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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. Congressman Kevin Yoder wrote: "In another round of good news
for our economy, the latest jobs report showed that the unemployment rate fell
to 3.9% - the lowest in over 17 years! Our country continues to add more jobs,
and the vast majority of Americans are able to find work right now. In addition,
average wages have grown by 2.6% in the last year. These are clear signs that
our pro-growth policies, like the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, are boosting our
economy for everyone."
Item 2. The campaign of ignorance and hatred launched by the CEO of
Dick's Sporting Goods (and its affiliated Field & Stream stores) is having the
predictable effect. Those two properties are suffering not only a mass defection
of customers, but massive rejection by suppliers. That's right, if you still
shop at Dick's Sporting Goods or Field & Stream, many of the products you
might want simply won't be there. When our civil liberties are attacked by the
government, we can't do much about it. But when a private company attacks our
civil liberties, we can fight back by boycotting them. Vote with your consumer
dollar; it's very effective.
Item 3. An uplifting video:
Item 4. Many Americans are still boycotting BP, the company that gave us
a string of lethal disasters due to gross irresponsibility. Remember, if you see
a BP sign do not pull in. That company does not deserve to be present in North
America after the series of disasters culminating in the Deep Horizons disaster.
Since our "government" won't do anything about this, it's up to us. Vote with
your consumer dollars.
Item 5. In its early days, Google lived by the motto "Do no evil." Then
as its founders became filthy rich they lost sight of their morals. The company
began living by the motto "Do more evil." If you use a legitimate search engine
(don't ever "google it"), you can find all kinds of dirt on Google. Lawsuits all
over the world, and some with 12 digit fines (those fines are being appealed),
One of the evil things Google did was destroy thousands of small websites that
were competing with its large advertisers on organic search and beating those
large advertisers. Now Google is losing a big advertiser. Amazon, at one time
Google's biggest advertiser, has pulled out of Google Shopping ads.
Amazon has never needed to play dirty to win, so it has refrained from doing so.
At the helm of this company, Jeff Bezos still uses a cheap "door desk". It's
good that Amazon is distancing itself from the "Do more evil" company. Perhaps
this severe blow will cause the Google executive team to find their moral
compass. That would be good news, indeed.
2. Product Highlight
LUX 4 Speech Translator
- Speech to speech translation that you can take anywhere (no Internet
required); Language learning programs for most of them.
- Connects via Wi-Fi to Google Play Store, Gmail, Skype, Youtube, or any
website you want to visit.
- You can use LUX4 to reserve flights, hold your electronic boarding pass,
do preflight early check-in, check flight status, find hotels, locate
restaurants, and see the weather forecast.
- While in flight, on the train, or in a cab, you can use your LUX4 to
play movies, music, audiobooks, or e-books.
- You can use it to check appointments, record voice memos, or take notes.
- Runs on Android OS, Version 7; Hi-res 7-inch screen; Smart QWERTY and
virtual keyboard w/voice input.
- Fits in a coat pocket: 7.5 x 4 x 0.7 in; weighs only 12 ounces.
You can buy from us with confidence. We've been making online customers happy
3. Brainpower tip
Your head is the only area of your body not served by the lymph system. This is
the system that gets rid of metabolic waste. So how does the brain get rid of
metabolic waste? Through the circulatory system, using a "reverse flush" kind of
process. The trick is you have to be asleep for this to work.|
been a correlation between Alzheimer's and sleep deprivation, because poor
ability to sleep is one of the early signs of Alzheimer's (and it doesn't go
away). Now it's looking like sleep deprivation is at least a contributing cause
But that Alzheimer's issue is not why I mention sleep here. The same process
that (most likely) results in Alzheimer's degrades your intelligence even if you
don't get Alzheimer's.
Research clearly shows that even "a little" sleep deprivation significantly
lowers your mental acuity. So you stay up late one night to finish a project or
maybe to party. Just take a nap the next day and you're OK, right? Wrong.
Remember that process again. Because there is left over waste to remove and
there's damage done by the previous night's incomplete removal, that fog effect
will last for days.
This fact alone should be enough to get Congress to repeal Daylight Wasting
time, the practice of lying about what time it is and losing an hour of sleep
with each clock adjustment. With DW time, your IQ plummets not just from one
night of sleep deprivation, but from an accumulation of sleep deprivations
during the time your body is trying to reset your circadian rhythm. It might be
several months before your full brain power returns.
