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Mindconnection eNL, 2023-08-20


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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/Communism

Socialism is an ideology under which everyone is equally miserable and dirt poor. Except those who run the system (they become filthy rich). "Woke" is a tool that socialism advocates use to spread stupidity. "Woke" is short for, "My bwain is bwoke." Anybody who is "woke" clearly has a bwoken bwain. Communism is the same as socialism, but without property rights. We have been steadily moving out of socialism into communism for a while now. But we are pushing back against the psychopaths, retards, and criminals who have nearly completed the destruction of everything we sane people value. And we are pushing back hard.

  1. Americans now have $1 trillion in credit card debt. Take a few minutes to think of the implications of THAT.
  2. This socialist ran over budget so badly, her staff didn't get paid. Her opponent ran an efficient campaign and won. President Trump, who actually won in 2020, is under indictment for stating the obvious. But this socialist is making baseless claims that she lost because the Georgia election was rigged. This video provides 5 minutes of repeated claims by her: Why has she not been indicted? For that matter, why wasn't Hillary indicted in 2016? Contact your senators and your representatives in Congress about the double standard, and demand that the Trump witch hunts be stopped.
  3. 150 instances of Democrat (socialist) leaders complaining about stolen elections, the very thing they have indicted President Trump for:
  4. Facebook is paying $725 million in a settlement for a class-action lawsuit in which the company was found to have shared user data without permission. The company played a major role in the coup that left us with an America-hating submoron as POTUS. If accurately sued for those damages, the company would be on the hook for over $50 trillion.
  5. The rating agency S&P Global (a major rating agency) was using ESG (Exclusion, Stupidity, and Goofball ideas) as a positive indicator in a company's rating. This defies logic, and produces ratings with no credibility. It has taken the first step in correcting this idiocy, and that is to drop ESG in a company's rating. However, the second step is to use ESG as a negative indicator in a company's rating. They say they dropped it due to consumer backlash. Brain not fully engaged, there. They need to make it negative because, regardless of consumer backlash, it does immense harm to a company's long-term prospects.

    Look at what happened to Bed Bath and Beyond. No consumer backlash there, just inept management due to ESG policies in hiring and advancement, along with a diversion of resources and attention to ESG instead of to such things as efficiency and innovation. "Go woke, go broke" also means rotting from the inside out. S&P Global needs to account for this fact, if it ever wants to be credible again.
  6. "The House GOP will subpoena Biden family members, potentially including President Joe Biden, over Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, said Rep. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee. The committee released bank records showing at least $20 million paid to Hunter Biden’s companies from countries including Russia and Ukraine, and Comer said more testimony would be heard before issuing the subpoenas." [Source: The Flyover]
  7. The Supreme Court of the People's Republic of Illinois just upheld an unconstitutional ban on a .223 caliber rifle known as the AR-15.  Certain parts of this communist country have extremely high rates of homicide. For example, west Rockford. The population of that city has been declining for 40 years due to high crime and high property taxes. Then there's the south side of Chicago, an area not only with "gun bans" but also defunded police. This latest outrage could be the trigger that moves the people of Illinois need to stop with the zombie act and assert their authority of a citizen-hostile, inept state government. There is always a trigger followed by a tipping point. Have the normals in Illinois had enough (and aren't going to take it anymore) or will the libtards continue their reign of error? I'm originally from Illinois, so I have nothing against people from Illinois. But come on already, put a stop to this!
  8. Brainless heard from some of his victims. We need more of this, he should hear it anywhere he goes.
  9. Conservatives are calling for a Boycott of Harry's (the razor company) due to their "woke" language changes on their website and in their marketing messages. I already boycott this company, due to their donating $500,000 (if I remember correctly) to Black Lives Manipulated. There is no reason to buy cartridge razors. Compared to double-edged safety razors, they are vastly more expensive and they generate significantly more material into the waste stream. And if you're into the global warming thing, it takes significantly more CO2 and fossil fuel to make them. I had considered switching to Harry's after learning DSC (Dollar Shave Club), which I was using at the time, had donated $500,000 to Black Lives Manipulated. So I asked them if they had also given in to the extortion. It took several exchanges to get them to confirm they had. Upon which, I went on Amazon and ordered a razor handle for double-edged razors.

