In this issue:
Good News | Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Thought 4 the Day
1. Good News
2. Product Highlight
The Hunter camera detector is a professional camera and wireless tap sweeping
device that eliminates false positives with fuzzy scanning. Its advanced
features are intended for the professional security specialist, but also meet
the needs of the consumer who is "prudently paranoid."
Today, you just can't
be too careful. This is a professional level unit. Why would you need it?
Wireless transmitters vary in signal strength. Some are designed to transmit
as far as three miles away while others can be received only within the distance
of one room away. Micro spy cams are designed to output at low signal strengths
to make them very difficult to detect.
To find micro spy cams, the detector has to be extra sensitive (and you have
to be nearly on top of the device). But if the detector is too sensitive, it'll
give false alarms and waste quite a bit of your time. This professional-level
detector solves that problem.
Good for you, bad for the sneaks who are spying on you.
3. Brainpower tip
People with any sense know to ignore the mudstream media, which apparently have
adopted the motto "Tell no truth." Filtering out those propagandists is fine,
but how do you can you detect when someone else is feeding you a line of
In many cases, the other person actually believes the
disinformation. So sincerity isn't a good test. Here are some things to look
- Repurposed words. When a writer or speaker adds a new definition to a
common word, you are being had. Sometimes this is done to convey new insight
(even if there is none). Sometimes, this is done to perpetuate fraud. The
most famous case of the latter was FDR's brand-spanking new definition of
"welfare" so he could avoid the 10th Amendment. This is akin to redefining
"STOP" as "Accelerate" when reading a stop sign.
- Big words used when small ones will do. People who have a weak case
often try to gussy it up by choosing words that cloud what they're trying to
say. This is what's called "gilding the lily." A related approach is stating
something in long, obtuse text rather than stating it plainly--an example
- Imprecise wording. Normally, simpler is better. But not at the cost of
accuracy. Precise wording doesn't necessarily require words that aren't
simple, but sometimes it does.
- It's hard to follow or understand. Engineering is supposed to be hard to
understand. Public policy should be the opposite. If you think about the
"why" in each case, you may get several "aha" moments out of that exercise.
These are only four of many possible signs that the information is flawed.
And they are only signs. Any sign by itself doesn't mean the information is
wrong. It does, however, alert you that there may be a problem.
Sometimes, the information is correct but the person conveying it is, shall
we say, "challenged." Many people can't articulate a point very well, and others
can't explain why they believe what they believe. If you apply the 5 Whys test
to most viewpoints, they fail at about the second Why. One solution is to ask
the person to provide you with a source. Another solution is to engage the
person. Accept the statement as a hypothesis and engage in a reasoned debate
over its veracity.
Another solution is to run the statement against standard tests of logic.
Many common beliefs fail right here.
You can also run a quick analysis of "How does that work?" For example,
consider Obamanomics. According to this theory, which I have a hard time
believing Obama himself believes, the government can "stimulate" the economy by
diverting massive amounts of capital from productive use (and away from
businesses that badly need it) into what essentially amounts to raking leaves
back and forth. This theory relies on three assumptions:
- Simply circulating money creates wealth. In fact, it does not. Any
circulating system produces frictional losses. Simply circulating money
- The government has money it can spend. If so, then why do we pay taxes?
In fact, the government can only take money from one use and apply it to
another. The Soviets called this "central planning" and if you believe this
is beneficial then read up on how it worked for them. It does not and cannot
ever end any way but badly.
- If you spend money in one place, you aren't taking it from another. That
is, you can use the same money to simultaneously buy multiple things. You
don't have to make choices! Great. Walk into a Chevy dealer and hand the
salesperson the same $1 bill 53,000 times and see if they accept that as
payment for a new Corvette.
When you ask "How does that work," you find that "something from nothing"
schemes never work. It isn't necessary to analyze the explanations of the
scheme. It is only necessary to examine how the proposed scheme would work.
4. Finance tip
First, a description of the current financial bleeding. Then a tip on how to
counterbalance it somewhat.|
For the third year in a row, the organized crime
syndicate known as "The U.S. CONgress" has failed to pass a formal budget. This
isn't nearly as bad as it seems, because the budgeting process is so rampant
with cheating and hocus pocus that the budget isn't a real budget in any sense
of the word. And there's all that "off budget" stuff.
Part of the problem is the President's proposed budget is so beyond the pale
that passing it could result in nasty consequences for the leeches now "serving"
in CONgress. This refusal to own up to the magnitude of the proposed stealing by
signing on the line is quite instructive. Among the many thing it tells us about
the gangsta government, it tells us that even an elite class of criminals has
Closer to home, you make real decisions. You live by a budget, even if you
don't draw one up. That's because you can't make payments with money you don't
have, without taking on debt. But when the CONgress makes payments with money it
does not have, you get the debt and you get the diminution of your existing and
future wealth via the inflation tax that results from government "borrowing."
