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Well researched post on historical Iodine deficiencies and a novel solution for Indian populations. Cool post.
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Dotting the I 

Colorful bindis are being handed out to tribal women in India by a philanthropic organization. When worn on the forehead, each dot delivers a daily dose of 100-150 micrograms of iodine (chemical symbol: I) which is absorbed by the skin. At least 70 million Indians suffer from iodine deficiency disorders. Sure, oral supplements or iodized salts are more efficient, but the tribal women won't take them. The bindis are a socially more acceptable, and creative, approach to dietary compliance! 

Bad Air: Iodine deficiencies were described by ancient Roman writers and medieval travelers, who would encounter entire villages in the Alps or southern Europe struck by cretinism.  Thought to be due to "bad air" or "stagnant water" in the mountains, we now know that dwarfism, deformed bones and intellectual disability are due to lack of iodine-rich thyroid hormone. Goiter belts characterized the more mildly afflicted inland regions of Europe and N. America, where populations were marked by enlarged thyroids and grossly swollen throats. Along the coast, however, wave action disperses natural iodine salts from sea water into the air, from where it enters our ecosystem. No wonder, sea air was recommended for recuperating invalids. 

The Rise and Fall of I: After the discovery of iodine in 1811, Lugol's solution (mostly potassium iodide, or KI) became the universal panacea of western medicine. Medical students were advised:

If ye don’t know where, what, and why 
Prescribe ye then K and I

But too much of a good thing led to the discovery that excess iodine actually blocked thyroid hormone production (known as Wolff-Chaikoff effect). Today, the Reference Daily Intake or RDI has decreased from 1 gram, to 150 micrograms, which many practitioners believe is too little. Proponents of iodine therapy point out the benefits in preventing breast cancer, skin disorders and more. For a fascinating history of the controversies and facts see the article in the reference. 

REF: http://www.westonaprice.org/modern-diseases/the-great-iodine-debate/

Video: Jeevan Bindi- The Life Saving Dot (1 min long)
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Finally an excellent MSM piece on income inequality. My favorite selection from this article: "The estate tax was a meaningful check on a permanent aristocracy as recently as 2001, when there were taxes on the portion of estates above $675,000; even then there were plenty of ways for the rich to shelter money for their heirs. ... I’d like to see the estate tax exemptions lowered — so that taxes encourage enterprise and entre­pre­neur­ship while keeping to a minimum the number of Americans born who will never have to work a day in their lives. The current exemption of $5.4 million (the current estate tax has an effective rate averaging under 17 percent, according to the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center) does little to prevent a permanent aristocracy from growing — and abolishing it entirely turns democracy into kleptocracy."
 
Well, Republicans are nothing, if not consistent. Having doubled down on “Supply Side” fantasies for 20 years, they promised that every tax cut for the rich would “pay for itself and erase federal deficits,” after the rich used the gifts to invest in productive enterprises. They never did. And so, instead, every such cut sent us into steep deficits and debt.
 
Now? They are doubling down on the voodoo. Switching to well-proved “demand side” would have hired half a million workers to repair bridges and infrastructure — things we will have to do anyway. But sending high-velocity cash through poor pockets and stimulating the economy would admit the Keynsians were right. Indeed, preventing that recovery is one reason the GOP blocked the Infrastructure Bill. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-push-for-a-permanent-aristocracy/2015/04/14/aa434f82-e2e5-11e4-81ea-0649268f729e_story.html
 
So, what do they want? To end the Estate Tax, a cut costing the treasury $269 billion over a decade, “that would exclusively benefit individuals with wealth of more than $5.4 million and couples with wealth of more than $10.9 million. That’s a tax break for only the 5,500 wealthiest households in the country.” And as proof of pure stupidity, the “populist” Tea Party movement backs up this proposal, to the hilt.
 
Read this article!  But it leave one thing out.  The Estate Tax need never be paid! Just create a foundation and use most of your riches to do some cool thing in the world, ion your name, instead of pursuing the ancient ambition of inherited aristocracy.
 
