Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-17

Voices, The Peoples News

May 17, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Fur & Feather Wildlife Rescue and Rehab (936-433-8434) Ways you can help us save a Life: We currently have 18 Raccoon, 21 Opossum, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Screech owls, 1 skunk, 1 mockingbird, 9 parrots and 1 bearded dragon in care, Some are long term permanent care. This is just at this moment, it could increase at any time. Below are links to different lists of items that are needed. ANY help is GREATLY APPRECIATED! We do this out of pocket for the love of all animals

# Archaeology
Antarctic Discovery Changes Everything We Thought We Knew About The Frozen Land: Antarctica’s Ross Island is a landmass formed by four volcanoes located in the Ross Sea. Naturally, it is an amazing area for researchers to explore. And that’s exactly what a few scientists did throughout the island’s subterranean caves. It was a dangerous mission, considering that the caves lie very close to an active volcano. For the researchers, though, their dangerous exploration was worth every minute. After collecting a few samples, they made a discovery that will change everything we think we know about the frozen continent.
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Incredible Discovery: Archaeologists Unearth Monumental Statue of Emperor Under Turkish Fountain: The archaeological team in Denizli, Turkey got the surprise of their lives when they unearthed an ancient artifact that nobody had anticipated finding! Who would have thought such a remarkable find was hiding beneath the earth?

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis commits troops to Gov. Greg Abbott’s border efforts: Greg Abbott asked other governors for help patrolling the Texas-Mexico border. Ron DeSantis answered the call. Although border encounters have fallen since Title 42 ended Thursday, Texas’ top Republican asks for “all available law enforcement personnel and resources.”

Tijuana expecting 40 percent of deported migrants in coming weeks: Tijuana officials are bracing for an increase in migrant deportations from the U.S. into their city. The city’s director of migrant affairs, Enrique Lucero, said that historically Tijuana gets 40 percent of all migrant deportations and expulsions from the United States.

# Chemicals
Three families vowed to stop a killer chemical: In the U.S., with its checkered history of weak worker and consumer protections, astonishingly few chemicals have ever met that fate. That’s how methylene chloride became a serial killer despite warnings of its fumes’ dangers before Hartley, Wynne and Atkins had even been born. No agency intervened as it struck down dozens of people, if not more, in recent decades. Connected by tragedy caused by deadly paint strippers, they achieved the seemingly impossible. Their advice could help you do the same. Here’s how they did it:

How did nonstick “forever chemicals” get into our food? Blame pesticides: The class of compounds used in nonstick pans and rain jackets aren’t used as pesticides. How did they contaminate them?

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Debt Limit Progress as Biden, McCarthy Name Top Negotiators to Avert National Default: The fresh set of negotiators means discussions are now largely narrowed to what the White House and McCarthy will accept in order to allow lawmakers to raise the debt limit in the coming days. The speaker said after a meeting with Biden and congressional leaders that a deal was “possible” by week’s end, even as, in McCarthy’s view, the two sides remained far apart for the moment.

The Narrative Shift of the Debt Ceiling Fight: How passing a bill gave Kevin McCarthy a momentary advantage that has yet to be counteracted

DeSantis Allows Anti-“Woke” Giveaway To Big Wall Street Donors: As private equity donated to groups supporting Ron DeSantis, he oversaw a billion-dollar transfer of state employees’ retirement dollars into underperforming firms.

The consequences of not raising the debt limit by June are massive and unprecedented: Once again, the debt ceiling is in the news and is a cause for concern. If the debt ceiling binds, and the U.S. Treasury does not have the ability to pay its obligations, the negative economic effects would quickly mount and risk triggering a deep recession. Without a debt limit increase, retirement savings accounts are expected to lose at least 20% of their value. Interest rates will surge, hurting businesses and increasing unemployment. It could even delay or disrupt Social Security payments.

Will there be Social Security payments in June 2023 if the debt ceiling is not raised? The last time the ceiling was raised was in December 2021, increasing the total budget to $31.4 trillion. According to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the country’s government would no longer be able to pay its financial responsibilities as of June 1, and would therefore face a default. Such an occurrence would affect monthly checks for Social Security, Medicare, payments to veterans and government workers including military personnel. Several government agencies would temporarily close, leaving millions of people unemployed.

Biden Is Considering Selling Out Poor Americans to Get a Debt Ceiling Deal: McCarthy is holding the economy hostage so that fewer poor Americans can access the country’s already paltry welfare state. What is this, the 1990s?

Some Senate Democrats urge Biden to prepare to invoke the 14th Amendment to lift the debt limit: Democratic senators led by Sen. Tina Smith (Minn.) are circulating a letter urging President Biden to invoke his constitutional authority under the 14th Amendment to raise the nation’s debt limit without having to pass legislation through Congress.

# Education / Schools
The Smartest Person Ever Enrolled At Harvard Was Actually An 11-Year-Old Boy: There’s something strange going on at Harvard. An 11-year-old-boy is addressing the crowd, and he’s being taken very seriously. He speaks about complex math, and what he says wows folks many decades his senior. No, this is definitely no normal kid. But who is he? And given that he was smarter than Einstein, why don’t you know his name? This genius never reached his full potential. And that has to make you ask: what happened?