To be sharp, sleep well. Go to bed at the same time every night. Make your
room dark and quiet; no phone or computer in the bedroom. If you "need" an alarm
clock to get you up in time for work, you are not doing this right.
4. Finance tip
If you track your utility bills and add them up at year's end, the amount may be
shocking. Almost anyone who takes the "Home Office Deduction" (really, it's an
expense not a deduction) on their 1040 tracks these in a spreadsheet or in a
finance program that can produce a year-end report.|
Here are some tips on how
to reduce those bills:
- Don't prewash dishes that are going into the dishwasher. Yes, you can
rinse them out (sometimes you really should!), but don't waste time or water
cleaning them. Unless you have a low-end model, your dishwasher is capable
of cleaning those dishes. If you're worried about something not coming off,
spritz with some white vinegar before putting it into the dishwasher.
- Don't run the water while shaving your face or brushing your teeth. The
faucet is easy to use, so use it. Run the water only when you need to run
the water. This can save several gallons per shave job or tooth brushing.
- If buying a new toilet, don't automatically go for the one that uses the
least water per flush. Modern toilets are designed for people who are on a
low-fiber, unhealthy diet. Someone on a human body compatible diet will have
to flush that toilet perhaps a dozen times to clear the bowl. Even if the
toilet is "guaranteed" to clear due to pressure or some other factor,
there's no getting past the fact your solid waste will be well above the
water line and that means multiple flushes. Research carefully, and be very
clear that you're going to deposit far more per use than the unit is
probably designed for. There are human-compatible toilets still available,
make sure you get one so you flush once not twelve times.
- Adopt the "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down"
practice (within reason, of course). You can keep the bowl clean by
periodically adding white vinegar to the tank. The vinegar removes
scale, so if you have scale in the bowl turn the valve off, flush the
toilet, pour vinegar in the bowl, and let it stand overnight. It should be
clean by morning.
- If you fell for the CFL scam and still have those energy-wasters in your
home, replace them with LED equivalents and take the CFLs to a toxic waste
disposal facility (they contain mercury, they don't go in the regular
- When grocery shopping, sort your groceries at checkout. Place a bag
designated for "refrigerator items" on the belt, then place refrigerator
items to follow it. Repeat if you are buying so much produce that you need
more than one bag (for example, I pick up six dozen eggs at Natural Grocers
so one bag for eggs and then another bag for produce).
Generally, people who work at grocery stores don't get the idea even if you
tell them twice and even though it's as obvious as day what you want done.
You will probably need to train a given checkout person over time. So watch
them and correct them until they get it right.
Now when you get home, you take that refrigerator-designated grocery bag,
open the refrigerator once, and put everything away quickly. The
refrigerator is usually the single biggest user of electricity in a home,
meaning this organized way of doing things hugely pays off over the course
of a year.
- Organize your refrigerator. Putting things in the same place every time
means you don't have to stand there with the door open trying to find
something. An organized refrigerator is also easier to clean.
- Even if you have LEDs throughout your home, shut lights off when you're
not going to be in the room. These are very efficient, but they still
consume electricity to run.
- If you don't have a setback thermostat, buy one. It pays for itself in a
single heating or cooling season.
- Change your furnace filter often. Pick one day in a week to be the day
you check that filter, and then check it every week. A dirty filter takes
more electricity to run, causes premature failure of your blower (expensive
to fix), and reduces the comfort of your home.
- Air dry your bedding. For purposes of basic hygiene, you should change
your bedding weekly. Many people dry their bedding on high heat, which not
only wastes electricity but permanently damages the fabric. There's no
reason a properly cared for set of sheets can't last 30 years, but a set
typically lasts only 5 before needing to be replaced. Dry sheets on low heat
enough to leave them a bit damp, then hang them up to dry. You can use your
bed posts or if your bed doesn't have posts buy some blunt-end hooks that
you can screw into a wall for that purpose.
- Use liquid body wash rather than bar soap. Bar soap and bar detergents
leave "soap scum" in the bath and shower, which means you're going to
spend time with the lights on trying to scrub that nasty stuff off. Just
don't create it in the first place.
- Save money by taking a warm shower rather than a hot one. (note that a
hot shower also damages your skin). Don't wash your hair with hot water,
that damages your hair.
- Save money by showering in distinct stages. Rinse off, shut the water
off, lather up, scrub (and, if you choose, shave), turn the water on and
rinse off. Doing it this way can save several hundred gallons of water a
year versus standing aimlessly under a running shower for 15 minutes.
