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August 4, 2022
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# Indigenous / Global
Violence persists in Amazon region where Pereira and Phillips were killed: The government’s weakening of environmental agencies and Bolsonaro’s anti-Indigenous rhetoric have created a sense of impunity, emboldening criminals in the Amazon to retaliate against activists and environmentalists who expose their illicit activities, experts say.
For Brazil’s Indigenous people, slavery born of colonization still hasn’t ended: Since Brazil began recording cases of workers found working in slavery-like conditions in 2004, 1,640 Indigenous people have been rescued from these situations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 100 Indigenous people have been found working in these conditions.
# Border / Immigration
Border Patrol Agents Are Trashing Sikh Asylum-Seekers’ Turbans: “The turban is sacred.” At least 64 Sikh men have had their headwear confiscated and discarded by Yuma’s Border Patrol.
EPA Whistleblowers Provide New Evidence of Ongoing Failure to Assess Dangerous Chemicals: Managers in the New Chemicals Division have repeatedly and incorrectly used the idea that a chemical may cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract as an excuse to avoid assessing the risk of other harms it may cause. Those harms include cancer, miscarriage, and neurotoxicity, according to the whistleblowers, who work as health assessors in the division.
# Chemicals Global
EPA: Chemical in medical-device cleanser poses cancer risk: The Environmental Protection Agency is warning residents who live near medical sterilizing plants in 13 states and Puerto Rico about potential health risks from emissions of ethylene oxide, a chemical widely used in their operations. Laredo, Texas; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and Lakewood, Colorado, are among the communities facing the highest risk from ethylene oxide emissions, EPA said.
# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
COVID-19 variant BA.5 is dominant strain; BA.2.75 is being monitored: COVID-19 infections in the U.S. continue to rise, with omicron BA.5 causing an estimated 82% of cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It may be the most dominant strain, but it’s not the only one public health officials are monitoring. Omicron is a variant of COVID-19. BA.5 and BA.2.75 refer to as subvariants or strains of omicron. Variant basically means a mutation that occurs in the virus over time.
COVID rebound not limited to those who took Paxlovid: COVID rebound, which struck both President Joe Biden and White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci recently, doesn’t just happen in those who take Paxlovid, a new study finds. Rebound symptoms were spotted in 27% of COVID-19 patients who hadn’t taken the antiviral pill, with about 12% testing positive again, researchers report. The study has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Monkeypox vaccine availability and effectiveness: As monkeypox continues to spread worldwide, health officials have recommended high-risk individuals get vaccinated as soon as possible—but research is limited on just how effectively the available vaccines prevent infection
Unraveling the molecular mechanisms underlying severe COVID-19: Typically, the symptoms are triggered by an extreme immune response that causes elevated levels of cytokines, referred to as the “cytokine storm.” However, the detailed mechanisms of proinflammatory cytokine production are not fully understood. To disentangle these mechanisms, a team of researchers in Japan, has conducted a comprehensive study which was recently published in the journal mBio.
“God, No, Not Another Case.” COVID-Related Stillbirths Didn’t Have to Happen. A lack of testing data and government guidance led many to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy, unwittingly increasing their chances of a stillbirth.
New York Polio Case Now Connected to Traces of Virus Found in UK and Israel: Using sewage sample tests from three countries separated by thousands of miles, public health officials hope to unravel the mystery of where this polio started circulating and what threat it poses.
How Polio Crept Back Into the U.S: U.S. public health agencies generally don’t test wastewater for signs of polio. That may have given the virus time to circulate silently before it paralyzed a New York man.
U.S. Dragged Feet on Getting Monkeypox Vax Into Vials: The government owns more than 16 million doses of the vaccine in bulk but failed to ask for it to be bottled for distribution quickly enough.
Long COVID-19 and other chronic respiratory conditions after viral infections may stem from an overactive immune response in the lungs: While a strong immune response is essential to fight against viral infection, an immune system that continues to stay active long after the virus has been cleared can lead to lung damage.
