Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-07

Voices, The Peoples News

September 7, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Archaeology
Texas drought reveals dinosaur tracks: They are very well preserved and belong to two types of dinos. Volunteers uncovered magnificent giant dinosaur tracks that are believed to be from around 110 million years ago

# Children / Youth
‘It’s slavery for modern times’: how children of 12 toil in Colorado’s fields: Some Republican-led states are pushing to relax child labour laws but even in the farms of San Luis valley, where most are Hispanic/Latino, youngsters can work an unlimited number of hours

‘One Chip Challenge’ Brand Recalls Product After Teen Died: Paqui Pulls ‘One Chip Challenge’ Packages from Stores After Teen’s Death. The decision comes six days after 14-year-old Harris Wolobah died while attempting the challenge. The viral food trend on social media involves eating a spicy chip containing Carolina Reaper and Naga Viper peppers. Following an uptick in minors consuming the product against the packaging’s warning, Paqui issued a statement.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Vance plans today an attempt to force passage of bill to ban mask mandates: U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance says he plans to ask for unanimous passage today of his bill banning federal mask mandates until the end of next year. U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance says he plans to ask for unanimous passage today of his bill banning federal mask mandates until the end of next year. If the move fails, Vance, R-Ohio, said it shows Democrats plan to bring back masks.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks / Global Congress Sets Stage for Ugly Funding Fight: As lawmakers face a September 30 deadline to avoid a shutdown and ultraconservative House Republicans set up a likely clash over funding the government, Senate appropriators on Wednesday announced plans to try to pass a package of three 2024 spending bills as soon as next week.

# Education / Schools
‘Pure Garbage’: School Cafeterias Start Serving Up Big Food’s Lunchables: Kraft Heinz has succeeded in getting its ready-to-eat packaged Lunchables into school lunch programs starting this fall, in a major new initiative. But the company had to reformulate the ingredients to ensure the products meet federal guidelines first.

School Board Member Gives Nazi Salute in Heated Meeting: The member said the hateful gesture was supposed to be “sarcastic.” Simon Patry, who resigned as TCS school board president at the end of Tuesday’s meeting, was speaking on transparency when board member Anne Zakkour attempted to interject. “We have been talking, to the community, to the board, there’s been regular reports, I’m talking, do not interrupt me, do not make any noises or else I will, I will not tolerate it,” Patry said, directing his latter comments to Zakkour. “Oh … Sieg Heil,” Zakkour said in response, acting out a Nazi salute towards Patry.

Erasing the ‘Black Spot,’ How a Virginia College Expanded by Uprooting a Black Neighborhood: Sixty-plus years ago, the white leaders of Newport News, Virginia, seized the core of a thriving Black community to build a college. The school has been gobbling up the remaining houses ever since.

Why the Destruction of a Black Neighborhood Matters to Me, and Should Matter to Everyone: As a teenager, I competed in track meets at Christopher Newport University. As a reporter, I unearthed the painful history behind the campus’s location.

# Employment / Labor
How union workers are fighting for a life outside of the mill: A bill would limit mandatory overtime to no more than two hours per day and require employers to provide a week’s notice before mandating extra hours or changing a worker’s schedule.  Workers are battling harder than ever to end appalling mistreatment. They’re fighting back, at the bargaining table and at the state capitol, against inhumane, mandatory overtime requirements that strain families to the breaking point and put lives at risk.

Bernie Sanders champions ’32-hour work week with no loss in pay’:
“Changes that benefit the working class of our country are not going to be easily handed over by the corporate elite. They have to be fought for, and won.”

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Navajo leaders challenge Chaco Canyon drilling ban: On June 2, the U.S. Department of the Interior blocked oil and gas leasing for the next 20 years within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Canyon – the site of a Puebloan civilization in now-northern New Mexico dating back over a millennium. Despite some support from people within the Pueblo tribes and Navajo Nation which surround the land, the vast majority of Navajo leaders have opposed these drilling restrictions. It’s essential that climate advocates hear them out.

