Odds and ends
Some of our top contemporary thinkers take on religion. After the current immediate fight is over, after the election is won and Trump is at last rinsed out of the space he now occupies in our thoughts, the real struggle -- against the world's oldest and biggest and most dangerous scam -- will continue.
A few foreign views of the debate:
The Guardian (UK): Don't count Trump out yet -- his bullshit has already taken him far.
The Irish Times: Seven commenters assess the candidates.
Al Jazeera: If anything, we're underestimating the danger posed by the subculture Trump has stirred up.
Personal: Had to go back to the hospital this week to check severe swelling in one foot, to make sure it wasn't an infection or a blood clot (either would be highly dangerous in my current situation). Luckily it was neither, and it's responding to conventional treatment.
Still feeling weak and apathetic, though there is gradual improvement. Trying to minimize dependence on the prescription painkiller they sent me home with -- oxycodone. It does work, but the side effects are nasty -- nothing tastes right, and strange hallucinatory ideas filled my mind, especially at night. These seem to be fading as I use less of the stuff.
Thanks to everyone for all the encouraging comments -- I really appreciate them.