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Mindconnection eNL, 2023-05-07


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1. Good News: Where the Intel is Good

What does "woke" mean, and where did it come from? It's actually a short way of saying, "My bwain is bwoke." Anybody who is "woke" clearly has a bwoken bwain.

Miscellaneous news

  1. Diane "I hate America but love its violent criminals" Feinstein has been absent from Congress (yay!) for a long time and they are calling for her to resign. Nutcase Nancy, of course, objects to this.
  2. Maybe someday his IQ will rise to 8.
  3. Yet another attack on America by the America-hating socialists, from the Brainless administration:
  4. Thanks to Charlie for alerting me to this very insightful article:
  5. You probably know that Brainless has announced he plans to be installed by Soros for a second term despite the fact voters overwhelmingly rejected him in 2020 and his Presidency has been an utter disaster.
  6. Brainless is aggressively attacking home ownership on the one hand, while mandating coal-powered (electric) cars on the other. How are apartment dwellers supposed to charge their coal-powered cars?
  7. The Fed made their 10th rate hike, earlier this month. At 0.25%, it brings the federal funds rate to a range between 5% and 5.25%—the highest since 2007. They are trying to cool the economy with the only tool they have, thus reducing the amount of money in circulation and thus reducing inflation. The problem is that to offset the socialist spendathons, they would need to raise the federal funds rate to well over 25%. That's untenable, so they are inching their way forward. The real solution to inflation is election reform; this way we can vote out the socialists. With no elections, there's no accountability. We have taxation with misrepresentation, and that's not sustainable.

Defending against socialism

Socialism is an economic system in which the government controls the means of production and distribution, and the results have always been disastrous. Implementing socialism requires the loss of personal freedom, personal security, personal opportunity, and government accountability. Communism is socialism without property rights.

A primary weapon of the socialists today is "wokeism". They use this to divide people but also to brain-deaden people, under the (well-established) theory that only brain-dead people want socialism. The "woke" need to wake up and understand their delusional views are being amped up and forced onto everyone else in an effort to divide us so we can't or won't stand up to the mental illness we call "socialism".

  1. The socialists confuse inclusion with intrusion, not caring about how others feel. Men competing in women' sports is just one example of many. People are getting tired of being intruded upon, and we are saying no. The socialists try to counter this with accusations of racism and intolerance, neither of which apply.
  2. When "woke" morons tried to make Bud Light into Butt Light, their target demographic / core users rebelled. Had the beer already been a favorite of the LGBT crowd or wokesters, the "marketing" move might have made sense. Contrary to what film studios would have us to believe, the vast majority of people are heterosexual. And the vast majority of people don't want politics, woke-ism, or LGBT to occupy their every waking moment.
  3. The Butt Light "controversy" is no controversy. When Star Trek fans were "treated" to seeing Comrade Stacey "Blimp" Abrams have a role in an episode of the latest franchise that had been steadily slamming viewers with LGBT, pronouns, and other woke nonsense, it was finally too much. Star Trek lost the vast majority of its viewership. When Marvel rebooted the Avengers after killing off many of the old ones (including Iron Man, Black Widow, and Captain America), they made their first new episode racist and woke (ah, but I repeat myself). Now the core audience has abandoned Marvel as well. People are rejecting the indoctrination and choosing sanity instead. It's a great way to be strong against socialism. Let's boycott them all!
  4. Don't forget to boycott Dick's Sporting Goods. Its board and CEO have behaved badly toward law-abiding gun owners, even forbidding those under 21 from buying ammunition at their stores (and that is illegal age discrimination). Their CEO has been a highly outspoken violent criminal protection advocate, and the board has encouraged him instead of firing him.. Such behavior abets violent crime, thus making such advocates de facto accessories to violent crimes. I would like to see them all indicted for this, but they get away with it because they are wealthy and because they do it indirectly so don't quite violate the letter of the law. We, as consumers, can indict the companies that write their paychecks.
  5. Bed Bath and Beyond is going out of business after 59 years. The store carried excellent merchandise and had a strong appeal to people who wanted quality items in their homes. They had the best of bedding, as only one example. But something happened, and that something is wokeism. Instead of promoting its own employees based on their experience and merit, and instead of hiring people based on their experience and accomplishments, Bed Bath and Beyond hired people based on woke criteria. Consequently, the average competence among managers nosedived and diversity (defined correctly) died. When a company values politics more than it values its customers, the company will suffer and often die.
  6. A friend pointed out that Nutcase will soon be gone, due to her age. I'm a senior citizen, and she's a few months older than my mom. This scourge, who has made a career out of diminishing and damaging America (reasons for her hatred are unclear), is a mortal not immortal. When evil like this persists for decades, one might see it as something that will last forever. But it won't. One day, not long from now, we will be able to have a "The witch is dead" party.
  7. Three communist countries within our borders have experienced a very heavy exodus of people and their wealth. Read more about it, here: (Note, I left the People's Republic of Illinois in my early 20s).
  8. A "Democrat" was hit with election fraud charges for submitting more than 1,900 fake petitions to secure a ballot slot in the "Democrat" primary. Amazingly, this happened in The People's Republic of New Jersey.

