Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-18

Voices, The Peoples News

May 18, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
The last 33 caribou: fighting for a Wet’suwet’en herd’s survival: Surrounded by industrial development and human habitation, less than three dozen caribou remain on Wet’suwet’en territory. Surrounded by industrial development and human habitation, less than three dozen caribou remain on Wet’suwet’en territory. As government biologists fight to keep the herd alive, recovery efforts will need to look to the past to plan for the future.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Interstate compact bill to secure border heads to governor’s desk: The Texas House and Senate both passed an Interstate Compact bill to help Texas, in concert with other states, to secure the southern border. It requires the compact to provide for joint action among compacting states to share intelligence about illegal activity occurring at the border, funding and resources to build a physical barrier, and create and maintain defensive border structures, including a comprehensive surveillance technology system on state land

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sends first bus of migrants to Colorado: Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday a busload of migrants from his state had arrived in Denver, Colorado. Abbott made the announcement in a press release that the migrants were bussed from Texas to Denver and dropped off in the city’s downtown area.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to bus migrants to Washington, D.C., will be voluntary: Abbott said he’s responding to the Biden administration announcement that it will lift a pandemic-era emergency health order that allowed immigration authorities to turn away migrants at the border, even those seeking asylum.

First Bus Of Migrants Arrives In Chicago: The migrants were dropped off at Union Station tonight. In addition to Washington, D.C. and New York City, Chicago will now be a drop-off location for the busing strategy as part of the Governor’s response to President Biden’s open border policies overwhelming border communities in Texas.

# Chemicals
‘Why Are We Allowing This?’: PFAS Chemicals Costing Society $17.5 Trillion: Chemicals yield profit of about $4bn a year for the world’s biggest PFAS manufacturers, Sweden-based NGO found

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
China showed its hand, unwittingly verified Wuhan lab leak: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who serves on the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Foreign Relations, released the report, which marks another federal-level source backing the Wuhan origins theory, which was once “debunked” as a conspiracy, mocked by news outlets and censored by social media companies. “After years of censorship, there is growing evidence that some type of lab accident is responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic,” Rubio, R-Fla., said.

Plan to Build NIH-Funded Bat Research Lab in Colorado Sparks Fears of Lab Leak: Colorado State University officials deny the controversial bat disease research lab will conduct gain-of-function experiments, but locals opposed to the facility cite evidence the university is already conducting risky research on deadly pathogens.

Controversial research group linked to Covid lab leak fears will receive $2m in US taxpayer cash to study risky BAT CORONAVIRUSES that could start next pandemic, as NIH restarts grant suspended 3 years ago by Trump. The NIH has renewed a previously suspended grant to EcoHealth Alliance. The nonprofit is at the center of the lab leak theory after sending funds to WIV

How Fauci Helped Convince Intelligence Community COVID Originated in Nature: The intelligence community’s premature assessment that COVID-19 was a natural virus has in turn been wielded by Fauci and by other virologists to minimize the lab leak theory. The call shows the apparent power of a small clique of scientists to cloud the public’s understanding of the pandemic. The Wuhan Institute of Virology’s two closest collaborators, EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak and University of North Carolina virologist Ralph Baric, were on the call.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Biden Gives Clearest Indication to Date He’s Willing to Make a Critical Debt Ceiling Compromise:  The president downplayed his embrace of work requirements on government programs as modest. But his fellow Dems have already warned against it.

Economists and financial institutions are arriving at consensus that rising corporate profits are in fact driving inflation.

Oh look, you’re unwittingly contributing to Chinese state-sponsored cyber-warfare: The same labyrinth of cables and wires that brings you your beloved BuzzFeed quizzes also works as the supply line for a global tug-of-war for digital dominance. It’s all very cloak-and-dagger stuff, so cloak-and-dagger that you’re probably unaware that you, yes indeed, you are now a part of it. At least you are if you own a TP-Link router.

GOP Tax Cut Plan Would Add $3.5 Trillion to Deficit, Congressional Budget Office Finds: If the GOP got its way, trillions would be transferred from the public straight into the pockets of the rich. A new report finds that one of the GOP’s parallel efforts to make permanent a deluge of massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy would undo all of the “savings” from their debt limit package and pile trillions of dollars onto the national deficit.

Report Reveals Top CEOs Dodge Taxes on Nearly $9 Billion in Retirement Funds: Some executives can expect to receive monthly retirement checks larger than their workers’ median annual pay. The top five executives at S&P 500 firms held a combined $8.9 billion in their special tax-deferred accounts at the end of 2021. These funds can be invested and grow, tax-free, until executives withdraw the money.

