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Mindconnection eNL, 2016-09-04


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Good News | Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Thought 4 the Day

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1. Good News

Item 1. Even the left-wing Tech Review is publishing the truth about Hillary. From their 23AUG issue:

"A judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to release more of Hillary Clinton's e-mails. A timetable is to be drawn up for the release of 14,900 new documents—most of them thought to be e-mails and attachments sent to and from Hillary Clinton. It could prove to be bad timing: the State Department may make the files publicly available in October, just weeks before the presidential election.

FBI director James Comey has described Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail server as “extremely careless,” though ultimately his bureau’s investigation found that charges shouldn’t be brought against her. But her opponents still aren’t satisfied: two GOP chairmen—Senator Ron Johnson and Representative Lamar Smith—have this week issued subpoenas to the companies that helped run Clinton’s e-mail systems. Johnson and Smith want to establish whether the security measures used on the servers met government standards. Clinton weathered the publishing of 30,000 e-mails remarkably well, but some will hope that the next set, or else the results of the subpoenas, could catch her out."

The good news here is the timing could end this psychopath's ascendency to the White House. Why so many Americans are still enthralled/delusional/whatever and support her is a mystery mania that sociologists may be writing about 50 years from now.

Of course, the bad news is that in the "I don't want to make real choices" mindset of "voters" the "alternative" would be a candidate who has also proven himself to be a train wreck coming down the tracks.

Item 2. This fake "election" is Hillary's to lose. In the fake D v R scam, she's running against a guy who can't stay on message, picked an awful running mate, keeps changing his budget numbers dramatically, and keeps saying outrageous things that alienate leaders of other countries (like his comment about the Philippines, which resulted in our ambassador being deported).

On top of this, the presstitutes don't like him.

On the other hand, when asked what he thought of Obummercare, aka, the Patient Predation and Job Destruction Act, he called it "A job killer." And his assessment was proven correct before this scam officially went into effect as employers panicked and laid off thousands of full-time workers.

I have no idea what Hillary would have to do to lose this fake contest, since anyone still not repulsed by her is delusional. That is, why anyone would vote for her in the first place is a mystery due to her obvious unsuitability for the office.

Unless Gary Johnson's 13% increases to a Hillary-beating lead, we will very likely see this criminal take office. That means the 2nd Amendment is gone, the SC will be packed with law-hating radicals, the national debt will get considerably worse, and leaders of other nations will write us off as a failed state with a nuclear arsenal.

On the off chance France elects GW Bush, the USA will then be targeted in a pre-emptive war. All nuclear, I'm sure. So let's hope he stays on his ranch in TX.

I'm not sure we can weather 8 years of Hillary. Perhaps she will not be allowed to "serve" the full term, but that kind of optimism was proven Quixotic under our Muslim dictator. Or perhaps within a few months, she will begin serving her first term not in the White House but in prison where she belongs.

On the off chance the banksters give this to Donald Trump instead, it may not be so bad. Embarrassing, but not devastating. Still not what I'd call good news. It would, however, be a massive improvement over the idiocy we've had during the past 16 years.

The good news is in there somewhere. I'm just not sure where. Perhaps it's that the banksters have truly gone too far this time, and this will end their reign. That would be the best news for America since the Andrew Johnson was semi-President and the banksters took over.

Item 3. We have many indications that the millennials realize their twelve years in the failure factory of public "education" was a total rip-off. And they are, on their own, taking steps to correct the deficiencies they've been left with. A big plus on the good news front is they don't trust the system the way older folks do. This could mean an end to Sky Net or The Matrix or whatever you want to call it. And that would be awesome news, indeed.

Item 4. It's worth noting that millennials have entered into the education field. They aren't taking that sitting down, either. Teachers are bucking the system and teaching kids despite the mandates not to. These are the unsung heroes of our age. If they succeed, the USA could move from dead last in the brains area (among industrialized nations) to again taking a prominent position. That would also be awesome news.

Item 5. Researchers may be close to finding a cure for the disease Obama Supportitis. In clinical trials, brain transplants with snails doubled the IQs of people with Stage III OS. Researchers caution that since people with Stage IV and Stage V OS have no IQ, the procedure cannot double their IQ.


2. Product Highlight

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3. Brainpower tip

Have you ever heard of the Law of Illogical Argument?

It goes like this:

Anything is possible, if you don't know what you are talking about.

Spewing forth on a topic you don't know anything about sacrifices learning on the twin altars of stupidity and ignorance. I am not saying that you, dear reader, do this.

But you no doubt encounter such spewers and probably wonder why they act that way. What they usually have is a maladaptive behavior response to their own insecurities. Rather than try to gain the basis for an intelligent conversation, they use an array of dishonest techniques to "win" their imaginary "debate."

