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1. Good News
Item 1. The leading psychopath in the world's most feared terrorist
organization gets ripped by a Congressman. See the video here:
Representation of the people? Yes, it actually happens sometimes. Now we need to
see indictments and the dissolution of this organization.
Item 2. A recent report stated that an astonishing 5.8% of scientists are
optimistic about finding intelligent life in Washington, DC. The authors of the
report did not speculate on the reasons for this high level of optimism.
2. Product Highlight
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3. Brainpower tip
Many people spend an amazing amount of time not thinking. So much that their
effective IQ is close to zero.|
Take the case of the Unaffordable Care Act, a
blatantly illegal scam that any thinking person can see will only increase the
costs of insurance and of medical care.
The fact that it was passed illegally (its tax component originated in the
Senate, a direct violation of the Constitution's requirement that all taxes
originate in the House of Representatives) should have had all intelligent,
informed citizens demanding its immediate repeal. And it did; there are just so
few of us.
A funny thing about criminal capers. They generate more crime. That is
happening with the UCA, now.
The Soetoro mis-administration is illegally paying insurance companies with
taxpayer dollars, in clear violation of the letter of the law of the UCA. Even
the liberal rag Forbes has documented the illegal diversion of $3.5 billion from
the Treasury to sponsors of UCA's policies to compensate them for medical
expenses of high-cost policyholders.
Suppose you have a discussion with the typical non-thinking, television sound
bite believing, disinformed American citizen about this theft of $3500 million
dollars. Where does that money come from? Not the government, but from people
who earn the money that the government takes from us. That is, all us working
folks. Would your non-thinking, television sound bite believing, disinformed
discussion partner understand even that? Nope.
The non-thinking, television sound bite believing, disinformed people can't even grasp that the UCA is illegal. They can't grasp that it
has destroyed thousands of jobs and is adding enormous costs to the lives of the
people who can least afford even more cost. They can't grasp that the pet name
for it (Obama care) is based on an illegal alias used by an illegal alien. You can't have
an intelligent discussion about reality with non-thinking, television sound bite
believing, disinformed people. But their power, as a group, over your life is
If you average our effective IQs (add up the effective IQs of the
intelligent, informed Americans and those of non-thinking, television sound bite
believing, disinformed Americans, then divide by the total population), the
number ends up being below the retard level. It has to be, or we would not have
an illegal immigrant occupying the White House and we would not see all this
financial hemorrhaging from the UCA.
So you can do everything possible to raise and maintain your own IQ but when
vast hordes of non-thinking, television sound bite believing, disinformed people
are in the mix, your efforts really don't matter in the big picture of things.
Collectively, we do amazingly stupid things. All the time. It's unrelenting.
There's an adage, "When good men do nothing, evil reigns." I want to update
that to reflect today's reality in our society: "When intelligent people do
nothing, stupidity reigns."
The audience for this newsletter is self-selecting. Every subscriber I have
ever interacted with has impressed me as smart. Some of you, super smart. And
you're always looking for ways to be smarter, live smarter, think better, and so
on. For yourself, that is. This makes sense. But what about the diluting effect
of all those zero IQ people?
There's an adage, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him
drink." I would update that to reflect today's reality in our society: "You can
lead an idiot to water, but you can't make him think."
You can, however, coax him to drink. Er, think. And that is my challenge to you. Use
your own bright mind to come up with good ideas on how to nudge the zero IQ people around you
into actually using their gray matter. Do it in a way that works for you.
4. Finance tip
I was thinking the other day about how an inventor or product creator gets
something made. What prompted me was the fact that "manufacturers" of ham radios
do not have spare parts, not even spare product boxes, because the whole
kaboodle is made offshore. These tend to be high quality items, but they aren't
made in the USA anymore.|
Like many "manufacturers" these companies don't make the
product; they have it made overseas. For ham radios, that typically means made
in Malaysia. Not a bad place, as far as quality goods go. That can't be said of
many other places "our" stuff is made.
An entire family of products may be made in the same dingy factory
in some dingy country, with no differentiation other than the American brand
name and some cosmetic changes. To paraphrase, same junk different name.