States Withhold Cooling Aid for the Poor as Heat Gets Deadlier: in 16 states, including some with significant heat risk, not a single household received money to pay cooling costs from 2001 through 2021, according to E&E News’ analysis of federal records. The program, run by the Department of Health and Human Services, has focused instead on providing heating assistance.

President Biden cancels all seven remaining oil and gas drilling leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying the action is necessary to “meet the urgency of the climate crisis.” In an aggressive move that angered Republicans, the Biden administration canceled the seven remaining oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, overturning sales held in the Trump administration’s waning days, and proposed stronger protections against development

A federal court rejects environmentalists’ attempt to block a liquified natural gas terminal and pipeline in Louisiana: Environmentalists opposed to a planned liquified natural gas terminal and pipeline in southwest Louisiana lost a court battle Wednesday over a federal permit for the project.

U.S. Continues to Finance Fossil Fuel Projects Abroad Despite COP26 Pledge: An analysis found rich countries, including the U.S., spent $4.4 billion despite promising to stop by end of 2022. The US, Germany and Italy have been accused of backsliding on a Glasgow promise to end public subsidies to fossil fuel projects overseas

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Summer of Record Heat Deals Costly Damage to Texas Water Systems: “It’s been a rough summer,” said Anne Hayden, a spokesperson for the San Antonio Water System. Laredo, where the season tied the summer of 2011 as the hottest on record, spent $464,000 on 89 water main repairs in July and August, according to the city water utility, up from $106,000 on 72 repairs in 2021.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Residents Flee Island as It Sinks Into the Ocean: ‘We’re going to sink’: Hundreds abandon Caribbean island to escape rising waters. The idyllic clear waters are threatening the densely populated island of Carti Sugtupu off Panama’s north coast. On this tiny Caribbean island, hundreds of people are preparing to pack up and leave their homes to escape the climate change-induced sea level rise. [Video]

# Gov / Politics / Global
Russia in Africa: Prigozhin’s death exposes Putin’s real motives on the continent: Russia is not interested in helping Africa to prosper or achieve stability, but as a theatre for advancing the Kremlin’s geostrategic interests. The way that Prigozhin was eliminated must also give African leaders pause. Putin speaks often of his desire to create a new international order. Russia’s lawlessness at home and abroad is bringing into sharp focus what his world order would look like. And that’s not a vision many African leaders share.

In February 2024, citizens in Jakarta will elect their President, Vice President, and both legislative chambers. Current maverick leader Joko Widodo, widely beloved by Indonesians, is ineligible for a third term, and NED is preparing to seize power in the wake of his departure. This operation is conducted despite the leaks indicating Jakarta’s foremost intelligence agency has expressly warned U.S. officials to stay put. The paper trail  is a stunning insight into how NED operates behind the scenes, from which obvious inferences can be drawn about its activities elsewhere, past and present. By the organization’s own reckoning, it operates in over 100 countries.

# Gov / Politics
Mitch McConnell’s Freeze-Ups Haven’t Fractured Senate Republicans, Yet: The Senate minority leader told a swarm of reporters Wednesday that he isn’t stepping aside over health concerns, as his Republican colleagues circled the wagons, at least, most of them. “Am I concerned?” said Missouri’s Josh Hawley. “Yeah.”

House Republicans Warn of McCarthy Leadership Challenge: McCarthy is going to have to dodge multiple landmines to retain his gavel, with Congress having until Sept. 30 to pass legislation to avoid a government shutdown.

Republican’s Plan Would Make 52 Members of Congress Ineligible to Serve: ARepublican congressman wants an age limit for politicians that would apply to presidents, vice presidents and all members of Congress. Michigan Representative John James has introduced legislation that would amend the Constitution and prevent someone from running for office “if at any time during the term the person will be 75 years of age or older.”

