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Factoid | Thought 4 the Day
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1. Good News
2. Product Highlight
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3. Brainpower tip
One typical way in which people completely abdicate intelligence is to take a
statement at face value. See the Finance tip for an example of this.|
analyze the following statement, using the brainpower techniques of:
- Knowing the correct definitions of the terms being used.
- Knowing or looking up pertinent facts.
- Understanding fundamental concepts related to the statement.
The statement is "Obama brought us out of the recession."
Analysis of terms:
- Obama. The pseudonym for Barry Soetoro, the worst big-spender in the
Senate while he was there. Clearly not someone who would have a positive
- Recession. A meaningless, made-up concept that is based on cherry-picked
metrics. It's a lie.
The pertinent facts:
- We are in a depression. See the Finance tip for the explanation.
- Obama more than doubled the national debt, via aggressive advocacy for
radically high levels of spending.
- All depressions are due to excess government spending, because that is
what sucks productive capital out of the economy.
The fundamental concepts:
- Just as you cannot raise the water level in a swimming pool by draining
the water out, so you cannot raise economic output by draining out the
productive capital needed to produce said output.
- To have improved our economy, Obama would have had to reduce spending
but he radically did the opposite.
When you analyze statements using this methodology, you avoid drinking the
proverbial Kool-Aid. If you are disciplined to do this routinely, you make
yourself brainwashing-proof. Rather than have an opinion, you know.
4. Finance tip
Some people are spreading dangerous lies about Barry
Soetoro, aka Barrack Hussein Obama. Not drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid there
is vital to your economic health. And please correct anyone who spews the
nonsense. This article will inform you, so that you can do so.
One lie is that "he brought us out of a recession." A
recession is defined as two quarters in a row with no increase in GDP. If you
look at what constitutes GDP, you quickly see this number is a tool for
political manipulation rather than economic evaluation. And it gets changed as
expediencies dictate. In other words, "recession" is a lie. There are other
metrics that give you an accurate picture of economic health or lack thereof.
A depression is historically caused by excessive
government debt. That is because excessive government spending reallocates
limited resources (capital) away from the productive sector. This is analogous
to drilling holes in the side of a swimming pool; the water level does not rise,
When Obama took office, the national debt stood at about
$9 trillion (9 followed by 12 zeroes, or 9 million million dollars). He
aggressively pushed spending. Unlike Bill Clinton, who ran budget surpluses,
Obama ran $1+ trillion deficits year after year. When Obama left office, the
national debt was nearly $20 trillion.
Here are some numbers for you:
The homeless rate (% of population that is homeless)
is higher now than during FDR's phase of this Depression (it's the same
Depression, we had a short respite during WWII and until about 1958 because
our competitors had bombed each others' factories and cities to rubble).
That is NOT an improvement.
HHS has classified 70% of American children as
officially "Hunger insecure". Widespread poverty is the reason, and there
are far more impoverished Americans now than when Obama took office.
What is the real rate of unemployment? Last year, I
put an info request in with my Congressman. I asked what % of working age
American adults had jobs. According to the BLS, the number is 48%. What do
you call someone who doesn't have a job? Unemployed. When Obama left office,
our REAL unemployment rate was 52%--not 9% or whatever he claimed. The low
figure is only the NEWLY unemployed.
Note that when Obama was a senator, he abstained from
voting on ANYTHING unless the vote was for one of two issues:
Spending money; he voted FOR every spending bill
regardless of what it was.
Anything that would help ensure that violent
criminals are protected from their victims, instead of the other way around.
In 2008, we were already reeling from 8 years of deficit
spending that reversed the progress (vast reductions in federal spending) made
during the Clinton years. Before Clinton left office, the family that owns the
Debt Clock in NYC took it down. A growing debt was "a thing of the past," and we
were on the road to recovery. While much of this involved "creative accounting"
the fact is that Clinton did actually reduce spending. Significantly.
GW changed that, with a net increase in debt by 2008.
The 2008 Wall Street Theftcapade didn't help matters exactly, either. In 2008,
GW sent his last budget to Congress. It was running a $250B deficit. Congress
added $150B of TARP money, for a total for $400. Obama and Pelosi revised that
budget, bloating it out by another $800B for a total deficit of $1.2T which
Obama publicly blamed all on GW.
Some people have mindlessly argued that the deficits
were mere coincidence, as if Bill Clinton never existed and as if Obama didn't
relentlessly advocate one spending measure after another and then brag about it
afterwards. And as if somehow the vast difference between his deficits and those
of any other POTUS were simply coincidental. I find this line of lying
particularly braindead, because:
Obama threatened he would do this or that (usually
illegal) additional spending.
He was filmed live, in front of hundreds of
witnesses, signing the spending measure into law.
He repeatedly bragged about it afterwards.
So according to the libtard viewpoint, some OTHER PERSON
successfully impersonated Obama during these public appearances while leaving
Obama completely unaware it was happening. And we let libtards vote? These
people are delusional in the extreme. If we let the libtards spew their
delusions unchallenged, the plundering will continue.
