CIA Street Smarts at the Schoolbus Loading Zone

Kids Boarding Schoolbus http://kpel965.com/expert-says-bullying-by-children-linked-to-parental-behavior/
Kids Boarding Schoolbus
http://kpel965.com/expert-says-bullying-by-children-linked-to-parental-behavior/

Everyday, a lot of interesting things go on around us, but we rarely pay enough attention to notice. Below, you can read the experience of a CIA employee stationed in Europe, and what happened to him while he was seeing off his son at the schoolbus loading zone:

… we arrived at the corner with other school children and pedestrians on their way to work. As we chatted, waiting for the school bus to arrive, I noticed one of the older students, the pretty daughter of a family who lived nearby, standing next to an older man a short distance away. Just then, the school bus rolled up so I gave my son a hug and kiss goodbye. He and the other students shuffled towards the bus to board—all the students, that is, except for the girl, Jean.

I watched her for a moment, wondering why she wasn’t approaching the bus, then noticed that the man was standing between her and the bus. Each time Jean tried to walk around him he blocked her, moving his face closer to hers as he stepped back and forth in her path. At first I thought it might be a male friend, another student intent on teasing her. Then I noticed that he was an adult, and I saw the look on her face. She was worried.
__ DB Foley

At this point, DB is waiting for the schoolbus with his son. But because he is paying more attention than the average parent, he notices a potentially serious problem. Here is how the situation then developed:

I told my son to wait and I approached the two. I first asked her if she was okay. “I’m fine,” she said in a frightened voice. I then asked the man, “Who are you?”

“I’m nobody,” he replied, rudely.

“Well, okay, she needs to leave now,” I told him.

“I’m not done talking to her,” he said, as he moved around to face me.

“She’ll miss her bus, so she has to leave now,” I added, trying to stay calm.

“No, not yet.”

“Yes, she is leaving now. Look, she is too young for you, anyway,” I warned.

“I don’t care how old she is,” he countered.

His last, disgusting statement made me angry. Anger is an interesting, tricky emotion, a double-edged sword. It can be a good thing when it stirs someone to action, when needed. It can be also be a bad thing if not controlled and kept in check. When it’s not….

Despite my growing anger I tried to keep calm. I had been in another fight a few months earlier (protecting a victim who had been attacked in a subway), and did not relish the idea of returning to the office of Security in the U.S. Embassy and filling out another report. I gave the harasser another chance.

“Listen, her dad is a big guy, and a rugby player. You don’t want to mess with this young lady.”

“Right,” he smirked, “and what are you going to do about it?” With that last comment he gave me a shove. What was he thinking?

Actually, there was not much thinking from that point on, just reaction. I shoved him back. He stormed back at me with fists raised. I threw a punch, which hit him squarely on the left cheek. He came back for more. I struck him again, a blow which left him on the ground, his back against a tree. He then reached for his bag so I kicked it, sending pastries spilling out across the sidewalk.

The would-be sexual predator then whined, “Leave my croissants alone.” I answered, “Okay, if you leave her alone.” It would have been funny, if not for the violence. __ DB Foley

Foley goes on to analyse what he did wrong, and what he did right. He continues to sketch out the basic concepts of street level awareness, which he taught and used in the CIA.

Foley is the author of “Street Smarts for Women.” The book might also have been written for Dangerous Children in general.

The above story was featured in the website, The Survival Mom. The Survival Mom site has a large number of useful articles dealing with raising more savvy, competent, and situationally aware children.

For example:

7 Scary Scenarios for Kids

and Situational Awareness, a quick and insightful introduction to a crucial topic.

Predators and hazards pervade many landscapes through which we may pass. Dangerous Children — no matter the age or sex — should learn to anticipate, evade, and/or deal with these threats.

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How to Attend MIT at Age 15

MIT is consistently ranked among the world’s most respected and innovative universities. An MIT degree in math, engineering, or the sciences will open the door to many career opportunities that might be less available otherwise.

The family of Indian immigrant Ahaan Rungta moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, when the lad was only 2 years old. When he was just 5 years old, his mother introduced him to Open Courseware — an online body of learning materials from MIT. Rungta was studying physics and chemistry when most children were learning their ABCs — all through homeschooling with only his mother to assist him. When he was 15, he was accepted to MIT, where he is currently studying and trying to determine his future area of focus. __ Source

MIT is friendly to homeschooled students:

One quality that we look for in all of our applicants is evidence of having taken initiative, showing an entrepreneurial spirit, taking full advantage of opportunities. Many of our admitted homeschooled applicants have really shined in this area. These students truly take advantage of their less constrained educational environment to take on exciting projects, go in depth in topics that excite them, create new opportunities for themselves and others, and more.

The vast majority of our admitted homeschool students have taken advantage of advanced classes outside the homeschool setting, such as through a local college or an online school such as EPGY. Transcripts of these courses, in addition to an evaluation of the homeschooling portfolio, are very helpful. Some students will also take advantage of MIT’s OpenCourseWare.

… MIT has alumni volunteers called Educational Counselors throughout the world who conduct interviews on behalf of MIT Admissions. We strongly encourage all of our applicants to take advantage of the interview, if available. __ http://mitadmissions.org/apply/prepare/homeschool

MIT also prefers for homeschooled applicants to participate in extracurricular activities (community orchestras etc) and summer programs (music, science, math, computer science etc).

Not all Dangerous Children are homeschooled exclusively. Some will attend regular schools, then undergo additional training after school and on weekends. Eventually, they will break away and take control of their own education.

Not all Dangerous Children will attend “higher education,” in a bricks and mortar, formal sense of the term. All will be able to support themselves financially three different ways by the age of 18 years, and will have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in applied sciences and arts by that age. They will be better trained in many aspects of life which cause a person to appear well-educated, than most graduates of modern universities.

Open Courseware, or OCW, is a large set of online educational materials provided by MIT and several other universities. Another online source for free educational materials is Open Culture. You may also wish to explore the MERLOT website for an even wider array of open source learning materials.

Young children are naturally hungry for words, ideas, and all kinds of “practical” learning. They want to learn to impress adults and they want to learn for the joy of it. It is later, through unwise child-raising and educational methods that the love of learning is beaten, choked, and suffocated out of the child.

Better methods for child-raising and education actually take less of a parent’s time and resources than the standard, destructive methods more commonly adopted — when measured over the span of childhood. One must simply understand how do interact with the child at the right time — from the beginning. Raising a child is one of the many things a wise person must be prepared for, in advance. Very few modern persons take the time and make the effort.

Societies are a reflection of the people who constitute them. Modern societies are in a state of instability and decay. Many “advanced” and high-tech societies may be past the point of no return, for reasons of demographics.

Some societies still have time to make political changes that will allow parents and other more enlightened institutions to place future generations on a sounder basis of development and growth. Overthrowing the great green regime of climate apocalypse and the crony green energy scam would be a great start.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Study the different ways that you and your loved ones can become more dangerous, in preparation for the interim world to come.

What’s Wrong with “Higher Education?”

My in-laws were asking me when I was going to start my son’s college fund, over the weekend, as my son had his first birthday party. I said “never.” I also explained that I intended, rather, to ensure that our family avoided debt and maintained assets and savings. They looked at me all puzzled. To them, college was a given. You just did it. That’s the way it was. And, to be fair, it once was that way. __
http://thedeclination.com/forget-higher-education/

Once there was a time when going to college might be considered important — even necessary — for a young person to make his mark in the world. Things have changed.

Instead of providing a useful education and training in broad-ranging thinking skills, universities have become indoctrination centres and rallying places for destructive radicals and quasi-fascists.

The resulting incompetence of mind and body is becoming obvious across the landscape of the college-educated.

Awhile back, I was going to lunch with another developer friend of mine. When we got back to his car after eating, he had a flat tire. So he did what every modern American these days seems to prefer: he called AAA to come deal with the tire for him. I offered to just change it for him, because he had a full-size spare. But he insisted on waiting for the tow truck. He seemed incredulous that I would even offer to change a tire.

After awhile I gave up and just walked back to work. He waited for like two hours for someone to change the tire for him.

It was another one of those moments that struck me as a symptom of the Decline of the West. He had an Ivy-league degree, but couldn’t change a tire.

__ http://thedeclination.com/forget-higher-education/

What students receive at universities today is not an “education.” It is a bilateral academic lobotomy. It is bad enough that “higher education” forces so many young people to go deeply into debt. To also bequeath them with a lifetime of incompetence is beyond forgiving.

My son deserves far better. When he’s old enough, I intend to introduce him to the philosophy of Mike Rowe. This “work smarter, not harder” catchphrase that drove higher education for the last several decades is a fallacy. Work smarter AND harder. And even if you just wanted to be smarter, college campuses are ill-equipped to provide even that much.
__
http://thedeclination.com/forget-higher-education/

The author of the excerpted piece above wants to expose his son to practical tradecraft. He feels there is a future in the work that electricians, welders, plumbers, mechanics, construction workers, heavy equipment operators, and other skilled workers perform — moreso than in traditional modern college programs such as, say, multicultural basket-weaving or fighting economic inequality as a social justice warrior.

He is correct that practical and trade skills are extremely important for job markets today and in the future. In fact, kids (such as Dangerous Children) should be able to support themselves at least three ways by the time they are 18 years old. For boys, at least one of those ways should be in the practical trade skills.

After the young person is thoroughly financially independent, however, it is his choice whether he will go on to finance further training or education. He is responsible for any payment, of course.

Even more important than the practical trades and skills training for those who skip higher ed., is childhood training in basic economics, banking, investing, and entrepreneurship — starting and running businesses.

Janitors and custodians can become millionaire businessmen if they understand both business and the custodial trades. Any useful tradesman can do so. Both basic business and custodial skills can be mastered by the age of 12. If the kid has an adult to use as a front man, he can start a business and acquire a significant nest egg before most kids are graduating from a conventional high school.

The overall mindsets of adults toward children and child-raising / education is abominably limited and short-sighted. Not all children are cut out to be Dangerous Children. But most of them can acquire basic practical skills, and become financially and intellectually independent by age 18. In fact, it is the duty of parents to make sure that they do.

What should be done with the modern abominations commonly referred to as “higher education?”

https://alfinnextlevel.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/universities-burn-them-to-the-ground/

Devising Useful Maps of Criminal and Violent Activity

Dangerous Children are taught to take care of themselves. But it is important for everyone — including Dangerous Children — to understand what they are letting themselves in for, when they travel through a particular region.

Detailed maps of violent and criminal activity should be made available to travelers — and to residents — of any country in the world. Such maps should be made to different scales, from the global to the national to the regional to the local to the city – village – neighborhood levels.

Here is an example of a global map of homicide rates by nation:

Global Homicide Rates
Global Homicide Rates

This type of map may help one choose between two different plans for summer travel — or for booking a continuing education conference.

Below is a global map of homicide rates at the sub-national level:

Subnational Global Homicide Rates
Subnational Global Homicide Rates

Homicide rates at the sub-national level help one to home in on particularly homicidal regions within a nation. Note that most African nations are unable to provide data for this statistic.

Brazil 2012 Homicide by Region http://mapsontheweb.zoom-maps.com/post/90261933427/homicide-rates-in-brazil-per-100000-inhabitants
Brazil 2012 Homicide by Region
http://mapsontheweb.zoom-maps.com/post/90261933427/homicide-rates-in-brazil-per-100000-inhabitants

Homicide rates in Brasil in 2012 by state.

Brazil Homicides in Municipalities http://www.insightcrime.org/news-analysis/brazil-homicide-map-micro-level
Brazil Homicides in Municipalities
http://www.insightcrime.org/news-analysis/brazil-homicide-map-micro-level

Travelers to Brasil may find statistical maps of violent crimes at the “micro level” more useful, for focusing on specific regions or cities.

2015 Homicide Hot Spots in Mexico https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5604cabe9dd7cc1a008bce86-1202-653/map-mexico-homicides.png
2015 Homicide Hot Spots in Mexico
https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5604cabe9dd7cc1a008bce86-1202-653/map-mexico-homicides.png

The above map offers a look at different intensity hot spots for homicide within Mexico in the year 2015. Such maps may help to track Mexican drug cartel activity over particular time periods.

Homicides by Police District in Chicago http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118003/maps-crime-chicago-crime-different-neighborhoods
Homicides by Police District in Chicago
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118003/maps-crime-chicago-crime-different-neighborhoods

This level of detail for homicide rates might allow travelers to plan safer routes through the city, as well as helping to determine which tourist locations to avoid.

Here is a more detailed map of Chicago homicides by neighborhood for 2014:

2014 Chicago Neighborhood Homicides http://heyjackass.com/category/2014-chicago-crime-murder-stats/
2014 Chicago Neighborhood Homicides
http://heyjackass.com/category/2014-chicago-crime-murder-stats/

Safe Zones vs. Hazard Zones http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118003/maps-crime-chicago-crime-different-neighborhoods
Safe Zones vs. Hazard Zones
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118003/maps-crime-chicago-crime-different-neighborhoods

The above graphic highlights differences in homicide rates between the safest areas and the most unsafe areas for three different US cities. The graph highlights how important it is to be able to distinguish between the “go” and the “no-go” areas when traveling to a city, as well as when living inside or nearby a particular city.

The website Neighborhood Scout provides crime statistics and crime maps for a large number of US neighborhoods.

A similar service is called Spotcrime.com

Such city, town, and neighborhood crime maps can be useful for persons trying to determine where to locate, for purposes of raising Dangerous Children, or for purposes of forming a Dangerous Community — which besides providing advanced training facilities for Dangerous Child training, would also form a nucleus for surrounding groups and communities that wish to go Dangerous.

But even so, existing crime maps are not nearly detailed enough for those who intend to train Dangerous Children in different skills of neighborhood, community, and city/town analysis. To understand crime — and where future crime is likely to be committed — one needs to go beyond past instances of criminal activity. One must understand the foundations of local crime — including the groups and individuals most likely to be connected to violent crime, and other crimes that breed violent crime (drug manufacture and trafficking etc.).

This is one example of where Dangerous Child training goes beyond just sitting back and whining about future trends of decay that one can see in Europe and the Anglosphere as a direct result of PC immigration and PC crime enforcement and sentencing.

The Dangerous Child movement is not meant as an echo choir or a pity party, as so many forums who think of themselves as “Dark Enlightenment Forums” or “doomer / survival forums” tend to become. The Dangerous Child movement works to assist in the formation of cadres of competent, highly and broadly skilled individuals – families – and groups. Such individuals / families / groups will be capable of forming Dangerous Communities which are competent enough to form nuclei of resilience, anti-fragility, and functionality should large scale disasters strike a given nation, region, or continental area.

We have learned that societal rot tends to be funded and facilitated from above — at the levels of governments, media, academia, nonprofit foundations, organised crime, labour unions, big-money environmental groups, religions, government lobbying organisation, and so on. As a result of top-down decay, entire generations have been lost to the possibility of an expansive and abundant future.

Anyone attempting to help enable the creation of an abundant and expansive human future will of necessity have to take all of such organisations — and more — into account, in their research, planning, and execution.

We at the Al Fin Institutes believe that a significant part — if not the largest part — of modern decay, comes from the lack of an ongoing meaningful, positive, and productive purpose in the lives and minds of modern children. This lack can be laid firmly at the feet of most of the organisations listed above.

We do not suggest any type of vendetta against such groups. Rather, we suggest that the best approach is the creation of parallel or shadow infrastructure that tends to avoid such organisations as much as possible, while building toward much more effective ways of instilling and maintaining strong, positive, productive, and meaningful senses of purpose in modern children and youth — as well as adults, where possible.

But we must be aware of what is happening around us, on multiple levels. To that end we will be discussing more effective ways of evaluating nations, regions, cities, towns, communities, and small-scale personal networks.

Even the most intelligent and enlightened persons often fail to update their opinions and knowledge bases when critical data becomes available. Some people waste their entire lives on empty diversions such as the climate apocalypse or peak oil armageddon, when the information needed to dismiss such nonsense has always been readily available.

Dangerous Children must develop deeper levels of perception and cognition than we typically see in the skankstream of Europe, the Anglosphere, and elsewhere in the more developed world. They will not obtain such deeper levels of performance by drinking from the skankstream.

Curiosity

A Questioning Mind http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/10/21/how-to-spark-curiosity-in-children-by-embracing-uncertainty/
A Questioning Mind
http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/10/21/how-to-spark-curiosity-in-children-by-embracing-uncertainty/

Children are born curious. This is clear to anyone who observes infants from the earliest stages through the toddler years. They observe grownups “doing things” and moving about with a sense of purpose that defies early childhood reasoning powers.

Children often naturally assume that grownups are wiser, more intelligent, more powerful and masterful, and much more in control of their lives than they — the youngsters — are. They are taught — openly and by inference — that if they will only be quiet, sit still, absorb the knowledge of the ages imparted by the grownups, and become capable of regurgitating this knowledge on command, that they too can become masters of the universe, like their parents, teachers, doctors, dentists, media celebrities, sports stars, and religious clerics.

And so by submerging their natural curiosity and submitting to the dominant ethic — the consensual delusion — children believe that they will be prepared to face the future. Most of them are never told that the future is never what they expect it to be.

The Future is Ever-Changing, Ambiguous, Uncertain

If the future is not to be what they are being led to expect, how can they possibly be prepared for their futures?

There is only one way: Children must be allowed to retain — and build on — their innate curiosity, and be allowed to grow comfortable dealing with uncertainty.

If students can be made to feel comfortable with uncertainty — if they’re learning in an environment where ambiguity is welcome and they are encouraged to question facts — then they are more apt to be curious and innovative in their thinking.

… “Our minds crave closure, but when we latch onto it prematurely we miss beautiful and important moments along the way,” … including the opportunity to explore new ideas or consider novel interpretations.

… “Students have to grow comfortable not just with the idea that failure is a part of innovation, but with the idea that confusion is, too,” Holmes writes. Teachers can help students cope with these feelings by acknowledging their emotional response and encouraging them to view ambiguity as a learning opportunity.

___ http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/10/21/how-to-spark-curiosity-in-children-by-embracing-uncertainty/

Here is a quick checklist to help children to become more comfortable with the uncertainty and ambiguity of real world knowledge:

  1. Assign projects that provoke uncertainty.
  2. Adopt a non-authoritarian teaching style to encourage exploration, challenge and revision.
  3. Emphasize the current topics of debate in a field.
  4. Invite guest speakers to share the mysteries they’re exploring.
  5. Show how the process of discovery is often messy and non-linear.

Source

Without insight into the holes in our knowledge, students mistakenly believe that some subjects are closed. They lose humility and curiosity in the face of this conceit.

__ http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/10/21/how-to-spark-curiosity-in-children-by-embracing-uncertainty/

There are always holes in our knowledge, most of them hidden. But Dangerous Children learn to scan the world for clues to these hidden holes. The answers they discover often reshape important ways in which they view their worlds around them.

It is important that children discover the joy of learning on their own, through constant questioning of the current set of “answers.”

Dangerous Children learn that self-learning and self-teaching is a dynamic process, and they get better at it with practise.

One should not emphasise a child’s “intelligence,” but should rather encourage the rewards of self-discovery through a constant strenuous questing for the pivot points of knowledge. Working hard for a worthy goal should be made enjoyable.

Underlying the processes of childhood learning, self-discovery, and skills acquisition, are the hidden processes of synaptogenesis, synaptic pruning, myelination, the opening and closing of critical developmental periods, recovery from inadvertent illness and injury, and the visible and invisible changes in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms that are constantly taking place.

The training and raising of a Dangerous Child requires attention — at the proper times. But since most of the teaching, learning, and training is done by the Dangerous Child himself, the overall amount of attention and resources needed are no greater than for a conventionally raised psychological neotenate of perpetual adolescent incompetence.

One of the earliest skills to be learned, is the best use of libraries and “intra-nets.” Libraries range from home libraries to school and public libraries to university libraries. Intra-nets are particularly important for pre-adolescent and early adolescent children. They are simply downloaded learning resources, carefully selected and compiled on archiving media such as optic disks, external HDDs, and flash drives. The price of such useful intra-nets is dropping rapidly.

The broader internet itself contains too many hidden traps and pitfalls to allow young Dangerous Children unrestricted access — just as broadcast and cable television are not safe for children who are meant to be raised independently from “the consensual delusion.”

When the child develops his own strong contrarian nature, his own resilient and independent style of thinking, he will be ready to face the broader consensual stupidity and indoctrination of the masses and the academically lobotomised.

Parents and caregivers hold a perilous responsibility in their hands. “Your children are not your children . . .” — they are themselves, and the persons they are capable of creating for themselves.

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday…

Source

Curiosity, scepticism, independence, the willingness to work hard at discovering new knowledge and new webs of knowledge — these must all be cultured and encouraged to grow in young minds.

You will probably never know how it all turns out. But develop your purposes and methods well, and aim at consistency wherever possible — at least in the early years.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too early or late to have a Dangerous Childhood.