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1. Good News
- Bill Gates has been a key actor in much of the destruction done in
the name of "Covid response". It's been a perfect opportunity for him. He
has said many times in recent years we need to move more quickly to reduce
overpopulation. He's got pull with the socialists; their latest
multi-trillion dollar money grab to allegedly "rescue America" sent millions
to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But now Bill has a distraction.
After 27 years, he and Melinda are divorcing. It is not known if she left
him due to his downward spiral into psychopathy or if there was some other
trigger. Sad for them, but good news for their billions of victims.
- On his seventh attempt, at 9:01 the morning of 12 May, Joe Biden
successfully counted to three. This is really good news, because this
achievement makes him look much smarter than he actually is. He is now
training for an attempt in August to count to four.
- Tennessee, a leader among the free states, has banned teaching the
hateful delusion called "Critical Race Theory" in public schools.
That form of child abuse isn't on their program. Read the
full story here:
CRT displaces actual learning, misusing students' time to actually learn
anything and fills that time with demotivating, divisive, dishonest
propaganda. While the America-hating, human-hating socialists whose coup
gave them control of the federal government have been pushing this poison
out, the free states have been fighting back by asserting the authority they
have under the Constitution. In the other states, the situation looks
hopeless. But things are getting so bad that in communist countries like
California and New Mexico the people are pushing back and pushing hard. The
possibility of converting some of these states to free states is
- Texas, another free state, recently passed legislation protecting school
kids from "woke" mind-stunting. Apparently, mental health is
important in Texas.
- Kansas, another free state, over-rode the Democrat governor's veto of
pro civil liberty legislation. Read the full story here:
- The anti-hatred movement continues to get stronger (see the previous
three items). Many experts believe it is only a matter of time until the
hatred movement collapses from a combination "hatred fatigue", emotional
maturation among the "woke", and pressure from outside the hatefulness echo
chambers. Observers of the hatred movement might conclude that humans are
devolving, but when looked at in the larger context observers tend to
conclude the hatred movement is a form of mass hysteria. That is, it will
pass like other mass mental illness based on fiction (Salem witch hunts,
Nazi Jew hatred, McCarthyism).
- Many America-loving Americans have accepted defeat, assuming the radical
socialists are unbeatable due to their exceptionally low moral standards.
However, the willingness to lie, cheat, steal, kill, and slander is not a
guarantee of victory. It is merely evidence that your offer is so poor you
must resort to such behavior. In Texas, decent people have fought back and
repelled the toxic grip of socialism. Read the full story here:
- Gretchen Whitmer, whose apparent life ambition is to be the worst
governor of all time, has seen her approval ratings drop. However, those
ratings are far higher than the facts would merit. See this analysis by
- The rapid deterioration of America since the coup that put a mentally
retarded man in the Oval Office (with nuclear security codes) is setting the
perfect backdrop for a complete repudiation of socialism and of the
stupidity movement that has given it legs.
Far from being the pinnacle of human achievement that today's "Democrats"
believe it is, stupidity keeps reproving itself to be a means by which
disaster is born. While the most militant of "Democrats" are too far gone to see the damage
and connect the very large dots, a significant portion of registered
Democrats are not. These people will join with swing voters in about a year
and a half to remove the socialists from both chambers of Congress. That
leaves the legislative branch firmly in control of the socialists, and of
course the Stupe-Preme Court is composed 5 to 4 against upholding the
Left Wing John Roberts is the Chief (in)Justice, but once an intelligent
President replaces Kamala "Clueless" Harris (Biden will likely be in a
nursing home before this year ends), that POTUS will have the power (and the
obligation) to demote Roberts to Associate Justice and appoint somebody
respectful of the law in his place. All the bad that is happening now is
paving the way for a whole bunch of good news in the future. If we can
survive this, that is.
- We sane people who wish to both restore the rule of law and put
stupidity back in its rightful place are getting help from foreign news services that are calling
Biden out on his destructive behavior. That's because people in other
nations are also being affected (not in a good way, at all) by it. See this,
for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fd9zQjYaUs. If you don't have time for
the full five minutes, FF to 2.33.
