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Mindconnection eNL, 2021-11-21


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Good News | Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Thought 4 the Day

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1. Good News: Where the Intel is Good

  1. The movement to provide American voters with actual elections is making great strides. Following the obviously stolen POTUS election in which a mentally retarded man whose only accomplishment in half a century of public "service" was a bill that reduced the rights of the accused somehow "beat" an accomplished incumbent, the voting results were audited in Arizona. That audit showed clear evidence of massive fraud, and now the Arizona Attorney General is conducting an official investigation.
  2. As the nation is inflicted with one crisis after another, the socialist assault creates shortages of goods, racism goes on steroids, and just about everything goes haywire, the stage is set for a red tide in 2022. That is too late to alleviate the pain inflicted by the America-hating leftwingers, but a year more of this abuse means a much larger opening of the eyes among the populace generally. And during this misery, you can expect more election audits and more election reform. The leftwingers in the northeast are in for a brutal winter. Unless they are stupid beyond belief (something that seems to already be the case), they will abandon their Democrat Party religion and become Republicans. That means Maine, New Hamphsire, New York, and Pennsylvania will go from Blue to Red. Actually, Trump won Pennsylvania in the 2020 POTUS election but the voters were disenfranchised by fraud after the polling places closed. PA is already a red state, once you remove the election fraud. Election reform is moving ahead there, and you can bet that over this cold winter it's going to get serious legs.
  3. From the Saturday Evening Post, this article about the greatest rock band of all time:
  4. Remember Pelosi's dire predictions of a "homeless wave" if the eviction moratorium were rescinded? The rescission happened a couple of months ago, but the homeless wave never happened. In fact, the rescission was badly needed relief for landlords. What did happen as a consequence of the moratorium is many landlords have raised their rents or sold their properties. There is now a shortage of rentals. Thanks, Nancy!
  5. Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts. This is good news for Kyle, but there is a deeper aspect to this. The lamestream media and the socialist establishment tried to hang him out to dry. So did socialists who made credible threats to the judge, the defense team, and the jury. They have been successful in doing this to other victims. This decision means the return of justice in our society and it means that our oppressors are losing their power to corrupt, intimidate, and bully.


2. Product Highlight

The Onyx Boox Kon-Tiki 2 eReader is a device for reading electronic books with the E Ink Carta Plus screen of the latest generation. This has a higher definition and contrast, built-in MOON light 2 system with color temperature control, and the SNOW Field function.

Thanks to a high-performance 8-core processor and 3 GB of RAM, the eReader has a high operating speed. A Wi-Fi module and a built-in browser allow the user to surf on the Internet. The software of this eReader allows you to configure almost any text parameters you want.

Thanks to an embodied G-sensor, you can quickly change the display orientation when rotating the eReader. The Android operating system allows you to install third-party programs for reading. The device is made in a new compact ergonomic case and comes with a designer cover case.

The MOON Light 2 technology enables you to use the device in the dark or under poor lighting conditions. When this function is in use, you are treated to a soft luminescence of the screen; this makes it comfortable for you to read in dark rooms. It also has a color temperature control and, thanks to the use of Flicker-Free technology, the front-light system is perfectly smooth.

E Ink Carta Plus 7.8" Touch display has a lighter base and higher contrast than other screens of this class. It allows you to read in bright sunlight and it has a high rate of screen refresh. Absence of a shimmering light and the principle of image formation with E Ink method makes reading comfortable for eyes. Capacitive sensors, supporting a Multi-touch function, provide easy control with just your fingers.

Thanks to a built-in Bluetooth module of the 4.1 standard, you can connect an external keyboard or other external devices.

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3. Brainpower tip


A libtard wrote to me, spewing forth a non-sequitor that is so typical of libtard "thought". He was confusing the 1040 federal tax with all other forms of tax and then confusing county expenditures with federal ones. He's also English-challenged despite having lived his whole life in the USA, so you have to translate from libtardese to English.

Here is his stupidity-gram:

"Does the political system matter? The cost of anything collective in our society is X. Last week I was driving on tolls roads in Florida and my adult son was complaining about the number tolls. I said that we haven’t seen a pot hole in 100 miles. You could have less tolls and pot holes. We end up with a flat tire or suspension damage and have to spend hundreds of dollars in repairs. The cost of having a road is X. The political system that collects the tolls doesn’t matter. Hitler had great highways!"

Here is my response:

What follows after your opening question doesn't answer the question.

