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1  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Fighting Crime on: September 07, 2004, 01:17:34 PM
Always well worth remembering that any gadget or device brought forth to give the police an edge, will be in the hands of crooks the moment it is available.

Which is why I have a number of concerns about how this new item is going to wind up being used.

http://www.stun-gun-reviews.com/taser-m18.html

A *civilian* Taser?  I didn't know that civilians went around arresting people in trained groups, backed up with firearms, batons, and dogs...which is the millieu that a Taser is most effective in.  

rolleyes
2  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Criminal Record Search Question on: September 02, 2004, 10:07:57 PM
If you are looking for criminal convictions, court proceedings, etc, these are a matter of public record, and are in no way affected by laws regarding credit reporting.

Each state Dept. of Corrections should maintain a database, as do the feds.

If you are looking for arrests/indictments where there was no conviction, then a Lexis/Nexis search, or or such database search can be performed by a PI or attorney.
3  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Homeland Security on: August 28, 2004, 09:46:20 AM
Very interesting set of articles.
I'm wishing that the agencies set up in response to 9/11 had taken a different approach than they did, and the FAMA rhetoric is pretty unsettling.
4  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Some of you guys might want to see this. on: July 30, 2004, 01:42:16 AM
It loaded a blank page...I'll try again later.
5  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Homeland Security on: July 22, 2004, 07:15:22 PM
"...no one even engaged these guys in a conversation, and no one, not the flight crew, and not the air marshals, challenged their egregious violations of protocols about congregating near restrooms or standing up in unison as the plane started its descent. Nothing was done to alleviate the terror Jacobsen, and probably a lot of the other passengers, felt."


And letting people like Jacobson direct air marshals to confront people acting in an 'obviously' suspicious manner is a real good way to get air marshals killed...they aren't security guards who are supposed to hassle minorities so the white lady can feel safe.
 They have a tactical job to do, and public perceptions are never a good tactical mandate.
6  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Homeland Security on: July 22, 2004, 04:15:11 PM
Quote from: Anonymous
Any solutions Paul?


Any solutions for keeping politicians and the media from ruining the best laid plans?
Nope, not a one.  But then again, that's why I'm not a political scientist...
 Cool

Are there better solutions to be had from pursuing risk management strategies?
Yes, in the less than perfect fashion that seperates real life from the ideal.
No one is going to make terrorists disappear, but they might make it worth their while to go after someone else.
And it is important to admit to such realities in examining security.

Medical science thought that they had eradicated diseases like TB and polio, and so forth decades ago.  Medical science was wrong, because people screwed it up...now we have epidemics that are harder than ever to deal with...
That doesn't mean that medical science should never have addressed the problems. or criticised the old way of dealing with disease.
It just means that having a solution that works is no sort of guarantee

When I taught the only security/anti terrorism classes offered pre 9/11 at one of the top criminology departments in the US, I devoted an entire section to an examination of how *people* will screw up your best security plan, and how to anticipate media, politics, organizational behavior, and human nature when asked to come up with a solution for a security problem.

Very few of my students were ever happy with that section of the course.
They wanted a concrete answer, and wanted to assume that because they had the right answer from a security standpoint, that it would automatically be adopted, and that it would automatically work.


But we as a nation under recent terrorist attack, and reasonably anticipating others to come, can do significantly better than we are doing...the really tough question is how to get past the politicians and the media in order to address the terrorism issues directly and scientifically.
7  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Homeland Security on: July 22, 2004, 02:37:01 PM
"Again, my issue is with the skewed, untrained approach to security and its often shoddy application. If you want to offend/detain/search do it across the board, 'cause believe me the bad guys are gonna figure out a fresh new way of gettin' the job done."

One of the reasons that terrorism is such an attractive option for those with political agendas, but limited political capital, is that it works so well.

