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Just a theory

I don't think all the crap the H folks are throwing at Bernie is going to do much to move the needle. The reason is because no one trusts her. She has extremely high untrustworthiness ratings in polls, and both she and Bill have shown the same pattern over an over again when confronted- deny, then modify the denial when new evidence comes out, and keep going until everyone is exhausted. Works to keep them from being impeached or indicted, but it has a cost.

She can copy Sanders as much as she wants, but very few are going to believe that she really means what she says. I think deep down even her most fervent supporters know that she doesn't mean anything when she changes her positions to move closer to Bernie. I really don't think they want that to happen anyway as they have spent so much time and effort belittling those same positions. It is all just a cynical ploy that depends on voters not paying attention and not remembering the past. But Hillary's behavior has a way of making people remember these things.

The Pundits are Wrong: Bernie Can Cut our Prison Population in Half


Last night was the Democratic Debate where Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders fought over immigration, health care, foreign policy, Obama's record, and the criminal justice system. Both candidates agreed pretty easily that enormous change needs to happen within our criminal justice system and that police need to be accountable for the crimes they commit. However, Bernie was the only one who offered a concrete promise by guaranteeing at the end of his 1st term in office, the United States would not have the world's largest prison population. This promise fit in line with his bold ideas and promised to renew the commitment to seriously doing something about our criminal justice system.

In order to do this, Bernie Sanders would need to cut our prison population by 600,000 people. Currently the United States has 2.2 million prisoners in federal, state, and local prisons. China is currently at number 2 with 1.6 million prisoners. 600,000 prisoners is a massive amount of prisoners to be sure, but Bernie Sanders said it loud and clear, so there will be no backing away from this campaign promise if he is elected.

This morning pundits from many news stations this morning that his campaign promise is impossible with Leon Neyfakh at Slate calling the promise "absurd" and if Sanders wanted to free more than 500,000 prisoners " he would have to break them out himself." Not only is this pundit wrong, his claim of impossibility shows that he doesn't understand the situation.

The President of the United States has the ability to pardon prisoners unilaterally without anyone's approval. Not only could Sanders do this in a stagnated Congress, but he could do it while rallying up his base for another fight. However, Bernie's pardoning ability can only get him so far because as President he would only able to pardon federal prisoners. But, don't you worry Sandersistas because that isn't a insurmountable problem. In fact, it isn't even hard.



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Haunted by a lack of young voter support, Hillary advertises on the AOL login screen!

The Clinton campaign has struggled to win support among young voters of every description, including traditional Democratic Party voters: women, African-Americans, people of Latinamerican or Hispanic origin, etc.

Meanwhile, her septuagenarian opponent Bernie Sanders has enjoyed remarkable support from voters young enough to be his grandchildren.

The AOL Email login-screen ad bought by her campaign is either an act of monumental cluelessness about how to reach those young voters, or (more likely), it's an indication that the campaign feels the need to double-down on the older voters who constitute the bulk of Hillary Clinton supporters.

Does no one at the Clinton campaign know that AOL's mail users are predominantly people who signed up back in the days of telephone modems and software on CDs? There are probably more people who voted for Clinton in New Hampshire than there are millennials using AOL for their email in the entire country.


On edit: I love the unintentional irony of the "Erase Hard Drive Junk Now" option....

”Fire Is Ours,” a Bernie Sanders anthem by Makana


I've been lied to. Misled.
Built up by what they said
Lifted only to be let down

I've been taken for a ride
Given power to decide
Only to find out I was wrong

But I've learned to tell the ones who fake it
From the few really fit to run

Just follow the money they've been takin'
And the truth will shine like the sun

I'm so tired of lies now babe
Don't wanna compromise no way...

more with the song


New method opens crystal clear views of biomolecules

A scientific breakthrough gives researchers access to the blueprint of thousands of molecules of great relevance to medicine and biology. The novel technique, pioneered by a team led by DESY scientist Professor Henry Chapman from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science CFEL and reported this week in the scientific journal Nature, opens up an easy way to determine the spatial structures of proteins and other molecules, many of which are practically inaccessible by existing methods. The structures of biomolecules reveal their modes of action and give insights into the workings of the machinery of life. Obtaining the molecular structure of particular proteins, for example, can provide the basis for the development of tailor-made drugs against many diseases. "Our discovery will allow us to directly view large protein complexes in atomic detail," says Chapman, who is also a professor at the University of Hamburg and a member of the Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging CUI.

To determine the spatial structure of a biomolecule, scientists mainly rely on a technique called crystallography. The new work offers a direct route to "read" the atomic structure of complex biomolecules by crystallography without the usual need for prior knowledge and chemical insight. "This discovery has the potential to become a true revolution for the crystallography of complex matter," says the chairman of DESY's board of directors, Professor Helmut Dosch.

In crystallography, the structure of a crystal and of its constituents can be investigated by shining X-rays on it. The X-rays scatter from the crystal in many different directions, producing an intricate and characteristic pattern of numerous bright spots, called Bragg peaks (named after the British crystallography pioneers William Henry and William Lawrence Bragg). The positions and strengths of these spots contain information about the structure of the crystal and of its constituents. Using this approach, researchers have already determined the atomic structures of tens of thousands of proteins and other biomolecules.

But the method suffers from two significant barriers, which make structure determination extremely difficult or sometimes impossible. The first is that the molecules must be formed into very high quality crystals. Most biomolecules do not naturally form crystals. However, without the necessary perfect, regular arrangement of the molecules in the crystal, only a limited number of Bragg peaks are visible. This means the structure cannot be determined, or at best only a fuzzy "low resolution" facsimile of the molecule can be found. This barrier is most severe for large protein complexes such as membrane proteins. These systems participate in a range of biological processes and many are the targets of today's drugs. Great skill and quite some luck are needed to obtain high-quality crystals of them.



If this ends up being widely applicable, it is a very big deal.

Tennessee Becomes 5th State to Pass Resolution Calling For Article V Convention

Tennessee has become the fifth state in the nation – and the first in 2016 - to pass a resolution calling for an Article V Convention of the States to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

On February 4, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted 59-31 to approve Senate Joint Resolution 0067 calling for an Article V convention that would be “limited to proposing amendments to the United States Constitution that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.”

The Tennessee Senate passed the same resolution last April on a 23-5 vote.

Although the resolution went into effect as soon as it passed the House, it was ceremonially signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday.



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