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Mindconnection eNL, 2007-08-19


In this issue:

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

1. Product Highlight

Accommodating Daylight Wasting Time and the challenge of sleep

Ever since CONgress inflicted Daylight Wasting Time on the American public, we've had to deal with the various costs of such insane legislation. Unfortunate citizens in other countries have been similarly abused.

Insurance companies have long tracked the spike in traffic accidents and industrial injuries for the three weeks following the clock change. The energy-wasting "benefits" of DWT are also costly, due to the extra hour of artificial lights used every morning.. The accidents occur because DWT forces people en masse to reset their body clocks. People who work on an early morning schedule--factory workers, construction workers, farmers, for example--go to bed with an extra hour of evening daylight keeping them awake. The reality is DWT goes in the opposite direction for most of us, if the goal is to save energy or give us an extra hour of usable daylight. To get Daylight Savings, we would need to spring back and fall forward. Or just leave the clocks alone.

Amazing as it may seem, the sleep problem isn't entirely the fault of CONgress. Yes, it's really true that some of our problems come from a source other than that body of mislegislators. Today, a lack of melatonin is a big piece of the sleep deficiency puzzle.
Two major factors contribute to this melatonin deficiency:
  1. People are getting less sun (and wisely so), therefore their bodies are producing less.
  2. Night-time light pollution depresses melatonin. Even the lights from a clock radio can cause melatonin levels to drop below what's required.

There are other factors, of course. But why not try the melatonin supplement pictured to the right? Just click on the picture, and you can find out more.

2. Brainpower tip

How wonderful it is to engage with another person and walk away feeling enriched by the experience. These kinds of interactions build more than just brainpower.

The flipside is the person from whom you walk away wondering just how much time you just wasted or if your brain has suffered some kind of irreparable damage.

I have a name for people like this: idiots.

Idiots are much like cabbage beetles. By the time you realize you're dealing with these parasites, the damage is done. In the meantime, you don't realize what's happening. If you suspect you are dealing with an idiot, remove yourself from the situation as quickly and discreetly as possible, while taking care to remain civil or even polite. Otherwise, this person will chew up your time and mess up your mind.

Here are some signs you may be dealing with an idiot (there are many more):

  • Talks in clichés. Does this person seem to recite a bunch of canned phrases? That's classic idiocy.
  • No depth. Does this person seem to talk in sound bites?
  • Focus is on own needs. Idiots are nearly always self-centered.

Now, we could spend our time and brainpower fending off idiots, but that's a losing strategy. What we really want to do is invest time and brainpower into attracting those who enrich us and whose abilities complement our own. Here are some things you can do:

  • Take care of yourself physically. Quality people are more likely to engage with someone who is healthy and energetic.
  • Control your mental diet. You are what you eat--choose wisely. What kinds of books and periodicals do you read?
  • Do specific things for other people, targeting their needs (rather than your own). This builds your outward focus, thereby drawing quality people to you like a moth to flame.


3. Time Tip

Believe it or not, there is actually a benefit to have the US CONgress. This article:

gives you insight on time-savings lessons we can learn from people whose ability to waste money is unsurpassed.

4. Finance tip

Have you ever noticed how expensive those little bottles of herbs are? The good news is that even apartment dwellers can grow common herbs. Products exist just for this purpose. In fact, there are products for growing all kinds of foods without the benefit of a garden. For example, there's a tomato basket that you can hang the same way you'd hang a normal potted plant. The tomato grows upside down in this basket, eliminating the problems that normally keep people from growing tomatoes indoors.

Use an organic fertilizer, rather than a salt-laden chemical fertilizer, for best plant health and best taste. Ask at a local garden store or nursery.

The real benefit doesn't come so much from saving money on herbs by growing your own. The real benefit is that by growing your own herbs and even some fruits and vegetables, you will eat fewer restaurant meals. This reduces your food bill dramatically. And, as we all know, restaurants serve up fat-laden, sugar-laden stuff in triple servings. So, you'll also reduce toxins while slashing your caloric intake by 80% or more each time you choose "at home" over "out" as long as you use nontoxic ingredients and keep your portions sensibly sized.

5. Security tip

Early in the morning the other day, a couple of big guys from my neighborhood opened my French patio doors and called my name. My home has an attached garage, and the door had been up all night. They were concerned that something might have happened to me, and were just checking.

Mine is one of those homes you hope a psychopath breaks into, simply because he's not likely to survive the experience. But leaving the doors open and going to sleep isn't the best way to prepare for the desired outcome.

When I was a kid, my dad had a nightly ritual of checking every door. After my recent security lapse, I'm thinking that is a good idea. You might want to adopt such a ritual yourself.

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

With the issue of calories brought up in the finance tip, here's an article on easy ways to cut calories:

7. Miscellany

  1. The dromedary camel can drink as much as 100 liters of water in just 10 minutes. As Nancy Pelosi proved recently, CONgress can consume hundreds of billions of dollars in mere seconds.
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8. Thought for the Day

Even while weighed down with the idiocy of CONgress, we can make progress. It just takes more effort than if we didn't have the additional burden. How much effort do you consciously put forth to make things better than they are?


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola


The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.

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