Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-03-10

Voices, The Peoples News

March 10, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
“Alone and Exploited”: NYT Exposé Shows Migrant Kids in U.S. Forced into Brutal Jobs for Major Brands https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.democracynow.org/2023/2/28/nyt_investigation_forced_migrant_child_labor?utm_source=Democracy*Now*21&utm_campaign=d82fabc0ae-Daily_Digest_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa2346a853-82fabc0ae-192408441__;KyU!!On18fmf1aQ!1M3NRi4ru_4DTzZKWtB-aGqvK3RWITam19–KfYij4ysNC9U_Y2cfGwCqg6yzA5d2Zz-cKzJN_Pa-_V2-TnIiAo1sLb2T7rj$

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Former CDC director slams gain-of-function research: ‘Probably caused the greatest pandemic’ in history, ‘I think it probably caused the greatest pandemic our world has seen,’ Redfield said. Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield, a virologist, slammed gain-of-function research as not worth the risk during the House’s hearing on the origins of COVID-19.

The science and politics of COVID natural immunity: More studies are finding that natural immunity from COVID can be as protective as vaccination. U.S. health leaders knew this in 2021. But this pandemic is all about politics, and America’s broken politics meant that public health officials sidelined the impact of natural immunity.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
4 Largest U.S. Banks Drop $52B of Market Value in One Day: “This is the first sign there might be some kind of crack in the financial system,”
one industry veteran said.

Conservative Witness Admits Potential Chaos From CFPB Court Case: The witness said that the Supreme Court finding CFPB’s funding unconstitutional ‘could result in significant problems throughout the financial system.’
A Republican witness appearing at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on reforming the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Thursday that other financial regulatory agencies in the federal government that receive funding outside of the appropriations process are also out of compliance with his understanding of constitutional principles.

Intuit’s Top Lobbying Firms Are Also Major DSCC Bundlers: Congress is set to receive a report on how the IRS can streamline the tax filing process after lobbyists for Intuit bundled millions for the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm.

Freedom Caucus Issues Demands in Debt Limit Fight: Members of the far-right House Freedom Caucus on Friday demanded steep spending cuts and a rollback of major portions of President Joe Biden’s agenda and insisted that their conditions be met before they will consider voting to raise the debt limit. The caucus called to end President Biden’s student loan forgiveness program; rescind unspent COVID-19 and Inflation Reduction Act funds; enact the REINS Act, a bill that would broaden congressional input on agency regulations; and loosen domestic energy production regulations.

# Education / Schools
Democratic-backed bill would force parents take vaccine education course before opting out of school mandates –Pennsylvania Senate bill requires religious or moral student vaccine exemptions be approved by a medical professional first. If passed, Senate bill 390 would mandate parents seeking vaccine mandate exemptions for their children on religious or moral grounds to review “scientifically accepted information prescribed by the Department of Health on the benefits and risks of immunization”
and submit a form certified by a medical professional.

The Stanford University president is under investigation, and student journalists are a large part of the reason why An 18-year-old college journalist could bring down Stanford University’s president. Theo Baker spearheaded a series looking into allegations that scientific papers coauthored by Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, a noted neuroscientist, contained manipulated imagery.

FL County Bans Jodi Picoult Novel, Citing DeSantis Directive: “Banning ‘The Storyteller’ is shocking, as it is about the Holocaust and has never been banned before,” Picoult said.

Bestselling writer Jodi Picoult denounces Florida book ban: Author Jodi Picoult is blasting officials in a Florida county for pulling several of her books from school libraries, saying that prohibiting literature sows division. “Martin County is the first to ban twenty of my books at once,” Picoult told The Washington Post in an op-ed published Friday.

Kansas school board member is facing calls to resign after saying the best quality in a new superintendent would be ‘blue eyes’: Vanessa Reid, a board member with Leavenworth school district made the comment during a school board meeting last month.  She said she was ‘just kidding’ but many didn’t think her comment was funny. Courtney Ricard, the PTO president at David Brewer Elementary School was one of the board members infuriated https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11844797/School-board-member-faces-calls-resign-saying-best-quality-new-superintendent-blue-eyes.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1M3NRi4ru_4DTzZKWtB-aGqvK3RWITam19–KfYij4ysNC9U_Y2cfGwCqg6yzA5d2Zz-cKzJN_Pa-_V2-TnIiAo1sKgMCAue$

# Employment / Labor
Biden budget speech slams oil profits, ‘MAGA Republicans’: The president used his speech at a Philadelphia union hall to tout his team’s work during the administration’s first two years in office and to make a case for enacting the broad-ranging $6.8 trillion budget proposal released earlier Thursday. “Here’s why I’m here today: For too long, working people have been breaking their necks. The economy has left them behind, working people like you, while those at the top get away with everything, get everything,” Biden said.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Landowners Fear Injection of Fracking Waste Threatens Aquifers in West
Texas: Operators pump a sea of “produced water” underground for disposal. Intensifying tremors raise fears that the deep toxic waste pits could intermingle with water used for farming and drinking.

Heads of the world’s top oil companies met in Houston and said the war in Ukraine has helped make the case for fossil fuels and a “balanced”
energy transition. As one executive put it: “Our strategy is to stay as oily as we can for as long as we can.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
House Republicans announce major energy package as top priority bill:
The bill, called the Lower Energy Costs Act, is expected to include a large slate of energy policy proposals.

President Biden releases a $6.8 trillion budget proposal that includes billions for clean energy, climate adaptation and energy efficiency, while House Republicans announce a bill to ease pipeline permitting and boost fossil fuel production. Does President Biden mean what he says on climate?

