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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 probably already know that the greatest legislation to
come out of Congress in 50 years was signed into law on Friday, 23 December.
This new law will dramatically reduce the footprint of the Institute of
Reprobates and Sociopaths in the lives of decent, hard-working Americans. Plus
for small business owners, it provides a long-needed tax break. A real sweetener
for those who can't afford medical insurance is the illegal Obama Tax is gone.
Item 2. "Workers in some large companies are already seeing the benefits
of the corporate tax cuts as 200,000 domestic AT&T workers will each receive a
$1,000 bonus after the bill is signed, the telecom company will also invest an
additional billion dollars in U.S. infrastructure." -- Rick Manning, President
of Americans for Limited Government.
Unfortunately, this badly needed relief won't be provided until we file in 2019.
The illegal "Individual Mandate" tax still applies when filing in 2018 (for
2017) and that already stiff tax increases for this year. At the very least,
Congress should have given us relief from the illegal tax for this year.
This bill should have been signed into law in January of LAST year. Due to the
failure of Congress to get that done, we are required to suffer through yet
another year of excessive federal taxes, an illegal tax, and the same danger
level of an IRS assault.
Please note that Speaker Ryan refused to hear anything about tax reform, saying
as late as mid-summer it wasn't an issue he cared about.
2. Product Highlight
iTRAVL 2 Ultima Speech Translator Android Smartphone
I have one of
these and really like it. One feature is it comes with the C-cable charger,
instead of a micro-USB port. If you've ever wrecked a micro-USB port or had a
hassle trying to connect to one, you will appreciate this feature. I know I do.
- Free Speech Translator (30+ languages, no Internet connection needed;
50+ more languages with Internet connection), 180-language translation
dictionary, universal picture dictionary.
- Front and rear cameras (13MPx and 5MPx); can translate anything it sees
(and as with any smartphone you can take and send photos).
- Ruggedized, screen is Gorilla Glass, damage-resistant, IP100 rating;
completely water-proof and dustproof. People with an active lifestyle will
want this as their only cellphone.
- Two SIM cards, and can subscribe to data plan. MicroSD slot. Full
Android (v6.0) phone features.
- Massive battery, 38 days on a single charge.
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, tethering/hotspot, browser, texting, phone, Play
Store, Skype, Youtube, g-mail, more.
You can buy from us with confidence. We've been making online customers happy
3. Brainpower tip
Reference or analysis?|
A friend told me "It's advisable to stretch before
working out." My reply was that you NEVER stretch before training.
In response, he told me he read it here and read it there from this and that
expert. I told him they are all wrong.
Then I told him a lot of people simply repeat what they hear or read, with no
understanding of why or why not. They don't think, they repeat.
So then I said, "Let's look at how this actually works."
When you lift weight, you are by definition contracting the muscle. Muscles
can only contract (grow shorter), they cannot push (provide locomotion by
lengthening). The crux of weight training is you shorten the
muscles; you get a muscle contraction to lift the weight. Lengthening muscles beforehand thus makes no sense.
When you lengthen (stretch) a muscle, you weaken it (its power comes from
contraction). If you then embark on
- The muscle is less able to protect the joints, ligaments, and tendons.
Preworkout stretching is one of the main reasons so many people get injured
or develop chronic problems from lifting weights.
- You are already behind in subjecting the muscle to enough tension
to get the adaptive response.
It doesn't matter what some "expert" puts forward as an opinion or how many
times a person is published, or how many sources repeat the same wrong
Always think things through to get the correct answer. Analysis trumps
reference every time. Use reference as an input to analysis, not as a substitute
4. Finance tip
Organizing your refrigerator means you spend less time with the door open,
hunting for things. That means you use less electricity (the "fridge" is
probably your single biggest user of electricity) due to recooling and have less
food spoilage. You also reduce moisture problems (less defrosting in the freezer
if you organize it also).|
Some of my organization methods:
- Location consistency. I put the same items in the same place every time.
I know exactly where to look, and I can often tell you where something is
without even looking.
- Color code! I use color-coded lids, because I was making mistakes with
the previous method. For example, I have a special glass container with a
red lid and it always goes on the top door rack on the end near the hinge.
This one's for wet cat food (given in addition to kibble). I have another
such container (also with red lid) specifically for garlic. It goes on that
same rack, but on the opposite end.
