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Why Pennsylvania is Key Among Battleground States This Election
"President trump narrowly won Pennsylvania in two, thousand sixteen and the state is shaping up to be an even harder fought battleground this time. Around we turn now to our national political reporter John McCormack Hi John. Hi, thanks for having me. So John Pennsylvania is uniquely positioned even among the battleground states in terms of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic fallout. What can you tell us? Well, we did a data analysis looking at the unemployment compared to a year earlier and also the. Deaths per capita for every county in America what we found when we did that analysis was that a Pennsylvania among the battleground states has the largest proportion of counties that fall into both of those unfortunate pockets has a lot of counties that have unemployment rates that are in double digits much higher than a year ago because of the pandemic and it also. Has a good number of counties that have deaths per capita rates that are in the top twenty percent of all counties. So we we looked at both of these benchmarks to try to get a sense for you know which battleground state is sort of suffering the most pain right now related to the pandemic in Pennsylvania really stands out in in those rankings. Let's dig into some specific county as you call Bucks County in suburban Philadelphia a battleground within a battleground. Tell us more about that what's happening there? Yes. So the unemployment rate in in Bucks County, which is just outside of Philadelphia. It's nine point seven percent, and that's more than double what it was a year ago and we used your ago figures because there's a season -ality. Unemployment rates, and so we looked at what was the unemployment rate a year ago for the same month and then compared to that that month this year and bucks is a county that Democrats and Republicans have fought over very closely. In recent elections. Hillary Clinton wanted by eight tenths of one percentage point I was simply like three or four thousand votes in A. County that is home to about six, hundred, twenty, eight, thousand people, and so it is a place that gets a lot of attention. Every presidential election cycle it has an area called lower box, which is in the southern end of the county and is a little grittier more industrial and certainly more densely populated, and there's a lot of white working class voters in that area. You know really rallied around Donald. Trump. In two, thousand, sixteen in his campaign of course hopes that they'll rally around him again in this presidential election. So it's a big county. It's a complex county, has a real widespread in terms of soda sort of socio economics, and we'll be intensely fought over by the way former vice president Joe Biden will be going there on Saturday. We all know he hasn't been doing a lot of on the ground campaigning this summer and fall, but he's starting to do more of it and one of his stops this weekend will be in bucks. County. So that indicates it's important. You anticipated my next question. How are the dynamics you just described influencing how president trump and Joe Biden are approaching Pennsylvania especially in the final days of this election and how does that compare to what saw in the candidate approach to Pennsylvania in two? Thousand Sixteen Yeah Well Twenty Sixteen. There was a lot of emphasis on Pennsylvania as well. Hillary Clinton held her national political convention in the summer in Philadelphia. So that was an indication of how important the state was back then as well. Of course, president trump won the state very narrow sort of as part of his you know northern Great Lakes, trifecta Pennsylvania Michigan Wisconsin that really sealed the presidency for 'em and So it's important. Again, this time Joe Biden's headquarters is in his campaign headquarters is in Philadelphia, and when you look at the the television reservations that are in place for both campaigns between now and the election Pennsylvania on a dollars per electoral vote basis in other words if you look at all the advertising spending that's going to be going on in Pennsylvania and the next week and a half if you then divide by how many electoral votes each state has and sort of do the math on that Pennsylvania ranks right at the top specially for Joe Biden in terms of places where he's going to put a lot of dollars on television screens in the coming days. So John Given, everything we've just talked about just how key is Pennsylvania going to be in this election let's arguably the most important battleground state. Now obviously, Florida's is also very important twenty seven electoral votes, but Pennsylvania has twenty and it's sort of viewed as critical for both of these candidates from Vice President Joe Biden is from Pennsylvania. You know if if he can't win the state that was born in that, that does have a lot of sort of working class that he's trying to appeal to that could be pretty telling in terms of what happens on election night. So it'll be very much watched. Some of the outside groups that are trying to influence the presidential race they sorta described Pennsylvania as. Camel's back. They feel like if if trump can't win Pennsylvania then there's really probably know path for him. It's always dangerous to say those sorts of things because you know like anything there can be surprises in in different combinations of these states can add up to the two hundred and seventy that you need to win. But certainly, a lot of eyes will be on Pennsylvania and a lot of resources and time will be going into the state in the next week and a half before the Election Wall Street. Journal. National, political reporter John, McCormick John Thank you so much for being here today.
