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Mindconnection eNL, 2023-09-24


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1. Good News: Where the Intel is Good

The America Last Campaign

Yesterday, I did an online search for "Canadian wildfires" and was astounded at the information. They have, for example, 556 fires that are officially "out of control". Plus all the other fires. The map makes it look like the entire country is ablaze. Nearly all of the "lower 48" USA is covered in the smoke from this fire, but it's not normal smoke. As smoke travels, the heavier particles drop out and the finer ones remain (the same is true of water flow). So now we have all these fine particles, plus aerosolized plastic, poison oak, poison sumac, poison ivy, etc. that over 300 million occupants of the former "United States of America" (as it was known before the coup) are breathing.

Just how bad are these particles? I have HEPA (.300 microns) filters throughout my home. I also have a .100 micron electrostatic furnace filter. My home is an allergy haven. But these smoke particles are present in my home anyhow. I can't smell them, but I suffer their effect. It's important to note this smoke is a combination of chemical irritants, ultra-fine particles, and other irritants. Taking an antihistamine won't alleviate the suffering. On the flipside, if you don't have a strong mucosal response, it means your immune system is leaving you open to what is basically a chemical warfare attack.

What is the response from the Brainless administration? They want to divert even MORE of our resources to our illegitimate and counterproductive interference in the Russia / Ukraine conflict. Those Canadians can burn to death and those USA citizens can choke all day.

The hatred of America that so profoundly colors every perception and decision on the left has brought us to this point. Economically devastated, socially torn, and now a major health threat. Don't confuse "major health threat" with Covid, which was a scam intended to induce people to undergo an experimental gene therapy with hugely adverse effects and no efficacy. The fires are an actual health threat of huge proportion, but because they can't be marketed to push some dangerous population reduction drug that brings in billions for Big Pharma they do not get the attention of the Brainless administration.

We need to get our country back. Speak truth to libtards between now and the next fake election, and lobby your county election board to enact measures that will limit election fraud. We cannot survive another four years of this, and we may not survive this four if things keep going like this.

The Hate for Humans Campaign

The Brainless administration has come out with new rules that will put air conditioning systems out of the reach of most Americans. But to "help" us, they have come up with regulations that could save Americans a whopping $4 a year on their electric bill. The problem with that "assistance" is ceiling fans will more than triple in price and the retooling (and related) costs will put the majority of ceiling fan manufacturers (all of which are small businesses) out of business. This means millions of Americans will have neither AC nor fans, even though almost nobody lives in a house designed to cope without one or the other in hot summer months.

This, like the Covid scam, is a population reduction measure.

The typical ceiling fan lasts about eight years. I have four such fans that are all over 30 years old. The secret to that is to keep the motor and blades clean. I have an A2 blower for that purpose. A leaf blower (low setting) also works well, as does the blower mode of a vacuum cleaner (what I used before I had the A2). A damp microfiber cloth is good for cleaning the blades, but it won't clean the motor; for that, you need air some pressure.

Clean the fans once a month, or if you have a rigorous air cleaning system then once per quarter (I have a HEPA+ central filter plus HEPA filters distributed in my house so not a lot of dust even gets on my fans). If you do this in a bedroom, be sure to remove your pillows before starting so they aren't covered in dust. Don't forget to clean your walls of dust while you are at it. I like to shut the air returns, blow all the surfaces, and exit the room. The dust and cobwebs will settle in less than 15 minutes, after which they can be vacuumed up. Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe the dust from surfaces, shake your bedding outside, and vacuum what remains.

Given the direction this HfHC is going, you can expect to save about $1500 by doing the monthly or quarterly maintenance. If you don't want to do that maintenance, how about sending me $1500 instead of giving it to the Home Depot?

Another tip on ceiling fans. Don't flip them on and off, this causes the motor to overheat and dramatically shortens its life. If you accidentally turn it on, let it run for ten minutes so the motor can dissipate the heat generated by the inrush current it needed to start. If you just shut it right back off, there's no cooling and the varnish that insulates the windings will degrade because of the heat. Same principle applies to all motors, keep this in mind when using your vacuum cleaner.

Defending Against Socialism/Communism

Covid isn't the disease we need to worry about. Socialism is the disease we need to worry about.

