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Mindconnection eNL, 2012-03-04


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Good News | Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Thought 4 the Day

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1. Good News

Maybe you've never heard of the Chrysler Belvidere plant. It brings good news. The plant holds a special interest to me. And I'd like to tell you that story (short form) first.

My Aunt Tina (RIP) was a Registered Nurse, and she worked at the Belvidere plant.

But, wait. That's not the end of this story. Aunt Tina and my mom where out with me one day when I was a wee tot. All was well until I suddenly stopped breathing. Aunt Tina quickly administered CPR and saved my life. This event made the local paper (I can send you the clip if you're interested). More  such episodes would happen. They were brought on by more than a few minutes of exposure to cigarette smoke, which was at that time quite pervasive. So my mother decided to take CPR and First Aid.

But, wait. That's not the end of this story. It was not long after Mom was qualified that we had a massive storm and flooding, with nearby Belvidere being slammed by multiple tornados. Chrysler provided emergency care at its Belvedere facility, and my mom was called up as a volunteer to help the victims.

But wait, that's not the end of the story. My mom's second (and current) husband retired from there. My cousin Kim and her husband work there.

OK, that's the end of this story.

What's the good news? This plant is hiring 1800 new workers. At just this plant. And that doesn't mean laid-off folks coming back. It means new jobs, and those will be on the two existing shifts plus a third one.

Of course, having been given a green light from the govt to welch on certain obligations (outside normal legal process and restrictions) was a big boost. This kind of "free lunch" is why airlines routinely (it seems routine, anyhow) file for bankruptcy (and force their competitors to do the same just to keep up). The bailout funding, though illegal, was a huge help and it made the beneficiaries very happy.

We don't know how many jobs these 1800 jobs cost. Maybe zero. Maybe 30,000. We have no data on that. Only the federal govt could provide such data, and they aren't talking. But it is good to hear that 1800 people are going to have jobs. That's not a national trend, but it is a bright spot in a very, very dark economy.

2. Product Highlight

The ScanMaker i800 Legal-size Dual Media Scanner, a business-class flatbed scanner for photographers and publishers, includes tools to streamline the image editing workflow for higher productivity.

Exclusive EZ-Lock holders for 35mm slides, filmstrips, medium format, 6cm x 17cm (panoramic), and 4" x 5" film ensure perfect alignment when scanning films or slides.

Powerful, but easy to use.

When your time means money, this flatbed scanner is a bargain.




3. Brainpower tip

A smart student answers pointless exam questions. Can you see the lesson, here?


Q1. In which battle did Napoleon die?

* his last battle

Q2. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?

* at the bottom of the page

Q3. River Ravi flows in which state?

* liquid

Q4. What is the main reason for divorce?

* marriage

Q5. What is the main reason for failure?

* exams

Q6. What can you never eat for breakfast?

* Lunch & dinner

Q7. What looks like half an apple?

* The other half

Q8. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?

* It will simply become wet

Q9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping ?

* No problem, he sleeps at night.

Q10. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?

* You will never find an elephant that has only one hand..

Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have ?

* Very large hands

Q12. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?

* No time at all, the wall is already built.

Q13. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?

*Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack.


4. Finance tip

Part of your income went to pay for the Bear Stearns debacle. Due to the long-standing lack of governance at the federal level, this kind of thing will happen again.

The demise of Bear Stearns is a convoluted story of political machinations and theft. If you have the time, you might want to listen to an audio book (I did) or read a text version of this story. The details sound like something produced by insane asylum inmates.

This kind of scenario gets repeated over and over in what passes for a financial "market."

In just this one case, several people should have gone to prison. Yet Tim "I cheat on my taxes and the IRS does nothing" Geithner, who helped facilitate this theft, remained in office with his cushy salary and perks. That fact is a serious indictment of the Executive Branch (charged with enforcing the laws) and of the CONgress.

Sure, it's not the $15 trillion scam recently exposed by Lord James of Blackheath. Nor is it the $29 trillion scam conducted in parallel with it and mentioned in a recent Mindconnection eNL. But it is an example we can understand in quantitative terms.

