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1. Good News
A Thai government agency has developed a mobile unit called SOS that can
purify contaminated water in the aftermath of a flood.|
The January issue
of IEEE Spectrum ran an article on 3D transistors. The advantages are immense.
They just might be immense enough to counter enough of the damage being
inflicted by Obama and his fellow economy wreckers that more Americans will get
good jobs than lose them, once these hit the mainstream (and that's supposed to
This same fine magazine noted that BMW is introducing the first affordable
cars made with super light carbon composites. A lighter car uses less fuel and
produces less wear on the roadways, but this material also makes it possible to
produce some visually stunning designs. BMW was able to accomplish the price
breakthrough via a technology that can mold a woven sheet of carbon fiber into a
completed car part in under ten minutes.
2. Product Highlight
Remember those vocabulary drills in school? The idea there was to expand your
vocabulary. Well, the same sort of thing happens when you lose data because you
accidentally deleted it.
Except the vocabulary isn't quite what your teachers
had in mind.
All the cussing and carrying on won't restore your lost data. But we have
something that will.
We have thumb-drive USB devices that allow you to you
recover deleted data (and other data) from specific devices, such as Apple
iPhone, Android, or PC.
14FEB14 Update: Discontinued.
We also have a USB stick that detects p*rn so you can
protect your computer from unwanted images such as those of underage
children. Such an image can be placed there without your permission or
knowledge, putting you at risk.
That is exactly what happened to Rod Stewart a
few years back. It was a frame-up done by corrupt govt investigators, but
fortunately Mr. Stewart had an expert who proved his innocence. You don't have
Mr. Stewart's wealth, I'm guessing, but for less than 80 bucks you can protect
yourself even better than he protected himself.
3. Brainpower tip
4. Finance tip
"Honestly accounted for, the actual government deficit in FY 2012 was $6
trillion rather than the $1.1 trillion typically reported. Thus, the true
federal deficit is six times what is usually reported...."|
whole story here:
Just to put this into perspective, Obama's
deficit last year alone was THREE TIMES the the total cost of prosecuting both
World Wars combined. Staggering, isn't it?
Basic mathematics tells us the egregious
deficit spending is an egregious problem, because it subtracts capital from the
productive sector of the economy. We can assess the degree of devastation by
looking at the various metrics such as the estimated number of unemployed, the
number of homeless, and the number of people on food stamps. While this maniac
has been draining the economy of capital, all of these metrics have gotten
Look at food stamps, as an example. A record 47.7 million
Americans are currently on food stamps. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
That's more people than the entire population of Spain. It's quite an increase,
too--nearly 50% over the number of Americans on food stamps when Obamageddon
began in 2009. It works out to 11,269 people per day being added to the food
Mercilessly attacking the economy does have that kind of
effect. Given the startling facts, it seems obvious that our King wishes to
greatly impoverish all but the elite and has made great progress toward that
What can you do?
First of all, don't let Obama
apologists/supporters off the hook. Their willful ignorance helped bring this
on. Ask them to explain how subtracting is adding. It isn't, so they can't.
Score one for you. So now they agree that Obama's massive subtracting of capital
from the economy is not adding capital to the economy. Since capital is the fuel
on which an economy runs, subtracting capital has only one possible outcome.
Then ask them if we are better off now than we were four
years ago. If they say yes, then ask them why they feel it's better that nearly
twice as many Americans are on food stamps now than when Obama took office.
Third, contact your misrepresentative in CONgress. Pose to them the same
questions. Ask them if they intend to earn the huge salaries paid to them for
holding the office they hold--allegedly "representing" the people in their
district or (in the case of senators) their state. No, of course this combative communication won't
persuade them. But neither does asking nicely. So come to the point and state it
Fourth, write a very nice letter to our King (if it's not nice, you might be
hearing a drone) based on the same facts but asking him to see if he can't roll
back deficit spending to the $400 billion we had in his predecessor's last year
in office. Something like this might help:
"If GW could do it, why can't you? Are you sure he is really that
much smarter than you that he racked up a deficit only 1/15th as large as the
one you racked up last year alone?" Perhaps appealing to our moron King's desire to
appear intelligent might be a motivator for him to scale down the crime. It's
With the Pope retiring, you might throw that bone to our King "I
hope you get elected Pope on the same criteria for which you got the Nobel Peace
Prize, my warrior King." But
he may already have a lock on that job (yet another for which he isn't qualified
but is his if he wants it anyhow) so it's probably not worth mentioning.
Fifth, get involved in the National Taxpayer's Union and the Libertarian Party.
