Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-12

Voices, The Peoples News

May 12, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Recreational Fishing Industry Ranks the Safety of Right Whales Below Profit: Proposed science-backed speed limit reductions could prevent whales from dying in vessel strikes, but boating advocates are pushing back, citing economic impacts.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
“Do not believe the lies of smugglers. The border is not open.” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to immigrants as the federal Title 42 policy expires

Border Patrol chief authorizes release of migrants into US without court dates as Title 42 ends: The head of U.S. Border Patrol has sent out a memo authorizing the release of illegal migrants into the U.S. without court dates if agents face overcrowding as the Biden administration scrambles to deal with a historic surge in migration at the border ahead of the end of Title 42.

Biden Administration Adds New Obstacles to the Right to Seek Asylum as Title 42 Expires: Title 42, the Trump-era pandemic policy that was used to expel nearly 3 million asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border without due process, was lifted Thursday just before midnight after three years of enforcement.

Migrant Child Dies at U.S. Government Shelter: A statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided to The Daily Beast said “our heart goes out to the family, with whom we are in touch.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the news a child had died at an Office of Refugee Resettlement facility in Florida earlier in the week, offering little detail about how the death occurred or even the age and prior condition of the child’s health.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
TurboTax owner Intuit ramps up lobbying as debate over government-run free tax filing heats up: Commercial tax preparation companies like H&R Block and Intuit, the company that owns TurboTax, have poured tens of millions of dollars into lobbying as part of a multiyear push against a government-run filing service that would enable taxpayers to submit tax returns directly to the IRS at no cost.

# Education / Schools
California reparations committee calls for statewide K-12 curriculum that teaches ‘systemic racism’: More than 150 years after slavery was outlawed in the United States, Black Americans have continued to experience discrimination, prejudice, and systemic inequality in everything from housing and wages to education and health care.

The fight for African American studies in schools isn’t getting easier, even after 50 years: For many years, marginalized communities have fought to determine how they tell and learn about their own history. Florida in 1994 became the first state to pass a law mandating the teaching of African American history in schools. Now, with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis at the helm, the state has been at the forefront of efforts to restrict lessons about race and racism in classrooms.

Resolution on Defending Academic Freedom Against Attacks on ‘Critical Race Theory’: ‘Critical Race Theory Is Simply the Latest Bogeyman.’
Inside the Fight Over What Kids Learn About America’s History https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theasa.net/about/news-events/announcements/resolution-defending-academic-freedom-against-attacks-**Bcritical-race__;4oCc!!On18fmf1aQ!3qopUiwOEydW5tN_wHZozHtnSohM8EQ4GdPOjlvB-e1Jcp7venBR5X92DT8FGRlbp4lBzcX9ehPkW3UsadQMu24nWLXmyjTI$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry
Biden Power Plant Rule Relies on ‘Industry Propaganda Scheme’ of Carbon Capture: “Billions of dollars have been wasted trying to prove that this technology is real—and all we have to show for it are a series of spectacular failures,” said one campaigner.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a wide-ranging new proposal for limits on greenhouse gas emissions from coal  and gas fired power plants. If finalized, the new rule will be the first time the federal government has restricted carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, which generate about a quarter of the country’s emissions.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
In Win for Farm Animals, US Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to California Law: One advocate called the ruling a “victory for sustainable, humane farming against giant corporations that prioritize cost-cutting and profit margins over the environment, food safety, and animal welfare.”

Cultivated meat could emit 25 times more CO2e than conventional beef, finds research: Fresh research out of the University of California, Davis suggests the global warming potential of cultured meat could be between four and 25 times higher than regular beef if a highly refined growth medium is used in its production

# General News
Biden adopts new green building energy standards for housing: The Biden administration has announced a plan to adopt new building energy standards for homes built and financed by the federal government

# Gov / Politics / Global
The Turkish Election Is a Rare Chance for a U.S. and EU Reset: Washington and Brussels must encourage Ankara to come back into the fold. Erdoğan’s ratings may no longer be as high as before, but his core base mostly remains loyal, and he will use all his advantages as the head of Türkiye’s politicized executive presidential system to win.

# Gov / Politics
Biden, McCarthy debt ceiling meeting postponed, spending cuts on table: McCarthy told reporters he expected another meeting with the president and congressional leaders next week.

