Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-24

Voices, The Peoples News

January 24, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Native Americans Significantly Over represented In US Prisons: According to the Safety and Justice Challenge report, the over representation of Native American people in the U.S. prison system worsens in states where they comprise a greater percentage of the population. According to the report, Native American people are incarcerated 38 percent over the national average and are over represented in the prison populations of 19 states compared to other races and ethnicities.

# Bundy Rides Again
Ammon Bundy Takes Plea Deal in Hospital Trespass Case: The far-right activist blocked an ambulance bay during a 2022 protest. Former gubernatorial candidate will serve one year of unsupervised probation and must pay $1,157 in fees

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Pfizer CEO Asked in Davos When He Knew COVID-19 Vax Wouldn’t ‘Stop the Spread’: “Mr. Bourla, can I ask you when did you know that the vaccines didn’t stop transmission? How long did you know that without saying it publicly? Why won’t you answer that question? I mean we now know that the vaccines didn’t stop transmission… but why did you keep it secret?

The FDA may simplify COVID vaccines to a single annual shot for many people: The annual shots could be designed to match whatever variant of COVID is currently circulating, much in the same way a new flu vaccine is formulated every year. In a decision that could come this week, the FDA is looking to step away from the confusing array of COVID shots and boosters that are currently recommended and create an easier-to-understand schedule.
A vaccine advisory committee will discuss and presumably approve the new strategy on Thursday.

How Deadly Were the Covid Lockdowns? Covid-19 is deadly, but so were the draconian steps taken to mitigate it. During the first two years of the pandemic, ‘excess deaths,’ the death toll above the historical trend, markedly exceeded the number of deaths attributed to Covid. In a paper we just published in Inquiry, based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we found that ‘non-Covid excess deaths’ totaled nearly 100,000 a year in 2020 and 2021.

FDA vaccine advisers ‘disappointed’ and ‘angry’ that early data about new Covid-19 booster shot wasn’t presented for review last year: The data that was not presented to the experts looked at actual infections: who caught Covid-19 and who did not. It found that 1.9% of the study participants who received the original booster became infected. Among those who got the updated bivalent vaccine … a higher percentage, 3.2%, became infected.

This Deadly New Disease May Affect Thousands of Americans. VEXAS syndrome was only discovered in 2020. And it may affect way more people than we thought.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
U.S. debt default could cost 6 million jobs: An economic jolt on par with Great Recession could be around the corner if the U.S. defaults on its debt, according to an analysis from Moody’s Analytics. Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, estimated that the U.S. would lose 6 million jobs, $12 trillion in household wealth and 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) if Congress and the White House fail to raise the federal debt limit before the U.S. runs out of cash.

CBO projects Social Security funds exhausted by 2033 without changes: Fresh projections from the Congressional Budget Office show the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund would be exhausted by 2033 if benefits are paid as scheduled

The US should break up monopolies, not punish working Americans for rising prices: Most of the gains from a more productive economy have been going to the top, to executives and investors. The richest 10% of Americans now own more than 90% of the value of shares of stock owned by Americans. The Fed is putting people out of work to reduce workers’ bargaining power and reduce inflation. They’ve got it all wrong

Call for new taxes on super-rich after 1% pocket two-thirds of all new wealth: In its report, “Survival of the Richest,” published Monday, Oxfam says the world’s billionaires are becoming richer.

# Education / Schools
The family of a 20-year-old hazing victim will receive nearly $3 million from Bowling Green State University to settle a lawsuit. Stone Foltz died in 2021 after being told to drink a bottle of liquor while pledging to a fraternity at Bowling Green State University. Since the incident, Bowling Green State University hired a hazing prevention coordinator and put steps in place to make it easier for students to tell the school about hazing. A new state law was also passed in Ohio that created tougher criminal penalties for hazing.

Florida Teachers Hide Books Thanks to ‘Ridiculous’ New Law: Educators could be prosecuted for issuing unapproved books to students. Fearing prosecution under a new law on library books, a group of teachers in Florida are using construction paper to hide their classrooms’ libraries from students.

Texas High School Basketball Game Erupts in Ugly Racism: Players of color were subjected to monkey calls and racial slurs, according to video footage and students at the game. Two Texas school districts have launched an investigation after a video surfaced on social media of high school parents and students displaying bigoted behavior,
including making monkey calls, to players of a basketball team.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical
What happens if the largest owner of oil and gas wells in the US goes bankrupt? Diversified Energy’s liabilities exceed its assets, according to a new report, sparking concerns about whether taxpayers will wind up paying to plug its 70,000 wells.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
People are building artificial beaver dams in drought-stricken Montana: How Human-Made Beaver Dams Could Help With Habitat Restoration. University of Montana ecologists are researching human-made beaver dams as a potential habitat restoration tool. Early case studies show the dams could dull the impacts of climate change seen in rivers and streams. The U.S. Forest Service is looking to use the simple structures on new sites in the state, but first, officials want to better understand the science behind simulated rodent engineering.

