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1. Good News
Item 1. Due to advocacy (with a big push from eBay), the US de minimis
threshold will NOT be lowered as part of the new United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA)
trade agreement. It would have hurt small businesses if this planned change had
been made. It's nice when members of Congress don't solely serve their corporate
sponsors and sometimes actually do what's right for the little guy (the 99%).
Item 2. The People's Republic of Virginia recently passed (mis)legistlation
criminalizing many forms of self-defense, including empty-hand martial arts
(e.g., karate, Kung Fu, etc.). The good news is 2nd Amendment sanctuaries are
popping up all over that communist country, and there are now over 100 such
sanctuaries. Perhaps President Trump will eventually be forced to order US
Marshalls or the National Guard into the PRoV to protect civil liberties and
arrest the miscreants who are passing these abhorrent laws. Or perhaps the
people of the PRoV will pull their collective heads out of (you know where) and
enforce the laws themselves. Demanding immediate retraction would be a good
first step. Demanding the state Attorney General issue arrest warrants for the
"elected" officials who are spewing the lawlessness would be another good
Item 3. A century after Prohibition, alcohol consumption in the USA is
on the decline. Not only are younger people drinking less once they start
drinking, fewer of them are starting and those who do are starting at a later
age. Considering that alcohol is a carcinogen, damages your liver, and wipes out
brain cells permanently, this is very good news. It means a reduced load on our
medical care system (such that it is), fewer cases of progressive brain disease,
reduced load on long-term "care" facilities (nursing homes) and healthier, more
enjoyable retirements a few decades from now.
Item 4. Puerto Ricans are American citizens and as such are
entitled to the same Constitutional rights as other Americans. Recently, the
governor of Puerto Rico signed into law the Puerto Rico Weapons Act of 2020.
This new law shows an increased respect for the Constitutional rights of these
American citizens. Read the full story here:
This is very good news. Perhaps the People's Republic of California or even the
People's Republic of New Jersey will look at this and recognize that their
citizens also have Constitutional rights.
Item 5. In North Korea, it's illegal to hire a tutor for your child.
But many parents do it anyway. That's good news for those kids, not so good news
for the regime.
Here in the USA, where our failure factories numb the minds of children for
twelve years before releasing most of them as illiterate, innumerate, and
incapable of basic reasoning, hiring a tutor is legal and most parents don't
bother. That's why the USA ranks dead last among industrialized nations for
literacy and nearly last for numeracy. That said, many parents in the USA do
what it takes to imbue their children with self-motivation, a passion for
learning, a solid foundation in the classic course work, and an undying natural
curiosity. If you are such a parent, thank you!
Item 6. Lab-grown neurons are now capable of producing complex
brainwaves, according to papers published in Nature Neuroscience (March, 2019)
and Cell Stem Cell (August, 2019). This is a huge leap forward in finding a cure
2. Product Highlight
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- You can also connect phones and tablets to the computer and back them up
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- The Windows app allows you to remove duplicates even if they were backed
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3. Brainpower tip
Mindlessness is the normal state of most people. They mindless argue with others
on anti-social media, mindlessly answer the phone simply because it rings,
mindlessly react to what is in front of them instead of taking care of what is
important, and mindlessly chatter with others about nothing in particular.
Mindlessness is a condition wherein the individual fails to be in charge. There
is no space between the stimulus and the response. The intelligence part of that
person's mind is essentially turned off.|
Mindfulness is the normal state of
high achievers. High achievers think, plan, and act instead of merely react.
This person is in charge. Between the stimulus and the response is an active
processing of the incoming information. A person of average intelligence who
goes from mindlessness to mindfulness sees his or her effective IQ increase by
To be mindful, you must decide to think. To be mindless, simply fail to do
4. Finance tip
People who eat real food instead of fake food (aka, "processed food") have a
Today's toilets, especially the so-called "water saving" variety, are
incompatible with a healthy diet. They are designed for the disease diet
culture, where tiny bowel movements are normal due to consuming about 10% of the
necessary dietary fiber.
Many people find themselves flushing at least a dozen times over a few hours
to clear the bowl. That's quite a bit of wasted water. Here are some solutions:
- Upgrade your toilet to one that is suitable for a food-eating human
being who weighs more than 45 pounds. I found one online for $4,860. I am
sure there are less expensive models. The problem here is you probably can't
know if it works until you've installed it and tried it.
- Rather than enjoy a full relaxing bowel movement, stop and "pinch it
off" after some comes out. Flush, wait, then go again. Repeat five or six
times, as necessary. Practice to determine the limits of your toilet, and
always drop "product" below those limits. This is laborious and wastes
water, but it can work if you are not at home and don't wish to create a
clog. It also means 5 or 6 flushes rather than 12 or 15.
- Keep a gallon of vinegar next to the toilet. Before going, pour about
half a cup into the bowl. This will start dissolving the "product" right
- If the vinegar does not prevent the clog, pour about 1/8 cup of Borax
into the bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes. This usually clears it.
- If the Borax does not work, pour half a cup of laundry detergent into
the bowl and half a cup of vinegar into the tank. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
When you flush, you will clean the jets and bowl sides with vinegar water;
that will help clean up after the earlier failures and also help if you need
to repeat this step.
My personal belief is we should not have to spend thousands of dollars per
lifetime on dish soap, vinegar, Borax, and wasted water just because toilet
manufacturers don't hire healthy people in their product development department.
I'm going to start contacting toilet manufacturers about this problem and offer
to send photos.
It's worth noting that Bill Gates has now dedicated his life to inventing a
new type of toilet. Maybe he is trying to solve this problem also, but I would
be more inclined to believe he's thinking of a toilet that connects to the could
and reports all kinds of data on us based on what enters the bowl. As if we need
even less privacy than we have already.
