Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-12-04

Voices, The Peoples News

December 4, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Corn Nourishes the Hopi Identity, but Climate-Driven Drought Is Stressing the Tribe’s Foods and Traditions:
Most Hopi grow corn with only the precipitation that falls on their fields, but two decades of drought have some of them testing the waters of irrigation and hoping they can preserve other customs with their harvests

# Border / Immigration
DOJ Tried to Hide Report Warning That Private Border Wall in Texas Could Collapse: The report confirms a ProPublica and Texas Tribune investigation that found the privately built fencing could collapse during major flooding. The federal government resisted making the findings public for more than a year.

# Children / Youth
Grieving Mom Says Athena Was Killed By ‘Sick, Cruel Monster’: The seven-year-old girl’s heartbroken mother said she wants “the world to know my baby, my first baby, my first true love, the reason I breathe.”

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
A Review of Criticisms of a ProPublica-Vanity Fair Story on a COVID Origins Report on the origins of COVID-19 released by the Republican oversight staff of a Senate committee. The report was the product of a far-reaching investigation into the question of how the pandemic began, and we wanted to give readers an inside view of the team’s work and share independent experts’ views of its findings.

CHD Attorneys File Federal Lawsuit to Stop California’s AB 2098 Intended to Punish Doctors Who Stray From the Approved COVID-19 Narrative: The suit alleges that the new law violates physicians’ First Amendment and free speech rights by prohibiting them from sharing information with their patients if it is inconsistent with what the law refers to as “contemporary scientific consensus” and the “standard of care.”

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Fitch Ratings warns recession could trigger property tax hikes: Fitch Ratings said the outlook for state and local governments was “deteriorating.” An expected recession could put pressure on state and local governments to raise property taxes

# Education / Schools
“Kids Seem to Be a Paycheck”: How a Billion-Dollar Corporation Exploits Washington’s Special Education System: Universal Health Services collected more than $38 million in tax dollars for special education services that families and former teachers say it largely didn’t provide

# Employment / Labor
‘Put Up or Shut Up,’ Says Sanders as Progressives Move to Add 7 Sick Days to Railway Deal: “If you can’t vote for this,” said the independent Vermont senator, “don’t tell anybody that you stand with working families.”

‘All of Rail Labor Is Going to Suffer’: Workers Furious Over Biden Move to Preempt Strike: “This is a legacy-defining moment for Joe Biden,” said Railroad Workers United. “He is going down as one of the biggest disappointments in labor history.”

Railroad Workers Slam Biden for Siding With Bosses to Avoid Strike: Frustrated railroad workers consider allying with a third party after a push for paid sick leave failed in Congress.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
What’s the effect of the Russian oil price cap and EU embargo? Western governments are aiming to cap the price of Russia’s oil exports in an attempt to limit the fossil fuel earnings that support Moscow. The cap is set to take effect Monday, the same day the European Union will impose a boycott on most Russian oil, its crude that is shipped by sea

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
A Uranium Ghost Town in the Making: Time and again, mining company Homestake and government agencies promised to clean up waste from decades of uranium processing. It didn’t happen. Now they’re trying a new tactic: buying out homeowners to avoid finishing the job.

Satellites detect no real climate benefit from 10 years of forest carbon offsets in California: Millions of dollars have gone into California’s forest carbon offset program, with little new carbon storage to show for it

Scientists watched 202  ‘Shark Week’ episodes and found them filled with junk science: A recent study offers evidence that marine biology’s biggest stage is broken, and suggests ways to fix it.

Experts Warn ‘Doomsday Scenario’ for Colorado River Basin Possible in 2023: “The problem with massive projects like Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam,” said one climate journalist, “is they were engineered for a climate that no longer exists.”

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other
Why Is Red Dye 3 banned in cosmetics but still allowed in food? Advocacy groups recently petitioned the FDA to stop its use.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Israel and US hold drills targeted at Iran: The exercises come soon after the head of West Jerusalem’s military urged Washington to prepare for a future attack on Tehran. The Israeli military has conducted joint training operations with the United States, holding a series of air drills to simulate strikes on Iran just days after West Jerusalem pressed US officials to accelerate their “operational plans” against Tehran.

Edward Snowden receives Russian passport – lawyer, the American whistleblower has now become a full-fledged Russian citizen, his lawyer says: Former CIA and National Security Agency (NSA) officer Edward Snowden has received his Russian passport after having been granted citizenship by President Vladimir Putin earlier this year.

Agents of Influence: How Russia Deploys an Army of Shadow Diplomats: Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has appointed dozens of honorary consuls. Many have spread pro-Kremlin sentiment around the world.

