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Mindconnection eNL, 2022-10-16


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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 Florida Health Department released this report recently:
    It showed an 84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA "vaccination". There are caveats to this, I recommend reading the "Limitations" part of the study before jumping to conclusions. The takeaway here is we have yet another indication that this kind of therapy poses high risk and is not appropriate for people who are at low risk of contracting Covid19 (basically, every human since Covid-19 is behind us now) or dying from Covid-22 or some other Covid variation.
  2. Election gaming took a serious blow when the Supreme Court refused to rubber stamp obvious integrity suppression schemes in a case brought by Pennsylvania. See the full story here:
  3. If you have 55 minutes to watch this movie, I suggest watching it:
  4. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled that flawed ballots are not allowed. They must, for example, have a date on them. This is a huge win for election integrity (which means fraud can't negate the will of the voters), especially in light of the fact this the dateless ballot was a big vector for election fraud in 2020.


2. Product Highlight

The Rocket Pen is a life-changer for students and adults with reading difficulties. Scan words or lines from any screen (e.g., tablet, smart phone, computer) 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,

Buy the Rocket Pen on Amazon | eBay | Walmart

Watch this demo video:

Main features and benefits:

  • Allows students or adults with reading difficulties to gain independence and reading fluency without stigma.
  • 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).
  • Uses colors for the different fields, to improve the understanding of the dictionary definition.
  • You scan, it reads to you.
  • 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.
  • Hear individual words or even multiple lines of text read aloud in natural voice.
  • Completely self-contained, no computer or Wi-Fi required.
  • 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.
  • 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


Let's cover a few aspects of thinking clearly.

Objective truth versus subjective truth

Most of our beliefs are constructs of society. For example, we add political boundaries (nations, provinces, states, counties, cities) to a geographical map. Those are subjectively true, but the geography is objectively true. This is hard for most people to grasp. So here's a rule of thumb. If we humans were never there, would this "truth" exist? The size of the sun is the size of the sun, independent of us so the size of the sun is an objective truth.

It is what it is and nothing more

People often read into something an idea or something else that isn't there. We often see this in conversation; somebody hears something that was not said or intended.

Labeling versus mislabeling

The people promoting the immunity-reducing, mycarditis-inducing jab call it a "vaccine" even though it does not meet the legal or medical definition of a vaccine.

Mutually exclusive positions

The people promoting the immunity-reducing, mycarditis-inducing jab claim people need to take it so they are protected from Covid, but they also claim those who do not take it are a Covid threat to those who do. The second claim refutes the first.

Fully "cost out" competing options

Libtards talk about "green energy" as if this fantasy is real. They call intermittent energy sources like wind and solar "green", even though those energy sources emit just as much carbon per watt over their lifetime as coal-powered generating stations. The electric car is vastly more polluting than the internal combustion engine car, and you can see this once you account for all the inputs needed to roll one down the road.

Do the math, no free lunch, and similar

Every give-away scheme is based on the idea nobody pays for it. The rent control / rent forgiveness illegally enacted during 2020 financially destroyed people who had invested their life-savings into providing apartments or rental homes for other people. Now rents have gone way up due to the shrinkage in supply. Another crazy scheme is "student loan debt forgiveness", which forces those with no student loan debt to pay for idiots who racked up huge debts getting a degree that is useless for obtaining a job that would enable them to pay off their own student loans.

4. Finance tip

I bag my own groceries, because inevitably the bagger mixes refrigerator items with non-refrigerator items in the same bags. This means I have to do one of the following:
  • Sort them with the refrigerator door open. This hugely wastes energy while promoting food spoilage. I probably save over $50 a year by not doing this.
  • Rebag them at the store or at home.
  • Dump them on the floor and sort there before opening the door.

How I used to do it:

  • Sort them as I put them on the conveyor, refrigerator items first.
  • Have bags marked "Refrigerator items only".

This worked only with women. It never worked with men, even when I explicitly said my groceries are sorted on the belt in the order they need to be bagged and refrigerator items go together. I suspect the guys just did not shop for groceries and did not prepare meals. I also noticed many female shoppers doing what I was doing, because they had groceries. The typical guy would have boxes of frozen pizzas and frozen dinners, plus a huge amount of soda pop and snacks.

I think the reason for the disparity by sex is most women were reared to have kitchen skills while most men were not. And the women typically did not get the "how to fix and repair stuff" skills, while the men did. If you have one set but not the other, make and execute a plan for getting the other set of skills. The amount of money you save when you have both is significant.

