Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-23

Voices, The Peoples News

May 23, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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“If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and
destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function,
no amount of money will save us.”
– David Suzuki
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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Man stumbles upon strange giant insect in Amazon rainforest: A man living in the Amazon came across a strange giant insect. The bizarre looking creature is known as “Fulgora laternaria”, also referred to as a peanut or alligator bug due to the shape of its head and pattern of its wings.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
New bipartisan bill gives legal status to immigrants in US: The bill also invests in border communities by codifying the newly created Shelter and Services Program and funds and expands ports of entry.  Notably, the bill creates the Dignity Program and a “Dignity” legal status, which would grant undocumented people in the U.S. legal status, work and travel authority. The bill would shift efforts from stopping all crossings to interdicting threats. It would fund border technology and create new paths to citizenship. Asylum claims could be pre-screened in Latin American countries https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsnationnow.com/us-news/immigration/new-bipartisan-bill-gives-legal-status-to-immigrants-in-us/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!z0KCCgceSOzFNlKjGXvqSBfXTvGnM4CNHm35DhMd3W2FuCXLQAWZbWaB6kBbu1hF8q2bLcW6Kb4VP9luLlUCd5EKX4Zyxu5o$

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
New Evidence FDA, CDC Hid Early Data on Myocarditis Spurs Questions of ‘Criminal Coverup’: New evidence suggests the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have violated the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act when they withheld knowledge about myocarditis safety signals from the public and from COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets.

Health care providers were ‘bribed’ into suggesting COVID vaccines, congressman says leaked document shows: Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., shared a document on social media Thursday, outlining Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s “Vaccine Provider Incentive program” for Kentucky-based providers. The document showed doctors could make thousands of dollars in bonus compensation for inoculating their patients during the pandemic.

First COVID Vaccine Injury Lawsuit in U.S. Targets U.S. Government, Social Media Giants: Five people injured by COVID-19 vaccines, along with a father whose 16-year-old son died from vaccine-induced cardiac arrest, are suing the Biden administration and top U.S. public health officials for allegedly colluding with social media companies to censor their stories.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
GOP members insist they’re worried about the national debt. It ain’t true: Republicans do not care even slightly about the national debt. The last time they had the run of the federal government, they passed laws that required tremendous borrowing. If and when they get control once more, they will do the exact same thing.

McCarthy, Biden say they can avoid default ahead of deadline: President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reported productive talks Monday, but have yet to announce a breakthrough ahead of a June 1 deadline

American Companies That Are No Longer American: 1. Popsicle, 2. Ben & Jerry’s, 3. Burger King, 4. Trader Joe’s, 5. American Apparel, 6. 7-Eleven, 7. Sunglass Hut, 8. Holiday Inn, 9. Smithfield, 10. Ironman [More]

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry Standing Rock docs: Police partnered with Energy Transfer, TigerSwan: TigerSwan worked with law enforcement to fight an information war against the Indigenous-led water protectors. Documents released by the North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board, reveal how TigerSwan and the sheriffs’ group worked together to twist the story in the media so that it aligned with the oil company’s interests, seeking to pollute the public’s perception of the water protectors. The documents outline details of unreported collaborations between TigerSwan and police forces.

Big polluters’ share prices fall after climate lawsuits, study finds:
Exclusive: Fossil fuel companies register drop in value after litigation or unfavourable judgments. Climate litigation poses a financial risk to fossil fuel companies because it lowers the share price of big polluters

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Companies object to proposed SEC rule requiring them to track emissions up and down their supply chains. Companies would be required to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions they produce and how climate risk affects their business under new rules proposed Monday by the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of a drive across the government to address climate change.

SEC Climate Rules Pushed Back Amid Bureaucratic, Legal Woes: The Securities and Exchange Commission will miss a self-imposed October deadline for final rules as it continues to sift through thousands of public comments and factors in a June Supreme Court ruling that endangers the agency’s normally broad authority to regulate Wall Street.

EPA accused of failing to regulate use of toxic herbicides despite court order: The EPA’s pesticide office is included in allegations that career managers are influenced by or have colluded with industry, in some cases falsified science to make dangerous substances appear less toxic. About one-third of the office’s funding comes from industry fees.

A Toxic Tour Helps Convey What Fenceline Communities Experience: Some reflections from a recent tour in Kansas City led by the co-directors of CleanAirNow.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Human Activities Have Drastically Reduced Habitats for Asian Elephants: Despite their iconic status and long association with humans, Asian elephants are one of the most endangered large mammals. Believed to number between 45,000 and 50,000 individuals worldwide, they are at risk throughout Asia due to human activities such as deforestation, mining, dam building and road construction, which have damaged numerous ecosystems.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Government Blocks Food Advertiser From Telling the Truth: The case hinges on the constitutional right to convey truthful, factual, verifiable information without government permission. Advertisers sometimes stretch the truth. But small-business owner Ketan Vakil got in trouble for the opposite reason: He wanted to put correct information about his meat broths and spice blends on product packaging.

NPD Trend Tracker: From vegan pepperoni pizza to wellness coffee: From hot-chocolate beads to oven-ready Italian food, from sugar-free plant-based milk to premium tiramisu, our latest NPD covers some of the most interesting products of the past week.

# General News
How Trump could benefit from pushing a debt default: Donald Trump recently made headlines calling for Republicans to default on federal debt if they don’t get everything they’re asking for, including the “kitchen sink.” Not only is this exactly the opposite of his stance while president, but it could also bite the GOP in the ass.