Often, "manufacturers" don't even design the product nor do they provide
support for it. Technical and warranty support are increasingly falling on distributors and resellers,
since the "manufacturers" tend to be very light organizations with scant
There's a reason for this business model of slapping your label on someone
else's product and claiming to be its manufacturer. We'll get to that in a
moment. But think about how weak this business model is. You're basically an
importer who trusts a foreign manufacturer with your company's purported reason
to exist. You're not really needed.
How have things come to this? Let's look at the process.
So you want to build a widget. Great. You find a USA factory that will build it
for you. They do the extrusion and a few other processes, but must import key
components from overseas. This creates operational issues in managing inventory
flow. You also want accessories for it and nice product boxes. You contact 12
other American manufacturers, and basically nobody wants to deal with you.
Then you contact Chinese Crap, Inc. They will make your product to substandard
quality parameters, but they will make it cheaply and they provide a one-stop
shop. Also by going with them you circumvent about 90,000 federal regulations.
That, my friends, is how it works today for just about any new player trying
to introduce a new product to market. Unless they have amazing connections,
plenty of free capital, and many other resources a small business typically does
not have, this is their only available path. The exception is the product is
such that all of its components are available locally or can readily be made
This dynamic is one reason that REAL manufacturing in the USA isn't really
growing. Hardly anybody builds a plant to produce a new product in the USA. We
are manufacturing more bits in total (if the data can be believed), but we are
manufacturing less in value overall.
In the sense of manufacturing a complete product (including the box it comes
in), do we do ANY manufacturing? Yes, some. For example, we do produce windows
and blinds here. Doors, too. There are many other examples, but for each one you
can probably find 100 examples where we don't. What good is only part of a
If we had an actual government, it could step in to alleviate the situation and
make manufacturing strong in the USA. But we have only a crime cabal, and it
does not care about USA manufacturing. What used to be a vital industry sector
is now pretty much a ghost sector.
So what's your finance tip, here? And why should you care, if you didn't
create a product and want to manufacture it? There's a pernicious, multi-layer
set of negative effects from this problem. As we outsource more manufacturing,
we create less demand for people capable of manufacturing things. This erodes
our social fabric in several ways; just think about that. And that's only one of
those negative effects.
The fact is we need manufacturing that is real and substantive. We need a
vibrant manufacturing sector. So why don't we have one? Are Malaysians
inherently superior to Americans and so we can't compete with them? Is that the
reason? No, it can't be. The same goes for the Chinese. And the Mexicans.
The criminal cabal I referred to earlier is the problem. What they should be
doing is assessing the compliance costs that American firms must bear
(especially now with the horrendously expensive Unaffordable Care Act) and
leveling the playing field.
Travel to El Paso, some time. Breathe in the brown fog that wafts across from
the plants around Cuidad Juarez. Those plants, if located in the USA, would have
to comply with EPA regulations. That's not cheap to do. The solution for
manufacturers is to locate just across the border. Same with Canada. Drive
across the bridge from Port Huron into Sarnia, and you'll find Dow chemical plants
all along the Canadian side of the river. Why aren't those Dow plants in the
USA, providing American jobs and paying American taxes? You know the answer,
How stupid are we to export jobs and import air pollution?
I could write a book on what the pseudo government is doing wrong and another
one on what they should be doing instead. But it's a pseudo government and
expecting help from that quarter is foolish.
As the Depression grinds on, can we really afford to keep exporting jobs and
importing air pollution? And (for the most part) shoddy goods?
Anyone who has paid attention to the charades called "elections" knows that
they are fake and we "voters" have no say in the outcome. But we do have a vote.
It's called the consumer dollar. How can you vote with this?
Support "Made in America" labels, even if you pay more. That will help. Yes,
some of these really stretch the truth, but at least they don't say, "Made in
China" right on them. With many goods, you simply will not have a choice. But
where you do have a choice, choose Made in USA.
I don't mean that you should do so blindly. If, for example, you really like
that Japanese car much better than any American car then you get the Japanese
car. But don't get it because it's "cheaper" than the American car because it's
really not. I do buy American casual shoes and American dress shoes. I do not
even consider foreign-made ones. But when it comes to my climbing shoes, I look
at all brands regardless of origin. All else being close to equal, I will choose
the American-made ones.
