Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-03-16

Voices, The Peoples News

March 16, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Supreme Court case could reshape Indigenous water rights in the Southwest: After 50 years, the government hasn’t developed water infrastructure owed to a Navajo Nation farm. Now the Supreme Court is set to weigh in on the government’s water obligations to tribes.

Understanding the Willow project as part of a larger trend: energy colonialism: Five decades ago, the late Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah described America’s ‘power madness.’ “The formula is very simple and politically sound: Indian land, Indian coal and Indian water will generate Indian power. The power will be shipped across Indian lands to Albuquerque, Phoenix and Los Angeles. The cities will get more and more power at no cost to their environment. The result will be Indian pollution. But why should Indians be forced to suffer the consequences of the American public’s power madness? If the cities must have more power, let them put up with the filth which their power greed produces.”

The bid to block copper mining at Oak Flat: U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., introduced a bill this month that would block a global corporation’s plans to mine a giant copper deposit under Chi’chil Biłdagoteel, or Oak Flat, a granite-boulder-studded plateau in Arizona. The proposed mining would cause the land to subside dramatically, reducing Oak Flat, the ancestral homeland of several Southwestern tribal nations and the traditional location of San Carlos Apache coming-of-age ceremonies, to nothing more than a vast crater.

Federal appeals court denies Apache Stronghold’s bid to stop a copper mine at Oak Flat: A federal court has denied a bid by the grassroots group Apache Stronghold to halt the construction of a giant copper mine at Oak Flat Campground, a project that would obliterate a site held to be sacred by many Apaches and other Southwestern tribal members.

Grijalva’s new legislation seeks to safeguard Oak Flat site from foreign-owned mining: The area is called Oak Flat, and it stretches across just over 2,400 acres of national forest land. It’s a sacred site to the San Carlos Apache Tribe and other Arizona tribes. But a last-minute piece of legislation passed in 2014 transferred it from federal control into the hands of a proposed mining operation called Resolution Copper.

The lithium boom is on. Electric vehicles run on battery power and batteries need lithium, a lot of it: Construction begins on controversial  lithium  mine in Nevada. Opponents say the Thacker Pass lithium project was rushed in the name of the green transition, even as tribes and environmental groups continue a years-long effort  to block the project. Tribes opposing the mine say the area has historical, cultural and religious importance and that it was the site of an 1865 massacre of at least 31 Paiute people. The colony is advocating for Peehee Mu’huh to be on the National Register of Historic Places. “It’s really hard to be a tribal member and see our homelands destroyed,” said Eben.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas sheriff: County ‘under siege’ with escalating border crisis: Kinney County, Texas, Sheriff Brad Coe told members of Congress on Wednesday his small rural county of less than 3,200 people “was under siege” by illegal foreign nationals “being smuggled through the county on back roads that circumvent U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints.

Over-Raided, Under Siege; U.S. immigration laws and enforcement destroy the rights of  immigrants. A report on human rights violations perpetrated against immigrant and refugee families, workers and communities in the U.S: From the Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network – An initiative of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, a critical overview and analysis of the trends and patterns of human rights violations being perpetrated against immigrant and refugee communities by the U.S. government, local, county and state governments, employers and private citizen groups

Attacks against Border Patrol agents increasing: Chertoff said that Border Patrol agents are virtually under siege by violent drug cartels retaliating against toughened enforcement that’s made it harder to ferry drugs into the United States. Assaults on Border Patrol agents have increased 44 percent from October through December, compared with the same period a year ago.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Republicans Accept No Blame For Bank Failures After They Voted To Deregulate Banks: A regional financial institution known as Silicon Valley Bank went belly up over the weekend and couldn’t honor withdrawals from panicky depositors, prompting the federal government to step in and bail the depositors out.

# Education / Schools
Wellesley College students voted to open admissions to trans men and nonbinary applicants, but the college’s administration said that it will not change its policies. Students said changing the admissions policy would align with the college’s mission of providing a safe educational environment to people who are marginalized because of their gender.

