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Mindconnection eNL, 2023-01-22


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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

Defending against socialism
  1. Ron DeSantis was sworn in again as governor of Florida. He had this to say, “Freedom lives here in our great Sunshine State of Florida. And, “When the world lost its mind when common sense suddenly became an uncommon virtue—Florida was a refuge for sanity, a refuge for freedom.”
  2. Brainless made statements that should help make socialists look bad even to the most clueless among us:
  3. On its first day of legislative work (10JAN), the new House slashed funding for the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths. The new House is controlled by Republicans, and apparently they aren't interested in funding terrorism against law-abiding, hard-working American citizens. Notice, the Democrats don't share that sentiment. Why would anyone vote Democrat? (rhetorical question)
  4. The new non-commie-controlled House of Representatives has already voted on a bill to abolish the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths. The bill didn't survive the vote, but it is refreshing to see they actually care about disbanding this terrorist group. Since the Institute uses tax collection as a cover story for its actual mission (subjugating the population through systematic abuse and terrorism), the bill also included replacing the 1040 tax system with the Fair Tax (a national sales tax). This second step is not necessary, because the Institute puts a net drain on the federal treasury. Simply disbanding this terrorist group and eliminating the 1040 tax system would boost the economy so significantly (by eliminating both compliance costs and time-eating compliance behavior) that all other federal taxation means would bring in additional revenue that exceeds what the Institute currently brings in. Without this particular weapon to devastate small businesses and silence patriotic citizens, the socialists would be thwarted in a major way.
  5. Half a dozen Senators who call themselves Democrats are likely to retire or not seek re "election" by 2024. These are socialist Dianne "I love criminals" Feinstein, Democrat Joe Manchin, Democrat Tim Kaine, Democrat Tammy Baldwin, Democat Jon Tester, and Democrat Bob Casey. A senate without Feinstein would be a huge improvement, due to one more aggressive socialist not having a seat. But her seat would probably to to another socialist. If two of the five Democrats are replaced by Republicans, this would appear to give the Republicans control. That's because there are 49 R, 48 D, and 3 I but the independents "caucus with" the Ds. It's 51 to 49, but with 2 seats flipping it would be 51 R to 49 D + I. The problem is Lisa Murkowski runs as an R but votes as a D. This does prevent Kamala from being President of the Senate, but it still leaves control with the Ds. Three seats need to flip. If the Rs would get Mitch "Mr. Repulsive" McConnell out of his "leadership" position the Rs would very likely pick up 8 to 10 seats in 2024.
  6. A politician running as a Democrat is probably a socialist. Does this mean that if you value personal property, personal freedom, the Rule of Law, and this very country you should vote Republican so the socialist doesn't get elected? Not necessarily. Some "Democrats" are actually Democrats. And some "Republicans" are RINOs who are so inept and fearful that they not only give in to the socialists but aid and abet them. Consider the candidates carefully. One big clue is if they use meaningless emotion words or phrases (e.g., "social justice") they are playing you. If they speak in specifics and those specifics involve reduced government spending, measures against voting fraud, securing our (former) borders, fighting the Covid scam, and/or reducing the IRS then you are probably hearing a Republican. A Democrat, at this point with our $32 trillion federal debt, should also be talking about reducing federal spending but also about expanding or protecting personal freedoms.
  7. The Brainless (mis)administration is issuing bile over the fact that House committee assignments are now going to sane people instead of whacko leftwing extremists. Read the full story by searching on "new Republican committee assignments". The link in the original version of this newsletter was censored. You can't link to an accurate story on A*m*e*r*i*c*a*n***B*r*i*e*f*i*n*g, but you can link to lies and absurdities on the CDC site. Welcome to Orwell's world....
  8. Socialism activist and rotten father Alec Baldwin was finally charged in the death that occurred on set due to his carelessness with a prop gun. It is refreshing to know that even a libtard can be  held accountable. It rarely happens, but in this case it did.

