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
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
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
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2. Product Highlight
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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.
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
5. Security tip
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
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.
first comment is to stop thinking about how many pounds you think you are
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.
matters is your ratio of body fat to lean mass.
rephrasing the problem as, "Over the years, my muscle mass has shrunk while
my body fat has increased."
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.
the years in this newsletter, I've provided a great deal of information
aimed at the very problem Larry is having.
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.
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
- 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
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
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.
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.
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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