Friday, March 11, 2022

CWP, 11 March MMXXII Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs, 
     Don't leave your guns in your car.  Lots and lots of documented cases of guns 
stolen from cars.  
     Don't leave kids in your car with guns.  Lots and lots of documented cases 
of kids shooting themselves or others with guns left in cars.  
The Warrior's Prayer
Dear God,
     Please give us discernment to distinguish 
friend from foe from innocent bystanders. 
Give us clear vision so our aim is true. 
Give us calm so we execute correctly. 
Give us spiritual maturity so that we stop the enemy's attack 
without excessive force, without revenge. 
In Jesus name, Amen.
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----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
     If you look at someone bigger, faster, and stronger and immediately think, 
'I'm at a disadvantage,'  
I have news for you:  you are.  
But that's only because you just put yourself there for no reason.  
     The truth is that anyone can do debilitating violence to anyone else.  
Your size, your speed, your strength, your gender -- all the factors that 
untrained people think make the difference when it comes to violence -- 
all matter far less than your mindset and your intent.  
-- Tim Larkin
"The Farmer’s Market: Hub of a Resilient Community" by Marcus Wynne
     You may be wondering, "How could the federal law enforcement agents do that?  
Why didn't they refuse to obey and resign their commissions?"  For the same reason 
the German soldiers obeyed during World War 2.  They don't think the way we do.  
     How did the police departments and U.S. Armed Forces use the Covid-19 vaccine 
mandate?  They used it to kick out all of the non-compliant persons.  Made an example 
of them to cow the rest into compliance.  Only the compliant remain.  The compliant 
will obey illegal orders.  
     When I went through Marine Corps Recruit Training, we had a block of instruction 
on how it was our duty to refuse to obey illegal orders.  The training now days, not 
so much.  Some young Marines tell me that they never received such a block of instruction.  
Rather, they are told to obey the order and to complain about it later if they felt the 
order was illegal.  "Immediate obedience to orders!"  Ooh Rah!  
“You are no more armed because you are wearing a pistol 
than you are a musician because you own a guitar.” 
from Principles of Personal Defense by 
Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC, (1920 – 2006 A.D.)
     Tom explains who to ignore and who not to.  
"Better to stay out of trouble than get out of trouble."
-- Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
"Random Thoughts on Being ABLE to Intervene" by Marcus Wynne
     Make sure you understand the ABLE acronym.  
     Why would your combative skills, empty hand or weapon, not transfer from the 
gym/range to the street when you need them the most?  
     In other words, why do would we choke and perform sub-optimally when under 
immediate onset threat to life stress?  
1. Most people choke because they worry.  . . .   
2. Their internal representations (the mental pictures, self talk and kinesthetics — feelings) 
are about the worst case . . .   
3. They are trying to do consciously something that is normally done unconsciously [1]
(making "unconscious competence" "consciously competent" [2]).  . . .   
4. They haven’t trained in a high-fidelity simulation.  . . .   
5. They focus on how to do it (a technique driven focus) rather than what to do 
(strategy driven focus).  . . .   
[1]  Do you remember what Malcolm Gladwell said about this in a previous blog posting?  
16 January 2022
In his book, "What The Dog Saw", Malcolm Gladwell explains the difference between 
choking and panic in the chapter titled "The Art Of Failure" on page 269.  
". . . Choking is about thinking too much.  Panic is about thinking too little.  
Choking is about loss of instinct.  Panic is reversion to instinct.  They may look 
the same, but they are worlds apart."  
[2] The levels of competence are:  
     Intentionally Incompetent - refuses to go to training or competitions for fear of 
exposing his incompetence in front of others, a true coward.  
Example:  Alec Baldwin (the actor / producer, he refused to attend the safety training).  
Many police officers that I know.  
     Unconsciously Incompetent - doesn't know what he doesn't know, due to lack of 
training or poor training.  
Example:  the vast majority of U.S. gun users.  "My father taught me how to shoot.", 
unfortunately the father has had no expert training.  
     Consciously Incompetent - knows that he doesn't know and is hopefully motivated 
to seek out expert training and to deliberately practice.  (Or, gives up the art of defensive 
pistolcraft as one would give up golf.  Golf courses are an improper use of a rifle range.)  
Example:  newbies who seek out expert training, and deliberately practice (as in dry 
practice at home everyday).  
     Consciously Competent - competent, but has to think about what he is doing.  
Example:  Keanu Reeves (he's had a lot of training and looks go on screen, because 
everything is choreographed and rehearsed).  In real world combat, every second is a 
new surprise.  
     Unconsciously Competent - competent, and doesn't need to think about the 
mechanics of what he is doing as all mechanical operations are automatic.  
He's thinking about:  is the background safe?  what is the threat? (because, no, it is 
not always obvious)  He's evaluating his options (avoid, evade, escape; verbal 
command, brandish, present to ready, present to the target, etc.) and choosing wisely.  
"There are no victims, only volunteers.  
You volunteer by looking uncertain and afraid.  
You volunteer by being, as grass-eaters invariably are, 
unprepared to confront the hazards of life."
— Jeff Cooper
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
"Disenchanted Ears!" by JOHN FARNAM
     In time of crisis, every conceited leftist, who always wanted to take away our guns, 
will be sheepishly begging you for one of yours (even though he wouldn’t have the 
foggiest idea what to do with it, and would likely end up shooting his own foot)!  
     “I don’t need ‘a ride’ I need ammunition!”
-- Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, 
responding to JRB’s offer to get him out of Ukraine 
(which he declined, preferring to lead from the front)
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
     Please read the following article in detail.  
"Handbook: Using Your Environment to Prevail
Knowing your surroundings—and how to make use of them—can help you 
survive a criminal encounter." by STEVE TARANI
     “It is better to be a warrior in a garden than to be a gardener in a war.”
     "The mind of a trained warrior is a byproduct of mental discipline and commitment 
to becoming a better operator.  As such, responsible gun owners know that they must 
train for safety, maintenance, gun handling and defensive marksmanship to a functional 
level.  To carry a gun without such minimal proficiency renders one ineffective and a 
potential liability in any scenario that may warrant a shooting solution."  
     “It’s not what you look at that matters, but what you see.” -- Henry David Thoreau
     "Should there be a need to go to guns, what and where are your backstops?"