# Education / Schools
Right-wing hosts call teachers ‘groomers’ for showing kids a ‘diverse collection’ of books and movies: Conservative podcast hosts are lambasting teachers across the nation for their efforts to expose students to diverse and inclusive educational resources.

# Employment / Labor
In Louisiana, Rock-Bottom Minimum Wage Is Becoming a Liability for Republicans: Republicans stubbornly defend $7.25 an hour in a state where more than one in four children live in poverty. Advocates and Democrats in the minority propose a wage hike during every legislative session, but a bill hasn’t made it to a floor vote in years.

Walmart has revealed it will shutter yet another location, following eight other closures so far this year. Next on the chopping block is a Neighborhood Market store in Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas. The location, which opened two decades ago in 2003, will shut its doors completely on June 2, but will begin slowing down operations from later this month.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry How the ‘Halliburton Loophole’ lets fracking companies pollute water with no oversight: Fracking companies used more than 282 million pounds of hazardous chemicals from 2014 to 2021 with no federal oversight, chemicals that should have been regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act from 2014 to 2021.

Closing the loopholes that let oil and gas producers pollute our water: The oil and gas industry has parlayed that power into loopholes, exemptions, and special treatment in nearly all of our federal environmental protection laws, the tax code and even Covid relief legislation. This means that we pay with risk to our health and environment when the industry profits.

Special report: How the U.S. government hid fracking’s risks to drinking water: Testing by state regulators and a researcher at nearby Duquesne University showed the well water had deteriorated since gas extraction started but no proof of the cause. The state recently began another round of testing. For all those who believe their water has been tainted by fracking, there are few remedies. Congress took away the most powerful one in 2005, prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency from safeguarding drinking water that might be harmed by fracking and even denying the regulator the authority to find out what chemicals companies use.

Fracking, Predatory Companies: An inherently dangerous process, fracking is made worse by irresponsible oil and gas companies. As gas drilling spreads across the country, community concerns and uncertainties about the safety of drilling and fracking have been met by aggressive and disingenuous attacks by the gas industry. In response to criticism from the public and media, gas companies have repeatedly lied about the dangers posed by hydraulic fracturing and have worked hard to obscure the externalities of the fracking process.

Pipeline Companies Use Expired Materials to Cut Costs, Flouting Regulations: Pipeline companies are using materials that have sat in the sun for years and are prone to corrosion. For more than half a century there’s been a law on the books that says pipelines must have a protective external coating that is “sufficiently ductile to resist cracking” in order to protect the pipe from external corrosion.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Biggest polluters linked to worsening wildfires in Western US and Canada: Emissions from these top fossil fuel producers and cement manufacturers could also be linked to about 50% of increasing drought and high fire-risk conditions in the same area since 1901. A new report, led by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), links 88 top fossil fuel and cement companies and their carbon emissions to at least one-third of the total area burned by wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada since 1986.

Putin’s Downfall: Military experts outline how Ukraine conflict will end: To mark a year since the invasion of Ukraine began, we speak to a panel of leading military experts. Make time to listen to this unique discussion. Russia is running a war economy, He’s declared war on us. Their defence expenditure is going up by 60% https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxGxCTuuj8w__;!!On18fmf1aQ!20XXdBbIFPG71C-JHntTXkejNWc0t6W09stPpg7Mndc48pue35jCIT4NKHD-lkfYslE6lfz6EEWTHPJFuE25yUSZg1FdRtr-$

# General News
‘A very frightening period’: MAGA Republicans threaten librarians with prison time: According to Natanson, “Another dozen states considered more than 20 similar bills this year, half of which are likely to come up again in 2024. Some of the laws impose severe penalties on librarians, who until now, were exempted in almost every state from prosecution over obscene material, a carve-out meant to permit accurate lessons in topics such as sex education. All but one of the new laws target schools, while some also target the staff of public libraries and one affects book vendors.”

# Gov / Politics / Global
A timely call for peace in Ukraine by US national security experts: This intervention by an important group of U.S. national security experts comes at a time when Ukraine is delaying its long-promised spring offensive to avoid “unacceptable” losses, and a return to the negotiating table can therefore save countless lives.

# Gov / Politics
Marjorie Taylor Greene files impeachment articles against DHS secretary Mayorkas, her fourth impeachment target this week. Greene claimed Mayorkas was negligent at the southern border and violated the Secure Fence Act of 2006 by allowing “border crossers, terrorists, human traffickers, drugs, and other contraband” into the United States. The Secure Fence Act requires the Department of Homeland Security to maintain operational control over the border.

