Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-06-26

Voices, The Peoples News

June 26, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
UC Berkeley Holds Thousands of Native Remains Despite Repatriation Requests: A Top UC Berkeley Professor Taught With Remains That May Include Dozens of Native Americans. Despite decades of opposition, the university still holds over 9,000 Native remains, a source of grief for tribes.

# Archaeology
Neanderthal cave engravings identified as oldest known, more than 57,000 years old: Markings on a cave wall in France are the oldest known engravings made by Neanderthals, according to a study published June 21, 2023, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jean-Claude Marquet of the University of Tours, France and colleagues.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
DeSantis’ Border Plan Includes Ending Birthright Citizenship: The Florida governor’s immigration plan also includes stationing troops at the southern border until a wall is built there. DeSantis’ biggest echo of Trump is the proposal to end birthright citizenship, the constitutional declaration that any child born in the United States is automatically an American citizen. DeSantis also proposed items that he believes the last Republican president left undone, including completion of a border wall with Mexico and more aggressive moves against drug cartels.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Intra-Administration Fight on Bank Mergers Breaks Open: The Justice Department’s antitrust chief signaled that he would override banking regulators if necessary if a proposed merger harmed the public.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Transportation / Industry As Youngkin Tries to Pull Virginia Out of RGGI, Experts Warn of Looming Consequences for Low-Income Residents and Threatened Communities: After a tight vote by the state’s Air Pollution Control Board, Virginia has moved one step closer to exiting the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and fulfilling an executive order issued by Gov. Glenn Youngkin the day he took office. But foes of his plan point out that in just three years, hundreds of millions of dollars have flowed to energy efficiency and climate mitigation in the state.

Montana Derailment Raises Safety Concerns for Proposed Railway on Colorado River: The railway would transport crude oil feet from the Colorado River, which supplies drinking water to 40 million people. A freight train derailment and the collapse of a bridge over the Yellowstone River in Montana on Saturday raised alarm as several cars carrying asphalt and molten sulfur tumbled into the river, prompting officials to take emergency measures at nearby water plants.

Solar is Booming in the California Desert, if Water Issues Don’t Get in the Way: Utility-scale solar farms spreading rapidly across the desert Southwest are stressing the region’s already overtaxed groundwater and communities are beginning to push back.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Teen Hiker Dies in Heatwave, Stepdad Killed Getting Help: Officials said temperatures at Texas’ Big Bend National Park had reached 119 degrees. As a 14-year-old boy was dying in extreme heat on a hiking trip in Big Bend National Park in Texas, his stepfather hiked back find help. The teen’s brother carried him in the 119-degree heat while their stepfather, 31, headed to the car.

Tornado Kills One as Severe Storms Slam Into Central Indiana: Golf-ball-sized hail was also recorded in counties south of Indianapolis. One person was killed when a tornado felled a house in Martin County, Indiana, as a storm front wreaked havoc Sunday in the Midwest and the South, officials said. The director of Martin County Emergency Management, Cameron Wolf, confirmed the death and said the victim’s injured partner was airlifted to a hospital.

Medicine residue is everywhere in our rivers and lakes—and fish are behaving strangely: For all the well-documented sources of environmental pollution—think chemical manufacturers, energy plants, mining operations, and agricultural processes—there’s another major source of contamination that continues to get short shrift by those charged with protecting the nation’s waterways and the public’s health: Pharmaceuticals and personal care products.

# General News
How Titan Sub Escaped High-Risk Tourism Regulations, Was Allowed To Operate: An intense, four-day international hunt for a submersible containing Titanic tourists has ended, but questions remain about not only what happened but why it was allowed to. Its unique design hadn’t been widely tested or “classed” by a third-party agency.

Trump Diverts Campaign Donations as His Legal Bills Pile Up: Trump may have sent at least $1.5 million to his Save America PAC, which covers his personal legal finances.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Blinken: Challenge to Putin’s Leadership Exposes ‘Cracks in the Russian Facade’: Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the insurrection over the weekend by mercenary Wagner Group forces, as well as how it was ultimately resolved, showed “cracks in the facade” of Putin’s authoritarian leadership. “What we’ve seen is extraordinary,” Blinken said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

“Cracks Emerge” in President Putin’s Hold on Power After Attempted Russian Rebellion: “We haven’t seen the last act,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday.

