Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-12

Voices, The Peoples News

February 12, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Greg Abbott Increases Razor Wire at Texas Border: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said more razor wire will be installed along the state’s border with Mexico as he continues his standoff with President Joe Biden’s administration over immigration enforcement. “More National Guard & razor wire barriers are coming to the Texas border,” Abbott wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday.

Report Shows More Than 60% of Illegal Immigrants Are on Government Assistance: According to the CIS report, a notable 59 percent of households headed by illegal immigrants utilize at least one major taxpayer-funded welfare program, in stark contrast to the 39 percent of U.S.-born households accessing such assistance. Benefits can be accessed through their U.S.-born children, allowing for access to welfare despite restrictions.

Welfare Use by Immigrants and the U.S. Born: Comparing program use by foreign and U.S. born headed households. This report is based on newly released data from the 2022 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Analysis of this data shows both immigrants and the U.S.-born make extensive use of means-tested anti-poverty programs, with immigrant households significantly more likely to receive benefits.

Far-Right “God’s Army” Rally at Texas Border Raises Alarms: A far-right convoy calling itself “God’s army” is set to host rallies at different border towns along the US-Mexico border to decry what they call a migrant “invasion.” On a “Take Our Border Back” website, they called on “all active & retired law enforcement and military, veterans, mama bears, elected officials, business owners, ranchers, truckers, bikers, media and LAW ABIDING, freedom-loving Americans.”

Inside Trump’s plans to deport millions from the U.S: Donald Trump’s plan to crack down on immigration includes using a range of tools to deport millions of people in the U.S. each year from obscure laws to military funds to law enforcement officers from all levels of government.

What nationalities are the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border illegally? Colombian, Ecuadorian, Chinese, and Indian migrants also reached the Southwest border in larger numbers in 2023, albeit in much smaller totals than Venezuelans. Conversely, encounters of Mexicans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Salvadorans all decreased from FY 2022 to FY 2023.

Obama-Appointed Judge Throws Out Illegal Aliens’ Lawsuit Against Texas: A federal district court judge, appointed by former President Obama, has thrown out a lawsuit brought by a group of male illegal aliens who claimed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) “Operation Lone Star” violated their constitutional rights.

Rancher sounds alarm on terror ‘route’ as lawmakers drag feet on border fix: A fifth-generation Arizona rancher said lawmakers must seal the border to keep Americans safe and need to stop playing political football over border security. Arizona border rancher pleads with Congress to ‘take care of America first’ and secure the border

California Sees Record Number of Indian Migrants at Border: Indian migrant encounters spiked from 2,516 in fiscal year 2021 to 8,262 and 9,442 in fiscal years 2022 and 2023, respectively. Between October and December of the current fiscal year, Indian migrant encounters totaled 3,732 in The Golden State.3

# Corporations / Industry
Immigrant child laborers are being killed in US factories. Companies are walking away with fines: Duvan Thomas Pérez was just 16 when he was fatally injured while cleaning machinery at a Mississippi slaughterhouse. The penalty for the Mar-Jac Poultry processing plant was just $212,646 in federal fines and 17 safety citations, despite the incident being one in a series. Sawmills and slaughterhouses collect citations amid landscape of ‘underfunded and under-resourced’ regulators

Cisco reportedly set to slash thousands of jobs in major restructuring: Cisco reportedly set to slash thousands of jobs in major restructuring. Network giant Cisco is reportedly gearing up for a significant restructuring of the company, which could include thousands of layoffs, in a strategic move to align itself with sectors that account for better growth.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Citibank Won’t Reimburse Scam Victims Who Lost Their Savings Due to Bank’s Own Security Glitch: Citibank has illegally refused to reimburse scam victims who lost money due partly to Citibank’s poor online security practices, New York Attorney General Letitia James alleged in a lawsuit filed today in US District Court for the Southern District of New York.Jan 30, 2024

# Education / Schools
Denver schools overwhelmed by migrant surge as mayor slashes $5M from public services to address crisis: Mayor Mike Johnston pinned the blame on Republicans and former President Trump Friday while announcing $5 million in cuts from recreation centers, DMV services and city landscaping to pay for the migrant crisis.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Utah’s lithium extraction raises environmental concerns:  An Australian company plans to extract lithium from Utah’s Paradox Basin, raising questions about the impact on the Colorado River. The extraction process, using saline water and chemicals, is seen as less disruptive but raises environmental concerns.

