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The Language of the Body
Never judge a book by its cover. This is a well known expression that is spoken about with reference to first impressions and external appearance. On almost every occasion, it is a true maxim. There is only one exception to this general rule. When it comes to safety and survival on the street, you must rely on your first impressions.
Edward Wilson (1975) thought of humans as genetic machines whose primary function is that of surviving. He believed that our innately programmed responses are selfish and self-serving. But what has happened in modern times? Our instincts have become dulled by comfort and lulled into a false sense of security. Armed with mobiles and encased in headphones, we often forget that predators are out there watching and waiting.
Trusting in your instincts means combining the powers from Medium and Psych. In the popular tv shows, the female lead of Medium has extrasensory perception (ESP), while the male character in Psych uses impressive observational abilities to ferret out the truth. When you go out in the street, you must learn to develop a gut feel for danger merged with keen attentional abilities in order to detect threats.
First, you have to ask the questions: what do I consciously or unconsciously sense? Do I feel uncomfortable? Do I have goose bumps? Are the hairs on my skin standing up? Second, survey the surroundings. Do you see, hear or smell anything out of the ordinary? Are there elements that should not be there? Are there unknown people lurking around? What are your first impressions about them?
The answers may very well spell the difference between being safe versus being attacked. Do not take chances. The minute something feels or looks hinky, do not attempt to be Steven Seagal or Jackie Chan. Avoid, escape or run if you can. More importantly, learn to read the hidden meaning in the body language of the people loitering about.
The Basics of Body Language
Everyone has a characteristic way of expressing themselves through their physical movements whether they are aware of it or not. This is a result of genetics, socialization and the environment.
Genetics is a no-brainer. We all look the way nature intended. But our body language is also dependent on the scope and limitations set by our birth and genes. How tall you are, for example, can have an effect on your gait. Size or height is a predetermined genetic marker that will influence your walk. Chinese NBA star Yao Ming is 7’6. Notice the slight stoop in his walk and the awkward way he swings his arms. This is how many abnormally tall people carry themselves and is largely due to gravity. In essence, because their bodies are farther away from the ground than normal sized individuals, their balance is a little off-kilter and they compensate by adjusting their body posture and movement.
Of course, it does not stop with the genes. As we grow, we consciously and unconsciously acquire other motor skills that we learn through socialization. Gender stereotypes are the most common. Males and females are socialized to dress, talk and act in a certain manner. Children of either sex assimilate gender roles very easily through the family, the school, and other external influences.
Finally, our environment has a significant impact on our body language. Culture and society shape such things as personal space, appearance, posture, eye contact and other physical expressions. Studying the differences will entail an understanding of a particular culture and society. However, knowing the common elements is a starting point and can be very useful.
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Flip The Switch For Success.
Some of you may or may not know that my wife owned a commercial cleaning service for years before she got sick and had to give it up.
I did keep one account because of the ROI (Return On Investment) and the investment was my time. The account is a big church that is near my home and I can knock it out in no time and the account pays very well, all good reasons to keep it.
Last Saturday night my wife was having a good day and wanted to go with me and help with the church. We left out about 7:15 pm and pulled into the church driveway around 7:20 pm.
The sun had gone down and it was a misty and cool fall night. As I pulled into the driveway I noticed a car slowly driving around the church and then it drives away.
As usual I drive around the building and pull up on the right side of the building and under a big shelter that is attached to the building. I park where the entrance to the building is on my wife’s side of the vehicle. She gets out and unlocks the building door. The door is a big steel door with reinforced glass in the top half of the door and it has an automatic lock on it as soon as you shut the door.
She was standing inside the building holding the door open a bit waiting on me. “I’m normally the one waiting.” I’m getting my cell phone out of the seat as I hear a car driving up behind me. The car is the same car we saw before and it goes around the side of me then pulls in front of me at a right angle. Now I’m pinned in on three sides and my wife is about 10 feet away on the other side of the vehicle. This is a situation that I don’t like.
Flip The Switch.
Because of my training I quickly assessed the “what ifs” and prepared my mind to take action. The “what ifs” are all the scenarios that could possibly happen. I did this for fun when I was younger, but now I’ve made it a habit. I feel like “Jason Bourne” at times. I make a game of it with my wife at times when we’re out to dinner or shopping.
As this car pulled up and around in front of me I was standing on the driver’s side of my vehicle with the door opened. I noticed the car was a mid-size and it was black. The windows had some tint, but the way the street lights hit them I could see the silhouettes of 4 people.