     "Environmental mapping is a proactive measure strongly recommended by 
subject-matter experts from the world of professional protection."
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."  
-- Tom Givens 
----- Aftermath -----  (You have to be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.)
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, 
but because he loves what is behind him.”
― G.K. Chesterton
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“Your understanding and consent are not required for someone to take 
your life, kill your loved ones, and destroy all you hold dear.” 
-- William Aprill 
----- Safety -----  (how to avoid shooting yourself, friendlies, and innocent bystanders)
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety  
"The More You Know with Annette Evans" by Lee Weems
"On Her Own" by Annette Evans
"The Dry Fire Primer Kindle Edition" by Annette Evans
Package comes with two live and one trainer device, because you have to practice.  
     Yes, there are things you can do when someone is on top of you.  It's just a matter of 
learning the techniques.  It's mechanics, physics that will work for you, because the laws 
of physics always work in our universe.  As Tim Larkin says, you have to learn anatomy.  
     Yes!  Teach your students how to use a flashlight.  
     Pepper spray as a get away tool.  Not to take someone down and restrain them.  
     I need more control of my gun so that it won't get taken from me.  I could have 
a level 8 retention holster, but it doesn't matter if the gun was taken from me after I 
pulled it out of my holster.  
     (In the context of women . . . )  Why do we pay so much attention to the stranger attack?  
It statistically won't happen.  The attack will come from known persons, probably intimate 
known persons.  
     Flat tire problem.  Buy a AAA policy!  Stay in your car with your windows up and 
doors locked.  Call AAA.  You don't have to roll your window down to talk to anyone.  
Don't worry about appearing rude or racist.  The liberal will accuse you of that, no matter 
what you do.  So, you might as well stay safe.  
     Sleep has everything to do with your physical and mental health.  
“I prefer dangerous liberty to peaceful slavery.”
-- Jefferson
"What is Safe Storage of Firearms? (Light Over Heat #8)" by Prof. David Yamane
     If your pistol isn't on your body, it should be locked up.  
"Historical Lessons – Gunpointing" By tacticalprofessor
     Check out the picture at the bottom of the article.  The top photo is from the movie 
"Blackhawk Down".  The bottom photo is from the movie "Pulp Fiction".  
Lee Weems, First Person Safety
"Stop and Think #1" 
     Let's stop and think.  Just be sure to start again.
"Stop and Think #2"
"Stop & Think #3: What qualifications make a good firearms instructor?"
"Stop & Think #4: Thoughts on Traditional Double Action Pistols"
     Operational system confusion.  All of your pistols should work the same way.  
All of your firearms should work the same way.  (Weaver position works for both 
long guns and pistols.  That's why we use it.)  Always carry your pistol in the same 
place.  Always use the same holster.  If you become disabled and have to carry on 
your support-side (as opposed to your firing-side), your holster should be a mirror 
image of your firing-side holster.  Otherwise, you will have operational system 
confusion; and maybe die.  
"Traditional Double Action Autopistols for CCW Carry" by Greg Ellifritz
     A lot of people, like my daughter, let their voice mailbox fill up or disable their voice 
mail to force people to send text messages rather than leave voice mail.  Let me explain 
why this is stupid.  It's easy to spoof the source of the text message, and then the bad 
guy can write anything in the text message.  It is much more difficult to impersonate a 
known person's voice, manner of speech, word usage, etc.  When I worked for 
Lockheed Martin, we had to get the bit rate (resolution) of the voice communications 
high enough to allow the aircraft pilots to recognize the voices of the others in their unit.  
Voice recognition was their relied upon method of authentication.  
     Fake text messages have been used to kidnap children and all manner of horrid 
deception upon stupid people.  Don't be "that guy".  Don't let your loved one's become 
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
Don't go to stupid places.  
Don't do stupid things.  
Don't hang out with stupid people.  
Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed.  
Don't look like a freak. 
Don't fail the attitude test.  
     "Train, Practice, Compete 
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
     Your training is not realistic because:  
     You are prepared for all training and practice.  Self-defense combat is often a 
surprise.  Even if you are aware of a conflict, the escalation to lethal force can be 
a surprise, if you don't have the correct mindset.  Most of us have not studied 
social and asocial violence and so do not know the indicators.  [Read 
"In the Name of Self-Defense" by Marc MacYoung, 2014, ASIN:  B00LIBWADA
"When Violence Is the Answer" by Tim Larkin, ASIN:  B074N919NV]
     You're in good shape for all training and practice.  You don't start your session 
by being hit upside the head and knocked to the ground.  You haven't just come 
from getting a root canal.  You're not sick with Covid and hallucinating with fever.  
But the criminal predator chooses or causes advantageous (for him) situations.  
     Your instructors and gun schools have a low tolerance of casualties or fatalities.  
Front Sight has a helicopter on standby to take injured students to Las Vegas for 
medical treatment.  So, gun schools take precautions.  But, that's not the same as 
doing training that in effect causes casualties.  Marine Corps training accepts 
casualties and fatalities as part of the program.  They have to weed out the 
incompetent, otherwise the incompetent will get their whole unit killed in combat.  
As John Farnam says, 
"When training is not painful and dangerous, you are doing little more than masturbating."  
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     You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
Much of what you know is false.  
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you.  
-- Claude Werner (paraphrased)
     I have taken classes from John Murphy.  He is a competent teacher and well worth your 
time and money.  
     “The secret of success is this. 
Train like it means everything when it means nothing – so you can 
fight like it means nothing when it means everything.” 
-- Lofty Wiseman
"Learning from Mistakes and Failures
Wise people learning from their mistakes and failures as much as their successes."
     Yes, you have to isolate the problem.  So, you have to go slow enough that you 
have at most one problem.  Otherwise, you won't be able to tell which problem is 
causing you to miss.  
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm, 
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
"John Farnam Interview Part 1" by David Jordan
     "When training is not painful and dangerous, you are doing little more than masturbating."  
     "Direct emotional link with your students."  
     The best students are those who have had a close call.  They are serious.  We must 
explain to the others so that they become serious.  
     Teaching is my mission in life.  
"Why Everyone Got George's Facial Emotions WRONG"
     Reading a person's emotions correctly is important.  
Care enough to continue your training.
