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Mindconnection eNL, 2022-08-21


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1. Good News: Where the Intel is Good

  1. You've probably heard that Olivia Newton-John passed away at the age of 73 from spinal cancer. RIP.
  2. The Socialists passed the Inflation Acceleration Act (aka, the Prosperity Reduction Act), earlier this month. The Retard in Chief signed it into law. This travesty occurred just in time for the November elections. It has an immediate psychological effect, except among the math-challenged who believe the absurd claims about it. There will be some initial damage to ramp up the pain, but most of the damage won't occur until well into the future due to process delays. This will help push the Red Wave.
  3. Part of the Inflation Acceleration Act involves doubling the size of the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths and arming them to the eye teeth. This is an agency that exists solely to subjugate the people through systematic abuse and terrorism. The socialists will use these thugs to continue disenfranchising voters, destroying people who oppose their sick agenda, and making examples out of ordinary people who did nothing wrong. So now the socialist have their own army to hold down dissent and maintain their lawless rule. The question remains as to whether the US military will defend the people of this nation against this illegal army.
  4. Nutcase Nancy, always ready with the brazen lies to spin the latest lunacy from the left, has been sending out hilariously stupid e-mails to her "constituents" about how wonderful this new law is when anyone with even half a brain can see that it heavily victimizes them. The question is, "Do the voters of San Francisco have even half a brain?" We will know the answer this November.
  5. The People's Republic of Pennsylvania has formally decided to uphold its voter nullification laws, aka mail-in voting. The socialists there are expecting a red wave, and the are counting on voting fraud to stop it. Voting fraud has long been a core strategy of how Democrats win elections. Their track record makes that mandatory for them, if they want to win without changing their destructive ideology.
  6. You've probably heard that the duly elected President of the USA, who was displaced via a voter disenfranchisement coup, was subject to a raid of his home by federal law enforcement. The socialists are not content to brazenly violate the election process, they also felt compelled to abuse executive power to harass our actual President. In fact, they will never stop because they are insane.
  7. The Socialist In Chief besmirched South Carolina with a visit. Here is how his victims responded: and
  8. You've probably also heard that Liz Cheney was defeated in the primary. So this socialist won't be running as the Republican candidate this November for the sole House seat of Wyoming. She was defeated by a massive margin, also. This bodes well for the coming November election, because it is reflecting the increasingly anti-socialist mood of the beleaguered voters. Another factor that will help with booting out the socialists is hundreds of people have already taken election integrity courses offered by one particular election integrity group.
  9. More good news about the Liz Cheney defeat is that an actual Republican has a very strong chance of taking that seat. A simple majority (218) of votes in the House is required to impeach. With Cheney gone, that helps ensure the impeachment will pass the House. The trickier part is the impeachment then requires a 2/3 majority (67) of votes in the Senate. Right now, the Senate is 50-50 Democrats to Republicans, with most of the Democrats being socialists and some of the Republicans being RINOs. And only 1/3 of the Senate is up for re-election in any given Senate election. That does not mean the Republicans would have to win about half of the contested seats. It means they have to win all of their existing contested seats plus 17 more. And still deal with RINOs.

    Only if some forward-thinking Democrats try to save their own party will we be rid of Joe Biden next year. I have been saying we would do that, but had not understood about the 2/3 majority in the Senate. Biden's own party, if it had any sense, would have already impeached him. But then, if they had any sense, they probably would not be Democrats.

    Perhaps the best we can hope for is a very active nonsocialist House refusing to fund the socialist edicts for the next two years, until Trump's second term ends (the one that Biden is illegally occupying). There are other things the legislative branch can do to restore the rule of law, also. But much of the insanity will continue, for example the "wokeness" that is rendering our military pointless.


2. Product Highlight

The Rocket Pen is a life-changer for students and adults with reading difficulties. Scan a word or line from any screen or printed material, and it not only reads to you but provides word definitions, word breakdown, and more to teach you to read (by "you" we mean the person you buy this for). The Rocket Pen Reader gives the reading-challenged their independence, whether reading from paper or screen (e.g., tablet, smart phone, computer).