New dashboard reveals uranium mine risks in New Mexico:  New Mexico helped supply uranium as source material for the creation of nuclear weapons during World War II. The state does not continue to operate uranium mining or milling.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure Biden’s climate change reparations will bankrupt America: The reparations regime will only aid the wealthy and privileged, not those most in need

World Breaches 1.5°C for an Entire Year for First Time on Record: The average global temperature has exceeded 1.5 degree Celsius over a 12-month period, according to new data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). “The global mean temperature for the past twelve months (Feb 2023 – Jan 2024) is the highest on record, at 0.64°C above the 1991-2020 average and 1.52°C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial average,” C3S said in a new report.

As ExxonMobil Moves In, Venezuela Boosts Forces Along Disputed Border With Guyana: As increased U.S. military aid to Guyana and ExxonMobil’s oil exploration in contested waters exacerbate a territorial row between Venezuela and Guyana, satellite images made public on Friday purportedly showed increased Venezuelan military activity near the two countries’ disputed border.

# Environment / Climate / Infrastructure / Global Climate simulation raises alarm over potential ocean circulation collapse: A recent study by René van Westen showcases how melting Arctic freshwater could disrupt the Atlantic Ocean’s circulation, potentially leading to abrupt climate changes.

Migratory species face a global decline, UN warns: Nearly half of the world’s migratory animals are declining, with many at risk of extinction. About 44% of migratory species are decreasing in population due to habitat loss, illegal activities, pollution, and climate change. The United Nations report emphasizes the critical role of migration in species survival and the interconnectedness of ecosystems across borders.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology Maryland proposes stringent baby food safety regulations:  “Rudy’s Law” is inspired by a toddler’s lead poisoning from contaminated baby food. The bill mandates monthly testing for toxic metals in baby food and requires manufacturers to disclose test results.

Iowa House bill seeks to limit lawsuits against pesticide companies: The proposed bill would protect pesticide companies from lawsuits if their products have federally-approved labels, despite health risks. Critics argue this bill could hinder justice for those suffering from pesticide-related illnesses.

# General News
New Jeffrey Epstein autopsy photo proves he didn’t kill himself: Brother Mark Epstein has argued that the previously unreported image contradicts the official story about his demise. “I only want to look at facts, but when we consider the facts available, we get more questions,” the property developer told The Post. “There appears to have been no investigation once it was ruled a suicide, they saw no reason to dig deeper. “It seems like a cover-up. Why can’t I find his pre-hospital care report and why can’t I get the 911 call?”

# Gov / Politics / Global
Britain no longer has a military: Recruitment processes are under assault from faceless, woke people. We are now resorting to desperate, and dangerous, measures. Awell-organised and targeted attack is underway against our national defence, and few seem to care. With military procurement and equipment in complete disarray, through sheer incompetence, faceless people have embarked on a three-pronged assault to further disarm us by preventing the capable from joining and persuading those who are effective within to leave.

# Gov / Politics
Doctors call for Biden to take mental competency test after scathing classified docs report: ‘Something isn’t right’: Medical professionals have stepped up calls for Joe Biden to take a mental competency test after Thursday’s blistering report from special counsel Robert Hur revealed the 81-year-old can’t remember basic facts about his own life and career.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is stripped of his duties after being hospitalized for ’emergent bladder issues’ after prostate cancer surgery last month. Lloyd Austin, 70, has had his duties stripped and transferred to Kathleen Hicks

Trump’s GOP Doctrine Is ‘Obey or Be Crushed’: ‘It’s devastating’: Trump seizes unmatched control over GOP. Donald Trump long ago bent the Republican Party to his will. But seldom has the sheer sweep of the former president’s dominance been laid bare more clearly than this week

Sweeping US Foreign Aid Package Advances in Senate: The procedural vote on the $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific was 67 in favor to 27 opposed on Sunday, as work on the bill was poised to bleed into the chamber two-week recess set to begin on Monday.

Trump Says He Gave NATO Allies Warning: Pay In or He’d Urge Russian Aggression Speaking in Conway, S.C., Donald J. Trump said as president he had told NATO allies that he would urge Russian aggression against countries that had not met unofficial financial commitments.

Trump says he would encourage Russia to attack Nato allies who pay too little: The Joe Biden White House rebuked the former president’s comments as ‘appalling and unhinged.’ “But the problem with Donald Trump is he can’t just stop there,” Christie said on Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. “He’s got to say, ‘I would encourage Russia to do whatever the hell they wanted to you’. That is absolutely inappropriate for a president of the United States or a candidate for president of the United States to be saying.”

NATO secretary-general says Trump puts allies at risk by encouraging Russian aggression: “Any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines all of our security, including that of the U.S., and puts American and European soldiers at increased risk,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement.