"All About The Ball And Dummy Drill" by FRANK MELLONI 
     The problem is that the student refuses to believe that he is flinching because he 
never "experiences" it.  So, you have to convince the student that he is in fact 
committing this error.  
" . . . [flinch, push, jerk, etc.] doesn’t happen during dry-fire, because their body knows 
the gun isn’t going to generate an aggressive rearward movement or the associated noise.  
However, if they are presented with a gun that they believe will fire and then it indeed 
doesn’t, their body will react as if it went bang and through the absence of recoil their 
reactions, anticipations, and flinching will be revealed to them."
     The solution is the surprise trigger break and dry practice.  
"1 Quick (life saving) Lesson From First Gunfights…" by Mike Ox
      Make sure to pay extra close attention for about 20 seconds starting 50 seconds in.  
     Indexing is very important.  Without indexing, you think you have the correct grip, 
but you don't, and you won't know because you have nothing to indicate the grip is wrong.  
     "You can’t go faster than your fundamentals without tripping somewhere on the way."  
     "I don’t believe that pushing super hard in practice beyond what you can see is 
beneficial because you will train yourself to put fundamentals at a lower priority."  
     "You should also remember that short consistent practice is better than long 
intermittent practice sessions."  
     "If you watch the sights as you swing the gun, it causes a few major problems."  
Move your eyes first, see the target, and then move the sights to the target.  
     "I like to keep a shooting journal that I fill every day with things that I want 
subconsciously going through my mind."  
     "You should always see the sights and be able to call your hits as you shoot."
Otherwise, you are shooting faster than you are thinking.  
     ". . . no cheating your sights."
     "You should see your sights on every shot, . . ."
     Read the part on nutrition.  
"Why Pistols Were Primary in Special Ops" by Pat McNamara
     Pistol competence implies long gun competence.  Long gun competence does not 
imply pistol competence.  
"Should You Get a Red Dot on a Pistol?" by Pat McNamara
     Yes.  It's a force multiplier.  
     If the lens fogs up, you won't be able to see your iron sights through the lens.  
     You have to carry batteries in case the batteries in the sight die.  Ya, you'll 
be able to change batteries in a combat situation???  Not!  
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Training is NOT an event, but a process. 
Training is the preparation FOR practice". 
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice (how to get good at that task) -----
     "Live fire is just to confirm what you have learned in dry practice.  Only in dry 
practice, without the distraction of recoil and report, do you learn to perfect form."  
-- Ignatius Piazza
     Practice is the small deposits you make over time, 
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal. 
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
"Best Strategies for Safe Dry Fire Practice at Home" by Matthew Maruster
     ". . . fatigue led to inattention while conducting dry-fire.  Our contributor in that 
incident reminded us why we should avoid sleepy dry fire practice."
     ". . . distracted dry fire practice is dangerous."
Why practice?
    "To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique
to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that 
which could have been their finest hour."
-- Winston Churchill
Hi JCC Security Team, (Jewish Community Center)
     Please dry practice with your pistol and your gloves on.  And then
live fire with your gloves on.  That's really the only way to know if 
you are capable of doing it.  
Trying to figure out how to shoot with your gloves on in combat is the 
definition of stupidity.
     I wear a tight pair of calf (baby cow) skin or kid (baby goat) skin 
gloves (Blauer made in South Korea) in mildly chilly weather.  I have 
found fawn (baby deer) skin gloves to be too fragile.  (I only tried fawn 
because my mother liked such gloves for the opera.)  If they don't keep 
my fingers from getting numb, I will put on a thicker pair of insulated 
gloves (Hatch made in America) over the first pair of gloves.  (So I buy 
them large enough to do so.)  
Such gloves may be bought at Greene Military & Police on Lebanon Pike 
in Donnelson, TN.
     The Marine Corps issued us leather gloves with wool liners.  I do not 
recommend such a combination.  They are just too bulky to allow for 
accurate fire and competent manipulation.  
     If you can't draw, fire accurately, reload, and clear malfunctions with 
your gloves on, you need to fix your gear before the terrorists attack tomorrow.  
Remember, the Department of Homeland Security gave the Jewish Community 
Center money for security because it is a soft terrorist target.  
     "Be careful what you practice. 
Because you will do in combat whatever you have practiced, 
no matter how ridiculous."
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
----- Strategy (deciding on the end state and how to achieve it) -----
How do you win a gunfight? 
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
"John Farnam Interview Part 2"
Korean student:  You must be gentle with the trigger.  
     "Zen and the Art of Archery" by German philosophy professor Eugen Herrigel, 
published in 1948.  
     "There are some things you will never be good at."  [Acceptance of truth is good.]  
     "The beauty of doing nothing is that it can always be done perfectly."  
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be able to do in support of your strategy) -----
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
"No Shots Fired in 9 of 10 Defensive Gun Uses (DGUs)" by Matthew Maruster
     If you have to shoot, you've failed to avoid, de-escalate, evade, and escape.  
Which means you've made many mistakes.  (Unless the attack is by design, as 
opposed to opportunistic crime.)  
"Is Your Average Draw Speed Fast Enough to Save Your Life?" by Jake
     John Correia's Instagram post, which is the primary source, is included in the article.  
Average Draw Speeds for Different Self Defense Situations
Bad guy with eyes on you and weapon presented: average draw speed needed (0.6 sec)
Bad guy moves nose and eyes from you, weapon presented: average draw speed needed (1.0 sec)
Bad guy shows you his ear, head angled away, weapon presented: average draw speed needed (1.5 sec)
Bad guy shows you the back of his head, weapon presented: average draw speed needed (2.0 sec)
     DTFS means Draw To First Shot.  
     Of course, the best time to draw or strike is when the enemy is not expecting such.  
Yes, you can determine this moment, and the enemy will have significant delayed reaction 
to your attack because it is an unexpected stimulus.  (The buzzer on the timer at a match 
or practice is an expected stimulus.  Entirely different.)  
"Around the Water Cooler: Late Winter" by Rich Grassi
     ". . . I was made aware of a study in which it was determined that cops taught to 
stand still on a range and shoot were at great risk of injury or death when attacked.  
I’m glad that study’s out since the topic has been comprehensively discussed since 
the late 1980s – and even before."  
