In this issue:
Good News | Product Highlight | Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Factoid | Thought 4 the Day
1. Good News
In the USA, employers added 200,000 jobs in December. This was up from 100,000
jobs the previous month.
Source: The U.S. Labor Department.
The number exceeded analysts' predictions. The public sector, which lost jobs
through most of 2011, continued to lag. Overall, 12,000 government jobs were
lost last month.
What it means
Now, here's a little test. What is the relationship between the
government jobs "lost" in 2011and the 200,000 new jobs in the private sector
in December alone?
It's a thing all business owners are keenly aware of.
It's called "overhead." Whether your overhead is internal (utilities,
nonproductive labor, compliance costs) or external (government employees),
it's overhead. By reducing the government payrolls, we see a corresponding
rise in private sector jobs. But it's at a ratio far greater than 1:1. And
those government employees who lost their jobs were among those available to
be hired into the vastly more numerous new jobs.
Back in the 1980s,
various think tanks and analysts showed that one job in the federal
government costs, on average, 50 private sector jobs. There are exceptions
to this ratio, of course. In some cases, a government job exists to perform
a function that enables more private jobs to exist. In other cases, as in
the IRS Collections Department, one federal employee can do such massive
damage that thousands of private sector jobs evaporate.
But generally, a
reductio in government jobs causes all employment boats to rise.
- The BLS does not report net new jobs. If Wal-Mart moves into a community
and destroys 10,000 good-paying jobs but creates 110 subsistence wage jobs,
it's true there are 110 new jobs but in this case there's a huge net loss.
- The BLS, sometimes referred to as the BS, often provides flawed data.
For example, forty-two thousand of the reported jobs are the result of a
glitch in the BLS seasonal adjustment model that produces a false jump in
December couriers and messengers jobs. On the other hand, BLS doesn't count
many small business startups as jobs especially if they are proprietorships
that haven't yet reported their existence. What we have to do is look at the
general trend. And when the burden of govt is reduced, there are more jobs.
We just don't know exactly how many.
2. Product Highlight
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muscles to rapidly spasm.
The muscles then exhaust their stored energy
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several minutes. During those minutes, you can escape to safety, summon help, or
further disable the attacker.
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3. Brainpower tip
One of the rare ways that tax dollars are spent intelligently is when they are
spent on public libraries. The public library is an amazing resource.|
ways you can use your library to boost your brainpower:
- Watch nonfiction documentary videos (DVD or, depending on your library,
via download). I watch these fairly often, and it's amazing what you can
- Listen to audio books (typically today, you download and listen on MP3
player). I can go to university while pulling weeds in my yard or doing
housework. I use this resource intensively.
Your library is no doubt strapped for funds. Help them out. Here are some
- Buy a movie they don't have. Watch it, then donate it.
- Consider volunteering. If you can spare a couple of hours for a couple
of evenings a week, they will have plenty for you to do.
- Be careful with library collection items. Handle DVDs by their edges.
Treat books with utmost care, and never eat or drink while reading them.
- Don't reserve items that are already at your branch, unless the need is
urgent. This is poor impulse control. Reserve items that are at other
branches, yes. But if you can't wait a few weeks for something, you have
discipline issues that create unnecessary work for others.
- Watch your county government for wasteful spending, and object to it.
That means less cutting of the library budget if they listen and act
- See what's at your library and talk it up to friends and neighbors. The
more patrons a library has, the more political clout it has. My library, for
example, keeps usage and patronage statistics for budget justification. And
when that doesn't work, a few thousand phone calls from library patrons tend
to get the county board's attention.
4. Finance tip
|From 2008 to 2010, members of CONgress had a
25% increase in net worth, collectively--unlike middle class America, which,
thanks to crimes committed by members of CONgress, saw a DEcrease in value
greater than that.|
Read that again, please. Let the full impact sink in.
Just how rich are the members of CONgress? In 2010, members of CONgress had a
collective net worth of over $2 billion. That does not include offshore
accounts, home values, or money-laundering operations.
How can you work toward reducing this rampant crime, this robbing of your
hard-earned money? A few things you can do to help:
- Inform others. Most people are under the delusion that their member of
CONgress somehow is "elected" and somehow "represents" them. If either
fantasy were actually the case, the USA would not spend more on military
than the other 95% of the world's population combined, nor would it hold 50%
of the world's prison population. Nor would the vast majority of what the
federal govt does be so blatantly illegal (see the 10th Amendment). Tell
other people how much these reprobates steal.
