- Finance tip
- Security tip
Health tip/Fitness tip
Thought for the day
1. Product Highlight
that soars above the others|
We're pretty excited about a new product called
the jetBook. It's an impressive e-book reader. This device reads
files in these popular formats: gif, jpg, mp3, pdf, and txt.
If you click on the photo, you can find out all
kinds of information about it and you can even see a detailed
comparison against Amazon's Kindle and Sony's eBook (how original of
Sony to come up with that name).
ECTACO jetBook e-Book Reader is a portable pocket library
that can store thousands of books in many languages. It stores music
and pictures, too.
The easy to scan, high-resolution 5-inch
display has a viewing angle close to 180° and is fully customizable.
Even readers who have difficulty seeing print books will benefit
from its adjustable fonts. It weighs only 7.5 ounces.
jetBook features include:
- Adjustable font type and size.
- Auto page turn functionality.
- Foreign language dictionaries: built-in English <-> Russian,
English <-> Polish, and English explanatory dictionaries.
- Foreign language support for e-Book contents in Russian,
Polish, English, Spanish, and other languages.
- Internal Li-ion polymer battery.
- MP3 player (built-in, no external device needed) that
supports background playback.
- Screen rotation support for portrait and landscape modes.
- SD card slot.
USB cable, AC adapter, headset, and slim case are included in the
2. Brainpower tip
Several readers have sent me interesting tidbits about the stupidity epidemic.
Some of you have expressed concern that you might inadvertently become "cured" of your
"stupidity deficit syndrome." The fact that you raise that concern means you
probably don't have to be concerned.|
a "use it or lose it" thing. If you are vigilant, exercise your mind, take on new
challenges, work out tough problems, and avoid sources of brainwashing, you
can be assured of being flush with brainpower. That assumes you don't have
problems in the physical area.
Your brain is a physical organ, so take care to do more than just mental
exercise to maintain and strengthen it. Do vigorous physical exercise, eat
right, and get plenty of rest.
If you observe what's going on in the stupidity
epidemic, you can see a confluence of factors. Those are pretty much the
"not" side of what I just mentioned above. People get careless, submit to
sources of brainwashing, forego challenges, eat wrong, don't sleep enough,
A huge bonus of doing brainpower development
activities is you enjoy life
more. So, keep up the good work and have a good time doing it.
3. Finance tip
This tip is USA-centric. To readers outside the
USA, please glean what you can.|
$9 trillion federal debt taking an obvious toll on households across
America, people are looking for ways to reduce their expenses.
Unfortunately, people are being seduced into trying to "opt out" of the
federal income tax. As I've said before, this tax is a minor
portion of your total tax load. Trying to opt out of it is a vain and
One of the greatest dangers facing the average
American is the IRS. This group, whose employees stole 4300 computers
from their own offices in one year, sits in judgment of the rest of us.
These people have unbridled power and no qualms about using it. When you
submit your estimated taxes (or payroll taxes), you are essentially
paying "protection money." You can think of yourself as having been
shaken down by criminals, which is true. Or, you can think of yourself
has having wisely made an insurance premium payment (which is also
Common sense not a defense
People object to the federal income tax for all
kinds of reasons. One that is increasingly popular is that system just
doesn't make sense. The IRS provides a net negative return on the huge
sums of money CONgress spends on it (mostly due to its devastating
impact on the economy).
The US Treasury would be richer if there were no
IRS. And, we could claim to be a civilized country if our government
didn't support an agency with such an atrocious record of human rights
abuses. But these facts do not permit you to "opt out" of the federal
income tax. Sorry, that's just the way it is. If someone tries to
convince you to opt out based on logic, let that person know logic does
not apply in this situation.
There is moral justification for not liking the
federal income tax in general and the IRS in particular. But, there is
no legal means of "opting out." And besides, fighting this one tax while
ignoring the others is pointless. The federal income tax is not even
close to being the single largest tax most Americans pay.
Because the IRS costs more than it produces,
the government pays its bills via other means. One of those is the
national sales tax. This is an unofficial, de facto tax. When the govt
borrows, the cost of capital goes way up and businesses pass this cost
along in every product and service you buy. Inflation is another
component of this tax.
