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"If you criticize the leader of Israel it means you hate Israel..."-

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Mar 4, 2015, 05:40 PM (14 replies)

Scientists 'delete' HIV virus from human DNA for the first time (Video)

Scientists used a DNA-snipping enzyme called Cas9 to cut out the virus
The cell's gene repair machinery then takes over, soldering the loose ends of the genome back together – resulting in a virus-free cell
Process could also be a cure for other latent infections, researchers say
'It's an exciting discovery, but not ready to go into the clinic,' said Dr Khalili
Once HIV conquers a human cell, it will stay there forever.

It inserts its deadly genome permanently into its victims' DNA, forcing them to require medical treatment for the rest of their life.

But now, for the first time, researchers in Philadelphia have found a way to completely delete HIV from human cells by ‘snipping’ them out.

This is one important step on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS,' said Kamel Khalili, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Temple.

'It's an exciting discovery, but it's not yet ready to go into the clinic. It's a proof of concept that we're moving in the right direction,' he added,

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2701304/Scientists-delete-HIV-virus-human-DNA-time.html#ixzz3TSVkffBx
Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Mar 4, 2015, 05:36 PM (1 replies)

Sanders Tells DOD Fix Fraud & Waste:

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Mar 4, 2015, 04:40 PM (3 replies)

New Rule: Executions...

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Mar 4, 2015, 01:25 PM (1 replies)

Robert Redford: Why are they behaving so horribly that it's crippling our whole country?


Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Mar 4, 2015, 01:02 PM (38 replies)

Bernie Sanders: It goes without saying...

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Mar 4, 2015, 12:34 PM (2 replies)

Toon: I'm speechless

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Mar 3, 2015, 02:15 PM (1 replies)

Conservatives "support the troops" EXCEPT:

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Mar 3, 2015, 02:02 PM (0 replies)

Sanders Asks Obama to Close Six Egregious Corporate Tax Loopholes

WASHINGTON, March 2 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said President Obama could act on his own to raise over $100 billion over a decade by closing the worst corporate tax loopholes.

Sanders identified several actions that the White House could take to prevent corporations from using offshore tax havens and other tax dodges and to prevent wealthy individuals from avoiding income and estate taxes.

“Since the Republican-led Congress has refused to raise revenue by asking the most profitable corporations to pay their fair share, I would hope that the president could take executive action to remedy some of the most egregious loopholes,” Sanders said. “We have got to demand that companies like Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and General Electric stop engaging in legalized tax fraud that limits our ability to invest in the future.”

“At a time when this country has a $18 trillion national debt and a huge amount of infrastructure and social needs it is absurd that major profitable corporations pay nothing in federal taxes,” added Sanders, who last week issued a new detailed report on the extent of offshore tax havens by major American companies that have been most engaged in lobbying for new tax breaks and cuts to important programs for middle class families, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

The six tax breaks that Sanders wants Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to eliminate are:
•The check-the-box loophole allows multinational companies to characterize their offshore subsidiaries in different ways to different governments so that their profits are untaxed.
•The Hewlett-Packard loophole allows American corporations to use short-term loans from their subsidiaries circumvent the requirement that they pay U.S. taxes on their offshore profits when those profits are brought to the U.S.
•The corporate inversions loophole allows an American corporation to merge with a (usually much smaller) foreign corporation and then reincorporate as a foreign company to avoid U.S. taxes even as it continues to operate and be managed in the U.S.
•The carried interest loophole allows hedge fund managers to characterize their compensation (which they earn for managing other people’s money) as capital gains, which is subject to lower personal income tax rates than other types of income. Tax experts have pointed out that the Treasury Department has the authority under existing law to determine how this income is taxed.
•Valuation discounts are restrictions placed on small business property given to family members (to keep the business in the family, for example) which are often meaningless but are claimed to dramatically reduce their value for estate and gift tax purposes.
•The real estate investment trust (REIT) loophole allows private prisons, billboard companies, casinos and other companies claim that they are making money from rents to avoid paying the corporate income tax.

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Mar 3, 2015, 01:54 PM (2 replies)

John Oliver: Even a ‘total idiot’ like Donald Trump knows we need to rebuild our infrastructure

On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver addressed America’s crumbling infrastructure, describing it as something politicians, labor, business, and “even a total idiot” like Donald Trump agree must be replaced

Oliver began by defining our infrastructure as “Our roads, bridges, dams, levees, airports, power grids — basically anything that can be destroyed in an action movie.”

Taking up the case for dams, Oliver called them ” the most powerful device we have for holding back liquid, aside from the idea of using a porta-potty.”

He pointed out that many of the dams in the U.S. are in serious disrepair – with the average age of America’s 84,000 dams at 52 years old — with problems dating back to when they were first built.

“Much like most botox recipients and competitive cloggers,” Oliver explained. “The average dam is 52-years-old and has probably something deeply broken inside of it.”

With the American Society of Civil Engineers giving the government a D+ for infrastructure maintenance, Oliver called it “The same grade that a 10th grade teacher gives a nightmare kid so she doesn’t have to deal with him for another year.”

More here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/john-oliver-even-a-total-idiot-like-donald-trump-knows-we-need-to-rebuild-our-infrastructure/

Posted by Playinghardball | Mon Mar 2, 2015, 08:34 PM (1 replies)
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