"So much of our body language is through our original protection system developed evolutionarily. Adrenaline dump, fear, flight/fight/fright or freeze, protecting organs and vitals, mobility/respiration/vision flinch response that transfers to regular daily body language, so much of our history is from survival signals/instincts from thousands of years of highly-evolved development"
A Little on Unconscious Survival Signals & Body Language: Past and Present October 24, 2016 MandirigmaArnis Leave a comment This excerpt is taken from a body language program I had developed some time ago. As with all body language, it is circumstantial, contextual and person-specific. For any of yo...
Four Devon and Cornwall Police Officers, who were violently attacked and used themselves as body shields to protect their colleague from further injuries, have been named as the Region 6 (South West) winners at the National Police Bravery Awards.
Acting Sergeant John Dingle and PCs Ryan Hayhurst, Jonathan Lonsdale and Rebecca Sutton-Scott-Tucker responded to a call for help from a member of the public in Kingsbridge. PCs Hayhurst and Lonsdale identified a known suspect and tried to talk to him through the entrance of the ground floor flat. They were unaware that a trap had been laid in the flat.
On being invited in, the offender tried to isolate Ryan by slamming the door on Jonathan. But he managed to block the door with his foot. Both officers were then set upon by the offender with a powered angle grinder. Jonathan, while trying to push his way into the property, received a slash to his left arm causing an arterial bleed. He fell back and became unconscious due to his injuries.
When backup arrived, John forced his way into the lounge of the property and helped Ryan to escape. Finding Jonathan unconscious, Rebecca was unable to lift him so she pushed him into a gap under the stairs, giving him first aid and shielding him with her own body to prevent further attacks.
Although injured, Ryan returned to the flat to help his downed colleague. Knowing the offender was still in the building Rebecca and Ryan were able to drag Jonathan to safety. Other officers arrived to cordon off the area and the offender was arrested.
The Officers were all awarded a Chief Constable's Commendation following the incident and have also been awarded the Royal Humane Society Certificate on Vellum.
After receiving the award from Gavin Thomas, President of the Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales, Ryan said: "What started off as a run of the mill job turned out to be our worst nightmare. It's been a fantastic day and it's very humbling listening to the other stories. It puts it all into context, but it's brilliant that we won."
Nigel Rabbitts, Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation, said: “This was an extremely challenging situation, and the officers were in the face of extreme danger and violence. This courageous act required the officers to put the safety of others ahead of their own, and they should be commended and recognised for the bravery of their actions. Without the timely intervention of all his colleagues, especially PC Sutton-Scott-Tucker, then PC Londsale’s injuries would have been fatal.”
Shaun Sawyer, Chief Constable Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “The officers responded on that day to the best values of British policing – the sense of legitimacy and policing by consent – to keep them and their community safe.
“As it became more of an attack on them, the sense of family and camaraderie came together in extreme acts of courage and bravery. Quite literally to lay one’s life on the line for the public and for one’s colleagues is what makes British policing the best in the world.”
The annual Police Bravery Awards recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty and are organised by the Police Federation of England and Wales. They took place on 14 July 2016.
Lessons from the Headlines...
1) Whenever possible, carry your firearm *on body* rather than in a purse, pack, or bag.
2) Whether or not you carry on body, lock your car doors when pumping gasoline. Leave only the driver's door unlocked while you're at the pump, and lock that door if you must go inside to pay.
3) Pay attention to the people and world around you when you're at the gas station. Although it seems like this would be a good time to catch up on text messages or email, it's really not. It's a fringe area, where would-be criminals can find a steady supply of potential victims without a lot of witnesses nearby. That means it's a place to pay attention, not a place to zone out.
When you must focus in on text messages, emails, or phone calls, choose a place behind a locked door. Never get sucked into your smartphone in a parking lot or mall hallway.
"Living in society where you have certain rights and freedoms for years is a good thing.
The bad thing is, when SHTF and you lose all those rights in single day, and you find yourself so shocked that you simply do not know what next to do, because you had those rights for many years, it became totally natural for you to ‘own’ it.
Having lots of conversations with friends from the US, I concluded that the majority of common folks their simply do not understand that all your rights can be lost in one day.
And not by the evil invaders from the space, or Russians or who ever. Your government can take it. In One Day."
USA – Looking In The Balkans Mirror? October 20, 2016/0 Comments/in Survival Psychology /by Selco For years I have been following news from the survival “realm” all over the internet. One thing is for sure: every day in those years when I read survival “news” I could conclude, based on the headlines...
On the importance of training and more. -----------------------------------------------------------
"The internet is abuzz with news of Tuesday’s police shooting in New York City. If you are unfamiliar with the incident, you can read about it here. In short, a police sergeant responded to a call from a neighbor complaining of a disturbance caused by a mentally ill woman.
Police had allegedly dealt with the mentally ill suspect several times in the past. When the sergeant arrived on scene, the 66 year old female suspect attempted to stab him with a pair of scissors. He successfully de-escalated the incident over a period of 10-15 minutes and convinced her to put the scissors down. She dropped the scissors only to pick up a baseball bat and charge at the officer. The officer shot her twice in the torso, killing her." ...
"It's easy to watch this video and laugh at it. But it is an example of what happens when people spend too much time in a Closed System. A Closed System is one in which there are no or minimal outside influences.
We all exist in closed systems to some degree. The Earth can be considered a closed system in certain respects.
If you practice a single martial art or "fighting system" and don't expose yourself to other martial arts/systems, you are in a closed system. If you only learn from only one instructor, you are in a closed system. If you have certain beliefs and don't expose yourself to differing beliefs, you are in a closed system. If everyone on your Facebook feed agrees with each other and you, you are in a closed system.
The opposite of a Closed System is an Open System where the system is continually exposed to new ideas and influences. The natural consequence of an open system is to advance and evolve. Whereas a closed system is static or degenerates into what you see in the video." - Erik Kondo
"When Brett Archibald fell overboard in the middle of a stormy night in the Indian Ocean he thought he was going to die. For more than 28 hours he was alone at sea, encountering a shark and being attacked by gulls for his eyeballs. Here is his story."
This article discusses Resource Predation and the Interview process which is initiated via the internet. - Erik K.
"Recent open source reporting indicates that the Colombian National Police just arrested a group of criminals that were using Facebook to identify, profile and target victims for kidnapping. Initial reports the gang were using false Facebook profiles with pictures of beautiful women to target wealthy men as victims.
They would use information in the victim’s profile to assist them is selecting potential targets. They would then engage the target in online discussions to build report and elicit additional information. After a period of time, usually a few weeks they would arrange to meet the victim. When the victim arrived at the pre-arranged meeting location he would be drugged – most likely with scopolamine – and moved to another location where they would be tortured and held for ransom." ...