Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-20

Voices, The Peoples News

January 20, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas National Guard soldier shoots migrant at border: An internal document obtained by Army Times does not indicate that the migrant was armed. It’s the first-known incident where a soldier has shot a migrant since the mission began. The injury is non-life threatening.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
At $31.4 trillion, the US has maxed out the amount of money it can legally borrow according to Congress. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the Treasury Department has initiated “extraordinary measures” to keep the government operational and below the borrowing cap. If the debt ceiling is not raised or suspended, it’s possible the US will be unable to pay its bills to global investors and support its social safety net programs.

# Education / Schools
Homeless students in Washington state face suspension and expulsion from school at almost three times the rate of their housed peers. Homeless students in Washington face the most severe punishments from school, suspension and expulsion, at almost three times the rate of their housed peers. A child’s housing status is an even greater predictor of discipline than race.

# Employment / Labor
Google Parent Alphabet Cutting 12K Jobs in Monster Layoffs: The headcount reduction is around 6 percent of the company’s workforce. The jobs cuts — the largest since the company’s founding in 1998 — will affect workers across different product areas, functions, levels and regions throughout Google parent company Alphabet.

USDA Ignores Its Own Proposed Labor Standards: The department has yet to implement a rule requiring its contractors to obey labor laws. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has yet to implement a proposed rule introduced nearly a year ago that would impose improved labor standards for department contractors. Labor and environmental groups initially celebrated the rule as a landmark reform for federal contracting but are now questioning the department’s commitment to seeing its codification.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
Abandoned mines could be turned into gravity ‘batteries ‘that could power the entire planet: When a mine has been exhausted of its resources, it often becomes a forgotten eyesore. But scientists now want to give them a new life as energy storage units.

# Environment / Climate / Global
‘Good News for Bees’ as Top EU Court Closes Pesticide Loophole: “Derogations with neonicotinoid-treated seeds are now definitely banned,” said one advocate. “This ruling is relieving and shows the environment counts more than profits from some sugar and pesticide companies!”

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Other
Iowa Republicans Push ‘Profoundly Cruel and Petty’ Food Benefit Restrictions: Under the new legislation, Iowans would no longer be allowed to purchase fresh meat, white grains, nuts, canned fruits, American cheese, and other foods with SNAP benefits. “This bill would restrict SNAP participants’ ability to make their own food choices, take food away from Iowans, and increase hunger and food insecurity in our state,” IHC warned.

# Gov / Politics / US
US has given $113B in aid to help Ukraine in its war with Russia, oversight report says

Will Biden Save Israel From Its Worst Instincts? The U.S. has only days to act before Netanyahu destroys the Israeli High Court. The short story: An ultranationalist, ultra-Orthodox government, formed after the Netanyahu camp won election by the tiniest sliver of votes (roughly 30,000 out of some 4.7 million), is driving a power grab that the other half of voters view not only as corrupt but also as threatening their own civil rights. That’s why a 5,000-person anti-government demonstration grew to 80,000 over the weekend.

# Law Enforcement
How a Police Protest Launched a ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Warzone: Molotov cocktails. Threatening messages. Police raids. A dead protester. What started as BLM-style activism got way more complicated.

How the USA PATRIOT Act redefines ‘Domestic Terrorism’: Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover ‘domestic’, as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act ‘dangerous to human life’ that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States

Oakland Police Chief Put on Leave Over Misconduct: A cop failed to report a hit-and-run and later fired his gun inside a building full of people. An investigation found he wasn’t properly disciplined. “This is also the first big challenge that the new Mayor Sheng Thao is facing. She barely just got sworn in and already the police chief is in trouble. It’s gonna be one of the biggest decisions she’s made is how she handles this,” says Matier.

# Legal / DOJ
Trump, Lawyer Ordered to Pay $1M in ‘Frivolous’ Clinton Suit: “This case should never have been brought,” the judge seethed in his ruling. The end of the lawsuit marks the latest legal setback for Trump as he grapples with an array of civil and criminal investigations, including the probe into his retention of sensitive documents, while some of his lawyers are under scrutiny themselves for conduct in those cases.

Young Thug Accused of Conducting Drug Deal In Court: The alleged bold move was captured on CCTV. The codefendant was later brought to a hospital as he allegedly appeared to ingest contraband in an apparent attempt to “conceal further crimes.”

On February 16, just 27 days from now, the state of Oklahoma is scheduled to execute Richard Glossip, despite overwhelming evidence that he is innocent. Glossip was sentenced to death for a murder that even prosecutors admit he wasn’t present for. No physical evidence linked Glossip to the crime. Instead, the case against him was built almost exclusively on the testimony of the admitted killer, who avoided the death penalty himself by saying the murder was all Glossip’s idea.

Judge: DeSantis Violated Florida Law but I Can’t Stop Him: A judge ruled that the Florida governor violated his own state’s constitution and a prosecutor’s free speech rights by firing him, but refused to undo the suspension. “In short, the controlling motivations for the suspension were the interest in bringing down a reform prosecutor,” the judge wrote.

# Media
‘Freedom for Assange and Journalism Are at Stake’: Belmarsh Tribunal Comes to DC. “As long as the Biden administration continues to deploy tools like the Espionage Act to imprison those who dare to expose war crimes, no publisher and no journalist will be safe,” said one of the tribunal’s co-chairs.

# Medical / Health
Super Strength Gonorrhea Strain Marks Worrying First in U.S: Contact tracing is underway in one U.S. state after the strain proved resistant to at least five antibiotics. The problem with gonorrhea, authorities said, is that it can present without symptoms, leaving those infected unaware if not tested. If left untreated, it can result in pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and other health problems.

# Military / DOD
US still holds back long-range ATACMS missiles from Ukraine: “Our judgement to date is the juice isn’t really worth the squeeze,’ says top defense official

# Other News
What is involuntary manslaughter? A law professor explains the charge facing Alec Baldwin for ‘Rust’ shooting death. To convict Alec Baldwin of manslaughter for the on-set deadly shooting of Halyna Hutchins in 2021, prosecution will need to show that the actor was either reckless or criminally negligent.

Trump Resort to Host Pro-QAnon Speaking Tour: The ReAwaken America tour is a conspiracy-laden road show hosted by Michael Flynn and Clay Clark. And it’s coming to the Trump Doral.

Trump hosts event featuring QAnon, ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy theorist at Mar-a-Lago: The event came two weeks after Trump had dinner with Ye and Nick Fuentes. A prominent adherent of the QAnon and “Pizzagate” conspiracy theories posed for photos with former President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort Tuesday night after speaking at an event hosted at the club, according to photos and videos posted to social media.

# Security
Scientists turn WiFi routers into ‘cameras’ that can see people through walls: With the help of AI, the researchers were able to detect the movement of human bodies in a room using Wi-Fi routers, even through walls.

Grinding your teeth could be the next facial recognition-like biometric authentification: Although the development should be called grind recognition, it is being pushed as dental authentication, according to reporting by trade publisher Unite.AI.

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