Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-11

Jhol Voices, The Peoples News

Xiazhen February 11, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Biden Should Grant Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier Now: Leonard Peltier is a 77-year-old Anishinabe-Lakota Native American activist imprisoned for 46 years for a crime he says he did not commit. Amnesty International calls him a political prisoner.
Leonard Peltier recently wrote. “No phone, no window, no fresh air — no humans to gather — no loved one’s voice. No relief. Left alone and without attention is like a torture chamber for the sick and old.”

# Indigenous / Global
Alberta’s response to Coutts blockade proof of discriminatory double standard, First Nations say. When rail lines were blocked in 2020, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney drafted a new law in response, but it hasn’t been used at the Coutts barricade. That leaves First Nations leaders ringing alarm bells, again, about racism in protest policing https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thenarwhal.ca/coutts-border-blockade/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!modD5ovzOfbCOCkWXjx8yvdBZ2QejKh-DRI8wbSduc7R2HLS1tnaJZtFPfYn5e0a2-5B$

Journalists across the country covering these blockades have been subject to threats, intimidation and harassment. The Narwhal stands with the Canadian Association of Journalists in denouncing these attacks. The Canadian Association of journalists (CAJ) is deeply concerned about the alarming rise in harassment and threats against journalists covering the Ottawa occupation protests and similar demonstrations across the country.

Wait, Now the Right Loves Traffic-Blocking Protesters? Conservatives rallying behind the Canadian trucker blockade were passing laws a year ago allowing motorists to run over protesters.

In Their Legal Victory over Shell, South Africa’s Indigenous Communities Continue to Assert Their Power: South Africa’s High Court sided with Indigenous communities citing, in part, their deep cultural connection to the ocean.

# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls Wolf hunting: Judge orders protection for gray wolves be restored:
Wildlife advocates had argued state-sponsored hunting threatened to reverse the gray wolf’s recovery over the past several decades.

Koala listed as endangered after Australian governments fail to halt its decline No recovery plan for the Australian marsupial was in place despite it being identified as a requirement nine years ago.

As African Penguins Go Hungry, a Debate Rages in South Africa: Who Gets the Fish?
They’ve been robbed of eggs and guano, soaked in oil, and stung by killer bees—now a dispute about numbers could clinch their future.

# Covid / Pandemics
Nearly a dozen states move to end masking mandates as COVID-19 infection rates fall, via ABC News. But nearly 99% of U.S. counties are still reporting high community transmission.

What Are Taxpayers Spending for Those ‘Free’ Covid Tests? The Government Won’t Say.  Prices for some test kits cracked the hundred-dollar mark.
And the government vowed that its purchase could provide the tests faster and cheaper so people, by simply swabbing at home, could quell the spread of covid.

COVID increases long-term heart risks, study of U.S. veterans finds. A large-scale scientific study found that coronavirus patients were at “substantial” risk of heart disease one year after their illness https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.science.org/content/article/covid-19-takes-serious-toll-heart-health-full-year-after-recovery__;!!On18fmf1aQ!modD5ovzOfbCOCkWXjx8yvdBZ2QejKh-DRI8wbSduc7R2HLS1tnaJZtFPfYn5ZNYbWtU$

CDC study: Booster wanes after 4 months

# Economy / Finance / Trade
Americans do not need a government report to tell them they’re paying a lot more for groceries, gasoline, rent and utilities, thanks to inflationary pressures that on Thursday set a record, a 7.5 percent rise in consumer prices not seen for 40 years https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/finance/593652-annual-inflation-reaches-75-percent-highest-rate-since-february-1982__;!!On18fmf1aQ!modD5ovzOfbCOCkWXjx8yvdBZ2QejKh-DRI8wbSduc7R2HLS1tnaJZtFPfYn5fTmKQWP$

Taliban’s Frozen Billions to Be Handed to 9/11 Families: Half the money will go to relatives of people in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and the other half will fund humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan.

Re-Engineering Our Supply Chains: It’s time for a coherent national logistics system, regulating and coordinating what has been privatized.