What I'm saying is don't chase the illusion of lower cost via the cheap price
tag. Make an intelligent decision based on the quality and other attributes of
the product and give extra weight to where it was (allegedly) made.
Choose local or regional banks instead of large banks too, because large
banks are a big part of the problem. The large banks are also stealing from you,
via inflation. How is this so? Between 2008 and 2012, the nonFederal nonReserve
created $49 trillion (49 followed by 12 zeroes) out of thin air and just gave it
to the nation's largest banks. That is a lot of counterfeit money, and the
effects on the economy have been deleterious in no small way. Local and regional
banks didn't benefit from this theft; they were punished by it, just like
everyone except the recipients of the counterfeit money.
If you have learned a trade, another thing you can do is pass your knowledge
on to the next generation. Maybe you can offer to teach a weekend or evening
class at your local high school or community college. Or show your cousin's kid
or the kid two houses down how to work with tools. This really can help, because
we not only have a shortage of skilled tradespeople, we have a shortage of
people capable of being trained in a trade. Relatively few kids today have "tool
sense" and other skills that were common not so long ago. Not to mention
patience, discipline, attention span, and the ability to set that stupid-phone
down and focus on the task at hand.
Even if you have no skills (a situation I highly doubt), you can amaze
today's kids by simply sitting still for five whole minutes without once sending
a text message. Try this. They may start calling you The Amazing Houdini. Maybe
they'll even ask how you did it; "Oh, Zen master, please teach me."
To really show your stuff, demonstrate this ability while (gasp) driving a
car. Do it in short sleeves to truly astound them.
It's not that your individual contribution is going to make a huge difference
in solving this problem. But it will help. So what about your personal finances,
which this column is supposed to be about?
Isn't this discussion off topic from that? Not when you think about how your
stepping up to the plate will change you.
As you become more thoughtful about
this problem and start pitching in to fix it, you will almost certainly become
more thoughtful and capable in whatever you're now doing to earn a living. Even
if your boss doesn't see the change, someone else will see it (if you're active
in your industry) and hire you away with a nice salary increase.
5. Security tip
As noted in the previous, issue, my feline companion went missing for four
In her case, she was able to trick one of her captors into coming into her
cell. She then overpowered him, took his automatic weapon, and began to make
her dramatic escape while under heavy fire. At least, that's how she tells
it. I have some skepticism regarding this version of events, but I wasn't
there so really can't judge.
Anyhow, she did go missing for four tense days and did come home in a state
of distress. I learned a lot during those four days. Below is what I did to
try to find her. I tried to keep this in chronological order, the steps in the
sequence I did them.
I advise copying this into a separate document, then modifying it to be a
checklist with your specific information. For example, add the name and URL
of your local chapter of the ASPCA.
- Walked the area within three blocks of home, looking for her--house
by house, yard by yard.
Always do this first, as your pet may have been a hit and run victim. I
later expanded this to a wider range, plus visited areas around slightly
major intersections (those with stop signs, on the theory she may have
jumped out of the back of a truck) up to a mile away.
- Canvassed a larger area by car. Probably not effective for cat, as
they seldom go more than two blocks from home. But it is essential for a
- Walked the smaller area again. Experts advise to keep doing this.
There are multiple reasons, but if nothing else do it to generate
endorphins and help maintain your sanity. After the first day of
searching, always take flyers with you and hand one out to anyone you
meet (more about this, in a moment).
- Put out a notice on nextdoor.com. If your neighborhood does not have
a group, start one. If it does have a group, join one.
- Contacted the local chapter of the ASPCA and filed a Lost Pet
- Contacted the Center for Lost Pets and filed a Lost Pet Report.
- Designed a nice color flyer. I took my time to do this well. You can
get templates for these online from many different sources. But my idea
was to put a couple of pictures on there under some text saying when she
went missing and how to contact me. Put the text above the photos,
that's very important.
- Then I printed out a huge quantity of the flyer and stuck one on the
door of every home in my subdivision (about 70 homes). I went back through every block of
the subdivision the next day, and where a flyer was still on the door I
went up to the garage door and knocked and hollered for my kitty in case
she was trapped inside.