# Law Enforcment
Undercover Federal Police Shot and Paralyzed Unhoused Man in Wheelchair: According to Brooks Roberts’s wrongful shooting claim, officers opened fire when they saw he had a gun, he thought his brother was being robbed. The officers opened fire when they saw Brooks was carrying a gun, they were wearing civilian clothing and had not identified themselves as police, according to the complaint.

Deputy Killed Teens When They Tried to Run Him Over: The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation has opened an inquiry. Two teenagers involved in a 10-hour crime spree in suburban Syracuse were shot dead by a deputy when they tried to run him down in a stolen car, according to his sheriff. The deadly shooting came after deputies stopped two cars in DeWitt early Wednesday while investigating car thefts and at least two overnight smoke-shop burglaries, Onondaga County Sheriff Toby Shelley told a press conference.

The state has canceled all visits to Texas prison inmates, because of drug-related violence, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The decision affects 129,000 inmates. Visits will be reinstated after system-wide search for contraband is completed. A rise in drug-related violence has prompted the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to issue a statewide lockdown of its prison facilities, according to agency officials.

Inmate Who Died in Fulton County Jail Had Alarming Injuries, Independent autopsy reveals evidence of physical assault for Fulton County inmate who died: The family of an Atlanta inmate who died days after filing a civil rights complaint against the same jail that Donald Trump briefly found himself in last month say the 32-year-old suffered bite marks and other substantial injuries before his death.

Another inmate dies at Fulton County Jail, 10th inmate death this year: An independent autopsy report, which was obtained by ABC News, lists “dehydration, malnutrition, severe body insect infestation,” as well as “untreated decompensated schizophrenia,” as the conditions that led to Thompson’s death.

# Legal / DOJ
Special Counsel Indicting Hunter Biden by the End of the Month: “The Speedy Trial Act requires that the Government obtain the return of an indictment by a grand jury by Friday, September 29, 2023, at the earliest. The Government intends to seek the return of an indictment in this case before that date,” the report said. The potential indictment appears to be related to the gun case against Hunter Biden, but the exact charges he may face were not immediately revealed. Hunter Biden was charged in June with two misdemeanor crimes of failure to pay more than $100,000 in taxes from over $1.5 million in income in both 2017 and 2018

State Attorney Sues Ron DeSantis Over Suspension Order: Monique Worrell alleges the governor “has suspended an elected official without basis, frustrating the will of the voters who elected her.” Monique Worrell, the Orange-Osceola state attorney suspended by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last month, filed a lawsuit against him on Wednesday asking the Florida Supreme Court to overturn her suspension.

Do unbiased jurors exist to serve at Trump’s trials in the age of social media? Trump’s lawyers, and those prosecuting him, aren’t the only ones grappling with the problem of finding unbiased jurors in the age of social media. As trial dates approach for former President Donald Trump’s indictments, both he and prosecutors are already claiming it will be hard to secure an impartial jury.

Lawsuit argues 14th Amendment eliminates Trump from presidential primary ballot: A group of Colorado voters filed a lawsuit Wednesday to prohibit former President Donald Trump from appearing on the Republican presidential primary ballot in the state. The 115-page complaint alleges Trump shouldn’t be allowed to run for the 2024 Republican nomination for president under a clause in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

In March 2020, Louisiana resident Waylon Bailey made a joke post on Facebook comparing the COVID-19 pandemic to a zombie apocalypse. Cops raided his house and arrested him for terrorism. Now, in a surprise ruling, a judge says the police can be sued for their over-the-top reaction. Ben Field and Daryl James break down the decision and its implications

Georgia Case Lays the Ground for Parallel Prosecutions of Trump: The district attorney in Georgia and the special counsel converged on the same conclusion: that Mr. Trump and his allies “knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election.”

Russian Site Refuses to Remove Info About Trump Grand Jurors: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has asked a judge to protect the jurors following harassment from Trump supporters. A Russian company doxxed Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and the grand jurors involved in the 2020 election case against Donald Trump and, according to Atlanta cops, it has refused U.S. federal government orders to remove the information.

