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Factoid | Thought 4 the Day
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1. Good News
On 03FEB of this year, the US House of Representatives voted
to REPEAL the Patient Predation and Unaffordable Care Attack. There are also
bills pending in the Senate.
The 02FEB issue of the MIT Technology Review newsletter reported
that an inexpensive material known as perovskite can boost solar cell output by
50%. That's a huge breakthrough, and it will accelerate the solar installation
business. Many formerly non-viable applications will now be lucrative. Those
that were marginally viable will now be firmly in the "no brainer to do this
project" camp. This should further decrease coal burning, thus providing some
relief for the mercury pollution of our oceans (and lessening of other
The 03FEB2015 issue of the MIT Technology Review has great news about lithium
batteries. What is it? Batteries can last twice as long. Read the full story
The Search Engine Journal reported earlier this month that Google's share of
the desktop search market dropped to its lowest point in 6 years. Basically
Google's gambit with Panda and Penguin is backfiring. Google's organic results
are horribly skewed to favor big advertisers and its results leave out many
valuable results you can find using any real search engine.
Google's misconduct is why its organic search quality is now dismal. And that
misconduct is another factor in why its "search partners" are breaking off their
relationship with Google. You are known by the company you keep, and being
associated with Google is increasingly embarrassing.
Gordon Gecko thought greed is good, but Google's decline shows you can have
too much of a good thing. Things could even reach a tipping point, where
suddenly it's not cool to use Google. Certainly, it's not smart to do so because
its competitors run circles around it. The good news is more and more people are
waking up to this fact and doing to Google what Google did to ethics--treating
them as irrelevant.
Google's attempt to out-Facebook Facebook has failed so badly that they seem
to be giving up on it. Say goodbye to Google +1. They tried to shove this down
the throats of Website owners, the same people they brutalized with Panda and
Penguin. They were firmly rejected.
Aviation innovation is making smaller, lighter, engines possible. This means
lower cost to manufacture, to buy, to operate, and to maintain. Read the full
A new development in cable insulation may hugely boost energy savings. This
is stupendous news, not merely "good" news. Read the full story here:
The Searchengineland newsletter reported that some key executives in Google's
search organization have departed recently. Either they finally got a conscience
and bailed, or they opposed Google's misconduct and were shown the door. Either
way, people are noticing that something is going on. Rather than retaining good
people, Google appears to be repelling them. The most notable example is the
current CEO of Yahoo.
Maybe the Google board will finally figure out that this brain drain is an
existential threat to the company, and they'll put Google on a less
"ethically-challenged" footing so people don't leave in disgust. Or maybe they
won't, and this bad corporation will get the fate that it deserves.
We are just chock-full of good news in this issue. Here's another item. The
People's Republic of California, which is usually anti-freedom, anti-privacy,
pro-crime, and pro-poverty, actually is mulling over a pro-privacy law in its
mis-legislature. This law would dramatically restrict where it's legal to fly
drones. It remains to be seen if this law will apply to those most likely to
abuse drones, namely federal agencies. But this is a big step forward.
Other states often follow California's lead, although we can be grateful that
has not been the case with California's "OSHA for Violent Criminals" programs
(which somehow bear the mis-label "gun control"). Perhaps this positive
development will follow the same trajectory as Florida's Right To Carry laws and
be adopted by the other 49 (or 56, according to Obama) states.
2. Product Highlight
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3. Brainpower tip
I sent out the information in this issue's Finance tip via e-mail, to several
people. One of them is cognitively challenged, and his responses often provide
me fodder for the Brainpower tip.
He dissed the entire set of statistics, by claiming the one about the average
increase in family medical insurance premiums under Obama doesn't account for
such things as how large the family was and what plan they had.
This attack is intellectually dishonest in the extreme, and it shows how far
down the mental rabbit hole the zombie class is willing to go to defend their "I
voted for Obama" mistake.
These are AGGREGATE stats. The point of aggregation is to get an overall
view, not to drill down to find exceptions to the trend.
If we say the average American male has 6lbs of undigested red meat fermenting
in his bowels at age 53 (a documented fact, published by the AMA and other
sources), we don't need to ask particulars. It doesn't matter what ethnicity,
family size, etc. is involved.
We are trying to get a picture of the trend. Noting that a male like me has
ZERO of this in his bowels is irrelevant, because I am statistically
insignificant and we are not talking about absolute limits in the population but
the AVERAGE. Some males will greatly exceed the aggregate value, also. This
doesn't matter, either. With this number applied to an "average" male, we get
the picture. We can wrap our minds around six pounds of something, and we can
compare that to our own age and gut to get the point being illustrated with this
There is value and purpose in aggregation. It helps you wrap your mind around
the scope of a problem by distilling it down into a number you can
understand--and usually apply to something within your own experience.
