Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-04-15

Voices, The Peoples News

April 15, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Animals / Pets / Alerts / Recalls
“Ghostly” – Scientists Discover Mysterious Creature From the Shadows in Australia: Researchers have discovered a mysterious creature from the shadows – a new ant species of the elusive genus Leptanilla. The new species, Leptanilla voldemort – L. voldemort for short – is a pale ant with a slender build, spindly legs, and long, sharp mandibles.

# Archaeology / Anthropology
2 sought for damaging popular Lake Mead rock formation: The damage done at the National Park Service site cannot be fixed. Lake Mead National Recreation Area officials are now seeking information on the two men who were seen damaging the protected rock formations.

‘Alien mummies’ press conference descends into chaos as Peruvian officials try to seize new ‘pregnant specimen’ with three fingers and toes. Officials in Peru interrupted a press conference that showcased ‘alien mummies.’ The event was hosted by ufologist Jaime Maussan, who unveiled ‘pregnant’ alien. Peruvian authorities attempted to seize specimen – but found it was not present

Terrifying sound ‘like a woman’s voice’ recorded in the depths of the Pacific: We know more about the surface of the Moon than about our own sea floors (so the maxim goes), with more than 80 per cent of the Earth’s oceans yet to be explored. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the waves give birth to countless phenomena that even the best-qualified scientists struggle to explain.

# Borders / Immigration / Migrants
20 states sue Biden admin for flying illegal immigrants into the US: A group of 20 state attorneys general launched a new effort to stop President Joe Biden’s administration from continuing its parole program that allows up to 30,000 illegal immigrants per month to enter the United States.

Congress Bill to Label Immigrant Squatting as Deportable Offense, Sparks National Debate: Bill Proposes Tough Measures on Illegal Immigrants Squatting

Biden administration gives California $45 million to help recently arrived migrants: The Biden administration is allocating $45 million to California programs that help migrants who have crossed the southern border. The money is part of a $300-million national effort announced Friday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
It looks like the IRS lied about who those 80,000 new agents would target: The bottom line is, the IRS is already hard at work targeting the middle class. According to reports, only a small number of audits have hit the highest earners in the U.S. And as for working for the IRS? They set a goal of starting the year with 3,700 new agents. They’ve hired 34.

# Education / Schools
Mass release of children from border has put ‘unprecedented’ strain on US schools: Tens of thousands of immigrant children who crossed the southern border alone and were released to an adult sponsor in the United States have been enrolled in public schools nationwide under President Joe Biden, putting educators in a bind.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure Fears grow over supervolcano that ‘may swallow entire US state’ in apocalyptic eruption: Fears are mounting over the potential eruption of a supervolcano in California, which has been dormant for hundreds of thousands of years. The Long Valley Caldera, spanning 20 miles long, 11 miles wide, and 3,000 feet deep, has long been a source of concern for researchers due to its colossal size.

Taal Volcano Eruption Update; New Explosive Eruption, New Vent Appears: Unlike prior events over the last 18 months, this eruption was long and consisted of abundant pyroclastic flows, ash ejection, and explosions. This eruption lasted for 114 minutes until it temporarily stopped. Now, recommended evacuations are underway as there is a risk that a far more powerful explosion could occur, risking the safety of residents on the western side of Taal’s caldera lake. This video will cover what might happen next, and state the series of events which led to this explosive eruption.