- Individuals are actively bringing others over from the dark side. It is
important to not let this cancer grow in the free states. Millions have fled
the People's Republic of California to free states such as Arizona and
Texas. The downside is very few of them know how to be free, responsible
individuals. They bring with them their libtard politics, money grows
on trees mentality, and other stupidity. The must be helped to overcome
these mental deficiencies, or they will contaminate the free states and
cause them to fall to socialism. It's good that so many sentient citizens
are doing their part.
It works best to ask questions you know the libtards can't answer. For
example, asking them for an example. Remember how Donald Trump was "racist"?
When challenged, not a single libtard in this whole country was able to give
a single example supporting that (mis)characterization. In fact, Trump's
successor put millions of "blacks" out of work and it was Trump who
re-opened those employment opportunities.
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3. Brainpower tip
4. Finance tip
When Google decided to debauch its search engine so that good content from small
companies would be displaced by the poor content cranked out by disengaged
employees of Google's large advertisers, thousands of small businesses were
destroyed. But (by some estimates) about a quarter of the affected small
businesses survived by going to the marketplaces (eBay, Amazon, etc.). The
marketplaces enforced much more liberal return policies, so now these small
companies have many more returned items to deal with.|
Typically, they will use
one of these methods (listed in order from least damage to the seller to
- Recondition the item themselves into new condition and sell it as New.
- Recondition the item themselves into almost new condition and sell it as
Used. Often, you will see a condition note "Like New" and that usually means
the packaging is damaged but what's inside is new.
- Send the item back to the distributor or manufacturer for a trade
- Try to sell the item dirt cheap, just to get rid of it.
- Eat the cost of item and give the item away or toss it.
In all of this, keep in mind the seller is paying shipping costs multiple
times. Once to send to fulfillment, once for fulfillment to send to the
customer, once for the customer to return the item, and for methods 1 - 4 to
ship to the next customer.
All of these methods provide you an opportunity to save money. What you do is
- Find the item on the marketplace of your choice or use any search engine
except Google to locate a non-marketplace seller (for example,
instead of mindconnectionllc on Amazon). Make sure the seller has "good
marks" on the marketplace, if you go that route. This means at least 95%
positive on Amazon and a Top-Rated seller on eBay.
- Contact the seller and state you are looking for Item X. Inquire whether
they have a return in decent condition that they could sell you.
- If they do, iron out a few details such as what exactly is wrong with
the item (damaged packaging, cosmetic blemish, missing accessory).
- Agree to a price and a payment method. If you pay by c/c on their site,
you have credit card protection. If they invoice you via PayPal, you have
PayPal Buyer protection. The only way you aren't protected is if you send
them a check, money order, or cash.
You are helping a small business deal with a problem that sucks down a lot of
resources, and you are getting a nice discount in return.
That's an online
method of saving money. It is analogous to finding local Mom and Pop shops and
asking them if they have any slightly damaged merchandise or open box returns.
It's also analogous to offering to buy a grocer's bruised bananas (you are
making banana pie, so you don't care about the bruises). It's much like a
scratch and dent sale, except you aren't waiting for the sale to happen.
5. Security tip
In baseball, the rule is "Three strikes and you're out."|
I have a
different rule when it comes to fighting. "One strike and you are out."
Note that I
said fighting, not self-defense. Let me explain.
'twas late one night
In my early adulthood, I traveled extensively. And that often meant being
in unfamiliar or dangerous places. A particularly memorable time when I
implemented my "One strike and you're out" rule was when I was in the
process of moving my family from Michigan to Ohio. I had taken a job as a
Neutron Monitoring System Test Engineer at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant and
was staying in one of the cabins in a complex of cabins owned by a local
family. My cabin was not far from their house. I was awakened one night by
loud shouting. I put on some gym shorts and went outside to investigate. As
I approached, I saw four people. The mother, daughter, father, and some
giant of a man I had never seen before. The father was on the ground
moaning, and the big guy bent down and cocked his arm back as if to strike
the father. The mother jumped on this guy's back, prompting him to stand up.
He threw her about ten feet away, and then started walking toward her.
I was, by then, about 15 feet from the big guy. I said, "Hey." As he
turned, I rushed at him then zigged to the side and nailed him hard in the
ribs with a tiger claw strike. When I say "in" the ribs, I mean exactly that. Not
merely "on" the ribs. This strike dropped him. He was out of the fight.