Houston ISD: Houston parents, students and educators are largely denouncing the state’s decision to take over its largest school district. The Texas Education Agency will replace Houston Independent School District’s democratically elected school board and superintendent with “a board of managers” starting in June.

Houston ISD families blast the state’s takeover of the district as an intervention that won’t improve student learning: Parents and students of the Houston Independent School District decried the state’s decision to take control of the school system. Despite the news, many questions remain about how it would affect them.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Schumer slams House GOP’s energy permitting bid: The Senate Majority Leader called the GOP’s opening pitch to ease permitting rules a “nonstarter.” House Republicans on Tuesday formally introduced their sprawling energy bill, H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, in what will be their first big policy agenda push of the year.

Texas drove out Chinese firm, not the wind farm it planned: Long before a Chinese spy balloon captivated and spooked the U.S. public, Kyle Bass foresaw what he deemed another foreign danger slated for skies above the Texas-Mexico border: wind turbines. Dozens of them, roughly 700 feet (213 meters) tall, as big as San Antonio’s tallest skyscraper, were set to sprout across thousands of scrubby acres near the pristine Devils River.

The Willow Project Reveals More About the “Last Barrel” of Oil Than U.S. Climate Policy Direction: Its approval won’t make or break U.S. climate ambitions, but it does reveal much about the struggle to transition away from fossil fuels.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
Monsanto sued for excluding non-US citizen plaintiff from Roundup cancer settlement: Monsanto Company and its corporate parent Bayer are facing a federal lawsuit for civil rights violations after they allegedly excluded a farmworker from a Roundup cancer settlement because of her immigration status.

The looming threat of deep-sea mining: A new international treaty aims to support protection of the high seas – what will this mean for deep-sea mining? With almost one in 10 species at risk of extinction, and the growing pressure from climate change, the treaty provides a framework for setting up protected areas in the high seas, sometimes known as international waters. It’s been seen as crucial for supporting the aim to protect 30% of the oceans by the year 2030. At the moment, we protect just a little more than 1% of the high seas.

The toxic threat in thawing permafrost: Scientists are tracking neurotoxic methylmercury production in North America’s largest peatland. In its inorganic form, mercury is less threatening to people. But as the permafrost thaws, says Kirkwood, mercury is finding its way into the soil and into the regions’ many ponds, rivers, and lakes. Once there, microbes can convert inorganic mercury into the form to be concerned about: neurotoxic methylmercury.

Giant Seaweed Blob Twice the Width of the U.S. Starts to Arrive in Florida: Like something out of a classic sci-fi film, marine scientists are tracking a giant seaweed blob approaching Florida’s Gulf Coast. The 5,000-mile-wide swarm of seaweed, which scientists say could be the biggest in history, is so large it can be seen from space. When it comes ashore on beaches in Florida and other locations along the Gulf of Mexico, it will emit toxic fumes as it begins to rot, scientists say, and could be a threat to human health. Rotting seaweed releases hydrogen sulfide, causing respiratory issues https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ecowatch.com/giant-seaweed-blob-florida-sargassum.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xYtqnSRTlJB8uAtfEd7PQ9GLSmSsKNzkuVTXpLTx7Y7rfwhrrLH4djdEqOZRYsG_E-5rx3o8GkIJ4D7tnp8GIVcU5RlF8vQS$

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
What’s on Your Plate? 60% of Foods in America Contain Unhealthy Additives: Troubling new research finds the majority of foods purchased by Americans (60%) contain any number of artificial additives such as preservatives, sweeteners, and coloring or flavoring agents. Even worse, these levels represent a 10-percent increase since 2001.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global
United States, Mexico at odds over Mexico’s ban of genetically modified corn: Mexico’s president wants to protect his country’s heritage by limiting imports of GMO corn. The U.S. isn’t backing down. In the Mexican state of Baja California where Aguilar lived with her grandmother, flour tortillas were popular. Corn, the staple food that defines Mexican cuisine and allowed the country’s ancient civilizations to flourish, is now a source of conflict between the United States and Mexico’s current government.