If you ask one of these spewers, "What's the last book you read on this topic?" there isn't a last book. Or a first one. They are simply engaging in mindless arguing. Having any clue about what they are arguing about is not something that interests them.

In my encounters with such folks, I have found that in nearly every case their illogical "arguments" are analogous to an attempt to disprove gravity. A logical response to illogic is not going to set that person straight. A friend and mentor is fond of saying, "You can't argue with irrationality." By this, he means the irrational person cannot be persuaded by logic. Almost by definition.

What the spewer is telling you is emotion-based, not thinking-based. That is, it's an emotion problem not a logic problem.

And the irrationality spewer tends to be inconsiderate of people who don't want to become contaminated by lies (e.g., made-up "facts" like those spewed by the criminal protection advocates), misrepresentations, mischaracterizations, non-sequitors, or any other sort of irrationality.

Unfortunately, such people are often like a dog with a bone. They just won't let go of their absurdities. What can you do?

The solution isn't to dissipate your brainpower or expose your mind to contamination by engaging a spewer on the (non)merits of his position. This person is mindlessly arguing to fill an emotional need, and you only exacerbate the spewer's insecurities by addressing the substance (or lack thereof) of what this person spewed.

No illogical argument is worth having. So don't argue.

The spewer of irrationality is like a dog that wants to be petted on the head. Yes, a dog analogy again. My apologies to the typical dog, for appearing to compare him/her to this sort of retard.

But the pat on the head thing is where your solution lies.

Lest you think this is demeaning to the spewer and not just to the dogs I used for comparison, remember the spewer of irrationally demeaned himself by going into zero IQ mode.

Your response, if it satisfies that person's trigger for such braindeadness:

  1. Gets you away from the stupidity itself, because you're directing your response elsewhere.
  2. Prevents the "stupidity slippery slope" effect from hitting.
  3. May help that person toward achieving mental health (because you're not enabling the behavior).
  4. May take you off the target list for stupidity-spewing.
  5. Could help the spewer gain enough self-esteem to kick the habit.

What kind so of response does all this? Simply acknowledge something positive about the person, to give that person some sort of validation (without validating the stupidity). Do not lend any credence to the absurdities.

Here are some examples. You could:

  • Say, "Well, that is very interesting. I never thought of it that way before." Leave out the fact this person didn't think, period. Then immediately change the subject.
  • Simply ignore the absurdity and change the subject. Use caution, here. The person is seeking validation. If the person just dug himself into an obvious and embarrassing hole, this is a great response. Otherwise, it can come across as insulting.
  • Say, "You seem to have a keen interest in this topic. May I recommend a book to you? I can't recall the title right now, but I will get back to you on it."
  • Say, "We're all entitled to our opinions, and that's an interesting one. Let me ask you for your opinion on X." Note that spewers often mischaracterize basic, easily verifiable facts as opinion so you do a double validation here. For X, choose an unrelated topic. If the behavior repeats, use one of the other responses above.
  • Smile and nod knowingly. The spewer mistakes this for affirmation, yet you didn't take the bait.
  • If at the office, look astonished and say something like, "You make a good point. I think now would be a great time to share it with Stan." You pick Stan this time, because you picked Carl last time. You know Stan HATES hearing this line of BS and will firmly put this fool in his place while you come off as Mr. Nice Guy.
  • Put your hand to your chin and say, "That is really deep. You are going to put that in an editorial to the newspaper, right?" Now the fool will go off and show everyone how ignorant he is. Other ignorati will give him the approval he's seeking, and he's likely to leave you alone.

Now it is true that some spewers are simply obnoxious because hey argue just to argue, no matter how absurd their arguments must be for them to continue. Mindlessly arguing is the manifestation of something deeper than merely needing validation. Even if you give them validation, they persist in the compulsive behavior.

You don't want to use up your brainpower throughout the day mulling over how to make a response that gets them off your back. There just isn't one.

The only solution in this case is to call the person out on his behavior and let him know that you find it offensive. Of course, he'll want to argue about that too. Just keep repeating yourself, at least for the first several statements he makes, in a calm voice while speaking slowly. Something like, "Did you not hear me? I find arguing offensive."

If he continues to try to reel you in to his cesspool, ignore him. If he isn't going to stop after four or five of those replies, he isn't going to stop. Walk away, even if you have to make an excuse. I once heard a coworker use a hilarious excuse, all in a neutral deadpan. He said, "Excuse me. I just heard someone fart in the next aisle. I'd rather go over there and smell it than sit here and listen to you."

