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Mindconnection eNL, 2004-06-06

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In this issue:

  1. Remember the Lessons
  2. Product Highlights
  3. Brainpower tip
  4. Time tip
  1. Finance tip
  2. Security tips
  3. Health tip/Fitness tip
  4. Special Guy
  5. Thought for the day

1. Remember the Lessons

The United States has had 10 Presidents in my lifetime--11, if you count Hillary. One easily stood above the others as the greatest. And that great man died yesterday.

Ronald Reagan (see www.ronaldreagan.com) and I are from the same state--the Land of Lincoln. If it were in my power, I would rename it the Land of Reagan. Let me explain why.

Revisionist history says Lincoln freed the American plantation slaves, but that's not what he did. Yes, the era of plantation slavery ended coincidental to the Civil War. But, Eli Whitney's cotton gin made that a foregone conclusion anyhow. Lincoln changed our nation from a loose alliance of states and a republic to a sort of democracy controlled by a strong federal power--and he was a Republican! He did this without benefit of Constitutional Amendment. This ultimately was to our net benefit, because nations who did not make similar moves during that time ceased to exist within a generation or two (compare a world map of 1880 with one from 1920). But, it came about in a very costly way.

While Lincoln allegedly freed one group of people in a single nation, Reagan freed entire nations of people. I came of age during MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) and the constant threat of nuclear war. Reagan ended that. He ushered in the dissolution of the Soviet Union--which was slavery on a massive, multinational scale. Kennedy was asleep at the controls when the Berlin Wall went up. Reagan demanded that the Berlin Wall come down--and it came down.

When Reagan took office as our 40th President, we were a defeated nation quickly sliding into third world status. Excessive taxes had removed capital from capitalism and left our economy on life support. Incompetent foreign policy had left us vulnerable to all kinds of "bad guys" (just as it would in the 1990s, under the Clintons).  Carter's "wimpenomics" ruined our economy, and his "foreign wimpolicy" sent the message that we were easy targets.

One group of citizens had been held hostage for well over a year (something like 445 days--if memory serves), while President Carter did little more than make kissie-kissie noises about it. The very day Reagan took office, those hostages were released--because the people who held them hostage knew Reagan meant business. His first day in office was just a shadow of the liberations to come.

The anti-Reagan folks point to the huge federal budget deficits during Reagan's administration. I remember when Carter was elected. My mother said, "I hope I'm wrong about that man." She hoped in vain. Under Carter, our military was underfunded, and several key areas of government responsibility got short-shrifted. While Reagan wanted a balanced budget, he also realized he needed to do two things:

  1. Rebuild our military and other key resources Carter had let atrophy.
  2. Cut taxes, so we could put capital back into our capitalist economy and end our economic despair.

Thus, the deficits were created by Carter--not by Reagan.

Carter's tax increases cost us millions of jobs (we set a record for the number of layoffs in each year of Carter's administration, just as we did in each year of Clinton's administration), and threw the nation into an economic tailspin. The "national malaise" Carter whined about was inevitable. His response was to tell us to cut back and basically adjust to our new poverty. Remember the "sweater talks" he gave?

Reagan fixed the problems and brought us back from the brink. Thanks to his commonsense policies--mostly the large tax cuts--America once again became a prosperous country. It would take Bill Clinton just over seven years to undo that and send us spiraling into a deep recession. It would take George W. Bush three and a half years to get us back on course, using the same common sense tax cuts.

Ronald Reagan's last years were marked by advanced Alzheimer's Disease. But if you are old enough to remember the 1980 election debates, you may recall Reagan showed evidence of disorientation and memory gaps even then--and throughout his Presidency (his mother also had Alzheimer's).

So, he wasn't the greatest President of my time due to exceptional memory or mental prowess. He was the greatest President of my time due to his strength, character, convictions, common sense, and leadership. Those qualities saved our nation--for example, by freeing us from the parasitic effects of excessive taxation--effects that had devastated millions of lives. Even more remarkable, those qualities liberated nearly one billion people--and future generations--from slavery.

Though Ronald Reagan died without the ability to remember, let's not forget the lessons he taught us. He probably would not care whether we acknowledge him--he wasn't into ego. But, it would be a great tribute to this great man if we value his principles. We can do that by trying to practice them, and we can do that by expecting the same from the men and women who would seek public office.

 

2. Product Highlights

Memory Maximization
Featuring this course seemed appropriate, considering the passing away of President Reagan. This course was developed by an Australian, and Australia has long been a staunch ally of the USA.

Of course, if you have organic problems this course won't help you much. But if you are not suffering from an illness, you can use what you have much more fully.

Turn study months into study minutes, after learning the simple memory techniques with this excellent course--which has been designed to be mastered with ease. The Memory Course gets straight to the point and is designed to maximize your mental ability and give you a Total Memory Recall.

After knowing this system, you will automatically store facts, data, and information--and be able to recall them instantly!

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Click the photo for course information.

