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Mindconnection eNL, 2009-03-22


In this issue:
Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Product Highlight | Thought for the Day


1. Brainpower tip

Don't let names fool you. Decide on facts, not on names.

Perhaps you've noticed an insidious pattern:

  1. Daylight Wasting Time is called "Daylight Savings Time." Maybe that's because the resulting carnage on the highways reduces congestion and therefore saves commuters time. So it's "Savings" time even though it wastes billions of dollars a year and squanders an hour of morning sunlight.
  2. Internal Revenue Scam is called "Internal Revenue Service." Because these people spend all of their waking hours acting out their childhood fantasies of getting back at other kids and screwing people, they are "servicing" the public the same way a stud horse "services" a mare.
  3. Economic Damage Package is called "Economic Stimulus Plan" because it stimulates more business closings, mortgage defaults, layoffs, and other problems.
  4. Department of Family Disintegration is called "Health and Human Services." Have a father in the home? Better make him pack a bag....

And, of course, we all know about "military intelligence" and other oxymorons that disguise what morons are doing with our tax dollars.

A few federal programs and agencies aren't misnamed. But if you look at those agencies and programs, they actually fit within the proper role of the government (e.g., State Department) and/or provide a valuable resource (e.g., Amtrak). And then, of course, there's CONgress, which is the opposite of PROgress. No name problem, there.

The misnaming pattern emerges when someone is trying to persuade others to accept something that can't stand on its own merits. But sometimes they don't bother, as in the case of CONgress.

Let's look more closely at Amtrak. Many well-meaning people (including our fine friends at the National Taxpayers Union) criticize Amtrak because it doesn't make a profit. They are not looking at the complete financial picture. The auto industry is subsidized to a far greater extent than Amtrak has ever been (Who pays for your roads? Not the automakers). On a level playing field, Amtrak financially outperforms the automobile by no small measure.

Amtrak is a great value. Notice, Amtrak doesn't have some glitzy name, like "Department of Transportation Efficiency." Yet, it's a very efficient means of transportation. In fact, because it can stand on its merits it doesn't get a glitzy name. There is no reason to lie to the public to try to sell Amtrak, because its merits make the case for it.

Misnaming things as way of getting people to not subject them to actual evaluation is necessary, however, when those things enter the realm of gross stupidity, moral turpitude, or some combination thereof.

If you're trying to convince people that pulling vast amounts of capital out of the economy during a recession (or at any other time) will somehow strengthen the economy, the obvious contradiction with reality here requires you to give it a name that implies the opposite of the only possible outcome. So, you call it a stimulus.

Sometimes, a name is innocuous. Take "Sarbanes-Oxley," for example. This very costly legislation has accomplished exactly zero in terms of preventing corporate malfeasance (can you say, "AIG?"), but it has a staggering effect on the economy. Anyone wanting to actually stimulate the economy would immediately repeal this bad legislation. This bad legislation is so bad that even the idiots who voted for it could see it wouldn't work. So they didn't even try to put lipstick on this particular pig.

Sometimes, a somewhat glitzy name is entirely accurate. For example, the Fair Tax (which is misrepresented by the mudstream media, all of whose objections are patently false).

Can you think of a simple rule to help you prevent shutting off your brain when a name seems appealing? How about this? Don't judge a book by its cover.

2. Finance tip

3. Security tip

If you're a long-time reader, you know my position on those brainwashing machines called "televisions." You are also aware that television makes people not just disinformed but also stupid. As mentioned in past issues, there's a reason it's called the boob tube. This is its effect on individuals. But it also has a collective effect on neighborhoods from a security standpoint.

Picture yourself as a criminal (the sort that isn't a member of CONgress). You case neighborhood one, and there are kids playing outside. Lots of kids. Neighbors are chatting in front yards. You case neighborhood two, and the kids are all indoors watching television. No neighbors are outside.

You want to watch one of these neighborhoods for a house to rob when its occupants pile into the family car and head to the mall. In which of these two neighborhoods are you going to do that?

4. Health tip/Fitness tips

You can greatly reduce back pain by:
  • Building a "cumberbund" of muscle around it (see image at right).
  • Control portion size to reduce total body fat.
  • Properly work your abs to make them strong.

And you can find tips on how to do these things at But the back is so complex and so prone to mechanical problems that these things alone won't ensure a pain-free back.

Fitness supplements for bodybuilders

That's where the inversion table comes in. I have found this to be an excellent part of my overall back maintenance program. While the table can't correct in all planes (that requires a chiropractor), it can definitely help.

5. Factoid

On average, in natural conversation, people use filler words, such as um, well, or you know, every seven or eight words. On average, your member of CONgress doesn't read a single word of a spending bill before voting "yes" to waste your money.

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7. Thought for the Day

Consider how the property tax appraisal scam works. It's done on "comps," meaning appraisers use other overvaluations to justify the overvaluation of your property. Do you use this same circular logic to justify any of your own wrongdoings?


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Wishing you the best,
Mark Lamendola
Mindconnection, LLC 

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