The mother said she'd called the police before coming outside to aid her
husband, so I waited until they arrived. The big guy lay on the ground
moaning and wheezing the whole time. It turned out the father had a broken
arm, the daughter had a broken ankle, and the mother was badly bruised. A
few days later, the mother told me the big guy had massively torn cartilage
in his rib cage. That is not surprising, since I had separated his ribs
while simultaneously bending them sharply inwards.
The girl had broken up with him (they were both 20-ish) and
gone home to her parent. He was angry about it. That's why he showed up at
the house. Things just got out of control.
This was not self-defense. It was defense of others. And that is what I
am prepared for, not merely warding off an attack on myself or doing some
trick so I can get away. I am not there to get away, I am there to take the
attacker down. I do not want
to get injured, so I deal a fight-ending strike that quickly ends the threat.
Where to strike
I practice strikes against specific targets, both mentally (using
imagery) and physically (not on another person, but on a punching bag or via
"air punching"). When using a firearm, it's generally advisable to go for
center body mass. Not so when fighting empty-handed. I strike these targets,
selecting instinctively and automatically:
- Forehead. A palm strike to jar the head back and create a
concussion. I used this technique to take out a "karate expert" who
attacked me with a kick at my face (I deflected the kick, then palmed
- Throat. Straight punch. A guy in a convenience store pulled a knife
on me. I don't know why he did that, but he picked the wrong person.
- Side of neck. I have not used this one, except with minimal force as
a demo when teaching a class. Sidestepping the onrushing attacker and
punching him in the neck will drop him.
- Ribs. As noted above.
- Bladder. A powerful reverse punch to the bladder will cause anyone
who has not urinated in the past half hour to wet himself. It also
radiates intense pain through the pelvic region. I used a kicking
version of this to stop a bully who simply picked on the wrong person.
- Quadriceps. There are a few sweet spots where a blow to the upper
leg causes such intense pain the other person collapses. Rocky Marciano
knocked a man out with one punch to the leg. I used this move on a case
of mistaken jealousy. A man thought his girlfriend was cheating on him
with me. He was waiting outside my apartment when I arrived home. After
cursing me out, he launched a front kick followed by a round house. Wow,
I was impressed! Nevertheless, I dropped him with a punch to the
quadriceps. The particular technique I used was one that a Kung Fu
instructor of mine drilled us on relentlessly (it is tricky to do). It
was second nature. The next day, the man came to my door and apologized.
I thought that was very manly of him, and I told him so.
Targets not to strike
- A variation of the above move is to strike the kneecap sideways and
disconnect the patella. Only 16 pounds of pressure will do the job. I
have never used this technique. It causes permanent injury of the lawsuit
kind and is difficult to execute effectively in the heat of battle.
- Sliding kicks down the shins also hurt like heck, but they rarely
stop a fight. This, however, is a good move for setting up the big
strike. Stomping on someone's instep also hurts, but you are unlikely to
break it. Step on the person's toes so they can't move, and you can more
easily pummel them with a combination of strikes. I like collarbone,
throat, forehead. The collarbone is bone, but it is easily broken with a
- Face. Most people strike at the other person's face. That's probably
because this is done in movies. I don't like the idea of hitting all
that thick bone. You might jar the person's brain, but not nearly as much
as hitting six inches higher with the heel of your hand.
- Solar plexus. I used this in sparring, but never in a fight. I have,
through training, closed the gap below the sternum that allows this to
be effective so maybe the other guy has also. Plus, I don't want to hit the hard sternum and hurt my
hand. There's also the fact that if the other guy is skilled at all, he
is amply protecting this spot. It is seldom an easy target and you must
commit to hit. It is much easier to strike something situated away from
the core, such as the throat.
Not every fight can be ended with one strike, because you might not be in
a good position to deliver that strike. Other options present themselves,
such as turning your hip into the person and grabbing their lead wrist with
one hand and then smashing their fingers with the other. That's immensely
painful, and it's a fight-ender.
- If you have very fast hands and are a skilled puncher, you can
unleash a flurry of blows to the ribs in rapid succession; that will
crack or break two or three ribs and thus end the fight.
