Perfecting the Pivot

One of the most valuable assets a person needs to acquire, and then put into purpose, is the ability to pivot. Pivoting is not a preternatural human condition, because we are generally bred and trained to always force forward, no matter the peril, to reach any and all final goals at any and all costs — in both human treasure and in the assumption of precious trinkets.

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The ABCs of Surviving an Active Shooter Event

Well, we’ve sunk to the following new low arriving in a school email from university administrative powers –with a standard pre-warning that this is informational only, and not based on a current threat — with an active link to a NYPD Shield Safety Pamphlet included for good measure:

NYPD says: Avoid. Barricade. Confront. (ABC)

DHS says: Run. Hide. Fight.

The words are different, but the three actions are essentially the same:

1. Get out and get away, as quietly and quickly as possible, leaving your belongings behind.  Run. Avoid.

2. If you can’t flee, lock or barricade the doors, silence your cell phone and hide.  Hide. Barricade.

3. If all else fails, and only as a last resort, attack the shooter with whatever makeshift weapons you can find (scissors, portable fire extinguishers, chairs, etc.) to disarm and disable.  Fight. Confront.

Of course, call 911 to report the attack as soon as it is safe for you to do so.

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Beating the CyberBully

If you have an online life, you know the CyberBullies are stalking around you.  They send you hate mail or leave anonymous/faked comments on your blog.  They hide their identities because they are not brave enough to own their own words.  They live in the muck and tar of disease and depression and they are not happy unless they can try to bring you down to their sycophant level. 

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What Must Be Won

We are on a historic precipice of discovery or dismay.  The stakes have never been higher in my lifetime for the preservation of freedom against the epic oppression of the human spirit.  Will we stand and fight?  Or will we allow the good of us to be pushed over the cliff, yet again, by those filled with deception, viciousness and hatred?

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