Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-03-19

Voices, The Peoples News

March 19, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Tribal Nations Seek Regional Food Trade Hubs as SNAP Benefits Expire: The SNAP rollback will impact Tribal communities, which already have high rates of food insecurity. Experts from Tribal nations say prioritizing Native sovereignty over their food and agriculture is imperative.

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.

# Indigenous / Global
Brazil tackles illegal miners, but finds their mercury legacy harder to erase: As the details of the humanitarian crisis in the Yanomami Indigenous Territory unfold amid action to remove illegal miners, mercury left by the rampant gold mining in the area will remain a lingering toxic legacy.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
DOD spends nearly $50 million a year ‘to do nothing’ with Trump’s border wall materials, drawing GOP backlash: DOD is spending around 130,000 a day to store materials after Biden canceled Trump’s border wall construction project

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
CDC Bought Phone Data to Monitor Americans’ Compliance With Lockdowns, Contracts Show: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) purchased data from tracking companies to monitor compliance with lockdowns, according to contracts with the firms.

FDA approves COVID boosters for 6-month-olds, citing trial with just 24 patients: One prominent jab critic called it a ‘new low’ for the FDA. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is approving booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot for children as young as six months based on a trial of just 24 patients. Buried in the press release, however, was the revelation that “among individuals 6 months of age and older, safety was assessed in participants in two clinical studies,” and that for the 6-23 months age group there were only 24 participants. The 2-4 year age group had 36. Medical freedom attorney and COVID vaccine critic Aaron Siri called it a “new low” for the FDA to make its decision based on such limited data.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical EPA orders states to accept waste from Ohio train derailment site: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered states with approved and available toxic waste facilities to accept materials transported from the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. The move, announced by EPA director Michael Regan at a news conference Friday morning, comes after governors in Oklahoma, Michigan and other states have recently turned away shipments.

Public health vs. economic growth: Toxic chemical rules pose test for Biden: Key industries, including some that the White House is backing through other policies, are lobbying to water down the first major new rules in a generation on chemicals that pose risks to humans.

Toxic air, explosions: Inside the bitter battle between Texas residents and Exxon: Residents of Baytown sued Exxon 13 years ago to reduce pollution that wafts into their neighborhoods. A key legal decision looms, and the case could have national implications. This $14.25 million penalty remains the record for a citizen-initiated clean air enforcement lawsuit.

The dubious economic calculus behind the Willow project: The ConocoPhillips venture is supposed to secure energy independence and Alaskan prosperity. It probably won’t achieve either.

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?

Fossil Fuel Executives See a ‘Golden Age’ for Gas, If They Can Brand It as ‘Clean’: At an industry conference, top executives lamented they had “lost the narrative” on natural gas, and outlined an effort to sell their product as the “cleanest energy in the world.”

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Roundup, the World’s Favorite Weed Killer, Linked to Liver, Metabolic Diseases in Kids: Children exposed to glyphosate, once touted as “safer than table salt,” face increased risk of conditions found primarily in older adults that can lead to cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. New shows glyphosate is linked to liver inflammation and metabolic disorder in early adulthood, which could lead to liver cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease later in life.

Within days some big, nasty-smelling blobs of seaweed could reach the Florida Keys: The seaweed blobs are part of a 5,000-mile long bloom of algae known as sargassum. Blooms are common, but scientists say they’re getting bigger — and this one might be the largest in history.

Activists Slam Biden Administration for Reversing Climate and Equity Guidance on Highway Expansions: The “Fix It First” memo, which was replaced last month, urged states to repair roads before expanding them and to weigh projects with global warming and equity in mind.
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# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Climate change is hitting the planet faster than scientists originally thought: Latest IPCC climate report warns that rising greenhouse-gas emissions could soon outstrip the ability of many communities to adapt.

What is climate change, and how is it affecting Earth? Climate change is real and humans are causing it. The changes in global temperature and weather patterns seen today, however, are caused by human activity. And they’re happening much faster than the natural climate variations of the past.

The toxic threat in thawing permafrost: Scientists are tracking neurotoxic methylmercury production in North America’s largest peatland.
Thawing permafrost threatens to release biological, chemical and radioactive materials that have been sequestered for tens to hundreds of thousands of years. As these constituents re-enter the environment, they have the potential to disrupt ecosystem function, reduce the populations of unique Arctic wildlife and endanger human health.

# Food Recalls / Alerts
Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon is recalling frozen organic strawberries and frozen organic tropical blend due to an outbreak of hepatitis A. The recalled frozen organic strawberries were sold at Costco, Aldi, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafood, and PCC Community Markets, and the frozen organic tropical blend was sold at Trader Joe’s.

# General News
U.S. and its ‘horrible’ leaders are greatest threat to Western civilization – Trump –The country has ‘never been closer’ to nuclear war, the former president said in a video, urging a ceasefire in Ukraine: The next order of business under a second Trump presidency would be a complete overhaul of the State Department, Pentagon, intelligence services, and other key agencies to “fire the Deep Staters and put America first” — followed by “fundamentally reevaluating NATO’s purpose and NATO’s mission.”

Manhattan DA’s office ‘asked for a meeting’ with law enforcement ahead of possible Trump indictment: The court source said that ‘they are anticipating an indictment next week.’ According to the source, the meeting was requested Thursday and hasn’t been set. The meeting is to “discuss logistics for some time next week, which would mean that they are anticipating an indictment next week,” the source familiar with the planning said.

