Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-08

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February 8, 2024
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
The collapse of the Senate’s border deal is complete: The Congressional Budget Office says U.S. debt is on pace to rise by nearly $20 trillion over the next decade. Here’s what’s happening, or not happening, as the case may be.

FBI foils 2022 plot by militiamen to “start a war” at the Texas-Mexico border: A Tennessee man arrested Monday hoped to travel to the southern border with a militia group that allegedly plotted to go “to war with the border patrol,” believing that the country was being invaded by migrants.

Many immigrants who were a part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s initiative busing immigrants to liberal cities arrived in New York because they had no other options. New York is the only major U.S. city required to give shelter to anyone in need, due to a four-decade-old consent decree.

Senate bill was for immigration, not border security, says Sen. Marsha Blackburn: U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said she will not support the bipartisan Senate border bill that also contains funding for Ukraine and Israel.

Migrants forming ‘criminal enterprise’ in NYC: Paul DiGiacomo https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.fox5ny.com/video/1229291__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ4Tyl8FE$

# Corporations / Industry
Corporations can take steps to improve economy: Amid increasing fears over a potential looming recession, economists are calling for our corporate boards to reconsider how their actions are affecting the economy and society as a whole, according to a report by The Denny Center for Democratic Capitalism

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Unexploded Bomb: Where the COVID-19 Vaccine Deaths Are Really Hiding, Corruption of Data Continues. Mr. Beaudoin has been analyzing his home state’s death database from the Massachusetts Department of Health to determine if there were any safety signals after the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.“What I learned a year and a half ago is that 2020 was a year of excess respiratory [deaths],” said Mr. Beaudoin.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Deficits to Soar Over $2 Trillion a Year, CBO Says: The CBO estimates that deficits will top $2 trillion a year in 2031, rising to $2.6 trillion by 2034 and totaling $19 trillion over the coming decade. Relative to the size of the economy, the federal budget deficit will equal 5.6% of gross national product in 2024, rising to 6.1% the following year.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure The EPA sets tougher national soot standards. Environmental experts are skeptical that Texas can meet the new rules on particulate matter, which can cause serious respiratory problems. Some scientists call particulate matter the deadliest form of air pollution because it can cause lung and throat irritation, respiratory inflammation, irregular heartbeat and aggravate asthma. Children, the elderly, and pregnant people are most susceptible to harm from these emissions.
See also: Fine Particle Concentrations for Counties Nation Wide with Monitors Based on Air Quality Data from 2020 – 2022:

# Gov / Politics / Global
Why the Kremlin Opened Its Doors to Tucker Carlson: Why the Kremlin would open its doors to Carlson is eminently clear: He has opposed US aid to Kyiv and is arguably more responsible than any other American for exciting anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia sentiment among the “America First,” Trump-aligned wing of the Republican Party.

Netanyahu is using the horrors of October 7 to wage the crusade he’s been preparing for his entire political career: Israel’s Ruthless Propaganda Campaign to Dehumanize Palestinians. Since October 7, Israel has systematically flooded the public discourse on Gaza with a stream of false, unsubstantiated, and unverifiable allegations.

# Gov / Politics
Schumer to Push Aid to Ukraine and Israel Without a Border Deal: After GOP senators scuttled months of negotiations with Democrats on legislation intended to cut back record numbers of illegal border crossings, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to push ahead to a crucial test vote on a $95 billion package for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies, a modified package with the border portion stripped out.

Joe Biden leads a western ‘coalition of the killing. in backing Israel’s Gaza war: Examining the colonialist roots of U.S. and European support for Israel’s scorched-earth siege. The U.S.-backed Israeli war on Gaza is entering its fifth month.

Trump makes New York ballot, but lawsuit looms to knock him off: The Democratic state senator who represents Manhattan’s Trump International Hotel says he plans to file a lawsuit by the end of the day challenging the former president’s qualifications.

New York elections board keeps Trump on state primary ballot: Despite objections from Democratic lawmakers, Donald Trump can remain on the New York primary ballot, the state’s Board of Elections declared yesterday.

U.S. House votes against impeaching Mayorkas: The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday against impeaching U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, with four Republicans joining all Democrats in voting against impeachment

Senators unveil border deal and foreign aid package for Ukraine and Israel ahead of key vote: Senators unveiled a long-awaited border deal and foreign aid package with assistance for Ukraine and Israel on Sunday, paving the way for a key vote in the chamber this week in which the legislation is at risk of failing and, if it does pass, setting up a clash with the House.

Full List of Senate Republicans Trying to Kill Border Bill: Republican senators are opposing a $118 billion border deal unveiled Sunday night following months of negotiations as lawmakers seek to grapple with an uptick in migrant arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border. The bipartisan bill would address key concerns faced at the southern border, increasing the ICE detention capacity from 34,000 to 50,000 and allocate $20 billion to immigration enforcement.

Senate Advances Ukraine-Israel Package Without Border Reforms: The Senate on Thursday advanced a $95.3 billion package of aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan that excludes border security measures that Republicans had rejected a day earlier as part of a broader package.

# Law Enforcment
Despite annual active shooter drills occurring at schools across the U.S., required, yearly training doesn’t apply to the thousands of state and local law enforcement officers who do not work in schools.

Man found shot in burning Coldspring home after being accused of molestation: 51-year-old Mac Jackson was found in a burning Coldspring home with a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office. That’s after Jackson was accused of touching a teen inappropriately.

