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1. Good News
Item 1. The libtards like to propose draconian, society-ending
solutions to global warming such as the Green Deal. They keep harping that "we"
(developed countries) are destroying the planet. But according to the
International Energy Agency, global energy-related carbon emissions did not grow
in 2019, even though the world's economy grew 2.9%. Emissions in the USA fell by
(oddly enough), 2.9% even though our economy grew by 2.3%. The EU's economy grew
by 1.2%, but their carbon emissions dropped by 5%. Japan's carbon emissions
dropped by 4%. Emissions were up in the developing countries (due to their heavy
use of coal). Everyone knows China is a major offender here, but India is even
worse. When the President of the Maldives traveled to India to discuss carbon
emissions, the Prime Minister refused to meet with him and send a lower-level
proxy. The message from India was they would do NOTHING to reduce carbon
emissions until the USA reached a particular ridiculous target.
Item 2. The United States has lowered carbon emissions and other forms
of pollution without enacting hare-brained government schemes. A combination of
things has produced that result. This includes more energy efficient buildings,
sensible government regulations, increased use of solar energy, and consumer
choices. What, normal people are not actually evil idiots destroying the planet?
That is correct! We are reducing (e.g., using cups and reusable bottles instead
of throwaway water bottles), re-using things (e.g., cutting up old towels,
linens, and clothes into cloth rags--replacing energy-wasting paper towels), and
recycling. We are also driving less, flying less, buying more energy-efficient
cars, energy-upgrading our homes (windows, caulking, etc.), lowering our
thermostats in winter and raising them in summer, replacing CFL and incandescent
bulbs with LEDs, paying a little extra for increased energy efficiency with
appliances, changing our furnace filters more regularly, and increasingly
telecommuting rather than driving. This is all good news.
Yes, the warming is an existential threat. But so are the idiotic "solutions"
being proposed by the so-called Democrats in the Democratic Presidential race.
You would think that, after surviving eight years of "fundamentally transforming
America" via Barry Soetoro's gut blows to the economy nobody would be open to a
repeat performance. Yet, thousands of people believe the New Green Deal somehow
would be good policy. Maybe they need to see the quadrupling of our homeless
population to change their alleged "minds" but the sane among us can predict the
utterly predictable easily enough to know better than to support such a
devastating and totally unnecessary policy.
Item 3. Twitter has suspended 70 accounts that were posting content
supporting Michael Bloomberg, saying the duplicate messages broke its policies
against platform manipulation and spam. Considering Bloomberg's totally
irrational worldview and his proposed policies, that is very good news indeed.
These platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, have been extremely leftist since
they came into existence. But even for them, Bloomberg is just too much insanity
and far too dangerous to society for the executives at these platforms. Even
libtardism has its limits, who wooda thunk?
Item 4. Natural Grocers has taken up the fight against the population
control program that goes by the ridiculous name of "Daylight Savings Time".
Yes, the earth is overpopulated by humans. But western countries are not having
kids at the replacement level and the population growth is coming mostly from
India (along with bad software). So the original reason for Daylight Carnage
Time is no longer valid in the First World countries. There are more humane ways
to kill people, anyhow. And we have the IRS engaging in murder routinely, so the
deaths from DCT are not really needed IMO. I think the productivity hit
outweighs the population control advantages of this evil government program. In
any event, it's really good news that Natural Grocers has now taken up the
banner to end this cruel, economically harmful means of reducing our population.
2. Product Highlight
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3. Brainpower tip
Let's talk about framing. Wikipedia has a reasonably good explanation of what it
"The framing effect is a cognitive bias where people decide on options based
on whether the options are presented with positive or negative connotations;
e.g. as a loss or as a gain. People tend to avoid risk when a positive frame is
presented but seek risks when a negative frame is presented. Gain and loss are
defined in the scenario as descriptions of outcomes (e.g., lives lost or saved,
disease patients treated and not treated, etc.)." [Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Framing_effect_(psychology)]
When someone presents you with a choice that involves loss, flip the equation
over and reframe it as a gain. For example, medical insurance (dishonestly
called "health insurance") is sold as if it prevents you from having big losses
due to some medical condition or another.