Pence Accepts GOP Nomination While Praising Trump, Slamming Biden
"Vice President Mike Pence's is turned to speak on the third night of the GOP convention as we talked about last night on the show law and order has been a central theme for the campaign pence hit that hard as expected, and also embraced the traditional vp duties of praising the boss and attacking the Challenger. The WSJ's John McCormack gives us the key takeaways big. Speaker of course was vice president pants I. Mean He really delivered pretty strong speech making the case that while president trump has been a colorful figure in an opinionated figure in the White House at, he's actually managed to get some things done and pence went through a long litany of what this administration views. Its accomplishments I've had the privilege to work closely with our present. I've seen him when the cameras are off. Americans see president trump in lots of different ways. But there's no. Doubt. How President Trump sees America. He sees America, for what it is. A nation that has done more good in this world than any other. A nation that deserves far more gratitude than grievance. And if you want a president. Who Falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted he's not your man. He also tried to present Joe Biden as a real tool of the left calling Trojan horse at one point. That's a that's a phrase that the trump campaign is used extensively and they really want to try to present Biden somebody who? Hasn't fought back against what they call. The radical left is more liberal than. The Biden campaign would care to let on Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading. To violence in America's cities. The hard truth is. You won't be safe in Joe. Biden's America. And under president trump. We will always stand with those who stand on the thin Blue Line and we're not going to de-fund police not now not ever. We also heard from outgoing presidential adviser, Kellyanne, Conway she and other female speakers from the White House defended the president's treatment of women arguing that he supported their careers tonight president trump will give his big speech. You can stream it live on wsj.com. Noticeably missing from this convention, some of the highest profile elected officials from past and present. It's a reflection of sweeping change in the Republican Party under president trump for more on the shifting identity of the GOP joined by White House reporter Alex Leary Alex, great to talk to You my pleasure. Alex the convention seems like a good place to start because symbolically, we're not seeing people like George W Bush or Mitt Romney give a speech how his president trump shape the party during his four years. Yes. This is one hundred percent trump's party. At the moment he is shaped at very much in his own mold. For example, on foreign policy on trade and other issues it is now the trump version of the GOP versus those past figures that you mentioned and from a message standpoint how has he changed the party identity and platform? It's a lot more populous. It's a lot more focused on the average person of spoke to Lindsey Graham for our story who said that the GOP and Mitt Romney, the twenty twelve nominee sort of resembled the country club set the swirling banker next door. President trump has made it much more of a working class focus with his populist policies. And how has he done that? Is it through his social media is it through his television appearances? How has he made that maneuver? He started through all that he's a very dominant interesting figure that has captured the imagination of people. Both critics and fans alike and president trump knows how to use the system to his advantage and to get his voice out there it all comes down to the base. The people who elected him That is the strength of of how you get elected and. People lawmakers, etc. No. That and if they wanted you know if they WANNA stay in office they're going to have to adhere to that message into to the party base. Let's look ahead to the future just a little bit. If we see a second term will the Republican Party stay status quo or is more chain evitable I think there will more change is Inevitable, the president trump will continue to put his stamp on things. For example, he is increasingly used a lot of executive order really stressing the the powers of his office, which is something that Republicans in the past had sort of been wary of. We'd see things like that. We probably see more protectionist prayed trade policies and maybe even more of a withdrawal. Of the US from the world stage on foreign policy art. Let's talk about another scenario. If the Democrats win the White House will this inevitably be a time of self reflection for the Republicans and who they are moving forward or will the trump legacy has some stained power? It'll have staying power because of the base that we mentioned that you know the. Voting the voting blocks or very trump centric, and that's not going to change overnight but there will be a debate within the party about some of the past policies such as foreign policy trade in which way to go perhaps some figures WANNA. Go back to the way they were So yes, the there will be a debate and it could get pretty ugly.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"You, Charlie. We are live from the Bloomberg interactive brokers studio, and you have to hand it to President Trump with his curious fixation on the hands of the newest Democratic White House, hopeful Trump. Manage to distract from beta over orcs message just wanna seemed O'Rourke had control of the hype. Now the question is can only work rise above the hype and sell his message. Joining us is John McCormack, Bloomberg news, money and politics. Reporter who is in Iowa covering aerobics various campaign appearances through tomorrow, and John what about rox initial appearances has he made a splash. Yeah. No. He's definitely getting lots of buzz here in Iowa. People had been waiting for him for months to to sort of arrive here for his first time as a declared presidential candidate. And you know, they've his campaign has really tried to have a fairly small events. So, you know, there hasn't been any arenas or big calls. Even a all mostly has been in small coffee shops and other sort of a small venues where I was at a house party with him last