    A tip here, if you have not done something similar: don't try to save money by getting a cheap handle. Get a professional grade one. It should last you a good 40 years if you properly care for it, so it's not like you have to keep paying out the way you do for cartridges. And when you see how little it costs for a box of 100 blades you will kick yourself for ever having shelled out for cartridges.
  10. President Trump is campaigning, as everyone knows. The majority want Trump in office because they remember how the economy and civil liberties were so enhanced during his first term. Here is a video of people showing they want four more years:

    I think this is a strategic mistake, because the criminal sociopaths in the socialist party are so afraid of him they went to such extremes to undermine him in his first term. Here he is in his second term and he's not even allowed to take office! He won't be allowed to take office if he wins a third time, either. But on the off chance he is, then we will see the socialist idiots rampaging, murdering, and looting with no legal repercussions while Nutcase Nancy, AOC, and the normal retinue of retards cheer them on.
    What is the solution? Whoever tries to pick up the pieces after Bidenomics and the other communist activities will be lucky to get us back to the top edge of the hole much less make us great again. We need a non-target the socialists won't go nuts over, so we can "let the air out slowly". We don't need a lightning rod. President Trump can work behind the scenes or as some kind of special envoy appointed by the President to, for example, help restore peace (again) in the Middle East. Mike Pence is a weasel and a traitor. Ron DeSantis would be wasted in that position (his time would come later), and the retards hate him also. It needs to be someone affable but not spineless, and who knows going in he is essentially going to be a snowball in hell due to the awful situation left by the Brainless administration. He's got to be disposable, in terms of a political career.

    I use "he" the way it is used in Standard Written English, which is to say when not referring to a specific person it usually means man or woman the same way "chairman" does. I don't want to write out "he or she" or use "they", especially when the context renders the (I cringe at this word now) pronoun neutral.

    I would be thrilled if North Dakota Governor Kristi Noem took this thankless task, except she's not someone who should be considered disposable. She is one of the best and brightest we have today, so having her come right behind Brainless is just not a good idea. Maybe we need to elect that guy who has the "dirtiest jobs" show.


Moron Alerts

The ultimate moron video:  (40.23)


The Ongoing Covid Scam: Tidbits

  • The DEA did not interfere with the drug cartels that ravaged our country with the Covid scam. The death toll has been astounding. The DEA should have arrested Fauci, the top brass at the FDA, the top brass at the CDC, Biden, and the executives at Pfizer and Moderna.
  • Back in April, there was a massive outbreak of Covid among the "vaccinated" at a conference held by the Centers for Disinformation and Censorship. 183 of 631 surveyed reported having contracted Covid at the conference. Unsafe and ineffective, yet the CDC continues to lie about the jab.
  • Police officials in Taxachussetts illegally and immorally suspended eight State Troopers for their refusal to get the clot shot, even though said troopers had stated religious objections. The matter went to arbitration. Now these troopers are being reinstated with full back pay. And unlike those who did submit to this medical experimentation, they still have their health.
  • One fallout from falsely labeling the clot shot a "vaccine" is millions people who formerly submitted their pets, kids, and selves to vaccines no longer trust medical "authorities" and are simply refusing vaccines. One reason is it came out that vaccines don't have to be tested before being released and thus they aren't tested to any real degree. Since they have not been proven to be safe, they must be assumed to be unsafe. This is something that gets injected into your body, which means the standard for safety must be high rather than merely disregarded.
  • Three heroes in the fight against the death shot / sterility shot.
  • Yet another victim of the Pfizer drug cartel. Why has the DEA not done its job?
  • Yet another family grieving for their child who was killed by the Pfizer drug cartel.
  • A tennis star died at age 31. A cardio-intensive sport, no way she made it that far with a heart defect. The drug cartel murdered her.
  • Horrible story of abuse.
  •  Nurse Nikki Hanna interview (39 minutes).


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:

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 (over twice the size of what the cPen uses) 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


Why did so many people simply accept the absurdities spewed by Mr. Fauci, the Centers for Disinformation and Censorship, and the Federal Disinformation Administration? Is it because they were really that stupid? No, it's not. It's because they didn't decide to think about what they were hearing and reading.

Most of us are, by default, in non-thinking mode. In a recent climbing situation, I told another climber, "Don't think, just climb." Thinking takes time. In martial arts, you don't think during a fight or sparring match. It makes sense that non-thinking mode would be the default. You don't have to assess the situation and decide whether to turn that mode on.

Manipulative people know that non-thinking mode is the default, so they use things like fear or urgency to keep it on. That's why a high-pressure salesman will tell you to sign now to get the deal. That's why the "test" for Covid-19 had an 80% false positive rate and any death by any means was listed as death by Covid.

Watch a master craftsman build something, and you see quite a bit of careful deliberation. You see measuring, thinking, re-measuring, and more thinking. That person has chosen to think.

