- Product highlights
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tips
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlights
Reduce Auto Insurance Rates|
|Rising fuel prices are not the only way money
flies from your wallet if you drive a car. Have you looked at your auto
We offer an inexpensive course on how to reduce your
automobile insurance rates. Possibly in a huge way.
This course cuts through the crap and
shows you what you need to know so you get the insurance you need and
don't pay a dime more than you have to.|
If you don't save more on your
insurance than what you paid for this course, just ask for your money
The price of this course is probably
less than your monthly savings will be--but you won't know until you try.
2. Brainpower tip
Learn from those who have done what you seek to do. So many times, we want to
reinvent the wheel or believe some new "unconventional wisdom." Wisdom is
often conventional because it's passed the test of time.|
When other people
have already "been there, done that," you can learn from their mistakes and
their successes. This approach will save you a lot of grief, and it will allow
you to put your brainpower to better use.
This doesn't mean to blindly accept the advice of whoever is most
manipulative or persuasive, or whoever makes claims that "sound right." Yes,
that's a common response--but I hope it's not your response. The best
response is to look at what actually works.
For example, someone may tell you that he lost huge amounts of weight on a
special diet. But if you look at professional athletes and others who enjoy
physicality and are fit, you realize they aren't on special diets. Instead,
they engage in sensible dietary practices. The person on the special diet?
Wait a year and ask again.
Here's another point about this same example. The typical male climber has
around 6% to 8% body fat, but has never been on the Atkins Diet or any other
fad diet. The typical female climber has a beautiful figure, but doesn't
"diet." Something to learn, there....
You can apply this same philosophy to just about any topic. Look at who is
successful, observe what they are doing. Then, think about why they are
successful and think about which experts they trust and follow.
This will get you further ahead than trusting some underachiever who claims
to "know the real truth." The classic example is Howard "Gold Bug" Ruff. He
published a newsletter for decades, always predicting the economy was about to
collapse. Any day, now. He had all kinds of "facts," arguments, charts, and
propaganda to support his claims--which never came true (and there are people
quoting this same material today).
But he bilked thousands of folks who believed his claims that conventional
economics was wrong, but he is right. The tone was, "You are lucky because the
gold bug newsletter has the right information and will save you from doom.
Here's where to send your money...."
Meanwhile, the "brainwashed" believers in "conventional economics" ran our
Fortune 1000 companies and provided jobs for millions of people. Without
asking them to send money.
Results speak rather loudly, I think.
All people had to do was ask, "But if these basic principles are wrong,
then howcome people who follow them are providing millions of jobs and you
aren't providing any?"
They didn't ask that question. And this is what I mean by looking at what
successful people are doing.
3. Time Tip
In the "Spy Who Shagged Me" trilogy, one of the movies featured the
comeback of Dr. Evil.|
And this time he was prepared. He had gone through
several stages of preparation, starting with his Plan A--which he referred
to as "Preparation A." With each revised preparation, he kept going on
through the alphabet.
He was in suspended animation during the 1960s, and came back in the
late 1990s. Thus, he missed some cultural changes--which made for some
references that Mike Meyers shamelessly and hilariously exploited in this
When Dr. Evil unveiled his latest preparation to his inner circle, he
didn't know that Preparation H had another meaning. (Given what we
taxpayers endure, Congress really should issue tubes of it along with our
While that parody was cute in its own right, it does illustrate the
importance of preparing. Are we willing to revise our preparations as
needed? Or do we repeat the same old mistakes, costing time repeatedly?
Have you ever felt rushed during the same task or been late to the same
place? If so, you may need to revise your preparation.
You've no doubt heard the axiom, "Preparation is everything." That
axiom is a bit hyperbolic, but it underscores a fundamental concept of
time management. And of success, in general.
Suppose you start work at 0700. You usually arrive at the office a
couple of minutes before seven. About once a month, you arrive at the
office one minute late. Every day, it seems like you are fighting traffic,
pushing the speed limit, and constantly checking your clock as you sit
behind yet another person who didn't rocket forward when the light
changed. Sound familiar? If it doesn't sound familiar in this context, it
probably does in some other. So, let's continue with this example.
If you just barely get to work on time, what's the cause? Here are some
- Those idiotic police were shooting radar again, slowing you down.
- You didn't swear enough at the person in front of you in traffic.
- You didn't mash the gas fast enough at the last light.
- You didn't take enough unnecessary risks in traffic.
- You weren't rude enough to other people while on your way to work.
- You didn't cheat yourself out of a decent breakfast, cut enough
corners on grooming, rush around like an idiot enough, set a bad enough
example for your kids, or remind your spouse what an imposition s/he is.
