Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-01-25

Voices, The Peoples News

January 25, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Oil prospecting and man-made noise is freaking out narwhals: Their heart rate drops and their breathing changes as they try to escape the noise. One activity expected to cause disturbance to narwhals (and pretty much every other creature in the Arctic) is drilling for fossil fuels. If we do decide to drill for fossil fuels in the Arctic, it could be catastrophic to the animals living there, but even before that happens, narwhals may have a great deal to suffer.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Surge in illegal immigration from Cuba, Haiti to Florida continues: Florida joins 19 states to challenge Biden’s new immigration program. In recent weeks, hundreds of migrants fleeing Cuba and Haiti have made the dangerous 100-mile journey by boat to the Florida Keys.

20 states sue Biden administration over ‘illegal visa system’: Twenty states led by Texas sued the Biden administration Tuesday over another immigration policy they argue is illegal. Last month, the administration said the U.S. will let up to 360,000 people per year enter the country from four countries, if they apply from their home countries, pass a background check and prove they have a financial supporter in the U.S. If they’re approved, they can stay in the country for up to two years and get a work permit. Once in the country, they would be able to request asylum.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Even bivalent updated COVID-19 boosters struggle to prevent omicron subvariant transmission, an immunologist discusses why new approaches are necessary. The new bivalent boosters against COVID-19 have failed to halt omicron infections. However, new technologies are being developed that pave a way forward.

Wuhan Collaborator EcoHealth Alliance Gets Fresh $3 Million Grant From DoD: Six weeks ago the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a $3 million grant to EcoHealth Alliance, the New York-based nonprofit which was used to funnel millions of US taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan Institute of Virology

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Republicans’ plans to slash Social Security and Medicare are becoming clearer: ‘We have no choice but to make hard decisions’: House Republicans have alluded to cuts they want to make to the federal budget for months. They’re becoming more explicit about those cuts involving Medicare and Social Security funds. They’ve indicated that they’re willing to leverage raising the debt ceiling to secure cuts. Not raising the ceiling could spell financial disaster. Republicans have proposed converting Medicaid and Affordable Care Act subsidies to block grants, which would cut spending by $3.6 trillion over 10 years.

House Republicans prep for civil war over cuts to Social Security and Medicare: ‘The numbers can’t work’ without them: House Republicans are divided over cuts to Medicare and Social Security, setting up what could be a fierce internal clash over the future of the nation’s top safety net programs when Congress delves into budget fights later in the year.

A Pitched Battle on Corporate Power: Biden’s expansive executive order seeks to restore competition in the economy. It’s been a long, slow road to get the whole government on board, but there are some formidable gains.

# Education / Schools
Students Will Sue DeSantis Over AP African American Studies: Ron DeSantis has made no secret of his predictable disdain for so-called critical race theory. But actual kids are taking him to court.

# Employment / Labor
Ford Firing Thousands Of Employees and here’s the memo explaining the change. The cuts primarily affect staff in the US, Canada, and India.  Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley sent a memo on Monday informing staff of the layoffs, with affected workers being told later this week. About 2,000 salaried jobs and 1,000 agency (or contract w
https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/22/23316491/ford-layoffs-3000-workers-employeesorker) jobs will be affected.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Puerto Rican Cities Sue Big Oil for Alleged Racketeering: A novel lawsuit might just obtain damages for decades of oil companies’ lying about climate change. A group of sixteen municipalities in Puerto Rico filed a first-of-its-kind class-action lawsuit in federal court against twelve oil companies, including some of the largest oil companies out there. The towns claim that the likes of ExxonMobil, Shell, and Chevron colluded to suppress evidence of climate change that has impacted the island

# Environment / Climate / Interior
A Collapsed Cliff Has Revealed 313 Million-Year-Old Fossil Footprints in The Grand Canyon: These ancient tracks – left approximately 313 million years ago – represent the earliest footprints ever found. The fossil footprints in question were found on the side of a boulder that fell off a nearby cliff, exposing a stratigraphic cross section of the Manakacha Formation: a layer of ancient rock laid down approximately 315 million years ago.