# General Recalls / Alerts
Kia, Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota among 347,000 cars under recall: Kia issued a massive recall for 189,000 new K5 vehicles over an airbag issue. Other manufacturers with recalls include Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota.

# Gov / Politics / US
The Abortion Pill Case Is About Who Makes the Rules in America: What this case is actually about is the same thing every abortion battle over the past five decades has been about: Who has power in America? Indeed, who holds the power and who doesn’t has been the fundamental question about abortion rights ever since they were left out of the Constitution in the first place. But the mifepristone case is the first one to show us the full amount of havoc that has been wrought on our legal system thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe last June

DeSantis 2024 Is Getting Congressional Endorsements-Even If He Isn’t Officially Running: Texas Congressman Chip Roy announced that he will be endorsing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for president in the 2024 election. “I believe it’s time for a new generation of leadership.  It’s time for younger, but proven, leadership to offer America eight solid years of transformational change,” the congressman said.

# Juvenile Justice System
Dallas County handles juvenile justice cases slower than the national standard and peer Texas counties. That means youth accused of crimes there spend more time in the system, making rehabilitation harder and recidivism more likely. The Dallas County Commissioners Court contracted a team of researchers last year to analyze the system at the urging of District Attorney John Creuzot. That team has finished its work and is recommending the county take a hard look at its processes. “The results suggest that Dallas County is operating within a juvenile justice processing model like those found in adult criminal justice processing systems,” the report concluded.

The urbanity of evil: 20 years after the invasion of Iraq: What propelled the United States to start the war on Iraq in March 2003 were dynamics of media and politics that are still very much with us today.

# Medical / Health
“If you disliked the way you and our country were treated in response to the COVID pandemic, you are going to hate what those who perpetrated the mask, lockdown and vaccine mandates intend to do to us next: Unless the United States withdraws from the WHO, we will be bound by whatever a majority of its members agree upon, to the detriment of our national sovereignty and personal freedoms. After Tedros and the World Health Organization’s catastrophic mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is utterly unacceptable to give them any additional, let alone totalitarian, control of our public health.

The latest attempt at an abortion ban made its first appearance in court: On Wednesday, a federal judge heard arguments in a case seeking an emergency order to have the Food and Drug Administration withdraw its approval of mifepristone, one of two drugs known as the abortion pill.

An All-Republican State Supreme Court Unanimously Protects Abortion Rights

The Legal Argument for Banning the Abortion Pill Is Based on a Lie

# Military / DOD
WATCH: Video Shows Russian Jet’s Clash With U.S. Drone: Russia has insisted no collision took place. The Pentagon has released footage of a Russian fighter jet colliding with a U.S. surveillance drone over the Black Sea on Tuesday. While making what the Pentagon said was a routine flight in international airspace, the uncrewed MQ-9 Reaper was intercepted by two Russian Su-27 fighter jets.

U.S. Tells Russia It Will Fly “Wherever International Law Allows” After Downing of Drone

# Social
What Is Critical Race Theory, and Why Is It Under Attack? Is “critical race theory” a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or a divisive discourse that pits people of color against white people? Liberals and conservatives are in sharp disagreement.

# Tips, Tricks and How To’s
7 potted plants that will remove indoor air pollution from your home, proven by science Plants aren’t just for show.

# Veterans / VA
‘Making it out alive’: War Hippies band together through Iraq experience, country music: Scooter Brown and Donnie Reis believe 2023 could prove a breakout year and an opening act for what they hope to turn into a veteran-inspired War Hippie empire complete with music and television gigs alongside War Hippie-branded clothing and alcohol lines.

The VA will pay for some to get new Alzheimer’s drug: The Veterans Health Administration will pay for some beneficiaries to get a new Alzheimer’s disease drug. Leqembi received FDA approval in January as a nonformulary drug. Patients who want to take the medication would have to request it, receive prior approval and meet stringent inclusion criteria.

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