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Ciudad Madero August 29, 2023
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Land-Grab Universities: : How the Morrill Act funded land grant universities by taking Indigenous lands. Morrill Hall was built in 1868 on Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga) lands that Ezra Cornell had acquired and was the very first building on what is today called the arts quad. But lands deemed “free” or “public” to the US government were already home to hundreds of nations of people.
# Indigenous / Global
The indigenous groups fighting against the quest for ‘white gold’: Indigenous communities in northern Argentina are determined to protect the land from lithium mining. Indigenous groups like those led by spokesperson Nati Machaca fear that the extraction process, which demands vast amounts of water, is depleting soil and contaminating water sources, jeopardizing their traditional way of life.
# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas National Guard member fires across Rio Grande, wounds Mexican citizen: The Texas Military Department isn’t identifying the Guard member or providing details about the Saturday shooting. The man who was shot in the leg said he was working out near the river.
An investigation by Military Times and The Texas Tribune has found that Texas National Guard leaders disbanded the intelligence wing of the state-run border mission Operation Lone Star. Whistleblowers reported the surveillance operation, which included spying on migrants via WhatsApp, violated long-standing rules against state-run spy operations.
ISIS-Linked Smuggler Helped Uzbeks Enter U.S: Officials are now trying to locate some of those who were helped across the southern border. The FBI is investigating more than a dozen Uzbek nationals allowed into the US after they sought asylum at the southern border with Mexico earlier this year, a scramble set off when US intelligence officials found that the migrants traveled with the help of a smuggler with ties to ISIS
# Bundy Rides Again
Ammon Bundy: God Told Me to Go To My Arraignment: Bundy said he nearly fled the state to avoid a legal battle with a hospital, but the divine intervened.
St. Luke’s takes new steps to get money owed by Ammon Bundy. Judge considers order: After an Ada County jury ordered far-right activist Ammon Bundy and other defendants to pay $52.5 million in damages to St. Luke’s Health System, many wondered whether the hospital would ever see a dime.
Ammon Bundy arrested on contempt charge from Ada County: Ammon Bundy was arrested Friday by the Gem County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for contempt charges stemming from a legal battle with the St. Luke’s Health System.
It may have just gotten harder to protect minority communities from pollution: The Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision could upend race-conscious policies.
EPA seeks to slash chemical plants’ cancer-causing emissions: Major updates to air pollution regulations could reduce frontline communities’ excess cancer risk by 96%
# Children / Youth
UN strengthens children’s rights to fight climate change in court: “Children are architects, leaders, thinkers and changemakers of today’s world. Our voices matter, and they deserve to be listened to.” A United Nations body on Monday updated a key treaty designed to protect children’s rights to strengthen their hand in fighting climate change, as they emerge at the forefront of the battle to protect the planet.
# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Mask Mandates Return: Full List of Places With Restrictions in Place: Two new COVID-19 variants, EG.5 and BA.2.86, have recently emerged. The World Health Organization (WHO) classified the former as a “variant of interest” earlier in August, but reported that its risk to global public health is low.
Update on variant of interest EG.5 and variant under surveillance BA.2.86 https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.paho.org/en/news/23-8-2023-update-variant-interest-eg5-and-variant-under-surveillance-ba286__;!!On18fmf1aQ!zZSP9fv6hv-GljGQvgQ7Y-S9m7JKLfL5ZqUmhmlhK9BdxgkOGIllnfyPPbK63kpbVRRQ7LVEILLUqy1FaOvrq0nw6bwCaYh0$
COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the U.S. have continued to rise week over week, based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. tallied about 15,000 reported hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 over the seven days ending Aug. 19. Though a far cry from previous totals during the pandemic, that’s a 19% increase from the week prior, continuing a climb that started at the end of June after hospitalizations reached a recent weekly low point of approximately 6,300.
