In this issue:
- Self-defense tips
- Terrorism isn't limited to ragtag groups: protection tips
- Featured course
- Recommended reading
- Fitness tip
- Preparing for winter
(northern hemisphere folks)
- Thought for the day
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subscribers know about my martial arts background. This isn't
pansy-type studio martial arts dancing so typical of many martial arts
schools. This is martial, as in Mars, the god of war kind of stuff. And
what I am going to tell you is worth digesting and incorporating into a
regular program of practice.
You do not need
to be barefoot or learn how to hold your hands some goofy way to be able
to fight. You don't need to be rippling with muscle, either, though it
Now, my picture there is just a stage shot for photo purposes.
It's generally a poor idea to kick any higher than the knee. Someone like Bill
Wallace can do high kicks effectively in a fight, but are you training 4 hours a
day to make that happen?
What you do need to do is find someone you can train with. Men,
don't enlist your wives or girlfriends--find another guy to practice with. You
don't need specialized training to practice these moves or concepts. Let's
Learn balance. Play basketball, take dance, or just practice
standing on one foot. Set a two-by-4 on the ground and practice walking on
Unless you are in training for martial arts, don't practice
close-fist punching movements. Often, all you need is a heel-of-the palm
strike to the nose, or a nice kick to the shins to disable an attacker.
Learn to identify weapons. Look around your office. What
weapons do you have? What can you throw, use as a club, or use as a shield?
Consider what you carry when you travel. A laptop is far
superior to a knife as a weapon. If you don't believe me, buy a rubber knife
at a Halloween shop this month and buy some scrap wood pieces that are about
laptop size. Practice blocking a knife blow. In slow motion, with a partner,
practice a swing that will deliver the edge of the board (laptop) to the
temple. Then, try this on the corner of a building or other structure you
won't damage. If you are focusing your attention on this exercise, you do
not need to go fast or try to "surprise" your training partner.
When the time comes, your body will react reflexively and full speed will
In slow motion, practice pushing your attacker's arms to one
side, grabbing an ear, and sitting down while you hold onto it. Of course,
in practice, you don't keep holding on to the ear. You can speed up the arm
sweep as you and your training partner get better at this. Be careful of
your eyes--keep your head straight up and down, not chin forward.
Cut back on calories and needless deserts (eat fresh fruit,
or skip desert entirely), so bodyfat doesn't slow your movements.
Practice good posture. The strength increase when going from
bad posture to good is immense. This means shoulders back, shoulders down,
back aligned properly, belly tucked in. If you're unsure of what it good
posture and can afford to see your doctor about it, see your doctor.
Otherwise, get a book from the library and use that as a guide. Most
people have pathetically poor posture.
Finally, do take a martial arts class (for adults), regardless
of the style. Focus on learning balance and grace. Don't assume the moves are
any good. For example, the moves in Tae Kwon Do, while great for developing the
athleticism that will help you, are worthless in a street fight.
2. Terrorism isn't limited to ragtag groups: protection tips
Our own government did things that build the resentment Osama
Bin Laden is using as an excuse for the inexcusable Attack on America. But,
attacks don't always come from outside our borders. Let's look at some examples,
and then think about defense.
Not long ago, armed IRS revenue agents took over a day care
center in southern Michigan. The center allegedly owed taxes (this turned
out not to be the case). These scum held the children and day care workers
hostage--at gunpoint--demanding parents pay the IRS the money IRS falsely
asserted the day care center owed. Parents with cell phones called the local
Sheriff, who called in state troopers. As squad cars surrounded the IRS
agents, SWAT teams began to arrive. The IRS folks surrendered. In court,
they said they didn't know what they did was illegal, and all charges were
dropped. Notice, kidnapping is illegal, unless you happen to work for the
About 20 years ago, some IRS workers decided they could get
extremely rich by seducing a rancher into hatching a tax-based con scheme.
They helped him run this con, until some victims formed a group called
P.I.S.T (Partners In Search of Truth). Realizing the gig was up, the IRS
agents turned on their cohort and now he is serving life in prison. He can't
turn his cohorts in, out of fear of what they will do to his family. Out of
the $100 million stolen, Hoyt can account for only a fraction of it. To
protect their ill-gotten gains, as well as their sorry carcasses, these IRS
employees have enlisted the help of other IRS folks (buying some of them off
and outright lying to the others). About a quarter of the defrauded
investors banded together and have spent over $1 million in their own
defense. Yet, though the IRS case against these folks would fall flat in a
court of law, tax court allows the IRS quite the upper hand. Perjury and
evidence tampering/withholding are among the things the court has documented
them doing, yet they continue to get away with it. They've managed to
pressure several of the victims into suicide and are working on the rest.
