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Mindconnection eNL, 2017-08-20


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. Commentator Ann Coulter has become softer and more accurate over the past year. I attribute that to her dating Jimmy "Kid Dynomite!" Walker. Something very unexpected from Coulter is her clearly expressed disgust with the "Republican Party." During the run-up to the fake primary "election" of 2017, the GOP put up a roster of clowns and retards. That's when Coulter began to unleash her trademark bile on this hijacked party. It's a welcome change.

Item 2. The mudstream media continue to lose brainwash-ees. A credible report released this month detailed a massive web of lies and distortions on their "coverage" of President Trump. But that report isn't needed to see that these folks are pathological liars. With the rise of the "make a video on your smart phone and upload to Youtube" people can easily see reality every time the mudstream media misreport on an event.


2. Product Highlight

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3. Brainpower tip

It's a fairly safe bet that no reader of this newsletter attempts to drive while texting. Such an act is stupid in the extreme, not to mention immoral and insane. Yet, we see it done all the time.

At the root of this horrible behavior is the misconception that humans can "multi task." Let me ask you a question. If you were being chased by an angry bear, would you text while running? No, you'd focus on the task at hand.

Given the Q&A just proposed, it seems clear that we intuitively understand our brains are a single core processor. We should rationally understand this, as well. With this understanding, we should logically conclude that we need to focus on one task at a time rather than vainly attempt to multi-task.

And we should observe the consequences of attempting to multi-task. The result is always the same. Namely, poor performance at both tasks and longer completion times for them also. When you're on the phone, you can tell when the other person is also reading e-mail.

Yes, there are a few things we can do at the same time. For example, most of us can walk and chew gum at the same time. We can listen to music while working out or while doing housework or while taking a shower. When you're on the phone, you can't tell that the other person is folding clothes.

These are dissimilar tasks using different parts of the brain. You don't notice any difference in your walking performance just because you are chewing gum. Stepping in gum someone else had been chewing, different story.

Generally, if you need to perform a brain-intensive task then focus on that and don't attempt other tasks. Adhering to this principle can boost your effective IQ by 100 points or more. The inverse is also true; attempt to use your single core processor in dual or quad core mode, and your effective IQ can drop by 100 points or more.

In conversations with people, how often have you had to repeat yourself? If you have subordinates or are teaching someone, how often have you had to repeat yourself? Unless you are way atypical, the answer is along the lines of "All the time." Now compare this to what happens with my feline companion.

When I want her to remember something, I cue her to that. When she gets the cue, she stops licking herself or whatever she's doing and looks directly into my eyes. I tell her once, and that's the last time I need to tell her. Considering that a cat's brain is about one ounce (about 0.9% of total body mass) compared to a human's 3lb (about 2.3% of total body mass or in the typical American 1.3% due to the rampant obesity), why is the cat so vastly much smarter than the human?

Think about that, and you'll have your best brain booster tip ever. Or try to remember when your mother first said to you, "Pay attention!"

4. Finance tip

Guide To Buying A Home: Young Families

5. Security tip

The 04May issue of Science Daily ran an article explaining that researchers at the Technical University of Munich have figured out how to generate 3D holograms of the contents of rooms where wireless signals (e.g., Wi-Fi, cellular, FM radio, etc.) are present. Using Wi-Fi or cellular, the accuracy is down to the centimeter.

Obviously, you can't block these signals. They are already present.

But worse, a van parked outside your home could broadcast higher frequency signals through the walls to allow someone to see down to the millimeter.

What can you do about this? There's not a feasible technical solution. Nor is there, in the USA, a legal solution (the 4th and 5th Amendments have been rendered moot by a large body of Supreme Court decisions).

The solution lies mainly in "social engineering." Some tips:

  1. To the extent possible, do not share information about what you do or what you have in your home.
  2. Avoid visiting Websites that clearly attract the kind of people the govt likes to watch.
  3. Get a mailbox other than the one at your residence (Mailboxes, Etc., USPS, and UPS all have these). Use this for delivery of most of your mail. The idea is to keep your residence off the proverbial radar.
  4. Keep an eye on residences near you, and on your own. Form a group with your nearest neighbors, explaining the threat and then getting a commitment that each of you will actively look for surveillance vehicles parked anywhere near you.

And rather than shut down your own sources of Wi-Fi or cellular, find a radio frequency consultant who can use them to botch up the signal pattern. Contact the IEEE for sources of these people.

If you see an unfamiliar vehicle parked outside your residence, what should you do?