# Environment / Climate / Global
Iceberg Nearly the Size of London Breaks Away From Antarctica: An iceberg nearly the size of Greater London broke off the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica on Sunday according to the British Antarctic Survey. Scientists first discovered significant cracks in the ice shelf a decade ago, but in the last two years there have been two major breaks.

# Gov / Politics / US
Biden 2024 decision pits the party’s elites against most Democrats: Biden’s decision on whether to run again should be seen as much more than just a matter of personal prerogative. Denial at the top of the Democratic Party about Joe Biden’s shaky footing for a re-election run in 2024 became more untenable over the weekend.

# Law Enforcement
Police Chief Escorted Out by Feds After Wild Allegations: Shawn Denning faces multiple counts of federal drug charges. Greensburg police Chief Shawn Denning is facing federal drug charges, according to court documents.
According to Target 11 sources, Denning was escorted out of Greensburg City Hall Tuesday morning by DEA agents.

Cori Bush Calls for Investigation Into Police Killing of Activist Tortuguita: Activists have questioned law enforcement’s narrative about the killing of the Atlanta climate justice activist.

# Legal / DOJ
California teams up with U.S. Justice Department to accuse Google of anti-trust violations: The coalition filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, alleging that Google LLC is operating an unfair monopoly when it comes to advertising technology. The coalition filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The suit alleges that the company, “leverages control over the technologies through which web display ads are bought and sold, driving out competition and receiving profits that far exceed what could be sustained in a competitive market,” according to a press release from California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office.

# Media
‘The Whale’ is a horror film that taps into our fear of fatness: In my research on fat characters in popular culture, I point out how the fat character usually must lose weight in order to gain acceptance or to be loved. This movie was not a melodrama, nor an uplifting tale about redemption; “The Whale” is a body horror film that exploits the fear and disgust people feel toward fatness. Film critic Robin Wood famously argued that “the true subject of the horror genre is the struggle for recognition of all that our civilization represses and oppresses.”

# Medical / Health
South Dakota Threatens Felony Charges for Pharmacists Prescribing Abortion Pills: All six states that share a border with South Dakota also restrict abortion access in varying degrees.

Report finds federal program spending $1 billion a year on ineligible members: Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHB) is riddled with ineligible ‘participants’ who are receiving benefits. GAO estimates that ‘the program may be spending up to $1 billion per year on payments for ineligible members.’ This is a flagrant waste of funds and may be driving up premium costs for eligible participants,” wrote Chairman Comer.

People With HIV Are Still Being Criminalized in 25 States: In some states, consensual sex for people with HIV can end in a prison sentence or being registered as a sex offender. Robert Suttle’s life was upended. The 30-year-old had been working as an assistant law clerk at the Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport, Louisiana, when police arrested him in front of his colleagues. It didn’t matter that Suttle, who had learned about his HIV status several years earlier, had HIV, not AIDS. It didn’t matter that he had been receiving medical care since he first learned his diagnosis and that he said he had disclosed his status. No one asked about whether his viral load was undetectable, which would prevent HIV transmission. It did not matter that, by 2008, HIV and AIDS were no longer considered the death sentence that they had been during the 1980s.

# Medical Science
67-year-old ALS patient sets record for ‘talking’ fast using brain implant: 62 words per minute. Brain interfaces could let paralyzed people speak at almost normal speeds.

CRISPR gene editing is in clinical trials to treat sickle cell disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS and some rare inherited diseases. Here’s what we can expect going forward

# Military / DOD
National Guard Wants to Expand Its Training Site to Twice the Size of Chicago: The proposed expansion would allow for increased use and testing of new technologies, particularly electronic warfare.

# Military / Global
Putin Lackeys Lose Their Minds Over Ukraine Getting Battle Tanks: Pro-Kremlin pundits bent themselves into knots (and broke their brains) trying to prove a global Nazi conspiracy.

A RUSSIAN warship armed with hypersonic missiles has been simulating a massive strike as it sails to the US coast. The guided missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov has been closely monitored by NATO navies on its maiden voyage armed with 6,670mph Zircon weapons.

# Technology
“1984” Isn’t Just a Book, It’s the Last Time the EPA Looked at RF Safety

Twitter’s Collapse Is Bad News for Organizers – But Another Commons Is Possible: Though some things may be lost if Twitter fades, the real “magic” behind the platform was never the app, but the people.

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