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Mindconnection eNL, 2023-07-02


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1. Good News: Where the Intel is Good

Socialist Censors

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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 and empirically proven) theory that only naive 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". 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.

  1. One would think the socialism juggernaut would collapse under its own absurdity. Right now, the frontman for socialism in the USA is inarticulate and clearly brain-damaged. Here's a moron giving him an introduction: Any sane person would want to distance himself from the whole movement after seeing such a display.
  2. Senator Grassley reveals evidence of 17 audio recordings implicating Brainless Biden and Hunter Biden in $5M of bribes to the Biden Crime Family.
  3. As the real nature of Exclusion, Stupidity, and Goofiness (ESG) becomes apparent, shareholders are increasingly rejecting it and companies are increasingly moving away from it. In fact, shareholder support for this self-destructive idiocy has dropped by half in the past two years while strong objection to it has grown dramatically. You don't make a company stronger or more profitable by excluding intelligent people from its management, embracing concepts and ideas that are evidence of severe cognitive impairment, and treating delusional behavior as rational.
  4. Nice montage about the Biden Crime Family and others. Due to censorship, I can't make the link active. Copy and paste into Notepad, remove the excess spaces, paste your browser:
    https:/ /townhall .com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2023/06/28/biden-declares-that-putin-is-clearly-losing-the-war-in-iraq-before-shouting-at-reporter-n2625081
  5. It is critical to get meaningful election reform in Arizona, a state that Biden "won" due to obvious fraud in the 2020 non-election. A non-commie AG is essential to making that happen, but in the 2022 non-election for AG a commie "won" by 280 votes. Now a study has found a discrepancy of 8,242 votes! And it's backed with video and hard data! With corruption this bad in Arizona, which is one of the 36 free states, you can only imagine how bad it must be across the nation and particularly in the states that remain under communist control. With election integrity measures that permit fair and honest elections, we would have only a few nutjob havens (New Jersey, for example) under communist control. Even the People's Republic of California would be free, albeit with the insane asylum we call "San Francisco" still part of the state. And the New Jersey minority (sane people) could relocate to a newly freed (under this scenario) and nearby Pennsylvania to enjoy the rights promised to American citizens.
  6. The Supreme Court overturned a big chunk of "Affirmative Action", which when translated into English is "We affirm that because of your skin color you are less able than others of a lighter hue". This specifically had to do with discriminating against well-prepared Japanese and Chinese students to make space for "black" students who are not prepared for university. This "Affirmative Action" also cheapened degrees of "black" people who were prepared for university and who worked hard for their degrees. Now a "black" person with a college degree will have a degree that is of the same value as a degree held by a person of a lighter hue. It's about time this anti-black people policy got canned. It has been a blemish on our society for decades, not only insulting people of color but disabling those of darker color.
  7. The SCOTUS also defeated the Brainless Biden student loan scheme, ruling that farce illegal on 30JUN. The junior Senator from Kansas wrote, "...87 percent of Americans have not taken out student loans or have already responsibly paid them back and this student loan forgiveness scheme is expected to cost taxpayers 400 billion dollars. I’m glad to see the highest courts agree that passing on these loans to folks who have paid off their loans or decided college was not for them will not be saddled with this debt."
  8. Yeah, good thing Australia banned guns. It's totally safe there now:

The ongoing Covid scam

The scam itself is running out of steam. The backlash against the perpetrators is building momentum. Victims have been winning lawsuits, Congress has been conducting investigations (which are really for grandstanding rather than any real effect), and there's a lot of buzz to the effect "we won't be fooled again".

Except among the dimmest of people, the CDC and FDA have lost all credibility. Calls for defunding them, since they serve no legitimate purpose, are more the rule than the exception. Mark "Elections should not be legitimate" Zuckberg, one of the criminals behind the Orwellian brainwashing campaign, has seen his reputation go to pot and Facebook lose a massive number of subscribers.

"The Zuck" is most likely not keen to engage in more election abuse in 2024, because that would be practically a suicide mission. So we could bid Briben bye bye and have someone with a measurable IQ rightfully elected as POTUS. President Trump, who won in 2020 if you don't count all the fake votes, would likely win a third time. But if there isn't enough election reform and poll monitoring by then, the socialists will steal that election also. In which case, you can expect Presidential pardons to be issued for Hunter Biden, Anthony Fauci, Rachel Whatzerface at the CDC, and a long list of people who perpetrated a scam with a devastating human toll.

