Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-05-30

Voices, The Peoples News

May 30, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Tribes call on Haaland to push increased protections for the Grand Canyon: As a 20-year ban on mining in the Grand Canyon passes its midpoint, Indigenous nations look to continue protections indefinitely. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland met with tribal leaders representing a dozen Indigenous nations last weekend in a move that could expand protections for land around The Grand Canyon, permanently safeguarding the region from future uranium mining.

Skarure Woccon tribe worries over Cape Fear River contamination: Leaders of the Skarure Woccon tribe are encouraging members to avoid customary activities, such as eating fish from the Cape Fear River. Leaders of the Skarure Woccon tribe are encouraging members to avoid customary activities, such as eating fish from the Cape Fear River, due to health concerns.

Who gets a say in tribal treaty hunting? In Wyoming, everybody wants influence over off-rez hunting — and nobody’s happy. Many tribes have treaty-protected hunting rights that extend beyond reservation boundaries, and the business council wanted to open up a dialogue with the state on possible collaboration. Any issue involving treaty hunting should first be brought to the Eastern Shoshone’s General Council, which is the constituency’s governing body.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
The Real ‘Remain in Mexico’ Begins at the Border: The likely consequences of Biden’s new immigration policy will be misery for thousands seeking refuge. Three weeks ago, the pandemic-era use of Title 42 of the U.S. Code, which allowed the Border Patrol to expel migrants to Mexico without giving them the opportunity to ask for asylum, expired. The rule contradicted both U.S. and international law

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Denial Isn’t an Effective Health Care Strategy, Say People With Long COVID: Gaslighting and disbelief make long COVID worse for people living with long-term effects from the virus.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Social Security’s big blunders: Retirees are being bullied into paying back thousands in miscalculated benefits. If you don’t repay, your Social Security checks stop coming, just as threatened. These clawback demand letters can arrive literally 20 years after you began receiving benefits. They can demand repayment of a few hundred dollars or many thousands of dollars. We’ve heard from people who were told they must repay as much as $300,000.

U.S. debt ceiling deal to face its first test in Congress: A bipartisan deal to raise the $31.4 trillion U.S. debt ceiling faces its first test in Congress on Tuesday, setting up what could be a nail-biting week of voting before the United States runs out of money to pay its bills. But first the bill will have to clear the Rules Committee.

It’s the biggest news you missed this weekend; Debt ceiling deal reached: President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached a tentative agreement Saturday to raise the nation’s debt limit and cut government spending, capping a rollercoaster round of negotiations that has brought the nation to the brink of default and economic disaster.

What’s in, and out, of the debt ceiling deal: The Democratic president and Republican speaker are trying to win over lawmakers to the plan in time to avert a default. Overall, the White House estimates that the plan would reduce government spending by at least $1 trillion, but official calculations have not yet been released.

Conservative Rep. Chip Roy slams debt deal: Calls it a ‘Turd-Sandwich’ and challenges unity claim, pushed back on McCarthy’s claim that “more than 95 percent of all those in the conference were very excited” about the deal.

President Biden and GOP leaders negotiated a proposed bill to raise the debt ceiling. Buried in the new bill that freezes spending is a provision brushing aside climate science and granting Sen. Joe Manchin’s wish to expedite the construction of a giant fossil fuel pipeline during the climate crisis. Experts say the pipeline would produce emissions equivalent to 26 coal plants or 19 million passenger cars

The Auto-CR Dilemma: If the debt ceiling deal passes, the military budget goes up and IRS funding gets slashed. But if Congress doesn’t pass the subsequent spending bills, that reverses.

The debt ceiling deal: This clause is bad for Social Security: If there were no tax cheats in America, there would be no Social Security crisis. Benefits could be paid, and payroll taxes kept the same, for the next 75 years.

# Education / Schools
Texas School Safety Bill Requires Armed Person At Each Campus: The measure also gives the state more power to compel school districts to create active-shooter plans. Both chambers gave their final approval to House Bill 3 after ironing out their differences over the past week.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Seaweed washing ashore in Florida contains flesh eating bacteria: Loads of seaweed is washing up on the beaches of Florida potentially carrying pathogens that cause a condition known as ‘leaky gut syndrome.’ Called Sargassum, the seaweed blankets the beaches with its thick, brown algae, emitting a strong odor as it decomposes. Concern arises as Sargassum, Vibrio bacteria and plastic debris interact in the sea to create what scientists call a ‘pathogen storm’ posing risks to beachgoers

Utah’s latest attack on the Antiquities Act: The bid to diminish national monuments threatens landscape preservation. Last August, the state filed a civil complaint aimed at diminishing the national monuments yet again,  and, ultimately, doing much more: drastically undermining the Antiquities Act, making future landscape-level designations impossible.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global Antarctic ice melt showing signs of disrupting pivotal global ocean circulation, study shows: Changes to circulation in parts of the Southern Ocean are taking place faster than expected, with potentially profound implications for the global climate and marine life, a new study finds.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
How debt ceiling agreement will affect those on SNAP benefits: Debt ceiling negotiations resulted in significant modifications to the nation’s spending and programs, including work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

New Work Requirements for Food Aid Would Deepen Hunger and Poverty, Critics Warn: This provision of the new debt ceiling agreement comes as food banks across the United States are seeing demand surge.

