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Mindconnection eNL, 2019-06-02

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1. Good News

Item 1. Facebook, which has been unapologetically statist, took a step in the right direction by refusing to remove an anti-Nutcase Nancy video. When powerful psychopaths are subject to the same scrutiny as the rest of us, that's always good news.

Item 2. A new blood test developed by the Washington University School of Medicine allows experts to detect damage from Alzheimer's 16 years before symptoms appear. This doesn't change the progress of the disease, but it does give victims and their families 16 additional years to prepare.

Item 3. Combine Item 2 with this, and you are looking at serious progress in the battle against AD:
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613001/doctors-plan-to-test-a-gene-therapy-that-could-prevent-alzheimers-disease

Note that there is no magic bullet and probably never will be. We don't know all the effects of the this therapy or any other that may come along. Always take a proactive, preventive, holistic approach to your health. Trying to fix health mistakes after a disease emerges is a costly, painful game to play.

 

2. Product Highlight

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  • Supports loop recording for unlimited recording potential
  • Date/time stamp
  • Motion detection sensitivity adjustment
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  • Video format: .MP4
  • Photo resolution: 2560x1920
  • Photo format: .JPG
  • Memory capacity: 128GB (class 6 or higher card)
  • Power: hardwired
  • SD card storage usage: 1GB per 10 mins
  • Min illumination: 1 Lux
  • Viewing angle: 65
  • Includes 1 each of OmniWallOutlet, 16GB MicroSD card, MicroSD card reader, tweezers, manual, A/V cable, remote.
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3. Brainpower tip

Some people operate in automatic refutation mode, unthinkingly arguing against ideas or information that do not conform to the existing views of their "tribe." Actually, most people do this. While operating this way is one way to earn approval from the people you "belong to" there are other ways. One huge downside of this way of operating is you have opinions and views that are really not your own.

Your opinions and views would be your own, if you chose to listen to, and understand, new or dissenting views. You may not change your position after hearing out the non-conforming "other" but then again you might. If you evaluate the non-conforming information on its merits, then you are well on your way to having your own opinions and views rather than merely parroting those of the "tribe" you belong to.

Let me give you an example of how this works.

In most online "debates" (and many offline ones), there's a dishonest tactic that involves restating the other person's position in a way that is "what they really meant" rather than what they actually said. And totally changing what they said to something they didn't say (and probably would never say).

Suppose you say you want the anti-drug laws revoked because they are not only illegal but harmful and counterproductive. So I, being a dishonest debater, restate your position as something completely absurd and then I argue against that as if you are some kind of crazy person. This is called the "in other words" tactic. It's related to the straw man argument tactic, but it's not quite the same thing. So I then dishonestly say you advocate making sure babies are born with drug addictions, and I justify this lie by saying that with drugs legalized pregnant women will use drugs and thus babies will be born with drug addictions.

But let's say I disagree with you and choose to be honest about it. I'm not going to argue against your position until you agree that I have correctly stated what it is. Now we can debate the actual point. If we both do our homework and gather a fair amount of the relevant facts, I will not only lose this argument but thank you for helping me to reach a different viewpoint than the one I began with.

Some caveats to this approach:

  • While there is only one right answer on the issue used in the example, many other issues are the kind with no right answer. Many people confuse one kind with the other; make a point of knowing the difference.
  • The keys to making this work include respect, intellectual curiosity, and honesty; all three are typically absent from "discussions" between two people who disagree on an issue.
  • Don't confuse the viewpoint of an honest person with the mere spewings of propaganda by such brain deadeners as the lamestream media.
  • Don't confuse the statements of a libtard as anything deserving your time or attention. All of the above assumes a baseline level of cognition and reality-acceptance, neither of which a libtard possesses.

What about those other ways to earn approval? The first question you must ask yourself is why you "need" that approval in the first place. If, as is typical, you have to shut off your thinking ability to gain the approval of whatever "tribe" you seek that from then the cost is far too high. If some other people don't like it that you think, that's their problem. Their attitude says nothing about you, but it speaks volumes of bad about them. Why would you assign any value to the approval of someone with so much bad, someone who is upset at you for using your noggin?

