Here are a few links to articles and videos I found interesting this week. Some are intellectual. Some are informative. Some are just fun. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.
In my medical classes I talk about how drug expirations work and about the military SLEP testing mentioned in this article. The bottom line is that if your drug isn’t a liquid and doesn’t have a time release mechanism (extended release), it will likely remain at full potency for between two and six years AFTER the expiration date.
Jeff Gonzales shares some excellent advice about carrying and training with a folding knife.
“I hear a lot about genetics, but people in the 19th century had genetics, didn’t they? Yet they didn’t have an obesity epidemic. You know what else they didn’t have back then? Cinnabon. Coincidence? Probably not.”
Lack of ankle mobility is a huge restriction on basic athletic performance. Here’s how to check for optimal mobility and what to do if you find a restriction.
Many gun companies won’t sell parts for their guns directly to the consumer. I disagree with this practice. I won’t carry a gun that I can’t fix myself. And I can’t fix it if I can’t buy parts. Beretta has now made parts available for their Model 92/M9 pistol directly on their website. If you own one of these, pick up a new recoil spring. If you do a lot of shooting, you probably need it.
Learn about the “law of reciprocity” and “commitment bias”. These are not limited to comedians. They are techniques that criminals and con artists will use as well. Being able to recognize when you are being manipulated is a critical skill to possess.
“I’ll just shoot him in the legs.”
“Two to the chest, one to the head.”
“Double tap and done.”
“I’ll just shoot him in the pelvis and work my way up.”
All of these “plans” presuppose that your bad guy will let you. We shoot to stop the threat and doing so means targeting the center of what is offered, or exercising discipline until you can maneuver for a clear shot or wait for the threat to give you one. We should be wary of anything that always works on paper, just as we should probably be dubious of magic formulas that require a specific set of circumstances to work. The only off switch is a hit (or more) to the central nervous system. Outside of that, you can and should expect a threat to continue to fight regardless of where or how many times you hit them. Until they lose consciousness or surrender, they are still a threat and should be treated as such by the continued use of controlled violence so long as you have a clear shot.”
Very important research and information about Vitamin D.
Being able to fight in the stand up clinch is a critical skill to acquire. But what if your martial art doesn’t do any clinch work? Cecil explains how to practice the stand up clinch in a BJJ context.
A police officer (and attorney) details the primary components of state “Stand Your Ground” laws and why they are important. The author’s book When Cops Kill is a useful read for anyone interested in the aftermath of a deadly force incident.
Important items to carry when traveling…whether it’s your child or you who are going away for spring break.
Did you see the recent article about how eating meat is as bad for you as smoking? Don’t believe the hype. Here is a breakdown of the study in question.
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