It's not debatable and not a matter of opinion that
Obama was by far the most destructive POTUS in our history. It just is. You have
to look past the propaganda and the lies to see the reality. The real numbers
are not just sobering, they are sickening. That is the legacy of Obama.
5. Security tip
With so many people out of work (52% of working age adults in the USA,
thanks a lot Obama), non-governmental crime is a real problem. Not only
that, there's road rage and general incivility.|
Awareness your first line
of defense. Mindfully examine your environment, and look for signs of
danger. Let the texting addicts be the victims (good riddance), not you.
Let's say that, despite your good attention to your surroundings, a thug
manages to surprise you. What now? Suppose that thug is much larger than
you. If you are prepared, his size won't matter.
To prepare yourself for just such an emergency I suggest you practice the
eye stab, as it's very effective.
Place your middle finger over the top of your index finger. Relax your
arm. Practice throwing your hand (jabbing motion) at an imaginary target.
You can graduate to using paper targets; you should be able to penetrate
If you practice this for 10 minutes every Tuesday and Thursday (or pick
two other days), you will eventually be proficient. And likely
abduction-proof. Also works great as a throat jab. Or if you jab right below
the collar bone, that arm should be immediately useless.
Don't practice this every day just to check off the box, because the
practice doesn't work unless you are fully engaged in it. If you have a
really long attention span, you can practice longer. Or if you know you can
practice more often without degrading the quality of the practice then do
One countermeasure for a potential eye jab is to grab the person. If
you're ever grabbed, here is a simple release technique. Grab a single
finger with all of yours and yank it or shove it backwards as hard and fast
as you can. It will break, as will the attacker's will at that moment.
Mindfully practice these; visualize if nothing else. It needs to be
Do you have kids? Train them in these techniques for their protection,
but emphasize this sort of response is for a true emergency only. See if you
can work out modified versions for handling playground bullies. For example,
jab hard in the solar plexus rather than the eye or throat. For grabbing,
pull the finger back rather than yank it back.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Most of us are taught from an early age that posture is important. And we
think of posture as "standing up straight."
However, good posture is more
than that. Let's think about posture as one of the things you do to make
your body mechanically efficient. Poor posture equals poor efficiency.
Think of posture in three dimensions, not just one. It matters not just
whether your back is "straight," but also how you position your shoulders at
the top of your torso, your hips at the bottom of your torso, and your head
In many Asian martial arts, novices are taught to imagine their upper
bodies as sitting on top of a ball. The idea is to position your body so no
energy is required to keep it on top of the ball. For this to happen, your
shoulders, hips, and head must align.
When they don't align, you are off balance. And you are mechanically
inefficient. You want your spinal column to transmit force, not absorb
force. With less than optimal posture, you lose much of the power generated
from your core. This makes a punch slower and weaker.
But it's not just punches that are diminished. It's anything you do that
involves speed and/or strength.
By "absorb force," I don't mean the way a shock absorber does. When your
spine absorbs force (instead of transmitting it), that force usually gets
concentrated at the posture weak points. For example:
- If you have head forward posture and go jogging on concrete, your
cervical disks will be greatly abused.
- If your shoulders are rotated forward (even a little) instead
of in their proper position, you have incorrect angles at your tendon
attachment points. Typically, biceps tendonitis is the result though
other kinds of tendonitis may affect a particular individual in addition
to (or instead of) biceps tendonitis.
- Walking with a swayback focuses the force on your sacrum and/or your
lower back muscles. The neck will also often be a victim.
Bad posture is normal, today. A lot of that has to do with using
computers and smartphones; there's that head forward thing. But it's also
true that a weak core is normal. People just don't train their core, though
quite often they believe they are training their core.
For good posture:
- Work your core. Hard.
- Be mindful of your posture when moving.
- Be mindful of your posture when seated.
- Don't flop into a chair, sit with deliberate motion.
Top photo taken 16SEP2016, just days before 56th birthday;
bottom photo taken 3 days after 56th birthday
Let's talk about core training. There are many good ways to train your core.
Here are a few:|
- Hanging leg raises.
- Roman chair.
- Front squats.
- One-legged squats.
- Dead lifts.
- Vacuums (super-beneficial).
- Climbing (after sufficient technical skill training).
I regularly do all of the above, except one-legged squats and dead lifts.
I don't do sit-ups; these actually weaken your core. When I say "work" your
core, I don't mean absent-mindedly crank out a lot of reps of something. I
mean squeeze your abs, glutes, obliques, or whatever is driving the motion.
You want a hard contraction. That is what will give you the adaptive
response and that powerful, beautiful core.
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 Nazi swastika was a rip-off of an ancient religious symbol used on the
Indian subcontinent. The original meaning of it was as a symbol of good luck and
well-being. Hardly the case under the Nazis.....|
8. Thought for the Day
The only two urgent tasks before CONgress (the opposite of progress) remain
uncompleted. Those are, of course, abolishing the IRS and repealing the
Unaffordable Care Act. The latter should have been accomplished on 21 January of
this year, and the other on the day Warren G. Harding took office. We are still
waiting. And waiting.|
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