- Contact your misrepresentative once each month. Go to his/her Website,
and send a short message asking him/her to vote against any new spending
measure from this point forward, because we simply cannot afford even more
- Avoid voting Demopublican. The shenanigans of the power brokers at The
Party are well-documented, going back to the 19th century, so it should not
be "news" to any intellectually curious person that this system is extremely
- Boycott the companies that have the most members of CONgress on their
payroll. Sure, members of CONgress don't wear corporate logos the way NASCAR
drivers do (though they should), but it isn't hard to figure out where your
stolen dollars are headed by way of CONgressional "spending." When you
boycott a company, they probably won't notice because so many zombies still
buy from them. To fix this, write a letter to that company's board of
directors, one letter individually addressed to each member of the board.
This is remarkably powerful for individual problems. We need to make it
remarkably powerful for larger problems, and that means more of us need to
- Join the National Taxpayer's Union,
www.ntu.org, so that you can be informed. This is an amazing
organization, and I say that after having followed them since the 1980s. The
NTU is not, as some of the brainwashed assert, a "tax protest" group. Not by
any definition. The NTU's primary focus is on what's done with your tax
dollars after they are taken.
5. Security tip
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6. Health tip/Fitness tips
"Mark, can you tell me how I can increase my bench press? I can press 160 now
and would like to hit 200. How much can you bench, anyhow?" -- Thanks, Keith
Well, Keith, I think you should change your focus from how much you can bench to
how well you work your pecs. If you do that, your bench press will increase. But
if your form is wrong, then you'll have to decrease the weight until you can
actually handle it.
Typically, a person doing the "bench press" is doing a modified form that
produces little, if any, benefit. They are "benching" twice or better what they
can actually do with correct form. I've seen people who "bench" 210lbs unable to
raise 90lbs when I manually pin back their shoulders to keep their front delts
out of the exercise.
Their normal "bench press" is mostly a shoulder exercise, and not a very good
one at that. Rather than focus on giving the pecs an intense workout that
stimulates the body's adaptive response, they essentially waste the workout.
In the mirror, some guys who bench this way see "big pecs" but the reality is
they have low testosterone and are sporting breast tissue (fat) on top of small
pectoral muscles. This can be verified by grasping the pec "blade" and
I don't know how much I can bench. I usually weigh between 152lbs and
155lbs, and sometimes will use 235lbs in my bench workouts. But I
typically don't go above 180lbs because I get better results when using
less weight and adding more "squeeze" to get the adaptive response. If
you look at my picture at right, you'll notice my pecs have a "full
belly" and my shoulders are back rather than rounded forward.|
My maximum bench? I don't know and don't care. I'm six feet tall and
lean; someone my weight but fat, weaker, and a foot shorter could have a
much higher maximum bench than mine because of the benching advantage
provided by his shorter arms. So what does this number tell you?
For my own chest workout, I actually work chest twice on chest and
triceps day.* For that second workout, I do several sets of xtremely
slow flyes. I might do 2 or 3 reps per set, and each rep might take a
full minute. Excruciating, but the pump is awesome--my pecs blow up to
at least double their normal size.
Some experts advocate doing no bench press at all, but just doing
flyes. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't go to this extreme, but he relied on
flyes and look what that did for him.
You might want to visit
online, sometime. Scooby is an engineer and amateur noncompeting
bodybuilder. He's from the flyes only school, and his pecs are huge. I really like what Scooby's doing.
It's important to stretch those pecs after working out and again the
next day. And you absolutely must pull those shoulders back. You want
your chest to look "open" rather than scrunched up, for one thing. That
not only gives you a more powerful look, it optimizes your mechanical
advantage for maximum strength. Bad posture makes you weaker.
Another reason to keep those shoulders back is so you don't shorten
the tendons of the pecs and lengthen the muscles in your upper back.
This is the recipe for back pain, neck pain, and knee deterioration. It
will cause your entire spine to be off. And in that condition, you'll
accelerate arthritis of the spine, while dramatically reducing both its
load bearing and shock absorbing ability.
This posture thing applies whether you work out or not. With proper
posture, you look your best in all directions and you enjoy proper
mechanical advantage plus the health benefits of an alignment that's
reasonably within design limits.
*There is an exception to this second workout.
If chest and triceps day happens to fall on a climbing day, I skip the
second workout (as was the case last week). I simply don't have the
energy to do a second hit on my pecs, and I use triceps heavily on
routes that require pressing movements. These would be things like
corners and "chimneys."
www.supplecity.com, 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.
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age. Members of CONgress do to us what babies do to diapers.|
8. Thought for the Day
Those who take the attitude "How can I be of service?" toward those around them
often find other people want to be of even more service to them.|
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