Disregarding your obligation to pay the federal
income tax and/or file a tax return can cost you everything you own now
and for the rest of your life. Being rather annoyed at this, many people
have filed suit in federal court. Don't do this, unless being destitute
and ostracized is one of your life goals.
Law suit can wipe you out
Contrary to popular opinion, the IRS is not bound
by law, ethics, or logic except in superficial ways. It does what it
does, and finds ways to "justify" atrocities after the fact. The IRS
does this because fear is how it keeps us in line. And you should be
afraid. Very afraid.
This is especially true in regard to frivolous
law suits. These are defined by the IRS, not by you. Courts
automatically accept the IRS definitions. The IRS has a list of more
than 40 frivolous arguments that tax protestors use to avoid paying this
one form of tax. Regardless of whether you think an argument is
frivolous, it is frivolous if the IRS says it is. Remember, they make
If you use one of these arguments to reduce your
federal income tax, the IRS can slap you with a $5,000 fine. And that's
in addition to interest, penalties, and underlying tax. And don't forget
they can harass you and anyone connected with you, cause you to lose
your job, run up huge expenses for you, then go back all the way to your
very first tax return (the Statute of Limitations does not apply in
cases of suspected fraud) and fabricate additional taxes, interest, and
penalties. You will never get out from underneath it. And that's for
using one of these arguments "just between friends" (that is, between
you and them). Take it to court, and it gets even worse.
Now, suppose you come down with a bad case of
stupid and take one of these arguments to court. Now you also face a
$25,000 fine and criminal charges. Now instead of paying a relatively
small tax bill, you're into six figures plus prison time. Once you get
out of prison (and bid your "buddies" goodbye while you bowleggedly make
your way to the exit), the real fun begins. That's when the IRS puts a
team of eager psychopaths on you to make sure you don't give them any
In the final opinion in a case before federal
Court of Appeals, the judge said, "Like moths to a flame, some people
find themselves irresistibly drawn to the tax protestor movement's
illusory claim that there is no legal requirement to pay federal income
tax. And, like moths, these people sometimes get burned."
You can find detailed information on frivolous
It may seem like I'm fomenting fear of the IRS and
helping them keep people in line. That is not the case at all, though
that may be the effect. Think of this as being similar to warning you
not to jump into a yard where the owner keeps a dozen abused rottweilers.
If you're really peeved about the situation, use
- To put pressure on legislators to treat your
tax dollars with a modicum of respect:
- To replace our Marxist income tax (Marx
recommended the income tax) with something sensible:
To get your CONgressman to reduce idiotic levels
of spending, contact his or her office and make a personal appeal:
- In person, if you can.
- In writing, if you can't visit.
- Don't do it by phone--that's too transitory.
- Stress how important it is to vote against
any new spending for any reason.
- Stress how important it is to vote for any
spending reduction legislation.
- Ask your CONgressman to introduce a spending
- Ask your CONgressman to also identify a
specific federal program and recommend its elimination.
- Inform your CONgressman you will follow up in
90 days to see what action was taken.
- You can find your CONgressman's contact
Locate your senator at
Remember, it's not the federal budget we have to
worry about. It's the amount of debt. And the only way to reduce that
debt (and thus your tax load) is to reduce spending. Dramatically.
Do not fall for the various schemes to get around
the federal income tax. Doing so can only end badly. Protect your
finances by paying your taxes.
4. Security tip
Here are some resources to help you fight fraud.
Spending a little time with each one of these is highly advisable.|
is the site of the Internet Crime Compliant Center, a collaboration the
FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. They file and process
complaints of cyber crime.
www.staysafeonline.org is a nonprofit awareness group. It
educates consumers, children, and small businesses about online safety
and video tutorials and other resources.
belongs to the Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit international organization.
They produce a fair number of articles on wireless security. You might
want to check out their Knowledge Center.
5. Health tip/Fitness tips
- Most dust particles in your house are bits of
dead skin. So, apparently, are the brains of members of CONgress.
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7. Thought for the Day
Results are better than excuses.|
Wishing you the best,
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