Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-03-22

Douliu Voices, The Peoples News

Satte March 22, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Biden Signs Bill Declassifying Information on the Origin of COVID-19: The U.S. director of national intelligence has three months to declassify information on potential links between China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology and the origin of COVID-19, after President Joe Biden signed legislation Monday. The bill was one of the first Biden has signed since a 118th Congress split between the two parties began in January.

Moderna CEO Blasted by Lawmakers for Planned Covid Vaccine Price Hike: The CEO of drugmaker Moderna came under fire from lawmakers Wednesday at a The CEO of drugmaker Moderna came under fire from lawmakers Wednesday at a Senate hearing focused on the company’s plans to quadruple the price of its Covid-19 vaccine. Moderna’s Covid booster costs about $26 per dose under a 2022 deal with the government, but the company plans to raise the price to about $130 per dose once the public health emergency ends, which is expected to happen in May.Senate hearing focused on the company’s plans to more than quadruple the price of its Covid-19 vaccine.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Armstrong: WOKE Culture is Destroying the Economy & our Nation: The collapse of Credit Swiss as well as SVB, Signature, and more to come, have a common theme – the Failure of Risk Managment. When we look closer at the staff involved, they were not what you would consider at the top of their class.

Three Banks Have Now Collapsed. There is a banking crisis underway and the problems are spreading, says Gerald Epstein. The collapses of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank are the two biggest bank failures since 2008. Silicon Valley Bank had deep ties to the high-tech industry while Signature Bank and Silvergate were some of the world’s biggest crypto-friendly banks. So, why are banks collapsing now? A Progressive Economist Explains Why.

Warren, Sanders Call for End to Rules Letting Billionaire Dynasties Dodge Taxes: The lawmakers are calling for scrutiny of some of the most popular forms of tax evasion by the richest Americans.

# Education / Schools
Investigation from Georgetown to Langly; The controversial connection between a prestigious university and the CIA: If you have ever wondered, “where do America’s spies come from?” the answer is quite possibly the Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University. It is only a modestly-seized institution, yet the school provides the backbone for the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, State Department, and other organs of the national security state.

Gov. Greg Abbott organizes “school choice” rally at the Capitol: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has embraced Senate Bill 8, which will get its first committee hearing Wednesday. But House Speaker Dade Phelan hasn’t made school choice legislation a priority.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical U.S. can shift to EVs without widespread, destructive mining: The new report suggests limiting electric vehicle battery sizes and reducing car dependency to lower the demand for lithium by up to 66%

Citing ‘racial cleansing,’ Louisiana ‘cancer alley’ residents sue over zoning: Legal experts describe a new environmental justice lawsuit as significant, timely and ambitious. Will conservative judges agree? Making the case their local government was built on a culture of white supremacy, Black residents of St. James Parish in Louisiana’s “cancer alley” have filed a federal lawsuit claiming land-use and zoning policies illegally concentrated more than a dozen polluting industrial plants where they live.

Spike in Whale and Dolphin Deaths Prompts Calls for Investigation Into Impact of Offshore Wind Projects on Marine Life: A spate of whale and dolphin deaths along New Jersey’s shore is prompting Republican lawmakers to call for a halt to preliminary work on Governor Phil Murphy’s offshore wind projects.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Flood-prone communities in Virginia may lose a lifeline if governor pulls state out of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Aside from capping power plant emissions, the RGGI program sustains a state fund that helps coastal towns cope with recurring storms and rising tides.

Ghosts of polluters past presents a troubling account of the pervasiveness of toxic soil lead contamination in America’s urban centers, and the cumulative impact of industrialization and racial inequities. As soil tests reveal the pervasiveness of lead contamination, one California barrio continues its long struggle for justice.

Toxic churn; The legacy of long-gone industry pollutes U.S. cities: Government data doesn’t capture it. Regulators aren’t paying attention to it. But contamination from the past harms people in the present.

The Ground Beneath Their Feet: The only way to stop the long-lasting harms of lead poisoning in children is to end exposure to the chemical, and with data-driven and community-based action, that’s possible.