- If you are a skilled kicker, you can kick rapidly between two
targets until the opponent falls. For example, if you can't get a clear
shot for a fight-ending roundhouse kick to the neck you can front kick
left shin and left knee alternatively.
- If your footwork is good enough, you can step diagonally toward your
attacker. Then thrust both hands against or sweep both arms against his
lead hand while moving behind him. From this point, you can punch his
ribs with one hand and his neck with the other. He can't block and
you're right on top of him so he's off balance.
One technique that does not work is dialing 911 and waiting for help. It
would be faster, in most cases, to order a pizza and hope the driver is one
of the smart ones carrying a pistol.
Today, with all the restrictions on police combined with the police
shortage and the violence spurred on by the socialists, knowing how to
implement a "One strike, you're out" rule is a practical security measure.
You have to practice so that you can do it reflexively.
It is my sincere hope that you never find yourself in a physical fight.
But prepare anyhow. Many times, just being prepared means you won't have to
fight. Most people who attack other people are cowards. The confidence you
exude because you know this fool is going down may end the fight without
even one strike. I have actually stopped multiple attackers just by
confidently facing them down. But don't try this unless you have reason for
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
The photos tell you something important about my credibility.
on 60th birthday, when these photos were taken:
Bodyfat: Unknown, but well below what the Tanita scale says
Max bench press: Unknown, but I do three sets of 12 reps with 150 lbs
to warm up on chest day
Training days per week: 6
Type of training: Split routine, heavy on supersets
Meals per day: 7 on training days, 6 on rest day
Percent of diet that is processed food: 0
Amount of meat, wheat, corn, or soy eaten annually: 0
Number of eggs eaten per day: Between 8 and 10
Cholesterol: In normal range, on low side
Last illness: 1971
Last workout missed: Spring of 1977
my climbing videos here:
A common training mistake is to focus on the muscles you see in the mirror.
This typically means a training regimen dominated by biceps curls and bench
pressing, with perhaps some leg presses thrown in. This results in muscle
imbalance, poor symmetry, prime mover atrophy, and poor functional strength.|
A powerful back (see photo on right) is essential to functional strength.
Climbers, boxers, and many other serious athletes have thickly muscled
backs. The back is part of what is commonly called "the core". The typical
training regimen completely neglects the back.
Below is my back and biceps workout; notice how hard the lats are hit.
Just to clarify, where there is a / between two exercises, it means I do
them back to back (no pun intended). So I do a set of chin-ups and
immediately do a set of biceps curls when those are done. I briefly rest
before doing the next pair of sets.
Chin-ups / biceps curls, mid-range; 4 sets of 12
Lat pulldowns, wide / Bentover rows; 4 sets of 12
Lat pulldowns, narrow; 4 sets of 12 / Arnold curls; 3 sets of 12
Midback pulldowns; 4 sets of 12 / Arnold curls; 1 set of 12 / 1 set
light weight full range curls to failure
Bentover biceps curls/ Pull-ups; 2 sets of 12
Hammer curls/ Pull-ups ; 2 sets of 12
1 set light weight full range curls to failure
Biceps curls, full extension; 3 sets of 10
But this isn't the only time I work my back. These are all isolation
exercises that specifically target the back and the biceps. In other
workouts, I also do compound exercises such as front squats (every other
Monday) and pistol squats (every Monday) that hit the back. I climb nearly
every Sunday all year long and during decent weather I supplement that with
climbs on my home wall 2 to 5 times per week.
The glutes are generally not considered part of the core. Considering how
much their size and shape figure into a person's ability to attract the
opposite sex (not to guys, she's checking out your rear end too), you would
think focusing on the muscles you see in the mirror would never happen. But
(no pun intended), it's the normal approach. This is why you see gym rats
with butts that are flat, fat, tiny, or flabby; and these people have no
Those are just two of the important muscle groups that are often
neglected. How do you ensure you develop and maintain a balanced physique
with no "weak link in the chain" problems that keep you from having
Design a workout program that includes specific exercises for specific
muscle groups. You need to group some groups to be done in the same session.
Notice I have a "back and biceps" workout. This is because the back
exercises also work the biceps and the biceps exercises also work the back.
But other people train biceps and triceps; this also makes sense, can you
figure out why? Their back and chest day is never the day before or after
their biceps and triceps day. Can you figure out why?