Buy the Rocket Pen on Amazon | eBay | Walmart

Main features and benefits:

  • Allows students or adults with reading difficulties to gain independence and reading fluency without stigma.
  • You scan, it reads to you.
  • Hear individual words and lines of text read aloud in natural voice.
  • Scans lines of text or individual words from almost any surface, not just paper. It can read the text on a computer, tablet, or phone.
  • Completely self-contained, no computer or Wi-Fi required to use the reading functions.
  • Comes ready to use, no setup process (but customization can easily be done).
  • Full 1.9 inch color touch screen, and simple physical buttons for screenless scan and read.
  • Multiple built-in dictionaries to search definitions including the New Oxford American Dictionary with Oxford Thesaurus of English (Americanized), Oxford American Children’s Dictionary with Oxford American Children’s Thesaurus, and English to Spanish dictionary.
  • Uses colors for the different fields, to improve the understanding of the dictionary definition.
  • Reading tutor functions include spelling, syllabication (how the word is "built"), and one word displayed in big font.
  • Syllables break for each word.
  • Direct lookup of phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions (for example, get ahead, get along, keep on, keep off, look forward to).
  • Built-in speaker automatically mutes when earbuds are used, automatically unmutes when they aren't.
  • Meets FCC, ROHS, and CE standards.
  • Package includes ReaderPen, USB charging cable, Quick Start Guide, and earphones.



Rocket Pen

The Rocket Pen Reader is an affordable, powerful reading assistant and reading tutor that erases the barriers created by dyslexia and other reading problems. It can be used privately in the classroom, avoiding stigma, thanks to the earbuds included in the kit (it can alternatively be used without earbuds).

How it teaches reading

Before the early 1980s, public schools relied on phonics to teach reading. This allowed any student to "sound out" a new, unfamiliar word and also recognize its root and thereby often grasp its meaning even without a dictionary. Then schools switched to the "Look See" method, which treated words as individual pictograms to memorize. The results were dismal, plummeting the USA from the top of the literacy ranks to the bottom among industrialized countries.

The Rocket Pen puts phonics back in.

It also adds a context-driven dictionary and a context-driven thesaurus, both powerful tools for improving reading skills. See the reading tutor functions in the chart below.

It is the answer

The Rocket Pen Reader is the answer for helping the reading-challenged in the classroom, special needs classes, home-schooling, and adult education. Because of its mobile-friendly design, you can carry it with you and use it anywhere. Not only does it read to you, it helps you learn to read (for example, by showing you the syllable breakdown and the definition). It is super easy to use, no need to watch a dozen videos to figure out what to do.

Based on the highly successful ReadingPen 2 and vastly superior to the cPen Reader Pen, the RocketPen is the latest generation in a reading tutor scanning pen. It is a quantum leap or two beyond anything else on the market. This amazing device retails for $499, sells for $399 on Amazon and, but is on sale now for a limited time only via our eBay store at only $379!

It beats the competition

Compare the Rocket Pen to the competition. The winner here is obvious:

Rocket Pen cPen Reader Orcam Read
Amazon Price 399 285 1990
Color touchscreen Yes No No
Words appear in large font Yes No No
Scans phones, tablets, etc. Yes No Yes
Scans blocks of text No No Yes
Color-coded dictionary Yes No No
Simple physical buttons Yes Yes Yes
Ergonomic for kids Yes No No
English and Spanish Yes Yes Yes
Verbal commands No No Yes
Auto trigger upon contact Yes Yes No
Easy menu navigation Yes No No
Manufacturer experience, yrs >25 6 <5
Product age Latest generation! 6 3




Reading Tutor Functions


Dictionary 1 New Oxford American Oxford Primary n/a
Dictionary 2 Oxford American Children’s n/a n/a
Thesaurus 1 New Oxford American Oxford Primary n/a
Thesaurus 2 Oxford American Children’s n/a n/a
Syllablication / word breakdown Yes No No
Hear word spelled out Yes No No
See word spelled out Yes No No
Part of speech Yes Yes No
Headword Yes Yes No
Pronunciation guide Yes No No
Idioms Yes No No
Quick Define feature Yes No No



3. Brainpower tip


Libtards never seek to understand. They mindlessly repeat whatever their ideological leaders tell them, never bothering to question its veracity. To defend their (nearly always) reality-contradicting views, they lie and bully. Their failure to ever engage in thoughtful examination, critical thinking, or even "smell test" analysis is why the "tard" part is firmly attached to the "lib" part and has been for quite some time.

We cognitively functioning people need to take care not to fall into the same morass of moronity. Here are some tips:

  1. Be intellectually curious. Look for people who are qualified (based on subject knowledge and general intelligence) to challenge your views, fill in your knowledge gaps, or refine what you already know. This doesn't always mean direct conversation. It can mean reading their books or taking their class.

