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1. Good News
Item 1. Restoration of law and order continues, following the exit of
our evil dictator. From my Congressman on 06FFEB:
"The Congressional Review Act (CRA) is a Congressional resolution of
disapproval to overturn last minute regulations from the previous Administration
under an expedited legislative process. Passage of the CRA ensures that no
substantially similar rule can be issued in the future. The CRA gives Congress
an opportunity to vote to bring relief to Americans hurt by years of overreach
and overregulation. This last week, the House reversed job-killing, harmful
Item 2. Yet another use for, you guessed it, graphene. Read the full
Item 3. Barry Soetoro has not surfaced yet with any new attacks on
America since leaving the White House. He said, "I'm not going away," but thus
far it looks like "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan." Let's hope
his threat is just another of his "you can tell he's lying because his lips
move" thing. And good riddance to bad rubbish.
Item 4. Computer diagnoses skin cancer. Read the full story here:
Item 5. The evil corporation formerly known as "Google" lost court
battles and now must pay. Read the full story here:
Unfortunately, Google will never be held accountable in court for what it did to
thousands of small businesses with its dishonest search engine scam. But the
good news is Google must face the court of the marketplace, and it has lost that
Its search engine scam backfired on it, making "google search" an oxymoron and
largely irrelevant for purchasers due to repeatedly bad search results. The scam
rendered it totally irrelevant to the merchants who simply moved to eBay and
Amazon, where customers now begin their shopping experience instead of with
Google. Meanwhile, Bing and Yahoo went the opposite direction and strove for
search engine accuracy; unfortunately, not enough people caught on to this. Yet.
2. Product Highlight
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3. Brainpower tip
How do you know that your information on current events is correct? I have asked
this question of several people, and their answers are similar. The answer is
along the lines of "I trust my intelligence to sort things out" and most of them
have also said, "I just read enough sources to get a good mosaic."|
with the first answer is a problem called "confirmation bias." The problem with
the second approach is truth is not a democracy.
We are all subject to this. We tend to filter out things that contradict what
we believe or want to believe. We filter in things that support what we believe
or want to believe. We want confirmation that we are right.
The alleged "birther controversy" is an extreme example of this. Barry Soetoro
is not now, and never has been, an American citizen. People took sides on this
non-issue based on what they wanted to believe. Consequently, many people "know"
he's an American citizen and their view is supported by the "evidence" they have
viewed. They won't even ask basic questions that would reveal how wrong their
- Where's the birth announcement in the newspaper?
- Why wasn't his mother in Hawaii when he was born (remote birth--how does
that work, exactly)?
- How does the child of a minor and a foreigner gain citizenship (answer:
he must apply for it).
- How did a C- student like him make it into not one, but two, Ivy League
universities (answer: foreign exchange scholarship)?
- Why did he produce a clearly (and clumsily) forged birth certificate
complete with someone else's SSN, computer fonts, the wrong word used for
"race" (assuming back then they wanted to lie about his race that he is
somehow "black" the word in 1961 was "colored"), and many other signs of
forgery? Perhaps most laughable, his father's country was listed as
Anyone who wanted to believe that Barry was somehow a US Citizen merely
needed to engage in confirmation bias. Most "believers" did so through the
avoidance of asking basic questions while giving total credibility to "evidence"
that was either fabricated or not produced in the first place.
And there's the issue of his adoption by Lolo Soetoro. His name was legally
changed from Obama to Soetoro, and never changed back (no record of any such
change has ever been produced). More, the adoption made him an Indonesian
citizen and there is no record of his application for dual citizenship or for
changing back (becoming a naturalized would be required at this point, I would
Prior to this example of mass delusion, in which so many people engaged in braindead confirmation bias to an extreme that is hard to explain, I thought
Dick Cheney set the mother of all examples with his "torture is legal" memos.
A similar confirmation bias existed; it flew in the face of overwhelming
evidence to the contrary and all supportive evidence was either fabricated or
not produced in the first place. The fabricated evidence, like Obama's forged
birth certificate, was a product of the grossly incompetent. If you have not
read John Yoo's idiotic arguments "justifying" torture, hold your nose and read
I sometimes wonder if Yoo also produced Obama's birth certificate but then I
remind myself that fake certificate was even more patently absurd than Yoo's
Confirmation bias can be costly. In the case of Barry Soetoro's false
citizenship, it cost the USA an additional ten trillion (12 zeroes) of debt
while we endured 633 confirmed scandals (his administration set the record for
scandals). If only people had sought to BE right instead of seeking confirmation
that their belief is somehow right. Several of these scandals each justified his
removal from office. Examples include Fast and Furious and Benghazi. Note that
his anti-police remarks are not counted as scandals nor are his shockingly
inappropriate remarks about the Supreme Court; this tells you something about
how bad the officially recognized scandals must be.