Until enough people actually exercise their right to vote (e.g., not
surrendering your vote to the Demopublicans), the plundering will continue. It
can be abated somewhat by those of us who show up at Town Hall Meetings and ask
our CONgressman or senator why they get $160,000 a year but can't make decisions
any tougher than those made by a poverty-level wage earner working as a manager
of a fast food outlet. When Nancy Reagan began her "Just Say No" campaign, she
aimed it at the wrong bunch of people.
There isn't anything particularly impossible about vastly reducing federal
spending. All 50 states operate on a no-debt model. Why can't the federal govt?
In a nation of 311 million people, we can't find 535 who can manage a budget?
Well, about 14% of Americans live below the poverty line (the number was
lower before Obamageddon began). And those people make hard choices every day.
Should I eat the rest of those beans now, or save some for tomorrow so I won't
be as hungry? How many holes is too many for socks and underwear before I should
buy new ones? Should I go to the doctor for this infection, or let it run its
course so I don't run out of food this month? Do I pay my electric bill or my
water bill--can't do both, so which utility is less likely to shut me off?
But when you're making $160,000 a year and sitting in budget meetings, you
are making choices like, "Should I reset this Solitaire game, or keep playing
this losing hand?" And that assumes you actually show up. Of course, they never
make tough choices like, "Should actually I represent the idiots who voted for
me, and thus lose that $1.5 million a year post-Congressional career consulting
gig with Company X by voting against this godawful bill?"
While many of us know about this skullduggery, we lack the means to install a
lawful government or at least to elect non-criminal individuals these offices
(The Party largely controls ballot access, strongly helping retards and
reprobates while strongly opposing anyone decent). And we lack the means to
effect any change in the short term.
When you're stuck in a situation you
can't change, your best option is to adapt. To adapt to the current situation,
you can increase income and/or decrease expenses.
Recently, I watched a movie
called "Good Hair," which featured Chris Rock. Mr. Rock's expose of this huge
scam is worth learning about. Find the movie, and watch it. What Mr. Rock is
looking at here is the predatory marketing done against black women to brainwash
them into thinking that somehow their beautiful, thick, curly hair is inferior.
To correct this alleged deficiency, they spend huge sums of money way out of
proportion to their income. And they subject their bodies to some really nasty
Do you have this kind of expense in your life? Before dismissing that
question, look at all of your expenses. You will likely find things that just
aren't necessary. They are status expenditures. These kinds of expenses might
help you to think you are impressing people you don't even know, but in fact
nobody is impressed. Things from putting fertilizer on your lawn (dumb, dumb,
dumb, in most cases) to frequently dining at expensive restaurants really bring
you nothing you can't live without.
And what about income? Oh, you asked your
boss for a raise. What incentive did your boss have for saying yes? Instead of
asking for a raise, look around for opportunities. These may be in the company
you work for or in another. Or maybe they are additional, moonlighting kinds of
things. In your company, maybe you have a great idea for a new business
Super. Don't bring this to your boss. Instead, work up a basic
business analysis as if you were asking investors for money. Then start talking
to the Vice Presidents in your company about this and be very clear that you are
capable of managing this venture (give your credentials). Show passion for it,
but also be sure to give them the dollar figures. Rather than rely on your boss
to go beg for a raise that won't even match inflation, you create a new job for
yourself. It's a DIY promotion and raise.
My sister did this, and went from
being just another grunt to being the national director of a major program. Her
approach wasn't to beg or to say "You owe me." It was to say, "Here is what I
can bring you" and "Don't you think this is the right thing to do?" Take the
approach that you can bring new benefits to the company, and the money will
follow. If you don't know how to give a compelling sales presentation, we do
5. Security tip
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Recently, I visited someone I hadn't seen in a while. Something
she had been very proud of was the fact that she could still wear the same size
clothes she wore in high school despite the fact that was decades ago.
surprised me was that, since we last saw each other she had ballooned out
considerably. Someone with a cute figure became morbidly obese in a couple of years.
In talking with her, I came to see why this happened.
For whatever reason, she and her husband (who had also packed on the pounds)
starting eating out for lunch and supper. Breakfast consists of boxed cereal.
Gone is the bowl of fruit she used to have on her table. The mid-afternoon snack
(which should be small meal #4) was some kind of store-bought pie (naturally, I
declined to eat this). I don't know about the other two meals, but one can
safely deduce they aren't nutritional bonanzas.
Eating out is a huge problem. The portions are, here in the USA, far too
large. So even if you were eating food fit for humans (a challenge in the
typical restaurant), you would be eating too much of it.
