In this issue:
Good News | Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Thought 4 the Day
1. Good News
And now, for news! (Sorry, Mr. Harvey)
- 12JUL. In May, manufacturers placed more than $388 million worth of
manufacturing technology orders. Year-to-date orders reached almost $2
billion, a 108% increase over 2010. Source: Control Design (a magazine
I've written several articles for).
Unlike our typical good news items, this one is BIG.
- 11JUL. Government motors is investing $328 million into its Flint,
MI assembly plant. You may recall Flint was devastated in the 1980s when
GM pulled out of there. But with GM's share the full-size pickup
gas guzzler market growing to 40.4% in May, the execs are pumping $328
million into that plant. Source: Industry Week.
I'm guessing GM's share grew because sensible mfrs are backing out of a
market that makes no sense today. Anyhow, this plant will build
next-generation Chevrolet and GMC models The investment (such that it
is) saves 150 jobs. For now. I wonder how many jobs they would have
saved by investing into where the market actually is going.
- 22JUL. In August, Polyplex USA begins construction of a $187 million
polyester film plant. The plant will hire 150 people over the next
five months. I can tell you that some of these jobs will pay rather
well. The film industry is very interesting in that respect. One of the
lowest-cost producers in the world is a high-wage plant in Connecticut
(also a high tax state).
- 26JUL. R3 Composites Corp. (based in Iowa) announced it's going to
create a manufacturing center in Allen County. Over the next three
years, this will result in maybe 400 new jobs in Grabill, IN (a little
down in northeast Indiana).
- 15JUL. Closer to Mindconnection headquarters, New Millennium Wind
Energy plans to sink just over $20 million into a wind turbine plant
factory in Newton, KS. This will create more than 350 jobs over four
years. Source: Wichita Business Journal.
I've been to several technical presentations on wind power, and have
also written articles on the NEC requirements for same. The level of
technical skill for maintaining these is extremely high, and the jobs
pay well. No, they absolutely cannot be outsourced to India or done by
clueless govt paper pushers. There's a very low ceiling on how much wind
power can be installed. It's not a solution to our reliance on oil, but
it will help.
- 35% of small business owners plan to hire full-time or
part-time staff this year. That's up from 9% in 2010. Source:
American Express Open Small Business Monitor.
The catch: Small businesses need capital, and the banksters either don't
loan it or present odious terms. American Express has moved onto that
turf, providing small businesses with affordable ways to bridge cash
flow gaps and invest in projects that create jobs. Maybe we should
outsource the role of CONgress to AMEX.
- We may be more than halfway through Obamageddon. If you can hang on
for a couple more years, there is hope of change for the better. As Obama
FDR for the bronze medal in the All Time Worst Presidents Contest (and
the All-time Most Damaging Presidents Contest), it's
unlikely The Party can find someone even worse to replace him. Someone
this bad comes along only every few generations. So we may
get some relief after the 2012 non-election for President.
To speed up the development of good news, contact your misrepresentative
in CONgress and ask him/her to work harder to reduce runaway federal
spending, especially the waste like the $10 billion a day burned up in
Remember, the capital that creates jobs is part of a zero sum
game. You can't use the same money for different things. If you doubt that,
try handing the clerk the same dollar bill 40 times and see if you can buy
$40 of groceries for a buck. The lie that govt creates jobs by spending
depends on that being true. Go ahead, test it out.
2. Product Highlight
I really like this
cordless phone system. I have one its ancestors, and it's served me well for
quite a long time. But this latest generation hugely improves on it. And it
Panasonic KX-TG6513B Cordless DECT 6.0 Phone system is expandable and comes
with 3 nonslip (rubber grip) handsets that have headset jacks.
- Large lighted display.
- Call block.
- Silent mode.
- Caller ID and call waiting ID.
- 4-way conferencing.
- Handset locator.
- Energy-saving mode.
- Intercom (handset to handset).
Wall mountable, but looks great on the desktop.
3. Brainpower tip
Be careful of what you accept as fact. Lies upon lies do not make something
true. By accepting a complex of lies as the basis for conclusion, you
effectively negate your brainpower.|
To avoid being a victim of this problem, you must be
diligent. Let's look at a particular mess of lies, and I'll show you what I
mean. I'm going to use, as an example, the most hated group of deviants on
the planet. That way, I don't risk offending anybody deserving of respect.
Lie: The IRS exists to administer the federal income tax. Evidence:
Circumstantial, at best.
