Kassala Voices, The Peoples News
Springdale September 1, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Making Monsters: How media encourage hatred of immigrants: Is it virtually impossible for Americans to accept migrants as human when the news persistently degrades, brutalizes and distorts their image? Florida state operative Perla Huerta, had tricked enough desperate migrants to fill two Martha’s Vineyard–bound planes’ Not only did those responsible for this stunt know that there was no housing and no employment awaiting the migrants, they also very intentionally chose not to call ahead, to any single office or authority on Martha’s Vineyard…. Ensuring that no help awaited the migrants at all was the entire point.
# Employment / Labor
U.S. Labor Department proposing rule to boost overtime pay eligibility for salaried workers: The U.S. Department of Labor issued notice Wednesday of a proposal to increase the threshold for required overtime payments to salaried workers whose weekly or annual wages are considered low income. If enacted, the proposed rule would guarantee overtime pay for most salaried employees earning less than $1,059 per week, or about $55,000 per year. It also calls for an “escalator” that automatically updates the salary threshold every three years to reflect current earnings data.
It’s Nearly Labor Day, and Congress Has a Chance to Abolish Prison Slavery: Formerly incarcerated workers are leading a push for basic labor rights in prisons that could change everything. Recently, a New York State Assembly Member introduced legislation in Albany to end the practice of forced prison labor, and to require that incarcerated people make at least minimum wage for their work.
“Deeply Out of Touch”: Michigan GOP Calls Paid Family Leave “Summer Break for Adults”: A Michigan Democratic leader said the suggestion is “offensive beyond belief.” According to a newly unveiled memo from Michigan Republicans, workers shouldn’t be guaranteed paid leave from work to care for one’s newborn or a seriously ill family member, instead, the party says it’s akin to taking “summer break.”
# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Green Groups Are Divided Over a Proposal to Boost the Nation’s Hydropower. Here’s Why: The bill has gained early support from industry, environmental groups, Native tribes and even the Biden administration. But it’s also getting pushback from some advocates who say that expanding or extending the use of hydropower could actually worsen climate change and hasten ecological degradation.
# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure North America’s summer of wildfire smoke: 2023 was only the beginning: Thick smoke pouring in from Canada’s wildfires canceled baseball games and pushed air quality in major US cities to the worst in the world. While Western states have contended with smoky fire seasons for years, the air quality alerts across the U.S. Midwest and Northeast this summer reached levels never seen there before.
Trump’s Removal of Protections for Old-Growth Trees Was Illegal, Judge Rules: A Trump appointee rolled back protections in six national forests two days before the administration’s term ended. Two days before he left office, a political appointee for President Donald Trump removed protections from old-growth trees in Oregon and Washington. On Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Hallman ruled that decision was illegal.
Wildlife Services releases new standards to protect gray wolves from government killings: To protect the endangered Mexican gray wolves from government killings, the new set of standards will require more evidence that the livestock animal was alive during the wolf encounter along with additional indicators of wolf involvement.
# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Big Ag Opens Another Vein of Public Funding: Money from the Climate-Smart Commodities program, designed to reduce agriculture emissions, is going disproportionately to multinationals.
# General News
Trump’s mug shot is now a means of entertainment and fundraising − but it will go down in history as an important cultural artifact: As a historical artifact, the Trump mug shot will be truly unique – it will represent the first time a former president had a public, photographic record of criminal charges. Long after the various trials come to conclusion, the mug shot will serve as a reminder of a particularly troubling time in American history https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.arcamax.com/politics/politicalnews/s-2873411__;!!On18fmf1aQ!02ar4ELZFcIzBErXzvCfSX5LdCoDCwVE_8Udm9dq02V8cOSMRcjETxhHToiykSWqdVHtjVNm1DA4rsEpjkPIeWDrHKPGl-3G$
Trump campaign reports raising more than $7 mil after Georgia booking: Trump described his appearance as a “terrible experience” and said posing for the historic mug shot was “not a comfortable feeling,” his campaign immediately seized on its fundraising power. The first former president in U.S. history to ever have a mug shot taken.
# Gov / Politics
Glenn Youngkin’s biggest power grab may come well before 2024: Glenn Youngkin, former Carlyle Group co-CEO turned Virginia governor, is kicking tires on 2024 presidential bid. The Virginia governor is getting presidential buzz, he’s focused on winning a Republican trifecta this November, an ‘off-off year’ election that could catapult his career.