The socialists can read the handwriting on the wall. They are busy dreaming up another scam, while also trying to convince people this scam is legitimate.

I think it is proper at this point in time to say, "Shame on you for your political face diapering" when you see someone wearing a  mask in public. But I know from experience and general maturity it is much more productive to politely engage the person in a conversation by asking questions in a non-threatening way.

For example, "I notice you have your nose and mouth covered. I was just wondering why." (Don't use the word "mask"). They may say something about Covid, at which point you say, "Interesting. But a virus also enters through the eyes. Why aren't your eyes covered?" No matter what their response is, the next thing to say is that an N95 mask blocks up to 95% of particles that are four times the size of a virus, which is to say they don't block a virus at all. And up to 95% includes every number including zero which means a given mask might not block anything at all and it will still meet the N95 specification. "I own up to 95% of the real estate in America, and so do you."

Those people may just be ignorant and stupid in the extreme and thus innocent, but you have to remember they vote. They get all of their "information" from the New York Times and other leftwing nutjob sources. They need to hear from people whose brains actually work that, "It is not OK". Engaging them in the way I just described takes the starch right out of their Hitler Youth shirts and might possibly (a long shot) stimulate them to have an independent thought for once.

More fallout

On a somewhat related note, recently a mask-wearing robber used a blowtorch to steal $448 worth of cosmetics from a sealed display case at Walgreen's. Nobody should be allowed to wear a mask when entering or in a store, bank, or other place that is a known theft target. These places have security cameras for a reason. As soon as someone walks in with a mask (e.g., a gaiter or dust mask ala Covid style), a 911 call should be made and this behavior should carry a minimum $2500 penalty for the first offense. If done in a bank, it's an automatic felony charge. There is no medical reason for wearing a dust mask in public, and nobody did this before the Covid scamsters  mandated and encouraged this behavior. I believe this kind of outcome was one of their two reasons, and the other reason was simply to instill fear.

There was never a legitimate or helpful motive behind the masks. I personally refused to let masked individuals into my home even when the mask mandates were in full force and I explained to them the masks cannot possibly even slow down the virus but they sure can increase the transmission levels. Take it off or don't come in. I did make qa couple of exceptions, one was for a neighbor who just could not sort propaganda from science; in his case I said if my house is so filthy he has to wear a dust mask then I would prefer he not come over again because I find that very insulting. I also found it irrational, since I have half a dozen HEPA filters running in my home and you just don't see dust.


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.

We are running a sale, look for the reduced price on Amazon starting Monday Juneteenth. Perfect gift for a student.

Buy the Rocket Pen on Amazon | eBay | Walmart

Watch this demo video:

These features were added with the latest release:

  • Has dictionary lockout and ExamRead feature, so it doubles as an exam pen.
  • Left-hand user mode.
  • Scan left to right mode.
  • Fast shutdown.
  • Selectable voices for playback of scanned text.
  • Selectable UI language: English (default) or Spanish.

Other 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


Picture two people, each working on a complex assignment. It's due on Friday, and today is (let's say) Wednesday.
  1. Dave stays four hours late to work on it. Tom goes home at the usual time.
  2. Dave comes in an hour early on Thursday to continue working on it. Tom comes in at his usual time.

All other things being equal (they have the same native ability level), which one will turn in better work? Which one is more likely to finish first?

In my experience, the result has always been that Dave is late because he's spending so much time on Thursday fixing mistakes. He's also worked himself into a mental fog, which means his work is less elegant, less polished, and less effective. I have seen this play out many times, and the outcome is always the same. And that's inevitable.

The correct strategy here is to estimate how much time you need and then clear other things off your schedule so you get that time. If this is not possible, then you will need to either reduce change the scope of work or bring in additional resources. Your resting time is not one of those resources, in fact if you misallocate your resting time then your working time will be less productive. That is, it's better to limit your hours so you can approach your work fresh than to slog through it while exhausted. It's not a matter of diminishing returns when you go into exhaustion mode, it's a matter of negative returns. You actually go backwards.

