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. When the FBI dropped its investigation after proving Hillary's
negligence, the State Department has resumed its investigation. Can a member of
The Royalty actually be indicted? If so, that would be an amazing thing for our
Item 2. The stupidity epidemic shows signs of abating. This is largely
due to the cognitive dissonance experienced by people who've been playing the
"pick up a turd by its clean end" game. The Libertarian candidate for POTUS,
Gary Johnson, has seen huge increases in the polls relative to his candidates
running in The Party; the latest increase was 12%. Maybe this doesn't mean the
stupidity epidemic is actually abating, because whether someone plays that turd
game is a pretty low bar for judging intelligence. But it's nice to be
2. Product Highlight
Mindconnection, LLC sells in the major marketplaces. We have a Top Seller Plus
rating on eBay, so in this issue we'll again point you toward one of offerings
Cobra Electronics SPX 7700 Maximum Performance Radar/Laser Detector
- Ultra-low-noise, signal amplifiers that once were affordable only to
- Low-microwave-loss circuitry utilizing gold-plated circuit boards.
- Use of flip-chip Mixer/Multiplier diodes in packages that were once
- First Local Oscillator Transistor (Super-low-noise, high-mobility J-FET)
that has been chosen to optimize signal gain, output power, and low noise
characteristics over its frequency range.
- Powerful CPU that enables sweeping of the entire police radar band
spectrum in less than 240 milliseconds.
You know you want it.
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building quality, high-performance, detectors. The game changing SPX Series
nearly doubles the detection range, and warning time, of previous models! Cobra
uses the latest technology, military grade components, and the best design
practices in the world to pack this phenomenal performance into a sleek detector
nearly half the size of other detectors in the market.
circuitry provides extra detection range and the best possible advance warning
to all radar/laser guns currently used in the United States and Canada,
including POP Mode (Super-fast) Instant-on Radar guns.
Color OLED Display provides clear indication of the signal being detected as
well as current mode of the detector. Other features include Voice/Tone Alert,
Signal Strength Meter, Laser Eye, IntelliMute/IntelliMute Pro, VG-2/Spectre
Radar Detector-Detectors, Safety Alert, Auto/Manual Mute, Dim Modes,
City/Highway Filtering Modes, Ku-band detection, and 6 user-selectable color
themes to match the dash illumination.
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3. Brainpower tip
Do you ensure that the people with whom you have discussions are intellectually
stimulating? Unfortunately, many of us get dragged into discussions that are
intellectually bankrupt. If you can recall a discussion in which you found
yourself defending the obvious, that's an example. You want to avoid mindless
arguing, and instead have exchanges that lift, inform, entertain, or in some way
provide a benefit that makes them worth the time used.|
tactics that blowhards use
Don't waste your time "conversing" or "debating" with people with people who
use any of the following tactics. They just drain your time and your mental
energy. Here are four examples:
- Fake definitions. A correspondent tried to tell me that when an
organization informs its members about where politicians stand on issues
important to the organization that behavior makes it a political
organization. But the law is clear on what is a political organization, what
is a non-profit (e.g., 501(c)3), and so forth This correspondent's
definition ignores decades of case history and reams of statures. Not to
mention the Tax Code!
- Non sequitors. A person who doesn't know what he's talking about often
will try to prove his wrong point by stating something true (which you
presumably won't disagree with) and then causally linking it to an untrue
statement. The illogic here is along the lines of "There is water in the
ocean" (true statement) "so you owe me $100" (does not follow from the true
- Mischaracterizations. People who don't like the terms of reality upon
which they are attempting to debate will misrepresent those terms to be more
favorable to their agenda. Often, the mischaracterization is about you. That
makes it an ad hominem attack. If, for example, you correctly state that
Barry Soetoro tripled GW's outgoing budget deficit before even taking office
this person might call you "racist."
- Lies. These are far more common than you might think. They are often
subtle, or may contain a kernel of the truth. If the whole statement does
not ring true, you're being played.
The list of depravities and dishonesties is actually quite a bit longer than
just this list of four. But I think you get the idea. The other person isn't
playing fairly. In nearly all cases, such a person is a gross ignoramus who uses
such abuse in lieu of actually learning about the subject. That person is often
an idiot as well, both emotionally and intellectually. There is little, if
anything, to be gained from associating with that person. Avoid toxic people!