They had also parked in the shadows of the building so I couldn’t get a quick look at any of them before they exited the car. I looked over at my wife and she knew that I didn’t like this
situation and she also knew that if these guys attacked me to pull the door closed (self locking) and call 911.
Let them think you’re strong when you’re weak and at times weak when you’re strong.
Two guys jumped from the car very fast and walked my way. I reached inside the car and picked up my cell phone and just kept my hand inside the car as if I had something I didn’t want them to see, like a hand gun. “If they thought I had a hand gun…fine.”
As I completely stood up and held my hand inside the car, they stopped in their tracks. They were just at the front of my vehicle. One guy was a bit taller than 6 ft. at about 198 lbs. dark hair with a long leather coat. The second guy that jumped out was about 5 ft. 7 in. with a dew rag and reddish hair. I knew right away these guys were not there for choir practice.
I was already looking for targets that I could strike that would do the most damage in the quickest amount of time. We train to target eyes, throat and groin as primary targets. I already knew the direction I wanted to lead them so I would have the advantage. I was looking for the most successful route that I could go if I had to engage.
As I stood there face to face with both guys I looked the big guy directly in the eyes. We didn’t say anything for the longest time. I said; How you doing? They stood and looked at me some more for a few seconds, almost like they were trying to find some words to speak.
The big guy started to ask some questions about the church and when would the Pastor be in and some questions that seemed like rambling. I told him I couldn’t help him and they stood there for a few seconds without saying a word, it felt like minutes.
They turned and got back in their car without taking their eyes off me and I never moved, still with my arm inside the car. They drove off at the speed of a snail.
I stayed in that position until they pulled out onto the highway.
The whole event lasted about 2 minutes. That may not seem like much time, but I’ve fought in the ring with 2 minute rounds that seem to go on for an hour. Your life can change within a flash. A flash of violence can be life altering or life ending.
This scene could have had a very bad ending.
My wife in times past would go to that building by herself.
What if she was alone that night? What if I had been away from my vehicle?
What does this have to do with being successful or personal development?
I thought you’d never ask!
1 – When you need to be successful in any situation, you must train yourself to take action!
Most people will never take the kind of action I’m talking about. If your life depended on it you would “flip the switch” and go for it.
If you plan to start a business, call sales leads or just work on your career you will need to “flip the switch” and get moving.
I teach street self-defense and it looks and is violent at times. I tell women in my class “you must have the ability to flip that switch and commit to doing as much harm as you can as quick as you can.” Do not leave it to chance. Just as in business you have to commit and never leave success to chance.
2- Always learn and practice what you learn. In successful martial arts you have to fight and spar to test your skills. In business you have to test your skills and learn from your failures. When you know what you can do and what your strengths are you are better prepared to act on your plan of success.
3- Learn to make successful judgment calls through practice. In the martial arts we need to practice over and over to get our distance and timing down. We learn to make the correct judgment and that saves us from getting hit.
A successful business must also practice through assessment and judgment to determine the success of that business.
4- Study, Practice, Access Then “Flip That Switch” For Success!
To Your Success!
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The Best Way to Find the Best Survival Knife
Author: frances lam
All those who have ever devoted quality amount of time in the outdoors will vouch for the effectiveness of a good knife but to the survival professional his knife is one of their best friends and the most securely guarded of his survival equipment. Similar to a close friend, his/her survival knife should not disappoint.
Any Man Should Own a Knife
These days most people have forgotten the importance of always having a survival knife. Without a doubt it is now normal to meet those who are scared of knives and question people who keep them. It is a unfortunate fact that many present day individuals have no clue regarding the numerous functions of a great survival knife.
Survival Knives Are Required Tools
A great survival knife is a vital piece within your survival equipment and is among the essentials that all survivors needs to have with him or her. With a capable knife you can take or acquire almost anything you need to thrive as well as succeed in the outdoors. With this in mind , your selection of the best survival knife for your requirements have to be depending on solid build quality, correct parts, craftsmanship, and capability.
Survival Blades to Stay Away From
To our novices, survival knives usually conjure up images of the huge Rambo style knives as shown in Hollywood cinema. Though they look like powerful tools that could take on everyone, these oversized blades really are a phony from the best of blades used by survival pros. The big blades have problems with being tough to handle as they are very hefty and huge. Additionally, double edged knives are recommended mainly for thrusting. As their tips are fairly weak they are prone to breaking up. A number of survival knives are sold which may have hollow handles – the idea being you can stash survival necessities like matches, compass, and various strings within the water-tight handle. One issue empty grip survival blades experience is that they are prone to being sluggish compared to solid handle selection. There are exceptions, but usually you’re best holding the survival gear somewhere else. One benefit to this is that should you misplace your knife you can still have the other parts of your survival tools to depend upon.
