In this issue:
Good News |
Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness |
Factoid | Thought 4 the Day
1. Good News
Good news item #1. Many officers are buying shares in their own companies.
Bill Nasgovitz explains why this is reason for optimism. (link removed,
Good news item
#2. 31% of owners of companies with fewer than 100 employees plan to add more
workers and only 13% plan to reduce headcount. Source: Bank of America Small
Good news item #3. Advances in scanning technology have made it possible to digitize vast
quantities of paper records. Many companies and individuals are now getting away
from "the tyranny of paper" by scanning existing records into digital form.
Scanner manufacturers have stepped up their offerings to help facilitate this.
Many models of Microtek scanners now have an LED light source, and soon all of them will.
These light sources are instant-on (no lamp warmup) and use much less energy
than traditional light sources.
The really good news is
that as companies (and individuals) replace paper with digitized versions, the
information becomes much more accessible. It's also easier and safer to store
(for one thing, you don't have the fuel load of paper raising the fire hazard
level). But more than anything, you gain a number of efficiencies.
news item #4. IMS Research says the widespread adoption of retrofit LED
lamps will create global energy savings worth $100 billion over the next five
years. Read the full article, here:
Wrap-up. These last two items are
just a couple of ways in which advances in technology are helping to improve the economy.
I don't think we'll see advances in government (the cause of the current
economic mess) any time soon, so we need to look for other ways to plug the
holes in the metaphorical dike. Improved technology is one way, and new stuff is
coming along all the time.
2. Product Highlight
We are excited (OK, I am excited) to announce the arrival of a new pocket
electronic translator on the market.
The LU Electronic Russian Translator has
speech-based sentence translation (it connects to the cloud, where the actual
computation is done), bringing us yet another step closer to the futuristic
technology of free-form speech to speech machine translation.
It also has (onboard) 14,000 pretranslated phrases, 1,200,000 word
translation dictionary (in the Russian version), 183-language word translator,
and the language teacher program. Translated words and phrases sound like real
human voice, because they are real human voice (recorded, of course).
This device also has Wi-Fi, a browser, and Skype. Yes, you can connect to the
net and even make video calls with it.
It also has a brilliant color touchscreen, virtual keyboards, and various
useful apps. It runs on the Android OS.
Presently, we have the LUX available in Russian-English, only. But we expect to
offer other languages soon. If you contact me
I will personally try (and probably succeed) to get the language you need ahead
of the official release date.
3. Brainpower tip
Well-educated people often make mistakes in reasoning, as if they had no
education at all.|
A case in point is nearly 60% of college students believe in
astrology. Let's examine that, for a moment.
- Think about what constellations actually are. The constellations are
artificial constructs. They change over time, and they change based on where
you try to view them from.
- Think about the physics involved. The stars that allegedly determine
your fate are at varying and extreme distances.
- Do the math. How can the six billion or so humans on earth behave in only 12 different ways, all of which depend on when they were born?
- Research famous people born under the same sign. Notice how strikingly
different they are.
Well-educated people believe in many other great fictions, but I won't go
into any others here. The question that is most beneficial to ask is, "Why does
this happen?" With the answer, you can avoid making the common errors in
reasoning and judgment that make an educated mind look like an uneducated one.
The underlying cause is we make snap decisions. That, as opposed to looking
at all the relevant and readily available evidence, applying logic, and reaching
a sound conclusion. This is our natural reaction. To overcome it, we must apply
a disciplined process of examination to subjects that arise.
The snap decision reaction allows us to make sense of a complex world,
without thinking. And that latter part is the problem. Instead of thinking, we
allow our minds to incorrectly order and group some bits of evidence, ignore
others, and manufacture what's missing. We start connecting dots that don't
connect (literally, in the case of constellations), seeing coincidence as cause
and effect (and vice-versa), and engaging in various logical fallacies such as
the non sequitor (Latin for "does not follow").
This is all very comfortable. And it generally meets with the approval of
those we associate with, because they have used the same process. This is why,
for example, people in one religious group see things so very differently from
people in another but not so differently from those in their own group.
Because this is all very comfortable and generally meets with the approval of
those we associate with, most of us lack an incentive to turn that brain switch
to the ON position. Is having your brain switch ON worth losing comfort and
risking acceptance? That's a question you must answer personally.
However, note that comfort and acceptance are not what they are cracked up to
be, and both come with very high costs of their own. It's also true that if your
friends are real friends, they will accept you even if you do have your brain
switch in the ON position. They will certainly find you more interesting
(unless, of course, your brain switch is already ON then "more" does not apply).
And if you are respectful toward others then they have no reason to have malice
You can read entire books on the relevant skills needed to correctly research
information and apply logic. So, I won't go into that here. What I do advise
when people are mulling over A/B choices is that they prepare the most vigorous
argument possible for each choice. If you personally believe A, then pour your
heart into proving B. I learned this technique while on my high school debate
team. To win in a tournament, you had to be able to argue each side of a
question and win. The amount of research involved can be formidable, but it is
not necessarily so.