If I finally got the dizzying parade of numbers right, some criminals "earned" $100 per share to devastate the lives of 14,000 innocent rank and file employees. Yes, the old "shaft the masses and make a mint" trick. Gee, where have you seen THAT before?

I don't know how many US cities have a population of 14,000 or less, but it's a big number. I do know that Harrison, Kentucky, has a population of about 14,000. Suppose somebody from the US Treasury showed up and kicked every single resident out of the town? Actually, in this case, we're talking 14,000 wage earners. So for a city, use 45,000 people. That's the population of the German city of Koblenz. Plenty of USA cities are about that size, too.

Or look around your company and try counting 14,000 people. Odds are you work for a smaller firm. Imagine if you and everyone in your company suddenly had no job. With no severance and no notice. And it was because some crooks made $100 a share on your company stock with full knowledge that you and your coworkers would be flushed down the toilet.

You can play with these numbers and scenarios all day long, but here's my point in bringing this up. These kinds of scams were simply not possible until 1913. The Federal Reserve makes this kind of crime not only possible, but extremely lucrative.

That explains, in part, why the worst POTUS of all time signed the Federal Reserve Act under such dubious circumstances. That opened the door to unprecedented theft, rampant inflation (about 97%), and the Great Depression (which, contrary to popular myth, we are still in).

In 2008, only one candidate for President thought that following the law (for a change) deserved due consideration. All of the others talked about ways in which they would engage in illegal activities. The next fraudulent "election" for POTUS is this year. And the same scenario repeats itself.

Here we have the most expensive POTUS in our history, one who has demolished thousands of jobs by diverting capital from productive uses to dubious ones. Note to those who don't understand this. Try buying a Corvette by handing the salesperson the same $1 bill 53,000 times. See what happens. Then you'll understand why federal overspending cannot possibly "stimulate" the economy.

Resources are limited; take them from job-providing productive endeavors to spend on "stimulus" and jobs evaporate. Resources cannot do double duty. Not 53,000 times. Not even one time.

Pretending to run against the incumbent (from the other division of the company they work for are):

  • One guy who believes that wearing magic underwear will entitle him to become a god of his own planet after he dies and...
  • Another guy who believes little kids should be handling caustic substances and scrubbing floors for the privilege of going to school.

Calling that an "election" is insulting.

It's actually a poll to see who buys into the idiotic story that the Demopublicans and Republocrats aren't working for the same employers.

What more evidence do people need that these are the same gang of gangstas? If the Rs really wanted to unseat Obama, is it really impossible for them to come up with one or two sane people out of a population of 310 million? So what's the obvious conclusion, here?

This sort of thing happens with every fraudulent "election" and yet people continue to pretend things will get better this time. They don't, though, because The Party exists to steal. And as long as we say it's OK by playing their silly game, they will continue to steal. Leaving us the poorer.

To help end the insanity, you can vote as a red pill person. That is, vote for anyone other than the D-R "candidates." Consider voting for the one Presidential candidate who believes this should be a nation of law, not a nation run by the whims of criminals. You'll probably have to write him in, but it takes only a few seconds to do that.

Sure, you aren't likely to wake up after the votes are (mis)counted to find yourself fabulously wealthy citizen living under a lawful government. But if your vote went to anyone other than the criminals, you helped turn the tide of crime and maybe saved a few thousand jobs. The more people there are rejecting the delusion and lies, the greater the effect will be. And that means money in your pocket.

5. Security tip

You've seen those movies where the clever burglar opens the alarm panel from outside (why anyone would put the panel outside is still a mystery), clips a few wires, and then enters the building undetected.

You haven't seen a movie where the clever burglar uses an amazing tool to reach in, removes a bell hung on the door, and enters soundlessly to surprise the armed homeowner. Take a lesson from that.


6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Recently, I received a query along the lines of "How much walking is enough to keep me fit?"