Optimum Blade Proportions of a Survival Knife
The best survival knives require to be functional in the number of things they are often called upon to do. At the same time mass and weight are crucial considerations just like any survival items. It is advised that the ideal survival knife blade length is approximately four to six inches long. This particular size blade gives good mixture of size and control. Any blade bigger than that is overkill and merely adds to the pounds and mass of the survival gear that you’re taking.
If a larger sized survival blade is necessary then you would possibly be best taking a machete or an axe. Whatever the case, you would still do well with a normal sized survival knife.
The Knife Tang
The best survival knife is constructed of one joint of metal, to which there might be sections of material joined to create a snug grip. This kind of construction is well known in the blade community as “full tang” or “narrow tang”.
1. Full tang survival knives are manufactured so that the blade fuses the handgrip. Typically 2 parts of materials attach to each side of the steel to create a secure handle. To be able to save money on weight and mass some knives avoid adding grips and the steel remains bare.
2. Narrow tang survival knives reduce the proportions of the blade material as it makes its way into the grip of the knife. A handle is then connected on the smaller bit of the blade. Often the knife handle consists of leather-based disks. Narrow tang knives sometimes use a pommel attached to the handgrip end of the tang.
Cheap survival knives tend to be made in order that the metal blade is split from the handgrip. The weaker point on these terribly made blades is when the blade and grip are bolted and glued together. You’d do best to stay away from such a cheaper knife in favor of the excellent full tang or narrow tang types.
Types of Knife Blades
There are two major forms of knife blades that the survivor need, specifically smooth and serrated. Serrated survival knife blades do best at slicing artificial materials, garments, and skin. For self- defense and paramedics, serrated sides make the perfect choice.
A downside of serrated cutting sides is that they are tough to sharpen effectively in the wilderness. This is really a major disadvantage in a survival situation where keeping a sharp edge in the course of tough use is extremely necessary. In addition, serrated knives don’t have an effective blade for carving and chopping.
A plain smooth edged blade is the blade of preference for almost all survival circumstances. This kind of blade is useful for chiselling, dicing, and sawing. Although it might not chop through nylon material webbing, clothes, or flesh as efficiently as a serrated blade, the straight bladed knives will still make quick work of such elements. The added benefit of the normal blade is that you may sharpen your survival knife on a stone or piece of cement should you not have a normal sharpening rock on hand whereas the serrated blade typically needs a special sharpening equipment and technique.
Around the back of numerous survival knives are a saw designed for sawing through metal or solid wood. In lots of situations, as in the Rambo variation knives, these saws simply do a bad job at very best. In the event you require a small saw in your survival tools you would thrive to add a tool specifically developed for this instead of use your knife for this purpose.
Knife Blade Width
The best survival knife will usually have a blade width of around 6/32 and 9/32 of an inch. Any thinner and the knife will become too bendable. It is crucial that the tip of the knife sustains its durability, as this is a likely spot the knife is likely to fail.
Knife Blade Components
There’s two primary forms of metal used in producing top quality survival knives:
1. Stainless-steel knife blades are decay immune and function really well in damp settings. They need much less care compared to carbon steel knives. Disadvantages to using stainless steel in knives is because they tend to be more costly, are more tough to sharpen, and might not hold an edge as nicely.
2. Carbon Steel knife blades may rust if not used frequently or sprayed. Many people think carbon steel knives hold an edge much better than their stainless steel counterparts.
About the Author
Deciding on the best survival knife is much more than an exercise in individuality – your very way of life may hinge with its correct decision.
Navy SEAL Inspired Baseline Workout by Jason Earls
Navy SEALS are the most elite branch of American Special Forces, and most military experts consider their training to be the most difficult to endure in the entire world. A SEAL candidate (“SEAL” stands for Sea, Air, and Land, all elements in which a Navy SEAL operates) must survive BUD/S training, which stands for “Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL” training. BUD/S lasts seven long grueling months and you may be surprised to learn that during that time there are no actual weights or weight-lifting involved.
