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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. From Congressman Yoder, "Thanks to the economic growth being
driven by tax reform, job opportunities are growing across the nation. Right
now, almost 7 million jobs are currently available - the most ever recorded, and
more than the total number of unemployed Americans! This is great news for any
American looking to find a job and be successful, and these jobs are making the
American Dream possible for more people. Workers who historically have struggled
in the labor market are finally finding new job opportunities. For example, the
unemployment rates for individuals who did finish high school, African
Americans, and Latinos are all at the lowest levels ever recorded. I am proud to
working on policies that are creating economic opportunities for every single
Item 2. In a separate communication, Congressman Yoder wrote, "Our
soaring economy continues to lift Americans of all income levels - the Census
Bureau announced that the median household income has hit a record high point of
$61,372. More available jobs and a shift from part-time to full-time employment
for more people are helping drive this increase. In addition, the poverty rate
in our country has sunk to the lowest level in more than a decade. At the same
time, small businesses are reporting their highest-ever levels of optimism and
plans for job creation, signaling that more economic growth for the middle class
is still ahead. Pro-growth policies like tax reform have powered this new
success for the American middle class, and I am proud to be working to build on
the gains we've made."
Item 3. Amazon recently announced that it will raise its minimum wage
to $15, starting 01 November 2018. That is good news, considering the federal
minimum wage is $10.50 per hour and that Amazon has many locations in
economically depressed areas.
Item 4. While the libtards are flapping their gums about how President
Trump is the worst thing ever to happen to America, as with all things libtard
the reality is quite different. All signs are pointing toward sustained growth
for quite some time to come, probably until the next Democrat becomes POTUS or
the the Republicans lose the House or Senate. Last quarter, our economy expanded
at 4.2%, which is exceptional in the extreme.
Unfortunately, Trump's mis-steps with the tariff nonsense has blunted that back
to about 3% for the remainder of the year. If we can get the President to drop
this foolish "trade war" the economy should resume its vigorous growth. This is
badly needed, especially since we have to deal with the effects of 8 years of
the worst POTUS to ever occupy that office.
Item 5. Finally! After years of scamming people with their PC-hobbling
crapware, Symantec is facing legal repercussions. Let's hope McAfee is next.
Read the full story here:
Item 6. Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed as Justice Kavanugh, despite a
vicious ad hominem attack campaign by the criminal protection freaks. Since
their sole weapon in this fight was a serious of self-conflicting, disproven
allegations rather than anything having to do with his actual positions on
things or his actual track record as a judge you pretty well got a confirmation
from his opponents that he is an excellent choice. If they had anything real,
why didn't they use it?
So it's good news that lunacy did not prevail. Remember also that Heller
passed by 5 to 4. This is why the lunatic left (not the only kind of left, but
they are de facto the face of the left now) was so desperate to derail this
nomination. That case is what the fighting was all about. The pro-criminal
safety freaks won't be overturning Heller any time soon. That's a big WIN for
law-abiding Americans. And very good news indeed.
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3. Brainpower tip
Many people believe that the longer your workday, the more you get more done.
But this theory has been debunked exhaustively. Consider the department manager
who arrives at the office at 0700, works through lunch, heads home at about
1730, and then answers texts and e-mails for most of that short evening. Does
that sound like a successful person to you? What exactly is this person getting
done that really matters?|
In addition to being headed for burnout, this person
has no real downtime and no time for creative thinking or strategic planning.
Now look at the most creative and effective people you know. What is their work
day like? Are they exhausting themselves with non-stop activity? No, and that's
a lesson for those who are doing so.
Here are some pointers for massively improving your effectiveness in all
endeavors that require brainpower:
- Set a shutdown time. Once this time is reached, you do not work. Let's
say you make your shut down time 1600 but your colleague works five more
hours, waking to an alarm clock the next day and beating you to the office.
Which of you will outperform the other? You will.
First of all, you will sleep better and longer while your colleague has an
IQ-suppressing sleep debt every day. Second, your shutdown gives you the
opportunity to de-stress. Your colleague doesn't do that, so is always
reacting instead of being in control as you are.
