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:
Don’t believe everything you see on YouTube
My friend Cecil Burch, martial arts legend and expert in entangled fighting, has some things to say about fake martial artists plying their wares on the internet.
It’s easy to get tripped up by these sorts of people. They’re usually easy to spot, because they’re flashy and promise results without a lot of work. After all, it’s always an ego stroke to be tuned into “secret” stuff no one else knows, and they take advantage of that desire.
Any complex physical skill — and martial arts certainly qualify as such — will take some time and repetition to master. Or, if not mastery, at least to learn to a usable level. A really good teacher (like Cecil) can make that process easier and more enjoyable, but as the saying goes there’s no such thing as a free lunch!
Don’t be caught up by charlatans like this. Do your homework and don’t be tempted by anyone who pretends that there’s a secret technique that will enable you to bypass the work, or that there’s some special knowledge that only they have.
This week in Safety and Security:
If you have an iPhone, read this
Apple is a company whose customers are famously loyal. I’ve used Apple Macintosh computers since the early ‘90s, and when I need a new piece of technology I look to them first. They’ve earned my trust over the years by making high quality products that work well together.
I’m not alone. Millions of other people have had the same experiences, making Apple one of the most trusted brands on the planet. The problem is that some people have learned how to take advantage of that built-in trust.
Phishing scams targeting Apple iPhone users have been around for quite some time, but they’re becoming much more sophisticated. The latest, according to Brian Krebs, involves a spoofed phone number from Apple Inc., which causes the receiving phone to display the Apple corporate contact page that’s preloaded into the Contacts app in every iPhone. This makes the phishing appear completely legitimate.
Read the article and beware of any phone calls that appear to come from Apple corporate headquarters.
This week in Preparedness and Health:
Making preparedness a normal part of life
People who can devote large amounts of time, effort, and money to being prepared are few and far between. I’m certainly not one of them; my resources are limited and I’m forced to use them the most efficient ways possible.
And yet I’m lucky compared to most people. I work from home and my schedule is flexible; my wife retired early; and we have no children to deal with. As a result, prepping for us is easier than it is for those with regular jobs and kids to raise.
So, for those of you who do face those limitations, this article deals with normalizing preparedness. It’s written by someone who leads a fairly typical life, and details what he’s doing for preparedness while juggling job, family, time, and finances. If you’ve ever thought that you couldn’t prepare because your life is just too hectic, you owe it to yourself and your family to read his story.
– Grant Cunningham
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