The question you are answering is whether taxes are worth paying.

To my horror and dismay, I read an article in the Libertarian magazine supporting the idea we don't need taxes. The buffoon, er, I mean individual, who wrote this piece said taxes weren't necessary and we should pay only for what we use. Apparently, he lives in a neighborhood where everyone diligently rakes their lawn and he's a member of associations where it's not true that 2% of the members do 100% of the work. I am referring to the freeloader effect. He also said we could negotiate on our own without "government interference".

His vision sounds like hell to me. No government to organize, oversee, or run infrastructure. No cops, no fire department, etc. Roads would be cheaply made. You'd be driving on gravel roads and paying 35 different people per mile you drive. I do not want to spend 48 hours per day negotiating with people, but that's just me. :)

You frequently cite roads in your examples, thus my mention of them here. But they are a tiny part of what taxes pay for.

However, there comes a point where the waste (squandering money), annoyance (e.g. the frequency of toll collections), corruption, and other negative behaviors exceed what's acceptable. Government must be governed, which is why the country has the Constitution, each state has a constitution, and there are courts. I am also hoping we will soon see unrigged elections, as those can be a powerful force for reigning in excess and criminality. In the USA, government is largely out of control and that's why people start objecting to taxes in the first place. Their response doesn't answer the question they are asking, but it is a response. You need to look behind it to understand what they are actually objecting to.

I have dealt with many federal, state, county, and municipal employees, politicians, and agencies. As in the private world, some are good and some are bad. The KS DMV is amazing to me. The Social Security Administration--on the whole, you would be hard-pressed to find employees who are so helpful to their "customers". What about tax collection? The KS DOR is excellent to work with. IRS, not so much. Johnson County (where I live) gives us an excellent return on our property taxes, except for that portion (60%) used for "education". But you have to understand the "education" system is still suffering from the effects of the wrong-wing nutjobs who read the KJV literally and spew idiocy like evolution (a foundation of multiple branches of science, medicine, mathematics, and other fields) is a myth.

It really gets down to whether your views are evidence-based or faith-based. Included in faith-based are those who make the reasoning error "What you see is all there is". People who see everything through their own life experience instead of learning about a subject repeat this error consistently and thus consistently reach the wrong conclusions. They are sometimes right due to the power of large numbers (they stumble on the right view simply as a matter of chance), a fact borne out in the adage "Even a stopped clock is right twice a day".

Being evidence-based is challenging, partly because you need the ability to determine what evidence is real and what evidence is relevant. You must also be able to weight evidence, and separate coincidence from causation. In other words, being evidence-based is successful only when you have the reasoning skills to make sense of the evidence.

As you may have observed, many evidence-based people also reach wrong conclusions. Not because the evidence is flawed, but because they haven't yet reached the competence level needed to process the evidence free of confirmation bias or other "newbie" mistakes.

4. Finance tip

What if you could double the square footage of your home without paying higher property taxes, paying to remodel, or paying to relocate? It is possible.

But it means defining "square footage" as "usable square footage." In the typical home, much of the space is wasted by storing things that should have been discarded long ago. I personally pay attention to this issue and yet to be honest I must consider myself to be among the "offenders".

Let's start with the clothes closet:

  • Worn out shirts, tops, pants, skirts, and dresses. Cut into rags, donate (if only slightly worn), remove to use as "dirty job work clothes" or discard.
  • Shoes and boots that are no longer comfortable. Discard.
  • Old belts, ties, and other accessories. Donate or discard. If you used to wear ties often but seldom do now, then hang on to a few basic ties and get rid of the rest.
  • Old sports gear, such as running shoes or climbing shoes that have been replaced or that you no longer use due to not doing those sports anymore. Discard if not serviceable, advertise as free on Craigslist or Nextdoor. Same for golf clubs, etc.

Repeat this with each drawer in your chest of drawers and dresser. Then repeat with your linen closet and any other closet. Use a similar mentality to "upgrade" your kitchen cupboards, pantry, etc.

Then there are other things to toss, donate, or recycle:

  • Old linens, mattress pads, blankets, and pillows. Donate or discard.
  • Chipped dishes you don't use because they are chipped. Discard.
  • Old phones, computer video cards, headsets, printers, laptops, etc. Take to an electronics recycling dropoff place such as Staples.
  • Shipping  boxes. Discard.
  • Old window screens, porch screens, etc., that fit an old door or window but still have not been tossed. Discard.
  • Worn out / stretched out socks, underpants, bras, etc. Gym socks can be used as wiping cloths, because they are highly absorbent. Dress socks cannot; discard those. Don't even think about repurposing bras or underpants.
  • Stuff tossed into a kitchen "catch all" drawer.
  • Spare parts in garage cabinets, lockers, etc. Take one shelf at a time and get rid of stuff you do not have specific plans to use or cannot use in the future. For example, I found old spare turn signal bulbs in one of my cabinets. I haven't had that car in 30 years.

