In this issue: Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Product Highlight | Thought for the Day
1. Product Highlight
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Long-time readers know I've been a climber since the previous century. From climbing, I have for you a lesson in brainpower.
Years ago, something I
noticed about really good climbers helped me radically improve my climbing
ability. What I noticed is they were "in the moment." You may think I mean
that they were undistracted by that project at the office or something else
external to the climb. But that's not what I mean. Really good climbers
focus on the very moment, the very microsecond, that they are in.
There are different types of climbing, and one type I particularly
enjoy is technical climbing the "bouldering routes." This is where you
solve a route (a set series of specific toeholds and handholds between
you and a goal higher up). A route is a spatial puzzle, but also a
physical one. You have to figure out where to put your weight at a given
moment for a given move. A small foothold may give you far more "cling"
than a big one, merely because of how you can place your weight on it.
On a recent climb, my climbing partner asked me about a bouldering route that he had been
unable to solve, despite many tries. After watching him fail to ascend,
I remarked that he needed to be fully "in the now" at each point instead
of thinking ahead while trying to execute each move.
I then solved the route on my first ascent. The problem, I said, was he wasn't
putting his center of gravity where it needed to be at the very moment
he was on a particular hold--and
this was pulling him off the face. Do not look ahead or behind, but be
fully in the now. He then tried the route, and succeeded.
This same principle works for any other difficult task. It's not enough
to just ignore outside distractions. For example, consider a NASCAR driver.
We know these folks don't yak it up on cell phones or do their nails while
racing around the track (it would be nice if all drivers followed that
example). But they go much, much deeper into focus and concentration than
that. They are fully "in the moment" and thus focusing all of their
brainpower on the problem that is the one they have now. Not the problem
they will have or did have. The one they have now.
This practice of being fully present is a brainpower multiplier. Think of the potential for your career,
health, personal relationships, and other areas that are important to
3. Finance tip
It's been said that some conspiracy theorists believe President
Eisenhower was on the payroll of oil companies. But this is no mere
theory. All you have to do is look at the urban sprawl created by Ike's
Interstate Highway System and compare that to the far more
fuel-efficient infrastructure in Europe. Or, for that matter, New York
One reason so many Americans have automobiles is the
deliberately poor layout of our urban sprawl cities (with their idiotic
and expensive zoning laws) makes having a car a requirement. But what
about having two cars? In many households, this is a reality. A
husband has one, a wife has one. Then the teen has one.
But cars spend most of their time just sitting. If you have a two-car
household, how much extra does that cost and how much does that actually
buy you? Consider:
Annual property taxes.
Storage and parking.
If you get yourself an accurate picture of these costs and then
compare them to the same costs if you have just one of the two cars, you
will wonder what you must have been smoking not to get rid of that
second car long ago.
Sure, it may seem more convenient for you each to have your own
personal vehicle. But if you're already sharing a bed, what is the big
deal about sharing a car?
But suppose she works out west 20 miles and he works out east 20
miles. There's no way you can take turns dropping each other off. Ah,
but you can car pool with others. Look at all of the potential pooling
resources and figure something out. Consider telecommuting on different
By putting on your thinking cap to eliminate one car, you will most
likely come up with ways to reduce the usage of even the remaining car.
Instead of putting 15,000 miles a year on each of two cars for 30,000
miles a year, you will likely see ways to put only 10,000 miles on the
one remaining car. So you cut your fuel usage by two thirds! Windshield
time, always a waste of life, also reduced dramatically.
Look at your savings in maintenance, replacement tires, parking fees,
tolls, insurance, taxes, and other costs.
Wow! It's not a few hundred dollars. It's the equivalent of a fairly
demanding part time job. But you get the same money without doing the
work and without paying SS tax, Medicare tax, and income tax on it.
Long commutes can be a problem. What if he commutes 50 miles and she
works from home but "needs" the car for buying groceries, picking the
kids up, etc.?
A solution my sister came up with for her long commutes was to actually
buy a second vehicle. But it's used strictly for pooling, and it's a
van. That essentially eliminates her personal vehicle as a commuting
car, so she is in a sense down to less than one car (actual driving
needs). When 10 people share the trip, the cost per person drops
Thinking. Don't leave home without it. The money you save could be
4. Security tip
Most thinking people realize that jury selection in the USA is idiotic
at best (and a simple fix would be to pay retired people to be on
juries, utilizing their life experience and free time). But the various
court systems around the nation aren't the only ones conducting
jury-related scams, wasting taxpayer time, and costing people money just
because they can.
Anyone who should be on a jury stands no chance of
getting on one. So when qualified people are called to go to the
courthouse and wait around to be rejected, it's a pain. How do you cram
a wasted half day into a 70 hour work week? The trend now is people just
don't show up.
Thanks to that trend, non-government criminals have come up with a
new scam. They figure most people still answer their phone (I generally
don't answer mine), so they just start calling. The caller claims to be
a jury duty coordinator. They tell you there's a warrant out for your
arrest because you didn't show up for jury duty.
