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Mindconnection eNL, 2014-05-11

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1. Good News

Happy Mother's Day. If your mom is still alive and well, that's good news. Let her know how happy this makes you; there will come a day when you won't be able to tell her that again.

It is good news that we are seeing dents in the crime machine. Here's an example:

The master criminal Lois Lerner, who conspired with IRS executive Kevin Brown to make $103 million "disappear" (and they both got by with this felony) has finally gotten a slap on the wrist. She isn't serving life in prison as she should, but at least CONgress showed a smidgen of backbone and voted her guilty of Contempt of Congress. Symbolic, but at least better than the abject apathy we are used to.

Outside the beltway, actual action against massive crime is taking place. And that's really good news, because it means that citizens are stepping into the void left by "our" corporation-owned CONgress, an insanely criminal executive branch, and the fake "Supreme Court."

The outrage known as Obummercare (the Patient Predation and Unaffordable Job Act, sometimes called the Job Destruction Act) is so offensive to law-abiding, thinking people that it has spawned a massive resistance movement.

Yay!

This Act is illegal on several grounds. The "bought and paid for" Supreme Court ruling does not confer legality, only complicity. Remember, this is the same corrupt, inept institution that once ruled racial segregation to be Constitutional even though nowhere does the Constitution say it protects the rights of some citizens but not the rights of others.

In an effort to restore law and order, at least in relation to this scandalous scam, some citizens have founded http://www.therepealpledge.com

That is good news. It would have been really good news if Obama, rather than Kathleen Sebelius, would have been the one to leave office over this crime. Or if he, rather than millions of other Americans, became jobless because of it (actual unemployment reached 51%, last month).

Of course, Sebelius should have been serving a prison sentence at the time Obama appointed her head of HHS. It's ironic that Sebelius, of all people, was appointed to that post given her psychopathy toward the poor in her own state. Her sales tax theft move when she was the governor of Kansas "somehow" escaped the attention of the state-run media at the time of her HHS confirmation. That particular crime was hugely advantageous to the millionaires who put her in office, and, as with most government crimes, added even more burden to the poor.

Still, we take what we can get and don't look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth. There are people who care about the hugely damaging consequences of the rampant, destructive crime. And we are doing something about it.

Along those lines, this group is seeking to put an end to systematic terrorism not only permitted but actually abetted by beltway criminals (politicians) misdirecting OUR money toward that end: http://www.repeal16.org.

Because this crime radiates outward to the rest of the world, ending it is an international concern.

2. Product Highlight

We've featured the TLX, previously. But it's been updated since then. For example, the speech to speech feature no longer requires a Wi-Fi connection (for major languages).

In fact, the speech translation function now encompasses 64 languages. That's the same upgrade for the LUX that we talked about in our last issue.

The TLX differs from the LUX in a few ways, the most obvious being it's actually a smart phone. It has, in fact, two SIM cards. And you can receive calls for free in over 160 countries; no contract.

The SpeechGuard TLX translator can translate anything you say* or see, and access many useful travel tools. Everything is preloaded on your TLX, no need to worry about difficult setups or downloads.

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3. Brainpower tip

Thanks to Charlie for this one:

https://mathscinotes.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/a-lone-engineer-in-a-marketing-meeting/

This illustrates the kind of stupidity that is so rampant. Of course, the actual points are different. But the same non-thinking, can't see reality is pervasive. You can draw many lessons from this video. Enjoy!


4. Finance tip

Normally when I write to members of CONgress about anything having to do with our illegal 1040 system or the gangster psychopaths who run it, I choose as a heading topic Civil Liberties, Crime, or Terrorism. Since I don't have those headings here and since this particular criminal endeavor has a huge financial impact on all of us (it so depresses the economy that simply eliminating it would hugely boost the standard of living among the lowest 98% of earner while vastly increasing federal revenue), I put it in this issue's finance column.

Now, there is no moral, financial, or legal justification CONgress can give for this situation without spewing abject lies. However, they don't admit to that. So we have to enter their Alice in Wonderland world to play by the irrational rules of their game.

There is a new hope, thanks to the fine folks at Repeal 16 www.repeal16.org. Below is a recent update from them. Please try to put it to use, so that we may end the existence of the world's largest and most damaging terrorist group.

 

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The House Ways and Means Committee has proposed the first comprehensive tax reform effort in 27 years. They deserve credit for their hard work and good intentions, but it doesn’t go far enough.

It is time to radically redesign our tax system, and the place to start is repealing the 16th Amendment. Repealing the 16th Amendment is not as far fetched as it sounds. In fact, there’s a bill in Congress – HJ Res. 104 – right now that does exactly that. The bill was introduced by Congressman Jim Bridenstine and has over 10 co-sponsors. These Congressmen represent people of all socio-economic backgrounds and states from across the country.

We will always have taxes, but that doesn’t mean we need the IRS and the income tax.

Long before we had the NSA, the IRS was forcing every American to turn over personal data. If you’re concerned about the NSA collecting your phone calls, take a second to think about the IRS. Every April 15 you hand over to the IRS data about how much money you make, where you make it, who you give it to, what you spend it on, your children and dependents, and so on.

This is scary because the courts have given the IRS the authority to go into the emails and bank accounts of every America. It can seize your property – and then you have to go to court to prove your innocence.

There is effectively no oversight of the IRS. The agency writes its own regulations, and then decides how to enforce them.