The ongoing Covid scam

  1. The Pentagon has officially withdrawn its "make our soldiers sick" mandate, an illegal mandate that had no medical reason in the first place. It is shameful it took them this long. Now will come the lawsuits for back pay, promotions, and other reparations for the victims who refused the jab. The military will also have to shell out for the victims who are now sick from the jab and will also have to replace those disabled by the jab so as to have the pretense of military readiness.
  2. Nevada's new governor, Joe Lombardo, signed an executive order (one of the first two he signed since taking office) that repeals all of the Covid mandates in the State of Nevada. None of these had any basis in science, so should not have been imposed in the first place. In May of 2022, he previous governor, Steve Sisolak, signed a vague proclamation end the "state of emergency" but it didn't really do the job of freeing people from the Cult of Covid. Sisolak is a Democrat, not a socialist, which is why he took this step. In May of last year, it was still a pretty bold step. Lombardo's a Republican, not a RINO.
  3. Among those 19 and under in the USA, the death rate from Covid is 0.0003% (3 deaths per 100,000 infected); and that number is over-reported by at least a factor of 10 (it includes "died with Covid). So it is more likely 3 deaths per million. China is reporting millions of people dying from Covid; this number is not physically possible because it would require 1,000 times more Chinese to be infected than there are people on the planet. Now, even someone as stupid as Nancy Pelosi should be able to connect those dots. China has embarked on a murderous depopulation program and is falsely blaming Covid.
  4. The latest estimates show the mRNA shot kills or severely debilitates something like 5% of those jabbed who are under the age of 60 (feel free to look up the actual number, but find a credible source). You can kind of compare this to the 0.0003% and see there's no reason for anyone to get the jab unless the person already has one foot in the grave and wants to gamble with this deadly toxin. A safer and more effective approach would be to beef up Vitamin D, zinc, and magnesium  while eliminating highly processed foods.

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Other news

  1. An Inspector General report revealed that the Institute of Reprobates and Sociopaths destroyed 30 million tax information returns in 2021 without processing them because it was overwhelmed by the accumulating paper.

    Always send them paper. This is how we cripple the beast, and it's perfectly legal. People who file their returns electronically are neglecting their patriotic duty. Remember, the sole purpose of this evil agency is to subjugate the people through systematic abuse and terrorism. The charade that it has anything to do with funding the government is why we have the tax return filing game. Use that game to your advantage. While getting vaxxed doesn't protect anyone else from anything, sending your return in paper format helps protect everybody.

    Another way to slow the beast is to write a letter on paper, asking the status of your return. Someone will have to read the letter, look up the information, and write back. If only 10 million Americans do this one simple task, hundreds of lives will be saved and hundreds of millions of dollars won't need to be spent on compliance costs which means a stronger economy.

    We can't expect our misrepresentatives in Congress to rid us of this pestilence. But together, we can weaken it considerably. Talk to others about filing on paper and following up with a status request by Postal mail.
  2. There's now an enhanced version of Fentanyl on the streets. This drug is already deadly enough. There is no way to get a handle on this and similar issues until our retardocracy form of government is replaced by brain-enabled people.


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

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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


In our last issue, I made this comment:

"People who lack brain power like to gaslight other people in a vain attempt to hide their own stupidity and dishonesty--both of which are expressed in the form of a BS expulsion. One of their techniques is called "redirecting". So the brain-challenged person, caught in yet another BS expulsion, quickly changes the subject. Usually, they do so in a way that puts the onus on you."

A couple of weeks after I wrote that, I was listening to a James Lee Burke novel in audiobook format. The character said that inept, fearful people try to control everthing around them by manipulating people. Then he asked the question, "And how do they do that?"

Before he answered, I said, "They lie."

Then he answered. Guess what his answer was? Yep, "They lie."

Here are the most common red flags that you're being lied to:

  • The statement comes with verbal abuse. "Those who don't get vaccinated are killing others." [Multiple lies here, starting with the facts there is not a vaccine for Covid. And that no vaccine can possibly stop transmission, so the underlying premise is a lie.].
  • Appeals to authority. "The CDC said...."
  • Vague references. "Studies show...." Yeah, which studies are you referring to?
  • A non-sequitor is used. You're supposed to believe Statement B because of Statement A, but A does not logically follow B. I'll repeat this one in the list below.