Signs that a discussion is worthwhile
So you could just ignore toxic people and save yourself the intellectual
drain, waste of time, etc. But that just puts you at neutral. Life can be much
more interesting with good discussions. Here are some signs:
- Use of the word "and". Rather than argue (you hear "but" too much), this
person builds on what you say. Not all the time, but often. For example,
YOU: "Soetoro is a narcissist." OTHER: "Yes, and he's a psychopath, too."
- Soft parries. Maybe the other person doesn't agree with what you just
said. Rather than use some disrespectul technique to argue (all dishonest
techniques, such as those listed above, are disrespectful), the person will
say something like, "I see it differently" or ask you if you've read X or
ask you to explain what you mean or....
- You hear laughter. Are you both having a good laugh? Then it's a good
- The other person is clearly well-informed. Even better if you are, also.
- Logical fallacies are notably absent. People who grasp logic and
correctly apply it tend to move conversations in a forward direction, rather
than into the weeds.
- You feel energized, but all in a positive way. The exception is when the
conversation is about something negative. For example, your cousin calls you
to tell you that another family member died. That is also a conversation
worth having, even if it leaves you feeling sad. But it should not leave you
- It's about something other than politics, religion, sports, or the
weather. I have reasons for not discussing the first three topics. For
example, what passes for a political system in the USA is a sham and not
worthy of my attention.
The weather is worth talking about sometimes, but not generally. Saying,
"Sure is hot here" means very little. But saying, "My neighbor had a heat
stroke because it's so hot here" could be an interesting conversation. So
could, "Can you hear that noise? Did you guess that it's a tornado bearing
down on me?" could also be interesting but let's hope you never have that
Haven't had interesting conversations, recently? Then take charge of your
conversations, and plan for ones that you intend to have. Take notes on
interesting things you read, for example. You can bring them up in a
Many people are just good conversationalists. Why do you think that is?
Because they are uninformed or disinformed? They never do anything notable?
Nope, one reason is they have a natural curiosity about the universe and act on
that. This makes them informed and interesting.
Another reason is they listen. Rather than wait for you to shut up so they
can speak, they are listening to what you say. If you are doing them the same
courtesy, the conversation should be mutually rewarding.
4. Finance tip
The hot weather is upon us (sorry you Kiwis, Aussies, and South Africans who
subscribe, I mean here in the northern hemisphere). For most people here, that
means very large electric bills even if you keep the thermostat in the miserable
Being able to sleep at night is crucial. So what can you do that won't
run up the bill (and contribute to global pollution)? Sure, you've heard "Run
the ceiling fan." But what if you don't have one or you don't like the way that
feels? Or if you're scared it will fall off and chop you to bits (it won't)?
Here in KS, it often doesn't get cool enough at night to open a window for
cool air. But if you can do that where you are and if you're not going to
pollinate your room too much, you can try using a small window fan to blow
cooling air directly on you.
What I have is a small tabletop fan on a night stand blowing across me from
one corner, and a tall silent air cleaner blowing toward me from the other. This
works great, and there's not much noise.
This fan method typically gives a cooling effect of about 4 degrees
Fahrenheit. That is often enough to get you past the misery line and into the
comfort zone. Sleeping nude rather than wearing an insulating layer of clothing
will also help, as will not pulling the sheet up over yourself. If the fan is
blowing on your bare skin, the cooling effect can feel much greater than just 4
Make sure you shut the fan off when you get up. If it's not blowing on you,
it's just wasting electricity.
Oh, and of course you already knew to draw the blinds or curtains on the west
side in the afternoon, right?
5. Security tip
What if someone insists that you give your SSN (Social Security Number) but
there's no reason for that party to have it? For example, you want to join a
club or special interest group and everyone must give their SSN to join.
You could refuse to provide your SSN. Then they could refuse to let you
join. Assuming you actually want to be a member of this group (or subscribe
to this service or whatever), you could just give them "your" SSN rather
than the one the govt assigned you. That is, you make one up.
First, a caution. It is illegal to do this to deceive a govt agency or to
commit fraud. For example, you open a checking account. The bank needs your
govt-assigned SSN and you are obligated to provide it.
