In this issue:
Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Product Highlight | Thought for the Day
1. Brainpower tip
Amazing fact: some of the money you pay in taxes isn't
wasted. Some of the more elaborate estimates go as high as 5%.|
In this tiny sliver of tax dollars that go to legitimate
purposes, there is a gold mine for brainpower: your public library.
- Books. Of course. See our
book reviews at
- Audio books. You can get these on cassette and
CD. Many libraries also have MP3s available for download.
- Movies on DVD. A wide range of intellectually
stimulating material is available.
- Guest lectures.
- Research tools.
- Reading areas and meeting areas.
- Cultural and other events.
It's also worth noting that Mensans are,
demographically-speaking, disproportionately represented among library users
(and book buyers). All Mensans have a genius IQ (by definition). Frequenting
a Mensan "nourishment center" can't hurt. Don't be afraid to ask others for
reading recommendations; you are likely to get one from a really smart
How to make it better:
- If your library doesn't have a particular item,
go online and buy it. Donate it to the library when you're done.
- Join your Friends of the Library or similar
- Make a six-month commitment to volunteering.
There's always plenty to do--just returning materials to the shelves for
half a Saturday every other Saturday would be a big help.
- Use your library's Website.
- Leave your cell phone and other gadgets at home
or in the car. If you want them on you, then make a habit of putting
them on vibrate before leaving for the library.
- Handle every bit of library property with extreme
care so you return it in as good of condition as when you checked it
- Bring back materials when you're done, rather
than waiting until they're due. This helps keep things in circulation.
- While most people have forgotten the "whisper
rule" for libraries, this doesn't mean you have to. Set an example.
- Dress appropriately, so by your propriety you
help send the message that the library is a place deserving of respect.
- If you drive to the library, don't use any of the
near parking spaces unless you have a special need; leave those for
others if you are able.
2. Finance tip
Your personal share of the Porkulus Package is
about $66,000. It's amazing to me that the average American will call
the police about the theft of a $600 digital camera, but simply accedes
to the theft of $66,000. What can you buy for $66,000? Why not go into a
Lexus dealer and trash a $66,000 car, and while laughing maniacally say
it's no problem to pay for it.
Personally, I don't have $66,000 to just throw
away. I wonder where so many other people get the money to afford this?
If you have that kind of money to throw away, please throw it my way.
What's especially bad about the Porkulus is it's
"the gift that keeps on giving." Like some kind of venereal disease that
just won't go away, its symptoms will return again and again and we'll
get the bills for it. If you look at what's in the Porkulus Package, you
see it's institutionalizing waste and handouts (to the employers of
lobbyists) so that the pain just doesn't end.
What can we do about this enormous financial load?
Write the President a short note expressing your dismay at being robbed
this way. Ask what can be done to repeal bad legislation like this and
what can be done to repeal bad legislation like Sarbanes-Oxley. If
enough people do this, he might understand that the average American
isn't fine with being robbed on such a colossal scale. Whether he will
care or not is a different question. But first, let's work on getting
him to understand that our pockets aren't nearly as deep as he thinks
3. Security tip
In our last issue, I mentioned using a PO Box as a
security measure. I also said, "....one of the themes repeated again and
again is to not let your name and your address appear together
This can also apply to PO Boxes.
Items are addressed in your name for a given PO Box, someone trying to
find you can send a bright red envelope (or something else that stands
out) to that Box and then just watch the Post Office for a few days to
see who emerges with it.
Now, the odds that someone is going to go through
that kind of effort are pretty remote. But for some people, not remote
enough. What's the defense measure? There are several, actually:
- You can simply make up a name that you use
for receiving mail. Then, that name and your PO Box go together. A
drawback here is you have to use your real name for several
different purposes so this measure isn't completely effective.
- You can swap with a friend so that you use
each other's boxes and then meet once or twice a week to swap mail.
If you and your friend don't have matching descriptions (for
example, different race, gender, or height), anyone on stakeout will
probably not figure this out. But could. A drawback of this method
is it's even more inconvenient than just having a box.
- A variation of the previous defense is you
swap with a friend in a different city, and you each simply forward
each other's mail to your actual addresses (using a fake name at the
destination for added security).
- You can get a PO Box in the name of a
corporation. Form an LLC and use the name of the company in Item 1
of the PO Box application. You can use your own name in Item 3 and
Item 14, since you're the owner of the company. Your friend could
forward your personal mail to this corporation.
- Form the LLC as above, but use a made-up name
as the legal name of it. For example, Pat Lee Meyers, LLC. Send
yourself a couple of letters addressed to Pat Lee Meyers (drop the
LLC) and perhaps later to just Pat Myers at that PO Box, and you
should be able to receive letters to this fictitious name. That
gives you the advantages of our first defense, legally--though it
still won't work for tax purposes and similar unless you are legally
changing your name to Pat Myers.