Lead keeps poisoning children.  It doesn’t have to: The only way to stop long-lasting harms is to end exposure. And that’s possible, with the right actions.

OK, Boomer, Your Turn. Older Americans Blockade Banks to Protest Fossil Fuel Financing: Over 100 climate protests are scheduled to take place Tuesday in more than two dozen states, with many of the demonstrators in their 60s or older. Climate activists are taking to the streets Tuesday in one of the biggest coordinated demonstrations over global warming since millions of the world’s youth walked out of their classrooms in 2019 to urge their governments to do more to tackle the climate crisis. Except this time, it’s not young people leading the charge but Baby Boomers https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/mar/19/climate-crisis-protest-environment-third-act-bill-mckibben__;!!On18fmf1aQ!0lYsm4IAUbwpno-hiKHJxoj00aZFIHfy-2hgdgccGb6kjPtbd_8yMDw1mX3q2Nx_dIfA5bNNHQHmkaH2CoYZXCkFD42xQOvM$

# General News
Fever Dreams; Why Trump Is Reviving Years-Old Accusations Against DeSantis: While prosecutors appear to be closing in on Donald Trump and preparing to file formal charges, he’s been posting up an absolute storm on Truth Social.

What’s Worse for Donald Trump Than Getting Indicted? Inside the online fringes devoted to the former president, there’s another worrying sign for him. Trump claimed the indictment would come down Tuesday, which it did not, but his explicit call for unrest has left New York bracing for a potential mass protest. Does the city need to be worried? Trump’s call for action sounded similar to his rhetoric before the Jan. 6 attack, but the response this time seems to be a lot more muted.

# Gov / Politics / Global
President Xi Jinping invited President Vladimir Putin to visit China later this year. According to the Washington Post, Xi told Putin, “There’s a change coming that hasn’t happened in 100 years. When we are together, we are driving this change.”

Col. MacGregor: The GATHERING Storm in Ukraine Spells Doom for the West: Colonel Douglas Macgregor sits down with Redacted Host Clayton Morris to talk about the impending collapse of western hegemony. The west continues to push for a direct confrontation with the Russia and China while U.S. can’t even produce ammunition.

# Gov / Politics / US
The crisis of American national power has begun: The great struggles of the twentieth century between liberty and totalitarianism ended with a decisive victory for the forces of freedom, and a single sustainable model for national success: freedom, democracy, and free enterprise. In the twenty-first century, only nations that share a commitment to protecting basic human rights and guaranteeing political and economic freedom will be able to unleash the potential of their people and assure their future prosperity.

Birth Again the Dream of Global Peace and Mutual Respect: The US is attempting to maintain its position of ‘single master’ through an aggressive military. On 24 February 2023, the Chinese Foreign Ministry released a twelve-point plan entitled ‘China’s Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis’. This ‘peace plan’, as it has been called, is anchored in the concept of sovereignty, building upon the well-established principles of the United Nations Charter (1945) and the Ten Principles from the Bandung Conference of African and Asian states held in 1955.

# Legal / DOJ
Court Makes ‘Extraordinary’ Late Night Demands in Trump Case: A U.S. appeals court is expected to rule shortly on whether Trump attorney Evan Corcoran can appear before a grand jury in Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago classified documents case. The move comes after a dizzying saga overnight, in which the U.S. Department of Justice and attorneys for Trump filed dueling motions over Corcoran’s testimony.

Stormy’s Team Reportedly Hands Over Trump Lawyer’s Emails: Stormy Daniels’ attorney has turned over communications between his client and Joe Tacopina, Trump’s current personal lawyer, to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office, according to CNN.

Possible Trump Charge Delayed After Grand Jury Gets Canceled: Chaos at court as Trump grand jury hearing canceled, Bragg now concerned about indictment and ADAs are ‘shaking their heads’: The afternoon session was unexpectedly canceled by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, the sources said. Members of the panel were told to stay home and be on standby for Thursday, a law enforcement source said.

