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Silver Nanoparticles as Potential Antiviral Agents

Abstract: Virus infections pose significant global health challenges, especially in view of the fact that the emergence of resistant viral strains and the adverse side effects associated with prolonged use continue to slow down the application of effective antiviral therapies. This makes imperative the need for the development of safe and potent alternatives to conventional antiviral drugs. In the present scenario, nanoscale materials have emerged as novel antiviral agents for the possibilities offered by their unique chemical and physical properties.

8 votes

Some Things More Likely to Kill You Than Ebola

OCTOBER 16, 2014
You want to feel afraid? Here are some things to be afraid of.

With the Ebola virus having now infected fully .0000006 percent of the American population, it's obviously time to panic, because you're probably going to die from it. But while you're panicking over Ebola, are there other things you should be fearing simultaneously, to really take your terror into the stratosphere? Why yes there are. And I've decided to make a chart, so you'll know just what to be afraid of.

4 votes

Old propaganda returns: evidence of torture in Syria by Assad (video)

*read the comments, people are not falling for it this time*

A U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum director says graphic photos showing the corpses of Syrian torture victims reveal a "systematic killing machine" that is reminiscent of the images from Nazi concentration camps.

11 votes

The Crist / Scott Debate Hits the Fan: Florida's Dysfunctional Governor's Race Run Without Fans For Either Candidate, Next

Charlie Crist insisted on having a fan at his feet for the debate, Rick Scott protested the imbalance by refusing to go on stage for a brief time. Crist's staffer runs to Target, breaks some laws in the process, and the rest is history.

Read about the law-breaking and other fun details here:

www.drudgereport.com

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/10/15/ri...

For Charlie's Fangate Response:

9 votes

Obama, Not Bush, Is the Master of Unilateral War

The president must force Congress to vote on his military powers
By Jack Goldsmith and Matthew Waxman

Late in the summer of 2013, President Barack Obama pulled back from his announced plans to use unilateral military force against Syria and stated that he would instead seek Congress’s approval. “I believe our democracy is stronger when the president acts with the support of Congress,” and “America acts more effectively abroad when we stand together,” he said. “This is especially true after a decade that put more and more war-making power in the hands of the president … while sidelining the people’s representatives from the critical decisions about when we use force.”

Congress never authorized Obama to use force in Syria, and Russian President Vladimir Putin gave him an out by brokering a deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons. But Obama’s statement on the need for congressional consent, and the noted contrast with his predecessor, are nonetheless clarifying in their irony.

Obama’s predecessor asserted very broad presidential prerogatives in other military contexts, and his Justice Department wrote expansive legal justifications for unilateral war. But in the context of initiating war, Bush acted in a manner respectful of separation of powers. He did not “sideline the people’s representatives from the critical decisions about when we use force.” To the contrary, he sought and received legislative authorization before using force. Both of Bush’s major wars—against the 9/11 perpetrators (and their protectors), and against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq—were clearly and formally approved in advance by Congress in, respectively, its September 2001 and October 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMFs).

5 votes

The Secret Casualties of Iraq's Abandoned Chemical Weapons

C.J. Chivers || New York Times
Photo:Tyler Hicks/New York Times

The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West...

11 votes

Rand Paul mocks the NIH for 'Origami condom'

By Scott Wong
October 15, 2014, 05:55 pm

ASHLAND, Va. — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took aim Wednesday at the National Institutes of Health for blaming the agency's slow response to the Ebola outbreak on budget cuts.

"We have people who go blithely on TV and say we don't have enough money to study Ebola. Have you seen what the NIH spends money on?" Paul, a prospective 2016 presidential candidate, said at a campaign rally for Republican congressional candidates Dave Brat and Ed Gillespie.

