Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-03-20

Voices, The Peoples News

March 20, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends,
have become global garbage cans.”
– Jacques-Yves Cousteau
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# Indigenous
When renewable energy threatens irreplaceable tribal culture: A pumped hydro facility is just one of many proposed clean energy projects that threaten cultural property of the Yakama Nation.

# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Mysterious Corsican ‘cat-fox’ revealed as unique species: The elusive striped “cat-fox” familiar mostly to Corsican shepherds and as a source of intrigue to scientists, is indeed its own species specific to the French Mediterranean island, the French office for Biodiversity (OFB) announced Thursday. New genetic analysis has “revealed a unique genetic strain to the wild cats” found in the remote forest undergrowth of northern Corsica, it confirmed.

New Species of Venomous Spider Discovered in Florida Looks Like Pitch-Black Tarantula: A new species of spider has just been discovered near Miami. It’s called the “Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider.” The Zoo Miami describes these spiders as elusive and related to tarantulas. Like other trapdoor spiders, they live burrowed in sandy soil under a trap door that they used to catch prey.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Post COVID Vaccine Heart-Related Deaths Sharply Increase, Especially in Young Males: The spikes in heart attack deaths have tracked with surges of COVID-19 infection—even during the presumed less-severe Omicron phase of the pandemic. Furthermore, the data showed the increase was most significant among individuals ages 25-44, who are not usually considered at high risk for heart attack.

Polio Outbreaks in Burundi and Other African Nations Caused by Vaccine Strain of the Virus: The virus that sickened the children was found to be a mutated strain of polio that initially came from an oral vaccine. The Burundi government declared the polio outbreak to be a national public health emergency and plans to start an immunization campaign within weeks, aimed at protecting all children up to age seven.

Coronavirus Testing Lab Defrauded U.S. Government of $83 Million: The U.S. Department of Justice announced criminal charges against a founder of a Chicago-based COVID-19 testing lab accused of making more than $83 million in fraudulent federal health claims for coronavirus tests.

SARS-CoV-2 infection weakens immune-cell response to vaccination: NIH-funded study suggests need to boost CD8+ T cell response after infection. The magnitude and quality of a key immune cell’s response to vaccination with two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were considerably lower in people with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection compared to people without prior infection, a study has found.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
The Silicon Valley Bank Bailout Didn’t Need to Happen: Debate over the whether Silicon Valley Bank depositors should have been protected should not distract us from the utter incompetence that led to the bank’s breakdown. Read David Dayen on the choices that led us to this moment.

What People Still Don’t Get About Bailouts: Good financial-crisis management is about doing what it takes to stop the contagion. Just 15 years after our financial overlords went on a bailout binge, showering bankers with trillions of taxpayer dollars, they’re once again riding to the rescue of the rich while the public watches in horror. Did they learn none of the lessons from the 2008 meltdown?

The banking crisis: What you actually need to know: Late last week and over the weekend, Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, two of America’s mid-sized banks, collapsed, some of the biggest failures of financial institutions since the Great Recession. The government has since stepped up to make depositors whole and prevent a potential ‘contagion’ of anxiety in the banking sector. The story has been moving quickly and plenty of Americans who lived through 2008 are instinctively comparing the current upheaval to the last time multiple bank collapses were making headlines.

Former Wells Fargo Exec Could Do Prison Time: Does the plea bargain by Carrie Tolstedt, who led Wells’s corrupt fleecing of customers, suggest a belated criminal crackdown on corporate crooks? Carrie Tolstedt, the former senior executive at Wells Fargo in charge of that bank’s systematic looting of its customers via fake accounts and spurious extraction of fees, agreed to a plea bargain that could give her a prison sentence of up to 16 months.

Amazon Morale Tanks Again as It Announces 9,000 More Layoffs: Employees were already furious over an unexpected return-to-office mandate.
Amazon’s latest round of layoffs adds to the 18,000 job cuts that have already been announced. Divisions impacted in this latest round include HR, Amazon Web Services (AWS), advertising, and Twitch.

# Education / Schools
New College of Florida Is DeSantis’s Launchpad for Attack on Higher Education: Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed six trustees to the New College of Florida to quash its progressive curriculum. House Bill 999, a right-wing legislative wish list of curricular and staffing changes, could, if passed, alter higher education in Florida. Meanwhile, DeSantis is using the tiny New College of Florida (NCF), a 63-year-old, once-private school, as a test case to push right-wing politics into Florida’s colleges and universities: He recently appointed six people to the NCF Board of Trustees, all of them deeply connected to right-wing institutions.

