- Product highlight
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlights
Shedding some pounds|
Sales of our fatburner products have been pretty brisk this month. I guess folks
are trying to lose the fat they gained during the holidays.
There are various
mechanisms by which fatburners work, though most are just over-priced caffeine.
If you want that kind of effect, then just drink coffee and tea. For a different
effect, try this night-time fatburner
I've used this myself, and it really does work. It actually helps you sleep
better. As with all of our nutritional or sports supplements, it's a good
product--or else I wouldn't sell it.
2. Brainpower tip
Have you ever been truly stumped by a problem? I know I have. And it's
downright frustrating. How about those times when you just can't quite
recall something? You strain to remember, but you just can't do it. Or when
you're trying to complete a task on deadline, and you are making stupid
mistakes--ever do that?|
There are a few common causes for all three of
these situations--but the cure is the same. The most common cause is a
sort of saturation or burnout in a particular part of your brain (the part
you are using for the task at hand). The is analogous to what happens to
your leg strength after you climb ten flights of stairs. It's why your
attention wanders or your thinking feels muddled.
The cure is to take a break. Even if you are under a time crunch to
finish. When you give that part of your brain a bit of rest, it can recharge
(or cool down from overheating, depending on how you want to look at things)
and once again allow you to tackle the problem at 100% capability.
That break doesn't necessarily mean a walk or a nap. It just means
switching to a different activity--one that uses a different part of the
brain. For example, if you are crunching numbers and things aren't going
well, then switch over to editing that letter you had started. When you come
back to the number crunching, you'll do it better.
Now, think about how you can apply this to maximize your brainpower all
day long, rather than waiting until your IQ drops to the level of the
typical federal bureaucrat. Well, OK, it's not going to drop that low
without a lobotomy--so let's be more realistic and say "waiting until your
IQ drops to the level of the typical rock."
That is, don't wait until there's a problem. Arrange your work such that
your mind switches from one kind of work to another fairly often. I like to
use slots of 30 or 60 minutes at a time. These also work quite well with my
Outlook calendar. What happens when you run your brain at full tilt for 30
minutes at a time? That kind of intensity not only gives you more brainpower
now--it increases your brainpower over time. The more you do this, the
smarter you get.
I imagine if we made this a requirement for federal bureaucrats, even the
average ones could become smart as a rock. Call me an optimist.
3. Time Tip
While most people waste every second they spend in a restaurant because
they use that time to buy poison rather than food, let's assume you are
not one of those people.
More restaurants are actually including food fit for humans on their
menus, these days. In fact, such restaurants are becoming the rule rather than the
exception. And you can request sauces and dressings be "on the side,"
which is a polite way of requesting that those things come in a separate
dish so you can have the server remove them untouched later.
I developed some time-saving
restaurant techniques while working for an engineering sweatshop about
15 years ago and trying to eat lunch within the tight time limits they
allowed. Here are my tips:
- Go early. You are probably already aware of this one, but do you
do it? I eat lunch at 11:30, so I never have to wait on the crowd.
The other option is to go late. The "go late" option doesn't work
for dinner, because so many people do go late. So, an early
dinner is a time-saver but a late dinner usually is not.
- Make a precise reservation. You'll have to use the 12-hour clock
when you make your reservation (I wish we'd all go to the far less
confusing 24-hour clock). But don't make a reservation for 5:30.
Make it for 5:27. Now, when you arrive at 5:25, you won't have to
wait. Those schmucks who reserved at 5:30 will be waiting until 5:40
before they are seated.
- Chat only after everyone has ordered. When your server appears
and tries to get you to buy "appetizers," alcohol, and other
high-margin junk that destroys your health, you can say. "We'll skip
all of that. We're ready to order now." If your server has to keep
coming back to see if you are ready to order, you are going to have
a late-running meal.
- Order simple. Simpler food is better food, and it's also less
time-consuming to prepare. Many people think salads take a long time
to make. Typically, these are served from a large pre-made batch.
Ditto for soup. So, preparation time is minimal. This tip isn't a
major one. But things like baked fish, for example, do take longer
to prepare than something grilled.
- Ask for your check when your order arrives. The only reason not
to do this is if you plan to order desert. But if you are ordering
desert, you are already committed to spending time on dealing with
the fallout of poor dietary decisions. Let's assume, instead, you
care about your body. There is no reason to wait until you are done
to pay. Let the server handle that whole payment thing while you are
eating. Then, you can leave without having to sit around glancing at
your watch while you are waiting on the check.
- Tip generously. This is especially important if you plan to go
back there. You do get better, faster service if you tip well. Plus,
it's the right thing to do. Don't forget about the American Taliban's
ruthless policy toward restaurant help. These folks pay income tax
on tips whether they make them or not.
- Tip in advance. If you plan to tip in cash, set your tip out
before your food arrives. People have told me that's stupid--what if
you are poorly served? Try this, and see if you ever get poorly
served. It's not going to happen. Make the server happy before you
get served, and guess what happens to your level of service? And the
4. Finance tip
How are you going to spend that $4100 raise you just
received? Oh, pardon me. I had you confused with a U.S. Senator. You
know--those folks who sit around dreaming up ways to take our money
while giving themselves a raise. They just gave themselves yet another
big raise. Do you have a problem with that? I certainly do. And this
kind of behavior costs you. Read on.|
finance tip item is for our USA audience, but you folks in New Zealand,
UK, and other places are having similar scams run on you. The good news
is you don't have to take it anymore!
