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Factoid | Thought 4 the Day
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1. Good News
Item 1. Dr. Fritz Zolrath, a zoologist at Oxford University, has
developed a fake rhinoceros horn that is almost impossible to differentiate from
a real one. Once he gets the process to scale, certain national governments
would likely be paying customers to help flood the market and lower the profits
made by poachers. Several African nations now are forced to deploy military
forces to protect endangered rhinos and other large mammals, because park
rangers are no match for the well-funded, excessively armed poachers. In
addition to saving a precious natural resource within their borders, these
nations would vastly reduce the staggering costs of fighting poachers.
Item 2. The rollback of Obamageddon anti-economy, anti-jobs executive
orders, policies, etc., continues to provide benefits to Americans. More than
266,000 new jobs were created, last month alone. Unemployment is down to 3.5%,
the lowest it has been since the year we put Neal Armstrong (RIP) on the moon
Item 3. The real news about the economy is reducing the left's power
to control people's minds with their fake news.
Item 4. The fantastic economic news nearly ensures President Trump
will be re-elected, since it's obvious why that news is so good (Trump's
policies versus Soetoro's policies). The left, which hates law and the
democratic process, fears an election loss. Just as they have been misusing the
courts in an effort to eviscerate our First, Second, and Fourth Amendment
rights, they are now using impeachment as a means to invalidate elections. The
good news is this skullduggery is almost certain to backfire. And the Senate is
about 99% sure to not back impeachment. Talk about egg on the face.
Item 5. The election for POTUS is decided on the basis of voting
precincts. It's all or nothing, precinct by precinct. Many voters don't know
this, just as many voters cannot name the three branches of the federal
government. The USA has about 3200 voting precincts. When Hillary ran against
Trump, she won 59 of them. Most were in "communist countries" such as the
People's Republic of New York and the People's Republic of California, where
thinking appears to be illegal. Those places also collect a hugely
disproportionate share of government benefits. Hillary claims she won the
popular vote, but she won in places with exceptionally high population density.
She lost to Trump in 3100 of the 3200 voting precincts. Frontrunner Elizabeth
Warren is widely considered even more whacky than Hillary, and her math is so
bizarre that few people with at least a third grade education will take her
seriously. Which means she is likely to win even fewer than 59 precincts, and
that would be very good news.
Item 6. Most people do not know that alcohol is a carcinogen, even in
small amounts. It crosses the blood-brain barrier, so if brain cancer is your
idea of fun then drink up. There's no such thing as beer or wine in moderation,
it's just plain bad. The good news is millennials started drinking much later
than any other generation since Prohibition. And once they start drinking, they
drink less. The pattern is continuing with Generation Z already. Like smoking,
drinking is going out of fashion. And that is very good news indeed.
Item 7. The Communist News Network (CNN) continues to see its ratings
decline. That is really good news, it means more and more people are rejecting
the fake news provided by this disinformation outlet.
2. Product Highlight
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3. Brainpower tip
Even smart people do dumb things. Why is this?|
Because intelligent, conscious
thought is not on auto-pilot. You have to decide to use it.
Suppose you drove a car into a wall. Did the brakes fail, or did you fail to
use them? Brainpower is like that.
Normal people have considerable brain power. Smart people have even more. A
normal person who decides to use his/her brainpower will easily outperform a
genius who doesn't decide the same.
When confronted with a problem, make a point of stopping to think about it.
At first, your thoughts should be directed at defining the problem. You can't
correctly solve a problem until you know exactly what that problem is. From this
point, you can choose from a long list of problem-solving techniques. Once you
make the choice, think things through at every step rather than mindlessly go
through the motions. Your brain is a powerful system. Going back to the car
analogy, turn the key (decide to think) and then stomp that accelerator. You'll
get impressive results.
