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Mindconnection eNL, 2018-07-15


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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. Labor participation among 16-to-64-year-olds surged to 74.26 percent in June. That’s up almost 3.4 million working age adults in the labor force since the scary "election" of 2016 when there was a real threat that Hillary would return to the White House. This big increase is almost certainly due to the long-overdue tax reform act that massively reduced compliance costs (sheer waste) and abuse by the IRS (sheer terrorism).

Item 2. For quite some time now, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has been handing down decisions that conflict with the Constitution. Some of these "twisted logic" decisions have been so outrageous that dissenting judges have written not just dissenting opinions, but scathing dissent opinions. Even judges from differing ends of the political spectrum agreed that some decisions were totally wrong. For example, Scalia (conservative) and Ginsberg (ultra-liberal) co-wrote a very persuasive dissenting opinion in response to a 6-3 decision that ignored the 4th Amendment. Justice Thomas was the other dissenting judge.

Now one of the civil rights hating judges has retired and our current President has nominated a judge whose record is reported to show respect for civil rights and the rule of law. This is monumentally good news, as it will change the character of a court that has been way out of line for a long time. There's a nutjob hate group that sends me irrationality-based e-mails and they object to this judge; so he must be an excellent choice.

Item 3. That SCOTUS decision mentioned in Item 2 earned a strong rebuke from two apparently uncorrupted judges and was clearly wrong. And now, it seems this error-prone court is slowly moving toward lawfulness on this issue. Read the full story here:

Yes, that is good news. What we really need, however, is a ruling that restores 4th Amendment civil rights. Or maybe a court that admits the Bill of Rights actually exists.


2. Product Highlight

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3. Brainpower tip

Seven Simple Steps to Elevate Your Effective IQ

Many people believe a person's IQ is a fixed attribute that cannot be changed. That is false.

And you don't have to increase your actual IQ to increase your effective IQ. Evidence for this truth includes the fact that libtards can score average or better on a standard IQ test yet in real life they exhibit a negative IQ (the expression "dumber than a rock" applies to people exhibiting a negative IQ).

Following these tips will probably boost your actual IQ by 10 points and your effective IQ by many more. A libtard following these tips could see an increase of 200 points or more of effective IQ. So if you have any libtard friends, try to coax them into adopting at least a few of these. Maybe with some hard work on your part, you could get them up to a zero or maybe even positive effective IQ number.

The first three are negatives to reduce or eliminate, as any one of these can considerably reduce your effective IQ. The next four will help you increase both your actual and effective IQ; but you can't do them willy-nilly, you need a brain exercise plan and some commitment the same way bodybuilders need a muscle exercise plan and commitment.

  1. Eliminate legacy media from your life. Why: The legacy media have a profoundly net negative effect on brainpower. They are designed to disinform, demoralize, and dumb down people through a combination of lies, distortions, and negativity. Don't do the news, period. Don't watch TV, read "consumer" magazines, read online blogs or articles on legacy media sites, or discuss with other people the latest "news". All of this garbage is brain-deadening and it wastes your time.
  2. Reduce or eliminate the presence of (anti)social media in your life. Why: In addition to wasting your time, these venues are typically places where people mindlessly have arguments that are both irrational and uncivil. Closely related to antisocial media are the left-wing and right-wing echo chambers of irrational viewpoints; don't merely avoid or reduce these, get them completely out of your life.
  3. Eliminate non-organic wheat, corn, and soy from your diet. Why: These are all contaminated with a powerful neurotoxin (glyphosate), which means every bite costs you some brain cells. Corn and wheat are also endocrine modifiers, which means they throw your body and brain chemistry into chaos. These items also displace nutritional food from your diet and the products made from them usually contain other poisons also.

