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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
Item 1. I worked in nuclear power for many years, including a gig as a
neutron monitoring system Level II Test Engineer. During those years, I received
extensive and expensive education (over a half million dollars, blowing away the
cost of a Harvard MBA but I have an MBA also) on all things nuclear. So this
particular good news resonates with me. A new fuel appears to be the solution to
the main problem with nuclear power generation. Read the full story here:
Item 2. Under the theory that Soetoro isn't getting a third term as
"America's Single Biggest Problem", the title of this article brings new hope to
His "last" anything is really good news. It would be awesome news if someone got
past the seals on his records and released the documents showing he has
illegally been in office as POTUS all this time though of course anyone who can
reason already knows that.
Item 3. Graphene is in the news again! From right here in Kansas comes an
amazing development that could be a game-changer for batteries. Read the full
Item 4. With so much animal cruelty aimed at elephants (look up how
Ringling abuses these majestic creatures, it will make you sick), there is good
news on the animal kindness front in regards to elephants. See for yourself:
Also, watch this for an unusual elephant-dog friendship:
Item 5. Fear of a Hillary Presidency is gripping millions of Americans,
now. While I can't say such an outcome would be anything but bad, I can say that
statistically speaking the worst possible replacement we can drudge up for
Soetoro cannot be as bad as Soetoro. That is small comfort to those who have
witnessed Hillary's public spectacles, scandals, and general insanity. But it is
good news in the sense that we may be going from the fire to the frying pan.
Graphene, unlike Hilllary, is so very useful. Maybe we should just "elect" a
blob of graphene for President. Or, given her track record, I'd settle for a dog
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3. Brainpower tip
You may have heard the old saw, "90% of success is just showing up." That
applies to brainpower, as well. Arguably the most common modality for netting an
effective IQ of zero is inattention. Yes, I really believe many people have net
effective IQ of zero. But they can change that. Many others have a net effective
IQ that is lower than the one they are capable of, and you may fall into that
class (not the first one, for sure!)|
We've all noticed the stupid, dangerous
drivers who weave across the lanes or cut other people off in traffic. Or sit at
a green light, only to run the next one after it turns red. Or do 35MPH on the
merge ramp to the Interstate highway. Are they drunk? No, they are yakking on
their phone instead of paying attention to the full-time job of driving.
I sometimes see people outdoors, walking with their face in a smartphone.
Those people are oblivious to their surroundings (dangerous!), and they are
giving up a great opportunity for intellectual stimulation. Walk a beagle
sometime, and observe how the dog interacts with the outdoors. Simply observing
Nathan works from home and is in a brainy occupation (electronic game
design). Conversations with him are fascinating and rewarding. With his wife,
same thing. She's a mental health professional, and is especially keen on
matters of how mental processes work. Or don't work.
They are fully present, in whatever they do.
Nathan takes his kids for walks. Slow walks. They stop often and simply
observe. Nathan brings a camera, and gets some amazing close-ups. When the
weather permits, Nathan takes these walks barefoot. In addition to more sensory
input, this going barefoot is very good for the feet (shoes don't let your feet
move the way they are supposed to move).
When Nathan does anything, he's fully there. He pays attention. Contrast this
to the yakking driver or the texting walker.
Many people falsely believe they accomplish more by multi-tasking. While it
is true they make more errors that way, they are not more productive.
What if you're a sales rep and an important client calls while you're
driving? Either pull over or don't take the call. Why would you want to handle
the call poorly and drive poorly at the same time, when you can pull over to
handle the call competently and then resume driving safely? Are you more likely
to close a sale or even give intelligent answers while dodging all of the other
distracted drivers? Or while focusing on that customer and his needs?
Any time you're faced with two important tasks, pick one. Do it well, then do
Back when I taught time management, this was a core principle I tried to get
across to doubting audiences who had been drinking the multi-tasking Kool-Aid.
One of the ways to get them to think about this was to ask for a show of hands
of anyone who could tell when they were on a phone call with another person who
was also answering e-mail. Then we'd talk briefly about how lousy the call was.
Could the outgoing e-mails have been any better? Why or why not?
Now, picture two sets of kids. The first set is in the family living room
with their parents, television blaring. They are "studying" and "doing
homework." The second set is in the family living room with their parents, who
are actively engaging them in the topics they just finished studying in the
Which set of kids is more likely to master the material? To get the nuances
of it? OK, which set is more likely to misunderstand the material?
Now, picture two pets. The first one gets a little "toss the ball" from its
human companion who is simultaneously yakking on the phone. The second one has a
human companion who is actively engaged, laughing and shouting encouragement and
making that pet the center of the world for the whole play time. Which pet is
going to be smarter? Happier? More affectionate? Change out "pets" for "kids"
and you get another scenario where most parents sadly fall way, way short.