4. Finance tip
Having a "side hustle" is touted as a great way to earn extra income, get some
tax breaks, and provide a backup in case you lose your "day job." But some
caveats are in order. A big caveat is you need to know your costs. Most "side
hustle" people are actually losing money. It's often because they pick something
"easy" that they are not really passionate about. They see the revenue, but
don't run the financials to calculate the profit (if any). And because they
aren't passionate about this side hustle, they basically put in their time
instead of being great at doing whatever it is.|
Let's look at two examples:
Driving for Uber and selling on Amazon.
After Uber takes its cut from a typical ride, the driver is left with an
amount that is less than the minimum wage. But some rides net well above minimum
wage. To determine hourly pay, count all the time your car is out there, not
just the revenue per ride. This includes the time you spend returning empty from
a paying ride and the time you spend driving around waiting for Uber to provide
you with a paying customer.
Once you figure your hourly pay, you have a number
that is a long way from your profit (if any). Some costs to consider:
- Cleaning. Many Uber users call Uber for a ride home after an evening of
binge drinking. Vomiting in your car is very likely.
- Cleaning. People like to fart and pick their noses in rental cars, and
it's no different in cars driven by other people such as taxi drivers and
- Washing. You have to keep your car's exterior clean, or you are not
going to have five-star ratings and you are not going to get tips. That
means at least one daily trip through a car wash.
- Fuel. It really adds up.
- Tires. The standard tires that come on the typical passenger car are
crap. They provide poor mileage, poor handling, poor traction, and adequate
ride comfort. You will want to upgrade for at least two of those reasons,
and this is not cheap. A set of high-end Michelins could easily run you $800
(on sale, no less!).
- More frequent wheel balancing and alignments. These cost money and take
- Cosmetic repairs. Most people don't understand how easy it is to damage
the paint on a car. Take strangers into your car, and expect to spend
considerable money repairing the exterior. Fingerprint oil is a common
culprit most people do not even think of, but take a look at the passenger
doors of a typical Uber car and you will see plenty of little scratches.
- Increased maintenance. All those short trips mean you should change your
oil and filter every 2,000 miles.
- Wear and tear. You're piling more miles onto your car, shortening its
life and its resale value.
- Increased likelihood of filing an insurance claim. You're driving more.
A lot more. Plus you will have riders who want to chat so you can't focus on
driving. Plus you have to use the Uber app while driving, yet another
distraction. Plus you will be driving through unfamiliar neighborhoods and
other unfamiliar places. Often at times of high traffic congestion.
- Possibly higher insurance rates. If you get a break now for low annual
mileage, that will disappear. But many insurance companies are also
assessing the increase risk they must cover for Uber drivers and adjusting
(raising) their rates accordingly.
Other costs to consider:
- Opportunity costs.
- Wear and tear on your back.
- The risk of being attacked or robbed by a "customer", causing you to
pull out your 9mm pistol and hold them until the police come (losing
about an hour in the process).
Is it possible to make a living with Uber? Perhaps, but the odds are
slim and you'd need ideal conditions (including being in a dense metro
area that has plenty of short rides available). You'd also need to be an
expert at gaming the Uber system so you can snag the most profitable
Many people start a side hustle as an Amazon seller. This is a
mistake. The job has become so complex, you either do it full-time or
expect mediocrity and financial losses. The common misconception is you
just list your stuff on Amazon, and they take 8%.
Aside from the
work-intensive time you have to put in to succeed on Amazon, here are
some costs people fail to consider while running up credit card debt it
will take them years to pay off:
- The actual sales commission to Amazon. For many categories, it's
16%. Not 8%.
- If using FBA, the cost of inbound shipping.
- If doing your own fulfillment or dropshipping, the cost of
shipping to the customer.
- If using FBA, the FBA fees.
- The cost of returns. They often come back in unsellable
- Warranty costs. Yes, manufacturers love the extra revenue Amazon
sellers provide. No, they do not usually support Amazon sellers with
tech support or warranty support. You must back the warranty
yourself, in most cases.
Here are sample numbers for a $100 product that moves 10 units
- You buy a case of 10 at a time.
