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Mindconnection eNL, 2019-04-21


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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. Senator Jerry Moran has introduced legislation addressing the robocalls problem. Read the full story here:

Item 2. On 10APR, the House of Representatives voted to reverse the Soetoro era attack on Internet access and restore net neutrality. Read the full story here:

Item 3. President Trump is onboard with 5G. Read the full story here:

Item 4. A cancer scrubber may soon be available. Read the full story here:



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 disabilities.
  • 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 Spanish.
  • 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.

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3. Brainpower tip

We express our thoughts using language. In the United States, most of us presumably do this in American English. I say presumably, because in actuality that is not the case.

It's not the case because there is a very high rate of word misuse, and that stems from not understanding the words before using them. Consequently, both the thought and the expression are erroneous. To think clearly (in something other than pictures), you must understand understand the words you are thinking in. To express those thoughts clearly, the same thing applies. Note that even if you can think clearly in pictures, your thoughts can't subsequently be made useful through expression if you verbalize them with the wrong words.

Here are some examples:

  • I need to lay down.
    Correct: I need to lie down. You can say, "I lay down yesterday," as "lay" is the past tense of lie. But to say "I need to lay down" is like saying, "I need to stood up." It's gibberish.
  • He stood in front of the podium.
    Correct: He stood in front of the lectern. A lectern and a podium are two different things. You stand on a podium; it's a raised platform for your feet to go on (the etymology of the word is similar to that of podiatrist, from the Greek word for foot".) A lectern is something people stand behind. A lectern is often set onto a podium.
  • We are really going to impact our customers with our great new product.
    Correct: Our new product will really help our customers. "Impact" means to strike sharply. Smacking your customers around is generally not a good business practice, and it can get you arrested on assault charges.
  • This is very unique.
    Correct: This is unique. Think unicycle, unicorn, uniform, universe, etc. The word "uni" means one. Something is either one of a kind or it's not; there are no degrees of one.

These are just a few examples. It isn't my goal here to give you an exhaustive list of common grammar gaffes or poor word choices. My goal is to help you think more clearly by first thinking about your word choices. Common usage for many words is simply wrong, with people spewing words that in no way reflect what they actually mean. Forcing others to guess at your meaning is bad enough, but forcing your own thought processes to proceed with tools (words) that don't apply is an IQ-lowering way to go about thinking.

4. Finance tip

Regarding our national economy, the massive federal debt is the 400 lb gorilla in the room. It affects everything, and not in a good way. Right now, it's floated by debasing the currency. Currency debasement is a stealth tax, and it taxes not only your present income, but any savings you have and all future income. Economists call this tax "inflation" and non-economists misuse that term to mean a general rise in prices. But make no mistake, this tax is how annual deficits are floated (not truly paid for). Deficits accumulate, and the debt grows. This affects your personal finances in no small way.

Politicians like to say "We are borrowing from our children" but that is not true. When you borrow, you ask for permission and you intend to pay it back. We are not borrowing, we are stealing.

The solution is to reduce federal spending so that we achieve a surplus every year and pay that debt down. Simply wringing out half the waste would accomplish this; the amount of waste is staggering. IRS employees, for example, spend half their office time surfing porn and gambling sites (source: GAO). Lay off half off those people, and you get the same amount of "work" (terrorism) done.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has a solution that he presents in this four-minute video:

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.

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Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

Many people train within 50% or less of their full range of motion, thus giving up 50% of their development potential, reducing flexibility, and increasing the likelihood of injury. Why is this? Two factors:
  1. They use either a single exercise or they use exercises that have a similar gravity locus.
  2. They don't move fully within the range of that exercise, typically losing 15 to 20% of its potential.

What's a gravity locus? To answer that, let's do a standing dumbbell curl. Go ahead, grab a dumbbell (and I don't mean your boss). If your arm is fully extended while performing the standing biceps curl, gravity exerts its full force on that weight relative to your elbow joint. If your arm is fully contracted, gravity exerts zero force on that weight relative to your elbow joint.

