"I don't give a rat's bladder about your guns," Capt. Frank Furillo told another group of officers, who had gathered in a locker room, ready to storm out and beat down a gang for taking two pistols from their fellow patrolmen. "What I do care about is the kind of morality I'm seeing here." Furillo, as played by Daniel J. Travanti, was a dramatic version of the earnest, yet realistic liberal hero also played by guys like Alan Alda and Hal Linden on M*A*S*H and Barney Miller. "If you go out there like a bunch of night riders, what the hell are you but just another vicious street gang?"
Each week after roll call, from Season 1 until Michael Conrad's death, partway through Season 4, Sgt. Phil Esterhaus would say, "Let's be careful out there." Sgt. Lucille Bates continued the tradition through the end of Season 4, as a tribute to Michael Conrad. From Season 5 until most of Season 6, Sgt. Stan Jablonski concluded his roll calls with, "Let's go out there and do it to them before they do it to us." (At one point, at the suggestion of Det. Mayo, Jablonski softened this to "Let's do our job before they do theirs.") From then on, the show changed directions and conclusions (and even roll calls) were dropped.
Manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter spot on treatments say the products are generally safe and effective when used properly, but they concede there are cats and dogs that either have a preexisting condition or an acute sensitivity to these treatments that leads to an illness.
Alternatively, make the first Lemming a Floater. Just before the exit, it should mine a little and build to stop and turn around. Build a long ramp to prevent other Lemmings from falling to their death. Those who fall before you're finished are not necessary to save, but can still be turned into Floaters. Once the first Lemming hits his head and turns back to the exit, raise the release rate to 99. Unfortunately, there aren't any floaters available in the Atari Lynx version for this level.
It was 12:30 AM and I was walking my doggie Einstein around the block before we went to bed. I was enjoying my usual late-night reverie when I tripped on a raised inch of sidewalk. I was fine but my feeling was, "Even in this safe, halcyon place and time, you gotta be careful out there."
My flirtation with injury made me think of other ways we need to be careful out there. Of course, there's much benevolence in the world but just because we're not paranoid doesn't mean some people aren't out to get us. For example:
I keep getting voicemails--both on my landline and cell--from "The Internal Revenue Services" claiming, in an authoritative voice, that I'm being audited and must call immediately to resolve the case. Fortunately, I know that audit notices aren't sent by phone and I noticed his use of the plural---Internal Revenue ServiceS. You gotta be careful out there.
Stop-light cameras sit camouflaged at traffic lights and cops hide around the bend of a freeway with a radar gun. For a red-light violation, the fine in San Francisco, near where I live: $500. The penance for driving 75 in a 65, on freeways built to be safe at 80? In California, depending on location and including insurance increase: $812 to $907. You gotta be careful out there.
In streetyard basketball, knowing there's no penalty for fouling, there's often a player that deliberately fouls you, even risking hurting you, merely so he can stop you from scoring a point. You gotta be careful out there.
Of course, jealousy can trigger evil. We've all heard of college students sabotaging top students' lab experiments for jealousy or to bring down the curve. Or the jealous or overly ambitious employee who orchestrates a campaign to hurt a co-worker. And some people say and write things just because they get off on hurting other people. You gotta be careful out there.
It's tougher now to sustainably earn a good income, so temptation grows to fabricate or exaggerate a claim against a deep pocket. A client of mine who was a foreman in a highly regarded car maker's factory was accused of creating a hostile environment. He vigorously denied it but had to undergo stressful interrogations and the company had to endure heavy legal costs and inter-gender strife in the factory until it was found out that the perpetrator concocted the scheme and recruited two of her coworkers to substantiate her claim by offering to split the settlement with them. Fortunately, one of them had a moment of guilt and admitted the truth. You gotta be careful out there.