Truth not a democracy
The truth is absolute. It does not change based on how many people vote for
it to be one way or another. The fact that 9 sources say one thing and one
source says the opposite does not mean the one source is wrong.
Sifting through the mudstream media
One way many people implement both of the above strategies is to subscribe to
every disinformation source available. So on their smart phone, they have apps
for the Communist News Network, the New York Lying Times, and the whole retinue
of propagandistic, truth-averse disinformation outlets. They figure that each of
these sources will lie in a different way and if you look for the common points
and then filter those points through common sense you'll get at the truth. But
this outcome simply does not happen.
What does happen is you begin to believe the lies because you hear them over
and over. Don't fool yourself on this one, it's what happens.
But is it possible to even sort through the disinformation to get at the
truth? Here's an experiment. Collect dog turds from different yards in your
neighborhood. Now try to make a palatable meal out of them. That's essentially
what the approach just described amounts to.
Sifting through the alternative sources
This isn't much better than the previous approach. Most alternative sources
are poorly researched, agenda-driven, and highly biased.
Yes, you can cut down
on the mental clutter by looking at the "polish" of the newsletter or Website.
Grammatical errors, spelling errors, poor sentence construction, and other signs
of carelessness clue you in that they are also careless about their "research."
Or that they aren't competent researchers to begin with due to lack of literacy.
When people can't spell, they have serious reading comprehension problems;
that's also a reason to reject their "information" outright. If they don't
understand what they read and can't articulate their views properly, what kind
of mental acuity do you think they have?
But even after you filter out the semi-literate, you still have your work cut
out for you in determining if this source is any good. My advice is to look for
logical fallacies and factual errors on the one hand and insightful arguments on
the other. That
is, look at the quality of what's written.
So first filter out the sources that fail the "form" test. Then look for
sources that have substance. Do this, and you'll at least be using sources that
have intelligence behind them. But many presumably intelligent people like to
expound on things they know little or nothing about. You're still on dangerous
How to get it right
So how do you get the correct information on current events? The same way you
get the correct information on historically recorded ones:
- Tap primary sources. Today, we have access to original footage and even
live coverage of events. We can use that to get "the rest of the story" and
see what's actually going on.
An example is a particular Youtube video of the Ferguson rioting. According
the mudstream media and many other sources, this was a situation in
which armed black thugs looted stores. But in this video, employees of one
store (some of them black) were protecting their employer's property with
their own firearms. The store was not looted, proving that "gun control" is
never the solution unless you define it as people knowing how to use their
Another example was another town where rioting was taking place. According
to the state-run media, the cops were running rampant and, being all racist
pigs, attacking innocent black people. One video, taken by a person on the
scene, shows a line of cops facing an angry mob. The mob was mostly black,
so did this video back the mudstream news story? No, because as the video
continued to roll, a huge group of armed (guns, clubs, baseball bats)
citizens marched into the fray. They turned their backs to the police,
facing the mob. Nobody was going to attack THEIR cops, they'd see to that.
This was police protection; citizens protecting their police. Did you see
that on MSNBC News, CNN, or Fox? Of course not; it doesn't fit the
Of course, Youtube isn't the only primary source. You can also talk to
people. For example, the mudstream media released reports that our new
President ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to clear away the protestors
and start building that stupid wall. This defies logic, so I didn't believe
it. I contacted a friend who works for the Army Corps of Engineers, and he
confirmed this was true. So the mudstream media are not always wrong. But
don't trust them until you have verified.
- Tap secondary sources. My friend in the ACE was personally a secondary
source, but I consider his input as coming from a primary source (the ACE).
Here's a more clear example of a secondary source. Kansas City, MO is short
on police officers. For reasons I won't go into here, they've had a mass
exodus of police. If I want to confirm this with reasonable reliability, I
can ask another member of the police community such as a local cop in my own
nearby city. He would be a secondary source.
- Eliminate obviously bad sources. Sometimes when I consider reading a
book I am able to view the bibliography first. When I see that the author
used the New York Lying Times, I dismiss the entire book as a work of
fiction. For current events, you need to eliminate disinformation sources
such as newspapers, television news, and that libtard at the office who is
always talking about what he non-thinks is going on.
- Actively look for bias. I "attend" many recordings in the University
Lecture Series. History is a topic I study often. Different professors
present similar historical topics differently. When I find a conflict, I
look for the bias and ask myself why it might be there.
