Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-06-22

Voices, The Peoples News

June 22, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
New Documents Link CIA to Medical Torture of Indigenous Children and Black Prisoners: While we may never know the full truth, we owe it to those harmed and killed to illuminate their stories. The documentary record of “mind control” experiments conducted by the United States and other governments during the Cold War is just the tip of the iceberg, and our collective ignorance is by design.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Biden’s Asylum Policy Continues Tradition of U.S. Cruelty to Haitians: Biden has recycled some of Trump’s racist asylum policies. Phillips said Biden’s new rules have “a particularly detrimental effect on Haitian asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border who face an impossible choice: remain in Mexico despite facing violence, kidnapping and anti-Black discrimination, or try to enter the United States and risk being deported to Haiti https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://truthout.org/articles/bidens-asylum-policy-continues-tradition-of-us-cruelty-to-haitians/*:*:text=Phillips*20said*20Biden’s*20new*20rules,to*20Haiti*20where*20a*20de__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!1CT4SGFaGlFxnlJy_a04VwpVx00-VrUW8lwKain_fqb9bi8saFLzSPjdbCvjMyCzoQIWan5w8CdwgQoZDnANY6MSrRjMXpbf$

# Children / Youth
3.2 million kids could be thrown off ‘childcare cliff’ in September, unless Congress acts: Congress has 100 days to prevent more than 3 million kids from losing access to childcare and more than 230,000 childcare workers from losing their jobs, according to a report published Wednesday by The Century Foundation.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Fauci, Walensky and Collins knew early on mRNA vaccines were failing but didn’t tell public: A newly unearthed email by former CDC Director Rochelle Walensky reveals that she, former NIH Director Francis Collins and COVID point man Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed dangerous ‘vaccine breakthroughs’ of COVID infections at the same time they were telling the public that the vaccines would prevent people from becoming infected, a narrative she continued for months.

SV40 Virus Linked to Multiple Cancers Found in mRNA Vaccines, Microbiologist Says: The polyomavirus simian virus 40 (SV40) is a known oncogenic DNA virus which induces primary brain and bone cancers, malignant mesothelioma, and lymphomas in laboratory animals. Persuasive evidence now indicates that SV40 is causing infections in humans today and represents an emerging pathogen.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Powell Expects More Fed Rate Hikes Ahead as Inflation Fight ‘Has a Long Way to Go’: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday affirmed that more interest rate increases are likely ahead as inflation is “well above” where it should be. “Inflation pressures continue to run high, and the process of getting inflation back down to 2% has a long way to go,” he said.

The National Debt Passes $32 Trillion, With Nary an Answer in Sight: As the biggest domestic threat to the nation’s future increases, our political class offers no answers beyond a periodic scuffle, as with the one recently concluded in Washington, over raising the debt ceiling.
Don’t look for answers from a president and a leading contender for that office who compete in their pledges to make things worse.

FTC sues Amazon for using ‘deceptive’ tactics to sign up customers for Prime: “Amazon tricked and trapped people into recurring subscriptions without their consent, not only frustrating users but also costing them significant money,” said FTC Chair Lina M. Khan in a press release. “These manipulative tactics harm consumers and law-abiding businesses alike. The FTC will continue to vigorously protect Americans from ‘dark patterns’ and other unfair or deceptive practices in digital markets.”

The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax: ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth, sometimes, even nothing.

# Education / Schools
Point: Schools Are for Learning, Not Therapy: What do 9-year-olds need to know about sexual activity or gender fluidity? For most parents, the answer is, “Whatever I choose to tell them at home.”

Counterpoint: There are Many Gender Identities; When Should We Share That Knowledge With Children? The first question asked when a baby is born is their gender. That question is always binary, a boy or a girl. sexual identity is now front and center on our political stage, joining the controversy about sex education. Education about “how babies are made” has long been debated — who should answer this question, and at what age? The issue broadens today with our new awareness that sexual identity is not binary. Should we deny it? Share it? Teach about it in school? In books? At what age?

Sex? Sezual Orientation? Gender Identity? Gender Exoression? Knowing the difference can make all the difference to students who do not conform to binary norms.

Groups urge Google to extend life of Chromebooks in schools: Chromebooks helped get Illinois students through the pandemic, but a pending so-called “death date” on the devices is looming

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Experts say the first wars over climate are already starting to happen: Climate-driven warfare isn’t as far off as some may think, and military strategists say battles have already begun.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global As the North Atlantic sizzles with ‘utterly unbelievable’ temperatures, the Pacific is now heating up too Both air and sea surface temperatures have hit new records in June, and with El Niño, it will likely get even warmer.

Russia’s War Is the End of Climate Policy as We Know It: Ironically, geopolitical strife and energy scarcity will do more for the climate than decades of ardent policies.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Lab-grown meat is now officially on the menu after US approval: USDA approves 1st ever ‘cell-cultivated meat’ for 2 American manufacturers. UPSIDE will cultivate and sell chicken grown from animal cells in bioreactors. After years of research and rigorous testing, cell-cultivated meat will officially become part of the U.S. food system.

# General News
Mass Shootings, Firebombings, and Death Threats: A joint report from GLADD and ADL puts hard numbers behind the rise in hate against America’s queer communities. Hate crimes reported to police in America’s ten largest cities rose 12.5 percent in 2017. The increase was the fourth consecutive annual rise in a row and the highest total in over a decade according to an analysis by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. In contrast to the increase in hate crime in the ten largest cities last year, crime in general dropped slightly across the nation in the first half of 2017, with preliminary FBI figures showing a 0.8 percent decrease in violent crime and a 2.9 percent decrease in property crime.

