Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-08-28

Voices, The Peoples News

August 28, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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“The corporations that profit from permanent war need us
to be afraid. Fear stops us from objecting to government
spending on a bloated military. Fear means we will not
ask unpleasant questions of those in power. Fear permits
the government to operate in secret.”
– Chris Hedges
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# Indigenous / Global
‘I’m not the guilty one’: the water protector facing jail time for trying to stop a pipeline: Mylene Vialard goes on trial this week for opposing a pipeline on Indigenous land amid warnings peaceful protest is under threat. Mylene Vialard was arrested in August 2021 while protesting in northern Minnesota against the expansion and rerouting of Line 3 – a 1,097-mile tar sands oil pipeline with a dismal safety record, that crosses more than 200 water bodies from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the US midwest.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Repeated COVID Shots Driving Dangerous Variants, Turbo Cancers: According to vaccinologist Geert Vanden Bossche, DVM, Ph.D., continued mass COVID-19 vaccination is driving more infectious and potentially dangerous viral variants, increasing the risk of severe COVID-19, aggressive cancers and autoimmune diseases in vaccinated populations.

Biden plans to ask Congress for funding to develop new COVID vaccine, may require shot for all –The announcement comes near a year after Biden declared the pandemic was ‘over’

COVID shuts down  school district in Karnes County, Texas, for the rest of the week –A notice from the Runge ISD superintendent, himself diagnosed with the virus, also stated extracurricular activities are on hold.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
The Real-Life Bank Heist That Should Have Us All Petrified: The new documentary Billion Dollar Heist ends with a jolting premonition: In the next five to 10 years, a cyberattack threatening major national infrastructures banking, transportation, telecommunications, water supplies is all but guaranteed.

“Every Door You Open Ultimately Leads To Blackstone”: The Lever’s founder David Sirota is featured in a new docuseries scrutinizing one of the world’s most powerful billionaires

“American Buyout,” explains the rise of Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone, the world’s largest private equity firm. American buyout giant Blackstone disclosed that its two founders will collect a combined £1.2bn when they float their leveraged buyout firm on Wall Street.

# Education / Schools
Will WVU’s Draconian Cuts Become a Blueprint for Austerity Across Higher Education? West Virginia University (WVU) is following the neoliberal creed that people should only be educated to the point of utility. Hundreds of West Virginia University (WVU) students staged a class walkout outside the school’s student union in Morgantown, West Virginia, on August 21 to protest an administration proposal to cut 32 academic programs and 169 faculty positions.

# Employment / Labor
How a first union contract provides workers a seat at the table: Right now, companies regularly obstruct organizing and bargaining because it’s so easy for them to get away with it. Along with wage increases, better work-life balance, and other wins, the workers gained a real voice on the job in early August when they ratified their first contract with Kumho as members of the United Steelworkers (USW).

UAW Brokers a Tentative Agreement With GM Battery Maker Ultium Cells: While the agreement gives Ultium Cells workers a raise of more than 20 percent, membership overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike of the Big Three automakers after September 14.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Louisiana Rushes Buildout of Carbon Pipelines, Adding to Dangers Plaguing Cancer Alley: As the Biden administration funds carbon sequestration projects, residents worry about ruptured pipelines and mass asphyxiation from leaks.

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.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Ecuador’s government plans to keep drilling in national park, despite vote on ban:  Ecuador’s Government Plans to Keep Drilling in National Park, Despite Vote on Ban. After Ecuadorians overwhelmingly voted to ban new oil wells in a prized national park, the government challenged the legitimacy of the referendum and said it would continue drilling.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Degrowthers Gain Support as Planet Cooks. Can They Ally With Green New Dealers? Degrowth and its opponents recognize the necessity of mass movements and system change to address the climate emergency. In short, there is no necessary opposition between degrowth and a GND. Degrowthers do, however, raise caveats surrounding the material implications of expansionary programs — particularly if the whole world shares in them, as it should.