Not just Florida: The entire GOP is waging a nationwide racism-fueled war on public education: In “an upfront power grab,” Texas Republicans take over Houston schools by force. Despite DeSantis’ Florida-centric language when he talks about schools, however, it’s long been clear that the ambitious plans to decimate education extend past the Sunshine State’s borders and across the U.S. He’s not a lone figure who just happens to have a crippling obsession with keeping kids from reading.

Permanent funding solution elusive as mental health provider shortage plagues Arizona schools—and students

Youth access to mental health care improved under Jake’s Law, but persistent barriers hamper its reach

Georgia students’ private battle: Anxiety disorders in the classroom

TEXAS: Petrie Dish: Uvalde prompted Texas to start taking mental health funding for schools seriously. Is it enough?

‘Important victory’ for Florida higher ed: court upholds block on DeSantis censorship law: “This is an important step in preserving the truth, civil liberties, and a better future,” said one state ACLU attorney.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Despite rules, New Mexico oil and gas producers keep polluting: Driving around the Permian Basin in early February, it was impossible to miss.
New Mexico has increased its oil production tenfold since 2010

Marylanders Overpaid $1 Billion in Excessive Utility Bills. Some Lawmakers and Advocates Are Demanding Answers: Caught between poverty and third-party energy suppliers, low-income communities across the state are under increasing pressure from high utility rates despite the promise that a deregulated energy market would lower prices.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
Backlash hits Audubon after refusal to drop slave-holder’s name: A vice chair of the National Audubon Society’s board and two others resigned from the organization’s board Wednesday after the conservation group announced it would keep its name tied to enslaver John James Audubon. The national conservation organization is facing an internal backlash after publicly announcing that its board of directors decided to keep its current name after a yearlong deliberation.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Arctic ice is getting thinner by the day, and sea life is suffering: A new study says the structural change has been abrupt, making life harder for everything from tiny algae to polar bears.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Kids Found to Be Working Overnight Shifts at Minnesota Meat Processing Plant: Investigators discovered children as young as 14 years working overnight shifts at the Tony Downs Food Company.

# General News
Secession is here: States, cities and the wealthy are already withdrawing from America: Secession talk evokes fears of a second Civil War. But one scholar says secession is already happening in the US under a variety of guises. A host of others,  52% of Trump voters, Donald Trump himself and prominent Texas Republicans, have endorsed various forms of secession in recent years. All this secession talk misses a key point that every troubled couple knows. Just as there are ways to withdraw from a marriage before any formal divorce, there are also ways to exit a nation before officially seceding.

Trump supporters respond to the former president’s call to protest: Trump’s Call for Protests Draws Muted Reaction From Supporters.
Prosecutions of the Jan. 6 rioters may have tempered enthusiasm for mass unrest

Trump’s call for protests gets muted reaction by supporters: Former President Donald Trump’s calls for protests ahead of his anticipated indictment in New York have generated mostly muted reactions from supporters.

Who’s in control of how we remember the Iraq War?  “All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory.” Viet Thanh Nguyen: America’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003 vexed key allies, drew condemnation from many corners of the world, and generated the largest anti-war protests in world history. And yet the Bush administration, backed by bipartisan majorities in Congress and strong U.S. public opinion, went forward with what would prove to be a historic strategic blunder.

# Gov / Politics / Global
THE HAGUE (AP)  The International Criminal Court said Friday that it has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes, accusing him of personal responsibility for the abductions of children from Ukraine. It was the first time the global court has issued a warrant against a leader of one of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. The ICC said in a statement that Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of
(children) and that of unlawful transfer of (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”

Medvedev threatens to strike court in The Hague with Oniks hypersonic missile: Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued an ominous warning on Monday, suggesting that Russia could strike the International Criminal Court (ICC) with a hypersonic missile in response to its decision to issue an arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin.

Xi Jinping Visits Moscow Following ICC Arrest Warrant Against Putin, Defiant Visit to Mariupol

After arrest warrant for Putin, Russia opens case against ICC: Russia’s Investigative Committee says the International Criminal Court has knowingly accused an innocent person of a crime, in another show of defiance against the court.

