- Product highlight
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlight
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2. Brainpower tip
Watch your assumptions. There's nothing wrong with making
assumptions. In fact, doing so is a necessary part of processing
information. But many people make assumptions half-cocked, without looking
at underlying facts or information.|
is the electric car. Wow, sounds great. The marketing hype promises zero
pollution, great efficiency, and no petroleum use. Sounds ideal, but the marketing hype
makes assumptions in an information void. Consider:
- We generate electricity by burning coal.
Bargefuls of the stuff. Coal is radioactive and nasty. If you will spend
half an hour researching the downside of coal, you will want to use
"anything but" as an energy source.
- The power from those central generating stations
must be distributed long distances. The distribution incurs line losses,
transformation losses, and other losses that are all manifested in the
form of heat. The same people who want electric cars as a solution to
"global warming" don't seem to appreciate how much heat is given off by
transmitting electricity. On a per unit of energy basis, the electric
car is worse this way than the gasoline engine alternative.
- The batteries required for these cars contain
significant amounts of very toxic chemicals. It's hardly a green technology.
Furthermore, and I used to work in a battery component plant, batteries
are very energy intensive to make. You may not realize this, but a lot
of oil is used to make batteries. Even extruding the plastic for the
separators inside the battery requires oil (you can't extrude the
plastic without it).
I could go on and on about why the marketing hype is
wrong. But that's not my point here. My point here is that your brain goes
into "suspension mode" when you simply agree to assumptions without
understanding whether what's behind them is fallacious or not. Especially
if the assumptions sound logical, look at the facts behind them.
3. Time Tip
4. Finance tip
How much do you pay for dirt? Here in the middle
latitudes and higher of the Northern Hemisphere, we are entering winter.
No, I don't mean the cold dead winter of that drawn out charade known as
the "presidential election." You will pay for dirt, no matter who
pretends to win that already decided "contest."|
I'm talking about something that we generally don't
think much about as it runs quietly in the background so we aren't
freezing our tu-tus off all winter long in our homes. You go it, your
The last time I bought a home, I switched from
insisting on a new one to insisting on a used one. And, there I
discovered a dirty little secret. Literally. Most people simply do not
change their furnace filters frequently enough. Worse, most people use
cheap fiberglass "let dirt pass" filters instead of something that
actually protects their furnace and their lungs.
A dirty air filter causes that furnace blower to
work much harder. It can easily double your electric bill. Contrast that
with $15 spent for a decent air filter that you change every other month
or so. This is a no-brainer, so do it!
5. Security tip
Have you updated your winter gear, yet? If you live in the
middle latitudes or higher in the northern hemisphere, now is the time
to do that if you haven't done so already. Some things to check:|
- Shovels. The blade on last year's snow shovel(s) may be about worn
off. Ditto for ice removal tools.
- Snow-melt. You should have a bag of this stuff, now. When it starts
to snow or drizzle freezing rain, throw some down--it works much better
done that way. But don't get the cheap stuff. Read the label and get the
stuff that has the highest proportion of calcium chloride. The cheap
stuff is loaded with sodium chloride, and that does all sorts of damage.
- Boots. Check your insulated socks and boots now. Checking them after
you get frostbite is not the best timing.
- Gloves. Same note as boots. Applies to other apparel, too.
- Wiper blades. I'm not talking about your toilet, here. If you have a
car, now would be a good time to change those windshield wiper blades.
It doesn't cost much, and you need a clear windshield on those slippery
- Tires. If your tires are anywhere near their wear markers, replace
them. Tires that bite into snow are much safer than tires that simply
fill up with snow. Buy the best tires that fit your car. If the tire
isn't rated A A A, don't even consider it. That's a very old standard,
and anything less just isn't acceptable anymore. The small difference
you pay for a quality tire actually reduces your total cost of ownership
while making you safer.
- Other car stuff. Windshield washer, tire inflation, flashlight,
spare cell phone battery, etc. Check it all.
- Ammunition. Now with fall behind us, many folks don't replace
ammunition until the next hunting season. But there is a worldwide
shortage of it, and costs continue to rise. If you save your family from
one home intruder, don't be left defenseless for the next.
Let's not forget the human chain. This is a security measure many
people overlook. Have you made arrangements with certain neighbors for
exchanges of phone numbers and house keys (in case you get locked out at
10 below)? This kind of cooperation does require trust.
If you can't trust at least one neighbor, then your best security
measure is to relocate to another neighborhood. If the problem is that
you don't know anybody, you can easily fix that. Invite people over.
This can be for a short get-together, even without a meal or
refreshments. If you need an excuse, ask for help in rearranging your
furniture. Consider going out to eat, just to get to know each other
better. Whatever. Just get to know some folks and learn to look out for
And don't be concerned with only your security. Look after people who
are less able. Elderly people, especially, have problems with balance.
Help them out, maybe by shoveling, getting their mail for them, or
offering to pick up something at the store since you're going there
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
- You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
Congress burns more money while you're sleeping than everyone you know
will make in your combined lifetimes.
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8. Thought for the Day
Choosing between appearing to be right and actually being right is easy
for people who have so little going for them that appearance is
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