Friday, February 06, 2015

situational awareness

The Art of Manliness | There’s a scene at the beginning of The Bourne Identity where the film’s protagonist is sitting in a diner, trying to figure out who he is and why he has a bunch of passports and a gun stashed in a safety deposit box. Bourne also notices that he, well, notices things that other people don’t. Watch:

That superhuman ability to observe his surroundings and make detailed assessments about his environment? It’s not just a trait of top secret operatives; it’s a skill known as situational awareness, and you can possess it too.
As the names implies, situational awareness is simply knowing what’s going on around you. It sounds easy in principle, but in reality requires much practice. And while it is taught to soldiers, law enforcement officers, and yes, government-trained assassins, it’s an important skill for civilians to learn as well. In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even seconds before everyone else can keep you and your loved ones safe.
But it’s also a skill that can and should be developed for reasons outside of personal defense and safety. Situational awareness is really just another word for mindfulness, and developing mine has made me more cognizant of what’s going on around me and more present in my daily activities, which in turn has helped me make better decisions in all aspects of my life.
I’ve spent months researching and talking to experts in the tactical field about the nature of situational awareness, and below you’ll find one of the most complete primers out there on how to gain this important skill. While the focus is primarily on developing your situational awareness to prevent or survive a violent attack, the principles discussed can also help hone your powers of observation in all areas of your life.


woodensplinter said...

I think these hashemite bedouins are extremely confused, unstable, and fragile as all get out.But what’s especially noteworthy about Raghad’s newfound ambition is not her infatuation with women’s fashion, but her support for ISIS.

Currently living in Jordan, Raghad has been a vocal supporter for ISIS since reports surfaced of veterans from Saddam’s Baathist party
aligning with the militant group.

When ISIS gained control of her father’s hometown of Tikrit, Raghad told the Jordanian newspaper Al-Quds:

“These are victories of my father’s fighters and my uncle Izzat Al-Douri.”

CNu said...

lol, uncle?!?!?! - sittin there looking for all the world like a redhead stepchild...., Good catch man, I ain't forget about that old red-haired sufi devil - the one we don't hear anything about in the mainstream.

rohan said...

fools have started playing dress-up.

Vic78 said...

I think the Christians are scared of Islam because the Christians know themselves. The Christians know they are too phony and unprincipled to compete. They're also losing members and have to helplessly watch Islam gain strength worldwide.

Right now Obama's agitating Christian bigots. There's some lame ass Catholic apologist that called the Crusades a defensive war to take back Jerusalem. These are the assholes that celebrate kicking the Moors out of Spain to start their empire. Their lame asses are crying about Muslim crazies and want to pretend they don't have any. Or that the Muslim crazy is somehow worse than having their end time Israel bullshit. So they're mad at Obama for telling them about themselves.

CNu said...

lol, the tanussy takedown I found it most interesting this morning that Lawrence O'Donnell was making fairly heated objections to the Hon.Bro.Preznit's remarks at the prayer breakfast.

Of course, we're all supposed to have forgotten that one of the things this president has had to contend with on the low-low is dismantling a dominionist 5th estate within an already out of control security state apparatus.