Your Hump Day Reading List for November 14, 2018

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I unearthed some really good articles for you this week. Read them and increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

Remember what they say about that river in Egypt…

Whether it’s a criminal attack or a natural disaster, many people — perhaps, even, most people — simply don’t believe it will happen to them. This is an insightful article about why people don’t take threats ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 7, 2018

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It’s the first Wednesday of November, and I’m starting the month off right with some great articles for you! 

 

Have you ever heard the term “violent criminal actor”?

This article explains what that means, and why it’s important to understand. It’s possible for a violent criminal to appear normal and “safe” until they’re put into the environment where it’s necessary to use violence to ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 31, 2018

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It’s Halloween, and I’ve got some great stories to help you tackle frightening topics! 

 

Some people don’t want to learn

In the self defense world, many people seem to have comfortable ideas of how things happen in defensive incidents. That was fine back in the days when we didn’t have objective evidence, but today we do — and yet many misconceptions still exist. Cecil ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 24, 2018

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Another Wednesday, another great collection of articles for your enjoyment and enlightenment! 

 

Another resource for travel safety

One thing I do before renting a room (or AirBnB) is to check the neighborhood’s crime stats. This used to be a tedious process, but there are new tools out which make it easier. 

 

What living off-grid is like, and why you should try

I know a lot ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 17, 2018

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More great defensive preparedness articles for you this week! 

 

Making your home into a fortress (?)

I’ll acknowledge that the author of this article goes a little over the top at times, and that I think his mania for protecting his identity is a little silly in this day and age, but his article has some excellent  information and looks at the topic ...

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The critical skill no one teaches

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The ability to judge risk is critical to the long game of self defense. (As it happens, it’s also critical to efficient preparedness, investing your retirement funds wisely, and the choice between flying or driving to your vacation destination.) Yet, despite its importance, it’s very rarely talked about — especially in the self defense community.

“You never know where evil will strike!”

While it’s true that ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 10, 2018

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I’ve got another great selection of articles for you this week! 

 

This happens too often, and I’m tired of it

This one happened last July; yesterday I read of a 3-year-old who died when he got hold of an unsecured firearm. Too many kids are dying from accidental gunshots, and we as responsible gun owners need to be at the forefront of reducing them.

It’s ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 3, 2018

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It’s the first Wednesday of October, and I’ve got some great defensive preparedness articles for all areas of your life. (Oh, and one article about an idiot with a gun that we should all avoid emulating!)

 

Need some help prioritizing your preparedness?

If you’re having trouble deciding what to do first, one approach is prioritizing based on scope of impact. It has the advantage of helping ...

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You shouldn’t listen to the “shoulds”. Or should you?

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Lately I’ve been allowing myself to do something I caution others to never do: read the comments. 

Whenever I’ve come across a news story that has something to do with self defense or disaster preparedness, I read a few of the comments left by others. I’ve noticed something interesting: they often use the word “should”.

“I should be able to shoot anyone who comes into my ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 26, 2018

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Some great articles for the last Wednesday in September! 

 

Keeping the family safe in public spaces

Jeff Gonzales has some good advice for what to do with your family when you’re in a public space and a violent incident unfolds. 

 

Let’s see…

…you’ve got a stock of food, medical supplies, defensive tools, survival kits, generators, and everything else a well-prepared home needs. But what ...

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Here’s your sign.

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This story made the rounds of social media last week. For those who haven’t seen it (or the graphic video shot by the girlfriend of the man who was eventually killed in the confrontation), the story boils down to neighbors having an ongoing disagreement over trash between their domiciles. 

The argument had apparently escalated over time, to the point that one party showed ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 19, 2018

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I’ve got an interesting mix of articles for you this week, all of which I believe to be worth your time to read. Yes, even the infuriating one at the end!

 

Concealed carry and traffic stops

How should you handle a traffic stop when you’re carrying a defensive firearm? Greg Ellifritz is a police officer in Ohio, and he has some thoughts on the matter. ...

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The “long game” of self defense

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It’s easy to think of self defense as a thing you do in response to a bad guy. After all, that’s what most self defense courses focus on: bad guy appears and you perform the indicated response.

So neat. So tidy. So precise.

And so misleading.

Self defense doesn’t start when the bad guy appears, or when he starts his attack, or when you make the decision to ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 12, 2018

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Sorry for not having a Hump Day List last week, but I was down with a nasty cold. What’s worse than a cold in summer? I don’t know and I don’t want to find out! 

 

Handguns and arthritis

I get lots of questions from people who are just starting to suffer from arthritis, scared that their shooting days are coming to an end. It doesn’t ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 29, 2018

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Most people’s vacations are over and it’s back to the grind — but the Hump Day Reading List is here to give you a mid-week break!

 

Medical preparedness most don’t think of

What would you do if you or someone around you had a severe allergic reaction? It might be from a bee sting or a food allergy, but either (and more besides) can be dangerous ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 22, 2018

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In addition to this week’s great articles, I have an announcement!  