night in muscatine. It was you know, packed wall to wall with people, but it was also a very tiny house, and they seem to be picking venues that they know they can easily sell on this first trip. So there's a little bit of stagecraft involved with all this as well. This John I've I've read some people saying that it's know impromptu that fits his style and other people saying that it's disorganized, which do you think it is? Yeah, it you can either of those things. You went into these events yesterday. And there was like one young man sort of trying to collect people's names and Email addresses, but it was much less organized than you'd seen like Elizabeth Warren events earlier this year or Cory Booker events. This campaign was clearly pretty clearly, you know, thrown together, and and just the last few days all this time of waiting. Yeah. Yeah. You know, you'd think they would have had things a little bit more put together, but this is in keeping with his sort of style. You know, he had great success in that Texas Senate race last year. I, you know, coming within two and a half percentage points of Ted Cruz and a very red state, and he sort of did things in a sort of a seat of the pants way did a lot with social media. And he was doing a lot with social media. Yesterday, tweeting pictures of his is vehicle and driving himself, which is kind of interesting. You just don't see presidential candidates driving themselves to their own campaign events, very often. Argue that that's a risky thing to do. But it's in keeping with sort of his style picking up on that point, though, he's he's already faced some criticism about his campaign being focused on style over substance. Yeah. His his answers on policy questions are often rather vague at one specific thing that I did hear him say yesterday was that he thinks the minimum wage should be increased to fifteen dollars an hour within the next six years. That's about as specific as he got for most of the day. Yeah. A young man yesterday evening asked him, if if you know reparations should be paid to the descendants of African American in the United States, and you know, he he he talked for three minutes about the issues of racism in America. But never really answered the question. So he he is trying to be very nuanced or or vague, even and his responses a lot of these questions that he's getting oftentimes saying, well, we need to have a dialogue about this sort of thing. And we need to work with Republicans to find solutions as well. So we'll find out if that's if if that works well with the democratic base or not there are certainly elements of the democratic base that want more confrontation with Trump and Republicans, not less. I was surprised in looking at the reaction last night to his announcement that there was a harsh critique and some resentment by supporters of female candidates at all the publicity he's gotten and the hope surrounding his candidacy. Did you see any of that? They're on the ground. Yeah. I mean, he he is getting an awful lot of media attention. No, no doubt. I mean, the the media scrum was him yesterday was huge. Yeah. Definitely mung. The biggest that I've seen with any of these presidential candidates so far in in Iowa. And so, yeah, I mean, you know, well, they will they hyper reality live up to the hype. What will start to get a sense for that in the next few months to see if he really gets any traction ear- early states. But yeah, he's getting a ton of media attention, and you can easily see how some of the other candidates might feel a little bit resentful about that. Especially since he's, you know, he's a white guy from Texas. He is not a at a -sarily historic candidate. He's not African American. He's out a woman, I sort of any of those attributes, and so you know, he is getting an untwisted amount of attention for candidacy that is not necessarily historic. Although he is putting forward sort of more of a generational shift and selling his youth. He jumped on top of a a coffee house counter yesterday in a single bound and again, driving himself and sort of. Stressing his youthfulness sounds like superman. Well, get a single bound g you know, everything that you just said in the last couple of minutes here describing beta or Rourke reminds me of of covering Bill Clinton. In. I'll probably some similarities he also sort of was representing a generational change. And you know, there can be real energy about that. I have no doubt that Aurora will bring in some new young voters to this process. I think he is very facile with social media and sort of the tools of the way to reach out to young voters. So I'm sure he will expand the electorate, but that is that's a that's a good comparison to Clinton back in that campaign as well. Speaking of substance, let me just get you to talk about one thing in a CBS news of you did say that he would raise taxes on the wealthy incorporations. Yeah. He did. But again, there were not a lot of specifics. You know, it it's something that almost he would almost have to say if he's in the democratic primary, but you know, not a lot of detail in terms of of rates that he thinks are appropriate. So you know, he he is he sort of has the. These broad outlines on policy, but not a lot of specifics at this point again, he's just entering the race. Some of these other candidates have now been in a couple of months had much more structured sort of polish policy shops putting together kind of thinking. But my dad says, you know, when he gets to sort of his first television town hall, or you know, really does get pushed by media, and he was not not super accessible to the media yesterday in terms of answering questions at a press conference, which most of the other presidential candidates have been doing at at most of their stops. Tom mccormick. Thanks for joining us from Iowa, Bloomberg news, money and politics. Reporter Bloomberg BusinessWeek with Carol Massar and Jason Kelly is coming up right here on Bloomberg radio. And Jason is here to tell us what they're going to be talking about in the next hour. Well, it's going to be a busy Friday afternoon. We are going to try. And understand technology's role in this tragedy down in New Zealand and unfortunately timely cover story in Bloomberg BusinessWeek this week about Facebook in its role in how all of these messages are put forth and unfortunately, acted upon in this case, and we're also going to catch up with Dr in less baiter. He's one of our favorites. Talk to us a little bit about telemedicine. Facebook's can't seem to stay on top of a lot of these messages. Absolutely. Yeah. It's really one of the big existential crisis. Crises facing, the company something that Mark Zuckerberg is really wrestling with quite publicly. That's ahead on Bloomberg BusinessWeek. I'm Bob moon. I'm June Grasso. This is Bloomberg Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Carol.