In this issue:
Good News | Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness |
Factoid | Thought 4 the Day
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1. Good News
Events unfolding over the past few weeks have the world's most powerful
terrorist group reeling. Even our normally apathetic and out of touch CONgress
is finally paying attention to an actual problem instead of focusing on how much
of our money they can send their employers while padding their own pockets.|
In this video, you see one
House member who
seems to actually be a representative instead of a misrepresentative. Send the URL to your own senators and
"representative" and ask them to also take a stand against terrorism:
2. Product Highlight
Due to a truly sweet inventory deal, Mindconnection has special pricing on the iTravl and
- You'll see the iTravl
translator selling for $379.95, but we offer it at only $299.95 plus we give
you a $99 accessory pack for free. And we give you an instant rebate of $10
and free shipping (lower 48 states).
- You'll see the 900-series
translator selling for $399.95, but we offer it at only $319.95. Yep, we give
you a free accessory pack with that too. No rebate, but free shipping.
13MT, normally $689.95, our price only $549.95; if buying this model,
mention you are a Mindconnection eNL reader and get a $100 rebate!
- Large vocabulary.
- Slim profile.
- 6.0 x 3.15x 0.63 in.
We offer both devices with a main language paired with English. For example,
Spanish-English. You can translate in either direction and you get deep
Both also have the 183-language translation dictionary
onboard; it will translate any language you are likely to encounter except
what's in the Tax Code.
What is the main advantage of the 900 over the iTravl? Aside from the
fact it has a physical keyboard (and also the virtual keyboard of the iTravl),
it's on a newer platform. So it's a bit snappier and it accepts larger SD cards.
- Slightly larger vocabulary than iTravl.
- Almost as slim as the iTravl.
- 5.1 x 3.5 x 0.73 in.
3. Brainpower tip
Logic is a means of using facts to arrive at conclusions. It's how you connect
the dots to perceive what's there. Logical fallacies cause false connections,
effectively making people stupid.|
Of all the logical fallacies, the non-sequitor
is, in my opinion, the easiest to prevent. Sadly, it is also the most prevalent
of the logical fallacies; at least as far as I can tell. It seems to have
massively spiked in its ubiquity.
Back in my high school debating team days, using a non-sequitor was the kiss
of death. It marked you as an incompetent or, worse, a desperate cheater. Today,
the non-sequitor is the primary tool (mis)used in what passes for "deliberation"
or "discussion." That is truly shameful. But worse, it means people are reaching
false conclusions when they could otherwise understand reality.
So what is a non-sequitor? The term literally means "does not follow." Here's
an example of one:
Bob: "There is water in the ocean."
Bill: "Yes, and your point is?"
Bob: "You owe me $5."
Now, it's true there's water in the ocean. But it does not follow from that
fact that Bill owes Bob $5. The fact is not even relevant to the point.
Here's a less obvious non-sequitor:
Bob: "My Congressman is a Democrat, and he votes for every federal spending
measure he sees. Because I care about the economy, I am voting Republican next
The facts are relevant. Bob's implied conclusion, however, does not follow
from the opening statement. He is concluding that voting for a Republican will
get a different result. We know from the data that either way, there won't be a
meaningful difference. The spending records of the Ds are slightly less
atrocious than those of the Rs, but both are atrocious in the extreme and the
egregious spending has been possible only with collusion of Ds and Rs. It has
never been rolled back when one or the other pretends to come to power.
Bob's statement does contain a conclusion that does follow. Federal spending,
when at the astronomical levels we've been seeing for the past few decades, does
harm the economy. That's because the productive part of any enterprise can
absorb only so much overhead before overhead drags down the entire enterprise.
We have a degraded economy due mainly to the excessive level of federal
Non-sequitors are useful to propagandists, because they give the appearance
of connecting the dots. But because the dots don't logically connect, the non-sequitor
misleads. And the path it misleads anyone down is the path of stupidity and
subservience. Don't let people non-sequitor you down that path.
