Welcome to the second LTC DIGEST.
I got some good feedback on the last one so here is the second edition!
There's more great stuff in here. Another entertaining video (this is really well done), more interesting imagery, some great articles, educational news stories and more.
Enjoy and feel free to share this around!
CHALK WARFARE 2.0
This is a really well done video. Although the chalk weapons may be "high tech", I think we can excuse that just this once here at Low Tech Combat. It's too good of a video.
TOP 5 REGRETS OF THE DYING
As Stephen Covey would say, let's begin with the end in mind today.
"A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'.
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives..."
This is a must read short piece really. This sort of stuff affects us all. How are you sitting in life? Are you happy? It's not too late to change things.
BOXING FOR SELF DEFENCE
This is a good article from Darrin at Big Stick Combat. He goes over some very good reasons why boxing is such a good option for self defence.
ALPHA MALE IN THE NEWS
A good example of typical Alpha Male type violence. Remember,
most assaults happen between people who know each other, especially when alcohol is involved.
CLIMATE CHANGING VIOLENCE
Here is another detailed article about the link between rising temperatures and violent crime. The data is adding up on this relationship.
You can also download a detailed academic research paper on the same topic at the following link. It is in PDF format.
MYTH OF RBSD
Here Rodney King from Crazy Monkey Defense writes an excellent article highlighting some of the myths and shortfalls of many RBSD systems. I agree completely with this.
A good read.
...look similar to this?
FBI SHOWS RACIALLY MOTIVATED CRIME DROPPING
Here is some good news. In the US it seems that instances of racially motivated crime is dropping. There appears to be no other effects causing it to drop.
Maybe people are getting nicer?
BEING A MAN
"It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don’t have to."
– Walter Linn.
Thanks Ross Enamait for that little piece of inspiration.
Here Rory talks about training cops and how this is an altogether different kettle of fish to training civilians in self defence.
That is true.
"A former Gurkha solider fought off a..."
A good read. Keep fighting. No matter what. No matter how broken down you feel or how sure you feel you have lost. Keep fighting.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
News story: One jobless heroin addict. 20 robberies on lone women. Violent robber of elderly female pensioners.
If you had some quiet time with this person, what would you do?
NARCISSISM AND RESISTANCE
"We decide (unconsciously) that we are the center of the universe. In our minds–and in our closets, our garages, and our bank accounts–we begin erecting an edifice of adoration for this new god, ourselves.
We convince ourselves that we are smarter, prettier, meaner, cooler, hipper, etc. than anyone else (or at least that we’re smart enough, pretty enough, and mean enough to handle any problem.)
In a way, this mechanism is healthy. In its benign form it’s simply self-confidence. And it’s often true that the narcissist’s beliefs about herself are valid, within reason. Often the narcissist is indeed brave, smart, strong, savvy, and so forth.
What is really happening inside the narcissist?"
Thought provoking and perhaps confronting to some. Good stuff as always from Steven Pressfield.
STRANGER MURDER MYTH DISPELLED
"HALF of all female victims of homicide are killed by partners or ex-partners, according to new figures experts claim dispel the "stranger danger" myth.
Some 18 girls or women met violent deaths in 2011-12, nine at the hands of somebody with whom they were having – or had had – a relationship.
Only one was killed by somebody she did not know, new Scottish Government statistics showed."
Again. Do we need to keep showing documented evidence that in many cases, the most significant threat you face is amongst the people know?
THE WALKING DEAD
"...So what’s the relevance to self-defense in all this?
It’s pretty simple:
The Walking Dead describes a world where our society has broken down because of extreme external circumstances. The protagonists have to adapt to this new reality or die. Their daily lives depend solely on their self-defense skills, in the largest sense of the term.
Pretty much every hairy situation you see in the show is something that can (and actually does) happen in reality, in a different context than a zombie apocalypse of course..."
This is a great article by Wim about the self defence value of watching such a cool show as The Walking Dead. The show sure offers up some interesting thought exercises. For example, in a survival and self defence context, would you kill one person to save two? Would you kill another human so you could live? Besides these two, there are numerous self defence lessons that Wim goes over.
That's it, that's the second LTC DIGEST. I am sure you would agree there is some really good stuff this time around.
I hope you've enjoyed it!
Header image source: Giulio Magnifico