In this issue:
Good News | Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Thought 4 the Day
1. Good News
Many companies are not laying off. And that's good news. It's a classic case
of the glass that's half full or half-empty, except the ratio is more like 9:1
in favor of empty. But the 1 in 10 is good news for those who work there.
A big layoff at a
competitor's company is good news for your company. It's like being in a race
with someone who decides he can outrun you if he sheds the weight of his left
leg and has it amputated. Gee, what a strategy.
Recently, HP announced it was
laying off 27,000 people. This is great news for HP's competitors, because it
leaves HP much weaker. If HP had any kind of ROI on the vast salaries it pays
its senior executives, those grossly overpaid people would figure out how to use
27,000 brainy people's talents to make more money for HP.
If layoffs are
logical, then why do companies hire anyone to begin with? If
people are just a cost and you are better off without 27,000 brains working for
you, why not fire everybody and maximize the cost-savings? Why not stop selling
products so warranty returns drop to zero? Because it's stupid to fire
everybody, just as it's stupid to fire people simply to have fewer people to
pay. In the real world, layoffs never solve a company's problems. They just make
the company weaker. Except in rare cases, only morons choose the layoff as a
People are a resource. If you're an exec with a multi-million dollar
salary, you are obligated to figure out how to use that resource to increase
revenues. In the case of HP, the only people who should have been let go have
titles starting with C and/or dis-serve on the board of misdirectors.
Doctors used to "treat" patients by bleeding them nearly to death. They
eventually figured out this didn't work. At some point, most corporate boards
and their incompetent execs will also figure this out. At many companies,
there's a no layoff policy because that's the smart approach. Most companies
should have that policy.
2. Product Highlight
The Lingo 12-Language Talking Dictionary Lingo Eterpreter 1200 translates your
own random word strings (enter your own random sentences) in all directions for
12 languages. It has foreign language characters, phonetics, voice output.
240,000 words, 24,000 phrases. English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German,
Hindi, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.
This is a lot of translator for the price
(order from us to save $40).
And it's very easy to use.
- Familiar QWERTY keyboard.
- Clear sound quality, and you can use the included earphone and volume control for private listening.
- Large backlit, easy to read display for your comfort and convenience.
- It can translate words or phrases between any two languages, not just
English and a target language.
3. Brainpower tip
Looking at things in isolation is sometimes useful, but more often results in
misunderstanding. Typically, this approach leads to grossly wrong conclusions.|
Good statistical analysts always ask, "Compared to what?" Understanding the
context is usually requisite to forming a correct conclusion.
When looking at any bit of information, understand its context so you can
correctly determine what it means.
Here's an example to illustrate the point, though this isn't the kind of
situation I'm actually referring to.
"The man was driving at 50MPH"
What can you conclude from this? Was he speeding? You do not know, unless you
have the context. If he drove 50MPH in a school crossing zone, he was speeding
and clearly endangering others. If he drove 50MPH on the interstate where the
posted speed limit was 70MPH, he was probably underspeeding and endangering
But what if he's driving 50MPH in a 50MPH zone, was he driving safely and
legally? Probably, but again you lack the context. Is the road covered in ice?
Is it pouring down rain? Are other drivers barely moving because a herd of cows
is crossing the road? Is this man's car even on the road? What if there's a
traffic jam or accident and he's doing 50 MPH on the shoulder?
So you can see context is important. Here's an example more relevant to
today's govt crime epidemic. We have another fake "election" coming up. The
Party has its two employees pretending to "run" against each other (since Ron
Paul is the only candidate who has promised to follow the law, he is the only
eligible candidate unless lawlessness is your thing).
These two very strange people are making their "campaign" pronouncements,
even though the outcome of the fake "election" has already been determined by
criminals who own the govt (one of their two employees will "win" and they
probably don't care which one). The criminals permit these fake "elections" just
to see if most Americans still buy the lie that there is any difference other
than rhetoric between two "parties" when the crime and devastation continue no
matter which one is "in power."
Or that, somehow, out of 310 million people, it makes any sense whatsoever
that these two retards are the best we can do. And, of course, that somehow the
ballot isn't controlled by criminals yet nobody who follows the law made it onto
the ballot. Ah, but I digress.
A few months ago, Obama stated that unemployment (new claims for unemployment
insurance benefit) had dropped an entire percent so he "deserves" a second term.
I agree he deserves a second term, but we disagree on the location. It need to
be Fort Leavenworth or maybe Gitmo.
What is the context? Thanks to Obama's aggressive attacks on the economy, new
claims for unemployment rose well above the level to which they had dropped when
Obama started bragging about his "accomplishment." The level was still higher
than when he took office. Without the context, we don't see that we are worse
off in the third year of Obamagbeddon than when it began. If we simply listen to
our criminal in chief spew statistics without the context, we get the opposite
impression of what the reality is.
But wait, it gets worse. Add more context here. Claims for disability are
way, way up. Why is this? People who have run their unemployment benefits out
and still can't get a job in our trillion dollar a year Obama misadministration
debt-sacked, waylaid economy still have this crazy penchant for food, clothing,
and shelter. As refrigerator boxes are in short supply these days (too many
homeless claiming them, too few people buying refrigerators), a huge number of
people need some other way to provide for themselves. They are filing disability
claims. It would be easy to argue they have been economically disabled by
extremely bad, downright sadistic public policy.
