Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-16

Voices, The Peoples News

February 16, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration
Texas has received 1,700 unused wall panels from the federal government that will be used to help build Gov. Greg Abbott’s state-funded wall.
After the Biden administration halted construction of former President Donald Trump’s border wall, the Texas Facilities Commission applied to receive the surplus property after hundreds of wall panels were abandoned.

# Covid / Pandemics
Texas Republicans U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Chip Roy have threatened a government shutdown over funding for enforcement of federal
COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The House recently passed a short-term funding bill, and the Senate must pass it by Friday to avoid a government shutdown.

White House Wants $30 Billion More To Fight Covid. Republicans, and some Democrats, are less than thrilled about the prospect of spending more money on the pandemic.
Current National Debt: $30,042,031,516,700. That’s $90,348 for every single person in America. https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.pgpf.org/national-debt-clock__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nsARtV3A-woVK0xepZJx9CDqdyCyL-63RP0AfOS0lHbfaAHvMVGviMec_yQVsc9xTXoT$

Mortality Statistics Tell Heartbreaking Story Of Those Who Didn’t Need To Die The US badly needs a wake-up call on the coronavirus pandemic “Years of potential life lost” is the most sobering and sad Covid-19 statistic I’ve seen.

# Education / Schools
From Banning Books to Burning Them, the Right Is Threatening Education.
The cathedral silence of libraries is being replaced with the sound of furious screaming and the smell of burned pages.

Banning Books from the Classroom: How to Handle Cries for Censorship Challenges to school materials are a common occurrence. How should such challenges be handled? How can they be avoided?

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical How corn ethanol for biofuel fed climate change. California regulators may rule that the biofuel is no better, and might be worse, than petroleum for solving climate change https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ethanol-not-cut-emissions/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nsARtV3A-woVK0xepZJx9CDqdyCyL-63RP0AfOS0lHbfaAHvMVGviMec_yQVsQygSYKf$

Bills would shift CO2 storage liability to Wyoming, force carbon capture. Regulated utilities could be forced to install carbon capture on coal units, or sell coal plants to a new owner who would retrofit coal plants.

Private equity’s dirty dozen: the 12 US firms funding dirty energy projects. A report, shared exclusively with the Guardian, provides a snapshot of industry’s involvement in some of the country’s most controversial fossil fuel investments https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/15/us-private-equity-firms-funding-dirty-energy-projects__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nsARtV3A-woVK0xepZJx9CDqdyCyL-63RP0AfOS0lHbfaAHvMVGviMec_yQVsUxgtHMG$

Texas could connect to national power grids without losing autonomy, former grid regulator says. Texas has long refused to connect its decentralized grid to two national power networks, but Hunt Energy Network CEO Pat Wood said the state could do so without additional oversight, and without state Legislature approval.

EPA Responds After HuffPost Investigates Gulf Chemical Dump: Nothing To See Here. With only a cursory review, the agency shut the door on studying or cleaning up old toxic waste barrels that litter the seafloor at active drilling sites.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Replacing environmental despair with hope and action. We all have the power to cause change, even if we don’t recognize it.

Top environmental groups call on Biden to protect mature trees and forests on federal lands from logging. Environmentalists say there’s a simple way to combat climate change and store carbon: protecting older trees.  A coalition of more than 70 groups launched a new campaign today called the Climate Forests Campaign and called on the Biden administration to take executive action to protect mature trees and forests on federal lands, which are critical in the fight against climate change.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other How poisonous mercury gets from coal-fired power plants into the fish you eat The Biden administration is moving to revive mercury limits for coal-fired power plants. People fishing along the banks of the White River as it winds through Indianapolis sometimes pass by ominous signs warning about eating the fish they catch.

What you should know about removing PFAS from your drinking water, from types of filtration systems to countertop pitchers. What are PFAS, where are they and why do we need to filter them out of the water?

NASDA puts food safety on the agenda as work begins on Farm Bill 2023:
Food safety is one of 10 specific policy areas that the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture wants to be addressed in the next federal Farm Bill, which must be finished by 2023.

New FDA commissioner has a full plate when it comes to chemistry of food safety. The U.S. Senate on Feb. 15 voted to return Dr. Robert Califf to the role of FDA commissioner, bringing needed leadership to an agency that plays a vital role in protecting public health.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other / Global Ethylene oxide meeting highlights concerns as recalls continue: A number of European countries have again expressed concerns about how the ethylene oxide contamination incidents are being handled. Several nations highlighted the high burden of required action as more products are found to be contaminated at low levels from different origins and described it as “no longer manageable.”

# General Information / Other News
Trump Eats His Words: Donald Trump destroyed documents routinely and in clear violation of the Presidential Records Act. He tore them into pieces. Sometimes he flushed them down the toilet. And sometimes, he ate them. He. Ate. Them.

# Global Politics
Ex-Honduran President Hernández Arrested on Drug Charges; While president from 2014 until last month, he had the support of U.S.
officials waging the war on drugs and some diplomats who did not see a better option. But less than three weeks out of office, his utility exhausted, the U.S. government moved for his extradition and the chance to make him an example in a region wracked by corruption.

# Gov / Politics
Biden Must Fulfill His Promise to Protect the Black Vote. With so much GOP election corruption, Biden must prioritize supporting efforts to protect the Black vote at the local level.

U.S. Push to “Reign Supreme” Stokes the Ukraine Conflict. The commitment to maintain the Atlanticist order in Europe has had policy implications that reach beyond Europe itself.

Rudy Giuliani Reveals Location Of Secret ‘Evidence’ Stash And… Um… Wow.

# Law Enforcement
‘He Didn’t Have to Die’: Chicago 15-Year-Old Shot 24 Times Riding to Store for Snacks. Sincere Cole, 15, “creative” and hardworking, according to his aunt, Brandy Martin, who is pleading with the community to come forward with any information https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://people.com/crime/chicago-teen-shot-24-times-riding-to-store-for-snacks/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!nsARtV3A-woVK0xepZJx9CDqdyCyL-63RP0AfOS0lHbfaAHvMVGviMec_yQVsWA-Hg1r$

# Legal / DOJ
Federal correctional officers plead guilty to bribery and smuggling charges. Each currently scheduled to be sentenced  May 17, facing a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

# Medical / Health Care
Inside the Tactical Tug of War Over the Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug.
The drug trade, affected person advocates, and congressional Republicans have all attacked federal officers’ determination to say no routine Medicare protection for a controversial Alzheimer’s drug.

South Dakota Lawmakers Say No To Expanding Medicaid:  Organizers behind that ballot initiative had tentatively agreed to reconsider or even withdraw their proposed constitutional amendment if the Legislature opted to expand Medicaid on its own.

Medicare Privatization Needs to Be Ended, Not “Fixed,” Doctor-Activists Say. The program allows Direct Contracting Entities to keep as profit the funding they don’t spend on care.

Advocates Sound Alarm About Pilot Program They Say Could Privatize All of Medicare The Biden administration is moving forward with a Trump-era pilot program that would hand over the care of millions of Medicare beneficiaries to private, mostly for-profit, groups.

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