20 votes

The Government Is Spying On Us Through Our Computers, Phones, Cars, Buses, Streetlights, At Airports And On The Street, Via

Mobile Scanners And Drones, Through Our Smart Meters, And In Many Other Ways:

Take a Peek at How Widespread Spying Has Become

Even now – after all of the revelations by Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers – spying apologists say that the reports are “exaggerated” or “overblown”, and that the government only spies on potential bad guys.

In reality, the government is spying on everyone’s digital and old-fashioned communications.

For example, the government is photographing the outside information on every piece of snail mail.

The government is spying on you through your phone … and may even remotely turn on your camera and microphone when your phone is off.

As one example, the NSA has inserted its code into Android’s operating system … bugging three-quarters of the world’s smartphones. Google – or the NSA – can remotely turn on your phone’s camera and recorder at any time.

Moreover, Google knows just about every WiFi password in the world … and so the NSA does as well, since it spies so widely on Google.

23 votes

Robert Leone brutally beaten by police for 11 hours then accused of breaking cops hand with his face

Robert Leone was brutally beaten by police for 11 hours and jailed 2.5 years for a traffic violation. He filed a lawsuit and it has continued to be pushed back. No criminal charges have been brought before the officers who attacked Leone. The DOJ and FBI will not open an investigation of the Pennsylvania state troopers even though the beating was caught on police dashcam. A congressman even tried to get an investigation to no avail.

Read entire interview transcript here:

2 votes

Nowhere To Hide: Video: How Raytheon software tracks you online

If they want to, they know every move you make and you’ll never know it…. I assume because we don’t know or actually see it happening we don’t feel that our privacy is being violated. They spy on us because we the “sheeple”… I mean the people allow it to happen. oh, this is just one of many programs our government has developed to spy and track us like rats in a cage. Apathy is killing America…

19 votes

Meghan McCain: My dad hates Rand Paul

For everyone who dropped their support for Rand based on something McCain said a few weeks ago, you can go back to supporting Rand now, LOL.

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Meghan McCain: My dad hates Rand Paul

By Judy Kurtz
October 15, 2014, 12:09 pm

Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) daughter said on Wednesday that her father and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) "hate each other."

2 votes

San Andreas Fault Ready to Blow

List Of 4 San Francisco Bay Area Faults Ready To Rupture In Major Earthquake
October 14, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Four areas of the San Andreas fault system in the San Francisco Bay Area have accumulated enough energy to produce major earthquakes, a new study finds.

The study estimates the Rodgers Creek, northern Calaveras and southern Green Valley faults are long overdue for a major earthquake. Those three faults have not ruptured in a major earthquake of at least a magnitude 6.7 since the reporting of earthquakes by local residents. The southern Hayward fault, which produced a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in 1868, is also past its due date.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/10/14/san-andreas-faul...

1 vote

The War Against ISIS Will Explode Our Nation’s Debt

The Fiscal Times By Eric Pianin
September 29, 2014

While Americans and Congress are rallying behind President Obama’s campaign to eradicate ISIS, a senior House Democratic leader said on Monday that lawmakers must shed their “rose-colored glasses” and take a hard look at the fiscal implications of an almost-certain long-term military engagement in Iraq and Syria.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) urged the Armed Services and Appropriations Committees to schedule hearings as soon as possible to provide taxpayers with a realistic assessment of what it may cost in the coming decade to battle ISIS -- and gauge the likely impact on the deficit and other spending priorities.

Related: Boehner Says Defeating ISIS Means Using Ground Troops

Noting that the administration of Republican President George W. Bush vastly underestimated the cost of invading Iraq and Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks against the U.S., Hoyer said during a speech at the National Press Club, “I think any hearings . . . need to contemplate cost and we need to let the American people know that there is consequence in cost to us undertaking these responsibilities, as there was in World War II or Korea or Vietnam.”

2 votes

Did John Kennedy Really Issue United States Notes in 1963 as a Challenge to the Federal Reserve?

Was John F. Kennedy Challenging the Federal Reserve By Issuing a Competing Currency to the FRN?

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