Here's a tip on getting correct information. Sources can be one of three
- Primary. The key word here is "original." You go to the source of
You get it from the originator of the information. When I read Grant's
personal correspondence, I was able to see how he saw the War Between the
States (it was not a civil war, and he did not call it such). This is
different from reading someone else's writing about Grant's thoughts.
Or you get the original document. When I read the Constitution and see that
any powers not enumerated belong to the states or the people, I have a fact
upon which to base, via simple logic, that most of what the federal
government does is flatly illegal. The Unaffordable Care Act, like the
Patriot Act, is flatly illegal.
Or you get it from original observation. Does the sun exist? You can
determine that for yourself.
- Secondary. You get it from someone who has researched primary sources.
For example, you might read a book by an historian who has combed original
correspondence, photos, etc. (see the bibliography and you can tell).
The advantage of a secondary source may be (but is not necessarily) that an
expert helps you understand the original information. The danger is a person
might not actually be an expert, and/or might feed you only the information
that supports a certain agenda. Practice diligence here.
- Tertiary. You get it from someone who has researched secondary sources
(or those primarily). For example, you might read a gardening article
written by someone who has relied upon gardening books.
The advantage of a tertiary source is it's usually written to a general
audience. That means you don't need specialized knowledge to understand the
information. The disadvantage is it is a layer or two removed from the most
accurate sources and also has probably lost precision in its conversion to
Obviously, primary sources are preferred if accuracy is your highest goal and
you are qualified to understand those particular sources. What does it mean to
be qualified? Here's an example of where being unqualified destroys
understanding. Many wannabe biblical scholars learn ancient languages and then
start reading ancient scriptures. But they don't know the context, culture, or
idioms. So they invariably misunderstand what they read.
Question: Are newspapers secondary or tertiary information sources?
Explanation: It's a trick question. Newspapers are not information sources.
They are, at best, sources of disinformation and, here in the USA, more
typically sources of propaganda. The same is true of "news" Websites, "news"
broadcast television, etc.
Part of the reason for this is news is inherently unresearched. That's why
it's news. If the presenter had time to properly research an issue, then it
would no longer be news.
Another part of the reason for this is "journalists" are overwhelmingly
statist (liberal, leftist, etc.). They have a particular world view they adopted
during four years of brainwashing by delusional professors, and that has been
reinforced by nearly exclusive association with similarly brainwashed people.
The odds they ever have a conversation with people of diverse viewpoints is
This second problem is one reason that "investigative journalism" can be so
spectacularly wrong. Sometimes, it is done well, but only because the individual
journalist has become an independent thinker and does not have to answer to
bosses who want to suppress the truth. If it's a major network, the truth will
be suppressed because those networks rely upon millions of dollars of
advertising. That's why Tyson Corp was able to suppress an investigative piece
about its barbaric crimes in Arkansas.
In conclusion, our inherent response is to treat information in way that
makes accepting or rejecting it simple. To change to a process that treats
information in a way that depends upon reason, you must make a conscious effort
in every instance. Always look at quality sources, rather than accepting
something as "fact" because you read it or heard it somewhere and it sounds
right. Lies are often constructed to sound right.
4. Finance tip
5. Security tip
It's well-documented that many employees of the Institute of Reprobates and
Sociopaths, under the proven theory that the rules don't apply to them, use
government resources to run grossly illegal scams for personal enrichment.
Selling the information you are forced to provide on your Form 1040 is yet
another way these criminals abuse the federal government for fun and profit.|
This is probably the most likely way that you can be a victim of identity theft.
What better source than that security-breaching form? Sadly, there is zero
recourse. The inJustice Department will not indict anyone, much less prosecute,
for crimes committed against innocent people by rogue employees of this agency.
Even if, as in the infamous 1985 case in Michigan, the crimes include holding
little kids at gunpoint at a day care center.
Kevin Brown, a former IRS employee who was very high up (and later went to
the Red Cross and now is with an accounting firm), proved that IRS employees can
make $103 million "disappear" and get away with it. Nobody in the alleged
"government" cares about even a few hundred thousand that identity theft might
Because you have no protection from criminals who scam you while on the
federal payroll, no matter how outrageous the crime, you might want to purchase
identity theft insurance.
If you check out the various plans, you'll see prices around $25 a year for a
fairly basic plan. If you become an IRS identify theft victim (or are somehow
victimized by some other group), you have an expensive, time-intensive struggle
to fix things. These policies are designed to cover most of the costs (including
attorney fees) and even pay you for lost wages when you must take time off work.
Of course, the long-term strategy to solve this problem is to teach others
the futility of voting D/R and enlighten them to what an informed vote means in
terms of restoring lawful government. In the meantime, you can only go into
damage repair mode if victimized in this way.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
You might know that Mindconnection sells
scanners for digitizing dental X-rays. But you may not know dentists are
dealing with a caries epidemic. How can there be so much tooth decay now that
our municipal water supplies are fluoridated and it's almost impossible to find
a toothpaste that does not have fluoride in it?
