In this issue:
Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Product Highlight | Thought for the Day
1. Brainpower tip
Unclear speech creates an enormous drain on brainpower. It's become trendy
these days to be inarticulate, inexact, and inconsiderate when speaking or
writing. People blurt out clichés with no clue as to what those mean, and
thus the wrong meaning, if any, is conveyed. Don't even get me started on
how people misuse e-mail--it's a travesty.|
Part of the problem is an
aversion to studying grammar. This does create a few problems, but not
ones that are typically very bad. English has inconsistent rules of grammar,
so minor grammar gaffes are routinely accepted as normal and we've built a
sort of shadow language to get around those anyhow. A general competence in
grammar is usually good enough, though more competence is better in many
Where things get dicey is when people fail to think of the structure and
logic of what they're saying. They further complicate things by refusing to
be exact. This puts you firmly in the role of mind-reader.
What's your reaction? Do you take your best guess? Or do you refuse to be
Many communication experts say to repeat it back in
your own words. But that doesn't necessarily work. The other person is just
as likely to say "Yeah, that's it" than to correct your misperception.
The solution is to ask specific questions that require
specific answers. Don't ask "yes/no" questions, as there's a 50% chance the
answer will be incorrect each time.
Suppose you have a pal named Joe. Let's use an example
of how this pal might ask a question.
Joe: "I've been hearing about this new exercise
routine. You do a bunch of heavy weight and then stretch. Do you think it
Now, that is just plain inarticulate. He's given you
almost no information. If you guess and answer it, your answer is liable to
make you look stupid because there's no context now but there will be later.
The lack of context means there is no chance you can give a correct answer.
If you sit there and think about it, you're wasting
mental energy that you could put to a productive use doing something else.
To figure out WTF he's talking about, start off with a statement:
"That's interesting, Joe, but there are many exercise
routines and I don't know which one you mean." Then, you need to ask
questions to draw the information out of Joe so you can give an accurate
answer. This will be an iterative process, in which you ask a question and
Joe answers it. If you ask multiple questions without giving Joe time to
answer in between, that's attacking rather than conversing. Ditto if your
tone is anything but friendly. You're not trying to grill Joe, but to
Here are some questions you might ask:
- Does this exercise have a name? (If he says yes,
then "What is it?"--though he should just tell you the name as his
- What do you mean by heavy weight? In relation to
your body weight? How do you hold the weight?
- Do you stretch with the weight, or do you stretch
after using the weight?
- Where did you hear about this exercise? Where
have you seen someone do it, if you've seen it?
- Which muscle group(s) does it work?
- Is there a particular training issue you're
trying to address by perhaps introducing a different exercise?
- What are you doing now that is at least somewhat
If you answer inarticulate people in this manner, several benefits
accrue. These include:
- You show another person you are actually interested in what s/he has
to say. That's a compliment.
- The other person rises to a higher standard.
- You respectfully protect your intellectual boundaries, by changing a
non-conversation into a conversation.
- You practice focusing.
- The other person feels respected, and in turn feels more respect for
- The other person gets an object lesson in communication, and has
motivation (your respect) to learn from that lesson.
Here's an example of how Joe could have asked the question.
"At the gym, I keep running into a guy who does brutal
workouts but doesn't take very long. He says with my front squats, I should
add 25% more weight, do shorter sets, and stretch between sets. This isn't
the way I was taught, but this guy looks and sounds like he knows what he's
doing. Do you have any information on working out this way?"
Compare that to the first way he asked. Joe is now
asking an exact question, based on specific details you don't have to beat
out of him. This is also how you should ask questions, if you want good
2. Finance tip
Change is inevitable, except from the federal government. No matter
which end of the Demopublican turd is presumably in charge, it's
business as usual: spending your money (that's a euphemism for handing
your money over to the corporations that employ some 15,000 federal
lobbyists--and, yes, that is the actual number).|
- Under Clinton, we got hit with $5 trillion in debt over eight
- Bush added another $6 trillion over eight years.
- In less than 6 months under Spendbama, we're in hock now to the
tune of about $13 trillion (that's 13 million million dollars) in
current debt and more than $100 trillion in unfunded future
If you want to figure out what your share of the Clinton/Bush/Spendbama
debt is, there are about 75.6 million wage earners in the USA to support
this debt. Do a little division, and you have the answer. If it doesn't
leave you gasping, you made a math error.
The CBO predicts deficit spending of more than $1 trillion a year,
which means the federal bandits aren't even making the minimum payment
on that particular credit card. Buying without intent to pay is called
"fraud." This systemic fraud has been ongoing for decades, and it is now
Remember who brought you this fraud and the resultant debt. If you
vote Demopublican, you will only get more of the same.
If you want change, vote Libertarian. The LP is America's second
major political party.
It's worth noting that, on a city and county level, more seats go to
Libertarians with each election. That's because the wealth transfer
schemes that the Demopublicans live for are not part of the LP mission.
