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Name: Catherina
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There are times that one wishes one was smarter than one is so that when one looks out at the world and sees the problems one wishes one knew the answers and I don\'t know the answers. I think sometimes one wishes one was dumber than one is so one doesn\'t have to look out into the world and see the pain that\'s out there and the horrible situations that are out there, and not know what to do - Bernie Sanders http://www.democraticunderground.com/128040277

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Introducing over 20 different customizable Bernie flyers that you can download

Introducing over 20 different customizable Bernie flyers that you can download. In 2 languages.


Politicans say a lot of things. Sometimes 2 opposites at once.

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton says she opposes construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline


So principled, it only took her 2 years to form this position...


"Finally"... "Opposition"... Well said Bernie!


I like a man who doesn't mince his words! Well said Martin!

Dump the DNC. Let Chris Hayes, Women's League or someone host REAL debates

and let Hillary debate empty chairs. Who cares about their lists and their money? We'll walk door-to-door, be everywhere and keep building this grassroots.

The DNC would rather see the election go to Trump than let down it's corporate backers.

It's about time we took our democracy back.

Bernie Investigating Drug Price Gouging Before CEO Raised AIDS Drug Price: Here are the Details

Bernie Investigating Drug Price Gouging Before CEO Raised AIDS Drug Price: Here are the Details

— September 22, 2015

While the media and politicians are jumping on the train to crucify the CEO who raised the price of a crucial AIDS medication from $13.50 per pill to $750 per bill, Bernie Sanders was investigating the issue long before the media became aware of the problem.

It turns out that Martin Shkreli, the 32-year-old CEO who raised the price of the AIDS drug, is part of a new shoddy and immoral practice of investors buying the rights to older drugs and then raising their prices sharply. This might be news to everyone else, but not Bernie Sanders.

Bernie, along with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), have been vocal about the problem for some time, and have been sending letters demanding more information from companies that do it. Last week, they sent a letter to a company called Valeant, who raised the price of a heart drug more than 500 percent the day it bought the rights to it. Last year, Bernie and Cummings went after the company that raised the price of Doxycycline, a common antibiotic, from $20 a bottle in 2013 to $1,849 by 2014.


Ask yourself whether you want a President who is clueless and simply acts outraged when the media exposes an issue, or would you rather have a President who knows about an issue way before the media and has been investigating it?


Published on May 23, 2012
On May 23, 2012, Senator Bernie Sanders criticized the exorbitant prices Americans pay for prescription drugs and the enormous amount of fraud that takes place within the pharmaceutical industry.

Uploaded on May 15, 2009
Sen. Bernie Sanders gives a rousing floor speech on the greed and power of the pharmaceutical industry in Washington. After the speech, iconic, veteran Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia stands and says Thank God for Bernie Sanders. Sail on brother!

Back to Work: Bernie Sanders Tackles Big Pharma and Their Huge Prices - September 10, 2015

That Guy Who Is Price-Gouging AIDS Patients Also Did It to Kids with Kidney Disease

That Guy Who Is Price-Gouging AIDS Patients Also Did It to Kids with Kidney Disease
By Jeremy Stahl


— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) September 16, 2015


The former hedge fund manager whose pharmaceutical company has come under withering attack for allegations of egregious price-gouging on life-saving medication is the subject of a $65 million lawsuit by his former employer for alleged stock manipulation—and it turns out he once tried a similar price hike scheme with that company. During Martin Shkreli's tenure as CEO of Retrophin—the company that is now suing him—the company increased prices on a decades-old kidney medication by about 20 times its original cost, a move similar to the controversial price increase by his new company reported by the New York Times on Sunday.

When Shkreli was CEO of Retrophin, the company purchased a kidney medication approved by the FDA in 1988 called Thiola and increased the cost from $1 per pill to $30 per pill. That drug treated cystinuria, a lifelong disease for which there is no known cure and which afflicts about 20,000 patients in the United States. Forbes health care contributor Steve Brozak described the disease last year when news of the price increase broke:

Patients are usually diagnosed with the disease at a very young age and have an abnormally high concentration of an amino acid called cystine present in their urine. The excess cystine crystallizes regularly into stones that painfully travel through the kidneys, ureters or bladder. Imagine having a kidney stone form or pass once a month, tearing through your organs as it tracks its way out of your body.

There was no alternative drug for cystinuria sufferers, Brozak reported, and the 20-fold hike raised the price to about between $54,750 to $109,500 per year. At the time, Brozak argued that Retrophin was “turning patients into commodities like barrels of oil,” while University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Associate Professor of Urology Benjamin Davies called it a case of “predatory capitalism on the backs of the sick and silent.” Writing for Science Transnational Medicine, pharmaceutical columnist Derek Lowe said the Thiola increase was the “most unconscionable drug price hike I have yet seen.”

Shkreli is currently going on business news programs arguing for the current price hike on Daraprim by saying that it is necessary for future research and development. Last year, Retrophin made the exact same argument in a http://www.retrophin.com/pdf/ThiolaInvestorCCPresentation.pdf" target="_blank">since-removed business presentation on its website to justify its price increase on Thiola, saying that it “plans to develop a long-acting version of Thiola® for once daily dosing.” (In a hilarious and perhaps not atypical legal notice about the “anticipated development, timing, data readouts and therapeutic scope of programs in our clinical pipeline,” the proposal warned “these forward-looking statements may be accompanied by such words as ‘anticipate,’ ‘believe,’ ‘estimate,’ ‘expect,’ ‘forecast,’ ‘intend,’ ‘may,’ ‘plan,’ ‘project,’ ‘target,’ ‘will’ and other words and terms of similar meaning. You should not place undue reliance on these statements.”)