  2. Be honest. Libtards do not see their profound lack of knowledge as a problem, because to them knowledge is detrimental. To cognitively functioning people, knowledge is power. We use it to light the afterburners! By a certain age (maybe early 30s), we cognitively functioning people have so much knowledge we are not afraid to admit when we don't know something. Most of us have so much knowledge because when we were kids our parents gave us a love of learning and instilled in us the humility to be honest about not knowing.

  3. Avoid ideology. Diversity, which libtards detest, is key here. If all of your associates, reading material, etc. all conform to a given narrative, you are a slave to ideology. Don't merely tolerate difference, embrace it. But do not confuse difference with stupidity. Difference needs some basis in fact and logic, not in delusion and deception.

  4. Be kind. Libtards bully, often to extremes, people who are not exactly the way they are (entrapped in a stupidity vortex with a specific narrative that is absurd in the extreme). President Reagan and Speaker O'Neil were often in sharp disagreement politically. But neither ever spoke unkindly of the other. They had some things in common, such as they both were Irish and they both loved America. Granted, libtards hate not just America but human beings in general--so being kind to them is challenging at the very least. It is not so challenging to be kind to reasonable people who happen to disagree with you. And you may learn something valuable if you kindly ask them to explain their point of view so you can understand it. They may reciprocate, and you are both better off.

  5. Set aside time to think. Fauci keeps advocating that we wear masks to "protect ourselves and others from Covid". If you think about this, his advice is absolutely stupid. I won't explain why here, I want you to think about it! Thoughtful examination of ideas, principles, practices, advice, etc. may show those to be bad to follow or implement. Or it may underscore for you why those need to be followed or implemented and thus help you commit to the better way.

  6. Learn what the critical thinking skills are, and use them often. The phrase "critical thinking" has several meanings that are not far off from each other. If you go with any of them, you'll be going the right way. Buy a book on critical thinking, and read it carefully. Then read another one. Put the concepts into practice.

  7. Learn how to use the "smell test" (a critical thinking skill) to immediately ferret out nonsense. For example, the socialists could not get around the fact that a 0.300 aperture will not stop a 0.070 virus. So they came up with the idea that we all spew big clouds of saliva that harbor the virus and we must wear masks to stop this cloud. This prompted me to pose the "On which side of the windshield are the wipers?" question and also ask if anyone has ever seen a dripping wet mask. If the mask is stopping all that saliva, it would be dripping wet in less than half an hour.

4. Finance tip

The socialists have passed the Inflation Acceleration Act (aka, the Prosperity Reduction Act). This, combined with other acts of sabotage against the American People and the American economy will mean that, even if election corruption doesn't stop a red wave (Pennsylvania has already taken steps to disenfranchise voters this fall) we will have inflation for a very long time. We will also have high fuel prices (even if paid for with uninflated dollars, which it won't be), high food prices, high taxes, and so forth.

The socialists have, to quell the opposition, put into motion a doubling the size of the Institute of Reprobates and Socipaths and arming those unaccountable whackjobs to the eye teeth. The recent ammo purchase by the IRS would make the national army of most nations jealous.

The  number one rule of financial health is to keep your overhead down. But that alone will not be enough to withstand what is coming.

What is coming

One critical point that most Americans do not understand is that you don't have to cheat on your taxes or do anything wrong for the IRS to viciously come after you without due process and without regard to your basic human rights. Been there, done that. A federal judge ruled I had done nothing wrong, but that fact did not stop the terrorists from trying to wipe me out of existence.

Another critical point that most Americans do not understand is the whole 1040 system has a net negative effect on revenue. And not just by a little. The reason is compliance costs. By some well-supported estimates, these are 15 times as much as what the IRS hauls in. This massive tax is not reported or recorded as a tax, but it is a tax nonetheless. It is paid in a multitude of ways, including being passed on to consumers by corporations that employ a whole floor of tax attorneys and accountants.

A more aggressive, far larger (2X!) Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths will increase compliance costs dramatically. Add that to the inflation caused by "printing" money to cover trillions of dollars of wasteful spending by the socialists, and the effect on your wages (or other source of income) is devastating. THAT is what is coming. And, critical to understand, the effects will be with us for perhaps decades.

What do do about it

Of course, don't cheat on your "voluntary" taxes (the ones for which you volunteer the information on a tax form and then pay the calculated tax). You are not likely to get caught if you do, but why invite that kind of trouble? Cheating on these taxes has another effect, which is to help legitimize Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths along with legitimizing any crimes they commit (committing crimes is normal for them). Do take deductions and expenses to which you are entitled. This does not mean take ones for which you have come up with a flimsy rationale for.

