Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-01-17

Voices, The Peoples News

January 17, 2024
by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
The Biden Administration has demanded Texas authorities stop blocking federal Border Patrol agents’ full access to part of the U.S. border with Mexico in a cease and desist letter sent to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Children at Increased Risk of Serious Adverse Reactions to COVID-19 Shots: The study, which is awaiting peer review, found that children 12 years of age and older, who received the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna/NIAID mRNA COVID shots, are at higher risk of developing a number of adverse reactions, including anaphylactic shock, lymphadenopathy, heart inflammation, acute appendicitis, epilepsy, facial nerve palsy, convulsions and more.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
‘Call Your Representative!’ House Panel to Take Up Backdoor Attack on Social Security: “This commission is a poison pill designed to slash Social Security and Medicare behind closed doors,” Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works, said in a statement ahead of Thursday’s markup. “The White House has accurately stated that such a commission is a ‘death panel for Medicare and Social Security.'” House Republicans are advancing legislation to create a commission designed to steal our Social Security and Medicare benefits behind closed doors. Call your Representative at 202-225-3121 and tell them: NO COMMISSION. NO CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY. NO CUTS TO MEDICARE.

Supreme Court Hears Koch-Backed Cases Designed to Unleash Deregulatory Bonanza: “Everything from the climate to consumer safety could be worse off thanks to this potential decision and the corporate lobbyists who brought us to this point.”

# Education / Schools
Texas’ school ratings remain in limbo as the state and school districts fight over how strict the grading should be: Dozens of school districts sued the Texas Education Agency last fall, claiming revisions to the state’s accountability system would hurt them.

Gov. Greg Abbott received the “largest single donation in Texas history.”: Gov. Greg Abbott received a $6 million campaign contribution last month, which his campaign is calling the “largest single donation in Texas history.” The check came from Jeff Yass, a national Republican megadonor whose priority issues include school vouchers.

# Employment / Labor
How Walmart’s Financial Services Became a Fraud Magnet: Scammers have duped consumers out of more than $1 billion by exploiting Walmart’s lax security. The company has resisted taking responsibility while breaking promises to regulators and skimping on training.

FAA launches recruitment campaign for workers with ‘severe intellectual’ disabilities, psychiatric problems and physical issues to hit woke DEI targets. The FAA is recruiting people with specific disabilities under a new diversity drive –The initiative is part of the broader “Diversity and Inclusion” plan by the agency, Critics were concerned about safety, while the FAA noted diversity’s importance

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals California’s Oil Country Faces an ‘Existential’ Threat. Kern County Is Betting on the Carbon Removal Industry to Save It: “We are at a very, very difficult crossroads.”

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure Biden admin reverses proposal opening public lands to foreign ownership after GOP opposition: ‘NACs are a brutish vehicle to accomplish an activist political agenda,’ Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes previously told Fox News Digital

# Environment / Climate / Infrastructure / Global NASA Study: More Greenland Ice Lost Than Previously Estimated: The majority of glaciers on the landmass have retreated significantly, and icebergs are falling into the ocean at an accelerating rate. This additional ice loss has had only an indirect impact on sea levels, but could hold implications for ocean circulation in the future.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technolog The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it planned to fine meat processor Mar-Jac Poultry about $213,000 following a teenager’s death at the company’s Hattiesburg, Mississippi, plant last year.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Britain pledges over $3 billion for Ukraine military aid in 2024: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged to provide the Ukraine with £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) in military funding this year during a visit to Kyiv, with the supply of long-range attack drones being a top priority.

# Gov / Politics
Who is Donald J. Trump?

Trump’s record win in Iowa: A resounding echo in American politics: Donald Trump’s victory in Iowa was not just a win, but a sweeping triumph surpassing the previous record set by Bob Dole in 1988.

Trump the terminator? Could his second presidency signal the end of American global power? In a dismally detailed Washington Post analysis, historian Robert Kagan argued that a second Trump term would feature his “deep thirst for vengeance” against what the ex-president has called the “radical Left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our Country,” thereby launching what Kagan calls “a regime of political persecution” leading to “an irreversible descent into dictatorship.”

