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. The MacDonald's Corporation, perhaps the world champion in
spreading arteriosclerosis and obesity, is taking a huge step forward in social
responsibility. The eggs it uses will no longer be toxic, because (within 10
years) it will no longer buy eggs from farmers who keep their hens in cages. That
means over 7 million hens per year will not be tortured for their eggs; both the
hens and the people who eat their eggs will be healthier.
Item 2. Yesterday, I celebrated my 55th trip around the sun. Good news
for me, anyhow.
Item 3. Some folks in a crime-ridden neighborhood in Springfield, MO have
decided to take back the block they live on. It all started with one man's
decision to put his grill in his front yard. Now the neighbors "meet and eat,"
and the presence of all these people outside is keeping the hoodlums away.
2. Product Highlight
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Recently manufactured; our inventory typically is less than 30 days old from
date of manufacture (these popular radar detectors move that fast).
- Carries full warranty.
- Has built-in Bluetooth wireless technology.
- All-new receiver incorporates advanced military technology called
Digital Signal Processing (DSP).
New Multi-Color OLED Display.
- Can be set up for your specific type of driving and personal preference.
- Intelligence is also packed into this ticket-protecting marvel.
- This all-new receiver incorporates advanced military technology: Digital
Signal Processing (DSP).
- The unique method of scanning enables the Passport Max2 to identify real
threats faster and more accurately than any other detector.
You know you want it. Buy from us and save!
3. Brainpower tip
In our previous issue, I
discussed how individuals use stupidity as a weapon and how to defend yourself
from a stupidity attack.
In this issue, I will discuss
weapons of mass stupid-ification and how to defend yourself.
First, recognize that zones of
stupidity are all around us. Stay out of these. Some examples:
Your local public library.
Not! These places are the exact opposite. If you don't set foot in one very
often, you are probably spending time in zones of stupidity instead.
Bars and similar
establishments. What do people do in these places? Destroy their brain
cells. What do they talk about, when the jet engine loud "music" isn't
blaring? Can you think of the last intelligent conversation?
Indoctrination centers. I
don't want to be explicit here, because doing so will offend many readers
instead of encourage them to think. Please do think about whether you spend
time being mindlessly indoctrinated.
Political rallies. These
exist under the theory that it is possible to pick up a turd by its clean
end. For this delusion to be supported, an entire system of stupidity must
be infused into the participants.
When stupidity is used on a
mass scale to target a population rather than used by an individual against
another individual, it is a weapon of mass stupid-ification. Simply staying out
of stupidity zones won't protect you. The key to protecting yourself is to shut
off the communication channels through which the stupidity is intended to flow
into your brain. These include:
such as The Week. You can recognize these by their blatant skewing of
reality on certain topics. The editors of The Week, for example, believe in
protecting violent criminals from their victims rather than the other way
around. Any time they see an opportunity to promote this stupidity, they hop
right on it.
such as all of them. Perhaps there is a newspaper that is worth reading. If
you know of one, please write to me. Mark Twain panned these weapons of mass
stupid-ification in his time, and things really haven't changed.
Political speeches. These
exist under the theory that if your lies are outrageous enough, you can rely
on people to become stupid enough to believe them. People exposed to this
sort of stupidity are eventually overcome by it. Avoid, even if extreme
measures are required to do so.
Anything said by Barry
Soetoro. Needs no explanation.
Language abuse. The intent
here is to grossly misrepresent reality such that people shut down their
mental defenses and accept blatant lies as truth. When people permit this to
be done to them enough, the critical thinking parts of their brains shut
down completely; they become de facto stupid. Don't give in to language
abuse by repeating it; call things what they are. Thus, Daylight WASTING
Time not Daylight "Savings" Time. And Institute of Reprobates and
Sociopaths, not the official name and especially not the service part.
You can replace these toxic
communication channels with good ones, and I encourage you to do so. Some tips:
Carefully analyze your
sources of information. Seek out new ones, regularly.
Generally ignore what
politicians say. Look at what they do, instead. Two very good citizen
watchdog groups are the National Taxpayer's Union and the National Rifle
Association; they will tell you which politicians are doing bad things and
which are doing good things (respectively, with your money/property or with
your Constitutional rights).
Identify and engage people
who are informed and intelligent. This doesn't mean people who agree with
you, though if they are informed and intelligent you will surely (being
informed and intelligent yourself) find plenty of agreement. You want to
have conversations with people who support your sane approach to things, but
who also challenge you when they disagree or you provide a flimsily
supported thesis. Beyond that, such people will enrich your life in multiple
ways while not taking you down the path of stupidity.
Read a good book, read a
good book, read a good book. Do this often.