The Democrats’ Green Investments Are Going to Republican States: The wind, solar, and battery facilities spurred by last year’s Democratic legislation are already springing up—in red America.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Putin’s Dear Neighbor Whips Out the Big Guns in New Threat: “We are forced to react harshly,” Putin ally Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday after dusting off the Belarusian military’s armored vehicles.

# Gov / Politics / US
Classified Docs Found in Mike Pence’s Home: The former vice president previously said he did not take any sensitive material from the White House and noted that he was “troubled” by reports that docs were found in Biden’s home and office. Documents with classified markings were discovered in former Vice President Mike Pence ’s Indiana residence last week, his lawyer says, the latest in a string of recoveries of papers meant to be treated with utmost sensitivity from the homes of current and former top U.S. officials.

# Media
Live Nation vs. Everyone: Lawmakers, Industry Execs Slam Company at Senate Hearing: “Live ation/Ticketmaster is the 800-pound gorilla here,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said. “You have clear dominance, monopolistic contro.” Led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who helms antitrust investigations for the committee, senators grilled Live Nation’s chief financial officer, Joe Berchtold, about the company’s dominance in the ticketing business. Industry witnesses described a monopoly-like control over venues, artists and consumers.

# Medical / Health
Study Finds 25 Percent of Hospitalizations Result in Health Care Related Injuries: Alongside the worsened outcomes, almost a quarter of patients who experienced harm required additional treatments estimated to drive “hundreds of millions of dollars” in additional Medicare costs as well as potentially patient costs, the Department of Health and Human Services,’ Office of Inspector General wrote.

# Military / DOD
Howard University becomes 1st historically Black university to lead a DOD research center: The school will lead a consortium of other HBCUs in the effort, which will focus mainly on tactical autonomy, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said. In the military, tactical autonomy refers to autonomous support systems that aid human actions and decision-making to achieve tactical goals.

Recent successes by Ukrainian fighters in the Bakhmut area have prompted Moscow to send in reinforcements, said a senior U.S. military official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

# Military / Global
Russia’s ‘Elite’ Shadow Army Edges Into Complete Collapse: The private Russian fighting corps appear to be teetering on the brink of a dramatic meltdown. Tens of thousands of fighters rounded up to fight in Ukraine for Wagner Group, the Russian private mercenary fighting corps, have gone missing or died, according to a Russian non-governmental organization.

Amphibious warship constitutes a key piece of Taiwan’s defense against invasion: The Yushan, the largest ship in the Taiwanese navy, is the first of a planned fleet of four such vessels. New addition to Taiwan’s navy is part of a initiative by President Tsai Ing-wen to foster defence self-sufficiency.

Poland pushes for more tanks for Kyiv, will seek German OK: Poland’s prime minister is pushing Europe to send more military hardware to Kyiv amid complaints that Germany is being too slow in helping to thwart Russia’s invasion.

# Pharmas / Drugs
Big Pharma’s Influence in Shaping the U.S. Medical Model: The United States is the most medicated country in the world, with 70 percent of Americans using at least one prescription drug daily. The U.S. also has the highest rates of obesity, heart disease, childhood illness, and autoimmune disease, yet it often touts its health care and medical research as the best in the world.

How Pharmaceuticals Mask Health and Social Inequity: Medications, like all interventions, shape the ways in which physicians see disease, provide care, define successful outcomes, and organize health care systems. Pharmaceuticals make symptoms and biological drug targets more visible while rendering individuals and their social suffering invisible, thereby focusing our profession on the intracellular effects of an unequal society.

Epistemic Corruption, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and the Body of Medical Science: When a knowledge system importantly loses integrity, ceasing to provide the kinds of trusted knowledge expected of it, we label this epistemic corruption. Epistemic corruption occurs because the system has been co-opted for interests at odds with some of the central goals thought to lie behind it. There is abundant evidence that the involvement of pharmaceutical companies corrupts medical science.

Capturing the Government, Big Pharma’s Take Over of Policymaking: Today, the Roosevelt Institute released the issue brief, “The Cost of Capture: How the Pharmaceutical Industry has Corrupted Policy Makers and Harmed Patients,” which outlines how the pharmaceutical industry has skewed policymaking through corporate capture, a form of corruption in which industry, in prioritizing profits over patients, exerts undue influence over policymakers at the expense of public interest.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
UFO reports by US troops skyrocket to over 500: A new de-classified US government report on UFO sightings by US troops has revealed hundreds of new cases. The US National Intelligence office is now aware of 510 reported sightings, an increase over the 144 compiled in the spy agency’s first 2021 assessment. Nearly half of the new sightings were deemed “unremarkable” and attributed to human origins, according to the report. However, more than 100 of the encounters remain unexplained.

# Veterans / VA
SCOTUS’s first decision of the term is a unanimous blow to disabled veterans: Why did the liberals co-sign Justice Amy Barrett’s harsh opinion? After a delay, the Supreme Court issued its first opinion of the term on Monday: a unanimous decision in Arellano v. McDonough siding against disabled veterans who seek compensation for disabilities related to their service. Justice Barrett’s opinion for the court denied these veterans (and their survivors) the ability to obtain benefits retroactively if they filed a late claim, even if the delay occurred because of their disability, or some other factor beyond their control.

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