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Thursday: Can we have Bernie Sanders for President? Please???

Tornado over Alabama, april 27, 2011

Eastern PA and all of NJ is under a severe weather alert.  Friends of mine in PA got a tornado warning and were told to take cover.  It’s going to be a rough day following a rough day in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia yesterday.  The mayor of Tuscaloosa says damage to his city is catastrophic.  There hasn’t been a tornado outbreak like this one since the super outbreak of 1974.

If I were Obama, I’d get my unsentimental natural born ass down to Alabama as soon as possible.  JMHO.

Hey, can we have Bernie Sanders for President?  He was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night.  You can watch the extended interview PART 1 and PART2.   He sounds like a real Democrat even though he is an independent.

Bernie is right about Social Security, outrageous tax cuts for the rich, a real national health care policy that doesn’t force us to beg middle man insurance companies for high priced policies and ending unnecessary wars.

If you missed the FiliBernie last December, you can catch it here on C-Span.  Orgasmic.  The text  of the filibuster can be found in Bernie’s new book, The Speech.  I think I might “buy 10 copies for my mother”, and her friends.

As for jobs, the most important issue on the table right now, no matter what Ben Bernanke says, Derek Lowe of In the Pipeline has news that more scientists have been Pfizered today.  Let’s recap: Pfizer spent the last decade gobbling up every company with a decent pipeline and then proceeded to layoff the very scientists who discovered those drugs.  Since 2009, Pfizer has laid off 19,000 people and today, they add even more very smart, very well educated people to the unemployment line.  These people don’t need any additional training to work in biotech.  They are perfectly capable of applying their skills to a new position – right now, without any further education.  In fact, leaving them out there in the wilderness without access to scientific literature will actually erode their skills.  So, what is this administration going to do about it?  What is it going to do about the plans to turn these hard working, educated scientists who have spent half of their adult lives studying into lower waged contractors?

Somebody better have an answer because the destruction of our scientific infrastructure is shameful and inexcusable.