Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-20

Voices, The Peoples News

August 20, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Biden quietly sells off border wall parts to thwart GOP push to use them: The Biden administration is quietly auctioning off millions of dollars’ worth of unused parts from former President Trump’s border wall for peanuts – in an apparent end-run around pending legislation in Congress. Since April, GovPlanet, an online auction house specializing in military surplus, has sold 81 lots of steel “square structural tubes” — intended for use as vertical bollards in the border barrier’s 30-foot-tall panels — hauling in about $2 million.

Reports Find “Barbaric” and “Negligent” Conditions at ICE Facilities: They found grimy medical instruments, a cockroach on a medical exam table, negligent mental health care, inappropriate strip searches and pepper spraying of mentally ill detainees and racist abuse. These reports are incredibly damning. In Michigan, a man in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was sent into a jail’s general population unit with an open wound from surgery, no bandages and no follow-up medical appointment scheduled, even though he still had surgical drains in place.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
YouTube to Censor Content Contradicting WHO Guidelines: YouTube has introduced a new “medical misinformation policy” that will censor any medical or health-related content that doesn’t align with claims made by the World Health Organization (WHO)

Biden Admin Preparing to Bring Back Full Covid Restrictions, Rollout to Begin Mid-September:  Whistleblowers from the TSA and Border Patrol have raised the alarm to Infowars that the Biden administration is setting the stage for full Covid lockdowns that will begin with incremental restrictions like masking TSA employees in mid-September. They were told it was not a matter of ‘if’ but  ‘when’ official Covid numbers go back up, they expect by mid-October. A return to forced-masking policies the Biden administration reluctantly ended after massive pressure.

Ottawa Detective Disciplined for Probing COVID Vaccine Link to Infant Deaths Discussed Spike in Deaths With Chief: Ms. Grus, a detective with the OPS sexual assault and child abuse unit investigating child abuse and neglect, faces a charge of discreditable conduct for conducting an “unauthorized project” between June 2020 and January 2022 by probing into the sudden deaths of nine infants.

COVID victims’ families sue EcoHealth Alliance for ‘creating” the virus and ‘releasing it’: The families of four people who died from COVID-19 are suing EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit group that funded research in Wuhan, China, for allegedly “creating” the virus and “releasing it, either intentionally or accidentally.”

US Seeks ‘License’ to Encircle Russia, China, With ‘Offensive Strategic Bio-labs’: Documents uncovered during Moscow’s special operation in Ukraine have revealed that the US was deploying an extensive biological research program there, spending more than $200 million on 46 biological laboratories researching highly dangerous pathogens. Russia, China, and some EU states are still waiting for Washington’s answers on these biolabs.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
“I’ve never seen anything like it”: Economic analyst stunned at sources of Jared Kushner’s funds: “I’ve never seen somebody get two-thirds of their money from a single investor. Usually a single investor might be a few percent of the fund, might be 5 percent, occasionally 10 percent,” he said. While Kushner has hired some people for his fund, “I’ve seen nothing else about what he’s actually done with the money,” Rattner continued.

# Education / Schools
Florida Students Get Cheery Right-Wing Indoctrination Vids: Ron DeSantis says Florida schools should be about “education over indoctrination.” So why is his state now bringing in lessons on race and social justice from a right-wing group whose leader brags about indoctrinating kids? Mehdi breaks down the hypocrisy behind DeSantis’ war on ‘woke’ schools.

Let go of the learning styles myth: The same people excel at object recognition through vision, hearing and touch – another reason to let go of the learning styles myth. The idea that individual people are visual, auditory or kinesthetic learners and learn better if instructed according to these learning styles is one of the most enduring neuroscience myths in education. New research provides more evidence that you won’t learn better in one modality than another.

# Employment / Labor
Louisiana Hair Braiders Say Regulatory Overreach Is Destroying Their Business: If regulators can come after lower-income professionals at safe, responsible businesses, they can criminalize anyone.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
The truth is coming out: This dude has balls of steel: [WOW!!]