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Listening to politics policy and power on Bloomberg radio. I'm Peter Barnes with Bob move up hundred check in on the presidential race, man. It sounds weird to say that this early. But yes, the presidential race is on and by saying no Amy klobuchar hopes she'll be able to convince voters to say, yes. To her twenty twenty democratic presidential campaign for more on this story. Let's check in with John McCormack, Bloomberg news money and politics reporter isn't early Shawn. The Iowa caucuses are. Really only eleven months away at this point. Activity Amy klobuchar spoke at a union hall in the north side of Des Moines. And and yeah, she's she's trying to carve out this centrist lane for herself, which she she sort of has to herself for now that could certainly change in the next few weeks have shared Brown or even former vice president Joe Biden gets in the race. But for now, she's trying to sort of own the centrist space for the party. You know, she's kinda cool to Medicare for all. She's you know, the the green new deal is aspirational, but probably not practical to implement in its entirety at least initially. So that's her that's her positioning for now. This is risky for her. I mean, the progressives control the base of the Democratic Party. And they're probably gonna control who gets the nomination at the end of all this totally agree. It is risky, and you know, even here in Iowa caucuses Bernie Sanders. Was a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton. The entrance polls for the Caucasus showed that more than two thirds of the Democrats who participated last time describes themselves as as liberal only about twenty eight percents said they were moderate and like three percents of their conservative. So it's it's a fraction of the vote that she's going after obviously she would try to get some of those liberals as well. And she's also using an argument that she thinks she's highly electable would stand up well against Trump. She she won. I think it was forty two counties in the state of Minnesota where she ran for reelection. Last fall. Those are counties that Trump had one about half of the state counties. And so she has a record of doing well, and sort of some of those purple and even read counties, which you know, she made her first campaign stop, actually in Wisconsin, not Iowa making the case that Hillary Clinton should've gone, there should have spent more time in Wisconsin. And maybe the outcome of the two thousand sixteen election would have been different. You guys make it sound like the Democratic Party has a completely shut down the the centrist beliefs that got Bill Clinton elected, for example. Yes. Absolutely. A very different party than it was for Clinton and really even for Obama. I mean, if you if you put Obama sort of in the prison of this current twenty twenty field, he would be a much much closer to char. And and further apart from most of the rest of the field at this point, again, I it seems like the progressives have been the one who jumped in the race the soonest. You know, this field is not yet fully formed, and there probably will be some more centrist more moderate Democrats who get in again, they'll be competing for you know, about a third of that democratic primary vote. So if you could win most of that in a really crowded field it could be enough. But as we mentioned before it's pretty risky, and this is. Always been part of the chess game in Iowa is is to to figure out what appeals to those voters Iowa is viewed as a rural state, and it and it is. But there's also a lot of urban suburban areas in the state. So looking you know, th there's an sort of one easy fit. If you're one of these candidates trying to appeal to the electorate, you have to you have to be pro union in every democrat, you have to be pro union, and especially in eastern, Iowa where there's a lot of manufacturing and union jobs need to appeal to rural voters rural counties are heavily Republican. But there are democratic votes out there. So you have to know things about farming and appeal to that sort of out, and then you know, there's suburban an independent voters. The only thing that's caucuses. They're going to have this time sort of a virtual caucus where you can dial in or participated on your smartphone. It's going to be complex and kind of experimental. And it's probably only going to be about ten percent of the vote. Has there been any early polling and who's on top right now? Not a ton in Iowa, Des Moines. Register I will pull it sort of the gold standard here. And they haven't had one for. I don't know. It's probably been a month or six weeks at this point. So yeah, I don't think we can I think we're gonna look at the national polls to certain extent at this point, and that's really mostly name recognition, but in Iowa caucus goers here. I don't think we have a very good sense for that. Also when he talked to the voters events, I've been talking about a bunch of the last few days and very few people have settled on anybody. In fact, they tend to be looking at you know, a half dozen you only ask him who's your preferred candidate they'll rattle off five or six names. So they like that they have a smorgasbord people seem actually happy that there's this huge smorgasbord of choices. But at some point they have to pick, you know, their their first choice in their second choice. And so there there will be a lot of movement you this the smart political minds. In Iowa say, you absolutely do not want to be the front runner right now. Because it almost certainly guarantees that you won't be eleven months from now. John McCormack, Bloomberg news, money and politics. Reporter thanks for joining us. You're listening to Bloomberg politics policy and power on Bloomberg.