I think he made his point, but this is not what I would advise for handling this problem in the workplace. I think it's more effective to talk with your boss about the obnoxious behavior, making sure you use these exact words: "hostile work environment."

The person so obsessed with ignorance and stupidity that he compulsively spews it at other people needs professional help, but is very unlikely to seek it. There is nothing you can do to help, so don't waste your time or energy in the attempt.

Instead, invest your mental energy into people who desire to learn from you (e.g., someone younger to mentor) and/or people who can teach you. Or at the very least give you fair and honest conversation.

What I said about dealing with spewers may sound harsh, but let me quote from a mentor who worked over 40 years in the mental health profession. "You can toss them a rope, but don't let them pull you under."

4. Finance tip

This isn't a practical tip, but it's a sober assessment of where the USA is today economically. We can fix this, but not until we all understand what the problem is.

The USA is mired in a deep economic Depression. The Indonesian citizen who is illegally installed as our dictator has used his dictatorial powers to massively increase government stealing, er, spending. This means money goes from the economy to designated banks, businesses, and individuals--those who sponsor him.

How much is he stealing? He's run trillion+ dollar deficits every year, and those do not include the $49 trillion issued to the 5 largest banks between 2008 and 2012. The $49 trillion was created out of thin air, so is all counterfeit which means our currency is debased by that amount proportionate to the amount of dollars in circulation. As we are talking about 12 zeroes, it's not trivial.

Recall that during Bill Clinton's Presidency, there were multiple years with a surplus. Yet the libtards delusionally claim that Soetoro is not at fault and those $1.2 trillion deficits simply happened.

They conveniently ignore the fact that GW's outgoing budget for 2009 was a $400 billion deficit and $250 billion of that was TARP money Congress added. Soetoro bloated that out with another $800 in stealing before even taking office, then said he inherited that $1.2 trillion deficit from Bush. The libtards, predictably, believed this brazen lie because their IQs seldom are in the high single digits.

Soetoro's deficits have piled up so fast that he has more than doubled the $9 trillion in staggering federal debt he started with. It's almost $20 trillion now. This criminal belongs in the enemy combatant jail on Guantanamo, not in the White House. It's a shame that neither our military nor our Justice Department has done its job, or that's where he would be today.

I keep hoping some other country will invade the USA and liberate the American people. But it's so toxic here that nobody wants this mess.

Beyond a certain level, the cost of carrying the national debt has a deleterious effect on the economy. Jobs evaporate, and the welfare rolls swell. Given our current GDP, that figure is probably around $2 trillion for the USA and we are at nearly 10x that figure now.

The effects of this bloated debt are painfully obvious. Since Soetoro took office, the number of people on permanent disability has more than doubled. That's quite amazing, when you think about it. Why so many? Well, the number of people in other assistance programs such as Food Stamps has also more than doubled and now the state agencies in charge of these programs are randomly kicking people out and denying benefits. They can't afford to pay for all of them.

People with no job and no money have to do things like rob the 711 stores run by Pakistanis, break into homes where they are likely to get shot, or claim they have disabling back pain or some other disability so they can collect disability and at least be able to eat even though they must live on the street because they can't afford rent on what disability pays.

We have tent cities surrounding most of our metropolitan areas, now. In Kansas City alone, over 800 schoolchildren were homeless two years ago.

Those of us who are entrepreneurs or really good wage slaves can at least find ways to make money, even if it means working absurdly long hours. But we then have to deal with a rogue IRS that is fond of lying about things so they can meet their revenue targets. They come after entrepreneurs and reliable wage earners because we are the ones who have figured out how to survive this Depression and we have money IRS can steal.

Anyhow, that's the situation from the failed state in which I live.

What's the solution? It's multi-pronged rather than simple. But speaking up about the rampant crime is an essential part of the solution. The rampant crime is the crux of the problem. If you are not already doing so, speak up about anything the government is doing outside its powers as enumerated in the Constitution. Those actions are, by definition, criminal.

5. Security tip

A lawyer you need to know about:

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

The question involves whether to follow my training tips "and end up looking small" or to really pound the weights and get huge. This is a false choice. And for several reasons.

Before getting into the answer, take a look at the right side of my upper body. Notice it's muscular and shredded, and you can even see the right rhomboid standing up. You see some lower lat kicking in there, too; see how thick that is? Look at the back muscles between them--very thick.

At 6 feet tall and barely over 150lbs, I don't strike people as particularly big. Most guys my height outweigh me by 30lbs or more. Unless they are bodybuilders, about 50lbs of that is due to body fat (yes, they have 20lbs less muscle).