This Week in Volcano News; Etna Erupts, Danger at Mt. Awu https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsbreak.com/news/3403690382386-this-week-in-volcano-news-etna-erupts-danger-at-mt-awu?noAds=1&_f=app_share&s=a3&share_destination_id=MjUxNTI2Njg4LTE3MTMyMTI4NDQ4Nzk*3D__;JQ!!On18fmf1aQ!yIUpy82EEKzG3JmD7iAFebRMazkeIxg1CjAXy0JUhuA6_w11lzb6f5PMHItpOxkYzw7RscG0EcDPBlTYvGC4BdZQlHmQYmg8$

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology Congressional Investigation Finds Leading Baby Food Manufacturers Knowingly Sold Products With High Levels Of Toxic Metals: Baby Foods Are Tainted with Dangerous Levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury

Harmful Ingredients in ‘Healthy’ Breakfast Cereals: A diet high in ultra-processed food is linked to an increased risk of depression, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. 7 cereals that do not qualify as ‘healthy’ based on the FDA’s new definition: Raisin Bran (9g of added sugars) Honey Nut Cheerios (12g of added sugars) Corn Flakes (300mg of sodium; 4g of added sugars) Honey Bunches of Oats, Honey Roasted (8g of added sugars) Frosted Mini Wheats (12g of added sugars) https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/01/04/harmful-ingredients-healthy-breakfast-cereals__;!!On18fmf1aQ!yIUpy82EEKzG3JmD7iAFebRMazkeIxg1CjAXy0JUhuA6_w11lzb6f5PMHItpOxkYzw7RscG0EcDPBlTYvGC4BdZQlFnS9u5q$

# General News
Jared Kushner Is Showing ‘A Level Of Corruption We’ve Never Seen,’ Says Top Obama Foreign Policy Adviser: Former Obama deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner engaged in a “level of corruption that we’ve just never seen” when talking about his firm’s recent investments overseas.

Trump Loses Another $500M as Truth Social Spiral Worsens: Shares of the social media site plunged another 19 percent on Monday.  As of mid-afternoon Eastern Time, Trump Media & Technology Group’s stock had crashed another 19 percent; it is now trading at just 40 percent of its peak from late last month. The firm—whose subsidiary, Truth Social, competes with Elon Musk’s platform, X—is still worth more than $3.5 billion on paper.

Trump Makes History Today as First Ex-President to Face Criminal Trial: After several failed attempts to delay, Trump is finally seeing the official start to one of his four criminal trials.

# Gov / Politics / Global
The Israeli War Cabinet Prepares To Meet Again After Iran Attack: Benjamin Netanyahu yet to declare a decision as rest of world remains on high alert for potential escalation https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/15/israeli-war-cabinet-meet-again-response-iran-attack-benjamin-netanyahu__;!!On18fmf1aQ!yIUpy82EEKzG3JmD7iAFebRMazkeIxg1CjAXy0JUhuA6_w11lzb6f5PMHItpOxkYzw7RscG0EcDPBlTYvGC4BdZQlGotr8-E$

# Gov / Politics
Biden Approves Israel Arms Deal Despite His Own Security Order: The U.S. is supplying the weapons and munitions for Israel’s pounding of Gaza, despite its new directive banning arms transfers to human rights violators. For the second time in a month, the US approves munitions for Israel while calling for an end to mass civilian deaths.

Why Biden won’t put conditions on military aid to Israel: Lawmakers from his own party have voiced dissent. Both Senate and House Democrats have demanded that Biden comply with the Foreign Assistance Act and cut off military aid if Israel continues to block U.S. humanitarian aid to Gaza.

GOP lawmakers are all in on Trump, a conviction be damned: For GOP lawmakers in Congress, the fact that their soon-to-be presidential nominee may soon be a convicted felon is no cause for concern. If anything, these Republicans told The Daily Beast, their only concern is that a Trump conviction would be a signal of a corrupt justice system.

“I wish I had been wrong”: Miles Taylor on the dire threat of Trump 2.0: Trump regime’s anonymous whistleblower says the ex-president is now “more unhinged” and even more dangerous. Given Trump’s advanced age and his precarious political position, a prison sentence in any of these criminal trials would be likely to end his career in public life and amount to a de facto life sentence.