"Get this coverage for only $900 per month". Find something the policy covers
that would actually have any realistic chance of happening to you, and then
(depending on your policy) reframe it as, "I will lose $900 per month or $10,800
per year or $108,000 per decade to have bills paid if this happens to me, but
only after I pay the $10,000 deductible." In 50 years, that's over half a
million dollars. Is the insurance actually worth it? If you practice health
care, odds are there is not a single thing on that list that has a realistic
chance of happening to you other than a broken bone. If you think it costs half
a million dollars to set a broken bone, then fine go ahead and get the
When someone presents you with a choice that involves gain, flip the equation
over and reframe it as a loss. For example, your city puts a quarter cent sales
tax up for vote.
The ballot reads, "Authorize the city to engage in a public works project to
repair streets and curbing, which will improve the appearance and safety of city
streets and neighborhoods, funded by a quarter cent sales tax to expire in five
years." Wow, that sounds attractive!
Now reframe that, knowing sales taxes never expire; there is always some
excuse to renew it over and over and over. Calculate how much you spend in your
city, then determine how much extra this tax will cost you. Let's say it's $350
per year or $3500 per decade. You also know the city has engaged in quite a bit
of wasteful spending. You obtained a summary financial report and determined
that waste divided by the number of residents works out to $400 per year. So now
you can reframe this as, "Authorize the city to permanently stick me with a
$350/year tax hike instead of cutting the wasteful spending and giving me a $50
tax reduction. Yes or no to a $400 annual loss, indefinitely."
Practically nobody makes this effort, which is why so many people buy
worthless medical insurance and approve needless tax hikes.
I'm not saying all medical insurance is worthless and all tax hikes are
needless. I am just saying few people make an effort to get past the cognitive
bias to determine whether a given insurance policy is worthless or a given tax
hike is needless.
My recently deceased friend Howard (RIP) used to say that how people frame
the debate determines what is debated and it is seldom the actual issue. His
advice was, "Don't let the other side frame the debate." He meant framing in a
different sense from what Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman meant. His sense of
it included theirs.
Howard's more encompassing definition of framing included the selection and
definition of the actual issue. You can see this sense of it at work in my
second example. The City tried to "frame the debate" as being about street
improvement. The real issue, however, was the City's wasteful spending. They
didn't need funds because street repair needed to be done, they needed funds
because they wasted what they already had. To have the funds for street repair
did not require a new tax; to posit that it did was a non-sequitor. Having the
funds could be accomplished by several means, including cutting waste or cutting
non-wasteful discretionary spending. The choice they presented (pay the tax or
don't get the improvements) was a lie.
Cities and counties use this particular ploy quite effectively, because the
voters don't stop to think about what the real issue is. They let the liars
frame the debate.
Let's keep this in mind when idiotic solutions and plans are presented in the
2020 "elections". When the candidate presents a plan as producing a gain,
restate the plan in terms of its cost. For example, one candidate advocates
"free college for all." Right now, even with absurdly high tuitions, less than
half of college freshmen are prepared for college. It's a waste of time, money,
and other resources to send them there. They spend a year or two taking remedial
courses, then graduate without having learned enough to justify the degree they
hold. Now consider what happens with millions more "pay your fee get your
degree" people out there when there isn't even a fee! College will become
pointless, and thus be a total waste of money. Billions of dollars of loss, that
is the real issue.
Besides, this proposal is based on the idea that the skilled trades are not
worth supporting or going into. That's also a lie. Your typical carpenter,
electrician, and plumber are all adept in algebra and trigonometry. Your typical
liberal arts graduate does not possess this mathematical way of thinking. Do we
really want less thinking ability among the population? That is also a loss.
4. Finance tip
Over the past 50+ years, I have watched many people retire. Some do remarkably
well in retirement, but for the typical person retirement is a downward spiral
of debt and ill-health. For most people, their "golden years" are characterized
by living in poverty. Then they lose their mobility and then they lose their
independence. Then they lose their marbles. Their children, instead of getting
an inheritance, end up with expensive, time-consuming responsibilities. It does
not have to be that way.|
The primary contributors of this situation are
readily identifiable, and I have seen what the "live out my last days a happy,
vibrant person" people do instead. Here are a few pointers:
- Save while you can. You should be making regular, automatic payments
into a stock mutual fund (one held by an LLC that you own) or several of
them. If you also can avail yourself of a 401(k), do that. How much should
you save? As a rule of thumb, about 10% of your income. Of course, that
depends on many other factors.
