Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-13

Voices, The Peoples News

September 13, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
CDC Recommends Updated COVID Vax for Those 6 Months and Up: The new vaccines are set to become available within two days in certain areas. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Number of the Day: $135 Billion: A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates  between 11% and 15% of all unemployment insurance money paid out during the pandemic was siphoned off through fraud.

The Poverty Yo-Yo: New Census Bureau statistics show that abandoning the successful anti-poverty interventions of the pandemic has put the nation right back where it started. It’s important to speak plainly about what happened on poverty. We figured out how to support the most vulnerable people in America during the pandemic, and every statistical measure shows that it was a rousing success. Then policymakers, primarily Joe Manchin and congressional Republicans, decided to just not do it anymore.

# Education / Schools
VA appeals court to weigh parental challenge to district’s anti-racism policy: The appeal brief said students in middle school were reportedly required to do an activity that would reveal their privilege and then “share whether they were ‘aware of [their] privilege or lack of privilege,’ and explain why it is ‘challenging for White people to think about (and do something about) White privilege.

Virginia parents take critical race theory lawsuit against school board to higher court: Parents suing their Virginia school district for forcing their children to learn critical race theory took their case to the appeals court Tuesday, alleging a slew of First Amendment violations.

Politicians are trying to ban books, but the ACLU is fighting back: What the Fight Against Classroom Censorship is Really About.  To curtail efforts to expand instruction and materials about racial justice and our discriminatory history, 45 states introduced bills to limit instruction about racism and sexism. These bills, essentially education gag orders, passed in 17 states. By January 2022, 35 percent of all primary and secondary (K-12) students, or 17.7 million students, attended school in districts that experienced some form of a local campaign to end “critical race theory” in classrooms. This will reinforce the salience of racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia as unavoidable, and prevent the next generation from achieving justice.

# Employment / Labor
Automakers Hand Billions To Shareholders While Stiffing Workers: Meanwhile, in the past twelve months, the Big Three automakers, General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis, have authorized $5 billion in stock buybacks, effectively giving billions of dollars to shareholders that could have gone to autoworkers.

Half a Million California Workers Get a Raise, and a Seat at the Table: Fast-food workers compel McDonald’s and Starbucks to abandon a ballot measure that would have squelched both. In a remarkable reversal of fortune, the state’s fast-food worker movement, has compelled the giants of the fast-food industry to withdraw their opposition to raising their workers’ wages and establishing a statewide labor-business board to deal with industry issues.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Ohio Injection Wells Suspended Over ‘Imminent Danger’ to Drinking Water: Environmental groups have called for a suspension of all Class II wells injecting into the Ohio shale for over a decade, describing the shale as “holier than a Swiss cheese.”

President Biden’s Interior Department recommends overhaul of law to reduce speculation and better target critical minerals. Recommends modernizing 1872 Mining Law and administrative actions; includes over 60 steps to improve permitting, environmental and community to boost clean energy, report says

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure ‘No left-wing indoctrination,’ Climate science under attack in classrooms: Conservative activists and politicians in states across the country are trying to limit or distort the teaching of climate science to schoolchildren, marking a growing front in the culture war against social movements over race, gender identity and the environment. Schools are a growing battlefield in climate politics as conservative states reshape curriculum to downplay people’s contribution to rising temperatures.

How fossil fuel lobbyists and their allies use ‘zombie’ bills and exploit loopholes to avoid climate action: Zombie bills and “gut and amend” tactics may sound like features of a DC-based version of “The Walking Dead” but they’re actual legislative maneuvers used by oil and gas lobbyists to advance the interests of their powerful clients. In Texas, a new tax break program full of loopholes has led critics to warn that it will be exploited by major fossil fuel producers

Sand Dredging Is Unsustainable and Wiping Out Marine Life, UN Says:
Water is the most overused natural resource on Earth, but the second most might surprise you: sand. Approximately six billion tons of sand is extracted from the planet’s oceans annually, which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says is unsustainable and poses a serious threat to marine life.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Environmental activists killed at a rate of one every other day in 2022:  Colombia was the deadliest country and a fifth of the 177 recorded killings took place in the Amazon rainforest: Murdered by organised crime groups and land invaders, environmental defenders were killed at a rate of one every other day in 2022, figures from the NGO Global Witness show. Colombia was the most deadly country, recording 60 murders.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
‘Legalized Poisoning of 5,500 People’: Oregon County Fights Plan to Spray 473 Acres With Glyphosate:  Lincoln County, Oregon community members are fighting a plan announced by a private landowner to aerially spray 473 acres of clear-cut forest over the Beaver Creek watershed with a pesticide mixture containing carcinogenic glyphosate (commonly found in Roundup)

Tobacco companies were big in promoting junk food in America: The impact of such companies is proving to be even greater than we thought.  a new study has found a surprising origin to junk food’s popularity in the US. As it turns out, tobacco companies invested heavily in the U.S. food industry in the 1980s and “selectively disseminated” these foods to American consumers.

