- Product highlight
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
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2. Brainpower tip
People tend to see what they want to see. If there's
some scrap of truth in something that is otherwise false, they will usually
latch onto the entire concept as valid.
One such concept is the federal "election" in the USA. Here's the
pattern: No matter who gets "elected," the result is increased spending and
increased regulation. This pattern has held true since the Reconstruction
era. There are historical reasons for that, but we don't need to go into
them here. The point is, the pattern of behavior among the Democrats and
Republicans has been the same (regarding matters that properly fall under
the aegis of the federal government), and it's a strongly negative pattern.
It's why the USA is dead last among first-world nations on several important
metrics (e.g., life expectancy).
So, we de facto have a single-party system. When you see a ballot with
only one choice, does it matter which flavor? Does it matter if you get
mugged by the Crips or the Bloods, or is getting mugged by one gang somehow
more pleasant than getting mugged by the other?
All of this is why paying any attention whatsoever to the "election"
runup is a complete waste of your time. That's time that could be spent on
something that actually matters. Yet, the "mainstream" media are
obsessed with reporting the non-events as if they somehow were newsworthy.
This is just one example of where we (people in general) don't see the
patterns. We are blind to what goes on because we have a predetermined view
against which the facts must fit or be rejected.
Look for patterns in other areas, and you'll open up
massive amounts of brainpower.
3. Time Tip
4. Finance tip
American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one (1) olive
from each salad served in first-class. If each member of CONgress could
eliminate one pork barrel program from his/her annual spending glut, the
savings could exceed $17 billion each year. What could you do
with your share of that money?|
Why don't you pose that question to
your CONgressman and two senators (addressing US audience, here)? Let
them know that you expect at least semi-marginal responsibility in the
use of your tax dollars.
5. Security tip
Do you need to discuss something sensitive? Do you want
to discuss it privately with your spouse or your attorney? Don't stand
near your windows when you do. Here's why. It's very easy for a Patriot
Act enabled, Constitution-violating federal agent who is bored and
looking for a career-boosting bust to listen in on you. And to jump to
wild conclusions based on a few innocent statements or the unfortunate
use of the wrong word choices.|
who isn't accountable (remember Ruby Ridge, anyone?), has the freedom to
cherry pick information and identify you as a threat that has to be
neutralized. That agency can then send people to arrest and detain you
for over a year without charging you for any crime. You cannot contact
an attorney, notify next of kin, or contact the outside world in any
way. Nobody you normally contact will know where you are. Nobody will
know that you are being waterboarded and subjected to other tortures,
because you haven't yet divulged your nonexistent plans to do whatever
it is you haven't yet been charged with. Think Catch-22.
But won't this embarrass the FBI or CIA, once you
are ultimately proved innocent? Well, perhaps. But if you disappear off
the side of a ship in the middle of the Pacific, who is to know? And if
you are allowed to survive, how do you pick up the pieces of your
shattered life, now that you have no job, no home, no credit, no money,
and no possessions?
Not to mention the IRS troubles you would have, due
to being secretly incarcerated and unable to file your income taxes. Tax
evasion is a felony. And no, being detained illegally isn't a
defense--the IRS does not list this in its manual and the braindead
procedures must be followed. So, off to prison you go. Again.
But it's not just gummit types who steal your
private information. Ordinary thieves do this as well. They are most
interested in your credit card information (use your computer's secure
browser, rather than giving c/c info over the phone) and vacation plans.
Your defense here is to keep sensitive
conversations private. Here are some tips:
- Play a stereo with bass turned up so it
vibrates your windows. This will help distort the reflections.
- Purchase an anti-surveillance device that
vibrates window panes at varying frequencies.
- Carry on your conversations in a room that
doesn't have windows, if possible.
- Speak in quiet tones. Whispering in the other
person's ear is a pretty good practice.
- Recognize that a cordless phone can be easily
intercepted. The range of your phone is the range over which its
calls can be intercepted. The encryption on these phones is easily
- Invest in a secure e-mail program that
encrypts outgoing messages, and communicate via e-mail. Understand
that it is still possible to capture your monitor's screen images
and recreate the text even if your monitor isn't near a window (the
rays from the monitor pass through walls, even if the monitor is an
- Be careful what you say. Don't use buzzwords
that you think may cause you to get on the "suspicious" list. You
can google search what these are. I'm not mentioning them here,
because my doing so would be a security breach.
Understand that these measures do not afford
absolute protection. They merely tilt the odds in your favor. Your most
valuable strategy is to steer clear of subjects that can get you
identified as a threat. So, don't even talk about things that, if
overheard, could be misunderstood and result in having you misbranded as
a troublemaker. Don't use buzzwords (e.g., the word b*mb) that these
folks are looking for.
"What about the First Amendment?" If you believe
this actually protects you, I'm really sorry about that. Please, for
your personal safety, let this myth go. It's a nice thought, but it has
zero to do with reality. The passing into law of the Patriot Act was the
final blow to this and other Constitutional freedoms--which were all
tenuous by then anyhow.
Attorney client privilege
Most people grossly misunderstand this.
- Attorney client privilege applies only to
things you have already done. Your attorney actually is required to
report you if your attorney believes you may be planning to commit a
- If you have something you really need to
discuss with your attorney, either go to the atty's office or talk
about the subject indirectly.
- Your attorney cannot advise you how to avoid
prosecution, skip bail, evade authorities, etc.
- Remember that language choices can trip you
up. So, rather than discuss the specifics of your case when trying
to understand something conceptually, discuss it in theoretical
terms. Use numbers that are far smaller than your actual numbers.
Your attorney will understand the "code" aspect of this and follow
your lead. If, on the other hand, you put your attorney in a
compromising position, your attorney may have to fire you and turn
over notes to the authorities or risk disbarment.
In short, be careful what you say and where you
say it. People are monitoring conversations and reacting to the barest
In addition to protecting yourself from
unjustified "enforcement actions," you will prevent the diversion of
these resources away from catching the "bad guys" they are allegedly
supposed to detect and neutralize.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
- Pearls melt in vinegar.
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8. Thought for the Day
Are you more concerned with impressing others, or
with how you make them feel?|
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