Western Leaders React to Trump’s Threats About Not Defending NATO: Western Leaders React to Trump’s Threats About Not Defending NATO

Elise Stefanik Suggests She Would Have Broken the Law for Trump Were She VP on January 6: Which is pretty worrisome given that she’s apparently under consideration to be Trump’s next VP. The MAGA lawmaker all but admitted she would definitely have done a coup and not certified the 2020 presidential election results on January 6 if she were in former Vice President Mike Pence’s shoes.

US Should Be ’Stupid’ No More: Trump Calls for End to ‘No Strings’
Foreign Aid: Trump urges US to stop sending financial aid to any country unless as loans. According to the former US president, no longer should the United States be “stupid” or give money anymore “without the hope of a payback.”

GOP senators defy Trump by advancing foreign aid bill: Donald Trump spent the weekend telling senators they should not pass more unconditional U.S. foreign aid. More than a dozen Republicans ignored him Sunday, moving forward on a bill to send $95 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

Authorities Charge Prominent Democrat In Elaborate Mail-In Ballot Scheme: Prominent Atlantic City Democratic operative Craig Callaway has been charged with orchestrating a mail-in ballot scheme to sway elections. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey has accused him of fraudulently procuring and casting ballots, undermining the electoral process.

Donald Trump, Unfounding Father: he’s not an aberration, he is the zeitgeist: It’s time to start thinking of Donald Trump in a different light, writes Tom Engelhardt, author of many books and chief editor of Tomdispatch.com. Trump is not an aberration, he represents the zeitgeist, and removing him from office won’t solve the problems the U.S. is facing.
See also: Zeitgeist (Video 2007) The social manipulation of society through the generation of fear and division has completely detached humans from their sense of power and reality.

Supine Republicans don’t just dance to Trump’s tune, they amplify his racism: The undeclared race to be the former president’s running mate has sent leading figures into new paroxysms of sycophancy.

Biden’s decline is ‘getting more rapid’: Rep. Mark Alford: Rep. Mark Alford, R-Mo., says America is in a ‘scary situation’ with President Biden at the helm of the border crisis and global conflict.

Trump’s Constitutional Bullying Is a Threat to Our Democratic Safeguards: In his third campaign for the presidency, Trump continues to do what he does best—bullying, boasting, lying, and promising “retribution” against his political enemies. He has vowed, in a second term, to root out “the radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country.” He has promised to prosecute President Joe Biden and has previously threatened the losing candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton.

Austin cancels Europe trip for NATO meetings amid hospitalization: Austin was scheduled to travel to Brussels for NATO and Ukraine meetings this week. Austin has been hospitalised in the critical care unit for complications from prostate cancer.

Feeling betrayed, Trump wants a second administration stocked with loyalists: Trump’s fixation on loyalty appears to be growing as he contemplates a second term in the White House.

Nancy Mace Is So Toxic That Her Entire Staff Ditched Her: The Republican representative is reportedly so horrible that her office has seen 100 percent staff turnover. As of Monday, every member of Mace’s staff had turned over since November 1, 2023, shortly after Mace joined hands with seven other House Republicans to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Judge’s ‘Disturbing’ Ruling in Trump Classified Documents Case Could Lead to Removal, Legal Experts Say ©Provided by All Things Finance: Legal experts are raising concerns following the decision of Judge Aileen Cannon, appointed by Donald Trump, in the case involving classified documents. “Compromising national security is a bridge too far,” says longtime Harvard legal scholar Laurence Tribe https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.salon.com/2024/02/08/awful-and-unethical-legal-experts-say-cannon-could-face-removal-for-disturbing-order/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5alLi4CFM$

# Law Enforcment
Feds ‘All F—king Tied Up in Knots’ Over How to Handle Election Threats: Top CIA, DHS, DOJ, and FBI officials recently gathered to discuss simulations on deepfakes and violence at the polls—and, as one journalist put it, “the results weren’t encouraging.” One U.S. official familiar with a previously unreported meeting at the White House Situation Room in December told CNN’s Sean Lyngaas that in terms of a coordinated federal response to an election-related threat, “we’re all f—king tied up in knots.”

Prison Lockdowns Are Becoming More Frequent and More Brutal Across the US: A largely unknown, frightening trend in the US prison system is impacting many incarcerated people and their loved ones. “Many prisons appear to have used COVID to normalize ‘restricted movement’ protocols as a way of transitioning into constant lockdown and thereby diminishing a lack of outrage or even awareness on the part of the public.”

