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Mindconnection eNL, 2001-12-26

Happy post-Christmas!

In this issue:

  1. This tip may save your life
  2. This tip may save your nest egg
  3. This tip may save your mind
  4. Security--some food for thought
  5. IRS training manual excerpt--a must read item
  6. Voice your views
  7. Computer tips and tricks
  8. Are you in the right career?
  9. Thought for the day

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1. This tip may save your life

Did you know that last year over 780,000 Americans died from errors in hospitals? That's almost as many Americans as the number killed by the tobacco companies! Is this because doctors and nurses are stupid? No. Medical science is complicated because the human body is complicated. Does that mean we are all at risk when undergoing medical treatment? Yes, but you can do something about it. You need to educate the health professionals you are working with. Contrary to what the HMO propagandists say, these folks are underpaid--consider the training investment, the crazy hours, the high-stress environment...'nuf said.

What if you could invest a couple hundred dollars--or maybe a fraction of that--to reduce your healthcare costs by several thousand dollars, get a more accurate diagnosis, and get faster, better treatment? Does that sound like a no-brainer? Here's what you do. Just go to http://www.mindconnection.com/books/ and click on the "Medical" link. Then, use your browser's Find feature to look by some key word until you find a book that is appropriate to your concern. Your doctor will be flattered, not offended, to get a gift in line with treatment of your illness. Works wonders for nurses, too. And, you'll get all the benefits.

 

2. This tip may save your nest egg

Dealing with accountants, attorneys, and other professionals is an area ripe for abuse, intended or otherwise. Go to that same link http://www.mindconnection.com/books/ and get a book for your needs. Ditto for tradespeople. If you are a professional or tradesperson, why not boost your brainpower so you are more financially secure? A small investment with big dividends! 

 

3. This tip may save your mind

Go to that same link http://www.mindconnection.com/books/, and buy a book for enjoyment. You owe it to yourself.



4. Security--some food for thought

We're hearing an awful lot about "airport security," these days. It's all very expensive and very inconvenient. It's politically expedient, but it's functionally pointless. It is impossible to screen out every conceivable weapon. I can kill you with a magazine, even if you are armed with a knife and are trying to defend yourself. How? I can roll it up tight and make a hard baton out of it. A baton is superior to a knife, if you have the skill to use it. So, are we going to have magazine detectors at airports? I can kill you with a pair of pants, too (BTW, long pants make excellent flotation devices if you ever fall off a boat or ship). And underpants have double-stitched construction that is perfect for garrotting someone. Will we be forced to fly with bare bottoms? Naked? Naked and strapped down? Common sense does not, unfortunately, prevail, and our present mentality has us heading that way.

The cure is obvious and inexpensive. People like Hillary Clinton oppose it--whether that opposition is out of ignorance or some deep-seated need to assist criminals is a matter of debate. I really don't care which--their position is dead wrong, as proven by comparing the drop in crime rates of any U.S. area that armed its citizens (and a whole lot of other evidence). If you are anti-gun and reading this, I hope to at least get you to consider the other point of view. Feel free to write me a rebuttal, but please at least read the next few paragraphs before skipping to the next section--doing so may save your life. Regarding the cure, what is it? Let's look at history.

In the late 1950s, a pilot used a snub-nosed revolver to shoot a cockpit-invading hijacker to death, saving all passengers and crews. On September 11, 2001, four flight crews were unable to shoot hijackers and you see what happened. Airline regulations killed thousands of folks who would have been saved by just four handguns. This is not "gun nut propaganda." This is fact and common sense. Pilots are already highly screened and highly trained. They have your life in their hands, anyhow. There is no reason not to arm them, and--in light of what happened on the 11th--every reason to do so.

We are assured our Sky Marshalls will protect us. The fact is, there simply aren't enough of those expensive, airline revenue-reducing folks to go around. In addition to arming those pilots who choose to be armed, what is wrong with arming police officers who travel? These folks already walk among us all day long with pistols strapped to their hips and shotguns in their cars. I have been on the shooting range with cops--only in my worst nightmare would I want to shoot it out with one. I would be greatly comforted to see an ordinary police officer board a plane armed. If you can call a police officer ordinary.

So, assume we can go back in time to the 11th of September. Three guys with box knives announce a hijacking and an off-duty cop with special airplane bullets takes them out. A fourth hijacker makes it into the cockpit, where the pilot promptly shoots him. The plane lands, the towers stand. But, in our pro-crime society, this cannot happen. This did not happen.

The cure is for us to apply some common sense, and write to our legislators that we don't want criminals to have an automatic advantage over us just because some folks are either pro-crime or just naive (it doesn't matter which--the effect is the same). Demand that pilots be empowered to protect you, and point out how pointless the so-called security measures are. Or maybe you'll be traveling naked and strapped down in the near future.

