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Mindconnection eNL, 2001-07-28

In this issue:

  1. The economy: what it is, why it is, what to do
  2. Featured course
  3. Problems with certain product searches on Mindconnection: update
  4. Polo shirt contest: update
  5. Nail the IRS
  6. Health factoids
  7. Thought for the day

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1. The economy: what it is, why it is, what to do

Obviously, addressing this topic in depth would require a book. Here, I am presenting some key points, only.

  • What it is: Stock market depression, rampant layoffs, bad news in the financial and business journals--while at the same time, consumer confidence is high as evidenced by high consumer spending. It's not hopeless, but it is serious. It's also been going on for a very long time. We are simply the Titanic now seeing the tip of the iceberg. Will we change course in time?
     

  • We've been on an upward spiral of increased taxation, increased wealth transfers, decreased infrastructure investment, and increased regulation since the huge Bush 1 tax increase. These factors suck capital out of the economy, making business more expensive to conduct. At the same time, CEOs have been raping and pillaging American companies with compensation packages often reaching $1 billion a year--while (according to business experts) not understanding what is going on in their companies.

    All of this is bad enough, but because these things are happening in an increasingly globalized economy, the U.S. national economy must obviously decline. Companies have papered things over as long as they can, and now they are taking their medicine. That's why we're seeing bad financial reports and then a domino effect that hurts infrastructure players like Lucent Technologies. This is not a Bush2 thing--we had record layoffs for nearly all of Clinton's final term in office. Bush has walked into a huge mess.
     

  • What to do: Get your finances in order. Pay down debt--paying off the most expensive debt first. Invest in making your home more fuel-efficient, and practice conservation habits (turn unused lights off, adjust the thermostat, combine car trips). Mostly, though, invest in yourself. You can choose between watching television and reading a book that makes you a more knowledgeable person.

    You can choose between listening to some drugged-out, depressed rocker sing on the radio, or you can play a recorded book and learn something that will help you on your job. Make the right choices. Network: go through your "Rolodex" and identify folks who are good to know. Start calling them, just to stay in touch. Invite the best ones to lunch, or to a cultural event with you.

    Get involved in a trade organization--doing so is very easy, and a resume-builder. Take care of friends and family, as these are the people who will be your strength if you lose your job or have lost it and are now looking. Take stock of your stuff: Give away junk you don't need. This is cathartic, and it helps you build a sense of order in your mind.

 

2. Featured course: Time Management

I give a presentation called, "How to do 72 hours of work in 8 hours," and it's based this course. I developed this course after noticing I did as much in a week as a coworker of mine did in a year. That is no exaggeration. If you understand the difference between work and activity, you are a rare person. This course is not expensive, but the knowledge in it is invaluable. If you don't like the course after you take it, you can get a full refund. Here is the URL: http://www.mindconnection.com/category/500TIME.html

 

 

3. Problems with certain product searches on Mindconnection: update

The products in question are ones we use third-party software to query Amazon and display for you. The software developers have been trying to fix the problem, but now we can see the issue is some kind of shennanigans at Amazon itself. So, we're watching to see when they get their act together. If you know any ex-Amazon employees, you know it's a company with some internal problems. However, they still do a lot of things right, including timely delivery of what you order. So, stick with us on this one!

 

 

4. Polo shirt contest: update

Promo City, our normal supplier of these shirts, informed us Friday they will no longer supply them. Arrgh! So, I contacted another supplier and they said they would like to do business with us but need to see if they can do those particular shirts--they should know Monday. We have other options, if that falls through. In the meantime, I have some of the shirts already on hand. These were reserved for other situations, but I'll go ahead and mail them out so at least some of the winners have their goodies!

You are automatically enrolled in this contest simply by being a subscriber. To up your chances, visit http://www.mindconnection.com/contests/poloshirt.htm or (URL deleted). Just so you know, one person who sent in over two dozen referrals after the mid-year deadline got a shirt just for doing that. We matched her to the lowest # of the other folks who won by referral and put her balance into the end-of-year contest--which is running now. We name extra winners because we appreciate good PR when we get it!

 

5. Nail the IRS

This is not a tax issue. Most problems with the IRS are not tax issues--in most cases, they are issues of incompetence and abuse. So is this:

You may be aware of the $100 million dollar Hoyt Fiasco, in which the IRS took an active role in helping Jay Hoyt financially devastate thousand of folks who thought they were investing for their retirements. Jay Hoyt is now serving the rest of his life in prison on 63 counts of fraud, but the IRs says the investors weren't defrauded. The U.S. Postal inspector and the SEC say otherwise--as does a Circuit Court Judge. Read the fascinating story at http://www.mindconnection.com/hoyt. Fill out the petition so you don't let the IRS start a dangerous precedent of doing whatever they want. The IRS actions are despicable enough that attorneys are quitting their jobs with the IRS rather than participate in this; that should tell you something.