Missing Titanic sub live updates: Banging noises detected not connected to crew’s location, Coast Guard says

Titan crew have died after ‘catastrophic implosion’ of submersible, US Coast Guard says – latest updates Search team says families have been informed; five different major pieces of debris showed it was from Titan, expert says. Debris field spotted by ROV scouring seabed ‘consistent with the catastrophic loss of the pressure chamber’, US Coast Guard says

# Gov / Politics / Global
The Right to Seek Safety: Horror spreads everywhere when militarism reigns. Irish author Sally Hayden, who, for years, has accompanied migrants attempting to enter Europe, writes: “The dead are victims of the world’s inequality. They are victims of the fact that the privileged of this planet have freedom of movement simply due to the luck of where they were born, while much of the rest must risk their lives in the hope of accessing a secure, dignified life….

# Gov / Politics
Hunter Bidens plea deal to misdemeanor tax and gun charges Tuesday was met with a mixture of sadness and relief by his father’s inner circle. The president himself privately told confidants that he was proud of his son for taking responsibility for his actions, according to two people familiar with the conversations, even as his team expects the political attacks to only intensify.

RFK Jr. on Ukraine: I Abhor Russia’s Invasion, But U.S. Provoked Putin: Kennedy, who is running as a progressive populist and political outsider, has embraced unorthodox views on many issues.

Adam Schiff Gets John Durham to Admit Russia Helped Trump: Wednesday, June 21, 2023, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, responding to the resolution introduced by Congresswoman Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) and backed by MAGA Republicans to censure him in an effort to silence and intimidate him for holding Donald Trump and his allies accountable.

In rowdy scene, House censures Rep. Adam Schiff over Trump-Russia investigations: The House voted Wednesday to censure California Rep. Adam Schiff for comments he made several years ago about investigations into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, rebuking the Democrat and frequent critic of the former president along party lines. Schiff becomes the 25th House lawmaker to be censured.

1 Year After Roe Overturn, Most Americans Say Ruling Has Been Bad for Country: Eight in ten Americans oppose the new standard created by the Supreme Court because it removed a constitutional right. The new poll shows that most Americans maintain their opposition to the ruling a year later.

Sanders Bill Would Force Pentagon to Pass Audit, or Return Part of Its Budget: In December, the Pentagon was unable to account for more than 60 percent of its $3.5 trillion in total assets. The Department of Defense (DOD) spends billions each year to improve its accounting systems, but this investment has failed to produce better systems. These systems cannot generate reliable and complete information. They cannot even perform the most elementary task in the book: to capture and post transactions to the correct accounts.

# Legal / DOJ
Federal Prosecutors Have Multiple Trump Recordings: Only one recording was previously reported, an interview with Trump conducted for a memoir being written by former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Federal prosecutors have a recording of former President Trump discussing a classified Pentagon document he kept after leaving office, multiple outlets report. In the 2021 recording, which the NewsHour has not independently verified, Trump says the document details a potential attack on Iran.

# Medical / Health
Impeached Texas Attorney General Partnered With Troubled Businessman to Push Opioid Program: While launching a statewide program to distribute packets to dissolve opioids, Attorney General Ken Paxton worked to connect Kenny Hansmire with the state’s comptroller, who oversees the distribution of millions of dollars in opioid settlement money.

# Medical Science
Bioglue breakthrough: A nature-inspired adhesive offers hope for wound healing and haemorrhage control: Hyunwoo  Yuk describes the technology as a kind of ‘duct tape for surgery.’ The tape can also be reformulated into a paste similar to play putty that, when plugged into the damaged livers and hearts of injured animals, produces a watertight seal in seconds6. In experiments with blood-covered pig skin, the closures created by this goo proved stronger than any made by a handful of commercially available adhesives that are designed to do the same thing.

# Military / DOD
Pentagon leak suspect pleads not guilty to federal charges: Massachusetts Air National Guard member Jack Teixeira was indicted by a grand jury on federal felony charges. Jack Teixeira, the 21-year-old member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard who has been charged with leaking classified documents, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to six federal counts.

Another $6.2 Billion in Aid for Ukraine as Pentagon Corrects Accounting Errors: The Defense Department announced last month that improper accounting methods led it to overvalue some of the military aid provided to Ukraine by roughly $3 billion, and now it’s more than doubling that estimate to $6.2 billion. That means that the Pentagon can send more aid to the war-torn country than defense officials originally thought.

GOP moves to instate sea-launched cruise missile nuclear program: Republicans added language to the FY24 NDAA that would make the sea-launched cruise missile a nuclear program of record.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Drug Industry Trade Group Sues to Block Medicare Price Negotiations: The pharmaceutical industry’s top lobbying group filed a lawsuit Wednesday arguing that a law enacted last year allowing Medicare to directly negotiate some prescription drug prices is unconstitutional.

The Drug Industry Just Launched An Attack On Biden’s Prescription Drug Reforms: A lawsuit that PhRMA filed Wednesday is the latest fusillade against one of the president’s biggest domestic achievements. Pharmaceutical companies and House Republicans are launching a full-scale attack on new Medicare drug reforms, which have already started to lower prescription costs for seniors. The drugmaker trade group PhRMA filed a lawsuit claiming that the new law’s best-known feature violates the Constitution in multiple ways.

# Social
The US Is Unprepared to Care for Its Aging Population: The U.S. healthcare system must address the shortage of geriatricians, and fast. The U.S. population is growing and aging, with an estimated 42% increase in those aged 65 and older between 2019 and 2034.

# Veterans / VA
House committee OKs bill that boosts disability pay for many medically retired veterans: The Major Richard Star Act would allow all veterans medically retired from the military before serving 20 years to receive full retirement pay and disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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