In this issue:
Product Highlight |
Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Miscellany | Thought for the Day
1. Product Highlight
Many people suffer from wrist pain. Perhaps you
are among the sufferers. If so, this course is exactly what you
This course was originally a short course on carpal tunnel
syndrome and a primer for carpal tunnel surgery. Newly revised and
over 100 pages long, it now completely addresses the issue of wrist
pain and contains information that, if followed, will likely prevent
the need for surgery at all. That surgery, in case you don't know,
involves severing a tendon. Hardly a cure.
End the suffering. This
course shows you how.|
2. Brainpower tip
Several subscribers have written thanking me for various tips on keeping them
from being engulfed by the stupidity epidemic. I'm not a PhD doing research
for a stupidity cure, but I do come across quite a few helpful items.|
such item is the book Distracted, which I reviewed here:
3. Finance tip
The price of gasoline seems to be on everyone's mind.
The "mudstream media" have really been making noise about it. But
consider these facts:|
- Gasoline is no more expensive to day than it
was a decade ago, if you adjust for inflation. We just had a huge
price break for a long time.
- Milk is about the same price.
- Bottled water costs more.
Still, there is something about a $50 tankup that
makes you adjust your thinking if you haven't already done so. Those of
us who don't buy gasoline every month (right--there are months when I
don't buy it at all, because I use so little) are complaining far less
than the SUV owners and long commuters who previously thought nothing of
wasting everyone's resources and jacking the price up.
We can't undo previous stupidity. The high prices
are here to stay.
If your fueling costs have doubled, does this put
you in the poorhouse? No. In fact, you now have a nice incentive to
actually cut your fueling costs and it's a nice incentive for others to
help. For example:
- This is the perfect time to talk with your
boss about telecommuting. If you work at the office 5 days a week
and most of your time is spent hiding in a cubicle typing away, why
can't you do that on Tuesdays and Thursdays?
- Car pooling. Jim and Bob have turned you down
when you've talked about it, before. Now maybe they'll listen.
- Riding the bus. In most of America, this
conveys a loss of status. Yet in big cities like New York and
Chicago, it conveys nothing of the sort. Nor is it especially
time-consuming. In fact, it's faster to zip around Manhattan on the
subway than to crawl in surface traffic. If the bus is your thing,
use the time to catch up on e-mail or just chill out.
- Your spouse has been against selling your
aging car and leasing or buying a new one. It runs fine, so why make
car payments? Now is a good time to re-do the math.
Think about how you can adjust to the higher
fueling costs without tightening your belt in ways unrelated to
transportation. If you have had a typical American transportation
mentality, you will have no problems cutting your spending to half of
what it was a year ago--even with today's higher prices.
4. Security tip
This item came to me via Don Brennecke, who is a long-time subscriber.
I've had the pleasure of many exchanges with Don, who is an all-round
straight-up guy and a US Veteran. Thanks, Don.|
Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to
it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice!
A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his
1. The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of
first name and middle) and last name put on them.
If someone takes your check book, they will not know if you sign your
checks with just your initials or your first name, but your bank will
know how you sign your checks.
2. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put 'PHOTO ID
3. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO
NOT put the complete account number on the 'For' line. Instead, just put
the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the
number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through
all the check processing channels won't have access to it.
4. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If
you have a P.O. Box, use that instead of your home address. If you do
not have a P.O. Box, use your work address. Never have your SS# printed
on your checks.(DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have
it printed, anyone can get it.
5. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both
sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in
your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and
cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of
my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror
stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a name, address,
Social Security number, credit cards.
Unfortunately I, an attorney, have first hand knowledge because my
wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieve(s) ordered an
expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card,
had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN
number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and
more. But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case
this happens to you or someone you know:
1. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But
the key is having the toll free numbers
and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where
you can find them.
2. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your
credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you
were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if
there ever is one).
But here's what is perhaps most important of all: (I never thought to do
3. Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to
place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number. I had never
heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an
application for credit
was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any company that
checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to
contact you by phone to authorize new credit.
By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft,
all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks
initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before
placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and
the thieves threw my wallet away. This weekend (someone turned it in.
It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks.
Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your
wallet, etc., has been stolen:
1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
3) Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271
5. Health tip/Fitness tips
Most people have back pain. The human spine just about guarantees it.
So, here you are with summer upon us and still trying to look good in
summer clothes (or lack thereof) and that back pain sidelines you.
Whatever are you going to do? Well, before that happens you should
probably listen to this audio segment:|
How To Train For Fat Loss While Managing Back Pain
It will also help you if you're already in this predicament.
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7. Thought for the Day
Don't be surprised when people misunderstand you, if
you don't make the effort to be clear in what you say.|
Wishing you the best,
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