    This caution includes non-organic beef and pork, in which glyphosate is heavily concentrated in the fat of these animals. It takes 35 pounds of contaminated grain to produce one pound of contaminated beef, so the contamination in the beef is 35 times greater than in the contaminated corn. The corn itself is a brain diminisher, why consume something that is 35 times as harmful to your IQ?
  4. Read. Setting aside a daily time to just read will boost your brainpower. Reading is good brain exercise, and if you are reading good material you are also learning. So reading packs a one-two wallop. It gets better; your reading habit also reduces stress. Stress is an IQ-reducer. For habitual readers, not only is the stress reduced but the happy hormones rise due to the pleasure of reading. A triple wallop!
  5. Solve problems. For some people, this is part of the work they do. The continual flow of new challenges every day is intellectually stimulating. Problem-solving is fantastic exercise for the brain. People solving problems while having an fMRI (Ferro Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan show significant use of specific structures in the frontal cortex (the seat of intelligence) and those structures actually grow due to exercising them. Solving problems makes you smarter.
  6. Relax. Life is full of stressors. If you let those stressors occupy your thoughts, your body has a stress response. In addition to excess cortisol and reduced testosterone, there's also an effect that has been documented via fMRI. What happens to most of us is the amygdala (emotional seat) takes over, switching off the frontal cortex (intellectual seat). This is why, for example, an athlete might choke up under stress. That factor is why properly-trained martial artists include relaxation exercises and meditation in their training. Find something that works for you and make it part of your routine.

    And don't forget about toxic people: whiners, negative energy generators, manipulators, and people who are annoyingly rude; reduce or eliminate interactions with them. If your boss is one of those people, have a frank discussion about how your boss is undermining you. Document that, and if the behavior continues have the same discussion with your boss' boss or find another job.

    Make it a practice to try to look for the positive side or even the humor in a situation. One reason so many people drive like idiots when traffic is congested is they are actually idiots because they are internalizing the stress instead of making it go away. Granted, this is very difficult because of the sheer frequency and extremes of the behavior. But make an effort here. I suggest simply smiling at the other drivers; it's been proven via fMRI scans that "fake it 'til you make it" positive emotions really do work. You reduce your stress by smiling.
  7. Learn. Make a point of learning new things. It doesn't have to be daily. But pick some area of knowledge or skill and either deepen what you already know or dive into a new area.

Here are some ways to implement that last tip:

  • Take a class.
  • Teach a class.
  • Watch a documentary, while giving it your full attention.
  • Take in-person classes, take online courses, attend webinars, attend industry (related to your career) conferences, etc.
  • Listen to non-fiction audiobooks instead of the same music over and over.
  • Read non-fiction magazines. This includes, for example, trade journals. Be very careful here, as many magazines that pretend to be authoritative aren't.
  • Take up a new hobby.
  • Take up a new sport.
  • Accept a volunteer position with a professional or trade group; make a point of learning all you can about how to be excellent in that position.
  • Be a mentor. To do this well, you will need to truly listen to your mentee.
  • Set aside time to just think. If you have not previously done this on a regular basis, you will be amazed at how much you learn by doing it.

4. Finance tip

During this hot weather, you can save big bucks with a little attention to your air conditioner.

Obviously, change that air filter once it's discolored (unless you have a permanent one, in which case you need to clean it regardless of the stated cleaning frequency). If you're using a standard fiberglass filter, that's a huge mistake. Get a filter that actually does something.

Less obvious to many people is the need to keep the condenser fins clean.

  • Some units are mounted indoors, so cleaning can be done by using an electric compressed air blower (we actually sell those in our Amazon Store). If your vacuum cleaner has blowing wand capability, you can use that. A leaf blower will be too much force. If in a confined space, use hearing protection. Also, be very careful to blow down the face of, not into, the fins and do that with the blower back far enough that you're not putting excessive pressure on the fins (you will bend them).
  • Most units are mounted outdoors. Cleaning can be done by running a stream of water (no sprayer, just the hose) on the openings each vent cover (work your way across and down). You aren't using brute force to knock debris through the fins and out the back, you are using water to rinse them off the front. The weight of the water should cause any debris to fall. Using a sprayer will likely damage the fins, greatly reducing the efficiency of the unit. Take care not to go in near the top and get water on the fan blades; that can cause an out of balance situation and a big repair bill.

Also, ensure there is free airflow around the unit:

  • If indoors, don't use the surrounding area as storage space.
  • If outdoors, keep foliage trimmed back. Never, ever use one of those shade devices or covers; those do the exact opposite of what their manufacturers claim and that has been proven with infrared thermography.

