|When you add up all of the hundreds of different taxes paid
by Americans, you find that we have the highest total tax bite of any
industrialized country. This financial oppression is one reason people look
for ways to reduce the bite of their 1040 taxes (which, loathsome as they
are, make up a tiny portion of your total tax hit).|
Keeping good records and using a good tax software program will help you reduce that 1040 tax bite. So will planning things, if you have good guidance in doing so.
But if you want to ruin your life, give the psychopaths at the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths an actual reason to come after you. True, they routinely destroy the lives of innocent people for no particular reason at all. That doesn't mean you should give them a reason to destroy yours.
Most of the tax-saving schemes that you may be tempted to bite into are simply cons that are using a tax-savings angle to get you to bite. So you get ripped off, then the psychopaths at the Institute come along shortly thereafter to rip you up.
Simple fact: There is nobody who has "insider secrets" or some magic way around the tax requirements. Note that I did not say Tax Code. The psychopaths at the Institute use their own manual, not the Tax Code. Their own manual makes no allotment for alternative interpretations of the Tax Code. In some cases, it incorrectly interprets the Tax Code but they go with their manual anyway despite being clearly wrong.
So even if you see the rule in black and white and think to yourself, "Hey, I can prove I'm right" stop. At best, you'll spend $3 million to go through Tax Court and a few years after the Institute has seized your assets you'll get them back.
At worst, you will find yourself deeply in debt and unable to find decent-paying work. The psychopaths will ensure you lose your job, your personal reputation, your home, nearly all of your friends, all of your business associates, all of your assets, and most of your credit. If you're married, they'll go to extremes to destroy that too.
And all of this damage is just a warm-up. They will harass you, day and night. They will contact your neighbors and other people who know you, making threats about associating with you and making strongly derogatory statements about you.
Then, if you have grown children, they will go after them. After this, they get really nasty--that's right, this is only the beginning. Thousands of victims of the Hoyt Fiasco and the Amcor Atrocity endured exactly this sort of treatment, despite not having given the Institute any real reason to go after them.
Does such a scenario terrify you? It should; instilling terror is why these psychopaths engage in such criminal and immoral activity.
So it's very important that you give the Reprobates no real reason to go after you. Yes, they can pick your name at random. More commonly, they use association. Be very careful about whom you associate with; for example, don't associate with people who tell you how they "got one over on the IRS" because doing so puts a target on your own back.
Even if you don't do anything wrong and don't associate with those who do, you can be a target of a baseless assault. A good way to protect yourself from a baseless assault by these thugs is to use a tax filing program and stay within its guidelines.
All of these programs have the Institute's approval and cases abound in which the taxpayer was let off the hook because the gray issue was permitted in the tax software. I personally underwent an audit, and the auditor didn't even want to examine anything the program produced. He just wanted to verify my documentation. Since I keep good records, I walked out unscathed. It also helped that I lucked out by getting a decent human being as my auditor; the Institute does have decent human beings among its employees, though they are a tiny minority.
We need to abolish the 1040 system, since it serves no financial purpose to the Treasury and, in fact, costs the government more than it takes in. We also need to disband the terrorist group that is so closely associated with this insane system.
Letting your misrepresentative know you want this done is OK. Cheating on your taxes is not only not OK, it's a huge security risk. It's just not worth it, and the Institute has made sure of that by engaging in terrorist assaults that are way out of proportion to the tax offense (real or made up by them). We need to restore the rule of law, not provide these morally depraved criminals with excuses to engage in their reprehensible behavior. Protect yourself by not giving them an excuse to come after you. Not a real one, anyhow.
Great calves make a body stand out. I notice a woman's calves right away; small ones make her much less appealing to me. Similarly, guys look incomplete with anemic calves. But it's not just looks at stake. I'm a climber and a martial artist. In both areas, powerful calves make a huge difference.
Due to the emphasis I put on calf development, I have "Popeye" calves. Sorry, I don't have good photos of those.
If you don't have well-developed calves, how can you fix that?
Separate the work
First, don't do calves as an afterthought. I devote one workout to abs and calves. My calf workouts are high-intensity, meaning they are short and brutal. For that reason, I do them every other week at most. More often than that would be, at least for me, overtraining.
