- Product Highlights
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlight
|Spring is here, and
with it comes the annual panic over losing the ten pounds of body
fat gained over the holidays. Even those of us who didn't indulge in
holiday calorie binging are looking to lean out for summer.
Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when we are pummeled by
ads for "weight loss" products that don't work.|
The key to losing body fat is
to take in fewer calories than you expend. Period.
|We do sell fatburner
supplements, and they actually work. For example, customers report
great results with the
Nitro nighttime fatburner. But these products are not
foundational. That is, you can use them to gain an edge but not as
the foundation for your nutritional plan. That would be like
weedwhacking around your shrubs but not mowing your lawn and calling
that "lawncare." You have to take care of the major component, here!|
What you need is a solid plan for controlling how
much you eat. It's that simple because the dynamics of fat gain and
fat loss are that simple. It takes 3500 calories to make a pound of
fat. You can't easily burn off 3500 calories via exercise (run a
treadmill for an hour, and you may burn 200 calories--how many hours
are there in your day?), but you can easily reduce your
caloric intake by a sufficient amount. And that is the key to making those pounds
|This is just one of the many
reasons we like a good MRP (Meal Replacement Powder). The Lean Body
products are low-calorie, nutritious, tasty alternatives to the
typical mid-day fare. If you are eating
six meals a day, make three of them an MRP. If you are eating
three meals a day, what the heck are you thinking? Click the image
at right, and try one of these MRPs. Use it as part of a solid
program, and you'll be on your way to having a body that is lean and
2. Brainpower tip
When I look at the results of federal agencies, it's
difficult not to conclude that whoever runs those agencies must be the
offspring of humans who mated with vegetables.|
Even very bright people, placed into a federal agency, produce mediocre
results. They spend 98% of their efforts overcoming needless
hurdles, inefficiencies, mind-numbing processes, and astounding stupidity.
These same people often produce excellent results in other
environments, so it's not them--it's the system. Note: some agencies don't
follow this pattern. For example, the Forestry Service is outstanding.
Contact your local agricultural extension, and you might actually start
thinking government is functional.
Sadly, government is not our only source of stupidity. You've probably, at one time or another, found your
own efforts completely neutralized by an idiot boss or by some company
policy produced in a vacuum by some clueless drone VP. Or worse, a temporary CEO who
is just there for his $10 million sign-on bonus.
A danger here is we can make the wrong comparisons. If
we use this far end of the competence spectrum as our "yardstick," we can
easily feel smug about our own leaner, more intelligent approach to doing
things. We will consequently over-rate our own efforts and forego
improvements that can make them even better.
The tip is this. Analyze things from an absolute
perspective rather than a relative one. Rather than thinking, "I do this so
much better than the morons over at XYZ," think, "I do this well, but how
can I do steps A, B, and C better?"
When you approach your work with the goal of continual
improvement, you'll find increasingly efficient ways of doing things--and
doing them better. Not only will this make you look smarter, the mental
exercise will make you smarter.
don't ever despair about your mistakes. Everybody makes mistakes. Just count
yours as tuition in the school of hard knocks and see what you can learn so
that you do better the next time. Anybody who asks more than that of you
isn't living in reality.
3. Time Tip
4. Finance tip
Most of us know by now that a typical SUV costs 3 to
4 times as much to buy fuel for as a Honda Civic or Toyota Camry.|
Note: With a 5-speed
transmission, synthetic oil, and my fuel-conscious driving habits, my
Camry gets nearly 40 MPG on the highway. You do not need a hybrid car to
also know that an SUV generally costs more to insure than a standard
passenger car. And SUV owners have sadly discovered that their land
barge is more likely to be dinged and dented while parked (because it
takes up so much room).
Some of us even realize that if every American SUV
owner dismantled his or her SUV with a blowtorch and bought a Civic or
Camry, the United States would no longer need to import oil. That's a
huge cost of SUV ownership that affects everyone (which is why CONgress,
in its standard stupidity mode, gave tax incentives for buying SUVs).