Here's a thought about the IRS: The purpose of the IRS is to let mentally deranged people make harassing phone calls and send threatening letters, because this is cheaper than building sanitariums for them and hiring a staff to look after them. They are allowed a few dozen casualties each year, and we consider that normal.

  1. Click here: http://www.msnbc.com/news/580498.asp: "The Fleecing of America" (edited 08JUL2005: link no longer active)

  2. Read this: Judge sentences Hoyt, then rebukes IRS for their behavior.

  3. Read the ultimate Hoyt Fiasco article, quoting an IRS attorney who quit in disgust: http://augustachronicle.com/stories/071501/bus_124-5219.shtml
    --send a copy to your Senator and your Congressman.

 

6. Health factoids

  • There is no correlation between the amount of cholesterol you eat and your blood level of cholesterol. This is because stomach acid destroys cholesterol. So, eating eggs does not raise your cholesterol. Two factors that can raise your cholesterol are eating to much saturated fat and eating too little unsaturated fat.

    Eggs have a balance of the two. I used to eat a dozen eggs a day, and my cholesterol was 128. Too little exercise raises cholesterol (because your body doesn't generate enough testosterone), and too much exercise raises cholesterol (because your body releases cortisol when you
    overtrain). For more info, see http://www.mindconnection.com/leanbody.htm
     

  • Early evidence suggested fluoridation in the water caused a decrease in dental cavities. This was probably true before the advent of fluoridated toothpaste. Many experts are now saying not only is fluoridation of water unnecessary and costly, but it has undesirable health consequences. Tip: filter your water. If you can't filter it, let it stand uncovered for about an hour. The first minute water is in a glass, it loses a significant portion of dissolved chemicals (chlorine, fluoride). Fluoride in your toothpaste is OK, because it's topically applied. Ingesting the stuff is the problem. Let's hope we don't see sunscreen in our water anytime soon.
     

  • Plain bagels are among the most fattening of foods you can eat! They are less so, if you eat them with the customary cream cheese (though it's better to add a nut butter--peanut, walnut, pecan, etc.). Why is this so? As with most flour products, the grain particle size in bagels is extremely small. Think of a fire with kindling vs. logs. The kindling burns hot and fast--too hot and too fast to be of any use other than lighting the logs.

    When you eat a fine grain, you essentially bypass an entire series of digestive steps and the sugar from the grain hits your bloodstream like a freight train. This causes your pancreas to go into panic mode, and it over-secretes insulin in an attempt to bring the sugar levels back down. Many other undesirable things happen in this process, but the one dieters are most concerned about is the way this process suppresses some hormones and increases others such that your body loses muscle and gains fat when you eat this way.
     

  • Check your bread labels. If you see "high fructose corn syrup" or "partially-hydrogenated oil" on the package, don't eat it. You can ask an endocrinologist about the syrup and you can ask a cardiologist or cancer specialist about the hydrogenated oil. Never eat food that has either of these ingredients.
     

  • Your doctor has less nutritional education than your pharmacist. In fact, doctors have just a single course on nutrition--none of it preventive. However, doctors often dispense nutritional advice. Not surprisingly, they are wrong more often than they are right, and their patients get sicker as a result. Some doctors do have solid nutritional knowledge, but they are by far the exception.

    If your doctor starts dispensing nutritional advice, ask, "Where did you learn that?" Don't accept the advice until you can verify it, because it's probably wrong. This is especially true if you ask about food and drug interactions--your doctor probably doesn't know. A few years ago, many people died from eating grapefruit while taking a certain allergy medicine (since pulled from the market), because their doctors had no clue. Yet, the information was in Bottom Line Personal Magazine and well-circulated among pharmacists.
     

  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) attributes 1,000 deaths per year to firearms accidents. Several sources say those numbers are inflated, but let's assume they are true. With 60 million gun owners, that's about 0.0000167 deaths per gun owner (that's right, four zeroes). Those 1,000 deaths are offset by the number of violent crimes thwarted by gun owners (depending on the source, the estimate runs from a few thousands to 1.3 million). Draw your own conclusions.
     

  • The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that doctors accidentally kill 120,000 patients per year. You can bet the AMA's information isn't completely unbiased. The actual number is probably far higher. Again, draw your own conclusions.

 

7. Thought for the Day

It's not the size of your vehicle or how many things you own that bring respect from other people. It's how well you respect other people. Often, you can show this respect simply by listening to what they have to say.

 

Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola
Mindconnection.com

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The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.

Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.

Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).

The purpose of this publication is to inform and empower its readers (and save you money!).

Personal note from Mark: I value each and every one of you, and I hope that shows in the diligent effort I put into writing this e-newsletter. Thank you for being a faithful reader.

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