Doctor died from rare reaction to AstraZeneca Covid jab, UK coroner
rules: A doctor died from a rare reaction to the AstraZeneca Covid jab in one of the first rounds of vaccinations, a coroner has ruled. Dr Stephen Wright, 32, an NHS clinical psychologist and frontline health worker, suffered from a combination of a brainstem infarction, bleed on the brain and vaccine-induced thrombosis
# Education / Schools
Some GOP candidates want to eliminate the Department of Education. Can they do it? Republican presidential candidates have put the U.S. Department of Education on notice. Getting the votes to dump the Department of Education would be a challenge on its own. U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., re-introduced a bill in February that would terminate the department on Dec. 31, 2023. Massie’s bill has 28 cosponsors. All of them are Republicans.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
The U.S. is pumping oil faster than ever. Republicans don’t care: U.S. oil production, already the highest in the world, is on track to set a new record this year, and will probably rise even more in 2024. But the ever-increasing flow of U.S. crude has failed to keep a lid on gasoline prices, showing once again that a global market drives the fuel prices that shape presidents’ political futures.
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Ecuador’s Citizens Vote to Stop All Oil Drilling in Biodiverse Amazonian National Park: Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park is home to one of the most biodiverse concentrations of plant and animal life on Earth. In an historic vote of nearly 60 percent in favor, Ecuadorian citizens chose to stop the development of new oil wells in the park, the country’s National Electoral Commission said.
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Children have a right to sue nations over climate, UN panel says: The finding doesn’t have the force of law, but is notable because it is based on one of the most widely accepted international treaties. It
explains: “In an expansive 20-page document released Monday, the Committee [on the on the Rights of the Child] said all countries have a legal obligation to protect children from environmental degradation – including by ‘regulating business enterprises’ – and to allow their underage citizens to seek legal recourse.
What your insurer is trying to tell you about climate change: Insurers are trying to send a message. The government is trying to suppress it. As climate-related disasters grow in frequency and intensity, major home insurers in some locations are concluding that no premium, or at least no premium that customers are willing to pay and state regulators are likely to permit, will cover the potential losses.
Climate campaigners decry ‘absolutely horrendous’ brutality against protesters at fed summit: “We have no choice but to take direct action to put our bodies on the line because petitions, sign-waving, and chanting, we tried that for the past 50 years and it hasn’t worked, and we’re out of time,” said one arrested activist. Climate campaigners on Friday condemned the violent takedown of activists during a demonstration at the annual Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Wyoming, an elite gathering where U.S. Federal Reserve officials, central bankers from around the world, economists, and policymakers meet, mingle, and craft financial
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Global China Bans All Japanese Seafood Imports as Fukushima Wastewater Is Released Into Pacific: Japan has begun discharging treated water containing radioactive tritium from the decommissioned Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean. The move led to China announcing an immediate ban on all aquatic products from the island nation.
# General News
A History Lesson for Mega-Rich Bullies Bankrolling Land-Grab: The Silicon Valley billionaires seeking to scheme and bully their way into building a utopian new city 50 miles northeast of increasingly dystopian San Francisco face a barrier that voters established to stop a similar project four decades ago
# Gov / Politics / Global
What Prigozhin’s death reveals about Putin’s power in Russia: Putin shaped a modern version of autocracy, held together by his personal power, ability to play off his potentates, and offer glory and stability to his people. His decision to “roll the iron dice,” of war has not only led to the death of an estimated 500,000 people, many of them innocent Ukrainian civilians, but also placed his own rule under impossible stress, revealing a decaying state dominated by coercion, feuding, incompetence, mendacity, and venality.
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un blasts US and warns of nuclear war risk: In a speech to mark North Korea’s Navy Day, Kim said that “the reckless confrontational moves” of the US and “other hostile forces” turned the waters around the Korean Peninsula “into the world’s biggest war hardware concentration spot, the most unstable waters with the danger of a nuclear war,” as reported by state
# Gov / Politics
National Archives Finds More Than 5,000 Emails, Including Biden’s Secret Email Addresses: A search of Biden’s vice presidential records found “approximately 5,138 email messages, 25 electronic files and 200 pages of potentially responsive records” for a Freedom of Information Act request filed last year in search of three email addresses Biden was known to use to conceal his name.