     Get off the X!  Move!  The only time you're not moving is when you are behind 
"E.C.Q.S | You Just Need To Be Willing" By Dave Spaulding
"Setting Boundaries and Communication" by the Tactical Professor
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
----- Techniques (ways to execute a given task, skill, or tactic) -----
"Use only that which works, 
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
"Wheelchair Concealed Carry Considerations for People with Disabilities" by Paul Gardner
     Notice that in the photos the wheelchair has a low back.  So, the person has control 
of certain back muscles.  If muscle control is not good, or if spasms are a problem, 
use straps to secure the torso to the back of the chair.  This greatly increases stability.  
"Tatiana Whitlock tells her favorite concealed carry methods" by Nancy Keaton
"Best Way to Concealed Carry for Women [Guide]" BY JACKI BILLINGS
     This article is important for perspective and body type.  
"Skill Set: Magazine Base Pads" by Tiger McKee
     "Since a lot of shooters never practice malfunctions, they never see the need to strip 
the magazine from the pistol."
     "A lot of shooters never recognize the need for extended base pads -- especially 
those who never think about having to manipulate the weapon under less-than-ideal 
conditions.  And remember, malfunctions occur much more often in fights than they 
do on the range.  Repetition and practice are necessary to learn how to fight with a 
firearm.  It also helps when you have the proper gear – even something as small as 
extended base pads."  
     [This is especially true for Glock magazines.  They have no protrusion that you can 
grip to pull the magazine out.  So, I cut the bottom front of the grip away, so that my 
client can pull the magazine out.  Yes, as a matter of fact, they do get stuck. -- Jon Low]
"Appendix Carry vs. Hip Carry:  Weighing the Pros and Cons
"The Power of NO" by Claude Werner The Tactical Professor
"Skills Check: Shooting at Close Range
Learn how to defend yourself at bad-breath distance." by ED HEAD
     When firing from close contact, pull the elbow back as far as you can.  Press the 
pistol tight against your rib cage.  Tilt the slide away from your body, so the slide won't 
get fouled against your body or clothing.  
     If your breasts obstruct this technique, lower the pistol beneath your breasts; 
do not push the pistol forward in front of your breasts.  The closer the pistol is to the 
bad guy, the easier it is for him to take control of it.  
     The picture in the article and the silly way they do it in IDPA matches are WRONG.  
"Follow-Through: A Shooting Fundamental
Here's how to ensure that the perfect shot stays perfect." by LARRY QUANDAHL
     ". . . breathe after each shot.  Taking a breath keeps your vision clear by oxygenating 
the blood.  Breathing can also help you time your shot string by developing a firing cadence."  
     ". . . reset the trigger.  Learning to reset the trigger will take some training, but it is 
worth the effort.  You'll keep the trigger finger in contact with the trigger and release it 
only far enough to reset the sear.  By maintaining contact with the trigger, you reduce 
firing time by not having to take up the slack in the trigger stage."  
[Well, combat pistols have slack after reset that needs to be take up before the press to 
release the shot. -- Jon Low]
     "This technique of using follow-through to continue applying the fundamentals 
reduces the chance that you will give up on the shot just as it is fired."  
"Skill Set: Range Gear vs. Carry Gear" by Tiger McKee
     "The ability to move, communicate, use cover – shooting if necessary – and 
thinking clearly under stress only comes with redundant practice."
"Redundant" means "unnecessary repetition" according to the Random House 
dictionary, and "superfluous" according to the American Heritage dictionary.  
So, I'm pretty sure that is not the meaning intended.  
     The important thing is to train and practice with the same gear that you carry 
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!" 
-- Bruce Lee
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----- Instructors -----
Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!
-- John Farnam
"Closing Statements from John Farnam"
     Your student's lives are literally in your hands.  Teach them well.  
     ". . . security expertise may be today’s very best job-for-life ticket, 
as well as tomorrow’s."  
-- Paul C. van Oorschot
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"All About The Ball And Dummy Drill" by FRANK MELLONI 
     The problem is that the student refuses to believe that he is flinching because he 
never "experiences" it.  So, you have to convince the student that he is in fact 
committing this error.  
" . . . [flinch, push, jerk, etc.] doesn’t happen during dry-fire, because their body knows 
the gun isn’t going to generate an aggressive rearward movement or the associated noise.  
However, if they are presented with a gun that they believe will fire and then it indeed 
doesn’t, their body will react as if it went bang and through the absence of recoil their 
reactions, anticipations, and flinching will be revealed to them."
     The solution is the surprise trigger break and dry practice.  
     Be careful what you teach.  
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do, 
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
----- Andragogy -----
     An instructor should not expect any learning to take 
place the first time new information is presented.  
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
Qui docet, discit.  (Who teaches, learns.)
-- motto of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
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"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons 
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
"15 Forgotten Benefits of Shooting – Infographic" by Carrie Lightfoot
     "It hones your balance."
"Armed Citizen® Podcast – February 2022" by the Tactical Professor
     Claude narrates so you don't have to read the articles.  
"Guns Are Tools, But Not Just Tools (Light Over Heat #9)" by Prof. David Yamane
     Guns are weapons.  That is a feature, not a bug.  That is a good thing, not a bad thing.  
If guns were not dangerous, they would not be useful.  
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
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"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley
----- Gear ----- 
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
     "I have repeatedly counseled my female students that, if they seek proficiency 
with handguns, they will likely need to ensure that their nails don't project past 
the tips of their fingers."
-- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA
"Skill Set: Holster Cant" by Tiger McKee
     The proper cant of the holster, again according to Jordan, should “clear the butt 
of the gun and the toe of the holster from the back of the car seat.”
     Sometimes, it takes a little experimenting to discover what works best for you. 
“Best” is also bound to change as we “mature.”  Stay “young.”  Be adventurous, 
always ready to explore, experimenting in search of that “best.”  This keeps things 
entertaining and interesting, and may help you better prepare for potential problems.  
