Info Highway: March 1st 2012

  • Button_Newsboy-Extra_animatedBank of America was one of the eight large banks of the United States to receive a taxpayer-funded bailout. Now they are adding to their list of fees passed on to customers – checking account fees. Last year they attempted to charge a $5-per-month debit card fee, but consumers revolted and they dropped it. Now, in Arizona, Georgia, and Massachusetts they are “experimenting” with $6 to $9 per month charges on checking accounts, previously not charging at all. If you noticed, normal bank fees have gone up once or twice since the bailout nonsense. It seems that banks just can’t handle our money without charging us for anything they can – and at the same time insulting us with less than 1% interest rates on savings and investment accounts. I looked at the rates for money market, something I had before all of the economy went sour, and noticed that there was no investment account the bank offered that paid more than 2%. No wonder America is so far behind in the number of savings and investment accounts compared to other nations. The problem is that you change banks and then that bank adopts the same or similar price increase to hold your money. This means that there isn’t any effective competition between banks and financial institutions, thanks to government regulations that are controlled by Federal Reserve, which in turn are operated by financiers [globalists]; which ultimately means that consumers get screwed. In addition, the Federal Reserve has become so powerful they technically blackmail our government. There isn’t any oversight in this important area of government, among other areas. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich is right – it is time to reevaluate the influence of the government’s Federal Reserve system because it is not only not working, but it is a government entity where no one truly knows who is in control of it. An audit is long overdue. If you bank online, monthly checking account fees do not apply, according to Wall Street Brief. [Originally Reuters story]

  • Studies concerning iodine and its important in human diet has been ongoing since the 1960s, but people for a long time in our past history have already known the importance of iodine. It is an essential component of thyroid hormones which regulate important biochemical reactions that include protein and enzymatic activity in the human body. Iodine is also required for proper skeletal and central nervous system development in fetuses and infants; thus an iodine supplement may be prescribed for pregnant women. By monitoring the urine output of iodine, doctors can monitor whether or not their patients need a supplement. Recent research has shown that iodine has other physiological functions, for example, it has been found to be an important part in immune response as well as beneficial for mammary glands preventing breast diseases. Iodine can be found naturally in earth soil, which also affects the iodine content of crops. Table salt has long been iodized, but recently it has been found that sea salt is better – naturally in the sea salt. Today, more and more, you will find sea salt on tables at restaurants and homes. Iodine is a quick-absorption chemical absorbed as iodide that enters the blood circulation and concentrates in the thyroid gland and the amount not used is excreted in the urine. A healthy adult requires 15-20 mg of iodine per day, where 70% to 80% remains in the thyroid for that organs use. Recommended intakes vary with age and gender, talk to your doctor. It has been found that patients susceptible to gout have been cured by taking iodine supplements to ensure that they get their daily amount needed. Check with your doctor to see if you need iodine dietary supplements. It can be found naturally in foods, especially sea food and green food like kelp, seaweed and other algae plant life.
  • Kentucky has the first state quilting project – The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. – under the subject head of Why Quilts Matter (also an organization online) in history, art and even politics. There is a nine-part documentary series available. Quilting is as American as Apple Pie and there are movements across America to prevent it from disappearing from America’s culture. Also see Alliance For American Quilts. They just don’t keep you warm in winter months, they have history and part of American art and culture.
  • Mentioning American culture above, here is another American unique cultural aspect: Cato Institute has an excellent white paper entitled: Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens by Clayton E. Cramer and David Burnett. Mr. Cramer teaches history at the College of Western Idaho and the author of Armed America: The Remarkable Story of How and Why Guns Became as American as Apple Pie. Recent headline news concerning a high school shootout in Ohio has stirred up the American anti-firearm public again. Mainstream media knows this and is why they only create news stories of the negative aspects of the Second Amendment. There are far more lives saved with firearms than incidents like the one in Ohio. Besides, the youth who allegedly (although he confessed and his trial date being set) is the shooter, was using a firearm illegally. Illegal use of inanimate objects does not constitute its ban, contrary to what liberal-progressives may want you to believe. If the progressives are so bent on placing blame – how about school society mentality, where students are bullied and harassed by other students in a “clique” that drive them nuts. It happened when I was in school (but no shootouts, the person just developed personal problems) – and it is like an American high school tradition. It can only stop if teachers and school administrators encourage alternate behavior and quit promoting “in-crowd” cliques that separate individual students by their way of dressing, home background, et cetera. Of course, there are those who blame the shooting on a “troubled childhood”. Hey, I want to know where he got the firearm! So much for gun control laws – they only irritate responsible gun owners and do nothing to stop criminal actions using firearms. Recommended reading: On the Right Side of the Bullet (Cramer) and The All-American Gun by John R. Lott, Jr.
  • Also at Cato Institute has a policy analysis paper by Michael Tanner entitled: Still a Better Deal: Private Investment vs. Social Security. Too late for my generation, younger prospective social security benefit recipients should be thinking strongly about building an investment portfolio to supplement – and Congress should be passing a bill that allows citizens to choose whether or not their social security payments go to an accredited investment firm, straight to social security “trust” fund, or split in half. The whole object is getting government out of telling us what to do with our retirement funds. It would be extremely helpful to repeal the 16th Amendment, Income Tax, in this and other beneficial areas. Long term programs are safer than one may think, and if they have an option of splitting their social security premiums they pay – they can have both programs. Check out the analysis paper and write to your congressman/woman.
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