# General News
Team Trump Scrambles to Unmask the Feds Investigating Him: The former president wants to “immediately” purge the Justice Department’s ranks of the officials and agents who’ve led the criminal probes into his actions

Trump-era special counsel’s final report criticizes FBI’s Russia probe: “Our investigation also revealed that senior FBI personnel displayed a serious lack of analytical rigor towards the information they they received, especially information received from politically affiliated persons and entities,” the report says https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.npr.org/2023/05/15/1176219884/trump-russia-investigation-durham__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3mM2joCQ19ZgtEZdB0YjuJ4skgyuIZNcB6sl7OgSp_eWMtelSBwupZQk9wO_yn-2P-J4UifkeUyR5XkxzeC1AGwFo3ZVRCqz$

Trump Vows to End Birthright Citizenship Again: Trump previously said he planned to terminate birthright citizenship in 2018. Former President Donald Trump pledged Tuesday to enact an executive order ending birthright citizenship guarantees for children of illegal aliens if he regains the White House in 2024, despite past constitutional objections and failures to follow through on the move.

# Gov / Politics
Ron DeSantis Wants To Take His ‘War On Woke’ National: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is running for the Republican presidential nomination by promising to elevate his state’s culture war policies to a national level. But the Constitution stands in his way, writes Paul Blumenthal, as judges continue to reject DeSantis’ agenda as a “positively dystopian” assault on free speech.

“What is she doing here?” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) when she saw Vice President Kamala Harris presiding over the U.S. Senate: A report documented the extent of the cognitive limitations of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and fueled anger over her return to the Senate. Feinstein expressed confusion when she saw that Vice President Kamala Harris was presiding over the Senate, an official function of her office, according to the report.

US sold weapons to nearly 60 percent of world’s authoritarian nations in 2022: “These findings fly in the face of Biden’s preferred framing of international politics as a ‘battle between democracies and autocracies,'” says a new report. President Joe Biden claims that the United States is leading “democracies” in a fight against “autocracies” to establish a peaceful international order, but his administration approved weapons sales to nearly three-fifths of the world’s authoritarian countries in 2022.

Texas GOP Approves Bill Giving Secretary of State Power to Overturn Houston-Area Elections: Texas lawmakers advanced a bill this week that would allow the secretary of state, who is handpicked by the governor, to overturn the results of an election in the state’s largest county and order a new one. The bill targets Harris County, the largest in the state and the third-largest in the U.S., which includes Houston and has a population of around 4.7 million.

Watchdog Hits DeSantis With FEC Complaint for Campaign Finance Violation: The complaint alleges he violated rules barring political candidates from spending “soft money” on federal elections.

‘Fed Up’ GOP House Rep Tells McCarthy He’s Got to Go: “I’m just fed up with the lies, I’m fed up with the lack of courage, the cowardice,” Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) fumed. At a House Freedom Caucus press conference Tuesday, members vented their frustration with the agreement and urged their colleagues to vote against it, but Bishop was the sole Republican to raise his hand signifying he would support a motion to oust McCarthy over the bill.

Far-right Utah Republican resigns from Congress: Stewart is leaving office due to a serious medical issue that his wife is facing. He hasn’t elaborated on the details.

Robert B. Reich: The GOP has manufactured 5 fake crises to deflect our attention from the real crisis: Republican leaders have mastered the art of manufacturing crises to divert the public’s attention from the real crisis of our era — the siphoning off of income, wealth, and power by a small group at the top. Consider the fake fears they’ve been whipping up:

# Law Enforcment
Seven people, including two juveniles, were gunned down in Ohio after ’50 or 60′ teenagers gathered in cars to spin ‘donuts’ in a residential area early Monday morning.  The shooting comes amid a spate of gun crime that has recently stoked a fierce national debate about gun control.

At least 41 people shot and 9 killed in Chicago during holiday weekend: Nine people were killed and at least 43 others injured during a bloody spate of shootings in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend — starting the day after the mayor unveiled a new safety plan for the city.

8 killed, 71 injured in mass shootings over long holiday weekend https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/4025816-8-killed-71-injured-in-mass-shootings-over-long-holiday-weekend/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3mM2joCQ19ZgtEZdB0YjuJ4skgyuIZNcB6sl7OgSp_eWMtelSBwupZQk9wO_yn-2P-J4UifkeUyR5XkxzeC1AGwFo39FasCi$

Santa Barbara County officials launch investigation into in-custody jail death: Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown in 2019. Santa Barbara County officials launched an investigation on Monday into the death of a man being held in custody at the Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria, according to the Sheriff’s Office https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.yahoo.com/santa-barbara-county-officials-launch-054127133.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3mM2joCQ19ZgtEZdB0YjuJ4skgyuIZNcB6sl7OgSp_eWMtelSBwupZQk9wO_yn-2P-J4UifkeUyR5XkxzeC1AGwFo0NpzEtX$

# Legal / DOJ
Texas Senate sets date for AG Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial: The impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) will begin no later than Aug. 28, lawmakers said, teeing up the first such proceedings in nearly a half-century. Paxton’s alleged misdeeds include bribery, retaliation against staffers and misuse of his office.

