Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-10-24

Voices, The Peoples News

October 24, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Indigenous
Suspect Arrested 6 Months After Indigenous Woman’s Death: A police report also says authorities found drugs, syringes, and Narcan in the suspect’s vehicle. Sunny K. White, 28, is charged with five felonies: vehicular homicide while under the influence, accidents involving another person or deceased person, two counts of criminal child endangerment and one charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, Lake County court documents show. White was brought into custody on a warrant over the weekend, but bonded out on Monday, Flathead County jail records show.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
“We Just Can’t Get in Front of It”: Is Joe Biden Sleeping on Chicago’s Migrant Crisis? The Windy City continues to buckle under the weight of new arrivals, testing the empathy of residents and leaders alike. “This is really a federal responsibility,” says Chicago’s deputy mayor of migrant rights. “It isn’t fair to put it on cities.”

‘A real threat’: Experts warn of Hamas-connected terrorists crossing U.S. border: Hundreds of immigrants on the federal terror watch list have been caught at the southern and northern U.S. borders in recent years, and national security experts say there is a real threat of a terrorist attack on American soil as a result

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
U.S. posts $1.7 trillion deficit despite warnings about unsustainable fiscal path: The U.S. posted a $1.7 trillion deficit for the 2023 fiscal year despite repeated warnings that federal spending is on an unsustainable path. The federal government spent $1.695 trillion more than it collected in revenue in 2023, a 23% increase over the prior year and the highest since the $2.78 trillion deficit in 2021. The federal government reported $6.1 trillion in outlays on $4.4 trillion in receipts.

The US is going to have to raise taxes: The US government is borrowing a lot of money at high interest rates. In the 2023 fiscal year, the deficit rose to $1.7 trillion, a number the US only exceeded during the burst of pandemic spending.

# Education / Schools
Suspect Shot Dead After School Roof Firefight With Cops: Authorities said between 50 and 70 students were inside the school at the time. Suspected shooter was shot by Germantown officers shortly after 6:36 p.m. The DOJ said aid was rendered but the suspected shooter died at the scene.

# Employment / Labor
UAW Expands Strike Against Stellantis, Targeting ‘Biggest Moneymaker’: “Currently, Stellantis has the worst proposal on the table,” said the United Auto Workers. The United Auto Workers union sent 6,800 Stellantis employees to the picket line Monday morning in a surprise, targeted strike at the company’s Ram truck facility.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals “A Disturbing Symbol of Big Oil’s Intentions”: Chevron Buys Up Rival Producer: “These Big Oil Frankensteins are a direct threat to our climate, democracy, and economy,” said one climate campaigner.
Chevron said Monday that it has reached a deal to acquire rival oil producer Hess Corporation for $53 billion in stock, the second major fossil fuel merger announced this month following a record-hot September.

IEA: ‘Unstoppable’ energy transition means demand for oil, gas, and coal to peak by 2030: Global demand for oil, natural gas and coal, and the carbon pollution they generate, are expected to peak later this decade. A chart in the IEA’s report showed world demand for the three fossil fuels peaking by 2030. While coal use enters a steep decline after 2030, gas and oil use remains close to peak level for the next two decades.

# Environment / Climate / Infrastructure Don’t Offer Up Our National Forests for Industrial Carbon Waste Dumping: The Forest Service now seems to think that it can throw away decades of policy preventing “forever” permits that privatize forests for corporate use.

A warning from Sable Island: Small islands may be losing their water lifeline. The researchers found a loss of fresh groundwater on the island, linked to decades of storms, hurricanes, waves and dune erosion. During storms, seawater floods the beaches, filters into the ground and salinizes groundwater.

# Food Recalls / Alerts
Panera Bread ‘Charged Lemonade’ Led to Student’s Death: Sarah Katz, 21, had a heart condition and wasn’t aware of the drink’s caffeine content, which exceeds that of both Red Bull and Monster energy drinks combined.

# General News
How the Israel-Hamas war imperils action against global warming: Oil prices could surge. Disagreements between nations could worsen. The conflict complicates already fragile global diplomacy.  That the fighting between Israel and Hamas is in the middle of an energy-rich region amplifies the risk. It tempts countries to secure their supplies of oil and gas rather than transitioning away from them, even after the hottest summer on record.

‘Very Dangerous for United States If I’m Sent to Prison’: Trump Cautions Against Prison Discussions, Highlighting ‘Passionate Group of Voters’: ‘Perilous Even to Suggest Jail.’ “I think it’s a very dangerous thing to even talk about because we do have a tremendously passionate group of voters, much more passion than they had in 2020 and much more passion than they had in 2016. I think it would be very dangerous,” he said.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Hamas Is a Terrorist Organization; So Is the Israeli Government: U.S. media outlets dodge being evenhanded with the “terrorist” label, applying it to organized Palestinian killers of Israelis and not to organized Israeli killers of Palestinians. Terrorists and their defenders always have excuses when tactics include ruthlessly killing civilians. But we’re choking on a nonstop supply of smoke-blowing rhetoric — what Orwell called political language “designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.”