For example, one
professor raved about what a great President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was;
an assertion that shows willful ignorance. FDR was a great wartime leader
(except for tossing Poland under the bus and doing a few other crazy
things). But his domestic policies were, for the most part, highly
destructive criminal acts. The bias here was on the evaluation of FDR. I
could still listen to the information about FDR's accomplishments (there
understanding that the professor wasn't capable of presenting a complete
- Recognize your own bias. If you've already formed an opinion or
conclusion, actively seek information that could contradict it. This is a
step almost nobody takes. Most of us want to "be right" and we would rather
continue to be wrong than to discover the truth.
- Look for propaganda and manipulation techniques. The main one, in my
opinion, is the use of fear. If you don't put enough in the collection
plate, you'll go to hell. Gee, there was a (non-IRS) terrorist attack and
the deaths will continue unless law-abiding citizens lose their
constitutional rights. If we don't permit torture, our way of life is
threatened (that's a non-sequitor, too!).
- Look for English competency. Many "alternative" sources look like a
third grader wrote the text. Others try to impress with big words when
simpler ones will do, and they read so stiffly that you should see the big
red flag that the writer is insecure and probably for good reason. Good
writers seek to communicate clearly.
- Look for language abuse. How are concepts in the "news" communicated?
Does the source use inflammatory language rather than an objective tone
(e.g., "Gun nuts" rather than "firearm owners")? Does the source parrot word
misusage (e.g., "the Internal Revenue Service") rather than words that convey
reality (e.g., "the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths")?
- Look for the focus and what's repeated. Does the source focus on
divisive concepts such as race or on the facts of the event? Race is an
artificial construct that tells you nothing about the individual. Bringing
it up all the time and/or casting every event as a racial issue is dishonest
in the extreme.
- Look for nonsequitors. There are many logical fallacies. But the
nonsequitor is the logical fallacy of choice for libtards. Since libtards
are the main purveyors of stupidity and fake news, it follows that you need
merely look for nonsequitors to protect against libtarded reports, most
stupidity, and most fake news.
For my own part, this is just too much effort. I choose not to stay up with
current events, generally. I can't do anything about what's going on if I don't
like it. And there is only so much time in a day; I must make choices on how to
spend it. I do, however, keep up on things like technical developments. For
example, how many times have I reported on new uses for graphene?
4. Finance tip
Most of us own and operate our own motor vehicles. This is a costly endeavor,
what with maintenance, insurance, operating costs, and replacement costs. If you
calculate the cost per mile after tallying up these costs and dividing by the
actual miles driven you might be surprised at how much you pay to go somewhere
You can reduce those costs. One way to reduce insurance costs is to
consistently use defensive driving techniques (and avoid speeding) so that
you're an attractive "insured" with a great driving record. Every couple of
years, shop around for new insurance. The NRA offers a plan to members, and so
do many other associations. Check into what's available.
But what about other costs? Well, defensive driving actually saves fuel. If
you haven't graduated from one of these courses, sign up for one. I suggest
looking for one that follows the Smith System.
Here are some other ways to save money:
- Use synthetic motor oil. Not a blend, but 100% synthetic. One of the
ways that synthetic oil reduces internal friction is all of its molecules
are the same size (Mechanical Physics 101). A blend destroys this advantage
and costs you more than straight synthetic due to the fuel efficiency loss.
- Change oil and filter regularly. Keep an eye on that odometer, but also
just pull the dipstick and look at it. If the oil is dark, it needs to be
changed. Same thing if it smells funny. Check your oil this way perhaps
monthly; make an appointment in your calendaring system.
- Use only high quality coolant in your radiator. Don't pick up something
just because it's on sale.
- Keep your car clean. Washing the car (properly) helps prevent rust and
other problems with the finish, while adding to the enjoyment of driving the
car. Keep the inside clean, also.
- Keep your tires inflated. If using a generic replacement tire, fill it
to the pressure stated on the door jamb placard NOT on what your buddy says
he inflates his tires to. The tire inflation must match the suspension,
which is designed and tuned for a specific tire inflation.
- Use the correct grade of gasoline. Many people believe their car will
perform better if it runs on regular but they use premium. The reason for
premium is it has additives that eliminate the pre-ignition knock that a
higher compression engine will get. Higher compression is a fixed factor
(for example, using taller pistons will produce higher compression). You can
reduce knock by retarding the timing (most cars today will do this
automatically) or by using premium gasoline. If your engine doesn't require
premium, then you have no advantage to use it unless that particular brand
also has an additive (only in premium) for cleaner combustion. But rather
than pay for premium gas to get that, just pick up a bottle of injector
cleaner at your local auto supply shop.
5. Security tip
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
One of my readers posed an interesting question:
"You say your workouts
focus on low-rep, high-intensity training instead of going for the pump. Why
do you have such large veins, if you don't pump?"
