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Pompéia May 24, 2023
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Native American Man Killed By Border Patrol Shortly After Calling Border Patrol on Trespassing Migrants: Raymond Mattia, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, was shot and killed by border patrol agents at his reservation in Southern Arizona. According to KVOA, Raymond Mattia called U.S. Border Patrol agents after he discovered illegal immigrants were trespassing in his yard.
# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls Nearly half the world’s species are seeing rapid population declines, new study finds: Nearly half the world’s species are seeing rapid population declines, new study finds. The global loss of wildlife is “significantly more alarming” than previously thought, according to a new study that found almost half the planet’s species are experiencing rapid population declines.
# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Republican governors meet with Abbott to discuss joint border security plan: Nine Republican governors met with Gov. Greg Abbott Monday to discuss a joint border security plan. They did so after they, along with 15 of their colleagues, last week pledged to support Texas’ border security mission, Operation Lone Star
# 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.
COVID Vaccine-Injured Sue Biden Administration Over Censorship: A woman who suffered severe nerve damage after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination and four others with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 vaccine injuries launched a lawsuit against Joe Biden and his administration on May 22.
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Court Sets Legal Showdown on Debt Limit 14th Amendment Argument: Justice Department lawyers declined to say whether Biden has the power to defy a debt cap.
The White House Wants a Debt Ceiling Deal: By opposing an injunction in the main lawsuit challenging the debt ceiling, the president has deliberately boxed himself into negotiations with legislative terrorists. Their case argues that, by passing into law a number of appropriations that cost money, and also by passing into law a hard debt ceiling, Congress is requiring the president, once that debt ceiling is reached, to pick and choose which laws to break.
Dark Money’s behind the debt ceiling plan to punish the poor: Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy borrowed his punishing work requirement proposal from the conservative think tank pushing to loosen child labor laws. Republicans are threatening to blow up the United States’ economy unless Democrats agree to shrink the social safety net by adding work requirements to programs such as food assistance and healthcare. They are billing the effort, which would help corporations grow an exploitable workforce, as necessary to end dependency, boost the economy, and reduce the federal deficit.
The Global Race to the Bottom: Will the Biden administration help Big Tech undermine consumer regulation by the EU and Asian nations? Examples include trade deals that deliberately weaken the capacity of nation-states to regulate capitalism; competition to cut tax rates to attract multinational business; proliferation of tax and regulatory havens; invention of new concepts such as investor rights against states; and anti-consumer rights of tech companies in trade agreements.
The White House Wants a Debt Ceiling Deal: By opposing an injunction in the main lawsuit challenging the debt ceiling, the president has deliberately boxed himself into negotiations with legislative terrorists. The administration has put itself in the position of negotiating with legislative terrorists. And the House GOP has been refreshingly clear on this point by calling themselves legislative terrorists, through their actions and explicitly with their words.
The Gephardt Rule: Does It Take the Political Sting Out of the Debt Limit? Summary: The Gephardt Rule is a House rule that is intended to make it easier to enact adjustments to the debt limit. According to the most recent version of the rule, when the House adopts a concurrent resolution on the budget, the Clerk engrosses a joint resolution suspending the debt limit for the fiscal year and sends it to the Senate. If the Senate passes it without an amendment, the House does not need to vote on it again before it goes to the President for a signature. The Gephardt Rule achieved its purpose in the early years it was in effect, but it has not been especially effective in the last two decades.
AOC Slams GOP After Gaetz Admits Debt Limit Negotiation Is “Hostage” Situation: “For all of this talk about negotiations, Republicans are not negotiating at all,” said Ocasio-Cortez. The lawmaker went on to say that Gaetz’s comment makes clear the circumstances around the debt limit talks. “For all of this talk about negotiations, Republicans are not negotiating at all,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Republican Matt Gaetz expressed in a party meeting today that this is, in fact, a hostage situation.
House Republicans Plan to Unveil Deficit-Exploding Tax Cuts for the Rich: The move further shows that “this hostage crisis has never been about deficits for the GOP,” tweeted Rep. Ilhan Omar.
# Education / Schools
Professor holds machete to New York Post reporter’s neck after destroying student’s pro-life display – report –Shellyne Rodriguez allegedly chased reporter out of building, kicked his shins: The New York City professor who went on an expletive-filled rant and destroyed a student group’s pro-life display has now allegedly threatened a reporter who was covering the story by putting a machete to his neck.
Democrats for Education Reform: New statewide polling finds Texas voters are demanding more school choices, prefer choice within public system. Nearly 80% of Texas voters believe in “Expanding educational choices within the public educational system for families, such as more magnet schools, career academies, and non-profit public charter schools”. Support for additional choices within the public school system is broad-based and popular among supporters of both political parties and across demographic groups.
“It’s Been Weird and Scary”: On the Front Lines of New College’s Student-Led Rebellion Against Ron DeSantis: I jetted down to Sarasota for graduation day at my alma mater, where students are fighting back against a right-wing regime change that’s poised to wipe away the New College I once knew and loved.
