Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-25

Voices, The Peoples News

May 25, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
New documents show Energy Transfer spent big on police gear and worked with a cadre of spin doctors to fight an information war against protesters. Pipeline company spent big on police gear to use against Standing Rock protesters: TigerSwan worked with law enforcement to fight an information war against the Indigenous-led water protectors.

As climate change erodes land and health, one Louisiana tribe fights back: Human engineering and extreme storms have reshaped Louisiana’s coastline, swallowing up 2,000 square miles of land since the 1930s. Many of the land patents granted to the tribe’s ancestors in a 19th-century treaty are now largely or wholly underwater. Land loss has chiseled away at tribal livelihoods and traditional diets, exacted a toll on citizens’ mental health, exacerbated chronic illnesses, and displaced families

Biden Administration Pauses Copper Mining Project on Sacred Apache Site: For years, tribal leaders in Arizona have fought to keep Oak Flat free from mining projects and other disturbances. The Arizona mine project won’t move forward until more discussions with Indigenous communities.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
What happens to migrants after they cross the border? Under this rule, migrants who cross the border between ports of entry are processed and deported and banned from entering the U.S. for at least five years. If they reenter the U.S. unlawfully, they could face charges and jail time.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Dems Said They Wouldn’t Negotiate. Then Biden Did Just That: Biden negotiating a debt ceiling with Kevin McCarthy was Harry Reid’s worst nightmare.

Republicans Rebuff Biden Offers as Debt Talks Bog Down: With a potential U.S. debt default just over a week away, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that negotiators were making progress toward a deal to raise the federal borrowing limit. But negotiators have offered little indication that they are nearing a deal.

House committee looks into Biden canceling $200 million to Chinese company: The U.S. House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is seeking answers to why Biden’s Department of Energy is allocating hundreds of millions of dollars in grant monies to companies with ties to the Chinese Communist Party

Fitch Puts Warning Flag on United States’ Triple-A Rating: The “rating watch negative” move reflects fears that a debt-limit standoff may not be resolved in time to avoid defaults. The top triple-A credit ratings of the U.S. were placed on “rating watch negative” by credit firm Fitch Ratings Wednesday evening, due to “brinkmanship” in Washington, over raising the government’s borrowing limit and the nation’s growing debt burden.

U.S. Spent $1.1 Trillion of Federal Discretionary Money on Militarism in Past Year: This left less than two-fifths of the discretionary budget for public health, education, the environment, and more. According to an analysis by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) released on Wednesday, the U.S. spent $1.1 trillion of the discretionary budget on militarism and war last year, including funding for the Pentagon and law enforcement agencies like the Department of Homeland Security.

2 Democrats Join House GOP in Voting to Repeal Student Debt Relief: Critics say repealing the program would hit borrowers with surprise bills and nullify the student loan payment pause. Jared Golden of Maine and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez of Washington, faced backlash on Wednesday after voting for a GOP resolution that would repeal President Joe Biden’s student debt relief program, which is currently on hold as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a pair of deeply flawed legal challenges

Sanders Leads Senate Call to Investigate Price-Gouging Military Contractors: Even as it claims to oppose wasteful spending, the GOP pushes for more military funding in debt ceiling talks.

# Education / Schools
The GOP Is Escalating Its War on Ideas: It’s not only Ron DeSantis’s Florida. From targeting educators to banning books, Republicans are taking their anti-education crusade national.

Florida Mom Behind Amanda Gorman Book Ban Has Proud Boy Links: Salinas, who filed complaints against five books, appears to be connected to multiple far-right organizations, attending events with Moms for Liberty and the Proud Boys.

The Fight Against Book Bans Is Mobilizing a New Generation of Student Activists: As the right bans books on LGBTQ issues and racial justice, youth are getting a crash course in collective organizing. Facing the removal of books about LGBTQ+ and BIPOC experiences, students are demanding the right to read in schools across the country. Nowhere is this truer than in Texas, a state where equal access to a range of stories has been under attack for years.

