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Mindconnection eNL, 2018-07-01


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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. A bipartisan group inside Congress is seeking to overturn the latest illegal and very damaging decision reached by the corrupt gang we know as "The Supreme Court". Their latest decision to overturn a correct ruling on Internet sales tax (the ruling was made when Scalia was alive) is a clear violation of Restraint of Trade laws, among other things.

This ruling will hugely benefit a few giant players, but have hugely negative ramifications for everyone else. That is why these elected officials want to take legislating out of the hands of the SCOTUS and bring it back in Congress where it belongs. This attempt to restore law and order, at least on this one issue, is very good news. See the full story here:

Item 2. We still have soaring medical insurance costs due to the Unaffordable Care Scam. Yes, that's yet another illegal "law" the corrupt SCOTUS falsely declared to be lawful. The good news is there is some relief for small business owners and some other groups.

Senator Rand Paul (KY) has pushed vigorously (some would say relentlessly and obnoxiously) to expand access to Association Health Plans (AHPs) and now the access has been expanded. This will lower costs to thousands of hard-working individuals who are currently priced out of the medical insurance market.

It expands the types of groups that can form an AHP and allows for membership across state lines. It also allows self-employed individuals who have no other employees to take part in a large-group AHP with their families, including a self-insured AHP.

We are so fortunate to have Senator Paul representing all Americans, not just those in Kentucky. Please send him a note of thanks (I did); you can do that by searching online for "Senator Rand Paul" to get to his website.

Item 3. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy recently renounced his retirement. That is one less clown on the court! President Trump has an opportunity to change the corrupt character of this court by appointing a law-respecting judge who values the Constitution instead of ignoring it as Kennedy has done. He is unlikely to find another Scalia, but if he finds the kind of Kennedy replacement just mentioned that will be a huge improvement for this court.


2. Product Highlight

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3. Brainpower tip

4. Finance tip

The most popular vehicle in America today is the Chevrolet Silverado:
  • City: 15 - 18 MPG
  • Highway: 20 - 24 MPG.

That level of fuel efficiency is deplorable. Not only does the person who is owned by this vehicle (if you were really a vehicle owner instead of the other way around, you would have made a sensible choice) buy twice as much gasoline per mile as someone with a reasonably efficient vehicle, that person is also contributing to the unaffordable cost of our massive war machine with each fill-up.

I looked at service vans, the kind that companies provide their field techs (plumbers, electricians, appliance, installers, etc.) and found hugely better gas mileage for those vehicles. So it's not that someone "needs" to drive such a poorly designed vehicle. There's not a functional reason. For most people owned by this vehicle, they were probably the victims of skillful and relentless manipulation.

If you are owned by this or any other money-wasting vehicle, it's time to ditch it for something that you own. Something that you buy based on your own rational evaluation rather than the deceit that convinced you not only to part with your money to get that thing, but to keep parting with your money much more than should be necessary just to drive it.

This nationwide scam is just one example of how we get manipulated into making bad decisions, such as buying this particular gas guzzler. Other examples include being manipulated into drinking "osteoporosis in a can", eating foods contaminated with hydrogenated oil, eating foods contaminated with corn syrup, and tossing our vote away on a corporation-owned politician.

How can you avoid being manipulated into spending your hard-earned money on something that harms you? Have open discussions with a few (very few) other people (or maybe one other person, such as your spouse) about the things you each spend money on.

The goal isn't to criticize the other person or to defend your own choices, but to get another viewpoint. You share ideas and perspectives. People can be amazingly resourceful, if presented with a sufficient challenge. When they are resourceful in different ways, they can learn a lot from talking to each other.

5. Security tip

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

If different people using different training programs all get good results, does that mean there's not "a right way" to train?

Answer: Yes. But there are many wrong ways to train.

The various effective training methods you may have seen or used all follow the same principles. That's because all human bodies follow the same basic design and what stimulates muscle in one will stimulate muscle in any of the others.

Where you find differences is in how those principles are applied, and which ones are stressed by a given methodology or program.

People in the same sport tend to train the same way, with very similar programs. Individualization is, of course, necessary, because people are different heights, proportions, etc. And individual preferences come into play; maybe one person likes front squats and another likes duck-walking; either way, those quads and core muscles will get stimulated.