Congress Rushes to Avert a Shutdown as Conservatives Fume Over Plan: The Senate is set to kick off action shortly on a plan to stave off a government shutdown Friday night, extend funding for federal agencies and buy time for appropriators to write annual spending bills. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Mike Johnson unveiled the plan on Sunday night following their agreement earlier this month to set discretionary spending for fiscal year 2024 at $1.66 trillion.

Even After a Landslide Victory, Trump Supporters Claim Iowa Caucus Was Rigged: This is likely only the beginning of a campaign season obsessed with claims of election malfeasance.

Senate to vote on potential freeze to Israel aid as Democrats question conduct of war: A measure by Bernie Sanders would order a report on whether Israel had committed human rights violations. It stands little chance of passage but reflects some Democrats’ resistance to providing unfettered aid

From Donald Trump to Mike Johnson, Chip Roy is a thorn in the Republican Party: Roy toyed with ousting the House speaker over a government spending deal and has antagonized MAGA world with his resistance to Trump. U.S. Rep. Chip Roy has caused divisions within the Republican Party by opposing key Trump policies and threatening to oust the House speaker.

Here’s how Trump won in Iowa, and why the caucuses were practically over before they began: In some ways, Iowa’s Republican caucuses were practically over before they even started, with Donald Trump cultivating a deep network of support over three presidential runs.

The Senate rejected a proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), requiring the State Department to produce a human rights report on Israel’s policies, including its war in Gaza, amid pressure for a change in Washington’s approach in the Middle East.  The Senate roundly rejected a proposal requiring the State Department to produce a human rights report on Israel’s policies, including its controversial U.S.-backed offensive in Gaza,  the highest-profile response by lawmakers so far to mounting public pressure for a change in Washington’s

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted Republicans over a report that GOP governors in 15 states are shunning a new federally-funded food assistance program for hungry kids in the summer. “What is wrong with these people?” she asked.

Networks Call Iowa For Trump While Voters Are Still Caucusing: Iowa Republicans braved the bitter cold to attend the caucuses, only for some news outlets to project Trump as the winner before some of them even had a chance to cast their votes.

Trump Makes Baffling Claim About His Own History During Rambling Iowa Victory Speech: Trump either forgot or lied about how many times he has won the Iowa caucuses. “This is the third time we’ve won, but this is the biggest win,” he said, while it was only the second time, and based on vote numbers, not the biggest.

1 good thing about the Iowa caucuses, and 3 that are really troubling: The Iowa caucuses have long been an oddity in modern-day politics but remain a place where GOP candidates can test their presidential aspirations.

Trump’s Legal Opponent Arrested on Federal Charges: Castro, 40, of Mansfield, Texas, was indicted on 33 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of a false and fraudulent return, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leigha Simonton announced on Wednesday. Court records show the indictment was filed under seal on Jan. 3.

# Law Enforcment
Cops Probe Roger Stone‘s Assassination Threats: “The Roger Stone assassination plot may seem like the ravings of a wannabe gangster. It’s not,” Rep. Swalwell said. Police Don’t Appear to Think Roger Stone’s Assassination Threats Were Just a Joke. The loyal Trump adviser is under police investigation yet again.

# Legal / DOJ
Judge Threatens To Kick Trump Out Of Courtroom: ‘You Just Can’t Control Yourself’: Trump was reportedly making comments while witnesses were testifying. The comments included “It is a witch hunt,” and “it really is a con job,” according to CNN. Judge Lewis Kaplan told Trump he could be removed from the courtroom if he didn’t stop making comments.

SCOTUS Case Secretly Backed by Conservative Billionaire: The case could have wide-reaching consequences for government regulation. Thomas has attended at least two Koch donor summits, putting him in the extraordinary position of having helped a political network that has brought multiple cases before the Supreme Court.