U.S. Declares Monkeypox Outbreak a Public Health Emergency: The move will speed up the production and distribution of vaccines and treatments. First identified in monkeys in 1958, the disease has mild symptoms including fever, aches and pus-filled skin lesions, people tend to recover from it within two to four weeks. It spreads through close physical contact and is rarely fatal.
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Global
Sinema Wants to Prevent Closure of Tax Loophole for Rich in Reconciliation Bill: True to her funders, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is pushing Wall Street interests in relation to the reconciliation package. The carried interest loophole is infamous. It allows hedge fund managers and venture capitalists to have their income taxed at the 15% capital gains rate instead of at much higher income tax rates, often saving them millions of dollars a year.
# Education / Schools
At Liberty University, Veterans’ Complaints Keep Coming: The evangelical school earns substantial revenues from former members of the military whose tuition is supported by the GI Bill, but it continues to generate complaints from aggrieved vets.
U.S. Teacher Shortage So Bad Some Districts Try 4-Day Weeks: Experts say myriad factors are to blame, including poor pay and a newly virulent culture war that has left many educators feeling undervalued. Can four-day school weeks salve teacher burnout? Some school districts hope a shortened week will incentivize weary teachers to stay put.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical In Exchange for a Climate Deal, Joe Manchin Demanded a Terrible Price:
The West Virginia senator has agreed to support climate action, but only after ensuring his home state would remain a fossil fuel fiefdom https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://biz.crast.net/in-return-for-a-climate-deal-joe-manchin-demanded-a-terrible-price/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zzXTdDp686z6CFPpOzGc7YZYknIj5tUsNOy3TOgyt2WM_qX-UL84X7oZARJ4oTjyEz4Ry-fS1iViQtCDZZALmlOXkgH5TYnf$
Sanders announces amendment to strip all fossil fuel handouts from Manchin deal: The Vermont senator will also introduce an amendment to strengthen the reconciliation bill’s drug price reforms.
Your household trash could be used to power jets. Here’s how: Governments around the world have challenged the airline industry to convert to completely sustainable fuel by 2050. But what is Sustainable Aviation? The aviation sector has shown an increasing interest in renewable jet fuels in light of a new drive from the industry. Fuel manufacturer Velocys is developing a new plant that will convert household waste into a clean, sustainable fuel that could be used to power planes.
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure In a burned-down neighborhood, Coloradans call on Biden to declare climate emergency: Marshall Fire victims stood among still-empty Old Town Superior residential lots and urged leaders to declare a climate change emergency. With Senate climate compromise pending, Marshall Fire victims decry ‘lackluster’ clean-energy transition
Scientists Develop New Material to Clean Up Forever Chemicals: Researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife of Texas A&M University have developed a new bioremediation technology using plant-based material and fungi that could take care of cleaning up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
# Environment / Climate / Global
Global forest area declined by 60% since 1960, study finds: More monitoring, preservation, and reforestation globally is necessary to maintain forested land and prevent major biodiversity loss.
Volcano erupts in Iceland, but poses no threat to aviation yet: Iceland has even put a livestream of the volcano, while warning people to stay away from the lava and toxic fumes.
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other Lobbying Blitz Pushed Fertilizer Prices Higher, Fueling Food Inflation: ONE OF THE largest U.S. fertilizer producers lobbied the Trump administration to restrict foreign competition by imposing tariffs that are now contributing to inflation and the global food crisis, previously unreported emails and meeting notes show.
# Gov / Politics / Global
North Korea says Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan violates China’s ‘territorial integrity’: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was an “impudent interference” in China’s internal affairs, according to a statement from the North Korean Foreign Ministry.
Transporting Ukrainian children to Russia and putting them up for adoption has raised concerns among social workers, lawyers, and officials at local and international organizations. The transport of Ukrainian orphans to Russia has raised concerns among social workers, lawyers, and officials at local and international organizations. Around 30 of them fear this trend is part of Vladimir Putin’s larger strategy to empty the territories his military forces are trying to occupy and take control of the younger population by deporting them to territories that are already under Russian control.
# Gov / Politics / US
US ‘will not abandon’ its commitment to Taiwan, Pelosi says in Taipei: Chinese ships and aircraft were ramping up their military activity in response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday in Taipei, according to news reports U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi concluded her visit to Taiwan with a pledge that the American commitment to democracy on the self-governing island and elsewhere “remains ironclad.”