4. Finance tip
Watch this video, and keep in mind the underlying message:|
When powerful people live a life of deceit at the expense of others, they
need to be exposed. When they can get away with anything, they will take away
5. Security tip
|A female reader is concerned about "rough characters"
who've been hanging out in her neighborhood lately. She's thinking of taking
Karate lessons, so she can defend herself.|
This is generally not a good
idea. What's taught at these schools is seldom useful in a real fight. If
she can find a Kung Fu instructor who will accept her as a student, and that
instructor is trained in the "non commercial" type of real fighting arts,
then she may be able to defend herself in a fight. Another option is to find
an MMA school, as MMA fighting is predicated on the idea of real martial
skill rather than the dancing that most Karate (and many Kung Fu) schools
teach as a "martial art."
So, yes, learning real martial arts is good for improving your personal
security. But it's a hard way to go. In my experience, few students can
stick with it long enough to gain any real benefit. The training and
discipline required to develop the blinding speed and flawless execution of
technique are just too much for most folks. That's why the commercial
versions were developed.
In the commercial versions, you learn a series of katas or forms and test
for progressively higher levels of belts or sashes. For the schools to stay
viable, they need to keep students. That means the training (and the style
itself) is compromised so as to keep the dropout rate from being too high.
Take a look at the physique of, say, Bruce Lee compared to that of the
typical "black belt" at the typical school. The latter clearly have not done
the training. It's just too hard.
Look at the typical MMA fighter, and you're back in Bruce Lee territory
If this "make your body a lethal weapon" route is not for you, and it's
not for most folks, what else can you do? This is where the equalizer comes
in. You can carry a pistol. That's not as easy as many people think, either.
To be qualified (competent) and safe with that pistol, you need training and
practice. And you'll need to spend a fair amount of money on ammunition.
Because larger rounds cost more (much more!) than smaller rounds, your
choice of pistol caliber will determine how expensive your practicing will
While a .44 Magnum will definitely stop any intruder, do you really need
it? Probably not. But a .22 is too small to reliably stop an intruder.
Something in between, something you are comfortable using, is what you need
Some people have an aversion to firearms. Others need a weapon they can
carry anywhere. Still others live in places where the illegal laws protect
violent criminals from their victims rather than the other way around (these
places, Chicago being an example, predictably have much higher rates of
violent crime than areas with sane laws). In these cases, a third solution
The baton is an excellent choice of weapon. If you train with it, you can
learn how to defend against an attacker who's armed with a knife or even
armed with a firearm. If you use a telescoping baton, it will be small
enough for discretion but big enough to do the job when the job needs doing.
Of course, avoiding problems in the first place is your best option. The
female reader could, for example:
- Try to befriend the "rough characters." Maybe she has misjudged
them. Not every biker is a dangerous dirt bag; most, in fact, are not.
The presence of a biker group in the neighborhood usually increases the
security of the neighborhood.
- Organize a neighborhood watch. This is best done under the guidance
of the local police department. They can advise and provide other help.
Often, a city will post a neighborhood watch sign if your neighborhood
meets specific conditions. That sign won't keep bad guys out completely,
but it lets them know they are likely to be seen and reported.
- Organize neighborhood nights out. This effective technique has
reclaimed neighborhoods formerly dominated by drug dealers. If
law-abiding citizens are out on their porches and lawns, or have
commandeered an area of the street for a pot luck supper (with city
permission), the likelihood of criminal activity plummets.
- Ask the city to evaluate the street lighting and other safety
- Install security cameras.
- Identify crime risk issues and fix them. The house with the peeling
paint? Maybe the owner is poor; what if the neighbors chipped in time
and money to paint that house? Same thing for overgrown lawns or
overgrown trees and shrubs. Trash all over? Pick it up. Whatever the
issue is, find a way to fix it. Make your neighborhood look like the
people who live in it are people who care.
Some things not to do:
- Get a big vicious guard dog. If you want a dog, fine. But the only
reason a dog is vicious is it's been abused. And don't get a dog to
protect you; get a dog because you want a dog to love and be your
- Threaten people who seem suspicious. Yelling, "I'm calling the cops"
or making a direct threat is just asking for trouble.
- Accept the delusion that you can just call 911 if there's a problem.
By the time the cops get there, you could be dead. To verify this, find
out what the typical and maximum response times were for your police
department last year; a member of your city council can assist you in
obtaining this information. Or just apply logic.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
to Charlie for this video:
It understates the case, but please try to understand the message. Then pass
it on to other people.
the tips in this newsletter, and you will avoid this problem completely.
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.
Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set
up a vibration (at the "resonant frequency) sufficient to cause the bridge to
collapse. Members of CONgress, however, are always in step when it comes to
8. Thought for the Day
A poor choice can result in
temporary gratification, followed by permanent misery. Choose wisely.
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