Degrowth and the Green New Deal: Radical action on climate change is at last on the agenda. The emphasis is on urgency and action and – for XR notably – ‘truth.’ Questions of long-term strategy are less clear, but strategy platforms have been advanced. Foremost among them are the Green New Deal (GND) and degrowth.

What Is the Green New Deal? A Climate Proposal, Explained: The term “Green New Deal” has been used to describe various sets of policies that aim to make systemic change.

EPA agrees to settle lawsuit by testing fish for PCBs in two Maryland rivers: Federal regulators have agreed to check fish in two Maryland rivers for toxic contaminants to settle a court case brought by an environmental group.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Once Again, the FDA Admits It Lied to Us. and Once More, We Yawn: On critical matters, our medical authorities have no interest in settling the science. Instead, battles are won in the arena of smear and insinuation. The reality is that most of us are not ready for the truth. We want reassurance. We cling to our comfort blankets because the idea that we live in a world in which our and our families’ interests are not paramount is too disturbing.

# General News
Telltale Evidence That Lahaina Was Destroyed By Directed Energy Weapons: Directed energy has certain characteristics that are unlike a fire. They leave behind telltale evidence. The rubble of Lahaina gives silent testimony that it was immolated by directed energy weapons.

No One Knows How Many Americans Are Imprisoned in Pakistan’s Crackdown on Dissent: The U.S. helped set Pakistan’s crisis in motion, but it appears to be doing little to help dual citizens caught up in the military’s dragnet.
Pakistani authorities harassed, and at times, prosecuted human rights defenders and journalists for criticizing government policies.

# Gov / Politics / Global
The Secret Russian ‘School’ Churning Out Minions for Putin: While many pro-Moscow mouthpieces in Kremlin-occupied territories in Ukraine are Russian, the apparent goal of the new training scheme is to tutor local residents on spreading the Kremlin’s influence, and to try to create an image of local support for the invasion. The operation is focused on training up new propagandists in Russia from occupied territories in Ukraine so they can later spread Kremlin lines there, the assessment from the National Resistance Center of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine states.

Honduras Defense Official and U.S. Drug War Ally Tied to Narco-Trafficker, Notorious Mercenary Firm: Col. Elias Melgar Urbina, top-ranking Honduran military official and U.S. partner in joint drug war operations, tied to a Honduran drug trafficker, according to U.S. Justice Department filing, and a private security company accused of assassinating land rights activists, according to eyewitness testimony and documents obtained by The Intercept.

# Gov / Politics
Trump Can and Should Be Disqualified From Running for Prez: In fact, there exist a multitude of ways to enforce the disqualification of Trump. For starters, secretaries of state could simply decide he cannot be on the ballot. Secondly, citizens and states could challenge his presence on the ballot through the courts.

Republican activist says party ‘deserves to lose’ if it fails to address climate crisis: Benji Backer, executive chairman of conservative climate group, calls question on crisis in debate ‘historic’ but laments answers.

Republican candidates spark outrage with sweeping climate crisis denial at debate: Many publications cover the first 2024 Republican US presidential primary debate, where all but one candidate appeared to deny the scientific consensus that humans are causing climate change.

The Republican Party’s presidential candidates are struggling to address growing concerns about climate change: The eight Republican presidential candidates on the debate stage were asked to raise their hands if they believed human behavior is causing climate change. Not a single hand went up.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy suggested that an impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden was becoming more likely, calling it “a natural step forward” as Congress ends its summer break. Some House Republicans are eager to go after Biden over claims of financial misconduct involving his son Hunter.

Abortion Bans or Democracy, You Can’t Have Both: Controlling people’s bodies requires trashing representative government and violating every individual right: Issue 1 was a transparent ruse , polls showed 58 percent support for the abortion rights measure; the lawmakers specified a 60 percent majority to pass an amendment instead of the current simple majority, and voters soundly rejected it. Now Ohio is set to follow the six states that have conferred the highest level of state protection on reproductive freedom through popular referendum.

Biden Is ‘Old,’ Trump Is ‘Corrupt’: AP-NORC Poll Has Ominous Signs For Both In Possible 2024 Rematch:  Those are among the top terms Americans use when they’re asked to describe the Democrat in the White House and the Republican best positioned to face him in next year’s election.

