Welcome to your Hump Day Reading List!
This is your refuge from the impersonal Google and FaceBook algorithms that seem to run our lives these days. Instead of a machine deciding what we see, I personally go out and look for great articles that actually have value in the quest for greater personal and family safety.
From all of the articles that I find, I weed out the “fake news” and those that don’t have direct application to some aspect of preparedness. Then, to fight the growing scourge of information overload, I distill everything down to what I believe to be the three most useful articles you can read right now, explain the context of those articles, and identify any bias so you can trust what you read.
It’s a more personal, more targeted, and more efficient way to get the information you need!
Here’s what I’ve found for you this week:
This week in Defensive Training and Gear:
Different ammunition for winter?
There are some who advocate changing defensive handgun ammunition for winter/summer use. They offer various rationales for such a change, but is it really necessary — or even beneficial?
Greg Ellifritz wrote an excellent argument for sticking with the same ammunition year ‘round, and it’s an opinion I agree with. I’ve never — not once — changed my carry ammunition between summer and winter, and I don’t recommend you do either. Read the article for the full discussion.
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
The title of this article is misleading
The title is “5 Types Of People You Should Always Avoid While Carrying Concealed”. It’s grossly misleading, and it’s irresponsible for the site to publish it. Why, you ask?
Because these are 5 Types Of People You Should ALWAYS Avoid, period!
Okay, I’ll admit to having a little bit of fun with this, but in all seriousness these are the kinds of people you can do without in your life. Not just because they tend to put those around them into dangerous situations, but because you’ve got better things to do than dealing with their “issues”.
You’ll find this dovetails perfectly with John Farnam’s Three Stupids rule: Don’t got to Stupid Places; Don’t do Stupid Things; and Don’t hang around with Stupid People.
If you can just do that, you’ll dramatically lower your risk levels.
This week in Preparedness and Health:
Flu season is coming, and so is the risk of a pandemic
Most people are blissfully unaware of the dangers of a common disease like influenza. In the 2018 flu season, 80,000 people died of the flu — in the United States alone. And that was a “normal” flu season!
We haven’t seen a major flu pandemic in a century. The 1918 pandemic killed 675,000 in this country; if that same percentage held in a pandemic today, we’d see over 2 million deaths. These are the kinds of numbers that keep public health officials awake at night.
As it happens, there are some things you can do to avoid becoming a statistic during a pandemic. This article is the first in a series that looks at what you can do to avoid getting sick when everyone else seems to be.
– Grant Cunningham