OK, suppose you make up a number or just transpose a few digits of your real
number and provide that. Gee, are you smart. You've just thwarted an
identity thief. Yes, the SSN is something identity thieves really like to
get their hands on. The problem is this works both ways. You provide an SSN
that just happens to belong to some person who has severe financial
problems. Perhaps this person is on the hit list of the Institute of
Reprobates and Sociopaths. Or is on some "bad person" list. Can you see why
making up a number can hugely backfire?
One trick is to use a known fake number, and see if it flies. For example,
when I was a kid new billfolds had a place for your driver's license but
they used a fake SS card in that little space. The number on that card was
always 078-05-1120. Of course, you should never carry your SS card around
Another trick is to start the number with 987-65 and four the last four
digits use a number between 4320 and 4329; these are set aside for
There are perhaps a few other tricks that work.
My own approach in such situations is to simply refuse to provide the
number. I tell them that it's sensitive information that they are not
equipped to safeguard and assume the liability for in the event of a
security breach. It's not being used for tax purposes or any other govt
purposes, so they can just as easily use some other number rather than my
real SSN. This has always worked, somewhat to my astonishment.
So I recommend just being honest and assertive. Briefly explain your reasons
why they can't have your SSN and shouldn't be using people's SSNs in the
first place but you're willing to provide another number they can use. If
they need exactly those digits, ask them if they can use 123-00-xxxx where
the four xs are the same as my street number. The two zeroes in the middle
make it a non-functional SSN because no SSN ever gets issued with two zeroes
in the middle.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
David wrote, "I'd like abs like yours, but I don't have time for all the
cardio and sit-ups. What do you suggest?"
Well, Dave, I don't do any cardio or any sit-ups. When you see abs like
mine, what you're seeing is the development of the core. That also includes
glutes, which both men and women appreciate in the opposite sex when
That development comes from consistency and commitment to a solid program
of correct exercise and sound diet. I've covered those in previous issues,
but really haven't discussed cardio. So here goes.
Many people mistakenly believe that you must "do cardio" to burn off
excess body fat. Cardio is generally accepted to consist of low-intensity
exercise done for a long time, such as an hour on the treadmill. Not only is
this boring and time-consuming, it's counterproductive. You do burn some
calories (I think 60 of them for an hour lost on the treadmill, and it takes
3500 to lose a pound of fat) and you do encourage a little more
capillarization. But there are far more efficient and effective ways to
achieve those goals.
Cardio, as defined above, is very catabolic. That means your hormonal
system shifts into a fat-storing, muscle-eating mode. This is why you see
fat people on treadmills at gyms but you rarely, if ever, see ripped,
muscular people on them.
If you really want cardiovascular benefit from your training, you are going
to have to put a load on your cardiovascular system. Watching TV while
lollygagging on a treadmill for an hour won't do that. But spending 15
minutes doing squats that make your heart pound so hard it feels like it's
coming out of your chest will do that. Ditto for running up several flights
of stairways as fast as you can, several times. What's the common thread
here? Hard work!|
The traditional bodybuilding principles have stood the
test of time (not to mention millions of body transformations). If you do
the large compound exercises that truly challenge you, using free weights
that force you to stabilize with your core, then whatever works the muscles
also works the heart and lungs.
If getting great abs is your goal, you need to work your whole body. To
show those abs, you must become very lean, around 5% body fat or less (a bit
more, for a woman). Fortunately, the exercise already discussed puts your
body into a fat-burning mode and if you are following the traditional
workout principles you will be in that mode all day, every day. You can't
burn off bad dietary choices, at least not bad ones on a scale that
approaches what is normal for Americans.
What you put into your mouth needs to be nutrient-dense, not
calorie-dense. And you need to eat six small meals a day, not three big
ones; this regulates insulin and thus testosterone.
In summary, great abs don't come from "doing cardio" and doing sit-ups;
these actually put you in the opposite direction. To get great abs, train
and eat for optimal health. Your abs simply reflect how well you train and
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.
Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver
than men with hair. This fact is a matter of correlation, not causation, but it
does make you wonder.
8. Thought for the Day
How much effort does it take
to make another person smile? Try just smiling, and see what happens.
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