It's a strategy similar to what rapists do to silence their victims. You can
watch the MSNBC video about this, get other information, and fill out
a petition protesting this abuse, at www.mindconnection.com/hoyt
Waco: If you don't know the story, David Koresh shot pistols
with the local Sheriff at the local shooting range. The Sheriff had no
problems with this guy and no reason to fear him. Then, federal troops moved
in and burned Koresh and his extended family alive.
Ruby Ridge: The FBI, apparently fearing a baby might shoot
one of them from 300 yards, blew her head off while her mother held the poor
little thing in her arms. Then they shot the mother. They killed a boy's
dog, then shot the boy. Only one member of the family remains alive, and he
has had the FBI in civil court. They are getting away with it.
This is not to say our government is bad. It really isn't. But,
the agencies that comprise our government concentrate too much power in too few
hands. Most of the people working for these agencies are recruited from the pool
of potential employees rejected by everyone else. Yes, there are good people in
the government. But, for them to go to work must feel like visiting a nuthouse
How can you defend yourself? Well, that's not easy. If you do
suspect a problem with a government agency, don't ignore it, because it won't go
away. Treat the agency representatives with respect--give them the benefit of
the doubt. If they are abusive toward you, report them to their supervisors. If
it's an IRS person abusing you, report that person to the Taxpayer Advocate
As hard as it might be, keep emotional arguments out of your
protestations. Ask what it is these people want, and assure them you want to
help make their job easier. One way to communicate this is to ask, "How can
I make your job easier?"
You can state you don't agree with their point of
view, and that you want to work with them to resolve the disagreement. If you
get an uncooperative person, don't let that person goad you into saying
something stupid. Simply state, "Well, you can probably tell I am getting
upset. I need some time to cool off. Can I call you back?"
If this doesn't
work, say, "We're just not communicating. I need to work with someone else.
Please let me explain this to your supervisor."
If this doesn't work, hang
up and then call back to the switchboard. If you were dealing with Tom Jones,
you will next ask, "May I speak to the supervisor of Tom Jones,
please?" Once you get the supervisor, don't focus on what a creep Tom Jones
is. Simply state your problem, and say, "Well, Tom and I just aren't
communicating. I want to focus on my problem, not your personnel problems. Can
you help me?"
3. Featured course:
Time management: How to do 72 hours of work in 8 hours
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I recently presented this course at the IFMA Conference in
Kansas City, and the feedback was tremendously positive.
This course shows you how to gain many extra hours in each day. Proven
techniques, with real-life case histories used as examples. For less than the
price of a dinner, we will show you how to be more productive. And you'll do
your work with greater accuracy and less stress.
Studies indicate the average worker wastes 3 hours out of every 8 with
useless activities, and that same average worker uses inefficient methods in the
other 5. Some estimates hold that 5% of the workforce is twice as efficient as
the average person. You can launch yourself into the upper part of that 5%, and
be far above average. That means more money, more job security, and more time
for what you really want to do in life. We'll show you the concepts, and we'll
walk you through examples.
want to bookmark our recommended reading page: http://www.mindconnection.com/booksrecommended.htm.
It's pretty useful, if you're into feeding your mind. If you're not into feeding
your mind, now might be a good time to start!
5. Fitness tip
If you hate
the idea of pumping weights for fitness, consider yard work. Squatting to pull
weeds is excellent exercise. If you don't have a yard, volunteer to serve on
your city's beautification committee. By offering to keep a specified plot of
land clear of weeds, you can reduce the amount of pesticides in use. In addition
to lowering the cost of government, this is good for the environment. No, this
won't make you look like Arnold, but it can fill in an important hole in your
overall fitness program. And it adds variety.
6. Preparing for Winter
Here are some things you should do for winter, assuming you have
a car and home:
Check your car battery. If it's more than 3 years old,
Check your tires for wear. Don't wait until you are in a
ditch to realize you should have had more tread. Even if the tread is legal,
it may not be enough.
Weed your lawn and reseed as needed.
Prune trees and shrubs.
Clean your gutters.
Check for termites.
Check each closet, one at a time, for items you don't need.
Give them away to Goodwill or some other charity and take the tax write-off.
This will allow these organizations to aid need folks as cold weather and
the holidays arrive.
Check your hats, gloves, coats, and scarves for the need to
replace. Winter clothing sales start soon.
7. Thought for the
All people have
needs. To improve your networking and other relationships, identify three people
each week who may have a need you can meet. These can be relatives, business
contacts, or the cashier where you buy groceries. Think about what this person
needs. A word of gratitude? Encouragement? A nice letter? A call to ask how work
is going in this time of layoffs?
As you do this, you will spread positive
feelings. Since everybody knows everybody else through somebody (they say, a
maximum of 6 people), the positive feelings will eventually come back to help
you. Just keep in mind, this is not turning a blind eye to injustices. It's
preventive medicine for future ones.
Wishing you the best,
The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.
Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.
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