Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-11

Voices, The Peoples News

September 11, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Indigenous
Indigenous tribal nations say a lack of upfront capital and technical expertise is hindering their efforts to tap into billions of dollars of federal clean energy incentives.

‘Furious’ at Army Corps, tribe calls for public support to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline: “The Corps’ covering for the pipeline company’s outrageous safety record and the reviewer’s serious conflict of interest have now resulted in a failed effort,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairwoman Janet Alkire. “They need to start over with adult supervision.” “We’re furious that the Army Corps has addressed none of our major concerns during the review process,” Chairwoman Alkire said in a statement. “The pipeline is an imminent threat to the Missouri River, sensitive habitat, and sacred burial sites along the riverbank,” she continued

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Maryland public elementary school reinstates COVID mask requirements, demands third-graders to wear N95 masks: School officials are requiring the masks ‘to [pretend to] prevent further transmission’ for the next 10 days. An elementary school in a Washington, D.C., suburb in Maryland is reinstating school masks for third-graders, after a handful of kids recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Long COVID cure? Can this debilitating illness be treated in just 3 days? A Norwegian study concludes ‘yes’: The treatment in Øystese village in Hardanger takes place at a treatment centre and lasts for three days. After the three days, patients provide daily feedback for the first three weeks following their stay. The patients also receive follow-up after three, six and twelve months.

‘Before They Scrub This History’; Group Documents Stories of COVID Protocol Victims: In an exclusive interview with The Defender, Carolyn “CC” Blakeman, media director and task force coordinator for the FormerFedsGroup Freedom Foundation, described the group’s mission, which includes supporting people whose family members were injured or died from hospital COVID-19 protocols and pursuing legal action on their behalf.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
The Government Has Borrowed $1.7 Trillion From The Social Security Trust Fund. The government has borrowed the total value of the Trust Fund to pay for other government spending. Here’s the truth about Social Security’s Trust Funds and Congress’ “stealing.” There are two important aspects of the incorrect notion that lawmakers stole from Social Security which need to be addressed.

Tax the Rich Men North and South of Richmond and Join a Union Too: We could better tax the rich men near and far from Richmond by getting rid of the special low tax rate on capital gains income and making it the same as taxes on work. We could better tax the rich men near and far from Richmond by getting rid of the special low tax rate on capital gains income and making it the same as taxes on work; by cracking down on tax avoidance by multinational corporations; and by turning state tax codes right side up, replacing sales taxes with new income tax

# Education / Schools
DEI policies and freedom of speech cannot coexist: Universities have long stood as bastions of intellectual exploration, critical thinking and the free exchange of ideas, discourse surrounding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) policies has sparked a heated debate, these measures have been shown to impede the fundamental principles of free speech

Polarization Is Harming a Generation of Kids: Teachers today face the challenge of helping students overcome fears of being shamed by classmates for expressing their feelings. These fears, while disheartening, are not unfounded. They reflect a larger polarization problem in America that filtered down to our children.

Most Americans Think Parents Should Be Able to Opt Their Kids Out of Learning Things They Disagree With. That’s Terrifying:  In times as divided as these, it might come as a surprise that adults across the political spectrum broadly agree about what topics are appropriate for children to learn in schools.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals The U.S. Treasury promises more clarity on federal clean energy tax incentives by year’s end.

Laurel Peltier Took On Multi-Million Dollar Private Energy Companies Scamming Baltimore’s Low-Income Households, One Victim at a Time: Policymakers hoped deregulated energy markets would lower utility bills through open competition. Energy advocates found the opposite: retail energy companies are fleecing low-income communities of color in cities like Baltimore.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure This NSF-certified five-stage filtration system effectively removes nearly all dissolved solids including lead and PFAS. ZeroWater ExtremeLife white system faucet filter. It has been third-party tested by the WQA and shown to reduce forever chemicals in drinking water, while reducing lead by up to 98%.

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupts for Third Time This Year: Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano in Honolulu erupted in January and June this year already. This is now Kilauea’s third eruption this year.

Tire-eroded microplastics are slowly contaminating our water systems: On a global scale, the average individual contributes approximately one kilogram of microplastic pollution annually from tire wear. Estimates suggest that between 8% and 40% of these microplastic particles ultimately enter surface waters, including oceans, rivers, and lakes.

‘California’s plan to choose politics over science on pesticides will dump millions more tons of carbon and threaten food security’: Pesticides undergo a rigorous evaluation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It takes an average of more than 11 years to go from laboratory concept through research and regulatory review before they can be applied to farms.

Why 2% Is the Most Dangerous Number No One Is Talking About: The sheer quantity of chemicals being dumped into the environment is quickly growing, and we only be seeing the beginning of the harm they are doing to us.

The Pentagon is the elephant in the climate activist room: We can’t keep ignoring its enormous “bootprint.” When it comes to the fight for climate justice, the Pentagon is the elephant in the room. We can’t keep ignoring its enormous “bootprint.” It’s simple, to defend earth we must end war and we must end it now. Peace is no longer something that should be looked at as an utopian idea, it is a necessity.