If you did skip out on this insane, costly, ludicrous process, the
caller has a potential hook. But if you say you never received a summons
for jury duty, the scammer tells you there's a record it went out.
Either way, this person then pretends to sympathize with you and
offers to "cancel the arrest warrant." All s/he needs is your Social (in)Security
number and date of birth. Give out of this information and you become an
identity theft victim.
The reality is any jury coordinator already has all of the
information needed to take any action for or against you. And it's
highly unlikely they will do anything except tell you to get your butt
down to the courthouse.
Don't give your your SSN or any other bits of info about yourself to
some anonymous caller. If you can't resist the fear factor, then call
the courthouse and ask to speak to the person who is in charge of the
The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on
their Web sites, warning consumers about the fraud:
A long time
ago, smart people figured out that all of the petroleum-derived chemicals used
in food, cleaning solutions, deodorizers, and such are not very compatible with
the human body. They age you prematurely and cause other problems.
The use of more traditional products was a fringe movement, until some C-people
in some of the larger corporations figured out they could make serious money by
"going green." So they changed the packaging and started selling "green"
products and "natural" products at a premium.
While some of these products actually are "green" and/or "natural" and safe
for humans, that is not true of most such products. You could read the labels to
see what the ingredients actually are, if you remember to bring a magnifier to
Or, you could opt for a mix of traditional products (e.g., vinegar) and some
of the "alternative" products (e.g., 7th Generation soaps).
Let's take a closer look....
Shortly after turning 50.
Toothpaste. Many of these products are very abrasive and actually
damage your tooth enamel. Also, if you read the label you will see a
warning that children are not to swallow the toothpaste (because it
contains fluoride, a potent toxin). You can find safe to use toothpastes
if you look for them. Read the ingredients, and you'll see which ones
Mouthwash. Rather than damage your mouth tissue with the toxins
typically in mouthwash, freshen your breath in other ways. A good
toothpaste, for example. Or eat a piece of fruit to get rid of garlic
odor or coffee breath. Or chew on a leaf of spearmint, mint, basil, or
any of several aromatic herbs. Even a dill pickle will give you pretty
Scented sprays. These mask odors by using pleasantly scented
carcinogens. Not a great trade-off, if you ask me. A box of baking soda,
judicious use of fans and windows, a proper diet, and good hygiene
eliminate odors at their source. Without giving you cancer.
Scented bath soaps. Keep these away from your body. They won't make
you any cleaner than plain old pure Ivory soap will. But they do create
all kinds of health issues. If you have allergies, skin problems,
trouble sleeping, blurry vision, or tax problems--stop using scented
soaps! OK, scented soaps don't cause tax problems. But stop using them
anyhow, if you do use them.
Chlorine bleach. Ah, it smells so clean! So does napalm. Chlorine is
not compatible with humans. Do not use it in or around your home.
Period. If you need to disinfect, white vinegar works just fine. Bonus:
unlike chlorine, vinegar is not a potent carcinogen. Yes, chlorine comes
in your tap water. Be sure to distill, filter, or membrane it out.
Bacterial soaps. Why this crap is even legal, I don't know. Ban
these from your home and refuse to use them where they are supplied
elsewhere. Plain soap and water is very effective at preventing the
spread of infection. Bacterial soaps, on the other hand, are very
effective at creating resistant bacteria. And they typically are harsh
on the skin.
Fabric softener. These products are basically animal fat infused
with pleasantly-scented carcinogens. They don't soften the fabric. They
merely coat the fibers with rancid fat. Disgusting. If you want soft
fabrics, buy cotton clothing and dry it by hanging it up rather than by
desiccating it in a clothes dryer.
Spray Lysol. This stuff is alcohol, a highly flammable fuel. Do you
douse your house with gasoline? Gee, why not? Keep spray Lysol away from
your home. Not only does it not sanitize, but it creates a fire hazard.
Not only does it create a fire hazard, but it also comes in variations
that contain semi-pleasantly scented carcinogens.
This is only a partial list. You don't need to memorize what's bad to
be safe. There are only a few basic products that you should be using.
Think "simple" and you will eliminate a slew of nasty stuff while also
saving a great deal of money. For example, compare the cost of a gallon
of white vinegar to even a quart of the fancy cleaner at the store.
You can even use white vinegar to clean tile floors, instead of
inhaling stripper. Unless, of course, your floor has a build-up of
www.supplecity.com, you'll find plenty of informative, authoritative articles on maintaining a lean, strong physique. It has nothing to do with long workouts or impossible to maintain diets. In fact:
The best workouts are short
A good diet contains far more flavors and satisfaction than the typical American diet.
Blue Jays can imitate the calls of hawks. But try imitating Timothy
Geithner or Chuck Rangel in tax cheating, and you go to jail.
7. Thought for the Day
Expectations of failure are usually met. What do you expect, when you
set out to do something? How do you determine what steps to take so you
expect to succeed and do succeed?
Wishing you the best,
The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.
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