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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
Windows XP users who've tried Windows 7 have huge reasons not to downgrade to
Windows 7. Due mainly to atrocious user interface problems, calling this an
upgrade is not very honest.|
Microsoft is forcing the issue, and what many people hear is "Buy a
Mac." But the idea of transitioning everything to a Mac is not only one of a
huge time investment but also one of significant monetary investment.
good news for you!
Because I have to make a living, I haven't downgraded my workstation to the
productivity-killing W7. It has stayed on XP. This, however, cannot be a
permanent solution. I went online looking for ways to fix W7. I found those and
have applied them to my W7 laptop. They work.
It is actually possible to use W7 without seeing productivity plummet. What's
the magic secret, here? Microsoft routinely chooses the worst possible settings
for its default values, so changing these can vastly improve the user
experience. You just have to figure out where they hid the controls that allow
you to stop a given problem.
- This helps get rid of all the jumping around that W7 does:
- The main problem is the taskbar, something that W7 castrated. This
solution fixes a couple of problems, the most frustrating being where
Windows combines things to leave the user totally clueless as to what's open
you actually get new windows indicated on the taskbar when you open a new
window! What a concept!
- Another problem is Windows Explorer doesn't display the file tree. This
is unforgivable. What sadist at Microsoft thought this up? In XP, you see
the file tree graphically in both panes. In W7, you see the path of one pane
across the top. You need several more clicks, each of which alter what
you're looking at instead of showing you where you are, to see where you
are. Yes, this can be fixed! Here's the fix:
And here's an article that's a little more comprehensive just in case you want
to do more than fix these three "Why you should not use W7" problems:
Now, it would be nice if MS simply released each version of Windows with two
buttons so you can choose their way or your way. The buttons would be labeled
"Maddening Mode" and "Normal Mode," respectively. I doubt the folks at Microsoft
will ever "get it" as to why just about everyone hates Microsoft and how simple
it is to fix that. The good news is we don't have to rely on them to have any
brains at all.
And in an entirely different vein...
There is hope. In Kansas, lawmakers have been rejecting much of the costly
(and mostly illegal) mislegislation spewed by the psychopaths in the District of Corruption.
Consequently, Kansas is doing better than the nation as a whole--more jobs per
capita, etc. If you're not in Kansas, how can this be good news for you?
A. It proves that standing up to lunacy and crime is possible. Resistance
is not futile.
B. It shows that people are better off when they are plundered less.
The states have far more power than is widely acknowledged. Contact your
state politicians and let them know you want a taste of "the Kansas Miracle," by
which you mean a less heavy federal boot placed upon your neck. This obviously
includes Obummercare, but don't limit your admonitions to that. Many personal
freedoms are crushed by this cadre of criminals, too.
news for the apocalypse crowd (not for the rest of us though, sorry):
Barry Soetoro, when running for POTUS using
his alias "Barrack Hussein Obama" rather than his legal name, promised to
"eliminate the debt." I think this financially illiterate person meant the
"deficit." It should be no surprise to those who've been following the antics of
this compulsive liar that he has, mostly through illegal means, increased
the official debt by 80% in just six (agonizing) years.
The accumulated debt
he "inherited" took 214 years to accumulate. He's on track to double that by the
end of his second term.
Note also that the administration of this compulsive
liar has grossly under-reported the actual deficits. For example, Obama's folks
recorded a $1 trillion deficit for 2012 but the GAO said that "if you apply
honest accounting methods" it was $6 trillion. So he's probably already doubled
the debt and then some. We can see the results....
Debt of this magnitude has hugely deleterious effects
on the economy (a canonical fact based on the truth that economies depend on
capital, not debt, for their health). Anyone who's obsessed with doom
and gloom should send Barry a "Thank You" card for bringing this devastation
upon us. Things are decidedly in the toilet. Only 49% of Americans of working age can
find a job, and if you really want to look at Barry's handiwork just look at the
stats on homeless schoolchildren.
The bad news here is Woodrow Wilson's 100
year reign as Worst President Ever has probably ended. Poor Woody.
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3. Brainpower tip
Watch for patterns, and tune out "bad channels." What you feed your mind is
important. This is why, for example, I don't listen to anything Barry Soetoro
(aka Barrack Hussein Obama) says. What a great example he is, when you need an
example of something wrong!
That said, I want to defend him against a charge
that simply is not true. Yes, he is a compulsive liar. But it's not true that he
always lies. In
fact, he was caught telling the truth
for 38 seconds straight. I know that many people consider that impossible, which
is why I provided the link.
Also, there's a mitigating circumstance that helps
make this story of Barry's amazing feat believable. He was talking about Led Zeppelin
rather than his (illegal) actions while (illegally) in office. One positive point about this psychopath is
he at least has good taste in music.
It's probably true that all politicians
lie, or at least hedge the truth. Their lies normally have some connection to
reality. That is not the case with Barry Soetoro, who does not even use his real
legal name. He takes an "up" is "down" approach to lying. No connection to
reality whatsoever. Keep that thought in mind, for a minute.
We know that just about every President tells a whopper and
gets tagged for it. That one lie follows him around like a bad fart. Then we
have Obama, who hasn't told just one stinky whopper. He has been a virtual
factory of lies, many of which are so blatant as to be highly insulting to our
And in contrast to other Presidential lies, which have a
plausible connection to reality, hundreds of his lies have no connection to
reality at all.