5. Security tip
You may already be aware of this, but Dick's Sporting Goods has implemented
an aggressive new policy of spreading the message of hate. In particular,
they hate law-abiding citizens who merely exercise their Second Amendment
There's a long list of offensive actions that Dick's is taking,
including the following:
- Refusing to sell firearms to 18 to 20 year olds, an act of blatant
- Destroying certain models of guns in its inventory, to "send a
- Publishing anti-gun, pro-criminal rants in official communication
from the CEO.
And they even hired anti-gun, anti-gun owner lobbyists to take their
message of "punish innocent gun owners for the heinous acts of criminals" to
Many people use firearms protect their families every day. Usually, no
shot is even fired. Now Dick's Sporting Goods is on the side of violent
criminals, advocating that only criminals should have guns.
We all know that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. We
all know that the Supreme Court and many lower courts have ruled the police
are under no obligation to protect us. Even if they were, fulfilling that
obligation is simply impossible as the police cannot be everywhere at once.
Indeed, most cities, counties, and states today have a police shortage.
The police shortage is so severe that the State of Kansas has half as
many troopers as it did ten years ago despite a large increase in
population during those ten years. And that's just one example.
With this new policy from Dick's Sporting Goods, we law-abiding gun
owners have no choice but to boycott them and take our business elsewhere.
Note that they've extended this policy of hatred to their other properties.
From their corporate site, we read, "DICK’S Sporting Goods' family of
businesses includes Golf Galaxy, Blue Sombrero, True Runner, Chelsea
Collective and Field & Stream."
It's truly a shame that this once honorable company has been hijacked by
lunatics. Let's support their competitors, at least until they come to their
senses or go out of business.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
The medical industry is now saying obesity puts you at a high risk for Type
II diabetes. That is false.
It is not obesity that puts you at a high risk
for Type II diabetes. Obesity is merely a symptom of what puts you at a high
risk for Type II diabetes.
Obesity and Type II diabetes have the same cause: food choices that are
incompatible with human health.
Do you have to starve to be lean? Some people think so, but you can be
lean without starving.
Some competitive bodybuilders go through a bulking phase, then
as a competition nears they dramatically cut calories to get rid of body
fat. This practice is based on the mistaken idea that you need massively extra
calories to build muscle (followed by starvation to lose fat).
Now, think about how obviously mistaken this idea is. Are they gaining
too much muscle during the bulking phase? No, they are gaining too much fat.
You need extra calories to build fat; you need only to not have a deficiency
to build muscle. Swinging from 3,000 calories per day to 600 calories per
day is not healthy. Yo-yo dieting this way has long-term health effects, all
of them bad.
Dramatically cutting calories is physically and emotionally stressful,
and it trains your body to conserve fuel rather than to stay lean. People
who do the bulking/starving thing find it increasingly difficult to get lean
with each iteration.
If you consume sufficient calories that you're not in starvation mode,
you have sufficient calories to add muscle. Note that the adult human
body adds muscle at a slow pace. I mean muscle cells, not some other tissue
such as capillaries. So grossly overeating isn't needed.
Muscles grow slowly, you don't need to gorge yourself for them do to that. Fitness
models know this fact well, and live it year round.
When a competitive bodybuilder trains for hypertrophy, that person moves
the weights at a fast tempo (but still with muscle tension) to get the pump. That person is stimulating the body to build capillaries, not just
muscle. It is the capillaries swelling out the muscles that make them look
so large compared to the muscles of a person who has trained just as hard
but with non-hypertrophic methods.
In many sports, hypertrophy is avoided because the extra weight of those
vessels and the fluid in them slows down the athlete. The goal is to have a
high power to weight ratio, not a lot of heavy "filler" inside the muscles.
So how can you be lean all year round? Let's look at some key areas. Note
that none of this involves starvation and none of it involves "killing
yourself" at a gym.
Top photo taken 16SEP2016, just days before 56th birthday;
bottom photo taken 3 days after 56th birthday
A key goal of your diet should be to manage your endocrine
system. These steps will help you do just that:
- Eat six small meals per day; this evens out your insulin and
provides other benefits.
- Eat reasonable portions. There's no need to stuff yourself or to
- No alcohol; it's an endocrine disrupter with zero health benefits
and many health costs.
- No endocrine disrupters of any sort. This means no wheat, corn, or
soy or anything made with them.
- No processed foods.
- Eat a variety of vegetables. At least 70% of your diet should be
- Get the right fats. Nuts, organic butter, traditional cooking oils,
- Identify the "super foods" and eat some of them every day.