Another Norfolk Southern Train Derailed as Its CEO Testified Before the
Senate: CEO Alan Shaw faced tough questions about the company’s response to the derailment and chemical disaster in Ohio. Shaw apologized multiple times to the residents of East Palestine but avoided making firm commitments to paying for long-term damages and health costs, instead repeatedly asserting that Norfolk Southern is committed to “doing what’s right.”

# Gov / Politics / Global
Saudi Arabia making peace with Iran in a deal brokered by China is a ‘middle finger to Biden’: China and Iran are top US adversaries. The deal signals Beijing’s rising influence in the region.

# Gov / Politics / US
Washington state AG wants to criminalize speech by barring any dissent against vaccine mandates, election outcomes | 8 March 2023 | Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) is being accused of devising an illegal and alarming scheme to redefine domestic terrorism that targets speech.  “HB 1333 would create a left-wing Domestic Violent Extremism Commission in the AG’s office. The members are asked to recommend legislative ‘solutions to combat disinformation and misinformation, address early signs of radicalization, and develop a public health-style response.’ But this isn’t a ‘public health’ issue, or it would be housed in the Department of Health. It’s intended to legally penalize, or legally commit, political adversaries.”

U.S., Russia, China, and Beyond Debunking A Century of War Lies; All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal – John Steinbeck: The role of psychological warfare in the battle for Ukraine. Social media disinformation and manipulation are causing confusion, fueling hostilities, and amplifying atrocities around the world https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.apa.org/monitor/2022/06/news-psychological-warfare__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1M3NRi4ru_4DTzZKWtB-aGqvK3RWITam19–KfYij4ysNC9U_Y2cfGwCqg6yzA5d2Zz-cKzJN_Pa-_V2-TnIiAo1sNgDlZrj$

Progressives Slam Biden’s Request for $30 Billion Increase to Military
Budget: Republicans said $886 billion in military spending was inadequate as they pursue cuts to Medicaid and food benefits.
Progressives Say Military Budget Should Be Cut as Biden Floats $30 Billion Increase “There is simply no reason for taxpayers to continue to pay for outrageously high budgets rife with waste, fraud, and abuse,”
said Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

The U.S. and China Edge Closer to War as Tensions Rise Over Taiwan:
Alfred McCoy, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses the latest developments.

DeSantis Privately Indicates He’s Taking on Trump in 2024: The Florida governor is heading to Davenport, Iowa, on Friday, which is just as strong of an indication he intends to run. He’ll head to Nevada on Saturday, where already-declared candidate Nikki Haley just held a town hall. DeSantis traveled beyond Florida’s borders ahead of last year’s midterms, as well, rallying for Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania and J.D.
Vance in Ohio.

# Law Enforcement
The family of 16-year-old Susana Morales, who was found dead last month, said police ignored their fears when she first went missing and wrote her off as a runaway. The family has also questioned how the man suspected of killing her could have worked for a local police department after he reportedly stalked another young woman.

New Mexico Has Lost Track of Juveniles Locked Up for Life. We Found Nearly Two Dozen: New legislation would require the New Mexico Corrections Department to help schedule parole hearings for prisoners given life sentences as children. But the agency wasn’t aware of at least 21 “juvenile lifers” in its custody.

Moms Urge Illinois Leaders to Pardon Survivors of Police Torture, Wrongful Convictions: They’ll work with the UN to strengthen their case for pardoning those who’ve been framed or tortured into confessions.

# Legal / DOJ
Officials Move to Address Problems Facing Immigrant Workers on Wisconsin Dairy Farms: A ProPublica investigation showed how language barriers contributed to authorities wrongly blaming a dairy farm worker for his son’s death. Lawmakers have responded. State and local officials in Wisconsin said they were horrified to learn of the conditions leading up to the 2019 death of an 8-year-old Nicaraguan boy on a dairy farm, as well as the flawed law enforcement investigation that followed.

# LGBTQ / Gender
West Virginian Activists Pack State Senate as Anti-Trans Bill Advances:
Researchers estimate that the state of West Virginia has the highest percentage of transgender youth in the country. House Bill 2007, a bill that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth in West Virginia, passed the state Senate judiciary and advanced to the Senate floor. Transgender advocates anticipate that a vote could be held as soon as tonight in the Republican-controlled Senate, and are packing the West Virginia state capitol to protest the legislative attacks on the state’s LGBTQ community.

# Media
Fox News Editor Overseeing Crime Fearmongering Is Felon Himself: For years, Fox News has pushed the narrative that the United States is undergoing a cataclysmic crime wave driven by drugs and young punks with guns who rob unsuspecting small businesses and get off easy because of soft-hearted judges. Fox News might as well be talking about its own managing editor.

# Medical / Health
Michigan Legislature Passes Bill Repealing Parts of 1931 Anti-Abortion
Law: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign the bill into law later this month.

# Military / DOD
Rep. Gaetz’s Resolution to Remove Troops From Syria Fails to Pass in the House as Majority of Both Parties Vote Against it:  Rep. Matt Gaetz’s
(R-FL) resolution to remove troops from Syria within six months was shot down on Wednesday. The resolution to bring roughly 900 American troops stationed there failed with a 103-321 vote, as the majority in parties voted against it. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andy Biggs were among the most prominent and outspoken supporters of Gaetz’s proposal.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
A drug used to treat asthma  is in short supply and the shortage is likely to get worse: A drug used to treat asthma attacks is in short supply and the shortage is likely to get worse. The nation’s main manufacturer of liquid albuterol officially shut down last month.
Doctors fear the 25 million Americans with asthma and other respiratory conditions or illnesses will pay, possibly even with their life, if federal health officials don’t act quickly to restructure liquid albuterol manufacturing in the US.

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