Supreme Court Outrages Republicans With Split Decision Ruling: Republican lawmakers and the pork industry are none too pleased with a Supreme Court decision on Thursday that upholds California’s Proposition 12 ballot initiative, requiring pork sold in the state to be raised under strict guidelines among other ramifications.

’12-Week Abortion Ban Is Not About Life’: Bishop Barber Blasts North Carolina GOP: “If these extremists who claim to be Republicans were serious about life, they would pass living wages, healthcare, family leave, and fully funded public education.”

The Judicial Deus Ex Machina Debt Ceiling Option: On today’s X-Date, liberals look to the courts to solve their intractable political problem. That spells trouble.

Poll Finds 4 in 5 Voters Support Capping Child Care Costs for All Families in U.S: Polling finds that 90 percent of voters who are parents are concerned about child care costs.

# Legal / DOJ
SCOTUS Case May Slash Regulation of Everything From Workers’ Rights to Clean Air: Overruling Chevron deference could imperil our health, safety, labor, air, water, food and environmental protections. In an ominous but unsurprising development, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that may well imperil our health, safety, labor, clean air and water, food and environmental protections. On May 1, the court decided to reconsider its 40-year-old precedent in the current case of Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo.

Judge Sets the Stage to Hit Trump With More Charges:

# Medical / Health
DeSantis’ new law: Doctors can’t deny treatment for unvaccinated patients but can refuse LGBTQ ones https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.alternet.org/desantis-illegal-doctors-unvaccinated-lgbtq/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3qopUiwOEydW5tN_wHZozHtnSohM8EQ4GdPOjlvB-e1Jcp7venBR5X92DT8FGRlbp4lBzcX9ehPkW3UsadQMu24nWDzOJp6L$

Abortion in North Carolina Hinges on Just One Republican Keeping Their Word: Calling abortion “a very personal, moral issue,” the Wilmington Republican said: “I believe in the [existing] law. If a woman desires to have an abortion up to 20 weeks, which is the second trimester of pregnancy, she can have an abortion. But after that, I believe in reasonable restrictions. Those reasonable restrictions are rape, incest, unviable fetus, or danger to the health of the mother.”

Alabama GOP Bill Aims to Charge People Who Get an Abortion With Murder: The bill also allows prosecutors to charge a person for having a miscarriage if they claim the person was negligent. The bill mandates that “homicide prosecutions treat an ‘unborn child’ as any other homicide victim, and that women be charged if their pregnancy ends as a result of recklessness or negligence.”

# Military / DOD
Debt ceiling default would imperil troop pay and hurt military’s reputation, DOD leaders tell Congress: The military’s top leaders said Thursday that a default on the nation’s debt would imperil troop pay and hurt the U.S. military’s reputation worldwide, issuing a warning to Congress amid a dispute over the government’s debt limit.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Senate investigation shows GOP law enabled Big Pharma’s ‘extreme’ tax avoidance: “Big Pharma gets us coming and going. They charge Americans sky-high prices and pay absolute rock-bottom taxes, not anywhere near a fair share.” The Senate Finance Committee released a new report detailing how the GOP’s 2017 tax cut law allowed U.S. pharmaceutical companies to ramp up their tax avoidance schemes as they continued charging Americans exorbitant prices for prescription drugs https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.alternet.org/senate-investigation-gop-big-pharma/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3qopUiwOEydW5tN_wHZozHtnSohM8EQ4GdPOjlvB-e1Jcp7venBR5X92DT8FGRlbp4lBzcX9ehPkW3UsadQMu24nWNKd9Sca$

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
After 15 Year Journey, NASA Suddenly Redirecting Deep Space Mission to New Target: But now that it’s gotten there, NASA has made a surprise announcement: that the mission’s primary target is changing from the mysterious objects lurking in our system’s Kuiper asteroid belt to studying the environment at the distant reaches of the Sun instead, a necksnapping change that has upset the scientists https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://futurism.com/nasa-new-horizons-mission-new-target__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3qopUiwOEydW5tN_wHZozHtnSohM8EQ4GdPOjlvB-e1Jcp7venBR5X92DT8FGRlbp4lBzcX9ehPkW3UsadQMu24nWByEKyuu$

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