Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-09-17

Voices, The Peoples News

September 17, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
House Republicans Prepare to Turn US Government Shutdown Into Immigration Clash: House Republicans are preparing to turn an impending government shutdown into a clash with Democrats over border enforcement as New York, Chicago and other major cities struggle with a migrant influx.

More than 100 House Democrats are urging President Joe Biden to ‘use all the tools available’ to help undocumented immigrants. It’s the latest effort on border issues from House Dems as they navigate their minority status. As House Republicans demand more border security measures from their perch in the majority, Democrats are asking President Joe Biden to use his executive status to further their party’s immigration goals.

House funding bill aims to restart border wall construction: A member of the House Appropriations Committee says that the chamber’s Department of Homeland Security appropriation bill is centering around border security, particularly restarting border wall construction, to combat the ongoing crisis at the southern border, as well as cutting spending and getting rid of “woke.” The bill  is part of House Republicans’ larger legislative package to address record-high levels of migration to the U.S.-Mexico border.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
With COVID cases rising, grand-standing legislators propose criminalizing mRNA vaccines or banning mask-wearing:  Every so often they propose something so completely idiotic, anti-social, and authoritarian that it becomes the very personification of irresponsibility. Two examples come to mind, one last February, the other this month.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
National deficit, inflation soars despite ‘Inflation Reduction Act’: The U.S. Congressional Budget Office reports that the federal government is borrowing far more this fiscal year than the year before even as inflation continues to rise.  It’s just another sign of the deteriorating fiscal conditions of the federal budget and the immense challenges we face in turning the tide towards fiscal sustainability.”

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will make a historic down payment on deficit reduction to fight inflation, invest in domestic energy production and manufacturing, and reduce carbon emissions by roughly 40 percent by 2030. The bill will also finally allow Medicare to negotiate for prescription drug prices and extend the expanded Affordable Care Act program for three years, through 2025.

The Stealth Attack on the Power to Tax: If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Moore v. U.S., the Treasury could be forced to reliniquish an estimated $7 trillion in taxation over the next decade. The Supreme Court could overturn a well-established form of federal taxation.

# Education / Schools
NYU Divests From Fossil Fuels: Following years of pressure from student activists, New York University NYU has announced that it will divest its financial holdings from fossil fuels. As the country’s largest private university, with an endowment totaling over $5 billion, it’s a meaningful win for climate activists.

Free speech suffering at many top universities across the country: Tensions over free speech have been intensifying on college campuses across the United States. Of those surveyed, 72% of students opposed allowing a conservative speaker on campus while 43% opposed allowing a liberal speaker. Some states and universities have been working, and paying, to combat what many feel are free speech issues at the nation’s colleges and universities.

# Employment / Labor
Billionaires cash in on abusive farm worker scam: To staff  their agricultural properties, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, and other tycoons are using a visa program linked to labor abuses and human trafficking. The program, which is allowing a growing number of employers to pay rock-bottom wages, has been at the heart of recent modern slavery cases, and one in three workers in the program say the arrangement has limited their ability to leave their jobs.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals A Fracker in Pennsylvania Wants to Take 1.5 Million Gallons a Day From a Small, Biodiverse Creek. Should the State Approve a Permit? PennEnergy says such withdrawals are “safe and responsible” and “highly regulated.” Environmental activists counter that the company’s application used old data and doesn’t do enough to protect imperiled species.

America just hit the lithium jackpot: The world’s largest-known deposit was just discovered in Nevada. What does that mean? If exploration continues, and lithium is easy to extract and refine, both large Ifs, this ancient geological event may shape contemporary geopolitics and perhaps even the future of green energy. Lithium is a boon almost as old as time.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure / Global Sea-ice levels in Antarctica at a ‘mind-blowing’ historic low: Sea ice levels reached record lows at least twice in 2023 after record minimums were detected in 2017 and 2022. “It’s so far outside anything we’ve seen, it’s almost mind-blowing,” Walter Meier, senior research scientist told the BBC.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
California passes 1st bill in US to ban 4 chemicals in food: what to know: The California Food Safety Act passed in the state legislature on Tuesday that would ban four chemicals from processed foods. The bill, authored and presented by Democratic Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel, representing California’s 46th district, and co-sponsored by the Environmental Working Group and Consumer Reports, would end the use of brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben and red dye No. 3 in food products sold .

# Gov / Politics / Global
‘War Is Good for Business,’ Declares Executive at London’s Global Arms Fair:     Deals done at DSEI will cause misery across the world, causing global instability, and devastate people’s lives,” one peace activist lamented. Military-industrial complex players big and small gathered in London this week, hawking everything from long-range missiles to gold-plated pistols to arms fair attendees, including representatives of horrific human rights violators, as weapon-makers and other merchants of the machinery of death reap record profits.

