Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-19

Voices, The Peoples News

February 19, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
The federal Bureau of Land Management urges a court to deny tribal nations’ bid to halt construction on the SunZia transmission project, saying the lawsuit comes too long after its 2015 route approval

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas Land Commissioner shuts down cartel activity on island, cleared weapons and explosives: “Mexican drug cartels used the island as a jurisdictional no man’s land,” Buckingham said during a press conference. “American law enforcement couldn’t step on it. Mexican law enforcement couldn’t step on it. It was a safe haven for the cartels to stash all kinds of weapons, all kinds of drugs, and run untold numbers of people across. It’s also at literally the most dangerous point at the border.”

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson says the city will not be spending more federal pandemic relief funds on migrant care: The mayor has proposed raising the city’s real-estate transfer tax to address homelessness, while more than 70% of the city’s federal American Rescue Plan Act pandemic assistance money remains available. He dismissed the notion of using ARPA funds for migrants.

Texas building new border fortifications in illegal entry fight: The “Forward Operating Base” camp will house 1,800 troops with the ability to expand up to 2,300 if needed. It will have amenities soldiers haven’t had before on tours to the border because they’ve “been scattered across this entire region in cramped quarters away from fellow soldiers and guards, sometimes traveling long distances to be able to do their job,” Abbott said.

Greg Abbott Turns on Fellow Republican Over Border: ‘Don’t Trust You.’ In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Abbott said that he does not “trust” state Rep. DeWayne Burns on topics such as controlling illegal immigration “or any issue” while stating he is supporting Burns’ Republican primary challenger for Texas’ House District 58, Helen Kerwin.

Eagle-Eyed Residents Reveal Sophisticated Migrant Smuggling Operation At Northern U.S Border: Residents of Swanton, Vt, a town located just across Lake Champlain from New York and about a 10-minute drive from the Canadian border have been getting a troubling firsthand look at the US’s northern illegal migrant crisis for months. The town’s plentiful woods make the leafy hamlet an ideal spot for hunters and provide ample camouflage for smugglers, who have become so rampant that some locals are packing pistols to protect themselves and turning into amateur sleuths to help thwart them.

# Corporations / Industry
Plastics Producers Lied to the Public About Recycling Being Feasible, Report Reveals: According to a new report from fossil fuel accountability organization the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), the plastics industry has known for decades that the widespread recycling of its products was not feasible, but continued to promote it and mislead the public.

# Employment / Labor
Think tipping is out of control? TWO DOLLARS AND THIRTEEN CENTS AN HOUR. That’s how much millions of American workers are paid under the federal subminimum wage, which was set all the way back in 1991. While many think tipping for services has gotten out of control, arguing over who deserves a tip and how much they should get distracts from what we should really be angry about: business models that depend on not paying workers a living wage. Watch this – The fight for economic justice in the service industry.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Biden Admin Cited ‘Indigenous Knowledge’ as Reason To Block Oil and Gas Leases: When the Biden administration stepped in last year to block seven oil and gas leases in Alaska, it said it was doing so in part to recognize the “Indigenous Knowledge” of the Native Americans who originally inhabited the land. Watchdog files scientific integrity complaint after admin prioritizes ‘subjective beliefs’ over ‘evidence’

Biden administration cancels oil and gas leases in Arctic wildlife refuge: The move comes as the Biden administration seeks to expand protections against oil and gas development on public lands.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure A legal victory for wetlands: Federal court halts Florida’s fast-track permitting: In a landmark ruling, a federal court has ruled in favor of environmental groups, determining that the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated federal law when they greenlit Florida’s takeover of the Clean Water Act wetlands permitting program.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology First GM banana approved as food: For the first time, food-safety regulators have given the green light for a genetically engineered banana. The variety, QCAV-4, is resistant to the devastating fungal disease Panama Tropical Race 4, which has spread worldwide and for which there is currently no treatment or cure. It has been approved in Australia and New Zealand as a “safety net” in case biosecurity efforts fail to restrict the spread of the disease.

Would You Eat This? Scientists Develop Lab-grown Hybrid ‘cultured beef rice’: But new research suggests that instead of trying to re-create a steak or burger without an animal, food companies could make new hybrid foods—like beef rice, or rice infused with cow cells. Scientists at South Korea’s Yonsei University added bovine muscle and fat stem cells to cooked rice, using fish gelatin and edible enzymes to help the cells stick and grow.

Is tilapia a human-made freak that we should avoid, or an evolutionary rockstar? What the heck is tilapia? DNA fingerprinting to identify mislabeled fish in New York City sushi restaurants and seafood markets and found pricy white tuna to be Mozambique tilapia. They’re cichlid fishes! About 1,650 cichlid fish species are recognized, with possibly 2000 to 3000 existing. The number of tilapia species is about 70.

# Food Recalls / Alerts
Raw Cheese Linked to E. Coli Outbreak in 4 States, 10 Infected: The multistate outbreak is linked to “Raw Cheddar” cheese made by RAW FARM, LLC, of Fresno, CA. All block sizes and shredded packages of the cheese’s “original flavor” and “cheddar with added jalapeno flavor” are associated with the outbreak. The FDA asked people not to eat, sell, or serve these products.

Dozens more products recalled in relation to deadly outbreak of Listeria infections: The FDA has been notified of additional companies who have issued public notifications or recalls for products linked to the Rizo-Lopez Foods Inc. dairy recall. Rizo-Lopez cheese has been linked to a deadly, decade-long outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. As of Feb. 12 there have been 26 patients identified with 23 having been hospitalized and two dead.

