Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-05

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February 5, 2024
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Gov. Greg Abbott defends migrant tactics in Eagle Pass amid escalating legal battle with Biden administration: DPS tells visiting governors that efforts to deter migrants are effective and razor wire and buoy barriers “save lives.” He renewed his commitment to safeguarding the state from what he termed an “invasion” of migrants.

Bipartisan Senate border bill would mandate expulsions if illegal immigrants exceed 5,000 daily: The $118 billion package includes provisions to reduce record-high crossings

Abbott, 13 governors declare states can secure border, have right to self-defense: Texas governor was joined by governors of Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and Utah. Abbott cited the self-defense clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3, which more than 50 Texas counties have cited in their invasion declarations, saying, “We’re all fighting for a safer, more secure border and country.”

Republicans Vow To Kill Border Bill Hours After Its Reveal: The Senate’s long-awaited national security deal landed with a thud Sunday evening as House Republicans vowed to block it from a vote and at least one Senate conservative demanded a change in leadership.

Republicans Rage Against Border Deal, Threatening  Its Fate in the Senate: It’s finally here … but maybe not for long. Even if the bill can pass the Senate, House Republican leaders have said they won’t touch it.

# Corporations / Industry
Texas businesses embrace sustainability trends, forge nonprofit partnerships: Texas businesses embrace sustainability, forming partnerships with nonprofits for a greener future. Corporate philanthropy, employee engagement, and strategic collaborations drive environmental stewardship, offering marketing advantages in conscious consumer markets. The importance of businesses engaging in sustainability initiatives and environmental conservation work cannot be overstated.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Across America, clean energy plants are being banned faster than they’re being built: As the planet warms and climate disasters grow more costly, the U.S. has set a target to reach 100%. At least 15% of counties in the U.S. have effectively halted new utility-scale wind, solar, or both,

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology Prison labor: An investigation found that products of popular food brands are linked to a hidden workforce of U.S. prisoners, who are often excluded from protections guaranteed to some full-time workers, even if they are injured or killed on the job. About a dozen state prison farms, including those in Texas, have sold tens of millions of dollars worth of cattle and other agricultural products.

Warning Issued After Researchers Link Energy Drinks To Suicidal Thoughts In Children: New research revealed that energy drinks could pose a greater risk to children’s and younger people’s brains than previously thought. Those who consumed energy drinks were shown to have a higher risk of mental health. Those who consumed energy drinks were shown to have a higher risk of mental health problems such as depression, suicidal thoughts, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and anxiety

# Gov / Politics / Global
After US strikes, White House urges Iraq to stop militia threats: Washington and Baghdad are trying to maintain a difficult balancing act, as Iran-backed militias pressure the United States to leave Iraq.

Israel Has Killed Nearly 900 Palestinians Since ICJ Order to Prevent Acts of Genocide:  Buoyed by the staying support of American officials, Israeli forces have continued to commit atrocities in Gaza. The loss of life should not be dismissed as “collateral damage,” contrary to what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has saidOpens in a new tab.

An anti-war presidential bid is giving the Kremlin a headache. Even if Boris Nadezhdin is barred from running, his campaign has shown anti-war Russians that they are not alone. An attempt by Russia’s longshot independent candidate Boris Nadezhdin to collect enough signatures to stand in the March presidential election has generated political shockwaves

Cyber operations in the South China Sea can no longer be dismissed:  As ASEAN and Chinese officials discuss a code of conduct, they must include the cyber dimension. The Asean foreign ministers’ statement that Indonesia pushed through in the final weekend of its 2023 chairmanship underscored, among other things, the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation in, and overflight above, the maritime sphere of Southeast Asia.

Flooding Gaza tunnels risks water supplies: Israel’s plan to flood underground tunnels in Gaza with seawater could reduce freshwater supplies in an area where safe drinking water is already scarce. Pumping of seawater will contaminate underground freshwater and ruin the conditions of life in Gaza, experts say.

# Gov / Politics
US warns of further retaliation if Iran-backed militias continue their attacks: After a weekend of retaliatory strikes, the United States warned Iran and the militias it arms and funds that it will conduct more attacks if American forces in the Mideast continue to be targeted, but that it does not want an “open-ended military campaign” across the region.

