- Product highlight
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlights
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2. Brainpower tip
Brainpower pays. The more you realize this, the more likely
you are to take determined measures to improve what you've got. You don't
have much to work with--and neither do I.|
of our cognitive power resides in the cortex. We're talking about a slab of
protein and fat that's about the volume of a deck of cards. It consists of
six thin layers mostly wrapped around the
previous layer of brain. What do I mean by "previous layer?" Crack open your
anatomy books, and you'll see the brain is actually a compilation of
successive models of brain (for those who "don't believe in evolution," the
answer to this "debate" is literally in your head). Yep, you still
have a discrete brain structure that we call the "reptilian" brain. And
there's another structure on top of that. And another....
The structure of the human brain completely
destroys the "Intelligent Design" theory. Why? Imagine cobbling a computer
together out of a 286, 386, 486, Pentium, and Pentium II. That's not a very
intelligent design now, is it? None of us would pay for such a poorly
designed system, or even want to use it. Yet, we all walk around with the same thing in our heads.
Interesting, to say the least....
OK, enough of a topic that will only get me flamed if
I continue. That isn't the focus here, anyhow. I just wanted to give you a
bit of information on the brain and to highlight the fact that we aren't
working with much to begin with (and politicians apparently work with even
less). So, we have to make the best of what little
Note: in politicians, the brain is located at
the other end of the body, next to a gland that secretes the spending
So, how does brainpower pay? Let us count some ways:
- An engineer in US manufacturing will make $40 to
$50k per year. The same person would make $65k to $80k per year working in an
engineering house doing design. One firm is producing goods, the other is
producing intellectual property.
- Make that engineer a manager (rather than a
"doer") and the salary goes up considerably. Even if that
engineer isn't a particularly good manager.
- You can buy a canvas and paint for only a
few dollars. Try to buy a Rembrandt painting for "only" a few million
dollars. What's the difference? The first two items are commodities. The
second is a product of the mind.
- A lawyer with five years of experience charges $250 an hour. Someone
with ten years of experience working on
the production line in a Tennessee motor plant is making less than $12
- Years ago, a CEO made, on average, 1200 times the
wages of any fellow employee actually using his or her hands to make
anything. The gap has grown considerably since then.
- The wealthiest companies produce intellectual
property, not widgets.
Why the difference in money? Well, this is basic
economics. As a side note, I am qualified to explain this--I took graduate
economics and came out with a 98.5% average. (To put that in context, the
failure rate was 50%--there was no score inflation). And I read voraciously on this
At the bottom are producers of raw materials. There is no value
added, here. The materials are commodities, and there is no differentiation
between them. So, the producers have to compete on price and delivery. But
mostly on price. What's the old saying? "Parts is parts, Vern." But it's even more
basic than that.
As you add more value at each step, the price goes up
because the value goes up. There is more differentiation between the
offerings, too, so there is less commoditization. This is why, for example,
people pay $3500 for a high-tech bicycle weighing 15 lbs but they don't pay
$3500 for 15 lbs of aluminum ore and carbon. Unless, of course, they are
buying these things for the military--where it's OK to pay $900 for a toilet
What happens if you remove the "material" part of the
equation? Then the price goes up even more! This is why, for example, Tobey
Maguire is making $15 million (or is it $19M?) this year to star in Spiderman
III. Plus, he gets to kiss Kirsten Dunst. More than once. That illustrates
another point I won't go into at this time.
Here is the general hierarchy--as you move along this
spectrum in a national economy, the level of prosperity rises:
- Raw materials. Even with oil, the result is
usually abject poverty on a national scale. For example, Nigerians are
extremely poor despite having enormous amounts of oil. In this
environment, there is no value added. So, you don't get smart people
running things. Yes, we see rich Saudis. But if you look past the
exceptions to see the rule, you find that vast oil does not equal a
prosperous economy or prosperity among the populace as a whole. All of Central America is a testimony to that. Ditto
for copper and other raw materials.
- Agrarian. Here, there is some value added. Take
seed, grow it, and harvest it. This is what the USA did in its beginning
stages. It also had vast raw materials. But it wasn't a raw materials
economy (it was in an even earlier time). As the nation grew, more
raw materials were used in higher processes to grow things and make
goods. The folks who trapped raccoons for fur didn't find themselves
owning large tracts of land, now, did they? That land went to the
farmers. For a while. Then it went to manufacturers....