- Designate containers. If you use certain types of containers only for
certain types of things, it's much easier to find things. For example, I
have a special container for bok choy. It's taller than any other container
(bok choy is tall) and it goes in the back on the far right side.
- Group batteries. Keeping batteries in the freezer extends their life.
But you don't save money if you have to hunt through batteries with the
freezer door open. I put all of my batteries in one small cardboard box. I
remove that box to find the batteries I need, then put it back in the
freezer when I'm done.
- Don't store soda in the door. Yes, those doors are designed to hold
sodas. But guess what? Your body isn't. Soda causes osteoporosis (it's not
just a risk factor), endocrine malfunction, and tooth decay. If you want to
be hunched over, fat, and toothless, then soda is your perfect beverage. If
those conditions do not appeal to you, then ban soda from your life. You'll
not only save hundreds of dollars a year on purchase cost, you'll save
thousand on medical bills. And you get to keep your teeth!
Also, follow these money-saving tips specifically for the refrigerator:
- Sort at checkout. Have a specific bag or two for "goes in refrigerator
items." Don't mix unrefrigerated with refrigerated, as you remove them from
your shopping cart at checkout. This way, you're not sorting through these
with the refrigerator door open. I put my cold goods away with very little
open door time. It's important to signal to the checkout people that you
want these separated. I put my cold items up as a group, either first or
last. I create spaces on the conveyor, making it obvious there's a system
here. And I say something like, "Thanks for keeping the refrigerator items
separate, just the way I put them on the checkout table."
- Give your refrigerator clean electricity. Remember the
energy-wasting scam known as the CFL? If you still have these mercury bombs in
your home, make sure they aren't screwed into any light sockets. They lower your
power factor, meaning your refrigerator draws more kilowatts to do the same
work. If you do have CFLs, contact your local toxic waste center and arrange to
dispose of them properly.
- Pull your refrigerator out, unplug it, and clean the coils in the
back every 30 to 60 days. This maintenance prevents the loss of heat transfer
that occurs with a dirty heat exchanger, meaning you get more cooling for the
same buck than someone who doesn't do this.
- Plan your meals, part 1. Standing with the refrigerator door open while
trying to decide what to eat not only wastes electricity, it wastes time.
Worse, it's a practice that undermines your health care plan (if you have
one). Planning meals (and even making them ahead of time) is standard
practice among athletes (especially body builders), models, and people who
have taken their health care plan seriously. Unplanned meals have health
consequences for multiple reasons, and if you think about it you can make an
- Plan your meals, part 2. By planning your meals to be the correct size,
you don't have leftovers to store and retrieve. Think about how much space
that saves in the refrigerator and how much more efficient that is
all-round. It reduces spoilage, the chances of food poisoning, and the need
to eat something soggy or toss it out. It even reduces dishwashing. The
exception to the benefit of "no leftovers" is when you plan for an occasion
in which excess food is just what you have to do (for example, cooking for
- Plan your shopping. If you plan your meals, take the next logical step.
That means planning the purchase of what goes into your meals. This is how
you ensure you have everything you need and (if produce) it's fresh. As you
make meals, jot down what needs replenishing. You'll make fewer trips to the
grocery store and make fewer "door open, door close" actions restocking that
refrigerator. If you restock half as often throughout the week, that adds up
over the course of a year.
5. Security tip
Skype has proven to be very useful. So have other programs for
videoconferencing. But they pose a security risk because the programs don't
always close as intended and can be accessed by a third party to spy on you.|
If on a PC you might click the button to end the call, but don't assume that
ends the call. Go into Task Manager, select the Processes tab, right mouse
click on the appropriate image name, and select "End Process Tree."
If on a smartphone, use the apps window icon to show you the running
apps. Then swipe closed any app that can spy on you. Better yet, just shut
the phone off and put it in another room if you plan to have a private
Landline phones pose less of a problem here, but can still be used to spy
on you. Pay attention to whether the handset is "In Use" (there should be in
indicator on the screen), especially if you just completed a call where
there was voicemail or some other recording means at the other end.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Generally, Americans disdain the taste of food. The two preferred flavors
are excessively sweet (endocrine modifiers) and damaged or rancid fat. What
a limited, boring palate. And profoundly unhealthy.
