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Mindconnection eNL, 2015-12-27


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 latest prognosis for a cure for the Unaffordable Care Act is perhaps the most encouraging yet. It's too bad this blatantly illegal Act wasn't struck down by the nine intimidated people on the Submissive Court, er, I mean Supreme Court. But as of this writing there are bills in both the House and the Senate to repeal this atrocious mislegislation and it looks like both bills have the votes to carry. The problem, of course, is they have to be signed by the illegal alien who illegally signed Obummercare into law.

Item 2. Researchers have recently found a way to use existing manufacturing technology to make a complex processor that uses energy-efficient optical connections. The implications for faster computing are huge. For example, the IRS can spew out incorrect notifications much faster than before. Well, OK, there are many GOOD things this can bring about. Read the full story here:

Item 3. As of this writing, our dictator has not (yet) announced he's staying on for a third term. The fake elections are going forward (complete with clowns pretending to run) so at least it appears we may get a reprieve thirteen months from now or at least we'll have a less damaging crop of criminals taking over once Soetoro and crew finally leave office and stop their "Damage America Deeply" campaign.

Item 4. Unlike federal politicians, who offer no solutions, the nation's leading civil rights organization is devoting resources to a program that makes schools far more secure from violent attack. Learn more about how NSS protects schools, by visiting

2. Product Highlight

Wow, is this popular! A big thank you to people who are buying these for U.S. troops. That's very good of you. Note to those who do not personally know any U.S. troops, you can always buy a couple of these and donate them via a local recruiting station.

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We have the Farsi 400 Translator on sale for only $44.99. It's a great gift for someone you know in the military. And you can get it only from us.

This device can go where cell phones are banned (or just don't work). At only 4.6 x 3.5 x 0.06, it easily rests on your palm. It runs on 2 AAA batteries (included).

This translating device contains over 450,000 words and 1,100 phrases. It makes working with a foreign language easy and convenient.

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3. Brainpower tip

Hugely positive feedback on last month's column. Thank you!

Unfortunately, a couple of readers missed the point. The point of it wasn't to prove that Soetoro is an illegal alien. The point of it was to illustrate using brainpower to see past lies and into the truth. The Soetoro fiasco is just an example, but I think it makes a particularly good one.

I realize that many of my readers have angst over dealing with libtards who spew lies and propaganda, and thus are looking for arguments to counter them with. A business associate of mine recently wrote, "Some people can't be helped." Libtards are such people. They don't want truth. To them, reality is not even an option.

This brings me to another point that will help you with brainpower.

You've probably noticed that libtards seem dedicated to proving they are incapable of intelligent conversation. They use stupidity as a means of trying to dominate others. Baffle 'em with BS. Libtards have many ways of turning any attempt at intelligent conversation into a foray into abject stupidity.

One such way is they derail the conversation by bringing a background issue into the foreground and then arguing THAT instead of the main issue. This technique is often an attempt to redefine the "debate" from a subject in which you are knowledgeable into one in which they assume you are not. Sometimes, it's just an attempt to move on to some other subject they know less than nothing about so they can "win" yet another mindless argument. They "win" by spewing so much stupidity at the infidel that the infidel just gives up in frustration.

Typically, this redirection is done by switching over to an example you used as an analogy or metaphor. Analogies and metaphors are seldom totally accurate, so this creates an opening for the libtard to find fault with what you said. As if the metaphor was the point instead of a means of explaining the point.

And by moving to a presumably easier target (an area in which you are not knowledgeable), the libtard hopes to defeat the infidel (you) with a barrage of mindless arguing, pseudo-facts, outright lies, leaps of logic, and other BS.

So, how do you defend against this dishonest tactic? The answer is you don't defend against it. You simply refuse to engage. The libtard is mired in mindless arguing. While this entertains the libtard and feeds that person's delusions of adequacy, it also, as noted, is a means of dominating the victim. They commandeer your time and force you into an activity you would not otherwise choose--a foray into abject stupidity.

Going down the path set forth by the libtard drains you, and it wastes your time. Save your mental energy for people who are mentally honest and thus may deserve your attention.

4. Finance tip

Most of my readers are in the United States, and in most of the United States winter cold has set in. You've no doubt heard many times that you can reduce your heating bills with a few simple actions. But have you taken those actions? And if so, does whatever you did still work? Maybe you even missed a few things.

Here are some simple ways to reduce your heating bill:

