Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-10-28

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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A Message from Jeffrey St. Clair:
I have been writing about wars for nearly three decades now, even when
I’d rather be writing about cerulean warblers or the geology of the Snake
River canyon. New wars keep coming, regardless of who controls Congress
or the White House, and the old ones don’t end. Not really: Iraq,
Afghanistan, Somalia, Serbia, Libya, Palestine, and now Ukraine.
History keeps getting recycled, only more gruesomely.
We can’t move on, we must move on.
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# Indigenous
Drilling down on water access as drought becomes the ‘new normal’: Navajo Nation’s chief hydrologist weaves scientific knowledge with Diné cultural values to address clean water issues across the reservation. Crystal Tulley-Cordova’s job is addressing one of the most pressing needs of the Navajo Nation: access to clean water.

Treaty-less tribes struggle to have their rights recognized: A five-year fight over a few dozen clams in Washington highlights the inconsistent rights of Indigenous tribes.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
COVID-19 Origins: Investigating a “Complex and Grave Situation” Inside a Wuhan Lab: The Wuhan lab at the center of suspicions about the pandemic’s onset was far more troubled than known, documents unearthed by a Senate team reveal. Tracing the evidence, Vanity Fair and ProPublica give the clearest view yet of a biocomplex in crisis.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Six Republican-led states are suing the Biden administration in an effort to halt its plan to forgive student loan debt for tens of millions of Americans, accusing it of overstepping its executive powers.

The Economy Is Still Robust: Will the Fed take that health as a cue to keep strangling it? The third-quarter numbers on economic growth, released yesterday by the Commerce Department, contained some surprisingly good news. But the good news is bad news, in that it will likely reinforce the Fed’s resolve to hike interest rates by another three quarters of a point when our central bankers meet again next week. This will be the fifth such rate hike.

Another Fed jumbo rate hike is expected next week and then life gets difficult for Powell: Economists widely expect the Federal Reserve to approve the fourth straight jumbo interest rate rise at its meeting next week. The three quarters of one percentage point hike would bring the central bank’s benchmark rate up to a level of 3.75%- 4%.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
“This Is What Price-Gouging Looks Like”: Exxon Profits Break All-Time Records: Exxon has posted third-quarter profits of $19.7 billion, the highest ever posted by an international oil company.

Ro Khanna Unveils Bill to Ban US Gas Exports as Big Oil Rakes in Record Profits: The California Democrat’s bill would temporarily bar U.S. gas exports when prices at the pump are high—like they are right now.

Historic Exxon, Chevron Profits Signal ‘All-Out War on American Consumers’: “Instead of providing badly needed relief to consumers, they spent over $32 billion to enrich their wealthy shareholders while forcing American families to foot the bill.”

Special Report: Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking: The agency believes most of the methane comes from the more than 2 million abandoned wells it estimates were never properly plugged.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
European oil giants report ‘obscene’ profits as millions face deadly energy crisis: “We are sleepwalking into a life-or-death winter for so many people, but the government refuses to listen to us.”

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
‘Worst Possible News’: Scientists Urge Immediate Action as Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit All-Time High
“The brutal truth is here for everyone to see,” said one researcher in response to record CO2, methane, and N2O atmospheric concentrations. “Far from emissions being brought under control, they are actually accelerating.”

# Environment / Climate / Global
Data Reveals Major Africa Pipeline as Climate Killer: EACOP “promises to worsen the climate crisis, waste billions of dollars that could be used for good, [and] bring mayhem to human settlements and wildlife along the pipeline’s path,” said one climate expert.

# General Information / Other News
“Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland” explores the lives and attitudes of white voters suffering personally from the severe consequences of their states’ refusal to take advantage of benefits under the Affordable Care Act, limit access to guns or fund education.

“Dog Whistle Politics: Strategic Racism, Fake Populism, and the Dividing of America” explains how politicians from Reconstruction to Nixon, Reagan and Trump have convinced white Americans to vote against their own interests.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Russia Now Has a Second Front Line Just to Kill Its Deserters: Russian soldier on leaked call said: “If someone runs back, we snuff them out.”

On the Edge of Armageddon? Why Ukraine conflict is dangerously similar to Cuban Missile Crisis: Rising tensions between Washington and Moscow are reminiscent of a crisis from 60 years ago that nearly triggered devastation

# Gov / Politics / US
The U.S. Blunder That Could Hand Putin Victory in Ukraine: Squabbling over whether the U.S. should continue to bankroll Ukraine’s fight against Russia has Putin smelling blood already.

Ralph Nader Throws Support to Democrats Ahead of Midterms But Warns the Party’s Message Is Failing: We speak with political organizer Mark Green and four-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader, co-authors of a new report titled “Crushing the GOP, 2022.” They argue Democrats have the better policies but are not conveying them to a public that is eager to vote for a party that will protect democracy and their pocket books. ​​”This party doesn’t know how to win,” Nader says of Democrats.

GOP May Launch Impeachment Blitz If They Win the House: Marjorie Taylor Green, Ted Cruz and the House Freedom Caucus have identified Biden and his administration as targets.

Poverty Is at Emergency Levels in the U.S. Why Isn’t It a Midterm Election Issue? Issues like raising the minimum wage and expanding health care should be front and center.

DeSantis Is Using “Election Police” to Intimidate Voters With Felony Convictions: Florida voting rights activist Desmond Meade speaks out against the arrests of people on trumped-up voter fraud charges

Why the Most Dangerous Political Movement Since the Civil War Must Be Crushed: “This is an order of magnitude we have never seen before,” Nader concluded, denouncing Republicans. “We have never seen a party literally trying to repress the vote, miscount the vote, purge the vote, intimidate precinct worker volunteers, and steal elections.”

You, Poor Voter, Must Stand Back and Watch as Billionaire Plutocrats Purchase Democracy: Regular people cannot, but the billionaire class can spend as much as their hearts desire to influence election outcomes.

# Law Enforcement
6 Shot Outside Pittsburgh Funeral for Mass Shooting Victim: One victim is said to be in critical condition while five others are expected to survive.

# Legal / DOJ
Trump’s Secret Files At Mar-a-Lago More Dangerous Than We Thought:  “some of the White House documents that Donald Trump improperly took to his Mar-a-Lago residence were clearly marked as classified,” including ones that had the words “top secret” on them. That the materials the ex-president helped himself to weren’t simply stacks of White House stationery or crude drawings

Ordeal Is Not Over for Criminalized Survivor Wendy Howard After Trial Verdict: Abuse survivor Wendy Howard was acquitted of murder, but the prosecutor may decide to bring her to trial again.

Dallas-Houston bullet train developer vows project is on track, but state officials lack confidence: A lawyer is threatening to take legal action on behalf of 100 Texas property owners who are at risk of having their land being seized to make way for a high-speed rail line from developer Texas Central. Patrick McShan, the lawyer representing property owners, said if the company does not provide more details, he’s prepared to ask a judge to depose the company.

# Medical / Health
A Texas doctor has pleaded guilty to federal charges in relation to Medicare fraud. According to court documents, the doctor billed Medicare for more than $54 million worth of services, which included tests that preyed on older adults’ cancer fears. A federal jury found a Texas rheumatologist guilty today for his role in a $325 million health care fraud scheme in which he falsely diagnosed patients with life-long diseases and treated them with toxic medications on the basis of that false diagnosis.

# Military / DOD
Commander Bans Army-Issued Warm, Comfy Fleece Jacket as Winter Approaches: A battalion commander is forbidding soldiers under his command from wearing their Army-issued fleece jackets while on a rotation in South Korea.

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