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Mindconnection eNL, 2012-05-20

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Good News | Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Thought 4 the Day

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1. Good News

First quarter results for new employment in USA manufacturing have shown robust growth. That is good news. But let's take it in context. Some caveats:

  • The data are from the BLS. That's the government agency in charge of Labor BS. In this case, the BS is the BLS has reclassified some jobs as manufacturing knowing full well that's not what they are. For example, fast food workers who make sandwiches are "manufacturing." Anyone with two functioning brain cells understands why this is wrong on several levels.
  • Jobs in other areas have shrunk, making the net a loss instead of a gain.
  • We still have the massive debt that caused the job losses in the first place.
  • Instead of reducing the debt, Obama and his fellow scofflaws continue to increase it by over 1,000 billion dollars a year.

When the net job figures came out, Obama responded by saying, "We still have more work to do." It seems he isn't satisfied with destroying jobs in all but one sector, so he wants to increase the govt overhead load until jobs are down across the board. Instead of doing more work, how about if he promises not to do anything until his second term has, mercifully, expired?

Since the Rs are sitting out the November fake "election," it looks very, very bad for the American peasant class. Yet, an extension and exacerbation of Obamageddon is not inevitable. The Party does not have complete control over all of CONgress and Obama may find his goal of being the last USA President thwarted by CONgress, the Supreme Court, or both.

And there is that little matter of We The People. With peasant uprisings all over the world, Obama's handlers will probably keep him on a shorter leash during the remainder of his reign of error. Increasingly, the afflicted classes are pointing at the banksters instead of falling for this charade of misrepresentative "government." Even better, it's not just individuals but also state legislatures.

Let's close this month's good news column with a note on hope and change. Obama's ineligibility, now proven beyond all doubt, is moving forward on the legal front. So maybe by this time next year, Barry and Blago will be cell mates. If that comes to pass, it will send a very clear signal about lawful government to those who currently use the federal government as a means of pillaging the people. That could be the pivotal event that replaces the 100+ year reign of the current regime with a law-abiding government.

2. Product Highlight

The Lingo Xplorer 52 translates in all directions for 52 languages. It has foreign language characters, phonetics, voice output. 1,000,000 words, 100,000 phrases.

This is a lot of translator for the price. And it's very easy to use.

Here are those 52 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laos, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Shanghai Hua, Singhalese, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese.

Click the pic to watch a video.

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3. Brainpower tip

Feeling overwhelmed by all the problems that come up in the midst of this stupidity epidemic? Does dealing with the fallout of Obamageddon leave you feeling stressed? Have your job responsibilities increased while your pay remains the same? Do you get annoyed almost to the breaking point due to Windows operating system problems put into the Windows OS by the Microsoft User Frustration Development team?

I can't help you with that last one. But on the others, help is here.

  • Section things off, and deal with one thing at a time. You can easily facilitate that with the Outlook calendar (this is what replaced the DayTimer for me; use the scheduling system that works for you). Then you have only one thing overwhelming you at a time instead of everything.
  • Focus on what you are doing. With things sectioned off, that will be much easier. You effectively get an IQ boost of 100% or better.
  • Make choices. You can't do everything. So let some things go. Once you've made the decision to do X instead of Y, don't backpedal or agonize over it. Track things in your Outlook calendar, and let it do any agonizing that might be done.
  • Remember that perfection kills good. If you're doing inconsequential things, you are leaving other things undone. If you have a perfectionism problem, we have a course developed by Dr. Jay Prince to solve that problem.
    http://www.mindconnection.com/product/BEHAV-PERFECTIONISM.html

Also, an elevated mood helps you think better. Here are some tips:

  • Don't let petty things annoy you in an escalating fashion. You can't help being annoyed, but you can help letting annoyances turn your mood sour.
  • Make a point of contacting one friend or family member a day (reaching way, way back into your "Rolodex"), and starting off the conversation with a compliment. This graciousness toward another person gets reflected back on you and it feels good. So if Steve Ballmer's "Infuriate the users at all costs" mandate gets you into a funk, just spread a little love.
  • Unplug from what annoys you. Will one more cell phone call drive you over the edge? Shut the phone off. My cell phone sits here turned off. I never answer it. Really. I don't carry it with me, either. I have it just for emergencies or travel. Guess why people don't interrupt me on my regular (VOIP) phone either? I unplug it!
  • If you feel especially ragged around the edges, brew some coffee in the AM. Not only does the great taste of coffee lift your mood, but its caffeine, which is well within a reasonable, tolerable level, boosts your metabolism and your alertness. As if that's not enough, coffee is a great source of powerful anti-oxidants, so you fight cancer also.

