Tuesday, June 21, 2005

WeaselCraft pt.Deux

We have established that weaselcraft is the way of surviving a confrontation,and going home.
Which is,of course,in line with the first rule of WeaselCraft,I don't care,I'm going home.
But it also is the way of surviving,period.
How many people have a manner of looking at the world that enables them to make it home.
Not as a by-product,but as the culmination of the plan?
And it involves more than fighting,guns,and knives.
Can you take care of a medical emergency?How about avoiding a riot,otherwise known as E&E?
Don't limit the skills or knowledge you have,everything is important,in it's context.
What skills do you think are important for this goal?

7 Comments:

Blogger Dan Gambiera said...

The question is where does your weaselcraft start hurting you more than it helps? How much time, money and mental energy is too much to spend on a security lifestyle weighed against the actual risks of a person's life?

My martial arts teacher can't get theft insurance for his business. But the company is more than willing to sell him "terrorism insurance". There is no real chance of the terrorists targetting one-horse welding shops in East Armpit. The fact that they make money peddling this crap means that there is a lot of overactive weasels out there.

4:27 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

Your MA teacher doesn't need insurance!LOL
There is a point where it can be paranoia,but it's a fime line.
For me it's like getting dressed,I take a minimum amount of gear that can help in different situations.Actually,it's less than you carry,give or take.
Like anything,it can be taken too far,but only you can decide that for yourself.

5:27 AM  
Blogger Dan Gambiera said...

Yeah, you right.

I think I've just reached my limit on "combat tactics for today's mean streets" articles and ads for the BlacTacMilSpecOpsPOS 13/17ths serrated Combat Eviscerator dendritically cooled in the blood of virgins.

By the bye, there's a nice big house going up for sale right next door to us. The owners are retiring and moving back to Tennessee to be near the grandkids.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

Oh,now thats just mean!
What are they asking?

9:08 AM  
Blogger Dan Gambiera said...

Lessee...

3228 sq. ft
4b/bath
updated kitchen and baths (master bath has jetted tub)
unfinished basement
two blocks from the bus
good schools
I've seen them doing work on the roof, and I know they rebuilt the foundation about two years ago

offered at $289,000

11:46 AM  
Blogger Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Also rebuilt the retaining wall facing the street and steps up from the sidewalk w/in the last 5 years... nice flowers all round the yard... former owners are a nice elderly black couple, non-smokers and non-pet owners. I reckon the house is very clean. Corner lot, the side street is very quiet. Really nice neighbors on that side too.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Don said...

Dan,

Actually, that does not mean there are more overactive weasels out there unless you want to call insurance agents weasels. That's fine with me but doesn't have anything to do with what Terry and I call "Weaselcraft."

There is only one reason an insurance agent would not provide theft insurance but would provide an "abstract" insurance like "terrorism insurance" or "Tsunami insurance in Nevada." That is because the area gets a lot of burglaries and robberies.

When you purchase insurance, you are betting that you will need it and will benefit from it. You are betting that something is going to happen.

The insurance agent is betting the opposite and playing the odds, that's all it is. So, in your Teacher's area, the insurance agent won't play because he knows the area. But will provide an abstract (nonsense) policy that he knows he will never have to pay out on because it's all a racket anyway.

As far as other risks in life and whatnot and how that effects what people decide to prepare for...

We now have the luxury of calling simple survival "a security lifestyle" because when we need a firearm we can call 911 and get one in the form of a police officer and when we need a First Aid Kit, we can call 911 and get one in the form of a ParaMedic. So, that way of thinking is really moot when you consider that most people have a "security lifestyle" that revolves around their mobile phone...a hand device to have but sometimes it's not fast enough.

Some people clank when they walk from overreaction. I don't. There was a time when I did because of where I had to work, but not anymore. Everything gets pared down if your sane.

But delving into a concept like "Weaselcraft" is more about using your head than carrying gear.

8:42 AM  

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