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Bernie is not naive. You forget that he is deeply rooted in a tradition of social justice ...

Here is some of what he wrote in Jewish Currents in 2019:



Bernie Sanders
November 11, 2019

The antisemites who marched in Charlottesville don't just hate Jews. They hate the idea of multiracial democracy. They hate the idea of political equality. They hate immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ people, women, and anyone else who stands in the way of a whites-only America.

Like other forms of bigotry—racism, sexism, homophobia—antisemitism is used by the right to divide people from one another and prevent us from fighting together for a shared future of equality, peace, prosperity, and environmental justice. So I want to say as clearly as I possibly can: We will confront this hatred, do exactly the opposite of what Trump is doing and embrace our differences to bring people together.

All over the world—in Russia, in India, in Brazil, in Hungary, in Israel, and elsewhere—we see the rise of a divisive and destructive form of politics. We see intolerant, authoritarian political leaders attacking the very foundations of democratic societies. These leaders exploit people’s fears by amplifying resentments, stoking intolerance and inciting hatred against ethnic and religious minorities, fanning hostility toward democratic norms and a free press, and promoting constant paranoia about foreign plots. We see this very clearly in our own country. It is coming from the highest level of our government. It is coming from Donald Trump’s tweets, and from his own mouth.

As a people who have experienced oppression and persecution for hundreds of years, we understand the danger. But we also have a tradition that points the way forward. I am a proud member of the tradition of Jewish social justice.


https://jewishcurrents.org/how-to-fight-antisemitism/

Sanders Reintroduces Legislation to Give Every American Lifesaving N95 Masks

More than 50 Democratic Colleagues Joined Sanders to Sponsor the Masks for All Act in the House and Senate

Wednesday January 12, 2022, 1:04pm EST

WASHINGTON -
As the world enters the third year of the coronavirus pandemic, with Omicron surging and cases skyrocketing, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Wednesday, with more than 50 of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate and House, reintroduced lifesaving legislation to manufacture and distribute highly-protective N95 masks to every person in America.

Under Sanders’ Masks for All Act – first introduced in 2020 and developed in consultation with health experts including Andy Slavitt, former COVID-19 advisor to President Biden and the former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services under President Obama – every person in the U.S. would receive a free package of three N95 respirator masks. This includes individuals who are experiencing homelessness or living in group settings such as prisons, shelters, college dorms, and assisted living facilities, as well as all workers in health settings, from administrative and janitorial, to food service, doctors, and nurses.

Fifteen senators co-sponsored Sanders’ Masks for All Act including, Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17), Lori Trahan (MA-03), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) are co-leading the legislation in the House, with more than 30 additional cosponsors.

“As we face the rapidly spreading omicron variant, we should remember that not all face masks are created equal,” said Sen. Sanders. “Congress must demand the mass production and distribution of N95 masks, one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the Covid virus. It is an absolute scandal that in the richest country in the history of the world, high-quality masks are not more readily available to frontline workers, health care workers, and all Americans. We are proposing that we do what our public health experts and scientists say we must do: provide all of our people with high-quality, N95 masks without cost, which could prevent death and suffering and save huge amounts of health care dollars.”

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2022/01/12/sanders-reintroduces-legislation-give-every-american-lifesaving-n95-masks

Sen. Bernie Sanders Doesn't Think Sen. Joe Manchin Understands What His Voters Want



Jan 11, 2022

Sen. Bernie Sanders talks about the enormously popular issues in Build Back Better and what the residents of West Virginia want from the federal government.

Sen. Bernie Sanders Breaks Down Why Working-Class Voters Flock to Republicans in Red States



Jan 11, 2022

Sen. Bernie Sanders talks about the Democratic Party’s relationship with the American working class and connecting with striking workers in red states

NEWS: Sanders Calls on Warren Buffett to Stand with Striking Steelworkers at West Virginia Company

https://www.sanders.senate.gov/press-releases/news-sanders-calls-on-warren-buffett-to-stand-with-striking-steelworkers-at-west-virginia-company-owned-by-berkshire-hathaway/


NEWS: Sanders Calls on Warren Buffett to Stand with Striking Steelworkers at West Virginia Company Owned by Berkshire Hathaway
December 30, 2021

In Response, Billionaire Investor Tells Senator He Will Make ‘No Recommendation’

BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 30 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) this week sent a letter to Warren Buffett, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway, asking him to intervene in support of 450 steelworkers in West Virginia on strike for a fair contract, wages, and health care at a company owned by the billionaire investor.

