Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-05

Voices, The Peoples News

September 5, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Food Recalls
Texas zoo celebrates historic hatching of 4 rare gharial crocodiles: Fort Worth Zoo celebrates four gharial croc hatchlings, the first in its 114-year history. A Fort Worth Zoo worker holds a gharial crocodile hatchling on Aug. 31. Four gharial crocodiles were born from mid-June to mid-July at the Fort Worth Zoo.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas sends 12th bus of migrants to Los Angeles after city leaders voted to pursue legal action against whether Lone Star state’s ‘bus’ program is criminal: The bus arrived at Union Station in Los Angeles on Monday morning and carried 23 men, 20 women and 21 children onboard.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
CDC refusing new COVID vaccine adverse event reports in its V-Safe program: The CDC V-safe website quietly stopped collecting adverse event reports with no reason or explanation.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
America Is Living on Borrowed Money: Government borrowing and spending are necessary to stimulate the economy during recessions. The United States, however, now borrows heavily during periods of economic growth to meet basic and ongoing obligations. It’s increasingly unsustainable. Over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office projects that annual federal budget deficits will average around $2 trillion per year, adding to the $25.4 trillion in debt the government already owes to investors

$100 Million in Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine: The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to an additional $100 million. This authorization is the tenth drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.

# Employment / Labor
Employers and Trade Associations Are Resisting Heat Protections for Workers: Few states have rules mandating that all outdoor workers have access to water, rest and shade. On Sept. 7, OSHA will begin meetings with small-business owners to discuss its proposals, including actions that employers would take when temperatures rise to 90 degrees.

The demands for a more combative United Auto Workers union has pressed on General Motors, Stellantis and Ford demands that even the UAW’s own president calls “audacious,” are edging it closer to a strike when its contract ends next week. A potential strike could send already-inflated vehicle prices even higher.

Blaming Workers for AI Shortcomings — a New Corporate Strategy? In a highly competitive AI market, blaming “human error” can help companies hide serious flaws in their systems.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
DOT suspends a Trump administration rule allowing liquified natural gas transport by rail: The suspension of the federal rule will remain in effect until either DOT passes a replacement rule that governs LNG by rail, or June 30, 2025 before LNG transport by rail can resume.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Carbon credit speculators could lose billions as offsets deemed ‘worthless’: Carbon credit speculators could lose billions as scientific evidence shows many offsets they have bought have no environmental worth and have become stranded assets. Amid growing evidence that huge numbers of carbon credits do nothing to mitigate global heating and can sometimes be linked to alleged human rights concerns, there is a growing pile of carbon credits … that are unused in the unregulated voluntary market, according to market analysis.

# General News
Iceland resumes whaling, against the will of conservationists and its own people: The temporary ban had been implemented in June due to animal welfare concerns but it ended this week.

Billionaires envision a new utopian city—to replace what they ruined: Silicon Valley’s wealthy elites have been secretly buying up land in one of California’s poorest counties to build a new city from the ground up.
Who will stop them?

For Second Time, Federal Court Strikes Down Racial Gerrymander of Alabama Districts: The court ordered a cartographer and a special master to redraw the maps by the end of the month.

# Gov / Politics
The Real Threat From China: They’re Better at Capitalism Than We Are: Following Antony Blinken’s fruitless visit in mid–June, we have paid Janet Yellen’s airfare for another fruitless visit, and following Yellen it was the same for John Kerry. This week it is Gina Raimondo’s turn.
The secretary of state, the Treasury secretary, the chief climate envoy, and the commerce secretary: What is the point of this parade?

Joe Biden Is Making a Bold Bet: Trump’s Indictments Will Speak for Themselves: The White House and allied Democrats are staying quiet about Trump’s legal woes, hoping voters will mobilize around them on their own. Is it a risky strategy, or just part of Biden’s genius?

Donald Trump Spends Labor Day Weekend Planning a Revenge Tour: “Republicans are already thinking about what we are going to do to Biden and the Communists when it’s our turn,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

It’s Time for Biden to Start Naming Names: As Republicans run against corporate ‘wokeness,’ he should run against corporate (CEOs’, big-time investors’) greed. Since Joe Biden can’t catch a break, as the latest in a seemingly unending series of alarming polls makes clear, he’d better start making some himself.