The House on Wednesday will take up legislation to repeal President Joe Biden’s sweeping student debt relief program, putting the hotly debated policy to a standalone vote in Congress for the first time.
House Republicans just passed a bill to block student-loan forgiveness and end the payment pause immediately, but that’s likely as far as it’ll go. Along with blocking broad debt relief, the bill would also end the payment pause.
“People are that brainwashed”: Texas Teacher Under Fire for Teaching Students Constitutional Rights, The Pledge of Allegiance, and Harry Potter
# Employment / Labor
Japanese Automakers Boost U.S. Job Growth: Japanese automakers are among the most significant contributors to the nation’s anufacturing sector and to the U.S. economy. The report highlights that Japanese-branded automakers’ continued investment in the U.S. helped to fuel an increase in the American workforce by several thousand from the previous year with the total annual compensation from jobs created in the U.S. exceeding $85 billion, an increase relative to last year’s estimate.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry
Climate protesters dragged from Shell shareholder meeting as they rushstage: Climate change protesters were dragged away as they tried to storm the stage at Shell’s shareholder meeting Tuesday, while activist investors added pressure with a resolution demanding the global oil and gas giant beef up its emissions strategy.
Texas Republicans want to shield oil and gas from federal climate regulations. Their bill would have little impact, experts say. Texas Republicans want to shield oil and gas from federal climate regulations. Their bill would have little impact, experts say. The bill would direct Texas agencies to not enforce federal regulations on the oil industry if there’s not a similar state regulation.
Power Up Texas is an alliance of stakeholders bound by a mission to educate and advocate for innovative, sustainable electricity generation in Texas, including the expansion of clean, renewable energy resources. Texas is both the #1 energy producer and consumer in the country. Our economy and continued growth are dependent on reliable power, and how we meet this massive demand has tremendous implications. In order to remain on top, Texas should incentivize all forms of energy development and encourage our state’s innovative spirit and uniquely qualified workforce.
What Is Produced Water? “Produced water” is water that returns to the surface as wastewater during oil and gas production. The water typically contains hydrocarbons from the deposit as well as naturally occurring toxic substances like arsenic and radium, salts and chemical additives injected into the well to facilitate extraction. These additives include carcinogens and numerous other toxic substances that have the potential to harm human health and contaminate the environment.
Fuel for debate: The US produces more oil than any other country, so why do we still rely on countries like Saudi Arabia and Canada to supply us with crude? The question is: Why aren’t average gas prices closer to, say, $2 a gallon when the U.S. is the world’s largest oil producer? It’s not an easy question to answer.
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure WMO warns greenhouse gases and El Niño to push global temps to record levels: “…WMO is sounding the alarm that we will breach the 1.5°C level on a temporary basis with increasing frequency.” A new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned that heat-trapping greenhouse gases and a naturally occurring El Niño event will push global temperatures between 2023 and 2027 to more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels for at least one year.
# General News
Pistol Brace Owners Scramble to Block ATF Ban Set to Take Effect June 1: Gun rights advocates and the owners of pistol stabilizing braces are scrambling to stop a rule by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that will make possession of the brace a felony after May 31.
Consumer Health and Safety Are on the Line. Where Is the FDA? Once again we find the FDA choosing to look the other way on a blatant consumer sham. This is far from an isolated event, and one has to wonder if the FDA is on an extended smoking break, given its absence from numerous issues under its charge. It may be preoccupied with the widespread calls of incompetence concerning its sub-standard actions to protect the U.S.
food supply, but surely that does not inspire confidence. The FDA is AWOL on a growing list of issues https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://dcjournal.com/consumer-health-and-safety-are-on-the-line-where-is-the-fda/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3BrH81HGfCR6F3h_Ypp3xz76HVheppJsNmgIhFV4gxcqQZN-mJq1TN70Y1vgL_O2OfCIXz6ZDWXmGWhiJh3BDuBh2aRxLPn5$
# Gov / Politics
A dramatic series of events Tuesday started with Paxton calling on state House Speaker Dade Phelan to resign, accusing the fellow Republican of presiding over his chamber “in a state of apparent debilitating intoxication.” A video clip went viral over the weekend that showed Phelan slurring his words while overseeing House floor proceedings Friday night.
Harris County must remove its elections chief under new legislation headed to Gov. Greg Abbott: On a 81-62 party line vote, House Republicans passed Senate Bill 1750, which will abolish the Harris County elections administrator position, a nonpartisan position appointed by local elected officials, and return all election duties to the county clerk and tax assessor-collector. The new law would force the county to move election duties under its clerk and tax assessor-collector, in reaction to what critics call a continued pattern of election problems.
# Law Enforcment
Dementia Patient, 95, Dies After Being Tased by Police: An officer is now facing multiple charges. The police officer who Tasered 95-year-old Claire Nowland at an aged care facility in Cooma last week has been suspended from duty with pay as pressure mounts for the bodycam footage of the incident to be publicly released. Nowland, who has dementia, is in end-of-life care at Cooma district hospital after the incident caused her to fall and sustain life-threatening head injuries.