Below is a long list of tools from the toolboxes of manipulators. It may seem comprehensive, but the reality is manipulative people have even more ways to lie. If they would put as much energy into learning (becoming competent), they would cease being so fearful and thus not have a perceived need to control others by lying. I have found these manipulators are hard to spot initially, but you may be more adept at spotting them than I am. Or maybe less adept.

You cannot simply exclude such people from your life, they are everywhere. You could try to raise their competence, but you'd probably be fighting a losing battle there. If they were interested in being competent, they'd already be competent. You can't reduce their fear, because it exists due to their incompetence. I think we just have to bear their BS the best we can and try to value the scared little child as a person. I have found that seeing the good in others, even if there isn't much, reduces their pathological need to control me specifically even if they are controlling others generally. Another strategy I have is I don't argue with them. It just makes them even more fearful. Then, because you can't exclude them, you divert brainpower to dealing with their BS.

But do set boundaries. They will delude themselves that your kindness toward them is an invitation to regularly engage with you. They will also take this as a sign they have pulled the wool over your eyes and their lies are working. So any regular engagement with you will involve more intelligence-insulting lies and huge wasting of your time. Telling them to buzz off is usually not an option; they may be a family member, neighbor, coworker, or fellow volunteer. When they invite to engage, simply say no. Don't lie to them with some excuse like, "I'm busy right now." Tell the manipulator, "I'm sorry, but I must decline the invitation." And then redirect before they ask why, with something like, "Real quick though, I noticed you did X and I thought you did a good job. I have go, now. Goodbye."

Don't take phone calls from them, answer e-mails tersely rather than get dragged into a conversation, when passing in the hallway smile and say hi but don't stop. If you do have to engage with them, always mention you have just a few minutes (and give them your full attention during that time, else they will be back for more). If the person is someone you must interact with frequently, do your best to find something positive about the person's level of competence. For example, your boss just sent out yet another memo that looks like a third grader wrote it. Compliment your boss for sending out memos, because those keep people informed. You can bet his next memo will be more polished (unless you point out his errors in spelling, punctuation, etc.).

Or maybe find something to help that person raise raise his level of competence. For example, your daughter lives in town and your son-in-law is inept with Honey Do projects. He replaced some moldings and the miter gaps are huge. Tell him the moldings look straight and you're glad he replaced the old ones. Then whisper conspiratorially, "Would you like to see how to make it look like a pro did these? There's a secret most people don't know". Then you can go out into his garage or shop and show him how to cut properly with a miter box (instead of cutting on the line, you cut just to the side of it because the blade has width).

Here's that big list:

Errors of logic

l Non-sequitors

l Making the unequal equal

l “Proof” by irrelevancy

l Affirming the consequent

l Affirming the antecedent

l Extrapolation from the specific to the general

l Misapplied metaphors

l Failed similes

l False comparisons

l False associations

l False reframing

l Oversimplification

l Overgeneralization

l Confusing correlation with causation (either direction)

l Circular reasoning, spiral reasoning, circumventional reasoning, and other types of screwy non-logic in place of deductive, inferential, and other acceptable methods.

Errors of comprehension

l Mischaracterizations

l Abbot and Costello style misinterpretations

l Assuming a meaning that contradicts the context

l Not recognizing common meanings

l Not understanding something that was articulately and concisely explained in clear English

Errors of fact/reality denying

l Assuming a fiction is just as good as a fact

l Giving a fiction superior position over a fact

l Omission of core concepts and/or facts in favor of randomly generated opinion

l Assuming a well-documented, incontestable fact is fiction just because you're too ignorant to know that fact

l Contradicting information taken from primary sources

l Contradicting information taken from secondary sources

l Pretending that extensive university course work does not impart the participant with any more knowledge of the subject than what you can pull out of your ass

Mindless arguing

l Implausibilities presented as probabilities

l Impossibilities presented as reality

l Statements contradicting easily verifiable facts

l Misdirection, misredirection, red herring, and similar

l Misclassifying a statement of fact as evidence of a personality flaw in the correspondent, even though the “flaw” is irrelevant to what was said.

