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Mindconnection eNL, 2002-03-03

In this issue:

  1. New courses at Mindconnection
  2. Facts about the U.S.
  3. Global warming
  4. Energy shortage?
  5. Finance tip
  6. Health tip
  7. Fitness tip
  8. Personal security tip
  9. Thought for the day

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1. New courses at Mindconnection

We've added quite a few courses since last announcing new courses in this eNL. If you work for anybody, you have projects to do, right? Why not be better at doing your projects, in these days of what seem like "drive by layoffs?" Click here to start protecting your future today:


2. Facts about the U.S.

I am always amazed at the misinformation that circulates. Just because television, newspapers, and most other media outlets are "fact-challenged" doesn't mean you need to be. Here are some facts about the United States of America (subscribers from outside the U.S. will also appreciate this):

The USA has 4.6% of the world's population, yet...

  • The GDP of the USA equals half the GDP of the rest of the world combined.

  • The defense budget of the USA is larger the the defense budgets of the next 9 countries combined

  • The USA has more aircraft carriers than all other nations combined.

  • Private American citizens have more personal power to stop violent crime in their homes than the citizens of all other nations combined.

  • More patents have been awarded to U.S. inventors than to inventors in all other countries combined.

  • The USA has flown more space missions than all other countries combined.

  • The USA has the highest income per capita of any nation.

  • The USA has the highest energy consumption per capita of any nation (this is not bad thing, because of what the USA does with the energy).

  • The USA has the highest GDP to energy ratio of any nation; in other words, the USA is the most efficient user of energy in the world.

  • The USA has the most advanced healthcare system in the world.

  • The USA has the most advanced technology of any nation in the world.

  • In an era where "environmentalists" blame hydrocarbon emissions for impending world disaster, the USA is a net absorber of carbon, largely because of reforestation efforts real environmentalists put into action years ago. Meanwhile, the "liberal" nations that demand the USA cut its energy consumption are net producers of carbon.

  • While folks in "Islamic nations" are decrying the USA as "the great Satan," the USA has sent more troops to protect Islamic populations from "ethnic cleansing" than have all "Islamic nations" combined.

  • Over the last 100 years, the USA has provided more hunger relief to foreign populations than all other nations combined.

If you fly an American flag, fly it proudly. You have reason to.



3. Global warming

Remember how Al "let me ship your jobs overseas, empower violent criminals, confiscate your property and reduce access to quality healthcare" Gore was going to "save" us from global warming and how the Kyoto Treaty was going to save mankind from melting the ice caps? Let's see just how bad "global warming" is, in light of the facts.

  • As I write this, it is below zero outside in a "temperate" zone of the USA.

  • The so-called "warming data" consist of measurements taken in cities. What is a city? It is a collection of concrete structures loaded with energy-intensive activity. Sure, those will be warmer. What would you expect? Measure the temperature in your home next time you bake cookies....

  • Real temperature data from the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, weather balloons show a global cooling trend--of 0.07 DegrC per decade. Get those electric socks out!

  • We are undergoing a global climate change, due to many shocks to the environment--several major volcanic eruptions, changes in solar flare activity, and so on. Keep in mind that one solar flare contains more energy than mankind has used in all of history. To keep things in perspective, set a paper clip on your bathroom scale. This is the effect mankind has on the global temperature. Now, step on that scale yourself. This is the effect solar flares have on the global temperature. Any questions?

  • We did have a period of global warming at the end of the last ice age (about 17 DegrC). So far, scientists have been unable to locate the remains of the SUV-driving prehistoric humans who caused it. Maybe you have your own theories about their failure to find those remains. I won't venture my opinion, as this eNL is about fact, not opinion.

  • We did have a period of massive weather change around 1000 AD. Greenland was about as warm as Kentucky. Scientists have mapped this against evidence of solar flare activity, and guess what? No SUV-driving Vikings were the cause! Solar flares, however, look like the guilty party.

4. Energy shortage?

Is the world facing an energy shortage? The answer is a resounding YES! According to experts, the world will run out of oil somewhere around 1920. Oops--I was reading old information there. My point is we have been hearing "you have six months to live" for over 100 years now. Let's once again do the unthinkable and look at facts:

  • Looking at projected oil consumption rates (55 million barrels by 2020) and the known recoverable supply, we will not run out of oil for at least 300 years.

  • Crunching the same kinds of numbers for natural gas gives us even more time.

  • Coal? We have more than we know what to do with.

  • The  hydrocarbon economy (burning fossil fuels) is sustainable longer than any human today will live.

  • The next phase is a hydrogen economy--it is viable, and we have a long time to effect a transition.

  • Renewable sources (wind, solar) make up less than 1% of the energy mix today because they simply do not work. Windmills, for example, require massive deforestation. If we covered the entire USA with windmills (removing the farms, forests, and cities to do so), the amount of energy produced would not be enough to sustain even 10% of what the USA needs today. Yet, this decidedly ungreen technology is getting a big push from "environmentalists."

  • Fuel cells, using natural gas as their hydrogen source, will see large deployment by 2005. But, they will be limited by many factors (such as the gas distribution system and sheer cost).


5. Finance tip

Do you have a car payment? If you're a homeowner, you can pay that off with a home equity line of credit. This will make a big difference on your tax return. Just be careful your total debt on your home doesn't exceed 90%. Why? Because reverse equity can occur when market conditions sour. With the world economy the way it is, you should allow for this.


6. Health tip

Eat bok choy. It's high in many essential nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin C.


7. Fitness tip

Do you want single digit body fat and the "ripped abs" that come with it? Then eat smaller portions. Way smaller. If you eat six small meals a day, where half or less of your 10" dinner plate is covered in food, you will lose that fat. Consider the math (here we go with facts again!):

  • A pound of human fat holds 3500 calories.

  • A sit-up uses roughly one calorie.

  • Running on a treadmill at "medium" for an hour might burn 60 calories.

  • If you take in just 500 less calories a day, you'll lose a pound of fat a week.

  • You would have to do 500 situps a day--at least two hours after a meal--to lose a pound of fat a week.

  • You would have to run 8 hours and 20 minutes a day on your treadmill to lose a pound of fat a week.



8. Personal security tip

Have you ever noticed how rude other drivers are? Sure you have! The truth is, all of us have distractions and all of us do things that offend other drivers. So, conflicts will happen. Why do people end up engaging in violent behavior as a result? Because of escalation. To avoid escalation, follow these tips:

  • Don't give the other driver the middle finger or dirty looks.
  • Don't shake your head like the other person is stupid. Chances are that's true, but pointing it out won't help you.
  • Take an apologetic approach. If someone gestures angrily at you, smile meekly and mouth the words, "I'm sorry."
  • Break eye contact, rather than play the eye contact game.
  • If the other person follows you, rides your bumper, or in some other way indicates your are in his/her "laser sights," change lanes and wave the person past.
  • If the other person persists in following you, stop only at a safe place--like a fire station or police station. Use your cell phone to call for help, and give the person's license number--while you are still moving. I have my phone programmed with the number of my local sheriff's office. They patched me through once to a different police department when I was out of town and another motorist wanted to fight me over the flags displayed in my car windows.

9. Thought for the Day

If you don't have goals, you won't go anywhere. What do you do with the time you are not slaving away at the office? Are you improving yourself, helping others, learning, or just "hanging out." You have only so much time in this life, and then it's over. Don't waste it.


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola


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.

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