# General News
Biden’s Brother Used His Name To Promote A Hospital Chain, Then It Collapsed: Jim Biden played a major role in a company called Americore, which the government has accused of massive Medicare fraud.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Israel vows to ‘finish the job’ in Gaza as War Cabinet member threatens a Ramadan deadline for Rafah: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “finish the job” in Gaza as a member of his War Cabinet threatened to invade the southern city of Rafah if remaining Israeli hostages are not freed by the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Europe’s security elite braces for Trump, searches for backup plans: Trump is undermining its safety and the continent must respond. With aid for Ukraine stalled and a U.S. election on the horizon, European leaders, officials and diplomats are increasingly aware of the need to engage former president Donald Trump and his allies on security, but they are struggling to do so.

Argentine’s Milei, Italy’s Meloni meet as Trump tries to ride populist wave back to power https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.allsides.com/news/2024-02-19-0425/politics-argentines-milei-italys-meloni-meet-trump-tries-ride-populist-wave__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCo0S3r1m$

Ex-Israeli Ambassador to US: ‘High time’ US tell United Nations that its headquarters in NYC ‘persona non grata’: “They should relocate to a more minimal place like Damascus or Tehran,” Oren said.

ICJ scrutinizes Israeli occupation: A legal and humanitarian examination: With over 50 nations participating, the International Court of Justice delves into Israel’s 57-year occupation of Palestine amid allegations of severe human rights abuses.

Former Mossad official: ‘Children in Gaza over 4 deserve to be starved’: Rami Igra claimed, during an interview broadcast on Israeli state television, that all civilians in Gaza are guilty and deserve to face Israel’s policy of collective punishment, which prevents food, medicine and humanitarian aid. This is not the first time that Israeli officials have incited against civilians in Gaza.

Despair in Russia as Putin Spirals Out of Control: President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman informed Russians this week that the “special military operation” that Putin launched in Ukraine in February 2022 was set to go on much longer because it is now “a war against the collective West.” That’s right: a war.

# Gov / Politics
Connecticut mayoral election do-over set for this month amid election fraud investigations: Bridgeport, Connecticut has a history of redoing elections following allegations of voter fraud.

New bill introduced in Congress would give states standing to sue U.S. government over immigration: Reps. Chip Roy of Texas and Dan Bishop of North Carolina introduced Standing Up to the Executive Branch for Immigration Enforcement Act.

Harris will be next president if Trump is 2024 GOP nominee, Sununu predicts: Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) has predicted that Vice President Kamala Harris would become the next president of the United States should former President Donald Trump win the Republican Party’s 2024 nomination.

Lindsey Graham Breaks With Trump On the Border: ‘We Cannot Wait’ On Fixing This ‘National Security Nightmare’: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) broke with former President Donald Trump — whose opposition recently helped tank a bipartisan border deal — and called for an urgent solution to what he called a “national security nightmare.” In an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday, the South Carolina senator made clear he is not in favor of punting on the issue.

Oklahoma State Sen. Nathan Dahm sponsored Oklahoma Senate Bill 1812: Oklahoma’s proposed wastewater bill isn’t about health or the environment. The bill doesn’t prevent exposures and can instead be used to monitor and criminalize abortions, birth control and gender-affirming care.

# Legal / DOJ
Trump slams civil fraud ruling as he faces potentially more than half-a-billion dollars in fines: Former President Donald Trump railed against the judge who slapped him with a $355 million fine in his New York civil fraud trial and went after the long list of prosecutors with cases against him as he campaigned in Michigan Saturday night while facing penalties that, with interest, could exceed half-a-billion dollars.

Supreme Court Could Set Landmark Precedent in Trump Jan. 6 Case: President Trump and special counsel Jack Smith have filed competing briefs on presidential immunity.

The Supreme Court seems poised to reject efforts to kick Trump off the ballot over the Capitol riot https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/supreme-court-insurrection-trump-2024-election-397a481d2886b64bba06b24ff3d03f37__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCvOBDmOp$

‘Radically Theocratic’: Alabama Supreme Court Gives Frozen IVF Embryos Status of Children: “The movement to confer personhood status to IVF embryos is long-standing and one example of the broad-reaching implications of anti-abortion politics,” said one expert. “We can expect more cases like this one.”

# Medical Technology
US Rivalry with China Expands to Biotech, Lawmakers See a Failure to Compete and Want to Act: U.S. lawmakers are raising alarms about what they see as America’s failure to compete with China in biotechnology, warning of the risks to U.S. national security and commercial interests. But as the two countries’ rivalry expands into the biotech industry, some say that shutting out Chinese companies would only hurt the U.S.

# Military / DOD
Is The Pentagon Hiding War Crimes? The Pentagon is not retaining comprehensive records of alleged war crimes in its global military operations as required by the Defense Department’s own policies by the Defense Department’s own policies, according to a declassified version of a government report

US forces again conduct self-defense strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen: U.S. maritime forces on Saturday conducted five self-defense strikes targeting Iranian-backed Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, U.S. Central Command announced Sunday.

# Military / Global
Iran, wary of wider war, urges its proxies to avoid provoking US: Tehran is eager to disrupt U.S. and Israeli interests in the Middle East but wary of provoking a direct confrontation, officials in the region say. Iranian commentators warned Tuesday of a U.S. military retaliation after Washington pledged a “very consequential” response to troop deaths, but largely agreed that a full-blown war was not in the offing.

# Space / NASA
New or retooled Cape Canaveral launch pads considered for SpaceX Starship: The Department of Defense is looking for a new home for SpaceX’s Starship, launching the process to determine what the environmental impact would be to allow the world’s most powerful rocket to launch from the Space Coast.

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