On strike for nearly 100 days, the workers at Special Metals in Huntington, West Virginia – a subsidiary of Precision Castparts which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway – produce critically important materials essential to space crafts and airplanes, including military jet engines and commercial aircrafts, as well as submarines and deep-sea oil rigs – making Special Metals’ Huntington facility the largest nickel alloy plant in the world.

“Today, I am personally requesting that you intervene in the negotiations between Steelworkers Local 40 and Precision Castparts to make sure that the workers are treated with dignity and respect and receive a fair contract that rewards the hard work and sacrifices they have made,” Sanders wrote to Buffett. “At a time when this company and Berkshire Hathaway are both doing very well, there is no reason why workers employed by you should be worrying about whether they will be able to feed their children or have health care. There is no reason why the standard of living of these hard working Americans should decline. I know that you and Berkshire Hathaway can do better than that.”

Buffett responded Wednesday to Sanders, saying in his own missive, “I’m passing along your letter to the CEO of Precision Castparts but making no recommendation to him as to any action. He is responsible for his business.”

Special Metals offered a 5-year contract that institutes a very significant cut in real pay when accounting for current inflation. Adding insult to injury, the company has also tried to make major cuts to accrued vacation time and employee health care, almost quadrupling the cost of health care for these workers by increasing the current monthly premium from $275 up to approximately $1,000.

Sanders reminded Buffett that the cuts in employee pay and health care are happening despite his own company doing incredibly well, noting that Buffett himself is worth $108 billion and Berkshire Hathaway is currently sitting on over $150 billion in cash. Buffett has famously pointed out that through tax loopholes he pays less in tax than his secretary.

Read Sanders’ full letter here:
https://www.sanders.senate.gov/wp-content/uploads/Sanders-Letter-to-Buffett.pdf

Read Buffett’s response here:
https://www.sanders.senate.gov/wp-content/uploads/Letter.pdf



Photos: Ice Crystals Form on Frozen Bubbles


photographer: Michelle Lynn Fritz


photographer: Hope Carter


photographer: Hope Carter


photographer: Hope Carter


photographer: Hope Carter


PIC BY Don Komarechka / Caters news


PIC BY Don Komarechka / Caters news


Dry ice freezes soap bubbles, forming frost patterns. (photo: Julian Schmuckli)

Preserved embryo found inside fossilized dinosaur egg - 'Baby Yingliang' animated reconstruction



Dec 22, 2021

Animated life reconstruction of a close-to-hatching oviraptorosaur dinosaur embryo, based on the new specimen “Baby Yingliang.”

Video Credit: Lida Xing

Excerpt:

A 72 to 66-million-year-old embryo found inside a fossilised dinosaur egg sheds new light on the link between the behaviour of modern birds and dinosaurs, according to a new study.

The embryo, dubbed ‘Baby Yingliang’, was discovered in the Late Cretaceous rocks of Ganzhou, southern China and belongs to a toothless theropod dinosaur, or oviraptorosaur. Among the most complete dinosaur embryos ever found, the fossil suggests that these dinosaurs developed bird-like postures close to hatching.

Scientists found the posture of ‘Baby Yingliang’ unique among known dinosaur embryos — its head lies below the body, with the feet on either side and the back curled along the blunt end of the egg. Previously unrecognised in dinosaurs, this posture is similar to that of modern bird embryos.

In modern birds, such postures are related to ‘tucking’ — a behaviour controlled by the central nervous system and critical for hatching success. After studying egg and embryo, researchers believe that such pre-hatching behaviour, previously considered unique to birds, may have originated among non-avian theropods.

https://www.geologypage.com/2021/12/exquisitely-preserved-embryo-found-inside-fossilized-dinosaur-egg.html



Senator Sanders: I will oppose Dr. Califf's nomination for FDA Commissioner.



Dec 14, 2021

We need leadership at the FDA that is finally willing to stand up to the greed and power of the pharmaceutical industry. In this critical moment, Dr. Califf is not the leader Americans need at the agency and I will oppose his nomination.

Bernie: Two Democrats cannot torpedo a bill supported overwhelmingly by the American people.



Dec 17, 2021

You can disagree. You can fight for your ideas. But when we have zero support from Republicans, two Democrats cannot torpedo a bill supported overwhelmingly by the American people. I do not respect that kind of arrogance.

Photos: Michigan Doctor: 'Bernie, what are you doing here?!'

@fshakir

We were driving around Michigan yesterday and Bernie Sanders saw a community health center Cherry Health MI and wanted to pop in.

Doctor: “Bernie, what are you doing here?!”
“Just wanted to thank you for the work you’re doing and hear from you"










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@fshakir

Bernie Sanders standing with the striking Kellogg's workers in Michigan and going to the picket lines





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