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Schneider Trucking- Thank You on Behalf of Vets! July 9, 2020

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schneidertruckUntil yesterday I had a passing knowledge of Schneider National, Inc. (Schneider Trucking).  Through an unfortunate circumstance (read below). I became much better acquainted.  First, let me tell you what I learned.  This company has been around since 1935! Additionally, 22% of their drivers are veterans.  Probably once of the most impressive things I learned was their dedication to all veterans.  They have a military apprenticeship program and other benefits for vets.

Schneider has (since 2007) a very cool program called Ride of Pride where, if a veteran driver applies and is selected, they get to captain a custom rig that is absolutely beautiful.  Check out the picture at the top! Check out this cool video, as well!  It is a great honor for drivers and, apparently, very selective.  In addition to driving they get to attend special functions around the country representing the program, and veterans.  Again, amazing effort by Schneider to show support for vets. In 2020 they released their 12th Ride of Pride truck.

Unfortunately, there are always some people who want to take advantage of a good thing.  Schneider’s website listed their newest driver and listed his military background and bio.  This immediately caught the attention of the US Marine Reconnaissance and Scout/Sniper community with which I am a member. Many of our members are combat vets, disabled vets, and wounded vets.  Without going into too many details in this post, suffice it to say that the claims this person made appeared clearly fabricated.  I called Schneider, as I am sure many others did, to report the discrepancies.  I received a call back within two hours to inform me that an investigation was already being undertaken.

Literally within hours the website was scrubbed of that driver and Schneider had issued a statement.

“Since 2007, Ride of Pride trucks have served as rolling tributes to the U.S. and Canadian Armed Forces within Schneider’s fleets. These commemorative trucks are made even more special by their drivers – military veterans who command the road with the same valor as they displayed while serving their country. To that end and in light of recent feedback, we are reviewing our captain selection process. One of Schneider’s core values is integrity, and we are committed to ensuring integrity in the Ride of Pride program. Thank you for your support for the Ride of Pride and the military branches and servicemembers it honors.”

I am not privy to how the investigation resulted nor do I care to know.  What I do know is that Schneider took the concerns seriously, and moved with lightening speed to address the concerns raised by numerous veterans.  It would have been very easy to have just ignored the concerns.  In addition, from the statement, it appears that Schneider is taking further steps to maintain the integrity of this amazing program.

For this Schneider ….THANK YOU!  Many companies say they support vets…you have shown in no uncertain terms with your hiring practices, your Ride for Pride and your quick action to resolve an unfortunate situation that you “walk the walk”!

“Shotgun” Joe Biden- Idiot on Display talking about Guns & Knives June 3, 2020

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This is “Two blasts” Joe Biden, presidential candidate and the man who bravely stood up to the make believe gangsta “Corn Pop” while playing with his own leg hair.  He once advocated that people simply get a double barreled shot gun and shoot “two blasts into the air” to deter people who had committed no crime and he has once again demonstrated his absolute ignorance and stupidity on all things related to guns, self defense, and the police.

In his latest inanely incoherent rant, “shotgun Joe” has stated: “Instead of standing there and teaching a cop when there’s an unarmed person coming at ‘em with a knife or something, shoot ‘em in the leg instead of in the heart,” He continued: “… we also have to fundamentally change the way in which police are trained,” I am not quite sure how someone with a ‘knife’ ‘coming at ’em’ is “UNARMED” but it is still an ignorant statement. As anyone who has ever been in a gunfight or life and death situation can attest, it is not like the movies.

First, it is important to note that with the massive pump of adrenaline in your system, your fine motor skill deteriorate and leave you only with gross motor skills.  Pretty much every person in their first firefight can attest that their hands didn’t work and they could not even reload their weapon cleanly.  Secondly, a knife is VERY deadly (or a pipe, bat, etc.) and requires force to stop.  There is a “21 foot rule” (see video from the 1970’s below) hat is typically adhered with.  See the video below.

If an attacker is within 21 feet they can typically move quickly enough that a person with a firearm will struggle to even react quickly enough to stop the threat.  Finally, when faced with a threat, the intent is to neutralize the threat (ie…STOP IT!). While “Shotgun Joe” believes simply “shooting ’em in the leg” is effective, let me assure you that people can be shot MULTIPLE times and keep “coming at ’em”.

ALL military and police are taught to shoot “Center Mass”  The objective is NOT to kill rather to STOP the threat.  See the video below of a man who had a knife and was shot MULTIPLE times and did not stop and actually was attacking the officer with the knife.  Again, it is NOT like the movies or video games.  I will propose that I will not advise “Shotgun” Joe Biden how to molest women if he will stop proposing to educate police on how to do their own jobs. Both are experts in their respective fields..

Chris Mark published in Computing Security Magazine May 21, 2020

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Computing Security magazine recently published an article I wrote on COVID19 and Threats, Vulnerabilities and Exploits.

“The suitability of security strategies is relative to the controls implemented to address risks; therefore, security should be viewed as a function of time and resources. Naturally, there can be no guarantee of security when threats are constantly adapting. Adaptive Threats are caused by something that can change its behaviour in reaction to prevention. As defences improve, threat actors adapt and so this cycle continues.

Adaptive Threats react to take advantages of vulnerabilities which are characteristics of design, location, security posture, operation and they render an asset, system, network, or entity susceptible to disruption, existing even if yet unidentified. An exploit is something that takes advantage of a bug or vulnerability and can be used to gain advantage of a susceptibility in a control. However, not all vulnerabilities are of equal risk or severity.

Furthermore, exploits and vulnerabilities are not mutually independent, and one can only exist without knowledge of the other…”.READ MORE!

How to publish your first Article in a Magazine! April 5, 2020

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As we are all spending time at home, I thought I would publish a quick video on how to write and publish an article.  I have published scores of articles and frequently get asked how to identify a topic, research, write and then publish an article.  This is about a 40 minute discussion of what has been successful for me! I hope you enjoy!  Would love any feedback anyone has!!  Here is where you can download the actual preso with narration.  Easier to watch. https://maritimerisk.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/publishing-your-first-article.ppsx

A Perspective on Guns & Killing from “A Marine and his Rifle” (Updated 2020) February 25, 2020

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SMallPir

“I left the sky in the middle of the night
I hit the deck and I’m ready to fight.
Colt .45 and Kabar by my side
These are the tools that make men die.”

-Infantry Cadence

With the recent political debates raging and ‘gun control’ once again front and center of the Democrat candidate’s platforms, I felt it was appropriate to update and republish for 2020.   This post is not a position on gun control rather it is intended give some insight into a side of the issue few outside of specialized jobs probably recognize or acknowledge.  That of the human weapon. (more…)

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