See the proof of supply side’s failures here.
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/06/so-do-outcomes-matter-more-than-rhetoric.html
 
No wonder they hate science and facts. Feudalism failed across 6000 years.  So those aiming to bring it back must rely — as the Lords always did — on incantations and fantasy.
A bill to end the estate tax is the ultimate perversion of the tea party movement.
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Whoa! Bernie Sanders speaks his mind. Add me to the list of Bernie for President supporters.
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From the highest Reader's Picks comments: 
"Preventing the accumulation of great wealth in few hands should be one of the main functions of a democratic government, regardless of whether that increases the income of the lower percentiles. Depending on how it is done it could achieve that as well but what is truly critical is to reduce the power of a small elite. A wealthy elite will use its wealth to influence government for its own benefit at the expense of everyone else."
"The problem is, the One-Percent are not paying their fair share of taxes into the system. The businesses and corporations they invest in are NOT paying their fair share for the public infrastructure they use (roads, bridges, ports, etc.). Nor are they providing for the health, education, and housing for their workers. 
If the One Percent are not paying adequate wages -- who should? Fairies?"
"One cure for inequality would be tax breaks, not for philanthropy, which encourages poverty creation (think Wallmart creating an underclass that they can donate to to maximize deductions) but for responsible distribution of profits to all employees. In other words, a corporation would reap tax benefits by paying higher wages and penalized for paying minimum wage."
"...The top 1% got about 17% of that in 2007 and 13% in 2011, versus 8% in 1979. Much higher income tax rates on the rich via a combination of higher marginal rates, minimum effective tax rates (the Buffett rule), and treating capital gains as ordinary income. Further, we should be looking at wealth inequality; the top 1% have about 40% of the wealth, vs. 25% in the 1970s. This means an estate tax with teeth. Ultimately, equality is about policy and not market factors at this stage."
"The ways that worked in 1946 - 1973 when the Gini Index was half of what it is today are the tried and true policies that led to reduced inequality. Some of these are:
Return to much more progressive tax rates to encourage the Rich to leave more of their profits in their companies and their companies to pay their workers more, and to discourage the Rich from wild speculation. 
Strengthen unions by requiring workers to pay for the union benefits they receive and by enforcing rules on coercion by companies against organization. Follow Germany and require union representation on the boards of large companies. 
Strongly regulate speculation, e.g. require the buyer of a futures contract to take delivery, require banks to get a court order to sell its end of a mortgage contract, outlaw naked credit default swaps.
Stop worrying about the debt and invest in America--fix our crumbling infrastructure, build a better power grid, increase support for education at all levels, fund research, etc. If we grow the economy, the debt will fade into insignificance as in 1946 - 1973. On the other hand we can balance the budget. All 6 times we balanced the budget for more than 3 years, we got a major depression."
Although raising the wages of low earners is a worthy goal, the biggest cause of increasing inequality is the sharp rise in income at the very top.
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Another excellent comment: "The article ends with a conclusion:"Inequality, meanwhile, is a deeper problem, and its potential solutions remain ideologically divisive". Mr. Irwin does not try to substantiate or explain the meaning of 'ideologically divisive'. One way to examine how divisive an issue is would be to analyze public opinion. A divisive issue would create deeply divided groups that are of the same scale or weight.
A recent opinion poll conducted by the PEW research center and published on January 22nd found that; "65% believe the gap between the rich and everyone else has increased in the last 10 years. This view is shared by majorities across nearly all groups in the public, including 68% of Democrats and 61% of Republicans."
It also found that: "Most also believe the government should be addressing the gap between the rich.....69% say the government should do something..."
It does points out to a great difference between Democrats and Republicans but still presents a comfortable majority who is supportive of any sort of government intervention.
It also pointed out that:"when it comes to views of government action in reducing poverty: Nearly all Democrats (93%) and large majorities of independents (83%) and Republicans (64%) favor at least some government action"
What seems to be a divisive issue in Washington - or in media circles - is hardly a divisive for the rest of America."
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From the comments: "I've stopped trying to figure out what Republicans want. My wants are simple: I want a president who won't break the backs of our citizens on the wheel of economic inequality, who isn't a homophobe or a misogynist or a science denier or an embarrassment on the world stage. So much for Bush. Who else have you got?"
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Jeff Jackson is my hero and my faith in NC legislators is returning. Carson
When his colleagues at the North Carolina General Assembly didn't show up for work on Tuesday, State Sen. Jeff Jackson was surprised - but he made the most of his day at the office. He joins Alex Wagner to talk about his unusual day.
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Wow! Goodbye Google Glass, Hello MS hololens. Check out this MS video if you want to see your future and how the Internet of Things (IoT) will make your life more interesting.
I have been waiting for this device for awhile now. I especially appreciate Msoft's emphasis on applications outside of the gaming arena.
