Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-11-13

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November 13, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 To Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
The Precarious State of a Cultural Keystone Species: Tribal and Biological Assessments of the Role and Future of Black Ash. Black ash (Fraxinus nigra Marsh.) plays a central role in several Native American teachings (including a Wabanaki creation story) and has long been used for basketry, yet relatively little is known about the species’ ecology. The ongoing invasion of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire), an invasive beetle killing millions of ash trees in eastern North America, threatens the future of black ash and the centuries-old basketry tradition

Supreme Court Considers Dismantling Native Sovereignty in Haaland v. Brackeen: The Supreme Court is deciding whether to overturn four decades of legal precedent on Indigenous rights. In the worst-case scenario, the court could usher in a new termination era in which tribes’ nation-to-nation relationship with the U.S. would be terminated as was done in the 1950s and 60s. Tribal sovereignty and nationhood would be eliminated, with disastrous consequences for Native people.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Exclusive Interview – Dr. Joe Mercola of Mercola.com with NVIC’s Co-founder and President Barbara Loe Fisher.
This in-depth interview discusses topics that include the coronavirus pandemic and COVID vaccine, censorship, growing public skepticism of the mass vaccination system, and more.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Already in a Hole, the Federal Reserve Keeps Digging: The Fed’s strategy of hiking interest rates has nothing to do with inflation, but Jerome Powell is determined to keep going. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian wrote about the true causes of inflation. Unfounded Fed tightening myths are backfiring on the economy.

Economics professor: Interest rates likely will continue to rise into 2023, lead to job losses: While high rates of inflation have hit the entire nation hard, some regions have experienced it more intensely

The Working Class Lost the $2 Billion Powerball Lottery: This is no accident, but rather the conscious marketing decisions of predatory lottery companies, who purposely market aggressively in lower-income communities and communities of color. The impressive potential payout of the lottery, coupled with the relatively low cost of buying a single ticket, can lead to addictive behaviors that can be extremely destructive to already distressed individuals.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
Ohio Lawmakers Seek Strict Rules for “Clean Energy” Lending: A statewide clean-energy lending program in Ohio stalled last year before making any loans. Lawmakers want to add consumer protections in case the program resurfaces.

Satellites discovered two “dark ships” near Nord Stream before the explosions: Satellite monitors discovered two vessels with their trackers turned off in the area of the pipeline prior to the suspected sabotage in September.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
Peter Dykstra: Environmental takeaways from Election Day: The midterms came and went. And because we have to, you know, count all of the ballots, some things are still unresolved.

California Regulators Urged to Ban Herbicide Linked to Parkinson’s Disease: Dozens of Countries Have Banned Paraquat, But U.S. Use Is Increasing

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other
Rethinking artificial sweeteners? Fake sugars may not cause cancer but they’re not great for losing weight either:  The WHO advises against using artificial sweeteners for dieting purposes.

# General Information / Other News
Trump’s Election Gambit to Avoid Charges Isn’t So Sound: Donald Trump may think he can never be indicted as a political candidate. But former prosecutors say they fully expect charges.

Trump Sues House January 6 Panel to Avoid Testifying: The suit will likely allow Trump to escape being forced to testify before the committee disbands.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Russia and US to hold first nuclear talks since Ukraine war: Russia said it will hold talks with the U.S. from late November to early December in Cairo about inspections of atomic weapons sites under the New START treaty.

Kremlin Darling Shocks Putin Officials in Backstabbing Spree: Vladimir Putin’s most power-hungry crony is plunging Russia’s elite into chaos.

Former British embassy guard pleads guilty to spying for Russia in Berlin: A former British security guard has pleaded guilty to spying for Russia when he worked at the British Embassy in Berlin, including giving a Russian military attaché details of the identities and phone numbers of British civil servants.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz strongly criticized the Iranian government Saturday for its bloody crackdown on protests in the country said Germany stands “shoulder to shoulder with the Iranian people.”

# Gov / Politics / US
Four States Just Got a ‘Trifecta’ of Democratic Control, Paving the Way for Climate and Clean Energy Legislation:
Democrats in Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota now run state government—and environmental organizations see the opportunity for more ambitious and equitable policies.

How Tennessee Disenfranchised 21% of Its Black Citizens: While many states have made it easier for people convicted of felonies to vote, Tennessee has gone in the other direction.

These 20 Churches Supported Political Candidates. Experts Say They Violated Federal Law. Churches aren’t supposed to endorse political candidates, according to IRS rules. Across the country, churches appear to be doing so anyway.

