Robert Farley, at LG&M, answers questions from concerned readers about the troubles to come.
Dear Dr. Farley,
In view of the impending financial distress, I'm worried about my cats. Should I stock up on cat food, or will it be available in post-apocalypse America?
Worried in Dubuque
Dear Worried in Dubuque,
No. You should concentrate on stocking up on firearms, clean water, and canned goods. Cat food will most certainly not be available in post-apocalypse America; any housecats will only be a drain on your resources. Your cats should be eaten at the first opportunity, followed by the eating of any surplus cat food. Most such food is edible by humans, and while you may be tempted to "fatten up" your cats, much of the energy in the cat food is lost when its eaten by the cat.
This is certainly information that we can all use, whether we own cats ourselves or have nearby neighbours with these
Then, there is the humour to be had via the ever-amusing Katie'n'Sarah show.
In this week's episode, Sarah not only explains to us the 'vast variety of sources' from which she gets her news, but also reassures us that Alaska is 'not a foreign country' (even if its proximity to foreign countries, remember, like totally gives her international policy experience):
There are, incidentally, reports that hitherto unaired footage from Couric's chat (which, for pure entertainment value, is turning out to be The Best Political Interview Ever) shows Palin drawing a blank on any Supreme Court decisions other than Roe v. Wade.
If it's true, I'm surprised: as an advocate of teaching creationism in schools, one would think that the name Kitzmiller would somehow have stuck in her head.
But perhaps it wasn't covered in the 'vast variety' of sources Palin regularly consulted.
I'm looking forward to the debate tomorrow night (by which I mean catching up with it on Friday via the intertubes). But I also in some ways dread what will follow. Palin, it is clear, is pretty much out of her depth on...well, so far, on anything I've heard her talk about.
But I suspect that her handlers might have finally realised that there's no way they can turn her into a plausible policy wonk, so what we'll see from her on Thursday is a lot of folksy 'authenticity' mixed with frontier-girl charm (and a hefty dose of anti-'elitist' posturing) that will say nothing resembling anything to do with the questions or the key problems facing the world.
But as long as she doesn't start drooling and can avoid too many a deer-in-headlights moments, I think it's possible that a part of the media will decide that she 'beat expectations' or 'held her own'.
We've seen this. Remember?
The future certainly looks bright.
Here, kitty kitty....