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From the comments: "You cannot look at English or American elections or voters in the modern era without looking at Rupert Murdoch, who singlehandedly hijacked each country's electorate with highly profitable right-wing misinformation-networks that force-feed falsities for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Murdoch - the owner and godfather of America's Fox 'News', The Wall Street Journal and England's heavily read newspapers The Sun, The Times and Sunday Times - has an unlimited blowhorn to drown out reality with right-wing propaganda and he does so every day of the week in both countries.
During his 2008 campaign, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron accepted free flights to hold private talks and attend private parties with Murdoch on his yacht.
In 2011, it was reported that Cameron met key executives of Murdoch's News Corporation 26 times during the 14 months that Cameron had served as Prime Minister.
So in both countries, you have Roger Murdoch deeply embedded with conservative politics and politicians and in control of a massive part of the media that systematically stokes caters fear, paranoia and misinformation to the authoritarian-leaning voter who will believe something if it's said and repeated on TV or in the newspaper.
“An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.”
--- Thomas Jefferson 
Would anyone ever pretend that Rupert Murdoch has ever tried to inform anyone or anything besides his bank account and his ego ?
People vote with their Fox-fed paranoia."
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From the comments: "The economic power of any nation isn’t its military strength, nor it wealthy class, but its middle class. These are the people that put sweat equity in their work as well as buy products and services. The domino effects can be felt in small rural areas to the giant metropolis across this nation. 
Without a strong, vibrant middle class, our economic engine will sputter. When * 68% of our GDP depends on spending, wages and salaries are front and center both fiscally and economically. Our nation cannot thrive if the majority of our wealth continues to be transferred upwards..."
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I just purchased this book from Amazon.com​ as I want to learn more about American organized resistance to the 1%during the gilded age. From this review: 'He reminds readers that although “class war” is considered un-American today, bracing populist rhetoric was once the lingua franca of the nation. American presidents bashed “moneycrats” and “economic royalists,” and immigrant garment workers demanded not just “bread and roses” but threatened “bread or blood.” Among many such arresting anecdotes is one featuring the railway tycoon George Pullman. When he died in 1897, Fraser writes, “his family was so afraid that his corpse would be desecrated by enraged workers, they had it buried at night . . . in a pit eight feet deep, encased in floors and walls of steel-reinforced concrete in a lead-lined casket covered in layers of asphalt and steel rails.”'
Unlike their 19th-century counterparts, today’s superrich face little organized opposition.
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Wow! Mark Bittman​ writing about a political path to the utopian singularity. My favorite comment: 
"This is an exciting prescient piece. You should write about this topic on a regular basis. A stunning revelation, "And there was even John Maynard Keynes, who suggested that a 15-hour workweek would eventually be considered full-time." This is my personal favorite solution. It is not an original idea with me but it was generated in a conversation that I had with Wassily Leontief during the deep, double-dip recession in the early 1980's. That was a very painful recession and many people lost their jobs and businesses. Dr. Leontief, who was a Noble Laureate, wrote a piece in Scientific American, "The Distribution of Work and Income", he seemed to have a long-term world view of economics and could see that we were working our way into a future that would not generate enough jobs to provide a decent standard of living in industrialized countries. 
His theory was that by significantly reducing the work week and still pay a living wage, the new leisure time would create even more demand for new products and services that would expand the economy. It made a lot of human behavior and economic sense to me and every time, I have the opportunity to write or talk on the subject of the distribution of work and income, I make this suggestion. 
We have an instinct to pursue pleasure. It is hardwired in our primitive brain. I am reasonably certain that starting with a 3.5 day work week with an 8 hour day for the equivalent livable income would set the World economy humming."
We need a future where the robots benefit all of us, not just the rich.
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This article is a good read but the comments are really good. My favorite comment is from annenigma in montana: "Workers aren't just required to sign NDA's, they are also ordered not to make eye contact with the owners if they see them. This is the situation for some home contractors working in Whitefish, Montana, home of billionaires and millionaires who are under the delusion that they are special someones. That's right - workers must avert their eyes. It's a wonder they aren't told to bow too. Definitely do not attempt to shake hands.  It's not like the rich actually make eye contact with us anyway, so why bother with the special instructions? To remind us of our place and of their dominance, power, and control. We might have won our independence from the King, but we've coming full circle with rich petty tyrants who think they rule us all. Actually, considering that they bought and own our government, they do." Wow, let the revolution begin.
Lesser and major luminaries in the tech world are demanding that contractors and tradesmen working on their homes sign nondisclosure agreements.
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