     [I took a class in which the instructor (I can't remember who it was, which is a 
complement to him.) told us to make a finger gun and to place it where we would 
be carrying our pistol.  With our wrist straight on our finger gun, that would be the 
appropriate cant for our holster.  That way we don't have to contort our hand or 
wrist to establish a proper grip on the pistol while it is still in the holster.  Of course, 
we have to compromise, because we can't print (allow the pistol to be seen through 
our clothing). -- Jon Low]
"The Very Basics Of Concealed Carry 
Holster Selection" by Travis Pike
     Concerning "external retention", the holster must cover the muzzle.  Otherwise, 
something will bump the muzzle and push the pistol out of the holster.  The pistol only 
has to be pushed by ½ an inch or so, to give the gremlins enough space to get something 
in front of the trigger; a key hanging from a key chain attached to your belt, a child's 
small finger, a toothpick, etc.  
"Concealed Carry Corner: Tips For Comfortable Carry" by Matt E
     ". . . the biggest issue with carrying a concealed firearm is jamming it into 
clothes you already own."
     Incompetent concealed carry leads to legal trouble.  
"Florida Woman Arrested for Concealed Carrying While Dropping Her Kid Off at School"
by Luke McCoy
"Man Facing Felony Charges After His Gun is Seen While Cheering" by Brian Armstrong
     In these examples the pistol was not concealed.  The concealment garment must 
completely cover the pistol in all arm and body positions.  The concealment garment 
must completely conceal the pistol.  That means the pistol cannot be seen through 
the garment.  
     Well, actually, this knowledge is not obvious to the vast majority of persons.  
That's why you have to teach your friends and relatives.  
"Carbine vs. Pistol for Home Defense" by Mike Ox
     Get your training now.  When the riots start, it's too late.  
     Buy any FN 509.  Get free magazines.  
     These are all expensive double action 9mm pistols.  
But, they are ambidextrous.  
"Best Handgun for Beginners & Home Defense [2022]" by ERIC HUNG
“Your car is not a holster.” 
-- Pat Rogers
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
"Glock Pistols- What Breaks and How to Fix It" by Greg Ellifritz
     This is why you have to clean your pistol and magazines at least every month.  
Every cleaning is an inspection.  Look at the springs.  Are they rusty?  cracked?  
mushy?  If so, replace them.  Springs in the trigger mechanism.  Springs in the 
magazine.  Springs in the recoil system.  Springs in the magazine release system.  
     If the manufacturer no longer carries the parts, or it's too expensive to buy 
from the manufacturer, try Numrich 
or Brownells
     But any reputable manufacturer will carry the parts and sell them to you at a 
reasonable price.  Ruger recently sent me replacement cams for holding the backstrap 
to the grip, free of charge.  The whole interchangeable grip design is bad, as the 
cam is easily lost.  
     Read the manual!  I got a new laptop computer.  It was nice and had a touch pad in 
front of the keyboard, but I don't like touch pads.  I prefer rollerballs.  So, I attempted 
to disable the touch pad by going through the Settings -> Devices-> Touchpad.  Lo and 
behold, there was no option for disabling the touchpad.  So, I taped a piece of cardboard 
over the touchpad, problem solved.  Besides looking klutzy, this "solution" caused other 
     If I had read the manual (which was also online, as are all manuals) I would have 
known that pressing the F6 function key would have disabled the touchpad.  Which 
made me wonder, what do all the other function keys do?  Well, they all have pictures 
on them for those too lazy to read the manual.  
     "What's the point, Staff?"
     If you don't read the manual for your pistol, the "problems" and "solutions" are much 
more dangerous.  The work around "solutions" that you implement to fix bugs in your 
pistol will get you injured.  Example:  A guy who shot the IPSC matches in Honolulu, HI 
with us years ago found that sometimes his 1911 would not fire, because he had not 
obtained a proper grip and so had not depressed the grip safety.  His "solution" was to 
put a rubber band around the grip to hold the safety down.  This in large part contributed 
to a negligent discharge that left a nasty scar down the right side of his right leg from the 
hip to the ankle.  He wore shorts during the matches (it's Hawaii) to show it off.  Don't 
be that guy.  
     "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, 
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  
-- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution 
(capitalization as in the original document)
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     "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. 
It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.
-- John Adams, October 11, 1798
Tennessee Reciprocity - Updated 8/2/2021
"Ukraine Government Is Handing Out Guns To Citizens, What Happened to Gun Control?"
by Colion Noir
     ". . . all enemies foreign and domestic . . ."
     "When the Constitution talks about the militia, it's not talking about the government.  
It's talking about YOU!"
"BREAKING: Major development in Alec Baldwin shooting | Wake Up America"
by Newsmax TV
     Alec Baldwin refused the firearms training.  Well of course, he already knows everything 
about gun safety.  What a level of arrogance.  You can't make this stuff up.  
     As the commentators point out, would he have checked the gun if he had to point it 
at himself?  
     Infographic by Andrew Branca, free download
which resolves to 
"VERDICT REACHED! Curtis Reeves "Popcorn Shooter" Trial: NOT GUILTY!"
by Andrew Branca
     But the mass media told me that Reeves shot the victim for throwing popcorn 
at him.  That can't be legally justifiable.  Or, was I an idiot for believing the media?  
     It's much harder to get a hung jury when there are only 6 persons on a Florida 
jury.  One can't say much about how the 6 person jury affects conviction/acquittal 
outcome, as opposed to a 12 person jury, because the prosecutor gets to choose 
which cases to prosecute.  So, any sample of the data is extremely biased.  
Because the entire population (all criminal cases that had a jury) is extremely biased.  
"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, 
and preserve order in the world as well as property.  
Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of their use." 
-- Thomas Paine
     I had a conversation with a federal public defender (previously a state public defender).  
He told me that they have funds to hire expert witnesses and such, and that they often do.  
So, the prosecutors don't have much of an advantage over them.  The thing is that the 
prosecutors decide which cases to prosecute.  The prosecutors aren't going to prosecute 
a case unless it a slam dunk.  So, they almost never go to trial.  They plea bargain and go 
to a sentencing hearing, trying to convince the judge that extenuating circumstances 
indicate a more lenient sentence.  
     He told me that the vast majority of federal criminal cases in the Middle Tennessee area 
are "felon in possession of a handgun".  The arrest is usually made in a bar.  The defendant 
is usually a young Black male.  He had a lot of sympathy for these defendants as they 
have a legitimate need to carry a pistol for self-defense based on where they live and work.  
     My thinking was, don't frequent bars.  Big part of the problem solved.  But, I guess that's 
a cultural thing.  If that's where all your friends are . . . maybe you need to make new friends?  