The GOP’s Love Affair With Joe Manchin Is Over: Sen. Joe Manchin was every Senate Republican’s favorite Democrat. Now, after he got to yes on a climate and tax bill, Republicans are feeling jilted.
U.S. Senate Ratifies Adding Finland and Sweden to NATO: Resolution passed 95-1 as senators emphasize the expansion’s importance to American security worldwide
A Right-Wing Think Tank Claimed to Be a Church. Now, Members of Congress Want to Investigate. Forty lawmakers are calling on the IRS and the Treasury to investigate after ProPublica reported that the Family Research Council gained protections by claiming it is a church.
News Organizations Sue Texas Department of Public Safety Over Withheld Uvalde Shooting Records. The lawsuit alleges that the state police have unlawfully withheld records, including body camera footage and emergency communications, during the Robb Elementary shooting.
Senate races attract nearly $1 billion ahead of 2022 midterms: More than $560 million went into the 34 upcoming Senate races nationwide in 2021, as Republicans fight to gain control of Congress and Democrats strive to increase their 50-50 marginal majority in the Senate.
Thiel-backed Masters to face Kelly after Arizona’s record-setting GOP Senate primary: Arizona’s Senate GOP primary attracted a record $15.7 million in outside spending, largely benefitting political newcomer Blake Masters.
“Pop-up” super PAC spent over $2.4 million in weeks leading up to three states’ GOP congressional primaries https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2022/08/pop-up-super-pac-spent-over-2-4-million-in-three-states-gop-congressional-primaries-in-three-weeks__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zzXTdDp686z6CFPpOzGc7YZYknIj5tUsNOy3TOgyt2WM_qX-UL84X7oZARJ4oTjyEz4Ry-fS1iViQtCDZZALmlOXkrEQSxLq$
21st-Century U.S. Foreign Policy Is Shaped by Fears of China’s Rise, Chomsky Says: The fears driving U.S. policy toward China draw from the deep racist currents that have always poisoned this society.
Sanders Takes Aim at Big Oil, Big Pharma Concessions in Inflation Reduction Act: Sen. Bernie Sanders announced two amendments to get rid of Big Oil giveaways and allow Medicare to cover dental, vision and hearing.
Budget Highlights: Biden Says $5.8 Trillion Plan Shows His Priorities: The president’s proposed budget would raise taxes on billionaires and corporations as well as increase spending on the military and domestic priorities like affordable housing and supply chain issues.
Warnings Grow over Nuclear War as Tensions Escalate Between U.S., Russia and China: The UN warned this week that humanity is “one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation” as tensions escalate. The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned this week humanity is, quote, “one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.” He made the comments at the opening of a major U.N. gathering here in New York to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Dark Money Groups Are Pushing Disinformation to Downplay the Overturn of Roe: Right-wing groups obscure the fact that the end of Roe could result in a wave of forced births and maternal deaths.
# Legal / DOJ
DoD’s missing Jan. 6 phone records need investigation, Senate leader demands: A top Senate Democrat is demanding an investigation into missing text messages from Defense Department leadership concerning the preparation for and response to the attack on the Capitol complex on Jan. 6.
Jan. 6 Panel Ready to Demand Alex Jones’ Texts and Emails: Lawyer who mistakenly handed Alex Jones’ cellphone contents to opposing side in Sandy Hook case might have landed him in congressional trouble too.
Jones’ Team Fumes: We Asked Atty to ‘Disregard’ Text Trove: Their emergency motion to have the texts deleted and scrubbed from the court record was, unsurprisingly, denied Thursday.
After Many Scandals NHS to close Tavistock Child Gender Identity Clinic: Tavistock and Portman trust’s clinic to shut, with two services set up in hospitals in London and north-west England https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jul/28/nhs-closing-down-london-gender-identity-clinic-for-children__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zzXTdDp686z6CFPpOzGc7YZYknIj5tUsNOy3TOgyt2WM_qX-UL84X7oZARJ4oTjyEz4Ry-fS1iViQtCDZZALmlOXksZ3Yno1$
Judge Rules West Virginia’s Medicaid Program Must Provide Gender-Affirming Care: The state’s exclusion “targets transgender people because they are transgender,” Judge Chuck Chambers ruled. “Transgender West Virginians should never feel as if our lives are worth less than others.”
