Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-26

Voices, The Peoples News

August 26, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Archaeology
Skull Found in China is Unlike Any Other Scientists Have Ever Seen: An ancient skull dating back 300,000 years is unlike any other premodern human fossil ever found, potentially pointing to a new branch in the human family tree, according to new research. An international team of scientists has described an ancient human fossil in China unlike any other hominin found before. It resembles neither the lineage that split to form Neanderthals, nor Denisovans, nor us, suggesting our current version of the human family tree needs another branch.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Biden administration issues tens of thousands of special visas for Afghans: Two years after the U.S. left Afghanistan, Sediqi and tens of thousands of others are still waiting. While there has been some recent progress, processing U.S. visas for Afghans has moved painfully slowly. So far, only a small portion of Afghans have been resettled. Many of the applicants who fled Afghanistan are running through savings, living in limbo in exile. They worry that the U.S., which had promised so much, has forgotten them.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
New COVID variant can cause infection in those previously vaccinated – CDC: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday the new BA.2.86 lineage of coronavirus may be more capable than older variants in causing infection in people who have previously had COVID-19 or who have received vaccines.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Inflation Fight Isn’t Over Yet, Fed’s Powell Warns: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell made it clear Friday that the central bank’s battle against inflation is not over and warned that additional interest rate hikes could be on the horizon, if conditions warrant. “Although inflation has moved down from its peak — a welcome development — it remains too high,” Powell said. “We are prepared to raise rates further if appropriate, and intend to hold policy at a restrictive level until we are confident that inflation is moving sustainably down toward our objective.”

Small businesses feel the pain of inflation-driven interest rates: Small business owners are feeling the pain of inflation-driven interest rate hikes, another difficulty for those owners to overcome as they continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic-era shutdowns. A rash of federal spending and an increase in the money supply in recent years have fueled inflationary pressures.

# Education / Schools
School closures are coming, with mainly minority students shuffled: Previous research from Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes showed similar results, finding that among low-performing schools, those with a greater share of Black and Hispanic students are more likely to be closed than those with more White students, even if they ranked similarly.

# Employment / Labor
Profits just keep rolling in at T-Mobile US: T-Mobile US will lay off roughly 5,000 employees, or about seven percent of its workforce, over the next five weeks, the wireless carrier revealed in a recent regulatory filing. In a letter to workers, included in the filing, CEO Mike Sievert said the cuts were “NOT about foisting more work on fewer people,” but rather “optimizing every dollar, so it can be used to deliver a better network, a better value, and a better experience for customers,” adding that retaining customers had become more expensive of late.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Federal Regulators Raise Safety Concerns Over Mountain Valley Pipeline in Formal Notice: The notice came as a federal court dismissed three lawsuits that challenged permits for the pipeline following a directive by lawmakers to fast track its completion. “Federal regulators have sent a proposed safety order to the developers of the contentious and highly politicized Mountain Valley Pipeline citing concerns over potential pipe corrosion and land movement in the steep mountain terrain the pipeline will cross in West Virginia and Virginia.

Texas Permits Lignite Mine Expansion Despite Water Worries: The state has issued only two new coal mining permits in 10 years, both to a company with a controversial environmental legacy that has locals concerned toxic ash could contaminate drinking water.

As Companies Eye Massive Lithium Deposits in California’s Salton Sea, Locals Anticipate a Mixed Bag: Frontline communities in Lithium Valley are cautiously optimistic about the economic potential, but are also concerned about the health and environmental issues mining could create.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Bill to identify, create new bike trails on federal land would cost $1 million: The measure would cost $1 million over the 2023-2028 period for administrative costs and distribution of promotional materials, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan federal agency that produces hundreds of cost estimates for proposed legislation each year.

Line 3 Pipeline Water Protectors Head to Trial on Trumped-Up Felony Charges: Protesters who faced police torture to fight the pipeline are targets in a corporate crackdown on environmentalists. One county prosecutor asked oil company Enbridge for reimbursement to help with some of the prosecutions clogging up rural courts.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Emperor Penguin Breeding Failure Linked With Antarctic Sea Ice Decline: Other Antarctic seabird colonies have also suffered steep population declines as researchers warn that global warming will take a toll on many ice-dependent species in coming decades.  The discovery supports predictions that over 90% of emperor penguin colonies will be quasi-extinct by the end of the century, based on current global warming trends.