Many other Memory Systems advertise different courses for different subjects. But, the art of being able to retain and recall information on any amount of diverse subjects is all the same.

You don't need to read or learn several different books to enable you to memorize several different subjects and you don't need to read 300 pages and listen to endless cassettes. This Memory System will teach you how to memorize any or every subject you choose, quickly, painlessly, and easily.

After learning this Memory System, you will know a list of 100 or more pieces of information almost as quickly as it takes to read the information--and what's more--never forget them. 

 Approximate study time: 10 hours

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3. Brainpower tip

Don't get stuck on one aspect of a situation. Too often, we forget the big picture. Here are some examples:
  • Joel wants to build his nest egg. He sees a sale on items he needs to replace. But, he says, "I can't afford that right now." Instead of saving 25% on these purchases, he leaves his money in an account earning 12%.
  • Noel (you can tell I'm making these names up) has been married for 17 years. His wife consistently leaves lights on in rooms she is no longer in. He consistently berates her for this. Noel cringes at the needless waste, and the extra $15 a month on his electric bill. Maybe he should think of this as a $15 a month investment in his marriage. He could also replace some light switches with occupancy sensors or timers.
  • Brad argues for stricter penalties for drug abusers. But he fails to see that these people often pay the ultimate penalty anyhow and thus criminal penalties do not deter drug abuse.
  • Chad complains about his job. He's got a laundry list of irritations he gripes about. Yet, he's always happy to get his paycheck. Chad needs to realize his boss is more customer than enemy, and adjust his attitude accordingly.
  • Thad says he hates having people come to visit him. "They mess up my house, take up my time, and make extra work for me." Interesting viewpoint, but not very useful. Vlad has a different attitude. He's excited about visitors. "I love it when people think enough of me to want to stay at my home for a few days." You might think Vlad considers the "cost" of serving others a small price to pay for the pleasure of a visit. But, Vlad is so focused on the big picture he considers the hospitality task an opportunity.

By seeing things in light of the big picture, you will reach more logical and beneficial conclusions.

 
4. Time Tip

You've surely heard the expression, "Life is too short." Think of this when you are deciding what to do. Life is full of opportunity costs. Decide which of these you want to pay.

  

5. Finance tip

Thinking of making a major purchase? I recently bought a digital camera. I shopped around, just to learn the ropes. Then, I kept my eyes open for sales. I found a discontinued model that was steeply discounted. It was much better than other models selling for quite a bit more, but was being replaced because the manufacturer was releasing a more advanced model and didn't want the two products competing (this happens all the time). Also, I brought with me a coupon from another store and the store I bought this at honored that coupon.


6. Security tip

Do you get those credit card checks in the mail? Shred them. Yes, we all know these are a total rip-off, but what many of us forget is these items contain information that allow others to misuse your information and put false charges on your account.

And, don't forget the advice of an earlier eNL. When you shred documents, throw the pieces away over time. I keep the shreds in a bucket, and put a few in each trash bag. Reassembling my shreds would be a nightmare. Be sure to also put these in with any pet refuse, if you have cats or dogs.

 

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Powerful trunk
Go into most any gym, and you'll see people doing isolation exercises. Mostly, they are focusing on their "beach muscles" (biceps, pecs, and front deltoids).

But if you want real strength, you must take a different approach--work your core muscles. Taking this approach also gives you "presence" that the beach muscle folks just won't ever have. Plus, you will eliminate the most common cause of lower back pain.

Core muscle exercises include squats, deadlifts, modified deadlifts, and hanging leg raises.

Not the gym type? No problem. Try these exercises:

  • Yardwork. Pushing a mower, pushing a wheelbarrow, hauling bags of dirt, squatting down and pulling weeds--all of these build core muscles.
  • Sports. Climbing is pretty much the ultimate. Take lessons, so you learn how to do it right and enjoy it more. But also consider uphill walking, basketball, martial arts, and other sports that require moving your body weight against gravity without much rest. Baseball does not fall into this category.
  • Kids. If you have 'em, play with them. Nature dictates you will have an improved physique from doing this. Romp around, chase them, lift them--just don't play rough with them. Remember the differences in size and weight.
  • Stairs. If you don't have stairs in your home or office, find a place with stairs or bleachers, and spend half an hour straight running and walking up and down them. Do this twice a week, and you'll have a stronger back.

 7. Special Guy

Don Brennecke, one of our readers, is having surgery as I write this. I know--a lot of people have surgery. But, I wanted to mention Don because he's always very encouraging and everyone on this eNL has benefited from his input. Don, you make the world a better place. Thanks!

8. Thought for the Day

Have you really thought about your day, or are you just slogging through it?

Ronald Reagan approached his Presidency with a sense of purpose and some key principles. He raised a nation from the depths of despair, freed many nations from massive slavery, sparked an economic revolution, and ended the Cold War. You can work wonders for your corner of the world, as well.

 

Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola
Mindconnection

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).

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