At full extension, 10lbs seems pretty heavy for the average guy (maybe half that much for a woman). Come up 20 degrees of rotation, and the effective force is greatly diminished; you now need a significantly heavier weight. That weight will do fine for you until you hit about 20 degrees from vertical. That's 60% of your range of motion. It's your midrange of your biceps contraction potential. If you take advantage of less than all of it, say starting at 25 degrees from the bottom and ending at 25 degrees from the top, you hit 50% of your full range of motion for your biceps.

Doing seated curls won't change this; the gravity locus is similar to that of standing curls.

Part of the answer is to do the bottom part with an inclined bench (lie back). You can use that lighter weight at full extension, with some overlap into the midrange. By lying back, you have rotated the gravitational line of force relative to your elbow joint. You rotated it backwards, relative to your standing position.

But what about the full contraction? That great-looking peak will never develop if you don't work the last 20 degrees, the range of full contraction. The answer is to rotate the gravity locus forward relative to your standing position.

One exercise to work this involves holding your forearm across your chest and lifting that way (e.g., right elbow by right side, right hand moves from just under pec to collarbone).

Another exercise involves what I call the gorilla posture. It's a very useful posture. It's the basis for all kinds of moves, such as bentover rows and various kinds of deadlifts. Get into this posture and hold your elbows back so that your forearms point straight down when your upper arms are at a 45 degree angle. Now curl  the weight. Notice how it hits the peaks really hard? It has a gravity locus that is at a 30 to 45 degree difference from that of the standing curl.

You can use this same concept for most muscle groups.

Another solution is to use cable machines and/or bands. I have a band setup I use for pecs. Flyes are very limited in their range of motion. Gravity always pulls straight down. You can't do full extension with flyes, because that puts undue stress on your shoulders. You can't do even halfway to full contraction, because you lose meaningful tension when you hit about 45 degrees. A cable or band that is pulling sideways doesn't have to account for the gravity locus. Many weight machines are designed with this concept in mind, so that no matter where you are in your range of motion the muscle tension is either the same (no cam) or it's adjusted across the range (a cam, such as the seashell-shaped Nautilus cam, does this).

Controversy over machines versus free weights continues, with "real lifters" using free weights. Many have observed the poor results obtained with machines, and compared those to the great results obtained with free weights. But what they also fail to observe is the poor form typically used with machines. People confuse moving weight with training, so they put too much weight on the machine and then cheat to do the work. Beginners and typical gym rats are especially guilty. Watch how a "real lifter" works a seated leg press versus how a "see how much I can lift" person does. There's no comparison. The "real lifter" is actually seated on the seated leg press and her legs are actually pressing.

Bad form is easier to get away with using machines, because machines tend to isolate the weight along a given plane and not require so much coordination and balance. My own routines rely mostly on free weights, but I also have bands, a leg press, a lat pulldown, a leg curl, and a seated leg press. I also have a Roman chair, which isn't a free weight but isn't a machine. Same for my chinning bar. I have only so much space, so not a lot of machines. However, I occasionally visit a training coach who has a well-apportioned training gym, and he always puts me on at least a few machines.

Do I freak out, "Oh, it's a machine I am horrified?" Of course not. Do I try to impress this guy with how much I can lift? Of course not. He doesn't care about that. He cares about how much tension I can put on a given muscle through its full range of motion. He's drug-free and wins body building contests, as do dozens of his clients.

Honesty is the best policy. If something's too heavy, I tell him I need less weight. The reverse, if it's too light. One thing I won't do is resort to bad form as if moving the weight is why I am there. It's certainly not why I work out six days a week, and it's not why I haven't missed a workout in almost 42 years.

Pay attention to your gravity locus. Make sure you work a given muscle through its full range of motion, and in a way that applies the necessary tension to stimulate the adaptive response. Whether you use three arcs (mid range, full extension, full contraction) to account for gravity or if you use cables or other machines to sidestep the whole gravity locus problem, it doesn't matter. Keep good form and you will have good results.


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

Soda (soft drinks) cause tooth decay by multiple mechanisms, such as changing the flora and fauna in your mouth.

8. Thought for the Day

Aim Low, Reach Your Goals, Avoid Disappointment. This seems to be the philosophy of many people today. But is it not better to aim at the margin of your abilities and endure the occasional disappointment so that you achieve a new personal best? Stay out of your comfort zone!


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