If you rent from a landlord (rather than, as a home "owner" does, rent from the county via property tax), don't expect them to care about your utility bill and do any of this maintenance. If you don't have a hose, get one. If you don't have access to the condenser, fix that problem also.

5. Security tip

I'm amazed at how much personal information people willingly donate to "social" media. Before getting to the security tip, let's stop with the Orwellian language. So-called "social" media are hangouts for bullies, trolls, and other abusive, antisocial people. So let's call it what it is: antisocial media.

Now, about that security tip. If you do feel compelled to use antisocial media, keep your information minimal.

Some examples:

  • One family posted many photos of their dog, Koko. Then they got hacked. It turns out that, like most pet custodians, they used their pet's name as part of their username, password, or both. Using your pet's name for access credentials is bad enough, but sharing that name via antisocial media hugely compounds the error.
  • If you have children, keep their names and photos off of antisocial media. If you don't understand why this is your first line of defense against kidnapping or an adult perv posing as a "friend" to lure your child away, then you need to take a few minutes to think about why this would be so.
  • Announcing your upcoming vacation can sure feel exciting. You won't feel so excited to arrive home only to discover you were robbed of everything inside including your financial records.
  • Venting about your employer is not your "right" despite how some people misread the First Amendment. Not only can this behavior get you fired, it can destroy any chance you have of getting hired by any other company unless the job is really bad. Employers now know to vet potential hires by reading their postings on antisocial media. And flaming someone not even related to your job prospects shows what a mean person you are; who wants to hire a meanie?
  • Sharing anything that helps build your identity profile puts you at risk of identity theft. Many high school class reunion organizers now use Facebook as their basis. The name of your high school and the year you graduated both provide significant identity clues. You're giving away more than just your age. A common challenge question for secure sites (credit cards, banking, etc.) is "What high school did you attend?"

Try these two rules for deciding what to post:

  1. Is there a need to know? If the information is not necessary for achieving a particular purpose, you probably should not post it.
  2. Is there a desire to know? Seriously, do you read other people's drivel about the ordinary things they are doing? So if you are posting about your ordinary things, who is going to read it? On the other hand, if you have something actually interested other people might want to know about it.

Also check your antisocial media sites for available controls that limit who can view what you post. It's better to err on the side of too strict than not strict enough.

Finally, think of how much time you spend in antisocial media. Life is very short. Is this a good use of your time versus doing something else that may be far more rewarding? If you're the typical antisocial media participant, the answer is going to be that you need to greatly reduce the footprint that antisocial media has in your life. It's the only life you have, so don't waste it on strangers. Invest in real relationships; you won't regret it.

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

If you look at how people age, you can see how they have degenerated due to several misconceptions.

Misconception #1: The vast majority of people believe fitness is something you do only when you're young. Maybe, for example, to participate in high school sports.

Reality: Fitness is what keeps you much younger than you would otherwise be as the years go on. It is a lifelong commitment if you wish a long life in which you're free of the "normal" ills and the subsequent dependence on prescription medications.

Consider this statistic from 1999. The average American at age 63 cannot lift a 10lb vacuum cleaner. Perhaps today, the age has gone up a tad. But generally, people in their 60s are much weaker than they should be, teetering on the edge of outright feebleness.

At age 63, you should be able to pick up a 40lb bag of soil. As a benchmark, I had an 83 year old neighbor who was a lifelong athlete. One day, he removed twelve 40lb bags of soil from his trunk while talking with me and he didn't even breathe fast.

A common method men have of dying prematurely is they get progressively weaker in their legs until they lose their mobility entirely. A man should have solid, strong legs well into his 70s and beyond. But most men can barely climb a flight of stairs without wheezing once they hit their mid-50s. Lingering on for five or ten years, hardly able to walk, is not a noble end. You can prevent it.


Misconception #2: Getting fatter is an inevitable part of aging. Want proof? Just look at all those older people at the gym doing spinning and treadmill work; they are still fat.

Reality: Getting fatter is an inevitable part of making poor choices. One example of a poor choice is "doing cardio." The reason those older people at the gym doing spinning and treadmill work are still fat is they are doing spinning and treadmill work. These activities do burn some calories, but their primary effect is to signal your body to store fuel.