  1. The Brainless administration's new budget doubles the budget deficit to $2 trillion per year. Remember, the budget is always much less than actual spending because there are off-budget expenditures and because the exceptions are made to the planned spending. Also remember that the deficit is the difference between rosy projections of income and actual spending. Even with a balanced budget, the national debt will grow. The current situation is worse than merely unsustainable. We all need to strongly speak out against this gut shot to our economy. Contact your misrepresentative in Congress today. Else, debt slavery, which is a core component of communism, will be the central issue in all of our lives. And that's not good.
  2. Various boycotts continue to bring down "woke" companies. It is now to the point that we sane people get taken at least somewhat seriously when we raise an objection to companies that are woke but not YET under a boycott. Use the contact form and/or call Customer Service to register your disapproval over some or another woke action or policy. And use the phrase "Go woke, go broke" in every correspondence.
  3. Bidenomics, an economic plan aimed squarely at devastating the economy, is a raging success. Credit card debt has zoomed past $1 trillion, credit card loan defaults are at a 10 year high, car loan faults are at a 10 year high, mortgage defaults are of epic proportions and rent defaults are not far behind, inflation is the highest it's ever been since the 1913 creation of the Federal Reserve, energy costs (adjusted for inflation) are among the highest of all time, and the sharp increase in food costs means millions of Americans cannot afford to buy enough food. Adding to this success is the fact that small businesses are folding left and right.
  4. In Pelosiland, aka, San Francisco, a criminal-coddling mecca of socialism and stupidity, the District Attorney advocated public safety by holding violent offenders accountable. Here's a video posted on (what I consider) a leftwing news outlet:
  5. From Blabber Buzz: "In a significant ruling on Friday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous court decision, asserting that the Biden Administration had infringed upon the First Amendment." The lawsuit was initiated by then-Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Louisiana's AG, and five private plaintiffs earlier this year.  Attorneys General from other states are taking notice.

    Unfortunately, the most we can hope for as a result of this ruling is less heavy-handed censorship of the truth. It's not going to lead to the felony trials that would result in the death penalty for the Covid scam-mongers (Mr. Fauci, Ersatz-President Biden, the heads of the CDC, the heads of the FDA, Mark Zuckerberg, and the executives of the legacy media companies (CNN, New York times, MSNBC, etc.). All of these leftwing conspirators are guilty of capital crimes. In a fair and just world, they would have been hung after a trial in Nuremberg two years ago.
  6. Nutcase Nancy, who has inflicted the nation with her "America last" insanity and her blatant communism as a member of Congress for decades, announced she plans to once again use her LGBTQ constituency to secure yet another term in Congress. The old bat is 83 now, isn't enough enough? How Nutcase stays in office: Her Congressional District is totally within San Francisco, and she panders to a loud fringe group that advocates for her. Part of her pandering is to use her influence to get our tax dollars transferred to these people and their screwball causes. The rest of the country has paid dearly for this, and not just in terms of those wealth transfers.

    It helps Nutcase that she is one of the most egregious liars in human history. She manipulates the undiscerning by telling them what they want to hear and mostly making it up out of thin air. The balance consists of gross exaggerations, misrepresentations, leaps of logic, and other types of deception. I subscribe to her newsletter, and each issue is simply shocking.

    She was booed off the stage at a Liberalfest in New York. So even East Coast liberals can't stomach her. We can fight Nutcase by writing to her and asking her to move to Cuba. Just go to her website and drop the old bat a line! You'll also need a valid address, you can use this one for Walmart: 1400 Hilltop Mall Road | Richmond, CA 94806. Or look up a hotel or The UPS Store and use their address.
  7. During her term as Mayor, Lori Lightfoot transformed Chicago from a cesspool of crime to an extreme cesspool of crime. She did this by various means, including defunding the police, pushing hard with the Illinois violent criminal OSHA program (disarming their potential victims, which is actually a felony called "accessory to murder"), praising violent groups such as Black Lives Manipulated, enforcing the "dress like a bank robber" mandates, and just about anything else that can make Chicagoans dramatically less safe. Recently, a Chicago news crew was robbed while reporting on a string of robberies in the city.

    Lightfoot, who was "elected" (put into place by corrupt communist power brokers, an Illinois tradition that goes back many decades) cannot be prosecuted for her crimes against Chicago because "elected" officials are exempt from accountability under the theory the "voters" hold them accountable by voting them out of office after the damage has been done. These people are even protected from social shaming, for the most part. What we can do is hold Chicago up as an example of how a single communist, in the right political position, can make one of our nation's five murder capitals far worse than it already was. What's that about murder capitals? If you remove those five cities from our homicide statistics, the USA has the lowest homicide rate among all industrialized nations. And all five of those cities have extreme "gun control" laws that are clearly designed to make violent assault of innocent citizens safe to commit.
  8. Mitt "RINO" Romney has decided not to seek re-election. Perhaps a Republican will take his seat, thus aiding in the struggle against socialism.

