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Mindconnection eNL, 2005-07-10

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In this issue:

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

1. Product Highlights

Burn fat, fight cancer
Most claims made by supplement providers are pure hokum. But Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) isn't snake oil being hyped up by hokum-meisters. It's a supplement that works so well it's being advocated by doctors and pharmacists. It vastly lowers the risk of prostate cancer and increases the effectiveness of prostate cancer treatment. That's good news for men. But, there are benefits for both men and women.

Which is why we sell quite a bit of this. And feel wonderful about doing so.

CLA is a very potent fat burner. But it's not thermogenic. CLA signals your body's fuel-burning machinery to preferentially select fat.

This means that if you take CLA, you will actually be able to get rid of that ugly brown visceral fat--the stuff that you most need to get rid of but that your body is least likely to burn first.

Why not give yourself a fighting chance in the Battle of the Bulge and the War on Cancer? Add CLA to your artillery.


2. Brainpower tip

Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind. Not only that, they are intellectually more productive.

Think of the last time you heard somebody "tear into" someone else. Did even half of what that person said make any sense?

If you are making a reasoned argument, then you don't need to resort to name-calling, insults, and other manifestations of insecurity.

But if you are lashing out at someone, you are replacing negativity with reasoned response. If the process itself doesn't change your body chemistry in a negative way, you are escaping the normal penalty for such behavior. But in either case, you are like a spinning tire in snow--you just dig yourself in deeper. Instead of fostering a reasonable response to your response, you are very likely to just get more of the very same stuff that irritated you in the first place.

So, the next time you find yourself wanting to bite someone else's head off, take a few moments to cool off. Plan your response toward getting what you want rather than toward getting even. You will find this approach more productive in the long run.

3. Time Tip

Don't allow yourself to get sidetracked. How many times have you ended a very busy day, only to realize you didn't really accomplish much or you didn't make the progress you had intended to make?

This happens in meetings, for example, when people get off the agenda. Because non-agenda items are basically surprises and nobody has had time to look at the facts, these typically degenerate into inane and pointless discussions that go nowhere.

We can see this same effect in many other types of activities.

Example 1.

You talk with someone, and the other person makes a remark that you know isn't true. So, you reply back with facts and sources. Let's say the other person's agenda isn't to learn, but to always be right. So, this person replies with a bunch of nonsense designed to baffle you with bull--. At this point, you can:

  • Continue to try to educate this person. But, is that your agenda? If so, why? Do you think this person needs to be educated by you on this particular topic? Why?
  • Fall into the game of arguing. But, is that your agenda? To what end?
  • Recognize that your agenda of having a meaningful, pleasant exchange with this person differs from that person's agenda of "always being right." You have already made you point, so why beat a dead horse? Doing so is a waste of time. Change the topic and move on.

Example 2.

You call the customer service department of a business. The person you are dealing with tells you something along the lines of, "I'm sorry, but our policy says...." Yet, the policy should not apply to this situation. There were extenuating circumstances. At this point, you can:

  • Argue with this person. This person has already used the company policy as justification for the decision. This person cannot change company policy. If your agenda is to vent your spleen, continue arguing. But what is the value in such an agenda?
  • Acknowledge that person can't do more for you. Ask to speak to someone on the next level.

Example 3.

You are dealing with a government agency. The person you are dealing with has taken a completely unreasonable stance. At this point, you can:

  • Contact your Congressman and ask for help. But your Congressman cares only about getting re-elected. How can helping you further that agenda? If it can, you stand a chance. Otherwise, fuggedaboutit.
  • Acknowledge that person is simply a parasite. Ask to speak to someone on the next level. Note that the supervisor is going to take the side of the parasite, unless you present a compelling case to do otherwise. Unless your agenda is to waste everyone's time by reinforcing the parasite's position, ask the supervisor to help you resolve a disagreement. State which facts you and the parasite agree on, and note where the parasite was even remotely helpful. Pucker up, because these folks have a "kiss my a--" attitude and you have to play to that. Otherwise, you are wasting your time. "You can't fight City Hall," but you can make them sympathetic and helpful.


4. Finance tip

"Sometimes, simple ideas are the best ideas", said Stephen Moore in The Wall Street Journal.

We need to look no further than the "theory" of supply-side economics, first made famous by economist Dr. Laffer (from whose name we have derived "The Laffer Curve") and later made even more famous by Nobel Prize in Economics winner Milton Friedman.

This "theory" postulates that  tax cuts ultimately boost economic activity and lead to more tax revenue, not less.

Undergirding this "theory" is the fact that a capitalist economy runs on capital. Remove capital, and the economy slows. Add capital to the economy, and it gets stronger. This idea is based on the observation that if you add fuel to a fire, it gets hotter. If you remove fuel from the fire, it gets weaker. This is the basic concept that allows gasoline engines and jet turbines to work, and that allows firemen to put out forest fires by trenching and pre-burning. So, it's valid.

John F. Kennedy was the first to take the supply-side plunge. He slashed Eisenhower's tax rates and the economy rebounded with a vigor never seen before.

Tax rates went up in subsequent administrations. Then, Ronald Reagan proposed cutting taxes to increase federal revenues. This was allegedly a "new" and "radical" idea, though it had been proven just twenty years earlier!

Liberals said Reagan was nuts. (I can't find similar remarks about Kennedy, who did the very same thing. Hmm.)