- The product is smallish and weighs 2lbs each.
- It has an "average" return rate; let's say one out of twelve
- Your cost is $75.
Right off the bat, it looks like you make $25 per sale. But
of course, Amazon takes 8% so you make $17 per order. Right?
- $0.60: Inbound shipping to FBA.
- $0.20: Labeling fees by distributor.
- $5.30. FBA fees.
- $0.75. Cost of return shipping of one return, $9 per 12
units (you pay for return shipping)
- $9.00. Cost of shipping "unfulfillable" to you or your
Note that when there's a return, Amazon does not refund
its commission. So now it looks like we must subtract $15.85
from our "profit" netting just $1.15. But that's not the end
of the cost story. And it assumes the price won't drop on
Amazon or returns won't increase.
Amazon's fee is 15%. Now you have a loss per sale of
You run advertising and your Acquisition Cost Of Sales is
5% (which is considered very low). Now you have a loss on ad
sales of $3.85 per unit. But you also move units
organically, so you about break even. If you scale this up
to a normal self-employment level, you work about 60 hours a
week for free.
For this product, we would want a margin of 30% to even
consider it. If we got 40%, that would be good.
Now, it is
possible to make very good money selling on Amazon. But to
do that, you must "do the math". A lot. This aspect of
sourcing and profitable product is maybe 10% of what it
takes to succeed on Amazon. There are dozens of other things
a seller must do. It's a real business, not an ATM that
draws on someone else's account for you. It was once
possible to sell on Amazon as a part-time gig and make extra
money. Today, that is probably not possible. I have thought
about how that might work and just do not see it.
gig economy, general thoughts
People who are used to
working on a W-2 see the gig economy and think
whatever they are paid is pure profit. As I have shown, that
is not at all the case. In addition, you are not employee in
the gig economy. If you sell online, rent out space for Air
BnB, provide freelance services via a "hire a geek" site,
drive for Uber or Lyft, etc., you do not have employee
benefits. There are no paid holidays, paid vacations, sick
days, or personal days. You don't get medical insurance,
educational reimbursement, retirement/pension, or any
other employee benefits. You just get the check (or
electronic deposit). Also, it's up to you to deal with the
Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths, correctly reporting
your income and paying your income taxes.
You do get to
set your own hours. For most self-employed individuals,
those hours are pretty much "all of them" unless you figure
out how to set realistic limits so you run the business
instead of the other way around.
One of the big problems
with being a gig economy worker (or, related to it, being
self-employed in a real business) is you are seen
differently by banks. Try buying a house if you are
self-employed, and you'll see what I mean. I don't know how
gig economy workers actually fare in the mortgage market,
but given the fact they typically are working long hours in
a low-profit, high audit-risk endeavor, I have a pretty good
Should you ever be a gig economy worker? Perhaps if
you are in a financial tight spot, yes. Since you are more
likely to lose money than net a profit (or at best barely
make any profit), you can consider the opportunity costs and
other costs as "loan interest" and use the cash flow to get
you out of a bind.
But a better approach is to decide on a
real business. Then figure out how that business would work,
how much time you can realistically devote to it, and what
resources are available to help you succeed. One trap here
is people pick a business based on how much money they think
it could make. That is how you pick a business at which you
will fail. Pick a business that you are, or can be,
passionate about. If you really care about that business,
the money will follow. If you are disengaged, as the typical
W-2 worker is, the money will not follow.
the key to succeeding with your side hustle or part-time
business. It is also the key to succeeding in a W-2 job.