What about collections of paper? Scan important documents, then shred them unless a paper original is absolutely required. I reduced my paper collection by 90% over a period of three years of scanning. This eliminated quite a few bins and other means of storage.

When you get rid of all this space-taking stuff, you suddenly have more usable space. And your storage space is suddenly more than enough because you haven't filled it up with things you don't need to keep.

It's easier to find things, too. Think about what it's like when that 75% of clothing you will never wear no longer confronts you in your clothes closet; any choice you make is probably a good choice.

Yes, doing this does take time that you could spend doing other things. But for the typical home, it's like a $40,000 addition to the home. If you spend 100 hours and make $40,000 that's $400 an hour. For most of us, $400 an hour is a good rate of pay.

5. Security tip

The socialists, via fraud, deception, violence, and bullying, have taken over the federal government. And what a mess they have made of things. The USA has no credibility internationally, we lost our energy independence, thousands of first responders are being fired for the "crime" of not taking a dangerous and useless "vaccine" injection, language abuse has become SOP, depression and suicides have risen sharply, shortages are rampant, the economy is reeling, inflation is soaring, etc.

This bad stew of bad things is a serious threat to the personal security of every person and to the nation as a whole.

Though we sane people could invoke our 2A rights and lawfully overthrow our unlawful rulers, we have chosen not to be like they are. We engage diverse views rather than "cancel" people, we have shown exceptional restraint instead of going on a lunatic rampage of murder and mayhem as the socialists did during the summer run-up to their coup, and we tell the truth.

The differences between the insane people (the socialists) and the sane people (the rest of us) could not be more stark. Our behavior serves as a beacon, it attracts good people to the defense of what's good. But without election reform, we cannot prevail against the insane people.

To protect your security, you (and every other sane person) must support election reform:

  • Write to socialist "representatives" and ask them not to use Pelosi's deceptive language but instead to speak the truth. There's nothing "voter suppression" about requiring ID to vote. ID is required to purchase at a liquor store; why does Pelosi consider buying booze to be more important than voting?
  • Talk to other people, dropping the occasional "truth bomb" about election integrity.
  • Put your money where your mouth is. Send $25, for example, to one of the election integrity efforts.
  • Contact your County Election Board and ask them what improvements they have made to protect voting integrity and what is still in the works. Let them know you are going to provide their answer to many people, so you expect an honest answer not an evasive one.
  • Identify socialists in your local government and come up with three things you can do to help unseat at least one of them. Then do those three things. One less socialist means that much less "resistance" to responsible, lawful, government.
  • Remind people that when elections don't have integrity, neither do the people who get elected.

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

The photos tell you something important about my credibility.

Statistics on 60th birthday, when these photos were taken:

  • Height: 6'0"

  • Wingspan: 6'1"

  • Weight: 148lbs

  • Bodyfat: Unknown, but well below what the Tanita scale says is 5%.

  • Waist: 29

  • Chest: 48

  • Arms: 15

  • Quads: 20

  • 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

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle
See my climbing videos here:
Couch potatoes will say they want to "lose weight" (reduce the amount of fat they carry) but "I don't have time to go to a gym" (which translates into, "I find gyms intimidating"). They are assuming that going to a gym is the only way to be reasonably fit. This is not true.

What a gym (a place with weights and similar training equipment) primarily offers is resistance training. You can be reasonably fit without resistance training, but you cannot be exceptionally fit without it.

Some ways to be reasonably fit:

  • Go for brisk walks, regularly. Take some hills and/or stairs.
  • Do your own housework, and aim to keep the place spotless.
  • Do your own yardwork, including your own leaf raking, shoveling, mowing, weed pulling (squat down and pull by hand), and turf repair (filling holes and seeding).
  • Help someone else, perhaps a shut-in, with their housework and yardwork.
  • Volunteer to work for a charity that feeds the poor, opting to be one of the people who does loading and unloading of trucks by hand.
  • Work a job that requires physical exertion, for example construction electrician, carpenter, or pipefitter. The examples cited require significant training and good math ability, so they pay well. You could, alternatively, take a grunt worker labor job that pays poorly but you could start right away.