  • Wear long sleeves. This will enable you to reduce your thermostat setting by a degree or two with no loss of comfort. You can reduce it further by wearing warmer clothing and by using throw rugs where your floors aren't carpeted.
  • If you don't have one, install a programmable thermostat (this is easy to do). Set it so the furnace doesn't cycle on and off. If your beds have electric blankets, use them and turn the thermostat down even more at night. Don't forget that you can really chill the place while you're away at work but have it warmed up and waiting while you're on the way home.
  • On outside walls that have receptacles, install the foam receptacle insulators behind the faceplate. These are cheap, and they help make up for the fact that there is very poor insulation around receptacles.
  • On outside walls that have receptacles, spray insulating foam (get the right kind, ask if you don't know) behind the box. Just stick the nozzle around the box edge and let it rip. Do NOT spray inside the box. For best results, work your way completely around the box. Any excess foam will help improve insulation for that section of wall. Proceed slowly so you don't blow the wall out.
  • If windows leak air, cover them with winter plastic window coverings that come in a kit.
  • When sales people (or any other people) come to your door, don't hold it open and talk with them. Invite them in or go stand in the cold on the porch. If they won't come in and you don't want to go outside, tell them it's too cold and to come back when it's warmer.
  • Partially close off unused rooms.
  • Think about opening any doors. You're basically breaking the seal to the outside, and creating an exchange of your heated air for cold air every time you open the door. If you need to go outside for some chore, pack a bucket with everything you need so you're not running in and out.
  • If you have kids or pets, they will want to run in and out. Practice tough love and say no from time to time.
  • Bundle up when going outside, so you aren't "freezing" once you're inside. This will eliminate a huge temptation to crank up the heat.
  • For bathrooms, especially showers, a little colder can be extremely uncomfortable. You can make judicious use of space heaters (run only when bathroom is occupied, and have that door closed) or temporarily boost the whole house heat with the bathroom door closed. This also prevents you from "needing" to crank the heat up once you emerge, shivering, from your shower or whatever.

5. Security tip

One of the best things you can do for your personal security:

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Larry wrote that he's in his late 40s and is 30 pounds overweight. He is wondering if a personal trainer can help him with that. He also wants to know what kind of certification the trainer should have.

My first comment is to stop thinking about how many pounds you think you are "overweight" by.

If a man is 6'2" tall and weighs 250lbs, is he overweight? Most people would say yes. But that depends upon what his weight consists of. In fact, the 6'2" Arnold Schwarzenegger weighed 250lbs in his prime.

What matters is your ratio of body fat to lean mass.

So I'm rephrasing the problem as, "Over the years, my muscle mass has shrunk while my body fat has increased."

Yes, a personal trainer *can* help you. But you need one who actually understands how to solve that problem. Your typical trainer does not. I can't comment authoritatively on training certifications, because I haven't looked at those. I can say many do not require any real knowledge.

Over the years in this newsletter, I've provided a great deal of information aimed at the very problem Larry is having.

One of the barriers many people have to getting into a fitness-friendly lifestyle is the need for a coach of some sort. That's where a trainer comes in. Rather than look for certifications, first look for someone who looks the way you want to look.

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

Not that this person will necessarily make you look that way, but it's a pretty good indication this person is capable of doing so.

Notes to the guys:

  • Do not pick out the freaky big guy and think he must be the expert. First of all, that guy's look is probably not the one you want. Second, he probably got it using drugs.
  • Do not pick out the most macho guy. If you see a drill sergeant type of trainer, how is that person going to help you stick with the program?
  • Do not pick out a female trainer based on bust size. But do look at her overall physical condition.
  • Heavier weight does not equate to better training. Consider that the typical guy loses 50lbs on his bench press when forced to do it right. Once he starts actually working the pecs, he'll  get this back--and more.

Once you identify potential trainers, see if there's enough chemistry that the two of you can work together. After two or three appointments, you'll be able to decide.


  • You and the trainer have been butting heads, it's not going to work.
  • The trainer seems like a coach who is interested in helping you succeed, you've probably found a good trainer.
  • You don't feel a given workout the next day and the trainer doesn't step up the intensity, you've got someone who is not customizing the program to your needs.
  • The workouts leave you terribly sore all the time and the trainer doesn't back off, you've got someone who isn't listening to what your body is saying. There is a difference between the good soreness following a hard workout and the pain that comes from overtraining.
  • The trainer pushes you to do something that seems dangerous, mention this and ask for an explanation. If it sounds like BS, you should drop this trainer.

We haven't touched on how to evaluate the trainer's competence. This is something very hard to measure, if you don't know the science of training. For most people, trial and error will have to do. Give the trainer about six weeks, and see how things have progressed.

Which brings me to a way to spot a sign of a good trainer right away. A good trainer will take "before" data, to make it possible to see what a great job s/he has been doing with you. This will include body fat percentage, body weight, arm size, leg size, and several measurements of strength. Maybe not on the first workout or session, but very early on.

A few points on trainer competence:

  • Doing "cardio" is not the best way to burn fat. Do cardio if you need to build up your heart and lungs, but not to burn fat. For example, if you about pass out while doing squats or deadlifts then you need cardio.
  • High volume is not the way to build muscle. It is the way to put stress on your joints, though.
  • Momentum training is the road to injury. If you need momentum to move the weight, you've got too much weight.
  • If the trainer talks about tone versus size, you've found a BS artist. Move on.

If you have been giving it your all and just gotten nowhere, fire this trainer. Try another one.

Of course, no trainer can make headway with a client who isn't dedicated to succeeding. That means you don't cheat on your diet, you don't cheat on your lifts (when the trainer isn't looking), you don't skip training sessions, and you don't argue in hopes of not having to do something.

What about cost? A good trainer is expensive. A good way to cut costs is to discuss cost with the trainer and say you want to do most of your training by yourself. After a few sessions to get you on track, you want the trainer to meet with you periodically to evaluate your technique, evaluate your progress, and recommend changes. This way, you can keep the trainer as an ongoing part of your program instead of burning through your budget in two months.


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

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off. This information could prove helpful if you decide to fund your own mission to Mars!

8. Thought for the Day

Always be yourself. Because the people who matter don't mind. And the ones who do mind don't matter.


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Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.

Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).

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