SK Hynix and Samsung confirm investigation by Chinese regulators
"Negotiating process in the world of trump andrew sheets is at morgan stanley he says don't ignore the problem for reaching the point where these deadlines are coming up whether it's steel tariffs were of its nafta where a decision is going to have to be made either way and i think that that is going to create a more volatile backdrop for markets meantime adam posen he's the president of the peterson institute he was saying just like the smoothawley tariffs in the nineteenth thursdays president trump's tariffs are going to hurt the us economy toot holly took a bad situation made it worse what's what this let's call it trump folly trump folly will in the end could maybe create a recession we didn't have to have so watch for some more fireworks possible on trade when president trump pretends the g seven summit in quebec this weekend yeah certainly when you look at the statement from the finance ministers doug that is what the indication was in the meantime there were watching for a major campaign against president trump's trade policy bloomberg's john mccormack says the billionaire conservative cole brothers charles and david are launching a major free trade initiative they are going to put what they say will be multiple millions of dollars behind the campaign they declined to give us more specific details on that but they're going could be a large effort on their part now the coke network is the most influential conservative entity outside the republican party itself two of the world's largest chipmakers say they are now under investigation by the chinese government that story from bloomberg's yvonne man south korea samsung s k high next say investigators have visited there chinese offices and they are cooperating with the probe by chinese regulators that's after the regulators visited the chinese offices of the us rival micron technology last week this could indicate a new front and growing trade dispute between the us and china china is the world's biggest consumer of semiconductors but isn't among the top ten producers of key components south korea media reports china is accusing samsung and hynix of price collusion in hong kong i'm yvonne man bloomberg daybreak asia now we're looking at shares of starbucks down almost one percent in fact right now late trade that's afterward that a founder howard schultz is leaving the coffee chain we get details from denise pelligrini after nearly four decade run the desert coffeehouse culture into mainstream american life starbucks says.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Super Station 101
"Essence of man sometimes i can pick up and essence of a person just by hearing their voice and and sometimes it it's it's visual and voice you know on video and sometimes if i don't get it there in person i can tell an essence of a man what they're all about that's what they're all about and you know the only thing i can say our president is a fool if he will be led into that trap because he will go down and i don't know what we can do other than than in our time or whether we we hear yanni are laura or whatever on that thing we ought to be getting together some kind of campaign to get the president's attention on this and with him not to go into that yes thank you so i appreciate it appreciate you listening oh you got rid of i wanted to know what she thought about me but with my voice well maybe she'll call back she probably knows she probably already knows about you oh really the president united states weekly standard article trump to cut planned parenthood funding administration will announce friday article by john mccormack says that the executive action is based on a nineteen eightyeight reagan regulation but yet but he can't eliminate most of planned parenthood's federal funding the trump administration will announce a proposed rule to cut taxpayer funding to abortion it's like planned parenthood under title ten a program that provides two hundred sixty million dollars annually in federal funding for contraception and other family planning initiatives the proposal would require a.