Fossil Fuel Companies Ask Hawaii Supreme Court to Dismiss Honolulu’s Climate Case: A case brought by the city and county of Honolulu could become the first to put Big Oil on trial. Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments on an appeal by the defendants, which include oil majors such as ExxonMobil and Chevron, to dismiss the suit, a move that a trial court
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How Shell Used a ‘Granfluencer’ to Promote its Brand: A “granfluencer” known as “our Filipino grandma” is among an army of US-based influencers being used by fossil fuel giants to promote major polluters to younger audiencesl. A number of Canada based influencers promoted Shell’s “drive carbon neutral” programme, through which Shell claims to purchase carbon credits equivalent to your emissions to reinvest in “nature-based solutions projects”
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As EU Weans Itself From Russian Energy, U.S. Shale Gas Industry Pushes New LNG Export Plant in Pennsylvania: When Zulene Mayfield testifies next week against plans to build a $6.8 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in her Pennsylvania hometown, she will be facing off against some of the most powerful fossil fuel interests in the United States.

Industry plans thousands of miles of new gas pipelines to boost LNG exports: U.S. fossil fuel firms are pushing to build more than 2,900 miles of natural gas pipelines to feed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities in Louisiana, Texas, and Alaska, in a bid to send more of the fuel to Asia and Europe, a new analysis by Global Energy Monitor shows.

Will a tanker in the Gulf of Mexico spark new Iran tensions? US seizure of oil vessel triggered Iran tanker capture. Authorities in US redirected ship of Iranian oil bound for China in recent days, prompting retaliation from Tehran. US authorities ordered a tanker of Iranian crude oil to redirect towards the US in recent days, in a move officials believe was the trigger for Iran’s decision to capture a US-bound tanker on Thursday.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure EPA’s new definition of PFAS could omit thousands of ‘forever chemicals’: Agency plans to take a ‘case-by-case’ approach that allows it to be more flexible, but critics say ‘this is not a new definition – it is a lack of definition’

Maui wildfire survivors face new threat from chemical contamination that could linger for months: Maui residents have been warned that wildfires burning since 8 August have contaminated water, air and soil and could pose health risks for months to come. Lahaina residents warned asbestos, lead and arsenic could have contaminated water, air and soil

The Climate Crisis Is Here Now, Experts Warn, as Death Tolls From Summer Disasters Mount:  Sweltering heat waves, torrential rainfall and raging wildfires shook communities around the globe in recent days amid a summer already saturated with record-breaking heat and precipitation.

The climate disaster is here. Earth is already becoming unlivable. Will governments act to stop this disaster from getting worse? These temperature thresholds will again be the focus of upcoming UN climate talks at the COP26 summit in Scotland as countries variously dawdle or scramble to avert climate catastrophe.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global How Canada’s wildfires are warming the stratosphere: Extreme wildfires are increasing due to rising emissions, but they also disrupt the climate in return. Once airborne, the black carbon in these wildfire aerosols absorb heat, causing them to rise and warm the surrounding stratosphere, says Matthias Stocker from the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change at the University of Graz, Austria.

1.3 Million Tons of Fukushima Nuclear Wastewater Being Dumped Into Pacific Ocean: Japan is currently in the process of releasing about a million tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Everyone knows food prices continue to rise, with grocery store markups at all-time highs. But things are about to get even more expensive due to extreme weather so far this year. Torrential rains, flooding and the prospect of a looming El Niño weather pattern could seriously impact U.S. agricultural production. It’s enough to give anyone climate anxiety.

# Gov / Politics
The US empire is at this point in history: a giant, planet-sprawling bully with a severe personality disorder.