- A nice person on nextdoor.com posted a Missing notice on her
Facebook page. I grudgingly opened a Facebook acct to get a notice on
the missing pets page.
- When people contacted me from nextdoor.com, I asked them to
physically ask their neighbors about my kitty and to personally check
the backyard sheds around them.
- Ran with kids who were training for Cross Country, handing them
flyers as they ran. Not bad for an old man, but I did earn my Varsity
Letter in Cross Country when I was in high school. Yes, they had high
schools back then!
- Signed up for
www.mylostpetalert.com. This is an amazing service. Check out what
they do and how reasonably priced it is. I got the $90 package. This
step really should be first. In addition to calling 500 homes with a
notice (a nicely done one), they placed a Facebook ad and also contacted
the animal shelters and veterinarians (within 50 miles) where lost cat
might end up.
- Gave a flyer to my USPS delivery person, UPS driver, and FedEx
driver. All of these men are out in the neighborhood every day. All
agreed to write down the address where they saw a kitty matching her
description (whether inside or outside) and call me (provided they
hadn't seen a cat there before).
- Visited animal hospitals, vets, pet stores, and shelters near home.
The ASPCA intake center for this area is 1.5 miles from my home.
- Filed a stolen pet report with the local police. Not really worth
the time, but leave no stone unturned.
In addition to this sequence of steps, I:
- Repeatedly walked through the neighborhood looking for her. The
idea here is a missing pet might almost make it home after being
abducted. That happened to the pet of a friend of mine. A kid found
his cat only two blocks away, starving. The cat died from organ
failure, due to the starvation. She was an indoor cat and didn't
know how to hunt.
- Mentally reached out to her several times a day. I really
focused on this, concentrating hard. I did feel a connection and do
believe this works.
- Recontacted people who had volunteered, to keep them working on
I did not waste time doing these activities:
- Putting posters up at intersections. Really, who is going to
read those? Waste of time.
- Calling relatives and crying about the loss. It wasn't a
loss, I didn't lose and wasn't going to give up. I did tell my
sister, but we kept things brief.
- Walk around asking, "Have you seen my cat?" I did walk
around with those flyers. I carried some in a folder with me
wherever I went. I also kept some by my front door.
Basically, you want to:
- Keep the effort going wherever you can.
- Automate as much as possible. Automation multiplies your
- Ask people to help. Tell them specifically what you want
them to do. For example, "If you could check the tool sheds
in the yards adjacent to yours, that would really help."
- Stay optimistic. There's an adage, "Cats come home." Not
much comfort to dog owners, but really if you make all this
effort as laid out above you SHOULD be optimistic.
Something I hadn't done prior to her abduction was have
her chipped. I took care of that after she came back. Now if
she goes missing, any veterinarian or shelter can scan her
and know exactly who she is. Instead of driving 50 miles to
see if a black cat recognizes me only to find out she
doesn't, I'll get a phone call along the lines of, "We have
your cat, come and get her."
Before your pet goes missing:
- Take plenty of good, poster-quality photos.
- Make a note of any distinguishing marks, behavior,
or features. Consider getting your pet a small tattoo
for visual ID purposes.
- Make sure your pet is chipped. Have that chip
checked by your vet with every visit. It could go bad,
though that is unlikely.
- Be good to your pet. Really good. When some pets run
away, I am not surprised. Give them some undivided
attention daily, but also include them in your activities.
Have some special bonding activities with them. Show me
someone who is cell-yakking while walking the dog, and I
will show you a dog that does not feel respected or
After your pet is recovered:
- Give your pet a warm welcome. Then give your pet
time to get over the stress. Extra attention, extra
treats, and extra tenderness from you will really
- I'm sure your pet is really smart, but I'm going
to take a wild guess here that your pet will not
submit an articulate written report on the event
concluding in how your pet feels now with a nice
health assessment wrapping things up. You will have
to get information some other way. Over the next
couple of weeks, pay attention to your pet's potty
habits, eating, hydration, and behavior. If
something's wrong, address that. Also visually
inspect your pet's stool for signs of blood or
parasites (I mean worms, not members of Congress). If anything is remotely suspicious, get a
- Let people know your pet is no longer missing.