Reagan slashed the highest personal income tax rate to 28 percent from a confiscatory 70 percent. Liberals said this was "reckless tax policy." (Does that sound like something you've heard lately? Hmm.)

But, what happened as a result of these tax cuts?

We got an economic boom that took Bill Clinton 7 years to reverse via tax increases. Reagan's tax cuts resulted in doubling federal tax receipts.

Along comes Bush 43. And he starts making "reckless tax cuts." In 2003, President Bush cut taxes on dividends to 15 percent from 39.6 percent, and on capital gains to 15 percent from 20 percent.

What did these "reckless tax cuts" do?

Federal tax revenues have surged by 15.4 percent in the first eight months of fiscal 2005 over the same period last year. Federal, state, and city deficits are shrinking, and some states are running budget surpluses.

Thanks to Nancy Pelosi, who is more concerned about political gamesmanship and control than about doing anything for the taxpayers of this country, many Democrats who would otherwise go along with these great results have been strongarmed into working against economic prosperity.

The official party line is "We can't afford" to make the Bush' tax cuts permanent.

But reality dictates the opposite conclusion: "We can't afford not to make the tax cuts permanent."

  • If you vote Democratic, let your candidates know you support economic prosperity through tax cuts.
  • If you vote Republican, let your candidates know you oppose "balanced budget" policies that use tax increases rather than responsible spending cuts to achieve their goals.

Regardless of your party affiliation, remember that the largest cost to the economy (and jobs) is not the tax rates themselves, but the compliance costs. We don't need a vicious American Taliban administering a federal tax system that merely duplicates state and local taxation efforts.

The single largest cost to the average citizen is taxation. The single largest drag on the economy is the taxation administration system. We can vastly improve, on both counts, and all be better off for it. Taking action on that front is the single best thing you can do for your financial well-being.

5. Security tip

I live in a "crime-free" neighborhood. Crime simply does not happen, here.

But on 04JUL, it did.

A man broke a window and entered a home at night. He ate large quantities of food in the kitchen, then proceeded to the bedroom. Holding a knife, he threatened the bed occupants and announced he was robbing them. Bad mistake.

The robber did manage to escape, and so far has not been caught. But he definitely got hurt while trying to conduct the robbery. And now we all have a description and police sketch of him. Guns are loaded, and eyes are peeled. I have a feeling he won't survive the next robbery attempt in this neighborhood.

When I was little, I was really little. When I started high school, I was 5'4" and weighed 88 lbs. Growing up like that, I learned that you never just give up without a fight. I have heard so many "experts" advise just to go along with the criminal. I never have. Always resist. If criminals knew they would always be resisted, and possibly killed, what would be their attitude toward crime?

We can turn to real facts and figures to answer that. In Florida, violent crime dropped by 90% during the first year the right to carry law was passed. That is, for every 100 violent crimes that were committed before citizens started packing, only 10 are committed now.

Does that mean a gun will protect you? No. Guns don't kill people--people kill people. And guns don't protect people--people protect people. Yes, learn how to use firearms and be willing to use them if you must. But don't think that is enough. Take common-sense steps to avoid problems, to begin with. I could make a list here, but if you make your own list you are more likely to take those steps. So, start thinking of the ways you can avoid being a crime target. Many of those are detailed in Past issues.


6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Learn about cranial-sacral manipulation.

This is an "alternative medicine" technique that many people have successfully used to get themselves off of expensive, organ-damaging prescription drugs. It's worth a try.

The basic idea is that a doctor of osteopathy (DO) manipulate the bones in your face and skull. In case you don't know, your skull is compose of a large number of bones. I guess we're all boneheads when it comes right down to it.  :)

This manipulation can often--within just a few treatments--correct bone misalignments that produce a variety of conditions:

  • Sinus problems. If you have a structural obstruction, the normal fix is invasive surgery. That's pretty painful. This treatment may fix the problem without the complications and misery of surgery.
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. The jawbone doesn't always align properly wiht the skull, and many different things can cause misalignment. Typical symptoms include headaches and unusual wear on the teeth.
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Structural abnormalities in the bones around the ear cause ringing or exacerbate ringing due to other causes. While the most common cause of tinnitus is excessive noise (for example, running a lawnmower or attending a rock concert without earplugs), you don't want to have to deal with ringing cause by this as well.

If you already have a chiropractor you are comfortable with, ask about cranial-sacral manipulation. You can also ask an osteopathic physician certified by the American Osteopathic Association. If you don't know any such person, check your physician list in your health care plan literature. If you still can't identify someone, see the American Osteopathic Association,

7. Miscellany

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  3. Factoids:
  • The sun is 840,000 miles in diameter.
  • The earth is only 8,000 miles in diameter.
  • The sun is 330,000 times as massive as the earth.
  • Last summer, a solar flare of 15 earth diameters brought us very hot weather. Much more than can be attributed to SUVs.
  • The earth is about 93 million miles from the sun. It's 3 million miles closer to the sun during winter in the northern hemisphere. It's the angle of the earth to the sun that determines which season we are having.
  • Greenhouse gases keep heat out, as well as keep it in. After all, these gases are insulation--not one-way mirrors. Duh.

8. Thought for the Day

A little thinking can go a long way. What did you think about, yesterday?


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola


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