What some people are starting to see now is a cost
of SUV ownership includes the damage such a heavy vehicle (equivalent to 3 or
more cars, in many cases) causes their driveways and garage floors.
for years, everyone has paid for SUV-induced damage to our roads, public
lots, and highways.
SUV owners got a free ride on that score, because everyone had to pay
for the repairs. But now SUV owners are
being hit with huge bills--often more than half the price of a decent
car--for property repair. I don't feel a bit sorry for them. If you
drive an SUV and are offended by this, then you are "shooting the
messenger" instead of seeing the problem.
I use SUVs as just one example of hidden costs in the things we buy.
Here's a second example: Buy anything with
high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oil in it, and you are looking
at enormous medical bills down the road. Many long-term hydrogenated oil
consumers now spend more on colostomy bags than on fruits and
When the guy who mows his lawn
every day complains about profligate SUV owners, well, that's just
stupid. But let's think about the real message here. It's not about
demonizing SUV owners. It's about looking for the hidden costs in our
What are some other purchases that hold huge hidden costs? Think about
this when you buy things.
5. Security tip
With airport "security" now including what amounts to
strip-searching, the days of being discreet about having a laptop, PDA,
or other expensive device (which may contain sensitive data) are gone.
How can you protect these devices from being stolen off the conveyor
while you're standing there in your stocking feet?
The answer is you can't. But, there are some
things you can do to reduce the danger. Also, keep in mind that it's
just assumed a business traveler is carrying a laptop or PDA. So if you
look like you're a business traveler then you're already a target. If
you don't look like a business traveler, that has its drawbacks as well.
Some things to consider:
- Don't carry keys or coins. I have no idea why
people with carryons do this. It's stupid. Put that stuff in your
carryon bag before you enter the security area. I have a clip in my
bag just for keys, and I hang them there. I don't carry any coins. I
don't buy "food" at the airport, so I don't need to make change.
If you have the irrational "need" to put that "hydrogenated oil
suffused" garbage into your body, at least use a credit card to
purchase it. A better choice is to travel with one of the few
varieties of non-toxic
meal bars. Most products of this nature are junk that will
diminish your health. The ones we offer are actually fit for human
consumption, and can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
- Put your laptop or PDA on the conveyer
last. This way, it's almost guaranteed to still be in the
scanner when you are at the other end and there to grab it as it
- Always be polite to the TSA people. My
experience is that they actually watch over my stuff. I suppose if
you're unkind they may "accidentally" not care what happens to your
things. I've heard comments that these people are incompetent
morons, but I have found them to be unusually competent for
federal agency employees. I have found them to be conscientious and
helpful, and don't mind telling them so.
- Don't be surprised. It amazes me how many
people seem surprised that they have to present their ID, show their
ticket, take their shoes off, etc. You know this is coming, so
prepare for it. Come up with a way to do these things with minimal
effort, so that you aren't pulled aside while your camera, cellphone,
laptop, or other devices are sitting in a pan waiting for someone
else to pick up.
- Keep the actual data on a USB fob drive or
similar removable drive, not on the laptop. I don't do this myself,
but it's probably best if you are carrying highly sensitive data.
It's harder to steal a little drive from your pocket or the inside
pouch of a soft-sided briefcase than it is to just pick up a laptop
and run off with it.
- Purchase and use data locking software and
devices. Also, encrypt the data on your drive (removable or
otherwise) so that any stolen drive is simply a piece of hardware.
It's annoying to lose a $40 drive. It can be catastrophic to have
confidential data stolen and used.
You have to protect your valuables so that they
aren't sitting there unattended and free for the taking. Running after
the thief isn't an option--trying this may get you shot. Yes, probably
the TSA people can catch the thief for you. But why give them the extra
work and hassle to begin with? They aren't your private security team.
Their job is more focused on preventing the nutcases from getting on the
Protecting your person
Now, let's look at your personal safety.
