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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. The Missouri steps up to protect basic human rights. Watch the
Item 2. Hydrogen production without using fossil fuels. Read the full
Item 3. On 14 March 14, Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and John Kennedy
(R-LA) introduced S. 821 the Freedom Financing Act, a bill to prohibit
discrimination against the firearms industry in the provision of financial
services. Read the full story here:
Item 4. Even the normally "pro criminal safety" Illinois racked up a
victory for law-abiding citizens. The Lake County Circuit Court threw out a
criminal protection measure inflicted on the citizens of Deerfield. Read the
full story here:
Item 5. The nationwide boycott of Dick's "We hate our core customer
demographic" Sporting Goods is taking its toll on the misdirected company. The
anti-customer crusade led by mentally ill CEO Edward Stack has cost them $150 so
far, and the tab is growing. Read the full story here:
Perhaps the staggering loss relative to the company's valuation will cause
shareholders to demand the Board fire Stack and replace him with someone sane.
It would be a kindness if the Board included a year of psychiatric care in
Stack's severance package. But because the dismissal would be for cause and that
cause is tantamount to deliberate sabotage, Stack is not entitled to a penny of
severance funds. If the Board handles this in an ethical manner, they will send
a message to other CEOs that going insane is not a defense for abusing a
company's core demographic. The Board itself is guilty of not having stopped
this fiasco at the outset, and the stockholders should hold each board member
personally and civilly liable for the damages.
Item 6. A Deepmind prototype can diagnose eye diseases. Read the full
Item 7. A new kind of airplane wing will save fuel and more.
Researchers say it could provide a significant boost in aircraft production,
flight, and maintenance efficiency. Read the full story here:
Item 8. The Trump administration has reversed its stance on the
Unaffordable Care Act (UCA), arguing in a court filing on 25MAR that the entire
law should be eliminated instead of just removing provisions protecting people
with preexisting conditions. This is really good news. First of all, the UCA is
highly damaging and blatantly illegal. Second, the only real efforts at
repealing it have included eliminating protection for people with preexisting
conditions. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky swore to kill Ryancare if it got out
of the House for this reason. The "preexisting conditions" excuse for fraud and
abuse by the insurance industry was removed with passage of the UCA (one of the
few good things about it). Both of my senators (KS) wanted that protection
retained, and they joined with Senator Paul on this issue. It looks like Trump's
people are saying, "If you remove that protection we will try to get the entire
law repealed." And that is really good news, either way.
Item 9. The Trump administration expects the GOP to regain the House
after then next round of fake "elections" in 2020. They won't push for a
replacement for the UCA until after the 2020 fake "elections" for that reason.
It means any replacement won't be spearheaded by Nutcase Nancy and the other
retards who inflicted the UCA on us. If that's not good news, I don't know what
2. Product Highlight
The ReadingPen2 Reading Assistive Scanning Pen
You scan, it reads to you.
- Hear text read to you. Just scan a word or line of text, and the Reading
Pen 2 reads it to you (earbuds included, for privacy).
- Helps with reading fluency and comprehension.
- Currently used by many schools to help both dyslexic and non-dyslexic
students and by some state agencies to help adults with reading
- Speaks (and shows) letter by letter spelling, synonyms, and definitions
of scanned words or lines.
- Shows the syllabication onscreen. Also has one-touch translation to
- Provides definitions and other information from the American Heritage
Children's Dictionary and Thesaurus, American Heritage College Dictionary,
and Roget's II Thesaurus.
- Easy to use. Recommended for adults and children age 10 and up.
- Mobile, completely self-contained, requires no computer.
Buy yours now.
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been, since 1998.
3. Brainpower tip
Have you ever botched up a DIY project or gotten frustrated trying to use a
software tool? What about getting lost in another city? Or doing one thing when
your boss wanted you to do something else, because you didn't understand the
All of these situations have a common cause and a common solution.