The Real Story Behind Ron DeSantis’ Newest Fired Prosecutor: In August of last year, he fired Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, citing the prosecutor’s stated refusal to jail women for having an abortion that violated Florida’s increasingly stringent and conservative laws. State Attorney Monique H. Worrell holds a press conference, on March 9, 2023, in Florida.

Democracy is in trouble in the U.S: The Brookings Institution concludes in a 2022 report that the once proud American democracy is facing a systemic crisis and is accelerating its decline. The impact is spreading to all fronts in domestic politics, the economy and society, posing a mortal threat to the legitimacy and health of capitalism.

It’s Time For Several Republicans To Quit The Presidential Race: According to Ipsos polling of Republican primary voters, every participant in Wednesday night’s debate gained voters who are considering supporting them in the primary. Trump and all other candidates who failed to make the stage lost possible voters.

Majority of Americans Want Trump Trial Before 2024 Election:  51% of independents think the former president should do prison time, if convicted. Trump has been charged with committing 91 criminal offenses across four separate investigations.

# Law Enforcment
Pence Criticized Over Call for “Expedited” Death Penalty for Mass Shooters: Experts on violence widely agree that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent.

Jacksonville, Florida Gunman Kills Three in Racist Shooting: “He hated Black people,” said local law enforcement about the white shooter.
Authorities release incident details as well as the names of the victims and suspect https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2023/08/27/jacksonville-shooter-dollar-general-florida/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3SjU9yZAdo_QVK7oJqNV3cHQNheOMhtIq4mocYNlrTLsXIuyi6bLHlliN9ZsDr5f2aLWnk19gSOllRIcxlvoYRvZfIetiwDu$

Gary Younge on Jacksonville Shooting & Why America’s Gun Problem “Makes Its Racism More Lethal”:  “There’s been a significant increase in the number of hate crimes, particularly in anti-Black hate crimes, and one has to be able to connect that to the political situation that surrounds us,” says Younge, who says the shooter’s actions are reflective of the current attacks on Black history and represent a backlash to increased racial consciousness

Sadistic California Cops Bragged About ‘Violating Civil Rights’: Feds allege officers collected photos of K-9 attacks and crafted an American flag with spent munitions. “A new federal indictment pulls back the curtain on sadistic behavior by cops in Northern California, who allegedly brutalized residents, with K-9 dog bites or by shooting them with ‘less lethal’ projectiles, and even bragged of breaching their civil rights.

# Legal / DOJ
Georgia GOP Gears Up to Remove Atlanta Prosecutor Who Indicted Donald Trump: House Republicans are replaying a familiar script: playing political defense in former President Donald Trump’s legal battles. A little over a week after a prosecutor in Georgia indicted former President Donald Trump for trying to overturn the results of the state’s 2020 presidential election, Republicans said they will use a new law to remove her from office.

Seven of Trump’s Co-Defendants Are Already Rolling the Dice: Rahmani said, from Trump’s perspective, it’s best that everyone charged with him stay on the line and force Willis’ office to take things to trial. But for others, the opposite is true. Generally speaking, he said, most criminal defendants play ball with the government because there is “a significant benefit” to be gained from doing so. “And usually, the first to cooperate gets the best deal,” he said.

# Medical / Health
Trump judge’s anti-abortion ruling followed payments from group leading case: The group arguing the abortion pill case has made frequent payments to the spouse of James Ho, who just helped threaten access to the medicine.

Millions Sick and Untreated, Thanks to Medicaid ‘Unwinding’: Eve
Ottenberg: By the end of July, roughly four million indigent people lost their health care coverage. And as the months pass, more people will lose access to a doctor and to prescriptions. Way to go, Washington! And way to go, Joe “I Would Veto Medicare for All” Biden. The transformation of the U.S. into a “shithole” nation just picked up the pace.