A Single Parent’s Complaint Leads School District to Ban Amanda Gorman Poem: Book bans like the one against her poem “[rob] children of the chance to find their voices in literature,” Gorman said. But after just one parent issued a complaint, the Miami-Dade County School District banned access to the poem for elementary-aged children. Now, only middle-schoolers and older can access the poem.

Stabbings Near UC Davis Were Terrifying, But More Policing Won’t Make Us Safer: Rather than criminalization and prosecution, student-led care and support work should be our model for safety.

‘Sickening, disgusting, any other word that you can apply to the word evil’: Elementary school teacher and daycare worker arrested on child porn charges: A 35-year-old man employed at a day care and public elementary school in Florida has been arrested for allegedly possessing videos and photos of “extremely disturbing” child sexual abuse material

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry ‘Polluters Can No Longer Hide From Their Crimes’: Fossil Fuel Companies Owe $5.4 Trillion in Reparations, Study Says: The biggest fossil fuel companies in the world owe at least $209 billion in yearly climate reparations to communities that suffered the brunt of the calamities caused by the climate crisis, a new study has concluded.

North Texas suburb approves new fracking zone near homes and schools: The Arlington City Council on Tuesday authorized the creation of a new zone for drilling and fracking in a residential area, despite objections from neighbors in the North Texas suburb. It was the first time in nearly five years that Arlington established a new “drill zone,” according to the city’s planning department.

Shell Agrees to Pay $10 Million After Permit Violations at its Giant New Plastics Plant in Pennsylvania: The multi-billion dollar Shell plant only became fully operational in November but by December it was already cited for exceeding some yearly pollution limits.

The Biden administration sells oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico: Fossil fuel energy companies looking to extract oil and natural gas from U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico got a boost on Wednesday, as they secured access to 1.6 million acres of waters offered at auction.

Biden Admin Hypes Growing Asian Market for American Gas: Biden officials are hawking an Alaska pipeline and gas export complex long seen as uninvestable. They promise skeptical investors sustained market access to Asia.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Industry / Global Photos show Coastal GasLink sediment spills into wetlands, rivers: ‘Heartbreaking’: an overhead view of Coastal GasLink sediment spills into Wet’suwet’en waters, wetlands. On an Indigenous-led monitoring flight over the Coastal GasLink pipeline, The Narwhal documented worksites overwhelmed by spring melt and numerous environmental infractions including slope failures, flooded worksites and sediment entering wetlands and waterways

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Utah’s latest attack on the Antiquities Act: The bid to diminish national monuments threatens landscape preservation. These monuments had been decimated by former President Donald Trump in 2017, who, without lawful authority, significantly reduced the size of these cherished protected areas. While the suits challenge the monuments’ restoration, the intent goes much further: they seek to dismantle the Antiquities Act itself.

Interior’s oil plan is coming. Here’s what to watch: A key question is whether Interior will use the regulations as a vehicle for more aggressive climate reforms. Over the objections of the oil and gas industry, some green groups are urging the White House to do more than what was laid out in the Inflation Reduction Act to limit the oil industry’s reach on federal land. When it comes to public lands, the White House so far hasn’t taken the step that President Joe Biden promised on the 2020 campaign trail: retire the federal oil and gas program.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Rising sea levels will isolate people long before they’re underwater: Time and tide wait for no man. Neither does sea level rise. When scientists and the public fret about sea level rise, they mostly focus on when and where communities will be permanently flooded. But there’s another consequence of rising seas that will affect many more people much sooner: getting cut off from roads and other critical infrastructure. It’s a threat that society has not paid nearly enough attention to, says Allison Reilly, a civil engineer at the University of Maryland.

