Mindconnection eNL, 2004-04-19
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In this issue:
- Product Highlights
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tips
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
shopping spree. (Some folks might really like it).
1. Product Highlights
of Effective Meetings
|Meetings are the single largest cost
most organizations incur.
And sitting in a meeting is often not much
different from being put on the rack--at least, it feels that way. This
does not have to be! You can have successful meetings that people
actually look forward to.
The typical meeting consumes time that should be spent
productively, and tends to drain the energy, enthusiasm, and motivation
from the attendees. For all this cost, the typical meeting accomplishes
little or nothing--and that's on a good day!
For most people, the phrase "mindless
meetings" is redundant. Yet, in some organizations, meetings are
productive. Those meetings build energy, increase enthusiasm, move
projects forward, and motivate
attendees to higher levels of performance.
In this course, you will learn how to have this
second kind of meeting. To get these kinds of results, you don’t need to
do magic tricks, tell jokes, or "wow" people. We’ll show you
what you need to do and how to do it.
2. Brainpower tip
|When you're having a
memory lapse, what do you do?
- Can't find car keys.
- Can't remember why you came into a particular
- Can't remember a phone number.
- Forgot what your boss told you five minutes
- Forgot why your spouse sent you to the store.
- A thought is "just on the tip of my
tongue" but you can't recall what it was.
We typically try to solve these kinds of problems
by trying even harder to remember. That's the wrong response. Have you
ever noticed "it just comes to you" quite a bit later? The
memory is stored in one area of the brain, and your conscious mind is in
another. When you force your conscious mind to search its brain area, it
can't access the memory storage area.
So, the solution here is to reduce the demand on
the conscious mind so it can use its processing power to access the
memory banks. You can avail yourself of all kinds of tricks to do this.
These tricks range from simple relaxation to consciously thinking of
something other than the problem at hand.
One technique that works really well is using the
sense of smell to remember. For example, spray your car keys with a
particular scent (be careful not to get this on the part that goes into
the lock). When you can't find your keys, go inhale that scent. This
will activate the memory area associated with your keys, and you will
remember where you left them. Sound hoaky? Ask why a mother with a dead
child smells her child's clothing, even years later. This evokes
memories of the child.
There is very good science behind this. The brain
is actually two brains--if you were to dissect it, you would see two
distinctly different structures--one layered over the other--with two
distinctly different fold patterns. The outer layer is the modern brain,
and the inner layer is the reptilian brain.
This reptilian brain operates on smell. It's
fascinating to read about this stuff. Many new books have come out on
this subject. Here's one: Mind
Wide Open : Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
- In CONgressmen, this structure is traced
directly back to the brain of the Spendasaurus Rex.
- Some folks are half-witted, so the two-brain
explanation is irrelevant.
- Some folks have to bend over to access their
brains. We call these people politicians.
3. Time tip
Buffet, in a recent interview, answered the question of why he refuses
to write another book about investing. He said, "Everything that
should be written about that subject has been written."
brings us two lessons on time management:
Read what's new. How many magazines and newspapers do you read? How much
of these do you read? How much of this is truly new, and how much is the
"Same sh--, different day" kind of stuff? One way to save a
great deal of time is to scan things and look for what's new.
Read what should be read. Are you wasting time reading People
Magazine or other trite stuff about people you don't know, will
probably never meet, and have no interaction with? Who really cares what
Hollywood celebrity is sleeping with some other one?
than waste time on reading useless stuff, you can invest time to:
Get to know your neighbors.
Share experiences with your spouse or
children, so you don't grow apart.
Learn more about your trade, craft, practice
Learn or experience something new.
Browse the vast and informative library at www.mindconnection.com/library.
The knowledge you gain will make you look even smarter than you are!
Take care of important things, so they don't
become urgent things.
Write to your legislators about the need to
dissolve the IRS.
4. Finance tip
|The largest expense
any American faces is taxation. What's amazing is we, as a people,
continually vote against our own best interests. My goal here is to
challenge you to set aside preconceived notions and/or any brainwashing
and look at the facts so you can make up your own mind.
I am not endorsing any political party over
another, here. I am talking facts, not party allegiance or propaganda.
There are major faults in both major political parties, so I am not
proposing one is better than the other. I am proposing you do not vote
along party lines.
Note here, I am removing propaganda and euphemisms
by referring to a "tax increase" by what it actually is. It is
a wage cut, nothing more and nothing less.
Proponents of the wage cuts say wage cuts are
necessary to balance the budget--we hear this myth during every federal
election. While this might sound right in theory, it is wrong in
reality. Again, I remind the dear reader to place facts before
propaganda and/or wishful thinking.
