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Mindconnection eNL, 2017-08-06


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. Social Security trustees announced in early July that seniors will receive their biggest payment increase in many years. Millions of Americans who rely on the program will get an increase of 2.2 percent next year, compared to just a 0.3 percent increase this year, and no increase last year.

While this is bad news for those watching our spiraling debt, let's keep in mind that the criminals who stole trillions in 2008 were "bailed out" with even more trillions. The vast majority of retired blue collar workers who are on Social Security do not receive enough to meet their basic needs. And most were underpaid for the services they provided.

It's worth noting that our poverty-inducing national debt resulted from massive wealth transfers to the ultra-wealthy. And the stealing continues. The silver lining there is "only" 12 states remain with no actual choice on the federal ballot (you get to "choose" between the Crips and the Bloods). Gangster government could eventually be replaced with lawful government. Perhaps even in your lifetime!

Item 2. The sun shone today. It's just good to remember that we have not been obliterated, so each day is something to celebrate even though a lot of bad stuff happens all over the world.

Item 3. Carbon Nanotubes Reduce Transistor Footprint to Forty Nanometers. To see why this is good news, read the article here:

Item 4. Another milestone in solar cell efficiency. Read the full story, here:

Item 5. Since Soetoro left office (and thus ceased attacking our economy), job growth has exceeded the expectations that even the most optimistic economists expressed. And now there's even more good news. Read the full story, here:


2. Product Highlight

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  • Travel guide: Packed with reviews, info, and images of international locations.
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3. Brainpower tip

This article talks about yet another example of how people merely accept fake information / disinformation and then get all upset about a problem that does not exist:

The article shows that the primary source provides a vastly lower number than the the secondary source that released fake statistics.

Also, it's worth noting that of those enrolled in Obamacare something like 78% would choose no insurance if they felt they had a choice. So when you look at the actual number of Obamacare enrollees you cannot say that all of them would be kicked off the rolls. Most are there against their will in the first place.

But the libtards insist that 30 million people would "lose their insurance" and, by implication, be facing financial ruin. This kind of dishonesty is why a primary principle of brainpower is that you never take a libtard's claims seriously. The odds are almost zero that a libtard's view has any resemblance to reality or basis in fact.

4. Finance tip

First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide: Making A Downpayment

5. Security tip

You may have occasion to deal with a mindless bureaucracy. Perhaps your city has some pointless regulation they want you to comply with. Or you are helping an elderly parent with getting recertified for benefits and there's a glitch. Maybe you have a problem with your phone company or some other utility. Thousands of potential "frustration situations" exist.

It can be very frustrating to deal with a mindless bureaucracy, but the worst thing you can do is express your frustration to your point of contact in that mindless bureaucracy. Always be polite. The person you're working through has the power to not help you, and may even have the power to harm you.

This is especially true when dealing with government agencies. You can turn a situation you don't like into a situation that is a disaster for you. Some tips:

  • Always say you intend to comply with any rule or regulation you are required to comply with. After making that statement, you can state your problem. "That said, I don't understand how this applies to me when yada yada yada. Was there a mistake here?"
  • Never belittle or insult your contact. In fact, look for anything you can say positive about your contact. "Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. I know you're busy, and I appreciate the excellent response time."
  • Don't try to play lawyer and tell your contact why the rule is unlawful. You can say you believe the enforcement is selective because of A, B, and C and ask for an explanation.
  • Always thank your contact for taking the time to explain or to do whatever your contact did. If your contact made an extra effort, note that. "It seems to me you went through some extra effort on my part. Thank you so much."
  • If you are required to submit documentation, go through it carefully. Make sure everything is correct and make sure everything is organized. If your contact receives a package that makes his/her job easier, you will receive less scrutiny than the person who just sends a pile of papers.
  • Give them what they ask for. Just don't volunteer additional information. They don't care about your background story, for one thing. They just need your paperwork squared away. Also, if you do volunteer additional information you may put that person in a position that will require him to do something unpleasant to you.
  • Remember, this person isn't your friend or your confidant. Never say, "Just between you and me...." This person isn't your enemy, either. This person is acting in an official capacity, so keep your comments confined to the official business.
  • If you appear in person, for example visiting City Hall or the County Administrator's Office, dress nicely. That is, wear office attire. You are visiting an office. If you're a guy, a tie will definitely not hurt. Wear one, unless you're there for something mundane such as a pet license.