The ongoing Covid scam

  1. California Superior Court Judge Evette Pennypacker, a registered Democrat appointed by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2018, has ordered San Jose’s Calvary Chapel church to pay $1.2 million in fines for violating the People's Republic rules on wearing masks. These rules are not backed by science, so an intelligent judge would have ruled that the rules are arbitrary, pointless, and legally void. This judge, being a Democrat, well, you can draw your own conclusions. I think they need to send her pennies packing.
  2. India's population has increased by 1 billion people in the past 70 years alone. The country now has a population of 1.429 billion people (nearly all of whom were born there) compared to the 330 million people (many of whom were born elsewhere) in the USA. Further the 1.429 billion doesn't include the millions of emigrants from India to other nations (including the USA). In short, India is driving world overpopulation. Thus, we should demand that the Covid "vaccines" be administered only in India--where the real problem is. We could also demand that India engage in Daylight "Savings" Time clock changes quarterly, thus further reducing the country's fertility and average lifespan. You can visualize world population distribution here:
  3. The Department of Injustice has has charged the owner and two employees of a New York midwife practice of distributing more than 2,600 fake COVID-19 "vaccine" cards. In other words, people are being attacked for defending victims from an illegal and immoral regulation that serves no purpose in relation to public health. Since no vaccine has ever stopped transmission, the "reasoning" behind this regulation had no basis in science. It was coercion for political purposes, not for public health purposes. This same jurisdiction still permitted the sale of refined sugar, the one drug most responsible for the comorbidities that made Covid-19 deadly to some individuals (t was not deadly to otherwise healthy people). Also, by the time this ineffective non-vaccine rolled out, Covid-19 was already extinct.
  4. The World Hoax Organization (WHO) declared on Friday the 5th that Covid-19 is no longer a global health emergency. Considering that Covid-19 has been extinct for over two years, their declaration is more than a tad late. Nobody can accuse them of being honest.....

Videos and tweets:



Doctors Baffled


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 30 7 4
Product age Latest generation! 7 4




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


For decades now, I have been working with, writing about, and teaching the National Electrical Code (NEC). I find the NEC to be a marvelous work in many ways. But the subject matter is complicated. So it's important that NEC users understand what specific words mean. That's why Article 100 exists, it's where you find the definitions. The NEC begins with Article 90, so Article 100 is the second article. It's not in the back. The reason it's not in the back is a conscious decision was made to arrange the NEC such that new users would first read and understand the terms.

This principle of first understanding the terminology and then wading into the subject is a good one to follow. Generally, people have their own ideas of what words mean and this is where we get a disconnect between sender and receiver. It's also how we get bamboozled by deceivers.

Take the idea of a vaccine. During the height of Covid-mania, fewer than 5% of people (in my estimation) outside the medical industry knew what a vaccine is. And Mr. Fauci either is a bald-faced liar or is totally clueless. It seems that we haven't moved beyond that 5% figure since the jab was first foisted onto an unsuspecting public. An antibiotic works directly on the pathogen and kills it. A vaccine stimulates the body to produce the antigen to the pathogen, in other words it signals the body to start cranking out the natural immunity to the pathogen. A vaccine doesn't give you more immunity if you already have natural immunity, it doesn't stop transmission, and it won't protect you at all if your immune system is compromised such that it is unable to produce the antigen.

What Big Pharma produced was an experimental medication that stimulates your body to produce a spike protein. Every booster means more of the spike protein, and your body stops seeing anything with a spike protein as an invader (the same principle is the basis for allergy shots, it's called immune system desensitization).

So what is a spike protein? Your fingernails are made of collagen, which is a protein. You can create a hangnail to make a spike from that. Now rub it across your eyeball 100 times. How do you think this affects your heart tissue, brain cells, liver, and other internals? Now you know what there are so many people who "die suddenly".