ICJ examines allegations of genocide in Gaza: South Africa’s accusations and Israel’s defense: In a groundbreaking legal battle at the International Court of Justice, South Africa accuses Israel of genocide in Gaza. Israel defends, citing self-defense and challenging the court’s jurisdiction.

In First Vote On Gaza War, Senate Shields Israel From Human Rights Scrutiny: On Tuesday, the Senate considered the first legislation in Congress to question Israel’s devastating U.S.-backed offensive in Gaza, and voted 72-11 to kill it. The Senate roundly rejected a proposal requiring the State Department to produce a human rights report on Israel’s policies, including its controversial U.S.-backed offensive in Gaza, the highest-profile response by lawmakers so far to mounting public pressure for a change in Washington’s approach in the Middle East.

Trump Co-Defendant Loses Lawyer After Reportedly Not Paying Him: In the ongoing racketeering case in Georgia involving former President Donald Trump and his associates, one defendant, Trevian Kutti, finds herself without legal representation after her attorneys withdrew, reportedly due to nonpayment and lack of cooperation. Kutti, a former publicist for celebrities such as Kanye West, is one of more than a dozen defendants accused of conspiring to reverse Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral win in Georgia.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Man Allegedly Beaten and Run Over for Presenting as Female: Marcos Lugo, 43, was the victim of a hate crime, his sister believes: A gender-fluid Phoenix man was chased and pistol-whipped by an unidentified couple who ran over him with their truck after he collapsed to the pavement, according to the Arizona Republic. Marcos Lugo, 43, used he/him/his pronouns but also went by the name Kitty Monroe and presented as a woman, his sister told the news outlet.

# Medical / Health
Texas Medical Board asked to issue guidance on state abortion laws: Two lawyers filed a petition Tuesday that asks the board to clarify what counts as a medical exception to the state’s abortion laws. “The downside risks of performing (an abortion) in an uncertain world are, you can lose everything, including your freedom, for 99 years,” Steve Bresnen said.

# Medical Science
‘Stop this now!’ China warned over tests on mutant Covid strain with ‘100% fatality rate’: Chinese lab crafts mutant COVID-19 strain with 100% kill rate in ‘humanized’ mice: ‘Surprisingly’ rapid death. The deadly virus is a mutated version of GX/2017, a coronavirus cousin that was reportedly discovered in Malaysian pangolins in 2017, three years before the pandemic. Pangolins, also called scaly anteaters, are mammals found in warm areas of the planet.

# Military / Global
Houthi attacks continue following multinational strike in Yemen: Houthi militants are continuing attacks in the Red Sea in spite of a joint U.S.-U.K. strike on a dozen targets in Yemen on Thursday, a senior Pentagon official told reporters

Houthi rebels vow retaliation after US and UK air strikes in Yemen:
Yemen’s Houthi rebels vowed fierce retaliation Friday for American and British strikes against them, further raising the prospect of a wider conflict in a region already beset by Israel’s war in Gaza. U.S. officials said the strikes were not intended to widen the war in Gaza, despite Houthi claims that their missile and drone attacks in the Red Sea were designed to target Israeli-affiliated shipping.

Turkey launches airstrikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Syria after 9 soldiers were killed: Turkey carried out airstrikes targeting Kurdish militants in neighboring Iraq and Syria on Saturday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said, coming a day after an attack on a Turkish military base in Iraq killed nine Turkish soldiers

Pakistan Condemns Iran for Attack and Violating Its Airspace; U.S. Attacks Houthis for 3rd Time: Pakistan has condemned Iran for violating its airspace and killing two children in air attacks, less than a day after Iranian attacks in Iraqi Kurdistan killed at least four people.

# Space / NASA
20 Years After Landing: How NASA’s Twin Rovers Changed Mars Science: The golf cart-size rovers’ mission: to look for evidence that water once flowed on the Red Planet’s surface. Their findings would rewrite science textbooks, including Opportunity’s discovery soon after landing of the famous “blueberries,” spherical pebbles of the mineral hematite that had formed in acidic water.

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