The question can't be answered correctly. It's like asking how high do you have to jump to get to the moon or how much paint must you put on your house to double its size.

While walking is touted as "the pleasure exercise," it is a low-intensity form of exercise. Adding walking to your program is good. Relying on walking as being your program is a bad idea.

Walking has many benefits, especially if done briskly. And walking outdoors, especially if that happens to be a park or other scenic locale, has psychological benefits. But a benefit walking does not have, unless you are walking up and down very steep inclines or walking while carrying a heavy load, is the adaptive response.

Walking won't keep you fit. Walking won't preserve muscle mass, won't preserve bone mass, and won't preserve your optimal hormonal levels. It definitely doesn't increase these things.

Age 50.

People who say, "I walk" as if that means they have a fitness program are fooling themselves.

If you want to be physically fit, then you need to do hard work. There's nothing hard about walking (for those of us who are not physically impaired in this regard). Does that mean that instead of walking you should be running? No.

Running doesn't put adequate load on the muscles for an adaptive response, unless those muscles are really atrophied. You might want to run for the pleasure of it, or you might want to run for cardiovascular benefits. You don't want to run and call that your fitness program. Yes, some people run and call that their fitness program; take a good look at their bodies and you'll see what's wrong with this picture.

What about working out at the gym? This phraseology has no meaning. To the typical gym rat, a "workout" consists of a routine that combines overtraining with a lack of intensity.

To get results, you have to stimulate the muscle to adapt to difficult demands placed upon it. That could be with free weights (my approach). Or it could be hoisting hay bales onto a truck every weekend. Or it could be doing lunges across the White House lawn as Arnold did when visiting there with Maria back when the Kennedys were a presence there. When he filmed Predator deep in the jungle, Arnold had no equipment with him and there wasn't much space. He used the trees, heavy logs, and whatever he could find. Eastern martial artists traditionally train with no weights but use tension exercises and deep squats to build those ripped physiques you see.

It's not the method so much as the work. If you find a method that you can use to work a given muscle intensely (short time, high demand), then feel free to use that method.

I've heard "experts" say machines are worthless. I don't agree with that, because some people train exclusively on machines and get the adaptive response. Their secret is they are focusing on loading up a particular muscle or muscle group. I do think machines have too many disadvantages, but I'm not so stupid as to argue that the success some people have with machines is just luck.

My cousin Carl stays cover model fit by using a combination of machines and free weights. He changes things and keeps them interesting, so his workouts never become stale. Through a lifetime of discipline and training, he's become an intuitive expert in exercise. Part of Carl's program involves doing the compound exercises that stimulate the body to maximize testosterone output. We're talking exercises like deadlifts, which are not for the faint of heart (or weak of back).

The idea of cheating on exercise doesn't occur to him, either. He makes every workout count. I think if you handed him a bag of marshmallows, he'd figure out how to get an intense workout with it. Merely going through the motions is a waste of time that doesn't prevent a wasting away of bone and muscle.

Sure, go for those walks. If you hate the idea of walking alone, walk a dog (yours or someone else's, and believe me, you will make the dog very happy). If you can't locate a dog, then ask a friend to walk with you. If you run through your whole list of friends and are still without a walking partner, then just go to a place where people walk and you'll meet a regular who just might become a good friend.

And don't forget to put your body's muscle groups through those short, demanding workouts (and giving each group at least three days to recover). Those workout are what will stimulate your body to store calcium in your bones and burn fat as fuel.

On that last point, take a look at sprinters. Why do they look so ripped, while Marathoners do not? Short, demanding exercise depletes the muscles of glucose and causes it to switch to burning fat. The switch stays thrown for a long time after the workout (after squats, perhaps as long as 96 hours). Long, low-level demand does not cause this switch to be thrown. It just wears you out with no adaptive response.

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.

7. Factoid

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated. Neither have any members of CONgress. But they have typically gone from extreme debt to extreme wealth in only a few years, proving that crime does pay.

8. Thought for the Day

One cannot deal with reality without first understanding what it is.

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The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.

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.

Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).

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