l Complete ignorance of a subject (e.g., not knowing Islam is the religion of Muslims despite being told this twice)

l Playing "cement head" when something is explained to you in plain English

l Raising a question that has already been answered several times

l False accusations

l Inflammatory statements tossed out seemingly for no reason other than to engender a defensive response

l Dogmatic statements (e.g., “You hate Muslims”) that do not follow from anything precedent

l False restating of a point as if that was the point in question, though the restated point contradicts it

l Denying veracity of a logical construction because the sender forwarded a joke or cartoon that constitutes less than 1% of communication.

l Hair-splitting that ignores the context that makes the meaning clear

Language Abuse

l Repeating the Orwellian misuse of words as done by the Department of Propaganda or whoever else twists language around to fit a malicious agenda.

l Deriding attempts to clarify and avoid obfuscation

l Using a particular word when someone competent in English would definitely use another instead (using the wrong word)

l Playing semantic games with words, when you don’t even understand those words

l Assuming the opposite meaning of a common word, making intelligent conversation in English impossible

l Ignoring the clear and common meaning of a word in favor of an arcane one or incorrect one that clearly was not intended

4. Finance tip

The libtards, being lazy (which is why they don't know anything and have not developed any reasoning ability), always see an outside solution to their problems rather than lifting a finger to help themselves. A great example of this is energy use. Libtards believe that if you burn coal to generate electricity, sustain 40% losses through distribution, massively pollute via a huge increase in lithium mining, and pave over the equivalent of the Amazon rain forest to accommodate charging stations, we will save the planet from global warming. This, like their other beliefs, makes no sense.

If you want to reduce oil consumption and carbon emissions, then simply do your part and get other people to think about doing the same. You will also save money this way. Some tips:

  • Drive a fuel-efficient car. This means a sedan instead of an SUV. Make your next purchase make sense.
  • Drive a fuel-inefficient van. My sister bought a van that got about 1/3 the gas mileage of my 4-cyl, 5-speed manual Camry. Which of us saved more fuel? She did, because she used the van to pool a long commute with 7 other people.
  • Don't speed. There's no reason that people "have to" go 90MPH on the interstate in a metro area where the speed limit is 60MPH. Yet they do this all the time. The fuel waste, wear on the tires, stress on the suspension, and other waste add up quickly.
  • Combine your trips. Don't do impulse driving. Plan a circuit. Maybe you're low on eggs on Monday. Instead of making a run for eggs, you make a complete grocery list and then stop at the bank, Post Office, library, hardware store, and gas station while you're out that way. You eliminate several miles of driving back and forth to the same point; you drive to that point once, make your circuit, then drive back once.
  • Don't idle your engine. This serves no purpose and is just stupid. The exception is when there's heavy ice and you need to defrost your windshield. Use a scraper to get the worst of it, idle for no more than a couple of minutes.
  • Use fully synthetic oil. A blend neutralizes the main reason synthetic is so efficient (all molecules the same size).
  • Change oil and filter at the same time.
  • Keep your tires inflated. When Barry Soetoro suggested this, he was excoriated for it. But he wasn't saying do that and all will be well. He simply gave a suggestion that would increase MPG by 2 to 6 MPG for most vehicles. Multiply that by 180,000 vehicles averaging 12,000 miles/year and you are talking about a huge reduction in waste.
  • Practice defensive driving. If you haven't taken a course, do so. You learn, among other things, how to drive more smoothly and thus burn less gasoline.

5. Security tip

The socialists have degraded our society and destroyed our economy. What does this mean? More people stealing in broad daylight. Even robbing other people with threat of force. You may have a job where firearms are not permitted on the premises, so you don't carry one in your car. This will leave you vulnerable to a car jacking. And those are on the rise.