Truth: The IRS exists to subjugate the people through systematic
abuse and terror. Evidence: The Hoyt Fiasco, for one thing. The IRS
spent several times more money to abuse the victims of Kevin Brown's
fraud (Brown was a high-ranking IRS
employee) than it could possibly collect from these people. The
IRS has its nasty reputation for a reason, namely "Abuse as standard
operating procedure." It's why Senator Roth had those
hearings in the 1980s.
Lie: The IRS funds the federal government. Evidence: None.
Truth: The IRS costs far more than it collects. These costs include
compliance costs (about 5 x the taxes raised), which have a huge
dampening effect on the economy. So do illegal liens, illegal seizures,
kangaroo Tax Court shenanigans, and other abuses. And that's by no means
a complete list. Eliminating the IRS would result in a net gain in federal receipts to
Side bonus: a huge increase in good-paying jobs. Even the
people employed by the IRS could find useful work instead of what they
are now doing.
Lie: The IRS was established by Constitutional Amendment, and an
Amendment would be required to abolish it. Evidence: None.
Truth: My Constitutionally-illiterate former CONgressman (Dennis
Moore, consistent winner of an F-rating from various citizen advocacy
groups) spewed this particular lie. So do many other people. They are
referring to the 16th Amendment, which says, "The Congress shall have
power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived,
without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to
any census of enumeration."
It says nothing about buying 70,000 shotguns in a single year (as
happened in 2010) to arm a bunch of psychopaths under the guise of tax
collection. It just gives CONgress the power to collect income taxes
without considering relative population levels. Though the 16th wasn't
actually ratified by CONgress, it has become law via the courts. But it's
irrelevant to the question of who created the IRS.
Lie: The IRS was established by the Federal Reserve Act. Evidence: None.
Truth: The FRA is just an Act signed into law by the worst president in
US history, Woody Wilson. The Act does not establish an IRS. In fact,
nobody seems to have an answer as to when the IRS was actually
established or who established it. The IRS Website contains several
obfuscations that pretend to answer this question, implying first that
the IRS dates back to 1862 and then implying it was created by the 16th
Amendment. But it seems no record exists to show that the US Congress
created the IRS.
My guess is some idiot in the Treasury Department created a goon squad
so he'd have more people to stupidvise, thus justifying a raise and a
promotion for himself. Things got cancerous from that point forward.
Lie: If the IRS is abolished, we can't collect taxes. Evidence: None.
Truth: As this agency exists illegally and does massive financial
damage to the Treasury, civil rights, human rights, and the nation at
large, there is a moral mandate to abolish it. As for taxes, the federal
government levies many kinds of taxes. Several of those are income taxes
(if you have a paystub, look at the taxes on it). More evidence of this
lack of need for the IRS (financially) exists in the demographics.
Nearly half of US households pay $0 for this 1040-based tax. In fact,
the net federal revenue comes from other sources.
Do you see the pattern, here? Lie after lie, and lies based on lies. Consequently, most
Americans believe there is actually justification for the IRS. Sadly, many
members of CONgress, who surely must know better, spew this nonsense as if
Why did I use this organization as an example? Because I rarely run into
people who have put their own brains to the question of whether it should
exist. Anyone who applies brainpower to that question comes up with a resounding no, because:
- It's an illegal enterprise. It does not appear that CONgress has a record of creating it.
- It does the opposite of its commonly stated purpose (fund government
- Its actual behavior toward citizens is appalling, immoral, costly,
and socially devastating.
If you want an example of "brain off" acceptance of propaganda, this one is
hard to beat. Of course, there are many other examples.
I'm not saying you need to treat every statement as needing research
before acceptance. But for important things, you really should take that
When an agency has the power to destroy businesses and individuals for no
particular reason and with no particular justification, that's important.
When Mr. Brown and his cronies can make $103 million "disappear" and then
spend maybe half a billion of your tax dollars on a cover-up operation that
involves illegal attacks on 4300 law-abiding American citizens,
Some tips on sniffing out the lies:
- Get basic definitions clear. For example, people talk about "health
care" but they mean "medical services" and those two are often mutually
exclusive in practice.
- Try to solve for who, what, when, where, and why. Answer those
important investigative questions from primary or secondary sources, and
you can be fairly certain you know what you're talking about regarding
the topic. Most people never bother.
- Look for weak arguments, evasions, and inconsistencies in the
official version. As noted earlier, the ridiculous idea that the IRS
funds government "services" has no merit and we can prove that just by
noting that half of American households pay $0 in the 1040-based tax
(there is plenty of other evidence, as well). The govt is funded by many
other sources, which it has to be due to the net cost of having the IRS
- Look for patterns. Notice when something just does not fit.
