Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-12

Voices, The Peoples News

September 12, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Indigenous
New Mexico AG to Investigate Gallup-McKinley School District for Harsh Discipline of Native American Students: Gallup-McKinley County Schools enrolls a quarter of New Mexico’s Native students but was responsible for at least three-quarters of Native expulsions over four years.  The district’s annual expulsion rate was 4.6 per 1,000 students, at least 10 times as high as the rest of the state during those four school years.

# Archaeology
Scientists Discovered Two 11,500-Year-Old Skeletons And Unlocked Ancient Secrets About DNA: Ancient Infant’s DNA Reveals New Clues to How the Americas Were Peopled. Her 11,500-year-old remains suggest that all Native Americans can trace their ancestry to the same founding population.

# Corporations / Industry
Donald Trump Wants to Give His Favorite Corporations Another Giant Tax Cut in a Second Term: Report: You know who needs another lifeline in these trying times? The überwealthy.  some of the cuts would be to individual rates. However, the plan appears to focus on the overall corporate tax rate, which Team Trump reportedly thinks is just too damn high, and should potentially go to “as low as 15%.”

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
‘Unconscionable’: FDA Approves New COVID Vaccines, Even for Infants as Young as 6 Months — Based on Minimal Data or Testing: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the new vaccines are “formulated to more closely target currently circulating variants and to provide better protection against serious consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death.” However, the vaccines target the XBB.1.5 variant, which “is declining in the U.S.”

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Monthly Budget Review: August 2023: $1.5 trillion deficit in first 11 months of fiscal year. The federal budget deficit was $90 billion in August, according to the monthly budget review by the Congressional Budget Office. The August tally brings the deficit for the 2023 fiscal year, which began in October 2022, to $1.586 trillion so far, $0.6 trillion more than the shortfall recorded during the same period last year.

Wells Fargo Is Closing Several More Branches, Starting Tomorrow: WELLS Fargo chiefs have revealed that two of the chain’s branches in New Mexico are set to close in just weeks. The upcoming closures come as dozens of the banking giant’s stores have shuttered for good.

# Education / Schools
Florida Parents Struggle With State’s Ongoing Public Education Censorship: Parents across Florida are figuring out how to cope with the state’s ongoing public education censorship. Almost a month into the new school year, parents say they are organizing to combat the governor-mandated censorship while communicating with their children’s teachers to make sure conservative materials like PragerU stay out of the classroom.

How state policies that censor race and gender discussions in classrooms maintain economic inequality. Florida has adopted particularly dangerous laws to limit academic freedom

California Threatens to Defund 600+ Schools Over Low Vaccine Rates: California is auditing more than 600 schools for allegedly failing to reach student vaccination targets or file vaccination reports. But critics say the numbers are misleading and the audit is driven by Big Pharma and political interests.

Los Angeles School District Encourages Sick Students to Attend Classes: On the heels of a pandemic that killed nearly one million Americans, some parents likely did a double-take when informed of the new illness guidelines.

Virginia’s Public Universities Have a Long History of Displacing Black Residents: Schools including Old Dominion and the flagship University of Virginia have expanded by dislodging Black families, sometimes by the threat or use of eminent domain. Last week, the Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism at WHRO and ProPublica documented how a college expansion into a similarly established Black community had happened less than an hour away, in Newport News.

# Employment / Labor
Potential auto strike is a key fight for establishing a people’s economy: Meeting UAW’s demands would be a win-win for the climate and for workers’ rights. So, what’s stopping the Big Three from acquiescing?

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Legal assault awaits Biden’s Alaska lease cancellation: An Alaska corporation is already teeing up a legal battle over the Biden administration’s decision to cancel contested oil and gas leases in a massive wildlife refuge.

World Bank pumping billions more into fossil fuels than publicly known: “The easiest way for a big oil company or coal operation to escape attention surrounding public assistance is to cloak it in trade finance.” The World Bank has long been accused of reneging on its climate commitments. A report released last year by Big Shift Global estimated that the World Bank has spent nearly $15 billion supporting fossil fuels since the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure Fireworks ban: Travis County officials have banned the use of fireworks for at least the next two weeks in an attempt to help protect lives and property while keeping the number of calls firefighters have to answer to a minimum. The region continues to suffer through harsh drought conditions, and the county has had a burn ban for most of the summer.

Rivers are drowning in toxic sludge: Harmful algal blooms are taking over as the world warms and grows richer in carbon dioxide, and there’s no easy fix. Standing on the marina, Rob Skelly peers into the darkness of the river where bright speckles of algae drift in the water. A neon green invader.

