Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-02-28

Voices, The Peoples News

February 28, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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“Bombs costing $100,000 from a plane that costs $100,000,000 flying at a cost of
$40,000 an hour to kill people living on less than $1 a day. This is the shit they call war. ”
– Author Unknown
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# Covid / Pandemics
Strange Evolutionary Pace of SARS-CoV-2 Mutations Is Finally Revealed in New Study. According to the researchers, the background substitution rate of SARS-CoV-2 suggests the virus accrues approximately two mutations each month.

COVID-19 is linked to long-term mental health issues in recovered patients, study finds. Those who recovered from COVID-19 are more likely to have anxiety, depression and other mental health issues

Scientists find virus contains tiny chunk of DNA that matches sequence patented by Moderna THREE YEARS before pandemic began.
* Genetic match discovered in Covid’s unique furin cleavage site on spike protein
* Matched genetic sequence patented by Moderna for cancer research purposes
* Researchers say one in 3trillion chance Covid developed the code naturally https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10542309/Fresh-lab-leak-fears-study-finds-genetic-code-Covids-spike-protein-linked-Moderna-patent.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mNoW-VdoPfK907vQf-WHJ4ANTJfIowjZFmSKAuieLcAXwx_L6QLwcijBQm8Sg81H-YqK$

COVID ground zero: Three new studies again point to Wuhan live animal market as source of coronavirus outbreak. Report says that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 jumped from animals sold at the market into people twice in late 2019 — but some scientists want more definitive evidence.

A National Vaccine Pass Has Quietly Rolled Out – and Red States Are Getting on Board https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2022/02/24/national-vaccine-quietly-rolled-out/?sh=36d4ab3e6be6__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mNoW-VdoPfK907vQf-WHJ4ANTJfIowjZFmSKAuieLcAXwx_L6QLwcijBQm8Sg8FXnzqf$

# Economy / Finance / Trade
Medicare Owes Retirees a Refund, Says Powerful Senior Group.  In addition to surging prices on goods and services, Medicare premiums rose significantly and ate up a large portion of the raise most retirees got in 2022.

How Congress made sure the rich retire in luxury, at taxpayer expense:
Savings plans pitched as helping the middle-class have turned out to be a gold mine for the wealthy.

# Education / Schools
Our Universities’ Investments in Fossil Fuels Are Unethical, and Illegal. Our schools are complicit in the climate crisis. They must divest.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical U.S. oil and gas companies are using Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to push back against the Biden administration’s climate agenda.

Lobbying Firms Sever Partnerships on Russian Pipeline After Raking in Millions Lobbyists are now distancing themselves from companies partnering on the Russian state-owned Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals / Global BP quits Russia in up to $25 billion hit after Ukraine invasion https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/britains-bp-says-exit-stake-russian-oil-giant-rosneft-2022-02-27/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mNoW-VdoPfK907vQf-WHJ4ANTJfIowjZFmSKAuieLcAXwx_L6QLwcijBQm8Sg5LStdgB$

Can Germany function without Vladimir Putin’s gas? Nord Stream 2 was meant to deliver 70% of country’s gas and switch to renewable energy sources has been slow.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other Why did California regulators choose firm with ties to Chevron to study irrigating crops with oil wastewater? In 2015, a California water board suddenly found itself under a microscope for allowing farmers to irrigate their crops with oil field wastewater https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://insideclimatenews.org/news/27022022/california-produced-water-gsi-chevron-kern-county/*:*:text=They*20feared*20that*20oil*20companies,drinking*20water*20and*20growing*20crops__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!mNoW-VdoPfK907vQf-WHJ4ANTJfIowjZFmSKAuieLcAXwx_L6QLwcijBQm8Sg-6JKlub$ .

# General Information / Other News
Putin’s ‘assault on humanity’ in Ukraine is looking really bad for Donald Trump. The world is rallying behind Ukraine as it is invaded by Russia. Donald Trump may suffer political consequences for embracing Putin.

