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January 27, 2005
Self-Defence of the Moment
Self-defense-retro-cool, "Self-defence with a Walking-stick: The Different Methods of Defending Oneself with a Walking-Stick or Umbrella when Attacked under Unequal Conditions." Contains sections like "No. 4. -- How to Defend Yourself, without Running any Risk of being Hurt, if you are carrying only a Small Switch in your Hand, and are Threatened by a Man with a very Strong Stick." and "No. 9. -- How to Defend Yourself with a Stick against the most Dangerous Kick of an Expert Kicker." The illustrations are wonderful.

Jerk of the Moment
So they haven't decided whether or not to seek the death penalty for that guy who caused that horrible train derailment. Of course, it's kind of a weird issue given that he was suicidal in the first place. And as stupid as it sounds, I guess I'm not surprised a guy in that mental state wouldn't think about how an SUV could cause a train to derail...he probably had a simplified image of the train plowing through the vehicle (and its occupants) or pushing the SUV down the tracks for a while without the train being harmed itself.