Parts of the world have already grown too hot for human survival: Even more areas will face such conditions as the planet continues to warm. The places at greatest risk include the Persian Gulf, northern India, parts of Indonesia and eastern China, the northern coast of Australia and parts of coastal Central America. With just a little more warming, these extremes will spread to more places

EPA’s new definition of PFAS could omit thousands of ‘forever chemicals’:  A “case-by-case” approach that allows it to be more flexible in determining which chemicals should be subjected to regulations. Among other uses for the compounds, the EPA appears to be excluding some chemicals in pharmaceuticals and pesticides that are generally defined as PFAS, current and former EPA officials say, and the shift comes amid fierce industry opposition to proposed limits on the chemicals.

Environmental groups sue Utah over crisis at the Great Salt Lake: Plaintiffs invoke the public trust doctrine to restore the lake to a healthy level. The plaintiffs, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, the American Bird Conservancy, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and the Utah Rivers Council — argued that the state has breached its trust obligations by allowing the lake to recede.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Nestlé drops supplier linked to Indigenous land invasions: Marfrig cattle suppliers analyzed in the investigation were linked to more than 150 sq km of deforestation in recent years.

# General News
‘We will make no laws addressing this’: Senators say book bans are state’s responsibility: ‘We will make no laws addressing this’: Senators say book bans are state’s responsibility. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss concerns of censorship following the recent increase in book banning across the country.

According to new data , last year had more requests to ban books in public schools and libraries in the U.S. than any other year in the previous two decades. The ALA recorded just over 1,000 requests to censor library books, and Texas led the nation with 93 attempts to restrict access to 2,349 books. .

Trump is extremely touchy about voters saying he is not “mentally up for the job” of being president: He insists he would beat Rupert Murdoch, Joe Biden, and the heads of Wall Street Journal at a mental “acuity test.”

How the ‘nuclear football’ remains a potent symbol of the unthinkable: The nuclear threat has been dormant in the public’s mind since the end the Cold War. The sighting of a military aide handling the football, closely following President Joe Biden as he exited a meeting with the United Kingdom’s prime minister on July 10, the day before the NATO summit during which the war in Ukraine was discussed, heightened already building tensions between NATO members and Russia.

# Gov / Politics / Global
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Russia before an expected meeting with Putin: Joined by his top military officials handling his nuclear-capable weapons and munitions factories, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia on Tuesday, where he is expected to hold a rare meeting with President Vladimir Putin that has sparked Western concerns about a potential arms deal for Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

# Gov / Politics
Kevin McCarthy Faces a September Full of Fights: When House lawmakers return on Tuesday after a 47-day August recess that extended well past August, they will have to scramble to deal with funding the government past the end of the current fiscal year on September 30. It will not be easy. Far-right wing insists it will not back speaker to avert government shutdown without concessions like Biden impeachment

Arizona GOP signals they’ll sue Biden administration over Grand Canyon monument: The Arizona Senate is inching closer to a lawsuit with the federal government after a national monument was declared in northern Arizona last month to limit mining in the area. According to the state Senate press release, the lawsuit is anticipated to be filed at the end of this year or in early 2024, saying that they are currently in the “fact-finding phase” regarding stakeholders that may be negatively impacted by the monument’s creation.
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A whistleblower revealed how Paxton donor Nate Paul acted like the “real boss” of the AG’s office: The articles of impeachment center on Paxton’s relationship with Paul, a real-estate investor and Paxton campaign donor. Paxton stands accused of abusing his office to help Paul. Penley is the fifth whistleblower to testify to the unusual lengths that Paxton went to aid Paul. Penley was the deputy attorney general for criminal justice.

Federal Court Won’t Pause Redistricting Order for Alabama: The state vowed to fight all the way to the Supreme Court after a ruling found a new congressional map had diluted the power of Black voters. Federal court denies Alabama request for redistricting pause: It’s ‘likely to lose on appeal’ A three-judge panel Monday denied Alabama’s request to pause the decision that struck down their new congressional map last week.

McCarthy To Green Light Biden Impeachment Inquiry This Week: The move comes as several rank-and-file Republicans have pressed the House speaker to greenlight an impeachment inquiry, with some even going so far as to threaten to strip McCarthy of his leadership position if he does not comply.

Senate GOP Says House Lacks Evidence For Impeachment: Senate Republicans say the House GOP doesn’t appear to have enough evidence to pursue impeachment proceedings against President Biden and are skeptical about the prospect of setting up an inquiry with multiple committees already investigating the president and his son, Hunter Biden.

Blood from Jacksonville is partially on Ron DeSantis’ hands: Florida state Rep. Angie Nixon (D) has issued a scathing rebuke of Gov. Ron DeSantis’s response to a white supremacist’s deadly rampage in Jacksonville this weekend. DeSantis has been leading “an all-out attack on the Black community with his policies” and because of this, the GOP presidential candidate is responsible for Saturday’s violence.

# Law Enforcment
Summer Heat Is Killing Incarcerated People, It’s Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Without AC, prison cell temperatures can reach 130 degrees. Incarcerated in Texas heat, I feel I’m being tortured. In the extreme summer temperatures, cement and metal Texas prison cells can act like a heat sink, reaching the 90s, or even triple digits for much of the day. Outside experts, looking at prison mortality rates, say the practice of forcing people to live in that heat is killing them.

