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. "A massive solar farm with battery backup will provide
electrical power cheaper than coal, gas, or nuclear" according to John Blinke is
his Supplementally column of the Mensa Bulletin (his source is Science
Magazine). Unfortunately, this plant won't be online until 2023, as it's being
built in the People's Republic of California where excessive government is a
Item 2. Law-abiding gun owners are still boycotting Dick's Sporting
Goods. The bad news is DSG is still giving us several reasons to do so.
2. Product Highlight
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3. Brainpower tip
We recently had an election in my small town. A pathological liar with delusions
of adequacy was running for an open
Council seat. I was part of a team that tried to defeat her by
exposing her for the fraud she is (we used video clips of her whacky speeches as part
of our voter education outreach). Unfortunately, voters went into braindead mode
and let her manipulate them instead of convince them. So she beat a vastly
superior opponent. How she ran provides fodder for this edition's brainpower
the process of going through her many blog postings and videos of her rambling
speeches to the City Council (she started making those a few months before the
election), I noticed that she consistently talked a whole lot but never really
said anything. She used buzzwords often, though. She'd sprinkle her ramblings
with words like "transparency" or "fairness". She clearly
borrowed from the playbook of Sharice Edwards, a pathological liar who is still
lying since defeating her A+ rated successor Kevin Yoder by spewing bald-faced
lies, baseless accusations, and terrible innuendos about him.
Like the Congresswoman, she offered nothing. Also:
- On her blog she revealed precious little about herself.
- She spent a great deal of her time making false accusations against her
opponent and his supporters.
- She even advised people to call the police on her opponent's supporters
if they were hanging door flyers.
This got me to thinking about a good brainpower tip for y'all.
When other people speak, don't evaluate based on feelings generated by
positive buzzwords. Those buzzwords are often not at all related to what the
person is saying. Also, they are usually used to cover up the opposite. For
- Transparency. When executives and politicians use this word, you can bet
they are hiding something.
- "I'm not going to lie to you" is code for "Here comes a whopper."
- "Trust me" is code for "Bend over baby, because here it comes."
- Safety. Typically, libtards use this word when seeking to constrain free
speech (First Amendment) or self-defense (Second Amendment).
- Affordable. You should probably look for more ways to cut your own
expenses, because here comes yet another rip-off, tax increase, or other
An honest person does not need to gild the lily. An honest person does not
need to cover his/her real message with assurances. For example:
- Instead of "transparency" this person gives you all the relevant facts
or points you to where you can find them.
- Instead of "I'm not going to lie to you" this person provides a rational
support for whatever is being said. That might be a logical proof, an
analogy, a link to a primary source document, or some other reference. Or,
this person makes the point simply and clearly; that lone is usually an
indicator that truth is being spoken.
- Instead of demanding your trust, this person earns it. That can be
through previous actions or a sincere gesture. When we mess up with a
customer (mistakes happen), we don't expect them to just trust an apology.
We provide something additional of value. That can be a nice rebate, free
advice (good advice that is useful, not just something stupid), or some
other gesture that shows we mean what we say.
- Instead of invoking the word "safety" to cover some kind of punishment
for the innocent, an honest person provides an actual solution that improves
- Instead of telling you that something costly is "affordable" an honest
person admits there's an additional cost. The honest person may communicate
why that cost is worthwhile (the value proposition), why it's unavoidable,
or how you might mitigate the cost or cope with it. But an honest person
never tells the "affordable" lie.
When evaluating what another person is saying, look at the substance of it.
- What is this person's point?
- Is it reasonable?
- Is it verifiable?
- Is this person making leaps of logic or does the conclusion follow from
the premise and supporting evidence?
- What is the other side of the story?
- What might be the hidden cost of what this person is proposing? There is
no free lunch.
