Mindconnection eNL, 2004-05-20
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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
1. Product Highlights
Nuclear Power Plants and Terrorist Attacks--a course
|Yes, nuclear power plants undergo tax
audits and employees of those plants are victims of illegal scams run by
*** employees in a way that would make any Mafioso blush in shame. This is the same organization that triggered 12 televised
hearings on violations of civil rights.
But, this course addresses a different form of
terrorism--not the *** variety. Strange as it may seem, other terrorist
groups are now posing an even more frightening threat in our minds than
is the *** (Congress has recently authorized and funded the hiring of
more *** employees, so the *** can return to f***t place).
Click the photo for course information.
This other kind of terrorism takes the form of an
individual attack that hurts massive numbers of people at once (vs. the
*** strategy of massive numbers of attacks on individuals). Most of this kind of terrorism is
conducted by renegade whacko religious groups (vs. renegade whacko government
One of the key targets being discussed is the nuclear
power plant. Many people are concerned about the
danger of terrorist attacks on nuclear power plants. We’ve heard
everything from "no problem!" to "Chernobyl will happen
here." If you live near (within 200 miles of) such a plant, should you consider relocating?
Should you petition the government to shut it down? Should you petition
the authorities to take specific actions that can provide you with a
reasonable level of safety? Do you know what those actions are? Don't you
wish you had access to information that allowed you to make the right
What if someone who has worked at many of these plants, helped build
them, helped maintain them, and intimately knows their strengths and
weaknesses advised you? Suppose that person was even an engineer on
reactor protection systems? Wouldn’t you find that a breakthrough
moment, where you aren’t captive to misinformation and thus know the
That moment has arrived.
No more guesswork, no more misinformation, no more worry. You can know
the truth, and the truth will set you free. You'll be able to accurately
assess your risks, without the being hindered by the false assertions that
characterize both sides of the "debate."
Approximate study time: 2 hours
2. Brainpower tip
|We waste a great deal of
brainpower in collective monologues.
People actually debate on whether we should have
laws prohibiting parents from protecting their children from violent
assault. On the one side, you have mentally sound people following their
genetic programming, natural instincts, and common sense. On the other
hand, you have people who are simply incapable of reasoning.
For a normal person to enter the debate is a waste
of mental resources. Anyone who is so defective in genetic programming,
natural instincts, and common sense as to promote laws that ban parents
from protecting their children from violent assault is also impossible
to reason with. So, don't waste your mental energy. Just recognize that
you aren't going to follow any such stupid law anyhow and don't worry
Sometimes, the choice is not as obvious as the one
just discussed. Sometimes, two reasonable people are talking. But, each
has an agenda, point of reference, or set of needs that differs. One
person is making a point and the other person is making a different
point. There is really no conflict in their views, but they soon get
into an argument. This is an argument that would not have occurred, if
just one of the two people had recognized, "Hey, I'm not being
heard. This other person wants validation, not my explanation."
When you sense this kind of thing going on, don't persist in trying to
make yourself understood. Just validate the other person's view and move
Here's another thing that occurs. A person
generalizes a specific rule and then holds it forth as a universal
truth. But, what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for
another. We see this in the business world with the misapplication of
"best practices." Someone does X (for example, converts to an
open office plan) at a company, and things work out great. Now, this
person is an evangelist for X. But, X would be exactly wrong at another
company. And it works in reverse. Someone tries X, and it fails for
them--but it might work very well under other conditions. The key to
best practices is to understand the concept--not the specific actions.
So, the next time you feel yourself being drawn
into a downward spiraling debate, having a pointless argument, or
feeling like you're not being listened to, stop. Look for a quick way
out, and get out. Then, apply your freed-up brainpower to an activity
that is truly useful.
3. Time tip
This past week, I
gave an interview to PC World (there are quite a few interviews
with me piling up--just Google search and you'll find a fairly long
list) on my usual topic--time management.
issue the writer was exploring was that people appear to be living with
unrealistic deadlines. They sell concert tickets on e-Bay with only two
days left until the event. Or, they try to sell a bunch of furniture
only a few days before they are moving.
this kind of 11th hour modality is becoming more the rule than the
exception. The reasons for this are complex and many. But, one reason is
the brain rewiring brought on by our sound-bite, television,
video-driven culture. People simply have very short attention spans
compared to even 20 years ago.
One of the
best things you can do is use time as your ally. In a recent column in Fast
Company, Seth Godin suggested leaving early to be somewhere by a
certain time. Pack ahead of time, don't putter around before you start
on your way. Ever notice how many people are driving like maniacs or
running to get into the airport? You can bet they weren't moving very
fast or thinking very far ahead to prepare to leave for the airport.
juggle several dozen projects at any one time. Some of these are not due
for completion until way, way out there--and so I have plenty of time to
Nonetheless, I get an early start.
This way, I can match my peak output to the work. I'm not always at my
peak. Some days, I'm tired. Other days, I'm harried by a constantly
You see, I realize there will
be interruptions, downtime, and distractions. So, I allow for those. The
way to do this is to break work down into small chunks, and then
schedule the chunks so you make progress over time. Start as early as
possible, and you will finish without rushing at the end.
quality of your work will reflect this, but so will your mental and
4. Finance tip
|We're all aware of
the high price of fuel, these days. I'm going to tell you some ways to
lessen the pain to your wallet. F***t, though, I want to expose a
"mass stupidity" e-mail that's going around.
Some fool started an e-mail (which seems to pop up
every summer) calling for a one-day boycott of gasoline. Allegedly, this
will "bring the oil companies to their knees by overloading their
Well, hello-o-o-o-o! Anything that creates an
inefficiency in the distribution chain will only raise prices.