The president’s real goal in Iraq: This war, should it come, is intended to mark the official emergence of the United States as a full-fledged global empire, seizing sole responsibility and authority as planetary policeman.  It would be the culmination of a plan 10 years or more in the making, carried out by those who believe the United States must seize the opportunity for global domination, even if it means becoming the “American imperial-ists” that our enemies always claimed we were. Once that is understood, other mysteries solve themselves.

Georgia indictment and post-Civil War history make it clear: Trump’s actions have already disqualified him from the presidency: The Georgia indictment against Trump and allies exhaustively details extensive acts of lying, manipulation and threats against Georgia officials, as well as a fraudulent fake elector scheme to illegally subvert the legitimate 2020 Georgia presidential vote tally and resulting elector certification.

Anti-China Brainwashing Is the Fast-Track to War: The United States has to have an enemy. For the last seven years, the enemy has been Russia.
Now the focus has shifted to China. Headlines on Google News: Has America been too slow to wake up to the China threat? Washington Examiner Why is China a threat to the United States? Quora Is the US ready to address China’s threats in time to make a difference?The Hill China and Russia are waging another Cold War — is the West up to the challenge? The Hill China secretly sends enough gear to Russia to equip an army, Politico Xi Jinping is Preparing China for War, Newsweek Get the picture? China is a bigtime threat to the United States.

# Legal / DOJ
Black female prosecutors like Fani Willis face the unequal burden of both racist and sexist attacks: While Donald Trump has used his social media platform to criticize all of his opponents, the former president has made his most controversial attacks against Black female prosecutors.

Joe Biden’s ‘Robert Peters’ Pseudonym Under Scrutiny as GOP Probes Emails:     “We already have evidence of then-Vice President Biden speaking, dining, and having coffee with his son’s foreign business associates.” President Joe Biden’s emails from his time as vice president are coming under renewed scrutiny over his apparent use of the pseudonym “Robert L. Peters” and other names.

Meet the High-Flying, Liberal Lawyer Defending the Former President in Georgia: Drew Findling made his name as Gucci Mane’s attorney. He’s donated to Fani Willis’s campaign. So why defend one of the right’s most virulent figures?

Republican House Oversight Committee ramps up investigation into Biden family: House Oversight Committee James Comer, R-Ky., is pushing for President Joe Biden’s records from his time as Vice President to probe allegations that he worked with his son to bring in $20 million from overseas entities.

# LGBTQ / Gender
4 in 5 LGBTQ Americans Feel Less Safe Because of Bans on Gender-Affirming Care: Anti-LGBTQ laws and policies “codifies discrimination and stigma into law,” the Human Rights Campaign said.

# Media
Let’s Go Back to Our Julian Assange Line in the Sand: Truth Getting Obliterated by the Propaganda Experts: In this video we’ll expose 6 lies about Assange that have been deliberately used to distract us from what is one of the most important precedent-setting cases for freedom of speech of our generation. If there’s one thing you should take away from this, it’s that most of what you think you know about Assange is false.

# Military / Global
Chinese Testing Experimental Armed Drone Ships at Secret Naval Base: The pier near Dalian is where China is testing its large uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), according to satellite photos provided to USNI News by Maxar and an analysis of open-source intelligence.

# Social
The cruelty of disaster capitalism on full display in Maui: Watch; “We can’t get aid yet they are serving evictions.” “Plantation disaster capitalism is, unfortunately, the perfect term for what’s going on,” says Kapuaʻala Sproat.

# Weather
Tropical Depression 6 forms in active Atlantic as another disturbance eyes Gulf of Mexico: As the peak of hurricane season approaches, the National Hurricane Center is watching five areas in the Atlantic Ocean, with the one closest to the U.S. expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico in the next couple of days.

Hurricane Hilary: Mexico ‘completely underwater’ as apocalyptic floods destroy whole towns: Shocking footage shared on social media shows huge streams of flood waters tearing through the Mexican state, destroying entire towns, with journalist Eric Spracklen writing: WOAH! Baja California, Mexico is completely underwater.”

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