# Global Politics
Ukraine conflict: Russia Issues Ominous Warning to Finland, Sweden Should They Join NATO https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/russia-threatens-finland-sweden-nato-ukraine-invasion-1682715__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mNoW-VdoPfK907vQf-WHJ4ANTJfIowjZFmSKAuieLcAXwx_L6QLwcijBQm8Sgx_E_SBh$

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund said it will dump its Russian assets on the Ukraine invasion https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/27/intl_business/norway-sovereign-fund-russia/index.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mNoW-VdoPfK907vQf-WHJ4ANTJfIowjZFmSKAuieLcAXwx_L6QLwcijBQm8SgyAyLGy_$

Pariah Status Starts to Exact a Financial Toll on Russia https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.bloombergquint.com/gadfly/russia-s-pariah-status-from-ukraine-will-take-its-financial-toll__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mNoW-VdoPfK907vQf-WHJ4ANTJfIowjZFmSKAuieLcAXwx_L6QLwcijBQm8Sg_whmP2e$

Mexico’s cartels are finding new ways to get their hands on a new kind of gun: One chart that tells the story: 70 percent of guns seized in Mexico and traced by the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) from 2009 to 2014 came from the US https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.vox.com/2016/1/14/10771628/gun-violence-america-mexico*content__;Iw!!On18fmf1aQ!mNoW-VdoPfK907vQf-WHJ4ANTJfIowjZFmSKAuieLcAXwx_L6QLwcijBQm8Sg_oeUm5N$

EU to Purchase and Deliver Weapons to Ukraine in Historic First: The European Union will finance the purchase and delivery of $500 million worth weapons to Ukraine, marking the first time in the bloc’s history that it will send arms to a country under attack.

Ukraine Agrees to Meet for Negotiations With Russia at Belarus Border:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky agreed to hold discussions with Moscow “without preconditions.”

# Gov / Politics
Giuliani’s legal problems deepen as ‘false electors’ scheme investigated. Ex-prosecutors say possible charges could include falsifying voting documents and conspiracy to defraud the US https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/590832-giuliani-led-fake-electors-plot-cnn__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mNoW-VdoPfK907vQf-WHJ4ANTJfIowjZFmSKAuieLcAXwx_L6QLwcijBQm8Sg4XLVaxm$

Why Biden is going easy on Russia’s energy industry: U.S. and European dependence on Russian oil and gas is tempering the push for harsh sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Republicans Are Already Sabotaging Biden’s Fragile Diplomacy With Iran.
The GOP, like the hardliners in Iran, has long opposed any deal that the other country could agree on.

# Military / DOD
A team of American and British special forces veterans are preparing to join Ukraine’s fight against Russia https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/christopherm51/american-nato-military-veterans-fight-russia-with-ukraine__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mNoW-VdoPfK907vQf-WHJ4ANTJfIowjZFmSKAuieLcAXwx_L6QLwcijBQm8Sg6G8X8hw$

# Military / Global
Russia Stumbles in Biggest Test of Its Military Force. Initial setbacks spur fears that Russians will step up firepower.

Kyiv and Moscow Hold Talks as Ukrainian Troops Repel Russian Attacks.
Delegations from Kyiv and Moscow are holding discussions at the Ukraine-Belarus border after days of war.

The Russian Invasion Touches Outer Space. The long-held idea that earthly conflict can’t tarnish something as lofty as space travel is only a platitude, not a certainty.

U.S. official: Belarus is preparing to join Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko are allies, and the troops could leave Belarus for Ukraine as early as Monday https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://theweek.com/russo-ukrainian-war/1010678/us-official-belarus-is-preparing-to-join-russian-invasion-of-ukraine__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mNoW-VdoPfK907vQf-WHJ4ANTJfIowjZFmSKAuieLcAXwx_L6QLwcijBQm8Sgz3XdaT0$

Breaking: Putin Puts Russian Nuclear Deterrence Forces on High Alert Over Aggressive Statements By NATO: Putin has ordered the defence minister and the chief of the military to put nuclear deterrent forces in a ‘special regime of combat duty’

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile Toward Sea of Japan. The Japanese government lodged a protest with North Korea via the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, Kishi said. Tokyo and Pyongyang do not have diplomatic relations.

# Nuclear
Opinion: Bury it? Shoot it into space? Why scientists still can’t find a place for nuclear waste. Propositions abound: from catapulting it into space, ditching it between tectonic plates, or burying it deep underground on remote islands.

# Science
The brain activity of a dying person was recorded for the first time ever. A patient’s unexpected death during a study has given us the first recording of a dying human brain.

Novel treatment might be the key to cure HIV: Scientists cure a woman infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) using a never-seen-before treatment.

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