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 3|
Training. There are smart ways to train, and then there are the ways the
vast majority of people use. While there is not one "correct" way to train,
there are many counterproductive ways to train. If you avoid the
counterproductive ways, you will probably get good results no matter how you
Some points on what's counterproductive:
- So-called whole body workouts. While this is all the rage right now,
it means you reduce your intensity to get through it (thus reducing the
adaptive response) while overtraining (thus elevating cortisol rather
- Throwing the weights. Using momentum allows you to lift more weight,
but it doesn't put the muscle under much tension so it doesn't really
build muscle. It does cause damage to joints and connective tissues
- Focusing on compound movements. While compound exercises are the
foundation of many a successful training program, the guy who spends his
chest workout bench-pressing is cheating himself. Remember, the more
joints and muscles involved, the less concentrated the force is in the
target muscles. Use compound movements as a base, not as "it".
- Using too heavy of a weight. This is very common. You can tell when
someone is doing this because their range of motion is very short and/or
they are recruiting other muscles.
Some points on what's productive:
- Train one muscle group per workout, dividing this across at least
four sessions per week (I prefer six sessions). This allows you to train
more frequently and more efficiently, but you rest the target muscle
group until the next time it's in the rotation (typically a week).
- It's not moving the weights that matters, it's how much tension you
develop in the muscle that matters. If you're doing, for example, a
biceps curl, you should be squeezing the biceps as you lift rather than
just passively letting the weight produce the tension. If you've been
prone to throwing the weights, cut your weight in half and do super slow
reps for your first set or two. That would be 10 seconds up, 30 seconds
down. Feel the muscle(s) as you do this. Once you have that feeling
established, increase the tempo for the next set to 4 seconds up and 10
seconds down. Then on the next set, try 2 seconds up and 4 seconds down.
- Use super strict form with your isolation exercises. After all, that
isolation is what allows you to truly work the target muscle. If, for
example, you are doing side lateral shoulder raises don't recruit your
upper back to help with the movement. Round your shoulders forward to
take your back out of the exercise; you should really feel this in your
side delts now.
- There is nothing wrong with using "baby weights". It may not look
macho to use 8lbs when doing side lateral shoulder raises, but if you
have to cheat to use 20lbs why bother doing the exercise at all? Use the
appropriate weight. Don't worry about what someone else might think
while you are training. Worry about whether your training will get the
Now as for hormones, training plays a big role. The key is to get the
adaptive response, part of which is a rise in testosterone. You produce a
momentary overload on the body and it responds adaptively. The sharper the
overload, the sharper the response; which is why we don't want to involve
too many muscles in a given workout (the overload is dissipated, not sharp).
While individual compound exercises such as squats are noted for stimulating
that response, you also stimulate it with a coordinated set of isolation
Three ways this stimulation happens:
- Progressive overload. When we do a single rep, we get X strain on
the muscle. With each successive rep, the muscle moves toward overload.
Maybe you hit it at rep 10 on the first set. But rep 8 on the second
set, rep 6 on the third set, and rep 4 on the fourth set. See the
progression, there? You should be able to feel the overload; each rep
feels really hard. It's a feeling that's hard to explain, but you know
it if you train enough.
- Time under tension. It's the total amount of work you place on a
muscle during a training session. It's why we do more than one rep and
more than one set. Generally, the standard is 8 to 12 reps per set and 3
to 4 sets. But this is not a hard and fast rule. For example, performing
hanging leg raises is very difficult and few people can crank out 12 at
a time. Or even 8. If you could do 8 reps for 3 sets, that would be 24.
But suppose you can comfortably do 4 in good form. Do 6 sets of 4, and
you get the same time under tension as doing 3 sets of 8.
- Metabolic damage. The more intense the exercise, the more metabolic
damage you do in a given time. You want to do just enough metabolic
damage to stimulate the adaptive response. Too much metabolic damage,
and you mute the adaptive response. As Lee Haney says, "You want to
stimulate, not annihilate."
Many different training regimens can accomplish the right amount of
overload for a given individual. Don't get stuck on finding some secret
technique or the ideal workout. If you stimulate the adaptive response, your
workout is a success. Yes, maybe you could have stimulated more of that
response the last time; but don't assume that means working out more. It
could mean altering any of the three ways that overload happens. Maybe you
need less time under tension so you can increase your intensity for greater
metabolic damage. Or maybe you need less intensity so you can increase your
time under tension. Or maybe you need less rest between sets so you can
increase your progressive overload.
Pay attention to how you feel before, during, and after a workout. Adjust
those factors accordingly. If, for example, you are sore for three days
after your previous workout of this muscle group (or you feel sore going in
now), then you want to minimize metabolic damage. If you are cranking
through your reps and they just don't seem to be getting harder, you need to
add weight or something.
Be totally focused during your workout. Set this time aside so your full
attention is on what you are doing. If your mind is wandering, your form
will suffer and you risk not just an unproductive workout but serious
injury. This isn't the time for chit chat with others, it's the time to
communicate with the muscles you are trying to stimulate so you can achieve
the goals of your training. If you do this right, one result of your
training will be elevated testosterone after each session. That might take a
couple of hours to kick in, but it should last for several days. Other
"positive" hormones will be elevated also. And if training is a core value
in your life, then a job well done will elevate serotonin (the happiness
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.
Health care costs far less than medical care. People seem to have forgotten that
an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
8. Thought for the Day
Poverty among the elderly is rampant due to medical bills, and now there's a new
saying: "The real reason you can't take it with you is that it goes before you
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