Wisconsin GOP threatens to impeach justice over donations, but conservatives also took party cash:  the state GOP and other conservative groups have given campaign cash to other sitting justices, and they’re not recusing themselves on cases involving donors.

# Media
USPS Just Suspended Services in Wisconsin and Florida: The latest interruptions affect a handful of local post offices on the East Coast and in the Midwest, with the Postal Service announcing new and ongoing closures this week. Closures related to hurricane Idalia as well as unrelated building damage

# Medical / Health
Study raises revolving door concerns for government appointees: More than half of the government appointees to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services leave for industry jobs, according to a new study

Medicare Pandemic Advances Deepen Debt for Some Hospitals: Between April and October of 2020, the federal government doled out $107.3 billion in advances on Medicare claims. Congress poured money into the U.S. economy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But for a few hospitals, one of the lifelines that Medicare threw to the medical industry ultimately became another stone around their necks.

# Medical / Health / Global
Mexico decriminalizes abortion: Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that state laws prohibiting abortion are unconstitutional and violate women’s rights. With this, all criminal penalties for abortion were thrown out in a sweeping decision that extended Latin America’s trend of widening abortion access.

# Military / DOD
The Inside Story of How the Navy Spent Billions on the “Little Crappy Ship”: Eight Things About the Navy’s Failed Multibillion-Dollar Littoral Combat Ship Program. The key takeaways from investigations into the decades long project that could end up costing American taxpayers more than $100 billion.

Tuberville’s Misguided Stunt Threatens Our National Security: A misguided stunt by a single senator with extremist views on abortion is jeopardizing our national security and putting American lives at risk. The blockade on military promotions…threatens our military readiness when significant foreign challenges are looming. In protest of the Department of Defense’s policy of granting some support to members of the military who must travel to secure abortion care, Tuberville has used arcane Senate procedure to stall the president’s ability to fill hundreds of positions within the military. These delays are significant.

Introducing Replicator, The Pentagon’s New ‘Game-Changing’ AI Drone Initiative: Along with its ethical implementation of AI technologies, Replicator is aiming to field autonomous systems at scale, numbering “multiple thousands, in multiple domains, within the next 18-to-24 months,” Hicks said, adding that large-scale production is not the only objective of the new initiative

US Military Targets China’s Backyard with Beijing’s Own Playbook: The U.S. military is looking to develop a port in the Philippines that would give it increased direct access to strategic islands facing Taiwan, it has been reported—a move one expert told Newsweek Beijing will view as ‘hostile.’

# Military / Global
Musk Secretly Foiled Ukrainian Attack on Russian Ships: The billlionaire allegedly feared the strike on Crimea could trigger nuclear war. Elon Musk secretly ordered SpaceX engineers to switch off the Starlink satellite communications network near the coast of occupied Crimea in order to thwart a Ukrainian surprise attack on Russia’s naval fleet, according to a report.

Hacked Documents Reveal Russia’s Contracts for Cuban Mercenaries in
Ukraine: A military officer’s hacked email account reveals the apparent recruitment of at least 100 Cubans, some of whom posted on Facebook about their journey to Russia. The contracts promise “a one-time cash payment in the amount of 195,000 rubles,” about $2,000, for the Cubans signing on to serve in the zone of the “special military operation” (the Kremlin euphemism for the war in Ukraine) and monthly payments starting at “204,000 rubles per month,” or just over $2,000, depending on rank, along with several spousal and family benefits

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Lower prices mean fewer new drugs. Levitt says this argument may have some merit, but the ultimate effect could be very small. An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office found the new pricing program would result in 13 fewer drugs over 30 years. “That’s a very small share of the 1,300 new drugs expected over that period,” Levitt writes. Pharma Companies Argue That Lower Drug Prices Would Mean Fewer Breakthrough Drugs. Is That True? Probably not, a new study suggests—as long as the price decreases are modest.