- Ask for the actual evidence. Notice above, there was no evidence for
any of these lies. None that will pass the smell test, anyhow. Lies
cannot serve as evidence to prove the veracity of other lies (except for
the IRS in Tax Court, in which an IRS attorney's obvious lie is often
considered the truth and a documented assertion by the victim is
- Lest anyone somehow misconclude from the above
that I am a "tax protestor" I assert right here that I am not a tax
protestor. I am only a crime protestor.
- As the IRS is a crime-infested organization that costs more than it
collects, objecting to it is not protesting taxes (if anything, it's the
opposite). I pay all of my
taxes, and always have. I encourage you to do the same.
- Unlike IRS employees, I do not spend half my work day at the office
surfing p*rn and gambling sites (source: GAO) and then falsely accusing
people who work like dogs 60 hours a week and take work calls at home.
4. Finance tip
|If your diet is low in protein, you will
have serious health problems. Thus, your grocery bill is going to
include sources of protein. Unfortunately, protein sources tend to be a
bit expensive. In this issue, we'll talk about how to save money on
We will discuss two major cost factors: assimilation and
An average sized adult male can digest about 35 to 40 grams of
protein per meal (half that much, if it's a whey isolate). Anything more
than that, the body cannot use. It just gets turned to fat. This has
implications for meal timing and portion size. Adjust this for your
size, up or down, depending on your size.
On meal timing, it's very simple. Six small meals a day. This isn't
debatable, or something to experiment with. This schedule is based on
how the body works. Go more than three hours without food, and your body
goes catatonic. It starts digesting muscle and conserving fat. You also
screw up your hormonal environment when you miss meals.
Yes, you do go catatonic each night when you sleep. But that is no
excuse for ALSO going catatonic during the day when you can prevent
To assimilate protein properly, you must divide your total daily
protein needs across those six meals. Your body can assimilate only so
much protein at once; the rest turns to fat. So if you decide to have a
bagel (please don't) or something else that's just wasted calories and
then "make up for the missing protein" at your next meal, that is not
going to work. It's just double damage. First, you go catatonic due to
missing that first meal. Then, you pile on fat at the second.
How much protein can you eat at one time? If you eat 40g of protein
with each meal, your intake will be 240g per day. For most people, this
is far too much protein.
A hard training athlete needs about 1.5 to 2g per pound of lean body
weight. Most people do not know what this means, so I will explain. It
is your total body weight minus the pounds of fat you are carrying. To
know what these numbers are, use a Tanita body fat scale. Just as a
benchmark, an American male weighing 170lb typically has about 125lbs of
lean body weight.
So this typical guy needs probably 30g per meal. Anything beyond what
he needs will just add to that 45lb of fat he's carrying around. His
best bet is to start with very little supplemental protein and work on
getting rid of that fat.
Of course, this isn't exact. Your protein needs vary from day to day.
And maybe you don't want all of your meals to be so similar in protein
intake that they start tasting the same. Fair enough. You can have some
variance. Maybe 25g at one meal and 35g at the next. What you can't do
is some big variance like 5g at one and 55g at the next.
Some major sources
- Because the meat supply in the USA is so contaminated, meat from
the big packing houses is off-limits unless you really enjoy eating
poop and/or getting various expensive illnesses. Fast food joints
buy their meat from those packing houses. Alternatives include meat
from co-ops, organic meat, and meat butchered by real butchers. Wild
game is another alternative.
- Dairy products. Same issues as meat. Generally, avoid anything
but organic varieties. Also, with their high fat content and other
issues, dairy products are probably best left off your list.
- Fish. If you have an aversion to getting Alzheimer's or other
brain diseases, almost all sources of fish are off-limits. Tuna,
especially. So you can save quite a bit of money by not eating fish.
Mostly, money of the nursing home variety.
- Beans and rice. A good source. Pick up a chart of proteins, and
you can use that to match beans to other incomplete protein sources.
Popcorn (pan popped with olive oil) is a good complement to beans.
- Vegetables. Nearly all vegetables have some protein, but it
isn't enough to provide your needs. Your diet should be mostly
- Eggs. Excellent source. At 7g each, you will go through a large
number of eggs daily to provide your protein needs. So, make these a
supplemental source. How to tell if the eggs you're buying are safe
to eat: Test the shells. The thicker the shells are, the healthier
the laying hen was. What contributes to healthy hens? Good food
(grass, not corn), and room to move about. Free range is perhaps the
gold standard, but at the bronze level (so to speak) you're still
getting good eggs.
Protein powders. These are a mixed bag, due to variances in
quality. Read the ingredients. If it contains any hydrogenated
anything, it's garbage. Same for sugar, or corn anything. Be sure
you do not opt for a pure whey product, unless you intend to ingest
it only within an hour of a workout. For general protein needs, use
a blend or what's called a Meal Replacement Powder (MRP).
