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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 number of concealed carry permit holders is up 8% since
2018. This is good news for many obvious reasons. But if you are a rapist,
mugger, or other violent criminal this is not good news for you.
Item 2. In the third quarter of this year, the UK reached a milestone.
40% of its electricity came from renewables, while 39% came from fossil fuels
(the balance came from nuclear power). This is really good news, mostly because
it shows what may be possible in larger countries such as China and the USA.
2. Product Highlight
XPOWER A-2 Airrow Pro Multi-Use Electric Computer Duster, Canned Air
ReplacementThe XPOWER A-2 Airrow Pro Multi-use Electric Duster Blower is
a lightweight, compact and incredibly powerful air blower that includes
easy-to-use 9 air flow nozzles for endless applications. More than just a
replacement for canned air dusters, the XPOWER Airrow Pro provides you the power
and flexibility to dust, pump air, and dry. Unleash over 500 watts of power.
XPOWER A-2 is designed for frequent and heavy-duty corporate, IT, home, and
office uses. XPOWER A-2 is an inexpensive, permanent, and alternative to canned
- By using the A-2 Airrow Pro, you will feel confident about not only
eliminating the cost of canned air dusters, but freeing your home or office
of toxic inhalants as well.
- Powered only by electricity, the Airrow Pro has no dangerous
fluorocarbons and other deadly propellants.
- For U.S. or countries with 120V/60Hz power standards.
- With just one A-2 Airrow Pro Handheld Electric Duster, you will never
need to buy another can of air again.
- Multi-Use: Dust and clean computers, laptops, car interiors, cameras,
medical equipment, model vehicles, and blinds. Dry wet surface and
hard-to-reach places. Inflate airbeds, small inflatables, and floats. Many
more other applications with 9 easy-to-use nozzle attachments.
- Powerful, Energy Efficient, and Lightweight: (For 120V/60Hz power
systems only) 3/4 HP motor with 500 watts, 90 CFM airflow, and weighs only
- Durable And Safe: ABS rugged plastic housing, thermal protection, and
ETL/CETL Safety Certified.
- Convenient Features: Built-in 2-speed control, easy to change washable
filter, and 10 ft durable cord that can be nicely wrapped around the unit
for easy storage.
- Save Money and the Environment: Inexpensive and nontoxic. Unlike canned
air dusters, the XPOWER A-2 Airrow PRO has no fluorocarbons or dangerous
inhalants/propellants. This is a onetime investment so you will never need
to buy canned air ever again.
Buy yours now.
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3. Brainpower tip
I don't do FB or other anti-social media. Those forums are hangouts for the
mentally ill. Bullying, mindless arguing, negativity, lying, and other bad
behavior are standard fare.|
Stop to think about what, if anything, of actual
value you have gotten from FB. Then think about how much time you have spent to
get that, if anything. And then think about how much personal security you have
simply thrown away.
For most people, the "value" they get from FB or other anti-social media is a
"like" or some other fairly meaningless affirmation. Instead of wasting hours to
get that small reward, why not invest an hour or two helping a less fortunate
neighbor? Maybe rake their lawn. You will be SO appreciated and you will get
good exercise. Or become a mentor to someone, for an ongoing series of emotional
Similarly, I don't listen to the radio, read the newspaper, or watch TV. I
stopped listening to the radio a few years ago. I stopped subjecting my brain to
TV in 1990, though I never was much of a TV watcher to begin with. I stopped
reading newspapers in 1982. The "value" people believe they get from these
sources is "I am up to date about current events." How does being fed lies,
distortions, and propaganda make you "up to date" on anything?
My recusal from "the lie machine" has left me with a much more accurate sense
of what's going on than what I would otherwise have. No "junk food for the
There is plenty of "mental food" that is good for you. Choose the good stuff.
4. Finance tip
What is the "gig economy?" That's where you do something like deliver packages
for Amazon using your own vehicle, use part(s) of your home for Air BnB, or
drive people around for Uber. All of these are "great ways to earn extra money"
except they are not.|
Profit is revenue minus costs. Seems simple enough, but
the number one reason 95% of new businesses fail is their owner/operators didn't
know their costs. And so it is with "gig economy" jobs. The first thing you
might notice about these is they offer the customer a big cost-savings over what
they'd pay using a conventional service (e.g., Amazon uses UPS, a traveler stays
in a hotel, a rider uses a cab or bus). That should be a big red flag, right
Where do you think those savings come from? The costs are externalized onto
the gig economy worker.
Let's take Uber for example. Cab service, with all its short distance trips,
is considered "hard service" vehicle usage. All that starting and stopping cuts
engine life by more than 50%. Uber drivers should change their oil every 2,000
miles due to hard service. It's a fair bet that 99.99% of them continue to
change at 5,000 or more miles as if their car is operating under normal
conditions instead of extreme ones.
You can rack up a lot of miles, putting you into a higher mileage category
for insurance, too. Not to mention your high risk of collision due to driving in
unfamiliar areas and being distracted by a passenger who wants to talk with you
while you are negotiating heavy traffic.
