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Daines, Gianforte and Zinke Leading the Charge to Seize Public Lands

To sum up the last week would be nearly impossible, but one thing is for sure, while the cover of other news was swarming the Republican Party has started to implement the land seizure programs they always promised they would. Republicans even placed land seizure in the 2016 Republican National Convention platform:

Congress shall immediately pass universal legislation providing for a timely and orderly mechanism requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled public lands to states.

The public lands debate is being framed by Zinke, Daines, Gianforte and the Republican land seizure advocates as part of the states rights movement. This is a poor analysis for many reasons. One is that these lands are federal land. That means every American is entitled to their use, not just those citizens who happen to live and vote in Utah and Nevada, Alaska, Idaho and other western states.

Outside Magazine did a good fact check of the platform plank to seize public lands back in 2016.

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Secretary Zinke Bans Reporter for Honest Coverage of His Terrible Fishing Ability

A reporter from Outside Magazine wrote a profile on Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke after they went fly-fishing together. Towards the end of a very worthwhile piece, he noticed something worth mentioning:

As Zinke and I casted over the ice-cold water, I noticed something funny about his setup. He kept struggling to strip line out of the bottom of the reel. For a while, I thought he was simply having trouble concentrating on our conversation while casting. No, there was something wrong, and when I asked him to stand for a portrait, I finally saw what the problem was. He had rigged his reel backward, so that the line was coming out of the top of the reel. Every so often when he went to strip line out, he would grasp air where the line should’ve been.

Seems like an inconsequential thing, but in Montana, it’s everything.

After mentioning this at the end of the article the editor of Outside Magazine was banned from the next conference call held by the Department of the Interior where Secretary Zinke was busy attacking the outdoor clothing company, Patagonia, for daring to stand up to him and his illegal action of shrinking National Monuments. Outside Magazine reported:

Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, was not pleased. On a Tuesday conference call with reporters he called Patagonia “a special interest group.” (Outside was not on the call. Despite repeated efforts to join, one of our editors was blocked. The previous day, the magazine had published a critical profile of Zinke by Elliott Woods that illustrated, among other issues, the secretary’s struggles to properly rig a fly rod.)

It was quickly noticed on Twitter:

Buried in here: an @outsidemagazine editor was barred from a Zinke conference call after the mag made fun of him for not knowing how to work his fly rod https://t.co/SmZXj4if16

— Mark Sundeen (@SundeenMark) December 9, 2017

The fishing incident would be a comical encounter if not for the dangerous precedent set to ban reporters who tell the truth. This is where we’re at in this country right now. Republican tries to use some Orwellian language to ram through some draconian policy. This is reported on by the free press, often with foibles, warts and factual analysis added. This administration responds with denials, threats, distractions and now, bans reporters. This is the media cycle, in a nutshell, a quickly slipping into an authoritarian regime nutshell.



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Yeast can be engineered to create protein pharmaceuticals

It took several years, but a research team headed by Professor Jens Nielsen at Chalmers University of Technology has finally succeeded in mapping out the complex metabolism of yeast cells. The breakthrough, recently published in an article in Nature Communications, means a huge step forward in the potential to more efficiently produce protein therapies for diseases such as cancer.

The market for pharmaceuticals that mimic the body’s own proteins – protein-based therapeutics – is exploding. Some of them are relatively simple to manufacture in yeast-based cell factories. Insulin and HPV vaccine are two examples that are already under production, but other therapies, such as antibodies to various forms of cancer, are significantly more difficult to manufacture.

“They are currently produced using a cell factory based on a single cell from a Chinese hamster. It’s an extremely expensive process. If we can get yeast cells to do the same thing, it will be significantly cheaper – perhaps 10% of what it costs today. Our vision is to eventually be able to mass-produce and supply the entire world with therapies that are too expensive for many countries today,” says Jens Nielsen, professor of systems biology.

In collaboration with Associate Professor Dina Petrovic and Mathias Uhlén’s research team at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Jens Nielsen has been mapping out the complex metabolism of yeast cells for four years.

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