5. Security tip

Half a century ago, personal security for most people meant locking their doors when going out and closing their blinds (and locking their doors) before bed. We didn't yet have these additional security concerns:
  • Home break-ins by people seeking money for their illegal drug habit. Builder grade door locks are poor. Upgrade your locks to features such as longer bolts. Hire a locksmith or spend time learning about your options at a home center or hardware store.
  • Violence in "middle class" neighborhoods. Thanks to the war on drugs, gun bans, open borders, shrunken police departments, and failed socialist policies from LBJ forward, we now must be alert to signs of violent threats in normal places not just the ghetto. It seems like "Don't leave home without it" applies not to your AMEX card but to your personal firearm.
  • Car jacking. Once rare, it is now common. When stopping at a light, always ensure you can see where the tires of the car in front of you contact the road; this will give you room to maneuver rather than be boxed in. Carry multiple weapons; I have a 14 inch knife and a 5 cell flashlight, both within easy reach. A pistol is also a good option, but it's irresponsible to leave it in your car so having a pistol with you is complicated with so many "we prefer defenseless patrons" places like grocery stores and public libraries.
  • Online banking theft. Guard passwords carefully! Never reply to an e-mail or text message with any financial information, banking account information, credit card information, etc.
  • Theft via phone app. To totally prevent this, don't have any payment apps on your phone.
  • Identity theft. Don't enroll in sweepstakes, don't give out your SSN (except where required for financial transactions such as with banks and government agencies), don't have a resume online with details about where you are from or where you live, and don't use Facebook (it is a treasure trove for identity thieves).
  • Porch theft. Have packages delivered to a dropoff/pickup point, unless your porch is camera-monitored and you are there to retrieve any packages (not or, but "and").
  • Driveway theft. If you have junk in your garage so must park your car in the driveway, please have your sanity checked. If it's junk, get rid of it and make room for your car. The fact it's in your garage is a huge clue you don't really need it. People live just fine in very small homes, so declutter and use your spaces for their intended purposes.
  • Garage theft. I see on NextDoor all the time where someone's lawnmower or toolbox was stolen right out of their garage. Simple solution: keep the overhead door closed when the garage is not in use.

Porch theft is so common these days, decluttering experts recommend putting all of your unwanted junk in Amazon boxes and leaving them on your porch. Works for pet waste, too.


6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Lose weight, be strong, burn fat, gain muscle

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 in this area.

Statistics when these photos were taken, 2 days past my 62nd birthday:

  • Height: 6'0"

  • Wingspan: 6'1"

  • Weight: 148.8lbs (a bit more than the Age 60 shoot, and I am leaner for this one)

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

  • Waist: 29

  • Chest: 48

  • Arms: 15

  • Quads: 20.5 (an increase of half an inch since the Age 60 shoot)

  • Max bench press: Unknown, but I do 4 sets of 10 reps with 150 lbs to warm up on chest day

  • Max squat: Unknown, but I do 4 sets of 8 reps of front squats with 90lbs to start Leg Day

  • Cholesterol: In normal range, on low side

  • Testosterone: Above the upper limit of the normal range

  • 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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Ten common workout mistakes:
  • Taking a preworkout supplement. These generally contain excess caffeine, which will interfere with your focus (which is why, of course, the label says it improves focus). Nothing you take prior to a training session will help you train better. So save your money.
  • Consuming a massive post-workout shake.
  • Consuming sugar or any other endocrine modifier within two hours of a workout. Many pre and post workout supplements contain endocrine modifiers, which means you get a huge insulin spike. Insulin is antagonistic to testosterone, so you have just neutralized the primary benefit of your workout.
  • No plan for that session. Make sure you know exactly which muscle groups you are training and which exercises you will use to train them
  • Your plan isn't targeted. The "whole body workout" concept is an oxymoron. The main reason serious bodybuilders, pro athletes, and others use a split routine is that is how you can get the required intensity for a targeted muscle group. Another reason is you give that same group ample time to recover before hitting it again. Legs, for example, typically take about a week to recover if you train them correctly.
  • Your plan changes often. Training takes practice. You must develop skill to perform a given exercise correctly. You must remember which exercises you are doing and in what order; while a list can help, it is better to know the routine. You can make minor changes each session if you want, but you should stick to the plan as long as it's working and you aren't pacing yourself to get through it.
  • Doing every set to failure. Never do large compound movements to failure, this is both dangerous and unproductive. Isolation exercises may be done to failure, but you must think of it as the failure to be able to perform a rep in strict, correct form rather than the failure to be able to move the weight through the hardest part of the movement arc.
  • Not doing the full range of motion. The theory behind doing partial range exercises is they somehow make the middle of the muscle bigger and so you get more bulge; this is not true. You can use partial range exercises together for superior results (mid-range, full extension, and full contraction--three exercises, each with its own set count and I prefer 4 sets so this is a lot of volume), but if you train a given muscle only in a partial range you lose development potential while dramatically increasing injury potential.
  • Taking too long between sets. I do many sets back to back, not resting at all between them. Of course, these are sets of different exercises. For example, I do a set of biceps curls immediately following a set of chin-ups. I start leg day with four sets of front squats, but rest only briefly between sets. The rest period gets longer with each set for obvious reasons, but it is almost never more than 70 seconds before that final set. People who take 5 or even 10 minute breaks to check their text messages or whatever are taking metabolic stress down to about zero; metabolic stress is one of the three factors needed to get the adaptive response.

The biggest mistake? Failing to train consistently. Never miss a workout. Yes, people tell me that's unrealistic. But I have not missed a workout since 1977, despite challenging circumstances and crazy schedules.


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

Anthony Fauci's net worth has doubled since the Covid scam began, despite his abysmal performance in his government job.


8. Thought for the Day

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.


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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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