Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-18

Voices, The Peoples News

January 18, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
America’s Biggest Museums Fail to Return Native American Human Remains: The remains of more than 100,000 Native Americans are held by prestigious U.S. institutions, despite a 1990 law meant to return them to tribal nations. Here’s how the ancestors were stolen, and how tribes are working to get them back.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals / Global
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Biden, House GOP Refuse to Budge as Debt Ceiling Deadline Looms: While Treasury can employ extraordinary measures to keep making payments for the next few months, it’s a bad sign for how messy the standoff will grow. The Biden administration and House Republicans are heading toward an initial Thursday debt ceiling deadline without even a hint of an endgame, ensuring a months-long standoff that’s poised to rattle financial markets amid worries about a recession this year.

200+ Millionaires to World Leaders at Davos: ‘Tax the Ultra-Rich and Do It Now’: “Until Davos attendees start talking about taxing the rich, the entire gathering will remain a very public example of how out of touch they really are.”

White House: GOP supports the ‘ruin of millions of American livelihoods’ on debt ceiling

# Education / Schools
Florida Gov. DeSantis leads the GOP’s national charge against public education that includes lessons on race and sexual orientation. A judge asked Ryan Newman to define “woke.” Newman answered that “woke” is “the belief there are systemic injustices in American society and the need to address them.” Newman added that DeSantis does not believe systemic injustices exist in the United States.

Dad Pulls His Biracial Daughter Out Of School After Classmate And Her Teacher Cut Her Hair: A Michigan father is outraged at the liberties taken with his child while she was at school. “I still want to know what justifies a teacher cutting a child’s hair without their parents’ permission? Any of this could have been resolved with a phone call,” Hoffmeyer added. “She doesn’t understand what’s wrong with her hair.”

# Employment / Labor
Sanders Calls on Starbucks CEO to End ‘Concerted and Relentless’ Union-Busting Campaign; “Mr. Schultz, my request to you is simple: Obey the law,” the Vermont senator wrote in a letter to Howard Schultz.

Microsoft Joins Tech Layoff Circus: The company said it plans to hire “in strategic areas,” focusing on artificial intelligence. Microsoft is cutting 10,000 workers, almost 5% of its workforce, as it joins other tech companies in a scaling back of their pandemic-era expansions. The company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the layoffs were a response to “macroeconomic conditions and changing customer priorities.”

When Global Trade Bureaucrats Earn Our Contempt: A panel ruling undermines the USMCA agreement on North American content. Biden should ignore it. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was a deal between congressional Democrats and Trump administration to improve the NAFTA in multiple respects. The goal was to ensure that more jobs would actually be created in the U.S.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
New Mexico’s new pollution rules leave oil and gas operators to police themselves. Lack of enforcement allows industry to keep emitting greenhouse gases, evidence shows.

‘This Insanity Belongs in Science Fiction’: At Davos, UN Chief Rips Fossil Fuel Expansion: “Fossil fuel producers and their enablers are still racing to expand production, knowing full well that their business model is inconsistent with human survival,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
How far can $25 million go to relocate a community that’s disappearing into Alaska’s melting permafrost?
A recent Interior Department grant aims to help residents in Newtok move to higher ground, but it’s just a sliver of what’s needed.  Nearly 200 people live in Newtok today, but the vast majority of them know they’re unlikely to stay here safely for much longer.

# General Information / Other News
DOJ Decided Not to Send FBI to Biden Docs Search: Instead, the president’s attorneys looked for the records themselves.

# Gov / Politics / US
US military spending in Ukraine reached nearly $50 billion in 2022, but no amount of money alone is enough to end the war: The US is giving record-high amounts of money to Ukraine, signaling it is invested in this war for the long run, a political science scholar explains 3 important things to know.

House GOP Lays Groundwork for Mayorkas Impeachment: “Senior House Republicans are moving swiftly to build a case against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as they strongly weigh launching rare impeachment proceedings against a Cabinet secretary, a plan that could generate sharp backlash from GOP moderates.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Tuesday that he wants to permanently ban numerous safety measures meant to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including mask and vaccine mandates. “When the world lost its mind, Florida was a refuge of sanity, serving strongly as freedom’s linchpin,” he said at a press conference

# Law Enforcement
A Sheriff in Louisiana Has Been Destroying Records of Deputies’ Alleged Misconduct for Years: A lawsuit brought by the family of an autistic teen who died while in custody found the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office destroyed the disciplinary records of a deputy involved in the case.
See also: https://www.techdirt.com/2023/01/17/louisiana-sheriffs-office-illegally-destroyed-misconduct-records-for-more-than-a-decade/

The family of a young Black man who died in the custody of Memphis, Tennessee, police is outraged and looking for answers,  starting with the release of body camera footage that may help explain what happened to 29-year-old Tyre Nichols during a routine traffic stop this month.

Disturbing Video Shows Ohio Cop Repeatedly Punch Black Woman: Ohio’s Butler Township Police Department said it’s now investigating the alarming footage. In the clip, two police officers can be seen standing in front of their police cruiser in a parking lot while moving to restrain the woman.
Video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=691942075763580&extid=CL-UNK-UNK-UNK-IOS_GK0T-GK1C&mibextid=2Rb1fB&ref=sharing

# Legal / DOJ
U.S. Won’t Seek Death Penalty for Walmart Massacre Gunman: Federal prosecutors have not petitioned for the death penalty in a new case since the appointment of Attorney General Merrick Garland. Dallas-area native is charged with hate crimes and capital murder for killing 23 people in a racist shooting in El Paso in 2019

# Media
Minority-Owned Broadcast Deal Experiences Perplexing Delays at FCC: Foot-dragging by a federal agency over a deal that would create the largest minority-owned and female-led broadcast station group in U.S. history is raising questions about the Biden administration’s motives.

# Medical / Health
Websites Selling Abortion Pills Are Sharing Sensitive Data With Google: Some sites selling abortion pills use technology that shares information with third parties like Google. Law enforcement can potentially use this data to prosecute people who end their pregnancies with medication. Using a tool created by the Markup, a nonprofit tech-journalism newsroom, ProPublica ran checks on 11 online pharmacies that sell abortion medication to reveal the web tracking technology they use. Late last year and in early January, ProPublica found web trackers on the sites of at least nine online pharmacies that provide pills by mail: Abortion Ease, BestAbortionPill.com, PrivacyPillRX, PillsOnlineRX, Secure Abortion Pills, AbortionRx, Generic Abortion Pills, Abortion Privacy and Online Abortion Pill Rx.

# Medical Science
Experimental HIV vaccine regimen safe but ineffective, study finds: The clinical trial began in 2019 and involved 3,900  volunteers ages 18 to 60 years in Europe, North America and South America. Based on the DSMB’s recommendation, the study will be discontinued.

# Military / DOD
US, Ukraine top military chiefs meet in person for first time: Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met Tuesday with Ukraine’s chief military officer at an undisclosed location in Poland.

U.S. Begins Training Ukrainian Troops at Fort Sill in Oklahoma: Ukrainian troops have arrived at Fort Sill, Okla., and started training on the Patriot missile system, the Pentagon’s top spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

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