I almost lost my job sticking to this philosophy. I was a Systems Engineer at Bailey Controls. I had been assigned a chunk of a big job, and a coworker (let's call him Sam) had been assigned a similar chunk. We each had 12 weeks to do the programming and then load the compiled code into a simulator to run it through its paces (to "check it out", thus this stage was called "Checkout"). Sam got his code into Checkout two weeks before I got mine into Checkout. After the third day when Sam was in Checkout, there were problems. Our boss started pressuring me, saying Checkout was going to take longer than I was allowing so work more hours to get done. The pressure grew every day, and near the end of that second week I received not so subtle hints about being terminated.

But I was methodical, and working methodically isn't a sprint. I thought through my control strategy, how I would implement it, and how I could simplify the implementation. I also wrote short but informative notes in the code; anybody could read it and understand what was going on. Each day, I would read my notes from the previous day and this allowed me to stay on track. When I was "finally!" done, my boss said I was so late I'd better hope for a miracle and not have a lot of problems in Checkout. My code got loaded, and it ran with zero errors. Zero. Not a single hiccup. I still had a week before my work was actually due, and I was done. Sam's code had so many problems, they assigned a senior engineer to work with him. He was still three weeks late. In the meantime, I had been given another big chunk and I got that one done early also.

I started Mindconnection in 1997. And yes, I appreciate the jokes about being "owned by a business". The work is never done, it seems. But each day, I am done doing it for the day. I have a shutdown time, and I don't work past that time. I don't skip meals, either. I take a break for each meal, allowing time to enjoy that meal. If there's a meeting or conference call or anything else that's going to be at mealtime, I eat the meal and skip that event. I normally do not answer the phone during mealtime, either. I say "normally" because if Caller ID shows it's one of my people calling it must be very important. There are five of us, and unlike with most companies we don't waste work time with meetings (by phone or video) or the other usual forms of psychotherapy. This gives all of us more uninterrupted time to do our work.

A mind that is exhausted or distracted is not a sharp mind. Sharp minds do the best work, and they do it in far less time than exhausted minds do. If you have a boss who begs to differ, just stand your ground and let your work speak for itself.

4. Finance tip

Standard household cleaning products have been identified as a major risk factor for feline cancers. If you have a cat, don't use these chemicals in your home. They also degrade your health in multiple ways. Personal care and beauty products are also generally health-adverse, though mammal-friendly alternatives are available.

Standard laundry detergents leave scum in your washer, standard dishwashing detergents do the same thing to your dishwasher. I have owned several dishwashers. I keep repairing them until the control panel gives out (and such repairs have included replacing the motor). That means they are very old by the time I replace them; the last one was twelve years old. They are always spotless inside, and there's no buildup around the door gasket either. Why? I use a gel made by Seventh Generation, don't fill the dispenser completely, add vinegar, keep the filter changed, and wipe with a plain cloth as needed.

Oven cleaner isn't necessary, either. No, the secret isn't to put aluminum foil on the bottom; that is actually dangerous and your owner's manual should tell you very clearly not to do it. One of the "secrets" is to let the oven completely cool, then clean with vinegar. Don't use a dirty oven, that will harden the mess. I don't eat meat, so I don't broil. But if I did broil, I would set the broiling pan up such that a boil-over is not going to happen and/or I would put a cookie sheet on the bottom rack to both catch the grease and to bake some potatoes or squash.

What about carpet? There's no need to use carpet cleaning solutions in your carpet shampooer. I use only vinegar and water in mine. The cat who owns me once brought a live rabbit into the master bedroom, then proceeded to kill it and eat it there. Rather than make the room toxic, I put baking soda onto the bloodied carpet right away. Then I vacuumed it up, put more on there, and poured vinegar on it. I rubbed and dabbed and kept going with these two non-toxic cleaners. That was over ten years ago. There's no stain and there's no unusual wear on the carpet at that spot. Cat puke is easily removed from carpet without trace, by use of a cotton cloth and a spray bottle of vinegar.

Vinegar and baking soda cost far less than the cancer-causing cleaners that come in spray cans. You may have to do more work to get the stain or dirt out, but as my blood-soaked carpet example illustrates, it can be done. Don't use vinegar on wood parquet. A damp cloth works well for most things on that wood. Be sure to follow with a dry cloth as you go.