The majority of BUD/S training involves only body weight exercises (calisthenics) such as: pullups, pushups, situps, dips, running, air squats, lunges, etc., (although logs and boats are used regularly, and the boats are usually loaded down with sand, or an instructor, water, or all three). Very few individuals actually complete SEAL training since the Naval Special Warfare Command is looking for a select group of elite men who are highly-motivated and would rather die than quit. Due to the rigorous physical conditioning, the men who pass SEAL training are some of the most physically fit specimens on the planet. Hence, wouldn’t it make sense that if you wanted to get in shape, you could simply adopt some of the training patterns used at BUD/S, perhaps even pretend that you will soon attempt Navy SEAL training yourself, and by default wouldn’t you get in the best shape of your life? Of course you would, so let’s get started.
(Note: the author of this article is NOT a Navy SEAL and has never served in any branch of the military.)
To even enter BUD/S training, a candidate must be in extremely good physical shape just to walk in the door. After studying various Navy SEAL documentaries, SEAL web sites with workout programs listed, plus youtube videos made by legitimate SEALs, the following baseline was discovered which provides a “ground” level of fitness that a person should possess if they want to do well at BUD/S. Here is the baseline:
1. 100 excellent pushups.
2. 15 good dead-hang pullups.
3. 100 strict situps.
4. A four-mile run completed in under 30 minutes.
The four “benchmarks” given above are what one Navy SEAL listed as his baseline level of fitness before entering BUD/S training, and he said that he did extremely well and consistently remained in the top performance percentages of his entire class, and eventually passed to have a 20-year career in the Navy SEAL teams.
So if we take these four basic exercises: running, pushups, pullups, and situps, and construct workouts around them, always keeping in mind the baseline level of fitness above, surely we would get close to fulfilling our maximum potential for physical fitness. Of course it will take loads of will-power and self-motivation to continue training day after day toward this goal, but it’s already assumed you are a highly-motivated, fire-breathing, combat-focused individual since you are reading this article in the first place.
Here is an example of what might be considered an “intermediate” level workout constructed around our four basic exercises:
One circuit: 1. Run a half mile without stopping.
2. One set of 20-30 pushups.
3. One set of 3-8 pullups.
4. One set of 30-40 situps.
Repeat this circuit 2 to 5 times. Note that we are doing pullups, which are performed with your palms facing away from your body, not chin-ups in which your palms are facing toward your body. (Chin-ups are easier than pullups and thus chin-ups are never performed at BUD/S!) Many different workouts can be constructed around the four basic exercises given above, limited only by your imagination. But you should always try to keep the original Navy SEAL baseline in mind and aim for those numbers.
Giving yourself a “PT test” once every month or two is also a good idea, just to see how you are progressing. As soon as you attain the amount of reps and time given in the original baseline (or even get pretty close), it’s guaranteed you will be in extremely good physical condition! Another primary thing most Navy Seals agree on is that you will have to be an excellent runner to do well in BUD/S training.
Navy SEAL candidates literally run everywhere they go, covering numerous miles per day, which is great thing to keep in mind if you are trying to get in good shape, since the more running you do the less body fat you will have. Once you have established a good level of fitness by training with the four basic exercises for, say, 2 to 5 months, you could try an advanced workout such as: “cumulative total in one day of all exercises”:
1. One maximum set of pullups.
2. One maximum set of pushups.
3. One maximum set of situps.
4. A maximum effort run for mileage.
Then you would write down your reps and mileage after this circuit, then spend the rest of the day (working on-and-off with as much, or as little, rest between circuits as you wanted), repeating the circuit again and again and recording your results, attempting to accumulate as many reps in each exercise, plus as many miles as possible. After your last circuit of the day you would total up and record whatever you were able to accomplish. Keep in mind that a Navy SEAL would be able to do roughly: 150 pullups, 400 pushups, 400 situps, and run 15 miles (plus swim about 6 miles) all in the course of one day.
Hooyah and good luck reaching your fitness goals!
That was what Linda Smith (a pseudonym) was thinking after two thugs broke into her Oklahoma apartment. One was holding a weapon (she initially thought it was a knife but it turned out to be a screwdriver) at her throat, and the other was pacing back and forth while holding her purse and demanding her money and valuables. She screamed, and was told if she screamed again, she’d be dead.
She was doing as police recommend in robberies – comply with a robber’s demands. But her Lady Smith & Wesson .38 special, which she carries by permit, was hidden in her purse – and the purse was being held by one of the attackers.
Then the situation, suddenly, got much, much worse: One of the robbers demanded that she take off her clothes.
On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs – Dave Grossman
By LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, author of “On Killing.”
The following is an excerpt from On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs by Dave Grossman
Go to the link at the bottom of the page for the complete article.
