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Mindconnection eNL, 2012-11-18

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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

The devastating news from 11 days ago makes it hard to think of anything good for this column right now.

I did come up with one item, and it's that we have a new product available. It's called the LUX. Below, you can compare it to its two predecessor products.

2. Product Highlight

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3. Brainpower tip

Some things are stupid almost beyond belief. Oddly, many people who are competent in their jobs go into total brain shut down when looking at some incredibly stupid things. Some incredibly stupid things are a matter of public policy and widely accepted despite causing massive harm while providing zero benefits.

Probably the best example of such a thing is "The War to Increase Profits for the Top Dogs in Certain Drug Distribution Businesses" also known, by those who love language abuse, as "The War on Drugs."

America's second largest major political party has, since its inception in the 1970s, advocated ending what is arguably the most stupid of all public policies. A cost-benefit analysis (something every finance major and MBA student learns in the first year) shows a huge net negative return on the vast sums spent on this stupidity.

This war is actually illegal. Anyone with more than a handful of functioning brain cells can probably recall a drug ban called "Prohibition." The idiots who launched that farce passed a Constitutional Amendment to do so. Of course, the vast social costs and other damage resulted in repealing that Amendment. So now we're in another drug ban but it's illegal because they didn't even bother with an Amendment this time.

A smart decision on whether to continue this illegal stupidity or not continue it has nothing to do with whether you want to reduce the use of certain drugs or not, as this program has not reduced their use (evidence suggests it has actually increased them). What it has done is magnify the human suffering by orders of magnitude. Something particularly stupid is because using cocaine (or any other drug that's illegally banned) is criminalized, an addict can't go get help without getting sent to prison on a felony.

Reason Magazine and other outlets of brainpower have run articles on this stupidity for decades. But the "zero brainpower" crowd has been more shrill in advocating the continuation of stupidity.

Here's a video in which a retired police captain gives his views:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W8yYJ_oV6xk

Watch the video, and see what brainpower lessons you can pick up. This man provides several.

 

4. Finance tip

A friend sent me an e-mail suggesting taxes and utility rates must go up to cover the costs of Hurricane Sandy, which did significant damage to the NY/NJ area. I have several friends in that area, and am happy to report they are OK (though some took huge financial losses). But back to that e-mail I received.

Here's my reply:

Our taxes already exceed our income (thus, the Depression we are in). What has to happen is the rampant stealing must stop. For that to happen, we need a lawful govt.

We need to get the Crips and the Bloods out of CONgress and the White House. Oh, did I say Crips and Bloods? The code names for those gangs are the Democrats and the Republicans.

There's no more blood in this turnip. Squeezing it more won't solve any problems. You could get the effects of higher taxes, revenue-wise, by simply eliminating the 1040 tax.

Another way to raise money would be to take back the $49 TRILLION stolen by the banksters since Barney Frank engineered the mortgage crisis on their behalf. In the illegal "War on Drugs," the cops seize assets of people who broke no legitimate laws. Why not do seizures of the banksters--their yachts, homes, land, offshore accounts, etc.? That would pay for everything you identified. And it would be perfectly legal.

Can we bring about this sensible financial situation as an alternative to the plundering the criminals do to us? Yes. But it's a long-term struggle, and it's one we must wage continually.

Your single largest expense is feeding the criminal organization that's posing as "the federal government." If you look at the funding, you find things like the Forest Service got its funding cut during this past summer's raging fire situation while the IRS actually got MORE money. How can any society fund a group like the IRS and call itself civilized? And what about the BATFE and other harmful agencies that provide zero benefit to the country? Big budgets coming out of YOUR pocket.

Good people in good agencies are stymied, while idiots and psychopaths get vast resources to use against you. That's nuts, and we should not act as if it's OK.

You can't get instant change in this sorry situation, but you can have an effect that eventually produces large and beneficial change. Put on your thinking cap, and you'll figure out what you personally can do.

5. Security tip

What should you shred? Most folks understand the need to shred sensitive documents.

And most of those folks know it makes little sense to do this unless you use a high quality shredder. For one thing, a cheap shredder wears out and actually costs you more per shredded sheet than does a quality shredder. For another, you want that stuff SHREDDED.

However, few of us understand what a "sensitive document" actually is. It's not just a credit card statement, old tax return, or old utility bill. It's anything that can provide any information about you. The bottom line is if someone else can read it, you need to shred it.

Identity thieves need only one bit of information to get another bit of information to get another bit of information, and so on, until they have enough information to do you real harm. So any information you provide them is too much information.

Dumpster diving (or trash recovery for curbside disposal folks) is a great way to get your foot in the information door. Find an address label that has a person's name and address on it, and you're on your way. Find address labels on discarded magazines, and you know quite a bit about what that person's interests (and triggers) are.

It's not just identity thieves you need to protect yourself against. Many times in this newsletter, I have warned about the hazards of becoming a victim of the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths. That agency is full of people looking for ways to enrich themselves by hurting other people, and providing them with a treasure trove of hooks into your personal information (beyond what they already have on file) is not wise.

Another hazard is the illegal "war on drugs," where you run the risk of having "powder" on something with your name on it that some crooked cop (most are honest, but not all) puts on papers bearing your name and address, repeatedly, over a weeks-long investigation.

Sure, the likelihood of these hazards happening specifically to you is rather remote. But the attitude "It won't happen to me" is often at the root of industrial accidents. These accidents nearly always happen due to multiple safety violations. Similarly, multiple security violations sets you up for disaster.

Being consistently vigilant with your security practices is the key protecting your personal security. To paraphrase the Scott's radio ad, "Go on, shred it!"

 

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

What do you think is the single biggest danger to your health, today? You can find the answer in any of several documentaries. One I recently watched is called Farmageddon.

We have a situation in this country whereby Monsanto uses its wholly-owned subsidiary, the USDA, to illegally attack small producers so that Monsanto can monopolize markets and push its poisons onto all of us. If we had a lawful government, this would not be possible. But we don't, so it is. Consequently, rates of formerly rare diseases are now at epidemic levels.

Monsanto gave us PCBs, which have contaminated the entire globe now (even penguins have PCBs in their blood). Monsanto also gave us RoundUp, which has been now verified beyond any doubt as the "mystery agent" that is killing off the world's bee population and endangering most of our food supply. This crime hugely benefits Monsanto, because it vastly reduces competition against Monsanto's GMO products.

Check your local library, which should have a DVD section of documentaries. Look for Farmageddon and similar titles. Below, I have pasted the four-minute "Youtube embed" trailer; if it does not work in your e-mail client, you can use this URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IH_my56FkuQ

 

Age 50.


 

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

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur. Among members of CONgress, stealing is not just skin deep but goes clear to the bone.

8. Thought for the Day

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. ~ Texas Guinan

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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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