Perhaps you've encountered the "controversy" regarding whether to do a
split routine (my frame of reference for the above examples) 5 or 6 days a
week or to do a "full body" circuit 3 days a week. You find persuasive
arguments for each, with the difference being proponents of the "full body"
circuit do not get sufficient intensity or sufficient volume for any given
exercise and they fail to train the whole body after all. So their arguments
are persuasive in the sense that if you leave out all the relevant facts you
can be persuaded.
One of these "full body" people tried to tell me he trains legs three
times a week. I train legs every other week, because recovery takes me about
10 days. It turns out his "leg training" involved a single set of leg
presses performed on a machine. Compare that to my leg training:
Front squats. 4 sets.
Hamstring curls / Leg extensions. 4 sets of 12.
Adductor floor exercise / Abductor floor exercise. 4 sets of 12.
Bench pistols. 4 sets.
Step-ups for butt. 3 sets.
Sissy squats / Reverse leg raise butt-ups. 4 sets.
Pelvic thrusts with butt squeeze/ Deep squats. 3 sets.
To get sufficient intensity and volume to stimulate the adaptive
response, you've got to take that workout well past your comfort limits.
Your body has no reason to increase muscle mass, bone mass, or
capillarization unless you give it a reason. Those tissues all require
metabolic energy, which means the body doesn't want excess amounts of them.
Atrophy is the adaptive response to not stimulating what is normally
referred to as the adaptive response (growth triggered by stress).
But what if you just want to "be toned" and not grow muscle? This idea of
"being toned" is jargon left over from the exercise video era, when people
were lied to that "being toned" was some kind of physical fitness condition
that was good enough. In fact, you can't "be toned". You can develop your
muscle to your natural limits and not have the hypertrophy we associate with
steroid-taking Mr. Olympias. Take a look at Usain Bolt, whose training
regimen is very big on both intensity and volume. His physique is perfect by
some standards. He never aimed for "being toned".
The "being toned" crowd wants to check the box they did something that
will keep them from atrophying. But look at anyone who espouses this. You
see underdeveloped quads (bird legs), underdeveloped glutes (pancake butt),
and other atrophied body parts. They don't have much more functional
strength than their couch potato counterparts. One of these people proudly
showed me his home gym. He had a rack of shiny dumbbells, ranging in 1lb
increments from 1lb to 20lbs. Really? I wanted to ask him how he knew to use
the 19lb one rather than the 18lb one, but decided not to. His whole system
was a complete waste of time and money, from a fitness standpoint.
The fact is, you are either working your body hard enough for it to stay
strong or you are not. There is no in-between place.
As I have said before, if weight training does not appeal to you there
are other ways. Whatever way you choose, it must work all of your muscle
groups to the point of adaptive response. Anything short of that means
I have not been sick in the past 50 years and have not missed a workout
in nearly 45 years. This isn't due to luck. The same mindset that has
allowed me to accomplish these things also has moved me to watch how people
age. I've had a lot of time to observe people age. Some age badly, some age
well. Those who aged badly nearly always lost their mobility before
spiraling down into a hellish existence. Those who aged well had some kind
of challenging fitness regimen that included their legs. In some cases,
their regimen was focused on the legs.
The legs and core are the most important to protect from atrophy, but
it's exactly these that are left out when training only what you can see in
the mirror. I've had this conversation with people who have excellent,
powerful physiques. These include climbers, competitive body builders,
police officers, and just people devoted to having such a physique.
When I've asked the question, "If you were somehow forced into a
situation in which you could train only one body part, which would you
I have yet to hear a different answer from the one I keep getting. Can
you guess which four letter word comprises the response? If not, do four
sets of squats and then try to guess.
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.
The fifty states of the USA are not subdivisions of a central government. They
are called states, not provinces, for a reason. The USA is a federation of
states, each with its own government. States have rights, and "states rights" is
not a euphemism for Jim Crow. The governor of each state does not need
permission from the President of the United States. In the 38 free states (those
not overcome by the socialist movement), the legislatures and governments have
been fighting back against the insurgent regime that "owns" the other
8. Thought for the Day
One does not have to be stupid to act stupidly. Mere
carelessness is enough.
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