# Science
Scientists make artificial human embryos without sperm or egg: Through these lab-grown embryos, we’re witnessing the profound beginnings of human existence. The Weizmann Institute team say their “embryo model”, made using stem cells, looks like a textbook example of a real 14-day-old embryo.

Breakthrough Discovery of New Water Splitting Method Allows Easier Production of Hydrogen: A new method of water splitting that allows hydrogen to be produced more easily has been discovered by a team of German chemists. The discovery, made by a team based at Münster University, involves a photocatalytic process that activates water in a reaction accelerated by light energy, and could lead to new methods in chemistry that involve the use of hydrogen atoms in the production of compounds through the reaction of simpler materials

# Security
Top Biden Cyber Official Accused of Workplace Misconduct at NSA in 2014, and Again at White House Last Year: A previously unreported NSA inspector general report about Anne Neuberger reveals disarray and dysfunction at the top of the cybersecurity hierarchy. Top Biden Cyber Official Accused of Workplace Misconduct at NSA in 2014 — and Again at White House Last Year. A previously unreported NSA inspector general report about Anne Neuberger reveals disarray and dysfunction at the top of the cybersecurity hierarchy.

# Space
Japan’s ‘Moon Sniper’ Blasts Off on Unusual Landing Mission: The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) is aiming for a very specific target. Japan’s “moon sniper” mission successfully launched on Thursday in an effort to make the country just the fifth in the world to land on the lunar surface and the first to do so with an unusual degree of accuracy. Smart Lander for Investigating Moon will aim to touch down within an unprecedented 100 metres of its target

Look What NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Just Spotted on the Surface of the Moon: The ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) Chandrayaan-3 touched down on the Moon on Aug. 23, 2023. The
Chandrayaan-3 landing site is located about 600 kilometers from the Moon’s South Pole https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2023/nasa-s-lro-observes-chandrayaan-3-landing-site__;!!On18fmf1aQ!0AxCk15UiSn1-ijlOkm9rlbNmjGtFxELQM2D7OE2Sqx-qcY_svFOYBRHmBxvyzcD0PNdhjY9PqiBDWGnxZnD3GxFvVrhOHr9$

Renderings offer images of China’s next-generation spacecraft: Renderings offer images of China’s next-generation spacecraft. China has announced a general plan of fulfilling its first manned mission to moon before 2030. So far, China has carried out five robotic missions to the moon. It has deployed two rovers on the celestial body and has retrieved samples through the most recent Chang’e 5 mission.

‘Hidden structures’ discovered deep beneath the dark side of the moon: With data from China’s Chang’e-4 rover, scientists were able to visualize the upper 1,000 feet of the moon’s surface for the first time.
Their results reveal billions of years of previously hidden lunar history.

# Technology
This Next-Generation Humanoid Robot Could Soon Be Your New Coworker: Apollo, a new humanoid robot designed to work alongside humans, is poised to reshape the industrial workforce. Labor-saving robots with dexterous fingers and a human appearance are expected to reshape the workforce in various fields, from eldercare and food prep to manufacturing and heavy industry. [Wonder if they got the idea from the movie ‘I, Robot’?] https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.axios.com/2023/09/04/humanoid-robot-labor-warehouse-jobs-apollo-apptronik__;!!On18fmf1aQ!0AxCk15UiSn1-ijlOkm9rlbNmjGtFxELQM2D7OE2Sqx-qcY_svFOYBRHmBxvyzcD0PNdhjY9PqiBDWGnxZnD3GxFvWixhjdD$

# Weather
Texas just recorded its second hottest summer on record: The average temperature in Texas this summer was 85.3 degrees, putting it behind only 2011 for summer misery. The summer of 2023 will go down as Texas’ second hottest ever, with an average temperature of 85.3 degrees between June and the end of August, the state’s climatologist said, just behind the blistering hot and extremely dry summer of 2011 when the average temperature hit 86.8 degrees.

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