"john mccormack" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Here we are president trump this is another example maybe of him doing just what he said he was going to do as a candidate that's exactly right i don't think that you can view this president's decision in isolation you've gotta view it in the context of two previous presidents making vows that they did not follow through on and there's nothing more that that president trump likes than saying that he's done things that previous presidents have been unable to do so the move of the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem is one and you can i think transfer that line of thinking to negotiating with kim jong on in north korea and blowing up the iran deal he takes i think a lot of pride and satisfaction in saying that he's solving thorny problems or following through on commitments that previous presidents did not have the fortitude to do i think that is this president's mindset going into the the embassy in jerusalem and the all of the events today john mccormack jump in here how will this embassy opening impact tensions that already seemed to be quite high in the middle east you know i think they were already very high i don't know that necessarily how much this is going to have an impact obviously on on the gaza border it's an incredibly difficult situation for these rayleigh government when you have thousands of people threatening to to broach the the border how do you respond i think people who are criticizing israel right now need to give a specific example of what exactly they should be doing short of lethal force it's a very ugly situation but i don't know on the political point here i do think to l what allie honest said this really is one of trump's first examples of him really succeeding in not being a typical politician you know his other policy cheapens whether you think they're good or bad you know the the republican tax bill that was a republican bill it wasn't that trump tax bill you know trump is the central premise of his campaign he said he was going to be different not a typical politician the this is one of the first real tangible examples.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Semi weekly checks and so it it is it's a hard it's a hard thing for the gop to sell when people aren't necessarily feeling it in big way and it's it's also something that is sort of nebulous until all of us fill out our tax returns next year you know you can you can run your information through tax calculators and you can get you can talk to your accountant and you can get a fairly good gas or estimate but until we all sort of do our twenty eighteen taxes in twenty nineteen it's really hard to sort of feel whether this you know did impact any individual's situation so you run into that a lot of that at the door just uncertainty about what it all really means which therefore translates to sort of uncertain political support fifteen twenty seconds are we going to see the rnc follow on from the on the coke effort or any other republican or conservative groups well i'm sure it will be part of it's definitely part of the rnc's messaging and i you know the c we'll do some door to door canvassing as well so i'm sure it's certainly i it's sort of the one thing that the republican party has to run on this year so pretty much i think wherever you see campaign activity you are going to hear about the tax law thank you for this john as the run up to the midterms continues that was bloomberg news money and influence reporter john mccormack coming up here on bloomberg politics policy power in law president trump's new tack on the stormy daniels saga i the latest world and national headlines nancy lyons in the bloomberg ninety nine one newsroom i imagine this is top story for you.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Ologies
"john mccormack" Discussed on Ologies
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"john mccormack" Discussed on Ologies
"That sounds terrible it sounds terrible but actually it's a pretty darn good way of doing it as it turns out we've had new computational tools come online that have allowed us to sort of align dna across whole genomes in a way that it would take years to do by so you can get most of it close to correct but then it turns out those really really tough spots to align are actually almost best done by wow a computer really hasn't figured out how to effectively do that and in some cases people have used crowd sourcing to do it so they've put these really complicated chunks of dna online and then people can go on like a little game and sort of move the basis around and kind of come up with the best explanation for how they should be aligned to each other like citizens science projects yeah exactly so i looked into this and there's a game called filo p h y l o it's put out by the mcgill center for bio informatics and it kind of resembles a linear like brightly colored tetris with blocks that you try to slide around until they match each other each block represents nuclear tied sequences of different filo genetic tax so sucked at first but i didn't care because it features like jazzy piano background music which is held sweet and then you can also select which disease you'd like to help cure by matching nucleotides sequences of different follow genetic tax so you can click on the menu like infectious diseases blood diseases heart and muscle diseases it's really it's quite an impressive menu i chose brain and nervous system z's which had kind of powerful effect because as you're playing it'll kind of hit you that maybe you're helping researchers find out more about say my mom's disease multiple sclerosis maybe by playing this video game i'm helping out so i looked at a video and an earlier version of filo used a graphic in the lower corner to represent your score and it was silhouettes from the road to homo sapiens aka.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Ologies
"Showed us the genetic component and then after that was sort of incorporated with darwin's views and natural selection or listener questions ready yeah okay hope these aren't too insane chasing katie wants to know i don't even understand this question i'm just gonna read it if he works in sequence alignment i want to know what is the most significant discovery arisen from resolving anomalies in human dna i just reread this question again like seventeen times i still don't understand it i looked it up and it seems to involve finding matching sequences within d n a to point to one common ancestor that make sense the question is is about how we take multiple sequences from multiple individuals and know that we're looking at the same piece of dna across individuals so that's sequence alignment is a very important part of building a tree of evolutionary relationships from dna data a lot of times you get pieces of dna from very different species and evolution has taken them in such different directions that you almost don't recognize that those pieces of dna are related to one another and so it comes quite challenging to sort of align at all together and no you're looking at sort of the same base or the same chunk of dna or the same gene across different species we have had new computational tools come online that have really vastly improved our ability to do that by it used to be you got these chunks of dna and then you would just look at them on a computer and sort of move them around i.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Ologies