4. Finance tip
Something like 78% of American workers are disengaged. They do the minimum to
get by, and sometimes not even that. The other 22% are the ones who enjoy their
work. The 22% seem to get all the opportunities, but in reality they make the
If you're like most people, you don't particularly like your
job. You aren't passionate about it, or even "merely" engaged. So you spend 10
hours a day (if the typical white collar worker) not being particularly happy.
Your life on this earth is finite, yet you waste such a huge portion of it
drudging through the work week and TGIF has real meaning for you.
Now imagine you are the boss. You have ten direct reports. Nine of them
exhibit little or no joy until it's time to go home. But there's the one. She is
so happy to be at work that you deliberately swing by her desk near the start of
your day to get your positive energy jolt from her. You've lost count of how
many times she's come up with a creative solution without even being asked. Her
work isn't perfect, but it is close. And she knocks it out at three times the
rate of her next fastest coworker. She's the one you send to trade shows,
because she is always "talking up" your industry, your company, your products,
and your department. The other nine, if they say anything about your industry,
your company, your products, or your department, provide faint praise or
Vendors and customers like her. People in industry trade associations like
Now, as her boss you have already decided that if there's a layoff she won't
be the one to get canned. But maybe you haven't thought about the fact she's
layoff-proof. If she did get canned, she'd have at least three job offers before
she got home. Or maybe you have thought about this and you sometimes lie awake
at night wondering how much of a raise you can get her so she doesn't leave.
You can see this one person has prospects that are very different from those
of her nine coworkers. And that's because she truly cares and is totally
engaged. She loves what she does. This attitude colors her thoughts, emotions,
and actions while on the job and off. She's happier all-around, and healthier
too, because she has decided to love what she does. Maybe she chose that job
because it's what she loves to do, or maybe she got the job and decided to fully
commit to it.
You can read all kinds of books about playing job interview games or how to
write undetectable lies into your resume. Those books are for the 78% who are
disengaged. If you are fully engaged at work, you won't need to go to job
interviews to get hired and you won't need to send a resume. I know this,
because when I worked on a W-2 I was fully engaged and I got job offers without
an interview and without a resume. All the time. These were offers from people
at other companies in my industry. If you're a "hot property" people want you on
their team and they aren't going to toss those kinds of barriers in front of
If something is holding you back from being like this one worker, change
whatever that is. Maybe your boss is a total jerk; in that case, network within
your company (e.g., serve on committees or do interdepartmental projects with
gusto) and open new opportunities. Or network within your industry to open new
opportunities with another employer. Maybe your commute is stressful; in that
case, car pool with someone and/or get a remote work situation set up for at
least one day a week. Whatever it is, get it out of the way. Don't allow
anything, not even your best excuses, to keep you in the land of the disengaged.
5. Security tip
Today, people are increasingly ripped off by some scammer who started the
scam by simply calling them. In addition to this hazard, there's the
annoyance of receiving many unsolicited "sales" calls from various scammers
and others you'd rather just not talk to.
So should you get an unlisted number for your phone? There's an extra charge
for this with most phone carriers, yet it means only that THEY won't list
your number in THEIR directory. Unlisted numbers (along with the names of
those who have them) are still available from a variety of sources, some
paid and some free. For example, you can sign up for a reverse phone number
search service for a modest fee and look up almost anybody. Also, IRS
employees routinely steal and sell confidential taxpayer information
including names and phone numbers. On top of that, robo dialers do brute
force phone calling not from a list but from every potential combination. If
your number exists, robo callers will call it. So this is no cure-all.
What about Caller ID blocking? This doesn't prevent people from discovering
your phone number, it just hides your name when you call. Because
robocallers and con artists use Caller ID blocking extensively, most people
either automatically block Caller ID blocked calls or don't pick up if they
see them. So this option is really for the bad guys, not for the potential
There are some things you can do:
Don't show your phone
number in (anti) social media.
If you put your resume
online, do not include your address or phone number; use a gmail or
yahoo e-mail address that exists solely for contacting you in response
to your resume. Same for LinkedIn, etc.
Don't sign up for free
sweepstakes or give-aways; these things are nothing more than data bait.
