Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-24

Voices, The Peoples News

August 24, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
COVID authoritarianism is making its return with new mask mandates: Mask mandates are already making their return to the bastion of liberal lunacy that is higher education. Morris Brown College in Atlanta has reinstituted a mask mandate, unironically embracing the broken promise of “15 days to slow the spread” by setting an initial mandate of 14 days. It will also be enforcing social distancing, contact tracing, and quarantines.

‘What a Small Corrupt World’: Moderna Hires UK Official Who Negotiated COVID Vaccine Contracts https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/moderna-uk-jonathan-van-tam-covid-vaccine/?utm_source=luminate&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=defender&utm_id=20230824__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2bURA2UCpk-4IXxNHDKsPMcywTKDlD4SwsKrmrtL9cILPDTHWPe2D8EML9w6bAJ8A4YcsPJM8X3uDwMgQ7hJ3XIJexNEVYt9$

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
US slap sanctions on formerly CIA-backed Syrian rebels: The Biden administration slammed Turkey’s collaborators for anti-Kurdish crimes in Syria, including raping and torturing civilians.

# Education / Schools
Republicans Pushed Almost 400 “Education Intimidation” Bills in Past Two Years: Lawmakers in all but four states introduced bills that indirectly censor what’s taught in schools, according to a new report from PEN America. The wave of legislation documented in the report is complementary to, but distinct from “educational gag orders” that explicitly ban materials and content. Educational intimidation bills create “the conditions for censorship indirectly, threatening the freedoms to teach and learn with death by a thousand cuts.” Such efforts, the authors explain, “pressure educators to be more timid in the content they teach, pressure librarians to be more restrictive in the books they make available to students, and pressure students to limit their self-expression.”

# Employment / Labor
Georgia is handpicking non-union construction firms run by big-time Republican donors to work on EV plants in the state: Under an obscure program, state and local authorities got to pick construction firms for Rivian and Hyundai plants. They chose non-union firms that have contributed heavily to Republicans.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Mineral rights clash on South Texas scrubland linked to family legacies and Jim Crow history: Descendants of a prominent white family and a formerly enslaved couple are fighting over ownership, and the oil and gas royalties that would come with it, of a 147.5 acre tract that has bound and divided generations of their families.

Appalachia’s fracking counties are shedding jobs and residents: The report found that the 22 counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia that produce 90% of Appalachian natural gas actually lost a combined 10,339 jobs and 47,652 residents between 2008 and 2021.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Financial support from the G20 was in the form of money borrowed from public financial institutions, subsidies and investments made by state-owned enterprises (SOEs). G20 countries’ investments in the fossil fuel industry reached a record US$1.4 trillion last year, more than double the pre-pandemic and pre-energy crisis levels of 2019 https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thewire.in/environment/g20-countries-trillion-fossil-fuel__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2bURA2UCpk-4IXxNHDKsPMcywTKDlD4SwsKrmrtL9cILPDTHWPe2D8EML9w6bAJ8A4YcsPJM8X3uDwMgQ7hJ3XIJe3pGhAv3$

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Discarded Aloe Peels Could Make a Sustainable Agricultural Insecticide: The peels of the aloe vera plant, as aloe barbadensis is commonly called, are routinely thrown away as agricultural waste, but scientists have found that these rinds can ward off bugs, acting as a natural insecticide for crops.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global China Bans Japanese Seafood as Radioactive Water Released: Beijing had staunchly opposed the plan to dump the nuclear plant’s wastewater into the Pacific. The ban started immediately and will affect all imports of “aquatic products” including seafood.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin killed in plane crash: Tass reported the jet was travelling from Moscow to St Petersburg when it crashed in Russia’s Tver region, north of Moscow. An Embraer Legacy business jet registered to the Wagner mercenary boss plummeted from the sky, crashing between the villages of Kuzhenkino and Kuzhenkinskoe in Russia’s Tver region. All 10 aboard were killed. Russia’s state aviation agency said Prigozhin was on board.

India ‘fully supports’ BRICS expansion as summit continues: South African officials say more than 40 countries from the Global South have shown interest in joining the BRICS bloc.

“Putin Doesn’t Seem Weak. He Seems Like He’s Retaking Control.” What Prigozhin’s death reveals about Putin’s logic: Putin may have gotten his payback after all: Prigozhin was listed among the fatalities of a private jet that crashed outside Moscow. Executive Editor Stuart Reid spoke with Stanovaya the same day. Their conversation has been edited for clarity and length.

# Gov / Politics
US cannot afford to fund Ukraine war think-tank chief: The American economy is no longer what it was, so European states must step in, the Heritage Foundation’s Kevin Roberts has said

Are US officials signaling a new ‘forever war’ in Ukraine? President Joe Biden’s declaration in February this year “Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, never.” Financial Times reported that “U.S. officials are privately girding for what increasingly looks like a war of attrition that will last well into next year.” Now that Kyiv’s counteroffensive is foundering, goal posts in the timing for talks and a ceasefire are quietly being moved.