 

4. Finance tip

A college student recently wrote with these questions:

Where does the United States get money to buy imports from different countries? Do we sell other countries many exports? What kinds of products/resources/services to we export? Or is the value of our dollar just so much higher than other countries that it doesn't cost us much to import all the crap that we import? Basically, how the heck does our economy work?

Knowing the answer helps you understand your single largest cause of financial loss. Here's the answer:

You're asking several questions here, each of which has a fairly long answer. The short answer is "Debt." A bit more detail:

 

1. Where does the United States get money to buy imports from different countries?

If you mean ordinary citizens of the USA, we get that from our wages (such that they are).

If you mean the federal "government," it has the Federal Reserve counterfeit the money--that's how we get inflation. The FR, in turn, gives us a debt chit. This is akin to stealing your car and then sticking you with payments on a new car. That's one reason our national debt now exceeds the GDP of the entire world three times over and why the 1913 dollar is now worth about 2 cents.

The FG doesn't borrow in the sense that you and I borrow. Very few people understand this, because they don't look at how the money flows and don't look at the definition of borrowing. If you borrow, there are conditions. Such as the expectation you'll pay it back, for example.

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2. Do we sell other countries many exports?

Yes. The USA manufacturers more now than it ever has, and is second only to China in goods production. This contradicts what many people believe, but they don't look at the data. However, there's a caveat. We import more than we export, so there's a trade imbalance. Part of that is offset by the flow of dollars back for nontangibles such as engineering services and other high-dollar, way up the value-chain exports. We also export, hugely, legal services. Our lawyers service people in other countries the way a farmer has a bull service a cow.

The USA is the world's #1 arms dealer. We sell death to both sides of conflicts in countries throughout the world. We also start many of those conflicts, courtesy of the World Bank and other shady organizations. For example, Monsanto gets huge grain subsidies. It then ships the grain to other countries below the cost their local farmers can produce it for (this is what put 30 million Mexicans out of work). This causes huge economic distress, so the WB moves in with "loans" and conditions and the regular people get shafted. So then there's the predictable uprising, and we sell arms to both sides.

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3. What kinds of products/resources/services to we export?

There's a huge list, but I touched on this in the previous answer.

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4. Or is the value of our dollar just so much higher than other countries that it doesn't cost us much to import all the crap that we import?

No, that's not it at all. It costs us less to import many of the items we import because the mfg countries have lax laws. For example, no EPA. If you stand on the shores of the Belle River (no relation to your family) and look across it to Sarnia, Ontario, you will see Dow Chemical factories spewing out pollution that winds up here on the breeze. Canada doesn't enforce the regs because we get the pollution. They get the jobs and tax dollars, plus sell to us cheaper than we can produce.

Similar thing with Mexico. In El Paso, you get to breathe in the brown fog that wafts across the Rio Grande when the wind shifts. It's coming from American factories that moved across the river to skip millions of dollars of EPA and OSHA compliance costs.

China, same thing.

What would fix this is a tariff based on compliance. But we would need an actual federal govt for such a thing to happen. We have a corporate-run kleptocracy, instead. The regs don't exist to protect us, but to give the large corporations (which own the federal govt) a huge advantage by raising costs of their smaller, make it here only competitors.

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>Basically, how the heck does our economy work?

The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. It's essentially a debt based system of slavery. I know that "sounds" radical, but the terminology is accurate. You just have to follow the money to see that's the case.

5. Security tip

Here are some resources for keeping tabs on organized crime:
  • www.votesmart.org. Identifies your misrepresentative in CONgress. Also includes reports of voting records and campaign finance.
  • www.legistorm.org. Shows how much graft "lawmakers" get (that we know of) via free trips and other gifts.
  • www.ntu.org. Does an awesome job of sorting the data so you can make sense of who steals how much.
  • www.opensecrets.org. Helps track the flow of campaign money.
 

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

For over a couple of decades now, popcorn has been a regular part of my diet. My friend Jerome, whom many women at his gym refer to as their "gym husband," also includes this in his diet.

Why are we not getting fat on popcorn?

That's a fair question, especially when you consider that sweet corn is not fit for human consumption and neither are corn products in general. The issue there is the hugely adverse effect on endocrine system, including the "gain fat" problem from it.

But popcorn, being a low-sugar whole grain, does not have this problem. This is the grain I usually choose (whole-grain rice being the other) to eat with my beans or bean soup so that I have a completed protein.

