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Mindconnection eNL, 2002-03-17

In this issue:

  1. New courses at Mindconnection
  2. Facts about domestic terrorism in the U.S.
  3. Finance tip
  4. Health tip
  5. Fitness tip
  6. Personal security tip
  7. Thought for the day

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1. New courses at Mindconnection

We've added even more project management courses since our last 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 domestic terrorism in the U.S.

American is a great country, no doubt. But, it is plagued by terrorism. The events of September 11 made big headlines, because they were spectacular. I don't know about you, but I am still not over that--every time I see a photo of the WTC, it grabs me in the gut. That said, here are some lesser-known acts of terrorism:

  • In Michigan in the late 1980s, IRS agents held little children at gunpoint at a day care center. They demanded the parents pay the taxes the day care center allegedly owed (they actually didn't owe). Michigan State Troopers finally rescued the kids and arrested the IRS agents. Those agents were released with no penalty, after claiming they had no idea they were breaking any laws. How they could not know attempted armed robbery, resisting arrest, defying a Sheriff's orders (it was the Sheriff who called in the State Police), and kidnapping were all illegal activities escapes me.
  • You may have heard of the illegal raid on Randy Weaver's home, where federal agents shot his baby girl, his young son, and his wife dead with no warrant or legal reason to do so? Was it just target practice? Janet Reno, who took no action against the morons involved, now wants to be governor of Florida. God save us. 
  • Then there was the Waco thing. This David Koresh was pals with the local sheriff--they used to do target practice together with their pistols. Yet, federal agents bypassed the sheriff to make an armed attack on Koresh's home unannounced, and Koresh shot back. There was no reason to invade Koresh's property. It was all quite illegal, but Koresh was killed and all 100 or so people--including children and babies--in the Koresh compound were slaughtered and burned. The official reason given now was Koresh was guilty of child abuse. This means shooting and burning children does not fall under the government definition of child abuse. All the perpetrators walked.
  • A few years back, Senator William Roth started having televised hearings about IRS abuse of American citizens. The IRS goes into a business and shuts it down, costing the owners everything they have and putting lots of people out of work. Later, they admit, "Gee, we had the wrong business. No taxes owed. Sorry!" Family after family testified about being financially ruined, the breadwinner committing suicide, etc., even when they didn't even owe any taxes. Yet, this still goes on today.
  • 96% of the notices the IRS sends out are wrong. Yet, they routinely seize homes or force individuals to consume their life-savings to defend against the charges. Forget about the due process guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The folks really running the country work for the IRS. And they are unelected.

If you disagree the above acts are terrorism, get out your dictionary--that's what I did before using the word, here. Let's look at one more terrorist activity:

Imagine this. You are in a room with Bill, Bob, and your daughter’s Teddy bear. Bill throws a coin in the corner, and you bend over to pick it up. When you look back, your daughter’s bear is gone. So, you make Bill empty his pockets. You frisk him down, search him all over, and even give him a rectal exam. No bear.

Using the process of elimination, can you take a wild guess as to who took your daughter’s bear?

This is the same "puzzle" the federal government faces today. Only in this story, the bear is $100 million, Bill is Jay Hoyt, Bob is the IRS agents who colluded with Jay, "you" are the federal government, and your daughter is the Hoyt investors.

Later that week, you find Bob on top of your daughter, ravishing her and trying to beat her to death. Bob tells you it’s because your daughter is the one who took the bear. And now she must pay.

Using deductive reasoning, are you going to believe Bob?

To see more about this amazingly brazen criminal fiasco, see

What to do about all of this? Very simple. Write to your Congressman. Doing so takes all of 15 minutes. Remember, first they came for the Jews....

These folks make over $150,000 a year (in 2002--look up today's number), which puts them ahead of 98% of the American population. Insist that they represent you.



3. Finance tip

You can cut your grocery bills and medical bills at the same time. Take a look around, next time you're in the supermarket. Look at what the obviously unhealthy have in their shopping carts. Then, if you can find someone who looks vibrant and healthy, look in that person's cart. You will see no overlap in contents. Buy accordingly.



4. Health tip

Green tea has many benefits. Here are some:

  • It's very high in cancer-fighting anti-oxidants.
  • It's lower in caffeine than coffee is, but causes you to burn far more fat. Why? Green tea contains compounds that cause your metabolism to shift slightly toward using stored fat as fuel.
  • Bottom Line Personal recently ran an article showing that green tea reduces inflammation. This is great news for weekend warriors and people with tendonitis or any other kind of inflammation.



5. Fitness tip

What do you mean when you say you "work out?" For most people, it means going through the motions of exercising. For your "work out" to be productive, you must understand what you are doing in each session. If you are simply "doing exercises" or "using the machines" rather than focusing on a particular muscle group in each session with the goal of working that muscle group hard, you are getting barely any benefit. Don't try to work your whole body at one time. Instead, divide your body into three muscle groups (not including legs)--A, B, and C. Then, work them in rotation on subsequent days. For your legs, do the compound exercises of squats and deadlifts once a week or once every two weeks, depending on how well you recover.

Personally, I hit the weights T, W, Sat, and Sun. I do:

  • A: Back and biceps

  • B: Chest and triceps

  • C: Shoulders and traps

On the 15th and 30th, I do squats and calves, plus calves at some point between. Occasionally, I do abs--but because I tense my trunk during the other exercises, my abs don't need separate work. They show up just fine without it.

Studies have shown people who do just squats and deadlifts put on more lean mass and burn more fat than folks who work upper body alone and more than folks who just do aerobics. A balanced program of upper body, legwork, and some aerobics will produce the maximum benefit. You can do this in 20 to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. That's 3 days for upper body, 2 for aerobics, and substituting one leg workout for an aerobics session twice a month.

See for more free info.

If you're gonna do it, do it right.


6. Personal security tip

When someone calls you with a great deal or some other offer that makes you reach for your credit card, stop. Never give your credit card number to someone who calls you. Credit card number theft is at an all-time high. I know this, because I am a merchant who has been bit by it several times.


7. Thought for the Day

When's the last time you did a random act of kindness? In this age of heartless layoffs, mindless violence, and other negatives, small kindnesses go a long way. Many people believe we can seed the world with kindness and reverse the trend. It's worth a try.


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.

Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).

The purpose of this publication is to inform and empower its readers (and save you money!).

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