Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-16

Voices, The Peoples News

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

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Migrants to be housed in 6 more NYC school gyms – outraged parents say plan is ‘just insane’: At least six more Big Apple schools are set to start temporarily housing migrants in their gyms, prompting commotion on Monday among parents frantic over safety and potential learning disruptions. “To bus people to our school and expect the community to absorb them is just insane.”

Homeless vets are being booted from New York hotels to make room for migrants: Nearly two dozen struggling homeless veterans have been booted from upstate hotels to make room for migrants, says a nonprofit group that works with the vets. The nonprofit veteran organization Yerik Israel Toney (YIT) Foundation told the newspaper that nearly two-dozen U.S. military veterans were evicted last week by hotels in suburban New York City as the facilities seek to replace them with migrants.

Invasion Begins: Video Purportedly Shows Illegal Aliens Opening DHS Packets With Smartphones, Some Court Dates Not Until 2035: Share Share Share Share Share Share Tweet Share Share Flip It Comment Email Title 42, the Trump-era pandemic public health restrictions that became a key tool in turning back illegal aliens at the border, has officially come to an end. And with that end, officials have warned they expect up to 13,000 migrants to attempt to enter the country each day henceforth. If that number holds, you may see close to 5 million illegal aliens overrunning the border in the next year.

NYC mayor buses foreign nationals out of city, considers moving them to university housing, closed prison: After Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams blamed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for busing illegal foreign nationals from the border and creating a “crisis” in his city, he began the city’s first busing mission to New York suburbs

Fire, Razor Wire and the Beast: Scenes from a US Mexico Border Drama. As sirens wail in the background, migrant smugglers push adults and children through a hole beneath a border wall despite an officer’s demands on the other side that they return to Mexico. The videos have come to light amid a surge of migrant families arriving at the border, overwhelming processing and holding centers.

Border Industry Peddles Robot Dogs and AI Surveillance Amid End of Title 42: Blocks from a migrant camp in El Paso, executives at the Border Security Expo hawked dystopian tech designed to repress them.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Vaccines have not curbed death rates from COVID in countries around the world. There is no clear evidence that they have saved lives and they have probably done more to precipitate deaths than to avert them. This is a conclusion reached after completing a straightforward statistical study that compares the death rate from COVID to the level of vaccination within each of the individual countries.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
McCarthy Says Debt Limit Negotiators Still ‘Far Apart’: President Biden, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the three other top congressional leaders are set to meet again Tuesday as they try to work out a deal to raise the debt limit and avoid an economically devastating default.

# Education / Schools
Schools Are Pouring Millions Into AI-Powered Weapon Detection Systems. Do They Work? Over 65 school districts have bought or tested artificial intelligence gun detection from a variety of companies since 2018, spending a total of over $45 million, much of it coming from public coffers. “Private companies are preying on school districts’ worst fears and proposing the use of technology that’s not going to work.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry Biden EPA’s New Rule Puts Reliable Electricity at Risk, Experts Say: A new rule from the Biden Environmental Protection Agency is pushing America’s power grid to become greener, but energy experts say they are worried the results will be brown. The rules could produce a lack of available electricity leading to brownouts for businesses and households across the U.S.

Biden’s Carbon Capture Regulation Is Just What the Fossil Fuel Industry Wants: “Carbon capture and sequestration” isn’t proven to work and would exacerbate fossil fuel harms.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Biden Administration Says Mountain Valley Pipeline Can Run Through National Forest: The Jefferson National Forest is home to threatened species, waterways and old-growth forest.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Boosted by biotech: How scientists hope to deploy genome sequencing tech to disrupt the food and supplement space: It is estimated that two-thirds of European countries now use whole-genome sequencing (WGS) in food safety programmes. But it is time the technique is used to bring greater health benefits to functional foods

WHO advises not to use non-sugar sweeteners for weight control in newly released guideline: Results of the review also suggest that there may be potential undesirable effects from long-term use of NSS, such as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and mortality in adults. “Replacing free sugars with NSS does not help with weight control in the long term.”

# Gov / Politics / Global
Russian Hit Team Feared in Suspected Poisoning of Americans: The head of a U.S.-based nonprofit that fights against Russian repression, the Free Russia Foundation, says she was possibly poisoned by “some nerve agent”
while on a recent trip to Europe, in a possible sign that Russia’s poison team is targeting critics again.

# Gov / Politics
4 New Hampshire Republicans Who Endorsed Trump 19 Days Ago Are Now Backing Ron DeSantis: On Tuesday, officials at Never Back Down, the super PAC backing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, said Harvey-Bolia is throwing her support to their guy. She is one of four New Hampshire legislators, the others are Reps. Brian Cole, Lisa Smart and Debra DiSimone, whom Never Back Down identified as flipping from Trump to DeSantis as it rolled out endorsements from 51 lawmakers in the state who signed a pledge to back DeSantis. That’s not how Harvey-Bolia sees it.

Some U.S. Allies Finally Need to Improve Defenses, Including Getting Nukes: Instead of Biden pledging to go further in defending allies all over the world, he should be telling them that they’ll need to assume more responsibility for their own defenses. The most critical item, buried in most stories, was closer consultations between the two countries in the American provision of a nuclear umbrella over South Korea. This declaration of closer cooperation on nuclear options comes as North Korea allegedly tested a solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the United States.