Across Israel, Jews and Arabs Join Forces to Help War Victims and Prevent Riots:  In Haifa and Jaffa, joint Jewish and Arab patrols seek to prevent violence on both sides. In the south, Bedouin residents risk their lives to search for victims of Hamas terror. In the shadow of war, Arab-Jewish solidarity initiatives emerge

Stunning State Department Memo Warns Diplomats: No Gaza ‘De-Escalation’Talk: As Israel escalates its offensive, U.S. diplomats are being discouraged from publicly using three phrases that would urge calm. State Department staff wrote that high-level officials do not want press materials to include three specific phrases: “de-escalation/ceasefire,”
“end to violence/bloodshed” and “restoring calm.”https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.huffpost.com/entry/state-department-internal-emails-gaza-israel_n_65296395e4b0a304ff6ff95d__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2jgS1VRaWmUHUiloBrG1_hHvGWhUNEH4wQrmz6lBlE_MKxVhcwuKQm-dP3LBqMImTZtUpgBAvwCh94JJhWOa_JbW0itv9PKN$

In war crime, Israel is still blocking water, electricity to Gaza’s Palestinian civilians: Willfully impeding relief supplies is a war crime, as is collectively punishing civilians for the actions of armed groups. The Israeli government is deliberately deepening the suffering of civilians in Gaza by refusing to restore the flow of water and electricity and blocking fuel shipments. Willfully impeding relief supplies is a war crime, as is collectively punishing civilians for the actions of armed groups

# Gov / Politics
A McConnell-Vance Split Has Opened Up on Ukraine Funding Packaging: The Ohio senator has bucked the minority leader in arguing that funding for Israel and Ukraine should not be paired together. “Israel has an achievable objective,” Vance claimed, while “Ukraine does not.”

Nine GOP Candidates Race to Be Speaker, With No Clear Path to 217 Votes: As of tomorrow, the House will have gone three full weeks without a speaker. Nine Republicans now vying for the job are trying to win over their colleagues at a forum this evening ahead of a conference vote tomorrow. A floor vote by the full House is possible later this week.

What to know about a potential government shutdown: Key programs will grind to a halt and the federal workforce won’t get paid on time if lawmakers don’t reach an agreement by Sept. 30 to avert a government shutdown. Why it matters: Non-essential federal functions will be suspended if a divided House does not pass 12 appropriation bills before the end of the month, a prospect that looks increasingly unlikely.

With Shutdown Averted, Is Social Security Safe? Nope! More tax giveaways to the rich simply mean less revenue, higher deficits, and more justification for taking a meat cleaver to programs that serve and protect ordinary Americans.

U.S. Making Plans to Evacuate Americans From Mideast: A massive relocation will reportedly only take place if Israel’s conflict dramatically escalates. Biden administration is particularly concerned about an estimated 600,000 Americans living in Israel and 86,000 in Lebanon. One official said the cross-border clashes between Lebanon-based Hezbollah and Israel have become “a real issue,” and that the U.S. government is “very, very, very worried that this thing is going to get out of hand.”

Congress is paralyzed – is it a constitutional crisis? House Republicans fired one leader, Kevin McCarthy, and have spent almost three weeks trying unsuccessfully to choose another to succeed him as speaker of the House. That’s left the U.S. House of Representatives unable to do its work, paralyzing the entire legislative branch of government. Is this a “constitutional crisis?” Or something less significant?

Not just Hunter: James Biden steps into the center of Biden family controversy: President Joe Biden’s younger son, Hunter, is a constant in the Washington D.C. press. But this time, it’s the president’s brother, James “Jim” Biden, stirring controversy. House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) reported Friday that James Biden, who is seven years younger than Joe Biden, sent his older brother a $200,000 check in March 2018. The check came on the same day that one of James Biden’s business ventures loaned him the same amount. The White House says the claims amount to little more than a distraction, and Democrats on the same House committee say Comer has more bank records available that he’s withholding in order to protect the narrative.

Republicans Take Knife-Fight Politics to Its Logical Conclusion: The House Speaker mess is an extension of a culture of dirty tricks. Still, the media must preserve the illusion of a horse race, rather than the grim procession of broken-down broncos to the glue factory that we’re currently cursed to witness.

Why Are House Republicans Still Being Paid With Your Tax Dollars? When government shuts down, federal employees aren’t paid. When Republicans shut down Congress, they still collect their checks. The government shuts down, no federal employee will be paid, and that includes those compelled to keep working due to the essential nature of their work. But for the last three weeks, and who knows how much longer, the House has been shut down and yet those who’ve shut it continue to be paid.

