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One more week

before you gotta vote, so don't forget. If you do forget I will personally dress like Lena Dunham from this video, show up to your house or apartment and dance while you eat dinner. She pulls it off brilliantly, I however, will not.

Faculty meetings suck, so if you want to hear me rant stop by tonight.

Sincerely the other Dave

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alex Buczek.

2 More DLs Before Election Day

Hello-
Being home & sick yesterday, I got to listen to this interview with Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania's current Lt. Governor. Well, let me amend that, I listened to Wolf, but Lt. Governor Cawley's explanation for why the current governor couldn't be on the show (delivered with a tone dangerously close to "don't get emotional little Marty, the Gov does love you") turned me off -which led me to turn him off. I don't think for a second that Corbett or his representatives would ever say anything to sway my vote, but this instance did remind me how easy it is to not even listen to the other side(s). And in doing so, I and we miss the chance to work on compromise solutions or to see things in a different light.

Interestingly, though most of us at the weekly DL meet-up agree generally speaking, there is quite a bit of debate. We have our libertarian faction, our fiscally-conservative voices, our overthrow the system progressives and many more variations. Personally, I have learned much & I hope I have taught a bit myself. Come out and join us to share your thoughts!

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Tuesday 10/21: Drinking Liberally Center City meets every Tuesday 6- 9 p.m. at the upstairs bar of Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust and Spruce Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Sunday 10/26: Mt. Airy Drinking Coffee Liberally meets every Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m. at our new location: Malelani Cafe in Mt. Airy, 6734 Germantown Ave Philadelphia, PA 19119

Join Our Facebook Groups: Join the Center City Drinking Liberally group, the Mt. Airy Drinking Coffee Liberally group and the Philly Shooting Liberally group. It's a good way to get to know the people you see at our events.

Follow Us On Twitter: @LiberalPhilly

Center City Organizers:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alexandra Buczek.

Science isn't Sexy but we need it

Hey all:
Jacqui here and I have been living under a rock called "chemistry and Anatomy". I have come out of my cave for a little message about the cut in basic science research funding. (Caroline, I am in Blackwood, NJ and I hear your excitement).

But before I get to that.. As some of you know, I am on the board for an awesome organization in the area called "Philly Homebrew Club". We go around teaching people about making beer, wine and other fermented foods at home. Each year we hold two fundraiser events. The last one is coming up very soon and its called Made on American Street .

On Sunday 10/18/2014, we will be shutting down American Street in NoLibs for an all you can eat and drink rib/beerfestival. The link to buy tickets is here:
https://phillyhomebrew.ticketleap.com/made-on-american-street-a-bbq-rib-...
Advanced Tickets are $35 for beer glass and ribs, $25 for just ribs. Kids under 12 are free.

At the door, prices go up to $40, $35. It a funtime and it benefits Philabundance and some local children related charities.

But I digress.

What is "basic science research"? Basic science research is the study of one of the base sciences related to medicine. In the past, NIH and other governmental bodies would give money to someone studying lets say heart muscle tissue. That person would be allowed to spend their grant money to study how that muscle works, they could explore the effects on medications and chemicals on that tissue. Most of the time, they learned something or in the best of cases something weird happened and it was an amazing discovery.

Penicillin, discovered by accident, was considered a medication with national security and troop readiness implications. You see troops do things in war zones and they get sick as a result. Also bacteria research was in its infancy in the 1900-1950s, so the idea that something could kill bacteria was an important defense. As time has gone on, scientists have often found that drugs intended for one condition often help another. Think AZT being used for cancer at first but then becoming an anti-viral.

However, science has gone from being a national security issue to being a money issue. In the past, 20 years we have watched the funding for this non-directed research fizzle. Why? Because bacteria and diseases aren't sexy (ok certain ones are but that is another story). These are called Orphan Diseases because very few scientists care about them and there is little to no funding to research them.

One of these diseases was believe or not, Ebola. It wasn't in the United States and Africans don't have money, so research into enhanced prevention and treatment didn't happen. Grant minders just didn't think it was important because outbreaks don't occur often and it was assumed it would stay far away from here.

As the world grows smaller via air travel and other methods, the ocean doesn't protect us like it used to. Similar to the zebra mussels entering the great lakes, bacteria can travel very easily. So its amazing how we get surprised when these microscopic things find their way. And yet, methods for preventions are just slightly more advanced versions of leaper colonies and tuberculosis asylums.

Science can be cool but most of the time it really is not. Sometimes you have to do not fun stuff to get to the good stuff. I hope that this Ebola outbreak teaches us the lesson that we need to increase our science funding beyond the sexy stuff. Undirected research is the best research for certain problems and who knows maybe we'll discover the next penicillin completely by mistake.

See you all tonight, hopefully. The rock is heavy..

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Tuesday 10/14: Drinking Liberally Center City meets every Tuesday 6- 9 p.m. at the upstairs bar of Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust and Spruce Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Sunday 10/18: Mt. Airy Drinking Coffee Liberally meets every Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Infusion Coffee + Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave..
Join Our Facebook Groups: Join the Center City Drinking Liberally group, the Mt. Airy Drinking Coffee Liberally group and the Philly Shooting Liberally group. It's a good way to get to know the people you see at our events.
Follow Us On Twitter: @LiberalPhilly

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alex Buczek.

Guest Rant From my Anti-Social-Anger-Twin, Brendan Skwire

Some of us from back in the Tangiers days may remember when politicians would occasionally pay us a visit, trolling for votes and (of course) money.

One of these many visitors was Bill Green, who at the time was campaigning for a spot on City Council (which he won). Ol' Bill was all about how "progressive" he was, glad-handing and making all the right noises with the hole in his face he calls his mouth.

What you may not know was that Bill went on to join the hated School Reform Commission, which yesterday voted in secret to unilaterally cancel the teachers contract, setting the stage for a legal battle, quite possibly a strike, but most importantly damaging the education of our city's public school students. This is not right, it is not progressive at all, and it was a shitty and cowardly thing to do.

We all know our schools have financial troubles, but that is FAR more related to state policies that begin in Harrisburg, including the fact that we are one of very few states to have a fair funding formula (we almost did, but Dead Man Walking Corbett threw it in the garbage on day one).

Also, you might want to know that Corbett has polls that tell him the only possible way he can win election is to confront the teacher's union (more on that here). And surprise surprise surprise, his puppets on the SRC pick JUST THAT FIGHT three weeks away from election day.

I don't think it's gonna work. You can help make it NOT work by voting in November and making sure all your friends vote as well. Talk about what the SRC has done at work and with your friends. Let them know what a cowardly bullshit move this was.

Here are the faces of the SRC.

Remember them, and what they did to our kids.

Philadelphia can, and MUST, do better than this unaccountable gallery of garbage.

Thanks, and back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Brendan

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alex Buczek.

Help me out here

It's pay day! So you have no excuse but to come tonight and help me remember who said that quote a long time ago, or more recently, about that one time when Fascism showed up to a 4th of July Party wearing a nice Flag-patterned Track-Suit.

I believe I saw that particular quote on Facebook, or on the interwebs somewhere, so it must be real. And if not real, or attributable to anyone in particular, I think it still sounds about right and frighteningly prescient.

Also Ham Rove is a racist prick.

That is all for now, Faculty meetings drain my reason centers in an attempt to make sense of it all.

Sincerely the other Dave

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alex Buczek.

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