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Two Life Skills posts

Posted by Don Weiss on October 11, 2016 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

For the betterment of your overall life - here are two links to articles I found interesting.

1. From 'The Art Of Manliness' - 12 easy things to do to set yourself apart from the rest.


2. From 'Fight Fast' - Do you have bad intentions?


Driving in Crowds Tip and Hotel Room Security

Posted by Don Weiss on October 4, 2016 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

For the traveler -

Tips on how not to get stuck in a riot in your vehicle - and what to do if it happens. http://www.themodernsurvivalist.com/archives/4855

Not just a 'pedal to the metal - mow 'em down' article.

Thank you to the Internet for the above graphic :-)

And for the next tip -

From Imminent Threat Solutions - an article, timely because of the media interest in Kim Kardashian - http://www.itstactical.com/intellicom/physical-security/checking-securing-hotel-room-attacks-intrusion/

Enjoy. Comments, ideas, discussion? email me, hit me up at Twitter, start a discussion in the forum section....

Grenada Udpates

Posted by Don Weiss on September 30, 2016 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

From https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/2016/09/ - three burglaries (or at a minimum attempted burglaries) reported in Chermin Bay, Grenada.

Some good resources here - check out the Boatwatch page -

and the Precautions page - tips for at anchor/moored and for underway.

Free Active Shooter Booklet

Posted by Don Weiss on September 19, 2016 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

From Orlando Wilson - www.risks-incorporated.com - a free booklet.

Free Active Shooter & Terrorist Attack Response Booklet


It’s sad that with events in the world today we feel there is a need for everyone to have the basic knowledge of what to do if they are caught up in an active shooter or terrorist attack.


He is offering a free booklet on tactics and procedures for dealing with active shooter and terrorist attacks. Sadly, he regularly encounters reports from clients and in the media of active shooter and terrorist attacks where casualties could have been minimized by taking simple precautions and procedures.


The information in the Active Shooter & Terrorist Attack Response Booklet is drawn from histraining manuals and is what he teaches on his courses, so you are getting the real deal. We hope this booklet can assist you in being aware of potential security threats and able to formulate reasonable procedures and responses to hostile incidents for you and your family.


To get the free booklet, you'll have to email him at [email protected]

Zero to Cruising Website

Posted by Don Weiss on September 18, 2016 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the blogs on my news aggregator (newsblur.com) is Zero to Cruising - http://www.zerotocruising.com/

Here are a couple of very good articles on security from them -

1.) http://www.zerotocruising.com/dont-ignore-bad-choose-focus-good/ - recent incidents, and a positive response from the cruising community.

2.) http://www.zerotocruising.com/you-dont-have-to-outrun-the-bear/ - how they protect their dinghy from theft.

I highly recommend their blog - it is positive in nature, as well as practical.

Yachters fight back

Posted by Don Weiss on September 18, 2016 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This from BBC News - http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37274708?SThisFB - Yachters fight back against real-life pirates of the Caribbean.

From the article - "Crime figures compiled by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) indicate a three-fold surge on assaults against cruisers in 2015 compared to 2014, while last year also saw four incidents of piracy compared to none for the previous year."

"And the volunteer-run group says the real numbers are likely to be higher still with attacks often going unreported for reasons of privacy, embarrassment or fears of economic repercussions."

Some of the world's largest and most luxurious super yachts dock in Antigua - Gemma Handy - (from the article)

"Ms White says awareness is crucial. "We hope everyone who reads our reports thinks about what they would do if that happened to them so they have a thought-out plan if it does. That makes more difference to the outcome than anything else cruisers can do.

Thanks to  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cruisers_Network_Online/ for bringing the article to many peoples attention.

Boat Thefts in the Bahamas

Posted by Don Weiss on September 14, 2016 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to Cruisers Network Online (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Cruisers_Network_Online/info) for the article from the Bahamas - http://www.tribune242.com/news/2016/jul/27/residents-threaten-action-after-spate-boat-thefts/

The article alleges corruption and apathy on the part of the authorities to combat the apparently recent upsurge in thefts.

It also appears that the targeted vessels (for their outboard motors and other electronics) are of local residents, and not visiting cruisers and yachts.Note the photo above - no engines.

As the economies of the world continue to under-perform, and the gap between the'haves' and the 'have nots' increases - events like this will continue to increase.

Reading the article (and comments) - there is a lot of emotion, and accusations, going back and forth. I feel that it may turn some boaters off from visiting, which would further affect the tourism industry - contributing to more of the same economic disparity.

I welcome conversation on this issue - look to the Forums, under General Discussion, for the thread.

Traveling with Firearms

Posted by Don Weiss on September 11, 2016 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

From Orlando Wilson - https://cornishprivateer.com/2016/05/21/traveling-with-firearms/

Not a guide to how to fly with weapons, a nice guide to the practicalities of obtaining and using firearms in foreign countries.

From the article - "Another recent example was of the crew of the U.S. Salvage Vessel the “Aqua Quest” who were arrested in Honduras and held for two months in Jail. Honduras is one of the most dangerous countries going but they still strictly enforce gun laws. In this case it seem the crew took in weapons that were not legal in the country, combine this with entrepreneurial police and you have a big problem. Both the crew of the “Aqua Quest” and “Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi” were very lucky to get released but they had family and supporters who pushed the cases for their innocence."

"When considering traveling with weapons you need to ask yourself some simple questions, as usual you’re doing a threat assessment. You need to consider: 1) The legalities of carrying weapons and use of force? 2) Will you actually need to be armed? 3) What weapons are available? 4) The consequences if stopped by police or criminals? 5) The consequences for use of force?"

Mr. Wilson's articles and books emphasize the practical application of security principles to travel and everyday life, looking at not just the hardware or tactical response, but also getting people to think ahead - to look for the second and third order of effects of their actions.

“Stay low and keep moving”

Any questions/comments - email me at [email protected] -  esp. if you have areas you would like to see discussed.

The Triton Sep 2016 Issue

Posted by Don Weiss on August 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The September, 2016 issue of The Triton is out, with a cover story about firearms onboard.

Well written, the article states many of the obstacles (primarily bureaucratic) that captains have concerning firearms onboard their vessels. The lack of consistency amongst differing countries (as well as indivdual US states) being the primary complaint.

Also, there is a nice update of the status of several viral diseases in the Caribbean (p. 49).

Well worth a look.

Two from Zero to Cruising

Posted by Don Weiss on August 29, 2016 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are two links from Zero to Cruising. I enjoy their blog, very easy reading about a host of topics. Lots of good news and information.

1. Safe?

2. Seriously.

Both of these are dealing with security - not from a 'paranoid, gotta have guns for protection' perspective, but from a realistic look at the situation.

I especilly like the comments sections - the ideas of building a 'community' of good people around you to assist in all activities (not just security).

Thank you, Zero to Cruising, for a great site.