Borax is another great product to add to your arsenal. Use it to keep your dishwasher clean, keep toilet tanks clean, whiten your laundry whites, and create an anti-ant fence around entry points to your home.

One product that should not be on the market is fabric "softener". The perceived need for this carcinogenic product that leaves a stench in your clothes is your clothes (or bedding or whatever) are not soft enough. The roughness is caused by two things. First, the use of too much detergent. Using 1/4 to 1/2 of what the bottle (or box) recommends will result in cleaner clothes (more dirt removed) and almost no detergent staying behind in the fabric. Do a load with washcloths, then hand wring a washcloth from that load in a bowl of water. If you get suds in the bowl, you are using too much detergent. The second thing that causes roughness is excessive drying. It shrinks the fibers unevenly. Clothes coming out of a front-loading washer will be 80% to 90% dry enough to put away, so upgrade to a front-loader if you are using a top-loader now. Toss the clothes in the dryer at low heat for 15 minutes, then no heat for 15 more. Hang them up on a clothes rack (these are inexpensive) to finish drying.

I wash bedding every week. The way I dry it is as described but instead of a clothes rack I use the headboard posters to hang one end up and then I turn on the ceiling fan. After 10 to 20 minutes, they are dry enough to put away. I do the fitted sheet first, then the top sheet. Mattress pad gets this treatment once a month, similar process but I hang it on something else.

What I am really getting at here is that you can buy harsh, carcinogenic chemical cleaners to make up for a lack of planning (mess prevention) and prompt execution (clean up immediately). It takes almost as much time to use the toxic product as it does to use vinegar and/or baking soda, but if you reduce the mess size and likelihood in the first place and clean up promptly in the second place then inexpensive, non-toxic cleaners can be used to get the same sparkling results.

I must also point out that your choice of cleaning cloths matters. I cut up old cotton shirts into rags (old jeans don't work well for this purpose). These work for many things, such as wiping the countertops in the kitchen (something done several times/day). But they are not good for dusting or for cleaning mirrors. A microfiber cloth is very good for both chores. The dust will stick to the microfiber, so instead of simply dispersing much of into the air you actually pick it up. Microfiber is the only thing to use on mirrors, unless you have spare time to burn and a big pile of cotton rags. When used with a little vinegar, that microfiber will leave mirrors and window spotless and smear-free; no need to buy bleach or ammonia (neither of which you should have in your home).

5. Security tip

Banks and credit card companies frequently send out e-mails and even snail mails about protecting yourself from fraud. Wells Fargo recently sent out an article entitled, "Can you spot a scam? Five red flags to watch out for". Here it is, verbatim:
  1. Unexpected contact. A person or company contacts you out of the blue by phone, text, or email about an invoice, order, delivery, or charge you didn’t know about.
  2. Everything is urgent. Scammers will create a false sense of urgency and use pressure tactics like rude or pushy language to get you to act immediately.
  3. Very specific or unusual way to pay. Someone is asking you to pay or send money using gift cards, cryptocurrency, a payment app, or even an online wire — to pay for something, resolve an “issue,” get sweepstakes “winnings,” or secure a high return on your “investment.”
  4. Threatening language. Scammers may tell you that you owe money and then threaten to call the police if you don’t pay immediately. They may also coach you on what to tell the bank to withdraw or transfer money, or ask you to keep a secret.
  5. The romantic “emergency”, A new online love interest bombards you with “sweet talk” but doesn’t seem to want to meet in person. Suddenly a hardship or emergency strikes and they want you to send them money.

The article provides a link you can click to read Real Life Stories, but since this newsletter is routinely subjected to government censorship and the content is about fraud and the government is run by fraudsters, I'm not providing the link.

It concludes with four tips for protecting yourself:

  1. Slow down. Pause, take a breath, and think it through.
  2. Someone you don’t know is asking you for your money. Remember, it’s your right to confirm things no matter how urgent anyone says it is. You’re in charge when it comes to your money.
  3. Contact the company they claim to be, call your bank, or call the police if it doesn’t seem right.
  4. Consult with a friend or family member you trust.

