021 minimum. This summer’s minimum Arctic sea-ice
cover was the twelfth-lowest ever, and scientists warn that the
long-term trend towards shrinking continues.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02649-6?utm_source=Nature*Briefing&utm_campaign=adc19a0137-briefing-dy-20210930&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c9dfd39373-adc19a0137-43812897__;Kw!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9rQ2hX8V$

# Food / GMOs / Chemicals / Other
Congressional panel slams more baby food brands over heavy metals. The
subcommittee is urging the FDA to speed up its work to set its
first-ever standards for heavy metals across most baby food products
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.axios.com/baby-food-brands-toxic-heavy-metals-congress-report-bf161f1e-01b1-4115-9d6f-75686e731684.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9jWgKOkG$

Cocktail of pesticides in almost all oranges and grapes, UK study finds.
Almost all grapes and oranges contain a “cocktail of pesticides”
according to research. Traces of 122 different pesticides in 12 most
polluted fruit and veg products, many with links to cancer
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/29/cocktail-pesticides-almost-all-oranges-grapes-uk-study__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9lPFpR2e$

Coffee Price Hike Is a Sign of Climate Change. You might be paying more
for your coffee beans this year, and the climate crisis is partly to
blame. https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ecowatch.com/coffee-price-climate-change-2655200785.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9ke7X29r$

# Global Politics and other news
Israel’s Influence on the Labour Party & Purging of Anti-Imperialist
Activists.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_UFeEBBTtY__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9onz4j_m$

Former French Prez Handed 2nd Guilty Verdict of the Year. Nicolas
Sarkozy was found guilty of illegal campaign financing Thursday, just a
few months after another guilty verdict on corruption charges.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/europe-france-elections-trials-campaigns-aa6fc25ed310108a29b77bc5175a6de6?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP_Europe__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9vfhg8xA$

# Gov / Politics
Progressives Come to Their Put-Up or Shut-Up Moment. The Progressive
Caucus has long-promised to get more aggressive when they need to in
order to enact its agenda. They’re at a pivotal moment.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailybeast.com/progressives-come-to-their-put-up-or-shut-up-moment-infrastructure-joe-biden__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9kyWWxha$

Behind-the-scenes redistricting work: Adam Foltz, who was part of a
secretive process that crafted Wisconsin’s legislative maps, is on the
payroll of the Texas Legislative Council, a nonpartisan state agency
that manages the internal mapping tool used in redistricting.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/29/texas-redistricting-adam-foltz/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9giamwD6$

Donald Trump adds fresh pressure to Gov. Greg Abbott over demand for a
forensic election audit. There has been no evidence of widespread
election fraud in Texas, where Trump defeated President Joe Biden by 6
percentage points. After the November election, a secretary of state
official said Texas’ election was “smooth and secure.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/29/donald-trump-texas-election-audit/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9lA4dsCV$

From Executive Editor Ross Ramsey: In a state where more than 60% of
residents are people of color, white people have voting majorities in
50% of the districts in the proposed Congressional map. That’s not
representative.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/30/texas-legislature-redistricting-population/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9qNa4MMT$

# Law Enforcement
Liberal City Defunded Police. Now It’s Paying Cops to Stay. Here’s what
happened when an overwhelmingly white city actually cut cops—and
residents had second thoughts.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailybeast.com/burlington-vermont-defunded-the-police-now-its-paying-cops-to-stay__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9nXcrhio$

# Legal / Judicial / DOJ
Organizers of MAGA Rally That Led to Capitol Riot Subpoenaed. The
subpoenas compel the 11 people to hand over documents and sit for
depositions.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumpist-organizers-of-stop-the-steal-rally-that-led-to-capitol-riot-subpoenaed-by-house-panel__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9uTHTBVd$

Atomwaffen Leader Who Sent Swastikas to Reporters Convicted. Kaleb Cole,
25, was convicted of conspiracy and three counts of mailing threats to
journalists.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/religion-arizona-seattle-washington-conspiracy-c05d47992330097f90ed04bbf0942089__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9iOHCh-3$

Alabama GOP Condemned for Plan to Build Prisons With Covid-19 Funds.
“The Republican Party in a nutshell: contemptible, cruel, and corrupt.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/09/29/alabama-gop-condemned-plan-build-prisons-covid-19-funds__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9jBHgGXP$