If we say the total premiums increased by $229 billion, it is very hard to
put that into context. The human mind just does not deal well with large
numbers. If we had said $183 billion, your mind would probably not differentiate
even though these numbers differ by $46 billion. If someone handed you $46
billion, you would definitely notice. Understand the problem, here?
By breaking it down into a per family basis, suddenly the number becomes
graspable. Notice earlier, said if someone handed you $46 billion; same effect.
This type of analysis does not pretend to suggest what each specific family
pays or what a family of four could expect to pay versus a family of three. But
it does give us a clearer understanding of just how devastating the Unaffordable
Care Act is.
Zombies, morons, and those lacking intellectual integrity feel compelled to
mindlessly argue against any such analysis. You can ignore those mindless
arguments; they speak volumes about the person making them, but they say nothing
of value about the analysis.
A very wise man (Jim Angelucci) often told me, "Perception is everything." I
think you can't get an accurate perception without having a perspective that
makes sense. The aggregate analysis is a way to get perspective. Those who
attack it simply fear getting to the truth.
Keep your brainpower high by ignoring those attacks.
Yes, aggregation can be misused. But the signs of such abuse are obvious, so
just put your critical thinking cap on and use aggregation for its intended
4. Finance tip
How is the USA doing in Obama's sixth year of illegally occupying the White
House and abusing the Office of the POTUS? Let's look at the results.|
- For the first time in over 100 years, USA is not the world's largest
- Unemployment hit 51% (source: Dept of Labor) in mid-2014, NOT the 5.6%
Obama claims. And it's getting WORSE. In fact, it is now 56%.
- National debt increased by 80% from 2009 to 2014 (which explains the
- Decline in median household income since Obama became president: $2,484.
- Average increase in family medical insurance premiums under Obama: $4,154.
That's the increase, not the total.
- Number of Americans enrolled in the food stamp program nearly doubled
More about that unemployment figure: A full-time job is defined as 30+ hours
per week for an organization that provides a regular paycheck. Right now, the
U.S. has a staggeringly low rate of 44% full-time employment (based on the
number of full-time jobs as a percent of the adult population, 18 years and
older). That means the actual unemployment rate is 56%, an increase from the 51%
we had this summer.
Given the current (mis)administration's unrelenting attacks on the economy and
the fact the Unaffordable Care Act has not yet been repealed, an increase in
unemployment was predictable. But now you know by how much.
We need to take action to help ensure Obama's third term is in prison, not in office.
Write to your misprepresentatives today and ask them to sponsor bills that would
make this a reality. Let's get this criminal "elected" to an office he deserves,
such as that of inmate in Guantanamo.
5. Security tip
|With Obamageddon still raging, the 54% of working age
American adults who don't have a job are becoming increasingly desperate.
Did that sink in? Our unemployment level is actually 54%. People who are not
employed, are, by definition, unemployed. To determine the true unemployment
rate, subtract the actual employment rate (46%) from 100%. No games, no
gimmicks. This is the true rate of joblessness.|
And how are these
devastated people coping? Taking a cue from the sociopaths who dominate the US CONgress, they are
turning to crime. Now I'm going to tell you about one of the schemes they
use, and how you can protect yourself.
In our previous issue, we mentioned how people pose as
representatives of utility companies. A variation of this is posing as some
sort of home service company. They are targeting those small franchise
businesses owned by people who feel guilty if they work "only" a 12 hour
Among their targets are carpet cleaning companies. There's nothing wrong
with such a company, in fact they provide valuable services. Unfortunately,
they can no longer lawfully canvas by phone even though politicians and other
riff-raff can. This means they often go door to door, and those who do this
legwork are not well-compensated for it. But these companies are, in this
economy, having a hard time drumming up business.
They will offer some
sort of free cleaning, in hopes they can point out other services after you
see the nearly miraculous difference their work made.
So far, so good. But here's where it goes wrong.
Now criminals rent a carpet shampooer and pretend to be a carpet cleaning
company. They actually do shampoo your
carpet. And they "case the joint" while they're in your house. They may make a
wax impression of at least one door lock, and then later break in using the key
made from that impression. They may note your security system, door locks,
open windows, etc. And, of course, they inventory what's in your place. They hand you a
brochure on the way out, figuring you won't call the number on it.
And when they break in, they might conceal their crime by being very
selective about what they steal. Maybe just credit card information and some
jewelry hidden in places they know to look. A couple shirts from your
closet, a few tools from your garage, and a few other sundry things. Months
might go by before you realize you've been hit. Or you may come home to find
you got cleaned out.
The solution isn't to assume all carpet cleaners are crooks. It's to just
look at who comes into your house. As noted, these are franchises owned by
hard-working people. They want to be successful. So they won't pull up in
some old pickup truck. Most likely, they'll have a van with the company logo
on it. Look in that van; if you see it's full of hoses and other carpet
cleaning equipment, this is a real business rather than some crooks
pretending to be one.
