The present freeze and energy crisis in Texas are significantly unpleasant. A fair number of people are about to die because neither the state, nor the infrastructure, nor the citizens are prepared for what is an extremely rare weather event.
If you missed the headlines over the weekend… well, as usual, you didn’t miss much. To no-one’s real surprise, the threat of filibuster was only a threat, and Mitch and Chuck have arrived at a power-sharing agreement. Later today, the Senate will convene as a court rather than a deliberative body, and Senator Patrick Leahy — the President Pro Tem, by tradition the longest-serving member of the majority party in the Senate — is expected to preside over Donald Trump’s second impeachment.
Your attention please, students: It has been brought to my attention that a reminder of our policy on questions is, for some inexplicable reason, again needed. That policy is, simply, that questions are not permitted during class. If you wish to ask me something in private, just pass through the web outside my office door during the posted hours. And no, I won’t be providing the Friendly Code; don’t be absurd.
Some few of you who approach a convincing mimicry of sentience may recall from one of our early lessons the reason that interplanetary travel is represented two-dimensionally (more…)