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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. You may have heard that Amazon bought Whole Foods. If you fear
big, aggressive companies, this would seem like bad news. However, it's
exceptionally good news. For over half a century, American grocers have been
peddling processed foods and making people sick in vast numbers. Amazon is
fantastic and distribution and cost-savings and is making real food affordable
to vastly more people. While CONgress (the opposite of PROgress) has been lying
about medical care reform and calling it "health care" reform, Amazon really is
bringing health care to people who formerly could not afford it. That will bring
down medical costs and suffering dramatically.
Item 2. We finally got major tax reform for the idiotic 1040 system. At
least, we got a House version of it.
"According to an analysis by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the largest
percent increases in take-home pay as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act go
to income earners below the 80th percentile. According to their analysis, the
average take-home pay increase for all Americans is more than 4%. This is in
line with the non-partisan Tax Foundation's estimates of a 4.4% increase in
after-tax income." Source: Congressman Yoder.
The typical household making $59,000 will gain $1,182. More importantly, the
huge standard deduction helps reduce IRS involvement in people's lives, an
involvement that means systematic abuse and terrorism plus a massive drag on the
economy. The savings from a reduced IRS footprint on the economy will mean
significant savings in compliance costs. By some estimates, over 9 trillion
dollars from this one tax reform bill alone. Can you say, "Job creation?" That
amount is nearly half our national debt, too.
Item 3. Two quotes about one of the best Good News items of all time:
- Liberals are denouncing Republican tax reform as a giveaway to big
corporations, as they always do. But the irony is that the Senate and House
bills would do far more to stop corporate tax gaming than anything the Obama
Administration did in eight years."
- Wall Street Journal Editorial Board
- "You have consistently stressed that the objective of tax reform should
be to enhance prospects for increased economic growth and household incomes.
We agree with this objective, which is consistent with the traditional norms
of public finance going back to Adam Smith. We believe that the reforms
embodied in the House and Senate Finance bills would achieve this
- Letter to Treasury Secretary from Distinguished Economists
Item 4. The Evil Empire is facing yet another devastating law suit. This
one is a class action suit in the UK. The hubris of Google's "Do More Evil"
motto has been coming back to bite them, viciously and often. It's good news
when a company with zero morals is served up justice. It helps serve as a
warning to other psychopath-run companies.
2. Product Highlight
The cPen Reader
The C-Pen Reader pen scanner is major technological
breakthrough for anyone learning English and is a life-saver for those who
suffer from reading difficulties such as dyslexia. The C-Pen Reader is a totally
portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out aloud with an English
human-like digital voice.
- Hear words and lines of text read aloud.
- Completely self-contained, no computer required to use reading function.
- Collins 10th Edition Dictionary onboard; look up scanned words.
- Optionally scan, store, and transfer to PC or Mac (1GB of storage,
download to computer via USB with no additional software required).
- Optionally scan directly into a PC or Mac application (inserts text
where the cursor is).
- Includes a voice recorder onboard.
- Includes rechargeable battery, which recharges when you plug the pen
into a USB source (micro USB on pen).
- Sleek design.
You can buy from us with confidence. We've been making online customers happy
3. Brainpower tip
Don't be misled by inappropriate names of things. Putting the wrong name on
something is how manipulative people "define the debate" in a way that precludes
intelligent analysis or discussion.|
For example, we keep hearing that we need
a "national health care plan" but the noise is all about paying for medical
Even really easy health care measures don't even get consideration. Walk into
any grocery store, and you will find an entire (both sides) aisle of bone
brittlizer. You can even buy colon cancer cream in one-pound cans! Yet (in my
own case), I have to try three different grocery stores to get bok choy (the
best dietary calcium source there is) and even then come up blank sometimes.
This is a major health care hole. Have you heard any of the pundits
discuss it? No. The whole focus is on paying for medical care, so questions of
health care are left out of the "health care" debate.
Try this simple experiment at a large grocery store. Pick an observation spot
that will allow you to see people getting in line at checkout. Look in their
carts for one item, other than iceberg lettuce or red delicious apples, from the
produce department (we're ignoring some healthy staples, such as beans and rice,
for simplification). You'll find a distribution of about 20/80. Which means 80%
of people are so averse to being healthy that they won't buy one item that
contributes to their health care.
If something could be done to change their attitude, the result might be an
80% reduction in disease and thus an 80% reduction in the need for medical care
(this is a simplistic analysis, but suitable for our purposes here).
