STREET SMARTS: Countersurveillance Techniques

“Are ‘they’ watching you?” This is one of the first questions used to determine if you are in need of commitment to an in-patient facility, but it is also a question that you should ask yourself while conducting the business of daily life. The “they” in question are not the Boogeyman, the Tri-Lateral Commission, or

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STREET SMARTS It’s a Good Time To Prepare for Bad Times

My buddy was depressed, seriously down in the dumps. We were meeting for our every-few-weeks beer at a local Mexican joint. He’s an old friend who has worked in the newspaper and communications business his entire life. He’s also a serious practicing liberal. I like him anyway. “Are you kidding me?” he asked incredulously, nearly

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STREET SMARTS: Tactical Subterfuge, or the Art of BS

Once again, I’ve had a weird idea for a column. This one might be unique because I’ve never seen anything similar in print, and thus our discussion might be a World’s First. I’m going to talk about bluffing, or more pedantically: Tactical Subterfuge. This concept is a strange idea to examine because of my foundational

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STREET SMARTS Ten Major Tactical Mistakes

Want a quick and easy read that doesn’t tax your brainpower with monotonous things like storyline, plot development, and resolution? Here’s our quick-n-dirty guide to ten major tactical mistakes that too many people make … yes, maybe even you. 1. They don’t carry a gun. This is actually a bit of a misnomer: I’m not

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STREET SMARTS: Suspect or Victim?

I was reading a post from a well-known trainer whom I don’t usually agree with, but I peruse his writing because of the provocative points it often raises. Recently he advanced a very interesting idea I had never considered: after a shooting, will the police look at you as a suspect or a victim? With

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STREET SMARTS: Foot Pursuits

On 2 March 2018, the 24th U.S. police officer to die this year in the line of duty was struck down by gunfire during a foot pursuit. His name was Deputy Jacob Pickett and he worked for the Boone County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). It happened 1.67 miles from the keyboard where this column is

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STREET SMARTS: Don’t Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Is there anything quite as memorable as finding out that you’re going to be a parent, or that you have won the lottery, or when somebody shows you their hands but there happens to be a gun or knife in one of them? These three situations are certainly surprising and memorable, but it’s the last

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STREET SMARTS What a Pane!

While staring out an airplane window last week, I marveled at the multiple thicknesses of acrylic that protected me from the low pressure and frigid temperatures less than a paperback-book thickness away. While such idle fascination is the result of a bored mind sitting in one of those flying chicken coops we call ”air travel,”

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Street Smarts: Caching Fever

While the occasional reader has accused this writer of being a second-rate version of the sainted Louis Awerbuck, this particular column is actually mostly recycled from one that never saw the light of day. That’s fortunate, because it means Mrs. Clinton didn’t win the election in 2016. While I’m not the biggest fan of the

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