You may have noticed that Red Flags 2 and 4 were especially noticeable at the peak of the Covid scam. Red Flag 3 was also, but not as obviously or explicitly. To further create a "need" for an unsafe and ineffective "vaccine", the following actions were undertaken:

  • Ban treatment. We had (and still have) effective, proven treatments for viral infections and Covid is no exception.
  • Put people on ventilators, a step that guarantees a very, very high mortality rate.
  • Tell people to stay at home, knowing this would in most cases mean subsisting on processed "food" to limit trips to the grocery rather buying fresh whole food.
  • Telling people to isolate socially. The sharp jump in suicides among those under 20 has yet to return to baseline.
  • Using a test with an 80% false positive rate to deem that people have Covid.
  • Deeming a person to have died of Covid, regardless of the actual cause. My neighbor died of stage 4 bladder cancer, and his death certificate says he died of Covid. He never had Covid symptoms.
  • Implementing a six foot distance rule, something laughable to anyone with a basic grasp of air flow inside buildings, to give a physical and visual fear factor.
  • Masking. Positively stupid, but another visual reminder of a "pandemic".
  • Dozens of other lies and obfuscations to diminish health and ramp up fear.

With any scam, but especially government-abetted scams, you can protect yourself by:

  • Same as first tip from Wells Fargo. Slow down and think about it. Following this one tip would have protected a person from being conned by the Covid disinformation campaigns  as soon as the masking requirements were implemented. The shutdown requirement would have cinched this for sure, as shutting down some businesses and not others cannot possibly flatten any curve; it can only flatten the small businesses owned by thinking people. And thinking people are not liberals or socialists. Thus the targeted shutdowns.
  • Look for other things they got wrong. The FDA came out with the Food Pyramid and stood by it for decades. This means they have zero credibility. The CDC declared gun ownership a disease, thus also ending any possibility they are credible.
  • Look for confirmation from known disinformation sources. You want to do fact checking? Simple enough. If the New York Times repeats it, there's less than a 1% chance it's true.
  • Do not poll others for their opinions. The vast majority of people form opinions with no rational process, no actual knowledge of the subject, and no BS filter. Apply some rigor to accepting something as fact or not, do your own research, and engage your BS filter.
  • Do not let the use of authority influence you. "Appeal to authority" is one of the nine classic tools of propagandizing. Look at Mr. Fauci as an example. This medically ignorant (or deceptive, if you believe he actually knew and is just a criminal psychopath) man spewed a constant stream of lies, obfuscations, and disinformation while claiming to represent the science and while using his title and position as "proof" he was right. But everything he said was wrong, except for his initial statements about the uselessness of masks (and he did a 180 on that, after only a few months).



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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Recently, I was asked if I use protein shakes and if so what do I put in them. I answered that I don't make protein shakes, but I do mix a vegan protein powder into a coffee cup.

Let me list a few problems with protein shakes and then explain how to approach protein supplementation:

  1. It tends to be a LOT of protein. Notice how relatively small my portions are, by using a coffee cup?
  2. What you put in them. Mostly, it's a lot of extra calories on top of the extra calories from the protein powder.
  3. The cheap ones are made with whey. I previously discussed whey and why supplementing with whey powers is not a good idea.
  4.  It's expensive, even if you're using a cheap whey product

Many people are convinced they need protein shakes because they aren't making any gains. Lack of sufficient protein is way down the list of possible causes when a person isn't making gains. The most common reason is poor training. This involves many factors, such as poor form, poor program design, lack of intensity, lack of volume, and lack of consistency. Often, it's all of these at once.

Determining your protein need

How much protein do you need? There's no right answer that applies to all individuals and there's no right answer that applies to any individual every day. As a general rule, you should start with a baseline of 1 gram per pound of bodyweight and experiment with more protein from there. Most Americans get far more than this just from their meat-heavy diet. Vegan athletes who eat a well-rounded diet (including eggs) will get almost all their protein needs met without supplementation. Contrary to popular misconceptions (in the bodybuilding world and elsewhere), meat and dairy are not the only sources of protein. Gorillas in zoos eat mostly kale (along with some fruit). Kale is an excellent source of protein, but humans really don't want to eat enough kale to meet their protein needs (if you do, I think there's something wrong with you, just sayin'). Beans and rice together make an excellent "complete" protein.