Many people quit their W-2 job because they hate it, then go
into a "business" in which they are just as disengaged as
they were in their job. For such folks, the first thing to
try is to figure out how you can become enthusiastic about
your job or find a job in which you will be fully engaged
every day because you love what you 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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How to manage hormones naturally, Part 2|
In the United States today,
there is a terrible drug epidemic. One drug in particular is causing massive
failure in people's endocrine systems, with a death rate that exceeds the
death rate from all other causes combined. The deaths are often violent in
nature, with toes being amputated and then limbs. Yes, we are talking about
Sugar causes vastly more deaths
and vastly greater social disruption than methamphetamines. Yet, the same
government that bans methamphetamines subsidizes sugar. Go figure. And I
don't mean just cane sugar. I also mean maltodextrin (a common sugar that
does not have to be included as sugar on an FDA-approved food label),
fructose (fruit juice), and the various derivatives of wheat, corn, and soy.
These various forms of sugar cause:
Adult onset diabetes.
Obesity, morbid obesity, and
all the other names we have for "way-ay-ay too fat".
Kidney disease, liver
disease, pancreatic disease, you name it.
Various forms of cancer.
Osteoporosis and muscle
loss, due to the significant reduction in testosterone each time sugar
Here's the crux of what you need
If it's processed, it's not food.
Just about anything in the produce department is a "super food". This
does not include iceberg lettuce, but it does include such nutritional
bonanzas as romaine lettuce.
"Great bodies are made in
the kitchen, not in the gym." Bill Phillips, author of Body For Life,
Excess body fat is the most
visible symptom of endocrine abuse. You do not solve this by "losing
weight." You solve this by losing sugar.
Some additional details:
- Special diets such as the Paleo Diet and Atkins Diet are nonsense.
They are based on selective facts and dubious logic.
- A diet that is plant-based or primarily plant-based, and the plants
are mostly organic, is very healthy for your endocrine system.
- Any diet that includes wheat, corn, or derivatives of them (e.g.,
high fructose corn syrup, "whole wheat" flour, etc.) is hostile to your
- Don't reduce sugar in your diet. Eliminate it from your diet.
Notice, I'm not prescribing any particular diet. That's because there are
so many great foods to choose from. You almost cannot go wrong, as long as
you stick to food. But wait, different people have different definitions of
"food". So let me be clear. Food is:
- Mostly found in the produce department at the grocery store. Of
course, beans, rice, oils, vinegars, eggs, nuts, non-wheat flours, and
spices are found elsewhere in the store (far from the soda aisle).
- Seldom packaged in a can or box.
- Rarely found in restaurants.
Here's the (remaining) game plan for this series:
How to manage hormones naturally, Part 3
Training. There are smart ways to train, and then there are the ways the
vast majority of people use.
How to manage hormones naturally, Part 4
Rest. Recuperation from training requires time. You also need to get
adequate sleep every day.
How to manage hormones naturally, Part 5
Consistency. Don't skip meals and don't skip workouts. Skipping arguments is
How to manage hormones naturally, Part 6
Mental focus. People who lack focus tend to fail at everything, rather than
succeed at anything. This can become depressing. Concentrate on the task at
How to manage hormones naturally, Part 7
Positive mental attitude. That glass isn't half full, it's overflowing!
How to manage hormones naturally, Part 8
Supplements. How to sort scams from the good stuff.
How to manage hormones
naturally, Part 9
Chemicals to avoid. Many commonly-used chemicals adversely affect endocrine
How to manage hormones naturally, Part 10
Handling social pressure. Rather than use willpower to fight social pressure
from the disease-embracing, health-averse culture, follow these tips to use
social pressure to your advantage.
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.
Sugar causes more deaths in the USA than all other drugs combined. And yes,
sugar is a drug. It's a highly addictive one, which is why it's routinely put
into processed "food".
8. Thought for the Day
The USA and Europe have made dramatic reductions in carbon emissions. China has
more than offset those reductions with its own increased emissions. India is
rapidly increasing its carbon emissions as well.
Translation: For the western nations, carbon emission concerns are a non-sequitor.
Despite this, many libtard-infested cities either have implemented a carbon tax
or are seriously considering doing so. But that tax will only prevent people
from updating to more energy-efficient lighting, cars, appliances, etc. It will
have zero effect on China or India. Ponder this example of stupidity for a
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