Wagner Chief Orders Mercenaries to Stop March on Moscow: Yevgeny Prigozhin abruptly announced that his troops would stand down to avoid “shedding Russian blood.” In a stunning turn of events, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner Group said Saturday he had ordered his mercenaries to halt their march on Moscow and retreat to their field camps in Ukraine to de-escalate tensions.

Russian TV Anchors Aghast That Putin Didn’t Kill Prigozhin: The Kremlin’s propagandists praised Putin but were dumbfounded that he allowed the Wagner boss and his mercenaries to escape punishment.

For the first time in his more than 20-year rule, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s power appeared to hang in the balance over the weekend. Even though the rebellious Russian mercenary forces have turned back, Putin will struggle to project the image of a man in total control. That could set the stage for further challenges to his rule at home and could weaken Russia’s hand in the war in Ukraine.

# Gov / Politics
What Were The Bidens Doing In Ukraine? 5 Questions Answered

Treat RFK Jr.’s Campaign as the Dangerous Joke That It Is: When it comes to debating conspiracy theorists, there is a simple but enduring rule, don’t. The entire exercise is pointless because no matter how many facts you bring to the table, or no matter how much debunking you’re able to do—there are always new tangents and new questions raised. Arguing with a conspiracy theorist is like trying to untangle a ball of yarn that has no end.

In Ron DeSantis’ Free State Of Florida, His Ear Has A Steep Cost: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) version of freedom has come at a steep cost. DeSantis has bet he can ride the shifting currents in the modern GOP by styling himself as America’s most vicious culture warrior, while also catering to special interests. This doesn’t mean businesses are getting everything they want, it means they’re getting everything DeSantis wants them to have.

10 years after Supreme Court gutted voting rights, advocates say Congress must reverse damage: At least 29 of the voter suppression laws passed since the Shelby v. Holder County decision would have been subject to the preclearance provision that the ruling ended.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, House GOP want to expunge Donald Trump’s two impeachments. What it means

# Legal / DOJ
Newsmax Staffers Hit With Subpoenas in 2020 Election Defamation Suit: “Newsmax published and/or republished false statements and implications during news broadcasts, in online reports, and on social media that ‘Smartmatic participated in a criminal conspiracy’ to fix, rig, and steal the Election,” the defamation suit alleges.

Texas officials have promised transparency related to the impeachment trial of Attorney General Ken Paxton. But the trial rules passed by senators still keep much of the legal proceedings out of the public eye.
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Alito’s Career Was Boosted by Founder of Law Firm Arguing in Moore v. Harper: The justice has a close relationship with Charles Cooper, whose law firm is representing petitioners in the key case.

Trump’s New Defense Won’t Hold Up in Court, Legal Experts Say: “Whatever documents a president decides to take with him, he has the absolute right to take them,” Trump claimed.

“That’s not the law”: Legal experts say Trump’s new defense shows he’s “in for a world of trouble” “Absolutely nothing about this is true”

Secret Service Cops Hauled Before Jan. 6 Grand Jury: Special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Trump’s alleged role in the Capitol riot appears to be heating up.

Supreme Court will decide whether Congress can tax wealth: The Supreme Court announced Monday it will weigh in on the constitutionality of wealth taxes by deciding whether Congress may require taxpayers to pay their share of earnings from a foreign company, even if they received no dividends or income.

Ex-CIA official highlights most frightening top secret docs pilfered by Trump: He made it clear that Trump’s actions were dangerous to national security.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Sarah McBride Announces Bid to Become First Trans Member of Congress: Delaware Democrat Sarah McBride, who in 2020 became the nation’s first openly transgender state senator, is setting out to make history again, this time as the first out transgender person elected to Congress.

Today marks 20 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that states could not criminalize homosexuality. We take a look at how the case started and where LGBTQ+ rights stand today:  The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for major civil rights victories for queer Americans in the 2003 decision that decriminalized homosexuality. But progress for LGBTQ+ people has been uneven.