Moderate calorie restriction is effective for fat loss. But it's easy to get "too
much of a good thing" and trigger your body's fuel conservation response. If
you're trying to lose fat, a little calorie restriction can help you. What
is "a little?" Let's say you eat a big sweet potato every day. Cut it in
half, eating only half per day. Out of your total calorie intake, that isn't
much. But it's less than you were getting.
Something that works for me is this. I eat a piece of fruit with meal
number two and another piece of fruit with meal number four. But on my one
rest day of the week, I eat only one piece of fruit (typically with meal
number four). Again, not much in the way of calories. But it's less than I
A key goal of your exercise program should be to manage your endocrine
system. Yes, same as with diet. These steps will help you to do just that:
- Train with weights or in some other way engage in exercise that is
intense (lots of work per unit of time) so it really loads your system. Each time you do this, it's
like getting a testosterone shot; do it 5 days per week minimum, six is
- Use a split routine when training, else you will not have enough
- Take a coaching course and/or work with a trainer so you know what
you're doing. Else, you'll be wasting much of your effort while also
- Don't do "cardio." It trains your body to store fat. That's if
cardio is defined as prolonged low-intensity exercise. There's nothing
wrong with going for a walk, but avoid the long treadmill sessions. And
- Consider doing HIIT (high intensity interval training) at least once
a week if you are trying to reduce body fat.
Don't make the mistake of plopping down $49.95 for some bottle of fat burner
that has a fancy label on it. Most of these are a mix of caffeine and
dubious ingredients. They will give you adrenal burnout and rob you of your
sleep while doing very little to reduce your body fat.
- Green coffee bean extract has been proven to work. Don't take it
late in the day.
- L-Carnitine has been proven to work. Take it throughout the day, and
take it shortly before bed. It is the working ingredient in night-time
- CLA has zero to do with reducing body fat, though it's been hyped up
for years as a fat loss supplement. The people who research lipids for a
living are adamant about this fact. I know, because the editor of their
professional journal contacted me about this very issue.
- Actual coffee will help you burn fat. Just don't overdo it.
- Black pepper is also noted for fat-burning. It's a stimulant.
Do not use so-called energy drinks and other caffeine bombs. They disrupt
your adrenal system, and they disrupt your sleep. You will see your
testosterone nose-dive as sleep deprivation kicks in. Do this long enough,
and you will have a significant risk of dying in a car accident because of
your deteriorated mental condition.
Back to calories
I want to address the calorie thing again. It's not a simple matter of
getting X number of calories to be lean. How you manage your endocrine
system will determine what your body does with those calories.
For example, consider frequency. Many people eat only two or three meals
a day. This means all of their carbohydrates are concentrated in those two
or three meals instead of being spread out. Let's say your body can use 100
units of carbs before needing to convert any extra to fat. You take in 500
units per day in three meals. So three times, your body is going to store
the excess as fat. With six meals, this problem goes away.
Also consider type. Orange juice is an endocrine disrupter. Your body
does not know what to do with all that fructose suddenly hitting the blood
stream, other than convert it to fat. The body converts excess sugars to fat
to prevent oxidation. If you slam down a big glass of OJ, you're going to
get the fat AND the oxidation. Same issue with any other fruit juice, any
corn sweeteners, and just about any processed food. If you eat the same
calories as that juice in the form of whole fruit, there is zero endocrine
disruption so zero conversion to fat.
Also consider endocrine effects. Intense exercise boosts your
testosterone, which signals your body to burn fat, build muscle, and store
calcium in the bones. As long as you don't ingest endocrine modifiers,
you'll get this boost (those modifiers drive it to zero).
Dieting later to get rid of the fat that resulted from your bad choices
does not undo the damage done by those choices. You've still disrupted your
endocrine system, you've still caused tissue oxidation, and you've still
created a cascade of dysfunctions in the body.
It's your choice
Excess body fat is a symptom, rather than the disease. The disease, if
you want to call it that, lies entirely within your control. You must
control what you eat and when you eat it. You can even, through intense
exercise, greatly influence what your body does with it.
Having a lean, strong body is the result of making good choices, not the
result of trying to repair the damage done by making bad ones. Bottom line,
make good choices consistently.
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.
Most graduates of American
public high schools cannot pass a test of Standard Written English.
8. Thought for the Day
Expressing yourself correctly (for example, using Standard Written English)
helps you to be understood.|
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