And one of the reasons that it works so well is that the terrorist is playing with very few restrictions. They can use targets of opportunity, instead of being limited to legitimate military targets. They can use means and methods that are off limits to legitimate governments. They don't have to play by any rule but one:
'Do whatever it takes to get your agenda on page one'
And they have an automatic win from the media attention given to their actions.

The more that the media lavishes attention on the terrorist's actions, the more reactionary and media influenced will be the reaction from politicians.

So professional risk management scientists (such as the ones who sent every member of Congress a report well before 9/11 noting that Middle Eastern extremists would likely attempt to fly aircraft into skyscrapers) are sidelined, and military types with impressive looking uniforms and medals, but who did NOT issue any such reports before 9/11 are put in charge of 'security'.

Automatic win for the terrorists.

So people will become invested in rumors and scare-mongering like the Annie Jacobsen article, and focus their attention away from everyday awareness to only looking at stereotypes.

Automatic win for the terrorists.

So people will fall for any 'magic wand' or 'band aid' solution that comes down the pike, be it 'explosives detecting' dowsing rods, or armed pilots, or changing the jackets of airport screeners from 'Argenbright Security' to 'Federal Marshal' while keeping the same employees and policies.

Automatic win for the terrorists.

And as these reactions settle in, people will do what people naturally do, which is to look for ways to minimize inconvenience to themselves from whatever measures are in place.

So 'important' people will get to bypass security checkpoints, back doors will be propped open so friends can stop by secured workplaces, suspicious activities will be overlooked through various rationalizations, budgets will be cut to fund more important boondoggles...

And another automatic win for the terrorists.


Paul
8  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Pulling Out of Iraq... WTF? on: July 15, 2004, 08:51:21 AM
Both Bart and Marc make good points, and at the end of the day, it is President Arroyo's job to make a very tough decision that will resonate inside her country long after it is forgotten in the US.
Paul
9  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Michael Moore's new movie on: July 13, 2004, 10:46:20 PM
Yeah, the movie is very effective, and overall a slick package.

And ultimately it should be up to each individual to do their own research on the matter..

For example, I knew when Moore started the 'sign *your* kids up for the war' segment that it was completely bogus.

A little more digging shows Tanner to be a Democrat, and an outspoken critic of the war, who besides being a Navy veteran himself, has only grown kids (not that you can sign your unwilling minor kids up for combat anyway).

So Moore uses the tools of the filmmaker, which are basically those used to create illusions, (including cries of censorship) and gets his point across.
10  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Michael Moore's new movie on: July 13, 2004, 06:49:20 PM
Given the huge profits being generated by this movie plus the free internet downloads, and I think Moore' claims that people are being denied access to his movie ring very hollow.
11  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Pulling Out of Iraq... WTF? on: July 13, 2004, 05:14:49 PM
"Michael? Is that you?"

ROTFLMAO!!



Seriously, the comments about giving in to the demands of kidnappers are universal, and transcend partisan agit-prop...the concern should be over the lives of individuals held hostage now and in the future, not about scoring points in a debate over politics.

And I agree with those who suggest that giving into the demands of kidnappers, no matter what their ideology or rationale, is not always such a good idea.
12  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / the black book on: June 10, 2004, 07:01:33 AM
Hi, all:

Sorry, after posting I did find out that there was a 3rd book on knife techniques, which I don't recall reading when his stuff first came out.
13  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / the black book on: June 05, 2004, 10:33:59 PM
Are you talking about the O'Hara paperback with the green cover?
IIRC there was nothing all that unusual in that text...wasn't it pretty standard Hwarang knife defenses?
And given the number of readily available books on guns, etc. in print, what exactly would qualify as 'too deadly' to print?
 shocked
14  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Women and the breakdown of discipline on: May 25, 2004, 11:50:43 AM
"... That sexual misconduct and pregnancy has increased due to mixed-gendered units/ranks/what-have-you "

And I'm not so sure that we can point to increased pregnancies as indicating there was less sexual misconduct before women were allowed to serve onboard ships.