Looking back in American history, every time a
wage cut has been passed, CONgress has subsequently increased spending.
There have been no exceptions to this since the founding of this
nation--one that got started over a wage cut revolt. Why on earth would
anyone believe "this time it will be different?" The
insinuation politicians make when they say a wage cut is needed to pay
off the budget deficit is that we are all either very stupid or very
masochistic. They are like abusive spouses who say, "I won't ever
hit you again, honey" despite the fact that we get two black eyes
every time we turn around.
OK, so we get a wage cut passed to "balance
the budget." What happens next?
The budget goes out of balance, and then yet another wage cut is
"needed" to balance it.
The logic CONgress (and the folks who keep
electing these thieves) uses is akin to this. You wastefully spend money
you don't have on things you don't need, and run up a huge credit card
debt. You then tell your employer it's "necessary" to cut
company profits and divert the earnings of all of your coworkers so you
can balance your budget. How is this ethical? It's not.
Unions will invariably back the Wage Cut Party. It
is completely illogical for union members to follow the advice of their
leaders, but they do this in response to the heavy brainwashing and diet
of lies they are continually fed. Union leaders put their personal
agendas ahead of the best interests of their union members--by helping
propagate a problem to solve, they justify their own jobs and high
wages. But, union
folks aren't the only ones who are duped into basically writing a "rob me
blind" request by the way they vote. We see it most pronounced
among Hollywood celebrities.
The effects of the wage cuts differ for different
Let's do some math.
- Members of CONgress make $160,000 per year at
the time of this writing, in a country where the average wage is
$30,000 a year.
- You can calculate the the minimum required for
living expenses from IRS tables. Where I live, it's about $25,000
- A 10% wage cut uses up half your disposable
income if you are an average wage earner here.
- If you are a CONgressman, a 10% wage cut uses
up less than 12% of your disposable income.
- Thus, a CONgressman--who is left with 88% of
his/her money vs. your being left with half of yours--feels an
entirely different level of pain from a wage cut than you do.
But, this math assumes a CONgressman needs that
full $25,000 per year--that is too high of a figure, because your
CONgressman does not pay as many taxes as you do (e.g., no SS tax, etc.)
and has certain things provided by the government that you do not. So,
the real figure is closer to 8% loss for the CONgressman vs. 50% loss
for the average American. This is why wage cuts are so easy for CONgress
to foist onto the rest of us. The difference is like that of getting bit
by a mosquito (CONgress) vs. that of getting bit by a great white shark
(the rest of us).
Now, run your own math for what happens when a
rabidly pro Wage Cut Party person like Julia Roberts gets a 10% tax
increase on an $8 million annual income. You're now looking at a
fraction of a percent vs. 50%. Do you actually pay to go to a movie she
is in? If so, you are supporting someone who is doing you great harm.
Before you go to the polls:
- Find out who your CONgressman and senators are
(links provided below).
- Go to the a watchdog Website, such as that run
by the National Taxpayers Union (http://www.ntu.org)
and find out how your alleged representative treats you in regard to
- Vote that sucker out of office, if this person
has his/her hand in your pocket.
Remember what happens with the money taken from
you via a government-mandate wage cut. It is mostly used for
"re-elect me" favors, not for goods and services that benefit
those whose wages are cut. Please note, these folks are not all
necessarily members of the Wage Cut Party. For example, Bob Dole
(Republican Party candidate for President in 1996) had a tax and spend
record that was horrendous.
Some members of the Wage Cut
Party are actually voting in favor of workers, rather than against them.
So, while the official party line is X, various legislators will
occasionally vote Y. Find out who votes what way:
If we don't prevail upon them to stop stealing our
will. Yes, some taxation is right and necessary. But today's
confiscatory rates and the fact that this money is basically flushed
down the toilet--c'mon, let's wake up here!
For people who really don't like their wages, I
suggest contacting your employer and asking for a wage reduction from
your employer. That will be far more beneficial than having your
government do it. One reason is your employer can use the savings to
stay more competitive, thus saving jobs.
are self-employed and vote for wage cuts (not likely), then cut your
prices drastically. This way, you can
have your income reduction without forcing such pain onto everyone else.
5. Security tip
Mindconnection, we intercept a great deal of credit card theft and have
a very good track record at doing so--that is one of the security
advantages you enjoy when dealing with an Internet-based company.
What is going on today is people are stealing
actual credit cards or the information on them. Then, they place orders
over the Internet, over the telephone, and in person to various
merchants using that information.
One way these folks obtain this information is
they call you pretending to represent some charity. And they may even
use the name of a real charity. They thank you for your past support,
figuring you won't remember if you supported them or not and will assume
you have and thus know these people. Then, they'll ask you for a small
donation. Hey, it's a small donation for a worthy cause. They then ask
you which credit card you want to use. So, you give them your credit
To your utter amazement, you start seeing unusual
charges on your credit card.
