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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
Reduce your waistline|
|There's an old saying that
goes like this. "You can't get there unless you know where you started
Apparently, quite a few people have
recently taken heed. Our hottest selling item right now is the
Gold FatTrack II Digital Body Fat Caliper. I personally own an older
version of this, and it's accurate. Click on the image at right for more
2. Brainpower tip
Replace rage with a deliberate "other thought." You could easily make a
list of the annoyances that can drive you up the wall every day. For example:|
- You realize you forgot to turn the dishwasher on last night, and there's
no flatware for your breakfast.
- You snag your coat getting into your car.
- You are stuck behind a slow-poke who won't get out of the way. Fifteen
miles under the speed limit for the next four miles....
- You have a wannabe racer sitting 5 inches off your rear bumper.
- You get to work only to find your passkey card doesn't work. You have to
wait in the cold for someone else to let you in.
- Someone threw a banana peel in your wastebasket last night, and now your
- Your computer takes forever to boot up, then you realize you have to
call tech support to fix it. And you have a deadline to meet.
- Two hours later, your computer is running again. But your mouse sticks
so you are frustrated as you try to click on things.
- Your socks fail to stay up after lunch, but they were fine when you put
them on in the morning.
- That pest from another department is over in your department apparently
trying to set a new record for most gas emitted by a single human being.
And on and on it goes. Each of these annoyances just grinds away at your
ability to concentrate--unless you quickly disperse the negative feelings. We
all have a tendency to "reach the boiling point" and just be so mad we can
hardly see straight. That's OK. But don't stay mad. Don't fuel the fire by
yelling or going into a snit. Instead, acknowledge that you have a right to be
mad. Then move on.
Sometimes, it helps to think of pleasant thoughts. For example, recent
accomplishments, that great supper you had, a world without the IRS.
Anger isn't the only path to being "brain dead." Other emotions can also
interfere with our ability to think. Most divorced people will tell you love
is one such emotion. So, should you shut out emotions? Not at all. What you
need to do is be in the moment. Have that emotion, but don't mix it with the
thinking process. Sometimes, this means delaying something that requires
For example, you have a fight with your spouse. This kind of thing happens,
and it's not necessarily bad (unless you don't fight fairly). But while you
are upset, don't hop in your car and get out into traffic unless you
What if you are in the car and you start arguing? First of all, that was
just a bad place to start arguing. What you can do, rather than get in an
accident, is say, "You know what? You made a good point. I don't agree with
it, but maybe I should pull off at an exit and we can walk for a bit and talk
Of course, it's easy to advise these kinds of things. It's very hard to put
them into practice. But the reason it's hard to put them into practice is
we're all so used to allowing our emotions to try occupying the same space as
our thinking. And that prevents you from being successful with either your
emotions or your thinking. Let each have its place.
3. Time Tip
|The weather is a
common conversational topic. Why do people act surprised when there's snow
or freezing temperatures in the winter? Why do people assume you want to
know what their local weather is, or if they are local that you don't know
what your own weather is and are just dying to find out from the first
person who calls you?|
Is this a minor point?
If you take two minutes of weather reporting times the number of phone
calls you engage in each year, how many hours do you waste talking about
the weather? Unless you are very young, any weather you are experiencing
today is weather you have experienced before (with rare exceptions).
Have you ever read an obituary that said, "He always
accurately reported the weather whenever he called?" Don't you want your
obituary to say something more substantial?
Weather reporting as a phone topic is one of those
annoyances (see Item #1 above) that can drive a sane person bonkers. I am
now using humor and an immediate change of subject to try to get people to
stop annoying me with this waste of time.
Caller: "Well it sure is cold here."
Me: "Yep. It gets that way every winter. <chuckle>
So, what else is new at your end?"
4. Finance tip
|This tip is for our
American readers, who make up the bulk of this audience.|
In the USA, we have a tax code that has proven to be an
abject failure, despite nearly a century of tinkering with it. Our total
tax bite is punitive and extremely high compared to the tax bites taken
from the hides of folks in civilized countries.*
Your largest single expense is taxation. Don't think
of it just as the federal income tax (which comes in four flavors, two of
which can completely devastate you). You pay 128 taxes on a single loaf of
bread (source: National Taxpayer's Union). The SS Tax, which is levied to
support a mandatory Ponzi scheme, takes over 15% of your wages. And then
there are dozens of other taxes that all add up to an astonishing level of
How can you reduce your tax bill? Get active. Tell
your local government that they don't need more money for schools. They
need, instead, to spend their income wisely--just as you must do. Don't
approve any new spending or any new taxes. Go to city council meetings,
and make it known you do not have infinitely deep pockets. Complain about
waste at every opportunity.