- Invest what you save. Investment "experts" advise having a "balanced
portfolio" that includes bonds. Bonds are borrowed assets, not owned ones,
so they do not create wealth and cannot grow past the rate of inflation.
Bonds historically have lost value due to inflation, so instead of an
investment they are a way to lose money. Invest in good mutual funds, there
are plenty to choose from. Look at the average annual return over the past
10 years of the funds you are considering, and reject any that are less than
8% (I prefer those over 15%).
- Practice health care. Health care is not some insurance plan you buy,
it's what you do to improve your health. I did not say maintain. Always be
striving to be healthier and stronger. That means a rigorous physical
training program combined with a diet completely devoid of processed grains,
endocrine modifiers, and Roundup. The typical American diet is based on
processed grains, includes heavy amounts of endocrine modifiers, and
contains large quantities of the neurotoxin glyphosate (trade name,
Roundup). This means you need to eat very differently from how "everyone
else" eats, unless you too want to wind up rotting away in pain for the last
three years of your life while your IQ is less than half of what it is
- Reduce your overhead. Many people who say they "can't" save could save,
if only they would reduce their overhead. Analyze your spending to see what
is being unproductive for you. For example, how much extra stuff do you
have? I know a guy who has enough pens to last him 500 more years
assuming the ink doesn't dry. Buying 2 pens and investing the difference at
18% would mean produce a serious amount of money in 30 years.
- Declutter and then downsize. Most people have way too much stuff that
they don't need. Start culling it now, and avoid the accumulation habit. It
costs time and money to maintain a "stuff" collection. And it's expensive to
get rid of if you downsize or die. Your home isn't a warehouse.
- Look for bargains. Saving a few bucks here and there means, over time,
you save quite a bit of money.
- Buy quality things. Total cost of ownership is less than when you buy
junk to "save money."
- Invest in good shoes. No need to explain.
- Learn to barter. You can trade something you have for something you
want, and I don't mean just physical possessions. Assess your skills and
offer to do something for another person if they can do X for you or find
someone who can.
- Maintain or increase your skills that promote independence. Fix your
computer yourself if it's something simple like a RAM replacement, maintain
your car yourself, repair the hem in your slacks, replace that leaking
faucet yourself instead of calling a plumber, etc. I try to fix everything.
I've repaired dishwashers, clothes dryers, and many other things that people
typically pay big bucks to have a service call made for repair. When my AC
goes out after a storm, I change out the starting capacitor myself; that
eliminates an $80 service call and takes only 5 minutes. I keep a spare
toilet repair kit on hand, for when a toilet starts to act up. I just
replace the bad one, and never call a plumber for such a problem.
- Vote no to every tax increase. There will always be some lie told to
"justify" a tax hike. Taxes are already way past the point of mere
absurdity. They are obscene. More taxes aren't needed, more honesty and
common sense in government is. Unfortunately, honest politicians are in very
short supply even in local and county elections. Common sense seems unable
to gain even the slightest foothold when it comes to how governments spend
your money, but maybe it will have better luck if government spenders are
forced to make choices like the rest of us are forced to instead of just
extorting more money from us.
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.
my climbing videos here:
How to manage hormones naturally, Part 7|
Positive mental attitude. That glass isn't half full, it's overflowing!
There's a philosophy based on the idea that the universe listens to you and
you can "manifest" what you want just by putting out the right "mental
energy." This is fine for six year olds to believe after they give up on
Santa, but adults should know better. First of all, the human brain puts out
about 15 to 20 watts. That is an insignificant amount of energy. Second, the
universe does not care about you or even recognize you. We humans are on a
tiny planet orbiting an average sized star that is one of millions of stars
in one of the thousands of known galaxies.
So when I say positive mental attitude, I am not talking about any of
this irrational, reality-ignoring philosophy. I am talking about something
real. There's always a mix of good and bad. When you have a positive mental
attitude, you put what's good in the forefront. It does not mean, however,
that you ignore what's bad or what's dangerous. Nor does it mean you have no
aversion to risk or that you let people walk all over you. Positive attitude
is not Pollyanna attitude, so don't confuse one with the other.