4. Finance tip
The 1040 tax system extracts more from the average peasant, this year. It's even
harder on the poor.|
This tax system is commonly referred to by its advocates
as "progressive" because it has graduated tax rate brackets. So far so good, but
the 65,000 pages of obfuscation, confusion, and insanity produce a plethora of
ways for the wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. This tax system is
actually highly regressive. That makes sense, too--those who control the rules
ensure those rules benefit themselves.
One bone tossed to us this year is the standard mileage rate for business
driving is 56.5 cents per mile. That's not much help to the record numbers of
people who have no job and thus no business driving to deduct.
Another bone, one with a bit more meat on it, is that the brackets have moved
up a bit. This is really good news for the millions of Americans who used to
work full-time jobs but now, thanks to the Unaffordable Care Act, have only
The UCA's predictably huge increase in poverty doesn't bother our King, as he
received the $2 million that came with his Nobel Peace prize prior to becoming
our first undocumented, illegal alien president. So he's all set.
5. Security tip
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
You can sure tell diet season is here. Have you been bombarded with e-mails
about green tea extract, diet plans, and "weight loss" products in general?
Something I've noticed is the "experts" who develop "weight loss" recipes
don't seem to care about how dreary these meals are. No wonder people don't
stick with the program.
There is a solution. However, I will admit bias here. Being Italian on my
dad's side, I have been inculcated with the importance of garlic, onions,
basil, and oregano. You just do not cook without these things. And when
baking, you use several aromatic spices.
I like a wide range of peppers, but have two favorites: I grind black
pepper onto all kinds of things and I consume cayenne copiously. Of course,
with pepper I also consume turmeric because each increases the
cancer-fighting abilities of the other.
At age 51.
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Which brings me to another point about spices. Many of them (all of
those mentioned above) have powerful health benefits. I personally am
pretty narrow in my spice choices; they stem from my ethnic background.
But my sister has mastered the spice retinues of several ethnicities.
What she does with Indian spices is just amazing. A friend of mine keeps
about 60 different spices on hand and knows how to use each of them.
Relying on the typical "weight loss" recipes that use hardly any
flavorings means you're going to have a hard time sticking with the
program. You're also giving up a treasure trove of health benefits.
You could probably adapt those recipes to be more flavorful. I don't see
what sense it makes to transfer the typical salt, pepper, sugar, ketchup
pattern of dressing up the nutrient-sparse, calorie dense meals that
comprise the American diet to a more nutrient-dense fare (losing the
sugar and ketchup, of course).
If you are trying to decide between
eating bland food and being too fat, why not change the choices? One
great way to do that is to pick an ethnicity and learn their basic
dishes. If you pick Thai, for example, you will really learn about some
Growing at least some of your own spices is another way
to get going with spices. Visit your local nursery and ask for
recommendations on herbs you can grow in pots. Basil is such an herb,
and growing it on your windowsill can give the whole room a very
A final thing I want to say about spices relates to
one commonly used in baking. A few years ago, I came across a supplement
that astounded me: cinnamon capsules. While it's true that cinnamon has
health benefits, why would you consume it in capsule form? Why not just
add it to your food?
Another option with cinnamon, if you really want
to consume heavy amounts of it, is to buy cinnamon sticks and eat them
like candy. The taste of cinnamon is almost heavenly. Letting a cinnamon
stick dissolve in your mouth is highly pleasurable, and it's a healthy
alternative to the alcohol-based, petroleum-derivative containing
mouthwashes that people use. If something tastes good, eat it instead of
getting it in a gel cap.
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.
Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser
printers all have in common?
A. All were invented by women.
Too bad CONgress taxed all of those women so heavily; they might have
invented even more.
8. Thought for the Day
As noted previously, Will Rogers was brilliant. Here's another of his gems:|
"The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf."
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