Idiot Alert!

Corporate Immorality Alert!

The Ongoing Covid Scam: Tidbits

  • Dr. Janci Lindsay testifies about the gene therapy that has been falsely marketed as a vaccine, and how harmful it is. You will have no doubt that malice was involved.
  • Masktards and imbecility outlets like the CDC and the Mayo Clinic still promote masks as somehow appropriate for protecting against Covid. This just tells you stay the f*** away from the Mayo Clinic and don't trust anything from the CDC. Here is a video (thanks to my 45+ year friend Greg for this) that settles any questions on this non-issue: . It's also on (communism-promoting, far leftwing) Facebook, which usually sides with the narrative instead of the science.
  • Dr. John Littell, a Florida physician who spoke the truth about the Covid "vaccines" had been stripped of his medical license for the "crime" of honoring the hippocratic oath. And also of actually practicing medicine instead of parroting the deadly narrative. His license was recently reinstated. Meanwhile, Mr. Fauci and other misinformation spreaders have yet to be censored or punished in any way.
  • The Covid jab is having the intended effect (death to young people). Where is law enforcement?
  • Cancer Genomics expert Dr. Phillip Buckhaults testifies to the SC Senate on the DNA contamination found in mRNA COVID "vaccines".
  •  Dr. David Martin on the criminal cartel WHO.
  • Mr. Fauci and a commentator on the Communist News Network display idiocy in the extreme:
  • Faux President Brainless Biden showed even more idiocy not long after this sad display of idiocy. His wife tested positive for Covid-19. The test has an 80% false positive rating, and Covid-19 has been extinct for over three years. Any person with two functioning brain cells would not have taken the test in the first place, and failing that would not have believed the results. It's like testing for a dodo bird (long extinct) and getting a positive, the test is just wrong. His response? To wear a mask indoors and around people. How the latter has anything reality-based to do with the former cannot be explained. Update: By 08SEP, Brainless was observed disregarding the CDC's idiotic advice to wear a dustmask in response to a biohazard. If even he can see how stupid mask-wearing is, nobody else has an excuse.

    It's also worth noting that in the past year his economic policies have killed more Americans than Covid-19 has. This is not hard to figure that out, since the economic devastation has been extreme and people who are homeless and penniless have a low rate of survival while as noted already Covid-19 has been extinct for over three years.
  • A Maryland school is forcing kids to wear face diapers because three kids tested positive for the Covid test that has an 80% false positive rate. The school made no mention of doing anything useful, such as removing sugary snacks from the meal offerings, providing D3 tablets, or holding a class session outdoors to give the kids additional sunlight. The mask measure is as useful as deciding on an underwear color and mandating that. This kind of stupidity tells us quite a bit about the quality of "education", since incredibly stupid people are in charge of that system. It's time for parents to take their kids out of that school. What if no kids attended there one week from today? That would send a clear message.
  • If establishments you do business with have a no fireams sign on the door, ask if they will also post a no mask sign. Someone wearing a face covering presents multiple hazards, including the spreading of disease. Ask that they implement the mask ban policy in the interests of public health. If they say it's a Covid issue, point out that the mask doesn't cover the eyes and the pores in the fabric are four times the size of the virus. Or just laugh at them and see how that works.
  • On 08 SEP, the City Council of Huntington Beach, CA (in Orange County, a freedom enclave in the People's Republic of California) passed an ordinance banning all future mandates for face diapers and clot shots. You can expect other municipalities to follow this excellent example. And you can expect human-haters in the PRC state government to challenge the ordinance by fiat and intimidation before possibly trying to sue the city.
  • On the last Friday of August, a federal appeals court in Louisiana ruled that the Farsical Disinformation Association (FDA) had overstepped its boundaries by ruling that three doctors could not use Ivermectin off-label to treat their Covid patients. This is a major breakthrough for Big Pharma victims. Allowing doctors to practice medicine in response to Covid will cost Big Pharma billions of dollars and set the Bill Gates Population Reduction Program back considerably, so we can expect a major pushback against this major pushback. But we outnumber the psychopaths and we have lately been using our numbers to our advantage in this fight.
  • On the first Sunday of September, Israel's Ministry of Health issued a directive requiring all hospitals to resume testing new patients upon admission [source: Frontline News]. The problem is the test has an 80% false positive rate so the results obtained are worse than useless.

