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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. Headline from MIT Tech Review: "A stem cell treatment helps
fight multiple sclerosis"
New results show a particular $40K treatment may be safer than was previously
thought. Chemo "therapy" destroys a patient's faulty immune system, then stem
cells from their blood and bone marrow are infused into the patient's body to
rebuild the immune system. The BBC says 100 patients were given the therapy or
drugs. One stem cell patient relapsed with MS inside a year, compared to 39 in
the drug group.
Item 2. Fed-Ex has been adding robots like crazy, but has not been laying
off or firing employees to make room for them.
Item 3. This is uplifting:
Item 4. A racist law enacted during the racist Barry Soetoro
administration has now been gutted. That is very good news. Read the fully story
2. Product Highlight
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3. Brainpower tip
Astroturfing is a term used to describe fake "information" online, typically
with a hidden agenda. This term came into use after Lloyd Bentsen said, “A
fellow from Texas can tell the difference between grass roots and Astroturf”.
That was in 1985.|
The general approach is a fake person with fake credentials
makes a series of fake statements designed to sway the reader to a particular
viewpoint. Often, these are allegedly professors. But if you go onto the
university site and try to find that professor, you don't. Or you do, but the
photo or some other major detail does not align with what you read on the
"information" site. You've just been astroturfed.
If some "expert" cannot be found elsewhere, the odds are nearly 100% the
"expert" is fake. The fact you can e-mail the person is of no value. People who
create a fake expert can continue faking via e-mail.
Today's so-called "journalists" denigrate the idea of "fake news" yet is it
the only kind of news they and their fellow fakers have been spewing for
decades. If it's news, it's fake. Not because there wasn't time to verify every
detail, but because our "journalism" schools have, for a long time, been run by
people with a very narrow world view. They indoctrinate students for four years,
leaving them incapable of discerning truth. And those people then filter
everything through a statist and delusional lens before producing what they call
The vast majority of people realize the "mainstream" news is propagandistic
rubbish, as is evidenced by the death of one newspaper after another and the
declining numbers of people exposing themselves to television "news." Most
people still want to be informed, so they turn to other sources. Unfortunately,
many of these sources are astroturfing outlets.
One trap people fall into is they come across a site that espouses views that
align with their own. Gee, it must be right. So they go there for their news fix
or information intake. The result is an echo chamber, with no real learning and
little, if any, exposure to real news.
Many experts say to look for citations. But that just means the author read
some other authors and is passing along what those people wrote. It doesn't mean
the information is correct.
What I advise is this. Look for the logic and the basis. For example, on the
- I write articles for electrical trade publications. I explain the theory
behind what I'm saying. I might cite an industry standard. But suppose I
say, "Don't carry tools up a ladder." Using the knowledge I have from two
decades as a sport climber, I explain how doing that throws you off balance
as you move your base of support up the ladder.
- In this very newsletter, I write fitness advice. Everything I say comes
from the physiology, not from some voting of opinions or from what I think
sounds good. Sure, I might cite Lee Haney or Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that
is only icing on the cake.
Logic is a great filter, because many people hold irrational beliefs. You can
spot the non-sequitors in what they are saying, without having to look very
hard. For example, there are people who believe that banning Bic lighters will
stop arson. They are, after all, automatic matches. Oh, wait, I got my
delusionals mixed up. I mean there are people who believe that banning guns will
stop criminals from using them. And what is the definition of a criminal?
Someone who breaks the law. A law is not going to stop them!
Also look for misuse of words. For example, there is no such thing as an
"assault rifle." Anyone with a passing familiarity with firearms knows this. But
the word "assault" sounds scary. It manipulates the uniformed to approve of
policies that achieve the exact opposite of what they claim to achieve.
Fake statistics are fairly easy to debunk. The gun ban nuts use these quite
Basically, if you want to know what fake looks like then visit any site that
advocates disarming law-abiding citizens. The underlying proposition is so
absurd that advocating it requires the use of all the tools of deception. Thus,
such sites are the "model" for astroturfing.
It's also helpful to pick up a few books (not at the same time) on subjects
such as how to manipulate people, how to create propaganda, and that sort of
thing. Becoming familiar with these techniques will allow you to spot them in
use. And they are widely in use.
Think for yourself. That is the key to not being astroturfed.
4. Finance tip
Many financial advisors recommend a "balanced" portfolio, by which they mean to
hold bonds in addition to equities. This is terribly bad advice.|
Bonds are a
guaranteed confiscation of wealth, if your method is to buy them and then sell
at maturity. You can make money in bond trading, but you have to know what you
are doing and even then you aren't likely to break even much less make money.