No matter how much the government soaks the rich, there's not enough to pay even the interest on all the government spending. Already, the top 20% pay 84% of the federal income tax. So government turns to the middle class, who already are paying the most painful share of their income in taxes. Because labeling a new tax as a tax is politically risky, it's often camouflaged, for example, as a bond issue for expenditures that are hard to object to: schools, safety, water etc. But with the government already having taken in almost $7 trillion in taxes yet still is $19.3 trillion in debt and rising, I'd imagine that government would prefer we don't ask, "How come all that money we've already paid can't pay even for those basics?" For example, the U.S. spends #1 in the world per capita on education yet flounders near the bottom among the 34 OECD (developed) nations.
Capitalizing on sick people's desperation, commercials make excessive claims, for example, by pointing to a study that claims that people "improve up to 50 percent," which doesn't mention, for example, that more studies found no improvement let alone sufficient benefit to justify the side effects and cost. I wrote a broader indictment of today's commercials, with many specific examples, in TIME. You gotta be careful out there.
You may not even be able to rest among family members. We've all heard of teenagers stealing from their parents, a family member deceptively trying to overturn a will in which s/he was left little or no money, or a divorcing spouse deliberately getting him/herself fired and then making only illusory attempts to look for another job so s/he can get fatter alimony. You gotta be careful out there.
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, someone will hurt you, even in school, even without physical violence. For example, a high school senior came to me in tears because her accomplishments listed in the yearbook included that she is pregnant. Likely, some student editor who didn't like her decided to embarrass her. By the way, she had never been pregnant. When I was a high school senior, the faculty nominated me for class musician but the student who made out the ballots wanted to make sure my opponent won and so printed my name on the ballot as "Mary Nemo."
Of course, as mentioned, there's much good in the world. Think of all the random acts of kindness: a stranger feeding your parking meter just before you're about to get a ticket. All the volunteers that contribute to Wikipedia, write Amazon reviews, and offer free computer advice on Stack Exchange. My heart was warmed yesterday to hear of the passengers who helped my aged friend get on and off a plane. I feel similarly about the people who take the time to write me a thank-you email for some article I wrote. And of course, there are the many people who make anonymous donations. Think, for example, of the more than 1,100 people in the past two decades who anonymously donated a kidney to a stranger. It's not surprising that Maimonides gave exalted status to anonymous donation.
Yes, we gotta be careful out there but we should be balanced about it. That has been said in many ways. For example, "Respect but suspect." "Trust but verify." Or my favorite: "Trust in Allah but first tether your camel."
Whether in a home environment or in a strange building, remember, there will most likely be civilians. Identifying targets and what is beyond them is crucial to their safety. Remember your rounds may go through walls. Consider this both in training and in the real world. Pursuant to this, train in properly constructed facilities.
Very carefully evaluate any instructor who is teaching this topic in an open enrollment format; bottom line in my opinion if the instructor does not have extensive US Special Operations experience I absolutely would not attend the class
Airsoft is great, however I am sure there are those who will agree with this statement. Train like you fight, fight like you train. For example, when we run our LEO Building Entry Course we do not use live rounds. We utilize the best possible replacement, UTM (Ultimate Training Munitions). The primary reason we here at Falcon and other training organizations utilize the UTM system is 3 fold.
Butler continues, "The multiple stories added to the congestion, so I ran with it. There's a pair of people arguing here, something developing over there. My idea was that we were putting on binoculars and panning around at the people, keeping it fluid, rather than cutting. That really worked well for that series."
"The attitude was, if they want us to reshoot it, they'll give us the money to reshoot it; in the meantime, that's what we're doing," Hoblit says. "I don't deny a certain arrogance was building up as we proved we were doing something worthwhile. I'm sure there was a certain feeling we were protected, and we were sort of a wild child."
Nyby continues, "They tried to adapt. They had a gritty story. I started shooting, long lenses, everything compressed. But there was a scene where people were talking like in real life and I had extras walk between them, just like a regular scene in Hill Street, and they said, 'That would never happen.' I thought, 'Go to your office, and it's probably happening right now.'" It was the only T.J. Hooker episode he directed.
A snapshot of Hollywood at the high noon of the American New Wave, this is a delightful time machine of a book showing us what was actually there before the steady encrustation of myth had taken hold. 2b1af7f3a8