     Or, move.  America allows for free travel without having to show your papers, in most 
states (Covid vaccination papers in some states).  You don't have to live in the crime ridden 
ghettos.  Life in the rural area is much cheaper and more pleasant than the big cities.
     He told me that getting voting rights restored was much easier than getting gun rights 
restored.  Generally, one has to get the conviction expunged in order to restore gun rights.  
It's just a matter of going a decade or two without a conviction and demonstrating what 
an upstanding pillar of the community one is, and showing the court how deserving one 
is of a second chance.  
     "Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca, book
The book is free of charge.  Just pay shipping.  
     Educate yourself.  So, you don't spend the rest of your life in a cage.  
     "The trial judge’s ruling would have set a bad precedent, and the appellate court 
likely understood this because on the day the judge issued her new order denying 
immunity, the appellate court took the extraordinary step of requiring Michael to 
appeal her decision."
     "After a four year-prosecution and nearly three years in jail, John was finally 
exonerated and set free."
     [So, if you think that you do not need a self-defense insurance policy that covers 
money for bail, you're a damn fool. -- Jon Low]
"This may be obvious to others: 
“Harry Potter’s real lesson is guns and libertarianism” "
by John Lott
     "Without a doubt, Harry Potter stands as one of the most pro-gun pieces of fiction 
written in the last half a century." -- Henry Rymer
"Ban on sale of high-capacity magazines passes [Washington] state House, 
moves to Gov. Inslee's desk" by Helen Smith
     Solution, move out of Washington state.  Yes, it is that simple.  That's the beauty of a 
free country, you can move.  
"Wrongful Convictions: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)"
     This is why you have to ask for an attorney.  IMMEDIATELY!  
     I had an extensive conversation with a former Nashville Police Detective.  He had 
26 years on the job.  He told me that most of the domestic homicides are not reported 
in the media.  The homicides that are reported in the media are all drug related, whether 
the media says so or not.  Generally the police won't say what they suspect for fear 
of being sued.  
     Premeditated murders are extremely rare.  
     Stranger murders are extremely rare.  
     Home invasions are always robbers trying to take the drugs or money of a drug 
dealer.  Because they know that the drug dealer won't report the robbery.  Some drug 
dealers are smart enough not to keep the drugs and money in their homes.  That's 
why the robbers invade the homes of the girlfriends, who honestly may not know that 
the drugs and money are in their residence.  But, that's what you get for giving drug 
dealers access to your abode.  
     Alcohol is present in someone in every homicide.  Often everyone.  
     Lessons learned:  
Stay away from people who deal drugs.  
Stay away from people who use drugs.  
Stay away from people who get drunk.  
If you can't stay away from them because they live with you, kick them out of your house, 
or move out.  Yes, it is that simple.  Is it really worth your life?  
    “Is there no virtue among us?
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form, 
will insure liberty and happiness for a dishonorable population 
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788
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"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
     Make sure to feed your families Kim Chee and Sauer Kraut on a regular basis.  
Koreans eat kim chee with every meal.  Germans eat sauer kraut daily.  
This is essential for maintaining a healthy gut.  Yogurt is okay, but not as good 
as it is much more difficult to digest the dairy product, as it is not fermented 
as are the kim chee and sauer kraut.  (If the kim chee isn't bubbling when you 
open the jar, you need to bury it again and wait.)
"Backcountry Emergencies: 
Why Wound Cleaning is One of the Most Important Skills to Know" 
by Doc Tom Rader (Doc was the title we used in the Marine Corps for Navy Corpsmen.  
The "p" is silent, President Obama.)
In the context of you cleaning the wound -- 
     "If the wound is big enough (or contaminated enough) hopefully they’ll pass out.  
Hopefully, you won’t pass out."  
     "[Suturing, including staples is] generally a bad idea (as in potentially lethal, 
or disfiguring) unless you can both guarantee you’ve done a perfect job of cleaning 
the wound and have the training to suture effectively.  Plus you’re actually creating 
new wounds with each needle poke or staple point."  
     [When I was in the Marine Corps, the Navy Corpsman assigned to our battalion, 
1st Radio Battalion, told us that if you don't have extra water, or you want to save 
the water for drinking, you can clean wounds by urinating on the wound, as urine is sterile.  
This works for guys who can control the stream, not so much for gals.  Of course, 
as stated in the article, you can piss in a container, suck it up in a syringe and squirt it 
to clean the wound.  But, who carries syringes? -- Jon Low]
"Ukraine gave out 18,000 assault rifles to civilians in Kyiv in one day" by John Lott
     How effective can a person, without training, be with an AK-47 ?  
     In case you haven't heard, the Ukrainian government has suspended all gun control 
laws in the country, is encouraging citizens to keep and bear arms, and is offering to 
give guns and ammo to any citizen who is willing to fight the Russians.  Perhaps they 
will become as the Swiss and Israelis.  We can only pray that they will eventually 
become as the Americans.  A people can only truly be free if they have the right to 
keep and bear arms.  Otherwise, the government will impose vaccine mandates, 
close businesses, close churches, tax the population into slavery, etc.  
"Real heroes!  Watch lady working the ice cream stand"
Hat tip to Aqil Qadir of Citizen's Safety Academy.
"I’m Feeling Apocalyptic, Redux…. (Edit)" by Macus Wynne
     If the power went out today, would you have the means to keep you and your 
family seeing in the dark and warm in the cold?
     If you couldn’t get to the grocery store, how long would you be able to provide 
meals for you and your family?
     If no one came when you called 911, do you have the knowledge to protect you 
and yours from crime, fire, and medical emergencies?
     If you woke up and your credit/debit cards no longer worked, and the banks 
were all closed for an indefinite time, would you be able to pay or barter for the 
goods and services your family needs?
"If you stay fit, you do not have to get fit. 
If you stay trained, you do not have to get trained. 
If you stay prepared, you do not have to get prepared."
-- Robert Margulies
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"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
"Radio communications from Russian troops acquired by British spatial data company"
by Sky News Australia
     Russians not using encrypted comms.  Running out of food, water, and fuel.  
Lack of training.  Lack of preparation.  Expecting Ukrainians to welcome them with 
open arms, as opposed to shooting them.  
     Ammo Inc. is shipping 1 million AK-47 rounds to Ukraine for their fight against Russia.  