German police carry out nationwide raids against Last Generation climate activists: German police on Wednesday carried out raids across seven states targeting climate activists of the “Letzte Generation” (Last Generation)

Fast fashion pollutes the Atacama Desert in Chile: With nearly 60,000 tons of unsold clothes arriving globally from Europe, Asia and North America to the port town of Iquique, about 39,000 tons of fast fashion ends up in the landfill in the desert.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Bees Can Learn, Remember, Think and Make Decisions, Here’s a Look at How They Navigate the World: As trees and flowers blossom in spring, bees emerge from their winter nests and burrows. For many species it’s time to mate, and some will start new solitary nests or colonies. Bees and other pollinators are essential to human society. They provide about one-third of the food we eat, a service with a global value estimated at up to $577 billion annually.

# General News
Joe Manchin Rents Office Space to Firm Powering FBI, Pentagon Biometric Surveillance Center: Tygart Technology was founded by Manchin’s daughter in 1991, and it’s headquartered in the same building as his coal company.

# Gov / Politics
Details of Texas AG Scandal Shocks House Panel’s Conscience: Investigators detail years of alleged misconduct by Texas AG Ken Paxton in House committee hearing. Many allegations against Paxton were already known, but the airing of them revealed the scope of the investigation by the committee, which has the power to recommend censure or impeachment.

Survivors of Kissinger’s Secret War in Cambodia Reveal Unreported Mass Killings: Exclusive witness interviews and archival documents detail killings of hundreds of Cambodian civilians. An investigation by The Intercept provides evidence of previously unreported attacks that killed or wounded hundreds of Cambodian civilians during Kissinger’s tenure in the White House. When questioned about his culpability for these deaths, Kissinger responded with sarcasm and refused to provide answers.

Why so many top Republicans want to go to war in Mexico, an astonishingly bad idea that’s gotten popular very quickly:  Every single declared Republican presidential candidate has endorsed treating cartels like terrorist organizations. And in both the House and the Senate, leading Republicans have proposed authorizing the use of military force in Mexico to fight cartels.

America’s Zero-Sum Economics Doesn’t Add Up: Industrial policy and subsidies are nothing new and can be useful. But shutting off from the world will have consequences.

# Law Enforcment
They Held Down a Black Teen Who Had Tried to Shoplift. He Died From Asphyxia. Why Was No One Ever Charged? Customers at a Wisconsin corner store subdued 16-year-old Corey Stingley, who died after allegedly being placed in a chokehold. A decade later, the youth’s father still fights for justice and awaits the findings from an unusual new inquiry.  The medical examiner ruled Stingley’s death a homicide following his restraint in “a violent struggle with multiple individuals.” That was more than 10 years ago.

Mom of boy, 11, shot in the chest by Mississippi cop in his own home after dialing 911 for help calls for the officer to be fired – after wounded child asked: “Why did he shoot me? What did I do?”

A 2-year-old at a Utah day care suddenly started bleeding. Doctors then found a bullet in the child’s head. Utah police were investigating after a two-year-old boy was struck in the head by a stray bullet as he played outside at his day care. Authorities now suspect the wayward round came from a bird hunter’s gun. Two adult caretakers found the toddler injured on Monday.

3 ex-officers indicted in death of Black man seen on video being shocked with stun guns: A Mississippi grand jury has indicted two former police officers on murder charges and another ex-officer on a manslaughter charge in the death of a Black man who was pinned down and repeatedly shocked with stun guns during a New Year’s eve arrest https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://wreg.com/news/mid-south/3-ex-officers-indicted-in-death-of-black-man-seen-on-video-being-shocked-with-stun-guns/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1zPK438EVNvpmRHVUMVkfHu6tsbqORLbgvTkhP2dqD4wZRyp_RYZ2HAZ7I5n-GnsM7w1k2rbUvzPcWANKoWYaOCu4o5IL4R7$

# Legal / DOJ
Hoboken lodges first state-level racketeering charge in Big Oil climate lawsuit: In a first for climate accountability lawsuits, Hoboken, New Jersey, is charging fossil fuel companies with violating state racketeering laws. “These racketeering cases should be viewed as a new legal front against the oil and gas industry.” Suing under an organized crime statute, the New Jersey city says major oil and gas companies and their chief lobbying group have “conspired to deceive the world for decades.”