Judge Orders Trump Lawyer to Turn Over Evidence in Alleged ‘Criminal Scheme’ and there may be tapes: Judge rules Trump duped his own lawyers in Mar-a-Lago case, orders attorney to testify and turn over transcriptions. The order from the D.C. district court’s chief judge is a big blow to Trump’s defense in the case, says a legal analyst.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Proposed Florida Bill Could Allow “Legal Kidnapping” of Trans Children: The bill allows Florida courts to interfere with custody agreements from other states if a child is present in Florida. The bill allows Florida courts to interfere with custody agreements from other states if a child is present in Florida.

DeSantis Admin Looks to Expand ‘Don’t Say Gay’ to All Grades: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ‘ administration is moving to forbid classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades, expanding the controversial law critics call “Don’t Say Gay” as the Republican governor continues a focus on cultural issues ahead of his expected presidential run. The proposal, which would not require legislative approval, is scheduled for a vote next month before the state Board of Education and has been put forth by state Education Department, both of which are led by appointees of the governor.

Texas Uni Cancels Drag Show, Comparing It to ‘Blackface’: “Drag shows stereotype women in cartoon-like extremes for the amusement of others and discriminate against womanhood,” President Walter Wendler said. “West Texas A&M University will not host a drag show on campus,” Wendler wrote in the email, referring to the upcoming on-campus “A Fool’s Drag Race,” which was organized by students to raise money for the Trevor Project, a national LGBTQ youth suicide-prevention organization.

Disney Defies DeSantis by Hosting Major LGBTQ+ Conference: The Out & Equal Workplace summit is expected to draw over 5,000 attendees. According to Out & Equal’s website, around 5,000 people are expected to attend its workplace summit in September, which it describes as “the preferred place to network and share strategies that create inclusive workplaces, where everyone belongs and where LGBTQ+ employees can be out and thrive.”

# Medical / Health
Personal data of 254K Medicare beneficiaries at risk after breach: Lawmakers said that in October of last year Healthcare Management Solutions, a subcontractor to ASRC Federal Data Solutions, which works for CMS, suffered a ransomware attack. CMS “determined with high confidence that the incident potentially included personally identifiable information and protected health information for some Medicare enrollees.”

Right to Abortion is Protected in Life-Threatening Situations: The Oklahoma Supreme Court today ruled that the state constitution protects the right to abortion in life-threatening situations, but declined to rule whether its constitution protects a broader right to abortion outside of those circumstances. Court strikes down one criminal abortion ban and upholds another, leaving abortion unavailable for most in the state.

Sanders Slams Biden for Rejecting Request to Lower Price of $190K Cancer  Drug: The administration rejected a request to lower the price of prostate cancer drug Xtandi this week. The administration instead announced that it will be conducting a “review” of march-in authority, which advocates dismissed as a move to shield itself from criticism of the rejection.

# Military / DOD
US switches tracks to speed up delivery of Abrams tanks to Ukraine, arrival expected in the fall: The Defense Department is speeding up plans to send the U.S. military’s most sophisticated battle tank to Ukraine as the country braces itself for an expected increase in Russian attacks in the coming weeks, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

# Social
2 Million Americans Live Without Safe Running Water or a Working Toilet: While most Americans take reliable access to clean, safe water for granted, this new nationwide study found that more than two million Americans are living without running water, indoor plumbing, or wastewater treatment https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.rcapsolutions.org/more-than-2m-americans-living-without-access-to-running-water-sanitation-services/*:*:text=While*20most*20Americans*20take*20reliable,indoor*20plumbing*2C*20or*20wastewater*20treatment__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!0lYsm4IAUbwpno-hiKHJxoj00aZFIHfy-2hgdgccGb6kjPtbd_8yMDw1mX3q2Nx_dIfA5bNNHQHmkaH2CoYZXCkFD_BO5mAS$

# Veterans / VA
VA workers union calls for staffing shortages fix and less private health care spending: Staffing shortages at the Department of Veterans Affairs and increased reliance on private health care threatens the agency’s ability to provide quality service for veterans, according to a report by a union that represents federal employees at the VA.

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