- Product Highlights
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlights
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2. Brainpower tip
Ever since President Bush installed Texas' failed "No Child Gets Ahead"
program nationwide, children in the USA have moved backwards in brainpower.
Pretty far, actually.|
[Note: I am not a "Bush basher." I am just calling
things as I see them, and the President happens to be quite wrong on this
Yes, I'm opposed to the gov't's stupidity enhancement
programs. I believe the No Child Gets Ahead is the most effective stupidity
enhancement program ever put into place.
The program in Texas used, like all other gov't programs, falsified,
cheated upon, and irrelevant statistics to show how "successful" it was. In
fact, like the typical gov't program, it was a total failure (in terms of
accomplishing its alleged mission).
This failure was 100% predictable--and not just
because it was run by a gov't agency. Even if competent people had been in
charge, this program had no hope of producing a positive outcome.
We have seen this same "you get what
you measure and pay for" played out to devastating results in the corporate
world for a very long time. You simply cannot force a narrow set of metrics
onto a large set of variables and expect anything other than bad results.
What the Texas program actually did was force teachers
to teach to a test. This means rote memorization and learning test-taking
skills, instead of developing a joy of learning and forming those crucial
neural networks that are the foundation of high IQs. I won't get into the
subject of IQ here, either, because that is also laden with test
inaccuracies. Nor will I go into the massive cheating that the No Child Gets
Ahead program has fostered. It's all BS, and it has replaced education. When
gov't officials now talk about "fertile" minds, they are referring to all
the BS that they have generated.
Idiotic educational policies produce idiots, and we
have seen this truism pan out ever since the adoption of the "Look See"
method of teaching "reading." Any child who can actually think after being
subjected to 12 years of public "education" can do that in spite of, not
because of, such policies as No Child Gets Ahead. Congratulations to the
parents of such a child--you are special people.
Anyone wishing to develop, rather than damage, the brain of any
child must abandon the stupidity enhancement method that is currently all the
rage. That method involves:
- Staying up late studying, so as to engender
brain-weakening sleep deprivation.
- Rote memorization, which bores the student and dulls the mind.
- High-stress expectations for grades, test scores,
and other meaningless measurements--which all dehumanize the student
into just a set of measurements.
- Too much emphasis on structured activities, which
squeezes out room for random play. Random play is essential for proper
intellectual and social development.
What today's "learning" methods do is very similar to
what most "exercise equipment" does. Both the fancy machines at the gym and the
"over-achiever" methods of today's "education" system produce
underdevelopment. Neither makes use of the natural exercise needed by the
human being subjected to these methods.
At this point, I could go into what to do instead of
the current nonsense. But I think we all already know the answer to that
one. If I have to tell you, you won't understand. If the answer doesn't pop
into your head, then just think for a moment of some experience in which you
really enjoyed learning and why that was.
Memorization is not learning. Computers can do our
memorization for us, and limiting ourselves to that function demeans us as
humans. We enhance both our intelligence and our humanity when we engage in
3. Time Tip
Many people are taking Ritalin or chugging high-caffeine sodas to boost
their flagging attention spans. While this does get the desired results,
the downside can be tremendous. With any "upper," there's always a
pronounced "down" period. You are essentially mortgaging some resource
in your body and will have to pay it back with interest.|
Of course, drinking sodas
is just plain stupid. Unless, of course, you have a passion for
osteoporosis and esophageal cancer.
Call me old-fashioned, but I'm partial to my bones and my esophagus. So I don't
consume sodas. To each his own.
A better way to address the physical side of low attention span is to
fix the causes. Merely addressing the symptoms is not a sustainable
strategy. So, what are the causes?
- Sleep deprivation is the #1 cause of low attention span. See
Mindconnection's sleep course to address this. When you are 20%
sleep-deprived, you have the mental acuity of a person who is drunk.
The typical American is actually below that level, and doesn't even
realize there's a problem. Get your rest, and you can ditch the
- Poor diet means a poorly performing brain. See the free diet
- A disruptive environment ruins concentration. If you need to
focus, get make your environment as quiet as possible. If you can't
get away from noisy people, then wear earplugs.
- Lack of practice is another major cause. If
you're not doing things that require concentration, you lose your
ability to concentrate. Use it or lose it. Most people, in today's
sound bite world, have chosen to lose it.
There are other physical and non-physical causes of poor attention
span (including thinking about problems rather than compartmentalizing
so you can be in the moment). To identify all of the thing that
interfere with your concentration, keep a notepad handy. When something
disturbs you, make a note of it. As time permits, work on this list.
4. Finance tip
Long-term Care Policies, Part Six|
Because this issue is appearing in "mainstream" misinformation sources,
it's important to present real information in "alternative" sources of
actual information. Such as this eNL. Part Six might be straining your
attention, if you generally don't care about this issue. Sorry about
that. I hope the accuracy and (IMO good) writing make up for that.
