Well, after two trips to two different Orange offices, I once again have internet access in my apartment. Orange [also known as France Telecom] is the absolutely worst Internet company in the known world.
I have failed to respond to a number of comments. My apologies. David, the duck was splendid.
I was thrilled to discover that my little Parable of the Butcher and the Analytic Philosopher was anticipated, two and a half millennia ago, by none other than Plato in the Phaedrus [which I read perhaps sixty years ago and had forgotten]. Also by Bertrand Russell, with whom I have had tea.
The big news in Paris, which will no doubt of slipped past you, is that Paris St. Germain, despite being down one man, due to a red card, for ninety minutes including overtime, managed a 2-2 tie against Chelsea and thus advanced to the Quarters in the League of Champions. The local politics are a mess, with Marine le Pen surging [a right wing fascist type] and Sarkozy positioning himself for a comeback. Ugh.
Our own Senate Republicans have revealed themselves to be traitors as well as fools. It really is true that Obama drives them insane.
As for the Democratic Party, we are condemned to another six, eight, ten years of the Clintons.
I am ready for an uprising from the bottom, if anyone can see any hope of that.
I have now read the papers submitted by my students the day before I flew to Paris. I shall reserve my comments for them, at least for the moment.