Here's a review of famous Presidential lies:
- LBJ: We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin).
- Nixon: I am not a crook.
- GHW Bush: Read my lips - No New Taxes.
- Clinton: I did not have sex with that woman... Miss Lewinski.
- GW Bush: Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.
My apologies to former President Carter for not remembering enough of
what he said to recall any lies. I don't think he's even known for any lies.
So no whopper, there.
When it comes to Obama, which of his many egregious lies is his
whopper? Here's partial list of his "over the top" lies that have zero
connection to reality:
- I will have the most transparent administration in history.
- I will eliminate the national debt.
- The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.
- I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.
- The IRS is not targeting anyone.
- It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.
- I will put an end to the type of politics that "breeds division,
conflict and cynicism".
- You didn't build that!
- I will restore trust in Government.
- The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.
- The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that lands on my
- It's not my red line - it is the world's red line.
- Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.
- We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto
companies, with interest.
- I am not spying on American citizens.
- Obama Care will be good for America.
- You can keep your family doctor.
- Premiums will be lowered by $2500.
- If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.
- It's just like shopping at Amazon.
- I knew nothing about "Fast and Furious" gunrunning to Mexican drug
- I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.
- I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi.
- I have never known my uncle from Kenya who is in the country
illegally and that was arrested and told to leave the country over 20
- And, I have never lived with that uncle. (He finally admitted
(12-05-2013) that he DID know his uncle and that he DID live with him. )
- "I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend
the Constitution of the United States of America."
Imagine what happens to the brain of someone who listens to a liar
like this. The results cannot be good. In fact, here's an example of how
this pollution can render a person too stupid to understand the logic of
a simple question:
To protect your mind, tune out
bad channels. Your brain will respond to what you feed it. Garbage in,
garbage out. Take care to protect it from pollution sources like Barry Soetoro. Of course, he is only one example of a brain-deadener. There
are others. Avoid them.
4. Finance tip
5. Security tip
This one click test will tell you how anonymous or trackable your
browser "fingerprint" is and what information you are communicating to Web
sites. It's possible your browser "fingerprint" (the information you share) is
so rare it's unique (one of a kind), thereby absolutely identifying you. And
that's not a good thing.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Mike wanted to how to build an impressive back. At right, you can see a picture
of my back, from about three years ago. I'm flexing hard, and you can see I
take back training very seriously.
While a well-developed back is impressive,
my reason for developing my back is more about function than looks.
What does it take to build your back? Different folks will tell you it's this
or that magic exercise. I won't get into that particular fray, except to note
that women and men with great back development nearly always train with a
chinning bar rather than a lat pulldown machine. Avoid machines.
How you train on that bar is particularly important. I go for the squeeze. I
want to feel that hard contraction on each rep, and a burn on each rep as the
workout progresses. This is what stimulates the adaptive response and thus those
strong, impressive muscles that give you real strength to do real work as a real
You should do chinups and pullups, and you should do them with the
goal of working the muscles rather than obtaining a particular count. The latter
practice results in cheating, thereby defeating the purpose of the exercise. You
want each rep to be hard, rather than making reps easier just so you can do more
There are all kinds of little tricks for jazzing up your chinning bar
work. For example, there's the hand over hand technique in which you walk along
the bar hand over hand. My bar isn't wide enough for this (you need about 6 ft,
minimum), so I don't do it.
This technique, and others like it, work because they get you out of the rut
that people typically find themselves in after a few months of chinning bar
work. They've mentally adapted to up down, up down. So instead of being fully
there in the exercise, they allow their mind and their body to be on autopilot.
Rather than use the trick of the month (which works until you get into a new
rut), focus on that contraction rather than on the movement. Yes, make sure you
are going all the way down and all the way up--but your mind needs to be
"inside" the muscles focusing on that squeeze.
Don't focus on how many reps,
focus on making each one count. It really matters how much tension you put your
back muscles under. Yes, count the reps. But keep your mind on what the muscle
is doing not on how many times the muscle is doing it.
The same principle applies to those bent-over rows that
build your rhomboids. Notice my rhomboids in the photo. You don't get those by
counting out three sets of eight reps. You get those by doing one rep with a
very hard contraction that you feel through the entire muscle of each muscle
you're working, then doing a few of those reps in a row to complete a set. For those who like to count, I typically work 4 to 6 reps in a set and
work 4 to 6 sets.
I do a double workout for my back. On back and biceps days,
I do my regular workout in the morning. Then I come back in the afternoon for a
second one. This second one is all about putting the muscles under tension for
that hard contraction. I might do only three pull-ups in a set, and do only two
sets. And I do everything very slowly. A pull-up in the morning might take 2
seconds up and 3 seconds down, but one in the afternoon is likely go to 20
seconds up and 30 seconds down. Then I follow with hard contractions in static
poses. Then I finish up with posing moves just to "pump" the muscles.
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.
It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out
and can be recycled almost infinitely. Members of CONgress, on the other hand,
typically go bad after only a few years.|
8. Thought for the Day
Life doesn't offer a whole lot of "do overs." Make your decisions count, because
the consequences will likely be irreversible.
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