What did we do to get to this point of understanding? We defined two terms: vaccine and spike protein.

Never assume that what someone is saying is actually in English. Misuse of words is a primary tool of deception. Never assume that your definition of a key term is the same as someone else's. Always define the terms upfront. Note that this principle is also used in contracts and other legal documents.

I want to point out that a vaccine for Covid is not medically possible. That is because it mutates so quickly, by the time a vaccine can be developed there's a different virus. That’s the reason that, despite 40 years of development, we still do not have a vaccine for HIV. We never will have a vaccine for either virus. Any competent immunologist will tell you this. In the context of what I wrote above, this means you also need to define what people mean by "Covid" and by "Covid-19" and make sure the two are not being interchanged.

The failure to define terms is a major reason the Covid scam was so effective of a con job.

Sometimes in a business discussion, I find myself being frustrated because we just are not moving forward. Rather than see the other person in a negative way, I will ask instead something like, "Tell me what you mean by X." I got into a price disagreement with a key vendor, and it was because he was talking about one price and I thought he meant another. I knew this guy was sharp as a tack, so the barrier had to be some kind of "define the terms" thing. It was. The price he was talking about isn't one I set or control. I actually agreed with him, once we sorted which price he meant. If you find yourself becoming flustered, make the "define the terms" move.

In a personal relationship, it's also very effective. One reason is it diverts attention from the conflict to something where you are showing an interest in understanding the other person. For example, the wife says, "I hate it when you waste food." Rather than be defensive because you KNOW you don't waste food, you ask, "Tell me in what way I do that, please." It turns out that you leave food on the counter to cool before putting in the refrigerator. To prevent botulism, she throws that food into the composter. Or you find the cat didn't eat all the pate sitting in her bowl so you scrape it back into the glass bowl of this batch you keep in the fridge. Now the whole batch is contaminated; it was less wasteful to throw out what the cat didn't eat.

Define the terms, and you can sometimes triple your effective IQ. Or at least look like you did.

4. Finance tip

Now that we are in a major economic depression thanks to the relentless attacks on our economy by Brainless Biden and his communist pals, what can regular people do to survive it?

First, don't bury your head in the sand with the idea it's transitory. The biggest factor in all of this is the massive federal debt. That debt will not shrink until federal income exceeds federal outlays. With the communist RINOs on the one side and the communist DINOs on the other, this will not happen any time soon. Sure, you can do protest voting (vote for the R in protest to the D) or you can use your vote to show you do not approve the crime and want lawful government instead (vote Libertarian). Whenever there is a large percentage of people voting in the affirmative for lawful government, there is always a muting effect on the communism; we see this in state and local elections. So rather than vote on which end of a turd is cleaner (D vs R), you could vote for no turd at all.

Second, it is going to hurt. Suck it up.

What you need to do is ensure your income exceeds your expenses. You are unlikely to do this simply by cutting expenses, you will also need to increase your income. A combination of the two is best.

Cutting expenses

  • Don't fully dry your clothes and bedding in the dryer. Not only does this reduce the cost of using your dryer, it greatly extends the life of your clothing and bedding.
  • Use only 1/3 the detergent recommended on the bottle. This will result in cleaner, softer clothes and bedding. You eliminate the temptation to use so-called "fabric softener".
  • Turn your clothes, if they have buttons and/or zippers, inside out when washing them. This will make both your washer and your clothes last longer.
  • Wash bedding at least once per week. This actually saves money versus the more "normal" (and totally gross) timing of once every six months. You sleep better, your home is cleaner, and your bedding lasts longer.
  • Flip or rotate your mattress once/month. It will last longer and you will sleep better.
  • Flip your pillows over, after you fluff them when making your bed. Notice which side is the dent side before fluffing.
  • Wash bath towels at least once/week.
  • Wash shower curtains (use cloth ones, not plastic ones which are also toxic) regularly. Use minimal detergent and warm water. This will make them last almost indefinitely, plus you eliminate a common source of mold and odor.
  • Don't use bar soap in the shower, it leaves scum that you must then scrub off. Keep a spray bottle of vinegar handy; use this to quickly semi-clean the shower.
  • Use synthetic engine oil.
  • Keep your tires inflated.
  • Use a permanent cabin filter and engine air filter. K&N is the premium brand.
  • Buy your vegetables unpackaged; the cost is typically less than half as much per pound versus buying them in the plastic tubs.
  • Don't consume processed sugar, wheat, wheat products, corn, corn products, soy, or soy products. Eliminating these poisons from your diet greatly reduces your risk of disease, especially the costly chronic kind.
  • Don't use mouthwash. It will actually worsen your breath by altering the biome of your mouth. And it's bad for your gums.
  • Form a little informal club with neighbors and nearby friends, where you trade services or go co-op on things like tall ladders, table saws, or power washers. This way, you avoid hiring people or duplicating purchases and so do they. You can form a gutter-cleaning club, a window-cleaning club, a car waxing club--these jobs are a pain to do solo but go quickly when done with a friend.
  • Offer to help others. You will likely learn something, plus they owe you a favor. Very high ROI here.
  • Make it known you're available to trade rides for things like airport runs, having the car in the shop, or ferrying company from out of town. Much cheaper than renting a car or using Uber.