If Joe Biden Falters, Democrats Have Prepped the Bench: Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips explains why he wants to see a primary challenge to Biden. While the majority of his party is behind him, some are calling for change
Mitch McConnell’s Second Freeze-Up Is Going to Be Very Hard for Republicans to Ignore: The Senate minority immediately downplayed his latest health scare, but he and his colleagues are sure to face some uncomfortable questions when they come back from recess. For the second time in about a month, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell froze up when speaking to reporters. This time, it was much worse.
GOP Senators Weigh ‘Special’ Meeting On Their Leadership After McConnell’s Freeze: A handful of GOP senators are weighing whether to force a fraught internal debate about their leadership’s future after Mitch McConnell’s second public freeze-up in a month
Biden’s German Ambassador Again Raises Eyebrows With Mega Payouts From UPenn: Biden won the presidential election in November and named her ambassador to Germany in July 2021. Also, in 2021, Gutmann received $23 million in deferred compensation, which was earned over her 18-year tenure leading the university.
US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Calls Russia-China Alliance The Biggest Threat Since WWII
How Joe Biden is transforming America’s Asian alliances: America is working to deter China even as it defends Europe from Russia
Only Idiots Believe The US Is Protecting Australia From China: The Economist has taken a keen interest in Australia lately, which if you know anything about The Economist is something you never want to see happen to your country. Two articles published in the last few days by the notorious propaganda outlet have celebrated the fact that Australia appears to be the most likely nation to follow the United States into a hot war with China as it enmeshes itself further and further with the US war machine.
# Law Enforcment
Body-Cam Footage Shows Cop Killing Pregnant Black Woman: Ta’Kiya Young’s car could be seen slowly rolling forward as an officer opened fire through the windshield.
# Legal / DOJ
Trump pleads not guilty to Georgia election charges: Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on Thursday and sought to sever his case from some other defendants who are accused along with him of illegally trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia.
Georgia Republican Warns of “Civil War” If Case Against Trump Proceeds: State Rep. Colton Moore is demanding a special legislative session to defund Fani Willis’s office. A Republican state lawmaker predicted this week that if a trial against former President Donald Trump in Georgia moves forward, it could lead to violence akin to civil war — which he would reluctantly join, he suggested
New filings reveal more luxury trips and opaque payments to Clarence Thomas’ wife, Ginni https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2023/09/new-filings-reveal-more-luxury-trips-and-opaque-payments-to-clarence-thomas-wife-ginni*:*:text=Supreme*20Court*20Justice*20Clarence*20Thomas*20reported*20more*20trips*20paid*20for,detailing*20the*20justice’s*20financial*20dealings__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUl!!On18fmf1aQ!02ar4ELZFcIzBErXzvCfSX5LdCoDCwVE_8Udm9dq02V8cOSMRcjETxhHToiykSWqdVHtjVNm1DA4rsEpjkPIeWDrHB_QjwBk$
# Medical / Health
White men have controlled women’s reproductive rights throughout American history, the post-Dobbs era is no different: In the US, white men have long had the power to make decisions about women’s reproductive health care. Those decisions have often been especially harmful to Black women. More than a year after the Supreme Court ended federal protection for abortion rights in the United States, disagreements over abortion bans continue to reverberate around the country.
# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Big Pharma’s American Con: All 10 of the drugs up for negotiation are already being sold in other countries at fractions of what pharmaceutical companies are charging for them in the United States. Americans, whose tax money subsidizes the development of virtually all medicines approved for sale in the U.S. are being charged 1,000 percent more than foreign patients for the same drugs. The pharmaceutical industry leverages Washington’s culture of corruption to increase profits while everyday Americans suffer from high drug prices.
Governments across America spending millions to put homeless in hotels: In states like California, Colorado, Washington and Arizona, cities this summer are spending millions buying hotels and converting them to shelters for the homeless. The state of Washington gave King County Regional Homelessness Authority $12 million to lease a hotel for emergency housing. Los Angeles included $250 million in the fiscal year 2023-2024 budget for homeless individuals living on the streets to stay free stays at hotels as they transition into longer-term housing.
Musk’s Twitter Changes Helped Spread Russian Propaganda: “The reach and influence of Kremlin-backed accounts has grown further,” a study says. Elon Musk’s X (formerly Twitter) has played a major role in allowing Russian propaganda about Ukraine to reach more people than before the war began
Biden infrastructure report pushes ‘disastrous water privatization schemes,’ watchdog says: “Instead of relying on Wall Street advisers, President Biden should support policies that will truly help communities.” An under-the-radar report by U.S. President Joe Biden’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council should not go unnoticed, said the national watchdog Food & Water Watch on Thursday, as buried in the document is a call for the privatization of U.S. water systems, which progressive lawmakers and civil society groups have long opposed.
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