Ex-CIA: US Pentagon PANICS As Ukraine Collapses: The propaganda being put out by the New York Times to cover for Biden’s failings. The worry around using a small tactile nuke in Russia

How Do Politicians Become Millionaires Making Under $200,000 Per Year? A
2020 Open Secrets report revealed that more than half of the 535 members of Congress are millionaires, implying a substantial contrast between their financial status and the average American. The $100,000 salary Cardone mentioned remains unclear. According to a 2022 Congressional Institute report, the average annual salary for a rank-and-file member of Congress stands at $174,000, a figure consistent with recent estimates provided by The Washington Post.

First thing Trump plans to do if elected president: Close border, deport criminals: Former president Donald Trump said his top priority if elected president would be closing the U.S. border with Mexico

Hunter Biden’s foreign trips to at least 13 countries with then VP dad revealed in stark detail: Hunter Biden traveled to at least 13 countries with his then-vice president father when he was leading his now-defunct firm Rosemont Seneca Partners, a Fox News Digital review found.

Hunter Biden’s staggering $20M haul from  Kazhaks, Chinese, Russians, Romanians and Ukrainians revealed in new bank records: Comer https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2023/08/09/hunter-biden-linked-foreign-haul-at-20m-with-russia-ukraine-kazak-transfers-comer/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2bURA2UCpk-4IXxNHDKsPMcywTKDlD4SwsKrmrtL9cILPDTHWPe2D8EML9w6bAJ8A4YcsPJM8X3uDwMgQ7hJ3XIJe0JPftCB$

Heritage Foundation Shows Plan to Decimate Biden’s Climate Progress, Cut the EPA if a Republican Wins 2024 Presidential Election: Conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation recently released a 920-page blueprint to drastically eliminate, or outright reverse, many of the climate change policies and laws put in place by the Biden administration, if a Republican wins the White House in 2024.

# Law Enforcment
Suspect among 4 dead in California biker bar shooting, police say: Three people were killed, five others were wounded and the gunman was shot dead by police at an Orange County biker bar Wednesday. The gunman was reportedly a retired police officer with the Ventura Police Department.

# Legal / DOJ
U.S. Department of Justice has seized $1.4B in pandemic relief funds: A federal campaign to combat COVID-19 fraud resulted in 718 enforcement actions, including criminal charges against 371 defendants, for crimes related to more than $836 million in alleged COVID-19 fraud

Atlanta Officials Unveil Onerous Verification Requirements for Cop City Referendum: The city outlined its plans for signature verification after organizers collected 100,000 signatures for a vote on the police training facility.

Justice Department Announces Charges Against Hundreds of People: The Justice Department announced today the results of a coordinated, nationwide enforcement action to combat COVID-19 fraud, which included 718 enforcement actions – including federal criminal charges against 371 defendants – for offenses related to over $836 million in alleged COVID-19 fraud.

# Medical / Health
Hacked Records Corroborate Claims in Hydroxychloroquine Wrongful Death Suit: Jeremy Parker died soon after taking the drug, which was prescribed to him by a physician with the anti-vaccine group America’s Frontline Doctors. In early February 2022, Parker began having cold-like symptoms and took the drug, and the next morning, he was found dead. The cause, according to his death certificate, was “sudden death in the setting of therapeutic use of hydroxychloroquine.”

NASA Maps Reveal Toxic Emissions Over Major US Cities: The six maps were made from data from the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO), which launched in April. In scans taken over a six-hour period on August 2, high concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, a toxic pollutant tied to car and smokestack emissions, can be seen hovering over New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.

# Nuclear
Japan begins releasing Fukushima radioactive wastewater into Pacific Ocean –Water containing radioactive tritium being pumped into ocean via tunnel from Tepco plant, amid protests from China, South Korea and fishing communities

# Space
Giant sunspot seen from Mars by Perseverance rover may soon disrupt Earth’s power grids: The scientists cautioned that this darker, cooler region of the sun might unleash powerful eruptions such as solar flares (intense bursts of high-frequency radiation) and coronal mass ejections (CMEs; vast solar plasma eruptions). These types of eruptions have the potential to intersect with the Earth and interfere with satellite navigation and even trigger power outages, making sunspot monitoring far more crucial than mere scientific curiosity.

# Weather
Heat dome to retreat from Midwest, intensify over southern US: “As the ’round-shaped’ heat dome gets ‘flattened,’ extreme temperatures be pushed into the Southeast states, where cities such as Atlanta could record its first triple-digit high temperature of the summer,” Thornton said. The strength of this heat dome appears to be beating one that occurred during August 1936, which was in the midst of the notorious “Dust Bowl.”

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