Recruiting starts for plan to shrink government, fire federal workers: The right-wing “Project 2025” is a blueprint for “undoing the damage the Left has wrought.” A coalition of right-wing organizations has started recruiting thousands of people as part of a project aimed at gutting the federal government in anticipation of a Republican victory in the 2024 election, according to a report.
Republicans Head for Intraparty Clash on Spending Bills: House Republicans pushing for more spending cuts in Congress’s annual spending bills are in for a fight, including pushback from their Senate GOP counterparts. The Hill’s Alexander Bolton reports: “Senate Republicans are signaling that they’re in no mood to back conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus who are demanding major concessions from Democrats in the annual spending bills, raising the odds of a government shutdown this fall.”
Trump’s RICO indictment proves the GOP is beyond saving: The depth of criminality within the Republican Party, both among its elected officials and its operatives, is truly unprecedented. It shows the effort to subvert the 2020 election, effectively, democracy itself, by any means necessary, including the alleged commission of crimes, was not just a goal of Trump and his team. In fact, it was a goal shared by the Republican Party’s most experienced legal minds.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez Drops Out of Presidential Race: The announcement comes after Suarez failed to qualify for last week’s Republican debate.
# Legal / DOJ
‘I’m not the guilty one’: the water protector facing jail time for trying to stop a pipeline: 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
Former Judge Rips Trump Lawyers for ‘Stunningly Stupid’ Move: A retired California Superior Court judge on Monday criticized attorneys for former President Donald Trump over a “stunningly stupid” argument they made in a court filing while trying to push their client’s Washington.
Trump’s team was being given more than six months to defend the former president.
A federal judge has set a March 4 trial date for former President Donald Trump’s election interference case in Washington, D.C. The trial date falls one day before the Super Tuesday primaries. The judge overseeing former President Donald Trump’s election interference case in federal court set a trial date for March 4, a schedule that could have a crucial impact on the 2024 race for the White House.
Wisconsin Top Court’s New Liberal Majority Accused of ‘Coup’: Chief Justice Annette Ziegler said her colleagues were causing “irreparable damage to the judiciary.” The conservative chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday told the new liberal majority in a scathing email that they had staged a “coup” and conducted an “illegal experiment” when they voted to weaken her powers and fire the director of state courts.
Trump Says He’ll Appeal March 4 Federal Trial Date. Legal Experts Say He Can’t: Trump’s lawyers can file motions that could delay the trial, but they cannot formally appeal the date itself. Trump’s lawyers can file motions that could delay the trial, but they cannot formally appeal the date itself.
Judge won’t let banks and insurers hide their Trump docs: Banks and insurance companies trying to keep the public in the dark about their business dealings with Donald Trump ran into a ray of legal sunshine after a judge ruled that he wouldn’t seal records in the run-up to the New York Attorney General’s upcoming trial against the real estate mogul.
# Medical / Health
They couldn’t get pregnant. No one told them their ovaries held ‘forever chemicals’: South Carolina researchers detected toxic PFAS in the ovaries of 36 women at a fertility clinic.
In utero exposure to plastic chemicals tied to developmental problems in toddlers: In utero exposure to plastic chemicals tied to developmental problems in toddlers. Israeli researchers find that higher levels of ubiquitous phthalates in the urine of pregnant mothers correlate with emotional and social difficulties in boys, but not girls.
Bill of the Month: She Paid Her Husband’s Hospital Bill. A Year After His Death, They Wanted More Money: Total Bill: The hospital charged $110,666.46 for the stay before any payments or adjustments. The insurer negotiated that price down to $60,348.77, and Reynolds paid the $823.15 the hospital said the patient owed. Then, a year after her husband’s death, she received a new version of the bill from the hospital, charging her an additional $1,093.16.
What Gives: Reynolds encountered a perplexing reality in medical billing: Providers can, and do, come after patients to collect more money for services months or years after a bill has been paid.