Zelensky Adviser Hints That Putin Sent Body Double to Ukraine: A top adviser to the Ukrainian government appears to be claiming that President Putin is sending body doubles to public events in his place. Anton Gerashchenko tweeted three recent pictures of the Russian president—including two that purported to show Putin venturing into disputed territories inside Ukraine https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailybeast.com/zelensky-adviser-hints-that-putin-sent-body-double-to-ukraine__;!!On18fmf1aQ!z_4T2f7

# Gov / Politics / US
GOP rep has bad news for White House following evidence of Hunter-China correspondence: ‘Just the beginning’ The White House ‘hasn’t been truthful about this since from day one,’ the congressman asserted

20 years after illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq, its architects are still cashing in: Corporations and universities helped launder the reputation of war criminals who still profit from the invasion. The invasion was not just a moral catastrophe, but an egregious war crime echoed by everyone from United Nations heads to human rights leaders. According to Brown University’s Costs of War project, over  300,000 people died in the war, the overwhelming bulk of them Iraqi civilians. These are only the counted. The war fractured any cohesion across Iraq and set the stage for massive levels of sectarian violence fueled by the U.S.

Americans Don’t Care About the Iraqi Dead. They Don’t Even Care About Their Own. The U.S. has a long and disturbing habit of ignoring the violence it commits overseas as well as at home.

Ron DeSantis Is in a Bit of an Awkward Position Here: And it would skyrocket if he became the one who’d have to extradite Trump to New York. What do the Republicans challenging Donald Trump for the party’s presidential nomination say about his supposedly forthcoming indictment in New York? It’s a quandary. They can’t celebrate it. The indictment, were it to happen, would surely go over poorly with most of the Republican primary electorate.

Florida Mayor Up and Quits in Middle of Budget Meeting: “I’m concerned where the city is going,” Clearwater’s Frank Hibbard said. The unexpected announcement came as Hibbard and fellow City Council members were discussing plans for a new $90 million City Hall and municipal complex.

# Legal / DOJ
In hush money probe, Trump’s lawyer is anything but quiet : Trump himself on Saturday said his arrest could come Tuesday

Donald Trump’s post sharing details of his arrest could see him denied bail: What happens when a former U.S. president is charged with a crime? We answer that and many more questions about the likely indictment of Donald Trump.

Trump won’t refuse to surrender if indicted in NYC, lawyer says: If Trump is charged, he must surrender to New York authorities and appear in court to enter a plea to the charges. A judge could theoretically agree to conduct the hearing remotely, but no criminal defendants are being arraigned virtually at present, according to Lucian Chalfen from the Office of Court Administration.

# Medical / Health
Wyoming has become the first state to ban the abortion pill: Wyoming has made it illegal to “to prescribe, dispense, distribute, sell or use any drug for the purpose of procuring or performing an abortion,” and anyone found to be violating the rule can be imprisoned for up to six months, fined $9,000, or both.

Antibiotics linked to Bobby Caldwell’s death can cause disabling and permanent side effects. Fluoroquinolones are among the most widely prescribed antibiotic drugs in the US, but they’re linked to rare health complications. His was not an isolated case. The FDA has even dubbed the constellation of rare symptoms experienced by some people as fluoroquinolone-associated disability or FQAD and posted boxed warnings on the label. Some newer fluoroquinolones have been withdrawn from the market due to toxic effects.

Achieving mental health parity: The struggle to get insurance plans to improve coverage of mental health care

Proven Schizophrenia Treatments Keep People in School, at Work and off the Street. Why Won’t Insurance Companies Cover Them?

# Medical Science
2 billion people have impaired vision. Here’s how CRISPR might lead to a cure: See how researchers are uncovering the mechanisms of retinal degeneration and identifying new targets for therapeutic intervention

# Science
A Himalayan fungus has been used to treat cancer for centuries. Scientists now boost its potency 40-fold: A Himalayan fungus has been used to treat cancer for centuries. Scientists now boost its potency 40-fold. Early results suggest the drug shows good anti-cancer activity in patients with advanced cancer. Cordyceps militaris, a fungus that contains a compound with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

# Water
Global freshwater demand will exceed supply 40% by 2030, experts warn: “The scientific evidence is that we have a water crisis. We are misusing water, polluting water, and changing the whole global hydrological cycle, through what we are doing to the climate. It’s a triple crisis.”

Why There is No Such Thing as “Safe” Tap Water: Despite being at the top of the global food chain and industrial developmental ladder, the United States has a poor track record for delivering uncontaminated drinking water to the public. Chemicals. Both human-made and natural chemicals can make their way into drinking water. Pesticides, bleach, and bacterial toxins are some of the potential things that can have harmful health effects. Other chemicals like bisphenol-A and pharmaceuticals are also sometimes detected in groundwater sources.

US will tackle ‘forever chemicals’ in water: The US Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first limitations on a set of pervasive and dangerous ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water. Perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (better known as PFAS) have strong carbon–fluorine bonds, so they are difficult to destroy, and have become widely dispersed in the environment

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