Amid the lingering trauma of Trump’s executions, a new project brings families to federal death row: Three years after Trump’s killing spree, the death row visitation project offers a lifeline for those who survived.

Louisiana State Police arrest Texas man, find 15 pounds of suspected Ecstacy at crash site: Just before 2:30 a.m., a 2022 Toyota Camry driven by Jackson left the road and was disabled on the median crossover barrier. Troopers suspected that Jackson was impaired after making contact with him. An investigation reportedly found about 15 pounds of suspected MDMA pills, or Ecstasy.

Mystery tanker trucks on New Mexico prairie trigger investigation: The convoy of trucks drove through a barbed wire fence gate on a remote Santa Fe County ranch road at all hours of the day, filled 5000-gallon tanks at a pump station, and then headed out. They’d come back later for more. What were they pulling out of the ground? The pump station is in farm and ranch country where water is more precious than oil. So, after millions of gallons of water were mysteriously pumped out of the well and hauled away, the authorities were alerted.

# Legal / DOJ
Clarence Thomas Broke the Law. Why Is He Not Being Prosecuted? he chief justice insisted that the court is not bound by the existing Code of Conduct for United States Judges or other statutes and rules applicable to lower federal judges, so whether the gifts and the failure to disclose them violated anything other than unenforceable norms is said to be unclear.

# Medical / Health
Texas Abortion Ban’s Ripple Effect on Medical Care for Pregnant People: Pregnant patients face medical uncertainty and risks from hyperemesis gravidarum to cancer treatment. The “overall medical harm” caused by these bans means that people “have to wait longer for abortion care or miscarriage management,” that is, until their need for that care is an emergency. Delays in care drive “an increase in maternal morbidity and mortality,” Kumar explained.

# Military / DOD
“Logistics” Outpost in Jordan Where 3 U.S. Troops Died Is Secretly a Drone Base: The Pentagon is covering up the real purpose of Tower 22: targeting the very Iran-backed militant groups that attacked last month. What the Pentagon hasn’t mentioned is that Tower 22 is also a drone base conducting long-range reconnaissance on militants in neighboring Syria and Iraq for airstrikes, according to two U.S. military sources. The base also serves as a staging facility for special operations forces and a medevac helicopter home base.

US Air Force fleet’s mission-capable rates are stagnating. Here’s the plan to change that: The Air Force has spent the past four years making a concerted push to ready its planes for war. It’s gained almost no ground.

# Military / Global
Russia launches 45 drones in mass barrage of Ukraine as Kyiv continues war cabinet reshuffle: Russian forces launched 45 drones over Ukraine Sunday in a five-and-a-half-hour barrage, the five-and-a-half-hour attack targeted agricultural facilities and coastal infrastructure, officials said.

As IDF Rafah Invasion Looms, Progressives Urge Biden to ‘End the Complicity’ in Gaza Genocide: “Clearing Rafah is not war, it is not defense, it is an outright attack on the innocent,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

NATO ‘scrambles jets’, Kremlin claims, as Putin sends two nuclear-capable missile carriers over Norwegian Sea: NATO has scrambled warplanes to confront a pair of nuclear-capable missile carriers that were seen patrolling the Norwegian Sea today, Russia has claimed. The Kremlin once again taunted the bloc by launching two TU-95MS planes to patrol the Norwegian Sea, which were escorted by a group of Su35S aircraft.

Gaza raid leaves dozens dead amidst hostage rescue: In the shadows of a hostage rescue operation by Israeli forces, a night raid in Gaza culminates in profound loss, claiming the lives of at least 67 Palestinians and deepening the region’s humanitarian crisis.

# Nuclear
5.5 Tons of Fukushima Radioactive Water Leaks Into Pacific Ocean may contain 22 billion becquerels of radioactive materials such as cesium and strontium: The Japanese plant has been generating a massive amount of water tainted with radioactive substances from cooling down the nuclear fuel in the reactor buildings.

# Space / NASA
The Untold Story of Black Astronauts Finally Gets Spotlight: With their new documentary The Space Race (premiering on National Geographic Feb. 12 and streaming on Disney+ and Hulu Feb. 13), directors Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés have a specific, admirable goal: to spotlight the under-discussed stories of Black astronauts during the height of NASA ’s space program

# UFO Disclosure / Other
Multiple US military whistleblowers reveal how a disc-shaped UFO intercepted nuclear missile and disabled it with ‘laser-beams’ in mid-air over California. Multiple former military officials report seeing video of a UFO disabling warhead. The video was taken on September 15, 1964, but has gone missing in years since.

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