Interestingly, we are now disarmed to make us "safer" (as if this is
logical). This bit of federal "thinking" has opened up a whole new world
of possibilities for criminals.
As there aren't enough air marshals to cover all
flights and the ones we do have stick out like sore thumbs, you can't
count on any kind of protection from the same federal government that
chose disarming you as a "protection" strategy.
After the Entebbe debacle, I developed a
self-defense protocol. I used to travel with a buck knife that was
barely at the legal limit of 3.5 inches of blade, just for the sole
purpose of ramming that blade into the thigh of a hijacker--swiftly and
with no "telegraphing." I had practiced the technique on props I made
for the purpose of practice, and had developed it to where I was pretty
well assured of splitting a femur. Scratch one terrorist.
This was a viable and reliable means of
protection, until the new "security" rules came into effect. Now with
"security by stupidity" in place, the balance of power has shifted to
What I did in response was get some folks together
to practice "unarmed" ways of dispatching plane cabin criminals. One
premise behind this is that any fool who attempts to take over a plane
today is effectively facing a plane full of citizen air marshals. So,
you don't have to be necessarily lethal. You just have to make the first
counterstrike, and it needs to be effective enough just to allow time
for your fellow passengers to get out of their seats and beat each
hijacker to a pulp.
Arrange half a dozen chairs to simulate an
airplane interior, and see what it takes to disable a hijacker. A
tightly rolled magazine makes a nice baton. A laptop can be used to
block a knife attack (using a plastic martial arts "breakaway" practice
board is more economical than using an actual laptop for practice). A
seat is perfect for body-slamming a terrorist backwards onto, thereby
breaking his back. But you have to get the motion down through practice.
Until such time as the FAA issues passengers guns
with rubber bullets or issues real weapons to the flight crews, we are
left to fend for ourselves with whatever weapons are available. Anything
can be used as a weapon (yes, even a paper airline ticket can be used to
swipe and slice across a terrorist's eyes).
Not fighting is not an option. Fortunately, 99% of
Americans realize this and our sheer numbers will be sufficient in most
cases to thwart any attempt to take over a passenger plane. But don't
rely on that alone.
Even though our present security strategy is
flawed, it contains some elements that were long overdue. Things are
improving, and eventually we'll be where we need to be. The disarming
part goes against history (first attempted hijacking was stopped by an
armed pilot) and common sense, but other parts are moving forward
Each of us can help by being alert to suspicious
behavior and reporting it to the authorities. That doesn't mean blurting
out accusations. Be discreet and factual. If you're in flight, do what
the flight crew or other officials ask of you--they are on that same
plane and they rely on you.
A couple of examples of how to help:
- During boarding, I noticed a man was sweating
profusely even though it was actually chilly in the terminal and on
that plane. I typed a message on my laptop, noting what I observed
and what seat the man appeared to be in (I was actually off by one
row). I pressed the flight attendant call button. When the flight
attendant arrived, I handed him the laptop. He read the message, and
headed up front. A little while later, that passenger was escorted
off the plane. The flight attendant later told me that passenger was
on some kind of federal list and should not have been allowed to
- In another case, a passenger was simply
belligerent--he had been told to shut off his cell phone, stop
standing in the aisle, etc, and argued each time. This was a big
guy, and he just radiated hostility. At one point, he muttered the N
word in reference to the flight attendant as the FA walked away from
him. I was in the back row with some other guys. The FA told us
there was no air marshal on the plane. He asked us if we would help
him restrain a particular passenger if necessary. We all agreed. He
said, "Well, I want you men to watch me and then wave when I point
to you." A minute later, he had Mr. Belligerent looking our way. We
all waved. No more problems with that passenger.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
- In most television commercials advertising milk,
a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the
milk. The truth is that milk doesn't really "do a body good" and
television "does a mind bad." Limit your intake of both, and you'll be
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8. Thought for the Day
We should start fining people who commit acts of gross stupidity. That
would pay off the $9 trillion national debt in about a week. Maybe
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