# Legal / DOJ
New IRS whistleblower letter suggests DOJ interference in Hunter Biden probe dates back years: An IRS agent working with federal prosecutors and investigators on the Hunter Biden tax probe is alleging the agency ignored his team’s warnings about years of improprieties by Justice Department officials supervising the case.
Judge Lays Down the Law for Trump in Hush Money Case: Trump has appeared at a Manhattan court via videolink for the second hearing in his fraud case. He became the first current or former US president to be arrested and charged last month when he pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of felony crimes.
Conservative billionaire Harlan Crow responded Monday night to a request from Senate judiciary committee Democrats for more details about gifts he’s given to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas that have not been disclosed. Crow’s response? I’m not telling you anything. “We do not believe the Committee has the authority to investigate” Crow’s friendship with the Supreme Court justice, the GOP billionaire’s lawyer said.
Mandatory 10-year sentences for some crimes involving guns revived by Texas Senate: House Bill 4843, as passed by the House, simply raised the penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony from a third-degree to second-degree felony. The punishment for the crime would change from a maximum of 10 years in prison to 20 years.
# LGBTQ / Gender
Republican blitz on LGBTQ issues exposes fractures among Texas Democrats: The defections have sparked feelings of betrayal and promises of retribution, particularly as Republicans in the Legislature have presented a unified front.
# Medical / Health
The IRA’s Small-Molecule Penalty Requires a Repair: With a minor technical fix, lawmakers can give small-molecule drugs the same 13-year reprieve from price-setting that biologics enjoy under the IRA. In opposing a fix to the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, a leading voice in the effort to move the U.S. biopharmaceutical system toward European-style price controls cited “complicated details” in his reasoning for changing the law, adding that “getting it straight is critically important.”
This company made billions by surprise-billing helpless ER patients. Then justice arrived: Waiting to be seen at the emergency room or already laid out on an operating table, the patients weren’t in a position to ask whether the doctor was in their insurance plan’s network. They might not even know they were seen by out-of-network doctors until they received a bill for their services, a surprise invoice for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. These higher payment rates [are] caused not by supply or demand, but rather by the ability to “ambush” the patient.”
# Military / Global
Russian troops destroy Western-supplied vehicles in Belgorod Region: U.S. and Polish armored cars were among the militants’ documented losses
‘Wagner’ Group Soldiers Raise the Russian Flag After Historic Victory in Bakhmut, Ukraine: Earlier this morning, Gateway Pundit contributor Paul Serran reported that Bakhmut, Ukraine had fallen. This was a major blow to Ukraine, NATO, the Biden regime, and the globalists.
Ukraine cuts electricity to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant: The Zaporozhye facility has been connected to an emergency backup after the Dnieper power line was shut down, management have claimed. Russia’s Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, located near the front line with Ukraine, has been cut off from its external energy supply. According to a message posted on the facility’s official Telegram channel on Monday morning, the radiation level is “normal.”
# Pervasive Chemicals
Recycled plastic can be more toxic and is no fix for pollution, Greenpeace warns: Recycling plastic can make it more toxic and should not be considered a solution to the pollution crisis, Greenpeace has warned before the latest round of negotiations for an international plastics treaty.
Should you even bother throwing plastic in the recycling bin? Recycling plastic is garbage, Greenpeace says in a new report. So, landfill then? Consumers, meanwhile, are stuck in the middle. Is recycling plastic just a feel-good charade we should stop bothering to play act, or is there some utility in keeping up the plastic recycling stream?
# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
South Korea postpones third launch of homegrown rocket: A communication error between the launch control computer and another computer managing the launch pad was detected during preparation, forcing officials to postpone, said Oh Tae-seog, vice minister of science and ICT. “It’s currently believed there is no problem with the projectile itself, so it will remain erected” while scientists and software engineers try to resolve the issue, Oh said in a briefing.
China’s next manned mission, Shenzhou XVI, scheduled to be launched in the coming days to transport astronauts to the Tiangong space station. The Shenzhou XVI will become the first crewed mission to visit Tiangong this year and the first to arrive since its construction was completed by the Shenzhou XIV and XV crews.
In anticipation of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample delivery this fall, the team held our first round of rehearsals April 17 to April 27. Our goal was to practice retrieving the spacecraft’s sample capsule from a simulated landing site at Lockheed Martin’s campus near Denver.
Scientists have discovered a way to create 3D-printed wood, the breakthrough could revolutionize how we get hundreds of products: Researchers used cells from Zinnia elegans, the common zinnia flower, to print custom-shaped wood segments.
# Veterans / VA
Bipartisan coalition introduces Wounded Warrior Bill of Rights in Congress: Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers joined a bipartisan coalition introducing Congressman Brian Mast’s, D-Fla., Wounded Warrior Bill of Rights Act to “cut through red tape, improve transparency, and increase accountability for wounded warriors.” The bill would ensure veterans are able to effectively appeal decisions made regarding their medical separation from service and entitlement to disability benefits. This bill is cosponsored by Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Rich McCormick (GA-6), and Jimmy Panetta (CA-19).
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