- Manufacturing. High value add, here. Take raw
materials and make something. The problem is someone else can copy your
methods and commoditize your products. This drives prices down to the
lowest cost producer. Costs of entry tend to be high, and margins tend
to be slim. They get slimmer as competitors fight against each other for
Today, you can look at countries with a heavy manufacturing base and
what do you see? A much lower wage base and lower standard of living
than in countries that have moved beyond that stage. This is something
the Taiwanese understood back in the 1970s, and they launched an
education initiative to develop a brains economy vs. a hands economy.
- Services. This is an odd sector that is really
two dissimilar sectors:
non-exportable services (e.g, dry cleaners), and exportable services
The services sector contains "enabling" industries (e.g.,
restaurants) that support those that add to the economy. And, it
saps the economy when too large but is also an enabler. These do not
add jobs or wealth. They do move wealth around.
This sector also includes schools.
The USA does a brisk business in
higher education of folks visiting the US for that purpose. This
industry is a bit of both enabler and producer, as are several others.
Then we get to producers.
An example of a "producer" service would be consulting. For example,
McKinsey and Company may sell consulting services to a company outside
the U.S., thus bringing dollars into this country. A small team can
generate millions of dollars.
The USA has a massive "producer" service
sector, and it brings more wealth to the USA than all of our
manufacturing combined. This, despite the fact that the USA is
manufacturing more goods now than at any point in our history. If not
for our huge competitive disadvantage of embedded taxes, manufacturing
might be able to challenge the service sector on this metric. But,
that's just not our present situation.
If you look at this sector one industry at a time, you can find both
those that produce something and those that merely enable.
Margins in "producer" services are astronomical.
- Intellectual property. This is where the bulk of
wealth is generated in the USA today. Software, for example, is
intellectual property. Margins here can be, and often are, beyond
"merely" astronomical. This is where you make the most money with the
A national economy based on intellectual property is about as robust as
you can get. This is why Iceland, for example, is becoming a destination
for such industries as engineering and software. They have extremely
reliable power, and the place is wired. That is, there is cheap
broadband everywhere. Outside of thermal energy and fish, they don't
have appreciable raw materials. And they don't manufacture diddly.
This robustness is also why when you drive through neighborhoods
populated by manufacturing
workers you see one type of home, and when you drive through neighborhoods
populated by software developers see another. The two groups live at
entirely different levels of wealth and comfort.
Now, there is one huge fly in the ointment, at least on a national
scale. While historically we've seen countries get along just fine with
a one-sided economy--for example, they import all of their steel while
exporting banking services--this is a risky way to live. Not that we're
debating national policy here, but I just want to point out that a
nation also needs to be able to produce. If it doesn't, then it has an
This is an area economists debate incessantly. Where
on this spectrum should a country be? It's a trade-off between national
security and national prosperity. I personally don't pretend to have the
answer, and I doubt anyone has the right answer. But certainly, diversity is
So, a long article this time. The point of all this is
to show the spectrum of value and how brainpower sits at the pinnacle. But
the same "diversify" caution applies to people as to nations: Don't be all "brains." You
also need a healthy body and some skills that aren't "high-end." Know how to
do handyman things. Diversify your personal economic base and your
personal skills base. Form alliances, but avoid dependencies.
I define real brainpower as the ability to see past
the surface impressions, emotional claims, propaganda, and agendized
"information"--and reason things out based on reality. Real brainpower is scarce, in this age of
brainwashing, disinformation, and toxicity.
Having real brainpower gives you a real edge. And you can turn that edge into money. That,
3. Time Tip
One of the techniques used to torture prisoners is
sleep deprivation. Even a small loss of sleep can cause problems.
For example, the Sleep Institute has found that a person who is 20%
sleep-deprived has the mental acuity of someone who's drunk.|
Interestingly, in most parts of the USA we have a
bizarre and deadly ritual called Daylight Wasting Time. In the spring,
we move our clocks forward so that we lose an hour of daylight each
morning. Folks get up earlier and drive to work in the dark. In the
fall, we repeat this insanity so folks drive home in the dark. Note:
Arizona and Indiana have decided to be insanity-free zones, at least in
regard to this clock-changing things, so they don't do this to their
But being in the dark isn't the real problem with
Daylight Wasting Time. The real problem is the fact we change clocks at
all. Without adequate "normalizing" beforehand, this clock change causes
people to lose at least an hour of sleep (typically more, for
reasons we won't go into) no matter which way you change
the clocks. The result is jet lag on an enormous scale.