# Media
Fox Host Claims Biden Admin Is ‘Drumming Up the Drama’ in Russia to Distract from Hunter Biden

# Medical / Health
After Roe v. Wade: dwindling US abortion access is harming health a year later: Researchers are monitoring the consequences of the Supreme Court abolishing the right to an abortion. People who experience pregnancy complications have been put in life-threatening situations because physicians couldn’t treat them. For example, people whose water breaks before the fetus is able to survive on its own have been sent home instead of being offered an abortion that can prevent dangerous infections.

Forget Samuel Alito. It was John Hart Ely’s work that really underpinned the decision that overturned Roe v. Wade this time last year: Caitlin B. Tully reevaluates Ely’s legacy, and explains why it matters enormously to what’s next for constitutional law.

19-1392 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: Supreme Court of the United States (.gov) Jun 24, 2022 — Held: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled;

# Medical Science
Organ Transplant Patients Can Die When Donors Aren’t Screened for This Parasitic Disease: Bob Naedele died after receiving a heart from a donor with Chagas disease. His death could have been prevented if the donor had been tested. The group that governs U.S. transplant policies is considering mandatory screening of at-risk donors.

Preventing Chagas disease in transplant recipients: Donor screening and recipient monitoring Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, is most commonly transmitted to people by triatomine bugs. Vector-borne transmission of T. cruzi occurs mainly in rural areas of Latin America (South America, Central America, or Mexico). Chronic infection persists for life in the absence of treatment. Many infected individuals are asymptomatic and unaware that they have Chagas disease.

A thawed rat organ frozen for 100 days was successfully transplanted in game-changing world first: In a world-first, researchers at the University of Minnesota successfully thawed and transplanted rat kidneys, marking a historic milestone in the preservation of mammalian organs. The rat kidneys had previously stayed in ultracold storage for a staggering 100 days.

Breakthrough Reveals How Botox Infiltrates Brain Cells: Researchers discovered that a receptor called Synaptotagmin 1, in collaboration with two other receptors, helps Botox enter neurons. Once inside the neurons, Botox disrupts communication between nerves and muscle cells, causing paralysis.

# Military / Global
Paramilitaries Seize Police HQ in Sudan’s Capital; U.N. Warns Fighting Has Displaced 2.5 Million: U.N. Warns Fighting Has Displaced 2.5 Million. In Sudan, fighters with the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces stormed the headquarters of a heavily armed police unit in Khartoum on Sunday, seizing stockpiles of weapons and ammunition

Russian Warplanes Bomb Syria’s Idlib, Killing at Least 9 Civilians: More than 34 people were wounded in the bombings that also targeted a crowded market.

# Space / UFO Disclosure / Other
Safran Electronics and Defense and Terran Orbital (NYSE: LLAP) announced they have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to study and validate the prerequisites for production of a new generation of electric propulsion systems for satellites in the United States, based on Safran’s PPSX00 plasma thruster.

Today we started planning at a location short of our intended drive end position. Mars has, once again, not read our script! Regular readers of this blog will have noticed lately that many reports start with some news about a shortened drive that didn’t quite complete, and that Abigail got really excited on June 20th, when three drives in a row had completed successfully. And that’s not the rover’s fault and of course also not the fault of our excellent engineers who try to navigate this extremely challenging terrain.

MAVEN stuns with ultraviolet views of Mars: MAVEN launched in November 2013 and entered Mars’ orbit in September 2014. The mission’s goal is to explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and interactions with the Sun and solar wind to explore the loss of the Martian atmosphere to space. Understanding atmospheric loss gives scientists insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability. The MAVEN team is preparing to celebrate the spacecraft’s 10th year at Mars in September 2024.

# Technology
If you thought fixing your car was expensive before, get ready…: For a long time, automakers have been trying to make it difficult if not illegal to fix your own car, truck, or SUV. The dream of too many in the industry is consumers having to go to a dealership service department for pretty much any maintenance or repair job, violating your right to repair or have an independent shop perform repairs. And it looks like the Biden Administration has just handed them the key to make that dream a reality.

# Water
Putting salt in tap water and drilling wells in parks: One city’s desperate quest to avoid running dry:  Uruguay, grappling with a multi-year drought and high temperatures, is running dry. The situation has become so bad that residents are being forced to drink salty tap water and workers are drilling wells in the center of the capital to reach the water beneath the ground.

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