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Mindconnection eNL, 2019-05-19


In this issue:
Good News | Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Thought 4 the Day

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1. Good News

Item 1. The May, 2019 issue of Money Magazine has a long and interesting article about companies in the synbio business. Synbio involves reprogramming microbes to eat toxins and produce food and fuel. Presently, our food and fuel strategies are fossil-fuel based and thus unsustainable. Synbio is here now. It just needs to scale up.

Item 2. A bipartisan effort may untangle the online sales tax mess unleashed by the incompetence of the Supreme Court. Read the full story here:

Item 3. The Libtard political movement continues to self-destruct. It's just one crazy thing after another with those folks. These vampires of society are losing acolytes by the thousands, every day. When people reject abject stupidity, that is always good news.

Item 4. Citizens of a small city in Kansas have watched their quality of life go down and their cost of living go up, as the city has been plundered by idiots, psychopaths, and delusionals who have held the reigns of power through multiple (mis)administrations. Recently, they scored a small victory by speaking out loudly against yet another senseless waste of money and actually being heard. That is very good news, indeed. Citizens everywhere need to speak up. If you live in a city, it is almost certain your city is being plundered. How to speak up? Organize some neighbors to go to a City Council meeting and speak out. For best results, contact the City Clerk ahead of time and ask how to get your issue on the agenda. If it's not on the agenda, it can't be debated and voted on. If you can't go to the meeting, then take the time to compose a short, pointed e-mail and contact the representatives of your ward. Be sure to concisely frame the issue and provide "the ask" (what you want them to do).


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3. Brainpower tip

These are two interesting articles on brainpower:

Special thanks to Howard for bringing these to my attention.

4. Finance tip

Ours is a debt-based economy. Is this good or bad?

Debt is not inherently evil. Whether debt is good or bad depends on what purpose the debt serves. Typically, it's not a good purpose.

Whether it's good or bad for an economy to be based on debt is a different question from whether debt itself is good or bad. And there is one correct answer to that question.

A healthy economy isn't debt-based, it's output-based. Basing an economy on debt is bad, period.

What does output-based mean? Consider this example. You work X hours producing widgets. You are contributing to the economy in a positive way.

But suppose you merely move money around, and are able to charge a fee (e.g., compound interest) for that. Now the economy is serving you, rather than the other way around. You aren't contributing anything to make the pie bigger, but you sure as heck are chomping on that pie.

I like to put debt into one of two categories:

  1. Transaction-enabling debt.
  2. Structural debt.

You won't find debt put into exactly these terms in standard economic texts (I know, I studied economics at the graduate level and over the past 40 years have read several hundred books on economics). But this way of thinking is useful when considering whether taking on a particular debt is a good idea or a bad one.

Transaction-enabling debt example: My company operates an e-commerce business. We buy inventory on our AMEX (special card gives us 60 days to pay it), then sell the items online. AMEX puts us in debt to enable the transaction. We reduce the debt by selling the goods and paying AMEX what they loaned us. We never pay interest on the debt, because what we go into debt for produces a cash flow stream with which we can pay back the debt and have something additional left over.

Structural debt example: ACME Corp takes a $50 million loan to buy back stock. Buying it back this way boosts the stock price, and thus transfers wealth to executives with big stock options plus it enriches the brokerage handling the transactions. But now ACME has a debt that can't be paid from proceeds from the stock buyback. If ACME had bought raw materials to make products to sell, that would be a different story. ACME has taken on structural debt.

  • Generally, transaction-enabling debt is short-term. Those who loan the money lubricate the economy.
  • Generally, structural debt is long-term. Those who loan the money simply put others in debt.

Transaction-enabling debt can be long-term. For example, consider the 40 year mortgage. If the person buying the home took on a correctly-sized mortgage, the loan allows this person to make reasonable mortgage payments instead of paying the same in rent. Over time, this person builds equity in the home. Of course, if the mortgage is oversized relative to that person's income then that person is merely a debt slave.

Structural debt is never short-term, but short-term behavior can produce structural debt. For example, the USA just spent $13 billion to build yet another aircraft carrier we don't need. It's an amazing ship, but we simply cannot afford it because the purchase adds to our already toxic structural debt. The USA should be divesting itself of costly-to-own assets instead of building more. We should be running a budget surplus, but are running large deficits instead. This puts us into the trap in which structural debt often strangles its victims: compound interest.

Where does the money to pay interest come from? Cogitate on that one for a while. When you figure it out, you won't like the answer.

Why do we have a debt-based economy, and whom does it serve? The answer to both questions: The Financial Sector, most notably banksters and Wall Street tycoons. There's a long history to their shenanigans, if you get time do some research.

Short of imposing the Rule of Law in the USA, a task that seems insurmountable at this time, what can we regular folks do about debt?

On a personal level, don't take on structural debt. If you borrow, do so for a reason that will produce financial gain for you. When you borrow, keep it at a reasonable level relative to your income. Don't, for example, borrow $50,000 for a fancy car when your income is more in line with a $20,000 car that will get you where you need to be and probably with lower operating costs.

When you look at debt this way, you can readily see that most of the reasons people have for taking on debt are bad reasons. The vast majority (perhaps 99.9999%) of consumer debt would not exist if consumers used this way of thinking about debt. That is, people would live within their means instead of plopping down plastic to make debt slaves of themselves in exchange for things that really don't make their lives any better. If you look at the typical credit card statement, almost nothing on there was worth buying--fancy lattes, meals out instead of bagging your lunch for work, large phone bills, etc.

What about your credit card statements? Review them this month with this kind of thinking. You will probably see how you can instantly make yourself wealthier instead of more in debt.

5. Security tip

The federally funded terrorist organization known as the IRS serves only one purpose: to subjugate the population through systematic abuse and terrorism. That's why IRS hiring policies slant heavily toward hiring dishonest psychopaths.

