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Mindconnection eNL, 2003-12-23

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In this issue:

  1. Product Highlights
  2. Brainpower tip
  3. Time tip
  1. Finance tip
  2. Security tips
  3. Health tip/Fitness tip
  4. Thought for the day

1. Product Highlights

Betty Boop and other posters
Mindconnection has a wide selection of posters, prints, and photos. These range topically from fine art reproductions to poster classics like Betty Boop.

Click the photo for that particular image.


There's some cool stuff in our poster area, and more is coming. You can use this to get a mind-lifting change of scenery in your home, office, or prison cell. Those working in corporate America may wonder if "office" and "prison cell" have different meanings. So, I mentioned both to be safe! :)


Betty Boop
Betty Boop

24 in. x 36 in.
Buy This!


2. Brainpower tip

Talk to the average person, and you find that person is--in his or her own mind--above average. For some reason, most of us have a tendency to validate the views of others based on our own perceptions.

The number of times I have been embarrassed by my own ignorance makes me wonder just how extensive this problem is. But, that's not the point of this short article.

To have effectively more brainpower, try this little trick. The next time someone says something you don't agree with, resist the temptation to argue or to otherwise judge that input as invalid.

Instead, ask that person for more information. This can help you correct your own invalid opinion (something that is common to have, so don't take that as an insult). It can also help you open communications so the other person might learn from you.

Example 1:

Person X: Poodles are vicious guard dogs.

You: Can you help me understand that? My experience is poodles are cute little buggers.

Person X: I'm sorry. I meant full poodles. You are thinking of miniature poodles. The dogs I am talking about are big like German Shepherds.


Example 2:

Person X: Guns are dangerous and should be banned.

You: Suppose four men had just attacked you with knives and clubs. You are lying there bleeding, and you know they are going to kill you. I walk around the corner with a loaded gun. Would you want me to use it? I'm interested in your views. Can you help me understand how my gun would be dangerous to you in that situation versus my not having a gun?

Person X: I recant my former pro-crime opinion. Save me!

3. Time tip

Go where others aren't. If you hate long lines, consider these three gems:

Most people start shopping after 10AM. Shop before then.

The day after Christmas, stores are packed with people returning "gifts" they didn't want. Christmas gifts are not actually gifts--they are actually compulsory exchanges. You can opt out of this madness by giving the best gift of all--let others off the hook for shopping for you. This way, neither of you has to stand in line returning something you would not have bought for yourself. Buy gifts for your kids, but don't get dragged into the "buy and bring it back" game.

You can't always avoid lines. When going to the Post Office or some government agency, bring reading material. I can usually polish off U.S. News & World Report while getting stamps. It's usually too noisy to make phone calls, but that is also an option.


4. Finance tip

The latest fad to hit the financing market is the zero principal loan--also known as the all interest loan. What happens is your payments all go to interest for the first X number of years. This accelerates the tax deductions and provides smaller monthly payments.

It sounds great! But, keep in mind this kind of loan is simply rent because you are building up no equity. When it comes to finances, every silver lining has a cloud!

Generally speaking, you build wealth by building equity. You completely give that up with this type of loan. If you sell your home or refinance during that X period, what will you have to show for all the money you have shelled out?

5. Security tip

Donating that old computer to charity?

If you think you are safe because you formatted the hard drive that went with it, think again. The general rule of thumb is that it takes three passes of filling the drive completely with zero bits and then ones to call it "safely erased."

Here's the method I use:

  • Remove the drive, and let them buy their own.
  • Take the old drive apart, using a special tool for the job.
  • Modify the internal parts with that special tool
  • Remember that special tool is called a sludge hammer for a reason. Make all those parts into sludge!


6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Don't worry about offending anyone by not eating whatever junkfood they made or bought for a holiday party. Those folks who act offended now won't be there when you are undergoing surgery for the illness their food caused.

Things to avoid:

  • Anything in a sauce (loaded with sugar and damaged oils).
  • Pastries: Highly glycemic, loaded with "colon cancer is my friend" hydrogenated oil.
  • Bagels: More fattening than straight table sugar
  • Cheeses: Lots of fat, calorie-dense.
  • Sausages and other "treat meats": In addition to being left at room temperature so long they are crawling with bacteria, these are loaded with things you don't want to put in your mouth.
  • Root vegetables. About like table sugar when it comes to glycemic effect.
  • Salad dressings. Most have sugar and hydrogenated oil. Make your own, without these poisons.

Things to eat:

Eat anything that doesn't have sugar in it, isn't high in saturated fats, and doesn't contain hydrogenated oil--and you should be fine. Just watch your portion size.

The truth is, most food is good for you. But, Americans have narrowed down their food choices to three primary flavors. Avoid those, and you're well on your way to having a healthy, beautiful body.

7. Thought for the Day

It isn't what you know that makes you smart. It's how you use 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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