Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-03-22

Voices, The Peoples News

March 22, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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ICE claims ‘unabated’ legal access in detention during pandemic. Legal groups dispute ICE’s report to Congress, outline ongoing concerns https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://rollcall.com/2022/03/22/ice-claims-unabated-legal-access-in-detention-during-pandemic/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mFVHvrYUepraEh3NE0O2C7aYab-XAiF27adQQT3iVGTe8lUcyvzoUsYT29Qr–69K-bW$

# Children / Youth
Texas child welfare official resigns, saying top agency leaders scapegoated employees: “I’m frustrated with the system.”  Justin Lewis, who recently resigned as the director of child care investigations for Texas’ protective services agency amid allegations of abuse at a Bastrop foster care facility https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/texas-child-welfare-official-resigns-saying-top-agency-leaders-scapegoated-employees__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mFVHvrYUepraEh3NE0O2C7aYab-XAiF27adQQT3iVGTe8lUcyvzoUsYT29Qr-01NCl6h$

The European Adoption Consultants (EAC) is a business that was set up in
1991 by then President George H.W. Bush and Bill Barr, his Attorney General. This agency has been caught numerous times in its 41-year history trafficking children by fooling parents in poor countries with financial incentives. CNN actually did an investigation on the EAC in 2017, interviewing parents who had been lied to about their adopted children, and then found out from the children themselves that they had parents back in their home country who loved them.

# Covid / Pandemics
Saliva testing for COVID-19 quicker, safer than nasal swabs: Genetic testing of saliva samples identifies the SARS-CoV-2 virus more quickly than testing of nasal swabs. The research is published March 21 in Microbiology Spectrum, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

COVID-Fueled Solitary Confinement Still Plagues Prisons and Jails: Two years into the pandemic, prisons are still using torturous conditions over depopulating prisons to stop the spread.

# Education / Schools
School District To Host An Event Open To ‘Priority Families Only,’
Separating Attendees By Skin Color:  “Priority families” is a term defined on the flyer as “families of color, free/reduced lunch, families who have a child with disabilities and families who first language is not english.” The final two hours of the event will be “open to all families,” the flyer says.

# Employment / Labor
How a new Jeep factory In Detroit turned into a civil rights fight: The plant — and its 5,000 jobs, was seen as a victory for the city, until residents got sick.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical “I had to return my vehicle”: Rideshare drivers are struggling to pay their bills amid rising gas prices. Many drivers were barely making ends meet even before the cost of gas began to skyrocket. Now some are looking for new jobs.

Big Oil profits when prices surge, and corporations will cash in on this crisis. Oil and gas in Colorado is unlikely to ramp up production even as prices soar https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.denverpost.com/2022/03/14/colorado-oil-gas-prices-fracking-public-lands-russia-ukraine/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mFVHvrYUepraEh3NE0O2C7aYab-XAiF27adQQT3iVGTe8lUcyvzoUsYT29Qr-5TNbNRN$

# Environment / Climate / Global
Why Are Large Sinkholes Opening in the Arctic Seabed? Mapping technology reveals dramatic and rapid changes to seafloor bathymetry from the Arctic shelf edge in the Canadian Beaufort Sea. This massive sinkhole developed in just nine years.

Climate Change Is Destabilizing Earth’s Polar Regions. The ice shelf was cracking up. Surveys showed warm ocean water eroding its underbelly.
Satellite imagery revealed long, parallel fissures in the frozen expanse, like scratches from some clawed monster. One fracture grew so big, so fast, scientists took to calling it “the dagger.”

Pharmaceutical water pollution detected deep in the Brazilian Amazon:
Amazon Basin urban centers are contaminating the Amazon, Negro, Tapajós and Tocantins rivers with pharmaceuticals and wastewater https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.mongabay.com/2022/03/pharmaceutical-water-pollution-detected-deep-in-the-brazilian-amazon/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mFVHvrYUepraEh3NE0O2C7aYab-XAiF27adQQT3iVGTe8lUcyvzoUsYT29Qr-5nJZF8V$

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other Mercury found in skin lightening and anti-ageing creams sold online:
Zero Mercury Working Group tested 271 products from 15 countries and found nearly half to be contaminated at levels above 1ppm.

