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Mindconnection eNL, 2010-09-05


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Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Product Highlight | Thought for the Day

1. Brainpower tip

Practice "selective ignorance." This isn't as bad as it may sound.

Your mind has only so much capacity for information processing, you have only so much time, your brain adapts to the inputs it has, etc.

You can list dozens of reasons, if you are so motivated to do so and don't mind wasting the time, to justify ignoring things that have no real value or that actually have negative value. But almost any one of them is reason enough.

I do not read newspapers. People are sometime shocked, especially around "election" time. They ask, "How can you know the candidates' position?" The wrong answer is "By reading the crap peddled as news, or by listening to anything any candidate says." The right answer is "By looking at what the candidate has actually done."

People who are now shocked and dismayed at Obama's (mis)behavior since he took office would have accurately predicted this very behavior if they had only taken the time to look at his deplorable record as a senator. For those who like to choose between dog crap flavored toothpaste and cat crap flavored toothpaste (the Ds and Rs are different stinking brands owned by the same company), McCain's record was also deplorable. The correct selection was "spearmint" or probably any other flavor, unless you really like having bad breath....

Anyhow, my point here is you do not learn what is going on in the world by reading newspapers (or, as it turns out, by watching television "news"). So why bother wasting your time engaging in those activities?

Follow the same principle for having a healthy body: look for nutritious selections. Don't load your mental plate up with junk. "You are what you eat" holds true for the physical. For the mental, it's more like "You are what you read" or You are what you view."

Your brain, a physical organ, can be helped or hurt by your food choices. Your mind can be helped or hurt by your information choices. Choose wisely.

2. Finance tip

Due to the current economic depression, which has been deepened and extended by the Porkulus Package, roughly 1 out 5 American men aged 24 to 50 does not have a job. Many of those with a "job" own a small business that isn't making any money (e.g., electrical contractors, consultants) or work for some firm like Wal-Mart that preys upon its employees instead of paying them a living wage (I will go without, rather than spend a dime making the Walton Five any richer).

And a few years back, many professionals with billable hours (e.g., architects, doctors, attorneys, accountants) got so fed up with the IRS and the litany of taxes that steal the money they work so hard for that they stopped working as hard. This just happened nationwide by synchronicity. Now, do the math. An attorney who charges $225 an hour drops from 80 hours a week to 60. Multiply that by, say, 1/3 the number of attorneys in your state. Repeat for others who bill by the hour. It adds up to a huge drop in tax receipts. Nothing like killing the goose that lays the golden egg, eh?

Combine these factors, and you have a massive reduction in the tax base for state and local governments.

So, what is their answer? Is it to spend their money wisely so as to conserve the more limited resources they have?

No. Their answer is to do "improvements" such as needless lighting projects in already overlit areas, cosmetic work on curbings, and various other little projects. But, wait, doesn't this additional spending mean they are making their situation worse?

No. They are doing these "improvements" so they have something on which the drive-by tax increaser (inaccurately called a "property appraiser") has an excuse to give them the numbers they want for a "value increase" on residential and commercial properties. This increased valuation results in higher property taxes. But they'll claim "We didn't raise taxes. Your mill rate is the same."

They'll raise the mill rates later, and claim they didn't raise your property taxes any faster than the rate of inflation....

So, how do you stop this little game? Well, I can tell you these folks don't announce ahead of time they are going to "improve" an area. They just quietly sneak in the work and then hit people later with the "increased value." Unfortunately, you can't trust people just because you vote for them. You have to keep tabs on what schemes they are hatching, what games they are playing, and what cons they are running.

One way to do this is to visit your city and county Websites. They usually list pending projects. When you see one, contact them and register a protest. Now is not the time to spend money we don't have, purely for the purpose of creating an excuse to raise property taxes.

You work for your money. Don't let these people just steal it.

3. Security tip

Beware of common phone traps at the office.

A popular outgoing message on voice mail is:

"Hi, you've reached Bob Jones in Marketing. I'm either on the phone or away from my desk. Please leave a detailed message."

This is wrong. Let's look at these three sentences.

  1. The first sentence is fine. You've identified yourself, which is expected. More about this in just a bit, though.
  2. The second sentence essentially says, "My work is so unimportant and mindless, that I can and do answer the phone whenever it rings." Is this really the statement you want to make to your customers and the management above you?
  3. Do you really want to waste time returning messages and playing phone tag? That is what you are asking someone to do. You need to discourage message-leaving, or you'll be spending your work days wasting time with phone games when you could be using that time to do work that proves you are worth keeping during the next layoff.

