Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-10

Voices, The Peoples News

September 10, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people’s minds.”
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# Indigenous
Indigenous Smoking Program Fosters Shift from Commercial Tobacco: The Pine Hill Indian Tribe launched a cultural smoking cessation program making a stand against the industry’s impact. We honor tobacco.” According to Mitchum, about 120 people went through the tribe’s smoking cessation program in 2022. Counselors help participants understand the cultural roots of tobacco use and learn to see commercial cigarettes as antithetical to Indigenous life

# Archaeology
Federal Report Finds Tribal Burial, Cultural Sites “Blasted” for Border Wall: “The construction harmed some cultural and natural resources by blasting at tribal burial sites,” the report says. The work resulted in lost wildlife migration corridors, depleted springs and marred Tohono O’odham sacred sites, the office reported. The nonpartisan watchdog agency recommended that the Homeland Security Department’s Customs and Border Protection officials work with the Interior Department to develop a plan and funds for repairing damage and that border officials analyze lessons learned that may apply to any future projects on the border.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas governor, Biden administration escalate fight over illegal immigration surge: In response to The Los Angeles Times reporting that the Biden administration is considering “forcing migrant families to remain in Texas,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, “this scam was tried years ago and was shot down by a judge.” He also said Texas “would send President [Joe] Biden the same swift justice. The anonymous sources acknowledge that foreign nationals are illegally entering the U.S. in Texas and the Biden administration is neither deporting them nor requiring them to remain in Mexico.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise – here’s how you can still get free tests

You’ve seen the fear-mongering headlines: COVID is coming back. Masks are coming back. Contact tracing is coming back. Lockdowns are coming back. Biden wants more money for a “new vaccine” that “will likely be recommended” for “everybody.” As the saying goes, if you allow the government to expand its power during a crisis . . . it will manufacture more crises to grab more power. COVID-19 false dichotomies and a comprehensive review of the evidence regarding public health, COVID-19 symptomatology, SARS-CoV-2 transmission, mask wearing, and reinfection

mRNA COVID jabs can damage children’s immune response to other viruses as well, study: Antibodies that bind to and neutralize an invader are only one part of the immune system. At the adult vaccine dose, children showed a greater tendency than adults to invoke another part of the immune system, in which other cells come in to engulf and destroy the virus. This alternate response is thought to be why vaccines are still effective at preventing severe COVID-19, even though they do not necessarily stop SARS-CoV-2 infection.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
IRS to target 1,600 millionaires in crackdown, use AI to catch wealthy tax cheats: The IRS announced new enforcement initiatives Friday to crack down on 1,600 millionaires and 75 large companies it said owe hundreds of millions in unpaid taxes.

# Education / Schools
What High Heat in the Classroom Is Doing to Millions of American Children: With too many schools ill-prepared for the impacts of climate change, research shows that excessive temperatures affect students’ ability to concentrate, perform and think clearly.

# Employment / Labor
As Auto Workers Contract Talks Heat Up, Stellantis Threatens to Move South: As the UAW’s strike deadline approaches, Stellantis is threatening to move production to Mexico, as they already have done in some cases. published reports have stated that Stellantis has threatened to shift production of its Ram 1500 pickup truck from Michigan to Mexico. Most of the company’s Ram engines are already produced in Mexico.

Unionized Auto Workers Are Taking on a Three-Headed Behemoth of Big Capital: The bosses who are blocking the auto workers’ demands are also architects of war and oil-driven planetary destruction. In taking on the Big Three automakers, auto workers are quite literally confronting a three-headed behemoth whose leadership and governance are closely embedded and directly interlocked within a wider corporate power network that stretches well beyond the auto industry.

Walmart cuts starting pay for new employees: Who does it affect and how much will they get paid? Walmart reduced starting pay by about $1 for new hires who prepare online orders for curbside pickup or delivery to customers’ homes, and those who restock store shelves beginning in mid-July. The pay change did not apply to any existing employees. The company did not say how many hires were impacted by the change.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals
Oil Refineries Are Leaking Cancer-Causing Benzene Into Residential Neighborhoods: The EPA’s benzene monitoring and control program has failed to rein in the worst offenders. Between April 2022 and March 2023, air monitors around the facilities, seven in Texas, four in Louisiana and one in Iowa, detected benzene between the facilities and surrounding neighborhoods at levels above the public health limit, which is supposed to trigger fossil fuel companies to take cleanup action.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure US ‘university’ spreads climate lies and receives millions from rightwing donors: A rightwing media outlet promoting climate-crisis denialism and other “anti-woke” staples to young students and adults via social media has become a fundraising Goliath. PragerU is not accredited but has become a key tool in pushing false claims to youngsters, and raked in $200m from 2018 to 2022.

Experts Warn of ‘Denialism Comeback’ Ahead of November’s Global Climate Talks: Even amid a disaster-filled summer marked by record heat, climate misinformation continues to spread online at alarming rates. Some experts fear it could slow progress at COP28.