Many years ago, I worked on the staff of a magazine. Late one afternoon, a
coworker said to me, "My phone rang all day. I hardly got anything done!" My
reply was, "That happens." I did not tell him that I unplugged my phone after
the second call. No interruptions for me, no trying to work while someone was
yakking away at me. I finished six articles that day. I returned all the
messages the next day. What did my coworker get done? One article that had to be
completely reworked. My articles didn't need to be edited at all.
One way I reduced the number of incoming calls was by refusing to play phone
tag. Any time I left a message, I made a point of giving that person some
question that person could answer. This way, they could leave an informative
message for me instead of, "This is Bob returning your call" for the seventh
time." My outgoing message also asked the caller to give me a question so I
could call back with the answer. That was a huge time-saver for all concerned.
If I didn't have a particular message, for example, they left me no
information to act upon, I would give them a specific time to call me back. And,
of course, I would fully focus on their call.
No matter how high your IQ is, you must use that IQ for it to matter. If you
are halfway paying attention, your IQ is throttled down considerably. Maybe even
below the retard level.
A friend and mentor of mine is into hi-fi music. By
this, I mean really good systems playing really good music. The clarity is such
that you can distinguish between the bass and the cello. What do you think is
his mental state while listening to this music on such a system? Is he texting?
Answering e-mail? Or is he fully focused on the music? Why bother if you aren't
going to immerse yourself in the experience and enjoy it?
Now, none of this is
to say you can't do rote (or "mindless") things while also carrying on a
conversation. For example, maybe you're dusting your house or folding clothes
while talking on the phone. I often prepare meals while on the phone, but if I
need to cook something that I'm not quite familiar with I won't be on the phone.
Also, I never allow distractions while baking due to the danger that one
thoughtless moment of distraction can bring to fruition.
Don't try to do two
things that demand mental processing, because you will simply reduce your mental
power. It's like getting a "temporary lobotomy" every time you do something.
4. Finance tip
As Financial Obamageddon continues to (steam)roll over America, smart people are
looking at ways to reduce spending. This doesn't necessarily mean "giving up"
things you love to do, but it could mean learning to do different things (and
loving to do those). Here are some examples:|
- An expensive vacation trip. Maybe make that trip shorter (e.g., a
two-week trip becomes a one-week trip) to cut down on hotel and related
expenses. Use the days you "save" for free or inexpensive activities close
to home. Those include visiting a state park, a zoo, an aquarium, a museum,
etc. People often never visit these attractions in their own metro area.
- Meals out. Families or other small groups can rack up a huge tab on a
single safari to a restaurant, plus the food is typically not healthy. Try
as an alternative a "pot luck" and (strongly) encourage everyone to bring
something that's nutrient-dense rather than junk food. A vegetable medley
can taste fantastic. Not enough seating? You could try renting a hall or
picnic area from your local park system (in many locales, you just have to
reserve it and it's free).
- Parties. Some folks like to have parties in their home. These can be
quite expensive, even if they are BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze). You have to
buy all that ice, for starters. Then people who imbibe a little too much
spill on your carpet, and so on. The costs all have to do with food and
drink. So why not have a party where these are expressly not going to be
there? Maybe it sounds radical, but why can't people go without pigging out
for a couple of hours? For example, have a party where six people are
invited and you're just going to play Monopoly. No food will be served,
though water will be provided.
- Going to the movies. Maybe you've developed the habit of going out to a
movie once or twice a month. With the poor quality of movies coming out the
past few years, you have more than just a financial reason for rethinking
this. Maybe invest in a decent monitor and DVD player, and get your movies
for free from your local library. Or read books, instead.
- Buying books. Do what some friends finally decided to do. They formed
their own book club. Instead of buying a book every three weeks or so, they
bought less often and just shared with each other. If someone was
considering a title, s/he'd mention it to the other folks before buying it.
These folks read non-fiction, and some of the books run over $100. So the
savings added up.
5. Security tip
|I received this e-mail and wanted to pass it along to you.
Without modification. I hope it helps you stay safe!|
BBB Warns of Scam Targeting Local Businesses
Kansas City, MO, March 15, 2016 - The Better Business Bureau of Greater
Kansas City is alerting businesses of a scam that calls itself "Compliance
Division." The scam mails postcards to businesses, notifying them that they
may be in violation of compliance. The card neglects to inform the business
of what compliance they might be in violation and only asks them to call a
toll free number.
According to one local business that filed a complaint with the BBB, once
they called the toll-free number, the Compliance Division demanded $200 for
a Certificate of Good Standing.