People who are confused by all the options will hire a personal trainer with significant hypertrophy or try to emulate the biggest guy at the gym. This strategy fails to account for the fact that those folks are using steroids or similar substances to unnaturally boost their gains. They do many things right, but also make big mistakes.

Eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman is an example. Do you really want to follow his example and find yourself unable to walk after many surgeries undergone to try to fix the damage you did by using far too much weight?

Let's look at some mistakes that are often promoted as good advice.

Lift super-heavy. This "sounds" right at first, but that's what got Ronnie Coleman into trouble. Is your goal to lift a lot of weight or to put a target muscle (group) under tension to stimulate it to grow? If you use too much weight, your body will recruit non-target muscles and disperse the force across many joints. This process is called compensation. It leads to injuries while at the same time retarding your actual training. If you're on steroids, you can make up for the training deficit by radically increasing the volume (the roids allow you to recover from that).

Lift super-fast. One way to handle too much weight is to use momentum instead of controlled muscle power to lift it. This is a great way to damage joints and connective tissue while retarding your progress. Former Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates tore his massive biceps in two, this way. If you're familiar with mechanical physics, you know what inertia means and you can calculate the force at the point where the motion stops. The effective force on the affected joint(s) may be multiples of the weight you are using.

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

Top photo taken 16SEP2016, just days before 56th birthday; bottom photo taken 3 days after 56th birthday

Train for hours. Not only are long gym sessions unsustainable unless you are a pro using steroids, it's counterproductive (unless you are using steroids). I just panned two Mr. Olympias, both of whom came after the highly respected and injury-free Lee Haney who still looks great at 60. Mr. Haney says to stimulate, not annihilate the muscles. Once the stimulation process has happened, more training won't produce more results. Yes, you can do a finisher set to move blood through the muscles and you can stretch after training. But don't train after training; that just results in overtraining and can actually cause you to lose muscle.

Train aimlessly. Beginners often do this. They walk around the gym doing a bit of this and a bit of that. The result is ineffective training. It's not focused enough to achieve anything. This is why serious athletes (including competitive body builders) train a different body area every day, with one or two rest days a week. You need adequate stimulation and adequate rest. To get adequate stimulation takes a lot of energy, and you simply cannot do the whole body in one day. Adequate rest is on the order of several days. What this means is you need a workout plan. Know what you will achieve before starting that training session.

Here are some tips to help you avoid errors:

  • Take the time to think about the principles behind your training. Perhaps write them down. For example, why do you do the number of reps per set and sets per exercise that you do? What principle are you following there? If you don't know the principles, that's a big problem you can solve by working on it.
  • Focus on generating tension in the muscle, not in moving the weight. Can't do it? Pick up a "baby" weight and do a given exercise in super slow motion, focusing on form and trying to get your mind into that muscle. When you're able to contract the muscle with little or no weight, then increase the weight (not to what you previously used, but maybe half of that) and try again. You should feel that muscle. Always ask yourself, "Where is my deltoid (or whatever muscle you're targeting) and mentally connect to it. No autopilot!
  • Be conscious of angles all the time. Figure out how to make the exercise harder, with a slight angle change, so you can use less weight to get the tension you're after. For example, if your forearms point straight ahead during a biceps curl you have a mechanical advantage and are dispersing force through other than the biceps. Move your arms out maybe 30 degrees to the side, and you have a mechanical disadvantage. I was able to reduce my curling weight from a dangerous 40lb dumbbell (each) to only 25lbs. Over time, my biceps tendonitis went away and now I am back to doing hammer curls.
  • Look for opportunities to pre-exhaust. The overhead press is one of the most abused exercises. So much cheating to move too much weight. Here is a way to cut the weight dramatically. This is a tip from Robert Wichman, who provides long-distance training and has an impressive list of successful clientele (I've seen their photos on the wall). Contact him at Life Transformations in Lees Summit, MO.

    Oh, yeah, the tip. Perform a set of standing lateral raises (making sure to round your shoulders slightly to take your back completely out of the exercise) and then with no rest go right into a set overhead presses with the same weight. After a short rest (whatever is normal for you between sets), repeat this. Rest, repeat. Rest, repeat.

At, 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.

7. Factoid

Each day, twenty-two USA military veterans commit suicide. That works out to nearly one per hour.

8. Thought for the Day

People who solve problems instead of blaming others are considerably happier than people who blame others instead of solving problems.


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