There are charts showing the biological value of various protein sources. If you compare a gram of a vegan blend protein (e.g., beans and rice) to a gram of beef protein, you will see the vegan protein is not quite as good. You need more grams for the same result, because of what it takes to extract the amino acids from that source. To me, it seems this would be the other way around but it's not.

You can still assume that each gram of protein is equal, for the purposes of determining what you need. If you're below 1 gram per pound of body weight, you should try supplementing for a couple of weeks with an additional 20 or 30 grams twice a day. How do you look and feel after that trial? If you are getting fatter, back off a bit. If you feel stronger or recover more quickly, try increasing for a couple of weeks.

Now, I found a shortcut to this process. I aimed for 1.5 grams and supplement with a high-quality vegan powder (yes, it costs more but you don't get all the fillers) to get to about there or a little past. After each workout, I consume an amino complex called FundAminos. I get it from You can click that link and buy 100 units, they won't pay me a dime for sending you there. So this is not an advertisement. I'm sharing what I have learned. There are probably other products just as good, but I also know there are wildly erratic formulations that don't make any sense to me. I also know this company caters to Iron Man athletes and Olympic athletes and they do a LOT of testing. I don't mean taste-testing, I mean laboratory testing and testing via wearable monitors. So the amino profile is dialed in. FundAminos has five times the "protein" of a dairy-based protein powder, but without the calories, without the lactose, without the antibiotics, without the guar gum, and without the sugar. It doesn't use up any of your nitrogen, either.

Because I consume this after each workout, I don't need to make the complex assessment of my protein intake. A couple of small protein powder drinks in a coffee cup along with my no-junk whole food diet and I'm good to go.

A progression story

Meal number four is an omelet stuff with spinach and kale, seasoned with hot sauce. It's usually three eggs, pan-fried with either organic butter (I currently buy butter imported from Ireland) or organic coconut oil. I eat a banana and I eat an apple with cinnamon, as part of this meal.

A problem arises on climbing days, because climbing gyms don't want people frying eggs even if they bring their own portable stoves. They haven't explicitly said this, but they don't have to. So for a few years, I supplemented with a "normal" protein bar. I put two in my climbing bag and ate those at meal time. A climbing buddy pointed out those bars are not so good, and steered me to the Performance Nutrition bars. As with any bar that is fit for bodybuilders, they are sticky and hard to eat. And as with any protein bars, the protein is not all that great. Think about it. Why do these not stink when you open the wrapper, after storing them at room temperature? Try storing milk or meat at room temperature, and you'll get what I am driving at. They have to make that protein stable, so they hydrolyze it. And this is what you're eating, the bioavailability is very low. And there still have to be fillers to make the bar have some shape.

Protein bars are the worst way to get protein, especially if they are whey bars. They are something you use for emergencies or when traveling such that you just can't get access to another protein source. But I was using the best bars available. In my car, I kept an apple and cloth hand rag in a sealable plastic container, plus a banana. So on the drive home I'd eat the banana, put the peel in the tub, and then eat the apple.

But eating protein bars bothered me. I was cheating myself of good nutrition. My solution was no flash of insight, it was merely copying an existing technique. I got out a small carry bag, and put a shaker in it. I also filled a small plastic sealable tub with a mix of protein powder, L-glutamine, creatine, and beta alinine. Voila! Meal number four (I still eat the banana and apple on the drive home). I can do this at the gyms, because they all have fountains made for filling reusable water bottles. Rinsing out the shaker is easy enough.

Protein spectrum

So what you want to do is get protein from whole foods, as your primary source. Protein bars are a last resort, maybe a desperate one. In between, you have protein powders. If your training is moderate (and for maybe 90% of people who work out that's where they are), you can probably get by with no protein supplementation if you have a little meat in your diet. If no meat, then a little protein powder. If your training is the old school, hard core, leaves you drained (due to metabolic stress and muscular damage) kind and you train five or six days a week, then you'll need a little protein powder two or three times a day. If you're a competitive body builder, you will probably need more. You might even need to scarf down a big protein shake.

Cutting calories

If you're not a competitive body builder, then for you a protein shake is a calorie-rich treat. Go ahead and make one, and enjoy it. Just don't have them on a regular basis, because if you do you'll be getting too many calories and that's not good.

