Welcome to this week’s Urban Survival Newsletter, brought to you by SurviveInPlace.com and UrbanSurvivalGuide.com.
This week, I’m excited to announce the release of my new book on Urban Survival Barter & Negotiating Skills, I’m going to cover three simple principles you can use to quickly identify the best improvised weapons in your immediate area. Finally, I’m going to tell you what you can do today to help stop Congress from censoring opposing views within 60 days of an election. This jackboot-bully bill is written to intimidate non-profits, small companies, and bloggers from having a voice in the political process. I really need your help on this.
Urban Survival Barter & Negotiating Skills
Great news for those of you who have been waiting for my ebook on Urban Survival Barter & Negotiating Skills! If you purchased the full course and chose to get additional lessons instead of the printed version of the course, it is now available for immediate download in the members area.
If you aren’t in this select group, but are still interested in negotiating and bartering skills for disaster and survival situations, (who isn’t?) you can still get access to this valuable information. Here’s what’s inside:
-10 powerful pre-planning steps. If you’re not using these, you’ll pay an average of 30% too much for all your private party purchases, as well as major purchases both now and in a survival situation.
-When you should use adversarial negotiating and when it will cost you dearly.
-On page 7, I’ll tell you the one time you should NEVER negotiate.
-How to instantly identify and use 12 physical negotiating tactics that are probably used on you all the time.
-11 verbal strategies you can start using immediately…They’re so powerful that many consider them “unfair.”
-12 manipulative strategies you MUST be able to identify and how to counter them.
-The history and possible future of bartering.
-23 skills that will be especially valuable for bartering in a survival situation and 2 that you should avoid unless you are already an expert.
-58 items you should consider stocking up on for bartering. *This isn’t your typical list that you see reprinted all over the place of what people THINK will have value. It comes from real life experiences by missionaries in 3rd world countries, former government employees who have “gone native” in various hell-holes, and city dwellers who had to survive in Mogadishu, Beruit, Berlin, Stalingrad, Buenos Aires, and even New Orleans.
Right now, I don’t even have a sales page up for it, but if you go to http://surviveinplace.com/survivalbarter you can get instant pre-release access to it for $17. Over the next few days, I’ll be adding an interview that I did with the creator of the FBI Hostage/Crisis Negotiating manual. It’s VERY powerful stuff & you’ll be able to download it as soon as it’s available. Both the electronic and book forms of the Survival Bartering and Negotiating course are also available in the SurviveInPlace.com Platinum package, which is available at http://surviveinplace.com/platinum.php
Principlies of improvised weapons
One of the common questions that I get from students in the SurviveInPlace.com course is what they should look for in an improvised weapon.
That’s a great question, and I’m going to give you some guidelines that you can use to help identify everyday items that you can use as an improvised weapon if you need to.
To start with, you need to accept the fact that your mind is your greatest weapon and every tool that you put in your hands will be limited or magnified by your mind.
That being said, you want to look for items that will give you an advantage over simply using your body. It’s important to point out that oftentimes your best reaction to a surprise attack is going to be to immediately attack with your body’s natural weapons rather than taking several seconds to identify and wield an improvised weapon.
Think of it this way. Many firearms instructors teach that the purpose of a handgun is to give you a way to react quickly and fight your way to your long gun. This is much better than being defenseless until you have your long gun in your hands. In the same way, you should view your hands as weapons to give you a way to quickly react and allow you to fight your way to a better weapon.
What kinds of everyday objects are going to be better weapons than your hands? Well, they’re going to be objects that will give you an advantage over simply using your body.
These advantages are going to fall into one or more of the following catagories.
Let me give you a few examples so you know what I mean.
If you can identify an object that is harder or denser than you are, it will allow you to do more trauma to an attacker than by simply using your body. If you swing your arm at someone’s head and they block it with their forearm, it might be painful to one or both of you, but it probably won’t take anyone out of the fight. If, on the other hand, you can swing a piece of rebar, fire poker, tire iron, metal flashlight, or dense wood staff, you will hardly feel anything and you’ve got a good chance of breaking your attacker’s arm and taking them out of the fight for a few moments.
If you can identify an object that can focus your strikes, it will allow you to cut or penetrate more effectively than with your body. As an example, which is easier, to punch through a plaster wall with your fist or with a screwdriver? Some other improvised examples of this are the corner of hard bound books, chairs with legs, Bic pens, a broken bottle and pencils.
If you have watched very many fights, you know what an advantage reach is. In some cases, like if you’re defending yourself with a firearm from a knife attack, it allows you to start damaging your attacker before they are in range to do damage to you. In thinking of improvised weapons, you can do this with a fire poker, a stout curtain rod, a cane, a chair, pepper spray, fire extinguisher, a bar of soap in a pillowcase, or a padlock on the end of a chain, to name a few.
Many of these improvised weapons will also give you the advantage of speed, but that is a secondary consideration.
You’ll find that if you look for items that are hard/dense, help focus strikes, and or increase your ability to attack from a distance, you’ll start seeing them everywhere. After a couple of days, you’ll actually get bored of it because there are SO MANY of them around you.
The good thing is, once you train your mind to specifically look for objects that meet one or more of these three goals, you won’t have to think about it anymore…it will happen automatically and probably without you even realizing it.
HR 5175 — The bill to silence oposition to incombants
Congress is currently attempting to ram another bill down our throats that will silence groups (and bloggers) that speak on political matters within 60 days of an election.
One of the common interpretations is that the bill will require groups and bloggers to disclose their membership lists if they mention public officials in mailings, articles, or advertisements.
Of course, labor unions are exempt from this bill.
The NRA was fighting this bill to help protect the First Ammendment rights of Americans. This week, in a disappointing turn of events, the NRA convinced House Democrats to agree to exempt them from the bill. As a result, the NRA publicly announced on Thursday that they will no longer oppose this bill that limits free speech.
Since the NRA stopped fighting for us, I need to ask you to help fight this bill. Specifically, I want to ask you to do 3 things:
1. Go to http://www.rallycongress.com/stop-hr-5175–disclose-act–now/ and fill out the online form to send emails, faxes, and or letters to one or more of your representatives.
2. Copy the email on this page http://www.rallycongress.com/stop-hr-5175–disclose-act–now/forward/ and send it to anyone you know who is concerned about First Ammendment issues. (If you have any troubles, please let me know)
3. If you’re on social media, please send people to http://www.rallycongress.com/stop-hr-5175–disclose-act–now/ to let their voices be heard.
If you do one, two, or all three of these, please let me know by sending me an email or commenting below.
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