Santos Didn’t Just Bilk Donors, GOPers Say He Conned Them Too: Before he allegedly ripped off a megadonor, first-time Republican candidates say Redstone Strategies was part of a scam George Santos pulled on their campaigns.

The U.S. Failed Jordan Neely and Banko Brown Long Before They Were Murdered: As housing-insecure Black youth, Banko Brown and Jordan Neely needed care. Instead, they were policed and criminalized.

Prominent members of the Democratic Party are lining up behind President Joe Biden to endorse his reelection campaign, not because they think Biden is a worthy option, but because they dread a likely alternative: Kamala Harris winning the Democratic nomination and former Donald Trump, subsequently, winning the presidency. The notion is becoming widespread but remains hush-hush. Democrats are reluctant to air their fears publicly.

# Law Enforcment
Whistleblower: FBI manipulated Jan. 6 cases to make domestic terrorism appear widespread: A former FBI agent testified before Congress Thursday saying that the FBI manipulated data to make domestic terrorism linked to Jan. 6 seem like a nationwide phenomenon instead of an isolated incident.

# Legal / DOJ
A NATO contractor has been arrested under suspicion he helped Russia obtain advanced military technologies, the Justice Department said. Nikolaos “Nikos” Bogonikolos, 59, faces charges tied to wire fraud and smuggling, documents unsealed Tuesday in federal court said. Bogonikolos, of Athens, Greece, was arrested in Paris last week and faces extradition to the U.S., a Justice Department statement said Tuesday.

The Supreme Court is corrupt. Let’s fix it: And they wonder why their public approval rating and legitimacy are in the ditch! When public officials get themselves mired in the muck of corruption, they can always count on Sen. Ted Cruz to issue a moral judgment: If the offender is a Democrat, he pronounces the corruption inexcusably grotesque; if it’s a Republican, he wails that the offender is the victim.

Supreme Court dismisses Title 42 case as Gorsuch decries ‘concentration of power’: “The concentration of power in the hands of so few may be efficient and sometimes popular,” Gorsuch wrote. “But it does not tend toward sound government.”

Joe Biden Phone Records Subpoenaed in Major Political Earthquake: Cell Paid for by Hunter Biden Subject of House Oversight Committee Probe. Peter Schweizer who keeps a keen eye on political corruption stated on Tuesday in an interview, that the records were found on Hunter Biden’s laptop computer – the phone had in question been used between 2009 to 2017 when the current commander in chief was still vice president.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Ron DeSantis Just Took Two Big Steps to Make Trans Lives Illegal: Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed several bills into law that will criminalize multiple aspects of being transgender, part of a broader attack aimed at making it at best difficult, and at worst illegal, to be a trans person in Florida.

DeSantis Signs Bill to Allow State to Take Trans Kids Away From Their Families: Another bill signed the same day requires trans adults to get permission from state boards for gender-affirming care. While gleefully tossing Sharpies into a crowd at an evangelical school on Wednesday, far right Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a series of anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ bills, including one horrifying bill that allows the state to temporarily take trans children away from their families if they’re receiving or are planning to receive gender-affirming care.

Nebraska GOP Passes Combo Ban on Youth Gender-Affirming Care and Abortion: GOP lawmakers used a secret tunnel to exit the state Senate chamber to avoid confrontation with protesters of the bill.

# Medical / Health
Sanders, Jayapal, Dingell more than 120 colleagues in House and Senate reintroduce Medicare for All: “The American people understand, as I do, that health care is a human right, not a privilege.”

‘Absolutely Terrifying’: Candace Owens Reveals Details of Gardasil Shot Vaccine Injury: Candace Owens, political commentator and talk show host on The Daily Wire, recently shared her story of getting two doses of the Gardasil vaccine. “It was absolutely terrifying because I was alone and had bad reactions to both doses,” she said.

# Military / DOD
Military’s Expanded Role in 5G Could Lead to ‘Mass Data Collection, Tracking and Monitoring’ of U.S. Citizens: The U.S. military’s chief information officer and former CIA deputy director John Sherman said his office will assume control of all 5G-related activities in the U.S. military and expand the military’s 5G pilot programs, a move critics said could lead to increased surveillance of U.S. citizens.

# Veterans / VA
‘Beyond morally reprehensible’: VA spending bill approved by Republican-led House subcommittee over objections of Democrats. A House appropriations panel advanced a spending bill Wednesday for the Department of Veterans Affairs that Republicans touted as proof of their commitment to veterans but Democrats dismissed as an empty promise.

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