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http://thmiii.com/author/tom/ February 17, 2022
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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Can the Vaquita, the World’s Smallest Marine Mammal, Be Saved From Extinction?
The critically endangered vaquita porpoise, a beautiful dolphin about four to five feet long with dark circles around its eyes and an upturned, seemingly smiling mouth, is the smallest marine mammal in the world.
# Children / Youth
Rollups: Private Equity Eyes Youth Treatment Centers as a Takeover Target. A new report highlights increased private equity investment in troubled teen, foster care, and other behavioral services, alongside disturbing reports of abuse and neglect.
# Covid / Pandemics
Corporate Vaccine Mandates and Vaccine Passports — Brought to You by BlackRock and Vanguard? Investment giants BlackRock and The Vanguard Group stand to benefit from their ownership stakes in most of the corporations that imposed COVID vaccine mandates, and in some of the technology firms developing vaccine passports.
Severe, critical COVID-19 cases more likely in vitamin D-deficient people. The individuals were categorized according to vitamin D levels – marked as deficient, insufficient, adequate and high-normal – and
COVID-19 disease severity, which was determined utilizing a multivariable regression analysis.
“COVID-19 Bio-Attack Smoking Gun” video: In November, 2019, who could possibly have known that the COVID-19 pandemic was brewing in Wuhan?
Only the people who unleashed it!
# Economy / Finance / Trade
The Year of the Tax Cut: In at least 20 states, including Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, and Mississippi, state lawmakers have proposed tax cuts that would overwhelmingly benefit wealthy households, force cuts to vital public services, and exacerbate racial and economic inequalities.
# Education / Schools
UT faculty members demand answers after Dan Patrick says Liberty Institute intended to fight critical race theory: “Hopefully, even the lieutenant governor understands that a transparently partisan assault on academic freedom at the state’s flagship public university will only hurt the university, and, through it, the state itself.”
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Students at Top Universities Push ‘Legal Imperative’ of Fossil Fuel
Divestment: “Their investments in the fossil fuel industry—an industry whose actions place the health and future of students and the entire planet at risk—amount to nothing less than complicity in the climate crisis.”
Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT and Vanderbilt students take legal action to try to force fossil fuel divestment https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/16/us-universities-fossil-fuel-divestment-students-legal-complaint__;!!On18fmf1aQ!m_pkABMHxi35hY7JoY6N8tdA-Z4AhtNs1Q0x6QppoQIJVmkfTL6ZcdnjQU1zQe7T4Xdq$
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure To Protect ‘Web of Life,’ California Proposal Would Ban Bee-Killing
Neonics: “Our pollinators are threatened. We know the cause, and it’s time to take action.”
A big climate warning from one of the Gulf of Maine’s smallest marine
creatures: Given the rate at which the waters in the Gulf of Maine are heating up, Mainers may need to swap out the lobsters on their license plates for squid https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apps.bostonglobe.com/metro/2021/12/the-lobster-trap/climate-change-threatens-livelihood-of-maine-lobster-fishermen__;!!On18fmf1aQ!m_pkABMHxi35hY7JoY6N8tdA-Z4AhtNs1Q0x6QppoQIJVmkfTL6ZcdnjQU1zQaeHAFEB$
The drought in the western U.S. could last until 2030: After a brutally hot and dry 2021, the region is now in the worst “megadrought” in 1,200 years. Climate change is to blame.
Pharmaceutical Drug Pollution in Rivers Poses ‘Global Threat to Human and Environmental Health,’ Study Finds https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/14/drugs-have-dangerously-polluted-the-worlds-rivers-scientists-warn__;!!On18fmf1aQ!m_pkABMHxi35hY7JoY6N8tdA-Z4AhtNs1Q0x6QppoQIJVmkfTL6ZcdnjQU1zQcpUjmqz$
# Environment / Climate / Global
Ikea’s race for the last of Europe’s old-growth forest. The furniture giant is hungry for Romania’s famed trees. Little stands in its way.
A mayor in the Philippines took on a mine, and lost her job over it.
When nickel mining firm Ipilan Nickel Corporation began felling trees in a protected forest in its concession area in Brooke’s Point, Palawan, Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano moved aggressively to stop them.
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other BPA safety: The toxic chemical limbo game: After careful evaluation of the latest science, European officials have proposed lowering the safe daily dose of bisphenol-A, or BPA. For BPA, lead, and other toxic chemicals, accumulating science consistently lowers the levels we consider safe.
Big Food Producers Are Profiteering Off Inflation, and Bragging About It. Big chains and suppliers like Tyson, Procter & Gamble and Kroger are expanding profits by raising prices, just because they can.