What is that something that could be done? Force poison peddlers to drop the
euphemistic and inappropriate names of the health-destroying garbage their
marketing people convince people to buy. If that can of hydrogenated oil had to
be labeled "Colon Cancer Cream" in big letters and feature a picture of a
colostomy bag being changed, how many people do you think would continue to buy
it? If this extended to products made with colon cancer cream, imagine the
change in health care!
If cola containers had graphic photos of broken bone ends and esophageal
cancer, how many people would want to be part of the "Pepsi Generation?" On and
on it goes.
Most Americans recently underwent one of the twice a year jet lag situations
inflicted by Congress as a population control method. For three weeks following
each clock change, the DOT reports a spike in traffic fatalities and OSHA
reports a spike in industrial deaths and injuries. To sell this program to the
people, Congress has mislabeled it "Daylight Savings Time" though for people on
an early schedule it means you get up in the dark and it's still daylight when
you go to bed unless you opt out of this madness and refuse to change your
Yet rather than demand that Congress stop mandating clock changes and let
people adjust (or not) their schedules for summer hours if they want to, people
go along with this death program because they are "saving daylight." Saving
lives doesn't matter, but pretending to save daylight does; all thanks to this
manipulation of people's minds by misusing their language.
Inappropriate name use dupes people into looking at something other than what
is at issue. The effect is that zero brain power is applied to the issue. Look
for this trap at all times. It is the norm, so evaluate the facts and then
re-name things as you see fit.
Names matter. Inappropriate names foster stupidity.
4. Finance tip
Don't automatically "buy up" when something is on sale. Think carefully before
buying more than you will need in the near future. You lose money by
overstocking. This is true for several reasons, one of which is your mind
doesn't register scarcity (because you have so much) so you use more.|
consider laundry detergent as an example. Let's say you go through a jug of
premium laundry detergent every six months or so. The jug you have is low, so
you add laundry detergent to your shopping list. At the store, it's on sale for
$4 less per jug. It makes sense to buy an extra one, but not two extra ones.
You'll double your savings with the extra jug and you shouldn't have too much
of a problem stowing it. It extends your detergent supply to a full year. For
only $1 savings, the extra jug wouldn't have justified tying up the extra
capital for so much time. The $4 savings is a much stronger incentive. But it's
not enough incentive to have a third jug waiting more than a year to be opened
(tying up capital and taking up space).
During that year, you could come across a detergent you like better. Or a
sale at $5 off. But you're already overloaded with laundry detergent. You've now
got multiple heavy containers of liquid to keep out of the way; this is how jugs
end up being punctured accidentally.
The vast majority of sales-chasers don't apply basic math correctly. For
example, John buys a one-year supply of beer because there was a 20% off sale.
He claims it's the same as a mutual fund making 20% a year except the mutual
fund gets taxed on that 20%.
The calculation of the rate of return is much more complex than he believes;
how much is he investing and how much does that capital cost him are among
several factors that must be considered.
Nor is he consuming that beer all at once. Sure, he saved 20% on the first
day. But halfway through the year, his savings drop to 10% for the remaining
beer (this is finance degree kind of stuff, but if you think about it you'll see
For any kind of good, there is a "limit of reason" on how long you should
store it. Beyond that limit, your "sale savings" fail to make up for the
economic losses involved in storage, clutter, damage, loss, excess use, waste,
and the misallocation of capital.
This concept is hard for some people to take and hard for many to understand.
One thing to keep in mind is sales occur all the time. Rather than misallocate
limited capital to "save money", try to use each sale as a means of saving money
on whatever quantity you were going to buy anyhow. Allow exceptions only rarely,
with good reason.
Yes, you will miss some savings that way. But you will have more money and
less stress than if you let sale prices seduce you into overspending on one item
5. Security tip
The tax reform act recently passed by the House greatly decreases the role
of the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths, thus making the vast majority
of Americans much more secure in their lives and possessions. Once this bill
makes it through the other chamber, it is almost certain that the President
will sign it into law.|
That is when we need to push for massive budget
cuts at the Institute. The fewer of these reprobates there are to prey upon
innocent people, the more secure we all are. Be ready to write to your
Congressional Representative and both of your Senators about the need to
massively scale back this agency's budget.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
The bench press is not really a pectoral muscle exercise. It primarily works
the front deltoids and triceps.
Arnold used flyes, instead, to develop his
massive chest. The bench press also involves many joints and thus a lot of
risk for the gain.
Yet walk into almost any gym and what do you see? People (typically guys)
working on the bench press (in bad, joint-damaging, tendon-inflaming form).
And with far too much weight.
What are some other common training mistakes?