# Education / Schools
Texas schools are majority Hispanic. There’s been a shortage of bilingual teachers since 1990, and the pandemic made it worse. The pandemic is driving educators away from the profession, including key areas such as bilingual education.

Texas educators say billions in federal emergency COVID-19 relief intended to help school districts safely reopen schools are not being used to prioritize safety.

‘All the shelves would be bare.’ Once again, librarians are in the center of the culture wars. Parents questioning the teaching of racism, sexual identity and gender are bringing increasing numbers of challenges to books in school and sometimes public libraries that they say aren’t appropriate for children.

‘She looks like a baby:’ Why are 5-year-olds being arrested at school?
It seems inconceivable: Educators calling cops on elementary school kids for typical child behavior, from temper tantrums to stealing crayons. A USA TODAY analysis of federal crime reports, part of our Criminalizing Kids partnership, identified more than 2,600 arrests in schools involving kids ages 5 to 9 between 2000 and 2019. It’s almost certainly a vast undercount.

How a rare college course on critical race theory changed the mind of a conservative law student. Critical race theory had become a flashpoint of national politics in 2021 as conservative media latched onto the term, deeming it “hostile, academic, divisive, race-obsessed, poisonous, elitist, anti-American.” In speeches, both House Speaker Philip Gunn and Gov. Tate Reeves had vowed to ban the theory from being taught in schools.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Why Texas’s power grid still hasn’t been fixed: After last winter’s deadly failures, regulators promised solutions. But who would profit?

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals / Global Fears of oil spills as ExxonMobil seeks to drill at the mouth of a Brazil river: ExxonMobil wants to drill 11 wells in a marine area near the estuary of the São Francisco River, in Northeastern Brazil. In the event of an accident, at least 52 conservation units would be affected, including a barrier reef that’s a priority for conservation.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Republicans urge states to ignore infrastructure guidance: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Environment and Public Works ranking member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) yesterday sent a letter to the nation’s governors urging them to disregard federal guidance on how states should use funding for road and bridge projects.

# General Information / Other News
Some Trump records taken to Mar-a-Lago clearly marked as classified, including documents at ‘top secret’ level. The number of top secret documents is unknown, but the Post also reported that some documents were marked with classifications above top secret, which is information that few high-level officials would be authorized to view.

Nixon on Steroids: Trump Hiding Records of ALL White House Calls During Terror/Insurrection/Coup-Report. Sources familiar with the investigation say they haven’t drawn any final conclusions, suggesting the gaps in the records may be explained by the use of personal cell phones https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.veteranstoday.com/2022/02/10/nixon-on-steroids-trump-hiding-records-of-all-white-house-calls-during-terror-insurrection-coup-report/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!modD5ovzOfbCOCkWXjx8yvdBZ2QejKh-DRI8wbSduc7R2HLS1tnaJZtFPfYn5QrRg9Ul$

Christian Nationalists Are Rewriting January 6 History. Alarmingly, It’s Working.
A new report shows Christian nationalist support for those who attacked the Capitol has doubled in the past year.

# Global Politics
Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine have all begun 10 days of military drills, raising concerns that war is near. In recent days, Western leaders and diplomats have scrambled to try to avert new fighting that could be some of the bloodiest in Europe since World War II.
“At the end of the exercises is when [Russian forces] will be ready for some kind of attack,” predicted Andriy Zagorodnyuk, the former defense minister of Ukraine.

Putin’s planned Ukrainian invasion is just the beginning of his endgame.
According to Mark Galeotti, Putin wants to cement his place in history by restoring Russian control over its neighbor.

# Gov / Politics
Americans should leave Ukraine immediately because of the risk of a Russian invasion, Biden told NBC News anchor Lester Holt during a Thursday interview.  American citizens would not be the priority if Russia invades Ukraine. “That’s a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another. … We’re in a very different world than we’ve ever been,” he added.
Interview video:

Mail-in ballot rejections: Hundreds of completed mail-in ballots for Texas’ March 1 primary have been initially rejected for not meeting the state’s new identification requirements. Absentee voters must now include a state ID number like a driver’s license number both when applying for a mail-in ballot and when returning a completed ballot, and that number must match the information on a voter’s record.