Both of these organizations are making a difference, but they need more
horsepower to turn things around. Having two major political parties rather than
just one could make federal elections something more than just a farce.
In the short-term? Manage your money. You
don't have to live like a monk, but watch that you are spending your money in
ways that actually mean something and actually improve your life. Look for
opportunities to reduce waste. Plan your spending rather than thinking about it
after the fact.
watch Carla Howell's response to the 2013 State of the Union Address.
5. Security tip
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Having exceptional balance has been a big thing for me since I started in the
martial arts back in the 1970s. It provides many benefits outside of the martial
arts, and if you think about it you can come up with quite a list yourself.
a foundation for excellent balance, regularly do front squats. Done properly,
front squats strengthen the whole chain of support muscles that your body calls
upon to keep from falling over. The front squat has many other benefits, but my
focus here is on balance. It takes more than one exercise to develop great
Before I go much further, I want to mention
Front squats are extremely hard on the body. It was on the advice of a
professional athlete that I started using glutamine. At the time, I was doing
front squats once a month because that was all I could handle. Now I do them
every other week in addition to my balance training, climbing, and other
activities that work many of the same muscles. Instead of taking 10 days to feel
adequately recovered, I'm there in three days. In a recent discussion with Mike
at LG Sciences, we noted that, heck, glutamine is cheap too. And it builds your
immune system. OK, so back to balance.
Click for more detail.
No, I do not rely solely on squats to build balance. But I do pity the people
who think that leg presses are a reasonable substitute for squats, because they
give up the main benefits--including improved balance. In fact, their balance
deteriorates because they overwork their quads, under-work their core, and don't
work hamstrings at all. Trying to make up for that by doing hamstring curls
doesn't cut it, because those curls put your back in a bad position. They are a
dangerous exercise. Skip the leg press; do squats instead, so you avoid the
problems, save time, and get the benefits.
The most important thing you can do
to build balance is to purposefully be aware of your balance. All the time. In
the second martial arts school I trained at, a Shotokan dojo, the sensei made
sure we understood this concept. He stressed that you must think of your torso
as balancing on a ball bearing (your hips). Move it in a manner that keeps it
over your hips, and move your legs in a manner that they stay under your hips.
That works for Shotokan, with its deep stances. But it can't apply to every
athletic endeavor. In climbing, for example, it's more complex than that.
However, any climber will tell you that the idea of being purposefully aware of
your balance very much does apply. And this purposeful awareness is your primary
balance training tool. It takes an effort to develop this, so don't assume you
have it unless you've been making that effort for a while.
Go to a public
place some time and watch pedestrians go by. You will notice that most of them
are not actually walking, but are instead falling on the front foot as they
stroll. They are off balance, and any motion analyst can show you why if you
care to take one with you on a future outing for this purpose (a good dance
instructor can spot this, as well, and is easier to find).
But watch a black
belt martial artist walk, and you see an entirely different sort of motion.
Watch an accomplished basketball player walk, and what would you expect to see?
It won't be the falling thing. The black belt and the basketball star have the
same balance awareness and very similar walking motions. Both know where their
feet are in relation to their center of gravity, though they never look at their
feet. Watch a figure skater, and you will see this same body kinesis at work.
Ditto, a ballerina.
But what else will you see among these athletes? Excellent
posture. You'll also see excellent posture among all pro body builders. Have you
ever heard of one of them falling over during a show?
The great posture you
see among these athletes is a clue as to what you should be doing to maintain
your balance. Keep your shoulders back, chest out, head up. Yes, the old
military cliché is part of what you should be doing to maintain good balance.
I started off talking about squats and then stressed awareness and got to
posture. Where do these dots connect? As a foundation, train hard with the
compound exercises that really build a strong, muscle-balanced body. That should
be the basis for your entire physical training program. While you can develop
good balance without specific exercises for balance, I personally feel it's best
to do these exercises. But whether you do them or not, being mindful of your
posture and balance as you walk, run, and do various other physical activities
will program your body to finely tune your balance as you move.
If you take
the normal way of simply falling onto one foot than the other as a substitute
for walking, then you won't exercise the amazing balance system you were born
with. Use it or lose it definitely applies here.
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 and intense.
- A good diet contains far more flavors and satisfaction
than the typical American diet.
The first novel ever written on a typewriter: "Tom Sawyer". That novel is 256
pages, and people enjoy reading it.|
The federal income tax code is 44,000
pages long and growing. Almost nobody at the IRS is familiar with it.
8. Thought for the Day
Don't vote, it only encourages them. ~Author Unknown|
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