Your Hump Day Reading List for April 22, 2020

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Hump Day Reading List

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:

Starting on the wrong foot?

So many “instructors” teach their self-defense classes based on the best-case scenario. The only problem is that, very often, it’s the worst-case scenario in which people need to defend themselves. What if you need to defend yourself from a disadvantaged position?

Greg Ellifritz has something to say about this, and about why your training and practice needs to take the worst-case scenario into account. (This is why I advise my defensive shooting students not to adopt a concealment method or carry position that can’t be efficiently accessed by a single hand. If you need two hands to get a defensive tool into action, and one of those hands is busy, what happens?)

This week in Personal Safety and Security:

Information overload and your security

This is an interesting article, in which the author points out that too much information can make one apathetic. Too many alarms and alerts, particularly when they’re false alarms, can almost be worse than no information at all. The dog who barks constantly, at every little thing, is quickly ignored.

Choosing your alert and surveillance systems carefully, working to minimize false positives and informational overload, is important. After all, is the security system you don’t pay attention to really any better than having no system?

This week in Preparedness and Health:

Stealth gardens

It seems incomprehensible to me, but there are many places in this country where gardens are not allowed. Sometimes it’s an over-reaching city code, while more often it’s an even more restrictive covenant from a homeowner’s “association”. In such cases, guerrilla gardening may be one answer.

This form of stealth cultivation might also be used when you just want to keep your garden safe from prying eyes, or to utilize vacant lots where you live. There are lots of reasons for guerrilla gardening, and this article looks at the practice as well as giving some advice to get started.

If you can’t homestead, this is one way to get some of those advantages in the city or suburbs.

– Grant Cunningham


About the Author:

Grant Cunningham is a renowned author and teacher in the fields of self defense, defensive shooting education and personal safety. He’s written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting, including "The Book of the Revolver", "Shooter’s Guide To Handguns", "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals", "Defensive Pistol Fundamentals", and "Practice Strategies for Defensive Shooting" (Fall 2015.) Grant has also written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors ADSI) and the popular Personal Defense Network training website. He’s produced a DVD in the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series titled "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals" and teaches defensive shooting and personal safety courses all over the United States.
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