# Global Politics
Here’s one story about the Ukraine war that has not received sufficient
attention: A former Russian deputy prime minister who has remained part of the Moscow power structure, has spoken out against Putin’s brutal and illegal invasion. Former Top Kremlin Official Who Chairs Global Chess Federation Decries Russia’s War on Ukraine, “My thoughts are with Ukrainian civilians,” says Arkady Dvorkovich.

EU nations circle the wagons in new ‘Strategic Compass’: Officials had hastened to rewrite the document since the war began in late February, replacing the diplomatic approach where a would-be adversary is unnamed with plain language painting Russia as an aggressor against its neighbor and as a threat to Europe.

Ukraine rejects Russian demand for surrender in Mariupol: Ukrainian officials defiantly rejected a Russian demand that their forces in Mariupol lay down arms and raise white flags Monday in exchange for safe passage out of the besieged strategic port city.

Can China broker an end to Russia’s war in Ukraine? They’re longtime strategic partners but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is testing the strength of Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping’s relationship, Tania Branigan explains https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2022/mar/22/can-china-broker-an-end-to-russias-war-in-ukraine__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mFVHvrYUepraEh3NE0O2C7aYab-XAiF27adQQT3iVGTe8lUcyvzoUsYT29Qr-__kbW77$

Putin’s Holy Man Pushed for the ‘Eradication’ of Ukraine: Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill appears to be just as bloodthirsty as Vladimir Putin himself.

In a tough statement, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned that relations between Moscow and the U.S. could be completely severed because of Biden’s remarks and steps by the U.S. government to punish Russia over its invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Congress Again Rewards Israel’s Misdeeds: To judge by what Congress is up to these days, one would think that it wants to reward Israel for its relentless confiscation of Palestinian land and continued ethnic cleansing.

US, Ukraine quietly try to pierce Putin’s propaganda bubble: The U.S.
and Ukraine have knocked back Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to falsely frame the narrative of his brutal war, but they are struggling to get a more accurate view of the Kremlin’s invasion in front of the Russian people.

# Gov / Politics
Voting: Voters in Tarrant County are frustrated after seeing hundreds of ballots rejected due to Texas’ new election law. It was reported that
800 ballots in Tarrant County alone were tossed — three in the Republican primary and 815 in the Democratic primary.

Hannity was boosting and exploiting a Russian effort to undermine and diminish Biden. He cited a war criminal’s nasty potshot at Biden as evidence that Biden was weak and that this supposed weakness had led to the war criminal’s war crimes.

# Law Enforcement
NYPD Sued Over ‘Illegal and Unregulated DNA Database’ of 33,000
Profiles: The Legal Aid Society has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the NYPD and top city officials, claiming that the police have been operating “an illegal and unregulated DNA database” — taking samples from individuals as young as 12-years-old when they’re at the scene of an incident or in the precinct.

GOP Attacks Threaten Gender-Affirming Care for a Third of Trans Youth in the U.S.
Fifteen states are moving to restrict gender-affirming care for an estimated 58,000 youth and young adults.

# Medical / Health Care Global
An international team of researchers has found that some cancer cells are able to make up for a loss of tryptophan by conducting codon reassignments that allow for the production of phenylalanine “substitutants” (a word they coined to describe the peptides involved in their work).

# Medical / Health Care
Major credit agencies will drop most medical debt from reports: Most medical debt will be dropped from Americans’ credit reports as of this summer, the top three credit reporting agencies said Friday.

Nurses urge upstream approach to clean water and health: Too often, health professionals are called on to treat patients with conditions that could have been prevented, with quality primary care https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ehn.org/nurses-clean-water-2657002725.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mFVHvrYUepraEh3NE0O2C7aYab-XAiF27adQQT3iVGTe8lUcyvzoUsYT29Qr-9PbNfg-$

Drug combination shows effectiveness in patients with recurrent ER-positive endometrial cancer. A combination therapy that targets cancer cells from within and without caused tumours to shrink or stabilise in 75% of patients with recurrent or persistent oestrogen
receptor- (ER-) positive endometrial cancer, results from a recent clinical trial show.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://ecancer.org/en/news/21682-drug-combination-shows-effectiveness-in-patients-with-recurrent-er-positive-endometrial-cancer*:*:text=A*20combination*20therapy*20that*20targets,a*20recent*20clinical*20trial*20show__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!mFVHvrYUepraEh3NE0O2C7aYab-XAiF27adQQT3iVGTe8lUcyvzoUsYT29Qr-zf8FPoP$ .