Totally major cost-cutting tip:

If you are owned by a home, you probably have leaky windows even if they were recently installed. To plug the leaks, remove the trim on the outside and fill the gaps with slow-expanding foam (it comes in the blue can). Most windows fasten in place with two screws on each side. Sometimes these are recessed and covered with a cap, sometimes you can easily access them by raising the window. You might consider pulling the window out, drilling a hole into the 2x4 on each side, and injecting foam through the hole (and then doing the same for the top and bottom). Put the window back in place when you're done.

Increasing income

  • Run a side gig, using its own EIN and run it as an LLC. You get tax advantages for this, also.
  • Run a side gig within your existing employment. Become an expert in something, merely by being the person who does it.
  • Think of how you can add value to your job. Make an arrangement with your management such that you not only add that value but get adequately compensated for so doing.

Making it feel like you make more:

Mercilessly go from left to right in each closet and pull shirts and pants you no longer wear (the ones you avoid, but leave hanging there). Discard, or donate to charity and tax a donation expense on your taxes. This also frees up space in your closets, as if you just upgraded to a larger home. Do the same with drawers. Yeah, the increased income isn't much but the extra space gained makes you feel richer.


5. Security tip

With so much death and destruction caused by Mr. Fauci, the Censorship and Disinformation Center (CDC), the Fraud and Deception Agency (FDA), and others behind the Covid scam, people sometimes forget these bad actors are not the only threat to their security. In fact, we are surrounded by security threats.

The key to spotting and countering situational threats in our immediate environment is to be vigilant and aware, rather than oblivious and distracted. Be aware of your surroundings. Yakking on your phone while walking to your car in a public parking lot means you are not aware. If you absolutely must use the phone at that very moment, move to a safe place that protects your back and gives you a view of what's around you front and side.

I have a habit of scanning the area around me and deciding how to neutralize anyone who could possibly be a threat. If they are alive, they can possibly be a threat. I look at what's around me that makes a ready weapon, since I don't carry a firearm on me. In a grocery store, which is a veritable arsenal, neutralizing a threat is easy. It's even easier in an auto supply store, due to the sheer amount of weaponry within easy reach. Inside a bank, you don't have many weapons. I bring my own, an ink pen (unlike some patrons, I don't steal pens from the bank). Yes, I actually have spent time visualizing and practicing how to jab that into a bad guy's neck. This single technique, rehearsed mentally over and over again, will work if I ever need to use it.

Using ordinary objects as weapons requires that you understand what works and how to use it. The driving power for everything needs to come from the legs. My ink pen stab isn't a matter of quickly straightening my arm from the elbow or extending my arm and trying to drive from my shoulder. The power is coming up through my legs, there's a twisting motion in my hips. There's hugely more driving force versus any other way.

If I find myself needing to use a jar of olive oil to stop an attacker, I'm not going to just flick it at him. I'm going to swing it at his head the same way I'd swing a baseball bat; feet planted, hips sharply twisting. If he survives the impact, he'll never be the same. A person who is prepared to use anything nearby to inflict serious, even lethal, damage on a bad guy exudes confidence instead of fear. This alone can dissuade an attacker.

Not just physical

Of course, security threats aren't just of the situational kind. Phishing e-mails, telescammers, and identity thieves are also threats. Rogue IRS agents, which I battled ferociously for 17 years, are also a serious threat and you should never attempt to fight them alone. In all of these cases, your primary defense is to pay attention. If something seems off, it probably is.

You can mouseover a link in an e-mail to see if it's actually going one of those spoof sites. For example, I get e-mails allegedly from Amazon but they go to an address that contains or some other variation. Telescammers can be easily spotted on Caller ID--there are specific red flags for that; pay attention and compile your own list. Telescammers can also be spotted by the long pause that occurs when you pick up the phone. If nobody's there, don't ask "Hello?" three times. Just hang up. To foil identity thieves, don't give out personal information. Many people do this in the process of entering a sweepstakes. If you're like me and give out personal information anyhow (there's a lot of it just in this newsletter), then make a point of using alternate information on legal documents.