 

I’ve scheduled another revolver class!

I’ll be in Phoenix, AZ on December 1 & 2 teaching my Threat-Centered Revolver course at the beautiful Ben Avery Shooting Center. The weather in Phoenix that time of year is gorgeous, and I can’t think of a nicer place to be. Please plan to join ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 15, 2018

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We may be in the dog days of summer, but I don’t think you’ll find any dogs in this week’s selection of defensive preparedness articles! 

 

Uber scams? Say it’s not so!

This year I finally became an Uber user and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Turns out, though, that there are scams Uber drivers can (and do) pull on people. Here are the most common ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 8, 2018

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It’s the first Wednesday of August — time to get your learning on! 

 

Is that “CIA Letter Opener” really undetectable?

Turns out that carbon fiber knives are, in fact, detectable. The author of this article looks at materials for undetectable knives, what works and what doesn’t, as well as looking at whether these are tools you should even be considering. Excellent information.

 

What if the bad ...

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Safe storage and self defense aren’t incompatible

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I recently shared to my social media accounts a story of an attempt by a local government to impose storage restrictions on gun owners in their city. The ordinance specified that firearms had to be locked up, except when they were “in use” (whatever that means).

Of course this drew the ire of many people, including the NRA. 

(Just to be clear, I am a proponent ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 2, 2018

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I found more interesting articles for this week’s List, some of them guaranteed to make you think twice! 

 

Whatever happened to positively identifying your target?

I’m not sure where to start with this article, but I’ll boil it down to this: Just because an alarm goes off doesn’t mean there’s a threat, and blindly firing through a closed door without first ascertaining an actual ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 25, 2018

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I haven’t let this heat wave stop me from gathering more great self defense and preparedness articles for you! (Now, where did that iced tea go…)

 

The gun shouldn’t be the first thing you grab

“I don’t need to identify my target, because I can tell my girlfriend’s steps from an intruder in the dark”.  Someone actually told me that, in explanation for not having ...

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Self defense, quantum physics, and negative outcomes

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The great physicist Werner Heisenberg is responsible for describing a very interesting phenomenon in quantum physics: our observations effect the behavior of quanta (quantum particles). In other words, by simply observing an experiment, it’s possible that we inadvertently change the outcome.

Quantum physics gets really weird after that, but this is as far we need to go. For now.

Doing it means you won’t need to do ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 18, 2018

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Wow, is it ever hot here in Oregon! If it’s scorching where you are, cool off with a nice beverage and these great articles!

 

This is a scary story, and you need to read it

This is an article about how a photographer gets access to make pictures at the top of high-rise buildings. But it’s not a photography article! The reason it’s interesting and ...

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What if nothing happens?

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No matter what the preparedness focus, be it just self defense or a full-blown disaster, in the back of everyone’s mind is a little voice that wonders if they’re not being just a little silly.

“After all”, the little voice says, “you’re spending a lot of your time, energy, and money on something you don’t know for sure will ever come to pass. What if it ...

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The best defense is still not being there

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A few weeks back I wrote an article on why I don’t entertain the notion of “what-if” scenarios. If you haven’t read it, you should.

On a somewhat related note, I also don’t entertain the notion of the foregone conclusion scenario. It’s the one that presupposes a specific outcome or a specific event in an effort to support a particular conclusion. For instance, I was going ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 20, 2018

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It’s another Hump Day, and I’m here to share some more great personal defense and preparedness articles with you. (Which is actually redundant, because personal defense is but one form of preparedness, though  not everyone realizes that — yet!)

 

“People don’t plan to fail…they fail to plan”

A self defense plan (which is really just a part of an overall preparedness plan) is, I believe, ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 14, 2018

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Wednesday the 13th is extra lucky, and I’ll prove it by sharing some really great articles to help keep you and your family safer and more secure!

 

I wish I’d written this. It’s that good.

This article from the Preparedness Advice blog is pure gold. The author looks at five pieces of common preparedness advice and takes each one apart, and I agree with just ...

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When friends are strangers

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Let’s assume, for the moment, that you have a perfect teenager. He or she is always polite, gets schoolwork in on time, excels in extracurricular activities, has above-average SAT scores, and has never been in trouble at school — or anywhere else, for that matter.

This is a kid you can trust, and who has never betrayed that trust. You can rely on him or her ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 6, 2018

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It’s the first Wednesday of June? Why, let’s celebrate with some great self defense, personal safety, and family preparedness articles!

 

How will you protect your children?

When you have children, defense planning gets substantially more complicated. The younger they are, the more impact they have. This article looks at the five biggest myths people have about keeping their kids safe, and it’s worth reading.

 

Can you ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 30, 2018

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This week I bring you more great articles to help you and your loved ones live safer lives. Why not grab a beverage and do some reading?

 

Gun thefts happen — too often

An introduction to some of the ways to keep your guns from being stolen. (Frankly, I wish the author had simply said “never keep guns in your car, period.” I realize that ...

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