I came across two excellent accounts of first hand experiences during the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005.
This one is an audio blog by Melissa Phillip and you can check it out here.
And the second one is a very extensive written blog accessible here. Shane the writer of the Listening to Katrina blog has gone above and beyond addressing the realities of survival and has created an extensive collection of workbooks that anyone can use to setup their own survival plan. I highly recommend visiting his website.
My daily travels take me through a variety of neighborhoods and I come across a wide range of people. 99 percent of the people I encounter are completely reasonable. About 1% are not. They are the few who make others lives miserable and they are best avoided. Depending on your state of awareness or disposition towards other people you might not notice them until it’s too late.
Having common sense and street smarts is a big part of living in a city. I take both of these for granted and it’s hard to instill this knowledge into friends and family who do not live in the city. I have a completely different mental perspective when I walk out my door than someone in the suburbs or the country. You always have to be on point and be careful.
I have a couple of nephews that are growing up in the city and I am concerned about them and the mistakes they may make to learn what they have to before becoming responsible adults. When they get a little bit older I’m putting this book in their hands. The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting.
It would seem that I was lucky growing up in the city and God was watching over my shoulder when I was doing stupid kid stuff. Hopefully this book could prevent my nephews from learning some of these lessons the hard way.
The normalcy bias refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of the government to include the populace in its disaster preparations.
The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred that it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.
The rest of the article is here…
The OODA loop (for observe, orient, decide, and act) is a concept originally applied to the combat operations process, often at the strategic level in both the military operations. It is now also often applied to understand commercial operations and learning processes. The concept was developed by military strategist and USAF Colonel John Boyd.
My buddy came across this article on wikipedia and I thought it would be worthwhile to share with everyone. The full article is here.
My house is pretty darn close to a nuclear power plant. It makes me uncomfortable but I can’t just move out to the middle of Wyoming to error on the side of safety. It’s a nice thought but I’ve gotten used to a salary and all the nifty bobbles it allows me to buy. In the mean time I bought some anti radiation pills mentioned in a previous post and I have my fingers crossed.
I know it seams like wishful thinking but the reality of the situation is that you can only do so much to prepare. Thinking about all the things that can go wrong can be crippling. If something happened and several million people started to panic trying to get out of a city would be a horrific experience. I’m preparing as best as I can for the worst and hoping for the best. In the mean time here is a website that can get you started on worrying about your future or if your lucky not at all
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
I would like to point everyone to these two videos on You Tube. There are two parts. The first half is from the perspective of a defense attorney and the second half is from the point of view of a prosecutor.
Defense Attorney’s Take on Not Speaking To Police
Prosecutions Take on Not Speaking To Police
Kel-Tec has released an update on their exciting new shotgun. The not so revolutionary bull-pup dual magazine tube KSG Here is the updated information about the upcoming release and some pictures below.
I) Trigger reset. This will be adjusted in the production model so that you can hold the trigger down, pump back and forward, release, and then re-pull the trigger to fire the next round. No worrying about the trigger going dead, and no Pump-firing if you hold the trigger down.
II) Pump lock switch. A new latch button is in the works that will allow the trigger finger to activate the pump lock without reaching in front of the trigger guard, and potentially getting pinched by the pump. Only the KSG in the law enforcement booth had a similar latch button, made out of welded steel, but the production model will be a polymer button pinned to the steel.
III) A removable rail mounted hand-stop will be available to help alleviate fears of sliding your hand too far forward in front of the barrel.
IV) Indicator holes in the top of the magazine tubes so you can visually see when you have 0, 1, or 2 rounds left in a tube.
This is a follow up to my previous post about using deadly force in self defense situations. The use of judicious force is a highly debated topic. It’s also one of great interest to me and my friends. The United States is a very litigious society which makes for any actions that you take to protect you or your loved ones that much more consequential. If you are involved in a life threatening situation where you have to make a difficult choice to protect your life or property one of the last things you should have to worry about is the threat of a civil law suit after you have been cleared of any criminal negligence. Since I am no where near an expert I like to defer to those who are actual experts in there respective fields.
I did a little bit of research and i would like to suggest the following summary of Massad Ayoob’s view on judicious use of deadly force by Dr. Bruce Elmer of Professional Defense Solutions. I also listed several of Massad Ayoob’s books for reference. I have not read them but they are highly rated on Amazon. I’m going to buy these books myself and write my own opinion on this blog in the future.
A buddy of mine told me about the KSG Dual Feed Bull-Pup Pump Action Shotgun from Kel Tec today. It’s not out yet so at the moment it’s just something to lust after. The Kel Tec KSG is based on the NeoStead 2000 which is made in South Africa. I like the KSG’s small size and high capacity dual magazines. I could see myself loading one tubular magazine with #2 shot and the other half with slugs for home defense purposes. I added a few pictures below so you can take a look for yourselves. If the price is not too ridiculous then I should be reviewing this shotgun once it comes out.
I have used several Kel Tec products over the years and they are well made. I have never had to contact their customer service but from what I hear you don’t want to either. Maybe they will get around to training their customer service reps now that they have remade their website. If you are thinking of buying any accessories for their products read the reviews on their site before you. Some of the reviews are down right scathing. On the positive side Kel Tec is not censoring the negative reviews which says a lot about the company. For a lot more info about Kel Tec and it’s products I recommend going to the Kel Tec Owners Group Forum.
The following is my friends Remington 700 rifle. We went to the range a while back and I had intended to review the rifle in depth. Unfortunately as time passed I have lost the pictures of the targets we were shooting at. Telling people that the gun is accurate is one thing, showing them is a whole lot better. Since I do not have proof all I can say is that the gun is really accurate and that you should just enjoy the pics below and find another article that goes over the pros and cons of this rifle. My opinion on this rifle is that I would not want to be on the other end of it EVER. It is very accurate and is wonderfully engineered piece of equipment. It’s a whole lot of fun to shoot and has a satisfying woomp when you pull the trigger.
The rifle is not without it’s issues. There is a lot of controversy surrounding this rifle and the misfires that have been occurring over the decades. There is an article on USA Today that sums it up pretty well. Remington 700 Article. Keep this in mind if you are considering purchasing this rifle.