Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-09-28

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

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Why are wild horses brutally uprooted from public lands while private livestock can stay? The Bureau of Land Management is misleading the American people about the nation’s wild horses and burros.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Global
85 Percent of the World Will Likely Live Under “Deadly” Austerity Measures Next Year: As 143 countries pursue harsh cuts to social programs, experts say “austerity is the worst possible choice.”

# Education / Schools
Students at almost 100 schools in Virginia hosted a walkout over new anti-trans school policies. The proposed policy put forward by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin would heavily restrict the rights of transgender students in public schools. “This is a step away from the right direction,” one high schooler told BuzzFeed News.

University of Idaho says staff can offer condoms for STDs, not birth control: Memo warns employees they should not speak in support of abortion following state ban on procedure

To Confront the Climate Crisis, Universities Must Refuse Fossil Fuel Industry Funding: Every research dollar, lab hour, and project report that is beholden to or biased by fossil fuel industry influence is a missed opportunity to address the climate crisis.

Los Angeles Teachers Are Burned Out and Priced Out of Living in Their City: The local teachers union lists unaffordable housing, large class sizes and over-testing as contributing stressors.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals / Global
Russian Gas Pipelines to Germany Blown Up: It Sure Does Look Like Someone Blew Up a Major Gas Pipeline Connecting Europe and Russia.  Nord Stream 1 and 2, had been turned off or were never fully operational since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in March, but had held tons of idled pressurized natural gas. That has since been spewing into the Baltic Sea, with one of the largest explosions off the Danish Coast.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
U.S. seeks allies as split emerges over global plastics pollution treaty: The United States is seeking to form a coalition of countries to drive negotiations on a global plastic pollution treaty

As the Supreme Court considers the fate of American wetlands, Annie Proulx’s Fen, Bog, and Swamp offers an elegiac love letter to overlooked ecosystems. “The history of wetlands is the history of their destruction.” People have always been hanging nature’s sponges out to dry, until the land is firm enough to support a farm or a strip mall. It has been going on so long that attaining any perspective on the losses requires stepping back thousands of years

EPA Launches New Environmental Justice Office: The agency announced the formation of the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights on Saturday, a move it said was in keeping with President Joe Biden’s environmental priorities.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other
USDA secretary says he is working on ‘made in the USA’ labeling for beef; cattlemen want faster action: A group of cattle ranchers is pushing hard for reforms on country-of-origin-labeling, known as COOL, and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture says he is already working on the situation. R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America is out with a new poll of voters that the group says shows “overwhelming” support for mandatory  legislation

What are ultra-processed foods and why are they so bad for you? Ultra-processed foods are extra tasty concoctions that we eat every day. Ultra-processed foods are made mostly from substances extracted from foods, such as fats, starches, added sugars, and hydrogenated fats. They may also contain additives like artificial colors and flavors or stabilizers. Examples of these foods are frozen meals, soft drinks, hot dogs and cold cuts, fast food, packaged cookies, cakes, and salty snacks. Processed foods are essentially made by adding salt, oil, sugar, or other substances. Examples include canned fish or canned vegetables, fruits in syrup, and freshly made breads.

# General Information / Other News
Burning books (or rather book companies): Think of this as the modern capitalist version of burning books, though as with those fossil-fuel companies, it is, in reality, more like burning the future.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Intel Warning: Concerns Grow Over Political Stability in Europe Related to Ukraine Crisis. After Big Unrest in Prague: Earlier this month, an estimated 70,000 demonstrators descended on Prague’s central Wenceslas Square to protest the country’s pro-Western government. Some Czech leaders have blamed Russian propaganda as the impetus for the demonstration, characterizing the protest as “pro-Russian” and against national interests.

Brazil’s Election Will Be Decisive for Indigenous People, the Environment, and the Climate Crisis: A reversal of Bolsonaro’s destructive policies is essential to to protect people and planet.

Get Out Now, U.S. Tells American Citizens in Russia: The embassy in Moscow issued an urgent ‘security alert’ amid widespread panic over Putin’s military draft. Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ U.S. citizenship, deny their access to U.S. consular assistance, prevent their departure

# Gov / Politics / US
The 2022 midterm elections are Nov. 8, and there’s a lot at stake. Every seat in the House of Representatives is available, as well as 35 Senate seats and 36 governorships. Here’s a state-by-state guide on voter registration deadlines.

‘People Power Has Won The Day’: Manchin Dirty Deal Defeated: The win was the result of “hundreds of national and grassroots organizations, along with concerned Americans from coast to coast, working together for the health and safety of frontline communities and a livable future for the planet,” said one campaigner.

The big scrub: GOP candidates strip the MAGA from their campaign websites. Republican candidates used to tout their pro-Trump, anti-abortion rights positions on their websites. Now they’ve gone missing.

Manchin ends pipeline push, easing path for spending bill: Sen. Joe Manchin pulls his energy permitting reforms from a government spending bill amid opposition from Democrats and Republicans.

Chomsky: U.S. Must Join Global Call for Negotiations as Russia Escalates Actions: There’s no certainty negotiations would result in peace, but as Chomsky says, there is only one way to find out: Try.

End this lunacy NOW: Biden approves an additional $1.1 billion in security assistance for Ukraine: The Biden regime announced 1.1 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine on Wednesday, bringing the U.S. commitment to more than 16.2 billion since Russia’s invasion special operation in late February. The announcement of the upcoming aid package, the 22nd such installment, follows referendums held in four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine.

# Law Enforcement
Woman Gave Birth Alone on Dirty Jail Floor, Lawsuit Claims: Nurses dismissed her cries for help and jail staff laughed, the plaintiff alleges.

# Legal / DOJ
Secret Service took the cellphones of 24 agents involved in Jan. 6 response and gave them to investigators: Senior leadership at the Secret Service confiscated the cellphones of 24 agents involved in the agency’s response to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol and handed them over to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general  [Where’s the cellphone seizures of those who leaked the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade to stoke riots all summer?]

States ask appeals court to reinstate 2020 antitrust lawsuit against Meta Platforms Inc: The lawsuit, which was originally filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), alleged that “Meta used its monopoly power to buy potential competitors and curtail competitive behavior.”

Oath Keepers leader seditious conspiracy trial begins:  Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of the founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates charged with seditious conspiracy, one of the most serious cases to emerge from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

# Medical / Health
U.S. district judge is weighing whether or not to issue a preliminary injunction in favor of abortion funds that help Texans pay for abortions out of state. The group of nonprofits argues that statements from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have made them so fearful of criminal and civil penalties they have ceased their work.

# Military / Global
What are tactical nuclear weapons? Here’s what they mean for the war in Ukraine: What are tactical nuclear weapons? An international security expert explains and assesses what they mean for the war in Ukraine. Putin has characterized the war in Ukraine as an existential battle against the West, which he said wants to weaken, divide and destroy Russia.

# Water
Texas the Biggest Culprit in Toxic Waterway Discharge in U.S., Report Finds: A new report from nonprofit Environment America analyzed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data and found that Texas is the No. 1 state in the U.S. for discharging of toxic pollutants into streams, rivers and lakes. The company released 2.7 million pounds of nitrate compounds into local waterways in 2020.

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