# Food / Farming / GMO Alternatives
Mystery land buyers around California Air Force base revealed: A group called “Flannery Associates” invested more than $800 million on almost 54,000 acres of agriculture-zoned land surrounding the Travis Air Force base in Solano County, California. Despite early speculation China was behind the purchases and as companies with ties to China have been ramping up efforts to buy American farmland, legal representation for Flannery has maintained the group is controlled by U.S. citizens, with 97% of its capital coming from U.S.-based investors.

# General News
Hundreds of people are crammed into small white tents in the courtyard of a sports center in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, drying clothes on the access ramps and washing their children in small, plastic tubs.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Putin Ally Issues World War III Threat as Western Allies Supply Ukraine With Fighter Jets: A top ally to Russia President Vladimir Putin has issued a new threat of World War III after Western allies agreed to supply Ukraine with high-powered F-16s fighter jets, planes which may take too long to arrive.

Putin Destroys a Rival, but ‘Killing Prigozhin Is Going to Set Off Greater Paranoia and Repression’: The most critical internal threat Putin has faced in years is gone. His rival and former ally’s reported death likely means the end for the Wagner Group but ushers in a new phase of fear and anxiety in Russia

# Gov / Politics
Trump called for the “termination” of parts of the Constitution in December, Christie reminded: Donald Trump has sparked a furious backlash after he called for the “termination” of parts of the Constitution to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The former president, who announced in November that he would run again for president, reiterated his baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election in posts on his Truth Social platform on Saturday. But he went further by suggesting that the U.S. abandon one of its founding documents.

Biden’s Renewal of Trump’s North Korea Travel Ban Will Hurt Peace Efforts: Travel to North Korea is an essential part of peace efforts to ensure that active war on the peninsula does not begin anew. To establish peace in Korea, we must continue to engage in direct, in-person relationship-building. Separation creates alienation, while reciprocal exchange fosters understanding. The travel ban prevents us from pursuing these peaceful and diplomatic connections.

# Law Enforcment
Multiple fatalities in shooting at Dollar General in Florida: Three victims and gunman dead after shooting at Dollar General in Florida, says report. Suspected shooter’s parents called Clay County Sheriff’s Office after they told deputies they had found a manifesto https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsnationnow.com/us-news/southeast/four-people-dead-in-dollar-general-shooting-in-jacksonville/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!0k1qzpXn1jI2e6wPORSudBgc8FywOf5y0-NMFyhkVwgnqFr7Ba8TUaOeOgC5WqEXeWUTxw2iVpXb39nAFzE1a-O1NPSFcnmC$

# Legal / DOJ
Georgia Republicans Say They’ll Move to Remove Fulton County DA Fani Willis From Office With New State Law: Amid calls for “civil war” and a newly announced congressional probe into the Georgia prosecutor who indicted Trump, state GOP lawmakers in Georgia are calling on a newly established commission to oust Willis from elected office.

Where will Trump go on trial first? How federal and state prosecutors and judges work out conflicts: Trump has trial dates set for three of his four criminal cases. But generally, state and federal prosecutors will coordinate to make sure that their dates don’t overlap.

Right-Winger Andy Ngo Lost His Suit. Why Are Defendants on the Line for Damages? Defendants and witnesses say Ngo’s lawsuit was more than a shameless money grab — it was an attempt to dox activists.

# LGBTQ / Gender
It’s Never Been More Dangerous for Trans Musicians to Tour: Trans artists are trying to find a safe way to navigate the road amid draconian legislation and hateful rhetoric: “It’s absolutely terrifying.”  Though Shraya believes venues are getting better in how they treat trans artists, the concert experience can often be full of micro-aggressions, like being misgendered by staff. That can make for a particularly jarring reality when juxtaposed with being in the spotlight.

# Space
Elon Musk’s New Rocket Tore a Hole in the Atmosphere… Again: The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on Monday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California in order to deliver 15 Starlink satellites. The rocket’s exhaust fumes reacted with the Earth’s ionosphere, temporarily creating a hole in the layer of ionized gases, a few weeks after another Falcon 9 launch did the same thing.

# Sports
Two of three voters don’t want biological males playing female sports: Two out of three American voters are not in favor of transgender female student athletes competing on women’s and girls’ sports teams

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