Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 29, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

Source: "Haunting look inside abandoned prison where The Green Mile was filmed shows how it is falling apart since being closed two decades ago"--Daily Mail.

Training in a martial art is not the same thing as training for violence. Not at all, and this for years has been one of my blindspots. I had assumed that in the end everyone was training for the dark day when they may have to use the skills. From that point of view much of the training was counter-productive. Some was senseless. Some things were jettisoned that worked in real life but not in play and some things were incorporated that worked in play but not in real life.
The author goes on to list 4 elements that a technique must satisfy to be valid on the street: (1)  anything you teach must have a tactical use; (2)  it must work moving or standing still; (3) it must work whether you can see or not; and (4) the technique must work when you are scared, under an adrenaline dump. Read the whole thing.
  • "Where is your line in the sand?"--Survival UK. Thought exercises are excellent training devices, and the author of this piece proposes a thought experiment as to situations when you would be willing to use deadly force. He begins by noting:
So the question is how far will you go to defend you and your families lives? It isn’t a trick question and you need to be brutally honest as it will make a big difference to your preps.
    If you are willing to defend your stuff you must know how far you are willing to go. Where will you stop in a fight, will you be prepared to set traps for invaders willing to kill. Will you be able to kill someone that is a clear and present threat to you and yours?
      Most of us say ‘Yes’ they would do anything for their families but in my experience many people talk a good fight but in reality they will buckle under the threat and leave themselves and their families exposed.
        Thinking you can do something means you plan for that so if you fail to act then your planning is for nought. It is much better to be honest and your thoughts must be used to evaluate your preps. If you are going to just roll over and let invaders take what they want then you need to spread your preps about and hide them well. Hiding yourself and your family as well. If you are a stone killer then you can potentially defend a single cache against all but a mob.
          Most of us will fit somewhere in the middle where we will have no issue with defending ourselves against a invader with wild eyes intent on killing and eating us. While most will not want to do anything against a young teenager although that person is still a threat to us. At the very least they can harm us or even worse announce our status to the world and how long do you think you will be able to keep secure then.
          He then lays out 19 basic scenarios (mostly focused around the type of home invader) for your consideration. Read them and figure out what you would do.
          • The Gods of the Copybook Headings always prevail in the end: 
          • Hmm. "Utah man may have contracted Zika from dying father's tears, sweat"--CBS News. You may remember the incident of an older man in Utah that died and was found to have extraordinary levels of the virus in his blood stream. One of his relatives apparently caught the disease, but without signs of transfer via blood. This is the current hypothesis about how it might have spread.
          • Words to the wise: "Get To Know Your Neighbors"--Dirt Time. The author writes: "In an emergency, your neighbors are your family. Get to know them, now, not later. Get back to our roots of neighbors helping neighbors, and learn to share and support among yourselves. That is our tradition, and that is what made this country great."
          • "India says it has carried out 'surgical strikes' against militants across Kashmir frontier"--Chicago Tribune. The article reports that "India said Thursday it carried out 'surgical strikes' against militants across the highly militarized frontier that divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, in an exchange that escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors." The strikes were in response to a recent attack on an Indian military base.
          The article goes on to report:
            Indian officials gave few details about the strikes across the disputed border late Wednesday night.
              "Significant casualties were caused to the terrorists and those who support them," Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, director general of military operations for the Indian Army, told reporters in New Delhi. Singh said the operations were over and India has no plans for more strikes. He said he shared details of the strikes with his Pakistani counterpart.
                Indian soldiers traveling on foot crossed the Line of Control into the Pakistani-controlled portion to attack several targets based on intelligence about imminent attacks, said a high-ranking Indian official who would only brief reporters on condition of anonymity. He said the Indian forces killed at least 10 people before retreating back into Indian-controlled territory. The Indian soldiers suffered no losses, he said.
                  Interestingly, the Pakistani government denied that there had been any incursion, which I interpret as a face-saving way of saying that they were not going to do anything in response.
                    The first humans were about as violent as could be expected based on their family tree, researchers report September 28 in the journal Nature. The scientists pored through examples of lethal violence—not animals killing other species, such as predators and prey, but killings within a species, whether by cannibalism, infanticide, or aggression.
                      They looked for evidence of this ghastly activity among four million recorded deaths in more than a thousand different mammals, from shrews to primates. On top of that, they compiled a history of human slayings.
                        One pattern stood out pretty clearly: Lethal violence increased over the course of mammal evolution. While only about 0.3 percent of all mammals die in conflict with members of their own species, that rate is sixfold higher, or about 2 percent, for primates. Early humans likewise should have about a 2 percent rate—and that lines up with evidence of violence in Paleolithic human remains.
                          The medieval period was a particular killer, with human-on-human violence responsible for 12 percent of recorded deaths. But for the last century, we’ve been relatively peaceable, killing one another off at a rate of just 1.33 percent worldwide. And in the least violent parts of the world today, we enjoy homicide rates as low as 0.01 percent.
                            The most homicidal mammal? According to an article from The Atlantic concerning this same research, it is the meerkat, with nearly 20% killed by their own species.

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