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Mindconnection eNL, 2014-02-16


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

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1. Good News

Item 1. Mitsubishi Power Systems built a turbine assembly plant in Pooler, GA. This large manufacturing facility is called the Savannah Machinery Works plant. The plant features innovative, energy-saving electrical designs so an article about it appeared in the January issue of EC&M Magazine.

The federal "government" seemingly has a vendetta against American manufacturing, and this (organized crime) entity is the main reason that much of the manufacturing that could be in the USA isn't. Obummercare is accelerating this loss of industrial base, so it's really good news that a facility like this was recently built in the USA.


Item 2. Frequent contributor Howard contributed this item. A highly accomplished individual who is active in the freedom movement speaks to CONgress about rampant crime committed by the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths. The good news is that victims are speaking out and doing so articulately:

"I Will Not Retreat. I Will Not Surrender. I Refuse To Be Intimidated" - Catherine Engelbrecht's Testimony at House of Representatives Hearing on IRS Targeting.

Anyone who suggests there is any rational excuse for the continued existence of the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths is either ignorant beyond belief or suffering from extreme mental illness. Let's not let her voice be alone. Let's target the Institute by frequently contacting our misrepresentatives about abolishing the group. Spread the word. We CAN end terrorism.


Item 3. Frequent contributor Howard contributed the item below, extracted from this article:

Current through Pub. L. 113-36. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)
No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendments), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such issuer for choosing not to participate in such programs.

For victims of the UNaffordable Care Act (sometimes called Obummercare), this looks like an "out." However, the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths will never deign to be bound by something as insignificant (to them) as law. I wonder who will bring this to court first, and if we mere peasants can effectively challenge the Sociopaths by using this statute as a defense. At any rate, it's good to find even more affirmation that the law is on our side.


Item 4. Here's another one from Howard. It's about a doctor who took a stand against tyranny and organized crime. Please note that the S in SHTF uses an Anglo Saxon word and the other three letters stand for "hits the fan"; if this language offends you, then don't click through:

2. Product Highlight

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3. Brainpower tip

As Grace Slick sang, feed your head:

(Contributed by Howard)

If you're not familiar with the quote from White Rabbit, watch this video before heading over to the literature depot:

Kind of describes the government....

4. Finance tip

With Obummercare having already caused wide-scale financial damage well before its official implementation date, the vast majority of citizens have engaged in civil disobedience to reject it. That's all well and good, but what about dealing with the financial fallout from this scam?

Some areas in which people are adversely affected:

  • Fulltime job status reduced to part-time.
    Solution: Get another part-time job, if you aren't already working two jobs.
  • Benefits cut or eliminated.
    Solution: Join an association and get benefit through them. Trade unions and professional societies are two common types of associations. But consider any sort of non-profit you might be interested in being an active participant (for example, the NRA has great benefits for members).
  • Local economy tanked.
    Solution: Organize an "attack" on a local merchant, whereby shoppers show up en masse and buy things they might otherwise buy at Wal-Mart.
  • Medical insurance cancelled or coverage greatly reduced.
    Solution: Make a firm commitment to health care, thereby reducing the probability of needing medical assistance. Be warned, though, this is a very counter-culture approach to take. You may lose "friends" who are committed to the disease lifestyle and have no tolerance for people who actually value their own bodies.
  • Increased risk of attack by the Institute of Sociopaths and Reprobates.
    Solution: Sorry, there isn't one at this time. These criminals enjoy total immunity from their crimes, which is why they keep on doing the felonies they do. This aspect of Obummercare is probably going to be with us for the duration.

5. Security tip

Detroit police chief on safer cities:

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

I thought this question was settled ages ago, but it's come up several times recently. The question is, "Which is better, machines or free weights?"

The answer depends upon your goals. If you're a gym owner who just wants to satisfy the "check off the box" folks who buy a gym membership but don't want to train seriously, then you go with the machines. They look cool and also get more sign-ups of folks who will quit after only a few weeks.

Machines are also good for beginners and for people undergoing rehab. That's because they isolate muscles and thus don't work you particularly hard. Beginners have an easier time getting started and rehab folks can focus on specific areas.

But for any other purpose, go with free weights. This is how you will be able to work the muscles along their natural motion curves, recruit stabilizers (vital to real strength building), and get the safest, most productive workout.

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What's "bad" about free weights is they work an entire chain of muscles. And that's really why you want to use them instead of machines. Yes, you'll expend much more energy and probably feel drained after your workout. But, after all, it's called a WORK out.