Most Americans are aware of the terrorism. Extremely few do not quake with fear when contacted by these whackos. But what many Americans don't know is the IRS has long been full of tax cheats. A 1985 report by the GAO revealed that of all occupations, the greatest percentage of tax cheats are those working on IRS Collections. This report shows nothing has changed in 34 years:

The GAO also found, in 1990, that IRS employees stole 4300 computers from their own offices. At about $2,500 each back then, that works out to about $100,000 in property theft. Not one of these bandits was arrested or even fired. IRS managers also assured Congress that no sensitive taxpayer information was also stolen, as if they somehow could know that. Members of Congress, terrified of possible retribution, accepted this obviously phony excuse and did nothing.

Violating laws is SOP with the IRS. Some of the things they get away with are beyond the pale. In 1984, a band of IRS agents descended upon a Michigan daycare center and held the little kids hostage at gunpoint. They were trying to collect taxes the daycare center didn’t even owe, and they chose the kidnapping and ransom model to achieve this end.

I lived in Michigan at the time, and this was in the local news. The story has since been suppressed without a trace.

The local police arrived, and so did armed parents, to rescue the children. There was a standoff. The mayor called the governor, who sent out the national guard after vainly trying to get the main IRS office to recall the agents. The national guard rescued the children and arrested the kidnappers. When the kidnappers appeared for arraignment, the IRS had already compromised the judge (given their power and unaccountability, this is what happens). These criminals claimed they didn't know kidnapping was a crime, and the judge dismissed the charges based on that. Sure, YOU try that defense and see what happens.

That Congress continues to not only tolerate these terrorists but continues to actually fund them is unacceptable.

You have NO personal security as long as this terrorist organization comprised of lawless psychopaths continues to operate.

Contact your senators and Congressional Representative on a regular basis (about once every six weeks, use a calendar app to remind yourself) and let them know the IRS is not acceptable. Remind them they need to oppose the IRS whenever they can. For example, always vote no on any IRS funding increase. Terrorizing lawful citizens is fine for banana republics and places like North Korea. But it has no place in America. Make that abundantly clear.

Your personal security and that of everyone you love depends on this. Take action.

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.

See my climbing videos here:


Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle


Training regimens and workout routines vary. While there is no right way per se, there are plenty of wrong ways. If a training method violates enough principles of training, it's wrong.

Sometimes, right versus wrong is all relative. For example, consider the idea of working out three days a week using a full body circuit. For people who need to learn form or need to get to a basic conditioning level, this is probably a good way to go. If you are just starting out, your body isn't yet conditioned well enough for the rigors of a high intensity split routine. But the more experienced body builder reaches a plateau with circuit training because intensity is sacrificed, thus the split routine is the right way to go.

So with those thoughts in mind, I will share with you my training schedule over a typical 14 day period. In addition to this, I do a daily head forward posture correction exercise.

  1. Monday. Legs (not including calves) and glutes. High intensity.
  2. Tuesday. Back and biceps.  High intensity.
  3. Wednesday. Abs and glutes.  High intensity.
  4. Thursday. Chest and triceps.  High intensity.
  5. Friday. Posture exercises. Low intensity.
  6. Saturday. Shoulders. Moderate intensity.
  7. Sunday. Back and biceps. Moderate intensity. Climbing day.
  8. Monday. Calves and glutes.  High intensity.
  9. Tuesday. Chest and triceps. High intensity.
  10. Wednesday. Abs and glutes.  High intensity.
  11. Thursday. Shoulders. High intensity.
  12. Friday. Posture exercises. Low intensity.
  13. Saturday. Back and biceps. Moderate intensity.
  14. Sunday. Chest and triceps. Moderate intensity. Climbing day.

From this, you can see several patterns.

  • I lower the intensity on climbing day. Climbing is very demanding. You'll notice my core work doesn't happen anywhere near climbing day, either.
  • Legs alternate. One week, upper legs; the next, calves. Always glutes.
  • Wednesdays are always abs and glutes.
  • Fridays are pretty much a rest day, but involve some posture exercises.
  • The three upper body workouts are each done on one of four days each week. This means they move to a different day of the week each week, repeating that day every fourth week. This spacing helps maximize the rest between these workouts. So if you extrapolate the pattern to Day 16 (Tuesday) the next upper body workout will be Shoulders. But the Tuesday after that, it's Back and Biceps again just as on that first Tuesday.

You can see a problem or two with this (or any) approach. For example, if I climb on Sundays and then train legs the following day how does that work? Climbing is sometimes brutal on the legs. What I do is adjust the exercises. As Arnold said, "You have to listen to your body." Maybe after that particular climbing session, I need to do fewer squats but my leg extensions and leg curls aren't affected. Or if that session was heavy on heel-hooking, it's the leg curls that have to be cut back.

This is far from the only way to train. But from it you can see important principles being followed. One of those is when you train hard, you need sufficient rest. That's also why I lower the intensity just before a climb (I don't want climbing to suffer) and why even the days I mow the lawn are influenced by the combination of leg training and climbing. Rest is crucial.

A "principle" that would be incorrectly taken from this is you have to work those particular combinations. Some people work biceps and triceps together and get great results. Others divide their workouts into Big Group, Little Group, Big Group, Little Group. So they might do a day of all compound exercises followed by a day of all isolation exercises. That works, too.

You need to find a way to maximize how effective your workouts are at stimulating the adaptive response without overtraining. That means limiting each session to a particular muscle group goal and allowing ample time before hitting it again.


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

Eating meat contributes heavily to fossil fuel-based pollution, mostly because of the deforestation to plant the corn for feeding the cattle and the petrochemicals used to grow the corn.

8. Thought for the Day

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.


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