Consider using a fake
name with your phone number; scammers do this all the time, so this
option is available. Some calling cards and cellphone plans do this
automatically; my number once showed as Dave something for about six
months. Your friends will know it's you, and if you make a phone
appointment to call someone you can tell that person that Caller ID will
show [whatever name].
When answering the
phone, don't use your last name. If the caller does not have a
legitimate business reason to have your last name, don't give it out
even if asked. So instead of "Jones residence" say "This is Jennifer,
how can I help you?" (unless your name actually is Jennifer or you are a
guy, in which case use a guy's name). Also, "Hello, who is calling
please?" works just fine.
Check your outgoing
message on your voicemail. Does it have your last name? Unless there is
a business reason for this, change your message.
Don't feel pressured
to answer questions when someone calls you out of the blue. Scammers
will often say they are with the IRS or the police department or some
other government agency, and then pepper you with questions. If that
happens, ask for their number and say you will call them back. If they
don't agree to this, just hang up.
Buy a call blocker
device such as the CPR Call Blocker (landlines, only). Every time you
get a spam call, press the big red button to block further calls from
Use your phone
service's call blocking.
If you find yourself
totally bombarded with spam calls, you can try changing your phone
number. This is problematic these days, for many reasons. Use it only as
a last resort, and don't allow call forwarding from the old number to
Always remember that the
person calling you is just calling you. That person cannot pose a physical
threat, unless that person is an IRS employee or similar degenerate with
access to unlimited resources. Phone call harm nearly always depends upon
bullying the victim into doing something stupid. You never have to argue
with that person or justify yourself, and you always have the option of just
hanging up. Use that option without feeling the least bit abashed about
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.
my climbing videos here:
Training for performance athletes|
The traditional approach is low
reps, to avoid increasing muscle size. Heavy weight, slow reps, and you
build muscle without unnecessary size. Sounds right, get a higher power to
weight ratio by not increasing capillarization the way competitive body
builders do. But is it the best way for an athlete to train?
No, because there are two flaws with this approach:
- Look at the typical performance athlete and then at the typical
competitive bodybuilder. The performance athlete has much more body fat.
That extra fat does not improve the power to weight ratio! What if the
athlete replaced the fat with capillaries and kept overall weight the
- Increased capillarization means greater blood flow to the muscle
fibers. This means more oxygen is available to burn more fuel in a given
time, which means more power. It's the same principle as turbocharging
an engine. Recovery from exertion is also noticeably faster, not
recovery as in endurance but as in sustained ability to repeatedly
produce peak power. And the time to depletion is improved even before
recovery is needed, allowing the muscles to contract stronger and
My faith in the low rep for performance concept took a big hit when I
watched Usain Bolt train in the 2016 documentary "I Am Bolt".
I followed the traditional approach from the mid-70s until last year, and
then switched to the higher volume, higher speed with expert guidance from
Robert Wichman. This
change gave me the "dreaded" capillarization, but it also resulted in a
noticeable increase of instantaneous power. Not only that, I recover from
exertion far more quickly, and often do
gnarly climbs back
to back. For
someone who is about 30 years older than most of the people I climb with,
you'd think I'd have one of the lowest climbs per hour rates instead of one
of the highest. Before I changed my training, I was in about the middle--but
that high only because I have been training since the early 1970s and
haven't missed a workout since 1977.
A fellow climber was filming me climb this V4:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTh372svh1M. He filmed it twice. On the
first attempt, I messed up on the last move and fell. He was surprised that
I wanted to make the second attempt right away without resting. You can see
in this climb how my back muscles are popping; it requires a great deal of
tension in the core and across the back to maintain that precarious balance.
This creates a significant cardio load and *should* require me to rest a
good 5 or 6 minutes between climbs to get my strength back. But my strength
never left me, thanks to that capillarization.