Personally, I use the MRP. [This changed in 2014, with the disappearance of
quality MRPs from the marketpace; they just could not compete with the hyped
up garbage sold by unethical companies].
Three related facts that bear on this issue's finance column:
- Medical care consumes 1/7th of the nation's economic output.
- Health care is the single most effective means to reduce medical
- Nutrition is the single most important aspect of health care.
Now we've addressed how to get one of your macronutrients
cost-effectively. You've heard the expression, "They get you coming and
going." In this case, you are saving money coming and going. You save on
the cost of protein, while also using proper assimilation and sources to
5. Security tip
|In this issue's Brainpower Tip, I used
organized crime as an example. The organization, in particular, was the
Infernal Rotten Scoundrels.
Actually, some of the people on their
payroll are decent human beings. I was once audited by a particularly
honest individual who simply wanted to do his job and wasn't out to rob
me or break any laws. So while I castigate this useless and harmful
agency, I want to point out that not everyone on its payroll is a
degenerate or psychopath.
That said, you are unlikely to encounter someone decent when dealing
with this agency. You'll face someone who has already judged you and is
just looking for a way to deceive and hurt you. Especially if your file
goes to Collections (those folks are particularly immoral, according to
GAO reports and other unimpeachable sources).
Your best defense is to record what this person says and does. And we
have just the thing for that: spy watches. We have them in men's and women's
styles (click the pics).
In addition to capturing the threats, lies, and intimidating gestures
for later use in your defense, you can also eliminate the "I told you"
lies in any followup encounter.
You don't have to limit use of a spywatch to only this kind of scenario.
This is also perfect for security officers, HR people, hiring managers (replay
the whole interview!), travelers harassed by TSA, or anybody else needing to
record what happened and who said what.|
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
This issue's finance tip covered protein assimilation. While that was from a
cost reduction viewpoint, obviously proper timing and sourcing of protein has
benefits for health and fitness.
Let's talk a bit about the other two
macronutrients. People have asked me if I got my shredded look from a low fat
diet or a low carb one. My answer is no. To both.
One key to being lean and muscular is the assimilation we covered for
protein; it also applies to fats and carbs. Timing and sourcing.
A rule I practice is "Never eat a carb by itself." My initial reason for this
was to avoid any glycemic effect. But since the carbs I eat are low glycemic
anyhow (because they are fruits and vegetables), that glycemic issue is rather
The reason not to eat a carb by itself is you want to make each meal count. Your
body needs fats, carbs, and protein. A good, balanced meal will have all three.
And it will be rich in vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients.|
Here's a short
list of carbs to avoid: processed grains.
See? I told you it was short! I don't bother to count carbs. I just get them
from good foods.
What about fats? I buy my olive oil in quart or half gallon containers, which
is an indication of how much I consume. Fat does not make you fat; you need
dietary fat to burn body fat. I measured mine yesterday; it was 5.6%. I
seriously doubt my fat intake is making me fat....
Olive oil is great, but not in everything. So I also use safflower oil for
Saturated fat has been maligned, but your body actually needs it and can
handle it in small amounts. Not only that, it makes things taste good! Which is
why I use organic butter in small amounts for certain dishes. Your body cannot
tolerate hydrogenated oils. So, eliminate those.
An oil touted for its alleged health benefits is canola oil. The reality is
it just lacks the health costs incurred by, say, hydrogenated oil. But it
doesn't have the health benefits that you find in many other oils. To me, it's a
waste of calories.
Eggs are a big source of fat in my diet. Eggs that are properly sourced are
very high in omega 3 fats. These make our arteries very happy. What about Egg
Beaters and the like? Don't they protect you from cholesterol? No, they are a
waste of calories. By eating that junk, you give up the artery-friendly fats in
the egg, along with the vitamins and other nutrients. Not to mention the flavor.
A final source of fat in my diet: green leafy vegetables. I eat prodigious
amounts of kale, bok choy, broccoli, and other nutrition power houses. These
contain essential fatty acids, among other great nutrients.
Can you see a pattern in these food choices? Every calorie counts! Yet, I
don't bother ever to count calories. I just manage the protein assimilation and
timing, making sure to get my fats and carbs at the same time.
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 and intense.
- A good diet contains far more flavors and satisfaction
than the typical American diet.
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. CONgress spends 118 dimes for
every dime we earn (actually, it's far more than that--if you divide the
$200 trillion debt by 80 million workers it comes out to 250 million
dimes for every dime we earn!).|
8. Thought for the Day
If life seems to be full of irritations, try focusing on what's going right.|
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