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F-list Tour

Work's got me swamped again. Combine that with scheduling lots of social events and I'm yet again not getting to hang out here as much as I would like. So here are some tidbits from my f-list. Yes, some of these are old because I saved them a while back or I didn't get a chance to read them until recently.

I don't say this often enough but I really like you denizens of LJ-land. Enjoy your weekend!

  • "We consider ourselves travelers, not tourists."
    I also try not to look like a tourist; it just sounds so unsophisticated. But sometimes I'll revel in the role of tourist, I see, even in the city I consider home. It's nice to unabashedly delight in all I see. Read this post by tedwords for a reminder to not let your desire to be seen as worldly stomp all over your ability to share someone else's joys.

  • In an f-locked post, someone posted a link to a video on what to do if you're caught in the middle of a mass shooting. Don't say the Department of Homeland Security never did anything for you. The advice actually sounds pretty good to me. "Run. Hide. Fight." I'm surprised that they advocated for fighting. Has the advice always been to devise a way to fight back? I took a model mugging class about 16 years ago and back then, the police instructors didn't push one way or the other for fighting or cooperating when attacked. Instead they laid out the pros and cons of both strategies and told us the decision was ours.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcSwejU2D0 (5:56 length)

  • drjeff has a series of One Minute posts. He's been throwing his energy into his blogspot more than his LJ and sounds like he's an awesome therapist to see. For all the posts in the One Minute series, go to http://drjeffblog.blogspot.com/search/label/One%20minute
    Some samples:
    - One Minute Reboot
    - One Minute of Gratitude
    - One Minute of Forgiveness
    - One Minute To Let Go Of Guilt

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    Thanks for the link to "One Minute of Forgiveness". The idea of forgiveness as a 'radical act of acceptance' is something I'll have to ponder.

    Easy to learn, difficult to master. :)

    We had a policeman come to our school when I was in 7th grade and he explained how to deal with an attacker. It was called grab, twist, and pull, meant to be used on males attacking females. It's self explanatory. Grab their jewels, twist, and pull them until they drop to the ground, and you don't need to worry if you can kick that high.

    Yep. Not to mention the fact that those jewels are pretty darn delicate, and can be crushed easily (my apologies to all the men reading this; I know you all winced).

    My martial arts teacher taught us that every strong pain point on the body is there because it's a weak point in terms of breaking a bone or injuring the flesh.

    Hey, thanks for the plug! One of these days I'll get back to LJ, I just know it. :)

    The fight back advice has been around since the aftermath/analysis of the Columbine school shooting. The philosophy is, if you've got a crazed gunman shooting at you, why sit there waiting to be killed? That was also a turning point for police response to an active shooter. The former method, the first cops on scene would start forming a perimeter and wait until they had lots and lots of backup before anyone entered the scene. That's great for saving cops, but it cost a lot of victims over the years. The response taught now is if you're the first LEO on scene, get to the shooter as quick as possible.

    Wuff, wuff- so we get something for our umpteen billion $ and lost civil liberties, a video. (this was before I watched it)

    A hair-RAISing video! -after.

    Even in the old days, like 30's detective novels- Chandler and Hammett (and Hammett was actually a Pinkerton op for a number of years)- the accepted wisdom was, "you can run away from a knife, but not a bullet. If the gun is too close to escape from, 'ATTACK' "

    Lord willing, we will never have to worry about this...

    If I'm abroad and need to look at a map I try to hide. I don't want to look like a sucker tourist. Besides, tourists are easy targets.

    Thanks for the mention, my friend!

    Insert my "knee-jerk" reaction that concealed carry could reduce the body count considerably. Once past "knee-jerk" reaction, I remember that most people, even those authorized to carry concealed (if they don't live in a nanny-state that has decided guns are too dangerous for law-abiding citizens) have little-to-no training on dealing with a gun fight at close range.

    Closest I've come is an LEO "shoot-don't shoot" simulator. It taught me I didn't know as much as I thought, even with military training.

    I also bit my tongue as there appeared to be the usual "no firearms" notice on the door in the video. If a "gun free zone" has prevented a shooting, I've yet to hear about it

    So, all-in-all, not a bad presentation. I'd only change a couple of things...dial 911 FIRST...while you're running if you have to. The faster the police response, the better opportunity to keep the body count down. Also, I'd have spent 30 seconds explaining the difference between cover and concealment, the video didn't do a good job.

    Well, that and don't hide behind the generator...if you can see people coming out of the door, they can see you...duh. Behind the *wall*, kids.

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