    Even if someone actually has Covid, doctors (both in Israel and the USA) are barred from administering medical aid such as prescribing medications with a proven track record of nipping Covid. They are even barred from ensuring patients have adequate levels of D3, K2, C, zinc, and magnesium (a strategy that has a decades long record of strengthening the immune system such that viruses are no challenge for it). They are supposed to tell patients to wear masks (which increase the spread of Covid), stay indoors (sunlight destroys viruses almost instantly), use hand sanitizers (which remove the protective oil from the skin, making it much less of a barrier to a virus), and  get a swab jammed way up their nose (a practice almost certainly to cause an wound through which viruses can enter by the billions). However, they will be allowed (pressured) to submit patients to an experimental gene therapy that weakens their immune system, increases their all-cause mortality (in the aggregate), causes massive clotting, causes brain damage, causes heart damage, and causes many other adverse effects. This has to be malice, not mere stupidity.


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 8 5
Product age Latest generation! 8 5




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


It's a topsy-turvy world. Misinformation sources such as the New York Times, CDC, Mr. Fauci, FDA, and CNN have the backing of big media, big government, big Pharma, and the stupiderati. People who speak the truth are not only called misinformation spreaders, but are treated with hostility that is often well past vicious. It's Orwell's 1984, and we are living in it.

How do you know what's real and what's not? How do you prevent the misinformation spreaders from gas-lighting you? How do you keep your intellect intact? Your sanity?

There are many successful approaches. You may already have one that works well for you. I prefer to use a battery of techniques, picking what's relevant for a given situation. As a metaphor, yes, I own a hammer but I have many other tools as well and when I need to perform a task I pick the tool that's right for that particular task.

Here are some tools you can use:

  • The smell test. This is a clever way of saying to look for the obvious. When Mr. Fauci said a dust mask would protect against a virus, that absurdity did not pass the smell test.
  • Ask for examples. Someone says thousands of people are dying from Covid? Ask them to name someone who had the symptoms (asymptomatic Covid is a lie), wasn't in a nursing home, and died. They can't.
  • Do the math. Politicians are noted for their "optimistic" math. Run the numbers yourself.
  • Look at all inputs to a system. This is why we know a coal-powered car isn't "green".
  • Look at all of the outputs of a system. What is actually being produced? How much of that is usable versus byproducts and waste? What is harmful versus what is beneficial?
  • Consider all likely effects, not just the target effect. If we put unrealistic demands on water use for dishwashers, will people simply eat from dirty dishes? Would you? What other options might a sane person pursue?
  • Consider the source. Many people will quote a medical doctor to back some claim about health care. But medical doctors do not get trained in health care. We can see this demonstrated in the huge sleep deprivation inflicted on interns. No health care system would permit such a thing.
  • Consider the messenger. Most people simply parrot something out of a need for approval. But that doesn't make it true. Listen carefully to people who weigh things carefully; ask the others how they arrived at that particular conclusion.
  • Get the data. This isn't always easy. But get what data you can. Often, you don't need all that much to show a belief is wrong or to show it's probably right.
  • Check the pressure. If you feel like you're being threatened, bullied, or pressured in some other way to accept something as true, then it's almost certainly false. Obverse if you are pressured into denying something is true.
  • Check your ego. Don't let yourself get caught up in "being right." The best kind of argument is the one you learn something from, and typically that means the other person "wins". More often, you were rational and they persuaded you by using facts and logic. And these situations don't really feel like an argument because it's about learning not about being right.
  • Think "what if" questions. A buddy says he dumps used motor oil in the culvert. By the time it's diluted in the river, there isn't much pollution. But "what if" half a dozen other people did it? What if everybody did it?
  • Think "old school". When Mr. Fauci and his fellow criminals were hawking the unsafe and ineffective clot shot and saying incredibly stupid things about wearing face diapers, a reasoning person could quickly bypass that by considering the old school solutions. I remember taking zinc lozenges as a kid, during flu season. It turns out that zinc can really help a person zap Covid. Other solutions? High doses of vitamin C, high doses of D3, drink plenty of fluids, get at least 3X the RDA of magnesium, have little or no processed food, get plenty of sleep, and get fresh air outside. This all worked "back then" and it all works now.
  • Think in a non-linear way. It's not always a straight shot from A to B. Sometimes, you need to use an arc in your approach. This is a main difference between toe to toe fighting styles and fighting styles that actually work in the real world. Allow your mind to chew on the idea, to associate with related and even unrelated concepts. I have come up with some excellent designs using this approach, and it also works well for filtering BS from reality. It allows you to form a mosaic of sorts, and things that don't belong stand out.
  • Draw it on paper. Try to represent things on paper. You can use different shapes to represent different things and different sizes of those shapes to represent relative magnitudes. Or use a numerical approach; algebraically manipulation can provide keen insights. Toss in some calculus, and you can see even more.  Though I mention this last, it's often a first-used technique for engineers. We seem to speak this language by default, when it comes to getting a complex idea across. You may notice that libtards never use this technique, and that's because what they say simply doesn't add up.

