Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-19

Voices, The Peoples News

January 19, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Wildlife officials bring back feeding program for Florida manatees: It’s part of an effort that started last year to stave off manatee starvation. Why it matters: About 800 manatees died in Florida in 2022, the second-deadliest year ever recorded, according to preliminary Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) data released this month. The federal wildlife agency is considering whether to reclassify the rotund West Indian manatee and subspecies, including the Florida manatee, as endangered, which environmentalists have been calling for in order to ensure more resources to help stop the die-off.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
42 Texas counties now support declaring invasion at southern border: At least 42 counties have now declared an invasion or expressed support for Texas declaring an invasion at the southern border. More are in the process of making similar declarations, according to sources who’ve spoken to The Center Square. Harrison County’s commissioners and Judge Chad Sims signed a resolution Dec. 20 expressing support for “our Texas county partners,” expressing support for border counties “experiencing local disaster situations as a result of inadequate border security.”

GOP congressmen demand immigration parole answers: A group of Republican U.S. senators and House members want the Biden administration to explain what they called a reckless decision to expand immigration parole programs. The letter sent to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday morning says the Biden administration continues to worsen the border crisis. They also called the decision to expand the programs radical. “Since the day they took office, President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas have purposefully and maliciously eroded our nation’s border security. They have presided over the worst border crisis we’ve seen in decades and more illegal immigration than any administration  in recent history. Now, they aim to sidestep Congress and the law by granting parole to hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants,” said Sen. J.D. Vance, R-Ohio, said.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Evolution of a Theory: Unredacted NIH Emails Show Efforts to Rule Out Lab Origin of Covid: Virologists close to the NIH initially believed the Covid virus could be genetically engineered. Unredacted emails show how their thinking evolved. Unredacted records obtained by The Nation and The Intercept offer detailed insights into those confidential deliberations. The documents show that in the early days of the pandemic, Fauci and Collins took part in a series of email exchanges and telephone calls in which several leading virologists expressed concern that SARS-CoV-2 looked potentially “engineered.”

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals / Global
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Lawmakers in 7 States Are Working Together to Tax the Rich: Lawmakers are introducing wealth tax proposals as federal lawmakers fail to combat wealth inequality.

Inside the Controversial Sales Practices of the Nation’s Biggest Title Lender: Former TitleMax store managers told ProPublica and The Current about how they were trained to keep customers unaware of the true costs of their title pawns. When they were more transparent, they faced repercussions.

How Title Lending Works: Title lenders in the U.S. often use predatory practices to trap customers in high-interest loans. This guide will help you understand how title lending works and what your options are if you’re stuck in a contract.

How the Federal Reserve Protects the Top One Percent: Our central bank operates by and for the financial elite.
In short, as a first approximation, the current Fed policy of rapidly raising interest rates to fight inflation by throwing people out of work serves as a wealth protection device for the top one percent.

# Education / Schools
DeSantis Makes Alarming Request for Info on Trans Students: Some fear he will attempt to defund or scale back health services offered to trans students and faculty. Officials in the far-right Republican’s office asked for data on the number of students who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who have received treatment in university clinics state-wide, according to a survey the universities reportedly must complete by Feb. 10.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
New study finds ‘surprising’ warming spike atop the Greenland ice sheet: One of the planet’s refrigerators is defrosting, leading to melting events that could raise sea levels 20 inches by the end of the century.

Revealed: More than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider are worthless, analysis shows: The forest carbon offsets approved by the world’s leading provider and used by Disney, Shell, Gucci and other big corporations are largely worthless and could make global heating worse, according to a new investigation.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Russia’s FSB Launches Espionage Case Against U.S. Citizen: The unnamed American is “suspected of collecting intelligence information.” The American is suspected of gathering data on “biological topics,” Russia’s Federal Security Service says

# Gov / Politics / US
George Santos Once Also Known in Brazil as a Drag Queen Named ‘Kitara’: The lawmaker’s long list of lies and his questionable campaign financing are under investigation by local, state and federal officials — while prosecutors in Brazil have reopened a fraud case against him from 2008. Santos, who is the first openly gay non-incumbent Republican elected to the House, has resisted calls to resign.

Ukraine: Is the Hammer About to Fall? The plan to engage Russia militarily is a tacit admission that the United States can no longer maintain its global dominance through economic or political means alone. After exhaustive analysis and debate, western elites have settled on a course of action aimed at dividing the world into warring blocs in order to prosecute a war on Russia and China. The ultimate strategic objective of the current policy, is to tighten the grip of western elites on the levers of global power and to prevent the dissolution of the “rules-based international order.” But after 11 months of nonstop warfare in Ukraine, the US-backed western coalition finds itself in a worse position than when it began.

US Senator says training Ukrainian soldiers in Oklahoma poses risk to civilians: “We must put the people of Oklahoma first,” Dahm said. “We shouldn’t be allowing the unaccountable spending, corruption, and potential money laundering to now flow through Oklahoma with the presence of foreign troops on our land.”