# Media
Kevin Gosztola On The Fight To Free Julian Assange: The U.S. government has always been hostile to leakers revealing embarrassing or compromising information about its actions. But Gosztola states that the Central Intelligence Agency’s “gloves came off” in 2017 as it ramped up its attacks on Assange. By 2017, CIA Director Mike Pompeo had labeled WikiLeaks as a hostile non-state intelligence service and began turning the screw. For Gosztola, the CIA’s response was a symptom of the agency’s insecurity; “And so at that point, the CIA probably feels they are threatened, their whole regime of pursuing the global war on terrorism is in jeopardy as a result of WikiLeaks,” he told Lowkey.”

# Medical / Health
The Big Business of Clogged Arteries: In the “Wild West” of Outpatient Vascular Care, Doctors Can Reap Huge Payments as Patients Risk Life and Limb. To move vascular procedures out of expensive hospitals, the government turbocharged payments to doctors’ offices. Instead of saving money, it started a boom that is making doctors rich and putting patients in danger.

# Medical Technology
‘Digital bridge’ helps paralysed man to walk: A wireless connection between the brain and the spinal cord allows a paralysed man to walk using his thoughts. Gert-Jan Oskam, whose legs were paralysed after a cycling accident, received a spinal implant in 2018 that generated robotic movement through pre-programmed electrical stimulation. He has now received head implants that detect brain activity and transmit the signal to a backpack computer, which decodes the information and activates the spinal pulse generator.

# Military / Global
Russia signs deal to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus: Russia moved ahead on Thursday with a plan to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, whose leader said the warheads were already on the move, in the Kremlin’s first deployment of such bombs outside Russia since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

# Science
Japan wants to privatize its science council: Japan’s government is drawing fresh ire from researchers over plans to privatize the country’s influential science council (SCJ). The government has already backed away from plans to reform the council’s constitution and its process for appointing members. Observers predict that the council will ultimately be forced to forge a new relationship with the government

AI Uncovers Rare DNA Sequences: In a groundbreaking endeavor, scientists from UC San Diego are utilizing artificial intelligence to delve into the intricate workings of our genes. Their primary focus lies in the exploration of gene activation, a crucial process influencing growth, development, and disease. New research from UC San Diego has revealed that machine learning is revolutionizing gene study. AI has identified rare “synthetic extreme” DNA sequences. This groundbreaking discovery could better understand how our genes work and be helpful in biotechnology and medicine.

# Social
Interview about gun crime interrupted by drive-by-shooting: Just as Yolanda, a resident of the Whitehaven neighbourhood in south Memphis identified only by her first name, was introducing herself to the camera, a number of gunshots rang out nearby. Yolanda and the television crew dove to the ground, where Yolanda could be heard saying: “It’s okay. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Just stay down and get down.” The entire incident was captured on film by ABC24. “I fear it’s only a matter of time before some station’s crew does get hurt,” Ransom said. “Doing an interview, in a park, at 11am, should not be dangerous.”

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
South Korea launches homegrown rocket after delay: South Korea launched its homegrown Nuri rocket on Thursday, officials said, a day after it was forced to postpone due to a technical glitch. South Korea launched its homegrown Nuri rocket on Thursday, officials said, a day after it was forced to postpone due to a technical glitch just hours before lift-off.

Rocket Lab prepares for second TROPICS launch for NASA: The ‘Coming to a Storm Near You’ launch is scheduled to lift off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand as early as May 25. It will be the second Electron launch in two weeks to deploy the TROPICS storm monitoring constellation for NASA

# Water
Clarence Thomas hints he’d go further to gut the EPA’s power after the Supreme Court limited clean-water protections: The Supreme Court rolled back the Environmental Protection Agency’s power in a Thursday ruling. In a concurring opinion, Clarence Thomas suggested he’d further gut its authority. The conservative-led high court has been putting more restrictions on federal regulators’ power.

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