Great acts are made up of small deeds.

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Lao Tsu

Online Guide to Prevent Online Identity Theft

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BT, a UK communications solutions provider, has released a ten-point guide [PDF] to help prevent Internet users falling victim to online fraud and identity theft. The guide forms part of an Internet security report highlighting growing and future online threats, published in conjunction with Yahoo, the UK government’s Get Safe Online campaign, and the Metropolitan Police. The report found that 62 percent of consumers surveyed thought that online fraud could not happen to them. Over 40 percent said that they were not aware whether they had been victims of online fraud or not. Although only eight percent of those surveyed have been victims of online fraud in the last year, the problem is growing because consumers are unaware of the major new and rapidly growing threat of online identity theft. Consumers seem unaware that the Internet and not their trashcan is the place criminals are now most likely to use to steal personal information. Detective Chief Superintendent Nigel Mawer said, “Online identity theft and fraud are the latest techniques.” The report gives consumers a comprehensive overview of new and emerging online threats and a comprehensive list of where people can go to report cybercrimes.
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Be Aware!

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This is a great site that allows you to see a map of registered sex offenders near you. Remember 90% of self-defense is awareness.

Lower your voice and strengthen your argument.

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– Lebanese Proverb
Other than a Kei, yelling will get you no where!

Fighting Autism to Earn a Black Belt!

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Hendersonville, N.C., USA
Michael Joyce Jr., recently earned his Black Belt in Karate at the age of 27. Now this may not seem like a big deal but Michael Joyce Jr., is autistic. Over the past six years he worked his way to his Black Belt one baby step at a time. If you ask Joyce what brought him from beginner to the ultimate-success status of holding a black belt in karate, he sums it up in one word: “Perseverance.” The principle of progress through ‘baby steps’ is well known but most people are not wise enough or strong enough of will to have the perseverence to follow this simple advice. No so with Mr. Joyce.

Joyce’s journey started six years ago when his parents brought him to observe a class at Karakido Karate on Four Seasons Boulevard. “He didn’t have much interest in anything before karate,” says his mother, April Joyce. After that first class, Joyce begged his parents to join the other students on a regular basis. A transformation took place whenever he was on the mat during the two weekly classes — he became a focused and motivated practitioner of martial arts. Master Roger Yarborough of Karakido Karate, notes that success in Karate emphasizes the individual journey and takes personal hurdles into account when evaluating one’s progress. Martial arts is open to beginners from all walks of life, from the very young to the elderly and the physically handicapped.Michael Joyce, Jr.

Karate was originally recommended for Joyce because studies have shown it benefits people with autism as well as those struggling with attention deficit disorder. Martial arts may trigger a balance in left-brain and right-brain activity, enhancing focus in its participants. Joyce is especially skilled at Kata. Master Yarborough’s program of Karakido, which loosely translates as “open yourself to the way of inner power,” blends the most effective techniques of martial arts. It stresses flexibility of styles to meet specific needs. For Joyce and most of Yarborough’s students, this flexibility is essential to drawing out personal strengths. “Martial arts has increased the quality of Michael’s life,” says Yarborough. “He feels empowered and confident, and can more easily branch out and become accomplished in other aspects of life.” There is little doubt Joyce will continue to progress. In class most nights, he is showing other students the techniques he knows. His black belt in karate, his teacher and parents think, is only the beginning of what Joyce will achieve.

Since Joyce began honing his karate skills, his “ability to speak publicly has increased dramatically,” Master Yarborough says. With Yarborough’s help, Joyce’s speech impediments, such as a stutter, and uncontrolled hand wringing have decreased. “Michael was once shy with people who were new to him, and since studying martial arts it is no longer an issue,” Yarborough says. “He has a real love for life, and sets an example we can all learn from.”

Joyce’s transformation began more than 10 years ago, when his parents consulted with a California pediatrician. The doctor recommended that Joyce change his diet, eliminating problem foods such as sugar, wheat and dairy. “The strict diet is difficult to follow but makes a huge difference,” says Joyce’s mother, April. Previously absorbed in “his own world,” for the first time he started showing interest in outside things. April Joyce, already trained in Lovaas Therapy, a behavior modification program for treatment of people with autism, started applying the therapy to her son, encouraging him to learn to adapt to his environment. She attributes his achievements to a combination of three factors — diet, behavior therapy and appropriate doses of medication. “Unfortunately parents tend to believe professionals when they give limitations on what those with autism can achieve,” his mother says. “I was told he would never read for pleasure, and he certainly reads well now.” To improve Joyce’s fine motor skills, his parents enrolled him in piano lessons. “We discovered that Michael has perfect pitch when he started playing ‘tricks’ on his piano teacher by changing the key, unannounced, of the pieces he would perform,” says his father, Michael Joyce Sr. To everyone’s amazement, he naturally played in different keys without any instruction from his teacher. Now he is learning to play the guitar.

Our complements to both Michael Joyce, Jr. for his achievement and Master Yarborough for his dedication and commitment to his students success. Masters like Master Yarborough give the Martial Arts its good reputation!

KarateTraining.org Forum goes Live!