If enough people do this, the local politicians who
become state politicians who become federal politicians will have a
message from early in their careers that we can't afford to pay for
bloated bureaucracies and we are tired of being milked like so many dairy
cows while our retirement funds get whittled away.
Pundits like to complain that Americans don't save.
Our present savings rate is less than 1%, according to the latest figures.
But what is our tax rate? To claim it's 80% would be reasonable. It's hard
to determine exactly what it is, because the various schemes used to part
us from our money are well-obfuscated. The Europeans have straightforward
taxing--they know what their taxes are. If our taxes were not absurdly
high, our politicians would also be unafraid to tell us what those taxes
are. But our system rewards them for vote-buying behavior and they raise
your taxes (reduce your wages and savings) to pay for their getting in
office. Not a very good deal for you, is it?
(* No nation that sponsors a group like the IRS can
be honestly classified as civilized. The IRS operates on a completely
different legal system from the criminal and civil justice system. And the
IRS system completely suspends any rights you may have as a human being.)
5. Security tip
|How safe is your
money in the bank? It's actually pretty safe, unless an identity thief or
someone in the IRS decides to take it. In the second case, this person can
create a bogus tax debt for you, send the bank an intimidating letter, and
sweep your funds clean. All without due process or legal justification. It
There are some things you can do
to protect yourself.
- Send the bank a letter stating they cannot allow
anyone to take your funds, including the IRS. Remind them that Bank of
America was successfully sued over such an action and the suit was
upheld in Appeals (you can find this case online).
- Keep some cash on hand. I don't mean a lot of
cash, but some. Enough for gas and groceries, in case you get a nasty
surprise from the IRS, identity thieves, or some other crooks.
- Spread your money over multiple banks, if you
can. For example, keep a $500 emergency acct at a bank that doesn't
charge a maintenance fee. If they charge transaction fees, that's OK.
You just want money in case something happens to your main account.
- Maintain your relationships with friends,
neighbors, and relatives. If disaster strikes, you may be able to turn
to these people for temporary assistance.
- Keep your credit record clean, and pay off debts.
This way, you aren't saddled with--for example--credit card debt when
your funds are suddenly cut off.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Macular degeneration is the number one cause of
vision loss in people over 50. The risk goes up by a factor of four for
smokers. If you value your eyes (and every other organ that has a blood
supply going to it--which is every organ), don't smoke.
Now, keep in mind that you cannot define "smoking"
by who is sucking on the butt of a given cigarette. You are smoking any
time you are breathing smoke, no matter if you are also sucking on the
butt. A cigarette has no way of knowing who is sucking its butt and who
is not. Smoke does not magically become harmful in one direction and
harmless in another. And those filters on cigarettes do not protect you.
So, don't smoke--that means don't place your face in air where people
are burning cigarettes. Remember, you do not have to wrap your lips
around the exhaust pipe of a bus to gag from the fumes. Ditto for
Smoking damages your eyes in other ways, too.
Cataracts are a common result. This is where the lens of the eye starts
clouding over, and it keeps going until eventually you are blind.
Smoking is brutal to the thyroid, and this causes thyroid eye disease.
What happens here is an overactive thyroid causes enlargement of the
muscles that move your eyes. If you think this feels good, then jam your
fingers into your eye sockets while reading the entire text of War
Ah, we're not done yet! Smoking also fills your
bloodstream with free radicals. So, your chances of eye cancer go up.
Additionally, the smoke from cigarettes is abrasive, and that can lead
to eye infections. If you would like to try out a smoke-induced eye
infection but aren't able to get enough smoke, try wiping your eyes with
40-grit sandpaper or steel wool to speed up the process. You'll get the
same result as being in smoke-laden air, but in less time.
If you can't imagine life without going to smokey
bars or other places where cigarette smoke is in the air, then imagine
life without eyesight. Buy a blindfold and wear it for 90 days. If you
still think your eyesight isn't a precious gift worth protecting, then
at least you have some experience to back up that opinion. If you have
children or pets, though, it is your duty to protect them from the
ravages of this insane practice of burning various chemicals known to
cause severe damage to the body.
7. Thought for the Day
Delusion is a common escape from
responsibility and a path toward tragedy. Think of all the delusions
that surround you. They aren't easy to identify, but you can start by
looking at the "it won't happen to me" delusion. You'll see this in
effect when people mow their lawns without wearing safety glasses, or
when they engage in other risky behavior. How many other "it won't
happen to me" delusions can you spot in the next three days? Make a
list. You'll be amazed.
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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