He Fled a Traffic Stop in Louisiana. Now He’s in Prison for Life: He stood in court in stunned silence as the judge sentenced him to life without parole for a crime that ordinarily carried a maximum sentence of two years. After 12 years behind bars, Markus Lanieux thought he had a deal for his release.

Shoplifting as Capital Offense The Police Murder of Ta’Kiya Young: “What is clear is that petty theft does not justify murder and comply or die is not the rule of law in this country. The fact that an unarmed woman was shot unjustifiably, then dragged from her car and handcuffed after being shot should shock the conscience of everyone who watches the newly released video footage,” Walton said.

# Legal / DOJ
House opens formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden: House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Tuesday opened a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. McCarthy directed a House Committee to open the inquiry, pointing to the mounting evidence that the president’s son, Hunter Biden, and associates took millions of dollars from foreign interests and that President Biden knew about it. “House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct,” McCarthy said during the announcement

Illinois Secretary of State testifies in front of U.S. Senate committee: Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about Illinois’ law that withholds tax dollars from public libraries that limit what types of books are available.

The 5th Circuit Agrees That Federal Officials Unconstitutionally ‘Coerced’ or ‘Encouraged’ Online Censorship: A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit unanimously agreed that the White House, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the FBI had “coerced” or “significantly encouraged” the platforms, “in violation of the First Amendment.”

Feds Indict Five Memphis Cops in Tyre Nichols’ Death:  A federal grand jury in Memphis, Tennessee, returned an indictment today charging five former Memphis Police Department (MPD) detectives with federal civil rights, conspiracy, and obstruction offenses resulting in the death of Tyre Nichols on Jan. 7.

# Media
USPS Lists Hundreds of Post Offices and Other Facilities Where It Will Consolidate Operations: The changes will take place as soon as next month.

# Medical / Health
‘Life and Death Situations’: Lawmakers Battle Wall Street Over Health Care: Bankruptcies at private equity-owned businesses are on track to reach decade highs, with losses in health care leading the pack. A wall of debt is coming due for private equity-owned hospitals and nursing homes that threatens to undermine care for some of the most vulnerable Americans. That’s triggering alarms in Washington

How Columbia Ignored Women, Undermined Prosecutors and Protected a Predator For More Than 20 Years: For decades, patients warned Columbia about the behavior of obstetrician Robert Hadden. One even called 911 and had him arrested. Columbia let him keep working.

Cancer cases in under-50s worldwide up nearly 80%: The number of under-50s worldwide being diagnosed with cancer has risen by nearly 80% in three decades, according to the largest study of its kind. Global cases of early onset cancer increased from 1.82 million in 1990 to 3.26 million in 2019, while cancer deaths of adults in their 40s, 30s or younger grew by 27%.

The Tragic Story of Haley Larson: Vaccinating the Most Fragile Among Us: Haley Larson, born with a neurological disorder, was just 10 months old when she died. According to her mother, childhood vaccines played a major role in her worsening condition and eventual death.

# Military / Global
China deploys over 40 planes to Taiwan Strait, is massing forces at coastal military bases, Taiwan warns: China is continuously massing forces at its coastal military bases facing Taiwan, the self-governing island warned Tuesday. Taiwan said it is bolstering its own defenses in response.

Under new map, China claims Russian island:  In what could spark tensions between the two close allies, China, in its “New Standard Map”, has claimed an entire island in Eastern Russia along the border of the two countries.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
FDA Finds Over-the-Counter Cold Meds Are Largely Useless: The government agency may revoke the drug’s OTC designation, thus taking it away from stores and forcing manufacturers to make new drugs. A key ingredient in many over-the-counter cold and allergy medications called phenylephrine doesn’t work to get rid of nasal congestion. Phenylephrine has been available in cold remedies since the 1970s, and can be taken as a liquid, pill or nasal spray. Tuesday’s decision does not include the nasal spray version.

Why Generic Drugs Can Still Cost an Arm and a Leg: Generic drugs are supposed to be cheap, a key reason they are seen as one key tool in the effort of control healthcare costs. Connecture, a health insurance information technology company, reports that while the price of most generic drugs remained constant between 2008 and 2015, almost 400 generics saw price increases of more than 1,000%. At a time when 18% of prescription drug costs are paid for out-of-pocket and 8% of Americans report not taking their medications in order to save money, such dramatic increases in generic drug prices place a heavy burden on public health.

# Space
Perseverance rover made enough oxygen on Mars to keep a dog alive for 10 hours: MOXIE has generated 122 grams of oxygen since 2021, producing about 12 grams of oxygen an hour. Because NASA knows we love a good animal analogy, the space agency said this is enough for a small dog to breathe for about 10 hours

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