To lose fat:

  • Get sufficient sleep.
  • Eat six small meals consisting of nutrient-dense foods and totally omitting processed pseudofoods.
  • Train with intensity.

Intensity is a factor of effort / time. Sprinters run with intensity, long distance runners don't. Usain Bolt is a sprinter, take a look at his picture. Note also that he does not "do cardio" as that would train his body to fail as a sprinter.

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

Misconception #3: To reduce heart risk, you need to do cardio.

Reality: Cardio actually increases your heart risk. Here is why:

  1. It trains your body to store fat.
  2. It does zero to improve cardiovascular health beyond a very minimum level.
  3. It increases cortisol and reduces testosterone, thus weakening all muscles including those of the heart.

To reduce heart risk, you need intense exercise on a regular basis. In addition to weight training six days a week, I also do sport climbing. Both repeatedly put a severe (but brief) load on the cardiovascular system, causing the body to beef up the whole shebang. The body responds to acute stress like intense exercise by increasing muscle and reducing fat. It responds to sustained low level stress like jogging by decreasing muscle and increasing fat.

Misconception #4: The purpose of a chiropractor is to crack your back when you get lower back pain.

Reality: You need a relationship in which your chiropractor is your coach over time. That way, you don't get that terrible back pain to begin with. Your chiropractor can coach you on posture and do so much more to help you have a strong, vital body. That terrible lower back pain has many causes, and the bad posture that is so common these days is a major cause. If you're not seeing a chiropractor now, you almost certainly have head forward posture (among other issues) so start with a consultation on that.


Misconception #5: If you have one serving of vegetables a day, that's doing great.

Reality: Your diet should consist of mostly vegetables, even if you're not a vegetarian. To be healthy, eat a variety of vegetables during any given day. Contrary to common misperception, corn is not a vegetable (it's a grain, and one that should be 100% excluded from your diet).

Note a few facts:

  • Eggplant fights colon cancer three different ways; I eat it daily and have it raw.
  • Broccoli boosts testosterone and has about 900 other benefits.
  • Bok choy is a better dietary source of calcium than milk is.

Great vegetables to eat include those three, plus squash, peppers, any kind or color of cabbage, and sweet potatoes. Beans are also very beneficial, and you can cook them in a crockpot.


Misconception #6: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Reality: Yes, eat that apple (preferably an organic one). But pears (great for regularity), peaches, jackfruit, plums, prunes (preferably fresh rather than dried), dates (fresh), figs (fresh), oranges, grapefruit, and just about anything else that is fruit is good for you. Note that bananas, pineapples, and grapes are high in natural sugars so eat them in moderation.

Note that fruit juice is not fruit. Ask any decent endocrinologist if you should drink fruit juice, and you will get a resounding no. These wreak havoc on your endocrine system, and it does not take much to oxidize (destroy) nerve tissue. Eating fruit, you get fruit sugar but in a much smaller dose than via juice and the fruit fiber slows absorption. It's a perfect "pick me up."


Misconception #7: The solution to feeling worn down is to grab an energy drink.

Reality: This can be a temporary fix, but it comes at a high cost to your adrenal system. The solution to feeling worn down is to assess your lifestyle (diet, exercise, rest, stress) to find what is wearing you down or failing to build you up. Then fix that.


Misconception #8: I don't want to work out because the preworkout supplements and protein drinks cost too much.

Reality: Preworkout supplements are worthless. You don't need them. Most are just caffeine, with some flavoring and useless ingredients tossed in. You don't need protein drinks, just because you do physical training. In fact, for most people this is a complete waste of their money. If you train really hard, as in world-class athlete hard, you probably will need to supplement your protein.

But cross that bridge long after you've established a weight training routine, rather than using it as an excuse not to train at all. If you're concerned about protein, begin by increasing the amount of kale you eat. It's 40% protein and it's the main food for gorillas at most zoos. If you observe the gorillas in modern zoos (the ones with open plans rather than cages), you'll notice they are quite muscular. And not one of them is carrying around a big shaker of whey protein.


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

More Americans receive money via government (paycheck, welfare, Medicaid, etc.) than work to pay for such things. Please note also, your single biggest expense, by far, is government. We just have way too much of it.

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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Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.

Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).

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