Lawmakers want your permission to weaken voters’ ability to change laws, the Missouri Constitution: Missouri voters will likely soon be asked by the lawmakers they elected to strip themselves of some power to put initiative petitions on the ballot — to take action when politicians won’t. Voters could be asked to place further restrictions on the already difficult, and costly, job of passing an initiative petition.

Missouri Senate passes bill making it hard for voters to amend the
constitution: Factional warfare marks passage of Republican priority as Freedom Caucus denounce leadership for stripping out provisions labeled ‘ballot candy’

Two incumbent Oklahoma Republican lawmakers withdraw from their legislative races: Two Republican lawmakers have abandoned their reelection efforts. Rep. Kevin McDugle, R-Broken Arrow, and Sen. Chris Kidd, R-Waurika, withdrew this week after initially filing for reelection last week. McDugle represents House District 12

# Law Enforcment / ATF / FBI / CIA
Man who spent 35 years in prison walks free after using ‘MythBusters’ to prove his innocence: John Galvan was arrested at 18 and spent 35 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Local Concerns Rise as House Approves Bill Expanding Surveillance Without Warrants:  The government has claimed that the purpose of Section 702 is to allow the government to warrantlessly surveil non-U.S. citizens abroad for foreign intelligence purposes, even as Americans’ communications are routinely swept up. The law has morphed into a domestic surveillance tool, with FBI agents using Section 702 databases to conduct millions of invasive searches for Americans’ communications, including those of protesters, racial justice activists, 19,000 donors to a congressional campaign, journalists, and even members of Congress, without a warrant.

The FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into the deadly collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge that is focused on the circumstances leading up to it and whether all federal laws were followed, according to a person familiar with the matter. Officials are reviewing the events that led up to the massive, 980-foot-long Dali container ship colliding with one of the key bridge’s support pillars, two US officials with knowledge of the matter told the Washington Post

# Legal / DOJ
What’s at Stake, Exactly, in Donald Trump’s Criminal Trial? On Monday Trump will become the first former president in US history to face a criminal trial. The proceedings will lay bare the details—both seamy and grandiose—of his 2016 presidential run as he battles for another shot at the White House.

The Real Stakes of the First Criminal Case Against a Former President: Donald Trump goes on trial today for allegedly making an illegal payment to an adult film actor. The stakes are so much higher than that.

“We Will See How This Goes”: Journalists Prepare to Cover Trump on Trial: For months, reporters, lawyers, and court officials have been negotiating media access to the camera-free proceedings. The historic trial, says one journalist, is sure to be “a physical and mental marathon.”

Donald Trump Is The First Former US President To Face A Criminal Trial. Here’s 11 Photos From Court That’ll Go Down In History: Early this morning, former president Donald Trump appeared in court to start proceedings for his historic hush money trial, marking the first time a former US president has faced a criminal trial.

Democracy Defenders Stress NY Trump Trial ‘Is About Voter Deception’: “Trump engaged in criminal acts to cover up the truth just days before the 2016 election, and now he will finally face a jury of everyday Americans.” “This case is about the allegation that Trump criminally hid information from voters to influence the outcome of the 2016 election,” said Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of the watchdog group Public Citizen, in a statement Monday.

# Medical / General News
Teen with Incredibly Rare Genetic Condition is Cured in World First By British Doctors: 13-year-old Kai Xue is one of just 21 people in the world stricken with a disease called WILD syndrome, which impairs cells, causes lymphedema and warts, and leads to infections—but she was also diagnosed with severe chylous ascites, a potentially fatal illness that caused 28 liters of lymphatic fluid to collect within her abdomen. It took over a decade to find a special team of doctors who could locate the cause of the fluid buildup and stop it for good.

Sterilization Procedures Have Surged Among Young People Following Dobbs: “[T]his research highlight[s] the indirect effects of ‘Dobbs’ on reproductive autonomy,” the lead researcher said.