What is geospatial intelligence? A geographer explains the powerful melding of maps and data: Geospatial intelligence is the collection and integration of data from a network of technologies, including satellites, mobile sensors, ground-control stations and aerial images. The data is used to produce real-time maps and simulations to help identify when, where and to what extent a threat is likely to emerge.

As the Colorado River Declines, Some Upstream Look to Use it Before They Lose it: As states negotiate future water cuts, some officials are looking to build new dams and reservoirs in the Upper Basin of the overallocated Colorado River to use more water.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Outdated organic technology? By rejecting gene editing, growers left with more disease-prone, pest-infested crops: Organic growers may be left with older genetics gradually becoming more and more outclassed, more prone to disease and pest infestation, further widening the productivity gap between organic and non-organic. Increasingly, there are voices within the organic industry who would appear to agree, he notes.

# General News
American Oligarchy: How Warren Buffett’s billionaire son took over a U.S. city and made it his personal playground. Buffett, 68, is the second child of Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world. Raised in Omaha, Nebraska, the younger Buffett came to Decatur in the early nineties to work as an executive for Archer Daniels Midland, the agricultural products giant. Since then, using his father’s money, Buffett has pushed Decatur toward his preferred version of reality.

# Gov / Politics
The US committed to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, but like other countries, it’s struggling to make progress: Halfway to the SDGs’ 2030 deadline, countries have made progress, but most are struggling to meet all 17 goals. The US is no exception.

Congress needs to pass 12 funding bills in 11 days to avert a shutdown, here’s why that isn’t likely: Lawmakers have given themselves a virtually impossible task, and the stakes are high. So will they pull it off? And what will happen if they don’t? Complicating matters is that ongoing funding bills could be delayed or derailed by ideological battles in Washington.

US has a history of lawmakers silencing elected Black officials and taking power from their constituents: Some Republican lawmakers in Georgia are targeting Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Black Democrat representing a majority Black district, for removal from office. These efforts come in the midst of Willis’ investigation and prosecution of former President Donald Trump and 18 others for their alleged conspiracy to overturn results of the state’s 2020 presidential election.

Florida state Rep. Randy Fine, who is Gov. Ron DeSantis snarliest attack dog in the culture wars, went after drag queens, gay school children, and Disney. Now he’s going after a city council member who had the temerity to look into one of Fine’s allies. In typical bullying fashion, he’s calling for a criminal investigation and ranting about “the most serious abuse of power I have seen in my time in elected office.” Guess he does not have a mirror.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott BROKE THE LAW, Says a Federal Judge in the Latest Judicial Smackdown: A federal judge in Austin heard arguments from the state of Texas and the U.S. Justice Department over Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s use of giant buoys to deter migrants crossing the river. The Justice Department sued the state, saying the barrier violates federal law and must be removed. Now, the Republican may be up a creek without a paddle.

# Legal / DOJ
When Politicians Want to Attack the Courts, They Make Black Women Their Targets: Across the country, public officials are engaging in a power struggle over state and district courts as some lawmakers push legislation to limit court officials’ power and use state disciplinary boards against judges and lawyers who threaten their political agenda. Attacks on North Carolina Justice Anita Earls and Georgia DA Fani Willis show a deeper power struggle over the courts.

# Security
National Archives agency embraces DEI, federal equity trainings at taxpayer expense: A closer look at the federal agency that sparked former President Donald Trump’s first federal indictment shows that it has embraced far-left diversity, equity and inclusion policies. NARA’s latest 2022 DEI plan pledges to double down on equity training for employees “to strengthen and foster an inclusive workforce.” “NARA will demonstrate leadership commitment through developing a DEIA recognition program that will reinforce a culture of equity and inclusion,” the plan says

# Social
A New Wave of Neo-Nazism Has Become Visible in Wake of Jacksonville Shooting: Exactly one week after the murder of three Black people in Jacksonville, two neo-Nazi rallies took place in Orlando. These events are signs of a new wave of neo-Nazis who are more eager for street violence than their predecessors in recent years.

Big Real Estate Says Regulations Caused Housing Crisis, But They Wrote the Rules: The problem with our housing system is that by design some people stand to make a lot of money from the lack of supply.

# Sports
They gave up football after high school, but the damage seemingly was already done. Now, their families mourn and look for answers: Even in CTE’s earliest stages, and for reasons scientists are still exploring its effects could be grave.  “CTE hasn’t directly killed anybody in their teens, twenties, thirties, forties, but we have a lot of people with CTE that have died at those ages. Almost all of them have died by suicide.”

# Technology
Nanoparticles will change the world, but whether it’s for the better depends on decisions made now: Nanoparticles have contributed to profound medical advances like the COVID-19 vaccine, but without oversight, they pose ethical and environmental issues. Technologies based on nanoscale materials—for example, particles that are more than 10,000 times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence—play a growing role in our world.

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