Rather than defer spending (as if things will get better any time soon, they won't), invest in purchases that will reduce your overhead. For example:

  • Replace incandescent fixtures with LED ones (I do not mean just the "light bulb", but the whole fixture).
  • If your car does not automatically monitor tire pressure, buy a nice tire gage and also invest in those low pressure indicating valve stem capes.
  • Buy or build a rain barrel system if you have a single-family home. Use this to water landscaping or your garden, instead of paying for tap water to do that job.
  • Put a high-gloss polymer on your car. You will have to wash it far less often. Do note, this is not a trivial job. It requires a super good wash job, application of a paint cleaner, application of a polish, and then application of the final sealant. I use the Meguiars system and it's not cheap. It also takes two people the better part of a day to do this job, assuming you washed the car the day before.
  • Invest in several good pairs of leather shoes. Never wear the same pair two days in a row. These not only will prevent many common foot problems, they will get you instant cache in this age of dressing poorly.
  • If you currently use paper towels regularly, stop. Get rid of the convenient paper towel holder, and keep those paper towels out of easy reach. But a bag of rags to use in their place. Replenish this over time by cutting your old clothes into rags. You can wash the typical rag a few hundred times, but a paper towel is pure waste with a single use.
  • Buy several spray bottles. Fill one with vinegar and use it in the kitchen unless you have a stone countertop. Keep one in each bathroom. Do not replace your other cleaning sprays, use the vinegar instead. Vinegar costs a fraction of what those other cleaners cost, and unlike them it isn't toxic to humans
  • Get rid of your broadleaf weed killer. Vinegar works even better, costs less, and won't make your dog sick. See the note about the spray bottle.
  • Instead of carpet cleaner powder that comes in a smelly, fragranced box, use plain baking soda. That is the active ingredient in many of the carpet cleaning powders, and you can save at least 50% and not have to endure the added stench of "fragrance".
  • Invest in quality cookware. I have never regretted doing this.
  • Evaluate your tools for keeping your home clean. Upgrade as needed.
  • Invest in quality yard care tools. A high-end mower, a set of loppers, and a pro-grade string trimmer will save you time and effort.

  • Buy a water-saving showerhead, but one that doesn't simply restrict water flow. Many models increase the perceived water pressure. Do your research and pay for a good model.
  • Change your furnace filter as soon as it is seriously discolored, not waiting for it to get really blocked. Check it every weekend. Why? Because if your blower motor has to suck air through a clogged filter it will run hot and fail prematurely. This invariably happens when you can't be without your HVAC due to extreme cold or extreme heat, but you're without it anyhow and out a repair bill in the hundreds of dollars.
  • Check the weather stripping on doors and windows. Mend or replace as needed. Upgrade if possible.
  • Use synthetic oil for your car.
  • Use synthetic oil for your lawn mower and other gasoline-powered tools
  • Replace worn hand tools (reduces damaged work and possible injuries).
  • Always buy the best tires that will fit your car.
  • Always buy the best windshield wiper blades. Premium blades improve visibility in adverse condition and last longer.
  • Buy real wood furniture, not particle board furniture. Real wood lasts decades longer and does not emit formaldehyde.
  • Have good tools.
  • Know how to use them.
  • Add skills in the area of build and repair.

5. Security tip

Avast always has good security articles. Here's another one:

And here's a good one from Malware Bytes:


6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

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

  • Cholesterol: In normal range, on low side

  • Last illness: 1971

  • Last workout missed: Spring of 1977

  • 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

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A while back, I wrote about the importance of adequate hydration. A reader responded that the correct amount of water is eight 8-oz glasses per day. So I said I would be hard-pressed to see how a 220lb construction worker on a high sodium, meat-and-grain diet with four coffees in the morning and a beer every night needs to drink the same amount of water as a 120-lb office worker who eats mostly greens and fruits and always has soup for lunch. Hmm.

I went on to say this figure came straight out of the Nestle marketing department. It was a way to get people to open and drink eight of their 8-oz bottles of water each day. This may or may not be the correct amount for a given individual. But whatever the amount, getting it in plastic water bottles is extremely expensive, environmentally harmful, and health-damaging. It's health-damaging because of the phthlates and other chemicals that leach from the plastic into the water.

With my diet being high in water already (fruits and vegetables), I have a great baseline of water intake. I do drink coffee in the morning, and that diuretic knocks some points off for me. With my heavy weight training, climbing, martial arts training, and (in summer time) considerable hot weather yard work, I have extra water needs that solid food alone won't accommodate. My general strategy is to tank up ahead of time, and then try to refill a bit as I go to avoid getting thirsty.

