Here are a few links to articles and videos I found interesting this week and want to share. Some are intellectual. Some are informative. Some are just fun. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.
It’s always good to know what weeds make great food!
Two articles highlighting some pretty compelling research that shows clear benefits of being outside and away from technology.
“The current research indicates that there is a real, measurable cognitive advantage to be realized if we spend time truly immersed in a natural setting,”
I see so many people in the gym every day spending hours walking on treadmills and riding stationary bikes. I wonder how much better their lives would be if they went for their walk outside in the woods?
I teach knife combatives to cops. I often hear the statement from administrators that “I’ve never heard of a cop using a knife on the street.” or “If a cop stabs a bad guy, he’s going to go to jail.” They are comments made out of ignorance. Here is an example of a cop using a knife to defend against a gun grab. I have about 10 other cases in my files of cops doing the same thing. While it’s certainly controversial for cops to stab a criminal, it isn’t unheard of. And in every case I’ve found, the officer has been legally justified in using the knife. If you are going to use a knife to defend against a gun grab, get some training. You need more than just another weapon. You need additional skills.
The final installment of a great series of articles about testosterone in men…how it works, the benefits, and how levels can be improved. Low male testosterone is at an epidemic level in the USA. Follow the advice in the article to raise yours. If that doesn’t work, see a good endocrinologist. There are (non-steroid) medications that will raise your levels without dangerous side effects.
I wonder why this isn’t available in the USA yet? Amazing technology and innovation….
Research that may point to a biological cause for pedophilia.
I really like Reason magazine, but this article about mass shootings comes to the wrong conclusions…
The conclusions depend on how you define the term “mass shooting”. The author tracked homicides where four or more people were KILLED by guns. Today’s better medical care ensures that fewer people are killed from gunshot wounds than in the 1920s. If you look at Ron Borsch’s research, he tracks what he calls “Rapid Mass Murders” (RMMs) which more narrowly define the criteria for entry. His criteria is four or more victims killed in a public place in less than 20 minutes. That better gets to what we are looking at because it factors out familial homicides where a father or mother kills their kids and themselves.
Ron’s research numbers come to a different conclusion:
From 1975 through 1999, RMMs averaged one per year. 1999 through 2010, the yearly average was four. Last year there were eight, and the total for 2012 through Thanksgiving was 9.
Ladies in the Columbus area looking for a great introductory self defense class? I highly recommend this one….