Has anyone noticed that the prices have indeed
gone up? There is nothing stopping them from doing so. This means that
creating greater costs of delivery will not lower fuel costs, but simply
raise them--you create the added costs, you pay them. Simple as that.
If you receive a copy of that moronic e-mail (my
apologies to any morons who may be reading this), please write back to
the fool who sent it and explain the facts.
OK, outside of squelching ill-advised price-hiking
activities disguised as consumer action, what else can you do? Here are
some tips, and because I have to buy gas only once every 6 to 8 weeks,
you can take these to the bank:
- Own a fuel-efficient car. I'm not saying to
scrap your accident-inducing, gas-hogging, "I succumb to
manipulative advertising" SUV. Not at all. I am saying that the
next time you are in the market for a vehicle, pay attention to fuel
economy. My car gets in the high 30s (EPA claims about 37, but I do
better than that). And buy a car that doesn't have a
high-maintenance, fuel-hogging, high-priced automatic transmission.
In Europe, most people (80%) have a manual transmission. There are
many, many advantages to this configuration. It's not for
everybody--after all, you have that shifter in the floor. But, if
you have an automatic transmission shifter on the floor, then do
this: Repeatedly bang your head hard on the dash and repeat,
"Why did I not get the real thing?"
- Use synthetic oil. Mobil One or equivalent is
the only way to go. Some people balk at paying $4 or $5 for quart of
oil, and instead opt to pay whatever it is for a quart of
non-synthetic el cheapo stuff. The difference in fuel economy alone
makes the synthetic the better bargain. The molecules of synthetic
oil are uniform in size and shape, so they flow very, very well.
Regular oil contains irregular molecules, which create friction
against each other and don't flow well over one another. This is
basic physics, but if you don't understand the principle, then buy a
bunch of balls of different sizes and experiment with them in a bin
or other suitable container. You'll become a convert instantly,
unless you are totally daft (in that case, you should become a
Congressman). Regular oil also contains paraffin wax, which is hard
at room temperature. When you start your engine on a cold fall
morning, it runs dry until this paraffin melts and the oil pump can
push oil through the engine gallies. With synthetic, you have no
paraffin, but you do have instant lubrication--even well below
- Plan and combine trips. Make grocery lists,
shopping lists, and so on. Learn to do without, between shopping
trips. Think of where you need to go in the next week, and see how
you can get to all of those places driving the least number of miles
reasonable. For example, go to the bank, the library, and the store
on the same trip.
- Car pool. I use a climbing gym that is a
60-mile round trip. I have a neighbor who also climbs there. Guess
what we do?
- Drive sanely. I know, I know. You're an above
average driver. Did you know 80% of people polled say the same
thing? The fact is, 99.99% of us can always improve our driving. I
consider myself in the majority! Look ahead, plan for your stops,
and don't pretend your normally aspirated passenger vehicle is some
kind of racecar. Set an example for folks like me, OK?
- Use cruise control. This should be an obvious
thing, but most of us fail to use this energy-saver unless we're on
a long trip. When I read the studies on this, I thought, "Well,
color me stupid--I've lapsed into the same behavior."
- Wear your seatbelt. This does hold you in place
better, and you are less likely to be pumping the gas pedal. But,
don't do this for fuel economy. Do it so you aren't one of the many
people each year who becomes a vegetable but could easily have
avoided not doing so. Human heads and windshields don't mix. You try
to fight this one, and you will lose every time. Let's not go there.
- Kill the tunes. I listen to books on tape in my
car. It simply does not make sense to listen to hard-driving,
adrenalin-pumping music while trying to control a ton or more of
steel and plastic that's hurtling down the road. Face it--a car is a
lethal weapon. Endeavor to stay calm while at the controls. Your
fuel economy will reflect this decision, as will the general quality
of your driving.
5. Security tip
|I was at the bank
today, where a man was withdrawing $550 in cash. How do I know how much
he was taking? The teller counted it out. On the counter. In a clear
voice. In plain sight. I, or just about anyone else, could have followed
him out to his car, then rammed his head into the glass from behind and
taken the money. And that would probably have gone down as an unsolved
crime. (I was going to crack a tax audit joke here, but this is a
I once had this "teller announcement"
happen to me. After she got done counting the money, I slid it back to
her and said, "There's no way I can leave here now with this cash.
I'll come back some other time for it." I then turned around and
said clearly, "I don't have any of that cash on my person."
And I walked out. I came back later and closed the account. That was in
1984--gosh, 20 years ago!
Should you need to make a significant cash
withdrawal--an amount that might tempt someone other than the *** to rob
you--advise the teller ahead of time. "Look, I know you are going
to count this money out, and that's fine. But, I need you to do it below
the partition and very quietly. I don't want to advertise I have this
much cash on me."
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
|Go into most any gym, and you'll
see people working with curling bars. They want bigger arms. But, ask
them if they are working their backs. Typically, they'll tell you no.
The key to powerful arms is working your back.
Your body has to maintain a certain chain of power for your arms to
grow. And the main part of that chain is your back. You can work your
arms like a pro, and they won't grow unless you work your back. If you
work your back and never do a single curl, your arms will grow anyhow!
Your back is what really makes your physique
great--whether you are male or female. So, instead of focusing on arm
exercises, focus on your back. Doing that will also give you great
glutes--something no amount of curling will ever do.
Back exercises include squats (I prefer front
squats), deadlifts, bentover rows, pull-ups, and cable rows. The rows
and pull-ups also recruit biceps, but you need to work your triceps to
get a "full" look to your arms.
Pull-ups: Do these with the palms facing you to
build thickness, and with the palms facing away from you to build width.
Pull up as high as you can go--I usually bring my pecs completely above
7. Thought for the Day
What have you said or done today to
make another person feel better? Worse? What are you going to do about
it, either way?
Wishing you the best,
The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.
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