http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/26/free-school-meals-california-universal Before California became the first state to implement a universal meals program for its 6.2 million public school students, Alyssa Wells would keep granola bars in her classroom for students who complained of being hungry. When the new program began in August at Foussat elementary school in Oceanside, California, which is primarily attended by … More TheVoiceOfJoyce It’s not on the Federal agenda yet, free school lunches and breakfasts are showing benefits, since their implementation in August. In California with 12% of the Nations public school kids, universal free meals is having an immediate impact. The kids are happier, focused and look forward to school. They’re trying new foods, like fruits and vegetables. They’re eating healthier meals, which could be unaffordable with rising prices. This is a win win for society. Vermont is following the California program along with 10 other states. McConnell is against the program because he does want to reward wealthier parents? 70% of Americans support a universal free meals program at school. It’s good for kids and levels the playing field for everyone. All kids are treated alike , they eat the same foods and are able to concentrate on their education. What’s not to like?
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/sep/26/nasa-spacecraft-asteroid-crash-planetary-defense-test The spacecraft collided with the asteroid at 15,000mph at 7.14pm EDT. Live-streamed video showed the asteroid’s rubble-strewn surface looming into focus before the spacecraft hit and cheers erupted in the mission control room. Teams of Nasa and Johns Hopkins University scientists hugged each other as Dart’s successful impact with Dimorphos was confirmed. Shortly after … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce This is the stuff of great science fiction. A giant asteroid is heading to earth, it colloids and all mankind is destroyed! Not anymore, NASA and John Hopkins scientists have successfully launched Dart and it destroyed the asteroid heading toward Earth. A giant step for our Planet’s defense.
Ever wonder about the meaning and or truthfulness of our “pithy“ sayings? I have and I discuss 4 of them today. It’s up to you to decide if you agree with me or not. My discussions are obviously based on my perspective. Not to belabor the point: The last one is definitely untrue. What you … More AmericaSpeaksTheVoiceOfJoyce. Ep. 145: “Billionaires?”
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/26/putin-ally-yevgeny-prigozhin-admits-founding-wagner-mercenary-group Prigozhin, known as “Putin’s chef” because his catering business hosted dinners attended by the Russian president, said he founded Wagner to support Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. “I cleaned the old weapons myself, sorted out the bulletproof vests myself and found specialists who could help me with this. From that moment, on 1 May … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce The Global South has difficulty believing, Russia, not Ukraine, is causing their famine. Mr. Prigozhin, Putin’s Chef, assembled this group to aid Russian separatists in the Ukraine. The Wagner group was named for Hitler’s favorite composer. The Wagner group has committed atrocities in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Central Africa , Sudan and Mozambique. How much more proof does the Global South require to believe the Ukrainian people have been forcibly invaded and destroyed? Why hasn’t the Global South sent more investigative reporters to the Ukraine to understand the truth?
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/sep/26/leading-economies-sliding-into-recession-as-ukraine-war-cuts-growth-finds-oecd The world’s leading economies are sliding into recession as the global energy and inflation crises sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine cut growth by more than previously forecast, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A dependency on expensive gas for heavy industry and home heating will plunge Germany, Italy and … More TheVoiceOfJoyce Europe, dependent on Russian oil, will be plunged into recession. China is suffering from a real estate ponzu scheme and Zero Covid policy, crippling its economic output. America, we have short term problems brought on by Corporate Greed. Corporations here are monopolies without competition. They charge whatever they can, while keeping labor wages low. It’s a win win for a few. In the 80’s Volcker raised interest rate to curb inflation and it wasn’t until America was plunged into Recession, that the government raised taxes to get us out of the Recession. Both the US and UK should take a policy lesson from the 1980’s, start taxing Corporations now. Go to 28% and close loopholes. Then, it won’t matter if labor get a long deserved increase in pay and benefits. Labor needs these increases to survive. Americans need Corporations and the top 1% to pay their fair share. A 2% tax on the top 1% assets would add billions to the IRS. A 28% tax on Corporations should be the first step towards taxing Corporations. Their free ride, is making it impossible for too many Americans to survive. Raising interest rates is one tool in the Federal toolbox. Another tool is raising Corporate taxes. Then fund the IRS to collect the tax. I always thought, this country needed to put 1000’s of auditors to work and collect the trillions in tax evasion. America should not be inadvertently plunged into Recession. The poor and the middle class need a social safety net. We can have it “all”.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/26/us-abortion-bans-restrict-access-essential-medications Complicating matters: methotrexate is not the only essential medication that many are now struggling to access, despite the US health and human services department’s guidance on laws prohibiting pharmacies from rejecting patients with prescriptions for medications that may end a pregnancy. People on misoprostol – which prevents stomach ulcers for those who take aspirin, … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce The far reaching abortion ban in Republican States, is effecting more then women’s reproductive health. Women taking methotrexate for Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune diseases hav been denied access to this drug. It’s been deemed to be of use in a rare pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy and can be used as part of treatment to dislodge the fetus. Who knew? The pharmacies and insurance co are denying access to this vital therapeutic drug. Now , if some one wants to purchase it, it may cost $14,000 a month for Humira. This makes no sense. Other drugs are no longer available to women , that help alleviate ulcers are disallowed. GOP States are now interfering in Women’s Health. Who gives them the right to determine what drugs women take for pain or arthritis? Are these GOP Congressmen & women, replacing a women’s physician’s, too! I guess, in Republican States, we’re replacing Physicians, with your local Senator, are they now practicing medicine, without a license?
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/26/striketober-unions-strikes-us-october Some of the largest strikes in recent weeks in the US have included 15,000 nurses who went on a three-day strike in Minnesota, over 1,100 timber workers in Oregon and Washington, over 4,500 teachers and staff in Columbus, Ohio, more than 6,000 teachers and staff in Seattle, 2,000 mental healthcare workers in California, 1,200 … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce Unions are striking again this month for higher wages, better staffing, benefits. They’re striking for wages because their wages aren’t enough to keep up with inflation. Profits have risen exponentially at major Corporations and there’s been no trickle down to labor. In hospitals, one nurse for 8-10 patients is a burden, nurses can’t function without a standard of care. Profit driven corporations benefit a few and shareholders and leave workers stressed and overburdened as they try to perform their jobs, understaffed and underpaid. Perhaps there should be one day of Solidarity with Labor, when we all walk out I support of their goals. Henry Ford understood , you had to pay labor a decent wage, enabling Labor to purchase his cars. Today’s oligarchs want all the money for themselves. Unionization is good for Americans and America, the Corporations need labor to survive, now they’re asking for compensation due, support them!