So local taxpayers are getting property tax reductions and better
services, courtesy of their LP-dominated county boards and city
Am I making a political pitch here? No. It's an economic one. I don't
have the funds to pay my share of the $13 trillion current debt or the $80 trillion in
unfunded obligations that the Demopublicans have saddled me with. Unless
you are extremely wealthy, neither do you.
3. Security tip
When I was growing up, there were two phrases that struck terror into
people. One was 'the atom bomb." The other was, well can you guess? It
still terrifies people today.|
How about "the IRS?"
I looked up "terrorist" in the dictionary, and it describes IRS
precisely (a key word there being "intimidate"). Also, I think the
normal reaction upon receiving a notice from the IRS is one of being
terrified. Our culture is saturated with references to this terror, so
it's not just my impression. It's basically what everyone thinks. And
with good reason.
So, we need to be more clear in our language when discussing this
terrorist group with our so-called representatives in Congress who have
yet to abolish it.
Those who are blithely unaware of the trail of dead bodies the IRS
leaves in its wake might quibble over whether this band of criminals is
a terrorist organization. They do have armed foot soldiers who do kill
people. They rack up a higher body count by using indirect means,
however, such as psychological and social methods. These include such
- Phoning you in the wee hours, repeatedly.
- Making death threats by phone (plausible
deniability, that way).
- Phoning your employer or clientele, and
making false and damaging statements about you.
- Sending fraudulent and intimidating correspondence to your
employer or clientele.
- Asking leading questions about you to your friends and business
- Spreading innuendo about you to people in a position to hurt
- Engaging in a long list of harassment tactics that go well past
- Monitoring your phone calls and e-mails to identify who is
important to you so they can harass those people as well.
- The list goes on and on. You can find more in the huge number of
books and documentaries about this.
IRS also has, unlike other terrorist groups, financial methods of
terrorizing and then "terminating" people. Al Queda can't seize your
assets. IRS can. And with zero actual justification for doing so.
In the "IRS lottery," your name may be randomly drawn through no
fault of your own. Suddenly, you are a criminal with no rights. In our
tax law system, you are guilty until proven innocent (the opposite of
our criminal law system). Once your name is drawn, you are the target of
a financial destruction project an IRS employee will doggedly conduct for the
purpose of getting a promotion in a pointless career.
Direct resistance is futile, because these people are above the law
and they know it. The solution is to change the law. The single best
hope of doing that is the Fair Tax.
www.fairtax.org. Supporting the
Fair Tax is the single best way to protect your assets (and feel free to
truncate that word to get my actual meaning).
Now, think what would happen if we shut down this giant, expensive,
damaging agency that serves no legitimate purpose. Our economy would
boom. Terrorism in America would suddenly be just about zero. And the
111,000 people now wasting their lives in the employ of this agency could put their lives
to some good purpose.
The federal government would have more income if it shut down the IRS
and did nothing more, simply because the IRS costs us more than it takes
Now imagine if we shut down the IRS and provided a means to add to
federal funding. That would help us erase that massive debt talked about
above, thereby helping protect the generations to
come. And it would do that even if we paid all IRS employees what they
make now just to stay home.
There are no losers in this scenario.
4. Health tip/Fitness tips
In our previous
issue, I mentioned Diane Villano's article about carbohydrates. Given
the unity plus bounceback rate of "low carb" diets, I think it's good
to add a bit more on this subject.
What's a "unity plus bounceback rate," you ask? It
means after you recover from the diet, you end up fatter than you
were before. There are actually several mechanisms at work, here.
Perhaps the most fat-inducing one is the loss of muscle mass, which
results in a lower metabolism, which results in more calories being
stored as fat. Or maybe it's the triggering of starvation mode, or
maybe it's the deleterious effect on your liver, or maybe it's the way it
leaves you too depleted to exercise properly.
than try to sort out what most makes
you fat in a low carb diet, let's
just not go there.
article about this self-sabotaging
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.").
A giraffe has a tongue that is 14 inches long and black in color. A
Demobuplican member of CONgress has a forked tongue and helps put
budgets in the red.
6. Product Highlight
for EMTs and other Medical First Responders|
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million words; 14,000 categorized
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this along to your local city
council rep, hospital administrative
office, or (if applicable) first
responder admin at work. You may
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Comes with 19-item extensive accessory kit:
This is an extensive phrasebook organized by situation. So, for example,
when admitting a patient to the ER, you go to that
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within the ER.
You can speak into the
device to say the phrase you
want, and the device will
speak it back out. The
patient will hear the voice
of a professional narrator
speaking in the patient's
This section allows you to create profiles for multiple
people. Each person can then add their own translations
that are trained to their
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command (a "voice tag")
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- John says,
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- The unit says (in
the other language),
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help you. I don't speak
Spanish, but this
machine will help us
talk. Did you understand
what I just said?"
- A simple nod is all
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- Next, he speaks a
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