It's more traditional to work calves on "leg day." I don't see how this is a good strategy. Working your quads and hamstrings takes a lot of energy out of your body. I work mine incidentally, by doing squats; contrary to popular opinion, squats are not a "leg exercise".
Yes, they do work the legs; but if you do them correctly, you are working several other large muscle groups and many small ones as well. Doing any training after doing squats means you are simply going to lack the energy to do that training well (unless you are extremely gifted genetically or taking very expensive steroids).
Your calves do get some work when you're doing squats, though it's not the full range of motion and it's not enough to really stimulate the adaptive response. And this does leave them a bit too depleted for seriously intense work; add in the general depletion from the squats, and the energy equation just does not come out right for a proper workout. This is why you usually see small calves on folks who take this approach.
Take it off autopilot
Watch people train calves, and you see a sort of hypnotic motion going on. Up, down, up, down, the person's in a daze going through the motions.
I've found the calves respond best when I'm fully involved in the exercise. I don't do two seconds up, four seconds down. I flex my calves to keep them under tension, and I vary the speed all over the place; I use "feel" to determine if I'm getting it right. I also just look at my calves; after just one set, they are blown up to much larger than their normal size. I go all the way down (toes above heels) and all the way up, but along the way I might slow down or speed up. All the while, I'm keeping in mind that I want to get THE BURN as soon as I can achieve it, and I want to maintain it through the rest of the set. Generally, the slower you go--the quicker the burn comes.
Something I personally don't do much of but many trainers recommend, is to finish each set (or maybe the whole routine or maybe one set) with explosive movements. Some say to do this without using weights; for example, just stand on stair steps and quickly rise up then slowly lower all the way down then rise up again. Others say to add more weight (to your seated calf raise machine) and force the weight up quickly. I can get an intense burn either way, but am very uncomfortable with the second technique.
I say I don't do much. What I mean is I'll do a few reps of this and that's usually it. You can experiment to see what works best for you.
Notice in the preceding discussion, I mentioned going all the way down. This is critical. So is going all the way up. You need to recruit all of the muscle fibers and you also need to ensure you're not shortening your Achille's tendon. Do calf work with the full range of motion or don't do it at all.
Yes, you can get a pretty good "pump" by cheating and doing partials. But this has many drawbacks, including the fact it produces calves that just look wrong and calves that are susceptible to injury.
Going in the full range also provides some stretching of the fascia and of the calves themselves, which is important for growth. Make sure you stretch your calves after your workout, too. But do not stretch before your workout.
People are often surprised to learn that I work calves with about 350 lbs. This is more than twice my body weight. It isn't safe for me to do standing calf raises with this much weight; I use a seated calf machine. I also supplement with standing calf raises, typically with just my body weight (and very slow motion).
Now, you may be thinking that's a huge change from 350 lbs. It's not so huge when I'm working only one calf at a time with that weight. The single calf workout is also a solution if you don't have a seated calf machine and don't have a place to put one. I tried single calf workouts with the barbell also, but this did not feel safe to me so I don't do those.
Calves can take very heavy loads. They need really heavy loads to trigger an adaptive response. Arnold used 500 lbs in his early Mr. Olympia days. He complained to another pro that he didn't like his calves and felt they might cost him the title the next time he took the stage. The other bodybuilder suggested that Arnold double the weight. He did, and the results were stunning.
Don't be intimidated by these poundages. I mention them to give you a sense of scale. If you haven't been working your calves and you want to start doing so, start out by using heavy weight and low reps. It's better to do 3 or 4 difficult reps with heavy weight than to use a weight you can lift for 8 to 12 reps. If the weight is so heavy you can do only one rep, rest a full minute and do another rep with that weight. Then reduce the weight slightly and continue.
The key thing to remember about calf training is you don't get results unless you really challenge them. If you're not focused on achieving that during the entire training session, you'll get poor results. Keep your mind on what you're doing, and your challenged calves will make themselves powerful and eye-catching.
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Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? Not, they aren't Larry, Mo, and Curly. They are Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).
If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.
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