As we all know, disease care costs are rising in the
USA. This is due primarily to three factors:
- Fostering disease is a cultural problem in
the USA. If you aren't a "disease-nut," you are an oddball. Thus,
more Americans are sick both percentage-wise and in raw numbers than
- Outside of the Veterans Administration, there
is no healthcare system of any size anywhere in the USA. The VA
switched over from a disease-care to healthcare mode only in the
past few years.
- The bureaucratic "solutions" to disease care
costs continue to magnify those costs.
People are also living longer, due to
symptom-alleviating drugs and treatments. Many Americans mistakenly
think they have longer lifespans than people in other countries. As I
recall, we aren't even in the top ten. But this metric is a very obtuse
one that gives a distorted picture. What matters to the individual is
the number of useful years in which you can enjoy living. Not how long
people in your age group can be kept breathing on life support systems.
That said, I want to clarify what long term care (LTC) is. I have two
friends who are very much up in years. They have led stellar lives, and
accomplished much. Today, with their various age-related ailments, they
find it hard to get out much. They are getting very near the time they
will need to hire help for such things as flipping their mattress,
pulling major appliances out and cleaning behind them, taking care of
the yard, and those kinds of things we seldom think about. They'll need
help with things they easily did when they were 20 years younger.
LTC insurance covers the costs of paying for a broad range of
personal services--things that are best left to younger, stronger
people. LTC also pays for some medical things.
The operative word here is "disability." The ADA (Americans with
Disabilities Act) defines disability, but I won't give you the
definition here because some policy makers accept that definition and
others have their own. The ADA definition is not what's relevant; the
policy maker's definition is. Essentially, whatever services the policy
covers will define what that policy maker considers disabilities.
In some cases, they pay for those disabilities indefinitely. In other
cases, there's a time limit. Most of the time, there is a time limit
because this coverage is intended to "bridge" recovery time from medical
intervention. Be sure to note which covered items have time limits and
which do not.
Interestingly, LTC is considered health insurance--just as disease
care insurance is. This misuse of language probably has a reason that
goes back to the marketing department. Where LTC differs from disease
care insurance is it pays for "care" rather than "treatment." Sometimes,
the line is a little blurry, depending on the policy.
Many people consider LTC a relatively new product.
But a much older form of this does exist: It's called "friends and
family." While you may still want an LTC policy, invest now in friends
and family if you are still able-bodied. People may be the best
investment you can make. This doesn't mean you need to keep some kind of
ledger, and it doesn't mean you need to spend every moment doing things
for other people. But treat people with some respect and invest some
time in them and in relationships with them, and you'll see dividends
for as long as you live.
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5. Security tip
It seems there's a new scam, every time you turn
around. This can be intimidating and disconcerting. By responding to all
of the alarms being raised, you lose your peace of mind. That is a loss
of security, right there.|
Do you remember
how the Department of Homeland Stupidity sent out all their various
colored alerts? The whacko instructions to duct tape your windows and
whatever else they were jabbering about? I often wonder if they did this
to amuse Osama Bin Laden or if they were actually stupid enough to think
they were doing something useful. One can never tell.
Not being chained to the
television/radio/newspaper brainwashing system, I found it very easy to
completely ignore the DHS announcements. Consequently, it didn't bother me in the slightest. In fact,
because I ignore the "mainstream" misinformation sources, I didn't know
about the alert du jour until it had already passed. I still find it
incredible that people went out and bought tons of duct tape in response
to those "warnings." Somebody made a killing in duct tape stocks, and
that may have been the whole point of something so obviously useless to
the citizens allegedly "helped" by this stupidity.
I grew up (well, pretended to) during the Cold
War. Remember that? The game of Russian roulette with nuclear missiles?
What does some kid in Vladivostok have against some kid in a small
Midwestern, unincorporated area that wasn't even a formal city? Nothing. Yet, there we were. The "Kill a Commie for Mommie" posters, atomic bomb drills, and other constant reminders that
the world wasn't a very safe or secure place. What a message to
send a child. Your tax dollars at work....
During the entire Cold War, not one American died from Russian
nuclear missiles. But millions of Americans were attacked by agencies of
the US Federal Government (which managed to rack up quite the body
Now we have an actual federal agency in charge of
undermining our sense of security, mainly by engaging in high-level
stupidity--goofball announcements, bureaucratic delays in response
(remember Katrina?), and hiring more of the same braindead people we
find at other agencies. The Department of Homeland Stupidity is yet
another expensive, useless federal agency.
How can you protect your sense of security? Assess
your personal situation, take the appropriate measures, and then fuggedabout it.
You can't protect against everything, so don't even try. You should
relax and enjoy life, if you have adequately
addressed the real security issues. If you haven't done so, take time to do that now.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
By weight, the sun is 70% hydrogen, 28% helium, 1.5%
carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen, and 0.5% all other elements. Congress, on
the other hand, is all hot air (another way Congress differs from the
sun is that the sun is bright)..
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