Have confidence in yourself, despite the fact you make mistakes. You're not perfect,  but nobody else is either. The only approval you need is your own. Just make sure you have put serious thought into what your standards are. If you meet them, you're approved! But never shut down your thinking ability just because some other(s) intimidate you into doing that to get approval.

Remember when you were a little kid, what your mother would say if you made a funny face? "If you keep doing that, your face will stay that way." So it is with suppressing your brainpower to zero to get approval. If you do that as a matter of course, then you will be unable to think when you really need to. And you'll always be seeking the approval of people with too much bad for their opinion of you to be valid.

If you find yourself automatically refuting something as someone is speaking or as you are reading what another person wrote, make a decision right there to try your hardest to honestly understand the other point of view. Ask them to clarify, if need be. State what you understand them to be saying, and ask if that is correct. Then have a respectful discussion if you don't agree, but be open to changing your views based on the new information. Having your own opinions and views is much better than simply not thinking out of fear of not getting (or keeping) approval.


4. Finance tip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SAjwF3F-4k&feature=youtu.be


5. Security tip

The fully connected home sounds like a great proposition. Your refrigerator will let you know when you're running low on spinach, and your toilet will send a urinalysis to your medical care provider. Your "smart" appliances will do all sorts of things to make your life more convenient and spare you the hassle of providing information to others. What could possibly go wrong?

Maybe I possess some kind of superpower that enable me to look at the spinach container and see it's running low. Silly me, I thought that was a regular ability but apparently it's not. I also have this superhuman ability to keep a running shopping list, updating it as I notice things.

Well, OK, any competent fourth grader can keep a running shopping list and update it periodically. I don't need my refrigerator contents transmitted to any device. And I don't need my toilet spying on me; how humiliating is that?

Beyond merely infantilizing you or humiliating you, a home that is fully equipped with an array of cameras and sensors and that automatically sends private information to destinations outside your home is a huge security risk. If the toilet merely sent a report to you, that would be OK. You could then decide what to do with it. It wouldn't be automatically shared with someone who probably has a bad attitude at the very least.

Bad attitude? Yes. In both Europe and the USA, 72% of people hate their jobs. What about the other 28%? Those are the people who merely dislike their jobs, are neutral about them, like their jobs, and love their jobs; you can bet the majority of these are neutral or worse. The figures on worker disengagement (not really caring about the company or agency) are equally dismal. This situation is one reason you should not "trust us with your information" regardless of the promises a company makes to you. Also, the information can be hacked by outsiders, not just the (vast majority of the) employees there who hate or dislike their jobs.

Then there's the fact that the 4th Amendment has been eviscerated by several bad decisions by the Supreme Court (with Ginsberg and Thomas usually being the only two dissenters) and the antiPatriot Act (aka, the Spy on Law Abiding Citizens Act) keeps getting renewed. This means your only protection is non-disclosure.

Yes, go ahead and tech the heck out of your house. Install all the cameras and sensors you want. Just make sure the information comes to you (or better, stays on SD cards so nobody can wirelessly steal the information), so that you can decide how it gets used. If you go the other way, with the information being transmitted right past you, the odds are good that information will be used against you. It's not a small risk, it's a near certainty.

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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCyb67uKOxW_TsG6BVPbBIQ/videos

 

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

 

You may have noticed that as you look at each age bracket progressively from youngest to oldest, the percentage of healthy/fit people declines. Most people chalk this up to the inevitable effects of aging, but that is a false conclusion. And it's obviously false because there are so many people (you may even know several) who are healthy and fit well past age 50.

Yes, aging does have its effects. But aging is not what causes the typically huge change in fitness level from age 18 to age 30. Nor does it explain the steady deterioration in fitness typical for the next two decades following 30.