# Law Enforcement
Alec Baldwin Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in ‘Rust’ Shooting: The film’s first assistant director and armorer also charged in connection with death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchens

Activists Demand Independent Investigation After Cops Kill Protester in Atlanta: The protester was shot and killed on Wednesday during a chaotic raid of the “Stop Cop City” forest defense camp. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation initially said a suspect was shot and killed after allegedly firing a gun and injuring a Georgia state trooper during the raid, but fellow protesters and community activists doubt the official narrative and are calling on journalists and legal observers to investigate.

Parents of Herman Whitfield III Share Bodycam Video Showing How Officers Killed Their Son:  Whitfield was an award-winning African American piano virtuoso who would have turned 40 years old last October. Early on April 25 of last year, Whitfield’s parents called 911 to ask for help as their son experienced a mental health crisis. Six armed police officers responded to the call. The videos show officers failed to call an ambulance and did not bring in mental health professionals as the family requested. Instead they responded with deadly force.

St. Louis has a new basketball court. Its funders were raided by the FBI: In July ’22, the FBI raided the St. Louis home of Omali Yeshitela, a leader in the African People’s Socialist Party and the chairman of the Uhuru Movement

# LGBTQ / Gender
Why Trans People in North Dakota Are Planning to Flee U.S: “Everyone is really scared right now. A lot of us are afraid of getting our rights or identities ripped away,” Zara Crystal, 20, said of the slate of anti-trans bills proposed in North Dakota this year. “I want to help as many people as I can.”

Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for Being Transgender in America paints a stark portrait of the economic insecurities that leave transgender people with high rates of unemployment and poverty. Transgender Americans face clear financial penalties simply because they are transgender and are left economically vulnerable because of two primary failures of law:
* Pervasive discrimination and a lack of legal protections
* Failure to adequately protect transgender students

Legislation Affecting LGBTQ Rights Across the Country: Anti-LGBTQ Bills: Anti-Trans Bills. These measures target transgender and nonbinary people for discrimination, such as by barring or criminalizing healthcare.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in America continue to face discrimination in their daily lives. While more states every year work to pass laws to protect LGBTQ people, we continue to see state legislatures advancing bills that target transgender people, limit local protections, and allow the use of religion to discriminate.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Study: THC/CBD Combination Therapy Reduces Seizure Frequency in Children with Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy
Over 90 percent of subjects treated with the combination therapy experienced a ≥50 percent reduction in seizure frequency at six-months. Medicines were prescribed to patients by clinicians in both National Health Service and private medical practices. Follow-up calls were conducted throughout the period January 2021 to May 2021 to keep data recorded up to date.

Case Series: Cannabis Effective at Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: Six of the seven participants reported “an improvement in symptoms” and “none of the participants reported any adverse side effects.”

# Medical / Health
Two paramedics in Illinois who strapped a Black patient facedown on a stretcher, leading to his death, have been charged with first-degree murder. An autopsy found that the patient, who was reportedly suffering from alcohol hallucinations, died from “compressional and positional asphyxia.” The Springfield branch of Black Lives Matter issued a statement calling the incident an example of the “constant bias and racism” that the Black community faces even when seeking medical treatment.

Danger in the salon: UV nail dryers damage DNA and cause cell mutation: New study has uncovered a concerning truth about the ultraviolet (UV) light devices used to cure gel manicures.

Watchdog Seeks Harsher Penalties in Wake of Abuse at Illinois Mental Health Center: The official cited investigations into a center for people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities, where workers lied or conspired to thwart patient abuse inquiries.

# Military / DOD
Biden Administration Readies Shipments of Armored Vehicles for Ukraine: Meanwhile, the  Biden administration is considering aiding Ukraine in a military campaign aimed at retaking the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia has occupied since 2014, even if such a move increases the risk of escalating the war.

As he arms Ukraine, Biden readies new weapon pipelines for Eastern Europe. A new $2.2 billion military financing package will be split between Ukraine and 18 other nearby countries.

# Military / Global
Russia’s Shadow Army Exposed and Humiliated by Bogus Recruit: The independent outlet The Insider reports that journalists got the idea to call Wagner’s hotline after the group started hanging up recruiting posters at bus stops and security companies.

# Other News
A funeral home scam sold hundreds of body parts for profit.  Hundreds Of Victims Of A Funeral Home Scam Are Supporting Each Other After Their Loved Ones’ Body Parts Were Sold For Profit. “I think every culture in the planet honors their dead in one way or another and with the way they treated him was not honorable at all,” Judy Cressler said.

# Technology
Repurposing wind power: How out-of-service wind turbines are giving new life to children’s playgrounds: Old turbine blades cannot be recycled for energy production but they can be reused for fun and aesthetics.

# Water
Arizona town cut off from water using rain to flush toilets: Rio Verde was cut off from its water supplies on 1 January by the nearby city of Scottsdale. The controversial move left hundreds without access to running water, prompting residents to file a lawsuit demanding that services be restored. Scottsdale argues that it bears no responsibility for Rio Verde.

Rain Barrels and Other Water Conservation Tools: Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and reduce storm water runoff. Use the collected water for household chores.

The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting: Rainwater is valued for its purity and softness. It has a nearly neutral pH, and is free from disinfection by-products, salts, minerals, and other natural and man-made contaminants.

World’s First Major City Will Run Out of Water in 90 Days: At present, Cape Town has less than 90 days of water left in its storage … no watering of gardens and not flushing toilets unless absolutely essential.

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