Eating a wide range of
fruits and vegetables is much more pleasurable, and of course far healthier.
Adding spices improves both taste and health effects.
Here are some spices and what they do:
Basil: It's a classic Italian spice, though other ethnic groups
use it too. Basil smells wonderful. It contains powerful anti-oxidants and
has anti-bacterial properties.
I grow my own, and consume it every day until I run out of it.
Black pepper: This versatile spice improves the flavor of an
immense number of dishes. It's "mandatory" for scrambled eggs.
Black pepper contains piperine, which supposedly improves digestion and
helps your body absorb nutrients better.
It also is powerfully anti-carcinogenic. When combined with turmeric, the
two spices multiply (not merely add) the respective anti-cancer properties
of each other.
I consume this every day.
Cayenne pepper: Body builders know this boosts metabolism. Proven
beyond all doubt. It also improves circulation, something you can easily
prove by ingesting cayenne pepper. If you have clogged sinuses, again you
can prove that cayenne pepper opens them right up.
Its active ingredient is apsaicin. You'll find this ingredient in many
over the counter creams for muscle paint or joint pain.
I consume this every day.
Cinnamon: Arguably the most delicious of all spices, cinnamon has
powerful antioxidant properties. It also helps in blood sugar
regulation and may have other health benefits.
Tip: When a recipe calls for cinnamon, use more than is called for. You
will not regret it.
I consume this every day.
Garlic: Being half-Italian, I consider garlic an essential food
and love the aroma emanating from dishes containing it. I buy it a bulb at a
time, and cut individual cloves by hand as needed. I also keep garlic
powder, which I use to flavor popcorn.
Top photo taken 16SEP2016, just days before 56th birthday;
bottom photo taken 3 days after 56th birthday
Garlic is often called "the poor man's miracle medicine." The allicin in
garlic is lethal to Escherichia coli (e-coli) and Staphylococcus aureus. Its
disease-fighting properties are why garlic was in folklore identified as
being able to protect people from vampires (not the IRS kind, the other
Garlic has other health benefits, such as helping the body regulate
cholesterol and handle triglycerides.
Garlic supplements are available, and I used to wonder why. The answer is
that in such a condensed form, garlic lowers "high" blood pressure almost as
effectively as some prescription drugs. And more safely, except you are
going to have an obnoxious garlic stench to you if you overdo it.
I consume this every day.
Ginger: It's the classic digestion aid. Sick kids with upset
tummies are often given ginger ale. Ginger helps reduce flatulence; it's
good to add it to "gassy" foods during cooking or other preparation. It also
has anti-inflammatory properties.
This potent spice can help lower cholesterol and improve blood
I consume this every day.
Oregano: It's another classic Italian spice, though other ethnic
groups use it too. A good pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce will smell strongly
of oregano. It is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and
I consume this nearly every day.
Rosemary: It's another classic Italian spice, though other ethnic
groups use it too. It has powerful antioxidant properties. Supposedly, it
helps improve memory and focus and may improve lung function.
I need to add this one back to my spice rack.
Thyme: It's another classic Italian spice, though other ethnic
groups use it too.
This heart-helping herb contains thymol, which helps reduce cholesterol.
In home remedies, it's used to reduce coughing. And it purportedly boosts
your immune system.
I consume this a few times a month.
Turmeric: The main ingredient in curry and also the substance that
gives mustard its color, turmeric contains curcumin. This is a powerful
antioxidant with anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial
It is strongly anti-carcinogenic. If you combine it with black pepper,
the anti-cancer effects don't merely add--they multiply. It is also
anti-inflammatory, though the FDA prohibits stating this fact or the facts
I consume this every day.
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.
Any person can obtain his or
her official state birth certificate by simply filling out a form on the state's
website and paying a document servicing fee. (I know, because I did this
People who were not born in
Hawaii must resort to forging a Hawaiian birth certificate because the requisite
records do not exist to show they were born in Hawaii (especially if the mother
of such a person was not in Hawaii for the event). The state birth certificate
is generated from the records, not photocopied, so the excuse that the original
was lost does not hold.
8. Thought for the Day
Do you make a deliberate effort to think? Most people actively avoid thinking,
and consequently are easily manipulated by unscrupulous people (the media, for
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