"You were just destined to be ripped turns out not so much lamarque in genetics predated darwin's theory of evolution and once darwin came on the scene people were like yup beila mark a rivera the now so how does john feel about lamarque and also did did lamarque get a she get the shafts or are you he should have never been kind of known all i'm a big believer the lamarque you know has been overly vilified i mean the fact was a little marks theory was the first kind of full and coherent theory of aleutian that evolved involved a mechanism for how it occurred no one had really done that before so even if he was wrong he got people talking and he got people thinking and he got people like darwin thinking about why he was wrong and that move things forward so yeah i'm a big fan of lamarque he did a lot of things right they just happen to be wrong about how traits changed in how they were passed down through the generations what about epigenetics hayfield that ride so this is so funny my students will laugh when they hear that question because it just yesterday i went on a along unannounced rant about epigenetics you know it's the term is misapplied these days quite lot especially in media accounts i understand it's a buzz word sepa quick primer so epa genetics is kind of a buzzword these days essentially refers to win your gene expressions change not the dna or the genetic code itself but just the expression of it changes so john says it really applies to specific cases where dna can be silenced by the addition of molecules to something called the historians history are proteins that make up the structure that dna gets round around so those molecules can attach effectively silence silence certain parts of the genome and in some cases it seems that those silencers can be passed down from parents to offspring and.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Ologies
"Okay back to that road homeless beans linear evolution illustration and how that's not really how things happen although it's even used by people who are pro evolution i think it kind of leaves people with a amiss impression of how evolution actually operates because you know chimpanzees in humans are each other's closest relatives and you know humans didn't evolve from chimpanzees we evolved from some common ancestor that we shared with chimpanzees and so that that depiction of evolution is kind of you know following a linear pattern right it it'd be lies the true branching history of evolution that's underneath and one of the most common questions you get and you know just recently on twitter tim allen of all people is going to weigh in on evelyn and ask the question you get a lot which is if humans evolved from apes wire they're still apes right and again it it's it's embodied in the in that symbol that that's not true we didn't evolved from apes gorillas and chimpanzees and us all volved from a common ancestor that was neither in ap nora chimpanzee nor a human but something else maybe that was just a personal branding question for him because he did make make his mark on the world by grunting right like he is like a shoot maybe i had to rethink this we'll see he's got good pr people maybe i saw that and it was like tim allen sit down just just go away.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Ologies
"He decided to make this family affair into a family affair and he had several babies with his cousin back to the beagle charles darwin did a bunch of writing kind of like travel blogging but with more dysentery and smeared ink and his diaries were made into a popular book the voyage of the beagle it was on these travels that he started to come up with a theory of evolution but it took him years of taint garing and re writing and illness which may or may not have been shaggy disease from a parasite on something called an assassin bug and he was also a little worded by i think procrastination but finally he published his on the origin of species his book in eighteen fifty nine it was a huge deal he also kind of published it alongside a contemporary of his alfred wallace now offered wallace never heard of him before i started researching this episode he was working on a super similar theory but he had a harder and more impoverished life than darwin like wallace's ship full of work sank to the ocean floor he was adrift at sea on a lifeboat alfred wallace who no one ended up caring about but back to darwin on the beagle trip so darwin stopped for supplies in the galapagos islands off the coast of south america and he noticed that different animals on different islands had slightly different features for example all those finches why do they have different beak shapes.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Ologies
"Exactly right let's take a quick darwin detour who was he why should you care i'm going around the down is quick that i can't feel so charles robert darwin was born in england in the early eighteen hundreds his father was a superrich doctor and darwin tried to go to medical school bidding hey that he hated that he was also the grandson of prominent abolitionists which is cool and he loved nature and geology he loved collecting beetles god he loved it his dad was like kiddo your loser and darwin's like dad can i just go on this boat the hms beagle and travel the world and i'll write about it will you please finance it rich dad and his dad reluctantly agreed but at one point said him you married for this quote you care for nothing but shooting dogs and rat catching and you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family but hodge jokes on you pop he wasn't a disgrace to his whole family chris charles darwin married his cousin oh apparently when he was considering taking on cousin bride he was so accustomed to filling notebooks with thoughts on various specimens and animal breeding and stuff that he scrawled out a page with one column headed mary and another not marry now advantages of marriage included quote constant companion and friend in old age better than a dog anyhow well i don't know if i grew that cons were less money for books and terrible loss of time so constant companion friend and old age better than a dog or less money for books and a terrible loss of time.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Ologies