Hmm. Do any of the above "strategies" actually work? No. So, why are
these the things people tend to do? No answer for that, really, but here
are some other strategies that will definitely improve your morning
commute (assuming you have one, so we can go through this
example--otherwise, apply them to a similar time crunch you have):
- Don't act surprised that you have to go to work. This sounds
obvious, but nearly everyone actually does treat this task as a
surprise. Instead, establish a routine that makes the process easy.
Recognize, and act on, the fact that you have a series of tasks to
complete to get you from your bed to behind your desk (or wherever it is
- Plan your meals and wardrobe days ahead of time, so you don't have
to even think about those things when you are getting ready to go.
Keeping your clothes neatly organized is a big time saver--can you think
- Are you waking to an alarm? Stop doing that. If you have to wake to
an alarm, this means you aren't getting enough sleep. You are wasting
years of your career by underperforming every day. Save time by
going to bed at about the same time every night, and allowing plenty of
time for you to get a good night's sleep. Your body clock doesn't know
weekends from weekdays, so don't pretend it does.
- Plan for more than the minimum time in the morning. The "late night
culture," while appearing sophisticated, is a holdover from adolescence.
It's not an easily sustainable approach to life, and it promotes stress
and failure. Farmers get this one right--they go to bed early and wake
up early. They get an early start on life each day. Yes, the early bird
gets the worm. The late bird gets something else--see the Preparation H
notes, above. Let other people stay up late drinking, getting sleep
deprived, getting misinformed by the "news" shows, and so on. What you
need to do is be proactively in charge of your schedule. And the key to
that is going to bed "early." It's not actually "early," but just looks
that way to the undisciplined and short-sighted. Get your day off to a
good start, not a stressful one. The morning is your friend, not your
If you think about what I've said here and act upon it, you will never
again have the "Monday Blues." I look forward to Mondays, and so can you.
4. Finance tip
Automakers are now coming out with
7 and 8 speed automatic transmissions.|
- Upside: Increased fuel
economy of 3% to 7%.
- Downside: Increased weight,
loss of passenger space, increased cost, increased complexity, increased
In the brainpower notes above,
we addressed the idea of learning from others. When it comes to
automobiles, Americans simply do not do this.
Europeans have already been
using a solution that trumps these new transmissions, and they have been
doing so for decades. Why are we so slow on the uptake? I don't know, but
we are also the only "civilized" country with a federal income tax and a
massive bureaucracy (larger than our combined Army, Navy, and Air Force)
of psychopathic nincompoops who pretend to oversee it (while, in
actuality, using their positions to brazenly rob the government and
individuals--see the GAO reports).
In the USA, only 20% of cars
have manual transmissions. In Europe, where fuel prices have long been
much higher than in the USA, only 20% of cars have automatic
Automatic transmissions are
fuel-hoggers, and they are also costly to buy and maintain. Unless you
have some medical reason to have one (not likely) or are just too stupid
to figure out how to shift gears (also not likely), it usually makes sense
to choose a manual transmission over an automatic. Here's why:
- Upside: Increased fuel
economy of 3% to 12%. Decreased weight, increased passenger space
(possible), lower cost, lower complexity, zero maintenance.
- Downside: Lower trade-in
value. But you already got your money, and then some, upfront. Another
downside is you can't use your right hand to run your cell-phone,
laptop, curling iron, or other distractions while in city
If Americans had manual
transmission cars in the same ratio as the Europeans do, our gasoline
prices would be lower because demand would be lower relative to supply.
With some 100 million cars averaging over 10,000 miles a year, even a 5%
improvement in gas mileage would add up. Think how thrilled you'd be if
someone handed you a check for the cumulative savings in gasoline--it'd be
a huge check!
100 million times 10,000 times
5% times 20 MPG times the price of gas at your pump....
It seems we manual transmission
drivers should get a rebate for doing our part to reduce fuel prices. In
fact, we already do!
Now, here's another way of
looking at this. Suppose you drive a manual transmission car, and do the
- Every time you put ten
gallons of gas in the tank, you pump most of a gallon onto the ground.
That's about the fuel difference between an automatic and a manual.
- Every year, you whip out $50
and simply burn it. That's the annual fluid and filter change for an
automatic (we aren't even counting the time involved to have this done).
Of course, most automatic transmission owners don't do this. So they
simply pay more in fuel costs until they get hit with that $1200 repair
bill when the unmaintained transmission locks up when they are on their
way to an important meeting.
I'm not saying everyone who
owns a car with an automatic transmission is a fool. I am saying that
doing so is a costly proposition and you can save yourself quite a bit of
money by choosing a manual transmission. Further, the sheer mass of people
driving automatics tilts the supply vs. demand curve toward everyone's
There may be reasons why, in
your case, driving an automatic is worth the extra cost. I'm not you, so I
can't say. But I can tell you that most of the "reasons" people have are
not the result of honest evaluation.