Grassroots Organizing in Red States Is at the Heart of Abolitionist Struggle: Here’s what we can learn from abolitionists who are organizing in some of the most conservative parts of the country. Woodard Henderson says that if abolitionists really believe the most impacted and marginalized people are at the heart of the struggle, then red states and counties must be centered in organizing efforts instead of treated as lost causes.

McCarthy Says No Biden Impeachment Without Full House Vote: The move will likely upset several Republicans in the House, who had called on Rep. Kevin McCarthy to open the inquiry on his own. Late last week, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-California) told a right-wing news outlet that he would only open an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden after a full vote of the House of Representatives, despite calls from other Republican lawmakers to fast-track the process

# Law Enforcment
Donald Trump turned himself in to police in Fulton County, Georgia. The process took just minutes, but most other defendants are not so lucky: Hundreds of people were held at Fulton County Jail for more than 90 days because they had not been formally charged or could not afford the bail bond required for their release, according to a September 2022 report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The report also found 117 people had waited in jail for more than a year because they had not been indicted; 12 had been held for two years for the same reason.

# Legal / DOJ
Here’s how Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial will operate: In accordance with previously established Texas Senate rules, the trial of Ken Paxton will involve pivotal votes on article dismissal, sworn testimony, private deliberations among senator-jurors, and votes conducted without debate or discussion.

Ken Paxton Begins His Impeachment Trial With a Loss: The Republican-majority Senate refused to throw out any articles of impeachment ahead of trial. The impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton began Tuesday and hurtled Republicans into a reckoning over whether to oust a prominent member of their party after years of alleged corruption or stand with one of former President Donald Trump’s biggest defenders.

# Medical / Health
10 Years After HHS Asked CDC to Study Safety of Childhood Vaccine Schedule, CDC Hasn’t Produced It: In 2013, the National Vaccine Program Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) commissioned an update of earlier findings on the lack of evidence to support claims that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infant/child vaccination schedule was safe.

Lung conditions will be made worse by climate change, say researchers:  The impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures, altered weather patterns, increased allergens, wildfires, and air pollution from fossil fuels, worsen respiratory conditions and can even lead to new ones.

Texas Goes After Out-of-State Abortions, Forces Prosecutions of Abortions: Texas is doubling down on its draconian abortion laws — both locally and at the state level. The law forbids prosecutorial discretion, a prosecutor’s ability to choose whether and how to pursue cases. Under the new law, prosecutors can be removed from office if they adopt a “policy” of refusing to prosecute particular types of crimes, including abortion-related offenses.

Health Care Workers in Los Angeles Arrested During Protest Over Staffing Crisis: The Labor Day action outside a Kaiser Permanente facility came amid an ongoing strike authorization vote. Roughly two dozen people were arrested in a civil disobedience action in front of the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Hollywood after a Labor Day demonstration https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hr/dozens-arrested-in-labor-day-protest-outside-los-angeles-kaiser-facility.html*:*:text=Roughly*20two*20dozen*20people*20were,Angeles*20Times*20reported*20Sept.*204__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!w1WbstcD_LgRw-qarG1mI2p4xpoiFAgHWDi9f0XjPtF8SvZ6G_clRS3ibZytz68kKa8diPWLnojflb16gLb64infvWg9autv$

# Military / Global
Sacked Ukrainian defense minister has estimated the direct defense assistance to Kiev at $100 billion so far: Ukraine’s Western backers have given Kiev at least $100 billion worth of weapons – including more than $50 billion from the US alone – since Russia’s military operation in Ukraine began last February, Defense Minister Aleksey Reznikov said in his latest interview in which he defended the effectiveness of his ministry’s procurements.

# Nuclear
A New, Chilling Secret About the Manhattan Project Has Just Been Made Public: Newly declassified documents reveal that Gen. Leslie Groves, director of the Manhattan Project, the top-secret operation that built the atomic bomb during World War II, misled Congress and the public about the effects of radiation. He did so initially out of ignorance, then denial, and finally, willful deception
See Also: Inter-Office Memorandum, V[ictor] Weisskopf, P[aul] Aebersold, L[ouis] H. Hempelmann, F[rederick] Reines to G[eorge] Kistiakowsky, “Calculated Biological Effects of Atomic Explosion in Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” with table attached, 1 September 1945, Secret

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