The world seems to go on even when I stop talking about it for a few days. Some items that call for comment, in no particular order:
1. Thomas Cook Tours has collapsed, leaving 150,000 Brits stranded in this place and that. The British Government is launching a massive repatriation effort. Back when I was young, Thomas Cook was tours, just as Oxford and Cambridge were university education. I guess not all of this can be blamed on Boris Johnson, but some of it can be blamed on Margaret Thatcher.
2. Elizabeth Warren continues her slow, steady rise in the race for the nomination. I am beginning to think Biden really is toast, or will be once the toaster heats up. This is quite separate from the non-scandal concerning his unfortunate and ill-fated son, Hunter.
3. We saw Downton Abbey yesterday. It is a simply perfect movie. I freely confess that tears came to my eyes during the last scene, the ball.
4. Some data I extracted from Google earlier this morning, courtesy of the BLS:
Median weekly wages for full time workers with high school diploma  $730
Median weekly wages for full time workers with BA  $1198
So, for 2/3 of Americans, the median wage is $730, and for the other third, the median wage is 65% higher.
5. Now that Donald Trump has admitted committing high crimes and misdemeanors, we may ask why he has not been, and will not be, impeached and removed from office. The answer is not Nancy Pelosi’s timidity or Jerry Nadler’s indecisiveness or the fecklessness of the Congressional Democrats or the gutless cowardice and criminality of the Senate Republicans, or any other such facts. The reason is that since World War II, the delicate balance between the Congress and the Presidency has been destroyed. For a variety of reasons, most notably America’s embrace of an imperial world stance, the Presidency has grown in power and inviolability until now the only constraint on a President other than defeat at the polls is some fragment of remaining shame or honor, neither of which the electoral process is designed to reward.
We might say, if literary allusions help, that Trump is the Smerdyakov to the Ivan of Reagan or Clinton or Bush.
6. Brian Leiter tells me that visitors to my blog now get a Google warning that the site is unsafe. Is that true? And if it is, what do I do about it?