When I was very active in martial arts, we avoided building much muscle
because "it slows you down." Yet look at today's MMA fighters; very
different from how Bruce Lee looked. Similarly, take a look at Usain Bolt.
Many people are surprised to learn he is 6'5" because of his proportions. He
also has a look that is more like a competitive bodybuilder than like a
1970s martial artist. If you watch the documentary "I Am Bolt" and see how
he trains, you'll understand why. Mr. Bolt is widely recognized not just as
the world's greatest living athlete but as the greatest athlete of all time.
His training is not the traditional low reps, "avoid capillarization"
So if what I said is true, why don't the top athletes in various sports look
like Mr. Olympia? OK, the obvious answer there is the drugs. But what about
non-drug bodybuilders, why don't the top athletes look like that? Actually,
they do--in selected muscle groups. The top athletes have developed a
musculature that is tailored to their sport. Again, consider Mr. Bolt. Or
take a look at Alex Hannold, one of the greatest climbers of all time. Big
obliques, big abs, big lats, big shoulders. However, he is in the muscles
that long pitch outdoor climbers don't rely on. For example, his pecs are
small. If he had relied on the low reps method of training, his shoulders
would be much smaller than they are (and less powerful).
fiber size is only one part of building a stronger muscle. Stimulating the
growth of capillaries within the muscle is the part that many performance
athletes miss, on purpose, due to a misconception about "dead weight".
All that said, can you reach a point where those capillaries cost more in
weight than they contribute in strength? Theoretically, yes. But not if they
grow in proportion to the muscle fibers. Absent something extreme, such as
freaky "1 in a billion" genetics or a truly whacky training program, your
body will grow both in the correct proportions if stimulated to grow both.
Not only will you never develop "dead weight" in terms of excess
capillaries, you also raise your ceiling on how much muscle fiber growth you
can get when you have more capillaries to support that growth.
So for a performance athlete, rep restriction for training makes as much
sense as calorie restriction prior to competition.
Just to avoid a misinterpretation here, I do not advocate "cardio"
because it trains the body to conserve fuel (store fat) and reduce weight (catabolize
muscle). If you watch Usain Bolt's training, you will see how he developed
awesome cardiovascular capacity without "doing cardio." People who "do
cardio" to get more cut (for appearance) or lose fat (for performance)
actually do the opposite of what they intended. If you train properly, the
"cardio" is integrated into your workout because of the sheer demand placed
on the body (it's all about intensity).
If you "need" the "cardio" anyhow, it means your workout is defective in
some way. The typical culprit is too much rest between sets. The cause of
that is usually a failure to focus on the workout. You get distracted doing
something to occupy your time during the rest period and before you know it
several minutes have gone by. One cure for this is to stack related
exercises. For example, I do a set of chin-ups then immediately grab a set
of dumbells to do biceps curls. Then I stand there, with nothing to do, for
15 or 20 seconds before hitting the next set. It may seem like I am wasting
time for 15 or 20 seconds, but what I am doing is reaching deep into my
"bucket of try" for my next two sets. Then I bring my A game to those two
sets, making them as productive as I can.
To get your best body for performing in your sport, use the techniques
competitive bodybuilders use. But change your focus from physique symmetry
to strength specialization. If you don't have a clue on how to do this, some
really good trainers are out there. But so are some posers and players.
Check out Mr. Wichman; he
has a system for remote coaching that many people are using. I don't get any
remuneration from that endorsement, I'm just making it to help any of my
readers who want to take their athletic performance up a notch or three.
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.
One fourth of the USA's homeless population lives in the People's Republic of
California (source: The Economist). This should not be surprising.
8. Thought for the Day
Political campaign managers have
learned that voters typically make their choice based on fear and other emotions
rather than rational analysis. That's why election campaigns are full of lies
and negativity, with the least qualified candidate usually winning. How can you
help change this dynamic? Begin by seeing the D-R con game for what it is, and
bypass that false choice system entirely. Next step? Gently persuade others to
apply some critical thinking, asking them questions to stimulate that process.
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