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Mindconnection eNL, 2013-08-18

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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

Here's a good news story about "alternative energy" sources:

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/516656/renewables-sources-of-electricity-are-coming-into-their-own/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-daily-all&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20130701

Personally, I am not convinced that "atmospheric carbon will kill us all unless harsh new taxes are imposed." First of all, the taxes don't solve any problems. Second, if "global warming" is such a looming disaster then its proponents should be talking about methane rather than carbon dioxide because methane is something like 12 times more potent a greenhouse gas than is carbon dioxide. And since trees are a major source of methane, the "solution" is to cut down every tree on the planet. Does that make sense to you?

So why is that story good news?

  • For one thing, our fossil fuel habit is excessively polluting the planet. The devastation from this is far more of a threat than "global warming" is and it's hitting us now. For example, all fish is contaminated with mercury. Why? Because the sheer number of coal-fired generating stations spewing mercury into our skies means that the oceans are now contaminated with mercury and it concentrates in the food chain.
  • For another thing, fossil fuels are becoming more expensive to obtain. There's plenty of oil available, but getting to it is increasingly expensive. To maintain our economies in anything like what we have now, we will have to reduce our demand for fossil fuels.
  • And the fracking thing, well, that's just a catastrophe waiting to happen. It's only a matter of time. In Canada, they are playing the fracking game at the world's third largest reservoir of fresh water. That's not merely stupid or insane, it's downright evil.

    Something will happen, and we all know that. Just look at the track record of BP, which is still doing the same irresponsible things in Prudhoe Bay. BP has good people working for it, but the management disregards their expertise. Look into how they don't do "pigging" and you'll see an example. Yet, BP continues to operate in North America as if it has always follows good safety procedures and done what its highly qualified engineers advise. IMO, we should allow BP to operate only after its entire management bunch is replaced. All of them.

So technology that changes the game is a good thing. We can't win the current game; it's basically a game of Russian roulette.

More good news, south of the border

Here in the USA with our fake "elections" we get a glimmer of hope from our neighbor to the south. In Mexico, Morris the Cat won the mayoral race in Xalapa. Like Chicago, it's a crime-ridden city run by corrupt politicians.

But in Xalapa, the people have sent a message that they don't approve of the crime. Sure, the cat will spend most of its day sleeping instead of doing anything useful for the city. But how is that any different from what they already had? The difference is the cat won't be engaging in active criminal scams. We need to follow that example here in the USA.

Farther south

Going farther south, we find a bad news example with a silver lining. Caracas, Venezuela, has some very extreme criminal protection laws. The natural outcome, of course, is that criminals are safe when committing various violent acts against law-abiding citizens.

Because only criminals have firearms, the potential victims can't shoot back. That makes the victims pretty much fish in a barrel. The "criminals only" laws were inflicted on the citizens last year, by Hugo Chavez. If you do a search on the murder rates of Caracas, you find they were "soaring" in late 2012. No surprise there.

And that's the silver lining. When criminal protection advocates advocate protecting criminals from law-abiding citizens rather than the other way around, we can point to the disastrous results in Caracas. Of course, there are disastrous results any time such laws are passed.

Criminal protection advocates present all sorts of non-arguments, usually trying to pass off their murder-increasing proposals as somehow "protecting" us. Ask them to explain Caracas.

Back north, again

Here's some good news about manufacturing in the USA:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/08/10/10-states-where-manufacturing-still-matters/2638363/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRovva7KZKXonjHpfsX57u0uUKG0lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ISsZqI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFQ7HGMadj0bgPXBM%3D

Be careful not to read too much into this. The source is part of the state-run media, so no doubt there are misrepresentations. I think what can safely be gleaned from this is there are bright spots in manufacturing. And no matter how darkly you look at this, the evidence is clear that the lie "we don't make anything here anymore" is a lie.

We don't have good data on actual manufacturing output, because the "government" has decided to grossly skew the data by doing such things as counting McDonald's hamburgers in the basket of manufactured goods.

The single best thing that can be done for USA manufacturing would be to abolish the nonFederal nonReserve. Why? Because the nonFederal nonReserve has a very bad habit of counterfeiting money; over the past few years, this inflation has been on the order of $50 trillion (that's 12 zeroes, not 9). The corrosive effect on USA manufacturers' being able to compete internationally has been huge.

So as long as the nonFederal nonReserve continues to inflate the currency (that is, debase it) on the breathtaking scale of recent years, USA manufacturing will carry the cost of that while trying to compete. Any news that USA manufacturing is rebounding is necessarily a lie. It can't rebound with that burden any more than Michael Phelps can win Olympic gold again if he swims with a 45lb Olympic weight plate strapped to his back.

2. Product Highlight

Does your church, school, library, or other organization need to digitize books before they fall apart? We offer two models of scanners that are specially designed to scan books without damaging their spines.