Scientists uncover new targets for treating Parkinson’s disease.
Compounds already exist to potentially treat both inherited and non-inherited cases https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/researchers_uncover_new_biological_target_for_combating_parkinsons_disease__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mFVHvrYUepraEh3NE0O2C7aYab-XAiF27adQQT3iVGTe8lUcyvzoUsYT29Qr-68byXpf$

Metabolomic study links inhaled cortical steroid treatment for asthma to adrenal suppression. Concerns persist that ICS may reduce production of the steroid hormone cortisol in the body leading to adrenal suppression.
While initial adrenal suppression symptoms are subtle, continued progression can lead to fatigue, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and psychiatric symptoms.

Study shows that intranasal Rx halts memory decay in experimental Alzheimer’s model A research collaboration has found that applying specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators intranasally arrested memory loss and brain degeneration in an experimental model of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).

Researchers discover that anti-malaria drugs can fight pulmonary
disease: A research team at Colorado State University has discovered that drugs used to treat malaria are also effective at treating a pulmonary disease similar to tuberculosis.

# Military / DOD
Amid Russia’s War, Some U.S. Hawks Are Calling for Trillion-Dollar Military Budget Before this country succumbs to calls for a return to Cold War-style Pentagon spending, it’s important to note that the United States is already spending substantially more than it did at the height of the Korean and Vietnam Wars or, in fact, any other moment in that first Cold War.

Soldiers integrate air defense for the first time in major Alaska exercise. The recent biennial, large-scale arctic warfighting exercise in Alaska that puts soldiers, airmen and a mix of the other services to the test defending the far north saw its own first — air defense integration.

First Marine platoon of operational ACVs training with USS Anchorage for deployment later this year: The nearly dozen amphibious combat vehicles swam toward the shore, their shuttered hatches providing long-slung silhouettes in the Pacific as USS Anchorage (LPD-23) lingered a mile offshore.

# Military / Global
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: List of key events from day 27: The focal point is Mariupol, a strategically important southern port that has suffered some of the heaviest bombardment since Russia invaded. Many of its 400,000 residents remain trapped as fighting rages around them.

The smaller bombs that could turn Ukraine into a nuclear war zone:
Military experts say a new generation of nuclear weapons has raised the risk that Vladimir Putin might introduce less destructive arms in and around Ukraine.

Ukraine military tells residents to brace for indiscriminate Russian
shelling: Ukraine’s military said on Tuesday residents should brace for more indiscriminate Russian shelling of critical infrastructure.

Russia may not stop with Ukraine, NATO looks to its weakest link: Hours after Russian missiles first struck Ukrainian cities on Feb. 24, German naval commander Terje Schmitt-Eliassen received notice to sail five warships under his command to the former Soviet Republic of Latvia to help protect the most vulnerable part of NATO’s eastern flank https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-may-not-stop-with-ukraine-nato-looks-its-weakest-link-2022-03-21/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mFVHvrYUepraEh3NE0O2C7aYab-XAiF27adQQT3iVGTe8lUcyvzoUsYT29Qr-07pvvpu$

Japan spots Russian amphibious ships traveling between its islands: Four landing ship tanks, including one with its deck full of military trucks, were seen sailing in the Pacific Ocean westbound in the middle of last week https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.reuters.com/world/japan-spots-four-russian-amphibious-transports-sailing-far-east-2022-03-17/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mFVHvrYUepraEh3NE0O2C7aYab-XAiF27adQQT3iVGTe8lUcyvzoUsYT29Qr-5J2fQ9E$

“Absolute Hellscape”: Human Rights Watch Decries Russian Bombing & Siege of Mariupol: As Russian forces continue to besiege Ukrainian cities, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused them of reducing the southern city of Mariupol to ashes.

Ukraine retakes key Kyiv suburb; battle for Mariupol rages: Ukraine said it retook a strategically important suburb of Kyiv on Tuesday, while its forces battled Russian attempts to occupy the encircled southern port city https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-kyiv-business-europe-58eb1948eae037b72218abca32131498__;!!On18fmf1aQ!mFVHvrYUepraEh3NE0O2C7aYab-XAiF27adQQT3iVGTe8lUcyvzoUsYT29Qr-_VxIY-Q$

# Social
Shootings of five homeless people in NY and DC highlight routine violence against the unhoused population. Moreover, the risk of homelessness is growing as eviction moratoriums enacted during the pandemic expire, rental assistance funds run out, and housing prices around the country reach record highs.

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