In her case, there was some kind of slide into "convenience" and away from
sensible eating. Not only did her food costs soar, now she's got wardrobe
problems and has greatly reduced her health.|
I suspect this behavioral change
happened because some event triggered the start of new habits. For example,
maybe they went out to eat because they had company or to celebrate something.
No real problem, there. But that felt good, so they did it again. They felt
bored the next night, so went out to eat. And soon, they were just eating out
more than at home. This put them into a condition of calorie overload, nutrient
deprivation, and unbalanced diet.
You can avoid a similar fate. Here are some tips:
- Budget your eating out experiences. Come up with some number, for
example twice a month. If circumstances cause you to exceed it, then reduce
caloric intake to adjust and count the excess eat-out against next month's
budget. Don't eat out until you've "paid off the loan."
- Keep a bowl of fruit out where you can see it. The colors are pleasing,
and so is the scent (even if you don't actually notice it, the smell from
fruits has a positive mental effect). And it will remind you to eat fruit.
- Think green. Stock your refrigerator with fresh greens. Examples include
bok choy (one of the best calcium sources available, handily beating cow's
milk), broccoli, kale, green onions, and green beans. Notice that iceberg
lettuce is not in that list; it's a waste of grocery money.
- Think colors. OK, make green your base. Now add other colors. Black
eggplant, red bell peppers, orange acorn squash, white garlic (buy fresh,
and dice it by hand), yellow zucchini, etc.
- Note that you don't actually have to "cook" to have satisfying,
nutritious meals. Take those veggies just mentioned above. You can make up a
veggie dish, toss in some canned garbonzos, and flavor with an olive oil and
vinegar dressing you make in your own dressing cruet.
- Note that to get enough protein from your meals, you will need to do
some cooking. But boiling eggs and boiling rice are not activities that
require much culinary finesse. You can also throw sweet potatoes into the
microwave to get an amazing nutritional punch.
And here's a final tip: Use a crockpot.
An uncle of mine spent the past 10 years caring for his dying wife (they were
married two months short of 61 years; she died earlier this year). She had
Parkinson's and when it got to its advanced stages, she was no longer able to do
anything. She relied completely on him.
A few years back, we were talking by phone and I asked him how he managed to
do all that care for her and still get meals made. His secret weapon was the
crockpot. He said he makes a big batch of soup or whatever, and just leaves it
on simmer in the pot until it's about gone. Very convenient, and he can thus
make it nutritious without much fuss.
I told him I have a nice crockpot and occasionally make beans in it but usually
buy them canned because cooking beans all day means a lot of heat added to the
house. His advice was to stop with the cans and just use the crockpot. He said
if it's hot outside, put a small table on the back porch and set the crockpot on
that. As he lives in south Texas, he knows a thing or two about cooking when
it's hot outside. I took his advice and use my crockpot regularly now.
If you eat out for "convenience," change over to crockpot cooking. It's far
more convenient than driving to a restaurant, trying to find something safe to
eat, and then waiting while it's being prepared. You just put stuff in the pot
and your meal is waiting for you when it's time to eat. You can't get much more
convenient than that.
You can make an endless variety of soups. Some ingredients that can make them
tasty include mushrooms, carrots, diced eggplant, and celery. Spices include bay
leaf, any kind of pepper (but always use turmeric with pepper because this
particular combination is among the most potent of all anti-carcinogens), diced
garlic, and oregano. Use cumin if you want a TexMex flavor, basil and rosemary
if you want an Italian flavor, and of course use curry if you want an Indian
I would like to thank long-time reader and contributor Howard Jacks for
information he recently sent me on garlic. This plant is amazing. Among its many
benefits, it also aids the body in ridding itself of mercury. Why does this
matter? All fish that comes from our oceans is laden with mercury now. You
simply cannot get nontoxic ocean fish. And it's not the only
mercury-contaminated food source. See note at the end of this column.
If you make a crock pot of beans, get a completed protein by having a grain
with that. The best choice is whole grain rice. Amazingly, popcorn is a pretty
good choice also. While not a grain, a sweet potato on the side is also a decent
complement to beans. A particularly tasty treat is a sweet potato opened and
generously powdered in cinnamon. That spice also has huge health benefits.
Going through "treatments" for the high blood pressure, cholesterol, and
obesity that result from typical restaurant fare has never struck me as being
very convenient. Pulling a lid off a pot and ladling out something that smells
wonderful, however, is quite appealing.
Note to Obama supporters:
You have yet another reason to stop supporting Obama. He's pushing for 1 million
coal-powered cars added to our roads by the end of this decade. Guess where all
that ocean mercury comes from? Right: coal-powered generating stations; the same
ones that would power "electric cars." If you care about kids, you can't support
Obama; it's an either/or choice. He's not out just to wreck the economy. He's
also making a play for our environment.
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.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors. Unlike the US CONgress, they were
8. Thought for the Day
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