# Gov / Politics
Democracy is on Life Support, and the GOP wants to pull the plug: The authors of How Democracies Die are back with a new book that tackles the threat of minority rule, and how our political institutions can be reformed.

Are Lawmakers Stumbling Into a Shutdown? Lawmakers left town late Thursday for an extended weekend, following a brief but chaotic workweek during which the odds of a government shutdown seemed to increase by the hour. Riven by factional disputes, both the House and Senate closed up shop with loads of unfinished business on their plates, leaving just two weeks to figure out how to fund the government for the 2024 fiscal year, which begins on October 1, while making sure the doors stay open in the meantime if they can’t agree on a full-year budget.

Zelensky Reportedly Visiting White House Next Week As Battle Over Ukraine Aid Brews: Zelensky’s reported trip comes on the heels of Secretary of State Antony Blinken paying a visit to Kyiv last week, when he announced an additional $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine to help defend the country against the Russian invasion.

Freedom Caucus won’t support Ukraine ‘blank check.’ What’s that mean? There’s a range of demands among Republicans resisting a swift up or down vote on new aid. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy warned Tuesday that Republicans will not write a “blank check” for Ukraine if they win back the House majority, reflecting his party’s growing skepticism about financial support for Kyiv as it battles Russia’s invasion.

CLG News Founder Michael Rectenwald Launches Presidential Bid as Libertarian: He joins a field of over a dozen total candidates. media early Tuesday morning. While he has not yet formally announced, his unprocessed FEC paperwork can be accessed here.

The GOP Is Coming After Your Birth Control (Even If They Won’t Admit It): Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron is under fire for signaling on an anti-abortion survey he would restrict access to contraception if he could. Earlier this month, the state attorney general’s office announced that it would suspend payments for emergency contraception for survivors of sexual assault. The medication had been funded through a program for crime victims, but the Republican attorney general is considering a permanent end to its provision. She is “carefully evaluating whether this is an appropriate use of public funds,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

# Legal / DOJ
The Texas Senate acquitted Paxton on articles of impeachment, capping off a nearly two-week trial in the Texas Senate: Only two of 19 Republican Senators voted in favor of convicting for any article — a stark contrast to the more than 70% of House Republicans who impeached the attorney general in May.

Paxton still faces securities fraud charges, as well as an FBI investigation related to allegations spotlighted during his impeachment: The attorney general’s long-simmering securities fraud case appears closer to resolution, while the FBI has probed the same allegations that played a major role in his impeachment.

GOP Attacks on DOJ Are About Ensuring the Rule of Republicans, Not Rule of Law: The Republicans’ attacks on the DOJ are cynical attempts to defend Trump from accountability. They aren’t saying “let the evidence be presented” — instead they are seeking to shut down the judicial process rather than let the jury trials play themselves out, while engaged in a stunningly dangerous rewriting of history around the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Inside the House GOP’s plan to go after FBI and DOJ: Republicans are escalating a multi-pronged fight against their two biggest political boogeymen. It goes far beyond just trying to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland. House Republicans are taking their fight with the FBI and Justice Department to a new level, weighing punitive steps against both agencies that would have been unfathomable a decade ago.

# Media
Julian Assange: More than 60 Australian MPs urge US to let WikiLeaks founder walk free. MPs from major parties say continued extradition and prosecution would be ‘unjust’ and lead to an ‘outcry’ in Australia. They said the matter had “dragged on for over a decade” and it was “wrong for Mr Assange to be further persecuted and denied his liberty when one considers the duration and circumstances of the detention he has already suffered.

# Medical Alternatives / Herbology
10 anti-inflammatory teas that reduce inflammation and help you feel better: Research shows that eating and drinking certain types of food or drinks can help prevent or reduce the painful effects of inflammation. Certain herbs and spices in tea contain antioxidants that may help reduce pain and discomfort associated with chronic inflammation and acute inflammation.

Broadleaf Plantain, Unveiling the Marvels of Nature’s Medicinal Herb: This plant is very common in our countryside, and yet few people know that it can save a human’s life

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Companies Already Ban the Use of Their Drugs for Lethal Injection. Now They’re Blocking IV Equipment: Medical manufacturers say states can’t use their IV equipment to kill, a stance that could fuel new challenges to lethal injection

# Social
What does ‘woke’ mean and why are some conservatives using it? The definition of “woke” changes depending on who you ask. The term was originally coined by progressive Black Americans and used in racial justice movements in the early to mid-1900s. To be “woke” politically in the Black community means that someone is informed, educated and conscious of social injustice and racial inequality, Merriam-Webster Dictionary states. The term has since been co-opted by some Republicans as a pejorative term this midterm election cycle to signify the identity-based social justice issues that some Democrats and progressives push for, representatives from the Democratic Governors Association and Working Families Party tell ABC News.

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