In my own case, I didn't think about the "vaccine" at first. They lied and said it was a vaccine, and I believed it was a vaccine. But they started saying things like it would stop transmission, and that got me thinking. To stop transmission, you need to hermetically seal the infected person. There's no vaccine that causes your body to produce a self-sealing plastic envelope around your body. Even if there were, you would suffocate within a day or less. I'd rather take my chances with the virus than have certain death.

As for the masks, I didn't think there either. The idea was so blatantly stupid, no thinking was required. The more they pushed masks, the more I distrusted anything they said. After enduring months of lies upon lies and wasting brain energy examining one lie after another, I went into the default non-thinking mode and just considered the source. I do the same with communist propaganda sources, such as the New York Times; they have fact-checkers who search mercilessly for anything true in an article and then excise it.

If you try to go around with thinking mode constantly on, you'll undergo paralysis by analysis and probably dull your proverbial knife at the same time. If you go around stuck in non-thinking mode (due to fear, laziness, urgency, etc.) you will be easily manipulated and controlled. The people who manipulate and control do not have your best interests at heart. They don't care about you at all.

So how do you strike a balance? How can you ensure you turn thinking mode on when it's needed?

The answer is to look at what the manipulators trigger: fear and/or urgency. If you detect either emotion, quickly determine if you are in immediate danger. If not, then decide to take time to think about what is being said. Maybe you have to table it for a bit and come back to it once you are calm (highly recommended to do that anyhow).

Here are some common fears, most of which manipulators can play on:

  • Fear of dying. We all die. Don't dwell on it.
  • Fear of being rejected. If you are accepting of other people, you will find acceptance. Maybe not from everybody, but from enough people.
  • Fear of being ridiculed. By whom? People who have their act together generally do not ridicule others. Being ridiculed by a loser is nothing to sweat about.
  • Fear of being destitute. If you are a hard worker with skills and/or education, this usually isn't a realistic expectation. Medical expenses or an IRS attack can change the dynamics, though.
  • Fear of being unloved. If you love others, this is not a realistic fear. If you seek the love or approval of a specific person and don't get it, then you need to move on.
  • Fear of loss. This is the basis for dubious insurance policies. You'd be surprised at how much loss you can tolerate and how unlikely most types of loss are.
  • Fear of missing out. If you don't do X, you will "miss out". The fact is if you do one thing then you necessarily miss out on something else. Do what you prefer to do, and don't worry about missing out.
  • Fear of public speaking. You're the one at the lectern or on the dias. The audience is already giving you respect. Enjoy the moment.

It's not always about fighting manipulation

You may wish to go into thinking mode for recreational, educational, or vocational purposes, also. For example:

  • Solving puzzles.
  • Repairing something.
  • Building something.
  • Having a deep conversation.
  • Taking a class or in some other way studying a subject.
  • Analyzing historical events.
  • Predicting where things will go.
  • Working in a brainy job.
  • Playing chess or another brainy game.
  • Coming up with a new recipe, perhaps something interesting for a party.
  • Developing a landscape plan.
  • Redecorating a home.
  • Thinking just for the sake of thinking.

You can consciously go into thinking mode for many reasons. You can also make it a habit, for example every time you open a crossword puzzle book you just go into thinking mode because you've trained yourself to do that by dint of consciously going into thinking mode every time you open a crossword puzzle book. You get to the point where the switch flips by reflex.

4. Finance tip

The Unaffordable Care Act was passed in March of 2010. I had medical insurance until the threat of the UCA started a massive hike in premiums well ahead of the actual enactment. I cancelled in early 2009. I checked a few times for a comparable plan to what I had, and premiums were usually north of $1200/month. That's $14,400 per year. It's now August of 2023, so I have saved $14,400 per year for 14 and a half years for a total savings of $208,800.

"But what about checkups and vaccinations?"

 I rejected the sugar-based diet in 1968. I have not been sick since 1971. It is now 2023. So no "out of pocket" expenses for checkups and vaccinations. I have even stopped the idiocy of subjecting my cat to the same vaccinations every year. If a vaccine works, you need it only once. If it is against an evolving pathogen, getting it even once is stupid because it's designed for the previous "pathogen not the new one.

"Aren't you supposed to get at least a lower GI endoscopy at age 50 and every 5 years thereafter?"

That's what they say. You could have colon cancer and early detection is key. However, early prevention trumps detection any day. I don't eat hydrogenated oil (the primary cause of colon cancer), meat (another big contributor), sugar, or seed oils. I don't smoke. So all of the significant risk factors are zero. On top of this, I eat eggplant daily and eggplant kills colon cancer cells by three different mechanisms (three different compounds, actually).