Teacher bans ‘Cujo’ and gives fifth-grader ‘Hunger Games’: “How is this more appropriate? A book about children murdering children.” “Whoever controls the information, controls the world scenario, which is what we’re seeing in this country. Our greatest defense against ignorance, hate and extremism is the education and literacy of our children.”

‘Mommy, what if I die when I go back to school?’ In the wake of a horrific school shooting, Tennessee state Rep. Justin Pearson calls for Americans to stand up to the NRA and demand that the GOP finally take action on guns. Becky Hansen has a fourth-grader and a kindergartner who were at the Covenant School that day. Both remain traumatized. She told me that her five-year-old son is afraid to go back to school. “He said to me, ‘Mommy, what if I die when I go back to school?’”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry US backs Indonesian oil refinery despite pledge to end fossil fuel finance: The US has been accused of ‘breaking’ a key climate financing commitment by approving almost $100m in support for an overseas fossil fuel

California bill would hit oil companies with $1 million penalty for health impacts: The first of its kind legislation holds companies liable for illness from urban drilling.

Biden Administration Grants Key Permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline: The roughly 304-mile pipeline would allow it to deliver around 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from West Virginia to customers in the Mid- and South Atlantic.

The Biden administration is promoting a new liquefied natural gas complex on the Pacific Coast, with expanded subsidies from the bipartisan infrastructure bill and Inflation Reduction Act.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure EPA finally wakes up with stiff new climate rules: ‘They’ve hit full throttle’: A slew of anti-pollution, from toxic water to planet-heating emissions has been issued by an agency belatedly flexing its muscles. The EPA’s month of frenzied activity was crowned by the toughest ever limits upon carbon pollution from America’s power sector, with large, existing coal and gas plants told they must slash their emissions by 90% or face being shut down.

The world can cut plastic pollution by 80% by 2040, the UN says: Plastic pollution is a scourge that affects every part of the world, from the Arctic, to the oceans and the air we breathe.

Texas House advances a bill that would provide billions of dollars in water infrastructure improvements: House advances bill that could provide billions of dollars for new water projects and fixing aging infrastructure. The bill aims to create a water supply four times the size of Lake Livingston, one of the state’s largest reservoirs. But it may still be a ‘drop in the bucket’ compared to the state’s needs. The goals of the funds, he said, are to fix the state’s leaking and breaking water infrastructure as well as accelerate new, large water supply projects.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
WHO warns against sweeteners: Sweeteners don’t help people to lose weight in the long run and could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases if consumed continuously, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises. The guideline includes both artificial and natural sweeteners, such as aspartame and stevia.

# General News
Donald Trump is sowing doubts about the 2024 presidential election, warning about election interference nearly 18 months before votes are counted.

Former President Donald Trump is trying to turn criminal charges against him to his political advantage.

# Gov / Politics
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s priorities get watered down in the Texas House: House waters down some of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s priorities, adding to late-session uncertainty. Although the lower chamber backed the Senate’s action on gender-affirming care, it has been less accepting of school choice and attempts to rein in higher education.

Joe Biden Is In a World of Trouble: The Unanswered Questions Surrounding Joe Biden’s Classified Documents Scandal: What did he know, and when did he know it?

# Legal / DOJ
Top Attorney Ditches Trump’s Legal Team: Timothy Parlatore is said to have spoken personally with Trump about his departure, a move that comes as a special counsel investigation into the retention of classified documents shows signs of being in its final stages.

# Media
Postal Service Plan to Overcharge Americans: The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) wants to raise the price of a First-Class stamp to 66 cents. That is a 32% increase in less than four years.

USPS Cracking Down on Mail Theft—Expect These Changes to Your Mail: Mail theft has gotten worse. In a May 12 press release, the USPS confirmed that there has recently been an “increase in high volume mail theft incidents from mail receptacles including blue collection boxes.”

Google to start deleting THOUSANDS of Gmail accounts – is yours safe? Google warned that numerous accounts could be deleted from December 2023. Accounts that have failed to set up two-factor verification are at risk of deletion. Users that have not logged in for two years also risk being deleted from Google. Google has warned that numerous Gmail users will soon be wiped from the platform in an effort to tighten its security. The tech giant announced that thousands of abandoned email accounts could be deleted from December amid hacking and scam fears

# Social
Facial Recognition Used to Evict Single Mother for Taking Night Classes: Local officials across the US are using surveillance cameras equipped with facial recognition technology to ‘punish and evict public housing residents’, often for minor or even trivial offenses: Surveillance footage bolstered the New Bedford housing authority’s eviction claim that Acabou had broken a policy regarding how often a guest could visit overnight; the guest in question was her ex-husband, who Acabou says was there babysitting their shared child while she, a bus driver by day, was attending night classes to become a lab tech.

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