Read the rest here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/09/22/martin_shkreli_price_gouging_the_hedge_fund_bro_pulled_drug_price_hike_scheme.html?wpsrc=sh_all_mob_tw_ru

Top unions put brakes on Clinton endorsement SEIU and AFSCME decide to hold off

Top unions put brakes on Clinton endorsement

SEIU and AFSCME decide to hold off, in part because of a prospective Joe Biden candidacy.

By Annie Karni

09/22/15, 01:08 PM EDT


The decisions are a setback for Hillary Clinton, who has been courting the labor giants in the hopes of an early lock down of two powerhouse unions that can organize millions of members and resources on the ground. And they come against the backdrop of a Clinton campaign show of force -- in terms of establishment donors, delegates and endorsements -- as Biden weighs his options. Adding the support of two of the most muscular unions now would have sent a powerful message there is little room in the race for the vice president.


Both unions, however, chose to put off any decision and remain uncommitted in the 2016 race. "We are determined to take the time necessary to make sure every voice is heard," an AFSCME official told POLITICO.

Supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders hailed the delay as a victory, and attributed it as much to Biden’s influence on the race from the sidelines as Sanders’ momentum.

“The hesitation on their part is likely due as much to Bernie as to Biden -- he throws uncertainty into the mix,” said Rand Wilson, communications director for SEIU local 888 in Boston, who personally supports Sanders. “This gives more time for the supporters of Sanders to work hard to win their national leadership’s support. It’s very positive.”


Top union officials are also looking to avoid the revolt among rank-and-file teachers who publicly called on the American Federation of Teachers to withdraw its endorsement of Clinton last July, claiming there had been little internal discussion with teachers before the union backed Clinton.



Clinton, the Asian pivot and everything you need to know about neo-liberalism

Clinton, the Asian pivot and everything you need to know about neo-liberalism
Victor Tiffany
Syracuse Progressive Examiner
September 20, 2015

On a conference call last Sunday night about the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- an un-American, international, corporate coup des lois -- one of the speakers pointed to an article written by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton entitled "America's Pacific Century." The "pivot toward Asia" Clinton was initiating is actually an increased militarization of the Pacific rim and deepening of American hegemony over Asia where China is perceived as a "threat" to American dominance the region. To best understand the status-quo candidate, Secretary Clinton, Democrats (not just Sanders' supporters) need to take the time to understand neo-liberalism and its pernicious hold on the world economy.

... From President Clinton forward, the Democratic Party has embraced neo-liberalism and essentially "gone to bed" with Wall Street financiers. They are the leading figures of our world order and the top donors to Secretary Clinton.


Bernie Sanders has not extensively addressed neo-liberalism, but his website has an article entitled "Hurricane Katrina and Bernie Sanders: From Neoliberal Disaster to ‘Political Revolution.’" Authors Adolph Reed, Michael Francis and Steve Striffler write, "Beneath the neoliberal triumphalism that has largely hijacked New Orleanians’ rightful pause to reflect on that literal cataclysm...to register its continuing impact, and to celebrate actual people’s resilience, lie those realities of deepening inequality and a political regime organized around reproducing it." Privitization of public services is part of the neo-liberal agenda, and increased inequality is the upshot of neo-liberalism, a political philosophy that puts profits before people, the environment and human survival as Kirk also explains in his pamphlet.

Senator Sanders' political revolution aims to offer Americans an alternative to neo-liberalism. Reed, Francis and Striffler conclude, "The great promise of the Sanders campaign is that it not only presents such an alternative (to neo-liberalism) but also provides a vehicle for building the movement necessary to make it reality." That movement is not just Sanders' campaign but many organizations working to oppose the TPP. No progressive organization in the U.S. supports the TPP for a wide variety of reasons, not least is the bold power grab it would be for transnational corporations imposing their will and usurping power from national, state and local legislatures.

In this election, Sanders' democratic socialism is the only electable alternative available to the neo-liberalism that has been embraced by the Democratic and Republican political duopoly. His supporters would do well with Democratic voters to figuratively hang neo-liberalism and the TPP around Secretary Clinton's neck like a lead life "saver" at every opportunity. Should he decide to run for President, the same holds for Vice-President Biden as well.


Straight to the heart of the matter some of them

Meet the Evangelical Pastor and Liberty University Alum Who’s Feeling the Bern

Meet the Evangelical Pastor and Liberty University Alum Who’s Feeling the Bern
By Elaine Godfrey

What was your reaction?

When I posted the first sermon, I woke up to find that a quarter of a million people had listened to it. I was absolutely floored. So I spent most of that next day reading the comments and trying to understand what people’s reception of it was. The first and biggest message I heard people saying was, “Finally, somebody’s saying it.” People were saying, “We need more of this.”

So I’ve begun that. Yesterday I posted a message on immigration, and I intend to post messages on climate change and also poverty and warfare, and I’m also going to conclude with a sermon on homosexuality and a sermon on abortion.

I’ve actually seen very little backlash, to be honest, but the waves of dissent and vitriol are still ahead, and they’ll come as soon as I complete the series.


You mentioned that a lot of Liberty students and graduates have reached out to you. Do you think a lot of people agree with you at Liberty University?

I would say it’s just beneath the majority. That should shock you, but it is. I can’t tell you how many messages I’ve gotten. People will just say, “I’m a Liberty student, and thank you.” Two kinds of messages are becoming increasingly common, from formerly religious people who are writing to ask questions and from Liberty students, from all over the world. A lot of them are writing and saying, “Okay, that was meaningful. Let me ask you some questions.”


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