Stage One of the manufactured crisis over the debt ceiling is the fast-approaching June 1 X-date, when the Treasury no longer has authorization from Congress to increase the public debt. Stage Two hits next fall when Congress takes up the budget for fiscal year 2024. The two deadlines are legally separate but politically related in several ways, none of them auspicious.

The Biden Administration and the Crossroads of Conflict: Permitting the escalation of war.

“Deplorable”: Former Sen. Doug Jones slams Tuberville for defending white nationalists in military: President Biden warned that white supremacy is the “most dangerous terrorist threat” facing the United States, and members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front marched Sunday on the National Mall, we look at how Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama is under fire for expressing support for white nationalists in the U.S. military.

Democrats Officially Move to Kick George Santos Out of Congress: On Wednesday, Rep. Robert Garcia (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution declaring that “Rep. George Santos be, and hereby is, expelled from the House of Representatives.”

MTG Wants to Impeach D.C. DA for Not Letting Jan. 6 Rioters Skate: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said on Tuesday that she will move to introduce articles of impeachment against FBI Director Christopher Wray and Matthew Graves, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

As Right-Wing Judiciary Thrashes Democracy, Dems Reintroduce Bill to Expand Supreme Court: “Our freedom to make decisions about our lives, bodies, and futures is at stake,” said the head of Planned Parenthood, which supports the legislation. “Everything is on the line: abortion rights, voting rights, LGBTQ+ rights, our democratic institutions, and our bodily autonomy.”

# Juvenile Justice System
13-Year-Olds Charged With Taxi Driver’s Murder: The boys, along with a 14-year-old, were trying to rob the victim before they killed him, prosecutors say.

A 12-year-old boy has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting a Sonic restaurant worker to death in Texas over the weekend.

How The Media Made A Villain Out Of Jordan Neely: As Penny surrendered to authorities Friday on a manslaughter charge, pleading not guilty, the city’s media apparatus faced an urgent question: How had the victim of a killing so quickly been made into the villain?

# Legal / DOJ
Hunter Biden case takes stark twist with allegation of retaliation against IRS whistleblower: Lawyers for whistleblower disclose to lawmakers sudden move, raise concerns of obstruction of congressional probe. The Justice Department removed an IRS whistleblower and his entire team from the criminal investigation of Hunter Biden’s taxes in what his lawyers described to Congress on Monday as an act of retaliation and possible obstruction of congressional inquiries, according to correspondence to lawmakers

DOJ ‘turning a blind eye’ as Biden corruption informant reportedly goes missing, says GOP rep: Rep. Burchett called for House Republicans to use the power of the purse to withhold funding from the FBI | 15 May 2023 | Republicans’ search for a key Biden corruption informant continues as Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., revealed over the weekend that a key source in the effort to dig deeper into the alleged Biden family bribery scheme is nowhere to be found.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Florida’s Latest Anti-LGBTQ Law Legalizes Medical Discrimination: LGBTQ advocates say that the “Protections of Medical Conscience” bill gives medical providers a license to discriminate.

# Medical / Health
GOP Bill Could Hit Women Who Miscarry With Murder Charges, Advocates Say: A new bill, sponsored by freshman Ernie Yarbrough, would open the door for a pregnant person to be charged with murder if she has an abortion or even if she has a miscarriage.

More Vaccine Doses Linked to Higher Rate of Infant Mortality: In 2011, we published a study that found a counterintuitive, positive correlation, demonstrating that among the most highly developed nations, those that require more vaccines for their infants tend to have higher infant mortality rates

NC Dems Brace For Final Passage Of Abortion Ban That GOP Passed ‘In The Dark Of Night’: North Carolina Democrats are prepared to fight a 12-week abortion ban on Tuesday, even if Republicans have made it nearly impossible. The Tar Heel State has made national headlines this month for a dramatic turn of events over the state’s abortion laws.

# Military / DOD
A ‘ticking time bomb’: Environmental group says Pentagon moving too slowly on toxic cleanup at military bases: The Defense Department has failed to keep pace with the rising costs of PFAS cleanup at its current and former bases, where chemicals have leached into groundwater, the Environmental Working Group said in a new report.

Aerial drills are underway over South Korea with ‘enemy provocations and threats’ in mind: More than 60 South Korean aircraft are taking part in the weeklong, biannual Soaring Eagle exercise. Large-scale aerial drills are underway again over the Korean Peninsula, nearly a month after South Korea carried out similar training with the United States.

# Security
How the Murder of a CIA Officer Was Used to Silence the Agency’s Greatest Critic: The false narrative that Welch had been murdered because of reckless disclosures in Washington remained powerful for years afterward, ultimately leading to legislation that made it illegal to publish the names of covert CIA officers, a law that has since often been abused by the government to crack down on whistleblowers and dissent.

# Technology / Global
US cyber spymaster calls TikTok China’s ‘Trojan horse’: It’s not a smoking gun, it’s ‘a loaded gun’ suggests NSA’s Rob Joyce, who heads the cyber security unit of America’s National Security Agency. Just last week TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew was grilled by the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, with several members saying the app should be banned outright, not just from government devices, citing TikTok’s links to the Chinese Communist Party.

# Veterans / VA
Veterans exposed to chemical at Camp Lejeune faced a 70% higher Parkinson’s risk, study says: Researchers found that 430 veterans had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and that the Lejeune veterans’ risk was 70% higher than the Pendleton veterans. On average, service members of both camps were stationed there approximately two years from 1975 to 1985.

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