- Product Highlights
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlights
Speed up research |
To some of us, they are distant memories. To others, they are
the misery of the present day. Some of us did or are doing these in high
school or college, others of us do these as part of our normal working life.
What are they? Research papers. These can range from
2-page reports to two-inch thick masterpieces. The process of creating these is
usually not something we relish. And that is due, in no small measure, to the
onerous tasks involved in collecting the source information.
What are some tasks involved in collecting source information
for these research papers? See if any of these sound familiar:|
- Lugging around piles of coins for the copier.
- Lugging around your laptop, and then dealing with
power cords and limited outlets.
- Taking handwritten notes, only to discover you
couldn't later read something that was important.
- Checking out stacks of books to wade through while in
front of your desktop computer at home, typing notes as the book you were
trying to read kept closing in mid-sentence.
Each of these tasks is a waste of time and money. That's
why the scanning pen (above, upper right) is such a great tool. Click on the
image, or use the link below, to check these out. Consider buying one as a gift
for a student, paralegal, secretary, minister, recipe collector, archivist, or
anyone else you know who needs to look up information and take notes.
2. Brainpower tip
I recently reviewed a book that follows an increasingly
common practice. It presents a body of research, and then concludes by
positing political views that aren't necessarily supported by the research.|
The author may as well point to the ocean, say it's wet
and has fish in it, and then write those same conclusions as though the
preceding facts support that conclusion. Either method of "supporting" his
political view is equally valid.
This kind of fallacious "reasoning"--the linking of a
particular viewpoint to an unrelated set of facts--is very common. You see
it all the time in politics, and it's nearly always on issues that have a
great deal of emotional loading. Those presenting the case for a particular
viewpoint appear to be reasoning, dispassionate individuals. Those who then
accept the viewpoint are very sure it's right because the preceding facts
and arguments are unassailable. They subsequently are deaf to any reason or
any view other than the one they have.
This intellectual dishonesty is exactly what is behind the
polarization, "I am right," incivility, and intolerance that characterizes
today's "debates" and political "discussions." People enter into "debates"
or "discussions" already convinced (due to this false connection described
here) they are right and the other person must be shouted down, insulted
into agreement, or in some other way be "forced" to accept "the truth."
because the arguments of the first "debater" lack substance and logical
connection, the first "debater" cannot make a compelling case and must
either admit s/he doesn't know what s/he is talking about (most people can't
do this, for some reason) or must go into personal attack mode to save face
(which, in reality, lowers this person in the eyes of the one being attacked
and does the opposite of what was intended).
What happens here is the first "debater" reinforces
his/her own ignorant viewpoint by getting all emotional when trying to
convince the second person. The second person, having just endured an unfair
argumentive style, concludes that the first "debater" must be wrong or else
s/he would have had the confidence to present his/her case without the
Out of respect for my brain, I don't watch television.
So, I don't see this kind of posturing and stupidity on steroids being acted
out by political hacks. But given the results of what passes for government
in most countries, I think it's safe to conclude that this is normal
operating procedure for these folks.
Beware the false tie-in to precedent information. It
will drag you into a brain-wasting world of trying to support the
unsupportable. Save your CPU cycles for something more productive.
3. Time Tip
Yet another magazine interviewed me as a time
management expert. Christian Singles Magazine included this among its
quotes from me:|
"At some point,
people need to understand it’s OK not to be everything to everybody. You
can only do so much, and life is very short. It’s not supposed to be
about being stressed out, trying to meet some ideal."
As you go about trying to juggle the many demands
on your time, think about this quote. Many of the things you think you
must do either don't need to be done by you or don't need to be done at
all. This is especially true in the workplace, where legacy processes
(e.g., processing paper) are there simply because they've always been
Start looking for activity to eliminate, and you'll get far more
work done. The key principle here is to do first those things that are
most important, and to say no to those that you really don't need to do.
4. Finance tip
Is a nursing home in your future, either as a
resident or as a child of a resident? Unless you die from government
harassment (a very real danger), the answer is probably yes.
This isn't something we like to
talk about. I mean the nursing home part, not just the government
harassment. Unfortunately, it is something that can have a huge affect on your
finances (again, I mean the nursing home not just the government).
Across the USA, the average nursing home cost is
about $180 a day. In a regulation-besotted, tax-infested, communist country,
the cost is twice as much. In New York, the cost is twice as much. Ah,
but I repeat myself.
Suppose you are one of the 70% of the population
who doesn't get slammed by the AT for some perceived tax debt and
the hit with absurdly extortional interest and penalties. Instead, you just pay the
normal state, federal, local, etc. taxes that amount to only 74% to 87%
of your income. Even this "generous" reprieve,doesn't leave you much for nursing home care. Where
will you come up with the scratch to do pay for it?
People with great wealth--over $5 million--can
afford this care. They can also afford to buy senators and congressmen,
but I digress. Such people make up less than 2% of the
population, and I am fairly sure none of them subscribe to this eNL. But
if I am wrong, please feel free to send me an enormous check to prove
you are that rich. Let's assume none of us are among those with "great
wealth." What can we do?
The best insurance, though, is reading the free
articles at www.supplecity.com
and adopting that lifestyle. Keep in mind that I've written most of
those articles myself. I was born with a significant immune deficiency,
and yet have not been sick since 1971. I'm not even supposed to be here,
so the fact you are reading this speaks volumes for the power of what
you will find at that site.
- Those devastated by specious tax bills can
tap into Medicaid to pay for nursing home care. But because this is
provided by the government, well, don't expect things to be easy.
Such people make up a significant percentage of our population. This
is because the ethically bankrupt morons in the AT get a visceral
thrill out of screwing large numbers of people out of their savings.
This process provides the cash for Congressmen to fund their pork
barrel spending programs that get them re-elected.
- Those with no assets for other reasons can
also tap Medicaid, and die earlier than planned due to the stress of
dealing with mindless bureaucrats.
- If your assets are between $500,000 and $5
million, buy a long-term care policy.
5. Security tip
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
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