- Before your day ends, decide on the One Big Thing (OBT) you should do
the next day. Is this OBT going to consist of sitting in a pointless
meeting? Playing phone tag? Filing papers? Nope, none of those. It's the one
thing that will probably have the most positive return on the time and
energy expended. Yes, you will have to do other things tomorrow, but make
this OBT your top priority. Don't fit it in around other things, fit other
things in around it.
- Start your day with a nutritious breakfast. This does not mean the
"disease in a box" garbage commonly called "breakfast cereal." Make it
something substantial, healthy, and satisfying. This not only helps your
physical self, it also helps your emotional self.
- Don't start your workday with menial tasks. Do triage on your e-mails,
answering only the critically important ones. Then get started on your OBT.
- After you've completed or made significant progress on your OBT,
identify the next three most important and/or urgent tasks and complete them
or make significant progress on them. If this focus means you don't get to
the trivial tasks, so what? Unless you aspire to mediocrity, failing to
waste your day on the trivial is actually a good thing.
- Don't let people at work derail you with chit chat, meetings, office
gossip, and/or pointless tasks. Not even your boss. If your boss wants you
to do something that is pointless, ask your boss something like, "Do you
envision yourself making this task a resume bullet point for yourself? How
about if we use our limited resources to do high-impact work instead? That's
the kind of work that puts us last on the layoff list and first on the raise
and promotion list."
Yes, this sounds unconventional and overly bold. But I did it, and it worked
great for me. Of course, this does not mean refuse all grunt work; someone
has got to do it and you want to be a team player. I'm talking about
pointless tasks, which are simply a waste of the limited time you have on
this planet and which will do nothing to further your career. In fact, they
will hurt your career because you will be doing them instead of things that
have value. If your boss insists you do them, your boss does not value you.
Find a different boss, either at this company or at another. And quickly,
there's not time to waste.
- The previous pointer doesn't really apply if you're self-employed. This
one does. As you perform various tasks throughout the day, make a point of
identifying which ones can be done more efficiently or simply eliminated.
Getting rid of the wasted activity will, for most people, free up more than
half a working day every day.
- Set aside time just for thinking. If you followed either of the previous
two pointers, you have this time now. A friend of mine likes to sit down
with a glass of wine every evening and just think. I don't drink alcohol,
but if you do why not use this technique? With time set aside for no mental
clutter, no interruptions, no distractions, and no pressure, but just for
thinking, the results can be spectacular.
4. Finance tip
Owning a legitimate small business has many advantages. Your business doesn't
need to make or sell anything, it can be a holding company.|
To get the full
advantages, your business needs to have its own taxpayer ID number (and EIN) and
be incorporated (e.g., LLC or Subchapter S).
One reason to have a small business is you get the home office deduction. If
you have a business that exists solely to hold retirement investment assets and
you set aside a dedicated space for that business, you can get that deduction.
With a business, you can expense many kinds of costs (such as dental
insurance, if that business is your main employer) rather than deduct them.
People often get expenses and deductions confused.
- Expenses subtract from the top line. Income = Revenue - Expenses. You
have a 1:1 write-off.
- Deductions merely adjust your income. If you're in the 15% bracket, a
deduction is worth 15 cents on the dollar.
A small business isn't for everyone, but most people would be financially
foolish not to have one. If you don't have a small business, set aside some time
looking into what's involved and how you might go about it. Talk with small
business owners you know, and get their input. Then check the business section
of your state's website. Your state wants your incorporation fees, so your
state's website is full of great business information for free.
Keep good records and follow standard business practices. Don't commingle the
funds or records of the business with your own. Don't mingle names, either. Come
up with a distinct name for your business, even if it contains a made-up word,
and make sure it's not registered with your state before you start using it.
Once your business is incorporated, get a business checking account (using your
company's EIN); many smaller banks offer these for free.
Caution: There are many scams being peddled as businesses. There is no real
business that will produce a huge income for you if you simply shell out some
money to learn the "secrets" of some "expert" who apparently can't make it with
the idea either thus he's peddling his scam to make money.