4. Finance tip

Whatever figures the government publishes about the inflation rate, call BS on that.

Since the coup, the money supply has increased 83%. Meanwhile, actual output has dropped due to a slew of factors such as the "Covid shutdown", supply chain interruption, energy constriction, government-sponsored looting and pillaging, massive increases in economically damaging regulations, and health damage to the workforce from the immunity reduction clot shots. So even if the money supply had not grown by even one cent, we would have inflation. To nearly double in three years is mind-boggling. Looking at this massive increase in the money supply along with a significant drop in economic output, we can confidently say the inflation rate is at least 83% and maybe over 100% (meaning the value of the dollar is half what it was before the coup). It's not completely reflected in prices (that takes time), this year only three models of new car cost less than $20K.

Remember I said to call BS on the government figures? I just showed you that inflation is close to 100% (dollar is worth half as much) over the past three years. They claim inflation is 19%, which means they are off by a factor of 5. Try being that far off when you file your 1040, you'll go to prison and never get out. Anything else they may say should be assumed to be false, because it is likely very far from the truth.

This (nearly) 100% rate of inflation means all of us pay a (nearly) 50% tax on our income, in addition to what we pay via Social Security and the 1040 tax. No wonder consumer credit card debt passed $1 trillion and is still soaring. No wonder credit card defaults are at record levels, people are defaulting on their mortgages, and millions of renters are behind on their rent.

But don't let this trick you into saving money at great cost. The lowest price is not usually the least expensive.

Oil change example

Recently, I changed my car's engine oil and filter, which cost me just over $65. Granted, it was Mobil One full synthetic and a K&N filter. But still, this was sticker shock. My last oil change cost half as much. I griped about this to a neighbor, who said he took his car to X (I forget the name of the place) and they did it for him for $49.95.

He got ripped off, here is why:

  1. The shop used either the old paraffin-based oil (which doesn't lubricate nearly as well) or a synthetic blend (which negates the primary benefit of synthetic, that being the molecules are all the same size).
  2. The shop used a cheap filter, if they even bothered to replace his old one. Many oil change places don't change the filter, even if they say they do.
  3. A good mechanic will wipe the filter boss surface and oil the replacement filter seal before installing the new filter. Oil change places rarely hire good mechanics.
  4. It is rare, if ever, that a shop will allow the pan to drain until hardly any of the old oil drips out. I let mine drip for at least half an hour (while I go off and do something else).

Had this shop used the oil and filter I used, they would have charged $99.95 not $49.95.

Also, shops:

  • Rarely check for leaks.
  • Don't start the engine, look for leaks, then come back an hour later to check the oil level. Of course, you could drive home from the shop and check it yourself after an hour.
  • May cross-thread or overtighten your pan plug.
  • Typically overtighten the filter.
  • Typically do not do a full fluid check at the same time. I check the power steering, brake master cylinder, windshield washer tank, and radiator overflow tank. This is one of the things I do while the oil is dripping out of the pan.

Avoid false economy

It is not always false economy to pay somebody to do a job that you can do yourself, but it usually is. The oil change example is a case in point. But of course, you need the skills and tools to do the job properly or you will really hemorrhage money. In my teens, we had a neighbor who saved money by changing his own oil. He didn't have the methodology that is taught to mechanics, so he left the pan plug out and consequently there was no oil in the pan. His wife drove the car off the next day, and the engine seized. There are several checksums a trained mechanic performs to prevent this and other problems. The same guy, a couple of years later, didn't count his oil cans before starting and put in only three quarts instead of five. The next day he set out with a boat in two for a weekend at the lake. His engine seized.