"What if you break your leg?"

It doesn't cost $208,800 for treating that. But this is a valid point. I do have accident insurance. It's a generous policy, but it's cheap because accidents that require medical attention are statistically rare and because I got it through my credit union. I got into that credit union due to my NRA membership (the credit union is not run by the NRA, it just extends the possibility of membership to NRA members as a benefit).

What are you really insuring against?

It's worth noting that while the medical industry is great at treating trauma (e.g., injuries), they are poor at preventing or treating disease. In fact, they often make a disease worse. Take, for example, what they do in response to prostate cancer. Every 10lbs of excess body fat is an order of magnitude risk for prostate cancer. Excess fat is a cancer factory. The correct way to treat prostate cancer is:

  • Put the patient on a diet free of sugar, HFC, wheat, corn, and soy. That is, eliminate endocrine modifiers that stimulate insulin production and drive down testosterone.
  • Put the patient on a rigorous fitness program designed to elicit the adaptive response. That is, make them train like a bodybuilder. No wimping out, it's your life at stake here.
  • Ensure the patient has a diet rich in cholesterol-containing foods; cholesterol is the building block for making testosterone. Eggs and butter, here we come!
  • Totally eliminate seed oils and vegetable oils. These wreak havoc on soft tissue, which then means lots of free radicals and more cancer.
  • Ensure the patient eats a wide variety of plants daily. These nourish the body.
  • Put the patient on Longjack to boost testosterone.
  • Use a saliva test to check that testosterone levels are at least near the high end of normal.

Why so much emphasis on testosterone? It will cause the body to shed fat like crazy, while also building muscle. Less fat means less prostate cancer. As the tumors shrink from lack of sugar, new cancer cells won't be generated. This may not kill the cancer. But if those emaciated cancer cells manage not to die off, the cancer cells and the patient will reach a point of stasis. The patient will eventually die from some other cause. Like old age.

So what do the "genius" oncologists do? They chemically castrate the man and say nothing about how he's feeding those cancer cells with sugar. The result is they now have a permanent patient instead of one who beats the cancer. But hey, medical insurance covers the cost of this treatment!

Now, that's just one example. It doesn't mean every doctor is that way with every disease. It's just a sad fact the the medical industry is captive to Big Pharma and the emphasis is on selling pharmaceuticals rather than healing patients. Some of the pharmaceuticals are great. If you think something might be wrong, get a professional medical opinion on what it is and what to do. Then get several more. Then think about what is involved, and how things work. Do research if you have to, and that does not mean getting ignorant opinions off the Internet. It means learning about the disease or condition. In the prostate cancer example, the key fact was that every 10 lbs of body fat is an order of magnitude risk factor. Research will produce useful facts like that. Don't try to research for "alternative cures" because these are often touted by the same kind of crooks we find behind Big Pharma.

Of course, the best way to save money on medical bills is to make smart food choices so you don't get sick.

5. Security tip

There's a special kind of stupid that is on the rise. There are people who actually believe that burning coal to generate electricity, then transmitting that electricity long distances with losses up to 30%, then transforming it down to a charging voltage, then using it to recharge batteries made from Chinese-sourced lithium is environmentally friendly and good for the USA while burning gasoline in a modern ICE engine with far less CO2 output than the other way and with zero reliance on environmentally disastrous lithium mines is somehow bad.

Because these people are so incredibly stupid, they are also incredibly intolerant. Remember the face diaper devotees and their zealotry? Remember the stupid celebrities lecturing the sane about how we need to take the clot shot to somehow protect other people?

Well, "global warming" is the next big thing. The incredibly stupid will seek to punish the sane for being so environmentally mindful that we drive ICE cars instead of the far more polluting coal-powered ones.

Some tips:

  • When refueling, be aware. Gas station robberies aren't rare, in the first place. Now we will have to be on the lookout for specially stupid enviro-whackos.
  • Don't antagonize these people. They can't comprehend reality. Just calmly tell them you're not interested in their ideology.
  • Ensure your gas cap is lockable and locked.
  • If you have a garage, park your car inside it. If the garage is filled with junk, rent a dumpster and clean it out. Or have a garage sale, where everything is $1 just so you can get rid of it.
  • In the interests of "Earth justice", these especially stupid people are stealing gas-powered lawnmowers from sheds and garages, under the theory that coal-powered ones with lithium batteries are better. Don't leave this equipment (or any other gas-powered lawn tools) where it can be easily seen much less taken.
  • Always carry a weapon or three in your car. Home Depot has a nice selection of ball peen hammers and claw hammers. A smallish wrecking bar is also a good choice, but don't go too small. And of course a handgun is a great equalizer so if you have the proper carry means then carry.
  • If you drive a gas hog just for normal commuting, sell it and buy something that gets reasonable gas mileage. You'll be less likely to spark violent indignation and you really should be more financially and environmentally responsible anyhow.
  • Ignore the coal-powered car driver who is staring at you or acting hostile in some other way while you are sitting side by side at a light. That person is just looking for an ugly exchange, let him look elsewhere.
  • Don't park next to a coal-powered car. The righteous owner, seeing your infidel vehicle, may just decide to key it in the interests of "Earth justice". I don't mean to say all electric car owners are stupid or crazy. Just that you have to be stupid AND crazy to believe such cars are a better choice for the environment than a modern ICE car. And people who are stupid AND crazy can be dangerous.



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:

See all of my climbing videos here:

To get the adaptive response that improves size and strength, your exercises need to produce three things:
  1. Metabolic stress. The body responds to this with a stress hormone (e.g., cortisol) spike, followed by a growth hormone (e.g., testosterone) spike.
  2. Time under tension. The body responds to this with improvements to the blood supply system (e.g., capillarization).
  3. Muscular damage. The body responds to this with repair efforts. If the other two happen well enough, the new cells will be better versions of the ones you damaged.

Exercises are generally categorized as either compound movements or isolation movements. Most athletes focus on compound movements, most gym rats focus on isolation movements, and bodybuilders do both.

Compound movements

These involve multiple joints. Squats and deadlifts are examples of big compound movements, because they involve so many joints and large muscles. Lat pulldowns also fall into this category, but mostly for the size of the muscles. Standing calf raises are examples of small compound movements, if done in free space (due to the balance aspect). The bench press is in the middle, neither large nor small; it works primarily the front delts which are not that big and the pecs which also are not that big. Not like legs or lats. For safety reasons, compound movements should not be done to failure. They should be done with light enough weight that each rep can be done in perfect form. There's a lot of central nervous system activity with these, don't program that system to have poor form.

Isolation movements

The goal with these is to focus on a single muscle. The leg press is an isolation movement, and because the hamstring is usually the weak partner in the leg you should avoid this exercise unless you need it for physical therapy. Biceps curls, triceps curls, and seated calf raises are examples of isolation movements. You can do these to failure without worrying about safety. You can really focus with the mind-muscle connection and go for maximum intensity. One advantage of isolation movements is you can put a lot less weight on a joint. How you turn your hands or angle your body for reduced mechanical advantage can play a big role in using less weight to get the same muscular damage. Less weight means less joint damage, less ligament strain, and less tendon inflammation.

Comparing the two

  • For maximum metabolic stress, compound movements are clearly the winner.
  • Time under tension is the same either way, except more muscle mass is under tension with compound movements.
  • Isolation exercises can produce far more muscular damage to a given muscle than can compound movements. You can also do very high reps with isolation exercises (for example, as a finishing set) to flush out metabolic waste.

Combining the two

Always start with the compound movements. You want to do these before you have fatigued muscles. Then move into the isolation exercises. Many trainers modify this by doing "pre-exhaustion" of the dominant muscle in a compound movement. For example, you do a set of side lateral raises before doing a set of overhead presses. I also have adopted this modification. But a caution, here. It means you reduce the weight significantly. Otherwise, you overload an unstable joint and that means high risk of an injury. One reason for pre-exhaustion is to work the weaker muscle and another is to just have less weight to deal with.

When thinking about how to combine the two, make "use less weight" a big factor. Ronnie Coleman went the other direction, and now he's on crutches. Then there's 8-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney, who apparently got doused in ego-repellant as a kid. He is a couple of years older than I am, and he looks fantastic. He is in it for the long haul, and I think when he's 80 he's still going to look amazing.

Good training isn't about seeing how much weight you can toss around. It's about making a good training plan that will reliably produce adaptive response and then sticking to it. Yes, you can modify the details. Change things up so you don't get bored and so that you remain challenged at each session. But stick to the plan. Be fully there in each session, treating it as if it is the one session that's going to make the big difference. When you approach training this way, those sessions add up to a big difference over time.



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 Biden Crime Family has over 30 shell companies; these don't produce any products, sell any services, or appear to engage in any real operations (such as investing or e-commerce).


8. Thought for the Day

We should pay illegal immigrants to hunt down the creeps who troll social media to pick up underage girls. We could call it "Aliens vs. Predators".




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