# Military / DOD
The Defense Industry’s Inside Man In The Pacific Arms Race: Top Australian officials are sounding their own alarm about China’s threat in the Indo-Pacific as President Joe Biden unveils historic defense partnerships with Japan and the Philippines today. “We face the biggest arms race in our region since 1945, and the greatest strategic uncertainty, and we’re responding,” Pat Conroy, Australia’s Minister for Defense Industry and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, told NatSec Daily during a visit to Washington today.

# Military / Global
#WorldWarIII: Israel says Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles, 99% of which were intercepted. In Washington, President Joe Biden said U.S. forces helped Israel down “nearly all” the drones and missiles and pledged to convene allies to develop a unified response.

Chinese Naval Warships Intercepted by Japan in Western Pacific Amid Regional Tensions: Photographs captured by ships and aircraft of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force showed the Chinese warships Zhengzhou and Anyang, which had been in the Pacific from at least April 2, said a report by the Joint Staff under the Japanese Defense Ministry.

Top Iranian commanders warn US will see ‘stronger response’ if Washington backs Israel: “Our response will be much larger than tonight’s military action if Israel retaliates against Iran,” Iran’s armed forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri told state TV, adding that Tehran warned Washington that any backing of Israeli retaliation would result in US bases being targeted.

Israel’s military chief says that Israel will respond to Iran’s missile strike over the weekend:  Israel is considering its next steps but that the Iranian strike “will be met with a response.” Halevi gave no details. The army’s spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, said Israel will respond “at the time that we choose.”

The Scariest Unit in the Israeli Army Is Not an Elite Fighting Squad: In this sense the most vital and fearsome unit in the Israeli army is not the jacked-up naval commandos of Shayetet 13 nor even the shady spooks of the intelligence corps, Unit 8200; it is the International Law Department of the Military Advocate General’s Corps.

# Social
Biden’s Climate Change Policy Is Making Housing Less Affordable: Climate advocates acknowledge that “an overlooked conflict in climate policy” is that “proposals to make buildings and communities more climate-friendly often collide with efforts to keep housing affordable,” Scientific American notes.

My house was given away to someone else for free, I never received a notice, it’s ‘almost like a death’: She admitted , she was having trouble making regular payments on the house, however, Langford said she never received a notice in the mail or in person about a pending foreclosure. By 2015, her home was sold to Write A House for $5,000 and later awarded to Anne Elizabeth Moore as a free gift to support writers.

Real estate mogul concerned how Americans will deal with squatters: ‘Something really bad is going to happen’: Real estate mogul Shawn Meaike is concerned how hard-working, well-intentioned Americans will handle squatting issues as they grow more and more desperate. “People are going to start taking matters into their own hands.

Everyone’s talking about squatters. What should you do if someone holes up in your home? In Massachusetts, property owners can’t just change the locks, a lawyer said: They’ll have to work through the summary eviction process

Squatter sublets NYC apartment while owing ‘betrayed’ landlord $72K in rent: A crafty squatter bilked his landlord of at least $72,000 in rent for his Lower East Side apartment, then made tens of thousands in profit by subletting the unit, the owner charges. The alleged freeloader had no qualms renting the space out, though, charging as much as $1950 per room monthly since November 2021 on platforms including Airbnb and Craigslist.

South American gangs armed with knives are running wild on Los Angeles highways targeting terrified jewelers in brazen daytime robberies – slashing tires, shattering windows and even planting trackers on their cars

# Technology
Roku was hit by a massive cyberattack: Roku has disclosed a cybersecurity incident that impacted around 576,000 customer accounts, in the second major security breach for the company this year. In a blog post, the streaming television company said hackers accessed the accounts using stolen login credentials.

Biden administration agrees to provide $6.4 billion to Samsung for making computer chips in Texas: The $6.4 billion preliminary deal is the latest agreement struck using funds from the CHIPS and Science Act, a bipartisan law Biden signed in 2022. Samsung is expected to invest more than $40 billion in the region over the next several years to build out new facilities in Taylor, Texas, and Austin.

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