The IRS runs contrary to the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure, and the principle of separation of powers that underlies our Constitution.

The first variation of the income tax was deemed unconstitutional.

Concentrating so much power in a single agency is a bad design. The IRS has too much discretion over how tax law is enforced – that discretion has been abused under multiple administrations, and both parties. Politicians use the income tax system to extract campaign donations from special interests in return for granting special favors through the tax code.

The 16th Amendment – the original charter for the income tax – is a product of the Progressive Era, as was another big idea of the time – Prohibition. And as we did with Prohibition, it’s time to repeal the 16th Amendment. We didn’t need to agree on how to regulate alcohol before repealing the 18th Amendment and ending prohibition. There are many ways to fund the federal government without income taxes, and we don’t need to agree on the solution before we address the root problem – the 16th Amendment.


5. Security tip

This came from a cousin of mine. I think the stories are made up, but they do illustrate some things to think about. Also, keep in mind that the biggest thieves are the criminals in CONgress, the counterfeiters in the nonFederal nonReserve, and the "freelance terrorists" in the IRS. But still, it's worth taking measures to protect yourself from the minor league sort of criminals.

1. LONG-TERM PARKING

Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people's home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener. This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

2. GPS:

Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house.

They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents. Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it... Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.

3. CELL PHONES:

I never thought of this....... This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. Twenty minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says, "I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago." When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text "hubby" in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the lesson:

a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc....

B. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

C. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet "family and friends" who text you.

4. PURSE IN THE GROCERY CART SCAM:

A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children's seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf... Wait till you read the WHOLE story! Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call from the Mall Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers.

She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her. By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and burglarized. The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it.

 

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Most adolescent boys fantasize about having big, oversized arms. Yet if you look at the world's greatest athletes, you see arms that are definitely muscular but not grotesquely oversized.

Think of Bruce Lee, Michael Jordan, and Chuck Norris.

At right, a photographer caught me in a 90 degree flex (just before the biceps bunches up). You can see that if I continued pulling my arm toward me, there wouldn't be a huge biceps peak like Arnold's.

You can also see that's no wimpy arm (not for a guy in his 50s, especially), and my forearm is quite thick relative to my upper arm. It's not the biceps peak I'm after. For athletic purposes, the peak is not all that great.

And you're not going to get it naturally, anyhow. If you want those "Arnold arms," you'll need to lay out some bucks for some illegal steroids.

Lacking that, you can compromise your usable strength and never stretch your biceps so that you get more of a ball in the middle (not how Arnold did it). This will make you slow and prone to tendon problems.

I have very, very fast hands. I want to stay that way, so I "sacrifice" that muscular ball for the kind of muscularity that Michael Jordan and Bruce Lee developed.

How can you develop strong arms?

Well, despite my steroids remark there is much we can learn from Arnold. After all, lots of other guys took the same steroids but Arnold won the Mr. Olympia seven times. And his arms are iconic.

One of his favorite exercises was the cheating barbell curl. I saw some videos of this online, and will tell you right now that at least one shows a moron who is rocking his hips and doing it all wrong. Find a trainer who can show you the proper way, so you can actually benefit from this and not risk serious injury.

It is a great exercise for stimulating new muscle. Arnold said, "The cheating barbell curl stands alone for building mass."

The key to doing it right is to kind of get under the curl, using your mid and upper back. Don't swing the weight; don't use inertia at all. It's really a squeezing motion, and it overloads your biceps more than you can do with strict form curls. You have to pay strict attention to what the muscles are doing. Don't count reps or in some other way reduce this to a robotic exercise. It's all about focus.

Arnold also was fanatic about incline dumbbell curls, and the reason was he'd do them on a bench with about a 45 degree angle to maximize the stretch. This worked against the "build a big ball" goal somewhat, but it gave him more usable strength and helped ensure the entire arm would develop. The results speak for themselves.

Lee Haney, eight-time Mr. Olympia, prefers (he still trains hard) barbell curls (using the special biceps curl barbell, not a straight one). Note that there's a difference between doing this as a hip swing thing and doing it as a way of fully contracting the biceps.

To get that biceps peak, Arnold's weapon of choice was the one-arm concentration curl. You can see him do this in the movie Pumping Iron. Another way to help develop this is to work the brachialis, which is underneath the biceps.

 

All of this for the biceps, which make up about a third of the arm's muscle mass and which does not confer the striking power that Bruce Lee was so famous for.

This brings us to the triceps.

Look at any of Arnold's major posing shots, and you will see his impressive triceps. They added the thickness that made his arms so huge.

He really pioneered triceps development. His "secrets" to triceps building are now standard fare. They include such isolation exercises as pushdowns, cable pushdowns, press with the French curling bar, bent over extensions, and even the close-grip bench press. Another popular exercise (though I don't know that Arnold pioneered it) is the parallel bar dip.

Does it matter which exercises you do? Basically, no.

The key is to work all three heads of the triceps, using whichever exercises it takes for you to do that.

The result is you get that horseshoe look, and you fill out your arms so they just look bigger.

If you train the triceps properly, and if you make sure you stretch your biceps, you will develop explosive power--the kind that really matters in athletic endeavors.

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

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end. It can bring you the most trouble, or it can bring you bountiful blessings.

8. Thought for the Day

Angry words, once spoken, can't be rewound and erased. Take care to choose your words thoughtfully, and if you can't think then don't speak.

 

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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. Please pass this newsletter along to others.


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