A bipartisan group of senators pledged to protect future elections. But reform might not come for months or years. Both parties want to avoid a constitutional crisis. But figuring out how to resolve disputed elections is proving so complicated that a fix is nowhere close to ready.

Voting rights. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to dismantle the federal Voting Rights Act ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority has stepped in to block a judge’s order finding that Alabama’s congressional redistricting discriminates against Black voters.
Justices put on hold a lower court ruling that state must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/feb/07/supreme-court-lets-alabama-use-maps-decried-as-biased-against-black-voters__;!!On18fmf1aQ!modD5ovzOfbCOCkWXjx8yvdBZ2QejKh-DRI8wbSduc7R2HLS1tnaJZtFPfYn5YVqoDKb$

Biden Warns U.S. Won’t Send Troops to Rescue Americans in Ukraine. The current tensions come eight years after Russia annexed Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula. Since then, Ukraine’s military has been locked in a war with Russian-backed rebels in eastern areas near Russia’s borders.

The 5th Circuit Just Rewarded a Brazen Heist of President Power: The 5th Circuit was already the most radical appeals court in the country. Now it is complicit in anti-vaxxers’ corrupt quest to transfer a core executive power from the president to a single unelected judge.

Two more House Republicans just went on Donald Trump’s hit list: Even as GOP leaders try to turn the focus of the country to President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump just keeps fighting the last war, going after Republican incumbents who either voted to impeach him or otherwise wronged him. Wednesday brought two such moves from Trump.

# Law Enforcement
The EARN IT Act Would Give Criminal Defendants a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free
Card: EARN IT Act is back, and worse than it ever was before. Like the
2020 version, the proposal would still give child predators a get-out-of-jail-free card and would still undermine the fight against child predation online. Nevertheless, on Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up and approved it.

# Legal / DOJ
The Supreme Court’s ‘Dead Hand’: The Supreme Court has set itself on a collision course with forces of change in an inexorably diversifying America. The 6–3 majority-conservative Supreme Court is dangerously out of step with a demographically and culturally changing America.

Twenty-nine-year-old Rebecca Hogue will be sentenced today for first-degree murder of her 2-year-old son, even though everybody agrees she never laid a finger on him.
Hogue’s boyfriend killed her son while Hogue was at work. Hogue’s partner gaslit her and hid the abuse up until the moment he murdered the boy and then hanged himself in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. At the scene of his suicide, law enforcement found the words “Rebecca is Innocent” carved into a tree.

A growing number of Republican-controlled states are banning books and curriculum that mentions LGBTQ people’s experiences.

# Medical / Health Care
Toxic Weedkiller Chemicals Detected in Nearly 40% of People Tested in U.S. Study A new study has found detectable levels of toxic weedkillers in about 40% of respondents in a U.S. nationwide survey. The survey found levels of 2,4-D, an herbicide that has been linked to cancer, in one in three people.

Doctors Overlook a Curable Cause of High Blood Pressure. A hormonal abnormality is gaining recognition as a common cause of hypertension, but few patients are screened for it.

# Nuclear
Nuclear Fusion, a ‘Near-Limitless’ Source of Clean Energy, Gets Closer to Reality After Record-Breaking Experiment https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ecowatch.com/nuclear-fusion-clean-energy.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!modD5ovzOfbCOCkWXjx8yvdBZ2QejKh-DRI8wbSduc7R2HLS1tnaJZtFPfYn5d4n8unl$

# Security
CIA Runs Secret Program Saving American Data, Senators Say: The operation runs “outside the statutory framework that Congress and the public believe govern this collection,” two senators wrote in a letter to the agency.

# Technology
Lyra health provides therapy for Google and Facebook employees, is facing concerns over privacy and treatment. 18 users, therapists, and former Lyra employees voiced concerns about company’s business practices, including its productivity-based bonus structure for therapists. “This isn’t an assembly line. This is actually people,” said one former therapist.

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