Consider buying one and donating it to your public library, your alma mater, or other organization and taking the tax write-off. Or if you have many books of your own to digitize, buy a scanner to get that job done and then donate the books to your library and take a write-off on that donation.

If you buy one of these for your business (or non-profit association, using the association's funds), then it's a top-line expense rather than a deduction.

We have one scanner that's rated for 2,500 pages a day and another that's rated for 8,000 pages a day. That's blazing fast, and these are built to last. They have excellent resolution and accuracy, too.

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3. Brainpower tip

This video provides the real story on the Zimmerman persecution:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/07/20/bill_whittle_the_truth_about_trayvon_martin_and_george_zimmerman.html

It's informative, but it also provides several generic brainpower lessons. Some of them:

  • Avoid sources of disinformation such as The New York Slimes.
  • People with an agenda focus on the irrelevant and ignore the relevant, giving you a grossly distorted account of things.
  • We are no longer held captive by the lying state-run media. We can (and should) find facts for ourselves.
  • Look at original sources of information (several types are identified in this video).

 

4. Finance tip

If you're tired of what poses as a federal "government" being mainly a tool of the ultra-wealthy to steal egregiously from the rest of us, here's something written by Charlie Reese. He was a journalist for 49 years, and this was his last column before retiring.

The single largest expense most of us have is the federal government. Yet, most of us get almost nothing back from it. Imagine having to pay a huge mortgage but live in a refrigerator box; that's essentially our relationship to the federal government.

545 vs. 300,000,000 People

-By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

  • You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.
  • You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
  • You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.
  • You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
  • You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

  • I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
  • I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

  • If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
  • If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.
  • If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

5. Security tip

Thanks to Howard for this tip:

Opt out of PRISM, the NSA's global data surveillance program. Stop the American government from spying on you by encrypting your communications and ending your reliance on proprietary services. This is a very useful list.

https://prism-break.org/

 

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

I came across a slick huckster ad that made all kinds of promises about "weight loss" and decided to see what the latest scam is all about. This one did hit on something that many people overlook, and that's your liver health.

One reason your liver is important to body composition (fat/lean ratio) is your liver metabolizes fat. If your liver is burdened with toxins and disease, it can't do a very good job there. This is why detox supplements are popular. It's also why 8-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney has formulated his own. Yes, we sell Lee Haney's detox supplement and a few others.

Using one of these is probably a good idea, but let me recommend something else (see, I'm not trying to just sell you stuff).

I did a search for foods that detoxify the liver. Among other sources is a great one at http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/liver-cleanse-foods/.

Global Healing Center lists 14 foods that detox the liver:
 

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  1. Garlic. I eat a couple bulbs of this every week. Also potent for many other health benefits.
  2. Grapefruit. Every once in a while, I like to eat a grapefruit. My ex-wife ate one every day.
  3. Beets and carrots. I don't like beets, but I grow my own carrots.
  4. Green tea. I used to drink 3 cups daily. Also potent cancer fighter.
  5. Leafy green vegetables. This is the bulk of my diet (no pun intended). I have mine raw, mostly.
  6. Avocados. The dip does not count.
  7. Apples. I eat a few of these each week.
  8. Olive oil. I use about a liter of this every month.
  9. Whole grains. I eat whole-grain oats and whole-grain rice, among others. I don't eat wheat or corn.
  10. Cruciferous vegetables. Nary a day passes that I don't eat broccoli.
  11. Lemons and limes. Great source of vitamin C, also.
  12. Walnuts. I like to add these to my shakes. Lately, a bit too pricey for me.
  13. Cabbage. Daily, I eat kale, green or red cabbage, bok choy and (Chinese cabbage).
  14. Turmeric. This is a spice I use copiously. When combined with pepper, the already high cancer-fighting abilities of both spices multiply each other.

Did you notice something about that list? Everything on there has some other health benefit, in addition to cleansing your liver. Several of these foods are powerfully anti-cancer. Walnuts are a noted brain food; they even look like a brain. Many of these foods also assist in fat loss beyond their effects on the liver.

The really big take-away from this discussion is that if you simply choose the foods your body is meant to eat, you get multiple health benefits. Plus, you look and feel better than the person who chooses disease-causing concoctions in lieu of food. The taste of real food is also hard to beat, and there's a natural reason for that.

Remember, poor food choices are poor choices. Period.

If you consistently make smart food choices, you'll come across lists of "foods good for" this or that health benefit and realize you're already eating it. More importantly, you vastly reduce the chances you'll face debilitating and protracted disease in your later years. Eat right, and enjoy life more.

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

To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers. What amazing little creatures. It's really too bad that people use RoundUp, which is killing off the world's bees. You can help by boycotting this horrible product and letting others know.

8. Thought for the Day

As noted previously, Will Rogers was brilliant. Here's another of his gems:

"We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business?"

 

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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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