Popcorn has some enormous benefits, which I will discuss shortly. Before I do that, I want to tell you that you can turn popcorn toxic if you prepare it incorrectly.

How you prepare popcorn is critical as to whether it's safe to eat.

Age 50.

 
First of all, the bagged microwave popcorn is not what we're discussing here. Never eat that garbage. It's highly toxic, for several reasons that I won't go into here. Jiffypop and other "convenience" packaging popcorn, same thing.

You could air-pop your popcorn. There are even devices you can use in your microwave to produce oil-free popped corn. But that tastes rather bland and is so dry it can make you gag.

You want to pop it on the stove in a large pot, using a good cooking oil that can sustain high heat. My only choice is olive oil. There may be other oils you can use, but I really don't care because, due to my ethnicity, olive oil is what I grew up with and enjoy tasting. I will tell you that canola oil is not a good choice. Because of its lipid profile, it's the nutritional equivalent of iceberg lettuce, except it has significant calories. I'm not sure that it handles high heat very well, either.

I add enough oil to make a thick puddle in the bottom of the pan, then using a small plastic scooper I add a couple tablespoons of corn kernels. On an electric stove with 10-dials, a setting of 5 is just about right. I season the popped corn with cayenne pepper, turmeric, garlic powder, and habanera sauce. Yes, it's hot. Yes, I like it that way. Yes, it kicks fat-burning into overdrive and wonderfully clears the sinuses. But it has other advantages I will share in just a moment.

You could use butter instead of oil, but then you are gaining saturated fat without gaining the nutritional advantages of the oil. I do cook with butter (sparingly), and I use organic butter only. When I was a kid, we didn't call it organic butter, we just called it butter. We got it directly from dairies in Wisconsin, not far from home. Today's commercial butter comes from today's commercial milk, so it's off-limits to those who care about their health.

Now, about those other advantages of popcorn....

You know how sometimes you have to really work the dental floss after eating popcorn? Those hulls can be a real nuisance! I've even had to get the dentist to extract a few over the years. This is a minor price to pay for what those hulls bring. They are extremely high in polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants--on par with the most nutritious of fruits and vegetables.

And because, as I mentioned, popcorn is a whole grain, those same hulls that (sometimes) irritate your gums and (always) kill cancer cells are very, very high in fiber. You should not be eating commercial cereals that come in a box, but if you are the kind of risk taker who does that, consider switching over to freshly popped popcorn. You'll get more fiber per same size serving, that way. And, of course, popcorn trumps breads in this regard unless--maybe--you are talking about a premium brand such as Ezekiel bread (and that's just maybe).

Now, you probably noticed that your popcorn is yellow or white. It's not green. So, unlike kale and broccoli, popcorn isn't loaded with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. It's a grain. That means you need to eat it proportional to your other, non-grain foods. The FDA's Food Pyramid tells you exactly how to eat to get sick, have diabetes, develop cancer, etc. So don't refer to that. Grains should be a very minor portion of your diet. Popcorn is perhaps the best of all grains to fill that portion.

So what's this about the cayenne pepper, turmeric, garlic powder, and habanera sauce?

Cayenne and turmeric are both potent cancer fighters. When used together, it's not 1+1 = 2, though. It's much greater than that. Always use turmeric and pepper together; otherwise, you are wasting a synergistic way of nuking cancer cells. Various studies have shown that the combined effect greatly exceeds the individual effects merely added up. To illustrate, if a dose of cayenne kills 1,000 cancer cells and a dose of turmeric kills 750 cancer cells, then eating these two doses together kills 5,000. Those aren't the actual numbers, but it's along those lines.

Why the garlic powder? OK, I'm Italian (on my dad's side). We put garlic on everything that doesn't move. For many of my meals, I cut a clove in half and then slice up the halves and then toss the slices into the dish I'm making. And I might repeat that a few times for a single dish. I just like garlic. But I don't want slices in my popcorn. The dry powder sticks to the kernels. It also absorbs the water from the habanera sauce, which I add for both its flavor and its cancer-fighting. Finally, garlic has an almost absurdly long list of health benefits, including the fact it helps the body remove mercury.

At 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.

7. Factoid

On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag. This kind of reminds me of the Bill Clinton $3 bill that circulated a few years back....

8. Thought for the Day

"Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who holds a low opinion of himself." -- Anthony Trollope

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Authorship

The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.

Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.

Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).

The purpose of this publication is to inform and empower its readers (and save you money!).

Personal note from Mark: I value each and every one of you, and I hope that shows in the diligent effort I put into writing this e-newsletter. Thank you for being a faithful reader.

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