Turns out the converse of the old saw works, too: get into health issues and other considerations drop by the wayside. This is both good -- I have hardly even thought about the Presidential-election mudfight nor the Cuban clown show -- and bad: I gave the atrocity in Belgium short shrift. The barbarian is at the gates but in this souped-up world, the "walls" are mere philosophical constructs and those who have no use for the many modern conveniences of 21st-century civilization can attack with impunity. They need to start to be shot more often, and earlier in the attempts at their crimes. It probably won't happen in Europe before the lights start going out.
As for me, I'm off to the doc-in-a-box. I'm better this morning but not, as it happens, all that much better.
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