While it is true that prior to that time, no one got pregnant from being shown the golden rivet, it doesn't mean nothing untoward was happening.
 embarassed

Paul
15  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Women and the breakdown of discipline on: May 18, 2004, 12:32:00 PM
"Let's take a look at these variables"

Tiny has already used one of the standard tests for variables.
If you remove it, does the situation change significantly?

And in the case of women in warfare, without women in combat were there war crimes, cowardice, etc? When women went into combat, did these things change drastically?

Seems like the answers should allow us to observe that war is what it is, and those involved in warfare are more likely be influenced by war, than to change war itself.

Paul
16  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Women and the breakdown of discipline on: May 16, 2004, 07:23:29 AM
When the US Navy first went coed aboard ship, the official line was that there had been no cases of unauthorized sexual conduct during the first cruise, and yet no explanation was provided for the pregnant female sailors that popped up.

People have sex. People ignore regulations. People screw up. Even military people.  Even our military people.

Yeah, it would be far better if things like this didn't happen, but to expect them not to happen is perhaps as naive as those Navy officials...certainly as naive as expecting those in charge of large organizations to not only know about, but have absolute control over all the actions of every member of their group.

The military (and law enforcement, and the church, and the schools, and the martial arts...) is made up of people...full of good intentions, and capable of failing to live up those good intentions at every turn.

So the realistic thing to focus on, is whether any meaningful changes get made which address the factors that allowed this particular problem to get out of hand.
17  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Getting caught with a blade: conversations with a cop on: March 03, 2004, 10:40:57 AM
Sadly enough, far too many police officers get their information on the law from poorly remembered and abbreviated classes, often by word of mouth, and from various other less than useful sources (and yes, there are exceptions, there are officers who do know the latest and best info)...in some cases the LEO's perception of what is legal is based on whether or not their last similar case was bounced out of court.
Also consider that their job is filtered though lenses which favor the government's right to prohibit inbdividuals from doing certain things. In many cases the courts have come along and specifically said that people have the right to do things long held to be illegal by cops and by legislators...

The result is that you just can't count on any given officer to explain what your individual rights are...Advice from an attorney who has won several such cases would be a better bet as to what you can and can't carry, or do, or say.

However, if you don't want to be a test case  shocked   I would suggest that any legal encounters with police acting properly should be limited to 'Yes thanks', No thanks', and 'Am I free to go now?' Cool

Paul
18  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Mental state on: February 05, 2004, 01:49:17 PM
Training has to be taken as training...if we want to advance beyond the point we are at today.
Just re-enacting a life or death situation in your mind, and applying your current skills as though it were the street, is IMHO a limited training method, although there comes a time where training should deal realistically with adrenaline pumping. taking a hit, etc.

Notice that people who train for combat firearms don't *start* their training by opening up on everyone else at the pistol range... shocked There are intermediate steps.
Train your hard hitting separately from your defensive maneuvers, separately from your offensive tactics, and so on...then integrate them into what you would do with a real attacker.


FWIW
Paul Nunis
19  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / FEEDBACK PLEASE on: January 27, 2004, 03:04:30 PM
I like this board, and can't think of anything I would want changed...the 'Guest' posting might become confusing down the line if several people are using it in the same thread.."I'm the real Guest, all you other Guests are just..."

Paul Nunis
20  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Tonfa techniques on: December 26, 2003, 04:50:55 PM
PR-24 is the trade name of a specific side handled police baton, which only resembles a tonfa in shape, not in detail or design...
Many tonfa techniques won't work nearly as well on a sidehandled baton, and trying to use a sidehandled baton in pairs like a tonfa, may allow for some visually appealing twirling, but a lot of the police techniques are designed for use in a non-tonfa fashion, if that makes sense.  
 
Anyway, books on  basic and advanced PR-24 techniques are available.
One author is Truncale, another is LeBell.

Take care
Paul Nunis
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