Write down the license plate number, and call the police to ask if the
vehicle has been reported as stolen. You just want to know that these people
coming into your home are legit. There is actually a problem with company
vehicles being stolen to use in crimes like this.
An acquaintance of mine,
who owned an electrical services company, lost one of his trucks while
taking his crew out to breakfast; it was stolen from the parking lot while
they ate. When I mentioned this to another acquaintance in the Sheriff's
Department, he just sighed and said how sad it was these small companies get
hit this way. It's devastating, since they are barely making ends meet as it
If the vehicle has been stolen, inform the police that the perps are at
your place now and ask how long it will be until officers arrive. Go ahead
and let the perps into your house; act naturally but watch them at all
times. Don't be natural, act naturally.
Say you're really interested in what they're doing. Your natural tendency
will be to frown or have a worried look. To prevent this, think of something
funny that will make you smile. Don't just force a smile; a fake smile is
noticeable, and it will give you away. That could put you in physical
danger, though most likely it will just send them scampering and the cops
you called won't be able to catch them.
If the vehicle hasn't been stolen, this crew is probably legit. But maybe
not. So look also at the employees. Every franchise owner knows employees
must dress nicely and be well-groomed; or they should. If they don't, then
you don't want to do business with them whether they are crooks or not
because they don't take professionalism seriously.
Once they're inside, a legitimate crew is going to start the sales pitch.
They're going to tell you about their company and they're going to explain
why their process is superior. They're going to try to win your trust by
demonstrating with those free cleanings they promised. Once they are done
cleaning, they won't be in a hurry to leave. They will want to know what
rooms you want cleaned, and they'll give you a price before doing the work.
In other words, they are going to act like business people not like crooks.
But how will you pay for this? With a credit card. Another thing you
should have done earlier is call the number on the side of the van and ask
if they have cleaning crews in your area. When you pay, look on the receipt
to see if the phone number there matches the one on the van.
That license number you wrote down? Keep it in a safe place, such as a
drawer in your desk at work (assuming where you work isn't at home).
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
John wrote with several
questions related to his son's high school sports participation. He was
dismayed to learn that the coach was having the boys lift weights.
It's a common misconception
that weight training somehow impedes sports performance. Another common
misconception is that if you do weight training, it has to be tightly
correlated to the sport with the same motions used in the sport.
I heard both of these early
in my martial arts training, and ignored them. I surpassed all of my
instructors in the first two styles I studied. Not of them lifted weights.
Then I was fortunate to get into Leonard Smith's Kung Fu organization. All
of my instructors lifted weights; I never thought of myself as surpassing
them and I know for certain I never surpassed Sifu Smith. If your body is
going to be a weapon, why would you not make it as lean and strong as
possible? Thus, weight training.
I was 52 in the flying reverse roundhouse kick photo you see there. Not a
practical move, but the photographer wanted something "cool" for his
portfolio. Weight training obviously has not impeded my athletic
And so it is with athletes generally. Weight training is a core part of
the program for professional and amateur athletes of all sorts. And that's
because it works.
So are they training specific body parts or using weights in specific
ways to improve specific motions used in the sport? The smart ones aren't.
The human body is a system, and you must train it as one. That's why both
the pole vaulter and the javelin thrower need to be doing squats, curls,
overhead presses, and flyes. It doesn't matter what sport you're in. You
train the whole body. Not in the same workout, of course.
John's concern was that the weight training would interfere with his
son's athletic performance. It won't. If done properly, it can only enhance
his son's performance. But there is another issue. It has to do with bone
The bones don't stop growing, and thus the bone ends don't stop forming,
until some time late in (or after) the teen years. I don't remember when
this is; John should ask an orthopedist this specific question. I think for
boys it's later than for girls. And it may vary by individual. I'm pretty
sure the orthopedist can give a definitive answer. She or he will probably
do this by using a simple test.
You can tell if a kid's bone ends have formed by pressing in the space
between the wrist and hand, and then comparing it to your own. This gives
you "close" accuracy, as you are making an assumption about how much space
is normal for an adult (no bone growing going on).
So if the kid's bones are still growing, is weight lifting out? Not
according to the literature. It's still safe, but lighter weights must be
used to avoid compression of the bone ends.
In an exercise such as flyes, you're not pressing on the bone ends so
there's no weight limit. In squats, there's a weight limit but I can show
you a killer squat that will have your legs screaming even if the only
weight you're using is an empty #10 mailing envelope (one legged squat, with
the non-squatting leg shin down on a bench behind you).
The key here is to use technique instead of sheer weight to trigger the
adaptive response. Actually, this is a good practice to follow whether your
bone ends are formed or not. The goal of weight training isn't to see how
much weight you can push. It's to stimulate the adaptive response by putting
the muscle under maximum tension. That can be done without maximum weight.
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 Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it
was intended to prevent. Those swine in CONgress aren't helping much, either.
8. Thought for the Day
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