Podcast Episode 13: Interview with Montie Guthrie

In this episode I interview an Air Marshal who just retired and happens to be a good friend: Montie Guthrie. Montie has several decades of law enforcement experience working in several agencies, including the Border Patrol. He was kind enough to take some time to talk to me and give his perspective on the job, violence, self-defense, firearms and much more.

Just so you know, we were… helped… yeah, “helped” by an undisclosed amount of whiskey during the recording of this interview. We both felt great afterwards and I sincerely hope you enjoy our interview as well.

Interview with Air Marshal Montie Guthrie

Retired Air Marshal Montie Guthrie

Show notes:

1. Border Patrol

2. Being an Air Marshal:

 

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Podcast Episode 011: Interview with Clint Overland

Here’s another interview, this time with Clint Overland. He’s led the life of a violence professional for several decades and has survived it. Clint gives some hard-earned wisdom on violence, working as a bouncer, rape, self-defense and much more. He doesn’t hold anything back, so be warned that this episode will shatter some bubbles…

Enjoy the podcast!

Show Notes:

1. Rape prevention:

2. Bouncer work:

3. Violence:

4. Seminar:

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Podcast Episode 010: Interview with Terry Trahan

In today’s episode, I interview Terry Trahan, a good friend and an amazing instructor. Terry has “led an interesting life”, to put it midly and he speaks from not only in-depth training when it comes to violence, but also from hard-earned and dearly paid for experience.  He’s one of those people I have a blanket endorsement for: if you have the chance to train with him, do so.

Enjoy the podcast!

Show Notes:

1. Self-defense and legal consequences:

2. First Aid training:

3. Society:

4. Knives:

5. Seminars:

6. Terry Trahan online:

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Violence Analysis #012: Failed Gun Disarm

First of all, Merry Christmas to all. May you have a wonderful day with your loved ones close to you.

Second, as a gift from me to you, here’s my next  violence analysis video for my Patrons available to all of you too.  In “Violence Analysis #012: Failed Gun Disarm“, I take a look at an incident caught on a security camera in an unknown location. I have no knowledge of what happened before or after, but there are still some interesting lessons to take away.

Here goes:

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Enjoy the holidays!

 

Charlottesville and what comes next

I didn’t watch the news yesterday evening so I only found out about what happened in Charlottesville this morning. I did some checking, saw what some of my friends were saying and decided to post this article. It’s from the Patreon Newsletter I wrote in March. I edited it slightly for clarity and added a few things.

Here goes:

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Violence in Modern Society

For the last few years I’ve posted videos and articles, mostly on my blog and Facebook page, that weren’t about self-defense per se but more about trends in our modern, Western societies. Some of the feedback I got was along the lines of “What the hell are you talking about?” so I thought it might not be a bad idea for me to explain myself a bit. Here goes.

The last twenty years have seen many changes in not only the entire world, but in particular in Western societies and most notably in the US. I will focus on the latter, but have seen similar things happen in the EU where I live. I think it’s a universal trend as opposed to an isolated one. The picture is complex and I need to put several pieces of the puzzle on the table before it makes sense.

One piece of that puzzle is terrorism:

  • First and foremost, 9/11 happened some fifteen years ago and it changed the world as well as the American government, its policies and its society.
  • France and Belgium had their own 9/11 these last few years with the Paris and Brussels attacks.
  • Germany had numerous attacks in the Summer of 2016. Though there were less casualties in total, the frequency was higher and the attacks perhaps more brutal (though we can argue about that.)
  • The UK also had its share of terrorist attacks, with again, relatively speaking less victims but in a more personal (and therefor more frighting) manner.
  • Since then, numerous terrorist attacks have been thwarted in several EU countries. This information rarely makes the news and when it does, it is routinely ignored by the media because it scares the readers and viewers.

A second piece is the rise of social media and alternative media channels:

  • Facebook and Twitter became dominant platforms. They offer instant, worldwide communication via text, audio and video. This has positive and negative consequences, which I won’t go into here. The point is that news, fake or otherwise, goes global in an instant and can be seen by anybody with an internet connection, be they rich or poor, smart or stupid, etc. This is unprecedented in human history.
  • Any message can go viral, regardless of significance or time frame. For instance, one man live-Tweeted the raid on Osama Bin Laden. Only afterwards did he realize the significance of what he tweeted. Another example is the live video broadcast on Facebook of the torture of a young man. This led to arrests and a debate on racism, violence and society in general.
  • An argument can be made that humans have not yet figured out how to handle this flood of information and disinformation. We also don’t know how things will evolve in the future, but these issues are unlikely to go away.

The third piece is the advent of extreme positions in academia and lobby groups, in particular since the latest US elections: [Read more…]