# Media
‘Fire DeJoy’ Demand Intensifies as 10-Year Plan to Sabotage Postal
Service Takes Effect. “President Biden has the power to remake the
postal governing board and remove DeJoy. He must act.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/09/29/fire-dejoy-demand-intensifies-10-year-plan-sabotage-postal-service-takes-effect__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9iViAjlG$

United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced it’s making a major
permanent change that’s going into effect in a matter of days. The USPS
will permanently change the delivery time for some mail, slowing it down
by 30 percent.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://bestlifeonline.com/news-usps-permanent-change-slower/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9qLRiJ8M$

USPS prices go up Oct. 3: Here’s how much mail will cost now — and for
how long
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.cnet.com/how-to/usps-prices-go-up-oct-3-heres-how-much-mail-will-cost-now-and-for-how-long/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9oI3zA4J$

# Medical / Health
Legal battles over abortion continue: Abortion remains a constitutional
right under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, but the structure of Texas’
near-total abortion ban allows it to skirt precedent by giving
enforcement of the law to private citizens. So far, no court has
considered whether Texas’ abortion statute is lawful, but several
lawsuits are in progress.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/30/texas-abortion-law-legal-challenges/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9mirQs2g$

“This law is not killable. It’s like a hydra, you can’t kill it, you
chop off one head and two heads grow in its place.” Josh Blackman, a
constitutional law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston.
Blackman says he thinks Texas’ near-total ban on abortions is here to
stay.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texastribune.org/2021/09/30/texas-abortion-law-legal-challenges/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9mirQs2g$

300,000 petition signatures delivered to Senate for the protection of
abortion rights under federal law. “Over the past several weeks,
right-wing extremists have inched us closer and closer toward a society
without the precedent of Roe v. Wade.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nationofchange.org/2021/09/30/300000-petition-signatures-delivered-to-senate-for-the-protection-of-abortion-rights-under-federal-law/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9gmfGFDq$

Dentists’ Group Fights Plan to Cover Dental Benefits Under Medicare. The
American Dental Association is mobilizing its 162,000 members to fight a
proposal to include dental coverage for all Medicare recipients,
opposition that could prove pivotal as Democrats look to make cuts in
their $3.5 trillion domestic policy agenda.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://khn.org/morning-breakout/american-dental-association-wants-to-block-dental-coverage-in-medicare/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9rrxJPT6$

# Military / DOD
New revelations and well tread paths. The questions yielded a number of
surprising revelations, including news that the Taliban had offered the
U.S. military the option to secure the entire city of Kabul while it was
leaving
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/defense/overnights/574597-defense-national-security__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9tm9twH0$

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin blamed the State Department for the
last-minute evacuation of allies from Afghanistan. “The call on how to
do that and when to do it is really a State Department call,” Austin
said in response to a question from Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.).
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/574472-defense-secretary-blames-state-dept-for-delay-in-afghanistan__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9pJtcZEX$

Milley also said Wednesday said there is “a real possibility” that al
Qaeda or ISIS could reconstitute in Afghanistan as soon as early spring
2022. Milley said the terrorist threat from Afghanistan is currently
less than it was on 9/11, but that “the conditions could be set for a
reconstitution of al Qaeda and/or ISIS.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/defense/574496-milley-real-possibility-terrorist-groups-could-rebuild-as-soon-as-early-spring?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=42845__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9vWeV37y$

# Social
Houston Housing Director Fired After Accusing Sylvester Turner Of
Awarding $15 Million To Favored Developer
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/politics/2021/09/21/409022/city-housing-director-fired-after-making-ethical-allegations-against-turner-administration/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9hVjdzzO$

# Sports
The NBA is upping its pressure on the ‘vaccine hesitant’ and resisters
in the league, unveiling a new policy Wednesday of withholding pay for
any unvaccinated players
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/574522-nba-announces-it-will-withhold-pay-of-unvaccinated-players__;!!On18fmf1aQ!jd4_oDnX7DYgi7j_QRXznnCA6-buNFnazoVPMXGdjqygC2APY31ItO8Ov_2K9qhyVfeL$

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