# General Information / Other News
Trump, Trump Jr., and Ivanka will have to go on the record answering—or refusing to answer, questions from the AG’s office about the Trump Organization’s potentially fraudulent valuations of its finances.
DC Cop Was Included on Proud Boys’ Jan. 6 Planning Emails: The officer, who is under investigation by the FBI, was copied on a series of emails and conference call invitations related to the planning of a pro-Trump rally on Jan. 6.
# Global Politics
Putin Flat-Out Lying About Pulling Troops From Ukraine: U.S: The U.S.
believes 7,000 troops have been sent to Ukraine since the Kremlin claimed it was pulling back.
Putin and Bolsonaro: The Second Time as Farce? It’s not the Nazi-Soviet Pact, but their alliance is rotten nonetheless. The ideological reshuffling of the known world continues apace. Compared to the world-shaking impact of the Hitler-Stalin Pact, the meeting of Putin and Bolsonaro is small potatoes, but it gives off a distinctly foul smell.
Tensions in the Russian-Ukraine conflict reached a fever pitch as fallout over Moscow’s announcement of drawing down troops continues.
# Gov / Politics
New York Rep. Kathleen Rice announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election to Congress, marking the 30th Democratic departure from the House headed into the 2022 midterm elections.
US and NATO deem Russia a persistent threat to Europe, will add battlegroups in response. NATO military commanders will draw up plans for the creation of allied battlegroups in central and southeastern Europe, in response to the “new normal” of a persistent Russian threat to the Continent, the alliance’s top official said Wednesday.
House Progressives Urge Biden to Release Afghan Funds ‘Before It’s Too
Late’: “Frozen assets belonging to the Afghan people should be released and used to restore the country’s economy,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal.
Let’s Be Clear: Only the Right Has Become More Extreme Over the Last 50 Years Like in the early 1970s, the left is still against the war machine, still pushing for civil and voting rights, and still fighting the power of big corporations. But the right has moved far, far rightward.
In Post-Trump Reversal, U.S. Joins Call for Global Plastics Treaty. The U.S. and France have joined forces to call for an international treaty to control plastic pollution.
All American presidents have lied, the question is why and when. If presidents must sometimes lie to defend important political values, then, it seems as though the good president must be both able to lie and able to lie well.
# Law Enforcement
Oklahoma case reveals the medical profession’s complicity in American executions. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, “Under the agreement, the doctor stood to receive an estimated $130,000 over the course of the 19-week-period between October 28, 2021, and March 10, 2022, in which the state had scheduled the executions of seven prisoners.”
Killer Cop’s Ugly Past Revealed as Amir Locke Funeral Begins: Officer Mark Hanneman has not been charged with a crime, but a community in mourning was freshly enraged on Thursday.
# Legal / DOJ
Could Thursday Be the Worst Day Yet for Trump and His Kids? A New York judge will decide whether Donald Trump and his children will have to testify in the New York attorney general’s tax fraud case.
Dems urge investigation into Sackler family: A group of Senate Democrats is urging the Department of Justice to open an investigation into whether members of the Sackler family personally engaged in criminal conduct in connection with Purdue Pharma’s role in the opioid epidemic.
“Real justice in this case means holding individual lawbreakers criminally accountable,” the Democrats wrote.
The three men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery had a history of using the n-word and sharing racist, violent messages. Convicted of state murder charges and sentenced to life in prison, Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan are now facing a federal hate crimes trial.
Trans Youth Are Facing Right-Wing Attacks and a Solidarity Shortage.
“It’s not about bathrooms. It’s about expulsion and it’s about disposability,” says attorney Chase Strangio.
# Medical / Health Care
Physicians Slam Industry Push to ‘Fix’—Not End—Medicare Privatization
Scheme: “The industry thinks they can save it with minor tweaks and cosmetic fixes. But we won’t back down until Direct Contracting is shut down, for good,” one doctor said of the Trump-era program.
Progressive organizations launch new campaign: ‘Make Meds Affordable.’
The new campaign is calling on President Biden to take executive action to lower drug prices.
This California farming town has a toxic carcinogen in its water. Why are solutions so slow? The chemical 1,2,3-TCP was used to farm in the Central Valley from the 1940s through the 1980s. Dangerous remnants continue to poison local drinking water.
# Veterans / VA
Texas hotel called cops on amputee veteran over service dog, feds say; now it must pay. The Executive Inn & Suites in Killeen is accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and refusing service to the veteran and his service dog, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas announced in a Feb. 15 news release.
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