In this issue:
Good News | Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness |
Factoid | Thought 4 the Day
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1. Good News
2. Product Highlight
ECTACO Partner 900 PRO 31-Language Speech to Speech Translator and
English-Spanish Language Teacher
The workmanship on this device is superb.
It looks good when you take it out to translate. And it is Android-based so you
can add more apps and you've got a familiar interface from the get-go.
- Voice Translator. Simply speak into Partner 900 PRO in English and have
it translate what you say. Very effective way to connect with foreigners or
locals in foreign countries.
- Text Translation. Type in any text you want and have it translated right
away. Have it pronounced for you with just the push of a button.
- Featuring an innovative and robust hardware platform with a powerful
CPU it allows extreme flexibility while in use, and has a hi-resolution camera
with Photo Translator program.
- The 900 PRO is sure to become your favorite and the only language tool
used FOR studies and leisure.
- Photo Translator. Quickly snap a picture of any text you see and have it
translated instantly (Internet connection required).
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3. Brainpower tip
Mark Twain quipped that reading newspapers doesn't make you informed; it makes
you misinformed. And so the great lying tradition of the mudstream media
continues today. But now you can also be misinformed via radio news, television
news, tweets, blogs, and more.|
Today, not only is the "information" always
wrong it's also always negative and often quite depressing or at least
I think you can see where this is heading. That's right. Don't do the news.
Period. There is nothing gained, other than the approval of other "news" addicts
because you demonstrate that you, too, have been drinking the poisoned Kool-Aid.
You don't need their approval.
People ask me, "But if you ignore the news, how do you know what's going on?"
Think about that question. Because they do partake of the "news" they not only
don't know what's going on, they actually know less than zero about what's going
on because what they've been told is not true. So the question is utter
You will never know "what's going on" by partaking of the "news." But you
will fill your head with lies and have an increased stress response. Both of
these lower your available brainpower.
4. Finance tip
Your FICO score is important. How well do you take care
I work hard to maintain mine (it was 810 as of this
writing), and I enjoy the benefits a high FICO score brings. Here are some, not
all of which apply to me:
Better employment opportunities. Any company worth
working for is going to use this as an input for job candidate evaluation.
Many companies use it as a factor for promotion. Why? Because it's an
indicator of how responsible you are. If you need adult supervision when it
comes to your personal finances, why would any sane employer trust you with
Better dating opportunities. Granted, most people
seeking a mate don't check the FICO score of the other person. But they
should. If your prospective love interest isn't interested in your FICO
score, I guarantee the two of you will fight about money if you get married.
Preferential loan rates. Lenders must factor risk
into the cost of a loan. The higher your FICO score, the less risky you
look. So you (typically) get a better rate. You might get better terms or
some other incentive not offered to those with a lower FICO score.
Special deals. If your FICO score allows you to
qualify, you can expect 0% APR 6-month balance transfer offers for as low as
1% of the amount transferred.
Peace of mind. Doing what it takes to get that high
FICO score means your financial house is in order. You may not be filthy
rich, but you have no money worries. The score itself is beside the point,
in this respect. It's the process you use to get that score that gives you
this big benefit.
You can find all sorts of advice on how to maintain a
high FICO score. It's basically a matter of good money management and of paying
your bills before they are due. Here, I just want you to see how important it is
do to that.
5. Security tip
I routinely notice these common personal security mistakes. How many do you
- Slouching. Always stand tall, so you fill the space around you.
Visit a chiropractor for a posture assessment. Most people need a lot of
work, due to years of tendon-stretching posture mistakes. Great
investment in your health, too.
- Being distracted while in public places. The amount of distraction
amazes me. We are in a Depression, and consequently non-governmental
crime is way up. Much of it that you might encounter is petty theft,
such as phone-snatching and purse-snatching. The thief depends on
surprise; don't let yourself get surprised.
- Staring. Why some people stare at other people, I don't know. It's
rude. In many cultures, it's considered an act of aggression. Notice,
but don't stare.
- Letting another person inside your space bubble. As every competent
car driver knows, always maintain a space bubble. If you drive a car and
don't know what that is, you're not a competent (or safe) driver; take a
defensive driving course. This same principle applies to your person.
Force a potential attacker to alert you, by maintaining that distance.
- Having your back to a door, rather than a wall. Danger is far more
likely to come through that door than through any wall of the building.
Where practical, choose the safer position.
- Sitting in your car while using an ATM. It's too hard to defend
yourself from a seated position inside a cramped space.
- Giving out your SSN just because someone (e.g., a store clerk) asks
for it. They don't need it, just say no.
- Handing your credit card to a waiter to take away out of sight and
charge. Never let your credit card out of your sight.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
How do you play the long game when it comes to having a healthy body and
powerful, aesthetically pleasing physique?
As many readers of this column
know, I've been training for several decades. In fact, I have not missed a
workout since the summer of 1977.
During my twenties, I increasingly saw my former co-athletes from high
school acquire pot bellies. With each decade, I noticed more "dropouts". But
I also noticed that many people dropped in for a while, then gave up and
dropped back out.