On that second one, you do not need an excuse for not answering the phone. The other person has chosen to try to interrupt you. It's their problem if they were not successful in doing that, and you have nothing to explain.

On that third one, provide another means for someone to reach you. Most people have zero consideration when leaving a phone message, so they leave you nothing to reply to if you call back and get their voicemail.

  • If you leave a message, ask for something specific. "I need to know, by noon tomorrow, if you are still wanting that order for the 31 widgets. You can leave a voice mail with your preference, or just send me an e-mail to orders at confirming this order."
  • If you answer a message, it's unlikely the other person had enough respect for your time to do this. If they leave a vague "call me" message, reply back by e-mail if possible. "Can you please reply to this e-mail with some info about why you called? Also, I'd like to return your call a little before 1500. Unfortunately, I have only a few minutes at that time and so want to be prepared so I can best serve you and make good use of your limited time."
  • Think about various ways to reduce phone tag, message checking, and all the other hassles involved with the telephone. You'll come up with some rules that work well for you.

What about that first item? What can possibly be wrong with identifying yourself in your outgoing message? It's not wrong, really, but it is a giveaway. It's another piece of information about you. In itself, no problem.

But because you have given this away, you do not want to give away any other information such as your login ID or password. "Yeah, but they need both and I'm giving only one." Sure. Next week, you'll give only one and it'll be the OTHER one.

Here's a scenario.

Bob Burglar twisted his ankle during a house robbery a few years back, and now likes to commit his crimes in a less physically demanding way. So he ran for CONgress but didn't get elected. Darn the luck. Next, he chooses to try his hand at being a phone burglar.

He trolls Websites to find phone numbers. He calls them at night, and listens to such things as "For Steve in Marketing, dial 02. For Betty in Accounts Payable, dial 03." Then he dials those. "Hi, this is Steven Schwartz in Marketing...."

Bob calls during the day, and reaches Betty. He says, "Oh, I'm sorry, I was trying to reach Steve Schwartz. I'm such a klutz. Can you transfer me over?" She does. Now Steve's phone rings as an inside call instead of an outside one.

Steve answers the phone, "Steve Schwartz."

Bob resists the urge to say, "No, you guessed wrong. I'm Bob Burglar, YOU are Steve Schwartz." Whether Steve answers the phone with his name or not, Bob already knows it. He says, "Steve, this is Gary in IT. We're trying to remap the shared folders and you have a document open on the W drive. Can you please close it? I'll hold while you do."

Steve fumbles around, and then says, "I don't see a document in W drive."

Bob says, "You're logged in to W drive right now?"

Steve confirms this.

Bob says, "I see the problem. I have to log in as you, and your login ID is right here but the password is asterisked out. You wouldn't mind telling me what it is, would you?"

Steve, "knowing" this is Gary in IT (a name Bob got by phoning and getting Gary's "I'm out until Wednesday" message and today is Tuesday so no chance Gary will walk by while Steve is on the phone) happily complies.

Gary says, "That's it. Now, I need you to reboot your computer and after it comes up log in again. I just want to make sure I didn't wipe out your password. I'll hold while you do this."

There's a good chance Gary will SAY his login ID when the login screen comes up. But if not, no problem. This last step is about giving Gary some assurance. If Bob had stopped just after he got the password, Gary might be suspicious. But, no, Bob is making sure Gary can log in just fine. A great IT guy, that Bob.

This scenario is part of what security experts call social engineering. It works by getting people to bypass security barriers for you, because they think it's OK to tell you information that they should not be telling you. If the company suffers a huge financial loss and they lose their jobs, they will surely blame someone other than themselves--but that's a different issue. The point here is you do not reveal any of your security information to anyone.

If you get pressured, go directly to your boss and report it. If you do give such information to a legitimate source, change it as soon as possible. Just in case. It may well be that your legitimate source is simply accumulating a self-made golden parachute or is selling the information (so he can pay off IRS levies for taxes he doesn't owe but the IRS says he does).

Another scam is to stand out in the parking lot and offer people free Cokes just for telling you their password. You claim you're looking for the funniest password and it's all fun. The winner of the funniest password will get four cases of Coke!

Why anyone sane would drink that stuff, I have no idea, but apparently offering this toxic brew to people makes for a pretty good bribe--what's next, offering to amputate their thumbs?

A variation is the additional grand prize is...lunch with the CEO! Well, if the CEO is participating, it must be legitimate, right? Yeah, sure.

If you run into this scam, look for some kind of identification--car license number or anything, and call the police immediately. Describe the criminal to the dispatcher, after an officer is on the way.