NYPD officer exodus: Some laws have ‘tied the hands of police’ | Dan Abrams Live

# Legal / DOJ
President Joe Biden’s Brother Didn’t Provide Services to Company That Paid Him, Impeachment Witness:  On the same day as one of the payments, James Biden sent the same amount of money to his brother.

Thomas Refusal to Recuse From Trump Case Called a ‘Giant Middle Finger’ to Democracy: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who once went a full decade without speaking during oral arguments, asked the first question Thursday as the high court heard a case challenging former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to run for a second White House term.

Trump demands DOJ ‘immediately’ drop charges against him in classified docs case after Biden decision: Trump was charged with willful retention of national defense information in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s probe

Special Counsel Doesn’t Charge Biden in Classified Docs Probe, Finds He ‘Willfully Retained’ Materials: Among the reasons stated for not pressing charges was that Biden would present to the jury ‘as sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.’

# Medical / Health
Health insurers balk at proposed Medicare Advantage rates: CVS Health and Centene executives say newly proposed Medicare Advantage rates for 2025 aren’t “sufficient” and hinted they could cut benefits if the federal government finalizes the rates as is. CVS Health, which owns Aetna, and other insurers like Centene and Humana said they’re expecting a deeper net cut, especially as they face rising medical costs. CVS and Centene executives this week said they would “adjust” their plans to account for the proposed rates.

Another Hospital In Minnesota Ends Baby Deliveries: The Mayo Clinic Health System’s New Prague hospital is the latest facility in the state to stop delivering babies. Minnesota Public Radio reports on how midwives are filling the void in birthing services as hospitals move deliveries to larger, centralized hospitals.

# Military / Global
Four Russian Military Aircraft Detected In Alaskan Airspace: The four military jets were tracked operating in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) but remained in international airspace and didn’t enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said in a statement late Tuesday.

Lawmakers investigate where Ukraine funds, munitions are going: The U.S. House Oversight Committee is investigating U.S. taxpayer funding for Ukraine after a watchdog report found a large percentage of the equipment has gone unaccounted for since last June

China opens Antarctic base right next to US site:  Americans fear it could be used for espionage. China has opened a scientific research base in Antarctica amid concerns about Beijing monitoring military activity in the southern hemisphere.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
DEA Won’t Strip Licenses From Large Drug Distributor Over Opioids History: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is allowing one of the nation’s largest wholesale drug distributors to stay in business, reversing an earlier order stripping the company of its licenses for its failure to properly monitor the shipment of tens of millions of addictive painkillers blamed for fueling the opioid cCrisis

# Social
The Anxious Generation, Brought To You By Smartphones: According to new research, children in the U.S. are producing lower test scores, becoming more easily distracted, growing less sociable, and are generally feeling more anxious than they were several years ago. Now, researchers are drawing a connection between these detrimental effects on childhood development and modern technology like smartphones.

Squatters reportedly take over 1,200 homes in Atlanta: Over the past year, the number of reports of people squatting in vacant homes in the Atlanta area has skyrocketed, with some estimates claiming as many as 1,200 properties have now been taken over by illegal occupants.

Atlanta’s Squatter Problem Is Vexing Wall Street Landlords: An estimated 1,200 homes are illegally occupied in the Atlanta metro area, an epicenter for institutional investors.

# Space / NASA
Northrop Grumman to Revolutionize Space Missions with Next-Gen Cryocoolers: Recognizing the varied needs of space missions, Northrop Grumman is developing a new class of cryocoolers that retain the proven reliability of their predecessors but are more cost-effective and simpler in design. Becomes 17th Unit to Operate in Space without a Failure. elow zero Fahrenheit (degrees F) for maximum sensitivity. A new NASA satellite with infrared sensors provides the most recent example.
The space agency launched Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 into space on July 2. Its mission is to make the clearest and most complete measurements ever of atmospheric carbon dioxide near the Earth’s surface.

NASA to Conduct Experiment Near the Moon’s Mysterious South Pole That Could Radically Change Future Lunar Exploration: NASA has announced new plans for an experiment on the Moon that could fundamentally change the future of lunar exploration, the agency said this week.

# Technology
Global Conflict From AI? The Startling Decisions AI Makes in Wargame Simulations: Now, those who express such fears may have renewed reasons for concern based on the findings of a recent study that indicated just how potentially volatile AI can be: in some recent simulations, it also showed that it might even be capable of making decisions that could lead to nuclear war.

AI-Generated Voices in Robocalls Are Now Illegal: A month after the mysterious Biden calls in New Hampshire, the FCC can now go after robocall scammers that use AI voice clones. The Federal Communications Commission ruled on Thursday that robocalls using voices generated by artificial intelligence are illegal, amid concerns over how the cutting-edge technology is being used to scam people and deceive voters.

# Technology / Global
London Underground Is Testing Real-Time AI Surveillance Tools to Spot Crime: In a test at one station, Transport for London used a computer vision system to try and detect crime and weapons, people falling on the tracks, and fare dodgers. Cameras stationed near Romford train station picked up every face walking past and matched it to a police watchlist of wanted criminals. Successful matches would result in immediate arrest.

# Weather
Study Calls for New Category 6 Mega-Hurricane Classification Amid Climate Change: New study suggests adding a Category 6 to the current hurricane scale due to increased mega-hurricanes from global warming. Researchers say introducing a Category 6 mega-hurricane to the classification system is more than a technical adjustment. It’s a crucial step for public safety and awareness.

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