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December 01, 2011

Overnight Open Thread - Slouching Toward Friday Edition

The Truth About Violence

Well the best defense against violence is to simply not be around when bad shit goes down. But if you do happen to be there, then the next best is to run away - there's never such a thing as safe brawling and people get killed everyday that way. And if you can't run away, well then you're going to have to fight long enough until you can get away.

And should someone ever try to abduct you, then fight like your life depends on it. Because if they succeed, statistically you will end up dead.

If you find yourself in a situation where a predator is trying to control you, the time for listening to instructions and attempting to remain calm has passed. It will get no easier to resist and escape after these first moments. The presence of weapons, the size or number of your attackers—these details are irrelevant. However bad the situation looks, it will only get worse. To hesitate is to put yourself at the mercy of a sociopath. You have no alternative but to explode into action, whatever the risk. Recognizing when this line has been crossed, and committing to escape at any cost, is more important than mastering physical techniques.
The key thing is that you have to predecide what you're going to do in this situation before it happens. I highly recommend reading On Combat by David Grossman and any video by Det. J.J. Bittenbinder (particularly where he talks about the importance of denying privacy to a criminal).

(video below the fold)

This video is about 20 years old but pretty much every piece of advice he gives is just as valid as ever. Take the half hour to watch it, it may end up saving your life one day.

So the SF Weekly Ran a Snarkish Anti-Gun Article
With this infographic illustrating what assault weapons are. See if you can guess what's wrong with it.


Barney Frank: The Nasty Little Jerk We Knew All Too Well
Besides all the familiar reasons to be glad he's gone we can add shameful lying/shameful ignorance:

Frank was present at the 2007 Maine drug bust of his current boyfriend, James Ready. But like the Herb Moses controversy, the story didn’t get out for several years. Explaining that he was “not a great outdoorsman,” Frank claimed that he “would not recognize most plants,” including the marijuana ones in Ready’s home—coincidentally, a plant that the lawmaker had long sought to decriminalize.

Quote of the Day

Getting Republicans to line up behind Mitt Romney, it turns out, is like trying to stuff a cat into a trash can. No matter how you present the feline to the receptacle, at least one claw always manages to reach out at the last second and cling desperately to the rim.

Sword Stuff
How a traditional Japanese sword gets made.

And how a modern samurai slices like a hammer with one.

And for those wondering - yes my sword wound has pretty much healed up. But sadly my hand modeling days are at an end.

Porn for Women: The Twilight Saga
Why are so many women gaga over a dopey high school girl and sparkly vampires? Answer: It's lady pr0n.

As a man, understanding the female obsession with Twilight is difficult. However, there is one form of illicit entertainment which seems an instructive point of comparison. Twilight is to women what porn is to men.
Pornography imagines that women exist for the sole purpose of satisfying men. The women in porn are not only willing, but eager.

...So it is in Twilight, only with the roles reversed. Edward Cullen and Jacob Black adore Bella, not due to any apparent merit, but simply because she is there. Indeed, they indulge her whims and endure her moods without conditions of any kind. Any objection they do offer is complimentary. I’ll only turn you into a vampire if you marry me. Every conflict between the three leads only serves to demonstrate how thoroughly both males are devoted to Bella.


The 7 Most Extreme Paths in the World
I think ace has covered the El Caminito del Rey before but just in case you missed it, here's some video:

13 Male Stars Who Lost Their Sexy
Well age happens to everyone, but truthfully I'd say many of these guys are only 25lbs and a good haircut away from getting their full mojo back. And when exactly did Nick Nolte get zombified?


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