The US has pumped so much groundwater that it’s splitting the ground open across the American Southwest: These giant fissures have been spotted in states including Arizona, Utah, and California. Groundwater is one of the main sources of freshwater on Earth, it provides almost half of all drinking water, and about 40% of global irrigation.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global International court hears island nations’ case on climate change: A tribunal is expected to issue an advisory opinion on behalf of Pacific and Caribbean countries on whether greenhouse gases are pollutants that violate international law. The group comprises Antigua and Barbuda, Tuvalu, Palau, Niue, Vanuatu, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis and The Bahamas. The nine countries are scattered across the globe but share a considerable threat from rising sea levels and increasing temperatures.

Moroccans Dig Through Rubble As Quake Death Toll Tops 2,400: Moroccan officials have so far accepted government-offered aid from just four countries, Spain, Qatar, Britain and the United Arab Emirates. People in Morocco slept in the streets of Marrakech for a third straight night as soldiers and international aid teams began to fan into remote mountain towns hit hardest by a historic earthquake.

‘Absolutely Devastating News’: Antarctica Warming Quicker Than Models Projected: The new study’s lead author said that “it is extremely concerning to see such significant warming in Antarctica, beyond natural variability.” Antarctica is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world and faster than climate change models are predicting, with potentially far-reaching implications for global sea level rise, according to a scientific study.

# Gov / Politics
Biden admin pledges $520 million to make Ukraine’s energy infrastructure ‘cleaner, more resilient.’ The secretary also said the U.S. is investing 665.5 million in security assistance and 206 million in humanitarian assistance. The secretary also said the U.S. is investing $665.5 million in security assistance and $206 million in humanitarian assistance.

Ron DeSantis’s 2024 Team Is Coming Apart at the Seams: The blame game has begun, privately, at least, etween the campaign and its super PAC over who’s at fault for the Florida governor’s stumbles. “Ron is telling everyone that the biggest mistake he ever made was hiring Jeff Roe,” says one source.

The DeSantis Campaign Is Already Lowering Iowa Expectations: “Gives us an opportunity to go in[to] New Hampshire and show success,” a top campaign official said about the unusual strategy. “Gives us an opportunity to go in[to] New Hampshire and show success,” a top campaign official said about the unusual strategy.

Vice Pulled a Documentary Critical of Saudi Arabia. But Here It Is:
Vice’s hard-nosed coverage on Saudi Arabia changed after investment deals with the repressive kingdom. A deleted documentary is not completely gone, however. In response to the Guardian recently asking about the rationale for the removal of the film, a Vice source stated that this was partially owing to concerns about the safety of Saudi-based staff. In September 2022, the New York Times reported that Vice was considering engaging in a deal with the Saudi media company MBC.
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A New JFK Assassination Revelation Could Upend the Long-Held ‘Lone Gunman’ Theory: He has kept his secret for 60 years. Paul Landis was one of two Secret Service agents tasked with guarding first lady Jacqueline Kennedy on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Biden says stronger US ties with Vietnam is about providing global stability, not containing China: President Joe Biden insisted Sunday that he is not trying to start a “cold war” with China as he made his first visit to Vietnam, saying his goal is to provide stability around the world by building U.S. ties with Vietnam and other Asian countries.

Kevin McCarthy Faces The Biggest Threat Yet To His Survival: Kevin McCarthy is facing the greatest peril to his speakership since he clawed his way into the job eight months ago, with multiple factions of his party feuding and a looming revolt ahead during the battle to fund the government. House Republicans are barreling toward an existential clash over this month’s government funding talks.

What Is the True Cost of Polarization in America? If Americans don’t learn to build bridges with each other, we may see more government shutdowns, lying, segregation—and even violence.

The West’s blueprint for goading China was laid out in Ukraine: Europe fears losing access to Chinese markets, plunging it deeper into a cost-of-living crisis. But it fears Washington’s wrath more. In recent months, US and European officials have scurried to Beijing for so-called talks, as if the year were 1972 and Richard Nixon were in the White House. But there will be no dramatic, era-defining US-China pact this time. If relations are to change, it will be decisively for the worse.

U.S. Plunder of Syria Continues as Convoys Smuggle 95 Tankers’ Worth of Crude From Country: The United States operates about a dozen illegal military bases in Syria, most of them concentrated in energy and food-rich areas of the country east of the Euphrates, which contain about nine-tenths of the war-torn nation’s oil and gas resources.

GOP May Force Government Shutdown Over Abortion and Gender-Affirming Care: Republican proposals for funding the federal government contain measures that are unlikely to win many Democratic votes.

# Law Enforcment
Defying RICO Indictment, Faith Leaders Chain Themselves to Bulldozer to Stop Cop City: In solidarity with those facing racketeering charges, protesters against the planned police compound chose to stand their ground against state repression. Five participants of the Defend the Atlanta Forest movement broke into the construction site of the planned police training compound known as “Cop City” on Thursday morning and chained themselves to a bulldozer.