What can you do about this egregious violation of
the (now laughable) public trust? Well, voting is not the
answer--the results of an "election" depend on too many factors that
have nothing to do with putting an honest candidate in office.
There are two things that get the attention of a
- A hefty contribution. Fundraisers for
Senators include such things as $10,000 a plate dinners. The average
American can't do this.
- Public outcry. Interestingly, a very vocal
minority can give a U.S. Senator the impression they are speaking
for everyone else. What do you need to say? How about, "Stop giving
yourself a raise, when you so carelessly throw away the money I
slave away for. And I don't like the sneaky ways in which you raise
my taxes--which is a pay cut for me."
Keep in mind that these folks have yet to do the
one thing that would most promote civil liberties and freedom from
terrorism in the USA. Of course, that means abolishing the American
Taliban. Not sure who that group is? They go by the initials Idiots,
Retards, and Scalawags.
This is the same group that kidnapped a bunch of
toddlers at gunpoint in a Michigan daycare center in one year, and stole
4300 computers from their own offices in another year. We taxpayers
fund this behavior (and worse), while our Senators give themselves a
$4100 and pretend they don't know what is going on.
Look at it this way. You are the customer. You pay
more for "government" than for all of your other expenses combined. If
you count up your taxes, you see that they amount to between 70% and 80%
of your income. Don't you think that gives you some say on what you are
getting for all that money?
Call and write to your Senator. It's your money.
Insist that it be used with honesty and integrity, for a change. And it
would be a big change, at that.
Identify your Senators:
Then, send a snail-mail letter to this generic
address (just fill in your each of your Senator's name for each letter):
Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Note that e-mails sent to Senators almost never
get there. They want paper, so send that to them. One-page letters work
These folks need to hear from the people they are
fleecing. Let them know that you work too hard to see your money just
thrown away on such things as funding the American Taliban, and you are
personally insulted that they give themselves a $4100 raise while
showing complete apathy toward your huge tax burden.
Even if taxes were cut in half, they would still
be your single largest expenditure. Think about that.
And do the math. How many 25 cent coupons would
you need to clip (and use) to save 75% of your salary?
If you still don't grasp the significance of just
how burdensome your taxes are, then try this. Multiply your annual
salary by 0.75. Now, take a calculator and a camera with you, and go
shopping in an electronics store until you have enough merchandise to
equal that amount. Take a picture of it, then put it all back. Put the
picture on your refrigerator to remind yourself of how much you could
have if not for the forced extraction of the fruits of your hard
But even this is an understatement. There are 128
taxes on a single loaf of bread. So the amount of merchandise you piled
up is actually less than half of what you could buy if you paid zero
taxes (I'm not advocating zero taxes--just illustrating a point). Assuming taxes are cut in half
(which I am advocating) the experiment helps form
a pretty decent picture.
It would be easy to cut taxes in half. The answer
to a balanced budget isn't more taxes--it's less spending. And that
means at federal, state, county, and city levels. You might also talk to
your state rep about combining thinly populated counties as a
cost-saving measure (eliminating duplication of services typically saves
millions of dollars annually--maybe several thousand per household).
Corporations are constantly cutting costs. Yet, the
cost of "government" keeps rising. We have more taxpayers than ever, but
the burden on each individual keeps rising. That simply isn't right.
5. Security tip
Many people think that the ability to call 911 makes
their homes safe. This is not true. Take a look at your phone lines. For
the typical home, these are exposed and easy to cut. Not only that,
courts have ruled that the police do not have a duty to protect
you. How fast do you think the police will get to your place? Time how
long it takes you to get to your house from the nearest doughnut shop.
How many knife-wounds can you handle in that time?|
Relying on 911 when there's an intruder is just plain
So, what can you do? There are two aspects:
Prevention and protection.
Prevention is a matter of reducing the factors
that attract criminals (other than the gov't type, which are attracted
to you simply because you have an SS number). There are many things you
can do along these lines, such as a neighborhood watch, break-in
resistant doors and windows, security lights, and so on. But none of
these things will guarantee your home won't be broken into.
Protection is a very simple matter. But, many
people don't understand the dynamics. So, let's illustrate the
principles with this imaginary experiment.
Imagine, for a moment, someone offered you $90,000
cash if you could grab a grizzly bear cub from its sleeping mother. But
another person offers you $5,000 if you grab a baby chicken from its
Which offer will you take? What? You'll pass up
The bear is obviously going to kill you if you try
to take its child. The chicken isn't capable of this.
Now, assume it's late at night and you awaken to
the sound of someone in your home. You stagger out of bed and see this
person is armed with a butcher knife and is headed toward your bedroom.
Nope, wait--he's taking a detour. He's headed into your daughter's room.
Memories of famous abductions flash through your mind, your pulse
races--you have only seconds to act.
What are you going to do, call 911 and wait? No.
You're going to grab your firearm, then use it and your firearms
training to keep your kid alive.
This scenario (armed citizen protects home and/or
loved ones) plays out all over America, all the time (search online for
"the armed citizen" or subscribe to America's First Freedom
magazine). Unfortunately, not
all homes contain armed parents capable of protecting their children.
Do you want to be a grizzly or a chicken?
Think about it.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
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8. Thought for the Day
If there's one thing you could change about yourself, what would it be? Go
ahead, write it down. Now, what did you write? Was it a physical characteristic,
like thicker hair or a smaller nose? Or was it something that would help you
make the world a better place--even if only just a little? This exercise helps
people get centered on what matters. You might try this at your next party or
other get-together. It can be a real eye-opener.
Wishing you the best,
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