There's wear and tear on your vehicle. Passengers get in, they don't usually
care about someone else's car. Those mysterious scratches and dings on your
door, the fingerprint acid etching your exterior paint, and the various insults
to your interior finish and trim including boogers drying on the back of your
headrest. Someone gets in with a milkshake or ice cream, and oops, your carpet
develops a massively bad odor the next day. Or someone with massively bad gas
gets in, and your car instantly stinks so bad you can hardly stand it.
Driving around for Amazon has a similar set of issues, minus the
inconsiderate passenger. But you're still moving boxes in and out of your car,
and that's not good for the upholstery. Or your back.
Consider Air BnB
Wow, use a spare room to make money! What could be easier?
Well, a lot of things.
When you lease that room to a stranger, you are also leasing other parts of
your house. At least one bathroom, for sure. And usually space in the
refrigerator (how much can you spare?), cupboards, etc. What about higher
utility bills, issues with parking, conflicting bed times, conflicting shower
times, and so forth? What kitchen appliances will you share with this person? If
you've ever used a community microwave oven at work, you know the horrors that
can arise here. So let's not get started on the washer and dryer.
Will this person bring paper sacks or boxes into that spare room, leaving you
to deal with the bugs that are attracted by the glue in those sacks and boxes?
What drain-clogger might this person flush down a toilet? Aside from the loss of
your privacy, what other issues might emerge? What about hygiene issues? What
about carpet cleaning due to, oops, I dropped my coffee in the hallway where I
wasn't even supposed to take it?
You give up an awful lot of just living your life to make this extra money. A
big problem here is you can't just leave the office and go home, your home is
where the problems all are. You're stuck with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, as long as your spare room is being leased.
All of these gig economy arrangements offer "free money" as if there is no
cost. Or no real skill needed. If you run an Air BnB and want a good reputation,
skill and hard work are just the beginning of what you must provide.
Nobody is going to provide you with a profitable, low-effort gig. Typically,
these gig economy arrangements result in net financial loss. The people who
offer these gigs are cutting their costs by making those your
costs. Yes, you can make a little extra money and that is the bait. Don't take
it, or the hook will sink and you'll get reeled right in.
What to do instead
The single best thing the typical wage earner can do is have an attitude
change. About 80% of Americans are disengaged at work. A full 70% hate their
jobs. So they show up, go to meetings, and paint by whatever numbers their boss
provides. They do what it takes to make it through the day, and most of what
they do is meaningless and unnecessary.
We hear "TGIF" not because people had a great week being outstanding
employees doing work they love, but because they have spent the week getting by
and are glad this week's charade is finally about over.
If you want to be a star either with your present employer or a new one you
can attract, then start thinking like a business owner rather than a hired hand.
Start your day by asking, "What one thing can I accomplish today that will make
me valuable to my company?" Then do it the best you can. Not sure what that
thing is? Then ask your boss what three things he least likes to do and then
offer to do one of them so he doesn't have to. Start networking within your
company to find out where problems are and offer to help even if that means
doing so in your free time. Be a problem-solver. Don't be an "idea generator"
because everyone has ideas. Come up with real solutions and real innovations.
Here's an example from my past life as an employee. My employer put on a
conference each year, and it always lost about $90,000. They considered that a
marketing cost. So I began looking at their process for registering attendees
and I found a few problems that, if corrected, would surely prevent the losses.
I discussed this with my boss, who told me not to get involved. My next move was
to contact the new person who had been hired to run the conferences. I gave her
a teaser on solving one of the problems and asked for a meeting.
During the meeting, I first asked her to lay out her registration plan. It
was the same as always. So I asked a few questions to lead her to see what the
problems were. Then I told her how each of those problems could be solved. She
agreed to implement my suggestions. For the first time in its history, the
conference actually made money. It broke even 30 days prior to its opening, and
it made $95,000 in profit instead of a $90,000 loss.
Of course, the company didn't split the profit with me. But I impressed the
bejesus out of a lot of higher-ups and that paid off in multiple ways. Including
eventually getting my idiot boss fired and replaced with someone possessing both
integrity and brains (he was probably my best boss ever).
So first focus on being the best employee you can be. Look for opportunities
to serve. An opportunity can be in the company, as with my example. And/or it
can be outside the company, for example taking a lead role in an industry
A second approach is to start your own gig. What is it you do well and that
you are passionate about? Start your own sideline business doing that. If you
can do that AND have your employer as a customer that's even better. If you go
this route, don't make money your goal or you will fail. That's because chasing
the money instead of your passion will lead to bone-headed, business-fatal
mistakes. Of course, you do need to know your costs and correctly allocate your
resources. But your focus must be on providing value to others rather than on
getting money from them. And that's pretty much what is behind my advice on how
to behave with your current employer.
What if you already have a business and it runs you instead of the other way
around? That is happening because you are thinking like a disengaged employee
instead of a business owner. Get clear on your strategic vision, and start
pruning things so that your activities support that vision instead of being
diluted across non-strategic goals. If there's something you hate doing, hire
someone to do that for you (contractor, service provider company, or employee).
Focus on what you do best. Simply working harder won't make you more money.
Focusing on what you do best is the solution there.