More savings

Another case in point is preparing meals versus home delivery of meals or similar services. If you are organized, it doesn't take much time to shop for groceries. If you aren't completely stupid, you are capable of making many different kinds of simple, tasty, nutritious meals. If you don't know how to do anything in the kitchen, well there is YouTube. Look at whatever you are buying now that is already prepared for you and learn how to make it yourself. Try to make as many things from scratch as you can. Many things don't take much time at all. I make my own baking powder using cream of tartar, potato starch, and baking soda. Three ingredients, and I'm done in just a few minutes. I spend less than half as much and don't get the aluminum that is in all major brands.

Again, you need the skills and tools. The difference between this example and the oil change in that regard is with food you can "take baby steps" and add to your skill base over time.

I get a sense of satisfaction from doing my own maintenance and repairs on my car, computers, house, and even my body. And I save a ton of money while ensuring the work is done to high standards. Not always perfect, but certainly a yeoman's job at the very least.

With the Brainless administration doing more and more to ensure we have less and less, it's wise to have more than a little self-sufficiency. Having the right tools and the skill to use them is never a bad idea.

5. Security tip

Here's some info I got from Midwest Computer Solutions in Indiana.

"Tech support scams are schemes where cybercriminals impersonate legitimate tech support agents or companies to gain access to your computer or personal information. They use various tactics, such as phone calls, pop-up ads, or emails, to deceive individuals into believing that their device has a critical issue that requires immediate attention."

The article goes on to list four red flags. There are actually many more than four. The scan often goes like this:

  • A robo dialer calls you. he call often has your area code on Caller ID along with a person's name you don't recognize or the name of a city--that's when you hang up or ignore the call in the first place.
  • If you make the mistake of picking up, you say hello and there's silence before you hear someone pick up. That's when you hang up.
  • If you haven't yet hung up, the caller then addresses you in a Pakistani or Indian accent. That's when you hang up.
  • If you haven't yet hung up, the scammer tells you they are with Microsoft Support or some other oxymoronic organization. That's when you hang up.
  • If you haven't yet hung up, the scammer then starts pressuring you as if there's some emergency. That's when you hang up.
  • On and on this goes, until they have milked you for all kinds of identity information, a credit card number, a password, etc. But if they can get you to download and run a "troubleshooting app" they don't have to ask for those things because their bot will simply steal them. That's when it's too late to hang up.

How do you defend yourself? Read the last sentence in bullets 2, 3, 4, and 5.


6. Health tip/Fitness tips

Statistics when this photo was taken, 10 days before my 63rd birthday:

  • Height: 6'0"

  • Wingspan: 6'1"

  • Weight: 152.6 lbs, which is more than the 148.8lbs from the 2022 shoot. I am also leaner for this one (notice the striations in my left pec).

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

  • Waist: 29

  • Chest: 48

  • Arms: 15

  • Quads: 20.25

  • 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

  • Number of eggs eaten per day: Between 7 and 10

  • Percent of diet that is processed food: 0

  • Amount of meat, wheat, corn, or soy eaten annually: 0

  • Number of clot shots received: 0.

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Update from last eNL: The anomaly on my abdomen is a lipoma ("complex fatty cyst" as they put it). It's very small, but too large to be Joe Biden's missing brain.

You've noticed the new pic. Yes, those are striations on my right pec. The lipoma is tiny and sits right on top of an ab "bar" so is hard to see.

Do I fast?

Often when people see my physique detail such as shoulder striations or pectoral striations, they assume I do regular fasting to get those cuts. Another reason people assume I do some kind of fasting is I do not get sick, they've come to associate wellness with things like fasting. As if food makes you sick or not eating improves your health.

The reality is I do not skip meals, workouts, or sleeping time. Skipping meals puts unnecessary stress on the body, interrupts peristalsis (the "food conveyor belt"), puts you into ketosis (with the bad breath that comes with it), and has other bad effects.

Fasting  vs. meal skipping

Notice that I changed from "fasting" to "meal skipping" here. The reason is not all fasting involves skipping meals, but for most people it is the same thing. Some people will do "low protein fasting" and if you use this strategically it's beneficial. When I prepare for a photoshoot, I "fast" from specific fats (for example, avocados) to reduce my total fat intake because fat is twice as caloric per unit of weight as carbs or protein. I also "fast" from protein shakes; I have fewer of them and they are only 1/4 the normal size. I also will skip a sweet potato two or three times a week, "fasting" from those to reduce total calories. But in no case am I skipping meals.