For example, if I am going to mow and it's 97 DegrF outside I will first drink water at an increased rate starting a couple hours out so I "tank up". Then every time I stop to empty the bag (I set the chute for partial bagging, and use most of that as mulch), I also take a few swigs of water.

But just as I don't count calories or precisely measure portions, I also don't count ounces of water. Conditions and demands are not constant, thus such efforts are futile. The correct solution is to anticipate water needs and drink in advance, while having a water-dense diet (see explanation below)and drinking water (from a glass or fountain, not a plastic bottle) throughout the day.

You can establish how much water you should drink under what for you are fairly normal demands. Drink enough to avoid a feeling of thirst. If you get that feeling, your intake needs to be increased a tad. If you never feel thirsty and find yourself needing to pee just about constantly, cut back on the water. When you reach a point where you sometimes feel thirst about to come on, you have adequate hydration but not too much. When you have some water-using additional activity planned, tank up ahead of time (for example, what I do before mowing). Or bring water with you, but don't bring it in a plastic bottle. I have a stainless steel cyclist bottle that works great for me. Don't get an aluminum one, because the water in it will not be safe to drink.

The main reason people are inadequately hydrated (and most people are) isn't because they are failing to pay 150X the tap price of water and therefore need to fork over exorbitant sums to obtain water that isn't safe to drink. The main reason people are inadequately hydrated is their diet is too dry. Simply replacing grains with greens will go a long way in correcting this. And that leaves the other factors to attend to.

Most public places and places of employment have drinking fountains. Use these to add a bit of hydration. There are drinking fountains at the climbing gyms I use; I deliberately visit one about every hour or so. Some people will not drink from these due to fluoridation, chlorination, or some other fear. This may be a valid concern if the water is heavily contaminated. What I do is taste the water and if it tastes fine I drink as much as I want.

Here is a benchmark to consider. Housecats fed a typical diet of typical kibble typically die from renal failure between the age of 10 and 12. Cats who drink tap water from a bathroom faucet two or three times a day are never taken to the vet for complications of fluoridation or chlorination and often live into their early 20s. Consider this if you think it may be better to be dehydrated than to gulp down some tap water.

What is a water-dense diet?

If you look at a list of foods that are:

  • Nutrient-dense.
  • Best for preventing cancer or  (name a few dozen diseases).
  • Taste the best.
  • Support a lean, strong physique.
  • Contain the fewest toxins.
  • Have the least environmental impact.

... you will find it's the same foods on each list! These are all water-dense. (Note: you get the benefits of those foods if they are unprocessed or barely processed).

Compare the water in, say 12 ounces of raw spinach to the water in, say, 12 ounces of potato chips. The extra sodium in the chips will negate the entire water content, while the water in the spinach is fully utilized. Plus, the chips contain seed oils and these cause vascular damage because their lipids are shredded. The spinach, by contrast, supercharges your body with a slew of nutrients.

Now, let's put both of these items in a meal.

  • Chips go with osteoporosis in a can (soda) and a hamburger (many toxic substances, little nutrition). Total calories: 800.
  • Spinach goes with a few other veggies, a couple of diced boiled eggs, and some black pepper. Topped off with olive oil and vinegar, eaten with a glass of water or tea. Total calories: 400.

Many people don't think about this, but you could actually build a fantastic weekly meal plan if you select foods based on their water content. And that is because of those lists I mentioned earlier. You don't find water-sparse foods on a list of foods to eat for a health or fitness benefit. Some dried fruits such as raisins, prunes, and dried figs are exceptions; but these must be eaten sparingly because they are calorie-dense. An exception to the eat sparingly rule is if you need lots of calories fast, for example in mountaineering, to avoid a fatal energy crash.

Of course, you must also aim for variety. While watermelon has very high water content (and also very high phosphorous, even more than bananas), you can't make it the basis of your diet. Having it along with many other water-dense foods.

Can you name a water-dense sweetener? Maple syrup is one, honey is another. If they are not heated, they retain extremely valuable nutrients and the distinct flavor imbued by their place of origin. A tip when buying honey is this: Don't buy if if it's clear, that means it's been heated and processed to have that look. Buy raw honey from a local source, and never add it to food before cooking.


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

There are no seagulls in Hawaii. Unfortunately, it IS over-run with libtards.


8. Thought for the Day

There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.


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The purpose of this publication is to inform and empower its readers (and save you money!). The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by socialists or other brainwashed individuals. That's because those fools live in an alternate reality and have not bothered to learn the basics of how life works. They cannot do basic math, cannot apply logic, and cannot be bothered to learn the basic facts relevant to any topic that they are passionate about.

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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