Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:
This week in Defense and Training:
Preventing attacks through body language?
I’ll admit I had a few reservations about sharing this article, largely because of the references to seducing women (and the machismo which supports it.) However, the art of seduction isn’t just about sexual conquests, and it isn’t an exclusively male activity. We manipulate others in many social and business situations, and women can seduce men just as effectively as the opposite. Body language, posturing, is a huge part of that process.
So, can this “alpha male” activity be used for good — to keep you safer? Greg Ellifritz believes it can, and in this article he makes his case. As he explains, he believes that fear (of social interaction) may be at the root of a lot of victim behavior, and learning to control social contexts may be one way to short-circuit the victim selection process.
This is not unlike Claude Werner’s (The Tactical Professor) assertion that most people would make themselves more safe by taking a Dale Carnegie course, which deals with social interaction, than a shooting class. I tend to agree with Claude, and so I think Greg’s very similar observation has validity. Read the article and watch the video with an open mind.
This week in Security:
Good old-fashioned telephone scams are making a comeback
Lately I’ve noticed a huge increase in suspicious phone calls coming to my number. Quite a number of robocalls from obviously spoofed numbers come up on my cell phone’s screen, and a surprising quantity of “unknown” numbers (I.e., “no caller ID available”) come up as well.
Over time I’ve gotten to the point that I don’t answer any number I don’t recognize, but not everyone has the luxury of ignoring calls. It’s our need (either real or perceived) to answer the phone that scam artists rely on, and they’re getting better every day.
The KrebsOnSecurity blog details some of the more clever phone phishing scams currently operating. They’re getting very savvy about manipulating the data bits we usually use to judge validity — and therefore penetrating our defenses. Read carefully and ask yourself: “would I really be able, on the spur of the moment, to spot all of these phishing attempts all of the time?”
If you’re honest, the answer will be “no”. Set up your defenses accordingly.
This week in Preparedness:
Frozen food doesn’t stay that way without electricity!
Winter is finally going away! During the cold months, I don’t worry about the effects of long-term power outages on our frozen foods. Our freezer is in an unheated, uninsulated garage; if the power goes off during the winter, the ambient temperature will keep the food frozen for a long time.
Now that spring is in our sights, however, that is going to change. As we get into the hot weather of summer, a long power outage becomes a real issue. What do you do with frozen food when it’s warm outside and you have no electricity to keep the freezer going?
This article looks at what temperatures food can withstand, how long various foods will stay safe in an unopened freezer, and what to do with suspect food. Some will say that the recommendations are overly cautious, but in my view a disaster or weather event isn’t the time to take chances. This would be a good article to print out and keep with your preparedness information.
– Grant Cunningham
P.S.: I’ve told you about my Threat-Centered Revolver course in Indiana the first weekend of May, and you can get more information, and sign up, at this link. But that’s not all! While I’m in the midwest I’ll also be teaching a Praying Safe Workshop with my co-author Joshua Gideon! This two-day workshop will lead you through the process of developing a comprehensive security plan for your house of worship, and should be attended by everyone who is involved in security planning for their congregation. Sign up at this link.