20 May 2018

Four steps to fencing greatness

Top fencer recommends the following Four Steps:

  1. Pick some aspect of your fencing that you want to work on
  2. Think of a few related actions that can happen in a real bouting scenario
  3. Find a partner and create a drill giving him the option to use variations of those actions
  4. As you improve, add more options and increase the speed

25 August 2017

Superiority of Finnish police

I would need to look into it further to establish why the Finnish police are superior - or whether they are superior at all and this was, for example, this was merely a lucky shot, but...

The 2017 Turku stabbing is an example of superior police work. A young Moroccan man ran amok, stabbing about a dozen people, killing 2 and injuring 8. Three minutes later (!), police shot him in the thigh and arrested him. Police have since arrested 3 more people and issued an arrest warrant for another.

In NSW, they would have shot him dead. The reason is because, I believe, (a) a culture of cowardice; and (b) poor firearms standards.

NSW Police are essentially young people handed a weapon that they carry loaded with minimal training and supervision.

Such a person would not be and is not encouraged to aim at the thigh but at the centre of mass.

In the Finnish case, the suspect is still alive. This means he can assist police, perhaps unwillingly, perhaps unwittingly, with their investigations. It means he is not a martyr. It means he has years to reflect on what he has done and perhaps repent, which is not only humane, but serves the cause of the Enlightenment, including against obscurantist ideologies such as Islam.

While killing is sometimes inevitable, either because of the danger of the situation or because of the inherent difficulties that are necessarily a part of exercising violence, we win when we don't shoot to kill.

21 August 2017

Hero police officer who killed jihadists was ex-soldier doing overtime


19 August 2017


Bollards are a cheap, simple and effective defence against attacks using vehicles, currently all the rage amongst Islamic terrorists in the West.

Bollards would have prevented most the of the deaths and injuries in the Parliament House attack in London. Sadly, the fashion for vehicle attacks was well known by that stage but the authorities in London had done nothing about that obvious target.

Here we see the effectiveness of barriers in one of two attacks, the Cambrils attack:

While details remain sketchy, it seems the Cambrils van overturned after hitting bollards or security barricades, at which point the occupants piled out and began shooting.

Source: The New Daily

Could Barcelona have been minimised using bollards?

31 July 2017

The Ahmad Numan Haider case

My preliminary impressions of the case of Melbourne teen Ahmad Numan Haider, who at a meeting with police attacked them with a knife. Taken from a New Daily report.
Numan Haider, 18, died instantly when shot in the head on September 23, 2014 after stabbing two counter-terrorism officers who arranged to meet him outside Endeavour Hills police station.
Shot in the head is interesting. Why not the centre of mass? Was it a fluke or was the police officer sufficiently sure of his shooting skill? Perhaps if Haider was crouched over the other officer stabbing him, then his head was the target furthest from that officer?
On September 23, 2014, the Joint Counter-Terrorism Team searched the family home at Narre Warren, but Haider was not home. 
He later spoke to his mother and seemed agitated by news of the search. Police decided to engage in a “soft, non-confrontational approach” and arranged to meet him at the police station.
A soft, non-confrontational approach? You've just searched his home! Probably sliced up his mother's favourite cushion. How about a friendly meeting first, and then a house search?

And here we go...
Victorian Police, the AFP and state government each noted the coronial findings. 
...all agencies indicated a more collaborative approach when dealing with suspects.
The Coronial report can be found here

29 May 2017

Four Corners: The Siege

The Four Corners investigation into the Lindt Café Siege:

Part 1


Part 2

21 April 2017

Paris shooting

This from the ABC:

"There was a bus full of police. The man parked just in front of the bus and then he got out a Kalashnikov and then he shot six times," the witness said.
The thing that strikes me is the appallingly bad shooting. You surprise a bunch of fish in a barrel with an automatic rifle and you manage to kill one and injure two. How embarrassing. This is your 15 minutes of fame - your great statement of defiance to the universe - and you don't even bother to do a bit of practice first?