5. Security tip
The business mentioned in the Finance Tip also shields any assets it holds
from attack by the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths, and that is a
Let's say some Institute employee decides to target you for no legitimate
reason. The employee uses your SSN and other information you provided on
your 1040 and levies or seizes the $190,000 you had in mutual funds under
your SSN. POOF, it's gone forever.
But if your business had owned those mutual funds, the rogue employee would
have stolen zip from you. Coming after you for some bogus reason is one
thing, stealing from your business is another.
The Institute would have to build one bogus case against you and a second
against your business. Then, because you own the business (and you have
treated it as a business) there's a problem for the Institute. They have to
prove to a federal judge that there is a reason to go after both of you.
That particular barrier is too high for even the scummiest of these
criminals to try to scale.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
This issue's topic: Dietary practices that never get explained in a
rational manner. Because that is an impossibility.
When using eggs,
tossing out one or more yolks. The explanation for this silly, wasteful
practice is that the yolk has too many calories. But it's also (by far) the
more nutritious part of the egg. If you're going to waste food and throw out
part of the egg, the egg white is the part to waste.
The "high calories" of the yolk owe their existence to the fat. It's
heavy in cholesterol, which the body converts to testosterone if stimulated
to increase testosterone. Why would you throw out testosterone?
The yolk also:
- Is a great source of vitamin D, aka the master hormone. Why would
you reduce your vitamin D intake?
- Contains most of the protein in the egg. What is the logic behind
reducing your protein intake?
- Contains most of the riboflavin and selenium. What is the "reason"
for avoiding these important nutrients?
- Contains choline, essential for normal functioning of all cells.
- Contains lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants reduce the risk
of developing cataracts and slow the progression of age-related macular
Photo taken about one week before 40th High School Class Reunion
Fasting. This poor practice has become all the rage, with many
variations. Advocates, mired in confirmation bias, conclude causation when
it's actually correlation. People on any kind of diet pay more attention to
their eating. So instead of sitting around gorging themselves on processed
"food" they are much better at watching their portions and the quality of
what they eat. They may look and feel better, but they are also creating a
health time bomb.|
Fasting is more bad for your health than good for it.
And for several reasons, including:
- It's a deprivation thing, which is harmful psychologically.
Deprivation has consequences.
- Your brain and other organs don't have important nutrients when they
- Your absorption suffers because instead of spreading your nutrient
intake across more time, you are crowding them into tight chunks.
- The long stretches with no calories train your body conserve fuel
(as fat) and reduce lean mass.
- The flow of bulk through your bowels is irregular, and during those
times when this flow doesn't exist toxins stay put in your colon. That's
fine if you want to get colon cancer, but not fine if you value normal
- It does absolutely nothing for your muscular development.
- It jacks your endocrine and adrenal systems around, instead of
People often resort to fasting out of a desire to become leaner. A much
better, more sustainable, and more enjoyable way to be leaner is to follow
the dietary recommendations provided in this eNewsletter. In summary:
- Eat six small meals a day with the focus on nutrient dense foods.
These taste excellent and they help you to have an excellent physique.
- Totally eliminate processed foods from your diet. You want to
unacquire your acquired taste for these unnatural, health-averse
- Train hard physically, 5 or 6 days per week.
- Maintain a positive attitude.
Following any of the popular diets. Atkins, keto, blood type, and
paleo all enjoy large followings. The explanation behind each one sounds
reasonable on the surface, but fails upon closer scrutiny. Each of these is
fatally flawed in more than one way.
Take the paleo, as an example. The foundational assumption is our bodies
have not evolved since hunter-gather days, so our diets must exactly match
those of "paleo people." This is a non-sequitor.
Hunter-gatherers ate what was available, not what was optimal. Evolution
has nothing to do with their diet versus ours, only opportunity is relevant.
Because the hunter-gatherers did not grow beans, the paleo people don't eat
beans. That is a huge mistake; beans are massively nutritious in multiple
ways. Protein, essential minerals that are rare in other foods, essential
vitamins that are rare in other foods, fiber, etc.
