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Stroll: Watercolor in the Rain

The Republicans are going to try to ram healthcare "reform" down our throats again today. They'll try for a procedural vote. If successful, they'll begin debate.

No one really knows what in this bill. I'm looking forward to Sherrod Brown, Lizzie Warren or Al Franken taking the time to read the bill while they have the floor.

The GOP donors must be livid that they're not getting what they want. And what do they want?


Theirs. Not yours.
Trump gave a speech to the Boy Scouts at their annual Jamboree in West Virginia.

Did the Scouts do a thorough background check on Trump and his minions who came with him? Because the speech sounds completely inappropriate for a crowd full of minors. He is not a very good role model for boys who are supposed to be "clean in thought, word and deed".

I used to be a member of the Board of Ed in my former town and I guarantee you that if Trump had given a speech like that to our students, the next session of the Board would be chock full of angry parents demanding an apology and heads to roll.

Trump is pissing off the spooks again. This time it's in Syria where he has shut down a covert CIA operation to assist rebel forces against Assad. The Russians reportedly didn't like the the operation. I'm sure there's no story here. Nothing to see, people. Move along, move along.

Oh, and he's getting ready to fire AG Sessions. Loyalty only goes one way.

Then he'll have more leeway to get rid of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Seth Meyers' Closer Look goes over the White House changes and what's really in Trump's tax returns. That's really what he's worried about. Mueller is legally able to look at several years of Trump's taxes filings.

Hmmmmm, what could be worse than a billionaire not paying his taxes…?

SNL is going to have a field day with Scaramucci.

When I tell people that I had to reinvent myself after my industry collapsed in the wake of the "patent cliff" and Pharmageddon that followed it, they have a hard time wrapping their heads around it. How could Big Pharma sharply curtail research, stop pursuing some therapeutic areas altogether and contract as severely as it has? Why are so many scientists out of work? That's not what their elected officials keep telling them. They say there's a shortage of STEM professionals.

Does. Not. Compute.

Nevertheless, big Pharma shed a huge component of its small molecule research in the last 10 years. To understand the difference between small molecule and biologics drugs, the latter being the focus of recent drug discovery efforts, check out this article from The Conversation about biologics and what makes them so expensive.

BTW, there's no reason why some of us in small molecule research couldn't easily move to biologics. Some of us were already involved in molecular biology and we're doing work with recombinant DNA. It wasn't necessary to sideline us.

There's more than enough new science to keep us blissfully employed for the rest of our lives and then some.

Why is it that so many American scientists are sidelined? I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader.


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  1. Wore a pair of black skinny jeans and substituted black pointy toed shoes with 3 inch stiletto heels for my broken black sandals.
    I am going to kill myself on the Belgian brick downtown. One badly placed foot step and I’m going down. But what a way to go.
    Funny how I didn’t care about this stuff when I was pudgy. Now, it’s maniacally important that I keep this tall skinny shtick going. I never used to understand why women would forego pizza for lunch. Maybe it’s because I was a lab rat for so many years and scoffed, mockingly, at the silly high maintenance women at the corporate HQ up the road. Well, I’ll never be that bad but I get it now.
    There’s a paper in this somehow…

    • In my previous job, there was a point I had visibly lost weight like nearly 20-25 pounds, and a new guy on the floor started talking to me, making funny asides and such. I could not tell why the new attention and then it dawned on me when my other colleague said in a different conversation, that guy had lost a lot of weight. The new guy knew what it took for me to lose weight and was being encouraging, appreciative, and so on. In my 30s, I was definitely that girl who would forego pizza for lunch to maintain my figure. Somewhere after my tenure thingy I let it go but got it all straight when the guy noticed. Then I changed jobs and with this high pressure thingy, I let it go again but now need to get control of it. I can do it.

      • Got compliments on my shoes all morning from other women. Lol!! It’s like the first thing they notice. I must have been on another planet for most of my life. Geeks are so clueless about this stuff.
        I think it might be time to slow down the weight loss thing. I’m about where I wanted to be now and my clothes are starting to look baggy. I’ll have to replace them all again. That’s getting to be expensive.

        • Yep, good shoes make all the difference. Learning to walk safely in them is a skill unto itself, to be mastered and admired.

  2. About that STEM thing, at least from an IT perspective, there is a mismatch — not enough locals and mostly foreign extraction. It seems it is easier to fill these universities with foreign students than make the student loan situation easier on the locals and give more financial assistance to locals, opening up avenues for the locals to get into these fields. I don’t know where the magic solution is. I have been in academia for more than a decade and a half, and seen it from that perspective. I also have been on the other side and see it everyday now. Anything computer related, it is mostly foreign extraction but if you get into Bio/Chem, it is mostly white Americans and women. I think Biology (maybe Chem too?) stats for women and locals hold up pretty well but not for Computer Science and other fields. Another observation is that reinventing does not come easy to everybody. They should be able to transfer their skills, know what will work and be strategic, be ready to move wherever the jobs are. I am proud of myself for landing on my feet after my tenure debacle within academia, moving to a better school and then resurrecting a successful career path in a different direction when I figured I didn’t like being in academia and that was hindering my happiness. Most tenure denied people would not be able to do what I did because they are hung up on their ego, their PhDs, and they are basically arrogant with their superior attitude. There, you have it! 🙂

  3. Does this woman and her cohorts at NYT become mentally challenged when it comes to the Clintons? Trump is burning down the country and these fuckers want to say ‘Clintons did it too’? Fuck these fuckers.

    • Has it ever occurred to the Clinton-haters that if the Clintons were even half as evil and powerful as the haters think they are, the haters would all be ruined, jailed, or dead?


  4. I wonder what the chief spooks and the military brass think of a president who subordinates the interests of our country to that of his foreign creditors.

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