"Are you like a little bit yeah you know i guess i'm still i'd say fairly organized about my things but yeah in terms of just general life and scheduling and things like that it's a bit of the disaster you might expect from an academic and so tell me a little bit about when you first kind of grasped the concept of evolution lynn when did you start to realize okay mutations are responsible for a lot of these different like appearances and behavior in capabilities of animals like when did you start to get excited about volition i think it was when i was doing some of those early readings in high school you know i know there are other people that have spoken at more link about evolution than carl sagan who was principal principally an astronomer cosmetologist and but it was some of his books the delve more into evolutionary ideas that got me into it from there john studied at university of arizona and he took an evolution class by dr nancy moran who i looked her up she is a bad ass and a macarthur fellow she researches the gut biomass of aphids and it was really there for the first time that i learned is kind of the basic framework of evolution and its processes mutation natural selection and then some things i'd never heard of like genetic drift which is the sort of random way that evolution can can take gene frequencies in populations in that that there are whole aspects of it i hadn't heard of that was pretty exciting to what's an example of genetic drift.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Ologies
"So do you would you say that you have like genus and species on the brain a lot oh yeah yeah all the time because that's a lot of what we do here with a with a specimen collection just you know naming the basic units of biodiversity do you remember is a kid in in class learning that like what was it king philip what is the yeah what is it again i can't remember it let's talk taxonomy which is how science organizes things so you may have learned that plants and fungi and animals are classified into domain kingdom class order family genus species and you're like wow alley that is amazing how did you memorize that your genius and i know that's what you're thinking now the mnemonic device is clutch here i never remembered the pneumonic device for this i remember we learned one i think it was like dear king philip came over from germany comma so which is weird who ends what's the so about what's the rest of the story anyway i never remembered it dear king philip came over for grape soda is another way to remember kingdom class order family genus species another alternative you could use is dick ish can poured coffee on france good shirt fuck off ken or dang kinky people come over for group sex which is apparently what some biology teachers use they're like they know marketing they know how to get your attention don't kick people coming from goldman sachs is another alternative depending on how your thoughts about it so calling an organism or a specimen by its genus and species it's kind of like saying your last name i but it's what we call linian taxonomy even though swedish ecologist carl aeneas he didn't really invent it someone else did it was kind of already established so john wasn't busy learning carl lineas pneumonic memory devices in high school but he was down with the different carl carl sagan who despite being an astronomer and a cosmetologist he wrote about evolution sometimes representative aleutian as the ever branching ramifications of some original trunk each branch pruned and clipped by natural selection sagan has an eight minute animated.
"john mccormack" Discussed on Ologies
"Hi it's your eccentric but quiet neighbor alley ward hey how did you get here why why don't we have flippers he's a fly my cousin what is life welcome to sherry biology now this is a special episode because frankly i thought it was lost to extinction i thought it was plum deed i recorded it with an evolutionary biologist who works at the same lab at occidental college our gist from a few episodes back so late last year before i had better microphones or necessarily a good interviewer them down i visited with this evolutionary biologist and before the tape rolled we talked about birds and our upcoming holiday plans and then we sat down to chat about natural selection and then i lost the file for like a lot of months and i found it on a drive recently and oh oh so exciting it was like encountering a dodo bird in a pf changs parking lot i was a static another thing that's exciting your support thank you to everyone funding the production of this podcast on patriot dot com slash allergies it's run completely independently and your pledges for as little as twenty five cents an episode totally keep it going i'm able to pay an amazing editor what's up steven to cut it all up and put it back together you can also support just by getting some sweet sweet allergies merch get a shirt for twenty bucks on alajiz merch dot com in whatever color you want or you can support for free no money just by telling a friend or you can tweet about it or subscribe on itunes are you subscribed go check sometimes apple just unsubscribe me from things and it also helps so much to rate or to leave a review for the podcast this week allergies was number twenty in science podcasts on itunes sure we had some ghost podcast beat but number twenty is thrilling as hell for an.
"john mccormack" Discussed on WLOB
"Trump's fear he said here's john mccormack though a republican bob lanier he works for the weekend reagan john mccormack i think this really can't be seen as anything other than a a strong rebuke to republicans and the president trump if you look at the at glaspie the republican one almost all the trump supporters and northampton the democrat one almost all of the people who disapprove of trump there is a lot more people who disapproved to president trump 57th disapproved forty percent approved that clash against against democrats beneath large bob mcdonnell a former governor one by much bigger money back line uh but i don't really president gbagbo that eyeglass be didn't really on that close he doesn't really make much uh so is it is it a rejection of trumpism or is it not being trump now let's go to rnc chair rhona mcdaniel our bases far from the enthusiasm for the president is still strong you're seeing it with a record rnc fund raising voters wabc canada's embraced as president and you saw in virginia ralph north them said i'm going to work with the president they want wanna see things get done they want to see people work together across party lines and that's a lesson one can take away last night not trump up she says embrace the trump is that the way to go motors are passionate about the president and you know you got to stop pussyfooting around as you know a lot of these establishment people day only embrace trump really against their will they they they still don't buy trump's america argument i didn't think i don't know if she said uh nor them was sh he either reason that she gave was that northern said he's he wants to work with the president and that's why people are going to work at the birth in out at northern you can say anything you want about a deputy did not embrace the president at some point he probably said i'm willing to work with the president i mean that's what you have to say uh but do you think it's do you think people lose if they don't embrace the president more and not run from him uh eight five two four eight six six a lot of times the the panini jacob who what's going to.