Only in my fifties did it really dawn on me what the main reason was. Do
you know? Here are some of choices I had for "the main reason" at different
times over the years:
- Loss of foresight.
- Loss of drive, laziness.
- Poor time management.
- Poor nutrition, thus lack of energy.
- Spousal pressure.
- Peer pressure (giving in to criticism).
- Peer emulation (taking on bad habits).
- Little or no progress, poor results.
Some time ago, I changed my opinion again. And that new opinion has held
for several years. The main reason is INJURY.
I came to this opinion after incurring a few injuries myself, and
understanding their causes. Now I'm going to depart from opinion and give
you tips on preventing injuries.
- Don't do back squats. Can you count the joints involved in this
exercise? The weight involved, the lack of proper technique, and about a
dozen other factors combine to make this the number one injury-maker.
Frank Zane, the Mr. Olympia whose physique I like best, is adamant about
not doing this exercise.
- Stay off the bench press. Though iconic, this exercise has too high
a risk factor for the small amount of reward. Too many joints and angles
are involved. Except for the back squat, this is the exercise which does
the most damage to men. Mostly, they get shoulder problems while failing
to develop their pecs and for some reason most men believe pec
development is the goal of this exercise (it does hit the pecs, but it
is primarily a shoulder and triceps exercise).
- Use the "Slow and controlled" method for lifting. Men tend to have
this thing about how much they can lift compared to other men in
the gym or how much they can bench for bragging rights. To move what is
truly excess poundage for them, they resort to throwing the weights.
Top photo taken 16SEP2016, just days before 56th birthday;
bottom photo taken 3 days after 56th birthday
Women also throw weights, but for a different reason. Time compression is
And many personal trainers actually teach women to do this!
The theory is you need volume, and what better way to cram it into a tight
schedule than to blast through your reps. However, a woman comes out way
ahead by doing as many slow and controlled reps as she can fit into the
allotted time. This is much better than not having a single effective rep
due to using a training "method" that damages joints, ligaments, and
A better approach for a woman is to either allot sufficient time for the
program she's got or to adjust her whole program for the time she's
Here's another tip for women: You are not the default "person of
responsibility." You can say no, and you should say no. Rather than
upsetting (most) people, your saying no garners their respect. Anyone who is
indignant that you don't totally put their "wants" first will just have to
get over it.
Back to the weight-throwing, itself. The weight-throwing causes severe
stress to joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Micro-tears in the muscle
can take weeks to heal, while tendon damage may take years to heal. Chronic
abuse of the body like this means living with an unending string of injuries
and "mysterious" pains chalked up to "it happens as you age" (when in
reality it happens because of what you do).
This "method" also violates fundamental principles of training. There is
no adaptive response, there is just damage and pain. The lack of results is
one of the factors that leads people to quit, but I believe now that the
injuries resulting from this "method" trump that as a reason to quit.
What people in this situation need is a change of mindset. It's not about
how much you can lift; the vast majority of us simply are not world class
power lifters. The vast majority of us do not even know someone who is a
world class power lifter.
I will also say that world class athletes (other than world class power
lifters), are not concerned about how much they can lift but are concerned
about the results of their lifting. Same for professional athletes. Do you
ever hear professional football coaches talking about how much weight one of
their players lifts during training? It's a safe bet that if you ask one of
those coaches whether the players focus on tension in the muscle or on
moving weights the coach will say it's all about the effects on the muscle
and not about how much weight is used to achieve those effects.
You want to make the exercise harder, in fact, so that less weight is
required. Some examples:
- Change the angles. By angling my forearms out at about 45 degrees
(elbows still near hips), I decreased my curling weight by nearly 50%.
Far, far less chance of biceps tendonitis or other injuries.
- Create tension. When performing chin-ups, I flex my lats. My
chin-ups (and pull-ups) are done slowly with as much muscle tension as I
can generate. They are really difficult that way, and I can't do many.
Much more effective exercise, however. As Arnold said, "Squeeze the
- Use mechanically disadvantaged exercises. Front squats instead of
back squats, for example. Take it to an even higher level of difficulty
by doing one-legged dumbbell squats.
- Take short rests between sets. Arnold did curls with only a few
seconds between sets. Usain Bolt, the man who is currently recognized as
the world's greatest athlete, does not walk around with a water bottle
and towel between sets. He moves from one exercise to the next. His
training is brutally intense, and if you look at his physique you can
see the awesome results.
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.
Because Puerto Rico is a US
Possession rather than a state, its residents do not have "representation" in
Congress. For this reason, they are not subject to the 1040 tax (no taxation
without representation). They are still subject to myriad other federal taxes,
including the Inflation Tax. And the whackos at the Institute of Reprobates and
Sociopaths still come up with ways to attack these American citizens also.
And it is a fact that ordinary
citizens of the 50 states don't have any (meaningful) representation in Congress
either; for that, you have to be a large corporation.
8. Thought for the Day
Do you work methodically so you get it right the first time, or do you take
longer to complete a task correctly due to a poor approach?|
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