# General News
The Trump Organization has sold the rights to its public golf course in New York City to the Bally’s Corporation, which will see the former president’s name removed from yet another of his flagship properties. “I am delighted that Trump’s name will no longer deface city parkland,” a New York official said.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Kim Jong Un Pledges ‘Unconditional Support’ for Russia:  North Korea’s Kim Jong Un vowed “full and unconditional support” for Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as the two leaders isolated by the West held a summit that the U.S. warned could lead to a deal to supply ammunition for Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

# Gov / Politics
A constitutional revolution is underway at the Supreme Court, as the conservative supermajority rewrites basic understandings of the roots of US law: Scholars describe a constitutional revolution as “a historic constitutional course correction,” or a “deep change in constitutional meaning.” As Constitution Day is celebrated this year on Sept. 17 – the anniversary of the signing of America’s basic law in 1787, I believe a shift of that magnitude is clearly occurring in the recent rulings of the Supreme Court.

The House Is Back. The Shutdown Clock Starts Now: House GOP’s government shutdown threat set to collide with demands for Biden impeachment

Trump Dined With MTG to Plot ‘Painful’ Biden Impeachment: His push for a Biden impeachment also included weekly phone calls with Rep. Elise Stefanik.

# Legal / DOJ
Evidence Be Damned, Kevin McCarthy Is Plowing Ahead With Biden Impeachment: The House Speaker appears to have caved to Matt Gaetz’s threat of removal, setting the stage for months of partisan warfare that’s not likely to end well for Republicans. Facing immense pressure from his far-right flank, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced Tuesday that he is ordering House committees to open an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden, despite Republicans having uncovered no evidence of wrongdoing by the president.

Mark Meadows’ Latest Failure in Court Is Terrible News for Donald Trump: Donald Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows lost his bid to have his Georgia prosecution for his alleged role in attempting to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election moved to federal court.

Comer Says He Has Leads On Tracing $10M Bribe Joe Biden Allegedly Accepted: The payment is documented on an FBI-generated FD-1023 form, which was released by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in July.

Trumpy Judge actually rules against Trump in Mar-a-Lago case: Trump’s team argued they should be able to look over classified material in his office at Mar-a-Lago, the very place where he allegedly mishandled the docs. The Trump-appointed judge overseeing the Mar-a-Lago classified docs case in Florida just ruled against his favor, requiring Donald Trump and his lawyers to review classified evidence only in a secured location.

# Medical / Health
In Emergencies, First Comes the Ambulance. Then Comes the Bill: Jackman’s story features an interview with Elisabeth Rosenthal, KFF Health News’ senior contributing editor. “When you need an ambulance, you need an ambulance,” Rosenthal said. “And that’s the worst time in your life to be a consumer, when you have no choice.” [Video] https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://kffhealthnews.org/news/article/ground-ambulance-bill-atlanta-investigatetv-costly-care/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!wr8XyovSu65sC4jvGBmUjjOyvZudhJXxvAc0rnMkfT27fCnqliKe8l4ge8VLYgk1vrYK1bHlO4KlCgW7xIGOzRpNISBiggT5$

# Military / DOD
Senate Republicans now blame Democrats for military leadership gaps: In a surprise turnabout, Senate Republicans now are accusing Democratic leaders of slowing senior military promotions by refusing to schedule individual votes for the highest Defense Department leadership posts in order to work around the months-long hold by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., on hundreds of nominees.

# Science
Scientists pursue drug to protect US troops from radiation sickness: Researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and University of Nebraska Medical Center, with guidance and administration from the National Strategic Research Institute, are advancing development of a first-of-its-kind prophylactic to help protect U.S. troops from the effects of acute radiation syndrome.

# Social
Poverty Rate Soared in 2022 as Pandemic Programs Came to an End: The big jump in poverty, which translates to an additional 15.3 million people falling below the poverty line, occurred as aid programs that had provided a financial cushion to millions of households during the Covid-19 pandemic came to an end, even as another legacy of the pandemic era, inflation, raised the cost of living.

# Space
NASA approves crew for Axiom’s third private mission to space station: López-Alegría said in a company statement. “The Ax-3 mission will be transformational as it fosters partnerships outside the construct of the ISS and positions European nations as pioneers of the emerging commercial space industry.”

Space Force awards Viasat contract for Proliferated Low Earth Orbit Satellite Services: (NASDAQ: VSAT) has announced that Inmarsat Government, now part of Viasat, was awarded a Proliferated Low Earth Orbit (PLEO) Satellite-Based Services (SBS) contract by the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) on behalf of the U.S. Space Force’s (USSF) Space Systems Command (SSC)

Scientists finally confirm what’s inside the Moon and it’s not cheese:  According to the latest mathematical models, the moon has a fluid outer core and a solid inner core, similar to Earth’s. The inner core is made up of a metal with a density similar to that of iron and measures about 500 kilometers in diameter, which is about 15% of the Moon’s total diameter.

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