The cause is "jumping right in." The solution is to take the time upfront
(before actually doing anything to complete a task) to understand what it is you
are getting into. For example:
- DIY project. Read the instructions once. Then go back through, and read
again them while doing a dry run. Hold the parts in your hands and rotate
them to match the instructions. Visualize how things should look as each
step is completed. Doing a second dry run before commencing is usually a
good idea. I save a lot of time with this approach, and my projects go
- Using a software tool. Look a the "lay of the land" and determine the
hierarchy of controls and how things are organized. See which controls have
dropdowns, and glance through the options so you see where the "hidden"
- Finding your way around in another city. Identify landmarks that you can
either see from just about anywhere or ask directions to. Not just one
landmark, but three so you can triangulate your position.
- Doing what your boss wants. Ask questions; starting with the general
ones so you know why this job is being done and what objectives will be met
by completing it. Verify that you and your boss share the same understanding
of the rationale for the job and the objectives of the job.
Another way to state this tip is, "Figure things out ahead of time, rather
than trying to figure them out as you go."
I'm a climber, and I try to "solve" the climbing problem before I start
climbing it. In my climbing group (almost 20 people), we all do this "figure it
out ahead of time" thing. When you're trying to balance on a tiny foot chip that
your shoe is slipping off of, you don't have time to figure out what you need to
do. It's already too late.
You can see some of our climbs here:
4. Finance tip
Insurance is confusing, and it's easy to make bad decisions. Medical insurance
is a prime example of this; the providers even lie about what it is, calling it
"health" insurance. But if you're healthy, their insurance is a completely
inappropriate product for you. It doesn't affordably insure you against
accidents, for one thing. Until there is some kind of reality-based federal
legislation to address this problem, medical care insurance will continue to be
a total rip-off for those not living the disease lifestyle.|
insurance is another area where confusion reigns and where deceit is SOP. For
example, most insurers provide "replacement cost" and you think they mean (wait
for it) replacement cost. No, they mean they will pay only the depreciated
value. Farmer's Insurance actually does mean replacement cost. The typical
policy leaves you with all kinds of expenses and nowhere near enough money to
replace what you lost. Farmers Insurance has a non-typical policy. I don't know
about all other insurers, but I suspect a few are like Farmer's in this respect.
If yours is not, it's time to find one that is.
One way to reduce the cost of medical, auto, and homeowner's insurance is to
be a low-risk "insured". Well, OK, that doesn't apply to medical insurance;
being low-risk means zero to them. But if you don't need disease care, then you
save a fortune on medical costs.
To reduce auto coverage, follow defensive driving principles whenever you are
behind the wheel. If you haven't take a defensive driving course, correct that
error before summer; you will be glad you did. And you may just save a life or
To reduce homeowner's coverage expenses, ask your insurance company how you
can earn discounts. And then learn what you can do to make your home safe and
implement what you learn. For example, what is the safe way to store lawnmower
fuel? How can you reduce the fuel load of your home (reduce the amount of
combustibles)? What are the kitchen safety practices everyone should know, but
few people do? How do you know when to replace an extension cord? Is your range
correctly wired (often, a range is incorrectly wired)? Are all of your services
electrically bonded together, especially including any gas piping? How often do
you check your furnace filter?
5. Security tip
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Photo taken about one week before 40th High School Class Reunion.
Note that the information provided here will likely conflict with the "fad
of the moment" and other unsustainable, unproductive ways of looking at
health and fitness.
Article appears below.
my climbing videos here:
Now that it's April, many people will set about reducing their winter body
fat to look good for summer (in the northern hemisphere; our friends "down
under" are getting ready for winter). Many of the ways people do this are
unhealthy, unsustainable, uncomfortable, and/or unproductive. Let's go over
- Calorie restriction. This makes sense. Eat less, and you get leaner.
That's correct, but only to a point. A small reduction in calories will
probably get you the effect you want. But if the restriction is too
severe, your body will react with the starvation mode response. Not only
that, you're going to be very uncomfortable and you're going to lose
healthy tissue (muscle and maybe bone) while also losing fat. So be very
conservative with this approach. For example, buy smaller pieces of
fruit and smaller sweet potatoes. Or if you supplement with protein
powders, use 3/4 scoop instead of a full scoop. So you might reduce
calories by only 300 a day; see if that starts having an effect after a
week and if not then make another small adjustment.