Also, have multiple signatures. I don't sign tax forms the same way I sign contracts, and I don't sign personal letters the same way I sign a contractor's job completion form. The passwords I use don't include my birth date, pet's names, or really anything you could look at and correlate to me. Usernames don't have to be so stringent, it's often good form to use your own name. But tacking on two digits to show your birth year is both unoriginal and over-disclosing. Instead, pick a number that is not represented in your birth year. Consider putting it in the middle of your username. Or consider just leaving out a letter of your name or inserting a $ or % in there.

A threat to children

An inexcusable security threat exists in many public buildings. They post signs on the doors stating guns are not permitted. This is idiotic in the extreme. It merely informs violent criminals that any law-abiding citizens inside that building are unarmed. Look how this policy has worked for schools. Those signs should be replaced with "Right to Carry Citizens Welcome". The effect on safety would be hugely positive. We need to get idiots, morons, and imbeciles out of public safety decision-making. If they want to paint targets on their own backs, fine. But we need to stop giving them the power to do that to children.

Headlines we never see

  • Epidemic of Gun Shop Robberies
  • Jewish Skeet Club Members Slaughtered By Anti-Semite
  • Shooting Range is "Killing Field" for Mass Murderer
  • Armed Teachers Save Children (because schools disarm teachers, thus abetting murder)
  • NRA Member Mows Down Worshippers (there has yet to be a case of an NRA member committing mass murder)
  • Armed Family of Five Killed by Lone Gunman
  • Career Criminal Leaves Note on Dead Body of Homeowner Saying He's Retiring
  • After 10th Victim, Serial Rapist Vows to Make Her His Last Victim
  • Cops Arrive In Time to Stop Rampage
  • Nancy Pelosi Refuses Armed Security Guards for Herself
  • Joe Biden Bans Secret Service From Having Guns

It's not rocket science to understand why we never see those headlines. Nor is it rocket science to understand why "gun bans" are simply OSHA for violent criminals.


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

Some cool climbing  videos:

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Below are are some questions I have answered in the past few months. Try to answer them as you read them, then compare to my answer.
  • I want strong abs. What exercise do you recommend?
  • What's the best exercise for your core?
  • I want to lose weight. Is there a particular exercise that works best? (I assumed the questioner meant fat, not weight per se)
  • Climbing has stalled for me and I can't do V3 (lowest intermediate level) without struggling. Should I do more hangboarding for my fingers?
  • Balance is a problem. Can you recommend an exercise for me to improve it?
  • I don't have your flexibility (person was nowhere close). What stretching should I start with?
  • I can't decide between a treadmill or a spinning class to tone up my legs and lose my belly. Which do you recommend?
  • Osteoporosis worries me. Is there an exercise that will help me prevent it?
  • My doctor recommended that I start on testosterone shots, because I have low testosterone. What do you think?
  • My back hurts all the time. It's tight.
  • I want bigger arms and pecs. Should I go to the gym and use their equipment to build those up?
  • I want to take up martial arts training in a few months. What can I do to prepare for that?

In each of these cases, my answer was "Do squats". Did you get the same answer?

Unfortunately, many people errantly believe this means going to a gym and loading a barbell across your back. It does not. That is only one kind of squat (the back squat), and I don't do that kind of squat myself.

There are many kinds of squats. I do a variety of squats, and only for the front squat do I use any weights. Does this sound like maybe my squats are for wimps? When Arnold Schwarzenegger was dating Maria Shriver, he would  visit the White House for extended periods. To work his legs, he would duck walk (a form of squat) and do lunges (another form of squat) across the White House lawn. When making "Predator", the film crews went deep into the jungle and stayed there for days. Nobody ported weights for Arnold, he used body weight or made ersatz weights from items he found in the jungle. When I started Shotokan, we spent a lot of time duckwalking. Many people could not take this or understand the value, and they quit.

When I say strong legs and core are the foundation for any sport or athletic endeavor, some people roll their eyes. Maybe they should try seeing with them, instead. Look at the human body. We have large legs compared to our relatively puny arms. We have large buttocks (or at least should if not for the atrophy that is so common); the gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the human body. Our legs support our center of mass, our arms do not. This has huge meaning when it comes to performing athletic movements and when it comes to physical training (strength, size, endurance, power, speed, etc.).

