Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-02-23

Voices, The Peoples News

February 23, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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“The greatest threat to our planet is
the belief that someone else will save it.”
– Robert Swan
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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Tom Woodbury: Stop slaughtering our national mammal: It’s time to end the practice of sending wild Yellowstone bison, our National Mammal, to slaughterhouses for rendering. Slaughterhouses are barbaric even where cows are concerned. According to a 2021 poll, 49% of Americans are in favor of banning slaughterhouses entirely. Given the intentional genocidal history of bison extermination, central to the genocide of Native Americans, how ironic is it that we are still capable of treating the American Buffalo like factory-farmed livestock!

Yellowstone National Park’s Buffalo Population at Risk: Urgent Call for the World’s First ‘Buffalo Wildlife Bridge’:
With $350M in funding available, there is no excuse for not building a “Buffalo Wildlife Bridge” to protect not just buffalo, but also other species like elk, grizzly bears, wolves, moose, and coyotes. It’s important to note that the legal stewardship of America’s National Mammal belongs to the National Park Service, and it’s time for them to take action. Buffalo Field Campaign has been doing their part by warning motorists about the presence of buffalo on the road, but this is not enough.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Death on a Dairy Farm: When an 8-year-old Nicaraguan boy was run over on a Wisconsin dairy farm, authorities blamed his father and closed the case. Meanwhile, the community of immigrant workers knows a completely different story. What happened to Jefferson and his father is a story of an accumulation of failures: a broken immigration system that makes it difficult for people to come here even as entire industries depend on their labor, small farms that largely go unexamined by safety inspectors, and a law enforcement system that’s ill equipped to serve people who don’t speak English.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Sanders Pitches Biden on Social Security Rescue Plan: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is trying to convince President Joe Biden to embrace a plan that would fully fund Social Security for more than seven decades, as well as raise benefits by $2,400 a year. “It is not enough to point out the reactionary, anti-worker vision of the Republican Party,” Sanders told the Post. “We have to present a positive, pro-worker alternative. The truth is that Social Security does have a solvency problem, and we have got to address that.” Sanders also wants to increase benefits by $200 a month for everyone receiving Social Security.

# Education / Schools
Our Children Are Experiencing Militarization of the U.S. Up Close and Personally: Educational “culture wars” overlook the ways in which war has altered what we teach our kids. I live in Montgomery County, Maryland, one of the most progressive and highly educated counties in the country and even here, war, American-style, is painted as a sanitized event full of muscular young people, their emotions under control (until, of course, they aren’t). Even here, few parents and teachers dare talk to young children about the atrocities committed by our military in our wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan.

# Environment / Climate / Interior
Dissent Episode Six; The Clean Water Act comes under attack: The outcome of the Supreme Court case Sackett v. EPA may limit the ability to prevent pollution of our nation’s waters and combat climate change.

Citing birds and bees, groups petition EPA to close pesticide loophole: “The failure to regulate treated seeds creates a gigantic regulatory blind-spot, allowing one of the largest and most widespread uses of pesticides to go almost completely untracked and unregulated.” The U.S. should overhaul regulation of a class of insecticides tied to excessive honey bee and bird deaths

‘Forever chemicals’ disrupt key metabolic processes in children and teens:  Exposure to “forever chemicals” interferes with several critical biological processes, including the metabolism of fats and amino acids, in children and young adults, a new study has found. The disruption of these processes can increase susceptibility to a variety of illnesses, such as developmental disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer and metabolic diseases like diabetes

# Environment / Climate / Global
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Looming Cuts to Emergency SNAP Benefits Threaten Food Security in Rural America: “We have so many households who simply aren’t going to know that this is happening,” Cheyne said. “They’re going to go to the grocery store and expect to have money in their account and not be able to buy the food they need to feed their families.”

# Gov / Politics / Global
Putin’s Chef Publicly Betrays Kremlin With Grisly Corpse Pic: If there were ever a time for the Kremlin to worry about an uprising by its most out-of-control private army, now would appear to be it.

# Gov / Politics / US
Sinema’s $300,000 Security Expert Is Tulsi Gabbard’s Sister: “Since fall 2021, Bellord has been employed as the ‘security director’ in Sinema’s Senate office, a role that has paid her over $50,000, according to Senate records,” the publication writes. “Bellord has also apparently been the exclusive security provider to Sinema’s campaign. She appears to have no other clients aside from the Arizona senator.”

# Law Enforcement
A 9-year-old girl, a TV journalist, and a woman were killed in a series of shootings in Florida: A man who police believe shot and killed a woman in her 20s returned to the scene of the crime hours later and opened fire on a TV news van and at a nearby home, killing one journalist and a 9-year-old girl.

# Legal / DOJ
Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Subpoenaed to Testify in Justice Department’s Trump Investigation: It’s unclear as of yet whether the two will attempt to oppose the subpoena orders.

How a Disabled Man Did 11 Years for Murder He Didn’t Commit: The NYPD railroaded Alex Bloise into a confession during a 20-plus-hour interrogation, a lawsuit says.

# LGBTQ / Gender
NYT Union Hits Back at Reporters Who Defended Trans Coverage; meanwhile, some staffers who signed a letter critical of the paper’s trans coverage may now face disciplinary proceedings

# Medical
Regulators Overhaul Inspections of Hospice Providers: A report last year from ProPublica and The New Yorker revealed a $22 billion hospice industry rife with fraud and exploitation. CMS announced reforms that go into effect immediately.

Alabama Lawmaker Who Ran on ‘Medical Freedom’ Proposes Murder Charges for Having an Abortion: Freshman Alabama Rep. Ernie Yarbrough (R) has announced new legislation called the Abolish Abortion in Alabama Act, which would classify abortion as homicide and allow women and people seeking abortions to be charged with murder.

# Military / DOD
Left and Right Agree, Pentagon Has Billions in Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Worth Cutting: Republicans and Democrats may not agree on much. Still, after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy struck a deal with House Republicans that may force a vote on significant cuts in Pentagon spending, members on both sides decried even the prospect of adjustments to defense budgets.

# Nuclear
Indian Point Nuclear Plant Owner Plans to Dump Radioactive Waste Water into Hudson River: “Doctors know that there is no such thing as a safe dose of radiation, and that harmful impacts are cumulative,” said the president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “There has been no prior disclosure of what pollutants or radioactive contaminants are in the wastewater or any public education on the environmental safety and public health risks associated with any potential discharges from the site.”

# Science
Did the James Webb Space Telescope just redefine how galaxies are created? Astronomers found something so unexpected it actually creates problems for science. The James Webb Space Telescope discovers enormous distant galaxies that should not exist. Giant, mature galaxies seem to have filled the universe shortly after the Big Bang, and astronomers are puzzled.

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