Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-21

Voices, The Peoples News

May 21, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
De-dollarization: Not a matter of if, but when: US hegemony is losing its grip, as friend and foe seek currency alternatives amid global sanctions and new. A sudden drop in dollar demand could lead to hyperinflation and a debt crisis, he said. “In short, any US administration would ultimately consider any such de-dollarization moves to be matters of national security.”

NY Times is wrong on dedollarization: The problem doesn’t begin with the government just creating money to spend domestically. Economist Michael Hudson responds to the misleading arguments against de-dollarization that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman made in his attempt to defend US hegemony and the dollar system.

The U.S. Debt Debate Hamstrings Foreign Policy Strategy: Washington’s Domestic Dysfunction Is Damaging Its Global Credibility. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently warned Congress that the United States could default on its debt as early as June 1. As the deadline approaches, Congress’s inability to reach a compromise over raising the debt ceiling threatens to catapult the United States, and the world, into an unprecedented financial catastrophe. The debt ceiling debate and Biden’s canceled trip underscore the threat partisanship poses to America’s role as a world leader.

Larry Summers Says GOP Lawmakers Walking Out Of Debt Limit Talks Is ‘Part Of Playbook:’ Why 14th Amendment Not ‘Right Tactic’: If the 14th Amendment is invoked, everything about the finances of the United States would come under a cloud, he says.

# Employment / Labor
Rail Workers Union Wins ‘Trailblazing’ Paid Sick Leave Deal With Norfolk Southern: “The BLET is currently working to secure similar sick leave agreements with the other Class 1 railroads,” said the union’s national president, “and I hope this settlement will help bring those negotiations to a positive conclusion.”

Minnesota Gives Warehouse Workers Their Breaks: The Minnesota legislature passed a warehouse worker safety bill on Tuesday night that The Nation called the strongest protections for Amazon warehouse workers in the country.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry
On May 17, 2023 the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposal to expand regulation of coal ash, which is the toxic byproduct of coal combustion: The action was prompted by a lawsuit seeking to close a glaring loophole that had left many of the nation’s mountains of coal ash without federal regulations, but the agency would still exempt some disposal sites.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure
Montana Republican lawmakers have passed legislation that bars state agencies from considering climate change when permitting large projects that require environmental reviews, including coal mines and power plants. The legislation, signed into law last week, is even more restrictive than North Carolina’s infamous 2012 law that prohibited policymakers from considering sea-level rise projections.

The upper atmosphere is cooling, prompting new climate concerns: A new study reaffirming that global climate change is human-made also found the upper atmosphere is cooling dramatically because of rising CO2 levels. This paradox has long been predicted by climate modelers, but only recently quantified in detail by satellite sensors.

The Mystery of Fish Deaths in a Foul Chartreuse Sea: Researchers in Kotzebue, Alaska, are investigating why their town is increasingly playing host to harmful cyanobacteria.

Ohio environmentalists and oil companies are teaming up to oppose the disposal of fracking wastewater underground in the state. They worry that the waste could leak and contaminate clean water sources and productive oil wells.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
US Families’ Hunger Woes Growing as GOP Targets Food Aid Cuts for Millions: “It’s already hard enough for parents to make ends meet and now they’re being put at the center of these dangerous political games,”
said one advocate.

# General News
National security experts: War in Ukraine is an ‘unmitigated disaster’: “Future devastation could be exponentially greater as nuclear powers creep ever closer toward open war.” Signers say the conflict will be ‘our undoing’ if we don’t ‘dedicate ourselves to forging a diplomatic settlement that stops the killing.’

# Gov / Politics
Why is a GOP senator pushing a massive tax hike on the working class? Specific goods, such as toys, would face a 70% tax, while shoes and clothing would face a 59% tax, and computers/cellphones would face a 35% tax. These consumer goods would get vastly more expensive overnight. But isn’t China the one that would have to pay the tariffs? No: The consensus among essentially all economists is the cost of tariffs is primarily borne by consumers in the country that imposes them and that they are a net negative for the economy.

Texas is facing a housing crisis, a migrant crisis, a multi-year drought, and an epidemic of mass shootings. Ted Cruz, meanwhile, has opened an investigation into Bud Light.

McCarthy pushes US to brink of default to appease energy donors, but Biden has an ace up his sleeve: GOP threatens unconstitutional and catastrophic move if Biden refuses to cave to McCarthy’s Big Oil blackmail

Is the United States Moving Its Capital to Jerusalem? American Politicians flock to Israel while dismembering the US Constitution in deference to Jewish power

Alabama Senate votes to ban government contracts with firms opposed to firearms, fossil fuels: Senate Democrats said the legislation would harm business recruitment efforts and restrain free speech in the state. The Alabama Senate Thursday approved a bill that would prevent state entities from contracting with companies that refuse to do business with fossil fuel producers, firearm manufacturers, companies do not “facilitate” access to abortion or gender-affirming care and other entities.

# Law Enforcment
Farewell, FBI: The FBI has been destroyed by wokeness and outright politicization. It comes down to this: The drift away from core FBI tenets and its embrace of wokeness and politics has compromised its mission and sacrificed public trust

# Medical / Health
On May 17, 2023, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Debbie Dingell, and Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the Medicare for All Act in the U.S. House and Senate. These landmark pieces of legislation would finally establish a single-payer national health program in the United States. “We must act to end the international embarrassment of the United States being the only major country on earth to not guarantee healthcare to all,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders.

# Social
‘Policy Murder’: Research Shows Poverty Is 4th Leading Cause of Death in US: “Poverty should be considered a major risk factor for death in the U.S.,” argues a new analysis. “Poverty kills as much as dementia, accidents, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes,” said David Brady, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Riverside and the lead author of the new analysis.

At least 10 people are dead and another nine injured after an armed group fired at drivers taking part in a rally in Baja California, in northwestern Mexico, on Saturday. Videos and images shared on social networks captured the aftermath of the attack, showing vehicles riddled with bullets and bodies lying on the ground.

# Military / Global
Ukraine Debuts New UK-Supplied Storm Shadow Missiles: Ukraine has reportedly retaken additional territory around the eastern city of Bakhmut recently, building on localized counterattacks conducted last week. The Storm Shadow is an air-launched cruise missile developed in the 1990s as a joint Anglo-French project. It is designed to be challenging to detect and carries a powerful tandem warhead capable of penetrating hardened targets. The missile has a range of more than 155 miles

# Technology
Voters could determine if Texas invests $5 billion for broadband development: The legislation, which falls short of the $10 billion needed to ensure all Texans have reliable internet access, must still win approval in the state Senate.

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