While Missouri does have a Certificate of Good Standing, it costs only $10,
not $200, and is not necessarily required to do business in the state. The
Missouri Secretary of State's office accepts requests for the certificates
via fax, mail, in person or online. They will not call or mail businesses
demanding payment for the certificate.
The Compliance Division claims to have an address in Harrisonville, MO.
However, the address belongs to Missouri Registered Agent, LLC (MRA), a
local registrar company with no ties to the so-called Compliance Division.
MRA informed the BBB that they have filed a complaint with the Missouri
Attorney General's Office about the unauthorized use of their business
During the course of an investigation, the BBB attempted to discover a valid
mailing address for Compliance Division. The BBB found additional addresses
given by the group, a Pennsylvania business address and a Florida residence,
but both were false.
On March 14, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of State issued a scam
warning against Business Compliance Division, aka Compliance Division,
"The Pennsylvania Department of State has been made aware of more post card
solicitations that are being mailed to Pennsylvania businesses from a bogus
company calling itself "Business Compliance Division." The post card urges
the company to "call immediately" to "avoid potential fees and penalties."
The number (1-888-803-7922) leads the caller to speak to a representative of
the alleged company, who seeks a credit card payment of $125 over the phone
to procure a "certificate of existence" in order to comply with
"Commonwealth regulations governing new enterprises."
This is a SCAM. Companies which are validly formed have already received a
stamped copy of the public organic document filed with the Department of
State, indicating the entity number, date filed and name of the current
Secretary of the Commonwealth. There is no "certificate of existence"
required for a newly-filed company in order to maintain compliance with
If your business receives one of these post cards, do not contact the number
given. You can report the scam to the BBB Scam Tracker at www.bbb.org/scamtracker.
If you wish to obtain a legitimate copy of your Certificate of Good Standing
in the state of Missouri, contact the Corporation Unit at (573) 751-4153.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
previous issue of this column resulted in some good questions from readers.
The first one I'll address is about frequent colds. The other is about
reader says he's just prone to getting a cold every few weeks, so his body
is fighting this off and he just can't do rigorous workouts. The illness
here might not be a cold per se, but something else. People often say they
"have a cold" when they have cold-like symptoms. Follow all the tips in the
previous newsletter, plus focus on hygiene.
about hygiene? Change your bedding frequently, for starters. Do you have a
spray bottle of vinegar? If not, get a spray bottle and fill it with
vinegar. Use this to clean your shower/tub, toilets (spray on the lip where
the water enters the bowl), countertops, linoleum floors, refrigerator
drawers, and other surfaces.
forget to clean your sink drains, as those (especially in bathrooms) tend to
accumulate matter (such as hair and food particles) that creates a breeding
ground for bacteria. Pour some baking soda down the drain, then pour vinegar
homes have a covering of dust on the ceiling and the walls, resulting in a
cascade of dust into the air all day long. Blow this off and vacuum it up,
about once a month.
sterilize your home, but do clean it. There is a difference. And this will
help you stay well.
What about supplements? Let's look at the three big types:|
- Pre-workout. These typically contain L-Arginine and Beta-Alinine,
which is good. But then the manufacturers throw in creatine (really for
recovery), some kind of "proprietary blend" (useless garbage),
artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, excess B vitamins, and a
coffee pot's worth of caffeine. Then they slap a fat price tag on it and
get some celebrity steroid user to endorse it.
- Post-workout. These typically have nothing good for after your
workout, and they typically contain sugar. For post-workout, consume a
good amino complex (such as
FundAminos) or non-dairy protein plus creatine plus more Beta-Alinine.
- Protein. The typical gym rat sucks down a post-workout whey protein
shake that's about 40g. One problem with this is an average sized adult
male can absorb only about 20g (females even less). The other 20g, your
body has to do something with. Guess where it stores spare calories?
Speaking of calories, what else is in those shakes? I don't use
dairy-based protein supplements at all. Many good vegan ones are
available. You can take it one step better with
FundAminos. Determine your total protein needs and supplement
As you may have guessed, most supplements are poorly formulated,
overly-expensive, and counterproductive to use. That is not true of all
supplements, however. Read the labels carefully so you know what you are
getting. And plan your supplement program rather that just taking whatever
seems most appealing.
Remember, it's your basic nutrition that gets you the most bang for your
buck. If you look at the cost of a week's worth of kale, broccoli, spinach,
kale, eggplant, squash, sweet potatoes, etc., it's less than $50 per person.
That works out to about $200 a month, which is a big savings over what a
heavy supplement user pays. And it's money you'd spend anyhow, making this
part of your program basically free.
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.
Your big toes have two bones each while the rest of your toes have three bones.
8. Thought for the Day
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