# Gov / Politics / US
A Billionaire Got the Chicago Mayor’s Support to Lease Public Land. Then He Wrote Her Campaign a $25,000 Check. After the donation from Joseph Mansueto, owner of the Chicago Fire soccer team, a city alderman asked for an independent investigation.

Musk Says Twitter Suppressed Free Speech Under Orders From Government: Elon Musk suggested that Twitter was acting under government orders to suppress free speech, with his remarks coming hot on the heels of the release of a trove of documents that lift the lid on some of the social media platform’s censorship machinations around the 2020 presidential election.

Released Twitter files show ‘election interference’ – Rectenwald to RT –The Democratic Party has kept a tight grip on the social network, the former NYU professor says:  The release of Twitter files on the blocking of the Hunter Biden laptop story exposes the extent of the company’s ties to the US Democratic Party and its role in election meddling

Pennsylvania county that ran out of paper ballots doesn’t certify election: In 2020, the same county came under fire following the discovery of discarded Trump ballots, which county officials blamed on a “temporary seasonal independent contractor.” Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County has failed to certify the results of the Nov. 8 midterm elections by the Monday deadline. The Board of Elections split 2-2 on certifying the results, with one abstention.

Arizona Counties Threatened With Class 6 Felony Charges if They Won’t Certify the Rigged Election: Kari Lake has spoken out against the rigged and conflict-ridden Arizona Midterm Elections, which were certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and several other counties today.  “I found out today that I have no choice but to vote ‘aye’ or I will be arrested and charged with a felony,” Ron Gould said during the Board of Supervisors Special Meeting on Monday.

Biden’s Secret Service rental vehicles burst into flames after he left Nantucket vacation: The Secret Service rented five vehicles from Hertz to carry the president and his family, and all five of them caught fire in the parking lot, according to footage first obtained by the Nantucket Current.

What’s Really at Stake in a Politically Charged Supreme Court Case on Elections: Moore v. Harper could transform the law, but not in the way that many pundits, or even politicians, anticipate.

Fetterman Taps Person Who Literally Wrote the Book on Killing Senate Filibuster as Chief of Staff: “It will be invaluable to have a veteran of the Senate and a veteran of state politics in these key positions as we serve the people of Pennsylvania,” said the Senator-elect about two key hires for his new staff

# Law Enforcement
San Francisco police defend ‘killer robots’ plan. Debate on Killer Robots Rages as Robotics Companies Partner with Police and Military: Police in San Francisco defended their potential use of killer robots on Thursday, insisting they would be a “last resort” and only for very dangerous situations.

# Legal / DOJ
St. Louis Can Banish People From Entire Neighborhoods. Police Can Arrest Them if They Come Back. A St. Louis ordinance lets courts banish people from huge swaths of the city as a punishment for petty crimes. These neighborhood orders of protection often prevent people from accessing the services they need and raise constitutional questions.

The Horrifying Exposé of Sexual Abuse at a Shady Megachurch: HBO’s docuseries uncovers the abuse that several members say they suffered at the hands of the secretive institution’s leaders, and chronicles their fight for justice.

# Media
Why the Media Makes Musk a Villain but Lets SBF Off Easy: Elon Musk is seen as a supervillain for using $44 billion of his own money to buy Twitter, but Sam Bankman-Fried is treated with kid gloves for losing billions belonging to others.

“Publishing Is Not a Crime”: The New York Times Joins the Fight to Free Assange: Leaders of Brazil and Australia are also urging dismissal of the U.S. charges against Julian Assange. Leaders of Brazil and Australia are also urging dismissal of the U.S. charges against Julian Assange.

The Continued Survival of Louis DeJoy: Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is still in office, thanks to the Biden administration’s inaction. Failure to nominate replacements for the Postal Service Board of Governors could give the postmaster general another year of job security.

# Medical / Health
Medical bills remain inaccessible for many visually impaired Americans: Across the U.S., health insurers and health care systems are breaking disability rights laws by sending inaccessible medical bills and notices, a KHN investigation has found.

# Science
There are a lot of questions and misunderstandings that surround gene editing, especially as the world still works to understand the technology. While gene editing and gene modification oftentimes are used interchangeably, it is imperative to understand that the two technologies are not the same.

# Water
The Cold War Legacy Lurking in U.S. Groundwater: For the first time, ProPublica has cataloged cleanup efforts at the 50-plus sites where uranium was processed to fuel the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Even after regulators say cleanup is complete, polluted water and sickness are often left behind.

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