That's what context tells you. Only with context can you see reality. Which
is why Obama excludes it from his propaganda spewing sessions.
Just in case someone gets the wrong idea that I somehow see any actual
difference between the two "parties" and rant on Obama only because he is
nominally a Democrat, here's some context. GW Bush did the same thing with his
"Mission Accomplished" nonsense. There was no clear mission, and nothing
positive was accomplished. The context tells you this was just a mindless slogan
aimed at zombies who, with no regard for context, might actually believe it.
Sadly, many did.
It should now be clear that your brainpower is made effective rather than
useless when you use context to evaluate things. But you can also use context to
avoid wasting brainpower. There's an old adage to not argue with a fool, lest
passersby not be able to tell the difference. Sane people are often exposed to
the blatherings of those brainwashed by the state-run mudstream media.
You might be tempted to try to argue these people into seeing reality. But
consider the situation. That person has willingly exposed his/her mind to a
known source of disinformation. Such a person is not going to respond to facts
and logic, but will instead try to defend the statements just spewed forth.
Rather than attack the delusion, attack the method used to support it.
A good response is to simply ask that person for the context.
- Brainwashed: "Unemployment is down to 8%"
- You: "Compared to what? And what time frame are you looking at? Is this
actual unemployment, or just new claims for unemployment benefits? How does
that figure compare to other claims for public assistance?"
- Brainwashed: "Uh...."
When confronted thusly, the brainwashed usually change the topic, state
something completely irrelevant, or engage in a non-sequitor or two. You do not
need to respond to those things, as the person has conceded the point by this
response. Change the topic and move on. Congratulate yourself for not having
wasted time engaging in "an argument about the existence of gravity."
4. Finance tip
It's heavily documented that IRS employees commit extreme amounts of fraud and
larceny on a regular basis and get away with it. The cost of this rampant crime
is inflicted on the rest of us. This alone is reason enough for any sane and
responsible Congress to abolish the IRS outright. Unfortunately, our CONgress is
neither sane nor responsible. They will need some "push" from us.|
Here is some
information you probably didn't know, further bolstering the case for
eliminating the crime-infested IRS and the idiotic 1040 income tax.
Over the past decade alone, our grossly overpaid misrepresentatives in
CONgress have made 4,428 changes to the federal income tax code. That's more
than one per day. And they still can't get it right. This idiotic code has grown
so complex that Americans spent a total of 7.64 billion hours in 2010 grappling
with tax-related paperwork (Source: Reason Magazine).
Look at that number again. The 7.64 billion hours is 7,640 million hours.
That is a huge amount of wasted time. So much, in fact, that simply abolishing
the 1040 tax outright would result in a huge increase of federal revenue due to
using those hours productively. So obviously, this 1040 tax system doesn't exist
to fund the government; in fact, it serves no legitimate purpose at all.
But it is costly on a grand scale. Consider again the number of hours. It's
more than twice the number of hours worked by all of the country's elementary
school teachers combined. If you understand the concept of "opportunity cost"
you see how important it is to abolish the 1040 income tax system and the IRS.
There's no need to replace it with another form of taxation.
Now, combine this waste problem with the federal govt crime problem. The
Demopublicans have done zero about this situation; since they work for the same
corporate criminals, Ds and Rs give you the same result so a D/R choice is no
choice at all. It's just a different checkout line in the same dishonest store.
Unlike Demopublicans, the Libertarian candidates for office consider gangsta
government unacceptable. Unlike the Demopublicans, they want to restore law and
order. When you vote in the next fake federal "election," are you going to
refuse to give the Demopublicans your approval? Doing that is the only way your
vote has any effect at all.
In the meantime, go onto the Websites of your CONgressional misrepresentative
and senators every month and fill out the contact form with a statement that the
IRS must be abolished and/or the 1040 income tax must be abolished. You can use
facts like the ones presented here to explain why this is so.
5. Security tip
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Another reason to ignore the mudstream media is they have zero quality control
over advertising. Perhaps the most glaring example is the "Milk does a body
good" campaign. It's blatantly false advertising.
Consider the fact that cow's
milk is the main source of saturated fat in the American diet. In other words,
people who look like cows almost certainly got that way from drinking cow's
milk. A single glass of this stuff has the same amount of fat as 5 strips of
bacon. How in the heck is that doing anybody's body good?
What about lowfat or nonfat milk? You must ask yourself what they did to the
milk to make it that way.
There is something to be said for buying organic non-homogenized milk and
removing the cream from the top. That's a safe way to get low-fat milk. But it's
still cow's milk, and therein lies the problem. Before I explain why cow's milk
should be no more than an occasional treat, I'll expose a disease-causing myth
The myth is that cow's milk is a great source of calcium.
Read why the
reality is quite different and what you can do about it.
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.
Peanuts are among the ingredients of dynamite! Be careful with that jelly....|
8. Thought for the Day
The squeaky wheel may get the grease,
but the wobbly wheel might get replaced. |
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