Once we are into cold weather, I do the opposite of fasting. I bake non-toxic pumpkin pies (no wheat, no sugar, unhomogenized Amish milk, organic pumpkin, organic eggs, organic butter, etc. and they are mostly protein) and I like to put organic, non-heated honey on it. Yes, each jar of honey is a calorie bomb; my "solution" is to bake more pies on which to spread the honey over more time. Hey, if it works.... And I will have the pie in lieu of my usual omelet or in lieu of my usual breakfast.

Meal skipping almost always goes in the negative column when it comes to health, bogus claims to the contrary. One bogus claim is it cleanses your colon. It doesn't cleanse your colon, it actually has the opposite effect. There can be good reasons to skip a meal, but those reasons would require unusual circumstances. Some medical procedures, for example, might require total fasting for X time. But do you really need those procedures? I refuse to take the fasting sugar blood test, because it makes no sense for me when I already do the things that cause the reading to be good. In other words, I look at the inputs and don't need the test to tell me I am doing them right. And the same goes for the colonoscopy; I don't get one because I eat eggplant every day and I do not eat hydrogenated oils or seed oils.

When I had the ultrasound on my abdominal anomaly, they at first told me it required an eight hour fast of food and liquids. I told them then it's not going to happen. We worked out an agreement to a 5.5 hour fast. I could accommodate it with 2.5 hrs less to deal with. I set an alarm to get me up at 0200, at which time I ate my normal 0530 meal minus the coffee. I went back to bed and fell asleep within minutes. My scan was scheduled for 0800. I arrived for my scan at 0740 and was on my way home at 0755. I had my normal 0900 omelet (with that missing coffee).

Good reasons not to skip

Here are some of the advantages of not skipping meals:

  • You optimize nutrient absorption by spreading it across the day. Consider vitamin C, as an example. It's water soluble and you can absorb only so much at a time. You can uptake 5 or 6 times as much useful C by simply spreading your intake across the day.
  • Spreading meal input across the day limits the peak loading on your liver, kidneys, and pancreas by spreading digestion across the day.
  • You condition your stomach to be smaller.
  • It improves bowel regularity.
  • You get continual colon cleansing, as opposed to fasting where things will sit and ferment until more fiber comes down the pipe.
  • There is less stress on your bladder.
  • You eliminate the starvation response, thus you burn more calories while at rest.
  • You eliminate the starvation response, thus you don't get cravings that add huge amounts of calories that just get stored as fat.
  • Your body can absorb only so much protein at a time, and because your body cannot store protein it converts the excess to fat. Cutting your meals in half to get six into a day means you eliminate this problem unless you are over supplementing protein. Most people do not count plants as protein sources, but every plant has the same 20 amino acids as meat. You might be surprised at how much protein you do eat.
  • Your "healthy gut" biota don't enter a weak state in which they can be overwhelmed by "sick gut" biota.
  • Fluctuations in your energy level are greatly reduced.
  • The endocrine disruption that results from trying to process too many carbs at once is eliminated. Carbs aren't bad, you need them. The problem is when you get too many at one time and your insulin level goes way up (this drives testosterone way down, and has other bad effects). When I say "carbs" I do not mean processed junk.
  • The normal short-term nutrient deficiencies arising from skipping meals are eliminated. In fasting, whether intermittent or some other type, you will experience deficiencies in some nutrients.
  • A whole food diet is satisfying in many ways, and emotionally healthy.
  • Meals allow for natural breaks in your day. This improves your productivity and while also reducing fatigue.
  • If you train hard, you should always be recovering from something. You need nutrients to recover, and by not skipping meals you get them.
  • If you train hard, you need the caloric input so you can train hard enough to get the adaptive response. Not skipping meals means you go at this with an adequately full tank.
  • Eating on a regular schedule helps set your circadian rhythm. You sleep better when you don't skip meals.

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

Mr. Fauci originally said a .300 aperture mask won't stop a .070 wide virus. Then he said it would. Now he says it's an individual thing. Perhaps it's time for this "doctor" to take a third grade math class. He is not alone in spewing absurdities about masking, but that doesn't make his absurdities any less absurd.


8. Thought for the Day

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.




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