There are two exceptions to "give them what they ask for":

  1. If it does not satisfy some necessary condition of the business being conducted, ask where the regulation shows this is required. Note that providing your Social Security number to government agencies is always a request you comply with.
  2. If the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths demands information on where you bank or anything else they do not already have, politely tell them no. The only reason they want this information is so they can hurt you with it. Force them to go to a judge and get a court order compelling third parties to provide the information. If they have no idea who these third parties are, they can't compel them. That is why you always have a separate checking account at a bank you use only for the purpose of writing checks for taxes. That includes property tax, motor vehicle, state, and federal; anything the Reprobates have access to. Always make deposits in cash, unless you are depositing a government refund check or other payment from a government agency.

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

It amazes me that so many fitness and nutrition myths circulate, despite having been disproven and despite their conflicting with what we know about human physiology.

Let's look at a few of the training myths, first.

  • You have to confuse your body. The idea here is your body somehow keeps track of exactly what you do in each workout. Then after a few weeks, your body figures out what you're doing and refuses to cooperate. The premise of this belief ignores the principle of progressive overload, in addition to positing something absurd about the human body.

    The reality is the person training gets into a rut mentally by going on autopilot. Changing your program isn't the best solution. Instead, focus your attention on what the muscle is doing; see Pumping Iron for Arnold's method of muscle focus.
  • Lift fast for speed, slow for strength. If you watch any pro body builder train, their rep speed is fairly quick. They aren't using momentum or bouncing the weight, but they are training for hypertrophy so they adjust their speed to pump their muscles. This stimulates capillary growth, which increases muscle size.

    Generally speaking, the more you want athletic speed the slower you should lift (up to a point). You thus reduce the pump and your muscles have more power per ounce and thus less weight to move.
  • The longer your workout, the better the results. False. The smarter your workout, the better the results.
  • The "blast your biceps" (or other body part) workouts get results. Wrong. They increase recovery time and can cause you to lose muscle you already have (had). Avoid "expert" advice with words evoking images of attacking your muscles. What you want, instead, is to stimulate the adaptive response. Lee Haney says to "stimulate, not annihilate," your muscles."
  • To get cut, you need to do lots of cardio. Except for burst training, the effect of "cardio" is negative. It elevates cortisol, depresses testosterone, and sucks down time you could use for something productive.

What about nutrition myths? I recently ran across the same "confuse your body" nonsense there. If all of your food is nutritious and delicious, how does "confusing your body" work exactly? Your body won't digest broccoli if you keep eating it?

Consistently train and consistently eat right. End of story.

More, below....

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

Top photo taken 16SEP2016, just days before 56th birthday; bottom photo taken 3 days after 56th birthday

That is not the whey to do it

Another big nutrition myth is that to recover from training, you need to suck down large whey protein shakes. If your goal is to have excess body fat, that's good advice. Whey is a short-chain protein that is rapidly assimilated. The average person can digest about 20g, before the body converts any additional whey protein into body fat.

This also means that if you are counting two 40g whey protein shakes toward your daily protein total, you are coming up 40g short (20 plus 20, not used) from what you thought you were using.

Another problem with whey is it's made from cow's milk. If the source of that milk is inside the USA but not organic, you're also ingesting several harmful substances. Factory-farmed dairy cows all, as in 100% of them, suffer from chronic mastitis. They are on antibiotics for that reason, but the pus they exude is still in the milk (along with antibiotics).

Dr. Lee

I'd like to close by recommending a video by Dr. Amy Lee. She is a Bariatric Physician with board certifications in internal medicine, physician nutrition, and obesity medicine specialties. She practices internal medicine with a heavy emphasis on nutrition, wellness, and weight management. She provides diet plans that are evidence-based, in sharp contrast to the myth-based diet plans that bring so much misery to people. Dr. Lee educates her patients and provides solutions that work.

Her very informative video ends with a plug for her products. I normally don't pass along links to product plug videos, but this one is very information-rich:


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

Despite a growing population in the USA, sales of new automobiles have been on a downward trajectory for some time. This is due to a "perfect storm" of factors, including an economy that is in a Depression, increasing sales taxes in many counties and cities, a level of unemployment that is greater than what was experienced during "the Great Depression," downward wage pressure, and the unrelenting debasement of our currency (inflation) by the nonFederal nonReserve. Also, millennials as a generation just aren't as wrapped up in cars as boomers are/were.

8. Thought for the Day

If the "news" is not deliberately designed to depress people with its negativity and disinform them with its lies, then why does the news consist almost solely of depressing negativity and disinforming lies?


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