For an explanation, you needn't look far. You need only look at the lifestyle choices and why those choices were made. Typical examples of why the wrong choices were made:

  • I don't have time to fit six meals a day into my schedule.
  • There's not enough time in the day for me to fit in training.
  • I'm too tired at the end of the day to hit the weights.
  • I have too much going on right now to spend time on meal prep and/or exercise.

And when your social circle has the same "reasons" you tend not to challenge these "reasons." But if you use any of these, I challenge you now to challenge them.

Did you notice they are all time-based? More accurately, they are priority-based. Rather than trying to fit your meals and training around other things, fit other things around your meals and training. When you do this, you will find an increased level of focus, energy, efficiency, effectiveness, and stamina; you will thus get more of those other things done in less time. So much less time, that your time for meals and training is essentially free. You don't take it out of your schedule, your schedule becomes easier to accommodate because of them.

If you're holding down a job, that's probably 50 hours a week or more (if on a salary). So, gee, you could wait until retirement to start living the fitness lifestyle. But think of what you give up during those many years of working. By the time you retire, instead of being fit, healthy, and energetic, you will likely be on over a dozen medications and you will have very little drive to do much of anything. This dynamic is why we can say that for most people, retirement means just waiting to die. If you look at the statistics for American men, this "waiting to die" thing is obviously true. The survival rate five years after retirement isn't much better than the survival rate five years after cancer.

Rather than live from age 30 to age 50 in a constant state of deterioration, or live in any age range with unnecessarily accelerated aging, make your health your top priority.

  • Let's say you start work at 0900. Rather than wait until evening to train, go to bed early enough that you have time in the morning to train before going to work. If you start work at 0700, this is less practical; in that case, schedule your training for right after work. Or (if possible) negotiate a mid-day break with your employer, such that you can leave the office at 1100 then train then go to lunch then return to work at 1300.
  • Cooking does take time. The answer to that problem is to do "meal prep." Make big batches and freeze some of them (weekends are great for getting much of this done). Do "prep" on major ingredients, for example cut up veggies, cook rice, bake sweet potatoes, etc., so that you have a batch of several days' worth ready for cooking. This way, you don't spend nearly as much time making each meal.
  • Be flexible with your schedule. Training should be a priority in your schedule, but sometimes things come up. Be willing to move the day's training session to an earlier or later time rather than let training become a liability to dealing with life.

Some thoughts on why you should prioritize now, rather than when you "get around to it":

  • You will gain health and energy to such a degree that you actually have more time to do things even with "not skipping meals and training" included in your schedule.
  • Good diet and consistent training delay, slow, and to some extent even reverse physical deterioration. But some effects are not reversible. You can't totally make up for the lost time by waiting "until I have time".
  • You set good habits in motion.
  • The longer you delay, the less likely you are to start (or resume).
  • If you start (or resume) now, you get the benefits now.
  • There is no upside to delaying, but the costs can be enormous.
 

At 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.

7. Factoid

Because of all the coal that has been burned, any fish you might want to eat contain unsafe levels of mercury.

8. Thought for the Day

Barry Soetoro, the mystery man who illegally occupied the White House for 8 years, is handsome and charismatic. So why has no woman ever come forward to say she'd dated him? (Compare to Trump, Kennedy, Clinton, etc.) Or to reminisce about what he was like in high school or college? Why does "Michelle" have male brows, male hands, male shoulders, male genitalia, and other male features?
(see https://youtu.be/znlrhiodX5A and  https://youtu.be/nwS8yxYxrJo)?

Who were the best man and maid of honor at their wedding (nobody knows)? Did they even have one? And why are there no baby photos or birth certificates of "their" children?
(see, for example, http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/update-on-lack-of-birth-records-for-obamas-children-in-ancestry-com/)

Think about the implications.

 

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Authorship

The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.

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).

The purpose of this publication is to inform and empower its readers (and save you money!).

Personal note from Mark: I value each and every one of you, and I hope that shows in the diligent effort I put into writing this e-newsletter. Thank you for being a faithful reader. Please pass this newsletter along to others.


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