Welcome to your Hump Day Reading List!
This is your refuge from the impersonal Google and FaceBook algorithms that appear to run our lives these days. As an alternative of a machine deciding what you will see, I personally go out and appear for wonderful articles that essentially have worth in the quest for higher individual and family members security.
From all of the articles that I discover, I weed out the “fake news” and these that do not have direct application to some aspect of preparedness. Then, to fight the expanding scourge of information and facts overload, I distill every little thing down to what I think to be the 3 most valuable articles you can study proper now, clarify the context of these articles, and determine any bias so you can trust what you study.
It is a much more individual, much more targeted, and much more effective way to get the information and facts you require!
Here’s what I’ve discovered for you this week:
This week in Defensive Instruction and Gear:
Keep in mind: you do not have a visible halo
1 of the semi-standard characteristics Greg Ellifritz does on his weblog is the “Tactical Instruction Scenario” — evaluation of an actual occasion and the teaching moments that outcome.
In this one particular, a homeowner decides to assistance a gunshot victim he sees behind his residence. A mistaken identity circumstance ensues, and the homeowner gets taken to the ground at shotgun-point by responding officers.
Study the story and consider about how you’d manage the circumstance, then evaluate your thoughts with Greg’s.
This week in Individual Security and Safety:
Knife attacks: Fantasy and reality
The preponderance of surveillance cameras and the sharing of the resulting video footage on the net is a boon for these of us who study crime. In years previous we had to rely on error-filled individual accounts of defensive actions in as well quite a few circumstances, men and women just created factors up. No one particular has adequate 1st-hand practical experience in lethal encounters to come to any strong conclusions, so reality was what ever an individual mentioned in an authoritative voice — the deeper, the improved.
Currently, although, we can see what essentially occurs and how men and women essentially respond, then tailor our education to guarantee a fantastic outcome. It is in this spirit that the other of this post approaches the knife attack.
He looked at much more than 150 knife attacks at the time he wrote this, and came to some proof-primarily based conclusions. It is unquestionably worth reading in its entirety, if for no other purpose than to dispel some dangerously naive suggestions that quite a few men and women have about criminal knife use.
This week in Preparedness and Wellness:
Flu season is coming. Get prepared.
Most men and women appear shocked when I inform them that the flu — that prevalent, annoying sickness quite a few men and women get in the course of the winter — kills a lot of men and women. How quite a few is a “lot”? In the 2017-2018 season, it was more than 80,000. In the United States alone. That is about the exact same quantity as died from diabetes, and almost double the quantity who died from suicide.
Even a “mild” flu season kills tens of thousands of men and women in this nation. And however, in spite of all of this public know-how, men and women nevertheless brush off the flu as becoming tiny much more than an inconvenience.
What’s the answer? Nicely, fantastic prevention measures such as frequent hand washing, not touching your mouth or eyes prior to performing so, and generating confident factors you touch in public are disinfected beforehand, go a lengthy way.
One more fantastic preventative measure is receiving a flu shot. No, it is not 100% powerful, but even when it is not it can substantially lower the effects of an infection.
This post lays out the science, why immunizations are significant even if you are young and healthful, and some other factors you can do to maintain this coming flu season from becoming one more deadly one particular.
– Grant Cunningham