 

5. IRS training manual excerpt--a must read item

You may have seen the IRS training manual excerpt posted on various Websites. If not, I strongly suggest you check it out. It's funny and insightful. I make no apologies to any subscribers who work for the IRS--get a different job, please. Here is some of the what's in there:

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Taxpayers are a sad fact of life in the IRS. These are the folks who make your life miserable by pointing out to your supervisor where your actions conflict with the Tax Code. These are the folks who whine to Congress when you do something as innocent as send a Notice of Intent to Levy without first proving they owe additional taxes. Most days, it seems the only good taxpayer is a dead taxpayer. Because of that, they deserve every humiliation, inconvenience, and financial blow you can throw at them. Do not think of them as, or refer to them as, any of the following: person, voter, constituent, citizen, or human being. Taxpayers are the faceless enemy; deal with them accordingly.

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When writing to a taxpayer, make your letter incomprehensible, and use lots of assumptions. Use the first three letters of the word assumption as a guide in how you behave toward this taxpayer. The first few letters the taxpayer receives should give no indication whatsoever of how you determined why or how much this taxpayer owes. If you can grab a number out of you butt, so much the better. The IRS takes great pride in sending out inaccurate notices-you have a duty to uphold this tradition.

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Let's talk about complying with laws, rules, regulations, and executive orders. In a nutshell, don't do it. You are the law. Think about this. You don't run for office, and your organization operates without oversight. Who is going to stop you? If anyone tries, you can always have a colleague "discover" that person owes taxes. It doesn't matter if the allegation is true. The process of defense is so one-sided, costly, and painful, that few taxpayers have the stomach for it. A coyote grabs a sheep by the throat and pulls it down. The frightened sheep lies there motionless, while the coyote then eats it alive. In fact, it eats the intestines of the living sheep without any fight from the sheep. This is exactly what you do with a taxpayer or with any judge, Senator, Congressman, or investigator who gets in your way.

Fear is your most important weapon. You will know you are succeeding when the taxpayer fears you. But, that is not the end of your mission. You must also earn the fear of children and small animals. Pain is a great teacher. Inflict it often.

 

 

6. Voice your views

The item above is allegedly humor, but to the 4,300 folks defrauded by IRS employees in collusion with Jay Hoyt (now in prison on 52 counts of fraud), it's no laughing matter. Their case, while horrendous, is typical of the kind of behavior rogue employees of the IRS inflicts on 1,000s of innocent people each year. If you haven't yet been a victim, count yourself lucky. Your turn could come any day, now. The key to stopping this kind of excess abuse is to use your First Amendment rights.

It's not about tax protesting or the tax system at all. It's about the Gestapo tactics used by some IRS employees to line their own pockets. We're fighting a war against terrorism in foreign lands--let's stop it at home, as well. If you subscribe and are not a U.S. citizen, well, the U.S. Congress needs to hear from you, too. If you're supporting our troops in any way, thank you. God bless America and her allies.

Visit this site: http://www.mindconnection.com/hoyt and look for the helpful resources about contacting your legislators.

 

 

7. Computer tips and tricks

We all know computers can be downright frustrating. Mindconnection has free computer tips and tricks. Just go to www.mindconnection.com and click on the articles link. You'll find the computer section. If you have a computer problem or question, just remember membership (on this list) has its privileges. Just write to me at This e-mail link and identify yourself as a subscriber. Let me know what you need help with, and I'll try to help you out. Those of you who've corresponded with me via snail mail may have seen my Computer Society stationary....

 

8. Are you in the right career?

In this age of layoffs and Peter Principle Plus, people are wondering how a company can lay them off after X number of years of service and hard work. Or why things don't seem to work out at work. Most of us are simply in the wrong line of work. For example, most managers are incompetent because they got promoted based on skills that had nothing to do with managing. Perhaps they were the most expendable staff member, and so got promoted out of the way. Whatever. The point is you need to be in a job you are suited for. Not only does this reduce your daily stress, but it provides long-term benefits and increased financial stability. 

A small investment of time and money into a career assessment pays for itself many times over, year after year. Whether you are an "old pro" in a particular line of work or just starting out, taking this assessment is a very wise move. Contact a mental healthcare professional and ask about such an assessment.

 

 

9. Thought for the Day

Comfort is sometimes our enemy. When we are comfortable with our own opinions and preconceptions, we can miss out on great truths--or at least brain-stimulating discussion. When we are comfortable with how we do our jobs, we may lack the drive to find ways of improving the quality and quantity of our work. When we are comfortable with the status quo in any way, we are most at risk. It is best to question the world with a child's curiosity. Here is a catchy saying of mine that you might want to take to hear. Ask "Why?," not "How high?" A little extra thought is what makes good organizations into great organizations and ordinary people into stars. May you shine brightly!

 

Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola
Mindconnection.com

Authorship

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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