It might not be possible for the police to catch this criminal, because he will probably see them coming. There is a solution. I can't advise you to do this, but if it were me, I would tackle this criminal and restrain him. If you don't know any restraining holds, take the time to learn and practice them. They really do come in handy.

But if you haven't trained for restraining someone, there's no reason properly motivated coworkers can't help. And remember, people do have "accidents." It's not your fault he rushed you while you had that tire iron in your hand and you accidentally capped his knee. Gosh, you thought you had a flat tire and were just taking a look.... Probably won't hold up in court, though.

Very important: With any breach of security of this magnitude, everyone in the company will need to change their login information right away. Be sure you report this breach of security to at least two "C" persons, preferably the CFO and the CIO. If they tell you it's no big deal, start looking for another job right away. I do mean right away, not later that week. It is almost certain your company will be laying off, due to a huge financial loss resulting from a security breach.

4. Health tip/Fitness tips

Many people have backaches and tired feet at the end of the day. They accept this as normal. You should not do likewise.

One of the major reasons for this problem is a muscle imbalance caused by overworking the thighs relative to the hamstrings.

The solution is, of course, to also work the hamstrings. A popular exercise for this is the hamstring curl, which you do with an attachment to a weight bench or a dedicated machine. This is not my favorite exercise, and I don't bother doing it.

A better exercise is the front squat. You can do these with weights or you can do "sissy squats" using a door jamb for "fall protection." The key is to balance without use of any support. This is what recruits the muscles that work your core, in addition to forcing your hamstrings to work to support you going up and coming down.

About 100 days before age 50

You need to stretch both muscles and you need to do contraction workout with both muscles. But never do stretching before weight training, no matter what some doctor or trainer tells you. There are sound biomechanical reasons for this, and they add up to "injury prevention."

If you are working contractions, a muscle that has already been stretched is going to be weak at the end of the range of motion. This greatly increases your risk of injury.

Stretch gently after you work out. Not before.



Photo notes

In these photos, I was at 5.1% body fat. I dropped to 5% after the shoot and am still there several weeks later, as I write this. One reason I can be that lean is the way I have these workouts scheduled. This kind of scheduling plays off the cortisol/testosterone responses the body goes through when subjected to the kind of stress that an intense workout puts on it. It may be more accurate to say I schedule my recovery windows so they don't overlap, and thus I maximize the time during which my natural testosterone level is elevated.

Of course, eating six small meals a day and paying attention to what's in those meals is another factor in allowing a 50 year old person to be at 5% bodyfat.


At, 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 and intense.
  • A good diet contains far more flavors and satisfaction than the typical American diet.


5. Factoid

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated. Graft and corruption in CONgress last forever, no refrigeration required.

6. Product Highlight

Is it T time?

We hear a lot about the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party, all of it good until you get the mudstream media version.

There's another T you should be thinking about, and it's just as important for women as for men. It's testosterone.

This is the hormone that signals your body to store calcium in your bones. It does many other things as well, and low T can be a huge problem.

Optimale Testosterone Test Kit

The typical American man has low testosterone (mostly due to diet). You may have noticed the gradual feminization of men over the past couple of decades. Not all men are undergoing this, but most are. As bad as this is, real damage can occur before the secondary signs are apparent.

With women, it's not feminization that's an issue (obviously). Women have a different hormonal profile and environment, so their testosterone needs are different from those of men. Different, but not insignificant. Low testosterone in a woman carries considerable health risks and fairly guarantees she will develop osteoporosis if it isn't corrected.

The good news is there are natural, healthy ways to raise your testosterone to where it should be--and these will work for most people. But do you know where it is? If a doctor gives you a blood test for testosterone, you will not know any more than before you took the test. Why is this? Because those tests don't tell you the active part that matters. They tell you the total, including the protein-bound fraction. The test runs about $300 and ist worthless because it provides wrong information.

The good news is we offer a $49.49 test that measures only the active part. It is the standard today for testosterone assessment. Click on the picture above for more information.

This is actually a test sample kit. The form that's included will let you use the same sample for three additional tests (for three additional fees): DHEA, DHT, and Estrogen.

Once you know your hormone levels, you can implement a few things and then take another sample to see if you've done enough.

For some people, there isn't a natural way to sufficiently raise testosterone (due to toxins, organic damage, etc.). That's one reason this test is so important. For others, some stress reduction techniques or stopping a soda pop addiction will provide enough correction. You can't know without before and after tests. You could spend $600 getting the useless blood test, or you could spend less than $100 doing it the right way. Your call.


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7. Thought for the Day

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Wishing you the best,
Mark Lamendola
Mindconnection, LLC


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Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.

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