- Retrace your steps and remove any posters in
- Thank everyone who helped you.
- Take your pet for a veterinary exam, just as a
Now, a final caution. There's a "lost pet
recovery" scam where someone steals your pet and
then waits a few days. Once your flyers go up, they
call you and say they have your missing pet. They
demand a reward, typically around $100 to $150. Go
ahead and agree to meet them, but say you will need
to get the cash from your bank in the morning. Then
contact your local police and report the scam. The
cops will tell you how to proceed.
A related scam is your pet just runs off, you put
up posters, and someone who doesn't have your pet
demands a reward. Follow the same protocol.
you have a really smart pet, maybe your pet runs off, you put up the
posters, and you pay the reward to a friend of your pet and they both use
the money to take a trip to the Bahamas. But I'd say this is unlikely,
relative to the preceding two scams. Just my opinion.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
That Trainers Tell
In the previous issue, I discussed some ideas that unqualified personal
trainers spew at their victims, er, I mean clients. Here are some more:
- Avoid carbs. This is just stupid. When dietitians talk about cutting carbs, they mean the obese person who's consuming candies, chips,
pretzels, and other junk carbs needs to stop consuming those. An athlete
needs quality carbohydrates to perform. If you're seriously weight
lifting, you need those carbs to get a good workout and to recover from
- Take this pre-workout supplement (the brand they swear by). Truth:
Most pre-workout supplements have no rhyme or reason to their
formulation and probably don't do much for you. But the most popular
ones contain excess stimulants and taste great. It's better to work on
your pre-workout attitude.
If you do decide on pre-workout supplementation, try 5g of glutamine and
nothing else for a week. You can consume beta-alinine any time (not just
right before your workout), and it will definitely help you with your
workouts. I also like L-arginine pre-workout; among its benefits is your
body will boost nitrogen.
- Bring the back of your neck to the bar when doing pullups/chinups.
Truth: This has several problems, including the fact it puts you at very
high risk of chronic stress injury to those cervical disks. It is much
more productive, and safer, to bring your collarbone to the bar. I do a
variation where I bring my sternum to the bar.
- Always exercise with the full range of motion. Truth: If you know
anything about mechanical physics and you follow the lines of force you
see the fallacy of this idea. Yes, you want to work the muscle over its
full range of motion. But you can't do that in a single exercise and get
an effective workout.
Picture a standing dumbbell curl. At full extension, the tension on the
biceps is very different from the tension at mid-range and at full
contraction. You need three separate exercises to properly work the
biceps in its full range of motion.
- You need to surprise your muscles, thus cross-fit is the best way to
build them because it's different every time. Truth: You need to be
methodical in how you approach your training. Your muscles don't need to
be surprised, they need to be systematically stimulated to adapt (e.g.,
Cross-fit is great for variety if you need that mentally. It's also
great for injury, because unlike the controlled, practiced motions in a
weight training regimen, cross-fit motions are often unfamiliar to the
participants. Injuries are counterproductive, but occur at a high rate
- You have to lift ultra-heavy, so that you must cheat to perform the
positive (lifting) part of the exercise; all the benefit is in the
negative (lowering). Truth: You do get more benefit from the
negative, and some cheating on the positive can help you squeeze out
that last rep. But don't structure your workouts around the idea of bad
form going up means great results going down. It doesn't work that way.
Get a copy of Pumping Iron and watch Arnold perform the positive part of
curls. Then you'll see there's great value in the positive motion, not
just the negative motion.
There are many more "Lies That Trainers Tell." They may not be
deliberately lying, they may actually believe what they are saying.
Maybe they watched an online video or another trainer told them, or,
worst of all, they read it in a muscle magazine.
When a trainer tells you something, say that sounds great and that it
would help you to have an explanation as to why that is a good practice.
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 human brain can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia
Britannica. The real trick is making sense of it all, something most people
don't bother even trying to do.
8. Thought for the Day
After the game, the king and
the pawn go into the same box. -- Italian proverb
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