I want to tell you about a famous case that underscores the importance of
not giving your main checking acct info to IRS.|
Theresa Castro is an aggressive IRS agent with absolutely no moral compass.
In the early 1980s, she decided to latch onto a retired couple, Mr. and Mrs. Bales. The Bales case ended up in federal court, where the Bales won on all counts (I think there were 18 counts, but I forget). Yes, I am using her real name despite the risk to me personally in doing so. She belongs in prison, and perhaps some federal prosecutor will read this account and put her there. Thus, I am taking this bold step.
Even with some pro bono legal help, the cost of going to court was very high for the Bales. They were forced to sell their home (which I recall they owned free and clear) and move into a trailer. They also lost their retirement assets.
So they won, but they lost. IRS was not forced to compensate them for their huge legal bills resulting from a facetious case against them.
Theresa Castro, however, was not satisfied. She began hounding the Bales with phone calls and nasty letters. This, despite the fact a federal court had just ruled against IRS in favor of the Bales. Castro engaged in illegal collection activities, which I recall included running up every credit card the Bales had. She got the credit card information off the bank statements from the bank acct Bales had used to pay their 1040 taxes.
This action from Theresa Castro was hugely stressful for these two old people. And she kept it up despite receiving a letter from Mr. Bales' physician that he was showing signs of severe stress, his blood pressure was extremely high, and the likelihood of a fatal heart attack was consequently high.
Theresa Castro kept up the pressure and, predictably, Mr. Bales had a fatal heart attack.
This still did not satisfy Theresa Castro. Now that she had murdered Mr. Bales, she fixed her sights on his 83 year old widow. Mrs. Bales had an old car that she used to deliver Meals on Wheels. Even though IRS cannot seize a taxpayer's only vehicle, Theresa Castro visited Mrs. Bales at her trailer, beat her nearly unconscious, and stole Mrs. Bales' car.
Theresa Castro never went to prison for her crimes. Not the murder, not the grand theft auto, not the assault and battery. None of those or the other felonies she committed. In fact, she was never even indicted.
As far as I know, she still is employed by the IRS today. She was actually promoted for her "fine work" in collecting against the Bales even though that collection was blatantly illegal and her methods were blatantly immoral.
This is one case. There are many others. And don't forget the Hoyt Fiasco, in which 4300 innocent Americans were subjected to illegal seizures while IRS employee Kevin Brown and his cronies managed to make $103 million "disappear." I'm sure you can guess where it went. If not, just ask Kevin.
It is paramount that you have your checking acct(s) at a bank(s) other than one on which you have a checking acct from which you have written a check to "US Treasury." Else your assets, including your entire retirement nest egg, could disappear in a flash. And you have no recourse. It's not something you are likely to survive; IRS will not only steal all of your assets, but cause you to lose your job and be unemployable. And that's just for starters.
And don't forget that the IRS shelters psychopaths like Theresa Castro from prosecution. It actually rewards them for behavior that earns a non-IRS criminal life in prison.
Theresa Castro can steal your car and put you in the hospital, and she won't even be arrested for it much less indicted.
Let me close by underlining how immune from prosecution a psychopath can be just by dint of being employed by the IRS. In Michigan in 1984, a daycare center was falsely accused of owing additional 1040 taxes. While the case was in dispute legally, a gang of armed IRS agents descended upon the daycare center. They held the preschoolers at gunpoint, and insisted their parents pay for their release. In other words, it was an armed kidnapping. Of four year olds.
The local police chief ordered the criminals out. They refused. He called the county Sheriff, who was similarly rebuffed. The Sheriff called the governor, who sent in the National Guard. The National Guard forced the IRS kidnappers to surrender, cuffed them, and brought them in for arraignment. The kidnappers were released without being charged, after an IRS attorney informed the judge they didn't know kidnapping was a crime.
This story was released in the local news, and thereafter suppressed. Neither the parents nor the daycare center had any legal recourse for the trauma those kids were put through.
What is the solution to this IRS psychopath problem? Keep pressure on Congress to cut the IRS budget deeply. Eventually, we can remove this scourge from our society. In the meantime, protect your ass(ets) by not telling the IRS where your assets are. Make them get a court order, that's what our Constitution is there for.
A high degree of vascular development in the shoulders, across the chest,
and down the biceps is part of the bodybuilder look. You see it in the back,
mid-section, and lower body, too.
I don't mean just the bodybuilders who compete in physique contests. I also mean athletes who train for sports performance and solid general conditioning.
Being vascular has its benefits. My vascularity gives me an automatic "no tour needed" and even sometimes no payment required when I visit a gym while out of town. I have instant recognition as a serious athlete and as someone who is going to help the gym's image just by being there.
I did not do any "pumping" prior to either photo that accompanies this article, but those veins are clearly visible and clearly big.