This is why we have a rash of traffic "accidents"
and industrial injuries for the three weeks following the clock change
(the human body's clock needs about three weeks to reset). This is a
very expensive exercise, in terms of dollars and sheer human suffering.
Why don't we just insist our various governments
stop killing citizens and causing massive economic damage this way?
That won't do any good. If we have learned anything from history, it's
the simple fact that we're deluding ourselves if we expect anything remotely resembling
common sense to emanate from government. It's like expecting cancer to
make you younger.
The good news is we have a way to cope with this
semi-annual sleep deprivation torture ritual and greatly reduce the
potential for catastrophic loss.
Last month was the time to start going to bed
earlier (in the northern hemisphere, anyhow). Just fifteen minutes, in week
one. Then, fifteen minutes the next
week. And so on for four weeks. Under that scenario, you'll slowly
adjust your body clock, instead of jarring it from one position to
Now, so close to DWT-day, there is still hope. The
key is still "go to bed earlier." Only now, you have to go in larger
increments and change them daily. You're still going to have to adjust
over three weeks, and thereby suffer some negative effects. But those
will be blunted. This will allow you to focus on your main problem if
you commute by automobile--namely, all of the idiots driving while
When you awake after that first night of going to
bed a bit early, get up
immediately. Don't dally in bed. You may feel a bit sleepy, but that's
OK. Get up and get going, and the sleepiness will pass. Go to bed a bit
earlier that night.
If you are using an alarm clock, you are making a
huge error. You aren't getting enough sleep. This means you are less
efficient all day long. Save time by going to bed earlier and waking up
If you have problems falling asleep or staying
that way, then you need our
Sleeplessness Causes and Cures course.
4. Finance tip
The tax code does provide some ways to get tax-free
income, without the risk of tax shelters or the complexity of "creative"
investments. If you live in a country that is so barbaric it has an
income tax (e.g., the USA), these tips apply to you. Based on the
current insanity that is our federal income tax code....
You do not need a tax shelter to reduce your taxes, Part Four.
- Cashback credit card rebates are not taxed. But,
sometimes they are. The American Taliban (AT) released a ruling on this, and I agree with
their philosophy on this one. Yes, they got something right--will
wonders never cease? Basically, that rebate is a reduction of fees on a
card used for personal charges (a personal card). For a business card,
it's considered income.
If you inadvertently use your business card for a personal charge, don't worry about
sorting out the small increase in refund that is taxable. Similarly, if
you use your business card for a personal charge, don't try to take that
refund off your business income. These are minor amounts, not worth
messing with. However, it's best to avoid ever mixing the uses of the
two cards. And don't do it with the idea of hiding income--that's just
Why is it stupid?
If you're thinking this is a great way to scam the tax system for some
undeclared income, you're risking taking a deliberate action for a
reward that isn't very much. An incidental amount isn't a problem.
But make a pattern of it, and it will be noticed. And if there's a large
amount, you're going to have to crunch some numbers and provide
documentation. The burden will be on you to prove you didn't commit a
crime. Don't put yourself in that position. A simple mistake is easy to
explain. Don't make a series of actions that you can't explain.
- Frequent-flier miles are not taxed. The AT said
it's not going to try to tax them in the future, either, and if they
change their minds they'll give us advance warning. But my guess is
they'll never tax these because members of CONgress would then have to
pay more in personal taxes and we can't have that now, can we? No, those
jokers want to spend the country into a hole and then tax everyone
else to pay for it.
- Heirs pay no income tax on capital gain property
held until death. What happens is the tax basis gets moved up to
the current market value. This wipes out all appreciation in the
property up to that date. Look for this break to disappear.
- An employer can pay up to $200 a month for your
parking, and that's tax-free. The same applies to car-pooling expenses
or transit passes, but only for $105 per month. Look for the parking
exclusion to disappear, and the others to expand--in response to our
increasing attention to excessive petroleum use due to unnecessary
- Federal government bonds bring tax breaks, mostly
because they are such lousy, low-return investments. Federal bonds are
also exempt from state taxes.
- State and municipal bonds are often tax-free
(state, local, and federal taxes), but there's a huge catch. The rules
on these are incredibly complex. Consequently, some states and
municipalities have issued tax-free bonds that aren't tax-free after
The AT hasn't gone after these other governments. Instead, they've gone
after the 88-year old widows who hold those "securities" and slammed
them with backtaxes, interest, and penalties. I sh-- you not. This is
par for the course with these folks, though. For an example of how they
really go off the deep end, see
http://www.mindconnection.com/hoyt. This is an amazing story that has you
wondering if the Allies really beat the Nazis in WWII after all. It's
looking more like the Nazis just took jobs in the AT (which, by the way,
has more people than our combined Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines).
