Channel your energy

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To often we are misguided. To often we are apathetic. To often we waste our energy on the wrong target because it is easy. It was recently reported the Flight attendants feel wrath of fliers. I’m not sure why this was news but it got me to thinking. Flight attendants, store clerks, front line employees in most cases catch the wrath of us the consumers. This is rarely warranted because these employees are almost as powerless as we are. We forget that like us these people are just trying to make a living and do their job. There are always those who want to make a living and NOT do their job, those deserve our wrath! But in general we focus our energy on the little guy when we have a problem. That is why the people we should be focusing our energy on pay them to do this job. They are a decoy for you to channel your energy onto. This of course is a pointless as punching a random, non-threatening guy walking by when someone else is giving you a hard time. From my experience acting like this makes you a bully. A bully is someone who picks on or attacks someone in a vulnerable position, like the random, non-threatening guy. So when we get aggressive with front line staff we are acting like bullies, like it or not. Most front line employees are reasonable people and know if you are getting the shaft or not. Instead of showing them empathy we should be showing them apathy, we should first let them know we are not personally attacking them. Then we should ask how we can solve the problem at hand. Try to work with them not at them! I can’t tell you how many times I have had front line employees thank me for extending these common courtesies. Of course I often have to speak with management but if the employee is helpful I always admonish management and praise the front line employee. However, if the front line employee is one that acts like it is their company to defend and is part of the problem then I make them part of the problem!
So as we travel this Holiday week or anytime this summer and beyond, remember that the person in front of you is usually just trying to do their job. If you want to vent your energy on someone ask for the manager, pull back the curtain and go after the wizard, go all the way to the CEO if you have to! But be nice and stay in control, you are a Martial Artist after all!

UK Law makes security research illegal?!

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The United Kingdom (UK) has enacted a Law that outs a stop to security research! Now this law applies to Web Security or software flaws however there is a greater implication for anyone involved in security related professions (martial artists, private detectives, risk analysts, etc). The law punishes researchers for attempting to locate flaws much less disclose those flaws. A report written the Computer Security Institute took input from a broad working group, including security researchers and representatives of U.S. law
enforcement agencies. The reason the Law was passed was because everyone’s eye was on increasing the ability to prosecute Web attackers. As is often the case no one thought of the far reaching implications of this law, or maybe they did! If you would like to read the report it is available as a Free PDF (registration required): http://www.gocsi.com/forms/fbi/csi_workinggroup.jhtml
If a law like this can pass perhaps we will soon see laws that say it is illegal to demonstrate or simulate physical attacks, or to look for physical security vulnerabilities! It is a direct comparison to this law so don’t laugh… After all couldn’t a would be attacker take your class to learn how their victims may defend themselves and thereby find a way to overcome their defense?!? I’m sure our law makers are thinking about this right now…

Common Sense…use it!

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This news is a few weeks old but it was to good a topic to pass up! So on April 13th it was reported that a Deadly virus phone threat causes Pakistan panic. No w at first glance this isn’t a big deal, hackers found a way to send you a virus to your phone, BUT you would be mistaken. No, no! Pakistan mobile service providers have been inundated by calls from subscribers worried by a prank message that they could die of a deadly virus being transmitted via their phones. You read right, they thought that someone could send them an actual medical virus that could infect their body and make them sick. So we have to give everyone the benefit of the doubt here perhaps this was a small group and the report is slightly overblown…Guess again…The rumor was so effective that some mosques in the country’s biggest city, Karachi, made announcements that people were being killed by a mobile virus and they should be aware of God’s wrath. And so whoever started this “virus” prank is up there with the greats like “War of the Worlds”. Perhaps those panicking had recently seen the Hollywood movie “The Ring” in which people die within a week after watching a video. In Pakistan the prankster warned users that a deadly virus transmitted through phones had already killed 20 people. And people wonder why we Americans found Borat so believable? (Maybe a bad example since I haven’t seen the movie yet!) There are more than 52 million mobile users among 160 million people in Pakistan, no word yet on how many people were infected…I mean affected by this prank!
So what should we all learn from this event? How about applying a little common sense when faced with any situation.

Exploiting Our Safety Zone

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As reported in the Baltimore Sun. A Maryland boy was burned by acid on school slide. A 2 1/2 -year-old boy was severely burned Saturday afternoon, April 14, at the playground of a Middle River, MD, elementary school after going down a slide doused in sulfuric acid and landing in a pool of the corrosive liquid. Authorities said they believe vandals stole the industrial-strength drain cleaner from a storage closet at Victory Villa Elementary School and poured it over pieces of playground equipment The boy, who lives less than a quarter-mile from the school, was in fair condition last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s pediatric burn unit. He was being treated for third-degree chemical burns — the acid having penetrated three layers of skin. “We found this liquid on everything — the jungle gym, the monkey bars — everything,” said Baltimore County Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Vickie Warehime. This incident came just two days after a similar one in Texas. A two-year-old girl there suffered minor burns on her left forearm and buttocks after she got on a playground slide. Investigators in the Austin suburb of Leander said they believe someone sprayed the slide, benches and the grass at a community park with hydrochloric acid stolen from a community pool, according to media reports.
I wasn’t sure about posting this story here but decided to do so to raise awareness. I thought about not posting it because I didn’t want to give any ideas to some any sick individuals out there. Then I decided it was more important to wake people up and raise their awareness. These two events are isolated cases and I don’t think “our children” are in grave danger. But these stories do speak to the attitude we often take when adopting a false sense of security in certain environments. Many people judge the world by their experiences and can’t imagine anyone doing something like this, that leaves them vulnerable. We must always be aware of our surroundings and should never be overly trusting of an environment (a playground, school, etc) or of people (neighbors, friends, etc). I know this sounds paranoid but that is not what I am advocating. There is no blame here either, these stories are not the fault of the parents or the children, any more then the passengers are to blame for the attack on the World Trade Towers. But if we are a little more aware we might notice something that could stop the next person from being attacked. But don’t forget that is a ‘might’ and ‘could’ since there is no safe environment or perfectly aware person. May none of us ever experience what these poor children and their families are dealing with, and may they catch the sick individuals responsible.