According to a recent survey of women, a big vein running down the biceps is one of the top things that women find attractive in a man. Speaking as a man, I find this attractive in a woman. I just don't see it much outside the climbing gym and since I weight train at home I don't see it in weight gyms except when I am traveling and use one. In public outside of these places, I rarely see it.
Not long after I took a job here (KS) in 1996, I was walking to the pool area at the company-provided apartment where I was staying when I saw a shapely woman approaching. What really caught my eye was she had large veins in down her biceps. Larger than mine.
So I struck up a conversation with her. It turned out she was a personal trainer. I signed on with her (mostly because I was so impressed with her looks--including that vein).
She is the one who started me on the split routine method of training, and I found it so much better I never went back to the circuit training I had always done previously. That change also led to significant improvements in my own vascularity.
Many people believe pronounced vascularity comes from "doing a lot of cardio." That conclusion, though wrong, makes sense because with cardio you are pushing a lot of blood and it would seem that would swell up your veins.
But it is not actually from cardio. In fact, cardio works against pronounced vascularity. For one thing, cardio is low-intensity, high-duration exercise. It trains your body to store fuel rather than burn it, another way of saying cardio makes you fat.
Covering your veins in fat makes them less visible, not more visible. So avoid cardio, tip number one.
How do you develop pronounced vascularity? Obviously, low body fat is one
element there. Quickly summarizing body fat, it's a sign of how healthy (or
not) your endocrine system is. The diet part is six meals a day, heavy on
nutrient dense foods (eat super foods like sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale,
bok choy, organic eggs, eggplant, squash, etc. and not much else).|
But you still need the veins to have some size to them. Having small ones that are visible isn't quite the same thing. You need to train your body to increase their size.
The physical training part is fairly straightforward. The key is intensity, not duration. Your body adapts to the stresses placed on it. If you hit it with 110% demand, it's going to run short of enough blood to meet that demand. The bigger the demand for instant flow is, the bigger must be the pipes to serve that demand. This is where vascular size comes from.
So you want to maximize the intensity of each set. That doesn't mean doing 20 reps (endurance), it's more like 3 or 4 really hard reps. This is the classic training style for strength training. Short and brutal. You can add in volume training for the last set or two, thereby flooding the muscles with blood. But remember that volume training does not mean easy reps either.
Let's say you do six sets for biceps in the mid-range position (you will need two other exercises, one at full extension and one at full contraction, to complete your biceps training). Let's say that instead of holding the dumbbell in front of you, you rotate at the elbows so your lower arms are at about 45 degrees to the side (upper arms still in the same traditional position). There's a "carry angle" for everyone, and for most folks in this exercise it's about 45 degrees. This angle makes this exercise much harder, which means you can use less weight. I like this approach, because it means I don't have to punish my tendons by using 55lb dumbbells for curls.
Now let's say you do set 1 with 35 lbs and you do each rep slowly. You get four good reps. A short rest, and the next set you crank out three good reps. You take a slightly longer rest, and get three good reps on the third set but it is very difficult. You pick up 30s and crank out four reps, each one feeling harder than the last.
Now your biceps have been stimulated, but not annihilated, for the adaptive response. You pick up a pair of 20s and perform medium-speed reps, trying to hit 15. You don't make it, but that's OK. You rest half a minute and try again. Maybe you speed up a bit because your arms are just out of steam. Hoisting those 20 pounders is not easy during these last two sets, your volume training "finishing" sets. But you are pumping blood and still stimulating an adaptive response.
Part of the adaptive response is going to be to increase the size (and perhaps quantity) of your muscle cells due to the mechanical exertion. But because you have also pushed these muscles into rapidly depleting their oxygen supply, your body will adapt with larger veins and arteries. Also you have all that waste you are pumping out during the volume training part and that is also going to stimulate some size improvement in those veins. Volume training does one thing that strength training does not, and that is it stimulates the development of capillaries within the muscle tissue; that is what gives competitive bodybuilders so much of their hypertrophy.
if you do anything other than high intensity training, you will fail to stimulate the increase in blood vessel size. There's no need for bigger pipes, because the existing ones deliver all the short-term demand blood supply that's called for.
One problem with high-intensity training is it's really hard work. Most people avoid it, but not for this reason. They avoid it because they don't understand what it is. Even some so-called gurus online talk about their "intense" workouts that last two hours. By definition, an intense workout is short. The mid-range biceps workout just described takes maybe 10 minutes. And anyone doing it the way I described is going to be breathing hard. You breathe hard because the body is trying to deliver enough oxygen but it can't. Thus the increase blood vessel size in response.
So eat right and train intensely. You'll have outstanding vascularity as a result. If you already eat right and train intensely, you're living proof of what it takes to be really vascular--congratulations!
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:|
IRS routinely spends10:1 or more to collect taxes that are not even owed.
|The stupidity movement has staunch allies in Congress.|
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