For example, "It's too hard."
Well, today's (post 1980) manual transmissions are pretty easy to operate
and most have some form of powered assist (similar to power steering). I
have driven manual transmissions after a hard afternoon of climbing, so
hard that I can barely close my hands anymore. I've driven them with
broken fingers, a sprained wrist, and inflamed tendons. The physical
effort required to shift gears simply isn't very much.
So rather than plop down an
extra $2,500 for a new-fangled 8-speed transmission, spend $2,500 less
to get even better performance from a manual transmission. Use the money
for something you enjoy, or invest it for retirement.
The cliché about "reinventing
the wheel" hits really close to home, here. Don't pay for that
5. Security tip
This one applies to the typical
suburban home owner.|
I was about 10 years old, I heard a tremendous "boom" late one afternoon.
It shook our house. Shortly thereafter, we heard the fire trucks. My
parents, being responsible citizens, told me to stay home and let the
firemen do their jobs without having to contend with crowds of kids and
The next day, I got to see what
it was. A few blocks away, where a house once stood, there was a pile of
rubble and scorched cinder blocks. The original report was that a gas
stove had caused the explosion.
As an aside, I think it's
interesting that a gas stove somehow got so angry that it plotted and
schemed until it came up with the idea of causing an explosion. Gas stoves
don't cause explosions--people misusing gas stoves might, but that's let's
not blame inanimate objects. The only exception, of course, is Congress.
But scientists disagree as to whether Congressmen are truly inanimate,
because they do vote themselves raises rather frequently. Further studies
These people had a gas clothes
dryer, and they never cleaned the lint trap. This lint accumulated in the
ductwork, and then ignited. Dryer lint is quite flammable (it's a great
campfire starter, if you want to collect it for that purpose). When this
lint ignited in the confined space of the exhaust duct, the result was a
fireball and explosion that subsequently ignited the gas supply to the
Two things, here:
- Don't have gas appliances.
- Clean your dryer lint trap.
Even if you don't have gas
appliances, failing to maintain your dryer lint trap can prove deadly.
Most often, the dryer duct work is inside a wall. So, you let the lint
build up and what happens? You get a fire inside the wall, go to bed
unaware of it, and never wake up. Some people consider this an even worse
fate than a tax audit (they haven't been audited, yet, apparently), and it
is rather gruesome.
This seems like such a simple
thing. Just get in the habit of cleaning your lint trap before and after
each load (this way, you won't forget). When that lint trap is clean,
you'll be blowing unlinted air through the exhaust ducting and helping
When that lint trap is clogged,
two things happen:
- You have insufficient
pressure to clean the exhaust ducting.
- Your dryer is working extra
hard, which raises your electric bill and prematurely wears out your
dryer motor by overheating it (note that gas dryers also use electricity
to run the motor and the controls).
Granted, this is not an urgent
danger and we don't see homes blowing up every day from inattention to
lint traps. But I have seen the results once and that's enough for me. See
this issue's brainpower tip if you still wonder if you should make a habit
of keeping that trap clean.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer afflicting men and women
Modern medicine offers many ways to detect and treat colon
cancer (none of them especially enjoyable), so mortality rates have been
improving over recent years. But they are still dismal.
An older body of knowledge can slash your chances of getting colon
cancer to near zero. This means a lot less pain and expense, etc. This
older body of knowledge does what is impossible for modern medicine to
do: it stops the cancer from even happening.
Here's what you need to do:
- Eat plenty of dark green, leafy vegetables. Eat a variety of
cabbages, kale, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli.
These are all members of the "brassica" family, and there are more
such members (such as leeks and eggplant). Get to know them, and make
them the dominant part of your diet.
Not just for the fiber (nature's broom), but also because of the
calcium in these foods. There's a strong link between calcium
deficiency and cancer in general. And let's not forget the other
potent anti-cancer nutrients in these foods. Make them the bulk (no
pun intended) of your diet, rather than making meat your central dish.
- Do not eat hydrogenated oil. While blueberries contain potent
anti-cancer compounds, hydrogenated oil is at the other end of the
spectrum. It's a potent cancer causer.
Most prepared foods contain this toxin. Read the labels, if you buy
bread from the grocery store. You will be hard-pressed to find bread
that doesn't contain this. Ditto for salad dressings, frozen entrees,
soup mixes, and other prepared "foods."
How selling hydrogenated oil as "food" can even be legal is a mystery.
Dioxin is banned because it causes cancer. Four people died from lawn
darts, so those are banned. But contaminating foods with hydrogenated
oil is legal. It's also psychopathic and mean.