I've been told that if you cut carbs, then you can accommodate the protein shakes. This is not true. If you're not eating processed junk, then your carbs are coming from essential foods like fruit and you may be getting some from raw oats (they same thing fed to race horses). That's one reason you can't "cut carbs". Another reason is you need enough carbohydrates to fuel your training. When I reduce calories coming into a photoshoot, I barely touch the carbs factor. I cut back on oats and make sure to limit myself to one banana per day instead of scarfing two or three a day. And I will eat smaller sweet potatoes (I still have one every day). That's it. I keep protein tight (about where it is), and reduce fats. Not that fats are bad, you need them. I just reduce the quantity. Fewer walnut pieces, less coconut oil, less avocado, less butter, and no cottage cheese. Having a protein shake during this phase would be idiotic, since I am cutting back on foods that supply the building blocks of testosterone. Notice though, it's reduction not elimination.

If you're not going to be posing for a show or for photos, then your parameters are a little different. A healthy body fat level for a man is between 4% and 8%. Many "experts" say 10% to 12%, but they are pulling those numbers out of their rear end. My numbers come from the visual. When you can see detail in the body core, your body fat level is where it needs to be. And that comes in at somewhere below 6% for an average guy. If you can't see the detail, it means your body is storing organ fat along with all the subcutaneous fat. When the detail is obliterated, you're too fat. Cut back on how much you eat, but keep your protein needs in mind. Did you notice here that you don't need to get a $300 body fat analysis done to give you a number? All you need is a mirror. It works for women, too. The aesthetic is different, a woman looks softer by design. She still needs to be able to see some muscle definition; if there isn't any she needs to eat less.

A tip for photo or contest prep

Several studies have shown that a modest increase in protein intake will cause fat loss. The studies I have looked at do not describe their methodology or explain how they control for other factors. My guess is participants are simply switching from some empty carbs to protein drinks and maybe not snacking as much. But this recurring theme gave me an idea.

You've heard of intermittent fasting, I am sure. The idea is you skip meals but only for a short while, too short to trigger the starvation mode response. So you not only cut total calories, but go through brief periods of ketosis. Whatever the theory, this is a dumb idea. I do not skip meals, and that is due to a basic understanding of subjects like metabolism. But what if you used the obverse of this idea, by picking three workout days per week (out of six) when you will consume an extra 40 to 60 grams of protein? This is what I am doing now. I started it a couple of months ago while leaning down for the photo shoot that is slated for this September. I see more detail than ever, I'm much more vascular, and my muscles look more full. You can actually see the progression in my climbing videos.

It would have been nice to prepare this year's photos to the ones from last year, but due to photographer errors last year's photos were all overlit and all snapped before or after I settled into the pose (really bad timing--see the "back" photo above, I was only starting that pose). Coming up to the session, I was hungry all the time and just wanted to eat a huge sweet potato and generally pig out for a few days. Once I got the shots and saw they were all useless (except for what you see in this newsletter), I tried to get another shoot lined up right away but the photographer just offered a refund instead. So I wrote that off, even though I had skipped 2021 and even though I had never been as ripped as I was in 2022. Thus, this different approach. If we get the right photographer, you will see some impressive physique photos.

Yes, there are a lot of guys who are more shredded and more muscular than I am. But very, very few of them are over 60. And it's that age factor that I hope motivates readers to stick to a rigorous training program. I would love it if none of the guys reading this develop pancake butt in their 50s, use a walker by early 70s, and die at age 75. That sequence is normal in America today. For you gals, a similar wish but with the age numbers adjusted for the female demographic. And I would say, if being shredded isn't your thing then don't worry about it. The most important thing is to prevent atrophy. If eating an ice cream or a big protein shake is how you reward yourself after a hard training session and this means carrying a little extra fat then so be it.

Anyhow, don't suck down protein supplements as if doing so is going to work any magic. Use them where/when they will help, but focus on eating nutrient-dense real food.



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

The socialists/libtards have yet to provide a single effective solution to any problem. Their track record is 100% failure.


8. Thought for the Day

When BS is proclaimed to be science (as in the case of Mr. Fauci, for example), to what extent should non-retarded people speak truth to stupidity? Have you spoken against it lately?




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