Ninja Mania!

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Ninja Mania continues to sweep the Nation and World…
This latest sighting is at the University of Utah where last week a Ninja has invaded the Associated Student primary elections. The Ninja claimed the most write-in votes, 34! In a rare interview the claimed that he would never reveal his identity, Ninja has not given his name or allowed himself to be photographed. Even if elected, Ninja said, he would never reveal his true identity. Ninja said he is running in the student government elections as a protest against the system. “I decided to run in the ASUU elections because I wanted to pad my résumé and get chicks,” Ninja said. “If elected, I will give preferential treatment to those who supported me. I will also fulfill some of my campaign promises, if I feel like it…maybe”. While remaining anonymous the Ninja does maintain a party Web site, www.ninjak.org, where the Ninja promises to give students free cupcakes every day, start an ASUU lottery and have a monorail system replace the campus shuttle system. He expresses opposition toward things such as poodles, women’s outerwear that looks like underwear and car mufflers that sound like kazoos. The Ninja Karaoke Opposition Party has not filed with the elections registrar in the traditional manner and is running as a write-in candidate. “ASUU has collected $2,660 in filing fees from candidates this year. We prefer to retain our funds to purchase katana blades and Doritos,” Ninja said. Ninja is not alone in his party — he said he has the backing of many students and a “vast secret ninja army.” On Ninja’s Web site, he warns, “Please give Ninja your full support so his vast secret army does not have to hunt you down in the night.” Ninja said he is known for his karaoke skills because students value candidates with the capacity to entertain. Although Ninja is a U student studying in an undisclosed college and living in an undisclosed location, he claims he hails from a mountain village in central Honshu, a Japanese island.
We wish this Anonymous candidate well in future ASUU elections but until then remember that somewhere lurking about campus, posting fliers, writing in sidewalk chalk, and taking names all in the dark of the night. He is only identified as Ninja, is he friend or foe? We leave that to you to decide…

First Martial Arts Class?!?

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How’d you like this to be your first Martial Arts class?!

Spreading the Martial Arts

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One country at a time!
Sam Muripo, of Zimbabwe, is the reigning African middleweight champion of the Len Barnes South African karate tournament. He is also now the holder of an international licence issued by All Japan Kyokushin Union which he received last week. This means Muripo can now open dojos, which are internationally recognised, and can now train karatekas in kyokushin karate, participate in all international seminars and enjoy voting powers. Muripo, a second dan holder, is the technical director of Mas Oyama Dojo at Harare’s Raylton Sports Club. Muripo is now required to observe the principles of the Kyokushin Union Japan. “It now gives us the powers to run our union professionally as we are now eligible to attend seminars and come back and impart the knowledge to others. I can now grade karatekas…and conduct training sessions and not just wait for everything to be done by instructors from South Africa,” said Muripo.

Neck Deep!

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So here I am neck deep in working on the site watching the election. What amazes me is that with 1% of the precincts reporting they can tell you who won! Does that seem a little odd to anyone else? Well I have code to work through and a patch to install so I better leave the soapboxing to a more appropriate form…for now!

Armed and patriotic = safer society

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Here’s a story a friend of mine sent me with his comments… A knife-wielding grocery store employee attacked eight co-workers Friday, seriously injuring five before a witness pulled a gun and stopped him, police said. ‘Police arrived within minutes and took the attacker into custody…’
Moral of this story: Responsible citizens with guns save lives through deterrence of crime and stopping attacks in progress. There aren’t enough police around in any given emergency, they tend to show up too late since they are understaffed or misallocated in most places.
I could not have said it better! Thanks Gal. Yes this is a pro-gun view which I could easily write an entire book on for anyone interested in an open discussion:)

No Fault in Martial Arts Instructor’s Death

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Greg Deep, 1962-2005Greg Deep, 43, was killed the morning of August 9th, 2005 on his way to work at Ahn’s Fitness Center when a car struck him while riding his bicycle. Deep, who was not wearing a helmet died of massive head injuries at 11:29 a.m. at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. The driver of the car, Pamela Cummings 43, was driving a Ford Contour. Despite some inconsistencies from witnesses the fatality investigator Darrin Marcus concluded the facts of the case did not warrant criminal prosecution of Pamela Cummings who struck and killed Greg Deep while he was riding his bicycle without a helmet. Marcus said a helmet might not have saved him. The primary reason no charges are being filed is due to the fact that Deep did not stop at the intersection and Cummings had the Green light. Cyclists must follow the rules of the road for automobiles, but are not required to wear helmets if they are aged 16 or older.Deep graduated from high school from Mount De Sales Academy and earned a history degree at Mercer University. He was an avid Bible reader who had a copy of the New Testament on his desk and a CD of the Old Testament in his compact disc player at the office where he served as general manager and head instructor. His small office had about 40 plaques and awards representing many of his accomplishments. The community was hard hit by his death.