Please note that isolation exercises like the leg press do not and cannot substitute for squats.

In general, squats:

  1. Work the entire posterior chain. A weak posterior chain degrades your appearance, your mobility, and your general health.
  2. Involve coordination and balance, sharpening both.
  3. Provide a big stimulus to produce testosterone (women have so little of this hormone to begin with, for their bone health they should do squats on a regular basis).
  4. Produce a fat burning response that lasts for several days.
  5. Pump blood (including more oxygen to the brain), pump the lymph system, and pump the intestines.
  6. Help maintain healthy heart and lungs.
  7. Work the feet (squat barefoot, please!), something most people don't do enough.
  8. Provide the knees with proper conditioning (when done in good form).
  9. Strengthen the pelvic floor.
  10. Are, unlike the Covid "vaccines", safe and effective.

Squats are also great for quickly warming yourself up if you feel chilled. Instead of adjusting the thermostat, do a few squats!

Reasons you might want to exclude squats:

  • You're a double amputee and this exercise just doesn't fit your physical limitations.
  • You're over 55 and you've been eyeing that sharp-looking wheelchair; you don't want to wait 20 years to have a need for it.

Sorry, I can't think of other reasons to skip squats. If your legs work and you want them to continue to work, do squats (and they are not just for legs). If you're not doing them now, start incorporating them into your training (or "exercise") regimen. One way to do that is to go online, search YouTube for "squats" and pick two that you feel comfortable doing. Do 4 sets of each of them every Monday (or whatever day). When you want to increase the level of benefit, pick a third. Keep going until you have six different types of squats. So you'll be doing a total of 24 sets. With a normal rep tempo and a 20 second rest between sets, you'll be investing about half an hour a week. Yes, that half hour will feel brutal and you will be gasping for air. But the positive effects on you will greatly outweigh any momentary stress or discomfort. And you don't have to go to a gym!

One excuse I have heard is that squats are bad for your knees. That is true only if you perform squats in poor form. Properly done, squatting is the best way to protect your knees. A climbing buddy wore out his knee cartilage in another sport decades ago. He does squats to maintain the muscle strength around his knees. He even does one-legged squats, and that takes an impressive amount of strength and coordination.

Tips on good form:

  • Pay attention to where your knees are relative to your toes. For most squats, your knees must not go past your toes.
  • Go as deep as you are comfortable going. If you must use a doorway or other support for assistance, do that. It's much better than doing only 50% of the range of motion.
  • If you feel yourself getting sloppy, stop. Rest for 30 seconds, then do one rep very slowly with total focus on how you are doing it. Then do a set that way.
  • Don't multi-task. I don't even listen to music when I am training. People who try to watch TV, do text messaging, or anything else lose the mind-muscle connection.
  • Squeeze at the extreme end of the range of motion.
  • Don't hold your breath.
  • Don't bounce.

To maximize (or even get) the testosterone boost from squats:

  • Do not consume sugar 30 minutes prior or two hours after squats. Excess sugar will stimulate an insulin release, and the insulin will drive testosterone production down to zero. It will even decrease whatever testosterone is already present. Many "post workout" supplements contain sugar. Don't use post workout supplements, other than a (sugar-free) protein shake. Flavored creatine is an example of a supplement not to use in this Big T window.
  • Avoid stress-inducing situations and behavior. These will stimulate the production of cortisol, which also decreases testosterone.
  • Ensure you are getting enough fat in your diet, especially cholesterol which is a great source of the building blocks of testosterone. Examples include avocados, full-fat (4%) cottage cheese, whole yogurt, eggs, nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado oil, and butter. Note that for any dairy products, get them non-homogenized and of the grass-fed cattle variety (or use alternatives, such as goat's milk). Out of ignorance, medical doctors tell people not to eat cholesterol-containing foods such as eggs. The cholesterol does not survive the acid bath of the stomach, it is broken down there. Eating cholesterol will not clog your arteries, but eating seed oils (e.g., canola, which is recommended by the FDA and the CDC) will. Follow the science, not the FDA or the CDC.

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

A communist rag, "The Week", is on par with the New York Times for spreading disinformation and statist propaganda. In a recent issue, the Editor in Chief criticized people who are not stupid enough to believe that a dust mask protects against Covid. Notice the approach? Attack non-believers, but provide no evidence to support your own ridiculous assertion. This is the way of the statists/socialists.


8. Thought for the Day

A diplomat is someone who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you look forward to the trip.




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