"Ukraine to receive 1 million rounds of ammo from Wisconsin factory"
by Garrett Tenney, Fox News
Excerpt from an email from Mike Ox -- 
     It has been a crazy 72 hours in the world. I’m not sure how history will look back 
on it, but for a child of the Cold War, it’s surreal.  The bear isn’t roaring through the 
Fulda Gap, but they are making bold, ballsy moves.
     But Ukraine’s response has been pretty inspiring. Just a few bullet points…
-         One soldier was supposed to set charges and blow a bridge remotely.  
The Russians were coming too fast, so he radioed his unit, said goodbye, and 
blew himself and the bridge up before the Russians could cross.  
-         The President and mayor of Kyiv have both been seen in the streets with 
body armor.  Both could have easily fled.  
-         One Ukrainian grandma reportedly went up to a Russian soldier and handed 
him sunflower seeds to put in his pocket so that flowers would grow up from his 
dead body.  
-         The Defense Ministry told residents of Kyiv to stay home and make Molotov 
     I’ve got friends who used Molotov cocktails against the Soviets…one from 
Armenia told me a few hair raising stories. 
     When Vaughn and his friends were kids, one of their activities was harassing 
the Soviets +/-1990 when Armenia was fighting for it’s independence from the 
Soviet Union.  
     Vaughn was a pre-teen and was out throwing rocks, sticks, and bottles at the 
Russians and then running away to keep from getting shot on a regular basis.  
     For the most part, they were pretty ineffective, but that changed when one 
of the older boys made a bunch of Molotov cocktails.  
     The first day they used them was life changing.  They were very effective.  
And it pissed off the Ruskies.  A lot.  A couple of days later, they made up 
another batch of Molotov cocktails.  This time, the “older” boys, who were 
14-16, told the younger boys to stay back.  They didn’t.
     The younger boys didn’t have Molotovs, but they followed to watch.
They shouldn’t have.  The dumb Russians were following their normal pattern 
and the boys were following theirs.  Only this time, it was a trap.  And the Russians 
weren’t as dumb as the boys thought.  The older boys were ambushed…I don’t 
remember the numbers, but it was a mix of dead, captured, and escaped.  
As their younger friends and brothers watched.  
     It changed Vaughn and, even as a pre-teen, he became very serious and 
disciplined and survived the fighting until Armenia gained it’s independence.  
He was still what we’d consider an immature “kid” but he had more guerilla 
warfighting experience than most.
     What happened to the older boys is something called an “Illusion of competency.”  
They convinced themselves that they were better than they really were 
when that confidence had no basis in reality.  It’s a deadly trap.  And it’s common.
     It’s a trap that many gun owners are in and don’t even know it . . . and won’t know 
it until it’s too late for them or someone they love.  They think that since they’ve been 
shooting since they were a kid they’re ready for a real world shooting situation.  
They think that since they own the same cool guns that their heroes own, 
that they have the same skills.  They think that a card from the state saying they have 
a license to carry means that they have the skill to perform on-demand with a firearm 
in a surprise gunfight where lives depend on their performance.  
     When a criminal comes up against someone like that, they lick their lips and smile, 
because they know it’s going to be an easy day for them.  Unfortunately, some, like 
Vaughn, need a nasty wake-up before they get serious about defending themselves 
and their loved ones.
     Look . . . nobody intends on being “that guy” who has the illusion of competency 
and ends up being an easy target, but sometimes life gets in the way and it takes 
something happening like what’s going on in Ukraine to realize that it’s time to get 
serious about building the skills that your loved ones can depend on when lives 
are on the line.
-- Mike Ox
"7 Things to Know About Your First Time at the Range
It won’t be quite like the movies . . . it’ll be better." by WENDY LAFEVER
     The nations that belong to the U.N. Security Council take turns presiding over the 
council.  So, the Russians wait until it's their turn and then invade.  
"Russia Presides over U.N. Security Council Meeting on Russian Aggression"
     Now you're wondering how Biden et al got the date of the invasion wrong.  
     Intelligence (the ability to abstract from experience to ideas, language or pictures, 
and then to manipulate the abstractions in a rational manner) is rare in any population.  
But stupidity is not the other end of the normal distribution (bell curve, Gaussian distribution).  
Oh, no.  Stupidity runs rampant.  Stupid people follow stupid people.  Stupid people 
vote for stupid people.  Stupid people are a tribe in the sociological sense.  
"36 Ways to Live Differently" by Chris Guillebeau
     "Identify small purchases that make you happy, and don’t feel guilty about spending 
money on them."  
     [Pints of Häagen Dazs ice cream are single serving containers designed to be eaten 
in one sitting.  If you then immediately take a nap or sleep through the night, you will 
be happy and gain weight; a good thing. -- Jon Low]
     This may partially explain the ammo shortage in the United States.  
"Why Is 1.6 BILLION Rounds Of Homeland Security Ammo Missing!?!"
     So the DHS buys an estimated 2.7 billion rounds of ammunition and makes it disappear.  
Well, that would certainly cause a shortage in the market.  
"8 Reasons Why Resisting a Military Occupation is Never Futile" by Randall Stevens
"To Be Enlightened, You MUST Understand What EVIL Is" by Jordan Peterson
     Tragedy is not the same as evil.  
     "Without limitation there is no being."
     Economic/social inequality has nothing to do with misbehavior.
     The basis for evil is arrogance and resentment.  
     Without self consciousness there is no evil.  
     Rush Limbaugh recommended a TV show titled "Justified".  Mr. Limbaugh had a 
sense of humor.  I'm glad President Trump gave him the medal before he died.  
Mr. Limbaugh loved Easter Eggs.  
     When a cryptologist encrypts, he sometimes takes a plain-text message and performs 
a bit-wise exclusive-or (XOR) operation with a random-string of equal length.  The 
random-string contains zero information.  After the XOR operation the random-string 
contains half of the information from the plain-text and the resultant-string contains the 
other half of the information from the plain-text.  So, both are necessary to recover the 
plain-text message.  It doesn't matter which half you have, as long as you can find the 
other half, you can recover the plain-text.  
     When magicians ask you to choose a number, then ask you for your number, and
then tell you that they knew what your number was before you mentioned it, because if 
you look under your plate you will find your number taped to the bottom of your plate; 
easy right?  If you had said some other number it would have been taped to the bottom 
of the butter dish, etc.  