Senators race to release their package of border policies and aid for Ukraine and Israel: The proposal is the best chance for President Joe Biden to resupply Ukraine with wartime aid. Senators released a highly anticipated $118 billion package that pairs border enforcement policy with wartime aid for Ukraine,

No Labels asks Justice Department to investigate its opponents’ efforts: Both Trump and Biden have less than 45% approval rating Some are looking to third-party candidates instead/ One group, No Labels, is considering pushing for ‘unity ticket’

A Conspiracy Against No Labels: Left-wing organizations may be violating the law in their effort to keep a third party off the ballot: Russia had higher voter turnout in its last presidential election than America did in 2020. Of course, Russian elections—like those in Iran and other dictatorships are a sham, because the incumbent party routinely prevents rival parties and candidates from even appearing on ballots. We haven’t reached that point in America, but we’re closer to it than any American should accept.

Who Else Has Harlan Crow Given Money To? He’s also given generously to Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, including Sens. Chuck Grassley, John Cornyn, and Marsha Blackburn. (That’s the same committee that would be responsible for holding hearings about Thomas and Crow’s dealings).

After Historic Ruling, Lawyers Vow to Keep Fighting Biden Over Complicity in Gaza Genocide: A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Biden but implored his administration to reconsider its. The Center for Constitutional Rights, a nonprofit legal organization, filed the lawsuit on behalf of two Palestinian human rights organizations and Palestinians in Gaza and in the United States.

State Department Declares “Ethnic Cleansing” in Sudan but Won’t Say the Same About Israel’s War in Gaza: The U.S. risks complicity with Israeli atrocities, experts say. “U.S. officials regularly — and often rightly — condemn the actions of other warring parties in other places like Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Sudan,” Sarah Yager, the Washington director at Human Rights Watch, told The Intercept. “But on Gaza, U.S. officials are avoiding passing judgment on Israel’s conduct.”

Why some men are drifting to the far right: Antidemocratic and violent forces are trying to weaponize their aimlessness and search for purpose. The ideological gap between men and women is growing. Over the past fifteen years, men across the globe have voted for radical right-wing parties at much higher rates.

Trump Drops Names of Potential Vice President, Cabinet Contenders:  Sen.
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# Juvenile / Children / Youth
Couch, car or curb: Defining which young person is ‘homeless’ affects aid state by state: The spectrum of youth homelessness is vast. Several states this year tried to clarify the situation and to provide more aid to homeless youth, especially to teenagers fending for themselves.

Senate Deal Would Block All Funding to UNRWA as Gazans Starve: “It bars all funding in the pipeline,” said one policy expert. “I don’t see any other way to read it.” As the United Nations warned Monday that at least a quarter of civilians in Gaza are suffering from “catastrophic” food insecurity and the collapse of the healthcare system is causing disease to spread, the U.S. Senate doubled down on cutting funding for the U.N.’s top humanitarian agency serving Palestinians

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Azurity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Zenzedi® (dextroamphetamine sulfate tablets, USP) 30 mg Due to a Mislabeled Package During Manufacturing

CDC keeps secret its mishaps with deadly germs: CDC scientists apparently lost a box of deadly and highly-regulated influenza specimens and experienced multiple potential exposures involving viruses and bacteria, according to heavily-redacted laboratory incident reports

# Space / NASA
BlackStar Orbital to open new spacecraft manufacturing facility in Sierra Vista by 2026: This facility is poised to be a cornerstone for the development and production of the BlackStar Spacecraft, the company’s innovative spaceplane-satellite hybrid.

# Sports
# Technology
After 20 Years of Facebook, Lawmakers Are Still Trying to Fix It: Mark Zuckerberg celebrated Facebook’s birthday with a grilling from senators demanding more protections for children. New laws to regulate social platforms don’t seem any closer.

What the government could actually do about Facebook: As Mark Zuckerberg appears before Congress, a look at what lawmakers can and can’t do about Facebook. The federal government is already investigating Facebook. The question now is how much further it will go to regulate it.

Facebook, a computing pioneer, a secret government program, and a strange coincidence: How one man’s quest to remember everything helped usher in a new era. But in certain corners of the internet, there is a different take on how it all started. One that riffs on the timing of the company’s launch date, February 4, 2004, and the shutdown of a secretive, now-defunct, government program.

Facebook now officially too powerful, says the US government: Regulators filed a lawsuit claiming the company has a monopoly on social networking and should divest itself of Instagram and WhatsApp. The US Federal Trade Commission filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook for its “anticompetitive conduct and unfair methods of competition.”

The Hulu and Disney+ Password Crackdown Is Coming. Here’s What You Need to Know: As of March 14, you won’t be able to share your Hulu or Disney+ login information anymore. As of March 14, you won’t be able to share your Hulu or Disney+ login information anymore. Hulu and Disney+ subscribers have until March 14 to stop sharing their login information with people outside of their household.

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