My advice: don't buy bad debt. Government produces nothing, so its debt
is bad by definition--there is nothing to back it other than "faith." If there's allegedly a tax incentive added to a
bond or other "security," consider that a red flag. What you're buying
may be called a "security," but in reality it may be anything but that.
There are many ways that money coming to you
isn't taxable income. Just make sure you look up the current rules and follow them. Don't try to scam the system.
As with all financial transactions, don't do things for the tax
motivation. Do them for the business motivation, and then avail yourself
of the tax breaks. That is your first line of defense in staying out of
Remember, the AT can void the statute of limitations on the
flimsiest of grounds, and assess you whatever interest and penalties
they feel will most painfully destroy you. Following statute or
Congressional intent is not in their game plan. In their sick, twisted minds,
they get a thrill out of inflicting massive damage on other people. Don't give them an excuse to do it to you.
Once the "Borg" locks onto you, getting rid of them is almost
In our next issue, we'll present more ways you can reduce your taxes
without shelters or other dubious means.
5. Security tip
Nearly everyone these days has a cell phone. And that
phone can be a useful addition to your "security arsenal" if you do one
very simple thing. Find the phone number for your local emergency
services and program it in. Typically, this is your Sherriff's office or
local police department dispatch. Now, here are tips on how to do that
- Find the actual phone number, with area code. Do
not program in 911. What you are doing here is programming in a number
you can dial from anywhere.
- For the name, don't put "Sherriff." Instead, put
"00Sherriff." This places the number at the very top of your address
book. Along similar lines for travelers, use AirDelta, AirMidwest,
AirSouthwest, and so on.
- Test it. Emergency services do not like people to
dial without an emergency. That's understandable. But picture yourself
in an emergency and the number doesn't work. Simply call the number and
say, "This is not an emergency. I am testing this number so I know it
works if there is an emergency. Have a great day." If the operator gives
you grief, don't argue. And whatever you do, don't be rude to these
How you can use this number--some examples:
- You're driving on the interstate, far from
home. Some maniac is tailgating you at 75MPH. You call your
explain that you are traveling, and have an emergency. You need to
be patched through to Highway Patrol for Iowa (or wherever), and you
are on Interstate 80, mile-marker 110 (or whatever). If they balk at
this, just say, "Well, I do have a 12 gage shotgun sitting next to
me. Would you rather I use that than this phone? Your choice. Make
- You witness a carjacking. Now you can quickly
call for help while driving inconspicuously behind the criminals for
the first turn or two. This allows you to tell the authorities which
way these fools are headed. But don't try to be a hero and tail
them, if it's just the car. If there's a child also being abducted,
of course, that changes everything. If they get away, the kid's
going to die. So, you won't increase the risk to the child no matter
what you do. Personally, I can't imagine worrying about my own
safety in such a situation.
- You stop at a collision, and three people
need an ambulance. You can quickly call for help.
- As you crest a hill, you almost run over kids
playing in the street. Most adults feel obliged to stop and lecture
the kids. But if you don't know them and they have an attitude, this
can be dangerous. You can just call it in and explain that you're
driving your car and don't have access to a phone book. If the
dispatcher balks at you, apologize for using the only number you
have and say your only concern was to avoid having a police car come
through there on patrol and kill a kid. "I don't know a single
police officer who wants that. Now, are you going to help me?"
- You're in a convenience store, and it gets
held up. If you live in one of the 46 states that have a right to
carry law, you empty a clip at the coked-out robbers. But what if
they are still standing? What you should have done was press that
phone number and then "talk." Then you might have felt more calm as
you proceeded to aim carefully at the junkies and take them out. The
dispatcher would have then heard the shots and asked where you are.
If you live in a place where the government believes violent
criminals are legally entitled to safe working conditions (e.g.,
those other 4 states), shut your phone off. You don't want anyone
to know you're there. Hide. You might survive, that way.
Having that emergency number with you can really
improve your personal safety. But use it wisely and recognize its
For example if you are out walking and a huge dog
comes lunging at you. So do you reach for your sidearm or your phone?