Some folks have found a $10 charge to a gas
station--normally, no big deal, but they don't use this particular
station. These kinds of charges are designed to stay under the radar.
Other folks have found $15 a month p*rnsite memberships on their
cards--small charge, and to an innocuous-sounding company name.
Other folks get their bill and see thousands of
dollars charged. After changing into clean underwear, they gain the
presence of mind to call the credit card company.
Credit card companies love this kind of thing.
They charge the merchant (e.g., Mindconnection) 4% or so for the initial
charge, a $15 fee to contest the charge, and 4% to reverse the charge,
plus $1 in gateway fees. So, for $5,000 worth of stolen credit card
charges, the merchant will pay $416 plus lose any merchandise shipped.
This kind of incentive is why my company has a tight policy on credit
cards and will choose to lose a sale rather than take a chance on a
fraud. It's also why credit card companies do zilch about this problem.
Did you know the FBI does not even investigate
these kinds of crimes? It's true. Check out their Website for their
"we don't go there" statement. Amazing.
So, you need to do the following:
- NEVER give out your credit card information to
someone who calls you.
- Avoid giving out your credit card information
over the phone. Phone signals are extremely easy to monitor.
- Look for the "https" in the URL when
making an online purchase (this will be in the credit card area or
shopping cart area, only). Look for the padlock symbol or similar in
your browser. This means the browser is encrypted. The standard is
64-bit encryption. The US Navy tried to break a 64-bit encryption
using a Cray computer. It ran for 6 months on that same problem and
failed to crack it. Mindconnection uses 128-bit encryption.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
people, doctors included, believe the joints of the human body have X
number of uses before failing. They are thinking of, for example, the
ball joint on an automobile. And, they are thinking wrong.
When man makes a part for a car, that part is
fixed in structure and dimension. Damage it, and the damage stays. Don't
use the part, and--unless it rusts--it stays in perfect condition (which
is why these parts are often coated in grease when stored).
Human joints are made of living tissue. This means
they are, to a large extent, regenerative. They are also adaptive. Fail
to exercise a joint, and it weakens. It will then fail prematurely.
why, for example, sedentary people have such high rates of arthritis and
many marathoners, weight lifters, and other athletes have joints that
are in amazingly good condition. The joints require usage for their
natural defense mechanisms and lubrication systems to kick in.
|But, those natural
defense mechanisms and lubrication systems aren't perfect. They can
benefit from some help. This is where NitroFLEX comes in.
This is an
extremely effective, all natural, proprietary blend of herbs, enzymes
and vitamins that helps you repair and maintain healthy, pain-free
joints, tendons and cartilage. Exercise puts tremendous stress on your
joints and the ingredients in Nitro Flex™ are very
effective for combating & rejuvenating joint deterioration and
helping you naturally control inflammation.
you can take positive action to prevent arthritis and other joint
conditions. Stay strong, flexible, and mobile long into your old age.
shocks to the joints. These cause micro injuries that lead to
- Learn how
to walk. This talent is actually quite rare--chances are, you don't
have it. But, you can get it. Most people fall forward onto their
feet, exposing their entire skeleton to far more damaging shock than
the skeleton of the typical marathoner will experience. Observe how
pro basketball players seem to float above their feet. To learn how
to walk, consider taking lessons in martial arts or dancing. The key
is in how you control your center of gravity. It will help if you
bring your shoes to a podiatrist for an initial consultation.
Progress here will do preventive--or even corrective--wonders for
your back, hips, and knees.
adequate nutrition. This means reading the labels. If something
contains high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oil, do you really
think the other ingredients have retained nutritional qualities? Fat
after exercising, never before. When you stretch, you necessarily
weaken the muscles involved in the stretch (temporarily). Stretching
weakens the stabilizer muscles that protect the joints from injury.
If you want to warm up, do mild contraction exercises. Don't do
stretching exercises. If you have a Pilates instructor, personal
trainer, doctor, or other "expert" telling you different,
well, you are hearing someone ignorant of human physiology telling
you to do something stupid. Make your own choice, here.
adequate sleep. The Sleep Institute says something like 95% of
Americans are sleep-deprived. The consequences of this are enormous,
and they include inadequate joint maintenance. Mindconnection has a Sleeplessness
Causes and Cures course that can help you immensely in this
7. Thought for the Day
If you take charge of your life
through proper planning and execution, the stress factors that most
people consider normal are very unlikely to affect you. How are you
taking charge, today? How can you better take charge?
Wishing you the best,
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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