- Skipping breakfast (or any other meal). This is an extreme variation
on the calorie restriction approach. It is totally counterproductive.
- Altering the mix. Some people eat more calorie-dense foods (as a
proportion of their total intake) in the winter, then switch to less
calorie-dense foods in the spring. For example, Bob eats a big bowl of
oats with meal number 5 every day during the winter. But starting in
March, he eats half as much oats and doubles the spinach he eats with
meal number 4. This is a moderate variation on the calorie restriction
approach. It tends to be highly productive.
- Going on any crazy diet. Keto, or any other macro-deprivation diet,
is unhealthy. Don't listen to the propaganda, reject this nonsense
entirely. Fat doesn't make you fat, nor does it make you lean. Yes, you
can get a short-term fat loss by following one of these health-damaging
diets, but you will invariably bounce back to a higher fat level. The
solution is to eat right all the time. Your initial progress might be
slower than with some radical diet, but guess what? You won't be going
through this fat loss cycle again. Ever.
- Doing long cardio sessions. This is totally counterproductive,
because it trains your body to conserve fuel. If you want to have excess
fat and you want it to be stubborn, do the cardio. If you want a lean
body, don't do the cardio.
- Adding HIIT. While not necessary if you have an excellent weight
lifting regimen, HIIT does work. You could add a session or two per week
to accelerate fat loss, but don't do it if that takes away from your
weight lifting workouts. HIIT does stimulate an adaptive response and
improve the hormonal environment for lean-ness, but only if doing the
HIIT doesn't push you past your recovery limits. Those limits are
dictated by age, activity level, genetics, nutrition, sleep patterns,
stress levels, and many other things. So if you add HIIT, start off
small and see how you feel.
- Adding more volume to weight training sessions. This can work very
well, if you do it right. Simply doing more reps per set means you're
reducing intensity. That moves your workouts to being like cardio, which
you don't want. There are multiple ways to do this effectively.
One way is to increase the muscle isolation (through angle changes) so
each rep is harder; if you end up using "baby weights" that's excellent.
Then try to do 12 reps per set. Those last few should be really hard to
crank out. Perform one more set than you usually perform, even if that
means taking a longer rest than normal between it and the previous set.
Another way is to add a complementary exercise. For example, if you do
hammer curls to work your biceps peak then add a couple sets of bentover
curls. To perform bentover curls, bend over the same way you do for
bentover rows. With normal standing curls, your elbows point to the
floor. With these, they point backwards at about 45 degrees. Instead of
working the midrange of your biceps, you are working the full
contraction range. Reverse the posture (lie back on an incline bench) to
work the full contraction range.
- Overdosing on caffeine and/or other stimulants. Many fat loss
supplements contain huge amounts of caffeine and little else that will
affect your fat loss. The big downside from this, aside from giving you
the jitters and making you dangerous behind the wheel and causing you to
lose sleep, is you burn out your adrenal system. While green coffee bean
extract, which is very effective, does contain caffeine, that is not its
- Consuming more black pepper and other "hot" spices. This not only
helps with fat loss, it helps make your meals zesty. Go for it!
- Consuming L-Carnitine. This is the main ingredient of "night time
fat burners" because it really works and it is not a stimulant. Take
some throughout the day, also.
- Consuming garcinia cambogia. Yes, another fat loss supplement with a
good track record.
- Consuming CLA. Nope, this does not help. You are wasting your money
to go this route. How do I know? Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a lipid.
There is a professional society of doctors who specialize in lipids, and
the editor of their professional journal wrote to tell me this.
- Obsessing about "weight loss". This is totally counterproductive.
Just take the right steps and progress will come. Thinking about it too
much will increase your stress level and thus elevate your cortisol and,
because you are thinking about food, cause you to eat more.
Follow the advice above, and you'll have that lean body. To keep it lean,
keep following the advice above. Don't think of being lean as something you
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.
Soda (soft drinks) cause osteoporosis by multiple mechanisms, including
8. Thought for the Day
If you can stay calm while all around you is chaos, then you probably haven't
completely understood the seriousness of the situation.|
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