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Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 247

What I generally do when someone is hitting me (this has happened, including one time with a knife) is close distance, put them in a therapeutic hold, and give them time to calm down and realize that they're not going to win so they have a choice between running away and being safe, or getting an enormous beating. It's actually a bluff in that I'm terrible in fights, I just know how to ignore pain for a bit, and I'm a pretty big person. I did have to deal with mentally unbalanced people attacking me for no reason in my life. This de-escalation method will not work with someone who is trained to fight, or who is completely unreasonable, but it does carry the day often otherwise (in the case of someone who is completely unreasonable, it will hopefully give other personnel time and space to get restraints or sedatives).

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 247

Yes, be very good at defending yourself. At that point, if you have been following the other suggestions, it's a matter of "There's a crazy man trying to beat me up for literally no reason, who happens to have a badge" At that point self defense is very much a right AND a duty.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 247

How to deal with cops: 1) Be unfailingly polite. 2a) Let the cop think he's in control of the situation. 2b) However, control the narrative. You're both two professionals trying to do your jobs quickly and efficiently - his is to get you on your way after clearing whatever-it-is out, yours is to get back on your way to do whatever your job is. Stick to that. 3) If you can, record. If you are asked, confirm that you are recording. 4) Do not lie. Do not assume the cop is telling the truth. 5) If you are physically attacked, either do not resist, or resist in a way that overpowers the cop safely and quickly, no middle ground.

Comment: Re:this pisses me off about modern business (Score 0) 176

by spiritplumber (#49497799) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees
Well, if you put your hands on me with hostile intent, you're implicitly giving me permission to return the favor.

This is a universal law that every child understands.

Given that all I did was carry those people outside and then tell them that if we wanted to fight, we could fight away from expensive/fragile things, I was if anything, too forgiving.

Comment: Re:this pisses me off about modern business (Score 0) 176

by spiritplumber (#49496477) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees
I was supposed to be escorted out by security one time at a best buy (I won a bet against the store manager and he was trying to slip on it). I refused the escort. When they told me that it wasn't an option, I fireman-carried both the manager and the security guy outside and explained that if you can't take it don't dish it out. Americans are weird sometimes!

Comment: Had a workshop fire last year (Score 1) 443

Had a workshop fire last year and what did the job for me was having two drives (working copy, and a rolling backup done with SVN) on physically opposite sides of the workshop. If it's not a lot of stuff, just use USB sticks that are physically scattered around your place, one will survive.

Comment: Easy to counter (Score 1) 489

by spiritplumber (#49439483) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"
The counter-move by the securistas is to not show these to grand juries, or decline to prosecute. Unfortunately, that's basically zero overhead and zero risk compared to what citizen activists have to do.

Unless we start kicking DA's out of office for being soft on blue crime...

Another counter in the securistas' arsenal is declaring by law that a cop's word is worth more than video: this madness has been attempted already and may even succeed.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig