Voices, The Peoples News No. 2022-12-28

Voices, The Peoples News

December 28, 2022
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Salmon People: A Native Fishing Family’s Fight to Preserve a Way of Life. This documentary film features the plight of the salmon of the Columbia River and the Native people whose lives revolve around them.

This School District Is Ground Zero for Harsh Discipline of Native Students in New Mexico: In Gallup-McKinley County Schools, wearing the wrong color shirt can get you written up for “gang-related activity.” Banging on a window is bullying. The district is responsible for most of New Mexico’s disproportionate expulsions of Native students.

# Indigenous / Global
Leaders from an Oji-Cree First Nation in Treaty 9 in Ontario say they want the Canadian government to take action to properly compensate all their community members enduring a long-term boil-water advisory, after learning most of them won’t be eligible for a class action settlement. Canada’s Federal Court and Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench jointly approved an $8-billion settlement for First Nations living under drinking-water advisories lasting longer than one year.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
‘Disastrous’: SCOTUS upholds Title 42 migrant policy during court fight: “As a Covid control strategy, a humanitarian policy, and a border policy, Title 42 has not only failed but caused irreparable harm on a massive scale.” “Title 42 was unnecessary when it was first used and it continues to be wrong. It must end,” said one rights advocate. “This country is at its best when it welcomes people seeking asylum with dignity and compassion.”

# Children / Youth
The “Death Penalty” of Child Welfare: In Six Months or Less, Some Parents Lose Their Kids Forever: Twenty-five years ago, Congress passed a law aimed at speeding up adoptions of children languishing in foster care. In the process, it destroyed hundreds of thousands of families through the termination of parental rights.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
3 Social Security Changes Joe Biden Wants That Republicans Support, Too: The PPC survey found that 59% of Democrats and 55% of Republicans supported replacing the CPI-W with the CPI-E.
*1. Increase the payroll tax cap: Social Security is on track to become insolvent by 2035. The problem is that more money is being spent on benefits than is being received in taxes.
*2. Raise the minimum benefit: Biden also would like to “implement a true minimum benefit” for retirees who receive Social Security.
*3. Change how COLAs are calculated
The big story for Social Security this year has been the huge cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) announced for 2023. However, there’s been criticism for quite a while that the way COLAs are calculated doesn’t truly reflect the costs that seniors pay.

2 Ways a New Law Expands Medicare Coverage: On Dec. 23, Congress passed a $1.7 trillion package that keeps the federal government from shutting down while also handing out legislative goodies for the holidays. These include, among other things, revisions to retirement law through the Secure 2.0 Act and to Medicare coverage through the Mental Health Access Improvement Act.

# Education / Schools
The most recent efforts to combat teacher shortages don’t address the real problems: Looser requirements for teacher certification don’t fix teachers’ problems, which are low pay, high workload and lack of respect.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Putin bans all Oil Sales to ‘Price Cap’ States: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an Executive Order on Tuesday, December 27, banning the sale of oil and oil products to foreign companies and individuals abiding by the price cap imposed by the Westrn nations.

# Environment / Climate / Global
The Senegal man on a mission to plant five million trees: Adama Diémé was motivated after seeing once-verdant villages in Senegal without a single tree.

# General Information / Other News
The Montreal Convention and international passenger rights: International airline passengers are protected under the Montreal Convention, and unfortunately, many people are unaware this treaty exists.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Russian Lawmaker Who Slammed Putin’s War Dies in Window Fall: Two days before Pavel Antov fell out a window, a Russian businessman he was traveling with was also found dead, according to local reports. Russian entrepreneur and local lawmaker Pavel Antov, who criticized the Kremlin’s assault on Ukraine on one brief occasion,  was found dead on Christmas Eve during a holiday in India, with authorities reportedly saying he fell from his hotel window. A friend of Antov named Vladimir Budanov died in the same hotel just days earlier.

# Gov / Politics / US
Shadow Diplomats Have Posed a Threat for Decades. The World’s Governments Looked the Other Way: The U.S. State Department trusts foreign governments to nominate reputable honorary consuls, despite global accounts of wrongdoing.

Right-Wing Extremists Will Hate This New Government Spending: The omnibus bill included new spending for two programs that conservatives are sure to hate. In one of their final moves before they relinquish control of the U.S. House, Democratic lawmakers made sure to do something Republicans almost certainly never would: significantly expand the federal government’s resources to prosecute Jan. 6 rioters and counter domestic extremism.

# Legal / DOJ
They Called 911 for Help. Police and Prosecutors Used a New Junk Science to Decide They Were Liars: Tracing the fallacy of 911 call analysis through the justice system, from Quantico to the courtroom. Prosecutors know it’s junk science too. But that hasn’t stopped some from promoting his methods and even deploying 911 call analysis in court to win convictions.

Jan 6 committee refers Donald Trump for criminal prosecution on four counts: Four Republicans referred to House ethics committee for refusing to comply with panel’s subpoenas, including Kevin McCarthy. The panel made several criminal charge referrals to the Department of Justice against the former president, including obstruction of a congressional proceeding, conspiracy to defraud the United States, inciting an insurrection and conspiracy to make a false statement.

Nevada Republicans appoint failed GOP politician with no judicial experience to judgeship: Michele Fiore, a Republican politician, has been appointed to a Nevada judgeship even though she has no prior legal or judicial experience. She has also previously been accused of obstructing an investigation into her own business and once said it’s okay to point a gun at federal officers. County commissioners unanimously appointed her to the judgeship. She will serve on the court through 2024.

# Medical / Health
Medicare Advantage Is a Massive Scam: Medicare is being stealthily privatized through the Advantage program, in which private insurance companies are paid to provide Medicare coverage. The program has mountains of regulations to prevent profiteering, which don’t work, these companies have figured out several ways to rig the system, and provide worse coverage for a higher price. But those profits allow them to advertise and lobby heavily, and if present trends continue, fairly soon almost every senior will be enrolled in Advantage plans.

# Military / DOD
Space Force launches slick new website to recruit guardians of tomorrow: The youngest branch of the U.S. military hopes its flashy new website will attract new troops and overcome recruiting challenges that have plagued virtually every branch of the armed forces in recent years.

# Science
This Popular Food Dye Could be Triggering IBD in Children, Scientists Warn: Increasingly common food dye Allura Red AC is used to add color and texture to sweets, soft drinks, dairy products and some cereals, often with the aim of attracting children. But new animal testing revealed the dye disrupts the way the gut barrier works, harming gut health, encouraging inflammation, and potentially influencing the development of IBDs such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. As if there isn’t enough reason to keep children away from junk food as much as possible, new research suggests some products could be linked to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

# Veterans / VA
Kin of two US sailors, veteran killed by ISIS sue French firm that bribed group: The families of three active-duty or former U.S. service members killed by the Islamic State are suing a French company that pleaded guilty to providing material support to the terrorist group.

# Water
A Water War Is Brewing Over the Dwindling Colorado River: Diminished by climate change and overuse, the river can no longer provide the water states try to take from it.

Los Angeles taps contaminated aquifers at Superfund sites to boost drinking water supplies: The three new treatment facilities are expected to become operational in the second half of 2023. The project is a major step toward achieving the city’s goal of obtaining 70% of its water from local sources by 2035. About half of the $600 million price tag for the three facilities is funded by a $7.5 billion water bond measure.

Study: Higher concentrations of arsenic, uranium in drinking water in Black, Latino, Indigenous communities: The findings underscore the reality that communities where people of color live often bear the brunt of “contamination that they didn’t cause.” There are greater concentrations of arsenic and uranium in the drinking water of communities nationwide that have a high proportion of Black, Latino or Indigenous residents, compared to the levels in other locales, according to a team of researchers

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