What is so wrong with bonds? By their nature, they are loaned assets. They do
not produce wealth. Therefore, any "gains" will be eaten up by inflation. Let us
define inflation, since that term is grossly misused on a regular basis.
Inflation is not a general increase in prices, though it is an input into
prices and over time tends to drive the prices of most (but not all) things
higher. Inflation is the debauching of the currency by means of counterfeiting
the units of currency.
Let's say X amount of dollars represents the basket of goods and services for
1990. Let's say that basket increases by 20% by the end of 1995. If the supply
of money also increases 20%, then you have a stable value in each dollar. But
this is not what happens. The supply of money grows massively compared to the
growth of the basket of goods and services. The supply of money is "inflated,"
thus we have inflation. Each unit of money is now decreased in value by the
ratio growth between the supply of money and the actual value of the basket of
goods and services.
To get a handle on how bad inflation is, consider just one event of many.
Between 2008 and 2012, the (non)Federal (non)Reserve created $49 trillion
(that's $49 followed by 12 zeroes, or 49 million million dollars) out of thin
air and simply gave it to the five largest banks. There is no way any bonds
issued during that time will possibly earn enough to counter the value those
bonds lost due to inflation.
There is only one source of inflation, and that source is the central bank.
Inflation is a stealth tax, and it is the largest single tax the typical dollar
5. Security tip
The biggest scam of all time is this idea that the Institute of Reprobates
and Sociopaths is somehow helping fund the government. The reality is that
illegal operation is the single largest cost incurred by the government.
So it's interesting that these scammers warn about other scammers. Maybe
they just don't like competition. Read the full story here:
Please note the cynical URL. With IRS in existence, nobody is secure
during tax season or at any other time. But at least you don't have to go
through ancillary robberies if you follow a few tips.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
What is your motivation for training? For making good food choices? For
getting sufficient rest?
You may have multiple reasons. Some of them may
be good, strong reasons. And some may be rather weak. It might be helpful to
make a list of reasons for each of those three, then identify the two best
reasons on each list.
What reasons might you have to skip training or do it poorly? For making
a bad food choice? For going to bed late?
Personally, I have not skipped training for over 40 years. So I can't
think of a reason to do that.
I've been on the "be healthy" diet for over 50 years. I've cheated on
that a few times, but not in the past 30 years.
Having consistent bedtimes is not particularly challenging for me, but
there are times when making an exception seems the better choice. And even
when I do go to bed consistently, I don't always have quality sleep.
People say they want to "lose weight" and that is their motivation for
"exercising." Merely exercising is better than being sedentary, but it does
not even come close to real training as far as benefits are concerned.
What are those benefits? I think if you look at a list, you might find
more to motivate you.
- Condition the body for athletic performance. That is the main reason
Usain Bolt trains. It is also a big factor in why I train. Many of the
people I regularly climb with have parents younger than I am. My level o
of martial arts also requires extreme fitness.
- Boost the immune system. Combined with a good diet and sufficient
rest, a rigorous training program makes disease almost impossible for
you. The main factor is the diet, but the hard training amps that effect
- Maintain good posture. Poor posture looks bad, and it leads to
painful conditions at around mid-life. Back pain, neck pain, etc.
- Cleanse the colon. The mechanical actions involved in training act
to pump your digestive tract out. The average American male at age 53
has 6 pounds of undigested meat fermenting in his colon. That's a cancer
factory, and it produces other problems. A good diet and vigorous
training reduces that gross slime to zero.
- Ward off osteoporosis. Calcium supplements do not prevent
osteoporosis. Placing hard, intense demands on your skeletal system
does. Weight-training gives you that.
Top photo taken 16SEP2016, just days before 56th birthday;
bottom photo taken 3 days after 56th birthday
If you're ever tempted to stop training, skip training, or make a poor food
choice, stop to think about the benefits you put at risk and why you train
and eat right in the first place.|
As for me, I'm playing the long game. I
now know what it's like to be pushing 60 and yet be an athletic powerhouse.
No prescription medications, no illness, no mobility issues. Perhaps in 20
years, things will be a bit different for me. But in 20 years, most men who
are now my age will be dead. If you have not been playing the long game,
play it now.
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.
During Kevin Brown's $103
million heist known as the Hoyt Fiasco, 4300 innocent victims who had been
defrauded (federal court indicted Brown's co-conspirator Jay Hoyt on 53 counts
of fraud) of their retirement savings were then brutalized by Brown's
cover-up efforts. His two lead attorneys quit their IRS jobs in moral disgust.
8. Thought for the Day
Though the world is run by morons and psychopaths, increasingly their plots are
foiled by decent people. The so-called "mainstream media" are mere propaganda
outlets for the ruling class. Ignore them and use other means to expose
misconduct; this is how we put power where it rightfully belongs.|
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