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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:57 pm

-What is verbal confrontation?

Verbal Confrontation is that range of disagreement where there is no physical threat present or implied (yet) and the threat is solely a non physical, psychological threat to the ego.

-What does dealing with verbal confrontation effectively imply?

Dealing with verbal confrontation effectively means standing your ground, getting your point across in a calm, assertive fashion whilst not unduly harming the other persons ego (or starting a fight).

It DOES mean diffusing the situation verbally before it becomes a fight.

It DOES NOT mean walking off in a bad state and pretending you have been the “bigger person” when you know and feel you should of actually said something and its eating you up inside causing you to spend at least an hour before falling asleep staring at the ceiling and questioning your own manhood.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Feur » Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:30 pm

In this day and age where folks entering your personal space may present a lethal threat because of the virus they might be carrying......I regret not paying close attention to those who professed to be capable of tossing chi balls.
Oh well there's always the lead pill! Stay safe and stay healthy Van.
I'm off to the range. :mrgreen:
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:03 pm

Hi Laird,

Good to see you back and happy you are well.

Maybe we should practice throwing spit balls along with the lead ones. Ever see the movie contagion?

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/movies/c ... index.html

Life as we haven't known it
In "Contagion," civil unrest rips at the fabric of society, leaving banks and grocery stores ransacked. Police seemed unable to respond to crime, as martial law prohibited travel between states to stop the spread of the virus.


Maybe not...but it pays to be prepared...I do begin to see some low level signs of this...keep that blunderbuss cocked my friend.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:51 pm

Street People

Here is something very good for us to consider...by someone who knows...Loren C.

Take your time to read this...it might save your life someday.


Every city has them, and the bigger the city, the bigger the problem. They are called by different names depending on who is doing the talking. The bleeding-heart crowd refer to them as throwaway children, unloved youth, the disenfranchised, and the homeless.

Downtown business folks call them street people, druggies and a-pain-in-the-butt. Cops, who see the results of their crimes and must thrash around with them on the sidewalk, often call them by more colorful and descriptive terms. For our purposes here, let’s take the middle ground and call them street people.

We are not talking about Bloods, Crips, skinheads, Southeast Asians, Latinos, Russians or any of the other mainstream gangs that have formed over the past couple of decades for purposes of killing each other and the occasional innocent bystander.

Yes, these gangs do act out on the streets, but typically they live with their families, in communes, or are old enough to have their own cribs.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:52 pm

We’re talking about those people in their early teens to late 20's who have dropped out of normal society, or were never part of it from the get-go.

Unlike today’s commonplace street gangs, street people don’t return to a home at night, but remain on the streets to eat, sleep, and live. You see them peering out from downtown doorways, loitering outside fast food joints, sprawling on park benches and shuffling along in groups of three to ten.

They look menacing with their eyebrows, lips, cheeks, tongues and noses pierced with everything from giant safety pins to beer-bottle caps. Their layered, often military-looking clothing is unwashed and graffitied with dirty words, swastikas and crosses.

Their backpacks are stuffed with all that they own, including things that you use to own when you last left them in your car.

The salivating junkyard dogs tethered to their backpack frames carry every disease know to man, which they are more than willing to share with anyone who ventures within range of their leash.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:53 pm

Mentally, street people run the spectrum from weird genius to functional idiot to sadistic violent. Most are angry, hostile and volatile.


They cling desperately to their own kind out of physical and emotional need, but will turn on each other in a quick second over a real or imagined infraction.

Although the authorities usually don’t label street people as criminal gangs, they nonetheless fit the basic definition of a gang used by many police departments:

A gang is three or more people who commit criminal acts or exhibit antisocial behavior on a regular basis; they create a climate of fear and intimidation within a community; they have a high rate of interaction among members to the exclusion of other groups;

they claim a neighborhood or geographical territory; and they wear distinctive types of clothing or exhibit a distinctive appearance.

The primary element in this definition that changes a group of people to a criminal gang is their involvement in ongoing crime. And for sure, many street people are heavily involved in stealing, intimidating, drug dealing and physically hurting people.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:54 pm

Often when the police go into a specific area, say under an overpass near a large parking lot, and move the street people out, the incidence of car break-ins in that area drops dramatically.

Street people see a parking lot as a free shopping mall where they can get all kinds of goodies to trade or sell to feed their drug habit.

To be fair, it should be said that not all of them are drug users, thieves and muggers, though many are. So how can you tell who is and who isn’t? You can’t, and therein lies the problem.