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Get Your $5.00 Coupon Incentive!!Visit the Forum today, setup an account and start a discussion! Yes we know there are plenty of discussion forums online but ours is different! KarateTraining.org is going to be implementing a rewards system for top posters, best topics, random member picks and more! Rewards System you ask?! Well we figure Visa has them, the airlines have them, why shouldn’t we! Oh, you wanted to know what the rewards will be?! Sorry those details are being worked out, but some rewards may be retroactive! But for right now we have been authorized to issue a $5.00 KarateTraining.org Store coupon to the next 20 users that register and post something intelligent, that’s to rule out the “Karate Kid has been here” posts! 😉 What other Karate Forum is going to give you a deal like that!? So don’t just sit there…go get Registered, post today and roll in the green paper we call dough tomorrow! All coupon awards are at the discretion of the KarateTraining.org management.

Presumed Innocence for Self-Defense

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Tucson,AZ,USA
The state Senate Judiciary Committee also voted to alter state law to presume that anyone who claims he or she killed someone else in self-defense is telling the truth. It would then be up to prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the killing was not justified. Right now, Arizona is one of just two states that require someone who uses deadly force to prove he or she was justified. That presumption bothers Senate Majority Leader Tim Bee. “It’s extremely important that people in this country are considered innocent until proven guilty,” said Bee, a Tucson Republican. He said the current statute puts people in the position of having to prove their innocence. The 7-1 vote approving the proposal came over the objection of Ed Cook, lobbyist for the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council, who said the measure is opposed by all 15 county attorneys. “It’s going to make the public more unsafe,” he said. “It’s going to extend a tactical defense, a tactical excuse to seasoned criminals who can beat the system.” The Senate bill has some overlap with the third measure, approved by the House of Representatives on Monday, to enhance the “castle doctrine” to let individuals protect their homes and cars. That measure, approved on a 36-21 vote, says a person is legally justified in using deadly physical force when someone either unlawfully or forcibly enters a residence or vehicle. But that presumption would not apply if the victim had the right to be in the home or vehicle or was the parent, grandparent or legal guardian of a child being taken from the car or house.
Why do so many people in this country nearly 50% and even more internationally have such a problem with people defending themselves? Is it lack of experience? Do they believe fleeing or restraining orders really work? Do they so distrust the average citizen, as criminally enabled just waiting for the chance to gun someone down? I just don’t understand how a basic right, personal safety, can be so repugnant to some people.

No Limits for Leremy!

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Leremy KirkChillicothe,OH, USA.

The Chillicothe Martial Arts Academy has a truely amazing student. 12-year-old Leremy Kirk is becoming an adept Karate kid despite the fact that he is less than five feet and lacks use of his legs. Leremy and his instructor, Sensei Bryan Speakman, have collaborated for the last 18 months on formulating Shotokan Karate movements done from a wheelchair or on a mat. Leremy is currently ranked a green belt and he earned it the hard way, with a lot of practice! He faces the same requirements as all the other students, no free ride which is the way Leremy likes it. Karate isn’t Leremy’s only athletic interest, he also plays golf and wrestles, but not for the school. Unfortunately his school are unsure of what to do with Leremy, luckily Sensei Bryan Speakman does! In true Budo spirit Leremy refuses to allow the loss of control of his legs to affect his interests. The boy sustained permanent injuries destroying nerves in his legs and causing him to have problems with his bladder requiring a nurse to assist him at school. While he cannot participate in the school sports program he does participates in gym class and other activities. “If he sees something and likes it,” said Melissa Dalton, the boy’s mother. “He’s going to find a way to do it.”

Leremy Kirk and Sensei Bryan Speakman, you have our highest respect. Visit our new Forum to discuss this story. OSU!

EFF: Don’t use Google Desktop

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The nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is urging everyone not to use the new version of Google Desktop. The high-profile privacy watchdog group (EFF) has a terse warning for business and consumer users. A new feature added to Google Desktop on Thursday, February 9, is a serious privacy and security risk because of the way a user’s data is stored on Google’s servers. The new “Share Across Computers” feature stores Web browsing history, Microsoft Office documents, PDF and text files on Google’s servers to allow a user to run remote searches from multiple computers, but, according to the EFF, this presents a lucrative target to malicious hackers. Google said users can use a “Clear my Files” button to manually remove all files from its servers or a “Don’t Search These Items” preference to remove specific files and folders from the software’s index.
Despite this claim by Google you have no way to verify that your data was removed from their server or their backups of that data. Just think for a moment about when ypu use the google search engine, have you ever noticed the “Cached” link? This is a link to the page that Google has stored on their servers despite the fact that the owner of the site has removed the site from the Internet. Now do you trust them? Remember use common sense, it is your best self-defense weapon.

Stop the Press!

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The criminals must be shaking in their boots. The Federal Trade Commission is going to hold hearings on identity theft THIS FALL! The hearings will focus on emerging technologies being exploited by Internet spies and identity thieves. The FTC last held similar hearings in 1995, when the technology to create now familiar problems such as spyware and spam was still in its infancy. “It is time to look ahead and examine the next generation of issues to emerge in our high-tech global marketplace…Ten years is an eternity for technology,” FTC Chairperson Deborah Platt Majoras said. The new hearings would include issues such as spyware, spam, radio frequency identification, and identity theft. Todd Davis, chief executive officer of LifeLock Inc., an identity theft prevention company, said the government had some catching up to do. “The thieves have advanced with the technology and we have not,” Davis said. Majoras said the hearings would take place sometime this fall, and would include business, technology, academic, and law enforcement experts. I’m glad to see they have a firm date in mind! The cogs of government never stop amazing me! [ Source ]