He Has the Proof: DC Gulag Political Prisoner and Decorated Army Special Forces Soldier Jeffrey McKellop Reveals Extent of Government Agents at J6 Capitol Protest – It Was a Complete Set-Up:  Jeffrey has been silenced by his government. After his arrest in March 2021, Jeffrey delved into video footage and documented evidence from January 6. Jeffrey was able to identify numerous government informants and agitators in the massive Trump crowd that day. After he put together his evidence he sent it out to numerous contacts. That was when the FBI came into his prison cell and took his research. They then attempted to silence him and banned him from phone and mail privileges. Jeffrey’s trial is scheduled to start in April 2023. He has been in prison for two years TODAY without a trial. He was arrested on March 17, 2021.

‘It’s time’: Trump calls on supporters to ‘protest’ and ‘take our nation back’ in an ominous echo of January 6 riot: The former president and 2024 GOP candidate urged his supporters to “take our nation back” over unprecedented potential criminal charge. “Protest, take our nation back!” the former president and 2024 GOP presidential candidate declared on his social media platform Truth Social, after pointing to news reports about the possibility he could be arrested Tuesday or soon thereafter.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Why China appears ready to go to war with the US over Taiwan: Last Friday, Chinese leader Xi JinPing won his third five-year term as president in a unanimous vote by the National People’s Congress. Having secured his grip on power quite possibly for life, Xi is executing China’s grand plan to re-establish control over Taiwan. Indeed, so crucial is Taiwan, which broke away from communist China in 1949 – that Beijing appears willing to tussle with Washington over its long-term fate.

Vladimir Putin’s arrest warrant comes with a worrying risk as expert reveals it could ‘isolate’ the leader: The International Criminal Court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, charging him with an alleged war crime in Ukraine. The U.S. says China has sided with Russia in the Ukraine war, but Western allies have urged the Chinese to reach out to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Arrest Warrant From ICC Pierces Putin’s Aura of Impunity: The court cited Mr. Putin’s responsibility for the abduction and deportation of Ukrainian children, thousands of whom have been sent to Russia since the invasion. It also issued a warrant for Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, the public face of the Kremlin-sponsored program that transfers the children out of Ukraine.

# Gov / Politics / US
The Iraq War Started 20 Years Ago. Most Senate Republicans Still Don’t Want to Repeal Iraq War Powers: Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, a foreign policy disaster that lawmakers are still wrestling with, as Caleb Ecarma reports how Senate Republicans are divided over repealing the 2002 war authorization (and one from 1991). Indeed, the legacy of the Iraq war still looms over our politics, and media.

The Path to War: Amid the smoking wreckage of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration took its policy goal of regime change in Iraq and began an 18-month campaign marked by miscalculation, bullying, and deception that would tarnish its credibility and turn the world’s sympathy for the US into fear and mistrust.

See also: After 9/11, the U.S. Got Almost Everything Wrong: A mission to rid the world of “terror” and “evil” led America in tragic directions.

And: In The Shadow Of 9/11; The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: On September 11, 2001, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center fell. Just two months later Kabul—the capital of a country where the deadliest terrorist attack in history had originated was on the verge of falling.

These Republicans Want Drone Strikes on Mexico: The bill would authorize the use of U.S. military force in Mexico against cartels. Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham held a press conference promising similar legislation in the Senate. “The second step that we will be engaging in is give the military the authority to go after these organizations wherever they exist,” Graham said. “Not to invade Mexico. Not to shoot Mexican airplanes down. But to destroy drug labs that are poisoning Americans.”

# Legal / DOJ
Tapes show Madigan’s ‘assignments’ carried out by McClain in corruption case: The so-called ComEd Four trial continues Monday with more phone-recorded evidence expected to show the inner workings of what federal prosecutors call “Madigan Enterprise. Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan isn’t on trial until next year. He faces 22 corruption-related counts. Four others are on trial. They’re all charged with a nearly decade-long bribery conspiracy scheme

Federal Judge Hands Over Trump’s Lawyer’s Notes to DOJ: Before stepping down on Friday, Howell ruled that attorney M. Evan Corcoran can be questioned by investigators, despite attorney/client privilege, and then ruled on the notes which the Daily Beast’s Jose Pagliery called a “parting gift” to special counsel Jack Smith who is investigating Trump on multiple fronts.

New York Prosecutors Want Donald Trump To Do Perp Walk In Handcuffs On Criminal Charges From Stormy Daniels Scandal: The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has offered Donald Trump the opportunity to surrender as part of a pre-negotiated bail package ahead of his likely indictment, but the former President has yet to agree in a move that has set up a legal showdown

# Medical / Health
Wyoming governor signs law outlawing use of abortion pills: The pills are already banned in 13 states with blanket bans on all forms of abortion, and 15 states already have limited access to abortion pills. The Republican governor’s decision comes after the issue of access to abortion pills took center stage this week in a Texas court. A federal judge there raised questions about a Christian group’s effort to overturn the decades-old U.S. approval of a leading abortion drug, mifepristone.

# Nuclear
Minnesota nuclear power plant leaked 400,000 gallons of radioactive water in November – and only now reveals it to the public –People outraged: Minnesota agencies announced this week they are monitoring the cleanup of about 400,000 gallons of radioactive water that leaked from a nuclear generating plant near Minneapolis this past fall.

# Water
The EPA Sets First-Ever Limits for PFAS in Drinking Water: These “forever chemicals” have been scientifically linked to an increased cancer risk, reduced immune responses, and other health problems.  The core of the proposal would restrict two of the most dangerous PFAS compounds, PFOA and PFOS, to four parts per trillion.

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