Every experienced handyman has at least one 10-inch prybar. I have several. If you don't have one, go to a hardware store and check out the selection. Get one that feels good in your hand. This is small enough that you can quickly whip it out and small enough that you can easily use it in a confined space like a car. But it's made of steel and it's large enough you can do serious damage with it. Keep it within easy reach so you don't have to get out of your driver's seat or turn around; make a cradle for it if you have to.

I have had many violent encounters in my lifetime. I have always ended those by using overwhelming force in the form of a quick, vicious, painful attack on my assailant. Anything less than this is simply endangering yourself.

One smack with this prybar on the back of the perp's hand, and you will break several bones. That hand won't be able to hold a knife or gun. If the perp threatens you with a gun to get you out of the car, hold the wrecking bar such that it's along your wrist and blocked from view by your arm. Agree to get out of the car, but don't put your hands up no matter how much he insists. As soon as you get out and are not in the way of his getting in, he will almost certainly shoot you. In the face. The only reason to get out is so you can attack him. You will have to initiate the attack while still exiting the vehicle. Doing this smoothly takes practice. Use a piece of pipe foam insulation to practice this with your spouse (who is also wearing safety glasses, just in case).

Use your first swing to break the perp's wrist, and keep that motion going to bring the bar up and whack his neck. He should not be able to get up after this, no more threat. But whack his clavicle, tibia, and kneecap, just to make sure. Tell him there's more where that came from, and he'll get more if he moves in any way you don't like. Retrieve the gun, and move several feet away from the perp but where you can easily see him. Now you can call 911, not before.

One argument against this degree of violence is you can be sued for the use of excessive force. Since he had a gun and you were in fear for your life, your attorney can get that case dismissed in short order unless you live in one of the criminal protection states like Illinois or Oregon. In which case, you might opt to simply stomp on his neck as hard as you can (once). Dead people typically don't sue. And they don't usually continue robbing and assaulting people.

Car jacking is commonly done with two cars. One stops in front of the target, say at a light. The other comes up behind the target and boxes you in. When you stop your car, make sure you can see where the back tires of the car in front of you touch the pavement. If you cannot see this, you are too close. Yes, this distance is "oddly long" and it might be more than a car length but it is taught in police academies and defensive driving courses for a reason.

There is no way you will be safe by staying in your car and dialing 911. If you can't dial .357 (or similar), then use the "eat this, fool" approach with a pry bar. I must stress that you have to practice this. I must also stress that you must commit, well ahead of time, to be fast, unthinking, unhesitant, vicious, and brutal once the threat presents itself. For those who believe its immoral to be this violent, I have this to say. The perp will be this violent with the next victim, and the next, and the one after that. There is no difference morally if you fail to stop the perp or if you personally volunteer to violently attack his next several victims for him. The way to stop the string of violent assaults is to break the string. Break some bones, and do so knowing you are going to ensure several other people can safely get to their destination today.




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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Apparently, some people lose sleep over their risk of waking up one morning looking like a contender for the Mr. Olympia title.

A typical scenario is "Andy" will ask some athlete (who doesn't look like a Mr. Olympia contender) what he or she does for abs. Translation: "I eat too much and don't train, so I have this big belly. What do you recommend?"

The athlete will typically mention something like hanging leg raises or say something like, "I never target abs. They get hit with every workout, especially leg training." This will lead to a discussion about hard compound exercises like squats and deadlifts. At which point, "Andy" will say something like, "I don't want to get big. I just want to get toned." Translation: "I am too lazy to do what you recommend, and I am looking for a shortcut that won't require any real effort."

Another common copout is, "I don't have any weights and don't want to join a gym," as if either of these is required to work a given muscle group. Most athletes train with weights because doing so is convenient and very productive for the time spent. But classic exercises like duckwalks, burpees, and push-ups use only your body weight and can produce significant metabolic stress, time under tension, and muscular damage while also giving you that in the full range of motion. In the spring, when we get a heavy crop of dandelions, I cut back on my normal leg day training because I am out there squatting dozens of times to dig them up. Those that come up again, I spray with vinegar. That first round (the squatting and digging) is brutally effective leg training.