If they are body builders, they do have bigger muscles. They also have thicker bones; my bones are unusually small due partly to childhood illnesses. And they look smaller than they are because I have unusually long distances between my insertion points. This means my muscles longer instead of ball-shaped. But those longer insertions have huge advantages in athletics. All top-ranked pro and amateur athletes have these longer insertions, and that's no coincidence.

I don't train for volume (which comes mainly from capillarization), but for strength. In martial arts, speed gives you a huge advantage. Using the same power to move less weight gives you greater speed. When you have more power and less weight, you are significantly quicker than the other guy.

The training methods I use do stimulate muscle fibers to grow, as is evidenced in the photo. Note that I'm actually downclimbing, else my arms would be straight.

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle


Now, let me answer that question.

  • First, my training tips don't make you small and really pounding the weights does not make you huge. I didn't make up these training principles, I learned them from people who know the science and/or whose livelihoods depend on the results.
  • Second, not everyone can get huge. And not everyone wants to. If you think huge is the ultimate, take a look at Michael Phelps, Michael Jordon, or Alexander Skarsgard (Tarzan, 2016). Or look on the cover of GQ, do those guys look huge? Go to a bodybuilding show, and you'll notice it's not the huge guys the women are hanging around. Jack LaLanne wasn't huge, either. Still think huge should be your goal?
  • Third, "lifting heavy" (as is commonly understood) is counterproductive. The reason is most folks lift too heavy, and instead of focusing on the muscle they wish to train they disperse the tension and weight through other joints and muscles. They also use momentum so lose the muscle tension that is required to stimulate growth. And perhaps worst, they damage their joints, ligaments, and tendons.

    That does not mean you should be doing light lifting. It means you should using less weight than the momentum folks,  and using it correctly so the muscles actually work against more resistance. So in a sense you are lifting "more heavy" than someone who's just tossing weights up and down.
  • Fourth, it does not follow that I owe my fairly small size to lifting pansy weights and if only I'd do a real man's workout I'd be a lot bigger. The reality is my workouts are much more difficult than those of the typical gym rat. The rat may lift more, but he is wasting his time by lifting poorly. How many guys do you see gasping for air between sets of biceps curls, as I do?

    Also, I take issue with the idea that I lift small weights; people assume that after looking at my photos or at me. I guess it depends on your definition, but doing curls with 55lb dumbbells or even 40lbs does not strike me as using terribly light weights. Same for 320lb seated calf raises. All done in ultra slow motion, which is tough. Really tough.
  • Watch any of the "small guy" trainers out there, such as Vince up in Canada or Mike at Critical Bench, and what do you see? Powerful physiques. And how do they train? Not using momentum, but actually challenging the muscle they are targeting. These guys look good and will continue to look good for decades to come.

Big or strong?

To get big, you need a lot of contributing factors. In addition to developing strength, you must stimulate your body to go into "capillarization" which means adding blood vessels; this increases volume but not strength. And all that mass makes you slower.

If you want to get really big, you must spend quite a bit of time in the gym pumping, unless you have freaky genetics or are taking steroids.

If you want to get strong, you have to lift heavy but not in the sense typically understood and practiced. If you are doing flyes to build your chest, do your pecs somehow know how much weight you are holding? Think about all the ways you can change the effective weight that they must move. For example, try fyes with arms perfectly straight and then try with them bent at nearly 90 degrees. Point made.

What matters is the tension under which you put the muscle fibers of those pecs. To get this tension into those fibers, you must lift slowly when coming up and even slower when coming down. But that alone is not enough. I make my rep speed variable, that is I decrease it as my body gains mechanical advantage so the movement gets harder. This means I work the entire muscle body instead of working it at one point and resting it at all other positions. This makes the muscle stronger while also burning far more calories during that workout and for days afterwards.

When you train this way, you stimulate the adaptive response. Even in isolation exercises. If you do biceps curls with the variable speed technique you will stimulate greater testosterone production than the person doing a big compound exercise using momentum and dispersion. Not because the squat isn't good (it's fantastic), but because that person isn't doing it right. Doing squats with the variable speed technique will of course out-T the curls.

It's not about how much you lift or how big you are. If you want your best body, you need to train in a way that maximizes the adaptive response. And I've just told you a key to doing that.


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

Kevin Brown spent tens of millions of federal dollars covering up the theft of over $103 million, a theft he and other federal employees conducted. Not one of those employees went to jail. Brown, in fact, followed his disgraced boss (left due to a sex scandal) to take the helm of the American Red Cross. Brown, being a criminal psychopath, left there under "undisclosed circumstances" and took a high-level job at a financial services firm.

8. Thought for the Day

People with unhealthy lifestyles aren't merely shortening their lives, they are spending their days dying.


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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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