Since I cannot begin to apologize for my long silence, I will only report the outrage of the day: in a report in today's New York Times on Bill Richardson's endorsement of Barack Obama, James Carville was led to opine that it was significant that this endorsement occurred during Holy Week, when Judas betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver. The Messianic pretensions of Hillary Clinton have long been noted, but this remark is sheer blasphemy.
We simply live in an environment here in the USA where thinking in any sense of the term has become impossible. Political correctness forms one sort of straitjacket; the other phenomenon to be noted is the total absence of constraint of any kind, when people will say anything they like about anything at any time with no sense of propriety and, of course, no sense of shame. Here is a perfect example of "diabolism" at work: rigidity versus self-indulgence, Satan vs. Lucifer. The devil is the "split-into-two" (dia+ballein) and if people think I am being mighty fundamentalist here, seeming to believe in the Devil, I'll tell them that the Devil is no more (and no less) than an equation for symbolic and real facts. And science uses equations all the time. So there!
In other news: my post-peak-oil novel, After the Crash, is being reissued and can be ordered for $14.95 through Lulu.com. Anyone in the Philadelphia area is invited to attend the book signing event at Henry George Institute (413 S. 10th Street) on Friday, April 25, at 6:30 PM.