Computer chip ban signals new era as Biden and Xi meet: The Biden administration’s move to block exports of advanced computer chips to China is signaling a new phase in relations between the globe’s two largest economies

Scott Ritter: America’s Hubris is Stunning and a Threat to World Peace: “One has to question who is the power seeking to turn this into a nuclear conflict. Because I don’t think it’s Russia.”

# Law Enforcement
Reforms Falter in Police Department Under Scrutiny for Killings: More than two years ago, the California DOJ endorsed 45 reforms for the Vallejo police. The department has implemented 2 of those.

Newly Obtained Uvalde 911 Calls Shed More Light on Botched Police Response: Audio and police camera footage obtained by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune show the depths of confusion in the law enforcement response to the Uvalde school shooting.  Several state police troopers remain under investigation.

# Medical / Health
Green Tea and Red Wine Show Ability to Clean out Alzheimer’s-related Brain Blockages: A new Alzheimer’s study has found two compounds that reduce the buildup of harmful plaques in the brain, one of hallmarks of the disease. Importantly, these compounds are common ingredients in two popular drinks: green tea and red wine

To improve a promising cancer drug, cut it in half: A new study shows that when an experimental cancer medication is split in half, the molecule becomes safer and more effective.

South Dakota Approved Medicaid Expansion, But Implementation May Not Be Easy: South Dakotans overwhelmingly voted to expand Medicaid, but conservative state politicians may put up road blocks.

Her Child Was Stillborn at 39 Weeks. She Blames a System That Doesn’t Always Listen to Mothers. Every year more than 20,000 pregnancies in the U.S. result in a stillbirth, but not all of these tragedies were inevitable. As many as one in four stillbirths are potentially preventable.

# Military / DOD
The Stage Is Set for US Combat Troops in Ukraine: No nation can be expected to live at peace when a gun is pointed at its head. (“If anyone from the outside interferes in Ukraine, they should know this: If they create threats for us… we will retaliate immediately. We have all the tools we need to respond, and all the decisions on this (matter), have already been made.” Russian President Vladimir Putin)

The US military is operating in more countries than we think:     “This proliferation of secret war is a relatively recent phenomenon, and it is undemocratic and dangerous.”

Where in the World Is the U.S. Military? Despite recently closing hundreds of bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States still maintains nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories abroad, from giant “Little Americas” to small radar facilities. Britain, France and Russia, by contrast, have about 30 foreign bases combined. By my calculation, maintaining bases and troops overseas cost $85 to $100 billion in fiscal year 2014; the total with bases and troops in warzones is $160 to $200 billion.

# Science
Scientists made a material that doesn’t exist on Earth. That’s only the start of the story: If synthetic tetrataenite works in industrial applications, it could make green energy technologies significantly cheaper. Two teams of scientists  announced they manufactured a material, in a lab, that does not exist naturally on Earth. Until now, it has only been found in meteorites. It could roil the market in rare earths, currently dominated by China, and create a seismic shift in the industrial balance between China and the West.

How cancer cells can become immortal, new research finds a mutated gene that helps melanoma defeat the normal limits on repeated replication. One enzyme plays a key role in how tumor cells replicate and divide indefinitely. Identifying the genes that give these cells their immortality could provide new drug targets to treat cancer. A defining characteristic of cancer cells is their immortality. Usually, normal cells are limited in the number of times they can divide before they stop growing. Cancer cells, however, can overcome this limitation to form tumors and bypass “mortality” by continuing to replicate.

Zapping tiny metal drops with sound creates wires for soft electronics: Wearable medical devices and stretchable displays could benefit from a way to use high-frequency sound to create liquid metal wires.

# Social
Report Finds “Code of Silence” at Mental Health Facility Where Staff Abused and Neglected Patients: A newly released report from an agency watchdog echoes reporting published earlier this year that revealed widespread collusion to cover up misconduct at the Illinois facility.

Chicago Officials Withhold Key Financial Information as City Hands Public Housing Land Over to Wealthy Ally of the Mayor: Mayor Lori Lightfoot has pushed a plan to lease public housing land to the Chicago Fire soccer team. But as the deal awaits federal approval, the Chicago Housing Authority has kept key details hidden from the public and other officials.

# Veterans / VA
Many vets are landing jobs, but the transition can be tough: The nation is experiencing some of its lowest monthly veteran unemployment on record. But the rate, 2.7% in October can mask the difficulty of the transition from military to civilian work.

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