Fugitive Girlboss Attorney Disbarred From Practicing Law: Kelly DuFord Williams, who is also facing nine felony charges after she allegedly stole thousands from her clients, has been on the lam since March.

# Marijuana / Hemp / CBD Oil
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz today signed legislation legalizing the use, sale, and home-cultivation of cannabis by adults. Surrounded by dozens of people wearing green clothes, Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana for people over the age of 21, making Minnesota the 23rd state to legalize the substance for adults.

# Medical / Health
Hospitals across the U.S. have closed their maternity wards, here’s why experts say this is ‘a threat to both mom and baby’: Researchers from the University of Minnesota have found when a labor and delivery department closes, there tend to be more emergency deliveries and more preterm births, which are the leading cause of infant mortality.

Autistic Youth and Those With Mental Health Conditions Target of Anti-Trans Laws: Withholding hormone therapy based on the presence of depression, anxiety or suicidality may cause harm, experts say. States are suggesting doctors withhold gender-affirming care from autistic youth or to ensure symptoms of depression and ADHD are ‘resolved.’

# Medical Technology
Key facts about Neuralink, Musk’s cyborg gamble: Neuralink is a neurotechnology company co-founded by Musk along with a team of scientists and engineers in 2016 to build direct communication channels between the brain and computers. The aim is to supercharge human capabilities, treat neurological disorders like ALS or Parkinson’s, and ultimately achieve a symbiotic relationship between humans and artificial intelligence. Neuralink’s technology would mainly work through an implant called the ‘Link’ — a device about the size of five stacked coins that would be placed inside the human brain through invasive surgery.

# Military / DOD
Northrop Grumman on track to produce early-warning missile defense program: “Northrop Grumman is on an accelerated path to delivering an early-warning missile system capable of surviving attacks from space, ground or cyber elements,” said Alex Fax, vice president, NGP, Northrop Grumman.

US ‘Ready’ to Go to War With China and Russia in Outer Space, Confirms Top General: With world tensions high, many fear that an altercation involving the United States, Russia or China could lead to World War III. However, for now, a battle between the three world powers may be more likely away from planet Earth, according to a U.S. space commander.

# Military / Global
Moscow Hit by Drones in ‘Worst Attack Since World War II’: As many as 25 drones were fired at the Russian capital overnight, although officials claim all were intercepted. Ukrainian drones struck wealthy districts of Moscow on Tuesday, Russia said in what one politician called the most dangerous attack since World War Two, while Kyiv was also hit by air for the third time in 24 hours. Russia has attacked Kyiv 17 times in May with drones or missiles, mostly at night, in an apparent attempt to undermine Ukrainians’ will to fight

Ukrainian Influencer Blamed for Russian Hospital Attack: Anna Alkhim appealed for aid for wounded soldiers at her local hospital. Hours later it was hit by Russian missiles. Anna Alkhim, a blogger from the eastern city of Dnipro who has more than 600,000 followers on Instagram, many of them in Russia, issued the appeal for two hospital clinics last Thursday.

US sees ‘serious threat’ as Iran unveils new missile: “Iran’s development, and proliferation of, ballistic missiles poses a serious threat to regional and international security and remains a significant non-proliferation challenge,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters.

# Nuclear
Japan is poised to release nuclear wastewater into the Pacific. How worried should we be? The plan to gradually discharge more than a million tons of treated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has deeply divided nations. Japanese authorities have been facing a barrage of criticism from fishermen in the Fukushima prefecture, South Korea, China, and across the Pacific Islands.

# Security
BAE Systems to develop autonomous space-based surveillance technology: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems’ FAST Labs™ research and development organization a $7 million contract for the Oversight autonomous space-based target custody program

# Social
The Decay of Our Society: 10 Things That Were Once Great That Have Been Lost Forever: Remember the good old days? Nostalgia can make us forget about the conveniences of modern times and yearn for the past. Unsurprisingly, many miss the old times regardless of the opportunities and comfort of modern times. While not everything about history is sunshine and rainbows, an online community shares the aspects they thought were far better from the past

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
Nasa UFO task force: How to watch the first public livestream: NASA will hold a historic public meeting on UFOs this week and you can watch it all live online in a free webcast.

Earth has a new moon – or at least a ‘quasi-moon’, a new study has revealed: A quasi-moon is a space rock that circles the Earth, but is gravitationally bound by the sun. This quasi-moon, called 2023 FW13, was discovered by experts using the Pan-STARRS telescope at the top of the Haleakala volcano in Hawaii, and is one of a handful of known quasi-moons.

Chinese mission with first civilian reaches space station: Jiuquan, China: China sent three astronauts to its Tiangong space station on Tuesday, putting a civilian into orbit for the first time as it pursues plans to send a crewed mission to the Moon by 2030.

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