These kinds of activities, along with carrying your groceries to your car rather than wheeling them out there, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking at the edge of the parking lot for a longer walk in, etc., will stimulate the body t burn some calories and retain some muscle. They are good general exercise.

You can be moderately fit if you regularly engage in a sport such as swimming, basketball, volleyball, bike-riding, karate, or climbing and exert yourself. The problem is these do not provide systematic, targeted training of muscle groups to fully stimulate the adaptive response while also ensuring you train for symmetry and mechanical balance. For that, you need:

Resistance training

I use five kinds:

  1. Free weights. I have a variety of dumbbells of various weights, all on a nice gym-grade dumbbell rack. I also have a weight bench and Olympic bar. The bar weighs 45 lbs. The bench converts to a squat rack, and I have an assortment of weight plates on a gym-grade weight tree.
  2. Machines. I have a seated calf machine. I also do standing calf raises with my toes on the base bar of my Roman Chair. The Roman Chair is another machine, though it doesn't have moving parts. I use it primarily for ab work (face up on the RC) and the inverse of that (face down on the RC). I also have some extensions for my weight bench. There's the lat pulldown bar, which can be used for many different exercises. There's the leg curl / leg extension attachment, which really helps build strong hamstrings and helps strengthen the muscles around the knees. I also have a leg press attachment, but I don't use it.
  3. Body weight. Chin-ups and pull ups are major features in my back and biceps workouts.
  4. Self-tension. When working hip adductors and hip adductors (I do both a lying version and a standing version), I add tension with my hands.
  5. Bands. I saw on Athlean-X a cable exercise that takes you past the center line of the chest. You can't do this with free weights. I didn't want to invest in a cable system, so I use bands. My chest has grown noticeably since I made this change. You can take bands with you on a trip and if you know all the exercises you can do with them to replace your weight training you can skip being a guest at an out of town gym.

There are incredibly fit people who use only body weight (a climbing buddy, Dominic, has an amazing physique and he uses body weight only for his training). I can't say the same for people who use machines only. Why is this? Because to be exceptionally fit you have to do big compound movements that require using stabilizer muscles. Machines are for isolation exercises (which is why I don't use my leg press attachment), and you cannot gain functional strength using them but you will have muscle imbalances if you rely solely on them.

If you have a friend whose physical condition is heading in the direction of Joe Biden's mental condition, you can now explain there's no reason to go to a gym. Your friend has all the equipment needed (a body). What is missing is a routine with time set aside at least 5 days a week to work a particular muscle group. For example, work chest with pushups. Maybe every Friday, it's pushup day. Do ten sets of as many as you can do with a one minute rest between each set. Later, add in some pushup grips or maybe buy a set of bands. How would you work your back? You can find body weight exercises online. There's one guy with an amazing physique who uses public playground equipment and his body weight.

In short, there's no single way you must do resistance training. Choose something and do it. Using gym fear as an excuse is short-sighted. If you lose your mobility at 73 and end up on a bed in a nursing home, what excuse will you have then? I used 73 because Jim, who took the photos above, is 73. He started resistance training at age 30 and he recently compared the weight he used then with what he uses now. He's just as strong now! He looks fit and trim. he and his wife also go on long hikes and he's into biking. Barring a severe injury (e.g., gets hit by a bus), Jim is not going to lose his mobility. Ever.

Train like your life depends on it. Because it does. Or at least, a life you can enjoy.


At, 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.

7. Factoid

Just as Obama had many "firsts" (first openly gay President, first illegal alien to be President, etc.) so Joe Biden has many "firsts." First mentally retarded person appointed (or elected, which he was not) to be President, first person with advanced dementia to be "elected" President, first President to cut a long, loud fart when in the presence of the British Royalty (the Duchess of Cornwall), first President whose Vice President publicly called him a rapist and a racist, etc.

He is also the only President to succeed at nothing but generating one crisis after another. Joe Biden is proof that election integrity is Job Number One if our nation is to survive. Assuming it can survive long enough for the next Presidential election, a dubious proposition at the current rate of decay.

8. Thought for the Day

This joke has gone around a bit, but think about it. "Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put 'DOCTOR.'"


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The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by socialists or other brainwashed individuals. That's because they live in an alternate reality and have not bothered to learn the basics of how life works.

Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Where sources are not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.

Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).

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