Pressure Rises On Biden As Millions, Including Kids, Lose Medicaid: Congressional Democrats and health advocates are urging the Biden administration to do more to ensure people are protected as nearly 5.5 million are purged from Medicaid rolls, including about 1.1 million kids who have lost health coverage.
To Cut Costs, Hospital Systems Are Selling Non-Core Businesses: Modern Healthcare reports on shrinking hospital systems’ portfolios, contrasting an acquisitive trend over the past two decades. Meanwhile, Oregon’s third-largest city is set to lose its only hospital demonstrating the “fallout of pressured health-care systems across the country,” as Bloomberg says.
Can Text Messages Sway More Black Parents to Vaccinate Teens for HPV? Rutgers Gets $600k Grant to Find Out: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is funding research at Rutgers University on how to increase uptake of Merck’s human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine among Black adolescents, documents obtained by Children’s Health Defense via a Freedom of Information Act request revealed.
Young climate activist tells Greenpeace to drop ‘old-fashioned’ anti-nuclear stance: Swedish teenager Ia Anstoot says group’s ‘unscientific’ opposition to EU nuclear power serves fossil fuel interests.
# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Medicare names first 10 drugs up for price negotiations with the government:
Eliquis, a blood thinner.
Xarelto, a blood thinner.
Januvia, a diabetes drug.
Jardiance, a diabetes drug.
Enbrel, a rheumatoid arthritis drug.
Imbruvica, a drug for blood cancers.
Farxiga, a drug for diabetes, heart failure and chronic kidney disease.
Drug Shortages Threaten Americans’ Health. There’s a Straightforward Policy Solution: In order to ease drug shortages, we need a policy change that would enable overseas manufacturers to sell products in the U.S. that already have received marketing approval from certain foreign governments with standards comparable to those of the FDA, and vice versa
How Big Pharma Gets Dangerous Drugs Approved: “FDA failures have been blamed for contributing to the opioid epidemic and giving false hope to Alzheimer’s patients by approving a costly and unproven drug. This is, in fact, a tremendous controversy in the scientific and medical world. [T]he federal agency is now much cozier with the industry it is supposed to regulate—pharmaceutical companies with lots of money and questionable practices… from lobbying to advertising and price gouging.”
Revealed: WHO aspartame safety panel linked to alleged Coca-Cola front group: Guideline on Diet Coke ingredient by consultants tied to industry is ‘obvious conflict of interest’ and ‘not credible’, report says. In May, the World Health Organization issued an alarming report that declared widely used non-sugar sweeteners like aspartame are likely ineffective for weight loss, and long term consumption may increase the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and mortality in adults.
Texas can now apply to import lower-priced Canadian medications: House Bill 25 creates the “Wholesale Prescription Drug Importation Program.” The state’s Health and Human Services Commission would contract with Canadian drug wholesalers and suppliers to bring safe, eligible prescription drugs to Texas consumers at prices far cheaper than U.S. wholesalers.
Stay of execution for US-China science pact: The US government has extended a non-binding, but symbolically important, agreement to cooperate with China in science and technology for six months.
America is draining its groundwater like there’s no tomorrow: Unchecked overuse is draining and damaging aquifers nationwide, a New York Times investigation found, threatening millions of people and America
Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater: In places around the world, supplies of groundwater are rapidly vanishing. As aquifers decline and wells begin to go dry, people are being forced to confront a growing crisis.
These 7 industrial farm operations are draining Arizona’s aquifers, and no one knows exactly how much they’re taking: Peacock Nuts, a consortium that includes the largest permanent crop nursery in the United States, has even bigger plans: 4,500 acres and as many as 650,000 pistachio trees. “There’s no way we have enough water to be able to handle that,” Cobb said.
Could a Tug-of-War Between Two Central Texas Counties Leave Residents Without Drinking Water? What made the drought particularly difficult was that the less it rained, the more groundwater people pumped. When Mother Nature isn’t watering your yard or your farm, you have to do it yourself.
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