- Momentum lifting. People who fixate on the weight instead of tension
in the muscle usually have an ego issue going on. They use way too much
weight, and to move it they throw it. That weight has to stop at the end
of the swing. You can calculate the force (speed times mass); the more
momentum, the more damage when that weight stops (the momentum transfers
to the joints, ligaments, and tendons--Law of Conservation of Momentum).
- Rocking. This is often paired with momentum lifting. It prevents any
adaptive response and is hard on joints, ligaments, and tendons.
Recently, I saw a really bad case of this while out of town and visiting
a local gym. An undermuscled guy believed he was doing lateral raises.
This is an isolation exercise, and you want the tension to stay in your
deltoids. I could not believe how much he moved his hips from front to
back! He looked like a disco dancer! His shoulder joint barely moved,
but the weight did.
- Counting reps instead of making the reps count. I use a weight that
is moderately difficult and then stop the set when it becomes very
difficult. I do count reps, but only as a general guide. I don't keep
track of them and try to increase my weight or reps from session to
session; that only makes you cheat to make your numbers and that's how
you get injured.
- Failing to assess and set (changing) goals. For example, if you have
a body part that is lagging you could (per Arnold's advice) do more sets
to bring it up. That is, you pump it more and stimulate an increase in
capillarization. Simply "working out" with no plan or purpose means you
won't have the physique you want.
- Failing to focus. On my recent visit to a gym, a trainer was working
with a client. This client had a poorly developed body. He was lifting
with momentum and chatting about his family problems. Do you think he
will make any progress over the next six months? It's almost certain
that he won't. He was not fully there and was not in tune at all with
Top photo taken 16SEP2016, just days before 56th birthday;
bottom photo taken 3 days after 56th birthday
- Doing "cardio." This trains your body to conserve fat and consume
muscle. Cardio is low-intensity, high-duration work. The body adapts to
this by storing energy (in the form of fat) and reducing the
metabolically active tissue we call muscle.
- Not including burst training. You don't have to do much of this to
get results (fat loss) and you can incorporate it into your regular
weight training by taking short rests between sets. Short as in 20
seconds at most. Not every session or with every exercise in a session,
- Whole body workouts. This has been all the rage, lately. Stop and
think about why this doesn't work. If you didn't get the answer, it has
to do with a limited supply of energy to generate the intensity needed
to get the adaptive response that builds muscle and reduces fat. So you
have to dial things down, and you get the same effect as with cardio.
That is, you are training your body to store fat and metabolize muscle.
- Being sloppy with angles. For example, when doing lateral raises you
need your shoulders fully back else you will put excessive strain in the
biceps tendon. Correcting this can be done with the help of a personal
trainer, physical therapist, chiropractor, or just a friend who will
watch what you are doing.
- Doing "full range of motion" with a single exercise. This does not
work because of something called gravity. For example, picture yourself
doing biceps curls with "full range of motion." That weigh feels really
heavy at full extension and light as a feather at full contraction. You
need to work the mid-range position, full contraction position, and the
full extension position each with a different exercise that puts the
force of gravity in that particular arc.
- Working legs twice a week. I have never understood what people think
they are doing with this practice. The quads and glutes are major
muscles. You load them, and it takes a huge amount of energy. Recovery
time is several days, if not longer. You would be much better off doing
an intense squats workout once a month and a leg pump routine once a
month (so these are two weeks apart).
- Doing sit-ups. These do not work your abs, they work your hip
flexors. They also arch your back in the wrong way, creating back
strain. Don't do these. Period.
- Cutting carbs. You need carbs to fuel your workouts. If you run out
of energy and can't engage in the intensity required to stimulate the
adaptive response, you won't strengthen or grow your muscles.
- Cutting fat. You need fat for many purposes, including burning fat
and fueling your brain.
- Consuming whey protein drinks. First of all, these are typically
made with milk from mastitis-suffering cows. That is not only totally
gross, it's unhealthy. Second, an average man can metabolize about 20
grams before the excess is turned to fat. The typical serving is 40
- Having inconsistent bed time hours. Your body gets into a rhythm
when it comes to sleep. If you fail to respect this, you will be
sleep-deprived. This condition lowers your effective IQ and it retards
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.
Over 780,000 people in America die each year from "hospital errors." And these
are only the ones where stretching the truth or outright lying does not result
in assigning some other cause.
8. Thought for the Day
Do you try to find solutions or do you try to solve problems? The latter
requires properly identifying the problem. The former typically results in
wasted resources and continuance of the problem the solution allegedly
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