The attack on libraries is an attack on free speech: Missouri Republicans in early April voted to cut all public funding for libraries as part of their state budget proposal. Leading the move was Cody Smith, a top Republican lawmaker and chair of the state’s budget committee, who made no attempt to hide the fact that he was retaliating against librarians because they dared to join the ACLU in suing the state over a Republican-led book ban.

Republicans want to defund our libraries: Missouri Republicans in early April voted to cut all public funding for libraries as part of their state budget proposal. Claiming to protect children, Republicans are going after libraries and librarians instead of the police, gun manufacturers, and actual child sexual abusers.

# Gov / Politics
Tim Scott announces he is running for president: U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., announced Monday that he is running for president. In his announcement, Scott gave a nod to his Christian faith and defended his record in the Senate, pointing to economic legislative efforts he led such as tax cuts and Opportunity Zones.

DeSantis to launch 2024 campaign on Twitter with Elon Musk, he will announce he is running for president during a discussion with Twitter CEO Elon Musk. Lindsey Curnutte, a DeSenatis spokesperson, confirmed the event in an email to The Verge Tuesday. Twitter responded to a request for comment Tuesday with the company’s customary poop emoji auto-reply.

Battlefield Reports From Our New Civil War: Two Prospect pieces on red and blue trifecta states make clear we really are two separate nations. If there’s anyone who’s still mystified about why congressional Democrats and Republicans can’t come to an agreement on anything so basic as honoring the debts they’ve incurred, may I gently suggest they take a look at what Democrats and Republicans are doing in the particular states they each completely control.

# Law Enforcment
Netflix doc exposes the enraging pattern of turning rape victims into suspects: If you’ve lost your fire for the #MeToo movement, “Victim/Suspect,” about how law enforcement indicts sexual assault victims, will reignite that flame.

Man Died of ‘Severe Neglect’ in Bug-Infested Cell: “This is the most deplorable death in custody case in the history of America.” A man found unresponsive and covered in bug bites inside a squalid Georgia jail cell died as a result of “severe neglect” from the facility’s staff. A combination of dehydration, rapid weight loss and malnutrition, complicated by untreated decompensated schizophrenia led to a fatal cardiac arrythmia, the report says. Because he did not receive necessary medical care or adequate food, water and shelter, his manner of death is homicide, Mitchell wrote.

# Medical / Health
Parents shouldn’t have to choose between custody and appropriate mental health care for their children: Across the U.S., children encounter many barriers to mental health treatment, including a shortage of psychiatric beds and coverage denials from insurance companies. In a desperate attempt to get their child treatment, some parents have discovered a last resort workaround: they trade custody for treatment.

# Medical Science
An mRNA vaccine to treat pancreatic cancer: A personalized mRNA vaccine against pancreatic cancer created a strong anti-tumor immune response in half the participants in a small study. A personalized mRNA vaccine against pancreatic cancer created a strong anti-tumor immune response in half the participants in a small study. The vaccine will soon be tested in a larger clinical trial. The approach may also have potential for treating other deadly cancer types

# Military / Global
Military drones are swarming the skies of Ukraine and other conflict hot spots, and anything goes when it comes to international law: Both Russia and Ukraine are using drones in this war to remotely locate targets and drop bombs, among other purposes.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Less Than a Third of Heavily Advertised Drugs have ‘High Therapeutic Value’: Television ads for drugs are filled with glowing images of people living their best lives, all thanks to that new med they’ve been prescribed. But drugs being touted on TV often have little to no benefit compared to other treatments, a new study published online Jan. 13 in JAMA Network Open finds.

The pharmaceutical industry finances about 75 percent of the [FDA]’s drug division:  The pharmaceutical industry funding alone has become so dominant that last year it accounted for three-quarters, or $1.1 billion, of the agency’s drug division budget. Advocates for patients and doctors say the agreements have enabled the industry to weaken the approval process meant to ensure that drugs are safe and effective

Does Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Directly Harm Patients? Simply put, pharmaceutical companies spent more money on DTC advertising when medical research found that the drug was less effective, and this spending directly led to more sales for those inferior drugs. The U.S. is one of only two countries in the world that still allows direct-to-consumer advertising. DTC advertising tends to reduce use of generic medications, which are often equally effective but significantly cheaper for patients.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
ISS welcomes its first Saudi astronauts, in private mission: The SpaceX rocket blasted off from Florida on Sunday, and the trip to the ISS, which orbits around 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth, lasted about 16 hours

Astronomers want your help hunting for asteroids: Anyone with an internet connection can now join University of Arizona researchers as they work to discover asteroids hurtling through our solar system.

Georgia Tech to lead NASA Center on Lunar Research and Exploration: Georgia Tech researchers have been selected by NASA to lead a $7.5 million center that will study the lunar environment and the generation and properties of volatiles and dust.

UFO in Plain Sight: At Least 50 Marines Witnessed and Recorded Phenomenon: On April 20, 2021, an unidentified triangular-shaped object with five red lights was witnessed and caught on video at Camp Wilson in Twentynine Palms, California. The footage, shot by Marines on their smartphones, appears to depict five lights arranged in a triangular formation. One stunning picture captured by an officer at Camp Wilson showed the apparently triangular object, with lights on its edges, above the desert mountains.

# Water
World’s Largest Lakes Losing Trillions of Gallons of Water Annually: More than half of the large lakes and reservoirs on the planet have diminished since the early 1990s due to climate change and human diversion and consumption, an international team of researchers has found. The findings have implications for people who rely on their supply of freshwater for drinking, hydropower and agriculture.

At Lake Powell, Record Low Water Levels Reveal an ‘Amazing Silver Lining’: When the reservoir dropped to its lowest level since it was filled, an expedition through once-submerged branches of Glen Canyon found both warning signs and beauty that had been underwater for more than half a century.

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