As with anything else related to training, the body adapts to the demands
placed upon it. Yes, it is true that high volume training tends to enhance
vascularity due to the pumping effect. But think about what happens when
tissues don't have enough oxygen. How does the body adapt to that kind of
Various kinds of high-intensity training will quickly burn up the ATP
stored in the muscles. Your fast twitch fibers are the ones that provide
your initial strength, and when subjected to intense demand (e.g.,
high-intensity or burst training) they run out of ATP fuel in about 15
Before they run out of ATP, the muscle cells produce ATP on their own
through a process called glycolysis. It isn't very efficient, but it kicks
in to meet the elevated energy demand placed on the body during training (or
This glycolysis process is what produces the lactic acid that we detect
as muscle soreness later. Lactic acid is what triggers the adaptive response
that we are after. This adaptive response requires a larger blood flow, thus
blood vessels expand to provide it.
The anaerobic mode lasts between one to three minutes, depending upon
many factors. During this time, the body kicks in with another way of
producing the energy for contraction. It's the aerobic process, which uses
oxygen to efficiently produce ATP. Getting that oxygen to the muscles also
requires increased blood flow.
From my description, you've probably gotten the idea that these
processes overlap. Indeed they do. All of them can happen at the same time
and each of them creates a demand for blood flow.
So this is the exercise part of the vascularity you see in my photos
(look at my arms in the photo of my back, at right; that's serious
Two other factors consider. One is I regularly supplement with the amino
acid L-Arginine. The other is I'm not on the "vascular damage diet" that so
many Americans are so devoted to.
L-Arginine is prevalent in preworkout supplements. It does relax the
vascular walls and allow the vessel to expand. Combined with a heavy intake
of water, it will temporarily produce an increase in blood vessel size. But
I supplement daily and have a heavy intake of water routinely so this effect
is something I have all the time.
Top photo taken 16SEP2016, just days before 56th birthday;
bottom photo taken 3 days after 56th birthday
The vascular damage diet is grain-based (mostly corn and wheat products),
and heavily produces inflammation. The inflammation results in a narrowing
of the blood vessels. It also leads to breakage and leakage of those
vessels, a problem the body tries to fix with lipid-based patches that
harden those blood vessels and greatly reduce their inner diameter.|
won't belabor the vascular damage diet, other than to say it also causes
cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, muscle atrophy, and several other conditions
that most Americans seem inexplicably fond of. Or maybe these people just do
not connect the rather large dots between diet and disease.
Diets that demonize a macronutrient also reduce vascularity or inhibit
- Low carb/no carb. You don't have the energy for the intense exercise
that produces the adaptive response. Also, the foods in this category
tend to be nutrient-dense. You just don't want junk carbs. But don't
avoid carbs as if doing so has any benefit. It doesn't.
- Low fat/nonfat. Allegedly, eating fat makes you fat and gives you
hardened arteries. The truth is very different. I eat nuts, eggs,
avocados, and other fatty foods. I use butter in cooking and baking. I
use various oils in cooking and baking, also. Take the time to educate
yourself on how to use dietary fats; you need the good ones in
quantities sufficient to support several processes in your body.
- Low protein/no protein. Proponents claim the human body needs some
absurdly low amount of protein, and if you cut back to that insufficient
amount you will be slimmer. People do this, and lose lean body tissue.
Yes, they weigh less but much of the weight loss consisted of muscle
tissue and organ tissue.
And there's also the high-protein diet, which typically means just adding
more protein. So a person with a poor diet buys expensive whey protein in a
tub and eats far too much of it. Adding protein won't improve your
vascularity and it won't make you slimmer.
Forget all of these fad diets. They don't work. Instead, eat a diet that
is nutrient-dense. I've covered diet recommendations many times in this
newsletter. If you haven't read those issues and don't have time to go
through the archives, here's a tip. Buy 100% of your food in the produce
department. Then add in this non-produce: nuts, eggs, oils, beans, rice,
spices, and non-wheat flours. Don't buy any other edibles.
Do this for six weeks and after you see the amazing results you may
consider adding in some other foods. Popcorn, for example, isn't on the
above list. But it has several pro-health properties. Add only foods that
have pro-health properties, and you are very, very unikely to ever get sick
People sometimes ask me if I signed up for health care. They mean
Obamacare, which is a non-sequitor in this context.
My reply is, "Yes, it's called the produce department. That's my health
When they roll their eyes or laugh at me, my reply is, "I have not been
sick since 1971. I'd say my health plan is working. What about your health
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.
When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate. They do the same
when you are looking at someone you hate (assuming you hate someone, which may
not at all be the case).|
8. Thought for the Day
Have you ever won an argument, or did you just think you won it? What's the
prize, there? When a discussion heats up into an argument, real communication
ceases and you're basically in a contest to see who can be more disrespectful to
the other person. An argument is a lose-lose proposition.|
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