Remember, nobody else can make you happy. Your job, hobby, spouse, kids,
pets, or shopping experience cannot make you happy. Only you can make you
happy. If your cat gets on your lap, are you annoyed or does this sign of
affection please you? Depends on whether you have a positive mental
attitude. If your teenage boy wants to talk to you about something, do you
say, "Not now, Jimmy" or do you feel honored that he still trusts you as a
parent and values your opinion? Depends on whether you have a positive
mental attitude. If your boss gives you a tough job, do you complain that
he's dumping on you or do you thank him for the opportunity to show him that
you've got "the right stuff"? Depends on whether you have a positive mental
If you have a positive attitude:
- Instead of seeing what's wrong as the main aspect, you see what's
- You see problems as part of life or even as opportunities, not as
bad things that happen only to you.
- You are realistic about your limitations. You are not
unrealistically concerned you aren't good enough.
- You are far more likely to say, "I'll give it a try" than "I can't."
- You acknowledge that you can achieve a reasonable goal if you apply
One way to generate a positive mental attitude in yourself is to
encourage other people. You get out of that what you put into it, and
sometimes with a significant multiplier. Tearing others down can temporarily
feel good. I think that's why some people do this routinely. It stimulates
their dopamine. But it depresses their serotonin, causing them to be unhappy
and their fix is to tear others down more. It's a vicious cycle.
Having a positive mental attitude about yourself is not a kind of self-deception.
Negative self-talk is a kind of deception. When I began my martial arts
training, one particular instructor was fond of saying, "In any fight, you
face two enemies. The more dangerous enemy is the one inside you." He meant
that self-doubt will cause you to lose the fight. That's true of most
endeavors. In climbing, it's considered very bad form to say something
negative to another climber, such as, "You can't do this." It's very common
for climbers to encourage each other. Listen to the encouragement in this
video, for example:
In high school, I was on the Cross Country team my senior year. I was the
worst performer on our team (and the only varsity runner who hadn't run
Cross Country the preceding three years). Someone has to be in last place,
so I did not let this get me down. But some of my teammates waited around to
see me on my approach to the finish line. It was usually up a hill, and I
was nearly always at the rear of the pack. They didn't jeer at me, they
shouted encouragement. They even got our cheerleaders to do a cheer routine
with my name in it. This belief in me, from these other peoples, always gave
me such a burst of energy I would surge past several other runners. Photos
from the time show me not red-faced, but purple-faced, coming across that
finish line. This was well before "Run Forrest, Run" was ever uttered.
We all face hardships, annoyances, time burdens, relationship problems,
and other issues. It's how you mentally view those that matters.
Is the glass half empty or half full? That isn't a cliché, it's a guide for
how to perceive reality. If you look at life as a losing game, that negative attitude causes
stress hormones to rise. Same thing if you look at a problem as something
other than an opportunity, or if you look at other people as being against
When you encounter difficulty, how do you respond?
- If you have a negative mental attitude, your response will be very
costly in terms of emotional energy and you will experience a rise in
cortisol (stress hormone), a drop in dopamine (pleasure hormone) and a
drop in serotonin (happiness hormone). In this negative state, you will
have switched off testosterone (signals your body to build muscle, burn
fat, and store calcium in your bones).
- If you have a positive attitude, you'll just handle the problem. You
may still experience stress, but you won't go into a negative hormonal
state. In fact, if you adroitly handle problems all day something
wonderful happens. You like the feeling of being in control and of being
able to overcome whatever comes up. Even if you are momentarily
displeased with something, your longer term state will be an increase in
Don't expect the universe to deliver what you want, you will only be
disappointed. Instead, choose to believe in yourself and then act on those
You can do it. I know you can.
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.
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- A good diet contains far more flavors and satisfaction
than the typical American diet.
The value of residential property in the USA is about $14
trillion. That's pretty close to the valuation of all publicly traded companies
in the USA combined. It's a huge sector of the economy.
8. Thought for the Day
Money doesn't bring you happiness, but it allows you to
look for it in more places.
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