Machines are good for rehab because they isolate; this is exactly the opposite of what you need for "building sculpted muscle" or developing useful strength. Just as an example, compare a biceps curl machine to a standing dumbbell curl:

  • Biceps curl machine. Works the biceps in isolation. There will be nearly zero adaptive response, mostly because the body tries to maintain symmetry. Waste of time.
  • Standing dumbbell curl. Works all of the muscles involved in curling the weight, including that whole chain from your upper back down to your toes. As you train the biceps, you are also training (asking to grow) the other muscles that work with the biceps to perform the lift. The body can grow the biceps and maintain symmetry.

A key issue that comes into play after the female beginner has used machines for a few weeks is she has maxed out her muscle growth for the muscle being worked. A man typically takes a little longer (maybe 6 months instead of six weeks), due to more muscle growth capacity. But the plateau isn't long in coming. This is one reason why gym rats who use machines look no different after 18 months than they did after 6, except maybe they are fatter from sucking down all those high calorie "protein shakes."

But note that what's maxed out is the muscle that's been targeted by the machine. The muscles needed to work with the targeted muscles to actually give you strength for a given motion don't get worked.

They stay weak, because they have not been challenged. Check out the rear delts of a machine-using gym rat. Weak. Puny. Unchallenged. And thus, the infamous rotator cuff injury while "working out" with relatively light weight.

A properly trained free weights user has thick rear deltoids. That said, most free weights users don't know what they are doing. But, still--relying solely on machines guarantees poor results.

Your large joints have three planes of motion: frontal (back and forth), saggital (left and right), and transverse (twisting and rotating). To properly train (strengthen) the delts, you must use transverse exercises. Most machines simply don't go there, and that's where most injuries occur. As in rotator cuff; you don't strengthen it without rotating motions. Push/pull doesn't get it.

Machines aren't made for proper training, they are made to appeal to the illusion of "working out." So people can push on something and lift progressively heavier weights as they figure out clever ways to cheat on the exercise. If you put the typical machine-using gym rat through a correct workout with real equipment, that person is going to feel like he's been hit by a train. Not a good way to get him coming back.

I have challenged weight machine fans to conduct a simple experiment. Go load up on 40lb bags of something. Put them in your trunk (if you have a car). Lift them out and set them on the ground. Then put them all back in the trunk. Rinse and repeat. How does this feel? Quite a bit different from using a gym machine.

The day before I wrote this article, I spoke with my 78 year old aunt. Guess what she had done that morning? Gone to the store and bought several 40lb bags of bird food (suet and seed). Yes, she put them in her own trunk. And yes, she took them out of the trunk all by herself. A lifetime of hard physical work is why she's able to do hard physical work at her age. She does not use gym machines. However, there's a pretty nice set of free weights in her garage.

Now that I've poo-pooed machines generally, a little balance is called for. In some instances, there is really no choice but to use machines. An example is calf-training. I'm currently training with about 400 lbs, using a seated calf raise machine. I can't safely lift that much weight with free weights, as in picking up a bar across my back and then trying to work calves. A neck machine is also a great way to go for neck muscle training.

But for your large muscle groups, don't do machines. Want to work your pecs? Say yes to bench presses and flyes; you will build a thick chest (if you do the exercises properly). Say no to chest machines; they don't recruit any of the stabilizers.

And please do not even ask if leg press machines are OK; they have to be about the stupidest possible way to "develop" legs. You might want to use one just for variety, but I don't see the logic in wasting a training session with a suboptimal exercise.

It takes me two to three weeks to recover from a squats workout. So if I do leg presses, does this mean I have to give up the "mother of all exercises" for a while? Yes. It makes no sense. Consider that a set of squats super-elevates your testosterone, benefitting all of your muscles and putting you into fat-burning mode. You really don't want to be skipping this exercise, because as things are already you have very limited opportunities to do it.

There's no easy way to build a body that looks like you regularly train hard. The only way to do that is to regularly train hard. Using free weights appropriately is the most effective way to do that.


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

There are over 25 million bubbles waiting to burst out of each bottle of Champagne. Many people don't know what Champagne is; it's sparkling wine made in Champagne, a region in France. By definition, you can't make Champagne anywhere else. Sparkling wine, yes. But not Champagne.

8. Thought for the Day

There are thousands of suicide centers all over the country. Just look for the golden arches.


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