Soros-backed group partners on ‘Abolition School’ to train activists to eradicate police, prisons: A dark money group that has received millions of dollars from George and Alex Soros’s nonprofit network is partnering on a new “Abolition School” that trains activists to eliminate police and prisons. The W.E.B Du Bois Movement School for Abolition & Reconstruction held its 1st training sessions in August

“E-Carceration” is the newest surveillance trend spreading across the globe: As the use of “e-carceration” spreads globally, invasive, AI-powered surveillance comes with it. Public and private spaces, people’s homes, will become carceral spaces more tightly monitored by technology. In the world of artificial intelligence and surveillance capitalism inhabited by drones, Stingrays, Dirtboxes and other high-tech devices, the electronic monitor may seem insignificant.

# Legal / DOJ
Six key themes have emerged as we look back on the first week of suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial. Political warnings and accusations of misconduct: The suspended attorney general’s lawyers focused on disloyalty and attacked evidence, while impeachment managers accused Paxton of excessive and obsessive misconduct. Neither side ignored the politics behind the case.

Appeals Court Rules Biden Administration Likely Violated First Amendment by Pressuring Tech Firms to Censor Social Media Posts: The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that certain administration officials – namely in the White House, the surgeon general, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation , likely “coerced or significantly encouraged social media platforms to moderate content” in violation of the First Amendment in its efforts to combat Covid-19 disinformation.

# Media
Twitter Appears to Suppress Posts With NYT Links: The drop in engagement hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Times. Data shows a cratering in audience engagement starting in late July on posts that link to articles by the Times, a drop not reflected in posts linking to other major news outlets like Politico or The Washington Post. Engagement on tweets about the Times dropped dramatically in late July, and continued to fall throughout August. During the same period, engagement on posts about other news sites rose or stayed about the same.

# Medical / Health
Rolling Medicaid purge called ‘largest concentration of health insurance loss’ in US history: One activist warned that “this is going to become the healthcare legacy of the Biden presidency” if his administration doesn’t act. States across the U.S. have stripped 6 million people of Medicaid coverage over just several months, creating what one healthcare activist and researcher described as “the largest concentration of health insurance loss in American history.”

‘Burnt Out, Stretched Thin, and Fed Up’: Dozens of Healthcare Workers Arrested at Labor Day Protest: “We are prepared to do whatever it takes, even get arrested in an act of civil disobedience, to stand up for our patients,” said one Kaiser Permanente worker.

# Military / DOD
Pentagon Misled Congress About U.S. Bases in Africa: A general failed to mention six U.S. outposts and described a quarter-billion dollar drone hub as ‘low-cost.’  Air Base 201 in Agadez. The base, which has cost the U.S. a total of $250 million since construction began in 2016, is the key U.S. surveillance hub in West Africa. But in testimony before the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in March, the chief of U.S. Africa Command described Air Base 201 as ‘minimal’ and ‘low cost.’

China’s military seeks to exploit US troops, veterans, general warns: A Pentagon memo obtained by The Post says Beijing is working to enhance its military capability by targeting Americans with specialized skills and training. The People’s Liberation Army effort to target and recruit American military talent, including veterans, is part of a stealthy ploy by the Chinese government to “fill gaps in their military capability” and represents a growing threat to national security,  Gen. Charles Q.
Brown Jr., warned in a memo.

# Military / Global
The United States and Vietnam on Monday warned against the “threat or use of force” in the disputed South China Sea, days after the latest clash involving Chinese vessels. The United States and Vietnam warned on Monday against the “threat or use of force” in the disputed South China Sea, days after the latest clash involving Chinese vessels. President Joe Biden and Vietnam’s Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong said the competing claims on the strategic waterway must be settled under international norms.

China claims ownership of the Taiwan Strait. Canada just sailed a warship through it: Canada made the journey along with the USS Ralph Johnson, a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer. After months of secretive planning, and preparing the crew to defend their ship if necessary, the Royal Canadian Navy has transited the Taiwan Strait.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
New Drug Pricing Policies Will Come at Great Expense: Regarding prescription drug costs, politicians have officially approached the “be careful what you wish for” territory. Knee-jerk proposals from Congress and the Biden administration are piling on top of recently enacted government-required drug pricing policies.

We May Not Negotiate Prices for Ten Drugs After All: Rules that exempt drugs from Medicare negotiation if there’s ‘meaningful’ generic competition could whittle down the effect of the program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cannot select a drug for negotiation until seven years after its launch for small-molecule drugs, and up to 11 years after launch for so-called “biologics.”

# Space
Newly discovered comet visible in sky this weekend: A comet called Nishimura discovered just a month ago could be visible to the naked eye this weekend, offering stargazers a once-in-a-437-year chance to observe the celestial visitor.

# Veterans / VA
DOJ finds state-run veteran care in New Jersey was so bad it violated Constitution: Veterans in two New Jersey homes were subject to ‘inadequate infection control.’ The department found reasonable cause to believe the residents of the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Homes at Menlo Park and Paramus face unreasonable harm and risk due to inadequate infection control practices and inadequate medical care, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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