- Avoid tobacco smoke. Breathing in this poison contaminates your
blood with benzene and other powerful carcinogens. There's a massive
network of blood vessels to your colon, and toxins from this smoke
will lodge in the colon. Note that this applies to commercial tobacco,
to which are added over 500 chemicals for various reasons. The Peyote
Indians smoke pure tobacco, and have lower than average cancer rates.
You basically have to grow your own to duplicate this.
Ignore the "second hand smoke" arguments. There is no such thing as
"second hand smoke." That's because cigarettes and other phallic
objects used for tobacco inhalation do not contain any method of
determining who is the smoker and who is simply an innocent bystander.
Smoke is smoke, regardless of which person is breathing it.
And if you think a smoker's lungs, already blackened from smoking, are
capable of filtering out and "making safe" the smoke you breathe
(while still giving the smoker cancer), then please contact me
immediately. I have a great deal on the Brooklyn Bridge for you and
will sell it to you cheap.
- Go easy on the meat. Small portions, only--about the size of your
palm. This means eating half or less of the steak typically served in
a restaurant. At the age of 63, men in America have an average of 6
pounds of undigested red meat fermenting in their bowels.
- Don't eat smoked meats, "cured" meats, or lunch meats. These are
loaded with powerful carcinogens. Bacon, which is mostly fat, falls
into this category although technically it is not a meat.
- Manage your body composition. For men, this means single digit
body fat. The average 30 year old American male is at 30% body fat
(well, that's what it was a few years ago). He's also at a high risk
for a variety of cancers, because of this. And, he's got an excess of
female hormones because of this. Be manly--be lean. If your abs aren't
rippled, you are too fat. Period.
Women are constituted differently from men, so the health consequences
of body fat higher than single digit aren't there for them. There are
biological reasons for this. Why does a woman look good when her body
fat is two or three times that of a man? There are biological reasons
for this, as well. For women, nature provides a guide and you don't
need numbers. Forget the scale, forget the dress size. If you are
active and eat right, your body will stay within the right body fat
zone (that's also true for men, but we have numbers to go by). When
you have good curves, feel energetic, and have a flat belly--you are
probably there. Do note that poor posture can make you look like you
have a fat belly, even if you don't.
If this bullet point has left you a little lost, start reading the
free articles at
www.supplecity.com. The point I'm trying to make here is you don't
need to go through exceptional efforts to escape the cancer risks of
too much fat. You really just need to watch your portion size and eat
A note on portion size: If you eat in a European restaurant, you may
be shocked at the "small" portions. In the USA, the portions for one
person are often enough for an entire family. Adjust accordingly, and
you will have solved 80% of the problem.
- Practice good time management. This reduces stress, which is
another cancer risk. Read the free articles.
- Make physical fitness a priority, not an afterthought. The greater
your general level of fitness, the more able your body is to destroy
emerging cancer cells. This is much easier than many people think. And
it doesn't mean going to the gym and pretending to exercise on
machines. It means getting real exercise--challenging your muscles and
expending some energy.
The ballet is a cultural experience many people enjoy. I will never
forget seeing Nureyev on his last tour. Have you ever seen a ballet
dancer who looked out of shape? Of course not. I'm not saying you need
to take up ballet. I am saying there are many ways to stay fit, and
dance is among them. Find a physically challenging activity you enjoy,
and do it. Often.
My grandmother used to hike quite a bit. I have a photo of her in her
80s, and she's holding my mother. Off the ground. The average 65 year
old American cannot lift a 10lb vacuum cleaner (source: NIH), but my
grandmother in her 80s could lift my mother off the ground. And her
main form of exercise was walking hilly paths (plus she ran a small
farm for most of her life). She never visited a gym in her life. Gyms
are good, too, if used properly--but not necessary.
Please forward this eNL to a friend. Or an
enemy, I don't really care. Just forward it!
This issue's factoid: The earth is 3
million miles closer to the sun in July than it is in January.
Check out these special offers:
8. Thought for the Day
Learning is more important than "being right." When
confronted with information that challenges your world view, do you get
defensive or do you try to honestly evaluate the facts? If the latter,
keep doing that!
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.
Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).
The purpose of this publication is to inform and empower its readers (and save you money!).
Personal note from Mark: I value each and every one of you, and I hope that shows in the diligent effort I put into writing this e-newsletter. Thank you for being a faithful reader.
To subscribe, change your e-mail address, offer your own tidbit, tell
us how much you love this eNL, ask how to put us in your will <grin> or to (gasp) unsubscribe, write to
comments @ mindconnection.com (paste that into your e-mail client, and remove
Let other potential
readers know what you think of this e-zine, by rating it at the Cumuli Ezine