Many people confuse "exercising" with "training". Simply being active doesn't challenge your body to produce the adaptive response. Training means you are deliberately and methodically inflicting metabolic stress, time under tension, and muscular damage to specific muscle groups in the "red line area" to stimulate the adaptive response. "Red line area" refers to automotive tachometers, which have a red area at the extreme end of the RPM scale. The engine isn't designed to operate at that high of a speed and if you push too far into the red, you'll blow the engine. If you were the engine builder, you could modify the engine to handle more RPMs, effectively shifting that whole red area up. Instead of starting at 5800 RPM, it might now start at 7200 RPM. That's similar to what you are trying to do with training.

There is some non-debate about the split routine done 5 or 6 days/week, or a whole body workout done 3 times/week. The hands-down winner is the split routine. This was the single greatest innovation in training of all time. The reason goes back to that red line thing. If you were able, somehow, to put your entire body through enough exercises to red line everything (a very long session), you would need a week or more to recover to make any gains before training again. With the split routine, you can push a given muscle group well into the red line area. By the time you come back around to that muscle group, it's recovered and you have your gains. Plus, the workouts are significantly shorter; you have just divided them up over 5 or 6 days.

The "problem" with the split routine is that, instead of pacing yourself through a very large number of exercises in a single long session, you focus on a much smaller number of exercises to really "blast" a given muscle group. This is why you see split routiners walking funny on leg day, but "whole body" types seem unfazed. With "whole body," the typical work for legs is a joke. It often involves the leg press (not a good exercise, unless for physical therapy) and maybe hamstring curls; it's pretty much a warm-up. Doing a real leg day session precludes you from also effectively working chest, shoulders, back, biceps, and triceps.

The "whole body" approach is good for a beginner and good for someone who hasn't trained in a long time. But after a few months or less, it is simply not producing further results.

As for "toned", that idea is based on the assumption muscles don't atrophy. That somehow they just go a little slack and need some tightening. No, they aren't going a little slack. The body sees no need to maintain the energy-using lean muscle mass, so reabsorbs it. The only way to stop the reabsorption process is to trigger the growth process. The growth is slow, once it reaches a certain point. We don't keep getting big gains so that we shoot right past Ronnie Coleman. At some point, age will take away every gain you make and limit what gains you can make. You want to stay ahead of age for as long as you can. You aren't going to do that by being lazy about training.

So here's what goes for the typical American man:

  • Age 40. Weak core, especially abs. Hips start to tilt forward. Back pain is no stranger.
  • Age 50. Atrophied glutes, aka "pancake butt". Visible loss of posture.
  • Age 60. Physical exertion is tough. A task like rotating your own tires is physically impossible.
  • Age 70. After a few falls, a cane seems like a good accessory.
  • Age 73. Outside help needed for daily chores. Walking is tiring.
  • Age 74. A walker is needed.
  • Age 75. Takes up residence in a nursing home.
  • Age 76. Dead.

A few years ago, an 83 year old climber scaled a mountain of some significance. Age 83, that's not a typo. So for him, the whole pancake butt and walker thing has never happened. He will die at some point, but not due to a loss of mobility.


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

Over 8 million convicted criminals (people with a criminal record) live in the People's Republic of California, and they are counted in the Census to give the PRC its Electoral College votes and its House of Representative seats.

However, that's about the same number of people who live in the 9 least populous states COMBINED. Those are Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Rhode Island, Montana, and Maine.

Also note that the PRC is notoriously soft on crime, so its actual criminal population is at least double that number. So you'd have to add the next 5 least populous states, taking the total population of 14 states! Those additional 5 are New Hampshire, Hawaii, West Virginia, Idaho, and Nebraska. Or it's roughly the population of Pennsylvania and Nebraska combined.

The PRC has about 40 million people. The convicted criminals make up about 20% of the total population. Add in the criminals who don't get prosecuted due to soft on crime (e.g., catch and release plus no catching in the first place due to wealth or political party affiliation, etc.), and about 40% of the state's population consists of criminals.


8. Thought for the Day

Instead of defunding the police, we should be defunding the IRS and the FBI.  The first does extreme damage to the economy, the second does extreme damage to the republic.



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