One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me:
“Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.” This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million.
Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.
I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful.? For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.
“Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran said, “and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.
“Then there are sheepdogs,” he went on, “and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.”
If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed
If you find yourself with the sheep…please hang with the sheepdogs!
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Until Mumbai, the NYPD felt pretty comfortable that they were prepared for any type of terrorist attack
Asian News International
NEW YORK — The New York Police Department recently ran an anti-terrorism exercise that deliberately mirrored the November 2008 terror massacre on the city of Mumbai.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a team of terrorists unleashed a coordinated series of bombings and gun attacks around the city in the simulation.
At one point, terrorists attacked New York police officials visiting wounded officers in a hospital. By the time the daylong attacks were over, dozens of people had been killed and many more wounded.
The NYPD simulation was different from any of the terrorist incidents that have actually hit New York, such as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks where terrorists hijacked planes to destroy the World Trade Center, or the foiled Times Square car-bombing attempt in May of this year.
It maybe recalled that in the Mumbai terror attack,10 gunmen attacked various locations,including two luxury hotels, a hospital and a railway station.
The attack stretched on for three days as hostages were taken at several of the locations. Ultimately, 174 people were killed.
Until Mumbai, NYPD counter-terrorism officials felt reasonably comfortable that they were prepared for any type of terrorist attack. But that comfort level was built on preparing for a single event, not a series of coordinated attacks that would terrorize a city for days on end.
“The Mumbai attack two years ago was a bit of a game changer,” Mitchell Silber, head of the NYPD’s intelligence analysis division, said.
He added: “It was a model that most counterterrorism practitioners hadn’t really considered. The armed gunmen roaming around the city taking hostages, that wasn’t something we had seen by any jihadist group. That was a real eye-opener.”
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“Your psychology is your number one weapon.” Ed Parker
How often do you find yourself walking down the street, or wandering through a building such as a mall, and you become comfortable to the point that you are no longer ‘aware’ of your surroundings? Being aware of the things that are happening around you is an important ingredient to being safe, regardless of what you’re doing or where you are. If you take a moment and truly think about the last time you were driving or walking around in a familiar area, you will likely find that you were not paying attention the way that you would in a new and unfamiliar location.
Awareness is a practiced skill, like anything else. It takes repetition and constant reminders to stop letting your mind wander and look around. This doesn’t mean that you need to turn around every five seconds to see what’s behind you, but if you hear commotion coming from behind you and suddenly you’re attacked by a group of trouble-makers, then you weren’t being aware.
Awareness of your physical surroundings is equally vital. Know your escape routes wherever you are. Is there an open door to run into? Is there a garbage dumpster to climb on top of and grab hold of a fire escape ladder? Do you see an object that can be used as a weapon?
Awareness means that you are in an advantageous position to not only protect yourself and remain safe, but also to look out for others who tend to get caught up in their own private worlds. Awareness doesn’t make you invincible, though. Regardless of how aware you are of your surroundings, you will still be met with surprises.
I purchased some silver back in December of 2009 for around $19.00 compare that to the silver I just purchased last month November 2010 at $30.00.
The great thing about silver is that you don’t have to be rich to get in on what many think will be a very good investment for the future.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock you have witnessed the fall and bankruptcy of places around the world Greece, Ireland and Iceland. Dubai is in a deep recession. Zimbabwe and Venezuela have hyperinflation. Last but not lest the United States – Hyperinflation – Money is being printed at increasing rates, huge amount of debt and high unemployment!
Here are two very good reasons to invest in silver.
- Silver is a commodity that can be used in many applications for example cell phones, computers and many other technologies around the world.
- There is a shortage of silver. That’s right. The stock piles of silver are at the lowest point since….well….thousands of years!
The following is a portion of a very insightful article by Jeff Nielson
December 7, 2010 Not only are bullion-dealers having difficulties keeping any stock available for buyers, but even the U.S. government itself is desperately looking for ways to weasel-out of making silver available for its own citizens. First there was the announcement by the Obama regime (and reported by GATA) that it was seeking to repeal the law which requires the U.S. mint to produce enough minted coins to “meet demand”. Go to the link and read more about what the Government is doing about silver. Your Link–>Here
One more reason to invest in some silver will be to prepare for the future. If you look at history the US currency will have a total collapse in the near future. Riots, robberies, and anarchy would spread through the streets…possibly.
This video is of riots that are going on now in Europe! The US is not that far behind in many experts opinions.