Who’ll Stop the Raid? A little-noticed Justice Department case alleges that Alabama’s Medical Properties Trust engaged in ‘fraudulent conveyance’: Instead of paying the government as promised, the hospital’s owner, Alecto Healthcare Services, had spent hundreds of millions of dollars buying four other hospitals and funneling money through various limited-liability vehicles that were supposed to be discrete entities but in reality operated as one big commingled family.
Wherever the money landed, Alecto didn’t pay the bills.

# Medical / Health / Global
# Medical Science
First synthetic human embryo to live past 14 days was made from stem cells: Scientists say they have created the first synthetic human embryo models, not actual human embryos but models meant to simulate and better understand early human development. These embryo-like structures were created from single human embryonic stem cells, without eggs and sperm, by scientists in the United States and United Kingdom https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2023-06-15/first-synthetic-human-embryo-models-created-in-lab__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3SjU9yZAdo_QVK7oJqNV3cHQNheOMhtIq4mocYNlrTLsXIuyi6bLHlliN9ZsDr5f2aLWnk19gSOllRIcxlvoYRvZfE5Pljvb$

What are ‘synthetic embryos’ and why are scientists making them? The first human embryo-like structures have been created from stem cells and reached a landmark stage of development, in a move that could help scientists study the causes of early miscarriages

# Military / Global
Prigozhin’s Legacy Is the Global Rise of Private Armies for Hire: Wagner didn’t just support Russia’s military, it became an integral part of the fighting force. The hot dog vendor-turned-global mercenary leader’s deadly legacy is likely to reverberate for years to come, as private military groups like Wagner play an ever-growing role in conflicts around the world.

# Nuclear
The place where no humans will tread for 100,000 years: In a few years, Finland will begin depositing spent nuclear fuel underground in Onkalo, where it will remain for millennia. Will there be any people in the pretty houses dotted around Olkiluoto island? If so, will they speak Finnish? Will they use a language at all? And, most crucially, will they know about the potential danger lurking in the ground under their feet at Onkalo?

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Pharma Giant Threatens To Delay Drugs Over New Price Controls:  A pharmaceutical company could slow-walk research on medicines Americans need in response to a new law allowing the government to negotiate drug prices. Roche’s CEO and the CEO of its American subsidiary, Genentech, said that the companies may delay drug research and development because of the new pricing rules in the 2022 drug laws.

The Real Reason Drugs Cost So Much and Do Too Little: We’re still going to be paying too much for the wrong drugs. Until 2003, Medicare covered most hospital and doctor visits for the elderly, but it did not cover the ever-growing costs of prescription medications. Former President George W. Bush changed that when he signed a law adding prescription drug coverage to Medicare. But there was a catch. At drug companies’ behest, the Republican-controlled Congress banned Medicare from using its market power to drive down drug prices.

# Science
The fires in Maui could have been causated by a recent invention: a Gemini laser: This is a high power, ultra-short pulse, high repetition laser – with twin beams, Gemini – is one of the world’s most powerful super-intense light sources. The power from the Gemini dual beam is so intense that it is capable of generating bright, coherent X-ray sources, or energetic beams of electrons and protons.

Physicists Have Created an Artificial Gamma Ray Burst in the Lab: With the assistance of their collaborators in the US, France, the UK and Sweden, the team from Queen’s University Belfast relied on the Gemini laser, located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK. With this instrument, which is one of the most powerful lasers in the world, the international collaboration sought to create the first small scale replica of GRBs. By shooting this laser onto a complex target, the team was able to create miniature versions of these ultra-fast astrophysical jets, which they recorded to see how they behaved.

From ‘Save the Whales’ to ‘Let Children Go Blind,’ Greenpeace’s descent into science rejectionism:  Greenpeace claims its goals are to “ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity.” It seems that humans are excluded from those good intentions.  Dr. Patrick Moore a cofounder of Greenpeace, said it “no longer cares about people and that it had become more interested in politics than science.”

The US and China may be ending an agreement on science and technology cooperation − a policy expert explains what this means for research: China’s success in science and technology propelled it to the forefront of many fields. Now, the US wants to pull back from years of intense cooperation.

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