Therefore, to be safe, you have to consider them all a threat to your person and your property. And since knowledge is power, here are some typical traits found among street people that will help you understand their mind set.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:56 pm

THEY ARE PREDATORY

They see their world as full of hunters and prey. A street person becomes a hunter in search of a victim when he is need of something.

You can easily become the prey when you are walking to your car, carrying that beautiful leather attache case and wearing your fancy schmancy Rolex.

However, the hunter can become the prey when a bigger or better armed person balks against being the prey and decides he will be the hunter.

To survive, street people live this philosophy: If it’s smaller, eat it; if it’s bigger, run from it.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:58 pm

LIFE IS CHEAP
Many street people consciously or unconsciously feel that life is cheap, that it can end at any time. They see it happen from street violence, drug overdose and ill health as a result of living in unsanitary conditions.

Although they want to live as much as the next guy, they are less afraid of death than the average person who works nine to five in an office.

In fact, some of them believe that getting shot or cut is a mark of status and will quickly and proudly exhibit their most recent scar.

Whereas most of us deny that death is going to happen to us until some time in the unforeseeable future, their blase acceptance of violence and death makes them dangerous and a formidable adversary.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:01 pm

QUICK TO USE VIOLENCE

By virtue of their lifestyle, some street people have limited, if any, qualms about using violence to get what they want. It’s common for them to claim that they come from families where violence was the norm, and, after living on the street for a while, they have learned that it’s the only way to get what they want.

Some of them love it, and you can see the sick joy they get from it reflected in their faces as they punch and stomp a hapless victim.

A psychologist would say they are releasing their pent up anger over their traumatic potty training, their molesting uncles, ridiculing teachers, abusive authority figures, and so on.

Whether their reasons to strike out are real or imagined, they nonetheless are quick to do so.

What this means to you is that your threats and posturing machismo may not impress them. They just might smack you with a brick, skateboard or a trash can lid.

Violence is what they know, and in some cases, it’s what they are good at.


So if you think that because you are some 'coffee Dan' black belt and you can just send the message 'bring it on'...you will be in a world of sh*it.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:03 pm

THEY FEEL ENTITLED

Typically, street people feel they are oppressed and suppressed, and therefore free to do whatever they wish and entitled to take whatever they can.

They only hesitate if they think they might get caught and even then that doesn’t always stop them (see next header).

They have a definite “us vs. them” mentality, seeing themselves apart from so-called straight citizens. When they are caught, they refuse to take responsibility for what they do.

Instead, they claim that their lives have been ruined by the victim filing a complaint and by the police officers arresting them.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:04 pm

JAIL IS JUST AN INCONVENIENCE

Imagine that it’s 25 degrees outside with a wind chill factor of minus 10. You haven’t eaten in two days and when you woke up this morning in the doorway of a long-closed downtown store, your backpack, in which you carried all your possessions, had been ripped off.

You haven’t had a bath in two weeks and your cold feels like it’s turning into pneumonia.

Consider all that and then think about the comforts of jail, with it’s steady 72 degrees, three meals a day and warm bed. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

That is the same way a lot of street people think and is the reason that the threat of jail really isn’t a threat at all. This makes them brazen and willing to take chances, such as knocking you down to get your wallet. They figure if they get caught, they have nothing to lose and much to gain.

As one street person said with a shrug when the cops threatened him with jail, “Jail? Hey, it’s just another place to be. Fact is, it’s better than out here on the mean streets.”
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:06 pm

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
There are a lot of cities that actually enable street people to live on their streets. Portland, Oregon is one such town.

They provide street people with three free meals a day, free clothing, free blankets, clean up centers where they can wash their clothes and take showers, and places to spend the night.

Portland is recognized by street people in every west coast city as a great place to get freebies. As a result, Portland has a huge problem that keeps the police busy chasing street people out of filthy encampments and investigating an assortment of crimes perpetrated by them.

The police complain to the city government about the number of man hours the problem consumes, and angry business owners, terrified shoppers and people who live in the downtown area also complain.

But the liberal city government doesn’t listen. Instead, they develop more programs that provide street people with even more freebies.

If you don’t want this happening in your town, you need to be the squeaky wheel. You should know, however, that you are going to be bumping heads with some hand-ringing, pious types who are convinced they are reserving themselves a place in heaven by giving the “homeless” free food, clothing and bedding.

They will call you a hate monger and say you are politically incorrect, but if you stick with it, you will at least be heard.

In Portland, the police have criticized certain members on the city council for their many giveaway programs that attracts street people from all over.

Instead of listening to people who are out there dealing with the problem, the cops have been accused of being heartless and insensitive.

But the police have a lot of supporters from the business communities and from crime victims. While the giveaway programs are still in place, those complaining are growing in number.
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