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 you’ll 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:
The walking cane as a weapon
Over the years I’ve met quite a few people who carry a cane as a defensive tool in areas where firearms aren’t allowed. A surprising number of them, I discovered, don’t really have a clue how to use it effectively.
One of the better articles I’ve read on using the cane as a weapon is from Greg Ellifritz. (By the way: it’s getting harder to bring a cane on an airliner than it used to be. I’ve watched TSA agents aggressively questioning traveler’s “need” for a cane during the screening process. Like the “tactical pens”, TSA agents know what they are and what they’re used for.)
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
“Wargaming” as a beneficial recreational activity
Visualization is used in a wide range of endeavors to enhance performance. Visualization is the active imagining of a task or possible scenario, and the successful completion of the task (or resolution of the scenario.)
Another term for visualization is “wargaming”, and it’s a useful tool to enhance your personal safety. By imagining specific and plausible incidents, along with your response to them, you can increase your ability to recognize and deal with them. The best part is that it doesn’t cost anything!
You do, however, need to visualize in a structured way if it’s to be of any value. This article gives an introduction to defensive visualization, some of the ways it can be used, and how to do it.
This week in Preparedness and Health:
Ever wonder how sheep stay warm?
Okay, it’s a bad joke, but the fact remains that wool is still one of the best fibers over a wide range of conditions. Many people are re-discovering the benefits of wool (and other natural fibers, like silk) in a layered wardrobe simply because it works, and it works well.
Like the author of this article, I love wool socks. I’ve owned some high-end synthetic socks, but none of them last as long as wool or are as comfortable. I wear wool socks year-round because they handle both warm and cold weather better than any other material I’ve found.
– Grant Cunningham