Also, make a point of setting and following standards of excellence. I don't
mean perfection. This is an entire topic unto itself, but my main point is you
must do consistently better than just mediocre if you want to improve your
financial position. No "easy money" gig economy arrangement can even come close
to providing the rewards that come with consistent excellence in whatever you
love to do.
5. Security tip
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
Photo taken a couple of weeks after my 59th birthday.
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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In the United States, the vast majority of disease is caused by consumption
of "processed food". This includes various forms of cane sugar, wheat, and
corn. This poison is "in everything", by which I mean if you buy something
in a bottle, can, or box it is probably contaminated with "processed food."|
Because these substances are addictive (due to their effect on dopamine),
kicking the "processed food" habit is nearly impossible. I say nearly. My
diet is devoid of this garbage, and I will tell you how to beat the
The first thing you must do is recognize that once food is processed, it
is on longer food. Thinking otherwise is a huge mistake that will cost you
your freedom from the addiction. Many people say, "All things in moderation"
or "You just need balance" as an excuse for continuing to consume these
things. That excuse will keep them from freeing themselves, because, as
already noted, these substances are addictive. You must break the addiction.
Breaking an addition cold turkey is difficult and can cause physical
discomfort. So here's a gradual plan that anybody can implement. Just take
each step at your own pace. When you're comfortable and adjusted to one
step, then add the next step. You might be able to do that at a rapid pace
(each grocery store visit, you move up a step) or you may take months.
Remember, you're making a permanent change. You're not trying some
short-term crazy diet; in fat, you are getting OFF a crazy diet. Going
forward, I'll refer to "processed foods" as PFs.
- Step one. Eliminate liquid PFs. This includes fruit juices (which
are endocrine modifiers, and that's as bad as it sounds) and soft
drinks. But also read the labels on any sauces, dressings, condiments,
and beverages. If the labels say corn syrup, sugar, fructose, etc. (look
up "names for sugar" with an online search, it's a long list), don't buy
the product. If you already have the product, toss it out. You can
replace liquid PFs with water, tea, or coffee (in that preferred order);
but generally, liquid PFs are so full of sodium they cause a net
hydration loss so replacement usually isn't necessary.
- Step two. Replace wheat with greens. You can replace bread with bok
choy leaves, for example, to make a wrap instead of a sandwich. Start
looking closely sat what you eat to see if it contains wheat, then
substitute something else. What if you like the convenience of a
delivered pizza because you don't have time to cook? Try this, instead.
Keep on hand a tub of mixed greens (kale, spinach, and bok choy for
example) and bowls of boiled eggs. It takes under two minutes to throw
some greens in a bowl, peel and slice two eggs, and pour mixed vinegar
and oil over it. Grind up some black pepper, and you have a delicious
nutrition bonanza that is low cal and that won't disrupt your endocrine
system or jack with your dopamine.
- Step three. If you bake, replace wheat flour with healthier
alternatives such as oat flour.
- Step four. Adjust your fats. PF-based diets are deficient in healthy
fats. Add those to your greens. Sources include olive oil, peanut oil,
organic butter, nuts, and avocadoes.
- Step four. Adjust your fruits. PF-based diets are typically
fruit-poor. Eat at least two different kinds of fruit each day. Avoid
dried fruits, as their sugar concentration is very high.
- Step five. Review what you've done in each of the preceding steps
and look for omissions. For example, you joined a gym and now eat
protein bars and protein shakes. Almost every bar on the market contains
sugar, and many protein shakes do also. But there are ones that don't.
And remember, Halloween is coming up. Is it ethical to hand out to little
kids PF that will rot their teeth, induce osteoporosis, send them into near
insulin shock, and increase their dopamine-related health problems?
Taking it to the next level
Once you've kicked the PF addiction, what's next? You already look
better, feel better, smell better, and enjoy a nice IQ bump. What if you
have even higher aspirations for your health? Follow these tips:
- Spread your calories. It's traditional in the "mainstream" to
consume three meals a day. This is actually an unhealthy practice.
Divide those same calories over six meals and the effects are noticeable
after only a few days.
- Adjust your portion sizes. In the USA, portions tend to be way too
big. Start shrinking yours, either across the board or one meal or one
ingredient at a time. Do this until you reach a point of statis; your
meals are about as small as you can make them without your getting
hungry between meals.
- Adjust your portion content. Eat more "super foods" than other types
of food. If it's a vegetable, it's a super food (iceberg lettuce
excluded). Eat a variety of vegetables for the best effect. If your diet
has fewer than eight different types of vegetable, you need to
- Experiment with meal prep to save time.
- Don't fall into the trap of replacing PF with a few boring foods, as
that will cause you to go back to PF. Instead, find and use real food
recipes to enhance your enjoyment of food. Or simply experiment. Try
different combinations, different forms (e.g., diced versus sliced), and
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.
Today we hear about "fake news" as if it's something new and shocking. The fact
is the news has been fake since long before any of us were born. This sad state
of affairs is why Mark Twain made his famous quip about newspapers (look that
8. Thought for the Day
In conversation, do you seek to
understand or do you seek to impress? One of these methods actually does
impress, the other has the opposite effect of that which was intended.
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