     I'm cheap.  So, I waited until I could buy all 6 seasons of "Justified" on DVD at the 
used book stores.  Easy to find.  And then I spent 3 days binge watching it.  Amazing 
how the screen writers filled 6 seasons from a short story, not even a novella.  
The credits on the DVD say that "Justified" is based on "Fire In The Hole" by 
Elmore Leonard.  
Pronto: A Novel (Raylan Givens Book 1)
Riding the Rap: A Novel (Raylan Givens Book 2)
Raylan: A Novel (Raylan Givens Book 3)
Fire in the Hole: Stories (Raylan Givens Book 4)
     I find it interesting the Mr. Elmore Leonard is also the author of "Mr. Majestyk" 
and "Valdez Is Coming".  A fascinating rabbit hole to explore.  
     The show is sometimes painful to watch as the gun handling is atrocious at points.  
But, the gun law and justifying every shot fired, so as not to get prosecuted, is well done.  
     Happy Hunting!  (It's all at a high semantic level.  At the least the ones I've been 
able to find.  I loved the reference to Paia, Maui, Hawaii.)  
     Marcus Wynne recommended "John Wick".  I had a few days off, so I bought 
the thee movies at a used bookstore and binge watched them.  
"Random Thoughts on Movie Fight Awesomeness" by Marcus Wynne
Hi Brian,
     Consider the Cook-Levin theorem, the one named after Stephen Cook and Leonid Levin.  
See how the proof is structured?  Useful for proving this particular theorem, but very 
useful for your things.  
Happy Hunting, 
"Freeman Dyson - Why I don't like the PhD system (95/157)"
     Prof. Dyson never earned his Doctorate.  His bio doesn't say he earned a Masters.  
It only says he was a graduate student when Cornell made him a professor.  
     Prof. Albert Einstein had commented that the semester was an arbitrary unit of 
time and that some students could master the material in less time and some needed 
more.  Which had no bearing on they skill or aptitude.  
     Prof. Dyson was Prof. Feynman's replacement at Cornell, when Prof. Feynmann 
moved to Cal Tech.  
     I worked 3 years on my master's thesis.  We just didn't get any "publishable" 
results.  And the result that I thought was publishable conflicted with my advisor's 
published results and his advisor's published results.  When I suggested that I would 
submit it for publication under my name only, my advisor said no, as that would be 
"socially weird".  
     "It's better to be wrong than to be vague." -- Freeman Dyson
     "I have always found my interests to be orthogonal to my skills." -- Freeman Dyson  
"Dylann Roof takes church shooting appeal to US Supreme Court" by MEG KINNARD
     The attention of the officers who work in prisons is generally directed inward to 
prevent escape.  As the Taliban have showed us, attacking a prison from the outside 
to free inmates is not very difficult.  Why would Ms. Kinnard mention this?  Because it's 
even easier than that.  
"A polar planimeter" by Chris Staecker
     I had and used one of these.  I studied the math behind this tool in high school, 
so I can explain how it works, and why it works.  Green's Theorem (the closed line 
integral around a 2 dimensional area is equal to the surface integral for certain 
functions defined on the enclosed area) in polar form.  
You don't have to use the vector form of the theorem.  You can use the scalar form.  
     Take everything up one dimension and you've got Gauss's Theorem that the flux 
through a closed 2 dimensional surface is equal to the enclosed charge in 3 dimensional 
     I hate it when people say, I never used the math that I learned in school.  
"Freeman Dyson - Fermi's rejection of our work (94/157)"
     "When doing a theoretical calculation, 
either you should have a clear physical model in mind or 
you should have a rigorous mathematical basis."
-- Enrico Fermi
     "With 4 free parameters, I can fit an elephant.  With 5, I can make him wiggle his trunk." 
-- Johnny von Neuman
     "I have always found my interests to be orthogonal to my skills."  
-- Freeman Dyson
"Freeman Dyson - Richard Feynman and his work (58/157)"
     "He (Prof. Feynman) had these amazing ways of calculating with diagrams, where you 
didn't have to have equations but you simply wrote down the answers, and instead of 
solving equations the way other people did, he just wrote down the answers by looking 
at the pictures."  
Interviewer:  And he didn't know any field theory either?  
Prof. Dyson:  He wasn't even interested in learning.  He said, right away. . . , 
'That stuff isn't for me.  That's a hard way of doing it, but I can't do it that way.' 
He knew his way was better.  
Freeman Dyson play list
     We did activation analysis at the National Bureau of Standards in Gaithersburg, MD 
in the late 1970's?  We put a sample (in this case it was mercury dissolved in water, 
yes, it will dissolve) in a Teflon container (a tube with hemispherical ends) called a rabbit, 
and ran it into a MARK IV nuclear reactor.  The fast neutrons activated the sample 
(turned everything radioactive).  
     We measured the gamma radiation from the activated sample.  Frequency gave us 
the isotope.  Relative amplitude gave us relative quantity.  Thus, stoichiometry.  
     Something to try when your wet lab techniques and mass spectrometry techniques 
have failed.  
     This is why I don't use Comcast.  And why you should not either.  
This is why I don't use AT&T (and I used to work for AT&T as an operator, a real 
operator, the kind that can explore all over the world on the telephone system).  
"The case against Net Neutrality?" by Ben Eater
     This discussion is for the newbie layman.  So, you will be able to understand it.  
Netflix consumes 1/3 (one third) of internet bandwidth.  
YouTube consumes 1/6 (one sixth) of internet bandwidth.  
That's 50% of the internet bandwidth.  
     In Executive Protection and Church Protection there is no standard.  There are many 
organizations that have standards, but there is no universally recognized standard.  
"Your character is what you do when no one is looking."
-- Thomas Jefferson
     Please forgive the typographical errors.  Some of them are to adjust the 
modification detection codes (MDCs), which are just hash functions operating 
on the text of this blog post.  Explanation at 
"Handbook of Applied Cryptography", by A. Menezes, P. van Oorschot, and S. Vanstone, 
CRC Press, 1996.  Chapter 9.4 Unkeyed hash functions (MDCs).  
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Radio:  KI4SDN
God can do more than you can hope or imagine.  

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