A clue is to read the warning
message on that toothpaste. Rather alarming, isn't it? While it's true that
fluoride does bond with enamel and make it stronger, it is also true that the
enamel is on the outside of your tooth. Ingesting fluoride through the soft
tissues of your mouth or drinking it in water means it comes around through your
blood supply to the inside of your tooth. And there, the effect is deleterious.
Fluoridated water probably does nothing to prevent tooth decay. And it may
very well increase the likelihood. Out in western Kansas, the folks who drink
municipal water have fluoridosis. Any dentist in eastern Kansas can tell at a
glance if the patient lives in western Kansas.
To prevent tooth decay, you must reduce the risk factors and perform regular
cleaning of the proper sort.
The cause of tooth decay is usually acid. It eats away at the enamel, and then
you have a cavity. How does this acid get there? The most common way is that
many people, to my utter astonishment, actually choose to tip back a can of
Tooth Eliminator and drink from it. Tooth Eliminator, also called Osteoporosis
in a Can, is peddled as "soft drinks."
Acidic in its own right, it usually
contains a high amount of sugar or high fructose corn syrup (HFC). You can think
of HFC as "sugar on steroids." Anything bad sugar does, this multiplies greatly.
This dissovled HFC gets under the gum line, into tooth crevasses, and between
teeth. There, bacteria consume it and produce much acid. Which etches the tooth
The solution is to not drink this crap in the first place. As I said, I am
utterly astonished that anyone voluntarily does this.
Another beverage that etches teeth is coffee. Coffee has many health
benefits, including very powerful antioxidant properties. Unfortunately, it's
acidic. Instead of sipping on coffee all morning, cool it down and drink the
whole cup in a few minutes or so (or drink it with a meal). Right after drinking
the coffee, brush with baking soda to neutralize the acid. If that's not
feasible, then rinse vigorously with water. Do not, however, drink coffee and
let it sit on your teeth.
As for toothpastes, we return to the label. Read it. Do you see silica in any
form? That's an abrasive. It removes enamel. If you're going to use toothpaste,
use one that doesn't have silica. Fluoride isn't such a good idea, either.
I've stopped using toothpaste, mostly because it's so darn expensive for what
you actually get. I just use baking soda. There are other formulations that
people use instead of toothpaste, and they work just fine.
Floss after each meal. Flossing is more beneficial for tooth health than
brushing is. Make sure you slide the floss along the side of each tooth, down as
low as it can go and then do a J turn to bring it back up against the opposing
gum tissue. Simply dragging floss between teeth does not do the job that needs
An oral irrigator is also a good idea. I am completely sold on the Waterpik
brand; I've tried other brands and it's like night and day. You can use
mouthwash in these, but have you read the ingredients on the mouthwash bottle?
Finally, eat right. Humans are not ruminants. We cannot consume high
quantities of wheat and corn without adverse health effects. Yes, it's true that
more people than ever now LOOK like cows. But they are still people. You cannot
be healthy on a diet consisting mostly of processed grains. If you have bad
breath or BO, start keeping a food diary and look at how much grain you consume.
The typical American diet is very heavy in highly processed wheat and corn
And don't forget your pet. If you have a cat or dog and haven't read the pet
food label, very likely you are feeding your beloved pet corn. Find a dog or cat
food that does not have corn and switch to it. Your cat or dog will be much
happier and healthier, plus the non-toxic stuff just tastes better. Try it
yourself, and taste the difference.
For us humans, acceptable grains include whole grain rice, whole oats (I eat
mine raw), and popcorn (I pop mine in olive oil), all of which are fairly
inexpensive. Popcorn is very high in fiber and a great source of certain
nutrients, but use a good oil with it. Do not use the microwave in a bag stuff.
Some more unusual grains are out there, but are pricey. Grains don't provide
a completed protein, but if you pair them with beans you get a completed
Too much meat is also a culprit, if odor is your problem. Because the
commercial meat supply (and fish supply) in the USA is well-documented as being
unsafe for human consumption, I don't eat meat anymore. Yes, it is possible to
get all the protein and B vitamins you need without eating meat.
Eat mostly greens. These help detoxify, in addition to providing huge
nutrition. Just chewing raw foods like garden greens helps clean your teeth.
Eating whole fruit is also a must. Do this at least once per day. When I was
a kid, I heard the axiom, "An apple is nature's toothbrush." That is usually
true, but you must avoid apples that have been bred for sugar content--they are
soft, rather than crisp. When I was a kid, the Red Delicious was actually
delicious. Today, it's a freak of an apple bred for its size and color. It's not
the same apple at all.
If you want to have no caries, then follow the advise above. I'm in my 50s,
and at my last dental exam (earlier this year) all my margins were 2mm or 3mm.
And no plaque. I could still get a cavity, for example if a tooth gets
mechanically damaged. But it won't be from acid etching or similar causes. Those
are so very easy to eliminate.
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.
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it
burns. This is actually great compared to how much mileage we get from CONgress
(which burns our money).|
8. Thought for the Day
All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an
unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.|
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