The other diets I mentioned similarly fail because of logical fallacies
and other irrationality. People follow these not because the diets make
sense but because they have been sold hope. Basing your diet on a baseless
theory is an exercise in self-defeat. Don't do it. It is much better to take
the time to learn, and then do what works.
Also, the Paleolithic era is not when man evolved. That happened in the
Pleistocene era. The defining characteristic of the Paleolithic era is the
development of stone tools. So the people who came up with this crackpot
theory couldn't even be bothered to get their archeology straight. Yet,
their understanding of archeology is the whole basis for this crackpot
theory. The only thing they get right is they don't eat processed grains.
That's a big step forward compared to the disease-creating diet that most
Americans mistake as acceptable. But it's still not any way to treat your
Consuming whey protein shakes to build muscle. Whey is heavily
promoted by the supplement industry, because it is cheap and they can mark
it way up to make huge profits. It's a waste product from making cheese, and
only in recent times has it not been discarded.
A problem with whey in the USA is it's made from the milk of CAFO
(Concentrated Animal Farming Operation) cows that have been bred to have
freakishly huge mammaries. All of these cow have mastitis, and they live in
filthy conditions. So they are given antibiotics to reduce the infection.
You can find actual data on the amount of pus from the infected teats makes
its way into the milk that uninformed people drink (gross).
Why would you want to drink an overpriced, pus-based,
antibiotic-containing beverage after your workout? Do you even need the
extra protein? Probably not. But if you believe you do, there are some far
- Consume a plant-based protein shake, preferably a blend. And despite
what someone may have told you, plant proteins are "complete proteins".
- Eat boiled eggs. These are quite portable, no refrigeration needed.
A little black pepper, and you've got a healthy, tasty treat.
- Have some peanut butter or some nuts.
- If you eat meat, have 4 ounces of meat at your next meal.
- Drink an amino complex shake (zero calories).
- Take amino complex capsules.
- Take BCAA capsules.
Any of these will give you a good post-workout protein boost (or, in the
case of the aminos the same thing without the calories).
Please note, there is scant evidence that a post-workout protein boost
actually does anything. If you're eating 6 meals a day, you're going to get
plenty of protein within the alleged "two hour window". Adding a 7th meal
(in terms of calories, which are considerable in post-workout shakes) is
neither necessary nor wise. So go ahead and scarf down those aminos after
you workout. But if it's an amino complex shake, brush your teeth (or swish
with baking soda) because that is amino ACID.
So we've looked at four harmful dietary practices that are promoted as
helpful or even healthy. These practices provide nothing that a solid
nutritional plan doesn't already provide. Not one of these practices can be
justified with a rational analysis. The only justification is irrational, so
it's no justification at all.
Good diet does not require elaborate rituals or counterintuitive
practices such as starving yourself or throwing away the most nutritional
part of an egg or refusing to eat beans. Nature already shows us the right
path, we just need to walk on that path.
If you follow the adage, "You are what you eat," then you don't eat junk.
You eat mostly "super foods" and thus have a super body to show for it. That
assumes, of course, you spread your intake of those super foods out over six
meals during the day.
There is sound science for six meals, and this practice has been long
been standard among people whose jobs involve labor. That's why most factory
workers and construction workers have a "snack" at the morning break and
another at the afternoon break--in addition to the "three meals" that has
unfortunately become a tradition.
Wait, you say, that's five meals--not six. Yes, but most of these people
also "snack" right after work or shortly before going to bed. I know I did,
and I lived in 14 different states where the people I worked with did the
same thing so I'd say six meals is pretty universal among people who need
their physical energy to make a living. Sure, not all the meals were the
same size or even nutritious. But it was six pretty 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.
When the Republicans and the
Democrats take turns in power, they take turns stealing your money while
violating your rights. It's the same lawlessness either way. You may as well be
choosing between the Crips and the Bloods.
8. Thought for the Day
Chase two rabbits, and both will get away. -- Russian proverb|
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