If you need measures more secure than these, you really have
problems. You should consult with a security consultant.
In the USA, most states now formally recognize your natural right to
self-defense--despite the efforts of the Save the Criminals Movement to
make violent crime safe for every offender. If you live in a civilized
state that recognizes this basic human right (I think only four still
see the potential victims of violent crime as deserving of their fate),
visit your local firing range and inquire about obtaining a Right to
What I like about RTC is it follows the logic that a firearm is a
tool for self-defense. Putting a wrench in the hand of an untrained
mechanic is asking for problems. But in hand of someone who has trained,
practiced, and passed exams, it's a useful tool. Firearms are the same
way. Get the training, or don't get the firearm. RTC ensures you are
properly trained and can prove it.
4. Health tip/Fitness tips
This is the time of year when people
who "lost weight" (instead of
reducing fat in a sustainable
manner) are dealing with loose skin.
What you want, instead, is a nice
rippled look. What can you do about
loose skin from rapid "weight loss?"
Here's an article
with some answers:
You can avoid
this problem entirely, however.
Rather than rapidly diet down as a panic response to warm weather--and
consequently have that loose skin,
follow the helpful advice at
www.supplecity.com to have a
sustainable lifestyle. If you are
facing the battle of the bulge,
start by eating smaller portions. If you cut just 50 calories from each
meal, you'll cut 300 calories a day (assuming you are eating six small
meals per day). In one month, you'll lose two pounds of fat. This is
essentially my method, and as you
can see it works pretty well.
Since we're talking about skin and
summer, here's an informative
accounting of a recent experience of
My thumb got infected and
swelled to three times its normal
size. Based on the timing, I
couldn’t trace this back to any
particular incident. I really want
to know what I did or may have to for that to have happened, so I can
take measures to ensure it doesn't
happen again. But this defies
During the in-office surgery to
let that gunk out of my thumb, the doctor noticed a red dot on the palm
of that hand. He excised a small,
hard-shell tick that had almost
completely burrowed into my palm.
These ticks have a toxin that deadens nerves, so they can burrow
into your skin undetected—even the
skin on your hands. Possibly, such a
tick entered my thumb and either
died there or left a trail of nasty
bacteria on the way out. We'll never know.
What came out of that thumb
included hard mass, not just gooey
pus. It felt like a metal rod being
dragged through my thumb. The bulk
of it was an old infection that was
a deep down in there. How is this
It had existed at a very low
level, as my body apparently was
very successful at clamping it down.
Some stress or other factor tipped
the balance in favor of the
infection, and it took off as if a
switch had been thrown.
I'd had a minor itching and then a minor swelling on that thumb for a
few days prior to the "hyperinflation," and just kept an
eye on it. When it suddenly swelled
up, I figured the time for "wait and
see" was over. And it's a good
thing. Prompt reporting to a doctor
and prompt care by the doctor kept it from turning into a two-week stay
in the hospital.
I also did everything the doctor
said to do--100% compliance. So,
this event turned out to have no
serious consequences. But it easily
Take the time to look at your
hands for any kind of unusual
patches or bumps (and check your
ears and nose in the mirror). These
could mean anything from skin cancer
to a tick attack. See a physician
promptly. Do not wait for it to "get
better," because it probably won't.
As regular readers know, I'm 48
years old in the picture (above,
right), taken in December. I don't
diet down for summer. I don't have
good genes for maintaining a lean
body, I really have to be conscientious and disciplined about
it. That doesn't mean I suffer, eat
bland foods, or starve myself.
www.supplecity.com, you'll find
plenty of informative, authoritative
articles on maintaining a lean,
strong physique. It has nothing to do with long workouts or impossible
to maintain diets. In fact:
- The best workouts are short
- A good diet contains far more flavors and satisfaction
than the typical American diet.
Nor does it mean being hungry all
the time (you are less hungry on six
small meals a day than three large
ones), being weak from hunger (on a
proper dietary regimen, you will
have much more energy than otherwise), or "giving up pleasures"
(I have no idea where this concept
comes from, unless a person
considers being sick a "pleasure.").
In 1836, a paddle steamer carrying a circus menagerie
was shipwrecked off the US coast. Some of the sailors|
launched a raft, but were drowned when an elephant jumped into it. In
2009, CONgress conducted a circus and passed the Porkulus Package. This
weight of this boondoggle is drowning an economy that was already
struggling before this despicable act was performed.
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7. Thought for the Day
It takes less effort to plan and execute than to save a project that's
in trouble due to lack of planning and execution.|
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