One person was sure he was being spied upon, because every day there was a van with some logo or another parked either in front of his house or just a couple of doors down. After this went on for over a week, he snuck out behind the latest vehicle. He put a roofing nail just in front of one rear tire and pushed a potato into the exhaust pipe. Then he snuck back into his house.

The procession of vans did not continue after that. But maybe he attacked a van that was legitimate or maybe all of the vans were actually spying on someone else legitimately. So I would not advise taking matters into your own hands; I'm just pointing out what one person did.

You could just knock on the driver's window and ask what he's doing there. Or you could listen through the walls of the van (there are spy devices for doing this, but use a paper cup if you have nothing else). The risk, of course, is a confrontation could mean that you disappear.

And it's not true that if you are innocent you have nothing to worry about. Your privacy is being invaded, and that should truly worry you.

My advice is to look up the address of an attorney who may specialize in privacy suits. Take down that information. Then drive to the police station and ask that an officer be sent to check it out. This way, you aren't notifying the people in the van by phoning (if they are tapping your phone). Then go to the attorney's office, and explain why you showed up without an appointment. If they will represent you, ask them to contact the police for a report about that van.

It could be you are under investigation for bogus reasons, so you really do want to get to the bottom of this. Or, it could be some private party is up to no good. In which case, they've now had a visit from the police.

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

On back and biceps training day, I begin my workout with alternating sets of chin-ups (palms facing me) and pull-ups (palms facing away).

This is an excellent pair of exercises for all of the muscles of the back (see my second photo in this article). Plus it also works the:

  • Core (due to the need to stabilize the body).
  • Biceps (fairly obvious), though I'm not particularly concerned about growing huge biceps.
  • Pecs, a fact most people are unaware of (now you know).

In the December 2010 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, an article showed the following average muscle contraction values:

  • Latissimus dorsi: 117-130%.
  • Biceps brachii: 78-96%.
  • Infraspinatus: 71-79%.
  • Lower trapezius: 45-56%.
  • Pectoralis major: 44-57%.
  • Erector spinae: 39-41%.
  • External oblique: 31-35%.

Of course, to get the benefits you must use good form and eliminate momentum from your reps. This means slowly lowering yourself to the bottom of the range of motion and slowly raising yourself to the top.

It's not about how many you can pump out. It's about how well you do each one. I try to make these very hard, so I squeeze hard during each rep. Consequently, a typical set is only 3 to 5 reps.

That doesn't mean I'm a pull-up weakling. In contests, where form isn't a factor and the goal is to crank out more than the other guy(s), I can do sets of 20 several times.

Surprisingly (to me, anyhow), the typical male cannot do a single chin-up or pull-up even when cheating. I have seen 18 year old boys fail to complete even one. I have seen 18 year old girls crank out several in a row, in good form.

If you're unable to get started on this exercise, use the lat pulldown machine (there are lat pulldown attachments for Olympic weight benches, too) to simulate this exercise somewhat. Also do bent-over rows. If you can get to a gym that has a chinning machine, that machine will help you complete reps at the strength you have. But be sure to wean yourself off this as soon as possible.

What you don't want to do is cheat on the movement "temporarily" until you are strong enough to do it correctly. That only trains you to do it incorrectly and it risks injury. So no kicking your feet or going really fast. Work your back, rather than mindlessly crank out reps.

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

Now, I have been told by some people that this exercise is a poor one because "you're using only your body weight." I have also noticed that nobody with a well-developed back has ever told me that.

So if you hear such nonsense, ignore it. In fact, if you get any unsolicited training advice from someone who has little to show from their own training then take that into consideration. Same thing when the "adviser" is training in ways that are likely to produce injury.

The September 1995 issue of Muscle and Fitness had a great article called "Arnold Gets Wide with Chins." I leave it to you, dear reader, to guess which 6-time Mr. Olympia named Arnold was featured in that article. Not only did Arnold talk about how important this highly productive exercise was to him, the article featured photos of Arnold's doing it.

Beyond just enhancing your musculature, the act of chinning (when done properly) performs a spinal alignment. Well, a partial one anyhow. Sometimes when I awake with a kink or two somewhere in my mid or upper back, I just do a set of chins. After some popping and cracking, everything is back in place. This is effectively a form of traction for the spine. If your job involves much sitting, you might want to do a set of pull-ups after work (or even mid-day) to undo the postural damage done by that.

If you're not chinning, get started. Make chinning a permanent part of your back training and maintenance.


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

Not one member of Congress has ever been able to identify a single useful purpose fulfilled by the IRS.

8. Thought for the Day

Does the idea of "adding value" figure into how you go about your work and your relationships? What do you bring, and why does it have value?


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