Studies have shown that huge dogs are not swayed by calls to emergency
numbers. Interestingly, many people feel this also applies to armed
robbers, rapists, and coked-out junkies. Many of these people refer to
the fact that Florida's violent crime rate dropped by 90% during its
first year of right to carry. But heck, why base your opinions on fact?
What a concept....
If you don't have a sidearm (it could happen,
especially if you live in one of those "criminals get a free pass"
states, as I did until KS chose life this past week), remember that anything can be a weapon. Roll up a
magazine, and you have a baton. Pick up sand or gravel, and you can
blind your opponent.
It's a good idea to practice using everyday items
as weapons, so you are prepared. Keep your knees slightly bent, and
don't lean forward. Also, playing nearly any sport will help you learn
balance and make you that much more graceful in a confrontation. If you
don't like sports, take up dancing. Just get used to using your body. It
makes a huge difference.
I make a practice out of looking around me and
picturing how I might use things as weapons. For example, I walk into a
nursery. Flowerpots are all around me. I feel quite safe. I also have
that phone, but it's for after the fact, not during.
Basically, if you are in danger then use a weapon
rather than the phone. If danger is clearly headed your way or
you are merely threatened, then use the phone. With any luck, the police
will be able to arrive in time to intervene and prevent the threat from
escalating. I have found this quite true in my own case in traffic
While the best thing is to avoid situations, we
have to contend with the reality that nutcases are all around us. Be
prepared. Very prepared.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
|Controlling Quantity, Part Four|
know at the end of Part Three, it sounded like there wouldn't be a Part
Four. And I hadn't intended for there to be one. But I apparently left
some questions unanswered for our readers, so here we are.
Retrain your eye and your stomach. That is, change
your perceptions. We get used to enormous portions, and think those are
normal. We expect them. What you have to do is be different. Don't get
into the bad habit of eating the quantities presented by restaurants and
group settings. Don't give in to other people's wrong idea of what's
"normal." While they are busy stuffing their faces and courting bowel
cancer and knee replacements, you can eat the right amounts and enjoy
Many experts say to reduce the amount you eat
slowly and incrementally. That often does not work. What happens is you
start out reducing a little here and there, but you quickly bounce back
the other way.
Most people find the best approach is to just
"right size" your portions, and tough it out until your body adjusts. In
addition to being less of a discipline issue, this also produces results
much faster so you feel like it's worth it.
Since typical portions are based on three meals a
day, you automatically need to cut your portions in half if you are
going to the more sensible eating schedule of six small meals a day. And
since typical portions are far too large for even that three meal a day
pattern, you have to cut further.
How much should you cut? That's not really the
question to ask. Cutting isn't the way to think of this. Instead,
determine what you need and eat no more than that. We've covered that
issue in previous installments of this series, plus you can find great
articles about it at
Now, there are some problems to overcome when you
reduce portion size:
- Sense of deprivation. You aren't "getting" as
much, so your meals seem like they are somehow cheating you. To
counter this, remember your goal isn't to stuff yourself but to
supply your body with essential nutrients. You're not depriving
yourself of anything but illness and ugliness, and most of us
probably feel fine giving up those two things. If you also eat real
foods rather than processed junk, you will enjoy nature's bountiful
flavors and not feel deprived. If you limit your food to the typical
American flavors of processed grain or damaged fat, you will "need"
to eat more to get any satisfaction.
- Hunger. This is a biggie. Most of this is
driven by habit and by pattern. You can break this by maintaining
the new pattern for three weeks. After that, much of what drives
hunger simply goes away. But you also have less food in your
stomach--which has been stretched by overeating--so you have to deal
with that. Drink coffee, tea, or water to help fill you up.
- Cravings. This differs from hunger. You keep
picturing the food you are "missing." Bill Phillips has a great
solution to this. Give yourself a "free day" once a week. Let's say
that's Saturday. You have cravings all week. But rather than
indulging them (so that they just keep coming back), you just look
forward to Saturday. On Saturday, you pig out. But the great thing
is you are still going to come out ahead on net calorie savings.
With time, you'll adjust down and eat even less on that "free day."
Eventually, you'll not even need it. But let that be your safety
valve for however long you have cravings.
If you are too fat, you got that way one bite at a
time. You have to get unfat the same way. There are no miracle diets.
A mole can dig a tunnel three hundred feet
long in a single night. An American Taliban employee can steal thousands of
dollars in the same amount of time--and get away with it.
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Sometimes, in our desire to gain acceptance we deny it to
others. But when we give acceptance, we nearly always get it in return.
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