# Law Enforcment
I Was the Only U.S. Official Imprisoned Over the Torture Program, Because I Opposed It: The only person associated with the CIA’s global torture program who was prosecuted and imprisoned was the man who blew the whistle on it, John Kiriakou.  I never tortured anybody. But I was charged with five felonies, including three counts of espionage, for telling ABC News and the New York Times that the CIA was torturing its prisoners, that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that the policy had been approved by the president himself.

# Media
Palestinian Journalist Rips Western Media Narrative on Israel’s Gaza Slaughter: “Palestinians don’t just die, they get killed. They are actually being subjected to ethnic cleansing, to genocide for the last 75 years.” “And you also mentioned that this is a Hamas-Israel war. This is not it,” she said. “And framing it as such is very misleading because it poses the thing that Israel is an equal power, but it’s an occupying power and it has the responsibility of protecting all civilian lives and children in Gaza.” “You need, as a journalist, to report on what’s happening and say it as it is,” Eid asserted.

# Military / DOD
The Pentagon is setting up six new massive radar facilities in the northwestern US and Canada to detect hypersonic Russian low-flying cruise missiles that could be fired over the North Pole. The U.S. is boosting its radar systems in the wake of the Chinese spy balloon incident earlier this year. ‘Over-the horizon’ radar will allow early detection of any threats coming in over the Arctic

Russian cruise missiles have US Air Force scouting for thousands of acres of land: Six over-the-horizon radar sites are envisioned in the United States and Canada, say officials with prospective bidder Raytheon. The U.S. Air Force is moving ahead with its plan to build homeland-defense radars that can detect a new generation of Russian cruise missiles, including a search for sites whose total area could cover nearly half of Manhattan.

# Military / Global
Israel Ramps Up Assault on West Bank With Airstrike on Mosque, Deadly Raids: “Settlers all over the West Bank see this war as a golden opportunity to torment Palestinians from small communities who are literally defenseless,” said one human rights campaigner.

Iran makes two moves, US carriers shift, and today China rules the Gulf: Tracking major warship movements in response to the developing situation in Gaza and beyond has been interesting. Most people have focused on the comings and goings of the US Navy in or towards the Eastern Mediterranean. The only way to work out what’s going on is to take away the drinking straw through which you are looking at Gaza and zoom out, a long way out.

# Science
Academia is pushing women away from science with toxic work environments: Women are getting PhDs but are then not staying in academia. This is explained by the “leaky pipeline” effect, in which women leave faculty jobs at higher rates than men. The biggest cause behind this event is a toxic workplace environment, including harassment. This happens at all levels of women’s careers.

# Technology
Biden Designates 31 Tech Hubs in US: These Tech Hubs are located across 32 states and Puerto Rico and represent a cross-section of urban and rural regions. Designation is an endorsement of the region’s plans to supercharge their respective technological industries to create jobs, strengthen U.S. competitiveness, and protect national security https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/biden-31-tech-hubs-us-investment-innovation-jobs-1837116__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2jgS1VRaWmUHUiloBrG1_hHvGWhUNEH4wQrmz6lBlE_MKxVhcwuKQm-dP3LBqMImTZtUpgBAvwCh94JJhWOa_JbW0qFyafKy$

Why Big Tech, Cops, and Spies Were Made for One Another: American surveillance is a public-private partnership: a symbiosis between a concentrated tech sector that has the means, motive, and opportunity to spy on every person in the world and a state that loves surveillance as much as it hates checks and balances.

How Peter Thiel-Linked Tech is Fueling the Ukraine War: As war in Ukraine continues, controversial defense contractors and adjacent companies like Palantir, Anduril, and Clearview AI are taking advantage to develop and level-up controversial AI-driven weapons systems and surveillance technologies. These organizations’ common link? The support of the controversial, yet ever-more powerful Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel. Thiel’s funding efforts signal interest in developing expansive surveillance technologies, especially in the name of combatting “pre-crime” through “predictive policing” style surveillance.

# Water
The Rio Grande isn’t just a border, it’s a river in crisis: When the Rio Grande figures in US news reports, it’s usually in relation to stories about immigration, drug trafficking or trade. But the river is also an important water source, and it’s shrinking. The river is in decline, suffering from overuse, drought and contentious water rights negotiations. Urban and rural border communities with poor infrastructure, known in Spanish as colonias, are particularly vulnerable to the water crisis. Farmers and cities in southern Texas and northern Mexico are also affected.

The fight to stop Nestlé from taking America’s water to sell in plastic bottles: A proposal for Nestlé to build a water bottling plant in Cascade Locks, Oregon, was one of the most heated battles in the state in its 2016 primary. Creek beds are bone dry and once-gushing springs are reduced to trickles as fights play out around the nation over control of nation’s freshwater supply

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