# Medical / Health
New study makes case for expanding coverage for carotid artery stenting: The paper analyzes several large, multicenter randomized controlled trials encompassing data from over 25 years and more than 10,000 patients to demonstrate that carotid artery stenting can be just as effective as surgery when it comes to long-term stroke prevention and durability.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund sets new lobbying record amid fallout of Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. Planned Parenthood Action Fund spent over $739,000 in the first half of 2022 on federal lobbying on issues including abortion access, with about $170,000 spent in the year’s first quarter. This comes after the organization reported a 4,000% increase in donations after the Supreme Court released its Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization majority opinion in June.
Defeat of Anti-Abortion Amendment in Kansas Shows Voters Favor Bodily Autonomy: The stunning defeat of the anti-abortion amendment in Kansas points to the unpopularity of the overturn of Roe.
Biden Signs Executive Order Directing Medicaid to Pay Abortion Travel Expenses: It’s unclear how the program will work, when it will be implemented, or how it will avoid violating the Hyde Amendment.
# Military / Global
China Responds to Pelosi Visit With Taiwan Strait Missiles: Chinese warships and aircraft crossed into Taiwanese territory and fired “precision strikes.” Footage shows China launching missiles into the waters off Taiwan. Beijing confirmed military drills had started in six areas encircling the island country. Tensions between the two countries increased after the US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, visited Taiwan on Wednesday to strengthen relations with the US
Pfizer CEO Complains to Investors About Lower Drug Prices Under Inflation Reduction Act: Chief executive Albert Bourla said Manchin and Schumer were “wrong” to “single out” the pharmaceutical industry in seeking cost savings for the government.
Critics Decry Drug Pricing Provisions In Inflation Reduction Act, Say They Will Stifle Innovation
New method mass-produces antitumor cells to treat blood diseases and cancer: A Purdue University chemical engineer has improved upon traditional methods to produce off-the-shelf human immune cells that show strong antitumor activity, according to a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Cell Reports.
‘RNA fishing’ reveals new driver of melanoma malignancy and metastasis: Researchers at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) have identified several proteins involved in the progression of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. One of the proteins, PDIA6, was found to be particularly important for driving malignancy.
Researchers use 3D culture techniques to develop improved therapy for neurological diseases: Florida State University researchers have developed a promising strategy for producing therapeutic particles in stem cells, work that could help patients with neurological diseases such as stroke or multiple sclerosis.
# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
Connecticut Woman Captures Triangle Shaped UFO on Camera: This one is floating nice and low over a city street. Connecticut is a particular hotbed for this type of UFO, with most reports coming in the eighties and nineties. Nice to see the triangles haven’t left town.
Leaked docs: Facebook “bot” advisers secretly in pay of US regime change agency: Platforms such as Facebook on alleged state-backed online influence campaigns–has itself received $1.2 million from U.S. intelligence front USAID, for “counter disinformation and communications support.” This relationship has hitherto never been publicly acknowledged, and the resulting income is not reflected in the company’s published accounts.
Data Privacy Bill Would Unjustly Enrich Lawyers: Several leading members of Congress just introduced legislation to protect Americans’ consumer data from misuse and abuse.
New biofilm can produce continuous electricity from your sweat: Wearable electronics could soon be powered by dead microbes, based on this new study
# Veterans / VA
Senate approves bill to help veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins: Veterans and advocates who watched and waited on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building through heat and rain can now stand down after the Senate passed legislation that will expand eligibility for health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins.
Legislators adopt final bill reforming Holyoke Soldiers’ Home governance, extend implementation deadline: The Veterans Secretary will appoint the superintendent of the Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers’ Homes, and the bill also requires the state Department of Public Health to inspect both homes biannually and every 30 days during a declared state of emergency.
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